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2009 Cadillac Escalade available as a gas-saving hybrid

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

 

 
2009 Cadillac Escalade HybridVehicle type: eight-passenger 2WD full-size SUV

Base price: $70,735 (as tested: $72,780)

Engine type: V8 OHV 16-valve with SFI

Displacement: 6.2 liter

Horsepower: 332 at 5100 rpm

Torque: 367 pound-feet at 4100 rpm

Transmission: six-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 116 inches

Track: (front/rear) 68/67 inches

Overall length: 202 inches

Overall width: 79 inches

Height: 74 inches

Turning circle: (curb-to-curb) 39 feet

Curb weight: 5,727 pounds

Fuel capacity: 31 gallons

EPA mileage rating: 20 mpg city, 21 mpg highway

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Toyota working on solar-powered car

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

toyota solar Car

Well, if you think Detroit has problems… you’re right.
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But so often nowadays we hear America’s auto giants compared to Toyota, which of course cut a pretty commanding figure throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s in producing fuel-efficient cars that Americans wanted.

We hear today, though, from The Associated Press’s Yuri Kageyma, that Toyota is struggling and will report its first annual loss in 70 years. A strong yen and the global economic downturn loom large.

That’s all just the background, though, to the news that despite its troubles — or perhaps because of them? — Toyota is quietly experimenting with a solar-powered car. Kageyma reports:

Unfortunately, The AP story is a pickup from The Nikkei, a Japanese business publication written in English, and The Nikkei appears to require subscription if you want to read the story. I’ll update this post if I find a free way to get the original story.

Update 2:38 p.m.: A comment by an apparently knowledgeable Dateline Earth reader led us to do a little more research, which shows that no matter what our friends at The AP may have written about Toyota’s enviro record, it’s listed by Corporate Accountability International in the activist group’s Hall of Shame.

Reason: Toyota opposed Congressional efforts to tighten Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and industry groups Toyota belongs to are fighting parallel efforts at the state level. Scott Learn of The Oregonian also wrote about Toyota’s not-so-green side a while ago.

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Go Green Car and Van Rental adds eight Prius hybrids

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The city of Crewe in England is perhaps best known among car people as the long time home of Bentley and formerly Roll-Royce, brands not exactly known for environmental consciousness or attention to fuel economy. There are of course other businesses in town, one of which is Go Green Car and Van Rental. Go Green is the first British rental company to focus on environmentally friendlier vehicles. The company has just boosted their rental fleet of “green cars” to a dozen units with the addition of eight new Priuses. The full fleet consists of over 100 vehicles with low CO2 emissions for their size, most equipped with diesel engines.

The vans range from the little Renault Kangoo with only 147g/km up to the VW Luton Cube van at 260g/km. Those looking for a Prius can get one for two days for £88.00. A full week of hybrid transport will set you back £238.13 or about $476 at current rates. If you can manage with something a bit smaller a Renault Clio is £129.89/week. Interestingly, Go Green actually recommends that customers actually take the train wherever possible rather than driving. Their rental agency is just a short walk from the Crewe station so that visitors to the area can complete their journey by car or van as needed.

[Source: Go Green Car and Van Rental]

TOYOTA PRIUS JOINS THE GREEN CREWE

Go Green Car and Van Rental, Britain’s first green car hire company based at Crewe, Cheshire, has taken possession of eight new Toyota Prius hybrid cars boosting their fleet of super environmentally friendly vehicles to 12.

The Toyota Prius switches automatically between an electric motor and a conventional internal combustion engine to reduce its impact on the environment and has become a popular choice for Go Green clients since the company launched in the summer 2007.

“Although we have a fleet of more than 100 low emission vehicles, the Prius is by far our most environmentally friendly car,” said Managing Director David Blackhurst. “It is very popular with our clients and is helping our business move towards our commitment to become Carbon Neutral.

“So purchasing these new vehicles is part of our on-going guarantee to customers that as a business we will do all within our power to reduce our impact on the environment while delivering a first class service to the client.”

Operations Director David Bramhill added: “The people of Cheshire are going green by coming to Go Green when they want to hire a car. That’s why we will continue to invest in the environmentally friendly option.

“We still advise visitors to our website to take the train when possible. Happily rail users are increasingly coming to our premises, just a short walk from Crewe Station, to complete their journeys by hiring the most environmentally friendly cars from us.”

For further information click onto www.gogreencarandvanrental.co.uk

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