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  • Nissan IMx concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

    Could a specific vehicle give electric cars the breakthrough they need to reach the mass market? So far, neither the world's highest-selling battery-electric model—the Nissan Leaf—nor the Tesla Model S, starting at $75,000, has sold in mainstream U.S. volumes. You might ballpark that figure at, say, 100,000 units a year, since the most popular non-pickup-truck models now sell three or four times that number each year. DON'T MISS: In what segments will electric cars do best by 2025? Twitter poll results The Tesla Model 3 may have a shot at those numbers, but it seems quite unlikely...

  • Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    In what segments will electric cars do best by 2025? Twitter poll results

    As U.S. car buyers increasingly opt for crossover utility vehicles of all sizes over passenger sedans and hatchbacks, that shift has come to pose a problem for electric cars. The bulk of battery-electric models on offer today are compact five-door hatchbacks without available all-wheel drive. Think...

  • Ford's future hybrid and PHEV lineup
    Ford's future 300-mile all-electric performance SUV: what we know

    Lots of automakers wish they could get a bite of Tesla’s business. Ford first said more than a year ago that it would launch a long-range battery-electric vehicle, describing it as an SUV with 300 miles of range. But the company is late to the game. Longer-range compact hatchbacks from...

  • Ford's future hybrids
    Ford to electrify most SUVs, promises to pass Toyota in hybrids

    Ford hasn’t given up on hybrids and electric cars, despite letting its existing models languish since 2013. That was the message conveyed by various executives at an event Thursday morning at the Ford Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan. The company will build a hybrid version of...

  • Mitsubishi eX Concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    In what segments will electric cars do best by 2025? Take our Twitter poll

    Over the last several years, U.S. sales of utility vehicles, from small crossovers to hulking truck-based SUVs, have surged. Meanwhile, passenger cars—sedans, hatchbacks, the occasional wagon—have stagnated and in many cases, fallen sharply. Several factors have driven this shift. DON'T...

  • 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
    Will 2021 Ford Escape bring back hybrid model (or plug-in hybrid)?

    Tomorrow, Ford is hosting journalists at an unusual event called "Ford Uncovered," at which it may discuss some of its future products for 2020 and beyond. Key among the questions that attendees will undoubtedly ask will be those about the company's strategy for electrified vehicles. While Ford was...

  • Camouflaged 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV on stage at 2018 Geneva auto show

    The Geneva auto show was expected to offer the first head-to-head comparison between the first two all-electric SUVs models from European luxury brands, both starting deliveries later this year. It didn't quite work out that way. The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace did indeed debut last Friday, before media days at the show, but the 2019 Audi e-tron didn't. DON'T MISS: 2019 Audi e-tron electric SUV deliveries start in Europe this fall Well, not exactly, anyhow. Rather than do a full debut launch event for the 2019 e-tron—that's promised for sometime later this year, we gather—Audi showed a...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover priced from $70,495 in U.S.

    The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, the brand's first-ever production electric car, made its debut last Thursday before the Geneva auto show. At that time, only U.K. pricing was given—but on Tuesday, Jaguar released the U.S. price for the electric crossover utility vehicle that goes on sale sometime this...

  • Drag race between 2019 Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X 75D electric cars  [video: Jaguar]
    Jaguar I-Pace beats Tesla Model X in electric car drag-race video

    The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace SUV that debuted Thursday beat all the German luxury makes to the punch in launching a viable competitor to the looks and capabilities of electric cars offered by Tesla. The 14-year-old Silicon Valley startup has attracted huge attention for the stunning acceleration of its...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover debuts in production trim; estimated 240-mile range

    Total sales by Jaguar Land Rover are a fraction of those by its rivals Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Arguably, that has required the British luxury maker to be more agile and more creative to compete. While Audi has discussed its plans for an all-electric crossover utility version for more than two...

  • Honda CR-V Hybrid introduced at 2017 Shanghai auto show
    Honda CR-V Hybrid to launch in Europe; still no word on US or Canada

    The Honda CR-V Hybrid, a more fuel-efficient version of the company's best-selling compact crossover, has been around for almost a year now. It's on sale in China, announced for Japan, and now, as of Tuesday, it's slated to arrive in European markets early in 2019. As for North America? The company...

