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Easy Car Maintenance Tips and Auto Essentials

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In the current financial climate, many car owners will be tempted to avoid getting the vehicle serviced, due to the cost. However, this is usually worth doing as it can typically save both time and money in the long run. In addition to getting a proper service every two years, there are several other ways one can maintain a car, ...

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The First Hybrid Electric Car

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Otherwise known as an HEV, hybrid electric vehicles are those that use some form of combustion engine alongside electricity as a source of power. Typically, a battery (or fuel cell) is used to store the electricity needed to power the vehicle, and this is either recharged, directly with electricity, or powered by hydrogen thereby generating the electricity on demand. The ...

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Autonomous Car May Cause Motion Sickness: Research

Autonomous Car

The hype of autonomous car is at peak lately and everyone is talking about its advantages, one research points out a serious disadvantage of riding on it. Such cars may make riders sick, a kind of motion sickness. Riding on self-driving cars mean passengers pay attention to their likings instead of to the road and signals. This is the reason ...

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Uber Offering Free Rides To Female Voters In Saudi Arabia

To help boost female participation in the Saudi Arabian election Uber has announced to offer free lifts to poling stations. Women in the conservative Islamic Kingdom will vote for the first time on Saturday in municipal elections. The change is part of late King Abdullah’s legacy and it will feature first women candidates too. Abdullah died earlier in January this ...

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Toyota To Invest $1bn Developing Artificial Intelligence And Robotics

In the latest update of research in auto industry the Toyota Motor Corp. is reported to be investing $1 billion in setting up an infrastructure in the Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics. It is said the Japanese auto giant is looking ahead for leading the futuristic cars era and wants to apply technology to other areas of ...

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How to tell when my vehicle is due for a brake job and what parts are replaced during it?

There are a number of reasons for getting a brake job, but all of them have something to do with wear and tear as indicated by the vehicle manufacturer. Most manufacturers suggest that your brakes or their relevant components need to be replaced when the brake linings have worn down just past their acceptable thickness, but it is recommended that ...

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Porsche Unveils Panamera S E-Hybrid, Its First Plug-In Electric Car

Porsche is set to introduce the world’s first plug-in hybrid to the luxury class in the second generation Panamera. New Porsche Panamera Hybrid set for Shanghai Along with the Panamera S E-Hybrid with 416 hp of system power, two Executive versions are also making their debuts at Auto China in Shanghai – the Panamera S and Panamera 4S feature an extended wheelbase and an entirely new three-litre V6 biturbo engine. The Panamera range has been extended to ten models offering, says Porsche, a wider choice between sportiness and comfort, with further development enabling fuel savings of up to 56 per cent. The new car features revised styling ‘marked by tighter lines, more pronounced contours and newly shaped body elements’. The Panamera S E-Hybrid also features a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid. The electric drive produces 95 hp (70 kW), which is more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor at 47 hp (34 kW). The Panamera has an entirely new engine with the V6 biturbo replacing the previous 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S, and it is also found in the new Executive version of the Panamera 4S. The new unit produces 20hp more and 20Nm more torque, but up to 18 per cent better fuel economy compared to the V8 engine in the previous model. The S E-Hybrid also exceeds the performance of the previous model. The electric boost function, activated by kick-down, increases power in events such as overtaking situations and enables a top speed of 270 km/h. The parallel full hybrid concept developed by Porsche also offers “coasting” at higher speeds, which refers to free coasting with the internal combustion engine shut off and energy recovery by generating electricity. The new Panamera Turbo Executive and Panamera 4S Executive models, with their 15 cm longer wheelbase, offer more rear seating space and better ride comfort while on the outside the front end has been redesigned with larger air intakes and new LED headlights. The new, more swept-back rear window creates an extended silhouette leading round to a new, redesigned automatic boot lid with a wider spoiler. The new generation of Panamera models will be launched on the market in July 2013. UK prices have yet to be confirmed but are expected to start at around £70,600. At the beginning of next year, a new diesel engine with 300 hp (220 kW) will replace the current model, along with high-performance Panamera Turbo versions.

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