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2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Toyota Prius V【Video】

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Toyota has unveiled the Toyota Prius V minivan at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.The similarities between the regular 5-door version and the 2012 Toyota Prius V are not only in terms of design, as both cars share the same platform, while the new hybrid minivan promises a 50 percent more space inside its cabin.Exterior cues include an extended roof line and a roof spoiler to improve air flow. Toyota calls the Prius V "the most spacious dedicated hybrid on the market." It will include an optional panoramic moonroof with power-retractable sunshades.It uses the same 1.8-liter engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive system, and in comparison to the hatchback's EPA ratings of 51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway (50 mpg combined), the Prius V is rated at 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 40 mpg.Making the most of that larger cabin are sliding second-row seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat, plus a standard back-up camera. The Prius V also marks the debut of the company's Entune multimedia system that was introduced at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Source: Toyota Press Release New Prius v and Prius c Concept Make Their Worldwide Debut Priusv fits the lifestyle of young, active families Priusc Concept an inspiration for future small, entry hybrid Plug-in to arrive in the first half of 2012 DETROIT (Jan. 10, 2011) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the Prius family of vehicles today at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. In addition to the current third-generation Prius and Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV), the new Prius v midsize hybrid-electric vehicle and the Priusc Concept vehicle joined the iconic hybrid brand, broadening the appeal of Prius to all ages and lifestyles. With the expansion of the Prius family, a new evolution of vehicles will further increase the acceptance of hybrids with Prius’ same core values of high fuel economy, low emissions, proven technology and environmental stewardship. “This is no ordinary family. It’s a modern family with a Prius for everyone,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “The Priusv is an all-new dedicated hybrid vehicle, and all future Prius family members will be as well. They will all share common Prius attributes but will be unique, with a special appeal to different buyers.” The Prius midsize liftback has accounted for more than 955,000 sales in the U.S. since it was introduced in 2000. The third-generation Prius, which reached dealerships in June 2009, has continued the hybrid’s heritage of exceptional fuel economy and low emissions, while becoming the third-best selling Toyota passenger car in the U.S. The Prius has also been a technological flagship vehicle, offering new features to the Toyota brand like Touch Tracer Display, Solar Powered ventilation, Smart Key System with Push Button Start, Lane Keep Assist, an Advanced Parking Guidance System and LED headlamps. Priusv: “Versatility” for Young, Active Families The new Prius v, with “v” expressing the vehicle’s versatility, will meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles while providing the same attributes traditionally found in the Prius DNA. It will share the current generation Prius’ platform and Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. Featuring a compact exterior yet spacious interior, the Priusv will feature over 50-percent more interior cargo space than the current Prius. With a balance between outstanding spaciousness, refined style, and smooth aerodynamics, Priusv has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which does not inhibit the vehicle’s convenient packaging. It is a new vehicle designed from the ground up, with a shape that evolved from Prius rather than being an elongated version. The exterior styling is sleek, rounded and bold, with an extended roofline that allows the vehicle to retain the triangular silhouette symbolic of Prius. The trapezoidal-shaped front features sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners for improved aerodynamics and an enl[...]

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Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe Concept

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Honda has unveiled its 2012 Civic Si Concept at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, previewing the production versions of the popular small car and targeting a growing number of competitors with an aggressive new look and multiple engine choices.With a series of revamped elements at the exterior and improved interiors, the Honda Civic Si Sedan and Coupe Concepts features 19 inch alloys, and while he four-door model looks pretty much similar to the current generation Civic, the 2-door seams heavily inspired by the current Accord Coupe.Meanwhile, four-door buyers can expect an exterior design very similar to the 2011 Civic. Though the sedan's front-fascia wears a little bit more menace than the current design, the carried-over grille and headlights are more than a little familiar. Out back, new tail lamps and a re-sculpted trunk deck dominate the view.Under the hood, power will be provided by the "widest array of engine choices available in its class." Options will include conventional petrol units, a natural gas variant, and a hybrid. The latter is slated to adopt the newest Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system which will be powered by a lithium-ion battery - a first for a Honda.The new 2012 Honda Civic will go on sale in Spring 2011.via: carscoopPress Release Honda Debuts Sleek and Sophisticated Concepts for All-New 2012 Civic Si Coupe and Civic Sedan Models The Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Civic Concept sedan are making world debuts at the North American International Auto Show today, providing the first official glimpse at the styling direction of the all-new, ninth-generation 2012 model set to go on sale this spring, the company announced. "The Civic is known for providing a balance of 'just-right' packaging, fun-to-drive character and outstanding fuel economy, at a price that even first-time buyers can afford," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. "The redesigned Civic builds on this legacy and promises to be the best Civic yet." The 2012 Civic embraces the company's vision as a "Civic for all people," a phrase originally expressed in defining the goal of the first-generation Civic. With the widest array of engine choices available in its class, the 2012 Civic lineup intends to meet the needs of an increasing group of compact-vehicle buyers with a renewed vision of a "Civic for all people." The diverse vehicle range includes a sedan and a coupe with conventional gasoline models, two sporty "Si" performance versions, along with one hybrid and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant. Collectively the depth of the Civic line offers a compelling balance between fuel economy, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance unlike any other vehicle in the industry. As a new interpretation of the current Civic's iconic "one-motion" mono-form shape, the upcoming, ninth-generation Civic conveys a more substantial, high-energy appearance. The exterior styling of both Civic concept models showcases the sedan's and coupe's clean-yet-powerful lines with steeply raked windshields, wide stances and pronounced character lines along the profile. The lower character line on both models broadens toward the rear fenders to enhance the dynamic feeling of forward energy. The front fender surface treatments form a complex, three-dimensional look to further enhance the image of sophistication and structural depth against the deeply set headlights. The Civic Concept sedan takes on a sophisticated presence with a front grille defined by crisp lines and a solid bar that integrates a chrome Honda emblem. The look of the Civic Si Concept coupe conveys an aggressive demeanor with a more angular front fascia, mesh grille and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk. The Civic Si Concept coupe is exclusively equipped with a rear air diffuser, a center-mounted exhaust outlet and a rear deck lid spoiler with dual vents. Each concept model has 19-inch machined alloy wheels. Powertrain TechnologyThe Civic's family of engines with "intelligent" Variable Va[...]

