Jaguar enters performance crossover SUV segment

In a bid to combat flagging market share due to declining consumer interest in its signature coupes, roadsters, and sedans, Jaguar is making its first move into the booming market for crossover SUVs. The 2016 F-Pace, shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, is an aluminum-intensive “performance crossover,” Jaguar’s term for an all-weather, on-road-focused wagon with real handling on pavement and no pretensions that it is meant to conquer the Rubicon Trail.

Philosophically, this is similar to Porsche‘s wildly popular Macan, a vehicle Jaguar used as a benchmark for the F-Pace. Jaguar calls its foundation the Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, which it shares with the XE and XF sedans. “We recognize that the dynamic benchmark in the segment is the Porsche Macan,” acknowledged Vehicle Program Director Andy Whyman.

The company shies from the term “platform” with its implicit parts sharing because the F-Pace is 81% unique from its sedan siblings. The result is a vehicle that is 80% aluminum by weight, which is more than any other crossover SUV, Stride said. Areas that are normally high-strength steel for its strength in crashes are high-strength aluminum in the F-Pace, including the B-pillar and the door-surround stamping. Shock towers are

Cadillac fortifies CTS for V duty

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Cadillac continues its battle to achieve premium market esteem equivalent to that of segment leaders BMW and Mercedes-Benz by pushing for top quality and performance in each new model. The high-performance CTS-V is meant to put a stake in the ground, demonstrating Cadillac’s seriousness and, to do that, the car is upgraded from the standard CTS in nearly every respect.

Visually, the changes start with the bodywork, which includes a lightweight carbon-fiber hood and revised front and rear fascias, fenders, rear spoiler, and rocker moldings. An optional carbon-fiber aero package adds a front splitter, enlarged wing, diffuser, and carbon-fiber air extractor on the hood. Enlarged intake openings and less obstructive grille mesh contribute to a 50% increase in airflow through the front of the car to its array of six heat exchangers.

“Every exterior detail earned its way onto the car for its aerodynamic function,” stated Product Director Hampden Tener. Aerodynamic effectiveness is critical because the CTS-V is the fastest Cadillac ever; top speed is 200 mph (322 km/h) and it rockets from 0 to 60 mph (97 mph) in 3.7 s.

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Bentley takes SUV to super premium level

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W. O. Bentley would have been intrigued and certainly impressed that the company bearing his name is producing what it claims as the “fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, and most exclusive SUV in the world.” In addition to the initial gasoline version, diesel and plug-in hybrids of the new Bentley Bentayga, getting its first public viewing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, are also on the “to do” list.

He saw his cars achieve success both at Le Mans and in the world’s most prestigious showrooms, mixing technology (supercharged sports cars) and ultra-premium styling with cabin ambience. Now, the W12 6.0-L 447-kW (600-hp) all-wheel drive 301-km/h (187-mph) Bentayga adds the ability to blast a Bentley across sand dunes and race over frozen lakes.

The Bentayga was tested over more than 1 million mi (1.6 million km). “Testing has been extremely thorough,” said Cameron Paterson, Bentley’s Director of Whole Vehicle Engineering. “However much chamber testing is done, you can’t beat taking the car out and testing it properly under a very wide variety of conditions: for us, -30° to over +53°C (-22° to over +127°F), [though not a lot of

What is the Nissan Denki Cube All About?

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Taking a look at a number of the concept cars that Nissan is putting out is very interesting as it gives you an idea of the innovative concepts that this car manufacturer is capable of. For excellent Nissan cars that can easily be bought to you now check out what West Covina Nissan provides. One of these exciting concept vehicles is the Denki Cube. You could be surprised or maybe not to learn that the Denki Cube is undoubtedly an electric vehicle. For those that speak Japanese they will likely automatically remember that Denki means electric. So, if you combine the electrical as the source of energy for this vehicle and a glance at the shape which is definitely a cube shape, then no doubt the name is most appropriate.

