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Gleagle IG Hybrid

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Gleagle IG Hybrid
IG Geely or with the product name Gleagle IG criticized by China Car Times. “Small cars are only suitable for use in the city. However, the door that opens upward makes it difficult, even to nudge the car parked next to it. Doors can also hit the roof of the parking lot, “writes the media.

Surprisingly again, the media does not know exactly where the car was made. They estimate that only cars made in Lin Hai, Zhejian Province, not far from the headquarters of Geely, Hangzhou.

Interestingly enough, the hood of this small hybrid car is also fitted with solar panels. According to Geely, the panel used to charge the battery. As a source of prime mover, this car uses the engine capacity of 1.0 liters.

To couple power hybrids, electric motors, and batteries supplied in accordance with the desire and ability of consumers. “Costs flexible,” wrote Geely. This was done because Geely electrical and battery system that offers the lowest price of 10,000 yuan or USD 13.2 million.

“Consumers can choose different standards according to their needs, like buying a digital camera that uses a variety of memory cards,” added Geely in the site about this concept car sales.

He also explains, in particular for electrical components, there was a contradiction between the price of batteries and the distance. The further the distance that can be generated from battery-powered, large increases in size. The price is also so expensive.

IG is on display today has undergone a change from the prototype on display before. If previously only used three seats with the concept of a triangle, now, the car has two seats in front (including the driver) and two behind.

Explained all, the car is equipped with a large alternator and start & stop system. We stopped at the intersection waiting for the green light, the engine will die. Engine will live longer automatically once trodden on the accelerator. System used is the mild hybrid or a combination of series and parallel (the same used Prius).

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Nissan Eco Car

Nissan Eco Car
On 12 March, Nissan has started to produce the Eco-Car, the Nissan March, although the official launch of the new is coming on March 26, coinciding with the opening of the Bangkok International Motor Show 2010.

March or in India and Europe called the Micra, standard version with manual transmission 5-speed, white elephant in the country is sold at a price of Rp 106 million or 375,000 bath. While most luxurious version, bath, or 537,000 USD 155 million, CVT automatic transmission (only available in June).

From the dimensions, March or Micra less than Livina. March Group is a Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz, Mazda2, Hyundai i20, Chevy Aveo, and soon to be followed Ford Fiesta. March machines used smaller (so called “Eco-Car”), 1.2-liter, 3 cylinder, DOHC, 12 valves.

With the smaller engine capacity, of course not the same ability to March with a small car over. If Nissan marketed in Indonesia, most nearby opponent is Suzuki Splash. Both use a 1.2 liter engine. The ability to produce engine power is almost the same.

Cowboy Up: The Great Fiesta Road Trip – Day 2

After two days and 1200 miles behind the wheel, we can’t help but be impressed by the new Fiesta. It has its quirks, but take the time to learn them and you’ll be very impressed with what Ford’s been able to do with such a small package.

After logging roughly 20 hours at the helm of the Fiesta, we rolled into Colorado Springs tired but impressed. Over the course of our journey, the Fiesta returned 32 mpg on average, which is decent for a small car, but not spectacular. What is spectacular is that it returned that kind of mileage in spite of the hardships it’s faced. While it has a natural advantage in its small engine and feathery curb weight, we didn’t let the Fiesta off easy.

After leaving Los Angeles, we’ve climbed over mountain ranges and across the high desert on our way to Colorado. Along the way, we encountered outside air temperatures ranging from, according to the Fiesta, 30 to as high as 52 degrees Celsius. For our U.S. readers, that’s over 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Such temperatures, of course, necessitated constant use of the air conditioner, which we’re happy to report still blew cold even in the sweltering heat. We also climbed nearly a mile into the sky and, at one point, crossed the Rockies at nearly 11,000 feet. This is all while carrying two staffers, our cameras and all our gear, and the Fiesta still returned 32 mpg. Imagine what it would do on a normal commute.

