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2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Posted: 11 Jan 2011 11:26 AM PST

Kawasaki has announced its readiness to call on the U.S. market the new Ninja ZX-10 R cha after a few weeks ago, the U.S. branch of the house of Akashi was forced to withdraw all copies in circulation for a problem at that time was not clarified.

Now we know something more: the withdrawal of banknotes in circulation in the U.S. was due to a defect of the intake valve spring (this spring will surge during the normal operation of the engine on the road or track leading to a sharp decline in performance movement), problem now solved by the engineers of the Japanese giant that will equip the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R new camshafts and valve springs for the new, things that should have solved the root of all problems.

Sales in the United States will resume normally in late January, as announced by a press officer for Kawasaki USA itself, in this period really under pressure but is also able to resolve the problem fairly quickly.

While waiting for the bike over into Europe, we can only hope that the problem is finally solved so as not to create more economic damage and image for the house in a black period already for sale and to convince fans of the house Akashi not to change brand for supersport road, which would be a considerable insult to the Japanese manufacturer who practically invented first and later renewed this market segment previously not very popular.

Fiat 500 Mopar Detroit 2011

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 07:31 PM PST

The new Fiat 500 for the United States, recently introduced on the market, went through the hands of the house tuning Mopar, very famous especially overseas. The Fiat 500 is a special version of the Mopar small Italian city car, which was prepared for the occasion with lots of accessories available from Mopar. The Fiat 500 is exposed to the Mopar Chrysler stand the show.

The Mopar 500 is presented in black with two blue stripes from the bonnet to get to the tailgate. Mopar posted treadplates with the 500 logo, leather upholstery blacks with blue details, handle handbrake lever made of carbon fiber, carbon gearshift knob with leather cap, looking bright and blacks caps wheel hubs. Show off the chrome exhaust pipe, the wing mirrors, door filler, and profiles on the racks front and rear. Also planned are a carrier and the external rear door snowboards.

Hyundai Veloster Detroit 2011

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 05:15 PM PST

After a long series of rumors and images spy Hyundai has finally released the first pictures of Veloster, the original three-door coupe 4.22 meters long, 1.79 meters wide for a total of 1,172 pounds. The designers of the Korean brand has designed a bold and courageous body of the car, especially in the area and the rear wheel arches, while the front again and update the style typical of the recent family feeling. Very impressive glass roof which also continues to the rear, small, trapezoidal cut in half by a spoiler that is incorporated into the third stop light. Complete kit of “oddities” a trapezoidal tailpipe and a decidedly oversized extractor-like, quite secondary in comparison to the second side door (opening traditional and non-upwind) for the right side. The Hyundai Veloster is fitted with 215/45 tires on 17-inch wheels, while there are two different sets of optional 18-inch wheels with 215/40 tires.

This unprecedented sportivetta mount the new engine (developed by Hyundai-Kia) 1.6 petrol direct injection in the family range, rated at 140 hp at 6,300 rpm and 167 Nm at 4,850 rpm. Values are not particularly exciting, however, weighed by a consumption of less than 6 liters per one hundred kilometers in the march on the highway and better than they promise the Honda CR-Z. The Veloster proudly presents the new DCT dual-clutch gearbox with six speeds, which combines a traditional manual control unit. According to unconfirmed rumors, the prices for the North American market will be below $ 20,000 (approximately € 15,500).

2011 Ford Vertrek Concept 1.6 EcoBoost

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:58 PM PST

Ford presents the show in Detroit vertrek Concept, a prototype of the future global crossover that Ford realized for all markets. Based on the same platform as the new Focus, it offers the new 1.6 EcoBoost combined with Auto Start-Stop system and wants to combine the mechanical efficiency with a very innovative and aggressive design for this segment, especially for the American market. The aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 5% compared to the current Escape and Kuga thanks to the evolution of Ford’s kinetic design and, in the official press release, is already looking to the model series, clearly describing the future application of 1.6 and 2 liter engines TDCi last generation the final version, destined for European markets. The dimensions are very similar to the vertrek Kuga: 4.53 meters long (+9 cm, all concentrated in the past), large 1.87 (+ 3 cm) high and 1.67, just like the current crossover.

The shapes and lines carved elusive of the pavilion are underlined by the special Liquid Platinum color, while the front is characterized by a reinterpretation of the trapezoidal grille, already seen on the new Focus models and derivatives. The lights are thin and “drawn”, and shaped hood and fenders provide the necessary aggression to the collection. The panoramic roof, characterized by an unusual form lungitudinale Central extends the rear spoiler. The interiors are derived from those already seen on the new Focus C-Max here and enriched with unusual surface treatments, Dusk Grey with leather trim and satin panels.

The four individual sports seats, a new concept, are separated by a large multi-function center console, while the boot capacity has increased in size SUV worthy of, 828 to 1879 liters. According to the official statement, so the production model will offer up to 20% more luggage space than the current Kuga.

Ford C-Max Energy C-Max Hybrid

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:51 PM PST

A few days after submitting the Focus Eletric – exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – Ford put new pieces in the process of “electrification” showing the C-Max C-Max Energy and Hybrid models with hybrid or plug-in hybrid “Simple. ” Both versions – is produced in the United States (Wayne, Michigan) and in Europe (Valencia, Spain) – will be implemented from the C-Max five-seater and will be marketed in the Old Continent is not before 2013, twelve months after launch in North America.

The Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (recognizable from the cover of the recharge is located above the left front wheel well) uses a motor powered by lithium-ion battery and a second unit with Atkinson cycle operation, fuel and petrol 2.0 liter engine, which works in support or to recharge the batteries. The overall range is close to 800 km, while the marching speed as EV is higher than 47 miles (76 km / h) of the Fusion Hybrid. Accumulators, produced by LG Chem, you can recharge overnight by connecting to a 120-volt outlet. The C-Max Hybrid differs from the plug-in version only for the absence of the necessary components for the “supply”, while the hybrid scheme (lithium-ion batteries and engine 2.0) stayed unchanged.

The two hybrid versions differ from the traditional C-Max only for the redesigned front, similar to the Focus electrc and ovoid with an air intake, while the bridge will present a new instrument panel with MyView system for displaying more information about the state batteries.

Porsche 918 RSR

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:46 PM PST

It is called Porsche 918 RSR and is the perfect synthesis of technology on the 911 GT3 R Hybrid views and the stunning 918 Spyder, the mid-engined boat that reflects the heritage of the Carrera GT. The 918 RSR is the future of technology that Porsche will use the next few years in the racing world. E ‘was officially unveiled at the NAIAS 2011.

For once, before rattling off the numbers of this fantastic creation, we speak of two advanced technologies that make it so: that acts as a flywheel battery-efficient system and a brake energy regeneration. Devices borrowed to complete the GT3 R Hybrid, enabling power to the two electric motors mounted on the front wheel. Each well produces 102 hp.

The 918 RSR, presented in costume “liquid metal chrome blue”, is built on a single frame structure made of carbon fiber and plastic materials, needless to say that the torsional stiffness is very high and weighs like a feather. The drive endothermic, centrally mounted, is already having on the RS Spyder in: the 3.4 V8 with direct injection provides the opportunity for well 563 hp (+63) at 10,300 rpm well. For those who still had not made two calculations, the car delivers a total of 767 hp, with a maximum torque which, although not officially, difficult to remain away from 1000 nm. Everything is managed by an electro-actuated 6-speed transmission borrowed from the RS Spyder: is mounted longitudinally and is commanded by paddles located behind the steering wheel.

2011 Chevrolet Sonic

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:15 PM PST

Chevrolet presents the sedan and hatchback Sonic at the Detroit Motor Show 2011. As anticipated, the model presented in Europe as Sonic Aveo has been renamed the United States, where it will be available in both 5-door, both as a sedan. Assembled all’Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, Sonic will offer the 4-cylinder Ecotec turbo 1.4-liter 138 hp and 200 Nm of torque and the 1.8-liter 135 hp and 167 Nm, combined with manual or automatic transmission (reserved to 1.8), the same as the older sister Cruze.

The framework was developed in collaboration with engineers and Corvette can count on the StabiliTrak stability control system and a new electronic power steering, MacPherson strut front and semi-independent torsion beam rear, with the same track for the two axes. Accessories include qualifying series will be offered up to 10 airbags, ABS with Brake Assist (mixed system with hard-drums) and the OnStar system with satellite radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system and emergency call in case of accident. The sporty design is optimized for the two versions, with a trend for more aggressive hatchback and a more classic and “mature ” for the sedan, while the interiors offer the same solution, printing equipment motorcycle. The Hatchback is 4.03 meters long, while the sedan touches 4.39 share the same speed of 2.52 meters, thus favoring the loading space from 539 liters, compared with 397 of the 5-door.

Volkswagen Passat US Release

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:12 PM PST

From mid-August, Volkswagen will start marketing the sedan previously called NMS (New Mid-size Sedan), named for the occasion Passat without such a name involves any relationship with the European version of the same name. Between the two Passat fact there is nothing in common. The version of the Atlantic “- produced in the plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee – Measuring 4.87 meters in length (step of 2.80 m) and 1.83 meters wide and has drawn inspiration from a bridge as proposed by the Jetta and is available with 2.5 petrol engines from 170 hp to 280 hp and 3.6 in addition to the classic 2.0 TDI 140. Available as a standard practice in the automatic DSG six-speed version.

The Volkswagen Passat for the North American market will be able to order in the fitting S, SE and SEL. Standard equipment includes six airbags, ESP, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, audio system with MP3 and Aux-all with a strike price of not more than $ 20,000 (about € 15,500).

2011 Toyota Prius C Hybrid Concept

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:06 PM PST

The Detroit Auto Show is also the stage of submission of the Prius Concept C, it takes inspiration directly from the next generation of the hybrid Japanese waiting for the first half of next year. The Japanese manufacturer said that the version of this great series of concept cars will enrich the offer of the hybrid variety of the house and will have smaller, consuming less than the current Prius.

Indeed, Toyota believes that Prius that of C will be the lowest in the entire category of hybrids without charging cable. If you’re wondering, the C stands for “city “: the car would in fact be “urban-proof ” and win the hearts of young singles and couples who care about the environmental issues, high efficiency and, according to Toyota, fun to drive. Unfortunately the manufacturer has not released any other details of the vehicle

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