Maybe it was brain fade. Perhaps you rented or borrowed an unfamiliar car. Or you simply didn't realize that nice Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz was a new, clean-diesel car. (It also happens to particularly stupid car thieves.)
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 28, 2010 12:09 PM
Europe is already knee-deep in start-stop technology, but we Yanks haven't been invited to that party yet. Why? Because of differences in the way the U.S. tests fuel economy, for the most part. Without a real numbers difference to sell the feature, it's hard to justify the added cost. Ford, however, is moving ahead with plans to add the fuel-saving tech to its North American fleet of cars--including non-hybrids--starting in 2012.
The news, released today, means that most of Ford's range could see boosts of four to ten percent in real-world city fuel economy. It's also yet another example of Ford moving to unify its global vehicle offerings.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 27, 2010 10:10 AM
The 2011 Detroit Auto Show holds promise for Prius-lovers, with the first addition to the ubiquitous hybrid brand's family: an MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle. Americans may want to call it a wagon, or a hatchback, or something else, but whatever it's named, it's a longer, larger version of the Prius.
X Games skateboarder Bob Burnquist, himself a big fan of sustainable living and minimizing environmental impact, gives us a few teasers of what to expect--including a look down its long cargo area--in the video below. Beyond this small sneak peek, however, we know a bit about what to expect of the Prius MPV.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 20, 2010 12:01 PM
Last fall we brought you the first drive of the 2012 Ford C-Max, but since the vehicles we drove were European-spec vehicles, we've been waiting on word of the final U.S. specifications.
Today Ford's released those specs, starting with engine output in both the C-Max's standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder or in its 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four. Both chime in with 168 horsepower--with the catch that on premium fuel, the EcoBoost four ups its power to 180 hp. Both fours come with a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission standard. Fuel economy hasn't been released, but Ford execs say a 30-mpg highway target is intended for the EcoBoost engine.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 17, 2010 10:52 AM
The 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car is now officially on sale. Over the past several days--beginning with the first delivery in San Francisco we covered this past weekend--Nissan has begun making actual deliveries of the Leaf. Not just to company fleets, public utilities, or those in transportation think-tanks, but to actual consumers.
One of these--the fourth nationally, and the first to take delivery in Oregon (Portland being one of the Leaf's key initial markets)--is John Duncan, who was presented his car by Mark Perry, Nissan's director for product planning, and his keys by Joel Fowler of Tonkin Nissan, in Wilsonville, Oregon, outside Portland.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 13, 2010 12:39 PM
Production of the world's first range-extended electric car is now a reality.
Today, the first shipment of 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric cars left the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The cars are bound for dealers and buyers in the initial launch markets: California, Texas, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Today's shipment comes exactly four years after Chevrolet began briefing the press, under embargo, about the Chevrolet Volt concept car it would unveil at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. That concept became the 2011 Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 13, 2010 10:32 AM
Ford's first all-electric passenger vehicle, the 2012 Focus Electric, has just received its list of initial launch markets. Totaling 19 cities in all, the vehicle will roll out across the country with Nissan LEAF-like targets for range and performance.
Ford says the Focus Electric will be shooting for "up to 100 miles of zero C02 emissions, gas free driving on a full charge" of its liquid-cooled lithium battery pack. That's about what we've come to expect of the only other mass-market pure EV announced to date, the Nissan LEAF. But unlike the LEAF, the Focus EV won't be on the market until late 2011.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 9, 2010 12:58 PM
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Roomy, strong and refined.
By New Car Test Drive
The Chevrolet Tahoe offers good towing capabilities and can haul up to
nine passengers or two passengers and a mountain of cargo or anything in
Inside, the first two rows offer legroom and head room comparable to
most sedans but more shoulder and hip room because of Tahoe's
six-and-a-half foot width. Fold the second row of seats and remove the
third row and the Tahoe offers nearly 109 cubic feet of cargo space.
By GreenHybrid Editors on December 6, 2010 3:07 PM
2011 Honda Civic Benchmark compact offers something for everyone.
By New Car Test Drive
The Honda Civic is a benchmark in the compact class, noted for its
reliability. A wide range of models is available. They're easy to drive,
with ample windows that provide outstanding outward visibility.
We found ride quality in the Civic solid but not overly firm, with less
road noise and wind whistle than is common for the class. The stiff
chassis gives the Civic a solid and planted feel, with impressive
stability and responsive steering, while the relatively long wheelbase
smoothes the ride. Inside, the Civic is pleasant, attractive and
inviting. Bluetooth and navigation are available.