The bad news for Honda fans is that the NSX's V10 successor has been canned while a replacement for the S2000 roadster that will end production this year is nowhere in sight (aside from magazine centerfolds, that is). The good news is that the CR-X will return, though in a somewhat different form tailored to meet the needs of today's 'eco-frenzy' world. In other words, the CR-X's successor will be a dedicated hybrid model - something in the likes of the Insight.
Honda has said for almost two years that the very good looking CR-Z hybrid concept would make it to production. We've heard that the production version of the CR-Z would harken back to the original two-seat CRX and would be more aggressive and sporty than the 2009 Insight. Now, Japan's Best Car magazine has tried to imagine what such a car might look like, even enlarging (it appears) the big front vent. The new dedicated hybrid's name will be the CR-ZX.
The Renault Kangoo Be Bop as from this summer to show how far the French have with their technology for electric cars. The prototype, which has nothing to do with really planned series models, is driven by a motor of 44 kW (60 hp) that is powered by a lithium-ion battery of 15 kWh. Some guests with the Kangoo Be Bop Z.E. to drive if Renault not only the technology testing and responses losweken, but also know that the electric car it is to come.
For the Kangoo Be Bop Z.E. to charge, he has a plug of the Marechal-type, but will not be applied to the production version of the electric Kangoo Express who is to come. This plug is the result of an attempt to standardize a universal ring for electrical connection. Twenty manufacturers, including Renault, and energy producers are currently working together with the German group RWE to this project. The three phase plug with a voltage of 400 volts will allow a battery in just 20 minutes to load fully.
The models are expected by 2011 will be primarily derived from existing Renaults: a family saloon the size of a middle class and an electric version of the Kangoo Express. Later in the year 2011 follows an electric Renault with its own design. For 2012 is another model ZE (Zero Emission or nuluitstoot) on the planning. Renault works for these projects together with business partner Nissan, but both brands will present their own projects offer. The alliance has in each case the aim to play a major role in the development of the fully electric cars.
German-based tuner JE Design has released a new range of styling and performance accessories for the Volkswagen Scirocco.
Under the hood, JE Design equips the standard 2.0-liter TDI engine with a revised ECU module which boosts the engine's performance from 140 hp (103 kW) to 180 hp (133 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. Performance stats include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds (a reduction of 0.9 seconds) and a top speed of 213 km/h (an improvement of 6 km/h). The company also offers a performance package for the 2.0-liter TDI CR, it produces 205 hp (171 kW) and 410 Nm of torque (up from 170 hp (125 kW) and 350 Nm of torque). 0-100 km/h takes 7.1 seconds (an improvement of 0.7 seconds) and the top speed is increased to 229 km/h (up from 222 km/h).
The 2.0-liter TDI performance package costs 1,249 euros while the 2.0-liter TDI CR package retails for 1,449 euros.
The 2010 Chevrolet Spark was finally unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show after General Motors reneged on a promise to show it at the North American International Auto Show two months earlier. These are the first pictures of the car out in the open. While the badges say Daewoo Matiz, the car is definitely the next Spark.
The interior bears a lot of resemblance with the concept in places like the steering wheel and the instrument constellate which is attached to the wheel. That says the steering wheel column could be adjustable.
It is to be powered by a 1.0-litre engine with 66hp (49kW) and a 1.2-litre petrol with 78hp (57kw). The fitted transmission is a 5-speed manual which helps to get the car from 0 - 100km/h in a leisurely 12.4 seconds.