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San Diego-based Achates Power has introduced a 2.7-liter opposed-piston engine that will be able to deliver 37 miles per gallon in a full-sized pickup truck. Revealed during industry days at this week’s Detroit auto show, the OP-3 turbocharged, two-stroke diesel engine kicks out 270 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque. At the same time, it […]

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Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) displayed three crossover SUVs at the Detroit auto show including a battery electric model named GE3. This is the second time in the past three years the company had a display at the show, and is the first time any Chinese car company was on the show’s main […]

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BMW, keeping with its goal to have an electrified version of every one of its model by 2021, will show the new 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Plug-in Hybrid at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Borrowing the drivetrain from the 530e iPerformance, the 5 Series plug-in hybrid pairs a 180 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter […]

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There are dozens of new vehicles at this year’s ongoing North American International Auto Show in Motor City, and as the town gets truer in a sense to its name – “Motor” – spliced among traditional models are several newly revealed electrified models. Despite well-documented inexpensive gasoline these days, a complexity of variables keep alternative […]

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Hyundai had two new hybrids to share with the crowds at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show: the next-generation 2016 Sonata Hybrid and the all-new 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. Both sedans use the same platform as Hyundai’s seventh-generation Sonata, but the two hybrids stylistically separate themselves from the gas-only model with unique aero elements and […]

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The Tesla Model S P85D is turning heads at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. One glossy crimson example taking center stage on the floor is outfitted with a carbon fiber spoiler, grey turbine wheels and interior carbon fiber accents. This is the high-performance version of Tesla’s four-door sedan. Its unique powertrain […]

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Johnson Controls in collaboration with Toshiba is introducing a new 12-volt lithium titanate battery stop-start system. “Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle,” said Lisa Bahash, group vice president and general […]

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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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It’s long been an adage that if you “build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your doorstep,” but what if you do not have the end-all, be-all mousetrap? Or, in the case of the automotive industry, what if you don’t have the end-all, be-all powertrain technology yielding superlative fuel economy, but […]

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Today General Motors’ Cadillac division unveiled its much-anticipated extended-range electric ELR based on the Chevy Volt’s powertrain. With styling and interior appointments befitting the new sportier image of the brand, the ELR is very true to the 2009 Converj show car. “ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a […]

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