Monday morsels

February 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

A few more snippets.

Toyota is to show production versions of  three key cars at the Geneva Motor Show next month.  There’s the Auris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive), previewed at last autumn’s Frankfurt show and to be built in Burnaston, Derbyshire; the iQ-based FT-EV electric city car as seen in Detroit earlier this year; and the plug-in Prius. Toyota will also show its next-generation FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicle, and the lightweight FT-86 sports coupe.

-The V8-engined BMW M3 ain’t exactly a green car, but revised models with a stop-start system go on sale this spring. Fuel consumption is improved by 8% to 25.2mpg and carbon dioxide emissions are cut by 24g/km. Better…

– Engineering consultancy Ricardo is forming a biofuels consortium. It is inviting partners to join in researching fuel chemistry and the different combustion qualities of fuels from different organic sources; storage problems; effects of biofuel content on diesel performance, emissions and economy plus combustion control technology; advanced post-injection calibration; and, in later research modules, the effects of biofuel proportion on petrol engines. Its research is partly-funded by the Department for Transport.


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