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Saturday, September 16, 2006

BMW Announces Introduction of Hydrogen 7

BMW announced the market introduction of its 7 Series dual-fuel hydrogen combustion engine luxury sedan, the BMW Hydrogen 7. BMW will build the car in a limited series and deploy it to selected users in the US and other countries in 2007.

Fueled by liquid hydrogen, the BMW Hydrogen 7 is equipped with a 260 hp (191 kW) 12-cylinder engine and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 143 mph (230 kph). The BMW Hydrogen 7 features a dual-mode power unit—controlled at the touch of a button—that can switch from hydrogen to conventional premium gasoline. Engine power and torque remain the same regardless of mode.

Unlike fossil fuels, the combustion of hydrogen generates neither hydrocarbons (HC) nor carbon monoxide (CO).

Sunday, September 03, 2006

US Energy Flow in 2005

Annual Energy Review 2005

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Kansas City Wizards Sold by Hunts, Staying in KC

Lamar Hunt representing the Hunt family announced that the organization has completed the sale of the family's interest in the Kansas City Wizards and their related interest in Soccer United Marketing (SUM) to a six person group of Kansas City area residents led by Cerner Corporation (supplier of healthcare technology with more than $1.5 billion in sales) executives Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig. The purchasing group also includes Pat Curran, David French, Greg Maday and Robb Heineman.

The acquiring entity is OnGoal LLC. The purchase documents were signed yesterday and the new ownership group will take over operation of the Wizards on September 1.

Patterson and Illig live in the Kansas City area and, with their partners, will now set about building soccer-specific stadium in Overland Park, the second-largest city in Kansas with a population of about 167,000. The group wants to build on land located on the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 69 and 159th St. in south Overland Park. The development will include retail, residential and office development plus youth soccer fields. Patterson said the goal is that the new stadium would complete by April 2009, in time for the beginning of the 2009 season.

Going into the 2007 season, MLS has 9 different owners for its 13 teams. Kansas City is the second MLS club sold this season, with the AEG-owned Metrostars sold to Red Bull and becoming Red Bull NY. The Hunt family remains the investor-operators of the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas, both clubs with soccer-specific stadiums. Anschutz Entertainment Group also owns multiple teams: DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston.

2006 MLS Cup Playoff race


The final stretch of the 2006 MLS regular season has arrived. In about six weeks, four teams will see their season end, while eight clubs will vie for the MLS Cup.

In the Eastern Conference, Columbus, New York and Kansas City have the steepest roads to climb in order to make the playoffs, while in the Western Conference, Colorado has the disadvantage of playing six of its last eight games on the road, but Los Angeles, currently three points behind Colorado and Real Salt Lake, has the most ground to make up.

In their inaugural seasons last year, both Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake finished well out of playoff contention. This year, postseason play lies within reach for both.

Today's schedule:
Saturday, September 2
Columbus CrewNew England Revolution7:30 p.m.
DK, MLSLIVE.tv
FC DallasHouston Dynamo8:30 p.m.
HDNet
Real Salt LakeColorado Rapids9:00 p.m.
FSC
Los Angeles GalaxyKansas City Wizards10:30 p.m.
DK, MLSLIVE.tv


MLS Cup 2006 will take place live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 12 from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

August 2006 car sales stats

BRANDS
Acura –8.5% at 18,263 (August 2005: 19,221)
Audi ????
BMW –12% at 22,421 (August 2005: 25,537)
Buick –4.7% at 22,853 (August 2005: 23,094)
Cadillac 0.2% at 20,036 (August 2005: 19,262)
Chevrolet 1.3% at 210,860 (August 2005: 200,393)
Chrysler 3% at 47,132 (August 2005: 44,279)
Dodge –15% at 89,790 (August 2005: 102,147)
Ford –11.6% at 214,759 (August 2005: 242,849)
GMC 6.1% at 42,262 (August 2005: 38,349)
Honda –6.5% at 132,990 (August 2005: 136,952)
HUMMER 1.5% at 6,711 (August 2005: 6,367)
Hyundai 2% at 44,635 (August 2005: 42,113)
Infiniti –26.4% at 9,429 (August 2005: 12,339)
Isuzu –13.4% at 1,125 (August 2005: 1,251)
Jaguar –35.3% at 1,704 (August 2005: 2,634)
Jeep 0.0% at 42,243 (August 2005: 40,659)
Kia 5.4% at 25,114 (August 2005: 23,820)
Land Rover –19.4% at 3,671 (August 2005: 4,554)
Lexus 6.4% at 31,074 (August 2005: 28,125)
Lincoln –9.5% at 8,979 (August 2005: 9,918)
Mazda 0.8% at 22,311 (August 2005: 22,135)
Mercedes 6.9% at 20,602 (August 2005: 19,272)
Mercury –12.7% at 15,417 (August 2005: 17,668)
MINI –11% at 3,252 (August 2005: 3,342)
Mitsubishi 3.7% at 10,954 (August 2005: 10,945)
Nissan –3.2% at 80,419 (August 2005: 80,026)
Pontiac –12.1% at 39,711 (August 2005: 43,483)
Porsche –12% at 2,554 (August 2005: 2,894)
Saab 11.9% at 3,168 (August 2005: 2,726)
Saturn 5.3% at 22,050 (August 2005: 20,162)
Subaru 2% at 17,809 (August 2005: 17,426)
Suzuki 16% at 8,399 (August 2005: 7,126)
Toyota 13.6% at 209,104 (August 2005: 177,237)
Volkswagen 1.5% at 23,420 (August 2005: 23,083)
Volvo –2.1% at 10,582 (August 2005: 10,806)

COMPANIES
BMW Group –11% at 25,763 (August 2005: 28,879)
Chrysler Group –8% at 179,165 (August 2005: 187,085)
Ford Motor Co –11.6% at 255,112 (August 2005: 288,429)
General Motors 0.0% at 368,776 (August 2005: 355,180)
Honda America –6.7% at 151,253 (August 2005: 156,173)
Nissan North America –6.3% at 89,848 (August 2005: 92,365)
Toyota Motor Co. 12.6% at 240,178 (August 2005: 205,362)

Source: Autoblog