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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

By Kirk Linden
October 13, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation

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Another car making waves this year at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is the Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

Exagon Motors is a new French automaker formed by Exagon Engineering, a race team and constructor with experience across a number of series, including designing and producing electric racecars for a series that takes place in the French Alps… on ice.

exagon-2.jpg With such a performance-based background, you can be sure their first foray into passenger cars boasts impressive numbers: how’s 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and 340 horsepower?

These numbers are all the more impressive when you consider Exagon claims this range extended hybrid can travel almost 250 miles on electricity alone before the range extending gasoline engine is needed to charge the batteries, resulting in another 250 miles of electrically propelled driving nirvana.

Stayed tuned on Thursday for a look at the new Audi e-tron Spyder

Read more about the new Fisker Karma and the Jaguar C-X75.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Jaguar C-X75

By Kirk Linden
October 12, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation

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Another exciting car that is turning heads and making headlines at the 2010 Paris Motor Show is the Jaguar C-X75.

Celebrating Jaguar’s 75th anniversary, the C-X75 is a supercar concept powered by four electric motors, one at each wheel, delivering a staggering total of 780 horsepower and a theoretical top speed of 205 mph.
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While individual motors at each wheel is not a completely new concept in electric vehicles, the fact they are charged by two microturbine engines (think of them as small versions of the jet engines you see on commercial airliners) is rather unique.

Microturbines offer advantages over internal combustion engines because of their simplicity (much few moving parts), significantly higher power-to-weight ratio and reduced emissions.

And now for the best news of all: Jaguar is reportedly considering putting this fierce feline into production.

Stayed tuned on Wednesday for a look at the new Exagon Motors Furtive eGT

Read more about the new Fisker Karma.

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2010 Paris Motor Show Overview: Fisker Karma

By Kirk Linden
October 8, 2010
File under: Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation

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With marques like Ferrari, Lotus, Lamborghini, Porsche and Jaguar making headlines of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it would not be hard to assume that unadulterated performance was the top priority of the show’s new product launches.

However, each and every one of these automakers, along with most every other manufacturer at the show, had a emphasis on efficiency and applications of lightweight materials – a significant sign of the auto industry’s sustainable evolution.

This week we will cover some of the most exciting and efficient cars featured at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

First up is the Fisker Karma.

karma.jpgAfter over two years of ogling the Karma in its concept form, the first factory-built production Karma has been unveiled.

True to form, the Henrik Fisker-designed Karma (Fisker made a name for himself designing eye-candy like the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8) is hard to tell apart from the original concept.  And just as important, the production version of the 400+ horsepower plug-in hybrid is still capable of the originally projected 100+ mpg.

Read more about the Fisker Karma here.

Stayed tuned on Tuesday for a look at the new Jaguar C-X75

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The Automotive X-Prize 2010 Winner: Not a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

By Kirk Linden
September 20, 2010
File under: Alternative Transportation, Auto Industry, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation

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The Edison2 team and their VLC (Very Light Car) entry have won the $5 million top prize in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize.  The competition’s goal was to incentivize the development of a realistic car for the mass market that is capable of the equivalent of at least 100 mpg.

Edison2’s entry is a highly aerodynamic, four-person, four-wheeled vehicle that looks a bit like a helicopter (minus the rotor).  While this rather radical looking design may not go mainstream anytime soon, the philosophy behind its development will likely have a direct impact on the designs of our future high mileage vehicles.

The team, consisting of mostly race engineers, designed and developed the car to be as light and aerodynamic as possible.  …read more of The Automotive X-Prize 2010 Winner: Not a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle here

 
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Green Luxury

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
August 8, 2010
File under: Alternative Fuels, Auto Industry, Electric, Hybrid

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While, personally, it gets my heart racing a little to see hot new fuel efficient models on the street, fuel efficiency is not generally associated with sexiness. Green cars can, however, be engineering marvels both visually and in terms of performance.

Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching sports car or a safe, reliable way to transport your family, some high-end models are more fuel efficient than others. This efficiency will save you money on gas, and is an easy way to lower your ecological footprint.

Below is a list of  some green luxury options, organized by fuel source. Of course, some of the fuel sources themselves are greener than others. Some key stats accompany each model, or click on the model name itself for a link to the product page on the manufacturer’s website. …read more of Green Luxury here

 
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