Hybrid cars have been and continue to be a hot topic among the auto industry and for good reason.
They aren’t as harmful to the environment as normal gas guzzlers, and they get a much higher mile to every gallon. The main issue consumers had with hybrid models is that they didn’t have a large selection of cars to choose from.
Toyota is changing all that with six new Hybrid model cars planned by 2012. Check out what our predictions for the models that they will be choosing.
The Toyota Highlander is a favorite ride of many people, so when they came out with the Highlander Hybrid model a few years ago it got many people excited. Well, now they are creating a hybrid model of one its top selling SUV, the Rav4. By 2012 we will see an all electric version of the Rav4 that competes with the Ford Escape Hybrid and hopefully gives the 30 mpg the Escape currently gets a run for its money. Toyota developed this car with Tesla so perhaps it will have some of the same functionality as the Prius.
Toyota Sienna Hybridis what the minivan market has been looking for years to find and now Toyota delivers. The only question is: Will the Sienna come before the Honda Odyssey Hybrid, which is supposedly being released within the next few years? The family van market is a great niche to control and by the time the Sienna Hybrid is released, people will be extremely happy to see it.The Toyota Yaris is currently being developed for the Japanese market, so bringing it overseas to the United States is not a far stretch. The Yaris was a top seller because people are starting to care more about the gas mileage their car gets, rather than how much horsepower it has and what it looks like. Many people are already calling the Yaris the “Prius Jr.” which is a great car to be associated with.
A Toyota Corolla Hybrid just makes sense to us. In a market where hybrids aren’t yet mainstream as many believe they should be, creating a Toyota Corolla Hybrid can be just what is needed to give hybrids that push into the forefront of car purchases. Creating a Corolla hybrid will put gas-electric technology directly in the heart of Toyota’s brand.
The last two hybrids announced are Lexus Hybrids which makes picking them a little more difficult. Currently they already have four Lexus hybrid models on the market and the CT200h should be coming to the US market by 2011. If it does that is one model taken care of and the other might be a sporty fast vehicle that complements the CT200h./fc-de.org
At the Tokyo Motor Show (December 3-11) BMW promises to show the world a new gasoline-electric hybrid ActiveHybrid 5.
A hybrid version of the sedan 5 Series is equipped with 6-cylinder gasoline engine, electric drive, 8-speed automatic gearbox and a lithium-ion battery. In fact, it is a full hybrid system that allows you to travel short distances in urban areas solely on electricity.
In the announcement of BMW says that the ActiveHybrid 5 will equip the new “intelligent energy management”, which “works in tandem with a navigation system in order to prepare the car for certain features of the upcoming road conditions.”
5 ActiveHybrid for the first time presented in concept form at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Then the producer said that equips the car a hybrid transmission, the new generation. ” Earlier, at the Frankfurt Motor Show of 2009, the company introduced the ActiveHybrid 7 and ActiveHybrid X6. Both cars were equipped with 8-cylinder turbo engine complete with electric drives.
Audi A8 Hybrid photos
The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (what else?) is mated to an electric motor and makes a total of 245-hp with 345 lb-ft of torque while achieving an average fuel consumption of 36.75-mpg (on the European test cycle). Even more impressive is that the luxury sedan can travel up to 62-mph on the electric motor alone and can cover 1.86-miles at a speed of 37-mph with zero local emissions.
As presented its new SUV models, PSA Peugeot Citroën took that concept and quietly VELV revealed during the forum for innovation ADEME.
Developed by a consortium of French companies in question VELV an electric vehicle with a 8.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor with an output of 27 hp This allows the 650-pound car to raise the maximum speed of 110 kmh and travels a distance of about 100 km per charge.
By Peugeot and Citroen have refused to discuss the issue with any production, but admitted that the prototype has the potential to be used for hire or be used for corporate fleet of a company.
Video of Peugeot Velv
Remember the Russians Dartz? But they are famous for one of his project, in which seats were made of skin of the penis of a whale. Well, this time not so. Instead Dartz have turned their attention to the ecology and on this occasion showed his prototype MOJO.
The car is a very aggressive-looking two-seater with removable roof and rear-mounted engine. Planned is the electric version of the model will be called JO-MOJO.
What about models? Not much. Expected to be unveiled at the Top Marques Monaco 2012.