The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is one of the best – if not the best – new cars to buy. That’s not coming from us, either. Green Car Reports recently named the Honda Accord Hybrid the Best Car to Buy for 2014, with its incredible fuel economy being one of the main reasons why.
As we discussed earlier, the Accord Hybrid (as well as the Accord Plug-In) is equipped with Honda’s all-new two-motor hybrid system, which achieves an EPA-estimated 50 mpg in the city by removing the conventional transmission system. The electric motors power the wheels directly, and the Accord Hybrid only uses gas at higher speeds. This hybrid system is part of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology, which the automaker rolled out for the first time in the 2014 Honda Accord.
The 2014 Accord is the first Honda model to feature the automaker’s Earth Dreams Technology.
Honda summed up the purpose of Earth Dreams Technology as a combination of “our need to protect the environment and our desire to provide a joy of driving.” It is part of an initiative to reduce Honda’s CO2 emissions 30 percent worldwide by 2020, compared to the automaker’s emissions totals in 2000.
The Accord Hybrid and Plug-In aren’t the only models with the Accord nameplate to benefit from Honda’s innovative Earth Dreams Technology. Thanks to an available 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission, the 2014 Accord Sedan delivers up to 36 mpg on the highway, while the Accord Coupe gets up to 34 mpg on the highway. Both the Coupe and Sedan are also available with a six-speed manual transmission, which delivers up to 34 mpg on the highway.
While most automakers are scrambling to hit triple-digit mpg ratings, Volkswagen has already broken that barrier and then some. Now, the automaker is pushing ahead with a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid that would deliver up to 214 mpg combined. (That number is based on European test procedures, so it could vary from EPA estimates.)
VW plans to debut the Twin-Up concept car at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month. In addition to averaging just 43 grams of CO2 emissions per mile, the Twin-Up would have an “e-mode” function that would enable you to drive more than 30 miles using solely electric power, letting out zero emissions the entire time.
Volkswagen created the Twin-Up concept using the top features of two other innovative models in its lineup: the general appearance of VW’s Up city car, and the powertrain resembling that of the futuristic VW XL1. The Twin-Up’s powertrain will be similar to the XL1’s hybrid system and will consist of an 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine and electric motor, along with a lithium-ion battery pack.
Nissan has thrown its hat in the ring in the race to build the car of the future, including major developments in self-driving technology, and now the automaker has something in store that certainly looks the part.
Meet the Nissan BladeGlider. This concept vehicle, which Nissan plans to showcase at the Tokyo Motor Show, is based on the designs of F14 fighter jets and gliders. While it looks like something that came straight from the set of a futuristic film, you may see the BladeGlider on the road sooner than you think.
From its outward appearance and interior design all the way to how it performs, the BladeGlider is truly the car of a future generation. Here are some highlights:
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– Design: The deltoid-shaped three-seat BladeGlider has a 30/70 front-to-rear distribution – by comparison, the average vehicle is about 50/50 – with the two passengers situated only slightly behind the driver. The doors would lift out and up … much they do on the Batmobile.
– Performance: An all-electric vehicle, the BladeGlider uses two motors mounted inside the rear wheels, transmitting power directly to the wheels. Because its body combines the features of jets and gliders, the BladeGlider would be extremely aerodynamic and have incredible steering capability, even around sharp turns.
After presenting the BladeGlider concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, Nissan is hoping this model could make its way to the mass market someday soon. We’ll be sure to bring it to you at our Massachusetts Nissan dealership once it becomes available, but in the meantime you can check out the new Nissan models we have on our lot.