Very dynamic new look for BMW

BMW launched a new model that depicts the autoovel new look coming very dynamic of cars to be sold.

Mazda with its sporty convertible model.

This model comes mazda increasingly value their brand, because it is a very nice car with some very graphic lines excel.

Mclaren or Audi?

Many racing fans do not know what and why the choice between Audi and Mclaren, you know?

Saab launches model with sunroof.

What about this car, the picture speaks for itself, very nice car! Pass the car to take his girlfriend.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Opel meets 150 years

It was in 1862 that Adam Opel began to use the blacksmith shop of his father, precisely in Russelsheim, Germany, to manufacture ... sewing machines business that prospered quickly. But that hard winter, the founder of the brand of lightning could hardly imagine that one day Adam Opel AG would become a major European car manufacturers. Opel Congratulations!

After seeing Adam Opel your sewing machine business growing rapidly, he decided to enter another market, in the case of the bicycle. Launched in 1886 the first unit called Velocipede. What Midas touch, success with bicycles Opel was immediate and the next step was the introduction of motorcycles in its product catalog.
New instant success that gave it market leadership. Inevitably, Adam Opel had to turn to the automobile and in 1899, with a restructuring of the plant, begins automobile production. He returned to be a successful step that allows today to keep the Opel headquarters in Rüsselsheim and be the second largest German manufacturer with uptime.
The history of car manufacturer Opel and starts, as noted in 1899, but the first model of the brand of lightning came, with great fanfare in 1902. Lutzman was called and had a 10/12 hp engine and the fuse was a popularity unimaginable at that time. So that four years later, had already left the production line over a thousand units!
Completed only eight years, Opel had already distinguished themselves to overcome their rivals at the time claiming the title of the largest German manufacturer of automobiles. In the genesis of this success was the simplicity and ease of use (besides the reputation of affordable car) visible in models like the Doktorwagen (1909) or Puppchen (1914).
The 20 years of the last century were very important to the story of Adam Opel. It was then that the models were released and Laubfrosch Rakete, the first in 1924 (with a 12 hp engine) and it was engraved in letters of gold the history of the brand since launched the first automated assembly line at Opel.
The dynamics of brand Russelsheim and its success led its leaders to risk some adventures to further raise the awareness of Opel.
In 1928, Fritz von Opel took the Opel Rak propelled by rockets and took him to the world speed record on land. All in all, reached impressive and highly unlikely for the time, 238 km / h. The success encouraged the media responsible for Opel to go further, and a year later, was flying the Opel Sander Rak 1, the first aircraft to carry a manned rocket flight. It was the record, even if the flight is short.
Like today, the economy collapsed in 1929 initiates a difficult period for the automotive industry and particularly for Opel. Shut down, the twenties with an unprecedented crisis that led millions of people into unemployment and tattered economy. Alone, Opel had no chance to survive and therefore fell into the arms of General Motors, the giant who came to save the brand created by Adam Opel.
With this strong and determined partner, the brand of wind and lightning quick recovery in 1935 shows a turnover of more than 100 000 units / year, appearing in the range of the famous Opel Blitz truck, built at the factory in Brandenburg.
It is also the year that Opel adopts one of the first important technical innovations, in designing a model, the Olympia, with fully self-supporting body made of steel. A year later it's time to get to the range that would be a model for many decades, the Kadett. Model whose successor is now the Astra. In the year in which the mythic Kadett, Opel becomes the largest European manufacturer with more than 120 000 units / year.
After a hiatus caused by World War II, Opel is reborn once again, coming up with innovative models like the Rekord, the Olympia Rekord, the Rekord P1 and Kapitan. They are models that occupy the memory of car lovers and symbols of Germany's economic recovery.
The centenary is celebrated in Opel's 1962 arrest and is the opening of Bochum, where does the Kadett B, the second generation of the legendary model. After the Adventure Rak, Opel had a presence in sports and timid in its range there was no model with these features. What has been fixed with the release, first, the Opel GT and Manta later.
Other milestones in the history of Opel are the 10,000,000 th unit to be produced (1971), the same year that Georg von Opel beat the speed record for a vehicle with electric propulsion, reaching 188 km / h. Irony of ironies, almost 40 years later, bet on the Opel Ampera electric powertrain and extent of autonomy ...
With more than 20 percent market share, Opel dominates the market in 1972 and is preparing to compete through several innovations in terms of models and technological advances in the areas of security, consumer and environmental protection. In the first case born the fifth generation of Kadett, which is to adopt front wheel drive, with Opel at this time placed the emphasis on aerodynamics. The Calibra coupe has distinguished itself in particular with a Cd of 0.26, a figure unprecedented for the time, accompanied by the Omega (Cd 0.28) and by the Kadett (Cd 0.39) that Opel still claims to be of vehicles most aerodynamic compact ever.
The problem of pollution and environmental protection is the workhorse of Opel from 80 years, becoming the catalyst as a major weapon against this scourge. The mark of Russelsheim do your part when starting from 1989, all models made by Opel leave the assembly line with the catalyst.
From here, the history of Opel becomes less and less conspicuous landmarks to define it. To get the story the launch of the Corsa, the first European car to be sold with a 3-cylinder engine and a simple body, but with wheel arch extensions in the image of rally cars. In the story are also the Frontera, the precursor of the current SUV and has long been the segment leader and the construction of the plant in Eisenach (1992), in the former East Germany at the time the most advanced factory in the world.
Followed the Zafira (1999) that opened the horizons of the compact MPV segment and dictating new ways of being versatile and most recently, the Insignia, flagship model of the "new" Opel and came to mark the brand repositioning in the market . New language style that took a stake and which is already evident in the Astra and Zafira Tourer.
All in all, the British counterpart Opel and Vauxhall, marketed in 2010 more than 1.1 million units in over 40 countries. A long way since 1862 when Adam Opel decided to use the blacksmith shop of his father to manufacture sewing machines ... Opel Congratulations!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Chevrolet Aveo RS confirms in Detroit

