Posts Tagged ‘Hybrid Cars’
April 26th, 2013
Fisker Automotive, now in dire financial straits and teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, is still on the hook with the Fed for the vast majority of $192 million in taxpayer loans disbursed to the company. And after Fisker laid off 75% of its workforce and suspended production on the $100,000+ Fisker Karma hybrid, it doesn’t look like Uncle Sam will be able to collect any time soon.
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April 17th, 2013
With today’s automakers taking great pains to reduce weight and advance in fuel efficiency, it makes logical sense to think that small, light and cheap compact cars would outperform their larger family-midsize counterparts when it comes to the all-important mpg. Not so fast, says a new comprehensive study from Consumer Reports.
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February 27th, 2013
The just-released new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi couldn’t be called inexpensive, but thanks to a solid electric-only drive range and good fuel efficiency, Ford’s latest plug-in hybrid sedan still makes a good value proposition for those with a heavy commute.
Starting with the expertly styled and spacious new Fusion midsize, Ford adds a plug-in hybrid system featuring a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder plus electric motor and eCVT automatic transmission, drawing power from a 7.6-kWH lithium-ion battery pack. The system outputs 195 max horsepower for ample power delivery as the fuel savings start to add up.
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February 13th, 2013
Mitsubishi is floundering in the U.S., but with much stronger demand in Japan and emerging markets, the automaker continues its tireless research with a clear focus on next-gen alt-fuel vehicles.
Coming to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March, we’ll see a pair of new concept cars previewing highly efficient Mitsu models to come. Could making electric vehicles that buyers actually want turn Mitsubishi sales around?
GR-HEV Sport Utility Hybrid Truck Concept
The GR-HEV, cumbersome name aside, could be a strong seller if it makes production. Mitsubishi has combined the virtues of a torquey diesel engine and multiple electric motors to create a light-duty pickup (think Honda Ridgeline) that should smash all current production trucks in the all-important fuel efficiency game.
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January 24th, 2013
Subaru is far along in development on its first-ever production gas-electric hybrid model, which could debut as soon as this year’s New York Auto Show in March, The Detroit Bureau reports.
Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries has watched closely as its chief rivals in Toyota, Nissan and Honda have had considerable success with gas-electrics both in the U.S. and Japan. Reports state the brand’s upcoming AWD hybrid will borrow technology from Toyota, which owns a small stake in Fuji.
Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept Hybrid
We don’t yet know if Subaru’s first hybrid will be based on an existing product line, most likely the fully redesigned 2014 Forester, or will be a new dedicated model. But rest assured there are multiple hybrid products in the company’s pipeline after a promise to raise fuel efficiency 30% by 2015.
Subaru enjoyed record sales once again in the United States in 2012, moving 336,441 units for a gain of 26% over 2011. The AWD leader has nearly doubled its U.S. market share from 1.2% to 2.3% over the last 5 years, and consistently ranks near the top of the industry in brand loyalty.