Green cars dominate the 2013 New York International Auto Show, which opens this week. Here’s a tour of the best fuel efficient new models, including a plug-in diesel hybrid from Volvo:
Nissan Note: With a starting price of $13,990, the Nissan Versa Note is offered in a range of well-equipped grade levels: S, S Plus and SV, along with top-of-the-line SL Packages. Each is equipped with an advanced 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control).
MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: The new MINI transfers the power developed by its 208 horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged engine to the road courtesy of its standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. Lowered sports suspension and an aerodynamic kit also play their part in bringing an irresistible feeling of race competition to the driver and passengers in their four individual seats. It goes from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
Kia Forte: Sitting on an all-new chassis that is longer, wider and lower than the previous-generation Forte, the all-new model will offer more room, more performance and more premium amenities. It is available in LX and EX variants with a choice of an efficient 148 horsepower 1.8-liter engine or a more powerful 173-horsepower 2.0-liter engine.
JEEP Grand Cherokee: This all-new version promises an impressive combination of best-in-class fuel economy and driving range, available clean-diesel technology, a choice of leading powertrain options, and premium on-road driving dynamics. A new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers best-in-class 30 mpg, a driving range of more than 730 miles and best-in-class towing capability of 7,400 pounds. A new eight-speed transmission drives both the new EcoDiesel and 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engines.
Infiniti Q50: The all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is available at launch with a 3.7-liter V6 and 3.5-liter Hybrid, both with state-of-the-art Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control technologies. and Inside, the Q50 has a fully customizable digital environment including Infiniti’s InTouch™ next-gen smart connectivity that features dual touch-screens and an array of advanced functions, features and custom apps.
Mitsubishi Outlander: The all-new compact crossover, powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, is one of the most fuel-efficient CUVs with standard 7-passenger seating available. The new streamlined front fascia greatly aids fuel efficiency.
Mazda6 Diesel: The redesigned mid-size sedan is the first Mazda to offer a diesel engine in North America. Expected to offer a high amount of torque as well as cleaner combustion, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2L is 10 percent lighter than the current MZR 2.2-liter diesel engine sold in other global markets. Other improvements include internal engine friction reduced by 20 percent and improved fuel economy. The 2014 Mazda6 is also the first production vehicle to feature Mazda’s capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system called i-ELOOP.
Volvo V60 PHEV: The V60 Plug-in Hybird is one of the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrids, rated at 100 mpg. The front wheels are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel engine, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm. The rear axle is powered by a 70 horsepower electric motorr, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission and all of Volvo’s famous safety systems. Thee are three driving modes: Pure, which offers as much electric power as possible; Hybrid, which uses both diesel and battery power in an efficient manner; and Power, which combines the diesel engine and electric motor for maximum acceleration.
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