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Chrysler Pacifica Based Crossover On its Way

By Sam McEachern A crossover based on the Chrysler Pacifica minivan has been confirmed by Fiat-Chrysler and will be built at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. Speaking to Motor Trend at the 2018 Detroit auto show, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the Pacifica-based crossover was coming, saying it had already been designed and…

Autonomous Toyota EV Could Use Mazda Rotary Range Extender

By Sam McEachern Mazda has said its rotary engine could be used as a range-extender in a future autonomous Toyota EV. Speaking to WardsAuto in Detroit, Mazda North America’s president and CEO, Masahiro Moro, said the rotary engine has been under continuous development within Mazda. The company teamed up with Toyota on its e-Pallete concept…

NASA Says Last Year was the Second-Warmest Year on Record

By Chad Kirchner The year 2017 was the second-warmest year on record, according to the scientists at NASA. Since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, scientists have been keeping track of global temperatures. At the end of 2017, scientists at NASA calculated the global temperature and ranked it second on the warmest years list. The hottest…

FOMM Concept One Amphibious EV Heading Toward Production

By Ray Prince The Fomm Concept One, a water-cruising electric vehicle inspired by 2011’s Japan tsunamis, is now on its way toward production. An acronym for “First One Mile Mobility,” the concept was first introduced in Feb. 2014 as the world’s “smallest class 4-seater electric vehicle,” specially designed to handle close-range travel, emphasizing fewer cross-country…

Mazda is Again the Most Fuel-Efficient Automaker

By Jason Siu For the fifth year in a row, Mazda is the most fuel-efficient automaker in the U.S. That’s according to the Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends Report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report lists Mazda as having the highest overall Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2016 model year…

BMW Could Give the i8 Even More Power

By Jason Siu BMW admits there’s customer demand for a more powerful version of its i8 sports car. Recently updated for the 2019 model year, the BMW i8 Coupe currently offers 369 horsepower and a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds, so additional performance could get it into supercar territory with a 60-mph sprint of…

Toyota Decides Against Consulting For US EPA

By Jeff Cobb After several advocacies raised the alarm over the prospect of Toyota lending its management expertise to the U.S. EPA, Toyota said it has decided against it at this time. The specific division within Toyota is more accurately Toyota Systems Production Support Center (TSSC), which for 25 years has consulted with government agencies…

Nissan Debuts XMotion SUV Concept with Koi Sidekick In Detroit

By Ray Prince Nissan’s new design language has taken center stage with the introduction of its new Xmotion SUV concept at the Detroit Motor Show. Pronounced “Crossmotion,” the six-passenger, utility-focused three-row SUV incorporates Nissan’s revised design idea for fluidity and fusion of Japanese cultural elements. It starts with its trademark V-motion grill, jagged-angled metal wheels,…

Ferrari to Roll Out Hybrid Supercar in 2019

By Ray Prince In a complete about-face, Ferrari has announced a move towards a hybrid supercar and SUV to compete with Tesla in the luxury segment. In telling remarks at the Detroit Auto Show, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler, confirmed the move to a group of reporters. “If there is an electric…

Ford F-150 Hybrid Due In 2020

By Chad Kirchner As part of Ford’s overall strategy, many of its vehicles will have plug-in hybrid variants in the next few years, including the F-150. During a press event at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Ford teased the upcoming F-150 variant that provided a few details on the first hybrid pickup truck…

Infiniti’s First Electric Car To Arrive in 2021

By Jason Siu Although it didn’t reveal very many details, Infiniti has promised to go electric from 2021. The Japanese automaker plans to introduce new models with electrified powertrains from 2021, with plans to launch its first pure-electric vehicle in the same year. The goal is to have electrified vehicles comprise more than half of…

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