Report: Hybrids, Not Electric Vehicles, Are the Future Says Toyota Europe R&D Boss

Hybrid cars and not electric vehicles, are the future of mass market environmentally-responsible transportation, says Toyota Europe’s R&D boss Masato Katsumata.

Read more
Tokyo Preview: Suzuki Swift Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Suzuki is looking to take its small car expertise to new heights (and new distances) by unveiling a new plug-in hybrid concept at the Tokyo Auto Show in just a few weeks. Based on the current Swift platform that is sold in both Japan and Europe, this PHEV uses a 658 cc gasoline engine (0.7-liters), along with a 74hp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

Read more
Report: Mazda To Raise $1.1 Billion for Hybird Research

Mazda has announced plans to raise as much as $1.1 billion in capital to invest in hybrid technologies for future vehicles. The news comes roughly 8 months after the automaker laid out plans to improve the overall fuel economy of its vehicles through advancements to gasoline and diesel engines, as well as transmission improvements. Many of these technologies will debut on the Kiyora Concept, which will debut at the Tokyo Auto Show in just a few weeks.

Read more
Tokyo Preview: Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV Foreshadows a Future Plug-In Hybrid Crossover

When concept cars look this road-ready, you can be sure an automaker isn’t just interested in design for design’s sake. Called the Concept PX-MiEV, Mitsubishi will unveil this hybrid crossover concept at the Tokyo Auto Show next month.

Read more
Tokyo Preview: Honda Skydeck Concept Van Gets Sliding Rear Doors and Front Lambo Doors

Honda’s latest concept car (van) that is scheduled to debut at the Tokyo Auto Show, looks like something you might see done to an Odyssey minivan at Hot Import Nights. The reason? It has both the typical minivan sliding rear doors, as well as front “Lambo-style” doors.

Read more
Tokyo Preview: Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Uses Green Technology for AWD Performance

At next month’s Tokyo Auto Show, Subaru will unveil what it calls the Hybrid Tourer Concept. The idea with this concept seems to be to explore a new area of the marketplace, somewhere between the Outback and Legacy, but with a serious focus on luxury and sport – like the GT/Sportback/Hatchback models being built by companies like BMW and Audi. Oh… and it also is a hybrid.

Read more
Tokyo Preview: Honda CR-Z Concept Is As Close to the Real Thing As Concepts Get

Honda has just announced that a revised version of its CR-Z hybrid hatchback will debut at the Tokyo Auto Show next month. Honda has already produced a concept version of this car, but the new one (shown above) is as close to production as concepts get. The design has been toned down just ever so slightly, while the interior is as road-ready as a Honda Fit’s. In fact, the car looks deliciously CRX-like.

Read more
Report: 2010 Nissan Altima Sedan, Coupe and Hybrid Unveiled With Design Tweaks, New Options

After teasing us with a cropped photo several weeks ago, Nissan has now officially unveiled the refreshed 2010 Altima Sedan, Coupe and Hybrid models with an updated interior and exterior and some new electronic toys.

Read more
Report: Lexus Studying Premium Hatchback for U.S., Wants Your Thoughts on the LF-Ch Concept

While the official word from Lexus is that the LF-Ch concept is set to become a premium-level hybrid hatchback in the European market only, Toyota’s luxury arm is also (rather obviously) studying the possibility of bringing the car to North America.

Read more
Report: Land Rover Confirms LRX Production Model for 2011

Land Rover has now officially confirmed that it will build an SUV based on the LRX Concept, which debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2008. The new model will debut in 2010 as a 2011 model and rumors have suggested it will arrive on June 17th, the 40th anniversary of the original Range Rover.

Land Rover is keeping quiet about any details but has said that the new model will be, “the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced.” It is expected that a hybrid drivetrain will be offered.

“The production of a small Range Rover model is excellent news for our employees, dealers and customers,” said Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover. “It is a demonstration of our commitment to investing for the future, to continue to deliver relevant vehicles for our customers, with the outstanding breadth of capability for which we are world-renowned.”

Official release after the jump:

Read more
Frankfurt 2009: BMW 7 Series Hybrid Faster and More Fuel-Efficient

The second of two production-destined hybrids unveiled by BMW at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the ActiveHybrid 7 Series joins the X6 ActiveHybrid to expand the German automaker’s focus on electric-assisted engines.

Read more
Frankfurt 2009: Volkswagen L1 Concept Gets 170 MPG, Production Planned for 2013

As Germany’s largest automaker, Volkswagen had big news at the Frankfurt Auto Show today with numerous new models that boast impressive fuel-economy. But even the BlueMotion Polo has nothing on the fuel-economy of the L1 Concept, a tiny two seater that uses just 1.38 liters of diesel per 100 km – that’s 170 mpg. And for some reason it doesn’t look as dorky in real life as VW’s promo photos suggested.

Read more
Frankfurt 2009: Hyundai Introduces Ix-Metro CUV Concept

Hyundai introduced a futuristic crossover concept model, the ix-Metro, at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Read more
Official: Mercedes Confirms Vision S500 Plug-In Hybrid for Frankfurt Debut

After information and photos of Mercedes’ plug-in hybrid S-Class emerged last week, Mercedes has now officially confirmed the car will debut tomorrow (September 15th) at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

Read more
Frankfurt Preview: Toyota Auris HSD Concept Revealed

Notoriously good at keeping secrets, Toyota has decided to blow its own cover and has released a smattering of details on the Auris HSD Concept that will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show tomorrow (September 15th).

Read more