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

With 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.”....


Mitsubishi i-MIEV Battery Electric Car Tops Greenest Vehicle

Electric Car Tops Greenest Vehicle List for First Time in 12 Years New Mitsubishi i-MIEV -Greenest car of the year 2012 New Mitsubishi i-MIEV Unseats Honda Civic Natural Gas after 8 Consecutive Years at the Top Washington, D.C (February 7, 2012): With the auto industry back on its feet and fuel economy standards shifting into high gear, automakers provided American consumers with a huge array of vehicles and technologies to choose from in 2012. Today at greenercars.org, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 14th annual comprehensive environmental rankings showing how these offerings stack up. The “Greenest” list saw a considerable shake-up this year, with the Mitsubishi i-MIEV battery electric vehicle claiming the top spot from the Honda Civic Natural Gas, which has held on to first place for eight years in a row. Making its model year 2012 debut on the American market, the i-MIEV earns....




BMW i-brand electric and hybrid cars – Chicago, US

BMW i8 brand concept car The design of the BMW i8 Concept is combination of unmatched wiring between design and technology. The aerodynamic shape with technology of Electric Engine looks sensible for its advanced generation look, the future model of world with the capability of zero emission and power of light. The wide window with transparent looks and aerodynamic design very well defines the creative lightweight construction of i8 Concept, that helps in increasing the efficiency. The state-of-the-art design of the interior and use of renewable raw elements is definitely deserves a Award for making a Green Concept Car for future. BMW i3 brand concept car The Electrically powered BMW i3 Concept  has designed with future perspective to provide lighter, better and Eco-friendly model in small segment cars for urban areas in future vision.  The 1-box design is not only a future concept but also gives larger interior space in smallest segment. The i3 concept too, is using full....


Toyota releases new FT-Bh – Future B-segment hybrid ahead of Geneva

TOYOTA FT-BH CONCEPT: TAKING EFFICIENCY TO NEW HEIGHTS FT-Bh – Future Toyota B-segment hybrid toyota-ft-bh-concept New concept designed for maximum fuel efficiency, built using economically viable methods and materials CO2 emissions around 50 per cent lower than the current average for the supermini segment Focus on five principal factors: low weight, aerodynamic performance, powertrain efficiency, thermal energy management and electricity saving World debut at the Geneva motor show Toyota’s FT-Bh concept breaks new boundaries in small car efficiency. It’s as spacious as an average five-door supermini, but produces about 50 per cent less CO2, and tipping the scales at under 800kg, its weighs less than a three-door Aygo. These feats have not been achieved by using exotic materials or expensive techniques: from the outset Toyota determined that the FT-Bh would be made using commonplace, economically viable production methods and technologies, including a down-sized full hybrid powertrain. Toyota took a “total....




Jeep® Grand Cherokee production-intent concept to Geneva

Jeep® Brand at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show   Jeep Grand Cherokee Sports Model Concept – Jeep® Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept: stand-out from the crowd exterior design and performance appeal combine with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre CRD engine – Jeep® Wrangler Mountain: new special edition-model with authentic ‘outdoor’ style – Jeep® Compass production-intent concept: all-new Black look for the compact SUV of the Jeep family     European première for the Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept car that combines stand-out from the crowd exterior design and sporty appearance with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine with Multijet II. Jeep showcases to the public in Geneva the Jeep Compass production-intent concept and adds a new characterful appearance to the compact SUV of the Jeep family. European debut in Geneva for Jeep Wrangler Mountain: the new limited-edition model of the iconic Wrangler. This year, at the 2012....


ItalDesign Giugiaro Volkswagen concept 2012

Italdesign Giugiaro Namir An auto salon like the Geneva Motor Show isn’t just a chance for automakers to show off their latest production and concept cars, but also for stoic design houses to shape the state of automotive design. So with Pininfarina, Bertone and Carrozzeria Touring all having released glimpses of the designs they will be unveiling this year at the Palexpo, so has ItalDesign Giugiaro. As you can see, there’s not much we can tell from this detail rendering, but what it does tell us is that the concept in question will be high-performance in orientation. Or at least look the part, anyway – minivans, hybrids and city cars seldom call for big air intakes like this one. While formerly an independent design house, these days ItalDesign is owned by Volkswagen. Its last couple of designs – the Tex and the Go! – have both worn VW badges on....




