Honda unveiled today the European version of the all-new 2009 Accord that will make its world debut at the Geneva motor Show next month. All the engines in the new Accord are equipped with the Euro 5 emissions system, available starting September 2009.
Significantly wider and slightly lower, the styling adopts a more emotional, sporty motif. The ‘sharp-edged’ design, with pronounced muscular wheelarches that emphasize the car’s wider track, gives the Accord a distinctive, strong stance with a solid, planted feel. The distinctive nose and more flowing lines deliver a tauter and more athletic shape.
First choice of engine is the new i-DTEC engine that delivers 147 HP at 4,000 rpm, and a peak torque of 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter i-VTEC offers similar levels of performance to its predecessor – 156 PS at 6,300 rpm – but builds on its class leading fuel economy. Key technological changes include increased diameter intake valves, further optimized valve lift and timing and increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.
The 2.4-liter engine is more powerful, delivering 200 PS at 7000 rpm and peak torque of 233 Nm at 4500 rpm – up from 190 PS and 223 Nm. Behind the figures are a compression ratio increased from 10.5 to 11.0:1, larger diameter valves, revised valve timing, and reduced exhaust system pressures.
All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic.
Hyundai unveiled today at the CHicago Auto Show the 2009 Elantra Touring, a sportier, more functional variant of Hyundai’s popular Elantra sedan.
Elantra Touring is powered by the same fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, in line four-cylinder found in the Elantra sedan. This sophisticated 16-valve powerplant employs Dual Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) for a very broad power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The Elantra Touring’s exterior dimensions (176.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 59.8 inches high) make it a great fit in the compact five-door segment, while its long wheelbase (106.3 inches) means that Elantra Touring offers class-leading interior volume.
UPDATE 12/23/2008: Hyundai has just released prices for the 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Pricing starts at $18,495 for the 2.0-liter (only one offered) 138 hp hatchback/wagon. The price starts to climb when the customer begins to add options with the most expensive model being $19,995 featuring a Premium-Sport package.
Holden will unveil the production version of the VE Sportwagon at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show, starting 29 February. A concept version of the new VE Sportwagon made its world debut at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney last October.
The 6.0L V8 Sportwagon SS backed Jack Daniel’s was created for V8 Supercar drivers Shane Price, Cameron McConville and enduro specialist Nathan Pretty.
VE Sportwagon will be available in the full range of VE Commodore variants including Omega, Berlina and Calais, plus the sporty SV6, SS and the range topping SS-V and Calais V models.
Audi UK today announced that the RS6 Avant will go on sale in May at a price of £77,625. The first-year allocation of 380 vehicles has already been assigned to customers who formally registered their interest in the car with Audi Centres.
The RS6 is powered by a heavily modified, 5.0-litre version of the compact, naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 FSI petrol engine that powers the 435PS S6 quattro. Two turbochargers and extensive component refinements boost output to 580PS at 6,250 rpm, and increase torque from 540 Nm to 650 Nm, available from just 1,500 rpm through to 6,250 rpm.
The first-ever Wagon model in Cadillac’s long and illustrious history is now on sale in the UK with the introduction of the new Cadillac BLS Wagon. As well as offering British consumers a line-up of Wagons with a choice of six engines from 150 to 255 ps, Cadillac has also upgraded the BLS range with an unprecedented luxury specification which packs each car with a comprehensive range of premium equipment as standard.
Outstanding top performance and maximum dynamism combined with excellent suitability for everyday use are the impressive features of the new Audi RS 6 Avant, which will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the IAA 2007 in Frankfurt. A newly developed V10 engine with FSI direct injection and twin turbochargers, permanent quattro four-wheel drive and sports suspension with Dynamic Ride Control DRC set the standard for high-performance vehicles in the luxury class. 426 kW (580 bhp) and a maximum torque of 650 Nm add up to an unforgettable performance experience. At the same time, the new Audi RS 6 Avant offers a high standard of travel comfort – on long journeys, too.
With the new C-Tronic Diesel POWER generation, Carlsson offers 20 % more power and torque for all Mercedes common-rail diesels from the A to the S Class. Increasing the output via the C-Tronic Diesel POWER supplementary control unit results in a significant improvement in performance. Consisting of the control unit and a plug-and-drive adapter, which is connected to the standard engine control unit, the C-Tronic® reads all signals from the series control unit needed to determine the optimum values for fuel quantity and the injection point.
How about a Station Wagon Jaguar XF? This rendering comes from Holland; the artist tried to imagine how a Station Wagon version of the English sedan might look like; the result is appreciable, balanced and keeps the sporty proportion of the sedan version.
In 1977, the official birth year of Sportservice Lorinser, Mercedes first presented a station wagon named T and, thereby, introduced the first true luxury vehicle in this segment. Who knew that, in 2007, Lorinser would transform this practical body shape into an athletic and muscular powerhouse: the brand new, Lorinser-tuned T model of the C-Class.
In time for the market introduction of the new Mercedes C-Class wagon BRABUS presents an exclusive sport program. The product lineup for the S 204 model series comprises powerful engine tuning for gasoline and diesel models, an elegant aerodynamic-enhancement program, light-alloy wheels up to 19 inches in diameter with corresponding suspension modifications, and custom interior options.