Mazda plans to boost fuel efficiency 30 percent, add hybrids and EVs by 2015




In a mild role-reversal of sorts, Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi has said that his company will in fact venture into electric vehicles and hybrids, but not until 2015. In the meantime, the Japanese automaker will focus on incremental improvements in the efficiency of gasoline and diesel engines and strive for an overall weight reduction in all of its vehicles with the goal of increasing fuel efficiency 30 percent by 2015.

The upcoming Tokyo Motor Show is expected to serve as a showcase for new engine technology from Mazda. According to Yamanouchi, "Our new gasoline engines will achieve the same fuel economy as current diesel engines, and our diesel engines will achieve similar fuel economy as existing hybrids."

Taking this incremental approach will allow Mazda "to offer affordable eco-friendly vehicles to 90 percent of the car-buying public, not to just a limited segment of the market." Expect to see stop/start, improved aerodynamics and low rolling-resistance tires added to the aforementioned weight reduction combined to create relatively low-cost eco-friendly vehicles.

2010 Mercedes S63 AMG & S65 AMG





For some drivers, it's not enough to arrive in a 600-horsepower luxury sedan, they've got to make sure that everyone knows it's a 600-horsepower luxury sedan. For these buyers, the facelifted 2010 Mercedes S63 AMG and S65 AMG are good news. As the flagship sedan has gotten updated for the new year, so has the high-performance version. Details have been leaked by Mercedes' German online configuration website, which has images of the S63 AMG and S65 AMG ahead of the car's official Shanghai Auto Show reveal.

The new S-Class AMG models are more distinguished from the standard S-Class, with a larger front air intake below the bumper. The round foglights have been replaced by strips of LED lighting. There are LED taillights as well. The S63 AMG and S65 AMG get individual grilles to distinguish them--though, if you're good, you'll be able to tell them apart by the size of the quad exhaust outlets.

Power remains impressive, with the S63 AMG's 6.2 liter V8 putting out 518 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. AMG's seven-speed automatic transmission is used. The S65 AMG is the "Big Daddy" of the Mercedes sedan family, with a twin-turbo 6.0 V12 that's got 604 horses on tap. The S65's 738 lb-ft. torque rating requires a five-speed automatic to handle the torque, and offers more grunt than the competition from BMW. Mercedes' ESP stability control does its best to keep these super-sedans docile, though sometimes it's a losing battle.

The new S Class, with hybrid versions in June




Mercedes is unstoppable in recent months. In March it launched its new E-Class loaded with technology in May is scheduled arrival of the new E-Class Coupé which will replace the CLK and only months later, in June launched an evolution of its Class S.

The new saloon representation incorporates many changes, the incorporation of new technologies and brought in the E Class but provides the first hybrid model from Mercedes to the general public. Under the name Hybrid S400 comes first model that incorporates a gasoline engine and electric to operate package. In addition, this vehicle is the first production car that uses lithium-ion batteries.

The S Class has always been the reference of the luxury saloons. Mercedes launched in 1951 its 220 model as the precursor of the Class S and since then have been sold around the world more than 3.3 million units of the successive generations of the model.

The new S Class, presented at the Hall of New York, incorporating a wide range of engine. Two of them Diesel cycle, corresponding to 350 CDi Bluefficiency with over 235 hp and 450 CDi eight cylinders in V with 320 horses.

In the section of the gasoline version of access is 350, 272 hp, with power passing through the 340's 450 hp, 388 of the 500 or 600 with 517 hp twelve-cylinder engine in V And of course the AMG versions, which in this case are two: 63 AMG 525 hp and above as the top model with 612 hp S65 AMG.

While undoubtedly the most innovative is the S400 Hybrid. This model features a gasoline engine 6-cylinder modified for this version that provides 279 hp. This engine incorporates the stop & start technology and various adjustments in its operation so that the change 7-Gtronic specifically suited to hybrid operation. In addition, the vehicle features a 20 hp electric motor. As a result we get a very efficient vehicle in its fuel consumption of 7.9 liters as approved securities.

