Volkswagen might translate to "people's car," but that hasn't stopped the automaker from attempting to crack into the premium end of the market. The Phideon is currently fighting the battle alone, but if the new Beijing Concept SUV is anything to go by, VW's artillery of cars aimed at the high end is set to expand. Kitted out with a hybrid powertrain to challenge the Volvo XC90's fancy T8 setup, the Beijing hints at the direction VW will take with its next range-topping four-wheel drive.
Describing itself as an automotive research and development company, China's Techrules is hell-bent on putting turbines into road-going vehicles. Its first concepts use an ultra-potent, turbine-charged series hybrid powertrain, promising supercar levels of performance and Prius-like fuel economy. While Techrules' claims necessitate a "believe it when we see it" response until the company actually develops something concrete and market-ready, the company does preview the possibility of a bold turbine future.
Lewis Hamilton's all-conquering Mercedes F1 car has struck a blow for downsized engines, beating the lap record set by Fernando Alonso in his championship-winning, V10 Renault R25. Hamilton's 1:29.493 time put him in pole position, and undercut Alonso's 2005 pole time of 1:29.848 by 0.355 seconds.Read More
Honda's luxury offshoot looking to sharpen its identity amidst the huge number of luxury brands out there with the new Acura MDX. Setting the MDX apart from the crowd is a new sport hybrid powertrain and a new grille, which was previewed on the Precision Concept in Detroit and is expected to slowly work its way across the rest of Acura's range. Read More
Toyota might have been one of the first on the hybrid scene with the Prius in 1997, but recently its gasoline-electric powertrain has been looking decidedly old-hat compared to the new wave of plug-in hybrids that offer long-range full electric running. To bring its hybrid hero up to speed, Toyota has used the New York Auto Show to launch the second-generation plug-in Prius, called the Prime.Read More
GKN Automotive has entered its eTwinster technology into the real world, as automakers test the torque vectoring electric drive system. The plug-in hybrid module is being showcased at the company's Wintertest proving ground in Sweden as an all-wheel drive driveline option.Read More
Just days ago, we felt pretty confident that the Bugatti Chiron or production Koenigsegg Regera would be the most crazy-powerful car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. That's now looking very unlikely, as those two will probably come up several hundred horsepower short of the new AF10 from the UK's Arash Motor Company. This wild hybrid hypercar relies on a five-motor "warp drive" to put out 2,080 bhp. If it isn't the most over-the-top, ultra-powerful car in Geneva, we really look forward to seeing what is.
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