Next week, the Japanese car manufacturing giant will officially present its refreshed 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 / V8 sports utility vehicle. The wraps will be pulled off during the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
We are probably still at least a couple of decades away from economically feasible commercial vans and full-size trucks that are either directly powered by electricity or equipped with a fuel-cell stack that doesn’t cost its weight in gold, but it is still a pleasure to see even minor increments in fuel efficiency when it comes to vehicles whose main purpose in life is to help their owners earn a living. General Motors has just unveiled some official fuel economy numbers for their upcoming 2010 GMC Sierra and its twin brother Chevrolet Silverado. Powered by the same 5.3-liter V8 engine, both trucks will sport significant improvements in both city and highway driving cycles.
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.
The recently introduced pair of the 2006 BMW 318i Touring and the 318d Touring compact station wagon models targets price-conscious drivers seeking a cost-effective and practical, yet luxurious-looking family car.
Equipped with the new low-displacement, but high-efficient engines, both vehicles seem to deliver just the right combination of power, torque and impressively low fuel consumption. While some snobs and cork-sniffers may sneer at a concept of a “sporty” premium wagon powered by an engine the size of a Coca-Cola can, a more pragmatic person still gets a car that is as practical, as fun to drive however ambiguous it sounds.
The long-overdue 2008 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV will, probably, be officially presented to the local public sometime before the end of year 2007. Trying to somehow off-set the huge SUV’s most glaring problem, General Motors will complement its powerful 6.0-liter V8 engine with a pair of electric motors rated at 60kW and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack placed beneath the third row.