Monday, June 15, 2009

2010 Kia Picanto: Morning Mini Facelift

Koreans presented updated Kia Morning mini car, known worldwide as the Picanto. This is second facelift for this model, first time was in 2007. As in 2007, design changes turned out barely noticeable - the most obvious changes in the front and rear bumpers, grille, and optics.

Korean version Picanto will come with specific bumper and chrome radiator grille with Soul crossover styling. Interior updates include steering wheel and dashboard.

New Kia Picanto 2010 comes with two engine options: LPI environmentally friendly 1 liter 67 hp four-cylinder and improved 72 hp gasoline engine of the same volume (8 hp stronger compared to the previous generation).

2010 Kia Picanto: Morning Mini Facelift

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New VW Golf Plus BiFuel Goes on Sale in Europe

Wolfsburg company is expanding the model range of its new Golf Plus crossover with an LPG-capable version called Golf Plus BiFuel.

New VW Golf Plus BiFuel

Redesigned four cylinder engine 1.6, delivers 102 hp on petrol and 98 hp on natural liquefied gas. Crossover consumes 9.8 liters of natural gas per 100 km, throwing into the atmosphere 10% less CO2 (159g/km) than when using gasoline.

The new LPG-capable VW Golf Plus is available for sale in the Trendline and Comfortline versions starting from €22,460.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

2010 Kia Forte Sedan: Pics, Details

Kia has announced pricing for its new entry in the compact-car segment, the 2010 Forte sedan.

2010 Kia Forte comes with four-cylinder engines- LX and EX models are supercharged by a 156-hp, 2.0-liter, while the top-spec SX uses a 2.4-liter that produces 173 hp. Four transmissions are available, depending on package - automatic five-speed (LX and EX) or six-speed manuals (SX). The LX and EX semiautomatic has quaternary forward ratios, unless you opt for the EX Fuel-Economy package, which gets the aforementioned five-speed semiautomatic offered on the SX.

2010 Kia Forte Sedan

While looking at Forte, you can immediately understand that the part of the professionalism and spirit, which was used in the Kia Soul design, has been used for this car. Forte was created to impress people. Excellent handling on the road, sensitive and soft suspension, smooth running, which gives the impression of driving a car from the luxury class, two-liter engine, which is the same engine as used in the base Hyundai Genesis, and much more makes us understand that Kia is serious about leading in this class.

The Spectra's replacement is available with prices ranging from $13,695 for the entry-level Forte 2.0 LX to $18,195 for the 2.4 SX Auto.

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Mazda 2-Seater: Mazda2 Based Roadster

Japanese Mazda is planning a new two-seater roadster that would be based on the underpinnings of the current generation Mazda2.

Mazda2 Based Roadster

The proposed two-seater is said to use the same engine range as the Mazda2, including European configurations: 1.3- and 1.5-liter gasoline units and 1.4- and 1.6-liter diesel ones.

Roadster will be competing in Europe against the likes of the forthcoming Renault Twingo CC, the Opel Tigra and the Peugeot 207 CC.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

VW BlueSport Roadster RWD Sportscar Pics

More proof that the concept of a new Volkswagen roadster BlueSport Roadster coming to production - the emergence of official photographs, as well as enough detailed information on technical equipment of the auto we see.

VW BlueSport Roadster RWD Sportscar Pics

Rear wheel drive roadster VW BlueSport first shown at the Motor Show in Detroit, as a future low-cost alternative to the Porsche Boxster. VW BlueSport Roadster has all the chances to become production model and win the hearts of buyers due to the fact that, despite all its sportiness, BlueSport Roadster - a car for life.

VW BlueSport Roadster RWD Sportscar Pics

VW BlueSport Roadster, comes with a line of petrol and diesel engines - including 2.0 liter turbo 180hp TDI engine with 350 Nm torque (to 100 km / h in 6.6 seconds, consumption 4.3 liters per 100 km) with 6 speed DSG, and the 1.4 liter TSI petrol turbo 122 hp engine.

In accordance with maximum fitness for life concept, the VW BlueSport Roadster is equipped with a 112 liters luggage compartment at the rear of the vehicle, as well as an additional trunk in the front, can accommodate a further 70 liters of cargo. Total luggage volume is 182 liters, which is 20% more than the Mazda MX-5.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Mitsubishi i-MiEV All-Electric RWD Minicar

Japanese automakers Mitsubishi Motors Corp has announced the price of its production version of Mitsubishi's pure-electric i-MiEV minicar - $ 47 580.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV All-Electric RWD Minicar

Mitsubishi i-MiEV All-Electric RWD Minicar

Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes with a 330-volt lithium-ion batteries located under the floor, electric motor and on board charging system. The electric motor that drives the rear wheels produces an output of 47kW or 64HP and 180Nm or 132.8-lbs/ft of torque.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Toyota Verso 7-Seater MPV

New generation Toyota Verso minivan will make its world debut in Geneva next week.

New Toyota Verso 7-Seater MPV

With the exception of the Avensis-inspired front-end, the Verso MPV's styling is evolutionary. New Verso is 70mm longer and 20mm wider than the previous model.

New model will have 20% increase in power and torque, as well as a 12% reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel-consumption. The power train lineup includes 1.6 and 1.8L Valvematic petrol units, paired to either a 6-speed manual or new Multidrive S CVT, as well as 2.0 and 2.2L turbo diesels.

