Archive for February 9th, 2012

Next Mitsubishi Outlander Debuts in Europe, Arriving Here Later [Geneva Auto Show]

Still rather sharp searching, the present Mitsubishi Outlander will be 7 years old this spring. That’s about average for an automotive daily life cycle, and it will come to a close when the organization introduces the third-generation Outlander at the 2012 Geneva car show. (Bear in mind that the Outlander is not the same as the smaller sized Outlander Sport, which was introduced for 2011.)

Even with a debut all around the corner, the new Outlander’s arrival in U.S. dealers isn’t imminent. An physical appearance at an American automobile show isn’t probably right up until 2013, and product sales will not begin just before the spring of that 12 months. Because of that, data about our Outlander is nevertheless scarce.

Here’s what Mitsubishi has said about the European-spec car: The Outlander will once more be a three-row crossover, with some weight cost savings coming from the use of large-strength steel. European shoppers will be ready to choose from a 2.-liter gas engine and a 2.two-liter diesel unit the latter will be paired with a cease/start program to support reduce fuel consumption and emissions. For the much more avant-garde, Mitsubishi guarantees a plug-in hybrid version somewhere down the line. A trifecta of high-tech safety functions also will be readily available to Outlander consumers: adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning program, and forward-collision avoidance of some type.

Mitsubishi announced final 12 months that the Galant and Eclipse will get the axe in 2013, and that the Illinois factory in which they are created will switch over to assembling an undisclosed vehicle. We feel it is most likely that the Outlander is that automobile. If so, the time necessary to retool the factory could explain why the Outlander is debuting in Europe now but won’t be launched in the U.S. for a lot more than a year.

From the sound of things, the Outlander is shaping up to be however another mid-size crossover, albeit one with a plug-in EV option. Whether it’s diverse or great sufficient to make an impact in our industry is also early to say. The current Outlander is pleasant sufficient but not a standout in any way and a sales dud Mitsubishi desperately needs a hit to make up for product sales lost to surging competitors like Hyundai and Kia. Even if this is that considerably-essential savior, the coming 12 months might bring much more ache just before it arrives.

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F30 BMW 3 Series Accessories

The new BMW 3 Series goes on sale this weekend and ahead of its launch, BMW of North America helps make readily available a series of accessories that come to increase the interior and exterior design and style of the F30 3 Series.

Identified for the range of wheels supplied, BMW now consists of in their equipment catalog new weight-optimized alloy wheels in an unique Bi-color layout. These Authentic BMW alloy wheels have a higher gloss-turned finish on the visible sides and are protected during against corrosion with clear varnish.

With this new merchandise, BMW is bringing many colours to an alloy wheel for the initial time ever. A specific industrial process allows many colours to be designed in a precise and reproducible manner. No foils, no masking or peel-off needed.

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Our favorite is the Double Spoke 361 20″ Bi-colour wheels with black/red ring. Complete price for this? $ 4,125.

A wide assortment of mats are supplied for the Sport, from All-climate Floor Mats to Carpeted Floor Mats and Luggage Compartment Mat.

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Mazda Records US$1.3 Billion Loss, “Actively” Seeks Partner

Mazda Carscoop 1 Mazda Records US$1.3 Billion Loss, “Actively” Seeks Partner
Last week, Mazda forecast a net reduction of 100 billion yen (US$ 1.29 billion) for the fiscal 12 months that ends March 31 and a 2 percent drop in its worldwide revenue, to 1.25 million units.

This is the fourth 12 months in a row than Mazda records negative final results and it is also the company’s 2nd biggest reduction in the last eleven many years following the US$ two. billion harm it posted in the earlier fiscal 12 months that ended in March 2011.

The difficult financial problems forced Mazda CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi, to admit that the automaker is “actively” seeking partners in order to conquer its economic issues. Yamanouchi extra that raising capital is essential for Mazda, since if it fails to do so will result in feasible downgrade.

1 way is by means of the sale of much more shares, which Yamanouchi didn’t rule out because he explained that “we are considering every single option”.

Among Japanese automakers, Mazda exports the greatest percentage of its automobiles. Therefore, the strength of the yen against the U.S. dollar, the Euro and other currencies has seriously diminished its revenue from overseas product sales.

