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Prince of Persia to rule May 2010

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Ubisoft announces The Forgotten Sands, a return to Sands of Time storyline; will be released alongside upcoming film adaptation next spring.

One month after unconfirmed reports indicated that a new Prince of Persia game was in the works, Ubisoft has made it official. The French publisher announced today that next May it will ship Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for unspecified consoles and handhelds. Though short on specifics, the announcement did reveal that the game will mark a return to the storyline that began with the successful 2003 relaunch of the series, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands’ release date and story were not chosen at random. The game will be released the same month as the big-budget film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on the game of the same name. The reportedly $200 million adaptation premieres May 28 in the US and May 27 in the UK and is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) and directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco). Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the film–the effects-packed trailer for which can be seen below–was cowritten by Jordan Mechner, who created the first Prince of Persia game in 1989.

Though Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is being bankrolled and distributed by Walt Disney Films, Ubisoft is also banking on its success. Speaking at the BMO Capital Markets 17th Annual Digital Entertainment Conference earlier this month, Yves Guillemot said that the Jake Gyllenhaal-led action film franchise could be more lucrative than Disney’s Pirates trilogy.

“What we hear is that it could be maybe stronger than Pirates, which did $2.7 billion dollars,” Guillemot said as part of his presentation to analysts and investors. “I think this will really help our brand to become a major brand in this industry.”

Ubisoft has expressed its desire to get into feature film production and has laid the groundwork by buying the Tom Clancy brand and Hybride, the effects studio behind Watchmen and 300. Earlier this month, it released a self-produced live-action short inspired by its recent hit Assassin’s Creed II.

Source : www.gamespot.com

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November 30, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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Car of the Year 2010: VW Polo wins the match

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The Volkswagen Polo is the Car of the Year 2010. It won a close contest with the Toyota iQ. Just ten points, 347 to 337, separated the two leading contenders, while the Opel/Vauxhall Astra took third place, with 221 points.

The Polo, a car which in the eyes of many jurors looks and feels like a scaled-down Golf, has been even more appreciated than its bigger stable-mate, which took third place last year. In fact, it is the first Volkswagen CotY winner in 18 years, following the win in 1992… by a Golf. All the 59 Jury members from 23 European countries gave points to the winner, and 25 of them chose it as their favourite. The iQ received points from 58 jurors, with 20 top marks. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra was voted by 55 Jury members, with five of them giving top points.

Even if the VW model is shorter than a number of competitors in the B segment, this generation of Polo is fully capable of accommodating at least four adult people in comfort. Room, performance, refinement and a reasonable cargo space endorse that affirmation. As well as practical reasons, the small VW appeals for its fine exterior design and the impeccable execution of the cabin, which has a level of perceived quality unprecedented in this category.

Energy efficiency is also an important point for potential customers, with the current trend for downsizing. The Polo offers an interesting line of engines, and also the pleasant-to-use DSG automatic/sequential transmission, with two clutches. The new 1.6 litre TDi diesel engine perfectly suits the size of the car, while among the petrol engines is a lively 1.2 litre TSI with turbo which also balances performance and fuel economy. The Polo is offered in two kinds of Blue Motion derivatives, both with diesel engines. The 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine with 75 HP is homologated for an average fuel consumption of 3.3 litre/100 km, equivalent to an emission of 87 g/km of CO2.

TECHNICAL DATA

Body:
3/5-door hatchback

Size:
3.97 X 1.68 X 1.46 m.

Transmission:
Front Wheel Drive. Manual and automatic gearbox.

Petrol Engines:
1.2 (60/70 hp), 1.4 (85), 1.2 TSI (105)

Diesel Engines:
1-6 Tdi (75/90/105 hp)

Maximum speed – 0-100 km/h acceleration:
Petrol engines: 157 to 190 km/h – 16.1 to 9.7 s.
Diesel engines: 170 to 190 km/h – 14 to 10,4 s.

Combined fuel consumption – CO2 emissions:
Petrol engines: 5.5 to 5.9 l/100 km – 128 to 139 g/km
Diesel engines: 4.2 to 4.3 l/100 km – 109 to 112 g/km

Source : www.caroftheyear.org

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November 30, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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Honda Insight 2010

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It’s time for economy, and for fun. To not just count miles, but also make the miles count. It’s time for a hybrid designed and priced for all of us. With high-quality materials used inside and out, the Insight is built to look new for years to come.

The 2010 Honda Insight is covered by the 3-year/36,000-mile New-Vehicle Limited Warranty as well as a 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Power train Warranty. The IMA battery pack comes with an 8-year/100,000- mile limited battery warranty. The hybrid system’s powerful electric motor and efficient 1.3-liter i-VTEC® engine give you plenty of power off the line and down the road. Paddle shifters on EX give you direct control of the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which has been tuned for performance. The Insight is just as at home in the curves as it is on a long commute. Its low center of gravity, electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and responsive suspension all add up to plenty of sporty, road-hugging action. The Insight was born ready to roam. Its sophisticated gasoline-electric powertrain lets you get up to an estimated 43 mpg on the highway.2 Eco Assist provides feedback on your driving style to help you get the best mileage possible. A dash-mounted ECON™ button modifies various vehicle systems to maximize fuel economy2 for your driving conditions. The Insight’s flexible interior allows for multiple configurations. The 60/40 split rear seat folds down to maximize the vehicle’s cargo space and make it easier to slide in long objects. In addition, numerous cargo nooks are located below the floor of the cargo area for extra storage options. Along with advanced engine technology, Honda also believes in making advanced safety technology available to everyone. This includes an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, six airbags, active front head restraints, anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System6 (TPMS). Being responsible doesn’t mean doing without. Amenities include an available navigation system1 with Bluetooth®9 HandsFreeLink.® Every Insight comes with a tilt and telescopic steering column, power windows, side mirrors and door locks, automatic climate control and a security system with remote entry. Cutting edge doesn’t have to mean exclusive. Design and manufacturing advances have helped us make the Insight’s battery pack lighter, more compact, and at the same time, less expensive to produce. It’s the next big thing in hybrid technology: accessibility.

LX

  • Eco Assist
  • 1.3-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine with Integrated Motor Assist IMA®
  • Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle3 (AT-PZEV)
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • 15-inch wheels with full covers
  • 6 airbags
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Driver’s and front passenger’s active head restraints
  • ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System4 (TPMS)
  • Security system with remote entry
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power windows, door locks and side mirrors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers, MP3/Windows Media® Audio5 (WMA) playback capability and MP3/auxiliary input jack
  • Blue backlit gauges
  • Multi-Information Display (MID)

EX

  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated turn indicators
  • Center console with armrest and storage compartment
  • Cruise control
  • 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers
  • USB Audio Interface6
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™7 with voice recognition and Bluetooth®8 HandsFreeLink®

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November 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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The 2011 Cruze: Chevrolet Unveils U.S. Version Of The Popular, Fuel-Efficient Global Compact Sedan

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  • Popular global car refined for America
  • Expected segment-best fuel economy – up to 40 mpg highway – with new family of small-displacement engines, including Ecotec 1.4L I-4 turbo
  • Progressive design with exceptional levels of refinement, quietness and build quality
  • More spacious interior and greater cargo room than Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla
  • Ten standard air bags help make it one of the safest cars in its class
  • Built at Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant
  • On sale in third quarter of 2010
  • Five-year/100,000-mile powertain warranty – the best coverage in America 

LOS ANGELES – Chevrolet unveils the U.S. production version of the 2011 Cruze compact sedan at the L.A. Auto Show on Dec. 2. It is a global car refined for America, delivering many segment-leading features and details that challenge preconceived notions about what a compact car can be in North America.

The Cruze also affirms Chevrolet’s commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles, with new, small-displacement four-cylinder engines. It is expected to deliver segment-leading fuel economy with a new Ecotec 1.4L I-4 turbo with variable valve timing – including up to 40 mpg on the highway with a high-efficiency model.

“Cruze is already a hit across Europe and Asia; and now, it’s coming to America to challenge the status quo,” said Brent Dewar, GM Vice President, Chevrolet Global brand. “Along with the Volt electric vehicle, Cruze is the latest tangible example of how Chevrolet is working on exciting products that range from gas-friendly to gas-free.”

Leveraging Chevrolet’s design and engineering talent in Asia, Europe and North America, the Cruze brings to market a progressive, globally influenced design complemented by exceptional levels of quietness, quality and attention to detail – from precise tolerances between body panels to the use of premium materials throughout the interior.

“The amenities, quietness and roominess you expect in larger cars are what the Cruze delivers,” said Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet product marketing manager. “This is a car that will shake up the compact segment, with a more spacious interior and more cargo room than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.”

Cruze goes on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2010 but has already logged more than 4 million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, making it one of the most real world-tested GM products prior to a U.S. launch. The U.S. and Canadian versions of the Cruze will be built in Lordstown, Ohio, where $350 million was invested for their production.

More than expected

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Standard and available equipment includes:

  • New family of efficient four-cylinder engines, including a 1.4L turbo and 1.8L
  • Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions
  • Ten standard air bags, including frontal, side-impact, roof rail head curtain, rear seat side air bags and new knee air bags
  • Electronic stability control with rollover sensing
  • Bluetooth, USB connectivity and navigation system
  • XM Satellite Radio and OnStar
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and Watts Z-link rear suspension, with a family of 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes
  • Fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering
  • Unexpected levels of quietness, smoothness and refinement for the segment

All models share an interior characterized by premium materials and a lengthy roster of unexpected equipment, including leading infotainment. A stereo system that includes MP3 playback capability, six speakers and an auxiliary jack for personal playback devices is standard. A premium Pioneer sound system is available, as is a USB port for iPod operation. Other available technologies include Bluetooth and a navigation system.

“There’s a lot of content in all Cruze models; it was designed to give customers the features they want regardless of the car’s size or segment,” said Brooks. “At a very competitive price, you’ll be able to get a Cruze with leather and heated front seats, 16-inch aluminum wheels, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, Bluetooth, a USB port for your iPod, cruise control, power locks and power outside mirrors.”

Arching roofline

Chevy Cruze’s design is distinguished with a bold face – including a two-tier grille with the iconic Bowtie logo – that is Chevrolet’s signature look around the globe. An arching roofline connects a steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars to give the car a sporty, coupe-like proportion.

The sporty aesthetic is also seen in prominent headlamp housings that wrap around the corners and sweep upward in the fenders and sculpted hood, as well as a short rear deck typically found on sports coupes. The wheels are at the corners, too, with minimal front and rear overhangs. All the elements work cohesively to give Cruze an aggressive look that is complemented by a wide, confident stance.

Indeed, the Cruze is wider and longer than most of its competitors. Taut, tightly drawn bodywork conveys solidity, while restrained use of exterior trim enhances the car’s high-quality feel. The overall appearance is one of purposeful precision.

Precision is also seen in the Cruze’s build quality. The Lordstown assembly plant’s body shop was retooled with the latest in body-framing and welding equipment to optimize the manufacture of a very solid body structure. That strong structure fosters minimal production variance and repeatable gap tolerances of 3 mm or less between most exterior panels. To the customer, this means a better looking car when new and one that feels solid for years to come.

Interior refinement

Cruze’s bold design cues and attention to detail carry over to the interior, where a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit motif is matched with high-quality materials and exceptional assembly tolerances. Grained, soft-touch components and low-gloss trim panels exude a quality that is uncommon in the segment.

The instrument panel is an excellent example of how Cruze eschews expectations of compact cars. It features richly detailed instruments that are backlit with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The LED lights provide a crisp, ice-blue illumination of the analog instruments, as well as lighting for other interior controls. A segment-rare standard driver information center offers a wealth of data for the vehicle owner.

Blending harmoniously with the instrument panels is an integrated center stack that houses the infotainment display, climate controls and radio controls. Flush-mounted components within the center stack have a gap tolerance of less than 1 mm, while the instrument panel-to-door panel gaps are less than 5 mm. Those tolerances are among the best in the class and contribute significantly to the Cruze’s aura of refinement and precision.

Cruze’s headliner and pillar trim exude craftsmanship, too. The headliner cover is made of a knit material that also serves as one of five layers of an acoustically designed headliner to help make the passenger compartment quieter. The interior pillar and other moldings are color- and grain-matched to the headliner, while seat inserts are color-matched to the color of the instrument panel accent trim, giving the cabin the detailed appearance of larger, upscale sedans.

New, efficient powertrains

Enhanced with its exhaust-driven turbocharger, the Cruze’s Ecotec 1.4L turbo performs like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions. It is standard on LT and LTZ models, with power ratings estimated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm).

Standard on LS models is an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder that has the same basic architecture as the 1.4L turbo. Both engines are part of GM’s family of global small-displacement engines designed with fuel efficiency in mind, including technology such as full variable valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy across the rpm band.

Backing the Cruze’s new four-cylinder engines are six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Each contributes to Cruze’s excellent fuel economy and, with their carefully matched gears, enhances its fun-to-drive quotient.

With the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, Cruze’s fuel efficiency enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km), meaning it can go longer between fill-ups.

Cruze is backed by GM’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty – the best coverage in America.

Responsive, quiet driving experience

Complementing Cruze’s new powertrains is a strong body structure and chassis system designed to deliver a responsive and fun driving experience. The body structure is tight and stiff; and its solidity enabled engineers to more precisely tune the chassis for comfort and driving control.

A MacPherson strut suspension is used up front, while a technically advanced Watts Z-link design is used with the rear suspension. It helps center the rear axle during cornering, helping to keep the Cruze’s handling responses symmetrical on both left-hand and right-hand turns. The linkage’s capability to center the axle during cornering delivers a more balanced driving experience, as the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension.

StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, as well as traction control and anti-lock brakes are standard. Electric power steering is also standard on all models. It helps save fuel because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT models, with 17-inch alloy wheels standard on LTZ. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are available on 2LT and LTZ models.

Along with a responsive driving experience, the Cruze delivers quietness and refinement on the road. Hydraulic ride bushings and an isolated engine cradle reduce or eliminate vibration pathways that could be transmitted to the passenger compartment. Similarly, a number of noise-reducing and noise-cancelling technologies are employed throughout the body structure, including 18 distinctive acoustical treatments. Examples include:

  • The steel front-of-dash panel is sandwiched between two damping mats
  • Nylon baffles are used in various hollow portions of the body structure and filled with sound-absorbing foam that expands when the body enters the paint oven
  • The headliner comprises five layers of thermal fiber acoustic material, including a premium woven fabric on the visible outer layer
  • Patches of sound-damping material are applied strategically throughout the body structure and melt into place when the body passes through the paint oven, allowing the patches to follow the contours of the sheet metal below
  • Sound insulation material between rear-body structural components that is made from recycled blue jean material
  • The doors have triple seals and feature fiberglass “blankets” that serve as water, airflow and noise barriers. The doors are also beta-braced, meaning they close with a solid, precise sound and no resonance.

About Chevrolet
Chevrolet is one of America’s best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from “gas-friendly to gas-free,” Chevrolet has nine models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers three hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information can be found at www.chevrolet.com. For more information on the Volt, visit http://media.gm.com/volt/.

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2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Models: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Body style / driveline: four-door, 5-passenger front engine transaxle; front-wheel-drive compact car
Construction: steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
Manufacturing location: Lordstown, Ohio
Key competitors: Toyota Corolla; Honda Civic; Ford Focus; Hyundai Elantra; Nissan Sentra

Engines

1.8L DOHC I-4 1.4L turbocharged DOHC I-4
Displacement (cu. in. / cc): 110 / 1796 83.2 / 1364
Bore and stroke (in. / mm): 3.17 x 3.47 / 80.5 x 88.2 2.85 x 3.25 / 72.5 x 82.6
Block material: cast iron cast iron
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, double continuously cam phaser intake and exhaust (DCVCP) overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, double continuously cam phaser intake and exhaust (DCVCP)
Ignition system: individual coil on plug individual coil on plug
Fuel delivery: sequential multi-port fuel injectors with electronic throttle control sequential multi-port fuel injectors with electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 10.5:1 9.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 136 / 101 @ 6300 (est.) 138 / 103 @ 4900 (est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 123 / 167 @ 3800 (est.) 148 / 200 @ 1850 (est.)
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded regular unleaded
Max engine speed (rpm): 6500 6500
Emissions controls: close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast light-off O2 sensor close-coupled and underfloor catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast light-off O2 sensor
EPA-est. fuel economy
(city / hwy):
TBD TBD

Transmissions

M32 6-speed manual (1.8L) M32 6-speed manual (1.4L turbo) Hydra-Matic 6T40 6-speed automatic
Type: six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive transmission
Gear Ratios (:1)
First: 3.82 3.82 4.58
Second: 2.16 2.05 2.96
Third: 1.47 1.30 1.91
Fourth: 1.07 0.96 1.44
Fifth: 0.87 0.74 1.00
Sixth: 0.74 0.61 0.74
Reverse: 3.54 3.54 2.94
Final drive: 3.94 4.18 3.87

Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent, MacPherson strut-type with side-loaded strut modules, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings.
Rear: specifically adapted compound crank (torsion beam) with double-walled, U-shaped profile at the rear, Z-link (tunable control arm)
Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type: rack-mounted electric power steering
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: TBD
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (feet / meters): TBD
Steering ratio: 15.5:1

Brakes

Type: power front disc, rear drum w/ESC (std.)
power 4-wheel disc w/ESC (opt.)
Brake rotor diameter – front (mm / in.): 16-inch wheels: 276 / 10.8 vented; single-piston w/steel caliper
17- and 18-inch wheels: 300 / 11.8 vented; single-piston w/steel caliper
Brake rotor diameter – rear (mm / in.): 17-inch and 18-inch: 292 / 11.5 vented; single-piston w/steel caliper
Total swept area
(cu cc; pad area):
TBD

Wheels / Tires

Wheel size and type: 16-inch steel (std. LS & 1LT)
16-inch alloy (opt. on 1LT; std. on 2LT)
17-inch alloy (std. on LTZ)
18-inch alloy (opt. on 2LT and LTZ)
Tires: 16-inch: 215/50R16 ALS
17-inch: 225/50R17 ALS
18-inch: 235/45R18 ALS

Dimensions
Exterior

Wheelbase (in. / mm): 105.7 / 2685
Overall length (in. / mm): 178.5 / 4535
Overall width (in. / mm): 70.7 / 1796
Overall height (in. / mm): 58.2 / 1480
Track width front (in. / mm): 60.7 / 1544
Track width rear (in. / mm): 61.3 / 1558

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
Headroom (in. / mm): 39 / 990 (front)
37 / 940 (rear)
Legroom (in. / mm): 42 / 1067 (front)
36.5 / 917 (rear)
Shoulder room (in. / mm): 54.7 / 1391 (front)
52 / 1321 (rear)
Hip room (in. / mm): TBD
Passenger volume (cu. ft. / L) : 95 / 2690
Cargo volume (cu. ft. / L): 15 / 425

Capacities

Trailer towing maximum (lb. / kg): TBD
Fuel tank (gal. / L): 15 / 57
Cooling system (qt. / L): TBD

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

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November 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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Chevrolet Cruze Receives Maximum Five-Star Safety Rating in Europe

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The Chevrolet Cruze global compact sedan, already on sale in Europe, Asia and other markets, has earned the top rating of five stars from the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), which released its latest safety ratings on November 25.

According to EuroNCAP, the Cruze scored 79 points out of 100, making it one of the safest models in the passenger car class.

The Cruze received a maximum 16 points in the frontal offset collision test and a maximum 8 points in the side impact crash test against a moving deformable barrier. The Chevrolet Cruze is the first passenger car to receive maximum scores in both tests since EuroNCAP began providing crash test ratings in 1997.

The independent European testing organization also awarded the compact sedan a high score of 7.3 out of 8 points in the more severe side pole test, indicating that Cruze’s reinforced side shell helps protect passengers in the event of a side collision. The headrests were well positioned to absorb crash energy against whiplash in a rear-end collision. The compact sedan was also given high marks for child and pedestrian protection during testing.    

“We are pleased with the Cruze’s outstanding safety rating,” said Steve Clarke, vice president, global vehicle engineering. “Today’s results confirm that the Cruze offers benchmark safety. This complements its bold styling, excellent ride and handling, and outstanding value.” 

The Cruze had earlier received best-in-class, five-star crash safety ratings in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing in Australia and the Chinese New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) testing in China. 

Contributing to the outstanding test results is the car’s solid body structure. The Cruze features a new body-frame integral (BFI) system supplemented with finely tuned chassis components. With the BFI system, the upper body structure and frame are engineered as a single unit, offering a heightened sense of solidity and stability.

