When it debuted in 2008, we were intrigued — a guy with Bimmer and Aston Martin credentials building his very own hybrid. Now it's 2010, and the very first factory-built Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid ($80,000) is rolling off the line. It still makes it from 0-62 in 5.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 125 mph thanks to its 403hp powerplant, while offering fuel economy of 100 mpg and looks worthy of a luxury car design legend.
Lexus would have been about the last company we'd expect to debut a new compact hatchback, but that definitely describes the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h ($TBA). Aimed at the gas-sipping instead of tire-burning crowd, the 200h sports a total output of 134 hp, a rather pokey 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds, impressive 42mpg fuel economy, eco-friendly features like LED lighting, bamboo charcoal speakers, and bio-sourced materials throughout the cabin, no less than seven driving modes — including a snore-inducing "relaxing" setting — and a bespoke suspension design with a MacPherson strut front system and a new, fully-independent double wishbone architecture for superior handling should you ever get the car up to a speed at which you can actually take advantage of it.
After one of the biggest IPOs in industry history, it's about time Tesla got serious about capturing whatever market they were aiming for — and they're doing just that with the Tesla Roadster 2.5 ($TBA). The previous incredible performance of the all-electric engine is enhanced by a new look, new forged wheels, new, more comfortable seats, an optional backside camera and a 7-inch touchscreen, and improved sound reduction — as if you need it with a motor that makes no noise.