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February 5, 2012 12:00 AM

Volt safety and 'clean' diesel sales


(General Motors)

Volt safety
The government has ended its safety investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, concluding that the Volt and other electric cars don't pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered cars. GM announced earlier this month that it will add steel plates to about 12,000 existing Volts to protect the batteries in the event of a crash.
— The Associated Press



Diesel sales
Sales of new "clean" diesel autos in the U.S. increased by 27.4 percent in 2011 over 2010, according to HybridCars.Com and market-research firm Baum and Associates. Baum expects diesel-car sales to grow to 6-6.5 percent of the U.S. market by 2015, compared to just over 3 percent today.
— NWautos staff