Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback Pics And Details

The official presentation of the new Mazda3 hatchback will be held on December 3, this year at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. But the first official photographs of the model appeared today.

New Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback

New Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback

New Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback

New Mazda3 5-Door hatchback front design is no different than the one shown recently in Los Angeles next-generation Mazda3 sedan. According to Mazda, under-the-skin changes include "more efficient power trains, Mazda-typical weight saving engineering solutions and fine tuned 'best in class' aerodynamics."

In the North American market, the Mazda3 hatchback comes with the same 2.0- and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engines and European buyers will have a choice of the existing 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol engines and the 1.6-litre turbo diesel.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Toyota Auris 1.33-Liter Dual VVT-i Petrol Engine

Toyota Auris is now equipped with new power plant. Toyota is enhancing its Auris line-up with the introduction of a completely new engine - 1NR-FE 1.33-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with Dual VVT-i technology. This engine environmentally better, has smaller fuel consumption and gives more power and torque, compared to previous 1.4-liter gasoline engine.

New Toyota Auris 1.33-Liter Dual VVT-i Petrol Engine

Toyota Auris with 1.33-liter engine will be first model in Europe to benefit from a Stop & Start system.

The new 4-cylinder engine by 54 mm shorter and 127 mm narrower than the 1.4-liter unit, and weigh 13 kg less. This means that the new engine is approximately the same size as a 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter gasoline engine VVT, produced by Toyota. The 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i delivers 101 hp, maximum torque of 132 Nm (the 1.4-liter engine had the following characteristics: 97 hp and 130 Nm). Transmission for the power plant also new - 6-speed manual, which replaces 5-speed.

In combined cycle Toyota Auris 1.33 Dual VVT-i consumes 5.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2010 Nissan Cube Official Pics And Details

Nissan has released initial details and pics of the 2010 Nissan Cube for Japanese domestic market model and the U.S.-spec version which will make its debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show tomorrow, 19 November.

2010 Nissan Cube

2010 Nissan Cube

2010 Nissan Cube

Car exterior retains the characteristic "cubic" and somewhat "toyish" styling as well as the asymmetric rear end of its predecessors.

The Japanese market will have the Cube with 107 hp 1.5-liter gasoline engine. U.S. version will come with more powerful 120 hp 1.8-liter engine. Europeans will get a choice of two units - 1.6-liter gasoline and 1.5-liter diesel engine. Transmission details will be known later, but as with the previous generation models, the new Cube will be offered in both front- and four-wheel drive versions

Japanese dealers will get Cube at the end of this month, Americans - coming spring, and the Europeans - this fall. In Japan, the price of Cube start from $14,900.

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Fiat Panda 4x4 Glam Edition Pics

Italian Fiat unveiled special version of the Panda 4x4 - Glam Edition, exclusively for the domestic market. Panda 4x4 Glam Edition received new "white pearl" exterior color, aluminum roof rails and special design 15-inch discs. Interior finished with new materials.

Under the hood Glam Edition comes with the same engine as a standard Fiat Panda: 60 hp 1.2 liters petrol unit and 70 hp 1.3-liter turbo charged diesel engine, with prices in Italy set at €14,800 and €16,910 respectively.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SEAT Leon Linea R Pics

Spanish SEAT presented a sporty version of Leon hatchback, known as Linea R. According to the press release, company intended to celebrate new successes in the WTCC sports series with introduction of the model. Linea R got new radiator grille, wide rear bumper with integrated dual chrome exhaust pipes, metal decorated rear-view mirrors, as well as massive disc brakes on 5-spoke alloy 225/40 R18 wheels.

SEAT Leon Linea R

SEAT Leon Linea R

Leon Linea R interior features perforated aluminum pedals, Series R company logos, 6,5-inch color screen satellite navigator and USB-cable and iPod connectors. The huge air intake is located underneath the front lights, cools petrol or diesel 160 to 200 hp engine. Prices for sporty SEAT Leon Linea R has not yet been released.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hyundai Sonata Sedan Facelift

Hyundai Sonata Sedan Facelift
Hyundai's joint venture with China BHMC has unveiled a facelifted version of the Hyundai Sonata Sedan that will go on sale in China by the end of the year.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New 2009 Peugeot 107 Pics

Following Citroen, the French Peugeot announced update of its own urban mini car - Peugeot 107 2009. New 2009 Peugeot 107 got redesigned bodywork, revised gasoline engines lineup and upgraded interior.

New 2009 Peugeot 107
New 2009 Peugeot 107

The modified front bumper Peugeot 107 boast a large stylish chrome inserts. Buyers now will be able to choose a new interior finishing options and choose exterior color from new palette of colors. In addition, the Peugeot 107 got new wheel trim design.

