Sunday, October 30, 2011

Honda All-New Freed Series

Honda Begins Sales of All-New Freed Series including Freed Hybrid and Freed Spike Hybrid
Japan’s first 5-number class minivan and tall wagon hybrids

TOKYO, Japan, October 27, 2011 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced it would begin sales of the all-new Freed Hybrid minivan and Freed Spike Hybrid tall wagon at dealerships across Japan on October 28, 2011. Like all models in the acclaimed Freed series, these new hybrids offer a spacious, comfortable interior and a large cargo area in a compact body. Both models will combine a smooth ride with outstanding fuel economy and affordable price, as with any Honda hybrid vehicle. The refreshed Freed and Freed Spike gasoline-engine models will also become available on October 28. Furthermore, Honda will launch a new range of Freed special-needs vehicles on November 25, including a wheelchair-accessible model with a newly developed electric winch, a side lift-up seat model, and a passenger lift-up seat model.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 due early 2012

Exterior design.
"A BMW has to show what you can experience with it. You have to be able to see and feel the character. The design makes a promise that is met during driving", says Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design

Interior design.
A modern, self-confident interior of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 welcomes its driver. Tight lines and taut surfaces structure the interior and impart a generous feeling of space.

Intelligent energy management.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 utilises next-generation hybrid technology. Interaction between the ECO PRO Mode and numerous additional measures from BMW EfficientDynamics ensures maximum efficiency – without compromising on the vehicle’s dynamic driving qualities.

Cylinders/valves: 6/4
Capacity in ccm: 2,979
Stroke/bore in mm: 89.6/84.0
System output in kW (hp) at 1/min: 250(340)/5,800
Max. torque in Nm at 1/min: 450/1,200-5,000
Compression ratio : 1/10.2

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