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Peugeot 208 GTi

The CEO of Peugeot, Maxime Picat has confirmed to Autonews that the French car maker will make an even hotter version of the 208 hatchback . It will be called the 208 R and Peugeot will place it a notch above the 208 GTi.

Now, the 208 GTi isn’t just a throwaway grocery getter, so to speak, it is as mental as the GTi badge on its hatch indicates.The Peugeot 208 is among the smallest and lightest of the micro-hatchbacks, and the GTi takes it one step further by giving it some poke.

The 208 R would pack even more punch than the GTi, enough to spin its front wheels on demand. Having said that, we don’t expect Peugeot to give it monumental levels of power, or it would just understeer wildly and ruin the fun.

To put it in perspective, the 208 GTi makes use of a 200-horsepower, 1.6 -liter engine, and its top speed is pegged at 143 mph with a dash from 0 to 60 mph taking 6.8 seconds. We expect the 208 R could use the same powerplant as the GTi albeit with a tweaked ECU to push out an extra 20 to 30 horsepower.

Click past the jump for more speculative details on the 208 R

*Image Note: The above image is of the 208 GTi, not the future 208 R.

Source: Autonews
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Renault-Dacia unveiled the first facelift of its popular compact crossover , Duster during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . The Duster has been around since 2010 and was due for a makeover. Renault-Dacia has made subtle changes to the exterior keeping the original proportions of the compact off-roader intact.

With this update, not just about the aesthetics changed though. Dacia has added new features to the compact crossover that push it further up the ladder in its affordable segment of the crossover market.

Renault-Dacia has also added a new engine to the Duster range. The new turbocharged gasoline engine promises to deliver better mileage and decent performance at the same time. The Duster has tasted success in developing markets around the world, and the new model definitely has what it takes to tackle the challenges faced in highly competitive markets like India, Brazil, etc.

Click past jump to read more about the 2014 Dacia Duster

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BMW i3

The biggest highlight of this year’s Frankfurt motor show has to be the BMW i range, including the production i8 hybrid-electric sports car. If you look at the BMW i range, the Bavarians have taken a giant leap when it comes to putting together sustainable-energy motoring.

Until now, the Toyota Prius has managed to stand the test of time, although of late, sales have been slow despite it being Hollywood certified. Unlike the Prius, the BMW i BMW i 3 is an all-electric hatchback, which means prospective owners would have to live with the anxiety of running out of juice at the wrong time. Hence, critics would choose to disregard the i3 much like any other purely electric automobile.

Now, the U.S. market will see the BMW i3 go on sale in the latter half of 2014, but it hits showrooms next month on the other side of the Atlantic. That said, BMW is taking advance orders for the car, and you will be surprised to know, much like BMW themselves, that more folks are showing interest in the i3 than initially thought.

BMW Europe already has 8,000 pre-orders for the BMW i3, which is way beyond what the company had expected. In fact, BMW is now pondering a further increase in investment to boost production if demand for the car persists. This was confirmed by BMW’s chief financial officer during a press conference.

Are we witnessing a paradigm shift in the way we perceive electric mobility? Well, it is difficult to confirm but the BMW i range has certainly caught the attention of the people. BMW has made huge investments into this project, as some estimates claim that BMW has pumped as much as $2.7 billion into the i range. Even with this massive investment, BMW is set to make a profit on each car sold.

The morale is certainly high at BMW and riding on the success, the company has already trademarked i1 through i9. Quite obviously, the i1 would be the smallest of the i-range and the most affordable. We suspect that the i9 may be a higher-performance version of the i8 , although BMW does not wish to make an M Performance version of the i8.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW i3

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As part of One Ford , the company will launch a new crossover for sale in late 2014 that is tailored to the universal global preferences of value and style.

The new global SUV will be revealed to the world media at the 2013 LA Auto Show before going on sale almost globally by 2015. So why all the mystery about what the new world-wise five-seat crossover will be?

It is the 2015 Edge, scheduled for display in LA as lightly dressed as a concept car before going on sale in Summer 2014 all over the world.

The current Ford SUV range in Europe consists of the EcoSport and the Kuga that can be categorized as crossovers unlike the new Ford Edge that is planned for launch next year.

The EcoSport and Kuga began life as a "global models" made specifically for certain target markets.

The rest of the Ford model range comprises of hatchbacks, sedans and MPVs that have been popular with folks in continental Europe.

Click past the jump for all the details known so far about the new Ford Edge, including the competition it will face in Europe for the first time.

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Czech automaker Skoda Auto arrived at Frankfurt with a whole range of new models ranging from hatchbacks to sedans and even fast, sporty four-door saloons. It was time for the annual Frankfurt auto show and Skoda took this opportunity to unveil to the world a new design direction for future Skoda products. Their line-up also included brand new models that plug-in the gaps in the market. The Skoda Rapid Skoda Rapid Spaceback slots between the Fabia and the Rapid saloon. So let’s focus our attention on this new-comer and see what it has to offer.

