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Nissan to Pilot Intelligent Transport System Model

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced today it will initiate a large-scale community-based test of its Intelligent Transport System (ITS), integrating cellular communications with vehicle telematics to help prevent pedestrian-related accidents. The pilot project will be conducted in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture for a two-mon

Opel and GM Develop Vehicles with a Sixth Sense

In its second international forum, the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) is demonstrating for the first time worldwide vehicle-to-X communication independent of manufacturer or vehicle-type. Opel is hosting the event at the GM Dudenhofen Test Center in Germany. Preventing accidents by warning drivers about potential danger from other vehicles was a major goal during the development of the new General Motors/Opel C2C (car-to-car or vehicle-to-vehicle) communication systems. Vehicles equipped with this t

Lotus Wins Award for Engine Research that Delivers 15% CO2 Reduction

Lotus Engineering, the world renowned automotive consultancy division of Lotus, is celebrating its latest accolade after triumphing at ‘The Engineer Technology + Innovation Awards 2008’ with another environmentally focused project. The winning project, Project HOTFIRE, developed a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine concept that reduces fuel consumption by 15% and was named the leading academic collaborative project in the automotive sector.

Yaris Shows OFF New Hands-Free

A new Toyota Genuine BluetoothTM* hands-free system makes the newly updated Toyota Yaris even more appealing and convenient to drive. The small, unobtrusive BluetoothTM device operates via the vehicle's audio system and connects wirelessly with BluetoothTM enabled mobile phones*. Matthew Callachor, divisional manager for Toyota's customer service division, says the hands-free device delivers simple-to-use technology that makes a real, positive difference to driving convenience. "A vo

SEAT joins Al Gore Project against Climate Change

The SEAT Alhambra Ecomotive has been chosen as official car for the meeting entitled “Climate Change, Awareness and Action”, organised by the Biosphere Foundation and the Spanish delegation of the grass-roots movement The Climate Project, created and lead by Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States and 2007 Nobel Peace prize-winner. The meeting, to be held tomorrow in Seville, will bring together more than 200 personalities from the spheres of politics, society and culture. Fully in line with its sens

a new experience - driving pleasure without emissions: the mini e

A New Experience - Driving Pleasure Without Emissions: The MINI E

The BMW Group will be the world’s first manufacturer of premium automobiles to deploy a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. The MINI E will be powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox nearly without a sound and entirely free of emissions. Specially engineered for automob

Most Powerful Hybrid SUVs Now Offer Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

Yeah, it’s gotta HEMI® Hybrid. And best-in-class fuel economy, too. Official EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are 20 city and 22 highway, achieving best-in-class fuel economy ratings for a full-size 4x4 SUV. Chrysler LLC’s first production hybrids are coupled with the renowned 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology. Total output, when combined w

Audi A6 2.0 TDIe - A Convenient Car

Audi introduces the new Audi A6 2.0 TDIe in the Netherlands during the conference on climate control, of which Nobel Prize Peace Prize winner, Al Gore, is a guest speaker ( The leading participant will be chauffeured in the A6 2.0 TDIe, as well as being a luxurious and comfortable car, it is also extremely fuel-efficient. Across the range, we have improved its fuel economy by 15 percent compared to its predecessor. During the conference, the A6 TDIe will run on Shell's synthetic Ga

Minimum environmental impact Grande Punto

Fiat proudly presents the Grande Punto Natural Power, a new dual fuel (petrol/methane) version that confirms the brand’s commitment to the field of environmental protection. This substantial commitment is reflected by Fiat's indisputable leadership in the field of cars with methane engines as original equipment (OEM): during the period January-August 2008 some 43,000 methane-driven Fiat vehicles were sold in Italy compared with 33,000 during the same period in 2007. We should not forget that Fiat is the first an

Mazda Hydrogen Rotary Vehicle Takes to the Road in Norway

Mazda Motor Corporation today introduced the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE (Rotary Engine) vehicle to Norway’s public roads in collaboration with the Norwegian national hydrogen project, HyNor. Initially, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE’s driving performance on Norwegian roads will be validated with a single vehicle, which will also be

Venturi presents its range of electric vehicles at the Paris Motor Show

From the 4th to the 19th of October 2008, the whole Venturi’s range of electric vehicles is displayed on its 5OO sqm booth in the Hall 5/1 at the Paris Motor Show which is held in Porte de Versailles. You will discover as a world premiere Volage, the ultimate electric GT equipped with the best of Michelin’s technology: the Active Wheel, as well as the final version of Eclectic, the innovate urban vehicle. Also is displayed Fétish, t

Holden Launches Fuel Saving Technology For V8 Automatic Range

GM Holden will introduce fuel saving Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology on all its V8 automatic models from January 2009. AFM, or cylinder deactivation, enables an eight cylinder vehicle to automatically operate on four cylinders in certain driving conditions, before restoring full power when engine demands increase. In a combination of town and highway driving, the technology can deliver fuel savings of up to one litre per 100 kilometre