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Honda Concept B Hybrid revealed at 2014 Beijing auto show

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Honda Concept B Hybrid revealed at 2014 Beijing auto show

Despite killing off the Insight earlier this year, Honda looks set to make another run at the entry-level petrol-electric hybrid market following the unveiling of the Honda Concept B Hybrid at the 2014 Beijing auto show...

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BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney
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BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney

The arrival of the first BMW i8 in Australia was heralded with a grand unveiling in Sydney. Built from the ground up to accommodate two separate drivetrains, a plug-in hybrid and a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, the sleek lines are crafted from carbon fibre and set on an aluminium chassis. This environmentally friendly super car is capable of reaching 100km/h in 4...


Lexus CT200h Review
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Lexus CT200h Review

Lexus's hybrid hatch sharpens its value and styling to take on A-Class & Co.


BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900
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BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900

The BMW i3 will be priced from $63,900 when it goes on-sale in Australia in mid-November. Shown in Sydney for the first time - in conjunction with a first local appearance of the BMW i8 supercar - the i3 will be available with an electric-only drivetrain, called the BMW i3 BEV (battery electric vehicle), or with a range extending petrol engine (called the i3 REx) priced from $69,900 before on roads...


Bentley Hybrid : Mulsanne-based plug-in concept previews future SUV powertrain
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Bentley Hybrid : Mulsanne-based plug-in concept previews future SUV powertrain

The Bentley Hybrid concept will debut at the 2014 Beijing auto show later this month, previewing a new plug-in drivetrain that will power the luxury brand's upcoming SUV now due in 2017. Claimed to increase power by up to 25 per cent and reduce CO2 emissions by 70 per cent, all “without compromise to luxury”, the premium British marque says the Mulsanne-based Bentley Hybrid concept showcases technology that will be first applied to its future SUV...


Hybrids explained: Mild v Full v Plug-in v Extended Range Electric Vehicle
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Hybrids explained: Mild v Full v Plug-in v Extended Range Electric Vehicle

With the recent launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), it’s probably a good time to look at the state of play in Hybridland. What’s a hybrid? Any vehicle with two different types of motor can be considered a hybrid. In cars this usually equates to a petrol motor being paired to at least one electric engine...


Lexus CT200h :: facelifted hatch range retains  $39,990 starting price
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Lexus CT200h : facelifted hatch range retains $39,990 starting price

The refreshed Lexus CT200h is now available to order in Australia, with the hybrid-powered hatchback keeping its existing $39,990 starting price in a restructured line-up. Carrying over from the outgoing Lexus CT200h range, the freshly facelifted model will be offered in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants, with Lexus Australia dropping the previous entry-level Prestige variant...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review

We drive the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV with some surprising results...


Mitsubishi confirms more plug-in hybrid SUVs
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Mitsubishi confirms more plug-in hybrid SUVs

The next-generation Mitsubishi Pajero and Mitsubishi ASX will both be offered with PHEV plug-in hybrid electric versions, the Japanese company has confirmed. The announcement was made at the local launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with Mitsubishi Australia referring to the new plug-in hybrid SUV as "the beginning of a new era" for the Japanese manufacturer and a vehicle that points to "the advanced technology direction of its future product portfolio"...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on sale from $47,490
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on sale from $47,490

The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV – is set to go on sale from March 31, priced from $47,490 plus on-road costs. A two-tier range comprising the entry-level PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and $52,490 PHEV Aspire are offered exclusively with four-wheel-drive and Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC), originally developed for the Lancer Evolution...


2016 Nissan GT-R to produce 600kW from F1-style hybrid system - report
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2016 Nissan GT-R to produce 600kW from F1-style hybrid system - report

The 2016 Nissan GT-R will produce 600kW from its F1-inspired hybrid powertrain, if a report in a Japanese magazine is to be believed. The magazine, translated by Japanese tuner 7tune, claims the next-generation GT-R will rival the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 by teaming a high-performance petrol engine with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) similar to that used in Formula One cars...


