General Motors says the Chevrolet Volt electric car will go on sale late next year in California, with other markets to be announced soon. The Volt, which is expected to cost around $40,000, can be charged in a conventional outlet and is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity.
Hyundai says the 2011 Sonata sedan will lead all midsize cars in fuel economy, getting 35 mpg highway and 23 city. It will come with a six-speed automatic transmission and a new direct-injection four-cylinder engine. The Ford Fusion is the current leader for gasoline-powered midsize cars at 34 mpg highway.