Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ferrari unveils new 458 Italia

Ferrari has unveiled its new 458 Italia, a mid-engined replacement for the F430. Unlike the launch of its California model, Ferrari hasn't drip-fed us the details, instead dropping them all in one release today (July 28). They take a bit of digesting too, the stunning 458 Italia exceeding even our lofty expectations as to what Ferrari would deliver to replace the highly regarded F430. Like the F430 the Italia is mid-engined, with 58 percent weight distribution to the rear, the 458 badge referring to the engine's 4.5-litre capacity and V8 layout.
Its engine produces 562bhp at a high 9,000rpm from its eight cylinders, which combined with its torque output of 398lb.ft at 6,000rpm allows the Italia to sprint to 62mph in under 3.4 seconds and onto a 202mph top speed. Driving through a seven-speed, twin-clutch, paddle-shifted transmission the 458 Italia benefits from all of Ferrari's latest F1 know-how. Making up its impressive electronic driver aid arsenal is Ferrari's E-Diff and F1-Trac, which will enable the 458 Italia to corner with staggering speed. The suspension comprises of double wishbones up front and a multi-link rear set up and the Italia is certain to be offered with Ferrari's variable magnetic damping system. Like its predecessor, all the electronic control systems are likely to be controlled by the Manettino dial mounted on the steering wheel, much like Ferrari's F1 drivers use.
The 458 Italia's development has been heavily influenced by Michael Schumacher, his input into cars like the 430 Scuderia underlining that the Italia should be very special to drive. Ferrari suggests that the 458 Italia is quite a departure from the usual replacement model cycle, its all-new car even more driver focussed thanks to the inclusion of the more practical California at the 'entry' point of Ferrari's line-up.
It's clear then that Ferrari is aiming the 458 Italia at a hardcore driving audience. Setting records for specific output per litre and torque output per litre Ferrari describes the Italia as 'designed for owners for whom the priority is uncompromising on-road performance and occasional track day capability.' Like all cars in Ferrari's current range the 458 Italia's shape is honed as much to cleave through the air as efficiently as possible as it is for style. The results are certainly spectacular, its shape more sensuous and organic than the F430, its rear reminiscent of Ferrari's Enzo hyper-car. The front exhibits some real aggression, with the LED equipped headlamps cutting dramatically into the bonnet.
It's not just efficient in the wind-tunnel either, the 458 Italia improving economy and emissions over its predecessor. CO2 emissions of 320g/km and a combined fuel consumption figure of 20.6mpg might not sound brilliant in isolation, but in the context of the 458 Italia's performance they are rather impressive. Production models will already be working their way down Ferrari's lines in Maranello in anticipation for the rush of orders following its Frankfurt show unveiling, so if you've not got your order in already then it's likely you'll be in for a long wait. It sounds like it will be worth it though.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

FORD Focus Coupé-Cabriolet GBP 20,745

Sensible shoes’ or elegant, sophisticated footwear – need we ask which you would choose? The impressive bodystyling of the Focus Coupé-Cabriolet beautifully illustrates our commitment to inspired design, and this carries through to the contemporary and sophisticated feel of the soft-touch interior. Every flourish, every innovative feature has been meticulously crafted to ensure that the car feels just as sublime as it looks.

From the city to the sea or the country to the mountains, the Focus Coupé-Cabriolet CC-1 is filled with stylish and practical features. Everything for your comfort and safety, from air conditioning and a premium radio/CD player with 6 speakers to driver and front passenger air bags, are included. It’s ample proof that beauty really is more than skin deep. Key features include:

16" 5-spoke alloy wheels
Radio/CD with six speakers
Available with 1.6 Duratec petrol
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
CFC-free air conditioning
Electrically operated heated door mirrors
Thatcham Cat 1 Alarm

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Concept T - an innovative off-road coupe Volkswagan