Three cylinder 60hp 1.0 liter gasoline engine for an updated Peugeot 107 2009 - environmentally friendly and economical. Fuel consumption (city and highway) is 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers. Updated Peugeot 107 2009 will be on sale across Europe in January 2009.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Honda Life Pics

Honda Motor starts selling new generation of Honda Life minicar in Japan. Note that this is the fourth generation Honda Life, created with the maximum functionality, usability, convenience and environmental friendliness. Major difference from previous models is the availability of audio system and rear-camera in a base edition.
New Hondfa Life
New Hondfa Life

Minicar equipped with the economical 3-cylinder 0.66 liters i-DSI petrol engine with atmospheric intake, and turbo. Engine paired with an automatic 4-speed transmission. Besides the traditional front-drive it will be available with all wheel drive. Fuel consumption for front wheel drive without a turbo version is 4.76 liters per 100 km.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hyundai i40 - Successor to Hyundai Sonata details emerge

According to British magazine Autocar, citing the statement of its own sources inside the South Korean automakers - within two years, Korean Hyundai will begin selling i40, which will replace the Sonata model.

Hyundai i40 will be build on an all-new platform with design based on Genus concept shown in 2006 in Geneva. I40 will be offered with a 1.6 - and 2.0-liter gasoline engines, as well as turbo diesel.

Hyundai i40 will initially be launched in wagon version, with a sedan following in 2011. According to the source, the Sonata successor will be more stylish and "and won’t be a car that people buy purely for value."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

2010 Toyota Prius Pics

Toyota Motor Corp. issued a statement which said that the previously published on the Toyota fans site photos are in fact the 2010 Toyota Prius.

New Toyota Prius Pics

Hybrid System will remain virtually unchanged, 1.5-liter engine is replaced by a more robust 1.6 liter. Fuel consumption will be even lower than that of current models (4.9 l/100 km in the city, 5,22 l/100 km highway).

Toyota iQ Mini Modellista Pics

Sales of Toyota iQ mini car in Japan will begin a month later, but Modellista company - the official supplier of tuning-accessories for the Toyota - now ready to offer their own improvements to the model.

Toyota iQ Mini Modellista Pics

Toyota iQ Mini Modellista Pics

There are two editions of iQ: MAXI and MIXTURE. The first includes front spoiler and side skirts, the second consists of a decorative moldings to the rear and side doors, rear-view mirrors and windows. All this can be painted in three colors: silver, yellow and black. The total cost is $2,600.

Also in the Modellista catalog you can find 16-inch light alloy wheels and lowered struts for iQ - for the additional $1,800.

Chevrolet GPiX Mini Crossover Pics

Chevrolet GPiX Mini Crossover Pics
At the end of October in Sao Paulo autoshow Chevrolet will unveil its GPiX mini crossover concept based on the underpinnings of GM's Opel Corsa. In recent years, this event is becoming increasingly important for the world's manufacturers, given the high sales growth in South America. There will be sedan, pickup, crossover and hatchback versions.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Mazda3 Sedan - Official Photos

Just few days before the opening of the showroom in Los Angeles, Japanese company published a photographs of the new Mazda3 sedan.

New Mazda3 Sedan

New Mazda3 Sedan

Nothing revolutionary in the exterior of the new Mazda3 sedan - the car generally draws from the previous model, but has more mature looks. According to the Japanese company, designers made special emphasis on preserving sports style. Attention was also paid to enhance the noise insulation, source of many Mazda3 owners complains.

In the U.S., Mazda3 will come with 2.0 and 2.5 liters engines.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Mazda MX-5 Facelift Pics

Mazda presented refreshed Mazda MX-5 at the international motor show in Paris.

New Mazda MX-5 / Miata

New Mazda MX-5 / Miata

New Mazda MX-5 will be equipped with a 1.8 liter 126 hp engine and 2.0 liter 160 hp engine. Car is available with six speed manual gearbox only.

Exterior changes of the model affected radiator grill, bumpers, headlight optics and fog lights. According to some reports, the next generation of Mazda MX-5 will appear on the market only in 2012.

Pininfarina-Bollore B0 Electric Compact

This unusual car is not a prototype and it will be mass produced by 2009 Geneva Motorshow in March, and immediately put on sale. Compacts name is B0 - that is read as "Bi zero" - fully electric Pininfarina, previously shown at the Paris Motor ...

Pininfarina-Bollore B0 Electric Compact

Pininfarina-Bollore B0 Electric Compact

Pininfarina-Bollore B0 Electric Compact

B0 was presented by the new Pininfarina president Paolo and his French partner for the production of polymer-ion batteries for B0 - Vintsen Bolore.

