The Model S will change electric car naysayers forever
2013 Tesla Model S with 300-mile range is a game changer Tesla Motors on Tuesday released final specifications, options and pricing on its new 2013 Model S sedan. The Model S, which goes on sale next summer, will be priced from $57,400-$87,400, before federal and state tax credits. With a 300-mile-range lithium ion battery and a claimed 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, the Model S could change the face of the automobile forever.
Signs of growth, albeit slow, are creeping up across the nation The U.S. automotive industry has been rocked by unsettling trends the past several years. Riddled with formidable challenges such as fading loyalty and catastrophic cash shortages, industry outlooks have been sluggish at best. Manufacturers and suppliers alike have been subject to stark optimism, but, as 2011 draws to a close, there is reason for hope. In fact, signs of growth, albeit slow, are creeping up across the nation.
The SL remains the status symbol for most men In celebration of the car’s 60th birthday, Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off of an all-new SL-Class, and the born-again 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is ready for its close-up. Like many famous faces, the latest generation of Mercedes’ iconic roadster has gotten quite a bit of work done. For starters, the new car is made almost entirely of aluminum, which helps reduce curb weight by 275 pounds compared to the heavier two-seater it replaces.
Concept car approvd for production by BMW The concept car BMW Vision EfficientDynamics created brought excitement and very positive feedback at the IAA 2009. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics made it clear that an emotional sports car with the fuel economy of a small car is no contradiction and could soon be reality. After successful initial testing of the vehicle concept, the decision for a series-production vehicle was quickly made.
Unveiled this week in Bologna The 36th edition of the Bologna Motor Show provides the venue for the unveiling of an evolution of the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta, the 599XX. Ferrari has introduced a package of performance-enhancing technical features available to clients participating in the track-based research and development program for the 2012-2013 seasons. Already the fruit of the very finest Ferrari road car and Formula 1-derived technology, the 599XX now features.........
A lot of performance for the money The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 184 mph. Starting at $54,995, including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension, the ZL1 delivers supercar levels of performance and technology for the price of a sports car.
Popular 2012 model gets facelift Volkswagen has released the first images of its new popular selling CC, which will be officially unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16. If it looks familiar, don’t be surprised: over 270,000 people across the world have been won over by its predecessor the Passat CC’s blend of four-door practicality and sleek coup-like styling.
Arrives in US showrooms in February 2012 as a 2012 model With the announcement of the sixth generation BMW 3 Series Sedan, the benchmark by which all sport sedans are measured just got raised. The pioneering history of the 3 Series serves as inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. It will not only set new standards for performance and handling but also for luxury, technology and efficiency as well.
Racing News It was a 10-lap, 10-mile racing event at the Detroit Driving Club in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and billed at the time as “the largest affair of its kind” that attracted the top drivers of the day, generating national attention. One hundred and ten years later, it has become known as “the race that changed the world.” Henry Ford’s stunning upset of the heavily-favored Alexander Winton was the catalyst that allowed Ford to attract investors and, less than two years later, launch the Ford Motor Company. The rest, as they say, is history.
Gordon Murray and Toray announce electric roadster
All-Electric Gordon Murray Design Limited and Toray Industries Inc announced a prototype electric sports car named TEEWAVE AR.1. The AR.1 had an internal GMD code number of ' T.32' and the car is the result of a commission from Toray for Gordon Murray Design to design, tool and build a fully functioning prototype vehicle which utilizes many of Toray's advanced automotive materials in order to achieve Toray's basic concept of an attractive vehicle for everyone.
by George F. Brown, Jr. and David G. Hartman Over the past decade, many western firms have identified and targeted China’s exciting, fast-growing markets. Most of these firms had already established manufacturing and sourcing operations in China, lured there by the low labor cost environment and its potential for delivering significant cost savings. Soon, a network of western firms emerged, with many traditional supplier-customer relationships transported into China. Over time, those firms turned their attention to selling to Chinese businesses and consumers, joined by other first-time participants in that country’s markets.
Mid-rear engined berlinetta equipped with a retractable hard top The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out. The 458 Spider is powered by Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 liter V8 which was nominated as the 2011 International Engine of the Year.
And Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance The cars began rolling onto the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links today at dawn, taking their places for the 61st Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. The Concours D’Elegance is an annual exhibition of some the world’s finest show cars and 2011 was a year of no exception.
Featuring the new face of Lexus Lexus unveiled the new GS at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California on Thursday. The new GS brings a more engaging driving experience, bolder design and a more spacious, contemporary interior, heralding a new chapter in the history of Lexus. Starting with the bold spindle grille - set to be a signature feature of future Lexus models - the new GS conveys an air of confidence. This is supported by a redesigned chassis with a wide, strong stance that clearly signals the new GS is designed to inspire and reward driver participation with crisp and precise handling.
