Innumerable design studies for a successor to the legendary E-Type Jaguar may finally have reached their conclusion: Jaguar's C-X16 concept sports coupe seems very likely to be built within a few years as the Jaguar XE. But the "production concept" to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week carries a component the XK-E designers could never have dreamed of: a hybrid-electric powertrain. Better yet, it features a racing-derived "Push To Pass" button that ensures this hybrid will be viewed as more like the Porsche GT3 R Hybrid than the reputedly wimpy (if definitively fuel-efficient)...
Will The Nissan Leaf Be Heading For The Oscars? At A Stretch
The 84th Academy Awards -- otherwise known as The Oscars -- might be many months away, but we’re probably going to see a stretched Nissan Leaf acting as red-carpet transport. Or at least, that’s what we think might be happening after a limousine company has confirmed that it has been...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Little Lotus Range-Extending Engine For Electric Cars Proves Popular
Most car buyers haven't even heard the term "range extender" yet. But over time, expect it to become more familiar, as electric cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt introduce the concept of a gasoline engine that turns a generator to produce electricity to power the vehicle. Tiny, powerful, efficient...John Voelcker
Jaguar Tests Flywheel Hybrid System Just Like Racing Porsche
Since Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to Indian carmaker Tata in TK, the luxury maker has stepped out a bit. Their green efforts have taken down several interesting technology paths that seem unlikely had they stayed underneath the Blue Oval of Dearborn. The latest to surface is a demonstration vehicle...John Voelcker
Range-Extended Electric Jaguar Luxury Sedan: Details Emerge
The U.S. government isn't the only one that gives grants and loans to help automakers develop advanced-technology vehicles. The U.K. government's Technology Strategy Board does it as well, for companies that build cars there. Luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, collaborating with Lotus Engineering...John Voelcker
Will Jaguar Have the First Hybrid Born From Jet Turbines?
"Born From Jets" may be the slogan of recently-saved-from-death Swedish Saab, but one day it may prove more appropriate for British carmaker Jaguar. The company has been awarded funding from the U.K. government to develop a small jet turbine as a range extender for a future hybrid luxury car. Its...John Voelcker