Hybrids

  • 2018 Lexus LC 500h

    Lexus recently confirmed that the hybrid version of its stunning LC coupe, the LC 500h, would be shown for the first time at next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Today the automaker released the first details on the hybrid technology that features in the car, known as the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. The system is an evolution of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system introduced roughly one decade ago and is said to be specifically designed for performance vehicles. It has both an E-CVT plus a conventional, multi-gear transmission. ALSO SEE: 2017 Volvo V90: Svelte Swedish Station Wagon Makes...

  • 2017 BMW 740e xDrive i Performance
    Electrified cars from core BMW brand to be designated iPerformance cars

    Just as BMW’s sporty cars are designated M Performance models to signify their link with the dedicated performance models built by the M division, the automaker’s electrified cars will be designated iPerformance models to link them with the eco-focused models from the i division...

  • 2017 Kia Niro, 2016 Chicago Auto Show
    2017 Kia Niro hybrid revealed, promises 50 MPG combined

    Previewed in concept form almost three years ago, Kia’s first dedicated hybrid, the Niro, has finally been revealed. It’s a compact crossover that isn’t related to any other model in Kia’s lineup. In fact, it’s said to have a dedicated platform. The Niro is set to go...

  • 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid, 2016 Chicago Auto Show
    2017 Kia Optima Coming With Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Options

    The latest Kia Optima is already a great option for buyers on a budget looking for a svelte, sporty sedan. At launch, the car was offered with three four-cylinder engine choices whose outputs ranged from 178 to 247 horsepower. Now Kia has added two new hybrid options. On show this week at the 2016...

  • 2017 Volkswagen C Coupe GTE (Hui Dao) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2017 Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Spy Shots

    Volkswagen engineers are out testing a prototype for what’s clearly a large sedan but we’re not talking about the next-generation Phaeton. The German automaker recently confirmed that its new Phaeton will only arrive at the end of the decade, so what might we be looking at here?...

  • 2016 Jeep Wrangler
    FCA Confirms Diesel, Hybrid Versions Of Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler

    Jeep is hard at work developing its next-generation Wrangler, which is expected to feature some substantial changes aimed at improving fuel economy. We now know that among those changes will be availability of diesel and hybrid powertrains. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] confirmed the...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

    Honda’s hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show has been confirmed for sale in the United States towards the end of this year. It will arrive as a 2017 model and wear a price tag of around $60,000. However, the vehicle will only be available to lease customers located in California initially. Honda is targeting a monthly lease below $500. The automaker says it will start selling the vehicle outright as demand picks up and the hydrogen refueling network expanded. ALSO SEE: 2017 Audi R8 Priced From $164,150: Video The car’s main rival is the Toyota...

  • 2016 Cadillac CT6 PHEV
    GM’s Second Chinese Import To Be Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid: Report

    Later this year, General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] will start selling in the United States its Buick Envision crossover, which the automaker will source from a plant in China. According to Bloomberg, it will soon be joined in GM’s American showrooms by a second vehicle sourced from China: the...

  • Koenigsegg Regera
    Christian von Koenigsegg Talks About The Regera In This 30-Minute Video

    Christian von Koenigsegg simply cannot hide how excited he is about his company’s latest creation, the Regera. The hybrid supercar was shown for the first time at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is due to start production at the end of this year. In this latest video, von Koenigsegg gives the...

  • Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann and the 2012 Urus SUV concept
    Will wake of VW diesel scandal help electrify Lamborghini?

    Could an electrified Lamborghini—or Bugatti, or Bentley—arrive any sooner as a result of the Volkswagen diesel scandal? It might be easy to rush to an answer and say that, no, neither of these models currently offer diesel powertrains, and even prior to the scandal, Lamborghini...

  • 2017 Kia Niro spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2017 Kia Niro Spy Shots

    Kia has confirmed it will unveil a new dedicated hybrid model called the Niro at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show on next month. The automaker has been dropping a number of teaser shots in the lead up to the reveal but our spy shots give us a good idea of what the vehicle will be like out on the road...

  • Kia Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' teaser shot
    Kia Niro Teased Ahead Of 2016 Chicago Auto Show

    Kia’s new dedicated hybrid that we recently spied testing in Europe has been confirmed for a debut at next month’s 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The vehicle will be called a Niro and today Kia dropped a few teaser shots. The Korean automaker is calling the Niro a “hybrid utility...

  • Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

    With diesels in the rearview mirror, Volkswagen is pursuing an electric future. At this week's Detroit Auto Show, VW is showing a kind of plug-in hybrid we haven't seen before: an off-road oriented crossover. The Tiguan GTE Active concept is based on the European-spec next-generation Tiguan compact crossover. The powertrain consists of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 148-horsepower and 184-pound-feet of torque, a 54-horsepower front electric motor, a 114-horsepower rear electric motor, a 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Total system output...

  • 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
    2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Town & Country replacement revealed with hybrid power

    The Chrysler Pacifica is back, only this time around the vehicle is a minivan as opposed to a crossover. It made its world debut today at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and serves as the direct replacement for the Chrysler Town & Country, and according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] it...

  • 2017 Ford Fusion facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2017 Ford Fusion Spy Shots

    Anyone in the market for a mid-size sedan with a reasonable price tag and plenty of powertrain options will be wise to check out the Ford Fusion. The latest version offers regular gasoline as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, and if you didn’t know it was from the Ford Motor...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    Is Chevrolet Prepping An Electrified Corvette?

    Torque is a fun thing, isn't it? Especially when a large amount of it can be delivered instantaneously. Car makers that offer vehicles powered by electricity know this, and electric torque has provided the world with a few fun additions in the vehicular realm. Be they fully electric or aided by the...

  • 2017 Acura NSX
    2017 Acura NSX Priced From $157,800, Neither Seinfeld Nor Leno Will Get First One

    Acura today announced that the 2017 NSX will start at $157,800, including an $1,800 destination charge, and cost as much as $207,500 when fully loaded. Honda's upscale brand also revealed more information about the 573-horsepower hybrid supercar's launch plans, and neither Jerry Seinfeld nor Jay...

  • Porsche 918 Spyder for sale at Californian dealership CNC Motors
    Unpainted Porsche 918 Spyder Up For Sale

    A unique Porsche 918 Spyder built to an almost identical spec to the car used to set the 6:57 production car Nürburgring lap record in late 2013 is up for sale, and boy is it a stunner. The car is listed at Californian dealership CNC Motors and has just 1,856 miles on the clock. No price is...

  • 2017 Ford Focus Electric, from presentation on Ford electrification plans, Dec 2015

    Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] announced yesterday it will spend an additional $4.5 billion over the next five years on its investments in vehicle electrification. Much of the funds will go towards developing 13 new electrified cars by 2020, whose launch will mean that roughly 40 percent of Ford’s nameplates globally will be electrified by the end of the decade. WATCH: Brembo Brake Testing For Formula One Is ...Illuminating: Video Ford didn’t give details on the new electrified cars but did say that the Focus Electric by the 2017 model year will come with DC fast charging that should...

  • 2017 Hyundai Ioniq spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2017 Hyundai Ioniq spy shots

    It was only yesterday that Hyundai confirmed its upcoming Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius rival will be called an Ioniq, and now we have a new set of spy shots of the car. As we learned yesterday, the Ioniq will go on sale next year, and it will be the first car ever to offer electric, hybrid and...

  • BMW i8 Concept Spyder
    BMW i8 Spyder Coming Soon

    Yesterday, we learned that BMW won’t launch a standalone supercar as part of its centenary celebrations in 2016, but the automaker is sure to have something special to mark the milestone. Perhaps that something will simply be a convertible version of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. MUST...

  • Teaser for 2017 Hyundai Ioniq debuting at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
    2017 Hyundai Ioniq coming with electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid options

    Hyundai is set to become the first automaker to offer a single vehicle with electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains when it launches its new Ioniq sedan next year. The Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius rival will be unveiled next month before a formal debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next...

  • 2015 Subaru WRX STI S207
    Next Subaru WRX STI to be a hybrid?

    Subaru is set to introduce an all-new Impreza next year and that means the sporty WRX and WRX STI will soon be renewed as well. We've already spied some prototypes and Subaru has unveiled concepts previewing both the hatch and sedan. Underpinning the vehicles will be a new platform called the...

  • 2017 Volvo S90
    2017 Volvo S90 Revealed Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show: Video

    After numerous leaks, we finally have our first official look at Volvo’s all-new S90 sedan. The luxurious mid-sizer, which makes its world debut next month at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, is the second model in Volvo’s brand renaissance and, like the XC90 that precedes it, is based on...

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