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GM and SAIC Motor Announce Powertrain Co-Development

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
SAIC-GM DCT
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Shanghai, China — General Motors Co. and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. (SAIC Motor) are expanding their partnership to develop a new small-displacement gasoline engine family and an advanced transmission.

The agreement, signed today in Shanghai by GM Vice Chairman of Global Product Operations Tom Stephens and SAIC President Chen Hong, represents a significant milestone that expands GM and SAIC's relationship into powertrain development. It's another key step in providing propulsion solutions to build the world's best vehicles.

“The co-development of these new engines and transmissions builds on a strong history of innovation and collaboration between GM and SAIC Motor,” Stephens said. (more…)

Hyundai Unveils All-New Avante at Busan Motor Show

Friday, April 30th, 2010
Hyundai Unveils All-New Avante at Busan Motor Show
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Busan, Korea — Hyundai Motor Co. had its world-premier of the all-new Avante compact sedan, the company's best-selling model worldwide, at the Busan International Motor Show 2010 today.

“The new Avante encompasses Hyundai's latest ambitions, featuring the best styling and performance in its class,” Steve S. Yang, President & CEO of Hyundai's Global Business Division, said at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) today. “We're confident that it will once again redefine the compact segment worldwide.”

With sportier and even more elegant lines than its predecessor, the new Avante — badged as Elantra in markets outside Korea — continues Hyundai's ‘fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy. (more…)

Highly Efficient and Ultra-Fast: Concept Car with Plug-In Hybrid
Porsche Presents 918 Spyder High-Performance Concept Sports Car in Geneva

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

Stuttgart — Presenting a high-performance mid-engined concept sports car with ultra-efficient, low-emission drive technology, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is further increasing the Company's competence in hybrid technology.

The 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing features and electro-mobility to offer a fascinating range of qualities: An emission level of just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer on fuel consumption of three liter/100 kilometers (equal to 94 mpg imp) truly outstanding even for an ultra-compact city car, on the one hand, combined with the performance of a super sports car (more…)

SEAT IBE Concept
The young sports car for the electric age

Monday, March 1st, 2010
SEAT IBE Concept
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Martorell — SEAT is delivering a powerful statement with a compact sports coupé that carries stunning design and great driving fun into the age of electric mobility. The SEAT IBE concept car uses the zero-emissions drive of the future in a sporty and dynamic concept for urban mobility, while the clean, athletic styling of the IBE concept offers an exciting perspective on the ongoing development of the next generation of SEAT design. Powerful proportions and a precise, clear design language define the continued evolution of the Spanish brand's design DNA.

Short, low and wide, an extremely low front end and broad shoulders — at first glance, the SEAT IBE displays the proportions of a classic sports car. (more…)

Introducing the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

Friday, February 26th, 2010
Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid
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The 80th International Geneva Motor Show sees Lotus Engineering unveil the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept, a high performance technology demonstrator with a plug-in series hybrid drive system and new technologies for enhanced driver involvement.

The Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid, so-named because this latest environmentally-focused technology demonstrator from Lotus Engineering produces 414 PS (306 kW) of power, promises breathtaking performance from a highly efficient propulsion system. The concept showcases new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion (more…)