Campbell, CA (PRWEB) October 20, 2012
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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