Hybrids

Average MPG of New Vehicles Soars in August, Thanks to Clunkers Cash
Average MPG of New Vehicles Soars in August, Thanks to Clunkers Cash

Chalk it all up to Cash For Clunkers: The average gas mileage of new cars and light trucks sold during August reached a record high of 23 miles per gallon, up 8 percent over the 21.2 mpg in August 2008. The 23-mpg level equals the highest recorded average, back in August 2007, when gasoline neared...Read More»

2010 Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Reveals Pricing For 2010 4Runner, Land Cruiser And Venza

With the unveiling of the 2010 Toyota 4Runner still fresh in our minds, Toyota today released pricing for the revised SUV, starting from $27,500 for the four-cylinder SR5 4x2, a drop of $1,140 from the 2009 model's base price. Also revealed today are the prices for the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Volvo To Sell Diesel-Electric Plug-in Hybrids By 2012

Technology has always been at the core of the automobile, and as tehcnology steps forward, so too does the automotive powetrain--from the realm of pure combustion to electrical power. Today, Volvo announced another step down that road with its intent to have a production diesel-electric plug-in...Read More»

2011 Kia Sorento
Report: Kia Working On Production Diesel-Hybrid For 2012

What do you do when you're already one of the most value-conscious carmakers on the market? You set a goal to pack in more technology than even luxury marques can manage, and do it all in under three years. Or at least that's what you do if you're Kia. According to reports still emerging from the...Read More»

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Driven: Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

Mazda hasn’t ignored the possibility of a hydrogen economy, but it’s taken a quite different path than other automakers with its hydrogen test vehicles, like the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid. Instead of using costly fuel cells, it’s focused its hydrogen efforts around a rotary internal...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

What is it?: Mild hybrid version of the big Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan The basics: Teutonic solidity, impeccable equipment, better fuel economy On sale: This fall Price: $87,950 Exactly one year ago, our editor Marty Padgett wrote about the European launch of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid...Read More»

2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept
Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept Debuts In Frankfurt

The 2010 Lexus HS 250h is barely out and about, and already Lexus is preparing for an even more compact hybrid. The concept for the new car, called the LF-Ch, hit the floor in Frankfurt today, and these live photos show what it's like up close and personal. As in the studio shots revealed about a...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Mercedes-Benz S500 Concept for Frankfurt: Plug-In Hybrid S-Class

The Frankfurt Auto Show this year is all about green cars: highly fuel efficient clean diesels, electric cars, and plug-in hybrids. It's where the German automakers offer up their sexiest concept cars. So the photos of the eagerly awaited Mercedes-Benz "Vision" concept car are a bit of a shock: It...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept
More Photos, Details On Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Concept

Plug-in hybrids aren't new at Toyota. They don't have any on the street yet - at least for retail customers - but they are prepping test fleets of plug-in Priuses all over the world, including the U.S., Europe and Japan. Even before those cars get to the field, however, Toyota will bring a plug-in...Read More»

inel-lithium-ion-car-batteries
'Saudi Arabia of Lithium' To Produce Batteries By 2016

Whether you’re concerned about national security or have green motivations as well, you might be eagerly awaiting electric cars and plug-ins in hopes of escaping your reliance on OPEC and foreign oil, but as of late there’s been plenty of coverage suggesting that future battery supply could be...Read More»

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Teaser no. 2
BMW Vision Concept Teased Again

You can always tell a major car show is getting near when carmakers put the world on an intravenous supply of semi-abstract teaser images. That's how we know the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is drawing near, at least for BMW, with today bringing another teaser for the upcoming "Vision...Read More»

2012 Range Rover LRX
Report: 2012 Land Rover LRX Due For June 2010 Reveal

Celebrating an major anniversary in the car-making world almost always means revealing a new model or concept - take Mini's 50th, for example - and Land Rover isn't one to buck the tradition. A report out today says the Range Rover LRX will arrive on June 17, 2010 - the 40th anniversary of the...Read More»

Cash for Clunkers banner with Mercury Sable, Albany, New York
Want Clunker Cash? Stop Reading, Call Your Dealer, It Ends Today

If you've got a clunker you've been meaning to trade in, you'd better take the rest of the day off, 'cause the whole Cash-for-Clunkers program winds up at 8 pm tonight. Here's our checklist of steps for anyone who's still hoping to get those $3,500 or $4,500 rebates for a new car that gets at least...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Future Cars: 2012 Chevrolets Get Smaller, Greener

Two weeks ago, TheCarConnection toured GM's design studios for a sneak preview of the future cars and crossovers planned for Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick. We've shared the Buick 2012 and Cadillac 2012 portfolios with you, but what's in store for GM's moneymaker? At its core, the 2012...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series
Preview: 2011 BMW 5-Series

The 2010 BMW 5-Series GT world debut is just weeks away, at the Frankfurt auto show. Now, according to BMW and to new details confirmed by BMWBlog, the new sedan version of the mid-size 5er family will add an interesting twist or two, when it joins the family next year. The new 5-Series Sedan is...Read More»

Ford's Focus-based Battery Electric Vehicle
Ford Testing Car-To-Grid Communications For Plug-in Hybrids

It's one of the primary concerns of the electric-vehicle revolution: how do we charge so many cars, and still keep that electricity (relatively) inexpensive? Ford hopes it may have an answer in the form of its new vehicle-to-grid communication technology. Allowing the owner to program the car's...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus (Korean-market vehicle)
Hyundai Gets Busy in 2010: Tucson, Equus, Sonata and More

The next 18 months will be busy ones at Hyundai, where four brand-new products are headed to dealers as part of a plan to have the newest, freshest cars and crossovers on the American market. Here's what's in the product plan, according to TCC's sources: Tucson: First up comes a new 2010 Hyundai...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M
2011 Infiniti M Preview

•    What is it? The latest edition of the largest Infiniti sedan, with a new coupe-like form •    The basics: 3.7-liter V-6 or 5.6-liter V-8; hybrid version in the works •    On sale: Next year, with a December introduction for the production version at the L.A. Auto Show •   ...Read More»

2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7
Preview: 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

cefwg572su As the Pebble Beach Concours ramps up its luxury, vintage and supercar action, BMW is breaking new ground in the high-tech sector of the luxury segment with a pair of hybrids. John Voelcker brought you the ActiveHybrid X6 yesterday, and today, the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 gets its turn...Read More»

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