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Mercedes to introduce glow in the dark seat belt buckles

merc glow in the dark belt buckles Mercedes to introduce glow in the dark seat belt buckles

In addition to enhancing security, Mercedes Benz‘s new active seatbelt buckle also eliminates the irritating practice of making an attempt to buckle up when the connecting clips have fallen between or been pushed down the autos seats.

The seat belt buckle does not only come with vivid glowing LEDs to simply secure your self, especially in the dark, but also comes outfitted with a motorized method that extends the buckles upwards as much as 2.8-inches, so they’re hard to miss and easier to use. For enhanced security in the occasion of a crash, the energetic seat belt buckle also functions in reverse, slightly retracting after impact so it holds the passenger more securely.

The new program will be implemented in Mercedes Benz’s much more luxury designs in the near long term but will hopefully be obtainable for Daimler’s far more inexpensive designs so the common public can also advantage from this wonderful innovation.

Resource: Gizmodo

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Aston Martin V12 Zagato revealed, only 150 will be built

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Aston Martin has dropped the 1st photos and facts on the new V12 Zagato following the ‘final style signed-off and engineering development function progressing apace’ and right after it was leaked on the world wide web. The new Aston Martin V12 Zagato is a quite thrilling addition for us given that it’s a auto primarily based on the Vantage V12 but features modern concepts, materials, processes and engineering pioneered on quite exclusive 1-77.

“Our partnership with Zagato stretches back a lot more than 50 many years,” said Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez. “Together in that time we have created a series of very particular vehicles. The first – the DB4GT Zagato – is a genuine icon: quickly, lovely and incredibly desirable. In the V12 Zagato I imagine we have captured the spirit of that vehicle and combined it with a confident twist of modernity to give it a character all of its very own.”

Verify out a lot more news on the Aston Martin V12 Zagato.

After an overwhelming response to the notion, Aston determined to construct a strictly limited run of V12 Zagatos – and by strict we suggest only 150 units will be developed. starting Q3 2012 (1st deliveries Q4 2012). Why only 150? Since making every Aston Martin V12 Zagato takes about 2,000 man-hrs to total and just like the One particular-77, it is created from a combination of hand crafted aluminum and carbon fiber. The hood, signature ‘double-bubble’ roof and doors are hand-crafted aluminum, whilst the front and rear fenders, door sills and trunk lid surrounds are made from carbon fiber.

Energy for the production Aston V12 Zagato will come from a 6. liter V12 engine creating 510-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Fitted to a six-speed manual transmission, the V12 Zagato will go kind to 62 mph in 4.two seconds with a leading speed of 190 mph.

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Cars & Girls: Yellow Supercars and Models

Autos and Women, Supercar News — By Lawrence on February 9, 2012 at two:28 pm — two Comments

Cats Exotics and Models Cars & Girls: Yellow Supercars and Models

Jason Tang just lately got the chance to shoot with a set of designs at Cat’s Exotics, Washington. The shoot gathered a set of yellow supercars like a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and a Honda NSX up coming to 3 designs.

The end result is what you see below. Leave us a comment and allow us know what you feel!

[Via Flickr]

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Nissan Planning Crowd-Sourced 370Z Project Car via Facebook [Chicago Auto Show]

February eight, 2012 at 4:52pm by Alexander Stoklosa

Project370Zplacement Nissan Planning Crowd Sourced 370Z Project Car via Facebook [Chicago Auto Show]

To support kick off the launch of its ever-so-lightly refreshed 370Z sports vehicle, Nissan is launching a social-media campaign by which the public can aid design and style a tricked-out Z. The automaker is imaginatively calling the crowd-sourced Z “Project 370Z,” and will show the last solution at this year’s annual ZDayZ gathering.

Venture 370Z will be developed in several phases among now and when it debuts. Nissan will let its Facebook fans vote on distinct upgrades—with the categories like power, dealing with and brakes, and interior/exterior styling—and the winning elements will be set up on the vehicle. Of program, Nissan will guide the process to some degree people of you who had been hoping Project 370Z may turn out as a Nissan-badged Regional Motors Rally Fighter or a 370ZCamino are out of luck. The ultimate goal is a 370Z with a résumé that balances track-day skills with street manners. To participate, you’ll first have to like Nissan Performance’s Facebook page. The finished Venture 370Z will bow this May the non-crowd-sourced 2013 370Z goes on sale in June.

2012 Chicago auto show full coverage 626 Nissan Planning Crowd Sourced 370Z Project Car via Facebook [Chicago Auto Show]

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