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We're certain to see more makes and models offered as hybrid technology catches on. Which models are you hoping to see offered next?
#12 of 105 Upcoming Hybrids...
Mar 23, 2005 (2:16 pm)
Hybrid Cars in Development
Last year, about 80,000 hybrid cars and trucks were sold out of some 17 million total sales in the US, according to David Friedman, research director for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Vehicle Program.
Toyota plans to double the production of the Prius to 100,000 a year for the US to help alleviate severe shortages in some parts of country, where buyers must wait three to six months to take delivery.
Automakers are developing new hybrid models at a rapid pace. Here's a look at the hybrid car lineup under development, and 'best estimate' dates for availablity to the consumer market:
2005 scheduled releases:
Lexus RH400 SUV - a 270 hp luxury hybrid, averages 27.6 mpg (8.5l/100km).
Toyota Highlander SUV - the largest and most powerful of the hybrid SUV's.
Mercury Mariner SUV - similar to the Escape SUV, but with more amenities
Dodge Ram pickup
2006 scheduled releases:
Honda CR-V SUV - this is a compact SUV
Toyota Camry Hybrid - the Camry is currently the best-selling passenger car in the US.
2007 scheduled releases:
Toyota Sienna Hybrid Minivan - a North American version of the Estima Minivan, available in Japan since 2001. This will likely be the first hybrid minivan on the North American market.
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Mazda Tribute - compact SUV
Nissan Altima Hybrid
Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon
Dodge Durango - with a 20% increase in gas mileage ( 22.3 mpg combined city/highway for the Durango HEV compared with 17.1 mpg for a comparable conventional V-8 Durango).
See full story here:
#13 of 105 Re: Tundra Hybrid [larsb]
Mar 24, 2005 (12:43 am)
"Looks like the Sienna is due in 2007:
Not from that link, it doesn't. The author offers no evidence the s/he is doing anything but guessing. Remember, this is the Internet, where everyone passes around their ideas until they sound like facts. Many have claimed that Toyota would release a hybrid minivan here in 2004, then 2005, etc., etc. It's tempting to think so, since they have had two (the Estima and the Alphard) in Japan for some time, but guessing is just guessing.
A slightly more evidence-based possibility: I'm sure that Honda is nervous about the possiblity of a Toyota hybrid minivan in the US, and more than one person, including Honda personnel, has noted that the spare tire storage area on the new Odyssey is well suited to a battery pack. And since the Odyssey has a run-flat option, it wouldn't necessarily need a spare...
Also, the Accord hybrid's V6, a 3.0L vs. the Odyssey's 3.5, would be just about the right size for a minivan, once the IMA was factored in. We'll see.
The eartheasy.com link also presents speculation as fact. I'll agree with the probablility of a hybrid Camry by 2006, since I've heard that from inside sources, but Honda has repeatedly quashed the hybrid CR-V (and hybrid Element) rumor, and has gone so far as to state that they don't believe in hybrid SUVs. However, if the Highlander is a runaway hit...
#14 of 105 NISSAN ALTIMA HYBRID -ATHING OF BEAUTY!
Mar 24, 2005 (4:56 am)
About a yr and a half ago I decided to investigate the hybrid cars. I test drove a Honda Insight, a Honda Civic Hy. and finally a 2nd Gen. Prius. The Prius really grabbed the "brass ring" for both my wife and myself. It won hands down on almost all catigories. So, we decided to by one. The salesman was helpful and our wait was 3 months to the day when we received a call telling us our car had arrived. To this day and 17K miles under our belt we've been thrilled with the car's overall return.
If there was one thing that comes to mind that could have made our selection different it might have been if Nissan's Altima was out there at the same time. I think that it's rare when my wife and I agree on a selection of furniture or anything else for that matter but we both agreed that, had the Altima been available in a hybrid format, we would have cosidered it above a Prius. Alas! It was not meant to be. I still wonder what if...and yet, it still could happen.
Railroadjames(if I shoulda, coulda, woulda)
#17 of 105 Re: Upcoming Hybrids... [larsb]
Mar 28, 2005 (1:20 pm)
"2006 scheduled releases:
Honda CR-V SUV - this is a compact SUV "
I wish. Honda corporate has stated they won't hybridize the CR-V or Pilot.
#18 of 105 Re: Tundra Hybrid [jk450]
Apr 11, 2005 (7:02 pm)
Any scoop on the Accord hybrid? I have not seen any on Minnesota roads, but have read great reviews on car mags galore. Last I heard from Rudy Luther Toyota (a local dealership) the Tundra hybrid is still a few years off (maybe 2007?). Any scoop by you?
#20 of 105 Toyota Matrix
May 03, 2005 (8:34 pm)
When will Toyota make the Matrix a Hybrid?
#21 of 105 Hyundai and Kia to make hybrids available sooner...
May 04, 2005 (6:49 am)
Hyundai and Kia to release Hybrid models in USA by late 2006:
"Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. have moved up their schedule for introducing hybrid cars to the United States. They now expect to do so by late next year, a Hyundai executive says."