Geely Auto forms new premium electric car company Zeekr; SEA EV architecture

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Geely Auto Group (Geely Auto) officially announced the widely reported formation of Zeekr—a new electric mobility technology and solutions company based in China that will serve growing global demand for premium electric vehicles.

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Volkswagen of America unveils the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV

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This compact SUV, which will be available in rear-wheel drive 201-hp 82 kWh (launching first) and all-wheel-drive 302-hp 82 kWh configurations, offers three years of fast charging with Electrify America for no additional cost. sits squarely in the middle of the compact SUV segment.

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BYD debuts E-SEED GT concept car, Song Pro SUV and e Series at 2019 Shanghai Auto Show

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BYD debuted its E-SEED GT concept car and Song Pro SUV alongside its all-new e-series models at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. BYD’s all-new Song Pro SUV is built under the BNA architecture, featuring a wheelbase of 2,712mm, with a large five-seater space comparable to a medium or large SUV. Its interior features a panoramic skylight, automatic ambient lighting together with 90-110 degree adjustable rear seats.

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Volkswagen unveils T-Prime Concept GTE AWD plug-in hybrid SUV at Auto China 2016

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Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid in a world premiere at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. The concept fulls-size SUV previews the future Volkswagen SUV. By means of comparison: the SUV is 0.4 The driver brings out the most agile character of the SUV in this mode. The importance of SUVs. SUVs are booming worldwide, and this is especially true in the segment of the large C-SUVs to which the T-Prime Concept GTE belongs.

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Mercedes-Benz unveiling Concept GLA compact SUV at Auto Shanghai; laser projectors in headlamps

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Mercedes-Benz will show the Concept GLA compact premium-class SUV at the Auto Shanghai motor show (21 to 29 April 2013. The Concept GLA marks a new approach for us in the compact SUV segment—this is a sporty and more coupé-like evolution of this category of vehicle. These not only provide the light to drive by, but are also capable of projecting pictures or films onto a screen or other surface.

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US auto dealers sue Mahindra & Mahindra over diesel pickup and SUVs

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The lawsuit alleges that Mahindra duped US auto dealers with promises of diesel light trucks and SUVS ( earlier post ) and then walked away with more than $60 million in cash and trade secrets. Mahindra told the dealers that its light trucks and SUVs were ready for delivery to the US market.

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Honda unveils Urban SUV Concept

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Honda unveiled its “Urban SUV Concept” vehicle at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The concept hints at the styling direction of an all-new small SUV slated to launch in Japan by the end of 2013, followed by the US market in 2014. Urban SUV Concept. The small SUV will be manufactured along with the Fit at Honda’s newest North American plant near Celaya, Mexico, expected to open in the spring of 2014.

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Dana showcasing electrified technologies at Auto Shanghai

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At Auto Shanghai 2017, Dana Incorporated is showcasing select technologies from its Spicer Electrified portfolio of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies, as well as thermal-management products for electric and hybrid vehicles. Chinese auto buyers purchased almost half of all the plug-in electric vehicles sold in the world last year, and Chinese officials have set ambitious goals for the further adoption of hybrid- and electric-powered vehicles in the decades ahead.

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Efficient Drivetrains develops PHEV SUV for Asian market

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EDI), a developer of plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and continuously variable transmission (CVT) technologies spanning light- to heavy-duty classes ( earlier post ), has developed a new energy plug-in hybrid electric SUV for the Asian marketplace. Based on EDI’s proprietary drivetrain technology, the SUV offers the highest performance for a PHEV in its class, the company said. EDI’s New Energy PHEV SUV. Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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IHS Automotive forecasts 88.6M unit global light vehicle market in 2015; 2.4% growth

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China will lead the sector’s volume growth, with particular strength in SUVs, though IHS expects the market to slow from 2014. However, IHS Automotive analysts still expect light vehicle sales in China to grow by 7% in 2015 to 25.2 million units, aided with increased auto finance penetration, fast dealership expansion and government vehicle scrappage programs. IHS Automotive experts also expect SUVs to remain the fastest-growing segment in China in 2015.

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Carbon and Automobili Lamborghini partner to manufacture digitally auto parts at scale

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Both parts are on Lamborghini’s Super SUV, the Urus model, which was first introduced in 2018. Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology uses light and oxygen to produce products rapidly from a pool of resin. Digital Light Synthesis produces consistent and predictable mechanical properties, creating parts that are solid on the inside. CLIP, as reported in Science , uses digital light projection in combination with oxygen permeable optics.

