October 21, 2011 |
In the redesigned 2012 Camry lineup, the Camry Hybrid steals the show. Toyota expects the gas-electric car to get 40 or 41 mpg in the EPA's combined city/highway cycle, depending on trim level (LE and XLE are offered). That's for a sedan that drives like it has a V-6, seats four adults comfortably and holds more cargo than its competitors. The Camry Hybrid lacks the whiz-bang driving displays of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, but it beats both in terms of efficiency and drivability, and it's a leap beyond the outclassed 2011 Camry Hybrid.
May 26, 2009 |
Being perceived as environmentally friendly is obviously a big issue for tech leaders. Consider Google's recent pronouncement that making one cheeseburger used up as much energy as 15,000 Google ( NSDQ: GOOG ) searches, or Microsoft ( NSDQ: MSFT ) CEO Steve Ballmer's recent, very-public purchase of a Ford Fusion Hybrid. Now Greenpeace is offering its own ranking of tech CEOs. The grading takes into account emissions targets at their firms, alternative energy use, political advocacy, and the climate-change solutions their companies provide.
January 12, 2010 |
The 2010 North American International Auto Show, which opened for previews Monday, is more subdued than in years past and reflects the diminished sales of the U.S. industry. But there were still cars that caught people's attention, mostly by catering to the new taste for fuel efficiency. The Ford Fusion Hybrid won the 2010 North American Car of the Year, which is juried by automotive journalists. The company boasts that the car "is America's most fuel-efficient midsize sedan," with an EPA-estimated 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
July 31, 2011 |
In these summer days of heated political turmoil, it was not the usual clash on Capitol Hill. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had set out early to shop at Eastern Market on Sunday, unsure whether she might be busy later in the day amid further developments in the debt ceiling debate. About 9:30 a.m., Norton was driving home in her gray Ford Fusion hybrid, with the telltale license plate EHN1. She had shopping bags filled with flowers, bananas, "the usual stock," she said.
August 11, 2013 |
For months, Abigail Smith thought about selling her Ford Fusion hybrid. Especially when she had to pay the loan and insurance for a car she rarely drives. While looking online for ways to save money, Smith, who lives in the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast, found RelayRides, a service that allows car owners to list their cars and rent them to people who live nearby. "The first time was a little nerve-racking, but every time I get a repeat it's a better feeling," Smith said.
February 3, 2013 |
Occasionally, we publish blog posts, speech transcripts and other commentaries of interest to the Washington business community. This post, by the founder of Rockville-based Mom's Organic Market, originally appeared on the author's Scott's Compost Pile blog. I'm getting a Tesla S. There. I said it. This feels like a confession. The nicest car I've ever driven was a Ford Fusion hybrid (and it is a really nice car). I basically despise status and will frankly be pretty embarrassed to be seen driving my new car. Nice cars, nice clothes, fancy stuff — not into it. My dad bought his cars at auction.
August 4, 2011
The most popular yet misunderstood term in trendy automotive jargon is "hybrid. " Hybrid vehicles are attracting attention since they deliver a boost in fuel economy without requiring a change in driving habits or fueling sources. In the purist form, a hybrid uses more than one type of motor to drive the wheels. This definition does not include the all-electric Nissan Leaf, but technically it does cover the Chevrolet Volt since an electric drive motor is supported by a gasoline generator.
February 2, 2009 |
This isn't your Motown auto show. In Detroit last month, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was the lone federal legislator to grace the show, setting off a stir when he appeared on the floor. This month in Washington, automakers will have more of a chance to mix with lawmakers, so they're coming prepared. Manufacturers are trooping to town -- including some that didn't bother to show up in Detroit -- with their own agendas: hobnobbing with powerbrokers, lobbying to preserve and extend their federal aid, and unveiling new technologies deployed in fuel-efficient vehicles.
August 7, 2009 |
It was a rather broad interpretation of the right to life. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), known for his opposition to abortion and the destruction of embryos for research, went to the Senate floor Thursday to extend the culture of life: to old, unwanted cars that would be cruelly scrapped under the "Cash for Clunkers" program. "Why destroy a perfectly good car?" the senator pleaded to his colleagues. "We will take a perfectly good automobile that somebody less fortunate could utilize for years . . . and instead we're going to destroy it. We will destroy the opportunity for somebody less fortunate to have that automobile.
April 29, 2011 |
NEW YORK Magic had nothing to do with it. Virtue — represented in popular thinking by Ford Motor Co.'s refusal to join its Detroit brethren in begging for federal bailout loans in 2008 — had nothing to do with it, either. Truth is, in 2008, Ford couldn't afford to borrow another penny. It had already borrowed so much money, its famed blue-oval logo was in hock. It is what Ford did with commercial loans that led to its recently reported first-quarter profit of $2.6 billion, its highest reported quarterly earnings since 1998.