Until now, no sports car has been flexible enough in terms of drive properties to allow for driving off paved road surfaces. The concept T fills this gap. The off-road coupé is equipped with wing doors and harmonises the fascination of a thoroughbred sports car with the variability of a true off-roader, thereby bringing completely new lifestyle and leisure values within reach. As you would expect from an agile sports car, the concept T is characterised by its exciting body dimensions (4079 mm / 13 ft 4 in long, 1963 mm / 6 ft 5 in wide and 1450 mm / 4 ft 9 in high). The powerful exterior also incorporates short body overhangs (front 826 mm /2 ft 8 in, rear 686 mm / 2 ft 3 in) for off-road driving as well as a large number of high-tech features.

Wing doors
The wing doors are a highlight of the body both in terms of styling and technology. When opening, they simultaneously swing outwards slightly and move upwards steeply. The advantage: getting in and out is made especially comfortable, while the doors require comparatively little space out to the side when opened.
T-bar roof and rear soft top
The two halves of the roof at the front (T-bar roof) of the concept T can be removed in only a few motions. The rear roof module is constructed as a hardtop with integrated trunk lid, but can be removed as well to reveal even more of the sky.
Front design
Seen from the front, the concept T is characterised by its V-shaped radiator grille integrated in the bumper, as well as by the eye-like headlights. The headlights "float" between the bumper and the fenders in order to emphasise the off-road character of the car. The fenders themselves have wide cut-outs. The overall effect is that the 19-inch wheels are free-standing.
The concept car is propelled by a 177 kW / 241 h.p. V6 engine. This power is fed to the wheels by 4MOTION all-wheel drive in conjunction with an automatic gearbox (Tiptronic). The concept T accelerates to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 6.9 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 230 km/h (144 mph).

Friday, July 17, 2009

CITROËN C3 Picasso the real Nice car

The all-new CITROËN C3 Picasso may take some inspiration from its elders, yet it takes funky styling, cheeky character and striking good looks to another level entirely. A mini-MPV of quite stunning poise and revolutionary design, it’s far bigger on the inside than its outward appearance may suggest. And there’s no sense of compromise here. The CITROËN C3 Picasso is practical, but great fun. Roomy, yet agile and easy to park. Safe and adaptable, but certainly not lacking in head-turning style or driving pleasure.
One of its many plus points is the reassuring feeling it gives you and your passengers. Despite being one of the most compact MPVs on the market, its bristling presence still manages to make you feel safe, sturdy and confident in any environment. To some, the CITROËN C3 Picasso is an urban phenomenon, perfectly suited to the city bustle with its nippy engine and great visibility. Others picture it ruling the country lanes, with its rugged looks, great handling and oodles of interior space for kids, outdoor gear, pets or groceries. That the debate continues means CITROËN has cracked it yet again. It’s perfect for both.

£2,000 scrappage allowance* for your qualifying old car

Or 0% APR

over 3 years with a minimum 20% deposit on selected non scrappage models

Available on this model when purchased by 30/09/2009

£12,595 'On the Road' M.R.R.P

£12,595 OTR price

Let’s talk about room, too. There’s plenty to discuss here – the new CITROËN C3 Picasso gives you up to 1,506 litres of flat space behind the front seats, more than any of its rivals. And if you manage to use all of that, there are plenty of other handy compartments throughout the cabin for safely storing personal belongings. The CITROËN C3 Picasso’s boot also has two positions which enables space for up to 385/500 litres of storage.

The CITROËN C3 Picasso comes with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, so there’s one for every preference. CITROËN’s 1.6HDi engines give great fuel economy and low emissions without conceding horsepower. And if you prefer petrol, the 1.6 16valve VTi puts a reassuring 120hp under your right foot, while achieving surprising fuel economy figures.

So here’s the distinctive face of the new CITROËN C3 Picasso – a welcome addition to the famous CITROËN Picasso family.

