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  • New Volvo Factory May Already Be Hurt By Trump Tariffs
    26 Jun 2018

    Volvo had barely savored its new factory in Charleston, South Carolina before newly imposed tariffs threatened its future. This plant was opened to build the all-new S60 sedan as well as the next-generation XC90 SUV. Volvo was set to hire around 4,000 new employees, but Automotive News Europe reports that these plans might be up in the air due to the fear of the tariffs.  If these tariffs are imposed, it could have a major effect on Volvo’s new factory. Volvo’s CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that if there are trade barriers and restrictions, they won’t be able to create ...

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  • Automakers Are Working Together To Get Rid Of Car Keys
    26 Jun 2018

    Car keys have evolved a lot since the introduction of the automobile. Keys started off as metal sticks that you’d turn in an ignition, but have evolved into proximity key fobs that you carry around to trigger a start button. Proximity keys are great because they allow drivers to get in their cars without having to reach into their pocket.  The next generation of car keys is in development right now as automakers begin to replace expensive key fobs with something we already carry around in our pockets: a smartphone. Tesla has already introduced the idea of using a smartphone as ...

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  • Sales of Hybrid Cars Soar as Diesels Plunge by Almost a Quarter
    05 Jun 2018

    Sales of plug-in hybrid cars soared by almost three-quarters year on year in May, dramatically outstripping the 3.4% overall growth in new car registrations. Nearly 4,000 plug-in hybrids were bought last month, up from 2,301 in May 2017. Registrations of purely battery-powered cars were up by nearly a fifth, to 1,099. The numbers are still a small fraction of the total 192,649 cars bought in the month but all electrified vehicles combined took a record market share of 5,8%. However, the demand for diesel cars continues to wane in the face of environmental and tax concerns. Diesel reg...

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  • Volvo Will Dump Diesel Starting With Next S60 Sedan
    18 May 2018

    Volvo will not offer a diesel in its new S60 sedan, which will be released this spring. The new S60 will be available with a range of four-cylinder gasoline engines as well as two versions of its gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain.  This move comes as Volvo accelerates its shift toward electrified powertrains and away from diesels, which accounted for almost 80 percent of its sales in Europe last year. Diesel sales have taken a hit in Europe because of potential bans on older, more polluting cars with the powertrain and the high cost of improvements to ensure that new d...

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  • Pininfarina May Become World’s First Luxury Electric Car Maker
    17 May 2018

    Aston Martin will have luxury electric competition in the form of Pininfarina, which hopes to become a standalone luxury electric car maker. Pininfarina wants to expand its capability from a globally known design house to become the world’s first luxury electric car manufacturer.  The announcement was made at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show when CEO, Paulo Pininfarina, hinted that luxury electric vehicle strategy was now in the pipeline with parent company Mahindra. He said that his father’s dream was to build a car company as well as his grandfather’s, and now he plans ...

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