The electric motor is located between the gasoline engine and the change it is called parallel hybrids. Motor driven by electricity that serves to provide a further impetus to the vehicle when the driver steps on the accelerator with power but also to deal with the gasoline engine to start quickly and smoothly once it is stopped at a traffic light. At the same time also serves to recharge the batteries of the vehicle. These are Li-Ion, the latest technology in this type, which makes batteries that Mercedes is the first production car to use. The batteries are of a size and ultra placed himself in vain engine.

In addition, the new S Class is loaded with the latest technology. Elements such as automatic management for the main beams, control of speed limit signs on the roads, the new night vision system with respect to highly evolved to date includes a new feature for people detection. Also the system that warns the driver of a dangerous state of fatigue by analyzing 70 different parameters. Or Pre-Safe or notice of involuntary change lanes or so many others.

He left to the end an innovative system that was developed by Mercedes and the German company Bosch. Splitview called, allows the driver and passenger to see two different things in the same screen on the center console at the same time. Thus, while the driver sees the map of the area on which it is moving, your companion can go watch a movie, for example. The two images are both on screen and each person sees only his own. But is not that the screen is divided into two parts, it would be easy, but since each side is a different picture in full screen.
We still have no official prices for Spain, but in Germany, with these taxes range from 73,000 euros for the S350 and S65 AMG of 155,000 euros. As for the 400 Hybrid, undoubtedly the most innovative of the new S Class, its price in Germany is 85,323 euros. Sales begin in early June.

New York Auto Show: - Hyundai Nuvi Concept unveiled



It seems like every car company is showing a hybrid at the New York Auto Show, but most of them are just a hybrid version of some plain-vanilla existing model. Stuffing an engine, electric motor, and all of the batteries needed to make hybrid takes up a lot of space, so it's hard to use the technology in a car that's sleek and sexy.

The world will have the opportunity to peer into Hyundai’s future when the Nuvis concept makes its world debut at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.The Nuvis is the eleventh signature concept car to be designed at the company’s California Design Center in Irvine, Calif. In addition to showcasing the brand’s cutting-edge capabilities, Nuvis also hints at a possible design direction for a future-generation crossover, blending attributes of a tall urban car and a premium utility vehicle. Consistent with Hyundai’s pledge to lead all brands in U.S. fuel economy by 2015, Nuvis is powered by Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive architecture, which uses breakthrough lithium polymer battery technology.

Hyundai’s all-new, homegrown Hybrid Blue Drive architecture helps define the Nuvis concept. Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive system mates the already fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Theta II engine to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (205 N-m) electric motor for maximum fuel economy. Hybrid Blue Drive has an all-electric mode and a parallel drive mode, meaning that the wheels are turned by power coming directly from the gasoline engine, or the electric motor, or both together, as conditions demand. This parallel hybrid drive architecture will serve as the foundation for future Hyundai hybrid drive vehicles, starting with the next-generation Sonata in the United States.

To maximize fuel economy, all of the Theta II’s major driveline and cooling system components have been optimized to reduce friction, while the crankcase has been filled with low friction oil.Engine management software automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, cutting emissions to zero. The engine automatically restarts when pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal due to the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG).To further reduce fuel consumption, the Theta II’s engine management software, which governs injection pressure, engine cycle timing and exhaust retreatment rates, has been revised. This control strategy assures that maximum efficiency is achieved during gentle acceleration, while greater power is immediately available during full acceleration. During deceleration, regenerative braking also comes into play to help conserve energy.

To ensure that the engine runs at lower RPMs, the top three gear ratios in the transmission have been extended. Fuel economy is further optimized through the latest electric motor-assisted steering system which reduces power drain and low resistance tires.

The nine major components of Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive include:
1. An efficient 30kW electric motor, delivering 205 N-m of torque.
2. A regenerative braking system.
3. An integrated starter generator that enables the engine to turn off at stops and restart automatically under acceleration.
4. A breakthrough lithium polymer battery package, with 5.3 Ah of capacity at 270 volts.
5. Optimized Theta II 2.4-liter engine.
6. 6-speed automatic transmission with an improved efficiency electric oil pump.
7. Weight-efficient architecture coupled with a low drag coefficient.
8. Electric air conditioning compressor.
9. Hybrid power control unit.

Hyundai’s hybrid system stores its electrical charge in a 270V lithium polymer rechargeable battery (5.3Ah/270V) that surpasses both existing nickel-metal hydride and pending lithium-ion applications. Lithium polymer batteries are more durable and space-efficient than other, bulkier hybrid batteries.

