ಶನಿವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 21, 2012
- Keeps hot stuff hot a long time
- Seals tightly
- Tea bag hook
- Disassembles for easy cleaning
- Not cheap
- Made in China
- Some users report paint flaking off with use (but I would not care myself)
Comparing with the current 4.1 meter long model Dzire the new one is 3.95 meters, qualifying it for a lower federal excise tax.
Normally the government imposes a 10% tax on cars measuring up to 4 meters in length. These cars has a diesel engine of only up to 1.5 liters or a gasoline engine of up to 1.2-liters.
The managing executive officer Mayank Pareek told that the gasoline version of the new Dzire model will cost 479,000 rupees ($9,677)-619,000 rupees at New Delhi dealerships and the diesel model will cost 580,000 rupees-709,000 rupees. But Mr. Pareek told that the latest model will cost 25,000 rupees-30,000 rupees less than the existing model and he told Maruti will continue to market the existing model of the Swift Dzire but mainly target it at taxi operators.
The new Swift Dzire model is based on the Swift hatchback platform. Maruti has invested 2.2 billion rupees to manufacture the new car in addition to the 5.5 billion rupees invested in the new Swift platform.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 20, 2012
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 17, 2012
ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 15, 2012
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 5, 2012
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 4, 2012
I like the exterior design, it is a big improvement over the current, ancient Impala.
The interior is also a big upgrade, but to me seems a bit busy.
GM says that it will come with a choice of 2.5L I4, 2.4L eAssist (mild hybrid), and 3.6L V6 powertrains. It should get pretty good fuel economy, but with the I4 engines pushing about 200HP, it is not going to feel very quick unless the weight is substantially reduced over the current model. Looking at the photos, I'd be surprised if it is less than 3750#.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 3, 2012
I think these need a rebuttal.
Myth 1: "The technology isn't ready."
Ford: "Ford has been putting reliable, efficient hybrid electric vehicles on the road for over 10 years."
Rebuttal: Sneaky Ford is combining hybrid electric vehicles into the same bin as battery electric vehicles. Truth is, Ford is about to release its first modern mass market BEV. The electric Ranger of the late 1990's was a low volume fleet product. And high profile technical issues in the new crop of EVs show that, in fact, the technology is still in flux.
Myth 2: "Electric vehicles are too expensive."
Ford: "Ford has yet to determine pricing on its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and all-electric vehicles. Though the initial price of these vehicles may be higher than a conventional gas-powered vehicle, keep in mind that the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is being designed to deliver maximum fuel efficiency. So you may be able to save money on fuel costs. Tax credits may also be available. Check with your appropriate local, state and federal agencies for more information."
Rebuttal: Ford has yet to determine? They already announced an MSRP of $40,000 for the Focus BEV, and current HEVs, I don't expect the final prices to go down by much--batteries are still expensive. Truth is, BEVs are prohibitive for most people to buy, until battery costs are reduced dramatically. HEVs do have a faster payoff, yet even with $4/gal gas, they are not exactly flying off of the dealer lots.
Myth 3: "I'm afraid I'm going to get stranded when the battery runs out."
Ford: "A Ford hybrid electric vehicle has a gasoline engine, so you're in no more danger of getting stuck than you would be if you were driving a traditional gasoline engine- powered vehicle. The battery of the hybrid electric is also continuously charged while you drive. As for the all-electric vehicle now in development, Ford is working with the public and private sectors to help create the infrastructure that will enable you to recharge your all-electric vehicle in a variety of locations other than your home."
Rebuttal: Ford again combines HEV and BEV into the same answer. If you have a Focus BEV, chances are you will only get about 75 miles (according to EPA) on average. That's a mere one hour of driving at Michigan speeds. Anyone driving a BEV must be careful about range, because recharging takes at least 4 hours for a full charge.
Myth 4: "My commute is too long for an electric vehicle."
Ford: "Because a hybrid electric vehicle has a gas engine as well as an electric motor, no commute is too long for a hybrid. The Ford all-electric vehicle, currently in development, is targeted to go up to 100 miles on a single charge."
