General Motors will introduce a Buick crossover SUV powered by a plug-in rechargeable system in 2011. The new midsize vehicle will run on a combination of batteries and regular fuel, and will be about the size of a Chevrolet Equinox (right). The company says it will get double the city gas mileage of a similar-sized conventional SUV. A current Equinox with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive gets 22 mpg in the city.
Smart has increased the output of its diesel-powered 2010 ForTwo model for its home market of Germany and is considering exporting it to North America where buyers can currently only get a gasoline engine. Up 21 percent to 54 horsepower, the diminutive car also makes 18 percent more torque, while fuel economy remains at 69 mpg combined.
Sources: Associated Press, Wheelbase Communications