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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.

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Nissan is expanding its Pathfinder lineup with a new hybrid version unveiled today at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new Hybrid model will replace the usual 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a new supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. This system provides a fuel economy increased by 24 percent over the standard Pathfinder.

The hybrid version will be offered with the same features we have seen in the standard version, including the new uni-body construction, an aerodynamic exterior and an interior with a wide range of available features, including an optional third row of seats.

The new Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid will be put on sale in late summer 2013 in three trim levels: SV, SL and Platinum. Nissan announced it will be around $3,000 more than Pathfinder 3.5-liter V-6 models, so if you do a little math you will obtain a starting price of about $31,650.

Hit the jump to read more on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid.

Fisker Karma

Fisker’s been in serious issues for some time now and despite having a wonderful overall product, it continues to spiral further into a black hole. The EV builder has already hired an outside consultant to handle its affairs and try to find money under any rock that has yet been overturned and now the latest news really starts the door-closing procedure for the once promising company.

This latest announcement, which comes courtesy of Automotive News is that Fisker’s chairman, founder and namesake, Henrik Fisker, has resigned amid what Fisker reps are labeling “major disagreements” with its executive management on business strategy. In layman’s terms: he didn’t agree with the direction the consultant and other levels of management were planning to take the automaker.

With the resignation of this visionary, we can only see two remaining directions for Fisker: complete closure and fire sale or sale of the entire company to a foreign body, like Geely. No investors are likely to take on the risk of a company that has lost its chairman in combination with all of the other recent issues.

Unfortunately, we aren’t too sure which end result we will see, but with each passing day and gloomy announcement, the former seems the frontrunner.


Infiniti is going to add a new hybrid version to the QX60 premium crossover lineup. This model will make its world debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new QX60 Hybrid will be priced $3,000 above the non-hybrid models, meaning the price will start at about $63,000.

The QX60 Hybrid will combine a 2.5-liter supercharged engine with a 15 kW (20 horsepower) electric motor connected to an advanced CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and it will produce an estimated 250 horsepower. The electric motor will take its energy from a compact Lithium-ion battery, but the model will also feature an Intelligent Regenerative Braking system that partially recharges the battery during braking.

The model will be offered with advanced technologies like Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and Around View Monitor to help keep you safe.

Full details on the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid will be unveiled during the car’s debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

Audi R20

Rumors of Audi’s plans to build a Le Mans-inspired supercar have been floating around for the past couple of months. Expected to be called the R20 , speculation has run rampant on the technical details of the supercar.

While Audi has resisted from making any comments regarding what it plans on doing with the car, technical chief, Wolganf Durheimer, bared some refreshing news at the Geneva Motor Show. Talking to Autocar, Durheimer commented that the proposed supercar is currently under "production evaluation"

More importantly, Durheimer believes that development of the car will go far enough that we could see a prototype later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

“We run product evaluation on different ideas, looking at market positioning, brand image, development cost and time to market,” Dürheimer said. “Once this is done we will have a clear decision on what happens next. I would expect an update on this project in September at Frankfurt."

“It is still alive and I’m pushing for it,” he added.

Should the proposed R20 progress to the point that it could be green lighted for production, Audi believes that a lot of people would go nuts for the car, something the automaker is looking for as it tries to align its Le Mans program with a dedicated road car. Should that end up being the case, it’s likely that the R20 will carry some sort of a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, similar to what the automaker uses on its R18 Le Mans racer.

Ultimately, Durheimer believes that hybrid supercars are becoming an important aspect of a brand’s focus.

“The market for these cars is fairly limited, but they are so important for brand image and perception,” he said.

“I think we need to do this car and show clearly where racing goes.”

Sounds good to us.

Source: Autocar UK
BMW i8

It’s time to take a little break from the craziness that is the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and turn our attention to the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid sports car that was caught testing again in winter conditions.

As you can see from the new spy shots, the BMW i8 is revealing some new details, as we finally get a look at the prototype’s real lights up front and on the back. It is now clear that on the production car the rear lights differ from the concept, as its indicators are placed in the "wings.”

