Hybrid

Chevrolet Equinox Hybrid Due In 2011
Chevrolet Equinox Hybrid Due In 2011

  With Roger Penske's PAG (Penske Automotive Group) taking control of General Motors' Saturn division, the question among product geeks was what vehicles will make up the new Saturn's line? According to AutoblogGreen and other sources, the Penske deal apparently includes a continued supply of some...Read More»

2010 Ferrari California
Ferrari Hybrid Coming, Too--to 2009 Los Angeles Show?

  Lamborghini's plans for hybrid vehicles are emerging--and now, crosstown supercar rivals Ferrari may also be planning a hybrid vehicle. Last week, new patents for a Ferrari hybrid drivetrain were exposed. The Ferrari patent shows how gas power and electric power could be used to power pairs of...Read More»

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
A Hybrid Lamborghini In The Works?

Lamborghini is preparing for a green-car future by cutting emissions from its factories. But will it also add hybrid power to its supercars? Back in 2007, at the launch of the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann emphatically told TheCarConnection.com there would be...Read More»

2011 Jaguar XJ
2010 Jaguar XJ: A Hybrid in the Making?

  With the global preview of the new 2010 Jaguar XJ sedan in about a month, details are beginning to leak forth--as well as some illustrations put together by Britain's CAR magazine. The new luxury sedan has been teased in photos like the one above, since late last year. We've published dozens of...Read More»

2007 Volvo ReCharge Concept
Volvo Piles Into Plug-In Parade With First Vehicles Due in 2012

With its divorce from parent Ford Motor Company imminent, Volvo Cars is fast relearning how to develop its own technologies. Not that it ever lost its engineering skills; many safety technologies used across the Ford portfolio were pioneered by the Swedish firm. Volvo's latest foray is an...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus HS 250h Pricing—Will It Be Low Enough?

A couple of weeks ago as we got our first drive of the upcoming 2010 Lexus HS 250h—and a first up-close look at its many tech-savvy features—Lexus officials were still guarded about pricing. It makes sense that even just before launch the company is cautious about pricing for this accessible...Read More»

2005 Lexus LF-A Concept
Lexus LF-A: 550 HP, 218 MPH, Due This Year

The long-awaited Lexus LF-A supercar is heading toward production next year, according to a report from Britain's AutoExpress. The rumored 200-mph supercar has been in development for years, and has been seen in spy photos as well as in concept-car form on the auto show circuit. Until recently, the...Read More»

Lexus Enform Screen
Enform Infotainment Features Launch In 2010 Lexus HS 250h

Yesterday TheCarConnection.com brought you a first drive of the new 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid. To give you a brief recap, we’re positively impressed but not completely thrilled with the HS. The exterior styling is a little awkward, and its interior and cargo space feel a bit more restricted than...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

Badge on 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: Why Driving A Hybrid Is Different

Just like rich people are different from you and me, hybrid-powered vehicles are not exactly like the vehicles you're used to driving. After spending a week with a 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the overall experience reminded me of just how different these vehicles are. Here are six "did you knows"...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
First Drive: 2010 Lexus HS 250h

TheCarConnection.com recently spent a day driving the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, which won’t arrive to dealerships until later this summer. We don’t yet know what the HS will cost (around $35k to start, we predict), but we can already say that this little hybrid sedan is much more than the dressed-up...Read More»

Ford Sync
Want Ford's Sync System To Call 911? Get The Dealer Upgrade

In light of yesterday's news from the Centers for Disease Control that Onstar raises accident survival rates, owners of Fords with the Sync system may wonder about their own chances using the similar system. Ford has recently added a "911 Assist" function to the latest version of Sync, which is...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Compared: 2010 Toyota Prius Vs. 2010 Honda Insight

In the race to dominate the hybrid market, there really are only two players--Toyota and Honda. While Ford and General Motors ramp up to speed with gas-electric vehicles, it's the Japanese duo that's been selling hybrids in the U.S. for more than ten years and has captured the most buyers. This...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
So What Will Those 42-MPG Cars Actually Look Like? (Hint: Not Golf Carts)

No, we won't all be driving golf carts. We won't all have to drive a truncated 2009 Toyota Yaris either. Relax and chill, folks. Let's do a little reality-based projecting on what 2016 might look like. In 2016, the new mileage and emissions rules announced today by the Obama administration require...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Daimler Takes Stock in Tesla

Tesla Motors, and its ineffable founder Elon Musk, may have found the tether to long-term viability that they've been seeking. No, not the Federal government--though Tesla's application for federal bailout money is still in process. The tether comes in the form of Daimler AG; sister sites...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup racer
EVs Won’t Be Affordable To Middle Class, Says VW’s Jacoby

In remarks to the automotive and environmental press last week in Seattle, Volkswagen of America president and CEO Stefan Jacoby said that while the automaker is considering electric vehicles along with other alternatives, he does not see EVs or advanced plug-ins becoming a significant portion of...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept
Engines Will Shrink For Fuel Efficiency, But You'll Pay More For Less

It's long been tradition that big cars have big engines. But fuel-economy standards (in the US) and carbon emissions limits (in Europe) mean that even the big cars of tomorrow will have to use far less gasoline than they do today. One way they'll get there is by radically downsizing the engines...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Spy Shots: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

There's a new 2012 Volkswagen Passat in the works, and early spy shots of prototypes hint that it'll be longer and wider than today's car. The giveaways, according to our colleagues at Motor Authority, are the wheel arches on their spy-shot car, as well as a wider B-pillar on the test mule. The...Read More»

Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV)
Toyota Pushing Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car Up?

Bio-ethanol, biodiesel, E85, pure electricity - there are almost too many "alternative" fuels out there already, but hydrogen is shoving its way into the room. And at Toyota, it's pushing to the front of the class, with a fuel-cell-powered car potentially on the road by 2014. The company had...Read More»

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