Green Car

Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience.... Read More »

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Dec. 6, 2016 09:36 CET

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-electric hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emissions engines. The automaker will increase the size of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent through 2021.... Read More »

BMW accelerates EV, self-driving strategy

Dec. 4, 2016 20:43 CET

BMW will accelerate its shift toward autonomous and electrified vehicles by developing flexible platforms for conventional, plug-hybrid and all-electric cars.... Read More »

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid output begins in Ontario

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2016

FCA launched output of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the auto industry's first hybrid minivan. Sales of the plug-in hybrid minivan, priced from $35,590 after a federal tax credit, are expected to average about 8,500 a year through 2020, IHS Markit estimates, or a tiny slice of the overall minivan market.... Read More »

Toyota President Akio Toyoda will head EV division

Nov. 30, 2016 11:41 CET

Toyota appointed its president, Akio Toyoda, to lead the automaker's newly formed electric car division, underlining its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace.... Read More »

Electric car startup Lucid plans $700 million plant in Ariz.

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Electric car startup Lucid Motors plans to invest $700 million to build a new production facility in Casa Grande, Ariz., the automaker said today.... Read More »

Ford, BMW, Daimler, VW Group plan fast-charging EV network

Nov. 29, 2016 09:48 CET

Ford, VW Group, BMW and Daimler plan to set up charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. The move will be an important step toward facilitating the mass-market adoption of EVs, the companies said in a joint statement.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: A plan to juice up Europe's highways

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Ford, VW, BMW and Daimler to juice up Europe's highways; GM's Plan B for Super Cruise; Nissan dips into connected cars; Ontario OKs self-driving car tests; Toyota tough-terrain tour.... Read More »

Fuel-cell champions still hedge their bets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Toyota, Hyundai and Honda are all committed to a multifaceted approach that includes a mix of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Make America's roads great again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

If the Trump administration launches a massive U.S. infrastructure program, the U.S. auto industry must ensure that our roads and bridges get their fair share of the funding.... Read More »

Japan's holdouts begin to embrace EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2016

Japanese automakers that never seemed interested in electric vehicles before are suddenly very interested.... Read More »

UK gov't to fund autonomous car, EV development

Nov. 24, 2016 09:49 CET

The UK government has announced 390 million pounds ($484 million) of funding to boost the development of electric and autonomous vehicles. The money also will be used to support the country's EV infrastructure.... Read More »

Toyota works to develop advanced EV battery

Nov. 24, 2016 11:09 CET

Toyota says it aims to develop a more advanced electric-car battery "in a few years" that will allow it to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range than they currently have. The automaker has said it plans to launch its first EV by the end of the decade.... Read More »

MORRY MARKOWITZ

There's room on the road for all ZEVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Given the challenges we face progressing toward a cleaner transportation future, pitting fuel cell vehicles against battery electric vehicles is detrimental to advancing all zero emission vehicles and meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals.... Read More »

JLR plans to power into plug-ins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Up to half of Jaguar Land Rover's lineup will be hybrids or electric vehicles by 2020, but none will be self-driving, says the British brands' CEO.... Read More »

Mueller sees case for building VW's own battery plant, report says

Nov. 21, 2016 09:59 CET

VW Group CEO Matthias Mueller sees the production of batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrids as a logical move as the automaker expands its production of greener vehicles after its emissions-cheating scandal, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

PROPANE POWER

Autogas vehicles offer new prospects for service business

12:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Vehicles powered by propane autogas -- a bottled fuel consumers also use in barbecue grills and for home heating -- occupy a small but growing alternative-fuel niche, mostly for fleets of medium trucks, vans and buses.... Read More »

BorgWarner ready for another acquisition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

BorgWarner CEO James Verrier doesn't care which way the political winds blow. He wants to take the supplier deeper into hybrid and EV power electronics.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota gets 'one-two punch' from C-HR

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2016

Toyota gets 'one-two punch' from C-HR; VW job cuts; Ford keeps a CUV in Ky.; Honda’s assist from Gretzky; A saucy Lexus; Genesis sports a G80 variant... Read More »

Tesla's move beyond cars official with $2 billion SolarCity deal

7:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2016

Elon Musk's Tesla Motors officially moved beyond cars and became a clean-energy company Thursday, as shareholders overwhelmingly approved the acquisition of SolarCity.... Read More »

Musk closes Tesla-SolarCity deal, more challenges lie ahead

7:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2016

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk won approval on Thursday from the electric luxury automaker's shareholders for an acquisition of SolarCity, the solar energy system installer in which he is the largest shareholder.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mazda to deliver diesel CX-5 in '17

8:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2016

Mazda to deliver diesel CX-5 in '17; Mini's bigger Countryman; Subscribe to Hyundai's Ioniq EV; M-B's hot E-class variant; A 'dynamic' Discovery.... Read More »

VW plans big push for low-CO2 cars in China

Nov. 17, 2016 08:46 CET

VW Group aims to boost sales of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in China to 400,000 units a year by 2020 and increase that number to 1.5 million annually by 2025, said the automaker's China chief, Jochem Heizmann.... Read More »

Toyota to sharpen focus on EVs via new in-house unit

Nov. 17, 2016 10:06 CET

A week after conceding it needs electric vehicles, longtime EV-skeptic Toyota said it is forming a streamlined “in-house venture company” next month to start developing battery-powered eco-cars in a speedy, innovative way.... Read More »

Daimler, BMW, VW said to discuss extending EV charging network with German service station operator

Nov. 16, 2016 10:17 CET

Daimler, BMW and VW are in discussions with a German autobahn service station operator about extending the country's network of charging stations, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

 
Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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Renault-Nissan names veteran exec Philippe Brunet as new powertrain chief
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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