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1) “Alternative” cars progress slowly

Soaring oil prices are giving new impetus to projects for cars with alternative propulsion, gas or rapeseed. But these vehicles being very expensive and often far from being developed, black gold still has a bright future ahead. However, Opel last week announced the marketing of a fuel cell vehicle powered entirely by hydrogen by 2010. And, most recently, Volkswagen has just launched a variant of its new Golf with a gas hybrid engine. natural and essence.

Notes of econology: Before talking about a clean vehicle, we must know how H2 will be produced? Then, it's funny but in 1996, we could hear the same speech with 2002 instead of 2010… Seriously, the manufacturers NEVER intended to market a vehicle with PAC / H2 despite what they claim or show in the various salons. That they concentrate rather on the hybrid-diesel…. but this we do not hear about!

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2) The Hummer comes to Russia

Line production of powerful Hummer all-terrain vehicles, a brand belonging to the General Motors group, has started at the Avtotor plant in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. An agreement was concluded between Avtotor and the American manufacturer in August 2003. Producing in Kaliningrad, which enjoys a special status, makes it possible to bypass the heavy import taxes on new foreign cars in force in Russia.

It is enough to see the characteristics of the Hummer to understand that the manufacturers do not care about the environment and this contrary to their public declarations (see 1)):

- Vortec 8 liter overhead valve V6,0 engine (petrol of course) that develops 325 hp
- Weight in running order: 2 kg (596 lb)

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