This Week's Auto Industry Sneak Peek Is Out: Industry Gets Serious About Hybrids & Hydrogen

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A summary of coming attractions from automobile companies, compiled by Car Finder Service. See what's in store for car buyers in the US market over the coming months.


"The car [VW XL1] is more a lighthouse than a business model," VW's Ulrich Hackenberg told Wirtschafts Woche

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Summary and highlights from this week's Sneak Peak

  •     Toyota to launch next-gen Prius by 2015
  •     Toyota to launch the FCV-R, a hydrogen car by 2015
  •     Toyota working on the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept
  •     GM opens the possibility of a Chevy Corvette Hybrid
  •     Chevy to concretely release the 2014 Malibu with an Eco Hybrid option
  •     Detroit Electric moves its production to Holland

To prove its claim as the one of the pioneers in mass hybrid technology, Toyota said that the company will be launching the next-gen Prius and the FCV-R hydrogen car by 2015. The Japanese carmaker also confirmed that the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is also in the works.

Given such moves from Toyota, GM confirmed that it is open with the idea of a Chevy Corvette Hybrid and plans to concretely release its 2014 Malibu with an Eco Hybrid Option.

Detroit Electric on the other hand, which is a new American company that has more concrete plans in producing a high performance electric sports car decided to start its quest by moving the production of the SP:01 to Holland.

As the race towards more hybrid and electric car model goes on, some photos and a video of BMW's i8 hybrid sports car leaked while Nissan on the other end revealed that it has rounded a new corner with the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid.

Finally, Volkswagen has also hinted that the company has that it will only build about 250 units of limited edition VW XL1.

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