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.
Pininfarina’s H500 Concept Proves That The Design House Has Serious Goals of Becoming an Automaker
Pininfarina is no stranger to unveiling concept vehicles at some of the world’s biggest auto shows. It was in Geneva just last month to debut the HK GT, a sleek electric vehicle that proudly showed off some of the biggest gullwing doors you’ll ever see. Not content with that, Pininfarina is attending the Beijing Auto Show with a new concept vehicle. It’s called the H500, and it’s a luxury fastback-like sedan that looks like the closest thing to a production model that Pininfarina has designed in recent memory.
Plug-in cars are the future, and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 seeks to prove they can be both practical and fun to drive.
And we’re not talking fun to drive in the “let’s see how far I can go on a tank of fuel” sense. We’re talking in the traditional, pedal-to-the-metal sense.
In a lot of ways, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 succeeds in its mission. In one important way, however, I felt like it needed a little work.
The Next-Gen Focus RS Could Stick it to Mercedes-AMG and Audi with a 400-Horsepower Hybrid Drivetrain
The Ford RS brand has always held its own, but the latest Ford Focus RS was something of a masterpiece that proved Ford still had what it took to compete in the hot hatch segment. The Focus RS came late in the Focus’ life cycle though, and with a new Focus ready to debut sometime in the next week, it’s time to start talking about the new Focus RS – a model that’s slated to debut for 2020 and could deliver as much as 400 horsepower, if not more, thanks to a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The system in question will be showcased on the Focus RS before making its way into all of Fords mid- and large-sized vehicles. Forget that, though, 400 horsepower in the RS? Hell yes!
The New Mercedes C300 de Plug-in Hybrid to Deliver as Much Torque as an AMG C63
Ever since it arrived at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new Mercedes C-Class has been a regular topic of discussion in the auto industry. It’s tagged as a “facelift,” but it actually falls under the category of an all-new model given the number of changes it’s had compared to its predecessor. One of those changes is the addition of a diesel hybrid model, which will most likely be referred to as the “C 300 de.” It’s an unconventional move to fit a diesel with an electric motor, but it’s all part of the Mercedes experience. One of the features of this diesel hybrid powertrain is its torque output, something Mercedes says reaches 516 pound-feet of torque, exactly the same amount of torque that the AMG C 63 has.
Dropping Cylinders: The Next-gen Mercedes-AMG C63 Will be Hybrid
If you love yourselves some V-8 in the Mercedes-AMG C 63,Mercedes-AMG Introduces New C 63 Lineup, And It’s Bringing The Heat To The BMW M3 you might want to start making plans to get one, or at least hold on to the ones you have. The days of a V-8-powered AMG C 63 are numbered as more stringent emissions regulations could fast-track its retirement. According to AMG boss Tobias Moers, the departure of the V-8 AMG C 63 will open the door for the performance sedan to go the hybrid route. Barring the unexpected, that’s exactly what the next-generation AMG C 63 is going to be.
Porsche Says No to All-Electric 911, But Maybe to an All-Electric Porsche 718
Porsche has done as good a job as any automaker in adapting to the times while still keeping its brand identity intact. A good example of that is the upcoming, high-performance plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche 911. We already know that the model is going to happen, but just because the 911 will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, that doesn’t mean Porsche is ready to take it a step further and offer an all-electric version of its most iconic nameplate. A Porsche 911 EV is not happening, though if you cross fingers, an all-electric powertrain could make it eventually find its way to the 718 twins.
2019 Honda Insight
Introduced in late 1999, the Honda Insight was the first production car to feature the company’s then-new Integrated Motor Assist system. It was also the first hybrid launched in North America, arriving in showrooms seven months before the Toyota Prius. Production ended in 2006, after only 17,020 units built, with plans to roll out a replacement in 2009. The second-gen model arrived on time, but this time as a five-door hatchback. The Insight was discontinued for the second time in 2014, mostly due to slow sales. Come 2018, and Honda revived the nameplate with a modern design and a new drivetrain. A pre-production prototype was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, while the production model was launched at the New York Auto Show.
"The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume," said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice resident of American Honda. The redesigned Insight will join four other electrified Hondas, including the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Electric, and Fuel Cell, and the Fit EV. Slotted between the Civic and the Accord, the new Insight is now described as a premium sedan, mostly because it has a more elegant exterior design and more modern appointments and convenience features inside the cabin. Let’s see what it has to offer and how it stands against the competition in the review below.
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Discontinued in 2014, the Honda Insight returns to the U.S. market for the 2019 model year. Previewed with a pre-production concept car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Insight made its global debut less than three months later at the New York Auto Show. A significant departure from its predecessor, the new Insight is larger, boasts a more sedan-like design, premium features, and a brand-new drivetrain that has what it takes to give the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq a run for their money.
2019 Honda Insight Will Take on the Toyota Prius with 50 MPG; Debuts in New York
Originally offered as a three-door hatchback for the 2000 model year, the Honda Insight has been an on-again, off-again power technology showcase for the Japanese automaker. Now, the nameplate makes its return for a third generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, bringing a fresh body style, the very latest H-badge technology, and fuel returns aimed at taking down the Toyota Prius.
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Mazda Aims to Create Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries in the Name of Efficiency, but Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?
Mazda is diving deep into the pool of lithium-ion batteries with the intent to develop 12-Volt lithium-ion batteries to serve as replacements for lead-acid starter batteries in cars beginning in 2021. The Japanese automaker is teaming up with ELIIY Power Co., Ltd. and Ube Industries, Ltd to develop the technology that can be used in creating a new battery solution that has the potential to make its models lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient.
Lamborghini Aventador Successor Could Go Hybrid
In the latest sign of the changing times, Lamborghini is now looking into a future where hybrid powertrains will play bigger roles in shaping its future portfolio of supercars, one that includes the successor to the Lamborghini Aventador. The company’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, said that government emissions regulations will play a big part in determining the future of Lamborghini’s engine offerings. That’s not to say that its trademark V-12 engines will bite the dust, but it is indicative of the changing landscape that’s affecting all segments of the auto industry.
Ferrari to Deliver Hybrid V-8 in 2019 - Will it be Used to Fight the Lamborghini Urus SUV?
There’s no turning back for Ferrari now. The Italian automaker is now fully invested in the world of hybrid powertrains as company CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that a Ferrari V-8 hybrid is coming in 2019. Marchionne didn’t elaborate on the details just yet, but he did admit that test mules of the car are “around now.” If the hybrid powertrain finds its way into a production model as many expect it would, it would become the first series-production hybrid model Maranello has on the road since the Ferrari LaFerrari.