Hybrids

Nissan Unveils World-First Electro-Hydraulic Brake And Steering Systems
Nissan Unveils World-First Electro-Hydraulic Brake And Steering Systems

Nissan has been on a roll lately in regards to its technology launches, with the Japanese automaker in the past couple of weeks showing off a range of new fuel saving technologies it plans to launch over the coming year, as well as a pair of very advanced ‘downsized’ engines. Now Nissan is...Read More»

Cast of 'Live Every Litre' by Honda
Honda Debuts A New Documentary For The 2011 CR-Z: 'Live Every Litre'

In these days of flashmobs, crowdsourcing, and other clunky neologisms, many automakers have turned to consumers for their ads. Yesterday, we talked about Hyundai's "Uncensored" campaign, which bears more than a few similarities to Ford's "Swap Your Ride" campaign (among others). Now Honda has...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt in New York City, March 2010
Chevrolet Brings The Volt's 'Freedom Drive' To The Info Superhighway

So, you're an early adopter -- comfy in your pup tent in front of the Apple store, happy to dump Gmail for Google Wave, even though it can't decide whether it's in "preview" or "labs" mode. Chances are pretty good that you'll also be interested in the new Chevrolet Volt hybrid EV (or whatever we...Read More»

2011 Infiniti M37
Infiniti M35 Hybrid Due at L.A. Show; Essence M Coupe A No-Show?

It's been promised for the near future, but now the Infiniti M35 Hybrid has a firm launch date for eager U.S. hybrid watchers--this November, at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, to be precise. Infiniti vice president Ben Poore confirmed the L.A. debut at this week's media drives of the new QX56...Read More»

2004 Toyota Prius 5dr HB (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
Toyota Floor-Mat Recall: My Repair Letter

Toyota's unintended-acceleration drama hasn't totally subsided--now, other automakers being faulted for sticky accelerator pedals alongside it--but this week the Japanese automaker's attention will turn a bit to the big floor-mat recall it initiated last fall. The floor-mat recall, separate from...Read More»

2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid
Frugal Shopper: The Ten Most Discounted Hybrid Models

If you're considering one of many hybrid models but think that there are no deals to be had on green vehicles, now would be the time to think again—and potentially head out shopping in the near future. Data from the pricing-intelligence firm TrueCar shows that a lot of hybrid models are selling...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept (2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe)
More Volkswagen Hybrids On The Way, Jetta May Be Next

Volkswagen has just taken the wraps off its new 2011 Touareg SUV, which in hybrid form delivers a V-8 like 375 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque from its V-6/electric motor combination and a relatively frugal fuel economy (European combined) of 29 mpg. However, this is just the tip of the...Read More»

Toyota FT-CH Compact Hybrid Concept
Scion Rules Out Hybrids, Considering All-Wheel Drive

After a bright start eight years ago Scion’s sales have tanked and unless action is taken things are likely to get worse. Most of the blame has been directed towards Scion’s limited lineup, although a weak car market was also a factor in the equation. Scion bosses are considering...Read More»

2010 Honda Fit Sport
Honda Troubles: Sluggish Insight Sales, Costly Fit Hybrid Technology

Honda had big plans for the 2010 Insight. With low pricing and high tech, Honda hoped the Insight could leapfrog past the Toyota Prius to become the hottest hybrid on the market. Unfortunately, Honda's dreams haven't exactly played out as planned. When the 2010 Insight launched in March of last...Read More»

Teaser for Louisiana's new VVC plant
V-Vehicle Is Vying For $320 Million In DOE Loans

In June of last year, the Department of Energy announced $8 billion of low-interest loans for automakers in the first round of funding from its $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Of that total, $5.9 billion went to Ford, $1.6 billion went to Nissan, and $465 million...Read More»

2010 Porsche Cayenne AWD 4-door Turbo S Angular Front Exterior View
2011 Cayenne Hybrid Will Be Porsche's Most Fuel-Efficient Ride

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid is to be unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and if early reports are accurate, it will debut as the company's most fuel-efficient model. The powertrain pairs a nickel-metal hydride battery pack with a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine (purloined from...Read More»

Quaranta by Hybrid Kinetic Motors
Exiled Chinese Auto Exec Hopes To Launch Hybrid Kinetic Motors In Alabama

Over the past decade and a half, business models have changed. Thanks to the internet and certain technology improvements, start-ups have popped up in industries previously dominated by big companies with big resources. Amazon is one good example of this phenomenon, Netflix is another. Although...Read More»

2010 scion iq concept 016
2010 Detroit Auto Show: Scion iQ To Debut As A Hybrid Hatch

The Toyota iQ is a popular minicar in many parts of the world, and we've known for a while that Toyota was planning to market it as a Scion in the U.S. The timeline for the iQ's launch, however, has been the subject of rumor and speculation: at first it was thought to be 2011, then it was bumped up...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
Mercedes-Benz Bringing A Hybrid Option To The S-Class

Just a couple of weeks ago, we discussed Mercedes-Benz's plan to retool its popular CL model into a new S-Class coupe. Now we've gotten word that the next-gen S-Class will offer even more features, including a hybrid option on the S-Class sedan. The system will be similar to that shown at Frankfurt...Read More»

2010 Toyota subcompact concept teaser
Report: New Toyota Subcompact Will Be Hybrid, Sold In U.S.

Toyota is set to reveal a new concept car on January 11 at India’s 2010 Delhi Auto Expo that will preview the automaker’s next-generation subcompact car. The new subcompact won’t be just another cheap runabout designed for emerging markets, however. According to a new report the car will be a...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid To Go On Sale in 2011

Toyota has been a late and cautious entrant into the field of plug-in vehicles, gradually rolling out a small fleet of Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid versions of the third-generation Prius. But for the first time, the company has announced that it will put the car on sale to regular consumers. The...Read More»

The Great Wall of China
China To Subsidize Green Rides For Consumers, Public Transit

China is in a curious position. Its auto market is very big, and it's positioned to get much, much bigger, but the Chinese government doesn't want the country's automakers to move down the traditional path of combustion-engine vehicles. Rather, it wants to grow an indigenous green vehicle industry...Read More»

Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models
Volkswagen Up! Light Concept Hints At Future Hybrid Models

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed an all-new concept car, called the Up! Lite, that demonstrates a new focus on fuel-efficiency and hybrids by getting straight to numbers; its carbon-dioxide emissions are just 65 grams per mile and at 70 mpg, it's the most fuel-efficient...Read More»

Capstone Turbine CMT-380 concept car
Jet-Powered Hybrids, Alfa Romeo Drops Milano Name: Today’s Car News

One of the strangest cars set to appear at this week’s 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show has undoubtedly got to be the Capstone Turbine CMT-380. The hybrid supercar concept packs a jet turbine engine and advanced hybrid system and offers performance levels that could make Ferrari blush. [Motor...Read More»

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