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Archive for December, 2008

Porsche Panamera 2010, Built to Compete

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Viewed from any angle, the Porsche Panamera can rival with more expensive brands like the Lamborghini Estoque and the Aston Martin Rapide.

The Panamera may be inspired by the revised Boxster and Cayman judging it on its looks. It is a wide sedan at 75 inches and measures 55 inches in height and 195.7 inches in length. We saw this car on a Porsche FanBlog a couple months ago — and it’s really coming along now!

The entry level engine will be a 3.6 L Volkswagen with six cylinders and outputting 300 horsepower. The S variant of the Panamera will roar at 400 horsepower supplied bt a 4.8L V8 engine. The Turbo model will blaze the roads with 500 horsepower. All these models are equipped with the PDK gearbox which is dual clutch.

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The car manufacturer is also designing a hybrid counterpart of the Panamera but no official words have been released about its specifications.

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Research Shows: More CO2 from US-made Cars

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

A recent study by JATO Dynamics showed that average U.S. market cars release 85% more carbon dioxide (CO2) and incinerate twice as much fuel compared to Japanese and European market cars. The study also proved that Japanese and European vehicles are fast becoming environment-friendly.

In France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the average emission of CO2 for all new cars in all categories (SUVs included) is 3.26 tons/year (since the beginning of 2008) based on 12,000 miles/year. While in Japan, the average emission of CO2 is 3.10 tons/year. In the U.S., the average CO2 emission for new cars is a surprising 5.77 tons/year.

When it comes to consumption of fuel, the study found that cars, minivans, and SUVs in the U.S. market consume 10.6 lt/100 km. While European cars consume 5.83 lt/ 100km and Japanese cars consume only 5.79 lt/100km.

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