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hybrid cars

  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.

At the 2010 New York Auto Show , Hyundai unveiled the Sonata Hybrid , and the 2014 model that we got our hands on its nearly identical to the debut model.

Regardless of its age — about 40 years old in car years — the Sonata Hybrid still looks pretty modern, with its distinctive front fascia that shows off LED-trimmed headlamps and a wavy front grill. The LED taillights and aerodynamic rims are the only details that scream "hybrid." Though it remains relatively up to date, we do expect Hyundai to reveal a redesigned Sonata line for 2015, including the hybrid model.

The interior is very well-appointed, and only LCD gauges and "Blue Efficiency" button on the steering wheel clue you in that this is indeed a hybrid model. A quick press of this "Blue Efficiency" button, and the Sonata Hybrid awakens from its efficient — boring — mode. The hybrid system is attached to a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 159 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system chimes in with an extra 47 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. In all, this system puts down a respectable 200 horsepower, but don’t expect the mid-3,000-pound, midsize cruiser to pin you to your seat.

After some seat time in the Lexus ES Hybrid , we are a little spoiled, but we have to remind you that you get what you pay for. The Sonata checks in around $30,000, and it delivers a premium look and feel. Taking into consideration that hybrid cars tend receive a 20 to 30 percent premium over their gasoline counterparts, the Sonata Hybrid is a relative bargain.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

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Just a few hours after the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , the company announced it broke the world-record lap time on Nurburgring . With a lap time of 6:57, the 918 Spyder became the fastest road-going car, beating the previous record by 14 seconds.

The model that established the record was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and now the tire company has revealed a video (above) that offers us a closer look at the new Nurburgring record. The video also includes interviews from the car’s project manager Frank Walliser, Michelin’s Cornelis Ter Braakm and Walter Rohrl, and the driver responsible for the record, Marc Lieb.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 608 horsepower with a 154-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle and a 127-horsepower electric motor on the front axle. This system generates a total of 887 horsepower and helps the 918 Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

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Lexus added a hybrid version to its GS lineup for the first time in 2006 when the model was in its third generation. Once the fourth-generation GS was announced for the 2013 model year, the GS 450h was also updated with a more aggressive exterior look, a more powerful engine and improved fuel economy.

For the 2014 model year, the GS 450h will evolve even further, thanks to some new features. Lexus will add new standard features like Siri Eyes Free technology licensed from Apple and Climate Concierge.

Lexus also updated The Luxury Package with new features, like LED fog lights, a Liquid Graphite finish for the 18-inch wheels and the discontinuing of the Lexus Night View system. A series of new optional features will also be added to the model.

Under the hood, the GS 450h keeps the usual Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive system that helps it deliver some of the best fuel economy in its class.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus GS 450h>

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Porsche 918 Spyder

Marc Lieb is the one that drove the Porsche 918 Spyder to its record-setting lap around Nurburgring . With a lap time of 6:57 , the 918 Spyder became the fastest road-going car in the world. However, according to Lieb, the new hybrid supercar can do even better than this.

There are some rumors that suggest the 918 Spyder fitted with racing slicks lapped Nurburgring in just 6:48 seconds (WorldCarFans), which would put it right on pace with the overall record-holding Radical SR8 LM . We are not very sure if this rumor has any truth behind it, but until Porsche from the above video, we can tell that Lieb certainly feels confident in saying the 918 would benefit greatly with some racing tires.

In this video (after the jump) coming from Drive.com.au Lieb explains why he thinks there is room for the 918 Spyder to improve its lap time.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder and to see the video from Drive.

Source: Drive
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Honda Civic Type R

The current Honda CR-Z was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit North American International Auto Show, and experts have greeted it with lukewarm approval. New rumors suggest that with the next-generation CR-Z, Honda plans to base it on the 2015 Civic Type R , which recently lapped Nurburgring in less than eight minutes.

This move could transform the CR-Z into a real competitor for models like the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ , just as Honda always wanted. According to a Honda insider, the next CR-Z will deliver "driving experience, good power, sporty look, low price and sizable global sales figures."

The model will be built on a a shorter version of the new Type R platform and will feature a design similar to the current CR-Z. Under the hood, it will likely get a a turbocharged 1.5-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an updated version of the current CR-Z’s hybrid system. This system could help it deliver somewhere in the 221-horsepower area.

Rumors suggest that the new CR-Z will arrive on the market one year after the new-generation Civic, so expect it sometime in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Honda Civic Type R.

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In what could amount to be disappointing news for BMW fans, the German automaker has confirmed that there will be no cross-breeding between its M performance division and the newly launched i-brand.

All the rumors were effectively put to bed at the recent unveiling of the i8 hybrid supercar after BMW Group’s head of technology communications Cypselus von Frakenberg told CarAdvice at the Frankfurt Auto Show that the i8 and i3 will not have an M version now or in the future.

