Green cars for '10 and beyond
Despite relatively low gas prices, consumers and automakers alike are still turning their attention to high fuel economy. The 2009 Detroit auto show was invaded by green cars of all types: diesel, hybrid, electric, and fuel cell. Here are the eco-friendly vehicles you can expect for 2010.
Chrysler 200C EV Concept The Chrysler 200C EV concept is capable of running 40 miles on battery power alone and up to 400 miles using a small gasoline-powered generator to recharge the batteries.
Dodge Circuit The Circuit is the latest version of Dodge s Lotus Europa based electric vehicle no internal combustion or local emissions here and features nearly 270 hp of battery-fueled fury. The two-seat sports car is said to reach 60 mph in under five seconds and have a terminal velocity of 125 mph. Chrysler insists it will bring one of its ENVI electrical vehicle concepts to market by 2010, and here s hoping this is the one.
Mercedes-Benz BlueZero The Mercedes-Benz BlueZero is capable of housing a full-electric, extended-range gas-electric hybrid, or fuel-cell powertrain.
Prius Toyota s third-gen Prius hybrid enters the scene late this spring with a larger, more-powerful 1.8-liter gasoline engine, a more-aerodynamic yet familiar silhouette, and an expected combined fuel-economy rating of 50 mpg. Squaring off against the all-new and likely more-affordable Honda Insight, the hybrid icon will sport an improved electric-drive system, an optional solar-panel roof, and an upgraded interior with greater refinement, more electronic gadgets, and a bevy of safety and convenience features.
Volkswagen Concept BlueSport The BlueSport concept has a cool mix of fun and fuel efficiency. Sporting styling cues borrowed from the Audi TT and VW Scirocco, this mid-engine roadster is powered by a higher-output version of the Jetta TDI s 2.0-liter turbo-diesel. With 180 hp on tap, VW says the BlueSport would hit 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and have a top speed of 140 mph while returning 50 mpg on the highway and 35 in the city.