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Seven Sizzling Hybrid and Electric Cars from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
This year more luxury automakers unveiled new hybrid versions of their volume models and Infiniti followed suit with a hybrid version of its new 2014 Q50 sedan, which replaces the G37 in its lineup. The 2014 Q50 Hybrid will be powered by Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid System with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control that mates a 3.5L V6 to an electric motor. Buyers will also be able to choose between rear or all-wheel-drive. The Q50 Hybrid also gets new tech features like Direct Adaptive Steering technology and Active Lane Control.
2014 Lexus IS 300h
Lexus has unveiled its next-generation 2014 IS sedan, which will be available with three different powertrains, including its first hybrid system. The 2014 Lexus IS 300h will be powered by a Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, based on a newly developed 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine with a total 217 horsepower. Unfortunately Lexus hasn’t announced any plans for the IS 300h in the US. Currently it only plans to offer the hybrid sedan in Europe, Japan, and select international markets, but hopefully that will change.
2013 Nissan Leaf
Nissan has given its Leaf electric car some updates for the 2013 model year. A new S model now makes the 2013 Leaf the cheapest five-passenger electric vehicle in the US and a new 6.6 kW onboard charger cuts charging times in half. Nissan has also added more features to the Leaf, like a Bose audio system and leather seats. The exterior of the 2013 Leaf has been tweaked to make it more efficient, but Nissan has yet to announce the official specs.
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