Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Top 10 Green Cars in New York Auto Show

Last time I have posted about New York Auto Show 2009 and it was cool for you to be there. I think current international auto show trend is all about green cars show. So what is actually green car? To make it simple, "green" means an alternative fuel, not just gas-electric hybrid: natural gas, diesel, hydrogen, electric-only; two, three, or four wheels. For example, if you can get 50 mpg in a clean diesel, that's "green" in my understanding. Also, "green" also includes expensive and exotic USD75k+ electric sports cars, which means the word "payback period" isn't in the automaker's dictionary. Anyway, below are the top 10 green cars can be found in the New York Auto Show:

1. Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec concept

2. Fisker S (Sunset) concept

3. Chevrolet Volt

4. Honda FCX Clarity Fuel-Cell

5. BMW X6 Hybrid

6. GM/Segway PUMA

7. Chrysler 2000 EV

8. Toyota Prius

9. Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid

10. Mercury Milan / Ford Fusion


Monday, April 27, 2009

India Road Traffic Signs Jokes

1. Somebody emailed me these road signs pictures that can be found in India. They are funny but the words are true. Please take lessons from these signages. "Don't dream, otherwise you will scream". Meaning don't sleep while driving!

2. Be Gentle on my Curves. Well, no comment hehe.

3. Drive like Hell and you'll be there. Indeed, don't be the cause of other's people misery.

4. This is highway, not a runway. Exactly.

5. Accident begins where alertness ends. Very true.

6. Hospital ceiling are boring to look at avoid accident. Weird sentence but I know you guys got what it means right?

7. Be slower on the earth than quicker to eternity. Haha.

8. Mind your brakes or break your mind. Please check your car regularly.

9. Live for your today, drive for your tomorrow. Just be careful.

10. Make love not war but nothing while driving. Don't make love when driving!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Classic Ford Mustang Photos

1. Today I found really interesting photos of Ford Mustang. They look vulgar, classic, and tough. That's why I love them. But I wonder how they look alike after collision and also their safety performance. But I try not to think about that since they are just old cars, just give them a break right? :D Now enjoy the photos.

For More Ford Mustang Photos

Mercedes-Benz CL550 on 360° Forged

Friday, April 24, 2009

The World's First Electric Cars Invented in 1884??!

1. Have you ever thought that actually the first electric car was made in 1884? Yes, you better trust me. The world's first electric car has been built by British inventor named Thomas Parker. But for some reason, the electric cars during those times don't work out so well. Or maybe due to political reason, the mass production of electric cars was not possible.

2. Now the work has been done and continued by his ancestors. Even not as great as any other great car company like Mitsubishi and Honda, they are winning on the efforts. As quote from the Dailymail:

Thomas Parker's son, Thomas Hugh Parker shared his father's flair for design and innovation, even building a steam powered car in 1901 before later working on modern car features such as hydraulic brakes and four wheel steering. He also claimed to have invented the spark plug, monoblock engine and the carburettor. And these days the tradition lives on through Graham Parker's oldest son, Alun, who is also an engineer who has worked on projects ranging from the West Coast mainline to the Panama Canal, and Crossrail.

3. Electric cars are not only clean but also cheap. The instability oil and gas price in the world market now should be the one which will trigger the research and make the electric cars produced in mass production so that we will not dependent anymore on irreplaceable energy anymore such as coal and petroleum. However in term of safety, of course, more research need to be done as currently as far as I know the electric cars are usually smaller in size and that alone will invite some problems during any road crash.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chinese GS Motor Cheap Car Sold in Walmart!

1. India is not the only country in the world which release very cheap and affordable cars (Tartar) for people as China just recently join the "parade" of cheap cars. In fact, the Chinese GS Motor car has been sold 4000 units in Mexico last year and don't be shocked if I told you they sold in the supermarket such as Wal-mart and Tesco!

2. For most people, safety is the most important element to be considered when buying a car. But, for poor people, safety comes with the price. As a result many people in 3rd countries used motorcycle as a mean of transportation. As a result the death rate on the road is increasing each year.

3. Cheap cars from Tartar and GS motor are indeed very lack of safety features required for a good car but in my opinion, compared to the motorcycle which been frequently used in India and Chine, these cheap cars are somewhat 10 times better.

Auto critics have ridiculed the cars for both design and quality flaws. But hey, Japanese and Korean cars once received the same treatment. And I think it’s safe to say that Honda and Toyota got their footing. Hybrid Cars reported that GS is building an assembly plant in Michoacan, Mexico, with the China-based FAW Group who has formed joint ventures with automobile giants such as Volkswagen, Toyota and Mazda. GS Motors will launch the FAW brand in Mexico this year with the F1 Hatchback, an entry-level car sold for under $5,500. FAW, one of the largest Chinese automakers, is allied in China with Volkswagen.

4. In conclusion, it is a matter of choice. Please optimize your safety practice on the road. For example, using car is better than motorcycle, and if you can't get great safety car, please improve your driving style. I hope this might optimize your safety on the road.