Monday, 31 October 2011

Fiat 500 Abarth

New high-performance Fiat 500 to debut at L.A. Auto Show in Novemeber

A new Fiat 500 model is expected to debut next month in the U.S.Officials say the Italian automaker, which controls Chrysler Group LLC, will debut the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth at the L.A. Auto Show.

Fiat currently offers the mini car in four models (excluding limited edition): Pop, Sport, Lounge and Cabrio (convertible). They range in pricing from $15,500 for the Pop to more than $25,500 for other models.

The Abarth is “for track-day enthusiasts and driving-purists who want the ultimate high-performance small car with the pedigree of an exclusive Italian exotic,” according to the officials. It features an all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, Abarth-tuned suspension and brake systems.

Through September, Fiat had sold about 13,861 of the mini cars in the U.S., well short of its 50,000 goal for the year in the U.S. and Canada.
The L.A. Auto Show runs from Nov. 18-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Renault Pulse

Renault will launch  compact car on New Year

Renault will launch its compact car ‘Pulse' in India in January next year to make further inroads in the fast growing Indian car market.
The French carmaker, which currently sells two models in India, is also planning to introduce two more cars next year as part of its plan to sell one-lakh units in India by 2013.

“India is one of the three key countries for Renault along with Brazil and Russia. The Pulse is designed and produced in India for Indian is an offering in the premium compact car segment developed for the Indian market by our design centre in Mumbai. The quick roll-out of products highlights our commitment to the Indian market,” Renault Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares told this correspondent.

Developed on its partner Nissan's V platform, the car is equipped with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is produced at Renault's Chennai plant. “With the production of the 1.5-litre diesel engine from this month, India is the third country to produce this engine in the world…we have an installed capacity to produce 1.5 lakh engines per year at its Chennai plant which can be expanded up to three lakh units,” he added.
Renault made its debut in the Indian market with the launch of the premium sedan Fluence in May this year followed by its second offering, the luxury SUV Koleos, in September 2011.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is a full-sized battery electric sedan in development by Tesla Motors. It is an electric car that was codenamed WhiteStar during research and preliminary development. It was announced in a press release on June 30, 2008. The prototype vehicle was displayed at a press conference on March 26, 2009.

 Lotus Elise, Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla Motors, debuted his electric car company's first all-original car, the Model S, and announced that it "will build a high-performance version of the Model S that will go zero to 60 (mph) in 4.5 seconds. That's faster than Porsche 911 Carrera

Production for the retail market is expected to begin in mid 2012, with a base price of US$57,400. The base model will have a range of 160 miles (260 km) when fully charged, and a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) acceleration of 4.5 seconds. The premium Signature Series will have a larger battery pack available with ranges of 230 and 300 miles (370 and 480 km). The first 1,000 cars to be produced will be of the premium Signature version. Charging times vary depending on the battery pack's state-of-charge, its overall capacity, the available voltage, and the available circuit breaker amp rating (current). A complete charge may take three or more hours using standard US 110 VAC household circuits or a 45-minute QuickCharge to 80%, equivalent to adding 170 miles (270 km)-of-range for each hour charging, will be possible when connected to a DC fast-charger. In addition, a battery swap will be possible in less than two minutes.

According to DreamWheels  battery electric vehicles will the good future  of automobile industries.