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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2012 Mitsubishi I (aka i-MiEV)

Japanese kei-car Mitsubishi i, equipped with a 660-cc gasoline engine, has entered the market five years ago. Subsequently, on the platform was built by German subcompact Smart ForTwo. But thanks to the clever arrangement and spaced at the corners Body Wheels "Japanese" had a significantly higher base than the "German" (2,55 m), allowing you to comfortably accommodate four riders in the cabin. Inside was narrowish, but the person Height 180 cm, without moving the driver's seat, easy to sit down is called "man for himself."

Few people know that the name «i» is derived from the Japanese character "ai" meaning "love." And now, when it took the name for the electric version of the hatchback «i», to the love added acronym formed from the Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle, and it came i-MiEV.

Nissan Ellure Concept

Once Nissan showed Murano CrossCabriolet, today was the turn to be presented Ellure Concept Auto Show in Los Angeles. The conceptual model shows how to develop the company's sedans in the future. Japanese offer an interesting design with an aggressive line, then the silhouette of a coupe with four doors.
The prototype Nissan Ellure Concept is equipped with 2.5-liter gasoline engine with a mechanical compressor. He works with electric, which adds another 25 Kw with variable transmission Xtronic. The batteries of electric load driving and braking energy by regeneration.

2012 Infiniti M35h

Infiniti will also have a stand at the Paris Motor Show and will present in addition to the standard version of the new Infiniti M and its hybrid version.

Namely, in addition to the petrol 3.7 V6 235kW with 320k.s. and 360 Nm of torque (model Infiniti M37) and 3.0 V6 diesel, which is 175kW/238 hp 550 Nm (in model Infiniti M), for Japanese and European customers in the spring of 2011 will be available and hybrid M35h.
Briefly, M35h combined 3.5 liters V6 petrol engine with a horsepower 225kW/306 and 350 Nm electric motor hp 50kW/68 and lithium-ion batteries. According to factory regulations of 100 km M35h consumes 7.3 liters of fuel, emits 170 grams of CO2 per km and reaches 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km / h.

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Kia Motors Corporation unveiled a hybrid version of the Optima sedan at the show in Los Angeles. It opens to the public tomorrow, and today is the day for journalists. So far the car has been developed for the U.S. market. Sales will begin next year. Optima Hybrid operates with a parallel system through which accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 9.2 seconds and top speed is 195 km / h.
The model is equipped with 2.4-liter gasoline engine combined with a small electric motor. Power unit with an internal combustion driven front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission without a traditional torque converter.
Between the two engines mounted a special connector that allows the gasoline engine to be interrupted by the wall so that the car is moving in the regime of zero emissions. The configuration of the entire system does not require a large electric motor and generator, so they saved weight by weight of Optima, and this reduces her price
At speeds above 100 km / h hybrid starter-generator activates petrol power plant.
During full-speed electric motor acts as an auxiliary motor. When the vehicle stops for more than a few seconds, the combustion engine switches off automatically. When braking the electric motor converts kinetic energy into electrical energy that builds up in batteries. They developed in close collaboration with LG Chem. With up to 30% lighter than nickel-metal-hybrid and occupy 40% less space than them. Charge reserve for 25% longer. There is no need to change the package of batteries Optima, because his life is ten years or 240 thousand km.
The motor has an output of 40.7 hp and torque of 205 Nm between 0-1400 rpm, a petrol engine with 166 hp respectively and 209 Nm. In combined mode the system is capable of producing 209 hp and 265 Nm.

Buick LaCrosse eAssist

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist uses new technology to General Motors - eAssist, which helps reduce fuel consumption by a full-sized sedan compared to the current version of the Buick LaCrosse by 25 percent. The system consists of a 115-volt battery and a 15-kilowatt block "motor generator" set instead of an internal combustion engine generator. Fuel 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist is 11.3 liters per 100 km city and 7.6 liters per 100 km on the highway.

In combination with the four-2,4-liter Ecotec engine with direct injection and six-speed automatic transmission, the next-generation system eAssist uses battery power to optimize the internal combustion engine 2012 Buick LaCrosse in different situations.

Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept

If some seek more evidence that Cadillac once abandon its motto "bigger is better" to keep pace with time, then there he is: Urban Luxury Concept is a design studio, a small city car ( similar to the Aston Martin Cygnet), whose world premiere will be held at a motor show in Los Angeles.

