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IHS says global production of EVs, PHEVs will skyrocket 67% this year

Electric vehicles are known for their brisk acceleration. When it comes to projected EV production levels for 2014, there's going to be some speeding up. According to research firm IHS Automotive, global plug-in vehicle production will increase to about 403,000 this year, up from 242,000 in 2013. That 67 percent growth marks an acceleration rate even higher than the 44 percent production growth rate the segment saw last year. And plug-in production growth easily outpaces the 3.6-percent

Report: Toyota Yaris plant to be shuttered for at least another month

Production issues in Japan continue three weeks after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the island nation. Major Japanese automakers have consistently pushed back plant start-up times and Toyota is no different, with a current forecast of an April 11 or April 14 re-boot. And that's best-case scenario. The automaker said in a statement Tuesday that it was looking into supply issues, adding "depending on vehicle type, there may

Opinion: Turning the tide at Toyota?

What price a reputation? That's what Toyota will be learning in the months and years ahead as it struggles to recover from the safety scandal that has enveloped the company since it announced the first recall for unintended acceleration in October 2009.

Study wars: plug-in vehicles can't be beat, IHS expects 20 percent market share in 2030

Volvo C30 DrivE electric vehicle – Click above for high-res image gallery

Future Chrysler, Alfa Romeo and Fiat product plans revealed?

Alfa Romeo Kamal concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

SAE 2009: Is mobility sustainable? Not the way we're running it today

One of the more approachable topics discussed at the SAE World Congress this week (as opposed to, say, "CAE Simulation/Test Correlation and Optimization in Automotive Engineering." Not that there's anything wrong with that) was a talk by Sebastian Blanco