-The Fisker Karma is headed for good sales numbers in the European market, despite some recent challenges in the U.S. Video footage of a track test reveals a professional driver’s opinion of the car.
-Ford Motor Co. celebrates 50 years of Mustang in 2014, unveiling an EcoBoost engine in the ever-popular car for that model year. The company also plans to introduce the C-Max hybrid in 2013.
-The City of Houston, Tex., announced an innovative car-sharing plan for municipal employees which will use 50 all-electric vehicles, 25 of them Nissan Leafs. Houston is already the home to the nation’s third-largest city fleet of hybrid vehicles.
-The multi-fuel hybrid car, Trident Iceni, is on its way to the prestigious Salon Prive auto showcase. The car runs on diesel, bio-diesel, palm oil, or linseed oil.
Tesla Motors released its most recent batch of sales and production data. A company spokesperson says that a near-term production goal of 5,000 vehicles is on target.
The Fisker Karma luxury hybrid could end the year as Europe’s second-best selling, four-door luxury car. Benefiting from European CO2 tax laws and a bias toward green transportation on the Continent, Fisker sees advantages in Europe that do not exist for it in the U.S. market. Professional test-drivers have given the Karma high marks, noting its unusual weight distribution, a slight rear-wheel bias, which ultimately assists in sharp turns and overall handling. The company is determined to make the best of its surprise showing in European sales trends.
The 2014 Ford Mustang will be the first Mustang to feature independent rear suspension, as well as an EcoBoost engine. Exterior updates to the legendary car are still in the works. The EcoBoost Mustang will produce 15 percent less greenhouse gas emission than standard models, and fuel efficiency about 20 percent better than current Mustangs. Ford has emphasized fuel efficiency in its latest marketing blitz, positioning the upcoming C-Max hybrid and plug-in C-Max Energi as part of the company’s new portfolio of green vehicles, alongside the Focus Electric.
The City of Houston, in partnership with Zipcar, Inc., will roll out a major car-sharing program that features 50 electric vehicles. Zipcar is one of the world’s leading car-sharing networks, and will provide the technology for Houston’s new program. The Texas metropolis already has a hybrid municipal fleet consisting of more than 800 cars.
Tesla Motors released data showing that it has built 100 Model S cars so far, 74 of which are in the hands of private buyers. The rest of the hundred vehicles are being used as testers and demo models by the electric car firm, which pioneered EV technology in the U.S. with the introduction of its Roadster. A test-drive of a Model S is included in the video link below.
Trident’s Iceni bio-fuel, multi-fuel car will be on display this weekend at the Salon Prive show, where the ultra-futuristic sports car will tout its 200-mph top speed and 2000-mile range. The 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel can reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. This will be the first major outing for the Iceni.
MPA’s flagship website, www.myperfectautomobile.com, has grown into a major presence on the Internet. The site features a complete shopping mall as well as a free-to-list classifieds section for all things green.
For advertisers, MPA offers the chance to be in front of over 20,000 readers each month who are interested in hybrids and electric vehicles, as well as sustainable transportation in general.
Larry Judkin, General Manger and Sales Coordinator, has tasked himself with taking MPA to the number-one spot among green transportation websites.
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