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The all-new Mazda3 rounds out the guys comparison of non-turbo, luke-warm hatches as they search for
driving fun at less cost. Is the new 3 better than the Ford Focus and
Subaru Impreza? They will argue about it.
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well will the upstart Cadillac CTS fair against this Audi and the BMW
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In this Part 1 of our generational comparison of Nissan Z cars, the guys
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Vauxhall Ampera (Chevrolet Volt) hatchback review - CarBuyer
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Competition in the eco car segment is hotting up, and the Vauxhall Ampera
is a real contender. Its CO2 emissions are lower than any efficient diesel
or hybrid currently on the market. That means there's no road tax to pay,
and it's exempt from the London Congestion Charge, too. The Ampera can be
plugged into the mains to charge up the batteries (a process which takes
around four hours) and can run on electricity alone for around 50 miles, so
you shouldn't need a drop of petrol for most journeys. And even when you do
need to travel a bit further, economy is so good that you will rarely have
to visit a petrol station. But for all of its green credentials, the Ampera
offers strong performance. It's fast, features sporty looks and an
attractive high-spec interior. All this comes at a price though, as the
Ampera is more expensive than its hybrid and all-electric competitors. And
if you think it looks familiar, that's because it's the same car underneath
as the Chevrolet Volt.
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2014 BMW i8 Review
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What's New for 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model.
Based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car shown a few years
ago, the 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a
high-performance plug-in hybrid. If this is what the future looks like,
sign us up. Zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds? A full charge in three hours
from a regular garage outlet? Approximately 95 mpg? Yes, please.
For the i8, BMW chops its classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
formula in half. The i8 uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder
paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The
three-cylinder drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through a
The engine and electric motor combine for 362 horsepower, 420 pound-feet
of torque and all-wheel-drive performance, all integrated into a chassis
that is 10 pounds lighter and 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. The i8
also delivers stellar handling thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and a
low, centrally mounted battery pack, although standard 20-inch wheels seem
like a suspect choice for maximizing corner-to-corner performance.
BMW says the i8 can also travel 22 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph on
electrons alone. Uncorked with the gasoline engine in the lead, it will
reach a top speed of 155 mph. Sounds like a pretty good future to us.
Lightweight construction helps bring lofty performance within reach,
notably an aluminum chassis, chemically hardened glass (similar to that
used in smartphones) and extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced panels
within the 2+2 passenger cabin. Those plus-2 rear seats are small, however,
smaller than even a Porsche 911's, and are best considered auxiliary
luggage space. Even settling into the front seats requires some practice
given its unique scissor-lift-style doors.
We drove a recent i8 prototype and found the i8's easy thrust in
all-electric mode a close match for the Tesla Model S. In its Sport mode
(there are also Comfort and Eco Pro settings), the i8 further awakens,
feeling light, agile and averse to body roll. The hybrid never quite
overwhelms with acceleration, but it also never feels winded, the electric
motor's torque nicely covering for the small turbo as the latter winds up to deliver its power
Whatever the i8 lacks in competitive performance, it won't lack for style.
Its low-slung profile is punctuated by standard U-shaped LED headlights.
You can even order the i8 with laser headlights where regulations allow
(sorry, U.S. shoppers). Inside, a multitiered and layered cockpit design
uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather for upholstery and
panel surfaces Like the smaller i3 electric car, the i8 will offer three
trim levels -- Mega, Giga and Tera -- all with varying degrees of sport and
The 2014 BMW i8 arrives in the spring and starts around $136,000. That's
well above its most obvious target, the Tesla Model S, and that kind of
money also buys a lot of Porsche 911. Performance aficionados won't likely
be swayed and may even look across the BMW lineup to the "M" cars. But for
the hybrid buyer seeking power, performance and efficiency through a lower
profile, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Check back for more information on the 2014 BMW i8, including specs,
driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
Chevy Volt - 9 Months and 9000 miles with this amazing GM hybrid electric car [Review]
http://www.redferret.net/?p=34759 .The Chevy Volt is charging ahead in the
electrifying battle to become the #1 plug in hybrid. OK, so how cheesy an
opening is that, but the reality is that for the first time since the horse
drawn carriage, gasoline is slowly becoming more of an optional part of the
personal transportation equation. At least that's the way it seems right
now...gas powered skateboards may change the balance once again if they get
popular. But I digress.
The Volt isn't the first electric car, nor is it the sportiest (hello
Fisker Karma), or the one with furthest range (nice to meet you Tesla Model
S), the cheapest, the largest, the shiniest, and it can't make balloon
However...it is definitely a landmark vehicle.
