Category: Auto

Mud pack? Mud pack!

Mogelpacking? Mog's pack!

It is important what comes out of the back: for the climate labels in the mobility turning is heavily debated.

The climate balance of electric cars is saved from profit motifs. A short replica

The mass motorization by means of electro-cars leads into a climate pulp league? The criticism of the colleague jan hegenberg on my article, which argues in this direction, begins with a fundamental misguision, based on much more.

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Batteries are to become more sustainable and human rights-friendly in the eu

Batteries are to become more sustainable and human rights-friendly in the EU

Batteries that are sold in the EU should be sustainable, powerful and safe on their entire lifecycle. They are to be produced with a potential environmental impact of materials obtained under full compliance with human rights as well as social and ecological standards. For this, the EU commission wants to ensure and suggests the EU legislation for batteries.

Battery cells, modules and sets are to be produced with clean energy possible and only contain small amounts of dangerous substances. They should be designed energy efficient and for a long life.

High collection rate

Batteries of all kinds, for example, for the industry, in electrical or electric cars, should also be used, recycled or recycled at the end of their lifetime. The current collective ratio of batteries in the household should rise from 45 percent to 65 percent in 2025 and 70 percent in 2030. Industrial, starter or traction batteries must be collected without exception.

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Luxury liner with auxiliary motor: mercedes s 400 bluehybrid

Luxury liner with auxiliary motor: mercedes s 400 bluehybrid

Stuttgart, 22. September 2008 – in the topic of hybrid cars, german manufacturers had to fit a long time. Well, because some toyota prius already 600.000 kilometers and more have unwound, mercedes introduces his first form-ready model in the S 400 bluehybrid. But the customers must be patient until the coming summer, until they get this "mildhybrid" can put in the garage. We already had the opportunity to try the car.

No purely electric driving

The S-class differs from the S-class, apart from a side-mounted plaque and the hybrid lettering on the stern, not from its conventionally powered sisters. Our test vehicle still carries the well-known design dress, but when the hybrid-mercedes will come to the market for the next year, he has modified the facelift, which was expecting the facelift in 2009,. As in the inside of the word hybrid at the center console, no difference can be seen inside. There are the usual steering column lever to operate the seven-speed automatic, the known instruments and switches. When the end is switched on, however, a battery symbol in the main instrument becomes visible. We turn the end of the end and horns – a normal engine noise. Unlike the toyota prius or the lexus LS 600H, the hybrid S-class is instructed on the sprit burner to build up. Loose slide silently as japanese full hybrid competition is not in it. The S 400 bluehybrid is a so-called mildhybrid whose hybrid module leaves much smaller and correspondingly less powerful than in a full-hybrid and no purely electric driving allowed.

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Closing party: new registrations in september 2009

Closing party: new registrations in september 2009

Hanover, 12. October 2009 – from now on the cure begins. Already at the end of september, three months before the end of the year, almost as many passenger cars have been sold as in the whole of 2008 – just under three million. Nevertheless, it would be too easy to extrapolate without further ado. Almost four million units had to be sold by the end of the year, which of course is not possible. September showed a slight upturn – thanks to the scrappage scheme, there were probably also many deliveries of cars that had a longer waiting period. And especially with popular models such as the golf, this may continue for some time to come.

After the pramie

But it will get quieter, now only the latecomers are coming, the premium pot is empty. Some market observers expect sales figures for the rest of the year to be worse than in previous years. The reason: prospective buyers who could not or did not want to benefit from the scrappage scheme are now waiting for spring to arrive. As cynical as it may sound, they are hoping that the car dealers’ need will increase and that prices will continue to fall until then. Some carmakers are trying to prevent the worst from happening by already launching rough cost-cutting programs.

In actual figures, new registrations in september were once again outstanding. Over 316.000 passenger cars were sold, as is currently the case, mainly smaller vehicles. In the year to date, some manufacturers have even doubled their sales as a result. According to the federal motor transport authority, the highest growth rates were recorded by lada (+140%), hyundai (+118%) and fiat (+97%). But german manufacturers such as ford (+39.2%), VW (+34.0%) and opel (+32.4%) also made significant gains in the interim results. These three can be particularly pleased because their absolute gains are much higher than the percentage figures would indicate. Mercedes (-17.0%), porsche (-10.0%) and BMW (-9.1%), on the other hand, lost again – admittedly not only because the scrappage bonus is of little benefit to them. Their losses are mainly due to weak sales of company cars. The biggest losses were suffered by the foreign brands saab (-64.8%), general motors (-57.9%) and chrysler (-47.3%).

