Aug 13, 2013

Toyota plans to build a sports car that will be cheaper than the GT 86

The Japanese manufacturer for about a year discussing with his Bavarian partner BMW certain joint development. It is assumed that it can become the successor to the famous Toyota Supra. However, the creation of yet another sports car, more affordable, the Japanese also need a partner.

The fact that Toyota may appear more affordable sports car than the GT 86, said the chief engineer of the project GT 86 Tetsuya Tada. According to him, as a result sports line of Toyota would consist of three models, in which the engineer intentions coincide with the desire of the CEO Akio Toyoda.

However, so far no final decision either on the most expensive, or on the most affordable of sports cars.

However, Tetsuya Tada said that the company is planning to develop a completely new rear-drive platform, which will be the basis for a budget model. However, to minimize the cost of its creation, Toyota is going to find some partner.

It should be noted that the positive experience of such cooperation Toyota already has: 86 GT coupe was developed in collaboration with Subaru and now marketed under three brands.

What kind of effort is going to take Toyota to make a future sports car as accessible as possible, a company spokesman did not elaborate. Tetsuya Tada limited to the statement that "the project GT 86 has taught Toyota".

Infiniti supercar will appear not earlier 2018

Infiniti intends to bring to market its own supercar not in 2016 as previously planned, but only by 2018. "Green light" for project has not yet given: the company's engineers have not yet decided on the principles of the layout of the future sports flagship.

While in the Infiniti there is no consensus on the question of principle - will be the next supercar front-engine, or will get a mid layout. In the first case, obviously, base for the novelty will be Nissan GT-R, in the second case, the engineers will have to design a completely new platform.

According to Autocar, in the development of of supercar possible will be take part specialists from the team of F1 Red Bull Racing, which is supported by a company Infiniti. Accordingly, it is likely that in the development the engine of supercar will be used racing technology. Autocar sources say that engineers plan to use some kind of hybrid power plant based on the petrol V6. Thus, the supercar can be equipped with the equivalent of a system KERS, which recovers braking energy.

Some idea about how might look like the future supercar Infiniti, can give concepts Emerg-E and Essence. It is interesting that Essence, presented in 2009, was equipped with petrol V6, developing 440 horsepower and 160-horsepower electric motor with a kinetic energy recovery system.

Aug 8, 2013

Tesla Model S received a four-wheel drive

The company Tesla plans to implement its models AWD system - its development is already underway. However, contrary to expectations, the first model to receive the drive to both axles, will not crossover Model X, and sedan Model S, and in the following year.

According to some reports, the all-wheel drive will be an option for the Model S, and offer it will be for the most equipped version of the model. Obviously, It means the version with the largest capacity battery - 85 kWh, the cost of such a sedan starts at $87400. How to increase the cost of Tesla Model S after the implantation of all-wheel drive still not yet specified. But some experts have suggested that the all-wheel drive sedan will be spending to accelerate to 100 km/h for about 4 seconds. This is 0.3-0.4 seconds faster than the version with the same power plant, but only one drive axle.

Interestingly, Tesla this information has not yet confirmed. However, some media have already announce that the emergence of all-wheel drive for the most expensive version of the Model S is intended to be a kind of test program. Later, Tesla plans to optionally equip the drive to both axles more affordable modifications of the electric car.

Purchase all-wheel drive Model S it will be possible the beginning of next year. Crossover Model X, which will appear later, also will be equipped with all-wheel drive as an option only.

BMW i8 will get a three-cylinder turbo engine

The Frankfurt Motor Show will become a place the premiere of two serial representatives of the Bavarian sub-brand i. However, if about compact hatchback BMW i3 is known to almost everyone, then gently reveal card over the hybrid sports car i8 manufacturer decided to just now.

In the BMW are proud that, despite the complexity of the layout of a sports car, they managed to achieve the ideal weight distribution between the axles in a 50:50 ratio. Weight BMW i8 is only 1,490 kg, with a length of almost 4.7 meters. This sports car has a very low center of gravity, and not too high - just 1,293 mm. Save a fair amount of kilograms allowed to extensive use of aluminum, carbon fiber and other ultra-light materials. The so-called "The module of life", the power cage of interior sports car, entirely made of carbon fiber - in the end it turned up to 50% lighter than its steel analogue and is 30% lighter than if it was made from aluminum. BMW engineers saved weight on everything - even the glasses are made from synthetic materials and so adapt the thickness of only 0.7 mm.

The main goal, which sought BMW to fight for kilograms - is the need to compensate for the weight of the power plant. It is, however, also turned out quite compact, because it consists of a petrol engine volume of 1.5 liters and a relatively small electric motors that rotate the front and rear axis respectively. The total power of the engines is 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque, which allows the BMW i8 to accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. It is just 0.2 seconds slower than a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, but the BMW i8 promises to be much more economical - its average fuel consumption is claimed at around 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers.

It is the most economical mode of the power plant - Eco Pro, which is limited to the supply of electricity to devices such as air conditioning and electrically adjustable mirrors, and gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission more likely to use higher gears. In this mode the BMW i8 can pass on one tank filling up to 600 km. In Comfort mode driving range is reduced to 500 km. Apart from these, there are still mode Sport, in which all the controls sports car become more responsive, and the motor realizes all the energy maximum, which is capable of. Sports car can move only on electric, but not more than 35 km. To charge the battery sports car with a special 220-volt devices need only one and a half hours.

Missing details the manufacturer promises to announce during the September premiere in Frankfurt. In the BMW has not yet reported the exact timing of the sales i8, limited only by the announcement that it will happen next year.

Concept Opel Monza will show the world the future of the brand

Opel continues to escalate around the intrigue the upcoming premiere of its concept Monza. While the coupe conceptual is a way to show the evolution of another round of corporate design, but Opel does not refuse the possibility of producing a production version.

True, there are nothing concrete about the possible appearance of a sports coupe model range Opel. However, the fact that as the name concept was to use the name were already present in the model range of the brand says about the theoretical readiness Opel to expand model range.

According to some reports, the manufacturer is actually considering this possibility. Return the name Monza, under which the Germans produced a large coupe in the 80-ies of the last century, the company could be using the platform of convertible Cascada. In addition, Opel is now working to update its range of motor, and series coupe can get a number of completely new engines.

As for the concept Opel Monza, then the head of Opel, Karl-Thomas Neumann said that the prototype represents the future of the brand as a whole. A new style of design called the manufacturer "sculptural artistry with German precision". In addition, Opel does not miss an opportunity to recall that the German company was the first manufacturer in Europe, who built a concept car. It happened back in 1965.

The premiere of the newest concept of Opel will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12.

Aug 6, 2013

Porsche will join the family of 911 RS-version in a year

Porsche is preparing to present the most extreme version of its 911 sports car. The manufacturer has already officially renounced the use of a manual transmission on the coupe 911 GT3 RS, but probably develop a new power unit specifically for this modification.

