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Buick's heavily altered 2017 Buick LaCrosse was a likeable vehicle when it was rolled out last year, however the declining passenger car market affected the overall appeal of the vehicle especially the full-sizer's standard feature and efficiency. Sales went downhill due to this reason. Now the American automaker is rebounding by revealing that the 2018 LaCrosse will have a tempting upgrade to offer in the form of eAssist mild hybrid system and new transmission in V6 powered models in hopes of attracting more customers into the showroom.
The newest 2018 Buick LaCrosse is geared with a 2.5 L 4-cylinder with an eAssist mild hybrid as the vehicle's standard powertrain. In an economical move, the price will be slashed from $32,990 to $30,490 for the existing sedan that is equipped with the 3.6 L V6 engine. The hybrid model will be available at showrooms this coming fall. The American car maker is still mum on the specific details regarding the hybrid LaCrosse's output.
But Buick commented that the powertrain is expected to upgrade the sedan's fuel economy in the city by about 19 percent which will allow it an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon in the highway. The hybrid sedan's 2.5 L 4-cylinder utilizes a motor generator unit that takes the place of a conventional alternator, and a 0.45 kW-hour lithium-ion battery stocks energy for the system.Read the entire article 2018 Buick LaCrosse is available with mild hybrid powertrain as standard
In today’s world, hybrid, plug-ins and EVs are not only trendy as they’re also highly vital. Due to the demand of the market, automakers are forced to adapt to the new norm, turning their cars into electric vehicles. In fact, even hypercars nowadays are becoming a hybrid, just like the Porsche Panamera in Turbo S E-Hybrid. However, some automakers such as Fiat Chrysler are a little behind in this department, which means that they have got to step up their game.
Having said that, there have been a lot of firsts for Maserati lately, from their very first SUV that is the Levante, and now they are going to make use of hybrid technology for that same model, featuring a charging port. Since this is going to be the company’s very first hybrid car, you might be wondering where they got the technology from. To answer your question, it’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, another member of the FCA Group, that will lend its PHEV technology to the Italian SUV.
Maserati’s estimate indicates that less than 10 percent of their SUV market will probably choose the eco-friendly version. Therefore, it is impractical for them to develop and build the technology from scratch, which is why they decided to just work with Chrysler Pacifica’s technology, to save them time and money. Instead of going through all the work, Maserati just needs to adapt Pacifica’s hardware to the new application.Read the entire article Maserati Levante SUV will get a hybrid version with Chrysler Pacifica tech
Volkswagen intends to leave the crowd in awe at the Worthersee Meeting (Wortherseetreffen) – the largest VW and Audi car show in Europe – with its new GTI Worthersee concept.
It has been 10 years since VW started its famed show car projects at Worthersee. To celebrate those 10 years, the 10th and latest GTI Worthersee concept was promptly named VW Golf GTI First Decade. This is the first GTI to feature a hybrid drive system – a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor.
A petrol mill delivers 410 PS (300 kW) of power output to the front wheels while a 48-volt electric motor provides 12 kW of propulsive power to the rear wheels. Interestingly, these two drive systems could operate separately, which means the new VW Golf GTI First Decade could be driven conventionally, or in pure electric mode. Of course, the engine and electric could operate together for an all-wheel drive experience.Read the entire article VW Golf GTI First Decade with hybrid system revealed at the 2017 Worthersee Meeting
Well, this could be what the super-rich would love to do to pass the time. Monaco-based superyacht builder, Dynamiq takes on another voyage by launching the new GTT 115 online configurator. Interested buyers of the 3,000-mile range supercar-inspired vessel can customize their yachts using the wide range of options available online.
Equipped with the latest hybrid propulsion system, the $13.2 million GTT 115 is actually built in collaboration with Studio F. A. Porsche. This however, is not Porsche’s first voyage in designing a yacht. The supercar maker has worked with Fearless 28 luxury speedboat and Royal Falcon Fleet’s RFF135 before venturing into this new project.
