Tag: cars

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: The ultimate urban ride?

I love Smart cars. Ever since studying abroad in Europe back in 2002, I’ve had a thing for ’em. And now that I’ve lived in a city for nearly 7 years, the thought of a real-world micro machine has become that much more enticing.
But is there anything better than a Smart car? Well, yeah. An …

Great looking VW (concept) might never be produced

Thanks financial crisis…for (potentially) killing off an awesome feat of automotive engineering thanks to your greedy/needy ways. Word is VW may scrap its awesome Concept BlueSport roadster (for now) due to the foreseeable difficulty of selling a niche vehicle in a down economy.
Introduced back in January @ the North American International Auto Show in …

Update: MINI Speedster becomes MINI Roadster?!

According to the French car publication, L’Automobile, MINI may be ready to reveal its enthusiast ragtop (previously known as the Speedster) – the Roadster – at the upcoming 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
Supposedly, the MINI Cooper Roadster will improve upon the standard Cabrio by dropping the rear seats, shedding some curb weight, and generally …

Love @ first sight: The MINI Speedster

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of BMW’s MINI automobiles. After living in San Francisco for the past five years, I’ve had to deal with my MINI-lust on a daily basis as they can literally be found driving and/or parked on just about every street here.
Well, my love affair with this killer go-kart …

Tough decision: Tesla Model S v. Aston Martin Rapide

Ok, so maybe its not fair (or appropriate) to compare an electric $50k 4-door sports sedan with a $200k 4-door super car…but hey, that’s what the Interwebs are for, right? The Tesla Model S (above) is expected to achieve 0-60mph in 5.5-6 seconds,1 while the Aston Martin Rapide (below) will supposedly reach the same milestone …

Good things come to those who wait: Audi R8 Spider convertible delayed a year

Frankly, it really doesn’t matter at all when Audi finally releases its amazing R8 Spider convertible…just the fact that cars like this even exist is good enough for me (and the other multiple billions of people who will never be able to afford such a ride). Keep up the good work, OOOO.
[via MotorAuthority]

Blu-ray coming to a car near you, maybe

Mitsubishi Electric (a sibling of Mitsubishi Motors) has announced a single-DIN sized Blu-ray player for automobiles.  The unit is roughly 1/3 the size of a “normal” Blu-ray deck and will fit right in your dashboard. According to Tech On, “The new BD player is expected to be used in combination with Mitsubishi Electric’s car navigation …

Scion to sell Smart-killer Toyota iQ

MotorTrend is reporting that Toyota’s ‘mini’ car – iQ – will come to the US under its Scion brand.
As previously noted, the iQ is gunning directly for Smart’s ForTwo, and is expected to better its competition in both MPG and passenger capacity.  The iQ’s unique 3+1 configuration accommodates 3 adults and one small child while …

Ferrari’s new California GT

Wow does this thing look [email protected]@$$!  Ferrari‘s first (automatic folding) hard-top convertible – California GT –  will officially be unveiled in October @ the Paris Motor Show.

(via MotorAuthority)

Here Comes the Sun

Toyota recently announced that it will be adding solar equipment to its next-gen Prius (as well as reducing the vehicles weight to improve mpg).  The solar panels installed on the roof will aid in powering the hybrid‘s air-conditioning system, of all things.
Now that’s just funny.
(via MarketWatch)