"You see production car, rather than show car. It is up to 90% in line with the production model, which will start in about a year to come off the conveyor. I did not design the car, which will be one of the foundations for the future of our company, all work was done by Andrea" - anxiously said Paolo, referring to tragically deceased brother.

Bolore, in turn, described the alliance with Pininfarina as the fruit of love and wisdom: "Love - when we talk about the most outstanding world designer and wisdom - is that we have developed the first version of the electric car."

Pininfarina B0 is a 4-person 4-door compact electric car, with a maximum speed (electronically limited) of 130 km / h. Batteries last for up to 250 km and located at the bottom of the platform between the two axles, lowering the center of gravity machine. Roof and hood have solar cells that will supply energy to electrical equipment.

Next week, car will be presented to the French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is a personal friend of Bolore. Sales of new models will begin in mid-2009. Planned output is 10 thousand units per year.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nissan Nuvu Electric Compact Pics

Japanese automakers brought to the international motor show in Paris something that according to Nissan, will become a car of tomorrow. Tiny concept with toy appearance bears the name Nuvu and proudly does not pollute atmosphere.

Nissan Nuvu Electric Compact

Nissan Nuvu Electric Compact

The electric motor is powered from a set of laminated lithium-ion-type batteries mounted under the seats, which are charged from dozen small leaves shaped solar panels located on the glass roof.

Nissan Nuvu comes with a rear electric motor that drives the rear wheels offering a driving range of 125 km and top speed of 120 km/h.

Nissan hopes to flood U.S. and Japan markets with Nuvu production version in 2010.

Audi A1 Sportback Concept

Volkswagen revealed Audi A1 Sportback concept at presentation, before the opening of the Paris motor show. This is prototype of a new small hatchback, which would compete with the BWM Mini family.

Audi A1 Sportback Concept

Audi A1 Sportback Concept

Audi A1 Sportback Concept

The new car is based on front wheel drive platform and a fairly compact: length is only 3.99 meters, a size wheelbase - 2,46 meters, suspension - traditional McPherson front and independent rear.

But the most interesting part in Audi A1 concept is hybrid power plant. It uses 1.4-liter gasoline engine with a turbocharge TFSI, delivering 150 horsepower along with 27 horsepower electric motor - two motors can work simultaneously or independently. The total torque is 390 Nm.

From 0 to 100 km / h Audi hatchback accelerates in 7.9 seconds, and its maximum speed reaches 200 km / h. Hybrid power plant Audi A1 consumes 3.9 liters per 100 kilometers in combined cycle. In addition, Audi A1 can drive up to 100 kilometers using electric motor only, powered from a set of lithium-ion batteries. You can recharge batteries at home from the regular outlet, or on the road, accumulating energy during braking.

Another A1 Sportback Concept innovation, based on borrowed from the current generation A4, the Drive Select system, which has two algorithms - efficient (for fuel economy) and sports, which adjust not only hybrid power plant settings, but also electronically-controlled shock absorbers stiffness, steering sensitivity and so on.

Finally, Audi A1 has advanced multimedia system, capable of working with mobile phones of different manufacturers and use them as a repository of music and contacts, as well as a navigation system or as alarm, displaying alarm status on cell screen.

A1 Sportback Concept design draws from current generation A3 Sportback, but is a bit more aggressive, and edgy. The most unusual in its appearance are doors without a frame and two sections rear door window.

New Lexus IS 250 Convertible Coupe Cabriolet

Lexus unveiled Lexus IS 250C coupe-cabriolet based on the model IS 250 in Paris on Thursday. Car has inherited the hood design and elements such as the headlights, door handles and side mirrors from its sedan version. All other body panels have been changed. As a result, the total length of vehicles increased by 70 millimeters, but the doors are longer by 300 millimeters.

Lexus IS 250 Convertible Coupe-Cabriolet

Lexus IS 250 Convertible Coupe-Cabriolet

Lexus IS 250 Convertible Coupe-Cabriolet

Designers paid special attention to the folding roof mechanism and body aerodynamics. As a result the hard three sections aluminum top folds in just 20 seconds, a rate of IS 250C air resistance with a raised roof is almost the same as a sedan - 0.29 compare to 0.27.

The V-6 2.5 liters 208 horsepower engine - cabriolet inherited from the IS 250, along with six speed automatic transmission.

2009 Renault Megane Coupe: Official Pics

Renault presented third generation Megane hatchback and coupe in Paris on Thursday. Overall dimensions of cars have increased, but both, on average, are lighter by eight kilograms.

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

In addition to the new Megane design Renault substantially expanded range of engines. Two new 110 and 130 horsepower engines added to already proven in a second-generation dCi 85 and dCi 105 diesels. In addition, in near future, Renault promises to begin production of 150-strong dCi 160 diesel engine.

