Infiniti LE EV Concept Shelved : News
It’s been nearly three years since the Infiniti LE “production intent” electric car concept debuted at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and we’ve heard nary a peep about it since. It seems that when Nissan LEAF sales didn’t take off like some had hoped, Infiniti reevaluated its need for an electric vehicle, and AutoGuide reports that plans to build the LE have been shelved for now.
This may have been a wise move, especially now that reports say the next Nissan LEAF could offer between 150 and 200 miles of driving range per charge, about double what owners can expect right now. While an Infiniti badge could have allowed for a higher price and a bigger battery, Nissan’s luxury brand has decided to focus on higher-volume sedan and SUV sales instead.
No doubt Infiniti designers have also been paying attention to the success of the Tesla Model S, noting that well-heeled buyers will pay a premium price for a well-done electric vehicle. So rather than just rebadge a LEAF, perhaps the automaker has decided to take the next-gen drivetrain and put it into a more premium product. That would be the best move, and could enter the market a few years before the German segment brings their own long-range EVs to the table.
Nissan has remained committed to electric vehicles despite lower-than-expected sales, and I’ve got to imagine it’s simply a matter of time before Infiniti brings their own EV to market.
It just probably won’t be anything like the LE Concept that we were expecting.
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Ram Rebel 1500 : Concept Cars
The Detroit auto show is one for the masses, the show will deliver regardless of what style of vehicle you are looking for. Truck fanatics can rejoice today as Ram has finally unveiled the highly anticipated 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel.
When examining the exterior of the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel we see a profound focus on the large black grill that is branded with the Ram logo. The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel will come with 17’’ alloy wheels giving clearance to drive through most extreme conditions (such as heavy snowfall). With air suspension, drivers should see an industry leading, 10.3 inches off the ground.
The interior of the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel at the Detroit auto show exhibitions a sleek red trim that contrasts with beautiful black upholstery. The 1500 Rebel will debut a new console box that will have tech minded users covered. It will be able to hold tablets, cellphones, and will do so very snug. No longer will the driver need to buy accessories to hold their phones in their cars.
Internal specs do lack for those looking to speed across sand dunes in Egypt but the Rebel packs enough power to drive in most cities and countryside. Ram will offer drivers customization for the most part through two engine choices. Drivers can choose from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The Pentastar engine will give drivers 305 horse powers where as the Hemi engine will give drivers 395 horse power. The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel will only come with automatic 8-speed transition to start with. Ram has yet to release the price of the 2015 1500 Rebel. Based on the specs and design it should be on the more affordable end of the power wagon spectrum.
Concluding we see that the 2015 1500 Ram Rebel looks to be an affordable yet still powerful truck. With its current internal specs, we are sure that it will be enough to get through most terrains, and carry/pull heavy. Bob Hegbloom CEO of Ram has stated that its 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel will be introduced in the second quarter of 2015.
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2015 Jeep Renegade : Current Models
The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s global vehicle lineup, entering the growing small SUV segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle Jeep is known for. Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission that contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings. The result is an efficient vehicle created to attract youthful and adventurous customers around the world to the Jeep brand.
“The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand’s product portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe with benchmark levels of efficiency and driving dynamics, while at the same time delivering best-in-class 4x4 capability that customers expect from Jeep,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Renegade symbolizes the brand’s renowned American design, ingenuity and innovation, marking the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe.”
Best-in-class off-road capability thanks to two all-new 4x4 systems Leveraging 4x4 technology from the all-new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers two of the most advanced and intelligent 4x4 systems in its class, all to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. Both systems can provide up to 100 percent of the engine’s available torque to the ground, through any wheel, for optimal grip.
eep Active Drive Low – class-exclusive full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio. Innovation is also at the forefront of any new Jeep vehicle, and the Renegade is the first small SUV to feature a disconnecting rear axle and power take-off unit (PTU) – all to provide Jeep Renegade 4x4 models with enhanced fuel economy. The system instantly engages when 4x4 traction is needed.
Both Jeep Active Drive and Active Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep Selec-Terrain system, providing up to five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel-drive performance on- or off-road and in any weather condition.
A global Jeep design for a rapidly growing global brand From the start, Jeep designers knew the Renegade would need to deliver best-in-class off-road capability with city-sized proportions that exuded the brand’s rugged style while at the same time enhancing versatility, maneuverability and style. Additionally designers were tasked to create an all-new SUV that would symbolize the brand’s renowned American design and ingenuity, as it would mark the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment in more than 100 markets around the globe. Last, Renegade had to offer the open-air freedom that dates back to its 1941 roots with the Willys MB Jeep.
The result is the all-new 2015 Renegade, a vehicle that builds on the Jeep Wrangler’s powerful stance, and features fresh new styling with rugged body forms and aggressive proportions that enable best-in-class approach and departure angles purposely designed to deliver best-in-class off-road capability. And for segment-exclusive panoramic views, two available My Sky open-air roof panel systems conveniently stow to provide passengers open-air freedom with ease.
All-new interior exudes a rugged and energetic appearance The all-new Jeep Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon Jeep’s legendary brand heritage. Its precisely crafted detail, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.