Some time ago, the Porsche said they were not going to release the 911 GT3 RS with a manual transmission, as this would require too serious changes compared to the version equipped with the PDK. So sports car will hit the market in the a single variant. However, robotic box in the Porsche intend to reconfigure to provide a smooth gear changes. It should be noted that the 911 GT3 it takes not too much time - according to the manufacturer of less than 100 milliseconds.

Sports car also will provide electronically controlled rear differential and a stiffer suspension. As for the powertrain, reliable information not yet. According to one version, the 911 GT3 RS will equip the upgraded 3.8-liter boxer engine of the 911 GT3, on the other - a sports car gets a new 4-liter engine. In any case, engine power exceeds 500 horsepower.

According to information published in the "Automobile", RS version will be significantly wider than the original 911 GT3 and even get some body panels from the 911 Turbo. The new sports car will be have carbon roof. Argues that the use of ultra-light materials was laid in the development of a new generation of the 911, so that carbon top is not require major changes in the power structure of the body. 911 GT3 RS will also get an adjustable rear wing.

It is already known that in the sale of novelty must be received in the second half of 2014.

"Charged" Subaru BRZ STi could appear in the autumn

Subaru started teasing fans of coupe BRZ: Japanese firm have emerged online two teasers of the car with STi nameplates on the grille and side "gills". It speaks volumes that the company finally decided to release a more powerful car modification.

"Charged" version of the BRZ fans of fast coupe have been waiting for a long time and look. However, presenting teasers a future version of STi the Japanese still does not apply to the topic of technical details of novelty. One thing is clear: no turbo, and no AWD STi most likely not receive and for quite obvious reasons.

Sources in the company said that the use of turbocharging, engineers were forced to abandon by reason too compact engine compartment, which does not allow to place the intercooler. And the use of all-wheel drive would have led to the need for a fundamental redesign the car.

Thus, according to the head of department of marketing Subaru Atoshi Atake, engineers limited to more modest modifications. In particular, it mentions a new exhaust system, modified intake system and a number of other upgrades that result regimen adjusted will be raised above 7500 r/min. In this set of actions is planned to increase the capacity of the motor from the current 200 to about 230 hp. Also finalize the suspension and brakes. BRZ STi will receive a number of external differences that borrow from the prototype, which was introduced a year ago in Los Angeles. These include advanced aerodynamic elements and a large rear wing.

The debut of Subaru BRZ STi could be held in November this year at the Auto Show in Los Angeles. But the first country where it will be possible buy a novelty, will be Japan. In Europe and the United States coupe will arrive later.

The first running prototype of the Acura NSX is presented in the U.S.

As promised earlier, on August 4 brand Acura, owned by Honda, showed the public the first running prototype of the future supercar NSX. The premiere was held in the United States on a racing track in Lexington, Ohio, where the prototype is not stood modestly aside, and drove around the track in almost "battle" mode.

The debut of the prototype opened the next stage of the IndyCar Series, and not only thoroughly warmed up the crowd, but also, says the company, served as a kind of hint of a desire Honda to expose NSX, not only on public roads, but also on the racing tracks. On the sporting ambitions of the company hinting and coloring of the prototype, which, however, almost no hides the main thing - the overall design of the future supercar that in serial form is unlikely to change much.

Preparing to launch NSX in the series and test work is underway. In Ohio, for the production of the supercar has already built plant, which invested $ 70 million. Do not change until the release dates of the production version - it's still 2015. In the UK already open accepting applications for the right to be among the first customers. But while even the approximate price of a sports car is not defined.

BMW will build a track inside the pavilion at the Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW is going to surprise the audience at Frankfurt Motor Show. The company will build a small track racing just inside its pavilion. Visitors to the show, wishing to experience the i3 electric car in action, will be able to drive through this track.

The track length of 300 meters will be a three-tier and will be executed in the form of the symbol for infinity. That is, it will be possible to drive without stopping, until the charge is complete. In just 12 days of Show BMW i3 will have to to drive through track 9100 km, which is the distance from Frankfurt to San Francisco.

According to head of the Department of Brand Management BMW Steven Althaus, this year the company will concentrate its presence at the auto show around the eco-friendly development and electric cars.

Central premiere will be car of the family i: 100-percent electric car i3 and a rechargeable hybrid i8. It is noted that the track will be able to ride the press. And for the first time in the history of this opportunity will be available for usual visitors motor show.

And the ride will be not only on the electric BMW i3, but in general on any machine of concern, presented at the Auto Show. Even those that appear on the market only after a while. In addition, visitors will be able to ask any questions about the i-cars specially trained personnel.

As part of motor show BMW will present electric car i3, a hybrid sports car i8, the new coupe 4 Series, the new X5, conceptual Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, and its serial cars. Only three brands of concern - BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce - will occupy 10,000 square meters of space.

Aug 2, 2013

The new Audi Q7 will share a platform with the SUVs Bentley and Lamborghini

Now no longer embarrassed that the Porsche Cayenne shares a platform with the less prestigious Audi Q7 and "very cheap" VW Touareg. This allows the manufacturer to significantly save on development and production of vehicles. Soon contribute to the cost optimization will make brands Bentley and Lamborghini.

The new generation of Audi Q7, as well as future off-road car of the brand Bentley, will be built on one modular platform of concern Volkswagen. Platform MLB, designed for the development including a full-size SUV, it will allow the new Q7 lose more than 350 kilograms due to the extensive use of aluminum. In addition, it is known that Audi's flagship crossover line the first of the companions try on a new corporate identity - in part it has already demonstrated the concept Audi Crosslane Coupe (pictured). Novelty will debuting as early as next year.

However, it plans VW to use the platform is not restricted. In addition to the crossover Bentley, which will appear in 2016, the same base get a new VW Touareg, whose output is planned at about the same time. Thus, it seems logical that the new generation Porsche Cayenne will be built on the same principles, but it appears only in 2017. The entry of new crossovers will precede some facelift, updated Touareg and Cayenne manufacturers may have to present in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

In the end, the chain co-platform crossovers will close model, which promises to be the most aggressive. In 2017, Lamborghini intends to submit a sample of serial Urus, which, according to various reports, will get or twin-turbo V8, either naturally aspirated V10.

Nissan will show its new SUV on August 20

The Japanese company revives the name of the Terrano, a few years remain "abandoned". Name - but not the model: in the past was the name of a full frame SUV, and now - not having anything to do with it a crossover with a monocoque body.

Under the name Terrano from 1986 to 2006 produced three cars that were in the complex related to each other. But all were a very brutal frame SUVs and enjoyed a certain prestige among fans of off-road driving. Talk now is about using the old name for a completely new model.

The new generation of Terrano built on the platform of the crossover Renault Duster - the use of well-proven platform has allowed the Japanese to save a lot of money on developing novelty.

However, representatives of Nissan has already made ​​a reservation, that in this case is no talk about the "badge-engineering" that is selling the same model under different brand names. Nissan Terrano will have its own design of the body and its interior. And, according the manufacturer, crossover Nissan will be more prestigious and more expensive than its "cousin", sold under the brands Renault and Dacia. However, this does not prevent Terrano be the most affordable crossover of Nissan.