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Abwrackpramie: 90 percent of the funds are gone

Abwrackpramie: 90 percent of the funds are gone

Eschborn, 17. August 20009 – those who still want to benefit from the government’s scrappage scheme for old cars must hurry: the claim pot is almost empty. With the current average of around 9,000 online reservations per day, the funds were exhausted in three weeks and thus just before the federal election on 27. September. According to the claims funds overview of the responsible federal office of economics and export control (BAFA), there are still funds available for 183.736 premiums (as of monday, 17. August, 11:30 a.M.). This is no longer even 10 percent of the total budget. The scrappage scheme has triggered a sales boom, especially for small cars. However, with the expiry of the taxpayer-funded incentive, experts fear a sharp drop in new registrations.

Car dealerships: growth – repair shops: sales decline

According to calculations by the federal statistical office, the auto trade achieved a 4.7 percent increase in sales in the first five months of this year. The number of newly registered cars even increased by 22.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The figures reflect the trend towards buying cheaper small cars with the help of the premium. Importers benefited more than german manufacturers from the boom. Sales in the german auto industry fell in the first five months by almost a third (32.5 percent) to just under 100 billion euros. Garages had less work to do with the younger car fleet and had to cope with a 3.8 percent drop in sales.

Bose’s awakening 2010?

According to ferdinand dudenhoffer of the CAR center at the university of duisburg-essen, the german car market is facing an even worse crash next year than previously expected. In 2010, one million fewer cars could be sold than this year, the scientist predicted. In germany only 2.7 million cars were sold with it. Compared with 2008, this would be a drop of over 12 percent.

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Soon only with gruner plaque in the city

Soon only with gruner plaque in the city

Munchen, 13. November 2009 – for three years, a ban on transport for cars without environmental badges has been considered in many german cities. While you have so far been allowed in many places with yellow and partly with red sticker, the scheme will now spark in many city.

In berlin and hanover only with grun

The strongest affects berlin and hanover. There can be from 1. January 2010 only cars with gruner plaque in the zone. Also in frankfurt am main goes from 2010 the level two, but there can be yellow and grun to the center. In munchen, the same form of the level starts two only in october 2010. Only with gruner plaque in the city may be allowed am main from 2012 and at the isar from october 2012. Currently, the city of stuttgart announced that already from 1. July 2010 vehicles with red plaque no longer in the environmental zone can be retracted – one and a half years earlier than originally planned. How the changes are handled in the individual municipalities is best to learn the websites of the respective city.

Exceptions for vintage cars

In many of the city there are exceptions for the entrance to the environmental zone. For example, severely handicapped with the mark "AG", "H" or "BI" in the ID card also without a badge. Even vintage cars with H license plates are freed from the scheme. For two- and three-bread you do not need a badge. Limit: quads and trikes must be approved as a motorcycle or agricultural and forestry machine. Residents, removal trolleys, craftsmanship or vehicles with a foreign at the age of foreigners, on the other hand, are not freed from the plaque obligation.

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Scrappage scheme: associations demand more security for car buyers

Car buyers who want to take advantage of the scrappage scheme for old cars should not be disadvantaged if they choose a model with a long delivery time. Who buys a new car until the middle of the year, must get the 2500 euros guaranteed, demands the central association of german motor trades (ZDK). This would create more security for the buyers and would "hectic from the market" ZDK press spokesman helmut blumer said the leipziger volkszeitung (LVZ). The federation leads in this connection discussions with the federal office BAFA responsible for the application processing as well as the federal ministry of economics.

The ZDK, which represents the interests of nearly 40.The ZDK, which represents the interests of almost 40,000 vehicle dealers and repair shops in germany, is calling for the date of the purchase contract to be used as the cut-off date for receiving the premium, rather than the date of delivery of the new vehicle, as is currently the case. As the funds for the scrappage scheme are limited to a maximum of 600.000 payments are capped and BAFA only processes applications in the order in which they are received that include a certificate of registration for the new car, buyers of cars with longer delivery times are at a disadvantage. The ADAC also points this out, but instead of changing the cut-off date regulation, it calls for the cost cap for the "environmental pram".

According to a survey by the ZDK, around one million people want the scrappage bonus "in any case" use the scrappage scheme, according to the LVZ further. Although there is a question mark over the validity of a survey that was conducted less than four weeks after the announcement of the scrappage scheme, it is impossible to predict how many applications BAFA will receive in the coming months. According to the BAFA’s regularly updated list of receivables, to date 34.210 applications have been received by the authority to date.

