Magazine article Black Enterprise

Green Motoring: Smart, Sexy, and Eco-Friendly, Fuel-Efficient Cars Now Offer Something for Everyone

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Green Motoring: Smart, Sexy, and Eco-Friendly, Fuel-Efficient Cars Now Offer Something for Everyone

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A Family Ride

Toyota's Prius v, a midsize hybrid electric car, represents versatility, comfort, and flexibility. Positioning itself as the perfect car for young families and upgrading from the third generation, the Prius v is not only one of the most celebrated green vehicles, it has added 50% more room for family and cargo, and has rear seats that both slide and recline. Prius v delivers 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, and also boasts 66% fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle. Available this summer. Starting at $23,050.

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The Green Champion

Voted Motor Trend magazine's 2011 Car of the Year and the 2011 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal, the Chevrolet Volt is an electric car that easily transitions to gas when needed. Its 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery backed by a 100,000-mile/eight-year warranty can be fully charged in 10 hours using a 120-volt line, or in four hours using a line of 240 volts. The Volt reaches a maximum of 100 mph with little noise. Its technology drives not only fuel efficiency but also many of the Volt's features, such as Automatic Crash Response, which is included in the five-year subscription to On-Star, which notifies authorities and provides critical crash details. The price after tax-savings of $7,500 is $32,780.

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A First-Class Experience

What could possibly elevate the Mercedes S Class to a more distinguished level? Combining a V-6 gasoline engine with an electric motor to deliver a hybrid machine powered by 295 horses. Spacious, yet sleek, the 2011 S400 hybrid sedan not only drives smart and clean, it functions brilliantly. The communication system offers full control of audio, navigation, and hands-free calling--even screening out ramblings of "ah" and "um." Coupled with Zagat Survey, its navigation system provides directions as well as ratings for restaurants, hotels, and golf courses. …

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