More and more automobile companies are making hybrid models in an attempt to reduce gas usage and increase gas mileage. The fall of 2010 looks to be the most exciting year for hybrid vehicles yet as companies get ready to release their new 2011 models. Here are my picks for the five models of hybrids that the auto industry is looking forward to the most.
Mercedes ML 450
The Mercedes ML 450 hybrid is an SUV that will get around 21 MPG in the city and 24 on the highway. It is also the first vehicle to offer gasoline, diesel, and hybrid alternatives depending upon your choice of fossil fuel consumption.
The battery is larger than most and will be cooled by specialty systems to keep it running at peak efficiency even if you are towing something and the engine gets warmer. Mercedes will be leading the pack when it comes to upgrading their high-mileage vehicles for more efficient standards. Other car companies take the reverse tactic of making their smaller car hyper-efficient instead of making more popular models easier on the fuel consumption.
Hyundai’s most popular car now gets a retooling into a hybrid. My wife loves the Hyundai Sonata and the 2011 hybrid is due out in late 2010 with a stated MPG of 37 in the city and 40 on the highway. The hybrid version gets 40 percent better gas mileage than its all-gas counterpart.
Hyundai will have two versions, one with a trunk and one with a hatchback that will surely appeal to families that need a mi-size car for getting around town. The beauty of Hyundai’s design is the lithium polymer batter that weighs up to 30 percent less than other batteries that compares only to the Chevy Volt.
One of Honda’s most popular subcompact cars will be test run in Japan as the world’s only manual transmission hybrid car. The CR-Z has been seen on American roads in the form of the CR-X for a long time but will a hybrid version sell?
The price tag looks to be cheap around the $20,000 range even though it’s more expensive than the Honda Fit hybrid also due out. The transmission is shifted on the steering wheel instead of with a floor pedal on the sport version of the car. At only two seats and four cylinders the CR-Z will be great to go back and forth to work but little else as there isn’t much cargo room.
When I first read about the Porsche Cayenne I was excited. Initial reports were that the gasoline engine only kicked in when the vehicle reached 70 MPH on the highway making it nearly a full electric vehicle in every other respect.
The one drawback to this luxury SUV, in addition to the price, is that the electric portion of the engine doesn’t recharge when it is running and only gets more energy when the gasoline motor runs. At 24 MPG in the United States the Cayenne gets better gas mileage by five miles on the highway than the 2008 all-gasoline engine. Porsche still claims the Cayenne can go up to 86 miles per hour on just the electric engine before the gasoline kicks in if given the right conditions.
BMW has two models coming out in 2010 with the X6 being a crossover hybrid with lots of horsepower. It will get 20 percent better gas mileage than its internal combustion brother.
The beauty of an X6 is that it doesn’t sacrifice any horsepower that BMW is known for. If you want a car that is both environmentally friendly and goes fast with a great brand, the new BMW X6 hybrid automobile is for you.
The 2011 model year looks to be the best for hybrid vehicles. Models that already came out will be selling more models while new designs will be coming onto the market making the fall of 2010 a banner year for car salesman regarding hybrid vehicle choices.
HybridCars.com provided my source of information.