The next big uproar in Corvette land could very well be an electric version of the iconic Stingray. Chevrolet's Ferrari-rival for the everyman may have a legacy of screaming V8 performance, but there are whispers of a potential "Corvette E-Ray" to put an electrified twist on the coveted classic.
When it comes to hotly-anticipated supercars, the 2017 Acura NSX might be top of the list, but the lingering question - answered today - is how much it will cost. Acura has finally spilled the beans on pricing for the striking hybrid coupe, confirming that preorders will kick off early in 2016.
You could argue that midsize sedans like the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are victims of their own success. What's possibly the most mundane car segment around is also one of the most popular in terms of US sales; that makes price a key factor, as well as finding a package - design, specification, performance, and the rest - that's palatable to as broad a range of people as possible.
Beloved by owners, bemoaned by automotive enthusiasts, championed by environmentalists, no car is as polarizing as the Toyota Prius. In California, it may be the only thing more abundant than sunshine. While other automakers have low-volume eco-friendly cars, or tout future solutions, the Prius delivers real-world results here-and-now.
Damned by diesel, or redeemed by electric? The timing seems ill-fated for Audi's brand new 2017 Q7 e-tron quattro, a plug-in hybrid that arrives under the NOx cloud of the VW group's ongoing emissions scandal. Though on paper it makes sense - the plentiful torque of a V6 diesel paired with the eco-peppy zing of a plug-in EV - the fuel's already patchy reputation in the US hasn't been helped by the recent "dieselgate" revelations.
Hyundai has rolled out the new 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid vehicle that will land soon at select dealerships around the country. One of the big features of the plug-in hybrid Sonata is that the vehicle has the longest all-electric driving distance in its class at 27 miles. That means that many people can drive to and from work on electricity alone and never use gas.
There are Windows 2-in-1 PCs that morph between tablet and laptop for configurability and there are Windows tablets or laptops that can stand the test of time, the elements, and work hazards. Wouldn't be nice if you could have the best of both worlds at work? Good thing Panasonic thinks so, too. That's why one of world's leaders in rugged computing devices has produced the Toughbook 20, touted to be the world's first detachable 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid that also happens to be tough as nails.
Honda's new hydrogen-powered car, the Clarity Fuel Cell, will go on sale in Japan in March 2016, the company confirmed today. Taking on the Toyota Mirai, the car - previously known as the Honda FCV - will be targeted at those in the outer suburbs with an appetite for green motoring, and co-exist with Honda's existing and upcoming all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
Not all electric cars are created equal and, as Chevrolet proved with the first-generation Volt, there's more than one way to wean drivers off gasoline. Fans of electric vehicles can debate pure-EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and any other combination all they like; at the end of the day I'm a pragmatist, and so for me it's the Volt's ability to boost fuel-efficiency without introducing range anxiety - and without being too pious in the process - that makes the second-gen 2016 car so appealing.
In less than a month, Microsoft might have a new Surface Pro 4 to wow consumers hoping to get their hands on some fancy new 2-in-1 device. But it is unlikely everyone will be able to afford Microsoft's usually high end tablets. For those on a tighter budget but still need productivity in an even more portable form, ASUS is putting out the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip FP200SA, the latest members of its growing line of tablet/laptop hybrids trying to corner the mid-range Windows market.
With an event that eschews the traditional and literal unveiling for a more heart-stopping descent from ceiling to showroom floor and a tagline that says "Sky's the limit", Toyota is unsubtly saying something about the fourth generation Prius that it has revealed at the LA Auto Show today. And perhaps there is justification for that. The 2016 Prius is definitely not 2009's model, having undergone a substantial and well needed change. And not just in form, but in the very parts that make up the whole.