The new Porsche Spyder: 718 horsepower, 78 mpg, and a plug-in hybrid?!

Porsche went for a green theme for the first annual Geneva Auto Show, focusing on more power for less fuel and efficiency. (See the video below.) It seems that Europe is taking the initiative to greatly reduce their carbon emissions in the very near future and they're putting a lot of focus on reducing vehicle emissions as part of this effort.

Jim Motavalli, a New York Times writer who blogs for MNN on green transportation says, "Euro carmakers are focusing on CO2 in a way that hasn’t kicked in stateside yet, and they're requiring that average CO2 emissions from new cars be below 120 grams per kilometer by 2012. CO2 production is a factor in fuel economy, and President Obama’s tightening fuel economy/greenhouse gas standards that kick in for the 2012 model year express the mandate as 35.5 mpg by 2016."

Read more of Jim's article on this gorgeous car (seeing as he does it better justice) and let's cross our fingers and hope to see this stateside very soon.

Alright, I'll be honest here, I'm not really a "car person" per se (though I have a great appreciation for Top Gear) but when I see something this sexy and eco-friendly, it definitely grabs my attention.

During the Geneva Auto Show last week, Porsche debuted this green beauty: The Spyder 918 - a plug-in hybrid sports car with more than 700 horsepower, gets 78 mpg, runs 15.5 miles on a lithium-ion battery pack before a powerful 500-horsepower V-8 kicks in, and emits only 70 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per mile - and built in only 7 months. The best part? There's a very good chance you'll be seeing it on the market soon(ish).

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