After revealing the Sonic in January, Chevrolet will return to Detroit Auto Show, now with the final version of the Aveo RS.
The popularity of models like the Citroen DS3, Ford Fiesta ST or even Renault Clio, convinced Chevrolet to give the green light to the sports version of the Aveo that will be on sale in the second half of 2012.

As engine, Chevriolet uses a small 1.4-liter supercharged which coupled to a six-speed manual (or a unit with six-speed automatic also) delivers 136 hp and 200 Nm of torque, getting to know what values ​​of acceleration 0-100 km / h top speed, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

To differentiate the rest of the range sports model, the Chevrolet lay hand to the recipe usual in such cases: a more muscular new front grille, fog lamps and auxiliary air intakes, a new rear spoiler clearer, more engaging and a bumper with dual output chrome exhaust, and 17-inch wheels. Once inside, according to information gathered, displays more immersive new front seats, a steering wheel cut down, new instruments, renewed lever box and a finish that calls to Chevrolet RS, for this specific version.

Mercedes E300 BlueTEC shows in Detroit

Mercedes chose the Detroit Auto Show to reveal its first series production hybrid, and then a diesel hybrid.

The Blue Tec Mercedes E300 sedan and wagon versions, will be available in September 2012, taking the brand from Stuttgart chosen the Detroit Motor Show to be held next month as the stage for worldwide exposure.

Under the program Bluefficiency, Mercedes will introduce the E300 equipped with the most powerful version of the block 2.1 liter diesel and a petrol version called E400, but that is only for the U.S. market, both with hybrid technology.

The aim of this Mercedes E300 BlueTec is the European market for fleet, and for this the mark of the star used a hybrid system and the excellent 2.1 liter block. All in all, are 109 g / km of CO2, a figure that offers great tax advantages and it hits, so obviously, the value announced by BMW for its ActyiveHybrid 5: 149 g / km.

With 205 hp and a torque of 500 Nm, the block is accompanied by a diesel power unit with 27 hp and 250 Nm placed inside the casing of the gearbox. Although not an official figure, it is known that the E300 BlueTEC has a 0.8 kWh battery that allows all-electric mode operation. However, if the figure of autonomy is only 2 miles at a speed of 60 km / h, with little avail. The set of measures to save fuel and reduce CO2 values, there is the start / stop system, energy recovery from braking and deceleration, cruise and tires so low rolling resistance. Thus, in addition to 109 g / km of CO2, the E300 BlueTec consumes just complains Mercedes, 4.2 l/100 km, an improvement of almost 3 l/100 km compared to the E250 CDI!

In terms of performance, Mercedes claims an acceleration 0-100 km / h in 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 240 km / h. The American version of the E400 is equipped with a V6 3.5 liter petrol engine with electric motor coupled to the same E300 BlueTec. According to data from Mercedes, obtained under the North American measurements, renowned more restrictive than the European, the E400 uses an average of 8.7 l/100 km, excellent value.