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Ford C-Max Energi and C-Max Hybrid

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Ford has unveiled two new C-MAX hybrids at the North American International Auto Show. The C-Max is essentially the same thing as the Grand C-Max that other markets get with its three-rows of seats and sliding rear doors. The C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are actually based on the shorter-wheelbase five-passenger C-Max that is sold in Europe. The C-Max Hybrid uses the Blue Oval's next-generation gasoline/electric powertrain technology, and we're told that fuel economy will be higher than the 41 miles per gallon that's currently on tap in the Fusion Hybrid sedan. By building upon the powersplit technology currently used in the automaker's hybrids, Ford says that the C-Max Hybrid will be able to operate in electric mode at speeds higher than 47 miles per hour.Both hybrids are derivatives of the 2012 C-Max, a compact crossover that shares its underpinnings with the redesigned 2012 Ford Focus. Press Release FORD SUPERCHARGES ELECTRIC VEHICLE PLAN, UNVEILING NEW C-MAX ENERGI AND C-MAX HYBRID PRODUCTS Ford will launch C-MAX Energi, its first-ever production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and C-MAX Hybrid, a full hybrid variant, in North America in 2012 and Europe in 2013 Both versions of the five-passenger multi-activity vehicle will leverage the company's global C-car platform, critically acclaimed powersplit hybrid architecture, next-generation driver information features and advanced, lighter and smaller lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery systems C-MAX Hybrid is targeted to deliver better miles per gallon than Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient sedan in America C-MAX Energi targets more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of driving range using the battery and engine, more than any other plug-in or extended-range vehicle. It also targets AT-PZEV status and delivers better charge-sustaining fuel economy than Chevrolet Volt Detroit, Jan. 10, 2011 - Ford today revealed two next-generation hybrid vehicles - including its first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle - at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, bringing consumers more choice, versatility and style for high-mileage family-friendly vehicles. Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle, and each will offer high mileage and low emissions as well as distinctive body design and a flexible interior. The plug-in hybrid and third-generation full hybrid leverage Ford's global C-car platform, acclaimed powersplit architecture, next-generation driver information features and advanced lithium-ion battery systems."C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid will be perfect for families looking to maximize their hybrid car experience," said Nancy Gioia, Ford director of Global Electrification. "Thanks to the versatile interior, these cars are going to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers who need room to grow." C-MAX Hybrid is targeted to deliver better fuel economy than the 41 mpg Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient sedan in America today. It builds on the success of the critically acclaimed powersplit architecture Ford uses in its current hybrids, allowing it to operate in fuel-saving electric mode beyond 47 mph. Both the C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid models will be built alongside the all-new 2012 Ford Focus and Focus Electric at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. The plant's production is powered in part by one of the largest solar energy generator systems in the state. The C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid vehicles sold in Europe in 2013 will be built at Ford's plant in Valencia, Spain, starting in 2013. The plug-in advantageTargeted to achieve AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) status, C-MAX Energi provides maximum fuel efficiency by pairing a high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a high-efficiency Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. This allows it to run in electric mode before using the gasoline engine. C-MAX Energi will [...]

