GACs Entranze concept is a slick EV with room for seven

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Concept Cars Electric Cars Tags See All Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Detroit Auto Show 2019 Post a comment China’s GAC Motor first made its main-floor debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Now, in its third year, the automaker came to Detroit to show off a brand new concept.GAC Motor on Monday unveiled its Entranze EV concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Loaded with the kind of tech you expect in a concept these days, GAC created this seven seater with the great American road trip in mind.The Entranze looks similar to Chrysler’s Portal minivan concept from CES 2017. The front lights follow the form of the front end closely, while the rear lights are tucked up under the glass. There are some big ol’ openings on the sides that make ingress and egress a breeze. Since the Entranze is electric, there’s no internal combustion engine to take up a bunch of space. And the wheels are pushed to the extreme ends of the body, allowing for even more space inside the vehicle.Enlarge ImageSliding glass doors and a front bench seat? Yep, I love it. Steven Pham/Roadshow The interior is the focus of this concept. Since it’s woke to use environmentally friendly materials in 2019, GAC claims the Entranze’s interior is made from more than 90 percent sustainable materials, including cork. The interior’s 3+2+2 configuration is atypical, but you’ll never hear me gripe about a front bench seat. The rocker panels on the side unfurl into steps, but they can also act as benches for just hangin’ out on the roadside. The interior looks like a work of art, with interesting blends of materials, colors and textures.The tech isn’t anything to shake a stick at, either. There are OLED screens all over the darn place — there are two little screens flanking the steering wheel, two screens at each front corner and a massive screen directly in front of the passenger. Those screens will be necessary to keep boredom at bay because, like many newfangled concepts, the Entranze is also capable of autonomous driving.While the Entranze is unlikely to make it to production, at least without a slew of changes, GAC does intend to bring its products to the US. However, it’s unclear when that will actually happen. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have some extra eye candy in Detroit. Share your voice 0 More From Roadshowcenter_img GAC Entranze concept debuts in Detroit Detroit Auto Show: Check out all the latest reveals.Concept cars: Soak in all the highfalutin tech and design. 39 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • GAC’s Entranze concept is a slick EV with room for seven • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad starlast_img read more

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Bangalore Metro hopes for better ride this fiscal with rising traffic nonfare

first_imgCommuters disembark from a Namma Metro (Kannada for “Our Metro”) train at an elevated station in the Indira Nagar area of Bangalore March 7, 2012.Reuters fileBangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), Indian IT city’s five-year-old network, hopes to improve operational efficiency in the current fiscal with higher passenger traffic and increased non-fare revenues.Namma Metro, as the network is colloquially called, saw its net loss widen to Rs 360.98 crore in 2015-16 from Rs 263.26 crore in the preceding fiscal, even as operating income rose 58 percent to Rs. 28.28 crore from Rs 17.83 crore in 2014-15. Total revenues stood at Rs 45 crore for 2015-16.Read: Cauvery water dispute: Woman burns bus in exchange for biryani during Bengaluru shutdownThe metro network’s interest costs in 2015-16 were Rs 37 crore in comparison to Rs 29.64 in the previous financial year. Its debt stood at Rs 9,661 crore as on March 31, 2016, according to the financial statement for financial year 2015-16.More ATMs at Metro stationsBMRCL’s other income, which stood at Rs 16.78 crore last fiscal, is poised to rise in the future as it finalises to leverage its sprawling at its 22 stations. The most significant would be the setting up of ATMs at 17 stations, for which it has selected five banks in the first round of tenders. The number of stations and ATMs will go up after the second round of bids.”There was a lot of interest but because the closing date of the tender was during the holidays this month, a few banks could not complete their applications. As a result, around five stations did not got bids. But this will be set right in the coming days with another tender,” a BMRCL official told The Hindu. The cumulative rental income from the ATMs will be around Rs. 2.5 crore annually, the official told the daily.The non-fare revenues are expected to spurt in the coming years, according to Pradeep Singh Kharola, Managing Director, BMRCL. “With the increase in ridership, the rent at Metro stations is set to soar. We are presently charging Rs 1,000 as rent per square foot. This could increase in the future,” he told The New Indian Express (TNIE).Higher passenger trafficWith the purple line becoming operational from April this year, the number of passengers carried has shot up to 1.75 lakh everyday from 46,055 earlier. This will reflect in BMRCL’s increased revenues from operations.”We were running at an average of 40,000 commuters per day before the launch of the underground corridor. It has now increased four-fold, with almost 1.7 lakh to 1.8 lakh riders daily,” Pradeep Singh Kharola told TNIE.The network operates two line — east-west corridor (also called purple line) and north-south corridor (also referred to as green line). The newly inaugurated Namma Metro Purple Line start operations connecting the east and west of Bengaluru on April 30, 2016.IANSlast_img read more

