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Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

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

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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.

Adventure Awaits At The Overland Expo

On: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:30AM | By: Chris Salamone

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Prepare to be covered in dust and mud whilst shaking with sheer anticipation. The 2011 Overland Expo is set to go down April 1-3 in Amado, Arizona. For the vast majority of us, who have no clue where that is, Amado is a small desert town 30 minutes south of Tucson along Interstate 19. For those of us who believe in true navigation, Amado is at latitude/longitude: 31.70 N/111.07 W, elevation 3090 feet. The Expo is an international event that educates and inspires people to get out and explore the world by bike or other vehicles. OX, as attendees affectionately call it, includes an adventure vehicle exhibition, workshops, classes, roundtable programs, and an exciting travel film festival. If you’re into exploring the unknown, cutting-edge auto technology, artsy films, camping, or even happy hour you will enjoy this event.

Another Stunning BMW Concept Launching Under Name "Vision"

On: Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

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BMW will debut a new roadster concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show next month. And the pictures tell us that it's going to be as stylish as its Vision EfficientDynamics concept that originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is now on the way to production. More than just a way to build buzz around Bimmer, the Vision ConnectedDrive concept will preview new, in-vehicle technology systems that will make it to production models like the Vision Ed and MegaCity EV. The concept also introduces new design language, which will also make it to the production line.

Ursa Minor's ECAMPER And The Disappearing Honda Element

On: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 7:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

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For the last few years Ursa Minor Vehicles, a small company in Southern California, has built the ECAMPER. This niche after-market modification was designed to create a luxury camping environment, similar to the VW vans of yesterday. Unlike the old VWs, which required constant maintenance and MacGyver-like abilities to keep running, Ursa Minor banked on the reliability of Japanese engineering by using the Honda Element as a base vehicle. Yet, despite long term technical foresight, Honda quietly announced to discontinue the retro camping box in 2011.


Transformer Flying Car Program Takes Off

On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 6:27PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Is our long wait finally coming to an end? Will we really get a glimpse at a genuine practical flying car? If the United States Department of Defense has their way we certainly will. Yes, that would be the U.S. Department of Defense, or more specifically, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, who would like nothing more than to have a flying car in their arsenal of combat vehicles. Last April, DARPA put out the call for a sturdy off-road type of vehicle that can carry up to four passengers and, oh, by the way, it has to fly. They referred to their mission as “terrain-independent mobility with full flight capabilities for a vertical takeoff and landing,” translated: “Give us a flying Humvee.”

Volkswagen To Offer 100-Model Production On Its Intriguing XL1 Concept

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 6:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Last week, Volkswagen made a big splash with the plug-in diesel-electric hybrid concept that it calls the XL1. It introduced the concept, which looks straight out of a futuristic thriller, at the Qatar Motor Show. The XL1 is an updated version of the L1 concept that VW first showed in 2002. It promises incredible efficiency, thanks to its tiny diesel- and electric motor-based powertrain. And good news for green lovers: Volkswagen plans to put it in production by 2013. For now, however, production will be limited to just 100 units.

Automotive News quotes VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech from Qatar: "We want to go into series production with this car starting in 2013." Piech went on to indicate that production will be very limited, with no more than 100 units planned, but that the car will be sold to actual consumers as opposed to fleet customers. Sales will begin in Germany and will move to the U.S. and China.

CARFAX and Experian Offer Vehicle History Apps

On: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:35PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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Every since the iPhone made its debut, companies, gamers, news outlets, and just about anyone with a new idea has gotten into the application business. Whether you need to look up recipes, find movie times, convert measurements, or get restaurant reviews delivered right to your phone, it seems there’s an app for everything. Now CARFAX Inc. and Experian Automotive have gotten into the app business by providing a way for car dealers to access their databases right from their cell phones.

When a potential car seller drives into a lot and wants to trade, a dealer can immediately access CARFAX and Experian from his computer (or iPhone) to get instant feedback on any potential trade. Before the internet, dealers had to rely on the  “kick the tire” method of checking out a car.

Roads of the Future--Idaho Inventor Envisions Solar-Powered Roads With No Ice

On: Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 6:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

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Having lived in the Rocky Mountains for about five years, I've often daydreamed about a smarter type of road. The road crews here are generally quite adept at clearing things quickly, but there is always the chance for snow build-up and icy patches. There's only so much you can do to keep the roads clear, dry, and safe and, as is the case throughout the rest of life, Mother Nature really has the last say.

But what if we could make a road that snow and ice don't stick to? It doesn't seem that hard to imagine some type of heated road surface that simply doesn't allow for freezing or snow build-up. An Idaho start-up called Solar Roadways has just such a plan.

GM Creates Technological Chief Position

On: Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:55AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Over the past few years, the technological and automotive industries have been tied more and more closely. Cars are now controlled with the help of advanced computer systems, and advanced GPS systems help drivers navigate and find businesses and services that they need. Over the past two to three years, the amount of technology in vehicles has spiked, extending to such features as in-vehicle Wi-Fi, voice-activated texting and email, and advanced smartphone-integrating infotainment systems.

So it should come as no surprise that companies are looking to compete and one-up each other on vehicular technologies. And in order to position itself as a technological leader, GM created a new senior executive post to oversee its technology efforts. The company named Vice Chairman Thomas Stephens its first Global Chief Technology Officer.

Mercedes-Benz Working On Smart Charging

On: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Much of the auto-show drama and theatrics of the past several years has been centered on the advanced technologies and promising efficiency of plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids. But there's been a side plot that is equally compelling, if not quite as flashy: charging technology.

With the growth of the plug-in market comes the need for a better charging infrastructure. Companies and team-ups between automakers and electric start-ups and mainstays have been working hard to make charging as fast, intuitive, efficient, and inexpensive as possible. Technologies like wireless charging and smart homes have been undergoing testing and promise to make a better future for plug-in vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz is spearheading one large effort toward creating a smarter charging system. The system would allow cars to communicate with the greater electrical grid toward providing less expensive charging.

BMW, Audi And Mercedes Will Build U.S. Factories

On: Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

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The official word from the automotive world is clear: “the world’s three largest luxury automakers will expand factories this year to ease capacity constraints.” Translation: BMW, Daimler, and Audi are building bigger factories which means new jobs all around! Why can’t they just say that?

Actually, the race is on between those three big European automakers to see who is going to come out on top. However, they’re not only thinking about sales this year, but they they’re already talking about who is going to be the industry leader for 2015. That’s confidence.