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  • Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 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 all-electric compact crossover utility vehicle might look like. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen teases electric crossover for Shanghai auto show A so-called four-door coupe crossover, it's a relatively streamlined and low version of an all-wheel-drive utility vehicle powered entirely by a large battery pack. And...

  • 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
    Genesis GV80 fuel-cell concept SUV at NY 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...

  • 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)

    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 to natural-gas powertrains. DON'T MISS: Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept at Geneva highlights electric-car performance (live photos) At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the German luxury automaker launched a "g-tron" compressed natural-gas version of its A5 Sportback five-door hatchback. The A5 Sportback...

  • 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]
    Renault Zoe e-Sport Concept at Geneva highlights electric-car performance (live photos)

    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...

  • 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

    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 LS 500h, a hybrid version of the brand's flagship sedan that will debut next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. CHECK OUT: Toyota now sells almost 1.5 million hybrids a year (Aug 2016) The hybrid will be the second powertrain option for the redesigned LS, which was unveiled in January at the 2017...

  • 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
    Electric-car MPGe as important as range, Hyundai Ioniq maker suggests

    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...

  • 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 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 electric car and a concept plug-in hybrid. DON'T MISS: Honda hybrid minivan, SUV, or pickup coming; dedicated hybrid in 2018 too The automaker also appeared at the Detroit show in 2013, but this was the first year it—or any other Chinese automaker—has had a booth on the main floor of...

  • 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...

  • Volkswagen ID Buzz concept, 2017 Detroit auto show
    VW ID Buzz concept: all-electric Microbus could arrive in 2022

    If you pronounce the word "buzz" with a German accent, it sounds like "bus"—which is almost surely why VW's second all-electric concept vehicle is called the Volkswagen ID Buzz. It's the latest in a series of concept studies for a modern-day Microbus, with stylistic nods to the classic Type 2...

  • Chrysler Portal concept, 2017 Consumer Electronics Show
    Chrysler Portal concept: all-electric minivan for CES offers some self-driving (specs updated)

    It was widely rumored that Chrysler would reveal an all-electric minivan at this week's Consumer Electronics Show—and now we have the details. But the Chrysler Portal concept that will debut at CES won't be showing up at your local dealer any time soon. Far from it, in fact: the Portal is...

  • City of Detroit, by jdurchen [Flickr]
    Green car preview at Detroit Auto Show

    The 2017 Detroit Auto Show will include a mix of hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient car debuts.

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