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Capacity to charge a dozen Volts daily Chevrolet is harnessing the power of the sun to install solar-powered electric charging stations for its Volts at dealerships in North America. The Green Zone initiative will generate electricity equivalent to 12 full vehicle charges per day and excess electricity created will help supplement the dealership’s power needs. “The Chevrolet Green Zone will provide our U.S. dealers with added flexibility when it comes to charging their vehicles, while also reinforcing GM’s commitment to renewable energy projects,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Global Chevrolet Marketing and Strategy.
The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series Spectacular design, technology transfer from the world of motorsport and driving dynamics at the highest level; the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model. The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 517 hp and a maximum torque of 620 newton meters. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine impresses with its hefty torque, tremendous pulling power and responsiveness, and ensures high-caliber performance: the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds (all data provisional).
Interior enhancements, new performance packages highlight upgrades Chevrolet announced today that it will once again elevate Corvette’s performance capabilities with a series of improvements for the 2012 model year that improve on-track performance and on-road comfort. They include enhancements to the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 models as well as interior upgrades across the Corvette lineup. Sports car fans will get their first look at the 2012 models – including the racing-inspired appearance of the Chevrolet Centennial Edition – at a special event this weekend at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Production begins in July.
Chevrolet’s First Global Midsize The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu made its global debut today, with simultaneous introductions in the United States and China – two of the nearly 100 countries on six continents where it will be sold. Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan will provide customers from Shanghai to New York and Sydney to Sao Paulo with expressive design, advanced technologies, ride performance and fuel-efficient powertrains. The current Malibu has left an award-winning impression and changed the way people think about Chevrolet.
Celebrates Racing Heritage Chevrolet, founded by a racing pioneer 100 years ago, celebrates its performance heritage with the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements and Corvette’s trademark sports car technology. The 2012 Centennial Edition package will be available on all Corvette models – including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 – starting this summer. The special package was inspired by Chevrolet’s racing-bred foundation.
Innovative Hybrid “Mid-Electric” Propulsion System Chevrolet introduced the Mi-ray concept today at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show. The roadster celebrates Chevrolet’s 100-year heritage of designing expressive vehicles in the brand’s newest market.
The second new 6 Series Model Breaks Cover The hearts of sports car aficionados will beat a little faster with the arrival of the new BMW 650i Coupe. The third generation of the top-class Coupe sees BMW adding another chapter to its decades-long tradition in the production of exclusive dream cars. The new BMW 650i Coupe impresses with its stunning design and inspires with even sharper driving dynamics than its predecessor, noticeably optimized comfort levels and extra space.
On sale March 2nd McLaren Automotive is in the final stages of developing a range of innovative high-performance sports cars that will also be highly efficient, high-quality, lightweight, practical, dynamic, safe, comfortable and visually arresting. On Monday 17 January, the first MP4-12C production car entered the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) General Assembly Hall in Woking, England.
Baby Benz roadster gets SLS grill Leading with an aggressive new design, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class draws on its racing pedigree to redefine the roadster experience. And the result is an exhilarating vehicle engineered for escaping the everyday with the top down and the throttle open. You'll see it reflected in the muscular styling, led by a heroic grille that proudly displays the Mercedes-Benz emblem. Sculpted headlights underscored by LED Daytime Running Lights and wraparound LED taillights grace front and rear, respectively, and design cues all around come from the iconic SLS AMG.
by Mark Scheuern Thousands from the global automotive industry continued to gather in Detroit this weekend for one of the world's premier events, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center. The mood in Detroit is considerably better at this year’s show than it was a year ago and our Mark Scheuern was there to capture some of the highlights on Day 2.
Shows world how to incorporate electric power in race cars Porsche continues to extend its performance and high efficiency competence via intensive development work in the field of hybrid technology, and the company is presenting a world premiere of a synthesis of 2010's successful hybrid concepts at the North American Auto Show in Detroit; the Porsche 918 RSR.
by Mark Scheuern Thousands from the global automotive industry continued to gather in Detroit this weekend for one of the world's premier events, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center. The mood in Detroit is considerably better at this year’s show than it was a year ago and our Mark Scheuern was there to capture some of the highlights on Day 1.
Chevrolet Creates Waves With The All-New 2012 Sonic
Only small car built in America Chevrolet displayed the all-new 2012 Sonic at the North American International Auto Show. Its youthful, aggressive design is backed by turbocharged performance and agile ride and handling, combining to deliver an efficient, fun-to-drive small car. The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a sporty five-door. Each delivers class-leading rear-seat roominess and cargo space. A variety of connectivity features enhance the driving experience.
And why American motorsports still has their head buried in the sand Fasten your seatbelts, America. The electric vehicle is about to take us on one heck of a ride. So states James Billmaier in his groundbreaking book on the impending electric vehicle (EV) revolution. He argues that in addition to being a blast to drive, EVs will come to dominate the personal auto market in the coming years because they are cheaper to run and cheaper to maintain. Adopting EVs will also allow America to put the brakes on sending hundreds of billions of dollars a year to OPEC, helping us achieve energy independence within a decade. But that’s only part of the story. Billmaier outlines how EVs will propel the coming “electriconomy,” a consumer-driven economic boom that will be ignited as our society is transformed from an oil-based economy to one powered by electricity.
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