Jeep Renegade
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Detroit 2008: Going green

This year’s Detroit Auto, the show with more new car debuts than any other, will play host to several eco-friendly cars this year. Here’s just a few of the early releases.

Jeep Renegade

This “eco-friendly” concept car’s propulsion system combines a 40-mile lithium-ion battery pack and a small-displacement BLUETEC diesel engine to achieve 110 miles per gallon. (Chrysler)
Dodge ZEO

A muscle car with a conscious, this four-seater concept car has an electric-only propulsion system with a lithium-ion battery pack ready to last at least 250 miles. (Chrysler)
Chrysler ecoVoyager

The advanced lithium-ion battery pack partners with a small, advanced hydrogen fuel cell range extender to give this luxury concept car a total fuel range of more than 300 miles and a tailpipe that only emits water vapor. (Chrysler)
Mitsubishi Concept-RA

Powered by a new high-output, high-efficiency clean diesel engine, the Concept-RA’s catalytic converter system mixes diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), NOx trap catalyst (NTC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) technologies. (Mitsubishi)
BMW X6 ActiveHybrid

Aside from premiering many of their Advanced Diesel engines in Detroit, BMW will unveil the hybrid version of their X6 sedan. Showcasing a two-mode hybrid drivetrain, the concept vehicle promises 20 per cent better fuel consumption than comparable gasoline engines. (BMW)
Toyota A-BAT

In addition to Toyota’s trademark Hybrid Synergy Drive for better fuel economy, this compact concept pickup has solar panels on top to capture sunlight and convert it to energy. (Toyota)
Fisker’s new Quantum hybrid

A premium ride that costs a lot of green without forsaking the environment, this plug-in performance hybrid uses a new chassis called Quantum Drive under the Fisker luxury car design. Prices start at $80,000. (Rogers & Cowan PR)