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Cadillac to Build Plug-in Hybrid

Cadillac announced yesterday that it will begin building the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid coupe starting in late 2013. The Cadillac ELR is based on the Cadillac Converj, a concept vehicle unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. The Detroit News reports that the ELR could go on sale in early 2014. General Motors hasn’t released many details, but the ELR will be based on the Chevrolet Volt’s drivetrain, which includes two electric motors, a lithium-ion ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac, Hybrid Luxury, Model News

Will Electric Car Discounts Shock Sales?

With their relatively high prices, electric cars and hybrids have struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. Automakers are hoping that lowering prices will spur sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt extended range plug-in hybrid.   The Associated Press reports, "Nissan is offering cheap leases and big discounts on the Leaf because of slow sales of the all-electric car." According to the AP, in August, Nissan offered discounts that were $2,400 more than the ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Analysis, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF, Hybrid Cars, Model News, car deals

GM to Replace Chevrolet Volt Charging Cord

GM is replacing all 120-volt charging cords in Chevrolet Volts that have been sold so far. The new cord and plug will be more heat-resistant. The cord replacement follows “complaints from Chevrolet Volt owners whose 120-volt charging cords overheated and in a few cases melted, raising questions about the cords' durability,” Yahoo! Autos reports. Cars.com says the 240-volt charging cord that also comes with the Chevrolet Volt does not need to be replaced. “GM spokesman Randal Fox says the ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Model News, Battery Fire, charging cord

GM Temporarily Halts Volt Production for Five Weeks

General Motors is suspending production of its extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt for five weeks. The production suspension is needed to keep current Volt inventory levels from getting too high, The Detroit News reports. Sales of the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt haven’t been at the levels GM had hoped for. “GM had a set a goal of selling 10,000 Volts by the end of 2011, but was only able to sell about 7,600 by then,” CNNMoney reports. February ... continue reading»

Tags: Chevrolet Volt, Model News

Things to Consider if Gas Prices Continue to Increase

Earlier this month, we told you about the prospects of gasoline reaching $4 a gallon this summer, and perhaps even as high as $4.60 in major metropolitan areas. A couple weeks ago, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report listed the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline at $3.48. The average price today is $3.64 a gallon. While no analyst is certain how high the price will climb, the $4 threshold is quickly approaching. In ... continue reading»

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