Prokhorov’s Yo-Auto pitches CNG-hybrid 2012

Prokhorov’s Yo-Auto pitches CNG-hybrid 2012

  Prokhorov City Car Natural Gas Hybrid Vehicle Design Prototype Yo-Auto, the hybrid-vehicle maker launched in part by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, is pitching a crossover hybrid that can run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) and can get about 65 miles per gallon. The company, which is owned by Prokhorov’s Onexim Group and Russia-based truckmaker Yarovit, is also investing in a second assembly line at its St. Petersburg plant to double production capacity, HybridCars.com reported, citing a press conference held by Prokhorov in Russia.

The crossover, pitched in a video from Yo-Auto and available after the jump, will be able to run on both gasoline and CNG, and will be able to go more than 400 miles on a full tank. Always running in all-wheel-drive mode, the CUV will be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometers/hour (62 mph) in about 10 seconds, and will be



Jay Leno Camaro 2012

Back in 2009, General Motors whipped up a special-edition Chevrolet Camaro for Jay Leno. With a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine, unique aerodynamic and cooling work, Brembo brakes on all four corners and a Pedders coil-over suspension kit, the vehicle was designed to be a modern interpretation of the old Z28. Small aesthetic tweaks abound as well, from a revised front fascia to functional brake duct inlets on the rear quarters and unique exhaust outlets. GM even slathered the vehicle in the same paint as the original Camaro Concept.

Very sexy. Why do we bring up the 420 horsepower special edition now? Because Leno just took delivery of it. The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage pours over every last detail of the car before hitting the road. We like the idea of a better-handling, more track-focused Camaro, and while the Camaro ZL1 has scratched that itch for plenty of people,



Full Pininfarina Cambiano concept 2012

Pininfarina Cambiano concept 2012 Pininfarina-Cambiano 2012 pininfarina-cambiano-concept 2012   Pininfarina Cambiano concept central cell is made from carbon fiber, as are the front and rear support modules which are fixed to the suspension wishbones. The Pininfarina Cambiano is an extended-range electric plug-in driven by 4 electric motors, one at each wheel, of 60kW each. The diesel engine at the front acts as a generator when the batteries are exhausted. Pininfarina Cambiano reaches 275 km/h, accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and has a range of more than 200km.

 



Nissan teases Hi-Cross Concept 2012

Nissan is headed to this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March with a slew of concept vehicles. The company has let slip a teaser for one of those creations, complete with a quick video. The automaker calls the new vehicle the Hi-Cross Concept, and from the look and sound of things, we can expect to see a new high-riding hatchback roll onto the stage in Switzerland. Details aren’t just scarce at the moment – they’re entirely absent, which means we’ll have to wait until the Hi-Cross receives its official debut at the show to learn more.

Nissan is also bringing along the Invitation Concept it showed off earlier this month. The pint-sized hatchback is designed to indicate exactly what the automaker has planned for its next small car. Like the Hi-Cross, Nissan has kept drivetrain details for the Invitation to itself for the time being. Hit the jump for a



2012 Hyundai Azera

2012-hyundai-azera Video Preview : 2012 Hyundai AzeraTest Drive & Car Review Hyundai is on a new-product war path. The company’s plan to unveil seven new or significantly redesigned vehicles in just 24 months has officially come to fruition with the introduction of the 2012 Azera. This model is the last in that ambitious push, and as such, it wears plenty of design elements borrowed from those that came before it. It would be difficult to miss the similarities between the sweeping chrome grille and wrapped headlights of the Azera and those found on company’s Sonata.

The design is somewhat more toned down in the new application, and the front fascia actually manages to look more menacing than melted. Details like LED trim work in the headlights and prominent fog lamps also help give the 2012 Azera additional presence up front. Move to the vehicle’s side, and it’s clear the sedan’s



BMW M135i 2012

BMW hasn’t announced it yet, but sources familiar with BMW’s production plans have told Autoblog that the M135i concept, which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, will go into production. The 1 Series hatch with M Performance modifications and a gas-powered, turbocharged inline six will send 300+ horsepower to its 18-inch wheels in either rear-wheel drive or xDrive configurations. According to Autoweek it will perform much like the 1M Coupe, getting from standstill to 62 mph in under five seconds.

