Hybrids

Clunker Love, American Style
Clunker Love, American Style

A couple of days ago, we mentioned that Germany's "Cash for Clunkers" program was going gangbusters and that the U.K. and China were implementing variations of their own. We also said that the U.S. congress was considering similar options, and that we'd update you soon. Well, soon is now. Ohio...Read More»

scrap heap
Great Britain, China Seek Out Subsidies For Sales

You might recall that Germany instituted a "Cash for Clunkers" program weeks ago,  and subsequently saw a 21% jump in car sales. Lawmakers in Great Britain are rightly intrigued by the success of their EU colleagues, and word on the street is that bigwigs are cobbling together a bill to offer...Read More»

AT&T
AT&T To Invest Heavily In Hybrids, Natural Gas Vehicles

AT&T's service plans may be as confusing as the best (or worst) episode of Lost, but the company's plans for its auto fleet are plain as day: over the next ten years, the company will drop a cool $565 million on hybrid and natural gas vehicles. In practical terms, that means about 8,000 natural...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
Hybrid Car Price War: The 2010 Honda Insight Brings It

As if things weren't "interesting" enough on the manufacturing and sales fronts, Honda just upped the ante by announcing pricing for the 2010 Insight hybrid. The starting point? A very palatable, recession-friendly $19,800. Expected to hit lots on March 24, the new Insight offers a number of tech...Read More»

2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Ford Celebrates Production Of 100,000th Hybrid SUV

Further proving that Ford is the one domestic carmaker that understands the brave new world of automaking, today its Kansas City assembly plant spit out their 100,000th hybrid SUV in five years of production. The plant produces the 2009 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrid small SUVs. The 2009...Read More»

Jon Lauckner, VP of Global Program Management at GM
GM, CMU: Who's Right About The Electric Car? (Hint: Neither)

A week ago, Carnegie Mellon University issued a report that said long- and mid-range electric cars are "not cost effective in any scenario". Their rationale? The expense of installing a battery big enough to get 40 miles per charge is never going to pay for itself in fuel savings. Furthermore, just...Read More»

Kia cee\'d Hybrid
Kia cee'd Hybrid in Geneva: 49 mpg, 77 Lb-ft From Electric Motor

Kia is using the Geneva Motor Show to show a version of its cee'd car with a hybrid powertrain; it has produced a fleet of the hybrids for testing and evaluation in Europe. The cee'd Hybrid makes use of Kia's Gamma 1.6-liter four paired with a 15 kW AC electric motor, a CVT transmission, and Kia's...Read More»

Giugiaro hybrid
Link Love From The Car Connection: Giugiaro's Hybrid, Porsche's Museum, And Anderson Cooper's 'Nads (Seriously)

  Did someone get that license plate--you know, the one on that Mack Truck that just ran over our weekend? Call 911, 'cause we have been robbed of our leisure time yet again. Join us in some mild infotainment as we try to collect ourselves. Most unnecessary news item of the day -- Michigan psycho...Read More»

Daniel Sperling on The Daily Show, 2-11-09
In The News: Daniel Sperling And Two Billion Cars On The Daily Show

  Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had a sit-down with Daniel Sperling, co-author of  Two Billion Cars. (The other authors: policy consultant Deborah Gordon and governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wrote the foreward.) As with most talk shows, the segment was too short to generate truly...Read More»

Rafael Reston Viper concept
Link Love From The Car Connection: Chasing Bentleys, Revamping Vipers, And Bob Lutz Has Left The Building

It's only Tuesday. Can you believe it? Neither can we. Maybe these news bits will help the day pass quicker: News flash: money can't buy happiness -- Some poor zhlub in a white Bentley led police on a low speed chase through L.A. last night. (And some other zhlub created a Twitter page for him.) No...Read More»

2010 Honda Insight
Honda Insight On Sale In Japan: Cheapest Hybrid On The Market

Hoping to spur a sales turnaround, Honda today introduced its new 2010 Insight gas/electric hybrid, resuscitating the nameplate Honda originally launched in 2000 in three-door hatchback form. The new Insight grows in size to a five-door hatchback format, is similar in size and layout to the Toyota...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion
Ford Hybrid Vs. Toyota, Round 2.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally made a personal call to thank Michael Snapper, a Grand Rapids, Mich. lawyer for purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid instead of a Toyota Prius. This sounds like yet another subtle jab at Jon F. Thompson, editor of Toyota's Open Road blog who wrote a sour-grapes response to the...Read More»

2007 Toyota IQ Concept
Hyundai To Produce Toyota iQ Rival

Hyundai might soon produce a minicar to compete with Toyota's iQ; the U.K.'s AutoCar claims that this new Hyundai could go on sale as early as next year. They say that a European Hyundai source indicated the car would be more basic, functional, and funky than the iQ: "sort of modular and minimalist...Read More»

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 4-door Sedan Hybrid FWD Headlight
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Scores Tax Credit Coup

Ford announced yesterday that those purchasing a 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid or 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid can take advantage of a $3,400 tax credit from the federal government. This is yet more good news for Ford Motor Company, the most promising of the Big Three and the only one not to have taken...Read More»

2010 Fisker Karma
Public Likes Fisker's Karma

Here's what's not surprising: the world's economy is in the tank, and most automakers are struggling to get by. So what is surprising? Given all that gloom and doom, Fisker has received 1,300 pre-orders for its Karma plug-in hybrid. Also: the upstart automaker has signed up 22 dealers to sell the...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX: Hybrid or No, A Step Up

Now that the hullabaloo that was the 2009 Detroit auto show is over, we're getting back to the business of road-testing cars. Late last year we drove the new 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrids out in California, and in our opinion, they're just as refined as the previous edition--with a couple...Read More»

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