Normally we wouldn't cover a Malaysian mini-car concept exhibited at an auto show in Switzerland. But we're making an exception for the Proton Concept, which will be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show in three different body styles. That's because Proton is the first maker to use the new Lotus advanced series-hybrid drivetrain, including the three-cylinder, 1.2-liter Range Extender engine-and-generator set, designed for extended-range electric vehicles (aka series hybrids). Lotus announced the engine and generator set last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. (It's worth pointing out...
But Would You WANT Your Prius To Sound Like a Spaceship?
With early data now showing that hybrid cars seem to hit pedestrians more often, carmakers are ramping up efforts to find ways of alerting people when a nearby car is operating in electric mode. Now the UK's Group Lotus Engineering has come up with a noise-generating system, one of several...John Voelcker