Kia Niro Plug-in Looks to One-up the Toyota Prius Prime in One Key Way
Kia’s well-regarded Niro, the boxy, decent looking hybrid five-door that’s a cross between a crossover and a hatch (it doesn’t offer all-wheel drive), spawns a plug-in sibling for 2018. Positioned as a mainstream offering for green yet thrifty families, both Niro and Niro Plug-in offer more than 100 cubic feet of passenger volume in an incognito […] The post Kia Niro Plug-in Looks to One-up the Toyota Prius Prime in One Key Way appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Sitting at the summit of the Honda vehicle range is the Acura NSX — a complex, advanced hybrid two-seater that goes like stink but can’t seem to find many takers. At the bottom, at least until 2014 models dried up sometime in 2015, was the Insight. Ah, the Insight. The model best remembered as the […] The post Bigger, Classier Honda Insight to Bow in Prototype Form in Detroit appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid First Drive Ė Star Captain Joins the Team
(In keeping with our goal of providing interesting and varied content, we sometimes bring you stories published by TTAC’s sister sites that we feel will satisfy your discerning tastes. This first drive review of Honda’s Clarity plug-in hybrid comes to us from a familiar name. It was first published by Hybrid Cars.) Honda has rolled […] The post 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid First Drive – Star Captain Joins the Team appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
With These Sales, Itís No Wonder Porsche Wants a Plug-in 911
It’ll be a long time before Porsche removes any hint of internal combustion from its beyond-iconic 911. The flat-six is safe for the next decade or so. However, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says the company wants a plug-in hybrid version, hopefully by 2023 — when the next-generation model reaches its mid-cycle update. “It will be […] The post With These Sales, It’s No Wonder Porsche Wants a Plug-in 911 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets New Engine to Go With New Face
We know from spy photos that the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee will (finally) ditch its awkward stacked headlamps, instead adopting a conventional setup that doesn’t make the vehicle look like it’s squinting. The look is more in keeping with the second-generation Compass and Grand Cherokee. Expect very little outcry over this sensible and long overdue […] The post 2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets New Engine to Go With New Face appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
As Promised, a Plug-in Kia Niro Arrives Before the New Year
It’s strange that the Kia Stinger — an aggressively styled, rear-drive, twin-turbocharged sport sedan — would get so much limelight when there’s a new Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid to drool over. All right, that’s the one and only joke we’ll have at the well-regarded Niro’s expense. Obviously, there’ll be little cross-shopping between these two models, as […] The post As Promised, a Plug-in Kia Niro Arrives Before the New Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
BMW Developing Hybrid M Cars, Whether It Wants to or Not
There’s a reason BMW’s M sub-brand is the performance division all other automakers strive to copy. Few letters hold as much clout as “M.” That one little addition to a BMW’s model name promises an overly generous heaping of horsepower, handling, and general sporting prowess. Continuing to this day, “M” ensures buyers of the presence […] The post BMW Developing Hybrid M Cars, Whether It Wants to or Not appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Another Hybrid Bites the Dust: Toyota Prius V Packs It in After VI Model Years
Okay, the “V” stood for “versatility,” but the largest Toyota Prius family member’s obvious usefulness hasn’t earned it a lasting place in the American automotive landscape. After arriving for the 2012 model year, the lengthened hybrid, which boasted 50 percent more interior volume than its Prius sibling, will disappear from the U.S. after 2017. Early […] The post Another Hybrid Bites the Dust: Toyota Prius V Packs It in After VI Model Years appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
New Subaru WRX STI to Deploy Hybrid Technology?
In an effort to reduce emissions, Subaru is putting everything on the table in terms of its performance-focused WRX STI. Keeping in mind your humble author is directly translating an interview given to a Dutch website (an activity which requires all of his brainpower), it seems there’s more than a passing chance that the next […] The post New Subaru WRX STI to Deploy Hybrid Technology? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Nissan Looks Ready to Bring e-Power to Its American Fleet
There’s no confirmation just yet, but all signs are pointing to the eventual introduction of Nissan’s novel e-Power hybrid system in its U.S. lineup. We say “novel” because the system isn’t like any gas-electric setup currently on the road. Think of it as a way to cheaply reduce emissions without the worries of limited electric […] The post Nissan Looks Ready to Bring e-Power to Its American Fleet appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Low Energi: Production Ends on Fordís C-Max Plug-in, With Hybrid to Follow
It’s a near-silent swan song for a duo of electrified Ford models. The Ford C-Max, which debuted in late 2012 in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid form, hit its sales peak during its first full year on the market, declining every year since. As Ford Motor Company shakes up its U.S. production landscape — ironically, […] The post Low Energi: Production Ends on Ford’s C-Max Plug-in, With Hybrid to Follow appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Letís Go All the Way: Chevrolet Bolt Increases Its Lead Over Faltering Volt
Never mind competing with EVs from other manufacturers. With each passing month, it becomes ever clearer that the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt competes directly with another General Motors stablemate: the Chevrolet Volt. In October 2017, the Bolt — first sold last December and available nationwide since mid-summer — pushed into second place out of all plug-in vehicles sold […] The post Let’s Go All the Way: Chevrolet Bolt Increases Its Lead Over Faltering Volt appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
13 Burning Questions We Have for Volvoís 2020 Polestar 1
By nature, we’re skeptics. It’s in the job description. Thus, while it’s hard not to fall in love with the idea of Volvo’s new 2020 Polestar 1 offspring — I mean, just look at it — we also know how hard it is to kickstart a new luxury brand, regardless of whether Polestar wants to […] The post 13 Burning Questions We Have for Volvo’s 2020 Polestar 1 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
The Discontinued Lexus CT200h Is Actually Updated for 2018
This is not the Lexus CT200h that was sold in the United States for seven model years. This is the updated 2018 Lexus CT200h. Lexus’ U.S. operations no longer wishes to bother with the CT, so 2017 is the end of the line for the hybrid hatch in America. But Lexus’ local discontinuation of the […] The post The Discontinued Lexus CT200h Is Actually Updated for 2018 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Polestar 1: Itís Here, Itís Real, and Itís Not a Volvo
There’s something missing from the efficiently named Polestar 1, the first production vehicle unveiled by the world’s newest car brand: a Volvo badge. Anyone who’s ever seen Volvo’s 2013 Concept Coupe will surely recognize the similarities between the two vehicles, but the slinky personal luxury coupe seen here is the one you’ll actually see plying […] The post Polestar 1: It’s Here, It’s Real, and It’s Not a Volvo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.