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Oct 212009
 

Honda CR-Z Concept 2009

Honda CR-Z Concept 2009 Interior

Here’s some news that will have Honda enthusiasts jumping for joy – the Honda CR-Z will launch at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in January 2010, following the debut of the CR-Z Concept 2009 in Tokyo today.  The CR-Z, positioned as a “stylish, sporty hybrid coupe,” will join the Insight and the Civic Hybrid in the Honda hybrid line-up.

Surely, the name alone will remind many of the classic Honda CRX of yesteryears. Much like the CRX, the CR-Z will be a 2-seater hatchback, but whether the new car will match the fun & performance of the old platform is up to anyone’s guess. Here’s our fingers crossed that this is indeed the case.

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Aug 032009
 


Not to get left behind in the zero emissions race, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan) today unveiled the Nissan LEAF, “the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car.” Scheduled for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, the LEAF, according to Nissan, will present:

  • Zero-emission power train and platform
  • Affordable pricing
  • Distinctive design
  • Real-world range autonomy – 160km (100 miles)
  • Connected Mobility: Advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system

The LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm. A combination of the LEAF’s regenerative braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full charge*. (*US LA4 mode)

The LEAF can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger. Charging at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours.

The real question we have, however, is… although the LEAF and other electric vehicles themselves may not produce any emissions, they still do not solve the emissions that are created by electricity production. Whether it’s coal or nuclear, electricity is still produced for the most part by processes which consumes fossil fuels. Until the production process and the infrastructure to support it switches over to wind, solar and hydroelectric systems, we at RevdCars still feel the notion of an emissions-free electric vehicle is just that… a notion.

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Nissan North America
P.O. Box 685003
Franklin TN 37068-5003
(800) NISSAN-1

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Apr 172009
 

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Photos courtesy of Audi of America, Inc.

With their tremendous level of success in ALMS and Le Mans racing, it was only time before Audi’s TDI diesel technology made its way down to the consumer. We’re a big fan of diesel – and curious as to why it hasn’t caught on in the States as it has in Europe – and excited to see it makes inroads in the US market. In line with this, Audi has introduced the brand new 2010 Audi Q7 TDI. Highlights include:

  • New front lighting design and LED daytime running lights – which has become a trademark of sorts for Audi

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  • New full LED rear lights (LED running lights, brake lights, and turn signals)

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  • New MMI navigation system – third generation MMI shows latest evolution of 3D navigation, joystick control for navigation map destination finding, updated graphical clarity, SIRIUS artist/title preview, SIRIUS traffic-based navigation, voice-based destination input control, and voice inputs such as “I’m hungry,” “I need money,” “I need gas” and “I need coffee” that will point to closest options within current vicinity
  • 25 mpg highway (!) and over 600 highway miles of range one tankful of diesel fue
  • Bin5 / ULEV (ultra low emissions vehicle) II 50-state status; Audi clean diesel is measured on the same emissions basis as gasoline-based engines, but with 30% better fuel efficiency
  • When comparing diesel fuel prices 1:1 to Audi-recommended Super unleaded gasoline, the price differential will pay for itself over a few years time, and even sooner if resale value, and the Alternative Motor Vehicle credit is taken into consideration
  • 5-star crash test ratings from NHTSA NCAP, “Top Safety Pick” from IIHS\
  • S line package option provides up to 21 inch wheels with 295/35 tires
  • Six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes provide ample stopping power

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  • Turbocharger optimized for US market, with torque peak arriving sooner than current EU model.
  • 225 hp / 406 lb-ft
  • Variable turbine geometry generates 23.2 lbs of boost (1.6 BAR), with its vanes powered by an electric servo motor to improve propulsive power at low speeds – taken from Audi’s sister company Porsche?

Frankly, we can’t wait to get our hands on this new Q7. Audi plans to launch the vehicle in Fall 2009 as a 2010 model.

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Audi of America, Inc.
2200 Ferdinand Porsche Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
1-800-FOR-AUDI (367-2834)

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