Hybrids

Toyota: It’s Our Responsibility To Address Hybrid, Plug-In Confusion
Toyota: It’s Our Responsibility To Address Hybrid, Plug-In Confusion

Hybrids such as the Toyota Prius have now been offered for more than a decade. Yet as we learned from a study revealed just this past week, a surprisingly high percentage of new-car shoppers don't really know how hybrids work—or what makes plug-in hybrids or battery-electric vehicles...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: New Hybrid Consideration For Small Family Car

As hybrids go, the all-new five-passenger 2011 Lexus CT 200h has a lot to like – especially the 42 mpg (combined) fuel economy and better-than-expected handling. It’s certainly no sports car, but it does acquit itself quite well in Sport mode (more about that later). With the entry of...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype, tested in November 2010
Survey: Shoppers Very Confused About Hybrids, Plug-Ins, And EVs

Combined, hybrids, plug-in electrics, and electric vehicles still only account for a very small percentage of the car market. And outside of the iconic Prius—which Toyota is now developing into a separate green brand with at least two models—there aren't any big hybrid sales successes...Read More»

Lotus Engineering Range Extender
Lotus Supercharges The EV Range Extender: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

If you're familiar with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, you probably know that it carries an onboard 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that acts as a generator, powering the electric motors that drive the wheels (under most circumstances, anyway). Today at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus unveiled a new take on...Read More»

Ram 1500 hybrid transmission diagram, image via Allpar.com
Rumor: Ram Planning Diesel Hybrid 1500 Pickup

In the world of pickups, torque is king. Electric-drive systems aren't typically thought of as towing powerhouses, due primarily to their mass-market application thus far in small, efficient passenger cars. But with maximum torque from zero rpms, electric motors could be the next big thing in...Read More»

2011 Lexus CT 200h
2011 Lexus CT 200h: First Drive

Remember the Lexus HS 250h that was introduced last year? Yes? Well kindly forget about it for the moment and reboot. Actually, consider it a full-on system crash and reinstall; all is well again and Lexus is back on track with what hybrid shoppers want. That's how we felt after spending part of a...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell battery electric vehicle (Europe only)
Nearly Half Of America Interested In Alt Fuel Vehicles, 71% Don't Know What They're Looking For

If you're an American, odds are pretty good that your car runs on gasoline. The chance that your next car will be gas-powered, however, isn't such a sure thing. According to a new study commissioned by Mercedes-Benz, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. are interested in alternative fuel vehicles...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
2011 Honda CR-Z: Three Test Drives, Three Editors' Opinions, Five Questions

It's not all that often that three different High Gear Media editors test-drive the same model within a few weeks of each other, but that's what happened with the 2011 Honda CR-Z two-seat hybrid sports coupe. First, editorial director Marty Padgett got our first drive in June and wrote it up for...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z
Driven: 2011 Honda CR-Z

Take a look at the rumblings from critics and pundits, and it's apparent that Honda has been burned a bit by expectations with its new CR-Z coupe. Old-school CRX fans don't think the CR-Z is sporty enough and say it's missing the old CRX's light, nimble, autocross-ready feel, while green geeks...Read More»

2011 Honda CR-Z Euro NCAP crash testing
Video: 2011 Honda CR-Z Scores Five Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test

Our first drive review of the 2011 Honda CR-Z is coming later today, but before that, we have this video of the hopefully-sporty little hybrid scoring five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing. Five starts in the Euro NCAP is a very good result, and bodes well for NHTSA and IIHS testing here in the...Read More»

Jay Leno gets a tour of the Porsche 918 spyder
Video: Jay Leno's Guided Tour Of The Porsche 918 Spyder

Here at High Gear Media, we've talked a lot about the stunning Porsche 918 spyder. Most recently, we learned that it's officially making the leap from concept to production, and it's going to be more powerful than expected. Yesterday, we saw Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger smitten by the...Read More»

2011 Volkswagen Jetta
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: First Drive

  The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta will be significantly updated when it shows up at dealers in October, and VW hopes it's more in tune with what American shoppers need in a compact sedan. We drove the Jetta last week in San Francisco, and we've just filed our full review--and like many other reviewers...Read More»

Fisker Karma
Forget Saving The Planet: The Fisker Karma Will Nab You A Date

Remember the Prius commercials with all those people dressed up like grass and rocks, moving in rhythm to create the illusion of a happy, healthy Mother Earth? Well forget 'em. In fact, forget all that tree-huggery tripe used to sell cleaner-tech rides. According to a new website for Fisker...Read More»

Leaked 2011 Lexus CT 200h images
Lexus Lures Andy Samberg, Tracy Morgan, Jamie Kennedy To The Dark Side

During the 2010 New York Auto Show, Lexus hosted a debate to hype its new hybrid, the CT 200h. Dubbed "The Darker Side of Green", the face-off featured eco-tech enthusiast Amanda Little, global-warming denier Phelim McAleer, and moderator Sarah Silverman. We were very, very dubious. But by most...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
High Gear on FoxCarReport: Chevy Volt, Grand Cherokee and More

  High Gear Media is live on the Web, on the Fox Car Report today. This afternoon, I'll be joining FCR host Gary Gastelu for a satellite Webcast chat about the latest developments in the happy saga of the Chevy--er, 2011 Chevrolet Volt as GM announces it's adding New York and Austin to the list of...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
UPDATE: Volt Won't Require Gas Engine For Highway Driving

Preview drives of unfinished pre-production cars are a tricky thing. It's easy to get ahead of oneself in the evaluation process, judging things that are still under development to be final, or misunderstanding an engineer's explanation. And that appears to be what happened with Andrew English at...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata
2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo: 274 HP, $25K

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is selling strongly out of the gate--but two new versions on the way later this year will give mid-size sedan shoppers a couple more reasons to reconsider the V-6-powered competition. Green-car fans can look forward to the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which shows up at year's end...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Lexus HS250h And Suzuki Kizashi: Top Safety Fail?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its latest test results—of two sedans, the hybrid 2010 Lexus HS250h and the almost-mid-size 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, for its new roof-crush test. And it's not all good news this time. Both the HS250h and the Kizashi were given the...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: 41 MPG, Most Efficient Luxury Sedan In America

Ford's Fusion Hybrid has already won accolades for its excellent efficiency and driving performance, and now its more luxurious cousin, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, is following in its footsteps. With an EPA-rated 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, it's now the most efficienct luxury sedan in the U.S...Read More»

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