Archive for July, 2007

For ‘land-use only’ Pegasus

July 28, 2007

Tuning specialist Arden from Krefeld, Germany (where many customers have run to for years now with preferences on either standard features or for distinctive modification on their Jaguar or Range Rover) customized a Range Rover Sport with wing doors.

Arden proves wing doors enhance SUVs as well establishing themselves as track blazers. The specialist achieves this by using a specialized door hinge unit that opens the original door first to the outside, then steadily glides it upwards and gently opens it thoroughly. The opening phase is supported by a gas spring which also minimizes unnecessary strain. The entire mechanism is individually modified made of high quality stainless steel. The sophisticated construction has comprehensive engineering features. The highest degree of precision assembly is headed by the recognized German specialists.

Arden highlights safety so all mechanisms are thoroughly tested following the manufacturing vehicle UN-ECE regulations. It aims the wing doors sling to every Range Rover Sport to become the ultimate show car. Installation is included in the cost of modification to the original standard doors.

Arden offers wide choices for individualization of the Range Rover Sport. For higher performance of diesel and gas engines, the German specialists provide several power enhancement parts and accessories. It makes the V8 diesel TDV8 an increased performance to 315 HP and 700 Nm torque. The top version of the gas engine equips an increase in size for its compressor motor to 4.5 liters.

Peak performance: 480 HP
Torque: 680 Nm
Vmax: 270 km/h

The Range Rover Sport has an even more memorable impression; thanks to the complete Arden bodywork kit. The Pegasus is adequately provided proper footing whether “Sportline” in 23-inch or Monoblock Rims “Dakar” in 22-inch.

Acoustic tuning and power are given by the Arden high performance exhaust systems. Driving improvements from Arden include unique better handling and additional driving safety, which features Arden-developed brake system that provide sustainable deceleration.

Besides the looks, power and performance that are all 100 percent assured cool, the interior also promises comfort and luxury.

The occupants of a Range Rover Sport, whether luxurious, sporty or dignified, will be spoiled in having all senses appealed to. The interior is built in Arden’s own workshop of highest precision and with much desire to detail made to order following customer requests. Excellent material quality provides the occupants of each Range total satisfaction and a relaxed atmosphere on longer drives.

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Nissan shows what a future van is

July 25, 2007

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has revealed in July 23 a highly innovative small van concept at Nissan Design Europe (NDE).

Called NV200 and set to be given its worldwide debut at the Tokyo Motor Show this year in October, the concept turns the usual light commercial design inside out.

Its storage pod is its most striking feature. It extends from the van’s load area whenever the vehicle is parked. As the pod is systematized, the now empty load area is converted into a mobile office. Isn’t that amazing?

The NV200 was developed through the collaborative efforts of Nissan Design Center in Japan and NDE, which is located in Paddington, London. According to Auto Channel news, the team had no pre-conceived ideas on what form NV200 should take. So as a result, they developed a “radical, futuristic, but entirely practical new concept”.

Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said that a light commercial vehicle has a specific job to do, but that is not a reason to make a purely rational vehicle with no amiability. He added that an A for NV200 function becomes the beauty. He also said that the concept is a highly efficient tool but has a human touch or warmth.

The basic concept of the van could be tailored to suit different range of customers. This is a fact although NV200 meets the specific needs of a professional underwater photographer with ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ storage zones in the pod for diving and camera equipment.

When the van is being driven, the pod is latched inside the load area. But upon arrival at its destination, the pod slides out going to the rear to allow easy access to the storage zones. As the pod is withdrawn from the van, the area left behind is converted into a mobile office. On a curved rail, the front passenger seat pivots backwards to face a computer table, which drops down from the side of the van.
Now this is what a future van is.

Ford Unleashing its Racing DNA

July 11, 2007

Ford is giving us something to be excited about. Read this: Ford will attempt to create a new record for the fastest hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. And just how will it accomplish such? With its new Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell racer car, of course.

Ford’s new creation is the product of collaborative efforts of Ballard, Roush, and the Ohio State University. This new fuel cell car will run on a 770-hp electric motor with the electric energy supplied by hydrogen fuel cells.

Ford will take its new Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell car to the Bonneville Salt Flats next month where it will create its new world record for the fastest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. And to drive the 999 is Ford retiree and veteran Bonneville racer Rick Byrnes.

