When it comes to the lifestyle of active women today, the watchword is balance. Job, fitness, shopping, meeting friends and getting around – a car makes everything easier to manage, and preferably one that is as versatile as its owner. This is precisely what designers and engineers had in mind when developing the latest generation Opel Agila.
Mazda unveiled the all-new Mazda2 at the 77th annual Geneva International Motor Show. Mazda2 is the first model of a further developed generation of Mazda automobiles. It enters the growing B-segment, which in Europe has now conquered around 25 percent of the new car market.
The new CLK Coupé is a unique model series within the Mercedes-Benz passenger car portfolio. A fact emphasised by a two-door design – newly developed right down to the finest detail – which exudes both elegance and dynamic progression. Prominent styling elements – such as frameless, fully-lowering side windows that form a continuous band, a classic Mercedes radiator grille with central three-pointed star, the new reinterpretation of the twin-headlamp face and the sweeping curve of the coupé (...)
The sports character demonstrated by the exterior design is continued inside the car, where purity was also the driving element. Racing bucket seats are provided for both occupants. Together with four-point belts that are three inches wide, these offer both driver and passenger excellent support, even in extreme driving situations – on the racetrack, for example. The generous use of aluminum is characteristic of Audi. This starts with the steering wheel which is adorned with a twin-spoke (...)
Successful compromise in roominess and economy Hyundai’s first model in the popular super mini segment With the newly launched GETZ, the South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai is aiming at the European volume market. This is Hyundai’s first appearance in the popular super mini class. This segment accounted for nearly four million car sales in 2001, representing nearly 30% of the passenger car market. Hyundai plans to sell 190.000 GETZ’s on an annual basis, of which more than 50% for Western (...)
Ford’s Dagenham facility is on target for an annual output of 1,000,000 engines thanks to two production landmarks this year.
The wind-powered Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC) is celebrating the successful launch of a new line to produce low-carbon 1.4 and 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel engines – the result of a £130 million investment programme.
Production of the larger engine is now underway, with the 1.4-litre unit to be added in June. These high technology diesel engines power the (...)
Launched at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show to considerable interest, Renault has now confirmed pricing and specification for the first two models in the new Scénic Conquest range, priced £17,945 for the 2.0 VVT 136 and £19,135 for the 1.9 dCi 130. A further two engines will be added in September.
Scénic Conquest has been designed with leisure pursuits and the great outdoors in mind, with the best of both worlds that an SUV (sport utility vehicle) and a compact MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) can (...)
Porsche is raising the price of its 911 and Boxster sports-car series with effect from August 1. The Cayenne models, as presented in February 2007, will not be affected. At the start of the new model year, there will be a 0.5 percent price increase on the Boxster and a 0.4 percent rise on the Boxster S and Cayman S. The Cayman price will remain unchanged.
The cost of the 911 Carrera, GT3, GT3 RS and all-wheel-drive models (excluding the 911 Carrera 4S Convertible) will go up by 1.5 (...)
The new BMW 1 Series goes on sale in Spring 2007 and features a model line up that includes the most fuel efficient production vehicle BMW has ever produced. The introduction of a three-door model and a revised five-door come as a raft of new fuel-saving innovations are rolled out across the range.
Nissan unveiled this week the Murano Stylish Silver Leather Encore. The model features grey leather seating surfaces with aluminum trim bits.
The crossover will be available for Japanese buyers with the silver grille, a feature present only in US variants, and unavailable on any other Japanease Murano. The Stylish Silver package is a popular one that has appeared on a variety of models over time, but Nissan doesn’t give a number for how many numbers will build.
The silver paint is very (...)
Spartanburg, South Carolina will be the next plant to built BMW X3.First launched in January 2004 and refreshed in September of last year,the BMW x3 is assembled in Austria by Magna Steyr, a unit of Canadian car parts giant Magna International.
BMW currently builds Z4 roadsters and X5 SUVs in Spartanburg.The place were now the Z4 roadsters and X5 SUVs are mate will be shared by the X3 with the all new coupe-shaped SUV crossover that some in the motor press have dubbed the X6.
Among endless special edition Mustangs, Ford will finally come with something special, the Bullitt, a reminiscent of the 1968 390 fastback model driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie famous for its high speed chase, Bullitt.
The car will get exterior and interior modifications to give it the Bullitt feel along with improved suspension. The Bullitt-edition it’s going to come in at 312 horses, thanks to the Ford Racing Power Pac. A retuned suspension, strut tower brace, x-pipe, new (...)
730 hp / 537 kW of power, 1,320 Nm of top and a top speed of 340 km/h: With the BRABUS SV12 S Biturbo coupe based on the latest Mercedes CL 600 model BRABUS
presents the world’s fastest and most powerful coupe.
At the heart of this exclusive automobile is the BRABUS SV12 S Biturbo engine. It is based on the turbocharged Mercedes 600 twelve-cylinder engine and represents the most powerful street-legal V12 engine in the world. Installing a special BRABUS crankshaft with longer stroke, (...)
