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28 January 2015

Nissan plans to launch IDx concept

Nissan is officially under the microscope after their presentations at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show focused on the new Titan pickup and Q60 Concept, but lacked any and all mention of allegedly production-bound examples of the Q50 Eau Rouge, IDx and BladeGlider EV concepts.




The lack of info on the three concept cars, which had previously heralded a more performance-minded Nissan  has signaled a shift in priorities at the Japanese company. Instead of driver-oriented models, emphasis is seemingly being focused more on volume offerings.


Nissan was subject to a pair of high-level executive departures last year, with both Andy Palmer and Johan de Nysschen departing for Aston Martin and Cadillac, respectively. Both execs were strong proponents of more driver-oriented offerings, with Palmer championing the compact, rear-drive IDx coupe and de Nysschen backing the high-performance Q50 Eau Rouge.



16 January 2015

09 January 2015

BMW M4 Iconic Lights Concept launched

BMW has showcased the next generation of laser illumination called Laserlight. Laserlight is now able to offer its impressively long beam range of up to 600 metres in combination with the BMW Selective Beam function.




At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BMW is unveiling ways in which Laserlight, extensively integrated with assistance systems and vehicle sensors, can be used to implement new intelligent lighting functions for enhanced safety and comfort.


Laserlight can work with the navigation system to illuminate corners well in advance, while  a laser-based Dynamic Light Spot can provide early warning of people or animals at night from a distance of up to 100 metres. In terms of design, the LED cluster harks back to      the typically twin barrel headlamps that have become a BMW trademark for the last few 
decades.


OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) , which give  light from wafer-thin  semiconducting layers of organic material. For the first time, both the tail lights and rear direction indicators feature OLED technology presented. The illuminated surfaces are  positioned  to produce a three-dimensional effect. 
OLEDs also take up less room on account of their thin size while using less power than normal bulbs.


OLEDs produce light uniformly over their entire surface which in turn leads to better illumination and a free hand to the designers.




Toyota Tacoma Pickup will be Launched in 2016

The Toyota Tacoma decided to launch the compact or mid-size pickup truck segment. Although this segment has been ignored by many automakers for some years, it now includes the completely new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, as well as the Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. In the past, rivals have included the Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota, among many others.



Tacoma provide "The two engines are a 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, and a 236-hp 4.0-liter V-6. Since its launch, towing capacity has rise from 5,000 pounds to today 6,500 pounds in the suitably equipped V-6 model."



06 January 2015

Hyundai will launch Blue Link Android Wear App at CES

Hyundai is all set to unveil its new technology - the Blue Link Android Wear App at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This new app gives Hyundai's smartwatch wearing customers ability to access various remote controls for their vehicles right from their wrists.


The wearer simply needs to tap on the screen of the smartwatch or use voice commands to execute remote functions. The Blue Link smartwatch app allows Hyundai owners to remotely start, lock and unlock doors as well as find their car in a crowded parking lot.

Microphone icon on the smartwatch activates the voice function, where the driver can execute commands such as 'Start / Lock /Find my car'.

The Blue Link smartwatch app must be paired via Bluetooth to an owner's smartphone that contains the Blue Link mobile app. Remote functions can then be executed from almost anywhere as long as the user's smartphone has a Bluetooth and Internet connection.

This app is compatible with Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG smartwatches. The Blue Link Android Wear App will work with any Hyundai model that comes with the first or second generation Blue Link service.


Hyundai will showcase its Blue Link Android Wear App at the 2015 CES that is scheduled to begin from January 6, in Las Vegas. This app can be downloaded for free from Google Play in the first quarter of 2015.

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