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Opel Insignia Receives Seal of Approval for Ergonomic Seats

The Opel Insignia Ergonomic Sport Seat has received a rare rave: A seal of approval for ergonomics by a German panel of doctors and therapists. This was not the first time Opel has received such kudos. Ergonomically-superior car seats have a long tradition at Opel: The 18-way adjustable MultiContour driver’s seat in

2009 Escalade Hybrid Achieves 25% Fuel Economy Consumption

What could possibly make the Escalade experience even better? An overall 25% improvement in fuel consumption. GM’s advanced two-mode hybrid technology featured in the Escalade hybrid is expected to deliver a fuel consumption improvement of up to 32% in the city 25% in combined driving* while retaining all of its utilit

Cars Complete U.S. Cross-Country Trip Using No Gas

Hyundai celebrated the successful completion of a 13-day, cross-country road trip which served as the first significant U.S. test for the company’s proprietary fuel cell technology.  Two Tucson Fuel Cell Elective Vehicles (FCEVs) powered by Hyundai-developed fuel cell stacks completed the nearly 7,000 km (4,300 mile) e

BMW Hydrogen 7 Rolls Into Los Angeles To Complete The 2008 Hydrogen Road Tour

The BMW Hydrogen 7 - the first hydrogen-powered luxury sedan - pulled into Los Angeles this morning to finish a more than 4,000 mile cross-country journey featuring hydrogen-powered cars by the world's leading automakers in the 2008 Hydrogen Road Tour. The purpose of the tour was to show that leading automakers and energy producers are doing their part to move away from fossil fuels to hydrogen, and showcase the cooperation among forward-thinking

Fuel-Efficient Ford Escape Improves Carbon Footprint With Earth-Friendly Soy Foam Cushions

The Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner are even more earth-friendly for 2009, thanks to class-leading fuel economy and new soy-based foam seat cushions wrapped in 100 percent recycled fabric, the first such seats in the automotive industry. "As Ford continues to migrate soy-based foam seat inserts across many vehicle platforms, we're improving our environmental footprint by conserving limited resources and reducing carbon dioxide emissions," said

Zero-Emissions Technology Visits Nissan’s Smyrna Plant

Nissan’s Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Vehicle Showcases Innovation for Future Mobility Nissan’s hydrogen-fuel-cell research vehicle, along with several fuel-cell vehicles from other manufacturers, made a stop today at Nissan’s Smyrna Test Track as part of an historic two-week cross-country trip. The 13-day, 31-city Hydrogen Tou

More Comfort, Better Handling Carlsson Monobloc 1/11 Ultra Light Cast Wheel

Merzig, Germany - Carlsson expands its Ultra Light wheel family with the 11-spoke monobloc wheel 1/11 Ultra Light. It is weight-optimized, available exclusively in 21", and boasts an elegant two-part design. But because looks aren't everything, it also improves road-handling properties. As one of the world's lightest wheels of its size you'll notice its positive impact on comfort and handling. High tech cast wheel 1/11 Ultra Light The surfac

Volkswagen’s Clean Diesels Eligible For Alternative Motor Vehicle Federal Tax Credit

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that buyers of the Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen are eligible for a $1,300 Federal Income Tax Credit. The Internal Revenue Service has issued a certification letter affirming that the vehicles qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax credit. “The $1,300 tax credit provides an even greater value to the upcoming Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen,” said Mark Barnes, COO, Volk

Engine conversion and modification of the top speed limit for 135i, 335i and X6 35i

11 35 0306 G Engine conversion (additional ECU) for 1 series 135i (E82 / E88) for 3 series 335i (E90 / E91 / E92 / E93) and for X6 35i (E71) (based on 225 kW / 306 hp) 257 kW (350 hp) / 5660 rpm 480 Nm (lb-ft 354) / 2950 rpm 11 35 1306 G Modification of the top speed limit (additional ECU) for 1 series 135i (E82 / E88) for 3 series 335i (E90 / E91 / E92 / E93) and for X6 35i (E71) (Attention must be paid to the speed index of

“Travolution” promotes eco-friendly driving

A wave of “green” is washing over Ingolstadt: after two years of research, the “Travolution” team has developed a trend-setting concept to improve traffic infrastructure. Investment amounts to a total of about €1.2 million. AUDI AG and its venture partners presented the results today, with further joint pilot projects to follow. “Travolution blazes the trail for innovative traffic management of a magnitude unique in Germany. The result is a functioning prototype for the traffic control of the future,” said Dr. W

‘Star Wings’ Offered On New Nissan Teana For Beijing

Beijing Transportation Information Center (BTIC) and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced today the first commercial application of the STAR WINGS project. The new Nissan Teana sedan offers a smart route-guidance navigation system as a standard feature on the 3.5L model and as an optional feature on the 2.5L model for cust

Land Rover's Diesel ERAD Hybrid & e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES

Land Rover’s engineers are now conducting real-world tests with some ground-breaking Diesel ERAD Hybrid vehicles, aimed at dramatically cutting CO2 and other emissions while still delivering characteristic Land Rover all-terrain performance. These engineering ‘mules’ are based on Freelander 2 vehicles, but the technolo