TOKYO — Just three years ago, when his competitors were already selling all manner of electric vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda finally ordered the startup of his company’s EV project. But he took a surprising approach. Toyoda asked its leaders to think like a startup. Funding wasn’t guaranteed, he told them: Make a
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Tesla Inc. posted a surprise quarterly profit on Wednesday, making good on CEO  Elon Musk’s promise, and said it was “highly confident” in exceeding 360,000 deliveries this year. The electric automaker said net income for the third quarter fell 54 percent to $143 million, but shares in the company nonetheless surged 17 percent in after-hours trading because Wall
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AMSTERDAM — Honda has brought forward a goal to only sell battery-powered and hybrid cars in Europe by three years to 2022. Honda is axing its diesel cars in Europe as it adds full-electric and hybrid powertrains in a green technology push. Honda had said it intended to move 100 percent of its European sales
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Hyundai’s engineering teams from Korea and America took to the Bonneville Salt Flats in September to attempt land speed records with two of its green-tech models. The company’s engineering teams fielded a Hyundai Nexo aimed at tackling the record in the fuel-cell-vehicle category, and a Sonata in the gasoline-electric-hybrid category. Senior powertrain engineer Dean Schlingmann piloted
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With the 2020 GLE, Mercedes-Benz sheds the crossover SUV’s occasionally compromised past. Set to go on sale in the spring of 2019, the 2020 Mercedes GLE-Class is as much a high-riding E-Class wagon as it is an off-roader. For most buyers, that’ll be just fine. The GLE sets the standard for mid-size crossover SUV luxury.
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. doesn’t yet have a long-range electric vehicle on the market, but it’s working to woo on-the-fence consumers by rolling out plans for a robust charging infrastructure. The automaker last week announced details about its charging strategy for the first time. It will offer free mobile charge cords so customers can
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PARIS — PSA Group reported a rise in third-quarter revenue on strong demand for its pricier utility vehicles, but the automaker said overall vehicle sales fell, and it lowered outlook for major auto markets. Revenue for the July to September period rose 1 percent to 15.6 billion euros ($17.3 billion), PSA said in a statement on
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MILAN — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will build a new battery assembly complex in its Mirafiori plant in Turin, with an initial investment of 50 million euros ($56 million), the automaker said Tuesday. Batteries produced in the new complex will be used by the new generation of full electric models that the company is planning to
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FRANKFURT –  Continental said on Tuesday that slower automobile production growth over the next five years had forced the supplier to book a 2.5 billion euro ($2.8 billion) impairment. The auto industry slowdown has already prompted profit warnings from various suppliers, including Continental, in the past few months. “We do not anticipate that global production
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Dean Evans, the marketing whiz behind Hyundai’s sometimes cheeky and sometimes moving Super Bowl ads, is leaving his position as head of U.S. marketing with many laurels to rest on. But that’s not how he operates. Evans remains passionate about the auto industry after 30 years living through its ups and downs and plans a
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Regardless of trim, the 2020 Subaru Forester is well-equipped and an exceptional value among compact crossovers.  Like last year, the 2020 Forester is available in base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring trim levels. It costs $25,505 to start, including destination, for a 2020 Forester base version with an automatic transmission. The top 2020 Forester Touring
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As an autonomous future looms large, automakers such as General Motors, Ford and Toyota are racing to capitalize on self-driving technology. And while the technology itself still faces significant hurdles, there is even more uncertainty about the best ways to commercialize it. With billions of dollars of investment at stake, it is critical for automakers
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We pit the brand new 2011 Ford Mustang GT against its V-8 powered rivals from Chevrolet and Dodge in the ultimate battle for muscle car supremacy. Read the full story here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_1006_2011_mustang_gt_2010_camaro_ss_2010_challenger_srt8_comparison/index.html Shot by: Mike Suggett, Jim Gleason and Duane Sempson Edited by: Mike Suggett
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Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans. The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking. The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target
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