2015 Detroit NAIAS Auto Show

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The Savannah is the first hybrid superyacht

If F1 racers can be hybrids, then why not superyachts? That seems to be the thinking of Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects as it launched "the world’s first hybrid superyacht," Savannah, last Saturday. The centerpiece of a James Bond-themed launch ceremony for the new owner and the people involved in the yacht's construction over the last three years, the Savannah not only boasts a novel power plant, but is also the first superyacht to be entirely metallic painted save for the mast domes.  Read More

'The E23 Hybrid represents a new era for Lotus F1 Team'

The Lotus F1 Team is first out of the gate in showing off its new contender for the 2015 Grand Prix World Championship. Dubbed the E23 Hybrid, this is the car that the crew from Enstone hopes will turn their fortunes around from an abysmal 2014 season.  Read More

The PlayBox is a Playstation 4 and Xbox One hybrid laptop created by modder Edward Zarick ...

If you've been agonizing about whether to get a Playstation 4 or an Xbox One, there may now a third way. A modder by the name of Edward Zarick has crammed both consoles into one portable machine. The PlayBox is the laptop of every gamer's dreams.  Read More

The McLaren GTR will be the automaker's most exclusive, powerful car to date

At last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, McLaren showed the P1 GTR design concept, previewing its most powerful, exclusive model to date. After intensive testing and fine-tuning, McLaren is nearly ready to introduce the production version, announcing plans to do so at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The already light, virile P1 is about to get even more outrageous.  Read More

The Sonata PHEV economy numbers break down to 93 MPGe combined in EV mode, based on intern...

Hyundai is rolling out a its first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Shown in Detroit, this week, the Sonata PHEV can can travel 22 miles before you even have to start burning fossil fuels.  Read More

Chevy shows the 2016 Volt at NAIAS 2015 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

GM is using the 2015 North American International Auto Show to reaffirm its commitment to electric power. Not only did it reveal the all-electric Bolt concept car, it rolled the second-generation Volt out under the lights. In designing the 2016 Volt, GM relied heavily on feedback from first-generation Volt owners, developing a sportier, higher performance plug-in with an all-electric range boost of more than 30 percent.  Read More

The production spec Acura NSX Version 2.0

The Acura NSX finally made it into production specification today in Detroit and, as expected, the wait has been worthwhile. The internal combustion engine is now hyperventilating with twin-turbos instead of the naturally-aspirated version we saw previously, it boasts three electric motors and pushes more than 550 hp through a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, while the price tag will be in the vicinity of US$150,000 when it lands later this year.  Read More

The Porsche 918 Spyder body shell being installed

The Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid supercar has been called the "genetic blueprint for the Porsche sports car of the future," but the technical innovations aren't restricted to the car's two electric power systems and V8 engine punching 887 bhp. The company has also put a lot of innovation into its Porsche 918 Spyder factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The 4,000 sq/m (43,000 sq/ft) facility where the 918 is hand built employs 100 people and uses a new take on the assembly line.  Read More

A carbon and hemp-fiber reinforced component such as this is a cheaper, greener hybrid com...

Built in East Germany, the Trabant 601 was notorious for its many faults – not the least of which was a body made out of Duroplast, a hard plastic made of cotton waste and phenol resins that led those in the West to describe the car as being made of cardboard. However, it now looks as if the Trabant is getting the last laugh as scientists look at ways of making cars out of cotton and other botanical fibers formed into a new class of hybrid composites.  Read More

The Z20t is capable of both tablet and laptop functionality, but also offers tent mode

Toshiba’s Portégé Z20t convertible is designed to take on heavyweight offerings like the Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo’s Yoga line. It’s targeted at business users, and offers a premium, fanless design and extensive battery life.  Read More

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