Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Power

GM will build more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles for customer testing in this year. Dubbed "Project Driveway", this program will gauge customer experience, and is the first comprehensive market test of passenger car fuel cell vehicles anywhere.

Chevrolet Sequel Concept

The Chevrolet Sequel Concept utilizes hydrogen fuel cells, lithium ion batteries charged via regenerative braking, drive-by-wire controls, and three electric motors to drive the wheels. It travels up to 300 miles between fuel stops and its emissions consist only of water vapor.

BMW H2R Hydrogen Record Racecar

BMW's H2R (Hydrogen Record Car) is powered entirely by the clean-burning process of liquid-hydrogen combustion, and this futuristic racecar has already set nine speed records of 300 km/h and above.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

2007 Audi Q7

Audi's Q7 is a super-luxury performance SUV with a powerful 4.2-liter, 350 horsepower V-8 engine, 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and the latest generation of quattro all-wheel drive.

2007 Lotus Exige S

The latest addition to its family of lightweight sports cars, the 2007 Lotus Exige S weighs just 2057 lbs, and is powered by a 218 horsepower high-revving supercharged engine. This gives it a 0 - 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds.

2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4

This is the latest model in the 911 series, and features a wider rear-body profile and permanent all-wheel-drive, ensuring safe and balanced handling no matter what the driving conditions. The Targa 4 achieves 0 to 60 mph times of 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

The Corvette made its debut in 1953, and is widely considered "America's Sports Car". Its origins date back to the end of World War II, when returning GIs sang the praises of the lithe sports cars they had seen overseas, such as MGs, Jaguars, and Alfa Romeos. GM designer Harley Earl, always quick to sense a trend, convinced GM to create its own original sports car. Earl chose fiberglass for the body, making Chevrolet the first big company to use the new miracle material in a mass production vehicle. Mechanically, the early 'Vettes used mostly off the shelf components, including a modified "Blue Flame" six cylinder engine. Corvette prototypes made a huge impression at the auto shows, and from this, a legend was born.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

1953 M.G. TD

American soldiers stationed in London during WWII were excited by the many sports cars they saw, including MG's similar to this 1953 M.G. TD. The Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird drew much of their inspiration from these nimble, exciting cars.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

1956 Ford Thunderbird

The genesis of the Ford Thunderbird can be traced back to the end of World War II. Many American GIs stationed in England during the war acquired a taste for the sleek and agile MGs and Jaguars. Chevy answered the call with its famous Corvette, prompting Ford's brilliant response. The Thunderbird is somewhat less sporting than the Corvette, but more comfortable and luxurious. It's plenty potent, however, with a 285 hp V-8.

1940 Packard Super Eight 160

Packards in the 1930s and 1940s were the last word in luxury, refinement and mechanical excellence. Sadly, they went out of business in the late 1950s.

1991 Chrysler 300 Concept Car V10

The Chrysler 300 concept car is the direct spiritual descendant of the original Chrysler 300 series from the '50s. It combines the features of an ultra-luxury car with blistering performance, thanks in part to an 8-liter V-1 0 "Copperhead" engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. With its striking good looks, the Chrysler 300 Concept Car helped blaze a path for Chrysler's styling in the 1990's, including the Viper and LH series.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

EcoJet - Jay Leno's New Supercar

Jay Leno, comedian and talk show host and Ed Welburn, GM's veep of Global Design showcase EcoJet at SEMA's.It's the 650 hp (400 lb.-ft. of torque), bio-diesel monster supercar named the EcoJet. The mid-engined beast, originally sketched by Leno and Ed on the back of a napkin, shares design cues with everything from jet aircraft and Formular One racecars, and even, it would appear, the nose of a Cadillac STS.
The Leno-Welburn love child is powered by a Honeywell LT-101 turbine engine running in a modified Corvette Z06 hydroformed aluminum frame with aluminum and magnesium structural and chassis components. The shell's composed of a carbon fiber over Kevlar skin.
EcoJet Was born with the ideas of Jay Leno and Bernard Juchli,his car mechanic and caretaker.Welburn helped them in design direction.This resulted in EcoJet.

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Shelby - one of the greatest sports car

Carroll Shelby has had a remarkably long career as a driver, owner, team manager, manufacturer, consultant, and visionary.
Early in his career, Carroll's accomplishments as a race car driver included breaking land speed records at Bonneville in 1954 for Austin Healey and winning the 24-hour Le Mans in 1959 alongside teammate Roy Salvadori. As a team manager, Carroll was a part of the FIA World Grand Touring Championship as well as Ford GT victories at Le Mans..

When his health caused him to give up racing in 1960, Carroll got out of the driver's seat and turned his attention to design. He had a vision of creating a racecar made from a lightweight European chassis with American V8 power.

