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Toyota’s Driver Awareness Research Vehicle
| Technology, Toyota

Toyota is researching ways to keep the driver focused on the road without sacrificing any of the benefits offered by sophisticated on-board information systems. The Japan manufacturer is working with Microsoft and Infosys in a co-project named DARV 1.5, the latest generation of Toyota’s Driver Awareness Research Vehicle. DARV 1.5 is a fully functioning car that provides a working platform for studying the dynamics of driver distraction. A development of the original MPV-based DAR-V, it is equipped with Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Kinect motion-sensing technologies and custom-designed Infosys biometric software to help everyone on board and the car itself to work together as a team to achieve safer driving. Some of the new f...

Volkswagen Delivered The First XL1 to a Customer

Volkswagen Delivered The First XL1 to a Customer

| Technology, Volkswagen

Volkswagen has finally delivered the first  XL1 to a German customer. The remarkable engineering achievement (XL1) took years of development. Still, it has been whipped by a lot of eco-friendly vehicles, which cost significantly less than €110,000. The manufacturer didn’t comment anything interesting about the significant event. The car boasts an onyx white exterior and a titan black and pearl gray interior. Volkswagen XL1 is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain including a 0.8 liter two-cylinder TDI engine with 48HP (35 kW) and a 27HP (20 kW) electric motor and a 5.5 kWh lith...

Toyota Makes Next Steps In Hybrid Power

Toyota Makes Next Steps In Hybrid Power

| MotorSport, Technology, Toyota

Toyota is undertaking significant developments in the laboratory and on the race track. The aim – to make next steps in the evolution of hybrid power, which will be utilized in hybrid vehicles such as Prius and Camry. The company is targeting improvements in performance and fuel efficiency. The first step has been already made with the announcement of new generation of computer chips that have the potential to boost the fuel efficiency by 10 per cent. At the same time they also significantly reduce the size of the crucial power control unit (PCU). Toyota Racing division which is positione...

BMW i8 – Innovative Technologies [video]

BMW i8 – Innovative Technologies [video]

| BMW, Technology BMW has published a nice promotional video of the incredible i8 hybrid sports car. It features a lot of Efficient Dynamics technologies, which aim to make the vehicle faster and more economical. Weight saving is one of the key characteristics, so the BMW i8 is able to combine dynamics and efficiency. 2014 BMW i8 is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine – 231H...

2014 Nissan e-NV200 – Price and Specs

2014 Nissan e-NV200 – Price and Specs

| Nissan, Technology Nissan has announced the pricing of the revolutionary e-NV200 - the 100% electric van that will change the LCV market forever. The model combines the exceptional all-round capability and versatility. It will hit the market in July in both panel van and five-seat combi form, and in two distinct trim levels, the groundbreaking newcomer offers exceptional running cost savings over a convention...

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – The Future

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – The Future

| Technology, Volkswagen Volkswagen US has presented 2015 e-Golf, which the first fully electric vehicle for the country. It is stated to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. The all-new model is a part of a structured powertrain strategy that will lead to the introduction of new and highly efficient drive systems, and is part of Volkswagen’s holistic approach to sustainability called Think Blue. 2015 e...

MG Dynamo Concept EV – 71HP and 155Nm

MG Dynamo Concept EV – 71HP and 155Nm

| Concept Cars, MG, Technology MG is going to celebrate their 90th anniversary with an all-new model called Dynamo Concept. The electric vehicle is developed by SAIC's European Design and Technical Center and "encompasses the latest in design and engineering technology." The manufacturer didn’t release any further specifications, but said that the concept was created to "fully understand European market demand for a s...

Porsche 919 Hybrid V4 2.0 liter Turbo Engine

Porsche 919 Hybrid V4 2.0 liter Turbo Engine

| Porsche, Technology Porsche 919 is officially unveiled in Geneva, which means that the manufacturer is actually returning in Le Mans competition. The LMP1 car packs all latest technologies as well as extremely powerful and economical drivetrain and super lightweight chassis. The drivetrain consists of a newly developed single-turbo V4 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine working with a front axle-mounted...

Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro – Test

Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro – Test

| Audi, MotorSport, Technology Audi Sport has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to the Technical Regulations for 2014 and is designed for maximum efficiency. The new Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro is being tested on the race track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the manufacturer have had to prove their worth - at Sebring racetrack. “We’ve reached a crucial stage in this project,” commen...

2014 Honda Fit Hybrid – 2.7 liters / 100

2014 Honda Fit Hybrid – 2.7 liters / 100

| Honda, Technology Honda has announced that the 2014 Fit/Jazz Hybrid is going to achieve a fuel economy of 2.7 liters / 100 km (102.8 mpg UK or 85.6 mpg US). The all-new Fit Hybrid is scheduled to be introduced and go on sale in Japan this September. The all-new Fit Hybrid will be the first model to be equipped with the SPORT HYBRID*3 Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD), Honda's lightweight and compact one...

Volkswagen XL1 in London – 0.9 l per 100 km

Volkswagen XL1 in London – 0.9 l per 100 km

| Concept Cars, Technology, Volkswagen Volkswagen has published a nice video showing the futuristic XL1 cruising across London. The manufacturers says that the XL1 is world’s most fuel-efficient production hybrid car capable of doing 313 mpg UK – 0.9 liters / 100 km. While one XL1 made its way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to take pride of place on the Volkswagen stand and make its way up the famous hill climb, another c...

World Land Speed Record with Electric Car – 328.5 km/h

World Land Speed Record with Electric Car – 328.5 km/h

| Technology Autocar has published a video showing converted Le Mans race car doing over 200 mph (320 km/h). The spectacular in this video is that the race car is powered by pure electricity, which means that it set a new world land speed record for a sub-1000kg electric car. The average speed is 328.5 km/h (204.185 mph). The record is set by Lord Paul Drayson, who obviously had a lot of trouble keepin...


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