Saturday November 12th, 2011 20:19 All-Electric Car In the Works for SEAT

 

SEAT has revealed that it is currently working on prototypes of a fully electric and a plug-in hybrid car. The Spanish car manufacturer anticipates that the plug-in hybrid car will be launched in 2015, followed by the all-electric car in 2016.

In the mean time, units of the all-electric Altea XL Electric Ecomotive and the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive will both be made available to Spanish government institutions in Catalonia and Madrid. This should enable SEAT to assess the usage of these cars, giving the car manufacturer an idea about the potential for mass production in the future.

Talking about the reasoning behind SEAT’s strategy, SEAT President James Muir said: “Customers demand a more sustainable form of mobility, but their needs are diverse. Therefore, we believe that a parallel strategy of developing two different technologies will put SEAT in the best position to meet their needs.”

So what about some actual information about the two forthcoming green models? Well, the Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive plug-in hybrid has a range of 52 kilometres when full electric mode is engaged. Its top speed in this mode is 120 kph. When it is in its combined mode, it should have a top speed of 170 kph, and an impressive emissions rate of 39g/km of CO2.

In comparison, the Altea XL Electric Ecomotive will have a top speed of 135 kph. The electric engine will produce 115 hp as well as 270 Nm of torque. A climate control system whereby rooftop photovoltaic cells recirculate fresh air inside the passenger compartment will reduce energy needs. Impressive stuff.

It is not just these two new green cars that the Spanish firm has in the pipeline, as in the next year, four new models will be launched next year. The first of these models is the SEAT Mii, set for a European release in spring.

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Thursday November 10th, 2011 01:53 Nissan Announce Details of 2012 GT-R

Nissan has finally released official details of its 2012 edition of the GT-R. The car, set for release in the UK next month, looks to be an improvement on its predecessor.

Fitted with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, the GT-R has improved horsepower and torque. Horsepower is up by 20bhp to 542bhp, while the engine’s torque now stands an improved 632Nm. Nissan put these improvements down to better airflow in the engine. This increase in power has resulted in the GT-R being capable of going from 0-62mph in an impressive 2.7 seconds.

It is not just the engine’s power that has been improved either, as it also has more favourable fuel economy now. This has risen from 23.5mpg to 24mpg.

Apparently, the Nissan GT-R is still in the later stages of testing right now, so there are no numbers in terms of the car’s CO2 emissions.

The car’s suspension system has also received an upgrade. Its asymmetric suspension system works by balancing out the weight of the driver by firming up the front left spring rate, and lowering the right hand rear suspension arms.

The interior of the new Nissan GT-R has also been souped up. It features an upgraded Bose sound system, as well as a rear view camera. The car’s instrument panel now can boast blue lighting on the tachometer.

Although Nissan has not revealed an official price for the GT-R MY12, expect it to be in the region of £76,000 when it goes on sale in the UK next month. It might be a bit much to expect that for a Christmas present, but what’s the harm in asking?

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Sunday November 6th, 2011 21:49 SEAT Look to the Future with the IBX Concept Car

Earlier this year, at the Geneva Motor Show, SEAT unveiled its latest concept car – the IBX hybrid car. The concept car has been described by SEAT as a cross between a sports utility vehicle and a sports coupe, and represents the company’s vision for an urban SUV.

In terms of its appearance, the two-door concept car has an understated, minimalist feel to it. A crisp and clean exterior, devoid of any flashy design features, gives the SEAT IBX a confident and sporty look. The IBX bears no ornamentation, and SEAT representatives say this is because “perfect design requires no decoration.”

SEAT’s Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke said of the IBX: “We are proving that with our design, our sporty pedigree and our youthful character, we can also create a vehicle concept that is unique among SUVs.”

This uniqueness among SUVs may come from the fact that the IBX is both agile and compact enough to meet the demands of urban streets and parking spaces.

SEAT say that the IBX has an electric range of 50 kilometres, something that will no doubt appeal to those living in city areas. This electric range should be more than enough to cover local everyday journeys, while having an emission rate of zero. The car can be charged from a domestic power point, but the IBX’s internal combustion engine means that the concept car will be able to handle longer journeys just as easily.

Although there has been no official confirmation, there have been reports that the IBX concept car will go into production in the near future. If it does, then SEAT’s hybrid car is sure to create a stir with in the SUV market with its sports coupe sensibilities.

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Tuesday November 1st, 2011 20:15 Car Leasing – It really is simple!

Now, more than ever, the process of leasing a car is increasingly becoming the most common way of acquiring a vehicle. It’s simple, cheap and comes with a tonne of benefits that make it stand out from simply purchasing a car outright.

One of the most obvious reasons people are drawn to car leasing now is the fact that vehicles you once desired, but didn’t have the necessary funds to purchase, can now be easily acquired. The leasing company retains ownership of the vehicle but it’s yours to drive so long as you make the monthly payments.

If you really grow attached to the car you can opt to make a final payment and take ownership. A lot of people prefer to let the leasing company take it back though, meaning they can move on to a new car. Another advantage to leasing is the fact that you can get a brand new vehicle often.

Car leasing really is an amazing opportunity and that’s why more people are opting to go for it when they need a new vehicle. It’s not hard to see why it’s surpassing outright purchases when you take a look at all the benefits associated with it.

There’s a lot more to car leasing than is outlined here however, it pays to do some extra research and take a look at the large amount of options and research car leasing deals available. Making sure that you get the right contract for you is important, knowing everything about it before making your final decision is vital. Good luck, and ensure you find your dream car!

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