by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 into a stunning future RX-8 OF THE FUTURE: The Mazda Souga concept car is expected to be a decendent of the current Mazda RX-8. NEXT GEN: The Audi eOra concept sketch for the 2009 LA motor show. in complete control. This is where things start to get interesting. As the Car Hero gamer demon- strates skill and mastery, the car's ''transmorphable' architecture turns up the intensity by creating a more challenging driving experience. Car Hero's configuration will re- ward a driver's increasing skills by gradually changing from a four seater, to three seats and then the ultimate challenge, a single-wheeler. Car Hero also has peer-to-peer applications like ''friends drive' where anyone can come along for a digital joyride. Mazda Souga THE electric-powered Souga concept is one of the most realistic concepts on show. It looks like an RX8 of the future, boasting some cutting-edge technology that will keep tech-savvy youngsters more than happy. By 2030 Mazda expects Los Angeles to be a centre for young entrepreneurs. They expect car buyers to be able to customise their own vehicles straight from the factory. Mazda's young designers propose a high-tech virtual world called VMazda so young people can experiment, build, and share their automotive dreams in a virtual world at no cost. With the help of a virtual design mentor, an owner's individual design can then be rapidly manufactured at one of Mazda's sustainable direct digital manufacturing plants, using the Souga as the base. Nissan V2G BY 2030, Nissan's young designers expect the global highways to be fully electrified and our road networks will have grid-like motorways. For that reason they have come up with their own creation of a new ultra-efficient, high-speed network called the ''Grid''. Nissan's Grid-compliant car for 2030 is the V2G --- for Vehicleto-Grid. With the Nissan Leaf leading the company's electric car push, the designers think EVs like the V2G will be very popular with consumers thanks to their low cost and dynamic styling. The designers also expect tech- savvy buyers to be able to hack into the Grid system and untap the V2G's performance potential off-line in a completely different vehicle segment, a feature they are quite proud of. Toyota Link TOYOTA reckons that by 2030 university students will be among the most intelligent and proactive generations ever. However, they will still be cash poor and that's where the eco-friendly Toyota Link comes in. With little-to-no disposable income, students will be able to pick up a Link via various inter-connected transport Hubs. Once on board, the Link seamlessly links on to a transportation social network, allowing connections with other drivers to share the commute, trade music, or compare diaries. Drivers will be able to download applications like the ''Link Skinz'' to digitally transform the car's shape into a personalised exterior design. In place of traditional wheels, the Link drives on spheres made of an electro-conductive material. This cfeature allows the vehicle to convert friction into energy and recharges the on-board batteries, making efficiency look easy. Honda Helix THE wafer-thin Helix could pass as Honda's answer to the 2030 NSX supercar. By then Honda's young designers believe we will have emerging technologies, such as genetic integration and adaptive polymers. These polymers will be capable of shifting shape, colour or even material properties. When mated with the driver's DNA genetic code, it will allow a vehicle to be an extension of the owner, evolving in parallel with them throughout their life. The Helix will have three distinct physical shapes --- A, B and Z. A is short and wide for cities with crowded roads, where agility and speed allow easy navigattion. B is long and low for high-speed country drives over longer distances. Z is tall and thin for congested cities, allowing the occupants sit vertically on two levels to lessen the car's footprint on streets. The Helix will also be able to adapt to the different needs of the occupants by changing the orientation of the cabin and individualising its controls. Bio-receptors will allow the vehicle to micro-adjust even further to meet the drivers' demands. All 4 the adventure sale price: drive away no more to pay! $24,990 All 4 the adventure sale price: drive away no more to pay! $32,990 Forester X (manual) Impreza R (manual) If you knew, you'd be in a Subaru too.
November 28th 2009
December 12th 2009