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ZF to Supply FCA With Glut of Hybrid-ready Transmissions
ZF Friedrichshafen has agreed to supply Fiat Chrysler with its second-largest order to date. While top honors belong to BMW, FCA will be using the same eight-speed automatic transmissions sourced for the Bavarian-based applications. “Optimized for electrification” as per ZF’s press announcement, the gearboxes are designed for longitudinally mounted engines ⁠— including those utilizing hybrid systems.  The updated […] The post ZF to Supply FCA With Glut of Hybrid-ready Transmissions appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

The Internal Combustion-only Dodge Challenger’s Days Are Numbered, Manley Says
Are the 66,716 Americans who helped take the venerable Dodge Challenger to a new sales record in 2018 just Luddites, rebelling against a rising tide of electrification and autonomy? Maybe, but the era of a Challenger line powered solely by gasoline is drawing to a close. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley addressed the muscle car’s […] The post The Internal Combustion-only Dodge Challenger’s Days Are Numbered, Manley Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

2020 Ford Explorer Again Appears in Cop Clothing
After rocking the same design with only minor alterations since 2011, Ford will soon debut an all-new Explorer. Arriving this year as a 2020 model, the model adopts the modular CD6 platform shared with Lincoln’s Aviator, making the new version of the venerable SUV rear-drive biased once again. New powerplants are also on the way. […] The post 2020 Ford Explorer Again Appears in Cop Clothing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Infiniti QX Inspiration: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
“I thought the sun rose in your eyes, and the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave … to the dark … and the endless skies, my love,” sang Roberta Flack in the heady and decadent early ’70s. Suffice it to say this writer didn’t feel the earth move in his hand upon […] The post Infiniti QX Inspiration: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job
The vehicle they provide batteries for has less than three months to live, and this week brought news to 50 workers at General Motors’ Brownstown Battery plant that their positions are even more short-lived. In a filing with the state of Michigan, GM said it will cut 37 hourly and 13 salaried workers at the […] The post Chevrolet Volt’s Discontinuation Leaves Battery Plant Employees Out of a Job appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Toyota Expects a Quarter of Prius Customers to Choose AWD-e, but 25 Percent of Prius Is Not What It Used to Be
As America’s new vehicle market shifts to vehicles with four driven wheels, greater ride height, and dog-friendly tailgates, it seems more than sensible for the Toyota Prius to take part in some community outreach. The Prius, America’s 10th-best-selling car just a decade ago, can keep doing the same thing over and over again while expecting […] The post Toyota Expects a Quarter of Prius Customers to Choose AWD-e, but 25 Percent of Prius Is Not What It Used to Be appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive – Keeping Green On the White Stuff
While an inarguable success for Toyota, the Prius lost considerable clout through some odd styling decisions, a market trending toward crossovers, and smug owners who put a sour taste in everyone else’s mouth. I was never really a fan of the model, but I appreciated what it offered — outstanding economy, sufficient utility, and rather […] The post 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive – Keeping Green On the White Stuff appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Why Two Compact Hybrids? Demographics Play a Role, Toyota Claims
For two decades, the name “Prius” was all a committed Toyota buyer needed to know when searching for a compact hybrid vehicle. Soon, there’ll be two options, not counting the plug-in Prius Prime. The automaker’s decision to offer a hybrid version of the still strong-selling Corolla was not made to usher its famed hybrid model […] The post Why Two Compact Hybrids? Demographics Play a Role, Toyota Claims appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

So Long, Synergy? Toyota Wants to Break from Its Hybrid Naming Tradition
Despite long, grinding years of adulthood, the word “synergy” still reminds this author of the character on the excruciatingly 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms, which his older sister would commandeer the TV set for on various mornings. To Toyota, the word is the centerpiece of Hybrid Synergy Drive — the name applied to its hybrid […] The post So Long, Synergy? Toyota Wants to Break from Its Hybrid Naming Tradition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Cadillac Loses Its Only Hybrid Model
As one hat joins the wardrobe, another leaves the closet for a trip to the goodwill store. Cadillac’s flagship CT6 appeared at dealers in early 2016 with a range of powerplants in tow, most notably a plug-in hybrid promising 31 miles of gas-free driving. Big, traditional, American luxury sedans needn’t be dinosaurs, Cadillac said of […] The post Cadillac Loses Its Only Hybrid Model appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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.


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