Lexus LF-LC Hybrid at Australia Motor Show … Audi F12 EV Update … ZERO’D Green Muscle Car on Display … Fisker Automotive Receives Four More Awards … Tesla Announces Buyback Program for Roadster

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MyPerfectAutomobile is reporting on the latest version of the Lexus LF-LC hybrid concept car which is currently on display at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The opal blue concept breaks new ground in design and engineering, and reveals much more about the direction of Lexus. Audi’s development program for the F12 electric car has concluded, with the company releasing huge amounts of data about the effort to create the most advanced electric-drive system. The ZERO’D environmental muscle car is on display at the AIMS this week, highlighting the vehicle’s recycled construction components and biodiesel fuel capabilities. Based on a classic Ford, much of the new car was built from scrap parts. Fisker Automotive has announced that its Karma hybrid-electric vehicle has received four more international awards for engineering and design, from a diverse group of international publications. The Karma is being recognized for its environmental drivetrain as well as its futuristic body design. Tesla Motors is initiating a buyback program for its original electric sports car, the Roadster. Customers who trade in their Roadsters will receive a full credit toward the purchase of a Model S, the company’s latest electric production car.

Lexus LF-LC concept hybrid

Lexus LF-LC concept hybrid

The LF-LC is just a hint of what is to come from Lexus.

Lexus LF-LC Blue at Australia Show

The official name of the new concept car from Lexus is LF-LC Blue, and it is currently on display at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. A short list of the vehicle’s amenities includes a pair of 12-inch LCD touch-screens, sculpted air-intake vents, wrap-around windows, and a carbon-fiber body. The hybrid concept also features a 500-horsepower drivetrain and a high-energy battery pack. Lexus says such organic design is the future of hybrid vehicles. Designers used a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum to give the car its lightweight, efficient fluidity that is part of what the company calls the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. For the complete story, see:

Audi F12 EV: Update

Audi has announced that its three-year research project, which focused on advanced electric mobility, has concluded. The company says the result is a multiple-module tech platform, which has been built into the new F12. The so-called eSport version of the new platform is inside the F12, which features a hardened block with a collision resistant exterior and a 38 kWh electric capacity. The prototype has three completely separate electric motors, one in the front and two in the back. When the car operates at low speeds, only the front motor is activated. For the complete story, see:

ZERO’D Green Muscle Car on Display

The Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) features a 600-horsepower, environmental muscle car. Based on the 1967 Ford XR Falcon, the creation, dubbed the ZERO’D, features a minimal carbon footprint. Australian entrepreneur Mick Fabar, a nationally known green-construction mogul, came up with the idea of making a muscle car out of scrap, and using a mixture of biodiesel as its fuel. After 18 months in design and construction, the ZERO’D made its world debut six months ago at the MotorEx show in Sydney. Now, it will receive a fuller airing at the AIMS event this week and next. For the complete story, see:

Fisker Automotive: Four Awards

Fisker Automotive has collected four new awards, the latest for design and technical innovation. Fast Company Magazine presented Fisker with its “Innovation by Design” award this week, the Karma besting other nominees, which included Ford Fusion, Faraday Bike, and the Boeing 787 airliner. In addition, Fisker picked up Motor Trend Magazine’s recognition as one of the “Top 10 Future Classics.” Sweden’s Auto Motor Und Sport Magazine gave its “Environmental Car of the Year” trophy to the Karma, and Germany’s Auto Bild Magazine gave the Fisker Karma its “Classic Car of the Future” award in that competition’s limousine category. For the complete story, see:

Tesla Announces Roadster Buyback Program

Tesla Motors has begun an official buyback program for owners who want to exchange their electric Roadster for a new Model S electric car. This is the first time the company has accepted trade-ins for any of its vehicles. Customers who bring in a Roadster will get an immediate credit toward the purchase of a Model S. After that, Tesla stores will refurbish the traded-in Roadsters and offer them for sale at discounted prices, approximately in the $75,000 range. For the complete story, see:

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