that Toyota has the Prius, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid under
its belt (along with a few hybrids from its upscale Lexus division),
the company is looking to put its hybrid system into a vehicle
smaller than the Prius. Toyota plans to tackle
the compact sector with the FT-CH concept.
Prius, which is classified as a midsize vehicle, is 22 inches longer
than Toyota's new FT-CH. Not many details are available on the new
hybrid other than the fact that it will be priced below the Prius.
It's more than likely that this concept will make it to production,
but Toyota is keeping mum for now.
century after the invention of the automobile, we must re-invent it
with powertrains that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of
conventional petroleum fuels," said Toyota Motor Sales President
Jim Lentz. "One of many alternatives is through what is commonly
called the electrification of the automobile. By far, the single most
successful example of this has been the gas-electric hybrid."
new hybrid making news today is the Honda CR-Z hybrid. The vehicle
been profiled numerous times on DailyTech, but Honda today
production specifications for the vehicle. The nearly 2,700-pound
vehicle makes use of a 122 hp / 128 lb-ft gasoline engine paired with
Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. The vehicle will
be rated at 31/37 mpg with a manual transmission and 36/38 mpg with
an continuously variable transmission (CVT).
admirable that Honda wants to appeal to enthusiasts with a 6-speed
manual on the CR-Z, but it's a crying shame that choosing to row
your own gears results in such a dramatic cut to city mileage.
comparison, the larger Honda Insight is rated at 41
mpg combined, while the even larger Prius is rated at 50 mpg
the CR-Z will go on sale this August.
quote: The nearly 2,700-pound vehicle makes use of a 122 hp / 128 lb-ft gasoline engine paired with Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system.
quote: With the hybrid assist system this car will likely preform like a 250-300 HP engine
quote: Between its engine and motor, the CR-Z develops 122 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque.
quote: What are you arguing here? No one is saying Honda can't make an engine that meets the standards.
quote: According to the Detroit News, the [Jeep's] engine doesn't meet new tough federal emissions standards that will kick in next year and Chrysler didn't want to put a newer engine into the Liberty. A Chrysler spokeswoman told the Detroit News, "The emission standards are becoming very stringent, and we weren't able to make a credible business case for a limited production vehicle."The company is not giving up on diesel altogether. A diesel version of the Grand Cherokee SUV is coming in 2007. Diesel Liberty vehicles, which are built in Toledo, will still be sold in Europe. The new diesel regulations have also affected Volkswagen, which recently announced they would not release any diesel versions of their Jetta, Golf or Beetle models in 2007.
quote: You still haven't challenged the main point. When EPA diesel standards kicked in, the cost premium for a diesel engine went from $3-5K per car to nearly double that. That kicked the crap out of the US diesel market.
quote: But trying to claim the new EPA regulations had no effect on the business realities of trying to sell a diesel here in the US is just goofy.
quote: Thanks to stricter emissions regulations in the United States and Japan, Honda has officially canceled its future diesel plans. The Japanese automaker had planned diesel powerplants for a number of its Honda and Acura vehicles, but will now focus on hybrid technology
quote: but why would you assume horsepower and weight are the significant factors in this vehicle?
quote: I don't see the significance of the comment.
quote: People are so silly.. The original Corvette had 150 horsepower...substantially LESS than this tiny car.
quote: But once again-- it's NOT A SPORTS CAR.
quote: grippier tyres
quote: The CRZ may not have enough horsepower for you to consider it fun to drive
quote: It really wasn't that long ago when your average family car actually did have 50hp.
quote: They're MORE than most other HYBRID cars on the road. You're still missing the market segment here.
quote: Given the specs listed, I wouldn't pay over $15K. If they actually put an engine in it (at least 200 HP,) then it might be worth $20K.
quote: Why Honda? Why? Does the CRZ work better in the JDM?!?
quote: I just don't understand why someone would buy a CRZ over a Golf TDI, at the same price point.
quote: Honda is in a jam right now. They made a pledge, for whatever reason, to shift from practical affordable cars with mass appeal to impractical arguably as efficient cars of questionable appeal.
quote: Electric vehicles at 40k to 100k places these cars out of reach of anyone with access to an excel spreadsheet and the initiative to do a cost analysis.
quote: "A century after the invention of the automobile, we must re-invent it with powertrains that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of conventional petroleum fuels," said Toyota Motor Sales President Jim Lentz. "One of many alternatives is through what is commonly called the electrification of the automobile. By far, the single most successful example of this has been the gas-electric hybrid."
quote: No, because you are gonna run out of oil in 100 years.
quote: Mostly transportation I'd assume, but it's not something that's needed.