Automobiles

Volvo to Launch Hybrid Supermini When it Gets a Suitable Partner

May 2, 2013 / No Comments

Volvo is ready to start on a supermini provided it can find a suitable partner who would be able to share a conducive platform that makes use of an electric or hybrid powertrain. The Swedish company is looking to deliver a better and affordable alternative that would fulfil the supermini segment. Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s head of product planning, said that they ...

Audi R18 E-tron Quattro Long Tailed Prototype Tested for Le Mans

April 29, 2013 / No Comments

Audi R18 E-tron Quattro’s third prototype for the Le Mans tracks is designed with low downforce and sports a long-tail body. In short, it is aerodynamically modified from the older two versions. Going by the manufacturer’s words, the rear extension aka “long tail” is optimized for performance in high-speed Le Mans tracks. The third version will make a 6 hour run ...

Electric Tuk-Tuks to Takeover Manila Roads

April 25, 2013 / No Comments

The three-wheeled auto rickshaws or Tuk-tuks are common means of transportation in Asia. Like any other gas guzzlers, tuk-tuks are also suppliers of adversities to the environment. The tuk-tuk emits a much larger amount of CO2 than other vehicles in a particular region. Things seem to be changing for the better now. Terra Motors, a Tokyo-based startup, craves to make Earth ...

Majority of Hybrid Vehicle Owners Well-heeled, Says Research

April 24, 2013 / No Comments

The automotive market scene holds a very small cluster of hybrid vehicles, compared with fuel drinkers. Some value them between one and two, and that’s the approximate percentage of hybrids among the whole running vehicles around the world. Figures are not big to include these eco-friendly vehicles in the complete commercial circle. But it’s not a worse-case scenario. The depicted number ...

Nissan to Recall 2013 Pathfinder and Infiniti SUV Over Faulty Brakes

April 23, 2013 / No Comments

Nissan’s crossover SUVs - Pathfinder and Infinite JX – which have been built between December 2012 and January 2013 at the Smyrna manufacturing plant have reported faulty brakes. A field report has clarified that there indeed is a defect with the front brake torque member casting.  The reported has been forwarded by Nissan to the National Highway Traffic Safety department, ...

Shanghai Motor Show to Feature Citroen Wild Rubis Concept SUV

April 16, 2013 / No Comments

French automaker Citroen has announced their new stylish concept car Wild Rubis, a forerunner of the future DS SUV. The vehicle will be on display at Shanghai Motor Show starting next week. In French, Rubis is the word for Ruby and here it indicates the purple/red paint of the vehicle. The Wild Rubis shares Citroen DS5's platform and the wheelbase is 2900mm ...

Hybrid Car Sales Up 32% in the First Two Months of 2013

April 3, 2013 / No Comments

Hybrid sales increased up to 32 percent in the first two months of 2013, compared with the figures during the same period of 2012, according to Autodata Corp. The market share for all hybrids has grown to four percent. According to an analyst at Gartner Inc. this could double by the end of 2020. What makes people so inclined towards hybrid ...

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Likely for New York Show

March 21, 2013 / No Comments

Subaru is increasingly leaning towards green car concepts of late. The automaker has announced the brand's first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and the vehicle will be showcased at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is expected to have a hybrid system paired to the manufacturer's Symmetrical All-Wheel drive. In addition to the 2014 XV ...

Formula E Electric Racing Coming to 8 Cities in 2014

March 20, 2013 / No Comments

Formula E, the electric-car version of Formula 1, has announced its Preliminary 2014 Calendar. This time they have announced 8 cities around the world to host the 2014 race. The host cities will include two US cities Miami and Los Angeles. Others in the list are London, Rome, Los Angeles, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. Formula E Holdings, ...

VW to Roll Out Six Plug-in Hybrids, Starting 2014

March 20, 2013 / No Comments

Volkswagen has revealed plans to launch at least 6 new plug-in hybrid models, starting 2014. The new plug-in hybrid vehicles is expected to play a big role in the carmaker’s emphasis towards e-mobility. The new models will include two Volkswagen models, probably a plug-in hybrid version of the European Passat and a plug-in hybrid Golf.  Though the exact number hasn’t been ...