Hybrid vehicles’ popularity has sharply grown from a couple of thousands in early 2000 to close to 300, 000 by the end of 2005. The trend is rapidly catching with the -leasing industry with generous tax credits and incentives on offer if you go green.
Beginning in 2006, businesses and taxpayers who lease, or purchase, an environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicle will be eligible to claim federal income tax credits worth thousands of dollars. Individual states also offer generous incentives, including hybrid state tax credits, new High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes access and discounted thruway tolls for alternative-fuelled vehicles.
And that’s not all you can save from going green! You can now save on your parking fees at a number of universities and some auto-insurance companies are offering insurance discounts for hybrid-vehicle owners nationwide.
If you want to take advantage of these incentives and contribute to energy conservation then visit HybridCenter.org and complete a personal profile about your driving needs and habits. You will get in-depth advice on hybrid models that would make economic sense to you and local, state and federal incentives available where you live.
Nissan Altima coupe 2013 sedan has been fully redesigned. The exterior and interior are completely new, with a focus on a more upscale look and feel throughout.
Important engineering revisions markedly improve fuel economy, particularly for four-cylinder models, while updated suspension and steering designs maintain the Altima’s reputation as one of the market’s best-handling family sedans.
The coupe remains mechanically unchanged, but is reduced to only a single 2.5S trim level. (more…)
Chevy Finally Builds a Large Sedan for the 21st Century
by Erin Riches
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala shares its Epsilon II platform architecture with the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS. Like the big Caddy, it’s just over 200 inches long (the Buick is 197 inches long), because Chevy wanted to make sure it would have a huge trunk. The Impala’s 18.8-cubic-foot cavity certainly qualifies as such, though in this class, it’s second to the Ford Taurus (20.1 cubic feet).
A longer 111.7-inch wheelbase opens up more legroom in the new Impala’s cabin, and unlike the midsize Chevy Malibu, which feels cramped for its class, the full-size Chevy gives you as much room to stretch out as its key competition, including the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. Those two rivals still offer more shoulder room up front, but when four of us pile into the 2014 Impala for a four-hour drive through the mountains and citrus groves east of El Cajon, nobody’s unhappy.
Hybrid” used to be a dirty word for automotive enthusiasts, but with supercars like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, upcoming Ferrari F150 and stalled Jaguar C-X75 all packing high-output gasoline-electric powertrains, that notion is quickly being turned on its head.
Next in line could be Lamborghini, which has been rumored to be considering an available hybrid powertrain in the Urus crossover from the beginning. Now reports suggest it could pack as much as 670 horsepower. (more…)