Ground Breaking GOOD LOOKS KIA Soul

Soul Profile :
The Tardis-like interior is positively cavernous, while the effortless all-round visibility of the elevated driving position places you a safe head and shoulders above ordinary cars. And you won't just feel safe. With six airbags, four disc brakes and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) as standard you'll be driving one of the safest cars on the road. From £10,495.
• Comprehensive Safety System
• Air Conditioning as standard
• 6-speaker audio system
• USB & AUX Ports

The Soul is available in a vibrant range of exterior colours and interior trims. And as you'd expect from Kia, it's brimming over with compelling features as standard. It also comes fully fitted with air conditioning, remote central locking, electric windows, CD audio with MP3 compatibility and USB/AUX ports.
The good news is that owning a Kia Soul need cost no more than buying an ordinary car.And with reliability and peace-of-mind as standard, it's hardly a leap of faith, as every Kia Soul comes with an excellent 5 year warranty and a 1 year free KIAssist recovery and assistance package.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tata Motors to deliver first Nano on Friday

Tata Motors Ltd, India's largest vehicles maker, said on Thursday it would deliver the Nano, the world's cheapest car, to its first customer on Friday.

Chairman Ratan Tata had showcased the Nano at an auto show in New Delhi in January last year, but consumer bookings began only in April this year after the project was delayed due to land disputes at its planned site in the eastern state of West Bengal.

The plant for producing the Nano was shifted to a new site in Gujarat on the west coast, but the first batch of Nanos would come from its car plant in Pantnagar in northern India.

Tata has assured price protection for the first 100,000 customers, for whom the cars will be available for 100,000 rupees ($2,053), excluding taxes.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

5 Steps to A Great Rental Car Experience

There are times in one's life when the use of rental cars cannot be avoided. When someone plows into you at an intersection, when you are taking a 2-day trip and your compact car just does not have enough room to stretch out, these are times when you are happy that there are rental cars at your disposal. Before you rent that car, though, you should know some things about the process.

1- The first step involved in obtaining a rental car is to do research on the companies in your local area. There are a number of nation wide companies and more than likely local companies to choose from when conducting your research. Try to narrow them down to three or four companies that are closest to either your pick up location or your destination.

2- You will want to ask about procedures that may be required by the rental company. Many companies require that the car be fueled up before its return, if this is not done, they will charge you extra for it. It may also be in your best interest to ask what the fee would be if the car is needed for longer than expected as well as what the rate is for late drop off.

3- If you have personal auto insurance, call your agent to see if you are insured with a rental car as well. This will allow you to save money by turning down the insurance offered by the rental company at the time of vehicle pick up.

4- Finally, you have chosen the company and the car, its time to pick it up. Make sure that you have the paper work that you will need. Most companies will require you to show your drivers license, be sure to have it. Also, your proof of auto insurance, if you will be turning their insurance down. A major credit card is necessary; if you are not using cash to rent your car, do not count on them taking a check.

5- Be sure to read the contract and ask questions about anything that you do not understand. It's better to take sometime at the counter or on the phone to pin down the details, than to think you got it and have to deal with the company in the event of an accident. Ask questions!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What exactly in the backend happening for Electrical Cars

Electrical Cars Facts

Powered purely by advanced lithium-ion batteries, our all-electric range of vehicles are designed to tackle the challenge of CO2 emissions - by producing none at all.

So you enjoy a clean, quiet, smooth drive that doesn’t damage the environment. And because we are developing more renewable ways to power, build and recycle every EV we make, the sustainability of our commitment will grow and grow.

Technology has advanced to the point where EVs are now more practical, more powerful, and faster to drive and recharge than ever before. Making them easier to own and more fun to drive. And they look pretty good, too.