Electric Car Demo Drive to be Held on April 14 at Corbin Motor Speedway




Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI), along with its global auto industry partners, announced today their Kentucky electric vehicle demonstration event and strategic plans to build and assemble electric vehicles in the United States.

Green Star Products with its consortium partner, Global Green Cars, Inc., has chosen the State of Kentucky for its demonstration because this state has exhibited interest in being the electric vehicle capital of the United States. Global Green Cars has already identified a potentially suitable Kentucky site for its electric vehicle assembly plant.

The high performance production electric car will be showcased and test driven at the Corbin Motor Speedway in Corbin, Kentucky, on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, from 10 AM to 1 PM. The Corbin Speedway is located approximately 3.5 miles west of Interstate-75 Exit 25 on U.S. Highway 25W, (606) 526-8899. The track is a 1/4 mile slightly banked asphalt oval. Those who want to register for a free test drive should request so by sending an email to info@GreenStarUSA.com.

During the years 1992 through 1998, Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI)(formerly Battery Automated Technology (BAT) International, Inc.) was engaged in electric vehicle production. During that period, GSPI built electric cars off their assembly lines which set many world records that still stand today. These cars and trucks are still rated as some of the finest performing electric vehicles being tested today. GSPI vehicles were tested by the U.S. government and were also crash tested (see crash test video at GreenStarUSA.com).

However, GSPI did not pursue the electric vehicle beyond 1998 because California's electric car mandates failed and were defeated by Detroit in federal court and the electric car market did not materialize. Green Star Products went on to be a leader in the Biorefinery Industry, which includes Biodiesel Production, Algae Production and Cellulosic Ethanol Production – and remains to this date as our core business.

The electric vehicles that are needed today are those that will replace the most high polluting vehicles in use today. Those vehicles are intra-city, slow moving, stop-and-go delivery vehicles which do not travel more than 35 miles per day and pollute more than any other vehicle on a per mile basis.

U.S. Department of Transportation states that in 2006 U.S. workers commuted to work on average only 25 minutes; that U.S. highways are only used by vehicles with an average of 27.58 miles per day per capita; and the daily vehicle miles of travel per capita of the 30 largest urbanized areas have a range from 14.0 miles/day/capita (San Juan, PR) to 36.0 miles/day/capita (Houston, TX).

Electric vehicles are ideal for today's city traffic where most of the population commutes – they do not waste energy while not moving at a stop light or slow traffic; electric motors are more efficient than similar internal combustion engines; and they do not pollute in high traffic areas where pollution control is critical to air quality.

Therefore, GSPI's plan is to build an assembly plant that will produce electric vehicles to meet that market using an improved inexpensive high performance technology similar to the one used in GSPI's electric vehicle production era combined with strategic support from global auto industry companies.

GSPI determined that it needed an inexpensive light weight truck that can carry a significant amount of weight. Green Star decided on a commercial lightweight vehicle built in China that even with an extended cab weighs only 1,980 pounds (900 Kg) and has a carrying capacity of 1,760 pounds (800 Kg), which is almost its own weight.

Green Star has been successfully negotiating with Chinese companies to be our partners. GSPI's Vice President of International Projects, Michael Hu, was born in China, speaks fluent Chinese and is heading the negotiations with China. GSPI has set up a Consortium Auto Company called Global Green Cars to organize the variety of companies and industry talents required to start up and operate an electric vehicle assembly line. The plans include bringing Chinese engineers as consultants to set up the production line in the U.S., however, this is only the first step in bringing these vehicles to the United States. Mr. Hu has confirmed the signing of a Letter of Intent from a Design Institution in China that designed the assembly line equipment for other major automobile companies. This Design Institution has already forwarded their design layout for Global Green Cars at 30,000 vehicles per year.

GSPI has also arranged for California Environmental Engineering (CEE) and their subsidiary company G & K Automotive Conversions to support the conversion of Chinese vehicles to U.S. Standards. G & K was responsible for converting the Smart CarTM to conform to American safety standards and be drivable on American roads. G & K Automotive converted over 3,000 Smart Cars to American standards four years before Mercedes Benz was able to get them approved in the United States.

