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.