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7 Sexy, Sporty Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets Soon
Ford wowed the crowd at the Detroit Auto Show with its all-new 2013 Fusion. The 2013 Fusion will arrive this fall and will offer hybrid buyers two choices that sets the Fusion apart from the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. The first option is the Fusion hybrid that’s powered by a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries for a combined output of 185 horsepower. Ford expects the Fusion hybrid to get up to 47 mpg in the city.
The second option is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is powered by the same 185 horsepower system, but will get the equivalent of 100 mpg (MPGe). Fans of the Chevy Volt will notice that the Fusion Energi beats it by at least 8 MPGe. Both Fusion hybrids are wrapped in the 2013 Fusion’s new sexier body that draws styling cues from the EVOs concept car.
BMW is also getting into the hybrid game with hybrid versions of its 3 and 5 Series sedans, named the ActiveHybrid3 and ActiveHybrid5. Both hybrids are pretty much identical to the non-hybrid versions on the outside and they are powered by twin-turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder engines and electric motors with a total output of 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. They can drive up to 2.5 miles on electricity alone and it only takes 5.7 seconds for the ActiveHybrid5 to reach 0-60 mph. BMW announced that the 2012 ActiveHybrid5 will start at $61,845 when it arrives at dealers this March. BMW hasn’t announced the pricing for the ActiveHybrid3, which arrives this fall.
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