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Paris Moves To Ban Older Cars 14
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, cash for clunkers, Europe, Kurt, News on 11 14th, 2012

A Velib bicycle sharing station in Paris – image: Pline

Paris, France, like many global cities, has an air pollution problem. In the U.S., a bad air day in Denver or Los Angeles doesn’t cost the city money, except perhaps in tourist dollars spent. In Europe, cities can be fined by the European Commission for failing to meet clean air standards.

In response, Paris’ mayor, Bertrand Delanoë, has presented a plan to the French government that would ban cars over 17-years old, motorcycles over 10-years old and commercial vehicles over 18-years old from entering the city and surrounding areas. To encourage citizens to get rid of old cars, Left Lane News says the mayor is proposing a “cash for clunkers” program with a twist. In addition to paying cash for worn-out cars, the program would also give participants a three-month pass to AutoLib, a Paris-based electric car sharing program.

As critics point out, there’s one small problem with Delanoë’s plan: only three percent of cars registered in France are over 17-years old, meaning the costly program will have little to no effect on air pollution.

The final decision now lies with the French government, who is just as cash-strapped as the rest of the European Union these days. If the program is approved, th ban would take effect in mid-2014.

Image credit: Wikipedia user Pline, licensed under CC 2.0

Lamborghini Aventador J Geneva star conceived 25
Posted by admin in Concept Cars, convertible, Design/Style, Europe, Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini, LAMBORGHINI, LAMBORHINI, Luxury, Performance on 05 25th, 2012
Lamborghini Aventador J Geneva star conceived

Lamborghini Aventador J Geneva star conceived

This year’s Geneva Motor Show served up a scintillating buffet of vehicles, but the Lamborghini Aventador J may very well have been our favorite. With no roof, no windshield and all of the insane running gear of the standard Aventador, the roadster is the embodiment of exotic. Designer Filippo Perini told TG he first sketched up the Aventador J in mid-January after CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked his crew to to come up with something special for Geneva.

Despite the apparent similarities between the Aventador and the new Aventador J, the two models share only a handful of body components, including the front hood, fenders, headlights and rear fenders. Everything else is bespoke just for the concept.

Heading To Europe? Rent A Lotus Evora Through Hertz 1
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Europe, Hertz Car Rental, Kurt, Lotus, Lotus Evora, News on 08 1st, 2011

The Lotus Evora, now available through Hertz. Image: Lotus Cars

It’s no secret that Europe has some of the best roads on the planet, and a business trip across the pond often requires you to rent a car to get from place to place. I’ve had good luck and bad luck with my own European car rental experiences, and usually wind up getting stuck with a station wagon. Sure, they’re comfortable, but a quick run up the Stelvio Pass in a BMW 525 Estate isn’t quite as much fun as the same drive in an Audi S4 or a BMW M3. You can’t rent those cars (at least not easily), and the Europeans are probably wise to stick us under-trained American drivers in station wagons and subcompacts, just to keep us from dying on their roads.

Hertz is looking out for us enthusiast drivers, however, and you’ll soon be able to rent a Lotus Evora from select Hertz offices in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK as part of their “Adrenaline Range” program. There isn’t a lot of detail on requirements yet, but all drivers need to be age 30 or older, with two credit cards in their name. I tried to find pricing, but without any luck, and I can guarantee an Evora won’t come cheap (or with unlimited mileage).

Still, I can’t think of a better car for a tour through Southern Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. The Evora will seat four (two comfortably), and there isn’t a lot of room for luggage. That’s offset by the Evora’s light weight, sublime handling and Toyota-sourced V-6 good for 276 horsepower and 258 ft-lb of torque, which is good enough to get the car from zero to sixty in under five seconds. Pack light, bring a camera and make a list of 10 or 12 roads that you absolutely must drive, and the Evora could be your ticket to the vacation of a lifetime.

Source: Lotus

Tesla Model S in Mid-2012 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Europe, limited-edition, Model S 300M, Signature Series, Tesla Model S on 03 9th, 2011

Finally, the manufacturers have made announcement regarding the launch of the Tesla Model S, which was unveiled two years ago. The company has answered the pretty long wait by fans and has assured that the first vehicles will be delivered in mid-2012. For Europe, the date could be a tad delayed. The Tesla Model S will reach European shores by the end of next year. Tesla hopes to produce 5,000 units of Model S in 2012. It also expects bring out 20,000 units a year later.

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The first 1,000 cars will be out under the limited edition “Signature Series”. It features a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that enables the Model S to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The top speed offered is 125 mph (201 km/h) and it travels up to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.

Nothing about the price of the auto has been confirmed though. However the Standard Model S 300M costs approximately $77,400 where as the 230M and 160M cost $67,400 and $57,400 respectively. All these variants will be eligible for a $7,500 U.S. government tax credit.

BMW X1 US Launch Delayed 14
Posted by Alex Ion in Audi Q5, Automotive News, BMW, BMW X1, Canada, compact vehicles, crossover, Europe, Germany plant, Leipzig, SUV, U.S on 01 14th, 2011

The upcoming X1 crossover of BMW has delayed its U.S launch by almost one year. BMW spokesman Tom Plucinsky said the X1 won’t be coming “until fall of 2011 at the absolute earliest.” The stated reason is that the Leipzig, Germany plant can barely keep up to the extreme demand for the vehicle in the European Markets. Hence the plant is struggling to meet its European orders. Amidst this, US launch is not possible at the moment.

Despite the delay in U.S markets, Canada will get the X1 early this year as scheduled, due to their smaller market size. Moreover, customers over there have more inclination towards compact vehicles.

The small crossover BMW X1 enjoys wide popularity and demand in Europe. The auto recently overtook the Audi Q5 to become Europe’s top selling premium SUV.

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