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Audi A1 e-tron Concept,

2012-01-23T09:57:15.880-08:00

Audi A1 e-tron ConceptThe new e-tron model series from Audi will gain another new member at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show: The Audi A1 e-tron Concept is a Mega City Vehicle (MCV) with an innovative drive technology. It comes equipped with a powerful electric motor for zero-emission driving in the city. There is also an internal combustion engine on board that recharges the battery in exceptional circumstances. The Audi A1 e-tron Concept is very agile thanks to the 75 kW (102 hp) peak power of its electric motor.The technology of the Audi A1 e-tronThe e-tron model family from Audi is just a few months old, but it already has a number of members, for each of which Audi has chosen a different drive technology. The first e-tron, which debuted at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt/Main, is a near-series high-performance sports car with electric motors for all four wheels. The study shown at the Detroit Motor Show in 2010 is a lightweight, compact two-seater with two electric motors on the rear axle.The Audi A1 e-tron Concept now presents another approach - a compact electric car in the premium class. The four-passenger, two-door MCV city car was designed specifically for use in the metropolitan areas of Europe and North America and in the rapidly growing megacities of Asia and South America. The Audi A1 e-tron always drives on electric power; its internal combustion engine is only used to recharge the battery in isolated cases.Audi A1 e-tron ConceptThe integration of the new technologies shows the holistic approach that Audi is pursuing with electric mobility. The objective is to use the energy with the lowest possible losses. The precise interaction of the components, their intelligent packaging, and the efficient management of the current flows are the product of the expertise that the company has developed in this area.The electric motor: 75 kW (102 hp) peak powerThe synchronous electric motor of the Audi A1 e-tron is mounted transversely at the front of the car. Its low mounting position has a positive effect on the vehicle's center of gravity. Continuous output is rated at 45 kW (61 hp), with peak power of 75 kW (102 hp) available in short bursts. 150 Nm (110.63 lb-ft) of torque is continuously available, and peak torque is 240 Nm (177.01 lb-ft).The electric motor sends its power to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. The elegant, retractable selector lever on the console of the center tunnel used to choose between "Drive," "Reverse," and "Neutral" was taken from the first Audi e-tron.The power electronics are mounted in the engine compartment above the electric motor. The most important components are the pulse-controlled inverter, which serves as the controller between the electric motor and the battery; the DC converter, which connects the high-voltage network with the 14 volt electrical system; a breaker unit to protect the high-voltage components; and the charging module. The socket for the standard charging plug is located behind the rings in the single-frame grille of the Audi A1 e-tron. A fully depleted battery can be recharged in approximately three hours from the 380 volt grid. A display immediately adjacent to the plug-in connection shows the current charge status and the charging time remaining.The concept of the innovative Mega City Vehicle requires the electrification of key auxiliaries. The refrigerant compressor of the climate control system, for example, is electrically powered by a high-voltage electric motor that supplies only the amount of power needed at the time.This increases system efficiency substantially compared to conventional concepts. Thanks to a special circuit, the climate control loop also functions as a heat pump that regulates the temperature of the cabin and the battery.The power steering of the Audi A1 e-tron is electro-mechanical and thus particularly energy-efficient. An electronic brake system makes it possible to tap into the recuperation potential of the electric motors. A hydraulic fixed-caliper brake is mounted on the front axle, with two novel electrically-actuated floating-[...]



McLaren MP4-12C Wallpaper

2012-01-12T02:36:39.805-08:00

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McLaren MP4-12C
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McLaren MP4-12C

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BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics, 2010

2012-01-08T08:33:06.730-08:00

BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics, 2010Teaming up with the BMW 320d, the new BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition is being presented for the first time at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. This unique saloon combines fuel consumption of just 4.1 litres diesel/100 kilometres (equal to 68.9 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 109 grams per kilometre in the EU test cycle with engine output of 120 kW/163 hp.The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine of this high-tech model boasts an all-aluminium crankcase, turbocharging with variable intake geometry and common-rail direct fuel injection complete with piezo-injectors. With the engine and the entire car modified once again for an even higher standard of efficiency, this unique saloon targeted above all at the German, Italian, French and Spanish markets comes with optimised aerodynamics, an extra-long final drive ratio, and an innovative two-mass flywheel incorporating a centrifugal-force pendulum.The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emission car in BMW's current model range. In the fiercely contested midrange segment it is an unparalleled, highly attractive premium offer for the truly demanding and progressive customer focusing primarily on superior economy and the environment, without wishing to forego the sporting driving characteristics so typical of a genuine BMW.The enhanced efficiency already offered by the existing models in the BMW 3-Series thanks to BMW Efficient Dynamics making these cars superior to their competitors, is now raised to an even higher level in the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition.4-cylinder diesel engine with optimised efficiency and superior performance all in one.The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition is powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine specifically optimised for even greater fuel economy and emission management and, therefore, for a standard of efficiency never seen before. All this comes from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder power unit with its all-aluminium crankcase, turbocharging and the latest generation of common-rail fuel injection featured with various power stages also in the BMW 316d, the BMW 318d and the BMW 320d. The engine specially conceived for the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition develops maximum output of 120 kW/163 hp at an engine speed of 3,500-4,200 rpm and peak torque of 360 Newton-metres/265 lb-ft all the way from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm.The engine stands out in particular through its sporting and dynamic power from low revs. The innovative centrifugal-force pendulum incorporated in the two-mass flywheel, together with the longer transmission ratio, serves to significantly reduce the level of engine speed at all road speeds relevant in practice in the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition. The shift in load points beneficial to fuel economy and emissions goes together in this case with full maintenance of the spontaneity and running smoothness so typical of a BMW diesel.Centrifugal pendulum in the two-mass flywheel for smooth and comfortable motoring without vibrations even at very low engine speeds.To ensure smooth driving characteristics free of vibration also when driving at particularly low engine speeds, the power unit of the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition features a so-called centrifugal pendulum efficiently compensating any unsmoothness in running characteristics typically encountered at low revs. This innovative component is integrated in the engine's two-mass flywheel where it dampens the vibrations generated under load, thus ensuring comfortable and acoustically optimised development of power and performance all the way from low engine speeds.This increase in motoring comfort will encourage the driver to use a higher gear more often or, respectively, not to shift back as he otherwise would do. But when accelerating the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition still offers the driving behaviour and agility so typical of BMW.The driving dynamics characteristic of a BMW are borne out also by the car's acceleration to 100 km/h in just 8.2 seco[...]



BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept, 2009

2012-01-08T08:32:31.211-08:00

BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept, 2009The BMW Vision concept car clearly demonstrates that the EfficientDynamics objectives are fully compatible when applied to a sports car. Conceived as a 2+2-seater with plug-in full-hybrid technology, the unique car combines the performance of a BMW M vehicle with a standard of fuel efficiency and emission management that exceeds even the current levels achieved by the latest small cars. The outstanding result is made possible by the combination of BMW ActiveHybrid components with an extremely economical combustion engine, and outstanding aerodynamic qualities.BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept is the result of a "clean-sheet" development process to ensure that the correct achievements were made in the areas of efficiency, driving pleasure, technology, and emotional design. BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept is the most comprehensive implementation of the EfficientDynamics philosophy seen so far. The powertrain provides a top speed limited electronically to 155 mph, with acceleration to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 3.76 liters/100 kilometers, equal to 62.6 mpg, and the CO2 emission rating is 99 grams per kilometer. CO2 emission management is even more outstanding when driving in the all-electric mode after charging the battery from a plug-in source: Taking all emissions in the generation of electricity into account, as prescribed by the EU formula, the car's emission rating is just 50 grams per kilometer.The power and performance are made possible by combining a fuel-efficient 3-cylinder turbodiesel with one electric motor on each axle. The intelligent combination of these units, together with precisely controlled energy management, simultaneously enhances the dynamic performance and the efficiency of the car. Overall system output is 356 horsepower, and peak torque is 590 lb-ft. The special arrangement of the two motors and diesel engine allows all-wheel drive when driving in all-electric mode. The result is minimum power loss and a harmonious transmission of the power available under all conditions.BMW EfficientDynamics Concept for the first time conveys the dynamic look of a BMW sports car to a hybrid vehicle. Developed with decades of experience in Motorsport, the body of this unique sports car is a result of intelligent lightweight technology and aerodynamic efficiency. In the design of the interior, the focus was likewise on both the fascinating driving experience and, in particular, on transparent, hands-on technology and maximum reduction of weight.Turbo diesel engine with unprecedented specific output.The combustion engine is a cutting-edge turbodiesel featured for the first time in the BMW EfficientDynamics Concept car. Displacing 1.5 liters on three cylinders, the engine consistently follows the downsizing principle of using a relatively small engine combined with a turbocharger to reduce fuel consumption.The specific output of 109 hp per liter sets a new benchmark in diesel technology. The power delivered by the turbodiesel is conveyed to the rear axle by means of a double-clutch transmission (DCT). This advanced transmission technology, which already offers a particularly dynamic driving experience in BMW's M3 and Z4 Roadster, allows the driver to shift gears without the slightest interruption of power. BMW EfficientDynamics Concept features a newly-developed version of BMW's DCT with six speeds for maximum efficiency and flexibility.Two electric motors for full-hybrid drive.The combustion engine is supplemented by two electric motors. Consistently applying the BMW ActiveHybrid philosophy, development engineers followed the principle of "Best of Hybrid," choosing the optimum combination of a hybrid synchronous motor on the front axle and a full-hybrid system at the rear.The driver benefits from the efficiency of the electric motors over a far wider speed range than with a conventional hybrid car. The rear axle comes with a second-generation full-hybrid syst[...]



Lexus GS 350, 2009

2012-01-08T08:31:05.125-08:00

Lexus GS 350, 2009The 2009 Lexus GS luxury sport sedan model line includes the V6-powered Lexus GS 350 and the GS 350 all-wheel drive (AWD), the V8-powered Lexus GS 460, and the only gasoline electric hybrid model in the segment, the Lexus GS 450h.Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/PerformanceOptimized for low internal friction, the Lexus GS 350's 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 303 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 274 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. A direct fuel-injection system provides much finer fuel-mixture control to improve both power and fuel efficiency. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) acts on both intake and exhaust valves to further enhance performance through a wide rpm range. A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission allows manual shifting when desired.The Lexus GS 460's V8 produces 342 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 339 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,100 rpm. The GS 460, like the GS 350, meets the EPA's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) certification. Lexus has been setting standards for powertrain smoothness since its inception, and the GS 460's V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission continue that tradition. The transmission, as the six-speed automatic in the Lexus GS 350 models, allows manual shifting for a more engaging driving experience, and to maximize performance in certain driving situations. The GS 460 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, the Lexus GS 350 in 5.7 (5.8 for AWD).Chassis/Body/Suspension/Tires/BrakesThe Lexus GS combines proven chassis systems with advanced dynamic handling technology to provide both agile handling and the Lexus trademark smooth ride. The double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension virtually eliminate unwanted wheel-angle changes during suspension movement. The result is a natural, confident feel that's also spirited. A 34.1-ft. turning circle (35.4 ft. for GS 350 AWD) is comparable to that of smaller cars and helps make the GS highly maneuverable.In all GS models, Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) help form a powerful safety front. EBD optimizes brake pressure at each wheel to help minimize body dive or sway during hard braking and cornering. Brake Assist is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking, and, if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to activate the ABS, it will apply maximum braking force until pedal pressure is released.Aluminum-alloy 18-inch wheels are standard on the Lexus GS 460 and available for the rear-wheel-drive Lexus GS 350, which features standard 17-inch wheels. For maximum handling capability, the GS 350 comes standard with 225/50R17 W-rated summer tires. The all-season 17-inch run-flat tires that are standard on the GS 350 AWD model are available on the GS 350 RWD. The Lexus GS 460 is equipped with 245/40R18 Z-rated summer tires or available all-season run-flats.The GS 350's available all-wheel-drive system helps to enhance handling in diverse driving conditions. A planetary-gear center differential and a wet-type multi-disc clutch control front-to-rear power distribution. The system normally sends 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels to provide the traditional performance advantages of a rear-drive car and will vary the torque-split ratio from 30:70 to 50:50 in response to driving conditions and driver input. The AWD system's electronic-control strategy takes inputs such as steering and throttle angle from driver activity combined with vehicle signals from wheel speed and yaw rate sensors.An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system, standard on the Lexus GS 460 and available on the GS 350, provides four settings, including "sport" for tighter, more precise control. AVS can automatically select appropriate suspension damping for driving conditions. The Lexus GS 460 also offers the advanced Active Power Stabilizer system that reduces body sway and enhances vehicle c[...]



BMW’s Green Sports Car

2012-01-08T08:29:45.639-08:00

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“It’s the sports car of the future, the way BMW imagines it.” That’s how Adrian van Hooydonk, director of BMW’s group design, describes the “BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics” two-door concept vehicle to be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. Think of it as a showcase of the many fuel-efficient technologies that BMW has in various stages of development. Some of the technologies already appear in production vehicles, while the feasibility of rolling out other systems stretch the future to the point of never.
BMW’s overarching goal was to combine breath-taking speed and groundbreaking efficiency. In the BMW Vision, that boils down to 4.8-second 0-to-60 miles per hour acceleration and 63 mile to the gallon.
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First, BMW engineers use the rear-axle to combine a turbo-charged small diesel engine and the mildest forms of hybrid technology. That kind of combo comes standard in BMW 1-series cars in Europe. The Vision's setup is a little more similar to the BMW 320d, also to debut in Frankfurt, which uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel to deliver 162 horsepower, while promising more than 57 miles to the gallon. The BMW Vision takes it a step further by downsizing the engine to a 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine mated with the more robust hybrid system found in the pricey BMW ActiveHybrid7, expected in the US early next year.
Not satisfied with 162 horsepower, BMW adds a second motor to drive the front wheels exclusively by electricity. When both motors and the diesel engine are called into service, the overall system can put out 356 horsepower. The BMW Vision is lightweight and aerodynamic. The design features an aluminum chassis and suspension, and an outer skin made mostly of polycarbonate glass. The car’s slippery design boasts a drag coefficient of 0.22—beating out the Toyota Prius’s 0.25.
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To mitigate the fuel efficiency penalty paid for power, the BMW Vision utilizes plug-in hybrid technology. This is where the Vision becomes more of a fantasy. The combination of diesel and hybrid technologies is widely viewed as cost prohibitive. Adding enough battery power to allow the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics to travel for 30 miles of all-electric drive, as BMW is promising, would send costs through the roof.
BMW also indicates that the Vision only needs a 187-pound 10.8 kWh battery to achieve the 30-mile all-electric goal. To pull that off, the Vision, according to BMW, will discharge the battery pack's capacity by 80 percent, which is likely to significantly reduce the longevity of the battery. (The Chevy Volt will use about 50 percent of its capacity to help ensure a lifetime of use.)



2010 Callaway Chevrolet

2011-12-08T22:16:07.964-08:00

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Blue

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Price Specs Review & Pics

2011-12-08T22:07:49.767-08:00

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 The Corvette is Chevrolet’s — perhaps even GM’s — most widely recognized model. The sports car has been in production since 1953, with several variants along the way. Now in its sixth generation, the so-called C6 Corvette Coupe was first launched as a 2005 model and is nearing the end of its life cycle.



Novo Chevrolet Corvette 2011

2011-12-08T21:57:29.112-08:00

The Z07 Performance Option and the CFZ Carbon Fiber package. The Z07 will cost $ 9,495, while the CFZ package will be priced at $ 3,995. GM did not disclose the price even for the limited edition carbon, but adding to the options that the car will cost at least $ 95,000.  [...]



New Cars Venturi

2011-12-08T22:43:28.923-08:00

(image) Venturi, the company that is self-proclaimed as having produced “the first production electric sports car in automobile history,” successfully taps into the ultra-rich’s unending pursuit of exclusivity. By only building 25 units a year, they can charge $400,000 for each of their high-performance, all-electric luxury sports cars. Somehow oddly fitting, their first EV is called the Fetish
(image) Before building only new electric vehicles, Venturi catered to a similarly wealthy clientele by manufacturing mid-engine sports cars. The Fetish, Venuturi’s first EV effort, appeared in concept form at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, and from there made the rounds at other events before the beginning of its production run in 2004. Similar to other electric-powered concept or show cars, the Fetish was designed to overcome the public’s often negative opinion that electric cars lack performance, style and range. They have only been marginally successful in their efforts. Although the 330 horsepower carbon-fiber Fetish can reach 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, top speed is a paltry 112 mph. That’s certainly plenty of power for most EVs, or most any other car for that matter, but with a supercar price tag, you’d expect a similar super car punch in performance. What Venturi counts on is that there are at least 25 eco-conscious billionaires ready to plunk down 400 grand a year to be seen in the attractive Fetish. And when all is said and done, despite Venturi’s sports car building history, it is their ability to build long range electric vehicles that has made them money. In the case of the Fetish, when fully-charged it can go 220 miles before needing to be juiced up again. A rapid battery charge is also available, which yields about one mile of driving for every minute of power that it is allowed to take in. The ability to go 220 miles on one charge is largely the result of weight, or more accurately, the lack of weight of the Fetish at only 2,425 pounds. Other technological advances include a wireless information system developed between Venturi and partner, Intel that remotely monitors the energy storage status to conveniently update an owner that may be at work or at home waiting for the car to be charged. As expensive as the Fetish is, delivery from Monaco to your destination, according to Venturi, is the buyer’s responsibility.



Bentley prepares a new coupe

2011-12-08T22:43:28.923-08:00

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Bentley has presented several days ago new generation of coupe Continental GT, and already today appears information that Englishmen work over one model. It is a question about a four-door coupe. Now such body type becomes more and more popular, and it is not only at Mercedes-Benz or Audi, but also at Porsche and Aston Martin. Therefore in Bentley don't want to lose a new piece of the market.

The most interesting, new four-door coupe from Bentley can become most cheap car in a modeling ruler of the company. According to some information, the base price of this car will be about 140 000 usd. Agree, for Bentley it is absolutely inexpensive (truth, it is not necessary to forget about taxes which can increase considerably final cost of model).

According to some information, at the heart of a four-door coupe Bentley the increased platform from Audi A6 of a new generation thanks to what the weight of the car will make only 1700 kg (for comparison Continental GT weighs on 500 kg more). Well and under a car cowl there will be 4,0-liter motor V8 with a turbo-supercharging which will be created by joint efforts of engineers Audi and Bentley.

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Ford Ka will appear in 2014

2011-12-08T22:43:28.923-08:00

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Ford prepares to present absolutely new generation of the smallest model under name Ka only in 2014. However journalists from English magazine AutoExpress have managed to learn something about the new car.

At creation of new generation Ford Ka the main attention will be given to design. Ford management plans to make from Ka one of the most stylish cars in the market. And for this purpose without risky experiments with appearance not possible to manage such car. According to AutoExpress, serial Ka will be made in style concept Start which has been shown in April of this year on a showroom in Beijing. And Ka will be equipped too with the petrol motor in volume of 1,0 l from ruler EcoBoost which capacity will makes from 85 h.p. to 125 h.p. depending on adjustment.

Apparently, at the heart of following generation of Ford Ka there will be a new platform which will be created by joint efforts of engineers Ford and Fiat.

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Hyundai Equus by Rhys Millen Racing

2011-12-08T22:43:28.924-08:00

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Hyundai announced recently that it will show a Rhys Millen Racing version of the Equus at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show next month. The RMR Signature Edition Equus will include exterior, interior and performance upgrades that will enhance the already luxurious sedan.

Exterior changes to the Equus include front chin and rear deck spoilers, carbon mirrors and a two-tone carbon fiber and "Red Bull Racing blue" paint job, plus 21-inch HRE wheels.

A new intake and exhaust system add 30 hp, for a total of 415 hp from the 4.6-liter V-8, while 14-inch front brake discs bring things to a halt. It’s not our cup of tea—we’d have attached the Korean-market hood ornament and called it a day—but it should be right at home among the bewinged and neon-lighted creations that dominate SEMA.

The car also gets two-tone carbon-fiber mirrors, front and rear spoilers and a leather interior with suede accents. It rolls on 21-inch wheels.



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RHYS MILLEN RACING BUILDING SIGNATURE EDITION EQUUS FOR SEMA


Visitors to Hyundai's SEMA booth will be treated to the latest customizations from Rhys Millen Racing as his modifications to the company's new flagship sedan will be unveiled. The RMR Signature Edition Equus will include exterior, interior and performance upgrades that will enhance the already luxurious sedan.

"This is the third consecutive year we've partnered with Hyundai to bring a must-see car to the SEMA Show," said Rhys Millen, owner, Rhys Millen Racing. "The intelligent luxury platform of the new rear-wheel drive Equus is a perfect vehicle for tuners who have graduated from other segments and want to work with the best the automotive industry has to offer."

The Equus will showcase exterior RMR Signature Edition components including carbon mirrors, and front chin and rear deck spoilers. A two-tone carbon fiber and Red Bull Racing blue satin clear paint by BASF and HRE 21-inch P40 wheels will appropriately round out the exterior.

Tuners aiming to get even more power from the stock 385 horsepower, V8 engine to the wheels will get a glance at a bolt-on RMR Signature Edition air intake and stainless exhaust that together will add another 30 horsepower. The RMR Signature Equus will also feature a 14-inch brake kit designed to tame the 415 horses.

The interior of the Equus will feature RMR Signature Edition embroidered headrests and floor mats, and ostrich hide leather seats with suede accents.

The RMR Signature Edition Equus will be shown in the Hyundai Booth along with other specially designed cars exclusively built for this year's SEMA Show.




Honda Civic updated for the UK

2011-12-08T22:43:28.924-08:00

Honda recently unveiled the first images and details of the updated 2011 Honda Civic facelift. for which production will begin next month at the Swindon plant in UK.Exterior enhancements for the 2011 Honda Civic are limited to a new grille design across the range, which is influenced by that fitted to the recently discontinued high performance Type R model.Interior comfort has also been increased as the 2011 Honda Civic comes with fabric and Alcantara or leather and Alcantara combinations depending on the trim level, plus heated front seats.Under the hood, engine options carry over which means customers can order a 100 PS (74 kW / 99 hp) 1.4-liter petrol, a 140 PS (103 kW / 138 hp) 1.8-liter petrol, or a 140 PS (103 kW / 138 hp) 2.2-liter diesel.Prices for the entry-level 1.4 Type S begin at just under 13,995 GBP.Source: Honda UK Press Release HONDA ENHANCES CIVIC STYLING FOR 2011 The British-built Honda Civic has been given a refresh with a range of cosmetic enhancements for 2011. The updates and additions are designed to enhance the striking appearance and passenger comfort of the car at no extra cost to the customer. Production for the 2011 Honda Civic begins at the Swindon manufacturing plant in November 2010 with prices starting from £13,995 for the 1.4 Type S. Exterior updatesEyes are immediately drawn to the new front grille, which has taken inspiration from the iconic ‘Type R' model, creating a smarter, more upmarket face for the popular hatchback. Exterior updates also include a range of new alloy wheels now fitted as standard, with individual designs and sizes dependent on the variant chosen. New 16-inch rims feature on the Civic five-door range in 1.4-litre SE and Si, plus 1.8-litre SE trim levels. While the five-door 1.8-litre Si now wears a fresh set of 17-inch boots. On the sports-inspired Type S model, the 1.4-litre Civic now benefits from colour-coded sideskirts and revised 16-inch alloys. The other news is a dynamic new exterior colour - Ionized Bronze, which is available across the Civic range. Interior comfortKeeping the driver and passenger comfortable is also part of the 2011 Model Year upgrade package, with a series of new interior finishes. SE and ES trim gets half fabric and luxurious Alcantara, while Si is now half leather and Alcantara with heated front seats.[...]



