Posts Tagged ‘Cars’

SRT has announced the 2014 Viper TA, signifying a spec-package for the 2014 Viper that’s designed for extreme performance on the road racing course. The car, highly limited edition, will come in a single exterior paint color called crusher orange.

SRT will offer only 33 2014 Viper TA models that will be available starting in Q3 of 2013. The vehicle is configured in house by SRT in collaboration with professional road racers and the vehicle is street legal. The 2014 Viper TA will make its public debut on March 27 at the New York auto show. Read the rest of this entry

An annual survey says Toyota tops the car brands in U.S. consumer perception.

Unchanged from last year, Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo rounded out the top six.

The survey comes less than a month after the Detroit auto show, during which the company showed off its latest vehicles and concept cars.

Based on how consumers perceive each brand in seven categories(quality, safety, value, performance, design, technology and green attributes), each of the top 10 saw perception scores rise in the survey.
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Ford, Mercedes, and Renault-Nissan announced on Jan. 28 they would produce fuel cell vehicles in 2017.

The three companies have been working on the technology, and some have demonstrated prototype vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has been testing multiple generations of their F-Cell fuel cell vehicle.

The Toyota-BMW agreement covers the united development of a fuel cell stack, hydrogen tank, and electric motor for a car. They will also work on new lithium-air battery technology, aiming to increase the energy density of electric vehicle batteries. Read the rest of this entry

Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW are signing an agreement to develop a sports car platform, lithium-air batteries and new lightweight materials. The automakers aim to jointly develop a fuel cell system for vehicles by 2020.

The companies will embark on a feasibility study to define a joint platform concept for a mid-sized sports vehicle, aiming to complete the study by the end of 2013.

Toyota and BMW will also team up to develop a new generation of batteries with higher energy density than the lithium ion batteries currently being used in hybrid and electric cars. They cited lithium-air batteries as the new chemistry to be explored.

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Rolls Royce is to announce a “stunning” new model in a couple of weeks followed by an auto-show debut on April 21st in Shangai.

Rolls Royce couldn’t reveal any more details on what sort of car it will be and what’s underneath the hood. Rolls Royce was working hard on testing out a prototype of a two-door Ghost coupe. We wouldn’t be surprised by RR bringing the Corniche name back as they have been promising customers that it was in the works for a while. Read the rest of this entry

Nissan‘s new Leaf EV could be priced as low as $18,800 in 2013, as the company chases elusive sales and first-time electric car buyers with a refreshed, budget version.

The company’s base price for the entry-level Leaf will be $28,800, it has confirmed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. That’s $6,000 less than the current cheapest model, and forms the bottom rung of a new, three car line-up.

With locally-decided subsidies, however, those in more EV-friendly states could save $10,000 off the sticker price, bringing the Leaf comfortably under the all-important $20k boundary. Read the rest of this entry

Toyota said on Wednesday that it will offer wireless charging for mobile phones in its newly redone full-size 2013 Avalon sedan. Toyota joins Chrysler, which will offer a wireless charging pad as a $200 option in its Dodge Dart subcompact early next year.

Toyota says it’s the first automaker to embrace a new Qi protocol, which will be integrated into 34 mobile phones from various makers. The feature will show up first in the Avalon, which has a bin for storing electronics below the dashboard. Inductive charging will be a part of a $1,950 “technology package” available in the spring. Wireless charging is planned in two other Toyota models, which the company declined to name.

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