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Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Things aren't looking so good for General Motors' gas-electric hybrid, with the company revealing that Chevrolet Volt production will be suspended for four weeks this summer. The reason revolves around slow sales numbers, and is also to shift focus toward preparing for the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt model, which will have certain different production requirements. The plant that makes the Volt will likely be staying open during the suspended production, however; that plant is under construction as GM preps to start building the new Volts and the Cadillac CT6.

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BMW plans plug-in hybrid versions of all models

BMW plans plug-in hybrid versions of all models

BMW has said in the past that it plans to make plug-in hybrid versions of all of the core models in its line. This week at the New York Auto Show BMW changed it up a bit and is promising even more plug-in hybrid versions of its vehicles. BMW's North America CEO Ludwig Willisch has stated that the plug-in hybrid plan will be applied to all new models.

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Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ahead of debut

Toyota has teased its upcoming 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV, something it plans to officially debut at the New York Auto Show next week. It's not much of a tease (or is especially so, depending on your perspective), showing only part of the back end where the "Limited Hybrid" emblem is placed -- we don't really get a look at the SUV, then, but there are a few details to be gleaned from the relatively sparse shot, including a switch up in the tail lights design.

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2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

Chevrolet has dished on its upcoming Chevy Malibu Hybrid, saying that thanks to the use of 2016 Volt technology, the newest Malibu will be offering more than 45MPG, something it doesn't hesitate to note trumps the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and the Hyundai Sonata. This is promised to be joined by some "unique features" that improve various aspects of the car, including things like its airflow and aerodynamics, as well as a new direct injection 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a modified version of the Volt's drive unit.

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Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes to release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it will be greatly expanding its lineup of plug-in hybrid models by launching 10 new vehicles between now and 2017. As of now only two models are confirmed for sale in the U.S., but with an aggressive worldwide release of 10 hybrids, it means Mercedes will average a new model every four months. To solidify the company's investment in hybrids, Mercedes is simplifying their branding, dropping the "Plug-in Hybrid" suffix to just add "e" to end of model names.

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Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Electric and hybrid cars may be waiting on improved battery technology to squash driver range anxiety, but Toyota believes it may have a wildcard in the meantime. The company is rolling out two new prototypes for real-world testing in Japan, each switching in new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors that could take a big bite out of the 20-percent of electrical power loss traditional components are responsible for. The technology in the two vehicles - a Toyota Camry and a fuel cell bus - could end up in production cars sooner rather than later, Toyota promises.

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VW Cross Coupe GTE concept: a new design for tomorrow’s SUV

VW Cross Coupe GTE concept: a new design for tomorrow’s SUV

At CES 2015, Volkswagen revealed its fancy Golf R Touch interface for future smart cars. Now at the Detroit Auto Show 2015, it will be showing off something less hi-tech but still forward-looking. The five-seater Cross Coupe GTE concept SUV, its latest plug-in hybrid, will be showcasing new features, new technologies, and new designs that the car maker will be putting into a more imminent model, a seven-seater mid-size SUV that it plans to reveal to the world near the end of 2016.

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Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet may be busy preparing the new 2016 Volt for its debut in Detroit in just a few weeks time, but the rumor mill is heaving with the renewed possibility of a companion hybrid crossover, the CrossVolt. GM's lawyers have been busy renewing the CrossVolt trademark at the USPTO, sparking again the chatter of a meatier model to use the Voltec powertrain freshly developed for its revamped hybrid. With almost five years under its belt since it revealed the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept shown here, however, GM's strategy for expanding on hybrids and EVs still isn't clear.

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