Fields of Green

26 Jan 2010 | 5,855 views | No Comment
New shades of green have exploded into the auto scene at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. After all, strict fuel economy standards will go into effect in 2016. Toyota, the visionary company that introduced the Prius hybrid in 2001, is quickly getting strong competition. There were 600,000 Prius’s sold in the US last year, and this year, many more companies and models will be vying for a piece of the action – and then some. At the show was an all new Electric Avenue exhibit, almost 40,000 square feet dedicated to showcasing the latest in electric technologies, and other energy solutions. Many of the cars shown were in the form of updated designed rickshaws, golf carts and uni-scooters, even smaller than Tata Motors, the Indian Company that surprisingly was not at the show. Tesla and BYD Auto will be household names in this upcoming decade. In the meantime, let’s talk about the Green models that are or will be launching soon to our market. We‘ve included both hybrid and non-hybrid models here because both types hone in on “green“ values inh a number of ways: 2011-chevy-volt Chevrolet Volt: Due late 2010, this vehicle is expected to list at $40K and will deliver 40 miles to the gallon on battery power mode. When the battery mileage expires, a small internal combustion engine kicks in. ford-focus-hb Ford Focus: The hero of the Detroit Car Show, Ford will be bringing the hybrid to market in 2011. Available in either an automatic or standards, the new Ford will have a tech filled interior with MyFord voice activated technology brining the comforts of a home office entertainment center to the road. 2012-chevy-aveo Chevrolet Aveo RS: an aggressive wider wheel base and smart styling brought to the US by the Opel influenced design team. Concept car for 2011. honda-crz Honda CR-Z: The two-seater sports concept hybrid to get 37 mpg. Fiat 500: My first car was a Fiat. I loved that car. The new 500 is just a might bit sassier and perhaps a few dollars more than my 1980 model. Chrysler’s Fiat, with its pin striped and racing inspired design, will offer a fun and fast ride. Mazda 3: Driving this car is a de-light. With its get up and go, who doesn’t have fun in their zoom-zoom? More aggressive styling and wider footprint, the Mazda 3 hugs the road while getting good fuel mileage. volkswagen-new-compact-coupe Volkswagon CC sedan: Not so small, this CC – Compact Coupe - is a must mention concept car. A 45 mile per gallon hybrid sedan, this sophisticated European designed car will stop heads and start engines. Plans are to launch under $30K. Hyundai Blue-Will: A concept car, this small 1.6 liter engine will allow for 100 miles to the gallon for this plug in hybrid. toyota-ftch Toyota FT-CH: Toyota announced a lunching of the Prius family with no details yet specified. Much shorter than the Prius, the FT-CH has a more attractive sillouette and will command $20K at retail in a few years. Emerald. Aqua. Hunter. Jade. Olive. Lime. Sea foam; anyway you look at it; they are all in the running and all shades of green.

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