Bloodhound SSC is a British team’s project to bring down the current land speed record of 763 mph. The vehicle which will reach 1000 mph is equipped with an EJ200 Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine plus an 880-lb. rocket. Combined, these two produce the equivalent of 133,150 hp.The start of Bloodhound SSC’s design began in October 2008, and the tenth iteration is the version currently being developed to set the land speed record.The fighter pilot Andy Green will pull the strings the wheel, in an attempt to break the land speed record in 2011. A 12-mile stretch across a flat, dried-up lake in the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa will be the place for the record attempt.
Source: Bloodhound SSC, Autocar
Today GM unveiled the production-intent North American Chevrolet Cruze ahead of its Los Angeles auto show debut.As the new Chevrolet’s small car, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will replace Chevrolet Cobalt.On the outside, the car is characterized by the two-tier Chevrolet family grill with an improved roofline, giving the car a coupe look with a usable sedan body.The materials used in the interior are of better quality than on Cobalt. The instrument panel with LED backlighting blends into the center stack with a standard driver infotainment center, climate control, and audio buttons.The two engines which may power the new Cruze are: A standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 136 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque and the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The estimated consume will be 40 mpg highway with the 1.4-liter engine, according to GM.The pricing for the Cruze was not announced yet, but it will probably be around the same price as the outgoing Cobalt. The Cruze will be delivered starting with the third quarter of 2010.
Toyota Denying the Rumors of Moving Jobs from California to Detroit.The rumor has it that Toyota Motors may soon be moving some of its workforce out of California. The company was aiming for Kentucky and Michigan sites for the relocation.The move would place the departments closer to the company’s North American engineering and assembly sites.Bloomberg added that details of the proposed move will be ready over the next few months.Still, today Toyota released a statement refuting the claim that it would be moving any of its operations. The Japanese car manufacturer has no plans to relocate any of its departments from their current location. They claim that they will continue to find ways to further improve its efficiency.
As you’ve probably read in a recent article, Koenigsegg No Longer Wants Saab.Joran Hagglund, state secretary at Sweden’s Industry Ministry, said that “I talked to GM last night and my impression is that they have not given up hope.”Still, no other bidders have emerged for the brand, thus leaving GM with two choices: restart the sale process or to give up the brand.“For every day that passes the challenge gets bigger and bigger,” said Swedish Enterprise Minister Maud Olofsson.Rumor has it that the Chinese automaker BAIC is interested in acquiring Saab. The company stated that they would like to become more international, but specialists say that this unlikely to happen.
Source: Automotive News
Two months ago, a serious problem with the gas pedals made Toyota recall more than 3.8 million Toyotas. Toyota has now found a solution to the problem and will redesign and replace all 3.8 million-plus gas pedals.The Japanese company said that by removing the floor mats would take care of the problem. This solution brought in more drastic measures. Thus, the car producer plans to replace every gas pedal and floor mat in all of the affected vehicles.As an extra measure of protection, Toyota will install a brake override system on the models involved.The process of replacement will begin next year in the spring.
Source: Automotive News
Since the debut of Phone, produced by Apple, on AT&T network it seemed the popular touch-screen handset could be also available for Verizone Wireless at the end of contract of exclusivity between the producer and the network company.
The Apple’s analysts confirmed too what has been written below and that the contract will expire at the end of this year; but it doesn’t look like reliable, since it has not been publicly announced nor by Apple and neither by AT&T.
Anyway it is known that at certain time the AT&T exclusivity will expire and then could be possible a Verizone IPhone, but not until it will be confirmed from Verizone and Apple too, till that moment it will remain only a rumor, so it will not be clear if and when the Verizon IPhone will be really feasible.
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So far, CAFE standards are set to reach 35.5 mpg in 2016, with a 40 percent increase in today’s standard.
The group proposes to further raise fuel economy requirements to 45 mpg by 2020, claiming that technologies available today will allow automakers to make it happen.
In addition, the Consumer Federation wants changed the party that sets the CAFE standards.
The standards are currently a joint effort between the EPA and the NHTSA.
Because the Consumer Federation thinks that the NHTSA has been influenced by car companies, they want to give more power to EPA.A debate and planning for the future standards will probably arise once the proposed 2016 CAFE standards are finalized.
“Henderson continued “Many have worked tirelessly over the past several months to create a sustainable plan for the future of Saab by selling the brand and its manufacturing interests to Koenigsegg Group AB.” He added: “Given the sudden change in direction, we will take the next several days to assess the situation and will advise on the next steps next week.”Another GM brand, Saturn, has experienced a serious drop in sales, and the brand was immediately buried. Still, Saab will probably be spared of a similar fate as the new 9-5 sedan was finally poised to debut.
The i-Miev mini-electric car will have to compete against the gasoline-powered Smart car as the Smart Electric Drive isn’t sold in the U.S. To this extent, Mitsubishi is considering adding a version of the car with a gasoline engine.In the U.S. a 1.0-liter normally-aspirated three-cylinder engine – with a similar size engine found in the Smart car – will power the new car.
The executive vice president of operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America, John Koenig, says that a high sales volume per month would make Mitsubishi re-engineer the car for U.S. customers’ demands.If the gasoline-version of the car is approved, it would arrive shortly after the electric car, that is in about 18 months.
Source: Automotive News
A Reuters source says, without specifying a time frame, that Tesla is expected to make an IPO filling.This would be a very good thing because electric and green technology is at high interest.But all of these roumors were declined by Tesla spokesman Ricardo Reyes when contacted by Reuters.