Toyota to test Prius hybrid
TOYOTA recently signed an agreement with the Government to conduct field trials and demonstration programmes here with its new PriusPlug-in Hybrid (PHV).
The Plug-in hybrid is a combined hybrid and an electric-charge facility that will cover 20km without the engine kicking in.
That helps achieve 2.6L/100km (108.6mpg) and reduce emissions to 59g/km.
It also marks the first use of lithium-ion batteries in a full hybrid Toyota vehicle.
The agreement is designed to help analyse real-world conditions and use of the car.
The company is conducting trials for 18 months across Europe before the car goes on the market in 2012.
Three vehicles will be ‘road tested' here with a number of Irish and multinational companies.
Mercedes wows with new design
MERCEDES has created a stunning concept called the Biome. It was created at the marque’s advanced design studio in Carlsbad, California.
As a sleek four-seater it will come as no surprise that its design stems from Hubert Lee – the man behind the new look of the second-generation CLS unveiled at the Paris show.
It is expected to be revealed for the first time at the prizegiving ceremony for the Los Angeles Design Challenge.
The Biome (pictured) has a diamond-shaped seating arrangement that puts the driver in the middle up front on his or her own, with two passengers slightly behind on either side.
And then there is room for a fourth passenger in the middle at the back.
Honda to unveil electric vehicle
HONDA will unveil an all new electric vehicle concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The company will also reveal a plug-in hybrid platform showcasing the next-generation hybrid technology.