Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Finally Fully Revealed

The Toyota Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid by a wide margin, but that doesn’t make it an exciting car. Now the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R, which combines Le Mans racing technology with a compact economy car, that’s a hybrid worth adding exclamation points to an article! The 420 horsepower hot hatchback has broken cover; but does Toyota dare build it?

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BMW i8 Breaks Cover Ahead Frankfurt Motor Show

The BMW i8 has been out in the world since its unveiling at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show as the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, but BMW has kept its hybrid sports car well-hidden from prying eyes. But on the home stretch, someone leaked the first official images of the BMW i8 onto the internet, just five days away from the official reveal.

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Jaguar C-X17 Concept Goes All Aluminum For Weight Loss

The Jaguar C-X75 Concept was one of the most innovative and attractive concepts from any automaker in the past few years. Powered by turbines and shaped like sex, the ambitious project was mothballed for being too expensive. But a new all-aluminum concept, called the C-X17, has a much better chance of making it to production.

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Volkswagen e-Up And e-Golf Debut With 100+ Miles Of Range

While Volkswagen has become a leader in clean diesel cars, their hybrid and all-electric offerings have been rather paltry. That all changes though with the reveal of the Volkswagen e-Up and e-Golf, two all-electric people movers that offer at least 100 miles per charge, and a cost to operate far cheaper than comparable gas or even diesel vehicles.

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Volvo Concept Coupe A Hybrid Reflection Of The P1800

While Swedish automaker Volvo is known mostly for safety and station wagons, once upon a time it built one of the cleanest coupes of any car company; the P1800. With Volvo now under Chinese control, I wasn’t sure what direction the design would take, but the new Volvo Concept Coupe is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous tribute to the P1800, and it’s a hybrid to boot.

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive Plug-In Hybrid Breaks Cover

While BMW has been dabbling in diesel sedans and readying i3 and i8 for their 2014 debut, the German automaker has not neglected those who would rather have a hybrid. Next month at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid will be unveiled to the world, and though not confirmed for production, it certainly looks ready for primetime.

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Opel And Vauxhall Monza Concept Uses Volt’s Future Drivetrain

Even though the Frankfurt Auto Show doesn’t open its doors until mid-September, automakers are already rolling out the first official images and info of concepts that will make their debut. For GM the big news is the Monza Concept, shared by both Opel and Vauxhall, which will utilize a next-generation Voltec drivetrain, and could point the way forward for the plug-in hybrid.

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Yaris Hybrid-R Breaks Cover With New Details

While the Toyota Yaris is about as far from a sports car as you can get these days, it is the model Toyota choose to debut a new performance-hybrid drivetrain. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R uses a 1.6 liter four-cylinder GRE (Global Racing Engine) mated to a pair of electric motors to deliver an all-wheel drive sports car in an econobox platform. It’s a bit baffling if you ask me.

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Toyota Hybrid-R Concept Could Be A 400-Horsepower Yaris…?

At next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota will roll out a new performance concept called the Hybrid-R. The latest teaser reveals that the concept will have around 400 horsepower and be based on a current production model. And judging from the teaser shot, that model is probably a…Yaris.

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