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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 Also, as much as most people love the “manual-shifting V12”, he thinks it’s rather outdated by twenty years.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
The way Mercedes-AMG has been teasing everyone about its new hypercar – officially dubbed as Project One – has left many wondering how this new high-powered high-speed car from Germany would look like. Mercedes-AMG disclosed a few details on its possible performance, although it left nothing but vague sketches of the hypercar’s silhouette and rear end.
It is highly possible that we won’t be able to see the true appearance of the Project One until Mercedes-AMG officially unveil this hypercar – albeit in its near-complete form -- at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017 as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. But thanks to Jan Peisert of Peisert Design, we might be able to have an idea as to how the Project One would look once it is officially unfurled for the public.
Rendering complete images of the AMG Project One using just the leaked graphics from the performance division of Mercedes-Benz could be pretty tough work requiring heavy imagination and splendid creativity. If we take a look at AMG’s images of the Project One, we can conclude that they were more like a silhouette of the exterior of the hypercar. Converting them into a hypercar with wheels, hood, windshield and greenhouse would prove to be tough. But Peisert Design was able to.Read the entire article Peisert Design renders complete images of Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar
The already efficient hybrid version of the next generation of the Toyota Camry – the most in-demand car in the United States for 15 straight years – just got more economical.
In a bid to further its appeal and continue its reign as the best-selling car in the US, the Toyota Camry entered into a new (eighth) generation of sedans. The most recognizable changes are found on its exterior design, and they are sure appealing enough to entice current and new customers. However, there are also changes underneath the new 2018 Toyota Camry that we think would allow it to widen the gap against its rivals.
When Toyota unveiled the eighth generation of the Toyota Camry at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show just this month, it trumpeted that the car would have a Prius-like efficiency. Since the hybrid versions of the Prius offer fuel efficiency ratings of over 50 mpg, the fuel economy numbers 2018 Camry hybrid should be around this level. However, Toyota didn’t exactly specify how economical the hybrid version of the Camry would be in city, highway and combined driving.Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid: most fuel-efficient in its class with 50 mpg city rating?
Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid technology, which will also be using a V6 engine. Next on the line would be none other than the new generation Bentley Continental GT. And there’s more to come.
During a recent press interview with Automotive News, Wolfgang Duerheimer reiterated the fact that plugin hybrids no longer serve as “temporary bridge technology”. Instead, it now offers the best features of both cars with internal combustion engine as well as those of electric powered vehicles.
The CEO also considers the fact that the upcoming plugin variants would be their answer to the consumers who want to use their cars to go to places where gasoline and diesel engines would no longer be allowed.Read the entire article Confirmed: Bentley will offer plugin hybrids for every model
It appears there won’t be a long wait before we get to see Mercedes-AMG’s hypercar – the Mercedes-AMG Project One. This is because the Formula One-powered road car will be revealed in its near-complete form at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September as part of AMG’s 50th anniversary celebration.
This is what Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers disclosed to Motor1 at the sidelines of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (known to many as the Detroit Auto Show). To date, all that has been revealed to the public was the hypercar’s new name as well as its powertrain, which is inspired by Formula One. More specifically, Formula One was more than just an inspiration, since the powertrain that will serve as the heart of the AMG Project One – its official designation – is a powered-down version of the technology used in its W07 Hybrid race car.
In September last year, Mercedes-AMG confirmed that a hypercar was under development, with an output that would reach four digits. This meant that that this new hypercar – bearing an internal codename of R50 – would be delivering at least 1,000 hp, which is the power level of the Mercedes-AMG’s championship-winning W07 racer in qualifying mode at Formula. As for the Project One hypercar, the power output could be more.Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG to officially unveil Project One hypercar at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
Now, we will finally be able to properly address Mercedes-AMG’s up and coming hypercar, which has been so popular that it is rumored to be nearly sold out. It was previously only known by people inside Mercedes-AMG as the R50 (its internal codename). But now, Mercedes-AMG wants us to call it Project One.
