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martes, enero 31, 2012

Euro NCAP - Best in Class Cars 2011

~The Winners:
• Small off-road 4×4 category: Audi Q3
• Supermini category: Chevrolet Aveo

• Small Family category: Ford Focus
• Small MPV category: Mercedes B Class
• Large Family category: Volvo V60
The runners-up in each category are the Chevrolet MalibuMercedes M ClassToyota YarisLexus CT200hOpel Zafira TourerHyundai ix20, and BMW X1. Special mention should be made of the Ford Ranger, the only pickup tested by Euro NCAP in 2011. The Ranger is the safest pickup yet tested by the organisation and scored highly in all areas of assessment, most notably in pedestrian protection.
With electric cars hitting Europe's roads this year, the organization released the results of four EVs. Plug-in vehicles are exposed to the same test conditions as their gasoline counterparts, while special attention is paid to battery integrity after a crash. The Nissan LEAF was the first of its kind to achieve Euro NCAP 5 star overall rating, placing itself amongst this year’s best small family cars.
Euro NCAP rewarded several car makers for their advanced safety features not yet included in the rating scheme. The Ford Focus, offered with optional Active City Stop, Driver Alert Forward Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, made headlines as the first high volume car receiving four rewards. Top achievers Mercedes B Class and Volvo V60 also were rewarded for Collision Prevention Assist and City Safety respectively, both are Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems (AEB). Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General says: “With Euro NCAP Advanced, we have already recognized a number of technologies offering safety benefits to consumers. The safety case for AEB systems is very strong and we are therefore strongly encouraging manufacturers to increase the availability of such systems on new cars. We are well underway to add the assessment of these systems to the overall rating and to make these systems a requirement for five stars in the future.”
In 2012, Euro NCAP introduces stricter standards by increasing the minimum score in the pedestrian assessment from 40% to 60%, reflecting the stepwise improvements introduced by automakers of the last years in this field. While a number of carmakers have already demonstrated that cars can be engineered to pass the new limit, the increased demands will challenge others to improve he safety for vulnerable road users.
Euro NCAP - Best in Class Cars 2011
Best in Class 2011 - Pdf.

viernes, enero 27, 2012

Suzuki "Sled" 2012 Super Bowl Ad

Der neue Beetle bei möbus

Volkswagen Partners with Bikes Belong

Chrysler Group: Under the Pentastar - Top Stories Jan. 27, 2012

Stories include: World Class Manufacturing Academy grand opening, Dodge Charger winner of the Edmunds.com "Breakthrough Technology Award" for 2012, the new 2012 Ram Laramie Limited, and name the new Jeep Grand Cherokee concept contest.

Nissan Teana "Journey In Motion" by Paul Veroude.

Ren Yong, Vice President of Dongfeng Nissan, comments on the sculpture "Journey In Motion" by Paul Veroude, a part-by-part installation of the Nissan Teana by the Dutch artist in southern China.

Aston Martin Cygnet in London - A Khurrum M. Sultan Film

miércoles, enero 25, 2012

ADV.1 Wheels 2011 - Episode 1 "The Beginning"

Volvo's research with SATRE for 'Road Trains'

SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment)

Volvo Cars - SARTRE

Bentley Continental V8 Launch Film

Vorsteiner - Edition Ferrari 458 Italia

Vorsteiner - BMW F10 5 Series

Vorsteiner BMW X6M

jueves, enero 19, 2012

The Bark Side: 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial Teaser

Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case

Nissan brings automotive innovation to the world of technology
  • Nissan announces unique self-healing iPhone case - the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case
  • The case uses innovations from the automotive world to create a robust iPhone case, including Nissan's pioneering self-healing paint finish
  • Nissan's Scratch Shield paint is a world first in paint technology that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves
  • Addition benefits such as scratch-resistant and easier-to-grip than normal glossy phone surfaces
  • The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case is made from ABS plastic - a high grade substance widely used in the automotive industry to create a more rigid, robust, and tighter-fitting case
  • Trial underway with initial batch of prototypes

Rolle, Switzerland, 16 January 2012: Nissan today announced the latest piece of must-have kit for the iPhone* - a ground-breaking self-healing iPhone case. The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case features the brand's pioneering self-healing paint finish, a world first in paint technology developed in 2005 and already used on a number of Nissan and Infiniti models. Now this ground-breaking technology has been applied to a product that's prone to scratches through everyday use - the smartphone - with Nissan's new Scratch Shield case meaning iPhone-lovers can keep their phone looking at its best for longer. 