Sixty-four percent of the structure is constructed of high-strength steel, offering a high level of protection. Reinforcing the door and locker seal applications, the use of ultra-high-strength steel for the B-pillars and the efficient aluminum bumper application further ensure maximum safety.

The Cruze is a member of a new range of small, compact and mid-size products being rolled out in markets around the world. Production for the United States and Canada will begin in the third quarter of 2010 in Lordstown, OH.

For more information on EuroNCAP’s safety ratings, go to www.euroncap.com.

About Chevrolet

 

Chevrolet is one of America’s best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from “gas-friendly to gas-free,” Chevrolet has nine models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers three hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes.

 

More information can be found at www.chevrolet.com

For more information on the Volt, visit http://media.gm.com/volt/

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November 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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Alfa Romeo 8C Spider 2009

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Alfa Romeo 8C Spider made its debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Like the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, the Gran Turismo which received resounding global praise, the new “discovery” will be produced in a limited edition run of 500.

Elaborated by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, the new car re-affirms the brand’s excellence in this sector, as shown by some Spider’s being regarded among the most beautiful cars in global automotive history. Cars such as the Giulietta Spider from the 50’s or the legendary Duetto made famous by “The Graduate” from 1967 with a young Dustin Hoffman. Today, it’s the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider’s turn to take centre stage and project into the future the values of technology and emotion which belong to the Alfa Romeo legacy.

Obviously, the new vehicle inherits all the winning features of the Coupè version. Starting with the two “sport seats” setup and the fascinating exterior lines, which characterized by sculpted and finely designed bodywork, “dress” the automotive and mechanical excellence of the model.

In detail, the marked dynamics of the vehicle are highlighted by the horizontal groove “built” into the bonnet at wheel level. The oversize wheels and powerful “muscles” of the rear mudguard accentuate the personality and force of the model, without diminishing the elegance of those fluid lines. Instead they highlight the formal beauty of the singular external features: the “teardrop” fog lights set like a precious jewel in the front mudguard, the front Led lights, a synthesis of technology and rationality, and the essential door handle.

Furthermore, in the front we can find the characteristic Alfa Romeo stylings, with a new interpretaion of the “whiskers” and shield. Without forgetting, that this innovative range anticipates the elements and proportions of the future Alfa Romeo cars, always with complete respect for the historical legacy of the brand.

It’s worth underlining that to reach these top levels of areo-dynamic efficiency, solutions which don’t limit themselves to the design of the form have been adopted on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider. All the surfaces and profiles of the uprights and windows, together with the form and positioning of the rear-view mirrors, have been optimized using computer models and tests in wind tunnels and real-life environments. As a result, air flows round the vehicle following it’s natural path, unhampered by corners and irregularities. The end result is a negative LC (lift coefficient) which like competition vehicles, contributes to stability at high speeds.

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November 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe 2010

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Exterior

You can recognize a Coupé from Mercedes-Benz upon first glance. It design is unmistakable, featuring an unusual synthesis of sportiness and elegance. The new E-Class Coupé follows this line with every detail – from the Coupé radiator grille with two louvers and Mercedes-Benz star all the way to the exhaust tip. The distinctive character of the front area, the powerful shoulder line and the muscular rear with diffuser and LED tail lights symbolize pure dynamism. And the continuous retractable side windows without the interruption of a B-pillar demonstrate a unique elegance. The newly interpreted twin headlamp face comes with projection headlamps and a combination of daytime driving lights and fog lamps in a twin circular headlamp design, or optionally in an LED version.

Interior

The interior of the new E-Class Coupé is a compelling proposition, offering contours and mobility offered by few Coupés in this class. The materials used are of a high quality and with an outstanding finish. With the choice between the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE interior concepts, you can opt for an elegant tone-in-tone design or a sporty contrast-tone look. The trim elements are in brushed aluminum as standard; fine wood is also available as an option – for ELEGANCE in burr walnut and brown pine, and for AVANTGARDE in black ash. The glass panoramic sliding sunroof with electric roller sun blinds creates an additional sense of space. Available as an optional extra, it extends to the rear of the vehicle.

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Written by youngmanmaster

November 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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