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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TRW Automotive Earns Top Echelon Ford World Excellence Award

LIVONIA, Mich., June 30 - TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), through its TRW Polska Sp. z o.o. manufacturing facility in Czestochowa, Poland, has earned a prestigious Ford Motor Company Gold World Excellence Award for exemplary performance in the supply of airbags in 2008.

"This marks three consecutive years that our airbag plant in Poland has earned this accolade, and TRW is truly in the top echelon of Ford suppliers having merited one of only a dozen Gold level awards," said TRW president and chief executive officer John Plant. "TRW will continue to work diligently across all of its plants to supply Ford with world class levels of quality, customer satisfaction and innovation."

The World Excellence Awards recognize suppliers who not only achieve the highest levels of cost, quality and delivery, but also acknowledge the diverse cultures, values, and ideas of the thousands of individuals they employ. TRW garnered one of just 36 overall World Excellence Awards presented to Ford Motor Company suppliers for 2008 performance.

"The achievement of Ford's ONE Goal depends upon all members of the ONE Ford team working together, said Tony Brown, group vice president of global purchasing for Ford. "We salute the supplier winners of the 2008 World Excellence Awards for providing products and services that reach the highest standards for technology, quality and cost."

TRW was among representatives of Ford's top global suppliers at the recent awards ceremony held at Ford's World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. John Plant accepted the award on behalf of TRW.

Source : http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/06-30-2009/0005052651&EDATE=

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

2010 Opel Astra Interior Revealed

We thought Opel's all-new 2010 Astra looked quite fetching, but as our mother warned us years ago, it's what lies inside that counts. As it turns out, that's true - new photos released by GM reveal quite a sophisticated cabin underneath all that swoopy bodywork.

It's almost hard to believe the interior shown here lies within a compact car. Designers worked to bring the ambiance of the larger Insignia sedan into the smaller Astra. We dig the curvaceous center stack and door panels (both of which seem to be inspired by the Insignia, but clad in quite a bit of chrome) and we like how the red mood lighting glows beneath their edges.

Although the stitched leather, mood lights, and navigation system all suggest this to be a high-content model, the Astra sports an upscale cabin not typically found in this segment. Sadly, with lackluster sales of the current Saturn Astra, along with the sale of both Opel and Saturn to private parties, it's quite unlikely we'll ever sample this beauty in North America.

Source : http://rumors.automobilemag.com/6523711/news/2010-opel-astra-interior-revealed/index.html

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Infiniti Releases the 2009 Infiniti G Convertible!!!

Infiniti has listened and answered your call for a convertible true to Infiniti standards. Released on June 19th, the Infiniti G Convertible has a retractable hardtop that remains seamless in it's sporty coupe design. The innovative clamshell manner in which the hardtop retracts into the trunk minimizes the space it takes in the trunk and capitalizes on its appealing look.

The convertible has all the gusto of the Infiniti G37 sedan or coupe with the option of driving with the top-down. With a 3.7-liter V6 engine with dual air intake and exhaust at your finger tips, the Infiniti G Convertible cranks out 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The exclusive VVEL technology constantly adjusts the intake valve lift and timing allowing for a quicker response and a broader torque curve, all the while enhancing fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

One of the wonderful features of driving a convertible is the ability to feel the wind in your hair. More often than not this is just a nostalgic idea and the reality of cold breezes and loud wind noise snaps us back into reality. Infiniti has tackled these problems head on during the design of the exquisitely alluring interior of the new G convertible. The Adaptive Climate Control System was developed to automatic adjust according to the outside temperature and speed of the vehicle. The heaters will increase as the outside temperature drops at night and your speed increase to help maintain a constant in-cabin temperature.

Infiniti teamed up with Bose® to ingrate an Open Air Sound System that monitors ambient noise, hardtop position, and vehicle speed. This available option will dynamically adjust the amplifier's equalization producing an untainted sound throughout the 13 speakers whether the top is up or down. AudioPilot® 2.0 noise compensation technology helps to reduce outside noise to help maintain optimum listening conditions.

For more information :http://www.prlog.org/10264145-infiniti-releases-the-2009-infiniti-convertible.html

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Manual Soft top

A lot driver would prefer convertible car (topless) then normal boring 3 box car but is hard for most first time buyer, due to Convertible Coupe ? Auto soft top ? Manual soft top ?

