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New Car Technology From CES

Article by Joe Kent

Recently, consumers got a closer look at the latest electronic devices at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. While the focal point of CES is usually computers and home theater, automotive technology was in the spot light at this years show, with numerous gadgets that provide added entertainment and safety for drivers and their passengers.

Among the range of new car technology features at this year

Best 5 Significant Car Technologies

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New car technologies are gradually reshaping the car industry. In the past couple of years many car technologies have been introduced to the car market that has made significant improvements in the efficiency, comfort, and convenience of driving.

Here are some of the best 5 significant car technologies that have actually improved the car efficiency and safety while making every journey pleasurable:

Dynamic Stability Control

Dynamic stability control is an advanced safety car technology that works in association with installed sensors. The in-built sensors monitor the rotational speed of the four wheels and the lateral acceleration in accordance to the inputs given by the driver. The system measures the angle of the steering wheel and the applied amount of acceleration. According to the measured information it judges the movement of the car and in case of any discrepancy it automatically steers the cars to the right direction. This helps improve driving stability.

Adaptive Headlights

An adaptive headlight is an innovation by BMW to ensure a safe night driving. The technology also helps the car to maintain its stability under poor weather conditions. The system works on an intelligent light technology that is further mated to sensors. The sensors measure the angle of cars curve, car

Indian Auto News -Stay Tuned with Latest Happenings in Indian Auto Industry

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Indian auto news is the best medium to stay tuned with the latest happenings in the Indian auto industry. The industry is continuing to ride on the path of success and is achieving new peaks with new introductions and launches in the country. Gradually the industry is spreading its tentacles in the worldwide market with its extraordinary and dazzling introductions.

Many people in the country and across the Indian shores have started showing their interest in the Indian auto industry. The recent launch of the worlds cheapest car Tata Nano has further turned all heads and eyes to the Indian market. With many such introductions India has actually showed its mettle to the world and has proved that Indian talents are worth appreciations and acclamation.

This widespread reach of the Indian auto industry has further increased the demand and need of auto news India that give an update of the latest happenings in the industry to auto critics, auto manufacturers, and auto enthusiasts. News cover a vast pool of information including the new car launches, existing model updates, finance availability, price discounts offered by dealers and manufacturers, introduction of new technologies, analysis of manufacturing capabilities, accessories, tips and recommendations, auto lifestyle and sporting news, and latest initiatives taken by Indian car manufacturers.

Automobile news India is structured to cater to the needs of the readers who thrive to gain wisdom about various aspects of the Indian auto industry. The news has spread its reach to people across the globe through various mediums and sources in a viable form.

The best source of Indian auto news is auto magazines that cover in-depth knowledge and happenings of the Indian industry. There are magazines like Overdrive, Autocar, What Car, and Top Gear that cover a vast pool of information including latest Indian car news, new launches, analysis of cars and bikes, unbiased comparisons of automobiles, and also news on upcoming models.

Furthermore, automobile news India can also be sourced from various other sources of media like newspapers and TV channels. Most of the newspapers in India have a special auto section that covers an update of the Indian auto industry and also the international market. This helps auto freak people in the country to compare the growth of different auto markets and analyse them climbing different success paths. Even in foreign countries auto magazines, newspapers, and news channels help people around the world who desire to have an update of what

Direction Fuel Injection vs. Port Injection

Today’s automotive manufacturers face tremendous pressure to deliver vehicles that are cheaper in cost and better in performance.  Auto makers must meet strict fuel emission regulations every year before their vehicles can be put on the road.  Direction fuel injection is a technology used in many of today’s cars to boost performance, lower emissions and improve fuel economy.

The question you have right now is: “what is direction fuel injection anyways?”  Firstly, there are two methods of injecting fuel into gasoline engines: the conventional port injection method, and the newer and modernized direct fuel injection method.

Both systems require precise computer control to inject the right amount of fuel into the engine at a given time.  The difference  lies in the location of where the fuel injectors are mounted at.  In port injection, the fuel injectors are mounted in the intake manifold before the intake valve where the air-fuel mixture resides.  Once the intake valve opens, it will pull in the air-fuel mixture into the cylinder for the combustion process.

