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Mitsubishi Motors recalls Outlander plug-in hybrids for the third time

TOKYO (Reuters) - Mitsubishi Motors Corp <7211.T> said it is recalling over 6,000 Outlander SUV plug-in hybrids in Japan because of three software programming glitches, in the model's third recall since going on sale in January last year. The 6,517 cars were built between January and November at the company's Okazaki plant in central Japan, Mitsubishi said in a statement on Friday.

Bollore to quadruple electric-car points in Britain

French tycoon Vincent Bollore said Wednesday he aims to introduce a car version of the "Boris Bikes" hire scheme in London, and quadruple the number of electric car-charging points in Britain. IER, a subsidiary of the Bollore Group, has been selected by the Transport for London authority to take over the management of the existing Source London scheme from June this year. The network of 1,400 battery-charging points will be expanded to 6,000 by 2018, with IER investing £100 million (120 million euros, $166 million).

Club Car recalling 1,800 golf carts due to restraint risk for passenger falls

Club Car is recalling about 1,800 golf carts because of a safety issue that can put passengers at risk of falling out of the vehicle. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that various sizes, models and colours of its 2012 Precedent 12 golf and transport vehicles are being recalled. The hip restraint on the passenger side of these vehicles can fracture, which puts passengers at risk for a fall. The vehicles were sold at dealers nationwide in February of 2012 for between $5,000 and $8,000.

Eco-friendly car focused Tokyo Motor Show opens

The Tokyo Motor Show kicked off Wednesday with Toyota unveiling an eco-friendly concept car aimed at broadening the appeal of green vehicles, a key theme of the event, which is held every two years. A pioneer of hybrid vehicles, the world's biggest automaker rolled out its FCV concept car, a four-seater sedan that has a range of 500 kilometres (310 miles) -- longer than previous versions -- and can be recharged in just three minutes through hydrogen gas tanks stored inside the vehicle.

Global auto sales up in July, August amid increased economic growth:economist

TORONTO - More people buying cars in the U.S. and China helped boost overall global auto sales in the summer, says a report by Scotiabank. Sales rose by 6.5 per cent in July and August from a four per cent increase in June, as global economic growth accelerated in the June to September period to the fastest pace since early 2012.

M'bishi Motors delivers 70 EVs to Russian presidential office for G-20

Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it has delivered 70 i-MiEV electric vehicles to the Presidential Administration of Russia as the first EV in the presidential office's car fleet. The Russian government immediately began to use the EVs to transport VIPs at the Group of 20 summit being held at the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg. With adoption of the EVs, the Russian government is apparently seeking to show the international community it is serious about tackling the issue of carbon dioxide emissions.

Subaru's domestic output likely to hit 1st-half record

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is heading for record domestic automobile output in the April-September half of fiscal 2013 of 309,000 units, up 13 percent from a year earlier, due to strong sales in Japan and the United States, company officials said Wednesday. The previous first-half record of 288,557 units was set in fiscal 1985, the company said, adding it had seen strong sales of the Forester gasoline-powered sport utility vehicle in the North American market and the Subaru XV Hybrid SUV, which went on sale in late June, at home.

Plan to expand U.S. auto loan program faces bumpy road

By Ayesha Rascoe and Deepa Seetharaman WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Democratic proposals to widen the scope of the Department of Energy's loan program for advanced cars could falter in the face of Republican opposition in Congress. Last week, the DOE said it was planning "an active outreach campaign" for its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program, created in 2007 to spur the development of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

S. Korea tests 'electric road' for public buses

A South Korean city has begun testing an "electrified road" that allows electric public buses to recharge their batteries from buried cables as they travel. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), which developed the system, said Thursday it would be tested over the next four months on a 24-kilometre (15-mile) route in the southern city of Gumi. Pick-up equipment underneath the bus, or Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV), sucks up power through non-contact magnetic charging from strips buried under the road surface.

Toyota, Ford end hybrid partnership

Toyota and Ford have ended a partnership to jointly develop gas-electric hybrid systems for trucks and sport utility vehicles, the automakers said Tuesday. "We know what it takes to build world-class hybrids, and we now will build and leverage that expertise in-house," said Raj Nair, Ford's chief of global product development. "By continuing to develop a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system on our own, we can extend our advanced hybrid technologies to new vehicle segments and deliver even better fuel economy across our lineup."
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