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Citing demand and oversupply issues, General Motors is idling the factory making four different car models, including the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will experience a reduction in vehicle output starting next Friday, Oct. 20. This will lead into a month-long wind down of production, culminating in a full shutdown on Nov. […]

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To help explain the driving force behind a spate of new EV announcements, one need only look towards the world’s largest car market – China. With passenger car sales somewhere north of 22 million units, the Chinese market is truly gigantic. To put it in perspective, the sum of last year’s growth nearly outstripped the Australian […]

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There’s a new hybrid pickup coming to town, from GMC. GMC launched a mild-hybrid Sierra 1500 in California in 2016. The company has delivered more than 500 of them, and is now ready to move the eAssist package nationwide. “(It) was well-received, so the decision was made to expand nationally based on that performance,” GMC […]

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With Honda’s revelation of electric range for its 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid just 6 miles shy of the Chevy Volt’s, it stands to become the reigning sales leader’s toughest competition yet when launched later this year. Since its December 2010 release, the “extended-range electric” Volt has been the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the U.S., although […]

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It’s 8 a.m. and I’m standing in a parking lot looking at a sea of cones and listening to a lecture about the rules for the day. It sounds like the start of a typical autocross day. Only this time, I’m not in my usual autocross car. I’m looking at something a little newer, a […]

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Today General Motors reported modest August sales for the extended-range Chevy Volt while the up-and-coming Bolt EV saw an incremental gain to a new high. The Volt’s 1,445 sales were down 30.6 percent from 2,081 sales in August 2016, and the Bolt EV’s 2,107 August 2017 sales were ahead of its previous high of 1,971 […]

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Chevrolet has just announced the EPA highway rating for the 2018 Equinox diesel, and a nearly 40 mpg rating puts it at the top of the class. The 1.6L turbo diesel in the Equinox is rated to get 39 mpg highway with front-wheel drive. That makes it the current highway mileage SUV leader, topping the […]

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Out of the 20 plug-in hybrids now for sale in the U.S., the Toyota Prius Prime and Chevrolet Volt stand heads above, but which will sell better is an open question. Through July this year, the Prime, which rolled out nationally this year, sits as last month’s top seller with 1,645 July sales, and its […]

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Last month for the first time Chevrolet’s Bolt EV outsold the Volt. The compact crossover’s 1,971 sales outdistanced it from a relatively low month for the Volt, which delivered only 1,518 units, a nearly 37 percent decline from 2,406 sales a year prior and not far ahead of the on-its-way-out Nissan Leaf’s 1,283. This year […]

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Word has it that General Motors is mulling whether to discontinue the Chevrolet Volt in 2020 and replace it in 2022 with a crossover-style variant, but would this be desirable? According to Reuters, which cited “people familiar with the plans,” the Volt is one of six presumably under-selling vehicles the automaker is thinking about canceling. […]

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