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Skoda has increased the size of the new Fabia small hatchback and expanded safety and comfort equipment, but it will not offer a hybrid version to keep down costs. Skoda unveiled the Fabia online on Tuesday ahead of its sales launch in Europe in September. A station wagon version will follow later. The fourth-generation Fabia
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The HR-V will become the second vehicle offered in Europe by Honda only with a full-hybrid drivetrain. The crossover will use the same drivetrain as the Jazz small-segment hatchback with two electric motors and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that make a combined output of 129 hp, Honda said in a statement. The e:HEV powertrain has
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AUSTIN — Toyota will acquire Lyft’s self-driving technology unit for $550 million, the companies said, as the Japanese automaker steps up its automation ambitions with the newly created Woven Planet division. Woven Planet, which Toyota set up in January to develop connected vehicle, autonomous and semi-autonomous driving technology, will take over all of the more
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BERLIN — Porsche is speeding up its e-mobility drive with plans for a German factory to manufacture battery cells for electric vehicles, CEO Oliver Blume told a German newspaper. “Battery cells are a key technology for Germany’s automobile industry which we must also have in our own country,” Blume told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Porsche
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MUNICH — BMW will build a prototype of a solid-state battery car before 2025, joining an accelerating race for a technology that promises to boost the power and range of electric vehicles. The automaker said its researchers are working “intensively” on solid state batteries, calling cell storage the central plank of its electric vehicle shift.
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Volkswagen brand is targeting family buyers in China with the ID6, its biggest battery-powered model to date. The three-row, seven-seat crossover is tailored specifically to the needs and wishes of Chinese customers “in terms of space, functionality, design and, in particular, user experience,” VW said in a statement on Saturday ahead of the model’s public
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The Mercedes-Benz EQS full-electric sedan is so packed with technology that much of the automaker’s 70-page press release on the car is devoted to explaining it. But there is one feature that the EQS surprisingly doesn’t have: A rear-view camera system that replaces traditional mirrors. To solve the problem of blind spots – made worse
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Electric-vehicle maker Polestar has raised $550 million from a group of Asian financial investors to accelerate its product development and sales as the Volvo Cars subsidiary prepares to expand its lineup beyond its first two models. The private placement of newly issued shares marks the first time the 3-year-old brand has gotten the backing of
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South Korean battery makers LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation said on Sunday they have agreed to settle a trade secrets dispute over electric vehicle battery technologies, avoiding a potential setback for U.S. EV ambitions. The last-minute settlement ends a bitter U.S. trade dispute, sparing President Joe Biden from choosing between undermining intellectual property rights
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Volvo Cars has promoted its head of Europe, Bjorn Annwall, to chief financial officer. Annwall, 45, who joined the automaker’s executive management team in 2015, will succeed Carla De Geyseleer effective April 19. De Geyseleer, who has served as CFO since 2019, will step down for personal reasons, the automaker said. Annwall has been Volvo’s
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Panasonic is betting that close to a century of experience making car batteries has prepared it to manufacture a difficult-to-produce next-generation battery championed by Tesla as the key to unlocking cheaper and more ubiquitous electric vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first unveiled the 4680 battery at Tesla’s Battery Day in September as a “massive breakthrough”
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BERLIN — Germany’s auto industry picked up speed in March, a survey published by the Ifo economic institute showed on Tuesday, although automotive executives also become less optimistic about the outlook for the coming months. The survey’s indicator for the current business situation rose to 7.9 points in March from minus 0.4 in February, as
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