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MotorTrend Names Hyundai IONIQ 5 2023 SUV of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2022 -- MotorTrend announced today that the Hyundai IONIQ 5 is the winner of its "Golden Calipers" for SUV of the Year. IONIQ 5 outpaced a competitive field of 45 all-new or significantly redesigned SUVs, 25 of which were electrified. IONIQ 5 stood out from the strong competition with its sharp style, cohesion of details and user experience.

"IONIQ 5 winning MotorTrend's SUV of the Year speaks to Hyundai's impressive ability to execute in design, engineering, manufacturing and product development," said José Muñoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. "This is one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry and we are honored that IONIQ 5 is recognized for its leading range, power, charging speed, design, interior space and advanced technology."

Gas Demand Declines as Recession Fears Weigh Down Oil Market Expectations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 17, 2022) — Fears of a global economic recession led to a major drop in the price of crude, down $7, which helped to minimize pump price increases last week. Meanwhile, domestic gasoline demand decreased as fewer drivers fueled up in the first half of October. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased nationally from 9.47 million b/d to 8.28 million b/d, and total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2 million bbl to 209.5 million bbl.

Honda Makes Major Investment in Ohio to Create New Electric Vehicle Hub

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2022 -- Honda today announced two major investments in Ohio, including $700 million to re-tool several of its existing auto and powertrain plants for production* of electric vehicles and $3.5 billion with LG Energy Solution (LGES) to establish a previously announced joint venture facility to produce the battery modules to power them, pending final government approvals. The JV battery plant will be located in Ohio's Fayette County, about 40 miles southwest of Columbus.

The announcement, held 45 years to the day after Honda announced its first production facility in Ohio — October 11, 1977 — will transform Honda's Marysville Auto Plant (MAP), East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) and Anna Engine Plant (AEP) for the electrified future, including the creation of over 300 new jobs. Honda plans to begin production and sales of Honda EVs in North America in 2026, based on its new Honda e:Architecture. The $700 million re-tooling will enable AEP associates to produce the battery case, to be combined with the battery modules from the JV plant on a sub-assembly line at MAP, with the complete battery unit then installed in EVs built by associates at both MAP and ELP.

Benefits of Regular Engine Cleaning Service in Phoenix AZ | Virginia Auto Service

If you own a vehicle, you’re probably aware that it needs regular maintenance to remain reliable. Even so, most people don’t appreciate just how important regular maintenance is until something breaks or starts malfunctioning. What’s even more interesting is that paying for regular engine cleaning service in Phoenix AZ is much cheaper compared to paying for an engine repair or worse, overhauling it.

If you drive a lot, or your vehicle spends long periods parked outside every day, then it’s more likely to accumulate dust and grime over time. You should have your car serviced regularly to avoid costly damage and breakdowns.

You’ll also enjoy the benefits of cleaning your engine regularly if you own an older car. Read on as we look into the many benefits of keeping your car engine regularly cleaned

It prevents damage
Whether your car is a few years old, its engine is likely to become dirty over time. A dirty engine will lose power and fuel efficiency and can even cause damage to other parts of the car.

Super-Fast Electric Car Charging, with a Tailor-Made Touch

Despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles, many consumers still hesitate to make the switch. One reason is that it takes so much longer to power up an electric car than it does to gas up a conventional one. But speeding up the charging process can damage the battery and reduce its lifespan. Now, scientists report that they've designed superfast charging methods tailored to power different types of electric vehicle batteries in 10 minutes or less without harm.

The researchers will present their results today at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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