Rebuttal: The average daily commute is about 40 miles, so a 75 mile average range should cover it. But if you are driving in the winter, and using the heater, you probably won't have much range left for the grocery run after work, or the detour to pick up the dry cleaning.
Myth 5: "They don't make electric vehicles in the style I want."
Ford: "Ford offers hybrid electric vehicles in the responsive, fun-to-drive Fusion as well as the Escape small SUV. Other Ford vehicles are currently in development."
Rebuttal: Escape HEV is about to be killed. Transit BEV is in limbo along with Azure's future. Which leaves two styles of vehicle--compact hatch and mid-size car.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 30, 2012
- Honda Civic Hybrid
- Volvo C30
- Nissan Leaf
- Acura TSX Wagon
- Ford Fiesta Sedan
Here are the top 5 vehicles most popular with Republicans:
- Ford Mustang Convertible
- Audi A8
- Mercedes GL
- Ford Expedition
- Ford F150
Now, there is a very interesting trend here. Only one of the Democrat picks is built by an American automaker, and NONE of them are built in UAW plants (the Fiesta is built in Mexico).
On the Republican side, 3/5 are Fords, and all 3 are built by UAW run plants in MIchigan-Flat Rock MI, Rouge MI, and Wayne MI.
I think some re-evaluation of stereotypes may be in order here. Democrats will fight tooth and nail to increase union power--but don't necessarily buy the products they produce.
That's because Azure wasn't selling many electric vehicles, not enough to support operations.
I am somewhat disappointing, because Azure is a relatively mature player, and wasn't going after exotic 3-wheel cars or anything fancy, they are in what should be a solid business: retrofitting existing designs with electric powertrains.
The problem remains, that the EV conversions are so expensive (batteries!) that few businesses can afford to buy them in lean times, even though they do save a lot of money in the long run, in fuel savings.
I hope Azure survives, but the future for small EV players looks dim.
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 29, 2012
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 28, 2012
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ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 26, 2012
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 22, 2012
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 21, 2012
In the pre-launch frame, there is a large black dot on the left wing, but no matching dot on the right.
In the post-launch frame, there are large dots on both wings.
That's because the post-launch stuff is CGI.
So why the fakery? Is Smeets just fooling around, or is this project one of those elaborate marketing devices?
However, this cart from the American Petroleum Institute tells an interesting detail.
Production is up on private lands. On Federally controlled lands, production is in fact down. And much of that is due to Obama's policies and regulations.
Production may be up, but it isn't as large as it could be.
ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 19, 2012
But the Fisker is languishing in our lot, going out mostly for short commutes that remain well within cell-phone coverage in case of trouble--a concern in the rural area surrounding our track. Just this weekend, for example, the speedometer and energy meter display disappeared when driving, on top of having several other rogue warning indicators appear last week. It is expected we'll be revisiting the dealership soon. We've had cars in the past that have been troublesome, but never anything like this.
ಶನಿವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 17, 2012
Volkswagen will start with a limited roll out targeting specific markets before making the electric Golf available nationwide. The electric Golf also will go on sale in Europe around the same time. It's a fundamental part of our power train strategy, but sometimes it's good to be a little steadier in terms to the approach to the market. They also plan a plug-in version of its Audi A3 for 2014.
By 2018, Volkswagen envisions that about 3 percent of its vehicles sold worldwide will be hybrids and all-electric vehicles.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 16, 2012
His latest tactic? Accusing people who oppose his energy policy as being "flat earthers".
Um, no. Truth is Mr. President, we who are critical of your misadventures in energy policy, we adhere to this ancient, dogmatic system called "the laws of economics". You can have windmills, and Solyndra powered solar power plants, and magical Unicorn tear powered hydro plants. For a price, paid by us, the taxpayers..
Your plans may damage the economy further, kneecap industry with regulations and taxes, and take away consumer choice.
GM correctly argues that adding fees on EVs will discourage people from buying them. However, lost gas tax revenues are looming problem. As gas cars become more efficient, and some people switch to hybrids and pure EVs, revenue from gasoline sales will drop significantly. Federal and state gas taxes are generally used to maintain the roads.
