Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG


With its 5.5-litre V8 engine putting out an impressive 360 hp, the new SLK 55 AMG is the ultimate powerhouse in the SLK-Class. Speedshift 7-speed automatic transmission, high-performance brake system and AMG Sports Suspension combine to give an exceptional driving experience.

Eye-catching 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, twin chromed tailpipes and AMG bodystyling give the SLK 55 AMG a dynamic presence on the road. Its ergonomic AMG sports steering wheel with gearshift buttons, AMG sports seats, tactile nappa leather trim and top-quality AMG instrument cluster ensure the interior is just as impressive.


SLK 55 AMG: £51,585.00 *

* Recommended on-the-road price: these prices reflect the Road Fund Licence applicable to the standard model plus £613.93 additional costs necessary to put your car on the road. Included are a standard UK delivery charge (£489.36 incl. VAT), new vehicle registration fee (£55.00), number plates (£19.57 incl. VAT) and fuel (£50.00 incl. VAT)

VAT is calculated at the standard rate of 15.0%

Some of the Features

7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission with Tipfunction, AMG Speedshift, cruise control and Speedtronic variable speed limiter

Aerial on rear wing

AMG Alloy wheels (4) - multispoke design.
Front: 7.5J x 18 (225 / 40 tyres), Rear: 8.5J x 18 (245 / 35 tyres)

AMG bodystyling with exclusive AMG front apron

AMG high-performance braking system with composite front brake discs

AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid

AMG sports exhaust system with twin-chrome tailpipes (2)

AMG Sports Suspension

Bi-xenon headlamps incl. headlamp wash

Door mirrors - electrically operated and heated

Electric-hydraulic vario-roof

Remote boot release

Spare wheel - space saver

Tinted glass


Arrangement / cylinders / valves
V / 8 / 24

Bore / stroke (mm)
97.0 / 92.0

Total displacement (cc)


Power (hp at rpm)
360 / 5,750

Torque (Nm at rpm)
510 / 4,000

Top speed (mph)

Acceleration 0-62 mph (s)

Fuel consumption (mpg)

City 16.0

Extra urban 32.1

Combined 23.5

Monday, August 3, 2009

Nissan Motor Co took the wraps off its much-awaited electric car today

Yokohama, Aug. 2 (Reuters): Nissan Motor Co took the wraps off its much-awaited electric car today, naming the hatchback Leaf and taking a step towards its goal of leading the industry in the zero-emissions field.

Japan’s No. 3 automaker and its French partner, Renault SA, have been the most aggressive proponents of pure electric vehicles in the auto industry, announcing plans to mass-market the clean but expensive cars globally in 2012.

Nissan will begin selling the first Leaf cars in the US and Japan in the latter half of next year, adding two more models soon after. It expects production to start with around 200,000 units a year.

Twinning the car’s unveiling with the inauguration of Nissan’s new global headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, CEO Carlos Ghosn drove up to the stage in a sky-blue Leaf prototype, carrying former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to greet a throng of journalists.

“We celebrate today the start of a new chapter of our company’s life,” Ghosn said.

With oil prices topping $60 even in a recession and environmental regulations tightening, Ghosn said he was optimistic about electric vehicles entering the mainstream, expecting them to represent one in 10 new cars globally by 2020.

“We are seeing electric cars not as a niche car but as a mass-market car,” he said. “The big problem is going to be (production) capacity.”

Ghosn described the Leaf as a “powerful car, like having a turbo” charger except with no delay in response since there is no gear shift.

Nissan did not announce pricing for the five-seater Leaf, but Ghosn said the price, without the expensive lithium-ion battery that Nissan is considering leasing, would be within the range of a comparable gasoline-engine car.

Nissan’s Leaf has a top speed of over 140kmph and a cruising range of at least 160km, a distance that covers the needs of 80 per cent of the world’s drivers, according to Nissan.