Hybrid

Toyota To Sell Old Prius Alongside 2010 Model In Japan
Toyota To Sell Old Prius Alongside 2010 Model In Japan

When the new, third-gen 2010 Toyota Prius goes on sale this summer, it will be offered alongside the current-gen Prius in Japan according to the business newspaper Nikkei. The point: create a reason for hybrid buyers to stay in the Toyota fold despite the arrival of the reportedly lower-priced 2010...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX: Hybrid or No, A Step Up

Now that the hullabaloo that was the 2009 Detroit auto show is over, we're getting back to the business of road-testing cars. Late last year we drove the new 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrids out in California, and in our opinion, they're just as refined as the previous edition--with a couple...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus Celebrates 20 Years

Toyota proudly notes that its wildly successful Lexus division debuted exactly 20 years ago at 1989's Detroit Auto Show. The cars that started the brand were the LS 400, a Benz S-Class fighter, and the ES 250, a Camry-based sedan with a V-6, frameless windows, and stellar fit and finish. Despite a...Read More»

2009 Mercedes Benz S Class 5.5L V8 RWD
Mercedes-Benz Wins Award For First Lithium-Ion In Production Car

With the introduction of its S400 BlueHYBRID occurring this summer, Mercedes is set to become the first automaker to offer extremely efficient lithium-ion battery technology in a mass production passenger automobile. Significantly, Mercedes bathes the notoriously hot-running lithium-ion cells in...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Ford Surprises Family With New 2010 Fusion Hybrid

Partnering with the TV show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,' Ford Motor Company yesterday shocked the Pennsylvania-area Drumm family with a brand new 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan. Significant financial hurdles encountered by Matt and Blasia Drumm, who have two autistic children requiring three...Read More»

GM Stock Chart 7-17-08
Auto Execs Will Fly Commercial While Bankers Cruise In LearJets

Remember the Escandalo Grande that ensued in December when Big Three CEOs promptly extended empty tin cups after de-planing in Washington, each from his own private corporate jet? It was but one signifier that these guys were out of touch, and it didn't inspire confidence that they would use...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Obama White House Likely To Enact Tougher EPA Emissions Regs

President-Elect Barack Obama pledged during his campaign to overturn the Bush administration's denial of California's requested waiver to navigate past EPA guidelines, which would allow it and 17 other states to move forward with new laws that further limit vehicle emissions in the fight to curb...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Sedan 3.0L BlueTec RWD Angular Front Exterior View
Car and Driver Predicts Dim Future For Diesels In America

My oil burning heart beat appreciably slower last night as I read through Car and Driver's February article entitled "Long Rangers." The test of four gas/electric hybrid vehicles, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid, included a sidebar...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Displaced Engineers To Receive Complimentary Green Training

While they would probably prefer greenbacks to green training, up to 60 "displaced" engineers (read: laid off) will receive free training to prepare them for futures in advanced, low-emission propulsion technology. General Motors, The Engineering Society of Detroit, and Michigan Tech University are...Read More»

2008 Saturn VUE Red Line
Saturn VUE 2-Mode Hybrids Drive The Road To Change

GM announced yesterday that a caravan of Saturn VUE 2-mode hybrids departed Detroit's North American International Auto Show, bound for Washington D.C. and the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama. The theme of the journey: "The Road To Change Starts In Your Driveway." The Saturns will make...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5 (Euro Spec)
Audi Reluctantly Joins Hybrid Fray With Hybrid Q5 Crossover

Starting in late 2010, Audi plans to offer a hybrid version of its upcoming Q5 crossover vehicle. Wolfgang Hatz, head of powertrain development for the VW group, claimed that Audi must offer a hybrid in order to stay competitive with rival automakers that offer hybrid SUVs such as the Lexus RX 400h...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius Preview

The third-generation Toyota Prius is official, with a debut at the 2009 Detroit auto show--and it's rated at 50 miles per gallon. The 2010 Toyota Prius has already had a mini-unveiling last fall, when leaked photos made their way to the Web and were confirmed as accurate by Toyota. Today, Toyota is...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Lexus HS 250h Preview

With the debut of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the Toyota Prius expands into a family of vehicles that now includes a formal four-door sedan--one with a pricetag likely to hit $30,000. The HS 250h, Lexus announced this morning at the 2009 Detroit auto show, is the first luxury hybrid-only vehicle, as...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
First Drive: 2010 Honda Insight

Hypermiling champ Wayne Gerdes (of www.CleanMPG.com) took the new 2010 Honda Insight out on a 16-mile driving loop and checked in after a first run with more than 70 mpg on the trip computer.To those who don't know hypermiling, it's a set of driving practices that, if followed, will almost...Read More»

the duel
Toyota, Ford Duel Over MPG

So...remember when we said that the 2010 Ford Fusion (41 mpg city/36 mpg highway) would soon be the most efficient mid-size on the road? Yeah, well, Toyota wasn't too happy with that. They're now arguing that the Prius (at 48/45) is king of the efficiency heap. The EPA categorizes cars based on...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: Officially Most Efficient

Believe it or not, the most fuel-efficient mid-sized car on America's roadways will soon be American. The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been certified at 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, besting hybrid versions of both the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic. Much of the credit goes to the...Read More»

Wattman
Battery Makers Make The Charge

There are many different types of batteries on the market, but in the world of hybrid and electric cars, most automakers have set their sights on the Lithium-ion variety. Li-ions are easily rechargeable, they hold charges well, and they produce a nice amount of power for their size--all important...Read More»

Spare Change
Is GM's Biggest Problem Too Much Emphasis on Profit?

Were you aware that GM started development on the minivan a decade before Chrysler introduced that concept to the marketplace in the 1980s? Or that GM had invested considerable money into research and development of hybrid vehicles in the 1970s? The company also stopped development of a rotary...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Mercedes and Evonik Charge Forward With Lithium-Ion Technology, Research

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz, announced yesterday that it took a 49.9 percent stake in firm Li-Tec, a company that will produce lithium-ion battery cells for upcoming Mercedes electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Holding the other 50.1 percent is German firm Evonik. Both Daimler and Evonik...Read More»

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