Isdera Commendatore is one of the mysterious supercars of our time. This supercar weighed 1450 kg (3190 lb), had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.7s and a top speed of 342 km/h (212 mph). The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive car was powered by a 408 PS (300 kW/402 hp,) Mercedes-Benz, 48-valve, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The Commendatore has a low, sleek, bullet-shaped design and two gull-wing doors. A velocity-sensitive electronic chassis lowers the car three inches (76 mm) under high speeds to improve handling. The car sold for US$466,000.
2002, the Touareg marked Volkswagen’s powerful way into the field of SUVs. “Even for Abt, the car was absolutely new territory,“ explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. Back then, the managing director of Abt Sportsline did in fact have doubts about the market opportunities of the heavy weight: “But the SUV has become a great success, and meanwhile Touareg and Audi Q7 are among our success stories.” Of course, one reason for this is the fact that the Allgäu-based tuners particularly stress the “S” in “SUV”. Abt (...)
A limited edition 2008 Mustang is just the thing to rev up Ford’s Warriors in Pink campaign to fight breast cancer this year.
The special Mustang is the first-ever Ford vehicle designed exclusively to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working to save lives. In celebration of Komen’s 25th anniversary, Ford will donate $250 for every package purchased.
The car will be revealed this weekend (May 11) as part (...)
Within seven months Land Rover will make a major step in becoming more environmentally friendly.The maker will present this year a more advanced evolution of the Land-E concept from the last year Geneva Motor Show.The company employs specialist hybrid-electric technicians and previewed hybrid technology in the Land-E to move the system in a driveable prototype.
The hybrud system must be applicable to the entire Land Rover range including the Range Rover, and must produce a 30 per cent (...)
Hyundai wish to be one of the world’s top five automakers by the end of the decade.To reach such an ambitious goal the South Korean carmaker will launch a new line of premium RWD vehicles with V8 engines and also an ultra-budget vehicle.
The low-cost model is in development and is aimed at rivals such as Renault’s Logan, said one of Hyundai’s top executives.Hyundai’s Vice Chairman Kim Dong-jin told at a recent event in Seoul that the development is under way to produce an ultra-cheap car. (...)
Celebrities from the world of film and television are crewing the Audi Tradition models taking part in the 25th Mille Miglia in Italy (17 to 19 May). During the world’s fastest classic car rally, TV show host Thomas Gottschalk will be sitting alongside Audi Board Member for Sales Ralph Weyler in a Wanderer W 25 K. In another model of the same type, actor Thomas Heinze and Volkswagen’s Head of Communications Stephan Grühsem will make an assault on the race’s 1,000 miles. Finally, Karl-Friedrich (...)
In 1997 Lotus unveiled the Lotus Elise GT1 Type 115, a derivative of the Lotus Elise powered by the 3.5 litre eight-cylinder engine from the Lotus Esprit V8. A Hewland six-speed sequential gear box helped transfer the 580 horsepower to the rear wheels. The body is carbon-fibre and the chassis is an aluminum unit borrowed from the Elise. Ventilated disc brakes were fitted on all four-corners. The vehicle could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 3.8 seconds and top speed was achieved at (...)
After successfully completing the homologation process for GT4 European Cup and FIA GT3 competition, the Mustang FR500C and Mustang FR500GT made their competition debuts this past weekend at Silverstone in Great Britain with the FR500C racing to victory.
The Multimatic-entered Mustang FR500C won the inaugural GT4 European Cup race on Sunday in the hands of driver Gunnar Jeannette, while a TopSpeed-entered FR500GT driven by Kenneth Heyer and Eric De Doncker finished 29 th in GT3.
“We are (...)
Volkswagen has officially entered two Volkswagen Motorsport Dakar Rally vehicles in this year’s running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 1-3, 2007.
This will be the first race for the Race Touareg 2 vehicles in North America, and also marks the first ever Volkswagen factory racing entry in the legendary SCORE desert series racing.
The Volkswagen team will feature an international cast of Volkswagen works drivers ready to tackle the challenging terrain of the Baja peninsula.
Designed by famed automotive engineering company Italdesign, home of Giorgetto Giugiaro, and features a similar frontal design of a BMW, the BMW Nazca C2 or Italdesign Nazca C2, was 1992 a concept sports car which premiered at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show.
Two car was equipped with the 5.0 L V 12 engine from BMW and produced 350bhp. The Ital Design Nazca project is still one of the best remembered concept cars from Ital Design and Giugiaro. Originally it was speculated that the Nazca might (...)
The first online auction of Ferrari memorabilia, comprising much-sought-after original Ferrari F1 components, takes place at www.FerrariStore.com today, May 10th from 3.00 PM.
A total of five items will go under the hammer in this first extraordinary sale. Most of the lots will be components from World Championship-winning F1 cars. The sale list comprises: the front wing with side plates from the F2004 World Championship-winning car, the rear wing side plate and the closed aerodynamic (...)
Next generation Tiburon Coupe was caught under testing. Hyundai’s coupe will arrive next year as a 2009 model. Some of the lines of the HCD8 Sports Tourer concept, which debuted at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, will be present on the new sports car but with the proportions of the current model.