So there needs to be a "technology neutral" way to fund road repair. I think a sensible solution would be to drop gasoline taxes entirely, and fund roads through some sort of usage fee that all cars would pay. There are many ways to do this:
- Mileage based fees, which can be collected annually at registration renewal.
- Higher registration fees.
- Digital toll roads using license plate reading cameras or RFID
- Extra sales taxes on new car sales
- Taxes on electricity used to charge EVs (smart metering)
Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. The nice thing about gasoline taxes is that the fees are collected gradually. A camera based toll system could work this way, charging your credit card every month for approximate miles driven, however the required infrastructure and privacy issues would be significant.
Putting the motoring tax on tires is an interesting concept--all cars and trucks, no matter what the powertrain technology, consume tires. The problem is, tires last a long time, so the tire tax would have to be very high to recapture lost revenue from gasoline. Can you imagine payint $1000 extra for a set of tires?
Annual mileage based fees would be equitable, but if you imagine having to pay a year's worth of gasoline taxes at once, you are talking about a hefty bill, on the order of $500-700/year for a typical motorist. Still, if I had to pick my favorite taxation method I think annual miles driven would be my choice.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 13, 2012
The cushioned bonnet and airbag helps to reduce the harshness of pedestrian injuries. Actually this airbag appears to be an iteration of an R&D project developed at Cranfield University in 2009.
The car also has a traffic lane keeping aid, which assists drivers to stay on course. According to Volvo's study, about 30 percent of all accidents are caused by turning off the road due to driver sleepiness or diversion. The front camera monitors the left and right lane markings and then the lane keeping assist applies extra navigation torque to the steering wheel when the car gets close to a lane marking and is about to leave the lane at speeds above 65 km/hour.
The car also has walker detection sensor to assess if a walker steps out into the road in front face of a car. If the driver doesn't respond in time, the car warns and it automatically activates the brake. The radar finds whether anything is in front of the car and the camera finds whether it is a person or not.This system is programmed to trace a pedestrian's movement and it calculates whether they are possible to step into the road in front of the car. If a pedestrian crosses the car's path, an alarm will on and a light will begin to flash. If the driver doesn't respond that, full braking control is applied automatically.
The car also has another one special tool called "cross traffic alert" to warn the driver, if any vehicles approaching from the side when reversing out of a parking space and it displays road signs such as the speed limit in-car display.
ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 11, 2012
I have always wanted to get some of my guns ported, so I finally took the plunge and dropped off my Beretta M9 9mm, and my Remington 870 12ga shotgun at Mag-na-port.
A week later, they were finished. The cost was about $250 for both guns, and Mag-na-port gave me a 15% coupon to use for my next service.
The ports were cut cleaning through both barrels, leaving crisp edges and no burrs or other leftovers that I could see.
Today I took the guns to an indoor shooting range that I like (Target Sports on Woodward) to test drive the ports.
The Beretta M9 was never a very hard recoiling gun to begin with, but I do think the porting helped reduce muzzle rise. It was quite pleasant to shoot. I did notice the bright orange gas streams venting upwards to either side of the barrel, but they were gone so quickly that they were not obtrusive. I need to go back and shoot some +P ammo, as I only had Winchester white box for this trip.
The 870 was still a 12 ga shoulder bruiser, but I also felt that the muzzle rise was reduced. Additional flash from the vents was not very apparent to me.
For both guns, I could not tell that they were any louder.
* I did not receive any compensation from Mag-na-port for this review, I am just a customer.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 9, 2012
The problem with EREVs, of course, is that they are very complex, requiring both electric and combustion systems, with their separate controls and sensor networks. As Fisker and GM are finding out, this is not easy to pull off cleanly.
In one of his answers, Fisker states that he sees a market for range extender engines which are non-brand, because they are no longer the core of the automobile.
This is a very interesting prediction, and I think it could be good for companies such as GM, who have expertise in producing small engines that meet stringent emissions requirements and have good reliability. OEMs could soak up their extra manufacturing capacity by making "white box" engines to sell as range extenders, which they would probably have to sell complete with engine controller and software calibration. They would, however, be enabling the competition.
