Renault-Nissan Zero Emission Vehicle Partnership

Renault-Nissan Zero Emission Vehicle Partnership

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The Renault-Nissan alliance announced their future plans to produce Zero Emission Vehicles badged by Nissan in United States in 2010. Also part of the project is San Diego’s Gas & Electric company that will help in promoting the ZEV’s in the Californian region, and they hope that by 2012 production will start on a global scale. Nissan’s ZEV is a prototype that features a lithium-ion battery pack coupled with an zero-emission electric engine. The alliance between Renault and Nissan that formed in 1999, sold 6,160,046 vehicles in 2007 and “has committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles”.

Lamborghini Murcielago totaled Video and Photos

Lamborghini Murcielago totaled Video and Photos

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23 Mar 2009
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Apparently according to the YouTube video description this poor Lamborghini Murcielago found its end on the streets of Stavropol, Russia. Even though the front of the Lambo in almost intact, we cannot say the same about the rear, and if you look closer to the right hand rear wheel you can easily understand that the Murcielago is now sitting right on its trans-axle and is pretty much totaled. As expensive as that might sound we dont know what kind of feelings we should express towards this incident, the only thing we could suggest is that any supercar owner should follow high-performance driver education courses before or even after purchasing any typeof…

Audi R15 TDI wins 12 Hours of Sebring

Audi R15 TDI wins 12 Hours of Sebring

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22 Mar 2009
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Yesterday, after drivers Capello, Kristensen, and McNish completed an impressive 383 laps, the Audi R15 TDI achieved its first victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the ninth overall victory for the Audi brand. The Audi R15 TDI prooved to be the fastest, most reliable and most efficent prototype although winning the LMP 1 class race came after a tight battle against Peugeot’s set of diesel powered 908 HDi cars. In fact during the race Audi had to regain the lead from Peugeot twelve times. The final stages pictured the Audi R15 TDI wining the 12 Hours of Sebring 22.279 seconds in front of the second placed Peugeot and ending the “dress rehearsal” for the 24 Hours of Le Mans…

BMW 5 Series GT

BMW 5 Series GT

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19 Mar 2009
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The BMW 5 Series GT first introduced at Geneva this year as a concept was presented in a video on BMW TV and appeared more like a production ready vehicle. Throughout the video BMW’s project leader, Hans-Jurgen Branz describes the various design elements on the new 5 Series Gran Turismo and even though the footage is in German some differences compared to the model exposed at Geneva are easily noticeable. Some of those differences include slightly redesigned mirrors and also an interior that matches BMW’s philosophy more.

SEAT Ibiza receives Red Dot Award

SEAT Ibiza receives Red Dot Award

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18 Mar 2009
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After publishing an article two days ago about the Opel Insignia winning the “Red Dot” now its Seat’s turn. The new Seat Ibiza received the prestigious Red Dot Award for both its 5 door and SC versions, from a total of 3,231 products from 49 countries and 17 categories that competed. The 5 door Ibiza received the “Best of the Best” award for its high quality design while the SC version received the “Red Dot” award for outstanding quality. The Spanish manufacturer was awarded this prize before in 2003 with its Altea model and as the company states it is honored to receive such a distinction that praises its quality, precision and innovative design. The new…

Porsche Panamera key Innovations

Porsche Panamera key Innovations

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18 Mar 2009
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The Stuttgart manufacturer released a list of details describing the Porsche Panamera and the key technologies and innovations behind it. The future luxury Gran Turismo from Porsche will be officially revealed in China this year at Shanghai’s Auto Show but after today’s release we already know a few interesting facts about it. For example we now know that the Porsche Panamera will feature an automatic start/stop system in conjunction with automatic transmission, air suspension with adjustable air volume as a world’s first plus an adjustable rear spoiler working on a multi-stage level as part of active aerodynamics on the Porsche Panamera Turbo…

Opel Insignia design award

Opel Insignia design award

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16 Mar 2009
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Opel just announced that it has won the prestigious “red dot” award for product design with its Insignia model. The red dot design prize is one of the most important of its kind in the world voted by a jury formed of non automotive designers and GM Europe’s vice president of design Mark Adams said that “it confirms that Opel is on the right track of offering bold, dynamic style.” Opel’s new flagship car also achieved various other awards across Europe like DESIGNBEST by Autobest magazine or Car of the Year by TopGear UK. By analyzing the Opel Insignia you can observe Opel’s new philosophy in terms of design that includes variations of wing and blade shapes as well as the new wing-shaped day lamps…

Ford produced 100000 hybrid SUVs

Ford produced 100000 hybrid SUVs

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10 Mar 2009
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Ford announced today that their production of hybrid SUVs reached 100,000 units at the Kansas city plant. The first hybrid SUV built by Ford in 2004 was the Ford Escape Hybrid, that covered an impressive 576 miles on a single tank of gas. These days the hybrid line from Ford came a long way and it includes the Escape Hybrid SUV, Fusion Hybrid and Milan Hybrid and also the Mercury Mariner Hybrid and as the company states “no domestic automaker has more real-world experience with hybrid vehicle technology than Ford”. As an example to what the hybrid technologie means in real life, Ford mentiones the story of a San Francisco based cab fleet of Escape Hybrids…

New World Record Drift Attempt video

New World Record Drift Attempt video

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09 Mar 2009
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The new world record drift attempt took place at the Las Vegas Motor speedway where driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. proved that the 2010 Ford Mustang GT can drift pretty darn well. In fact so well that the 4.6-liter 315 hp V8 engined American muscle car traveled sideways 6,285 feet and is now waiting for its attempt to be approved by the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest drift. If accepted, Vaughn Gittin’s performance will replace the…

Audi R15 TDI the new LMP1 racing sports car

Audi R15 TDI the new LMP1 racing sports car

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09 Mar 2009
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The Ingolstadt manufacturer has just released its latest diesel racing sports car, the Audi R15 TDI. This “second” generation comes as a replacement for the famous Audi R10 and as its predecessor the R15 aims at dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing competition. The Audi R15 has a striking new design that in terms of technologie relates to the “many detailed technical solutions never seen before on a sports prototype” as Audi states. Powering the Audi R15 is a newly developed 600 hp V10 TDI engine with 1,050 Newton meters of torque and we can help but wonder if the new 908 HDi FAP from Peugeot will still be a strong competitor for the Audi in 2009 as…