Proton will be unveiling its A-segment concept hybrid car at the 80th International Motor Show in Geneva on Mar 2. The four-seater, five-door hatch will be launched by Proton's advisor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, at the show.
The vehicle is a creative collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro and is essentially the first configuration of what will turn out to be family of low environmental impact compact cars due from Italdesign in the future.
The 3550mm long concept features a front-mounted endothermic engine for recharging the lithium ion batteries with a fully electric drive-train. The specially designed chassis also features a raised floorpan which accommodates the hybrid system’s batteries at the rear.
The concept leverages on maximising interior space, while maintaining the overall dimensions of a compact car. The high position of the four independently-adjustable and sliding seats, allows passengers to fully enjoy the spacious interior. Thanks to the combination of these two technical specifications the car is easier to enter, as the seats’ H-points (or the position of an occupant’s hip) are at the same height as in an SUV.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi
Director: James Cameron
You would have thought with all the hype surrounding Avatar, that it would have been a little more original. Sure, we have tall blue people who roam a faraway land but that is as unique as it gets.
Release Date: 17-Dec-2009
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Jake Sully is a former Marine who was wounded in combat on Earth and paralyzed. He is selected to participate in the Avatar program, which will enable him to walk again. Jake travels to Pandora, home to the Navi, a sentient humanoid race that is physically stronger than humans. At Pandora, Jake finds out that the humans are there to pillage the land and they're not too worried who they hurt in the process.
An Italian inventor has combined faith and ingenuity to come up with a way to keep church traditions alive for the faithful without the fear of contracting swine flu - an electronic holy water dispenser.
The terracotta dispenser, used in the northern town of Fornaci di Briosco, functions like an automatic soap dispenser in public washrooms - a churchgoer waves his or her hand under a sensor and the machine spurts out holy water.
"It has been a bit of a novelty. People initially were a bit shocked by this technological innovation but then they welcomed it with great enthusiasm and joy. The members of this parish have got used to it," said Father Pierangelo Motta.
Catholics entering and leaving churches usually dip their hands into fonts full of holy water - which has been blessed by a priest - and make the sign of the cross.
But fear of contracting the H1N1 virus has led many in Italy - where some 15 people have died of swine flu - not to dip their hands in the communal water font.
"It's great," said worshipper Marta Caimm as she entered the church.
"Thanks to this we are not worried about catching swine flu. It is the right thing for the times," she said.
Luciano Marabese, who invented the dispenser, said he did so out of concern that fear of swine flu was eroding traditions.
And he is now blessing himself all the way to the bank.
"After all the news that some churches, like Milan's cathedral, were suspending the use of holy water fonts as a measure against swine flu, demands for my invention shot to the stars. I have received orders from all over the world," he said.