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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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Ford Mustang Diesel 2011

Ford Mustang Diesel 2011
Europe promotes environment-friendly diesel engines, forcing the American car manufacturer Ford to change its global strategy. Especially, for the European market they plan to bring small cars to Europe and this provision applies to the beberaga countries in the world.

More than that, Chevrolet also announced it will market the Camaro to market in the continent of Blue in 2011. Who’s new Ford Mustang to keep up with. As quoted autoevolution.com (7/4/2010).

This step, so clearly the problem and challenge for Ford. Despite injecting three new engines for the Mustang in 2011, making the car more power and better fuel efficiency than previous models. But the barriers are, in Europe apply the provisions of fuel consumption. Where to 305 HP V6 engine, with 1 liter of fuel must be a distance of 13 km.

If you want to achieve success in Europe, Ford diesel engine must be buried under the hood of the Mustang. Indeed, since its introduction in Europe, the Mustang does not include best-selling vehicle, but the market is not bored, too.

In discussions with the weekly Autoline After House, Dave Pericak Mustang as the Chief Engineer said that to bring diesel engines for European market through the Mustang as flexibility.

For the Mustang which is marketed in Europe, Ford devised berkapasitasa 3.0 L V6 engine which is equivalent to the Jaguar XF and xj. Power produced 270HP with 443 lb-ft of torque.

Chevy Spark, Macho and Style

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Chevy Spark, Macho and Style
For fans of small cars like the Kia Picanto and Hyundai I10, get ready for the jealous after seeing the figure of the New Chevrolet Spark 1.2. Imagine, a car which is also the output of South Korea has so charming appearance.

aggressive and macho like to show that the car engine capacity is ready 1.200cc a serious challenge established models such as Hyundai and Kia Picanto I10.

Parties GM Spark seems to fix this in newer price range £ 6945 to £ 9845.

Ferdinand Piech and the New Porsche 914

So Porsche says it can’t make a business case for small cars. The new millennium 914 is off, Porsche AG board member Klaus Berning told Automotive News. Coincidentally, this news comes after Volkswagen AG had offered to help Porsche out of its $13 billion in debt in exchange for 49 percent of the company. VW gave Porsche to Monday to decide on the offer. Scion and Chairman Wolfgang Porsche told his cousin, VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech what to do with the offer.

“Ultimatums don’t belong in the 21st Century,” Porsche told The Financial Times. “We won’t be blackmailed.”

The biggest of Machievellian twists is this: much of Porsche’s $13-billion in debt comes from buying up majority interest — 51 percent — of Volkswagen.

This story is the very definition of incest. In addition to being VW’s chairman, Piech is a Porsche board member. Ferdinand Piech and his cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, have been engaged in a rather public feud for several years.

Some say Piech fell out of favor with Porsche AG when, anticipating a change in Can-Am series rules, he built 16-cylinder engines for the 917. They were costly and never used, and Piech left for Audi in 1972. In the ensuing years, his passion for odd engine configurations, from five-bangers to W-12s, thrived.

Porsche had already turned to VW for the 914, which was sold in Europe as the “VW-Porsche 914.” And the 2.0-liter 924 was originally designed to be an Audi.

Porsche worked on a new entry-level car, the front-wheel-drive 976, in 1992-93, using at least part of the VW Golf’s platform. The project was scuttled after Piech unveiled the Golf-based Audi TT, a car now available with a five-cylinder engine.

And until right about now, Porsche was looking at a rear-mid-engine, four-cylinder sub-Boxster, based on the Concept Bluemotion that VW has just officially approved for production (our European correspondent, Paul Horrell, reported in the April issue that Audi already is working on its version).

No doubt, a Porsche based on the concept would cost way more than the Audi, let alone the VW, version. And yet, the mid-engine, four-cylinder Porsche would have to come in substantially below the Boxster’s $47,395 price.

“There is no business case,” to repeat Klaus Berning’s words, “for Porsche in small cars.”

There would be no business case, or at least no reason for Porsche in luxury sedans and sport/utility vehicles, if it was part of VW, or if VW was part of it. And that’s where the two automakers were heading even after decades of Piech-Porsche family feuds.

While I generally worry about what happens to a brand’s equity and identity when it’s absorbed into a larger automaker, Porsche and VW are clear exceptions, since they have the same founder and have worked closely together for some 60 years. Porsche needs a relatively high-volume fuel-efficient model or two to meet stringent new Corporate Average Fuel Economy, and especially, European Union CO2 emissions standards. So far, it has just two models on the way to handle the problem, the hybrid Panamera and hybrid Cayenne. Ending the Piech-Porsche family feud and absorbing Porsche into VW Group’s CAFE and CO2 numbers is a better solution for the integrity of the Porsche brand.

If only the families could get along, it wouldn’t matter who owned whom.

Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6554346/corporate/ferdinand-piech-and-the-new-porsche-914/index.html