British Motor Show

British Motor Show

GM today unveiled the first shots of Insignia ’s interior, to be more precise we are talking about the UK version of the Insignia.

The dashboard wraps around from the instrument panel to the door in a very sophisticated way, embracing the occupants. This wing theme will be echoed across all Opels. Red ambient lighting, which also will be featured in future Opel models, vibrate a warm, luxurious aura. A lot of emphasis too has been put into the seating, which set the highest standards in ergonomics, comfort and safety.

The 2009 Insignia will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show and will go on sale in November.

Seat will unveil the three-door version of the newly launched Ibiza in July at the London Motor Show. And here are the first spy pictures! The car will carry the same "Sport-Coupe" label as the Bocanegra Concept , but wil be only for marketing purpose.

Seat will also unveil the top-of-the-range FR and Cupra models. Those two versions are supposed to be powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine and will go on sale in 2009.

Source: Diablo Motor

Kia is pleased to confirm its attendance at this year’s British International Motor Show where it will show a raft of concept cars alongside current models to highlight the continued and rapid development of the brand.

On show from Kia will be at least five concept cars, which will include SOUL Burner, SOUL Diva, SOUL Searcher, the four-seat KEE coupe and rag-top ex_cee’d. Also on show will be a number of Kia’s latest cars, including the newly introduced cee’d Sport, cee’d SW Sport and the pro_cee’d. This will be the first time the latest generation of Kia concept cars have been together in any one place, making the British International Motor Show a unique opportunity to see how the cars reflect developing design cues.

Kia Motors Corporation has chosen London to make a very special announcement about a forthcoming product, due on sale in the UK in 2009. This new and exciting car will give the clearest indication yet of the design future of the brand as more Kia concepts become reality.

Lotus will unveil the Eagle sportscar in July at the British Motor Show. The latest spy shots revealed that the front doors that are carefully crafted to ease access to the rear cabin.

Eagle is just a codename for the new 2+2 project. The finished car will carry a new ’E’ badge.

The future sportscar will be powered by 3458cc V6 engine from Toyota. That 24-valve V6 has variable valve timing and pumps out 262bhp at 6200rpm and 248lb ft at 4700rpm.

The Eagle will get a composite roof as a stressed structural member - helping to make the coupe unusually rigid. Boffins among you will be impressed by the claimed vehicle stiffness of 26,000Nm per degree.

The lightweight construction will keep mass low; Lotus claims the bare front module of the Eagle weighs a paltry 25kg. And the suspension - double wishbones at all four corners - features arms made of forged aluminium to cut unsprung mass, instead of the steel wishbones on the Elise, Exige and Europa. The dampers are supplied by Bilstein, the springs by Eibach.

Source: CarMagazine

The future Lotus Eagle will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show, after many and many rumors and spy shots. The new 2+2 sports car will go on sale towards the end of the year at a price of $90.000. Lotus announced a convertible version is also in the works and will be launched few months after the coupe.

The 2009 Eagle will be placed between the Elise and
next-generation Esprit , and is designed for those who love the Elise,
but also want a little more room and comfort.

The 2009 Eagle will be powered by a tuned version of Toyota’s V6 engine used in the Camry. It will be offered with two different displacements: 2.5 liters and 3.0 liters with power between 200 and 300 hp. The Eagle was announced to be a real sports car with 0 to 60 mp sprint to be made in less than 5 seconds.

Here are the best shots of the upcoming Lotus Eagle - an Elise-based 2+2 sports car. The production version will be unveiled in July at the London Motor Show, and sales will start toward the end of the year.

Essentially a stretched version of the highly successful roadster, the hard-top Eagle features room in the back for two small passengers and swaps the Elise’s four-cylinder engine for a Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6.

Source: AutoExpress

Opel today released a new series of official spy shots of the 2009 Insignia (after the first ones launched by Vauxhall). Insignia will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show. It will come to replace the Vectra which itself replaced the Ascona in 1988 and will be sold under the brands Vauxhall, Saturn and Opel.

The 2009 Insignia’s design will be inspired by the GTC concept unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Insignia family will be built at Opel’s home plant in Rüsselsheim, one of the most state-of-the-art automobile production facilities in the world.

This year Lotus will turn 60, To mark the event the company will unveil an all new car (new Eagle) at the London Motorshow and also an impressive global expansion programme is being planned.

It was in 1948 that Colin Chapman built his first racecar. A pioneer, his breakthrough engineering firmly established him as one of the greatest automotive engineers of the 20th century. Chapman’s theory of “performance through lightweight” formed the foundation of one of the most successful racing teams to date and is imbedded in the Lotus philosophy.

Press release after the jump.

Spy shots is what auto makers hate the most. What can be more annoying than seeing a top secret car all over the internet? Well, Vauxhall decided to release a series of spy shots with the upcoming Insignia.

Vauxhall release 'official Spy Shots' of the Insignia and explain how and why they camouflage test cars

The Insignia will make its world debut at the British Motor Show on July 22nd. With a highly attractive, completely new body line and sculptural design, Insignia is set to cause a sensation in its class – but surprises only work if they are not revealed beforehand.

The team responsible for camouflaging prototypes began making their preparations for the test phase when the new car first progressed beyond computer simulations and clay models. Together with chief designers and engineers, the team established which of the car’s characteristic lines should be kept hidden the longest from prototype paparazzi.

Vauxhall release 'official Spy Shots' of the Insignia and explain how and why they camouflage test cars

Together, they developed a "facelift" for the upcoming model that would disguise the prototypes as much as possible. One of the variants had an especially elegant, flowing rear section, for instance, so a pronounced spoiler was designed to mask it. A wooden model was built as a cast to form the plastic camouflage parts needed for around 200 test cars that have to be disguised in the run-up to series production.

After the jump, Vauxhall explain how and why they disguise their test cars

Opel will unveil the 2009 Insignia at the London Motor Show in July. It will come to replace the Vectra which itself replaced the Ascona in 1988. It will be sold under the brands Vauxhall, Saturn and Opel.

"Dynamic performance is one of the Opel brand’s core values. In the new Opel Insignia, this defining characteristic is realized by sophisticated powertrain technology, active safety and the interface between driver and car. The Insignia’s level of comfort and environmental friendliness is unrivaled even among considerably more expensive competitors," says Alain Visser, Chief Marketing Officer, General Motors Europe.

The 2009 Insignia’s design will be inspired by the GTC concept unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show.


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