Midweek newsbriefs

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Suzuki is to display a concept called G70 at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It looks to be one and the same as – or developed a little from – the ‘Regina’ seen at last year’s Tokyo Show; it’s a low-weight (730kg) and highly aerodynamic compact car promising carbon dioxide emissions of just 70g/km. Suzuki will also display the Swift Range Extender, first seen in 2010 and now developed to give an all-electric range of 30km. This features a three-cylinder, 660cc petrol engine plus generator and a lightweight lithium-ion battery.

  • Ford is to launch the B-MAX compact MPV in Geneva, a Fiesta-based replacement for the Fusion. Engine options will include the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit, delivering 125hp and 58.9mpg.This ultra-compact, highly-efficient turbocharged three-cylinder is also going into the Focus.
  • Tesla’s put out a new promo video for the Model S saloon. Handling advantages of the EV powertrain – i.e. low centre of gravity – explained and illustrated. Model X crossover to be unveiled live – via the Tesla website – on February 9th, btw.
  • The SolarWorld GT, which  has already crossed Australia, is to set out on the US leg of its round-the-world trip later this week. The car, built by students from Bochum University in partnership with solar panel-maker Solarworld, is a two-door, two-seater with an 823-watt generator; it’s said to be capable of 100km/h and has been  averaging 50km/h. More on the project at Gizmag.
  • Full story, including video interview, on the Range_e plug-in hybrid trial is now up at the Charging Point. Yes, it was a cold and windy day at Gaydon…

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