Login to your account
Not a member? Register now.
AutoShopperBlog

Subscribe To The Blog:




Follow Us



The Latest News And Reviews
Throughout The Car Industry



Categories: Hybrid / Green

U.S. Government Supports Hybrid Sales As Consumer Demand Declines

On: Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:20AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


U.S. Government Supports Hybrid Sales As Consumer Demand Declines test 1-1

In recent automotive news, consumer hybrid sales are declining for the third consecutive year, which has prompted the U.S. government to step up to the plate. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, purchased over 14,000 fleet hybrids over the past two years. That number translates to around 10% of the total 145,000 hybrid vehicles sold in 2 years.

President Barack Obama's administration hopes that purchasing close to a quarter of the hybrid vehicles sold by GM and Ford will help to balance out the lack of consumer demand. GSA purchased 64% of Chevy Malibu hybrid models and 29% of Ford Fusion hybrids in 2009. GSA also bought about 14% of Ford Escape hybrids. The range of prices paid by the government for the hybrids was from $23,072 to $47,079.


Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 5:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid (Model) Shows Up In a Teaser Photo test 1-1

Porsche is playing it coy with automotive fans. The company clearly knows just how much the world wants the 918 Spyder Hybrid—in fact, if it weren't for that heartfelt desire, it would have never given the concept a production go-ahead. So in what would otherwise be a rather mundane, snooze-able press release about a €150 million investment in its research and development center in Weissach (yeah, we wouldn't have been covering that on its own), the Porsche brass decided to slip in a little teaser of the 918. While it's just a picture of a designer working on a clay model, it's a little reminder that Porsche R&D= 918 Spyder Hybrid awesomeness. And that we have to cover. Hat tip, Porsche.


Video: Jay Leno Drives the Jaguar C-X75 Concept

On: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Jay Leno Drives the Jaguar C-X75 Concept test 1-1

There are few if any high-end cars that haven't made their way through Jay Leno's Garage. Because when he's not making stupid one-liners about Bill Clinton, he's out driving some of the most exclusive cars on the planet. Case in point: the Jaguar C-X75. An incredible but fantastical concept, the C-X75 is based largely on future technology. Yet Jay Leno has already driven it.


Nissan LEAF Rated At 99 MPG, Without . . . any . . . gallons . . .

On: Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 11:19AM | By: John Welch


Nissan LEAF Rated At 99 MPG, Without . . . any . . . gallons . . . test 1-1

Even though the Nissan Leaf is a completely Electric Vehicle, using no gasoline or oil to motivate itself, the Environmental Protection Agency still had to come up with a fuel economy rating. They don't trust that we are smart enough to understand "One hundred miles per charge" so the EPA got out their slide-rules and came up with an equation that would turn "miles per charge" into "miles per gallon". During the course of their research, the EPA made a few determinations about that Leaf that are contradictory to Nissan's description of their electric darling.

Nissan has stated that the Leaf is good for 100 miles on a full charge, but, like most electric cars, (I'm lookin' at you Tesla,) it appears the advertised range is a little optimistic. The EPA figures the Leaf will travel an average of 73 miles on a single charge, not the original figure, but impressive none the less.


 

Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge

On: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:14AM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Aera Wins LA Auto Show Design Challenge test 1-1

Capping off what must be one of the best weeks in GM history, Cadillac's design team took home the Design Challenge prize at the LA Auto Show. The team entered a polymer-skinned, mono-formed alloy frame concept known as the Aera.

The goal of the 7th annual Design Challenge was to create a vehicle that weighed no more than 1000 pounds and was able to transport four passengers comfortably and efficiently. GM joined more than half a dozen competitors that included Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo. Cadillac actually tied with the Smart 454 for first place. Both vehicles met the requirements of the competition while truly exemplifying their brands.


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:42PM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Volt Takes Green Car Of The Year Honors In LA test 1-1

In what is surely being welcomed as a rousing endorsement just weeks before its market launch, the Chevy Volt was named Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year. In being so named, the Volt became the first ever electric vehicle to win the title--if you're willing to call the Chevy Volt an electric vehicle, that is.

 

 
 

Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


Mercedes Hits Design Challenge LA With Three Futuristic 1000 Pounders test 1-1

The goal of this year's Design LA competition was to create a 1,000 lb. vehicle that could seat four comfortably and safely. For the first time, the competition extended beyond U.S. borders into Germany and Japan. Mercedes-Benz took the challenge seriously, offering three of the most distinctive concepts of the competition, including its radical Biome concept.


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Chris Weiss


Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept Stretches The Word Luxury test 1-1

Surprisingly, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet isn't the biggest fugster in LA. We've come to realize that spot belongs to the Urban Luxury Concept from Cadillac. Taking nearly every intersting angle and curve out of the modern automobile, Cadillac presents a truly shapeless take on (luxurious?) urban commuting.


Nissan Ellure Unveiled at L.A. Auto Show

On: Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:09AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Nissan Ellure Unveiled at L.A. Auto Show test 1-1

A world premiere sedan from Nissan at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Nissan Ellure Concept uses a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control (one motor/two clutch design with lithium-ion battery), a 25 kW electric motor, matched with an Xtronic CVT and front-wheel drive. The Nissan Ellure Concept, being described in a recent press release as “engagingly seductive,” and “simple yet provocative,” uses an independent suspension, regenerative braking, and advanced drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering. So far, its performance statistics have not been released.


19 Launch Markets Announced For 2012 Ford Focus Electric

On: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 5:41PM | By: Chris Weiss


19 Launch Markets Announced For 2012 Ford Focus Electric test 1-1

Right now, the auto market is quickly preparing for the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. This time next year, it will be preparing for the launch of another competitor: the Ford Focus Electric. Unlike the Volt and Leaf, the Focus EV will launch in more than a handful of markets when it debuts in late 2011. Ford announced 19 specific markets this week.


Tesla Plans For Global Growth

On: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Tesla Plans For Global Growth test 1-1

Elon Musk, CEO of electric sports car maker Tesla Motors Inc., said Friday that he expects Japan to become the company's largest market outside of the U.S. Musk also predicted that the niche luxury auto maker's U.S. customer base will expand steadily overseas, and the goal is that sales will be evenly split between the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

"We do believe Japan will be our No. 2 country in terms of sales, over time," Musk said, speaking at a joint press conference with the CEO of Toyota Motor Corp. "Japan is a key market for the kind of product we produce," he added. The first Asian Tesla showroom was opened in Tokyo as Musk announced plans to enter the European market with dealerships in Paris, London, and Monaco.