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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.


Ford, Toyota Teaming up on Hybrid, Telematics Technology

Unusual collaboration aimed at high-efficiency trucks and SUVs.

by on Aug.22, 2011

Ford's Derrick Kuzak and Toyota's Takeshi Uchiyamada.

Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are joining forces in a 50-50 partnership aimed at developing the next generation of hybrid technologies specifically to bolster the fuel efficiency of pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

The new partnership, a clear response to recent federal mandates requiring automakers to boost fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 was triggered by a chance meeting in an airport lobby.  As part of their new alliance, Toyota and Honda also plan to work together on advanced telematics systems that will pick up where today’s Ford Sync and Toyota Entune leave off.

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Toyota and Ford are already the world’s two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles, the Japanese maker’s Prius sedan accounting for roughly half the gas-electric vehicles sold worldwide.  But the challenge is to expand the technology to ensure that even the largest vehicles – like the Ford F-150 pickups and Toyota’s comparable Tunda truck – can deliver significantly better mileage.

“This agreement brings together the capability of two global leaders in hybrid vehicles and hybrid technology to develop a better solution more quickly and affordably for our customers,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.


Green Car Top 5

Diesels vie with hybrids for annual enviro-car award.

by on Oct.07, 2009

The 2010 Toyota Prius was an obvious choice for finalist in the Green Car of the Year competition, but the list includes a few surprises.

The 2010 Toyota Prius was an obvious choice for finalist in the Green Car of the Year competition, but the list includes a few surprises.

Hybrids dominate – though just barely – in the run up to the fifth annual “Green Car of the Year,” the annual award that will be announced at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to recognize vehicles that are making significant contributions to the environment, organizers today announced the five finalists, a list that includes three hybrids: the latest version of the Toyota Prius, the reborn Honda Insight and the new Mercury Milan Hybrid, as well as two diesel-powered vehicles: the Audi A3 TDI and Volkswagen’s new Golf TDI.

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The choices reflect a few surprises.  For one thing, the midsize Mercury Milan was picked instead of the more popular Ford Fusion Hybrid.  And jurors left out several Ford “eco” models, the maker’s growing list of vehicles, such as the Taurus SHO and Flex, using the new EcoBoost gasoline engine.  Also left off were the new hybrids or diesels from General Motors, Mercedes-Benz or BMW.


Sneak Peek: 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450

German maker belatedly enters the hybrid market.

by on Apr.08, 2009

Mercedes' U.S. boss, Ernst Lieb, reveals the automaker's first hybrid-electric vehicle, the ML450.

Mercedes' U.S. boss, Ernst Lieb, reveals the automaker's first hybrid-electric vehicle, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450.

Better late than never, at least as far as Mercedes-Benz is concerned.  Though the automaker has been putting most of its emphasis on clean, fuel-efficient diesels, it used the New York International Auto Show as the opportunity to unveil its first high-mileage hybrid-electric vehicle.

The ML450, which goes on sale for the 2010 model-year, “offers V-8 torque with 4-cylinder fuel economy,” declared Ernst Lieb, President of Mercedes’ U.S. sales subsidiary, during a NY press preview.

You’ll need a close look to spot the hybrid badge on the ML450, which relies on a two-mode gasoline-electric drivetrain system developed through an unusual joint venture with Chrysler, BMW and General Motors.  The goal of the consortium was to overcome a fundamental problem with early hybrid systems, such as the drivetrain in the Toyota Prius, which provides a significant boost to mileage in-town, but can actually reduce fuel efficiency on the highway.

The hybrid SUV delivers 24 mpg on the EPA’s City cycle and 24 mpg on the Highway.