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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Fisker Atlantic Sedan Barely Introduced, Delayed

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Atlantic Sedan Barely Introduced, Delayed test 2

According to new reports, the newly debuted Fisker Atlantic sedan will be delayed, just like its big brother the Karma. Fisker is still trying to figure out financing and production locations in the wake of the loss of its federal funding.

The Atlantic delay really doesn't come as a surprise given the turmoil going on at the company lately. Actually, more surprising is that Fisker was able to get the concept launched at the New York Auto Show.

Infiniti LE Concept To Become First Infiniti Electric

On: Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53AM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti LE Concept test 2

Infiniti introduced the LE concept at this week's New York Auto Show. The company plans to bring the car to market as its first fully electric car.

After toying with green concepts like the Essence and Emerg-E, Infiniti finally has a winner. It said that it plans to get the LE electric to market within the next two years. The model promises to bring a little normality - sexiness even - to a segment defined by small, awkward hatchbacks.

$4 A Gallon, Here We Go Again!

On: Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 9:57AM | By: Chuck Arehart

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It's baaaaaaack. Gasoline at four bucks a gallon. We've been there before and you've seen tons of articles about saving fuel and where you can buy it the cheapest to save a couple pennies per gallon. Yes, I will address some of that, but maybe it will help you think about it differently.

Fisker Shows Atlantic Small Sedan

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 2:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fisker Atlantic test 2

While it may take some time to actually get it to market, Fisker revealed a design prototype of its next car - the small sedan built under the Project Nina umbrella. Called the Atlantic, the sedan is every bit as sporty and aggressive as the Karma. There's not much not to like about the new, sporty plug-in.

Henrik Fisker may not have proven himself particularly adept at running a start-up, but the man can flat out design a car. The Atlantic will play second fiddle to the Karma in terms of package and pricing, but it looks every bit as stylish and upscale as its big brother. Fisker essentially whittles the Karma's sexy look into a smaller package while adding some new elements.


Mazda Takeri Concept In New York

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mazda Takeri Concept In New York test 2

Diesels may not always translate so well from foreign languages to American English, but that isn't stopping Mazda from showing off the diesel Takeri concept at the New York Auto Show. The concept is equipped with Mazda's new SkyActiv-D engine.

Mazda debuted the Takeri concept at last year's Tokyo Motor Show, and the New York show represents its North American debut. Mazda says that it is the first concept to use the new Skyactiv-D clean turbodiesel.

A123 Systems To Replace Defective Fisker Karma Batteries

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:51AM | By: Chris Weiss

A123 Systems To Replace Defective Fisker Karma Batteries test 2

 Well it looks like non-recall performance upgrades -or whatever the manufacturer in question chooses to call them to avoid the hot-button term "recall" - will be a thing for the plug-in hybrid. GM is in the midst of performing what it calls a 'Customer Satisfaction Program,' relating to the Volt's battery, and now A123 Systems, the battery supplier for the Fisker Karma, is starting a 'field campaign' to replace battery packs.

Earlier this month, Consumer Reports detailed an issue that it had with a Fisker Karma during testing. The Karma broke down with less than 200 miles on its odometer. While CR was doing speedometer calibration, an error message flashed and the transmission subsequently locked up, requiring Fisker to come and tow the car away for repair.

BMW And Toyota Expand Alliance To Co-Develop Lithium Ion Technology

On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW And Toyota Expand Alliance To Co-Develop Lithium Ion Technology test 2

BMW and Toyota announced this week that they've begun research first announced in December.  The two companies are researching next-generation lithium-ion battery technology for use in electric vehicles and hybrids.

On December 1, the two automakers announced that BMW would supply 1.6 and 2.0-liter diesel engines to Toyota. The parties also mentioned their plans to work on battery technology at that time.

Say It Ain't So: Ferrari Considering V-6 Engines

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Say It Ain't So: Ferrari Considering V-6 Engines test 2

The words "Ferrari" and "six cylinder" just don't belong in the same sentence - unless you're talking about classic Dinos. Or future Ferraris. According to a new report, the Prancing Horse is considering offering six cylinder engine options as a means of lowering its emissions and fuel economy numbers.

Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa told Autocar this month: "Why not six cylinders? It is far away in the future, perhaps, but it is clear perceptions have altered. Even in the US, where until a few years ago eight cylinders was the minimum, it is clear attitudes have changed. We have to think in that direction."

Acura RL To Get NSX's Hybrid Powertrain

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 10:46AM | By: Chris Weiss

Acura RL To Get NSX's Hybrid Powertrain test 2

Honda introduced the hybrid drivetrain that underpins the Acura NSX before the NSX itself, so it's not all that surprising that the automaker plans to use the system in more cars than just its upcoming Acura sports flagship. According to a new report, Honda also plans to use the hybrid system in its flagship sedan.

Honda chief Takanobu Ito told Auto News that the redesigned RL sedan will use the same hybrid powertrain as the NSX. In fact, the RL might be the first Acura to get the system, as a redesigned RL is likely to beat the NSX to market. The system will allow for better handling.

BMW i8 Details Surface

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 2:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW i8 Details Surface test 2

BMW has been developing the i8 since it launched it as the Vision EfficientDynamics at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It showed an updated i8 version at last year's show and plans to have the production version ready for the next Frankfurt show in 2013. In the meantime, it has revealed some of the key specs and details about the production model.

CAR magazine reports that the production i8 will play pretty closely to the concepts. It will be a 2 + 2 design with pop-up doors available exclusively as a plug-in diesel hybrid. It will weigh around 3,200 lbs, thanks to the use of carbon fiber.

Chevy To Replace Charging Cords On 2011 Volts

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 4:53PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy To Replace Charging Cords On 2011 Volts test 2

Ordinarily when things go wrong with a car, an automaker needs to issue a recall, bringing owners in to repair the model. But when that problem only pertains to an ancillary component - say a charging cable - then the automaker can take care of business without inconveniencing owners as much. That's what Chevy is doing for Volt owners in order to improve their charging experience.

Chevy told media this week that it plans to replace the 120V charging cords on all 2011 Volts and some 2012 models. The new cords are designed to offer an improved, more reliable charging experience and sound to be more durable. A company spokesperson was careful to distinguish it as a proactive action and not a recall, when speaking with Inside Line.