Ford Tourneo Custom Concept previews new European people mover

Dynamic Ford Tourneo Custom Concept Makes Global Debut at 2012 Geneva Motor Show Ford Tourneo Custom Concept • Ford Tourneo Custom Concept makes global debut at Geneva Motor Show to showcase a dramatic new look and preview introduction of an all-new family of one-ton Ford Transit people movers and commercial vehicles for Europe and Asia • The dynamic and contemporary Tourneo Custom Concept adopts the same Kinetic Design language as Ford’s latest passenger cars to take a fresh approach to space, style and functionality and target a new generation of Tourneo customers • Stylish eight-seat concept brings new energy to personal use, lifestyle and executive shuttle sectors; car-like dynamics and comfort brought together through a driver-focused cockpit and all-new luxurious interior design • Multi-adjustable and removable rear seating can be adapted for business or leisure pursuits while innovative technologies include SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system with Emergency Assistance • Concept....


Porsche 911 Cabriolet 2012

Porsche-911-Black-Edition-Cabriolet-2012 … even though you might not think so at first. Nearly all of the formal presentation we were privy to was devoted to the roof, and almost all of what was left over was devoted to the 12-speaker, 800-watt Burmester stereo. Porsche has been doing what it does with the 911 for so long that no one really expected this particular convertible to go rogue. Still, engineers wanted to make sure we understood that they hadn’t just designed a roof, but that they’d figured out how to wrap folding-hardtop convenience inside fabric soft-top simplicity. The result is called the Panel Bow roof, and of course, it isn’t exactly simple. An aluminum crescent sits beneath the rear deck and the roof mechanism is controlled by two outboard aluminum arms. The 991 droptop uses roughly the same quantity of aluminum as the 997 cabrio’s, but the 991 uses a great deal....




2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2013-Hyundai-Genesis-Coupe It’s difficult to miss the changes to the nose of the Genesis Coupe. Designers slathered elements of the familial Fluidic Design language all over the front valance, complete with a hexagonal grille, aggressive HID headlamps with available LED daytime running lights, new fog lights and even a new hood with faux air inlets. The new face has more than a passing resemblance to the gaping maw found on the Veloster. While the Genesis Coupe’s profile has remained unchanged, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs are now available. Likewise, the aft of the Coupe will be plenty familiar to the model’s fans, though brilliant new LED taillamp displays help give the model a significantly more upscale look. We know the styling isn’t going to garner many wolf whistles in traffic, but from where we sit, this design is a much-needed departure from the somewhat generic lines of the first-generation model.....


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

With an increase in power up to 1,200 HP, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse showing a new dimension of open-top driving. bugatti-grand-sport-vitesse-geneva Optically aligned to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which holds the current world speed record of 431 km/h, the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse also impresses with its dynamic driving characteristics. Bugatti-Veyron-16.4-Grand-Sport-Vitesse




Toyota will boost production of Prius compact to meet high demand

Toyota will increase the production rate of its new compact version of its Prius hybrid in order to meet Japanese demand that may be 10 times that of its current supply, Green Car Congress reports, citing the Japan-based publication Nikkei. The world’s biggest maker of hybrids will increase production capacity for the Aqua – known as the Prius C in the U.S. – within the next three months, the website said, citing a Nikkei interview with Toyota Senior Managing Officer Takeshi Shirane. The executive said that Toyota may produce the Aqua at Central Motor’s factory in Miyagi Prefecture. Central Motor is one of three companies being merged into Toyota Motor East Japan Inc. this summer. Earlier this month, Hybrid Cars, again citing the Nikkei, reported that Toyota received about 120,000 orders for the Aqua from Dec. 26 – 31, the first days the car was available to the Japanese public.....


Paice drags Hyundai, Kia into long-running hybrid patent fight with Toyota

With all the news coming out recently about the small claims lawsuit over the Honda Civic Hybrid, readers may have forgotten the name behind a long-running legal issue over Toyota’s hybrid system: Paice. The latest development is that Paice and the Abell Foundation (an investor in Paice) have sued Hyundai and Kia over the gas-electric technology used in the Optima and Sonata hybrids (pictured), which shares some parts with Paice says infringes its patents, just as it says Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive does. Read up on the details of Alex Severinsky’s story here. Paice claims that Hyundai and Kia should have known that Toyota was dealing with legal issues – especially since Paice has been contacting Hyundai about the issue – and says that the Korean automakers are infringing three patents that Paice owns. Toyota and Paice settled their long-looming hybrid patent infringement case in 2010 after eight years, during....