The growing market for up-scale sedans has prompted a lot of automakers to step up their game in order to keep up with the times. European car brands have no need to worry because these models are already part of their vehicular lineups.

But for an American brand, like Ford , looking to gain some traction in a market ripe with premium competitors, it needed to step up.

And step up it did.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Ford will introduce the Mondeo Vignale Concept, a premium and luxurious take of its European midsize sedan . The concept is Ford’s answer to calls from customers asking to see if the Blue Oval can offer them a vehicle that answers their checklist of styling and quality, advanced technology, and exclusivity.

For the most part, Ford has answered that call with the intention of bringing the Vignale Concept to production in the near future, making it only a matter of time before it enters a market ripe with competition and stakes a name for itself.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept

Known for being one of the most durable pickups in the market, the Toyota Hilux has been one of Toyota’s most bankable vehicles.

It’s only fitting then that a special edition model of the renowned pickup is set to carry the name Hilux Invincible.

As the top-of-the-line grade of the Hilux lineup, the Invincible model will be made available on either an Extra Cab or Double Cab body styles and ‘Active’ or ‘Sport’ versions.

It’ll come with a host of exterior features that will be unique to the Invincible trim, highlighted by chrome detailing on the air intake, the fog lamp, and the rear lamp bezels. A silver front underguard was also added to complement all the chrome trim while "Invincible" badging is prominently displayed throughout the body to ensure nobody forgets this Hilux’s name.

If you get the Hilux Invincible Sport version, you also stand to receive chrome hi-bars and the option of availing a new set of 17-inch dual alloy wheels, and black leather-wrapped seats.

Adding to its distinctive looks, the interior of the Hilux Invincible also catches copious amounts of upgrades. Black fabric seats are particularly noticeable , as are the soft padded armrest, the leather-covered handbrake, the light grey roof lining, and scuff plates bearing the ’Invincible’ badge.

The Hilux Invincible is available with a pair of engine options, ranging from a 2.5-liter D-4D engine that develops 161 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with manual transmission and either 2WD or 4WD to a 3.0-liter D-4D unit that produces 169 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

Expect the Hilux Invincible to hit dealerships all over Europe beginning the later part of this year.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota Hilux

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Jaguar F-Type Roadster

When Ferrari launched the 458 Italia , supercar lovers everywhere stood up and took notice. Things took a turn for the worse, as 458 Italias around the world started catching fire. After 10 units went up in flame just a few days after leaving the factory, Ferrari launched an investigation and eventually solved the problem, which likely cost a pretty penny.

It looks like now the history is about to repeat itself, as another new and exciting European sports car is running about the same pattern. The Jaguar F-Type is one of the latest and greatest sports cars to hit the market recently and Jag already delivered eight units in Belgium alone. Well, now there are only seven, as one unit in Herentals, Belgium went up in flame and burned to a crisp.

According to the driver, while he was cruising on the E313 he spotted a "defect" in the vehicle. He then pulled his new F-Type off of the highway and by the time he got out of the car, a fire broke out and and burned the Jag to an unrecognizable heap of charred metal and plastic. Fortunately though the driver was unhurt.

According to Jaguar officials, an expert will be sent in Belgium to investigate the event.

You can see images of the burned-up rig here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type.

There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has captured the attention of a whole lot of people.

Not just in America, mind you, but also in Europe. Despite a litter of sports cars and supercars already prevalent across the Atlantic, the Corvette Stingray still has some cache, and no more was that evident than in the highly publicized touchdown of America’s sports cars in the continent.

Yes, dear friends from Europe, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is now in Europe. It’s still going to undergo a series of tests to make sure that it’s up to snuff with European regulations, but ultimately, customers should expect the sports car to go on sale later this year.

"[The Chevrolet] Corvette is one of the famed names in automotive history and the new Stingray is the most advanced and capable standard model yet," Chevrolet Europe technical manager, Patrick Herrmann, said. "Driving and testing this car is definitely one of the most interesting aspects of my job."

Hermann will document his testing runs with the Corvette on social media, providing us with enough content to check out how you take an American sports car and configure it to dominate the streets of Europe.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray after the jump

Dimitris Korres may not be a famous name in the auto industry these days, but give it some time and he just might be more than that. The Greek architect and inventor is about ready to showcase his first venture into the auto industry.

The Korres Project 4.

If you’re wondering what that is, the Project 4 is a supercar and a pretty impressive one at that.

The full details about the Project 4 will be unveiled soon in Greece, but there’s already a steady amount of information that’s been disclosed to the public. Chief among them is the powertrain, which takes the form of a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces an impressive 505 horsepower, allowing it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.

Translated in any language, those numbers are impressive across the board.

Another important bit of information about the Project 4 is its dimensions.
It’s 3,920 mm (154.3 inches) long, 1,960 mm (77.2 inches) wide, and 1,250 mm (49.2 inches) tall with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm (100.8 inches). Taken all together, the Project 4 weighs 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds).

Be sure to check back here in the coming days. We’ll have the full details of the Korres Project 4 as soon as it makes its public debut.

Click past the jump to read about a potential future competitor for the Project 4.


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