Monday, November 24, 2008

BRABUS Electric Tesla Roadster Tune Up

German tuning studio Brabus presented his version of the sports electric Tesla Roadster. BRABUS limited modifications to the Tesla Roaster's interior/exterior styling and wheel/tire options.

BRABUS Electric Tesla Roadster

BRABUS Electric Tesla Roadster

BRABUS Electric Tesla Roadster

The car received BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels in size 7Jx18'' in front and 8.5Jx19'' in back wrapped around Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires in size 215/35 ZR 18 in front and in size 255/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle, head-lamp lights with frosted glass, rear wing and a rear diffuser, neon lights and small LED lamps are integrated into the front air intake.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Honda FC Sport Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Concept

Japanese Honda presented their latest concept at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show - FC Sport, hydrogen-powered, three-seat sports car. It is quite plausible that this car ever goes to production - in addition to the current hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity.

According to Dan Bonawitz, vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., "People who love sports cars will still have a reason to love in a hydrogen-powered future".

The concept was created in the Advanced Design Studio of Honda R & D Americas, based in Pasadene, California. Lead designer of the project - Jason Wilbur.

The fuel cells stack named V-Flow between the rear seats while the battery pack placed low in the middle of the vehicle, allowing to lower the Honda FC Sport center of gravity as much as possible.

Lexus New 2010 RX450h and RX350 Crossovers

Lexus introduced next generation RX450h and RX350 Crossover at the motor show in Los Angeles.

Lexus New 2010 RX450h and RX350 Crossovers

Lexus New 2010 RX450h and RX350 Crossovers

Lexus New 2010 RX450h and RX350 Crossovers

The hybrid Lexus RX450h equipped with 3.5-liter 295 hp V6 engine, 27 hp more powerful than second generation one. The car will be produced as front and all wheel drive. All wheel drive system fully manages by electronics, which saves fuel and effectively distribute torque between axles.

The third generation Lexus RX350 is also equipped with a new engine - 3.5-liter 275 hp V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission with electronic control. Standard equipment includes anti-lock system (ABS), an integrated system of car movement monitoring (VSC), descent control system (HAC) and traction control system (TRAC).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid Concept

Just few days before the start of Los Angeles auto show Toyota presented the first information on CNG Camry Hybrid model.

Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid

Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid

Clearly intending to become a monopoly in the hybrids market, in addition to third-generation Prius Toyota preparing to unveil CNG Camry Hybrid concept. New car works on natural gas, making the model not only cleaner in terms of environment, but also allows the owner to save on fuel.

Natural gas is stored in two tanks totaling 30 liters, located in the trunk at spare wheel place. Without refueling Toyota CNG Camry Hybrid is able to drive up to respectable 400 km.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lamborghini Diesel and Hybrid Estoque

Lamborghini considering diesels and hybrids for Estoque.

Lamborghini Diesel and Hybrid Estoque

Estoque will get some latest motor developments of Volkswagen AG, among them insane V12 TDI diesel, and very new and still secret hybrid engines.

According to Lamborghini chief engineer Maurizio Reggiani, "The opportunity is there to develop a turbocharged, maybe even a diesel engine for Estoque, and since the car could be well-priced and could sell in quite large numbers for us, it's a big chance for us."

Ford Fusion And Milan Hybrids Delayed

Ford Fusion and Milan hybrids

You won't find Ford 38 mpg mid-sized sedans Fusion and Milan hybrids for sale until about March, because there are too many of the current 2008 and 2009 models still sitting unsold on Ford dealer lots. According to Automotive News the Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant will go on a 1-month shutdown in January just weeks after beginning production of new Fusion and Milan models.

Renault Electric Cars Will Be Rolled Out In 2011.

Renault  Z.E. Electric Car

Renault  Z.E. Electric Car

French company Renault announced plans to develop three urban electric cars. First one to appear is four-door sedan based on the Megane, second is a battery-powered version of the Kangoo MPV.

Third, the smallest of the cars is similar to the Twingo, will be build from scratch and will stand out with vivid and emotional design.

The Megane and Kangoo will have a range of about 100-120 miles on a charge with a charge time ranging from 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on the available power.

Saturn Vue Hybrid Plug-In Delayed To 2011

Saturn Vue plug-in hybrid delayed to 2011

The plug-in Saturn Vue version that was expected to launch late in 2009, would have made the Vue hybrid among the first production PHEVs on market. The two-mode hybrid version of the Vue will go on sale in about a month.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Electrovaya and China's Changan to Launch Electric Cars in Canada

Chinese Changan Automotive Group, which is a partner of Ford Motors in China, and the Canadian batteries manufacturer firm Electrovaya, will jointly develop electric vehicles. By the end of this year it will roll out 30 electric cars, making Changan the first Chinese automaker,to release its products to the North American market.

Electrovaya Changan Ben Ben Electric Car

The Chinese and Canadians have begun to cooperate in New energy field in May this year. One of the most popular Changan models - Ben Ben will be sold in Canada. Electrovaya will be updating imported from China cars and also be responsible for the sales.