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BMW i4 EV’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show gets cancelled by COVID-19!

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March 3 rd , 2020: with the Geneva Auto Show cancelled due to the coronavirus, automakers have been forced to present their new cars via digital debuts online. Both won prestigious awards and added impetus to the public’s perception that e-mobility is where the auto industry is headed.

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Volkswagen unveils ID. ROOMZZ electric SUV concept in Shanghai; series model in 2021

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ROOMZZ—a zero-emission SUV in the five meter category. Volkswagen will present the concept car as part of a world première at Auto Shanghai (18 to 26 April) in an homage to China, currently the largest market for zero-emission vehicles. Light” is also integrated beneath the windshield—this is an interactive light strip between the A-pillars through which the driver and guests obtain additional information. Volkswagen is expanding its electric ID.

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The new Achates Power 2.7-liter OPE will deliver nominal power of 270 hp and max torque of 650 N·m (479 lb-ft); the vehicle will achieve 37 mpg—12% above the 33 mpg fully phased-in CAFE 2025 requirement for a full-size, light-duty pick-up truck (65-70 sq. Light-duty diesel OP.

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IHS Markit: average age of light cars and trucks in US rises again in 2016 to 11.6 years; record number in operation

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The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the US has once again climbed slightly this year, to 11.6 Registrations for light VIO, including cars and light trucks (SUVs/CUVs as well) in the US also reached a record level of more than 264 million—an increase of more than 6.2 This represents the highest annual increase the auto industry has seen in the US since it began tracking VIO growth, breaking the record of 2.1%

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New Ford Escape launching with two new EcoBoost engines with standard Auto Start-Stop

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The new Ford Escape, being showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model—a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. An indicator light provides a warning in the side mirror corresponding to the side on which the vehicle is approaching. Auto high-beam control: System automatically switches from high to low beams, and vice versa, depending on ambient lighting.

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Volkswagen to introduce battery-electric compact SUV in US in 2020; based on I.D. CROZZ

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Volkswagen Group of America announced it will introduce a new battery-electric compact SUV in the US in 2020. The new SUV will be based on the I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle ( earlier post ), which is making its North American debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new SUV will offer a range of more than 200 miles. In manual driving mode, the ambient lighting in the I.D. CROZZ is light blue, while in automated I.D.

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Volkswagen unveils Atlas; new MQB-based 7-seat SUV; first VW Digital Cockpit in US

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Volkswagen unveiled the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV at an event on the Santa Monica Pier. Atlas, said Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, is the brand’s first entry into the mid-size SUV segment, “ the heart of the American market.” Up front, standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights combine for a unique visual signature, with optional LED taillights to complete the look.

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Lincoln unveils Aviator three-row plug-in hybrid SUV production preview at New York show

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At the New York International Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled Aviator, a three-row plug-in hybrid production preview. The “teaser” model serves to preview the direction Lincoln plans to take with its newest SUV when the production model goes on sale next year. Appealing to millennials starting families, with the majority of vehicles sold to people ages 35 to 44, the medium luxury SUV segment saw sales of more than 585,000 vehicles in 2017.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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However, although the state has made considerable progress decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the rate of emissions decline appears to be slowing, due in part to a spike in transportation emissions attributed to an increase from light-duty vehicles. According to the report, it appears that emissions from light-duty vehicles accounted for the entire increase in GHG emissions. million MTCO 2 e) actually outpaced that of light-duty trucks and SUVs.

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2018 VW Tiguan and new 2.0 TSI B-cycle engine gives VW a strong offering in compact SUV segment

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As with the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas full-size SUV ( earlier post ), the new Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. First, it gives the automaker a very competitive offering in the compact SUV segment in the US—a segment which is booming in the US. Select compact SUVs. type compact electric SUV. This technology stops the engine during idle when the brake pedal is held (such as when waiting at a red light).

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Volkswagen intends sales of 150K e-cars by 2020; 100K ID, ID SUV; >1M in 2025; more on MEB

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With the MEB, vehicle concept and design can be structured in a more flexible way than ever before: the spectrum ranges from compact cars to SUVs and MPVs. The electric motor of the ID concept car showcased at the 2016 Paris Auto Show had a power output of 168 hp. The battery’s modular layout allows scalable ranges from about 200 miles up to more than 340 miles on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) cycle.