The result of this vision was what is considered perhaps the greatest sports car and one of the fastest road cars ever constructed - the Shelby Cobra. The aluminum-bodied 289 and 427 Cobra models and the subsequent Shelby Mustangs he built for Ford, made Carroll Shelby a household name in the 1960s.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Tesla Roadster the 100% electric car

Tesla roadster is one electric car that boasts of a 0-100 kmph in about 4 seconds-a figure many sports cars and supercars will struggle to match.The car will move on to a top speed of over 200 km/h and has a range of almost 400 kms.

At present price of electricity the average cost of fuel for this car comes to 2 cents per mile.

The car is priced at US$ 100,000 plus taxes(approximate).The next delivery of this car will start from Feb 2008.You can even customize your car.The website gives all the details about booking.

But why is it important to go electric with tesla cars:

Pollution control - Go Green

Reduce dependent on Oil

Special tax benefits

Cost saving on fuel

The tires and battery of tesla cars are recyclable.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Some interesting facts about Ford Car

The first ford was launched in 1908 and the price of the base model was $ 850.Henry Ford worked relentlessly on innovations such as the conveyor belt,and brought the price down to $ 500 in 1914.By 1924 ,the base model was selling for just $ 290, a third of its original price.
This price cut made ford the biggest producer of car in the world.

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Best Limousine rental service in USA

During our recent business travel to USA,I got the chance to utilize ,one of the best limousine rental service in the USA booking was done through the website,
The booking was easily done with the help of the website.This is the one of the most reasonably priced limousine service available because of its tieup with many different limo service provider.The service is available in all the major cities of USA. also provides listing of over 10,000 limo providers offering airport pickup and drop facility over 300 different airports worldwide.The limo service is also available for wedding, and special occasions.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Ten All-American Sports Cars

Sports cars are different things to different people.
For Don Chaikin, the recently retired automotive editor of Popular Mechanics, if you look up "All-American sports car" in the dictionary, there's a picture of only one set of wheels.
"To me, it's the Corvette," he says. "The classic definition is, it's got to be front-engine, rear-wheel drive. It has to have a V8, and it has to have a true dual exhaust. It has to have two doors and two seats, and it can't be a sports coupe."

Another widely held and passionately defended definition of "sports car" is the tiny, affordable two-seat roadster. Like America the melting pot, this concept is a blend of different nationalities.
Its roots are in the post-World War II boom in tiny, lightweight, mostly British sports cars like MGs and Triumphs. They were finicky to start on a rainy day, not very practical and not even all that powerful. But when they ran, they were, and are, immense fun to drive.

"In the old days, a sports car was thought of as an open two-seater that might not even have a top," says D. Randy Riggs, editor in chief of Vintage Motorsport magazine. "Or else it had a top that you had to spend an hour putting up and down."
High costs and poor quality all but drove the British car industry out of business and into foreign ownership by the 1980s. A Japanese brand revived the British sports car concept in 1989, with the original Mazda Miata, now in a new generation. Compared with other sports cars, it's tiny and unpowered but undeniably fun to drive.

American Adopters American models, on the other hand, have plenty of muscle. To make our list, a car had to be an American brand and built in North America (the Dodge Challenger will be built across the border in Canada).
Such icons include the Pontiac Solstice, for the 2006 model year. GM added the closely related Saturn Sky for 2007.
The Ford Mustang is another All-American set of wheels, in between the bulked-up Corvette and the stripped-down Miata concept.

But since the Mustang and its competitors have four seats, some purists consider them "sport-y cars," as opposed to sports cars per se. Automotive News, the auto industry trade magazine, lumps most of the cars on our list into the larger category of "sporty cars," which are then subdivided based on price. Consulting firm J.D. Power and Associates has a similar "sporty" category, which includes most of the cars on our list that are on sale. Some of our picks aren't on sale yet, so they're not categorized.
However, Riggs points out that even classic Porsche 911s had folding jump seats for kids, and nobody would think of calling them anything but sports cars.
Bottom line: The freedom of choice, the right to different opinions, and the blending of ideas and cultures from different countries doesn't apply to just the good old U.S.A. It applies to her sports cars as well.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hybrid Cars - Safe on the Environment

