Archive for February 19th, 2012

Report: Hyundai, Kia sued by Toyota in patent fight over hybrid-engine tech

hyundaisonatahybridred Report: Hyundai, Kia sued by Toyota in patent fight over hybrid engine tech

Paice LLC, along with its non-profit investor Abell Foundation, filed a suit against Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. for the infringement of three patents in a Baltimore federal court Thursday.

Alex Severinsky, founder of Paice, designed strategy of powering gas-electrical cars making use of high-voltage back in the 1990’s, which he says is the foundation of existing hybrid engineering.

Paice LLC was previously in an eight-year lengthy series of legal battles which settled in 2010, with Toyota Motor Corp. due to a discrepancy above hybrid-engine technology, as well. Ford Motor Co. has also been involved in the identical matter with Paice, however the automaker settled by licensing the technological innovation.

The two models in particular are involved in the suit, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Kia Optima Hybrid, the two of which share powertrain technology. Paice’s complaint states “Since as early as 2004, Paice has contacted Hyundai on several occasions and offered to go over its patented hybrid technological innovation.”

An order to end any more use of Paice’s engineering, along with monetary compensation, is being requested in the suit.

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Chuck Norris Approved: Scooter Driver Collides with Truck

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Understandably, in a collision between a motorcycle and a greater vehicle, the biker is the 1 who gets the raw end of the deal.

However, as soon as in a whilst, motorcyclists handle to get out unscathed from a probably deadly predicament, like this scooter driver in Asia (if any of our readers now exactly where it took place, add a comment under) who was involved in a crash with a light truck that went by way of a yellow light.

You can view the video correct immediately after the jump.

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Tesla Model X Reservations Hit 500 in 24 Hours

Published February 17, 2012

Last Thursday, Tesla Motors unveiled the Model X electrical crossover at its style center in Los Angeles, California. Of program, the debut of the Model X “produced substantial media attention,” according to Tesla. In truth, the electric automaker claims Model X was the “3rd most searched term on Google”, and that on the night of the reveal site visitors to its web site increased 2800 percent.

Even far more remarkable is that Tesla claims to have recorded 500 reservations for the car inside of 24 hours of its unveiling. The business now reports that “a single day immediately after the reveal, without having any advertising, advance sales of the Model X exceeded $ 40 million.”

Reservations or the forthcoming Model S sedan, which will commence deliveries later this year, also shot up by 30 percent following the unveiling of the automaker’s Model X crossover. Entirely refundable reservations for the Model X assortment from $ 5,000 for the regular edition to $ 40,000 for the Signature.

 Tesla Model X Reservations Hit 500 in 24 Hours

Inside 24 hours of the reveal, Tesla claims to have logged 500 pre-orders exceeding $ 40 million for Its Model X.

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2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Hatch CVT Tested: Trading Performance for EPA-Rated Efficiency

tested logo large 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0 Hatch CVT Tested: Trading Performance for EPA Rated Efficiency

In the sea of economic climate vehicles, the 2012 Subaru Impreza swims among some fairly appetizing competitors. The new Impreza’s styling alone helps it better stand out amongst large fish—such as the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, and the Honda Civic—than did its predecessor. But the prior car’s greatest handicap against its competitors wasn’t its seems, but fuel economy to that end, Subie has swapped the old 4-speed automated transmission for a more-efficient continuously variable gearbox.

Exterior Frame of mind, Interior Blahs

But first, back to the styling. The new Impreza fits correct in at Subaru showrooms with its scaled-down Legacy seems. The sheetmetal even has a little bit of an frame of mind, despite the fact that the very same cannot be explained for the interior, even if it is ergo-friendly. Within, the materials are regular and the all round design is stark and lacks any type of personality. That is a shame, truly, simply because we adore sitting in the comfy bucket seats, while back-seat passengers will appreciate the generous amounts of leg- and headroom. They will not get pleasure from the copious wind and road noise. Compared to the preceding vehicle, general passenger volume for the 5-door increases by virtually three cubic feet cargo volume (rear seats folded) gains an extraordinary eight cubes for a total of 52.four. Have we mentioned recently how much we love the versatility of wagons and hatchbacks?

Out with the 2.five-liter, In with the two.