Citroen Survolt Artcar

2011-12-08T22:43:28.924-08:00

Citroen and French artist, Francoise Nielly, have teamed up to create this masterpiece. The painting is based on the all-new, all-electric Citroen Survolt concept, first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.The car is quite stunning simply left standing on its own, but with the colourful splashing of pink, green and yellow over the bonnet and other prominent contours, the car presents a fresh vibrant look and a definite step away from the usual ‘boring’ electric cars we’ve become used to.The Citroen Survolt measures 3.85 meters long, wide and 1.2 1.87.mm high and weighs 1150 kilograms. Comes with a tubular chassis, a flat bottom with a hood and a full carbon body. In terms of features Survolt exclusively powered by electricity and 0-60 mph in just a shade under five seconds to produce a top speed of 162 mph.The Survolt art car is displayed at C_42, the automotive producer’s “creme de la creme” showroom, which is located on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Press ReleaseCitroen has launched a new season at the Company’s international showcase, C_42, featuring a display of exciting models including a new ‘Art Car’ version of Survolt by Francoise Nielly, and Flavio Melchiorre’s personalised Citroen DS3 – winner of the Citroen Créative Awards competition.The 14th season at the distinctive landmark building on the world famous Champs-Elysées also celebrates this year’s Paris Motor Show, bringing some of Citroen’s newest models such as the New C4, C-ZERO, DS3 Racing and DS4, to the public’s attention in the centre of Paris.A specially created LED display on the C_42’s façade welcomes visitors with a multi-screen, digital creation symbolising Citroen’s ‘Créative Technologie’. Inside, the building’s magnificent revolving rotunda presents Citroen’s exciting model and concept ranges across several floors.In the ground floor atrium, the exhibition opens with DS4, the second model in Citroen’s distinctive DS line. Guests can then experience the latest version of the C5 Tourer, presented in matt-black paintwork; the New C4, featuring Citroen’s innovative new e-HDi micro-hybrid technology; the stylish, hot-blooded special-edition DS3 Racing, displayed in a carbon setting; and the zero noise, zero fuel consumption and zero emission C-ZERO full-electric city car.Fresh from its exhilarating UK duel against an electric superbike – the first head-to-head of its kind – the stunning all-electric Survolt racecar concept has been recharged with a bold, vivid and brightly contrasting new fluorescent paint scheme by Francoise Nielly. A source of inspiration for the original styling of Survolt, renowned contemporary artist Francoise Nielly worked closely with Citroen’s design team to create the exciting new interpretation of Citroen’s 100% electric racer – the Survolt ‘Art Car’.On the top floor of C_42 is a display of Flavio Melchiorre’s personalised Citroen DS3 – the creation that won the Italian artist first prize in the Citroen Créative Awards, an international design competition launched in May 2010. The first Citroen Créative Awards received over 700 projects from around the world and the prize-winners were announced at a special evening held at C_42 on 5thOctober. Flavio Melchiorre’s DS3 creation will be launched in 2011 together with other new DS3 personalisation options.[...]



Aston Martin Cygnet confirmed for production

2011-12-08T22:43:28.924-08:00

Aston Martin confirms that the Cygnet luxury city car -- originally shown as a concept car in March - is to go into production in 2011 at the company's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire. the Cygnet is based on the Toyota iQ city car but is given signature styling cues such as the gaping front grille, and alloy wheels, plus a high-luxury interior with details that match the automaker’s supercar range. The luxury city car is scheduled for production with sales to start in 2011, pricing and specification will be announced later this year, but it is likely that the Cygnet will only be sold to existing Aston customers.The Aston Martin Cygnet will be powered by a 1.3 liter engine delivering a total of 97-hp with a top speed of 105 mph. An electric-only version with a 60-mile range will arrive in 2013. Press ReleaseAston Martin Cygnet Confirmed for ProductionInnovation, Luxury and Individuality Aston Martin Cygnet to become a production reality in 2011 Designed and built at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters An Aston Martin tailor fit solution for the city offering luxury and individualityGaydon, 11 October 2010 - Aston Martin is pleased to confirm that the Cygnet luxury city car - originally shown as a concept car in March - is to go into production in 2011 at the company's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire.The Aston Martin Cygnet is a city car that sets a new benchmark for compact luxury, building upon nearly a century of experience building high performance sports cars, luxurious long-range grand tourers, and extremely competitive racing machines.Cygnet demonstrates Aston Martin's commitment to innovation and integrity."It is time to think differently. Aston Martin is honest and we don't make compromises" says Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez."Whatever we do, we do right. If we do performance, we do performance; we don't downsize or compromise our sports cars. The Cygnet needs to satisfy the demands of emissions and space. It is a car without compromise, just like every other Aston Martin."Our customers need a small car for urban and city use, and they want the right tools for the right job, to downsize creatively without compromising intelligence, artistry and personality."Cygnet expresses a simple but fundamental idea: in the modern city, scale equates to speed and freedom. At just three metres long, the Cygnet gives the driver a new dimension of freedom, able to slot into gaps in traffic, exploit the smallest parking spaces, consume the least fuel and emit the lowest emissions, all while delivering exceptional levels of quality and comfort."Cygnet is small but luxurious, an Aston Martin tailor fit for the city," says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Director of Design. With an almost unlimited palette of materials, colours and textures, each hand-finished Cygnet will be truly unique, a personalised space within the city. "Luxury is not constrained by scale."Cygnet is a product of Aston Martin's unrivalled experience in craft, technology and design. The future city will present a very different luxury brand landscape, as social change and legislation increases the division between urban and anti-urban product categories. With the Cygnet, Aston Martin will be at the forefront of these changes, ensuring the company's enduring brand image will continue to prosper in new market conditions.Dr Ulrich Bez continues: "The Cygnet is designed to support our sports cars by providing a greater degree of freedom in the urban context; it is a very special car, a premium but compact package with heart, soul and personality."The Cygnet, a tailor fit solution for the city, will help drive Aston Martin into the future. "This car is[...]



Corvette Z06 By Romeo Ferraris

2011-12-08T22:43:28.924-08:00

The Italian tuner Romeo Ferraris released a mod pack for Chevrolet Corvette Z06 which aims to place it above the ZR1 model.Chevrolet Corvette Z06 received by Romeo Ferrari’s compressor and the power of the powerful 677PS and 823Nm LS7 jumped 7.0 torque. The Vortech kit features – a centrifugal compressor, an air-to-air intercooler and aluminum high-flow injectors. In addition, the car got a new sports exhaust system.The Romeo Ferraris Z06 needs 3.3 seconds to cover the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint and hits 124 mph (200 km/h) in under 10 seconds. If the driver keeps on playing, the game reaches 211 mph (340 km/h).They’ve also fitted the car with 19-inch wheels at front and 20-inch at the back, with bigger brakes inside them, 6-piston caliper and 380mm discs at front – 4-piston and 340mm discs a the back.Romeo Ferraris also provides a new interior finish to add a European touch to this American muscle car. That includes an in-house "Commando" sport steering wheel by Romeo Ferraris, Recaro Sportster seats and leather touches to replace outgoing plastic moldings. [...]



2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE Pricing and Details

2011-12-08T22:43:28.925-08:00

Mitsubishi has releases pricing and features for the 2011 Endeavor SEThe new Navigation and Sunroof package comes with a touch-screen based DVD navigation system, a power sunroof, rear view back-up camera and a cargo cover for the rear storage area. Other features which adorn the mid-size crossover include automatic climate control, heated leather seats and a 360-W Rockford-Fosgate sound system with 9 speakers with an 8-inch subwoofer and digital sound processing. The model also incorporates steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a 3-month subscription to SIRIUS satellite radio.The price is still well within the range of its competition. For example, a Honda Pilot EX-L with navigation starts at $35,995, and a Toyota Highlander SE V6 costs $33,150 (navigation is an additional $2,650). Other notable features in the five-passenger Endeavor SE include: automatic climate control, heated leather seats, voice activated Bluetooth, and a 360 watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system. The 2011 Mitsubishi endeavor is available now at dealerships nationwide. Press ReleaseLast year, the already very affordably priced 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor crossover utility vehicle (CUV) saw numerous premium features such as a hands-free Bluetooth® system with voice recognition added across the entire model lineup. But for the 2011 model year Endeavor, this capable crossover receives its most upscale, value-packed equipment package added to two of its most popular models completely free of charge: Both the 2WD and AWD versions of the Endeavor SE now include the Navigation & Sunroof package that consists of a touch-screen DVD-based navigation system, rear view back-up camera, power sunroof and a cargo cover at no cost to the consumer.In addition to the front- and all-wheel drive iterations of the Endeavor SE, the 2WD Endeavor LS model that features a lower sticker price than its big brother but still packs a long list of standard equipment along with the same potent V-6 engine under its hood is also available for the 2011 model year.New for 2011 Mitsubishi EndeavorFree Navigation & Sunroof Package (Endeavor SE 2WD & AWD)The very convenient and richly-appointed Navigation & Sunroof package is now included as standard equipment on both 2WD and AWD variants of Mitsubishi's top-of-the-line Endeavor SE model crossover. Lavish accessories included in this package are an informative and easy to use DVD-based touch-screen navigation system, a rear view back-up camera, a power sunroof and a cargo cover for the rear storage area.Spacious and StatelyThe 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor mid-size crossover is an excellent combination of roomy versatility and capability with an impressive amount of welcome niceties.Capable of carrying up to five people, all occupants will find the Endeavor's comfortable and spacious seats, crisp handling and quiet cabin to be welcome relief from the cramped and/or noisy confines of some of the similarly-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) competitors of this well-engineered Mitsubishi crossover that don't possess its solid unibody construction and confident handling capabilities.Whether carrying groceries, a full complement of camping gear for a weekend in the woods or picking up several sheets of four-foot-wide plywood, the 2011 Endeavor can easily accommodate it all, thanks to hand its 60/40 split/fold-flat rear seat backs and a full 76.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity (a plentiful 40.7 cu. ft. is available in the rear cargo section with the rear seat backs in the up position).Endeavor owners and their passengers are further put at ease by the car's impressive lis[...]



Lotus Elite on Paris Auto Show 2010

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At the stand of Paris Auto Show Lotus Elite was shown like prototype, and representatives of the company inform that the serial model will appear only four years later. Nevertheless, all basic technical characteristics are already declared. The engine will deliver Toyota. It is 5-liter V8 with a supercharger which in the base version will give out 542 h.p., and as alternative more powerful version developing 612 forces will serve. Dispersal to hundred will occupy 3,5 sec, and the maximum speed will be – 314 km/h.

Experts in automobile history can reproach Elite like artificial Lotus. Which were always the British sport cars? First of all – in a racing way lungs. And consequently mad dynamics was reached even with not the most powerful motors. And Elite will weigh 1 650 kg.

Company Lotus was many years in long crisis, and on one tiny sport cars business won't hoist. Classical Lotuses are calculated on the automobile gourmets which are an expert in ascetic Elise and Exige. And for elite public hardly probable not a leading role, the impressive figure in the column plays capacity.

And the main argument which British plan to win buyers from Ferrari and Lamborghini, is the price. Ferrari California now in Europe costs about 200 000 euros. And the preliminary price for much more powerful Lotus Elite – 137 000 euros.

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2011 Scion xD RS 3.0 Price

2011-12-08T22:43:28.925-08:00

Scion announced pricing today for its first limited-production vehicle of the 2011 model year, the xD Release Series 3.0 (xD RS 3.0). This exclusive five-door urban subcompact will begin arriving in dealerships this month.Available in a xPRESSO color that is unique to the xD RS 3.0 model, the vehicle features a a four-piece body kit that comes with front and rear lower lips along with side skirts, in addition to a carbon-fiber trimmed B-pillar appliqués and an RS logo.The xD RS 3.0 comes fitted with a four-piece body kit including front and rear lower lips along with side skirts. The body kit adds assertive styling and is exclusive to the xD RS 3.0. The xD comes painted in a distinctive color dubbed xPRESSO, which is not currently offered on any other Scion model.The 2011 Scion xD RS 3.0 will be built in limited production of 1,500 units, with each car displaying a distinctive, individually numbered stainless-steel logo. And it is powered by a 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 128 hp with fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon.Price starts at 16,905 USD for the manual version, while the automatic costs 17,705 USD.The 2011 Scion xD RS 3.0 price does not include the 720 USD fee for delivery and processing. Press ReleaseTORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 7, 2010 – Scion announced pricing today for its first limited-production vehicle of the 2011 model year, the xD Release Series 3.0 (xD RS 3.0). This exclusive five-door urban subcompact will begin arriving in dealerships this month.The xD RS 3.0 comes fitted with a four-piece body kit including front and rear lower lips along with side skirts. The body kit adds assertive styling and is exclusive to the xD RS 3.0. The xD comes painted in a distinctive color appropriately namedxPRESSO, which is not currently offered on any other Scion model.To complete the stylish exterior, the xD RS 3.0 is equipped with B-pillar appliqués that are constructed from genuine carbon fiber material and feature the xD RS logo.Only 1,500 units of the xD RS 3.0 will be built, and each vehicle comes with aunique, individually numbered stainless-steel badge. The xD RS 3.0 model will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $16,905 with a manual transmission, and $17,705 with an automatic transmission.The delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee for all Scion models is $720 and is not included in the MSRP. DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.[...]



2010 SEMA Show Preview: Ford Fiesta

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Ford has announced yesterday that, in collaboration with various tuners, will unveiled 8 custom Ford Fiesta models at the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Ford Racing's Fiesta is a head-turner, with a bright blue exterior paint treatment and a production-based, turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine enlarged to 2.3 liters to churn out a claimed 350 horses. Other modified Fiestas are being prepared by 3d Carbon, L&G Enterprises, H&R Springs and Universal Technical Institute. The 3dCarbon sports a rear roof wing, side skirts, new front fascia and racing stripes. The L&G car takes its cue from electronics with circuit board-inspired exterior graphics and an integrated iPad command center. H&R Springs equips the car with a rear wing and European hood vents along with a complete body wrap, while Universal Technical Institute does a track modification that features a rollcage, racing seats, Baer brakes and 18-in. wheels.In addition to the ball at the top will consist serial by showcars additional Fiesta admitted placing collective by 3dCarbon example, H & R bounce, FSWerks and Steeda Autosports, among others. We will be on-hand to capture all the zaniness that SEMA starting November 2 and November 5. Press Release FORD'S HOT-SELLING FIESTA TO MAKE 2010 SEMA DEBUT, PUT SMALL CAR STYLE, PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP Ford Fiestas will take center stage on the Ford stand at this year's SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show, to be held Nov. 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention CenterFord Fiesta provides the perfect platform for customers and aftermarket companies looking to express themselves in a fun, unique way. Owners have already begun customizing their Fiestas with graphics and accessories available through Ford, and SEMA takes that customization to the next levelThe all-new Ford Fiesta features an expressive, vibrant design, sharp reflexes, and a global track record that will redefine U.S. small car customers' expectations. With 15 available class-exclusive features and technologies and best-in-class highway fuel economy of up to 40 mpg, Fiesta brings efficiency and convenience together in one package People love to modify small cars, so it's no surprise that consumers and aftermarket companies are eager to get their hands on Ford's hot-selling Fiesta, set to debut at this year's SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas Nov. 2-5. "The Fiesta is one of those vehicles that resonates with everybody - especially with the younger market. Whatever you're into, it works," said Melvin Betancourt, Ford specialty design manager. "It lends itself to a lot of different themes. It's a perfect fit for the aftermarket and for customers who want to express their personality." "SEMA offers the perfect opportunity to showcase all the different ways the personalities of the Fiesta can be expressed," said Sam De La Garza, Fiesta brand manager. "It really shows how Fiesta can be accessorized and how this canvas can be altered to meet many different customer wants and desires," De La Garza said. "SEMA represents a special opportunity, because we can show off unique designs that other companies have created. It's not just Ford coming to the table. It's other companies interpreting what Fiesta is, and bringing their own style to the Fiesta launch." Customization is something already familiar to Fiesta owners. Ford Custom Accessories offers almost anything an owner would need to put a creative touch on Fiesta or give the car even more functionality. Accessory [...]



LA Auto Show: 2011 Volkswagen EOS

2011-12-08T22:43:28.925-08:00

VW has releases the first images and official details for the 2011 Volkswagen Eos facelift which will have its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the beginning of next month. Sales in Europe will begin in mid January 2011.The 2011 Volkswagen Eos facelift comes with BlueMotion technology and a newly developed Start/Stop system that work together to reduce the vehicles fuel consumption and CO2 emissions level. For example, the 2011 Volkswagen Eos 2.0 TDI, that outputs 103 kW / 140 PS, offers now a 4.8 l/100 km fuel consumption, which is 0.7 l/100 km lower than the previous version.On the styling front, the convertible features redesigned bumpers, modified headlights, a revised grille, and LED taillights. Inside, the cabin boasts a new multi-function display and optional 'Cool' leather seats which reflect sunlight and heat. Tech goodies include Light Assist (which automatically switches between high- and low beams), Park Assist, and Keyless Access.The 2011 Eos has received multiple equipment additions, such as a multi-function color Premium display, Lights Assist, the second generation of the Park Assist, Keyless Access.The vehicle’s engine range includes one diesel unit and three petrol units. The diesel is a 140 hp unit that can be mated to a six-speed manual or to a six-speed DSG automatic. The entry-level petrol unit is a 122 hp 1.4 TSI, which is followed by a 160 hp incarnation of the same engine and by a 210 hp 2.0 TSI engine (this is borrowed from the Golf GTI). All the petrol units come with a six-speed manual transmission, while the range-topper can be ordered with a six-speed DSG gearbox.The interior has been revised to play up the center stack of controls. New materials are said to give the Eos a higher sense of quality. A new steering wheel has been specified, too.Pricing for the 2011 Volkswagen Eos remains unchanged from the just-superseded version; $46,990 for the Eos 103TDI and $48,990 for the Eos 155TSI, excluding on-road costs. Press ReleaseVolkswagen has unveiled the new face of the Eos convertible coupé ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show on 17 November.The modifications bring the Eos in line with the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s design language as seen applied to the new Polo, Passat and Sharan. Horizontal lines dominate the front of the car with a prominent new grille complete with chrome highlights that create the impression that the Eos is wider and lower than the car it replaces. A set of new headlight units, similar in shape to those fitted to the Golf, features the option of integrated LED daytime running lights to lend the revised Eos an elegant new look.A revised front bumper featuring new airdams and fog lights is joined by a reprofiled bonnet. At the back of the car a set of new tail lights, drawing on the look of those fitted to the new Passat, creates a distinctive new appearance.As before, the Eos features an advanced five piece folding roof with an integrated tilt sliding glass sunroof. To go from a closed coupé to an open cabriolet – an operation that can now be undertaken remotely via the key fob if the car is specified with Keyless Entry – takes just 25 seconds while the boot capacity ranges from 205 litres when the roof is down up to 380 litres with the roof closed.Inside, new trim finishes enhance the interior of the Eos which is both comfortable and extremely well equipped. Highlights include a leather multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning, a powerful eight-speake[...]



2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Convertible

2011-12-08T22:43:28.925-08:00

The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is getting ready to make its world debut at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show. The car features a CarbonAero body kit like the previous HPE700 coupe, which includes a front splitter, a rear diffuser and revised side skirts, ), a painted hockey stick side strip, and 20″ alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires...Power comes from a Corvette ZR1-sourced LS9 engine which has been outfitted with cold air induction system, upgraded pulleys, and high-flow fuel injectors. Thanks to these modifications, the 6.2-liter V8 produces 755 hp (563 kW / 765 PS) and 763 lb-ft (1,033 Nm) of torque - an increase of 117 hp (87 kW / 119 PS) and 159 lb-ft (215 Nm). This enables the coupe (convertible figures are still pending) to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at 130 mph.The cars are fitted with a KW adjustable coil-over suspension, larger stabilizer bars, HPE rims, Pirelli P Zero performance tires, Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers, stainless-steel tube headers, a blue-painted hockey stripe, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a carbon-fiber aero body kit.The 2011 HPE700 LS9 Camaro will be limited to just 24 units, with no set allocation between coupe and convertible. Pricing for the complete HPE700 upgrade, including the base vehicle, is $ 132,500 and can be ordered directly through HPE or one of Hennessey’s authorized Chevrolet dealers in the US. Press ReleaseThe 755HP 2011 HPE700 LS9 CamaroLimited Edition: Only 24 to be Built for 2011 Model YearNow Available in Hardtop and ConvertiblePower:755 bhp @ 6,400 rpm763 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpmPerformance (Hardtop): 0 - 60 mph: 3.3 sec* 1/4 mile: 10.9 @ 130 mph* Skidpad: 1.01 g 60 - 0 mph braking: 104 ft.* with optional Nitto Drag Radial tiresCamaro HPE700 Package Includes: Base 2011 Camaro SS with 6-speed Manual Transmission (convertible or hardtop) LS9 6.2L Supercharged Engine with Intercooler HPE Cold Air Induction Supercharger Pulley Upgrade High-Flow Fuel Injectors Fuel System Upgrade Intercooler System Upgrade CarbonAeroTM Bodywork: Front Splitter, Rear Bumper Diffuser & Side Rocker Panels Long Tube Stainless Steel Headers HPE Extreme Duty Clutch & Flywheel Upgrade HPE Race Shift Knob and Short Throw Shifter Upgrade HPE Light Weight Alloy Wheels 20 x 11 inch (rear); 20 x 9.5 inch (front) Pirelli P-Zero Tires, 275/35-YR20 (front); 305/35-YR20 (rear) Brembo Front Brake Upgrade: 6-Piston Calipers with Light Weight 15 inch Cross-Drilled Rotors Brembo Rear Brake Upgrade: 4-Piston Calipers with 15 inch Light Weight Rotors KW / HPE Variant 3 Adjustable Coil-Over Suspension Upgrade KW / HPE Front & Rear Sway Bar Upgrades Painted Hockey Stick Side Stripe with LS9 logo Hennessey Embroidered Head Rests & Floor Mats Limited Edition HPE700 Dash Plaque & Hood Plaque HPE700 & Hennessey Logos Painted on Rear Deck Lid Hennessey Letter of Authenticity HPE700 buyers will also receive a 1-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park - a 1/4 mile dragstrip facility located adjacent to Hennessey's 30,000 square foot production facilityand showroom.[...]