Car manufacturers tout their efficiency. Consumer advocates dispute claims of 60-plus miles per gallon gas efficiency. Amidst the controversy, environmentalists still claim, in the absence of anything better - that hybrid vehicles are still better for the environment than their traditional gas-guzzling counterparts.
Hybrids, known for the way they combine both gas and electric power to offer a cleaner ride, have come under fire in recent months for their inability to reach gas mileage milestones set by the manufacturers. Critics say that most fail to live up to claims of getting more than 60 miles to a single gallon of gas. Advocates argue that recent studies confirm the same is true for efficiency ratings set on traditional engines, still making hybrids the better deal environmentally.
Touted as the gas-saver of the future when introduced in 1999, hybrids are known to use a fraction of the gas due to their ability to "share the burden", with their electric motors. Full hybrid vehicles allow the electric motor to work independently of the more traditional internal combustion engine, while driving at low speeds. This in turn saves gas, and stops harmful emissions from entering the atmosphere. During an idle stop, a full hybrid actually shuts itself off, letting the electric motor take over to eliminate unnecessary idling and emissions.
Toyota Prius - Toyota's hybrid car
Consumers should be aware, however, that the mild hybrids focus remains on traditional gas consumption, with the electric motor only assisting the gas engine at high speeds when more power is needed, thus making the mild hybrid much less environmental friendly than its full hybrid counterpart.
Great for in town drivers, the full hybrid allows slow speeding drivers to virtually use only the electric motor, thus saving even more gas, and eliminating harmful emissions into the environment.
Despite any controversy surrounding today's hybrid vehicles, consumers seem eager to do what they can to decrease the harmful effects of emissions on the environment and save a few bucks at the pumps.
The Yano Research Institute Ltd. estimates that by 2015, nearly 5.37 million hybrid vehicles will be on the global road, compared to less than one million last year.Manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, with Honda, Toyota, Ford, Lexus and Chevrolet, all offering their own hybrid varieties. Newer models sport higher-powered and faster models, even making hybrid SUV's and trucks available to the consumer.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Car maker Lamborghini also makes Mobile Phone

Inspired by the luxurious and prestigious car manufacturer based in Italy, Rich and Beautiful GmbH has designed a timeless piece of art which embodies the Lamborghini brand, uncompromising design and latest technological standards. Combining these characteristics with the nokia world of telecommunications, the result is a master-piece of design and technology. With the discreet laser etched Lamborghini logo on the front and on the stainless steel casing and the words “Automobil Lamborghini” on its holder, serve as a constant reminder of its uniqueness and exclusivity. Sensuous curves inspired by nature translate into an ergonomic masterpiece that fits the hand perfectly. Ball bearings crafted by Lamborghini have been used, allowing a sophisticated slide mechanism. Premium features like the 262,144 colour TFT display protected by scratch-resistant sapphire coated glass and an integrated 2-megapixel camera as well as a 128mb internal memory demonstrate the latest technological standards of this product. The Nokia 8800 contains a selection of striking Lamborghini graphics for use as wallpapers or screensavers and a short documentary video by Lamborghini plus exclusive Ringtones that evoke the power of the Lamborghini engine.The Lamborghini edition Nokia phone has many high technological functions like the tri-band GSM coverage on up to five continents, an integrated digital mp3 music player, Bluetooth conectivity, xHTML browsing over TCP/IP, email supports POP3, SMTP, IMAP4 and APOP protocols, IMPS Instant messaging, data transfer over EDGE, GPRS or TCP/IP, video streaming services, over-the-air (OTA) downloading and integrated handsfree speaker. The combination of the futuristic and sophisticated features of the Nokia 8800 and the uncompromising, elegant and prestigious design of the marque Lamborghini made in Italy fulfils the dreams and expectations of every proud owner. This special 500-piece-limited edition was created especially for the Lamborghini customer.The Price is around Euro 1380.0.
Lamborghini Store also makes :
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2.Bikini lame logo
3.Men's Swimming Shorts
Exclusively for lamborghini lovers

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

What is Mulliner to do with Bentley Motors

Situated within the Bentley facility at Crewe, England, Mulliner could be called the last bastion of coachbuilding in the 21st Century.
Here Bentley continues to cherish the proud Mulliner tradition of handcrafted excellence, passed down over generations. Over a hundred specialists ply their trade at Mulliner; coachbuilders alongside coppersmiths, electronics specialists alongside cabinetmakers. All are world-class craftspeople whose sole purpose is the realisation of the personal vision of the individual Bentley customer.
Over 90% of Bentley Arnage are fitted with bespoke features from Mulliner. This could be something as simple as a refrigerated bottle cooler, or an embroidered personal design on the leather hide. Or it could be as radical as an entirely new body-style, extended wheelbase or a fully-functional mobile office.With Bentley Mulliner’s scope nearly as wide as it's customers’ imaginations, it's little wonder that an Arnage owner once exclaimed that it was ‘like having your own private car company’.

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Latest Rolls-Royce, 101EX

The latest experimental creation from Rolls-Royce, 101EX has been designed and built to investigate the stylistic and engineering requirements of a more dynamic Rolls-Royce. To this end the EX team has created a thrilling 21st century interpretation of the classic Grand Touring coupe.

