January 15, 2012

Auto Briefs

Detroit auto show heavy with hybrids, electric cars


The 2013 Toyota Prius c debuted at the show. (The Associated Press)

New hybrids and electric vehicles continue to roll out at the Detroit auto show, which opened to the public Saturday. Some of the highlights:

Ford says it will release five additional electrified vehicles for North America this year: two Fusions, two for the C-Max and one for the company's Lincoln brand. The Fusion and C-Max will each have hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations. The hybrid Fusion is expected to get 47 mpg city.

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Honda's big surprise was the announcement of a plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Accord. It will get up to 15 miles of electric-only driving and can reach 62 mph before needing the gas engine.

Toyota is showing the production version of the Prius c that's due out in March. Toyota announced that the starting price would be "below $19,000" and the estimated city gas-mileage rating is 53 mpg — the best ever for a conventional hybrid.

VW revealed a hybrid version of the Jetta, which will launch in the U.S. at the end of 2012, and the E-Bugster concept, an all-electric takeoff on the Beetle. The Bugster (shown below) has a 114-horsepower electric motor and a 100-mile range, but no production plans as of yet.
— Wire reports


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