At the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Kia is focusing on its "Green Car Roadmap" by showing hybrid and plug-in vehicles. One that's been anticipated for some time is the Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV), which has finally debuted as a production model for the 2017 model year.
EasyJet has announced plans to test a hybrid hydrogen fuel system. The concept was conceived by students at Cranfield University and could save around 50,000 tonnes (55,115 tons) of fuel a year, as well as the associated CO2 emissions. It would recover energy from braking when a plane lands.
Morgan, the family-owned British car manufacturer that still uses wood in the frames of its hand-assembled cars, has announced hybrid powertrains will be offered across its entire range by the end of the decade.
Volkswagen has introduced its version of a plug-in hybrid SUV at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept combines a gasoline engine with two electric motors and all-wheel drive to create an SUV with a claimed fuel economy of 75 mpg (3 l/100 km) and a range of 580 miles (933 km).
Ford has unveiled a new Fusion at the Detroit Auto Show. Known as the Mondeo in some markets, the Fusion receives a new twin-turbocharged V6, a pedestrian detection system for North America, and updates to the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models to go along with two new trim levels.
Kia might not be known for making big, brash SUVs, but that's exactly what it's delivered at NAIAS 2016. The hybrid-electric all-wheel-drive Telluride concept looks kind of like a Bentley EXP 9 F crossed with a Chevy Suburban, and is significantly longer, wider and taller than the current Sorento SUV. Plus, it appears to actually "care" about its passengers.
Modern families might be crazy about their high-riding SUVs, but for a long time the minivan ruled supreme in the world of practical family hauling. Chrysler is hoping its new Pacifica is able to kickstart a retro revolution, where practicality and family-first features trump the schoolyard kudos carried by the four-wheel drive monsters that currently rule the road.
Acura has really been playing the long game with the 2017 NSX, developing the car over the course of years and trickling information out bits at a time. If we're counting concept cars, we've been waiting nearly four years for this moment: the arrival of pricing and ordering details. Acura's range-topping sports car will go on sale in a couple of months, starting at US$156,000.
Infiniti has unveiled the 2016 Q50 ahead of the Detroit Auto Show. The significant refresh for the model will bring five powertrain options, a next-generation steering system, and a new digital suspension tuning system.
The Hyundai IONIQ is an electric vehicle planned for production in 2016. The car will be officially revealed soon, but the Korean automaker has begun teasing it, building up to its initial unveiling in Korea in January 2016.