Monday, April 25, 2011
Nissan Leaf Wins European Car Of 2011
Nissan Leaf is truly a technological leap in that it is a mass produced electric car with the range for up to 100 miles in only a single charge. Unfortunately for Nissan, they release the electric vehicle to the market at the same time with the price hungry Chevrolet Volt from General Motors, which has already taken home the North American and Motor Trend Car Of The Year awards.
However while the Volt has taken the award in the land of the United States, in Europe, the Leaf can now sport the prestigious award as the 2011 European Car Of The Year. As much as 58 voters gave the Leaf the nod over more conventional offerings like the Volvo S60 and Opel Meriva. CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn is quick to point out the fact that their Leaf car is the first electric vehicle that win the European Car of The Year award.
The CEO is also stated that the Leaf is an appealing and competitive car, with no compromise on its features, style, safety, performance, and the fun to ride aspects. The trophy for Europe’s Car of The Year was handed over to the CEO in a special ceremony in the Pavillion Gabriel in Paris.
Nissan Leaf Wins European Car Of 2011 is a post from: Automotive News and Review
Web Debut For Pagani Huayra
After looking the picture of Pagani car above, I think it is fair to say that Pagani Huayra has made its official web debut. This Pagani’s newest supercar can now be seen in its glory, and the overall styling were generally approved, despite the fact that it is got something of a bottom feeder fascia up front.
All those aero aids will surely helps when all the fury of the Mercedes-Benz AMG build the 6.0 liter twin turbo V12 engine which is planted on the hapless pair of its rear tires. This Huayra is said to be able to run up to near 230 miles per hour. There are over 700 horsepower and around 740 pound feet of torque that could be sent to the groung thorugh its seven speed dual clutch gearbox. While the car weight is only 3,000 pounds, and it is aided by copious amounts of carbon fiber.
Inside it, you will find the luxury touches that you can expect, including a cockpit slathered with beautiful hides and exposed with aluminum and carbon fiber. You will also bask in the glowing blue gauges with a multi function display that could controls the audio, communications, and navigation gadgetry.
Web Debut For Pagani Huayra is a post from: Automotive News and Review
Chevy Camaro Convertible For Super Bowl MVP
The Super Bowl is about coming to the end, and it means that one of the NFL player will going to win their dream prize. It is not about the Lombardi trophy that might be a little genera, but it is about Pete Rozelle MVP award, and more importantly the prize car that goes with it. This year, the Super Bowl MVP player will get the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible to get them feel the breeze through their un-helmeted hair from the General Motors.
Previously, the Super Bowl MVP got the long string Cadillacs from General Motors, and the Escalade proved to be the most popular ride of choice. Now General Motors is using the coveted NFL stage to introduce their newest drop-top to the market. Probably this is a better way to spend their money considering the 30 second spot costs up to $ 3 million.
Rick Scheidt, the Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing US said, “The new Camaro Convertible will arrives in dealerships in next February, and it will be a fitting reward for the MVP.” “It is a great chance for Chevrolet to have Camaro play a role on one of the biggest stages in the world, the Super Bowl,” he added.
Chevy Camaro Convertible For Super Bowl MVP is a post from: Automotive News and Review
Mini Clubman Hampton Coming to Geneva
There is a report from MotoringFile that Mini Clubman Special Edition will be treated much like what MINI has done in the past. The special edition vehicle will be called Hampton and will debut in the Geneva Auto Show early in March. This edition will whow up as a package on the Cooper Cooper D, Cooper SD, and Cooper S. It will be Cooper and Cooper S in the U.S..
The exterior of the car will bring the exclusive Reef Blue metallic paint and an exclusive 17 inch Twin Spoke alloy wheels with centre caps from a Damson Red lining (Silver or Black wheels). The bonnet will get the Damson Red strikes, while the mirrors caps will be finished with Damson Red pinstripe. There will be MINI 50 Hampton badge on the side scuttles and B Pillar. The MINI 50 Badge will be on front grille and also Bi-Xenon headlights with black trim.
The car will have the exclusiev Lounge leather upholstery in Carbon Black Black complete with Damson Red piping and Anthracite Headlining for the interior. The Damson Red pinstripe theme will be carried to the interior trim, central speedo surround, and floor matts with piping and stitching.
Mini Clubman Hampton Coming to Geneva is a post from: Automotive News and Review
Mercedes Fast Tracks For C-, E-, And S-Class Hybrid
While there is a report that Mercedes-Benz is on its way to increase their U.S. diesel presence in a big way, there is also a news that the company is also expanding the hybrid fleet. According to a report from Automotive News, the Silver Arrow is now looking to introduce the hybridized versions of their C-, E-, and S- Class products in only three years.
This move is said to be their effort to prepare for the tightening of fuel economy legislation in the U.S. and Europe. The report says that the European buyers can expect to see the hybrid powered C- and E-Class vehicles will show up in Europe in around 2013, while the plug in S-Class hybrid will debut in a short time after that.
There is also rumors that the American buyers will likely see the new technology arrive in their showrooms in aroud six months after the European market. According to Herbert Kohler, the company’s head of E-Drive and future mobility, Currently Mercedes-Benz is spending half of theihr $ 5.6 billion budget of research and development to investigating alternative powertrains. Combined with the diesel mix, these hybrids line will increase the company’s average fuel economy.
Mercedes Fast Tracks For C-, E-, And S-Class Hybrid is a post from: Automotive News and Review