The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” This new design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle – indispensable for off-road adventures and borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. Unique “protective clamp fasteners,” anodized design accents and inspired colors are derived from extreme sports equipment, while the newly familiar “X” shapes inspired by its roof and tail lamps add to Renegade’s Tek-Tonic interior look. And to make sure all of the needed passenger gear fits, the Renegade is designed with an efficient and flexible interior package that includes a removable, reversible and height-adjustable cargo floor panel and fold-forward front-passenger seat.
Keeping the tradition of the legendary 1941 Willys MB Jeep, the all-new 2015 Renegade offers open-air freedom with two available My Sky open-air roof systems. With a manual removable, or removable with premium power tilt/slide feature, the segment-exclusive My Sky roof-panel systems quickly bring the outdoors inside. Designed for convenience, the honeycomb fiberglass polyurethane roof panels are lightweight and stow neatly in the rear cargo area. For added design detail, both My Sky roof systems feature a debossed “X” stamped into the roof that exude strength and play on the brand’s utilitarian history.
Designed and engineered to first and foremost deliver legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, the all-new 2015 Renegade is the first small SUV from Chrysler Group to use the all-new “small-wide 4x4 architecture.” With its fully independent suspension capable of up to 205 mm (8.1 inches) of wheel articulation and 220 mm (8.7 inches) of ground clearance (Trailhawk), Renegade raises the bar in the small SUV segment with best-in-class off-road capability. Extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations enable the all-new 2015 Renegade’s architecture to deliver world-class torsional stiffness and Jeep brand’s durability required for Trail Rated adventures.
The all-new Renegade is the first Jeep to integrate Koni’s frequency selective damping (FSD) front and rear strut system. This damping system enables the Jeep Renegade to deliver world-class road-holding and handling characteristics.
Like the new Jeep Cherokee, the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has raised the bar — this time in the small SUV class — with the first available nine-speed automatic transmission. When paired with either the 2.0-liter MultiJet II diesel engine, or 2.4-liter MultiAir2 gas engine, the nine-speed transmission delivers numerous benefits customers will appreciate, including aggressive launches, smooth power delivery at highway speeds and improved fuel efficiency versus a six-speed automatic transmission.
Segment-exclusive technologies once found only on higher classed SUVs
The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade offers technology features once found only in upper-segment vehicles, and makes them attainable to customers in the growing small SUV segment – including award-winning Uconnect Access, Uconnect touchscreens and the segment’s largest full-color instrument cluster.
Designed in America and crafted in Italy, the 2015 Renegade continues the Jeep brand’s dedication to the global marketplace and demonstrates the depths of its available resources. The final assembly location for the Renegade will be at the Melfi Assembly Plant. The Renegade’s global portfolio of powertrain production includes the United States, Italy and Brazil.
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1970 Citroen SM : Classic Cars
The SM was the most tangible result of Citroen's short lived ownership of Maserati. The car combined the pinnacle of Citroen hydraulics with a glorious Alfieri designed Maserati V6 engine all combined in an spaceship like body designed by Robert Opron.
Structurally the monocoque was a further designed version of the DS with two massive arms swooping forward from the cabin, holding the engine and the front suspension, this time with trailing arms rather than the leading ones as used in the DS. Almost anything possible was supported by hydraulics, the suspension, brakes and the steering but also the inner of the three front lights could be hydraulically turned and leveled.
The 2.7 litre 90 degree V6 in the first bunch of cars was fitted with three twin-choke Weber Carburetors, which proved to be troublesome. By mid-1972 the Webers were replaced by electronic Fuel Injection, an option which many owners also applied as a retrofit. Interestingly the engine bay was already so filled up that the control unit of the EFI had to put where the glove box used to be. The automatic equipped version of the car had a three litre version of the engine.
The power steering was self centering, requiring some getting used to, while also the directness of steering increased with speed, resulting in fingertip movements while cruising at speed on the motorway, where the fuel injected versions could reach more than 140 mph, thanks to the slippery shape of the body.
Like so many supercars built in the early seventies the car fell victim to the first oil crisis and production stopped in 1975. In an interesting comment made earlier this year in Classic and Sportscar it is mentioned that at least nobody would mistake you for a football player when driving this car. Among the many celebrities that owned one in its time was no other than Johan Cruyff, which arguably counts as one of the greatest players of all times.
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All-New Ford Focus RS : Videos
The Ford Focus RS saga continues with Ford confirming its mega hatch is go, plus video of it drifting around a test track
Ford has finally confirmed that the Mk3 Focus RS will make production, and will be sold largely unchanged around the world for the first time. Prices, specifications and exact performance figures are currently unknown, but it has released a tantalising teaser video showing the car drifting around Ford's Lommel proving ground in Belgium, and confirmed first images and information will break cover on Feb 3 2015.
Footage of the car sliding sideways around a wet track has added fuel to the rumours that Ford will ditch its predecessor's front-wheel drive layout and opt for a grippier four-wheel drive setup. Power output is expected to fall somewhere between 350bhp and 400bhp, putting it eye-to-eye with other four-wheel drive hot hatches including the 355bhp Mercedes A45 AMG and 362bhp Audi RS3.
The new Ford Focus RS is one of more than 12 new performance vehicles due for international release by 2020. It forms part of the company’s plan to provide more cars, parts and accessories to more people, more quickly – through a new global Ford Performance team.
The Focus RS has been noticeable in its absence since the standard Mk3 went on sale in 2011. There have been plenty of rumours and countless spy shots over the past 12 months, but no confirmation – until now – that the car would go on sale in the UK.
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