Automobiles

Citroen Air Hybrid Powertrain Set for Geneva Unveiling

February 20, 2013 / No Comments

The air hybrid powertrain from Citroen, which is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month promises a reduced environmental impact and more affordable price.  The hybrid powertrain, named N-Air-Gy will have a reduced environmental impact than other conventional petrol-electric hybrids. Hybrid Air, co-developed with automotive technology developer Bosch, combines a small-capacity petrol engine with a compressed air ...

Toyota Hybrids Getting More Fans in Europe

February 18, 2013 / No Comments

When it comes to purchasing vehicles, European markets are keen towards diesel engines – until now. The trend seems to be changing, as Toyota and Lexus hybrid models are achieving more success in Europe. Last year, annual sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrid models broke the 100,000 mark for the first time. The report was published by Automotive News Europe and ...

Mitsubishi Diesel Hybrid Pickups and EVs Line Up for Geneva

February 14, 2013 / No Comments

Mitsubishi is back grabbing headlines with more info on their new diesel hybrid trucks now filling news space. The company is planning to incorporate concept GR-HEV in a sport truck, and this new rock star will be unveiled at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Significantly, Mitsubishi is applying this hybrid technology for the first time in pickups. The GR-HEV is powered ...

5 Tips for Car Rentals to Get More Customers: GO GREEN!

February 11, 2013 / No Comments

Editorial by Fred Hoot - Google+ Ever since Kermit the Frog started singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” that song has remained with me.  It also applies to the Green Movement. Nobody wants dirty water or air, but sometimes there are hardships and obstacles you may have to overcome.  This is particularly when you are trying to steer customers (no pun intended) toward ...

Kia Superman-Inspired Hybrid Car Gets Chicago Showcase

February 8, 2013 / No Comments

Justice League is now on the automobile terrain too. The Chicago Auto Show just saw automaker Kia lifting the wraps off its new Superman-themed Optima Hybrid. Involving joint efforts from DC Entertainment and Super Street magazine, the new hybrid vehicle was shown off with a two-tone exterior and Superman badging. Other features include closed air intakes, a sport-tuned suspension, a trunk-mounted ...

Bristol Supercar Hybrid Expected at Goodwood Festival of Speed

February 7, 2013 / No Comments

The upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed this July will see an all-new hybrid supercar rolling out from the Bristol stables. The new supercar is expected to boast a range-extended powertrain  that would distribute permanent electric drive to all four wheels. The hybrid super automobile will also house under the hood a gasoline engine that will run a generator that would in ...

Nissan Hybrid Versions to Number 15 by 2016

January 30, 2013 / No Comments

Japanese auto giant Nissan will launch as many as 15 hybrid powertrains by 2016. The strategy seems to be in line with Toyota’s approach to go for hybrid versions. The Nissan Resonance concept will go into quite a few production vehicles. Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president, confirmed that the hybrid power train will be used in the Altima sedan, the ...

Qoros Hybrid Car to Make Geneva Show Debut

January 29, 2013 / No Comments

Qoros Auto  is a new ambitious Chinese car brand that is making headlines with its new hybrid vehicle. This vehicle will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March along with its first actual production model. Designed by former BMW/Mini styling boss Gert Volker Hildebrand, this cross Hybrid concept features an innovative hybrid drive system that comes with intelligent control ...

Volkswagen XL1 Production Version Spotted During Winter Testing

January 21, 2013 / No Comments

If you would remember, Volkswagen’s upcoming Volkswagen XL1 was last spotted in August. Now, spy photographers have caught the production version of the vehicle that was undergoing winter testing. This ultra efficient two door vehicle is capable of providing 235 miles per gallon. The production-version of XL1 combines two engines, a small two-cylinder Turbo Diesel Injection (TDI) engine, and a 30-horsepower ...

VW CrossBlue Plug-in Diesel-Electric SUV Out

January 16, 2013 / No Comments

At the North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen has introduced their plug-in diesel-electric hybrid named the CrossBlue. The CrossBlue which is specially designed for the North American market is a mid-size SUV that has enough space for six. It comes between the entry-level Tiguan and the premium Touareg in VW’s utility stable. Though, it is a plug-in hybrid, the CrossBlure features a ...