Automobiles

3 Tests for Tata ‘Nano’ Car

July 13, 2008 / No Comments

India's Tata Motors wants to release the 'Nano' car this year. The price tag - 100,000 rupees or around $2,000. There are, however, three obstacles that must be overcome. 1. construction costs  are nearly double what they were in 2006 when the car was first announced. 2. prices for materials for the car have risen comparably 3. the Indian government's higher interest rates. Tata Motors ...

Audi A8, W12 Quattro, 2008 – A Contradiction

June 25, 2008 / 2 Comments

I laughed when I read the Audi A8, W12 Quattro review. I read those kinds of articles because among other things I get paid to drive cars and write reviews about them. SeeLand Rover LR3 HSE, 2008. That's not what makes me laugh. The Audi review made me laugh out loud actually. I mean how many times do you get ...

McCain Wants $300M for a New Car Battery

June 24, 2008 / 1 Comment

John McCain wants to save fuel and reduce emissions. (Don't we all?)  If elected he is willing to earmark $300 million to encourage innovation on a new car battery. I wonder if he couldn't just buy the technology from Toyota for about half that price. That $300 million is equal to everyone in the United States ponying up $1. McCain ...

Mazda’s Hydrogen-powered Hybrid Minivan Coming Next March

June 23, 2008 / No Comments

  Mazda Motor Corp has a hydrogen-powered minivan coming to Japan for lease beginning next March.  The minivan will have hydrogen-combustion and an electric motor. Mazda is the Japanese affiliate of Ford Motor Co. The company received permission from Japan's transport ministry to test the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid. The Premacy is known as the Mazda5 overseas. The minivan has a ...

2009 Toyota Prius, Sharp Futuristic Looking

June 16, 2008 / No Comments

While Toyota works to improve its hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the company is also working to make the new 2009 Prius, how shall I put this, a whole lot less ugly, sharp and futuristic-looking. In that, Toyota is making the car of the future, and will make it available in the U.S., Japan, Korea from next April. Even better news - ...

Aptera Typ-1, Concept Car Does 300mpg

June 15, 2008 / 1 Comment

Good googie moogie! A car that gets 300 mpg. Image by boomerharley11 The Aptera Typ-1 Concept Car is a three-wheeled vehicle. The two front wheels are used for steering and the rear wheel is connected to an electric motor. The Typ-1 will consume 60-80 Watt·hours/km at 55 mph (90 km/h), making it a low energy vehicle. The Typ-1 has a drag coefficient of ...

Toyota’s Next-Generation Battery Plans

June 15, 2008 / No Comments

Toyota Motor Corp is so far out in front of the pack when it comes to fuel-efficiency, that objects in the mirror really are smaller than they appear. The company has set the standard for hybrid cars and the use of lithium-ion batteries but it's not enough because they have a plan to launch a plug-in hybrid car with lithium-ion batteries ...

Norway’s Think City Goes 110 miles on One Charge

June 13, 2008 / 6 Comments

The Norwegians are on to something. Think Global is the company and Think City is their electric car that can go 110 miles without a recharge. Apart from meeting all US and European safety standards, the two-seater also packs very good performances and tops at 65mph. Assembled in Southern California, Think City will be sold for less than $25K and ...

DTE Energy Bust Good/Bad Business

June 9, 2008 / No Comments

DTE Energy left some 135,000 customers without power/service this morning. That's good business for the local retail stores. That's bad business for the local retail stores. Home Depot, OSH, Frank & Johnny's Hardware see a rush on generators when the power goes out. But, a 90-day no questions asked policy at the biggies like Home Depot, sees customers returning the items after power comes ...

Official Vehicles in Madrid to Use Clean Fuels by 2011

May 14, 2008 / 1 Comment

photo by vr2006 With 1.8 million cars counting for 75-percent of the air pollution, Madrid is one of Spain's most polluted cities. Recently the City Hall announced that their official vehicles will "turn green" by 2011 using clean fuels like bio-diesel, ethanol, natural gas or even running on electricity. Madrid also joined the BEST (BioEthanol for Sustainable Transport) European project to ...