The production version i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. The engine will mate to a new dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The i8 will also boast a top speed of 155 mph.

The new BMW i8 is set to be unveiled later this year.


Toyota’s participation at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show involves the debut of two new concepts, one of which, the GT 86 Open Top Concept , is understandably getting all the attention.

But don’t sleep on the other concept because chances are, at least in the future, you might find more of these bad boys out on the road.

It’s called the i-Road Concept, Toyota’s zero-emission concept study of a future city car. Not a whole lot of details were divulged, but the automaker did say that the concept will be come with a 1+1 tandem-seating layout.

It’s a compact, fun, and emission-free personal mobility concept that doesn’t look all that impressive - it reminds us of a fly, unfortunately, but it does come with future tech that will probably be of good use as the world shifts toward a more eco-friendly approach to living.

In any case, we’ll have more info surrounding the i-Road concept when it makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

As far as we know, this is the first time an automotive magazine has gotten the chance to review the upcoming BMW i BMW i 8 hybrid supercar. Evo Magazine’s Harry Metcalfe was invited by BMW to test the upcoming i8 while it was testing in the cold. Of course, he wasn’t allowed to reveal anything on the car’s exterior or interior, but he did provide quite an impressive amount of technical details on the upcoming i8.

The production-version i8 will combine a three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total output of about 400 horsepower. The engine will mate to a new dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the supercar from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. The i8 will also boast a top speed of 155 mph.

Watch the video to see what Harry Metcalfe has to say about BMW ’s first hybrid supercar.


VW has just revealed plans to unveil a plug-in-hybrid variant for the seventh-generation Golf next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The model will join the already packed Golf lineup that includes versions like GTI, GTD and the more powerful R.

Few details have been offered, but you should expect to see the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain recently shown in the Audi A3 e-tron . We are talking about the 1.4 TFSI engine with an output of 150 horsepower combined with an electric motor that generates a total of 75 kW (100 horsepower). The hybrid system will be combined with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.6 seconds.

The future Golf hybrid will be delivering an all-electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) when driven to speeds up to 80 mph.

Full details on the new Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid will be unveiled during its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi will unveil a pretty impressive lineup of concept cars that previews the company’s future strategy market. One of them will be the GR-HEV - a concept car that applies the HEV technology for the first time to a one-tonne pickup truck.

This HEV technology combines a clean-diesel engine with electric motors in order to obtain a vehicle that is simple and more affordable than any other electric vehicle. The concept also uses Mitsubishi’s renowned full-time 4WD technology that includes the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system driveline. This system helps the concept deliver high traction and driving performance under all road conditions.

Mitsubishi revealed no details on the concept’s specifications just yet, but it did promise it will deliver an ambitious target of CO2 emissions below 149 g/km, far better than the segment average.

Full details will be unveiled during the concept’s official debut in Geneva.

Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept

Believe it or not, Subaru doesn’t have a single hybrid model in its lineup, but according to Kenichi Yamamoto, director of product management and coordination at Subaru of America, things are going to change. This change is set to start in March at the 2013 New York Auto Show, as Suby will unveil its first hybrid model. He made the confirmation in an interview with The Detroit Bureau, when he confirmed that parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, is indeed working on a hybrid model.

This move shouldn’t be any surprise to anyone, considering other Japanese companies, like Toyota, Honda and Nissan, already offer plenty of hybrid vehicles.

While Yamamoto offered no other details on the hybrid drivetrain, it will most likely be inspired by the drivetrain in the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept , which was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This was a hybrid vehicle that combined a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with an electric motor.

We uncertain which model will be the first to feature this hybrid drivetrain, but it has been rumored that the honor will go to the Forester SUV. By 2015, however, we expect to see the same treatment applied to most of the models in the Suby lineup, because Subaru has promised to boost its fleet fuel economy by 30 percent.

We’ll keep an eye on this topic and see if anything of interest comes of it. Maybe a performance hybrid model will be spawned by this new development.


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