The GTT or the Gran Turismo Transatlantic is a 35-meter superyacht decked with Porsche’s most iconic design cues. It features the Mission E concept’s transom, the iconic supercar’s Targa-style mullions as well as the Porsche 911 R’s Pepita hounds tooth pattern for the deck’s furniture fabric.Read the entire article This is your $13 million hybrid Dynamiq Gran Turismo Transatlantic yacht built by Porsche
BMW just announced that the 2018 530e iPerformance will be getting another option - that is a wireless charging station instead of the standard plug-in.
The iPerformance originally comes with a plug in that is rated at 3.7 kilowatts. With this rate, the 9.2 kWh battery can be replenished in less than three hours with a wall box.
But to ensure safety, charging power through the electric socket is limited, so it will take about five hours to fully charge the battery.Read the entire article BMW makes a prototype of wireless charger for the 2018 530e iPerformance
Is there anything more exciting than a spoiler? Well, for those who didn't know, there are those who have already seen the Mercedes-AMG Project One (in the flesh) way before 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show formally opens its gates this September. This allegedly happened behind closed doors at the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
In keeping up with the excitement, Automobile Magazine earlier spilled the beans concerning the Project One’s powertrain. Rumor also has it that the hybrid hypercar is hiding a 1,020 hp monster underneath its engine. Without further ado, let’s hear out the juicy details on what’s inside Mercedes-AMG’s latest gem.
As reported, Mercedes-AMG is said to be adapting the same engine from its W07 Formula One Car into the new 2-seater hybrid. This type of powertrain with 4 electric motors can produce a menacing 748hp (558kW) at the very least. The first two motors will be sending power to the front wheels while the two other motors will be connected to the crankshaft and turbocharger. Altogether, the four motors can deliver up to 408hp (304 kW), resulting to a combined output of 1,020 hp (761kW). That is to say other hypercars from Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren may have to give way to Mercedes’ wildest supercar to date.Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar delivers a staggering 1,020 hp
Honda will be displaying the electrically assisted CUV in their showrooms later this year. This has been confirmed in China at least. Fresh from its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the latest hybrid CR-V will soon go on sale in Asia’s fastest growing market for hybrid vehicles.
While the engineering for the China-bound CR-V Hybrid has already been finalized, it only makes sense that Honda would be considering the US as its next important step. In the US, the Honda Accord is in fact using the same powertrain found on the newly electrified crossover.
Honda however hasn't disclosed the exact details for the CR-V hybrid’s powertrain while on its premiere. If the CRV’s hybrid specs are indeed the same as those on the Accord, we can therefore expect the electrified crossover to be running on a 143hp (107kW), 129 lb-ft (175Nm) of torque, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This will come equipped with a 1.3kWh lithium ion battery pack with a total power of 212hp (158kW) to match.Read the entire article Honda unveils the CR-V Hybrid in China, may also come to the United States
Mercedes-AMG is scheduled to introduce their newest hypercar to the public, this September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, known as Project One. This model is set to compete with Aston Martin’s Valkyrie. Sources say that Mercedes’ new project will be the fastest ever car that the company has ever produced, and is set to bring record breaking laps.
Evren Milano, CEO and Head Design at E.Milano (a firm that specializes in custom car modifications), created a rendering of the Mercedes-Benz after the company released two teasers of the ride. But the hypercar won’t look exactly like the rendering.
The teasers clarify that the model will not be having a roof scoop as well as a large rear wing. However, the front part of the rendering could be accurate as the design of the headlights are similar to a recent design study by Mercedes, and also the proportions. Milano’s work somewhat reminds us of a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion.Read the entire article Rendering of Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar hints at road-going qualities
In April, the 2017 New York International Auto Show will set the stage for BMW’s iPerformance lineup. This will showcase the sub-brand’s new plug-in hybrid models including the 2018 530e, 740e xDrive as well as the X5 xDrive40e.
