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Nissan Debuts Hybrid Technology

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:05AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Nissan may be a leader in terms of electric vehicles, but it's lagged behind the competition in terms of hybrid technology. It debuted the Altima Hybrid in 2007, but chose to just borrow Toyota technology instead of developing its own. The Altima Hybrid has been Nissan's only hybrid offering and was recently canceled from its 2012 lineup. While Toyota and Honda offer cars like the Prius, Fit and CR-X, Nissan is essentially hybrid-less.

Well, Nissan announced its very own hybrid system last week, and it intends to bring it to the US market within about two years.


GM Expects Partially Autonomous Cars By 2015

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: David Walter


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Believe it or not, many newer cars found on the road today already feature the building blocks for partial or fully autonomous platforms. Cameras, sensors, GPS and wireless technology are currently used to supply information to both the driver and the car. However, if these tools were to be combined with car-to-infrastructure communication, what once was thought as mere science-fiction could quickly become reality.

If you’re like me, that still seems like a rather large “what if” scenario, but Alan Taub, GM’s Vice President of Global Research and Development, seems much more optimistic.

“Vehicles that partially drive themselves will be available by the middle of the decade with more sophisticated self-driving systems by the end of the decade," said Taub at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Orlando last Sunday.


BMW MicroNavigation To Build On GPS

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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As much of a boon as GPS has been, there's definitely room for it to improve. Adding more accuracy, more updated infrastructure information and points of interest and gaining more information about roads themselves are a few of the ways I could see GPS improving. I imagine one day in the future, GPS will be able to automatically tell you when the speed limit changes, warn you of pot holes or impending hazards and help you navigate your way around shopping complexes and other micro systems.

BMW, which has been just teeming with technology lately, provided a look at one of the new features that it will use to enhance the functionality of its navigation systems. Another aspect of ConnectedDrive, it's called microNavigation and it will help to make your drive as efficient as possible.


GM Being GM Launches, Then Pulls, Controversial Bicycling Ad

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Remember a couple years ago when GM, once a world leader in the automotive industry, was failing miserably and had to go ask the government for a couple bucks just to stay in business? Well, one of the big problems in Detroit at the time was the lack of forward thinking and self-awareness. In fact, self-awareness and thinking were so absent in Detroit that the minds behind GM thought it was appropriate to fly private jets to Washington to ask for billions of taxpayer dollars to keep the $#!*-show afloat.

Well, after a couple years of making an effort to turn its old fashioned ways around with products like the Chevy Volt, GM is back to doing what it seems to do best: making itself look like an organization full of stodgy good ol' boys completely ignorant to the ways of the world. Luckily, this time, it didn't run the company into the ground. But it did launch a completely out-of-touch ad that it later got cornered into retracting.


 

Chevy And Nissan Benefit From Plug-In Buzz

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 9:10AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf hit the market nearly a year ago. The country's two cleanest cars have been in a sales race, with both hoping to reach around 10,000 sales or so by the end of the year. Chevy benefited from a stronger start, but Nissan picked up, passed Chevy by and hasn't looked back.

The sales rivalry has caused a war of PR spin, but there's one thing that executives at both Nissan and Chevy can agree on: plug-in vehicles have been good for brand image and business.


Fuel? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Fuel: DMC Plans Electric DeLorean For 2013

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Start reworking those flux capacitor schematics, saving up for Plutonium (available in every corner drugstore), and finding time-period specific pink cowboy shirts. The DeLorean DMC-12 is back, and better than ever. Although it’s easy to imagine that any modification to the DeLorean would make the vehicle better than the original, this EV version looks like something special.

At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last weekend, DMC announced the company’s official plans to produce an EV. DeLorean Motor Company, recently reborn in Humble, Texas, intends to use a 260 horsepower electric motor and add a few much-needed interior updates. As for the exterior, expect to see some modern gadgetry blended into the original design. For example, the front grill hinges open to reveal an electric charging port.


Seven Automakers Agree To EV Charging Standard

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Think about the past several cell phones that you've had. If they were different models from different manufacturers, chances are good that each model had an entirely different charging port. Now think about your laptop, tablet computer, MP3 player, e-reader, and other portable electronics—they all have different types of charging ports. So when you go on vacation with several of them, you have an entire section of your suitcase filled with different adapters.

Now imagine a world where every portable consumer electronics device has the same type of charging hardware. You could bring all your favorite gadgets wherever you need to go, invite all your friends to do the same, and bring a single adapter or two to charge them all. While cell phone makers have made some progress toward a universal charging standard, we have yet to see it trickle down.

Luckily, the auto market is being more proactive. Seven major automakers agreed to universal EV charging hardware this week, meaning that you won't need any special kind of adapter to charge your vehicle and public charging stations won't need to invest in seven different types of chargers.


Bentley Going W-12 And V-12 In SUV

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Wolfgang Durheimer is clearly a man that likes to distinguish his vehicles as the best of the best. That's good, because he happens to head two of the world's most exclusive auto brands: Bugatti and Bentley. Reports recently indicated that Durheimer was unsatisfied with the Bugatti 16C Galibier and sent the already extreme sedan back to engineers for more power and more interior roominess to ensure it separated itself from other ultra-premium and tuned sedans.

That same uncompromising attitude is ensuring that the upcoming Bentley SUV (which hopefully doesn't look too much like Autocar's artist rendering above) will stand head and shoulders above the rest of the sport utility riff-raff as the most luxurious option on the road.


Mazda Says Its Working 'Zealously' On A New Rotary

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Mazda announced the final special edition RX-8 last week, and in a farewell tweet to the rotary-driven, RWD sports coupe, the company started a whole new set of rumors about the future of the rotary engine. It said in its tweet (as pieced together through Google Translate) that it is working hard on new models to house the next-generation rotary engine.


Ford To Build Smaller V-6 And Bigger V-8

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Earlier this week, some Ford/United Auto Workers contracts leaked onto the Web. While only the most dedicated auto journalists would be interested in the i's and t's of the worker agreements, the rest of us are interested in the details about Ford's upcoming products that they included. Key among those products are two new engines to be developed: a 5.8-liter V-8 engine for the Mustang Shelby GT500 and a 2.5- to 3.0-liter V-6 engine with direct injection and turbocharging.


Ferrari CEO: Enzo To Get V-12 And Carbon Fiber Chassis

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 3:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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One of the car's on our "can't wait" list is the Ferrari Enzo successor, which will debut next year. The car will reignite the F40, F50, Enzo blood line and promises to be one of the most exciting supercar debuts of 2012.

Given the excitement surrounding the flagship sports car, there has been no shortage of rumors and speculation on the model. Rumors have typically ping-ponged between the Enzo successor going with a V-12 engine ,as its last predecessor had, or digging down deeper into the playbook and reintroducing a twin-turbo V-8 like the F40 used. Well, according to Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa, it's all V-12.