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Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 1:21PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Blue2 Fuel-Cell Concept  test 2

Not to be outdone by its country-mate, Kia, Hyundai used the 2011 Seoul Motor Show to introduce a green concept all its own. Hyundai's concept, called the Blue2, uses hydrogen fuel cells paired with an electric motor.

Hyundai packages its fuel-cell-powered electric in sedan form. The concept has a 120-hp electric motor that provides around 82 mpg with the help of the hydrogen fuel cells. The car exemplifies Hyundai's "New Thinking—New Possibilities" tagline.

Aston Martin Phone Is a Thing of Beauty

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 4:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin CT002 Phone test 2

Ordinarily, we're not particularly interested in gear that doesn't have at least two wheels, an engine/motor, and a gearbox. In fact, automaker-licensed gear is often just a nice way of saying "overpriced, oddly branded crap". But in the case of a new phone bearing Aston Martin's logo, automaker branding has never looked better. The CPT002 concept phone is a stunning piece of technology built by Canadian luxury phone manufacturer Mobiado.

BMW Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Plant Zero Prototype Factory

On: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Behind the Scenes of Plant Zero test 2

When the BMW pickup car reared its uber-rad head a few weeks back, you were probably thinking something like "WTF is that and where did it come from?" Well, the first answer has already been cleared up: it's a rather tongue-in-cheek prototype that BMW built in celebration of April Fool's Day. As to the latter question, well, it comes from Munich, where it will debut on April 1.

As if to give us a more thorough, enlightening answer, BMW released a five-minute video clip about the facility it calls 'Plant Zero'. Named as such because it's the plant where every BMW—and the processes that are used to build it—originate; Plant Zero is the place where BMW magic begins. BMW doesn't cite the pickup car specifically, but since the facility is responsible for all of BMW's prototypes; this is the place where it happened.

Veloster Details Unleashed!

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Hyundai Veloster test 2

Today’s world is fast-paced. Each day we are overwhelmed with new data and exciting stories, a virtual media blitz. The all new 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a car which not only helps drivers to navigate and command the media realm, but seems to have functional design elements as well. If you’re in the market for a compact coupe and can wait until summer 2011, the Veloster is a great option to consider. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Veloster is the standard 7-inch touchscreen which serves as the command center for navigation, staying in touch with comrades, uploading photos, using Pandora, and, most importantly, watching movies or playing video games on your the Xbox 360. Fear not, parents, drivers can watch and game only whilst in the park position.


Tesla Roadster On an 1,800-Mile Australian Tour

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 8:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tesla Roadster test 2

If you were about to indulge on an 1,800-mile road trip—roughly Kansas City to San Francisco—an electric car would probably be your last vehicle of choice, what with range anxiety and limited charging locations holding you back. And that's precisely why Tesla is holding what it calls the "Oz Goes Electric" tour, to prove that you can complete that type of journey in an electric vehicle, albeit in Australia. The three-day tour is of 1,800 miles along Australia's eastern coast—the perfect place to put a red, electric convertible to the test.

While an 1,800-mile trek by electric car is an intimidating thing for most drivers, the Tesla Roadster is better equipped for it than most electric vehicles. Tesla rates the car's range at 245 miles, and it once achieved the record for longest drive on a single charge in a production vehicle with a 310.6 mile journey, also in Australia. You'd have all kinds of trouble doing that in a 100-mile Nissan Leaf.

It Won't Be a Long Long Time; Mini Rocketman Concept Coming to Geneva

On: Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Chris Weiss

It Won't Be a Long Long Time; Mini Rocketman Concept Coming to Geneva test 1-1

Unlike last year's hot Mini concept—the Beachcomber—the Rocketman is a rather modest concept that looks like it could hit production tomorrow. And it's a Mini through and through: a small, efficient, three-door hatch that makes the most out of its tiny interior. The Rocketman does offer some unique features and technologies, though.

Fresh off its "Cram It In The Boot" campaign, it looks like Mini is ready to pull it out of the boot. The Rocketman uses a unique, slide-out "drawer" to increase the capacity of the hatch and offer extra storage. From the snowboard pictured inside, it looks almost like an integrated gear rack that lets you get the most out of your Mini without any aftermarket attention.

Subaru Lovers and Audiophiles Rejoice

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:06PM | By: Chris Salamone

Kicker for 5-door Models test 2

Commonly recognized as an all-rounder brand, the latest Subarus offer so many features and incredible bang-for-the-buck value that owners have no choice but to fall deeply in love. What’s better than symmetrical AWD, practical interior space, decent gas mileage, and smile-cracking drivability? Subaru of America has announced that it will partner with Kicker Performance Audio to supply original equipment audio upgrades on compatible new and currently loved models.

Kicker Performance is a 30-year industry leader in quality after-market audio accessories. The audio system designed for Subaru vehicles includes a 10-inch powered subwoofer in a molded enclosure intended to fit in the rear cargo area. Now Subaru owners can enjoy driving while blasting show tunes from the opera Roméo et Juliette symbolizing their forbidden love affair.

The Evils of Ethanol

On: Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 11:45AM | By: Chuck Arehart

E85 ethanol test 2

Gasoline blended with 10-percent corn-based ethanol has been around for decades. I remember it as "gasahol" in the seventies and its intent was to stifle the effect of our nation's first oil "crisis" by easing the burden at the pump a few cents per gallon. Fast forward to circa 2005 when the green movement was building steam, global warming transitioned from theory to belief and automakers (mainly domestic) were touting their new flex-fuel vehicles that could run on E85 (gasoline with 85 percent ethanol). There are several reasons for the sudden interest in E85. Gas prices were nearing the three-dollar per-gallon mark and E85 was cheaper, if you could find it. E85's lower emissions would help combat global warming and the stigma that went along with a fuel-sucking, environment polluting SUV.

Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E

On: Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 1:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Ups Its Green Cred With Panamera S Hybrid and Boxster E test 1-1

We know that Porsche plans to make a hybrid version of every one of its cars. This week, the company took the next official step, introducing the Panamera S Hybrid ahead of its Geneva debut. And if that wasn't enough to make environmentalists all warm and tingly, Porsche also introduced the all-electric Boxster E prototype.

Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis)

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis) test 1-1

We thought Pagani dragged things out, but Lamborghini is really nursing it. I guess a new Lambo flagship is enough of a rarity to forgive the slow, slow, slow reveal, but I just want to see the damn car already—uncovered, from every angle.

But Lamborghini isn't giving it up so easy. Instead, it continues to tease the Aventador piece by beautiful piece. We got the official details on the powertrain all the way back in November, and most recently, Lambo has given the world a closer look at the lightweight, composite chassis that will hold drivers up for the most exciting ride of their lives.

Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept  test 1-1

Nissan has previewed an all-electric sports car concept that it will debut in Geneva. Called ESFLOW, the new concept combines a dual-motor powertrain with lightweight components and sporty styling.

Designed to "prove it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving," the ESFLOW is based upon the technology available in the Leaf, albeit modified to ensure a sportier ride. It features two rear-mounted electric motors that are centrally located above the rear axle.