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Chevy Volt Wins Again: KBB ‘Best Buys of 2015′


Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has chosen the Chevy Volt as its top selection in the ‘Best Buys of 2015: Electric/Hybrid’ category. Other finalists, BMW’s i3, Nissan’s Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius were trumped by Volt’s ability to adapt “to the needs of the driver,” as the KBB team put it. The evaluation team went on to [...]

‘Green Car of the Year’ 2015: Finalists Announced


Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for Green Car of the Year. The winner will be revealed at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 20. The finalists are a diverse bunch. The award recognizes not just a vehicle’s green credentials but its commercial availability as well. Each of the finalists is already in [...]

GM Spills Details on Next-Gen Chevy Volt


GM executives have revealed significant details about the upcoming second-generation Chevy Volt. The fresh-faced Volt will carry a larger engine, a bigger battery, and offer better all-electric range, compared with the first-generation model. Since the vehicle made its world debut in 2010, GM has tweaked it in several ways, but this new issue will be [...]

GM Reveals ‘Secret’ Chevy Volt


Chevrolet issued a press release this week about its “secret,” next-generation Volt. As engineers sent the extended-range EV out to the test field, they made it known to the world that the new car is ready for its 2015 debut in Detroit, but officials left the camouflage in place during testing. See the video clip [...]

2016 Volt Update: GM Breaks Silence


GM executives revealed more details about the upcoming, second-generation Chevy Volt this week, noting that the new model will feature upgrades all around, which presumably includes more electric range. Larry Nitz, GM’s director for powertrain development, said that Volt drivers have historically driven about 66 percent of their miles in electric mode, while a full [...]

Hybrid Car Rankings for 2014 Surprise Experts


At least a dozen official and unofficial organizations have developed lists of the best hybrid vehicles for 2014, some reviewers focusing on value, others on price, and still others on overall environmental credentials. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the many lists is the fact that at least a dozen hybrid vehicles are included in [...]

Natural Gas Chevy Impala a ‘Game Changer’


Corporate decision makers at both Chevrolet and Honda have recently decided to devote more research and funding to the development of natural gas technology. Before year’s end, Chevy will begin selling a dual-fuel Impala that runs on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). Honda already sells a CNG car, the Civic Natural Gas, which [...]

Leaf, Volt Sales Strong in August


Nissan sold 3,186 units of it Leaf EV in August, while GM/Chevy sold 2,511 units of its Volt range-extended electric car. Both companies had something to cheer about, however. August 2014 was Leaf’s best month ever, and GM has not seen so strong a sales performance since this time last year. For 2014, Leaf also [...]

GM Finally ‘Commits’ to Diesel


GM executives announced this week that they would bring out several more clean diesel models in the near future, noting that the clean burning fuel could power 10 percent of all vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2020. Steve Kiefer, VP of Global Powertrain for GM, told a recent industry audience, “The Chevrolet Cruze [...]

Breaking News: 2016 Chevy Volt at NAIAS


Official word from GM is that the next-generation Chevy Volt will appear at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in Jan. 2015. The event will mark the model’s global debut. The company has also revealed that its fresh-faced EV will feature more technology than the car’s predecessor. Industry analysts think the new Volt will eventually be [...]

Canada July Sales: Volt Wins Big


GM’s plug-in, extended-range EV, Chevy Volt, was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in Canada during the month of July with 132 units sold. That edged out archrival Nissan Leaf, an all-electric, by just 15 units. Leaf Canada sales totaled 104 in June and 117 in July. With a full five months left in the year, Chevy [...]

Volt, Leaf, Tesla July Sales ‘All Good News’


July was a positive month for plug-in kings Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. The extended-range electric vehicle Volt sold 2,020 units to best last July by 13 percent. Tesla Motors, a company that only makes electric luxury cars, announced that it is selling 2,500 vehicles per month on average. For Nissan, the news was even [...]

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