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Gas-tax hike, Kia Sorento Diesel, Bolt EV after a year, 37-mpg F-150, electric cars in CA: Today's Car News

Gas-tax hike, Kia Sorento Diesel, Bolt EV after a year, 37-mpg F-150, electric cars in CA: Today's Car News

Today, we've got an interesting mix of stories, from a debate over how many electric cars California needs to the source of funds for an engine promised to deliver 37 mpg in a full-size Ford F-150 pickup. Also, your Tesla primer (it's not what you may think) and the Chevy Bolt EV after a year. All...

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2019 Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Diesel crossover utility vehicle confirmed by company

With Volkswagen having left a gaping void in the North American market for diesel vehicles, other automakers are taking a chance at exploiting the fuel for their own... read more 13 hours ago by


 
Gas pump

Gas tax should rise 25 cents to fund road repair: US Chamber of Commerce

It's an unusual thing, to say the least, when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce publicly suggests a major tax increase. In general, the pro-business lobbying group advocates for... read more 13 hours ago by


 
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at Crevier BMW, Santa Ana, California, Dec 2017

Number of electric cars California needs to cut 2030 emissions unclear: 4 million or 7 million?

One of California's largest electricity producers recently published a white paper that analyzed how the state will achieve its 2030 greenhouse-gas targets—and it... read more 14 hours ago by


 
Infiniti Q Inspiration, 2018 Detroit auto show

Ferrari, Infiniti embrace EVs; Mazda takes the top EPA slot; Ford has more EVs to come: Today's Car News

Today, we look at details about Fisker, learn more about luxury brands coming around to electrification, and Mazda takes home another win from the EPA's calculators. All this... read more January 18, 2018 by


 
Henrik Fisker

Fisker EMotion: here's why we're skeptical about Fisker's latest electric car

After the rise and fall of Henrik Fisker's former automotive venture, a number of analysts and enthusiasts are skeptical about his newest company—Fisker, Inc.—and... read more January 18, 2018 by


 
2016 Mazda 3

Mazda tops EPA fuel-efficiency rankings for fifth year in a row

Pick-ups and SUVs are rapidly taking over the American automotive landscape, but there's at least one measure in which it benefits an automaker to sell fewer of those... read more January 18, 2018 by


 
Sergio Marchionne

Ferrari, Infiniti: Even laggards, skeptics come round to electric cars

Back in 2013, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo proclaimed, "I don’t believe in the electric cars"—all but solidifying the automaker's position for the future... read more January 18, 2018 by


 
Infiniti Q Inspiration design sketch

Pickup truck tech, revised CAFE rules, China EV sales, 'historic' opportunity for carmakers: Today's Car News

Today, we've got data from China on plug-in vehicle sales, an intriguing hint on pickup powertrains, a date for revised CAFE rules, and an affirmation of electric cars by an... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
BYD Qin EV300

China plug-in electric vehicle sales in 2017: almost four times those in the U.S.

Compared to previous years, overall car-sales growth in the U.S. has all but plateaued at around 17.5 million. China is doing little better, with growth reaching just 3... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
Gas pump

CAFE proposal coming March 30: automakers hope national rules survive

It's been hanging out there in limbo for more than six months: the answer to the question of what happens to gas-mileage rules under Trump. Given the daily political turmoil... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
2019 Chevrolet Silverado, 2018 Detroit auto show

New 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup: planned for all powertrain types

Vehicle launches at auto shows include a dance between automakers, which only want certain information revealed, and journalists, who want to put specific news items into a... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
McLaren Monocage II carbon fiber monocoque structure

Carbon fiber from plants close to carbon-neutral? Scientists hopeful

When it comes to materials with the most promise in automotive applications, carbon fiber and graphene each rank high on the list. Unlike graphene, however, real-world carbon... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
Mike Jackson standing in front of Ford F-150 Raptor at NAIAS 2015, Credit: AutoNation

Electric cars are 'historic opportunity' for US carmakers: Autonation CEO

Unlike many auto dealers and dealership groups that see selling electric vehicles as a necessary burden, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson believes electric vehicles offer a... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
2018 Nissan Leaf

What will your next new car be? Twitter poll results

Experienced survey companies know that what people say they will do and what they actually end up doing are sometimes two different things. They also know that picking the... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
Honda Insight Prototype, 2018 Detroit auto show

2019 Honda Insight video preview from Detroit auto show

Pickup trucks took the limelight this year, but a significant green car made a quiet debut. It's an interesting and handsome model that revives a familiar name for Honda. The... read more January 17, 2018 by


 
2019 Ram 1500, 2018 Detroit auto show

2019 Ram 1500 pickup has 48-volt 'mild hybrid' system for fuel economy

The dominant news at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was about pickup trucks. Ironically, the Detroit automaker with the fewest electrified models... read more January 16, 2018 by


 
BMW Vision Next 100 Concept

Fisker EMotion, electric-car tax credit, plug-in cars for Costa Rica: Today's Car News

Today, we've got some wrapup articles from both last week's Consumer Electronics Show and this week's Detroit auto show, thoughts on the electric-car tax credit, and greener... read more January 16, 2018 by


 
Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, by Flickr user Adam Baker (Used under CC License)

Costa Rica to become Latin American electric-car pioneer?

Costa Rica isn't what you'd call a bastion of automotive sales. The Central American country ,wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, is home to 4.8 million people who buy just... read more January 16, 2018 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Could improving electric-car tax credit be possible even with today's politics?

Rather to the surprise of electric-car advocates, the massive tax bill passed by the U.S. Congress in December did not eliminate the federal tax credit for purchase of a... read more January 16, 2018 by


 
2019 Ram 1500, 2018 Detroit auto show

What green tech best suits pickup trucks in 2030? Take our Twitter poll

The three most significant debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show were pickup trucks, one from each of the Detroit Three automakers. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-size... read more January 16, 2018 by


 
 

 
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