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Subaru Getting Plugin Hybrid With Toyota Prius Prime Parts

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2016 Subaru Forester Driving

Not impervious to the electrification of the automotive industry. Subaru will introduce a new plug-in hybrid model that will borrow parts from the Toyota Prius Prime. Subaru is partially tied to Toyota, so tapping into the auto giant’s hybrid know-how is a no-brainier.

The small but growing Japanese automaker hasn’t announced which model(s) will get the plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it’s expected that either the Crosstrek or Forester will be the recipient. If the Crosstrek , it will be the second time that the model will be offered with a hybrid variant, even though the first one didn’t sell well.

We’ll have to wait and see what specifications (electric driving range, fuel economy, etc.) the Subaru plug-in hybrid will bring to market, but considering it will likely be a bigger vehicle than the Prius Prime, one made even heavier by a standard all-wheel drive system, we don’t expect the same 25 mile EV range as the Toyota.

The Subaru hybrid will initially be sold in the 10 U.S. states that have adopted California’s zero-emission vehicle regulations.

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Porsche Plugs Into Electric Future, Doubles Spending On Electrification

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Porsche Mission E Electric Car Charging

Porsche has announced plans to invest more than $7.5 billion by 2022 to expand its lineup of plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, further expressing its full commitment to the electric car segment.

The production, Tesla Model S and Model 3-rivaling Mission E is on its way, as is a hybrid gasoline-electric version of the iconic Porsche 911. In fact, a big chunk of that investment ($623 million) will be dedicated to developing other versions of the Mission E and several distinct models based on its platform.

Another $1.24 billion will go towards adding hybrid versions of existing Porsche models, while $872 million will be used for new technologies, charging infrastructure and smart mobility.

Some of the investment is also being used to develop a new paint shop, a body shop, a dedicated assembly area, and a conveyor bridge to transport the Mission E’s painted bodies and drive units to the final assembly area in Zuffenhausen. The company’s existing engine plant is being expanded to manufacture electric drivetrains.

Porsche says the Mission E project has so far created 1,200 new jobs and expects the pure-electric sedan to arrive sometime in 2019 with three available powertrain options.

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Infiniti Diving Into Electric Cars In 2021

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Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept, white

Infiniti has announced plans to add electrified models to its lineup starting in 2021.

Nissan Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa made the announcement at the Automotive News World Congress, stating that Infiniti will offer a mix of fully-electric and hybrid e-Power vehicles. He didn’t reveal the models that will get electric powertrains but expects that a mix of those “electrified vehicles will comprise more than half of Infiniti global sales by 2025.”

The first all-electric vehicle will arrive sometime in 2021, and the hybrid vehicles will utilize Infiniti’s proprietary e-Power technology, which features a small gasoline engine that charges battery without the need of using a plug. Saikawa said:

“Customers can expect beautifully designed vehicles like the Q Inspiration concept shown in Detroit, with a whole new level of electrified driving performance as an evolution of Infiniti’s current powertrains.”

Considering virtually every luxury automaker is planning to launch all-electric vehicles to compete with Tesla by 2020, and many already offer hybrid vehicles, Infiniti’s plan to launch its first EV in 2021 will make the company late to market. However, with the EV segment still in infancy, is that necessarily a bad thing?

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New, 2019 RAM 1500 Debuts With Massive Touchscreen, Hybrid Tech

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New, 2019 RAM 1500 Limited

Hot on the heel of the new Silverado’s unveiling, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took the wraps off the all-new, 2019 RAM 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, ushering in a new generation of the truck wars.

Like Chevy’s half-tonne pickup, the new is an improvement over its predecessor in virtually every way, shape or form. It is larger and roomier yet lighter and more fuel-efficient, more luxurious and high-tech, more versatile, and — if you were to ask us — more attractive inside and out. It also tows more.

A nearly four-inch longer length gives it more interior volume, while the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminum components, including high-strength steel frame, an aluminum tailgate and hood, and composite upper control arms, make it 225 pounds lighter.

A new ‘eTorque’ mild hybrid system centered around a 48-volt battery and a belt-drive motor generator unit improves both fuel efficiency and output, adding up to 90 pound-feet of torque for the 3.6-liter V6 and up to 130 pound-feet for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8.

The Pentastar V6 now produces 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, while the HEMI V8 is rated higher at 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

A diesel engine will eventually be added and possibly even a turbocharged four-cylinder.

The redesigned RAM 1500 is lower and wider, giving it a more refined and slightly sportier appearance. Unlike the Silverado, the overall styling doesn’t deviate too much from before, though RAM’s designers ditched some of the blunt, big-rig character that defined the previous generations for a handsomer and even classier look. The trademark crosshair grille is gone as a result.

The smoother proportions along with a .357 drag coefficient and active grille shutters enhance the truck’s aerodynamic efficiency, which FCA claims is .

One of the biggest highlights and likely a major selling-point of the new RAM 1500 is the optional 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen that spans the entire center stack, providing a large spread for the 360-degree camera and split-screen views. Rear seat passengers benefit from more legroom in the full four-door crew cab version, while Air suspension contributes to a cozier on-road ride as well as load leveling and off-road capabilities.

Overall material quality is up, and naturally, a broad range of safety and convenience technology is available.

Is the new, 2019 RAM 1500 refreshing or revolting, and how do you think it compares to the latest Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150? Share you thoughts in the comments below.

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