Hybrids

Mazda Cautious On Hybrids, Diesels; Committed To Higher MPG
Mazda Cautious On Hybrids, Diesels; Committed To Higher MPG

If you're a U.S. shopper looking for a Mazda in the next several years, it probably won't be a hybrid, an electric vehicle, or even a diesel. Instead of focusing on any one of those costly technologies in its upcoming vehicles, Mazda is planning to deliver a full range of lighter vehicles that...Read More»

BMW EfficientDynamics illustration
2009 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW's Green Four-Door Coupe

  BMW's plans for the Frankfurt Auto Show are coming into clearer focus this week as prior reports of a green-themed Coupe have been shucked aside by the company's PR folks. While BMW plans a 50th-anniversary celebration for the MINI brand, a worldwide reveal of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, and a...Read More»

Jay Leno and the Aptera 2e
Jay Leno Talk Show May Feature 'Green-Car Challenge'

Jay Leno signed off from The Tonight Show a couple of months back, but he hasn't spent the downtime resting on his laurels. In fact, it's pretty clear that Leno has invested a lot of energy planning his new small-screen venture: an hour-long, prime-time show on NBC, set to launch in September. And...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight and 2010 Toyota Prius
Mileage Match-Up: 2010 Honda Insight vs 2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota’s Prius is more than just a high-mileage model; it’s a global green-car icon, with well over a million sold throughout the world. This year marks an all-new third generation of the Prius in the U.S.; the 2010 Toyota Prius promises even better fuel economy plus improved acceleration, a...Read More»

2010 Suzuki Kizashi
2010 Suzuki Kizashi: Not Quite Mid-Size, Not Quite Mainstream

After years of lackluster sales and vehicles that haven’t quite resonated with U.S. buyers—the Aerio and Esteem small cars are cases in point—Suzuki is hoping to find a new direction with a stylish new 2010 Kizashi sport sedan that goes on sale at the end of the year, called Kizashi. Although...Read More»

2009 Toyota Yaris
Rumor: Toyota Launching Yaris-Based Subcompact Hybrid In 2011

Toyota's subcompact Yaris will allegedly serve as the basis for a new hybrid model, set to launch sometime in 2011. The car (name TBA) will feature new styling and a new hybrid system that's apparently less expensive than those found in Toyota's other hybrid vehicles, which should have a nice...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight - 57 mpg
Driven: 2010 Honda Insight

When TheCarConnection.com took our first drive of the 2010 Honda Insight late last year, we predicted that despite the Insight's relatively simple mild hybrid system, "In the real world, nearly all owners are likely to see results above 40 mpg, no matter what type of driving." After a follow-up...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Lexus HS 250h Priced

Lexus has just announced pricing for its 2010 HS 250h hybrid sedan, and there aren't any big surprises. The new luxury hybrid, which will reach dealerships in August, will start at $34,200, not counting a destination charge of $875 that will put it just over the $35k mark that TheCarConnection.com...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Hybrid Drivers More Ticket- and Accident-Prone

Quite a few big-name auto insurers have been giving hybrid owners a discount on their premium. But those deals might not last much longer; as an insurance data-analysis firm points out, the insurance industry could be losing big because of this. The surprising result: Hybrid drivers typically drive...Read More»

Honda Fit Hybrid (Japanese domestic model), Honda Proving Grounds, Tochigi, Japan, Nov 2013
More Zoom-Zoom: Japan Considers Mandatory Engine Noise For Hybrids

Remember when we raved about all-electric Zero Motorcycles but were let down by their lack of noise? (Jay Leno agreed.) Well, it turns out that folks have similar concerns about hybrid and electric cars--especially in places like Japan, where hybrid sales are strong. Because the motors of those...Read More»

Dean Kamen's concept scooter that runs on anything flammable
Dean Kamen's Hybrid Scooter Runs On Almost Anything

Acclaimed (and ridiculed) Segway inventor Dean Kamen has developed an intriguing hybrid scooter. Similar to, say, the Chevy Volt, the scooter is powered by electricity, but Kamen has added an external-combustion Stirling engine to keep the batteries fully charged. Although a Stirling wouldn't be...Read More»

2008 Lamborghini Murcielago
The 10 Worst (And 10 Best) Cars For The Planet

In keeping with today's "green" theme (what, did the solstice put everyone in a mood?), England's Environmental Transport Association released a list of the ten worst--or least green--vehicles. We've ogled and coveted many of them, including Bentleys, Aston Martins, and of course, Lamborghinis, but...Read More»

Going Green
America's 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Cities For Green Cars

Talking the "green" talk is easy: toss out enough words like "recyclable" and "zero-emissions" and "carbon footprint", and even the crustiest oil baron can come out looking like Al Gore. Getting folks to walk the "green" walk, however, is a different matter altogether--as a new report from Nielsen...Read More»

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid logo
2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: The World's Priciest Hybrid?

  When Porsche introduces the 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid late next year, its first-ever hybrid-electric vehicle may be the priciest hybrid on earth. While a Porsche executive said pricing hasn't been finalized, according to the German Automobilwoche, the expected European price will be in the...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius - High Gear Media Twitter Contest
Win a 2010 Toyota Prius Solar Backpack With High Gear Media and Twitter

Twitter: never has the Internet seen so much controversy. Well, not since this morning at about 8:43 a.m., actually. Whether you think Twitter is a pile of uselessness, or you virtually live and breathe in 140-character form, High Gear Media is all over Twitter. It's true: our core sites all have...Read More»

Jaguar XE Roadster teaser
Jaguar XE Roadster: A Hybrid In The Works?

It'll be at least two years before the Jaguar XE roadster makes its debut, but here at TCC, many of us are already giddy with anticipation. That's partially because, hey, it's a roadster--and who doesn't like those?--but also because rumors have begun circulating about the possibility of a hybrid...Read More»

2010 Mazda3 MPS
Mazda Zoom-Zooms Down The Hybrid Road

It's been a strange year for Mazda--at least on the drivetrain front. Last summer, rumors circulated about the company's top-secret "Volt-killer": a hybrid vehicle with a combustion engine that powered an electric motor that in turn powered the wheels. Then in January, Mazda North America president...Read More»

Mercedes Benz ESF 2009 Prototype Experimental Safety Vehicle
Mercedes Benz Shows Off Future of Safety Tech With ESF 2009 Prototype

Mercedes-Benz today released a sneak preview of its ESF 2009 S400 Hybrid experimental Safety Vehicle as part of a preview at its Stuttgart headquarters. The new ESF model revives a long-lapsed tradition of high-tech safety prototypes. The last time Mercedes outfitted an ESF - the German acronym for...Read More»

Jamie Lee Curtis is one of a select few chosen to lease a Honda FCX Clarity.
Off-The-Cuff Endorsements From Schwarzenegger or Obama? Priceless.

Just a week apart, two high-profile leaders put restraint aside and showed allegiances to particular automakers—in this case, Honda and Ford—for their green-car efforts. This past Wednesday, as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at a Shell station in Los Angeles, just after the...Read More»

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