Atlanta-Jaguar debuted its small sedan, the X-Type, to the automotive press last week. With a base price of $29,950 for the 2.5-liter 6-cylinder model, the company is aiming to bring a car with Jaguar handling and amenities to the entry-level small-luxury class now populated by the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes C Class, the Audi A4, and Volvo S60. Jaguar says this is the fastest growing market segment.
Top features include full-time all-wheel drive (AWD), an optional five-speed manual transmission, and a 3.0-liter-powered version.
Jaguar's new X-type was run through its paces last week by auto journalists at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and through the hills of northern Georgia.
After taking the car through road and handling courses at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as into the hills north of Atlanta, I'd say it seems the design engineers have hit their mark. The car hugs curves tightly, but with a Jaguar "floating" feel. The AWD is transparent to the driver, with the majority of noise only coming from the tires and not the mechanical systems. Keep an eye on future issues of Design News for a full drive report.
The X-Type goes on sale officially August 1. To find out more, log on to: www.x-type.com
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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