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PHEV Is Fine: Mitsubishi Says It Knows What Green Buyers Want
While the brand name inspires more than a few snorts of derision and jokes in North America, Mitsubishi, now backed by the mighty Renault-Nissan Alliance, carries greater clout overseas. The automaker’s Outlander PHEV outsells all other plug-in hybrids in the UK, and global sales of the brand’s vehicles are on the upswing. Being a part of […] The post PHEV Is Fine: Mitsubishi Says It Knows What Green Buyers Want appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Hyundai, Kia Aiming for Solar Roofs Starting in 2019
Imagine a parked vehicle that slowly sucks dino juice from vast, underground deposits through its tires. That’s essentially what Hyundai Motor Group wants to do with its vehicles, the only difference being the energy source and the direction it’s coming from. Despite being talked about for years, solar roofs on automobiles haven’t seen widespread adoption. […] The post Hyundai, Kia Aiming for Solar Roofs Starting in 2019 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Mystery Mustang Appears in New Ford Ad
Ford Motor Company dropped its first Bryan Cranston-filled “Built Ford Proud” commercial today, offering the Breaking Bad alumnus an opportunity to cast aspersions at the company’s rivals, including industry startups. It’s filled with Ted Talk-bashing, futurespeak-trashing bravado linked together with a thread of get ‘er done, implying that talk is cheap, and real progress takes hard work. […] The post Mystery Mustang Appears in New Ford Ad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Forget Diesel – Tough Times Now Lie Ahead for the European Plug-in Crowd
The European new car market is in a period of extreme flux. Once-dominant diesels are on the way out thanks to new regulations, looming bans, and cancelled tax incentives, with electrified vehicles poised to take over the high-MPG role. But not everything’s rosy in the clean, green market on the other side of the Atlantic. […] The post Forget Diesel – Tough Times Now Lie Ahead for the European Plug-in Crowd appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

In the Hot Seat: Kia Niro Hybrid Recalled Over Fire Risk
Kia will be recalling 27,000 Niro hybrids sold within the United States due a potential defect in its wiring relay that could potentially send the rear seats up in smoke. According to filings with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kia reported a few warranty claims involving burn or heat damage to the rear seats. There […] The post In the Hot Seat: Kia Niro Hybrid Recalled Over Fire Risk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Jeep Renegade Plug-in Promises to Conquer Nature the Socially Acceptable Way
There’s a raft of changes coming to Jeep’s Renegade for the 2019 model year, but the brand’s run-down of the various alterations for the U.S. market didn’t include the possibility of a gas-electric variant. That’s what’s coming to the model, however, as Fiat Chrysler looks to ditch its overseas diesel powerplants by 2021 and curry favor […] The post Jeep Renegade Plug-in Promises to Conquer Nature the Socially Acceptable Way appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

In With the Old, In With the New: Mazda’s Rotary Return Might Leave RX-7/RX-8 Fans Disappointed
Mazda, an automaker that lacks even the mildest of hybrid vehicles, has announced a plan to  change its gas-obsessed image. In doing so, the “fun” Japanese brand will return a novel internal combustion engine to the automotive landscape: the rotary engine. We’ve talked up this possibility ad nauseum in the past, but the plan’s now […] The post In With the Old, In With the New: Mazda’s Rotary Return Might Leave RX-7/RX-8 Fans Disappointed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Nissan Launches Punchier e-Powered Note Nismo S for Japan
Nissan’s performance arm, Nismo, is wetting its beak on electrified powertrains. Last week, the company launched the Note e-Power Nismo S — upping the model’s performance output by roughly 25 percent. Sold in Japan since December of 2016, the Note e-Power Nismo offered 109 horsepower and 187 lb-ft. The new Nismo S brings those specs to 134 horsepower and […] The post Nissan Launches Punchier e-Powered Note Nismo S for Japan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Back to Black: Infiniti’s New Concept Is All About What’s Under the Hood
Infiniti doesn’t want you to look at the Project Black S prototype and ooh and ah over its looks. It’s a Q60 with an aero makeover. No, Infiniti created the Project Black S as a technological showpiece, due to be revealed Monday in the periphery of the Paris auto show. Beneath its hood is what […] The post Back to Black: Infiniti’s New Concept Is All About What’s Under the Hood appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Infiniti Joins Mazda in the Hybrid-free Zone
While popularity varies among brands, hybrids remain a tough sell in today’s marketplace, despite half of all automaker-produced literature going towards the touting of their environmental cred. Still, few automakers stand apart from the crowd by not offering a green vehicle of some sort, even if it’s a low-volume, rarely-heard-about offering aimed at satisfying the […] The post Infiniti Joins Mazda in the Hybrid-free Zone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

BMW Dropping Diesel in the U.S., With an Asterisk
If, like most American consumers, there’s a diesel-powered BMW on your Christmas wish list, you’d best tell your loved ones to hurry. The German automaker plans to drop that meager sliver of its U.S. product line for 2019, but there’s a chance the wishes of the oil-burning crowd will force the automaker to hang on […] The post BMW Dropping Diesel in the U.S., With an Asterisk appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Silent Running: Ford Sought Exception on Federal Noise Requirements for Hybrid Cars, EVs
One of the benefits touted by early electric car advocates was a reduction in noise pollution stemming from automobiles. Electric motors have the potential to run far quieter than their internal combustion rivals, which could result in softer-sounding roadways. The U.S. Department of Transportation started seriously worrying about the safety implications of silent-running vehicles back in […] The post Silent Running: Ford Sought Exception on Federal Noise Requirements for Hybrid Cars, EVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Ford Recalls Green Car Charging Cords Because House Fires Aren’t Good For the Environment
Going green shouldn’t lead to the appearance of orange flames, so Ford Motor Company wants you to bring your charging cord back to the dealer. A number of fires associated with the 120-volt factory charging cord provided with C-Max and Fusion plug-in hybrids, as well as the Focus Electric, forced Ford’s hand in the recall. […] The post Ford Recalls Green Car Charging Cords Because House Fires Aren’t Good For the Environment appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Toyota Mulling a Different Kind of Small Hybrid – the Fun Kind
We’re a long way from any kind of confirmation, but Toyota’s upcoming Corolla Hatch could become something you’d want to toss around — assuming top brass listen to the brand’s chief engineer. With the Corolla iM hatch giving way later this summer to a vastly improved five-door that ditches the Scion-era “iM” designation, the automaker […] The post Toyota Mulling a Different Kind of Small Hybrid – the Fun Kind appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

2019 Range Rover Offers Up a Shiny British Bauble for Environmentalists
Whenever I see a Range Rover — the true Range Rover — I always assume there’s someone connected to the music industry behind the wheel. Just like Lambos and hockey players, we associate a type of person with a type of vehicle. And, given its origin as a vehicle designed to crush vegetation beneath its wheels while […] The post 2019 Range Rover Offers Up a Shiny British Bauble for Environmentalists appeared first on The Truth About Cars.


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