Thursday things

July 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • Autoblog‘s checked out a prototype Lexus CT 200h, the ‘posh Prius’. Verdict is that this five-door hybrid hatch is suitably Lexus-like.
  • GM is to launch the Chevy Volt in five key areas: California, Michigan, Washington DC, New York and Austin, Texas. More details to be announced later today; US sales start in November, and exports to China are also planned. So far, GM’s denying the story in The Telegraph earlier this week about re-engineering the Volt/Ampera powertrain to enable the engine to directly drive the wheels if necessary.
  • Video report at The Guardian on the electric Smart ed: the tester’s not terribly convinced, for all the obvious reasons. She’s arguably far more representative of potential buyers than car-mag boys, and her readership more likely to be considering an electric car than that of, say, Top Gear, so her verdict’s a bit of an indictment. But she’s not writing it, or all EV use off, completely as a non-starter.
  • An even more limited EV is under scrutiny at the LA Times: the Club Car Villager 2+2, essentially a street-legal golf cart. Could work as a city commuter car and runaround in sunny LA; it is what it is, says the LAT.
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