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First Drive Review for the BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid

BMW_E90_front_20090301It has been projected that soon one out of every ten BMW 3 series will be having powertrains operating in hybrid mode. Officials at this German automaker have shown confidence that a substantial number of purchasers prefer the recent petrol-electric model. This model will enter the market later this year. BMW is yet to confirm the volume aspirations because discussions are still being held with value forecasters. However, officials expect the car’s total sales to account for at least 5 percent.

Last year alone, at least 23,000 of the sedan version were sold. This version happens to be an integral part of BMW. The hybrid version will be one of the core models to account for a more than ten percent share soon. During a recent launch event, Mark Costello, one of the BMW’s product managers, said that the new car is attractive due to its high electric drive range, practicality, and the total operating economy. These are some of the advantages that this plug-in hybrid has over its competitors.

With an additional 40 hp, Mercedes-Benz has an acceleration that is slightly faster. The EV range of the BMW 330e can reach 25 miles, which is better in comparison to the previous 19 miles. Its boot space is 370 liters in comparison with the standard 340 liters. Additionally, the new 3e series has a lower rate of fuel consumption. Its advantage in the corporate sector cannot be overlooked. The carbon dioxide emission status has been retained at 50g/km. This status is irrespective of wheel options and the trim level. The car’s price tag will also be considerably lower. All these factors combined is a clear indication that this new entrant will create a huge impact.

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will not only win conquest business, but it is also expected to strongly compete with the current BMW 320ED. It will be up to the fleet users to decide the version that suits them best. The type of use will be reflected in purchase decisions. For high motorway mileage, the most efficient choice is still diesel. However, BMW strongly believes that hybrids will define the future. Hybrid cars are the best, especially in maximizing fuel savings and using as much electricity as possible. The 330E’s weight distribution is neutral, consequently giving it good road holding capability, stability and balanced handling that surpasses its major competitors. A top speed of 75 mph is given using electric drive while a wide range of options are available in terms of operating mode to give efficient mobility.


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The Reason 2016’s Toyota Prius Deserves to be the Globe’s Most Attractive Energy Vehicle

Toyota_Prius_(IV)_–_Heckansicht,_19._September_2015,_FrankfurtLast fall, photos of the 4th generation Toyota Prius Liftback started appearing online. Based on a highly relevant criteria, this car could be one of the globe’s most attractive vehicles. Many are wondering how attractive this car is. The attractiveness is with respect to being pocket-friendly. Critics have often raised concerns regarding the aesthetics of the Prius. Most find its look to be quite plain. Regardless of this fact, it has been projected that more people would purchase this car in comparison to any other.

So many people buy a Toyota Prius in fact, it has recently been considered an independent sub-brand. Since the new model officially entered the market in January, already 18,600 Prius sales have been booked by Toyota. These bookings are inclusive of leftovers, as well as the 2016 model. These units are 3,000 more than those recorded by Chevrolet for its Volt last year in all 12 months. By March, Toyota would have surpassed the sales predicted by Chevy for the whole year.

Volt is not the only car surpassed by Toyota. Every green car out there has been crushed by Toyota with respect to market acceptance. The Prius beats virtually all green cars manufactured by companies like Ford, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Volkswagen, Lexus, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Infiniti, Nissan, Volbo, Tesla, Nissan, and others. Last year, 114,000 Prius Liftback units were sold in the United States. This year, it is expected that 130,000 units will be sold, and 143,000 units in 2017. These projections were given by an analyst, Alan Baum. Since its launch in Japan in 1997, Toyota Prius has sold approximately 3.5 million units across the world in about 90 markets. Considering its proven record and the present rate of plug-in car growth, Prius’ dominance may continue a bit longer.

Generally, the design of the 2016 Prius is a slight improvement from the previous Liftback version. Some of the design inspirations are from Mirai’s Fuel Cell car. The aerodynamic coefficient of the new Prius is comparable to that of Tesla’s Model S, which equals 0.24. The vehicle is also based on the New Global Architecture by Toyota. This technology increases the chassis stiffness in addition to making it sportier. The total MPG for a combination of five trims is 52, while for Eco trim it offers 56 mpg. Based on this information, it is evident that the Toyota Prius is a car of the people and its sales will continue increasing.



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