China, which provides 95% of the rare earths used in permanent magnets for high-tech products such as newer, more-efficient electric motors, last week announced the closing of three mines, restricting supply....More
With the unveiling of the two hybrids at the Frankfurt show, the Peugeot 3008 HY4 already launched and a future sedan model in the works, the French auto maker will have four cars sharing the same powertrain....More
Although the four show vehicles primarily are intended for the German home market, where some 50% of new-car buyers pick diesels, a BMW executive says a 4-cyl. diesel is being considered for the U.S....More
With the addition of the Malibu and Cruze C-car, Chevrolet now is playing in 25% of European segments. However, Wayne Brannon, president of Chevrolet Europe, sees that number expanding to 50% by 2012....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
A massive increase in Defender thefts has followed JLR’s January termination of the all-wheel-drive workhorse’s 67-year production run. Rural insurer NFU Mutual says more than 500 Defenders were stolen across the U.K. last year....More