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NY Auto Show Roundup: Subaru Hybrid, Nissan, Audi

Here’s a roundup of green car news from the New York International Auto Show:

Subaru unveiled its first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid (pictured).  The vehicle, which will arrive in Subaru dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2013, combines a 2.0-liter Subaru engine boxer with a 13.4-hp electric motor that’s integrated into the transmission.

Nissan introduced the hybrid version of its redesigned Pathfinder. The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid has all of the same features found in the crossover version launched earlier this year. The vehicle is powered by a 2.5-liter engine coupled with a lithium-ion battery and a 15-kW electric motor. Official pricing has not been announced, but Nissan says it expects the hybrid to cost $3,000 more than the standard model, reports Autoblog.

Mitsubishi Motors North America is manufacturing a fuel-efficient 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage five-door subcompact expected to achieve an estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined/37 mpg city/44 mpg highway. The vehicle is expected to arrive at auto dealers in the fall.

German automaker Audi confirmed it will offer its A3 Sportback e-Tron plug-in hybrid in the US, according to Green Car Reports. The company unveiled the production model earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The vehicle has a 1.4-liter TSI turbocharge four cylinder engine combined with a 75-kw electric motor. the two power units produce a combined 204 horsepower.

Infiniti, the luxury division of Japanese automaker Nissan, unveiled its 2014 QX60 Hybrid. This is the third hybrid in Infiniti’s lineup and will go on sale in late summer 2013. The new hybrid is projected to realize 26 miles per gallon fuel economy (combined city/highway driving), a 24 percent increase over non-hybrid QX60 models.

A new generation of Toyota Highlander crossover vehicles made its debut at the New York Auto Show, including a version of the Highlander hybrid. The new Highlander is bigger than the model it replaces, looking more like a standard SUV, not a crossover, says Green Car Reports. The entire line, including the hybrid will go on sale next year.

In other car news, Ford Motor Co. launched a $50,000 challenge for software developers to create mobile or web-based apps to help consumers better understand and improve their personal fuel-economy performance data. The aim is to allow customer to share, compare and learn how to optimize their fuel usage, Ford says.

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