BMW i8 to be more fuel efficient than expected; claims 2.1L/100km, 49g/km CO2
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BMW i8 to be more fuel efficient than expected; claims 2.1L/100km, 49g/km CO2

The BMW i8 will be even more fuel efficient than originally thought when production of the plug-in hybrid sports car begins next month. Final production specifications released by BMW quote claimed combined cycle fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100km for the i8 – some 16 per cent lower than the 2.5L/100km claimed at the car’s official unveiling in September...


Kia looks to supercharged hybrid technology for future models
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Kia looks to supercharged hybrid technology for future models

Next-generation Kia models will be available with an innovative hybrid system that integrates an electric supercharger to deliver a low-down performance kick in addition to heightened fuel efficiency. Kia’s engineers are targeting reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 15 per cent from the new mild hybrid system compared with conventional powertrains in its existing production cars, as well as a 15-20 per cent power boost from the electric supercharger...


Honda Insight axed due to poor sales
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Honda Insight axed due to poor sales

Production of the Honda Insight will end almost immediately following confirmation of the Japanese car maker’s decision to axe its slow-selling hybrid hatchback. Honda Australia public relations assistant manager Naomi Rebeschini today confirmed overseas reports that Insight production will conclude at the end of the month...


Toyota Prius recall: 1.9 million hybrids affected
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Toyota Prius recall: 1.9 million hybrids affected

Just shy of two million Toyota Prius models have been recalled globally in what is the biggest-ever recall of the current-generation hybrid car. Relating to a fault with the Prius’ engine control units (ECU), Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced the worldwide recall, which includes 5500 locally delivered models...


Honda Odyssey hybrid : Japanese people mover set to cut fuel use by “50 per cent”
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Honda Odyssey hybrid : Japanese people mover set to cut fuel use by “50 per cent”

A hybrid version of the new fifth-generation Honda Odyssey is under consideration, and it could use only half as much fuel as the conventional petrol version. A petrol-electric version of the Japanese brand’s all-new people mover is “under consideration” according to Honda powertrain assistant large project leader Takashi Shinchi, who was one of the leaders of the development of the new 2...


BMW 3 Series : plug-in hybrid sedan spied camouflage free
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BMW 3 Series : plug-in hybrid sedan spied camouflage free

A prototype of the upcoming BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid has been spotted camouflage-free while undergoing winter testing ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year. Sharing much of its exterior styling with the current conventionally-powered 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid is easily identifiable by the charging port flap clearly seen on the test car's front left quarter panel...


Toyota Camry Hybrid : sports variant in the works
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Toyota Camry Hybrid : sports variant in the works

A sports version of the Toyota Camry Hybrid will launch in the US in the coming months as the brand looks to broaden the appeal of its popular mid-size sedan. Toyota USA senior vice president Bob Carter told Bloomberg the new sports hybrid variant was a direct response to customer demands for a Camry combining the efficiency of the regular petrol-electric model with sportier styling...


Kia Optima Hybrid : facelifted mid-sizer no closer to Australian showrooms
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Kia Optima Hybrid : facelifted mid-sizer no closer to Australian showrooms

The Kia Optima Hybrid appears no closer to being offered in Australian showrooms, despite an upgraded version making its international debut at the Chicago auto show. With peak outputs of 148kW and 319Nm from its 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the Optima Hybrid claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 6...


Nissan ZEOD RC : 294kW/380Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine revealed
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Nissan ZEOD RC : 294kW/380Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine revealed

The combustion engine of the hybrid-powered Nissan ZEOD RC will weigh 40kg and produce 294kW and 380Nm when the racer hits the Circuit de la Sarthe in June at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Measuring 500mm tall, 400mm long and 200mm wide in base form, the new turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit develops (for comparison's sake) 24kW more than the 4...