The 2012 Audi TT RS has been launched in the United States. Don Istook was the one who purchased the very first American-spec TT RS. He is an Audi Enthusiast and have raced Quattro coupes in the 1980s and S4 and TT models recently. The 2012 Audi TT RS starts from $56,580 and it marks the return of the automaker's RS performance line to Yankeeland.
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 28, 2011
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 27, 2011
1) 60MPG will increase jobs and profitability of the Big 3. Apparently, Citibank looked into a crystal ball and decided that the Big 3 market share and margins would increase with higher fuel economy vehicles. But the Big 3 rely on large vehicles, even today, for a lot of their profits. And jobs? That depends. If free trade with China continues, I see batteries and other components coming from China, which is a powerhouse in rare earth mining and raw materials processing. Look at it this way--in the rise of Li-Ion batteries for tools and laptop computers, where are all the parts coming from? China and Korea.2) 60MPG will not cost much, and will pay for itself. True, at $4/gal, a 60MPG car will pay back a sizeable premium in 3-4 years. However, the cost estimates of some the technology are pie-in-the-sky. What happens to li-ion battery costs if we start making millions of relatively huge car batteries? Are the greens ready to strip-mine China for lithium? What about the supply of rare earth metals for the powerful magnets needed by the motor/generators?3) Americans want 60MPG cars. Sure they do--but they don't want to pay much for them. As many surveys have shown, when you attach costs to highly efficient cars, interest drops off rapidly. Today, there are numerous highly efficient small and medium cars available. However, trucks and SUVs are still hot sellers. What Americans really want is free efficiency. They want large cars and cheap gas. They want fat free french fries.4) 60MPG is within easy reach, with off the shelf tech. Sure, for small and mid-sized cars. Give me a B/C platform and let me add a couple of thousand dollars in engine upgrades, more transmission gears, aluminum and high strength steel components. You'll have a 60MPG small car that costs $25,000. Great. Now, how do you do it for a mid-sized SUV or minivan? Or the Texas workhorse, the 1-ton pickup? Not so easy.
So what is the answer?A) Reducing vehicle weight will reduce overall safety, or add cost due to expensive countermeasures like additional airbags. It's physics. In a two car crash, the heavier car does better. Until all the old heavy vehicles are off of the road, about 10 years after the lightweight ones are introduced, the new vehicles will be at a disadvantage.B) High CAFE standards will increase up-front costs, and reduce sales. Suppose CAFE adds $4,000 in today's money to a typical family vehicle. Some people will respond by buying used, some will buy smaller or cheaper, and some will defer their purchase. Yes, you will save money down the road. But you have to pay the down payment and the taxes now. I agree with the AAM that sales volumes will be decreased. Fewer new car sales means fewer jobs in sales and manufacturing. However, there may be a renaissance in the old car repair industry, as people keep their old beaters longer.C) High CAFE standards will reduce consumer choice. How do you make a pickup truck which can pull a 10,000lb trailer, or haul 2,000lbs of bricks in its bed, which gets close to 60MPG? I don't think it is possible. Batteries are heavy and reduce payload. Beefy suspensions and large engines all work against efficiency. Even with efficiency improvements, in order to be able to sell pickup trucks, the automakers will have to get people to buy smaller cars to offset them. That's how CAFE works. The only way to do this is through price manipulation--either lose money on small cars, or jack up margins in large trucks. Since method one nearly killed the Big 3 once already, I suspect the answer is going to be method two. People who want muscle cars or pickup trucks will have to pay a lot more for them or do without. Instead, there will be strong pressure on consumers to pick small cars and range limited EVs. Products like high-performance sports cars may be very different under a 60MPG regime--slower, more expensive.
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ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 26, 2011
ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 24, 2011
One of their misions was propoganda. The would drive around in a truck with a huge amplifier to broadcast German language de-motivation. This was dangerous work, as the Germans would often shoot towards the sound, and they eventually learned to run wires to the speaker some distance away, to draw the fire from the truck.
My favorite part of the exhibit... they should have had more guns. They should have had a Colt 1911 and a Garand, at least.
As a pure design project, it is pretty neat. As a vehicle, it is of course unworkable. Rear stearing has inherent stability problems at high speed. Driver visibility in this vehicle doesn't look to be good. There doesn't appear to be any suspension travel. And, probably the most severe issue, the aerodynamics of this shape are probably unworkable.
Would anyone want to drive around in something that looks like a phone booth designed by Lockheed Martin stealth engineers having a bad day?
Green Vehicles of Salinas CA has closed its doors. They were trying to develop an electric 3-wheeler, the Triac, but after burning through nearly $700,000 in state and local taxpayer funds.
The Triac was supposed to be another one of those rule-dodging vehicles which was considered by regulators to be a motorcycle and not a passenger car, because of its 3 wheel design.
According to the article here, the president of Green Vehicles notified the city of his company's failure via email. Nice.
So whey did the fail? The same reason that Aptera failed, and the same reason that most of the electric start-ups are going to fail. Building a safe, comfortable, reliable, affordable vehicle is not easy, and people are not as willing to experiment with such an expensive purchase as you might think.
When the dust settles, in a few years, I am convinced that the electric vehicles which are successful in the marketplace will come from the established automotive companies, with perhaps a niche player like Fisker or Tesla hanging on.