"While it is of small size, this conceptual model gives an idea about how cars will look like the Cadillac in the future. The company continues to focus on rethinking the standards for the production of cars associated with the modernization of their design and integration of new technologies, "said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac.

Conceived and designed in the Los Angeles area car has a typical current Cadillac design language of many angular lines and vertical front and rear lamps. To give it a more conceptual look, designers have equipped the car with Lift-up doors (making an impression of their specific rotation)

Length of Urban Luxury Concept is only 3835 mm and wheelbase - 2467 mm. The car is attached to a 19-inch wheels. From Cadillac argue that the model can boast enough space in the interior, the width 1730 mm, and height - 1446 mm. Although legroom for passengers is small, the company believe that the three-door hatchback to travel comfortably.

Urban Luxury Concept is equipped with developed by engineers at General Motors version of the hybrid powertrain, which consists of a 1-liter three-cylinder engine using technology "electric assist technology", start-stop system technology for the recovery of braking energy and transmission with a dry dual-clutch. The company says that combining these technologies is expected to fuel a car of this size is 4.2 l/100 km when driving in the city and 3.62 L/100 km driving in the suburban cycle.

"The model may not resemble the modern road representatives of Cadillac, but with comfort and high tech elements characteristic of traditional luxury sedan," said Frank Sausedo, chief designer of the company. " "As more customers are looking for luxury features and small car model as Urban Luxury Concept could be the right choice for them."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Renault Gordini shall write on the Twingo


After the Twingo and the Clio RS earlier this year, it was the turn of the Twingo short to benefit from Gordini. Renault opens this week orders for its Twingo Gordini in blue livery barred from the famous white stripes.

Unsurprisingly, the Twingo Gordini dressed in a blue body Malta lined with two white stripes of the famous brand. Alloy of lamps, mirrors and rear spoiler also features a color matched.

Inside, the upholstery is mixed (leather and fabric), black and blue with embroidered "Gordini" and white topstitching. This "French Touch", says Renault, is also found on the steering wheel, leather-wrapped blue with double white stripes, the tachometer (strapping and white background), the shifter knob (blue metal siglé Gordini), the pedals (aluminum), or the center console (black lacquer).

The radius of the equipment, the manufacturer offers standard air conditioning (manual or automatic, depending on the country), the limiter / cruise control, radio CD/MP3, the kit Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice recognition, and independent rear seats.

The Twingo Renault Gordini is marketed in France from 14,800 euros in petrol version 100 bhp and 16,550 euros with the dCi 85 hp (500 euro bonus ecological).

As a reminder, Renault Gordini, named after the famous trainer Amédée Gordini, were formerly distinguished by their sport and finish their blue tint. Several models were well received their mythical Gordini declination, as the R8, recognizable by its four round headlights, his body blue and white stripes on the hood. In total, over 200,000 Renault Gordini had been sold at the time.

Relaunched early 2010, the Gordini represents about two-thirds of sales Twingo and Clio RS third sold in Europe.

new car registrations in the European Union

In March 2010, new car registrations in the European Union rose 10.8% over the same month the previous year according to a statement released by the ACEA. They are also up in the first quarter of 2010 of 9.2% compared to 2009.

These increases were due primarily not government incentives thrown at the most important markets such as scrapping. This represents for March registered 1,637,478 new cars.

In March, the United Kingdom is the largest market of the European Union with 400,000 new cars, or 26.6% more than in 2009 and is Spain which has one of the applications have jumped more (63.1%). Registrations in Italy increased by 19.6% and rose by 17.9% in France.

However, registrations in Germany shrank by 26.6% to 294,375 units, due to stop its program of scrapping. The results in other European countries have been more mixed, with an increase of 40.6% in the Czech Republic and a decrease of 53.3% in Hungary.

Throughout the first quarter of the year, there were 3,671,871 new cars registered. Again, Germany fall (-22.8%), but in absolute terms, the country ranked first (670,410 units), followed by Italy (666,231 units), the United Kingdom (611,548) France (594,720 units) and Spain (286,167 units). This is still Spain who knows one of the largest increases (+44.5%).

Mini One minimalism 2010



At a time when gasoline is scarce at the pump, a car that consumes less is really welcome. Precisely, here's one Mini minimalism, a new mini powered by a more efficient and less polluting that allows it to display a reduced consumption of 5.1 l/100 km and emission of 119 g CO2 per km.
This result is due to improved aerodynamics and the use of eco technologies usual, as the indicator for passage of reports, the Stop & Start, recovering kinetic energy, ... As for performance, we calms down a bit. 75hp version and revise its figures: she swallows now 0-100 in 13.2 seconds. Series, the Mini One Minimalism has a 6-speed manual gearbox and elements (mirrors, grille) of the body color, Pepper White.