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Tolerance in new york: gross lobby success for over

Uber may continue to expand aggressively in new york: the controversial driving service promoter has a leading peace pact with the US million metropolis, bill de blasio, closed. The proposal discussed in the town hall to brake the company’s turbo growth is for the time being from the table, shared the city council on wednesday. For the company is a gross lobby success. For de blasio comes the surprising unification of a 180 degree turn right.

In the end of june was initially promoted by the taxi and limousine commission and was initially supported by de blasio, after which taxi replacement services with more than 500 cars before only one percent more vehicles per year had to bring on the straws. For over, which his prasence in new york has increased massively in recent years and now had more cars than the classic taxi provider in use, that had a full braking.

It can also come to that. At first, however, it is said to be clarified in a study to what extent over the rapid expansion of new yorks is already bursting traffic jams and traffic chaos. The investigation in which the company cooperate and disclose data is to take four months – as long as the company may continue to grow unbraked. For de blasio, this is a role ruckwart. A few days ago he had in an opinion contribution in the new york daily news used for the growth brake.

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A-class e-cell: test drive in an electric mercedes

A-class e-cell: test drive in an electric mercedes

Valencia (spain), 10. December 2010 – apart from the missing exhaust, the electric version of the mercedes A-class can hardly be distinguished from its counterpart with a combustion engine when the vehicle is stationary. We are all the more excited about the impressions during a first test drive – after all, politics and industry are predicting a rough future for electromobility in germany too.

Noiseless start

The A-class E-cell is moved forward by an electric motor that delivers a peak output of 70 kw (95 hp). The continuous output is 50 kw (68 PS). The noiseless starting of an electric car is also fascinating with the E-cell. You will probably only get used to it if you regularly use electric vehicles. The electric benz set in motion almost silently. After a short period of habitation, I use the traffic light stop on a well-developed four-lane road to get an impression of the sprinting capabilities of the A-class E-cell. When it turns green, I kick that "accelerator" and experience immediately what it means when a torque of 290 nm is available from the first rotation.

Winner in the traffic light sprint

The electric A-class is extremely draughty and, above all, driven forward absolutely evenly. That makes driving fun, is comfortable and ensures that I can soon only make out the cars that have started at the same time in the rearview mirror. This experience is usually reserved for drivers of powerful sports cars. The mercedes accelerates quickly, especially in the first few meters, reaching 60 km / h in 5.5 seconds. But the electric motor doesn’t have much to gain on top of that, and up to 100 km / h it takes a total of 14 seconds. The E-cell is finally limited at 150 km / h – in favor of power consumption and thus the range of the vehicle.

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Little brother: the new mitsubishi asx on test

Little brother: the new mitsubishi asx on test

Trebur, 30. April 2010 – suvs didn’t do quite as well last year as most segments except small and micro cars actually did. Nevertheless, this type of vehicle has firmly established itself in the market, especially the VW tiguan has caught the fancy of car buyers. Recently, at the lowest end of the price scale, even dacia wants to play with the duster, it could even succeed. From june 2010 the next candidate enters the stage: the mitsubishi ASX. We had the opportunity to drive a pre-series specimen.

Design with a familiar touch

Visually, the mitsubishi ASX (which owes its name to a 2001 study) looks like a shrunken outlander. Especially in the front view you have to look twice to find differences. The wide-open "jetfighter"-grille is already familiar from other models of the brand, accentuated wheel arches give the vehicle a stocky look. All in all, the ASX presents itself in an unagitated, matter-of-fact way; there are no senseless design outgrowths. When looking at the side view, we notice the very short rear overhang, which has a relational background: although the ASX is a good 35 centimeters shorter than the outlander, both vehicles share the same wheelbase of 2.67 meters. Overall, 70 percent of the ASX components come from the outlander, only the rear floor structure has been newly developed.

Small coarse

With a length of 4.29 meters, the ASX is slightly shorter than the nissan qashqai and hyundai ix35, while the VW tiguan is 13 centimeters longer. Despite this, the mitsubishi has a wheelbase that is seven centimeters longer than the VW. The result is noticeable when opening the relatively narrow rear doors: in the rear, people up to 1.90 meters find sufficient space, only the headrests can not be pulled out far enough. The trunk is on a classy level with at least 416 liters, only the coarser VW tiguan offers significantly more with 470 liters. A practical feature of the ASX is a 30-liter storage compartment under the luggage compartment floor. In addition, the split backrests fold down together with the seat belts to form a flat surface.

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