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SEAT unveils new Twin Drive Leon prototype hybrid

Filed under: Coupes, Economy, Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Hatchbacks, SEAT The SEAT Leon Ecomotive was a Leon that had been picked over and removed of many inefficiencies in order to deliver a frugal 3.7 liters/100 kilometers (63 miles-per-gallon) as well as lower CO2 emissions. The SEAT Twin Drive Leon Prototype takes that idea a giant leap further by [...] [...]

P1-E electric sportscar planned by ex-McLaren designer

Filed under: Coupes, Hybrids/Alternative, Sports/GTs, Green Click above to enlarge the JJAD P1-E Remember the P1 project from ex-McLaren F1 designer Jim Dowle? Just about a year ago, JJAD, Dowle’s design firm, announced plans to build an inexpensive sportscar that was supposed to be a Lotus Exige challenger. Why mess with something that’s already so well established? [...] [...]

Will Gordon Murray’s microcar be named iStream?

Filed under: Economy, Hybrids/Alternative, Green, Marketing/Advertising, UK Gordon Murray, the man primarily known for bringing us the McLaren F1 is current working on his 25th clean-sheet design, internally dubbed the T.25. While that’s a perfectly acceptable codename for a project, it lacks the kind of catchy cache necessary when the city car hits dealers. So, it’s [...] [...]

Honda ready to challenge Toyota’s hybrid crown?

The smartest hybrid yet? In a MSNBC article this morning, Dan Carney calls the Honda Insight the “best intersection yet of the plots for price, efficiency and practicality,” at least in terms of hybrid cars. And, ultimately, I have to agree. Yet, it’s never that simple, is it? I live in a congested, Northeast LA neighborhood. City fuel [...] [...]