Oct 31, 2011

Mini Roadster will compete with the Mazda MX-5

The sixth model in the range of Mini was the first in the history of the brand, which received soft top and only a two seats. Mini Roadster built on the same platform as the Mini Coupe, which, in turn, uses the platform of a hatchback.

Mini already have a model with fabric top - Mini Convertible, but the Roadster has a more sporty appearance and only two seats. In addition, the developers promise more sporty handling, as the Roadster has a lower center of gravity, optimized aerodynamics and other chassis settings.

Power units Roadster gets the same as the Coupe. Basic for modification Cooper will be the 122-horsepower 1.6-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine. Modification Cooper S is equipped with a 184-horsepower turbo engine, Cooper SD gets 143-hp diesel engine, while flagship JCW have reserved the same 1.6-liter turbo, but in the 211-hp version. As a transmissions offer six-speed manual transmission and automatic transmission.

Sales of Mini Roadster in Europe will begin next summer.

Declassified appearance of serial Honda CR-V

The fall of 2011 were published images of crossover, directed by the manufacturer to the Patent Office. Current photos of Honda CR-V, demonstrated by the company on its official website are identical with published previously almost completely. The crossover differs from the concept prototype of wheels of smaller diameter and a few modified bumpers.

Earlier it was stated that with the change of generations crossover become more technological and dynamic. In addition, it is known that CR-V gets seven-seat cabin and an expanded range of power plants. However, the specific technical details manufacturer has not yet spoiled, reserving information to the Los Angeles premiere.

However, according to some sources in the U.S. Honda CR-V gets more powerful the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine. According to another version, the motor range of crossover replenish a 2.5-liter 200-horsepower engine, while in Europe, where the CR-V gets the autumn of next year, to it offer diesel engines.

Oct 28, 2011

Peugeot to revive the abbreviation GTI

Peugeot 208 will have two "charged" modification. For that the French are going to revive the once-popular abbreviation GTI, in memory of the Peugeot 205 GTI, the former in the 80s of last century one of the icons of "hot hatchbacks".

Peugeot 208, as expected, will receive a three-and five-door body, and selling it to start next summer. But the 208 GTI will be available only in a few months after the main modifications. To "charged" versions provides two variants of the 1.6-liter turbo, which currently equipped with the Citroen DS3 and the Mini Cooper.

Peugeot 208 GTI will provide 154-horsepower modification of turbo engine, and the version that will 204-horsepower engine is likely to be called GTI Racing. The difference in price between the two will be, according to preliminary data, about 6000 euro. The fastest 208 GTI acceleration to 100 km/h will take about 7 seconds.

It is also reported that the modification GTI will be equipped with a more aggressive aerodynamic body kit and advanced spoilers, the design of which borrow from the rally cars. In addition, for 208 GTI will develop its own line of wheels.

The new Tesla Roadster will appear in 2014

As previously reported, the following year Tesla to release a sedan Model S, which will have to make some kind of competition to the BMW 5-Series. A year later, Tesla plans to build on its base convertible and crossover Model X. The only currently in free market model of the company - Roadster - completely updated for 2014. It is known that the use units of Lotus, on the basis of which was created the current generation of model, Tesla intends to refuse.

The head of company Elon Musk said that for the new Roadster planned to create a new universal platform. However, the novelty of it relative, because Roadster, likely to be built on a shortened platform of the sedan Model S. However, according to Musk on this platform the company will build all of its further development over the next four to five years. These plans include the development of a sedan, which are intended Tesla, must compete with the BMW 3-Series.

Goodbye to current generation of Roadster in the company going as early as this December.

The famous Citroen 2CV will have successor

One of the most affordable models the postwar period, "ugly duckling" Citroen 2CV gets the ideological successor. The novelty which the French are going to call 3CV, will replace a hatchback C2 in the current model range of brand.

French promise that Citroen 3CV become a model of a new approach to the layout of urban car. According to the head of concern PSA, the novelty will receive ample space for passengers, high ride, comparable to the legendary GS, and appearance in the spirit of the best examples of brand design. It is possible that the main decisions of the exterior designers borrow from concept Revolte 2009 - about this prototype is also said that the designers were inspired by the model 2CV.

According to company representatives, to develop a 3CV will be used platform of hatchback DS3. While not known for certain when to novelty will appear on the market: as the approximate date is 2013. It is also reported that for novelty has developed hybrid power plant.

Oct 25, 2011

A prototype of new Mazda 6 will be shown in Tokyo

The current generation of Mazda 6 produced since 2007, but apparently, the process of updating of model number of the Japanese company reached a sedan. Mazda Takeri, which will be shown at Tokyo Motor Show in December, once again recalls the original style Kodo, which is already familiar to customers at the crossover CX-5. However, future serial Mazda 6 makes related with a crossover, not only the exterior - a sedan to become the second model of brand completely absorbed the ideology SkyActiv.

This means that the future Mazda 6 will be built on a new platform, will receive a light and rigid body and a set of modern options to minimize fuel consumption. Note that on the prototype Takeri will be demonstrated new development of the company - controller onboard infotainment system, reminiscent of the Bavarian iDrive and replaced the traditional controls.

What engines will be installed on sedan is still unknown, but Takeri appear to the public equipped with new diesel engine. The power unit is also built by the canons of SkyActiv develops 173 horsepower and around 420 Nm of torque at a volume of 2.2 liters, while differing with low emissions. Engine to be aggregated with the new automatic transmission.

It is expected the new generation of Mazda 6 will be launched within the next eighteen months.

Subaru Impreza for the Japanese market will show November 30

Sedan and five-door hatchback new generation Impreza manufacturer showed at the Auto Show in New York in April of this year. Subaru is counting on the U.S. market - it is expected that sales of Impreza in North America will start next month. A November 30 will be an online presentation Impreza for the home market.

It is unknown what exactly will be different this Impreza from all others - the Subaru extended only two teasers, refraining from the performance. Is only known that the sedan to the Japanese market will be called Impreza G4, and a hatchback gets a name prefix Sport.

Add that to the U.S. will get new 150 hp two-liter engine, while the European market Impreza will be equipped with a new turbocharged 1.6-liter. As transmission for novelty are available 5-speed manual or stepless CVT Lineartronic. Without exception, all Impreza is in base equipment receive full drive system.

Oct 21, 2011

Mercedes will present A-class in the body of cabriolet

A new generation of most compact Mercedes-Benz - A-class hatchback is preparing to conveyer, and the company has big plans for expansion of the A family. In addition to the previously unannounced "charged" version, the manufacturer may add open version.

Concept hatchback, the prototype of entirely new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz showed at the Shanghai Motor Show. The new A-Class will get a much more dynamic profile - a Mercedes-Benz made a strategic decision to abandon the layout in the spirit of microvans. The concept of A-Class is built using the new front-drive architecture MFA, which Mercedes-Benz expect to make a base for a family of new models.

A new generation of A-Class in addition to the three-and five-door version will receive a body cabriolet. This model will be a direct competitor to Audi A3 Cabriolet, BMW 1-Series Convertible and the VW Golf Cabriolet.

Earlier, during the presentation of the new B-Class, CEO Dieter Zetsche has announced five new compact models, four of which are already represented in one form or another - it's B-Class, hatchback A-Class, a compact off-road competitor of BMW X1 and "junior" CLS. Cabriolet based on the A-Class - the missing fifth element.

Toyota FT86 and Subaru BRZ show in Tokyo

The long-awaited premiere production modifications of rear-wheel drive coupes Toyota FT85 and Subaru BRZ held in December at the Tokyo Motor Show. Both sports car will have a 4-cylinder boxer engine, but with varying efficiency. It will be aggregated with a 6-speed manual transmission, automatic transmission offered as an option.

The protracted history of a joint project of Toyota and Subaru will find its final in Tokyo, where at "home" Motor Show manufacturers will present its last production samples of coupes developed combined forces. It is known that they will only differ in some details of appearance and a different number of "horses", which are hidden under the hood.

It is expected that the version of the Subaru will be more powerful than the version of the Toyota - in order not to aggravate the competition between the two products are already almost identical from a constructive point of view. If Toyota FT86 receive power unit capacity of about 200 horsepower, the efficiency of the engine Subaru BRZ just a little not up to 300 hp. According to some reports, Toyota FT86 will be 200 kg lighter than the hatchback Volkswagen Scirocco, which is included in the list of major competitors of coupe.

Should be reminded that Toyota considered this project a tribute to the legendary hatchback (a coupes and later) Toyota Corolla AE86, which in the 1980s, popular with sportsmen because of lightness, controllability and availability.

Sales of coupes in the European market under both brands should start next summer.

Oct 19, 2011

In France, created a 1,000-horsepower supercar

French automakers enthusiasts who have united under the name Genty Automotive, nothing remarkable until now have not shown themselves. Apparently, they decided to start right at the top level, swung on the laurels of hypercar Bugatti Veyron. Announced recently and is now represented by more or less officially hypercar Akylone receive eight highly accelerated 4.8 liter twin-turbo engine power 1000 hp and 940 Nm of torque.

All this power is transmitted to the rear axle with a 7-speed sequential gearbox. According to the calculations of manufacturers, the next hypercar must accelerate to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and a top speed estimated at 354 km/h. Rumor has it that the development of model of the French took 4 years.

Premiere of novelty planned for the Paris Motor Show, and then hypercar available for sale. Genty Automotive intend to issue not more than 15 copies Akylone.

McLaren builds the "the very, very" hypercar

McLaren are working on the ideological successor of supercar F1. According to the manufacturer's ambitious plans, it must outshine all the other contenders for the title of "the very, very" including the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder and the expected successor of Ferrari Enzo.

A prototype of the future flagship of McLaren is already a road test. Supercar had already test on closed roads in Spain, and now plan the next test session in Germany. Already been tested for resistance to high temperatures - it held in Bahrain.

According to preliminary data, hypercar receive five-liter 800-horsepower engine, aggregated with 7-speed gearbox with two clutches. The manufacturer expects that the flagship will be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 2.8 seconds and accelerate to 320 km/h takes less than 20 seconds.

The new McLaren will be constructed on the basis of carbon-fiber monocoque, similar to that used in the model MP4-12C, will receive an aluminum suspension, carbon brakes and adaptive shock absorbers. In addition, a specially calibrated mentioned ABS can be switched off and 5-step traction control.

According to rumors, the new hypercar will be available in 2014, with preliminary estimates of its probable value of 400 000 pounds proved to be too optimistic. Now talking about a million pounds and five hundred copies of a production scale. It means peaceful rhythm of production of two or three copies per week during the four years.

The new Audi R8 gets carbon-aluminum body

The body of the new R8 will get a hybrid structure made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and the Audi did not look to Aventador with its full coal-plastic force structure. It's not just the cost of such a decision, but in the confidence of engineers of Audi is that they can make a hybrid body is stronger and stiffer than the full carbon fiber body.

In terms of stiffness - it need to grow by 30% to 40 000 Nm / deg - the new R8 promises to surpass the already mentioned Aventador and Ferrari Italia.

The Audi intend to force coupe to lose weight not only because of the work with the body. Efforts to reduce the weight carried in suspension, with engine parts and even on-board electronics. One of the examples to follow is another supercar of concern Volkswagen - Porsche 911, which is now about 150 kg lighter than R8. And when the next generation of coupe will hit the market, it should be easier to all of its competitors, believe in Ingolstadt.

Oct 17, 2011

Nissan has developed a new active safety systems

Specialists of Nissan intend in the near future to equip all models of brand new to the company active safety systems. In the first place it is a radar system, controlling the space around the car - it pass the driver alarm when it detects in "dead zone" a pedestrian or another vehicle. This system is able to monitor road markings and car position relative to it.

The second system, Predictive Forward Collision Warning System, is aimed at preventing accidents due to sudden braking the car in front. Sensors of system constantly monitor the distance to the nearest car, and if it is a sharp reduction the system will sound signal and tighten belts.

And finally, the third innovation, called Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication - extravagant development of Nissan, the ability to minimize damage from accidental pressing on gas pedal. Simply put, the closer parking pedals will not be confused: to process information from the four camers of external review, the car determines whether it is on a traffic lane or parking. In the latter case, the sharp pressing the gas pedal is ignored.

It is expected that most new development of concern Nissan finds its application in a production car in the next two years, and system of control "blind" zones will appear in the list of options in 2012.

Oct 14, 2011

The new Ferrari will get a 700 hp engine

Supercar Ferrari, which would replace on the market model 599 GTB Fiorano, will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next March. However already now know some details about the novelty.

The new two-seater supercar will be more powerful and lighter than its predecessor. So the new model has all chances to become the fastest ever made Ferrari.

Currently, a prototype of car, which yet has the codename F152, already being tested. It is assumed that the car gets a new engine and transmission, which will get from all-wheel drive models FF.

From this model novelty will get engine, albeit in a more powerful version - the 6.3-liter V12 with direct injection, which will develop about 700 hp. That's 50 hp more than the FF, and 88 hp more than the current version of the 599 GTB Fiorano. This will make a new model of the most powerful in the range of Ferrari.

With this engine supercar will have a maximum speed of about 350 km/h. And to accelerate to 100 km/h should take about 3.2 seconds. However, unlike the model of FF, the novelty will not be equipped with all-wheel drive. With a 7-speed transmission from the FF all the power of engine will be powered by the rear wheels.

Sales of novelty expected to begin in the second half of next year. The cost of the car is likely to be about 360 thousand dollars.

Lotus Evora S received a special edition

Lotus declassified unique special model of its coupe Evora S, dedicated to Formula 1. Sports car, designed in the traditional "formula" colors will be released only three.

Identify the special edition of Lotus Evora S will be on color black body with a proprietary golden graphics. In addition, the exterior of coupe received a bright accents - corps of mirrors, brake calipers and splitters painted red.

For the "formula" coupe is provided a special footwear: stylistically respective wheels of gold color - 19-inch front and 20-inch rear. Driver of exclusive coupe is surrounded by practically every available for Evora options including leather interior trim with red stitching, an advanced sound system Alpine with amplifier and subwoofer, and a rearview camera.

It should be noted that the current owner of Lotus, Malaysian concern Proton, has denied rumors of a proposed sale of British brand. However, Proton said that it was ready to consider offers of outside investment in Lotus. It is expected that the sale of brand in 2015 should reach 7000 copies a year.

New Chevrolet Trailblazer will appear early next year

Chevrolet announced its readiness to update one of its most popular SUVs - Trailblazer. The manufacturer issued a first teaser for future novelty and reported that the premiere of a new generation Trailblazer held in a month at an automobile exhibition in Dubai.

As a teaser difficult to make any conclusions regarding appearance of the future novelty, but can guess that the new Chevrolet Trailblazer receives exterior in the spirit of the latest novelties of brand, including Chevrolet Orlando. It is reported that the SUV will be based on a new midsize platform, developed by the Brazilian unit of General Motors.

Premiere of novelty scheduled for November 10 and will take place at an auto show in the United Arab Emirates. Sales start in Thailand early next year. Should be reminded in this region for the first time will be on sale a new pickup Chevrolet Colorado.

Some experts tend to believe that Trailblazer and Colorado will receive an identical platform and a similar range of engines. Declassify all the information the manufacturer promises closer to the premiere.

The BMW is preparing to launch production of laser headlights

BMW cars will have a laser head optics in the next two or three years. Bavarian developers claim that such sources of light in a thousand times brighter, more compact and more efficient than current LED headlamps. The first model, which will be applied these technologies can become BMW i8.

Specialist in optical systems of Bavarian concern Hanafi Abdul said that the technology itself is ready for production, but the BMW still has not overcome some legal technicalities. Whatever it was, laser lights, which were developed for ecological sports car BMW i8, can be applied to more traditional models.

Laser optics takes up less space compared to the LED. In addition, it has less influence on fuel consumption and is harmless to health.

Quite possibly, laser optics for a production car will be used in conjunction with other branded optical technology, for example, with a pedestrian recognition system and night vision devices.

Previously out novelty on the market is planned for 2013when should be held premiere of conveyor modification of BMW i8, but, according to Hanafi Abdul, it is possible that the laser optics will appear slightly before and on more traditional models.

Jeep Wrangler will be electric

Jeep plans next year to bring to market an SUV with electric power plant. According to some sources, to produce the electric vehicle Jeep decided to reduce total emissions.

Глава марки Майкл Мэнли заявил, что все меньше покупателей Jeep нуждаются во всех внедорожных атрибутах. In particular this applies to all-wheel drive. Therefore, in the near future the number of modifications with drive only on one axis will be increased. However, despite this, the electric version will appear likely have the most that on is off-road models - Jeep Wrangler.

The concept presented back in 2009, was equipped with the power plant, built by the example of Chevrolet Volt: it side by side the 270 hp electric motor and a small gasoline engine that is used to recharge the lithium-ion batteries. There is no information about whether the production version will get the same drive.

But it is known that in the near future, Jeep Grand Cherokee will get 8-speed automatic transmission, and a short time - say, that concern considering applying for its models 9-speed automatic ZF. These activities are also underway to reduce emissions.

Became known to some of the details about the future Audi A3

The new generation of hatchback Audi A3 will be more stylish, technological and luxurious than ever. How it will look a new generation of A3, the designers from Ingolstadt hinted by concept sedan shown at the Geneva Motor Show. Even then it was clear that the A3 will get a more dynamic profile and the corporate "face".

Promised that in interior of novelty will be used better and more expensive materials, including soft plastics. Also, add to the list of technological innovations available to the A3. In particular, it is a navigation system, integrated with the services of Google Maps, as well as constant access to the Internet. For the construction of a new generation A3 will use golf class platform of concern Volkswagen, but Audi increase the share of used aluminum in it. Thus the manufacturer intends to reduce weight, improve controllability and increase flexibility of the model.

Expected to use gasoline engines in volume from 1.2 l to 2.0 l capacity of between 105 and 210 hp, and a few diesel engines capacity up to 170 hp. However, the range will add the hybrid and electric power plants, which will hit the market by the end of 2013.

The first to sale will go three-door modification - its occurrence can be expected early next year. Following the turn of the sedan and five-door hatchback and convertible, which will build on its base.

Oct 12, 2011

The successor of Honda NSX may enter the market in the next year

Honda has once again confirmed that already are working on ideological successor of mid-engine coupe NSX. Moreover, it is rumored, coupe can enter the market in the next year, and it will be equipped with hybrid power plant.

Honda may well demonstrate a conceptual prototype of a new model next month at the motor show in Tokyo. Moreover, its production could begin in the first half of 2012, and coupe will go on sale approximately a few months. However, these dates are very approximate.

Production of the first generation NSX was completed in 2005. After some time, Honda has announced work on its successor, but was forced to turn the project in 2008 due to financial crisis. However, a year later the company returned to thoughts about the development of a new sports car.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Edition is admitted to the conveyor

The news that Infiniti is ready to release a limited series of crossover FX50, dedicated to Sebastian Vettel, coincided with the news of his early championship. Most likely a random coincidence, but either way, IPL project is gaining momentum.

IPL - it's own tuning project by Infiniti, intended to become an analogue of AMG from Mercedes-Benz or M-series from BMW. Abbreviation decrypted as Infiniti Performance Line. However, the crossover FX50 in a special performance, which helped develop Sebastian Vettel, will hit the market not by this brand, as well as Vettel Edition, which is exactly under the name under which its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

A decision to issue the limited series of crossover confirmed vice president of Nissan Andy Palmer. According to him, FX50 Vettel Edition will be another demonstration of the possibilities of the Japanese in creation of exclusive cars, and after Vettel became the champion, the demand for this modification should grow sharply.

Infiniti FX50 Vettel Edition is equipped with aggressive body kit with carbon fiber components, lowered suspension, 5-liter V8 engine 420 hp, and also carbonic interior trim and steering wheel in the style of Formula 1.

About how much crossovers will be released and at what price, nothing is yet known.

Declassified most powerful Chevrolet Camaro convertible

Number of modifications of the current generation Chevrolet Camaro continues to grow: at the Los Angeles Auto Show is planned premiere of the most powerful convertible in the history of the model family. In GM share technical details for the month before the official show.

Masthead convertible Chevrolet Camaro is based on the modification ZL1. This involves equipment of novelty with eight-cylinder 6.2-liter engine with mechanical supercharger which develops 580 hp and 750 Nm of torque. General Motors has already specified that honored their superiority over European cabriolets Aston Martin DB9 (470 hp) and the Porsche 911 Turbo (530 hp).

In the process of change hard roof in the folding fabric top, Camaro ZL1 acquired additional force elements in the body structure, slightly modified suspension for noise reduction and enhanced windshield. In addition, the convertible differs adaptive suspension Magnetic Ride the third generation, Traction Management system and aggressive body kit.

Selling the most powerful convertible in the family of Camaro in the U.S. market will start in December this year, a month after its first public demonstration at an auto show in Los Angeles. It was reported earlier that the concern GM not going to sell Camaro ZL1 in Europe.

BMW i3 will get a motorcycle engine

BMW invented a way to extend the motor range of upcoming city-car i3 - power plant for extravagant novelty will provide division BMW Motorrad. However, most likely, it is used in conjunction with an electric motor.

Specialists of Bavarian concern demonstrated than as a result was a project Megacity, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Extravagant city-car BMW i3 uses as power plant electric motor capacity of 170 horsepower and a set of lithium-ion batteries. On a single charge electric car can drive about 150 km, and the restoration of energy store will take about 6 hours.

Now the possibility of BMW i3 no longer satisfy the creators, and the BMW seriously considering an increase "single charge" run concept. One possible solution - equipped a power plant with a gasoline engine that would provide operation of the generator. It is for these purposes BMW i3 will borrow the engine from one of the Bavarian bikes.

What kind of engine in question is not yet known, but suspected that is meant the 80 hp two-cylinder engine capacity of 798 cubic centimeters. Its main advantages - compact size and adequate power.

Skoda introduced sedan for emerging markets

Skoda launched to the market of India its own version of the budget sedan for emerging markets. As it turned out, Skoda Rapid are nothing more than a sedan Volkswagen Polo with the "face" of hatchback Skoda Fabia. It is expected that in the future Rapid will appear and in adjacent Asian markets.

As part of an aggressive strategy of the Volkswagen Group to achieve the title of world's largest manufacturer Skoda expects to sell one and half million cars a year by 2018. Activation of the presence in emerging markets - part of the strategy, and this past weekend, Skoda has made the first move.

Sedan Skoda Rapid in the Indian market will get two engines - a 1.6-liter gasoline and turbodiesel, developing to 103 horsepower. Building-block engines is offered as with manual transmission well as with the automatic transmission. However, this only happens at the end of the year. Despite the fact that the premiere of the sedan has already taken place, it goes on sale only in December.

Rapid will be cost about 14 000 dollars and in model line will take a place among the models Fabia and Octavia - that is the same which was intended for the production series of concept MissionL, shown recently in Frankfurt. India will become the first world market, which will appear Rapid, but Skoda expect to sell sedan in other countries as well.

Lexus GS sedan has a line of accessories F Sport

The premiere of "charged" versions Lexus GS350 F Sport held at an automobile exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, the "charge" can speak only with regard to appearance, because the technical characteristics of a sedan, seems to have remained unchanged.

Thus, it can be concluded that the South African premiere has demonstrated readiness of specialists of Lexus offer buyers of the new GS sedan certain amount of sports accessories. Sedan with the plate F Sport got a more aggressive bumpers, new grille and compact spoiler on the trunk lid. In addition, the new GS specifically for Johannesburg manned an impressive 19-inch wheels.

In the Lexus did not report details regarding the technical equipment of GS350 F Sport, but appears to be under its hood is still 306 hp 3.5-liter V6. It is possible that a range of accessories F Sport will also include sports suspension with lowered clearance, powerful brakes and a split exhaust system.

The premiere of the new generation Lexus GS took place at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition to the atmospheric modification GS350, the Japanese presented a hybrid version GS450h, which is equipped with a 300 hp power plant that combines petrol V6 and two electric motors.

Oct 10, 2011

Opel Astra convertible will not be part of the Astra family

Convertible on the basis of hatchback Opel Astra will receive its own name and will be positioned as an independent model that does not have anything to do with a hatchback. As an example of such positioning chief designer of GM-Europe gives Volkswagen Eos convertible. In his view, convertible deserves its own name, and it will in no way associated with the Astra family.

Unlike the previous convertible at platform of Astra, the novelty will receive a soft fabric top and not a hard metal top. In addition, it will be easier, simpler, and therefore more accessible. However, the convertible traditionally borrow a platform for hatchback. The same applies to the range of engines. It is also reported that the developers intend to increase the rear overhang of convertible to increase the volume of the trunk.

The appearance of convertible on the market is planned for 2013. However, before the Opel will show a few more novelties including compact premium hatchback and small SUV.

Bentley SUV will appear in 2015 with W12 engine

Bentley SUV should become the leader of the class and the most luxurious off-road vehicle in the world. One means of achieving this goal will be a 12-cylinder engine, which engineers of the British brand intend to equip its development.

According to head of brand Wolfgang Dyurhaymer presence of a 12-cylinder engine immediately priorities in class of premium SUV. Bentley is going to become the first manufacturer to dare to use such a power plant in this class. Most likely, this is the next generation of W12, which is currently used for a Continental family - six-liter engine develops 620 hp.

However, the British are not going to be limited to W-configuration, and intend to adapt the engine bay of future novelty for installation V-shaped engines. The fact that a couple of years after the launch SUV will be offered in a diesel version that gets V12 TDI of concern Volkswagen.

As conceived by Wolfgang Dyurhaymer, the first SUV Bentley will hit the market in 2015. The manufacturer expects steady demand, since, according to the company, 99% of the owners Bentley have in their garage various SUVs.

Oct 8, 2011

Mazda will release a "farewell" RX-8

Mazda systematically ceases release rotary coupe RX-8: European sales have collapsed, the Japanese will be completed early next year. But the Japanese are not going to part with the model just like this: soon start selling a special "farewell" version - Spirit R.

The name of a special series, incidentally, coincides with the name under which sold the latest copies of RX-7. "Farewell" RX-8 can be identified by one of three unique body colors - Aluminium Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. In addition, Spirit R gets toned optics, red brake calipers and the relevant badges on the body.

The distinctive features of interior will sport seats Recaro, decoration "piano lacquer", as well as two-color design with leather. In addition, specially for this series will be expanded set of options.

RX-8 Spirit R created on the base coupe RX-8 Type RS, which is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, but there are versions with automatic transmission - it create based on the modification of Type E. In the sale of Spirit R will go on November 24 and will be made no more than a thousand of these coupes. However, the cessation of production Mazda RX-8, according to company management, not to say farewell to the rotary technology.

Crossover Seat IBX will be launched into mass production

Seat has decided to launch in mass production its conceptual crossover IBX, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will be produced in the Spanish company's factory in Martorell. At the same plant produced "a colleague on the platform" - Audi Q3.

Concept IBX has a two-door bodywork but in a series likely to go the five-door version of the model, as the Seat intends to bring novelty to segment of the urban crossovers.

It is expected that the production version of the compact SUV Seat will appear in 2014.

Oct 7, 2011

Successor of Ferrari Enzo will be a hybrid

 One of the most anticipated novelties of brand Ferrari today is the successor of supercar Ferrari Enzo. According to some reports, the future sports flagship of Italian company, which will be declassified about a year, can get a hybrid power plant.

Supercar, which will replace the Ferrari Enzo, keep a mid-engine layout and a 12-cylinder engine, but it could be a hybrid. The company is already testing some hybrid technology.

It is very likely that the new flagship will be installed KERS, similar to that used on the car of Formula-1. It is also noted that the Ferrari is not going to use carbon fiber in the superstructure of the future supercar, planning to do with aluminum. In the opinion of the developers, it's not too much impact on the weight of novelty, but will be significantly cheaper.

Earlier Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo said that successor of Ferrari Enzo will be until the end of 2012, but it is not known exactly how it will be called and how copies will be released.

Honda Civic Type R will get engine with turbocharger

The new Civic Type R will be full of surprises. As expected earlier, the "hot hatch" built on the platform of the European versions, which was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, the main surprise is that under the hood of the hatchback the Japanese intend to install the turbocharged engine. It is expected that a hatchback acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds.

Type R will get rely external differences: an impressive bumpers with large front grille, spoilers, sills and big wheels. For an aerodynamic body kit hide chassis with extended track and lowered suspension.

It is interesting that Honda followed by many European manufacturers decided to abandon from a three-door body for its main "hot hatch". Thus, the main competitors of Civic Type R are the upcoming Ford Focus ST (it will get a 250-horsepower engine) and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The appearance of Honda Civic Type R in the European market is planned for 2013.

Chevrolet Malibu sales will begin in South Korea

Presenting the eighth generation of popular sedan Malibu, management of brand Chevrolet has promised to turn it into a truly global model and bring to market more than a hundred countries. Ironically, the triumphant march of Malibu around the world began is not in the United States.

The first market, which got totally new Chevrolet Malibu, was South Korea - local dealers have already started taking orders. November 1st cars will appear in showrooms, and in South Korea will be sold only sedans, built at a local factory General Motors.

Korean Malibu has received two four-cylinder petrol engines Ecotec, both are aggregated with a 6-step automatic. The two-liter engine develops 141 hp and spends about 8 liters per 100 kilometers. 2.4-liter engine differs little more appetite - 8.5 l / 100 km, but at the same time has power of 178 horsepower.

Before the end of this year, sales of Chevrolet Malibu will start in China, then sedan will reach the United States, but European buyers will have to wait until spring. Noted that earlier Chevrolet Malibu in Europe has never been sold officially.

Oct 6, 2011

Officially presented Ginetta G60

British manufacturer of racing sports cars introduced its new model for civilian use. Ginetta G60 has become not only the second sports car of brand for public roads, but the first model with a mid-engine layout since 1989.

Now Ginetta in addition to the 175-hp model G40 comes another sport coupe, which can legal move on streets.

Ginetta built a mid-engine G60 on platform of sports car of another company - Farbio GTS, providing it with carbon fiber body to reduce weight. For the same purpose coupe deprived of the power steering and brakes, ABS and other electronic assistants. In the end sports car weighs 1100 kg, losing weight compared with the donor platform on almost 400 kg.

As the power plant used aspirated V6 from Ford Mustang, which develops in the working volume of 3.7 liters 310 horsepower. It aggregated with a 6-speed manual transmission and rear axle of novelty equipped with a limited slip differential Quaife. As a result, G60 accelerates to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 265 km/h.

Special unique coupe to reach through ultra-low volume issue: Ginetta assured that will not produce more than 50 copies coupe G60. Each of these estimated at least 68 000 pounds.

Shows the beta of electric sedan Tesla Model S

The company Tesla in last weekend inaugurated its plant NUMMI in Northern California. During the event, CEO Elon Musk has shown the audience a beta version of following the model of the company - a sedan Model S.

At present, the only mass-produced model of Tesla is a sports car Roadster, but to run in production announced by several more. Presentation of a prototype of one of them took place during the opening of the plant, and according to management of Tesla, shown audience beta of sedan is very close to what will produced in early 2012.

On the beta version is already installed several announced options, including a 17-inch touch screen, integrated into the center console, and the voice control system.

As a guest at an event attended by mostly those who have made a reservation for sedan Model S: a state Tesla, in total, they have already received about six thousand orders. In addition, at the presentation Elon Musk confirmed his intention to build a charged version of the sedan, which is expected to compete with the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

At Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will be "younger brother"

The success of the supercar SLS AMG showed that AMG can actually produce a decent sports cars and it's time to take advantage of to produce a second model.

For baby-SLS, which can get the name SLC, has prepared eight-cylinder engine. Most likely it is a latest development of AMG - 5,5-liter twin-turbo, which can reach up to 500 hp.

According to preliminary estimates, Mercedes-Benz SLC will be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and a top speed close to 300 km/h. Most likely, the price of the coupe / roadster starts with a mark of 80 000 euros.

Oct 5, 2011

Kia started selling an updated Soul

Kia put on the market an updated version of its compact crossover. Soul 2012 model year received a new 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection engine, upgraded interior, and a number of new levels of equipment.

Perhaps the most important structural innovations, which boasts a refined SUV - is a 6-speed gearboxes. If earlier Kia Soul supplied with 5-speed manual transmission and 4-band automatic transmission, it is now by default get a more modern gearboxes. In addition, improved power units. Petrol 1.6-liter engine now develops 140 horsepower. Diesel power has not increased, but it became more economical, in addition, decreased emissions.

Kia emphasize that with the new petrol engine and 6-speed manual gearbox Soul became more dynamic: the acceleration to 100 km / h the car now spends 10 seconds, one second less than before.

Along with the refreshed exterior and slightly reinterpreted interior SUV received two special versions: the Diva and Burner added Hunter and Quantum. They differ in advanced level of equipment and some external nuances: for example, Hunter can be identified by the exclusive body color (olive or "Moon Blue") 18-inch wheels and hatch in the roof, and Quantum painted only in metallic silver and comes with black wheels, combined with same black interior.

Sales of the upgraded Kia Soul in the European market has already begun. Price - from 14 500 euros.

Bentley is preparing the most powerful Continental

Management of Bentley confirmed that plans to launch a new sports flagship. Bentley Continental GT2 will be the most powerful and fastest model ever produced. According to some reports, the car has already been presented to the management of the company at a secret meeting earlier this year.

According to Wolfgang Dyurhaymer, head of brand future novelty lose weight of about 200 kg compared to a conventional coupe Continental GT. Combined with an extremely powerful engine it should provide excellent dynamics: according to preliminary estimates, up to 100 km/h Continental GT2 will be dispersed in less than 4 seconds.

But so far Bentley did not report what kind of engine gets super fast coupe. There are two options - either a well-known aspirated W12, or recently announced an 8-cylinder turbo. The British company has repeatedly reported that both engines are capable of producing over 600 horsepower. Most likely, the Bentley Continental GT2 will be produced in limited quantities.

Oct 4, 2011

Charged Hyundai Veloster will show in Las Vegas

Hyundai Motor has declared intention to equip its extravagant hatchback Veloster with powerful turbo engine - the beginning of sales of this modification is planned for 2012. And the "pen test" will be held at the tuning show SEMA, where will present a very charged Veloster.

Extreme Hyundai Veloster, premiere of which scheduled for November tuning show in Las Vegas, built by specialists of Hyundai in association with Performance ARK. Its 1.6-liter engine has twin-turbocharged, so that power increased from 138 to 210 horsepower. In addition, the engine is supplied with intercooler, oil cooler and upgraded intake and exhaust systems. Also mentioned sports suspension and powerful brakes.

Identify charged Veloster can be by an aggressive body kit, created specially for the occasion. It includes an overlay on the front bumper, new rear bumper, extended wings, a different grille and a massive spoiler. Hatchback is also decorated with dazzling graphics and new wheels. Seriously upgraded and the interior.

Most likely, the serial embodiment of the prototype will not work - at least, about anything like that while are not talking. However, this project will allow the company to assess public reaction to custom-modify the already catchy hatchback.

In the model range Tesla will be a crossover

The company Tesla again announced expansion of the range. Manufacturer of electric cars promises to show at the Detroit Motor Show a new crossover, which will borrow platform of the sedan Model S, and some key features - from minivans.

The head of Tesla Elon Musk said that the upcoming crossover will be a leader of class in terms of interior space. Already known that it will be 7-seater. Produce a novelty company intends at its California plant, which formerly belonged to concern Toyota. It is expected that on the market novelty will appears in 2013, but today there are no technical details.

Tesla claims that the modular platform of Model S enables the development of a wide range of models. It is also reported that by 2012 Model S gets charged version, which will be comparable to the dynamics of a BMW M5. It will be equipped with some additional aerodynamic components and the increased capacity battery, which would increase mileage of sedan on a single charge up to five hundred kilometers. Meanwhile, the acceleration time to 100km/h in this modification is reduced from 5.5 seconds to 4.6 sec.

In addition, in the list of onboard equipment mentioned air suspension, the biggest in the class panoramic roof and a huge 17-inch display in the cabin. According to Elon Musk, orders for Model S, whose production should start in 2012, has retain over 6,000 people. It is also reported that charged modification of sedan will cost about 80 000 dollars.

