Follow John[embedded content] Which of two new Scion small cars did we find more appealing after we drove them?
And, why are Nissan Leaf owners already griping about the expanded 107-mile range of the new 2016 Leaf?
This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse–right here at Green Car Reports–for the Labor Day week ending on Friday, September 11, 2015.
Friday, we discussed the Nissan NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow,” which is now the mandated taxi vehicle for yellow medallion cabs in New York City.
Some have complained that it’s not a hybrid, and that New York is taking a step backwards by specifying a small truck that’s rated by the EPA at just 24 mpg combined.
We looked at what may be coming down the road–think all-electric taxi cabs–and also at the devastating effect of one little phone app on the taxi industry at large.
Thursday was all about the 2016 Nissan Leaf, whose top two models–the Leaf SV and SL–will be rated at 107 miles of range from a new 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
That gives the Leaf a Best In Class laurel, though apart from some infotainment updates, it’s the only major change in the car’s sixth model year. (Oh, three new colors too.)
But some current Leaf owners are already griping that the new longer-range pack isn’t backward-compatible with their older cars. What do they think Nissan is … Tesla?
On Wednesday, we covered the Las Vegas launch of the all-new, redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid. We were there, and it was hot. The weather, that is. Really, really hot.
The car itself looks like a Prius, and promises better fuel efficiency than ever–though Toyota released essentially no hard data.
We do think the unusually styled rear end will cause some raised eyebrows though. To put it mildly.
Meanwhile, the 2016 Prius makes it auto-show debut next week in Frankfurt.
Tuesday, our first day back from the U.S. Labor Day holiday, we wrote about our drive of the 2016 Scion iM compact hatchback.
After liking the smaller and very high-mileage 2016 iA sedan, we had more mixed feelings about the iM.
But it’s stylish, delivers decent gas mileage, and it’s a new product in a mainstream segment at last for a brand in dire need of them.
Finally, Canadian designer Charles Bombardier gave us a weekend story, in the form of his concept for an autonomous, electric hearse.
Traveling silently, emission-free, and alone, the recently deceased would be transported in what is effectively a platform carrying a transparent, refrigerated coffin.
We’re not sure how big the market will be, but the Korbiyor–after the French word for coffin, corbillard–is definitely our most thought-provoking concept car of the week.
Until next week, this has been the Green Car Reports Week in Reverse update.
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