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Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush

Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled, Renault | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush

Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine StoushFrench auto-giant Renault has said it is reviewing all its Formula One options, including quitting the sport or buying the Toro Rosso team, after stinging criticism of its engine.

The car maker has been at loggerheads with main partners Red Bull since Mercedes decisively ran-away with the season opening Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.

Despite signs of improvement in Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul did not pull any punches when asked at a news conference about the situation.

Renault supplies power units to former champions Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso, its only remaining clients after Caterham folded and Lotus switched to Mercedes :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook And Twitter Built Into Your Car?

Posted: February 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook And Twitter Built Into Your Car?

Facebook And Twitter Built Into Your CarIf you’re already concerned about how little people actually pay attention when they’re driving, you may have even more cause for alarm, more distractions are on the way. Responding to demand from consumers, more and more auto manufacturers are integrating devices to tweet, check your Facebook, buy tickets to events, and check your e-mail. Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Ford all have products in the works and we should be seeing them as soon as Spring. Ford Motors was actually the first one to start incorporating modern communication systems into their dashboards with their Sync technology. Now users will be able to interact with their Twitter account, watch streaming video, and get their news right from the drivers seat.

Ford was first to put apps in its cars, bringing out Pandora internet radio integration in the Fiesta. OpenBeak, a Twitter app, and Stitcher, which streams audio programming from the Internet have also been announced, as has iHeartRadio on BlackBerry. To enable integration, Ford makes its Sync AppLink API available to developers, who can modify their apps to use Sync’s in-car voice and manual controls. To use the apps, they have to be loaded and running on your phone, at which point the car’s display will show the interface and the in-car controls will become available. Another dashboard integration we can expect will also come from the Ford Sync system. Currently Ford is developing an array of voice-activated health and wellness-based tools to aid drivers with issues like diabetes, allergies, and asthma. While this could still be considered a distraction, it sounds like it will do more good than harm. Read the full article »»»»


Unimog: Happy 60th Birthday

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Concept Vehicle | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Unimog: Happy 60th Birthday

3rd June 2011, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks – MBS – which includes the product ranges Unimog, presented a unique design concept on the 60th Anniversary of Unimog at it’s Daimler plant in Wörth, Germany. It may look like one of the most outrageous automotive concepts Mercedes has created, but the Unimog 4WD Cabrio Truck concept actually has some basis in history – the very first Mercedes Unimog which rolled off the production line back on June 3, 1951 was also a cabrio, it was also green. Based on the current Unimog U 5000 with its exceptional off-road capabilities, the Unimog Cabrio is apparently designed to bridge current and future Unimog design.

The concept is the work of the Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Unit which produces the Unimog, Econic and Zetros truck ranges. While not exactly a prototype for a future product range, the Cabrio’s press blurb claims “some of its details will turn up in coming product ranges. Read the full article »»»»


AMG Electric SLS, WOW

Posted: January 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on AMG Electric SLS, WOW

 

The Audi e-tron has been at the top of our list of awesome electric car concepts for some time. Now there’s a new contender – the SLS AMG E-CELL. Mercedes-AMG hinted at the possibility of an electric drive SLS gullwing last year and has now rolled-out a prototype which looks set for small series production. Along with a very hard to miss fluorescent “AMG lumilectric magno” paint job, the prototype features four electric motors positioned near each of the wheels which produce 392 kW and 880 Nm of instantaneous torque and acceleration of zero to 100 km/h in 4 seconds – just 0.2 seconds under the performance of the 6.3-litre V8 SLS AMG. Read the full article »»»»


Bright Spark Mercedes A-Class Electric

Posted: November 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: electric car, mercedes benz, michael silverman | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Bright Spark Mercedes A-Class Electric


Europe will be getting yet another new electric vehicle courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Daimler announced that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell electric passenger car is under production at the company’s Rastatt plant in Germany. The new vehicle will be Daimler’s third electric vehicle following in the footsteps of the smart electric drive and the B-Class F-Cell.
The five-passenger E-Cell family vehicle has an estimated driving range of more than 200 kilometers (about 125 miles). Production of the zero-emissions vehicle required only minimal design changes to the base A-Class lineup, mainly a new cargo space in the floor to hold the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries. Read the full article »»»»

Mercedes-Benz's Easy E-Cell

Posted: September 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Eco Driver, electric car, Green Motoring, Grilled, hybrid, mercedes benz, Motoring News, plugin | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Mercedes-Benz's Easy E-Cell

This electric vehicle’s design is based on the automaker’s A-Class lineup.


Europe will be getting yet another new electric vehicle courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Daimler announced that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell electric passenger car is under production at the company’s Rastatt plant in Germany. The new vehicle will be Daimler’s third electric vehicle following in the footsteps of the smart electric drive and the A-Class E-Cell. Read the full article »»»»