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September 4, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Art, Articles, Cars, Concept, Design, Eco, Events, Film, Furniture, Gadgets, Girls, Mobile, Music, News, Products, Science, Shoes, Software, Sports, StartUps, Technology, Video, Watches | | Leave a comment

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

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The Vision EfficientDynamics Concept that BMW will show in Frankfurt in a couple of weeks. The new concept is a plug-in hybrid with a three cylinder turbo-diesel engine. BMW claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds while scoring 62.6 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined test cycle. The concept uses a 1.5-liter turbodiesel, it is rated at a hefty 163 hp with peak torque of 214 lb-ft. The engine is paired with a 6-speed DCT derived from the unit used in the M3 and Z4.

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VIA: Autoweek

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Cars, Concept, Design | 1 Comment

German Tuner Vorsteiner Releases Limited Edition E90/92 GTS3

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German automobile tuner, Vorsteiner has just released is newest offering for the BMW E90 and E92 M3’s. The GTS3 kit includes a honeycomb weave carbon fiber front bumper with carbon fiber front splitter, available full carbon fiber double or single sided vented hood and wheel options sure to turn heads at your next meet. All carbon fiber pieces are of the utmost quality, hand laid and dry vacuum woven. All parts have OEM fitament so there is no need to retro fit anything. Check out their website for all your BMW, Mercedes and Porsche needs.

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VIA: www.vorsteiner.com

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Cars | Leave a comment

Maserati GranCabrio Unveiled!

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Just ahead of the Frankfurt autoshow, Italian automaker Maserati debuts its latest and greatest, the Maserati GranCabrio. Brother of the GranTurismo, the GranCabrio certainly aims to please with its 4.7-liter 433bhp V8, from the GranTurismo S, partnered with the highly-rated ZF six-speed automatic transmission. For all those wondering will the new italian stallion sport a retractable hardtop the answer is NO! The GranCabrio will have a trunk-saving cloth soft-top to cover the domes of the four passengers. This is the first four-seater convertible in the company’s history and is sure to turn heads when it offically debuts next month at the Frankfurt autoshow.

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VIA: AutoBlog

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Cars | Leave a comment

HONDA RA-X CONCEPT

The Honda RA-X Concept from designer Xuacu Pérez Quesada was developed as a credible vehicle that would be fit for production with currently available technology and systems. The concept was designed to mark Honda’s presence in motorsports, and hence carries the letters RA.

The exterior of the concept shows smooth, crossing lines that form a theoretical “X,” and the engine on the mid-engine sportscar remains visible through the glass covering. The rear shows prominent engine vents and LED tail-lamps arranged in a triangular shape. The design is dominated by steep ridges, but its smooth surfaces add dynamism to the model. It measures at length 4050 / height 1163 / 1940 width. The two-seater has a 350hp MR engine supplying power to the rear wheels.

Via: automotto

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Cars, Concept, Design | Leave a comment

VIU – 3 Wheel Concept Car

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Viu is a futuristic concept car that has been designed with a living feel and has given the sensation about not only its aesthetic like a motorbike, but comprehensive safety of a 4 wheeled car. This lighter and smaller vehicle comprises more aerodynamics to make it more efficient and environmentally friendly with its 2 electric engines that never emit anything bad at all. The sporty and technologic outlook enables wheels, suspension or rear suspension to be seen in action from the driving position inside. Moreover, cameras with the floating rear view mirrors, air side intakes, aggressive LED front lights and carbon fiber elements have given the car an innovative and dynamic image.

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The interior of VIU was designed aiming the needs of the future users by serving as a living means of transportation. The design of the dashboard stimulates the eye with two lateral LED lights that indicates an efficient driving meter and a tachometer. The 1+1 sitting arrangement of the car offers the exciting movement of a motorcycle together with the safety of a closed car. As the road turns, the car cabin inclinates with the turn and the back seat rotates following the turn to offer maximum driving excitement to the driver.

