The brainchild of developers from a private American company Terrafugia, was named Transition (“transition”), was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2010 (so far only for experimental flights).
After another 12-month license for the movement on the roads has provided the National Road Safety.
Thus, Transition will be the first hybrid vehicle and a license of the aircraft. It is expected that the new product can come into production in the near future and will cost 279 thousand dollars.
Transition car designed for two people, it has four wheels, and the sides are folded wings. ”Avtoplan” will be able to fly at an altitude of 500 meters, and the fuel supply will be sufficient for 1,000-mile flight.
However, the creators admit that the results of test flights confirmed the need to improve the design and functionality of the machine.
Many of the indicators and the data obtained in the course of a Canadian airport, “Plattsburgh” test run, has not yet been analyzed, so that the final version may look different.
“It was interesting to work on take-off system, – said Dr. Samuel Shvegart, one of the engineers working on the project. – The fact that, unlike conventional aircraft, during take-off Transition should not be allowed” deviations “on the rear wheel: on the road the car must be stable. ”
There were other problems. First, it appears that required for take-off Transition to gain a higher rate than previously thought. Secondly, the developers had to solve the problem of a hard landing.
Because of the potential defect airbags Kia Motors Corp recalls 145,755 sedansand crossovers Optima Rondo in the U.S.. Problem is suspected in theproduction of cars 2006-2008 and 2007-2008, respectively.
The manufacturer does not yet have information about any incident caused by thepossible defect. Kia, however, feared that the wear can damage the mechanismairbags protecting the driver. As a result, the device can not work in time.
Even earlier, Volkswagen announced that recalls 300,000 vehicles equipped with2-liter diesel engines.
The administration of road safety the U.S. stated that the fuel supply pipe to thefuel injection system may be small cracks, which in certain conditions can lead to leakage of fuel.
Now Volkswagen announced that he was unaware of any incidents of this kind.
Porsche is used to position itself as a German manufacturer. All production facilities are located exclusively in Germany. But things are changing and the company says, though it will continue to support the bid for the production of cars in Germany, has already begun to look for options for assembling cars in the U.S. and China. Both of these are very interesting market for any manufacturer, and even more so for Porsche. While Porsche conducts construction in Atlanta (USA) of its new U.S. representation, but in the future is not excluded, and assembly of motor vehicles in North America.