Lexus LF-LC revealed in Detroit

After you preview the new model, the Lexus finally blurt out photos to the internet the new LF-LC to reveal in Detroit.
The picture is true and confirmed by Lexus to reveal a car that according to those of the brand, Lexus leads to a new dimension in terms of style that is a real step forward. In essence, the LF-LCE a luxury 2 +2 coupe that will be ready to produce.
Anyway, after the revelation that will be in Detroit, the planning of LF-LC (LF is for Lexus Future, the LC means coupe) provides for the marketing of the model in 2013/2014, followed by a convertible version will see only the light of day in 2015, taking the place of the SC and being clear rival the Mercedes SL.
It is noted that the study and definition of the style was in charge of Calty, the Lexus design company that has been responsible for several prototype Toyota, Lexus and Scion, including the Lexus CT100 h. Where there is little doubt is the engine, being assured that the LF-LC will receive a hybrid system to propel.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Eastnor Castle and Land Rover: 50 Years of History

Land Rover celebrates 50 years this month for use of Eastnor Castle as a basis for testing and development.

"Lost" in the county of Herefordshire, an area absolutely stunningly beautiful Eastnor Castle was chosen in 1961 by Land Rover as a basis for demonstrating the quality of their vehicles. Half a century later, Eastnor Castle continues to have a key role in researching and developing new models of off-road brand, continuing to highlight the qualities of the Land Rover 4x4.

Remember those 50 years of Land Rover Eastnor Castle made ​​me remember my 25 year career and the enormous pleasure it was to this place, a true paradise for lovers of off-road. Kilometers of tracks are muddy, hard floors, passages ford, absolutely incredible ups and downs, narrow paths, finally, a true playground for those who like to ride off road.

Eastnor Castle was there in that bright Land Rover technicians have developed technologies that still remain at the forefront and gives to the models of English house owned by Tata, the title of "the best 4x4xFar", ie, all the best -road by a large margin.

We speak of the anti-lock brakes designed for walking on slippery surfaces and, above all, mud and ice, the adjustable air suspension, electronic traction control for slippery conditions, the Hill Descent Control (downhill descent control) and the famous Terrain Response, the system with several programs that adapt to the conditions of the terrain traction.

Hyundai shows i-prototype on IQ

The i-on IQ is the form of Hyundai present the evolution of language style of the brand, the "fluidic sculpture" in addition to revealing what Hyundai has prepared for the European market.

The Geneva Motor Show to be held in March 2012, will stage the revelation of the i-on IQ, but Hyundai decided to already know the first sketches of the work done by Thomas Burkle, responsible for the style of Hyundai in Europe.

According to him, i-on IQ is defined as "two strong curved lines that sculpt your silhouette, creating an interesting contrast between lionhas aggressive character and detail while soft but muscular."

As mentioned, i was on IQ-designed and developed in R & D center of Hyundais located in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport edition ... "Merveilleux"

The special-edition Bugatti Veyron keep coming and now, the French brand has revealed one more: the Veyron Super Sport Edition Merveilleux. This, unlike the last special editions, was commissioned by a mysterious Chinese customer, called Simon.

It is a unique example of the more powerful and faster version of the Bugatti Veyron, SuperSport, able to reach 415 km / h, and has even reached 430 km / h test sessions, and is distinguished by a body in carbon fiber rims painted black.

The exclusive details extend to the interior, through banks lined in blue and logos "Super Sport" in black on the headrests.

In the video posted, you can see a number of senior executives Bugatti, including CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, which reveals that the mysterious buyer purchased the Veyron Super Sport Edition Merveilleux as a gift for yourself.

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Honda 'N' to compete with Fiat 500 and Co.

The Japanese presented at the Tokyo Motor Show the fourth and final stage of the project 'N', a city shaped "retro" inspired by the history of the sixties N360 to compete with models like the fiat500, for example.

This city inspired by the N360 produced between 1967 and 1972 should increase the catalog of Japanese brand in the European market, equipped with a 660cc petrol mechanics - the original model had a small 360cc engine.

Not forgetting also the introduction of an electric version of the prototype EV-derived N, presented in 2009 at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Apparently, the launch of Honda's "N" in the Japanese market should take place in the middle of next year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Will launch new Mini JCW Coutryman

The Geneva Motor Show of 2012 will be the stage for the revelation of this very special Mini Countryman JCW here is revealed in official photos of the British brand. According to some reports, the new model will receive a significant increase of power.
Officially, there is no information about the new engine Countryman John Cooper Works, but some rumors suggest that the block equal to the 1.6 liter used in the car rally draws increase power up to 220 hp. What is logical, because the Mini need to approve some engine parts and a more developed and may do so with this new version.

