Home » Uncategorized » Mazda joins the hybrid SUV foray

Mazda joins the hybrid SUV foray

It’s getting difficult to identify the players without a scorecard these days. It used to be that the words SUV and hybrid would never appear in the same sentence together, unless they were being contrasted as polar opposites. Now, SUV hybrids are all the rage.

Mazda is yet another to have jumped on that bandwagon, adding the Tribute hybrid SUV to its 2008 lineup, as shown off at the Detroit Auto Show. The big number here is 25, which is the number of mph you can achieve on battery power alone. That might not sound like much, but it’s a significant amount if you’re stuck in bumper-to-bumper commuter traffic. That kind of performance multiplied a thousandfold would go a long way toward reducing emissions across the global board.

The engine is a 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder job that gives you 133hp paired with a 94hp electric traction motor. Your environmentally friendly battery pack runs on 330 volts of nickel metal hydride. The transition between the two is said to be seamless. An onboard system controller shuts down the engine when the vehicle is idle and charges the battery during braking.

Since this is the breathless sort of announcement, we don’t have pricing or availability yet.

About Dave White

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.