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The TUNE IT! SAFE! program is an initiative by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, the VDAT (Association of German Car Tuners) and Messe Essen (Essen trade fair company) and is held in conjunction with the Essen Motor Show every year, which for 2008 is coincidentally this month.
According to the organizers, German car enthusiasts spend as much as 4.4 billion Euros every year to modify their cars! There is of course safe tuning and modification with proper tested and proven accessories and there is of course inferior, inexpensive pirated copies of products. In fact, you could even call aftemarket HID kits which are not really engineered to point its beam properly as an unsafe modification.
Every year the TUNE IT! SAFE! program has prime examples of good and safe modification on display and this year there is this nice police-liveried Volkswagen Scirocco you see here. Look for more photos of it after the jump.
This is the Mitsubishi Zinger, sort of like a replacement for the MPV known as the Mitsubishi Kuda in Indonesia. It�s based on the Mitsubishi Challenger�s ladder-frame rear wheel drive truck platform.
In a nutshell, you could call it Mitsubishi�s equivalent to the Toyota Innova, a cheap way to put together a decently sized 7-seater people carrier that can be priced cheap and positioned lower than premium car-based MPVs such as the Grandis.
The Zinger usually comes with the 2.4 liter 4G64 engine that produces 136 PS at 5,250rpm, and a variant of this engine in a nearly similiar tune is also found in the Chery Eastar MPV. Quite an old design I must say, but in certain markets you can also get a newer model called the �Super Zinger� which features the newer 2.4 liter MIVEC 4G69 engine from the Grandis that produces 159 PS.
It�s currently being sold in Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Indonesia. There are probably some other countries which I�ve left out. The most recent facelifted model with the 4G69 engine has just recently been launched in China by Southeast Motor.
Southeast calls it an not something simple as an SUV or an MPV� it gets a completely new term called an �MICS-RV�! The M is supposed to stand for Multi-purpose, the I for Interior Roominess and Ride Comfort, the C for Compact body size, the S for Sophisticated Styling, the R for Rough-road capability and the V for value for money. What a tongue twister� phew!
Looking at the success of cheap MPVs like the Nissan Grand Livina and the Toyota Innova here, and Mitsubishi�s uncanny ability to do magic with the pricing of its cars lately such as the massive price cut for Grandis and the Lancer having an unbelievable price for a CBU Japan car, could the Mitsubishi Zinger do well in Malaysia?
I just caught the latest installment in the James Bond universe - the Quantum of Solace over the weekend. I�m abit disappointed that the sexy Aston Martin DBS did not get much screentime other than an initial heated car chase scene.
With the unvieling of the 2010 Mustang coming in November Ford has decided to tease us a bit with a look at the new pony badge set to adorn the front grille of the V6 and GT models. From first glance you notice several things different about the 2010 pony badge, for starters it has a dark tinted chrome finish that gives it a stealthy look. Also the lines on the badge are crisper and more defined to give it a more muscular look. Another difference are the hoofs on the pony actually come to a point unlike the previous year badge which were rounded. The last thing I noticed is this pony badge gets an eye unlike previous year�s badges. Could this pony badge be what we will be expecting with the actual 2010 Mustang model, a more defined, muscular, crisper, stealthier looking Mustang, this could be what Ford�s going after.
After the jump I have added high-res photos of the new 2010 pony badge and the press release.
Curious about what the 2010 Ford Mustang looks like? Its new pony badge offers a clue. Like the upcoming restyled Mustang, the new pony is more defined, more muscular and sure to catch the eye of Mustang enthusiasts.
�It�s just a faster-looking steed,� said George Saridakis, Design manager for the 2010 Mustang.
A stronger, more dynamic pony badge with defined edges and crisper forms in a subtly toned tinted-chrome finish will charge across the grilles of the V-6 and GT versions of the 2010 Mustang. For the first time, a black-chrome version of the Mustang pony badge will accent the new GT grille.
�We wanted to give the Mustang pony a more realistic feel,� said Douglas Gaffka, chief designer for the 2010 Mustang. �We lifted the head to make the pony more proud, tipped the neck into the wind to give it a feeling of greater speed and better balance.
�It�s more chiseled and more defined and looks more like a wild horse,� Gaffka added. �It�s more realistic in terms of proportion to an actual Mustang.�
Senior Designer Rick Howard spent hours researching images of horses and understanding their appearance in natural, wild settings. That effort, along with his personal riding experience, helped bring forward the design of the Mustang pony badge.
Like the Mustang itself, which was revealed at the 1964 New York World�s Fair, the Mustang emblem has a proud heritage. The original Mustang logo was drawn by Phil Clark for the Mustang I. The Mustang logo then was refined for the Mustang II in 1974 by Charles Keresztes, a former member of Hungary�s Olympic equestrian team. The pony continued on the front grille through 1978 when it was replaced by �FORD� in block letters through 1982. The iconic Ford Blue Oval graced the front of Mustangs through 1993. The pony emblem returned in 1994 with some refinements. The logo was updated again in 2005.
For Howard and the team, creating the new badge was a labor of love.
�We�re very much concerned with detail and precision in our cars at Ford, and that includes the art we do,� Howard said. �We want our Mustang pony badge to be as good as the rest of the car.�
Friday, April 8, 2011
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will debut an enhancement to the vehicle�s COMAND navigation and entertainment system called SPLITVIEW. Yes, you got it right, it�s going to appear in a production car. Basically, the COMAND 8 inch LCD screen at the front will be able to display two different screens depending on the angle you are viewing it from.
For example, the driver sitting on the left (in a left hand drive car) will be able to view a screen displaying GPS navigation maps and instructions while the front passenger viewing the screen from the right will be able to watch a DVD. To prevent distracting the driver, the passenger can use a supplied pair of headphones for the DVD�s audio.
This is achieved by a technique that places pixels adjacent to each other, then using a filter that divides the image in such a way that only certain pixels can be seen depending on the viewing angle.
Some are going the way of the electric car, and some are going the way of the fuel cell. Some are doing both. Mercedes-Benz has decided to take it up a notch and do three at once - an electric vehicle, an extended range electric vehicle and a fuel cell vehicle. When January 2009 rolls around, the 2009 Detroit Motor Show will bring us the new Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZero, which comes in 3 variants.
The first variant is the Concept BlueZero E-Cell. It�s powered by an electric motor and a lithium ion battery that supports plug-in charging that give you 100km of maximum range in 2 hours of charging. That�s going to be an issue in Europe - city driving will be fine but what about cross country tours across the vast European continent?
That�s where the BlueZero E-Plus Cell comes in. It�s an extended range electric vehicle, which means it has an internal combustion engine installed at the back that burns through regular fuel not to power the wheels but to generate electricity to recharge the batteries. This takes the range up to 600km, and you can get more just by topping up the fuel.Source