Mercedes-AMG hasn’t divulged why it chose Project One as the official moniker of its new hypercar. In September 2016, Mercedes-AMG confirmed that it was indeed developing a new hypercar that would have a power output that boasts 4 digits. There had been speculations and rumors that Mercedes-AMG had been developing the hypercar for some time already.
At the ongoing 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG big boss Tobias Moers revealed some delicious details about the new Project One hybrid hypercar. It would employ the same turbocharged 1.6-liter 90-degree angle engine found in the current W07 F1 car, as complemented by an electric drive and an Energy Recovery System (ERS). Moers has previously indicated that the ERS in F1 cars would be used more aggressively in the Project One hypercar in order to create the most efficient hybrid car ever. Mercedes-AMG’s Formula One powertrain generates around 1,000 hp in qualifying mode. As for the Project One hypercar, the power output could be more.Read the entire article Project One is the official name of Mercedes-AMG’s 1000 hp hybrid hypercar
Ford has good news to customers and potential clients avidly waiting for the hybrid versions of the Ford Mustang and Ford F-150 – they will be coming in the next few years. The Mustang hybrid and the F-150 hybrid are just two of the 13 electrified vehicles that Ford is planning to add to its global lineup.
Seven of these 13 electrified offerings will be launched by the American carmaker in the next five years, including the hybrid versions of the Mustang and the F-150. Ford is planning to introduce the hybrid variant of the F-150 pickup by the end of the decade in North America and the Middle East. Just like the conventional F-150, the hybrid version would offer outstanding towing and payload capacity. If needed, the F-150 hybrid could serve as a mobile generator.
Meanwhile, the hybrid version of the Mustang muscle car will utilize a V8 engine complementing electric motors. Thanks to this setup, the Mustang could offer low-end torque. Ford will build the Mustang Hybrid at its Flat Rock Plant and will launch it in 2020 in North America.Read the entire article Hybrid versions of Ford Mustang and F-150 to arrive in 2020
Can a vehicle travel from West Coast of the United States to the East Coast using less than 50 gallons of gas? Well, if that is possible, then it would have a place in the Guinness World Records, even if involves a hybrid unit.
That is what actually happened when a hybrid car made a trip from Los Angeles, California to New York. It was Kia’s newest hybrid offering underpinned by a dedicated eco-car platform and a distinct hybrid system that grabbed a place in the Guinness World Records. And there was nothing stopping the 2017 Kia Niro urban crossover hybrid vehicle to set this new world record for lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle.
Selected for the attempt is an EX model of the new 2017 Kia Niro. To note, Kia didn’t alter the hybrid vehicle in any way just for the attempt – it is an untouched model that could be actually purchased from dealerships. The new Kia Niro -- piloted by Wayne Gerdes (Carlsbad, California) and co-driver Robert Winger (Williamsburg, Virginia) -- commenced its record-setting trip from one of the main landmarks in L.A., the Los Angeles City Hall.Read the entire article 2017 Kia Niro has lowest fuel consumption, sets Guinness World Record
Just days after Google’s autonomous vehicle project became an autonomous tech company dubbed as Waymo Inc., the company now unveiled its first fully self-driving vehicles in the guise of 100 driverless Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans.
Back in May 2016, Waymo – then known as the Google Self-Driving Project – and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles entered into a partnership in which the carmaker would provide a number of vehicles to the project. The partners saw it fitting to choose Chrysler’s new 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivans – 100 of them -- for the self-driving vehicle project. The Pacifica Hybrid minivans were specifically built by Chrysler to be fitted with the latest of Google’s hardware and software.
While these Chrysler Pacifica units are based on the 2017 production model available to the market, the carmaker modified them – including their chassis, powertrain, structural and electrical systems – so that Waymo could properly install its own technology into these new minivans.Read the entire article Waymo provides glimpse of its fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans
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