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الخميس، 30 يوليو 2020

Tesla’s Next Gigafactory Will Be in Texas

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces that next Tesla Gigafactory will be in Texas. The new facility will be where the Cybertruck and Tesla Semi will be built in addition to East Coast–bound Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. While sharing the news, Musk said, "I’ve never been more optimistic or excited about the future of Tesla."

During its second-quarter 2020 earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that Texas will be the location of the company's next Gigafactory. Musk called the location "GigaTexas" and described the plan for it as an ecological paradise with biking and walking trails.

Construction of the factory already started over the past weekend, according to Musk. The location will be where Tesla will build Model 3 and Model Y vehicles bound for the East Coast. The 2000-acre facility will also be home of the Tesla Semi and the upcoming Cybertruck.

For the Fremont, California, factory, that location will continue to build Model S and Model X for worldwide distribution and will likely be the facility that builds the upcoming Tesla Roadster. It'll also be the home of Model 3 and Y vehicles bound for the West Coast.

Musk said that the location near Austin on the Colorado river would be an ecological paradise with walking and biking paths. The location will also be open to the public. During the call Musk said, "I’ve never been more optimistic or excited about the future of Tesla."

Long-Rumored Toyota Supra Manual May Be Closer to Reality

The Toyota Supra sports car may finally add a manual transmission, according to a report from Japan.
We don't know details about its powertrain, but we think the stick-shift could be offered with either the base four-cylinder engine or for an upcoming 500-plus-hp GRMN variant.
Toyota is looking to introduce new special Supra variants for future model years.

The revived Toyota Supra's specs fit nearly perfectly with the Supra ideal: rear-wheel drive, inline-six engine, sports-car shape. But there's a caveat: it's only available with an automatic transmission. According to a
rumor from Japanese publication Mag X, that may change soon. There's been a back-and-forth about the possibility of a manual-transmission Supra since well before the car debuted, and it seems that things behind the scenes at Toyota may finally be going in a good direction for three-pedal enthusiasts.

BMW Z4 offers a six-speed manual transmission on certain four-cylinder models in Europe. Or, more compelling is the possibility of the Supra GRMN, which is rumored to be even more powerful than the 382-hp Supra 3.0. One report out of Japan's Best Car Web states that the GRMN could use the 500-plus-hp inline-six and dual-clutch automatic transmission from the upcoming BMW M3. But given that the new M3 will also offer a manual transmission, we can't help but wonder if that drivetrain combination could make its way into the Supra as well.

Only time will tell if these enticing rumors come to fruition, but we're not too shy to make a plea to Toyota (and BMW): #SavetheManuals!

Volkswagen T-Cross 1.5 TSI EVO 150 R-Line 2020 UK review

What is it?

It’s a big engine in Volkswagen’s smallest crossover, the T-Cross. Although big (it’s only a 1.5) is relative in family car terms these days.

The T-Cross is among our favourite small crossovers, being pleasant inside and tidy to drive. So far it’s been available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine in a couple of flavours, and a diesel that few people buy.

Now, though, it gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit making 148bhp, driving the front wheels, exclusively through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Headline performance is 0-62mph in 8.5sec, and economy is 43.2mpg/148g/km on the official combined cycle.

This one comes to us in range-topping R-Line trim, which means it looks a bit sporty but isn’t really, though it has 18in wheels; quite big for a small car. At 4.1m long the T-Cross is just a smidge longer than a VW Polo, though in 1.5 R-Line trim that doesn’t stop it having a pre-option price of £27,785.

What's it like?

Inside the T-Cross can win you over quickly. All of the materials have that very VW-look where they appear solid. It’s when you go poking them to see if they’re soft that it lets you down – only the door armrest and the obvious touch points – wheel, handbrake – have a soft feel to back this up. Elsewhere, especially in the rear, they feel more scratchy.

On R-Line versions there are digital instruments and an 8in central touchscreen that’s given a bit too much to do, although climate controls remain on real buttons, thankfully, and it only takes two quick steering wheel button pushes to disable or enable the lane keep assist.

I didn’t find it as easy as usual in a VW to get a good driving position. With the seat low the front of the squab is high and the wheel didn’t reach far enough to prevent the top section of it being a straight-arm stretch, unless the seat back was too upright. I don’t think competitors are necessarily better, but it’s worth checking it works for you. Rear room is good – the rear bench slides and plays off against boot space too.

And to drive, it’s fine. Motorway stability is good, the steering has a sophisticated, accurate and responsive weight, with jus the ‘right’ amount of self centring and directness. A Ford Puma is more alert, a Kia XCeed (a slightly longer car) a bit more chilled.

The rear suspension is a torsion beam and the dampers passive. The ride is mostly pliant enough, but I think it’d cover surface imperfections with less thudding on smaller tyres/wheels than the 215/45 R18s it comes with – there’s a 205/55 R16 spare under the deep boot floor and I imagine it’d be much nicer on four of those.