When it comes to style, the photos allow to realize that the cosmetics used in the other JCW models is applied in this new model, with a new front bumper, while behind there is a diffuser and a few more touches, like the extended wheel arches.

In the suspension, the new Mini model changed the diameter of the stabilizer bar (now 23 mm) front and rear (now 17 mm), taking the opportunity to lower the car 10 mm. The brakes were also changed, with the rear discs to be increased from 280 to 296 mm.

After developing the new model is complete, the Coutryman Mini John Cooper Works will go on sale in summer 2012.

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe revealed

The model will reach the Portuguese market in the next semester and have the task of replacing the unloved 5 Series GT and give it to the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7, the real four-door coupes niche market opened for the first Mercedes with the CLS . Here are the first details and photos of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

It took only 20 months between the presentation of the model as a prototype in the Hall of Beijing, after BMW has already offered a first image of what it would be 4 door coupe with the CS Concept presented in 2007. Interestingly, this prototype would lead to the four-door coupe and a sedan that would take the place of the Series eight, having been abandoned due to the recession experienced since 2008. So, the rival to the CLS and the A7 will be a model that will complement the 6 Series, joining the coupe and cabriolet.

When it comes to style, the Grand Coupe is much like the Series 6, with the front grille and squalid leaning forward with the side to be equally similar to the coupe / cabriolet. Then everything is different, with a roof of course longer, wider B-pillars with traditional doors opening, the rear doors with the famous "Hofmeister kick" and the absence of doors in frames to complete the look of this Gran Coupe.

The total length is 5.007 meters, with a width of 1.894 meters and a height of only 1.392 meters, ie, the Gran Coupe has 11.2 cm more than the coupe and has more than 2.7 cm in height and is based on Series 6 platform, but with the wheelbase stretched to 11.3 cm for 2968 mm. Interestingly, exactly the same as the Series 5 ... matter of habit, even if the interior of the Gran Coupe is only for four.

With regard to mechanical, once again the powerful BMW chooses to block market entry. All blocks have the technology TwinTurbo Power, starting with the 640i range, with the 4-liter six-cylinder with 320 hp, offered through dual turbocharging, direct injection and Valvetronic system. Following is the 640D with the excellent 313 hp turbo diesel, with the top of the range is the 650i, equipped with the 450 hp V8. As regards performance, the 640i goes from 0-100 km / h in 5.4 seconds, spends 7.7 l/100 km and emits 179 g / km of CO2. As for the 640D, consumes 5.5 l/100 km and emits 146 g / km of CO2, accelerating from 0-100 km / h in 5.4 seconds. But the 650i emits 199 g / km, accelerates from 0-100 km / h in 4.6 seconds and consumes 8.8 l/100 km. All of them are limited to 250 km / h.

As part of the Gran Coupe equipment, we find the power steering so, the dynamic control of dampers (Dynamic Damper Control), while as an option customers may opt for active steering (Integral Active Steering) and the Adaptive Drive. Noted that the xDrive all-wheel drive is available for the 650i Gran Coupe.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Seat Ibiza was seen in Los Angeles

The "new" Seat Ibiza was caught in Los Angeles during the first few photo shoots and filming, before its public presentation scheduled for early March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The image was captured during the making of promotional films in Los Angeles, and quickly reproduced in several blogs from fans of the Spanish brand.

Although not able to understand all the changes made, lets see a picture larger grid, placed in position a little lower and optical polygonal shapes, with LED daytime running lights.

No mechanical changes are to be expected, keeping the service, atmosphere and 1.2 turbo engines (TSI) and the 1.2 TDI and 1.6 liters.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lexus announces new 'concept car' for Detroit

Lexus released the first image of the "concept car" that aims to show the North American International Show in 2012, held in Detroit on Oct. 9 January 2012.

