Green Car

Tesla adds more powerful battery option

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

Tesla is giving its fans another thing to get charged up about with the introduction of a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack for both the Model S sedan and Model X crossover.... Read More »

Daimler's top electric mobility exec moving to Bosch, report says

Aug. 17, 2016 16:21 CET

Daimler's top electric mobility executive, Harald Kroeger, is joining Bosch, Reuters reported. Bosch is building up its EV and autonomous car expertise and has worked with Google and Tesla.... Read More »

Tesla cooperating with French authorities investigating car fire

11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2016

Tesla Motors is cooperating with French local authorities investigating a fire involving one of its Model S cars during a test drive in Biarritz, it said on Tuesday.... Read More »

Lutz adds to Corvette rumor mill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2016

The Corvette rumor mill in Detroit is spinning at high rpms this summer. Former General Motors product czar Bob Lutz speculates about a plug-in hybrid version, and a Cadillac sports car to replace the XLR.... Read More »

VW eyes SMA Solar storage systems in cooperation talks

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2016

Volkswagen is in early talks with German solar power equipment maker SMA Solar about working together, the companies said, as the automaker pushes ambitious electric car plans to overcome its diesel emissions scandal.... Read More »

China proposing California-like mandates for EVs

6:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2016

China will consider mandates that carmakers produce more electric vehicles or purchase carbon credits from their peers, potentially emulating California's system and transitioning from a subsidy-driven approach to catalyzing cleaner cars.... Read More »

VW's U.S. settlement worries EV charging companies

Aug. 10, 2016 11:14 CET

Electric vehicle charging companies want independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen is required to invest in clean car infrastructure in the U.S. They say VW should not have the power to shape the developing EV charging system.... Read More »

Karma preps Revero plug-in hybrid for late '16 launch

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2016

Prototypes of the Karma Revero have been spotted during hot-weather testing in Death Valley, Calif., ahead of the plug-in hybrid's Sept. 8 debut in Orange County, Calif. The four-door, coupe-styled sedan is expected to be more of a continuation of the Fisker Karma than an all-new car.... Read More »

Average U.S. fuel economy rises slightly in July, study finds

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

The average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks sold in July in the U.S. edged up 0.1 mpg from the previous month to 25.4 mpg, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

BMW takes on Tesla in new ads

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

BMW is taking direct aim at Tesla in new ads for its 330e electric plug-in hybrid. Two new TV spots don't mention Tesla by name. But the implications are clear that BMW is taking a jab at the startup electric car maker and the fact that the much-hyped Tesla Model 3 won't be available for a long while.... Read More »

Reborn Karma will have factory stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Karma Automotive plans to start selling its new Revero four-door coupe through a handful of high-end franchise dealers sprinkled around the country, plus a small network of factory-owned “brand experience centers.”... Read More »

VW lays groundwork for up to 30 EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2016

Volkswagen's "Strategy 2025" includes as many as three vehicle platforms.... Read More »

GM's Korea studio 'broke the mold' with Bolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2016

GM's South Korean design studio was tasked in 2012 with designing the Bolt, the automaker’s most iconic technological showcase since the Volt hybrid, because of its expertise in bundling big content into small packages. The EV proved to be one of its biggest challenges yet. And in the end, the studio "broke the mold."... Read More »

Germany's new electric car discount scheme draws nearly 2,000 applicants

Aug. 5, 2016 09:21 CET

Nearly 2,000 people in Germany have applied for the government's electric car discount scheme, introduced on July 1, and a third of them are buyers of BMW models.... Read More »

VW details plans for 3 EV platforms, more SUVs

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

As Volkswagen works toward resolving its diesel emissions scandal, it is mobilizing “Strategy 2025,” which includes as many as three dedicated platforms for electric vehicles, more utility vehicles and several new budget vehicles.... Read More »

Beyond EVs and fuel cells? EIVs

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Energy independent vehicles, or EIVs, are capable of rolling without physically connecting to any energy source, whether an electric plug or a gasoline pump.... Read More »

CAR MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Tesla executive calls competitor cars 'appliances'

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Automakers might think they're making exciting electric cars, but they're really doing nothing more than building boring appliances. At least that's what Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla vice president of business development, says.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Suitor for FCA's Magneti Marelli?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

Samsung reportedly in talks for FCA's Magneti Marelli; EPA clears BMW diesels; Prius plug-in delay; Profits dip at Subaru parent; Fuel prices still factor for buyers, study finds.... Read More »

Toyota will delay launch of new plug-in Prius in Japan

Aug. 3, 2016 09:47 CET

Toyota said it would delay the Japan launch of its new-generation plug-in Prius gasoline hybrid model to winter from an initial schedule of fall.... Read More »

Italian ignition supplier Eldor expands into U.S.

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2016

Italian supplier Eldor will be opening its first U.S. plant next year.... Read More »

Dana reimagines seals for the fuel cell era

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Dana has joined a research consortium that aims to develop a cheaper fuel cell. The consortium, dubbed Project Inspire, has given itself three years to do so.... Read More »

Tesla to buy SolarCity for $2.6 billion in plan to create clean-energy powerhouse

6:39 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Tesla will buy solar panel installer SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion in shares to form a one-stop clean-energy shop. The combined entity will offer consumers solar panels, home battery storage systems and electric cars under a single brand.... Read More »

A 4-cylinder McLaren? Don't count on it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

McLaren is in the midst of a hybrid plan to develop 15 new models by 2022.... Read More »

Under the hood of Acura's NSX racer: An asterisk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Acura wants to burnish the cred of the current NSX, an all-wheel-drive hybrid supercar. And how is it doing that? With a rear-wheel-drive, nonhybrid racer.... Read More »

Panasonic to raise about $3.9 billion from bonds to help fund Tesla gigafactory

3:08 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2016

Panasonic Corp., the exclusive supplier of Tesla Motors' Model 3 lithium ion batteries, said today it would raise up to 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) in corporate bonds primarily to invest in Tesla's gigafactory, Reuters reported.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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