Rolls-Royce Ghost Diva by Fenice Milano

2011-12-08T22:43:28.926-08:00

The Italian tuner Fenice Milano has releases their new limited Diva program for the Rolls-Royce Ghost.The program includes changes regarding the looks of the vehicle, but also the performance increased up to 570hp using an ECU upgrade. It will give the vehicle the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in only 4,9 seconds. Other technical improvements are the suspensions adjustment and the optimization of the exhaust and suction system.The Rolls-Royce Ghost Diva powered by a 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563bhp and 780 NM of torque (most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced). This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and to hit a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.Their program is called "Diva" and will be available in three colors: navy, bronze, and white (with 24k gold flakes). The interior will get biscuit leather and 24k gold throughout, optional Alcantara inserts for the more ergonomically-designed seats, and wood trim.Inside, the car gets biscuit leather and 24k gold throughout, optional Alcantara inserts for the more ergonomically-designed seats, and wood trim that is supposedly limited to teak or grey oak.In the performance department, FM adds a revised ECU, a sportier suspension, and an optimized exhaust. Sadly, because they're not golden, the company declined to provide additional information.Press Release'DIVA' FENICE MILANO: ELEGANCE AND RACINESS FOR A CAR WITH A STRONG PERSONALITYEverlasting synonym of class, elegance and perfect English style, Rolls Royce has become through the years the brand of celebrities and of all major international politicians.In 2009, to meet the market's modern request, the renowned English manufacturer launched the Ghost model. The 'baby' Rolls (it is only 540 cm long) has a less formal look compared to her bigger sisters, but it doesn't abandon the typical pride of the flagships boasted with the 'Spirit of Ecstasy', the famous little statue on the front. Moreover its sporty character is supported by the 12V engine 570 Hp that make of her the more powerful Rolls ever built, able to accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in only 4,9 seconds.The 'Diva' by Fenice Milano is based on this jewel produced in a limited quantity. Thanks to an important internal and external restyling, the 'Diva' adds a touch of Italian elegance and style, together with technical and performance improvements, able to make this car a true masterpiece with a strong personality.To begin with the exterior, 'Diva' is proposed in three elegant versions with a bi?colour livery: from the classic blue navy, to the delicious bronze and the luxury limited edition white golden pearlescent varnishing that includes particles in 24K gold. For the navy?blue version, the bonnet andfender are in white golden pearlescent varnishing and chromed frontal grid; while for the white version the bonnet, fender and grid are in 24K gold. For the bronze version, instead, threecombinations are available: bonnet, fender and grid in 24K gold, or bonnet and fender in white golden pearlescent varnishing and grid in 24K gold or chromed bronze grid.Inside the console design has been maintained, but a few enhancements are provided, which due to the use of fine materials, make 'Diva' the most exclusive car available on the market. The dashboard and the passenger compartment are in biscuit?coloured leather and wood (teak or grey oak) and include white or[...]



2011 Roush 5XR Ford Mustang GT

2011-12-08T22:43:28.926-08:00

Roush is remaking the new 2011 Mustang GT, and called it the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang. The staggering 5XR Mustang will be offered as both, coupe and convertible, but only with a six-speed manual transmission, and only until their number of the manufactured rides hit the 150th unit, which will announce the end of the production.The 2011 ROUSH 5XR tops the V8 with a R2300 ROUSHcharger boosting output to 525 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine breathes through a custom exhaust system with square tips that Roush claims give it a throaty sound.There is a whole raft of new exterior changes that don’t really get any sensation with the sleeper car driving community despite the fact that all the changes come as a post-title vehicle and the modifications get a 3 year or 36000 mile warranty.To handle the road, a ROUSH suspension kit has been installed to provide superior handling and ride control. This includes front struts, rear shocks and rear springs, front and rear stabilizer bars. The car rides on ROUSH 20-inch chrome rims with high-performance Cooper RS3 tires.Amongst the optional upgrades are the color-matched sport leather seats, big four-piston brakes with 14-inch slotted rotors, vent pod gauge, and a lower three-piece billet grille.When Roush upgrades a Mustang, obviously it starts with a more powerful engine, but the fun usually doesn't end there. The 5XR will also feature a bevy of upgraded components, including a suspension kit with new front shocks and rear springs and front and rear stabilizer bars. Power will be transferred to the road via 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped with high-performance Cooper RS3 tires.Press ReleaseJack Roush is a man who knows how to coax horsepower from an engine. ROUSH® has become an automotive powerhouse based on this simple premise, and he couldn't wait to get his hands, and his engineering team, on the new Ford 5.0L engine. The end result, and the car fans of the ROUSH Mustang have been waiting for, is the 2011 ROUSH 5XRTM Mustang with "more power" under the hood thanks to the factory-installed ROUSHcharger®.Make no mistake, the 2011 ROUSH 5XR is a runner. With the R2300 ROUSHcharger installed the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang will sport an "extreme" 525 horsepower under the hood, along with an "exciting" 465 lb.-ft. of torque. To keep the "exclusivity" high, there will be a maximum of just 150 units of the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang built, each with a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty on the powertrain and ROUSH components. The 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang is available in a coupe or convertible, but only with a six-speed manual transmission."I'm always excited to get an opportunity to work on a new engine, and the Ford 5.0-liter is a great platform. It has 412 horsepower to begin with, but our group was able to coax out another 113 horsepower with the ROUSHcharger. The 2011 ROUSH 5XR runs fast, sounds great, and is another amazing addition to the ROUSH Mustang heritage," said Jack Roush, motorsports legend and chairman of ROUSH Enterprises.To handle the road, a ROUSH suspension kit has been installed to provide superior handling and ride control. This includes front struts, rear shocks and rear springs, front and rear stabilizer bars. The car rides on ROUSH 20-inch chrome rims with high-performance Cooper RS3 tires.The installed ROUSH exhaust with square tips gives the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang a deep, throaty sound worthy of a supercharged American V-8 m[...]



Jaguar C-X75: super car on jet engines!

2011-12-08T22:43:28.926-08:00

Electric super cars are experimented now by many companies, and partly Jaguar goes on the same way that Audi and Mercedes. The Ingolstadt firm has presented one year ago on the Frankfurt showroom the electric Audi R8 which has received own name E-tron. Similar Mercedes SLS E-Cell has been announced this summer. And like these two workings out, Jaguar C-X75 is electro car which have electric motor on each of four wheels . An index in the car name — in honor of 75-year-old anniversary which Jaguar mark celebrates this year.However, the English company has gone further competitors and has decided to compete in capacity with the mightiest petrol super cars that while it turns out not at all contenders. At Audi E-tron four electromotors in the sum give out only 313 h.p. At present it insufficiently to overtake many hot hatchbacks of a golf class. Mercedes can brag of a 526-strong power-plant but because electro cars with heavy accumulators weighs more than petrol analog, its dynamics is worse: to 100 km/h it is dispersed for 4 sec that on 0,2 sec longer, than at traditional version. And here Jaguar C-X75 — one of the fastest in the world of cars without any discounts that it is electric car, after all total capacity of its four electromotors — 778 h.p. And a twisting moment make 1 600 Nm, that is surpasses pull-rod of the most powerful version of Bugatti Veyron presented here in Paris. As a result electric super car is capable to type hundred only for 3,4 sec. The maximum speed — 330 km/h. And what about jet engines?A payment for superabilities — a small cruising range. All rests against capacity of accumulators which while is insufficient at all modern electro cars. The present compact models produced in lots, even at economic movement mode, are capable to pass no more than 150-200 km. And a super car from Jaguar, by calculations of its founders, additional charge is required already through 109 km of run. But Englishmen have a trump — the gas microturbines capable directly on the move to recharge the car. Affirms that this working out created in cooperation with company Bladon Jets, – the first viable axial microturbines in the world. With their help a cruising range electric super car increases to 900 km.From the technical point of view this car is experimental working out, and start of these decisions in manufacture isn't planned in the near future. But its design, possibly, waits a serial embodiment. Representatives of the company underline that in shape of this prototype the relationship from one of the well-known workings out of former years — Jaguar XJ13 is guessed. In two years Jaguar coupe XK should replace generation, and it is expected that in its stylistics there will be something general with the revolutionary concept car of Jaguar C-X75.[...]



Renault DeZir- the future of mark Renault

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Renault DeZir. So called the new big red coupe fromRenault. Frenchmen speak at once: to count that the similar car will go to a batch production, it is not necessary. It's a concept car. But concept with sense – DeZir is created to show us, in which direction design of Renault will develop in future time.

When you look on DeZir from time to time involuntarily you remember … Mazda. Please don't think that i accuse Renault in plagiarism. Anything similar, appearance new concept is original and very interesting. But there are some nuances. The first – Mazda too has more recently shown the concept coupe which precisely also shows the future development in design of the company. Second nuance – Renault DeZir was created by Laurens van den Acker, which else more recently worked in company Mazda.

Perhaps, the main feature new concept are doors. And still it is necessary to notice that DeZir at all has no rear screen – according to designers, in the future at movement the review will be provided with videocameras.

If you expect that DeZir is equipped with any magnificent engine you are cruelly be mistaken. In this car there is a small electromotor which capacity gives out 110 watt and actuates rear wheels . According to Renaults details, the maximum speed of the big coupe only 180 km/h, and a cruising range doesn't exceed 160 km. In general, anything record.

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New 2011 Dodge Charger Unveiled

2011-12-08T22:43:28.926-08:00

Chrysler has officially unveiled the redesigned 2011 Dodge Charger, which comes with various improvements over the previous version.With inspiration from the 1968-1970 muscle car, the rear styling mimics the old model’s full-width tail lamps. This large rear cluster is lit up with 164 LEDs to leave followers in no doubt when it comes to braking. Under a new aluminum hood, engine choices are a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, or 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine in R/T trim. which delivers 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive will also be available in the R/T that comes with 19-inch wheels and, unique for a car, an active transfer case that can disconnect the front-axle to improve fuel economy.Interior changes include a new design for the steering wheel, which gets a thicker grip. Chrysler says the Charger's interior has been tuned for better sound quality.Source: Dodge Press ReleaseDodge Brand Product Onslaught Continues: Introducing The All-new 2011 Dodge ChargerWorld-class Performance And Precision With An Iconic SoulOctober 5, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe proportions, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger is the Dodge brand's flagship that proudly delivers premium, world-class E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value.The efficient and aerodynamic exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, featuring a design that is sure to strike an emotional chord with Dodge performance enthusiasts of all generations.With its sinister "ready to attack the road" face, the all-new Dodge Charger puts the world's best E-segment sedan competitors between its new "split crosshair" signature grille. Its sculpted all-new body is a conscious nod to its deep heritage and muscle-car roots. The Charger's profile is also a modern affair, a result of countless hours in the wind tunnel, from its lower hood line, faster windshield and radically raked back headlights to its tighter wheel openings, lower sill and race-car-like flat underbody, the Charger effortlessly cuts thought the air with its attitude intact. The aluminum hood features dual "scallops" that bring a sculptured, performance look to the front end, while large body-side scallops deliver a striking undulating A-line across the doors. Running front to rear is the iconic horizontal "coke bottle" or "double-diamond" body-side styling that creates a tapering silhouette accented with muscular front and rear fenders and gives the Dodge Charger one of the most distinct profiles on the road. Defining the fastback's wide stance is an all-new signature taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form its signature "racetrack" graphic and gives the new Charger its unmistakable character from blocks away.The 2011 Dodge Charger's interior cockpit is meant to be an enthusiast office. The all new design feature premium materials throughout. Transmitting the performance chassis' world-class feel of the road, the all-new Charger features a new thick-rimmed three-spoke Dodge steering wheel for enhanced performance feel and grip. Crafted in world-class materials, Charger's passengers are surrounded with comfort, craftsman[...]



2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Price

2011-12-08T22:43:28.927-08:00

Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for its all-new Sonata 2.0T Turbo. The Hyundai Sonata 2.0T turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine that outputs 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm. The company says the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T turbo has a twin-scroll turbo system design that's able to minimize the annoying effects of the turbo lag.The 2.0T engine will be available on the SE and Limited trim level, with the 2.0T SE adding an upgraded fully automatic temperature control system, and the Limited adding the SE’s 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.Pricing starts at at $24,145 MSRP for the Sonata SE 2.0T and $27,045 for the Sonata Limited 2.0T. Press Release The Sonata 2.0T debuts with Hyundai’s first four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine With a remarkable 33 mpg highway fuel economy rating, the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine also delivers best-in-class 274 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque across a broad rpm range (1,750 rpm to 4,500 rpm), giving the Sonata 2.0T four-cylinder more power than all competitive mid-size V6 engines, all while using regular fuel The 2.0T is a key part of Hyundai’s industry-leading Blue Drive fuel efficiency strategy The twin-scroll turbo system design minimizes turbocharger lag while maximizing combustion efficiency and power output The Sonata 2.0T is the second element of the game-changing 2011 Sonata product lineup, with the Sonata Hybrid, powered by Hyundai’s all-new Hybrid Blue Drive system, featuring breakthrough lithium-polymer batteries, to debut later this yearFOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 4 — Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for its all-new Sonata 2.0T Turbo, starting at $24,145 MSRP for the Sonata SE 2.0T and $27,045 for the Sonata Limited 2.0T.With the addition of the all-new 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine, the new 2011 Sonata offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power, with 33 mpg highway and 274 horsepower. Remarkably, the Sonata 2.0T delivers these industry-leading benchmarks on regular fuel. Turbocharging and GDI are key elements of Blue Drive, the company’s environmental initiative to lead the industry in fuel efficiency.The 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine produces 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1750-4500 rpm with regular fuel, while delivering 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Hyundai’s 2.0T engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that, when combined with the GDI system, results in crisp, responsive power delivery. Twin-scroll turbochargers have traditionally been used on more expensive high performance engines, but as with direct injection, Hyundai has chosen once again to apply this efficient technology in high volume to its most popular model.The 2.0T engine will be available on the SE and Limited trim level, with the 2.0T SE adding an upgraded fully automatic temperature control system, and the Limited adding the SE’s 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. MSRPs excludes destination charge of $720.Sonata SE 2.0T2.0L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine6-speed automatic with steering whe[...]



Electric Mercedes is ready for manufacture

2011-12-08T22:43:28.927-08:00

If the Japanese companies already sell electromobiles not only in the country, but also in the West Germans while are very cautious. Mercedes-Benz company only this year will exhaust the first party electric versions A-class in volume of all in 500 pieces. Them will transfer in leasing to the organizations, and Germans will steadfastly watch operation cars to make changes to a design of the future models. Similarly now BMW tests trial lot Mini E.It is necessary to notice that the design of younger Mercedes-Benz A-class, unlike many competitors, was initially created taking into account alteration possibility in electropenalties. Still the first generation of the A-class which were issued in 1997, had a double floor in which there is enough place for seating of batteries. Modern generation has inherited this feature. As a result version E-Cell can brag of quite good characteristics in comparison with other electromobiles. So the cruising range at full gymnastics makes 200 km while the majority of contenders on 40 km has less.Mercedes electromotor has two modes of behavior. At usual driving it saves energy and gives out 68 h.p. But, say, at overtaking it can quickly develop 95 forces. If to judge on dispersal from a place to 100 km/h the A-class you will not name dynamical car: an electropenalty is required on performance of this exercise 14 sec. However, in a city mode of movement, the car, probably, is capable to overtake many neighbors in a stream as on dispersal to 60 km/h it is necessary only 5,5 sec. The maximum speed – 150 km/h.The car is completed with climate control, the xenon headlights, system of an automatic parking, and also a totality of airbags. It is known that one of weak places electromobiles is that at driving with the engaged air conditioner or an oven, the accumulator charge comes to an end too quickly. Germans have thought up how partially to solve this problem. When the car costs at night on additional charge, to it it is possible to allow to warm up or cool in advance a remote command interior. By the way, from a household network new non-polluting Mercedes-Benz are charged for 8 hours. At special stations with high-voltage socket connections – for 3 hours.[...]



2011 RSC Raptor GT

2011-12-08T22:43:28.927-08:00

Manufactured in Germany, RSC’s newest supercar sports a front-mid-engine design and is rear-wheel drive. The RSC Raptor GT is powered by a 2.6-liter rotary engine that's available in four versions, with power outputs ranging from 500 hp, to 1,200 hp. The RSC Raptor GT S is the base model, equipped with Dry Sump, it develops 500 hp. The RSC Raptor GT RS has a water-to-air turbocharger system and develops 800 hp and the RSR has a twin-turbo and outputs a massive 1,200 hp. The Raptor GT will be sold with different spec-variants called the GT S, RS, RSR and N-spec. Depending on which model, engine configurations vary and include a water-to-air inter-cooled turbo or a bi-turbo system. The engine is coupled to an 8-speed RSC R-Shift transmission with a hydraulic shift mechanism which makes gear changes in 25 to 35 milliseconds.Inside, the RSC Raptor GT is also said to feature a pair of seven-inch digital displays coupled with a five-inch tachometer, gear indicator and shift lights, the entire package supposedly weighing in at a claimed 2,425 pounds. RSC also plans an all-wheel drive, mid-engine project with similar specs, which seems like a lot to bite off while they still appear to be chewing on this one.Depending on the model, the body is of 80% glass fiber or carbon fiber and differs in details in the form and aerodynamics. The interior will get two 7" full-graphic-Diyplays, high-quality materials like carbon fiber, brushed aluminum and various types of leather. Press ReleaseRotary Super Cars Germany is a young company with the goal of offering symbiosis of high performance vehicles and active environment to create new benchmarks in the areas, power efficiency, value for money or the use of high-tech materials.Since there is no vehicle that meets all these requirements, the construction of the RSC Raptor GT™ started in 2009. Systems such as the VAS (variable aerodynamic system) were developed and brought to small series production. This vehicle meets all requirements or exceed them. With enthusiasm and passion of our team involved in the development and production of the Raptor GT™. We guarantee the best workmanship and highest individuality. The selective use of proven components increases the active/passive safety while reducing production costs, which ultimately benefits every buyer.With the Raptor GT™, we give our customers the opportunity to experience the unique combination of high end components and environmental protection on the roads and racetracks of the world. The Raptor GT™ doesn't follow the standard in many areas, he goes a very unique way with his drive and approach design. Each vehicle is handmade and unique, which corresponds exactly to the needs and wishes of the owner.Drivetrain:The RSC Raptor ™ GT S, RS, RSR and N-Spec does not have a conventional drive system as used in most of today's super sports cars. He has a self-developed and heavily modified, based on parts of the Mazda 13B MSP, high-performance engine with four rotors (4-Rotor rotary engine) and, depending on the model, a water-to-air intercooled turbo or biturbo system. This engine is the heart of the RSC Raptor GT™ and gives him his very special temperament. The power output of a rotary engine uniformly grows with increasi[...]



MTM Audi TT-RS

2011-12-08T22:43:28.927-08:00

German tuner MTM has taken their power packed MTM Audi TT RS to the Nardo circuit in Italy, as they wanted to see how fast it can go.The MTM Audi TT RS is powered by the standard 2.5-liter TFSI engine that now has been upgraded to output 472 bhp (347 kW) at 7.000 rpm and an untold amount of torque.This 472 bhp MTM Audi TT RS can rocket from 0 to 100 Km/h in 3.9 seconds, and as we've already mention its top speed is 312 Km/h achieved at Nardon while using 20 inch bimoto wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres.The price for the engine upgrade is 14.500€. If you will also opt for the 20-inch bimoto forged rims and the 15-inch brakes with eight-piston calipers you will have to pay an extra 9.973 €. Tuner’s next stop? A TT-rS that will develop 500 HP! Press ReleaseMTM TT RS: With 472 bhp faster than 310 km/h Audi refiner MTM drives 312 km/h with the TTRS in Nardo Sophisticated technique to ensure best driving values Complete package including wheels and brakesHow much engine performance do you need to break 300 km/h? The ones who think that this needs more than 500 bhp will learn that this is not correct. The TTRS with 472 bhp by MTM from Wettstetten / Ingolstadt was GPS measured to be 312 km/h at test runs on the Nardo highspeed track in Italy at the beginning of September 2010. For many other tuners a hard nut to crack despite of increased efficiency."It's not decisive what we measure on the dynamometer but how many bhp you get on the road" says Roland Mayer, owner and Head of the technical Department of MTM. The right master plan has a bigger effect on driving dynamics, acceleration times and maximum speed than the search for a maximum in performance values.In the case of the MTM TTRS this means: modification of the control unit, MTM turbo charger and a complete new MTM exhaust system from turbo.The result: 472 bhp (347 kW) with 7.000 rpm/min, a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 312 km/h - driven in Nardo with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres on 20-inch bimoto wheels.The MTM TTRS with 472 bhp doesn't has to fear the competition of other tuners, who are still fighting with 300 km/h and can't reduce 0-100 km/h time under 4.0 seconds despite a plus of 30 bhp.MTM is one of the leading and at the same time the fastest of all Audi refiners worldwide. Within the last years engineers from Wettstetten showed best values:MTM RS6 R with a top speed of 344,2 km/h is the fastest station wagon in the world. A MTM customer drove this record in Nardo in 2009. Moreover the fastest Bentley GPS measured 331 km/h in 2008 is from Roland Mayers workshop.The TT Bimoto with two engines set as well a new record by driving 393,6 km/h in Papenburg in 2007. Today the Bimoto is still holding the track record for street-legal cars in Nardo driven by Florian Gruber. Nardo test drives under extreme conditions are an important part of MTM development work. Outside temperature was temporary at 35 degrees.The costs for the upgrade from 380 to 472 bhp are about 14.500 € incl. tax and installation. The price for 20-inch bimoto forged rims, 15-inch brakes with eight-piston calipers (front axle) is 9.973 € incl. tax and installation.Right now MTM is working on an over 500 bhp version.[...]



