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Sunday, April 8, 2012

New Car Drifts


Automakers have been bringing in their hottest models, along with some pie-in-the-sky ideas for the next few years, at spring auto shows. If you're in the market for a new car, there are a number of trends that might end up driving your choice. Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter for SmartMoney.com discusses what to look for.

A number of automakers included smart dashboards in their latest models. Lexus has one that syncs with apps on your Smartphone to get directions, make dinner reservations or check in on Facebook. Cadillac has four different instrument panel displays, depending on their level of tech comfort. Look for features like voice commands to limit driver distraction. Make sure to play with the systems at the dealership, too, to ensure they're not too complicated or too high-tech.

Plug-in electrics were everywhere on show floors this year, with most major manufacturers offering them in upcoming models or exploring the technology through a concept car. Buying an electric still has some hurdles, however. Even with federal tax credits available, most are still priced out of range for the average driver. Long charging times, short driving ranges and few public charging stations can also make it difficult for drivers who want to hit the open road. Luckily, some electrics also include a gas engine for backup.

More small cars and entry-level models are coming with bells and whistles like heated seats, custom upholstery and even those high-tech infotainment systems. The bottom line is, it's possible to have a really nice car for less than $20,000, and it's worth doing an in-depth comparison on budget models. Just check the comfort level on a test drive. Compacts are getting smaller. The new Scion IQ claims to be the world's smallest four-seater, and it's definitely a tight fit for four.

More cars include advanced safety technologies, including cameras that show drivers what's in their blind spots and sensors that trigger a combination of noises, lights and seat vibrations when one drifts out of a lane. Mercedes-Benz introduced a 360-degree camera for driver monitoring, and Honda has a new feature that uses camera to monitor blind spots. But shoppers are still likely to find such features cost extra and are more readily available in higher-end models and brands.

With auto sales up and supply limited, automakers haven't had to offer big cash rebates like in previous years. Drivers may see a few more sales on the outgoing models this summer, but not by much. Your best bet is to compare prices online at a site like Edmunds.com or TrueCar.com to get a good price from the dealership, and then look for inexpensive financing options. Analysts say it's still possible to get 0% deals.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BMW i3 Electric Idea Sedan – 2013

BMW has finally given us our first authorized, unconcealed look at its advanced, all-electric city car. For now the i3 is tranquil labeled an idea, but this car is greatly added complete than the Megacity concept that preceded it. The four-passenger i3 concept is possibly the most advanced take on electric cars yet, and draws on BMW's familiarity with a fleet of 600 Mini E and 1000 BMW Energetic electric cars.

BMW i3 Electric Car

The i3 is built around a new skeleton concept called Life Drive, which divides the vehicle into sections for Life, the passenger section, and Drive, the power train and battery. For the i3, the bottom half of the car is the Drive section, and is completed typically of lightweight aluminum; the Life passenger section sits on top and is built since Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). Employing this lightweight equipment keeps the i3's weight along to just 2750 pounds.

BMW says that CFRP is as muscular as but 50 percent lighter than steel. Better yet, it never rusts and supposedly offers better security than steel in a crash. CFRP only forms the Life sections shell, however, as expendable plastic panels form the i3's true framework. The i3's electric motor was developed by BMW because the company required fixed control over the feel and performance of its power trains. It is rated at 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and has single-speed diffusion.

BMW i3 Electric Car

The motor is feed by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that is mounted below the floor of the passenger section. This means there is no interruption or diffusion subway in the cabin, and also helps keep the i3's center of gravity low for better behavior and strength.

Though the highest range per charge is rated at 140 miles, BMW admits real-world i3 mileage will be between 80 and 100 miles. Statistics from the Mini E trials trained BMW that a battery range of 74 to 93 miles would gratify 90 percent of all drivers. The i3 concept can reach 62 mph in 7.9 seconds, and its top speed is partial to 93 mph because BMW says superior velocities would drain the battery too speedily.

A full charge is said to take just six hours via a typical European passage, while an optional fast-charger succumb an 80-percent charge in just one hour. Charge times on American 120-volt outlets will expected is longer.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Exposed: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC



The masses presence the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show witnessed the presentation of the new 2012 Bentley Continental GTC. This second-generation model takes the magnificence found in the first GTC and sprinkles in a strong dose of sportiness.

