ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 26, 2011
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 23, 2011
After the presentation of the A8 Hybrid Concept in 2010, Audi is introducing its frugal four-cylinder limousine, which goes on sale in 2012. Audi had made very few changes to the model such as the smaller (18" instead of 21") but same alloy wheels and conventional looking engine cover.
The car features the same parallel hybrid powertrain that combines a modified 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI gasoline engine delivering 211HP and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, with a disc-shaped electric motor that develops 40 kW (54HP) and 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft). Its short-term system output is rated at 245-horsepower and 480 Nm (345.03 lb-ft) of torque. The A8 Hybrid goes from standstill to 100 km/h (62mph) in 7.7 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph).
Its fuel consumption is under 6.4 liters per 100 km, and CO2 emissions below 148 grams per km. In addition, it can travel on electric power alone at speeds of up to 100km/h (62mph) for a distance of up to three kilometers or 1.86 miles at a constant 60km/h (37 mph).
There are three different modes to drive in which "EV" stands for electric drive, "D" where the system controls both the engine and the electric motor, and the "S" mode for a sportier driving style.
The world's first mid-rear engined convertible with a retractable hard top was officially unveiled ahead of its launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Spider features a single-piece aluminium hardtop just ahead of the engine bay with a tonneau cover and two buttresses. The aluminium structure offers lot of advantages which includes a reduction of 25 kg and a deployment time of just 14 seconds. The new Ferrari 458 Spider will go on sale early next year.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 19, 2011
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 17, 2011
BMW is all set to improve the overall fuel efficiency for the 2012 model. This model will have an introduction of a new 2.0-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Removing these two cylinders will increase the fuel economy, and you can apply those pump savings towards the higher purchase price.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 16, 2011
The auto industry hasn’t escaped from the slowing global economy which affected the stock markets due to the US credit rating downgrade. This month has been the worst since November 2008 for the Euro Stoxx Automobile and Parts Index.
Despite the slowing economy, its the luxury car makers who were able to withstand than the mass brands like Fiat and Renault. German premium auto manufacturers are by far the best bet. BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche are the most stable brands because wealthy buyers still have enough money to spend than middle-class consumers.
Lexus is improving its visual appeal and performance of its CT 200h by adding an F Sport package. It gets a revised body kit with a meshed-out front grille, high-gloss alloy wheels, metal front scuff plates, a perforated leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, aluminum pedals, optional perforated leather seats and a re-tuned suspension.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 12, 2011
Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) will enable tires to remain inflated at the optimum pressure without the need for any external pumps or electronics. All components of the AMT system, including the miniaturized pump, will be fully contained within the tire.
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 11, 2011
Why is this so bad that it is funny?
Well, for one thing, it isn't even remotely "safe". It blocks the drivers view of the vehicles instruments. It encourages fiddling with a touch screen while driving. It may interfere with good hand-to-hand steering. And, perhaps most dangerous of all, it is close to the deployment zone of the driver's airbag.
Can you imagine the damage that thing could do, if you are in an accident with airbag activation? As your body moves forward during the crash, the airbag flap opens violently, flinging a glass and metal smartphone up towards your forehead.
Or in a rear-end accident, your iPhone becomes a projectile, snapping out of its holder and flying towards your face.
This thing is so poorly thought out, I have to believe that they guy posting it is joking. Right?
The case is made of brushed aluminum, and is designed to look like an engine block, with cut0uts reminiscent of cylinder bores and cooling passages. In addition to the aluminum shell, the case comes with two clear protectors, for the back and for the front screen. The aluminum shell has a suede inner lining to cushion the phone.
I found the case to fit the phone snugly, and the screen protectors did their job without ruining the usability or feel of the touch screen. Installation was not too hard, though it does take some practice to attach the clear protective film (using the supplied squeegee) without leaving any dreaded air bubbles. Once I had it together, the case felt sturdy and substantial.
Overall, I found the case attractive and effective. I like the automotive inspired design. I would definitely buy one for myself, or as a gift for a fellow gear-head.
The Gasket case can be purchasd from id America here for $30.
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 3, 2011
In all, survey respondents left 100 pages worth of comments.
"Consumers don't understand what this will cost, and environmental groups don't care," is a typical comment.
"Aerodynamic blobs on the way," another quips.