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The 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid continues to be a huge hit thanks to Fluidic Sculpture design, advanced technology and an all-four cylinder engine lineup.
Those four cylinder engines have been recalibrated for 2012 and are now even more fuel efficient delivering even better best-in-class fuel economy. In fact, the 2012 Sonata GDI leads the entire midsize segment (non hybrid) in city (24 mpg), highway (35 mpg) and combined (28 mpg) fuel economy, while the Sonata 2.0T now achieves 34 mpg highway up from 33 mpg on the 2011 model year.
Since introduction, the Altima Hybrid has stood out from other hybrids in its class with its balance of fuel efficiency and drivability.
“As an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), Altima Hybrid delivers near-zero evaporative emissions,” explains Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). “Yet there’s nothing “partial’ or ‘zero’ about its driving performance, which lives up to the expectations of any vehicle wearing a Nissan badge.”
Hyundai’s First Hybrid in the U.S. Market
As global automakers work out implementation timing for new fuel-efficient powertrain technologies such as gasoline direct-injection (GDI), twin-scroll turbochargers, and full-hybrid powertrains, Hyundai announced that the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is the first vehicle in the industry to offer all three technologies with the new Sonata 2.0T (turbo) and Sonata Hybrid joining the hot-selling GDI-equipped Sonata in Hyundai showrooms later this year.
At the 2010 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Hyundai unveiled its 2011 Sonata Hybrid, changing the game in hybrids with unique approaches in hybrid powertrain design, battery technology and vehicle appearance.
Lincoln has introduced its first hybrid – the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – a premium midsize car poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America. Ford Motor Company – America's largest domestic hybrid seller – is further broadening its aggressive electrification plan and second generation of hybrid technology with the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
* Lincoln MKZ Hybrid takes SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide to next level, offering drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term fuel efficiency and driving performance
* More standard luxury, technologies and segment-exclusive safety features in the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid help it top its nearest competitor, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h
"Lincoln's hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas.
Production Version of 2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Makes Official Debut
The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe, making its U.S. production debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, introduces sleek styling and sporty handling to the hybrid segment, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced.
"The CR-Z is a personal sport hybrid coupe for people with a spirit of adventure and an elevated sense of responsibility toward the environment," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "It's the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun, in addition to efficiency and economy."
The Altima Hybrid, which joined the Nissan lineup in the 2007 model year, continues to offer the efficiency and fuel economy of a hybrid drivetrain with the quality, performance and excitement typical of any Altima.
The Altima Hybrid powertrain mates a specialized version of Nissan’s QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard electronically controlled CVT with an advanced electric drive motor/generator. This combination increases fuel economy while maintaining low tailpipe emissions, earning Altima Hybrid a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) rating.
Altima Hybrid has been certified to meet California emissions requirements and is sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. These nine states are among the strongest markets for hybrid vehicles.
Infiniti today confirmed that its first production hybrid vehicle will be part of the recently announced line of 2011 Infiniti M luxury performance sedans, which are scheduled to go on sale in spring 2010 at Infiniti dealers nationwide. The Infiniti M35 hybrid is expected to arrive about 12 months later as a 2012 model. It is Infiniti’s first hybrid in its 20-year existence, as well as the cleanest and most economical car in Infiniti’s history.
Realizing the high performance/low emissions promise of the recent Infiniti Essence concept car, the M35 Hybrid has been designed and engineered to add to, not take away from, the driving experience, a key part of any Infiniti’s appeal. The M35 Hybrid is based on the all-new M, which itself picks up styling cues from Essence, the show-stopper that made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show early in 2009.
Reinvents Hybrid Luxury Utility Vehicle Segment
Lexus has introduced the next generation of its trend-setting hybrid RX 450h luxury utility vehicle for 2010. Lexus inaugurated the luxury crossover category with the original RX 300 model in 1998 and introduced the first-ever luxury hybrid in 2005.
· RX 450h Achieves EPA-Estimated Rating of 30 MPG Combined
· Available EV Mode Uses Electric Motors Only For Short Distances
· SmartAccess Keyless-Entry System Standard
More than one million Lexus RX models have been sold worldwide, making it the most successful luxury utility vehicle. The all-new RX450h hybrid once again raises the bar for design, engineering and luxury innovation in the segment.
World’s First Hybrid-Only Luxury Vehicle, Offers Sustainable Innovation
With the introduction of the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid, the 2010 HS 250h, Lexus brings the promise of sustainable luxury to the forefront of the auto industry. In the process, the brand also elevates luxury transportation with innovative engineering and intelligent, driver-inspired design that offers excellent roominess and nimble maneuverability.
· HS 250h Achieves EPA-Estimated Rating of 35 MPG Combined Using 87-Octane Fuel
· Standard Supplemental Restraint System With Class-Leading 10 Airbags
· 30% of Interior Trim and Trunk Use Sustainable Ecological Plastics
Rides on New Wheels and Receives Exterior and Technology Enhancements for 2010
The Lexus GS 450h hybrid luxury sport sedan enters the 2010 model year with stylish exterior changes. Several exclusive design features, including grille, clear taillamp covers and 18-inch alloy wheels, were updated for 2010 and add to the existing advanced technology, high performance and indulgent luxury of the rear-wheel-drive GS 450h.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2010:
* Exclusive Design Features Including Grille, Clear Taillamp Covers and 18-Inch Alloy Wheels
* Offers V8-Like Performance with 340 HP Total Output
* Features Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management - Lexus’ Highest Level of Handling Technology
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