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Mitsubishi Hints at High-End Plug-in with Ground Tourer Concept

New show car could signal big ute above the current Outlander line.

by on Jun.30, 2016

PHEV will debut at Paris Motor Show.

The 2016 auto show circuit has barely wrapped up but we’re already getting a first hint of what’s to come for the start of the 2017 season when Mitsubishi will roll into the Paris Motor Show with a new, high-end SUV concept.

Make that a premium plug-in prototype dubbed the Mitsubishi Ground Tourer, something the automaker calls “the latest expression of (its) design ambitions.”

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Targeted to ride above the Mitsubishi Outlander, the Ground Tourer concept also “further expresses” the struggling Japanese automaker’s push into battery-electric propulsion, with a plug-in hybrid driveline meant to deliver “effortless cruising in all driving conditions on and off-road.”


Toyota Primes up PHEV Market with New Prius Prime

Better equipped, lower priced, sales could double original plug-in.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The Toyota Prius Prime makes it NY Auto Show debut.

Toyota is nothing if not persistent, occasionally missing the mark, only to come back with a new model that’s closer to target – and that’s what the Japanese giant is aiming to do with the Prius Prime making its debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

The Prime takes the place of Toyota’s original, largely ignored plug-in hybrid, roughly doubling its range and, the maker hopes, doubling the earlier model’s sales. It should help that the 2017 model will come in at a lower price point, even while offering more content including an array of advanced safety features.

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“Our goal is to have it be a great value,” brand boss Bill Fay told following the public unveiling of the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime at New York’s Jacob Javits Center.


From Insight to NSX and Beyond: Green Cars to Dominate at Honda

Two-thirds of all models to use hydrogen, battery power by 2030.

by on Feb.25, 2016

Honda Chief Executive Officer Takahiro Hachigo helping introduce the Honda Clarity.

Two cars couldn’t seem more unlike one another. Yet the Honda Insight and Acura NSX have a lot in common – and they’re trailblazing the path being laid out by Honda’s new CEO Takahiro Hachigo.

Though one car focuses on fuel economy, the other on performance, both rely on gas-electric hybrid powertrains, Insight and NSX underscoring Honda Motor Co.’s plan to have hydrogen and battery-powered vehicles account for two-thirds of its line-up by 2030. Today, so-called “new-energy” vehicles make up just 5% of the Japanese automaker’s model mix.


“We want to focus our development resources for electrification,” Hachigo said during a Tokyo news conference that marks the start of his second year at the helm of Japan’s third-largest automaker.


Mercedes Planning to Launch 10 New Plug-Ins by 2017

German maker will launch new PHEV every four months.

by on Mar.18, 2015

Thew new Mercedes-Benz C350e will debut this month as the maker's second plug-in hybrid.

Just weeks after revealing a new plug-in hybrid prototype at the Geneva Motor Show, the Concept V-ision e, Mercedes-Benz says it plans to add 10 new PHEVs to its line-up by 2017, a pace that will see one of the new models roll out, on average, every four months.

The German maker launched its first barely a year ago, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, and it will follow it this month with the addition of the new Mercedes C350e. By the time the strategic initiative is completed, Mercedes will offer a plug-based version of virtually all of its major product lines.

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“Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emission-free future of the automobile,” said Thomas Weber, the Mercedes board member overseeing R&D.


Buick to Add Plug-in Hybrid Crossover in 2010

Five-passenger CUV shares key components with Chevy Volt.

by on Aug.06, 2009

Buick will launch an all-new small crossover in 2010, and introduce a version with a plug-in hybrid powertrain a year later.

Buick will launch a small crossover in 2010, and a version with a plug-in hybrid powertrain a year later.

General Motors has revealed plans to add a new plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, or PHEV, to its line-up, a 5-passenger Buick crossover that will go debut in 2011, a year after a conventionally-powered version of the CUV will be launched.

The as yet-unnamed Buick, which GM expects to be the first commercially available plug-in SUV, will share many of its underlying components with the much-touted Chevrolet Volt, though there will be distinct, underlying differences between the two products.

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“This will firmly put Buick, and GM, front and center in the advanced technology game,” proclaimed Tom Stephens, GM’s new “car czar,” during a speech at the Management Briefing Seminars, and auto industry confab, in Traverse City, Michigan.  “Buick has always been at the forefront of new technology,” he added, “so it is only fitting that the brand should debut our new plug-in hybrid technology in a beautiful new crossover.”