Of course, as well as the Fiesta performed, there’s only so much that it can do. Every car on the road will be breathing hard at 11,000 feet, so we can’t blame the little 1.6L engine for struggling up the hills. While it didn’t power up the larger hills, the Fiesta still had the gusto necessary to maintain freeway speeds, even if passing was out of the question.

Now, about that handling. In yesterday’s blog, I wrote that the suspension was soft, but that wasn’t quite accurate. The suspension itself is actually a tad firm and quite sporty, but there are other factors at work. Firstly, we’re talking about a car that weighs barely 2500 lbs with me, my copilot and all our gear in it. Secondly, it’s a tall, narrow car, giving it a naturally higher center of gravity. Finally, the seats, while comfortable, don’t hold you particularly well in the corners. All of these factors make the Fiesta feel top-heavy and floaty, but guide it carefully into a turn and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

As I said yesterday, it’s important you set up your corners correctly. Turn in abruptly and you’ll be tossed to the side. Execute your turn smoothly and you’ll be rewarded with confident handling that eats windy roads without a thought. Ford’s engineers must be commended on their work with the Fiesta’s steering, as it is very precise and there is no dead spot on-center whatsoever. The Mini may be known for its go-kart-like handling, but the Fiesta may just give it a run for its money. In the end, the handling performance you get out of the Fiesta depends entirely on what you put into it.

From inside, the Fiesta’s cockpit is, in general, a nice place to spend your time. The dash is far more stylish and modern than most cars in its class and the features list is impressive. Features like an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port, a multi-function screen and a voice-command system make the Fiesta an impressive value. Ford hasn’t announced the U.S. Fiesta’s specs list yet, but we hope it includes options for satellite radio and a navigation system, since neither would be hard to add. We also can’t forget to mention the impressive head and leg room, both of which passed the six-foot-plus staffer test easily.

Other useful features include power-folding exterior mirrors, keyless entry and starting, power doors, windows and mirrors, song information from the radio displayed on the screen, adjustable headlight height, automatic headlights, automatic wipers and split-folding rear seats that increase the luggage capacity tremendously.

Pressed for details, we admit that some of the plastic on the dash is a bit shiny and cheap-looking, which detracts from the otherwise handsome interior. The red LCD multi-function display, while quite useful, looks a bit dated, as do the gauges themselves, which are flat and plain-looking. While the rest of the dash pops, the gauges themselves are reminiscent of those found in 1990s vintage automobiles and look like an afterthought. We also have to wonder how long the dash styling will stay relevant before it, too, looks dated. The slanted layout of the buttons is counter-intuitive and the mirror and window controls are in awkward locations.

Still, these are small details that may not even be issues on the U.S.-spec vehicle. Halfway through our trip, the Fiesta has us singing its praises as it goes about its business with little fuss and not a single squeak or rattle in the cabin. Can we say with confidence that Ford has discovered how to do a small-car right? We’ll know for sure once we’ve returned to Los Angeles, but at the halfway point, things are looking up for the Fiesta.

For the next few days, we’ll be taking a break from the road to bring you coverage of the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb and the Fiesta’s racing debut. The Great Fiesta Road Trip will pick up again Sunday after the race as we make our way back out to California. In the mean time, stay tuned to MotorTrend.com for all your Pikes Peak coverage.

Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6564755/miscellaneous/cowboy-up-the-great-fiesta-road-trip-day-2/index.html

Chevrolet Viva

General Motors said Friday morning, 10 days after President Obama announced new fuel mileage standards and three days before the automaker declares bankruptcy, that it will build a new small car in an idled U.S. plant.

Thursday afternoon, retiring GM Vice Chairman/Product Chief Bob Lutz showed the Automotive Press Association a chart with recently produced and near-future product names in tiny letters. Most were known to the automotive press. One was not: Chevrolet Viva.

And on Friday, Forbes columnist Jerry Flint wrote of how the United Auto Workers has destroyed Detroit. Factories here are closing, even as import manufacturers open non-union shops, mostly in the South.

source : motortrend.com