One of the upcoming iPerformance models, The BMW 530e has a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and electric motor. Its powertrain is similar to the current BMW 330e which provides up to 248hp (185kW) and 310 lb-ft (420Nm) of total output. Unlike the 14 miles of fully electric range that it has on the 3 Series, this powertrain now has up to 15 miles of range on the 5 Series. BMW’s iPerformance 530e will be coming to the US showrooms this spring. Prices start at 51,400 USD while it’s set at 53,700 USD for the xDrive all-wheel drive variant.
Meanwhile, both the X5 xDrive40e and the 740e xDrive iPerformance models will be using the same 2.0-liter 4-cylinder electric motors. The 7 Series’ powertrain is capable of delivering up to 322hp (240kW) and 369 pound feet (500Nm) of torque. On the X5, the same powertrain can produce a total output of 308 hp (230kW) and 332 pound feet (450Nm). When fully charged, these two iPerformance models can deliver up to 14 miles of EV range.Read the entire article 2017 New York Auto Show will have the entire BMW iPerformance models on display
McLaren is said to be designing the next generation of Sports Series, which could include a V6 hybrid among its powertrain options. It was earlier reported that the British automaker has a 6-year plan to develop hybrid electric powertrains for its supercars. McLaren however did not elaborate much on the details about its “Track 22” project.
In a recent interview with Car & Driver, McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt said that it’s all about the character. For them, it doesn’t matter if it is going to be a V6, a V8, a V10 or a V12 as long as its performance is good. Also, as much as most people love the “manual-shifting V12”, he thinks it’s rather outdated by twenty years. This is why they are not so attached to the “cylinder count” from the very beginning. Instead, the CEO pointed out the fact that they are more into “performance and excitement”.
Having just come out with V8 engines a couple of years back, the McLaren 570 S and 540C are still using the same updated engine versions of the V8. Though not yet confirmed, the current V8 could be replaced especially after Flewitt commented that they are working on a new V6 hybrid powertrain.Read the entire article Next generation McLaren Sports Series could get a V6 hybrid drivetrain
By 2020, Audi will be throwing out not just one but three fully-electric vehicles. One of which will be pitted against the BMW i8. This new information was revealed by Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chief executive, during the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. In an interview with Auto Express, Stadler confirms that the electric sports car will be introduced along with Audi’s upcoming SUV and new compact EV.
It is understood that the SUV will come out beforehand in spite its more complicated architecture. Stadler reiterates the growing trend for SUVs about 2 or 3 years ago which helped them arrive to this decision. “There will be a very emotional shape”, the chief executive said as he describes the SUV.
It is unclear however if the new SUV will be another Q6 but more or less, it will have some significant similarities. According to Stadler, Audi’s fully electric SUV will be using VW ID’s 168bhp electric motor with a battery range that can go between 200 and 375 miles. Afterwards, Audi will soon embark on the new sport EV. As also stated, this will follow shortly after the launch of the new electric sport utility vehicle.Read the entire article Audi aims to rival BMW i8 with new fully electric sports EV
No, Mercedes-AMG didn’t take the veil off its new hypercar -- the Mercedes-AMG Project One – at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It might because there are still some details or specs of the AMG Project One that need to be taken care of. Perhaps, Mercedes-Benz thinks it would be best to unveil its new ultimate creation at an event closer at home – the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Mercedes-AMG is set to unveil the Formula One-powered AMG Project One road-going car in its near-complete form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September as part of AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration. However, that didn’t prevent AMG from providing more details about the Project One at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
In September 2016, Mercedes-AMG did confirm that a hypercar was under development, with a power output that could reach four digits. This means that the Project One hypercar – known then through an internal codename of R50 – would have an engine that could develop at least 1,000 horsepower, which is basically the same power level of the AMG’s championship-winning W07 racer in qualifying mode at Formula. In fact, Formula One was more than just an inspiration for AMG, since the engine that will become as the core of the AMG Project One is a powered-down version of the technology used in its W07 Hybrid race car.Read the entire article F1 engine in Mercedes-AMG Project One will have a rev limit of 11,000 rpm
It’s basically an Italian job. At last, Chinese automaker Techrules comes out with its first production model. Gracing the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is none other than the company’s turbine-electric Ren supercar.
