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A Review of the 2015 Camry Hybrid by Toyota

toyotaToyota is clearly aware of the weaknesses and strengths of its current Camry hybrid car. The automaker knows that there is intense competition and for this reason, it decided to make some extensive revisions to the 2015 Camry model. These revisions have been marked by a complete makeover to the previous model excluding the engines. A major advantage of Toyota’s Camry model is the fact that it has been the best-selling car in America for more than ten years. One of the major weaknesses of this model is that its excitement is temporary. As much as it meets the driving needs, its excitement wears off as other better alternatives are sought.

Although Camry is competent, competitors are continually coming up with better options. This is the main reason why Toyota chose to refresh its model by replacing most of Camry car parts. A trend that has persisted with Toyota is that of adding the cool factor to its best-selling models. Sometime next year, the company will make improvements to its key hybrid car version, the Prius, which will be transformed to a fun and sporty car. By doing so, Toyota will prove that entertainment and economy are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

The refreshed Camry’s almost two thousand novel parts are inclusive of new metal sheets in different parts excluding the roof, a chassis that is slightly stiffer, and an interior that is more upscale, trims that are sport-oriented and a widened track. Generally, the new Camry is still very efficient and at the same time almost fun and sporty. The design gap that was experienced by the previous version will be bridged by the new version of Camry. Some of the major competitors in question include the Accord hybrid by Honda, Fusion hybrid by Ford and Sonata hybrid by Hyundai, which will be released next year. The sales of Camry hybrid have slightly surpassed those of Sonata, Kia Optima and Honda hybrid.

The 2015 version of Camry is refined and more contemporary. Toyota’s aim was to up classiness and the manners factor rather than making a sporty sedan. The new outlook is even more aggressive and sharper. The non-hybrid realm has sportier cars such as the Mazda 6. However, when it comes to hybrid cars, the Fusion hybrid by Ford is sharp, though it has existed for a number of years. For those interested in function and economy, Honda’s Accord is a car of choice. The 2015 Camry hybrid with the longer length is much better. It has a less conservative and more purposeful face.


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A Review of NSX Hybrid Car by Acura

Acura_NSX_Concept_HybridAcura is finally ready to make a debut of its new hybrid supercar, NSX. The automaker plans to make the debut early next year in Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. Meanwhile, novel details concerning the car’s design have been revealed in teaser photos. The raspy sound produced by the engine has been previewed in a brief video. Amendments have been made to the 2012 concept car’s front end whose grille now blends into the hood. The hood’s top part has two visible vents. Slim headlights have LED elements that are the same as those of recent Acura cars.

The overall look of the new car is almost similar to Acura’s 2012 NSX Concept, which debuted in 2012’s auto show in Detroit. The NSX hybrid is wedge-shaped, which reminds us of the Audi R8 and Ferrari 458. To give room to the engine located just after the rear wheels, the new car’s cabin has a forward slant. A key feature of the new version of Acura’s NSX is a hybrid power unit with three motors, including twin turbochargers. These details were given by Acura with no additional details regarding the setup. The powertrain hybrid-electric version adopted by the new NSX is the same as that of RLX hybrid. RLX has a V-6 engine that powers front wheels. The rear wheels are powered by two electric motors. The output totals to 377 horsepower.

NSX’s engine is positioned at the back, necessitating a reversal of the system. This means that the electric motors will power the front wheels while the rear wheels will be powered by the V-6 engine. Some speculations claim that the new NSX will be able to produce horsepower exceeding 500. However, considering the history of Acura’s sport cars, and those of Honda, its parent automaker, it is unlikely that the yet to be released NSX will surpass other existing supercars. Acura has continually created good performing cars with enough power for efficient acceleration.

The new NSX will appeal to its customers for its efficiency. An overview of what to expect can be derived from the sport hybrid by RLX, which has a range of about 30 mpg. In terms of weight, NSX will weigh less than RLX. This feature will be useful in offsetting the additional thirst of the car’s powerful engine. The new NSX by Acura will closely compete with BMW’s i8, whose range is 28 mpg. The model year of the new NSX, as well as the pricing details, have not yet been released by Acura.


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