Thursday, May 29, 2008

Honda Zest Sports G

The new minivan Honda Zest has received more athletic and stylish appearance. The limited edition is called the Honda Zest Sports G (Dynamic Special).

The car has a spoiler, 14 - inch wheels, lamps LED, A / C, CD. Under the hood is 660 small enclosed (52 hp) engine.

Honda Zest Sports G

Honda Zest Sports G

Honda Zest Sports G

Honda Zest Sports G

Price for front wheel drive Honda Zest Sports G starts at 1 270 500 yen ($ 12 145) and 1 407 000 yen ($ 13 450) for the full power version respectively. Standard Honda Zest sold at a price of $11000 in Japan.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New 3-Door Seat Ibiza

As we have learned a new version of 3-Door Seat Ibiza will be introduced at the forthcoming British autoshow to be held in London in late July this year.

Seat Ibiza

The car will have a more athletic appearance, some elements of which were borrowed from the concept Bocanegra and 5 door versions of Ibiza, presented at the Madrid motor show a little earlier this month.

The new Seat Ibiza will go on sale on the European market this fall.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Audi TT Clubsport Quattro Concept

The new Audi TT Clubsport Quattro finally is shown, and I can not deny that this concept model really pleased me. It was even better than I expected.

The car looks very stylish and attractive. Clubsport concept debuted at the annual autoshow Woerthersee Tour, which will take place in Austria.

Audi TT Clubsport Quattro

Audi TT Clubsport Quattro

What I enjoy most about this machine is an open top and the unusual windscreen design. Under the hood the car has 2 - litre engine "brought" from Audi S3, with mind boggling 300 horsepower!

Audi TT Clubsport Quattro

Will the new car go in serial production is not yet known. Most likely it will stay as concept display at various showrooms

PS: As I wrote post, I accidentally saw the news, as it turned out Audi TT Clubsport Quattro will go into production, although only 200 copies will be made. Unfortunately there is no information regarding the price of the vehicle.

Kia Soul Crossover Utility Vehicle

Kia showed first Soul concept in 2006 at the North American autoshow. At the Geneva Motor Kia had three pre-production samples, slightly masked with linings and airbrush.

Kia decided that the final version of Kia Soul will debute in autumn in Paris and immediately, in September, will begin mass production model. Rare case when a good car concept for two years preparing for production has undergone no significant changes.

"Stylish shoe" design was developed jointly by California and Korean design studios company Kia. Europe's Gregory Gillom (Gregory Guillaume) and chief designer Peter Shreyer from Kia (Peter Schreyer) headed the project. Short high body, rectangular profile and acute window line, gives momentum. Kia Soul looks rather like crossover, but it urban B-class car in high body. As of now, there is one car on the market with exactly the same philosophy and consumer properties - Ford Fusion. At the end of 2008 another one expected - Toyota Urban Cruiser.

With the success of boxy vehicles such as the Honda Fit and the Scion xB, it is clear that there is a growing market in North America for youthful-looking, economy-oriented hatches. Although the main objective of the project - is the European market, where the B-segment is traditionally very popular. South Korean Kia intends to double sales in Europe by 2010 - up to 500 thousand cars.

Kia Soul top version will be equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder gasoline engine paired with a five-automatic gearbox and adaptive cruise control. Kia Soul will not be so bright as a concept, but still allow buyers to personalize car through a large number of options. Car also will be available in unusual colors, such as tomato red, vanilla, bright silver. These colors reflect the ideology of Kia Soul line: youthful, informal car with excellent opportunities to customize for each customer.

Audi Q3 Crossover Coupe

Production car will be built based on Cross Coupe concept, first shown at the international motor show in Shanghai last month.

It is expected that the car will be built on PW35 platform, used on a Audi A3 compact hatchback. It will be available in 3-door or 5-dorr modifications. Compact crossover will be equipped with 2-liter TFSI 200 hp engine, 3 - liter V6 power 230 hp turbo diesel and 3.6 - liter FSI 280 hp V6. According to unofficial data, Audi Q3 sales would begin in July next year. The official premiere will be held early 2009.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Opel Zafira CNG Turbo

Following the emergence of Volvo 2.5 Turbo Flexfuel, Opel unveiled new turbo version of the Opel Zafira, running on compressed natural gas.

While engine volume still remains 1.6 litre, it increased in power noticeably, going from 94 hp to 150 hp. Regarding the technical parameters of a press release the new Opel Zafira, describes vehicle that can bring pleasure to its owner from travel without detriment to the environment.

This model is intended for sales in the Germany and Italy markets. Sales of models such as Opel Zafira and Combo, in these countries, have grown and reached over 12,000 cars, last year.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Scion xD 1.0 DAMD

Following the Scion xB model, presented at the motor show in Detroit, and tC version, Toyota unveiled new Scion xD limited edition with modest name "1.0", based on a Yaris platform.

Only 2000 Scion 1.0 DAMD will be made by the Japanese automaker. The limited edition will come in bright red, with choice of several colors for interior. Specifically for this model external tuning "DAMD" package was developed. To add some agility this modification Scion 1.0 DAMD comes with modern "RAZO" gearbox.

Innovation, however, has not touched engine equipment. Car comes with the same 1.8 litre 128 hp engine. Scion 1.0 DAMD with mechanical transmission will be sold for $16,549, and $17,349 for automatic. For a European buyer - 10,500 euros, which incidentally, even cheaper than 1.8 litre Yaris.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Suzuki Swift Limited Edition

The new limited edition model Suzuki Swift will be available on the German market since June 2008. Total 1200 cars will be produced, which can be purchased only in two colors: black pearl-or pearl-white.

Suzuki Swift, limited edition, has 16 - inch 195/45 R15 tires, special black-and-white icons, 6.9-inch color monitor and hard disk of 30 GB. In addition to that, Suzuki also offers a special body kit, which you can see on the photos below. The price of Swift starts at 16900 euros ($26300).

Suzuki Swift Limited Edition

Suzuki Swift Limited Edition

Suzuki Swift Limited Edition

Suzuki Swift Limited Edition

New Futuristic Mazda1

As we learned, the new urban mini car Mazda 1 can be seen at this year's Paris motor show. Cars design is not-quite usual, more accurately, rather quite unique. Style was previously shown with Taiki, Ryuga, Hakaze and Furai concepts.

New futuristic Mazda 1

New Mazda will be the first model established by the project design Nagare. Under the hood there will likely be 0,8-1,3 liter volume engine.

In 2010 Mazda will launch into production a few more cars executed in the same futuristic design, including modification of Mazda3.

Mazda representatives also reported that in August this year at the motor show in Moscow they will show a new small crossover concept. Which is likely to be based on the Ford Kuga and as well as Mazda1 under Nagara design project.

The car will be developed specifically for the Russian market, which in the opinion of the Japanese carmaker could surpass German, as the largest market in Europe.