The engine’s quiet and smooth but unenthusiastic if left in full auto mode. Legislative forces at work – the 95g/km range average CO2 target is incoming, this car exceeds it by 50% already and if it was overtly peppy it’s be worse still. So the DSG really tries to lug things out in a high gear, reluctant to kick down and making progress treacly unless you’re insistent with the throttle. You can take control of the gears yourself, mind.

Last week I tested an Audi A3 with a very mild hybrid system attached to this drivetrain, which improved things because it electrically filled the torque gap at low revs – it also stop-started much more smoothly. I haven’t tried the 113bhp 1.0-litre on offer but m’colleagues say it’s an enthusiastic powertrain, so if you can try both, do.

Should I buy one?

The T-Cross remains a classy car in this market but the Puma recently moved the driving experience onwards, while I’ve got a soft spot for the Kia XCeed, which drives with a fine blend of comfort and engagement in its lightest-engined, small-wheeled form. Both are longer than the T-Cross – the XCeed particularly – which could be more or less appealing, depending on your outlook.

Vauxhall Corsa 2020 long-term review

Why we’re running it: To get to know Vauxhall’s new supermini and to test the combination of 1.2-litre petrol turbo triple and eight-speed auto


Life with a Vauxhall Corsa: Month 3

Lockdown benefits to fuel consumption - 22 July 2020

If our lockdown experience with the Corsa is being repeated across the country, fuel consumption must be falling everywhere. Our figure for the past 750 miles has risen to 47.7mpg, reflecting the fact the car spends less time at 60mph-plus, so it’s not battling aero drag as much as usual. Given the excellence of the engine, its frugality comes as a huge bonus.

Could this be an ideal car to have during a lockdown? - 17 June 2020

The other day, as I pulled out from the kerb after one of my sporadic visits to the local Marks & Sparks food store, it occurred to me that you could hardly want a better lockdown car than this 1.2-litre Corsa Ultimate. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

What you need is docility, ease of driving, enough space, a decent boot, a sensible touring range (to forestall unnecessary disease-laden trips to filling stations) plus enough enjoyment built into your meagre bits of driving – for me, M&S is an eight-mile round trip – to make it something better than a chore.

I’ve really come to like the smooth thrum of the 99bhp three-cylinder engine and I’m as convinced as ever that no human could wield a stick shift and friction clutch to match the smoothness of the eight-speed automatic gearbox. On efficiency, the score’s on the board: for all our short-hauling, the Corsa’s overall fuel consumption sits steady at 45mpg..

What doesn’t the Corsa have? Number one is bulk. The one place in my town where parking can be problematic is outside M&S. But the four-metre-long Corsa slips into confined slots neatly, aided by the rear parking sensors that no modern car should be without. It doesn’t have a lot of performance, so it doesn’t have a big thirst. Or a big price, compared with most cars. I see people in whale-like Audis, BMWs and Jaguars wondering quite why they’re wearing the automotive equivalent of a fat suit at a time like this.

When the Corsa came my way, I was pleased if not overcome with delight. Now, I’m downright keen on the four-metre-long Corsa, and starting to worry, as I always do with good cars, about giving it back. So lockdown’s good for one thing, at least.

Life with a Vauxhall Corsa: Month 2

We’re still singing the praises of the engine, but has that knobbly ride got any better? - 20 May 2020

Funny how your attitude to a car can change quite a bit during lockdown. The Vauxhall Corsa lives at present with half a dozen others in our Gloucestershire bunker, but it has become the car of choice for our two or three weekly runs to the supermarket, because of its sheer convenience. The compactness and ease of driving are the main points of appeal, although I have a powerful feeling we also choose it because it has such a cheery paint job.

I must say I felt a frisson of pride when I saw the car sales figures for the tortured month of April just past. The Corsa came in third, best of the normally dominant superminis, even if the identity of the two leaders (the Tesla Model 3 and the Jaguar I-Pace) went to prove what an extraordinary year we’re having. Vauxhall bosses set up a ‘talk to a real person’ system of remote car selling early on in the difficulties, and it seems to have worked for them.

Two things always strike me about the Corsa when I drive it, one good and one debatable. First is the sophistication of the powertrain, a 99bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine driving through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Given that this is a big-bodied supermini and that’s only a small engine, I can never quite get over the effortlessness of it.

The throttle response could do with some work, mind. When people unfamiliar with the Corsa drive it for the first time, it rather explodes away from standstill in an uncontrolled way, not through an excess of torque (although its pull is impressive) but because it’s not very intuitive. It gives more than you expect.

There’s so much about a car that needs subtle tuning nowadays; I find myself wondering whether the engine’s over-eagerness means it’s suited for a five- or six-speed manual gearbox rather than this auto with its torque converter and ultra-low first gear. You soon learn about it, though, and the problem departs forever.

Second is the ride, which seemed too knobbly at low speeds when the car arrived and, although I’m more used to it now, still doesn’t feel properly composed. Given that the Corsa is closely related under the skin to the new Peugeot 208, which people praise for suppleness, I can hardly wait to try the Pug to see how big the difference is between the two. No point in asking anyone to tell me: these things are personal.

Our plan would have had this car swapped by now for an electric Corsa-e, a car of many fascinations, but of course it has been delayed. An important impression for me will be its contribution to the ride comfort debate, given the presence of a 200kg battery pack. Enlightenment is still a couple of months away, it seems.

