Hybrids

What will the auto industry look like under Trump?
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»

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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»

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»

I-95/395 reversible HOV lanes, located in the middle of the freeway (pic by Mariordo at Wikimedia)
How Do You Encourage People To Buy Hybrids & EVs? Offer HOV Lane Access

Not so long ago, many analysts and eco-advocates were bemoaning the slow adoption of hybrids and electric cars. The sales stats just didn't make sense: consumers prioritized fuel economy, prices of hybrids in particular had become very competitive, and most folks agreed that cutting emissions was...Read More»

BMW turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine
Report: By 2017, Fewer Than Half Of U.S. Cars Will Run On Conventional Gasoline Engines

If we've learned anything from the rosy, sci-fi predictions that emerged from the Space Race of the mid-20th-century, it's that human beings can be very optimistic when thinking about their future. Decades after The Jetsons forecast flying cars and 2001: A Space Odyssey promised interplanetary...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford Is Developing A New Line Of Hybrids To Take On The Toyota Prius

When it comes to alternative vehicles, no automaker can match Toyota's success on the sales floor. Although Honda beat Toyota to the hybrid punch a decade-and-a-half ago, the Toyota Prius ran away with shoppers' hearts (and wallets), ultimately delivering a death blow to the Honda Insight. Now...Read More»

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Reviewed On Video

While Toyota is far better known for hybrids, especially its Prius hatchback, Honda actually beat Toyota to the punch by a few months in launching a hybrid on the U.S. market, way back in 1999. Honda is still the second highest-volume maker of hybrids globally, but the bulk of those have been "mild...Read More»

2014 Nissan Leaf
Study: Electric Car Shoppers Younger & Wealthier Than Hybrid Shoppers

At first glance, you might think that hybrid and electric car shoppers would be cut from the same cloth, demographically speaking. But a new study from Experian Automotive suggests that the two are, in fact, quite different. MUST SEE: 50 Years Of The Ford Mustang: Video To reach that conclusion...Read More»

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid
Study: Consumers Very Interested In Electric Cars & Hybrids. Diesels, Not So Much

Last week, we told you about a new study commissioned by Audi, which proves that consumers want to see more diesel vehicles in U.S. showrooms. That struck us as awfully convenient, since Audi has been trying for years to persuade Americans that diesels provide the improved fuel economy and reduced...Read More»

2013 Audi TDI range
Audi Gets Snippy, Publishes Survey To Prove That Americans Want Diesels, Not Electric Cars

Due to environmental concerns and increasing government regulation, automakers around the globe are working to create vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Many automakers are relying on hybrid and electric technology to reach those goals, but not Volkswagen: VW and...Read More»

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Pricing Undercuts Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Nissan has put a price on its all-new 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid. And while the Pathfinder Hybrid likely won’t quite match the Toyota Highlander Hybrid for fuel efficiency, Nissan has smartly priced this model below that rival. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid starts at $35,970, for the...Read More»

2014 Chevrolet Malibu
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Dropped, Replaced By...Malibu

Chevy's mild-hybrid version of the 2014 Malibu has been quietly canceled. Confusingly, while last year's 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco was the first of a new-generation Malibu and included eAssist, the GM [NYSE: GM] mild-hybrid system, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu lineup won't include it now at all. Why?...Read More»

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Driven: At 50 MPG And $30k, Does It Add Up?

Is the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid a more compelling vehicle this time around? You might not be aware that this is Honda’s second try at an Accord Hybrid; but as we drove the 2014 Accord Hybrid earlier this month we couldn't help but look back at what didn't work last time—and how...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford Sells More Hybrids Than Ever, Dissolves Tech Partnership With Toyota

Ford has been on a winning streak for the past 12 months. Sales have been strong, its stock price has nearly doubled, and recently, it was declared the best-loved company in the U.S. It hasn't been all sunshine and lollipops, though. Ford is currently being sued over its EcoBoost engine (which may...Read More»

2014 Infiniti Q50
2014 Infiniti Q50 Priced From $37,605, Hybrid From $44,855

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 awed us with its dramatic and elegant new styling at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Today, we learn the Q50 will start at a relative bargain price of $36,700 plus $905 destination and handling. By way of comparison, the BMW 3-Series is nearly $5,000 cheaper in base 320i form, but...Read More»

2012 Toyota Prius V
Study: Hybrid Cars Are Worth The Extra Cash (For City-Dwellers, Anyway)

Hybrid cars can cost thousands of dollars more than their conventional equivalents. The Toyota Camry Hybrid, for example, is priced about $4,000 over its gas-powered twin, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid starts more than $5,000 above the regular Fusion. Are they worth the extra dough? According to a new...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Energi  -  Driven, June 2013
2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile...Read More»

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
Ford Hybrid Sales Soar, Giving Toyota A Run For Its Money

Last week, we posted the U.S. auto sales stats for April, and the numbers were especially good for Detroit. Ford's performance was strongest of all, with the company boasting nearly 18% growth. Ford's figures were helped by its lineup of fuel-efficient rides, including hybrids like the C-Max and...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Tops General Motors, Toyota In Loyalty; Hybrids Gain Traction

Ford Motor Company may not be as big as General Motors, Toyota, or Volkswagen, but when it comes to the loyalty of American customers, Ford has the competition beat. According to Experian Automotive, Ford dominated the showrooms in both corporate and brand loyalty during the last three months of...Read More»

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