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Road Test: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid
By December 3, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

The big and luxurious Audi A8 can now be ordered also with the hybrid technology. Powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine, the new hybrid provides much smaller CO2 emissions and fuel consumption than the other petrol-engined A8 versions. The A8 hybrid offers a new possibility to be eco-friendly and drive a luxury car, but unfortunately it is not all perfect.

Volvo increases production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid
By November 20, 2012 Read More →

Volvo increases production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo Car Corporation increasing the production of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, production will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars as of model year 2014. The assembly of the diesel plug-in hybrid has been successfully integrated on the same line as the company’s other models at the Torslanda plant in Gothenburg. This is a remarkable achievement considering that the sophisticated plug-in hybrid technology includes two complete drive trains and a powerful battery that provides a range of up to 50 kilometres on pure electric power.

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Road Test: 2012 Audi Q5 hybrid quattro
By July 30, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

Audi Q5 hybrid quattro is the first hybrid model from Audi. In 1997 Audi built a limited edition of Audi Duo hybrid cars. The Audi Duo was based on the Audi A4 Avant. However, the car was ahead of its time and didn’t create much interestest. Thing have changed a lot among car buyers since then so the new Q5 hybrid quattro will probably have much better success on the market. From the outside, the Q5 hybrid quattro can be recognized by its fully painted bumpers, new 19-inch wheels and small hybrid emblems in the tailgate. Inside, a special instruments display replaces the tachometer. Otherwise, it looks much the same as the basic Q5. The all-white Q5 looks nice, but much more interesting is the technology that it contains.

BMW ActiveHybrid 3
By July 10, 2012 Read More →

BMW ActiveHybrid 3

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is a full hybrid, which means that it is capable of operating solely on electric power, for zero-emission driving around town. At the same time it is also capable of very sporty performance – yet combines this with a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel consumption over the BMW 335i and 335iA.

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BMW ActiveHybrid 7 second generation
By June 1, 2012 Read More →

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 second generation

As BMW continues to push ahead with the development of intelligent hybrid drive systems, the second generation of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is set to celebrate its premiere in 2012. The updated model sets itself apart with lower fuel consumption and emissions, as well as innovative auxiliary functions. This latest evolution stage uses a six-cylinder in-line engine displaying impressive high-revving characteristics, torque and efficiency. The cutting-edge petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is the 320 hp variant of the unit fitted in the new BMW 740i and replaces the eight-cylinder engine used up to now. Other hybrid components include the 55 hp synchronous electric motor, the hybrid-spec eight-speed automatic transmission, a lithium-ion high-performance battery and power electronics underpinning intelligent energy management. The various components come together into a powerful and harmonious whole, giving the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 exceptional dynamics and an outstanding balance between performance and fuel economy – and not only in relation to its predecessor.

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Audi Q5 hybrid quattro
By May 1, 2012 Read More →

Audi Q5 hybrid quattro

The Q5 hybrid quattro, the first hybrid model from Audi, is designed as a highly efficient parallel hybrid. Propulsive power is supplied by a 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque as well as an electric motor with a peak output of 40 kW (54 hp) and peak torque of 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft). Together, the two power sources can briefly output a system power of 180 kW (245 hp) and a system torque of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft).

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2013 Lexus ES 300h
By April 15, 2012 Read More →

2013 Lexus ES 300h

For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive. Featuring a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the ES 300h hybrid is expected to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of approximately 40 mpg combined city/highway. This new, low friction twin cam engine utilizes a sophisticated power management system, 12.5:1 compression ratio, and Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). The beltless motor is designed to improve fuel economy and durability, and a near zero evaporative fuel system helps reduce emissions. The ES 300h hybrid offers the driver four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. EV mode allows short distance drives, at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases powertrain responsiveness.

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Audi A8 hybrid
By April 13, 2012 Read More →

Audi A8 hybrid

Scheduled to launch this year, the Audi flagship model is designed as a highly efficient parallel hybrid. The 2.0 TFSI, which has been modified in some areas, generates an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, which is available between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm. The combustion engine works together with a disc-shaped electric motor which develops 40 kW (54 hp) and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft). The permanent magnet synchronous motor is mounted in the space usually occupied by the torque converter in front of the modified eight-speed tiptronic. A multi-plate clutch that operates in an oil bath connects or disconnects the electric motor and the TFSI engine. The clutch operates ultra-precisely and gently in all situations. The highly comfortable and fast-shifting hybrid transmission guides the torque to the front wheels.

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder
By April 3, 2012 Read More →

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Following the presentation of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, the BMW Group introduces the BMW i8 Concept Spyder to the mix. This third BMW i model embodies the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Its sporting design headlines the qualities of an open-top two-seater blending lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency with a very special aesthetic allure. The combination of intelligent lightweight design and state-of-the-art hybrid technology imbues the BMW i8 Concept Spyder with genuine sports car performance, yet its fuel consumption is no higher than you would expect from a small car. Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate. Compared with the Coupe variant of the BMW i8 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length.

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2013 Lexus RX 450h
By March 20, 2012 Read More →

2013 Lexus RX 450h

The Lexus RX 450h’s Hybrid Drive features a 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle engine, electric motors, a small and light power-control unit and other fuel-saving innovations. It offers V8-like performance, 295 total system horsepower and combined fuel economy similar to an average four-cylinder mid-size sedan. The Front Wheel Drive (FWD) model delivers EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 28 mpg highway (30 mpg combined) fuel economy ratings, while the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) model earned EPA ratings of 30 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, 29 mpg combined.

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