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Renault Eolab: ’234 MPG’ Hybrid to Debut


On the heels of Volkswagen’s super-high mpg XL1, Renault of France will be taking the veil off its own mileage champion at the Paris Motor Show in early October. The Eolab travels 100 kilometers on a single liter of fuel. That translates to a real-world figure of 234 mpg, all of which is accomplished via [...]

Get Ready for Peugeot’s Hybrid ‘Quartz’


Peugeot will bring its 500-horsepower crossover to the Paris Motor Show in October. The high-performance hybrid concept boasts a 1.6-liter turbo, 4-cylinder alongside a pair of electric motors that produce 228 additional units of horsepower. When the car is driven in race mode, it utilizes both electric motors as well as the combustion engine, but [...]

Citroen Reveals 117-MPG ‘C4 Airflow’


Citroen, which based the new C4 Airflow upon the existing Cactus model, will show off the flashy, high-MPG concept at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Boasting an ultra-lightweight body, incredible aerodynamics, and hybrid-air technology, the newest member of the Citroen family is sure to delight crowds at the show. Aluminum and carbon fiber parts account [...]

Ford Reveals C-Max ‘Extreme Makeover’


Ford Motor Company officials revealed the new face of the C-Max this week, though the full display models will likely not be shown to the public until next month’s Paris Motor Show. The “extreme makeover,” as Ford calls it, includes mechanical as well as aesthetic changes to the top-selling vehicle. Complete with LED running lights, [...]

Hybrid Car Rankings for 2014 Surprise Experts


At least a dozen official and unofficial organizations have developed lists of the best hybrid vehicles for 2014, some reviewers focusing on value, others on price, and still others on overall environmental credentials. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the many lists is the fact that at least a dozen hybrid vehicles are included in [...]

Lamborghini Hybrid Coming to Paris Motor Show?


Mere weeks ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini officials have not yet revealed details about the concept car they plan to display. The elite automaker will only say that the new model is something they have not built in the past, which has industry experts guessing that the concept might be a small SUV, [...]

Peugeot Reveals ’208 HYbrid Air 2L’, Set for Paris


French automaker Peugeot will unveil its 208 HYbrid Air 2L at the Paris Motor Show in early October. The concept weighs 220 pounds less than its production cousin, the 208 hatchback. Peugeot used carbon composite materials as well as copious amounts of aluminum in the concept‘s frame, and tacked on a gasoline-air hybrid drivetrain to [...]

Peugeot Exalt Concept: Ready for Paris Show


French automaker Peugeot will bring an updated version of its Exalt concept hybrid car to the Paris Motor Show in October. Having already appeared last April in Beijing for its official world debut, the car will arrive in Paris featuring different materials, a new color, and a fully functional electric scooter in its trunk. The [...]

Leaf, Volt Sales Strong in August


Nissan sold 3,186 units of it Leaf EV in August, while GM/Chevy sold 2,511 units of its Volt range-extended electric car. Both companies had something to cheer about, however. August 2014 was Leaf’s best month ever, and GM has not seen so strong a sales performance since this time last year. For 2014, Leaf also [...]

Mitsubishi Reveals Outlander Plug-In Concept


Mitsubishi Motors will unveil a concept version of its popular Outlander Plug-In Hybrid at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The SUV sells briskly in markets where it is available, and it set to come to the U.S. in late 2015. Mitsubishi released a pair of artist sketches of the concept this week, a [...]

141 MPG Renault Ready for Paris Show


Europe’s third-largest carmaker, Renault, will unveil an ultra-efficient car at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The concept boasts fuel economy of 141 mpg, but officials declined to provide other details, apparently hoping to build anticipation ahead of the model’s official debut in Paris on Oct. 4. Renault’s design chief is Laurens van den [...]

Volkswagen XL2 on Drawing Board?


Volkswagen is reportedly designing a 4-seat, 4-door version of its super-mpg XL1 in an effort to compete with Japanese fuel-cell vehicles and high-efficiency cars from other makers. Sources claim the new model will weigh just over 2,000 pounds but will retain its 300-plus mpg rating (using European standards). The 300-Plus MPG XL1 {Video} For some [...]

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