2010 Paris Auto Show: Peugeot HR1 Concept

2011-12-08T22:43:28.927-08:00

Peugeot has unveiled new HR1 urban concept car which will debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show opens on 2 Oct 2010. It's a small crossover, mixing the best bits of coupe, city runaround and SUV. Sound familiar? Yep, it's sort of like a shrunken Range Rover Evoque.The car isn't as attractive as the EX1 -- it's tall, chunky and ever so slightly odd-looking. But it does have some interesting tech additions. The most notable of these is an Archos 9 PC Tablet mounted in a tray on the passenger side of the vehicle.The three-cylinder 1.2-liter gasoline engine is a version of Peugeot's future family of efficient three-cylinder engines that is now in development, the automaker says. It's teamed with a rear-positioned electric motor with all-wheel drive and a combined 147 horsepower. The 19-inch wheels are fitted with Michelin tires.The car’s instrumentation suggests total command of the vehicle by the driver, with ergonomically placed controls, a small steering wheel, and a Head-Up display allowing information to be seen without the driver taking their eyes off the road.The ingenuity of the HR1 resides also in its modularity. Its load area is practical and accommodating thanks to its flat floor and sides, offers a load space of 25.9 sq ft.Total output for the hybrid powertrain on the Peugeot HR1 is 147 bhp, and power is sent to the wheels through an electronically-controlled 6-speed manual gearbox. The driver can also choose between two modes of operation, sequential or automatic. In a combined cycle the Peugeot HR1 can return 81 mpg (2.90 l/100km), while CO2 emissions are of 80 g/km. Press ReleasePEUGEOT HR1 – TOTALLY URBAN AND CONNECTED29/09/10 New three-cylinder THP 110 petrol engine 81 mpg and just 80 g/km Uses Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology Innovative rear "stowaway seat" system Clever "hands-free" onboard system control Provides enjoyable urban motoring and genuine environmental efficiency The HR1 is an exclusive and innovative urban concept car that blends together a number of genres (city run-around, coupé and SUV). It is targeted at active young city dwellers smitten with design and innovation who are in search of a vehicle that matches their profile.Peugeot is always exploring new motoring ideas and this inventiveness has already given rise to many production vehicles and concept cars, including a number of genuine commercial and design successes (Coupé/Cabriolet, the 3008... and more recently the BB1 concept vehicle).The HR1 is based on several different body designs: city run-around, coupé, SUV... and, in doing so, is creating its own identity and new and original benefits.The HR1 has been created to appeal to young city dwellers; individuals and couples, who lead an active outgoing life and who seek out new lifestyle experiences in relation to their leisure activities and their mobility.It is designed to make urban travel easy and pleasurable even in the busiest or most confined urban areas. It is helped by its particularly compact dimensions (a length of 3.67 m and very short front and rear overhangs) but also an original system for getting into and out of the vehicle. Based on the Marque's experience in this field, the HR1 has two electr[...]



Paris Debuts: MINI Countryman WRC

2011-12-08T22:43:28.927-08:00

MINI has unveiled the new MINI WRC debuted at the Paris Auto Show. The new MINI WRC, which will contest the FIA World Rally Championship from 2011, will receive its world premiere at this international motor show. In addition, Kris Meeke (GB) has been confirmed as one of the drivers who will contest the championship with this brand new rally car.The MINI WRC, powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged engine, recently received a baptism of fire, acquitting itself well during initial testing at Prodrive’s rally track. The company commenced development of the car in 2009, and a concept of the MINI WRC will be displayed in Paris.The power transmission takes place via an Xtrac 6-speed, sequential gearbox. For its outings on the rally stages, the MINI Countryman chassis has been fitted with a roll cage developed by Prodrive, which exceeds the strict safety.Source: MINI Press Release Paris.Visitors to the 2010 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris (FR) can look forward to a special treat: The new MINI WRC, which will contest the FIA World Rally Championship from 2011, will receive its world premiere at this international motor show. In addition, Kris Meeke (GB) has been confirmed as one of the drivers who will contest the championship with this brand new rally car.The MINI WRC, powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder Di turbo-charged engine, recently received a baptism of fire, acquitting itself well during initial testing at Prodrive's rally track. The company commenced development of the car in 2009, and a concept of the MINI WRC will be displayed in Paris. "The Paris Motor Show is the perfect stage, on which to launch our MINI WRC," says Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing. "The response to our announcement that MINI will return to the world of rallying next year was very positive. The FIA World Rally Championship is the pinnacle of rallying, making it the ideal platform for demonstrating the competitive spirit of our brand. The development of the car isrunning on schedule, and the preparations for the world championship are in full swing. The MINI Countryman production model provided the ideal basis for our new world championship challenger."The 2011 World Rally Championship will see the new MINI WRC contesting in six of 13 scheduled rounds, with MINI competing in the full 2012 season. In addition, Prodrive plans to make available customer versions to independent teams for use in the championship.Rallying is hardly unchartered territory for MINI. In the past this popular motor sporting genre decisively shaped the image of the brand. The MINI Cooper S became a true legend through its numerous victories on Rally Monte Carlo. The European Rally Championship, too, saw MINI notch up serial successes. "MINI can look back on a successful tradition in rallying," says Dr WolfgangArmbrecht, Senior Vice President Brand Management MINI. "The interest in motorsport among the present generation of MINI customers is massive. The WRC provides an excellent communications platform for the MINI Countryman,upon which the MINI WRC is based."Prodrive, an experienced motorsport operation[...]



2010 Mini Cooper Christmas Gifts

2011-12-08T22:43:28.928-08:00

MINI has released its 2010 MINI Christmas Collection and autoevolution has photos of the items available. The new collection includes Mini Cooper Christmas gifts suited for all ages, from the youngest Mini fans, to people who got the chance to drive the original Mini.MINI's latest Lifestyle Collection includes numerous items ranging from the Sonoro Internet Radio that can receive over 18,000 web radio stations via WiFi or LAN and the Cuckoo Clock, to the Snow Rocker toboggan, a Baby Racer, pedal cars, the Baby Rocker Newborn Set and various other toys.Furthermore, the MINI Cuckoo Clock comes in a classic chrome look and has an original MINI speedometer-style dial. Also, you can store Christmas photos and videos on the MINI-branded USB Stick.The list of Mini Cooper Christmas gifts for her includes in 2010 various boots, a briefcase, a Rooftop Cabin Trolley, a Lapeer Hat and a stylish umbrella.Press ReleaseMunich. Time flies, and before you know it Christmas is just around the corner. To make the annual gift hunt that much easier, MINI has put together a selection of the best ideas for all the family. The MINI Lifestyle Collection has something everybody will enjoy unwrapping under the Christmas tree.The best gift ideas for him.MINI has teamed up with design audio products experts sonoro audio to bring sounds from around the world into our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and offices. The result of the cooperation is the MINI Limited Edition sonoro Internet radio, which combines urban chic with a boundless musical experience. The MINI rocks sonoro limited edition of the elements W Internet radio can receive over 18,000 web radio stations via WiFi or LAN. The design radio also boasts a media player function for streaming music libraries direct from a computer. The alarm clock, sleep and snooze functions, Radio Frequency remote control and eDock external iPod® docking station with charging function are all easy to use.Whether you’re setting off on a road trip with your motorbike or taking a tour on a quad bike, trike or snowmobile, you’ll always be playing safe with the stylish MINI Jet Helmet. The helmet meets all the relevant safety standards and plays the stylish understatement card to perfection. A Union Jack print and bonnet stripes provide a spotless retro look, while high-quality workmanship ensures the requisite protection. The Jet Helmet is made from a fibreglass and synthetic compound, and has a polycarbonate visor. Other features include a quick-release fastener and an antiallergenic, removable and washable inner lining.The MINI Calendar 2011 is the work of Hamburg artist and graphic designer Wolfgang Block. “Transformation and Crossover” is the basic idea behind each month’s image. The artist blends differing techniques – such as Rorschach, graffiti and pop art – in a personal interpretation of the collision between fantasy and reality in the MINI Accessories world. It’s enough to turn any bare wall into an eye-catching canvas.This cult MINI Cuckoo Clock comes in a classic chrome look and has an original MINI speedometer-style dial. At the strike of each hour the garage on the undersid[...]



Paris Motor Show: 2011 Hyundai i20 Sport Edition

2011-12-08T22:43:28.928-08:00

Hyundai is showing off the new Sport edition of its i20 supermini at this year’s Paris motor show.The car comes with a body-colored front skirt, flared wheelarches, a glossy radiator grille mesh insert, black bezel headlights, as well as daytime running lights. In addition to that, the exterior was fitted with glossy B-pillars, tinted windows, dark red tinted rear lights. The car now rides in 17-inch alloy rims that use Yokohama tires.Inside you’ll find orange leather Recaro seats, a black leather gearshift cover with orange-colored seams, a chrome gear shift knob, a leather-wrapped center console, leather-covered door panels, and a 7-inch touch screen navigation.The i20 Sport Edition will go into limited production during the first half of 2011, when Hyundai will announce details of the model's engine and transmission specifications. The car will be available in either three- or five-door guise, manufactured at Hyundai's Indian and Turkish plants, respectively.Source: HyundaiPress ReleaseSPORTS KIT DEVELOPED WITH BRABUS BRINGS ADDED STYLE TO THE I20One of the most successful models in Hyundai's European line-up, the i20 returns to Paris this year, having made its global debut at the 2008 edition of the show. A facelift earlier in the year kept the model fresh, and now the i20 has an even more dynamic profile.Enhancing the energetic character of the i20, Hyundai's European R&D Center in Russelsheim, Germany, has developed the i20 Sport Edition, in cooperation with German high-performance aftermarket tuning company, Car Research and Development (CRD).Bringing further excitement to the Hyundai range, the bespoke kit adds a wide assortment of styling enhancements to the i20 supermini's interior and exterior, bringing a sporty and sophisticated image to the vehicle and adding a luxurious touch by applying high-quality materials to the interior.Accentuating the i20's already dynamic image, the Sport Edition adds body-coloured front skirt and wheelarch flares to the exterior, while a glossy radiator grille mesh insert, black bezel headlights and daytime running lights are also introduced. The car's sporty appearance is completed with the inclusion of a glossy B-pillar, smoked windows, dark red tinted rear lights and 17-inch Brabus alloy wheels with Yokohama tyresInside, a luxurious dimension is added to the sporty theme. Orange leather Recaro seats, a black leather gearshift cover with orange-colored seams, a chrome gear shift knob, a leather-wrapped center console, leather-covered door panels, and a 7-inch touch screen nvigation all bring added verve to the driving experience.The i20 Sport Edition will go into limited production during the first half of 2011, when Hyundai will announce details of the model's engine and transmission specifications. The car will be available in either three- or five-door guise, manufactured at Hyundai's Indian and Turkish plants, respectively.[...]



Paris Auto Show: 2013 Lotus Elan【Video】

2011-12-08T22:43:28.928-08:00

Lotus has unveiled the 2013 Elan, The 2013 Lotus Elan will go into production in the summer of 2013 and will be put on sale in the fall the same year. The 2013 Lotus Elan is powered by a smaller engine than the previous two model. It has a 4.0 liter V6 pressure charged engine capable of delivering up to 450 PS and taking into consideration its relative light weight of 1,295kg. Planned to be produced in summer 2013, the 2013 Elan will feature a 2+2 variant and optional hybrid technology with KERS. The car will enters the market in autumn 2013 with price indication approximately £75,000.Also shared with the Esprit is a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and optional kinetic energy recovery system or KERS. Peak output is rated 450 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly lower than the Esprit’s 620 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, however, the Elan is not too far off the pace thanks to a lighter kerb weight of just 2,885 pounds. Lotus claims a 3.5 second time for the 0-60 mph run and a top speed around 190 mph.Production will start in Summer 2013 with deliveries in Autumn 2013. Expected price tag is £ 75,000 (€ 87,000).Press Release The End of Compromise As the old saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it. In the past we were educated to believe we can't have it all. But that was the past. Today's driver demands more and the 2013 Elan delivers. The 2013 Elan is the beating heart of the new Lotus line-up. It's a high performance sports car, that much is clear, it's a Lotus after all, but thanks to some clever innovations the 2013 Elan also has everyday usability too. With a 2+2 variant, the 2013 Elan should be the only car you need. Set for release during the second half of 2013, the 2013 Elan features a 4.0 liter V6 pressure charged engine capable of delivering up to 450 PS and taking into consideration its relative light weight of 1,295kg, the 2013 Elan's performance edges on supercar. From a styling perspective, the 2013 Elan is built like an athlete with a muscular physique and perfect poise. It's a thoroughbred, rigid with tension, ambitious and addictive, nothing but best in class will suffice for this car. It's not enough to simply provide performance and exceptional looks, innovation is also integral to the 2013 Elan's appeal. In keeping with the rest of the new Lotus range, the 2013 Elan features optional hybrid technology with KERS. Dany Bahar, Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus, said: "If there was ever a car to make you drive the long way home, it's the 2013 Elan. Perfect for both road and track, the 2013 Elan not only ticks all the boxes, it creates new ones too." "The 2013 Elan will convert people to Lotus, I would challenge people not to become addicted to driving it. It will also go a long way towards dispelling the old misconceptions about this class, that in order to have high performance you must sacrifice usability - those days are gone." "Once you drive an 2013 Elan you won't look back, it will give you things you didn't even realise you were missing - that's the ess[...]



2010 Paris Auto Show: Renault Twizy【Video】

2011-12-08T22:43:28.928-08:00

Renault has releases the Twizy mini city car, at the 2010 Paris motor show.The Renault Twizy Z.E. Concept is an all-electric compact vehicle which features a width of just 1.1 meters, faired wheels and two seats located one behind the other. It previews the brand's future electric models that will be intrododuced from 2011.There will apparently be two different versions of the Twizy available, one sporting nine horsepower that can hit a top speed of 28 miles per hour and one with 20 horses that can hit 47 mph. A three-and-a-half-hour charge will result in 60 miles of range from the onboard lithium ion battery pack.The vehicle is powered by a 15-kW electric motor and has a top speed of 47 mph and a range of 60 miles between charges. It features an integrated charger that enables the battery pack to be charged from roadside outlets. On household current, the Twizy can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours.Renault claims that the EV is good for 60 miles making it perfect for those who have to commute to the city – just make certain that you do not live more than 60 miles return journey. The cost of the Twizy is expected to be around £6000.Source: RenaultPress Release TWIZY: A NIMBLE, PRACTICAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOR A FRESH APPROACH TO CITY MOTORING Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to unveil the definitive version of Renault Twizy, a model that ingeniously illustrates Renault's new 'Drive the Change' brand signature. Twizy stands out as a particularly innovative answer to urban motoring: Thanks to its innovative concept, assertive character and ultra-compact footprint, Twizy is sure to appeal to active city dwellers looking for a stylish yet particularly practical vehicle. It is nimbler than a conventional car, while its acceleration in urban and suburban traffic is comparable to that of a scooter. Twizy offers the driver and passenger - seated one behind the other - protective bodywork, plus the reassuring road holding and braking ability of a four-wheeled vehicle. Twizy is an all-electric vehicle, so it doesn't produce any emissions during its use on the road. It is powered by a 15kW (20hp) motor developing 57Nm of torque and delivers all the advantages associated with electric mobility, including a silent ride, smooth acceleration and the immediate availability of maximum torque. The liveries of the examples displayed on Renault's stand at the Paris Motor Show feature graphic designs conceived by Renault Design to serve as examples of the model's scope for customisation that is sure to appeal to Twizy owners. Along with Renault Fluence Z.E. and Renault Kangoo Van Z.E., Twizy will be the third model in the Renault Z.E. electric vehicle family to be introduced. It is scheduled for release in the UK in early 2012. It is already possible to place pre-orders for Renault Twizy at www.renault-ze.com Twizy will be manufactured in Valladolid, Spain. An innovative response to the challenge of urban mobility A unique concept The ultra-compact footprint of Twizy (length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 [...]



Paris Auto Show 2010: Opel Astra Sports Tourer

2011-12-08T22:43:28.928-08:00

New generation Opel Astra has mad demand in Europe. And it considering that while Astra is on sale only in the form of a 5-door hatchback. And after all on sale there will be a new versatile person under name Astra Sports Tourer, quantity wishing to buy this car will increase by 25 %, after all such percent had earlier on Astra in a body the versatile person. And, believe, 25 % are a minimum. Most likely, interested persons will be even more. Probably, for today in general it is the most beautiful versatile person in a class C.To make the car more beautiful, designers had to offer a practicality. In comparison with the previous generation of the versatile person, the volume of a luggage compartment has decreased for 40 l and now makes at the combined rear seats of 1550 l. But also it is an excellent indicator. After all, we will put, at Volkswagen Golf Variant the luggage compartment volume is equal 1495 l, at Hyundai i30 CW – 1395 l, and at Ford Focus Wagon – 1545 l.Therefore bigger value has that fact that the length of a luggage compartment has increased. Besides, on all interior the every possible capacities which total volume makes 75 l are scattered. According to engineers, the versatile person has received the strengthened suspender with other absorbers which are calculated on the big loadings. And at desire it will be possible to buy the car with electronically monitored absorbers which should improve roadability and smoothness of a course. It is interesting that the new versatile person has the same wheelbase on length, as well as at a hatchback.Under cowl Astra Sports Tourer will put the same motors, as well as on 5-doors hatchback. Unless there will be no weak petrol unit in volume of 1,4 l. Yes it also isn't necessary. The role of the most modest unit will be assigned to the motor in volume of 1,3 l. The diesel motor. Its capacity of 95 h.p., and a cursor will go with system stop start - all it promises us excellent profitability Besides, there will be also a petrol version in volume of 1,4 l with a turbo-supercharging (120 h.p. or 140 h.p.) and the motor in volume of 1,6 l (too a turbo-supercharging and already 180 h.p.).[...]



Paris Auto Show 2010: Chevrolet Orlando

2011-12-08T22:43:28.928-08:00

On a showroom in Paris has taken place the world premiere Chevrolet Orlando which urged to compete with such popular models in Europe, as Opel Zafira, Ford C-Max and Volkswagen Touran. In appearance of a novelty it is possible to see some relationship with crossovers: wheel arches have a fringing from not colored plastic, a bumper also are partially protected from having chopped off and scratches – the practical decision! However, neither a high ground clearance, nor all wheel drive Orlando can't brag.The car is constructed on a platform of a sedan a golf class Chevrolet Cruze, but, as well as it is necessary for compact van, the model is much more capacious. Orlando has seven-seater version, and thanks to a high roof the interior is spacious enough. The driver's place is organized like minivan: the check point lever – on the central extension housing, and it is abruptly tilted. From family model, as a rule, you do not expect bright decisions in design, but it is necessary to tell, style of interior Orlando – one of the most interesting in a class.From Cruze compact van has inherited the 1,8-liter gasoline engine capacity of 141 h.p., to the European buyers still will offer alternative: two versions of a 2-liter diesel engine developing 131 and 163 h.p.The European version isn't bad completed: already in the base version buyers will receive 6 airbags, ESP, the air conditioner, mirrors with the electric drive and heating up. Start of sales is planned for the next spring.[...]



Sensation of Paris: Fiat 500 two cylinders

2011-12-08T22:43:28.929-08:00

Before you Fiat 500. Usual in appearance Fiat 500, without aggressive aerodynamic weather-cloth or a sports framework of safety. Meanwhile it is the car which if want, opens itself a new era of automotive industry. More precisely, engine building. Under Fiat 500 cowl there is a motor with two cylinders! The new engine of Fiat is made at absolutely new level. And, remember my words, the next five-seven years we will hear about occurrence of similar motors at other manufacturers.It is necessary to tell that Fiat 500 already had the two-cylinder engine. It was put on five-hundred part of the first generation which has appeared in 1957. That motor had volume in 479 cubes, and its capacity made only 13 h.p. There were also powerful versions – on Fiat 500 put also the motor in volume of 499 cubes and capacity of 21 h.p. and the unit in volume of 594 cubes (23 h.p.).The two-cylinder motor of 21st century absolutely another. Thanks to the advanced technologies and to a turbo-supercharging at volume of all in 875 cubes gives out 85 h.p. and 145 Nm. Think only – 85 h.p! For such car as Fiat 500, more than enough. And a twisting moment here excellent – 145 Nm are accessible already at 1900 turns. And the driver can independently regulate it – having pressed the button, it is possible to limit moment size on a mark 100 Nm that will allow to reduce fuel consumption a little. Here also it turns out that the new two-cylinder motor surpasses many modern four-cylinder engines in volume of 1,2-1,4 l.And profitability at it is much better. So, the average expense of gasoline at two-cylinder Fiat 500 with the robotized box and system stop start is equal only 4,1 l on 100 km of a way. And it at preservation of normal dynamics – the maximum speed of the car is equal 173 km/h, and dispersal from 0 to 100 km/h occupies 11 sec. But there is more to come. Italians have created even the diesel two-cylinder motor which gives out the same of 85 h.p. And it is not necessary to doubt in it's profitability.While Fiat only declared about the beginning of a batch production two-cylinder motors. But, apparently, it only the beginning. With probability in 99 % it is possible to assume that already in year or two from now engines with two cylinders will appear on many cars of a class A and B.[...]



2010 SEMA Show: Hyundai Sonata 2.0T by RIDES

2011-12-08T22:43:28.929-08:00

Hyundai has announced plans to introduce a supercar-inspired Sonata Turbo at the SEMA Motor Show.The exterior modifications use "influences from the Brabus Mercedes CLS Rocket sport coupe," said Hyundai in a statement. Details include 20-inch staggered three-piece wheels, matte pearl white paint and carbon-fiber components including grille, interior trim, side mirrors and rear diffuser. "To complete the design, fabricators will incorporate LED foglights into the bumper from the Porsche 911 Turbo," said Hyundai.The interior will be inspired by the Ferrari F430. There will be a strategically placed stitched leather throughout and carbon fiber trim accents. Those strapped into the leather driver’s seat will take pleasure in performance upgrades including turbo and intake enhancements, and a quad tip dual exhaust.Hoping to build some hype around the new 2011 Sonata 2.0-liter Turbo before it arrives in showrooms later this year, Hyundai has teamed up with RIDES and 0-60 magazines to trick out the 274-horsepower-strong saloon for the SEMA show, which will take place in Las Vegas this November. Press ReleaseRIDES & 0-60 MAGAZINES ROLL TO SEMA IN PEARLY HYUNDAI SONATA TURBOSupercar-Inspired Sonata Turbo to Make SEMA Debut in Hyundai BoothFOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 09/30/2010To build excitement around the recently launched 2011 Sonata Turbo, Hyundai Motor America teamed up with RIDES and 0-60 magazines to trick out one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant for a debut at this year's SEMA show. Inspired by Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche, the modified Sonata 2.0T will feature performance parts from leading aftermarket companies and custom fabrication work from RIDES' and 0-60's team of expert builders."The Sonata Turbo is an ideal platform for us to bridge the worlds of performance, aesthetics, luxury, technology and style," said Ben Harris, executive publisher, RIDES and 0-60 magazines. "The design we've chosen will accentuate the car's lines and style, using influences from exotic supercars."The vehicle's exterior modifications will be modest and tasteful, using influences from the four-door Brabus Mercedes CLS Rocket sport coupe to broaden and draw attention to the vehicle's body lines from the factory. Key elements consist of 20-inch concave monobloc wheels, matte pearl white paint and a slew of carbon fiber components including the roof, grill, interior trim, side mirrors and rear diffuser. To complete the design, fabricators will incorporate custom LED fog lights into the bumper.Inspiration for the sporty interior design came from the Ferrari F430, with strategically placed stitched leather throughout and carbon fiber trim accents. Those strapped into the leather driver's seat will take pleasure in performance upgrades including turbo and intake enhancements, and a quad tip dual exhaust.The Sonata Turbo will be shown in the Hyundai Booth between November 2-5, 2010 (Booth #24387), among other vehicles[...]



Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster, 2010

2012-01-23T09:58:49.187-08:00

Lamborghini Murcielago LP650-4 Roadster, 2010The automobile Lamborghini has released the first photographs of a limited edition Lamborghini Murciélago LP650-4 Roadster.The Roadster version of the Murciélago will offer an uprated 6.5 litre V12 engine that produces 650 hp (478 kW) along with permanent four-wheel drive: hence the model's LP 650-4 moniker.With 660 Nm of torque, top performance is at 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 3.4 seconds.The top speed is around 330 Km/h (205mph).The special edition model will be produced in a limited volume (50 units only), with a Grigio Telesto exterior that combines grey bodywork with a special bright orange Arancio LP 650-4 featured on the front spoiler and sills. The LP 650-4 logo applied to the car's exterior is recognition of the car's increased power. The car features orange brake calipers and a transparent V12-engine cover, which shows off the V12 engine behind the driver.The interior features echo the car's striking grey-and-orange exterior: besides the orange touches, there is an asymmetric dash design, with black Alcantara Nera on the driver's side, including door panel and central tunnel, and black leather Nero Perseus on the passenger's side.The increased power of the Murciélago engine, from 640 to 650 hp, will be unique to the Lamborghini Murciélago LP650-4 Roadster: it demonstrates even further the developments that Lamborghini is able to offer from a current engine, and creates the exclusive characteristic of the Lamborghini Murciélago LP650-4 Roadster.[...]



Paris Auto Show: 2012 Ford Focus ST

2011-12-08T22:43:28.929-08:00

Ford has releases details for the new Focus ST concept, which will debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show The Focus ST will be on top of the model range, and alongside it in Paris, Ford will be showing off sedan, wagon, and hatchback versions. But it's the ST that's getting the most attention from the press gathering this year for the Paris Expo. And it's likely because of the 247 horsepower hidden underneath its bespoilered body and its bespoked wheels, and a coat of "Tangerine Scream" paint.Power is provided by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine which has been outfitted with a redesigned intake and a recalibrated ECU. Thanks to these modifications, the mill produces 250 PS (184 kW / 247 hp) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque.Inside and out there’s plenty to talk about thank to a an aggressive aero kit with large lower air intakes, a massive central intake, race-inspired rear diffuser and 19-inch wheels that all add to the Focus’s already attractive package. And with an already high-grade interior on the new global Focus, the ST model gets Recaro seats up front, plus plenty of detailed stitching on the interior, as well as a unique steering wheel.Source: Ford Press Release GLOBAL REVEAL OF NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE FORD FOCUS ST AT PARIS SHOW The next-generation Ford Focus ST makes its global debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show Ford delivers on promise to introduce a global performance version of the new Focus: next-generation 250 PS Focus ST previewed at the Paris Motor Show Ford's first global high-performance model, scheduled for 2012 launch and developed by Ford's global Performance Vehicles teamExciting new model will be true to Ford's ST heritage, with exhilarating performance and handling, an addictive sound and muscular sports designPure performance delivered by unique 250 PS version of new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engineOver 10 per cent more power and torque than the current European Focus ST, but fuel consumption and CO2 emissions cut by more than 20 per centLowered chassis and unique suspension tuning to deliver acclaimed ST handling agility and poise5-door ST show car for Paris features dramatic ‘Tangerine Scream' body colour, reflecting new ST's exciting and energetic characterThe exciting next-generation Ford Focus ST makes its global debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, providing an early preview of the new high-performance model which will be introduced around the world in 2012. Ford's first global high performance model and a star attraction for Ford in Paris, the powerful new Focus ST show car was revealed today by Alan Mulally, Ford's President and CEO, and Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. This range-topping Focus will be completely true to Ford's ST model heritage, offering driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling, an add[...]



Skoda Octavia Green E Line Concept

2011-12-08T22:43:28.929-08:00

This year’s edition of the Paris show will see the VW Group’s successful Skoda brand unveiling its first-ever electric-powered vehicle called the Octavia Green E Line. Skoda says it is planning to create a special test fleet of Octavias Green E Line in 2011 with the goal of obtaining additional information relevant to the further development of the electric drive. The concept model is based on the series production Octavia Combi [estate] and is powered by an electric motor delivering a constant power of 60 kW / 80-hp and a maximum output of 85 kW / 114-hp.The electricity for the Octavia Green E Line is supplied by a modern lithium-ion battery. With a range-per-charge of 140 kilometers (87 miles), the Skoda Octavia Green E Line comfortably meets the requirements of most everyday commuters in Europe. Located under the middle and rear parts of the floor and extending partly into the luggage compartment, the 26.5 kWh battery is made up of 180 lithium-ion cells (diameter 150 mm, length 650 mm) and weighs about 315 kilograms. However, the battery has almost no impact on the volume of the passenger and luggage compartments. The Octavia Green E Line is fitted with five comfortable seats, and its passenger compartment is identical with that of the Octavia Combi with a combustion engine.The car is finished in a Pearl White exterior color and features chrome-trim on both the front and rear of the vehicle as well as on the wheels creating a contrast with the glossy black roof with integrated energy-generating photovoltaic panels.Motivation is provided a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that produces 85 kW (114 hp / 116 PS) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the wagon to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 12 seconds, hit a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph) and travel up to 140 km on a single charge.Source: Skoda Press Release OCTAVIA GREEN E LINE CONCEPT: ŠKODA'S FIRST-EVER ELECTRIC VEHICLE Range: up to 140 km per charge thanks to modern ion-lithium battery Engine: maximum power 85 kW Test fleet to start in 2011 Mladá Boleslav, 29 September, 2010 - The 2010 Paris Motorshow will see the Octavia Green E Line concept. Škoda's first-ever electric-powered vehicle will demonstrate the company's innovative potential and technological competence in this growing area. The first fleet of test vehicles is planned for 2011. Mobility for people and clean cars for the environment - these are Škoda's commitments. Mobility without emissions is the future. "The Octavia Green E Line embodies the values of the brand absolutely perfectly - the vehicle combines the desire for individual mobility with our environmental goals", said Škoda Auto BOD Chairman Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland. The Green E Line concept is based on the Škoda Octavia Combi. With its modular chassis design, this series-pr[...]



2011 Volkswagen Touareg - Released in USA

2011-12-08T22:43:28.930-08:00

German manufacturer VW has announced today the launch of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg in USA and released the full details for the North American market of the new generation SUV. Standard on the 2011 Touareg is VW's gasoline 3.6-liter V-6, which produces 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque and returns 16 city and 23 highway mpg, an improvement over the outgoing model's 14/19 city/highway mpg. The turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 will be the powertrain of choice for the economy-minded shopper, however, with 225 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque on tap and 19 city and 28 highway mpg.The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg 3.6 FSI develops 280 hp at 6,200 rpm and 265 lbs.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. The 3.0 TDI outputs 225 hp between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm and 406 lbs.-ft. of torque between 1,750 and 2,250 rpm.The base trim is referred to as Sport, and the second-tier Lux trim adds leather, power front seats, panoramic sunroof, and 19-inch wheels (standard models receive 18-inch wheels). The top trim level, Executive, sports 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats, a multi-function steering wheel, and push-button start. Gasoline and diesel powertrains can be had in the three trim levels, while the Hybrid is available in a single trim.All engines, regardless of their nature, are controlled via Volkswagen's eight-speed automatic transmission, with the last two gears acting like overdrives. The carmaker's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system boosted by a rear limited-slip Torsen differential is also offered. Press ReleaseThe second generation all-new 2011 Volkswagen Touareg combines cutting-edge German design, even more versatility and an array of standard features, all while providing a combination of usability and world-class engineering that drivers and passengers have become familiar with in Volkswagen vehicles. The class changing 2011 Touareg offers three powertrain choices, including Volkswagen's first-ever worldwide use of a hybrid engine. All three engines -- the 3.0L V6 TSI® supercharged hybrid, 3.0L V6 TDI® clean diesel and 3.6L V6 FSI® gasoline -- are mated to Volkswagen's first eight-speed transmission, along with Volkswagen's 4MOTION® all wheel drive system.Supercharged HybridAs Volkswagen's first production hybrid electric vehicle, the all-new Touareg 3.0-liter supercharged, direct injection V6 gasoline engine is paired with a special electric motor that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions compared to the previous V8 FSI model. The electric motor is paired with a nickel metal-hydride battery pack fitted beneath the luggage compartment. The 288 volt battery consists of 240 individual cells and offers an energy density of 1.7 kWh. Both systems are capable of running independently or together and when combined, produce a total of 380 horsepower and 428 lbs.-ft. of torque. T[...]



Volkswagen Golf R by Wimmer

2011-12-08T22:43:28.930-08:00

Tuner Wimmer RS release photos and details for Volkswagen Golf R. called Red Devil.The Golf R delivers 270 HP at 6,000 RPM and makes the 0-60mph sprint in 5.7 seconds. Not exactly a car we’d classify as a highlight on a any of our pages, but impressive enough for a Golf. Of course, not everyone thought so. Instead, Wimmer Tuning looked at the Golf R and said, "we can do better." After that, the „RED DEVIL V-Projekt“, an impressive tuning package for the Golf R, was born and brought with it an amazing 478 HP.The power upgrade results from the optimized engine electronics, plus the Wimmer RS VW Golf 6 R received a tuned turbocharger, custom injection nozzles, connection rods, cylinder heads, an improved aftercooler and an additional oil pump. The Wimmer Volkswagen Golf R develops no less than 478 hp and 610 Nm of torque, which are all coming out of a 2.0 TFSI engine. That's 200 hp more than standard! This gives the Wimmer Volkswagen Golf R a power to weight ratio of 3,04 kg/hp. We're not sure which is the actual top speed of the Wimmer Volkswagen Golf R, since the car is ellectronically limited to 291 km/h. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of the Wimmer Volkswagen Golf R has not been announced yet.Press ReleaseRED DEVIL V - Wimmer RS gives you wings with Golf 6 R - 478 hp and 610 NmWhen a street car is presented by Wimmer RS, one of the most important players on the tuning arena, everything must be perfect – while Germany is slowly preparing for winter, the tyres are still squeaking on the „RED DEVIL V-Projekt“. Standing by a power-circulating gear testing machine show the profs from Solingen, what the car is capable of: Thorsten Wimmer and his crew make the model Golf 6 R race, on the high-speed line and autobahn. The RED DEVIL V is not only fast, but also runs stable.The Solingen tuning specialist Wimmer RS gives you wings with the new Golf 6 R 2.0 TFSI. And an extensive engine tuning program: Wimmer RS increases the efficiency stage V, now Golf R has about 478 hp, instead of the common for this series 270 hp. And the torque increases up to sensational 610 Nm (range 350 Nm) and the car is stopped by 291 km/h due to electronic system. That means a power/weight ratio of 3,04 kg/hp.Among various aspects of the provided by the company engine tuning the following could be mentioned: engine electronics tuning, tuning of turbocharger incl. pipe, changes of injection nozzles, the TFSI tuning, tuning of the connecting rods, changes of lamp coating, cylinder head, large aftercooler, additional fuel oil heater, changes in the air intake system, air intake pipe, tuning of th crank shaf, or another oil pump, of the second low pressure fuel pump und sport camshafts, so as an completely handmade high-grade steel sports exhaust system with 84 mm in diameter, a 100 - cells sports catalyst [...]



New Renault Truck Racing Video Game

2011-12-08T22:43:28.930-08:00

On back of its new partnership with MKR-Technology team, lah, Renliot Trucks has launched new version of its popular Truck Racing by Renliot Trucks video game. Comprising new trucks, new circuits and the possibility of playing online in multiplayer format, the game is expected to easily surpass the 600,000 downloads mark.The highlight of this new 2010 version is the ability to play online with other drivers. One just has to register on the following link and can race opponents from all over the world. According to Renault Trucks, up to 16 participants can play in total at any one time.Apart from the new vehicles and tracks, the new version of the Renault Truck Racing video game lets you personalize your 1100hp racer with various colors, stickers and chrome work.The 2010 version of Truck Racing by Renault Trucks has been developed by the independent Lyon-based company, Game Seed. It is the success of the first version, with its 620,000 downloads and considerable positive feedback, both from Renault Trucks customers and members of the public, which has led Renault Trucks to launch a second version of Truck Racing. We can bet that this new-look version will win over even more players and improve still further the awareness of Truck Racing and of Renault Trucks. Press ReleaseOn the back of its new partnership with the MKR-Technology team, Renault Trucks has launched a new version of its popular Truck Racing by Renault Trucks video game. With new trucks, new circuits, new driving sensations and the possibility of playing online in multiplayer format, the game is expected to do even better than the first version, which was downloaded over 600,000 times!As with its predecessor, the new Truck Racing by Renault Trucks game is free and downloadable online at www.renault-trucks.com/truckracing.Trucks are slow? Think again! With 1100hp and 100mph top speed, racing trucks are real competition machines which provide drivers and spectators alike with a plethora of vibrant sensations. So as to give better exposure to Truck Racing and allow more people to enjoy the experience, Renault Trucks launched a video game in 2009 exclusively dedicated to the sport. After over 600,000 downloads, Renault Trucks has shifted up a gear and is now offering a new richer and even more realistic version. Even virtually, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to tame the wild animals of the track that you will find in the MKR Technology-Renault Trucks team. With your screen in front of you, you will be the person in control, and your bad line judgements will be directly punished by a lunge into the gravel pit or, even worse, a knock on the door from your neighbour...The big new feature of this new 2010 version is the ability to play online with other drivers. You just have to register on the fol[...]



Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition

2011-12-08T22:43:28.930-08:00

Lamborghini and Blancpain jointly announced the launch of the world-exclusive Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition.The new car promises to offer the competition spirit of the Super Trofeo race car and comes with an exclusive design and one hundred percent road-going usability. For those who don’t know, Blancpain is the world’s oldest luxury watchmaker and the sponsor of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.The new features of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition are easily noticeable. It comes with a huge front bumper, massive rear spoiler and diffuser, and new side skirts. These bits are all inspired by the actual racing car, but they look a bit too aggressive for a road car.As special limited edition, the car, in black (with yellow trim), has some special Blancpain imagery on it, as well as a custom body kit. Both interior and exterior components are in carbon fiber, while the curb weight of the car is only 2954 pounds. Note the conspicuous Blancpain logos on and in the car. The car contains the standard LP-570 570hp 5.2 V10 engine, while this Gallardo enjoys a 3.4 second 0-62 time. Source: LamborghiniPress ReleaseLamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain EditionAutomobili Lamborghini and Blancpain are uniting their phenomenal engineering skill and honoring the huge success of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo racing series with a very special super sports car: the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition.This extraordinary super sports car joins the competition spirit of the Super Trofeo race car with an exclusive design and one hundred percent road-going usability. The first Gallardo from the exclusive and limited Blancpain Edition production run has been presented by Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Marc A. Hayek, President and CEO of Blancpain, at the final race weekend of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo on Sunday September 26 in the "Piero Taruffi" circuit, Vallelunga.Automobili Lamborghini, the manufacturer of extreme Italian super sports cars, and Blancpain, the world's oldest luxury watchmaker, are among the very best brands in their respective sectors worldwide. Blancpain was recently voted the "Best of the Best" among the world's most exquisite watch brands by the "Luxury Institute" in New York. Now the two brands have come together to develop a unique blend of technology and design to create the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Blancpain Edition, putting the power of the world's fastest mono-marque race series into a road-legal vehicle.Blancpain is the title sponsor of the successful Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series. The cooperation between these two brands brings together the highest levels of engineering excellence from the automoti[...]



Sketch: 2013 Infiniti EV

2011-12-08T22:43:28.930-08:00

Infiniti just released a few details about its first luxury electric vehicle, including a sketch. Based on the the brand’s “Inspired Performance” motto, the Infiniti EV will be a stylish, compact, high performance, five-seat luxury car with an electric powertrain. The market lauch is confirmed for 2013.“This future EV will play a major part of Infiniti’s ‘eco performance’ strategy that will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology,” Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore said in a statement. “We are committed to applying the world’s best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement.”Infiniti will unveil the 2012 M35 hybrid sedan in November at the Los Angeles auto show. The M hybrid is based on the M sedan and will deliver V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy from an estimated 302-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 50 kilowatt electric motor with estimated horsepower of 67.Source: Infiniti Press ReleaseInfiniti Releases Sketch of Future Luxury Electric Vehicle– Infiniti’s “Eco Performance” Strategy Also Includes Upcoming Infiniti M Hybrid Sedan –Mississauga, ON (Sept. 24, 2010) – Infiniti today released a sketch of its first luxury electric vehicle, which is set to launch in Canada and other global markets in 2013. Befitting the brand’s promise of “Inspired Performance,” the Infiniti EV will be a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.“This future EV will play a major part of Infiniti’s ‘eco performance’ strategy that will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology,” said Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti Canada. “We are committed to applying the world’s best technologies to reduce emissions without sacrificing driving excitement or engagement – a pledge that will become more evident soon with the upcoming introduction of our new Infiniti M Hybrid.”The 2012 Infiniti M35h, which features Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid technology, makes its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The M Hybrid is based on the popular Infiniti M sedan and promises V8 performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy from a 302-horsepower (est.) 3.5-litre V6 supported by a 50 kW (67 horsepower est.) electric motor. Dubbed “the driver’s hybrid,” the M35h will be able to be driven on electric power alone at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour. The compact Lithium-ion battery pack design also allows use of a spacious passenger cabin and ample trunk capacity.“The new Infiniti M Hybrid changes the rules, achieving excellent fuel economy while delivering the exhilarating driving performance expected of a luxury sports sedan,” added Durward.The Infiniti M3[...]



SEMA Show: ARK Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2011-12-08T22:43:28.931-08:00

ARK Performance will unveil the ARK Hyundai Genesis Coupe program at this year's SEMA show. ARK Performance, one of Korea's leading tuners, will be upgrading nearly every component of its Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe for this year's SEMA show, boosting the output of the 3.8-liter V6 from 306 horsepower to 450+ ponies through the help of new internals, an APG supercharger and a host of breathing mods.The ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe will get new con rods, supercharger with intercooler, hi-flow intake valve and an ECU tune. It will also get a new exhaust with dual downpipes. To reign in this monster are big ol' Brembo brakes and a modified suspension setup including front and rear sway bars, front strut and power bracing.Exterior trim will include front and rear dams, new fenders and a wing from ARK. Inside the Genesis Coupe, SEMA showgoes will see an iPad mounted in a custom integration kit; an Infinity sound system; racing harnesses; a Sparco steering wheel; and and Bride Zeta 3 "hyper-red" seats. Press ReleaseARK PERFORMANCE TO UNVEIL PERFORMANCE PARTS FOR HYUNDAI GENESIS COUPE AT SEMA SHOW 2010ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe 3.8L to be Featured in Hyundai BoothFOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 23, 2010 – To enhance the tunability of its most dynamic performance car ever, Hyundai has teamed with ARK Performance Inc. to develop custom parts for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. These high-performance parts will debut on the ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe 3.8L show car at SEMA 2010. The Genesis Coupe from ARK is designed for enthusiasts looking for quality performance products and inspiration for their own modifications. All of the ARK Performance parts designed for the Genesis Coupe are production ready and will soon be available for enthusiasts everywhere."At ARK Performance we strive to produce superior aftermarket products for vehicles enthusiasts love to tune, and our performance parts for the Genesis Coupe accomplish just that," said Ted Lee, owner, ARK Performance Inc. "The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the ideal car for enthusiasts with its strong performance characteristics and dynamic design. The ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe SEMA car demonstrates the ways tuners can improve the performance of their own Genesis Coupe."The ARK Hyundai Genesis Coupe will showcase engine, interior, exterior, brake, wheel and suspension modifications. Among the initial performance targets, ARK is striving for 450- horsepower with engine modifications to Genesis Coupe's already powerful 306-horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6 engine. As an added feature the ARK Genesis Coupe's paint scheme will be designed and completed in collaboration with artists from Hyundai's North American Design [...]



Preview: 2011 KTM X-Bow R

2011-12-08T22:43:28.931-08:00

KTM have just unveiled an upgrade to their X-Bow in the form of the X-Bow ‘R’. The KTM X-BOW R will be powered by the same engine as the new Audi S3. If Audi's engine is left in standard form, it means the KTM X-BOW R will develop 265PS and 350Nm of torque. KTM is still in the process of developing the car. The major change is an upgraded powerplant generating at 300 horsepower, a significant jump from the standard X-Bow’s 237 horsepower. The engine for this even more powerful version comes again from Audi--but it is the more potent unit found in the Audi S3 sports hatch.The packages each include a vast number of completely new developed parts, which increase the performance of the car dramatically. Many of these parts will be also available separately in the PowerParts program, so all current KTM X-BOW owners will enjoy the benefit of the new developmentsThe standard version of the KTM X-Bow delivers 240 hp, and has a total weight of 790 kilograms. Press ReleaseAt the moment KTM is working intensively on the 2011model of its super sports carX-BOW. The first ever small series manufactured and street legal homologated car with a carbon fibre monocoque has been sold around 500 times since its launch in 2008. Around 50 X-BOW partners throughout Europe and currently ten importers globally look after sports car enthusiasts all over the world in order to supply the only 790 kilogram light, 240 horsepower strong extreme athlete.After having been on the market for approximately two years now, the KTM X-BOW line-up will be supplemented with the introduction of the “R” model in the upcoming year. The engine for this even more powerful version comes again from Audi – but it will be exactly the same engine used among others in the actual Audi S3.Changes to the engine electronics and peripheral devices will boost the performance up to 300 horsepower. Additionally, a considerably lower positioning and a modified mounting of the engine will lead to even higher cornering speeds and increased driving precision. In addition, two optional equipment packages should customize the X-BOW “R” as ideally as possible to the requirements of the customers: The road legal and homologated “Sport” package, as well as the “Race” package, which is optimised for track use. The packages each include a vast number of completely new developed parts, which increase the performance of the car dramatically. Many of these parts will be also available separately in the PowerParts program, so all current KTM X-BOW owners will enjoy the benefit of the new developments.The prototype shown, pictured at a first rollout on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, has nearly al[...]



Renault Kangoo Express Z.E. will go in serial production

2011-12-08T22:43:28.931-08:00

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Last days news about cars with electric motors appears nearly every day. But this deserves special attention – Renault company declared that next year the batch production of commercial heel Kangoo Express Z.E will begin. Special attention it is necessary to give to a word serial. Next year on the European roads auto trucks which won't throw out at all in air of harmful substances will start to run.

Appearance and the sizes Kangoo Express Z.E differs nothing from standard Kangoo. Under a cowl of this car is a motor capacity of 44 kw (60 h.p.) which are reached at 10 500 rpm. A twisting moment – 226 Nm, the maximum distance on one gymnastics – 160 km, speed is limited at level of 130 km/h.

The full gymnastics of accumulators from the usual electric socket connection occupy 6-8 hours. And if there is a special installation on 400 watt then car refueling will occupy only 30 minutes.

The price of electric heel is called also - the car will cost 20 000 euros. However, in Renault hope for grants from the state – in France at purchase of the non-polluting car the privilege for the sum 5000 euros will be given. 15 000 euros total will turn out. For comparison, usual Kangoo there are in the same France 11 000 euros. But thus don't forget that cost of operation of an electromobile will be much less – full "refueling" of the car costs only 1-2 euros (all depends on electric power cost in this or another country).