Premiere of novelty will be held in India, there a crossover will be released. Indian plant of concern Renault-Nissan produces cars not only for the domestic market, but also for Europe. Thus, it is likely that the opportunity to purchase Nissan Terrano will not remain the privilege of Asian motorists.

Citroen is preparing for the premiere "budget concept car"

Very soon two model lines of Citroen - C and DS - to be divorced by the manufacturer on different sides of the market. DS model will be the final premium and the line C will turn into something like a budget brand. Its firstborn Citroen will show in Frankfurt.

In Citroen, according to some sources does not plan to compete with the very very affordable brands like Dacia, but will try to maximize savings in the production of future new products. That is why the concept Citroen E3 Essential, which the company intends to display at the September motor show will not be similar to the concept of C-Cactus (pictured). Earlier it was planned that it is from the latter in the end, "grow" new hatchback, which was intended as an ideological successor of the famous "ugly duckling" 2CV - simple and cheap car, enjoy great popularity in post-war France.

It is expected that the design of the new concept will be more simple and concise in order to minimize the number of body panels. As stated by representatives of Citroen, the novelty will be built under the slogan "The simplicity, purity and elegance". Simple will be and power units. If C-Cactus was equipped with diesel-electric propulsion system, the serial hatchback based on the E3 Essential get motors that are already being produced by the French. Auto Express says that it is primarily about the 70-hp diesel HDi and petrol turbo 1,2 VTi, which develops 82 horsepower.

When exactly the serial version of E3 Essential will be available is not yet known. If to speak about the price, Auto Express sources claim that it will be comparable to the price of its main competitor - liftbek Skoda Rapid.

Motor power Porsche 911 reduced for environmental

In the Internet appeared the first image of the new version of the Porsche 911, which was called Blu Edition. According to rumors, Porsche wants to prove that the famous sports cars can be friendly to the environment: fuel consumption of novelty must not exceed 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers.

Media, spreading the picture Porsche 911 Blu Edition, can not say for sure that the image is genuine. Doubtful, in particular, the color scheme of sports car - a bright red folding roof (it weighs only 22 kg), aerodynamic elements of the same color and a blue body.

According to some sources this version of sports car will get a traditional 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine, but it is de-boost from 350 to 300 horsepower. Aggregated engine is planned with the robot PDK. In addition, the version Blu Edition will be different presence of a "start-stop", the possibility of deactivation of cylinders, active grille shutters that optimize aerodynamics and a new system of energy recovery. As a result, for the ability to accelerate to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds sports car demostration fairly modest appetite - at 100 kilometers it will spend 2.5 liters less than the standard Porsche 911 Carrera. Volume emissions should reach 152 g CO2 per kilometer, while an ordinary 911 minimum rate is 194 g/km.

According to rumors, it is planned to release only 911 copies of the Blu Edition, and each will be priced a minimum of 74,600 euros. The novelty could debut in September at the Frankfurt Show.

Company from California has revealed its new supercar

Little-known American company Lucra published the first photos of the car, which should appear in public before the end of the year. Californians do not talk about the car, but some conclusions can already be done.

So far the only car in the lineup of the young company is a roadster LC470. It is designed in retro style two-seater roadster with a short "tail" and a long "nose". So long to under the hood could accommodate a V-8: company offers buyers of sports cars a choice of two engines General Motors up to 7 liters and power up to 505 hp and AMG power unit of 6.2 liters and output of 457 hp (this is completed, in particular, Mercedes-Benz C 63 ​​AMG).

The new car - known as 2.2 - has the same proportions as that already produces a model, but has a more modern design. Thus, we can assume that the Americans have developed a new set of body panels and structurally two models will twins.

Prices for a model LC470 start with 85,000 dollars. The novelty will surely be more expensive, as will be the flagship model of the series.

Jul 30, 2013

British declassified name and power of the new Alfa Romeo sports car

As is known, the Italian brand new car will be a close relative of the Japanese roadster Mazda MX-5. But officially Alfa Romeo positioned the novelty as the successor of its classic model manufactured for nearly 30 years.

Name Spider wore Italian compact roadster, which appeared in 1966 and disappeared from the lineup in 1993 (during which time had to change four generations). The car never completed with powerful engines (the most powerful remained 132-hp version Veloce, released in 1969), but has become popular due simple construction, low price and memorable design.

Autocar magazine recently told its readers that the name Spider will get a new model Alfa Romeo, that the Italians are developing jointly with Mazda. Produced novelty is at the factory Mazda in Hiroshima.

British journalists argue that the final proposals for the design of the new Spider ready and waiting for the final approval of the management of the concern Fiat. The project is directly Marco Tenkone, chief designer of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, which is considered the author of all the notable Italian novelties of recent times: from the compact sports car Alfa Romeo 4C to prestigious sedans Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte.

Classic Spider liked including conservative design: a model in the mid-nineties looked drawn in the sixties. Autocar sources in Alfa Romeo claim that the appearance of the new Spider created without regard to the past: "No retro. Car must be modern, does not have to look like a black sheep in the background 4S and other models of the brand."

Autocar journalists also reported that the car will weigh about 1,100 kg (weight of the current generation MX-5 - 1200 kg), and equipped with turbo engine a series of MultiAir capacity of 1.4 liters and output of 168 hp - such can be found under the hood of hatchbacks MiTo and Giulietta.

The most luxurious Mercedes S-class will sell at a price of Rolls-Royce

Concern Daimler, getting rid of the brand Maybach, said earlier that will replace luxury limousines the most expensive versions of Mercedes S-class. According to recent reports, these cars will be produced in the price range of 200-250 thousand dollars.

As the head of the German company Dieter Zetsche, ultra-luxury versions of the new-generation Mercedes-Benz S-class will be priced at 200-250 thousand dollars, it is in the same price category as the models Rolls-Royce and Bentley, reports Automotive News.
Super S-class, as it is called the future novelty in the company, will be released in 2015. The car will be focused on the same segment as the cars of the liquidated last year brand Maybach. But at the same time, compared with the same Maybach, luxury sedans will be significantly cheaper, said Zetsche.

The main competitors of Super S-class will be the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur. Recall, Maybach 62 S was sold for 470,000 dollars and have to compete on price with top-end versions of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and the Bentley Mulsanne.

To strip of 200 thousand dollars coming close some models of AMG, but with the advent of super luxury S-Class, "independent of the AMG, we will get more coverage of this segment," said Zetsche. According to him, Mercedes will give a much better base price for the new sedan. And to distance it from the other Mercedes, noted Zetsche, the company will offer technology and interior elements that exceed those that are present in the S-class 2014 model year, which goes on sale in September this year.

Volkswagen told about a new modification of the Golf

German brand has expanded super popular family of all-wheel drive wagon. At the same time seriously limiting the number of engines available for it: if the front-drive hatchback is available in eight different powertrains, the novelty - with only two.