Despite the arrogant "we can do better" attitude of the start-ups, they are learning that the "old dinosaurs" do know a thing or two about product development and marketing.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 22, 2011
In the early 1960s, Lamborghini was making tractors but the old Ferruccio was bent on showing up Enzo Ferrari with a sportscar of his own. A number of design houses like Pininfarina, Ghia, Vignale and Michelotti vied for the contract and submitted proposals. Among these Carrozzeria Touring won out with the 350 GT, based on the work of former Bertone stylist Franco Scaglione.
After fifty years, the original design submitted by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro has been released. Giugiaro's son Fabrizio digitized his father's sketches, milled them into a model, painted it yellow, detailed the body and put it on a set of period-correct Borrani wires.
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 20, 2011
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 19, 2011
ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 18, 2011
BMW has revealed the Bmw M3 DTM Concept Car that marks the automaker's return to DTM racing. It provides an excellent look at what race fans can expect. This BMW's finished product will almost look same as the car you see here. This car is powered by a 480-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox.
The Toyota RAV4 EV will make its comeback after first being sold 15 years ago. The vehicle won't be made available to consumers, Yoza said, instead they are focusing on "very strategic applications" such as fleets and car sharing programs. Despite being a BEV that could benefit from fast charging, the RAV4 EV will not include a CHAdeMO charging port. Yoza said Toyota will not offer fast charging on any vehicles until the SAE determines a standard.
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 13, 2011
Wrapping it with proper packing materials can ease the moving of computers. Only the proficient Chicago mover can provide the appropriate order boxes and pack your computer well. So always look for the movers in Chicago who are specialized in movement of computer systems and office equipment. Not only in computer moving, even in auto transport, look for the movers who are proficient in doing it.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 12, 2011
The 2012 marks the end of the $10,000 car here in United States but Nissan is committed to offer a bargain price. The 2012 Nissan Versa has been priced at $10,990 and this new model comes with both air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo.
Of course, there are various other Versa models available, like the 1.6 S CVT at $12,760, the 1.6 SV CVT at $14,560 and the 1.8 SL CVT at $15,560. Nissan also offers optional equipments including Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, a touch-screen navigation system and USB input for iPod/MP3 devices.
The Transporter film series is taking its diversion from the silver-screen to the TV series. This new Cinemax stars a man Jason Statham who is not good at transporting. Chris Vance's preferred car is expected to be the redesigned Audi A8. With its 372-horsepower, 4.2-liter V8 paired with Quattro all-wheel-drive, excellent seats and a 1,400-watt B&O sound system, driver and passengers would be moving quickly and comfortably.
ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 11, 2011
ಶನಿವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 9, 2011
The new Bentley Continental GTC is to be launched one year after the coupe was launched at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The expectations are high and we can expect the same fresh bodywork as its fixed-roof counterpart, its refresh interior, its revised flex-fuel 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 and six-speed automatic transmission with a folding fabric roof.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 8, 2011
Future U.S. government fuel economy regulations could saddle auto makers with steep fines or even bar the sale of certain models. Violations of proposed government standards could cost auto makers up to $25,000 a vehicle beginning in 2016, up from current levels of $5 to hundreds of dollars per vehicle.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 5, 2011
From the British GP in this weekend, the Caterham logo will be appearing on the sidepods of both Team Lotus F1 cars. Earlier this year, Caterham also launched its first new model, the sports prototype racing car SP/300.R.
They wrap the legs properly and they do no drag as it is since they know all the damages that could happen by moving it carelessly. So they move with utmost care and do this work as a team. You could wonder what the auto transport does here. With proper auto transport service, your piano could not move reach your new destination. Either you can hire an auto transport company for this or even the local movers can do this by their own trucks. Hire them and play your favorite music in your piano in the new destination.
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AutoWeek.nl has reported that Aston will build 150 examples of the V12 Zagato, each at a price of £330,000 which is twice the price of the DBS, and two and a half times expensive as the V12 Vantage.
This comes to about $500,000 by direct conversion or relative price from Aston's U.S. line-up. Aston is open for debate whether the Zagato is worth among the top-of-the-line production from Aston, but we have no doubt that they will have little trouble selling it.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಜುಲೈ 1, 2011
personal computing was going to be the tablet. Apple's iPad wasn't
even that great of a computer when it first went on sale. They are
great for consuming media (as long as it isn't Flash) but not great
for any sort of intense productive or creative work.
What amazes me is that the very smart people at companies like HP,
Dell, Motorola, and Microsoft were apparently unready to compete.
Only now are credible iPad alternatives appearing, like the Galaxy and
Xoom, but even these are closer to oversized smart phones than general
Where is Microsoft? Why isn't there a useable Windows edition
optimized for fingertips and not mice?
Now here comes HP, with another tablet OS, based on its (dying) Palm
I think people will settle on two or three systems at most. One may
be Windows, I think, when Microsoft is finally ready. The other will
be Android which has a huge head start over WebOS and RIM's QNX. And
Apples iOS of course is too big to go away.
Me, I about to pull the trigger on an Eee Pad Transformer or maybe an
Iconia, if I can find a nice deal. I want Flash support and a
credible app store.