Ferrari ‘Green’ California to go on Show at Paris Show

Published by on Sep 8th, 2010, No Comments

Ferrari is all set to introduce a ‘green’ California model at the Paris Motor Show. Although there are not too many details available, some reports say the vehicle will not be a hybrid. Instead, they say it is most likely to feature an improved direct injection system with low friction engine components, multi-cylinder deactivation, and regenerative braking.


SAIC Leaf Concept Detailed

Published by on Apr 15th, 2010, No Comments

SAIC Leaf Concept 1

Do not confuse the Nissan Leaf with this because this concept comes from the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. The original name of the concept vehicle is Ye Zi which means ‘leaf’ and this concept probably gathers energy for mobility from the surrounding environment. Amazingly, the Ye Zi isn’t just a leaf in the name; the concept vehicle is shaped like a leaf too. Interestingly SAIC Leaf isn’t a zero emission vehicle but a negative emission automobile and SAIC will have to explain that bit in detail. The car body is itself made of metal-organic framework that can absorb CO2 and water to generate an electric current and oxygen.

Toyota Prius G Sports Concept Unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon

Published by on Jan 18th, 2010, No Comments

Toyota Prius G Sports Concept

Toyota’s Prius is now a popular name across the globe as it was one of the first green cars that went mainstream and even registered record breaking sales. Embarking on that success, Toyota now plans to extend the lineage and the latest addition is the Prius G Sports Concept that was unveiled at the Auto Salon in Tokyo. The concept is blessed with design traits that make the car aerodynamically sound and fuel efficient at the same time. The G concept houses the same 1.8L 4 cylinder engine which is found in standard Prius. Features like a revised bumper and side skirting, LED Daytime running lights and a dual exhaust system is what separates the concept from the basic model. The interior is also a tad different with RECARO sports seats, a revised steering wheel, info display, aluminum pedals and a black piano trim.

Citroen C-ZERO Electric Vehicle Ready by Q4 2010

Published by on Nov 10th, 2009, 2 Comments

The green minded have another reason to smile as the French from Citroen have announced that their C-Zero electric vehicle concept will actually see daylight by the end of 2010. Powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that outputs 64 bhp and 180Nm of torque, the C-Zero also gets a 16kWh energy boost from a 330-volt lithium-ion battery. All these help it reach 100km/h in 15 seconds and give the car a 130 km range — enough for your daily commuting.


The new Citroen C-Zero EV only takes 6 hours to fully charge at 220V and only 30 minutes on a 400V plug if you can settle with only 80-percent. Fitted with ABS, electric windows, air conditioning, ESP and six airbags, the new C-Zero is expected to hit the road by the end of 2010. [via WCF]

New D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe by Alpina

Published by on Aug 5th, 2008, 2 Comments

Alpina is an automobile manufacturing company based in Germany, specialized in maximizng the sporting potential of existing units. Recently they got their hands on a twin-turbo diesel powerplant from the BMW 123d, tweaked it to output 214 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque, to create their own D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe. It does 0 to 62 mph in just 6.9 seconds and should go as fast as 152 mph.

That’s not the best thing, though. Eco-geeks should love that car because Alpina managed to build an eco-friendly sports car that has a combined EU fuel economy rating of 52.3 mpg with a manual gearbox and 50.4 mpg with an automatic. Interested in this Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo Coupe, then prepare to pay some £32,950 (about $64,500).

via AutoBlog