Fiat 500C Rag-top Convertible

Rag-top convertible version of Fiat's highly successful FIAT 500 retro-mini will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, and will go on sale in spring.

Fiat 500C Rag-top Convertible

Fiat 500C Rag-top Convertible

Fiat 500C Rag-top Convertible


The central part of the roof of the car folds on the trunk top with the help of electric power, opening up the sky over the heads of the four riders. Fabric rag-top will be offered in three colors: ivory, red and black. FIAT 500C engine lineup entirely borrowed from the original hatchback: turbo diesel 75HP MultiJet and two petrol engines volume of 1.2 and 1.4 liters and output of 69 and 100 hp respectively. Diesel engine is paired with a 5-speed manual, petrol engine could be coupled with manual, and with the robotized gearbox Dualogic.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA - Official Pics

Italian company Alfa Romeo will show new MiTo sports hatchback version called MiTo GTA at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Designers from Abarth gave it tuned 1.8-liter 240 hp turbo engine. Dynamics of hot-hatch will further improve the reduced weight, aerodynamic shape and reduced clearance.

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA - Official Pics

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA - Official Pics

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA - Official Pics

Expected that Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA European sales will start in late 2009, and in case of a successful strategic alliance between Fiat and Chrysler - sports car will appear in the U.S. The main MiTo GTA rival will be MINI Cooper S JCW, but the Italian car overtaking it in power, and price, which is projected to be almost $2800 less.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Audi TT RS Official Pics, Details

New Audi TT RS will be officially revealed at next month's Geneva Motor Show, and available in both coupe and roadster versions, but full set of official pictures is already available.

Audi TT RS Official Pics

Audi TT RS Official Pics

Audi TT RS Official Pics

Appearance has become more aggressive, soft lines and some bulk of the previous model are gone. Form of spoiler and bumpers changed, elegant honeycomb structure on the bumper is in harmony with the new LED headlamps and oval exhaust pipe. The interior is typical of Audi with scattered elements with company logo and a lot of aluminum.

Audi TT comes with new turbocharged 5-cylinder 340-horsepower engine with direct-injection, capacity of 2.5-liters and a maximum torque figure of 450 Nm or 331.9-lbs/ft., which fires car up to hundreds in less than 5 seconds.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2010 Chevrolet Spark - Official Pics, Details

Next month's Geneva Show will see the world debut of the 2010 Chevrolet Spark.

2010 Chevrolet Spark - Official Pics, Details

2010 Chevrolet Spark - Official Pics, Details

In Europe, Chevrolet Spark will come with a choice of 1.0 and 1.2-litre 16-valve four-cylinder gasoline engines. In addition, new Spark receives 1.3 liters turbo diesel, 75 and 90 hp version. Depending on the type of engine 5 - or 6-speed manual gearbox will be installed.

Also, the emergence of «sports» version of the compact hatchback is likely, which will be equipped with 1.6-liter turbocharged engine power 150 hp from Opel Corsa GSi.
European sales of new car to start in early 2010.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dacia Sport Coupe Concept

Renault-Nissan Alliance will present sport coupe under its own Dacia brand at the international motor show in Geneva, which opens on March 2, 2009.

Dacia Sport Coupe Concept

Dacia Sport Coupe Concept

Dacia Sport Coupe Concept

Currently Dacia produces only low-cost and practical vehicles, among which three modified models of Logan - sedan, station wagon and pickup, as well as the hatchback Sandero. Previously, it was reported that Dacia developing compact crossover based on the Logan platform. Official information on the development of crossover was confirmed by the head of the company Dacia Francois Furmon in late February 2008.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

VW BlueSport Roadster Concept

The long-awaited concept of sports roadster Volkswagen BlueSport was presented at the Detroit Motor Show in 2009. And at this moment there is no doubt that the sports car will soon go into production.

VW BlueSport Roadster Concept

VW BlueSport Roadster Concept


Behind the two sport bucket-shaped seats of BlueSport roadster is a 2.0 liter 180 hp TDI turbo-diesel engine. VW BlueSport is rear wheel drive and comes with a 6-speed DSG transmission with double clutch which allows Volkswagen BlueSport Roadster to accelerate to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds, a speed limit is 226 km/h.

VW BlueSport is quite economical and has an average fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100 km. One reason for this is the automatic motor start-stop and brake energy regeneration system.

Volkswagen BlueSport Technical Data:
Length - 3,99 m, Width - 1745 meters, Height - 1,26 m, Wheelbase front - 1,49 m, wheelbase rear - 1,52 m, Front suspension - McPherson, Rear suspension - multi-independent, Engine - 4 cylinder TDI, 2,0 liters, Power - 180 hp at 4,200 rpm, Maximum torque - 350 Nm at 1750 rpm, The front wheels - 235/35 ZR19, Rear wheels - 245/35 ZR19.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO Concept

Mercedes introduced a series of three BlueZERO concepts at auto show which started on 11 January, in Detroit. All models are built on a common base, which is used in A and B-Class Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO

Mercedes-Benz BlueZERO

BlueZERO E-CELL is equipped with a lithium-ion batteries and can travel 200 kilometers on just electricity;

BlueZERO F-CELL is able to travel 400 km on electricity;

BlueZERO E-CELL PLUS is equipped with an electric motor and an additional 67-strong engine from the Smart Fortwo, located at the rear. The car is able to travel 600 kilometers at a time, with 100 km on electric power alone.

BlueZERO concepts preview appearance of new generation B-Class.