Mahwah, NJ —Jaguar recently unveiled the X-Type—its smallest and "most affordable" sports saloon (that's sedan to us Yanks). The car goes on sale next summer in Europe and by the end of the year in other markets. The X-Type is aimed at competing with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C Class, and Volvo S60.
Big technical news is that the X-Type's standard powertrain is all-wheel drive, the first on a Jaguar. And while details are not included in the information released so far, driving aficionados may be teased by the 5-speed stick shown in the interior photo—a break from the "automatics only" policy in the U.S. market for many years. Engine choices are a 2.5- and 3.0-liter V6 derived from those used in the larger Jaguar S-Type sedan (see DN, 7/19/99, p. 52).
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A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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