Thursday, October 13, 2011

Los Angeles Auto Show 2011: 2 new Volkswagen models

VW has announced that the brand will unveil two new models for the next show in LA

The brand has insisted that these two new models will be for the global market and to totally new and never seen before.

If for a one suspects something, namely convertible based on the latest New Beetle, the second by studying the range, there are two chances in my opinion (but I could be wrong)

The most likely thing for me is to see the show in Los Angeles CrossGolf a new version of the Polo is the right with some success, why not golf? The second hypothesis is a redesign of the Fox, but that can be seen disappearing to make room for Up!.

Anyway, we have months to wait a little and then the show opens November 16.

BMW 5 Series 2012: loss of the 4-cylinder

Bmw 5 Series: the 520d EfficientDynamics Edition version nuove, 525d, 520i 528i e
All is lost, everything goes! There was a time when a BMW powered by a 4-cylinder was almost considered a false or at best the BM BM of the poor.
If the engine continues to prove its expertise in performance, in a few generations, no one will even remember most of the 6 cylinder in-line brand if this continues ...
Two new four-cylinder petrol engine replacing old references 6 cylinders under the hood of the 5 Series sedan and station wagon. Only 2.0 l displacement but with direct injection "High Precision Injection" and a twin-scroll turbo

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nissan Juke test: the frog who wanted to be as big as a SUV

The idea is behind the Nissan Juke is very simple: build a compact crossover that combines ease of use with the qualities typical of the SUV, that is, driving comfort and a high position to dominate traffic. All models are equipped with front-wheel drive. The car comes to road use and urban. Its rather small dimensions give this thing more ...Juke is differentiated by its style and personality. A bestseller in its category The Japanese Suv has achieved excellent results in 2010. Who is the Juke? By analyzing the size, style, technique and prices, you realize that the car has a very broad user base. Appearance of small agile SUV is a great asset to all lovers of the genre. Its price is not prohibitive, its size is also adapted to urban contexts. We tried the 1.6 DIG-T turbo 190 hp and 240 Nm max torque rear-wheel drive and manual transmission. Discover the Nissan Juke with us.We were talking about style. The most characteristic elements are certainly the front-end and wheel arches. But in order. Many associate the shape of the Juke to the image of an amphibian. No toads standing water, but small frogs tropical forests of South America.The front of the Juke is marked by large round headlamps that recall precisely the bulging eyes of frogs. The lights are integrated between the hood and the wheel. The wheel arches front and rear are the true distinguishing marks of the sides of the car. They just look like the legs of a frog ready to jump. The overall look gives a muscular sense of stability to the car.The tail shows the stylistic concepts already seen on the 370Z, for example, moving in a more refined, more developed in the vertical direction. In this context the original interior looks pretty bland. The body is so developed that we would have expected more courageous choices for the interior. Unfortunately, even if the design is quite nice, it has no real personality. The dashboard has a semicircular shape which are housed the ventilation holes. Little originality anyway: the central area is painted the same color as the body.The interior of the Juke is spacious addition to the external dimensions would suggest. In front there is plenty of leg room for the arms and head. The rear seat can accommodate two adults easily, without shoulders touching. Three is another matter. But we can not expect miracles from a car 414 cm long and 177 wide. Completion of the interior is good: the assemblies are accurate even if the dashboard is made of materials not very flexible but remain pleasing to the touch and that transmit a feeling of solidity.We would have preferred that the commands of the GPS are greater. They seem to have been projected from the hands of women. To compensate, the radio and the browser can be controlled on the LCD screen of the system.In this global context, the door panels seem to be a tone lower. Too bad: it's really the only black spot in a generally neat interior. All controls are easy to interpret and use. Such as the air conditioning and audio system very simple.When driving the Juke, the first thing you notice is the steering wheel. This is definitely the best we've had the opportunity to try on a vehicle like this. But also the best in the abstract whether one considers all the vehicles. Fast and direct, it transmits the feeling of total control of the vehicle by amplifying the sense of agility Juke. If in addition it gets over-power-assisted well calibrated for each driving situation you will understand why we are so excited.This reactivity is also owes to the chassis: Despite its relative simplicity (front McPherson and a classic pattern behind a rigid axle), the car remains well attached to land, without being not interfere with the high position of its barycentre . Against the roll by when you are not missing more than a certain speed.The top of the car tires absorb bumps. The brakes are controlled and controllable. We would have liked to try the AWD version, with multilink rear suspension and Torque Vectoring which spread up to 50% maximum torque between front and rear axles but also between the rear wheels. The gearbox has 6-over, the clutch is light and flexible.The 1.6 turbo gasoline direct injection with pump fuel at high pressure and control the opening of valves, fluid power and develop a regular basis. The thrust is evident from 2500 rounds to become more consistent in 3000. From this system the engine runs smoothly and without being too noisy, unfortunately, consumers remain quite high, especially in town or when you press too much on the gas pedal. In this sense, even if the 4-cylinder 1.6, is efficient and pleasant, we would recommend the 1.5 dCi turbodiesel version, less bright, but certainly less greedy.The D-mode is very good, it can modulate the response of the accelerator, the steering wheel and engine tuning. The system operates controls the aircon and the LCD to display information about calibration, works great. Differences in responses of self are really sensitive on the basis of adjustment. Consumption also varies greatly depending on the set-up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ferrari 458 Spider: Live from the press presentation

