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2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets Lifetime Battery Warranty

Hyundai is covering the lithium-polymer battery pack in its 2012 Sonata Hybrid with a lifetime warranty. The automaker hasn’t said whether or not the lifetime warranty will also cover hybrid-related components, like the hybrid starter generator or power control unit. Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik told Car and Driver that Hyundai can offer this lifetime warranty because the Sonata Hybrid’s powertrain has been tested for more than 300,000 miles and the battery pack’s ... continue reading»

Tags: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Model News

Mazda Bringing Diesel Engine to U.S.

Mazda is planning to bring its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. in early 2013, but the automaker hasn’t said which vehicle it will be offered in. The diesel engine will be available in Japan in the new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. While we don’t know what sort of fuel economy estimates a diesel-powered CX-5 would get from the EPA, some preliminary data is available. “Equipped with an idling-stop system, the Skyactiv-D 2.2 in the CX-5 ... continue reading»

Tags: Mazda3, Model News, Diesel engines, Mazda6, Mazda CX 5, Skyactiv

Young Car Buyers Want Hybrids, Lots of Tech

According to a recent study by Deloitte, most car buyers between the ages of 19 and 31 prefer hybrids and cars with touch-screen interfaces, opting for fuel efficiency and interior tech over performance or luxury. This generation will soon account for a larger percentage of the new-car market than aging baby boomers, which means that new cars could change drastically in the upcoming years. After seeing the results of Deloitte’s annual automotive-centered survey of Generation Y, Craig Giffi, vice ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, Fuel Economy

NHTSA Concludes Chevrolet Volt Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has officially concluded its investigation of the Chevrolet Volt, determining that crashed Volts don’t pose a significant fire risk. In a press release, the agency reports, “Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles.” As we previously reported, a Chevrolet Volt caught fire several weeks after being crash tested by NHTSA. Researchers concluded that the Volt ... continue reading»

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GM Reclaims Global Sales Crown

General Motors sold more cars globally in 2011 than any other automaker, reclaiming the top sales title after losing it to Toyota in 2008. GM reported that it sold approximately 9.03 million vehicles in total, a 7.6 percent gain over 2010. Much of that success can be attributed to Chevrolet selling a record-setting 4.76 million units worldwide. GM has an 11.9 percent market share of the global vehicle industry. Since emerging from a structured bankruptcy, GM ... continue reading»

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