Industry insiders have confirmed that Honda will be producing a hybrid version of the Honda Fit subcompact car.
Nihon Keizai mentioned in it’s previous report that Honda is developing a new 1.0 liter hybrid engine for the Honda Fit hybrid, but an anonymous source said the Honda Fit hybrid will likely use the Honda Insight’s engine, a 1.0 liter 12 valve 3-cylinder Honda Integrated Motor Assist hybrid engine. The Fit would also likely replace the Honda Insight in it’s market segment, though production of the Insight would likely continue for bragging rights as one of the most fuel-efficient vehicle manufactured on US roads, though in reality it lost the title to the Messerschmitt KR200. It was also the first hybrid car to be on sale for the mass market in the US.
The Honda Insight engine is a SOHC inline-3 1.0 liter engine making 67 horsepower at 5700rpm in gasoline mode and 73 horsepower at 5700rpm with Integrated Motor Assist. It comes with both manual and CVT gearbox options. The Honda Insight was featured in the movie Be Cool, where it was called the Cadillac of hybrids. The 1.0 liter IMA engine won the International Engine of the Year award 2000, and held the Sub-1 liter category from 2001 to 2005.
LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. has unveiled its newest mobile phone, the LX350. The LX350 offers the latest evolution of style and communication capability to the everyday mobile user by showcasing a robust lineup of features in a unique and affordable package.
The features in this device include a 1.3 mega pixel camera / camcorder with flash, 3D graphics support for games, multimedia messaging, speakerphone and Bluetooth capabilities.
The LX350 features a clamshell form factor, complete with an external LCD that conceals itself when not in use, giving it a smooth seamless appearance. For the photography buff, the LX350 boasts a cutting-edge 1.3 Megapixel camera that is capable of taking pictures at multiple resolutions and can store up to 269 photos. In addition, users can experience high quality video clips with an impressive 176x144 video resolution, with enough internal memory to store up to 107, 15 second video clips running at an amazing 15 frames per second.
In a concerted effort to co-ordinate the launch of both Blu-ray movie titles and players, retailers have asked studios to hold their stock until June 20th. This move will be celebrated by HD-DVD backers in the short term, although it will not affect the general consumer electronics market by much due to the slow adoption rate. Here's some trivia: a recent survey conducted showed that only 20% of users were planning to purchase a high-definition DVD player this year.
Car security systems have made it almost impossible for thieves to break in via traditional methods but thieves have started to utilize laptops to break into these security systems. It takes up to 20 minutes to overcome such an obstacle, and even high profile celebrities like David Beckham have not been spared. He has lost a couple of BMW X5s over the last 6 months via this method. Looks like car security manufacturers will have to come up with something unbreakable ala Oracle.
The sky's no longer the limit for Land Rover North America as an LR3 (Discovery 3 in Australia) has accomplished something no vehicle has ever done before.
In the second instalment of the 'Designed for the Extraordinary' marketing campaign which kicked off earlier this year, a 2006 LR3 (Discovery 3) is filmed boarding a C-130 Hercules cargo plane. Once airborne the Hercules crew used the LR3's navigation system to direct the plane from Nice, France to the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. At a height of 2,743 metres (9,000 feet), the navigation system equipped in the LR3 was able to accurately direct the plane to its destination.
The mid-engined coupe from Porsche, which was introduced to the market last November, was nominated “World Performance Car” of 2006 at last month's New York Motor Show. With this accolade, the Cayman S left an impressive line-up of 29 competitors standing.
In the eyes of the jury, which comprised 46 international trade journalists, the Cayman S impressed with its “perfect combination of outstanding handling, looks and performance.” With the Cayman S, Porsche has very successfully filled the gap between the Boxster and the 911 Carrera. “The 295-bhp coupe combines the balance of the mid-engined Boxster with the rigidity of the 911 coupe, while the sonorous flat-six engine delivers the uninterrupted power of a middle-weight,” said the jury in its verdict.
This enthusiasm for the Cayman S, the manual version of which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 275 km/h, can also be seen among customers. In the first four months since its market launch, almost 6,000 vehicles were delivered worldwide.
Chrysler is looking into using Chery Automobile to assemble a small car for the international non-US market. The car will be sold under the Dodge or Chrysler brand. This would allow Chrysler and Dodge to enter third-world markets like South East Asia, which are not big fans of Chrysler’s big cars with huge fuel-guzzling engines. Daimler Chrysler already has an existing partnership with a Chinese company, Beijing Automotive Industry Corp. The joint venture assembles SUVs for Daimler Chrysler and recently the Mercedes Benz E-Class. But the JV company lacks experience and skills to manufacture small cars, which Chery has. Chrysler could be seeking to produce the Dodge Hornet concept, a small B-segment vehicle smaller than Dodge’s smallest car, the Dodge Neon. The Dodge Hornet Concept was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006.