station wagon

station wagon

  A Station Wagon is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area.

Even Alfa Romeo’s everyday sedans are breathtaking. At the Geneva Motor Show Alfa will present a refreshed version of its BMW 3-Series competitor: the 159 mid-sized sedan and wagon.

Alfa Romeo 159

Both models have an availabe 1.75-liter TBi engine that delivers 200 HP from 4750 to 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1400 rpm. The 159 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 146 mph. There is also an optional 2.0-liter 170 HP JTDM diesel engine

Alfa Romeo 159

The sedan versions is offered in the TI sporting version, featuring lowered geometry, bigger tires, 19-inch alloy wheels, sideskirts and large aluminum brakes with red calipers. So, a very determined-looking car with a decidedly “ground-hugging” look. Inside, the TI environment is recognizable from the shaped sports seats in perforated leather with the Alfa Romeo logo stitched in red, plus the steering wheel with sports grip and the gear knob covered in leather with red stitching.

Press release after the jump.

Renault announced today a new limited edition Laguna. Available for Expression and Carminat version, the new Laguna Black Edition adds a price of only 200 euro to a standard model.

Renault Laguna Black Edition

Black Edition adds: GT Look Pack (front bumper, black headlamp masks, tinted rear lights), Comfort Pack (Renault hands-free card, rear parking proximity sensor), metallic paint (Pearlescent Black, Ardoise Grey, Eclipse Grey or Platine Grey) and 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

Renault Laguna Black Edition

Prices in France start from €25,800 for the dCi 110 saloon version (add €1,200 for the estate version) and the offer is especially expected to appeal to private owners drawn by its reassuring ride and inherent qualities. Customers, meanwhile, are likely to prefer the dCi 130-powered for €27,350. Available only with the dCi 110, Renault Laguna Carminat Black Edition starts at €26,500. It incorporates integrated Carminat CD Bluetooth® navigation as standard for an additional cost of just €700. There is no need to convert the price into dollars because Renault doesn’t sell to the U.S.

Press release after the jump.

BMW likes to spread its technology around. If its going to perfect the driving experience of the 3-Series with the M3 , then it likes to do it over the full line. So far we can get our hands on the coupe, sedan and convertible in "M" form, but what about the version that can take the kids and dog along on the Autobahn?

We expect BMW to spread the M3 joy over to the wagon soon, but that’s not good enough for designer Jon Sibal. He’s taken elements from the current M3 and applied them to the wagon body. For good measure he’s also added plenty of aftermarket kit parts too (AC Schnitzer front lip and roof wing lowered KW suspension, Black Series BBS RE Magnesium, etc.)

Although we usually favor coupes, if we found ourselves needing a few child seats, this may just be our preferred family-sized rocket.

Source: Jon Sibal
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The latest tuning kit for the Audi RS6 Avant comes from DKR Tuning, a company who recently unveiled its customized Porsche 997 Turbo . The new programme for the German vehicles features some ECU tweaking which boosts the engine from 580 to 660 hp and 750 Nm.

Audi RS6 by DKR Tuning

The top speed is also raised at 202 mph! In order to obtain these high speeds, a new H&R suspension kit is installed as well as the 20 inch Cargraphic RS alloy wheels. The tuner offers also new carbon-fiber accessories for the interior in order to give your car a special touch. Price of the kit: $2,000.

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Laughter is sometimes the best remedy, even for a speeding ticket. Although the car in the speed camera shot is from Britain, the road is in Germany. So this was just a right-side driver having fun with the left-handed Germany. The owner of this Audi A4 Avant must know the German system, because although the authorities have the license number, they also need a clear picture of the driver. According to the current "driver" pictures, the offender is about four foot tall, long pink hair and possibly on drugs.

Source: Gizmodo

Volvo is preparing the next generation V70 and V50 , and according to AutoCar, they could be the first in a new generation of wagons to scrap the conventional long roof and low driving position for a more SUV-like higher roofline and driving position.

