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Toyota unveils PHEV versions of Corolla and Levin to be sold only in China

China is considered as the largest auto market in the world, and Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation isn't letting go of title. Aside from its conventionally powered products, Toyota is accelerating its China-based vehicle electrification efforts by launching 10 new electrified vehicles in the country by the end of the decade.

Leading the charge for Toyota are the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Corolla and Levin passenger cars in 2019. To show its commitment, Toyota unveiled the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. According to the carmaker, both the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV expected to achieve an electric driving range of 50 km or farther. Production of these two new PHEV models is seen to commence in China in 2019.

Toyota launched the conventional hybrid variants of the Corolla and Levin in 2017, with production done domestically. The carmaker – through its local partners – intends to do same with the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV, as it aims to achieve locally based vehicle electrification.

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delivers more torque from bigger Atkinson-cycle 2.4-liter engine

A couple of years ago, Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander PHEV. And by now, they are giving the plug-in hybrid SUV a significant update for the 2019 model year, a few months after launching the model in the United States. The most important change though is found under the hood. This is because the former Otto-cycle 2.0 liter gasoline engine has been replaced by a larger Atkinson cycle 2.4 liter unit.

Mitsubishi decided not to share output number, but instead, they said that the torque has gone beyond 186 Newton metres (137 pound feet), which is attainable at 4,500 rpm in the previous Outlander PHEV. Meanwhile, efficiency has improved and a smoother operation is expected from it. The vehicle’s output remains a mystery to us at this point, but for what it is worth, the 2.0 liter engine had an output of 118 horsepower (87 kilowatts) at 4,500 rpm.

Furthermore, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV benefits from a 10 percent generator output hike and a 10% boost of the rear motor’s output. They also decided to tweak its lithium ion battery pack that has a capacity of 13.8 kilowatts per hours, which has increased from the previous 12 kWh. Furthermore, the battery’s output has improved by 10 percent. These revisions also affected the electric range compared to the outgoing model with 22 miles too.

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Hyundai unveils 2018 Sonata Hybrid and PHEV at Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai wanted to ensure that it doesn’t get left out in the hybridized vehicle game in the United States, and it just took the needed steps by unveiling the extensively redesigned 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The redesigned elements on the new 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV are meant not just to make them more appealing to customers in the United States, but also to complement and optimize the efficiency of their powertrains.

Both the new Sonata Hybrid and Sonata PHEV are fitted with the South Korean carmaker’s 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine that delivers 154 hp of output and 140 lb- ft. of torque, as coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as an electric motor. However, these Sonata models differ in terms of drivetrain implementation and battery capacity.

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2018 Kia Niro PHEV marks North American debut at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia first unveiled the Niro PHEV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where it said it would go on sale in sale in the third quarter of 2017. Now, the US version of the Niro PHEV has made its debut in LA, sales in the country expected to commence in 2018. Once sales go online, the new 2018 Kia Niro PHEV will be available in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX Premium.

The new Niro PHEV has all the same packaging and driving enjoyment offered by the Niro hybrid. However, it has a number of elements that identify it as a PHEV. These include “ECO/Plug-In” badges, hybrid blue exterior accents, a charge port door (on left front fender) as well as tweaked front grille insert and surround. It comes available with LED headlamps and seven-inch color meter cluster with digital tachometer.

As a plug-in hybrid, the new Niro PHEV employs a combination of an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder engine and an 60-hp (44.5 kW) electric motor for a total system output of 139 hp and combined torque of 195 lb.-ft. This is backed by an 8.9 kWh (59 kW) lithium-polymer battery pack. Thanks to the higher capacity of the battery capacity (plus 7.34 kWh more than the Niro hybrid), the Niro PHEV boasts of fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe.

