Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The New Land Rover LRX

This stylish compact crossover coupe is Gerry McGovern's first concept vehicle since becoming Land Rover's design head. As such, it provides a revealing look at where Land Rover may be heading, at least stylistically.With an emphasis on luxury and performance, the LRX concept places a special emphasis on weight reduction with polycarbonate windows that are 40 percent lighter than glass.The interior features various recycled materials, the vehicle was on display at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The 2010 Nissan Cube

The Nissan Cube has been sold in Japan for the last 10 years, but is only now being launched in USA as a 2010 model. Sales kick off in early ‘09; about seven years after Toyota introduced the equally boxy Scion xB. Happily for Nissan--and maybe for you, too--this funky, frugal subcompact looks like just the thing to help Americans cope with $4 gas and other new economic miseries. A pure battery-power version is expected early next decade as part of Nissan’s new Green Program 2010. It was recently previewed by the Denki Cube concept (Denki means “electric” in Japanese).Like the xB, the 2010 Nissan Cube is a tall, square-cut, 4-door, five-passenger wagon based on a small mainstream front-wheel-drive hatchback (in this case Nissan’s March/Micra minicar, which has never been sold in the U.S.).
The Cube, however, actually predates (and allegedly inspired) the Scion’s original Toyota bB parent. The Cube coming stateside is somewhat smaller than the newly enlarged 2008 xB. It’s basically the redesigned 2002 Japan-market Cube with trim and equipment alterations to suit North American driving conditions and buyer tastes.In its early years, the Cube was a gotta-have ride for young Japanese fashionistas. Though no longer considered so trendy a decade on, it’s bound to seem like a way-cool novelty here in the States. But the 2010 Nissan Cube should appeal to anyone looking for good fuel thrift and a city-friendly package with surprising interior space. The home-market Cube offers two-row accommodations for six via a front bench seat and steering-column shift lever, but the U.S. version will probably have two front seats with a floor shift in between. There’s also a seven-passenger version, called the Cube3 or “Cubic,” with an extra 6.9 inches of wheelbase making room for a small 3rd-row seat and even more maximum load space. No word on whether that model is coming here too, but we won’t be surprised if it does. In fact, it might be the only one we get, as the wheelbase for the Denki Cube concept was stretched 9.4 inches from the regular model’s, though that was partly to accommodate the bulky batteries of its all-electric drive.However long it is, the U.S.-market 2010 Nissan Cube is generally expected to carry a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine instead of the 1.4-liter unit used overseas.

Monday, September 22, 2008

James Bond's 2003 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

This 2003 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is the same model used in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. Harking back to the classic Aston DB5 used in Goldfinger, the movie version of the Vanquish had all the requesite Bond modifications, such as a pair of machine guns that come up through the bonnet vents, five heat-seeking missiles and a brace of shot guns that operate from the front radiator grille. Although the street version is a bit less flamboyant, it still has a 48-valve V12 engine with a top speed of 190 mph.

2006 Honda Civic GX Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV)

The 2006 Honda Civic GX NGV car has been crowned as "America's Greenest Car" by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and is certified as AT-PZEV (almost zero emissions) by the Californian Air Resources Board (CARB). Powered by compressed natural gas, this Honda is renown for having the cleanest internal combustion engine in the world.

2006 Toyota F3R Hybrid Synergy Concept

The 2006 Toyota F3R Hybrid Synergy Concept is a hybrid powered design study targeted to a "hipper" minivan automotive market segment.

1930 Doble Steamer Coupe

Steam powered automobiles use their fuel to heat a boiler containing water that quickly turns to steam. Regulating the steam pressure controls the power, so the car has few moving parts and requires no gear shift or clutch.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2007 Great Wall i7

2007 Great Wall i7 is a five door hatchback, and is expected to go on sale in China in 2008. It is powered by a new family of 1.3 to 1.5 litre gasoline engines.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

1991 GM EV1 or GM Impact Electric Concept Car

One of the first modern EVs was the General Motors Impact. GM changed its name and started leasing the GM "EV1" in 1996. This sleek looking car even set a World Record of more than 180 miles per hour! General Motors engineers and their outside consultants designed the EV1 from the ground up. The automobile combined lightweight materials, aerodynamic design, a system that recharges the batteries during braking, and sophisticated computer-controlled propulsion to create an electric vehicle.

USA - Electric Car

A New York City Park Department employee uses one of the 275 all-electric vehicles in Central Park - Global Electric Motor cars - or GEMs - that run for a day and then are plugged into a wall outlet to recharge overnight.

"Cars Not Carbon" Sticker at Sexy Green Car Show

A "Cars not Carbon" sticker on display at the Sexy Green Car Show at the Eden Project,in England.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

2008 Bentley Brooklands

The 2008 Bentley Brooklands is one of the grandest coupes on the planet. Hand assembled, and limited to only 550 examples, this luxury four-seater features a high-output version of the Azure's hand-built, 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. This engine produces a stunning 530 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque, and represents the latest evolution of the original Crewe-built V8 launched in 1959.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

World's first swimming car

Three decades ago James Bond (then enacted by British star Roger Moore) wowed the world with a car that could 'fly' under water in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Only, it was animation and not an actual scene.

But Frank M Rinderknecht, the 52-year-old automobile visionary and boss of Swiss automaker Rinspeed, has turned a dream into reality with his 'sQuba.'
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