“It is separate – M and i,” von Frakenberg said. “It’s two different sub-brands, but there will be no ‘M’ i-car in the future. One of the biggest stumbling blocks on building an M version of an i-car is the completely different engines both cars use on respective models. The M models come with combustion engines while the i-cars run on electric drive. It would be a difficult proposition to pull off and one that BMW believes isn’t necessary given how the company appears set on promoting the "i" line as a separate brand that will complement the M division and the core BMW line.

von Frakenberg’s sentiments was echoed by another BMW exec — Carsten Pries, head of product management for the M Division — who said that both sub-brands have different strategic focuses and that combining them into one model could compromise what both are trying to establish individually.

“BMW ‘i’ obviously has a different strategic focus, very much targeting into the area of sustainability,” Pries said, before adding, “It’s two different operations, there’s no fluctuation from BMW M to BMW i or any big transfers going the other way."

So, it looks like our speculation on a possible i3 M will remain just speculation, for now. This could still change in the future, as we have become rather accustomed to automakers changing their minds and the drop of a hat.

Click past the jump to read about the newly-launched BMW i8

Source: CarAdvice
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Mercedes will expand its S-Class lineup in 2015 with the addition of the new S500 Plug-in Hybrid version. The model made its world debut today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , and will be put on sale in the U.S. market in late 2014. This is the third hybrid model in the S-Class global lineup, next to the S400 Hybrid and the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid.

With the addition of this new plug-in variant, Mercedes is quickly becoming a leader in hybrid luxury cars, and the S-Class in particular, is chock-full of these fuel-sipping models.

The model offers four driving modes: Hybrid, E-Mode (electric only), E-Save (less electric, more gasoline) and Charge (charges battery while driving). They all can be selected at the simple push of a button. Unlike the other two S-Class hybrid models, the new S500 is the first one to use a recuperative braking system (RBS) that converts the energy created while braking or coasting and stores it for future use.

Click past the jump to read more about the S500 Plug-In Hybrid

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Toyota GT 86

During an interview with AutoCar at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Toyota ’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering, Koei Saga, confirmed that the company is currently developing a hybrid GT 86 sports car for testing. According to him, the development is "quite advanced now" and that it is just awaiting a green light from top Toyota officials.

He also hinted that this GT 86 hybrid could use a combination of the hybrid systems currently used by Toyota in both road and track cars: "We are quite prepared because we do have a hybrid system that we can use for that kind of vehicle, utilizing the production passenger car hybrid system, and we also have the pure race-oriented hybrid system. So I think it won’t be very far in the future that the green light will come."

Still, it is pretty difficult to make any assumptions on the hybrid system that the GT 86 would use, because a boxer engine and an electric motor have never been combined in this manner. Also, the hybrid GT 86 would most likely retain a manual transmission "to maintain driver appeal," which can make tying the gas and electric components together even trickier. Because the batteries add significant weight, the initial plans have engineers putting the batteries as low as possible, which will lower the car’s center of gravity and allow it to retain its sporty feel.

Remember, folks, this is all still just in the "planning" phase and likely nothing has moved beyond computerized simulations, so don’t start placing orders just yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT 86.

Source: Autocar
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The new Porsche 918 Spyder made quite a debut on the market: during its official unveiling today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Porsche announced that the new hybrid supercar has already broken a record around Nurburgring. Equipped with the optional "Weissach package" the new 918 Spyder managed to lap the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, to be more precise in a time of exactly 6 minutes and 57 seconds, smashing the previous record for OEM-spec, road-going cars by 14 seconds.

Porsche achieved the feat on September 4th when three drivers — former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb — took the 918 Spyder to task on the `Ring. Lieb was the driver that managed to smash the record with a time of 6:57 and hitting an average speed of 179.5 km/h (111.5 mph).

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Land Rover and Jaguar announced a collaboration to develop a new ‘Range Rover Evoque _e’ research project that tests new hybrid and battery-electric vehicle (BEV) technology. The research required a total of £16.3 million (about $25 million at the current exchange rates), and was supported by UK’s innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board.

Along with Jaguar and Land Rover, the Evoque_e’s development required the an additional 12 partners, including: Zytek Automotive, GKN Driveline, Motor Design Limited, AVL, Drive System Design, Williams Advanced Engineering, Delta Motorsport, Tata Steel, Bristol University, Cranfield University and Newcastle University.

According to the first details we have, this collaboration will bring to the market three research vehicles: the next-generation powertrain concepts for a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV); a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).

While no other details were revealed, Jaguar’s previous PHEV system revealed in the XJ_e plug-in hybrid , which combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with a 92-horsepower electric motor and a 12.8kWh Lithium Ion battery pack. Land Rover also revealed numerous "_e" projects, like the Range_e , which combined a 3.0-liter TDV6 diesel with an electric motor and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

We’ll bring you all of the details once Land Rover releases them.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Evoque.


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