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Volkswagen models - First choice in safety

Golf, Jetta, Passat, Eos and Tiguan achieve top scores in demanding US crash tests Four Volkswagen models at once were awarded the best grade of "top safety pick" in the most recent publication of the independent US safety institute, "Insurance Institute for Highway Safety". The models Golf, Jetta, Passat and Eos each earned the best evaluation in their respective categories, thus winning the renowned prize for themselves. Together with this same outstanding safety award presented to the Tiguan in August, these ne

Hyundai Motor Introduces New High-Performance V6 Lambda RS Engine

Hyundai Motor Company’s Powertrain R&D Center at Namyang has developed a new high-performance V6 Lambda RS (Rear wheel drive Sports) engine which will see its first application in the Genesis Coupe to be launched in Korea this month. Based on the highly successful Lambda first introduced in 2004, the RS edition features several key modifications which have raised power to a maximum of 310ps@6300rpm (310hp for US Market) and peak torque to

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI - The cleanest diesel is also ultra-efficient

The new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI with ultra low emission system is the cleanest diesel in the world, and an extremely economical form of propulsion into the bargain. This was demonstrated on the very first leg of the Audi Mileage Marathon on Monday, from New York to Washington. The best participants in this major real-life test criss-crossing the American continent achieved an average fuel consumption of an impressive 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers (31.79

Volvo Cars launches cooperation with Audyssey Labs

Volvo Cars is launching a cooperative venture with American audio specialists Audyssey Labs as part of the development of the next generation of audio systems for its cars. Volvo Cars, which develops its own sound systems and components, aims to be at the absolute forefront of sound quality. Volvo's top-of-the-line

Ford’s Latest Safety Brakethrough – Collision Warning With Brake Support – Coming in 2009

Ford Motor Company, building on its safety and technology leadership, announced it will offer a new advanced "active" collision-avoidance technology, Collision Warning with Brake Support, on certain Ford and Lincoln vehicles next year. Collision Warning with Brake Support uses radar to detect moving vehicles directly ahead.  When the danger of a collision is detected, the system warns the driver with an authoritative beep and a red warning lig

Reassuring vault-like door sound is the ideal for the Volvo Cars' noise team

The Volvo V70 and S80 ranked among the ten best cars when Swedish motoring magazine Vi Bilägare tested noise levels in 35 car models. A great result for Volvo Cars' sound and noise experts and engineers who worked closely together to improve the sound environment. A dedicated music-lover can spend thousands on an audio system that gives the most perfect balance in the music of his or her choice. That is exactly the way the engineers at the Vol

Aston Martin Introduce Touchtronic Option to DBS

One year after making its first public appearance at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin have confirmed details of a number of enhancements for the company’s flagship DBS, including the introduction of a ‘Touchtronic 2’ transmission. A series of additional features to provide customers with even greater personalisation capabilities are also introduced - including a new Bang & Olufsen audio system, the availability of 2+2 seating and a new lightweight wheel option. Touchtronic In

Lotus Evora Aluminium Structure Celebrated

The Lotus Evora, the all new sportscar from one of the leading global car marques has won a prestigious award at the European Aluminium Awards 2008. The aluminium structure of the Lotus Evora, the world’s only mid-engined 2+2 was triumphant, capturing the Overall Jury Prize, celebrating the technological advancements of the Lotus aluminium vehicle architecture. In what is the first award to be bestowed on the visually stunning Lotus Evora, even before production is underway, the award, only presented when specia

Crash Avoidance Robotic Car Inspired by Flight of the Bumblebee

What better way to advance the development of crash prevention technology than to mimic some of the best proponents of collision avoidance in the natural world? Bees. In a surprising project that will be unveiled at CEATEC, the humble bumblebee has given engineers at Nissan Motor Co.’s Advanced Technology Center a strategic hint at how to design the next generation of crash-avoidance systems. Based on joint research with the Research Ce

2010 Acura TL to Offer All-New Manual Transmission

By adding an available manual transmission to the TL SH-AWD® model, Acura will further up its game for performance minded TL drivers who prefer the winding route over the direct route, Acura announced today. Available next fall for the 2010 model year, will be a TL SH-AWD® with 6-speed manual transmission and numerous

Honda Civic GX Provides Gasoline Alternative with Natural Gas

Based on the Honda Civic LX Sedan, the Civic GX runs on inherently-clean natural gas and produces near zero emissions, earning it the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) “greenest vehicle” title for five consecutive years. For 2009, the Civic GX has a new look with exterior styling that includes a new front bumper cover, grille design, rear chrome garnish and a new “Natural Gas Vehicle” decal on each rear door. Interior

Controlled Power Technologies ready with electric superchargers for a new generation of cars and their radically smaller engines

Low cost micro-hybrid technology will help reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions UK-based Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) says that its electric supercharger known as VTES (or Variable Torque Enhancement System) is now ready for production applications and the company is supporting carmakers with this low cost technical solution to the ever tightening CO2 reduction and fuel efficiency targets facing the automotive industry. “The