Designed by Calty design center in Newport Beach, California, this new concept will present the new design guidelines that will influence the new models from Lexus.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Audi unveils new A4 range

In restyling for all versions of the Audi A4 range, including sedan, Avant (wagon) allroad (van 'off-road "), plus the S4 sports saloon, the big news is the introduction of the new 1.8 TFSI engine of 170 hp (replacing the current 1.8 TFSI of 120 hp and 160 hp). Thus, this variant joins the engines already available in Portugal: the 333 hp 3.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI 120 hp, 136 hp, 143 hp and 177 hp and, finally, the 3.0 TDI 204 hp and 245 hp.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ferrari launches special series "F1 60" of the 599 GTB

To celebrate six decades of victories in Formula 1, Ferrari 599 GTB has developed the "F1 60". This is a special edition available in three color schemes and only accessible through the customization program of the Italian brand called "Tailor Made".

The 599 GTB "F1 60 'will highlight the first and last victory of the Italian brand, until now, the world of Formula 1. For it is available in three color schemes, and the first is inspired by the Ferrari 375 driven by Froilan Gonzalez in the first victory of the Italian brand in the UK Grand Prix 1951.

In two other variants, the 599 GTB F1 60 F150 recalls Fernando Alonso, and can order the 599 GTB F1 with the deflector 60 and the front pillar painted in white. It is also available a more discrete, with the pillar of the body color.

The 20-inch wheels, the Scuderia logo and a plaque on the dashboard with the signatures of Froilan Gonzalez and Fernando Alonso complete details of the set of "F1 60".

The Italian brand has not disclosed the number of copies to be produced, as well as prices that will be marketed.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Skoda shows details VisionD

The next generation of Skoda models will be more aesthetically attractive, and the Concept VisionD, the Czech brand aesthetic shows the direction of future models - the aim was to provide a more modern look without losing the essence of the historic franchise.

With almost similar dimensions to those of a Volkswagen Golf, the VisionD characterized by elegant lines and modern, with an extended roof that falls gently towards the rear, and so giving rise to the rear gate.

In front, the huge front grille remains the center of attention, although the Czech brand's new logo, placed at the bottom of the hood, extends to the grid. The compact forms of optical and other details to be adopted by future models.

Inside, typically "concept car" with futuristic lines and exotic materials, enhancement for the large multifunction display in the center console and the absence of the traditional hand brake between the front seats, replaced by a storage space.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nissan GT-R special edition

This version equipped with accessories for the new track Nissan GT-R is legalized for roading. This edition Track Pack is easily identified by light-alloy wheels painted in gloss black center. The brakes are cooled by additional air intakes built into the front bumper. These reduce the operating temperature of the front brake discs up to 100 degrees for use on track, improving performance at the time of braking. Similar entries are also hidden behind the rear wheels, a channel cooling air over the rear discs.

Reflecting this vein even sportier GT-R is the revision of the tare spring suspension to improve performance on the track. As in the conventional GT-R, the dampers are adjustable to increase comfort when the car is used on the road. On the inside, especially the Recaro front seats, finished in blue and a high grip material to help keep the driver in place during cornering and braking. The rear seats were removed to save weight. A badge 'Track Pack "was placed in the center console in order to identify this special edition of the GT-R.

The engine retains the same specification as the 2012 model GT-R, which is reflected in 550 horsepower. Takes to get from 0 to 100 km / h only 2.7 seconds.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Audi will compete with the BMW X6

Speaking to "Auto News Europe" in the margins of the Bologna Motor Show, the head of Audi design, Walter de Silva, confirmed that there is a plan to develop a rival to the BMW X6. "We will definitely launch a sporty crossover between the Q5 and Q7 (pictured)," said de Silva. Indeed, as the CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, had left open earlier this year marks the possibility of potentially come up with a model known as Q6.

It is believed that this will be loosely based on Q6 Q5 sporting a flat roof design details and more aggressive. The engine range will walk between four and six cylinder diesel or gasoline, all equipped with turbo.

De Silva added that Audi considers a smaller crossover, which will probably be called Q4, which will be positioned between the Q3 and Q5, to compete with the BMW X4. This information was confirmed by BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer, who said that the X4 can hit the market in 2014.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Volkswagen "Loaf Form" is return the original

The Dutch subsidiary of Volkswagen will start importing the "Bread of Form 'original (ie, T2 VW Camper van, still made on the basis of the first Beetle), which is still manufactured in Brazil and turned into a camper van, the think of the fans and nostalgic adventure.

Most suited to today, Volkswagen T2 Camper manufactured in Brazil is equipped exclusively with a gasoline engine of 1.4 liters and 80 hp.

Coupled with a four-speed manual transmission, this engine enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 16 ... to reach the 134 km / h top speed. Numbers that will not leave disappointed fans of one of the most iconic models in the history of the automobile industry.

