Sunday, November 17, 2013

Opel Monza HD Hybrid Gullwing Sexy Commercial 2014 GM Concept Electric Car

The Opel Monza Concept is a four-seat coupe plug-in hybrid concept car with gullwing door unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. The concept shares the same basic plug-in hybrid setup as the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera, but using a turbocharged 1-liter 3-cylinder natural gas-powered engine as its range extender instead of General Motors' current 1.4-liter gasoline Voltec engine. The Monza Concept is the first car to feature cutting-edge LED projection infotainment.


Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, the CEO of Opel has been quoted as saying "The Monza Concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future". According to Opel, this concept is the role-model for the next generation of Opel cars, and because of its modular chassis design, future cars based on it would be able to accommodate gasoline, diesel or electric power hief designer Ed Welburn of General Motors said "the gullwing doors will not go into production". The Monza Concept is based on a modular design to allow highest-possible flexibility when selecting a propulsion system. A variety of sustainable powertrains based on increasing electrification of the automobile are conceivable. For the Monza Concept to be displayed at the Frankfurt show, engineers conceived an electric drive with a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) range extender -- a further development of the Ampera's pioneering technology. The new-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo -- which also makes its premiere at the IAA -- takes over the task as range extender. But it does so with natural gas instead of gasoline, further improving the car's CO2 footprint. With its visionary approach, Opel continues to combine the potential of electric propulsion with the benefits of the internal combustion engine.
Volkswagen announced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show the launch of the 2012 Touareg Hybrid, which went on sale on the U.S. in 2011.[80][81] VW also announced plans to introduce diesel-electric hybrid versions of its most popular models in 2012, beginning with the new Jetta, followed by the Golf Hybrid in 2013 together with hybrid versions of the Passat.[82][83] Other gasoline-electric hybrids released in the U.S. in 2011 are the Lexus CT 200h, the Infiniti M35 Hybrid, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and its siblling the Kia Optima Hybrid. The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 was launched in the European market in 2012, becoming the world's first production diesel-electric hybrid. According to Peugeot the new hybrid delivers a fuel economy of up to 62 miles per US gallon (3.8 L/100 km; 74 mpg-imp) and CO2 emissions of 99g/km on the European test cycle.
The Toyota Prius v, launched in the U.S. in October 2011, is the first spinoff from the Prius family. Sales in Japan began in May 2011 as the Prius Alpha. The European version, named Prius +, was launched in June 2012. The Prius Aqua was launched in Japan in December 2011, and was released as the Toyota Prius c in the U.S. in March 2012. The Prius c was launched in Australia in April 2012. The production version of the 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid went on sale in Europe in June 2012.
Other hybrids released in the U.S. during 2012 are the Audi Q5 Hybrid, BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid, BMW 3 series Hybrid, Ford C-Max Hybrid, Acura ILX Hybrid. Also during 2012 were released the next generation of Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid, both of which offer significantly improved fuel economy in comparison with their previous generations.[92][93][94] The 2013 models of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid and the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid were released in the U.S. in December 2012.
The conventional Toyota Prius is top selling hybrid in the U.S., with cumulative sales of 1,356,318 units since 2000 through September 2013, followed by the Toyota Camry Hybrid, with 260,286 units sold since 2006, and the Honda Civic Hybrid, with cumulative sales of 221,190 vehicles since 2002 through September 2013. Among the hybrids built by American manufacturers, the Ford Escape Hybrid and its sibling the Mercury Mariner Hybrid are the top selling models, with combined sales of 130,803 vehicles since 2004 through 2012, followed by the siblings Lincoln MKZ/Mercury Milan/Fusion Hybrids, with combined sales of 111,940 units since 2009 through September 2013, the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid with 35,617 units since 2008, and the Ford C-Max Hybrid, with 34,895 units sold since 2012 through September 2013.
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