29th February 2008

Video: Audi R8 TDI V12

Look at the Youtube video of the R8 V12 TDI concept. The Audi R8 TDI V12 will make 500 horsepower and 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque while boasting fuel economy of over 23 US mpg (10 liters per 100 km). 0 to 60 takes 4.2 seconds and the car should have a top end of 300 km/h, or around 186 mph.

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29th February 2008

Gallery: Pontiac G8


February 7, 2007


Click the image below for high-resolution gallery and wallpapers:

Since the new Pontiac G8, which is based off the European Holden Commodore SS-V, will be introduced tomorrow at the Chicago Auto Show, I thought it would be nice to add some wallpapers to the database. And for information purposes, the new G8 will be packed with a 6.0L V8 with 362 horsepowers. If you like it, the new G8 will arrive in showrooms by early 2008. Those 20-inch wheels look lovely as well.





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29th February 2008

Cars’ Cool Factor Depends on Younger Generation

Kids don’t have the money to buy whatever new car they want, but they do have influence in convincing older buyers what to get.

“The complaint among teens for years was that they wouldn’t buy their father’s Oldsmobile,” said Rob Callender, spokesman for TRU, a Northbrook, Ill.-based subsidiary of Research International USA that specializes in the buying behavior and trends of teens and 20-somethings. “By the time Olds turned around its lineup with vehicles for younger buyers, it was too late. It went out of business.”

Callender said the reason Toyota created the Scion division and its novel-looking machines was to avoid the day when “Not my father’s Camry” would become the cry of youth turned off by driving the same vehicle Dad puttered around in.

“Youth doesn’t have the bulk of the cash consumers spend, but they set the buying tone,” Callender said. “Youth has an enthusiasm about cars that rubs off on others and influences what they buy. If youth likes a car, the old will, too, but if old like the car, youth might not. Chances are greater that a 35-year-old will buy a car that a teen or 20-something likes than he would a car that a 60-year-old likes.”

Society may dictate that adults set the example for kids to follow, but when it comes to the vehicles they buy, kids set the example for adults, Callender said, which is why automakers continue to covet the youth market.

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29th February 2008

Holden Coupe 60 the star of the 2008 Melbourne motor show

“Holden’s radical Coupe 60 concept” – Drive

Radical? Putting an even larger V8 in yet another commodore variant more than likely weighing about 2 tonnes – how less radical can you get?

How about a 200KW engine in a car weighing in at about 1300Kgs – now that would be radical.

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Exactly. Ford and Holden are not interested in weight saving. Apparently the only thing important is the number of kW on the badges.
If they are taking a regular GTS and ADDING a bunch of extra shit to it and massive heavy wheels it will probably end up with an extra 100kg of weight.
From memory they actually did have a decent design process with the HRT427 (carbon fibre bits), but since that would cost too much it failed as a business decision. But now it is extra easy for Holden because they can just slap in a yank powerplant, stand back and say wow. “Quick slap a 427 badge on there!”

Nice case study: M3 vs M3 CSL.

M3 power 252 kW
M3 weight 1525 kg

M3 CSL power 265 kW
M3 CSL weight 1385 kg

Thats is how it is done.

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29th February 2008

Geneva preview: Vauxhall Meriva Concept

Vauxhall says the new Meriva incorporates bold, fresh design solutions for cars in the supermini sector.

This concept highlights the FlexDoors system in particular, rear-hinged rear doors that swing open toward the back of the car. Sometimes referred to as ‘suicide doors’, rear-hinged doors have to meet modern EU safety standards and open only when the car is at a standstill.

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29th February 2008

All-New Toyota FJ Cruiser

The FJ Cruiser is Toyota’s all-new retro-styled off-roader. I’ve had the opportunity in the past to take the FJ off-road, and found it to be extremely capable. However, this was my first chance to see how it takes on day to day driving.

 

The bold styling of the new FJ Cruiser is a big attention getter. Available in a number of bright colors, my tester was painted Voodoo Blue. It seems that everything about this vehicle is big: it’s got big tires, large grille, oversized mirrors trimmed with running lights (carry over from the original concept) – even the door handles are super sized. And one-upping all of the competition, the FJ Cruiser has three front windshield wipers, where all others just have two.

 

This big theme carries over to the interior, where knobs were designed to be operable while wearing gloves. Unfortunately, the back seat is not as large as everything else. Rear seat passengers are a bit cramped, and given the small rear windows, it’s also somewhat claustrophobic back there. Access to the rear seat is easy with rear-hinged access doors unless you’re parked in a narrow parking spot, in which case it’s almost impossible to access the rear seat. Cargo space is plentiful, and rear seats can be folded flat to extend the space.

 

The FJ Cruiser has plenty of power from its 239-hp V6, and it rides rather smooth on the pavement. Handling is not bad for a big SUV, however it is not terribly maneuverable in parking lots. The FJ needs almost 42 feet to turn around compared to a Hummer H3 that can make the same maneuver in five fewer feet. Visibility is also an issue – there is not much window between the back door and the rear of the vehicle. A very large blind spot.

 

Overall, Toyota has built the FJ Cruiser with the purpose of handling severe off-roading. And while a higher percentage of FJs will leave the pavement (intentionally) than most other SUVs, it’s still likely that most will never leave the road.

Perry Stern

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