Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric vehicle is returning for the 2016 model year with some much needed upgrades that will make it a bit more livable. If you were to walk into a Mitsubishi showroom today to buy the i-MiEV you'd notice that it doesn't come with simple tech gadgets like Bluetooth or even a navigation system. Thankfully those will be part of the options list when the 2016 i-MiEV arrives this spring.
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Audi has revealed the Prologue Avant plug-in hybrid concept ahead of its debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The Prologue Avant is the follow up to the Prologue concept that debuted late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Earlier this year GM revealed its new Chevy Bolt concept, which is expected to have a range of about 200 miles when it's introduced, but there might be one big change before that happens. The "Bolt" name has been criticized for sounding too much like the Chevy Volt, so GM may change the name.
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This year the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup is finally getting some competition from GM's new Colorado and Canyon pickups and even though the Toyota gave the 2016 Tacoma a big refresh, there's one area that Toyota will not compete in - diesels.
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A new report claims that General Motors is going to begin production of its new $30,000 electric car - the Chevy Bolt in October 2016. The 200-mile range Bolt will be built at an underused plant north of Detroit.
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It's being reported that Audi is working on a new e-quattro all-wheel-drive system that mates a gas engine to two electric motors - with one electric motor in the transmission and the second powering the rear wheels. The system is expected to debut first in the new A4 and the upcoming TTQ crossover.
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Rumors about an all-electric Porsche midsize sedan have been on and off, but now the latest rumor claims that plans are moving forward to bring it to market in about four years. Previous reports claimed that Porsche is working on an electric model, but Porsche quickly rejected the rumors, but now development is supposedly back on.
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BMW has revealed its 60-second spot for the BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. After taking four years off, BMW will return to the game with "Newfangled Idea," featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel.
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BMW and VW are set to emulate Tesla by creating an electric vehicle charging network across both the East and West coast of the U.S. The two automakers have partnered with ChargePoint to add 100 DC fast chargers to ChargePoint's network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.
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Tokyo has set a goal of putting 6,000 vehicles on the road by the 2020 Olympics, which will see the city spend up to $385 million on fuel cell vehicle subsidies and hydrogen stations. Tokyo plans to build 35 stations and is in negotiations with Toyota and Honda, since both automakers plan to release new fuel-cell vehicles within the next year.
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Now that Chevy has officially upped the ante with the debut of the 200-mile range Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, it's time for other EVs to follow suit. The Nissan Leaf is currently the most popular fully-electric vehicle on the market and Nissan hopes to keep that title with a "high-output" version of the next Leaf that could have an even longer driving range than the upcoming Bolt.
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This morning Chevy debuted the all-new 2016 Volt and also previewed a new 200 mile range electric car - the Chevy Bolt. The Bolt EV concept is Chevy's vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.
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Chevy has officially unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt at the Detroit Auto Show. We saw the exterior of the new Volt last week at CES, but now we have all the details, including its new powertrain that can keep the Volt moving up to 50 miles in electric mode.
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It's being reported that General Motors is working on a new electric car with a driving range around 200 miles on a single range. The electric car is expected to be introduced by 2017, but the world will reportedly get a preview of it next week at the Detroit Auto Show. GM is going to show a concept version of the EV with the Chevy Bolt name alongside the all-new Volt.
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Mercedes-Benz has officially unveiled the autonomous F 015 Luxury in Motion concept at CES. Mercedes-Benz has been working on autonomous vehicles for years and following the S 500 Intelligent Drive and Future Truck 2025 autonomous vehicles, the automaker has unveiled what it calls a "self-driving luxury sedan."
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Even though we're just a week away from the debut of the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt, GM has given a sneak peek of the new Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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In an effort to catch up to rivals like Tesla and BMW, Audi's CEO Rupert Stadler has announced that Audi will release two fully electric vehicles by 2018.
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Could GM be working on a crossover version of the Volt? Back in 2011 General Motors filed a trademark application for the "Crossvolt" name, but then in November of this year that trademark expired. Now its being reported that GM applied to use the same trademark in August of this year, which leads to some speculation that GM may actually use the name.
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Even though the Tesla Roadster is no longer in production, that doesn't mean that Tesla has forgotten about it. Tesla has just announced the release of the Roadster 3.0 package that includes a host of updates that will give the Roadster a driving range up to 400 miles.