Currently Megane comes with three gasoline engine: two 2-litre 140 (2.0 16V) and 180 (TCe 180) horsepower engine, as well as the 110-strong 1.6 16V. In spring of next year Megane will receive another turbocharged 1.8 liters TCe 130 engine.

Sales of new 5-door Megane hatchback and 3-door Megane Coupe will start in Europe immediately after the Paris motor show.

By 2010, in addition to the two shown in Paris the Megane family will have four more new models.

Monday, September 29, 2008

2009 Mazda AZ-Wagon Facelift

Mazda announced launch of the fully redesigned AZ-Wagon.

2009 Mazda AZ-Wagon

Once a popular minivan Suzuki Wagon R has complete replacement of its model range, the same thing happened with model-doubles - Mazda AZ-Wagon.

AZ-Wagon comes with naturally aspirated and turbo 660cc petrol engines, paired to a 4-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission with 7-speed manual mode. Retail prices in Japan range from 924,000 to 1,482,600 yen ($8,700 - $14,000) for the AZ-Wagon.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ford Kuga 2.5 - Turbo Individual Crossover

Ford is preparing a double premiere in Paris.

Ford plans to kill two birds with one stone by PMAS 2008 (Paris Motor Show). First of all, it is anticipated premiere of crossover Kuga gasoline version with turbo engine. Second, Ford will show the public new version of crossover named Individual.

First, let's look at engine characteristics. The 2.5-liter working volume engine, not without the help of turbo, delivers 200 hp. (320Нм). Engine hooked up to 6 speed manual gearbox (automatic is extra charge). Interior of a gasoline Kuga features Nappa leather and aluminum plates.

What is the Kuga Individual? This is primarily bodikit. The set more aggressive bumper, enhanced wheel arches, new sills and spoiler. Car comes with original 20 inch wheels with 255/35 rubber. Clearance decreased by 50 mm. The set can be ordered in 2009.

Price of basic version Kuga 2.5 Turbo - 38 250 euros.

2009 MINI Cooper Convertible: Second Generation Mini Cooper S with the open top

An anonymous tipster sent a set of few official images of the second generation Mini Cooper S with the open top to a dedicated MINI blog.

Based on the pics, car will receive new soft roof, as well as small changes in the exterior, which include air intakes of slightly different form, another radiator grill and a front bumper with a deep "wells" fog lamps.

It is expected that this Second Generation car will be equipped with the same 115-strong 1.6-liter gasoline engine, which is proposed for the current generation Mini Cooper S Convertible.

Next-generation MINI Cooper Convertible make its debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show in January.

Sales scheduled to start in Spring of the 2009.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hyundai i20 Hatchback: Pics and Official Specs

Hyundai is preparing a successor for Getz hatchback - model i20.

Hyundai i20

Hyundai Motor will show popular hatchback Getz replacement at the Paris car show. Three door version of the compact will be presented early next year. Hyundai i20 built on a brand new platform. Compared with the predecessor, i20 dimensions a bit bigger.

New car comes with seven engines available - three petrol, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 liters and output of 78, 100 and 126 hp respectively, as well as four engine volume 1.4 and 1.6 liter and output of 75, 90, 115 and 128 hp. Three gearboxes available - five-and six-manual transmission or four-automatic.

Basic equipment includes six airbags, radio CD/MP3, multifunction steering wheel, climate system and keyless access. Sales start in early 2009.

Monday, September 22, 2008

2009 Renault Megane Coupe: Pics

Yes, this is not the actual pictures, only three-dimensional model, but a new 3-door Renault Megane Coupe will look exactly like this in production in the beginning of 2009.

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

2009 Renault Megane Coupe

These images are taken from European patent application. The new Megane has many similarities with the previously shown at the Geneva Motor Show Megane Coupe concept. Compared to 5 door Megane hatchback, coupe version has a lower roof, triangular rear windows and cut shaped body rear.

The new coupe range of engines almost the same as the 5-door versions of Megane. Available complete set with 1.6-liter gasoline 100 and 110 hp engine, 2-liter 140-strong engine and two new 1.4 liters turbo diesels (130 hp) and 2 liters (180 hp). Also in the future diesel engines from 85 to 160 hp will be available.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lancia Ypsilon Versus

Lancia will present Ypsilon at the Paris Motor Show in a special performance.

Lancia Ypsilon Versus

Lancia Ypsilon Versus

As the name implies, Lancia Ypsilon Versus styling developed jointly with Versus design studio, known for youth sports clothing. Versus features special paint with color-flop effect and Versus logo stamps on the roof, 16-inch rims, as well as numerous stylish accents inside and outside.