Newt Gingrich: You cannot put a gun rack in a Chevy Volt -UPDATE

Looks like Newt Gingrich is getting into the right-wing, let’s-all-hate-on-the-Chevrolet-Volt bandwagon. During a campaign stop at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, the trailing Republican candidate said, “Let me start from a simple premise that Oklahomans will understand: you cannot put a gun rack in a Volt,” Talking Points Memo reports. It appears that Gingrich is trying out a new attack line, as Raw Story is reporting that he used a similar line at an event in Suwanee, GA. There, he continued, “There is no reason not to believe that we couldn’t stabilize with American production by drowning demand in supply the old-fashioned, free market way. There’s no reason we couldn’t have a stable price around $2 or $2.50 [per gallon].” Nope, no reason at all, right? *UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long: a video to prove otherwise can be found after the jump.


Subaru Impreza 2012

For better or worse, Subaru has held onto the company’s tradition of embracing unconventional styling. We’ve never loved the automaker’s products because of their bodywork, and the 2012 Impreza sedan isn’t out to buck that trend. Designers have blessed the four door with an aggressive face that’s far from anonymous. Large, scowling headlamps lie beneath a nicely contoured hood and are split by an attractive hexagonal grille. The front fascia features a large lower air inlet with sizable fog light bezels set far toward each corner. And speaking of corners, engineers have rolled in the squared-off aero edges popularized by hybrid models like the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We’re willing to chalk up the sedan’s questionable lines as par for the course from a company responsible for the likes of the curious SVX and infamous Tribeca. From the front, the 2012 Impreza looks more like a....




Lexus IS F 2011 Car Reviews

Lexus IS F 2011 The Lexus IS-F was a big step up from its six-cylinder IS 250 and IS 350siblings. Not only did it pack eight-cylinder power, but its brakes, suspension and tires were tuned for serious enthusiasts. Complementing the mechanical upgrades, Lexus also made a slew of cosmetic changes to the bodywork, and fitted the cabin with special sport seats and other performance kit. While we liked the IS F when we first spent time with it in 2009, we weren’t completely blown away. Aside from its lack of personality (blame Japanese sterility), much of our frustration was directed at its sport-tuned suspension, which was much too firm for our tastes. It seemed intent on rattling the amalgam fillings from our jaws. “While the Lexus sport sedan is great in the canyons, a joy to toss into the corners, straight-line driving on anything but polished marble will leave you....


Mini reveals Clubvan Concept ahead of Geneva debut

MORE SPACE FOR STYLE: THE MINI CLUBVAN CONCEPT. Mini reveals Clubvan Concept – Compact lifestyle van for business and leisure – First concept of its kind in the premium segment – World premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show 2012 Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 18, 2012 – Stand-out-from-the-crowd style can also be amazingly practical – and practicality can be surprisingly attractive. The MINI Clubvan Concept paves the way for an innovative vehicle concept without parallel in the premium small car segment. The MINI Clubman-based concept car, scheduled for its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show 2012, combines the driving fun for which MINI is renowned with increased load-carrying capability. The MINI experience will therefore find its way into new areas of life, the brand’s distinctive character gaining new popularity among target groups not previously on the MINI radar. The closed-off load area behind the front seats and....




Peugeot reveals XY and GTi concepts ahead of Geneva

PEUGEOT XY CONCEPT AND GTi CONCEPT Peugeot 208 GTi Concept Peugeot 208 GTi Concept XY Concept, Exclusive and Urban GTi Concept, The Regeneration of a Legend Peugeot is revealing two concept cars in Geneva, the XY Concept and the GTi Concept, which present two expressions of the Marque’s upmarket trend, in the “supermini” segment. These concept cars interpret the generation leap already defined by the 208 in different contexts. The XY Concept is intended for city dwellers who love distinction and refinement, whereas the GTi Concept re-generates a legend. The XY Concept and GTi Concept show off exclusive and sophisticated colours and news ways of working with materials. Introduced on the 208 and particularly charismatic, their front face sees the light signature of the lamps refined by their full-LED functions and a flat-guide latest generation light guide. A prominent expression visible both day and night! Using the same Full-LED technology,....


