2011 SCION FR-S CONCEPT SPORT COUPE
The New Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The Scion FR-S Concept, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with compelling style, exceptionally balanced performance and handling, flexible utility and surprising MPG.
Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is built around the core goal of achieving “pure balance,” which begins with the strategic placement of a flat 2.0-liter boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine’s compact size and shape allows the Scion FR-S’ powertrain to be mounted lower and further back towards the rear, giving the car a lower center of gravity and a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio.
The fierce exterior of the Scion FR-S Concept is a good reflection of its inner power. The intimidating proportions of the concept give it a dominant stance that bleeds performance. The profile, inspired by the Toyota 2000GT, reveals a hood-line that is remarkably sleek and low, made possible by the boxer’s architecture.
2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU ECO
Chevrolet introduced standard version and ECO-flavored variant of the all-new 2013 Malibu Sedan at the New York Auto Show. The new version features GM’s eAssist “light electrification” technology, which is the company’s way of saying it is a micro-hybrid car. The eAssist uses a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking electric assist and start-stop functionality.
The Chevrolet Malibu ECO returns a fuel consumption of 38 mpg (6.19 liters/km) on the highway and 26 mpg (9 liters/100 km) in the city, with Chevrolet boasting that it’s the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in the company’s 100 year-long history.
The system weighs 65 pounds (29 kg) and is mated to a 2.4-liter Ecotec direct-injection petrol engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 180HP but it receives up to 15 more horsepower during heavier acceleration from the eAssist system. Fuel efficiency is further increased by the eAssist in various driving scenarios, helping the Malibu ECO to achieve a driving range of 550 miles (885 km) on a full 15.8-gallon tank (60 liters).
2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO gets features underbody aero enhancements and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the car. The shutters are open or closed based on engine coolant temperature and speed. For instance, they open when the car is traveling up a hill, pulling a trailer, or in hot city driving, and they close at highway speeds when engine cooling is less required.