Hybrids

  • 2011 Acura RDX

    Apart from Lexus, Japanese automotive luxury brands still pale in comparison to their German rivals in terms of the number of models they produce and the prices they can command. Overall image in the marketplace and status on the street have likewise proven difficult to develop. That's why Acura is making a hard push specifically to boost its image, but in its own unique way. While many automakers use big powerful models as attention grabbers, Acura sees fuel economy as a way to differentiate itself in what is becoming a very competitive market. Though this may come as just more frustration...

  • 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist
    2012 Buick Regal eAssist Priced From $29,530

    We’ve known about the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist mild-hybrid luxury sedan since early in the year but only now has Buick released the all-important pricing details. The Regal eAssist, which sails into showrooms this fall, will be priced from $29,530 (including destination). However, unlike the...

  • Audi A6 Hybrid:  Center of Attention
    2012 Audi A6 Hybrid: Forbidden Fruit

    Audi is getting ready to unleash its 2012 A6 Hybrid on Europe. It was originally due late this year, but now looks like it won't be on sale across the pond until early 2012. But the U.S. is still at least two years away from the hybrid--if we ever get it. Some reports, like the one from Inside...

  • Volvo series hybrid (range-extended electric car) test vehicle layout
    Volvo's Next Generation Of Range-Extended Electric Cars

    The Chevy Volt got a bad rap when it finally reached retail, after a few outlets got in a tizzy about the onboard engine actually contributing some power to the wheels under certain circumstances. Despite the confusion and misinformation that followed, the underlying range-extended electric vehicle...

  • Fisker Karma
    2012 Fisker Karma Gets 3,000 Orders, DiCaprio First

    Following up the royal treatment Fisker has given the Karma throughout its development period, the plug-in hybrid sports/luxury car will see its first examples delivered to high-profile celebrities and political figures, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore, and Colin Powell. So far Fisker says it...

  • 2009 Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept
    Subaru Confirms Three New Models, Hybrid For 2013

    Business plans are often little more than optimistic future-oriented language wrapping stuff we already know in a new gloss, and most of Subaru's "Motion-V" plan is no different--but there are a few nuggets of prime info nestled in its predictable prose. The best? Three new models, plus a hybrid...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spy shots

    The next generation 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class is working hard to deserve the "next-generation" appellation. According to the latest reports, the B-Class could feature a smorgasbord of just about every kind of standard and alternative drivetrain around. Standard gasoline and diesel models will of course be available, but Autocar reports that a range-extended hybrid, a battery-electric, a hydrogen fuel-cell, and a natural gas model could all be in the works. The more exotic drivetrains, particularly the hydrogen fuel-cell and battery electric versions, will almost certainly be limited in...

  • 2006 Lexus RX 400h
    2006-07 Lexus RX 400h And Toyota Highlander Hybrid Recalled

    Toyota has issued a voluntary recall on certain models of its Lexus RX 400h luxury hybrid crossover as well as the car’s corporate cousin, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The recall affects only the 2006 and 2007 model years so we’re talking about the previous generation cars here...

  • 2010 Lotus City Car Concept
    Lotus City Car Concept Details, Sales To Start In 2014: Report

    In addition to the new range of supercars and sports cars released at last year's Paris show, Lotus is planning to build its City Car Concept with help from its parent company, Proton, according to the latest report. Also unveiled in Paris, the City Car Concept offers just what you'd expect: small...

  • Toyota GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II
    Toyota GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II To Debut At Nurburgring 24

    Though it wasn't the first, Toyota has become the biggest brand in the hybrid world. So far, those hybrids haven't been all that exciting. The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II hopes to change that. You might remember (or guess from the name) that there was a previous Sports Hybrid Concept. Based on...

  • 2010 Audi e-tron Spyder Concept live photos
    Audi Shows Diesel-Electric Plug-In Hybrid Concept At Le Mans Vers Le Futur

    Audi showcased its e-tron Spyder concept the day before winning this year's 79th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The diesel-electric plug-in hybrid roadster was first shown to the public at the 2010 Paris Auto Show but was brought out again for the demonstration drive called “Le Mans vers...

  • Hope Racing LMP1 Hybrid race car
    Hope Racing Bringing Flywheel-Based Hybrid To 24 Hours Of Le Mans

    One of the most exciting races of the year will be taking place this weekend, the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe near the French town of Le Mans. While the race is typically dominated by the high-tech and super expensive prototype race cars of major automakers like Audi and...

