Posts Tagged ‘Toyota’

Toyota Unveils Its New GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

July 4th, 2011

The Japanese carmaker Toyota has recently unveiled its brand new vehicle that boasts a very appealing design.

Dubbed GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, the vehicle was officially presented at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. The race took place near Nürburg, Germany.

It is worth mentioning that the car represents a modified version of the first Toyota hybrid sports car known as the Toyota MR2, which was presented in 2010 at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II has good chances of becoming the company’s first marketed hybrid sports vehicle.

The car has a 3.5 liter V6 engine able to generate 295 horsepower and reach acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 6 seconds.

The name of the car comes as a tribute to Hiromu Naruse, a Toyota driver who passed away as a result of a crash in 2010. The abbreviation GRMN means GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring (the title refers to Naruse).

[via Automotive News]

Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars

October 28th, 2010

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The main feature of this hybrid vehicle is fuel efficiency that is obtained with relatively little performance sacrifice.

The heart of 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is Ford’s 2.5-liter Hybrid Powersplit drivetrain, a combination of a 156hp 2.5-liter, Atkinson cycle gasoline motor and a 106hp AC electric engine.

Being a parallel hybrid, this car can run on electric power, gasoline power of a fusion of the two. It is able to show an average fuel economy of 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars

Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

October 25th, 2010

2010 Tesla Roadster

Made by Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car-maker, the Tesla Roadster was for the first time presented as a prototype in July of 2006. Two years later the company announced that it will start a mass production of the vehicle. The Roadster became the world’s first all-electric, mass-produced sports vehicle.

One of the most impressive features of the car is the range. As one of the best electric vehicles the Tesla Roadster boasts a range of 220 miles on a single charge.

The 288hp engine allows the electric vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed to 125mph. The expected battery life is 7 years or 100,000 miles. Other interesting features include carbon fiber body and LED tail lights.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

Toyota and Tesla Working on a New Electric Vehicle

June 15th, 2010

First of all it would be worth mentioning that last month that Japanese car-making giant, Toyota, announced that it looks forward to invest $50 million in Tesla Motors.

The company also stated that it had a plan for Tesla to acquire the NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing) GM/Toyota plant located in Fremont, California.

At the same time Toyota did not confirm that it teamed up with Tesla to work on an actual car. » Read more: Toyota and Tesla Working on a New Electric Vehicle

Toyota to Launch in 2011 Its New Prius Hybrid Minivan

April 20th, 2010

Recently Toyota announced that it will launch a Prius minivan, which means that the company decided to step into the market of hybrid minivans.

This step is surely not a surprise, considering the success of Toyota Prius that made a boom on the market of hybrid vehicles.

The company’s hybrid minivan will be launched in 2011, boasting a high fuel economy and a spacious interior. Inside you will find three rows of seats, which means that the vehicle will be able to transport up to 7 people. » Read more: Toyota to Launch in 2011 Its New Prius Hybrid Minivan