Jet-Powered Hybrids, Alfa Romeo Drops Milano Name: Today’s Car News

November 30, 2009
Capstone Turbine CMT-380 concept car

Capstone Turbine CMT-380 concept car

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 Authority]

One of the first volume Alfa Romeo in decades to be sold in the U.S. is just around the corner but its designers are having trouble picking a new name for the car. The replacement for the 147 hatchback, the new car is slated to arrive in 2011 and could go by the name of Giulietta. [Automotive News, sub req’d]

With Fiat and Chrysler now partners, there were hopes that Ferrari and the Dodge Viper businesses would also work much closer together on future products.
According to Dodge brand chief Ralph Gilles, however, there will be no such collaboration. [Autoweek]

Toyota’s sporty MR2 may be revived but with a twist, a new hybrid powertrain to make compete directly with Honda’s upcoming CR-Z hybrid sports car. Technical details are currently unavailable but Japanese sources say the model could be badged the MR-S. [egmCarTech]

It’s hard to believe but someone out there has actually gone and converted a real 1969 Camaro into the new 2010 Camaro. The only problem is that the project was started back in 2006 when the new Camaro was only a concept car. [CarPictures]

The Volkswagen Polo, a stylish supermini that will eventually go on sale in the U.S., has taken out the prestigious 2010 World Car of the Year award in Europe. It narrowly edged the Toyota iQ in the final voting, earning 347 points over 337. [Autocar]

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