Also in Geneva last year, Techrules had on display the not-so-impressive AT96 supercar --but that would soon be forgotten. We have to say, the Beijing-based supercar-maker has perfected their craft this time around--- Why? Ren’s extraordinary fighter jet design is penned by the automotive industry’s renowned father and son team--- Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italy.
Technically, Ren’s most powerful and advanced hybrid powertrain packs an impressive 1,287hp (967kW) and 1,725 lb-ft (2,340Nm) of torque. The road-going supercar’s different hybrid powertrain configuration comes in either 2, 4 or 6 electric motors. However, Techrules is also offering customers a choice between one or two micro-turbines to generate its 25 kilowatt hour battery pack. The batteries are likewise available in 32kWh, 25kWh and 14 kilowatt-hour strengths.Read the entire article Techrules returns to Geneva with Ren, the 1,287 hp turbine hypercar
To customers and clients seeking more hybrid power in the Porsche Panamera, the German sports carmaker has heard your prayers. Coming to town is a new and more powerful version of the Panamera’s hybrid kind – the new 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that this Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is your ordinary sporty hybrid sedan. It has enough power to outsprint and outrun majority of the cars on the road. Its core is a hybrid unit composed of the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine and an electric motor as mounted on the front. The V6 engine alone delivers around 330 hp of output as well as around 331 lb.-ft. of torque.
Its electric motor, meanwhile, is capable of providing 136 hp of max output and 295 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Thus, the hybrid system could deliver a total output of 462 hp (340 kW) and total torque of 517 lb.-ft. (700 Nm). Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automatic transmission – allowing the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid to zoom from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds, on the way to reaching a top speed (track) of 172 mph.Read the entire article 680 hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid easily achieves 0-60 mph sprint in 3.2-seconds
At present, the standard model is available in two versions. There is a normal trim and there is the Executive extended version that was made specifically for the Chinese market. The plug-in hybrid system is composed of the twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. The electric motor can deliver 134 hp (100 kW) with the V6 engine being able to offer an output of 330 hp (243 kW). This results in around 462 hp (340 kW) of power and is complemented with maximum torque of 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm).
Reports though are saying that if the brand does come out with a performance model, it is expected to have power of at least 500 hp (373 kW) and thus allow it to have maximum speed of at least 180 mph (289 km/h). If true, this will make it the second fastest Panamera right behind the Panamera Turbo. Various reports also say that this performance model will likely be unveiled at the same time as Porsche will reveal the Panamera Sport Turismo shooting brake, which is next month.Read the entire article 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid coming to Geneva
After Volkswagen snagged Toyota’s crown as the world’s best-selling automaker, there’s no stopping the Japanese manufacturer from dominating the hybrid arena. As of January 31st , Toyota’s increasing global unit sales has already reached the 10 million mark. That's right folks: Toyota managed to sell 10 million hybrid cars around the world!
The historic numbers began in December 1997 after Toyota launched the Prius, the world’s first hybrid mass produced passenger car. Now after twenty years and also on its 4th generation entry, the new Prius happens to be the first to be using the brand’s TNGA (or the Toyota New Global Architecture).
Needless to say, the new global vehicle platform has been very significant to Toyota’s latest achievement. Towards the end of April in 2016, the company has sold over 9 million hybrids before eventually reaching the 10 million milestone in less than a year.Read the entire article Toyota reached the 10-million-unit mark on hybrids
Lexus stunned the audience at the 2017 North American International Auto Show with its fifth-generation 2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan. The new generation of Lexus’ flagship sedan raised the bar of what a luxury vehicle should be – challenging the norm with its exquisite design, new levels of interior values and outstanding performance elements.