The new model will use an all-new platform, like all the BH variants, will be available with RWD configuration.Tiburon will be available with Hyundai’s new Tau V8 that’s capable of producing well over (...)
These are the last pictures with the upcoming mid-sedan from Saab.The maker is preparing a facelift for the 9-3, with design elements from the Aero-X Concept. The new 9-3 will compete with models like Audi A4, Volvo S40, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The 2008 9-3 will debut before Saab’s 60th birthday, probably at Frankfurt Motor Show.
The 2008 9-3 will get a new front end with a bigger and more aggressive grille with one huge center section flanked by two smaller air-intakes left and (...)
This year’s edition of the Mille Miglia celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first legendary Brescia-Rome-Brescia road race. The event will be held from the 17th to the 20th of May and will see the participation of the Ferrari 315 S with which Piero Taruffi won the last race in 1957. The car will be driven by Piero Taruffi’s daughter, Prisca, journalist and a racing driver in her own right.
"To drive the same car my father drove 50 years ago," commented Prisca Taruffi, "is a (...)
Unveiled in January 1995, at the Detroit Auto Show as "the world’s mightiest supercar", the Ford GT90 was a concept car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Claimed performance included a top speed close to 250 mph (402 km/h) from a 720 hp (537 kW) quad-turbocharged V12 engine.
The mid-engined car was a spiritual successor to the Ford GT40, taking from it some styling cues, such as doors that cut into the roofline, but little else. All angles and glass, the Ford GT90 was the (...)
At the Paris Autoshow in 1994, Matra and Renault Sport presented the Espace-F1 to the public. This car is a one-off showstopper, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Espace (and of Renault in Formula-1).
It has a 3500 cc 40-Valve V10 engine, who produces a massive 800 BHP/ 597 kW. That is 228.6 BHP per liter. The Espace F1 weighs 1300 kg, is 443 cm long and 205 cm wide.
It was based on a V10-powered Williams Formula 1 racing car with an Espace J63 body reinforced with lightweight (...)
The Leblanc philosophy
Wysstec (the producer of leblanc cars) is only using the newest technology and material to build very light and powerful cars.
The layout of carbonfiber monocoques are made to both fulfil high rigidity and security, also the bodywork is made with this lightweight and stiff material.
Other parts of the chassis are made with titanium or magnesium.
Leblanc Caroline The supercar Leblanc Caroline GTR is a real racing car, which can also be driven on public roads.
Land Rover today passed a historic milestone when the four millionth vehicle rolled off the production line, 59 years after production began at the company’s factory in Solihull.
The car, a Discovery 3, was donated to the Born Free Foundation, a charity dedicated to wildlife conservation and animal welfare. It was collected by the actress Joanna Lumley, Born Free’s Founder patron, and will become a ‘Rapid Response Rescue’ vehicle for deployment across the UK and Europe.
Will Travers, Born (...)
The International Engine of the Year Awards feature 11 Awards categories plus the coveted prize of International Engine of the Year.
Having already introduced twin-turbos to great acclaim on the 3-litre diesel found in the 335d, 535d and X3, BMW has now developed the technology for petrol power. And the 62 judges from 30 countries decided that the finest powertrain introduced in the past 12 months was the 2,979cc twin-turbo engine that made its debut in the BMW 335i.
BMW is proud of the (...)
The Chevrolet SS will debut in the middle of 2008 as a 2009 model and will be priced around $100,000. The Blue Devil comes as a direct response at the Dodge Viper unveiled at Detroit Auto Show. The Blue Devil will also compete with Porsche 911 Turbo and Ferrari’s next F430 Challenge Stradale.
General Motors said that the Blue Devil will "surp the Viper’s newly won pole position in the race for the title of most powerful U.S. sports car". The Blue Devil will confirm that Corvette is (...)
Volkswagen is introducing a new Golf to the worldwide market: The “Variant” that is as spacious as it is variable. On June 1, dealers will be presenting the model in Germany; all other countries and continents will follow successively. The new Variant – like the classic Golf and the Golf Plus (including CrossGolf) – is already in its third single remake of the successful “Golf” album.
Honda Australia has announced that the high-revving Civic Type R hot hatch will be sold in Australia from the middle of this year.
The “Red-H”-badged three-door hatchback has a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine with a peak output of 148kW at a dizzying 7800 rpm paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Completing the package, 18-inch alloy wheels ride on low profile “licorice strap” 225/40 tyres.
In keeping with the "Raw-fined" motto of the designers, the Civic Type R matches its (...)
Developed in cooperation with Stillwater Designs, Mopar; Performance Parts announced the availability of exclusive OEM-engineered Kicker; audio system upgrade kits for Chrysler, Jeep(r) and Dodge vehicles. Mopar is the Chrysler Group’s original equipment parts manufacturer.
The Mopar/Kicker audio system upgrade kits – the highest-output system from an OEM – deliver enhanced clarity and add power, weight, realism, detail, depth and impact to the sound. The kits pack from 400 to 768 watts of (...)
