New Mitsubishi Global Small model Sketches

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 03:38 AM PST

Japanese car manufacturer – Mitsubishi has released two sketches of a future vehicle of theirs, This new small model is currently referred to as Global Small and is slightly smaller than the popular Colt model.

The new Mitsubishi Global Small car will be a five-door hatchback, it is due to be launched in 2011 and will be produced at the new Mitsubishi factory in Thailand.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Global Small will be in the compact car class and comes with a choice of two engines: a 1.0-liter and a 1.2-liter.

Initially, the company are planning to produce 150,000 units per year, with the production going increasing up to 200,000 units per year later in the future.

The 2011 Mitsubishi global Small is built on a completely new platform, which promises to be compact, affordable and fuel efficient.

We will bring you more information about this new compact car when Mitsubishi release the details next year.

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Aston Martin Rapide race car Review: Video

Posted: 21 Dec 2010 03:19 AM PST

Jamie Corstorphine from the UK’s Autocar test drives the Aston Martin Rapide race car and also compares it to the road going version of the four-door Rapide.

Titled the Nurburgring, the Aston Martin Rapide race car had its competition debut in May 2010 at the 24 Hour endurance race that took place on the ‘Green Hell’. The Aston Martin Rapide Nurburgring was raced by the car maker’s big boss, Dr. Ulrich Bez.

There are very few differences between the Aston Martin Rapide race car and the street going model. The main changes include the removal of the interior trim for weight reduction and the installation of a six speed transmission.

Watch the video below to see what Autocar thinks of the Aston Martin Rapide race car.

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Europe Developing Self Driving Cars

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 08:45 AM PST

A new project has kicked off in Europe called SARTRE, which aims to develop the first self driving cars. The SARTRE project has received funding from the European Commission under the Framework 7 program.

According to the group responsible for the project, platoons of vehicles will drive on normal highways by them selves in the near future. The developers of the self driving cars believe they will reduce the impact on the environment while increasing road safety and comfort.

The project of developing the self driving cars is led by Ricardo UK Ltd in collaboration with Idiada and Robotiker-Tecnalia of Spain, Institut for Kraftfahrwesen Aachen (IKA) of Germany, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Volvo Car Corporation and Volvo Technology of Sweden.

These self driving cars will have to be able to interact with regular vehicles, and will have to be able to operate on the current European highways.

In fact the cars will not be completely autonomous, they be set up like a train, the first car in the road train will be driven by an actual person (professional driver) and the following cars will be autonomous allowing the drivers to do things that are otherwise prohibited (like texting or talking on the mobile phone, for example).

At this point they haven’t announced a date when the new self driving cars will hit the streets of Europe.

We will bring more information on this project as soon as it is available.

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2011 Citroen C4 Review: Video

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 08:25 AM PST

The guys from Autocar have released another review video, this time they are checking out the new 2011 Citroen C4. The British journalists don’t seem to be overly impressed with the hatchback and only give it a 3 star rating.

The 2011 Citroen C4 2.0 HDI 150 DPFS Exclusive version develops 150 hp, the top speed is 126 mph and 0-62 mph acceleration time is officially rated at 8.6 seconds. This version of the 2011 Citroen C4 is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and the French car maker says it offers a fuel economy of up to 56.5 mpg with a 130 g/km CO2 emissions level.

Watch the video below to see Autocar’s 90 second verdict on the 2011 Citroen C4.

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