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Cadillac Seats To Vibrate As Crash Warning

On: Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


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GM plans to launch a vibrating driver's seat in the upcoming 2013 Cadillac XTS. The seat isn't designed to relax or massage the driver, but rather to warn him of impending dangers.

The new system, which GM calls the Cadillac Safety Alert Seat, uses directional tactile sensation - a fancy way of saying a vibrating seat bottom. The seat vibrates on the left side or right side, depending upon which side the danger is on. When the danger is coming from the rear or front, the seat vibrates on both sides. For instance, if you begin to veer over into the right line, the right side of your seat will start to vibrate as a cue to straighten out.


BMW And Toyota Expand Alliance To Co-Develop Lithium Ion Technology

On: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:42AM | By: Chris Weiss


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BMW and Toyota announced this week that they've begun research first announced in December.  The two companies are researching next-generation lithium-ion battery technology for use in electric vehicles and hybrids.

On December 1, the two automakers announced that BMW would supply 1.6 and 2.0-liter diesel engines to Toyota. The parties also mentioned their plans to work on battery technology at that time.


Savage Rivale Shows Its Unique Convertible System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you've never heard of Savage Rivale, don't feel bad. Up until a few months ago, we hadn't either. The Netherlands-based startup is in the process of rethinking the supercar with its Roadyacht GTS. Everything about this car makes it unique, including its innovative roof system, which Savage has shown a rendering of in a short, new video.

While the term "supercar" typically refers to a powerful, fast, lightweight two-door coupe, Savage Rivale extends the term to its funky convertible with four wing doors and four seats. While adding the weight of two rear doors and a convertible system would usually prevent a car from performing with other supercars, Savage claims to have weight down below 3,000 lbs., allowing the Roadyacht's 670-hp 6.2-liter Corvette V-8 to provide a 3.4-second to 62 mph time and a 205 mph top speed.


Say It Ain't So: Ferrari Considering V-6 Engines

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The words "Ferrari" and "six cylinder" just don't belong in the same sentence - unless you're talking about classic Dinos. Or future Ferraris. According to a new report, the Prancing Horse is considering offering six cylinder engine options as a means of lowering its emissions and fuel economy numbers.

Ferrari chief Amedeo Felisa told Autocar this month: "Why not six cylinders? It is far away in the future, perhaps, but it is clear perceptions have altered. Even in the US, where until a few years ago eight cylinders was the minimum, it is clear attitudes have changed. We have to think in that direction."


 

West Coast Customs Builds A Technified Mustang For Microsoft

On: Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:03PM | By: Chris Weiss


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As if automakers aren't installing enough dubious technology into their offerings, Microsoft decided to get in the game. The technology company that millions of Americans rarely go a day without commissioned help from West Coast Customs in building a very special Mustang.

Microsoft has codenamed the car "Project Detroit," and West Coast Customs calls it the Micro-Stang. Whatever you want to call it, this is one serious tune.


First Phase Of The West Coast Electric Highway Now Open

On: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 2:11PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The West Coast Electric Highway is a project that should allow EVs to gain some real world practicality. The project is designed to make it possible to travel from Canada to Mexico along Interstate 5 in an electric vehicle. The first phase of the highway in southern Oregon is now open.

The West Coast Electric Highway is being made possible by collaboration between the governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, private companies, the US Department of Transportation and non-profit organizations. When complete, the highway will offer DC fast-charging stations - 480-volt stations that can charge a battery to about 80 percent full in half an hour - every 40 to 60 miles. While a trip down the full length of the highway via EV won't exactly be fast or convenient, considering the short range of EVs and length of time involved in charging, it will be possible, unlike on the average highway.


Infiniti Shows The Sporty Side Of Green With Emerg-E Concept

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 5:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Infiniti pulled the cloth off of what is likely its sexiest, most dynamic car ever at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. The Emerg-E concept is part Earth-hugging range extender, part menacing, pure-blooded super sports car. We tend to love both parts equally.

The third in a line of "E" concepts designed to showcase what Infiniti calls its Adeyaka design language (the Essence and Etherea being number 1 and 2), the Emerg-E is a lightweight, range-extending sports car. Infiniti turned to Lotus for help in equipping the Emerg-E. The concept uses a 402-hp pair of electric motors driving the rear axle. Those motors, which were also seen in the Lotus Evora 414E concept, provide up to 30 miles of all-electric capability. Hethel's 47-hp 1.2-liter three-cylinder range-extending engine delivers up to 270 additional miles for a nice, round total of 300.


Subaru's EyeSight System Offers Suite Of Safety Technologies

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 3:46PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Like other automakers around the world, Subaru is working to make roads safer by the application of new technologies. Its Eyesight system is a camera-based safety feature that provides collision prevention, intuitive cruise control and other driver assistance functions.

Subaru will launch its new EyeSight system at the New York Auto Show next month. The automaker describes the system as a suite of safety and driver assist technologies. Those technologies include adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning.

The Eyesight system is based around two charge-coupled device cameras mounted on the upper inside edge of the windshield. Subaru says the location was chosen in part to prevent damage that could easily occur to bumper-mounted hardware.


Volvo's Pedestrian Airbag System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Volvo V40 may have leaked prior to the Geneva Motor Show, but Volvo managed to save the biggest story for the show. Because, though Volvo has managed to make its cars more visually appealing over the years, the story about any given Volvo tends to be safety, not visuals.

The V40 features a world-first pedestrian airbag system, putting the airbags on the outside of the car, as well as the inside. The system provides cushioning should the driver run into a pedestrian.

This system seems a little over-engineered to me. Not that pedestrian safety isn't important, but I'd think that not hitting pedestrians would be more the goal than cushioning their impact. But I'm not the one building the V40; Volvo is. And they're all about the frontal airbag.


Mitsubishi's Smart, Connected MiEV House

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:45PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Geneva Motor Show is packed full of plug-in vehicles of all kinds - from sexy smart cars to ultra-efficient city cars. Thing is, though, the world really doesn't need any new electric vehicles or concepts unless they happen to travel 400 miles on a charge and cost under $30,000. There's hardly much interest in the electric vehicles we do have.

What the world needs is a better charging infrastructure to support electric vehicles. That may not make for as sexy an auto-show concept, but it would certainly help grow the industry more than a one-off electric sports car with a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time. Mitsubishi trudged through that unsexy terrain to present its MiEV house, a concept that gives one take on the future of home charging.


More Pictures Of The MILA Coupic Pickup-Crossover-Convertible

On: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 10:34AM | By: Chris Weiss


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As a writer, I really don't like to admit that the whole adage about a picture and 1,000 words is correct. But in some cases, it definitely is. We covered the MILA Coupic concept last week when it was first announced, but without more pictures of the concept in its various configurations, the article was incomplete. With a few new pictures, we're able to complete the story.

The MILA Coupic is a concept built by Austrian engineering and manufacturing firm Magna Steyr. While it's not exactly a household name, Magna Steyr is a prominent force in the automotive industry and provides services to many well-known brands.