In the Dutch market, T2 Camper will be available in three trim levels - Trend, Comfort and Highline - and is equipped as standard with a sofa bed, folding table, stainless steel sink, refrigerator and stove with two burners.

In the more luxurious version (Highline), especially the leather upholstery, linoleum floors, lowered suspension, alloy wheels, chrome bumpers and even rear parking sensors, and an extensive list of options.

Prices will start with 32,245 euros, but can reach 55,955 euros, depending on the level of customization.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dodge Viper confirms new presentation for January

Dodge confirmed the return of 'explosive' Viper for next year. The official presentation of the new generation of American sports will take place already in January at the Detroit Motor Show, which takes place between 9 and 22.

True icon of masculinity, the new generation of the Chrysler Viper should have a feminine touch, as the director of advanced design of the U.S. brand, Ralph Gilles, revealing that the new model is inspired by "a nude woman on the beach" and will "gorgeous-looking. "

Unlike what was speculated, the new Viper Ferrari engine will have much less the basis of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, keeping the impressive V10 engine of 8.7 liters, now more efficient, direct injection and more than 600cv of power.

It is also confirmed the inclusion for the first time in American sports, stability control, so that is usable by all kinds of drivers.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ford asks fans to choose the sound of electric Focus

Whether a hoarse sound, futuristic or soft, electric vehicles, which are normally silent, will have to issue some kind of noise for the safety of pedestrians. To find answers on the topic, Ford decided to challenge their Facebook fans to choose which sound like to hear the passing of the next model of the electric Ford Focus EV.

The survey, conducted on the Facebook page of Ford electric vehicles (EV) ( / FordElectricVehicles), allowed fans to interact with team members EV from Ford, providing direct feedback that can be used to influence the final product . In doing so, about 300 fans rated the sounds and over 400 comments posted.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Insignia CDTI engine gets 195 hp

While GM claims the financial performance of Opel, this works to improve their offerings and attract European consumers.

The 2012 Opel Insignia was the first car of the new phase of GM sedans to appear, and now receives more reason to be a reference within and outside the company.

A new version 2.0 CDTi win two turbochargers to deliver 195 hp. Only one detail, the engine in question is Fiat.

Anyway, it does not take the car or the merits of Opel, which has excellent products and is admired in many places where you never put your "tires".

Reaching 230 km / h going from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.7 seconds, the Insignia 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo average is 20.4 km / liter and emits 129 g / km of CO2. The six-speed manual transmission is longer and there is the Start & Stop system to reduce consumption.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BMW and Toyota partnership hit medium / long term

The official press conference that this memorandum of collaboration in research and development of environmentally friendly technologies, will be held at 15 hours (GMT) in Tokyo, but Auto Toad is in a position to forward all details of this partnership between BMW and Toyota.

The basis of this agreement of medium / long term it is very simple: BMW and Toyota agree to work together to develop environmentally friendly technologies for their cars of the future. This will include research and development of new lithium-ion batteries and it is also established that the BMW diesel engines will provide 1.6 and 2.0 liters to Toyota Motor Europe.

This is the basis of the agreement signed today at the Tokyo Motor Show between the two constructors, a memorandum of understanding for a partnership of medium / long-term research and development of the next generation of environmentally friendly technologies.

As mentioned, this partnership will extend also to research and development of new lithium-ion batteries that could be used in electric and hybrid models, this memorandum is expected to extend this collaboration to other areas that are identified by both builders and advantageous to both parties.

This partnership will bring the diesel engines of 1.6 liters and 2.0 for models sold by Toyota Motor Europe from 2014, which shows a reversal in the brand strategy in Europe. We recall that in 2009, Akio Toyoda, Toyota's president, said the company's focus on Europe would be the hybrid models, away from the diesel that Toyota does not get lost in the crowd read, other builders with diesel ranges. In fact, at that time, the president of Toyota ended up with plans to develop a block 1.6-liter turbodiesel in partnership with Isuzu, Toyota brand owned by 5.9 percent.

This part of the agreement with BMW, which sees the German diesel engines under the hood of Toyota from 2014, is the assumption of the error committed with the stated bet on hybrids. The continuing loss of market share in Europe is the biggest proof of that, because the market of the Old Continent is dominated by more than half of its volume for diesel cars that use less fuel and emit less CO2 than petrol models, and much more interesting in using the hybrids. And beads made, the hybrids have not been above 2% market share in Europe, which is too little to allow a bet as deliberate as it did in hybrid Toyota and its Lexus counterpart.

