Tesla Model S vs BMW M5 Drag Race

Posted in Best of, BMW, Domestic Rides, Educational, European Rides, Fuel-efficient, Funny, General, Hybrid, Rides, Tesla, Videos by MrAngry | October 12th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Tesla Model S

What happens when you take an electric car with instant torque like the new Tesla Model S and pit it against a brand new, 2013 BMW M5 in a drag race? The boys at Automobile Magazine wanted to know, so they did exactly that. Click through to see the result.


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It’s Official: Infiniti Builds The Fastest-Accelerating Hybrid

Posted in Car Buying, Emissions, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Infiniti by Kurt Ernst | September 22nd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Infiniti's M35h runs at Britain's Santa Pod Raceway. Image: Infiniti

Mention the phrase “hybrid car” to most enthusiasts, and their eyes glaze over before they nod off to sleep. By definition, hybrid cars contain two propulsion systems, which makes them heavy and overly complex. Worse, most are built simply to get you from point “A” to point “B” using as little fuel as possible, so typical hybrids are slow, lumbering beasts with the acceleration of moped and the handling of an economy car, Carrying a load of bricks on the hood. Read More…

Strange Bedfellows: Ford, Toyota Collaborating On Hybrid Development

Posted in auto industry, Ford, Hybrid, News, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | August 23rd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Ford's 2011 F-150. Image: Ford Motor Company

In order to compete with the rear-drive hybrid system jointly developed between GM, Daimler-Chrysler and BMW, Ford will partner with rival Toyota to develop a rear-drive hybrid drivetrain that will be shared between both automakers. The goal of the project is to produce a truck and SUV platform that will improve fuel economy without reducing payload or towing capacity. The platform will also go head to head with GM’s Two-Mode hybrid truck platform, currently used on hybrid versions of their full-size pickups and SUVs. Read More…

2011 Chevy Tahoe 4WD Hybrid: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Buying, Car Reviews, Chevrolet, Domestic Review, Featured, Hybrid, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | July 11th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2011 Chevy Tahoe 4WD Hybrid

Thumbs Up: It doesn’t drive like a hybrid.

Thumbs Down: Extra large SUV, extra large price tag

Buy This Car If: You need a full size SUV and want one as green as possible.

If you’re in the market for a full size SUV with room for eight passengers and four-wheel-drive, there are plenty of options on the market to choose from. As for manufacturers, you have your pick of a fairly broad spectrum, including both domestic and foreign makes in both the luxury and mainstream segments. If you’re looking for a hybrid SUV with the same capabilities, you choices narrow considerably. Read More…

No Surprise Here: Compact Sedans Outsell Hybrids

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Hybrid, News by Kurt Ernst | June 23rd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Hyundai's Elantra boasts 40 mpg and near-luxury fetaures for less than a Prius.

Call it the devil you know versus the devil you don’t, but new car buyers are giving the nod to compact sedans over hybrid vehicles. In July of 2009, hybrids represented 3.6 percent of new car sales, but in May of 2010, that number fell to just 1.6 percent. Some of the decline stems from short supply of the best selling Toyota Prius hybrid, but even available hybrids from manufacturers such as Ford and Hyundai failed to take up the slack. Read More…

Ford Bins Plans For Three-Row C-Max Minivan

Posted in auto industry, Ford, Hybrid, News by Kurt Ernst | June 11th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Ford's C-Max Hybrid. Image: Ford Motor Company

Last December, I speculated that Ford’s upcoming C-Max mini-minivan may be exactly the right vehicle at exactly the right time. After all, it offered the utility of a minivan (OK a minivan in 3/4 scale) with the added benefits of reasonable fuel economy and park-it-anywhere convenience. Turns out that I was wrong, but only partially so: Ford has decided to kill the three-row, seven-passenger C-Max in the U.S. market, at least for the time being. Instead, we’re getting two variants of the two-row C-Max, but here’s where things get interesting. Read More…

Fisker Karma Launch Delayed, Again.

Posted in Electric Vehicles, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Plug-In Vehicles by Kurt Ernst | June 5th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

The Fisker Karma. Image: Fisker

In the we-saw-this-coming-months-ago department, deliveries of the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid have been delayed for another month. Motor Authority says that initial deliveries of demonstration vehicles and customer cars will begin in July, but didn’t give any indication of quantities. Their source is Roger Ormisher, Fisker’s director of global communications, so even the July timeline may prove to be a bit optimistic. Read More…

2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium: Akatuki4 Review

Posted in Car Buying, Featured, Hybrid, Import Review, Lexus, Akatuki4 Review by Kurt Ernst | May 24th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2011 Lexus CT 200h

Thumbs Up: The most comfortable compact I’ve ever driven

Thumbs Down: Even in Sport mode, the car isn’t sporty

Buy This Car If: you want a premium alternative to the Toyota Prius

Hybrid buyers are a fickle bunch. Toyota seems to sell all the Prius models they can build, yet luxury hybrids like Lexus’ HS 250h sit on dealer lots month after month. When Lexus announced that they were launching the CT 200h in the U.S. market, I’ll admit to scratching my head. If Lexus couldn’t sell the HS 250h, I wondered, what made them think they could move the CT 200h in substantial volumes? Read More…

A Lexus CT 200h… Race Car?

Posted in Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Lexus, Racing Coverage by Kurt Ernst | May 17th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Image: Gazoo Racing, via Autoblog

One of my press fleet cars for this week is Lexus’ new CT 200h hybrid. After spending a few days behind the wheel, I understand the car’s popularity. It’s well-appointed, supremely comfortable and not at all a bad choice for urban driving. Despite what Lexus’ ads would have you believe, it’s in no way, shape or form a sports car. Even in “Sport” mode, which calls up a tachometer instead of a power monitor and lights the dash in red, acceleration is best described as “leisurely”. The steering, however, is nicely weighted and the CT 200h is fairly nimble in the twisties. I’d even consider one if I had the type of commute I used to (110 miles a day in rush hour traffic), but I definitely wouldn’t consider building a race car for next year’s One Lap of America from a CT 200h.

That didn’t stop Gazoo Racing from building a CT 200h to run in last weekend’s six hour Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy at Germany’s Nürburgring. Built to compete in the S4 class, the Gazoo Racing CT 200h had a few minor improvements done to make it more competitive: first, the stock car’s 1.8 liter engine was yanked out, replaced by a higher horsepower 2.4 liter variant. The electric motor, controller and batteries were left alone, and the car did indeed run as a parallel hybrid. At start up and under regenerative braking, the car’s engine isn’t used, preserving fuel and reducing overall tailpipe emissions. There’s no word on how the CT 200h did overall, but I promise an update as soon as I can find the results.

Source: Autoblog

Prius Car Chase Madness from “The Other Guys”

Posted in FAIL / Funny, Funny, Funny Videos, Hoonage, Hybrid, Movies, Pop Culture, Toyota by Leigh | April 25th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

“The Other Guys,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, seems to be one of those flicks that everyone has heard about, but no one has actually seen – which is a shame because it’s downright hilarious.

Yes, it may be just one of those ridiculously goofy Will Ferrell movies, but if you love stupid humor, it’s a total laugh riot.  Plus, Adam McKay, who directed “Talledega Nights” (another timeless Ferrell flick), is behind the helm of it.

One of the reasons why this movie is so originally epic is that THE true action star is a Prius police car – which gets shot up, doused in cocaine, and serves as the host of a homeless orgy.  If you have a few minutes for a laugh, check out the compilation below of the best Prius clips from the movie: