Facebook to launch two smartphones next year

Note: these are not Facebook's smartphones. Courtesy of phonemag.com

Rumors concerning the launch of Facebook’s smartphones are running from last week, but were denied by the company.

The gadgets will use the Android Operating System developed by Google, said the sources quoted. The smartphones will be built around the Facebook online social services. They will be launched in Europe by mid next year and in the U.S., in the second half of 2011.

One of Facebook’s smartphone will have QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The other will only have a touch screen and will look and feel like the iPhone. Their prices may be more than $100, in U.S..

Approximately 25% of the over 500 million Facebook users login to their accounts using wireless devices. So far, AT&T, the second largest wireless telecommunications operator in the U.S., has not yet taken a decision whether to promote Facebook’s phones exclusively.

Btw, talking about smartphone new concepts, take a look at Mozilla Seabird! It’ll blow your mind!

Peugeot and Citroen could produce a small model in collaboration with Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi plans to introduce a new model, called “global small car” in 2011, with price close to €9500. The Japanese producer’s decision is part of a large program to develop green vehicles, this having the chance to be developed in collaboration with PSA.

Japanese newspaper Asahi says that Mitsubishi plans to deliver the new model of small class to PSA. This was confirmed by partially by Mitsubishi spokesman, Tetsuji Inoue, who said that Peugeot would be one of the brands of which range the new model of small class will appear.

This wouldn’t be the first collaboration of this kind between Mitsubishi and PSA, the range of SUVs Outlander, C-Crosser and 4007 being made after an identical pattern. This time, however, Mitsubishi management says the new partnership may also include links of capital level.

Buick present the 2011 Buick Regal

It seems that today Buick staff revealed the price for its new car 2011 Buick Regal, which was estimated for $26,995, also including $750 in destination charges, price which is similar with the 2010 La Crosse.
The version we will see on market for this car is the Regal full-tilt CXL trim, which has a 220-hp 2.0-liter I-4, features that increases the price to $29,495. The car has a six-speed automatic transmission.

The CXL will be equipped with 18-inch wheels, leather seats with heaters for the front passengers, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB audio input, XM satellite radio, and Onstar. Optionally, you can have a navigation system and a premium audio system from Harmon Kardon.
Moreover, Buick will built a Regal CX model with a price more accessible of $24,000. Other production models, built in Germany, are set to arrive to dealers next spring.

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The Buick Regal GS Show Car took to the stage at this month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s still a concept car at this point, but the Regal GS is positioned to help bring back Buick’s performance image. While at the show Jim Federico, Global Chief Engineer for the Regal Show Car, showed off the interior and exterior design components in this video:


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BMW will launch the new tri-turbo diesel engine of 354 HP in 2011

BMW will launch at 2011 Frankfurt Showroom the new diesel engine tri-turbo of 354 horse power and over 700 Nm, following to equip X5 and X6 model.

BMW develops now a new diesel motor, which will break all patterns in what concerns power and consumption. The Bavarians want a tri-turbo unit, able to compete with V8 engines of other German manufacturers.

It seems that the development process is working well and the premium manufacturer intents to launch a tri-turbo diesel in fall 2011 at Frankfurt Showroom.

For now, it is known that the engine will have a 3.0 liters unit and six cylinders in line. With a such power luggage, BMW will be able to compete with V8 engines from Audi and Mercedes.

The tri-turbo engine will be connected to a automatic box with eight reports, developed by BMW with ZF specialists, which can be found o current German range and on the new 5 GT Series. There will also be the Efficient Dynamics technology and Start & Stop.

The first models which will receive under their hoods the new unit with six cylinders will be BMW X5 and X6, these versions following to be called “xDrive 45d”. Gradually, the turbo diesel will be find also in Series 7 and Series 5 range.


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BMW M5 F10 on market in 2011

It seems that BMW doesn’t plan to produce a Touring version of the new M5 F10. The car will be available only in Sedan version, which will develop 578 horse power and reach 100km/h in only 4.4 seconds.

BMW M5 new generation will be with 0.3 seconds faster when reaching 100km/h than the current series M5 E60. BMW staff have decided to eliminate Touring version of M5, the car following to be available only in sedan version. BMW M5 Touring was available only for series E34 and E60, the car based on E39 not being insert into production due to rear suspension doesn’t offer performances as a M model should.

The V10 engine aspirate of M5 E60 was eliminated in favor of a V8 bi-turbo engine of 4.4 liters, which comes on the new X5 M and X6 M. The V8 engine offers 578 HP and an engine torque max. 80% bigger than the X5 M, reaching a value of 720 Nm. The max speed of this model will be set electronic to 250 km/h, but if this limit wasn’t imposed, it could reach to 303 km /h.

The new BMW M5 will consume with 30% less fuel and the level of emission will be also reduce with 30%. These improvements were obtained by reducing M5’s masse and by inserting Efficient Dynamics technology. Rumors say that BMW might insert a system which will recover kinetic energy, similar to KERS, on M5 production version, but the features of this system are not yet reveal. BMW M5 F10 will be presented by the ending of 2010, starting to debut on market at the beginning of 2011.


New C-Class Mercedes rumored to be rival with BMW Series 1

BMW Series 1 will have a new rival from Mercedes-Benz starting 2011. The model will be called C-Class Coupe ad it’s based on the actual W204 platform.

Mercedes will launch a rival for BMW Series 1 in 2011 called C-Class Coupe. The model is based on the W204 generation of C-Class and is the second attempt of Mercedes team on the range of hatchback premium with rear-wheel drive. For now, Mercedes staff did not offer an official image of the future coupe based on C-Class.

Unlike CLK, the new C-Class Coupe will utilize the platform and the design of C-Class, and the price will be according to cars value. There is the possibility that Mercedes will use unframed side windows and for the second suite of windows will use the same as CL has and the present E-Class Coupe. On the other hand, rumors say that the German producer can’t realize this thing as well as keeping it’s quality standards and also offering a competitive price, reason for which it could use a conventional solution, having the rear side windows set in a frame.

The range of engines of new C-Class Coupe will include propellants CGI cu direct injection, and also CDI units with a fuel consumption lower. There also is the possibility to implement a version of AMG, which will use the new propellant V8 bi-turbo of 5.5 liters, replacing the present V8 aspirate by 6.2 liters. At the same time, the Mercedes team might create a new hybrid version of C-Class, which will use an engine V6 aspirate by am electric unit.


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New rumors on 2011 BMW M5

Rumors say that the “BMW M Division will become the pinnacle of Efficient Dynamics, and also that BMW is ushering in a “Brave New World of Performance”.
Recent rumors say that the next M5 will have a variant of the V8 engine used by the X5M and X6M, tuned to have more horsepower and torque than the V10. The engine will be paired to a new dual-clutch transmission based on the M3’s gearbox. The driver will control shifting through paddles mounted to the steering wheel. Despite getting nearly 570 horsepower, fuel consumption on the new model is “expected to be between 25-30% better than the E60 M5.” That should translate to about 14.5mpg in the city, and 22mpg highway, a huge improvement over the 11/17 figures posted by the outgoing model.
Moreover, rumors say the fuel consumption will be kept low by using Active Aerodynamics at the front and in the wheel arches. Small turbines will be built into the grille to use the drag created by braking as electricity.
Another rumor refers to a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), similar to that developed by the BMW Sauber F1 team, will be used on the car. When pressing a button, the driver will utilize the KERS’ Twin Parallel Supercapacitors to provide a ten-second power boost. This system should appear on the BMW Active Hybrid 5 concept as well going on view in Geneva next March.
Rumors say that aside from a new stability system, look for the 2011 BMW M5 to get options like carbon fiber brakes, and carbon fiber roof. Bigger brake outlets, wheel arches, and new side air intakes can also be expected.
Consequently, the M5 concept is expected to hit the stage at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, with the production and market launch of the 2011 BMW M5 taking place just before the Frankfurt show later that year.


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