  • 2019 Lexus UX
    Lexus UX smaller crossover peeks out before Geneva auto show

    The global new-vehicle market is moving toward crossover utility vehicles and SUVs, along with vehicles that look like them. Now the production version of another crossover, shown in concept form more than a year ago, will launch at the Geneva auto show—and Lexus has released one photo and a...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

    The lack of plug-in electric crossover utility vehicles with all-wheel drive is a growing and obvious gap in the market. And where there's a gap, aggressive South Korean carmaker Hyundai may try to fill it. The company has now released many of the details of the Hyundai Kona Electric small SUV that will get its public debut at next week's Geneva auto show. DON'T MISS: Hyundai Kona small SUV revealed, with electric version to come While the electric Kona shares the same shape and bodywork as the conventional gasoline model, it has several obvious visual differences. One is a solid panel to...

  • 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (European model), to debut at 2018 Geneva auto show
    2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV updates for Europe to debut in Geneva

    The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been a huge success in Europe, selling more than 100,000 copies there over several years. As the first and least expensive plug-in hybrid SUV, it received many incentives in different European countries and provided the first taste of plug-in electric driving for...

  • 2018 Lexus RX L, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2018 Lexus RX 450hL hybrid three-row SUV priced from $51,600

    Lexus invented the idea of a luxury hybrid utility vehicle in a version of its RX crossover well over a decade ago, but sales haven't been strong of late. Cheap gasoline, better fuel efficiency from all types of vehicles due to rising CAFE rules, and a lack of interest in hybrids have all hurt the...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell prototype drives itself 118 miles without human input

    As it does in every other aspect of the auto industry, Korean carmaker Hyundai-Kia has set itself an aggressive goal and a fast pace for rollout of self-driving vehicles. The Korean carmaker has said it would offer a vehicle capable of Level 4 autonomy—meaning a car that can operate without...

  • Jaguar I-Pace prototype
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace to debut before Geneva; cold-weather testing video released

    Jaguar Land Rover was a relatively late arrival to the luxury electric-car game, revealing its plans in the form of a concept car only at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. But it's now planning the launch of what will likely be the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover just four weeks hence. What is...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro preview

    Most highly fuel-efficient dedicated hybrids are compact five-door hatchbacks, the most popular vehicle segment globally. When Korean maker Kia was drawing up plans for its first dedicated hybrid vehicle, it took a different path. The wagon it came up with—it calls the Kia Niro a crossover...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]

    Model naming conventions that are clear, consistent, and easy to understand across decades are a crucial part of explaining a vehicle lineup to buyers. By and large, German makers are good at arraying their lineups of sedans (and now SUVs) in "series" or "classes" that run from smallest to largest. The 2014 BMW i3 was something of an anomaly in BMW's lineup, because it didn't really correspond to the BMW 3-Series sedan known worldwide. DON'T MISS: BMW will have 25 electric cars, plug-in hybrid models by 2025 Now, after a thorough 2016 reshuffle of its product plans for plug-in electric...

  • 2019 Kia Sorento
    Kia Sorento Diesel crossover utility vehicle confirmed by company

    With Volkswagen having left a gaping void in the North American market for diesel vehicles, other automakers are taking a chance at exploiting the fuel for their own market-share gains. The latest entrant is Kia, which—for the first time in its 24-year U.S. history—will have a...

  • Teaser for Ford Mach 1 electric SUV due in 2020
    Ford 300-mile all-electric SUV may be named Mach 1; due 2020

    The big new debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show are largely pickup trucks, one of them being the new mid-size 2019 Ford Ranger. Ford also introduced a new Bullitt Mustang, honoring the 51st anniversary of the legendary 1968 movie, and a high-performance ST version of the Edge crossover. (Is it the...

  • Hyundai Nexo
    Production Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel-cell SUV appears at CES

    The world of cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells is still small and low-volume, but Korean maker Hyundai unveiled its production entry into that group on Monday. The sprawling Consumer Electronics Show is increasingly a showcase for advanced-technology and zero-emission vehicles, and the Korean...

  • Lexus UX concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Lexus UX small crossover utility still being studied for U.S. (update)

    The Lexus UX concept previews a possible smaller crossover from the Toyota luxury brand.

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona and 2018 Nissan Kicks
    Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks: New small crossovers storm the market

    Ten years ago, the subcompact crossover segment barely existed. Now multiple automakers are clamoring for your attention as each brand rushes to bring its own take on the small utility to market. At this week's 2017 Los Angeles auto show, Nissan and Hyundai revealed two new models that will vie for...

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