Tuesday, November 9, 2010


BMW announced the end of production of the current generation of the M6, which was built in coupe and convertible versions.The model was introduced in the European market in 2005, initially in the coupe body, and was quite successful in markets like the United States, Germany and England. Since his arrival, the coupe has sold 9,087 units, while the convertible version recorded 5065 vehicles sold in the last four years, since the car was launched in 2006.Both were equipped with an engine 5.0 V10 that generates 507 hp and maximum torque of 53.03 kgfm. The coupe accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds, while the convertible reached the same speed in 4.8 seconds.The bad news is that with the end of the M6, the V10 engine will also be discontinued. A new generation is to be launched in 2012, equipped with a propeller 4.4 V8 with two turbochargers and power estimated at 578 hp.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Volkswagen has many new features to the Frankfurt Motor Show, and shows images of the model that more special Lamborghini Reventon. He is an upgraded Murcielago, but we can say that it's really improved in every way. By price, highest.Only 20 units were made Lamborghini Reventon. The price is $ 1,000,000 euros, and all 20 units have been sold. The V12 engine power increased by about 20 horses in addition to the power of the Murcielago LP640. Have to be rich without having to put the money where it, because I personally do not think it's worth a million.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Porsche considering mass produce the 918 Spyder







The president of manufacturer Porsche said that the summit of the automaker is fully committed to enabling the mass production of the Porsche 918 Spyder convertible hybrid that was introduced by the mark in the International Motor Show in Geneva.According to reports by a car magazine, the receptivity of the concept has been extremely positive from the sides of Stuttgart."There is nobody who works at Porsche that is contrary to the manufacture of hybrid 918 Spyder. He is the answer for those who feared for the future of sports. Many say that these models are doomed to extinction, but the Spyder 918 shows that it is not so. We had a wonderful acceptance and are thinking of opening the first orders soon, "said Chairman of the mark.
The 918 Spyder displayed on the Geneva Motor Show combines a 3.4 liter V8 propelling gasoline to 500 horsepower with two electric motors (installed in the front and rear axles), resulting in a total power of 718 horses.According to information from Porsche itself, the concept would be able to complete one lap around the track of Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, less than the time recorded by the Carrera GT supercar.According to sources connected directly to the company say the Porsche 918 Spyder can begin to be commercialized within five years.


New BMW 5 Series



The luxury carmaker BMW said the prices in Brazil's new generation of BMW Series 5 and Series 5 GT will arrive in Brazil next month. The super luxury sedan 535i has a price starting from R $ 288 thousand. Since the coupe that uses the same platform as the 5 Series with the rear lines inspired by the X6, the GT (Gran Turismo), will be sold starting at a starting price of $ 305,000 and reaches R $ 339,400 on top model. The 550i will also come to Brazilian land totally renovated for $ 395,000.The new versions had changes in the lines of the body, a new grille and redesigned the rear lights. The 535i has undergone change in its size and is larger than the previous version. The new sedan has won 44 mm long, 80 mm more wheelbase and 13 mm of legroom. The model also has improved his resign and that the seats were high and are equipped with new electric steering system. Yet received a new LCD screen with 7 inch, new instrumentation, intelligent, iDrive system, among others.
The sixth generation Series 5 also has another new feature which is the new GPS navigation system with the German automaker's three-dimensional maps that have been adapted to Brazil. The two models, the 535i and Gran Turismo, comes equipped with automatic parking system, where sensors measure the space wave and steer the wheel, and a device to kill a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. And now with the introduction of EfficientDynamics philosophy, devices to boost the economy and reduce emissions of CO2 in the atmosphere such as air intake with adjustable active suspension with adaptive damping, regenerative brakes, indicator to shift strategy and others.Both models feature a driver under the hood biturbo 3.0 V6 that generates 306 horsepower and maximum 40.7 lb.-ft. of torque which, coupled to the automatic exchange of eight speeds, takes the luxury sedan from 0 to 100 km / h in just six seconds. The model 550i features a 4.4 V8 engine capable of generating 407 horsepower and 61 lb.-ft. of torque 1.

