Wow! 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Facelift previewed By Very Stylish Outlander PHEV Concept-S

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Are you getting pumped for Paris? Kicking off the 2014/2015 auto show season in high-fashion style, the debuts are set to come fast and furious… ahem. Pre-empting the big debuts of the new Infiniti Q80 flagship, Lamborghini SUV and many, many more is the new Mitsubishi outlander PHEV Concept S. This tasteful refresh brings a more angular and sophisticated appeal to Mitsu’s hot-selling seven-seat crossover.       MITSUBISHI MOTORS LINEUP AT 2014 PARIS MOTORSHOW WORLD PREMIERE OF THE OUTLANDER PHEV CONCEPT-S 22/09/14 Tokyo, September 22 2014 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will present the world debut of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S at the 2014 Paris Motor Show[1]. The Outlander PHEV Concept-S is a concept model based on the Outlander PHEV 4WD SUV plug-in hybrid vehicle. MMC also will be displaying total of 11 vehicles (5 on press day) including the Outlander PHEV rally car that competed in the FIA …

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Audi Sexes Up 48-Volt Conversion With New Electric Turbo RS5 TDI

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The 12-volt automotive electrical architecture has long been a weak link in the further electrification of the automobile. Audi is taking big steps to quadruple the system voltage, which might be a dull topic. Step in, the new RS5 TDI and A6 TDI concepts. Running diesel engines with this more-powerful 48-volt system allows a new type of forced induction: the electric turbocharger. Similar to a super-powerful electric leaf-blower, the possibilities are pretty interesting. No exhaust gasses are needed for this electric turbo, which can also offer anti-lag traits by zinging up to max boost before the throttle is floored — eliminating any delay in the extra power. Audi is making the 48-volt system that supplements the existing 12-volt setup — which does seem like double the trouble. For cars like the A6L e-Tron and these TDI concepts, however, more electric power simply translates into more road and track power. Audi …

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2014 Renault Eolab Concept is Ultra-Aerodynamic Innovation Showcase

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Ahh! What a terrible, terrible name for a pretty cool concept, Renault. The focus of this machine is to maximize the efficiency of an EV powertrain in a holistic way. This means aero as well as weight and management and materials innovation. The car is said to preview an EV that will be larger than the current ZOE hatchback and will integrate many of these features into a production car. The drag coefficient of the Eolab concept is just 0.235, which is very good but not very much better than the slipperiest new cars available in 2015 – like the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 with a 0.25 cD or the Prius with a similarly low tally. Every tenth of a point the drag coefficient drops, however, indicates that the car is 10X more aerodynamic — and gains below 0.25 have been hard-won for any manufacturer in history. Well done Renault. Now, about …

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2014 Peugeot Quartz Hybrid Crossover Concept Revealed Ahead of Paris Show

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Well here is an interesting surprise! This PHEV crossover concept leverages some of the sexy looks of the 2008 DKR race truck into a production-friendly shape. A 270-horsepower engine powers the front wheels, while the back wheels are driven by a powerful electric motor. The new plug-in setup even allows the Quartz crossover to have a 31-mile EV range when the batteries are fully charged. 2014 Peugeot 2008 DKR Prototype In terms of style, the defining elements of this cab-backward crossover are the long hood and ultra-low roofline. While not the most practical of shapes for an SUV, it is the sexiest. Extra length and four doors versus the DKR prototype helps the looks dramatically, but some detailing appears a bit too busy for its own good. Examples of the over-designed areas are the lower sill areas, the rear hatch, and the lower intake area up front. Some Lamborghini-style air …

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Road Test Review – 2015 Lexus ES300h Delivers Industry-Best Value, Efficiency and Cabin Comfort

