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Comfort vent.

September 5, 2007 Behr GmbH & Co. have announced a new type of in-cabin air vent that provides three individually adjustable air-flow options, delivering what's billed as world first draft-free air current through the vehicle interior.  Read More

i-Blue

September 5, 2007 The Frankfurt Motor Show is the premier European show of the year this year and not surprisingly, the manufacturers are all putting their best environmental foot forward. For relatively new international auto companies such as Hyundai which don’t have a history of premium design to fall back on, they have to work much harder to make waves in an international showcase and from the photos at least, this work appears to have paid off. Three new cars will be unveiled by Hyundai at Frankfurt, and the two concept cars are beauties.  Read More

Volvo introduces voluntary Alcolocks from 2008

September 5, 2007 One in three traffic fatalities in Europe is alcohol related and around 3,000 people in the UK are killed or seriously injured each year in drink drive collisions. In an effort to help drivers make responsible choices, Volvo is the first manufacturer to launch a fully integrated, voluntary in-car breathalyzer/alcolock system called Alcoguard as an option to its 2008 range, which prevents the car from starting if the driver is over the blood alcohol limit.  Read More

BMW's in-dash ConnectedDrive navigation system, now featuring Google Local Search abilitie...

September 4, 2007 BMW has announced it’s enriching its ConnectedDrive in-car navigation system with a direct hookup to Google's Local Search. The console on your Beemer will soon be a virtual Yellow Pages that lets you search for businesses, restaurants and places of interest, then select one and have it automatically entered into your GPS nav system as a destination.  Read More

The iPod intgration kit is housed inside the glovebox of car

September 4, 2007 Toyota has released an iPod integration kit which provides a direct link between your car’s audio system and an Apple iPod. The connection is housed inside the glovebox of the car, providing a simple plug and play option from iPod to stereo that also act as a charger. The iPod can then be completely controlled by using the car’s audio head unit, or (where fitted) the controls on the steering wheel. The integration kit can be installed into any current Toyota and Lexus model, and is compatible with most versions of iPod.  Read More

Anti-pinch system on the sliding door of the KIA Carnival

September 4, 2007 Mayser has applied its experience in the production of safety sensors to help mitigate the risk of pinching or jamming posed to passengers by the emergence of power operated sliding doors. The company is supplying anti-pinch protection sensors to protect power operated sliding doors on the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and KIA Carnival.  Read More

Volkswagen's Golf Bluemotion, capable of returning over 52mpg.

September 4, 2007 Toyota needed two whole engines to get 46mpg from their famous Prius hybrid, but Volkswagen have achieved over 52mpg by simply tweaking a few characteristics of its popular Golf diesel compact in the latest addition to the company’s environmentally-focused BlueMotion initiative. The Golf BlueMotion makes over 1200km from a 55-liter tank, showing that there’s further room for development from the combustion engine.  Read More

The 2007 C-Cactus Concept is aptly named for its low consumption of resources, using a mor...

Citroen never fails to produce something special for the major European motor show of the season and this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show will see the unveiling C-Cactus. The concept is a new take on vehicle design, and the Marque's ambitious aim is to market an ecological hatchback with cheerful, attractive styling, equipped with a hybrid HDi drivetrain and sold at the same price as an entry-level C4. To square this complex equation, Citroën is exploring new forms of design. It has decided to abandon features that are not essential to comfort and to focus instead on technology, styling and equipment that are positive, ecological and valued by users.  Read More

Peugeot 308 SW Prologue

September 2, 2007 Peugeot will provide a preview of the new 308 at the Frankfurt International Motorshow under the guise of the 308 SW Prologue. Equipped with an additive-enhanced diesel particulate filter system (DPFS), that reduces CO2 emissions, the 308 SW Prologue combines the strengths of the new 308 hatchback with innovative SW features like the new “wrap-around” rear end which allows for the installation of a third row of seats and improves rear vision.  Read More

Audi A4

August 31, 2007 A new version of the Audi A4 compact executive saloon has been revealed to the world in pictures this week, ahead of its debut on the show stand at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. The all new Audi A4 Saloon has been completely redesigned and includes new sports chassis.  Read More

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