Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pimped out Hybrids!

U.S. drivers will see at least four new hybrid models this year from Toyota, Saturn, Nissan and Lexus, and older models from Honda are also getting an upgrade. While all offer better-than-average fuel efficiency, they also aim to please mainstream car buyers with more traditional features, such as higher horsepower and faster acceleration.

In addition to giving the vehicles more oomph, manufacturers will soon be leveraging hybrids' electric power in safety systems, such as steering overlays to prevent drivers from drifting out of their lanes. Electronic steering systems, which are likely to show up in Europe first, promise to provide more finite control over steering than hydraulic systems.
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