2012 Chevy Volt versus Nissan Leaf Mash-up Drag Race
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 plug-in Chevrolet Volt and the new all electric Nissan Leaf are not what most people would consider performance cars. In fact they are designed to get people from point A to point B using the least amount of energy and burning the least amount of oil. If you think about it...in some ways they are the ultimate economy cars but that doesn't mean they can't be fun to drive. To determine which of these two new revolutionary cars is the better performance machine we put them to the test the good old fashioned way: with an electric car drag race. So which one is faster? Watch the video to find out.
2012 Cadillac CTS versus Infiniti M56x All-Wheel-Drive Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport wagon and the
Infiniti M56 both come with all-wheel-drive. The Cadillac's Borg Warner
system "uses sophisticated controls and algorithms to augment vehicle
handling and traction by optimally using grip at both the front and rear
wheels," according to Cadillac. It can shift up to 100% of available torque
to the front axle if needed.
The 2012 Infiniti's M56x All-Wheel-Drive system is designed "specifically
for a front engine/rear-wheel drive biased setup. 0 to 50 percent of the
power can be sent to the front wheels for better control. The active brake
limited slip differential can shift power side to side. The system uses an
advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes
torque to the wheels (0:100 up to 50:50 front to rear) according to road
and driving conditions." according to Infiniti.
So which is better up Lick Skillet Road (America's steepest country road)
when it's muddy, wet and slick? Watch the video to find out in this
All-wheel-drive mashup review.
2012 Mazda2 versus Infiniti FX50 0-60-0 MPH Performance Mashup Test
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Mazda 2 and the 2012 Infiniti FX50 have
very little in common except for perhaps interior volume. In fact the two
vehicles are about $50,000 apart when it comes to price. The Mazda 2 in
this video has a sticker price of of around $17K while the Infiniti FX50 is
just about $66K. So the question we wanted to answer was just how much more
performance can do you get for your extra $50,000 USD. To find out we put
the cars to the test to see how fast they go from 0-60 MPH and perhaps more
importantly how far many feet it takes them to run from 0-60-0 MPH. If you
are curious about the results. Check out the video.
Electric cars comparison : BMW i8 v Holden Volt v Mitsubishi PHEV v Nissan Leaf v Toyota Prius
http://www.caradvice.com.au/327127/?yt_desc - Read the article here.
Dan and Tegan put five classes of electric vehicles to the test - ranging
from compact city cars, to the new BMW i8 sports car.
The Toyota Prius has been the standard in hybrid motoring for the past
decade, but now there are plenty of choices for buyers.
Drivers now have a choice for electric power in a multitude of segments.
For the test, Dan and Tegan have charged all the cars and will run them all
on the same course to see what kind of range each car gets.
The Toyota Prius is the only car on test that cannot be plugged in. The
electric motor is charged by the regenerative braking system and operates
as an EV at speeds under 50km/h.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a petrol motor driving the front wheels
and an electric motor driving the rear wheels. The petrol motor cuts in
under stronger acceleration.
The Holden Volt (sold as the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera in other
markets) will use its electric power until charge is depleted, the petrol
motor operating as charger and range extender. Performance is much more
impressive than the other petrol / electric derivatives.
The Nissan Leaf is entirely electric and has no petrol backup. The range is
longer than the other hybrid cars, but you need to make sure you don't run
the battery flat - and it takes 8-hours to charge.
The BMW i8 also has an electric motor driving the front wheels and a petrol
engine driving the rear - providing AWD performance.
The i8 isn't as economical as other hybrids, but is more economical than a
comparable sports car. It out performs all the other EV cars on test in
both speed and fun!
While all cars have their plus and minus points, buyers now have economical
hybrid options in all main car categories.
Why Top Gear is wrong about the Nissan Leaf
Top Gear recently gave a less than favourable review of the Nissan Leaf.
Jeremy Clarkson took the mick out of the Leaf, all for entertainment value
of course. I think he's missed a trick or two in his assessment. In this
video you'll hear about the reality of driving a leaf 500 miles a week, how
little it costs, and why this is one hell of a car. And all this from
someone who is shelling out his own hard earned cash to drive one. I'm no
tree hugger, but I can spot a bargain when I see one.