Toyota: Power to the People

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Photo Credit: Toyota

Throughout this seemingly endless winter, people all over the country have been forced to endure subzero temperatures, intense storms, and unexpected power outages. Toyota has a new and different solution that could someday help homeowners who find themselves caught in the dark – cars that can provide power to the home in the event of an emergency. Already a leader in EVs with its hybrid Highlander, Camry, and Prius models, Toyota could be on the leading edge of a revolutionary idea for the auto industry.

The editors of Up To Speed think this is an inspired concept. Vehicles that can essentially convert into backup generators for the house could be extremely beneficial for car owners across the planet – especially those in regions of the world with particularly turbulent weather. What we want to know, though, is if this technology becomes standard in Toyota hybrids, will other manufacturers follow suit? Let us know what you think. Continue reading

Ford: New Automated Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle Unveiled

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Photo Credit: Ford

In a recent press release from Ford, the venerable car manufacturer unveiled its latest foray into future car technology with an automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle. The purpose of the newly designed research vehicle is to further test sensing systems and driver-assist technologies, in an effort to fine tune such devices to eventually be incorporated into Ford’s next generation of automobiles.

Ford’s vision of the future is one of connected cars and safer driving conditions for all. With cars sensing and evading obstacles like pedestrians and other vehicles, the goal is to reduce unnecessary fatalities and injuries through technological intervention. The editors of Up To Speed feel it’s encouraging to see an auto manufacturer so concerned with mitigating tragedy on the roads. Does this mean, however, that we now need to rely on technology to protect us from ourselves? Are you willing to give up your driving autonomy so that you can check your Twitter feed while your car swerves to avoid running over that crossing guard? Let us know what you think. Continue reading

Honda: 2014 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe Offers Sleek Design and Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

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Photo Credit: Honda

The Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe continues for 2014 as the only hybrid vehicle offered with a manual transmission. Compared to other hybrids on the market, this car has a much sportier look. The manual model is rated at a combined 34 mpg, while the automatic models are expected to get a combined 37 mpg.

While the mileage isn’t competitive with the Toyota Prius, Up To Speed editors don’t think Honda is trying to make the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe a direct competitor to those hybrids. Rather, Honda has created a fun, unique, and sporty vehicle that can achieve great fuel mileage comparative to other sporty coupes on the market. Continue reading

Car-Specials.com Names the Top Five Fuel-Efficient Luxury Cars

Car-Specials.com screenshotsThe combination of increasing gasoline prices and the constant improvement of hybrid and electric vehicle technology has caused car buyers in all segments to search for ways to save money at the pump while seeking the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle. The staff at Car-Specials.com, eager to cater to the evolving needs of car shoppers in today’s automotive landscape, released a list of the Top Five Fuel Efficient Luxury Cars.

CARMEL, Ind. (PR Web) July 30, 2013 – With ever-changing government standards regarding fuel efficiency, luxury automakers around the world are finding it necessary to continually improve upon their processes and designs to make their vehicles more “green.” Continue reading