Honda Motor Co. has announced it will unveil an electric concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The company also plans to show off a new type of hybrid powertrain at the show.
Like Toyota, Honda has been notable in the past for saying that electric cars cost too much and offer too little driving range. Both companies, however, have moved toward pure electric powertrains in the past year. Toyota announced earlier this year that it is teaming with Tesla Motors on the development of a pure electric car.
Honda is saying little about the announced rollouts, but the hybrid powertrain is believed to be aimed at large vehicles.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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