At the same time marketers Volkswagen decided that all-wheel drive wagon do not need petrol engines - so Golf Variant 4Motion can be equipped with one of the turbo-diesel engines. Less powerful for a volume of 1.6 liters develops 105 hp, more powerful for a volume of 2 liters - 150 hp. Minimum fuel consumption is stated by the manufacturer at 4.5 and 4.8 l/100 km respectively.

Place an order for wheel-drive wagons already possible at German dealers of the brand. The base price of the car with a 105-horsepower engine and manual transmission - 24,400 euros.

Toyota has hinted will look like a new generation of Lexus RX

Concern Toyota extended the first official images of its new crossover. However, while we are talking about the car for the Japanese market: Toyota Harrier marketed there. In Europe and North America, this crossover is also known under a different name - Lexus RX.

Manufacturer limited only photos, not yet said a word about the technical component. Meanwhile, Car Watch, which published the pictures, claims that it represented a new generation of Toyota Harrier. Thus, from the photo it is possible to make an impression of how it will look like a new Lexus RX. Likely to differ from the Harrier it will be only another front end design - the crossover from Lexus certainly get a different grille with the logo of the brand.

It can be assumed that the crossover will keep current motor range, which includes the 188-hp 2.7liter engine, V6 of 3.5 liters and 277 hp, and a hybrid propulsion system that provides 250 horsepower. By the way, the photos displayed exactly hybrid modification - so after the upgrade Lexus RX retain version 450h.

Representatives of Toyota have previously reported that the new product will debut winter 2013.

Jul 29, 2013

Ferrari is preparing to release an extreme version of the 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia will soon receive a more extreme version - are sure photospies who took pictures the test car in befitting camouflage. But contrary to the traditions Italians can refuse the name of Scuderia, which was previously assigned a similar version.

More "evil" modification sports car can get the name Monte Carlo - apparently in honor of the famous track "Formula 1". However, solved in Maranello to take this step, will finally become clear only in September - upgraded Ferrari 458 should debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. On the other hand, it is possible that Ferrari decided to release two charged modifications under various names.

Judging by the outline of body of the prototype 458 Monte Carlo, sports car will differ by more aggressive look. With the change of the name Ferrari acquire new bumpers, rear fenders with air intakes, dual exhaust, and other wheels. In addition, sports car stronger cling to the ground - reducing the clearance is also included into the training program extreme modification.

We know that Ferrari 458 Monte Carlo will be about centner lighter than the 458 Italia, and about 30 hp more powerful. Thus, the power of 4.5-liter V8 will overcome the threshold of 600 horsepower. However, it is not known whether these changes will have a significant impact on the dynamics of a sports car - and without that it accelerates to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and its top speed exceeds 325 km/h.

Aston Martin built and sold two concept CC100

Conceptual and highly original Aston Martin CC100 was originally designed to beautifully commemorate the 100th anniversary of brand. Speedster presented in one of the holiday events at the Nürburgring. It was expected that the company will build two such cars one of which will remain in the museum, and the second will be sold.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster received its unusual appearance due to the famous race car 50-ies of the last century DBR1. The concept was first introduced to the public in the famous race "24 Hours of Nürburgring", where at the same time held a large-scale gathering of owners of Aston Martin. By the way, the car lefts with the presentation of its own power, after standing in a total traffic jam on departure from the track.

Another purpose of the concept - to show the world what features will have the next generation of British supercars. Fans of the brand expected that the company will release only two copies CC100 and leaving one a memento, and the second will sell selected client. Consequently, the car soon had become virtually priceless.

But Aston Martin for some reason decided to sell both copies. As reported by Autocar, two cars are already sold at a price of 500 thousand pounds each (about 770,600 dollars).

The first car - the same one that visited the Nurburgring. After the premiere car appeared at several events organized to celebrate the anniversary. The second car is currently being build. Buyer will receive it before the end of this year.

It is reported that the owner of the first concept is to retain it in his collection almost like a work of art. But the second one is going, do not hesitate to ride a CC100 on public roads. However, for this first need obtain a permit, which in concept yet not.

The first prototype of supercar Acura NSX will be shown on August 4

Brand Acura, owned by Honda, is ready to show the public the first prototype of supercar NSX. So far only concept cars exhibited. Premiere will take place in the U.S. on August 4, but the first photo company still provided.

According to the report of the North American division Honda, the supercar will be presented at a race track in Lexington, Ohio. The debut will take place in one of the stages of prestigious racing championship Indy. And the car did not just put on display, but also demonstrate its dynamic performance. Pre-production sample will drive one lap around the track, and this lap will be shown in a live NBC.

Given that before the premiere of the production version is still far, on the car inflicted some combination of war paint and camouflage, masking individual parts. But in general the shape of the future Acura NSX can already be appreciated.

Recall that the supercar will be released to the market in 2015. The car is being developed in the U.S. R & D center Honda, which is located in the same state of Ohio, but in Raymond. Previously, it was also reported that the production of NSX will be arranged at the plant in Ohio, which will be built specifically for this project.

New Mini concept car can change colors and wink to passengers

The car named Vision hints what solutions can be enriched production vehicles of the brand in a dozen years. For example, buyers of the future Mini will fix a cell phone in a special web, and not put in a niche.

Externally Mini Vision like were issued earlier and to be issued today Mini, but to make its a body is used high-tech material, which the representatives of the brand named "organic metal". In fact it is an advanced composite, to create which are used several different types of fibers - the result is combination of impressive flexibility with very high strength and unique, reminiscent of fabric surface texture.

Interior from the point of view of design also represents a further development of the ideas embodied in the modern Mini. Self pay attention chairs custom design and web of elastic straps inside the door - it is possible to fix a bottle or a mobile phone, with its network configuration like the British flag. Another memorable part of the interior is the advanced interior lighting scheme: the driver can select from a variety of colors, and the option of "mini-disco" allows to see in the area of ​​the feet and on the front panel "winking" to passengers icons.

The creators of the concept car are asked not to carry out any parallels with the serial Mini third generation, which will premiere this fall at the Auto Show in Los Angeles. Technology and design elements embodied in the Vision find a use for mass-produced cars, it is only after five or ten years.

Citroen luxury crossover will be marketed not only in China

Attention of international manufacturers to the rapidly growing Chinese market, and especially to its premium segment, with good reason. The new crossover Citroen, a prototype of which was shown recently at the Shanghai Motor Show, and it was originally intended only for the Chinese market. But now the manufacturer changed his mind.

In Citroen expect great success of the new crossover in China - and it is believed that such will help popularity of the model adequately express themselves in the European market. According to representatives of Citroen for a concept car Wild Rubis (pictured), shown in Shanghai, same respond positively dealership owners and guests from different European countries.

It is expected that the serial car (rumored to be called DS7 and it will present next year at the Beijing Auto Show) will be built on the platform of Citroen DS5, and the role of the competition have been chosen similar models Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz - these brands have traditionally occupied a strong position in the China market.

