Here in Detroit, Volkswagen is setting up to reveal its long-awaited entry in the gasoline-electric space. That's the Jetta Hybrid. Indeed, later this year, the company will introduce a hybrid version of its Jetta sedan.
"Horsepower is old news. Big MPGs are what it's all about," reads the promotional blurb for the Pump Rebels 2012 Calendar.
You might ask why someone would want to turn a perfectly good Toyota Prius into a roller coaster that moves at a mere 15mph. I ask why not?
At last year's Goodwood Festival, Toyota and racing group Gazoo unveiled an MR2 fitted with front-wheel-turning electric motors and a 3.3-liter V6 for the back. For this year's event, they've upgraded the Sport Hybrid Concept to version two-point-uh-oh.
Jalopnik tipster Cyrus came across a murder of crow-black Porsches at a California gas station: two Boxsters and this camouflaged 911 Turbo. Strangest part? The 911 made no sound as it pulled away. Is Porsche considering a hybrid 911?
A Japanese battery supplier contact tells us that the Ford Fusion and Escape hybrids will almost certainly have production issues because of Japan's devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, but Ford says it has no reports of any shortages.
The Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid combines too many things I like to be ignored (Volvo, diesel, wagon, AWD). This is Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream served by Allison Brie on the hood of... a Volvo wagon.
Unsurprisingly, the 2012 Honda Civic looks exactly as uninspiring as the Honda Civic Concept that debuted in Detroit. The look's an update on the slab-sided current generation, but not so radical an upgrade as to disquiet their easily perturbed buyers.
Aside from various models drenched in black paint, Porsche says its Geneva auto show stand will also reveal a new gas-electric hybrid model, using the technology from the Cayenne hybrid, and following the 918 RSR hybrid unveiled in Detroit. You know how Germans can be when they're really enthusiastic about an idea.
Audi rolled out two new A6 sedans here today. The standard model in a devilish red and the A6 Hybrid, which can travel 62mph on electric power alone by way of a 45hp e-motor, in a more angelic silver.
Last month we told you Neil Young's 1959 Lincoln turbine-charged electric hybrid was damaged in a fire it may have started. Determined to rebuild the LincVolt, we saw Young on webcam this week visiting the remains of his charred dream.
General Motors execs say they're ready to start shipping the first Chevy Volts to dealers, but can't because the EPA hasn't given it a fuel economy window sticker. Probably finding just the right font for "Your Mileage May Vary" [AutoNews]
In the Six Million Dollar Man an astronaut, effed up in an accident, gets some new parts making him a better man. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Triumph has gained Miata parts, and man, does that make it better!
According to Autocar, in addition to a chicken in every pot and a beer in every garage, Porsche plans to offer a "a hybrid version of every model in its range." No word on a hybrid chicken. [Autocar]
"Simplify, then add lightness," Colin Chapman once said. The 2015 Lotus Eterne is incredibly complicated, but it is pretty light. The 612 HP four-seater won't just reach 195 MPH, it's a hybrid.
General Motors has to replace the battery packs in every Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura and Saturn Vue hybrid sold since 2007, some 25,800 U.S. vehicles. The problem? It doesn't have enough packs to fix what's broken. UPDATE below.