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.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mitsubishi Colt Facelift: Official Images

The first official pictures of new Mitsubishi Colt of both the 3 and 5 door versions of the Japanese supermini that will compete against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris have been distributed through Mitsubishi European website.

Mitsubishi Colt Facelift

Mitsubishi Colt Facelift

Mitsubishi Colt Facelift

Mitsubishi Colt Facelift

According to pics, Colt got a very aggressive front styling similar to popular Lanser. Back, too, has undergone major changes, but they are not so striking. What's happening with the interior and under the hood we will learn on 2 October at th Paris Autoshow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Saab 9-X Air Convertible Pics

Innovative Saab 9-X Air concept, which will be unveiled next month at the Paris Motor 2008, is the result of design ideas in the search for new forms of future Saab convertibles. Thanks to unique folding canopy top roof and panoramic rear window Saab 9-X Air model breaks stereotypes for sports convertible car.

Saab 9-X Air Convertible Concept

Saab 9-X Air Convertible Concept

Saab 9-X Air Convertible Concept

Saab 9-X Air Convertible Concept

The unique silhouette created by rear pillars on which canopy top roof rests and separately rising rear window. Lower the roof, and Saab 9-X Air creates a nice flow of fresh air. Raise the roof, and you are inside the coupe.

Created simultaneously with the 9-X BioHybrid, Saab 9-X Air equipped with highly efficient transmission. The compact, 1.4-liter BioPower Saab engine dynamically respond to accelerator pedal, combining optimum size and turbocharging, work with bioetanole E85 and hybrid drive.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Nissan Nuvu Electric Car Unveiled in Paris

Once again, Japanese automakers claim title of "best future technology." This time with Nissan Nuvu. Very little is known about concept yet, the Japanese have not even submitted an image. The company said only that it will be a compact urban electric for up to three passengers. Car comes with several solar panels that charge batteries during the drive. Auto landing has a 2+1 formula. The model is built on a original mini-platform - length does not exceed three meters in width is 1550 mm, height - 1700 mm, the wheelbase - 1980 millimetres. Concept roof is made of glass and equipped with solar panels.

Nissan Note Facelift

Nissan Note Facelift

The main differences of the new Nissan Note from predecessor - is a front exterior design, including the new bumper, headlights and the radiator grill. On the back only rear lamps have been changed, and have now tinted glass. In addition, the car will come with re-tuned suspension, upgraded gearbox, with changed gear ratios, new versions of wheels and interior decoration.

Note Engines line up, with the exception of the new 1.5 - liter diesel engine, will remain unchanged.

Nissan Pixo: Compact five-door hatchback

Nissan Pixo
Compact five-door hatchback Pixo developed jointly with the Indian arm of Suzuki. The model will be produced at the factory on the outskirts of Delhi. The car length - 3565 mm in width - 1600, and height - 1470. Wheelbase - 2360.

A car comes with 1.0 - liter 3 - cylinder petrol engine. Pixo receive mechanical transmission, but 4 - speed automatic is optional.

Pixo sales start in 2009.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Peugeot Prologue Hybrid Concept Previews 3008 Crossover

It is difficult to classify the car - for the crossover, it has too little ground clearance, certanly not wagon nor minivan. Interesting concept!







Described by Peugeot as a car that is ‘derived from the fusion of different worlds’, the Prologue is essentially preview of the Peugeot’s long awaited 3008 crossover. The Prologue Concept style in itself is nothing new, but some parts are unique - just look at triangular rear lights! Technical details are not known yet. We know only that the concept is equipped with a 200 hp hybrid engine.

Monday, September 8, 2008

2009 Renault Megane: Official Pictures

The first official pictures of the new Megane Renault, that will compete with Volkswagen Golf VI, leaked on the Internet long before the hatchback debut, to be held October 2 at the motor show in Paris. The Megane new style more adventures than recently released Laguna, but less controversial than the current generation Megane, which is not very well accepted by most European markets.

2009 Renault Megane

2009 Renault Megane

2009 Renault Megane


In addition to the 5 door Megane, Renault will also introduce at the Paris motor show the sport 3 door version, based on the Megane Coupe concept, shown last year at the Motor Show in Geneva. In 2009 Megane lineup will be extended with 4 door sedan, wagon and convertible with folding hard-top power.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mitsubishi i MiEV Hybrid

Head of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Osamu Masuko, announced plans to release compact urban model Mitsubishi i MiEV. In 2009, when the car arrives on the Japanese market, they will build 2,000 units, and another 4,000 next year, and then the manufacturer will begin its mass production.


Japanese buyer will have to pay about 27,530 dollars (18,402 euros) for the car. Manufacturer, however, claiming to reduce cost in 2010.

In October 2008, Mitsubishi i MiEV model could be seen at the test tracks in Europe. A car will be officially unveiled in the Old World in 2011.

Interestingly, Mitsubishi has worked to develop i MiEV production model since 2005. This model is based on a platform known in Japan and England as Mitsubishi i. The first test samples Mitsubishi i MiEV appeared in March 2007. Testing of the latest version of i MiEV began in 2008.


What is remarkable in Mitsubishi i MiEV? A lot! First, this hybrid model. Its engine is composed of 47 kilowatt electric motor with a capacity of 180 Nm torque and lithium-ion batteries. Secondly, compact car is capable of reaching a speed of 130 km / h. and driving 160 km without recharge. To reduce air resistance and improve aerodynamic performance, Mitsubishi i MiEV has small wheels and tires.

All vehicle tests will be completed in March 2009 only, but only in Japan - in the USA they will continue in October!

Monday, September 1, 2008

BMW X1 Crossover Pics

In October at the Paris Motor Show BMW will introduce a number of premieres, including the new crossover X1.

BMW is expanding its presence in the luxury crossover segment, which has long been taken over by "mature" X3, X5 and X6 models.



Size wise car will compete with such staples of SUVs as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Exterior of the car reminds his "older brother" BMW X6 and some of the BMW CS concept, which is why when viewed from front X1 seems larger than it actually is.

Brutal radiator grille, an impressive front bumper and headlights "browes" add some boldness.


The new crossover is based on the first and third models of BMW. The car will come with full all wheel drive X-drive. Ground clearance will be increased.

Engine line up ranges from 1.8 liters 145 hp 4-cylinder to 3 liters 6-cylinder turbo diesel. Comes with choice of six speed mechanical and automatic gearbox. Production of the new crossover will begin at the Leipzig plant next summers. It is planned to produce 100,000 crossovers a year.