The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series based on the Official F1™ Safety Car – the high-performance AMG vehicle that has been providing Formula One safety since 2006. The coupe, optimized for the racing circuit, is powered by an AMG 6.3-liter V8 with its performance boosted to 373 kW/507 hp and 630 Newton meters of torque. Top-rank handling is assured by the sophisticated AMG threaded suspension with 19-inch AMG forged wheels, new steering and the generously dimensioned AMG high-performance brake system with its composite disks. Visually, too, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series clearly shows its descent from the Official F1™ Safety Car: its striking front apron with large cooling intakes, flared wheel arches, diffusor-type rear apron and carbon-fiber airflow breakaway edge, all demonstrate the car’s sporting and pur sang pedigree.
The Volvo S80 is now available with the six-cylinder, 285 hp T6 performance engine with All Wheel Drive that was first introduced in the all-new Volvo V70 in March 2007. Another new power train combination for the S80 is the 185 D5 turbo diesel with AWD.
"The T6 engine adds an extra dimension to the S80 engine range," says Hans Wikman, Vice President Vehicle Line Large Cars at Volvo Cars. "The engine has been programmed to provide the highest possible performance with the (...)
Stunning design and innovative technology take center stage in the new Chrysler brand TV and print ads, which break on May 8, featuring the new theme line “Engineered Beautifully.”
“More than 80 percent of the Chrysler brand product portfolio is all-new or refreshed in the last 12 months with the recent introduction of the all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible and the debut of the all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country later this year,” said David Rooney, Director – Chrysler Marketing (...)
GMG is a full service performance tuning/race prep facility that offers factory level service and maintenance for cars that have been modified and can no longer be serviced at the dealership,
The tuning background stems from over 10 years of professional racing experience and modifying street cars for optimum performance, both on the street and track.
GMG utilizes the latest factory diagnostic and service equipment when working on your vehicle. They use state-of-the-art tuning and (...)
Quattro GmbH is further enhancing the visual attractiveness of the Audi RS 4 with two new equipment packages for the sports saloon and the Avant. The Black Audi exclusive and White Audi exclusive styling packages offer sophisticated optional extras.
The two paint finishes, Phantom Black, pearl effect and Ibis White, ensure a striking exterior design for the V8 models. The Black styling packages and the White styling package with an ibis white single-frame grille provide the quattro models (...)
When working to help the environment, it’s often the small changes that can make a big difference. That’s the theory used by Vauxhall engineers who have managed to optimise the Corsa CDTi’s engine to save the planet from hundreds of thousands of tons of C02 emissions - and collective Corsa owners from hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax.
The revised 1.3CDTi 75PS engine, which is on sale now, sees emissions drop from 124g/km to 119g/km. This might seem like a small step, but it has great (...)
Under the Renault Commitment 2009, New Laguna - developed with the most stringent quality requirements – is committed to ranking in the top 3 in its segment in terms of product and service quality.
As of today, New Laguna reveals some of the elements reflecting the work carried out in terms of perceived quality, with particular attention paid to the quality of materials used and the standard of fit and finish in the cabin.
Elegant lines and performance levels place New Laguna fairly and (...)
There are cars that defy time, fabulous in all the locations. You can image 360 Challenge Stradale some 50 years ago in front of Enzo’s house, or you can image the same beauty near an F1 car of our times. Enzo once said that a car don’t have to be beautiful, if will win the race will become one. Well, the 360 CS is exactly different. It can loose all the races and make the winners to look like a (...)
Its name stems from a combination of the two syllables ‘I’ and ‘go’, to symbolise freedom and mobility. The AYGO has been designed to offer independence for a new European generation. This refers to the type of active and urban individual who likes to just get up and go, taking full advantage of an environment where borders and distances are practically non-existent. Plus, it offers a quality superior to any other car in the sub-B segment. In short, the AYGO is about easy, yet dynamic, urban (...)
BMW has announced details of the revised 5 Series Saloon and Touring range . From its launch in 2003, the E60 5 Series delivered year-on-year sales records and received numerous accolades. The new 5 Series is set to build on that success with more performance, efficiency, practicality and owner appeal. Offering new engine technology to increase performance yet improve economy by up to 25 per cent, and class-leading comfort-focused equipment such as Lane Departure Warning System, the new 5 Series is set to remain the benchmark Executive car.
This autumn Britain’s favourite sports saloon, the BMW 3-series could receive green engine technology that can improve fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions by over 15 per cent.
A suite of engine add-ons and equipment upgrades known as ‘mild hybrids’ will be fitted on all the four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines sold by BMW.
These technologies further improve the internal combustion engine without the drawbacks suffered by other green technologies.
With 17 per cent more power (...)
2008 Ford Shelby GT Mustang takes top prize for "Car of the Year" in the 2007 Writer’s Choice Awards. 66 vehicles from various manufacturers competed for top honors at the TAWA Spring Challenge.