Auto portal reviews the Tata Zica before launch

Tata Motors comes up with its new Hatchback model, the Tata Zica, which will be launched during January 2016. The all new Tata Zica is a 5 seater, and expected to come with many modifications in their external and internal features. The all new Tata Zica will get powered by both petrol and diesel type engine and it is expected to get all the important features, to attract the public in the affordable price range. Tata Zica needs to face tough completion from the other premium hatchbacks like Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Hyundai i-10 after getting launched in the Indian market.

Exterior review of the Tata Zica

Tata Zica is built on Indica platform, and shares certain looks of Indica. Tata Zica is a hexagonal hatchback with a long front profile and gives a rigorous look with its honey comb front grille. The side profile of the car gets enhanced by its shoulder line that runs all along its length. The Zica is completely revised model, with a progressive dual tone bumper and has a euro touch. The other noticeable features of the Zica are the presence of good luminaries and alloy wheels, which enhance the outer look of the car. Tata

GM is the Top Automotive Innovator

GM isn’t the only automotive manufacturer out there creating new automotive innovations. But what many people may not know is that GM is the best automotive innovator! According to the U.S. Patent Board General Motors is the number one automotive innovator for the fourth consecutive quarter, out of a total of one hundred and eighty three companies!

In 2011 alone General Motors developed a whopping one thousand one hundred twenty three U.S. patents. The patents were for amazing new products in the fields of global product engineering, global powertrain engineering, global research engineering, and global research and development of OnStar organizations.

“We are in the midst of redefining the automotive DNA, and these efforts are driving our people to reinvent every subsystem on the vehicle” said Alan Taub, GM vice president of Global Research and Development. “Being the recognized leader in innovation is important, because it tells our customers and shareholders that we are working on the leading edge of technology.”

Some of the recent patents that General Motors is really excited about unveiling are quiet brakes, OnStar Voice Recognition, and eAssist thermal management. The quiet brakes use a friction-damped disc brake which can absorb the vibrations of the stopping motion, thereby muting

GM is the Top Automotive Innovator

GM isn’t the only automotive manufacturer out there creating new automotive innovations. But what many people may not know is that GM is the best automotive innovator! According to the U.S. Patent Board General Motors is the number one automotive innovator for the fourth consecutive quarter, out of a total of one hundred and eighty three companies!

In 2011 alone General Motors developed a whopping one thousand one hundred twenty three U.S. patents. The patents were for amazing new products in the fields of global product engineering, global powertrain engineering, global research engineering, and global research and development of OnStar organizations.

“We are in the midst of redefining the automotive DNA, and these efforts are driving our people to reinvent every subsystem on the vehicle” said Alan Taub, GM vice president of Global Research and Development. “Being the recognized leader in innovation is important, because it tells our customers and shareholders that we are working on the leading edge of technology.”

Some of the recent patents that General Motors is really excited about unveiling are quiet brakes, OnStar Voice Recognition, and eAssist thermal management. The quiet brakes use a friction-damped disc brake which can absorb the vibrations of the stopping motion, thereby muting

Know the Matters and Get the Best Benefits from Automotive Batteries

Automobiles need batteries to get electric energy,and for this purpose, automotive batteries were invented. These batteries are rechargeable and small in size, so that they can be set up in automobiles very easily. Especially, an SLI battery is regarded as an automotive battery. SLI means, Starting, Lightning and Ignition. The work of an SLI battery is to supply energy to the starter motor, the lights and the ignition system of an automobile.
Six galvanic cells are used to make these batteries and they are usually lead acid type. At full charge, an automotive battery provides 12.6 volts. One single SLI battery is enough for a small vehicle. But heavy vehicles like highway trucks, tractors etc. that have diesel engines use more than one battery.These batteries are recyclable, for this reason, they are environment friendly too. And through this process, every year a huge number of batteries are produced. There are usually four types of automotive batteries. They are described below shortly:
Flooded Cell Type: These types ofautomotive batteriesare inexpensive and long lasting. But, they require a lot of maintenance and care. But, they can be leaked or spilled at any moment.
Valve Regulated Lead Acid: They are the