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Up the drivers seat, there is a fan to blow on the drivers back and shoulders to motivate him and to provide an excitingly fresh environment during the hot season when moisture accumulate on the seat, another air fan is there to dissipate the moisture. The steering wheel is actually a drumming pad, which can jam in the speakers when the user drums on the wheel spontaneously. This extremely cost-effective vehicle will cost five cents only with Eneloop batteries for one month, eight hours a day use.

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Designer : Quim Vila-Masana Mas

VIA: TUVIE

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Cars, Design | Leave a comment

Telsa Motors Finally Turns A Profit

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Tesla Motors says it earned a profit last month, the first time the Silicon Valley automaker has run in the black since its founding in 2002.

The company earned $1 million on $20 million in revenue in July after shipping a record 109 Roadsters. It attributed the profit largely to improved margins on the electric two-seater and a “surge” in orders for the car, which has a base price of $109,000.

“We achieved bottom-line profitability thanks to a tremendous amount of hard work by the Tesla team to improve quality, while simultaneously reducing costs on the Roadster,” company CEO Elon Musk said in a statement. “This also shows there is a strong demand for the car… Moreover, customers know that in buying the Roadster they are helping fund development of our mass-market electric cars.”

It’s a significant development and big news for Tesla, but don’t expect it to become a trend.

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Most of that money rolled in after Tesla delivered cars customers had already placed deposits on. Although the company has, according to spokeswoman Rachel Konrad, seen a “surge” in orders for the Roadster and the higher-performance Roadster Sport (price: $127,500), it isn’t likely to keep rolling cars out so quickly. Konrad says Tesla is “definitely on pace” to meet its goal of 1,000 to 1,200 cars a year but didn’t say when that might happen. Tesla has so far delivered about 609 Roadsters since production started in March, 2008.

Konrad also notes that Tesla is dumping a lot of money into expanding its retail operation. Tesla already has showrooms in Menlo Park, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and London. New stores will open in Chicago, Miami, Munich and Monaco by the end of September and in Washington, D.C. and Toronto by the end of the year.

More importantly, Tesla is investing heavily in the Model S sedan, which the company plans to begin selling in 2011.

“We are ramping up expenditures on Model S as we get closer to production, so it would not be surprising if we were not in the black in the future,” Konrad said. “This is the normal development cycle of engineering-focused companies, after all.”

The Department of Energy will loan Tesla $465 million to help develop the Model S drivetrain and retool a factory to build the car. The federal money cannot be used for things like marketing, so any money spent selling the car will come from Tesla’s coffers.

So… getting back to Tesla’s first-ever profit.

Konrad told us the revenue and net income data reflect generally accepted accounting principles — meaning they’re real numbers — and everything was “audited by our Big Three accounting firm.” She wouldn’t tell us which one because, as a private company, Tesla doesn’t have to. The $20 million in revenue does not include the deposits more than 1,500 customers have made on the Model S, nor does it include new deposits placed on Roadsters. It also doesn’t include Daimler’s $50 million investment in Tesla or any money from Uncle Sam.

“The revenue is primarily the result of new car deliveries and not some atypical one-time event,” Konrad said.

Some of the revenue did come from Tesla’s sale of battery packs and other technology to Daimler’s budding Smart EV program, but Konrad wouldn’t provide a specific figure.

Konrad said “relentless tweaking of the supply chain” helped Tesla improve the Roadster’s margins. Two years ago, the Roadster’s bill of materials — the cost of every part needed to build a car — stood at $145,000. The company has since brought that down to about $80,000, she said.

The company isn’t disclosing specifics on those cost reductions but Konrad said Tesla has cut the cost of non-powertrain components by 20 percent and decreased the cost of the powertrain by 30 percent in the past nine months alone.

The company also improved margins a bit earlier this year when it effectively raised the price of the Roadster by charging thousands of dollars for items once offered as standard equipment. At the time, Tesla said the move was needed “to guarantee the viability of the company.”

By Chuck Squatriglia

VIA: WIRED / TELSA MOTORS

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Cars, Eco, News | Leave a comment