station wagon

station wagon

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

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.

Audi will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the 2009 S4, both sedan and station wagon version. The two models will go on sale in March 2009.

Both models are powered by a completely redesigned engine: the 3.0 TFSI, the newest member of the Audi V-engine family. The V6 generates its power from a displacement of 2,995 cc, is equipped with a supercharger, and delivers 333 hp. The sedan sprints to100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, and the Avant in 5.2 seconds: they both have an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

Audi S4

The 3.0 TFSI delivers its maximum 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) at 2,500 rpm and maintains this constantly until 4,850 rpm. In fourth gear, the vehicle accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. Thanks to the extremely short gas paths, the sonorous, supercharged V6 responds spontaneously to the throttle, even more so than a naturally aspirated engine of the same displacement.

Audi S4

Furthermore, the new 3.0 TFSI achieves exemplary fuel efficiency. On average, the sedan uses 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.25 US mpg), and the Avant 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.76 US mpg) – an improvement of 3.4 liters (26 percent) compared with its predecessor.

Press release after the jump.

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The Ford Mondeo is one of those ultra-sleek sedans that we all hope will be part of the cars that Ford will bring over from Europe. The Ford Mondeo Combi is a family car that doesn’t need a tuning kit or any improvement. Still, this didn’t stop Rieger Tuning, in cooperation with SG-Design, created a new look for the vehicle. The new kit consists in a front lip spoiler, new side sills, a roof spoiler and a new rear spoiler featuring a 4-pipe exhaust system with integrated carbon fiber air diffuser.

Ford Mondeo Combi by Rieger Tuning

For better stability a new KW suspension kit was installed as well as a new set of 19 inch alloy wheels. Price of the kit: €2860.


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