Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The Nissan Z sports car is celebrating its 40th birthday and Yokohama Tire Corporation is joining the party. Yokohama is a platinum sponsor of the 23rd annual International Z Car Convention, July 28-August 1 at Nissan North America headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Yokohama’s ADVAN Sport® is OE on the Nissan 370Z and exclusive OE on the Nismo Z.
“The Z car club event enables us to interact directly with current and potential customers and engage them in our products and advanced technology,” said Fred Koplin, Yokohama director, marketing communications. “It’s an ideal setting to highlight our full line of ultra high-performance tires, including the ADVAN Neova® AD08.”
Yokohama’s agreement includes title sponsorship of the performance driving track event at the Nashville Super Speedway on August 1. Yokohama will also have a display during the five-day car club gathering, featuring two modified Z cars: a supercharged 350Z with ADVAN Sport tires alongside a new twin-turbo 370Z with Yokohama S.drive® tires. The cars were prepared and tuned by HKS USA, Inc. (www.hksusa.com), a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium automotive aftermarket performance systems, parts and accessories.
Z Convention activities include a reception (July 28) and a massive car show (July 31) featuring hundreds of Z cars spanning every model since the 1970 model year introduction.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in the United States, Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ - the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visitwww.yokohamatire.com.
Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Tire Safety” section at www.yokohamatire.com.
Friday, September 24, 2010
It has been widely reported previously that Proton will be introducing a turbocharged engine sometime next year and the Exora would be the first vehicle to run the engine. Proton has reiterated it’s intentions yet again. The company has confirmed to Bernama that it will debut the force-inducted engine with the Exora MPV next year.
Speaking to reporters after the company’s annual general meeting, group managing director Datuk Syed Zainal said, “The engine will support Proton’s future products in relation to extending enhanced performance, emissions and quality standards.’ He also added that the performance of the engine would be equivalent to a 2.0 liter engine.
He did not reveal further details about the engine, but we can expect it to be based on the 1.6 Campro, with or without CPS. Syed Zainal also mentioned that Proton will launch a facelift version of an existing model before end of the year. This could well be the Saga facelift, as we have recently spotted a taped-up version near Bukit Jelutong. As reported previously, the new Proton Waja will be introduced this year as well. Based on the Mitsubishi Lancer, the new model would carry a slightly higher price tag as it will be offered with better performance and features.
He also spoke about Proton’s involvement in the hybrid and electric vehicles arena. “Proton has started on the development of the hybrid and electric vehicles which are currently being subjected to performance evaluation, testing and safety assessment,” were his exact words. The company has already showcased the Saga EV in Indonesia and we have also seen the Exora Hybrid demonstrator vehicle.
Proton also expects to better it’s export figures compared to the last fiscal year as interest in China, Thailand and Indonesia is growing. The company’s chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh also went on to confirm that Proton has no intention to off-load Lotus at the moment. “We have no intention to dispose of Lotus at this point in time. By having Lotus within the group we will have better benefit,” he assured.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Yacht on Wheels
If you like camping, you will surely like this caravan. This is a 36-foot motorhome, the luxurious Futuria Sports + Spa that was unveiled at the Caravan Salon 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. It has a unique roof terrace with a full-size Jacuzzi on it. But the terrace has space not only for the Jacuzzi but also for some picnic tables and grills. The caravan owns a sports car garage in its rear end. All in all, the caravan will cost you $840,000.