Hybrids

  • 2018 Lexus LC500

    SEVILLE, Spain--If you remember the very first days of Lexus, you remember the clever ads: the champagne glasses on the hood of the car, the ball bearing rolling down its hood, the "relentless pursuit of perfection." Forget it all. Now Lexus is chasing after world-class luxury and performance with big power, great handling and outrageous styling. They don't ever want to be called boring again. The evidence so far: the shapely GS sedan, RC coupe, even the latest RX crossover. Next up: the most extroverted Lexus you’ve ever seen, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h, the most convincing show...

  • Toyota 10-speed automatic transmission
    Toyota reveals next-generation engines, transmissions and hybrid systems

    As Toyota slowly renews its fleet with cars built around its TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) modular platform unveiled in 2015, we’ll see new technologies that should dramatically improve efficiency and dynamic performance levels for the brand. Of most significance to buyers of...

  • 2017 Cadillac CT6
    2017 Cadillac CT6 preview

    When the CT6 went on sale in early 2016, it marked several firsts for Cadillac. The full-size luxury sedan was the first to use the new "CT" (Cadillac Touring) prefix for Cadillac’s car lineup. It was also the first to feature the brand’s new grille treatment, Omega rear-wheel-drive...

  • 2017 Acura RLX
    2017 Acura RLX preview

    Acura’s RLX flagship sedan doesn’t get much attention in luxury circles but it has a lot to offer, especially for technology buffs. The RLX was introduced for the 2014 model year as the replacement for the RL, and though it isn’t on the same level of some of its German rivals when...

  • Buick Velite concept, 2016 Guangzhou auto show
    Buick Velite concept debuts at 2016 Guangzhou auto show

    The dust is just starting to settle after two raucous days of new car reveals at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. However, things are just kicking into high gear over at the 2016 Guangzhou auto show which opened its doors Friday. One of the stars is the new Buick Velite concept, an...

  • 2017 Mini Countryman, 2016 Los Angeles auto show
    2017 Mini Countryman preview

    Mini has revealed a bigger, more sophisticated Countryman SUV for the nameplate’s second iteration. And this time there’s a plug-in hybrid model, representing the first hybrid from the brand. The new Countryman made its world debut on Wednesday at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show and goes...

  • 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid

    Cadillac's CT6 Plug-In Hybrid was first shown at the 2015 Shanghai auto show but is only now making its North American debut, appearing on Wednesday at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. The car will go on sale in the spring of 2017 with a starting price of $76,090, including a $995 destination charge. This puts it near the top of the CT6 range, which kicks off with the $54,490 base model and tops out with the $84,460 Platinum model. The powertrain combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with a pair of electric motors drawing their juice from an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari, 2013 Geneva Motor Show
    Marchionne: Most Ferraris to feature hybrid tech beyond 2019

    Hybrids, traditionally, have been synonymous with everything that isn't fun about driving—commutes, traffic, gas mileage, and penny pinching. In recent years, though, they've taken on a high-performance sheen, thanks mostly to the introduction of hybrid sports cars where the electrical side...

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid
    Mercedes-Benz C-Class diesel will skip US

    Mercedes-Benz won’t offer a diesel-powered C-Class in the United States. The automaker was to start sales of a C300d during 2016 but has since scrapped those plans. The C300d was to be powered by a turbocharged 2.1-liter inline-4 delivering 201 horsepower to all four wheels. Speaking with Car...

  • Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid prototype
    New Countryman to be Mini’s first hybrid

    A new generation of the Mini Countryman is just around the corner and on Monday we received confirmation that the compact SUV will be the brand’s first hybrid. Mini says the arrival of the hybrid Countryman marks the start of a new phase for the brand, one that is electrified yet still...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
    AMG to launch more electric cars, but first hybrids

    Mercedes-AMG was one of the first with a high-performance electric car when it introduced the SLS AMG Electric Drive at the 2012 Paris auto show. Although it wasn’t a volume model, it was a clear demonstration of the Affalterbach tuner’s proficiency in electric car development. Even...

