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All-wheel-drive hybrid cars, SUVs: why are there so few?

All-wheel-drive hybrid cars, SUVs: why are there so few?

Fifty years ago, a now-forgotten British luxury coupe called the Jensen FF went into production, offering the first modern all-wheel drive system on any passenger car in the world. Four-wheel drive had been offered only on a few specialized truck models to that point, but the traction and braking...

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Four new (or updated) electric cars coming for 2017

Among battery electric cars on sale in the U.S., only three vehicles have sold more than 10,000 copies since 2010: the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and BMW i3. But four new or... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
Mitsubishi eK

Emission, fuel-economy test issues spread: Mitsubishi, Daimler, others being investigated

The Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal has led to increased scrutiny of other carmakers by regulatory agencies around the world. So while VW works to hammer out the... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Tesla Model X

2016 Tesla Model X electric SUV: so about those falcon doors ...

It's unusual for a CEO to express doubts about a new vehicle he's just launching—especially if it's only the company's third-ever vehicle. But at a January presentation... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
LeEco LeSee concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Faraday Future's backer shows another electric luxury sedan

Chinese electronics giant LeEco is the main backer of Faraday Future, the Los Angeles startup that plans to launch its first electric car sometime in the next few years. But... read more April 24, 2016 by


 
Volkswagen TDI 'clean diesel' television ad screencap

VW diesel agreement, 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, Chevy Bolt EV: The Week in Reverse

What do we know about the diesel-cheating settlement reached between Volkswagen and the EPA—and what's left to find out? And, which company's consultants will now be... read more April 23, 2016 by


 
2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid

VW settlement questions, Volvo plug-in car goal, Ford electric car: Today's Car News

Today, we have questions about the Volkswagen diesel agreement, Volvo's goal of selling 1 million electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025, and why Ford won't build a... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
Shell Concept Car

Shell unveils latest ultra-efficient city car, designed by Gordon Murray

A year ago, famed car designer Gordon Murray announced a collaboration with former Honda engine specialist Osamu Goto and oil company Shell, to be called "Project M." The... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
Renault delivers 50,000th Zoe electric car

50,000th Renault Zoe electric car delivered (after 200,000 Nissan Leafs)

The Nissan Leaf may be the best-selling electric car in history, with more than 200,000 sales, but the Renault half of the Renault-Nissan Alliance can now trumpet a milestone... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

VW diesel agreement: what we know (and don't know) in 5 questions

Yesterday's news that Volkswagen and the U.S. EPA had reached agreement on a deal to address VW's diesel-emission cheating scandal brought as much confusion as clarity. The... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
2017 Ford Focus Electric, from presentation on Ford electrification plans, Dec 2015

Ford says 'no thanks' to 200-mile electric car race, for now

Electric cars with 200 miles of range will be the next big step in expanding the global market for plug-in vehicles. Leading the charge will be GM, with the 2017 Chevrolet... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
2017 Volvo S90

Volvo's ambitious sales plans: 1 million electric & plug-in hybrid cars by 2025

Right now, Volvo only sells two plug-in hybrid models—soon to be four—and no all-electric cars. But within a decade, it hopes to become one of the biggest sellers... read more April 22, 2016 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

VW settlement with EPA announced over diesel emission scandal (updated)

Volkswagen and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today that they had reached an agreement on a plan to address hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles sold over... read more April 21, 2016 by


 
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, Clarity variants, Tesla Autopilot trial: Today's Car News

Today, we have details on the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid mid-size sedan, as well as battery-electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the Honda Clarity. Meanwhile, Tesla offers... read more April 21, 2016 by


 
Battery pack assembly for 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV electric car at GM's Brownstown, Michigan, plant

Have battery makers become more important for electric cars than carmakers?

When it comes to electric cars, range and cost are still two of the biggest obstacles barring the way to mass adoption. Carmakers strive to put battery packs with the most... read more April 21, 2016 by


 
20 Audi A1 e-tron electric cars will be used in the pilot program

What Audi says it learned from 4 years of electric-car testing

Audi just wrapped up a four-year electric-car test program in its home market of Germany—and the company says it has learned a lot. Conducted together with the German... read more April 21, 2016 by


 
 

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