2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan makes its world premiere

The new Chrysler 300 made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week. The American auto giant’s new flagship sedan features a more aerodynamic profile, distinctive LED-illuminated running lamps, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, luxurious interior and massive 8.4-inch Touch infotainment center.

The windshield on the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan has been raked back 3 inches for improved aerodynamics and rolled-framed doors along with thinner pillars improve outward visibility by 15 percent according to Chrysler.

Under the hood of the Chrysler 300 and 300 Limited models is a 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which boasts 36 percent more torque (260 lb.-ft.) than the previous entry level 2.7 liter V6 and an improvement in fuel economy of up to 8 percent.

The more powerful Chrysler 300C variation packs a punchy 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering 363 horsepower, 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds and gets fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on the highway courtesy of “Fuel Saver Technology” which shifts between a high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode and V-8 mode.

There’s also an AWD Chrysler 300C which features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system which automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and AWD to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent.

The 300 has a Garmin navigation system onboard and its Uconnect Touch infotainment center features 8.4-inch touchscreen, while the SIRIUS Travel Link promises to keep the driver up-to-date with real-time weather reports and fuel prices.

New active safety features include adaptive-forward lighting, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.

The 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan will arrive on showroom floors in Spring and are said to start at $27,995 for the standard 300 model. The 2011 Chrysler 300 Series will be available in the U.S in four models: Chrysler 300, 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD.


Electric cars are becoming more popular

Almost every day we learn of the progress in the development of practical electric cars. Progress does not mean much, however, if nobody is buying things. With this in mind, ZPryme Research & Consulting recently conducted an online survey of 1,046 men and women in the U.S., asking how he felt about various aspects of the purchase of an EV (electric vehicle).
First, only 8.5 percent of respondents said they were very willing to buy an electric vehicle in the next two years, while 28.7 percent are considered unlikely. Of the remaining respondents somewhat or very unlikely, 25.8 percent said they were somewhat likely to buy an electric vehicle in the next five years.

Why one?

The main reason for buying an electric vehicle would be the price of the vehicle, according to 66. 8 percent of respondents, with a fuel that comes in the number two reasons, at 50.4 percent. Although not cited as a reason for buying an electric vehicle 64. 1 percent of respondents were very or somewhat likely to purchase within the next two years, said that environmental concerns are very important to them. Of those who were very or somewhat unlikely to buy, only 32.4 percent were very concerned about the environment.

Of all respondents, 31.1 percent said they would be willing to pay more for an EV to a conventional vehicle, with 12.6 percent said they would be willing to pay up to $ 5,000 more, and 5.2 percent saying it would pay $ 10,000 more.

Range and charging time

In the very likely that something within the group of two to five years, 33.7 percent said that 400 miles (644 km) would be a sufficient range, 33. 3 percent were willing to settle for 300 miles (483 km). When it was acceptable load times, 32.1 percent indicated that four hours, 18.1 percent indicated that 6 hours, and 20.0 percent is expected for the 8. If it were possible to pay a premium to load the fastest car, 87. 4 percent said they would opt for it. The ability to charge an EV at home is also big business, with 93.2 percent described it as very important.

What was to buy

In terms of brands and models … so, people will not buy a car if you are unaware of its existence. When asked that electric vehicles that he had heard, those interviewed include the Chevrolet Volt (53.1 percent), Ford Focus EV (49.1 percent), Nissan Leaf (30.8 percent) and Tesla Roadster (16.8 percent) – brands such as BYD and ZAP Sat somewhere under 5 percent. When he reached the automaker to which respondents would like to buy an electric vehicle for five brands are: Ford (17.8 percent), Toyota (16.7 percent), Chevrolet (16.0 percent), Honda (12.6 percent) and Nissan (7.1 percent).

Regional Differences

While there were no major differences in how receptive people in different geographic quadrants were to electric vehicles, the Western states were the most welcoming, with 40. 1 percent of the respondents were categorized as likely to buy an electric vehicle. The south and the northeastern U.S. came in next at 37.3 and 37 percent, respectively, with the center-west of the entrance to the lowest in 35.3 percent.

What to do

At the end of its 71-page report on the results of the survey, ZPryme makes some predictions about what will happen to electric vehicles to be widely accepted. On the one hand, it is suggested, the vehicles must be integrated with the Internet, wireless networks, telematics, smart phones and users. The “likely” group is apparently a techie group, and would be more interested in vehicles that take full advantage of current technologies.

A smart grid that manages municipal energy systems will also be essential in order to avoid becoming burnt and black-outs due to the overloading of all charging battery. Similarly, the pricing of infrastructure will be put in place, allowing users a lot of opportunities for recharging in the field, but also at home. That the burden should also be required less frequently, with the development of low-cost batteries that can go from 250 to 350 miles (402 to 563 km) on a single charge. The low-cost batteries should help reduce the total price of an electric vehicle to a conventional vehicle, which is another challenge that the reports must be met.

Finally, and not surprisingly, Zpryme suggests that “consumer education is at the heart of the EV adoption.” Whatever progress is made in the EV connectivity, coverage, convenience and price, consumers will not buy electric cars if they are holding in their old misconceptions.

BAE HybriDrive system implants to trucks

HybriDrive series propulsion system developed by BAE Systems is currently improving fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by more than 3,000 transit buses in cities around the world, including New York and London. The system is specifically tailored to the driving conditions of urban transport, which implies low average speed and stop and start frequently. To meet the needs of applications that have higher operating speeds and less frequent stops, BAE is developing a new hybrid drive system in parallel to bring the benefits of fuel saving technology for medium and heavy trucks.