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2011 Ferrari SA Aperta

2011-12-08T22:43:28.931-08:00

Ferrari unveiled the convertible version of the 599 Gran tourer at the 2010 Paris Auto Show next week. The Ferrari SA APERTA was developed to celebrate Pininfarina's 80th anniversary and naturally, will be built in just 80 units. The SA APERTA is a 599-based roadster featuring the V12 from the GTO and a ‘light soft-top’. This be no automatic folding soft-top though; it’s like a snap-on and is only to be used when the weather gets RUDDY TERRIBLE.The front-mounted 6.0-litre engine delivers 661bhp and 457lb ft of torque to the rear wheels, and the car's vast range of interior trim ensures that no two of the 80 SA APERTAs to be built will be the same. The interior gets sophisticated materials, trim and colors used throughout. Ferrari announced that each SA Aperta will be an unique model. Press ReleaseMaranello, 24th September 2010 – Ferrari is delighted to announce the presentation of the SA APERTA at the Paris International Motor Show 2010. This is a special series model of which a strictly limited number of just 80 will be built. All have already been sold. Ferrari chose to build 80 SA APERTAs in celebration of Pininfarina's 80th anniversary. The SA nomenclature also pays homage to both Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina whose company and work have been linked to the most successful road-going cars ever built at Maranello.The SA APERTA is a true roadster which allows its occupants to enjoy the superlative emotions afforded by our signature front-engined V12 architecture in a completely open-top setting. In fact, it has just a light soft top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad. A low-slung windscreen and the fact that it crouches lower to the ground than our other models lend the SA APERTA an exceptionally aerodynamic sleekness. Its profile arches back from the A-post to two aerodynamic fins beautifully integrating the two roll-barswhich themselves cleverly mimic the outline of the seats.The chassis has been redesigned to deliver a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta and there is a negligible weight difference also, thanks to work done on the chassis structure.Thanksto the 670 CV engine beneath its bonnet, the SA APERTA beautifully embodies the sporty spirit of the 599, incorporating Ferrari's most advanced technology to deliver absolutely benchmark performance and superb driving pleasure. Its interior too is stylishly sporty with particularly sophisticated materials, trim and colours used throughout. The virtually endless combinations available guarantee that each and every SA APERTA is absolutely unique. [...]



2011 Toyota Highlander Pricing

2011-12-08T22:43:28.931-08:00

Japanese carmaker has releases today the 2011 Toyota Highlander price list for the USA market. The 2011 Toyota Highlander will be sold in U.S. both as a gasoline crossover and as a hybrid.The 2011 Toyota Highlander facelift comes with a slightly modified exterior design, which includes new head lamps and taillights, a redesigned grille, new fog lamps and bumpers, new chrome accents and various other discrete changes.The base Highlander still sports its 187-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, but the same engine is now offered in the SE version as well. Limited editions come standard with a 273-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. All-wheel drive is available; it's standard on the Limited.The second choices is a 3.5-litre V6 producing 270 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque that links to a 5-speed automatic gearbox, which enables the 2011 Toyota Highlander to return 28 mpg (both city and highway).Highlander prices start at $27,390 for the base four-cylinder two-wheel drive model. The SE V6 two-wheel drive will be $33,150, while the Limited V6 four wheel-drive model will be $36,345. The Highlander Hybrid will range from $37,290 for the base model to $42,945 for the Limited model. Press ReleaseToyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., announced the introduction of the new 2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid mid-size SUV, along with a change on the suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the Prius mid-size hatchback, Venza mid-size crossover, and FJ Cruiser mid-size SUV. The 2011 Highlander models will begin arriving at dealers September 24. The 2011 Venza will arrive at dealers in early October, followed by the Prius and FJ Cruiser in late November. For 2011, standard equipment levels have been improved across all Highlander grades to meet customer demand. The Highlander and Highlander Hybrid receive styling changes to the interior and exterior, including an all-new front fascia, hood and fenders. All models will now include a standard 50/50-split third-row with rear climate control, improving both cargo flexibility and passenger comfort. A new Tech Audio package includes a USB port, integrated satellite radio, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio. In addition to featuring the Star Safety System, which is standard on all Toyota models, the 2011 Highlander will receive standard Smart Stop Technology, Toyota's brake override system. The MSRP for Highlander will begin at $27,390 for the base four-cylinder two-wheel drive model; the SE V6 two-wheel drive will be $33,150, while the Limited V6 four wheel-drive model will be $36,345. The MSRP for Highlander Hybrid will range from $37,[...]



Paris Preview: Mini Scooter E Concept

2011-12-08T22:43:28.931-08:00

BMW has releases the MINI Scooter E Concepts that will officially debut at the Paris Auto Show next week. Created to bring together a youth-oriented lifestyle element and sustainable mobility, the scooters take significant design cues from the MINI lineup of cars while using a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver guilt-free mobility.Mini's moped is, predictably, an uncannily retro two-wheeler. The step-through design, front fender, and curved body all bear a striking resemblance to vintage Lambretta scooters. Appropriate, we suppose, given the Lambretta -- like the Mini itself -- was once tied to the British Mod scene in the 1960s. Minor cues, including the chrome trim on the leg shield, the round projector headlamp, spoiler-like grab handle, and twin taillights do help tie the Scooter E to its four-wheeled Mini siblings.Design-wise, the Scooter E Concept takes many cues from the MINI paradigm. The large wheels, 11-inch rims, give the scooter a bulky look, while the headlight unit is also sizable and round and the Scooter E features upright taillights similar to the MINI Countryman.Apart from the compact battery, a charging system and connecting cable are integrated snugly in the rear of the MINI Scooter E Concept. The charging cable has a plug which fits into any conventional domestic socket. This has the major advantage that topping up the energy reserve does not depend on a special charging station being available. Stop-offs for shopping or visiting a café can be used for hassle-free battery recharging.The three concepts, styled by a small team in Munich, Germany, under the guise of BMW Group design boss Adrian von Hooydonk, will be used to gauge public reaction before Mini decides whether or not to press ahead with a premium-priced electric scooter.Source: BMW Press Release Urban driving fun with zero emissions: The MINI Scooter E Concept. Spontaneous, flexible, CO2-free mobility in the characteristic style of the brand - World-first transfer of that familiar MINI feeling to the two-wheel segment brings alternative drive technology to the attention of lifestyle-led target groups - Innovative vehicle concept marks its world premiere at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Munich/Paris. Hardly a year has gone by since the launch of the MINI E, and MINI is at it again, opening up fascinating prospects for urban mobility that reduce CO2 emissions without any compromises on spontaneity and independence. The MINI Scooter E Concept transfers the brand's hallmark driving fun to the two-wheel segment for [...]



Audi R8 GT New Photos and Pricing

2011-12-08T22:43:28.932-08:00

Audi has released in depth information and photos for the new R8 GT. The output of its 5.2-liter V10 has been increased to 560hp; vehicle weight has been reduced by roughly 220.46 lb. The R8 GT accelerates from 0-62mph) in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 198.84mph.The added performance is due in part to a 100 kilogram (220 lb) weight reduction. To cut the fat, engineers installed a thinner windshield, polycarbonate bulkheads, and fiber-glass reinforced plastic seats. All told, the R8 GT tips the scales at 1,525 kilograms (3,362 lb).The design is influenced by the black painted front grille, by the extension of carbon front spoiler, by the LED lights for all lights, by the side carbon fiber air intakes and by the new side mirrors. Not missing the special GT logos, the pronounced carbon fiber rear spoiler, the exhausts embedded in the rear bumper, the taillights on a black background and the 19-inch alloy wheels. The supercar will be available in colors like Samoa Orange, Suzuka Gray, Ice Silver and Phantom Black with pearl effect.Other Audi options include a full leather package, power-adjustable and heated seats, a multifunction steering wheel, an Alcantara rear shelf, a storage package, controls covered in leather with contrasting stitching, cruise control and a higher-capacity 90-liter fuel tank. A rotary lock for the four-point belt is also available.Pricing starting at EUR193,000 in Germany and delivered starting next spring.Source: Audi Press ReleaseThe Audi R8 GTNow even more dynamic, lighter, more powerful and faster: Audi is launching a limited-production version of its R8 high-performance sports car - the R8 GT. The output of its 5.2-liter V10 has been increased to 412 kW (560 hp); vehicle weight has been reduced by roughly 100 kilograms (220.46 lb). The R8 GT accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h (198.84 mph). The efficient direct-injection engine consumes only 13.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (16.92 US mpg) on average. The engineers have reduced the weight of the Audi R8 GT drastically once again compared to the R8 5.2 FSI quattro. With quattro permanent all-wheel drive (and without a driver), the Audi high-performance sports car tips the scales at just 1,525 kilograms (3,362 lb), for a power-to-weight ratio of only 2.72 kilograms (6 lb) per hp. In addition to the aluminum Audi Space Frame body, a number of new components made of carbon fiber composite play a decisive role in the car's low weight. The R8 GT is a dri[...]



Aston Martin One-77 will receive the most powerful atmospheric engine

2011-12-08T22:43:28.932-08:00

Aston Martin has published the new information about super car One-77. This coupe next year will start to produced serially. Though the word serially not absolutely approaches to One-77. After all only 77 most expensive cars in the history of Aston Martin company will be assembled.According to Englishmen, Aston Martin One-77 will be equipped with the most powerful in the world atmospheric engine which was ever established on the serial car. The 12-cylinder unit in volume of 7,3 l begins to give out 761 h.p. and 750 Nm (earlier engineers of Aston said that this motor will have only"710 h.p.). According to preliminary data, Aston Martin One-77 can be dispersed from 0-100 km/h only for 3,5 sec, and the maximum speed of the car will be 355 km/h.It is interesting that all without exception One-77 are already sold. And 10 cars will get to one buyer that has already caused a wave of indignation among clients of the company. Admirers of Aston Martin say that to sell so much cars per customer simply incorrectly at so limited circulation. By the way, the sum which was paid by the buyer for 10 One-77 is known also. This summ is 12 million pounds. That is each car has managed to it in 1,2 million pounds, or 1,7 million US dollars.[...]



Ford Fiesta ST: the first sight

2011-12-08T22:43:28.932-08:00

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Ford Fiesta has replaced generation two years ago, but working out of a hot hatchback on its base still isn't finished. At the disposal of the British edition Auto Express there were espionage pictures of pre-production model Fiesta ST passing test now on a line a Nurnburgring. These pictures speak about much. If Audi, preparing high-speed version А1, doesn't change design Ford obviously plans to make the midget car more effectively. The car receives such attributes of factory tuning, as a bumper with the big air intake, an aerodynamic skirt on thresholds and the exhaust system dissolved on two parties. Through windows of the car "spies" also managed to consider sports seats-ladles Recaro.

It is expected that the novelty will receive turbo motor in a working volume of 1,6 l, developing about 200 h.p. Acceleration time to 100 km/h will be close to 6,5 sec, and the maximum speed – to 225 km/h. Ford company while in any way doesn't specify these assumptions and at all doesn't confirm terms of an exit this model on the market. According to Auto Express, the car will start to be on sale in Europe in the beginning of the next year.

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Jaguar XJ, 2008

2012-01-12T02:37:23.110-08:00

Jaguar XJ, 2008

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ANDERSON GERMANY Ferrari F430 Scuderia

2011-12-08T22:43:28.932-08:00

German tuner, Anderson unveiled the latest modification program for Ferrary F430 Scuderia. The Anderson Ferrari F430 Scuderia develops 575 hp and comes with a new, 24 kg/53 lb. lighter, exhaust system with a special valve that offers three levels of sound adjustment. The extra umpf of the Anderson Ferrari F430 Scuderia comes from a re-programmed ECU and a new air filter.Carbon is also used to style the interior along with fine leather applications in alcantara leather and matt finish accents. They even offer a high-end sound system which can be upgraded with amplifiers, system speakers and a subwoofer. As you know the standard Scuderia does not come with a stereo.Besides receiving a jet plane-like coating and 20 inch black alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires, the Ferrari 430 Scuderia by ANDERSON GERMANY also features an increased level of engine output. The power gain results from the fact that the Ferrari 430 Scuderia by ANDERSON GERMANY received an optimised ECU, a sports air filter plus a weight reduced stainless steel exhaust adjustable by remote.Source: AndersonPress ReleaseANDERSON GERMANY Ferrari 430 Scuderia EditionTechnical innovations give the sports car from Dusseldorf/Germany more safety and agility. The large high performance tires have a good grip – which means, this F430 Scuderia Edition makes only fun without any compromizes.Exterior titivation, as e.g. the exclusive stealth look coating remember a jet plane, still emphasized by the elaborate interior design. The real joy comes when opening the engine bonnet – the ANDERSON GERMANY-Ferrari 430 Scuderia bursts with strength and sportiveness, and it also looks so.In order to reach the desired power improvement up to 575 hp, ANDERSON GERMANY offers besides a weight reduced valve commanded stainless steel exhaust system (with three adjustable by remote control sound levels – 24 kg/53 lb. of weight saving) with racing cats also a sports air filter and the matching with these features software optimization.After this power enhancement cure the sports car begs for the highway, or, best of all, the racing piste. The hot bends of the racing tracks are the vocation for the ANDERSON GERMANY-Ferrari. Having taken the first curves one learns quickly to estimate the advantages of this supercar.Exclusive style threepart 8.5x20 and 12x20 light alloy black rims combined with 235/30-20 front and 325/25-20 rear high performance tires warrant for contr[...]



2012 Range Rover Evoque

2011-12-08T22:43:28.932-08:00

Land Rover has releases details and official images of the 2012 Range Rover Evoque, which will make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in North America in fall of 2011 as a 2012 model year.The Evoque is notable for its diminutive size at 17 inches shorter in length and 7 inches lower than the Range Rover Sport, measuring 171 inches in overall length. Land Rover calls its design "coupelike."The 2011 Range Rover Evoque will be avialbale with either a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which will be sild in two versions, with 190PS or 150PS. The front-wheel-driver Range Rover Evoque powered by the 150 PS 2.2-liter engine will offer a 130g/km* CO2 emissions level and a 58mpg fuel economy. The foru-wheel-drive version powered by the same engine oofers 50mpg* and sub 145g/km* CO2.MagneRide magneto-rheological adaptive dampers help the Evoque meet sporty or rough conditions without as much compromise as standard suspension tech. Electric Assist Power Steering (EPAS) is claimed to boost the sporty feel at the wheel, though our experience with EPAS puts us on the fence until we feel it for ourselves.Inside, the interior is influenced not only by the Range Rover Sport, but by Jaguar as well. Seriously bolstered seats straddle a center tunnel where a rotary gear transmission selector rises to hand. The four-setting Terrain Response System dial has been replaced with buttons attending an illuminated menu and controls are mainly managed through an eight-inch touchscreen. Aural enjoyment is provided by the 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian sound system with additional inputs for other peripherals. The Range Rover Evoque prices in Europe will start £30,000 ($39,893 USD) / 35,000 ($46,542 USD). Press ReleaseTHE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUETHE SMALLEST, LIGHTEST, MOST FUEL EFFICIENT RANGE ROVER EVER PRODUCED Luxurious coupe design with a compact and more efficient footprint than other Range Rover models Targeting a new group of customers for the Range Rover brand Bold exterior is an evolution of Range Rover design language Strong, clean interior architecture with a contemporary and sporting feel Premium cabin with the high quality materials expected from a Range Rover. Available with full sized glass panoramic roof flooding the interior with natural light Use of efficient powertrain and advanced lightweight materials Smaller – at a 171 inches (434cm) it is 17 inches (432mm) shor[...]



Citroen Survolt vs Agni Z2【Video】

2011-12-08T22:43:28.933-08:00

Citroen Survolt, the French electric concept presented this year at Geneva Auto Show,The Citroen Survolt was driven in the race by Vanina Ickx – Le Mans Series and Touring Car racing driver. Yes, she's the daughter of Formula One driver, Jacky Ickx. The Agni Z2 was ridden by Jenny Tinmouth - the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT course. The Citroen Survolt is powered by an electric motor, juiced by a 62kW battery, that outputs 300 bhp. The top speed of the Citroen Survolt is rated at 162 mph and the manufacturer says it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.The Citroen Survolt features a tubular chassis, has a carbon fiber body, weights 1.15 tonnes and its 140 Kg lithium-ion battery pack enables it to reach speeds of 260 Km/h (162 mph). The Citroen Survolt packs a combined power of 300 BHP and need less than 5.0-seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h (0 to 62 mph).Powered by 80 battery packs and weighing 220kg (485 lbs), the Agni Z2’s 65hp all-electric drivetrain delivers a 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) time of around 3.5 seconds with a top speed of just over 210 km/h (130 mph).Propelled by two electric motors with a combined power of 300bhp from0 to 5,000rpm, Survolt is capable of exceptional performance with a topspeed of 260kph (162mph) and a 0-100kph (0-62mph) time of under five seconds.  The concept’s twin 140kg lithium-ion batteries each boast a 31kw capacity and can cover 200km (124 miles). Press ReleaseElectric racecar faced electric superbike for the very first time as Citroën’s striking Survolt concept and an Agni Z2 went head-to-head at Thruxton race circuit.In the capable hands of two professional female racers – Vanina Ickx and Jenny Tinmouth – car and bike battled it out to test speed, agility and performance in the all-electric shoot-out of four wheels against two.Piloting Survolt was Vanina Ickx – Le Mans Series and Touring Car racing driver and daughter of Formula One driver, Jacky Ickx. Riding the Agni Z2 was Jenny Tinmouth, the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT course and championship leader in the 2010 TTXGP.Vanina Ickx commented; “This was a fantastic experience – the first electric duel of its type. The lack of engine noise made it a very interesting challenge. Normally you have an idea where your opponent is by their sound, but with electric vehicles it’s so much quieter – a new racing dyn[...]



Lotus has presented a supercabriolet Elite

2011-12-08T22:43:28.933-08:00

Model Elite which Lotus will show in one and a half week on the Parisian showroom, is allocated first of all with the powerful motor, throwing down a challenge to such super cars , as Ferrari and Lamborghini. The novelty will receive 5-liter V8 with a supercharger which in the base version will give out 542 h.p and as alternative more powerful version developing 612 h.p will serve. Well and as to weight of a body – anything outstanding. The model will weigh 1 650 kg. For comparison: Lotus Elise – less than ton.While British speak about the novelty in the future time as start in manufacture is planned only in 2014. And looking now at pictures of a pre-series prototype, it is possible even not to guess that this model – a cabriolet with a rigid developing roof. That is, the nearest competitor – Ferrari California which, by the way, concedes to a Lotus on capacity. At its order only 460 h.p.All testifies that before us not the concept car, and model really ready to manufacture. So, for example, representatives Lotus inform all details of technical characteristics (dispersal to hundred – 3,5 sec, the maximum speed – 314 km/h). And even the price – from 137 000 euros is declared. For Ferrari California now in Europe ask much more – about 200 000 euros.[...]



Paris Preview: 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster【Video】

2011-12-08T22:43:28.933-08:00

Porsche has releases photos and details for the 911 Speedster, Besides being created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the firm’s in-house individualization operation, Porsche Exclusive, the 911 Speedster pays homage to the 356 Speedster.Scheduled for a public debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the ultra sporty two-seater excels at some significant differences/improvements in comparison with the other members of the 911 lineup. It has 60 millimeter lower and more raked windscreen, double-bubble hardcover for the soft top, and 44 millimeter wider rear.Adopting the styling cues of the very first Speedster, the new model receives a flamboyant appearance with a unique "chopped" windscreen that has been lowered by 2.4 inches and is more extremely raked than that used on other 911 models. It also gets the wide-body rear end of the 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet.Power for the 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster comes from a 3.8L flat 6-cylinder engine making 408-hp power, 23-hp more than the 911 Carrera S. Standard features that make the drive of the Porsche 911 Speedster more exhilarating include a 7-speed Porshce Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). Unfortunately,  Porsche is keeping the performance figures under the wraps for now.Inside, the cabin is outfitted with black leather upholstery, adaptive sports seats, and color-coordinated trim.Priced at €201,682 (including Germany's 19% VAT), production will be limited to 356 units.Source: Porsche Press ReleaseFourth Edition of a Sports Car Legend: The New Porsche 911 SpeedsterVery low-slung, very sporty, and very rare: The Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, launches a small edition of a new 911 Speedster. Paying homage to the first Porsche model that bore the name Speedster - the 356 Speedster -, the production run for the new model is limited to 356 cars. The two-seater is significantly different from the other members of the 911 family. In the best tradition, the 60 millimetre lower, more raked windscreen, the flat contour of the sporty-look manual hood, and the characteristic double-bubble hardcover for the soft top define the striking profile of the new 911 Speedster. This makes the body of this rear-wheel drive with its 44 millimetre wider rear stand out even m[...]



2010 Paris Preview: Citroen Lacoste Concept

2011-12-08T22:43:28.933-08:00

Citroen has releases photos and details for on its bizarre new concept called the Citroen Lacoste ,which will debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.Inspired by the breadth of the Lacoste clothing and accessories ranges, the concept is finished in a range of attractive colours and materials from pearly white and textured blue bodywork to vibrant yellow touches and honeycomb structure wheel hubs.At 3.45m long, 1.80m wide and 1.52m high with a 2.30m long wheelbase, the concept model is roughly the same size as a Citroën C1 / Toyota Aygo. Power comes from a three-cylinder gasoline engine, with the French firm claiming that it offers "plenty of performance on tap to power a vehicle of this size and weight."Measuring 3.45 metres long, 1.8m wide and 1.52m tall and riding on a 2.3m wheelbase, the relatively small moonbuggy-like concept is powered not by the hybrid powertrains of most modern motor show concepts.Inside, the cabin has a pixilated instrument cluster (inspired by early video games), a two-spoke steering wheel, numerous storage compartments, and folding rear seats. Speaking of the latter, they're upholstered in white cotton like Lacoste's polo shirts.The concept is basically this: Take a bathtub, power it by a 3-cylinder gasoline engine, put a longitudinal roll hoop over its center, add a retractable windshield at the front. Graft on a roll hoop and install an "inflatable hood" to act as a roof in inclement weather. Douse liberally with all the active-lifestyle marketing buzzwords you can think of.Source: Citroën Press Release Two names, Citroën and Lacoste, have come together with a shared vision - to cultivate boldness, creativity and optimism. The result of these common values: the new Citroën Lacoste Concept.To be unveiled at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, this new model is an emblem for a state-of-mind and a lifestyle. Clearly alluding to leisure and pleasure, it takes a simplified, no-nonsense approach to motoring - without forgetting refinement - and transports passengers to a lighter, fresher world.The Citroën Lacoste Concept is both resolutely Citroën and typically Lacoste. Positioned at the crossroads of the automotive world, where fashion and sport meet, it makes a number of references to all three sectors. The technology on board al[...]



