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Old 11-17-2015, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What upcoming efficient/eco-car news are you looking forward to?



What commercial "eco-car" developments are you anticipating or following?

I'm a bit of a car blog junkie, regularly following GCR, ABG & Jalopnik (always entertaining). TTAC as well.

Recently, the biggest news I'd been following was the unveiling of the 2016 Prius (see our thread), as well as first reviews of the 2016 Chevy Volt. Of course, let's not forget the ongoing Elio saga, which has a lot of people watching (and vigorously speculating).

Coming up, I can think of a few things that have my attention:

1) Updated Mirage: Mitsubishi is unveiling a "refreshed" (2017 model year for North America) version of the hatchback in L.A. tomorrow, still the most efficient ICE vehicle available on this side of the pond. We already know it's getting a styling facelift, and rumour has it they've addressed suspension tuning too (two of the most frequent criticisms about the car). The "out in left field" rumour is a 2.0L performance option.

2) Tesla Model 3: supposedly, the design of Tesla's "affordable" mass market electric car is going to be revealed in March, 2016. Not too far away.

3) Nissan Leaf: the next generation version of the world's best-selling EV should be previewed sometime next year as well, for the 2017 model year.

What did I miss? What else is on the efficient-car calendar that you're waiting for? Post anticipated dates, if they're known.

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Old 11-17-2015, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Bolt will be an interesting one to see coming up. I think its still a ways out though.

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Old 11-17-2015, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The 2017 Chrysler Town and Country with a slightly smaller 3.2 instead of 3.6 (maybe) and a 9 speed rather then a 6 speed. (Basically the power tain in the current Cherokee). Then it gets more aerodynamic and AWD will return. Here's the cool thing about the AWD. It will be an electric motor driving the rear wheels with the gas driving the standard FWD. That means it can be hybrid as well. I bet even the standard version ends up EPA highway over 30mpg. http://www.allpar.com/model/m/2017.html
Oh an by then the Chrysler v6s should be upgraded with direct injection and a few other things.

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I'll be buying a car to replace my Acura TSX in about 2 years, and I'm most looking forward to the new Leaf, Bolt, and Tesla 3. Those cars will be too new, but at least they will drive down the price of the current Leaf, Spark EV, and BMW i3.

There is an upcoming plug-in version of the Hyundai Sonata. I'm also wondering what car Subaru is going to hybridize.
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What eco-car news am I waiting for? That oil has finally dried up
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Low cost competition for VW's XL1 or 1XL or whatever it is now.
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Not sure when it'll be on the calendar, but I'm looking forward to the announcement that VW will be able to sell their Diesels again. Was all set to get the '16 GSW TDI when all hell broke loose.
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I'd love to get news that the Probe Concepts of the 1980's are coming into production, revamped but with the same Cd.



But this world is not ready for that much awesome

As for something probable, I would like to see an affordable vehicle that goes deeper into low-drag territory (0.20-0.23).
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But this world is not ready for that much awesome
Best quote.

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Here's another, ahem, REAL one I'm interested in:

Hyundai 'AE' Hybrid: it's their upcoming "Prius-fighter" hybrid. They're hinting at 60 mpg US, and it will appear at the Detroit auto show in January. This car is supposedly one reason the 2016 Prius was delayed, so Toyota could tweak it for even better mileage (or so the rumour goes).

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