Automotive News (Source: www.autoplus.fr)
1) "Alternative" cars are progressing slowly
The oil price boom gives new impetus to alternative powered cars projects, gas or rapeseed. But these vehicles are very expensive and often far from the point, the black gold still has a bright future. However, Opel announced last week commercialize a fuel cell vehicle powered entirely by hydrogen 2010. And latest, Volkswagen has launched a variant of its new Golf hybrid motor gasoline and natural gas.
Econology notes: Before talking about a clean vehicle, you need to know how the H2 will be produced? Then it's funny but in 1996, we could hear the same talk with 2002 instead of 2010 ... Seriously the manufacturers have NEVER intended to market a vehicle to PAC / H2 despite what they claim or show in different salons. They focus more on hybrid diesel ... but this we do not hear about it!
2) The Hummer invites Russia
The production chain of powerful off-road vehicles Hummer, a brand owned by General Motors, started the Avtotor plant in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. An agreement had been reached between the American manufacturer and Avtotor in August 2003. Produce in Kaliningrad, which enjoys a special status, bypasses the high taxes on imports of new foreign cars in force in Russia.
Just see the features of Hummer to understand that manufacturers have nothing to do with the environment and this in contrast to their public statements (see 1)):
- Engine (petrol of course) V8 Vortec 6,0 liter OHV develops 325 cv
- Weight in working order: 2 596 kg (5 725 lb)