In the meantime, I bet we’ll go on preferring the Corsa for our shopping run, because it does an essential job very well – always its design purpose.

Love it:

Eight-speed auto I’m still getting used to its excellent blend of high-geared cruising and sparkling step-off – while delivering manual ’box-like fuel economy.

Loathe it:

rear seat room As a six-footer, I can just about sit ‘behind myself’, but that requires a big compromise in driving position.

Liking the automatic option - 6 May 2020

Hooray for the Corsa. I’m using it for the bulk of my lockdown motoring, a succession of short trips during which the engine barely gets warm, yet the fuel consumption stays well up around 45mpg and the fuel gauge never moves. The economy allowed by this car’s new-age eight-speed auto is totally at odds with the ‘slushmatics’ of old. Now, if we could just trim the option costs of automatics (this one’s standard on our fully loaded Corsa Ultimate but a £1570 extra on most), I reckon we’d have a good solution. Our Corsa has paddles: I don’t miss a stick-shift at all.

الثلاثاء، 14 أكتوبر 2008

Natural Gas Conversion For Cars - Which Fuel System is Best?

Most natural gas conversions for cars take place by ripping out the entire fuel system currently installed in the vehicle and adding the new system. This requires a few cables and a couple of tanks. It is really easy to do. The vehicle has less weight and one fuel system. The downside of only one fuel system is that you no might run out of fuel and not be anywhere near a natural gas distributor. This can make traveling across the nation virtually impossible unless you know exactly each point you need to stop along the way to fill up.
When you consider conversions for cars to natural gas you can also use a dual fuel system. This means that you add the natural gas conversion kit to the vehicle and you also leave your remaining gasoline system in tact. You will have a switch, possibly on the dash of the vehicle. This will allow you to change the fuel system to gasoline or to natural gas easily. This is beneficial for many reasons which include fueling stations, not having to stop for a long time for fuel, and more. The major downside of dual fuel systems is the weight. This type of conversion requires a hefty vehicle that can handle the big weight load.
There are two major ways natural gas conversion for cars can take place. It is important to determine which conversion is right for you and your car. You can completely switch your car over to natural gas or you can use a dual fuel system. In most cases, the larger, stronger vehicles are the only types that can handle the dual conversions .

Best Fuel Economy Cars - Which Cars Give the Best Gas Mileage?

The leaders in compact economy cars with the best fuel are the Toyota Yaris and the Honda Fit. These two vehicles are top of the line if you are looking for great gas mileage. The Toyota Yaris offers up to 29 miles to the gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. The Honda fit follows right behind this vehicle with 27 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.
The midsize best fuel economy cars include the Hyundai Elantra, Pontiac Vibe, and the Toyota Matrix. All three of these midsize vehicles will give you 25 miles per gallon in the city. The Hyundai Elantra ranks better on the highway at 33 miles per gallon while the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix offer 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
If you want one of the best economy cars for fuel but you want something more rugged you can still buy an SUV today and get excellent gas mileage. Jeep leads the SUV class with the Compass and the Patriot offering the best miles per gallon. In the city, both vehicles will give you 23 miles per gallon and on the highway 27.
Finding the best fuel economy cars today is a task. Manufactures are trying to provide the best gas mileage possible because they know this is what the consumer wants. The cars with the best gas mileage do not only include the compact cars. You can still own an SUV and get excellent gas mileage for it.

Gas 4 Free Review - Is the Gas4Free Water Fuel System For Cars Scam?

Are you searching for more information about the Gas 4 Free system that claims to be able to run cars with water? Due to the rapid increase in gas prices, more and more drivers are finding it difficult to afford gasoline prices. This has led to an increased number of people looking for alternatives to gas. This article aims to explain a system called Gas 4 Free, one of the alternatives of running a car.
1. What Is The Gas 4 Free System All About?
It is an externally built system that can be inserted into a car to make hydrogen fuel. The end result is that you would be powering your car with a mixture of gasoline and water. This technology has actually already been found many years ago, but was never really commercialized due to its potentially serious impact on the oil industry.
Many people are also afraid to try the system because they do not understand how the system works, and fear that it might be a scam or too dangerous. In fact, Gas 4 Free is a very safe system that has provided me with a great solution to the high gasoline price problem.
2. Why Build a Water Hybrid Car System Instead of Using 100% Gasoline?
It is possible that car manufacturers will soon adopt this technology and develop their automobiles to run partially or completely on water. It would reduce your dependency on fossil fuel, reducing your stress when oil prices spike in the future. This system is ultimately very easy to build, and all the parts can be found at any nearby hardware store.
3. How Does Gas 4 Free System Work?
This system breaks down water into hydrogen gas and oxygen gas using the electrical process called electrolysis. It then channels the hydrogen into the engine air intake system where it will then be combusted to produce energy to power the car.

Tesla’s Next Gigafactory Will Be in Texas

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces that next Tesla Gigafactory will be in Texas. The new facility will be where the Cybertruck and Tesla Semi wil...