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The Chevrolet Volt’s popularity has been hit or miss, but what would it take to make it the solution it was originally meant to be? We may find out next year whether GM makes it a “game changer” as intended from its December 2010 launch, or whether it will remain a minority player. Last week […]

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The 2014 J.D. Powers Vehicle Dependability study saw a decline this year for the first time since 1998 due to a proliferation in four-cylinder engines, it said. The poll of 2011 model year cars allowed owners to report issues, and it appears a strategy employed to increase fuel and emissions efficiency has not been without […]

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It can be tough trying to oust a popularity contest favorite even if you too have a pretty face, and a fair degree of talent. And so it has been thus far for Chevrolet’s Cruze Turbo Diesel that went on sale in June 2013 with a German Opel engine refined at GM labs in Torino, […]

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Introduced as a concept at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, the first production Chevrolet Volt was sold December 2010, but now and until further notice, its maker classifies it as a “niche” vehicle, and has ceased pushing it as a mass-market car. “It’s not, just like Corvette is not being mass marketed,” said Volt media […]

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In order to meet 2017-2025 fuel efficiency and emissions mandates imposed by federal CAFE and California rules, electrification in various forms will be vital, and that right there is one reason not to count General Motors out. Not that an honest, objective look would suggest anyone should dismiss GM, but questions as to how committed […]

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In a newspaper interview last week, the “father of the Chevy Volt,” Bob Lutz, said General Motors missed its original opportunity to apply the “extended-range electric” powertrain formula used by the Chevrolet Volt on a light-duty truck. GM instead has a 2-mode hybrid which has sold weakly against heavy volume of its pickups and SUVs, […]

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Presently the number of U.S. households with plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) or battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is less than 200,000, but a nationwide survey has found there is enormous room for growth with today’s electrified cars for today’s daily driving needs. The survey was conducted by Consumers Union and the Union of Concerned Scientists and found […]

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According to a new study by the Center For Automotive Research (CAR), for every $1 spent rescuing General Motors and Chrysler in 2008/09, $8 were saved to the U.S. economy, including by those who would have been adversely affected if they’d been allowed to fail. As the Treasury Department is preparing to sell off its […]

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While more makes and models are on their way, the number of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available now in the U.S. can still be still counted on the fingers of one hand. Each is positioned as functional, fuel-efficient, low-emissions, mainstream-priced, and subsidy eligible, but is any one of them a stand-out “best?” We’re more […]

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Since it was launched December 2010, the Chevrolet Volt has garnered top crash test marks by the U.S. government and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, but a recently mangled Volt offered graphic evidence of its safety potential. The compact “extended-range” electric vehicle has extra heft from its battery that – combined with sound structural engineering […]

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