The Chevrolet Tahoe which is already a class leader in fuel economy is now featuring the first full-size hybrid SUV. Available in both a 2WD and 4wd version the Tahoe hybrid features a hybrid system that was developed with BMW and Daimler-Chrysler features an electric motor and generator coupled with Chevrolet’s Vortec V8 engine that puts out 300 horsepower. This new system is similar to the system used in the Toyota Prius and enables the Tahoe to accelerate with the gasoline engine shut-off. GM will also be using this hybrid technology in the Escalade when that is put into production as a hybrid model. This two-mode system paired with a lower stance of the car, lower road resistance tires, a more streamlined front end and a lift-gate and hood that are made of aluminum are supposed to give the new Tahoe a 25% savings in fuel economy when compared to conventional Tahoes. Also when the Tahoe has Chevrolet’s Active-Fuel Management system GM is claiming fuel efficiency up to 50% better than normal Tahoes.
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is now available at your local Chevrolet dealer. (Dan) 2008モデル アウディA5/S5
Audi has designed the new A5 coupe line and with the launch of the S5 coupe as their first model for the line the future seems good for this gap-filler in Audi’s lineup.
Featuring a 350-hp V8 engine that revs to 7,000 rpm mated to Audi’s Quattro All-wheel drive system, and a 6-speed manual transmission, the new S5 is able to get to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and has a top speed limited to 155-mph. A later toned down version of the A5 will be available later with a 3.2 liter V6 engine The S5 which looks almost like a longer TT features LED daytime running lights and new sculpted surfaces both inside and out. Under the skin, the new A5 is also revamped, with a longer wheelbase than the A4 line and a repositioned differential, now in front of the clutch; the weight distribution of the new A5 is also improved for better handling characteristics.
The S5 is most at home covering ground at high velocities with a rewarding feeling. Not necessarily as hardcore as the new BMW M3. The A5 can do this while still being both refined and luxurious. Audi also plans on releasing a sportier RS5 in a few years to really take the A5 to a new level. The new A5 is like a sledgehammer to take to the mountainside on a Sunday afternoon.(Dan)