Detroit Electric stalls production for new electric sports cars
By Kevin Davis on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Electric-car maker Detroit Electric has stalled the production of its electric sports cars, SP:01 electric sports car, reports The Detroit News.
According to the news report, the automaker has yet to finalize a lease or purchase agreement for a manufacturing facility in Wayne County.
Previous plans called for Detroit Electric to begin manufacturing its vehicle at the Plymouth facility by this month.
The facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of about 2,500 and employ more than 100 workers.
Source: The Detroit News
Kahn Design`s new style and sound package for the Porsche Cayenne 3.0 Diesel V6. Kahn`s cross hair exhaust system promises to sweeten the note of Porsche`s Cayenne 3.0 Diesel V6 while the red `Carmine` paintwork, lowered suspension, wide wheel arches, 22″ RS600 rims and liquid gold brake calipers provide the unique style. Additions such as privacy glass, black and carbon quilted and perforated leather with ivory contrast stitching, vented foot pedals and a `Kahn Investing in British Industry` Logo continue the tuner`s execution of luxury. .
Nissan has announced plans to introduced the Pivo 3 concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Showin December.
The Japanese automaker says that the concept has a seating for 3 in a 1+2 arrangement with the driver sitting in the middle, side-view cameras linked to monitors and a shape similar to that of the Renault Twizy.
However, Nissan didn’t announce any details about the power of the Pivo 3 concept.
Nissan is partnering SunPower Corp to help Nissan Leaf electric vehicle owners learn the benefits of using a solar power system, so as to reduce carbon emissions and to control the cost of charging their electric vehicles.
It was only few months ago that Ford had signed a deal with SunPower to provide a 2.5-kilowatt rooftop solar system with their Ford plug-in cars. Now Nissan has taken the opportunity to delight their green customers.
Nissan is providing, their Leaf owners, a new online content, including a video tutorial that describes solar power systems converting sunlight into clean, renewable power for use in the home and for charging electric vehicles.
“Nissan Leaf owners are conscientious about their energy use, and it makes sense for them to understand how they can offset the power that their all-electric LEAF requires with clean, renewable solar power generated from their own rooftop,” says Brendan Jones, director, Nissan LEAF marketing and sales strategy, NNA.
Though no word has come from Nissan about the cost of this establishment, rumors are that it would be at par with Fords one, which approximately is $10,000.
Empowering your electric vehicles with solar power is certainly an investment worth pursuing. While, that’s what most of us believe, we would like to hear from you what you think about it.
Large, luxury SUVs are so good at radiating wealth and consuming petroleum, we sometime forget about their other attributes.
Take the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class for example. With its imposing looks and size, three rows of seating and the Mercedes-Benz star on the hood, you wouldn’t expect it to cost less than 70 grand – and it doesn’t.
But the discussion shouldn’t end there – and it won’t. Because having just completed a week-long test in a 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC, we have much to discuss about it.
But first, a little back-story: The GL-Class debuted in 2007, based on a modified version of the unibody platform under the “smaller” M-Class. Like the ML, the GL-Class is produced at the automaker’s facility in Alabama.
GL was ostensibly a replacement for the classic, body-on-frame G-Class SUV. But public pressure forced Mercedes-Benz to keep the venerable Gel ndewagen in the catalogue alongside the new GL.
In 2009, a third engine was added to the GL line – the 3.0L V6 BlueTEC diesel – to compliment the 335-hp, 4.6L V8 and the 382-hp, 5.5L V8. A minor refreshing in 2010 gave it some new fascia, complete with bi-xenon headlamps and cool LED daytime running lights.
The M-Class gets reborn for 2012, so we might see an all-new GL in a year or two, but not just yet…
Price as tested
BlueTEC models like our tester start at $70,500, and feature the 3.0L turbodiesel V6, good for 210 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Yep, 400 big ones, for all your stump-pulling pleasures.
All GL models feature the 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission, 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive and AIRMATIC air suspension. The optional Adaptive Damping System (ADS) was not equipped on our tester, but the Premium Package was, adding $4,500 to the MSRP and a ton of extra convenience pieces to an already luxurious cabin.
Premium Package bits include the COMMAND APS interface system with HDD navigation and DVD changer, rearview camera, power tailgate, passive blind spot assist, keyless entry, heated rear seats, iPod and USB connections as well as a 115V power socket.
These are the first official images of the 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer pre-production design concept, which is making its world debut at the 2011 Dubai International Motor Show.
The Colorado-based medium SUV – which could be called the Holden TrailBlazer if it is introduced to Australia – will initially go on sale in Thailand early in 2012 before spreading to other markets around the world.
Like the early Colorado concepts, the images reveal a number of design elements that are unlikely to advance beyond concept form, including the LED running lights, chrome exterior highlights and blue interior. If the production version of the Colorado is anything to go by, however, expect the basic shape and styling to remain intact when the TrailBlazer hits the showroom floor.
Late last month, Holden spokeswoman Kate Lonsdale told CarAdvice the local brand was investigating the TrailBlazer for the Australian market and said the medium SUV looked “pretty exciting”.
We understand the TrailBlazer is slightly larger than the Holden Captiva 7, and will have more of an off-road focus compared with the urban-friendly Captiva.
The TrailBlazer is expected to feature the same powertrains as the Colorado pick-up, including the 110kW/350Nm 2.5-litre and 132kW/470Nm 2.8-litre diesel engines and five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.
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