Ferrari Shows Student ConceptsTogether with design house Pininfarina, and with the support of aluminum space-frame producer Alcoa, Ferrari has organized a contest for automotive designers of the four most prestigious schools in the world. Students of the Center for Creative Studies in
Since the beginning of November, the designs of the 20 finalists have been on display in the Galleria Ferrari, in Maranello. The 1:4-scale concepts show the verve with which the students made their concept studies.
Spy Shots: '07 Ferrari 600 Imola by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (10/31/2005)
More photos - and a skilled illustration - of the Maranello replacement.
Responding to the new GM "Red Tag" event and Ford's "Keep It Simple" incentive plans, Chrysler Group is borrowing a page from former sister company Mitsubishi in offering up to two years' worth of free gas, along with free maintenance and extended warranties, on some of its new vehicles. Automotive News reports that Chrysler's "Miles of Freedom" program will offer shoppers a debit card for $2400 in gas (good for 12,000 miles at $2.15 a gallon for a fleet-averaged fuel economy of 21.8 mpg); free scheduled maintenance for up to two years; and a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on most of its vehicles. Specifically excluded from the program are the Chrysler 300; the Dodge Viper, Magnum, Charger, and Sprinter; and all the company's SRT8 vehicles.
2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 by John Pearley Huffman (11/14/2005)
Another spin on the definition of SRT-ness.
Sirius Standard on Mercedes-Benzes
Mercedes-Benz will make Sirius satellite radio standard on some of its 2007 model-year vehicles in an extension of an agreement that will make Sirius the company's preferred flavor of sat-radio through 2012. The SL-Class, CL-Class, and all AMG and 600 vehicles will offer the radio standard, though Benz says it may add it on other models as well. Sirius is also offered on vehicles from DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group.
GM Daewoo Helping GM Develop Fuel Cells
GM Daewoo is accelerating its bid to develop hydrogen-powered vehicles in cooperation with General Motors.
In the South Korean city of
GM Daewoo President and CEO Nick Reilly drove the HydroGen3 car to the briefing with
"With rising demand for motor vehicles around the globe, particularly in the emerging markets of Asia Pacific, the world is facing major environmental and energy security challenges," Reilly said. "GM Daewoo's long-term vision for sustainable mobility is fuel-cell vehicles fueled with hydrogen."
GM Daewoo will carry out an engineering feasibility study that will include the integration of fuel-cell systems in GM Daewoo vehicles utilizing GM's fuel-cell technology, said Reilly, adding that GM Daewoo and GM also will collaborate on an initial feasibility study on the integration of Korean suppliers to support fuel-cell and other advanced-technology vehicle activities of GM Daewoo and GM.
"Our goal is to take the lead among Korean automakers in the development of true clean-energy vehicles by combining the world-leading technologies and resources of GM and GM Daewoo," said Reilly.
The HydroGen3 is a five-seat, front-wheel-drive, fuel-cell vehicle powered by compressed hydrogen. Its 60-kilowatt/82-horsepower electric motor accelerates from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 16 seconds, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h and a driving range of 270 km.-Peter Chang
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
The Alpine navigation system supplied in the Acura TL ranks highest in customer satisfaction among factory-installed navigation systems, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Study(SM) released today. The study measures new-vehicle owner satisfaction with factory-installed navigation systems. Six factors contribute to overall customer satisfaction: ease of use, routing, information screen, system speed, system appearance, and voice prompts.
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