Growing its GTE family of plug-in hybrid production cars and concepts, which includes the recently-revealed Passat GTE
and Golf GTE
, Volkswagen has revealed the Cross Coupe GTE concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The 355-hp concept car previews a US-market mid-size SUV that VW plans to begin production on by the end of 2016.
Not only was 2014 a great year for sports concepts
, it was a great year for green cars. Environmentally friendly production cars like the Toyota Mirai
fuel cell vehicle and Volkswagen Golf GTE
made their debuts and numerous concepts provided a window into a cleaner commuting future, showcasing technologies that will get us from point A to point B without so much impact on the rest of the alphabet. Here are our favorite green concept cars from the year.
The ability to plug electric vehicles into the mains raises the potential for their connecting to and powering other devices as well. Mitsubishi has announced that its Outlander PHEV
can now do just that. Japanese users will be able to power their homes in the event of a power outage.
The problem with spending a day driving £300,000+ worth of cars is that driving home in your own worn out old banger makes a measured article tricky to write. Such is my issue having spent last Friday with three of Mercedes' top-end AMGs, the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon AMG Line – the S500 Plug-in Hybrid AMG Line L
and the S63 AMG Coupé
. So apologies in advance for any gushing.
One of the biggest tech stories at this year's LA Auto Show was the fuel cell car. Toyota led the way by launching the Mirai
, and Volkswagen slid a fuel cell powertrain into the Golf SportWagen
. Audi showed a sportier, more luxurious side to fuel cells in the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro. Ingolstadt calls it the "first performance fuel cell vehicle."
BMW is doubling down on its electric eDrive technology by announcing that it plans to eventually produce plug-in hybrid versions of all its core-brand models. The electrification process will start with the presentation of a 3 series prototype, as well as a group of plug-in hybrid concepts that can get around town on battery power alone, but that can also burn some dinosaur bones if you need to take a longer trip. The new BMW hybrid concepts will be presented in Miramar, France.
Lamborghini has long been on the cutting edge of auto technology in terms of potent powertrains and lightweight materials. However, its colleagues over at McLaren and Ferrari have it beat when it comes to electrification, each having introduced a hybrid flagship at last year's Geneva Motor Show. In Paris, Lamborghini officially surpassed those marques, presenting its very first hybrid, a 910-hp plug-in with more than 30 miles (50 km) of all-electric driving range.
As we approach the Paris Motor Show, one thing is becoming very clear: The French are quite ready to host a big auto show. We've already seen two very interesting French concept cars in the form of the Peugeot Hybrid Air demonstrator
and the Renault EOLAB
. Now Peugeot has detailed the QUARTZ concept, a hybrid 4x4 that combines elements of crossover and sedan body styles in becoming "an SUV for the future."
The MPG Marathon, now in its fourth year, aims to demonstrate how fuel-efficient cars, route planning technology and eco-friendly driving skills can help to manage the rising cost of fuel. This year, electric vehicles, alongside range extenders and plug-in hybrids, will take part for the first time in its history.