When do you predict electric cars and plug-in hybrids will become more affordable?
Over the coming years, I could see several opportunities where gasoline engines are produced by certain carmakers in very high volume and provided to various carmakers who make electric cars with range extenders, because the gasoline engine only functions as a range extender, so you can take cost out of that gasoline engine in the future. And you can also produce in very high volumes for various carmakers since [wouldn't any longer be] the heart of the automobile.
On the other hand, what established automakers are already good at is making small engines. What is elusive is cost effective development of the electric side of things, such as regenerative braking, battery management, etc. So perhaps a better idea for the likes of Fisker and Tesla, if they are to survive, is to sell their electric propulsion expertise to laggards in the hybrid-electric space, such as Chrysler and BMW.
The other day, I noticed a nasty bulge in the sidewall of the right rear tire on my car. Bulges are something you want to be careful with, because it means that the layers of rubber that form the critical sidewall of your tire are delaminating, or weakened in some other way. There is a risk that the bulge will rupture and you will find yourself with a shredded tire at highway speed.
The new tire dealers want about $200 for my tires. My other 3 tires are in good shape but are worn to about 50%, it seems silly to put a new tire with 3 older ones. So I started looking for a used tire.
Some people balk at used tires, but in my opinion, they are like any other car part. If you buy one used, and inspect it carefully, you are going to save money and most likely have a perfectly useable tire.
I did some calling around, but couldn't find anyone with my exact tire in stock. I wanted to match the exact make of tire, so that my tread pattern, grip, noise, and other characteristics would match. On a lark, I stopped in at Detroit Tire & Wheel Co., a wheel and tire shop in Old Redford, on the corner of Grand River and Lahser (22116 Grand River, 313 794 0888)
They guys working here found an exact match to my tire, with about 50% tread life remaining in their collection, mounted and balanced it, and had me out in about 15 minutes. The cost was a reasonable $50 -- $35 for the tire and $15 for mounting and balancing.
If you need a used tire, these guys are a good choice.
*I was not compensated in any way for this review, I'm just a happy customer.
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 8, 2012
An electric city car seems a little curious but as it turns out, the project was made in alliance with the Department of Energy and Environment UTBM in an effort to show what a future electric urban runner could look like.
But, if Sync crashes and reboots on you, the car is driveable.
There are growing reports on internet forums that Fisker's Karma suffers from software bugs that make the car unsafe. For example, this report on FiskerBuzz.com:
complete blackout while drivingAnd, of course, the now famous Consumer Reports' own Karma bricking.
situation driving at 7pm pst this evening and for the second time in two weeks at 70 miles per hour the "idiot lights" behind the steering wheel all light up the car goes dark including the headlights and then the dash disappears and after a few seconds it rebuilds itself. This is very dangerous and random. Has anyone else experienced this and if so what have you done about it. This condition is a safety issue and an accident/lawsuit waiting to happen.
Why would Fisker ship a vehicle that was suffering from severe software issues? My guess is the need the money badly, and expect the owners to understand that beautiful cutting edge cars need some growing time.
The problem for Fisker is that there are lot of ways to spend $100,000, and get world class transportation. For example, one could buy one of the industry's most reliable hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius or Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and have money left over for a killer sports car.
Carbon Motors' business plan was always bizarre to me. They admitted, up front, that each vehicle would cost around $60,000, and would have negligible resale value because they were intended for government use only. The idea was that police departments would save money on fuel by running a diesel engine, an therefore recoup the cost of the car, while gaining lots of great law enforcement features.
But developing a whole new platform is expensive, and requires a ton of physical testing, after many thousands of hours of CAE simulations. When an automaker develops a new platform, development costs can run into the half-billion dollar range, and more, from design to manufacturing.
And while the program would have generated many U.S. jobs, I think it was probably difficult for the Obama administration to approve a project that sources high-value components from BMW in Germany.