According to Gerhard Schmidt, Vice-President, Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company, “Racing is part of Ford Motor Company’s DNA so it seemed only natural for us to build a fuel cell race car that runs on hydrogen, a fuel that could someday play a key role in meeting the energy needs of the transportation sector. Our goal in attempting this record is to further expand our technological horizons with fuel cell powered vehicles. The collaboration with Ohio State University also affords us an opportunity to work closely with a prestigious university, which provides out-of-the-box thinking from student engineers and helps us recruit talented young people to work at Ford Motor Company.”

Aside from the Fusion 999 there would be another fuel-cell powered racer that will compete in the unlimited class category and it’s called Buckeye Bullet 2 also a collaborative effort from the student group from Ohio State University and several Ford researchers.

Ford together with the rest of its team on the fuel cell project is hoping to surpass their 2004 unlimited land speed record that was previously achieved by the Buckeye Bullet. The record by the way is 315mph. Aside from that; Ford would also want to show the world that going electric doesn’t have to mean low performance.

What’s next year for Buick?

July 4, 2007

For 2008, Buick offers the large, sexy, and heavily-chromed Enclave CXL AWD with a bold, three-dimensional waterfall grille and portholes on the hood. Yes, it’s Buick’s new luxury crossover that is offered in CX and CXL models.

Exterior
Partway between a minivan and an SUV;
Passenger cabin taking up more of the vehicle than it would in an SUV;
Much higher than a sedan or wagon, but does not have the extreme ground clearance of an SUV;
Huge chrome waterfall grille, all door handles, and the roof rack;
Wide bright trim on the front and rear bumpers, and completely around the side widows and taillights;
Portholes on the hood equal classic post-WWII Buick

Interior
The very shortest passengers will find entry and exit easy;
Standard second-row captain’s chairs with fore-and-aft and seatback adjustability;
“Smart Slide” feature on the second-row seats;
Second row, with captain’s chairs that fold flat, for the adults;
Third row for smaller adults or children;
Standard power tailgate in both models;
Power-adjustable heated seats in the CXL’s both driver and front passenger sits;
Leather as a standard feature in the CXL and a flowingly-styled instrument panel with woodgrain trim and chrome-bezeled instruments and air vents;
Analog clock above the center stack;
Navigation system with an upgraded AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3CD/auliliary input audio system;
“Luxury Package”: Power folding mirrors, articulating headlights, power tilt and telescope adjustment for the wood-and-leather steering wheel, and a useful 110-volt inverter with output at the rear of the center console;
Power sunroof for the front passengers with a “companion” skylight over the rear seats;

Safety Features
Car-like handling
Four-wheel ventilated antilock disc brakes
Traction control
StabiliTrak stability control system
High-strength and dual-phase steel
Standard 6 airbags – two dual-stage front (with front passenger sensing), two seat-mounted front sides, and two rollover-capable full-length head curtain
OnStar “Directions and Connections” package
Back-up camera on the navigation system package

On the road
Long wheelbase
Fully-independent strut front
Multilink rear suspension
Softly tuned springs and shocks

Performance
Engine Type: dual overhead cam, 24-valve aluminum alloy V6 with variable cam phasing
Engine Size: 3.6 liters / x cu. in.
Horsepower: 275 @ 6600 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 251 @ 3200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase / Length: 119.0 in. / 201.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 22 gal.
Fuel Requirement: 87 octane unleaded regular gasoline
EPA Fuel Economy: – miles per gallon

city / highway / observed: 16 / 22 / 16
0 to 60 mph: 8.2 sec
Towing: 2,000 lbs. with tow package
Drivetrain: transverse front engine, part-time all-wheel drive

Other significant specifications of the 2008 Buick Enclave CXL AWD
Base Price: $ 36,990
Price As Tested: $ 43,530
Curb Weight: 4985 lbs.
Pounds Per Horsepower 18.1
Tires: P255/60 SR19 Michelin Latitude
Brakes, front/rear: vented disc / vented disc, ABS, traction control, and stability control standard
Ground clearance: 7.2 inches

Options and charges
Red Jewel Tint-Coat paint: $ 395
Navigation System with upgraded audio: $3,025
Luxury Package – includes:
– power folding outside rear-view mirrors, articulating
– xenon headlamps, power tilt and telescope steering wheel, 110V power inverter: $ 925
19-inch seven-spoke chromed alloy wheels: $ 895
Power sunroof with companion skylight: $1,300
Destination charge included