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Not one to let Toyota get all the go-fast green press during the upcoming auto-show season, Honda has just released photos of its Mugen-tuned 2014 Honda Fit, which features a less-restrictive Mugen exhaust, at least, and a more aggressive, sporty bodykit, racing-style bucket seats, and lightweight aluminum wheels. It’s also rumored that the Mugen will […]
Porsche’s next special edition will be a low-emissions, low-mass, and low-tech entry level 911 dubbed “the Blu Edition” as a follow-up to its recent recognition for green-tech leadership and the success of its sold-out Panamera hybrid.
Toyota didn’t have much in the way of “big news” for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but what they had on display totally changed the way this jaded gear-head looks at cars in (what might seem to a gear-head to be) a seriously profound way … beginning with the “Prius x Parlee” (PxP) hybrid-electric bicycle […]
Russian CNG Hybrid car-builders Yo-Auto will be postponing the introduction of their first cars by as much as two years, despite marketing efforts of Putin.
As you may recall from my thrilling and engrossing commentary a year ago, the then-new Scion iQ was my favorite car of the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. After spending several hours listening to GM flaks, checking out new Hyundais and Dodge Darts, and driving around in a Fiat 500, however, it looked like the year-old […]
Before we get on into what’s new at Chicago, let’s take a few minutes to talk about what’s not new. To do that, we’ll need to think back to February, 2011. “New” GM had been under the protectful umbrella of the Obama administration since the ’09 bankruptcy, spending all manner of taxpayer dollars in preparation […]
2012’s Chicago auto show was, in many ways, very similar to 2011’s Chicago auto show. For instance, GM is still pushing CNG commercial vans, the boys and girls at Scion found just the right mix of clever and whimsy to steal my heart, there was a new (boring) Honda that got upstaged by its super-slick […]
There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something […]
I can’t prove it, but I just know that Suzuki’s marketers were listening to Creedence when they christened the company’s Renault Twizy-fighter they’re set to debut in Tokyo at this year’s 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Like the Twizy (and VW’s Nils, for that matter), Suzuki’s Q seats 2 in tandem, with an adjustable rear seating […]
Electric cars: fast, far, cheap. Choose any two.
That was a common bromide among electric vehicle engineers for years. Granted, back in the EV1 days when we playing with electric Consuliers it seemed right … but was it necessarily right?
This is Honda’s contribution to the electric car lineup at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Honda Jazz (that’s “Honda Fit” to you and me) EV Concept first shown at the LA show several months ago. Don’t let the “concept” badge fool you: what you see here is a 99% accurate view of Honda’s plug-in Fit. […]
Electric cars have quickly gone from sideshow attraction to main stage in the global auto industry, and the wealthy are especially interested in electric luxury cars from companies like Rimac Automobili, whose Concept_One EV supercar boasts nearly 1,000 horsepower.
This morning Ford has taken off the veil of its latest concept car, called simply the “Evos.” A design study more than a planned production car, the Evos gives us a glimpse of what future Fords may look like. Bonus; it’s a plug-in hybrid.
There’s nothing like a little psychoactive drug humor to liven up a green car blog, I say – and there is certainly a bit of “pill” to be seen in the shape of Club Assist‘s new mobile charging station (above). For those of you (like me) who have never heard of Club Assist, the company […]
Suzuki’s new EcoCharge Hybrid “concept” made a quiet debut at last week’s New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), slotting itself in as an (arguably) more stylish rival to Ford’s hot-selling Fusion hybrid. Suzuki’s hybrid is powered by a 2.0 L gasoline engine, which is “boosted” by a 15 kw belt-driven electric motor to deliver a […]
Hyundai unveiled its new Blue2 fuel-cell electric sedan at this week’s Seoul Motor Show, further establishing the brand as a serious rival to “traditional” green-tech leaders Honda and Toyota. The Blue2 concept itself is powered by a 120 hp electric motor that Hyundai promises will deliver fuel efficiency equivalent to more than 80 mpg. Seriously […]
The styling of Mercedes’ previous A class effort was – generously speaking – forgettable. If this new A Class BlueEFFICIENCY concept is an accurate look at next year’s A200, though, the 2013 A will go straight to the head of the class with radical curves, sweeping surface, and sporting proportions that Mercedes’ press materials call […]
Our friends at PluginCars.com recently visited Ever Monaco, an all-electric car show which takes place in the heart of the tiny municipality, itself probably best known for its numerous appearances in James Bond movies and the classic Super Monaco GP game on Sega Genesis. Also, there’s a race there. Prince Albert in a can. Lots […]
It seems like its been a decade since Fisker first introduced the world to its super-sexy plug-in hybrid, the Karma (though it’s only just over three years.) Finally though, the first Karma is complete, with more to come. The Fisker Karma was first introduced in January of 2008 at the Detroit Auto Show. We’ve seen countless images, […]