Shelby and Mustang - Unbeatable at the 2007 TAWA Spring Challenge
Ford and Shelby once again proved to be a winning combination when TAWA announced the winner of the 2007 Spring Challenge. The 2008 Shelby GT Mustang was challenged by over 66 different models from all manufactures (...)
Ferrari is proud to announce that it has been voted Best Place to Work in Europe 2007 by the Great Place to Work Institute, having already won the Italian title. This award is a powerful endorsement of the enormous organisational and financial commitment made by the company in recent years to providing its employees with the best possible working conditions and to encouraging personal and professional growth.
Over a thousand companies throughout Europe participated in the survey which (...)
The Toyota Avalon has become the standard bearer for full-size sedans by combining outstanding room and comfort with sport sedan performance and admirable fuel efficiency – including an EPA-estimated highway mileage rating of 31 mpg.
The Avalon is offered in four grades, the standard XL, the sporty Touring, the extremely well-equipped XLS and the top-of-the-line Limited, which compares well to near-luxury models for comfort and amenities. For 2007, the Touring trim level offers an optional (...)
GM may resume development of a range of RWD large cars.The plans were put on hold last month following fears that the Bush administration would raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards.To raise was by 4% a year on the original proposal. So fleets would have to average 34mpg by 2017 – 30% higher than today’s levels.
Bob Lutz, GM Vice Chairman has revealed that development will resume, even the cars will have to feature more fuel-efficient engine options. “I think we’ll wind up (...)
Scion recently unveiled the all-new 2008 xB urban utility vehicle at a press conference at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The xB was first introduced in early 2003 for the 2004 model year and its boxy shape became iconic to the Scion brand.
"No one in the automotive industry is as hard-wire-connected to its owners as is Scion, and the 2008 xB is a perfect example," said Mark Templin, Scion vice president. "We’ve stated in the past that we’ll probably always have a box in the (...)
Volvo Car Corporation’s Online Global Hunt for Sunken Treasure - with $50,000 in Gold and Key to a new Volvo - Launches May 4 in 22 countries.
Volvo Cars has literally has gone overboard in the second year of its partnership with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, and has sunk a chest filled with $50,000s worth of gold doubloons plus the key to a brand new Volvo to the ocean depths, "Somewhere in the World." Anyone hardy enough to try and find it can take part in (...)
Toyota will finally become a member of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. The announcement will be held later this week.
ACEA has previously rejected Toyota’s bid to become an ACEA member, but declined to say why the carmaker was not allowed to join the association.
and sale cars in Europe finishing in the 8th place overall in Europe in 2006 with 866.831 units, above BMW Group (793.077 units) and under DaimlerChrysler (922.461 units).
Several European (...)
Clio TomTom offers a TomTom ONE GB portable satellite navigation system worth £179 as standard and is available in three-door only. The Clio TomTom is well-suited to the style-conscious who also want comfort and practicality, as well as the latest technological advances.
TomTom, European market leader and the world’s largest navigation solutions provider, was Renault’s natural partnership choice for the special navigation edition of Clio. The system itself, TomTom ONE is the world’s (...)
On display for the first time at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, Scénic Conquest is a car designed with leisure pursuits and the great outdoors in mind. Its bold styling resembles that of an off-roader. Its chassis has been adapted to suit a wide range of conditions – it has greater ground clearance than a standard Scénic and the suspension has been strengthened. Scénic Conquest is available with two powerplants, the 2.0 16V 135hp petrol engine and 1.9 dCi 130hp diesel (available with and without (...)
As if Renault’s ever popular chic supermini, Clio didn’t already offer the perfect range line-up, customers are now set to benefit even further from more choice with three new versions added to the list.
In three-door form, the Clio will now offer nine trim levels in its impressive line-up, with prices ranging from £7,485 for the entry-level Freeway 1.2 16V 75 to £13,480 for the Dynamique SX dCi 106 with air conditioning.
The nine trims available to order now in three-door are Freeway, (...)
The wreck is all that remains form a Lotus Elise. After an accident on Bee Caves Road the driver of this sports car, Jack Griffith was killed. The speedometer frees at close to 120 mph, so the speed was more than this. The construction of the Elsie enables to obtain low weight, and very good performances. But the construction with the aluminum and the size of the car couldn’t keep with the safety in case of an accident at such speeds. The car just disintegrates with all the pieces fling (...)
Audi is extending its highest-volume model series, the Audi A4, adding two new, particularly efficient models. With an output of 115 bhp, the A4 1.9 TDI e, available as a saloon and as an Avant, offers powerful propulsion and high efficiency. The A4 1.9 TDI e accelerates to 100 km/h in just 11.2 seconds and on up to a maximum speed of 201 km/h, which makes its fuel consumption data all the most astonishing. Indeed, the A4 1.9 TDI e saloon with a manual 6-speed gearbox requires just 5.2 (...)
This is a movie form ’67 about the world of cars. It use the method named stop-moving, which consist of generating movement from static scenes, funny parody of the cars and their drivers.A wonderfully imaginative stop-action live movie about aggressive driving.This is still valid in today’s modern age of road rage!