Continental Europe will get it for sure, but markets like the UK won’t since xDrive isn’t yet compatible with right-hand-drive. The UK market has been told that only the X models will have all-wheel drive until the next-gen 5 Series arrives. We’re probably out in the cold as well, but we’ll know more in Geneva.



Infiniti World’s Fastest M35h-Hybrid Car 2012

Nissan clearly wants to get as much mileage as it can out of the “duel” it staged between its Infiniti M Hybrid and the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. You’ll remember the spot, showing the M35h ripping through the quarter-mile in less than 14 seconds, ahead of the hybrid Porsche. Infiniti got Guinness World Records to proclaim it the fastest accelerating full hybrid last year, which served as the inspiration for filming the online ad. infiniti-m35h-hybrid-2012 Now, a new video has been posted to YouTube, showing some behind the scenes footage of the filming of the ad.

It’s not exactly earth-shattering stuff, as the parts we found most interesting were the shots of the camera chase car, which is neither an Infiniti nor a Porsche, but actually a Mercedes-Benz M-Class. While we like the spot, this second go-round with it had us contemplating other things. We always wonder about the effectiveness



Range Rover Evoque Convertible 2012

Range-Rover-Evoque-convertible Land Rover-Range Rover -Evoque Convertible Concept While we’re still waiting for official details, we have received confirmation from the blokes at Land Rover that the Range Rover Evoque Convertible you see above is the real deal, and it will debut at next month’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show. At this time, Land Rover is calling the roofless wonder a concept, though a production model seems likely at some point in the near future. Based on the three-door Evoque, the convertible model will offer seating for four and be billed as the world’s first premium convertible SUV (sorry, Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet!).

  Top Gear fans were some of the first to hear about the droptop Evoque when presenter Jeremy Clarkson used a pair of scissors to cut the roof off an Evoque during a news segment this week, but it took a while before the crafty Internet got around to leaking



BMW M135i Concept blends turbo heart with three-door hatch shell

Top athlete for the premium compact segment: The BMW Concept M135i. BMW-M135i-concept-Geneva BMW presents the concept study of a BMW M Performance automobile featuring a six-cylinder petrol engine – consistent further development of the new BMW 1 Series’ dynamic characteristics – world premiere at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. Munich. Simultaneously with the world premiere of the first BMW M Performance automobiles, BMW’s concept study of a further model from this new product category will be showcased on the media days (6 – 7 March 2012) at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show.

The BMW Concept M135i consistently utilises the dynamic potential of the new BMW 1 Series for the concept of the first BMW M Performance automobile featuring a straight six- cylinder petrol engine. The body design of the BMW Concept M135i assigns the youthful and sporty looks of the new BMW 1 Series to a three-door compact



IED Torino Cisitalia 202 concept 2012

Back in the mid-40s, Pininfarina designed a car for Cisitalia called (simply enough) the 202. The auto marque has long since died, but the 202 lives on as a hallmark of harmonious design. Now the students at the IED in Turin are paying homage with a new design study slated for unveiling at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Something of a collective thesis project by the masters students of the school’s transportation design program, the Cisitalia 202 E Concept was penned by Chin-Hsuan Chen of Taiwan and implemented under the watchful eyes of Pininfarina and Maserati head designers.

More of a 1:1 model than a rolling show car, the 202 E (for Evoluzione) would (theoretically) be powered by a V8 driving 450 horsepower to the rear set of 19-inch wheels and follows such recent designs as Scorp-ION of 2011 and the Maserati Chicane of 2008.



