BMW celebrated the US launch of its all-new i8 plug-in sports car in style this past weekend. With the help of Jay Leno, the German automaker auctioned off a one-of-a-kind i8 at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. When all was said and done, the specially treated i8 fetched the better part of a million dollars.
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne debuts with a few interesting lineup changes. The most radical change is the premiere of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, a quick, powerful gas-electric SUV with all-electric driving capabilities. Other updates include modest restyling and a downsized (but more powerful) S-trim engine.
Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may be green and sustainable, but that doesn't mean much if you forget to plug them in the night before. To overcome this frustrating morning surprise, BMW Group is developing a new generation of wireless inductive charger technology
that’s comparable in speed to cables, but requires no more effort than parking and pressing a button.
Cadillac swears its plug-in hybrid ELR
isn't a bust and to help make the point, it recently let me cruise around in one for a weekend. It's a powerful and fun ride built on the guts of the Chevrolet Volt
that could certainly give Tesla
a run for its money, provided you've got plenty of your own to spend on one.
BMW's "sportscar of the future" is about to begin customer deliveries. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid with a short fully electric range, 112 miles per gallon hybrid efficiency and a very feisty, 357 horsepower, all wheel drive sports mode that fires it to 60 mph in four and a half seconds. It's a very clever piece of engineering and a beautiful piece of futurist auto art – a stepping stone between the oil age and the electric future. Take a closer look in our huge photo gallery and video overview.
Audi appears committed to injecting the SUV segment with added sportiness, at least insofar as concept cars are concerned. Last year, it showed an off-road supercar named the Nanuk Quattro
. At this week's Beijing Motor Show, it got a little more practical in transforming its TT into an off-road-ready hybrid crossover based closely on the Allroad Shooting Brake concept
from earlier this year.
Even though this year's Detroit
auto shows provided us with a number of big concept releases and production debuts, the New York Auto Show still remains one of North America’s premier events. Gizmag was on the ground last week to investigate some of the show’s more interesting debuts and North American reveals. Here’s our first-hand look at some of the highlights and the key designs from the 2014 show.
Bentley has been talking casually about adding a hybrid for years now, dropping the green buzzword into the occasional interview or press release. It's now moving on to showing previews. The Bentley Hybrid Concept, which will debut later this month, is the first official look at Bentley's plug-in hybrid future.
Hints of what to expect at the Geneva Motor Show
next month continue to flood in, the latest being this (rather unrevealing) image of Subaru's Viziv 2 Concept, which is set to be showcased alongside the new top of the line WRX STI.
Volkswagen has provided a glimpse of the Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid version of its seventh-generation Golf GTI
, ahead of its debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show.