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VW unveils Cross Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid concept SUV at Detroit show; 70 mpge; previewing 7-seater SUV in 2016

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Volkswagen is unveiling a five-seater Cross Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a preview to its new seven-seater mid-size SUV due to enter production at the end of 2016. The Cross Coupe GTE is the third concept car presented by Volkswagen on the way to the production version of the mid-size SUV. Numerous details hint at how we envision a future production SUV model for North America. Cross Coupe GTE. Click to enlarge.

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BYTON unveils drivable electric SUV concept at CES; production model in 2019

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With a novel digital design and innovative human-vehicle interaction, the premium SUV is intended to function as a new generation smart device for shared, smart mobility and autonomous driving. The new SUV will be manufactured at BYTON’s plant in Nanjing, China. BYTON Concept is a mid-size premium smart electric SUV, measuring 4,850 mm (15.9 The new SUV leverages Electric Vehicle architecture to maximize space. User profiles auto-enabled for every BYTON.

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Gen 5 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuts at New York International Auto Show; 2.5L inline-4 and Toyota Hybrid System

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Toyota introduced the fifth-generation RAV4 at the New York International Auto Show. The implementation of the TNGA platform allows RAV4 to adopt the charisma of a bolder and tougher SUV, but in a package that is lower and wider. Inspired by Toyota’s off-road vehicle heritage, RAV4 Adventure grade has a more rugged exterior, thanks in part to its more aggressive grille, fog light surrounds, and unique wheel design.

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2016 Ford Explorer SUV replaces 2.0L EcoBoost with new 2.3L EcoBoost unit; more power and torque, same fuel economy expected

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The new 2016 Ford Explorer SUV is making its global debut today at Los Angeles Auto Show with a new available 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that delivers more horsepower and torque than the 2.0L An active wastegate controls boost more precisely during light load operation to help save fuel. More than 7 million Explorers have been sold in the United States since its launch in 1991, which makes it America’s best-selling SUV for 25 years.

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Audi unveils Q8 plug-in hybrid concept full-size SUV; production version in 2018

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Audi presented the Audi Q8 concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017. Combining the spaciousness of an SUV with the lines of a coupe, the Q8 concept features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The concept full-size SUV is the basis for a production model that Audi will launch on the market in 2018; whether or not the first production version will be a plug-in hybrid has yet to be determined. Another touchscreen is reserved for the lighting functions.

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces Two-Mode Hybrid ML450 SUV at New York Auto Show

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Mercedes-Benz staged the world premiere of the ML 450 HYBRID at the 2009 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) ( earlier post ). Fuel consumption and emissions from the ML 450 HYBRID are up to 60% less than a conventional eight-cylinder SUV with permanent all-wheel drive. The start/stop function deactivates the V6 engine as soon as it is not needed, say when rolling up to a red traffic light. The two-mode ML 450 HYBRID. Click to enlarge.

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Next Generation Concept SUV

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Mercedes-Benz wants to push the envelope a bit and has been showcasing its Ener-G-Force concept SUV, a futuristic-looking vehicle that includes some technologies that it believes will be integrated into vehicles by 2025. Introduced as part of the recent Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge to design a police car for the year 2025, the Ener-G-Force is the civilian version concept of that entry. Second, the concept SUV included very detailed exterior features.

Road Test: 2021 Hyundai Venue

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The motor-driven power steering was light-neutral in its feel, commanding the 205/55 Nexen NPriz all-season touring tires mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels (standard on our Denim trim level). In the Denim trim, the front end gets LED projector head and daytime running lights and LED taillights.

Road Test: 2021 Buick Envision Avenir FWD

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The sculpted front end incorporates LED head and daytime running lights sitting outside the wide, and not-so-large, tasteful new grille, which was finished in tinted chrome. The LED tail lights are mere slits on the outer edges of the hands-free lift gate.

