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Do You Want It? European 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Gets 2.0-Liter Diesel

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European customers have always had a better appreciation for diesel engines. Reflecting such preferences, Chevrolet has confirmed it is adding a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 option to the European Malibu’s powertrain options. The new engine is officially rated at 160 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Malibu, and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet ...

Thread of the Day: 2013 Nissan Altima or 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco?

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Automakers must excel in fuel economy if they want to survive in the competitive midsize sedan segment, and two players strong in that category are about to hit the market: the 2013 Nissan Altima and 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco. Both cars achieve high EPA ratings without the use of a full hybrid system, but we ...

Thread of the Day: Which 40-MPG Compact Sedan Would You Drive?

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40 is the ‘it’ number for compact car fuel economy. Not only is touting your 40-mpg compact sedan a good way to drive traffic to showrooms, it’s also marketing gold. But how efficient are these 40 mpg-ers really?  We rounded up the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, Ford Focus SFE, Honda Civic HF, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 Skyactiv, ...

GM CEO Akerson Promises 200-Mile Electric Car, 15-Percent Weight Loss

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson announced at a conference in Texas that his company will build lighter cars and develop an electric car that can drive 200 miles per charge. The pronouncements came during a speech outlining GM’s plans for  more efficient, more environmentally responsible cars. Akerson said that thanks to the implementation of fuel efficient ...

Electric Shock: Opel Ampera is Europe’s Best Selling EV

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The Opel Ampera, the Chevrolet Volt’s European counterpart, is the best selling passenger electric vehicle in Europe, with a market share of more than 20 percent, the automaker claims. In the Netherlands, Opel Ampera sales in May comprised more than 77 percent of the passenger EV market, and more than 50 percent year-to-date, thanks largely to ...

Shocking? GM Projects Having 500,000 Electrified Vehicles on Roads by 2017

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Though electrified vehicles make up a fraction of GM’s current lineup today, in about four years electrification will be the norm. The automaker plans on having 500,000 vehicles with some form of electrification on U.S. roads by 2017, focusing particularly on eAssist and plug-in technology. “Our commitment to eAssist is unwavering,” said Mary Barra, Senior VP ...

Automakers Petition California Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate

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Earlier this year, California passed a series of legislations requiring automakers to sell 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2025. Now, the automakers have responded with a petition asking the EPA to reconsider the new requirements, Automotive News reports. A petition was filed Monday by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and ...

Subaru’s SHARC Wins Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025 Competition at L.A. Auto Show

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With the automotive landscape constantly changing, law enforcement vehicles must also evolve. For this year’s L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge, designers were tasked with envisioning the Highway Patrol’s bad guy-foiling vehicle for the year 2025. Subaru Global Design’s SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has been crowned the winner of the competition. To satisfy the specific ...

We Hear: General Motors to Idle Volt’s Detroit-Hamtramck Plant

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It might seem like a case of déjà vu at first — General Motors idling the plant tasked with making the Volt EREV — but GM claims the move is to prepare the Detroit-Hamtramck plant for 2014 Impala large sedan production. Well, that’s one reason. Contacted Tuesday morning, a General Motors spokesman says the plant will ...

An Electric Debut: Chevrolet Spark EV to be Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette muscle car may be debuting in Detroit this January, but the Los Angeles auto show will host a new Chevrolet that’s far more efficient: the Spark EV. In Los Angeles at the end of this month, the Chevrolet Spark EV will debut along with the latest version of MyLink, shown first ...