In direct fuel injection, the fuel injectors are mounted right on the cylinder head, and fuel is directly sprayed into the cylinder where the fuel-air mixture occurs.  In other words, only air passes through the intake and eliminates the need of the intake valve in direct fuel injection.  This method allows more precise control of fuel air mixture into the cylinder; thus, optimizes the cylinder combustion.

With direct injection method, fuel injection can be controlled much more precisely.  In addition, because engine cylinders can reach an excess of 15,000 psi, the high amounts of pressure allows the injected fuel to synthesize and ignite almost instantaneously.

Performance doesn’t come without compromise.  Direct fuel injection costs more to manufacture.  Because the fuel injectors are mounted so close to the cylinder heads, the injector are exposed to extremely high levels of pressure (up to 14,000 – 15,000 psi).  As a result, fuel injector components must withstand much harsher environments compared to port injectors.

Compared to port injectors, the pressure introduced in the intake manifold only reaches up to 40 – 70 psi.  As a result, port injectors are much more simpler and cheaper to manufacture.  One of the draw backs of port injection is that fuel is injected behind the intake valve.  Depending on how long the fuel-air mixture sits in the intake manifold runner, fuel can leak out of the air.

With tighter fuel emission standards and increasing pressure from consumers, automotive manufacturing itself, is a competition arena.  Direct fuel injection is a perfect example of offering both increased in performance and fuel efficiency at an affordable price.  Today’s vehicles still use both methods of fuel injection, but with new technology and development introduced every year, it may not be too far in time before we see all vehicles out on the road equipped with a direct fuel injection system.



2012 Infiniti FX

It’s astounding how much resemblance exists between the concept and production models of the Infiniti FX35. During the launch of the Infiniti FX35 back in 2003, the automotive culture for cross-over SUV’s had strong beliefs in either small sports utility vehicles, or large station wagons. Infiniti has lead the automotive industry into a new era of emphasizing style while pushing technology and performance beyond proving grounds.

There is no argument that the Infiniti FX35 drives as good as it looks. The muscular stance of the Inifiniti FX35 directly correlates with its power and handling capability. However, Infiniti has also reminded us of the imperfect world we live in. The subtle and bold styling of the exterior compromises for less cargo space and versatility compared to other SUV’s in its class.

The interior of the Infiniti FX35 gives you the feel of a warm welcoming every time the door handle is pulled. The cabin space is bordered and surrounded with soft quilted leather that is both comfortable to the touch and pleasant to the eyes. The seats are very well padded while offering stiff lateral support to supplement the sporty handling and feel. The smooth spline contours of the front dash module encased around Infiniti’s trademark analog clock truly accentuates the modern and elegant styling of the interior.
However, brawl for the front seats often occur when attempting to carry four additional passengers. While two passengers can fit comfortably well, fitting three full sized adults in the back seats leads to an uncomfortable ride and difficulty in working the seat belts. The pre-loaded features in the Infiniti FX35 falls nothing short of expectation for a luxury vehicle. The  entertainment system features an 11-speaker Bose audio system capable of producing a very broad and flat frequency band. The result is a very crisp and colourful musical sound stage. The on-board 8” front display module complements well with the quality of the Infiniti FX35. The front display module is very user intuitive and ergonomically placed in the cabin space making it very accessible and easy to read even with the presence of direct sunlight.

The Infiniti FX35’s true talent excels in the “pedal to the metal” throttle range. With a near perfect 52/48 front to rear weight distribution structured around a stiff chassis, the Infiniti FX35 corners very well with minimal body roll. The on-board power train control system furthers the handling precision of the FX35 by dynamically transferring the optimal torque power onto individual wheels in real time. The brakes also supply plenty of stopping power when demanded under heavy load conditions.
Although the Infiniti FX35 comes equipped with a basic engine, the VQ 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V6 still produces a generous 303 hp and the notorious alluring sound from the VQ series engines. The VQ engine produces 262 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm while redlining at a 7500 rpm. All of this power is transferred through Infiniti’s seven-speed automatic transmission and onto all four wheels. The Infiniti FX is also offered with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)®, Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 21-inch super lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels designed by Enkei.

