Many people think plug-in hybrids are the neither-nors of the automobile world, caught between a gas-fuelled comfort zone and the shiny all-electric future. Yet PHEVs, as they are called, offer the go-anywhere freedom of a gas car while motoring silently through commutes and grocery runs.
0.25 L/100 km works for me.
Yes, some of them of
Update (July 12): Tesla Model 3 added; Tesla charge times adjusted.
Ready, set, plug in – and go. Electrified vehicles are still just a sliver of the market, but automakers facing ever-tightening fuel economy and emissions standards are adding battery power to help meet them.
Along with hybrid vehicles – which use combined gas/electricity a
The warning came fast and clear: this Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid we were about to sample is a current European model, while the one that’s scheduled for North America in 12 to 18 months will look very different from the one above. Even still, they’re close enough to what’s coming that Mitsubishi Canada went out and actually bought these tw
Irony. It’s the first word that comes to mind when approaching this plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Not long after VAG’s (Volkswagen Group) ivory tower came crumbling down in a dark cloud of diesel soot, the Audi division launched the clean-as-a-whistle PHEV version of the popular new A3 in North America.
With its first mass production plug-in, Audi s
Living in the Northeast, I’m used to being affected by weather coming from our neighbours south of the border. Rain, snow, cloud systems – they all cross the border and block out our light. Even atmospheric pollution crosses over, giving us acid rain despite our squeaky-clean hydro power. And these days, even the courts blow the diesel smoke up our
The first instalment of our VW European adventure covered the almighty Golf R Variant , but that was simply part of the journey. The destination was the GTI Treffen at Worthersee, a small sleepy town in Austria that for one weekend every May (the weekend of their Father’s Day in Germany) becomes an absolute orgy for GTI and VW fanboys… er, I mean
The outlandish fourth-gen Prius doesn’t need to be explained anymore. We all know it’s riding on Toyota’s new TNGA modular platform, is even more frugal than its predecessor and looks like Marvin the Martian’s commuter pod. Perhaps to show the world (terrestrial or otherwise) how serious it is with this second attempt at a PHEV, Toyota wanted to ma
ABU DHABI, UAE – Audi just launched its first all-electric production vehicle in a Middle Eastern country modernly built largely on oil product profits. As are Audi’s considerable profits, less directly, as they are largely based on selling vehicles that all require oil-based products to operate. Cue the irony.
That is, all of them used to use o
At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi pulled the wraps off its all-electric E-tron Quattro Concept – a sleek SUV-thingy sporting stylishly huge wheels, a high beltline, sleek coupe-like greenhouse and the requisite trapezoid grill. All the main lighting functions at the front of the car use Matrix laser technology.
Audi is calling this concept t
I can’t believe I’m saying this: but through my week with the Lexus CT 200h , the little Lexus hybrid really started to impress me.
I’ll admit that I had a bias going in: “It’s a Prius with Lexus badging,” I thought. “And once I get past the fancy leather and infotainment, that’s all it’s going to be.” That’s not quite it, though.
First of a
Ever know a set of twins that looked literally identical, until you really got to know them? Same deal when I hopped from an eye-opening week in a 2017 BMW 330e to a week in an identically Alpine White 2017 330i xDrive sedan. And both with black Dakota leather, automatic transmissions, and starting prices a stone’s throw away from $50K.
Best in Show
Peter Bleakney: 2016 Porsche 911 R
For me, the best car in show is not the most exotic, most powerful, best looking or rarest. But it surely is sensational to drive, and unlike just about anything else you can buy, this sled will appreciate in value. I’m speaking of the 2016 Porsche 911 R , the limited edition rear-drive,
We've seen the e-tron concept. We've seen the e-tron with camouflage. And now we're finally seeing Audi's e-tron Quattro, the first fully-electric vehicle from the four-ring brand with more than 400 hp and more than 400 km of electric range.
Audi brought attention to the fact that this isn't the first EV by far, comparing it to Muhammad Ali not
Munich – The Audi A3, a classy hatchback based on the Volkswagen Golf platform, came into the world in 1996. It went through a third-generation reboot for the 2012 model year, and in 2013, a sedan version was introduced at the New York Auto Show, primarily for the hatch-averse American market. For 2017, this premium compact gets a mid-cycle makeove
Audi has announced it is working on an all-electric GT that will go on sale in 2020 as a new flagship for the brand's sports car range.
The German automaker revealed the plan at its annual press conference, held today at its Ingolstadt headquarters.
Accompanying the news was a sketch showing a long, low car that, despite the exaggerated propo