Volkswagen

VW’s Atlas Cross Sport SUV debuts with PHEV option

The New York Auto Show brought another surprise this week with Volkswagen announcing it will offer its Atlas Cross Sport SUV with a plug-in hybrid option. The Atlas Cross Sport is a midsize, five-seat SUV with 355 horsepower provided by dual motors and an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery. A mild hybrid powertrain is also a potential option for the Atlas…

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Plug-in hybrid Tiguan spotted on test in Sweden

Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid Tiguan has been undergoing road testing in snow-covered Sweden. The Tiguan PHEV is expected to have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine, in combination with its electric assistance. When in full-electric mode, the Tiguan is expected to have about twenty miles of range. Though VW has yet to announce where the Tiguan PHEV will be released, the model…

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Bentley’s Bentayga Plug-In Leaked

Bentley is entering the hybrid market with its first plug-in: the Bentayga. The model was expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next week, but leaks appeared on Autocar this week. The Bentayga PHEV will likely exhibit the same 3.0 liter turbo V6 / electric motor combination employed in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. Though the physical appearance of…

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Audi preparing to launch new plug-ins, electric vehicles

Audi is moving toward with its goal of having plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles make up 25 percent of its sales by 2025. Hybridcars.com reports that “sporty small cars and refreshed sedans” featuring fast, high-performance engines will drive Audi’s product lineup in the next several years. The new lineup includes the Audi A6/S6 models (2018) that will be offered…

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VW introduces T-Prime plug-in hybrid

Volkswagen introduced the T-Prime Concept GTE at Auto China 2016. The full-size sport utility vehicle with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive previews the future Volkswagen SUV. It will deliver the equivalent of 87 miles per gallon and travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone using a 14.1-kWh battery. Read more.

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“Floodgates opening…” with a dozen new plug-in hybrids arriving in 2016

HybridCars.com reports that a dozen new plug-in hybrids will be introduced this year, doubling the number of PHEVs currently for sale in the United States. The article describes the wave of new plug-in hybrids as “tantamount to a floodgate opening…” The new plug-in hybrids include: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback BMW 330e, BMW 740e Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Mercedes-Benz C350e, E350e, GLC 350e 4MATIC, GLE…

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Volkswagen shows Tiguan SUV plug-in concept at Detroit Auto Show

The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active concept made its debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show, pushing the boundaries of how plug-in cars are expected to look. Plugincars.com reports that the vehicle features all-terrain tires, a heavy-duty aluminum roof-rack outfitted with LED spotlights, and several tweaks to front fascia that give the SUV an unmistakably rugged styling rarely seen on…

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Review: 2016 VW Jetta Hybrid

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid earned rave reviews from HybridCars.com. “Driving the Jetta Hybrid is a hoot,” reads a recent review. “I think it’s the best handling hybrid south of $50K and, it has two personalities. It can be a fuel-efficient car that does fairly well against other hybrids or, it can be on the threshold of a sports sedan,…

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Hybrid vehicles that get 40 MPG or better — without a plug

An article in The Street notes that with the growing popularity of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, it can be easy to forget just how efficient the hybrid engine has become. It highlights 13 traditional hybrids that deliver outstanding fuel economy, led by the 2015 Toyota Prius and Prius c. The Prius hybrids have impressive fuel economy numbers: 51 mpg city, 48 mpg…

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German Automakers Make Big Push for Plug-in Hybrids

A trio of German automakers — Mercedes, Volkswagen and BMW — have aggressive plans for introducing plug-in hybrids. Mercedes has announced plans to introduce 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017. That follows news that Volkswagen will launch over twenty electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the next few years in China. BMW recently announced its first plug-in hybrid. “Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on…

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