New BMW 6th series. First images

2011-12-08T22:43:28.933-08:00

On a showroom in Paris which will open already very soon, BMW will present not only the second generation of off-road car Х3, but also a prototype of new six. Besides, BMW have published the first images of this model.Apparently, the serial version of new six which will be shown in the beginning of next year, will appear hardly more widely and more long then the present car. As to design here the continuity of style, of course, will remain, but thus the car will receive absolutely new car body elements. Certainly, the interior where the central extension housing will be developed to the driver becomes another also.To speak about scale of engines while is premature. But all goes to that the new generation of BMW 6th series will be equipped only with turbo motors. The 6-cylinder unit in volume of 3,0 l (306 h.p.) becomes base. Besides, will be and V8 volume 4,4 l (407 h.p.). There will be also a 3,0-liter diesel engine which begins to give out an order of 300 h.p. As to version M6 it will start to be equipped not V10, and V8, but with forced aspiration and capacity of 555 h.p.[...]



Audi e-Tron Spyder

2011-12-08T22:43:28.933-08:00

In Internet appears first sketches of a new electromobile from Audi which will be shown in Paris. It will be already the third similar concept from Audi, presented lately.The main difference of the Parisian electromobile consists in absence of a roof – for this reason the car receive name Audi e-Tron Spyder. Apparently, the Spyder will be constructed on a basis concept e-Tron, which was shown in the beginning of the year on a showroom in Detroit. That car was equipped with two electromotors total capacity of 201 h.p. that allowed to be dispersed from 0-100 km/h for 5,9 sec. Thus, according to representatives of Audi, the coupe e-Tron was capable to pass without additional charge 250 km of way that for an electromobile quite decent distance. To recharge the car, as always in such cases, is possible as from the usual socket connection (it will demand several hours), and from special installation. Last will allow to fill the car less than in an hour.It is interesting that heads of Audi already said that they prepare to adjust a batch production e-Tron in 2012. However, it is planned to exhaust only 1000 electric super cars.[...]



Leaks: Audi E-tron Spyder Concept

2011-12-08T22:43:28.934-08:00

The German car maker Audi is planning a fifth E-tron model, an Audi E-tron Spyder. The car is expected to be an evolution of the E-tron system and previews the electric version of the upcoming convertible version of the R4 sports car.This is vastly different when compared to the original e-Tron concept. The Audi R8 e-Tron was shown off a year ago with four electric motors combining for 230 kW (313 hp) and up to 4,500Nm of torque. With that massive figure, the car cruised to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds en route to a 200 km/h top speed. Its range of 248 kilometers came from the 213kg lithium-ion battery pack, which required up to eight hours recharge time on a 220V outlet.The e-Tron Spyder might use the same technology found on the e-Tron Detroit Show car, which was powered by two electric motors delivering a total output of 204hp (150kW) and 2,650Nm (1954.54lb-ft). With these numbers, the car can accelerate 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in just 5.9 seconds while the sprint from 60 to 120km/h (37.28 – 74.56mph) is achieved in a mere 5.1 seconds.Featuring a wraparound windscreen and no roof whatsoever, making it a permanent convertible, the R4 Spyder gets an identical front end to the fixed-roof e-tron, while at the back the bodywork surrounding the rear lights is finished in black.The Audi e-tron Spyder is most likely based on the company's space-frame aluminium chassis, with two electric motors sending 204 HP to the wheels, and a production version should debut around 2012.Source: AutoBild[...]



Paris Preview: BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé

2011-12-08T22:43:28.934-08:00

The BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé is a fascinating vision that blends traditional values with innovative design language. This concept model, will debut later this month at the Paris motor show.The refined styling, first shown on the four-door Grand Coupe concept in April at the Beijing motor show, provides the new 6-series with clear visual links to other recent BMW models. Most notably, there’s a strong resemblance to the 5-series with which it shares rear-wheel-drive underpinnings. The new 6-series continues BMW’s design revolution under the watch of Adrian von Hooydonk, whose mold-breaking Z9 Grand Turismo concept car first shown in 1999 laid down the styling template for today’s 6-series.Designed to be a "stylish and authentic expression of superior sports performance," the car is effectively a two-door version of the Concept Gran Coupe. As such, it features LED headlights, a massive twin-kidney grille, a four-tailpipe exhaust system, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.The headlights are the first from the Bavarian automaker to mate an all-LED setup with the familiar twin-round design. LEDs can be found everywhere illumination is desired, including the main lights, daytime running lights, foglights, and signal indicators. LED light strips, which continue to grow in popularity and application, are attached to the concept's front face. In addition to consuming less power, BMW is pleased to announce its Adaptive Headlight function will change the light spray depending on steering angle and vehicle speed. Drivers will only need to remember to look through the turn.The interior is an airy, organic environment, complete with an asymmetrical center console tilted towards the driver, a new navigation display and a host of aluminum and leather accents that are several steps beyond what's currently on offer from BMW. We're particularly digging the redesigned steering wheel and the waterfall of material that connects the dash to the transmission tunnel.Source: BMW Press Release BMW announced today that it will premiere a number of new concepts, products and technologies at the 2010 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris at the end of the month. The following are the highlights [...]



2011 Kia Sportage UK Pricing

2011-12-08T22:43:28.934-08:00

Kia has announced UK pricing and equipment levels for the new Sportage model,The Sportage’s engine range includes two diesel units and two petrol powerplants. The entry level engine is a 1.6 liter direct injection petrol unit. This is followed by a 2.0 liter CVVT petrol engine. The diesel side of the line-up includes a 1.7 liter CRDi and a 2.0 liter CRDi. Customers can choose between a manual or an automatic gearbox.The 2011 Kia Sportage UK price list for the two-wheel-drive versions starts at 16,645 GBP for the entry level 1.6 GDi '1' 2WD and goes up to 21,595 GBP for the 1.7 CRDi '3' 2WD. The all-wheel-drive version are a little more pricey. The 2011 Kia Sportage UK price list for the AWD versions starts at 20,800 GBP for the 2.0 KX-2 AWD and goes up to 26,170 GBP for the top of the line 2.0 CRDi KX-3 Sat Nav AWD Auto.Press ReleaseWith spectacular demand in showrooms for the just launched Sportage First Edition 2.0 CRDi AWD, the full-range is going on sale 1stNovember this year. The 16 models consist of three trim grades – badged1, 2 and 3 in line with the rest of the Kia range, with all-wheel-drive(AWD) versions at the mid and high grade level given the familiar KX preface.The line-up includes four engines, including the brand new highly efficient, start of the range 1.6 litre direct-injection petrol unit with an OTR price of £16,645 and 1.7 litre turbodiesel unit starting at £18,145 OTR. Following the usual trim levels, ‘2’ starts at £20,020 OTR and ‘3’ starts at £21,595 OTR.2.0 litre AWD models start at an OTR price of £20,800 with a top of the range 2.0 CRDi KX-3 Sat Nav AWD Automatic with an OTR price of £26,170. Flagship models are available with a fully integrated satellitenavigation system, featuring a 7” full-map colour touchscreen integrated seamlessly into the central dash console providing access to alarge selection of UK and European maps and Points-of-Interest.Metallic or mica paint is an optional £435 including VAT and all models are exceptionally well-equipped, as customers have come to expect. As with every new Kia, an industry pioneering seven year warranty comes as standard.New Sportage PricingDerivativeO[...]



2010 Paris Auto Show: Saab 9-3 ePower

2011-12-08T22:43:28.934-08:00

Saab will unveil its first-ever electric vehicle, the Saab 9-3 ePower SportCombi station wagon, at the 2010 Paris Auto Show later this month. The 9-3 ePower has been developed in collaboration with Boston Power (batteries), Sweden's Electroengine (electric powertrains), Innovatum (project management) and Power Circle, Sweden's electric power industry trade organization.The vehicle comes with an electric unit that delivers 135 kW of power (184 hp) and uses 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This can be charged using a standard household outlet, with the operation taking a time of less than six hours.Saab reckons the 9-3 ePower will manage 124 miles on a full charge (which won’t get above 100 miles in the real world) which will take six hours from a domestic outlet. Performance isn’t terrible with a claimed 0-62mph of 9.5 seconds, although using the power to any great degree will play havoc with the range.The ePower comes with a new version of Saab’s own in-house Trionic 8 engine management system, with new software written for an electric vehicle application. It also has Electro-hydraulic power steering. Inside the cabin, a conventional, automatic-style gearshift lever provides selection of ‘drive’, ‘neutral’, ‘park’ and ‘reverse’. The rev-counter, fuel and turbo boost displays in the main instrument cluster are replaced by read-outs for battery status, power consumption and driving range, all illuminated in green. To optimize space, an electric park brake is fitted.Source: SaabPress Release Saab 9-3 ePower - Saab's First EV Saab 9-3 SportCombi with all-electric propulsionProjected driving range 200 km approx. Battery cells set benchmark for energy densityUser trials with 70-strong test fleet starting next year Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile is taking its first step towards developing an all-electric vehicle with the Saab 9-3 ePower. Making its public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the Saab 9-3 ePower is the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles which will participate in extensive field trials in Sweden early next year. The performance of the [...]



2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL 【Video】

2011-12-08T22:43:28.934-08:00

Daimler released complete details on its 2011 Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, a limited production electric conversion of its aging A-Class five-door small hatchback, sold mostly in Europe and not available in the United States.The four-door, five-passenger hatchback is based on the standard A-Class and is fitted with a 95-horsepower electric motor developing 214 pound-feet of torque. A pair of lithium-ion batteries provides a range between charges of 124 miles. Top speed is electronically limited to 93 mph, with 0-60-mph acceleration in less than 14 seconds.With two lithium-ion batteries, the car has a range of just over 124 miles.  The batteries need a full eight hours of 230-volt home outlet charging to have enough juice for about 60 miles.  This time is cut in half when charging from a 400-volt public recharge point or a specialized wall-box.The list of standard equipment will include bi-xenon headlamps, COMAND APS, an active park assist for automatic parking, and the THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system.Source: Mercedes-Benz Press Release THE NEW MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS E-CELL The family electric car for urban areas: compact five-seater with battery-powered electric drive and a range of over 124 miles Following the B-Class F-CELL fuel-cell car, Mercedes-Benz now introduces the new A-Class E-CELL as its second electric car built in series-production conditions. The five-seater with battery-powered electric drive meets all the requirements for a family car for everyday use. It is based on the five-door version of the current A-Class, and features a generous interior space and luggage compartment for maximum versatility. No compromises have been necessary in terms of space and variability, with compact storage batteries that are located extremely well-protected and in a space-saving way in the vehicle underbase. The car's two high-efficiency lithium-ion batteries provide a range of over 124 miles (NEDC). The car is powered by a quiet, locally emission-free electric drive with peak output of 95 hp, developing a high torque of 290 Nm. A total produc[...]



2012 Ford Focus ST

2011-12-08T22:43:28.935-08:00

The new 2012 Ford Focus ST will have its global premiere at the Paris Auto Show at the end of September, It will be joined by the sedan and wagon that complete the three-bodystyle global Focus family. The 2012 Ford Focus ST will be the brand's first high-performance model developed under the watchful eye of its global performance vehicle team, and while the hatch you see here is being billed as a "design study," make no mistake – this will form the basis of the ST coming to market in early 2012.Power is provided by an EcoBoost 2.0-liter inline four churning out 247 turbocharged horsepower, and Ford promises that the ST's handling and aural delights will live up to the marque's performance heritage. FoMoCo also makes it clear that the ST is bound for "all global markets from early 2012" so those of us in the States should finally get a crack at what's traditionally been a Euro-only affair.A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard equipment. A strengthened version of Ford's six-speed Powershift dual-clutch arrangement will likely be an option. As tradition dictates, drive is channeled through the front wheels.The interior doesn’t disappoint either, with a modern, sporty look befitting of the Focus ST’s performance intentions. Top notch? Definitely.Source: FordPress Release HIGH PERFORMANCE ST TOPS NEW FORD FOCUS LINEUP FOR PARIS MOTOR SHOW LAUNCH Exciting new next-generation Ford Focus gears up for Paris launch of full production-ready range of bodystyles together for the first timeGlobal reveal of new high-performance 250 PS Focus ST for 2012 launchNew Mondeo and C-MAX ranges on showFord accelerates efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with high-efficiency Ford ECOnetic Technologies and Electrification feature displaysSeptember 30: Alan Mulally and Stephen Odell to unveil the next-generation Focus family at 09.15 on the Ford stand in Hall 1Cologne, September 15, 2010 - The exciting new next-generation Ford Focus range is the star attraction in Ford Motor Company's display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30. For the first tim[...]



Lexus LS460 AWD, 2009

2012-01-08T08:31:50.695-08:00

Lexus LS460 AWD, 2009

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On 26th August, 2008, the new Lexus LS460 AWD will make its world premiere at the 2008 Moscow International Motor Show.

The Lexus LS 460's outstanding performance, sure-footed dynamic abilities and advanced active safety systems have been further strengthened by the addition of permanent all-wheel drive.

The all-wheel drive system is a three differential configuration featuring a highly compact TORSEN Limited Slip Differential (LSD) - shared with the Lexus LS 600h - which distributes drive torque between the front and rear axles with a 40:60 rear axle bias in torque distribution.




Hyundai has presented model ix20

2011-12-08T22:43:28.935-08:00

Hyundai has extended the first official photos of the new model ix20. The information that Koreans will show in Paris the new car under such index, has appeared several weeks ago. However all have been sincerely assured that ix20 will appear as a small crossover with the increased road gleam (nobody counted on all wheel drive, but the increased ground clearance and an off-road weather-cloth – same sacred). But it has appeared that ix20 is usual compact van which will compete in the market not only with brother Kia Venga, but also with such models, as Citroen C3 Picasso, Nissan Note and so on.Under Hyundai ix20 cowl will put petrol and diesel motors in volume of 1,4 l and 1,6 l, thus a base diesel engine capacity of 90 h.p. begins to spend for each 100 km of a way only 4,3 l.Hyundai equipment ix20 promises to be very rich. According to preliminary data, already the basic model set will include antispin system, six airbags, the air conditioner, musical system, an electropackage. The price? On this question while the answer isn't present.[...]



Mazda BT-50

2011-12-08T22:43:28.935-08:00

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In the middle of October on a showroom in Australia Mazda will present new generation of pickup BT-50. Why in Australia, instead of, say, in Paris? The reasons can be different. One of them is that in Paris will be big amount of possible premieres and BT-50 among them will simply get lost. Besides, it is not necessary to forget that Australians, unlike the same Europeans, very much love pickups.

Photos of new generation of Mazda BT-50 while aren't present. Japanese have extended only the first design drawings of this model. But also on them it is clear that BT-50 will receive absolutely new appearance (the design of the car promises to be rather aggressive), and the interior too should be other.

As usual, new BT-50 will be issued both with unary and one-and-a-half, and with a double cabin. Information on engines which can appear under a cowl of this pickup while isn't present (now the car has the 2,5-liter diesel engine, 143 h.p.).

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2011 Jeep Patriot

2011-12-08T22:43:28.935-08:00

Chrysler has just revealed the first images and details of its 2011 Jeep Patriot, and the compact softroader has received very subtle nip/tuck for the new model year that touch nearly every aspect of the vehicle.Exterior upgrades include what Chrysler describes as a more "aggressive" front fascia with standard foglamps, a new rear fascia, body-color grille and optional 17-inch wheels. The SUV also gets four new exterior colors, as well as an increased 4x4 ride height. "Ride and handling is refined courtesy of returned steering and suspension systems," said Chrysler in a statement, although specific details are not being disclosed yet.At the interior the automaker has increased the quality of materials, and the steering wheel integrates the audio/trip controls just like in the new Grand Cherokee.The 2011 Jeep Patriot will be offered with front-wheel- or four-wheel-drive, and will be available in three configurations – Sport, Latitude and Latitude X. Sales will begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.Other top features are the 2011 Jeep Patriot model's affordability, fuel economy for its segment and safety features, Chrysler said. (The 2010 model took Top Safety Pick honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -- provided the vehicle has the optional side torso airbags). Chrysler hasn't announced pricing, but Edmunds experts expect that the base-model MSRP will be $17,795 and predict that fuel-economy will be a combined 25. Press ReleaseComing Soon From Jeep®: 2011 Patriot with Aggressive New Styling, Segment- leading Capability and Unsurpassed 4x4 Fuel EconomySeptember 14, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC released images today of the new 2011 Jeep Patriot, the affordable compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) that offers consumers segment-leading capability and unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy, along with classic, rugged Jeep styling.Jeep Patriot's classic exterior styling and capability are enhanced for 2011 with new front and rear fasc[...]



Alfa Romeo Giulietta Gets Two New Power Units for Paris

2011-12-08T22:43:28.935-08:00

Alfa Romeo has announced that it will head to the Paris Motor Show with new engine options for the Giulietta. The engines are made up by a 2.0 liter JTDM powerplant that makes 140hp while the other engine is the 170hp 1.4 liter MultiAir turbocharged petrol unit.While the styling remains unchanged, the biggest addition is a twin-clutch transmission. Dubbed TCT, the gearbox "guarantees driving comfort and a sporty feeling well above those offered by conventional automatic transmissions, but also improved efficiency and lower consumption levels." It will be available on the 1.4-liter MultiAir and the new 2.0-liter JTDM.When equipped with the new 140-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo diesel, the Giulietta hatchback returns an average fuel consumption of just 4.5lt/10km (equal to 52.3mpg US) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 119g/km.Other Alfa show exhibits include the revised 159 saloon and estate, equipped with a newly Euro 5-compliant 134bhp JDTm-2 diesel engine.Source: Alfa RomeoPress ReleaseAlfa Romeo at the 2010 Paris International Motor ShowGiulietta, the safest compact car in the world according to Euro NCAP, is being launched with a new 140 HP Diesel 2.0JTDM-2 and the Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmissionThe Giulietta, the safest compact car in the world according to Euro NCAP, is the star of the Alfa Romeo stand with two world debuts: the brand-new 140 HP 2.0 JTDM and the 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir turbo petrol with "Alfa TCT" automatic transmission.The already extensive range of engines available for the Giulietta is complemented by the launch of a new 140 HP turbodiesel that records low emissions (only 119 g/km), low fuel consumption (4.5 litres/100 km over a combined cycle) and an outstanding torque delivery (in Dynamic 350 Nm at just 1750 rpm). A versatile engine well-suited to the needs of fleets and private users.The second new product is a dry twin clutch automatic transmission which guarantees driving comfort and a sporty fee[...]



Paris Preview: Abarth 500C Essesse & Abarth Punto Evo Essesse

2011-12-08T22:43:28.935-08:00

With the Fiat 500 on the horizon for a North American release, Fiat’s tuning house, Abarth, has released an additional pair of models to showcase what is possible with the hot hatch. The 500C Essesse and Punto Evo Essesse will both be on display at the Paris Auto Show on September 30th, 2010.Both cars get improvements to "performance, handling and safety" while maintaining "low emissions and fuel consumption," according to a press release.  The 500C will see a boost in torque to 230 Nm, and an improved horsepower output of 160 hp (119 kW), enabling the ragtop to sprint to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.  The car's top speed is listed at 209 km/h (130 mph).Highlights of the 500C essesse include a Record Monza dual-mode exhaust silencer, the Abarth Blue&Me infotainment, sat-nav system and a two-tone colour scheme.The 'essesse' package also includes a set of 17-inch alloys with 5 diamond shaped spokes against an anthracite background for the Abarth 500C, and 18-inch alloys in a special titanium-coloured design for the Abarth Punto Evo.Both feature an array of upgrades to the suspension, brakes, rolling stock and more, plus Blue&Me connectivity and Record Monza exhaust (for the 500C) and Sabelt racing buckets (for the Punto). Full details can be found in the press release after the jump, but we'll have more for you from Versailles at the end of the month. < Press ReleaseThe Abarth brand tuning story continues: international debut of the esseesse kits for the Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 500C at the international Paris Motor Show. The Abarth 500 saloon range is extended with new colours and new trim levels.2010: year of commercial successes and consolidation of racing activities.Carlo Abarth loved to call himself a “creator of cars that are tuned, not prepared". It was not by chance that his first commercial success came with a tuning kit for the Fiat Topolino launched at the beginning of the 1950s. Since t[...]



2011 Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier Pricing

2011-12-08T22:43:28.936-08:00

Nissan on Thursday(9 Sep) announced pricing on the 2011 Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra, including details on new special models including a Pathfinder 25th anniversary special edition that starts at $36,290 for the 4x2 version. Price includes an $800 destination charge.The Pathfinder gets a new Silver Edition trim, which commemorates the SUV’s 25th anniversary. It comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker Bose system and Nissan’s smart-key system.The 2011 Nissan Xterra is also available in 4x2 and 4x4 powertrain architectures, and will be sold in three trim levels: X, S and PRO-4X. The 2011 Nissan Xterra is powered by a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine with an output of 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The 2011 Nissan Xterra price list starts at 23,850 USD and goes up to 30,100 USD.All 2011 Pathfinder models (except the LE V8) feature a standard 266-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. The Pathfinder LE V8 features a 310-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 and 5-speed automatic. Pricing ranges from $27,849 for the Pathfinder S 4x2 to $42,600 for the Pathfinder LE V8.Lastly is the 2011 Nissan Altima sedan starting at a base of $19,900, rising to $22,940 for the Altima Coupe or for the hybrid sedan $26,780.Source: Nissan2011 Nissan Xterra 2011 Nissan Navara Pathfinder Press ReleaseNissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2011 Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier New Pathfinder 25th Anniversary Silver Edition, Distinctive Xterra PRO-4X and Frontier S Crew Cab Models Added to Lineups - FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder SUV, Xterra SUV and Frontier mid-size pickup. All three vehicles are on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.Among the numerous significant enhancements for 2011, Pathfinder adds a new Silver Edition model in[...]



Previewed: Toyota Avensis NGTC

2011-12-08T22:43:28.936-08:00

GPR Motorsport has unveiled the Toyota Avensis NGTC car that will will make its track debut in the final round of this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. James Thompsion will sit behind the steering wheel of the Toyota Avensis NGTC, in the last stage of the British Touring Car Championship, a stage that will be held between 9 and 10 October at Brands Hatch.The new Avensis NGTC is being designed and engineered to new BTCC regs by GPR Motorsport in Buckingham. Toyota has offered GPR Motorsport a donor car, together with a bodyshell to build to the new specification that will become effective starting from next year’s season. The automotive producer isn’t willing to re-enter the championship with a works team, but will offer support to TOCA (Touring Car Association, the organizers of the series).Toyota has stated there are no plans to re-enter the championship with a works team, but has been pleased to lend its support to ToCA (Touring Car Association), appropriately with the British-built Avensis which is manufactured at Burnaston in Derbyshire, close to the Donington Park race circuit.Source: ToyotaPress ReleaseFirst images of the Toyota AvensisNext Generation Touring Car (NGTC) have been released, revealing the racing concept that will make its track debut in the final round of this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.The artist’s drawings reveal more design details of the Avensis that is being designed and engineered by GPR Motorsport in Buckingham as a test and development model for new BTCC regulations.Toyota has supplied GPR Motorsport with a donor car and bodyshell to build to the new specifications, which teams will be able to adopt from the 2011 season. James Thompson, a BTCC double champion, will pilot the Avensis NGTC when it makes its first public race appearance at Brands Hatch on 9 – 10 October.To[...]



