A concern for Mother Nature, polluting the environment or rising gas prices due to depleting oil reserves, whatever the reason, hybrid cars sales have been moving upward on a constant rise. The truth remains that today the world is faced with an increasing demand for vehicles and traffic jams are something that everyone budgets for in their daily schedule. But along with the demand, the awareness for saving the ecosystem by using cleaner fuel options is also on the rise.

Hybrid cars, new in 2010

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

2011 BMW Active Hybrid 7The makers of this BMW hybrid version of the 7 Series sedan call it an “intelligent combination of an electric motor and a combustion engine”. Estimated to hit the roads in early 2011, this powerful and fuel efficient luxury car is loaded with technology.

It hits the pocket hard, even more than the BMW 750 Series, but the Hybrid ensures that it does not compromise on class and gives 17% greater fuel efficiency and about 13% more power that the 7 Series.

BMW Active Specifications:

PriceStarts at $102,000 USD
Engine4.4L V8
Mileage17 mpg (city); 26 mpg (highway)
Fuel Tank21.7 Gallons
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph)4.7s

Kia Optima Hybrid

2011 Kia Optima HybridIn late September this year, Kia released a statement that the hybrid version of the midsized sedan – Optima will be available in 2011 and would be unveiled at the Auto Show in Los Angeles in November. The car is stated to be operable in an electric-only driving mode.

Kia Optima Hybrid Specifications:

PriceStarts at $25,000 USD
Engine2.4L Theta II
Mileage37 mpg (city); 39 mpg (highway)
Fuel TankNot Released
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph)Electric driving top speed of 62mph

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2011 Hyundia Sonta HybridIndustry buzz has it that the Korean company took its time in analyzing the US hybrid market before deciding to release its first Eco-friendly incarnation.

The new kid on the block, but it’s not a follower,” was how Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik, described it.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Specifications:

PriceStarts at $19,195 USD
Engine2.4L 4-cylinder
Mileage37 mpg (city); 39 mpg (highway)
Fuel TankNot Released
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph)Electric driving top speed of 62mph

Honda CR-Z

2011 Honda CR-Z HybridThe first hybrid from Honda, CR-Z is said to be released in a 2 seat version in the US. Other locations would see it in the 4 seat avatar.

It’s about the driving experience”, said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda Motor Co. and went on to add that with this car Honda has “lit the fuse on hybrids.

Honda CR-Z Specifications:

PriceStarts at $20,000 USD
Engine1.5L i-VTEC
Mileage31 mpg (city); 37 mpg (highway)
Fuel TankNot Released
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph)Not Released

Toyota Prius Alpha MPV

2011 Toyota Prus Alpha HybridA five seat version is set to reach showrooms in 2011 and a seven seat option is presently being tested. The five seater is said to be similar in looks to the 2007 Hybrid-X concept and as in the current Prius, the Alpha will also have nickel-metal hydride batteries. The seven seater is expected to be about a foot longer.

It is reported by DailyTech that post the launch of the Prius MPV, General Motors will follow suit with a hybrid version of its very own Chevrolet Volt.

Toyota Prius Alpha Specifications:

PriceStarts at £20,000 GBP
Engine1.8L (Petrol)
Mileage40+ mpg
Fuel TankNot Released
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph)Not Released

More new hybrid cars

That’s a wrap…

With so many new hybrid cars coming, things are looking up in the hybrid world for consumers. Look out for these exciting new hybrids and prepare yourself to save money on gas and save the environment at the same time!