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Euro-spec 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype is en route to Frankfurt

Following its debut at the Auto Shanghai early this year, the 2018 CR-V’s next stop will be next week’s Internationale Automobil-Austellung (IAA) in Germany. Honda’s first electric SUV will soon be posing as a near-production prototype which is to be sold exclusively in Europe. The 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid will appear together with Honda Jazz’s new Sport trim and Urban EV concept during the two-week event.

The Euro-spec hybrid will be replacing the 160hp i-DTEC diesel as an answer to the current regulations affecting the market of diesel engines. For its design, the Hybrid SUV in prototype form will be very similar to the US-spec CR-V as well as the model previewed earlier in China. The lower LED light bar, in place of the round shaped fog lights, is just among the subtle variations on the exterior to draw the line between the 1.5-liter conventional engine and the hybrid set-up.

Honda is very tight-lipped about the technical details and only revealed that the electrified powertrain will consist of an electric motor and a 2.0-liter i-Vtec gasoline engine with four cylinder that runs on the Atkinson cycle. All the same, the complete specs will surely come out before or after Honda launches the CR-V hybrid in Europe sometime in 2018. Early speculations suggest that Honda’s next SUV will borrow Honda Accord’s hybrid set-up but it is better to trust the company’s official announcement. Currently, the Accord hybrid boasts a total of 212hp output with two-motor hybrid technology that no longer sees the need for conventional transmission. Rather, it only makes use of a single fixed gear ratio to push power down the wheels.

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Toyota gives hints of hybrid C-HR, new Land Cruiser ahead of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

It is already September and we are all excited about the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, more so because automakers have been revealing previews and teasers (online) of models and concepts that will make their debut at the auto show. Today, it is Toyota that teases us with two new crossovers: the Hybrid C-HR Concept and the new Land Cruiser.

The C-HR Hy-Power Concept is a representation of possible additions for its compact crossover’s engine range. Toyota is being a tease, only providing few details about the vehicle, and that is the crossover’s license plate and lower fascia. Having said that, it makes us think that the model has been given a change in terms of design. And during a press release, the company’s spokesperson did say that the people behind Toyota’s European Design Center will give the C-HR a little bit of facelift to emphasize its emotional and powerful look, while hinting that they will be expanding the company’s hybrid powertrain line. That is all we got from the Hybrid C-HR Concept, and that’s sad because there’s still so much we want to know.

As mentioned earlier, the Japanese automaker also gave us a preview of the new Land Cruiser before it makes its debut in Frankfurt. Though they still kept their mouths sealed, they couldn’t help but share some details regarding the range-topping SUV. One thing we are certain about is that it will still be riding on a body-on-frame chassis.

Read the entire article Toyota gives hints of hybrid C-HR, new Land Cruiser ahead of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Ford will release Expedition and Lincoln Navigator hybrid SUVs in 2019

Most automakers are looking into electrifying their current models; that is, if they have not done so yet. But some manufacturers like Ford have offerings that are being overlooked, until recently. This is because the company finally announced that they will come out with at least four new hybrid vehicles by 2019, Ford reveled when asked by Automotive News. For the first time, they will be electrifying future crossovers and SUVs, unlike before where they just focused on hybrid sedans.

To be more specific, the company said that they will be developing a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape, and a hybrid version of the Expedition. Their upscale line Lincoln will also be following the eco-friendly trend with hybrid versions of the MKC and the Navigator - where the Expedition and Lincoln are scheduled for a 2019 release.

But that’s not all they have in mind as these hybrid SUVs will then be followed by a hybrid Mustang as well as the new F-150. We do not know which models will be released first, but we do know that all six models should be launched in the market by 2020. According to Automotive News, Ford invested around $4.5 billion to bring in 13 EVs and hybrids to the market.

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Hyundai will introduce the Genesis luxury EV in 2021

Hyundai Motor Group – including both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors – has disclosed a wide-ranging plan to introduce 31 environment-friendly models in a new development roadmap that aims to ultimately create a cleaner environment through these eco-friendly vehicles.

While previewing its next generation fuel cell vehicle, Hyundai announced its eco-vehicle development roadmap that entails a multi-pronged approach. This means that Hyundai won't focus its efforts on just one type of eco-friendly vehicle, but will create a lineup that offers various powertrain options like fuel cell, hybrid drive and electric.

Hyundai is pursuing this 2020 plan in response to the growing demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles around the world. As part of this road map, Hyundai will continue pursuing hydrogen fuel cell technology and will exert more efforts to strengthen its leadership in this area. The South Korean carmaker plans to achieve this by putting more focus on improving r&d works to further boost the performance and durability of FCEVs. Likewise, r&d will focus on making the fuel cell technology smaller and cheaper to allow it to be installed in smaller sedans.

Read the entire article Hyundai will introduce the Genesis luxury EV in 2021

The persistent trend in the automotive industry remains to be the shift to electric-powered models. While most brands are developing new products to achieving that end, customers and enthusiasts have been accustomed to hearing the word “delay” associated with Maserati.

All that is about to change with the recent announcement of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Maserati’s parent company, outlining its green program. None other than CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed during a conference call with investors that at least 50% of the corporation’s range will be electrified, in one way or another, by the year 2022.

CEO Marchionne, who intends to retire by 2019, declared that given the fate of diesel in the Europe market, the issue has become mandatory. He said further that there will be no choice but to implement some degree of electrification when it comes to gas engines.

Read the entire article Maserati aims to build only EVs and hybrids starting 2019

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

A lot of fans are excited with the news that Porsche could be unveiling a performance version of its Panamera 4 E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show.

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
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