The Lexus LS unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show was the LS 500, which has at its core a new 3.5-liter V6 engine with Formula One-derived twin turbochargers. This new engine is touted to be more powerful than the V8 powerplant seen in the fourth-gen LS sedan, yet it remains fuel-efficient with minimized levels of vibration. This new V6 engine is tuned to develop 415 hp of max output and 442 lb.-ft. of peak torque, with power sent to the rear wheels or to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Now, Lexus is taking this level of efficiency to a whole new level – by offering a new hybrid version of its LS flagship sedan. No, Lexus hasn’t unveiled the hybridized LS sedan, bound to be called as the LS 500h. However, speculating on overall design and powertrain of the LS 500h should be easy, given the availability of information existing on the new generation of Lexus vehicles.Read the entire article Lexus to unveil LS 500h hybrid premium sedan at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
So, it will be goodbye for Volkswagen’s 1.5-liter TDI engine that was intended to replace the carmaker’s current 1.6-liter TDI unit. This comes as the German carmaker has decided not to continue the development of a replacement diesel unit that could have made its debut in the new generation of the VW Polo.
This was revealed by Frank Welsch, the chief of research and development at VW, to Autocar during a recent international media launching event for the carmaker’s new Golf in Spain. Welsch disclosed that VW is now abandoning its small diesel engine strategy due to many factors and will instead pursue a new venue to power its compact vehicles. Aside from stopping the development of its 1.5-liter TDI engine, VW is also halting its turbocharged 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engine. This smaller diesel engine is currently available for the present generation of the Polo.
The scrapped 1.5-liter TDI engine is an aluminum block high-pressure common rail powerplant intended to become a vital part of the German carmaker’s new small engine offensive. It will go in tandem with VW’s newly unfurled turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that is found in the seventh-generation Golf facelift.Read the entire article VW scraps new 1.5-liter TDI diesel engine in favor of small hybrid powertrains
Kia Motors’ campaign for the upcoming Super Bowl LI is turning out to be an epic one while sending the right message across its intended audience. And that is not just because Melissa McCarthy is in this particular spot.
As a comedian, McCarthy has been one of the many celebrities who really know how to make people laugh. Her role as the sweet and caring Molly in the six-season sitcom Mike & Molly was one of the defining moments of her career. In this particular ad for Kia, McCarthy remains as sweet and caring, but for the environment – a character made more obvious by the fact that she drives a 2018 Kia Niro hybrid crossover.
Titled as “Hero’s Journey,” this 60-second commercial ad shows the saga of McCarthy as an eco-warrior. While driving her Kia Niro, McCarthy is repeatedly called to take up an active role in several environment-related protests. The first task involved a cause for protecting endangered whales from scrupulous whalers. McCarthy and her team were able to successfully place orange banners – with “Protect the Whales” sign -- on a whaling ship. As she and her team were making the escape, a large whale suddenly surfaced and smacked McCarthy’s boat, sending her flying back to the whaling ship.Read the entire article Melissa McCarthy stars in Kia’s Super Bowl ad for the Niro hybrid crossover [w/videos]
The next generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI could be a hybrid unit when it is launched to the market in 2020. As a hybrid, the Golf GTI will be powered by the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine as complemented by an integrated starter motor and a 48V electric system, according to AutoCar, citing sources privy to Volkswagen research and development chief Frank Welsch.
This development comes as Volkswagen has just refreshed the looks of the seventh generation of the Golf GTI. Likewise, the carmaker is in the midst of developing the next generation (eighth gen) of the VW Golf, which is bound to be introduced for the 2020 model year in 2019. The German carmaker is well expected to release the GTI version of the Golf a year later. It will boast of a higher performance than a regular Golf, and an electrified version of the 2.0-liter petrol engine could well serve the purpose. However, the exhaust gas turbocharger in the 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be replaced by an electrically operated compressor.
The current generation of the VW Golf GTI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine – with direct injection -- that delivers 210 hp of peak output at 4,500 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of max torque available at 1,500 rpm. On Sport trim or higher, the max engine output is higher at 220 hp. But for the eighth generation of the VW Golf GTI, the carmaker is working to reach intended power levels similar to those of the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.Read the entire article Next-gen VW Golf GTI could get hybrid
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