IT & Network Infrastructure : New York Auto Show: Ford, Toyota, Nissan, VW Show Off Green IT Cred

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-04-21
 
 
 

2012 Ford Focus

The 2012 Ford Focus boasts a projected fuel economy of 40 miles to the gallon.

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus Electric

Ford claims this electric car will offer an equivalent of miles-per-gallon competitive with other electric vehicles on the market, courtesy of a 23 kwh lithium-ion battery system.

2012 Ford Focus Electric

Microsoft Sync

Microsoft's Sync gives drivers access to hands-free calling, audible text messages, music search and navigation help.

Microsoft Sync

Small Is New Again

Among the overwhelming presence of small and eco-friendly vehicles on the convention floor, this Fiat 500L from 1970 suggests that small has always had a place in the automotive world.

Small Is New Again

2012 Fiat 500 Lounge

The Fiat 500 Lounge (shown here) and the Fiat 500 Sport continue Fiat's longtime exploitation of the small-car niche.

2012 Fiat 500 Lounge

Nissan Leaf

This electric vehicle relies on a 24 kwh lithium-ion battery and 80 kw AC synchronous motor. It can carry five passengers.

Nissan Leaf

Leaf Range

Nissan claims the Leaf has a 100-mile range and can travel at speeds up to 90 mph.

Leaf Range

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC

This racecar prototype runs entirely on electricity, which provides 107 horsepower.

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC

Smart Car

This mirror-coated Smart car resembles a disco ball on wheels.

Smart Car

Smart Passion Coupe

The 2011 Smart Passion Coupe's 3-cylinder, 70-horsepower engine offers 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the open highway. The car is also 95 percent recyclable.

Smart Passion Coupe

Electric Option

The 2011 Smart Electric Drive Passion Couple includes a 16.6 kwh lithium-ion battery, for the equivalent of 87 mpg combined city/highway driving. The vehicle has a 63-mile range.

Electric Option

VW Beetle

The 21st Century Beetle, as Volkswagen calls this upcoming vehicle, retains the Beetle's iconic shape while lengthening and lowering the profile.

VW Beetle

Beetle Insides

The interior of the 2012 VW Beetle.

Beetle Insides

Hyundai Accent

Hyundai's entrant into the small-car category.

Hyundai Accent

Scion XB, Tricked Out

This particular Scion XB represents car companies' sometimes tendency to put some, er, colorful examples of their vehicles on display. Seen here is a winner of Scion's Battle of the Builds customization contest.

Scion XB, Tricked Out

Prius V

The 2012 Prius V from Toyota offers 42 mpg in the city, 38 mpg highway, and can go from 0-60 mph in 11.5 seconds.

Prius V

Roomy

The Prius V's 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space makes the car an eco-friendly hauler.

Roomy

Prius C Concept

The Prius C concept car (the C stands for City) is sporty and futuristic-looking.

Prius C Concept

Mazda RX-8 H2 Hydrogen

This hydrogen-powered vehicle has been released to select municipalities in Japan, according to Mazda, which will apparently use the feedback to develop new vehicles and technology.

Mazda RX-8 H2 Hydrogen

Transformer

You can't actually drive it, but this statue is sort of cool.

Transformer

Rocket Fuel