2012 Volkswagen Passat US Version

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Volkswagen has officially announced the New Midsize Sedan (NMS) will be called the Passat in North America. the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is larger than its predecessors and will be built to match the tastes and lifestyle of Americans.The 2012 Vw Passat will be available in three equipment lines: S, SE and SEL. The 2012 Passat will offer a five-cylinder gasoline engine rated 170 hp, a four-cylinder diesel rated 140 hp, and a V-6 gas engine rated 280 hp.Base model will start under $20 000, much cheaper than the previous model.Press Release VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS THE ALL-NEW PASSAT - A FIRST-IN-CLASS VEHICLE THAT DELIVERS SUPERIOR GERMAN ENGINEERING AND IS BUILT IN AMERICA The larger, sophisticated Passat offers best-in-class rear legroom, remarkable fuel efficiency estimated at 43 mpg with a driving experience only Volkswagen can deliver. Wolfsburg / Herndon / Detroit - Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced the world debut of the all-new Passat, a transformational car in Volkswagen's ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market. Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans. It will be built in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the world's newest, most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plant. The new Passat, the largest ever, is the only midsize sedan that offers superior German engineering at an accessible price. The Passat TDI - the only clean diesel option in the segment - is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles. Final pricing will be announced in the spring, but the Passat will start at around $20,000 when it arrives in dealer showrooms later this year. It will come with premium standard features that include automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity. The new Passat offers best-in-class legroom, Volkswagen's Care Free Maintenance program (3 years/36,000 miles) and the safety of Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System. Volkswagen's new Chattanooga plant that will produce the Passat is part of a $4 billion investment by the company in the U.S. market. The environmentally friendly facility includes a revolutionary paint shop that significantly reduces emissions. A state-of-the art $40 million employee training center ensures adherence to Volkswagen's exacting quality standards. The Passat will set new benchmarks for safety, driving performance and environmental responsibility in the midsize segment. Engine and Transmission The all-new Passat offers three drivetrain options: a responsive 2.5L gasoline engine, a remarkably eco-friendly 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and a powerful 3.6L VR6. The 2.5L five cylinder engine (170 hp/177 lb.-ft.), which is being offered in the Passat for the first time, will be mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the 2.5 multi port injection engine may be paired with a 6-speed automatic. The quiet, four cylinder 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel (140 hp/236 lb.-ft.) has the power of a six cylinder gasoline engine and the fuel economy of a hybrid. The Passat TDI is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles. Volkswagen's TDI clean diesel engines, which come with a NOx storage catalytic converter, are among the cleanest engines in the world, fulfilling emissions requirements in all 50 states. Optional on the Passat TDI will be Volkswagen's legendary 6-speed DSG transmission. The 3.6 liter VR6 (280 hp/258 lb.-ft.) makes the new Passat a top-flight sport sedan. It offers power and luxury-class driving comfort, with European-type restraint in its fuel consumption - estimated at 28 mpg on the highway. Gear shifting on the new Passat VR6 is handled by a standard 6-speed DSG; the dual-clutch transmission is considered the most efficient automatic in the world. This technologically advanced[...]

Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Chrysler 300【Video】

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

The new 2011 Chrysler 300 was fully revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Buyers of the 2011 Chrysler 300 are inspired by thoughtful innovation, passionate about driving and are interested to express their creativity and distinct personality through new experiences. These all-new Chrysler flagship sedans meet their demands by combining superior styling, confident handling, and the craftsmanship, premium details and technology that reinforce driving as a fun and pleasurable experience.The 2011 Chrysler 300 is powered by the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, replacing the previous 2.7-liter unit. Output of the 3.6 V6 is 292 horsepower and torque is 260 pound-feet. EPA city/highway fuel economy is 18/27 miles per gallon. The V6 is standard on the 300 and 300 Limited. The 363-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is fitted to the Chrysler 300C and 300C AWD.The car will also offer a raft of new features including an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Chrysler’s much-improved Uconnect interface, thick acoustic glass, front and rear park assist, blind spot warnings, rear cross-path detection and adaptive cruise control. Gilles also promised more safety features than any domestic competitor. You may also notice the windshield is raked back even further, the windows are larger and Gilles hinted that the car may even be a bit lighter than the old model.Inside, the interior is nicely-equipped with items such as dual-zone automatic climate control, Uconnect Touch, black comodo elm trim, and LED ambient lighting. If that isn't impressive enough, moving up to the 300C trim level adds Nappa leather upholstery, GPS navigation, olive ash trim, and heated / ventilated seats. Trim levels 300 Limited and 300C AWD are also available. A base model starts at $27,995, with variations up to $43,940 for a loaded 300 with all-wheel drive. Production began Jan. 7; on sale now. Press Release All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan Makes Its World Premiere With Head-turning American Design Combined With World-class Refinement, Craftsmanship, Innovation and Performance With its elegant proportions and head-turning style, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 takes the ‘most award-winning car ever' to new heights - combining the best of the nameplate's more than 55-year history with world-class quietness, craftsmanship, execution and premium materials The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan delivers grand-touring performance and world-class ride and handling with best-in-class V-6 engine power and new second-generation E-segment chassis architecture Uconnect® Touch delivers the segment's largest standard touchscreen radio (8.4-inch) and offers state-of-the-art connectivity, segment-leading Garmin® navigation with world-class functionality and SIRIUS Travel Link for real-time weather, fuel prices and more New active safety features include adaptive-forward lighting, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring to bring the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan's safety and security feature list to more than 70 The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan arrives in dealerships in Spring 2011, delivering the performance, quality, technology and refinement of the world's best sedans starting at $27,995 (including destination) January 10, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Delivering the stylistic distinction, technological innovation, premium E-segment sedan features and quality at a legendary value, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan made its world premiere at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), writing a new chapter in the brand's legendary history, while setting a new course for the American brand. "The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 is an icon of American ingenuity and symbolizes the greatness Detroit-designed vehicles offer the streets, highways and boulevards of the world," said Olivier Francois, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "From its premium materials, state-of-the-art connectivity features, new chassis archite[...]

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Concept Car: Hyundai HCD-12 Curb

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Next week, Hyundai will debut a new compact crossover at the North American International Auto Show.

