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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.

Infiniti Culls Another Hybrid From Its Lineup
Who isn’t talking about the Infiniti Q70? Okay, maybe more than a few people. The Infiniti brand’s largest passenger car enjoys low but fairly stable sales, returning volume in the high 5,000s in both 2017 and 2016. Alongside the rear-drive, V6- or V8-powered four-door was a hybrid variant, but that green companion dies for 2019 […] The post Infiniti Culls Another Hybrid From Its Lineup appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Land Rover’s Least Pricey Model Due for Makeover, Plug-in Variant
The Discovery Sport serves as an entry point to the Land Rover lineup, retailing in the U.S. for $37,795 before delivery and offering a similarly sized, cheaper alternative to its Range Rover Evoque platform mate. Two flavors of four-cylinder power is your only option in this model, but that might not be the case for […] The post Land Rover’s Least Pricey Model Due for Makeover, Plug-in Variant appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Plug-in or Not, Hyundai Doesn’t Want to be Seen as the Expensive Choice
Exclusivity is not a word often associated with Hyundai, and with good reason. Like Nissan (but even more so), Hyundai’s reputation is built on a foundation of mass-produced vehicles with inherent value. And, even in the world of green cars, it seems that game plan can’t change. So, it’s no surprise to see Hyundai take […] The post Plug-in or Not, Hyundai Doesn’t Want to be Seen as the Expensive Choice appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

America’s Favorite Sedan to Take a Boat Trip
The Toyota Camry holds the remarkable distinction of being a midsize sedan with U.S. sales that actually increased over the first five months of 2018. Impossible, you say. It can’t be. You’d trade your kids for a crossover, but wouldn’t stoop to pick up a “free sedan” voucher if you passed one on the sidewalk. […] The post America’s Favorite Sedan to Take a Boat Trip appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Night Moves: Ford Unveils 2020 Explorer Under Cover of Darkness
As you learned here, the 2020 Ford Explorer adopts the rear-drive platform found beneath the upcoming Lincoln Aviator, as well as the luxury division’s top-flight engine. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 of unspecified power will appear under its hood and mate to a 10-speed automatic, a source tells us, while the 3.3-liter V6 found in the […] The post Night Moves: Ford Unveils 2020 Explorer Under Cover of Darkness appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

2019 Hyundai Tucson Gets Mild Hybrid Power, Remains Just Out of Reach
Those Europeans seem like a scared lot. Always trying to appease their domineering rulers’ demands for greener cars, all thanks to strict mandates handed down from the central powers in Belgium. While we’re hardly that different over here (minus that whole “union of member states” thing), Europe’s push for fuel efficiency generates technological ripples that […] The post 2019 Hyundai Tucson Gets Mild Hybrid Power, Remains Just Out of Reach appeared first on The Truth About Cars.


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