Kia plans to release a compact electric car to the end of year

Korean autoconcern Hyundai Motor Group, which owns two brands, intends to release its first fully electric car by the end of this year. Compact novelty will be marketed under the brand Kia.

The first electric car of Kia will be a compact car based on the platform of Hyundai i10. Already next year the company plans to release a 2000 environmentally friendly minicars. The working name of the project - TAM. Concern Hyundai public its plans for this segment in the symposium on environmentally friendly transport, which was held in South Korea.

Kia plans to release one more compact electric car in the first half of 2014. Hyundai also plans release to the market its version electric car in the second half of 2015. Hyundai is already testing a concept electric car - BlueOn on the basis of i10, which debuted last year. Based on the results of these tests will be decided on small-scale production of electric car.

Officially presented crossover Peugeot 4008

Following the company Citroen, announced at last week's new crossover C4 AirCross, Peugeot introduced its off-road novelty. Crossover 4008 will get platform of Mitsubishi ASX and four power units.

The length of the new crossover Peugeot - 4340 mm, that about 300 mm shorter than the larger Peugeot 4007. In addition, the novelty has received 195 mm clearance so it may be considered more consistent off-roader than the model 3008.

In the European market crossover will be equipped with one of four power units. The buyer can choose between two petrol (1.6-liter, 117 hp and 2 hp, 150 hp) and two diesel (1.6 liter and 1.8 liter, 116 and 150 horsepower, respectively) engines. It is noted that for gasoline engines will be available as a 5-speed manual, and stepless CVT, but the diesel engines will be offered only with 6-speed manual transmission.

Most likely, Peugeot 4008 will receive both front-and four-wheel drive versions. AWD system traditionally receives three operating modes - drive only the front wheels, four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with locked interaxle clutch. However, according to some reports, on the European market Peugeot intends to release only a four-wheel drive version with a diesel engines.

Sep 30, 2011

Honda published prices for the next generation Civic

As the company says, taking orders for the new Civic, presented to public at the Frankfurt Motor Show, has already begun. The first cars delivery will begin in January next year.

The basic version of the car - configuration SE - will be equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and a USB-ports for connection to the mobile devices of owner. The cost of the initial version of the Civic - 16 495 pounds (or 26.4 thousand USD). For an additional 1.5 thousand pounds can buy a hatchback in the same configuration, but with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine capacity 142 hp. For fans of diesel engines available 2.2-liter 150-horsepower i-DTEC, with which the price increases to 20 095 pounds (32.1 thousand dollars).

The most expensive version of the model - EX GT - will cost between 24 495 pounds (39.2 thousand dollars) for the gasoline version and 26 595 pounds (42.5 thousand dollars) for a version with a diesel engine. In this version of car will access to salon without a key and engine start button, parking assist, bi-xenon headlights, glass panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels.

In additioncompany intends to first time in the family Civic offer Adaptive Cruise Control and automatic emergency braking system , which is based on the testimony of the radar determines the moving and fixed obstacles at a distance of 100 m and at speeds of over 15 km/h . If there is risk of collision alarm is triggered, tightened seat belts and begin braking.

Citroen presented off-road version of the C4

Citroen released information about off-road version of its model C4. As the company says, the model C4 Aircross redefines the aesthetics of compact crossovers, combining impressive style and innovative technology. A similar combination, which should bring novelty to the equal footing with more popular representatives of the segment is a universality of off-road vehicle with handling and comfort of sedan. The company has taken care about ecological of cars also.

Exterior of novelty notes the latest trends in car design of the French brand. More angular and aggressive features are combined with the smooth body shape. Moreover, the model developers concerned not only about the external effect, but also the aerodynamics of cars. Feeling of safety creates a wide hood, massive arches and short front and rear overhangs.

In vertical ducts front bumper built fashionable now daytime running lights, without which it can not do hardly any the global novelty in automotive world. Big 18-inch alloy wheels and rear lights have been designed with an eye to the concept Hypnos. Wheels are not only an aesthetic role - it is designed to optimize air flow.

The company notes that C4 Aircross receive the latest generation of all-wheel transmission, which should provide optimal traction on the wheels in different road conditions. Technology allows you to distribute torque between front and rear axles. Total transmission allows switching between three modes: mono-drive, four-wheel drive with automatic distribution of the traction, four-wheel drive with fixed traction.

Citroen C4 Aircross get a choice of four variants engines in volume from 1.6 to 2 liters and the capacity from 115 to 150 hp. However, as the company notes, 2-liter gasoline engine power of 150 hp in Europe is not submitted. The engines are combined with a 5 - or 6-speed manual transmission. For the most powerful engine offered variator. The crossover has the compact size: length - 4.34 m, width - 1,8 m, height - 1.63 m.

In Europe the car will appear close to second half of next year.

BMW has prepared an anniversary model for Japanese

The BMW is celebrating another anniversary: exactly thirty years ago started selling 5-series sedan for Japanese market. On this occasion the Bavarians will release another special edition of the sedan, all 200 copies of which will be sold exclusively in Japan.

Sales of BMW 528i 30th Anniversary Edition in the country of the rising sun has already begun. For fans of the brand the Bavarians selected rather catchy equipment: a sedan is equipped with popular in Japan M-package, consisting of more aggressive bumpers, plates on the doorsteps and large wheels. In addition, exterior added chrome accents from the series BMW Individual. Anniversary sedan will be identify by a unique color of body Deep Sea Blue Metallic.

Interior of BMW 528i 30th Anniversary Edition covered with beige leather Veneto Dacota, equip plates of already mentioned series Individual, will decorate the logos "BMW Japan 30th Anniversary", and equip an expanded list of on-board electronics, including high-quality sound system and a large monitor.

All two hundred sedans will be built on the base version with a three-liter straight-six aspirated engine. The cost of the anniversary BMW 5-Series for the Japanese market officially at 7.89 million yen (just over 100 000 dollars).

Sep 29, 2011

In Britain, appearance of one more sports car

Rows of exclusive British sports cars were replenished: the company Ginetta, known by the model G40R, announced the release of second road coupe. It will get carbon-fiber body and 300 hp engine.

Company Ginetta, existing in the UK market for more than half a century, is known first and foremost not by road vehicles, and its work in motorsports: its engineers are involved in the construction of race cars for touring racing GT4 and monocup Ginetta GT Cup (the competition is now held under the patronage of the tire concern Michelin). But miss the opportunity to send their cars on public roads British do not want.

It is known that the Ginetta preparing to release a model is more extreme than G40R - with a more powerful engine (3.7 liters and 310 hp versus 2 liters and 175 hp), but built on the same ideology. In particular, for weight loss, it also receives carbon-fiber body. With this sports car will accelerate to 100 km/h in about 4 seconds, and the estimated top speed of 294 km/h.

What weight will have a novelty not yet reported (Ginetta G40R weighs only 795 kg). According to some reports, announced by the company Ginetta sports car is adapted for public roads version of the race car G50.

The Porsche had planned next supercar

By 2015, Porsche is going to fill up the model range another supercar. It is planned that it will be cheaper than the hybrid 918, but faster and more expensive than most top-end 911. Obviously, the Porsche decided to stiffer competition with the Ferrari.

To build the new supercar will be used entirely new platform with mid-engine - its development is now being by engineers of concern Volkswagen. Moreover, there are rumors that this platform will not only be used to build sports cars of other brands of concern, but eventually replace rear-engine platform of coupe 911. Release of the next generation 911, by the way, is planned for 2018.

Porsche 960 (as preliminary data will be named novelty) may get the engine develops 600 horsepower. Most likely, this is a six-cylinder opposed 3.8-liter engine equipped with twin turbo.

As it became known Porsche has no plans to unify the 960 and hybrid 918 Spyder. No information about how much common will be between the new supercar and other mid-engine models of the concern, in particular, Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8. However, it is reported that 960 appears in two body styles - coupe and roadster, and main competitor of novelty will be Ferrari 458 Italia. Porsche 960 will cost more than $ 300 000.

Bentley Mulsanne get a diesel engine and an elongated body

British manufacturer of "royal" cars Bentley plans to expand line its flagship - model Mulsanne. In the near future the company intends to offer elongated version of the car as well as a diesel engine.

Bentley also intends to engage an extension of the family of Continental. "We can make more various Continental than the line of what we have today. Personally, I see development in the style of the Porsche 911: light-weight models, special models. This successful strategy today", - said the head of the brand, Wolfgang Dyurhaymer.

"As for the Mulsanne, we constantly get requests for an extended model, for example. The only question is whether we will make it for special order or put on the conveyor. Now we evaluate these prospects. But I have no doubt that we can sell this option for China and the U.S.", - added Dyurhaymer.

Bentley also considering options for production of the model Mulsanne in convertible and coupe body. These cars will compete with Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and Phantom Coupe.

As for the possibility of producing diesel variant of Mulsanne, then, according to Dyurhaymer, diesel, as well as hybrid power plant, is a priority for Bentley. Dyurhaymer came to Bentley from Porsche, where he successfully launched the first crossover of the German brand and introduced in model range hybrid and diesel models. It seems that the same top manager intends to do with British brand.

Mercedes-Benz CLC will show in the spring in New York

The new "four-door coupe" from Stuttgart will be the least expensive front-drive model of the premium brand Mercedes-Benz. Prototypes of the sedan CLC already tested in different conditions, and debut planned at New York Motor Show to be held in April next year.

Novelty borrow some of the features of a larger sedan CLS. Presentation of the new "coupe" mark the beginning of input Mercedes-Benz brand in more massive, but still the premium segment, which is slightly lower than the current C-class of brand.

Company representatives have hastened to declare that the new CLC will not have reduced the quality or comfort. "It will be a real Mercedes-Benz", - said one of the representatives of the brand.

In addition to the CLC company to unconfirmed reports, intends to present a new compact crossover, which debut will be held later presentation of "coupe". Novelty can get name GLC. It is expected that both models will be built on the new front-drive platform Modular Front Architecture (MFA). It also formed the basis for a new generation B-Class, which was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

As previously reported, Mercedes-Benz CLC will receive a wide range of new petrol and diesel engines with direct injection and four-wheel drive as an option. "Four-door coupe" will go on sale in 2013, and North American buyers will see it first. Touring on the same platform gets to the dealers next year.

Sep 28, 2011

The new Ford Mondeo will be like the concept Evos

The new generation Ford Mondeo promises to be the most emotional. According to preliminary data, the sedan will be largely similar to the concept Evos, presented at the Frankfurt motor show.

Published the first images of new generation of Ford Mondeo. Judging by it, the appearance of the sedan will undergo significant changes. The images are based on information provided by insiders and spy photos of car, which already runs a road test.

The new Mondeo will borrow from Evos not only design but also the power plant. It is true that a 2-liter gasoline engine combined with an electric motor, will be available shortly after launch. Initially the company will offer more familiar 1.6-liter and 2-liter EcoBoost petrol engines ranging from 150 to 200 hp. There will also be available diesel engines of similar volume ranging from 112 to 163 hp.

Due to the fuel economy technologies that are already available in the latest version of the Focus (such as system "start-stop" system of brake energy regeneration and "active" aerodynamics, when the radiator grille "closes" at high speed), Mondeo may be one of most economical car in the class. Under the new shell will be modernized front-drive chassis.

The debut of novelty planned for Geneva Motor Show to be held in March next year. On sale the car will appear in the summer after the premiere.

Toyota is preparing a super-efficient hybrid Aqua

Toyota plans to release the cheapest hybrid car. Novelty, which should hit the market in early 2012, already named Aqua.

The Japanese have already stated that their novelty will be the most economical hybrid not only in a line of brand, but also throughout the world. Reportedly, Toyota Aqua can pass 40 kilometers on 1 liter of petrol! The price of the car, too, will delight customers, it will cost less than the world's favorite Toyota Prius, - only 22 000 dollars. Known worldwide Prius costs about 4000 dollars more.

Release of the new model planned for January next year. According to preliminary data, the novelty will get engine an intermediate type (between gasoline and electric), which will enable it to become the most popular hybrid.