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Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge Concept

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge ConceptSuzuki has revealed a new Kizashi sedan variant called the Kizashi EcoCharge.

Coming as a concept car, the EcoCharge will be an entrance for Suzuki to enter the growing market of hybrid vehicle.

It is powered by a 2.0-liter in-line-4 petrol engine, paired with an electric system of propulsion.

The electric drive-train comprises a 115 V lithium-ion battery and a 15 kilowatts motor unit.

The combination helps to maximize fuel economy. And during acceleration, it will deliver the car an electrical power boost.

Compared with the standard Kizashi, the EcoCharge Concept has an increase of combined fuel consumption figure up to 25%.

Other technologies featured include low-rolling resistance tires, fuel cut-off system, automatic engine shut-off system, and regenerative braking.

6-speed automatic transmission is also fitted to provide power management.

Currently, the Kizashi sedan is not available in the UK market. Suzuki considers a single 2.0-liter petrol engine version will not attract the buyers.

The Kizashi sedan is predicted to go on sale in the UK when the hybrid version commences production.

The neora, a cue for LUXGEN’s future models

The neora, a cue for LUXGEN's future modelsLUXGEN has revealed the neora, an electric concept car.

Equipped with 180kW electric motor, the neora is front-wheel-drive.

The car has 1,600 kg of weight, and can accelerate from zero to 100 mph in only 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph.

In only an hour, the rechargeable battery is able to support up to 80 percent of battery charging.

And if the 48 kWh lithium-ion batteries are charged fully, the neora’s range is approximately 400 km.

The neora’s design indicates LUXGEN’s future models. It also represents the “Think Ahead” spirit of the brand.

Neora’s effective move, and the fuel economy, as wells as the innovative lightweight, represent LUXGEN’s novelty of environmentally-friendly technologies.

The exterior features a minimized, front-mounted air intake to enhance efficiency and reduce drag.

Recycled wood is featured on the interior to signify an environmentally-friendly concept. And leather with earth colors finish completes the interior atmosphere.

LUXGEN is a Taiwanese automaker, and it is one of the most popular auto brand in Taiwan with 5.8 percent of market share.

Brabus Mercedes-Benz S-Class – the fastest on-wheels office

Interior of the “iBusiness 2.0” Called as “ iBusiness 2.0”, Mercedes-Benz S-Class from Brabus features a multimedia system specified from the second generation iPad.

The car’s rear compartment has been specifically integrated with the iPad2.

It provides fast Internet connection and the on-board infotainment.

A special program that links the tablet computer with the on-board electronics system has also been developed by the Brabus team.

Even from the rear seats, all operations of the S-Class COMAND system can be controlled by using the tablet computer.

The multimedia system also enables for video conferencing since it has been integrated with cameras.

The “iBusiness 2.0” model comes as a luxurious sedan with four-seats.

It is powered by 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine that can develop 788 bhp and 1,420 Nm of torque.

This allows the car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph only in about 3.9 seconds, with the top speed reaches 219 mph.

Therefore, the “iBusiness 2.0” can be considered as the fastest on-wheels office.

Brabus Mercedes-Benz S-Class – the fastest on-wheels office

Hard trials for Volvo C30 Electric

Hard trials for Volvo C30 ElectricVolvo C30 Electric has gone through testing in difficult snowy conditions.

The testing is done to make sure that the car operates efficiently and smoothly everywhere, even in minus 20 degrees C of temperature.

Under rough road conditions, efficiency of the battery usually drops.

However, Volvo has specifically built the C30 Electric to be a stringent vehicle powered by battery.

The C30 Electric is featured with three systems of climate. One system provides the occupants with cooling or heating, and another system warms or cools the battery as needed. While the electric motor is cooled by water.

Climate control in the occupants space is replacing via a heater powered by bio-ethanol. One tank can carry bio-ethanol of 14.5 liters at the maximum.

The climate unit can also be operated in electric mode from the batteries. In this mode, the climate unit’s coolant is warmed up by immersion heater.

The C30 Electric has been tested in various conditions, from hot to cold or normal.

Volvo Cars’ Special Vehicles director, Lennart Stegland, said that the most suitable area to do extremely low temperature testing is in Northern Sweden.

The C30 Electric is scheduled by Volvo to go on sale in very limited number on 2012.