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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Does the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV Stack Up for the Price?

On: Mon, May 17, 2010 at 11:34AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV test 2

The 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV is supposed to—according to some rumors circulating around the web, and according to bits that have been pitter-pattered online—offer a more refined exterior, a sleek and leaner interior, and, of course, that oh, so desirable, Audi supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Last year’s model had the six-cylinder VW Group engine, but not this time around. With a bit of a lighter chass—is, according to rumors, and less weight overall, combined with a faster, more fuel-efficient and powerful engine, the Porsche Cayenne SUV is one robust off road vehicle.

The BMW Vision Effficient Dynamics Plug-in Hybrid

On: Tue, May 11, 2010 at 8:13AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Vision Concept test 2

The BMW Vision concept car clearly demonstrates that the Efficient Dynamics are fully compatible even when adapted to a sports car. This 2+2-seater with plug-in full-hybrid technology, combines the performance of a BMW “M” vehicle with a standard of fuel efficiency that, by far, exceeds other hybrids. This outstanding result is made possible by the combination of BMW ActiveHybrid components with an extremely economical combustion engine, and cutting edge aerodynamic qualities.

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up?

On: Sat, May 8, 2010 at 8:49AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Offers Two Primary Models (Hybrid & Gas) But Do They Stack Up? test 1-1

While there are literally thousands of Hyundai Sonatas on the road—ever since the South Korean conglomerate first started production on them in the late 90s, early 2000s, when the first bulky and curvy models were introduced to the US market—there are some newer features and lines that have been designed with both fuel economy and the driver in mind, or so they claim. However, there have also been some staunch reviews of this middle-of-the-class sedan. Ironically, the critics laud many facets of these newer models, of which there are two main models: A hybrid and a gas-powered one (as well as a gas-powered one that can you add a turbo option to).

Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In

On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 10:33AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In test 1-1

In keeping with German government’s goal to produce 1 million electric vehicles by the year 2020, Volkswagen approved a new plug-in electric version of the Golf Hatchback, scheduled to go on sale in the United States in 2013. The new Golf Blue E-Motion EV will join the future launch of the electric Jetta, Passat, and the Up Blue E-Motion electric city car. The Golf Blue E-Motion will be the higher-end electric vehicle, weighing in at a little over 3,400 lbs (600 lbs heavier than the current model Golf 1.6 TDI Blue Motion). 


The Future of An Oil-Driven Economy

On: Thu, May 6, 2010 at 9:04AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Future of An Oil-Driven Economy test 1-1

There is no doubt that oil is the resource that makes nearly every component of the US economy function, either directly or indirectly. It provides 40 percent of the nation’s power supply and provides a whopping 97% of the country’s fuel used for our transportation system, including cars, trucks, airplanes, etc. We have put our entire economy (and means of survival) in the hands of a non-renewable resource that may be used up within the next 30 years.

Auto Dealers Are Skeptical About Fuel Efficient Hybrids

On: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 7:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

 Auto Dealers Are Skeptical About Fuel Efficient Hybrids test 1-1

Recent federal fuel efficiency protocols announced by the Environmental Protection Agency were considered a major success by the Obama administration and automakers, but many new car dealers feel reluctant to make the transition to offering so many hybrids.

“With tight family budgets and a shaky job outlook, consumers want to maximize their transportation dollars, not pay more for redundant rules and an unnecessary bureaucracy,” said Ed Tonkin, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association. “Under these new mandates, the price of new cars and light trucks will rise significantly, meaning fewer Americans will be able to buy the new vehicles of their choice.”

Based on the new EPA regulations, the average fuel economy for cars is mandated to be no less than 37.8 MPG by 2016, while light trucks are expected to average 28.8MPG. Automakers are already beginning to design all types of new hybrids in greater numbers to meet the standards that the government has set.

Toyota Prius Gets A New Image

On: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:01PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Prius Gets A New Image test 1-1

When you think of the Toyota Prius Hybrid many people get an image of liberal Birkenstock wearing bleeding hearts. In a scene from the movie “Network,” Howard Beale yelled into the microphone, “Give me a break! I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies.” which demonstrates mainstream thinking regarding the iconic green car.

German Press Calls Electric Cars an "E-llusion"

On: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:24AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

German Press Calls Electric Cars an

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to hold a meeting to discuss, with senior advisors from the major German automakers and utility companies, the future possibility of the electrification of the automobile. He has given the subject top priority, particularly after missing the boat on the recent popularity of Japanese car technology, such as the popular Prius.

But according to the widely circulated German periodical called “Der Spiegel,” the electric vehicle is a “great e-llusion.”

The Fisker Karma Goes on Retail Tour

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 5:10PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The Fisker Karma Goes on Retail Tour  test 1-1

Fisker is an ambitious new automaker we have been hearing a lot about in car news today; he plans to launch the first luxury high-performance, electric plug-in hybrid, known as the “Karma”.

Henrik Fisker has a long track record of designing first class automobiles, including some of the most desirable cars ever made, such as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 (both featured in James Bond movies), and more.

GM to invest $893 Million in Producing a More Fuel-Efficient V-8

On: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:49PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

GM to invest $893 Million in Producing a More Fuel-Efficient V-8 test 1-1

The green movement is really taking off in the U.S. today. Every day we read about new and exciting concepts for more fuel-efficient technology in car news.

Most recently GM has announced plans to invest in as many as five different manufacturing plants in order to build more fuel-efficient aluminum block V-8 engines in future GM pickup trucks.

Many were wondering what would become of the heavy duty trucks, with maximum towing capacity, as the government steps up to regulate automakers to halt manufacturing the gas guzzlers in the future. Emissions standards have recently been set for automakers for the production of more fuel-efficient vehicles next year, and to continue to improve ratings up to 2016.

Nissan Collects $650,865 In Three Days

On: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Nissan Collects $650,865 In Three Days test 1-1

Any doubts regarding the popularity of the new Leaf were quelled after Nissan’s first all-electric vehicle collected some 6635 deposits totaling over $650,000 in just three days. The deposit will guarantee your place in line when the Leaf goes on sale, and will also allow you to track the progress of your Leaf.

OK, you put your $99 down and you are starting to feel all green inside; now what?
You wait until December and then you will be required to submit information to Nissan about your driving pattern to make sure you fit the car's limited range. There will also be a review of your home electrical system and local building code to make sure that the home charging system can be successfully installed.