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Fisker To Reveal Project Nina At New York Auto Show

By Jeff Cobb Last week Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher called to follow-up, and I asked when we’d get to see the pending 2013 Nina variants. He said “that’s a good question,” and that he’d have news soon. And sure enough, Fisker said yesterday that it will reveal its long-anticipated extended-range EV platform April 3 at the New [...] [...]

Natural Gas Gaining Ground In Truck Engines

By Philippe Crowe In light of the Mid-America Trucking Show being held this week in Louisville, Ky., Cummins announced it has begun development of a 15-liter Heavy-Duty, spark-ignited natural gas engine for on-highway trucks. In addition to its off-highway natural gas engines, Cummins is already producing on-highway spark-ignited natural gas engines for Cummins Westport, its joint [...] [...]

Chevrolet Spark EV Will Be Made In South Korea

By Jeff Cobb Today we learned from General Motors that the pending 2013 Chevy Spark EV will be imported from South Korea where it will be made alongside the standard global platform Spark. “The Spark EV will be produced in Changwon, South Korea, the same location as the Spark with the internal combustion engine,” said GM’s Randy [...] [...]

The Toyota Prius C and everything wrong with America

Prius c makes too much sense for most American car buyers Summing up Americana through the US auto culture After reading that the Kia Rio EX was Consumer Report’s top pick amongst subcompacts, I started matching it up with the Toyota Prius C. Immediately, it became obvious to me just how much sense the Prius C makes. [...] [...]

Chevrolet Malibu Eco

By Larry E. Hall Timing is everything. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, equipped with a mild hybrid powertrain with an EPA rating of 25/37 city/highway and 29 mpg combined, began arriving at dealers a few weeks ago, just as gasoline began edging past $4 a gallon in several regions of the U.S. The arrival of the [...] [...]

Nissan To Show Sporty Electric Infiniti Next Month

By Jeff Cobb Revealed last month in Geneva, the Infiniti Emerg-E plug-in hybrid shows how sporty the company envisions electrified cars can be. Next will be a battery electric car not as exotic, but sportier than the Nissan Leaf. Who says EVs have to be merely utilitarian? Not Nissan, which will soon show a sportier Infiniti-branded [...] [...]

E-Drivers Wanted: VW To Test Pre-Production E-Golfs In US

By Jeff Cobb This week Volkswagen of America announced it will be bringing a test fleet of 20 battery electric Golfs to the U.S. for a nine-month research project beginning in April. The E-Golf pilot program will take place in the Detroit Metro, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. markets, and a dozen of the cars will [...] [...]

GM Loans Volts in Effort to Win Over Doubters

In testimony before a Congress earlier this year, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called the Chevy Volt “a political punching bag”?a characterization that few who have followed the vehicle since its release could argue with. Whether the sedan is being tied to the controversial auto bailouts, targeted by Darrell Issa investigations, or called “a car [...] [...]