Carbon Motors should have started with a more modest goal, perhaps: retrofitting a proven platform, like the Dodge Charger, with a high efficiency diesel powertrain and whatever custom police tech they wanted to sell. They would have avoided most of the engineering, while reaping most of the benefits.
Does the U.S. police market need another interceptor, when Chrysler, Ford, and GM all have proven offerings in this space? Why would police fleets pick up an unknown and unproven design, with a foreign sourced powertrain requiring BMW tools to repair?
Carbon Motors now has to raise money the old way: convincing private investors that they have a viable product. I wish them luck, they will need it.
ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 5, 2012
An American company Terrafugia introduces the transition flying car at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). This transition is unique vehicle. The company told that it is the time to introduce this car to the public after the years of testing and engineering breakthroughs.At the time of the press preview portion of NYIAS, Terrafugia will present its newest invention Transition production prototype, and details of the company’s upcoming plans.
Terrafugia was originated by 5 pilots. They were the graduates of the well-known Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the US. Terrafugia, the name came from Latin word, which means “escape from land”. In 2009, they successfully did the first flight car with two-seats. When flying the car, it automatically unfolds the wings and take it up. In driving mode, it is 2 m high, 2.3 m wide and 6m long. It flies at the speed of 172 km/h with fuel 18.9 liter/hour. It uses only normal unleaded petrol rather than aviation fuel. It’s empty weight is 440 kg.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 2, 2012
If this holds up, Fusion Hybrid beats all other hybrid sedans in production, and even beats the Prius V (44 city).
We'll have to wait for the MSRP to be announced to decide if the Fusion Hybrid is a good deal, or not. My personal opinion is that a hybrid needs a 5 year payoff to be attractive.
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 1, 2012
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 29, 2012
ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 27, 2012
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 24, 2012
The new Ram being advertised looks like a luxuried-up version, similar to the Ford F150 Platinum, with a nice interior and tasteful bling. Fine.
What confuses me about the new Ram ad on Youtube, "The Dark Side of Ram", is that it has a sort of Euro supermodel / James Bond feel to it.
But isn't Ram a domestic, "all American" sort of blue collar brand? I don't get the marketing here.
I wonder what DeLorenzo has to say?
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 22, 2012
In racing car series VOLVO is not the new name, it dominates the European racing cars. Now Volvo and Polestar combines to dominate the Swedish racing car championship. Volvo has other plans to change over to the TTA Racing Elite League. Rather than this Volvo and Polestar fielded in STCC and WTCC , the TTA exposed based on S60 sedan. It has 420 horse power and V6 driving and rear wheels through a 6 speed sequential gear box and it is boosted KERS regenerative braking system.
But the New S60 TTA is shaded by baby blue and has 450 horse power all wheel drive C30 prototype.
Motorsport show should be cool, exciting and fair. Volvo will fight with our competitors for selling best models. They are actually going forward to TTA -Racing Elite League 2012.
Feature of New Volvo S60 TTA
Length : 470 mm
Height : 1205 mm
Width : 1970 mm
Wheelbase : 2750 mm
Suspension : Double wishbone, three-way dampers
Track width : 1660 mm front/1630 mm rear
Body : Carbon fibre
Engine : V6 with hybrid system
Power : 420 BHP
Gearbox : 6-speed sequential paddles on steering wheel
Hybrid system : Kinetic Energy Recovery System
Brakes: Front : 4-piston calipers, 370 mm ventilated discs
Rear wing : 1600 mm width/300 mm depth
Rear : 4-piston calipers, 360 mm ventilated discs
Rims : 18″ with centre wheel nut
Front : 260/660-18
Back : 280/660-18
"You can't put a gun rack in a Volt," Gingrich said in a line that drew cheers at a speech in Georgia this weekend, and is now appearing in his stump speech. "We believe in the right to bear arms and we like to bear the arms in our trucks."
Seriously, Newt, stop the pandering. You're a wealthy former history professor and politician, not the kind of guy who drives a truck with a gun rack. When was the last time you went game hunting?
No one puts a gun rack in a sedan. And if you want to safely carry a pistol, there's plenty of room in a Volt or any other car for one of these locking pistol vaults.
