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Within the next two years, Mazda may reintroduce a rotary engine to its lineup as a range extender for an upcoming electric vehicle. The Hiroshima-based company is well known for being one of the last companies to deploy the Wankel engine in a road-going car. Compact dimensions, diminutive displacement, and a raucous exhaust note made the […]

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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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Sergio Marchionne, the gregarious sweater-clad leader of FCA, spoke to CNBC on Monday morning about the fortunes of electrification at his speediest marque, Ferrari. Ferrari reportedly has no plans to introduce an EV to its portfolio of offerings. Executives at Maranello have repeatedly indicated that electric cars would simply not fit in with the brand image […]

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The 52-56 mpg Toyota Prius Liftback is the best it’s ever been, and it is suffering its worst sales year since 2004. A car that has seen sales over 140,000 units in two years this decade has through the third quarter this year just 50,911 in the bag, and may finish the year at 70,000, […]

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Hyundai is bringing a Bisimoto-tuned Ioniq hybrid to the SEMA specialty auto show later this month. Bisimoto Engineering is more often known for over-the-top tuned cars. Cars like vintage Porsche 911s with 850 horsepower twin-turbo engines, or Dodge Vipers with massive power. Oh yeah, and a Honda Odyssey minivan with 1,000 horsepower and a six-speed […]

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The revered Toyota Century limousine, a symbol of Japanese aristocracy and sophistication, is now showing up in hybrid form at the 45th annual Tokyo Motor Show. In an ode to high-quality monozukuri (all-encompassing manufacturing), a popular Toyota term, the latest iteration of the Century will see many changes over its predecessor. Among them is a […]

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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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The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. Overall sales for September were exceptionally strong, as fleet sales and replacement demand from Harvey and to a lesser extent, Irma, led to the highest […]

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GM is charging up, announcing plans to add at least 20 new EVs by 2023 and unveiling a fuel-cell truck. The announcement came today from General Motors VP of Product Development Mark Reuss. “General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Reuss Said. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage […]

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A new study, released in September by the consulting arm of professional services powerhouse PwC, projects that nearly 95 percent of the world’s new cars will be either hybrid or full-electric by 2030. Hot on the heels of news that legislatures in several countries are pushing for a future ban on vehicles powered by internal combustion, […]

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