Friday, April 17, 2015

BMW Smashes March Sales Record

At a glance:
  • Deliveries up by 9.2% to 232,556 vehicles
  • Record first quarter sales, up 8.1% to 526,669
  • 526,669 vehicles delivered to customers
  • Balanced growth in all sales regions globally
  • Winners: 2 Series, 4 Series, X5 and X6
  • BMW i deliveries top 2,600 in March
  • MINI records strongest-ever first quarter
  • BMW i8 - crowned World Green Car of the Year

photo credit: BMW 2004 330Ci via photopin (license)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aussie Entrepreneur Slashes Car Rental Rates by up to 50 Percent

In a nutshell: 
  • DriveMyCar is Australia’s first and largest peer-to-peer car rental service
  • Individuals and companies can rent out their own cars for anywhere between seven and 365 days
  • Fleet comprises a diverse range of 300 cars and close to 11,000 renters
  • Prices range from $23.10 per day with an average cost of $37 per day
  • Typical auto brands available include Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and BMW
  • A ‘trusted marketplace’ enables owners to list their vehicles for free and renters find and book the vehicles after passing the company’s verification process
  • Insurance coverage is provided for accidental damage and theft

Since 2010, the company has managed 4000 rentals for thousands of owners and renters. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brakes for Peds

What is it? Nissan’s new X-Trail Hybrid

Key Features:
  • 2.0-litre MR20DD hybrid engine and Forward Emergency Braking as standard
  • Nissan's original one-motor two-clutch parallel hybrid system, "Intelligent Dual Clutch Control"
  • High-output lithium-ion battery with a quick charge/discharge function
  • Advanced "RM31" electric motor with maximum power output of 30kW(41PS) and maximum torque of 160Nm (16.3kgfm)
  • Special engine for hybrid "MR20DD" with maximum power of
  • 108kW(147PS)/6000rpm and maximum torque of 207N·m(21.1kgf·m)/4400rpm)
  • Regenerative braking system
  • Low rolling resistance tyres 
  • NissanConnect Navigation System with smartphone link application
  • Nissan's original one-motor two-clutch parallel hybrid system, "Intelligent Dual Clutch Control" 

How economical is it? 20.6km/L (JC08 mode)

Sold where? Nissan dealers throughout Japan from 13 May, 2015