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The World’s Most Sexiest Hotel Showers

17/05/2011 Comments off

World’s Sexiest Hotel Showers

Hey now. Travel + Leisure takes a look at design-forward hotel showers—with tech savvy touches or incredible views—that make a room worth booking. And we can’t manage to look away. Check out some of the best:

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Cruiser with Alp View – Pasing Arcaden München

10/04/2011 Comments off

It might sound strange, but it’s somewhat true – since the 270 meter long new building of the Pasing Arcades along the ICE railway line StuttgartMunich looks like a luxury cruiser on the dry dock, however, not by the water, but next to Pasing station.

 

The water analogy is not a joke, by the way, but a quotation by the architects Allmann Sattler Wappner from the Principal’s press releases. Another possibility to “brand” a building, since this today’s fourth large shopping mall in town needs to stand out from its competitors OEZ, PEP and the Riem Arcades.

The location is well selected. In direct proximity of Pasing station, only five driving minutes away from Munich central station and handling another ICE stop, the urban railway to the airport and regional as well as nation-wide services – an estimated 85,000 passenger getting on, off and changing trains move across the premises. Fantastic preconditions for a shopping center operator and a fact that doesn’t need to be explained really taken into account that making an agreement with a battlesome great land owner and the purchase of an adjacent industrial estate all happened in almost no time.

A few days before the solemn opening ceremony this place was still busy. Hammering could be heard all over the place, holes were filled up, cables were laid, floors were polished, and the visual merchandise ladies had to handle a nightshift. However, on opening day the shop fronts of the fashion savvy tenants – a gap in the buying power offer of Pasing so far, as the developer wishes to have analyzed, evaluated and realized – were one by one tarted up to welcome the predicted 60,000 visitors. Do they really appreciate the unique visual effect of the façade consisting of thousand of diamond shapes, which, according to the architects, “not only protects, but also unites, corrects, contradicts the building lines at hand and dissolves them visually”? The residents of the 80 flats located on shopping level have every reason to be happy. Since no matter how their homes are perceived from the outside, when the weather is nice they will be able to look right into the Alps – according to the marketing campaign, that is. Holiday feeling and quiet – annoying, however, that opening day also marks the beginning of the second construction stage which means the excavators are waiting already once more …

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Porsche Sets Super High Price and Limited Number for 918 Spyder Hybrid

27/03/2011 Comments off

 

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Porsche has started taking orders for the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar, but they’re keeping the list exclusive with a super high price and a limited production number — the German automaker is asking $845,000 for the car and is capping production at, ahem, 918.

If you’re one of the lucky people out there that can gets themselves on the list, you’ll be getting a lot of performance from the sporty hybrid.  The vehicle is outfitted with a 500-horsepower V8 engine and two electric motors worth another 218 horsepower.  It will be able to go from zero to 100km/hr in 3.2 seconds and has a maximum speed of 199 mph.

From an efficiency stand point, it should get 78 mpg under normal driving conditions, but if you’re taking it to the race track, expect the fuel economy to drop.  The car can run in all-electric mode for up to 16 miles and the battery can recharge in three hours.

Porsche isn’t set to start production on the car until September 18, 2013, so for those that make an order, you’ll have to wait about 2.5 years before it’s in your driveway.

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Porsche Debuts Electric Boxster Prototype

21/02/2011 1 comment

 

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Porsche has unveiled an electric version of its iconic Boxster sports car called the Boxster E — the first of three that will be built.  The prototype has 240 horsepower provided by two electric motors attached to the front and rear axles, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and should have a 100-mile range per charge.  All of the electric drivetrain technology was provided by parent-company Volkswagen.

The German carmaker will test the three Boxster E prototypes around the Stuttgart region and use them as “mobile laboratories” to test and improve electric car technology for future Porsche models.

Last year, Porsche said it would make a hybrid version of all its models and so far has debuted a 911 GTC R Hybrid race car, a 918 Spyder hybrid, and a hybrid Cayenne SUV, but the Boxster E is its first all-electric vehicle.  While there are no immediate plans for a production model, I don’t think it will be too long before we see it.

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