Which color do you like?

My parents are getting a new vehicle in the next month or so, and I think I have convinced them that the 2007 Honda CR-V is the way to go. They liked the Pilot, but it’s a little bigger and a little worse on gas. Anyway, they are trying to decide on colors, so how about some help? Which of these do you like:

  
  

They are: Royal Blue Pearl, Glacier Blue, Tea Green, Nighthawk Black Pearl & Whistler Silver, Tango Red, and Borrego Beige. You can see a few more photos here.

I like the Borrego Beige, Glacier Blue, and Tea Green myself.

I realize the photos look kind of desolate (the weather kinda sucked in Edmonton today) but let’s be honest, my parents live in Yellowknife – it’s like that all the time! Heh, just kidding, it can be a very nice place, as you can see here. Just think how sharp a CR-V would look in that shot!

So, which do you like?

Read: 2007 CR-V Photos

The Green Hummer

Post ImageThat’s green as in “environmentally friendly” – not the color. The last vehicle you’d ever expect to undergo a clean energy makeover just has. Well sort of. The Hummer O2 concept vehicle just won the L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge and has some impressive features:

Yes, you read that right: this Hummer-branded vehicle, made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials, pulls double-duty as a mobile algae cultivation farm, whose photosynthetic waste provides oxygen for both the O2 itself and the surrounding environment; what’s more, used algae are employed as biomass to provide partial power. The main power sources, though, are the fuel cells built directly into each wheel (wrapped in adaptable Active Tread tires, naturally), which drive independent hydraulic motors when fed hydrogen from a central holding tank.

Pretty intense! Don’t expect to find one at a GM dealer near you though.

Read: Engadget

2007 Honda CR-V

Post ImageIt’s not often I blog about vehicles, but I just love the brand new 2007 Honda CR-V. And as far as I can tell, it’s not yet available in Canada. I think it’s a damn sexy SUV, and I really like the marketing campaign too – “something new to crave” is catchy and works well given the cryptic model name. Here’s the little blurb from the website:

The all-new 2007 CR-V has been dramatically transformed, with a sleek new exterior and amenity-rich interior that are unlike anything else you’ll find in a crossover SUV. As always, the CR-V is big on safety with new features including Advanced Compatibility EngineeringT (ACET) body structure to help you feel secure. Pamper yourself in the EX-L and you will get leather-trimmed seats and the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation SystemT to help guide the way. Get in to the all-new CR-V-it’s the SUV you’ve been craving.

I’m craving it! If I was going to buy an SUV, I’d seriously consider the new CR-V.

Read: Honda CR-V

H2N-Gen

Post ImageHow would you like to make your car more efficient? I know I would, given the current cost of oil. We’ve seen prices drop a little in the last week or two, but nothing significant. That’s why the H2N-Gen looks incredibly cool:

Basically, the H2N-Gen contains a small reservoir of distilled water and other chemicals such as potassium hydroxide. A current is run from the car battery through the liquid. This process of electrolysis creates hydrogen and oxygen gases which are then fed into the engine’s intake manifold where they mix with the gasoline vapours.

It’s a scientific fact that adding hydrogen to a combustion chamber will cause a cleaner burn. The challenge has always been to find a way to get the hydrogen gas into the combustion chamber in a safe, reliable and cost-effective way.

Just how much better does this device make your fuel consumption?

Most internal combustion engines operate at about 35 per cent efficiency. This means that only 35 per cent of the fuel is fully burned. The rest either turns to carbon corroding the engine or goes out the exhaust pipe as greenhouse gases.

The H2N-Gen increases burn efficiency to at least 97 per cent, Williams said. This saves fuel and greatly reduces emissions.

That would be some pretty significant savings! Savings that would make you go, “sign me up!” And the really great thing about it is that no hydrogen is stored on board – it is “just in time” manufactured.

Some other information on the device: it’s a Canadian invention, it is supposed to last ten years, can be attached to any internal combustion engine (diesel, gasoline, propane), and should cost around $7500. If this thing is for real, it could really change up the way things work – both the oil and vehicle industries would be greatly affected.

Read: Montreal Gazette