Saturday, 8 July 2017

Infernal Combustion Engine

The new Honda Civic looks pretty spectacular:
That is going by Editor-in-Chief of Top Gear Mag, Charlie Turner's, comment that "...our cover story, where the battle for the hot-hatch heartland continues with the arrival of the fifth-generation Civic Type-R"
Ah, of course - it's the Type-R - that explains the spoiler.
Or maybe, while us subscribers to this fine magazine get our own covers, maybe we should also get our own welcome message from Mr.Turner.
In case you're wondering, that's an Aston-Martin Valkyrie not a Honda Civic.
Meanwhile, on Page 20 of the mag, we learn that Volvo's high-performance division, Polestar, will now be exclusively building electric cars.  Which is a shame.  But it also fits in with the big Volvo news from last week - Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019.
They were actually quite clever with their wording there.
My own car for example has several electric motors - at least one in each door.
They got the headlines though.  It plans to launch five fully electric models between 2019 and 2021 and a range of hybrid models.  But it will still be manufacturing earlier models that have only combustion engines.  And those hybrids will still have some carbon being ignited - so it is nothing more than an indication of the direction that the car industry is moving in.
Further illustrated by the story a day later that France is set to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.  No indication of what happens to internally combustion engined cars bought in France in December 2039 though - or those bought over the national borders that may get driven in to France.
I suppose they still have 22 and a half years to fine-tune the rules...
...and to come to some sort of agreement in Paris.  Probably not involving this foolish fossil...
who may well be personally adding to the world's fossil fuel stocks by then.

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