If you like cars--looking at them, talking about them, driving them--the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is probably an event you anticipate months in advance. And if you like alternative vehicles, this was probably the year you kicked yourself for not buying a ticket.
Each year, the world's best and most advanced auto makers gathered in Detroit, Michigan to display the best of their lineups for the 2012/2013 model year. Unlike years past, hybrid, electric, and other advanced technology vehicles stole the show, capturing the attention of the crowds, and headlines across the internet.
Because not everyone can spend a week drooling over cars they probably can't afford, we've decided to bring the best and greenest of the NAIAS to you! Below you'll find our three favorite green cars to debut at the show.
1. Lexus' New LF-LC Hybrid Concept
Here's what the Detroit Free Press had to say about this cherry-red head-turner:
"Penned by Toyota's Calty design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., the LF-LC 2+2 coupe has a glass roof and polished aluminum trim. The interior combines smooth leather, suede, brushed metal and wood with advanced controls like a pair of LCD displays and multiple touch screens to control everything from audio and climate control to sideview mirrors, door locks and windows."The front-engine, rear-wheel drive concept uses a version of Lexus' hybrid drivetrain, but the company isn't saying how much power or what engine, motor or batteries it uses."
2. Ford's 2013 Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid
Could this be the most fuel-efficient car the world has ever seen? Jalopnik seems to think so:
"Amongst Ford's numerous powertrain choices for the 2013 Ford Fusion is the the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that may actually be the world's most fuel efficient car. WIth an anticipated EPA mileage of more than 100 MPGe it will be more efficient than the Volt and potentially even the Prius plug-in hybrid. It also looks like a real car."
3. Volkswagen's E-Bugster Electric Beetle Concept
Volkswagen reinvents the iconic Beetle yet again, this time giving it an engine that doesn't require gasoline. Green Car Reports has more:
"Although the e-Bugster is unmistakably a VW Beetle, it sits a little lower than its gasoline siblings thanks to a sporty coupe hardtop, shallow windows and a chopped roofline. Powering the e-Bugster’s front wheels is an 85-kilowatt electric motor, identical to the one powering the 2014 VW Golf Blue-e-Motion."
We all know that concept cars, while thrilling to look at, aren't always the most practical solution to our transportation woes. Think one of these actually has a chance of making to the road? Tell us about it in a comment!