Maserati



To have more than a luxury car like this fabulous Maserati single photo, we must be attentive to issues unique because, besides the car, there are advantages.Among the suppliers of luxury in all its expressions are a limited number enviable. Today we talk of Maserati's Robb Report and VIP packages to customers in North America.This is unique opportunity to come into direct contact with the representative of the Italian brand who will serve the customer, will accompany the dealership closest to your residence to order and customize their Maserati, and as the beginning of the process, this with a set of suitcases by Salvatore Ferragamo.
Where the Maserati is ready to be delivered, the customer will travel to Modena to be received at headquarters (who envy!), Where there will be a custom trip that these only happen once in a lifetime. Will let you take pictures?modena-y-maseratiEu think so! And will do so as a team member Maserati. Well, with all that, the tour of Modena, the tasting of local wine and not inconsiderable detail, the 5-star hotel included, and we forget the Maserati.The touch of grace: its acquisition drive around, the customer will have the chance to attend the course director for two days to Maserati customers at Autodromo de Verano Melegari of Parma.




Friday, November 5, 2010

Mercedes CL63 AMG: The fine linen of the Devil


The equation is simple to install, is less to solve. Take a sport chassis, insert a motor exuding both power and luxury. Place on it a body of distinguished and elegant coupe, and most importantly, give him the opportunity to travel properly four passengers and their luggage. Then you will take the definition a bit outdated true GT. WP for "grand touring", a label that brings together a few four-seat coupe with a suitable power. Mercedes offers this kind of very exclusive car, as evidenced by the CL, which this year, hides under his new mechanical makeup V8 more sober and more frenzied at a time.Moving quickly on both extremes of the range (the CL550 and CL600) to focus on what we consider to be the most interesting version of the range: the CL63 AMG. The badge has remained the same, but does not fit any more in the cylinder (for this purpose, that of his predecessor either) of its 5.5-liter V8 engine. , Turbocharged engine that delivers 536 horsepower and 590 facto lb-ft of torque.Ensemble PerformanceBy opting for the "Performance Package" which we highly recommend that same engine produces 27 horsepower and 74 additional lb-ft. Get out your calculators if you like, but the result is 563 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. That is what you press against the case. Box semi-automatic 7-speed, brand new, will be relayed to all the (only) rear wheels and allows, at the time of downshift, hit the gas vacuum, as a sport.No 4Matic? "We tried, but no place to house all the hardware," says Hermann Joseph Storp responsible for its development.Against all odds, it is a CL63 AMG driver. Indeed, the CL 63 AMG behaves with surprising agility and a nose which engages the first swerve. Less than a watered-down standard Mercedes, AMG version back very pleasant sensations, the stability program assuring his office without weakness. But it may disconnect a large extent, making the behavior much more alive. It comes back to a limit very early, when things start to unravel. We can pick your way then, but with a little too efficient and unobtrusive. And even if one is satisfied with the result, we easily arrive at the threshold of discomfort curve. His ability to digest without flinching bends far exceeds the tolerance of occupants who will appreciate being kept at the back of their head. The frame copy of the slightly undulating surface and found, in time, its flexibility to cut down the miles.

Renault Laguna 3


Located in the family segment, the new Renault Laguna 3 will take over the Laguna 2. It keeps almost the same features as its predecessor but still has some differences, signs of its evolution. The third generation Laguna is thus a two-body sedan with a hatch at the rear, the true signature of the French brand. Note that theside shields are kept to ward off potential glitches, as well as front lights following a particular design at its base near the bumper, in the same order of protection. The real innovations of the new Laguna 3 is found in some other location. The cabin comes with conspicuous comfort and finish quality. In addition, the interior of the car is very spacious with comfortable driving position for the driver and more space for all passengers. This space savings translates into a roof elevation of 11 mm, an increase in width of 10 mm and 20 mm for the legroom. Interior comfort is further enhanced by the acoustics of the cabin. This leaves because no engine noise to disturb the quiet, while road noise are almost nonexistent. Excellent road holding is also involved in the comfort of the car. The cabin has air conditioning using two management modes, Soft and Fast. The center console features a 3D screen, a GPS plus a voice command and Bluetooth for calls. The new Renault Laguna 3 will get three engines. The first is a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline 170 hp mated to a Proactive automatic gearbox six reports. Then the diesel engine of 1.5 liter dCi 110 hp which would have only a manual six reports. The new Laguna 3 uses 5.1 l/100km on average. The latter is the 2.0-liter dCi diesel with a variable geometry turbocharger whose power can range from 130 to 175 hp. It will have a manual and another automatic six reports each. Consumption at 100 km is 6.6 l.