Hybrids

Lexus HS 250h Pricing—Will It Be Low Enough?
Lexus HS 250h Pricing—Will It Be Low Enough?

A couple of weeks ago as we got our first drive of the upcoming 2010 Lexus HS 250h—and a first up-close look at its many tech-savvy features—Lexus officials were still guarded about pricing. It makes sense that even just before launch the company is cautious about pricing for this accessible...Read More»

2009 Toyota Yaris 5-door
2009 Toyota Yaris: No Hybrid, No Diesel, No Hypermiling, Yet 41 MPG!

With all the talk about hybrid systems and clean-diesel powertrains as the current be-all and end-all for green-car shoppers, it’s easy to forget that there are a few simple small cars out there that are nearly as frugal—without paying thousands more. You still can get a basic, lightweight...Read More»

Arnold, the Terminator
America 2020: Our Hybrid Future

The year is 2020. Skynet lies in ruins, Nancy Grace sits on the U.S. Supreme Court, and one in five of you are buying hybrid vehicles. Also: everyone wears MC Hammer pants. We're not taking any bets on those first two items, and we hope the last is dead wrong, but the odds on number three are...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable. Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story...Read More»

2009 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Ferrari Plans Four-Wheel Drive, Hybrid Future

While crosscountry rivals Lamborghini have sworn off diesels and hybrids--at least for the immediate future--Ferrari is said to be at work on a new flavor of four-wheel drive that uses hybrid gas-electric power to generate traction. Autocar reports that Ferrari's patent application would turn...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius at 2009 Detroit auto show
Subaru To Tap Toyota Expertise For 2012 Hybrid

Subaru is looking to Toyota for assistance in developing a new gasoline-electric hybrid model that will be launched by 2012, according to remarks from Fuji Heavy Industries president Ikuo Mori, at the launch of the new Subaru Legacy in Japan. Based on early reports, it isn't altogether clear which...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Prius vs. Insight: The Battle Continues

Good news from Japan: 75,000 eager hybrid fans have placed orders for the 2010 Toyota Prius. That's not just a big deal for Toyota; it's also a big deal for folks like us who enjoy watching a good showdown--in this case, the one that's been brewing between the 2010 Prius and the 2010 Honda Insight...Read More»

Spam
European Spammer Takes Ford Phishing

Spam isn't usually a TCC concern. We have faith that most of our readers have toughened over the years, becoming bitter, jaded husks of human beings who love nothing more than deleting get-rich-quick emails from distant Nigerian relatives. And that's why we love you. But when internet hoaxes...Read More»

Hyundai HED-6 ix-onic Concept
Coming This Fall: 2010 Hyundai Tucson, 2011 Sonata Hybrid, and Maybe Equus?

It's shaping up to be a banner fall, if you work at one of the automakers that will still be in business in its current shape come September. That's the case at Hyundai, where the ambitious product strategy has two and maybe three new vehicles in the bullpen for 2009 and early 2010. The first? A...Read More»

2006 Mitsubishi Colt VRX
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mitsubishi Marketing Mayhem, Ford Worships Idol, And Hello, Ferrari Heaven

The hunt is on -- It may be time to have an intervention with Mitsubishi. To hype its new Colt (not to be confused with the Dodge Colt, which was, in fact, a worked-over Mitsubishi), Mitsubishi has hidden Colt "parts" on the internet, which fans can then collect, scavenger-hunt style. Weirder...Read More»

Enertia Motors' Enertia Car
Link Love From The Car Connection: Fiat's American Lineup, X-Prize Autos, And Cash-For-Clunkers Rocks (In Germany)

Way outside the box -- We've all heard of the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition, which is giving $10 million to the first team to build a vehicle that can (a) get 100mpg in real-world conditions, (b) meet federal safety requirements, and (c) be mass produced. We're not sure that all of the...Read More»

Kurtsystems Car
Link Love From The Car Connection: Honda Insight Pulls Ahead, Tata Is Tops, And Another Elon Musk Meltdown In The Making

One horse town -- We were vaguely confused when we came across that high-tech horse wagon pic to your left. Turns out it's not, in fact, a vehicle for upscale Amish gentlemen, but rather a snazzy system for training horses. And also camels. [Kurtsystems via DRB] That voice -- GPS manufacturers are...Read More»

Mercedes SLR 999 Red Gold
Link Love From The Car Connection: Mercedes SLR Uglified, Ford Fusion Ekes Efficiency, And Trapped In A Winnebago With Patch Freakin' Adams

Yes, money can buy ugly -- The Gremlin may have been aesthetically challenged, but that kind of ugly ain't got nothing on a gold-plated, ruby-trimmed Mercedes SLR (look to your left). Apparently, the owner thought the base model was too humdrum, so he called up the tuners at Anliker and forked over...Read More»

2009 Toyota RAV4
In The Works: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota has set itself the nifty goal of bringing ten new hybrid models to market by 2012, and producing hybrid versions of all its vehicles by the year 2020.  Next in line for a green makeover? The popular Toyota RAV4. We don't yet know exactly when a hybrid RAV4 will hit the lots, but we do know...Read More»

Booth professionals of the 2009 Shanghai Motor Show
Link Love From The Car Connection: Top Green Cars, Chrysler And The iPod, The Booth Professionals Of Shanghai

Blue goes green -- Kelley Blue Book has announced its top "green cars" for 2009. No points for guessing the #1 pick (could it be anything other than the 2010 Toyota Prius?), but you get props for knowing which American cars made the cut. Hint: the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Ford Escape Hybrid, and the...Read More»

2009 Jaguar XJ Series XJ8
Jaguar Announces Plans For XJ Hybrid

Jaguar Land Rover plans to release a hybrid version of the Jaguar XJ around 2011, thanks to a £307 million ($452 million) loan the company has revceived from the European Investment Bank. That cash comes in addition to a loan of around £500 that JLR has already received from the EIB to help green...Read More»

2007 Volkswagen up! concept
Link Love From The Car Connection: Feds Go Green, Corker Uncorks, And Volkswagen's PR Team Hits Overdrive

  Following through -- The feds have announced plans to spend $285 million from Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill on 17,600 fuel-efficient vehicles from Detroit's Big Three. Included in the mix will be hybrid sedans, natural gas and hybrid buses, plus a few all-electric vehicles, though anything...Read More»

Kia Forte hybrid unveiled
Kia Shows Off Forte Hybrid, Plans For Hydrogen Fuel Cell And Plug-In Vehicles

  Not to be outdone by Nissan's fairly jaw-dropping announcement of EVs and infrastructure earlier this week, Kia unveiled its new Forte hybrid yesterday. It's a liquefied petroleum/electric combo, and it's set to hit lots in South Korea this August. Here are some of the tech details that we know...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Abu-Dhabi Company To Take 9.1 percent stake in Daimler AG

Aabar Investment PJSC has announced it will pay almost 2 billion euro (approx. $2.72 billion) to take a 9.1 percent stake in Daimler AG, the parent company of the Mercedes-Benz luxury marque. This will make Aabar Mercedes-Benz' largest single shareholder. Aabar is itself an investment vehicle...Read More»

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