Archive for January, 2008

AutoWeek’s “Most Significant” Vehicle In The 2008 NAIAS…

January 24, 2008

If you missed a lot of updates from the most recent and hottest show in the planet, you better listen to this!

The 2009 Ford F-150 earned the “Most Significant” vehicle at this year’s North American International Auto Show at the Design Forum which took place in Detroit last Thursday evening. Editors from the popular automotive publication AutoWeek magazine picked the winner for the said award.

“From the Explorer America, a unibody-constructed, friendlier sport/utility vehicle, to the Verve, the best-looking small car Ford has built for America in generations; the F-150 is Most Significant for what it means not only to the company but to the American ethic. The F-150 is Ford tough – and so was this decision among quite an impressive lineup of products Ford has on display.” This was according to the AutoWeek Magazine.

“We’re very pleased that AutoWeek’s selected our new 2009 F-150 as this year’s most significant vehicle at the show. It’s exciting to begin the launch of the new F-150 with media honors, and it further recognizes the work we put into understanding our customers and always delivering the best truck on the market,” says Patrick Schiavone, the design director for Ford Trucks.

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Johnson Controls To Supply Chery With Batteries

January 16, 2008

As the Chinese auto market continues to grow, so does the number of choices offered to consumers. Chery Automobile, a Chinese automaker announced that it will be launching a hybrid vehicle for the Chinese auto market. Said vehicle will be the answer of the automaker to the increasing demand for more fuel efficient vehicles in the Chinese auto market.

Hybrid vehicles as we all known by now are powered by a battery pack complementing an internal combustion engine. For Chery’s hybrid vehicles, they will be equipped with battery packs from Johnson Controls. The company will be supplying the automaker with nickel metal hydride batteries.

Mary Ann Wright, vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls’ hybrid battery business said: “As car sales continue to significantly increase in China, Johnson Controls-Saft is committed to partnering with automakers to develop fuel-efficient vehicles for consumers who want – and need – to make purchasing decisions that are good for the environment.”

“With world-class engineering centers in the United States, Europe and China, we have the technical capability to partner with our customers as consumers around the world increasingly demand energy-efficient, high performance vehicles,” she added.

Although experts are saying that lithium-ion batteries will be more practical than NI-MH batteries, Johnson Controls continues its development of the latter. They are making Ni-MH batteries much more compact and thus, lightweight and at the same time, increase the power that it can store.

In conclusion, Wright said: “This is as much about the successful launch and ability to commercially manufacture this vehicle as it is about the development of an effective engineering team with the technical capabilities to support China’s fast growing future needs in the hybrid automotive market.”

We Want Photos!

January 10, 2008

The Danish tuning house, Kleemann has issued a press release regarding the project they are working on—the new Kleemann ML63K which is based on the Mercedes ML 63 AMG. Unfortunately, no photos have been shown which leave us clueless on what it looks like. Anyway, basing on press release the ML63K is equipped with a 6.3 liter V8 engine which has been already exhausted by the AMG to its very limits when it extracts 510 hp, Kleeman on the other hand has manage to extract an amazing 800 hp with 1,000 Nm of torque.

The new Kleemann ML63K Bi-turbo can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 300 km/h. It rides on 20 inch Kleemann TS-7 wheels(315/35 R20) and painted with the exclusive Nordic White matte color. It also comes equipped with a hand-made 400 km/h speedometer. In terms of how many will be offered the Danish tuner has not released the figures.

Nissan to Present Five Concept Vehicles at the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon

January 10, 2008

Nissan will be presenting several concepts at this year’s 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon scheduled on January 11 to 13. The Japanese automaker will present a total of five concepts and two race cars. The term concept as applied for this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon refers more to new body kit, suspension, wing, etc and not on the actual concept study.

The five concept vehicles to be presented by Nissan at the show include:

• Skyline in both coupe and sedan form. The coupe will be given the aerosports package while the sedan will have the aero package.
• Nissan X-Trail X-tremer and Dualis or Qashqai Premium Concept
• Two Race cars: the NisMo Z Super GT 2007 and Endless Advan Z

More details are to be presented during the show.

The sexiest car for a lady is…

January 8, 2008

A woman inside a classic convertible is a beauty but being able to drive the car well is the finishing touch. Evecar.com, a website of cars for women surveyed a group of men to find out what car would drive them crazy seeing a woman drive and the winner is, the Mercedes Benz SL Roadster. Made famous by the movie High Society driven by celebrated actress Grace Kelly, this classic eye catcher was built from 1955 to 1963.
Evecars.com editor Alex Jenner-Fust said, “The vintage Mercedes SL Roadster is undeniably a beautiful car that oozes style and class. Buying one isn’t cheap,but proves the owner appreciates the finer things in life.”

Performance cars occupied most slots in the list including the Porsche 911, Mitsubishi Evo and the Subaru Impreza, Land Rover tough not a sports car strikingly made it to the top 10.

Jenner-Fust explained, “The men we polled loved the idea of a woman at the wheel of a high-performance car – but only if she knew how to handle it.

“That’s why the idea of a Land Rover Defender driven by the Queen is far more appealing than a modern Mercedes convertible being driven – or crashed! – by the likes of Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears.”

Radical Enduro series driver Martin Schlaeppi voted for the Evo, “It’s a car for people who love driving and it takes effort and concentration to drive well. Evo drivers know about their cars and that’s why it’s sexy to see a woman driving one.”

To get the best results, women from the motoring industry were asked which car they find pleasurable driving. The women suggested wide range of two-seater convertibles from the Jaguar XKR, Caterham Seven, Porsche 911 and the Mitsubishi Evo.

Top 10 cars to turn men’s heads
Mercedes SL Roadster
Porsche 911
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
Land Rover Defender
Subaru Impreza
Rolls-Royce Phantom
Range Rover Sport
Fiat 500
VW Golf R32
Caterham Seven

Loremo Cabrio Concept to Debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show

January 7, 2008

Loremo AG which is a German automaker corporation and maker of the dubbed cleverest car of the year, the LS concept has recently announced that they would create a sport car that can consume two times less than that of a Toyota Prius. The German automaker Loremo also plans of presenting the said concept model at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and it will in the form of a cabriolet.

It can be remembered that it was also in Geneva that the 2006 LS concept car was unveiled. It has a 2-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 20hp and fuel consumption of 1.51/100km while the sport version GT had a 3-cylinder turbodiesel with 50 hp and consumes 2.71/100km. Despite its low fuel consumption it can reach a top speed of 220km/h.

Production model of the LS concept is expected to arrive in 2010 and due to the depleting fossil energy resources the German automaker plans of having an electric motor for subsequent models.

Must-Have SUVs of 2008

January 2, 2008

In preparation for the coming New Year, Forbes Autos has revealed its list of the Hottest SUVs of 2008. Included on the list are the following:

2009 BMW X6
Buick Enclave
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid
Ford Escape Hybrid
GMC Acadia
GMC Yukon Hybrid
Hummer H3 Alpha
Infiniti EX35
Land Rover LR2
Lexus LX 570
Mazda Tribute Hybrid
Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Nissan Murano
Porsche Cayenne
Saturn Outlook
Saturn Vue Green Line
Spyker Peking-to-Paris
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Sequoia

For a more comprehensive description of the above vehicles kindly just visit forbesautos.com.