Coupe convertible will have the most flexible compare with any soft top car, due to solid chassis, drive like normal coupe, but the disadvantage is obvious, pricey, heavy and very high maintenance cost (BMW 3 serious, SLK, SL and bla)

Auto Soft top, is the most popular in the market due to, almost every car manufacturer have their convertible car with automatic soft top, is simple, just unplug two button (expensive car is just one click) and a click, also lower cost to built... then free air (depend where, ok) for everyone, but disadvantage will be noise, insecure (some people found number protection on thin layer of leather), number theft protection ...

Source : http://malaysiacar.org/news/

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

How to Restore an Old Car: Interior And Convertible Top on our 1967 Chevy Camaro

Popular Mechanics restored a 1967 Chevy Camaro convertible in 1992 in honor of the Camaro's 25th anniversary. The lesson's learned from this project are applicable to restoring any old car-from a Model T to a Lamborghini. And every restoration project provides the same deep-down satisfaction of bringing a dying car back to life. Here, we take on the interior and convertible top.

Probably the silliest bit of engineering in this whole Camaro was the convertible top/rear window. The top well boot, the rear window and the top all staple to three pieces of metal channel containing compressed paper. This channel is then bolted to the car, in theory, stretching all three pieces of cloth-backed vinyl to the proper tension.

Just to complicate matters, the top well boot goes over the top of the channel, hiding it from view when installed-and hiding it from the installers as they're trying to bolt it in. It literally took all day for two people to fit and adjust the convertible top. There's nothing difficult about it, but as you're juggling three different pieces of vinyl, a hair dryer for smoothing the vinyl and the staple gun, you're thinking, "In 15 minutes I could come up with five better top designs than this!"

Next, we laid out our sound-deadening pads for the floor, followed by the molded carpet. Compared to tag-team wrestling the convertible top, this was a cinch.

Once the carpet was in place, we installed new doorsills as well as our center console. The console was stripped and repainted and the trim polished. Then the unit was reassembled and installed as a subassembly. With the console in place, we were able to add the stock console gauges and our new shifter.

Obviously, the stock 2-speed Powerglide shifter would not work with our TH700R4 4-speed automatic. But B&M came up with a cable-operated MegaShifter that fit our console perfectly and looks very much like the stock '67 shifter. We did have to fabricate an aluminum adapter plate to mount the shift lever in the console, but that was a minor chore.

Next came reproduction rear side panels and ashtray panels from D&R. These arrived preformed and installed easily with a half-dozen trim screws each. The new door panels were more trouble. These reproduction Deluxe panels were molded plastic, surprisingly expensive and not as well made as we would have liked. We had to modify the molded backing with a heat gun in order to fit them to our doors. Then we had to move all the mounting brackets to line up with the mounting holes in our doors.

Surprisingly, Camaro door panel trim was not available in reproduction. We had to remove the trim from our old panels, clean it up, then install it on our new panels before hanging the whole assembly on the doors. Before hanging the door panels, we securely glued repro weatherproofing panels over the inner doors and sprayed the window sills the proper semigloss black. With the interior panels in place, we installed new door handles and window cranks.

Camaro seats are a snap to restore. The rear bench is made up of two simple pieces--the bottom and the back--each built around a metal frame with padded flat springs, foam rubber cushioning and vinyl surfaces held in place by the time-honored use of upholstery hog rings. With the seat frames stripped, it was an easy matter to clean up the springs, lay out new foam padding, fit reproduction Deluxe seat covers, stretch them tight and fasten them with new hog rings. We installed new rear seatbelts, then snapped the two pieces of the reupholstered seat into place.

Source : http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/reader_rides/1271241.html?page=2

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

V10-powered Audi R8 Spyder takes to the 'Ring

Audi currently sells two versions of its R8 supercar, the original 4.2L V8 model and the recently revealed 5.2L V10 version, but there are two more versions in the works, one of which will be unveiled at September's Frankfurt Motor Show. The two new versions are the R8 Spyder convertible and high-performance RS variant.

As for the R8 Spyder, a spokesman for Audi previously confirmed that it has been delayed to allow time for sales of the V10 hard-top to eventually die down. The Audi rep also confirmed that the Spyder will feature a full convertible soft-top roof instead of a smaller targa set-up, which was the preferred choice of engineers back in Germany.