  • 2017 Nissan Rogue, 2016 Miami auto show
    2017 Nissan Rogue gets hybrid option

    Nissan’s Rogue has been huge hit for the automaker. Buyers in the United States snapped up 287,190 examples last year, making the compact SUV the second most popular model after the Altima in Nissan’s fleet, and this year’s tally is on track to be even higher. The roomier, more...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

    If you’re in the market for an electrified car that can outpace top sports cars but also take the family for a road trip come vacation time, then consider Porsche’s new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The fuel-efficient sedan is the plug-in hybrid model in the second-generation Panamera lineup and serves as the replacement for the original Panamera’s S E-Hybrid model. Once again an internal combustion engine is paired in parallel with an electric drive system, though now all four wheels are doing the driving due to a standard all-wheel-drive system, hence the “4” in the...

  • 2016 BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance (Chinese spec)
    BMW X1 gets plug-in hybrid option in China

    BMW’s second-generation X1 is a huge improvement over its predecessor, if you can look past its front-wheel-drive shortcomings. It’s currently offered with only one powertrain in the United States—a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4—but more are coming, including possibly a...

  • 2017 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback
    2017 Audi A3 e-tron Sportback remains sole A3 with hatch body

    Audi’s A3 range receives some updates for the 2017 model year including revised styling and new technology in the cabin. The last of the updated A3 models to be announced is the A3 e-tron Sportback. The car is the only model in the A3 range offered with a hatchback body and parking one on...

  • 2017 BMW 740e xDrive i Performance
    2017 BMW 740e plug-in hybrid gets 64 mpge, 14-mile electric range

    BMW’s 7-Series gets a few new additions for the 2017 model year, one of which is a plug-in hybrid model in the form of the 740e xDrive i Performance. The eco-friendly luxury sedan is priced from $90,095, including a $995 destination charge, and is available in dealerships from August. The EPA...

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid delayed again, to Summer 2017

    The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid made its U.S. debut at the 2016 New York auto show, and at the time Mitsubishi said the eco-friendly SUV would go on sale here before the end of the 2016 after multiple delays. But the launch has been pushed back once again. The Outlander Plug-In Hybrid won't...

  • 2017 Porsche Panamera
    918-inspired, 700-hp Porsche Panamera on the way?

    Porsche's all-new Panamera made a big splash yesterday with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 rated at 550 horsepower headlining the changes to what looks to be a more stylish take on a four-door Porsche. Yet Motor Trend, who was in Germany for the Panamera's debut, says that there's more to come...

  • 2019 BMW i8 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    BMW is out testing a version of its i8 plug-in hybrid sporting a few modifications on the surrounding streets of its technical center in Munich, Germany. The modifications include a vented panel replacing the rear windshield as well as lowered suspension and a set of AP Racing brakes. It’s possible the car is an early prototype for an updated version of the i8 expected to be introduced for the 2019 model year. With its underwhelming performance coupled with low fuel prices, the i8 hasn’t shone as the technological flagship BMW had hoped it would. There’s also the issue of...

  • 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e  -  first drive review, May 2016
    2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e first drive review

    The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e—that’s the new plug-in hybrid version of the X5 sport-utility vehicle—is going to draw you in with its numbers: 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds; 14 miles in all-electric mode; 24 mpg combined. The numbers add up to an alluring (and image-greening) idea: that you...

  • 2017 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid (Chinese spec)
    Buick unveils China-only LaCrosse Hybrid

    Buick's largest market is also now home to the brand's most fuel-efficient sedan. No, that's not the United States. It's China, where Buick took to the stage at this week's 2016 Beijing Auto Show to unveil the LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (or HEV). CHECK OUT: Tesla's upgraded Model S is the...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
    Honda Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid coming in 2017

    Honda’s new Clarity Fuel Cell will soon be joined by plug-in hybrid and battery-electric variants. The Clarity Fuel Cell goes on sale in late 2016. It’s powered by a 174-horsepower electric motor that draws its energy from a battery that can be charged on the run by a hydrogen fuel cell...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, 2016 New York Auto Show
    2017 Toyota Prius Prime preview

    Toyota's redesigned Prius is ready for prime time—if prime time means 22 miles of electric-only range. Replacing last year's Prius Plug-In Hybrid, the new Prius Prime is more than just a Prius with an electric charging station outlet. Those figures are supported by what Toyota anticipates...

  • 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid  -  2016 New York Auto Show iive photos
    2017 Toyota Highlander gets revised look, 8-speed auto: Live photos

    If you’re looking for a reliable and somewhat roomy SUV with third-row seats, the Toyota Highlander is a worthy option. The model, which is closely related to the Lexus RX, also won’t bust the budget like so many of the more premium offerings in this segment. The current Highlander...

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