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volkswagen's temporary auto pilot

Volkswagen's Temporary Auto Pilot

Volkswagen has introduced the Temporary Auto Pilot (TAP), which includes some semi-automatic functions. “Above all, what we have achieved today is an important milestone on the path towards accident-free car driving,” commented Leohold at today’s final presentation of the EU research project HAVEit in the Swedish city of Boras. “Nonetheless, the driver always retains driving responsibility and is always in control,” continues Leohold. “The driver can override or deactivate the system at

hpd honda cr-z racer hybrid

HPD Honda CR-Z Racer Hybrid

Honda will take a part at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race with CR-Z Hybrid coupe. The specially prepared car was firstly unveiled at last year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. It is developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the "racing arm" of American Honda. HPD Honda CR-Z Racer Hybrid is powered by a 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with the help of an electric motor. Both are mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and the overall power is 200HP and 237Nm of torque, which

2012 tesla model s alpha

2012 Tesla Model S Alpha

It appears that the saloon model of Tesla – S will be ready to hit the market in 2012 as it was scheduled. However, the car looks ready to us, but obviously there are some other troubles. The Model S comes with refined exterior. New front bumper, a sleeker design and some other touches. Still, the manufacturer didn’t release any technical specifications. Still, there is enough time even for rebuilding the drivetrain. According to the previous data, Tesla S will feature a large battery pack

porsche boxster e

Porsche Boxster E

Recently, Porsche has introduced some very uncommon vehicles like Diesel powered Cayenne and Panamera as well as a hybrid powered car. Porsche Boxster E will feature both RWD and AWD with power coming from an electric motor. In true Porsche spirit, the roadster will be also suitable for time attack on the race track. The car was showcased at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin, last week. The AWD Porsche Boxster E will be powered by two electric motors with total output 245PS (180 kW

bmw at the plus x award 2011

BMW at the Plus X Award 2011

BMW Group took four awards for ConnectedDrive in the annual, internationally renowned “Plus X Award”. The jury honoured the manufacturer with top awards in in the categories Innovation, Design, Operating Comfort and Best Technology of the Year 2011 with an additional “Plus X Award” seal of quality. To select these products, an international, industry-neutral jury of 134 specialised journalists and market experts from 32 countries evaluates extraordinary design, innovative technologies as well

renault twizy ze - £6 690

Renault Twizy ZE - £6 690

Renault will actually hit the market with the Twizy, which will be on display at the Barcelona Motor Show. The manufacturer will exhibit two versions powered by a 17HP motor: Urban and Technic. The price of Twizy will be £6 690 ORT. The Technic trim level costs £7 400 and monthly battery lease cost for both versions will be £40 including VAT for a 36 month/4 800 miles per year agreement. Customers can now pre-reserve their Twizy online at and this requires a £20 deposit via

delta e-4 coupe

Delta E-4 Coupe

Delta Motorsport has announced the battery-electric E-4 Coupe, which features light weight and high-efficiency systems included in stylish two-door coupe with a nice range of 200 miles on a single charge. Furthermore, the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. Delta E-4 Coupe was tested at Silvestone race track on May 9th and the results are more than satisfying. It is a proper sports car with zero emissions. Delta Motorsport was founded in 2005 by Simon Dowson and Nick Ca

volvo v60 plug-in hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Volvo will make first tests of the new V60 Plug-in Hybrid in Berlin. The vehicle combines advanced technology with luxury design. The first official road test drive with the unique Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will take place at the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin - 18-22 May 2011. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the Volvo C30 Electric and the Volvo V50 DRIVe featured in Berlin are three examples of Volvo Car Corporation's uncompromising attitude to green motoring. "In order to get tr

peugeot ex1 - nurburgring nordschleife record time

Peugeot EX1 - Nurburgring Nordschleife Record Time

Electric vehicle with a record lap around Nurburgring Nordschleife race track?! Yes, Peugeot EX1 with Stéphane Caillet, driver and tuner-technician from the Company’s Research & Development Centre, behind the steering wheel.  The vehicle made a record lap for electric vehicles around the 20.832 kilometres (12.94

suzuki kizashi ecocharge concept

Suzuki Kizashi Ecocharge Concept

Suzuki has unveiled Kizashi EcoCharge Concept at the 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). “We are continuing to study the virtues of the gas-electric technology found in the Kizashi EcoCharge Concept,” commented Steve Younan, director of automotive marketing and product planning for American Suzuki Motor Corporation. “Our basic concept was to attain substantial gains in fuel economy without the traditional sacrifices in drivability required with today’s mid-size hybrid sedans. Th

volvo concept universe

Volvo Concept Universe

Volvo Car Corporation has took-off the wraps on its ”masterpiece of Scandinavian Design” - Volvo Concept Universe at the display of Auto Shanghai 2011. Representing a large, luxurious study sedan, the brand-new Volvo Concept Universe is styled using the automaker’s new human-centric styling language inspired by the classic Volvo models. Aimed at offering customers exactly what they expect from a modern luxury car, the newly developed Concept Universe ride has coupe-like roofline and contem

audi a3 e-tron at the auto shanghai 2011

Audi A3 e-Tron at the Auto Shanghai 2011

Audi is currently exhibiting A3 e-Tron Concept at the Auto Shanghai 2011. It is a four-seat sedan, which is not full electric, but features a plug-in hybrid system. A3 e-Tron Concept is based on the A3 sedan Concept, which was recently introduced at the Geneva Auto Show. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain includes a highly-efficient 1.4 liter TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 211PS (155 kW) coupled to an electric motor with 27PS (20 kW). The total maximum power is 238PS (175 kW). All power is put on the roa