Steeda Autosports President Dario Orlando chose the 2007 Camp Steeda / SVT Owners Association Open Track Event at the famed Sebring International Raceway for the world debut of the new Steeda GT500. Steeda Autosports took the fine platform that Ford Motor Company’s SVT Team developed and performed that special Steeda magic to further transform the stallion into an all out performance vehicle – perfect for the discerning performance enthusiast who wants only the very best in engineering and (...)
Ford may launch a small-capacity petrol turbo engine instead of the 2.0 and 2.3-litre four-cylinder engines just launched in the new Mondeo.
“We can get similar power, torque and performance with much reduced carbon dioxide emissions,” said Jens Ludmann, Ford’s head of development.
The 128bhp 2.0-litre and the new 158bhp 2.3-litre will probable be replaced by a 1,6 turbo in the next couple of years. “We have learned from the old Mondeo that you need to keep bringing in something new every (...)
This is a real car, not a silly toy for the little girls that like to play with cars and not with dolls. In fact this is more like a car for a women who still loves her puppets. First of all the mix of many pink nuances and chrome parts is unforgivable. But this is not the ugliest part of all. So please don’t open the door because the inside looks like it comes from a kindergarten where just the girls are allowed. If you remember the Hummer begin life as a mean and bad machine for the Army. (...)
Combining the interior space of an executive saloon with the agility of a conventional small hatchback, Nissan’s unconventional NOTE is designed to appeal to the head and the heart.
Emotional and practical appeal NOTE, developed from the Tone show car shown at the 2004 Paris motor show, has been designed to appeal on both emotional and practical levels. As well as having the roomiest interior in its class – and a wealth of innovative storage opportunities – NOTE is also fun to drive.
GABO photographed the new coupé in Italy – even before its world premiere. It all happened under strict confidentiality. Always in line with the motto: nobody sees the car apart from the camera. And of course the principal characters in the story, a love story: Natalia Wörner and Robert Seeliger. What emerged was a road movie about cars, food, design, fashion, architecture and Italian life. In Verona, Audi is presenting the A5 and the impressive photos of the coupé to the world’s media. The (...)
Rinspeed has supped-up the latest 997 Turbo with more power and distinct look. Rinpeed’s 911 Turbo “Le Mans” receives two special VTG turbo chargers, a new Carbon air intake ram-air system with sport air filters, improved intercoolers as well as a high performance exhaust system with metal catalytic converters.
The "Le Mans" front skirt with integrated Carbon splitters appears eye-catching and produces a higher aerodynamic down force at the front axle. This increase (...)
Saturday 28 April, the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit was host of a unique event. For the first time after 31 years an F1 car raced across the 12,5 miles of the legendary circuit. The BMW f1.06 was derived by Nick Heidfeld in front of 45,000 fans.
The goal of the BMW team was not to beat the lap record set by Stefan Bellof in 1983 (6min11.13s), but to give a homage for the fans and for the circuit. So the BMW car was equipped with special tires and short transmission. Heidfeld made three (...)
During this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota may ad a new model to its lineup, a new 3000mm-long microcar. The car will slot in below the Aygo, the smallest vehicle in the automaker’s European lineup and will be known as the Endo.
The styling will be similar to the concept that debuted at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show.. It has room for three adults plus a child. The seating arrangement of the SMART-competitor will be unconventional, with a 3+1 setup that will seat three adults, along with (...)
A passenger car with SUV attributes, QASHQAI really does bring unique qualities to one of the most conservative sectors of the new car market.Its distinctive styling is a marriage of the sleek shape of a passenger car with the strength of a 4x4 to create something fresh and different in the new car market.The advert that promotes the model couldn’t be less original.
Toyota and Subaru have swapped more than 100 engineers in order to explore possible synergies between the two auto makers. Toyota sent about 100-150 over to Subaru and vice versa, a couple months after Toyota purchased a stake in Fuji. The alliance also has opened doors for other opportunities, such as technology swapping, so Subaru may adapt Toyota’s hybrid technology for use in one of its vehicles.
“That exchange started a couple months after the agreement was reached for Toyota to invest (...)
The new MINI Clubman wagon will be debuting in September in Frankfurt, while the U.S. version should be shown in Detroit next year.
The car will be going on sale in Europe in early 2008, in exclusive colors, including Java Grey, Sand Glow and Hot Chocolate. The Clubman will launch with several unique exterior and interior colors. Inside we’ll see several unique seating options as well as new trim.
The wheelbase will be lengthened by 80mm, while the rear overhang grows an additional (...)
From its earliest days, Alfa Romeo has displayed an instinct for Gran Turismo.It’s a form of automotive alchemy. combining style with perfomrance in equal measure.Cars that stir the soul at first glance, both rewarding to drive and to own.
The stylish and distinctive Alfa GT gets its sporty soul brought to the surface.Alfa Romeo announced the launch of the Blackline limited edition on the Alfa GT.
Latest of the line is the Alfa GT Black Limited Edition.Combining a unique specification, (...)
Get comfortable. There’s so much new and exciting with the 2008 Corvette that you’ll want to grab a hot drink, sidle up to your computer screen and absorb all the details.
