Hybrids

  • Ford electrified cars

    In late 2015, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] pledged to spend $4.5 billion over a five-year period to develop 13 new electrified cars by 2020. Ford on Tuesday identified seven of the 13 electrified cars in a company-wide strategy announcement that also outlined plans to create more jobs in the United States. The seven cars detailed are as follows: F-150 Hybrid: The hybrid pickup truck will be sold in North America and the Middle East and be produced at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. The vehicle promises powerful towing and payload capacity and the ability to operate as a mobile...

  • 2015 Ford Mustang electronic line lock
    Ford Mustang Hybrid due in 2020, and it may be powerful

    We all knew this day was coming, but it's just something an auto enthusiast can't prepare for. A Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang Hybrid is happening, and it will be here in just a handful of years. To be specific, 2020 is when the Mustang will add a hybrid model. Details are slim, but Ford...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance
    BMW announces 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid model for US

    BMW today showed its latest green model for the U.S., the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. It's part of the newly redesigned 5-Series lineup. The 530e is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which makes 180 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque, mated to an electric...

  • 2018 Lexus LC500
    2018 Lexus LC 500 first drive review

    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...

  • 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

    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 it comes to sheer opulence, it does put them to shame in the powertrain department, at least in Sport Hybrid guise. That’s because the RLX Sport Hybrid essentially features a tamer version of the Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system found in Acura’s NSX supercar. The...

  • 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
    2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid priced from $76,090

    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...

  • 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

    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 centered on driving fun. The hybrid Countryman features a plug-in hybrid powertrain combining an internal combustion engine with an electric motor. Mini hasn’t provided details but we can confirm the setup is similar to the one found in the related BMW 225xe. The 225xe, which isn’t sold in the...

  • 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
    2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: 462 hp, 0-60 in 4.4 s, 31-mi electric range

    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...

  • 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

    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 rates the electric efficiency as 64 mpge (i.e. the distance the car can travel electrically on the same amount of energy that is contained in a gallon of gasoline) and the range as 14 miles. The battery is a 9.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit that can be fully charged in less than 2 hours with...

  • 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
    2019 BMW i8 spy shots

    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...

  • 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...

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