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US launches UN push for strongest possible measures against N Korea

first_imgThis combo of file photos shows an image (L) taken on April 15, 2017 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on a balcony of the Grand People`s Study House following a military parade in Pyongyang; and an image (R) taken on July 19, 2017 of US President Donald Trump speaking during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Washington, DC. AFPThe United States on Monday launched a bid at the UN Security Council to quickly slap the “strongest possible measures” on North Korea in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, but China and Russia said talks were needed to resolve the crisis.US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington will present a new sanctions resolution to the council to be negotiated in the coming days, with a view of voting on it next Monday.“Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy,” Haley told an emergency council meeting.The United States, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting after North Korea on Sunday detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile.Declaring that “enough is enough,” Haley said incremental sanctions imposed since 2006 had not worked and accused North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un of “begging for war.”“War is never something the United States wants. We don’t want it now. But our country’s patience is not unlimited,” she declared.“North Korea has basically slapped everyone in the face in the international community that has asked them to stop.”Haley declared the “time for half measures is over,” but did not spell out what measures Washington would support.Diplomats have indicated an oil embargo would have a crippling effect on the North Korean economy.‘Insulting’South Korea’s defense ministry said Pyongyang may be preparing another missile launch after two tests in July of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that apparently brought much of the US mainland into range.A launch could involve an ICBM being fired into the Pacific Ocean, the ministry said.At the UN, China’s ambassador Liu Jieyi warned that “the situation on the peninsula is deteriorating constantly as we speak, falling into a vicious circle.”But he emphasized the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution, saying Beijing would “never allow chaos and war on the peninsula.”He urged the parties to agree to a Chinese-Russian plan calling for the North to suspend its missile and nuclear tests and the United States and South Korea to suspend joint military exercises.Haley rejected the proposal as “insulting.”“When a rogue regime has a nuclear weapon and an ICBM pointed at you, you do not take steps to lower your guard. No one would do that. We certainly won’t,” she declared.Russia said it would study the new US proposals for sanctions, but again stressed those measures alone would not resolve the crisis.“This is not the way to get parties to the table to seek a political solution,” said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia.The council has imposed seven sets of sanctions on North Korea since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006, but Pyongyang has repeatedly found ways to circumvent the measures.The most recent resolutions, however, have significantly toughened the sanctions, targeting key exports sectors such as coal that are a source of hard currency for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime.Adding to already sharp tensions, the United States warned Sunday that it could launch a “massive military response” to any threats from North Korea and said it might cut off all trade with any country doing business with North Korea. That could have major reverberations: China is the largest trading partner of both the North and the United States.US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an extraordinarily tough-sounding warning to the North, saying any new aggression against the US or its allies could lead to Pyongyang’s “total annihilation.”Many experts say talks may be the only way to address the issue.“The Americans need to open a direct channel at a high level with the North Koreans,” John Delury of Yonsei University in Seoul told AFP. “That’s the missing piece to all of this.”South Korean responseSouth Korea’s defense ministry said it was already strengthening its defenses, in part by deploying more US-made Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile launchers.Seoul also fired an early-morning volley of ballistic missiles in an exercise simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear test site. Pictures showed short-range Hyunmoo missiles roaring into the dawn sky from an east coast launch site.US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s leader Moon Jae-In spoke on the phone Monday and agreed to remove limits on the payload of the South’s missiles, Seoul’s presidential office said.Seoul was previously restricted to a maximum warhead weight of 1100 pounds (500 kilograms) on its ballistic missiles, according to a bilateral agreement with the United States signed in 2001.South Korean defense ministry officials estimated the strength of Sunday’s blast at 50 kilotons—five times the strength of any previous detonation by the North—but did not confirm whether it was a hydrogen bomb.But Defense Minister Song Young-Moo said Seoul believed Pyongyang had succeeded in miniaturizing its nuclear weapons to fit into an ICBM.‘Perfect success’On Sunday US monitors measured a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake near the North’s main testing site.The North hailed the test as “a perfect success.”Hours before the test, the North released images of Kim Jong-Un inspecting a device it called a “thermonuclear weapon with super explosive power” entirely made “by our own efforts and technology.”The respected 38 North website urged caution, saying it was likely the item pictured was “only a model mock-up.”The North says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, and analysts say it is seeking to strengthen its hand for any future negotiations with Washington.last_img
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Voters To Pick New Trustee For HISD In RunOff Election

first_img 00:00 /01:00 Florian MartinHISD headquartersIn the New Year, the Houston school board will have a new face. On Dec. 10, voters will have one more chance to pick that person for District VII.It has come down to Anne Sung, a former teacher, and John Luman, an attorney and lobbyist.Sung, who currently works with the nonprofit Project GRAD, won the most votes in the general election. Here’s what she calls her top priority: “Really focus on creating strong credible plans for schools that are struggling to help them improve.”While it’s her second time to run for the spot, it’s the first time for her opponent, Luman. He’s been endorsed by outgoing trustee Harvin Moore. Here’s his first order of business if he’s elected: “First is to have everybody on the board working together, to focus on the kids, to make sure we’re all moving in harmony.”HISD’s District VII stretches from River Oaks to Harwin.Together the nine trustees on the HISD board decide the tax rate and approve the budget for the state’s largest school district.For detailed information on voting locations, visit the Harris County Clerk’s page. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

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Traffic After Harvey And Fertitta Buys The Rockets The Good Bad And

first_img Share A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on the massive traffic delays the city is experiencing as the region tries to recover from Hurricane Harvey, JJ Watt’s abundant fundraising for Harvey relief efforts, and Tilman Fertitta buying the Rockets.Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Vlad Davidiuk, communication director for the Harris County Republican PartyLisa Falkenberg, columnist for the Houston ChroniclePaul Pendergraft, retired Houston Public Media producerlast_img read more

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