2012 Hennessey VelociRaptor APV

2011-12-08T22:43:28.936-08:00

American tuner Hennessey is introducing a new division called Armored Performance Vehicles (APV) program which applies the company's performance, handling and braking optimisation knowledge on the latest armored vehicles.This new programme will apply the company’s philosophy and will improve the acceleration, braking and handling performance on late-model armored vehicles. What you see in the photos is the 2012 Hennessey VelociRaptor APV based on the new Ford Raptor SuperCrew. This car offers a combination of armor protection, vehicle performance, passenger comfort and safety.The VelociRaptor APV is powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine, with output between 450 and 800 HP (up from 411 HP), and offers the ultimate combination of armor protection, vehicle performance, passenger comfort, safety, acceleration, braking and handling performance.The vehicle can accommodate between six and eight passengers, depending on the customer’s preferences and will offer multiple top comfort features. The list of interior goodies includes Satellite TV, high-speed Internet, entertainment systems and mobile office systems.Source: Hennessey Performance Press Release War Wagon: Introducing the 2012 Hennessey VelociRaptor APV - The World's First Armored Performance Vehicle Hennessey Performance announces new performance upgrades for armored vehicles such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. Called Armored Performance Vehicles (APV), the company also plans to release a supercharged SUV based on the off-road-ready Ford Raptor truck in both armored and non-armored variants. Sealy, TX - September 9, 2010 - Having a vehicle that can safely and quickly get you out of harm's way is just as important as having armored protection. Introducing Hennessey Armored Performance Vehicles (APV) TM. Hennessey [...]



2010 BMW X1 by Hartge

2011-12-08T22:43:28.936-08:00

Hartge has unveiled their upgrade program for both the 2.0 and 1.8-litre versions BMW X1.The Hartge BMW X1 18d received a 36 HP increase from 143 hp (105 kW) to 179 hp (126 kW) and 350 Nm (lb-ft 258) of torque which enables the manual sDrive18d version to sprint from nought to 100 Km/h in 8.1 seconds (1.5 seconds quicker than the stock version) and hit a maximum speed of 217 Km (17 Km/h over the standard model).The 2.0L unit also got a 32 HP boost which will make the xDrive20d sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds instead of 8.1 seconds and also to reach a top speed of 229 km/h, 11 km/h more than the standard version of the car.Interior upgrades include three-spoke leather steering wheel with aluminium emblem, two-part aluminium set of pedals for the automatic version, the aluminium footrest or the aluminium and leather hand-brake, and Hartge velour floor mats.Besides the performance packages, Hartage offers a stainless-steel sport exhaust system, lowering springs (which reduce ride height 30mm), and 20-inch 'Classic 2' wheels. Inside, customers can order a sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and velour floor mats.Source: HartgePress Release Taking due account of all aspects of a BMW vehicle, H. Hartge GmbH & Co KG in Beckingen/Saar has also developed balanced power-boosting products characterised by high quality, reliability and frugality in equal measures for the 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines of the X1. The base engine of the 18d benefits from a 36 hp increase from 143 hp (105 kW) to 179 hp (126 kW) at 4000 rpm. Max. torque also takes a significant step up with 350 Nm (lb-ft 258) available at 2000 rpm. With this power boost, the manual sDrive18d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds, a good 1.5 seconds faster than the standard version. When it comes to top speed, the additional powe[...]



2010 Nissan Townpod concept

2011-12-08T22:43:28.936-08:00

Nissan has announced plans to introduce the Townpod electric vehicle concept at the Paris Motor Show. The company says the Nissan Townpod concept offers a glimpse into how they plan to expand their product portfolio. They do not mention what type of vehicle will the Nissan Townpod be, but they do say it will offer an "eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior".According to Nissan, the Townpod is more of a preview of what the company's zero emission vehicle lineup could be like and has even revealed a teaser image of what seems to be the right side headlight of this concept."It is designed to offer zero-emissions mobility to a future generation of home-based, innovative entrepreneurs who are creative and tech-savvy. It is more than just a car and it's more than just a van - it heralds a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses."So, is it an electric city-car for the techie on the go? Will the Townpod EV be a mobile blogging lair for those both green and lazy? Honestly, we have no clue. It's not easy to figure out what something looks like from an image that resembles the eye of an Autobot. For now, we'll just have to let our imaginations run wild.Press Release World debut of a new electric-vehicle concept Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle on display as order books open in Europe Public exhibition of Nissan Juke to coincide with first customer deliveries Public Premiere of refreshed Nissan X-TRAIL ROLLE, Switzerland (30th August, 2010) – At the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, Nissan will be unveiling for the first time a concept vehicle that offers insight into how Nissan could expand its portfolio of zero-emission vehicles. Called Townpod, the concept combines eye-catching design [...]



New Bentley Continental GT

2011-12-08T22:43:28.937-08:00

The English company has presented new generation of the popular coupe. However, it is necessary to tell at once that new Continental GT is not such and new. After all it is constructed on the same platform, as the previous model, but this absolutely normal phenomenon. Bentley not a mark which constantly creates essentially new models. Yes it also isn't necessary for it.Outwardly old and new car are similar against each other. However Englishmen assure that in Continental GT 2010 all body details are created anew. And over a suspender too have worked properly. As a result Continental GT hardly became wider than the predecessor (+24 mm) and above on 14 mm. However, the length and a wheelbase hasn't changed.The engine, at first sight, same. It W12 in volume 6,0 l. But it has been seriously modernized, therefore its capacity has grown from 560 h.p. to 575 h.p. the maximum twisting moment – to 700 Nm (was 650 Nm earlier) has increased also. The updated motor hasn't hoisted the maximum speed of the car (it makes still 318 km/h), but here dispersal from 0 to100 km/h was reduced on 0,2 sec (to 4,6).It is interesting that Bentley Continental GT engine allows to fill in a tank not only usual gasoline, but bioethanol also. However, last function will be interesting only to the European buyers. Sometimes buyers Continental GT also think about fuel consumption even for such car. The average expense 6,0-liter W12 makes 16,5 l of gasoline on each 100 km of a way.As before, Continental GT will have all-wheel drive transmission but if it was a question of a symmetric drive gear now 60 % of a twisting moment will be transferred to a rear axle earlier. It has allowed to make roadability of more predicted.However there is also a surprise – apparently, Contine[...]



Lexus GS 450h, 2009

2012-01-12T02:38:23.448-08:00

Lexus GS 450h, 2009The 2009 Lexus GS luxury sport sedan model line includes the V6-powered Lexus GS 350 and the GS 350 all-wheel drive (AWD), the V8-powered Lexus GS 460, and the only gasoline electric hybrid model in the segment, the Lexus GS 450h.Engine/Transmission/Drivetrain/PerformanceOptimized for low internal friction, the Lexus GS 350's 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 303 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 274 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. A direct fuel-injection system provides much finer fuel-mixture control to improve both power and fuel efficiency. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) acts on both intake and exhaust valves to further enhance performance through a wide rpm range. A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission allows manual shifting when desired.The Lexus GS 460's V8 produces 342 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 339 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,100 rpm. The GS 460, like the GS 350, meets the EPA's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) certification. Lexus has been setting standards for powertrain smoothness since its inception, and the GS 460's V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission continue that tradition. The transmission, as the six-speed automatic in the Lexus GS 350 models, allows manual shifting for a more engaging driving experience, and to maximize performance in certain driving situations. The GS 460 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, the Lexus GS 350 in 5.7 (5.8 for AWD).Chassis/Body/Suspension/Tires/BrakesThe Lexus GS combines proven chassis systems with advanced dynamic handling technology to provide both agile handling and the Lexus trademark smooth ride. The double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension virtually eliminate unwanted wheel-angl[...]



Opel Astra GTC. Official Photos

2011-12-08T22:43:28.937-08:00

Opel has presented the first official photos of three-door version Astra which will receive name Astra GTC. And while are accessible only pictures of concept which will be presented in the end of this month on a showroom in Paris . And on sale the car will appear only next year.Predictably, appearance three-door Astra will strongly differ from already on sale five-door version. Astra GTC looks much more aggressively. Besides Astra more than a five-door hatchback – length has grown at once on 41 mm.Opel Astra GTC will be equipped with suspender FlexRide with adaptive absorbers, and also electronic imitation of blocking of front differential. Engines will be, most likely, same, as well as at five-door model.[...]



HS Motorsport Audi S5 Cabrio

2011-12-08T22:43:28.937-08:00

The German tuner HS Motorsport has unveiled a new performance package for the Audi S5 Convertible.HS Motorsport is on the same page as was CarGraphic when they skipped over making any exterior modifications to the already exquisite ride. Instead, their focus was aimed at the engine’s output. This focus produced a total of 375hp (up from a total of 333 HP) and 525 NM of torque (up from 440 NM of torque). HS Motorsport also removed the top speed limiter so the S5 will now hit a top speed of 180mph (the standard model was able to hit a top speed of 155 mph).Wheel discs at the front axle in 9×21 inch with 255/30ZR21 tyres and in 10,5×21 inch with 295/25ZR21 tyres at the rear axle are produced by Cargraphic also. Use of Bilstein thread suspension B16 PSS10 lowers the vehicle. Upon request a brake system from Brembo with double 380×32mm brake discs and six-piston monoblock saddles for the front axle can be installed.On demand – and at this performance absolutely advisable – a brake system from Brembo with double 380×32 mm brake disks and 6-piston monoblock saddle for the front axle can be installed. Source: HS Motorsport Press Release HS Motorsport - Audi S5 Cabrio -> The Perfectionized PerfectionThe customers fairly expect over and over again something extraordinary from the HS Motorsport company from Eching, located near Munich, the more so the perfection for a valuable client is the highest precept for Bavaria’s tuner. This time Audi S5 must be exposed to intensive care of the team from Eching.Strictly speaking, the external look of the cabriolet from Ingolstadt doesn’t need any upgrades. Therefore, the crew begins with the engine output increase whi[...]



Mercedes C63 AMG Dunlop-Performance by Wimmer RS

2011-12-08T22:43:28.937-08:00

Wimmer RS has released a special package for the Mercedes C63 AMG brand called Dunlop-Performance. This C63 AMG Dunlop-Performance with its 190 mph (308 kmph, high speed cut) is as fast as a sports car.Designed to compete in the Tuner’s Grand Prix on the Hockenheimring (where it took second place), the car features a revised ECU, a new exhaust manifold, improved air intake tubes and a K&N air filter. These changes enable the 6.3-liter (6,208cc) engine to produce 540 hp (403 kW / 548 PS) – an increase of 53 hp (40 kW / 54 PS). Acceleration 0-60 mph in a Mercedes C63 AMG Wimmer RS Performance Dunlop takes only 4.4 seconds (0-120 mph in 12 seconds), while the top speed electronically limited to 190 mph (308 km / h). To obtain better stability and handling of the Mercedes C63 AMG Wimmer RS Dunlop Performance coilover sports clubs receive KW3 chassis, while the 19-inch wheels come wrapped in Dunlop tires Sportmaxx GT.In order to optimize the contact between vehicle and asphalt without restrictions in racing sports and on the roads, Wimmer RS has employed a KW3 Club sports coilover chassis. Source: Wimmer RS Press releaseAgain and again, the Solingen car tuning experts of Wimmer RS develop high speed vehicles with best performance. The recent tuning action was baptized C63 AMG Dunlop-Performance. This C63 AMG Dunlop-Performance with its 190 mph (308 kmph, high speed cut) is as fast as a sports car.With its modified electronic engine command, the exhaust manifold, its improved suction tubes and the K&N sports air filter, the engine performance is driven up to 540 hp (serial power 487 hp) by Wimmer RS. Within only 4.4 second[...]



Lamborghini has shown a slice of new super car!

2011-12-08T22:43:28.937-08:00

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To the official premiere of new Lamborghini remains less than a month. The Italian manufacturer super cars has published the first teaser of the car. However at viewing of this illustration to understand, how the car will look, is absolutely impossible. Therefore it is necessary to take a word – before us a slice of new Lamborghini. One of six teasers, as till September, 30 when showroom in Paris will open, will appear five more such illustrations.

According to preliminary data, new super car which will come in the stead models Murcielago, will be called Jota. In movement this car will be resulted by means of the 12-cylinder engine by capacity about 700-750 h.p. (present Murcielago has the motor capacity of 640 h.p. or 670 h.p.).



Production version of Chevrolet Aveo RS Revealed

2011-12-08T22:43:28.937-08:00

Chevrolet has unveiled the first images and details for the 2012 Aveo.The new Chevrolet Aveo include the aggressive looking front with its exposed twin-headlamps and dual port grille, compact taut body panels with a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs, the ‘hidden’ rear door handles which now feature in the c-pillar and a ‘body in, wheels out’ profile which is now very much part of the new Chevrolet design language.The Chevrolet Aveo will be powered by from a variety of engines, which ranged from a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine (70 horsepower production) to a 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine (115 horsepower). And lastly, the 138-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which will appear in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze as well.Inside, the cabin features a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster (likely from the Spark), blue accent lighting, a wrap-around dashboard, and audio systems with USB / Bluetooth connectivity. Thanks to a longer and wider chassis, interior room is now among the best in its class.Full details and pricing will be released closer to the launch date, which will be sometime next year. There will also be an Aveo sedan, as there is now, though for the Paris show, Chevy is showing only the five-door hatchback model.Source: Chevrolet Press Release Full production Aveo world debuts at Paris Motor Show Dynamic design stays true to show car concept New Aveo to be launched in summer 2011 Comprehensive engine line-up includes 1.3 liter diesel engine and 6-speed transmissions Aveo is one of four[...]



MINI rocks sonoro Internet radio

2011-12-08T22:43:28.938-08:00

Mini fans get to enjoy their favorite car's badge inside the house with the new MINI Rocks Sonoro Elements W Internet radio. In a cross-promotional design move, Sonoro Audio worked with Mini to develop this special edition of its Elements W Internet radio, showing it off today at the Maison & Objet furniture and design trade show in Paris.The all new MINI rocks Sonoro Limited Edition Internet Radio comes in an astonishing wood casing and comes coated with exquisite Eclipse Grey metallic exterior lacquerer from MINI along with the original MINI bonnet stripes. This incredible comes with an energy-saving OLED display, that has been provided with light dim controls and thus depicts clear display regardless of day or night. The MINI rocks Sonoro Limited Edition Internet Radio operates on wireless Internet (wifi) or LAN and streams more than 18,000 Webradio stations, thereby enabling the users to select their very own choice of station, depending upon their preference for genre or country. This device has also been given various unique features including, alarm clock, sleep and snooze functions, Radio Frequency remote control and eDock external iPod docking station with charging function, as well the device can be easily connected to an external audio system or a computer via a Line Out cable.The MINI rocks sonoro Internet radio price is 499.00 EUR and it will go on sale from late September 2010 at MINI Cooper and sonoro dealers. Press ReleaseMINI has been working closely with German manufacturer of design audio products sonoro audio. The two brands synon[...]



Honda will show one more serial hybrid

2011-12-08T22:43:28.938-08:00

On a showroom in Paris which will open in the end of September, Honda will present the new hybrid. This time it will be constructed on the basis of popular model Jazz (in Japan it is known as Fit).Yet it is not much information about technical features Hybrid Jazz. But, most likely, Jazz will receive the same power-plant, as well as at model Insight – the 1,3-liter petrol motor and the electric motor which work together with a variator there is united. Besides the engine the hybrid version of Honda Jazz will differ from petrol model a bit other appearance. So, the optics which will receive light-emitting diodes will change, there will be a new radiator enclosure and so on.Sale of the hybrid version of Honda Jazz in Japan should start in October of this year at the price of 19 000 US dollars. In Europe Jazz Hybrid will appear a bit later.[...]



Ford C MAX Price

2011-12-08T22:43:28.938-08:00

Ford has announced prices for the new five-seat C-MAX and seven seat Grand C-MAX. The simplified range comprises two trim levels and five engines with prices starting at £16,745. The model goes on sale in the UK in October and previews some features of the 2011 Focus. Both the Ford C-MAX and the Ford Grand C-MAX will be available in two trim levels, Zetec and Titanium, and with a 1.6-litre TDCi engine developing 125PS. The Ford C-MAX is equipped with five seats while its larger brother, the Grand C-MAX offers seven seats and twin sliding doors. Apart from the engine mentioned above, the new Ford C-MAX will also offer a choice between three petrol and one diesel additional engines.The two trim levels are Zetec and Titanium. All models come with alloy wheels, air conditioning and a Thatcham category one alarm. The Grand C-MAX also has powered child locks for its sliding rear doors and rear parking sensors. The higher specification Titanium model adds automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and keyless start.The five-seater C-Max kicks off at £16,745 for the C-Max 1.6 TI-VCT which offers 104bhp from its petrol lump and comes equipped with alloys, AirCon, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Top of the tree will be the Grand C-Max 2.0 TDCi (Powershift Auto) Titanium at £23,245. Press ReleaseFord's all-new C-MAX will go on sale in the UK in October, priced from £16,745. Both the sporty but spacious five-seater and the Grand, a versatile seven-seater, come with a simplified two-series line-u[...]



Peugeot iOn In Detailed

2011-12-08T22:43:28.938-08:00

Peugeot has released the specification of the iOn electric vehicle together with a set of images of the car, ahead of its Paris Auto Show debut. The Peugeot iOn, which is based on Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, is powered by an electric motor which outputs 64 hp between 3,500 and 8,000 rpm and 180 Nm of torque between 0 and 2,000 rpm. The official range of the Peugeot iOn, on a single charge of the battery, is rated at 150 km/h. The official performance figures say the Peugeot iOn has a top speed of 130 km/h and that it needs 15.9 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h.In terms of styling, the iOn has a unique Peugeot logo (which is pearlescent white / chrome), alloy wheels, fog lamps, and automatic headlights. Inside, the cabin boasts remote control central locking, air conditioning, electric windows, and an MP3/CD audio system with Bluetooth / USB connectivity. Options include a cold weather package (heated driver seat and electric mirror deicing), a navigation system, and a commercial vehicle package which eliminates the rear seats allowing for a load capacity of 1.1 cubic meters.The battery can be fully recharged in six hours using a single-phase 220 V household supply via a five meter cable fitted with a standard socket and a special plug for connection to the vehicle. For normal charging the driver connects the cable to the household socket or to a standard roadside charging point, while the other end is connected to the socket on the right-hand side of the vehicle (the socket on the[...]



Audi A5 Cabrio by Senner Tuning

2011-12-08T22:43:28.938-08:00

Senner Tuning released a modified version of the A5/S5 Cabriolet, the new A5 2.0 T-FSI on the car even more. Performance of turbo petrol engine has been upgraded to 275 HP and 430 Nm with sport air filters and optimization software.The body is styled with a new spoiler in the RS6 Design, bigger air intakes at front and a rear valance with sporty diffuser fins. Then there’s the wheels, which are Varianza TIS light metal rims on the right, and on the left Scwhert (“Sword”) SC1 light metal rims in silver chrome with anodized lips 9×20 inches and 10.5×20 inches in size with 245/30 R20 and 295/25 R20er Vredestein tires!For Senner, its not only about the outer show. After some significant overhaul, the cabin boasts of lots of leather and carbon fiber trim, custom floor mats, an ash tray cover, an S-Line sport steering wheel as well as a further extension of door applications.Pricing for the modifiations performed on the Senner Audi A5 Cabrio rise up to 19,900 Euro.Source: Senner Tuning Press ReleaseRS Bodywork for the Audi A5 Cabrio - by Senner Tuning INCThe German tuner Senner Tuning Inc., known for its extravagant modifications, has now placed the golden crown on the Audi A5 Cabriolet. The Audi tuner Senner Tuning Inc. is offering an extensive individualisation program for the current Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet. The Senner Tuning Inc. has fired up the new, blazing A5 2.0 T-FSI Cabriolet even more. The performance of the turbo petrol engi[...]



Updated Renault Laguna. The first Photos

2011-12-08T22:43:28.939-08:00

On a future showroom in Paris Renault company will present restyling version Laguna. Some days ago in Internet appears first photos of this model.This time the updated cars can be learned easily enough – the front part has changed strongly enough. And all innovations have gone Laguna on advantage. And in interior will appear brand new – Frenchmen promise other materials of furnish, other board of devices and hardly the changed design of the central extension housing.Besides, under cowl Laguna will start to put the modernized diesel engine in volume of 1,5 l which gives out 110 h.p. It hardly becomes more economic and purer than the predecessor. One more innovation is a system 4Control. In this case it is a question not of an all wheel drive (Laguna still remains front-wheel). 4Control will allow to turn all four wheels. Certainly, rear begin to change the corner only to small degree, however and it will allow to improve roadability of the car. The system 4Control will be accessible only with 2,0-liter diesel engines which give out 130 or 150 h.p. (are still the 178-strong version of this unit and a diesel engine in volume of 3,0 l, 235 h.p.).[...]



Focus EV to use Liquid Cooled Battery

2011-12-08T22:43:28.939-08:00

Ford announced September 2 its Focus Electric, due out next year in the U.S., will contain a lithium ion battery pack with a liquid-based thermal management system.Ford will use for the Focus a lithium-ion battery pack which will use heated and cooled liquid to handle one of the most dreaded things in an EV: overheating batteries. The liquid will be used by the car to keep the heat level to a minimum, hence increasing both the range and life span of the pack.Ford is still developing the car, but the prototype we drove had a 23 kilowatt-hour lithium ion pack, which makes it about the size of the air-cooled pack in the Nissan Leaf. By using active thermal management, Ford says it will maximize battery life and range and optimize charging by heating, or cooling, the pack to the best temperature before pulling juice from the grid.The introduction of this type of electronic cooling, will extend the batteries lifespan and also help to gain the maximum performance. By keeping the cells cool the active thermal management will be able to prevent the likelihood of cracks in the electrodes. These cracks can start to effect the batteries power and reduce the charge capabilities. On initial plug-in the management system will run a precondition of the batteries before it allows charging to begin.The Focus Electric, which will be released in the U.S. late this year and in 2012 in Europe, is one of five electrif[...]



Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. Official photos

2011-12-08T22:43:28.939-08:00

In Internet appears first photos of Chevrolet Cruze in a body of hatchback – till now this model was on sale exclusively as a sedan. In Russia cars with such body type, of course, are in demand, however Europeans prefer for a long time already hatchbacks.The premiere of a hatchback will pass on a showroom in Paris in the end of this month. As it often happens in such cases, at first the model will appear as concept. And 5-door Cruze it is necessary to wait for the beginning of sales to the midpoint of next year.At the expense of refusal of the big luggage compartment the hatchback will appear much more shortly a sedan, but thus it begins to look more sports. The volume of a load box of hatchback promises to be rather decent – 400 l.[...]