Light, ethereal, and nimble, the is the face of automotive technology that wears the halo. Drive me, it whispers, and you’ll get incredible fuel efficiency. You’ll accelerate smartly while burning less imported fuel. Over there, wearing the horns, is the huge and brutal , which goes from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 2.5 seconds and burns as much as 26.1 liters of gasoline to go 100 km. Drive me, it growls, and you can humble every other vehicle on the road. All you need is US $1.2 million. Two road machines, for the soul and for the body, for Dr. Jekyll and for Mr. Hyde. Every other car today falls somewhere in between, a tradeoff between gas-guzzling darkness and environmental light. The dichotomy, sharp for a long time in much of Europe and Asia, became more so this past year in the United States, after Hurricane Katrina kicked gasoline prices briefly to $3 per gallon. Nowadays, two technologies are battling for the halo. In one corner stand Japanese and U.S. companies, which have invested billions of dollars in hybrid-electric technology. In the other corner are European makers, with decades of experience in light-duty diesel… Read full this story
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