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  • Audi e-tron Sportback Concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show    [photo:Ronan Glon]

    Audi has injected a dash of sporting character and a look at the future of electric-vehicle design into its latest e-tron concept car, which made its debut at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. The Audi e-tron Sportback Concept previews a coupe-esque electric utility vehicle to come following the introduction of the brand's all-electric e-tron SUV, slated to arrive in 2018. While the e-tron Quattro will bring a rugged utility-vehicle design, Audi has crafted the all-electric e-tron Sportback Concept as a more "emotional" take on the future of plug-in cars. DON'T MISS: Audi electric SUV to carry...

  • Honda CR-V Hybrid introduced at 2017 Shanghai auto show
    2018 (?) Honda CR-V Hybrid all but confirmed for U.S. sale after Shanghai debut

    It's one of the more frequently asked questions on consumer car sites: why aren't there any hybrid crossover utility vehicles? The Ford Escape Hybrid reigned alone in that segment from 2004 through 2012. Then Ford simply walked away from the segment, replacing it with the underwhelming C-Max Hybrid...

  • 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, 2017 Geneva auto show
    What's the best Porsche Panamera? It's a plug-in hybrid now

    The top 2018 Porsche Panamera that money can buy now comes with a plug. That’s according to Porsche Cars North America’s Chief Operating Officer Joe Lawrence, who said as much to Green Car Reports last week during the 2017 New York auto show. “I think what we have with the (2018...

  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show
    Volkswagen ID Crozz concept for all-electric crossover debuts at Shanghai auto show

    The Chinese government wants more plug-in electric cars sold in the country—and quickly. The Shanghai auto show this week demonstrates that multiple global automakers are stepping up to the plate, both with production cars and concepts. The Volkswagen ID Crozz Concept shows what a future...

  • Teaser for Audi e-tron Sportback concept debuting at 2017 Shanghai auto show
    All-electric Audi e-tron Sportback concept teased for Shanghai auto show

    The Shanghai auto show is shaping up to be a showcase for all the green cars and concepts that were absent from last week's New York auto show. Among them is a concept for a "four-door coupe" version of the Audi e-tron all-electric SUV that'll go into production sometime next year. The Audi e-Tron...

  • Teaser for Volkswagen ID SUV Concept debuting at 2017 Shanghai auto show
    Volkswagen teases electric crossover for Shanghai auto show

    Volkswagen appears to be quite clearly committed to an ambitious program of electric cars following its diesel emission scandal. But aside from two adapted models launched a few years ago—the VW e-Golf and e-Up hatchbacks—and a few low-range plug-in hybrids, it doesn't yet have much to...

  • Genesis GV80 Concept, 2017 New York auto show

    These days, it's all but de rigeur that concept cars from major global automakers be shown with some form of alternative propulsion. They may preview future production vehicles powered by plain old conventional gasoline engines, but a plug-in hybrid or other greener powertrain shows the automaker is forward-looking. Is that the case for the Genesis GV80 fuel-cell concept utility vehicle that debuted yesterday afternoon at the 2017 New York auto show? DON'T MISS: Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept previews hydrogen-powered SUV coming in 2018 Industry sources suggest that the vehicle itself previews...

  • 2017 Honda Clarity Electric
    Honda Clarity Electric, Plug-In Hybrid sedans revealed at NY auto show

    At the New York auto show this morning, Honda revealed the second and third powertrains for its Clarity mid-size sedan, now offered only in California with a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain. The 2017 Honda Clarity Electric and 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid are powered by a battery pack and a...

  • General Motors' Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft's John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)
    Lyft ridesharing service, part-owned by GM, said to raise half a billion dollars more

    Lyft has reportedly raised a new round of funding to support its on-demand ride hailing service. It’s believed that investors have put $500 million more into the company’s coffers, probably invigorated by its recent market growth and Uber’s stumbles. A Lyft spokesperson declined...

  • Audi A5 Sportback g-tron (European spec)
    Audi A5 is third model to run on natural gas, for Europe only

    New natural-gas passenger cars from major carmakers have disappeared from the U.S. Natural-gas options are available for large pickup trucks and vans but only exist for cars through aftermarket conversions offered by specialty firms. In Europe, though, the German luxury maker Audi remains committed...

  • Hyundai FE Fuel Cell concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Hyundai FE Fuel Cell Concept previews hydrogen-powered SUV coming in 2018

    The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell was actually the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle offered to U.S. drivers in recent years. The 2016 Toyota Mirai that followed it has now outsold Hyundai's hydrogen-powered SUV, but it's been known for a couple of years that the Korean maker will replace that model. At...

  • Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    All-electric Bentley convertible concept shown at Geneva

    The Volkswagen Group can't seem to get enough luxury electric cars. The Audi e-tron SUV and Porsche Mission E sedan will go into production over the next few years, with an electric version of the VW Phaeton sedan expected as well. Following that up, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show Volkswagen...

  • Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept being revealed at 2017 Geneva auto show  [photo: Olivier Martin-Gambier]

    The Renault Zoe, a subcompact hatchback, has little in common with the Tesla Model S besides a battery-electric powertrain and five doors. But the maker of Europe's best-selling electric car seeks to underscore the idea that "electric cars can be fun and fast," perhaps hoping that some of Tesla's high-velocity image will rub off. At this week's Geneva auto show, the company unveiled a Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept vehicle that took its electric hatchback in a very different direction. DON'T MISS: 2017 Renault Zoe electric car: larger battery doubles range Its bodyshell is made entirely of the...

  • 2018 Lexus LS 500h
    Looking at Lexus multi-stage hybrid system in new LS sedan, LC coupe

    The Lexus LS 500h luxury sedan that debuts this week at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will use the same "Multi Stage Hybrid System" as the LC 500h coupe. It's a somewhat different—and arguably more complex—setup than the powertrain of the LS 600h, the previous-generation hybrid version of...

  • Teaser for Techrules GT96 debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show
    2017 Geneva auto show: green car preview

    The 2017 Geneva Motor Show marks the next stop on the annual auto-show circuit. With press days beginning March 7, we aren't expecting an overwhelming number of green cars at the Swiss show this year. A smattering of production and concept cars with some green elements will debut there, though...

  • 2018 Lexus LS 500h
    2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid luxury sedan to debut at Geneva show

    It should come as no surprise that Toyota's Lexus luxury brand remains enthusiastic about hybrids. Toyota has sold more hybrids than any other automaker, with luxury models sold under the Lexus brand contributing to a total that just exceeded 10 million. That trend will continue with the 2018 Lexus...

  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport
    2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback unveiled at Chicago auto show

    Over the last 10 years, the Hyundai Elantra has emerged into the top tier of compact sedans, joining longstanding leaders like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta as well as more recent contenders like the Chevrolet Cruze and Subaru Impreza. The last-generation Elantra...

  • Electric sidewalk delivery robot from Starship Technologies at 2017 Washington DC Auto Show
    Starship electric sidewalk-delivery robot a hit at DC Auto Show

    What would you do if a small, knee-high box on wheels with a flag topping its tall antenna whirred toward you electrically on a sidewalk at 4 miles per hour? It turns out three-quarters of the pedestrians in several cities who've seen one didn't stop or even stare as it avoided them and continued...

  • Slide from 2017 Hyundai Ioniq presentation on electric cars at Washington Auto Show, Jan 2017

    Along with price, the top-line statistic cited for any battery-electric car is its rated range. Until last month, the only electric cars that exceeded 200 miles in that metric were made by Tesla Motors. Now, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 238-mile EPA rating for range—and that's usually the leading point about the Bolt EV in discussions or coverage. DON'T MISS: Hyundai Ioniq Electric beats Prius Prime, BMW i3 on energy efficiency Hyundai thinks that the energy efficiency of battery-electric cars should play a much greater role in the discussion than it does today. The company's point...

  • Inventev and New Eagle Ford Transit electric conversion
    Electric Ford Transit van conversion shown by Inventev at Detroit Auto Show

    When an automaker doesn't offer a vehicle for a specific market segment, sometimes the aftermarket will fill in the gap. In the U.S., all-electric commercial vans are one of those gaps. Such vehicles are available in other markets, but so far, not on sale from major makers in North America. DON'T...

  • 2018 Ford F-150
    Ford F-150 pickup to get V-6 diesel engine in spring 2018 (updated)

    Formerly the domain of heavy-duty pickups, diesel engines are slowly creeping into smaller trucks. Ram arguably started the most recent trend with the 1500's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. General Motors sells diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorados and GMC Canyons. Now, the Ford F-150 is getting in on the...

  • Trumpchi EnSpirit concept, 2017 Detroit auto show
    China's GAC shows electric car, plug-in hybrid concept, crossover at Detroit Auto Show

    China is now the world's largest new-car market, but no native Chinese manufacturers sell passenger cars in the U.S. At least one of those manufacturers is at least considering having a go at the U.S. market. GAC appeared this week at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with three vehicles, including an...

  • 2018 Toyota Camry
    2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid: two different battery packs, 'best-in-class' fuel economy claimed

    Masato Katsumata is Toyota's chief engineer for the global Camry sedan program—so when he speaks, it's worth listening. Following yesterday's Detroit Auto Show launch of an entirely new 2018 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan, he was one of several Toyota executives who answered media questions in a...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car wins North American Car of the Year award

    Media days at the Detroit Auto Show always open with the announcement of the year's North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, and this year is no exception. But green-car enthusiasts had a special reason to follow this year's awards, now broken into three categories: car, truck, and utility...

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