Porsche, Saab, Ford Rev Up Green Cars at N.Y. Auto Show

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Porsche, Saab, Ford Rev Up Green Cars at N.Y. Auto Show

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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The prototype i-MiEV, which Mitsubishi claims can cruise for 80 miles under "ideal driving conditions" on a single electrical charge.

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The i-MiEV needs 12 hours to fully charge its lithium ion battery, although a "quick charge" to 80 percent capacity only takes 25 minutes. Sort of like an iPod, only with wheels.

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The 3.7-liter Mustang V6 engine, for the 2011 Ford Mustang, provides some 300 horsepower.

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With this engine installed, the 2011 Ford Mustang will be able to provide 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Steve McQueen not included.

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The 2011 Ford Fiesta, with a 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine, is designed to be fuel efficient, and offers 40 miles per gallon on the highway. It also comes equipped with Ford Sync, designed in conjunction with Microsoft, as an in-car IT system.

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Ford is focused on introducing electricity as a propulsion system for an increasing number of vehicles, including the five hybrid cars due by 2012.

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Chevrolet is also trying to appeal to the efficiency-minded with its 2010 Chevy Cruze, supposedly capable of 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

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By the end of the year, Chevrolet plans on offering two models of Cruze, the Eco and RS.

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The Saab 9-5 Aero Sedan features a 2.8-liter, six-cylinder turbo engine capable of producing 300 horsepower.

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The Saab 9-5 Aero Sedans interior includes a pilot-style heads up display, an entertainment-and-navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen, and a Bluetooth system for hands-free calling.

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The Smart Fortwo Passion Cabriolet packs a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine (capable of 70 horsepower) into a small package. Top speed is 90 mph, with 0-60 mph achievable in 12.8 seconds.

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The Smart Fortwo Passion Cabriolet can speed at 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway.

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The new Mini Countryman measures 161.3 inches long with a wheelbase of 102.2 inches, making it Minis largest model but still small when compared with other manufacturers offerings.

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The Mini Countrymans interior includes a Central Rail that offers electrical and USB connections for smartphones and other devices.

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If you ever made a fortune by starting your own search engine or line of sleek PCs, you too could drive a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is Porsches first fully hybrid vehicle, and is due in the United States near the end of 2010. Seen here: the engine, battery and hybrid module.

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The 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid pairs a 3.0-liter V6 supercharged engine with a 288-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery, and a hybrid module.

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The Lexus entry into the hybrid market, the Lexus CT 200h, includes a 1.8-liter engine paired with a nickel-metal-hydride battery. It is due for release in 2011.

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf claims to be a zero-emission vehicle, fully powered by electricity. It will debut in select markets in December 2010, with a wider release the following year.

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The Nissan Leafs performance specs are still largely under wraps, but features include energy-efficient LED headlights, recycled materials for many interior fabrics, Bluetooth capability and an optional solar panel spoiler.

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Charging the Nissan Leaf will require a 240V/20-40-amp dedicated circuit hard-wired to the charger. Average cost for the charging dock (including installation) will be $2,200. The car itself costs $32,780.

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The 1927 SS Jaguar 100, with a 3.5-liter engine, is not a hybrid because it was produced when Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States.

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The Toyota Camry Hybrid, equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT-i engine, includes a smart key system and interior display for monitoring energy flow, outside temperature and average fuel economy.

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The Camry Hybrid is rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEX-II).

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