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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Audi's future city car concept shown off at CES 2020

One of the leading car brands from Germany, Audi brings a number of the latest concepts and technologies to be displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) held in Las Vegas recently, including a fully autonomous concept car named Audi AI: ME, which has made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show some time ago.
Audi AI: ME, a future concept car inspired by the possibilities of level 4 autonomy and packed with computer chips, sensors and mobile technology. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NvJ83X)
Basically the Audi AI: ME Concept is a preview model of the upcoming Audi electric-powered car, which reportedly will also share the same MEB platform with the VW ID3 and SEAT El Born, bearing in mind the brand is under the same group namely the Volkswagen Group.
Audi AI: ME concept has shown off at the CES 2020, a fully autonomous car without a driver that describes as a lounge for the city of tomorrow, allowing occupants to use their time onboard for communication, entertainment or relaxation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TrTANu)
On this CES 2020, Audi took the opportunity by allowing its designers to go more deeper beautify the cabin by creating a set of interiors that were very friendly and cozy so that it looked like a 'lounge' that would certainly indulge passengers and drivers to relax in it, because of the self-driving ability of the Audi AI: ME with the steering wheel is attracted automatically into the dashboard shortly after the autonomous driving option turning on.
The Audi AI: ME compact offers maximum interior comfort and a high-tech refuge with automated level 4 driving that allows the steering wheel, instruments, and pedals to be concealed by a surface of open-pore walnut. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FSxCeL)
Audi also showed off their new technology, including a reality head-up display blended nicely with 3D technology as a collaboration work result with Samsung. This technology is able to show some visuals to the driver with floating images in the distance, ranging from a distance of 10 to more than 70 meters in front of the vehicle, this means the driver's eye does not need to refocus much.
Audi AI: ME concept is an electric-powered city car that has a spacious cabin so that the feet can move freely.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2st7GTH)
The 'Intelligent Experience' navigation system made by Audi will also be present, featuring artificial intelligence for better safety and driving comfort. The standalone navigation system, which is already offered with a model that is equipped with MMI at the moment, is capable of storing various destination choices and connecting it with the date, time and traffic conditions to suggest a better route.

Audi said that this system in the future will be able to carry out an accurate analysis of the functions and settings that are most preferred by drivers, including seat positions, entertainment lists, route guidance, to temperature and interior fragrances setting. After that, the system will implement the driver's preferences independently.
Besides showing off the Audi AI: ME Concept with its various technologies as mentioned above, at the Audi booth at the CES 2020 also presents the E-Tron Q4 and E-Tron Sportback which have been released earlier. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | AUTO NXT | DIGITAL TRENDS]
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

The only supercar in the Kei Car segment

From Japanese automotive manufacturer, we're spoiled by a variety of automotive products. But there is something that tickles the eye and looks so unique that it's hard not to look it in Japan, where you can see many cutie cars made by almost all of the famous Japanese car manufacturers, such as Daihatsu, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki, Toyota.
1992 Autozam AZ-1, the only supercar in the kei car segment made by Mazda and its engine of Suzuki. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QUNe7S)
Well in Japan, these cutie cars are known as the Kei Car. And as far we know, the kei car itself is one of the best-selling car types in the land of the Rising Sun. Besides has the mini-sized body, turn out the engine used by it has a small capacity as well, an average of 660 cc. That's really small, right?

But of the many cute cars made by those Japanese manufacturers mentioned above, there is a kei car model that looks very different. Outwardly this car does have a fairly cute size, but what makes it unique is the style that it carries. The kei car called the Autozam AZ-1 is clearly seen carrying a typical European sports car style.
1992 Autozam AZ-1 is powered by a turbocharged inline three-cylinder displacing 660 cc mated to a five-speed manual transmission. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3ae268C)
If you don’t know what the Autozam AZ-1 is, nobody can blame you. This cutie car designed and manufactured by Mazda under its Autozam brand while Suzuki provided the engine. This unique styled kei car built and sold in limited numbers from 1992 to 1995. During that time, they made less than 5,000 of them.