Named HCD-12 Curb, the concept was designed at Hyundai’s Californian design centre. Although the crossover looks very similar in size to the Nissan Juke, the Curb is in fact longer than the Juke and may preview the next Santa Fe mid-sized SUV.

The concept features Hyundai’s next-generation ‘fluidic sculpture’ exterior design language. A steeply raked front windscreen, narrow glasshouse and C-pillars that slant away all give a coupe-like silhouette from the side.

In typical concept car fashion, small rear doors which look like “suicide” doors improve rear passenger access and over-sized alloy wheels will also feature.

Inside, the ultramodern interior with front bucket seats is confronted by a touch-screen infotainment system and a rotary knob sit on the centre console.

Ferrari working on mind-reading technology

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Ferrari is developing technology that will observe a driver’s mental and physical status and regulate the vehicles traction and stability control systems to match.

The mind-reading tech was drawn out in many European and worldwide patent applications. The papers reveal how Ferrari imagines a wide-range of sensors provide data on the driver, to allow set-up adjust appropriately.

Ferrari’s documentation states: “Drivers tend to miscalculate — in particular, overestimate — their driving skill and, more importantly, their psychophysical condition, with the result that driver-selected dynamic vehicle performance simply reflects the driver’s wish, as opposed to the driver’s actual psychophysical condition and proficiency.”

In addition, it adds: “The biometric sensors may comprise a piezoelectric measuring device for measuring the driver’s respiration, a device for measuring the driver’s blood pressure and heart rate, a television camera for monitoring the driver’s eyes (blink rate) to determine the driver’s alertness, a device for monitoring the electric activity of the driver’s brain, a device for recording the driver’s surface temperature and a device for recording the conductivity of the driver’s skin (to determine the degree of perspiration).”

Ferrari says: “The dynamic performance may be modified to enhance driving safety in the case of a tired or unresponsive driver, and also to enhance driving pleasure and/or performance in the case of an alert, responsive driver.”

Via Autocar

2011 Detroit Auto Show: Mopar Fiat 500 and Chrysler 200

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Chrysler announced that will bring two new Moparized vehicles at this year's edition 2011 Detroit Motor Show : the 2012 Fiat 500 and the Chrysler 200 Super S.The Mopar Fiat 500 kit includes only cosmetic mods, however, we're sure there are power upgrade kits available in the USA too. The Mopar Fiat 500 comes with new side skirts and a lot of chrome. The shiny stuff is used for the Mopar Fiat 500's exhaust tip, mirror covers, fuel cap, and grilles. The Mopar Fiat 500 also comes with various decals, a rear window-mount rack, snowboard carrier, and a strut tower brace. Not being big on interior updates, Mopar only switched out the Fiat 500’s standard interior for one filled with Katzkin leather (black with blue accents) and different carbon fiber inserts.The Chrysler 200 Super S is dropped three inches and sports a black and tungsten paint scheme. The bodywork gets updated with a slew of parts including lower chin and rear decklid spoilers. Riding on a set of 19-inch wheels, the 200 Super S gets a major shot in the style department... for better of for worse. Press Release Chrysler Group LLC to Showcase Mopar® at 2011 North American International Auto Show Company Continues to Leverage its Service, Parts and Customer-care Brand Moparized vehicles will be front and center in each brand exhibit; more than 100 accessories to be on display Accessorization Station will feature live demos showcasing installation of Mopar® accessories 200 Super S is Mopar's interpretation of new Chrysler 200 Mopar Ram Runner kit production starts in March Chrysler Group LLC will show Mopar® versatility at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In each brand display for Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep® and Ram, a Moparized vehicle will be prominently displayed. In addition, vehicles throughout the exhibit will feature a variety of Mopar performance parts and accessories. "More than 30 percent of the people who are in the market for a new vehicle are influenced by the breadth and availability of aftermarket accessories," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "With our company's launch of 16 new vehicles, Mopar is coming to the party with a truck-load of accessories that will fit a variety of lifestyles." In its 48,800 sq.-ft. exhibit on the main floor in the middle of Oakland Hall at Cobo Center, Chrysler Group will feature more than 100 Mopar accessories and performance parts throughout its display of 57 vehicles. Customized vehicles will include the Chrysler 200, Dodge Durango, Fiat 500, Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition, and the Ram Outdoorsman. Also in the Ram display, Mopar's Ram Runner - which was first shown at the 2010 Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah - will be prominently displayed in the back of a Ram 5500 Chassis Cab race hauler. Since its debut, the Ram Runner video has generated more than 100,000 views on social media sites. Mopar announced today that production for the Ram Runner parts package will begin in March. In addition to Moparized vehicles, the company will also feature live demos in its Accessorization Station. To show ease of installation, Mopar accessories will be installed on the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition. "Our goal is to show consumers how easy it is to personalize and accessorize their ride," said Gorlier. "And like we did with the introduction of our Mopar Ram Runner, we will gauge reaction to accessories that we plan to offer in the future." Following is a selection of featured Moparized vehicles that will be on display in the Chrysler Group exhibit: Mopar Ram Runner The Mopar Ram Runner, inspired by Baja-style desert racing, is a 4x4 unlike any other Ram. The rigors of off-road racing require large tires, plenty of ground clearance, extreme durability and a sophis[...]

