Citroen has unveiled the first images of the C4 Cactus that’s destined for Latin America, which is developed locally and will be produced at the company’s Porto Real factory in Brazil. Latin America is the second largest international region for the French automaker after China, with Citroen recording a 14 percent growth in 2017. In order to keep the momentum going, Citroen will offer a specially adapted version of the C4 Cactus in the region, including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia. Citroen didn’t went into great detail about the differences between the C4 Cactus that’s already available in Europe and the Latin American version, apart from a few styling updates, aimed at making the crossover look more rugged. The changes include a redesigned bumper and new roof bars but the carmaker didn’t reveal if they will offer the Cactus with features like the hydraulic suspension of the European model. The updated C4 Cactus has been on sale in … [Read more...] about Citroen Launches C4 Cactus In South America, Will Be Produced In Brazil
Une version aux faux airs de SUV, qui sera produite localement. Citroën poursuit son offensive à l'international. Après avoir présenté le C4 Aircross destiné au marché chinois, le constructeur au double chevron dévoile aujourd'hui un C4 Cactus "SUV" mis au point pour l'Amérique du Sud. Sur le plan esthétique, ce modèle ressemble comme deux gouttes d'eau au nôtre. Il y a pourtant quelques différences à noter, à l'image d'un bouclier redessiné et des barres de toit, abandonnées sur le modèle restylé européen. Et puis il y a aussi un élément en plastique au niveau des vitres arrière, collé à la custode. Cela signifie-t-il que le Cactus sud-américain a abandonné l'ouverture à compas au profit de vitres descendantes ? Citroën ne le dit pas... De même, le constructeur au double chevron ne communique pas les … [Read more...] about Le Citroën C4 Cactus se virilise en Amérique du Sud
July 31, 2016 12:00 by Jonathan Lopez As you’re probably well aware, Rolls-Royce has made a habit of unveiling extravagantly customized variants of it’s already extravagant model lineup under the Bespoke customer personalization program. The latest high-profile creation is a pair of unique motor cars inspired by “the atmosphere and vibrancy of one of the world’s most exclusive and glamorous enclaves; Porto Cervo.” Part of the pair is this emerald green Dawn, a drophead coupe outfitted with a nautical-themed interior, mother of pearl, precious jewels, and white gold. But this thing didn’t just appear out of thin air. As any artistic person will tell you, proper inspiration is needed to create anything of worth, and to that end, Rolls launched its Summer Studio in Porto Cervo, Italy, last month. The studio hopes to combine “the worlds of fashion, art and design” into a single luxurious social hub for well-to-do clientele, creating the … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce Dawn , Specs, Prices, Photos & Videos @ Top Speed
Sculptor Marisol Escobar, known as Marisol, photographed with some of her work in 1968. (Jack Mitchell/Getty Images) Back in 2008, I asked a friend who worked as a senior conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a simple question: “If you could see a big retrospective of any artist who hasn’t already been given one, who would it be?” My friend didn’t hesitate. “Marisol,” he said. “Who?” I asked. Marisol Escobar, he explained. A sculptor. Wood, mostly. She was big in the ’60s, a key figure at the beginning of pop art. Then she disappeared. She went by “Marisol.” I had just moved to Boston from Sydney, and I had never heard of Marisol. But I made a point of finding out about her. It wasn’t hard. I started seeing striking works by her in smaller local museums. The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H., had one of her utterly original, droll, faux-naïf sculptural ensembles. I loved it. The Rose Art … [Read more...] about These women are some of America’s greatest artists. Why don’t they get the respect they deserve?
A team of engineers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed the first all-solid-state battery cells, which could lead to safer, faster-charging and longer-lasting rechargeable batteries. These can be used for a number of applications, from mobile devices to electric cars and stationary energy storage. Led by John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, along with senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, the new battery offers a number of benefits. “Cost, safety, energy density, rates of charge and discharge and cycle life are critical for battery-driven cars to be more widely adopted. We believe our discovery solves many of the problems that are inherent in today’s batteries,” Goodenough said. The new battery cells offer three times as much energy density as today’s lithium-ion batteries, which allows for more driving range. Additionally, they are able to withstand a higher number of charging and … [Read more...] about All-solid-state battery cells developed by UT Austin researchers