The changes involve everything from an all-new, larger and more powerful V-8 engine to refinements in driving characteristics that solidify the Corvette’s position as the preeminent American sports car – and further the argument that it is one of the world’s best. There are also a host of exterior and interior refinements (...)
The next generation Mercedes C-class AMG will be available in C 63 AMG version. The top model of the mid-size sedan will use the firm’s sophisticated 6.3-litre V8, capable of pumping a massive 520 bhp .But for the compact saloon will provide around 420bhp.With this power the future AMG version will be 10 per cent over today’s model, and in line with BMW’s new M3.
Caught testing on Germany’s infamous Nürburgring, it’s Mercedes’ answer to the 2007 Audi RS4, which is already on sale, and the (...)
Mazda Motor Corporation confidently heads into the 74th
Geneva International Motor Show with the world debut of its newest concept vehicle, the Mazda MX-Flexa. Mazda’s fifth concept vehicle presented in the past six months, it demonstrates one possible direction Mazda could take for a future space wagon.
“It’s not by chance we chose the Geneva show to launch this important concept,” said Stephen Odell, Mazda’s Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of global Sales, Marketing and Customer (...)
Volkswagen announced that it is considered among the "Top 12 Most-Respected Generation Y brands" according to a recent study by Outlaw Consulting, a San Francisco-based research firm that follows the habits of 21- to 27-year-olds.
The list is published in the April 19 issue of Women’s Wear Daily.
The list, reports that Generation Y knows about being fashionable yet economical, considers itself interesting yet simple and views Volkswagen as a top trendsetting brand.
In a (...)
The New Ypsilon, recently introduced to the world at the 63rd International Venice Film Festival, marks the first step towards the future for Lancia. It is designed for demanding customers who are in a continuous quest for unique products. It has reinvented itself by building on an exterior look much appreciated by European motorists and an underlying nature that relies on innate good looks and style. The model has also evolved to offer more performance, more technology and more (...)
Two of the ex-employees of the Ferrari F1 team were fount guilty for industrial espionage, by a court from Modena. Mauro Iacconi and Angelo Santini were send to jail, first with a year and four months of punishment and the other with nine months, for providing confidential information from Ferrari to Toyota.
They sign with Toyota after working for Ferrari and provide industrial secrets for the Japanese team. After the case was made public, both employees were fired from Toyota.Santini was (...)
This summer on the island of Mainau on Lake Constance is set to be a summer of internationally renowned art and culture. Stefan Szczesny is transforming this island of flowers into a total work of art, with “The island of Mainau: Szczesny 2007 – The dream of an earthly paradise” as its motto. Top events such as the Royal Dinner held by the Mentor Foundation International are among the social highlights which will be taking place into the autumn. AUDI AG, which enjoys a tradition of strong (...)
The Altea XL has been the most recent model to join the SEAT range, and it is also the first model equipped with the totally new 160 hp 1.8 TFSI engine.
This new and enhanced 1.8 litre engine uses turbo-charged petrol direct injection technology that has been tried and tested on other SEAT engines.
The more compact engine block takes up less space in the engine bay, and the new counter-rotating shaft arrangement results in reduced vibrations for lower noise levels.
The 1.8 TFSI also sets (...)
Aston Martin may challenge Ferrari building its first mid-engined supercar. That is possible after Ford’s sale of the British sports-car maker to a consortium led by Prodrive’s David Richards.
“Aston has to look at some of the things that are being done by our competitors, like the Audi R8 and the Japanese brands. We believe we can expand quite considerably.”, Richards said.
So Aston will add a range-topping, mid-engined supercar, which is an obvious gap in the company’s lineup.A mid-engined (...)
The Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range is a clear expression of the sporty and multi-dynamic appeal of the Saab brand. Distinctive styling and strong turbocharged performance are combined with outstanding ride comfort, responsive handling and class-leading levels of safety.
Positioned in the upper medium segment of the premium car sector, the Saab 9-5 range provides a more individual, self-expressive choice in a marketplace crowded with more commonplace competitors, such as the BMW (...)
In the first quarter of the year Toyota’s global sales rose up 9% to 2.350.000 units compared with 2.260.000 units for GM (3% rise in sales). Toyota has overtaken General Motors to become the world’s number one car company in terms of sales for the first three months of the year.
So Toyota will most probably manage to top GM at the end of the year as the worlds largest car manufacture.Toyota’s sales includes cars sold under its Lexus and Scion brands, as well as vehicles from Daihatsu and (...)
The US will receive the newly designed Fiat 500.The new mini will be launched on the 4th July. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat CEO said “Sooner or later it is a possibility that the 500 will arrive on the American market, but it will not happen now, probably after 2010.”Marchionne also said that the expected production for the next two years is already sold out.
The targets for the Fiat 500 currently stand at 58,000 for this year and 120,000 in 2008, while the recently launched Fiat Bravo, has (...)
