Honda Hybrid Sales Hit Million Mark … Tata Nano Coming to U.S. … Cadillac ELR Update … Kia to Make Soul EV … Ford C-Max Announces Range Data

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MyPerfectAutomobile is reporting the latest news from Honda Motor Co. that the Japanese auto manufacturer has reached the million-unit sales milestone for its hybrid cars. While rival Toyota has posted at least four times that number of hybrid cars sold, executives at Honda have committed to bringing out several new hybrid models in the next two years. Tata Motors will bring its micro-car, the Nano, to U.S. markets in the near future, marking the first time the Indian carmaker has decided to sell directly to American consumers. The Cadillac ELR, a hybrid-electric plug-in, will be based on the design of the U.S. automaker’s Converj concept. Expected to have an electric range of 40 miles before the combustion engine takes over, the car will utilize GM’s Voltec drive train, which is already in place on the Chevy Volt hybrid. Korea’s Kia Motors will produce and sell an electric car based on the next-generation Soul. To be unveiled at one of 2013’s major international auto shows, the company’s first EV is expected to reach U.S. showrooms by 2014. Ford Motor Co. revealed official range data for its C-Max Energi hybrid vehicle this week, saying that its latest plug-in will be able to drive 620 miles between fuel stops and charging sessions.

Cadillac Converj concept, soon to be ELR.

Cadillac Converj concept, soon to be ELR.

Cadillac ELR plug-in will be ‘true to concept,’ with a 40-mile all-electric range.

Honda Hybrid Sales Reach 1 Million

Honda announced this week that it has sold its one-millionth hybrid automobile. Noting that it took 13 years for Honda to hit the mark, some industry insiders point out that the Japanese carmaker was ahead of rival Toyota in bringing hybrid-drive cars to the U.S. In November of 1999, Honda introduced its Mk1 in Japan and now makes eight hybrid models which are marketed in 48 nations. Whether Honda will ever be able to catch Toyota in the hybrid race is an open question. Currently, Toyota’s total hybrid sales are four times that of Honda, at 4 million units. For the complete story, see:

Tata Nano to U.S. by 2015

Tata Motors will sell its Nano micro-car in the U.S. by 2015, though significant design and mechanical changes will be made to the world’s smallest production vehicle. Those changes are expected to bring the Nano’s U.S. sticker price to around $8,000, which will likely be low enough to make Nano the least expensive car in America. With the current U.S. emphasis on high-mileage, low-frills vehicles, most expect the tiny, gas miser to be a huge seller. For the complete story, see:

GM Reveals Cadillac ELR Details

General Motors announced this week that it would produce the Cadillac ELR hybrid-electric plug-in vehicle before the end of next year. Originally called the Converj concept, much about the new ELR has yet to be confirmed, namely the price, specifications, and exterior design. A company spokesperson said that the new hybrid would be “true to concept,” meaning it won’t differ much from the Converj, which was a hit on the international auto show circuit. The ELR will be manufactured alongside the Chevy Volt in the company’s Hamtramck plant, GM having invested $35 million to add the car to Hamtramck’s lineup.
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Kia Announces Soul EV

Kia Motors has announced it will produce an electric car to be sold in the U.S. as early as 2014. Based on the next-generation Soul, the Kia EV will debut at one of the major 2013 auto shows, reportedly in either Chicago or New York. The company already sells a hybrid vehicle called Optima HEV, which features a lithium battery and a gasoline engine. Kia will also be making a number of diesel cars, especially for the European market. Due to cost constraints, the Korean carmaker will give precedence to diesel vehicles for the time being. For the complete story, see:

Ford C-Max Energi to Feature 620-Mile Range

Ford Motor Co. this week released official EPA data for its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid car, verifying that the new model is rated at 620 miles of total range. Compared to the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius, which have 380 and 540 miles of range, respectively, the new Ford is clearly on top of the current hybrid competition. In November, showrooms will begin selling the first batch of C-Max hybrids. For the complete story, see:

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