First drive review: 2021 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid hits the right numbers but shuns its sport-sedan heritage

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“OK Boomer,” jeered BMW last November, in a social-media ad for its first fully electric SUV, the iX. It was a reference to an already outdated meme that feels so last-decade now. The brand once owned the sport-sedan.

Ferrari Patent Drawings Show Midship-Mounted Battery Pack


The Prancing Horse wants to retain the mid-engined feel of its sports cars even when they will no longer burn fuel


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Lotus announces 4 new electric vehicles, including 2 SUVs


Lotus has announced a significant update to its business. The automaker known for its sports cars is now only going electric with four new models, and two of them are electric SUVs.

Toyota RAV4 Prime: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2021 finalist

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It’s Toyota’s first plug-in SUV since the “powered by Tesla” RAV4 EV from earlier last decade. It’s the quickest-accelerating vehicle in Toyota’s lineup, excluding its sports cars.

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Energica unveils Experia electric motorcycle, its new long range ‘Green Tourer’, fast charging included


Energica, known for its sport-inspired electric motorcycles that offer all three levels of charging speeds, has just unveiled its newest model known as the Energica Experia Green Tourer.

Porsche's All-Electric Tesla Competitor Coming To Frankfurt As Concept: Report

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The German automaker known for its sports cars has already built three plug-in hybrids, beating Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz to launch that powertrain in the large luxury sedan and mid-size crossover segments. Among established luxury brands, Porsche may be among the best equipped to challenge Tesla Motors.

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Lamborghini Plug-In Supercar Nixed, But Plug-In Hybrid Urus SUV Is On

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The Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has abandoned any plans to use a plug-in hybrid powertrain in its sports cars in the near future. But instead it’s doubling down on the technology, and looking to use it where it might be best appreciated by the market: in its upcoming Urus sport-utility vehicle.

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Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid: Plug-In Porsche Due 2014?

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Porsche already offers a hybrid variant of its sports SUV, the Cayenne, but it's more about stemming the car's massive thirst than it is a truly green vehicle. A plug-in hybrid version coinciding with a mid-cycle update around 2014 could offer a much more gas-sipping option, however. According to Motor Trend (via MotorAuthority), the Cayenne

Dodge unveils concept electric muscle car


Dodge has unveiled its new concept electric muscle car. It’s powered by “banshees,” equipped with the world’s loudest EV exhaust note, and it’s 100% pure Dodge.

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BMW Concept X5 eDrive Live Photos: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

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BMW does very well with its sport utility vehicles in North America, which is why they''re made in South Carolina. And with hybrid crossovers and sport utilities coming thick and fast, today saw the official unveiling of the BMW Concept X5 eDrive at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The company had released details of the plug-in hybrid crossover concept

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BMW M introduces its first high-performance car with electrified drive system: BMW XM PHEV

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BMW M GmbH is introducing its first high-performance car with an electrified drive system. Production of the BMW XM will get underway at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA in December 2022 before it arrives at dealers worldwide in spring 2023.

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BMW i8 Concept: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe—Full Details

All Cars Electric

While its sports coupes are more of a known entity, the i8 Concept shown in Frankfurt today may be the most radical coupe BMW has ever built. Its “stream flow” lines, characteristic of the new BMW ‘I’ sub-brand, include an adaptation of the BMW twin-kidney grille and extremely slim LED headlamps.

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2011 BMW 3-Series

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BMW is known for its sports sedans, and the BMW 3-Series is probably the best-known BMW. Sold in a variety of body styles (sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon) and performance tuning levels, the 3-Series is routinely deemed one of the best-handling four-door cars in the world. There’s a wide array of gasoline straight-six engine and

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Volkswagen ID.3


It has a 58 kWh motor called Pro Performance with manufacturer stats of 263 miles of range & 0-62 mph of 7.3 Next was a town test in Douglas & Onchan using the Promenade & Summer Hill, again the car took it in its stride. It even pinned me back in the seat.

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Varley Electric Vehicle introduces the evR-450 supercar

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A hand-built sports car, the evR-450 is developed on a race-proven aluminum monocoque chassis and powered by an all-electric AC driveline and lithium-ion battery pack and power electronics. While the evR-450 is expected to be available soon, Varley will begin taking orders for its sport variant the evS-450 in January 2012. Both the evR-450 and its sport variant are powered by a 24 kWh battery pack, enabling them to travel up to 160 kilometers (99 miles), combined cycle.

