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Well, this has just been one big tease!

The long-awaited, plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover, heralded by the Japanese automaker as the first full-on four-wheel-drive electric vehicle in series production, will be rolled out at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

According to MotorAuthority.com, the design specs apparently feature one electric motor and gas-powered engine that can spin the front axle — and another electric motor that spins the rear axle.

According to Inside Line, Mitsubishi Motors North America boasts that the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, which is aiming to be one of the first plug-in crossover/SUVs in the U.S., will launch here in the states in late ’13 or early on in ’14 latest.

(Pssst, btw … no word yet on pricing numbers or a mpg equivalent rating.)

Read more about the futuristic hybrid auto from InsideLine.com.

Wow.

Don’t put your orders in yet, true believers … because this sucker ain’t cheap!!!

According to a recent piece by ABC News, Google just disclosed that their super-buzzy driverless car prototype would cost U.S. consumers about $150,000 (an uber-pricey, $70,000 laser radar system is apparently a big part of that).

Ummmm, OK, so I hope that Bill Gates enjoys his driverless car. As for the rests of us …

Organ Transplantation No More?

A recent, rather odd post from DriverlessCarHQ.com claims that the advent of the driverless car will lead to … less organ donors!

The piece maintains that driverless cars driven by robots will naturally lead to less road fatalities — and as a consequence of that, less “solid organ donors.”

Wow, a little creepy there …

The post mentions that the successful promotion of seat belt campaigns, helmet laws and other safety promos have all statistically led to fewer organ donors for U.S. hospitals.

Well … at least it sounds like none of us will be able to afford driverless cars until the year 2136.

So until then, let the good organs roll!

‘Crashless’! But What Will They Be Called …

Robotic, driverless cars will … not … crash!

Yeah, suuuuuure they won’t …

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associate administrator John Maddox says, “It’s not enough to be as safe as the human driver,” according to a recent article in The Detroit News. “We need to be crashless.”

Maddox was speaking at the MotorCity Casino Hotel (at a casino! haha …) in front of the Driverless Car Summit in Detroit. (Bet cha’ didn’t know that existed, did ya’?)

So … a gi-normous fleet of robot-driven cars will take to U.S. roads and never suffer a single crash? They will be “crashless”?

Sure they won’t.

Maddox went on to say that he didn’t know if we would end up calling them “driverless,” “autonomous,” “automated,” or something else entirely.

Let’s face it … I think it will be many, many years before we have to worry about what to call them.

Woof!!!

Did you see this killer crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race over the weekend?

Time to catch you up and point you to the breathtaking YouTube footage, Viper fans.

British racer Anthony Davidson tried to maneuver his Toyota TS030 LMP1 past rival driver Piergiuseppe Perrazini’s Ferrari 458 Italia just before the race’s five-hour mark.

Davidson’s car hit the Ferrari, and the stunning video footage shows his Toyota flipping through the air and smashing into a tire barrier.

Perrazini’s Ferrari also quickly crashes several feet away.

Read more about the thrilling wreck at MotorAuthority.com or watch the crazy video below:

Screech, screech, screech!!!

Wake up, Staten Island!

Oh … those wacky pranksters. In the greatest symphony that nobody ever wanted, notorious attention-grabbing spoof troupe “Improv Everywhere” set off 100 car alarms at once in Staten Island, N.Y.

The car alarms were all flipped on at the same time using the hidden punkers’ keyless remotes. Aaaaand … things got extremely loud very fast!

Were the folks at Improv Everywhere aware that the prank would come off as extremely annoying to most of the everyday people in their immediate vicinity?

YES!

“Obviously car horns are not a pleasant thing, but we hoped that the sheer volume and absurdity of it all would make it a unique experience for the people who witnessed it,” the pranksters later put up on their website. “Some enjoyed it more than others, and there were quite a few laughs.”

Check out all of the hilarity below!

(For serious Viper fans, be sure to check out the Sidewinder car alarm as part of the mix. Can you spot it?)