It is a tiny sports car powered with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 660 cc and able to burst power of 64 hp. Despite its cutie size with 1,500 pounds of weight, the Autozam AZ-1 was a proper sports car. In fact, some parties consider it the only supercar in the Kei Car segment. As you can see, this tiny sports car built on the perfect chassis, complement with a pair of gullwing styled doors and also has decent performance numbers to make it be the favorite car in Japan.
The bizarre styling but lively driving dynamics provided a unique driving experience. And this is one of the reasons you should consider to have this little rolling gem. Although its manufacturer never sold it outside of Japan, you can now import it to America or other places on Earth since it is older than 25 years. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | MOTOR JUNKIES]
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Here's Centoventi, the newest Fiat' EV concept

At one of the world's most famous exhibitions entitled The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 held in Las Vegas recently, Fiat showed off what it said as the 'Affordable But Cool' or ABC EV concept named Fiat Centoventi. Although previously, this Italian automaker has introduced the concept car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show last year
Fiat showed off the Centoventi Concept electric car specially designed for the company's 120th anniversary at the CES 2020. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
The Fiat concept car name: Centoventi is taken from the Italian which has a meaning for the number of 120. Where those number reflects the Italian manufacturer's journey in the world's automotive industry has entered the age of 120-year-olds.

Previously Fiat also had been launched its car production variants with a numerical notation like that, for example, Fiat 500, Fiat 124 Spider and other. But this time the company did not hesitate to make the electric-powered vehicle concept look more manly with the unusual boxy shaped and also a little bit different from the Fiat's typical design that we used to see in its previous car variants such as the Uno, Panda, etc.
Fiat Centoventi Concept is claimed to be a highly customizable vehicle, meaning that the car owner can continue to change the car looks as needed(Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
From its appearance, the Centoventi is not just a little hatchback, but this smallish city car is designed for always be customizable, meaning that the car owner can continue to change the car looks as needed. Although the photos in circulation use a blend of gray silver and white, that is not necessarily its production color.
See how's simple and cool of the Fiat Centoventi Concept interior design. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
Indeed, because Centoventi will be sold in one color. Even the owner can change colors by swapping the roof panel, bumper parts, wheel cover, and choosing a different exterior wrapping. No wonder if Fiat gave the Centoventi car's program name is '4U.' See how the interior design? The interior has a modular design, which will allow the owner to install interior accessories that can be chosen by himself, in plug and play mode.

Likewise its battery, Centoventi can be used to drive as far as 100 km or as far as 480 km. This pattern is similar to what is applied to a Tesla battery with just 1 battery. However, each model is accompanied by a piece of software that limits the range of mileage at the entry-level.
The Fiat Centoventi Concept interior has a modular design and many interior accessories, so it allowed the owner to install the chosen accessories by plug and play system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
Fiat indicates that the batteries used can have extra range, and last longer. This is based on the quote from the release of Fiat "Perfect for urban commuting and a weekend gateway by the sea or in the mountains".

Centoventi has two screens that face outward. One was on the windshield and the other one behind. This means that the driver can project a message to the driver of another car that is passing by, while Centoventi is parking.
Fiat Centoventi Concept looks more manly with the unusual boxy shaped. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
Fiat's electric-powered car plan is not yet clear. As we all knew, this Italian automaker has made an electric version of the Fiat 500 variant. And this action is only to fulfill the mandate as a non-emission vehicle and sold only in California alone. Beyond that Fiat has no intention of marketing its 500e in other regions.

So Centoventi is also a clear part of the company plans for the US market, along with the electric version of the Abarth 500 model have to be facing the Mini Cooper SE as the rival. Besides Fiat Centoventi, other brands of its FCA parent company, Chrysler also presents with the Airflow Vision concept. Meanwhile, Jeep has been introduced the hybrid version of Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade.
With so many automotive brands displaying the electric versions of their production vehicles, this gives a positive sign that the world's automotive industry had been steady for entering a new era of vehicle electrification in the near future. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DIGITAL TRENDS | SOMAG NEWS]
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sony's first electric car debuted at the CES 2020

After decades it presences with various electronic products, it was very natural for Sony to join in and follow the current trend of making an EV. And finally at the largest electronic product exhibition titled the CES 2020 held in Las Vegas, the Japanese electronics giant manufacturer launched an electric-powered car prototype called the Sony Vision-S.
The Japanese electronic giant manufacturer, Sony has been revealed its first electric-powered prototype car named Sony Vision-S at the CES 2020 held in Las Vegas. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/385PDSQ)
As quoted from The Verge, this is an electric-powered prototype sedan that features 33 different sensors outside and inside the car and also embedded the company's made entertainment system. It is not surprising that there are so many sensors mounted on this concept car. Given that Sony is an electronics company that is already known as an image sensor developer that can be used to analyze the road in front of a vehicle.