Here are some key EV components (and their terminology explained):

• Connecter box - where the plug is connected to main current

• Power inverter - changes DC into AC (battery = DC, motor =AC)

• Transformer - DC-DC converter which changes 400V (from engine) into 12V
(for the auxiliary, e.g. AC, lights etc)

• Battery charger - the device that converts AC 220V to DC 400V to charge the battery

• Electric motor

• Reducer – this is the speed reduction gear (like a gearbox). The gear ratio is fixed, front
and reverse

What Nissan is discovering ???

We have always worked to make our vehicles more energy efficient. But now we’re taking this strategy to another level.

The Renault-Nissan alliance is leading the global automotive industry in developing zero-emission vehicles for everyone, thus helping address the widespread concerns of global warming. Our advanced, compact lithium-ion batteries are class-leading. And our new partnerships with governments and leading organisations all over the world are helping to make our EVs easier to obtain, own and enjoy.

In the summer of 2009, the first of these cars will be revealed.

And beyond that? More cars, more choice, more to enjoy - all built, powered and recycled by an increased level of renewable energy. And of course, all with zero emissions.

What exactly will be ready ???

What will our first EV look like? The design is still under wraps, but what it will give you isn’t.

Its unique design will be built around a pure-electric platform. It will have room for five passengers and their luggage, and give a range of more than 95 miles. Maintenance will be simple, it will be equipped with the latest lithium-ion battery - and there’ll be no compromise on performance.

The EV Nissan will introduce to Japan and North America in 2010 will have new, unique body style on an all-new vehicle platform. It will be big enough and powerful enough to carry five adults. It will have the performance of a typical 1.6-litre petrol-engined car and can be recharged to 80% battery capacity in around 25 minutes.

The lithium-ion batteries developed for the EVs are more efficient, more powerful and faster to recharge than anything gone before. They have twice the density of conventional batteries, doubling the vehicle’s cruising ability. Their thinner structure allows for more room inside the vehicle itself. Advanced power output gives better acceleration and recharging capabilities are improved thanks to more efficient regenerative braking.

Lithium-ion batteries

Key points:

• Lithium-ion batteries are the key component in an EV

• They have twice the capacity, are half the size and provide 50% higher power output
compared to a conventional battery of the same weight

• Their compact design allows for improved vehicle packaging as the pack will be installed
under the EV’s floor, so cabin and/or cargo space isn’t compromised

• Their laminated structure offers improved cooling capacity for better reliability

• Lithium-ion do not experience the ‘memory effect’ which occurs when incomplete charging
cycles lead to a drastic decline in range

• Each Nissan battery should maintain 80% of its capacity - even after five years of use

• A battery pack is composed of battery modules and a battery module is composed of
four cells

Find OUT More about Electric Evolution. BE a Part of IT

We believe the best way to address the problem of emissions is simply not to produce any emissions at all.

The Renault-Nissan alliance is leading the global automotive industry in developing zero-emission vehicles and bringing them within the reach of everyone. Yet our strategy goes beyond the vehicle itself. We are investing in renewable energy sources to help build, power and recycle them. And put in place the global infrastructure to make this happen.

CO2 emissions: FCVs and EVs produce the same: none at all.

Efficiencies in electric vehicle technology go beyond the powerful, light, easily rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. EVs have the highest rate of tank to wheel energy conversion, and the CO2 emissions from source of fuel to driven wheel are massively reduced compared to conventional power units.
EVs have a better conversion rate compared to other fuel cell technology. In addition, FCVs and EVs produce no emissions, and EVs use 100% of the energy it produces (compared to 80% for a standard fuel vehicle).
Nissan’s global commitment to bringing more of zero-emission cars to more people
has led to the formation of new alliances and partnerships with governments and leading organisations.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

LAND ROVER FREELANDER 2S Car that have Elegance and Power

Land Rover is the Brand that Makes car owner a Feelings of owning a Real Powerful Machine Recently they had launched FREELANDER 2S which have decent price to have it in all Budget it comes with Price of GBP 21,295.00 . If you are thinking to buy a real powerful Machine with lots of Space why not try this one check out more details shown in the Pictures .