“Within Volvo we are re-examining the estate (wagon) car and many people are currently scratching their heads,” a senior Volvo manager told Autocar at the recent unveiling of the XC60. “We’d be interested in your opinions.”

Volvo will also replace the S60 in 2010 and the XC90 will get a major makeover (including a possible diesel hybrid drivetrain) in 2010 with a replacement coming in 2012.

Source: AutoCar

Renault launched in France the Clio Estate Exception,a model that combines dynamic performance, looks and safety. Based on the Dynamique equipment level, it comes with 15-inch aluminium alloy wheels, extra-tinted rear glass, part-leather upholstery and cruise control with speed limiter.

Renault Clio Estate Exception

This special edition version also features the same equipment as the Dynamique version (front airbags, side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, manual climate control, leather steeringwheel and gearlever knob, additional cornering lights, foglamps, black headlamp masks and removable, completely flat boot floor, etc.).

Renault Clio Estate Exception

Clio Estate Exception is available in the following body colours: Extrême Blue, Blue Grey, Cendré Beige, Cassiopé Grey, Eclipse Grey, Platine Grey, Nacré Black, Dyna Red and Vif Red.

Clio Estate Exception has been on sale in France since October 1, with prices starting from €17,400.

Press release after the jump.

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This maybe the only wagon that kids wanted to drive when they grew up. If you were one of them, and you have an extra $45,600 (as of this afternoon), then eBay can get you an official a fully-restored Ghostbusters 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ecto-1.

Fully-restored Ghostbusters Cadillac Miller Meteor Ecto-1 for sale on eBay

The vehicle is one of the three cars authorized by Sony/MGM: there are two cars used for the movies and this one was built for the Universal Studios Florida theme park (so you don’t have to worry about getting rid of that Dan Aykroyd smell.) Under the hood there is a Chevy 350 engine connected to a turbo 400 transmission, making the car fine for driving around your town, but the 5000 lbs weight (21 feet long and 10 feet tall) will probably ensure you won’t win any races. So all you Bill Murray fans hurry up, the clock is ticking!

Source: eBay

The 2009 Avensis made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show. The Avensis it is in its third generation and comes with new level of superior quality, dynamic handling and refined ride comfort to Toyota’s European flagship.

Toyota Avensis

The new 1.6-litre Valvematic benefits from a brand-new 6-speed manual transmission, which provides a great improvement in shift feeling. The 1.6 Valvematic power has been increased by 20% compared to the previous 1.6 VVT-i – up to 132 DIN hp, with torque up by 10Nm to 160 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The CO2 emission level is reduced by 12% to 152 g/km (sedan body type).

The new 1.8-litre Valvematic offers a choice of a new 6-speed manual transmission or a brand-new Multidrive S transmission, Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission technology. The 1.8 Valvematic power has been increased by 14% compared to the previous 1.8 VVT-i – up to 147 DIN hp, with torque up by 10 Nm to 180 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The CO2 emission level is down by 10% to 154 g/km when combined with the manual transmission version and by 16% to 157 g/km when combined with the Multidrive S transmission (sedan body type).

Toyota Avensis

At the top of the petrol range is the 2.0-litre Valvematic, which also comes with either the 6-speed manual transmission or the brand-new Multidrive S transmission. Its improved performance gives 152 DIN hp, an increase of 3% compared to the 2.0 D-4, and 196 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. The CO2 emission level is down by 15% to 163 g/km when combined with the manual transmission version and by 26% to 164 g/km when combined with the Multidrive S transmission (sedan body type).

Volkswagen will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the cleanest Passat ever and its name says it all: BlueTDI. This is the first from a long list of BlueTDI models.

The combination between the TDi engine and the DSG dual-clutch gearbox helped to reduce fuel consumption by 28%.

The BlueTDI is powered by a 2.0-liter common-rail engine that delivers 143 hp. But despite this big output the new Passat only need 5,5 liters per 100 km (with CO2 Emission of 144 g / km CO2) for the station wagon version and 5.2 l/100 km (139 g / km CO2) for the sedan version.

Both sedan and station wagon version will be available for orders starting beginning of 2009.

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