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The National Police of Ukraine has a whole array of vehicles under their belt, including the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Sonata, Renault Dokker, and even a few Lada Niva 4x4s. And now, the list is now longer as the East European country received an overwhelming 635 plug-in hybrid SUVs from Mitsubishi, probably the biggest ever fleet of plug in hybrid vehicles delivered by the Japanese automaker.

This is not a first for the Japanese automaker as a few years ago, the company shipped a total of 507 full electric i-MiEVs in Estonia. Now Mitsubishi has delivered an army of 635 Outlander PHEVS that is based on the facelifted variant. Both of these contracts were approved as part of the Green Investment Scheme, an international emissions trading plan that aims to reduce C02 emissions and greenhouse warming gases.

The overwhelming fleet of environment-friendly SUVs was transferred to Kiev, with a delivery ceremony held in the country's capital where the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the MMC's president and chief graced the affair and even took part in the festivities. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was considered as the best-selling plug in hybrid in Europe for no less than 4 successive years and had impressive registered sales of about 80,768 units at the latter part of last year. The SUV has been rolled out since 2013.

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At last, BMW’s all-new X5 xDrive40e PHEV crossover arrived with same looks as the standard model but with a new technology that offers a low fuel consumption. According to BMW, the X5 xDrive40e uses a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 245 hp and 258 lb-ft or 350 Nm of torque, as well as an electric motor that generates an additional 113 hp (83 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

The total output delivered by the hybrid powertrain is 313 hp (230 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. The vehicle is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph or 210 km/h. Using just the electric motor and the energy stored in the 9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the X5 xDrive40e has a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h), while the all-electric range is up to 19 miles or 31 km.

The battery can be fully recharged in 3 hours and 50 minutes when using a regular household and in just 2 hours and 45 minutes when using the optional BMW I Wallbox. The engine is bolted to an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox, average fuel consumption is 3.3 – 3.4 l/100 km (83.1 – 85.6 UK mpg or 69.1 – 71.2 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are just 78 grams per km.

Read the entire article 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e becomes an official German PHEV

Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV Concept-S is company’s latest special design package for the production Outlander PHEV. Unveiled today at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Outlander PHEV Concept-S arrives with a new front end design that consists of a Three-Diamond mark with bold chromed accent mouldings and wraparound headlights.

At the rear, the concept gets elongated taillamps that run from tailgate to wings. The entire design is highlighted by a brilliant “Platinum White” with glass flake finish.

Inside, the Outlander PHEV Concept-S gets black wood grain trim with silver accent, a centre console inspired by the Japanese traditional black lacquered boxes, soft fine leather which was hand-stitched by craftsmen for the seat upholstery.

Read the entire article Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S introduced at 2014 Paris Motor Show [Live Photos]

Prior to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Mitsubishi unveiled the Outlander PHEV Concept-S, its latest concept car that previews a special design package for the production version of the Outlander PHEV. The new design was created under “Sporty and Sophisticated” theme and features wraparound headlamps, a brand new front grille dominated by the Three-Diamond mark and chromed accent mouldings on either side.

At the rear, we find the same chrome accents complemented by elongated lamps. According to Mitsubishi, the colour chosen to highlight the design of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S is ‘Platinum White’ with glass flake finish.

Inside, we find a ‘Black & Burgundy’ colour scheme, black wood grain trim with silver accent and a centre console design inspired by the traditional Japanese black lacquered boxes.

Read the entire article Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S revealed before 2014 Paris Motor Show

Mitsubishi officially announced today that at the 2014 Paris Motor Show it will unveil the all-new Outlander PHEV Concept-S. Two years after it unveiled the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric Twin Motor SUV, Mitsubishi prepared the new Outlander PHEV Concept-S in order to propose a special package.

According to the short press release, the new Outlander PHEV Concept-S arrives with a refined interior and a new exterior design. Mitsubishi says that the concept car follows the “Sporty and Sophisticated” design line and promises to offer an unique combination of spirited 4x4 performance from its twin-motor PHEV system and superior on-road performance.