The engine compartment of the 2012 Impreza houses a new flat-four of smaller displacement than the outgoing car’s. Down by .five liter to two., it’s weaker than the outdated engine by 22 hp and 25 lb-ft of torque, for totals of 148 hp and 145 lb-ft. Subaru claims that the new car’s slight weight reduction offsets any performance penalty from the decrease-output motor. But as we discovered with a manual-outfitted Impreza sedan we tested, that is not really the case—it was a second slower to 60 mph than the earlier stick-shifted Impreza. While we do not have check figures for the previous Impreza 2.5 with its four-speed automatic, our 2.-liter hatchback CVT test car took a leisurely nine seconds flat to hit 60 mph and 17 seconds to cover the quarter-mile at 83 mph. The new 2.-liter with the CVT is now rated at a a lot-improved 27 mpg city and 36 highway, up from the 20/26 assigned to the 2.five-liter car with the four-speed automobile. Impressive on paper, but we saw just 22 mpg all round in the course of our 600-mile test.

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Ferrari F70: The Enzo Replacement Has 920hp

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The very first details on the Ferrari Enzo replacement are pretty heartwarming.

Alright, let’s reduce to the chase. The automobile is codenamed F70, it will weigh all around two,500 lbs, and will have a 920hp V12 engine.

That colossal energy is produced by a new V12 engine, an evolution of the current V12 discovered in the 599. The petrol engine contributes 800hp of that output, the rest of it is supplied by the sophisticated KERS technique (kinetic energy recovery).

800 sounds like sufficient to us, but 920 is just wonderful. Although that figure may possibly make you feel the new Enzo is a Veyron-basher, it is not genuinely. It is in fact Ferrari’s solution to Porsche 918, a hybrid supercar with 718 hp, just as the Enzo itself was a rival for Porsche Carrera GT.

The car is mentioned to appear on the radar sometime next Fall.

supply: Autoweek &amp Automobilemag

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Video: White Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Returns to London

Bugatti, London, Supercar Movies — By MR on February 19, 2012 at five:25 pm — No Comments

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YouTube member Shmee150 spotted this Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in London. This certain Veyron is automobile #13 out of an unique run of just thirty autos. The hypercar is owned by a son of the Emir of Qatar who is going to Uk capital.

The Veyron Super Sport features an engine power increase from the regular 1,001 metric horsepower to one,200 metric horsepower and torque of one,500Nm and a revised aerodynamic package deal. It was shown publicly for the 1st time at the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Elegance in August 2010. The hypercar holds the record of the fastest auto in the world at an typical maximum speed of 431.072km/h.

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New Video: BMW M Performance Parts

Ahead of the Geneva Motor Display premiere, BMW unveils a new video showcasing the upcoming M Performance Elements. The footage capabilities a BMW one Series Hatchback with the black racing stripe, amongst other visual enhancements. Along with the 1 Series hatchback, the 3 and five Series designs will take benefit of the new M Efficiency parts which contain powertrain, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit parts that give a tangible boost in driving dynamics by enhancing engine electrical power, decreasing weight and optimizing aerodynamic properties.

The merchandise contain black kidney grills, M Functionality exhaust methods, carbon fiber front splitters and an M Efficiency steering.

A BMW M Performance suspension with distinctively sporty settings and a especially huge-scale however weight-optimised BMW M Overall performance brake technique are obtainable for the new BMW one Series and the new BMW three Series Sedan. The brake method, featuring aluminum fixed calipers at both front and rear, guarantees a continuously high degree of deceleration even under high thermal pressure. Its perforated, inner-vented sports activities brake discs measure 370 x 30 millimeters at the front (diameter x thickness) and 345 x 24 millimeters at the rear. The brake calipers are fitted with 4 and two pistons every at the front and rear respectively and can be acknowledged by the four-color M logo.

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The BMW M Functionality accessory range also contains unique light alloy wheels specifically designed for every model. 20-inch M light alloy wheels in V-spoke style are obtainable for the BMW 5 Series Sedan: these are offered in the color Liquid Black or in the bi-color finish characteristic of BMW M Efficiency and can be utilized with mixed tires. The M light alloy wheels in double spoke design and style formulated for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan and for the new BMW one Series likewise have a striking bi-color physical appearance. The weight-optimized forged wheels effectively contribute to the reduction of unsprung masses, thereby enhancing the agility and steering response of the car. They are readily available in the 19-inch size for the BMW one Series and as 20-inch wheels for the BMW three Series Sedan, both with mixed tires.

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