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BMW X6 car review

Posted: September 15, 2013 in modern cars, News, Reviews
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Hyundai Plans Fuel-Cell Tucson

Posted: September 14, 2013 in modern cars, News
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Hyundai intends to put its fuel-cell Tucson into what executives call, oxymoronically, “small-scale mass-production.” By 2015, total production will have reached 1000 units, mostly for Europe. After 2015, the aim is to ramp output further, the company’s European boss saying it could be “up to 10,000 units a year after 2015, mostly for California and Europe, provided the market and infrastructure are up to it.” The car will be built on the regular Tucson assembly line in Ulsan, Korea. It will be lease-only to selected fleets, at launch. After 2015, it will be made available for private buyers, at a projected $52,000.

Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Rear Three Quarters

 

It has a 100-kilowatt stack, and the company claims it’s capable of 100 mph, with a 12.5-second 0-62-mph time. The range on a full tank of hydrogen is 367 miles on the European test drive cycle. The tank capacity is 12 pounds of hydrogen, at 10,000 psi. Refueling takes “a few minutes” at that pressure and the refuelling nozzle adheres to the global standard for filling stations. The stack gets its oxygen from ambient rather than compressed air, which means, Hyundai says, lower parasitic power loss. Passengers hear less noise because there is no compressor. The stack feeds a lithium-ion buffer battery like that used in the Sonata Hybrid. The car’s EV-like in its silence and smoothness. Passenger space is uncompromised, and the trunk floor is only a few inches higher. Hyundai joins Honda, Daimler, Nissan, and Toyota in working with European local and city governments to get a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in place.

 

  • Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Badge
  • Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Rear Three Quarter Static
  • Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Top View
  • Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Rear Three Quarter
  • Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Front Three Quarter Static
  • Hyundai Tucson Front End In Motion
  • Hyundai Tucson Front Three Quarters In Motion
  • Hyundai Tucson Front Three Quarters

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

 

 

Up to this point, Audi has unveiled two Quattro concepts: one at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and one the other day at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Both were great vehicles, but now Audi needs to decided which of the two will make it to production.

In an interview with AutoExpress, Wolfgang Egger, head of Audi design, said: “With every design concept we do we are thinking about everything becoming reality. We have done one (designed for MQB platform) and now we have done the other (on larger MLB platform) so now we need to make a decision.”

But, no matter what concept makes it to production, the new Sport Quattro Concept will influence future Audi models. It reveals how the C-pillar, the blisters and the front will look in the future.

We don’t know about you, but we will not complain regardless of which version makes it to production.

 

2013 AUDI SPORT QUATTRO CONCEPT

 

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

 

 

The Sport Quattro concept was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that combines a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 combustion engine delivering a total of 552 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with an electric motor that adds another 147 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

With a combined output of 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the Sport quattro Concept sprints to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph.

2011 Audi Quattro Concept

 

Audi Quattro Concept

 

 

The Quattro Concept was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. It was powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder attached to a classic six-speed gearbox. With a total output of 402 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, the Quattro can hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and goes up to a top speed limited to 155 mph.