It should be noted that the crossover will not the only one rookie in the premium line of Citroen DS. According to Autocar, soon to be joined competitor of BMW 5 Series, the prototype of which was a concept car Numero 9 and also a more compact sedan.

Jul 26, 2013

Convertible Opel Adam closer to the conveyor

The first hint possibility of the appearance at compact model open modifications the company made last year with the help of the concept Adam Rocks. Even then, Opel were thinking to make convertible a serial, but the final decision the leadership of the company is not accepted until now.

However, now open Opel Adam closer to the conveyor than it has ever been. Auto Motor und Sport claims that the project will get the approval of the company's management in the near future. Thus an extravagant compact will receive folding soft top with electric drive, reminiscent of the one that is used on a similar-sized convertible Fiat 500C.

As power units particularly it are the same as that of the hatch. This means that future buyers of convertible will be able to choose between the 70-horsepower 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter engine, two versions of the which is developing 87 and 100 hp.

It should be noted that the convertible is unlikely to be repeated in full concept car Adam Rocks (pictured). The fact that the main focus during its creation was made more on pseudo off-road style: Rocks differed increased ground clearance, enhanced track and plastic protective body kit.

Citroen will make a racing star of the budgetary sedan

The next year the French brand will debut in the WTCC. New racing car Citroen is going to demonstrate at the September Frankfurt Motor Show. And it will not model DS3, according to most experts and fans.

The last few years, the main point of application of force for the racing department was Citroen World Rally Championship. Drivers of factory team (mostly - the planet's best rally driver Sebastien Loeb) have won many victories at the wheel of Citroen DS3. When the company announced its imminent arrival in the WTCC (and that Loeb will be one of its drivers), most fans considered that on ring roads will defend the honor of the brand just DS3.

Fans are not that much wrong. For example, the engine of the new car (1.6-liter turbo develops 380 hp and 400 Nm of torque and works in tandem to a 6-speed sequential gearbox) is borrowed from a rally DS3. But is set in the body of the budget sedan C-Elysee.

The head of the brand Citroen Frederick Banse told why the company's management has stopped on this model. C-Elysee is designed primarily for developing countries - and in the calendar WTCC there are races in Latin America, Morocco, China and Russia. Next season tournament participants will open the on April 13.

Honda Civic wagon will show in Frankfurt

Representatives of the Honda said that the list of options, among other things will be adaptive shock absorbers. Decision is doubly surprising. First, at the Civic sedan such shocks do not put even an extra charge. Second, a set for the wagon has two shock absorbers - and not four, as is usual.

The rear suspension that Honda will offer as a paid option to buyers of wagon Civic Tourer, is both adaptive and regulated. That is, on the one hand, the shock automatically become slightly softer or slightly more rigid depending on the quality of the pavement. And on the other - the driver by selecting one of three modes of the suspension, shifts range in which the shock absorbers changes its characteristics in one direction or another.

In most cases, adaptive suspension kit consists of four shock absorbers, and the decision of Honda engineers limited to two is unexpected move. Honda explain that in this case the system loses only 20% of its functionality, while savings in terms of weight and cost of the components is 50%.

It is expected that soon-to-debut at Frankfurt stock car (before this time Japanese have extended a few photos of carefully camouflaged cars) will be not look much different from the concept car that Honda has shown this spring at the Geneva Motor Show.

Bugatti will release a brand history in six cars

Bugatti is going to be a world champion by quantity of various special version of one model. To the already numerous modifications of supercar Veyron soon added six more - by the number of famous people who played an important role in the history of the brand.

"The history of the brand is largely determined by the outstanding individuals and we want through their biographies tell the story of Bugatti", - said the head of the company Wolfgang Schreiber. The first special Veyron will be dedicated to the famous racer of the last century, Jean-Pierre Wimille. In the thirties, driving a Bugatti he has twice won the race "24 Hours of Le Mans" and gained lot of less important victories.

In addition to the long name Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille, exclusive Veyron will be different from the "regular" Grand Sport Vitesse roadster body color - hue blue, echoing the color of one of the cars of Jean-Pierre Wimille. The manufacturer plans to release only three such roadsters, and edition of some of next version can and does make one car.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest roadster in the world after the record, recorded the Guinness book: it was able to accelerate to 408.8 km/h. Hypercar equipped with a 1200 hp 16-cylinder engine, and the acceleration to 100 km/h it takes just 2.6 seconds.

Jul 25, 2013

Cheapest models of Jaguar appear in public in one and a half months

Now the cheapest car the British brand is a sedan XF. For those who want a less expensive car, but the dreams about his own Jaguar, is especially carefully at the September Frankfurt Motor Show.

For fans of the British brand is not a secret that the British were engaged in the development of two models that will be accessible to all produced now Jaguar. It is about a sedan (known as XS), which has to compete with the BMW 3 Series and C-Class Mercedes-Benz, and built on the same platform with it crossover.

Experts predict that the range of available engines for the new models will include gasoline engine capacity from 240 hp to 340 and diesel engines, developing from 163 to 240 hp. Crossover, which in informal conversations called Q-Type, will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants. Production of both models at the factory Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull UK will begin approximately in mid-2015.

Representatives of the Jaguar has not shared information when they are going to show new products world. At the same time, the agency Reuters citing informed sources in the company said that both cars can be seen after six weeks - at the September Frankfurt Motor Show. Can assume that it comes to concept cars, the purpose of which will be to provoke public dialogue - that management Jaguar was able to determine in which direction to go when working on a particular component of the car.

The appearance of the first electric BMW finally declassified

Relatively recently, a German company released the "official spy" pictures of the new model. Now in line "unofficially published official" pictures - that is, everybody knows what the company will distribute these photos on the day of the premiere, but representatives of BMW do not confirm this.

Information about the BMW i3 comes to journalists in full accordance with the formula "in an hour on a teaspoon": small portions, but not least a couple times a week. Last time electric car of BMW was noted in the news just two days ago when the concern voiced by the starting price of novelty - 34 950 euros.

At this time, information events have appeared on the Dutch website Autoblog first official photos of the serial i3, devoid of any kind of camouflage (former BMW issued a the "official spy" photos, where the outlines of parts were covered with masking tape, in particular, headlights, grille and below the window sill line of the door.) No one doubts that it emerged today pictures will be distributed BMW on the day of the official premiere - July 29. "Leaked" it to the Internet or were "leaked" by the manufacturer - journalists recently have and do not try to find out. The pictures drew the attention of the dashboard electric vehicle, which is a thin display, dominating the unexpectedly low front panel.

Recall that the BMW i3 will be available in two versions - as an electric vehicle and a hybrid, where compact combustion engine is not connected to the wheels will produce energy for the electric motor.

BMW and Toyota can not decide on what they are working together

About plans to jointly build a sports car, BMW and Toyota announced almost a year ago. Since then, more concrete statements had not been done, and - apparently - in the near future not will be: Japanese and German engineers simply can not come to a compromise.

