Kia Has Debuted a “Facelifted” Sportage For Europe, but it’s the Mild Hybrid Drivetrain that Matters
Honda sets higher expectations for the 2019 Insight
Earlier this week, Honda announced that it began building the third-generation Insight hybrid at its factory in Indiana. A concept version of the Insight was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, and the production version was unveiled in New York in March. The Honda Insight is making a return after five years, and the company hopes for it to succeed. Is third time the charm for the Insight? Let’s find out.
While Volkswagen Recovers from the Diesel Emissions Scandal, Kia Bets on Diesel with New 48V Mild Hybrid System
Between the Volkswagen Emission Scandal and so many other automakers cooking their emissions figures like an accountant for the Mob, the future of diesel looks bleak. Some automakers are trying to save them while others are starting to venture away from them. After all, electric cars are the future, right? Well, be that as it may, Kia is betting on diesel to stay around a little longer and even claims it can cut emissions by as much as seven percent on the NEDC cycle thanks to a new 48-volt mild-hybrid drivetrain.
DS Announces a Flagship to take on the BMW 5 series; Is it the Numero 9 in Production Guise?
DS has announced a new flagship model that will take on models like the BMW 5 Series. It won’t be a sedan though. Instead, it will be more like a “design-led fastback.” In other words, it will be more of a sporty wagon, and it got us to thinking that it could be the old Citroen Numero 9 Concept in production guise. Finally, after all of these years.
DS Vice President of Product, Eric Apode, told Auto Express “The design is finished, and I can tell you the car looks amazing. Since the beginning, it was extremely important to have this car in our range. But we will never do a copy; DS is something different, something spectacular. With our flagship, we will do that.”
Word has it that new flagship could bare the DS 8 moniker and will be based on the Peugeot 508. It will even use the same EMP 2 architecture. On that note, it could be powered by a 2.0-liter BlueHDi or a 1.6-liter gasoline mill. A plug-in hybrid will also be offered, featuring the E-Tense hybrid system that is found in the DS 7 Crossback. It’s said to feature front-wheel drive with no hope of RWD or AWD and will be able to achieve 40 miles of EV range.
For now, that’s about all we know, but it will certainly be interesting to see how DS takes on BMW and the 5 Series range. Stick around for details.
Volkswagen forced to halt Golf GTE’s orders due to high demand
What does a company do when its powerful hatch is slapped with a hybrid option? Advertise the product and convince the customers to go for it? Not in the case of Volkswagen, at least. The second-largest car manufacturer in the world has stopped taking orders for the new Golf GTE due to high demands! How crazy is that?
The BMW i8 really stands out in the car world. It’s considered ugly by some and gorgeous by others. It was one of the first performance models from BMW to make use of a hybrid drivetrain and, despite the fact that it had a very limited all-electric range, it still delivered exactly what most customers wanted. Unfortunately, the world isn’t long for the i8 as BMW has recently hinted that there won’t be a successor, but the current model should stick around for a while as it was recently updated for the 2019 model year. There wasn’t a lot that came new for 2019, but there were some minor tweaks to the drivetrain, a slightly larger battery pack, and some other styling changes here and there – just enough to keep things fresh.
A 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine provided a little bit of getup while the hybrid drivetrain did the rest. All told, there was 228 ponies and 236 pound-feet of torque from the engine and another 141 ponies and 184 pound-feet from the motor. It can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and tops out at 155 mph (or 75 mph in EV mode) It’s not the fastest car on the block, but it sure does look pretty cool. So, we asked ourselves: why not make it the wallpaper of the day? And, we did. You can take our hand-picked favorite or browse the gallery below for more cool choices.
2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Porsche updated the Cayenne for the 2018 model year, but the hybrid version wasn’t quite ready. Now that the 2019 models are about to roll into dealers, Porsche has finally pulled the covers off of the new 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, a direct replacement for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It brings some serious improvements to the table over its predecessor and the standard Cayenne too. We’re talking about things like faster acceleration, more electric range, better efficiency, and increased power, among other things. It also brings all of the new styling cues and technology introduced with the 2018 Cayenne to the hybrid market.
Bentley Dropped the Ball When It Came to Electrification, Autonomy, and Connected Vehicles
The auto industry is changing at a very rapid pace, what with all the crazy new technology we see popping up to make cars more comfortable, more convenient, and more fuel efficient. Unfortunately, some automakers are a bit slow on the uptake, especially high-end luxury marques like Bentley. As such, Bentley’s new boss is ramping up the company’s tech efforts in a big way.
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The Next-Gen Volkswagen Golf Will Feature a Mild-Hybrid System
Introduced alongside a new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine powered by natural gas and a new 2.0-liter diesel hybrid TDI engine, Volkswagen has unveiled an upcoming 48-volt mild hybrid system intended for service across VW’s lineup. First in line to receive the 48-volt system is the next-generation Golf.
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Thanks to the Success of the EcoBoost Mustang the 2020 Ford Mustang Will Go Hybrid
When you talk about muscle cars, they generally portray the I’m-sexy-and-I-know-it attitude. Same goes for the Mustang. The car is a legend in its own right and is still going strong at 54. Despite its age, the Mustang has become the world’s best-selling sports car for the third year in a row. Is this because of Mustang’s legacy? Or is it because of a smart-play by Ford? Read on to know more.
Start Preparing for a World Where Plug-In Hybrid Lamborghinis Exist
It’s official. Lamborghini will replace the Aventador and Huracan supercars with plug-in hybrid successors. The two models are scheduled to arrive sometime in 2020 and 2022, respectively. That should be enough time for Lambo purists and old-school fans alike to come to grips with the future direction of the Italian automaker. Don’t feel too bad, though, because naturally aspirated V-10s and V-12s will remain part of Lamborghini’s powertrain equation. They’ll just get some form of hybrid assistance to help Lamborghini cut back on its emissions output.
Volvo Chooses to Electrify Current Range Over Creating New Models
As the all-electric segment continues to grow, Volvo is looking to grow with it, expanding its battery-powered offerings with several fresh models to be released over the next few years. However, rather than developing all-new vehicles, the Swedish brand will instead modify its current lineup with hybrid and all-electric iterations of existing nameplates.
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Rumor: Toyota Finally Realizes that the Prius is Ugly; Plans Facelift for 2019
There’s no denying it; the Prius is an ugly car. Just look at it – it looks like a double-chinned angry guppy that wants to eat your face. The current model is pretty much the strangest-looking car on the market, but that could all change soon enough as reports are coming in that Toyota is planning a mid-cycle redesign that will focus on the front and rear ends. Praise Jesus!
Honda believes that it’s important for its customers to understand just how hybrids work. So, the brand plans to start a whole new media campaign to educate me, you, and everyone else about how their hybrid (or potentially future hybrid) vehicle works. After all, if you don’t understand them, you might not want to buy one. Well, that’s what the bean counters over at Honda think, anyway. The media campaign will be known as “I was an electric skeptic,” and it’s designed to provide important and easily understandable information about the function of hybrid vehicles. How Honda will choose to differentiate information between EVs, plug-in hybrids, and regular hybrids remains to be seen, but this could get interesting. Or… maybe it’ll be educational.
Ferrari Will Take on the Lamborghini Urus with a Hybrid SUV
This news may not appeal to the purists but will surely grab attention. Earlier this year, Ferrari confirmed an SUV is in works and will be arriving in 2019 or 2020. Now it is being reported it will use a hybrid system. Are we ready for a silent SUV from a company known for its engine notes? Read on for more details.