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Three Econetic Ford Fiestas will Compete in the Monte-Carlo Rally

Now in its third consecutive year, the Monte-Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy Vehicles accepts only the most innovative environmentally friendly vehicles. The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic has been entered in the class for fossil-fuel-powered cars with emissions lower than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometre. With emissions of 98g/km and fuel consumption of 3.7l/100 km (mixed cycle), the Fiesta ECOnetic is well placed to perform strongly in this forward-thin

The Renault-Nissan Alliance Forms Zero-Emission Vehicle Partnership in San Diego

The Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced that Nissan and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the utility company operating in the San Diego, Calif., region, are forming a partnership to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Nissan will introduce ZEVs in the United States in 2010 and will mass market ZEVs globally two years later. The announcement coincides with the fi

Mazda Recycling Technology for End-of-Life Vehicle Bumpers

Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a world-first recycling technology which enhances the process it uses to recycle used bumpers from vehicles, whose useful life has ended, into raw plastic resin for use in new vehicle bumpers. The new technology is the first to enable recycling of used bumpers from different manufa

Cadillac CTS Adds WiFi System

Cadillac will offer wireless internet access for its best-selling model, adding a new dimension to the passenger experience. Cadillac Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile comes to the CTS Sport Sedan in April, giving passengers full internet access in and around the car via their laptop or WiFi device. The launch of Cadillac WiFi by Autonet Mobile will begin with live demonstrations at the New York International Auto Show April 10-19. “Consumers today are frequently searching for WiFi access wherever t

Tesla Model S Update

Tesla will unveil its Model S prototype sedan March 26 at the Tesla design studio inside the SpaceX rocket factory, in Hawthorne, Calif. This is going to be a historic event for car enthusiasts; the Model S will likely be the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable EV when it rolls off the assembly line in late 2011. The Model S will have an anticipated base price of $57,400. After a federal tax credit of $7,500, the effective price will be $49,900. Because of tax incentives and relativ

Five Innovations in Technology making their World Debut in the Porsche Panamera

Porsche is proudly presenting the key technologies of the new Panamera prior to the world debut of this truly outstanding Gran Turismo in Shanghai, among them no less than five innovations in technology to be admired for the first time in a production car in the luxury performance range and therefore marking world debuts themselves. These include the first automatic start/stop in conjunction with automatic transmission, air suspension with additi

Freelander 2 TD4_e - Land Rover's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

The first official Freelander 2 TD4_e was produced at the Jaguar Land Rover assembly facility at Halewood today. The new vehicle is Land Rover’s most fuel-efficient to date and is the world's first SUV to feature an intelligent Stop-Start system. It is also the first production vehicle to incorporate technologies from

Safe on the go with the Bobsy

Safety, best possible protection in case of an accident and easy handling. These features make the child safety seat "Bobsy G 0-1 ISOFIX" from Volkswagen Accessories the front runner in the crash test "Small Family Car" of the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). The two-part variable retaining system of the "Bobsy G 0-1 ISOFIX" comprises the child safety seat and a separate platform. This makes it easier for the parents to fit the seat and prevent the risk of injuries to the ch

Mazda, the First Japanese Automaker to Develop a Urea SCR System for Cars

Mazda Motor Corporation’s sporty SUV, the Mazda CX-7, will be the first passenger vehicle produced by a Japanese automaker to be equipped with a urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system.Mazda’s SCR is smaller than previous systems, which is a significant improvement that enables it to be installed in passenger cars. It will be combined with Mazda’s newly developed clean, highly efficient MZR-CD 2.2L turbo diesel engine. Planned for intr

Carlsson 1/5 Evo Ultra Light - Lightest 21-inch wheel of the world

Carlsson broke another world record. The automobile manufacturer from Merzig/Saarland developed the lightest 21-inch-wheel in the world. The 1/5 Evo Ultra Light weighs an astonishing 40 percent less than any cast 21-inch wheel. Additionally, Carlsson once again confirms that technically top-engineered products can also be top of the league as far as their appearance is concerned. The automobile manufacturer Carlsson who is specialised on Merce

The New 407 1.6-litre HDi FAP

Last July, the 407 Saloon and SW enhanced their powers of attraction. Still incredibly dynamic, the style was subtly updated to give them even greater elegance, robustness and perceived quality. The specification was improved not only in terms of interior comfort and equipment (front park assistance, new WIP (World in Peugeot) Nav and WIP Com telematics systems, etc.) but also in terms of engines, with the arrival of a 2.0-litre HDi FAP engine immediately compatible with Euro 5 standards and

BMW Hydrogen Engine Reaches Top Level Efficiency

Specialists from BMW, HOERBIGER, the Graz University of Technology, and HyCentA develop a hydrogen combustion process which achieves remarkable efficiency for internal combustion engines for passenger cars. The BMW Group Forschung und Technik, in cooperation with researchers in Graz and Vienna, Austria, has succeeded in developing a dedicated hydrogen combustion engine with diesel-like geometry and progressive H2 high-pressure direct injection technology. The result is an efficiency level of up to 42 percent, on