Once again its aluminium spaceframe is a modified version of that used in the Phantom, along with the familiar 6.75 litre, V12, 48 valve direct injection petrol engine. Shorter, and with a lowered roofline, the 101EX is a sleek, lithe, muscular machine, with tighter, more overtly sporting lines to emphasise it's high performance capability, while under the bonnet a black engine bay and specially finished black cam covers set a suitably distinctive tone.

In contrast to production Rolls-Royce cars, which rely on predominantly alloy body panels, the 101EX's sleek lines are formed from special carbon-fibre composites. Once again, a pair of rear-hinged doors are used, and the waistline of the car is high, to emphasise the cocoon-like nature of the interior. Providing, intimate, opulent space for four, the 101EX features an extraordinary 'Starlight headliner', which employs fibre-optics to create the illusion of a star-filled night sky. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy has also been the focus of attention. In place of the traditional nickel-plated steel mascot, the EX team fashioned it from a polycarbonate material. With a frosted finish and illuminated via fibre-optics, the 101EX's Spirit of Ecstasy is a fittingly spectacular figurehead for a truly extraordinary car. In the finest tradition of Rolls-Royce's experimental cars, the 101EX is the latest tantalising taste of what might be.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Electric Cars at the American International Auto Show

They're going electric in the Motor City, Detroit -- well, maybe not just yet.

But it made for a nice "buzz" as the world auto industry gathered at one of its premier events, the North American International Auto Show, with gas-electric hybrids and even "plug-in" electric cars all the rage.

It was almost enough to make one think, in the age of global warming worries and $60 per barrel oil, that the gasoline combustion engine was on the way out.

Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp, the leader in hybrids, said it expects to sell up to 300,000 of the environmentally friendly cars this year in the United States, up from 191,000 in 2006.

The models, mainly the wildly popular Prius but also now a few Camrys -- the top-selling car in America nine of the last 10 years --have only added to Toyota's luster with American consumers as the source of quality and innovation.

The reputation reached a new high at the end of 2006, with Toyota's U.S vehicle sales passing Chrysler for the first time and knocking it out of the long-time Big Three -- General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group.

Toyota now expects to pass Ford in the U.S. sales this year and also General Motors in global sales, ending GM's reign of more than 80 years as the world's top carmaker.

But GM may not be dead yet -- if electric shock treatments have anything to do with it.

At the Detroit show, GM revived its once-failed idea of a mass-market electric car, unveiling a new "concept" car called the Volt designed to use little or no gasoline.

GM had killed an earlier model, the EV1, in 2003, drawing the ire of "greens" and brickbats in a 2006 film, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

But on Sunday GM executives said the Chevrolet Volt will draw power exclusively from a next-generation battery pack recharged by a small onboard engine -- if the technology is ready in two or three years.

"We have a thoroughly studied concept," said Jon Lauckner, a GM vice president for product development.

"It will create a buzz," said Mike Jackson, Chief Executive of AutoNation Inc., the largest public auto dealership group. "A thing like Volt shocks people who say 'I really didn't expect this from General Motors.'"

Jackson said a product like Volt would also make consumers take a second look at other vehicles in GM's line-up.

GM product chief Bob Lutz said critics would have to revise their thinking about GM's commitment to environmental concerns and U.S. dependence on oil imports after seeing the Volt.

"An electric vehicle coming from General Motors, I am shocked, truly shocked," Lutz told reporters at the show.

"The GM electric vehicle is an inconvenient truth," Lutz quipped, an allusion to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's crusading film against global warming.

"This is not a PR exercise or a pure show car," Lutz told reporters at the auto show. "This is a real program with real money behind it that is heading for production."


Such optimism abounded at embattled GM on the first day of the show after a year when it survived daunting threats of bankruptcy, sliding market share, soaring costs and sharp outside pressure from a big-money shareholder.

GM got an extra boost on Sunday when it swept the 2007 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards on Sunday, with top honors going to the new Aura produced by its Saturn division and the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

The Aura beat out the other two finalists for the car award, the Honda Fit and the Toyota Camry. The Silverado bested the Ford Edge and the Mazda CX-7.

The sweep represents the first time in the award's 14-year history that a single U.S. automaker has won both awards. Last year, Japan's Honda Motors won both.

But if hope springs eternal, reality awaits.

"Domestic manufacturers continue to close the quality gap, although consumer perception has lagged this process," bond rating agency Fitch said in its 2007 autos outlook last month.

"Outside of pickups, Ford, GM and Chrysler will continue to suffer from product mix imbalances as they remain overexposed to the mid-size and large SUV markets," Fitch said. "Demand in these segments continues to decline."

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