Ferrari has organized an international press conference in Italy (Emilia Romagna) to present its new Ferrari 458 Spider, and we were there.
We also had the chance to test drive this legendary car. But before you start to tell you our impressions, we preferred to dwell on the technical details of the most significant of the new model.
We had the Ferrari engineers on hand, so much enjoy.The Spider was designed before the 458 Coupe Italia as had been the case for the 360 ​​Modena and F430, given the complexity associated with major chassis and the movement of the roof. The first experiments on aluminum hardtop back to 2005 but it was not long after it has been made more traditional than we know about California.

 To develop this new model we went to get in feetbacks customers to find the direction of maximum satisfaction. The typical customer of this car is indeed very true since 60% of them already own or have owned a Spider. Here's roughly what emerges from the study: customers want to use the car daily, alone or with a passenger, with a sporty driving without being aggressive (a big difference according to experts at Ferrari), a requirement of comfort , space, ergonomics and easeuse.
And it is considering all the criteria that the new 458 Spider is born. With a hardtop, it is able to combine comfort, exclusive design, light weight and therefore greater performance. Compared to the F430 Spider, which weighed 70 kg more than the coupe, the 458 was limited to 50 kg and more, with a gain of only 25 kg for the roof, lighter than the conventional soft top. Like the 575 SuperAmerica, which included the side posts to the overall structure, the 458 Spider the roof down into two parts. The chassis has been strengthened and the structural rigidity has been reduced by 30% compared to the cut, with no variation between closed and open roof.With a roof opening as curious, it was necessarily obliged to thoroughly review the design of the car starting with the cockpit. The roof has been studied so that air can circulate properly, catch and air currents running through the engine: the whole system of aspiration has changed, as the aero-dynamic that can count today on a new Nolde, and a total of 0.335 cx.

 The aero-dynamic front has not changed against, with small wings and deformed special management flows by internal cooling. To optimize the experience in the open, the Spider was equipped with modified exhaust systems that exalt the sound of the V8 570 bhp. We have also introduced the pack HELE: intelligent fans, air conditioning pump and fuel pump, start-stop and mapping specific gear for city use, which reduces fuel consumption by 20% compared to the previous F430, despite an increase of 80 hp of power, with an average of 11.8 l/100 km.Ferrari took into account the different use of the Spider over the cut. Preferred by the pleasure of driving the extreme side of the cut. The software also has shock absorbers were reviewed. The setup Race highlights these differences can then play the tires that meet a new calibration for the transmission and gear changes faster. This Upgrade will also be offered to owners of previous version of the 458 Italia.The first 458 Spider will arrive in the garages of European customers in October. It provides an annual output of about 1500-2000 copies. The technical and marketing have excluded for the future return of the soft top, at least with respect to the V8 mid-engine and now there are no plans a version with transparent glass roof, just because of the division into two parts of the element. The 458 Spider will be offered at a price of 226,800 euros that will need to add customizations colors, equipment and other accessories. For example, the custom luggage kit, developed to make the best bench under the seats. The space is such that it can accommodate a set of golf, the client element type of the Spider (not us, then) will appreciate ...

Lamborghini: SUV for confirmation, to when the Estoque?

I have an SUV too, as my boyfriend Maserati "has probably said the head of Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, one morning while shaving. This was to announce which model would keep company with the Gallardo and Aventador by the end of the year.
Lamborghini has just one number to rule in favor of the application of an SUV, considered more attractive than a sedan inspired by the Estoque. Christian Mastra, Lamborghini responsible for the Asia-Pacific drives the point home:
"We did not ask our customers to know where was their preference - said the leader - but in emerging markets, it is easy to see that SUVs are on the rise"
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In addition, according Mastra, "Having already achieved a 4 × 4 as pure LN002 gives us a significant legacy in the segment." Lamborghini will therefore offer an auto "to use every day, not just on Saturday" with a refined all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine.