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  A hybrid vehicle uses multiple propulsion systems to provide motive power. This most commonly refers to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, which use gasoline (petrol) and electric batteries to power internal-combustion engines (ICEs) and electric motors.

Ferrari F12 berlinetta

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the Vettura Laboratorio HY-KERS - the company’s first attempt to create a hybrid vehicle . Now in an interview with Autocar, Ferrari boss Amedeo Felisa has confirmed that the Italian company is working on a V12 hybrid engine that will most likely make its debut in the upcoming Enzo . This hybrid engine comes as a followup to the V12 used in the new F12 Berlinetta , which Ferrari has called “the first in a new generation of V12s.”

"We will roll out new technology that is there first and foremost to introduce a green factor to our cars and ensure that we can keep our product where it is in terms of CO2."

According to Amedeo Felisa, this system won’t just be used to increase the total output, but will be a good way to save energy. The company’s new technology is expensive at the moment, but Ferrari hopes it will find a solution to reduce costs in the near future and use it for all Ferrari models.

"I’m not saying when, but it is possible that this technology will be on all Ferraris. It has been designed to fit all our future architecture, and if we go ahead it will be fitted as standard. It is not the sort of thing you offer as an option."

Source: AutoCar

We’ve heard, but not seen, a lot about Fisker’s newest model, the Nina. At some point, it only seemed right for Fisker to finally give us a good look at what they’re working on, right? Well, they finally did, except that there’s not a whole lot to work with as far as what they have shown.

The image is a teaser sketch of the Fisker Nina, a plug-in hybrid coupe that appears to share the same design language of the Karma with the former looking to be proportioned a little bigger than the latter.

Not much was mentioned about the Nina, except that it’s set to make its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any new developments surrounding the Fisker Nina. If for nothing else, we’ll at least have a good idea on what Fisker is planning for their post-Karma offering.


Porsche unveiled the Panamera S Hybrid at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It featured a 3.0 liter V6 compressor engine with an output of 333 HP combined with an electric motor that added an extra 47 HP, but that was only the beginning of the Italian automaker’s trip through hybrid way. Porsche has just announced they will be unveiling a plug-in version of the Panamera luxury sedan sometime in 2014.

Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid model will be the 918 Spyder , but it will be followed by more variants, including one for the Cayenne . Plug-in hybrid models have the advantage of being able to only be used as an electric model for short distances. Porsche promises that while running on electric only, the Panamera will have an autonomy of 19 miles on a full charge of its batteries.

The future Panamera plug-in hybrid will be powered by an electric motor and battery pack backed up by a gasoline or diesel engine that extends driving range and recharges the battery.

Sales for the new Panamera plug-in hybrid will begin in 2014.

In the past few days, talks about Porsche have stemmed around the fact that they reported a net profit of €37 million (about $48.2 million) despite the fact that they had sold the remaining 50.1% stake of their core sports-car business to Volkswagen which took off €4.37 billion (about $5.7 billion) off their bottom line. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Porsche is doing rather well in their endeavors and will be doing even better once their future 918 Spyder hits the pavement.

There hasn’t been much talk about the company’s first plug-in hybrid model in awhile and even though it is still a year away from its official debut, a few journalists were able to jump into the passenger seat of a rough prototype to see what it can do, including the folks from Wired.com who were kind enough to share their images of the Mad Maxx-looking prototype.

As Porsche has already confirmed, the 918 Spyder production version will drop the concept’s 3.4 liter V8 engine in favor of a new 4.6 liter version based on the RS Spyder LMP2 race car. This engine will deliver a total of 570 HP and will be combined with three electric motors that will increase the total output to an impressive 770 HP. These numbers will be enough to get the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in less than 9 seconds. Top speed will sit at 202 mph, but when it is running solely on electricity, that top speed will jump down to 90 mph.

Source: Wired

While the development of charging stations and wireless charging continues on a productive path, some people choose to charge their vehicles in a much more practical - and dedicated - fashion. We received a tip on an owner of a Fisker Karma in Paris that goes to great lengths - literally - to charge his hybrid sedan.

In the 16th District of Paris in "Place d’iena," where homes sell for about $3 million, a reader was able to take a picture of this Fisker Karma with its extension cord snaked out of its window. The extension cord was then stretched up to the owner’s window and undoubtedly plugged in to charge. As if that’s not ballsy enough in a neighborhood where thieves probably salivate at the opportunity of someone slipping up in their defenses, the owner left the car there overnight! This guy must really want to make sure his car is charged before going to work in the morning.

As a refresher, the Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid that uses a lithium-ion battery pack to power two 200+ hp electric motors for about 50 miles. Once the juice runs out of the batteries, a GM-sourced 2.0-liter gas engine producing 260 hp generates the electricity needed to power the sedan. Fisker says the Karma makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 125 mph.

Source: Photo credit : Cidi
Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar unveiled the very cool C-X75 concept supercar at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and since then, we have heard all kinds of rumors about a possible production version. According to Inside Line, the development of the hybrid supercar is moving fast, but don’t expect to see the gas-turbine setup from the Concept to show its face in the production version. The Jaguar C-X75 is being developed in cooperation with Cosworth and the Williams F1 team. Williams will be responsible for developing the car’s carbon-fiber tub and bodywork, as well as its hybrid driveline. The power setup will include the four electric motors attached one to each axle and a supercharged 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 313 HP. Those cool microturbines aren’t entirely gone though. Jaguar has put them in the Jaguar and will more than likely be using it to create "an experimental car" for track use only.

Engineers did come across a few problems when modifying the concept to production form. The Williams team had to do some extensive aerodynamic work on the body of the vehicle to make sure it could produce enough downforce to travel upside down at 120 mph. The engineers calculated that the C-X75 needed 1.562 square meters of air intake - much more than the car’s front end had. These aerodynamic requirements changed the design a little, says Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark, with the C-X75 "looking more like a sculpture than a car, and more beautiful."

The production C-X75 will be limited to only 250 units, each priced at $1.15 million, and will be unveiled sometime next year. No dates were provided for the release of the experimental track-only C-X75.

Source: InsideLine

Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.

Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.

In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.

Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

For the first time in Lexus history, Lexus is offering the full 2013 RX model range with another variant: an F-Sport package. Sitting beside the new RX F-Sport in the Lexus stand at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the new RX 450h F-Sport, along with both of their standard models. As is typical of any vehicle carrying the stylish F-Sport package, the RX 450h F-Sport gets enhanced dynamics and sporting character to try and attract more buyers.

The new F-Sport package adds a new front bumper with a bigger lower section, an aerodynamic spoiler for improved high speed stability, and F-Sport upper and lower grilles to the hybrid SUV. It also comes standard with an exclusive set of 19" shaded alloy wheels and a front wing with F-Sport badging.

The interior gets black, smooth leather upholstery with white grey perforations and contrast stitching, steel silver painted trim inserts, and a black ceiling. For the performance upgrades, Lexus has added a lateral performance damper system, which is designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations. This system features a front performance damper connecting the left and right front suspension towers, and a rear damper connecting the left and right sides of the rear lower back panel.

One of the two new vehicles Lexus brought to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the Lexus RX F-Sport , which joins the face-lifted 2013 Lexus RX in the Japanese automaker’s booth. The former appears to carry a lot of Lexus’ new design language and, in particular, the new spindle grille looks pretty aggressive and menacing. These features provide more evidence of an aggressive new look for the high-performance crossover that’s a far departure from the more subdued versions of the past. In addition to the spindle grille, the RX F-Sport also comes with a new front lip spoiler, new fog lamps, new LED daytime running lights, and plenty of F-Sport accessories to match everything else the crossover has.

The Lexus RX F-Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an output of 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, which is joined by a lateral performance damper system that has been designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations, thus contributing to a more comfortable ride.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: This review has been updated with official specs and photos for the Lexus RX F-Sport.

Find out more about the Lexus RX F-Sport after the jump.

When Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Coupe Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show , little did we know that it had a twin brother in the form of the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept.

The latter will be making its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , where it will showcase a completely different powertrain from the first concept we saw in Tokyo last November.

Aesthetically, the two car’s look like mirror images from each other with the only exception being the two-tone red and silver color scheme of the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept. What distinguishes this model from its Tokyo counterpart lies in its mechanical specifications. Whereas the Cross Coupe came with a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid system - three power sources! - the Geneva-bound Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid is powered by two electric motors and a more frugal turbodiesel four-cylinder unit with direct injection.

Those two electric motors are situated on opposite ends of the vehicle and together with the four-cylinder engine, the powertrain is capable of producing 301 horsepower with a top speed of 137 mph. Those numbers are an improvement from the Cross Coupe’s 262-horsepower output and 125-mph top speed.

There’s a good chance that Volkswagen is still keeping more information on the Cross Coupe TDI Plug-In Hybrid Concept close to its chest. In the event where that’s the case, expect more details to be released when the crossover makes its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.


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