The sales of the Infiniti FX models sold in Canada equated to only 934 vehicles. This falls very short in comparison to other mid-size luxury crossover utility vehicles available such as the popular BMW X5 series, or the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, both achieving sales figures of 3844 and 4185 respectively – this demolishes the FX series by more than four folds. Perhaps consumers rely their trust more in German engineering when it comes to cross-over SUV’s, but nevertheless, the Infiniti FX is an appealing and competitive offer in its class.


2013 Ford Flex Titanium

When it comes to advancement and new ideas, Ford shows nothing but awe and pride in the consumer spotlight.  Speaking of new ideas, the rather unorthodox box-car design is modern formula of sophistication, versatility and overall, better fuel economy.  The Ford Flex is a three-row; seven passenger cross-over SUV was designed to soothe the tasting buds of consumers who want to stand out from the crowd and enjoy all the benefits of a cross-over SUV and more.
The box-car design of the Ford Flex is either love or hate.  The simplistic looks of the Ford Flex flashed the idea of nothing but a super-sized funeral car.  However; as I drove the car more, my interest in the Ford Flex grew into me.  The looks of the Ford Flex may not stand up to more elegant styling of modern cross-over SUV’s such as the Infiniti FX, or the Mazda CX7, but when it comes to versatility, the box-shaped design offers a sheer level of room, comfort, and functionality that is near impossible to beat.
Who would’ve thought a mobile entertainment room exists?  The Ford Flex is one of the most roominess and comfortable cross-over SUV’s on the market to date.  The front bucket seats are very supportive and comfortable.  Equipped with heater and AC leather seats, it’s difficult to make any complaints, even after hours of driving.  Thanks to the boxed shape design, sitting in the rear seats is as relaxing as a leather sofa.  There is even an optional footrest for additional comfort to attenuate any complaints even from the most demanding passengers.  The third row seats also offers plenty of leg room and can easily fit small sized adults.
The Ford Flex comes bundled with many enhanced safety features.  One of the most notable safety feature is the world’s first production rear inflatable seat belts to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat passengers.  The advanced airbag inflation design is capable of deploying over a vehicle occupant’s torso and shoulder in 40 milliseconds during  a vehicle crash event.  Other advanced safety features bundled on the Ford Flex include a radar-enabled adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support and a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross traffic alert.  Last but not least, the model of our reviewed Ford Flex has “Auto Park Assist” that can automatically parallel park the vehicle for you.  Given the large size of the Ford Flex, this feature helps relieve the stress of parking in the city.
The Ford Flex is very pleasant and easy to drive.  The Ford Flex is equipped with a basic 3.5 liter rated at 285hp V6.  In addition, the turbocharged EcoBoost feature on our particular reviewed model bumps the horsepower rating up to 365hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.  With these poewr-train specifications, the ford flex makes passing and merging on highways a breeze.  Gear changes on the 6-speed transmission are smooth and pleasant.  For more demanding drivers that want full control, the transmission can also be set into Selectshift mode for manual shifting via the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The Ford Flex has many trim levels with prices ranging from $29,000 up to the Titanium trim model spiking the price up to $55,000.  Once you climb up to the Titanium trim model, the Flex is as luxurious as any higher end cross-over SUV’s in its class with packed full of features.  The basic Flex model comes preloaded with an AM/FM/CD player, power windows, locks and mirrors as well as a capless fuel-filler system.  The upscale titanium series boasts Ford’s Ecoboost turbocharged engine, 20″ chrome wheels, panoramic sunroofs, Ford SYNC entertainment/phone control system, Sony Audio Sound system, rain sensing wipers, voice activated navigation system and Sirius XM satellite radio.  The Titanium may not be the conventional cult of cross-over SUV in the “looks” category, but when it comes to versatility, luxury and safety, the Ford Titanium is a highly suitable consumer’s choice.