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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

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The Volkswagen Polo, since its India launch, has seen four different engines – the 1.2-litre three-pot petrol and diesel, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol (now discontinued), and the turbocharged 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol in the GT TSi. Today, VW’s introduced the fifth mill in the form of the 1.6-litre diesel engine in the GT TDI.

This is the same engine as the one seen on the Vento, a 1,598cc four-pot diesel which makes 103bhp and 250Nm of torque – which, rather interestingly, is only 4bhp off the Mercedes A-Class diesel’s output, while matching it on the torque front. There’s some food for thought, right there, eh TopGearheads?

Unlike the TSi-powered GT’s seven-speed DSG auto, the GT TDI gets a five-speed manual ‘box.

Available as a single fully-loaded variant, the GT TDI’s equipment list reads pretty much the same as that of the GT TSi – 15-inch ‘Estrada’ alloys, GT badging, ‘Milan’ fabric upholstery, auto climate control, double-DIN stereo with aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering-mounted controls, aluminium-finished pedals and rear parking sensors are standard.

This is now the most expensive Polo in the line-up, priced at Rs 8.08 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Would you have a sporty Polo diesel over a sporty Polo petrol?