Representatives of BMW unofficially said that currently are five or six projects for the future sports car. One of the engineers said that has not been determined the basic concept of the car even: "We do not know whether it will be mid-engined supercar or a more traditional, with a front engine. Possible in theory and a third option ...".

Sources in the German company argued that in any scenario the novelty will support the traditional values ​​of BMW. However, some time ago, the project leader Toyota GT86 Tetsuya Tada said that it is considering a new sports car as a potential successor to produce up to 2002 and became the subject of a cult Toyota Supra - comparably large and heavy coupe. Under the brand BMW in recent years produced quite compact and lightweight coupes and roadsters - so it seems to be full agreement within the development team not yet.

On the other hand, both sides have been repeated statements what to get as a result cars BMW and Toyota will be quite different from each other. The leaders of the project do not want to reproduce the recent collaboration of Toyota and Subaru, the result of which was in fact one car is now sold under three different brands (as the Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S).

Seat develops once two crossover

The fact that the Spanish brand of vengeance is ready for serial production the pseudo SUV, became known about a year ago. The recent change of leadership had no effect in these works - in fact, the new model rumored to will pave the way to the market to another, more compact crossover.

Spanish brand's first crossover should reach the market in 2015. It will be built on a platform MQB, which is used by several brands of Group Volkswagen, that is, have a "relative" models of the Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia. By the size of the car will be close to the VW Tiguan, and its appearance can be judged by the presented three years ago concept car IBX (see photo).
According to journalists Auto Express, a novelty for the year will be the only crossover in the lineup Seat. In 2016, on the market will come second, more compact model, which is analogous to the recently introduced VW Taigun.

The source of the news became recently appointed head of the Seat Rudolph Shtakman. He also said that sports car Seat has no plans to produce. And would not comment on rumors that now every effort of engineers focused on the development of a midsize sedan.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class will be equipped with 9-speed automatic transmission

Mercedes-Benz has joined the game of "who has more steps in gearbox". The manufacturer announced that the 9-step "automatic" 9G-Tronic will become standard equipment for the sedan E350 BlueTec. The appearance of two additional steps did not affect the dynamics, but has reduced fuel consumption.

Previously, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec with 252-horsepower three-liter diesel engine equipped with 7-speed automatic transmission and accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds. After replacing the automatic transmission to the new sedan not became faster. But now it saves to the owner 0.2 liters of fuel with every 100 km - that is, consumes 5.3 liters on the combined cycle operation. Fuel consumption on the highway remained the same, but in the urban economy is more serious: 6.4 liters versus 6.9 liters with a 7-speed automatic transmission. In addition, a slight decrease in the amount of harmful emissions.

Transmission Replacement for one modification of E Class has allowed modernize another. Now, the "automatic" 7G-Tronic instead of 6-speed the "mechanics" is equipped sedan E220 BlueEfficiency. Faster it is also did not, but its fuel consumption has decreased from 4.7 to 4.4 liters per 100 km.

Under the pseudonym 9G-Tronic, most likely hiding gearbox 9NR, which was developed and produced by German company ZF. This unit is equipped with serial Range Rover Evoque and a new generation of Jeep Cherokee. Meanwhile, concerns General Motors and Ford want to equip some its cars 10-speed automatic transmission.

Bentley's first crossover officially launch in the series in 2015

More than a year has passed since then, as Bentley introduced the world conceptual vision of its first crossover. Only now the leadership of the brand officially gave the "green light" to the controversial project. Because initially wanted to do another sports car, and then long to decide on the design of the car.

In a official report Bentley Motors has confirmed that it will launch in series crossover, which will be the fourth model in the lineup. The car will be manufactured in Crewe (start the assembly is scheduled for 2015), and will go on sale in 2016.

"This project will create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK. During the next three years, Bentley is investing more than £ 800m in its headquarters in Crewe and the development of new models," - said in a statement.

About plans to release a crossover on the market said the head of Volkswagen Group Martin Winterkorn at a meeting at the headquarters of Bentley. The event was also attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron. "These 800 million pound investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley - just fantastic news for Crewe, and for all of Britain. This is another important step in strengthening our economy. Sector, which is ahead of us - is the automotive industry. In England every 20 seconds leaves the assembly line one car. I am delighted that Bentley will produce a new car here, "- said Cameron.

All representatives of Bentley, attended the meeting, said that the crossover will be a worthy representative of the brand, having all the characteristic features of Bentley - particularly impressive dynamics and excellent quality. In the 16 months that have passed since the first appearance of the crossover to the public, the company, in its statement, has received many positive and enthusiastic reviews about the project.

The company also noted that the style of the new crossover will be different from that which is now seen on the roads, but it will accurately determine the features of cars of brand. This is the most prestigious and powerful crossover on the market.

Notably, the company announced only a modest teaser of the future crossover, without noting whether the design of the model change compared with what has already been presented to the public. The company also does not mention the name of novelty. The concept was announced under the name EXP 9 F.

Jul 24, 2013

Italian designers have built two "centenarian" supercars

Italian studio Zagato continues to mark the centenary of his long-time partner - Aston Martin. And not without benefit to themselves: two new supercars created by order of non-poor fans of British brand and the Italian school of automotive design.

Two car built by the Italians look twins, and both were named Zagato Centennial. But there are differences.

Open Spyder Zagato Centennial created at the request of the famous American car collector Peter Read. As said the customer himself. "Car combines the DNA of both brands, combining elegant Italian design with the soul and the power of Aston Martin". This car engineers Zagato decided to pay tribute to convertible DB7 Zagato, who was born in 2001. Then it was built 99 copies, while Centennial will be the only one of its kind. Over the "centenary" roadster, by the way, worked on the same team of designers that over the DB7 Zagato. Structurally, the exclusive car is a model DB9 Volante with new body panels and lighting fixtures.

Similarly from the model DBS Italians got coupe Zagato Centennial. In the role of the customer made ​​a young Japanese businessman, whose name was not disclosed studio representatives.

Universal Seat Leon will not roomier of its "relatives"

Family of Seat Leon officially replenished version in the body the versatile, which received the name of Leon ST. Trunk of a car can not be called small, but for this important indicator Spaniard could not catch up with the built on the one platform with it cars of German and Czech brands.

According to official data, the wagon Leon longer than eponymous five-door hatchback at once by 277 mm. Since the wheelbase of model is the same, all these millimeters were given cargo bay. Trunk volume is at least 587 liters, but if fold the rear seats, it will increase to 1470 liters. It should be noted that the front passenger's seat can also be folded, which greatly facilitates transportation of long items.

At the same time Leon ST proved less capacious than built on the same platform Volkswagen Golf Variant. Trunk volume of German wagon - from 605 to 1620 liters. The absolute leader among cars on the general Volkswagen MQB platform is the Skoda Octavia Combi - the volume of its cargo space reaches 1,740 liters.

For buyers Seat Leon ST will be available the same combinations of engines and gearbox as the people who make an order for a hatchback. Thus, the wagon can be equipped with one of the gasoline turbo engines capacity from 85 to 180 horsepower, or one of three diesels similar power.