The purpose of installing these sensors is to provide sensitivity and accuracy to the car for everything that happens around it. In other words, the various sensors are able to provide information in real-time, considering that future cars must be smart that are able to think, analyze the surrounding conditions and can drive by itself like a robot.
At glance the design of Sony Vision-S looks similar to the Porsche, especially on the headlights, but its overall front view looks a bit like the Lucid Motors' Air car made. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/385PDSQ)
What makes this car filled with a variety of advanced technology is thanks to Sony's efforts to partner with and work with several world-renowned technology companies such as Bosch and Blackberry, and not to mention Continental, Genetex, Nvidia, and Magna.

Other advanced features installed in this concept car include sensing technology that can detect and recognize passengers inside. This will allow passengers to control the entertainment system. Then on the dashboard of this car is also flanked by an ultra-wide panoramic screen that displays many driving and entertainment information.
Inside Sony Vision-S' cabin displays a widened screen on the dashboard. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TpIl8a)
The company mentioned that the prototype of this car will realize their contribution to the future of mobility. It is known that Sony Vision-S is also powered by the latest "designed EV platform", which appears to have been engineered by Magna. According to Sony, this car will be able to power other types of vehicles, such as SUVs.
On the cabin also has a pair of screen for passengers hung behind the front seat headrests. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/385PDSQ)
From its exterior appearance, at a glance, the design looks similar to the Porsche. Especially on the headlights, and the overall front view looks a bit like the Lucid Motors' Air car made. Meanwhile, from the inside, the Sony Vision-S car displays a widened screen on the dashboard like that installed by Chinese startup company EV Byton in its car, with a pair of screens for rear-seat passengers hung behind the front seat headrest.

It seems we still have to wait a while longer to find out whether Sony intends to bring  the Vision-S into the mass-production. In addition to the sedan, Sony also plans to make SUV models. This makes sense because the SUV demand trends around the world are showing an increase.
Later, with the presence of sedan and SUV products, this shows the seriousness of Sony to expand its business in the automotive sector. This means that in the future consumers will also benefit from the presence of a variety of electric car brands available on the market.

And at the end of the press conference at CES, Sony also briefly launched the latest logo for their PlayStation 5 gaming platform which will be released in the near future. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SONY | THE VERGE]
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Mitsubishi's first 4x4 car

The presence of the latest concept cars has become a common sight in an automobile exhibition, not least on the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil. But, what if there is a classic car displayed by the automotive manufacturers that have historically been important to the company? Of course, this is remarkable.
1934 Mitsubishi PX-33 at the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1fgp7G)
Well, the only automotive manufacturer that brings the classic car at the event is Mitsubishi. The car, named 'Mitsubishi PX-33' is a passenger car made in 1934 and has a quite unique body design. The part that is not less interesting is the PX-33 is the first Mitsubishi car equipped with 4x4 features.
Left side view of 1934 Mitsubishi PX-33. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1fgp7G)
In that time, the 4x4 feature only found on heavy vehicles and cargo operators, not in a passenger car. And actually, the PX-33 was created as a military vehicle by the Government of Japan in the early 1940s.
Rear side view of 1934 Mitsubishi PX-33. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1fgp7G)
At that time, Mitsubishi only produce as many as four units. And the PX-33 is being exhibited at the event to be the only car that saved and maintained by Mitsubishi until now.

As quoted from Motor1 on Thursday, November 10, 2016, Mitsubishi PX-33 uses a 6.7-liter diesel engine capable of spewing the power up to 70 bhp. Aside from being a forerunner to the presence of Mitsubishi Pajero and Lancer Evolution with 4x4 features. This car also became the first injection engine applied in Japan. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Monday, January 13, 2020

The ancestors of Italian flying saucers

Maybe you do not know intimately the following car, because this car is made in the 1950s. Yes, the car was known as the Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 'Disco Volante.'
1952 Alfa Romero 1900 C52 Disco Volante. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1h2bRm)
Disco Volante in English means Flying Saucer. This name arose because its shape resembles a flying saucer design imagination. For information, the 1950s was an era when people were dreaming can be walked on the moon and outer space.

The design of Alfa Romero 1900 C52 was very futuristic in that time and like not came from the Earth. This is because when making this car the Alfa Romeo in collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera were develop the car's designs in the wind tunnel facility to actually get a very low wind resistance.
Rear side view of 1952 Alfa Romero 1900 C52 Disco Volante. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1h2bRm)
Not only the design, but the car is also made specifically to perform in a number of racing championships in Italy and built with a number of highly advanced technologies at the time.

Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 is built on top of the all-new frame structure tubular space frame and using a 4-cylinder engine with a 2.0 liter engine block is made of aluminum material.
This car had been debuted in 1953 at the New York Motor Show and now one of them can be seen at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile Giovanni Agnelli in Turin. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | +AUTO]
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