There are no words about the powertrain but we do know that the current Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as well as two electric motors that offer a combined output o 200 hp (149 kW) and 337 Nm (249 lb-ft) of torque.

Read the entire article Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S teased ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has jumpstarted a cross media launch campaign for its Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Planned by Manning Gottlieb OMD, the campaign builds on Mitsubishi’s in 2013, when the brand was the fastest growing mainstream carmaker in the UK. The cross-media campaign was launched with the carmaker’s first TV spot since 2009.

The first spot was aired at 9:50 pm in Gogglebox on C4, and also in The Champions League Final on Saturday evening at 7:35 pm. The spot was shown on Sunday at 7:30pm during Britain’s Got Talent on ITV.

The spot featuring the Outlander PHEV centers on the concept that instead of being just another car launch, the Outlander PHEV represents a paradigm shift for motoring. The spot tells about the Outlander PHEV coming to life and driving along a futuristic timeline.

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Mitsubishi Motors has completed another stage of testing during the development of Outlander PHEV, this time letting the vehicle experience cold weather in Russia for two months. The testing was part of the goal to make the Outlander PHEV a truly global vehicle that could thrive in all possible driving conditions in all regions in the world.

Prior to the Russia testing, the Outlander PHEV already went hot weather testing in the United States and cold weather assessment in Canada. Three test cars accumulated over 30,000 km during over eight weeks of testing in Russian cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti, where they were subjected to a very low temperature of below -30° C and snow-covered road surfaces.

Despite the harsh weather, the Outlander still managed to eke out a good performance, with no issues for the charging system. Mitsubishi’s engineering team has already subjected the Outlander PHEV to places where conventional EVs thrive, testing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on various road surfaces.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV mid-size crossover has received a maximum five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The five-star rating is the latest of the awards that confirm Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s @earth TECHNOLOGY – which embodies the carmaker’s Drive@earth pillars of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness and safety.

All of these pillars are found in the Outlander PHEV, considered as the pinnacle of @earthTECHNOLOGY. The Outlander PHEV, which features MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System, was named as the "Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014's Innovation Award" for its environmental performance and motive performance.

Also, Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System was recognized for its environmental performance and driving dynamics by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC).  In November, the conference also named which the plug-in hybrid EV system as the "RJC Technology of the Year 2014."

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling its i-MiEV units in Japan due to a production glitch that caused one lithium ion battery pack to melt and another to catch fire in March 2013. The carmaker will recall over 4,000 vehicles with the potentially faulty batteries in Japan starting mid-July. Mitsubishi has sold a small number of affected i-MiEVs in Europe and the United States.

Also affected is Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover sold only in Japan. The carmaker has stopped production and sales of the affected vehicles. According to Mitsubishi spokeswoman Namie Koketsu, they are preparing appropriate measures for markets outside Japan, which may mean a similar recall in the US.

The carmaker said in April it had contacted drivers in the US about the glitch. The carmaker has come up with a solution to the problem in May that could prevent the defects.Koketsu said the new process will produce replacement batteries for the cars being recalled.

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The 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has started to arrive in select dealerships in the U.S. Initially, this model will make it to dealerships in New York and California. The Accord PHEV will eventually be offered throughout the country. It’s possible that it will be available across the nation this summer.

According to Honda, the non-plug-in Accord Hybrid, which features basically the same driveline, will be offered all throughout the country in summer 2013. Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system is used in all 2014 Accord PHEVs.

This system is coupled with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle I-4 with a CVT and a pair of electric motors. While one motor works as a generator, the other drives the wheels. Honda hasn’t announced the final power outputs for the driveline yet but its lithium-ion battery pack offers around 13 miles of pure EV driving.

Read the entire article 2014 Honda Accord PHEV now available in selected New York, California dealerships

The 2013 Honda Accord has already started selling and will get two hybrid versions. Honda took the opportunity at the Los Angeles Auto Show to announce the pricing for the 2014 Accord Plug-In. In addition, Honda confirmed that a regular hybrid model will follow next summer. Honda has already confirmed the Plug-In Hybrid awhile back but has revealed that the Accord PHEV will begin to sell in only a few short weeks.

