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  • Audi R8 e-tron at Le Mans

    Marketing missteps in naming cars quickly become legendary. There's the urban myth that the Chevrolet Nova failed in South America because in Spanish, no va means "won't go." (It's not true.) But now it turns out that Audi may have committed a blunder in naming its line of electric cars e-Tron. Especially since they're about to be shown at the Paris Motor Show. As one Francophone just pointed out to us, the French word étron is a particularly unfortunate choice in that language. Online translation tools give French synonyms for étron that include caca and excrément. Or to...

  • 2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
    BMW's Striking Diesel Hybrid Coupe: Now It Has a Name, Maybe

    The flurry of activity in hybrid and electric supercars has led to several concepts being approved for production, but BMW still hasn't publicly committed to a date for its high-tech green performance car. Mercedes-Benz has its SLS AMG E-Cell; Audi has the E-Tron; even Porsche gave the green light...

  • AVL rotary-engine range extender for electric-drive vehicles, July 2010
    Will EV Range Extenders Give Rise to a Rotary Renaissance?

    Four months from now, the world's first extended-range electric vehicle will start showing up at dealers. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt will introduce car buyers to the idea of a range-extending combustion engine that turns a generator to power the car electrically. But the generator in an E-REV can be...

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    To Infiniti and Beyond: What's the Essence of Their Hybrid Program?

    It's no mystery that Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, wants electric vehicles to be a significant part of the Japanese automaker's future. He takes every chance he gets to advertise his ambitions and he's got the Leaf EV to champion his cause (and perhaps more importantly for Nissan, to take some press...

  • Porsche Cayenne Hybrid logo
    Hide the Children! Porsche Goes Green And Hybrid, Purists Blanch

    Europeans have been slow to the game with hybrids, having bet most of their green strategy on highly efficient clean diesels. But they are increasingly hedging their bets, learning to work with electric motors and battery packs. In the sports-car world, aside from startups Fisker and Tesla, no...

  • What's a Few Hundred Condoms Between Friends? by Flickr user xmasons
    Most Popular Green Car Posts for September: Condoms, Of Course

    This is our favorite end-of-month activity, looking back over the most popular posts of the last 30-or-so days on GreenCarReports.com. To celebrate the onset of autumn (for us Northern Hemisphere types, anyhow), we're back on schedule too. We repeated three of August's most popular posts, and...

  • Porsche logo

    Nearly a week ago, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche CEO, Michael Macht, announced plans to produce an all-electric sports car. He recently reiterated that sentiment in the German magazine Welt am Sonntag. Macht says the company is working "intensively" on an EV, but that it will take time for such a model to make it to market, "with a reasonable reach, achieving the same handling characteristics of a gasoline engine." He went on to say that he expects Porsche's first EVs to be on the roads within the next five to ten years, but that wasn't his only optimistic prediction. "If the world...

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Cell Plus extended-range electric car, Frankfurt Motor Show, 2009
    GreenCarReports: 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage

    It's time: the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show is upon us, and High Gear Media is live at the biggest, hottest Messe in the world to bring you the latest on green cars, diesels, electric cars, hybrid electric vehicles, E-REVs, and NEVs right here at GreenCarReports.com. We've previewed the Frankfurt show...

  • 2009 Lexus LF-Ch Concept
    Lexus Unveils LF-Ch Full Frontal

    This is the face of the Lexus LF-Ch hybrid concept and it will probably come in colors other than baby poop metallic. This premium compact designed to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series will have its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept is a dramatic departure from...

  • 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V-10
    VIDEO: Audi's Electrifying New Microsite Revives R8 EV Rumors

    In late May, we reported on rumors that an electric version of Audi's R8 supercar would be at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Nary a day later, Edmunds Inside Line crushed our hopesand put the rumors to rest, citing an Audi representative who refuted the blogosphere's claims. We're not ready to say "we...

  • Audi 100th Anniversary book giveaway
    Write About Green Cars, Win Audi Swag from High Gear Media!

    High Gear Media's the only place on the Web, where you can write about cars alongside the pros. This week, we're kicking off a new contest to get you to join the growing number of gearheads posting blogs, reviews and pics of their favorite machines--and this time we're hooking the best writers up...

  • Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept
    Toyota To Showcase Three New Hybrids at Frankfurt

    Toyota is planning to unveil three new hybrid concepts at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show including an intriguing 5-door hatch for their upscale Lexus brand. The LF-Ch (pictured above) is aimed squarely at the premium compact segment whose other notable players include the BMW 1-series and the...

  • Ford Pinto EV Dragster

      It goes zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. It rips through the quarter mile in just over 12. Which cars come to mind? The Nissan GT-R? The Audi R8? The Corvette ZR1? The Ferrari 430 Scuderia? The '78 Ford Pinto? Believe it or not, those dragstrip bragging rights belong to the last of the aforementioned vehicles. There's just one catch. The fire hazard of a gas tank that once made the Pinto the butt of jokes has been replaced with lead-acid batteries. This Ford Pinto is entirely electric, and its owner, Mike Willmon loves it. Colin Fogarty of the Northwest News Network recently road in Willmon's...

  • Smart EV
    Germany Aims For A Million EVs By 2020

    Electric vehicles may be a common sight on the autobahns in the next decade. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is intent on putting more EVs on the roads and her Cabinet is finishing a plan to do just that. The program would offer financial incentives beginning in 2012 to aid in the production and...

  • 2009 BMW 335d
    BMW Adds More Cash To Convince You To Buy Their Diesels

    Despite IRS tax credits and superior gas mileage figures, BMW is reportedly having a tough time selling its new diesels, the 2009 BMW 335d sports sedan and the 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d (yes, that's really its name). We've thought from the beginning that Volkswagen would be the big winner in selling...

  • 2010 Audi R8 Spy Shots
    Factmill: Electric Audi R8 Concept Will Not Be At Frankfurt Motor Show

    Contrary to blogosphere speculation, Edmunds has confirmed that there will be no electric Audi R8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. An Audi spokesperson who wished to remain anonymous told Edmunds that rumors starting in the European automotive press (and perpetuated by yours truly) are not...

  • 2009 Audi R8 V-10
    Rumormill: Electric R8 Coming to Frankfurt?

    Any worthwhile discussion of today's best supercars mentions the Audi R8. It's a car that looks like it was sent to Earth from an alternate, more advanced (but clearly benevolent) dimension. The interior is as luxurious as they come. Not to mention the performance, which rivals that of Ferraris...

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Will the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI Be Diesel's Biggest Winner?

    Maybe only previous diesel owners are eager to buy new clean diesels; if so, then Volkswagen will benefit the most

  • Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press

    Complaints about so-called sudden accleration in the 2004-2008 Toyota Prius occur at roughly the expected rate

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