Volvo Boss Predicts a Plug-in-filled Future, but Americans Don’t Seem That Keen on the Brand’s Largest Greenie

The second-generation Volvo XC90 announced the brand’s confident and triumphant return to the forefront of automotive discourse. With its parental troubles behind it, the 2015 model year XC90 arrived with dignified, upscale sheetmetal and served …

Gaining Insight: Honda Begins Production of Hybrid Sedan, Challenging Market Awaits

The first-generation Honda Insight was a rare false-start for the company, marketed as a hatchback that had more doors than seats (three and two, respectively). Its atomic-egg styling enveloped a 67 horsepower 1.0-liter gasoline engine paired to a 10kW…

Eight Is Enough: Nissan Leans on Familiar Future Strategy for Growth

Automakers perpetually talk about the future. They have to. As manufacturers, their entire business model revolves around bringing newer, better, and more desirable products to the market. Over the past few years, that has meant championing electric an…

Automakers Plan to Invest in the Future, but Which One?

A lot of tech believers—and some automakers—point to a future of the automobile that’s autonomous, connected, shared, and electric. But the time frame for the envisioned wholesale transformation from today’s reality to the next era of mobility is up for debate. In guessing just when these changes might happen, and how rapidly, traditional automakers face […]

BMW Group Signs Deal to Build Electric Minis in China

BMW Group has signed with Great Wall Motors to produce Mini-branded vehicles in China. This is the German automotive group’s second joint venture in the region and will not affect its current alliance with Brilliance Auto — which builds BMW model…

Prime Mover: Subaru Looks to Toyota Prius for Its First Plug-In Hybrid

Subaru’s first ever plug-in hybrid, which is due to go on sale late this year, will use technology from the Toyota Prius Prime. That detail was revealed in a recent report from Automotive News, quoting Subaru’s chief technical officer, Takeshi Tachimori, as saying that they “have used Toyota’s technologies as much as possible.” That borrowing strategy […]

Nissan Will Make One of Its Mainstream Models EV Only by 2025

Nissan made a daring move a decade ago when it decided to make the Leaf electric car a global mass-production effort rather than a small-scale one that would just satisfy regulators. While it had hoped to sell millions of Leafs by now and have 10 percent of its global sales be EVs by 2015—neither of which […]

Nissan Will Make One of Its Mainstream Models EV Only by 2025

Nissan made a daring move a decade ago when it decided to make the Leaf electric car a global mass-production effort rather than a small-scale one that would just satisfy regulators. While it had hoped to sell millions of Leafs by now and have 10 percent of its global sales be EVs by 2015—neither of which […]