By January 15, buyers in New York and California will be able to get their Accord PHEV, priced from $40,570, including destination costs. A hybrid tax credit has yet to be confirmed. For this price, consumers get an Accord with a design that’s slight different for improved aerodynamics.

All of the Accord Touring creature comforts and features (such as forward collision and lane departure warnings, as well as a rear-facing LaneWatch camera) can offer up to 115 MPGe, the EPA said. The Accord PHEV has an electric-vehicle-only range of 13 miles.

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The Jaguar XJ_e PHEV grabbed two awards at the third annual RAC Future Car Challenge from Brighton to London held on November 3, 2012. The Jaguar XJ_e experimental plug-in hybrid was given the ‘Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car Prototype’ award and ‘Technical Panel’s Award of Merit’ at the event. Jaguar Land Rover sent three of its Jaguar XJ_e PHEV engineering research cars for the event, completing the 63-mile course on just 1.2 litres of petrol and 11kWh of electricity, equivalent to a fuel consumption of around 112 miles per gallon.

The XJ_e project is led by Jaguar Land Rover as part of its strategy to develop best-in-class low-carbon premium vehicles. The Jaguar XJ_e PHEV, which is partly financed by the United Kingdom Government’s Technology Strategy Board through the REEVolution project, has been engineered in partnership with leading technology companies in the UK to gain expertise for ultra-low carbon vehicles within the supply chain.

Pete Richings, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids & Electrification, remarked that RAC Future Car Challenge was the experimental vehicles’ first drive real-world conditions. Richings remarked that the Jaguar XJ_e PHEVs entered in the event “performed faultlessly” and delivered performance that exceeded the carmaker’s expectations. Richings further remarked that events like the RAC Future Car Challenge help Jaguar Land Rover to understand the technical challenges involved and provide an opportunity to showcase promising solutions.

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When the U.S.-produced 2013 Honda Accord makes its debut, it may be available with I-4 and V-6 powertrains. However, the plug-in sedan variant is just one model year away. It’s likely that the 2014 Accord PHEV will be assembled in Japan and in small quantities. According to a new report, the Honda may start production of the advanced four-door in the U.S. as early as calendar-year 2015.

Unfortunately, profits can’t be possible with the current yen-to-dollar exchange rate. This is why Honda will continue to import Japanese-assembled Accord PHEVs to the U.S. This won’t be Honda’s first time to offer an Accord hybrid. An Accord V-6 Hybrid was available from 2004 to 2008 but it was discontinued because the premium-priced car concentrated more on performance than fuel economy.

Honda said that selling a hybrid version of a car beside a regular gas-only model can be more difficult than when offering a hybrid-only vehicle such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius since there is no non-hybrid variant of the same car that makes it hard for consumers to justify the additional cost.

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Mitsubishi has unveiled more technical details for the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, which will be revealed to the public at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The automaker said that the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is the first plug-in hybrid SUV in the world. Its powertrain is a development of systems that are already used on pure-electric Mitsubishi vehicles like the i-MiEV electric city car.

The front and rear wheels drive the two separate electric motors, taking away the need for a propshaft. It also provides a more refined control and response compared to mechanical four-wheel drive systems. Just like what could be expected of electric motors, the maximum torque could be immediately generated, enabling the PHEV to haven an acceleration time comparable with the others in the Outlander range.

Its lithium-ion batteries have a total voltage of 300V. An 80% charge can be achieved in about 30 minutes in quick-charge mode. It takes 4.5 hours to fully charge the battery from 0%. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine comes with Mitsubishi’s established MIVEC electronically-controlled variable valve timing system.

Read the entire article 2012 Paris Motor Show Preview: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV