Photokina 2014 highlights

Hybrid

Rendering of the Urbee 2 overlooking a city at sunset (Photo: Kor EcoLogic)

Urbee 2, the first road-ready, fuel-efficient car built using 3D printing, is the subject of a collaboration between design firm KOR EcoLogic, direct digital manufacturers RedEye On Demand, and 3D-printing manufacturer Stratsys. Their aim is to put the 7 hp (5 kW) three-wheeled, rear-steering eco-hybrid on the roads by 2015, and then demonstrate its capabilities by crossing the US using only ten gallons (38 L) of fuel.  Read More

Toyota's JPN Taxi Concept that will premiere at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Alongside its FV2 personal transportation vehicle concept, Toyota will also be premiering a next-generation taxi concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. Although it bears more than a passing resemblance to London's iconic black cabs, Toyota says the JPN Taxi Concept has been created with Japanese hospitality in mind.  Read More

The Quanta Corvette QHP770 is upgraded with a high-performance hybrid system

Automakers typically use hybrid powertrains to improve fuel economies and kowtow to government relations. Not Quanta. Similar to cars like the McLaren P1 and Toyota Hybrid R concept, the hybrid technology in Quanta's Corvette QHP770 is all about performance. The show car is designed to test the waters for hybrid upgrade kits for Corvettes and other sports cars.  Read More

The new RC coupe will make its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Lexus is looking to become a little sportier, and the vehicle it hopes will get there is the new RC coupe. This week, prior to its public world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show later this month, the luxury marque revealed the sporty, new production 2+2 that will be offered in both V6 and hybrid versions.  Read More

Art is Motion is installed in a Lexus IS 300h sedan

Many cars have been described as "works of art" over the years, but aside from the odd maniac smearing the wheels with paint and running over canvases, they've rarely been used to create art. Lexus is looking to change that with the Art is Motion system in one of its IS 300h sedans, which has the peculiar ability of painting a portrait of the driver while they're behind the wheel.  Read More

Only 375 McLaren P1s will be built

We've been following the McLaren P1’s journey from concept through extreme testing to production. Now the car maker has released the performance specs of the hybrid-engine supercar along with the announcement that a UK-based customer has become the first to take delivery of a P1 that rolled off the production line at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England at the end of September.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Microsoft Surface 2 (left) and Surface Pro 2

The Microsoft Surface has been, by just about any measure, a commercial flop. When your company writes off US$900 million in unsold stock, well, that writing is on the wall. But that doesn't mean the first-generation Surface and Surface Pro haven't made some customers very happy. If you're part of that, ahem, "elite" group, or think you might be sometime soon, do you spring for the Surface 2 or the Surface Pro 2? Join Gizmag, as we compare Microsoft's second round of hybrid tablets.  Read More

The ELR debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

A journey that began in 2009 with the Converj concept will reach its peak this upcoming January. That's when Cadillac plans to launch the ELR plug-in hybrid in major cities around the US. The luxury Volt will cost well more than expected, with a base price just under US$76,000.  Read More

Land Rover's Silk Road 2013 expedition

Hours after introducing its first-ever hybrid model back in August, Land Rover set out on a 10,472-mile (16,853-km) expedition across Europe and Asia. Fifty-three days later, the company is pleased to report that its world-first hybrid journey along the Silk Trail was successful.  Read More

The 50 mpg-rated 2014 Accord Hybrid

Set to hit US showrooms at the end of the month, Honda's new Accord Hybrid milks enough fuel efficiency from its hybrid powertrain and tiny 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to achieve 50 mpg (4.5 l/100km).  Read More

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