All posts tagged: Hybrid

2015 Volvo XC90,

Volvo Cars Introduces Twin Engine Technology In World’s Most Powerful And Cleanest SUV

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even luggage space. By building on the new modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and successful Drive-E petrol powertrain, the company has created a uniquely roomy 7-seater SUV that delivers 400hp/640Nm combined with ultra-low emissions (59g/km) and high fuel efficiency (2.5 l/100km). The fuel economy according to the U.S. driving cycle is 59 MPGe.

Kia Optima Hybrid,

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid – EX Premium – Road Test

Ever since I laid eyes on the Optima, I’ve loved its style and couldn’t wait to drive it. Well time flies and it took longer than expected to finally get behind the wheel. Half-way through its model cycle, the Optima gets a refresh for the 2015 model year (its subtle, but better looking inside and out), so it was important to grab the keys to a 2014 before the change, in order to compare them next year.

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi SEL – Road Test

The All-New C-MAX is a great looking little city runabout that’s sure to stand out in a crowd. With the world striving to go green, manufacturers are forever trying to find a way to make vehicles more fuel-efficient. Each manufacturer has their own take on how to save the planet – for some it’s hydrogen, for others it’s diesel, hybrid, electric or combinations thereof. The C-MAX is a different animal – it straddles the realm between and EV and a hybrid. Its forté is that you can plug it in and run on electric-only for short trips around town – where the majority of pollutants are emitted in stop-and-go traffic. Unlike other EVs it has a real motor to extend its range, making the C-MAX far more desirable than your standard EV or hybrid.

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Road Test

Last year I drove the Ford Fusion SEL and was considerably impressed by it – so much so, that I recommended it to my brother-in-law when he was looking at buying a new vehicle. He loved it so much he bought one. I’ve driven a number of hybrids over the years, but never the Fusion. I liked the regular 4-cylinder version, so I grabbed the keys to the hybrid to see if it was any better. One thing it for sure, they are quite different.

Lexus ES – 2013

The All-New 2013 Lexus ES is better and cheaper than the 2012 model. Toronto, ON – “Every trip in the new ES delivers a moment of achievement – of personal satisfaction – that rewards the driver at every stage. And we’re pleased to offer this experience to Canadian guests at a new price that makes true luxury even more attainable,” said Larry Hutchinson, Senior Executive Director of Lexus in Canada. “With performance enhancements, signature styling and the Lexus attention to detail, plus the first ES to be offered with a choice of conventional or hybrid powertrains, the 2013 ES establishes a new standard for luxury and refinement.”

Hybrid Vehicles – How Do They Work And Should I Buy One? – Road Test Special

~ 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid In 2006 I had the opportunity to Road Test my first two hybrid vehicles – the Ford Escape and the Toyota Camry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than good gas mileage and a very quiet engine. That was a long time ago and hybrids have come a long way since then with numerous manufacturers throwing their hat into the fuel-savings ring. Each time I get the opportunity to drive a hybrid, my main goal is to learn if they actually sipped fuel as promised, or whether all the hype is just another game of smoke and mirrors that tree huggers have become so adept at feeding the general public by way of the media. I always get numerous questions come my way from friends, family and complete strangers. Most are somewhat confused about what exactly a hybrid is, and that got me to thinking – how many other people are confused about them? So, with my readers in mind, here is a brief explanation and summary of my experience …

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid declared winner of AJAC’s “Best Family Car (Over $30k)”

Niagara-on-the-lake, October 28, 2011 – Kia Canada was presented today with the award for “Best Family Car (over $30k)” from the Association of Canadian Automotive Journalists (AJAC). The group of vehicles that were part of the competition in the category included the Chevrolet Volt, Dodge Charger, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Mini Countryman, and Toyota Prius V. “The Optima Hybrid represents Kia’s commitment to building fuel-efficient and technologically-advanced vehicles” said William Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Kia Canada Inc. “The Optima Hybrid provides our customers with a driver’s car with record-breaking fuel economy including world-class design without compromise.”

The All-New 2012 Toyota Camry + Hybrid At An Incredible Price

Fresh styling, new performance, more efficiency and an MSRP starting lower than 2011 models Toronto, Ontario. – Toyota introduced today the new, seventh-generation Camry, North America’s best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before.  With class leading safety and fuel economy, the end result is the best Camry ever made.

All-New 2011 Lexus CT 200h: World’s first compact luxury hybrid, starting below $31,000 Cdn

TORONTO, ON – (December 15, 2010) – Lexus Canada today announced the all-new 2011 CT 200h, the fifth hybrid in the Lexus lineup, will available starting at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $30,950. The Lexus CT 200h is the gateway into the Lexus lineup, offering the level of refinement, quality and reliability that guests have come to expect from the Lexus brand. “Lexus continues to offer the industry’s most extensive selection of luxury hybrid vehicles,” said Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada. “The CT 200h proves Lexus guests can have it all: a fun-to-drive vehicle that delivers bold performance and sporty design in a luxury compact hybrid that offers class-leading combined fuel-efficiency – all at a truly attractive price point.”