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The ES is by far the most-successful Lexus nameplate since the brand launched in 1989. These days, the ES is outsold only by the crossover king RX350 and RH Hybrid, so the ES flame is still burning bright in Lexus showrooms worldwide. The ES300h Hybrid is just about the opposite of the car most performance-sedan fans might pick for themselves, but the fact of the matter is: we absolutely adored the ES300h after spending a week together.   Intro: ES Bias? From an outsider perspective, one might write off the ES350 and ES300h as legacy models — cars sold to long-time buyers regardless of whether the car is actually competitive with the best luxury cars on the market. From the harsh light of the 335i and C400 4Matic — the Lexus ES’s reputation is for pleasing old folks with old-fashioned Buick dynamics. The ES is front-drive and this cheapens its …

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5.0s, 84MPG 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid Joins USA S-Class Lineup

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  It has taken more than two Hybrid S-Classes to really achieve relevance and technological superiority to the other eco-limo’s on the market — but that time has now arrived. The S550 Plug-in Hybrid joins the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid as the most socially responsible way to pilot a Mercedes flagship, even during times of greenwashing and uncertainty about the world’s energy future. For the first time in an S-Class, this new Hybrid model is not a cynical niche model. It is a well-rounded and fully-engineered addition to the S-Class, with all of the high-tech electrics integrated into the S-Class architecture and energy systems. Handling is optimized, as the trunk is only slightly smaller than the gasoline models. Other downsides are few: this is still the LWB S-Class model that USA buyers overwhelmingly prefer, and performance is still very sprightly. The official 0-62-mph time is 5.2-seconds, leaving room for this …

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Concept Flashback – 2011 Nissan Esflow Showed Potential EV Mini-Z

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Once upon a time… As recently as the 2011 Tokyo auto show… Nissan was more excited about its EV technology’s prospects, and less terrified by the scale of the huge EV investment that is still not working as we enter 2015. The possibilities in 2011 seemed endless for new packaging and new powertrain layouts. No longer enslaved to front-drive or rear-drive platforms by engine location, the battery EV revolution was indeed promising. But how to inject a little fun into the extremely dull and practical sales appeal of the Leaf EV. Enter the ESFLOW concept. With proportions and detailing like a Z-Car from the future, the ESFLOW is indeed quite promising. In fact, the EV nature of its design now seems like the biggest issue for sports-car fans…. So much for saying ‘sayonara‘ to packaging constraints…!   2011 Nissan Esflow You May Also Like:Concept Flashback – 2010 Ford Start – …

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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Makes UK Debut with Fresh Style and Tech

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Mercedes-Benz USA is fairly certain that the B-Class’s incremental sales increase for the brand would not be worth the time or brand image ding to bring to the US market. Is this true in the latest swoopy generation? It would surely find buyers with a $25,000 price– butwhat about $35,000? Price is the clear barrier to entry here. A seven-seat version might make a compelling MPV or light crossover upgrade…. As the ML-Class is set to change its name to the GLE-Class… perhaps the future may bring this car stateside as the BLE-Class. No word yet on when or if the US-available B-Class Electric Drive will receive these updates.  2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class   THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ B-CLASS: THE PIONEER IN BETTER SHAPE THAN EVER 12/09/14 The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class The pioneer in better shape than ever Stuttgart. In terms of both design and technology, the second generation of the B-Class car …

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2015 Toyota iRoad and COMS Scooter Sharing In French Grenoble from October 1st!

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   This would be a fun addition to any major city: 70 brand-new EV mobility machines from Toyota that can be rented with a smartphone at 27 city locations. Similar to other hourly car-sharing services, but cheaper and quicker and more fun. This is also a great way to introduce people to the EV three-wheeled i-Road and four-wheeled COMS. They are both fresh and clean designs of a car-person’s ideal motorbike: easy, safe and enclosed… with regular steering wheel! They look like fun. No word on the bike’s top road speeds… but Grenoble citizens will surely be flooring it soon and finding out! The three-wheeler is the better-looking, and also articulates around corners. With its ecnlosed design and at big angles around corners, the iRoad is certainly a futuristic and cool way to get around town.    2015 Toyota iRoad   Allez i-Road! Toyota ultra-compact electric vehicles ready to run …

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