Thursday, April 21, 2011

Car of the Year 2011

Car of the Year 2011: Close win for Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf, the first full electric vehicle finalist in this contest, is the Car of the Year 2011.

Read more here:
http://www.caroftheyear.org/winner/Nissan/Leaf/2011_52/coty

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

BMW: Carbon-Fiber Bodies

BMW Recruiting Engineers to Focus on Lightweight, Carbon-Fiber Composites:

http://wardsauto.com/ar/bmw_staff_carbonfiber_110402/

Quote from the article:
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Carbon-fiber bodies long have been used for Formula 1 race cars and supercars, such as the Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster, and carbon-fiber components such as roofs and spoilers are not rare on sporty cars.
However, the i3 will be the first high-volume car using the technology, which is based on a material costing as much as E20/kg ($13/lb.).
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