BMW was presented with two 2007 "Most Wanted" awards from Edmunds.com, the internet resource for consumer automotive information. The 2007 3 Series won for "Editors’ Most Wanted" sedan under $35,000, while the 2007 5 Series was recognized as the "Editors’ Most Wanted" sedan under $60,000.
The Edmunds editors, in announcing the 9th annual "Editors’ Most Wanted" awards, said, "We eat, breathe and dream automobiles, and in many instances, this love (...)
Toyota has worked some motor sport magic on its legendary Hilux pick-up to create a special concept that’s big on both looks and performance.
The muscular Hilux Sport Concept will make its debut as a central attraction on the Toyota stand at the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Show.
The team at Toyota (GB) has created the pick-up as a one-off special and it is the first LCV-based concept to be shown by Toyota in the UK. The 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has a Toyota Motorsport power upgrade that (...)
Spicy colours, extra equipment and a new engine for Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak will make this a special edition not to be missed at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. Already known for strong pulling power and car-like comfort, the new Ranger Wildtrak adds further style and capabilities to the range.
This latest model has rear box rail extensions, a stylish, aerodynamic sports bar, lower sports cladding and tail lamp protectors to enhance its appearance. Side intake ’gills’ add to the visual (...)
Carlos Ghosn Renault-Nissan Chief Executive is betting that a really cheap car is under $3,000. He was already talking up the industry’s next challenge at a plant-opening ceremony in India. A future model that would sport a sticker price as low as $2,500—about 40% less than the least expensive subcompact currently on the market.
The world’s automakers have abruptly shifted into reverse, after years of making their mass-market cars more expensive.With stagnant growth in most of the markets, (...)
The historic record realized by Peugeot with the 205, with 5 278 000 exemplary products between 1983 and 1998, has just been beaten by the 206.
Launched in September 1998, the Peugeot 206 attained six millions exemplary products, at the end of April, on the Wuhan plant in China, where she is made, since January 2006, in his version sedan 5-doors. The six millionth 206 Was a 206 S, equipped with a 1.6l petrol engine.
Less than ten years after his commercial launch, the 206 beats the record (...)
Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One boss, decided to purchase a controlling stake in Turkey’s Istanbul Park. The circuit is contracted to host formula one racing well into the future, but it is believed that Bernie is in Turkey this weekend to assess whether to pen a deal to stay on the MotoGP calendar in 2008 and beyond.
Supposedly paying close to $180 million for an interest in the circuit, this recent acquisition brings the total number of tracks owned by the Andy Warhol look-alike to two – (...)
VW’s best selling model, the VW GOlf V, will not be replaced next spring as originally planned. This was afirmed by Ulrich Hackenburg, head of development for VW, during an interview at the Shanghai Show.
"The current Golf is still selling well and that there’s no time-pressure to replace it", said Hackenburg.Martin Winterkorn, VW new boss, has postponed the 2008 Geneva Show premiere of the Golf VI as he was not pleased at all with the car’s appearance and ordered a complete (...)
The brand with the four rings has recorded a five-fold success at the presentation of the Fleet Awards 2007. The Audi A3, Audi A6, Audi A8 and Audi Q7 gained first place in their respective categories. The Audi A4 rounded off the results with a highly respectable second place. Armin Villinger, Head of Sales to Key Accounts for Germany at AUDI AG, commented: "These outstanding results demonstrate that our model range puts us in a position from which we can continue to satisfy the needs (...)
You can see in this video the Porsche 936 on the Mulsanne straightaway reaching almost 400 km/h(or almost 250mph).
Mulsanne is the famous straightaway on the Circuit de la Sarthe that is used in the sports car endurance race 24 Hours of Le Mans. Originally a 5km straight, it was reduced into 3 sections with two chicanes to reduce the dangerous 250mph speeds for the 1990 endurance race.
This is Porsche 936, a racing car introduced in 1976 by Porsche to race in Le Mans.From 1976 to 1981, (...)
While the automobile market in both Europe and Germany has grown only slightly or even stagnated for a number of years, new registrations in the compact van segment have continuously increased. From 1999 to 2004, the compact vans’ share of the passenger car market in Europe climbed from 2.4 percent to more than seven percent. Forecasts predict further growth and levels of over ten percent in the year 2010. If the Meriva compact van segment is added, experts predict a share of the overall (...)
Ferrari is displaying both sides of its character to harmonious and complementary effect at the Auto Shanghai 2007. Its thoroughbred sporty side is represented by the limited edition Ferrari car FXX and the F430, developed using the F1 technology, while the enhanced version of 612 Scaglietti represents its technologically advanced GT side. On the stand, there is also the 599 GTB Fiorano, the latest arrival from the Prancing Horse and a stunning link between its Sport and GT sides.
All of (...)
Audi will be unveiling an innovative entertainment system for rear-seat passengers in the A6L at the Shanghai Auto Show (20 – 27 April 2007). Two 10.2-inch monitors are fitted on the backs of the front seats. The DVD player integrated in the centre armrest also includes connections for a games console, iPod and digital camera. Together with the TV tuner, the system transforms the luxury-class saloon into a mobile film theatre. Sound can be relayed via either the on-board speakers or (...)