Friday, March 27, 2009

World's first mass-produced electric car

While unveiling the sexy shape of its new Model S saloon, innovative US company, Tesla, announced that it would put the 'world's first mass-produced electric car' into production in 2011.

The Jaguar-esque shape and optimistic timeline are not the only reasons Tesla will be grabbing headlines around the world today (March 27), as claims to the Model S's abilities are quite staggering.

Utilising the company's advanced lithium-ion battery pack, the Model S sprints from 0-60mph in 'under six seconds' on the way to a top speed of 130mph. A Sport version will apparently cut the 0-60mph time by a further second.

Despite such performance, the Model S has been designed to carry up to seven occupants and masses of their luggage. That's thanks to a large space up front where the engine would normally reside, and a flat-floored interior with stowable seats.

The battery pack is located underneath the floor, which lowers the centre of gravity, as well as enhancing packaging. Tesla claims that it will be possible to swap the battery pack for a fully charged one in less time than it takes to fill a conventional car's fuel tank.

Even if battery-swapping facilities are not available, the Model S can be recharged from any 120-, 240- or 480V power supply, with an impressive 45-minute charge possible if the highest rating is available.

In ideal conditions, the Model S will have a range of 300-miles, though buyers will have to pay more for that capability, as the entry-level version does only 160-miles on a charge.

The 2011 launch is, however, dependant on Tesla receiving $350 million (about £242 million) in federal loans from the US government, which the company is confident it will receive.

Tesla will expand its dealer network outside the US with Munich and London earmarked for showrooms, possibly as early late 2009. Pricing is predicted to start at $49,900 in the US - about £34,500.

Friday, March 20, 2009

See the Best A-Class Mercedes Benz through your Eyes

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Win a new A-Class from Mercedes-Benz

Win a new A-Class - request a quote and it could be yours
For a limited time only

Request a motor insurance quote from Mercedes-Benz Insurance and you could find yourself behind the wheel of a new A 150 Classic SE. For a limited time only, we’ll automatically enter you into our prize draw – and with a car given away each month, you could soon be driving away in style.

Request a quote for a second car, even if it’s not a Mercedes-Benz, and you’re entered to win twice. Refined and assured, the A-Class offers a relaxed driving environment. And it could be yours.

For an instant quote simply click on the link below or call 0845 600 2180. Line open Monday to Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm.

Insurance Prize Draw

1) Closing date for receipt of entry is 30th January 2009, 27th February 2009 and 31st March 2009.

2) This prize draw is open to you if you are over 18 years old, excluding employees or agents of Daimler Insurance Services UK Ltd and those of our subsidiaries or other group companies, all participating organisations and members of their families.

3) We will automatically enter you into the prize draw if you obtain an annual motor insurance policy quote from Mercedes-Benz Insurance before one of the three deadline dates stated above.

4) We may decline to quote in certain circumstances – nulling your entry into the draw.

5) One entry per vehicle model quoted (e.g. no more than one C-Class).

6) We will enter the names of all entrants by the methods stated above into a prize draw which will take place on 2nd February 2009, 2nd March 2009 and 1st April 2009.

7) The first name we draw for each prize draw will win: A Mercedes-Benz A150 3-door Classic SE with metallic paint.

8) The draw will be a random draw, the winner will be notified in writing within 14 days of the relevant draw.

9) Delivery of the vehicle is included and will be within six weeks of the first direct contact with the winner.

10) No cash alternative is available in respect of the prize. You cannot transfer the prize to anyone else if you win.

11) The Prize-winner will agree to any publicity organised by Daimler Insurance Services UK Ltd. The prize is promoted by Daimler Insurance Services UK Ltd, Burystead Court, Caldecotte Lake Drive, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes MK7 8ND. 12) Our instructions for completion of any entry and the advertising text form part of the rules of the draw.

13) Daimler Insurance Services UK Ltd's decision is final in all matters relating to the draw and we will not enter into any correspondence with you about it.

14) The winner's name and county can be obtained by sending an SAE to Mercedes-Benz Motor Insurance A-Class Prize Draw, Burystead Court, Caldecotte Lake Drive, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes MK7 8ND.

15) Your entry implies your acceptance of the rules as being final and legally binding. You are responsible for deciding whether to accept any prize and for taking into account any risk involved.

16) This competition is not valid in Northern Ireland.

A-Class Experience the Majesty

Now even greener
We've significantly reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising performance. This has been achieved in part through weight reduction and improved aerodynamics.

Petrol models include the superb A 150 and A 170, which both offer ample torque and good fuel economy. We’ve also introduced ultra-green BlueEFFICIENCY versions*, incorporating a range of fuel-saving measures. These include an ECO start / stop function for conserving petrol in heavy traffic, standard on the A 150 and A 170. These are now available, and will replace the current A 150 and A 170 models in March 2009.

As for diesel, there’s the A 160 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY – with a 3-door Fuel Economy Variant. This model achieves an impressive 116 g/km CO2 and 64.2mpg.

Discover the transmission systems driving our engines

More dynamism, more style
The new generation A-Class features an array of subtle design touches that lift the car to another level of dynamism and style.

The tail light cluster has been redesigned and the headlamps reshaped, giving the car a broader appearance. We’ve created a new-look front apron with a more angular, sporty-looking air intake, and reworked the radiator grille. In fact, each model line now has its own distinctive grille louvres.

In addition, we’ve made the bonnet slightly shorter and steeper. In combination with the large, sloping windscreen, this adds drama to the car’s signature sweeping shoulder line.