HybriDrive series propulsion system is diesel-electric generator comprises an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery energy storage system is managed by computerized controls. The diesel engine that turns the generator operates independent of the electric motor, allowing it to run at almost constant speed for optimum efficiency. Since the electric motor is what makes the wheels turn, the vehicle also accelerates smoothly without jerking. Furthermore, during braking the electric motor acts as a generator to recover energy that is stored in batteries.

While the propulsion system does not use a transmission range – reducing maintenance costs – the parallel system integrates an electric HybriDrive forth between the engine and transmission. BAE says the system is easy to install and improve propulsion and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by optimizing the mix of the power of internal combustion engine and electric power.

“The development of a parallel system is part of our strategy to expand our product family HybriDrive to meet the growing need worldwide for more efficient transportation and energy management,” said Steve Trichka, vice president of energy and power management for BAE Systems. “Power is HybriDrive green energy, and our new parallel system addresses the need for more efficient, cleaner transport medium-duty and heavy goods and people throughout the world,” he said.

BAE Systems, says the HybriDrive parallel system is in the final stage of development with the trial scheduled for the first way around Q2 2011, ahead of an expected deployment of the system in 2012.

Toyota debut at first entirely new addition to the family of Prius in Detroit

The 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is fast approaching and the pre-show teasers are racking up. Toyota is responsible for getting the ball hybrid phone with the launch of the first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric in 1997, so that one of our first stops on the exhibition will unveil the company’s first completely new edition Family Prius.

In addition to current third-generation Prius Plug-in Prius vehicles (PHV), the new Prius will debut along with a concept vehicle Prius at a press conference NAIAS. The company has not published any pictures of the new vehicle, except for passing out a teaser video (see below) that leaves everything to the imagination. For video, Toyota has retained the services of professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist to give the image a little sloppy in the Prius an injection of cold.

The Toyota press conference is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2011, at 1:05 pmGizmag be there to capture the action.

Ford SYNC AppLink in the 2011 Fiesta

Ford’s SYNC entertainment and communication vehicle that allows drivers to make hands-free phone calls, and control things like your music player via voice commands. Instead of trying to cram more and more functions in the virtual brain of SYNC, Ford’s engineers have adopted a more flexible approach – they have created smartphone applications that drivers can be controlled via the SYNC, using voice commands or buttons on the wheel. SYNC existing systems must first make AppLink software download that will make its debut in 2011 Ford Fiesta.

AppLink represents a new class of SYNC third-party applications, allowing applications that are brought into an external device. The other two classes are composed of applications that are built into the system and cloud-based applications that are “logs in”

So far, AppLink limited to Android and Blackberry devices. Not able to control the standard versions of common applications, but asks SYNC enabled versions. Already SYNC versions Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher “intelligent radio” and OpenBeak available for Twitter.

In order to increase stability enabled applications, Ford has created a network of developers, where people can submit ideas for applications, and learn more about the application programming interface. You can also get software development kit, enabling them to make changes to existing applications and create new ones that are compatible with the SYNC system.

The main idea behind AppLink is that users now have their eyes on the road to use their smart phones while driving. The question, perhaps, if they would otherwise be looking at your phone, or not use it and pay full attention to driving.

Hyundai to start testing its Tucson FCEV ix with mass production planned for 2015

While the plug-in electric vehicle (EV), such as Nissan and Chevy Volt LEAF are making a play for the attention of environmentally conscious consumers, some automakers believe fuel cell vehicles are hydrogen the way forward as they may be filled up in minutes instead of hours needed to recharge electric vehicles. One of the companies formed to bring fuel cell electric vehicles to dealers is Hyundai, which recently completed the development of ix Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV). Hyundai will begin testing the vehicle next year, aiming to start mass production in 2015.

Ix The Tucson FCEV is Hyundai FCEV third generation following the original 2005 in Tucson FCEV was a test vehicle for cell company’s second-generation hydrogen fuel. The last vehicle is equipped with a cell of 100 kW fuel and two hydrogen storage tanks (700 bar / psi 10152.64) which allows the truck to travel 404 miles (650 km) on a single charge. This is an improvement of 76 percent over the second-generation Tucson FCEV, which was limited to a range of 230 miles (370 kilometers) on a single charge. You can also start in temperatures down to minus 13 ° F (-25 ° C).

The new model retains the maximum speed of its predecessor of 100 mph (160 km / h), but has a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous model with a fuel efficiency of gasoline equivalent of 72, 9 mpg (31 km / liter). The efficiency of the vehicle has been made possible in part due to the reduction in the overall volume of the fuel cell system by 20 percent compared with the previous system. This was achieved through the modularization of bulky components in the fuel cell system including fuel cell balance of plant (BOP), the inverter and the voltage junction box.

Hyundai plans a limited supply of the Tucson FCEV IX in 2012 and begin mass production in 2015.

SARTRE path of several cars rail project enters implementation phase

The European SARTRE (Safe Route trains Environment) project, which is developing technology to automate the wake of several vehicles on the roads, is now one year into his three-year program. The first year was spent paving the research concept and the requirements of a prototype system and how people will react to use. Now the program is set to enter the implementation phase, starting with a first simple test and the following vehicle.