By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner with Jenny Everett (Editors)Posted 02.22.2002 at 3:46 pm 0 Comments
This is no ordinary scooter. Instead, it's the answer to your lousy commute. The all-electric Nova Cruz Voloci has a range of 50 miles and a top speed of 30 mph (the average commute is 11.6 miles at a speed of 33.6 mph), and its swing-arm suspension makes short shrift of everything from New York's potholes to San Francisco's hills. Plug it in when you get to the office, and its nickel-metal-hydride batteries re-energize before lunch. Prices start at $2,495.
Six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, base price of 17 grand. What more could an entry-level buyer want?
By John McCormickPosted 02.22.2002 at 1:51 pm 0 Comments
The Pontiac Vibe didn't take long to impress. We were sitting in the front seat, ignition off, looking at the spec sheet: six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, base price of 17 grand. What more could an entry-level buyer want?
BMW's top-of-the-line K1200 LT Elite is the first motorcycle with a built-in navigation system.
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner with Jenny Everett (Editors)Posted 02.22.2002 at 1:34 pm 0 Comments
Taking a cue from its four-wheeled cousins, BMW's top-of-the-line K1200 LT Elite is the first motorcycle with a built-in navigation system. You simply program the route in advance and the system continuously plots your location on a full-color map and dictates turn-by-turn directions through your helmet's speakers. (For safety, you can't make any changes after the bike begins moving.) In addition, you can store your favorite trip itineraries on a removable 64MB memory card, and there's even an internal database of hotels, restaurants, and gas stations from across the country.
Cadillac's XLR: a production roadster that looks more like a design exercise.
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner with Jenny Everett (Editors)Posted 02.22.2002 at 1:28 pm 0 Comments
Cadillac has suddenly gotten its edge on.
Witness the XLR, a production roadster that looks more like a design exercise. It shares the same platform as the next-generation Corvette, with
a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 rumored to spit out 400 horsepower. With the retractable hardtop in place, you'll mistake
it for a coupe. The XLR will roll out in 2003, probably as a 2004 model.
By Trevor ThiemePosted 02.14.2002 at 7:59 pm 0 Comments
In two recent television commercials, Volkswagen compares the strength and spaciousness of its geodesic New Beetle to a Roman arch and a domed sports arena. These structures are benchmarks of civil engineering, but do they translate into efficient automotive design, as Volkswagen claims?
The answer: Yes and no. Arches distribute weight along their entire surface, which allows them to maintain structural integrity under great pressure, explains Bryon Fitzpatrick of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. (Of course, New Beetles aren't exactly prone to rollovers.)
By Bob SilleryPosted 02.12.2002 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The United States had begun the initiative that would lead to manned exploration of the moon, we reported in 1947. In "Going Up for Keeps," we told readers that the first part of our quest would rely on a rocket that was a Nazi instrument of terror during World War II.
Prototypes: Ford looks into the past and sees the supercar of the future.
By Dan CarneyPosted 02.08.2002 at 12:08 pm 0 Comments
The original Ford GT40 was born of spite. When Enzo Ferrari rejected Henry Ford II's buyout overture in 1963, Ford vowed to hit the Italian automaker where it hurt the most: at the racetrack. The resulting 500-horsepower GT40 supercar utterly dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969.
Manufacturing: VW's luxurious new factory is pure FahrvergnÃ¼gen.
By Harald FranzenPosted 01.31.2002 at 4:09 pm 0 Comments
Glass walls, floors of tiled wood -- you wouldn't dream of parking a car here, let alone building one. And yet, this is the unique manufacturing plant in Dresden, Germany, where Volkswagen will build its new luxury line, the Phaeton, later this spring.