BMW M550d xDrive 2012

Yes, you can calibrate the Driving Dynamic Control system to Eco Pro mode and get fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions numbers that are (somewhat) worthy of BMW’s EfficientDynamics initiative, but the environmentally friendly message has been given a distinct backseat here – even by the team in Munich. The emphasis on the M550d is on the engine’s revolutionary three-turbocharger scheme. This is the first-ever diesel for public sale deemed worthy of an M badge, and the tidal wave of energy that the powerplant provides makes its 155-mph top speed governor feel like a mandatory wall for reining things in rather than like a gentle and prudent reminder.

It was clear some months ago that BMW was developing a “550″ diesel-powered something with an M badge attached. Now obviously official, the newly formed M Performance Automobiles division within BMW AG is here to take regular production cars up to one hairy



Kia Soul 1.6L Eco 2012

Kia trimmed its Soul lineup for 2012 by dropping the range-topping Sport model, and so now it offers only three trims: Base, + and !, which when spoken are simply referred to as Base, Plus and Exclaim. The Plus and Exclaim both come with Kia’s new 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder engine that produces 164 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, significantly more than the 2.0-liter it replaces. Normally we’re interested in testing the most powerful engine an automobile has to offer, but in this case we have our eye on the Soul’s base engine: a new gasoline direct-injected (GDI) 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque.

Normally we’re interested in testing the most powerful engine an automobile has to offer, but in this case we have our eye on the Soul’s base engine. Why? Kia says the take rate on the Soul’s base engine for its first



Gasoline vehicles soon to be overtaken by CNG, diesel in India

At a time when gasoline prices frequently fluctuate, cheap compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel have started to climb the fuel-of-choice charts over in India. According to The Times of India, CNG is so hot that it will soon overtake gasoline as the fuel that powers the majority of vehicles in India. Of course, CNG’s rise to the top is not related to saving the environment but to the fact that it’s far cheaper than gasoline. The Times of India reports that a growing number of vehicle owners convert their gas-fueled automobiles into CNG-burnin’ machines out of necessity to save a couple of dollars per fill up.

Automakers have taken note of this trend towards CNG and diesel in India and have responded by flooding the nation with small vehicles – including India’s most fuel-efficient sedan, the 54-mpg diesel-sipping Tata Indigo e-CS – that burn the now-popular alternative fuels.



Pike Research predicts 68% jump in global CNG vehicle sales by 2016

Commercial Fleets Will Power Natural Gas Vehicle Market through 2016  – September 14, 2011 natural gas car- CNG There are currently about 12.6 million natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in use worldwide, and sales of NGVs vary widely from region to region and country to country. The majority of NGVs are located in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, particularly in countries like Pakistan and Iran that lack extensive gasoline refining capacity. In North America, due largely to a lack of convenient refueling stations, demand for NGVs is largely relegated to the fleet market.

Worldwide sales of natural gas vehicles are expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, to 3.2 million units annually by 2016 from 1.9 million in 2010, according to a recent report from Pike Research. The consumer market will continue to lag growth in commercial fleets, however: three-quarters of the new growth between 2010 and



Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350 bi-fuel cars in 2012

Westport LD Announces New Natural Gas System for Ford Super Duty Pickups ford trucks – bi-fuel (natural gas and gasoline) VANCOUVER, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — ~Westport WiNG™ Power System for F-Series Trucks Will be Sold, Serviced by Authorized Ford Dealers~ Westport Innovations Inc. CA:WPT -2.63% WPRT -3.60% , the global leader in natural gas engines announced today that the new natural gas Westport WiNG™ Power System (WiNG™) will be available in the popular Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks sold and serviced through authorized Ford dealers.