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Racing Coupe Revealed

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Cadillac will be unveiling its new CTS-V Coupe race car – which is set to take part in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge GT racing series this season – in Detroit at the 2010 North American International Auto Show next Monday.The CTS-V Coupe will have to undergo plenty of modifications to meet up to the SCCA standards, but Cadillac has yet to announce what the changes for the future race car will include. Of course, the fact that the standard coupe gets a 556 HP V8 engine is reason enough for some teams to be shaking in their performance tires.The sports car got some decent changes to its setup, like a carbon fiber body work, a ventilated hood, an aggressive diffuser, and a massive rear wing.Press ReleaseCTS-V Coupe Race Car PhotographyCadillac announced today it will return to racing in 2011 with a race-prepared version of its CTS-V Coupe competing in the Sports Car Club of America World Challenge, North America’s top production-based racecar series.The move returns Cadillac to a series where it competed from 2004 to 2007. Competing in the GT Class with the CTS-V Sport Sedan, Cadillac captured the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2005 and 2007 and the Driver’s Championship in 2005.Cadillac will field two teams in the upcoming SCCA World Challenge GT Class with a racecar based on the CTS-V Coupe. The CTS-V line, which also includes the CTS-V Sedan and CTS-V Wagon, was recently named to Car and Driver magazine’s 10 Best list for 2011.“Returning to racing in the SCCA World Challenge is a great way to demonstrate the performance and capability of the CTS-V Coupe,” said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing. “The racecars in this series are production based, which allows us to validate our performance against the best of our competitors on the track, and not just the showroom.”Cadillac is working with Pratt & Miller, a New Hudson, Mich., engineering firm which specializes in motorsports, to develop the CTS-V Coupe racecar. While some of the production CTS-V components will be modified due to the unique demands of racing or to meet the SCCA series’ technical rules, every effort is taken to maintain as much production content as possible.“The SCCA World Challenge lends itself well to a natural transfer of knowledge,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The series will become a key test-bed for Cadillac. We anticipate using what we learn on the racetrack to ensure the V-Series stays on the cutting-edge of performance.”The first event in the SCCA World Challenge is March 25-27 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Johnny O’Connell, a three-time GT1 champion in the America Le Mans Series, and Andy Pilgrim, who won the 2005 SCCA World Challenge GT class in a Cadillac, will be behind the wheel of the CTS-V racecars.Introduced for the 2003 model year, the CTS-V has quickly earned a reputation among luxury sports car buyers. For the 2011 model year, Cadillac added the CTS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sport Wagon to the CTS-V Sport Sedan, creating an impressive family of performance vehicles. The CTS-Vs feature Brembo brakes, a supercharged 6.2L V8 delivering 556 horsepower and a Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that can read and react to the road 1,000 times a second.Started in 1944, the SCCA organizes and supports racing at all levels from amateur to professional. The World Challenge series is designed to provide teams, manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers a competitive production-based race series in which to prove their products. The races follow a 50-minute maximum time limit, with the number of laps and total distance determined by track configuration, lap times and race conditions.[...]

Volvo V60 New Car Advanced Stability Control Design 2011

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Elegant estate coupe car design technology presented on this official image gallery new 2011 Volvo V60 in metallic paint color exterior design. You simply have to drive this modern city sedan car to appreciate how we have driven chassis development to its pinnacle. Sophisticated luxury car combine with comfort interior design. Volvo’s new sports car wagon is available with an option of two chassis. When cornering, the car’s inner driven wheel is broken, causing more power to be transmitted to the outer driven wheel. The sporty interior of the new Volvo V60 is also the most advanced high-tech environment ever available to a Volvo driver.
2011 Volvo V60 come with new innovation features Advanced Stability Control technology. Detail specification reviews, tuning car performance are available on first test drive vehicles report. The car engine’s power is delivered to the wheels using Volvo’s second-generation six-speed automatic Geartronic transmission. The 150 horsepower engine presents 240 Nm of torque. Both turbo diesels are obtainable with a 6 speed automatic car transmission otherwise six-speed manual gearbox. The initial annual target for the new Volvo V60 is 50,000 cars. The new Volvo V60 is built at the Volvo Cars production plant in Torslanda, Sweden. Check the new car 2011 Volvo price list at the market by visit the official Volvo car maker company website.


Nissan 370Z rebaixado rodas BBS

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Nissan 370Z rebaixado rodas BBS
A vocação esportiva e jovial do Nissan 370Z ficou ainda mais pronunciada com algumas alterações no bólido japônes.
Entre as principais alterações no Nissan 370Z, está o leve rebaixamento de sua suspensão aliado ao seu novo jogo de rodas BBS aro 20.

New Car: 2012 Buick Verano (U.S)

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Buick has unveiled the all-new Verano compact luxury sedan, that will premier at the 2011 Detroit motor show. The Verano will go on sale in late 2011 and will be available with equipment like 10 airbags, heated steering wheel and a next-generation radio system with OnStar. Powering the Verano will be a 177bhp 2.4 litre petrol engine, that produces 230Nm (170lb-ft) of torque. This is linked to a 6 speed automatic and will allow the car to hit 60mph from 0mph in 8 seconds. A 31mpg highway figure is expected. A 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol will be offered in the future. John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing said: "Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick's momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology" "It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan - and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus." Inside, the Verano receives soft-touch plastics and premium leather on the dashboard. Buick claims the Verano is the quietest car in its class thanks to acoustical laminated glass, triple door seals, and specially manufactured 17” alloy wheels. Standard features will include 17” alloy wheels, 10 airbags (twin front, side, curtain, knees, and rear-side), ambient lighting, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, blue projector beam headlamps, climate control, electronic parking brake, front & rear electric windows, steering wheel mounted audio controls w/cruise control, leather steering wheel, electric power steering, and AUX input. On the options list will be two 18” alloy wheels, metallic paint, leather interior w/heated front seats, keyless start, heated steering wheel, touch-screen satellite navigation system w/Bluetooth & USB port, XM satellite radio, BOSE sound system, and remote vehicle start. In the Verano, the heated steering wheel and seats are related with the remote start feature. In temperatures lower than 45°F (7°C), the heated steering wheel and seats automatically start. [...]

Renault suspends executives over EV leaking

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

Renault has suspended three senior executives on the suspicion of industrial spying, regarding the company’s EV plans. A spokeswoman established on Tuesday that the trio were suspended over unnamed ethical issues.

“In late August 2010, an ethical alert was brought to the attention of the compliance committee," a Renault spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "The investigation that followed led to the suspension of three Renault executives”.

Unnamed internal sources on Wednesday said that the trio were in control of the EV projects, with one being a member of a 30-strong panel of management, lead by CEO Carlos Ghosn.

While Renault hasn’t filed an official complaint, the three men were obliged to leave their offices on Monday.

2012 bmw 3 series coupe Preview With Specification And Prices

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

2012 bmw 3 series coupe Preview With Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images2012  bmw series+coupeSpyshots of the 2012 BMW 6 Series both coupe and convertibles have … BMW is preparing to introduce in 2012 the series version of Gran Coupe concept presented …2012 BMW 3-seriesDue in 2012, the next BMW 3-series will be the first of a family of BMW cars with a more recognizable face derived from the original styling of the Shanghai concept. …BMW 3 Series (E90)The BMW E90 series is the fifth generation of the BMW 3 Series range of compact … The E90 is slated to be replaced in 2012 when a new 3 Series body is introduced. …2012+BMW+5+seriesBMW intends to fight with Audi A4L on the Chinese market and plans to launch a variant with increased wheelbase of the 3 Series model, until 2012.New details on the 2012 BMW 3 SeriesNew revealing information on the 2012 BMW 3 Series and the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. Learn more about the new designNew BMW 3 Series Coupe Used BMW 3 Series Coupe BMW 3 Series Convertible BMW 3 Series Gallery Price of BMW 3 Series 2004 BMW X3 BMW M3 BMW Showroom BMW Models BMW E36 Coupe BMW Mini Coupe Enzo FerrariThe car looks a little less sporty (read, more elegant) than the previous gen but it still has the conservative design that is obvious in the 3 series models. Use of LED’s adds a bit of character & the kidney grille has now become broader just like the new 7 & 5. The car now has a longer wheelbase but use of lighter parts keeps the weight in check.It is expected to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with European sales beginning in the winter of 2011 followed by USA. In India the car is expected in the second half of 2012. The current 3 Series, though not the market leader, is a CKD operation that still is turning the wheels for BMW which hopes to lead in that segment one day.2012 BMW 3 Series will be released in late 2011 or early 2012. All-new design for 2012 will be released in coupe, convertible, hatchback, GT, and wagon models. This is specs of 2012 BMW 3 Series : The engine will use 3.0-liter, 300 horsepower twin-turbo inline-6 engine and there may be an ActiveHybrid 3 model. In fuel economy the current 3 Series gets 22 mpg.[...]

2012 aston martin DBS With Preview

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

We are adding 2012 aston martin dbs With Preview Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images
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It’s hardly more than a rumor now, though two reliable sources say it will happen and Aston Martin doesn’t categorically deny it. “It” is a new ultimate version of Aston’s well-liked DB9 grand touring coupe. Tentatively labeled DBX and whispered as a 2012 model, it should build on the recently introduced DBS to be the fastest, most powerful car yet seen from James Bond’s preferred motorcar purveyor. Would you believe a 700-horsepower twin-turbocharged V12? That’s the buzz.

2010 Aston Martin One-77 Concept Preview

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

2010 Aston Martin One-77 Concept Preview
Aston Martin One-77 is the ultimate expression of what Aston Martin stands for and will combine modern technology and design with craftsmanship and ultimate exclusivity to create the world’s most desirable automotive art form. Powered by a new Aston Martin 7.3 litre V12 engine, the Project One-77 will deliver breathtaking levels of power and performance expected to top 700bhp and a maximum speed..
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Aston Martin Gauntlet build upon the basic design done by Ugur Sahin Design to update Aston’s lineup with a study design. The intent was “to design a car which is technically almost identical to the existing production Aston Martins while defining a design character that outmost respects the impressive history of the brand and combine the timeless lines of the past Aston Martins with the modern interpretation of the existing styling.”

