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Key Competitors: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-CELL, Audi e-tron.
Power: 3-cylinder 3.0l, 220 hp (rear wheels), electric motor 129 hp (front wheels).
Transmission: Dual-clutch automatic.
Performance: 0-60 in less than 5 seconds.
Pricing: Probably more than your house.
Availability: Production model due in 2014.
BMW has been hard at work with their sustainable living projects, which have ultimately spawned the i3 city car and the new i8 concept. And to keep up with its exposure, BMW has just unveiled the i8 Concept in North America today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Power for the BMW i8 Concept comes from a modified electric-motor found in the i3. It drives the front axle while a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine making 220-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque moves the rear axle. Working together, the system makes 349-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a twin-speed transmission, the BMW i8 runs from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
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On a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 can go 20 miles in full electric mode. While no total range has been provided, rumors say that the i8 is capable of going more than 400 miles on a full tank of gas and full charge. Estimated fuel-economy for the BMW i8 Concept comes in at 78 mpg.

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BMW has been hard at work with their sustainable living projects, which have ultimately spawned the i3 city car and the new i8 concept. And to keep up with its exposure, BMW has just unveiled the i8 Concept in North America today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Toyota is teasing a bunch of its Tokyo Motor Show debuts today and one of the many vehicles to debut in Japan next month will be the Toyota Aqua, which will eventually come to the United States as the Toyota Prius C.
Toyota says that the Aqua “combines the features of a compact car with a hybrid vehicle to create a car that represents the future of compact vehicles with a groundbreaking fuel efficiency of approximately 35 km/L (under the JC08 test cycle; 40 km/L under the 10-15 test cycle).” After going through a bunch translation that means the Prius C will average somewhere in the area of 50 mpg when its comes to the United States.
Power for the Toyota Aqua/Prius C comes from a lightweight hybrid system mated to a 1.5-liter engine with a high-output motor.
The Toyota Aqua will go on sale in Japan in late Dec. 2011, and will go on sale in the United States sometime next year.
Note: As of right now, Toyota has released just one image of the Aqua/Prius C that you see above.

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Toyota is teasing a bunch of its Tokyo Motor Show debuts today and one of the many vehicles to debut in Japan next month will be the Toyota Aqua, which will eventually come to the United States as the Toyota Prius C.

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Electric powertrains are by no means new to the automobile industry because Toyota had invented the gasoline electric hybrid back in 1997. And although their functionality has been undoubtedly successful, a new investigation has popped up involving electric powertrains, more specifically with their battery packs.
This new investigation pops up after a Chevrolet Volt battery caught fire three weeks after a side-impact test at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s testing center in Wisconsin. The fire engulfed the car and others surrounding it.
You may be thinking, well, what could’ve caused that and how come it hasn’t happened to other cars such as the Toyota Prius? Well, for starters, the Toyota’s hybrid powertrains have been utilizing a nickel-metal battery. The Chevrolet Volt on the other hand uses a lithium ion battery. That said, the Volt’s incident has forced a team of investigators from the NHTSA to conduct a private and thorough investigation of lithium battery packs in the application of automobiles, which means the Nissan LEAF will too be scrutinized.
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“As manufacturers continue to develop vehicles of any kind — electric, gasoline, or diesel — it is critical that they take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of drivers and first responders both during and after a crash,” said the NHTSA in a statement.

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Electric powertrains are by no means new to the automobile industry because Toyota had invented the gasoline electric hybrid back in 1997. And although their functionality has been undoubtedly successful, a new investigation has popped up involving electric powertrains, more specifically with their battery packs.

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Honda AC-X Concept

Honda AC-X Concept

Along with the Honda Small Sports EV Concept, the Japanese automaker will show this four-door AC-X Concept. The Honda AC-X, which stands for Advanced Cruiser-X is described as “a next-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle which offers a more comfortable and enjoyable time in the vehicle during all driving situations, from urban to long-distance driving. With the choices of an ‘engine drive mode’ for more aggressive driving or an ‘automatic drive mode’ for more relaxed driving, the vehicle broadens the joy of mobility.”

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept was the star of the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and carried wide range of completely or virtually production-ready components. After debuting with an overwhelming positive response and a huge desire to put the car in production, BMW announced today that it will produce a fully road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept. (more…)


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While discarding rumors that he will soon leave the company, Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo let loose some details on what we can expect from the next-generation of vehicles from the Italian automaker. (more…)

2011 Toyota Highlander

The redesigned 2011 Toyota Highlander has made its official world debut at the 2010 Moscow Motor Show and we have to say… Toyota is finally getting some emotion and aggressiveness back into its styling. (more…)