E-mobility news: New plug-in concepts at the auto show 2012 in Detroit
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is held annually at the Cobo Centre in Detroit. This year between 9-22 January 2012. Ford and Toyota presented new hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars.
New Ford Fusion with hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives
Ford Motor Co. has officially unveiled their new Ford Fusion sedan at the 2012 NAIAS. The 2013 Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains and includes advanced technologies such as a “lane-keeping” system and adaptive cruise control. It represents the next generation of Ford’s efforts to develop global vehicle platforms that lend themselves to a variety of local models around the world. Fusion brings what Ford calls “the broadest selection of fuel-efficient power trains in the midsize car segment”.
It offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated (not turbo-charged) four-cylinder engine, an automatic start-stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manual transmissions.
More about the Fusion (new window)
Toyota shows smaller, lighter Prius and plug-in concept
Toyota brought the newest member of its Prius family to the 2012 NAIAS - the subcompact Prius c for “city”, joining its bigger brethren, the third-generation Prius liftback, the Prius v, and Prius plug-in hybrid.
Toyota NS4, a PHEV concept car presented at the auto show in Detroit. Photo: Toyota.
Toyota also showed the NS4 (new four-door sedan) dedicated plug-in hybrid concept. Reductions in component size and weight are a target of the NS4’s advanced powertrain, expected to feature improved overall fuel economy, better acceleration, and longer all-electric range while maintaining a short charging time. The NS4 concept is part of a developing process for a Toyota PHEV car (not expected on the market before 2015).
Official website for NAIAS 2012 (new window)
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