Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Suzuki recalls over 5,500 Kizashi sedans (U.S)

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Suzuki is recalling approximately 5,701 Kizashi sedans manufactured from 13th October 2009 to 31st May 2010, due to the centre-lower glove box on the dashboard opening during a crash and perhaps cause injury if it comes in contact with the front seat passenger.

Suzuki said that it will replace the part on the affected cars for free. The company plans to notify owners with the safety recall expected to begin in mid-July. For more information, Kizashi owners can contact Suzuki directly at 1-714-996-7040.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Citroen DS3 convertible on the way

Citroen will manufacture a convertible version of its fashionable DS3 supermini, a source has revealed.

However, facts of the DS3 Convertible are vague. It isn't clear whether Citroen will use a metal folding roof or a fabric roof. In addition, it’s uncertain if the DS3 Convertible will have the same engine line-up as the hatch, which consists of three petrol's and two turbo-diesel engines.

Citroen has confirmed that there won't be a convertible variant of the DS3 Racing. The hot hatch is due to go on sale in the UK later on this Summer.

Prices for the DS3 Convertible have yet to be announced, but expect to pay around £2,000 over the hatchback, which would mean a starting price of roughly £14,000.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

2011 Hyundai Genesis facelift spied

Hyundai is wasting no time revising the Genesis mid-sized executive sedan. Spied testing in Death Valley, CA and somewhere in South Korea, the 2011 Genesis will take on some minor changes . The Genesis has only been on sale for 2 years – it was launched as a 2009MY in mid 2008.

Numerous alterations will be apparent like reshaped front bumper with new lower air intakes, LED day-time running lights, front/side/rear skirts, rear chrome trim, and revised rear bumper incorporating faux Lexus LS like dual exhausts.

Internally, very little change is visible, with the exception of a BMW-like iDrive system. This is likely to operate a new 8 speed automatic transmission, recently announced by Hyundai. Under the hood, the 290bhp 3.8 litre V6 Lambda and 385bhp 4.6 litre V8 Tau engines will be improved for better fuel economy and power. For 2011, an all-new 5.0 litre V8 will debut, which is expected to generate 429bhp. The new V8 will also be used in the larger Equus sedan. It is probable that Hyundai will also use their new GDI (gasoline direct-injection) engines.

The facelifted Genesis will go on sale in Australia mid-2011.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fast Sport Cars | 2010 Latest Spors Cars

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On the basis of this vehicle would be a G37 Infiniti / Nissan 370 Z, which we think wouldn't a lame idea in the least, given the excellent treatment of the characteristics of these two cousins. Moreover, the name of the Alps would be the one to carry a sport-Renault. You know the name of decades ago, when she used to build the winning racing cars using Renault engines. Although WCF reported on such a car a few weeks ago, it's very much a rumour. Until now.

A good Renault sports car we suspect would use a relatively small turbo engine instead of a large block V6 for obvious reasons; weight, compactness, emissions and a possible return of the turbo in Formula One. The car will not be based on an existing cars of Renault and will be very different, even radical in styling. Renault desperately needs for its many millions of euros involvement in the F1 and so far so good as RenaultSport is, it hasn't happened to the desired extent.

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Two years after the unveiling of the fuel cell powered FCX concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda today showed the production version of the car that will be available next summer, along with a name and price. The car now known as the FCX Clarity will be available for private customers from mid-2008 for a period of three years rent. The $ 600/month price tag will cover all maintenance and collision insurance. Unlike GM's Project ramp program, Honda made it clear that engineers are not following these cars around. People will be able to arrive at a Honda dealer, sign the papers and drive. At least, if they live in southern California. Initially, the cars will only be available for customers in the areas where hydrogen filling stations are available. The production version remains faithful to the concept with the only real change on the nose, which was stretched a few inches to provide a number crush space. The range on a full tank of compressed hydrogen to 5000 psi remains at 270 miles and the vertical power fuel cells can start at temperatures of-22F. [Source: Honda]

Friday, December 17, 2010

Maserati CEO spills info on next-generation Quattroporte

The next-generation Quattroporte sedan will be available with four-wheel drive and stop-start technology, according to Maserati’s CEO.

Harald Wester said the new sports saloon, scheduled for 2012, would also weigh about 15% less than the existing model and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions would be improved by approximately 25%.

Wester claims that adding four-wheel drive will help Maserati's flagship model compete with Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

Other methods in the pipeline include economised V6 and V8 petrol engines, in addition to an 8 speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sky-high fuel prices recommended (UK)

Prices of fuels should be kept permanently high as a way of forcing drivers into smaller and more economical cars, according to the Government’s climate change watchdog.

The Committee for Climate Change has warned that the Government should set a minimum price for petrol and diesel, to make sure Britain meets its targets for emissions reductions.

“We know that people buy more efficient cars if the petrol price remains consistently high,” said the committee’s chief executive David Kennedy.

In its report to parliament, the Committee said that fuel duty needed to be greater than before to balance out reductions in oil prices and there should be a greater gap between the cost of tax on the most and least polluting cars, with drivers of the most fuel efficient cars also qualifying for grants.

AA president Edmund King described the committee’s plans as “unrealistic”.

“People are already moving to more fuel efficient cars so there is no need to punish them by keeping the cost of fuel excessively high," he said.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

No more Government funding for motor industry (UK)

Business secretary Vince Cable has said that car makers can no longer expect financial support to make cars in the UK.

Speaking at a conference in Central London, he said: “I don’t see the future as large scale funding for particular companies. We can’t fight a subsidy war.”

Cable persisted that he saw future Government money going towards assisting the car business as a whole, vowed support for investment in research, technical education, more apprenticeships in the motor industry and appeal to inward investment through lowering corporation tax and creating a more stable economy.

The business secretary also denied that the £5,000 funding for anyone buying an electric car was going to be scrapped, admitting that it was still “actively under consideration”. He also promised support for Britain’s luxury car business arguing, “We’re not trying to turn every car into a Nissan Leaf”. “There’s variety in the motor industry and it needs to be supported,’ he said.

While, a car-buying scheme, such as the scrappage scheme is not the way to invigorate the car market, business secretary Vince Cable has said.

'It got us out of a sensitive stage in the economic crisis, but it was too expensive to run. We are emerging from a period of Government intervention. We are now in a different world. The Government can't fight and win a subsidy war.'

Cable said: 'The best way to back the car industry is to create a good business environment. The Government will continue to back industry in a cost effective way.''