The latest Continental GTC’s power plant is a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine producing 567 bhp at 6000 rpm and 516 lb.-ft. of torque at a humble 1700 rpm. A new 6-speed automatic ZF diffusion prepared with Quick shift helps cut shift times by up to 50 percent and enables orchestrated downshifts. Continental GTC is said to drag from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and from 0-100 mph in 10.9 sec.

Boasting wider front and rear tracks, grippy 275/40ZR-20 Pirelli P Zero tires, sharper navigation, a retuned double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multilink rear suspension and a rear-biased awd system splitting power 40/60 front/rear, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC promises less under steer and an exciting driving experience. EPA fuel economy figures for the new GTC have it burning 11 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the main road, amazingly decent considering its boosted 12-cylinder transportation close to 3 tons.

In the cabin, a neck radiator system makes top-down driving contented during evenings and cooler weather. Slim and sympathetic “Cobra Style” front seats provide additional comfort, while also providing more freedom and easier access for the rear. Premium soft-touch leather adorns the cockpit and comes existing in 17 colors with six split color combinations and a choice of seven veneers. The GTC’s tailored multi-layered cloth roof, auditory glass and insulated underbody panel provide optimal sound insulation, perfect for the new touch screen 30-GB infotainment system prepared with the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers. The infotainment system introduces highly developed satellite navigation with Google Maps compatibility and dynamic direction guidance.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 Team and Driver Procession

The 2012 grid will attribute no less than six Formula One world champions, at least two rookies, and plenty of thrilling talent in between. Below are details of which teams have long-established that for after that period, when Renault becomes Lotus, Lotus become Caterham, and Virgin become Marussia.

Red Bull Racing Renault
1 Sebastian Vettel (DEU)
2 Mark Webber (AUS)

McLaren Mercedes
3 Jenson Button (GBR)
4 Lewis Hamilton (GBR)

Ferrari
5 Fernando Alonso (ESP)
6 Felipe Massa (BRA)

Mercedes
7 Michael Schumacher (DEU)
8 Nico Rosberg (DEU)

Lotus Renault
9 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN)
10 Romain Grosjean (FRA)

Force India Mercedes
11 Paul di Resta (GBR)
12 Nico Hulkenberg (DEU)

Sauber Ferrari
14 Kamui Kobayashi (JPN)
15 Sergio Perez Mendoza (MEX)

STR Ferrari
16 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA)

Williams Renault
18 Pastor Maldonado (VEN)
19 Bruno Senna (BRA)

Caterham Renault
20 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN)
21 Jarno Trulli (ITA)

HRT/TBA
22 Pedro de la Rosa (ESP)
23 TBA

Marussia Cosworth
24 Timo Glock (DEU)
25 Charles Pic (FRA)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar


2012 FIA Formula One World Championship Race Calendar
Date
2012 FORMULA 1 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX (Melbourne)
16 - 18 Mar
2012 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur)
23 - 25 Mar
2012 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX (Shanghai)
13 - 15 Apr
2012 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Sakhir)
20 - 22 Apr
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA SANTANDER 2012 (Catalunya)
11 - 13 May
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2012 (Monte Carlo)
24 - 27 May
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2012 (Montréal)
08 - 10 Jun
2012 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE (Valencia)
22 - 24 Jun
2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone)
06 - 08 Jul
FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2012 (Hockenheim)
20 - 22 Jul
FORMULA 1 ENI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2012 (Budapest)
27 - 29 Jul
2012 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps)
31 Aug - 02 Sep
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2012 (Monza)
07 - 09 Sep
2012 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore)
21 - 23 Sep
2012 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka)
05 - 07 Oct
2012 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam)
12 - 14 Oct
2012 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX (New Delhi)
26 - 28 Oct
2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina)
02 - 04 Nov
2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Austin)
16 - 18 Nov
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO DO BRASIL 2012 (São Paulo)
23 - 25 Nov

Friday, January 21, 2011

Car shipping

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