Let’s go green

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Australian International Motor Show -

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL re­spon­si­bil­ity is driv­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of cars and many of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies will be dis­played at the show.

Mercedes-Benz has new-age green diesels, Volvo has a plug-in hy­brid ver­sion of its lat­est V60 wagon, Jaguar shows its diesel ap­proach with the lat­est mid-sized XF, and a num­ber of other brands — in­clud­ing BMW with the Vi­sion ED — have con­cept cars with a green flavour.

Lexus has its new­est hy­brid con­cept car, the LF-Gh, while par­ent com­pany Toy­ota has its Prius C and Prius V con­cept cars which will be dis­played with the third-gen­er­a­tion Prius as part of the ex­tended Prius fam­ily at the mo­tor show.

The Prius C and V were first dis­played at the Detroit Mo­tor Show in Jan­uary and, just like the Amer­i­can event, real-world feed­back from vis­i­tors in Mel­bourne will help the de­ci­sion mak­ers in Ja­pan when they as­sess pro­duc­tion plans.

‘‘Prius V is a fam­ily-ori­ented fiveseater de­signed to meet the needs of grow­ing fam­i­lies with ac­tive life­styles,’’ Toy­ota sales and mar­ket­ing chief Dave But­tner says.

‘‘The V stands for ver­sa­til­ity which pro­vides an added di­men­sion to the Prius core val­ues of great fuel econ­omy, low emis­sions, proven tech­nol­ogy and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.’’

Petrol-elec­tric hy­brids, diese­l­elec­tric hy­brids, plug-in hy­brids and full elec­tric ve­hi­cles will all be on dis­play as car­mak­ers fight for at­ten­tion.

Event di­rec­tor Russ Tyrie says: ‘‘The va­ri­ety of tech­nolo­gies on dis­play is go­ing to be quite ex­cit­ing.

‘‘A num­ber of them will prove that al­ter­na­tive fuel tech­nol­ogy, and a more en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cus does not have to be bor­ing — in fact, quite the op­po­site.’’

Ready to make a big splash: the JOSS coupe su­per­car will be tested in a wind tun­nel.

New-gen: The Toy­ota Prius will be on show along with Prius con­cepts.

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