Stop promising moon bases. You're done. Go back home and spend some time with wife #3.
ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 19, 2012
They had launched new version of S60, S80 sedans and XC60 sports utility vehicle, it all driven by a 2-litre diesel engine. It costs below Rs. 6 lakh cheaper than the 2.4 liter diesel engine. They said that the price was decreased due to raising the sales to 20,000 vehicles a year by 2020.
Tomas Ernberg managing director of Volvo Auto India told that he was faced a lot of question regarding the pricing compared with other luxury brands. They told that the decreasing price will also help to find more dealerships.
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 17, 2012
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 16, 2012
Tesla and Daimler is the best combination, because they are not strangers in car markets. Tesla is a Silicon Valley based company that manufactures and sells electric cars. Tesla is the first company that produces the first fully electric sports car.
Tesla also selling an electric powertrain component that includes lithium-ion battery to other manufactures like Daimler and Toyota.Daimler is manufacturing small electric vehicle. Mercedes-Benz already got the impression at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor show by releasing their B-Class E-Cell Plus. It’s lithium-ion battery was made by the joint venture of Daimler and Evonik. It was considered as curious car.
ಬುಧವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 15, 2012
At one point, when Elon Musk argues that electric vehicles produce less CO2 than gasoline vehicles, even when power is generated from fossil fuels, he puts up a map of west Virginia (heavly coal user), which he calls "worst case situation', with comic pauses. The audience laughs. Then comes a map of Vermont, which generates its power from hydroelectric, nuclear, and other cleaner alternatives. Applause.
If I was Elon Musk, I would be a little more humble. The people of West Virginia help to subsidize a $500 million loan to Tesla, to build a plant in Calfornia.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 14, 2012
ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 13, 2012
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ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 12, 2012
But the Dash, well, dashed all hopes of even that.
The Dash, even after a firmware update, was unable to connect to Gmail using the Gmail checker app. It was unable, despite numerous attempts at registration through the Facebook device screen, to connect to my Facebook account.
OK, I thought, so I can't have email or Facebook, at least I can have news and weather, and internet radio.
But there are many other annoyances. Any interaction with the thing takes forever. It doesn't have a light sensor, so to make it to go night mode you have to either program a timer action, or manually hit the night mode button.
Then the dealbreaker. Sony didn't think to have the device save its settings in non-volatile memory. As a result, if you have a power glitch or brownout, the Dash wakes up and then sits there stupidly asking you to choose your wireless network, rather than automatically reconnect.
Which means that on some days, you may wake up late in the morning, wondering why your alarm never went off, to find your high-tech clock radio sitting there with a boot screen.
So it isn't really useful as a social networking device, it isn't really reliable as a clock radio.
Back to Walmart it goes.
Now, the Archos 35 Home looks promising...
ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 10, 2012
There are good reasons why mainstream auto makers stick with traditional swinging or sliding doors for their designs.
Upward opening doors are:
- Harder to seal reliably (more gasket area, different closing forces)
- Harder for passengers to open and close manually
- Slow to open and close if they are electric, or in an emergency
- If the vehicle rolls over, the doors are difficult to open
- More work in terms of crash engineering
And, this design would preven a customer from mounting a roof rack for skis or bicycles.
Tesla could have simply designed a nice set of sliding doors, but it is clear they want to be different. I think the electric powertrain and Silicon Valley pedigree of the vehicle makes it different enough.
They also have a significant risk in terms of market demand for this type of vehicle--neither the BMW X6 nor the Honda Crosstour are selling very well.
ಗುರುವಾರ, ಫೆಬ್ರವರಿ 9, 2012
This Mini Xylo will be priced below the existing Xylo Version and it will take on premium hatchbacks with the advantage of better ground clearance and more space. It has the feature of five-seat SUV/MUV as Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport.
The Indian Manufacturer has planned to export the new Xylo facelift version to RHD (right hand drive) markets like South Africa and Latin America. They also aspire to spread their cars to LHD (Left hand drive) markets also like Europe.