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Green Cars Coming Your Way
Hybrid technology is improving at an impressive rate and is continuing to find its way into more and more vehicles.
A significant number of new and exciting hybrids are coming to market this year and early next. No, these aren’t all Prius wannabes. There are some interesting cars on the way, like the ultra efficient VW XL1 seen above. Check out some of these hybrid luxury sedans, rugged crossovers and even a pair of supercars.
If you’re not yet convinced to hop on the hybrid bandwagon, this should help. And if you already are, but haven’t found the right gas-electric vehicle for you, perhaps it’s coming soon to a dealership near you.
Porsche is likely to unveil both a diesel and a hybrid version of its Panamera sedan at the Geneva Auto Show in March. While no official word has been given by Porsche, a company insider has disclosed that both models will arrive before Summer, signaling a Geneva unveiling in March.
Porsche chose the Geneva Auto Show last year to debut both diesel and hybrid versions of its new Cayenne SUV.
Like with the rest of the lineup, the new Panamera models would share powertrains with the Cayenne, meaning that a Panamera Diesel would get a 3.0-liter V6 with 240-hp mated to an 8-speed auto-box. As for a Panamera S Hybrid model, it would make a total of 380-hp and 427 lb-ft of torque thanks to a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor.
Along with the debut, Porsche may announce sales of the diesel Cayenne and Panamera for North America.
[Source: Automotive News]
See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show preview here.
Porsche continues to debate whether it will sell diesel models in the U.S. According to recent reports, if the go-ahead is given, diesel models would not only include the Cayenne SUV, but also the new Panamera sedan.
An announcement could come as early as this March, when Porsche will debut the Panamera Hybrid and Diesel at the Geneva Auto Show.
Stating that the German sports car maker is preparing to make a final decision soon, Porsche marketing boss Bernhard Maier stated that, “We are discussing internally if we should introduce the Cayenne diesel in the U.S. this year. Also a Panamera diesel is an option.”
Currently Porsche offers the Cayenne Diesel in Europe with a 3.0-liter V6 with 240-hp and a 0-62 mph time of 7.8 seconds thanks to an 8-speed auto-box. The Panamera Diesel would be offered with a similar powerplant. The Cayenne S Hybrid is sold in Europe, North America and other markets. It is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 47-hp electric motor, making 380-hp and 427 lb-ft of torque
According to Maier, Cayenne diesel and hybrid models make up 30 percent of Cayenne sales globally and Porsche expects that number to grow in 2011.
[Source: Automotive News]
Tacked on to the end of a larger press release about Porsche‘s hybrid and electric car development strategy is official confirmation from the German sports car maker that it will launch a Panama Hybrid. Set to go on sale in 2011, the Panamera S Hybrid is believed to use the same hybrid powertrain as found in the Cayenne S Hybrid, which is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that is supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph.
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