Front-wheel drive Mercedes will be more

Range of front-drive Mercedes-Benz models soon will join the compact crossover GLA, which the manufacturer is going to present at the show in Frankfurt. But this novelty will not last: on front-wheel platform can be built as a practical machine and cars whose main task - to provide driving pleasure.

Head of Daimler AG Dieter Zetsche said that Mercedes-Benz is not going to stop the process of developing new front-drive models. Obviously, the platform MFA recognized so promising that the family will be expanded and updated. However, according to Dieter Zetsche, the public will have to wait at least five years.

The current A-Class and B-Class, CLA (pictured) and getting ready to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show GLA is a first generation models on platform MFA. The expansion of the family will be timed to the appearance of the second generation, and it will not happen before 2018. Currently, the management of the company is in the process of discussing the development of the front-drive platform, so head of concern doesn't voiced specific plans. However, under assumptions of experts, five years may appear relatively inexpensive roadster that will be the most affordable sports car of the brand.

The list of possible options also includes the convertible and sporty wagon in the style of CLS Shooting Brake on the basis of "four-door coupe" CLA, and seven-seat version of B-Class. Finally to declassify its plans the manufacturer is going until next year.

Jul 23, 2013

Honda has introduced a new generation of Fit

In some markets - including Europe - this model is sold as the Jazz, but for now the Japanese company introduced a version for domestic buyers. Representatives of the brand had a special focus on first appeared in the family of hybrid modification.

Average fuel consumption claimed for version Fit Hybrid - 2,75 l/100 km. As with most similar cars, hybrid propulsion system consists of a compact (1.5-liter) gasoline engine and an electric motor that feeds on the energy stored in a block of lithium-ion batteries. The total installed power - 135 hp and torque is transmitted to the front wheels through a seven-speed robotized gearbox with two clutches.

Less advanced modifications are completed petrol engines of 1.3 and 1.5 liters capacity, respectively, 100 and 132 hp. Gearboxes - to choose from 6-speed manual or continuously variable CVT. According to unofficial information, the new Fit slightly larger than its predecessor: the wheelbase and length increased by 5-8 centimeters and the amount of luggage increased by approximately 20 liters.

All the details about the new generation of model will be unveiled in September during the official premiere. In the European market the car will appear only next year. It is expected that the working capacity and power of the engines will be lower than that of engines available Japanese buyers. But in Europe will be available a diesel version.

Renault will bring to Frankfurt seven concepts and engine for F1

Renault has announced a sample list of new products that will bring at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show. At the booth, you will see a new concept of premium car, which will be put into mass production, as well as six other concepts created by the new design strategy of Renault.

Vice-President of Renault Corporate Design Lawrence van den Acker developed his design direction for future cars of Renault. Characteristic features of these ideas just be demonstrated in all six concepts brought to Frankfurt.

A special place will be a concept of the future premium cars. And, according to rumors, it will be a sedan on the platform of Mercedes E-Class, which was planned in cooperation with Daimler. However, in March this year the company have questioned the feasibility of production of such a car because of the fear of not finding a niche for novelty. Apparently, the French company did find arguments for the production of a premium sedan.

At the company stand will also appear range of electric vehicles, including Zoe, recently appeared on the the German market.

In the center of attention and will be the new engine of the family of Energy for Formula 1, together with the recently presented at the Paris Air Show engine Energy F1 2014. Last of the 1.6-liter produces about 600 hp maximum capacity. With the additional support the combined power of this V6 of 760 hp. With this new engine is more economical than the previous V8. In order to hold the race car with this engine will need about 100 kg of fuel.

Alfa Romeo cars can get rid of a hatchback and the front drive

Alfa Romeo company has set a goal to increase sales by three times. One means of achieving this goal called expanding lineup - with the leader at Fiat Sergio Marchionne is ready to go to quite so drastic measures.

2014 was to be the crucial for the Alfa Romeo: the company planned to bring to market a sedan Giulia, who is considered the ideological successor of the highly popular model 159. Giulia were going to build on the front-drive platform of Dodge Dart, and its main competitor was considered Audi A4. However, it appears that the development of the brand can go in the other direction.

Release of Alfa Romeo Giulia delayed at least a year. Sergio Marchionne decided that sedan should be a rear-drive to compete with similar models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Now for engineers of the brand task in a short time to develop a new or adapt an existing the platform. As a result, future Giulia could be a close relative of the more expensive Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. Interestingly, in the future, the same platform can be the basis for a sports car Dodge Challenger.

However, these radical plans of the management of Fiat, does not seem to end there. According to some reports, Alfa Romeo may abandon the production of front-drive hatch MiTo and Giulietta (pictured), to fully concentrate on the production of rear-wheel drive sport sedans and prestigious crossovers.

Electric car of BMW is an expensive treat

Fully declassify its first electric hatchback Bavarian company intends soon as next week. However, in order to once again stir the interest of the public to the future premiere, the manufacturer announced the starting price for novelty.

As officially announced by representatives of the Bavarian concern, the starting price BMW i3 will be 34,950 euros. This means that the electric car wedged between the 3 series (with a starting price of 28,000 euros) and 5 series (with a starting price of 39,900 euros). In this case, the size i3 is much smaller than 5 Series and 3 Series - for example, it is half a meter shorter than the 3-Series sedan.

It should be noting that the price announced by the manufacturer, it refers to an electric i3 - a hybrid version with extended up to 300 km (with an electric - 160 km) power reserve will be more expensive. BMW promises to tell in details about prices and trim of novelty during the official premiere, scheduled for July 29.

Mitsubishi will make of Lancer Evo competitor to Nissan GT-R

The fact that the new generation of the famous Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution can get a hybrid power plant, the Japanese began to speak in October. The matter is still under discussion, but in the administration of the company already are assessing how it could be a sporty hybrid.

The new generation of Lancer should be presented in the next year, and release a hybrid version is listed in the operational plans of the company. Most likely, the hybrid Lancer will be structurally similar to the crossover Outlander PHEV, which is equipped with two-liter petrol engine and two 80-horsepower electric motors.

PHEV technology Japanese are going to apply to the "charged" modification of Lancer. Thus, the sports car will get all the same gasoline engine - rather than diesel, as was rumored earlier. However, the individual nodes or technologies with the Evo can share racing prototype MiEV Evolution II, participated in the American mountain race Pikes Peak. Experts suggest that because of this the total power of the engines of the new Lancer Evo can exceed 500 horsepower.

In addition, according to some reports, apparently the new Evolution will be similar to a concept Mitsubishi Concept-RA, submitted in 2008. If the Japanese really stylize "charged" Lancer in hatchback body for sports coupe, given the proposed capacity of the power unit novelty in all seriousness, can be seen as a direct competitor to the supercar Nissan GT-R.

BMW may postpone the premiere of the new M3

BMW M3 fans were confident that the new, fifth generation of sports sedan will be unveiled this fall at the September Frankfurt Motor Show. However, it appears BMW decided to combine two premieres: BMW M3 and M4 will perform a duet at the auto show in Detroit.

