Auto show goes clean and green
The green and clean wave that has swept the auto show in Los Angeles and Detroit will be of the dominant themes of this year’s Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
The following ‘green vehicles’ will be included in the manufacturer’s exhibits during the show, which opens on Friday, Feb. 18 and continues on Sunday, Feb. 27.
Ford Focus Electric
The new Focus Electric is the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car from Ford.
A full recharge is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station.
The Focus Electric will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery system engineered by Ford in co-operation with supplier LG Chem.
The battery system uses heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and fuel-free driving range.
Chevrolet Canada introduces the new, 2012 Volt electric vehicle with extended range, establishing a new segment in the global-automotive market.
The Volt will go on sale at Chevrolet dealers in Canada in the summer of 2011.
It is offered in one well-equipped standard trim level, along with two option packages: A premium trim package and a rear camera and park-assist package.
The 2012 LaCrosse with eAssist features a new fuel-saving technology that is expected to increase fuel efficiency by up to 24 per cent, compared to the four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain in the 2011 LaCrosse.
The eAssist technology is estimated to provide a class-leading highway fuel-consumption rating of 5.4L/100km, while maintaining the luxury, performance and value expected from Buick’s flagship sedan
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid features industry-first lithium polymer battery technology.
Using a full parallel hybrid drive system with six-speed automatic transmission, the Sonata Hybrid can accelerate up to 100 km/h on battery power alone.
Hyundai Blue Will Concept
The Hyundai Blue Will concept vehicle is a plug-in hybrid capable of travelling up to 64 kilometres on electric power.
Blue Will is expected to achieve an estimated 2.2L/100 km thanks to cutting-edge technologies including roof-mounted solar cells and thermal-energy recapture.
Kia Optima Hybrid
The new Kia Optima Hybrid will feature a parallel-drive system, using a state-of-the-art lithium-polymer battery that is lighter and smaller than those used by 2010 Toyota, Ford and Nissan midsize hybrid sedans.
The Optima Hybrid will be designed to provide seamless performance matched by exceptional fuel efficiency.
Based on a gasoline-powered “i” car in the Japanese market, which is a roomy and practical four-door, the new 100 per cent battery-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV for the North American market was developed.
The zero tailpipe-emission i-MiEV will be the first North American production vehicle to be powered by Mitsubishi innovative electric vehicle (MiEV) technology — cutting edge drivetrain engineering that will serve as the basis for future environmentally friendly vehicles.
Misubishi PX MiEV
The Concept PX MiEV is a plug-in hybrid that combines extended cruising range with vastly improved performance over gasoline only vehicles, all in a midsize package.
The PX MiEV represents the most evolved result of Mitsubishi’s four decades worth of electric vehicle (EV) research and development.
The 2011 Nissan LEAF is the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car that will usher in a new era of mobility when it goes on sale in Canada later this year.
Using no gas and with no tailpipe, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that seats five adults comfortably and has a range of 160 kilometres on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer needs.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h also greatly benefits from use of Infiniti’s proven 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, which paired with the 50 kW electric motor, provides a hybrid-system net power of 360 horsepower.
This vehicle can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 100 km/h and can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.9 kilometres.
The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept features unique gull-wing doors that emphasize its spacious interior.
Powering the Hybrid Tourer is a 2.0-litre horizontally opposed direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline engine that improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions.
The turbo is mated to Subaru’s Lineartronic (CVT).
The powertrain features a unique gas/hybrid two-motor system with an electric power/drive motor in the front and another drive motor in the rear.
Toyota Prius V
The Toyota Prius v joins the iconic hybrid family, further broadening the appeal of the Prius brand.
With more cargo space, Prius v is designed to meet the needs of families with active lifestyles while offering the benefits of sustainable advanced technology.
Prius v will provide class-leading fuel efficiency and a 66 per cent reduction in smog forming emissions versus the average new vehicle.
VW TDI Clean Diesel Engines
Volkswagen Canada is proud to present a number of vehicles featuring its “TDI Clean Diesel” engines.
This technology provides for outstanding fuel economy, without demanding any compromises in drivability or performance.
Reduced fuel consumption combined with lower CO2 output make TDI Clean Diesel technology a good choice for environmentally conscious drivers.
TDI Clean Diesel engines are available in the Jetta, Golf, Golf Wagon and Touareg modelsAuto show goes clean and green