Chinese LEAF: Dongfeng Nissan launches first EV

The Dongfeng Nissan Venucia e30 electric car looks pretty much like a Chinese knockoff of the Nissan LEAF. That’s because as far as we can tell, it is.

Charter Communications orders more than 800 Ford Transit vans

Charter Communications, the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, has purchased more than 800 new full-size Ford Transit vans for its fleet.

Wind turbine performance “better than expected” at Honda plant

Honda says wind turbines powering its transmission plant in Ohio, have proven themselves to be even more efficient at power-generation than first thought.

Kia Soul EV price set, starts at $33K before tax breaks

The Kia Soul EV is getting quite a bit of advertising in my area now, so it interested me to see the model priced from $33,700 before a $7,500 tax credit.


Elio Motors says Peterson springs key in 84 MPG claim

Elio Motors’ latest Tech Talk e-mail gave some insight into just how much thought is going into making the three-wheeled eponymous car a lightweight machine capable of reaching the company’s claimed 84 MPG highway fuel efficiency goal.

Got a start-stop problem? Don’t want one? Change the belt.

Start-stop technology works great for saving gas at long traffic lights. But now that we have the first generation of start-stop vehicles on the road, many of us are finding the belts that take the most abuse are the belts that spin the engine back up.

WTF-SPORT, Hybrid Edition: Lexus GS 450h gets F-SPORT variant

We’ve tested a 2013 Lexus GS 450h and found it to be a veritable hot rod among hybrids, with tuning seemingly focused more on outright performance than on maximum fuel economy. To further that hi-po hybrid strategy, the Lexus GS 450h is getting an F-SPORT model.

Renault-Nissan Alliance to supply Orange with EVs

Renault-Nissan Alliance will supply 200 electric vehicles to French multinational telecom giant Orange by 2015 in a deal announced this week.

New Mazda MX-5 is a looker, adopts SKYACTIV tech

The new Mazda MX-5 is finally unveiled! It’s pretty, and it promises to bring Mazda’s SKYACTIV powertrain and chassis strategy to the brand’s halo car.

’15 Ford F-150 reportedly “most aerodynamically efficient ever”

In addition to being made of aluminum, the 2015 Ford F-150 reportedly is the “most aerodynamically efficient F-150 ever,” according to Ford.

Add Corvette to the GM 8-speed party, but give us the stick

We told you some GM full-size trucks would get the GM Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic gearbox. So, too, does the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.

One-of-a-kind BMW i8 brings $825K in charity auction

A bidder at Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction got a one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition for the princely sum of $825,000.