Whenever anyone wanted to get an idea about what new innovative technologies will be in cars in the coming years, all they had to do was look at the latest and greatest Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Though, Mercedes-Benz weren’t the first when it comes to their latest touted feature, as Ford was first with their latest Explorer and the second was Lexus with the LFA.
Mercedes-Benz debuted what is essentially a seatbelt with a built-in airbag, or in their terms, a “Beltbag.” It was one of the most noted highlights on their ESF Experimental Safety Vehicle from 2009. The idea is to reduce the amount of strain placed on the torso in the event of a head-on collision. The belts are currently destined for the next generation S-Class, and for the rear passengers only.
“Mercedes-Benz is pursuing its safety initiative in the rear of vehicles with the Beltbag,” comments Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passive Safety and Vehicle Functions at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “After all, the excellent standard of safety offered by Mercedes-Benz doesn’t just apply to all model series, but to all seats, too.”
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Got $ 750,000-$ 900,000? That’s the smallest estimate for one of four Ferraris being auctioned at this August’s Gooding & Company auction at Pebble Beach.
This quartet of highly desirable Ferraris come from the collection of the late Sherman Wolf, who was one of those great enthusiasts who both loved and used his automobiles.
What is expected of the four cars?
$ 7-9 million. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy California Spider Competizione. Ferrari only built nine of these aluminum-bodied open cars on its long-wheelbase (that’s the LWB) chassis. Not only is its bodywork exciting, but this is basically a race cars with a comp “outside-plug” engine. Some experts would argue this is the most desirable of Ferrari open sports cars.
Volkswagen is often credited with inventing the “hot hatchback”, when the original Golf GTI emerged in the mid-1970s.
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Volkswagen has confirmed it will launch the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in the US before the end of the year, again lifting the lid on its most famous model.
The soft-top version of the second-generation Volkswagen Beetle comes around 18 months after the coupe was officially unveiled simultaneously at the 2012 New York and Shanghai motor shows. The car has since gone on sale across North America and Europe.
The Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is not expected to launch in Australia until later next year at the earliest, following the Beetle coupe confirmed for early 2013. The hardtop Beetle was initially scheduled to arrive in local showrooms in the final quarter of this year but has recently been pushed back.
Volkswagen has confirmed the Beetle Convertible will be available with the choice of three engines: a 127kW/240Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated five-cylinder petrol, 149kW/280Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 103kW/320Nm 2.0-litre diesel.
A number of other engines currently available in the European-spec Beetle coupe, including the 77kW/175Nm 1.2-litre TSI and 118kW/240Nm 1.4-litre TSI from the Volkswagen Golf, are also likely to be available when the convertible version goes on sale.
The word is out that Renault is working on a Sport Tourer – a sort of MPV version – of the new Clio. Now, for those who are not willing to wait to see the car in the official form, a designer from PS-Garage has come up with a very nice rendering. The render mixes what has been revealed in the spyshots, with the new styling cues already seen in the new-gen Clio hatchback. It does look pretty good for a car of this class.
As for the engines, the new Renault Clio comes with a new three-cylinder petrol turbocharged Energy TCe 90 engine. This three-cylinder, turbocharged 899cc unit comes with Stop&Start and delivers the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.4-litre powerplant. There is also a four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine with 220Nm of torque available from 1,750rpm, an increase of 20Nm over the current dCi 85, and the TCe 120 engine mated to six-speed EDC transmission (Efficient Dual Clutch).
Which one of these will actually make it to the Sport Tourer is yet to be revealed.
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Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Supercar Videos, Tuning News — By MR on July 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm — No Comments
Specialist Viezu has released a video showing a flaming dyno run featuring a tuned Lamborghini Aventador. The supercar was taken to Viezu by tuner Oakley Design.
The Lamborghini Aventador dominated the dyno room at Viezu HQ as she was loaded on the rollers. It was a seriously huge car and it had so much form in the room. As the dyno loaded up with the Aventador the foundations of the building were shaking. She pulled up some good power and bang on the Lamborghini claim.