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PwC’s Autofacts forecasts global light vehicle assembly to hit 81M units in 2013, 101M by 2017

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Global light vehicle assembly is expected to reach 81 million units in 2013, an increase of 2.3 Autofacts forecasts annual global light vehicle assembly to reach 101 million by 2017. The long awaited rebound is now not expected until early 2014 at the earliest, as it sees decrease in light vehicle assembly drop (-500k) in the first half of 2013. year-to-date, while the light commercial vehicle sector continues to decline, with registrations down 7.3%

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CALSTART survey of major auto suppliers finds 70% don’t want US to change CAFE targets; split on amount of electrification needed

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Deployment of electric vehicles is required under the ZEV mandates that exist in California and various other states (requiring electrification in 15% of new light-duty vehicle sales by 2025, which equates to about 4% of new light-duty vehicle sales nationwide). 29% of respondents indicated that they would expect at least an additional 2% of electrified light-duty vehicles above the ZEV mandate requirements to be necessary to meet the 2025 targets.

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Mazda debuts CX-5 crossover with full SKYACTIV technologies for North America at LA Auto Show

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) unveiled its all-new 2013 CX-5 compact SUV ( earlier post ) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. With a targeted coefficient of drag of 0.33, the CX-5 aims to be the most aerodynamic compact SUV in the field. Also available are a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system, Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFLS) with auto-leveling bi-xenon headlamps and a rear view camera with distance guide lines.

Honda to introduce Fit-based HR-V Compact SUV in US this year

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Honda released the first official photos of the US-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and size. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a “versatile and spacious” interior thanks to a center tank layout. Honda HR-V. Click to enlarge.

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Porsche introducing new plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV; third plug-in from Porsche

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The new generation of the Cayenne will enter the market later this year in five versions: Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel and—in a world premiere—the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. All new Cayenne models feature an improved “auto stop-start function plus” and optimized thermal management.

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ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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Because SUVs and trucks have a large number of parts, the authors suggested, they are good candidates to be the vehicle types with the largest amount of biobased material on a part number basis. However, they noted, there are also many challenges associated with the use of biobased parts in the auto industry. The material is both durable and resistant to light and has the potential to reduce energy consumption during production by 10–15%.

First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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The XC90 T8 Twin Engine will be the first 3-row, 7-passenger, plug-in hybrid electric light-duty vehicle in the US when it arrives in showrooms toward the end of 2015, but will soon be joined by—at least—the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro diesel PHEV ( earlier post) , the Mercedes-Benz GLE 550e PHEV ( earlier post ), and the BMW X5 xDrive 40e ( earlier post ). Luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs coming to US market. In 1999, Ford acquired Volvo as part of its Premier Auto Group.

2015 258

India Sets Fuel-Economy Rules; Could They Stem Rise Of SUVs?

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India is the latest country to set stiff fuel-economy standards for new cars and light trucks. The Indian government has mandated a 14-percent increase in gas mileage beginning in 2016, The Economic Times (via Indian Autos Blog) reports. MORE: 2014 Toyota Corolla Eco LE: Gas Mileage Test Drive The 14-percent target will apply to all passenger

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Ford Investing $550M to Retool SUV Plant to Produce Focus Small Car and EV

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The plant, formerly the Michigan Truck Plant and the production site for Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators SUVs, is one of three North American light truck plants Ford is retooling to build fuel-efficient global small cars in the coming years. At the plant, Ford and United Auto Workers are developing modern new operating practices to ensure high quality and even greater efficiency. “We’re

2009 174

Rivian R1T all-electric pickup revealed: 400-mile range, 160-kw DC fast charging

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With the Rivian R1T pickup revealed this morning, just ahead of the Los Angeles auto show, and the R1S SUV expected to be shown here this week, a Michigan-based electric-vehicle startup called Rivian might have something that’s been a long time coming: the first widely available fully electric light-duty pickup.

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2011 LA Auto Show Greenery

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The Los Angeles Auto Show will be open for the press on November 16 & 17 and for the public November 18 through 27. The auto industry has been a relatively strong part of the economy, and all expectations are that it will continue its momentum at the L.A. There will be more than 20 auto-maker press conferences, where the auto-makers are eager to convince consumers that they are investing heavily in cars that buyers really want.

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Audi A2 Electrifies Frankfurt Auto Show

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The Audi A2 Concept features an all electric powertrain, long range capability, a by-wire control system for agile performance, and an innovative lighting system. The extended range, acceleration, and high top speed are possible because the A2 is so small and light weight. A package of LEDs and micro-reflectors generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light. And intelligent tail lights adapt to the visibility conditions by varying the brightness level.

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