Developed by Nissan in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc., the unique Scratch Shield paint finish was initially designed for automotive use and is available on the Nissan Murano, 370Z and X-Trail along with the Infiniti range of products.  Now, thanks to Nissan's pioneering approach, this technology is being trialled for the first time on a non-automotive product in Europe, with the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case.

The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case has been designed using several automotive engineering innovations to deliver a more durable and long-lasting paint coat, and closely fitting, tight case. The case has three key benefits: the highly flexible and elastic properties of Scratch Shield paint technology allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves**; its tactile gel-like rather than glossy surface is more scratch-resistant than conventional paint and provides a better grip; and the case itself is made of ABS plastic - a high grade substance widely used in the automotive industry which is more rigid and robust than other plastics. The outer ‘paint' is made from polyrotaxane, which means that when damage occurs to the coating in the form of a fine scratch, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap - 'healing' the blemish.

An initial batch of prototypes of the innovative Scratch Shield iPhone cases has been produced by Nissan for BETA testing with selected journalists and customers, but if demand proves strong, it will look to put the cases on general sale later this year.

Bob Laishley, Overseas Programme Director Business Development for Nissan in Europe, said: "We like to think laterally by taking the great innovations we've got from an automotive point of view, and looking at how they could be applied to improve everyday issues. The Scratch Shield iPhone case is a great example of us taking a Nissan automotive technology that has had a huge impact for our customers, and then shifting the boundaries to apply it to another everyday product.

"We're really excited about the possibilities provided by this technology. In Japan, we've already linked up with world-leading mobile operator NTT DoCoMo to allow them to use the Scratch Shield technology on its Style Series N-03B mobile phones, and we think this technology has real scope beyond the automotive world. We're passionate about innovations that get people excited, and that means not being restricted to one industry or genre."

Nissan has been licensing its unique technologies for various non-automotive applications since 2004. Other technologies that have been licensed include its Miniature Thermal Imaging Sensor: initially designed to make driving at night safer by detecting the presence of people even in places not illuminated by the car's headlights; the technology has been licensed to create a device which allows customers to monitor heat generation, or collect temperature readings via infrared sensor. Nissan will continue to research and develop breakthrough technologies that can benefit other industries, and promote these non-automotive applications globally.

Nissan has long been an innovator when it comes to advancements in the automotive world, heralding the start of a remarkable new era in motoring when it launched the first Crossover, the Nissan Murano, followed by the hugely-successful Qashqai and recently joined by the Juke - with its innovative fusion of compact SUV and sports car styling. Nissan's range of crossovers has since gone from strength to strength, with the Nissan Qashqai selling more than a quarter of a million models last year in Europe and the newly launched Juke having now notched-up 120 thousand sales. Built in Nissan's manufacturing plant in the UK, these two models helped the plant break its all-time production record to build 480 thousand units in 2011. 

Currently the Nissan Juke-R, another Nissan Innovation combining the transmission, drive train and engine of a Nissan GT-R with a Juke, is being put to the test on the streets of Dubai.  To celebrate this event, Nissan has joined forces with Ministry of Sound, who will be hosting a pre-race party for Nissan with internationally renowned DJ Pete Tong, to release the first 100 of the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case prototypes. 

* The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case is compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4 S 
**Scratch Shield can heal small scratches in as little as an hour, but more severe cases can take up to a week's time to heal.