Toyota, Kia, Audi, Movpak, Infiniti.
New hybrid Toyota: The Japanese carmaker will show its concept C-HR at the Paris Motor Show. The crossover might go into serial production already next year, probably under the name of Auris Cross. Toyota confirmed that the C-HR will be available as hybrid version.
Competitive Korean: In Europe, Kia’s Soul EV will hit the market at a price of 30,790 euros. This means the electric Korean will be cheaper than the BMW i3 (34,950 euros) and VW’s e-Golf (34,900 euros). In the States, the Soul will be available first in Califonia from 34,500 dollars before rebates, thus taking on the Nissan Leaf as well as the Ford Focus electric directly.
automobilwoche.de (in German), plugincars.com, edmunds.com
Updated Toyota Camry Hybrid: After the petrol version had been shown at the Moscow Motor Show lately, Toyota now revealed the new Camry hybrid, which naturally looks the same except for the badging. However, the facelifted Japanese comes with improved fuel economy.
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Audi’s Q7 plug-in hybrid was spied being tested at German Nürburgring. The second-generation of the SUV might debut at next Geneva Motor Show and feature the same drivetrain as the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid with a total system output of 416 hp.
Portable EV: The ‘Movpak’ is a backpack with an integrated electric skateboard. If tired of carrying your stuff, simply slide out the board and off you go with up to 15 mph. The inventing company is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter and has almost reached half of its pledged goal of a 100,000 dollars.
technologicvehicles.com, kickstarter.com (campaign)
Performance Hybrid: Jeff Cobb of hybridCARS took the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid through detailed testing. Although it has reasonably more power than Toyota’s Camry Hybrid, fuel consumption is basically as low. With its luxury and “handsome looks,” the Q50 is clearly “targeting German competition.”