Posts Tagged ‘automotive’

#GenevaMotorShow – star cars on show from #Ferrari and more – three annotated infographics

February 26, 2015

Once again, the world’s automotive manufacturers will shortly be zipping around the picturesque roads of Geneva, casting narcissistic glances at the reflections of their new super cars as they cruise by the placid, mirror-like surface of the adjacent eponymous Lake.

Yes, ’tis time again for the Geneva Motor Show, when many otherwise perfectly sane, grown-up individuals lose their heads and bandy together in huddled groups, to stand slack-jawed and drooling in awe at the latest strategically shaped and painted hunks of metal before them.

Over 220 exhibitors will be showing around 900 cars at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, roughly 100 of which will be world and European premieres. To make matters worse, over 11,000 media representatives are expected to visit the show. That’s a lot of journalists, which in turn means a lot of media coverage. There’s no escaping it: next week, by hook or by crook, the Geneva Motor Show will be all up in your aerodynamically crafted chrome grille.

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Geneva Motor Show 2015

Geneva Motor Show 2015

 

Ferrari 458: zippy

Ferrari 458: zippy

 

Ferrari 488 GTB: bungle

Ferrari 488 GTB: bungle

#Fiat500X subcompact crossover aimed at American market – an annotated infographic

December 19, 2014

Having previously pumped up the fashionista’s preferred runaround of choice, the Fiat 500, to produce the oddly unremarkable 500L, Fiat has now launched the funkier-looking 500X.

This subcompact crossover loses more of the 500’s diminutive cute appeal, replacing it instead with sleek muscle and overall capacity in a move to capture more of the burgeoning SUV market.

With small and mid-sized SUVs currently among the hottest-selling vehicles worldwide, this is arguably Fiat’s first model designed with the North American market in mind. They don’t much care for small cars, them Yanks, you see. Automotive manufacturers are thus obliged to pump designs up a bit. Enter the Fiat 500X.

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Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X

@AeroMobil Flying car to debut at #Pioneers14 Vienna Festival for inventors – an annotated infographic

October 27, 2014

Good news: mankind has officially achieved 50 per cent of its 1970s vision of the future, with the news that a flying car will be demonstrated at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna this week.

The AeroMobil 3.0 “Flying Roadster” is a prototype flying car which combines the performance of a sports car with the qualities of an ultralight aircraft. It can be refueled at a regular filling station and take off from a 200-metre-long field.

So, we have the flying cars: all we need now is food in pill form.

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AeroMobil 3.0: up, up and away

AeroMobil 3.0: up, up and away

#FrankfurtMotorShow hot highlights – an annotated graphic

September 13, 2013

Star cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show: Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Audi and, umm, Fiat. Drive safe, now!

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Frankfurt Motor Show highlights

Frankfurt Motor Show highlights

Big trucks and luxury cars at #DetroitMotorShow – an annotated graphic

January 30, 2013

According to that hazy collection of commentators, know-it-alls and obsessive-compulsives collectively known as “industry experts”, in this case automotive industry experts, 2013 has been deemed the year of the truck and the luxury car at the Detroit Motor Show.

Some very shiny, powerful and expensive machines were on show – Ferrari 458 Spyder, Chevrolet Corvette, we’re looking at you – so it’s reassuring to know that the gas-guzzling petrolheads of the world haven’t been forgotten in these days of diminishing fossil fuels and accelerating climate change.

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Detroit Motor Show

Detroit Motor Show

 

Nissan car factories in Mexico – an annotated graphic

March 2, 2012

Nissan is to invest close to $2 billion to build a third factory in Mexico, taking the Japanese car maker’s  total capacity to more than one million vehicles. Nissan built approximately 600,000 vehicles in Mexicon last year.

Back in the UK, the Nissan car plant in Sunderland set a new production record in 2011, building a total of 480,485 vehicles, as reported by E&T recently.

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Mexico auto industry: new Nissan factory

Mexico auto industry: new Nissan factory


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