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2016 Volt Update: GM Breaks Silence

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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 [...]

Breaking News: Chevy Volt ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just named Chevy Volt “Top Safety Pick Plus,” based on the most recent round of IIHS testing. Of the dozen small cars involved in the tests, Volt was the only one equipped with a forward collision warning system, which is capable of alerting a driver that the [...]

‘Secret’ Plan for Chevy Sonic EV?

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If industry buzz is correct, Chevrolet is seriously considering an all-electric Sonic for its 2016 lineup. Currently, Chevy sells the Spark EV, Volt EREV, and Cadillac ELR, which is also an extended-range EV. Battery-maker LG Chem manufacturers the lithium-ion packs for Volt and will presumably do the same for the prospective Sonic EV, a car [...]

Surprise! 2014 Clean Diesel Sales Up 25 Percent

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Data released this week reveals that clean diesel vehicle sales in the U.S. shot up 25 percent from January to the end of June 2014. Analysts say the biggest surprise in the stats is that overall U.S. car sales only increased 4.2 percent during the same six-month period. In fact, of the 48 months since [...]

June: Big Month for Ford Fusion Energi

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Final sales figures for June delivered a surprise in the hybrid plug-in segment, with Ford’s Fusion Energi outselling major competitors Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in. Ford reported that its flagship plug-in sold 1,939 units during June, marking the car’s best month ever. Video: FFEnergi’s Competitor View a detailed review of Ford Fusion Energi’s primary [...]

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