Vauxhall reveals Adam city car; the TVR (wind) turbine and other news

July 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Vauxhall/Opel has released the first pics of its Adam city car, to be formally launched at the Paris Motor Show. This smart-looking little thing will come with a choice of three petrol engines from launch, all with stop-start, and further down the line, Adam will be the first Vauxhall to get GM’s new small-capacity direct-injection turbo petrol engine plus six-speed gearbox, the firm’s answer to Ford’s Ecoboost. An electric version is said to be under consideration.

  • There’s something rather wonderfully ironic about this: TVR is to be reborn, but rather than resuming car-making, the brand-name will be used for portable wind turbines. TVR’s owner Nikolai Smolensky says that they couldn’t make the cars cheaply enough, though he “will listen to proposals”, reports Autocar, and is using the brand-name for his new venture rather than selling it. Would it be too much to suggest an electric TVR running on wind power as a future project? (I doubt one like this would be a seller, though).
  • BMW is breaking up its joint venture to develop hybrid powertrains with PSA Peugeot-Citroen. The BPCE (BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification) programme will be brought in-house by BMW, which is to buy out PSA’s 50% stake and take over the R&D centre in Munich, reports Bloomberg. This is said to have been a result of General Motors’ buying of a stake in PSA. BMW has now, instead, signed a MOU with Toyota for “joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification and joint research and development on lightweight technologies.”
  • Better Place isn’t all about battery-swapping: it has just signed a deal with GM’s Australian division, Holden, to provide fast-charging facilities and membership to charging schemes and all-in support packages for Volt buyers Down Under. More here.
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