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Fuel Efficient Cars At The Geneva Auto Show

The current biggest issue in the automotive industry is how to produce vehicles which will help in the protection of the environment. Global warming is an issue that has to be addressed immediately and car makers are joining the fray to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being produced by vehicles. Hybrid cars, flex-fuel vehicles, and fuel cell powered vehicles – these are just some of the technologies being developed by auto makers in an effort to decrease the dependency on the non-renewable source of energy that is the fossil fuel.

What car makers have achieved in the field of fuel-efficient car making is being showcased at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. Different car makers are showing what they can do in terms of producing vehicles that will help the environment and preserve it for future generations. Furthermore, the current discussion about emission standards in Europe has played a major role on what car makers chose to showcase at the aforementioned event.

DaimlerChrysler is one of the car makers that will be unveiling their environment friendly vehicle. They have developed a lower-emission diesel engine that will be an addition to their lineup in the near future. It can be noted that the European market is already hosting a large number of diesel engine powered vehicles. The popularity of the diesel engine in Europe is due to its ability to provide adequate power and torque while cutting down emission and fuel consumption cost.

Another auto maker known for producing environment friendly cars which will unveil another concept vehicle at the Geneva Auto Show is Toyota. The Asian brand will put on display their new Toyota Hybrid X concept. The car maker is already known for producing high quality hybrid vehicles and the concept will surely be an improvement over the already fuel-efficient cars that Toyota has in its current lineup.

The major players in the auto industry are not the only manufacturers aiming for better fuel-efficiency on their mass-produced cars. In fact, Brilliance JinBei Automobile from China will be showcasing small and fuel efficient cars at the 2007 Geneva International Auto Show. The development effort that these companies took in the manufacturing of fuel-efficient cars will go a long way in the protection of the environment. While these developments cannot immediately stop global warming as immediate as an EBC brake rotor, further expansion of studies with regards to this technology will one day provide the perfect solution to put a stop to the emission of greenhouse gases.

The public can only hope that the commitment of these car makers in the development of cleaner car technologies will not waver. As for now, the public can view these innovations at the motor show which will be open to the public from March 8 until the 18th.

1992 Corvette Stingray III Concept

In 1992 the Corvette Nation was treated to the Stingray III concept Corvette at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show. This new Corvette was like nothing that anyone had ever seen before and would prove to be generations ahead of its time.

The styling was all new and the composition of the body used a lot of carbon fiber so the Vette would be light and strong all at the same time. While the design was all new for the time there were many cues and hints on the Stingray III that suggested the designers gained much of their inspiration from the Corvettes of the 1960s Corvettes that had long lived in the hearts and minds of many.

There were many new features in the Stingray III that would represent the cutting edge thinking of the great minds that worked at GM. One innovative safety feature was a pop-up roll bar that would deploy only when needed. This was a great piece of safety equipment to have as the Stingray III was in fact a convertible.

The seats of the Stingray III were fixed and could not be adjusted. Instead the pedals and the steering wheel of the Corvette moved to accommodate the different heights of those that would drive the vehicle. Lower side sills would make the climb into the fixed seats easier than on the traditional Corvette.

When the Stingray III was being developed the original intent was to put a high powered V-6 in it, but that would later be changed and the car sported a 300 horse power LT1 V-8 engine instead. While it is not immediately known why the change took place it is probably because GM did not want to ruffle any feathers of the Corvette faithful and have them thinking that the super car was going to go down in engine size.

Dubbed the “California Corvette” by those who made it, when it was finished it was painted a Black Cherry color and looked as slick as anything that GM had ever put out. Because of the release many began to speculate about the next generation of the Corvette and the rumors began to start up as many felt that the Stingray III was the new Vette forthcoming.

The Stingray III was actually considered for production as the new Vette but in the end the cost would prove to be too much. That would leave the Corvette fanatics to have to wait a few more years for the true next generation Corvette to come forward and in 1997 the wait would be over with the C4 Corvette.

As for the Stingray III it will simply go down as another in a long line of Corvette prototypes that make for great conversation and little else. What the Stingray III and all the other prototypes from GM do show though is the fact that the minds of those who are fortunate enough to work on the great American icon that is the Corvette are never standing idly by and are always trying to push the envelope for the betterment of Corvette kind.

Water Fuel Cells Technology Can Help Your Car Running on Water

In recent times, where oil prices are touching the sky, there has been the need for finding a better option to oil to reduce the dependency upon oil and gas as much as possible. It is an undeniable fact that the present high oil prices are forcing almost all countries, including oil rich nations, to think for some other substitute like water fuel cells based technology which would be helpful to run cars and even heavy vehicles on water.

The “water fuel cells” based concept is invention by American Stanley Meyer, who claimed that water can convert the required component elements to run the car, hydrogen and oxygen. In 1989, he designed the device to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water using electricity, by method other than water electrolysis. Meyer, during his experiments, he claimed that he could show how 1.6 liter Volkswagen dune buggy can be run on water instead of gasoline. Meyer had also demonstrated his skill for a station Action 6 News and showed the estimation that only 22 US gallons (83 liters) of water were enough to travel from Los Angeles to New York.

However, many auto experts believe that Stanley Meyer’s invention was not “water fuel cells” in true sense but it would be more correct to name it as “electrolytic cell”

In U.S., the concept of “water fuel cells” is picking up great momentum, as people are eager to know more about it. The concept is the mixture of gasoline and water to generate enough propelling fuel to run the car on water. If this concept is widely used and auto manufacturers start producing “water fuel cells” technology based vehicles, billions of dollars could be saved, the precious oil as natural resources could be saved for use of many hundreds of years in future and we will live in more cleaner and healthier environment.

The recent trials of “water fuel cells” have shown very encouraging results. This system is fully reversible and does not damage the car anyway.

Please visit at water fuel cells to know more about this new concept to run car on water.