March 24, 2005 |
Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest seller of gasoline-electric autos, said its next hybrid would be a Lexus luxury sedan able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The Lexus GS 450h will start sales next year and will be Toyota's first hybrid with rear-wheel drive, the company said. Toyota said the sedan's combination of a V-6 engine and an electric motor would get about 30 miles per gallon of gasoline.
September 9, 2005 |
Volkswagen will start making hybrid cars by 2008 with its main Chinese partner and may kick off large-scale production of the energy-efficient vehicles by 2010, the Chinese company said. Europe's biggest automaker is teaming with Shanghai Automotive in a project that could spur China's hunt for alternative energy sources and curb pollution as demand for cars soars in the world's No. 7 economy.
July 21, 2006 |
Environmentally concerned car buyers will see some federal tax breaks for energy-efficient hybrids start shrinking this fall. Toyota Motor Corp. has hit the production limit -- 60,000 -- on vehicles eligible for a tax credit designed to encourage more buyers to choose gasoline-electric hybrids. That means the tax credits for Toyota and Lexus hybrids will be cut in half for drivers who purchase their vehicles beginning in October.
April 7, 2003 |
California motorists are likely to see hundreds of thousands of hybrid cars, powered by gas and electric motors, on the road by the end of this decade under new zero-emission vehicle rules expected to be imposed by the state Air Resources Board later this month. That's a big change from the state's original ZEV mandate in 1990, which called for California's six biggest automakers to make 10% of their cars sold here emissions-free.
March 17, 2006 |
Ford Motor Co. is offering five-year, no-interest financing on its gasoline-electric Escape sport utility vehicle in California and Washington, D.C., to boost sales in those "trend-setting markets." The loans are available through April 3. The interest-free loans will be available only to customers with the highest credit ratings, a Ford spokesman said.
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April 9, 2004 |
The administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday endorsed new legislation that would allow solo drivers in hybrid electric vehicles to use carpool lanes, saying the measure would help reduce air pollution and encourage energy independence.
March 14, 2007 |
Hyundai Motor Co. plans to be producing 300,000 gasoline-electric or diesel-electric powered vehicles annually by 2015. The company aims to develop cars with fuel efficiency that is 50% greater than current models, the South Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy said. The plan includes production from Hyundai affiliate Kia Motors Corp. Hyundai is trying to catch up with Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., which already sell hybrid vehicles.
June 14, 2006 |
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that it intended to increase research into plug-in hybrid technology, which it once derided, and to double the number of conventional hybrid models it sells globally by early next decade. The Japanese automaker, poised to overtake General Motors Corp. as the world's largest automaker by sales volume, presented a far-reaching look at its fuel-efficiency and environmental goals.
January 23, 2008 |
Dubai will be first country in the Middle East to test General Motors Corp.'s "green" cars as the United Arab Emirates seeks to cast off its reputation as the world's biggest polluter. In Abu Dhabi, GM executive Mary Beth Stanek said the company would bring 10 hybrid cars to Dubai next month for testing by police and taxis. The U.A.E. emits more pollution per capita than any other country, according to the World Wildlife Fund's "Living Planet" report of October 2006.
March 21, 2007 |
President Bush peeked under the hoods of hybrid cars and toured two automobile assembly lines Tuesday to urge Americans to buy more alternative fuel vehicles as part of his initiative to reduce gasoline use. "Americans are just getting used to this kind of ... technological breakthroughs, something you're used to," Bush told automobile workers at the Ford assembly plant near Kansas City.