Volkswagen

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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Detroit Auto Show features new plug-In vehicles

The Detroit Auto Show featured a host of new plug-in vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt, Audi Q7 e-tron, Acura NSX, Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE, and the Chevrolet Bolt. The Bolt is the only one of the vehicles not officially confirmed for production. Read more.

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VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan

Volkswagen predicts that cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will probably struggle to catch on beyond Japan’s borders, according to an article in Automotive News. Toyota is preparing to launch its first  fuel cell car in Japan, priced at about $69,000. The Japanese government is offering subsidies up to $28,500 a vehicle, a figure that Volkswagen says is probably too high…

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