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March 07&;Big investments in lithium-ion battery manufacturing plants won&;t significantly reduce the cost of making batteries, a revised outlook that cautions that sustainable growth in electric vehicle sales will happen later rather than sooner.

March 07&;Ford is quickly advancing its hybrid and electrical car programs to meet new federal fuel-efficiency standards years before the deadline.
The automaker is training workers at more than 900 dealerships nationwide to sell, maintain and repair hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Two of those dealerships are in Colorado Springs.

Key dates in the history of Toyota Motor Corp.:
- 1918 Sakichi Toyoda sets up loom production company.
- 1937 Sakichi&;s son Kiichiro Toyoda sets up Toyota to make cars.
- 1957 Toyota exports vehicles to the U.S. for the first time.

As a research engineer at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, Forrest Jehlik is focused on improving the technology for vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and electric cars, and increasing the use of alternative fuels that range from compressed natural gas to biofuels.
“The goal of the Department of Energy is to reduce reliance on foreign oil,” said Jehlik. “In our research on new vehicle systems and alternative fuels, we are impartial arbiters. We look to see what will reduce costs, advance the technology and make things better for the consumer and the environment.”

March 02&;After months of big gains, the U.S. auto industry dropped into a lower gear last month with sales slowing to single digit gains for most of the big car companies.
Still, car shoppers appear to be shrugging off economic factors such as higher payroll and income taxes as well as the ongoing budget debates and spending reductions in Washington.

March 02&;A stronger housing market and easier credit encouraged consumers to replace aging vehicles despite pending government spending cuts.
Americans bought new cars and trucks at an annual rate of 15.4 million, the fourth straight month above the 15-million mark and up from 14.5 million a year earlier.
Neither political gridlock nor gasoline prices approaching $4 per gallon could dampen enthusiasm.

Feb. 28&;Complaints that Ford has misleading mileage claims for a pair of hybrids are being collected into class-action lawsuits by two California law firms who are fielding calls daily from unhappy owners.

Buick is getting quite serious about bringing young consumers into its fold, with two new vehicles in its lineup aimed squarely as people under 30.
First was the Verano compact sedan, and now comes the Encore subcompact crossover, which is a foot shorter than the Verano, with five inches cut from its wheelbase.

If you live in the Detroit area, you probably know that the Ferndale-Royal Oak neighborhood is an amusement park for foodies. From wings to cupcakes to fine dining, you can&;t swing a carryout bag without hitting a waiter primed to describe the daily specials.

Feb. 27&;Hyundai Motor America is inching closer to a settlement of claims it inflated the fuel economy ratings of its vehicles.
Details of the deal are still to be worked out, but the automaker is expected to reach a settlement in 38 lawsuits on the fuel economy mislabeling, which have been combined and are being heard in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Its corporate sister, Kia Motors America, is expected to also settle the litigation.



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