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Aston Martin and Daimler sign technical partnership agreements; new V8s; Daimler taking up to 5% equity

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Aston Martin will continue to manufacture all of its sports cars at its Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England. Daimler AG and Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. have signed an agreement for a significant technical partnership between Daimler, Mercedes-AMG GmbH, a 100% subsidiary and high-performance brand of German automotive corporation Daimler AG, and Aston Martin.

Nissan introduces all-new LEAF NISMO RC electric race car; more than double power and torque of predecessor

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In Tokyo, Nissan unveiled the new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor. The car, which was developed by Nissan’s racing arm, NISMO, with its race technology know-how, will officially debut on 2 December at the annual NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway, appearing alongside Nissan’s new Formula E electric race car.

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McLaren investing £1B in R&D over new 6-year plan; 50% of cars to feature hybrid tech by 2022

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Just over six years after the company was formed, McLaren Automotive outlined its Track22 Business Plan, taking it through the next six years through to 2022. McLaren Automotive will continue to focus purely on the development of two-seater sports and supercars. At the heart of the Business Plan is a commitment to its industry-leading 20-25% of turnover invested in Research and Development for future products and technology.

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Audi revamps 2015 R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans diesel hybrid racer; 4MJ class

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The encapsulated WHP flywheel energy storage system that sits in the cockpit alongside the driver can store up to 700 kilojoules (KJ) of energy that it subsequently returns to the electrical machine—about 17% more than in 2014. According to the sporting regulations the fuel-energy amount has to be further reduced if the engineers opt for higher hybrid output. —Jörg Zander, Audi Sport’s new Head of Engineering.

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Right Here, Right Now

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The Story In Brief As automakers gear up to satisfy a growing market for fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles, the next generation hybrid is already cruising city streets, and it can literally run on empty. The Plug-In hybrid charges directly from the electricity grid, but unlike its electric vehicle brethren, it sports a liquid fuel tank for unlimted driving range.

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Gen 5 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuts at New York International Auto Show; 2.5L inline-4 and Toyota Hybrid System

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Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Adventure grade models, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect can send 50% of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling. This all-new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4; it joins the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the (non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring) AWD system available on core gasoline grades.

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BMW to showcase 4 production plug-in hybrids at IAA in Frankfurt; new 225xe

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The combustion engine sends its power to the front wheels via a six-speed Steptronic transmission and delivers up to 220N·m (162 lb-ft) of torque. Integrated via a belt drive, it starts up the combustion engine and can provide a brief power boost when accelerating from a standstill with its peak torque of 150 N·m (111 lb-ft). It also serves as a generator under braking and on the overrun and uses brake energy recuperation to feed energy back into the 7.7

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BMW to introduce BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid at Detroit show

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The BMW eDrive system’s electric motor has an output of 95 hp (70 kW) and offers maximum torque of 184 lb-ft (250 N·m), while the 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo combustion engine with its 2.0-liter displacement generates 135 kW/184 hp and 320 N·m (236 lb-ft) of torque. seconds and enable it to reach a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph). The BMW Charging Station uses its output of 3.6kW - 7.2

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Fiat 500C 1.3 MultiJet 1.4 & 16v FIRE road test

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The original, rear-engined Fiat Cinquecento was launched in 1957 and it sported a fold-back fabric roof, manually operated of course. With the advent of the new Fiat 500 things have been done in reverse order; first came the hatchback (the engine’s now in the front), then the sporty Abarth and now the convertible ‘C’. Of course you want one, but here’s a test anyway! Fiat 500C consumer car reviews Fiat 500C lease prices Fiat 500C new and nearly new. Fuel consumption for the 1.4

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Volvo R-DESIGN joins the DRIVe range

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Volvo has strengthened its DRIVe range by combining the DRIVe technologies with its sports-inspired R-DESIGN bodykit to offer C30, S40 and V50 models with low levels of emissions and the highest levels of visual appeal. The new DRIVe R-DESIGN models are available to order now with prices starting at £17,240 for the C30 while the S40 and V50 start at £19,095 and £20,595 respectively. The new C30, S40 and V50 1.6D

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