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Do you care? Golf 6 to get LED taillights

Published by on Dec 10th, 2009, 2 Comments


I suppose its a sad day when the addition of LED’s to golfs become newsworthy, but news on the automotive front have been a bit dull this week.

Anyway, for those who care the new Golf R is going to have LED taillights like the ones pictured above offered as standard and the GTI and GTD will have it offered as a R3500 option. Why can’t they just include it in the price and add it anyway? Well they’ll make more money this way is the obvious answer.

The benefits of using LED’s are they last longer and illuminate quicker – 0.2 seconds quicker than conventional bulbs in fact.

All this means that people will see you hitting the brakes a fifth of a second quicker, shaving a full 5 meters off the braking distance from 100km/h.

Plus they look cool.

Breaking: Audi e-tron more expensive than R8!

Published by on Dec 9th, 2009, No Comments


If you had to choose between Audi’s R8 sports car or pay more to buy the electric e-tron which would you choose?

Sure, it would depend on a couple of things, but the one that really concerns me is the range. Will the be able to make an electric car with the R8’s performance levels that can literally go the distance. I mean what good is a sports car if you can only go quick for a 100km or so?

We’ll have to wait till about 2012 for the answer to that question when Audi is going to build a 1000 units of the e-tron. Audi reckons it can sell a 1000 of these babys through its worldwide dealer network of about 5000 dealers, but they would make more if the merket wanted it and would make less if nobody waned it…so the 1000 units is only a guesstimate.

Pricing? It’ll be priced above the R8.

The most electric day ever: Porsche to offer hybrid Panamera

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, 1 Comment


It’s official – Porsche will offer the Panamera with a hybrid drivetrain. The company confirmed the at the LA Autoshow.

The vehicle will most likely go on on sale in 2011 and will probably not be offered in 4wd guise. Lots of rumours are floating around regarding which system will be used, but the general consensus is that it will not be using the system we’ve seen on the Cayenne.

If all today’s hybrid announcements are anything to go by Porsche will have a host of electric spares to choose from when it raids the VW group’s electric/ hybrid parts bin.

The most electric day ever: New Golf 7 to be electric

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, No Comments


The boss of VW R&D Ulrich Hackenberg(real name) has said at the LA Auto show that the next Golf will definitely be offered with Hybrid and full electric versions.

Greenpeace rejoice.

The most electric day ever: Audi e-tron sales to start 2012

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, 1 Comment


Thomas Edison, Alessandro Volta, Nikola Tesla and Benjamin Franklin. All pioneers in the field of electricity and all of them would’ve been very proud of today’s happenings on the Automotive front.

As you may or may not know the LA Auto show is on at the moment and the main theme is electricity and hybrids. It seems as if every car maker used the show to announce their very own zero emissions aspirations.

First up is the Audi e-tron. While we have all seen the red version a couple of months ago, Audi brought along a butt-ugly orange version for the LA show. What we didn’t know till now was that Audi is planning to sell the e-tron from 2012.

Some of the stats are truly unbelievable like the torque number of 4500 nm of torque! Acceleration is awesome too with 100km/h coming up in4.8s and 60km/h-120km/h takes only 4.1s!

Glad this didn't happen to me: Italian Police Gallardo smashed

Published by on Dec 2nd, 2009, No Comments


What you see in the above picture is what happens when you “clip” a Seat coming out of a gas station at an undisclosed speed and smash into a row of parked cars.

At least that’s what the Italian Police wants you to believe. The crash took place after the driver of the vehicle attended a function at night promoting safe driving. Oh the irony of it all.

It was also driven by one of 20 Italian Policemen that were trained to handle the power of the Gallardo for chasing bad guys.

But I smell a rat. I think what more than likely happened was something more like this –

MINI Clubman, Limited Edition for the US market in 2008

Published by on Dec 12th, 2007, No Comments

MINI Clubman, Limited Edition for the US market in 2008

BMW just announced that next year (2008) they will make their MINI Clubman car available in the US but in a limited edition. And boy that’s limited and should be very exclusive, with only four models available to US dealers each month and should increase gradually over the year.
All these will happen because BMW is, apparently, making more money from selling a MINI Clubman on the European market rather then doing it in US. And to enforce it, you should know that Italy is the country that sells the most MINI Clubman-s in the world.
The laws of economics are very powerful and even if you won’t like it, BMW will do it

via MotoringFile

Honda's next-gen Pilot SUV Goes to Detroit

Published by on Dec 12th, 2007, No Comments

A press release just came in today from Honda, that announced they will be showing off the next generation of the Pilot SUV in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Though I like the sporty-rugged looks that makes it very strong I can’t help noticing but isn’t it looking like a Jeep?
Honda's next-gen Pilot SUV Goes to Detroit

Honda’s Pilot features the same eight seats and medium off-road capabilities, should bring advanced technologies for safety, fuel efficient engines and an interior that may get you sleep inside for a night or two. I am sure it won’t wrack its reputation of a midsize SUV that won the “5best truck” award by “Car and Driver” magazine for six years in a roll.

I would be much more comfortable to have a live version the new Honda Pilot, but we’ll have to settle with the prototype above.

[Source : Honda]