Anyway, with this agreement, Toyota reverses its strategy from 2014 and will offer an expanded product range, and these two years to develop, which will translate in a frantic period of the new Japanese brand.

At the time of signing of the memorandum, Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of BMW AG said "Toyota is the market leader in providing environmentally friendly technologies usable in mass-produced products and the BMW Group is the world's most innovative and Premium between sustainable producers. Let us now join forces to further develop environmentally friendly technologies and expand our technology leadership in their respective segments. Provide Toyota with our dynamic and efficient diesel engines is more important in a planned expansion of our business from sales of engines and powertrains. "

On the side of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Company, said that "it is a great joy for us to enter into this partnership for medium / long term with BMW, a company with its very own culture and a rich history of success as manufacturer in Europe, a brand that makes cars fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to the future development of automobile industry and society, both companies will bring this agreement to its comprehensive know-how '- starting with environmental concerns - to build the best cars ever. "

Sunday, September 25, 2011

C 63 AMG Black Series for sale

Keeping the usual strategy of "Black Series", Mercedes has released a version even more special C 63 AMG, which is facing those who have large bag and likes sports cars radically.

With a tremendously aggressive look, the C62 AMG Black Series provides the mechanical part of the same exuberance. The 6.3-liter V8 delivers 517 hp and a torque of 520 Nm, thus offering an acceleration 0-100 km / h in 4.2 seconds, with a mixed consumption of 12.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 286 g / km. The speed is limited to 250 km / h ... or not.

Way exuberantly extended (2.8 cm on each side of the car), many aerodynamic appendages, air intakes and gaudy huge wheels, a complete package of style that makes the Black Series car a truly aggressive.

Inside, the rear seat disappeared (you have to pay if you want to count on them ...), appear similar to the competition bucket seats and black coats with red details. The steering wheel is with the tabs on the AMG gearbox semi-automatic, with the command to the various programs located in the center console programs (C, S, S +, M and Race Start). The ESP has three settings, including the "Off".

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 in Tokyo Motor Show

Based on the 535i, the ActiveHybrid5 promises to be spared the model it is based.
According to BMW, the ActiveHybrid5 is 16 percent cheaper than the 535i that it is based and will go on sale in early 2012.

CV extracted from the 300 block of six-cylinder supercharged 3-liter double the ActiveHybrid5 adds 55 hp electric motor, combining to achieve 335 hp and a torque of 450 Nm to the rear wheels passed through the automatic eight speeds. This package is good to take the ActiveHybrid5 from 0-100 km / h in 5.9 seconds with top speed limited to 250 km / h. As for consumption, BMW announces 6.4 l/100 km and emission of 149 g / km of CO2.

Housed in the rear is the battery pack that allows ActiveHybrid5 has the ability to scroll mode only tram to reach a speed of 60 km / h with a range of 4 kilometers at an average speed of 35 km / h.

The new ecological model of BMW will not release the energy regeneration system, system, stop / start and start-up aid climbing. On the cosmetic side, the same recipe ActiveHybrid7, or logos in the C-pillars, front grille and door sills and 17-inch wheels.

Monday, September 12, 2011

EV-STER, Honda's electric sports

At just 3.57 meters long (1.5 meters wide and 1.1 meters high) and a wheelbase of 2.35 meters, the EV-STER is Honda's vision about the future of the sport compact, was one of the stars of the Tokyo Motor Show.
Compact, EV-STER has two seats, rear-wheel drive and electric motor. With extensive use of carbon fiber, reduced the total weight of the vehicle and help extend the battery life of up to 160 km.

To provide a driving experience more interesting, the Honda EV-STER regulation has several features like the suspension and the engine power output.
Inside, the instruments, vehicle information and internet connection, air conditioning and navigation system are grouped into areas so that the driver just worry about driving. There were no further data on the engine or on the batteries, only that they are loaded in 3 or 6 hours, depending on the outlet.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Maybach ends in 2013

The decision by Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes, not to approve the plans for the replacement model of the Maybach 57 and 62 was more than halfway to the ax fell on the mark of prestige restored in 2002 after Mercedes have failed to buy Rolls-Royce group Vickers.

