Hybrid

Lexus to offer hybrid version of LS luxury sedan
Lexus to offer hybrid version of LS luxury sedan

When Lexus took the wraps off of its revamped flagship last week at the Detroit auto show, it did so without mentioning anything about a hybrid version—something that the brand has become associated with. It turns out that the brand's radio silence was hiding something. Close scrutiny of one...Read More»

Ford Fusion Hybrid self-driving prototype
Ford will sell self-driving taxi by 2021

Ford will build in North America and sell a self-driving hybrid taxi within 5 years, its CEO announced Tuesday. Mark Fields told a crowd at the automaker's Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant that Ford would redirect $700 million earmarked for a new plant in Mexico back to the States for the...Read More»

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
Ford announces new all-electric SUV, hybrid F-150, hybrid Mustang

Ford will invest $4.5 billion in new electric vehicles, including a new SUV with a reported 300-mile range, a hybrid F-150, and a hybrid Mustang, all of which will arrive by the end of the decade, the automaker announced Tuesday. Ford CEO Mark Fields announced the new cars and hybrid strategy at a...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius: The Car Connection's Best Hybrid to Buy 2017

Since it was introduced here in 2000, the Toyota Prius has fundamentally changed the way car buyers view fuel efficiency. It's hard to argue that any other car has done more to press the case for eco-friendly cars than has the Prius. But frankly, Toyota's effort had withered after 15 years on the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
What will the auto industry look like under Trump?

New presidents bring new advisors, new staff, and of course, a host of new policies and priorities. That's true even if the new guy and the old guy belong to the same political party; when they come from different parties, as Trump and Obama do, the changes can be much more dramatic. ALSO SEE: 2018...Read More»

2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
Su-bie, or not Su-bie? Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid axed for 2017

Pardon our soliloquy in the eulogy. Subaru confirmed Wednesday that the 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid won't make it in to 2017. According to a Subaru spokesman, the hybrid model accounted for roughly 5,000 sales each year since it was introduced in 2014 (when it was known as the XV Crosstrek Hybrid). Last...Read More»

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
2018 Porsche Panamera 4 e-Hybrid to take on Tesla Model S... sorta

Porsche will take to the stage at the Paris Motor Show later this month with a new plug-in hybrid version of its Panamera sedan that will offer a high level of performance without using gasoline. As impressive as the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid looks with its 462 horsepower on tap, 4.4 second 0-60 mph...Read More»

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
2017 Nissan Rogue picks up Hybrid model

Nissan will spread its hybrid technology to another model in its lineup for the 2017 model year, in the form of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid. It's not the only change coming to the Rogue, which gets some sheet metal touch-ups on gas-powered models, too. The Rogue adopts a new front end with a V-shaped...Read More»

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delayed one more year

Mitsubishi dealers in the United States and Canada won't have the brand's first plug-in hybrid in their showrooms by the end of this year after all, the automaker said today. Instead, they'll have to wait at least another year for the much-delayed, high-efficiency vehicle. “Following a...Read More»

German Flag
Germany could follow Norway and the Netherlands, banning gas & diesel cars

Last week, we told you about plans to end the sale of gas and diesel vehicles in Norway and the Netherlands by the year 2025. Could Germany follow suit? At least one government official hopes so, and he'd like to see it happen by 2030. That official is Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake. Speaking...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring
2016 Toyota Prius crash-tested, earns top safety ratings

The fourth generation of the Toyota Prius has only been on sale for a few months. Yet with the release this week of federal crash-test results, and of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test results just last week, we now have a pretty good picture of the safety of this new...Read More»

2017 Toyota Prius Prime, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Toyota Prius Prime video preview

The latest Toyota Prius has been a real surprise—with daring looks and even a little bit of driving fun mixed in with stellar gas mileage. Now it’s time for a Prius that blends in the power of the plug--the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime. MORE: Read about the Toyota Prius The Prime is the...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Ioniq, 2016 New York Auto Show
2017 Hyundai Ioniq video preview

Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars are all now a permanent part of the automotive landscape. Hyundai isn’t about to be left out of that brave new world. Its green-car ambitions gets a serious boost with this--the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq. MORE: Read about the Hyundai Ioniq The Ioniq breaks...Read More»

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 eAssist
2016 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Get MPG-Boosting Mild-Hybrid Tech

No, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 still aren’t moving to downsized engines, or turbocharging. But if you’re in California, you might soon find new mild-hybrid versions at the dealership. For now, these Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 trucks, with what’s...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
2017 Kia Optima Hybrid Preview Video

The future is electric at Kia. The South Korean automaker introduced the new Niro hybrid at this year's Chicago auto show--and also showed off the brand's first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid. Kia says it wants its cars to be far more efficient by the year 2020, and the Optima...Read More»

2016 Jeep 75th Anniversary edition complete model lineup
Fiat Chrysler Kills Chrysler 200 & Dodge Dart, Puts Brakes On Alfa Romeo, Ramps Up Jeep

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has updated its current business plan, and...well, let's just say that changes are afoot at FCA, but none of them will catch anyone off-guard. The new plan stems from changes in the global marketplace that position some FCA products for greater success than others. Such...Read More»

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid
2017 Honda Accord Hybrid To Get Updates; Plug-In Discontinued

The 2016 Honda Accord is one of the smartest mid-size sedan choices on the market today; and if you’re especially mileage-minded, the Accord Hybrid, with its 47-mpg EPA combined gas mileage rating, is the way to go. Only you’re going to need a lot of luck finding one new, as there is no...Read More»

Oil well (photo by John Hill)
OPEC Laughs In The Face Of Electric Cars

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has issued its annual World Oil Outlook report, and to absolutely no one's surprise, it's pretty optimistic about the future of fossil fuels. Among OPEC's big predictions: 1. By the year 2040, 94 percent of vehicles that roam the world's...Read More»

2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco
2016 Toyota Prius: Lower Price, Higher MPG Adds Up To Even Better Value

The entire 2016 Toyota Prius Liftback lineup has been priced. Well, almost all of it has—because we’re still waiting for details and all the pertinent numbers on the reformulated Prius Plug-In that’s expected in the next year. The Prius family has, for years, included some of the...Read More»

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