November 8th, 2011 by Car and SUV
Toyota brought hybrid motoring to the masses with its Prius and other car makers are still in the process of catching up. But emission regulations are getting tougher and now, even Toyota is seeking out ways to offer even “greener” cars.
All-electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf are an option for eco conscious buyers. But Toyota is looking further into the future and plans to launch a new fuel cell model in Europe by 2015.
Many of the major carmakers have dabbled in hydrogen-powered cars building fuel-cell concepts and prototypes. It was Honda that has come closest so far by launching the FCX Clarity in 2008 – but it’s only available for lease for a limited number of customers.
Toyota’s zero-emissions hydrogen car will apparently be sold to customers in four years’ time but in limited numbers. Not surprisingly the research and development on hydrogen power doesn’t come cheap and these cars will come with a high price tag. Read the rest of this entry »
January 28th, 2011 by Car and SUV
When Volkswagen decided to show off the latest version of its ambitious one-litre car at the Qatar Motor Show, many wondered if such a vehicle could be put into production. Those questions have now been answered with confirmation that the concept named Formula XL1 will be produced on a very small scale.
Apparently Volkswagen is ready to back itself with a small run of just 100 XL1s to be built as regular production vehicles. This means they will be offered for public sale. Details are scarce for the moment and there’s no word yet on what powertrain will move the production models. The concept features a two-cylinder TDI engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With that amount of tech on board the XL1 can achieve an amazing 0.9L/100 km fuel economy.
The German domestic market will apparently be allocated the first examples with sales expected in the United States and China as well. Read the rest of this entry »