Monday, March 2, 2009

Toyota Goes Genuinely Hands-Free

Toyota drivers can enjoy safer mobile phone communication on the road with the new Toyota Genuine BluetoothTM* hands-free kit. Toyota’s new hands-free kit connects wirelessly to BluetoothTM-enabled mobile phones so drivers can have phone conversations conveniently and without breaking the road rules.

Across Australia, police actively target illegal mobile phone use with penalties of fines and demerit points for offenders.

It should be noted that it is illegal for Learner and Provisional 1 drivers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory to use mobile phones while driving - even via hands-free or loud speaker.

According to state and territory road and transport authorities, hand-held phone usage while driving can lead to slower reaction times and lack of awareness of incidents on the road, poor steering, and slower and erratic driving.

The Toyota Genuine hands-free kit with easy-to-use and logical communication functions helps to minimise driver distraction while initiating and answering calls.

It is of course still important that drivers focus on the road while driving their vehicles.

Toyota BluetoothTM hands-free kit

Large, simple buttons are identified by icons similar to those on a mobile phone, and the keypad is softly backlit for use in the dark.

The central button activates voice recognition, so drivers’ hands can stay on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.

As the driver enters or exits the vehicle, conversation is seamlessly transferred between the mobile phone and in-car hands-free BluetoothTM.

Measuring 3.2cm by 6.3cm, the kit is a discrete addition to the vehicle interior and can be mounted in a variety of places within convenient reach of the driver.

Integration with the vehicle audio system guarantees high sound quality, with music and radio automatically muted during calls.

The Toyota Genuine BluetoothTM hands-free kit is available on Camry, Aurion, HiLux, RAV4, Yaris and new Corolla.

iDrive for 2009 BMW M3, M5 and M6

BMW iDriveFor all 2009 BMW M3, M5 and M6 from autumn 2008, the new generation iDRIVE will be available. Standard on all M5 and M6 variants, iDRIVE control system comes with the M3, in conjunction with an optional navigation system [...]

The system uses a new controller wheel surrounded by preference keys on the centre console surface. With the optional Professional navigation system you get 8.8-inch display with a four times greater resolution (1280 x 480 pixels) to display high-resolution graphics and a new menu structure.

The navigation datas are stored on a 80 GB hard drive, however, the drive can also be used to store files ripped from a CD, an MP3 player or an external USB drive and transferred to the hard disk, after which music files are accessible at all times.

Also starting for the model year 2009, the range of accessories includes a new snap-in adapter for the full integration of the latest smartphones, including Apple iPhone, into the vehicle and an optional USB board will be available.


Friday, February 6, 2009

2008 Audi A4 SPECS

2008 Audi A4 Performance & Efficiency Standard Features

Turbo compressor

1,984 cc 2.0 liters inline 4 front engine with 82.5 mm bore, 92.8 mm stroke, 10.5 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder

Premium unleaded fuel 91

Gasoline direct injection fuel system

18.5 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank 15.4

Power: 149 kW , 200 HP SAE @ 5,100 rpm; 207 ft lb , 281 Nm @ 1,800 rpm
2008 Audi A4 Handling, Ride & Braking Standard Features

Fourwheel ABS

Brake assist system

Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs

Electronic brake distribution

Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management


Fullsize alloy rim internal spare wheel

Stability control

Multilink front and rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs
2008 Audi A4 Exterior & Aerodynamics Standard Features

Body side molding

Body color front and rear bumpers

Chrome/bright trim around side windows

Day time running lights

Driver and passenger power heated partialpainted door mirrors

External dimensions: overall length (inches): 180.6, overall width (inches): 69.8, overall height (inches): 56.2, wheelbase (inches): 104.3, front track (inches): 59.9, rear track (inches): 59.9 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 36.4

Front fog lights

Projector beam lens halogen bulb headlights

Luxury trim alloy & leather on gearknob, alloy on doors and alloy on dashboard

Black paint

Fixed rear window with defogger

Glass electric front sunroof

Tinted glass on cabin

Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,450

Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe
2008 Audi A4 Interior Standard Features

12v power outlet: cargo, front and 1

Air conditioning with climate control

Diversity antenna

Peripheral interior monitoring antilift antitheft protection

Front and rear ashtray

Manufacturer's own RDS audio system with AM/FM, Disc Autochanger and sixdisc remote changer CD player reads MP3

Automatic drive indicator on dashboard

Cargo area light

Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 13.4

Front seats cigar lighter


Computer with range for remaining fuel

Full dashboard console with covered storage box, full floor console with open storage box, partial overhead console

Delayed/fade courtesy lights

Cruise control

Front seats cup holders fixed, rear seats cup holders pop out

Door pockets/bins for driver seat and passenger seat

External temperature

Floor mats

Driver front airbag with multistage deployment, passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multistage deployment

Bucket electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, six adjustments and tilt adjustment, bucket electrically adjustable passenger seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment and two adjustments

Height adjustable 3point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pretensioners

Front seat center armrest

Two height adjustable active head restraints on front seats, three height adjustable head restraints on rear seats

Heated washer

Illuminated entry system

Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 38.4, rear headroom (inches): 37.2, front leg room (inches): 41.3, rear leg room (inches): 34.3, front shoulder room (inches): 55.1, rear shoulder room (inches): 53.4 and interior volume (cu ft): 90.1

Low tire pressure indicator

Remote power locks includes trunk/hatch, includes power windows and speed sensing

Vehicle speed proportional power steering

Front and rear power windows with two onetouch

Front and rear reading lights

Rear fog lights

3point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side with pretensioners

Rear seat center armrest integral box

Three asymmetrical bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments

Rear view mirror

Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls

Remote fuel filler door release

Remote control remote trunk/hatch release

Front and rear side curtain airbag

Front seat back storage

Cloth seat upholstery with additional cloth

Seating: five seats

Service interval indicator

Front side airbag

Ten speaker(s)

Leather covered multifunction steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment


Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Ventilation system with micro filter and active carbon filter

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