2012 Infiniti QX56 [w/video]

Based on the Nissan Patrol, a full-size SUV not sold in North America, the Japanese-built Infiniti QX56 was completely redesigned for 2011. Updates for 2012 were negligible, and basically amounted to shuffling some different options around to different packages. Our test vehicle was a four-wheel-drive model (with a standard locking center differential and low-range transfer case; a rear-wheel-drive version is also available) that carries a starting MSRP of $61,800. But in this case – loaded up with every available package – the sticker was $75,340, including the $990 destination charge. That makes the QX one seriously expensive machine and the priciest in the Infiniti lineup by a goodly amount. Of course, your sixty-to-seventy large buys a lot of vehicle. Make no mistake, the QX is a big boy truck, the sort that makes you think twice about tossing the keyfob to your buddy who’s never owned anything larger than a....




2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

There was never going to be a problem with power. The 412-horsepower 5.0-liter engine in the Mustang GT is a corker on its own, but Ford has gone to a lot of trouble to extract 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque for this car. They could’ve simply bolted on a blower and called it a day, but in order to maximize reliability and stay true to the legacy of the original Boss, natural aspiration was called for. To that end, the 5.0-liter has been treated to CNC-machined aluminum heads, special pistons and sinter-forged con rods, sodium-filled exhaust valves and an uprated crankshaft. Other key changes include a 3.73 final drive ratio, reworked 1.0g-approved oil pan, a composite short-run intake and a unique quad-outlet exhaust system. The Boss offers one of the best soundtracks we’ve ever heard on a mass-production car. It’s those last two bits that will have you....


2012 Shelby GTS

As you might remember, this isn’t the first time that Shelby has built a Mustang for the masses. The Shelby GT from a few years ago was fairly reasonably priced at $9,500 above the Mustang GT’s msrp and featured an upgraded suspension system, cold air intake, unique 18-inch wheels, short-throw shifter and a few exterior modifications for a unique look. The car was a big hit, with Shelby producing several thousands examples from 2007 to 2008 in both coupe and convertible form. The Shelby GTS won’t be sold through Ford dealers like the GT. In a way, the GTS is the successor to the GT, but Shelby is going about its latest value model in a different way. For starters, the GTS won’t be sold through Forddealers like the GT. Customers have to send their own Mustangs to Shelby’s facility in Las Vegas where the conversion is done. The other....




2011 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

The biggest change for the 2011 model year (2012 models are just starting to hit dealerships, but changes are limited to standard leather and rear-seat DVD for all models, as well as some new colors) is the addition of Chrysler’s new 283-horsepower Pentastar V6 with 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s best-in-class power if you’re scoring at home, and the monster mill makes nice with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth shifts and improved fuel economy. The Odyssey and Sienna may have lower starting prices, but neither offers as many standard features as the Town Country. Our $32,965 (plus $835 destination) Town and Country Touring tester also includes an impressive list of standard features like Stow ‘n Go seats that fold flat into the floor, a six-speaker audio system and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. Other standard features include rain-sensing wipers, power side doors and rear hatch, blind-spot sensors....


Dartz in Monaco with Jo-Mojo electric roadster concept car

Think of the name Dartz and, if you’re up on your whale foreskin-upholstered SUVs, you’ll invariably arrive at the Prombron. But while glad to furnish Eastern European mobsters with the machine that makes the Hummer look like a beauty queen, Dartz is keen to break out of the Prombron’s mold with sleeker offerings. That’s what led to the design of the chopped-down Nagel sedan and, more recently, to the Mojo roadster. Now Dartz has followed up with another design it calls the Jo-MoJo. As promised, the Jo-Mojo is an electric roadster. Designed, like other Dartz concepts, by Eduard Gray, the Jo-Mojo packs an 80-horsepower electric motor that can be recharged (over who knows how long a timeframe) by a retractable solar panel that encloses the cockpit when parked and acts as the only roof to speak of. For some inexplicable reason, even though the occupants are exposed to the elements....




2012 Ford Edge Limited EcoBoost

Our Dark Blue Pearl Metallic tester in Limited trim carried a base price tag of $34,915 that rises to $35,910 by ticking the EcoBoost option box. Ford doesn’t mess around when it comes to the Limited trim: Standard accoutrements include leather-trimmed and heated seats up front, a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, SYNC infotainment, a 390-watt Sony sound system, back-up sensors and a rear view camera. Our Edge was also packed with some of Ford’s top options, including the 2.0-liter EcoBoost upgrade, Ford’s excellent navigation system ($795), and BLIS blind-spot detection ($485). This Edge Limited also included the Drivers Entry Package ($895), which adds remote start, push-button start and a power rear lift gate. Also making the scene was Ford’s much-maligned MyFord Touch system – in this guise, it includes a pair of 4.2-inch LED screens in the gauge cluster and five-way steering wheel controls. With all options....