The fact that the two "hot" car will debut at the January auto show in North America, said the Head of M GmbH Friedrich Nitschke. However, he did not explain what exactly is associated with the transfer of the premiere sports sedan.

It should be noting that earlier concern also postponed the debut of a new generation of Mini, moving it from the Frankfurt Motor Show to show in Los Angeles. This shift, according to some sources, is associated with the desire of BMW to focus public attention on the debut of the electric hatchback BMW i3.

Friedrich Nitschke confirmed that the M3 and M4 (recall that in fact this is one car with different body styles: M3 - sedan, M4 - coupe) should be much easier as its predecessor and the current BMW 3 and 4 series. Plan to achieve this through the use of carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium alloys in the construction of sports cars. In particular, it will be made of carbon fiber roof and trunk lid, and aluminum - hood of a sedan and a coupe.

According to head of M GmbH, issue wheel drive versions are still not planned. According to Friedrich Nitschke, the use of the drive to both axles not only make the new M3 is heavier by nearly one hundred pounds, but would worsen the handling.

Assembling of the new Porsche will begin in December

The German company said that the preparation for mass production of midsize crossover Macan is in full accordance with the plans. Completion of the painting shop for bodies at the plant in Leipzig, offers hope that the serial Macan appear in public in the near future.

The factory of Porsche, which is planned to start production of Macan, going through a total renovation: for the reconstruction of the enterprise company has allocated half a billion euros. The project of reconstruction of the plant has already been called the largest in the company's history. The scope of work can be seen in the use of helicopters: with it help builders installed nine large fans on the roof paint shop.

Obviously, in the Porsche expects that the new crossover will be very popular. Apparently, Macan to surpass sales of its "big brother" Cayenne, which is now the most popular model of the brand. So the company is not only not going to delay the start of serial production of novelty, but even a few rushing things. Earlier it was reported that the first production Macan will go off the assembly line next spring, but now the start of production was moved to December. A trial painting of bodies in the new workshop will begin next month.

The basis of Porsche Macan is the platform of Audi Q5, but the developers say that if the crossover from Zuffenhausen and will resemble the model from Ingolstadt, only the dimensions and proportions. Macan will have its own design, its own powertrains and in its own way tuned suspension. The official premiere of the crossover could take place in the autumn motor show in Los Angeles.

Jul 20, 2013

BMW revealed some details of the future M4 Coupe

Before the premiere of BMW M4 only a few months, and presented in Lisbon 4 series coupe only fuels interest in the opening. Option package M Performance, demonstrated by the manufacturer, it can give an idea about the future of exterior M4.

Within the package M Performance coupe BMW 4 series can be provided with advanced aerodynamic body kit. Thanks to it coupe looks more aggressive than the standard sports car: the package includes new bumpers, carbon fiber splitter, side scuff plates and  housing of door mirror of the same material and a rear spoiler. In addition, the coupe received a new 20-inch alloy wheels.

The interior compartment is also decorated with carbon fiber and is equipped with a new three-spoke steering wheel and sports seats. Branded floor mats and overlays on a pedal made of stainless steel should be additional details that will complete the image of a sports saloon.

M Performance Package will affect the performance of several versions of the coupe, though not too much. BMW 420d capacity will increase to 204 hp, BMW 428i receives power of 278 hp, and row three-liter "six" are set to 435i, will develop 345 hp. The increase in power is due to the new settings of the engine control unit and the emergence of alternative exhaust system.

But the most powerful version, BMW M4, will be presented in January at the show in Detroit. It expected to receive a 450-horsepower twin-turbo engine.

Jaguar began testing a small sedan

Jaguar has refused to release a compact sedan X-Type in 2009 because of its low popularity. However, in January of this year, the manufacturer announced that it plans to revive the small sedan in one form or another. Competitor to BMW 3 Series will be available in one and a half years.

Photospies were able to catch the test prototype of sedan, known so far as the Q-Type, on the roads of Germany. No conclusions about his alleged exterior do not succeed - the prototype is a "mule" where technical stuffing hiding under the "one-off" body. However, its proportions it is clear that the sedan will get short overhangs and a long hood. Obviously, Jaguar engineers intend to place the power unit just behind the front axle of future innovations.

Most likely, the sedan will get an upgraded aluminum platform of XJ and aluminum body panels. Jaguar engineers are going to make it as easy as possible and to ensure perfect weight distribution. What kind of engines are preparing for the novelty is unknown, but, quite possibly, the motor range sedan partially borrow from a roadster F-Type. The fact that the manufacturer is going to make Q-Type the maximum sports to give him a competitive advantage over the BMW 3 Series.

Sales of Jaguar Q-Type can be launched by the end of next year.

The new Chevrolet Cruze is delayed for another year

Over the past six months, sales of Chevrolet Cruze in the U.S. increased by 17%, reports Reuters. This is despite the fact that the family produced since 2009. After the appearance of some of the planned novelties this year, Chevrolet Cruze will be the oldest model of General Motors for today.

Yet in the Chevrolet decided to postpone the launch of the new generation of Cruze. Now, his production should start only in December 2015, while according to preliminary plans conveyor had to start working a year earlier.

Sources of Reuters told that this time will be used for a more thorough technical study models and making some additional changes.

In the Chevrolet has already promised radical changes to Cruze in appearance as well as in the interior. It should become more spacious and new engines - more economical. In addition, it can have a Chevrolet Cruze coupe.

Jul 19, 2013

Sales of Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will start on October 1

Suzuki has shared technical information and European prices to a new generation of compact crossover SX4 S-Cross. The novelty retained a choice between types of drive, but it got a new all-wheel drive transmission. In addition, the crossover has become more economical.

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross of the new generation differs not only a striking design, but also the larger dimensions. For example, its wheelbase has increased by 100 mm, and at the same increased length - up to 4300 mm. The manufacturer claims that the novelty claim to leadership in the segment by available space for passengers and luggage, and provides a combination of passenger controllability and patency crossover.

This is achieved through a new system of full drive Allgrip, which received four modes - Auto, Sport, Snow and Lock (with differential lock). Depending on the selected mode change the settings of the ESP, the engine and transmission. The basic version of the crossover will be front-wheel.

For Suzuki SX4 S-Cross will be available in Europe, two 1.6-liter engines - petrol and diesel. The first develops 118 hp and 156 Nm of torque, the power of the second - the same 118 hp, but the torque is 320 Nm. The diesel engine is aggregated only with a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the petrol is available 5-speed "mechanics" and CVT with 7 fixed "gears". The lowest fuel consumption for the gasoline engine claimed to be 5.5 liters per 100 km, while the diesel engine consumes only 4.2 liters.

The cost of the crossover in the UK starts with a mark of 14,999 pounds. For example, the UK prices for Nissan Qashqai start at 16,899 pounds, and the Ford Kuga is worth at least 20,900 pounds.