Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) is ramping up production of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid by 90% to meet demand, especially in Holland, Belgium and Italy. Production at the Torslanda plant in Sweden will be increased continuously from 150 to 282 units per week. All in all, Volvo Cars will produce 7,600 plug-in hybrids in 2013, with a 2014 target of 10,000 units.
The driver of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid selects the required driving mode via three buttons in the dashboard: Pure, Hybrid or Power. Continue reading
Nissan unveiled the Hi-Cross Concept hybrid at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, heralding a possible new design direction for the company as well as a possible expansion of the current Juke-Qashqai-Murano portfolio.
Despite its modest external proportions, Hi-Cross Concept has a space-efficient… Continue reading
Volkswagen chose then 2011 Tokyo Motor Show to unveil its latest conceptual hybrid: the Cross-Coupe Plug-in SUV. It’s a wagon/SUV crossover plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric with a lot going on under the finessed exterior.
Of the concepts shown in Tokyo this… Continue reading
BMW has announced that it will not be offering the ActiveHybrid X6 luxury gasoline-electric hybrid crossover in North America in 2012. The high priced ($90,000) car had lackluster sales and almost no interest from the automotive press.
European sales of… Continue reading
Toyota has introduced the production Prius Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). All Prius cars up to this point have been standard gasoline electric cars (“hybrids”). This new Prius marks the first plug-in hybrid electric.
The “plug-in” moniker means that the… Continue reading
When someone uses the term “hybrid car” they are usually referring to gasoline electric cars, though broadly a “hybrid” is any vehicle that uses two propulsion sources interdependently or together. A gasoline electric uses gasoline and electricity to move the… Continue reading