2008 Aston Martin DBS Preview

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

2008 Aston Martin DBS With Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images

Aston Martin unveiled one of the most eagerly anticipated cars of the year when the new DBS is revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 16th, where the company takes a starring role as the featured marque. Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, said: “The DBS is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s engineering and technical ability.
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2008 Mansory Aston Martin DB9 Previews

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

2008 Mansory Aston Martin DB9 With Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images

The Aston Martin DB 9 series is one of the fascinatiest and prettiest sportcar in time, but MANSORY is sure there is a more sportier and stable style to do. The MANSORY front spoiler displace the series front totally and will give the car a striking snappy optical characteristic. An elegant design symbiosis from an integrated daytime running light, also available as fog lights, with below air intakes.
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Among the exterior features of the Mansory Aston Martin DB9/Volante are new front spoiler, integrated daytime running lights and driving lights, 5-stripes chromed grille intake, 6-stripes main light weight main radiator grille, new side skirts, aerodynamic rear spoiler and fully chromed stainless steel integrated sport exhaust tips
Apart from the above, the Mansory Aston Martin DB9/Volante is fitted with Brembo brake package consisting of 6-piston aluminium fixed calipers and vented perforated 405 x 32 mm discs at the front, and 4-piston aluminium fixed calipers and vented perforated 405 x 28 mm discs at the rear. The suspension system has also been upgraded with sport performance springs which lowered the car by 25 mm.

2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante With Specification And Prices

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante With Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images

Aston Martin introduced a revised version of the company’s critically acclaimed Aston Martin DB9 at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, which includes significant enhancements to standard specification. These changes include a revised version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12 engine to deliver improved power and torque. Peak power of 470bhp (350kW) – increased by 20bhp (30Nm)
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Aston Martin unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show an revised version of the DB9, both Coupe and Volante versions.
Deliveries of the updated DB9 begin during quarter two 2008, with prices from 113,950 for the DB9 Coupe and 122,950 for the DB9 Volante.

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The new DB9 is powered by a revised version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12 engine to deliver improved power and torque. Peak power of 470bhp (350kW) – increased by 20bhp (30Nm) – is now reached at 6,000rpm, resulting in a power to weight ratio of 267bhp per tonne (199kW/tonne) – an increase of 11bhp per tonne over the existing DB9.

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster Previews

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:46 PST

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster Previews With Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images

While the universally distinctive and award-winning shape of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is retained, the car benefits from a number of technical changes which include significantly up-rated engine performance from a new 4.7 litre power unit in both Coupe and Roadster variants. Other changes include revised dynamics to take full advantage of increased power and torque availability.
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The Vantage roadster is powered by a 4.3-liter V-8 that produces 380 hp. That's a comparatively modest figure, but you forget about that when you push it past the 4000-rpm mark and hear the sharp exhaust bark that is reminiscent of a Lamborghini Gallardo's. A six-speed manual and a SportShift automated manual transmission are available; both are exceedingly capable, but we prefer the SportShift with its column-mounted paddles.

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Previews and Specification

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:47 PST

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Previews and Specification with Prices With Reviews and Images

Improvements in performance have been achieved through a number of carefully developed changes to Aston Martin’s acclaimed V8 engine. The cylinder bore and stroke has been increased from 89mm to 91mm and 86mm to 91mm respectively, giving a total displacement of 4735cc. The increase in cylinder bore is facilitated by a move to cylinder liners that are pressed into the pre-machined aluminium alloy
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In a comparison test between the 2008 Aston Martin DBS and 2008 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano in the July 2008 issue of Automobile Magazine, we gave the nod to the car from Maranello but the purity and gruffness of the English car left a lasting impression. But, at $266,350, the top spec Aston is a true exotic. The entry-level car, the V8 Vantage, is gorgeous and sounds fantastic but we've always felt let down by the lack of power provided by the Jaguar-derived 4.3-liter V-8. With the buzz from the DBS experience still fresh in our heads, we hopped on a plane to Germany for a drive in the tweaked for 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

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2009 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Preview

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:47 PST

2009 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Preview With Specification And Prices With Reviews and ImagesThe new Vantage GT4 builds on the success of its predecessor, the 4.3 litre Vantage N24. The car is an evolution of the N24 with the larger capacity engine being more responsive with increased torque throughout the rev range. The suspension has also been retuned to enhance the handling, including modified front uprights to give increased camber.The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 replaces Aston’s previous privateer racing offering, the Vantage N24, and not only is the car in line with the newly updated Vantage, but provides some serious track cred for the serious papered pseudo-professional race car driver. Aston Martin Racing will launched a new Vantage GT4 at 2011. The new V8 engined racing car takes design inspiration from Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage road car, giving it enhanced aerodynamics and increased downforce. The new Vantage GT4 will be eligible for this Challenge, as well as the European GT4 Cup and all other series with a GT4 class[...]

