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Paris Motor Show – Greenery Through Cars!

Well, as I said in the previous post that ‘Go small & green’ is the most in thing in the Paris Motor Show, 2008 or rather I should say this is the latest concept of the automakers, this motor show is unveiling a number of cars that advertises this concept. To me it seems to be that these green concept cars are mere promotion gimmicks or just ways to pacify the demand for lower emission vehicles (not to forget, obviously with lower fuel consumption levels.)

Popularizing the word ‘greenery’ that forms a part of almost every news from automotive industry, these cars are replies to issues on increasing global warming. In order to compete in the market and build up their image of being environment- conscious, almost all major automobile players are unveiling ‘their eco- friendly cars’.

While Renault comes up with Zero Emission i.e. ZE cars, Fiat is introducing this year its Pur 02 – that’s a car which would run only on thin air. Besides these, there are dozens of such cars being launched this season. Some of the top promises or special features of these green cars are: stylish models with neon glass, acid-green windows for better insulation thereby saving energy, minimum carbon dioxide emission, fuel efficiency, modified gearboxes, enhanced aerodynamics, 1.2-litre petrol engine and more.

Looks like the auto industry is soon to be packed with these cars that are ready to make the world green. Will it make some difference to the environment? The question arises – ‘Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence?’

Early Summer Visitor Events in Bath During June

People often visit the spa city of Bath for a well-earned city break, to enjoy one of the city’s therapeutic spa treatments at the prestigious Thermae Bath Spa or to wander throughout the city explores the city’s many famous landmarks. This famous city, well-known for its Georgian architecture, also offers visitors a wealth of attractions around the city, as well as busy arts and festival calendar annually. Springtime is when the festival season really begins its momentum, so by June the festival season is well and truly in full swing.

Here is a brief guide to some of Bath’s must see events taking place around the city during the month of June.

Silence Sounds and Spaces: Renzo Spiteri in concert:

June 3 sees this talented and leading Maltese musician making a debut in the Spa city at the Chapel Arts Theatre at 7.30pm with his concert Silence Sounds and Spaces. Local audiences will have a chance to experience a live solo performance from Spiteri’s multi-faceted and multi-instrumental concept album. The concert charts the creative journey through the treasured Maltese Neolithic sites on the islands. The performance is both engaging and enticing, allowing the audience to experience Renzo’s personal universe and a magnificent contemporary musical experience.

Love Food Festival at Green Park Station

Bath is also known as one of the food centres for the south of England, being surrounded by rural landscape, it also has a plethora of artisan food retailers around the city, with a mix of specialist food producers throughout the county of Somerset.

The event is held at the beautiful Victorian Green Park Station on June 10 and offers visitors a chance to experience a whole host of locally grown fruit and vegetables, with local cheeses, an array of locally produced meats including beef, rose veal, mutton, chicken, partridge, smoked duck, pheasant, cooked hams, dry-cured bacon, pancetta and succulent handmade pies. For those visiting wanting something a little savoury, spicy or sweeter, you might be tempted with some of the range of local specialist chutney’s, curry pastes or a selection of local chocolates, cakes or honey.

Bath Motor Pageant and Car Show

Later in the month sees Bath’s annual Motor Pageant and Car Show on June 23 – 24, this year offering visitors a chance to see more than 450 historical motor cars and motorbikes, which were originally manufactured prior to 1980. Anyone attending the show will be able to browse a range of displays, trade stands, exhibitions, “concours d’elegance” events and the array of car parts in the classic car auto-jumble.

Mercedes-Benz to Unveil its Vision C 220 BLUETEC at the Geneva Motor Show

For the Geneva Motors Show, Mercedes-Benz–a German brand name of automobiles, trucks, coaches, buses and quality Mercedes auto parts like Mercedes ball joints– has lined up a treat for car enthusiasts. And to start with it will present its highly environmentally compatible BLUETEC emission control technology which is combined with a four-cylinder engine that provides an amazing amount of fuel economy that will surely be a first in the industry. The Vision C 220 BLUETEC is also designed in compliance with the even made stricter EURO 6 emission standard which is going to be implemented to all new vehicles in Europe from 2015.

The Vision C 220 BLUETEC can rev up 125kW or 170 hp and delivers a potent torque of 400 Nm. It is also a remarkable fuel-saver requiring only 5.5 liters of diesel per hundred kilometers traveled and this is due to the modified diesel engine technology and intelligent system of energy management.

According to Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and Head of the Mercedes Car Group, “The sophisticated four-cylinder diesel engine with BLUETEC emission control is a prime example of leading-edge, future-compatible technology. Our diesel strategy is an effective answer to the question of how to save fuel and, therefore, CO2, how to further reduce all exhaust emissions including Nox and yet still ensure effortlessly superior driving employment. In this respect, we believe our state-of-the-art diesel concept is currently the best and most efficient solution available.”

The Vision C 220 BLUETEC is Mercedes-Benz way of showing the public of the remarkable development and advancement that would transpire within the carmaker for the coming years. The BLUETEC initiative was first launch in the US last autumn with the introduction of the E 320 BLUETEC in North America. The debut of the Vision C 220 BLUETEC at the Geneva Motor Show will be the second world debut for Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC initiative.

The E 320 BLUETEC that was earlier introduced in the US last October 2006 was presented in conjunction with the introduction of low-sulphur diesel in US. The E 320 has a fuel consumption of 6.7 liters per hundred kilometers traveled making it as one of the most economical vehicles in its class in the US. The E 320 is also the first four-cylinder BLUETEC model created by Mercedes-Benz which clearly illustrates the remarkable innovative technology that the automaker has. Mercedes’ BLUETEC initiative will also be introduced in other markets but at present it is adapted in Europe to meet market requirements.