The F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks, based on Ford’s new 6.2L hardened engine platform, can also run on ordinary gasoline and offer unparalleled drivability. As part of the product launch with Ford Super Duty Pickup Trucks, Westport LD has unveiled the new WiNG™ system, an advanced, integrated, bi-fuel system for passenger and commercial vehicles targeting fleet customers. “We’re seeing



Waste Management wheels out 1,000th natural gas garbage truck

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ith the addition of its 1,000th clean-burning garbage truck, Waste Management can now officially claim that it operates the largest natural gas fleet in all of North America. Turning trash into fuel, natural gas trucks at Waste Management use renewable, ultra-low carbon fuel produced from the decomposition of organic waste at its landfills. The 1,000th truck symbolizes Waste Management’s ongoing commitment to green operations, says Duane Woods, senior vice-president at WM: More importantly, in one calendar year, WM’s 1,000 natural gas trucks will eliminate the need for eight million gallons of petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45,100 tons.



Green Car of the Year Award finalists include diesel, hybrid, natural gas, electric

2012 Green Car of the Year® Finalists Revealed 2011-Chevrolet Volt-Green Car of the Year award Winner to be Announced at the LA Auto Show Nov. 17 LOS ANGELES, CA October 24, 2011 – Green Car Journal announced its five finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year® award today. For the seventh consecutive year, the Green Car of the Year® honors environmental leadership in the automotive field, with the winner being announced during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days on Nov.

17. This year’s five finalists include the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, 2012 Mitsubishi i, 2012 Toyota Prius v and 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI. The Green Car of the Year® award recognizes vehicles that become available by January 1 of the award year. These five finalists are also honored as Green Car Journal’s Top 5 Green Cars for 2012



2012 Green Car of the Year winner is the Honda Civic Natural Gas

The 2012 Green Car of the Year award was snagged from the electric and diesel jaws of its competitors by the Honda Civic Natural Gas. In a year full of standard gasoline powertrain alternatives, the Civic beat out the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius V and the Volkswagen Passat TDI. Green Car Journal hands out the award and its rules state that the GCOTY needs to have a “quantifiable environmental achievement,” market significance and “newness.” Any car that has these clearly defined features and is available for sale by January 1, 2012 can be a nominee, and the list of finalists is whittled down by GCJ editors and selected industry and environmental experts.

Over the last four years, the GCOTY was won by a hybrid (the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid in 2008), diesels (the Volkswagen Jetta TDI in 2009 and the Audi A3 TDI in 2010) and a plug-in



Volkswagen Up! five-door hits the patent office

Images of a five-door version of the Volkswagen Up! have surfaced courtesy of a European patent office. The German automaker confirmed a five-door version of the pint-sized vehicle was headed to market, and Volkswagen even went so far as to show off the Cross Up! Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Judging by the patent photo, the production version of the five-door Up! will stick fairly close to the concept and will ride on a similarly tall suspension. That should give the vehicle more of a mini crossover appearance instead of a small hatchback.

Information on drivetrain options is suitably scarce at the moment, but we expect the five-door Up! to roll off of the production line with the same engines as its shorter three-door kin. That means buyers should be able to tick boxes for either a 59-horsepower gasoline engine or a brawny 74-horsepower gas powerplant. A 67-horsepower natural



AT&T orders 1,200 compressed natural gas Chevrolet Express Vans from GM

ATT Orders 1,200 CNG-powered Chevrolet Express Vans  – 2012-01-30 CNG-powered Chevrolet Express Vans DETROIT – ATT plans to take delivery of 1,200 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas (CNG) dedicated cargo vans to be deployed to ATT service centers nationwide. It is the largest-ever order of CNG vehicles from General Motors. ATT, which has announced its intention to invest up to $565 million to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over a 10-year period through 2018, will use the vans to provide and maintain communications, high-speed Internet and television services for ATT customers.

Last week, the company announced the milestone deployment of its 5,000th alternative-fuel vehicle, a Chevrolet Express van, as part of the commitment. “CNG technology is important to ATT because it helps us reduce our fleet-based carbon emissions,” said Jerome Webber, ATT vice president of Fleet Operations. “It is also cost-effective and readily available in our country right now.”