Brooks Agnew, PhD, GSPI's Vice President of Engineering, has extensive experience with several automobile companies including Nissan, Isuzu, Subaru, Honda, Toyota, General Motors, Daimler-Chrysler, Volkswagen and Ford Motor Company.

The Chinese delivery truck is a durable tough vehicle, for example, the Ford Ranger truck can only carry a load approximately 40% of its own curb vehicle weight, the Chinese truck can carry almost 100% of its own curb weight.

Green Star converted many new Ford Ranger trucks (NYSE:F) to electric drive in the mid-1990s. In fact, a GSPI Ranger electric truck was the first electric truck and production electric vehicle to successfully climb Pikes Peak in June 1993. The 1993 demonstration run was covered by Channel 11 News, where the cameraman rode in the bed of the electric Ford Ranger.

Brooks Agnew along with Michael Hu will lead the Global Green Cars auto team in the United States.

It is planned that the plug-in GGC electric vehicles will be produced as full electric vehicles (full EV) to be legally used on freeways and highways with speed capabilities of +70 mph. The consumer should distinguish these full electric vehicles (full EV) from neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV) which are limited to speeds of 25 mph.

The normal driving cost for the GGC electric vehicles will be equivalent to +100 miles per gallon gasoline powered vehicles (based on $0.10/kWh electricity purchase and $2.00/gallon gasoline purchase).

Vehicle prices start at $20,000 and will probably qualify for significant government rebates. At the present time and with the help of our major Chinese automobile partners, there are no competitors for this type of vehicle at this price range in the United States.

The plug-in GGC electric vehicles will be offered with a variety of battery packs to include lead-acid packs with a range of 50 to 70 miles per charge, or more expensive batteries, at customer's choice, with ranges of up to 200 miles per charge. The GGC electric vehicles will also be sold with the option of being hybrid vehicles. The hybrid option would provide a means of extending the range of the vehicle during the daytime use. The hybrid option could double the range of the vehicle within an 8 hour daytime usage delivery period, depending on driving conditions and driver's driving habits.

Recently on Mach 19, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a request for proposals (RFP) which includes the production of electric vehicles. The DOE will administer $6.8 billion to an estimated 56 companies. Green Star Products together with Global Green Cars and its automobile consortium will participate in this RFP.

Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI) is an environmentally friendly company dedicated to creating innovative cost-effective products to improve the quality of life and clean up the environment. Green Star Products and its Consortium are involved in the production of green sustainable goods including renewable resources like algae biodiesel and clean-burning biofuels, cellulosic ethanol and other products, as well as lubricants, additives and devices that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy in vehicles, machinery and power plants. For more information, see Green Star Products' Web site at http://www.GreenStarUSA.com, or call Public Relations at 1-800-741-7648 and 1-800-340-9784, or fax 619-789-4743, or email info@GreenStarUSA.com. Information about trading prices and volume can be obtained at several Internet sites, including http://www.pinksheets.com, http://www.bloomberg.com and http://www.bigcharts.com under the ticker symbol "GSPI".

Forward-looking statements in the release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, continued acceptance of the company's products, increased levels of competition for the company, new products and technological changes, the company's dependence on third-party suppliers, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AC Cars set to Unveil Cobra MkVI at Top Marques Show in Monaco




AC Cars will use this month's Top Marques auto show in Monaco to launch their new Cobra MkVI supercar.

Featuring a retro design and a lightweight removable hardtop which comes with gull-wing doors, the new Cobra MkVI is built in Heyda, Germany by Gullwing GmbH. Weighing in at just 1025 kg (2260 lbs), the new supercar boasts aluminum bodywork and a hand built tubular space-frame chassis.

Power is provided by the Corvette's 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces 437 bhp in GT and 647 bhp in the GTS. In terms of performance, the company estimates that the GTS will be able to rocket from 0-62 mph in just 3.3 seconds. Of course true sports cars are measured by more than just speed, so AC Cars decided to equip the new MkVI with Porsche-sourced brakes with vented discs that measure 332 mm front and 298 mm rear as well as a race-derived suspension.

The interior will feature a luxurious cabin which will come with premium German leather upholstery and standard air conditioning.

With production currently underway, AC Cars is working on setting up a distribution and service network in Europe to sell and maintain the cars.