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The most electric day ever: Audi e-tron sales to start 2012

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, 1 Comment

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Thomas Edison, Alessandro Volta, Nikola Tesla and Benjamin Franklin. All pioneers in the field of electricity and all of them would’ve been very proud of today’s happenings on the Automotive front.

As you may or may not know the LA Auto show is on at the moment and the main theme is electricity and hybrids. It seems as if every car maker used the show to announce their very own zero emissions aspirations.

First up is the Audi e-tron. While we have all seen the red version a couple of months ago, Audi brought along a butt-ugly orange version for the LA show. What we didn’t know till now was that Audi is planning to sell the e-tron from 2012.

Some of the stats are truly unbelievable like the torque number of 4500 nm of torque! Acceleration is awesome too with 100km/h coming up in4.8s and 60km/h-120km/h takes only 4.1s!

REITER Lamborghini LP670 R-SV Revealed stakes its claim for the GT World Championship

Published by on Jul 28th, 2009, No Comments

This might be one of the cars at the GT World Championship provided the race devil makes the cut that where FIA chooses only 6 monikers. The REITER Lamborghini LP670 R-SV is based on the Lamborghini’s Murcielago Street-legal LP 670-4 SuperVeloce and was unveiled on the occasion of the 24 hours of Spa, the third such car to let go the veil here. The REITER Lamborghini betters it predecessor Murcielago R-GT with the carbon-fiber usage on the exterior and vastly improved aerodynamics.

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Under the hood is a ‘stronger’ 6.5 V12 beast producing 670 PS / 493 kW and the restrictor isn’t there, which helps the RS-V register 660 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The Engine Control is regulated by the FIA-ECU from Magneti Marelli. The measurements of this car at 4800 mm length and is 2058 mm width with an overall weight of 1,150kg (plus Ballast) helps it meet the FIA 2010 regulations.

Ugliest Mustang in the World?

Published by on Nov 6th, 2008, 9 Comments

We usually don’t write about ugly cars on CarBlog but that thing honestly deserves an article. Presented during SEMA 2008, this is probably the ugliest Mustang you’ll ever get to see, unless they come up with a worse version, next year. Dubbed the “Hardcore Knight” Mustang, it was designed by the guys at Rich Evans Designs who wants to produce 100 limited editions of that … thing. Though I wish him the best of luck, I don’t think during the biggest financial crisis, people will pay big bucks for an ugly car. Do you? – via AutoBlog

VW Super CC Eco Performance Concept

Published by on Nov 6th, 2008, 1 Comment

This year’s SEMA is full of interesting stuff, and VW Passat fan should know it. I’m talking about the new Super CC Eco Performance concept, that is based on Passat CC FSI but adds more to the game. That includes custom bumpers for both front and rear, side panels, a new sportier rear spoiler and an amazing grey pearl paint to contrast with those black chrome details. Under the hood, like I said, there’s a 2.0-litre FSI engine that “lives” within the Passat CC, which sports from 222hp to 311hp, depending on the Eco (up to 33mpg), GT or the Performance mode you choose.

Sounds incredible. It’s a mix of power, fuel efficiency and great looks, that will probably get into your heart. – via WCF

Hyundai SanteFe Blue Hybrid

Published by on Oct 7th, 2008, 3 Comments

Honestly, Hyundai is not the company and SantaFe is not the model, that I would have expected to see entering the hybrid-electric game, but now that I know it’s for sure, that’s a nice surprise.

Dubbed SantaFe blue Hybrid it’s the company’s first to use the new family hybrid system. It uses a 2.4 liter gasoline engine geared to a six-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW electric engine that also works as a generator to charge those 270V lithium polymer batteries. That has taken the CO2 emissions down to 148 g/km and fuel consumption to 6.2l/100km.

But it’s still a hybrid and I guess you’re expecting less performances? Well if you do, you’re dead wrong because that thing goes from 0 to 100km/h in 10.6 seconds. Other than the three-piece panoramic glass roof with UV protection by Magna Car Top Systems, the new SantaFe blue Hybrid is no different than the other SantaFes.

Ssangyong C200 SUV – Giugiaro Styled

Published by on Oct 7th, 2008, 1 Comment

Ssangyong – the company who’s trying to come up with a lot of new models in the next few years to get a bigger slice of the market share, partnered with Shanghai Automotive Industries Group and showcased their newest compact SUV, dubbed C200, at the Paris Motor Show a few days ago. The design was done by Giugiaro because his ItalDesign styling house is in charge with the looks of the new models to be built.

“The car is very, very important for us as it’s the first demonstration of the new strategy that was announced at Geneva,” says SsangYong UK managing director Paul Williams.

I really like the way it came out. Looks big and aggressive.

Peugeot RC HYmotion4 – Parisian Concept

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2008, 1 Comment

PSA Peugeot Citroen just managed to amaze everyone at the Paris Motor Show the other day, when they showcased the new all-wheel-drive diesel-electric hybrid powertrain called HYmotion4. It’s already used on the Hypnos and Prologue with a 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine with FAP particulate filter for the front wheels and an electric motor for the rear wheels – that outputs 200hp, a six-speed automated gearbox, a 68 mpg fuel efficiency and only 109 g/km of CO2, that sounds like a deal.

However the newest RC Hymotion4 concept (in the pictures above and below) is a four-door GT that sports a total of 313 hp from a 1.6 litre THP engine that outputs 218 bhp and a 70 W electric engine that sports 95hp. All these with only 109 g/km of CO2 emissions that will “eat” 4.5 litres of fuel for every 100 km. Oh and if you were interested in knowing how fast it is, it does 0 to 100km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Great for a hybrid, right?

Opel Insignia ecoFLEX

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2008, 1 Comment

Minutes after seeing the new Seat Ibiza ecoMotive, I got my eyes on Opel Insignia ecoFLEX. For a long time I’ve been smiling at that beautiful Opel Insignia, and now that they made it more eco-friendly that really … turns me on. Why? Because it delivers both performance in the most fuel efficient way possible. The engine is a 2.0 CDTI ECOTEC that sports 160hp (350Nm of torque @ 1,750 rpm), that emits less than 140 g/km of CO2 gases.

“By making a multitude of detailed improvements to the powertrain and to the road and wind resistance factors of the ecoFLEX model, our engineers are able to minimize consumption without affecting driving fun,” said Hans Demant, Managing Director of Adam Opel GmbH.

I’d get one in green … really green.

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