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2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid, XV Hybrid on sale in Australia
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27th Feb 2020
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2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid, XV Hybrid on sale in Australia

Subaru has confirmed final powertrain specifications and details on its new XV and Forester hybrid variants, each model marking a first for the brand in Australia. Keen buyers should note, however, that the range is now already sold out until May. Details here. Both the (small) XV and (mid-sized) Forester SUVs employ the same hybrid drivetrain. The new system, which works in conjunction with Subaru’s existing 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine, was developed by Subaru.
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Sam Purcell
Toyota Project Portal Beta fuel-cell truck unveiled
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1st Aug 2018
2 min read

Toyota Project Portal Beta fuel-cell truck unveiled

Toyota has unveiled its second hydrogen fuel-cell Class 8 heavy-duty truck at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan. The new truck is dubbed Beta, and is part of its Project Portal program. Like the original Alpha truck, the new Beta model uses two "off-the-lot" Mirai drivetrains running in series, hooked up to a 12kWh lithium-ion battery. The combined setup generates over 500kW of power, and 1796Nm of torque.
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Derek Fung
Kia Sportage, Cee'd to get mild-hybrid tech - report
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13th Jan 2018
3 min read

Kia Sportage, Cee'd to get mild-hybrid tech - report

Kia's European arm is looking to introduce 48V mild-hybrid powertrains, starting with the current Sportage and next-generation Cee'd - according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Auto Express, Kia's research and development boss, Woong Chul Yang, said the Korean manufacturer is looking to add the mild-hybrid options to meet ever-tightening European emissions laws.
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James Wong
2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito revealed - UPDATE
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20th Nov 2017
2 min read

2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito revealed - UPDATE

Update (21 November 2017): Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has released a statement regarding the local introduction of electric commercial vehicles. See bottom of article for details. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito has been revealed this week, ahead of a European launch in the second half of next year. Priced at 39,990 euros ($62,161), the eVito is the second pure-electric production model from Mercedes-Benz Vans, following the Vito E-Cell of 2010.
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James Wong
Navya unveils autonomous taxi in Paris
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8th Nov 2017
2 min read

Navya unveils autonomous taxi in Paris

French autonomous car manufacturer Navya has slotted its self-driving hardware into a fully-autonomous taxi. The pure-electric Autonom Cab has room for six passengers, and hits 55mph (89km/h) given enough room. Oh, and it'll be on the roads next year.
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Scott Collie