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#71 of 100 Re: Accord Hybrid [robertsmx]
Mar 21, 2006 (9:12 pm)
Honda Accord 5AT (2005)*
EPA Estimate: 32.0 mpg
EPA Reported: 28.5 mpg (-3.5 mpg/89% of the estimate)
GreenHybrid : 29.4 mpg (-2.6 mpg/92% of the estimate) 29.1 mean ..small diff
Toyota Highlander FWD
EPA Estimate: 30.0 mpg (2006)
EPA Reported: 26.0 mpg (-4.0 mpg/87% of the estimate)
GreenHybrid : 23.6 mpg (-6.4 mpg/79% of the estimate) 25.6 mean ..more of a difference
#72 of 100 Re: in 20 years [gagrice]
Mar 21, 2006 (9:54 pm)
I suppose that with all the cars converging to mere transportation appliances in the near future, I would consider a hybrid, if they could get one with four real seats to do an honest 50 mpg plus in everyday driving. But NOT with an auto or a CVT. If it doesn't have a stick, I aint buying. Which is what I am sure will keep me out of hybrids for the remainder of my driving life.
After I lose my battle with the stars over the extermination of the manual transmission, I am going to wage a new battle on the growing obesity of the fleet. Hybrids are all guilty in this regard - we so desperately need better battery technology.
My desire for light cars that still feel connected to the road without 26 electronic aids and filters in between my hands and the pavement will probably limit my future purchases to small cheap cars, and likely not a hybrid in the bunch. :-/
Mar 24, 2006 (4:13 am)
What is the future engine ?
A DOD, Hybrid, Bio-Diesel that runs on Ethanol, Hydrogen, or McDonalds Grease. What's next, "Mr. Fusion" from back the future, where you can throw in a banana peels and a 1/4 full miller high life can
Mar 24, 2006 (7:24 am)
the self-appointed "experts" claim that HCCI is the future engine. But it won't be ready for some time.
Mar 24, 2006 (7:45 am)
when I said "self-appointed experts" I was referring to folks just like the ones that wrote that article. Obviously, no-one can reliably predict the future. But this looks to be a big step forward for Honda on its hybrids. I hope they really can bring it to market in a year.
I am never one to get too enthusiastic about learning the technical details of every new powertrain that comes down the pike, but I think of HCCI as being sort of like a diesel engine, but using gasoline as the fuel, with a massive consequent reduction in NOx emissions.
And it uses no spark plugs. If we hadn't already said bye-bye to the tune-up pretty much, we certainly will when/if HCCI becomes widespread.
#77 of 100 Re: robert [nippononly]
Mar 24, 2006 (8:15 am)
I won't use the word "self appointed experts" because HCCI is being developed by a lot of companies. Certainly doesn't guarantee itself as THE design of the future, but then, nothing does.
BTW, HCCI is, at least in theory, said to be able to run on gasoline as well as diesel, bio etc. The design concepts certainly look like a diesel engine's, and if high rpm operation is a challenge, it may certainly hold more promise with hybrid implementation (Toyota and Ford ICE with hybrid technology aren't really designed to work at high rpm either).
#78 of 100 Lexus LS 600 hL
Apr 16, 2006 (7:33 am)
The '07 Lexus LS 600 hL exhibited at the New York International Auto Show is interesting and impressive, for sure, but its weight and complexity are strong negatives for me.
#79 of 100 Re: Lexus LS 600 hL [hpmctorque]
Apr 18, 2006 (7:02 pm)
It will be Hott !!!!! I am a GM car guy for sure, but respect the technology and even more so the gadgetology of the LS 600 WOW !
#80 of 100 Re: Lexus LS 600 hL [hpmctorque]
Apr 19, 2006 (6:30 am)
"V-12 performance with V-8 fuel economy"? Heavy weight is probably OK in a car like this, but it sure would have been nice if they could have lightened it by half a ton and achieved the performance and fuel economy increases without the hybrid powertrain, eh?
We have yet to see how true these claims by Toyota really are. They made similar claims for the GS450H, and it seems it isn't much faster than the GS430 gas, nor does it do much better than that model in fuel economy. These are only short-term tests so far though - I would like to see one of those 12-month tests where they average fuel economy over a large period of time/number of miles.