GM offers Chevrolet bolt battery guarantees for 100,000 miles



General Motors will guarantee the lithium-ion battery in the Chevrolet Volt for 100,000 miles of driving or eight years, whichever comes first, the automaker announced Wednesday.
The warranty is intended to ease concerns that the Volt's high-tech battery might not last.
Popular hybrid car models currently on the market, including the Toyota Prius and the Ford Escape Hybrid, have similar warrantees on their battery packs.
The Volt, however, uses different battery chemistry. Also, since the car runs purely on electricity from the battery for up to 40 miles, the Volt's battery is subjected to greater workloads than one in a gas/electric hybrid.
Separately, the automaker also revealed warranty details for the rest of the car.
General Motors already offers a 100,000 mile, 5 year warranty on the engines and transmissions in all of its other models, so this warranty adds a small degree of greater protection for the Volt's battery pack and related parts.
The Volt's gasoline engine, which generates electricity should a driver want to travel beyond 40 miles after charging, will be covered by the standard 5-year, 100,000 mile warranty. Other parts of the car will be covered by GM's standard 3-year, 36,000 mile "bumper-to-bumper" warranty, which matches that of most other major automakers.
The battery warranty also covers the battery's temperature management system, charging system and various electric drive components.
The battery warranty will be transferable to a new owner should a Volt buyer want to sell or give away the car, a GM spokesman said.
Production of the Volt is still on schedule to begin in November, a GM spokesman said Wednesday. GM plans to produce 10,000 Volts, which will be sold in seven U.S. states, through the end of 2011. Production will expand to 30,000 cars in 2012. 

New Peugeot 508 Hybrid4 version coming soon after launch



Though not slated for its official debut until the Paris Motor Show in October, Peugeot has kindly provided a sneak peak at its upcoming 508 sedan. The new 508 will go on sale at the start of 2011 and all models will be equipped with Peugeot's fuel-saving e-HDi system. e-HDi is the company's latest attempt at stop-start technology and Peugeot claims that its next-generation system features improved efficiency and enhanced drivability over previous designs.
Though e-HDi is said to improve fuel economy across the entire lineup, Peugeot's most fuel-efficient 508 model will be the HYbrid4, slated for launch in mid-2011. The HYbrid4 combines an efficient diesel engine with an electric motor, six-speed manual transmission and the aforementioned stop-start system. The HYbrid4 setup is a so-called "through-the-road" hybrid. The diesel engine powers the front wheels while the electric motor gives the rear some zing. All of the advanced technology adds up to create one clean vehicle. Peugeot claims that the 508 HYbrid4 will emit just 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer as it motors down the road. Even better, if you're not goosing it, the HYbrid4 can scoot around under electric power, occasionally offering a zero-emissions driving experience.

GM Cars more users in China as compared to U.S




General Motors for the first time sold more cars in China in the first six months of 2010 than it did in the United States.

GM's China sales from January through June totaled 1,209,138 units, up 49 percent from the same period in 2009. In the U.S., GM sold 1,069,577 units, up 32 percent from the previous year.

GM is refreshing its product lineup in China this year with new models such as the Chevrolet New Sail hatchback and the Buick Excelle GT sedan. It expects the new lineup to help propel its sales in the second half of 2010. It aims to sell 2 million units this year and forecasts a 50 percent jump in sales to 3 million vehicles by 2015.

GM, which makes passenger cars with China's SAIC, said earlier that it would launch 25 new and upgraded models equipped with the latest green technology in China by 2012.

In June, GM said it sold 176,486 units in China, including 36,486 Buicks. In the U.S. in June, Buick sales totaled 13,133.

Fly in a car to become a reality by early 2011



It is neither a science fiction movie nor a cartoon series; it is the reality we soon will live in, where cars will start to fly! The US aviation authority has finally given its approval for the commercial production of the first flying car that will be a 'light sport' aircraft able to reach a cruising speed of 185 km per hour in the sky. 

Flying cars are back in the news this week with the Terrafugia Transition gaining FAA certification as a road-registerable aircraft. Exciting stuff, but the Transition doesn't quite satisfy our fantasies of being able to just press a button and lift off out of traffic, landing on the roof of our city office building to make that 9am meeting; it's basically a light plane with retractable wings that you can drive on the road – you're still stuck taking off and landing at airstrips
Terrafugia, a Massachusetts-based company, claims it is now set to sell the Transition Roadable Aircraft by holiday season next year.
Assuming you have $194,000 and a sport pilot’s license, the Transition Roadable Aircraft can be yours. If the weather, or your route, makes flying unsuitable, you can travel via asphalt (quick, someone come up with a retronym for automotive travel). Just fold up the wings so you don’t hit your fellow drivers. Terrafugia says you can store their light sport aircraft in your own garage, which is bound to cut down on the cost of ownership. According to their specs, this flight of fancy can get 30 m.p.g., assuming a speed of 65 m.p.h

The flying car will come equipped with airbags and assorted safety technology -- crumple zones, a safety cage -- to make it safe for driving. Drivers/pilots can also get a parachute included if they prefer.
So far, given the design of the Transition, public transportation via flying car -- think of Bruce Willis’ cab in Fifth Element -- is not doable, as only one other passenger can tag along with the driver/pilot. But there is enough room for golf clubs or skis, Terrafugia says.
The company is offering a sponsored course in acquiring a sport pilot’s license for as little as 20 hours of your time.