Tuesday, November 30, 2010

RK Motors tunes 1967 Shelby Supercharged GT500

A better couple than Muscle Cars & America is almost probable. Beside the standard muscles there are also numerous tuners who bring even more passion into the cars. A rather new tuner, RK Motors, decided to generate a package for a Shelby GT500, one from 1967.

In teamwork with Pro Touring Super Cars they have created a supercharged GT500. Starting with a standard 1967 GT500 they’ve built a genuine dream car. RK Motors added a rear cap and incorporated spoiler, C-pillar and quarter panel scoops, nose cone with central mounted lights, 18-inch Coys wheels and a vented Shelby hood. Finishing detail for the looks is an Acapulco Blue paintjob with Shelby stripes.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Unplugged: inductive charging on the road

Inductive charging could one day enable drivers to refuel electric cars while on the shift. Stuart Nathan reports.

Whether your car runs on petrol, LNG, diesel or electricity, using it is a stable cycle of fuel, consume, and refuel. You have to keep your eye on the gauge that tells you how filled your tank is (or, in electric versions, how your battery is doing) and make sure you’re in variety of a petrol station (or charging point) when the indicators edge close to empty. And while most drivers develop a sense for how far they can push the limit and start getting antsy someplace between a quarter and an eighth of a tank, the issue of range nervousness is still seen as a stumbling block in the development of electric cars.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tata-Fiat rolls out 200,000th powertrain

Fiat India Automobiles Ltd(FIAL), a 50-50 joint venture between the Fiat Group Automobiles S. p. A and Tata Motors Limited, has roll out the 200,000th power train engine from its Ranjangaon plant in Pune, which started manufacturing authority trains since July, 2008.

Ranjangaon plant has also produced 110000 car units which comprise both Tata and Fiat branded cars. Tata Motors manufactures its hatchback, Indica, and its recently launched sedan Indigo Manza. Fiat India manufactures two hatches, Palio and Punto and the Linea sedan.

FIAL’s Ranjangaon facility is among major powertrain manufacturing plants of Fiat anywhere in the world. The plant was built to manufacture engines for Tata and Fiat cars as well as for export engines to other Fiat facilities across Europe.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

General Motors Sets Sail in China and Targets Small Cities

GM, one of the major overseas car manufacturers in China, is proud to present its innovations developed specially to cater for the needs of emerging Chinese market — Chevrolet New Sail as well as a new car brand Baojun. By building economic yet dependable cars in cooperation with local manufacturers, GM is determined to gain a enormous presence in small Chinese cities.

Combining Chevrolet’s world-class design, consistency and security with the affordability and economic fuel consumption that are a must for a car to become popular in China, GM plans to win the hearts of Chinese consumersis with the new competitive pricing for Chevrolet fresh Sail. According to GM’s media website, with the base model priced from RMB 56,800 (US$8,400) to RMB 68,800 (US$10,100), it marks a breakthrough in the under-RMB 70,000 (US$10,300) little car segment, where Chinese brands have traditionally been dominant.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New deals on approved used Mercedes

Customers who buy a Mercedes-Benz during the company's approved used service before the latest year will be able to choose from a number of extra deals.

The luxury car manufacturer is offering customers either two years' gratis servicing, an additional year's warranty or a £500 contribution towards their vehicle deposit until New Year's Eve, when the proposal comes to an end.

Cars purchased through Approved Used Mercedes-Benz are already given a 30-day/1,000 mile swap plan, 12 months' unlimited mileage warranty and 12 months' roadside help.

All vehicles sold through the scheme have been put through meticulous security, mechanical, electrical and history checks and every vehicle comes with a certificate confirming that the recorded mileage is genuine.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

US Owners of Mercedes Benz SUV Requested to Return Their Cars

Mercedes-Benz USA has issued a recall for brand latest 2011 E-Class, M-Class, GL-Class, and R-Class models in the U.S. due to leaky fuel filters. supposedly, the O-ring on the fuel filter may not have been properly lubricated, and that can result in fuel spilling out onto roads, causing greasy unsafe conditions for other drivers, according to the U.S. NHTSA security agency. The main danger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is that diesel fuel dripped on roads can make the surface slippery and amplify the chance of crashes.

Since all of the affected vehicles come from the 2011 model year, this recall is not especially big: around 2,300 vehicles to be recalled recalled, whereas Mercedes Benz USA dealers will replace the fuel filters gratis of charge.

Estimates are that this problem potentially affects a few cars in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries too, though it is unknown if any 2011 cars have already been shipped here or not as we have been out of touch with their Middle East office. The fault can also arise in diesel E-Class vehicles built from December 2009 to October 2010.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bloodhound-World’s speediest car on the track

A dream to build world’s speediest car is set to attain its target soon.

The work on project to expand a 1,000mph car will start soon, director Richard Noble said.

The supersonic car is named Bloodhound and construction will start on the rear of the vehicle in January subsequently year and it is expected to be developed in 2012.

This is an effort to build a car with World Land Speed record, Noble said.

The project is aimed at promotion of science and engineering to youthful people and it has been taken as huge educational programmed in British Schools.

The bloodhound will break the highest speed proof of Thrust Supersonic Car (763mph or 1,228km/h) in 1997.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hyundai Azera teased in sketches – debut next year?

The Hyundai Azera (also known as the Hyundai Grandeur) remains one of the very little Hyundais remaining on sale now that still has the old design language instead of the latest fancy fluidic design that we’ve seen on the Sonata, Elantra, and even the humble Accent.

