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  • Porsche Cayenne Hybrid logo

    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 European maker is doing more than Porsche. It plans a hybrid version of its Cayenne sport utility vehicle, a hybrid Panamera four-door sedan, and perhaps even a smaller SUV hybrid as well. Hybrid pioneer: Porsche And why not? The world's very first hybrid is widely acknowledged to be the Lohner-Porsche...

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    Here It Is: New 2012 Ford Escape, But Will There Be a Hybrid?

    The Ford Escape compact sport utility, including its hybrid model, is now long in the tooth or beyond. It was first introduced as a 2001  model, and has been restyled twice. It still sells well, though, and Ford continues to update the hybrid model. Nonetheless, it's overdue for replacement. Now...

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    Electric Mini E Launched In UK--With Steering Wheel on Wrong Side

    Mini has been on a roll this year, with a new Coupe concept to celebrate its 50th birthday and the much-publicized U.S. release of 200 Mini E electric conversions. Now, 40 Britons will be able to drive the electric Mini E as well, 20 of them members of the public chosen from more than 500...

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    Green Car of the Year Finalists: Three Hybrids, Two Diesels

    The five finalists for the 2010 Green Car of the Year Award include three hybrid models--two Japanese hatchbacks and one U.S. sedan--and a pair of German clean-diesel cars. The nominations were announced today by Green Car Journal, which has presented the award at the Los Angeles Auto Show for five...

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    Electric Supercharger Gives Gas Engines Diesel Efficiency

    If you frequent this site, you've read all about electric vehicles and gas-electric hybrids. In those applications, electricity is stored in a battery, which powers an electric motor. That electric motor can either move the vehicle or assist the gas engine in hybrid configurations. One U.K. company...

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    Porsche Boss Expects EV Model Within The Decade

    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...

  • MINI E

    Being a pioneer isn't easy. Just ask BMW North America CEO, Jim O'Donnell. As the German automaker continues to test 450 electric Minis (aptly called Mini Es) in New York, New Jersey and L.A., creating the charging network has proven challenging. "We are learning a heck of a lot just about the sheer infrastructure," O'Donnell, told Autoweek. "When we bring out another electric car, we will be in a great position because we know all the wrinkles." Mini had planned to install 30 fast-charge boxes in New Jersey, but regulatory issues have bogged the program down. Installation of the 240-volt...

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    Porsche Planning All-Electric Sports Car (Cautiously)

    The German automaker whose name is synonomous with "sports car" is planning an all-electric vehicle. This is no third party hack of an existing car either. While speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, Porsche president and CEO, Michael Macht, announced that the company is working hard...

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    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 Mercedes-Benz Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid Concept
    Frankfurt Auto Show: Plug-In Hybrid Mercedes S-Class Concept

    Every other year, Mercedes-Benz unveils a "Vision" concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show that points the way to cars it will launch in future years. This year's concept car looks just like a standard 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Instead, it's the mechanical parts that are remarkable: It's a...

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    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...

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    VIDEO: BMW Unwraps The Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, Turbodiesel Plug-in Hybrid

    In recent weeks, BMW has set the blogosphere alight with a trickle of information regarding a concept that would be on display for the upcoming Frankfurt auto show. If you guessed that the new vehicle would be a turbo-diesel plug-in hybrid sports car, you were right. The so-called Vision...

  • 2011 Volkswagen Polo Three-door

    Back in March, VW confirmed it would sell the Polo in the US in 2011. The five-door hatchback model was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, and now Volkswagen has released details of the three-door hatch as well. US details to come It's like that VW will also offer a four-door sedan Polo model for the US market, just as its Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks are supplemented by the Jetta four-door sedan. Which, it's worth pointing out, consistently outsells the Golf models. How much the US-bound Polo will be altered from its German counterparts is open to question. Stefan Jacoby, CEO...

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    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...

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    Lamborghini Hybrid Coming In 2015

    In May, Italian supercar maker, Ferrari, entered the hybrid fray with a patent application for four-wheel drive systems utilizing electric motors. Today, Lamborghini has tossed its cap into the ring. According to Car Advice, in a recent interview with the German magazine, Automobilewoche...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Supercar?
    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Supercar Going Electric (Without Tesla)

    The Mercedes-Benz AMG division has historically been about ungodly power and torque, space shuttle-like acceleration and street legal race car performance. Each AMG engine is hand built by one engineer from start to finish. With so much emphasis on making cars fast and exclusive, fuel economy has...

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    VW Going Electric By 2013

    Volkswagen will unveil its first electric car by 2013, said CEO Martin Winterkorn on Friday. Winterkorn espouses the electric car movement, but has previously mentioned that he thinks it will take 15 to 20 years before EVs comprise a significant fraction of the market. That won't stop VW from...

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    2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid At Dealers Late Next Year

    Hell is freezing over pretty frequently these days, it seems. Porsche, once the pinnacle of piston-engined power, will launch its first hybrid late next year. The 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid sport-utility will get gas mileage of at least 26 miles per gallon (less than 9 litres per 100 km)...

  • 2009 Audi R8 V-10

    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 priced five times higher. News related to upcoming R8 models makes headlines. Lately the conversation has focused on the convertible version of the Bavarian beast known as the Spyder, which is slated for 2011 production. The Spyder is expected to appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September...

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    Frozen Chickens Killed Detroit. Discuss.

    A dispute with Germany over frozen chickens kept imported vans and pickups out of the US; did it insulate Detroit from the real world?

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    Flight Design's New Hybrid System for Planes

    German composite plane maker, Flight Design, will introduce a hybrid engine for light planes at the Aero Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany next month. The concept uses a Rotax engine in combination with an electric booster designed with the help of Franz Aircraft Engines. The booster provides an...

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