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Tires could be on the road to a greener future

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According to the American Chemical Society, seven gallons of crude oil go into each one of approximately a billion car tires that are produced every year worldwide. Today, however, scientists announced a development that could drastically reduce oil usage in tires. It involves isoprene, a hydrocarbon that is currently obtained as a by-product from refining crude oil, and that is a key ingredient in the production of synthetic rubber. Using sugars from renewable sources such as sugar cane, corn or switchgrass, the scientists have been able to create a “green” isoprene, trademarked as BioIsoprene. They expect it could start being used to produce tires within five years. Continue reading ‘Tires could be on the road to a greener future’

Audi debuts e-tron compact variant sports car at NAIAS

Today, Audi introduced another “e” vehicle to their future. Based on the original e-tron shown in Frankfurt. You could call this version its little brother. Slightly shorter but packs 204hp with an outstanding 1954tq. 204hp does not sound like much but TQ is where its at combined with a curb-weight of 2976lbs. 0-100 in 5.9sec. We are still not fond of the “e” design but it will change when production versions go on sale in 2012, we hope.

Audi debuts e-tron compact variant sports car at NAIAS

Audi is showing an uncompromising purist compact sports car with all-electric drive at the first major auto show of 2010. The Detroit showcar Audi e-tron is the name of this 3.93 meter (154.72 in) long and 1.78 meter (70.08 in) wide but just 1.22 meter (48.03 in) tall two-seater; just a few months after the debut of the Audi e-tron at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, this is now the second electric concept vehicle from the brand with the four rings. Continue reading ‘Audi debuts e-tron compact variant sports car at NAIAS’

Volkswagen premieres New Hybrid Compact Coupe today at the Detroit Auto Show


Volkswagen premieres New Compact Coupe today at the Detroit Auto Show
  • New Compact Coupe unites 4.2 l/100 km (45 mpg) with top dynamics
  • Concept of an entirely new compact coupe emits just 98 g/km CO2, can go 227 km/h if necessary and accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds

For Volkswagen this marks the beginning of an action-packed year, in which more new models will be introduced than ever before in the company’s history. Number 1 on the spectacular list of new products for calendar year 2010 is a car based on entirely new concepts and technology, a coupe with a hybrid drive that is extremely fast and yet futuristic in its fuel economy. Continue reading ‘Volkswagen premieres New Hybrid Compact Coupe today at the Detroit Auto Show’

Audi continues to invest strongly in the future

Audi continues to invest strongly in the future
  • 7.3 billion euros total investment from 2009 through 2012
  • Around 5.9 billion euros for new products and future technologies
  • Number of models to increase from 34 now to 42 in 2015

Audi will continue to invest heavily in new products and forward-looking technologies in the future: plans for 2009 through 2012 envisage total investments of 7.3 billion euros for fixed assets.

In coming years the Audi Group will continue to invest strongly in its future. Approximately 5.9 billion euros, in other words about 80 percent of its total investment in fixed assets, will be devoted to new product development, further optimization of conventional drivelines and the development of electric and hybrid models. (continue reading…)

Audi AG adds 124,861 square feet of solar power from factory roof

  • Car manufacturer makes 11,600 square meters (124,861 square feet) of space available for photovoltaic systems at headquarters in – Practical testing of innovative technologies
  • Plant Manager Kössler: ‘A key part of our environmental strategy’

AUDI AG sets new standards in the field of photovoltaics. On its plant premises in Ingolstadt, the car manufacturer has made numerous roofs available for practical testing of innovative new technologies by the Munich-based company Green City Energy. Photovoltaic modules will be installed there over a surface area of 11,600 square meters (124,861 square feet) in the weeks ahead. Continue reading ‘Audi AG adds 124,861 square feet of solar power from factory roof’

Bentley Continental Supersports adds recyclability to its green credentials


The new Continental Supersports, the first Bentley to use FlexFuel technology which enables it to run on E85 biofuel, gasoline or any combination of these two fuels, has further underlined its green credentials by meeting the 85% recyclability standard (95% for recoverability) demanded of all the Bentley Continental range. Continue reading ‘Bentley Continental Supersports adds recyclability to its green credentials’

Audi A3 TDI named 2010 Green Car of the Year

If you’re counting, this makes it two years in a row for the TDI to win Green Car Journal’s 2010 Green Car of the Year®. The Audi A3 TDI was up against the popular Honda Insight hybrid, Mercury Milan Hybrid, and Toyota Prius. With a 42 mpg highway fuel efficiency as well as being able to run on B5 biodiesel and low CO2 emissions, it’s a great option for the commuter. Clean diesel is here and it will stay.

Audi A3 TDI named 2010 Green Car of the Year
  • EPA-estimated 42 MPG highway is highest of any luxury car sold in the U.S.
  • Audi TDI clean diesel 2.0 engine delivers optimal power with uniquely low emissions
  • The Green Car of the Year® award is the industry measure of environmental innovation

Green and performance luxury needn’t be mutually exclusive concepts. That’s a core belief at Audi. Today, that philosophy paid off with the all-new A3 TDI earning the prestigious title of 2010 Green Car of the Year®. Continue reading ‘Audi A3 TDI named 2010 Green Car of the Year’

Volkswagen Up! Lite premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Call us extremely excited! Eat your heart out Prius and Insight owners! 70mpg, drag coefficient of .237, TDI + electric + DSG sounds amazing to us. This is the 1-Litre production model. The TDI engine portion was used in this concept. At 1500lbs w/ 65PS it will be an ideal car for the commuter. The TDI can be shut off while the E-motor will power the Up! Lite by itself using its lithium-ion battery. Top speed comes in at 100mph with a 0-60 in 12secs. The Up! Lite is schedule for a 2011 launch!

Volkswagen Up! Lite premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show

This car is the world’s most fuel-efficient four-seater

  • Volkswagen’s Up! Lite concept consumes just 2.44 l/100 km (70 mpg/highway)
  • Concept based on the future New Small Family from Volkswagen

Europe’s strongest automotive brand – is setting standards worldwide when it comes to efficiency with its clean high-tech TDI and TSI engines. Now this is being followed up by latest coup at the Los Angeles Auto Show (December 4 to 13): the world premiere of the Up! Lite A progressive, fuel efficient and in all details cleverly designed four-seater with a hybrid drive. Combined fuel consumption: 2.44 l/100 km or 70 mpg/highway! No other car is more sustainable. With a drive concept consisting of a TDI (turbo-diesel), electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) as well as top aerodynamics (Cd value: 0.237), Volkswagen is driving CO2 emissions down to a sensational 65 g/km. This makes the three-door concept the world’s most fuel efficient car – and from the perspective of its overall CO2 footprint the world’s most environmentally friendly four-seat car as well. Both technically and visually, the Up! Lite is a preview of the future. The image of the car body with its clean lines, as though sculpted from a block of aluminium, underscores just how fascinating a car tuned to aerodynamic perfection can look. Continue reading ‘Volkswagen Up! Lite premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show’

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