While Cadillac’s president sees a need to address a product gap below the ATS compact sports sedan with a vehicles the size of the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, he suggests the top of the market will draw attention first.
The added all-electric range pushes the new Volt’s combined traveling distance to 420 miles from 380 miles currently. Fuel economy from the 1.5L gasoline range-extender engine rises to 41 mpg from 37 mpg.
GM delivered 274,483 vehicles last month, compared with 230,157 units year-ago, according to WardsAuto data. The automaker sold a total 2.9 million vehicles last year, up 5.3% over 2.8 million in 2013.
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment.
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Additional North American production capacity in 2016 from a new plant at Volkswagen and increases at existing facilities among other automakers will raise available straight-time production to 18.4 million units....More
It used to be no one got to see the new model before its big reveal. Now automakers are leaking early glimpses of future cars and trucks through spy photographers and other means. Is this a good thing?...More