Plug-in Hybrid

Editorial | Volvo – fully switched on from 2019?

If you’ve read the news lately, you could be forgiven for thinking that Volvo has killed the combustion engine. No, not quite, but you can’t blame the company for blowing its own trumpet a little. 

Volvo T8 Twin Engine Range

Given the past year, and the risk of being labelled a traitor or enemy of the people, we’d wonder if any organisation would be truly happy about making the front cover of the Daily Mail. But that’s exactly what Volvo got on Thursday, along with sizeable coverage in the The Times and The Guardian. The reaction on social media was slightly more mixed, with many pointing out that the newspapers and other had massively misunderstood the announcement by Volvo. This wasn’t ‘pure electric cars only’ as a strategy, and manufacturers like Lexus already offer hybrids across their model range.

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Perhaps there was a, justifiable, element of resentment from other brands, that Volvo has stolen so much of the headlines with this announcement. For a carmaker to be on the front page of multiple newspapers and not to have done something wrong – Volkswagen – is rather rare. But that is exactly what Volvo achieved yesterday. Granted many mainstream journalists got completely the wrong end of the stick, and believed Volvo would banish the internal combustion engine completely by 2019. However, we imagine Volvo’s PR department were still rather pleased with the coverage all the same.

Volvo S90 T8 Twin-Engine

The truth is virtually all major manufacturers are going to need to further embrace hybrid and electric vehicles, in order to meet the EU’s 2021 target of fleet CO2 emissions averaging no more than 95g/km. That’s quite a tall order, and therefore the more ultra-low and zero-emissions cars a manufacturer has, the lower their overall fleet CO2 average. This is why Volvo is not dispensing with internal combustion in 2019, but merely ensuring it becomes a smaller part of their model range and, where still offered, includes some form of hybrid system to further reduce CO2 outputs. (more…)

2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Photo Highlights

EngageSportMode couldn’t be at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show but, fortunately, it knows some people who are. So with the press days now out of the way, what are some of the highlights from the 2013 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung?

Below are some of the stand out new cars announced at this year’s show. Some are purely concept cars to set new directions and garner interest, whilst others are production ready. Click the photo for bigger images.

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BMW i8 – Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Officially Revealed

The second piece in BMW’s hybrid strategy has been fully unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with prices and specifications for the futuristic i8 now confirmed. So just what do you get for almost £100,000?

  • Hybrid plug-in electric and petrol turbo power,
  • 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds, 155 mph top speed,
  • Official 113 mpg, 59g/km CO2, and up to 310 mile range.

BMW i8 - 001

EngageSportMode is already a fan of the coupe’s little brother, the i3, praising its futuristic design and cleverly designed ownership experience. But, whilst the i3 is intended to be an everyday hatchback, the i8 aims to be a pure sportscar – just one with a conscience.

BMW i8 - 002

Unlike the i3, which polarised opinion with its ‘challenging’ aesthetics, there’s no denying the i8 is a real looker. The basic form has been known for a while in various prototypes and test-mules spotted around the world, but it is the little details which make the i8 truly stunning.  (more…)

New – 2013 Audi Sport Quattro Concept

A few weeks ago Audi teased us with a styling sketch of a concept quattro. Now we get to see the real deal ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show – and it’s a hybrid!

  • 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 with hybrid electric motor,
  • 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 187 mph top speed and 113 mpg!

Audi Sport quattro concept 001

Audi Sport quattro concept 003

Audi Sport quattro concept 002

Styling of the Sport quattro concept clearly draws on the original “Ur-quattro” model which debuted in 1980. Whilst elements such as the squat stance, boxy rear ‘arches and bonnet vent may be inspired by the eighties original, Audi intends the Sport quattro concept to dictate future styling of its performance models. Expect it to influence the direction of the next generation A5 coupe. (more…)