Other major changes for the car that are expected to make it to production will be additional air intakes located behind the seats, as well as a pair of safety roll-over bars. Sadly, the R8's trademark aluminum side blades have been removed. The placement of the fuel filler cap will also be changed due to the missing rear pillars, while changes under the sheet metal will likely include extra chassis strengthening.

While the base model will likely stick with the hard-top's 420hp (313kW) 4.2L V8 engine, there's talk that Audi may shoehorn the 5.2L V10 into a mid-level model and reserve the 5.0L twin-turbo V10 from the RS6 for a high-performance RS-variant. The version spotted testing at the Nurburgring in these latest spy shots is thought to be the V10 model.

The differences between the RS-variant and the standard V8 and V10 model will extend beyond just horsepower outputs. The chassis has reportedly been modified to accommodate the extra power, gaining upgraded suspension, steering and braking systems. Its arrival isn't pegged until late 2010 or early 2011.

Source : http://www.motorauthority.com/spy-shots-2011-audi-r8-spyder.html


Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Infiniti G37 Convertible details

Infiniti has released European specifications for the G37 Convertible, due to go on sale in September, with prices to be announced next week. The G37 features a folding three-part metal roof that rises or lowers in 25 seconds.

Two G37 models will be offered, with power coming from a 216bhp 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine sending power to the rear wheels. The G37 Convertible accelerates to 62mph in 6.2 seconds on manual versions and onto a limited top speed of 155mph.

The entry GT G37 Convertible is equipped with 19" alloy wheels with sports brakes, a wind deflector, leather seats, active cornering Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED rears, dual-zone adaptive climate control with automatic air recirculation and 'self-healing' Scratch Shield Paint.

A new Connectiviti information and entertainment features a seven-speaker audio system incorporating a CD player with MP3 disc compatibility as well as a 2GB Music Box and iPod/USB compatibility, Bluetooth phone connection with voice controls, parking sensors and a rear view camera.

Pay options include seven-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters. GT Premium versions add Connectiviti+ with a 30Gb HDD navigation system with a 3D Points of Interest information bank supplied by Michelin Green Guide. The music box can now store up to 10GB of music and can be operated by one of four ways including a high resolution touch screen.

Front seats now have a memory function linking the driver's seat position to the car's Intelligent Key and can be cooled as well as heated. Front seat headrests incorporate Bose Personal speakers as part of the 13-speaker Bose Premium Sound System. There are 48 colour and trim combinations.

Source : http://motortorque.askaprice.com/news/auto-0906/new-infiniti-g37-convertible-details.asp


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Next-gen Saab 9-3 convertible built in Sweden?

The current SAAB 9-3 range is produced in two different countries, the sedan and sportcombi (wagon) are built in Sweden, and the convertible is built in Germany. But news German newspaper the Handelsblatt indicates that the entire range of the next-generation 9-3s will be produced in Sweden as oppose to Germany.

The changes come amid a rethink for the next-generation 9-3, it will be smaller and hence based on a smaller platform. This results in a potential shift away from the Vectra platform to GM's Delta platform.

Trollhatten in Sweden (the hometown of Saab) may therefore get back full production of the 9-3 range, which would make Saab fans happy. Given the uncertainty surrounding the cars production, the current 2009/10 release date has been delayed until 2011/12.

Source : http://www.caradvice.com.au/12499/next-gen-saab-9-3-convertible-built-in-sweden/

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Infiniti's cabrio

The Infiniti G37 Convertible - Nissan's luxury rival to the BMW 3-Series Convertible and Audi A5 Cabriolet - goes on sale in the UK this autumn, and we've got a bunch more details on the really-quite-good-looking drop-top.

Powered by a lightly detuned version of 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine from the Nissan 370Z, putting out 316bhp, the G37 will reach 60mph in 6.2 seconds and hit the limiter at 155mph - putting it squarely between BMW 330i and 335i convertible pace.

Like the 3-Series, the G37 gets a folding hard-top, a three-piece arrangement that lowers in 25 seconds. If you're feeling a bit show-off, there's a button on the door handle to lower the roof from the outside (best used when the car is stationary, we'd advise), allowing you to nonchalantly continue your converstion with your boss/secretary/illicit weekend squeeze while the roof folds away behind you. Neat.

It's a well-kitted car: even the lower-spec GT version gets leather, heated seats and Infiniti's clever self-healing paint, while the top-spec GT premium gets a 30GB entertainment system and a tiny chimpanzee butler.

For more information : http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/infiniti-g37-convertible-2009-06-05

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