Looks like the next-gen tire is actually closer than we imagined. With Michelin already working on their concept of the Tweel, Bridgestone walks in with the air-free concept tires that use a tough and flexible thermoplastic spoke technology. These spokes remove any horizontal force and make the tire puncture free, since there is actually no air. The tire is currently suitable fro personal mobility and electric lightweight carts, each wheel holds upto 150Kg in weight. The company plans to use this technology for commercial users and eventually replace the traditional wheel. The only issue is the fact that items might [...]
Skoda is all set to launch its all new sedan Rapid on 16th November 2011. The Rapid will be based on the Fabia platform and will be a direct competition to the Volkswagen Vento, the Honda City, the Fiat Linea, the Hyundai Verna and the recently launced Ford Fiesta.
The Rapid is heavily based on the VW Vento. So, if you have ever been inside the VW, you will find the Rapid all too familiar. In fact, it also comes with Vento’s unique feature of adjusting the front passenger seat from the rear. Both the petrol and diesel engine displace the same engine capacity of 1.6-litre, and make an identical power output of 105bhp. [...]
The Range Rover evoque is the most anticipated SUV from Tata owned Land Rover Automobiles. The SUV is a highly economical SUV to sport a Range Rover branding, a new modern design and styling and a fairly low price of 38-52 Lac (fairly low compared to regular Rovers)
The Range Rover Evoque is expected to hit India end 2011, beginning 2012, bringing a whole new segment into the Range Rover brand. A segment which has picked up over 200% in the past year in India. The company plans to take on sales from people looking for alternatives to the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 . Range Rover expects to sell over 500 units initially [...]
BMW automobiles is a well known name in the automotive industry, especially when it comes to innovation. The i brand was announced for the electric division of BMW automobiles earlier this year. The launch of the sub brand comes hand in hand with the two concept electric cars.The i3 Concept
The i3 will drive 150km on a full charge, acceleration is about 0-60mph in around 8 seconds, while buying the vehicle owners will be able to opt in for the range-extending motor aptly named “REx.” The first consumer model should hit prime markets by as early as 2013. The charger will complete eighty percent [...]
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]udi India today reported a 75.11% jump in its sales for June 2011, at 408 units when compared to the 233 units sold same time last year.
Given our outstanding performance in the first six months of the year, we will soon surpass our 2010, annual sale of 3,003 cars. Audi India’s growth momentum is testimony to the overwhelming response received from our customers,” Audi India Head Michael Perschke said.
The statement further said that China has overtaken Germany as the single biggest market for Audi, while the Indian and US markets were the fastest [...]
UK based Gordon Murray Design has unveiled a new car designed for the urban environment which it has dubbed the T.27. The design and development program for the T.27 has cost £9 millionwas made possible through a £4.5 million investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board. From design to concept to working prototype, the car has taken just 17 months to come to life, including the design and build of a completely new electric powertrain by Zytek Automotive Ltd.
T.27 specifically targets the urban city environment via a unique manufacturing process called ‘iStream’ developed Gordon Murray [...]
With the launch of the Chevrolet BEAT Diesel next month, GM plans to unveil an electronic varient of the car. Working alongside Reva for the past year, the auto manufaturer has developed a vehicle with a range of 130Kms on a full charge which taks 8 hours, and a motor that gives 60bhp.
A GM official said that, “The plan is to just showcase our technology and organise test drives for a few people. The vehicles will be assembled here from parts designed and sourced globally. We are not looking to launch this immediately as we do not have the [...]
The worlds first amphibious ice cream truck has been launched in London to raise awareness around the ice cream truck business in the UK, which has recently fallen victim to tighter restrictions.
The truck delivers a full range of ice creams from the roads and rivers of London. It has officially been christened the HMS Flake 99 and is emblazoned with the motto ‘Licensed to Chill’. Keep your eyes peeled for this truck if your travelling to London any time soon.
Everyone must remember the Tata Nano. Well, they’ve come out with a similar high-tech varient for the european market. It boasts high fuel efficiency, ‘zero turn’ technology for minimal turning radius, built-in integration with tablets and smartphones, and an innovative door design. Measuring three meters (9.8 feet) long, the highly efficient ‘pixel’ combines a 1.2L three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with stop-start technology and an aerodynamic design to offer a combined cycle fuel economy of 3.4 L/100 km (69mpg), and producing carbon emissions limited to 89 g/km (0.3 lb/mi). ‘Zero turn’ technology makes [...]
The Nano Pad is a hand-sized pad that makes use of nanotechnology to create a vacuum system onto which cellphones and other devices stick. One can put it on the car dashboard to hold iPods, mobiles, PDAs, MP3 players, pens, coins or even reading glasses. The pad forms a vacuum seal “like a gecko’s foot”, making your cellphone, camera or other small gadgets “hands-free” while you are driving or busy with something else. The Nano-pad only comes in one size but will stick by being placed on any part of a hard, flat surface. It comes in a variety of colours and can be used indoors as well as in your car. It is [...]
Hindustan Motors has launched the new Ambassador Grand, without much fanfare.
Main Improvements includeA revamped 5 speed gearbox Improved power Stering + windows A new Moulded interior door panel Free Mobile Phone Charger Dual tone interiors Side Indicator with Escutcheon Rear view mirror Headlamp with Clear glass Body colour bumper Full wheel hub cover Soft touch door handle Diamond cut tail lamp
A whole set of new colorsJet Black Lunar Silver Fire Brick Red Oyster Blue Ecru Beige Crystal White
All these features are still in the Year 2002-2004 era and don’t really step it up to the mark with current competition. The quality of controls [...]