September 6, 2013 |
Honda came out swinging in the fuel economy battle Friday with the announcement that its all-new Accord Hybrid had matched the Ford Fusion Hybrid for EPA combined fuel economy, with a rating of 47 miles per gallon. Even better for Honda fans, the Accord Hybrid did this with a 50 mpg rating in city driving, which tops the Fusion's 47 mpg figure. The Ford gains the upper hand in highway driving however, with 47 mpg to Honda's 45 mpg. The Accord Hybrid's thriftiness at the pump means that it has a range of 673 miles, Honda said, which tops both the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid.
August 30, 2013 |
Like the American kid who returns from study abroad with a German accent, Chevrolet's latest Cruze sedan will come with a decidedly European flair. Starting in September, Chevy will offer the compact sedan with a diesel engine. It joins the two gas engines that have been available in the car since the Cruze began selling in 2010. Built in Germany, the turbo diesel engine gives Chevy a compelling fuel-efficiency play in the U.S. in the popular compact segment. The Cruze diesel is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 46 on the highway.
August 29, 2013 |
With the ink barely dry on our review of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe , GM President Mark Reuss swung by the L.A. Times office in a gleaming new Cyber Gray Metallic Stingray Convertible. On his mind were consumers' changing buying habits, the strength of the auto market in the coming years and GM's plans for diesel and hybrid powertrains in its vehicles. How about a hybrid Corvette? "Actually, don't laugh," Reuss said with a telling smile. PHOTOS: The 2014 Corvette Stingray in detail Using an energy recapturing system like that found on hypercars such as Ferrari's LaFerrari or McLaren's P1 -- both hybrids -- presents many advantages.
August 15, 2013 |
Bowing to criticism that its C-Max hybrid didn't get the fuel economy claimed on its window sticker, Ford Motor Co. has restated the compact car's mileage ratings and said it will issue special payments to people who own the vehicle. Ford said it would make a "goodwill" payment of $550 to people who purchased the C-Max and $325 to those who leased the vehicle. Everyone will get the same payment regardless of when they purchased the car or how many miles they have put on their vehicle, said Raj Nair, Ford's group vice president for global product development.
August 15, 2013 |
Bowing to criticism that its C-Max hybrid didn't get the fuel economy claimed on its window sticker, Ford Motor Co. has restated the compact car's mileage ratings and said it will issue special payments to people who own the vehicle. Ford said it would make a special one-time, "goodwill" payment of $550 to people who purchased the C-Max and $325 to those who leased the vehicle. Everyone will get the same payment regardless of when they purchased the car or how many miles they have put on their vehicle, said Raj Nair, Ford's group vice president for global product development.
August 6, 2013 |
In an effort to juice up tepid sales of its 2014 Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Co. will slash the sticker price by $5,000, to $34,995, including shipping. The price cut makes the plug-in hybrid Volt more competitive with other rechargeable cars, including rival plug-in hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. Most of the big car companies have reduced the prices of their rechargeable vehicles this year because consumers have been slow to adopt the technology.
July 29, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. recalled more than 33,000 C-Max hybrids over the weekend after testing revealed vehicle roofs may not sufficiently protect drivers and passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered the defect during regular testing of 2013 models, and brought the issue to Ford's attention. The recall will affect 33,021 C-Max hybrids, specifically those without the optional panoramic roof, built at a Michigan assembly plant between Jan. 19, 2012, and June 26 of this year.
July 16, 2013 |
Riding the success of sales across its hybrid lineup, Ford Motor Co. plans to offer drivers a substantial upgrade in vehicle performance to improve fuel economy. The changes should help address some of the complaints lobbed by Ford hybrid owners that the cars fall short of Environmental Protection Agency estimates for fuel economy. “Just as individual mileage can vary based on driving styles and environmental conditions, we expect fuel economy improvements will differ from customer to customer depending on individual driving habits,” Raj Nair, Ford's vice president of global product development, said Tuesday.
July 13, 2013 |
The venerable German record label Deutsche Grammophon has just signed Schiller. No, not Friedrich Schiller, the poet and playwright whose "Ode to Joy" is the text for the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (which has been recorded on DG by Karajan, Bernstein and many other major maestros). We're talking the platinum-selling German electronica band Schiller, which is named after said Friedrich. Classical music mavens online are outraged. Bloggers, ever busy bees, buzz.
June 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - There have been, in modern times, three Marilyns, a couple of Lulus and Lolitas, and many Moby Dicks with their own operas. Now, suddenly and out of the blue, we have two new operas, or in this case operatic Passion plays, about Mary Magdalene. Fast on the heels of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's premiere of John Adams' "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" last year and Peter Sellars' staging this year, comes Mark Adamo's "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene," commissioned by San Francisco Opera and given its premiere Wednesday night in War Memorial Opera House.