It has just been reported that, in about 18 months General Motors (GM) will possibly start selling a plug-in hybrid mid-size crossover SUV under their Buick entry-level luxury brand. Probably set to compete against hybrid-powered Lexus RX series of medium-sized luxury cars, the vehicle may become a serious weapon in the American brand’s fight against Japanese domination on the Chinese market. But, even if you happen to live in Shanghai with its air poisoned by millions of gas-powered cars, don’t hold your breath yet: lots of things can happen in eighteen months and the concept may be scrapped altogether.
The 2010 VW Touareg Hybrid mid-size SUV equipped with a V6 TSI engine and a 52 hp electric motor will feature whopping 26mpg (9.05l/100km) fuel economy in the combined cycle, besting even the oil-sipping 2009 Touareg V6 TDI diesel-powered model that was first unveiled at the LA Auto Show last November. Currently existing only as a prototype, the vehicle will be shown in flesh either simultaneously or fairly soon after the second generation of the popular luxury off-roader will be officially revealed to the public.
Opel Ampera, the long-awaited plug-in hybrid vehicle motivated by GM’s Voltec technology currently employed in the Chevy Volt PHEV, will be officially unveiled at the 2009 international motor show in Geneva.
In a world where a “hybrid” car is often associated with ultra-compact, deliberately hideous hatchbacks with cheap interiors crafted from “green materials”, the upcoming Fisker Karma premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sports sedan looks like a breath of fresh air with its long, beautifully sculpted body, aggressive visual accents and futuristic interior. And, judging by all the press and positive initial reviews that I have seen so far, the Karma seems to be one of the most awaited performance vehicles featuring an alternative drive system. Of course, a new set of photos is always a welcome development.
Set to go on sale early next year as a 2010 model, the new Lexus RX450h crossover SUV gives you the best of two worlds. Featuring an efficient hybrid powertrain, it is almost as frugal as Prius, yet its interior gives you more luxury than a common tree-hugger could possibly hope for. Of course, if you are looking for a hybrid car that will save you lots of cash, this is probably not the best choice: given its official fuel efficiency rating of 29 miles per gallon, which is just 9 mpg better than that of 2010 Lexus RX 350 all-wheel drive model, you will have to cover lots of miles to break even if you count in difference in base price.
Greenspan was right: the weak dollar is good for the American automakers. Designed by a Dutch automobile designer Henrik Fisker who is also responsible for the gorgeous BMW Z8 and the compact Artega GT sports cars, the new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid enjoys an unprecedented for an emerging brand level of public and media attention. In fact, the interest is so high that the company plans to introduce the car to the European market, too, when the vehicle is ready.
A sweet pair of the new hybrid-powered 2008 GMC Yukon and 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV will be officially previewed at the soon to be opened 2007 State Fair of Texas.
It took Toyota half a year to make its mind as to the 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV’s price and specifications.
Well, you can’t really blame the Japanese brand for its indecisiveness, since the niche of a mid-sized SUV with three-row capacity has got really overcrowded during the last couple of years. Toyota just can’t afford making a mistake when it comes to pricing a vehicle, which is clearly targeted at a price-conscious customer.
The new 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid family sedan will be initially sold only in eight “green” states of the U.S.A.
Toyota announced MSRP prices today for the new 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan.
Surprisingly, the new car will be offered at a price, which is significantly lower than forecast by market analysts. Finally, virtually any American family can afford the car, which is not only greener, but is also easier on their budgets, especially for the kind of drivers whose daily routine includes travels on busy urban roads with many traffic lights and lots of left turns: in this kind of cycle, the hybrid drive truly shines.