The 2016 Audi Q7 TDI. Image courtesy of Audi Press UK.

The New Audi Q7 TDI: 0-62 in 7.3 Seconds AND 40 MPG

From Audi Press UK and Newspress, Audi's Q7 turbodiesel people mover just got "real". Despite its even more intensive focus on efficiency the new entry point to the Q7 range isn’t short-changed on performance. The EU6-compliant unit’s  218PS peak output, available from 3,250rpm through to 4,750rpm, and the 500Nm torque maximum...

Coming This Fall: The New VW Passat GTE

From the fine people at Volkswagen comes a plug-in hybrid version of the Passat sedan. The Volkswagen continues to plug-in.  Following the Golf GTE, comes the next high-volume model with a plug-in drive system: this time the German carmaker is electrifying the new Passat GTE. Its launch marks the debut of...

9 Things You Need to Know about the 2015 Volkswagen Sharan

For many adult Germans, the VW Sharan is like our Chrysler minivan.  Solid transportation for 5+ people.  In fact, VW has sold over 800,000 since it's launch in 1995.  Which aren't bad numbers at all considering the Sharan never came to the USA. For it's 20-year anniversary, VW is launching an updated...

2016 Chevy Sonic RS Turbo, image by Hybrid and Electric Car News

A Few Days with a Chevy Sonic: Way More than a 4-banger

Here at HECN, we like our hybrids, diesels, electrics and fuel cell vehicles.  But a thrifty 4-cylinder, known as a high-mileage car, isn't outside of our jurisdiction.  The higher the vehicle's MPG the better.  If it can be done the old-fashioned way, more power to it.  Especially if it allows...

2015 Kia Soul EV: For $27k You Can Stop Buying Gas

The Kia Soul EV itself is looks to be a great little EV.  Here's an interesting sidebar: the Soul EV was just named the "Best New City" car by the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada.  In 2015, it will be introduced in markets outside of California and New York City....

A Tale of Two VW Golf SportWagens

The 2015 VW Golf SportWagen is not a head-turner.  It is not fast.  It does not thrill the ladies, or the men for that matter. But, if you are an adult with a family, it is one of the greatest cars ever. It's practical.  It's German, so go figure. It's roomy, perfect for...

The iOnRoad Driving Assistant

A 2-Trip Review of the iOnRoad Driving Assistant App

HECN Rating: A+ Click here for more product information and to buy the iOnRoad app The iOnRoad app is a driving assistant, ready to give you key information about speed, direction, collision alerts, proximity to others on the road, navigation, and access to entertainment and communication.  It aims to do this in one glance,...

Hybrid Car Review: 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid

This is an automotive column at Examiner.com written by Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to his posts. The car in the video above is the 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid sedan. S-Class. Plug. In. Hybrid. It's not a joke. It's not the end of...

Diesel Car Review: 2014 VW Touareg TDI

The VW Touareg is the one SUV that people can't readily say or spell.  Is it Toor-egg?  Or Toir-egg?  Tom-a-to?  Or Tom-ah-to? Who cares about spelling?  We care about giddy-up and value. As you should already know, one man's Touareg is another woman's Cayenne.  And they're both close cousins to the Audi...

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