Tag Archives: Hybrid

2021 Lexus IS 300h Review

The Lexus IS has been challenging the likes of BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class since the late 90s, an era where a slew of other left-field options also emerged in the segment – Jaguar X-Type and Alfa Romeo 156 just to name a few. Fast forward to 2021, the …

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2021 Mazda CX-30 X20 M Hybrid Review – is it better than the G25?

The Mazda CX-30 is a unique proposition in the compact crossover segment. Offering the perfect blend of upscale design, sporty handling and up-to-date tech, it quickly became one of our favourite city-sized SUVs since launch. With a total of 9 variants to choose from, the CX-30 range is also the …

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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge plug-in hybrid Review

Volvo was one of the first to declare war on diesel engines, announcing it will phase out the spark-ignition powerplant in Australia by June this year. The company says that despite diesels “being the cleanest they’ve ever been”, the technology doesn’t have a place in its future. In their place, …

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Honda Civic Type R hybrid could be a 400hp scorcher

Honda is back on the road testing a Civic Type R prototype. Fully camouflaged, the prototype was seen making rounds on public roads around the infamous Nurburgring circuit, perhaps in preparation for an upcoming track assault. With the current Civic Type R having been recently updated, it’s unlikely Honda is …

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2020 Lexus ES 300h F Sport Review

When we drove the Lexus ES 300h in Luxury and Sports Luxury trims last year, we were impressed by its frugal fuel consumption, ride and handling balance, and elegant yet stylish design. The mid-size sedan from Lexus has come a long way, with each generation a stepped improvement of the …

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2020 Subaru Forester Hybrid Review

Right from the start, the Subaru Forester has been known for its practicality, durability and go-anywhere versatility. It’s the no-nonsense mid-size SUV that you just get in and go to places. In Australia, it’s been popular among families and adventure seekers for generations. Now, for the first time ever, hybrid …

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2020 Subaru XV Hybrid Review

We have been looking forward to this for a while. Subaru’s new ‘e-Boxer’ hybrid powertrain is here and it marks the Japanese brand’s first foray into the world of electrification. Offered in the XV compact crossover and the mid-size Forester SUV, the e-Boxer adds a lithium-ion battery and electric motor …

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Toyota Yaris Cross SUV bows in

Toyota was meant to introduce the new Yaris based crossover at the Geneva Motor Show last month before the event was cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Now there’s a report from AutoNoción claiming the Japanese brand will debut the new model tomorrow, although the publication did not cite …

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Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport gain PHEV tech

The new Range Rover Evoque is now available with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant which offers an electric-only range of up to 66km. Badged P300e, the new Range Rover Evoque plug-in hybrid is based on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse architecture, which was designed to support electrification while …

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Will the 2021 Mitsubishi Pajero look this good?

The current-generation Mitsubishi Pajero has been around since 2006. Yep, that’s 14 years ago. It’s certainly living in borrowed time, despite the numerous updates it received over that period. It’s rumoured to have an all-new successor sometime around 2021, but nothing is solid so far. Prototype has yet to be …

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Next-gen Ford Focus RS to get electric-assisted AWD?

The highly anticipated fourth-generation Ford Focus RS might be arriving sooner than we thought, with reports that the hot hatch is entering the last stages of development in preparation for a late 2020 debut. UK publication CAR magazine recently spilled the beans on the Blue Oval’s next-gen AMG A45 fighter, …

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All-new Honda Accord priced from $47,990

Pricing and specification of the all-new 2020 Honda Accord have been confirmed ahead its arrival at Honda showrooms in December. All-new from the ground up and riding on a new platform, the 10th-generation Accord is billed as the most sophisticated, fuel efficient and comfortable Accord ever, promising more refined and engaging …

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Subaru Forester and XV e-boxer hybrid coming early 2020

Subaru is set to capitalise on the fast growing popularity of hybrid SUVs by introducing electrified variants of the Forester mid-size SUV and XV compact crossover in early 2020. Dubbed the e-Boxer, Subaru’s new petrol-electric hybrid powertrain will find its way under the 2020 Forester and XV, along with a …

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Toyota C-HR now available with hybrid powertrain

Toyota has added its hybrid powertrain to the upgraded C-HR which will be offered alongside the existing 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Available on the best-selling 2WD C-HR Koba which Toyota says makes up nearly half of all C-HR sales, the 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid system is shared with both the Corolla …

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