Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Beautiful and the Strange

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Automotive history is rich with fabulously striking and original designs, but there have also seen some strange creations along the way. Separate exhibits at this year’s Montreal International Auto Show displayed a lot of the former but there was also an unusual and nonetheless interesting sample of the latter. Continue reading

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GM to build lithium-ion battery plant in the U.S.

GM will establish a lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility in Michigan, making it the first such plant operated by a major automaker in the U.S. It will build lithium-ion cells that are grouped into modules, along with other key battery components. Continue reading

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Photoblog – Lamborghini Fashion Show

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Photoblog – Lamborghini Fashion Show, By Isaac Adams-Hands. An Italian automaker brings together fashion, models and expensive cars, in Detroit. Continue reading

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Going green

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DETROIT, MI – Green was the unofficial theme at this year’s North American International Auto Show. Now that there are more than 20 hybrids on the market with plenty more unveiled here, pure electric power has become the hot button to come. Like a lightning bolt from the black cloud currently hanging over the industry, hybrid-electric, plug-in electric and improbable electric vehicles appeared on stands or in news releases throughout the show. Whether by design or coincidence, virtually every major manufacturer touted efforts underway to put electric vehicles on the road starting next year. Continue reading

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Tech from Detroit

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DETROIT, MI – Suppliers play a critical role in the development of new technologies used in the auto industry, commonly taking the lead role and in many cases pitching the new idea to the auto company. Today’s passenger vehicles are so complex it would be rare for any single entity to cover the development costs and employ the scientists and engineers that have to be dedicated to a particular project. While it is common for many of these to be used by a single manufacturer originally, in return for helping fund the development, the contracts allow them to be used by competitors after a certain period of time. Let’s take a look at some of these new developments, the companies behind them and the effect they will have on the vehicles we will be driving in the near future. Continue reading

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Honda Insight

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The iconic Honda Insight makes a return, but this time, with a new mission. The original Insight was all about pushing the boundaries of fuel efficiently. The 2010 Insight, however, is about affordability and getting more people into dedicated hybrids.

When it goes on sale this April, it will be priced below Civic. The automaker wants to sell 200,000 units a year, with 90,000 allocated to the U.S. and 10,000 to Canada.

The five-passenger Insight is not much smaller than a Civic, but narrower. Styling echoes Clarity, Honda’s fuel-cell vehicle that is already on limited sale in the U.S. Continue reading

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Hydro-Québec and TM4 at the leading-edge

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The latest sports cars and exotics are always a great attraction at any auto show, but the biggest news at this year’s Montreal International Auto Show might very well be about a tiny Indian electric car that is powered by components and technology developed by Hydro-Québec and one of its subsidiaries, a few dozen kilometres from downtown Montreal.

State-owned Hydro-Québec, the world’s largest producer of hydroelectric power, has a long history of research on electricity and its virtually infinite uses. Teams within its research institute have been working on automotive applications for almost two decades and some of this research and development work has been spun off to smaller and potentially more agile subsidiaries. Continue reading

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