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Range Rover Goes Hybrid

Brits will add gas-electric option on two models.

by on Aug.21, 2013

Range Rover plans to add two different models powered by its new diesel-hybrid system.

Apparently, when the folks at Land Rover buy into something they do it in a big way. And so, when they shine they roll onto the stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month they’ll be revealing not just one but two new hybrid models.

The first-ever Land Rover gas-electric powertrain will be shared by both the flagship Range Rover model and the even newer Range Rover Sport. Meanwhile, further applications could be in store for other members of the British maker’s SUV line-up in the near future.

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The new system pairs a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel with a 47-horsepower electric motor to create a combined 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox links the hybrid package to all four wheels. Better yet — for mileage-minded motorists, anyway — the new system should deliver a solid double-digit boost in fuel economy.


First Drive: 261 MPG Volkswagen XL1

Pushing the limits of fuel-efficiency with VW's exotic two-seater.

by on Jul.18, 2013

At a rated 261 mpg, the VW XL1 could go from NYC to Boston on a gallon - not a tank - of fuel.

It takes a bit of effort to slip in under the gullwing doors and then wedge oneself into the low-slung seat of the Volkswagen XL1. And it’s even more difficult for my co-pilot as the passenger seat is set slightly rearward, almost tandem-style.

The simple reality is that the windswept two-seater isn’t built for comfort. The Volkswagen XL1 was designed for maximum mileage. And we’re not talking something like the mere 50 to 60 miles per gallon of today’s best hybrids, nor the 100 mpg “equivalent” ratings of some of the latest battery-electric vehicles. No, this diesel plug-in hybrid recently received a mind-boggling rating from European authorities of 261 miles per gallon, far and away an all-time record.

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Describing the XL1 as “my baby,” program manager Steven Volckaert notes the project has been underway for more than a decade, with the original goal of squeezing out 100 kilometers from a single liter of fuel. For the metrically challenged, that works out to about 235 mpg.


VW Reveals CrossBlue Midsize SUV Concept

6-seater designed specifically for U.S. market.

by on Jan.14, 2013

VW says the CrossBlue Concept was designed specifically for the US market.

Volkswagen has promised to double the range of SUVs and crossovers it currently offers – and a critical addition to the line-up is making its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show this week.  Dubbed CrossBlue, the midsize SUV concept has been developed specifically for the North American market.

Significantly, the prototype on display at the 2013 North American International Auto Show features VW’s new diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, a technology the maker boasts can deliver a mix of performance, range and segment-leading fuel economy.

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Whether the diesel hybrid technology will actually be offered in the U.S. market remains to be seen, but a production version of the CrossBlue Concept is expected to reach showrooms in the near future. Company officials say it is critical if they hope to meet their target of setting an all-time sales record in the American market before the end of the decade.


Volvo Launches World’s First Plug-in Diesel Hybrid

High mileage, hefty price premium.

by on Nov.21, 2012

Volvo's new V60 Plug-in will pair two extremely efficient - but costly - technologies.

Volvo Car Corp., the Chinese-owned maker of prestige Euro cars, is starting up limited production of what it describes as the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid.

The new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid can run for long periods on batteries or utilize the onboard diesel engine for power during extended driving.

The combined diesel and electric drive system produces about 285 horsepower and Volvo says it expects an average 124 miles per gallon equivalent fuel economy, a number calculated around using the battery propulsion for much of one’s daily driving.

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According to Volvo, the V60 Plug-in uses an 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that should yield 50 kilometers – or about 32 miles — per charge.  It does not appear there are near-term plans to bring the V60 Plug-in to the U.S., nor is it clear what the EPA range rating would be.  The government agency – which oversees fuel economy and related testing – typically comes up with a far less generous number than manufacturers quote for themselves.


Citroen Delivers Another Reason to Want Them Back

DS5 completes new premium range.

by on Sep.16, 2011

The new Citroen DS5 - shown here at the French maker's stand.

To check out the new offerings from most makers at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, reporters have had to squeeze in and wait for the requisite press briefings.  But with Citroen’s newest model all they had to do was catch the shuttle.

That’s because the French maker’s new DS5 was put into early action on the grounds of the Frankfurt Messe moving the media between the show’s 11 halls.

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The new DS5 – which is offered with three different powertrains, including a hybrid – helps complete the new upscale brand-within-a-brand.  And it raises again the question why Citroen has yet to try to stage a return to the U.S. market.

The Citroen DS5 hatchbacks in the shuttle fleet – all painted a distinctive metallic white – feature the new Hybrid4 powertrain which, unlike most other maker’s systems combines a battery drive with diesel power to maximize fuel savings.