Hybrid Automaker News

Review: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

After taking the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid for a spin, The Car Connection had a mixed reaction about the vehicle. While the stylish crossover offers “a lot of power, a balanced chassis, grippy all-wheel drive, and nicely weighted steering controlled via a thick-rimmed, three-spoke wheel,” the review says there’s some “fine-tuning to be done” and notes that it “is hardly…

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Honda to display CR-V hybrid at the Frankfurt Auto Show

AutoBlog.com reports that Honda will showcase its CR-V Hybrid prototype at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which begins September 14. It is expected to be the same vehicle introduced at the Shanghai auto show earlier this year, featuring a 2.0-liter four-cylinder coupled to a pair of electric motors. “Though the crossover is listed as a prototype, it’s all but guaranteed that it will enter production…

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Aston Martin is Going ‘100 Percent Hybrid’ by 2025

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has told the Financial Times that every one of the manufacturer’s cars will be offered as a hybrid by 2025. That doesn’t mean all Aston Martins will be hybrids, but all will at least be offered with some sort of hybrid powertrain. Palmer also said about a quarter of the supercar maker’s vehicles will be…

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Report: Ford’s Largest SUVs Are Getting Greener

A new report says that Ford is continuing its push to make its largest SUVs more fuel efficient. Sources told Automotive News that Ford is planning to introduce hybrid variations of the Expedition and Navigator in 2019. The same story says that the defunct Escape Hybrid will reappear in 2019, along with a gas-electric version of its Lincoln MKC platform…

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Review: 2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid

TheFastLaneCar.com raves about the 2017 Ford Fusion Titanium Hybrid, noting that it is attractive, drives well and provides the latest in safety features, infotainment and technology. “When driven in a responsible and sensible manner, both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi Plug-in Hybrid provide a pleasantly smooth and quiet ride quality in their electric mode,” the review says. “When the gasoline engine…

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Green Car Congress offers a primer on “electric” vs. “electrified”

When Volvo’s announced that it would electrify every vehicle in its lineup by 2019, many media misinterpreted the German automaker’s plans. John Voelcker, a senior editor at Green Car Congress, wants to set the record straight. Two days after the Volvo announcement, Coelcker wrote an aptly-titled column: Hey, media, get it straight: “electrified” is NOT “electric,” and the difference matters. He…

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Volvo: All of our vehicles will soon have an electrified powertrain

Volvo made waves across the automotive industry when it announced that every new vehicle it brings to market, beginning in 2019, will be electrified. The company says it marks the end of an era for cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Green Car Congress reports that Volvo will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully…

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Early sales show Kia Niro outperforming Hyundai Ioniq

Through the first half of 2017, the Kia Niro is outselling the Hyundai Ioniq nearly 3-to-1. Ward’s Auto reports that Kia sold 12,676 Niro’s compared with 4,881 Ioniq’s since the vehicles were introduced in February. The major difference between the vehicles: Kia opted to develop a CUV while Hyundai developed a more traditional mid-size sedan.   “We really from the beginning of…

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Honda introduces 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Honda has added two new vehicles to the Clarity line of green vehicles, including the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric (available only in California). The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is expected to have a range of 330 miles, including an electric-only range of 42 miles. The Clarity series is part of Honda’s efforts to increase U.S. sales of electrified vehicles five-fold over…

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