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With the 2012 North American Auto Show in full swing, automakers are showing more green features and vehicles than ever. From concepts like Volkswagon’s electric Beetle (coined the E-Bugster) to Ford rolling out the much-ballyhooed Fusion update, it’s quickly becoming the greenest show to date.
The big news from the show floor today comes from Toyota, who introduced the new Prius C, a stylish subcompact hatchback that promises up to 53 MPG for around $19,000.
The “C” is for city; given the car’s ability to travel short distances in all-electric mode means it will get the better gas mileage in the city (the aforementioned 53 MPG) than on the highway, where mileage tops out at 46 MPG.
At those prices, we hope they plan on producing a lot of them. The Prius C seems like the ideal vehicle for tooling around Los Angeles, where they’re sure to sell like the proverbial hotcakes.
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DETROIT - JANUARY 10: Honda executive John Mendel introduces the new Civic concept during the press preview of the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center on January 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The 2012 North American Auto Show kicked off in Detroit today, and according to early reports it’s greener than ever.
Ford put on a glitzy presentation, rolling out the new Ford Fusion, which boasts up to 100 MPG and a new more fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine that allows emits fewer greenhouse gasses. Ford also announced plans to increase hybrid/electric vehicle production threefold to over 100,000 by 2012.
Honda debuted the new Jetta Hybrid, which will come with a special button that allows drivers to take it up to 43 MPH and cover over a mile on electricity alone. They presented the sure-to-be-popular concept all-electric VW Beetle, called the E-Bugster.
Stay tuned for more updates on the 2012 North American Auto Show throughout the week.
Everyone loves a list. Ranking, rating, arranging – there’s something about putting things in a neat, numerical sequence to bring a little sense of order to the world.
The start of a new year is always a great time to make lists. Having already categorized the year that was, now is when we start looking forward and making predictions of what is yet to come. Which is why I was excited to peruse environmental blog Triple Pundits list of the 10 Sustainable Cities to Watch in 2012.
It’s an exotic list that spans the globe, including Doha, Qatar, and Accra, Ghana. It’s so much so that only two American cities make the list: my beloved Detroit, MI and our very own neighbors in San Jose, CA. Focusing on the city’s light rail system and robust Green Vision Goals, they term San Jose “one of the greenest, cleanest and safest cities in the USA.” (The blog also a point to call L.A.’s sustainability a miserable failure).