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    Report: Toyota increasing Yaris Hybrid production to 222,000 this year in France
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    More fuel economy means more factory workers and more production for Toyota's most popular model in Europe. That simple equation explains why the Japanese automaker is boosting annual production of its gas- and hybrid-powered Yaris compact vehicles at its French factory. The new number will be ...

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    Report: Nissan ready to increase US Leaf production, if the sales are there
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    Another month of robust Leaf sales could spur Nissan to boost production of its all-electric vehicle at its Tennessee factory by a third, Automotive News says, citing Nissan North American factory chief Bill Krueger. Nissan moved US Leaf production to Tennessee from Japan earlier this year and ...

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    Official: Ford puts more green in green-car production
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    'Follow the money,' states the old axiom, and when it comes to green-car production, Ford is doing just that. The US automaker is boosting its number of electrification-engineering staff by 50 percent this year to 500 workers while sinking $50 million in its electrified-vehicle development ...

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    Report: 2014 Chevy Volt price to be announced in August, keeping 16.5-kWH battery
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    There are no changes in the Volt's 16.5-kWh battery capacity between the 2013 and 2014 model years For those waiting with bated breath on news of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, consider this a case of one step up, and possibly two steps back. Chevy parent General Motors confirmed that details about ...

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    Official: Toyota will show Auris Hybrid production, Tweet by Tweet
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    Think of it as a 325-step process in 140 characters or less. Toyota is going the social-media route to publicize production if its upcoming Auris Hybrid in the UK with updates on Twitter. The Japanese automaker, says Automotive News Europe, will take the Twittersphere through the 325-step ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S production reaches 400 cars a week capacity
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    Civil War Admiral David Farragut has famously been credited with saying, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" when he was presented with a challenging path ahead during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Specifically, the path was full of torpedoes. The Admiral has some "move forward!" ideological ...

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    Exclusive: Fisker Karma production stoppage reaches 6 months, company claims "sufficient supply"
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    One result of the litany of problems that Fisker Automotive suffered in 2012 – floods, fires and recalls – was a production stoppage of the plug-in hybrid Karma that has already lasted six months. Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher told AutoblogGreen that the delay was due to an attempt ...

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    Report: US ethanol production falls to lowest level in 27 months
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    US ethanol production for September dropped to its lowest level in at least 27 months, in large part because of plant shutdowns. Ethanol plants produced 983.9 million gallons in September, down 9.4 percent from August. The previous low since the EPA started keeping such records in July 2010 was ...

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    Study: Hybrids still account for fewer than 2% of new vehicles sold
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    It's either a drop in the bucket or a segment with lots of room to grow. Which aspect an advanced-powertrain vehicle advocate chooses depends on how he sees the challenge that hybrids face in the marketplace. Given a new study that once again shows that, after more than ten years on sale, ...

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    Official: Bosch, Samsung dissolving SB LiMotive battery partnership
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    After four years of partnering with Samsung SDI on lithium-ion battery production, Bosch apparently wants to go it alone. SB LiMotive, the Bosch-Samsung SDI joint-venture created to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric-drive vehicles, will be dissolved once its current contract obligations ...

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    Official: Nissan announces production of funky e-NV200 electric van
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    There are two ways automakers can go when producing a vehicle with electric propulsion – be it a hybrid or an outright EV: make it look the same as any other car, or make it stand out. Like Toyota (for example) did with the Prius, Nissan made the Leaf look (for better or worse) unlike a ...

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    Honda will start Fit (Jazz) Hybrid production in Thailand this summer
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    Honda will start making a hybrid version of its Fit compact in Thailand this summer, according to the Japanese publication the Nikkei. Production will mark the first time Honda will be making any of its hybrids in Asia outside of Japan. Sales of the Jazz Hybrid – Honda substitutes the name ...

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    Report: Toyota, Honda say Thai floods may impact Prius production, U.S. vehicles
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    Automotive News reports that Toyota may experience production delays tied to widespread flooding in Thailand. The Japanese automaker relies on certain Thai components, including audio systems, diodes and condensers, that may see production shortages. Honda, too, has issued a statement that the ...

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    VW to invest $85 billion by 2016 to increase production, develop advanced technologies
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    Volkswagen AG says it will invest €62 billion ($85.5 billion U.S. at the current exchange rate) in innovation and technology projects, primarily in Germany, within five years as it eyes becoming the world's leading automaker. The German automaker announced on Friday that much of its ...

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    Tesla to kill the Roadster in 2011, new version coming in 2013
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    You read that right. Tesla Motors will stop building the Roadster in 2011. Wired's Autopia was digging through the papers filed by Tesla to the Securities and Exchange Commission for its IPO and came across with this nugget:
    "We do ...

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    You may have to wait a while to get a 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid
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    One of the highlights of the redesigned Ford Fusion that will debut in less than two weeks is the new hybrid model. The new Fusions, along with the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, will start production in December shortly after the LA Auto Show at Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant. In spite ...

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    New York 2008: will Prius sales make up for slowing Tundra sales?
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    At the New York Auto Show, Toyota U.S. General Manager Bob Carter spoke with Bloomberg about high fuel prices and the full-size truck market (see video below the fold). Carter said "we are not immune to what the current market conditions are and many full-size truck owners are delaying their ...

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    GM: the battery is not the problem with EVs, it's everything else!
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    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Chevy_Volt_Batteries_aren_t_the_problem'; GM chimed in on the "why is the EV (electric car) so hard to make discussion?" in the Detroit News today. Toyota has said battery production is the biggest hurdle. GM, on the other hand, says that batteries are important ...

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    Toyota: there is "no way" we can sell more Priuses than last year
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    Toyota says hybrid sales will be lower in 2008 than 2007, not because people don't want them, but because Toyota simply can't make any more. Bob Carter, general manager of Toyota Division, told Ad Age, that Toyota sold 181,000 Priuses in 2007 and that's simply the best they can do right now: "We ...

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    Toyota tells Popular Mechanics battery production is the "biggest hurdle" to plug-in cars
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    How high on the list of things keeping us from plug-in electric cars do you put the "quality production of batteries?" According to Popular Mechanics, Toyota puts it right up top, ahead of even battery chemistry. Here is exactly what the article says:A source inside Toyota tells PM that getting the ...

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