Ford Focus Electric Revealed【Video】

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:47 PST

This is the new Ford Focus Electric, just unveiled at CES 2011, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Ford Focus Electric will become the first electric production car from Ford, and the first of five electric or electrified (hybrid) vehicles that Ford will put on sale in North America and Europe by 2013.The all electric powertrain is designed for reliability and smooth instant responsiveness. Top speed is electronically limited to 84 PMPH. It will have “agile and sporty” acceleration and ride and handling with a more silent though very similar performance to its gas powered Focus sister.Visually, the Focus Electric has an improved aerodynamics package to improve drag, incorporating a new front fascia that looks like something right out of the Aston Martin school of design. (Too bad this isn't the Cygnet, huh?) The only other major design changes are the addition of a charging port with an LED ring to the left of the driver's door and a new set of 15-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires. And speaking of LEDs, while the gasoline-powered Focus' LED eyebrow above the headlamp is only available in Europe, Ford tells us that the North American-spec Focus Electric will wear this bit of accent lighting when it hits production.Inside, the cabin features recycled fabrics, a keyless ignition, a Sony audio system, an EcoGuide instrument cluster, and a unique version of MyFord Touch. The latter system displays information such as battery status, estimated range remaining, and the electrical demands of vehicle accessories such as the air conditioner.  This particular version of MyFord Touch has also been optimized to work with the MyFord Mobile app which allows users to remotely lock and unlock doors as well as setup a charging schedule so the vehicle can be recharged at night when electricity rates are cheaper.Ford, having learned the art of milking better than a dairy farmer, says the CES nugget is only a tease, and more info about the Focus EV is to come. The Focus EV is based on the not-yet-launched 2012 gasoline Focus small car, meaning that Ford didn't have to create a unique (read expen$ive) electric-car chassis.Press Release INTRODUCING ALL-NEW FOCUS ELECTRIC - GO FUEL-FREE WITH FIRST ZERO-EMISSIONS PASSENGER CAR FROM FORD All-new Ford Focus Electric is the first fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car from Ford and one of five new electrified vehicles Ford will deliver by 2013 in North America and Europe Focus Electric will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles The all-electric Focus is capable of fully recharging in three to four hours at home using the available wall-mounted 240-volt charge station - charging in half the time of the Nissan Leaf The new Focus Electric offers value charging, powered by Microsoft, to help owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheapest utility rates, lowering the cost of ownership Focus Electric provides a special version of MyFord TouchTM driver connect technology especially for electric customers and introduces MyFord Mobile, a smartphone app and website for monitoring key vehicle functions and charge settings while mobile DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 7, 2011 - Ford Motor Company unveiled today its all-new Focus Electric - the company's first-ever all-electric passenger car. The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford's po[...]

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2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Previews

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:47 PST

2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Previews With Specification And Prices With Reviews and Images If you wanna buy this car so please first check all reviews from our blog.

Based on the hugely successful V8 Vantage, the V12 Vantage will feature a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 kp/h) time of 4.2 seconds. The latest incarnation of the Vantage family has been designed to provide a unique character, appealing to different driver tastes and complementing.
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GM to offer wireless in-car phone charging pads

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:26:47 PST

GM announced this week that their venture capital arm called GM Ventures will invest $5 million in a small company called Powermat. The company makes a charging system that uses wireless technology to charge smartphones and other devices, and is considered a pioneer in the filed.What is Powermat? If you’ve recently visited your local Best Buy, you’ve probably seen the Powermat product in the ‘Mobile’ section. The product allows you to place your cell phone and other mobile technology on a mat and charge them without having to plug them into the wall.The new technology is said not only to eliminate the need for charging cords, but, according to Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine, it’s also safer and more efficient.Powermat already sells wireless charging devices for the home to consumers at major U.S. retail outlets such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy.Source: GMPress ReleaseGM, Powermat to Put Added ‘Charge' in Chevy VoltAutomaker Invests in Start-Up to Do Away With Charging CordsLAS VEGAS - General Motors and Powermat, a pioneer in wireless charging technology, announced a commercial agreement today that will eliminate the need for charging cords for personal electronic devices in many future Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac products beginning mid-2012.GM Ventures, the company's venture capital subsidiary, will invest $5 million in Powermat to accelerate the technology's development and support efforts to grow Powermat's business globally.Powermat's technology allows electronic devices - smart phones, MP3 players and gaming devices - to be charged safely and efficiently, according to Powermat CEO Ran Poliakine.The Chevrolet Volt, conceived as a reinvention of the automobile that would help reduce America's dependence on oil, while providing the assurance of an extended driving range, will be one of the first GM vehicles to offer this technology. The technology is expected to revolutionize how electronic devices are charged in a car."Imagine a mat or shelf where you could put your iPhone, your Droid or other personal device and charge it automatically while you commute to work, run errands or as you're driving on a family vacation," said Micky Bly, GM's lead electronics executive, including infotainment, hybrids and battery electric vehicles."The Chevy Volt will be one of the first applications, but we intend to expand it across our vehicle portfolio," Bly said.Powermat, a private firm, was founded in 2007 and offers wireless charging products for the home in a number of retail stores, including Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart.Poliakine is excited to start with the Chevrolet Volt, which has swept major Car of the Year awards to date."GM is among the rarest of giants in today's business climate: a forward-thinking innovator with the courage and good sense to care about the well-being of the consumer and the well-being of our planet," Poliakine said.Jon Lauckner, who helped create the Volt concept and now is President of GM Ventures, has been dreaming about a technology like Powermat for years."We first developed the Volt concept car in 2006," Lauckner said. "The intent was to revolutionize every aspect of the car, not just the propulsion system. We had something like this in mind even then, and we think it will have widespread appeal."About General MotorsGeneral Motors Company (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global[...]