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 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
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
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.
At that time, nobody had any idea what Nissan had planned for the one-off Juke, only saying that it would be a prize in some competition "down the road.”
Well, that "down the road" has come and passed, and the one-off Batman-inspired Juke Nismo has found a lucky new owner. His name is Adam Williams, a self-confessed action film fan and local baker from Wales.
After winning Nissan’s Thrill Test, Williams’ prize was unlike any other: this one-off Juke that features a host of Batman-inspired details making it the envy of every movie fan and car buff.
Williams took delivery of the one-off Batman Juke in front of Carmarthen Castle and to no one’s surprise, the man was thrilled to be the proud owner of a truly unique showpiece vehicle.
"I can’t believe I’ve won this fantastic car - it was the biggest surprise of my life and I was so excited to take delivery of it," Williams said. "I’ll certainly turn a few heads driving around Carmarthen - it’s great to think I’m the only person in the world with my very own version of the Batmobile!"
Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises
Back in January, Chrysler announced that the new-generation SRT Viper would not be offered in Europe. However, this doesn’t mean the European customers won’t be able to drive one! The problem is that they will need to opt for an unofficially imported Viper.
U.S. car specialist, GeigerCars, announced recently it will import the new Viper and will put it on sale at a price of €139,900 (around $180,500).
Yes, you read it right: that’s almost double an American customer has to pay for a standard Viper, which is priced at $97,395. We are not sure how many units GeigerCars will import, but there will certainly be plenty of Viper-hungry Europeans standing in line to pick one up.
After all, who would turn down the opportunity to be one of the few people in your region to own one of the best sports cars launched in the past year?
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The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in European dealers later in July and in order to help its customers further individualize their SUVs, Mopar is offering more than 100 accessories to choose from. Thanks to these accessories, customers can improve the SUV’s technical, styling and mechanical characteristics.
The list of accessories will include: aluminum racing pedal unit kit; protective mat situated in the boot loading area; and aluminum sill plates distinguished by a back-lit “Jeep ” logo. For the exterior, customers can opt for: special wheels; chromed parts; molded splash guards; skid plates; sport-utility bars; a roof cargo basket, soft-side roof cargo carrier; bike and ski carriers; trailer hitch; a trailer wiring; and tubular side steps.
Unfortunately, no updates were made under the hood, but even in the standard version, the Grand Cherokee is quite a powerful SUV.
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After unveiling the Golf Estate Concept R-Line at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has finally updated its Golf lineup with a new R-Line package. To be completely honest with you, there are three R-Line packages: R-Line Exterior, R-Line Interior and R-Line Sport"
The R-Line Exterior package includes a new rear spoiler, a radiator grille with an "R-Line" logo, a specific grille in gloss black, new front and rear bumpers with "R" logos, and a black-painted diffuser. This package is priced at €995 ($1,300) on Highline variants and €1,180 ($1,500) on Comfortline models. You can also add in “Salvador” rims sized 17 or 18 inches for an added fee.
The Interior package adds inlays in aluminum look "Black Lead Grey" for the dashboard and door panels; front door sills and pedal caps in stainless steel; sports seats in "Race" design cloth with microfiber bolsters and “R-Line” logos on the front seats; a leather multifunction sports steering wheel with "R-Line" logo and decorative stitching in gray crystal; a leather-wrapped gear shift knob; and an "R-Line" logo on the Home screen. The interior package is priced from €640 ($830) for Highline models to €945 ($1,230). You can opt for “Vienna” leather and bring the total package price to €1,755 ($2,284) on highline models and €2,115 ($2,752) on Comfortline models.
Finally, for another €430 ($560), the Sport package will add a sport-tuned suspension, a revised steering system and tinted side and rear windows.
Click past the jump for more details on the standard Volkswagen Golf.