The Chevy Volt is simply the most practical plug in hybrid ever created,
and I am not surprised that it won the European Car of the Year at the
Geneva Motor Show this summer
combines a 35-40 mile electric range with a surprisingly agile internal
combustion engine (aka "gas engine"). Of course, electric driving range is
just one feature, even a golf cart can stagger a few miles on an electric
The Volt however manages to combine plug-in technology and practicality in
a fun-to-drive package, and the result is a vehicle which achieves a
phenomenal gas mileage while at the same time offering conventional sedan
style comfort and style. And what other car comes with not just one, but
two smartphone apps to keep you informed and in touch with your vehicle?
Most importantly, you don't need to worry about running out of battery
charge half way to your destination, as with other electric vehicles.
We definitely haven't seen the last of this kind of imaginative and
innovative technology. Check out my video review below which bursts quite a
number of myth balloons about this brave engineering gamble from General
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(ENG) BMW i3 - First Drive, Test Drive and Review
BMW is launching its long-awaited first mass-produced electric model: the
i3. It is the first car from a new series, designed to appeal to a new
The i3 has a theoretical range of around 150-160 kilometers, but in real
life 120-130 seems more manageable. The car can also be equipped with an
optional petrol range extender. However unlike most other electric cars,
BMW i3 is fast and relatively fun to drive on European roads.
It might not be the Isetta everyone thought it would be, but this could be
the future of mobility.
On 17 April BMW i3 received two awards:
- 2014 World Car Design of the Year
- 2014 World Green Car
as part of the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) programme.
Check out my other EV and PHEV reviews:
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid http://youtu.be/jADbG2dHbwY
Nissan LEAF http://youtu.be/zjvklBHLQrA
Opel Ampera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtUeG-dxBuE
Renault Twizy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0_Cgab5qs0
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTbv0y5fOlI
Filmed with Lumix GH3 http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/dslm/gh3_special/
2012 Chevrolet Volt Start Up, Engine, Test Drive, and In Depth Review
In this video I give a full in depth tour of Chevrolet's newest extended
range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt. Introduced as a 2011 model in
the northern states, the 2012 has a few minor quality and feature
improvements. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. Take it on a thorough test drive through the city during the
day as well as night time. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to
give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Thanks a lot to Hendrick Chevrolet Cadillac in Monroe, NC for allowing me
to make this video! For more information on this vehicle as well as
others, visit www.hendrickchevy.com
Vauxhall Ampera review - What Car?
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The Vauxhall Ampera is a brilliant solution to eco-friendly motoring. It's
amazingly efficient, it completely eliminates range anxiety, and it's
comfortable and relaxing to drive.
It's far from cheap to buy, and there's huge uncertainty over its residual
values. The cabin plastics aren't particularly appealing and rear
visibility is rubbish
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2014 Chevy Volt Test Drive & Plug-In Hybrid Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/volt/2014/?id=32972 For commuters that
average less than 40 miles, the Chevrolet Volt is the perfect car as you
have just enough juice to run on electricity alone. And for the 2014 model
year, Chevy has knocked $5k off the sticker price. The Volt now costs
$34,185 before and Federal or State Tax Credits. The Volt was seen for the
first time back in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show and today this plug-in
hybrid is the best-selling car in the segment. The 2014 Chevy Volt has
slightly better fuel economy and a slightly better range when compared to
the previous year.
On the outside, the Volt's styling is very distinctive and unique. Out back
the taillights are stamped to look like a circuit board. The front fascia
is very contemporary but with a definite Chevrolet flair. The overall look
fits the Volt well and the shape is very aerodynamic with a drag
coefficient of 0.281.
Under the hood there is no Chevy 350, instead the Volt is powered by a
Voltec Electric Drive unit that produces 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of
torque. After the 40 miles of electric range is used, the batteries are
then recharged via a 1.4 liter engine that acts a s range extender.
The car tested here has been optioned out to the max and includes cool
stuff like: a leather wrapped steering wheel, heated leather seats, and
MyLink Touch Screen infotainment system. That same system allows you to
monitor all of the car's efficiency dynamics. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is a
4-passenger hatchback that is surprisingly comfortable.
With a full tank of gas you will be able to go 385 miles and on EV mode
alone the range is 38 miles. Even though the Volt is a Plug-In hybrid car,
it still drives just like a normal gasoline powered car. Overall the car is
comfortable, spacious, and drives very well. Most commuters should really
consider a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt.
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2013 Chevy Volt owner review 230 MPG, + OnStar app review Inverness Florida
The lifetime is 230 MPG over 6000 miles. This is our fourth hybrid since
2006, two Prius, one Honda CRZ and now the Volt. I call it my cheap Tesla
as it stays in electric 90% of the time. We got a demo 2013 Volt with only
3000 miles on it for $28k. If you want to see all the owners go here
http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/OwnerMap And to find EV plugs go here
http://www.plugshare.com/ The music is from Julia Othmer
http://www.juliaothmer.com/music.cfm My first Volt review is here
My latest Volt video is here; http://youtu.be/6qaHcnntLG8