It was sold in Malaysia, but attractive much had no real competitor. In the US, it belongs to the same class of large sedans that’s one size larger than what we know as D-segment sedans (Sonata, Accord, and Camry). These larger sedans called full size sedans comprise the Toyota Avalon, the Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Impala. These class of cars have big V6 (sometimes V8) engines, and Hyundai’s marketing for the Azera in the US has the slogan more horsepower than a BMW 5, more internal than a BMW 7.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Murano CrossCabriolet is no mad-cap fad

THIS is another niche car from Nissan and it is debuting at this week’s Los Angeles Motor demonstrate.

It’s called the Murano Cross-Cabriolet, which, if you feel about it, makes sense starting with the MPV, then the city car, the crossover, the folding hard-top and even the four door coupe – now you have the crossover convertible.

This is based on the four-wheel drive Murano. Nissan is claiming it will offer room for four adults, space for golf bags or luggage and a best leather interior.

And don’t think this is a madcap notion: Nissan insists the car will go on sale next year.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Toyota has one small car and many big plans

Toyota lastly enters the compact car race in India. At stake is much more than the Indian marketplace.

Hot, grimy, full of noxious fumes and infrequently splattered with dog-piss, the road Yoshinori Noritake was staring at in Bangalore seemed forbidding. The chief engineer at present for Toyota’s passenger vehicles division, he tugged uncomfortably at his custom made suit. The Peace Boulevard in Hiroshima seemed a distant dream from one more time. But with the precision characteristic of Toyota, the company he works for, he positioned himself at that great icon of Indian democracy — the traffic signal.

Through the chaos, he could see hideous trucks hold court with quaint auto-rickshaws; government buses enforce the iron hand of the state; faux SUVs air-kiss the real McCoys; taxis in the center of a mutiny and small cars organizing a monocracy; handcarts, pushcarts and cyclists seemed desperate to secede, but nobody gave a damn really.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The new electric sports model from Audi that will sound as futuristic as Will Smith's car in I, Robot

Audi is developing an artificial engine noise for a revolutionary latest electric sports car that will sound just similar to the futuristic vehicle Will Smith drove in blockbuster sci-fi movie I, Robot.

The aspire is to warn pedestrians of the approach of the otherwise-silent vehicle.
Audi’s ‘brum, brum durch technic’ synthetic car-sound strategy comes as campaigners at Guide Dogs for the Blind this week called for all electric cars to be fitted with comparable warning noises to reduce the risk of accidents.

Guide Dogs for the Blind’s access manager, Carol Thomas, said: ‘We recognize the environmental benefits of electric and hybrid vehicles.

However, they are nearly silent and blind and partially sighted people rely on vehicle sound to assist with their mobility and orientation.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

BMW World Singapore major showcase exhibition in festivity of 25th anniversary.

The BMW Group Asia opened BMW World Singapore, its main showcase innovation, design and legacy in Asia. The demonstration is open to the public from November 9 to 14 at Hall B of Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Covering almost 50,000 square feet of display space, BMW World takes inspiration from the iconic BMW Welt in Munich. The five day extended showcase offers a look at BMW’s eminent history as a German engineering icon and comprises the Asian opening of the all new BMW X3, also the much awaited unveiling of BMW M3GTS in Singapore. It also offers a sight into the future with BMW idea cars and a foretaste of the 2011 BMW Lifestyle Collection.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Skoda Fabia RS Limited Edition

You might not know this, but Skoda has been concerned in motorsport for nearly 110 years! Now to celebrate this, and also to mark the fresh victory at International Rally Championship (IRC), Sokda released a fresh limited edition of the Fabia RS inspired by the IRC winning Fabia S2000 rally car.

The car’s limited to 200 units, and skin texture the livery of the championship-winning Fabia S2000 which includes green, a white roof, white alloy wheels and stickers in S2000 colours. The technical specs are not dissimilar than the regular Fabia RS, which means it comes with 1.4 liter four-cylinder engine with double charging developing 132 kW.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Leading the (electric) charge in Houston

Houston, Tex., is generally better known as a capital of Big Oil. But things may be changing. Wendy Siegle reports on the city's efforts to turn into a leader in the electric car race.

Monday, November 8, 2010

In the case of bailing out General Motors, the government did everything right

Not even a week has passed since Election Day, when it seemed American voters obsessed on throwing the bums out because of the belief that the government does the whole thing wrong. Yet I want to tell you that, in the case of General Motors, I think the government has done most everything correct.

As someone who's been involved in the auto industry as an analyst and saver, I looked at GM as the business equivalent of a departed man walking.
It had lousy cars, too much capacity, high union salaries and valuable health care plans. Just a few years ago, it price GM about $2,000 more to build a car than Toyota or Honda.

GM also had thousands of wasteful dealers. The average Toyota dealer sold six times as several cars as the average GM dealer. This made Toyota dealers far more gainful. They could use up money to upgrade their facilities, while GM dealers looked increasingly shopworn.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New car sales fell 22 percent in October

Sales of new cars fell 22 percent in October compared with a year ago when an inducement scheme for trading in older models was helping demand, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.

The SMMT said on Thursday sales over 2010 as a whole were on course to rise by 1.5 percent on very last year. It saw improved confidence and demand during 2011 on the back of slow but steady economic enlargement.

There was a important fall in October's new car registrations, reflecting the impact of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme at this time last year and some worsening in consumer confidence, chief executive Paul Everitt said.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sneak peek at McLaren's most lust-worthy car

McLaren announced production plans for its MP4-12C supercar former this year, and most recently brought the car to California so we could get a look.

Along with the car, which a McLaren representative said was 98-percent production ready; McLaren also put an open chassis on display to demonstrate off the MP4-12C's construction. The cockpit is housed in a thick carbon fiber tub, with aluminum deferral pieces bolted on front and rear. As these pieces make up the structural elements of the car, the body panels work for aerodynamics, not inflexibility.