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Earlier this year Google unveiled its self-driving car, but that early model was merely a mock up. Now Google has taken the wraps off the production version of its self-driving vehicle, which is now ready to begin real world testing.
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It's been rumored that Tesla has some updates coming for the Tesla Roadster and now Elon Musk has announced on his Twitter account that an announcement is coming this week.
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Chevrolet has released another teaser of the 2016 Volt ahead of its debut next month at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. In this latest teaser video, the 2016 Volt shows that it has what it takes to drive on an icy, snow filled road.
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We're only a few weeks away from the debut of the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt, but Chevy is giving the world a sneak peek at its interior with a new video.
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Hyundai has unveiled the 2016 Sonata Hybrid at an event in Seoul, South Korea. Even though the gas powered Sonata was all-new for the 2015 model year, the hybrid version took a bit longer to develop - 27 months.
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BMW has announced that it has developed a fully-automated parking system for the i3, which will debt next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Unlike some other parking systems, the i3's system takes the technology to the next level, since the driver can completely exit the vehicle before it parks itself.
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Production of the next-generation Toyota Prius was supposed to kick off next spring, but it's already been reported that it is delayed until the end of 2015. We're now learning that the reason for the last minute delay is due to some last minute styling changes.
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Volvo has released additional details about the plug-in hybrid system that will power the 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV. Volvo says that the XC90 T8 will deliver "all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match."
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The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 went on a significant diet plan with one of the goals being improved fuel economy, which explains why it now holds the title as the most fuel efficient full size gas powered pickup. Even with the gains that the new truck received, Ford is reportedly looking at other ways to make the F-150 even more fuel efficient, which could include a hybrid version.
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BMW has announced plans to release plug-in hybrid versions of its core models and has previewed the technology in the 3 Series eDrive prototype. In Miramas, France, BMW has presented a BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype and a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts that incorporate the electric technology already used in BMW's i3 and i8 models.
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Audi is reportedly working on an electric sedan that will rival the Tesla Model S. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's head of R&D recently confirmed the new electric model in an interview with Auto Express.
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Ever since Ford revealed the new lighter 2015 F-150 one of the bigger discussions has been around what that would mean for its fuel economy specs. Ford has now revealed that the 2015 F-150 gets up to 26 mpg with the new 2.7L EcoBoost engine - making it the most fuel efficient full size gasoline-powered pickup.
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Even though the Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off this week, one car that was not at the show was the next-generation Chevy Volt. We have to wait until January to see the 2016 Volt, but Chevy did reveal part of the Volt's new face at a fan event in LA.
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This year is all about fuel cell news at the LA Auto Show. This week we've already heard updates from Toyota with its Mirai and the upcoming Honda FCV. Now Audi is showcasing its upcoming fuel cell technology under the hood of the A7 with the debut of the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro concept.
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Yesterday Toyota officially dropped all the details for the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Everyone is jumping on the fuel-cell bandwagon and now it's being reported that BMW may tap its current relationship with Toyota for a fuel-cell vehicle for the i-sub brand.
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Toyota has dropped all the details about the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell sedan that is going to arrive next year. We've already seen photos of it, but now Toyota has announced that the Mirai will have a price starting at $57,500 before any tax incentives.
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As expected, Toyota has officially announced the name of its upcoming 2016 fuel-cell vehicle, which will be called the Mirai. According to Toyota, Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, represents a turning point for the automotive industry.
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Last year Honda announced plans to introduce its new fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, but now Honda has revealed that those plans have been delayed until 2016. Also with the announcement of the delay, Honda has also revealed an updated version of the FCV concept, which previews the production version that will go on sale in Japan in March 2016.
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Just a few months ago it was announced that production of the Tesla Model X crossover was being delayed until the second quarter of 2015, but now it's being delayed further. Tesla has announced that production is now delayed until the third quarter of 2015.
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With the new Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover now rolling into showrooms it remains to be seen how many buyers gravitate towards the new compact crossover. Mercedes-Benz is now previewing another crossover that could be even smaller than the GLA with the new G-Code concept.
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Toyota has announced that its new fuel cell vehicle will be put through its paces in the final installment in this year's Japanese Rally Championship, the 177 mile Shinshiro Rally held in Aichi Prefecture on November 1 and 2. The Toyota FCV that has been specially tuned and outfitted for rally racing will check the safety of the roads as a zero car.
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