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The Best and Greenest from the Geneva Motor Show

by , 03/11/08

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Green cars are all the rage these days, with each vehicle manufacturer showing off their latest and greenest vehicles at every possible opportunity. Proof of this is can be seen in the huge amount of hybrids, ethanol powered vehicles, and zero-emission concept vehicles on display at the Geneva Motor Show — which is going on as we speak. Highlights from this show include the Magna Steyr and Saab’s bioethanol 9-X BioHybrid. Read on for all the details!


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1. Saab 9-X BioHybrid

Saab’s 9-X Biohybrid is a four cylinder 200 horsepower bioethanol hybrid powered vehicle, and comes with solar panels on the roof for that extra bit of electrical power.

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2. Magna Steyr
Here at Inhabitat, we don’t often go around highlighting SUVs, but an all-terrain vehicle capable of producing less than 100g CO2 per kilometer? That catches our eye. The fact that it looks as cool as this one and can climb a 45 degree road without breaking a sweat is just an added bonus as far as we are concerned.

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3. Nissan Pivo 2
Possibly the cutest in the show, the Pivo 2 is the latest iteration of the Pivo concept vehicle- a small ultracompact electric vehicle that shows what Nissan believes are the technologies of the future. Four ultra-slim motors and a super-high capacity battery, as well as drive by-wire technologies and a mood-calming robot assistant are just some of the future technologies that you’ll be seeing someday.

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4. Morgan Life Car
We’ve already featured the super cool Morgan Life Car, but we just have to mention it again. This hydrogen powered vehicle is the result of a project that had just one objective: produce a vehicle that could deliver 150 miles per gallon. Their design delivered a cost-efficient vehicle that could provide a stunning 250 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, and looks as sharp as anything else on the market.

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5. PGO Cevennes Turbo-CNG

PGO automobiles has introduced a 4-cylinder 150 hp methane powered roadster which can run fully on biogas. Were it to run on biogas, this would pretty much be one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles in the market. Alas, at the moment, it is only a possibility, so while we decided to feature it on our list, we must mention that it is not very fuel efficient. Now if we could run it on cow manure.

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  1. PaTrond March 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Some ultra-stupid cars. Bio-diesel/ethanol/bio-methanol/bla bla bla, It’s all the same and not green at all! It’s sending the nature carbs straight upp in nowhere! Plants are ment to be manure after used, but this is just sending what the plant needs from the mainure upp in air. What about food to Africa instead?

    That Bio-Stupidness is not green at all!

    Hydrogen and electricity is the future.

  2. Hugo March 13, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Aha, some great designs are featured here. I especially like the Magna’s esthetics.

    Regarding the Yukon; how typical (and very very ugly). Just put HYBRID on it, and it will sell. A typical fraud, same as the Prius, being less green than a Hummer!… Gee, who would have thought. Just read Spinea’s research (can’t seem to find his work on the net). He shows that regarding the total life-cycle, the Priuss is actually quite eco-unfriendly.

    But, I very much like the growing interest of the car companies to invest in green solutions.

  3. Diego March 13, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Green Bioethanol? Green combustion? Green 150miles per galon?

    Maybe Nissan’s car could be called greenest… but not green at all…

    We have to change our concept of development to create a new one. Then, if we are really inteligent, green could be the adjetive, and the definition. Until then… sorry, but is more of the same. In spain we use to say “lobo con piel de cordero”

  4. Esteban March 12, 2008 at 11:16 am

    On GMC’s web site the page describing the Yukon hybrid claims 50% increase in fuel efficiency vs. the non-hybrid Yukon. But a quick click to the page on the std. Yukon shows 16 city and 20 highway MPG. The hydrid model page claims 20 city and 22 hwy MPG.

    Interesting math, that 50% efficiency increase.

    Pddbdbdbt…

  5. Adam March 12, 2008 at 12:17 am

    The GMC Yukon Hybrid is one of the largest green washings I’ve ever heard and read about as far as the automotive industry goes. This once again just proves that American car companies are never going to get serious about fuel efficient vehicles….very dissapointing.

  6. Jacob Slevin March 11, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Thought this might interest some people – http://www.gmc.com/yukonhybrid/index.jsp. A Yukon Hybrid would have once seemed impossible to me. This commercial blew my mind while watching the Oscars this year.

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