As Toyota prepares to relocate from Torrance, Southern California to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, it has named its architectural firm to design its new campus for 4,000 employees. Drawings and specs for Toyota’s new corporate headquarters are to be overseen by Dallas-based Corgan as the lead architect known for sustainable designs, and in a statement, […]

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Volvo, long known for its high safety standards, aims to further streamline its products for even safer travels — that is, it wants to delete the driver. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Peter Mertens, the company’s head of R&D, said Volvo would be doubling down in its development of self-driving vehicles. “We’ve started […]

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Actually, there are more than only 10 reasons to be encouraged that the electrification of transportation has a bright future. This round up however is in case anyone has any doubt after we gave a sober look at what yet gives critics breathing space to poke at the effort to rely on batteries instead of […]

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Bob Lutz is often called “father of the Volt” but claiming that that title too is Tony Posawatz, now a consultant at large, who was added to the board of directors for telematics company INRIX. Posawatz was the vehicle line director of the Volt during its development years through production, left GM, then took over […]

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The recent push by various governments towards the expansion of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles has moved one step closer to reality. According to a story by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), scientists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created the most advanced hydrogen filling pump ever, which […]

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Audi announced today it has begun taking orders in Europe for its first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron. The car combines a 1.4-liter direct-injected turbocharged gas engine and electric motor for 204 rated horsepower. On the European NEDC test cycle, the A3 Sportback e-tron’s fuel consumption in accordance is 1.5 liters per 100 kilometers […]

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BMW is entering the premium compact segment with the 2 series, a hatchback that will break with the German brand’s rear-wheel drive tradition. BMW stated it has given the 2 Series Active Tourer a sophisticated front-wheel-drive system capable of delivering the degree of driver engagement expected of the brand’s models. The company said combining a […]

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While Europe and arguably Canada have embraced the Smart experiment, the company’s fortunes in the U.S. have been painful at best. For many would-be buyers, the current Fortwo just doesn’t make sense, even in the tightest most congested cities around – especially with relatively more space and fuel prices still low. In contrast to the […]

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This week from South Korea, BMW said it is open to helping its competitors work with its battery supplier, Samsung SDI. Not unlike Tesla, which recently made a far broader gesture in opening its patents to competitors, BMW’s motivation is enlightened self-interest, as more EV makers will increase economies of scale. “If Mercedes called us, […]

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Have you, or has anyone you know ever bought a car hoping to enjoy high mpg claims and then had a hard time meeting the exalted numbers? If a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal has its way, this may become less likely as it will require automakers to road test and prove their presently self-certified […]

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