Other details depend on the model line you choose. For example, the Elegance SE is fitted with stunning 16” 10-twin-spoke alloy wheels while the Avantgarde SE features a more athletic 5-spoke design.

Arrive in good shape
In the new A-Class, all occupants enjoy ergonomic, highly supportive seating, with a wide range of standard adjustment for driver and front passenger seats. On the Elegance and Avantgarde, a seat comfort package comes as standard, adding mechanical 6-way adjustment with lumbar support and memory function.

In the rear, the raised seating position gives passengers generous legroom and the seats can be folded down in a 1/3 : 2/3 ratio to optimise load space.

For your listening pleasure
All A-Class entertainment and communications systems use the same stylish, user-friendly headunit that features across the Mercedes-Benz range. They also include Bluetooth® connectivity for safe, hands-free mobile calls.

Fitted as standard, the Audio 20 system offers a 5” colour display, plus radio / single CD player with aux-in socket for plugging in your MP3 player.

In critical driving situations, our acclaimed Electronic Stability Programme (ESP®) comes into its own. Standard on all new Mercedes-Benz models, the system selectively brakes individual wheels and adjusts engine output as and when required to keep you on track.

Enhancing control, reducing risks
At Mercedes-Benz, we’ve always placed enormous emphasis on safety and it shows in the new A-Class. Following extensive testing, the car has earned a five star Euro NCAP safety award and recognition as the safest in its segment.

Naturally, safety begins with accident avoidance – so the new generation A-Class boasts extensive technology to help you stay out of trouble

ESP® works in harmony with anti-lock braking (ABS) and Brake Assist (BAS) systems. During emergency braking ABS helps you maintain steering control, while BAS maximises braking power, bringing the car to a standstill faster.

An invaluable function of ESP®, this system works in tandem with power steering on the A-Class. It recognises critical handling situations – such as oversteer – and determines the optimal levels of steering assistance required to correct them.

If your steering behaviour does not correspond with these levels, the system intervenes by increasing or decreasing the levels of power support. The altered steering wheel resistance physically encourages you to make the steering adjustments required.

The A-Class includes extensive lighting technology as standard, from integrated front fog lamps to turn signal indicators housed in the wing mirrors.

A new addition to the A-Class, adaptive brake lights significantly reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. When emergency braking at speeds over 50 km/h, these fast-flashing brake lights warn the traffic behind, improving drivers’ reaction times.

The A-Class also offers an optional bi-xenon projection beam headlamp package. Benefits include increased range and a cornering light function that illuminates a wider area when turning into roads at low speeds.

Another new feature for the A-Class, Hill Start Assist prevents the car rolling backwards when pulling away on an incline. It holds the car on its brakes just long enough for you to move your foot to the accelerator or apply the handbrake.

This optional system not only activates the wipers when it detects rain on the windscreen – it also monitors how heavily the rain is falling and adjusts wiper speed accordingly.

The new-generation A-Class has received several awards in recognition of its exceptional environmental credentials, including the prestigious ‘Design for Environment’ certificate.

Awarded by the ISO, the certificate assesses a vehicle’s environmental impact throughout its lifecycle, from production through to disposal. Mercedes-Benz is the only brand in the world to have met the standards required – other certified models include the S-Class, C-Class and B-Class.

The new-generation A-Class demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the environment in a range of ways. While engines remain as powerful as before, we’ve significantly improved fuel consumption and lowered CO2 emissions.

The 3 dr A 160 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is now available, and is the lowest emitting Mercedes-Benz at 116g/km. It achieves an incredible 64.2mpg.

The A-Class already meets the EU regulation coming into force in 2015, which prescribes a recycling rate of 95 percent. Plastic components with a total weight of 30.8 kilograms can be produced from high-grade recyclates – twice the figure achieved for the previous model.

Furthermore, the Environmental institute Öko Trend has awarded its Car Environment Certificate to the A 160 CDI, taking into accounts its fuel consumption and exhaust / noise emissions in addition to environmental parameters relating to logistics, production, recyclability and the manufacturer’s environment management systems.

BlueEFFICIENCY versions of the A 150 and A 170 are now available, featuring an ECO start / stop function to help save fuel in slow-moving traffic. From March 2009 these will replace the current A 150 and A 170 models.

Even the Rastatt plant where the cars are produced is designed to be green. Innovative energy-saving features include a vast photovoltaic roof to harness solar power.

Our all-embracing, three-year warranty means complete peace of mind for a full three years after you buy your new Mercedes-Benz. There’s no mileage limitation and you’re covered for parts and labour charges incurred in rectifying defects in materials or workmanship.


More functions, fewer buttons: the iDrive system puts everything at your fingertips.

The main task of a vehicle control system is to support the driver. With iDrive, BMW has opened up a new development in driver orientation and vehicle control, enabling you to control all kinds of different functions through just a few instruments in new, logical arrangement.
The small number of control elements really crucial to driving, plus the most frequently used functions, are positioned around and on the steering wheel. These include indicators, windscreen wipers, headlight controls and basic sound system and communication controls. As the driver, you never need to take your hands from the wheel. Key driving data such as speed and navigation directions are presented in your line of sight, on the Info Display or the Head-Up Display.
Most other functions - from the air conditioner and navigation settings to BMW Assist and suspension settings - are activated through the Controller: a single turn-and-push dial in the centre console. It enables intuitive operation in a precise dialogue with the Control Display in the upper middle section of the instrument panel. The Controller can be used with just one hand, and offers haptic feedback so you can use it without even looking at it.
A second Controller in the rear of the cabin enables rear passengers to use the entertainment, comfort, multimedia and navigation systems if desired.