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Never underestimate the power of geeks is the lesson we learned from Autoblog's #2 Most-Read Post of the Year, titled "Pics of Nissan Terranaut reveal vehicle perfect for Picard and his crew." The Terranaut is a forgettable concept CUV with obvious sci-fi overtones that was developed by Nissan of Europe early in 2006. Had the title not contained "Picard and his crew," this post would have been passed over by most. With the reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation in place, however, the post w
The European Parliament has adopted a legislative report by the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety that we previously reported on. The report favours revising the current emission limits for motor vehicles (the Euro-4 standards, which have applied since January 2005), which includes NOx, hydrocarbons and particulate matter emitted by diesel engines. The new Euro-5 standards will apply from September 2009 for passenger cars and September 2010 for light com
The February issue of CAR Magazine based in the U.K. isn't set to go on newsstands until January 3rd. The cover, however, which reveals what appears to be an official shot of the new BMW E92 M3 rear end, is already up on the buff book's website, while pages of the accompanying article are being hosted on M3Post.com and GermanCarScene (we'll refrain from posting them here on account of the obvious illegality of scans).
When Arnold Schwarzenegger ousted Gray Davis for the governorship during a 2003 recall election, he didn't have much of an inauguration. Economic times were more humble then, and the wealthy movie star apparently didn't want to show off.
No ersatz diamonds here, but the Zirconia based coating from Zircotec in the UK will help your vehicle be more durable and powerful. The Zircotec ceramic coating was developed for the nuclear industry and has been proven in automotive applications by several Formula 1 teams. The purpose of the coating is to increase engine efficiency, improve aesthetics and improve thermal management. Older cars don't have the ability to manage the heat generated by their powertrain as effectively as more modern
The Los Angeles Times' Dan Neil recently wrote a review of the new 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and, well, he pretty much likes it. In many respects it's very much like a new Toyota Camry Hybrid, which is to be expected since Nissan is licensing the battery and control technology for their first hybrid vehicle from Toyota. The Altima loses some trunk space to the battery and electronics, bring it down to just over 9 cubic feet. However, the Nissan's curvier styling combined with sharper steering an
One of the more common complaints about the GMT355-based trucks (Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Hummer H3) is their lack of power. When the H3 debuted, there were rumblings of the 5.3L V8 being slid into its butched-to-the-max bodywork. Unfortunately, someone forgot to measure the transmission. It turns out the V8 with the 6-speed automatic will not fit, and that's the combo the General desires to offer in their smallest trucks. To accomplish that goal, the GMT-355 platform is reportedly going
Trevor Bothwell, writing at Lew Rockwell's Libertarian website, has had it up to here with the government trying to foist ethanol down our gas tanks. As we mentioned this summer, some boaters reported lots of problems when using E10, and Bothwell was one of them. He needed to get the carburetors repaired on his 2005 17-foot Boston Whaler with a 90-horsepower Mercury four-stroke outboard engine. While he admits this particular engine is especially ethanol-unfriendly, he still blames the governmen
Diesel Technology Forum has released a new PDF white paper designed to give diesel users a comprehensive overview of how diesel technology and regulations are changing to reduce diesel emissions. Covered are the new diesel emissions standards and the introduction of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD), as well as a number of techniques that can be used for upgrading existing diesel engines to reduce emissions.
Winding Road has new shots posted of the disguised Hyundai Equus doing the prototype steeplechase on the roads around metropolitan Detroit. To review, the Equus will be Hyundai's new flagship sedan when it debuts sometime in '07 as a 2008 model. It's expected to be offered with both V6 and V8 power, and will likely retail in the $30,000-$35,000 range.
Let's say it's winter, you're spending a lot of time in the house, and you're starting to get a little bit of that old cabin fever. This is not the time for t-shirts – it's like freezing out there – but your thoughts drift ahead to springtime, when it's time to show your skin once again. All this sitting around has made you a bit peeved, and you're feeling feisty. What to do?
I know that there's an Open Source Car, but I haven't heard about an Open Source truck repair project? Some folks who blog over at Blogspot have found themselves in possession of a GMC S15 truck that has been converted to run on batteries. The trouble is that there are some loose wires here and some rust spots there, and the guys with the truck don't seem to know enough about EVs to figure out what needs to be done to make things right. I figured AutoblogGreen readers would know a thing or two a
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The Club of Pioneers website, "enabled" and founded by BMW, opened for business on December 19th. The dramatic name matches the vision of the site, which focuses on clean energy (and a lot of hydrogen). Right now one of the main features is the chance to submit text to the site, which will then be projected on a bit of 1,000-year-old ice in a cave in Austria (and a World Heritage Site). Anyone can submit a message, and if you get yours displayed on the ice, let us know.
We haven't checked in with Daryl Hannah in a while, but Ecorazzi reminded me to check out her website, which was recently upgraded to version 2.0 (if the site loads slow enough, you can see a little message that says "Site 2.0 Yay! xo." Hannah's site is meant, in part, to promote Love Life, her weekly green culture and lifestyle video podcast. The KnowDummy section contains article and musings about green life.
How did you find your last gig? Craig's List? Help Wanted ad? Nepotism? Supercar builder Mosler took an interesting tact to find mechanically inclined talent in the land of oranges and botched ballots, by placing a full-page, color advert in Grassroots Motorsports.