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2012 Vauxhall Ampera will cover up to 350 miles on electricity

Vauxhall Ampera E-REV will make the longest journey by an electric car on British roads. The vehicle is going to try to cover 170 miles from in Luton, Bedfordshire to its passenger car plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. “It’s quite poignant that Luton, our home for the last 105 years, should mark the starting point of not just this historic journey, but also the future of E-REV vehicles in the UK. In the last century, Vauxhall has pioneered

AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo officially announced

Mercedes-Benz is delighted to announce its brand-new AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo powerplant, which is ready to amaze the customers with astonishing peak output figures of 571 horsepower (420 kW) and 900 Nm of maximum torque. Dubbed internally M 157, the powerful eight-cylinder unit is distinguished by many technological highlights - direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion and twin turbochargers. The German luxury cars manufacturer is planning to premiere the new top-performance engine in its 2010 Merce

Autonomous Audi TTS - A car from the future

Volkswagen Group Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) developed Autonomous Audi TTS, which features future driver assistance technologies to bring better driving experience to the customers. There are a lot of examples in movies where cars can easily safely operate without direct input from a driver. Autonomous Audi TTS coupe is going to be a sensation worldwide featuring exactly this system. Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, executive director of the Electronics Research Laboratory, believes that the technology found in

Mazda i-stop system awarded with 2010 RJC Technology of the Year

Mazda Motor Corporation are proud to announce that their i-stop system has won the 2009 Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC) Technology of the Year award. The i-stop system is developed to decrease the fuel consumption by shutting down the engine when the driver stops the vehicle. The clever system is built-in direct injection engines and uses combustion energy to restart the engine in just 0.35 seconds, that is nea

Disguised Volvo S60 tests new safety technology

Volvo Cars will showcase a new exclusive safety technology together with the all-new Volvo S60 in 2010. Volvo’s experts have been developing the new groundbreaking safety technology - Collision Warning with Full Auto Brake and Pedestrian Detection - for over ten years. The new safety technology will be able to detect a pedestrian in front of the car and brake automatically if the driver doesn't react in time, to avoid an accident. In order to test the new technology in big city traffic, a disguised prototype

Kumho’s new tyre technology at IAA Frankfurt

Kumho is one of the leaders on the market. It is a brand with traditions and virtues in making tyres. Now they will exhibit their new technology – laser etching process. It is set to transform the way the company designs its tread patterns. Mass production tread patterns can be a compromise – part functional and part aesthetic. In the future, Kumho plans to design its treads in two stages. The functional requirement, free of compromise, will be moulded in the normal way. Any additional attributes or design featu

Zytek's electric A-Class

In just ten weeks, Zytek Automotive has developed an electric version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The reason for building the Mercedes demonstration vehicle is to show the flexibility of the production-ready 55kW E-Drive electric powertrain in vehicles up to 1700kg. For the A-Class demonstrator, Zytek has developed a new version of the proven 55kW E-Drive, which has incresed values of maximum torque from 120 Nm to 160 Nm, and maximum motor speed from 12,000 rpm to 13,000 rpm to provide the

Ford's Intelligent Vehicle-to-Grid Communication System

Ford Motor Company announced today that it has developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that “talks” directly with the nation’s electric grid. This new technology – which builds on Ford’s advancements such as SYNC®, SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide

Ford 3-Wet paint technology - Greener than the others

Global paint shops in India, Romania, Mexico and China are in the process of rolling out a Ford-exclusive paint technology that will not only save the shops time and money, but will lessen their environmental footprint and result in a high-quality product. Ford continues its leadership position in implementing the n

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2010 Nissan LEAF

Nissan Motor unveiled Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 160km (100 miles) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. NISSAN LEAF Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility – the zero-emission era. The car is the embodiment

Two new Offers from Aston Martin and Bang & Olufsen

Aston Martin and Bang & Olufsen are proud to introduce two new bespoke audio systems – Bang & Olufsen BeoSound V12 Vantage and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound V8 Vantage - developed and designed exclusively as an option for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and V8 Vantage sports cars, the latter being available in both

Nissan's All-electric car goes to the U.S. and Japan market in 2010

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today previewed its electric vehicle (EV) platform on a Tiida-based prototype to demonstrate the superior driving pleasure of a pure zero-emission vehicle. It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric driving 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Newly developed EV platform The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact lithium-ion battery