2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in: Heartbreak in Colorado, Rejoicing in Vermont
Specialty green models don’t normally end up in lots across the country, at least not initially, and the upcoming Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is no different. The resurrected green variant of the wildly popular Crosstrek, which bit the dust following slow sales in 2016, appears late this year as a 2019 model, only this time […] The post 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in: Heartbreak in Colorado, Rejoicing in Vermont appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
The second-generation Volvo XC90 announced the brand’s confident and triumphant return to the forefront of automotive discourse. With its parental troubles behind it, the 2015 model year XC90 arrived with dignified, upscale sheetmetal and served as a styling template for future models like the S90 and XC60. It also heralded the brand’s move towards downsized […] The post Volvo Boss Predicts a Plug-in-filled Future, but Americans Don’t Seem That Keen on the Brand’s Largest Greenie appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Kia Ready to Launch Its Mildest Hybrid Yet
It isn’t a model, it’s simply a powertrain. After the recent announcement of the Niro Electric and earlier hybrid and plug-in hybrid applications, Kia’s ready to dial it way back for the masses. The automaker has announced a 48-volt mild hybrid system that shouldn’t confuse unsavvy buyers, providing it never uses the word “hybrid” in […] The post Kia Ready to Launch Its Mildest Hybrid Yet appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Crawls Out of Its Grave Next Year
While a lot of average folks like Subaru, the brand has long been popular with the hippie-dippy demographic. Frankly, it seemed like the company missed a golden opportunity to further solidify its standing with the granola crowd by being a little late on the hybrid front. However, maybe we’ve categorized the automaker’s consumer base incorrectly […] The post The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Crawls Out of Its Grave Next Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Alfa Romeo Readying an SUV for the Nuclear Family: Report
We’re talking one of those 1950s Leave It To Beaver-type families, not those downsized 1980s-onward broods. Yes, the range-topping utility vehicle under development by Fiat Chrysler’s sporty Alfa Romeo division will likely boast three rows and seven seats, according to UK publication Autocar. It’s far removed from the diminutive Alfas of yesteryear, such as the […] The post Alfa Romeo Readying an SUV for the Nuclear Family: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Shocking? Many Buyers Arenít Quite Sure What a Hybrid Car Is
The first mass-market hybrid in the Western World, the Honda Insight, debuted while we were still worrying whether Y2K would lead us back into the Stone Age. Some days, I wonder whether we’d be better off if it had. Regardless of my personal feelings about humanity and societal progression, we’ve had nearly two decades to […] The post Shocking? Many Buyers Aren’t Quite Sure What a Hybrid Car Is appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Nissan Finds the 2018 Rogue Hybrid, Gives It a Sticker Price
The crossover Rogue Hybrid appeared last year, teaming a 2.0-liter engine and 30kW electric motor that made 176 net horsepower and worked in concert to achieve the magical 35 mpg figure. For what it’s worth, the regular Rogue makes 170 horses out of its 2.5-liter inline-four. We feel confident your day has been enriched with […] The post Nissan Finds the 2018 Rogue Hybrid, Gives It a Sticker Price appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Next-generation Volkswagen Golf to Offer Electric Assist, but Just a Tad
Audi is bullish on 48-volt mild hybrids, and its Volkswagen sister division is no different in wanting to see larger batteries take some of the load off of its internal combustion powerplants. The automaker announced Thursday that its upcoming eighth-generation Golf will offer a low-cost alternative to purely gas- or diesel-powered motoring. The mild hybrid […] The post Next-generation Volkswagen Golf to Offer Electric Assist, but Just a Tad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
The Nissan Rogue Hybrid Has Not Disappeared
Nissan’s a big fan of mid-year updates to its vehicles, and last week we told you of the changes coming to the 2018.5 Nissan Rogue Sport. Mainly, more standard safety features and a corresponding uptick in the small crossover’s entry price. That piece led to the discovery that the model’s larger sibling, the fast-selling Rogue, […] The post The Nissan Rogue Hybrid Has Not Disappeared appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
As Midsize Sales Slide, Hyundai Throws the 2018 Sonata Hybrid Into the Price Chopper
Really, what else could Hyundai do? Hybrids aren’t the sole domain of traditional sedans anymore, let alone cars in general, and with green competition on the rise, something needed to be done to sweeten the pot. The 2018 Sonata Hybrid, arriving roughly a half year after the mid-2017 debut of the refreshed 2018 gas-only model, […] The post As Midsize Sales Slide, Hyundai Throws the 2018 Sonata Hybrid Into the Price Chopper appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
So Long, Pikachu? Toyota Priusí Adventurous Styling Due for a Toning Down
I’ll never forget gazing at the latest iteration of the Toyota Prius for the first time. Much hand waving ensued, along with words to the effect of, “No, this is all wrong.” Styling is subjective, but as hybrid and electric vehicles enter the mainstream, designers haven’t exactly copied the space-age looks of the fourth-generation Prius. […] The post So Long, Pikachu? Toyota Prius’ Adventurous Styling Due for a Toning Down appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
What Becomes of BMWís i-Cars After 2020?
BMW always hinted that the first round of electrified vehicles populating its i sub-brand were developed to dazzle consumers with tech and probe the market’s willingness for EVs. The company is now developing two new models for the group: the iNext crossover and i4 sedan. However, both vehicles are in the midst of development and […] The post What Becomes of BMW’s i-Cars After 2020? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe on the Way, Expect Added Power: Report
Alfa Romeo fans, whose passion was hardly diminished by reports of early Giulia reliability issues, will probably be pleased to hear there may be fewer doors and more power coming to the Italian sports model. We’ve heard rumors of a two-door before, but this one adds some extra detail. According to Autocar, the upcoming Giulia […] The post Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe on the Way, Expect Added Power: Report appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Prototype No More: 2019 Honda Insight Prepares to Wade Back Into the Hybrid Fray
Honda’s remarkably fleshed-out Insight prototype has now emerged in production form, looking remarkably like the prototype. Go figure, that. With the 2019 Insight now positioned between the compact Civic, from which it borrows a platform, and the midsize Accord, Honda wants to tempt green car buyers with an upscale appearance (and experience) they can’t find […] The post Prototype No More: 2019 Honda Insight Prepares to Wade Back Into the Hybrid Fray appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Porsche Clarifies Status of the Electric 911
Rumors of an electrified Porsche 911 have been circulating for months — and were eventually confirmed when CEO Oliver Blume claimed the forthcoming plug-in would be the “most powerful” version of the sports coupe the company has ever built. This, of course, stoked new rumors that automaker might decide to make the 911 a fully electric […] The post Porsche Clarifies Status of the Electric 911 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.