  • 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Live Shots

    We’ve known about the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist mild-hybrid luxury sedan since late 2010 but GM only released the all-important pricing details for the car this week, with its sticker coming in at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge. Interestingly, GM has made the advanced eAssist drivetrain the standard option on its latest Buick LaCrosse, though a 303 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque 3.6-liter V-6 is available at no extra cost on some trim levels. The LaCrosse also comes with front-wheel drive as standard, though an all-wheel drive option will also be offered. As for...

  • Right-hand drive 2012 Lexus LFA
    Lexus Celebrates Style In London This Summer

    Lexus will be out in force at social events this summer in key cities across Europe, inviting the general public to get up close and personal with its latest offerings. London in particular will be getting special treatment, with the 2012 Lexus LFA supercar expected to be the highlight of the...

  • 2011 Cadillac SRX
    Cadillac SRX Plug-In Hybrid Cancelled Due To Inefficiency?

    Nearly a year ago, buzz about a plug-in hybrid Cadillac SRX stirred the automotive Web, and early this year GM CEO Dan Akerson said a plug-in SRX was "likely." Then this week Cadillac, seemingly out of the blue, reportedly killed the program. Why? According to Nick Saporito at GM Inside News, the...

  • Prince Albert of Monaco and Henrik Fisker drive Fisker Karma on Monaco Grand Prix circuit, May 2011
    Fisker Karma Hits The Track At Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

    Though the car is officially in production, there’s still no sign that deliveries of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan in the U.S. are about to start despite continuous claims that the car is coming. Despite the setbacks, Fisker managed to roll out one example of the svelte sedan...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Named A Top Safety Pick

    The high-mileage Lexus CT 200h hybrid has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. The CT 200h was among a group of 13 small cars the agency recently tested; of those, six (including the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan Leaf) received the accolade. Top...

  • Volvo flywheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS)
    Volvo Testing Flywheel KERS, Claims 20 Percent Fuel Consumption Drop

    We’ve seen it in Formula 1 over the years, and Porsche has relatively successfully implanted one in its 911 GT3 R Hybrid race cars, but now Volvo is testing one with an aim to bring it to the world of production cars. We’re of course talking about a Kinetic Energy Recovery System...

  • 2010 Mazda Shinari Concept

    Rumors and insinuations about Mazda's next-gen rotary-powered sports car have been brewing since somewhere around the midpoint of the RX-8's life cycle. Some of those rumors were quite juicy. This one isn't. Instead, it's dry as cardboard crumbled into a cupful of soygurt. The gist of it: the RX-9 could be saddled with a hybrid drivetrain borrowed, at least in part, from Toyota, rather than a fire-spitting 300-horsepower rotary. A rotary motor will still live under the RX-9's hood, according to the report, but in much-tamed form. The hybrid will assist with fuel economy and torque. Given the...

  • Mugen Euro high-performance Honda CR-Z Hybrid
    Mugen Euro Reveals High-Performance Honda CR-Z Hybrid

    Exactly two months ago Honda’s tuning arm, Mugen (more specifically Mugen Euro), announced plans for the development of a high-performance Honda CR-Z hybrid hatch and released a couple of teaser sketches. Today, Mugen Euro has revealed its latest creation, the CR-Z Mugen, which will be making...

  • First factory-built Fisker Karma live photos
    Fisker Raises Another $100 Million, Karma Deliveries To Start This Month

    First shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the Fisker Karma has led a typical life for a performance plug-in hybrid concept: delays followed by reassurances, followed by more delays. Originally to be in production and on sale by late 2009, the car finally started rolling down the line at...

  • Gazoo Racing Lexus CT 200h race car
    Lexus CT 200h Makes Race Debut At The Nurburgring

    Lexus is out to prove the performance credentials of its latest CT 200h by entering the upmarket hybrid hatchback in the competitive VLN race series that runs on the notorious Nurburgring circuit. The CT 200h race car is being fielded by Toyota’s racing partner Gazoo Racing and actually made...

  • 2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept live photos
    Jaguar C-X75 Eco Supercar Confirmed For Late 2013 Launch: Official

    It’s official. Jaguar has confirmed today that its gorgeous C-X75 supercar concept will be heading into production and should be hitting a road near you by late 2013. Today’s announcement is in response to overwhelming praise given to the concept since its debut last year at the 2010...

  • Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept
    Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Hybrid Concept: 2011 New York Auto Show

    Joining the turbocharged Kizashi Apex Concept on stage at this week’s 2011 New York Auto Show is a greener version of the popular Kizashi mid-size sedan, the EcoCharge gasoline-electric hybrid concept. Possibly previewing a future production Kizashi hybrid, for now Suzuki is also stating that...

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