And why exactly well placed sources spoke to the CEO of Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, who said in an interview with German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" that "would not be wise to develop a successor to the current Maybach, because the numerous conversations we were having about what the future of the luxury segment eventually reveal that the greatest success in this niche is the part of the Mercedes Maybach. "

That is, without telling the CEO of Daimler announced the end of Maybach and will pull even more Mercedes-up to the division of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. It is also the assumption of the failure of the strategy of Mercedes in recovering an ancient name for combat success of Rolls-Royce under BMW and Bentley hat under the protection of the VW group.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Toyota reveals Fun-Vii

The Toyota Fun-Vii is a car that you can change the color and what there is exposed the ease with how to make the discharge of an application for a "smartphone", and the entire exterior of the vehicle interchangeable. The Vii has Fun 3 places, 4.020 meters long, 1.745 meters wide and 1.415 meters high, with a wheelbase of 2.750 meters. That is, the size of a Yaris.

Inside, the navigation system provides continuous information and can provide this information with a voice synthesizer. Internet connection and a data network, allows constant updates to on-board programs, including control of the vehicle and multimedia system.

The Fun-VII will be able to talk to network with other vehicles and infrastructure, thus preventing accidents due to lack of visibility or distractions and allow contact with friends that are circulating around. Obviously most of the controls are accessible from a "smartphone".

Saturday, August 20, 2011

BMW joins the Toyota

Essentially, the idea is to provide the BMW Toyota with its excellent Japanese brand diesel engines and send to Munich hybrid technology is well established to be developed by BMW.

The announcement of this partnership will be officially in the Hall of Tokyo, but rumors have circulated for a long time and a source at BMW told several media that talks between the two brands are a reality, declining, however, confirm the official announcement that this exchange of technology.

In simple terms, it is an exchange of interests. BMW to Toyota will provide the building blocks of 4 and 6 cylinder turbodiesel with common rail technology and TwinPower for this use in the range of expanded and revised models to market in Europe and other markets, offering top engines in the Toyota and Lexus.

The part of Toyota, BMW to deliver the current and future hybrid technology, properly tested and make more reliable for the German brand to develop its range of environmentally responsible models. In addition to making the brand BMW i alternatives to purely electric models.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Toyota GT-86 reveals

The final name ends up being a tribute to the famous and fantastic Corolla AE86 known in Portugal as the Toyota Corolla GT Twin Cam 16v, keeping the rear wheel drive model like that and nothing more. Known as the EWuropa GT-86, the U.S. will be named FR-S and will be sold as Scion and Toyota in Japan is only 86.
In addition to the rear-wheel drive, the GT-86 uses the same block of two liters of boxer Subaru BRZ achieved with 200 hp at 7000 rpm and a torque of 205 Nm at 6600 rpm, which claims the second Toyota, offers impressive performance for a model that weighs only 1180 pounds. The maximum speed is 250 km / h.

According to Toyota, the GT-86 measures 4240 mm long and 1285 mm in height, was not disclosed to wide. Either way, it is a very compact car that Toyota is the four-seater sports world's most compact and the lower center of gravity. Either way, Toyota paid much attention to the behavior and thus put all mechanical items as low as possible (the Boxer engine helps!) And created a distribution of weights of 53/47 between the front and rear. Regarding suspension, McPherson front and a scheme overlaid serve the purpose of giving a good performance, helped by 17-inch wheels of origin.

The GT-86 will go on sale in European markets from the summer of next year.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Anticipates new Volvo XC90

The model will not be released before 2014, but Volvo has decided to reveal some of the drawings that show how the SUV will be the brand at that time, also emphasizing the use of diesel hybrid technology for low emissions and reduced fuel consumption.
News of the XC90 will be the debut of the common platform that will enable various models and the production of those models, regardless of its size, a single production line, with the obvious gains in productivity.

In terms of mechanics, as well as a range of new petrol blocks with only four cylinders, the XC90 will have hybrid drive, the same as the Volvo unveiled at the Geneva S60 Plug-In Hybrid. With a diesel engine backed by an electric motor, the system will allow the XC90 download beyond 50 g / km of CO2 consumption l/100 km 2. The engine of this powertrain is the D5 with 215 hp, and the traction ahead. To maintain the four-wheel drive, the XC90 will feature an electric motor with 72 hp, rear axle mounted on a specially designed for this. The six-speed gearbox is automatic.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ford Mustang increases capacity

Lost for the first time in history, the market leader of the "muscle car" in favor of the Chevrolet Camaro, just landed in Europe, the trend now a Mustang knows that Ford believes will return control of the situation. The Shelby GT500 has 650 hp and 814 Nm of torque, derived from the 5.8-liter supercharged V8.
In the words of Ford, the Mustang Shelby GT500 takes the concept of "muscle car" to a level never reached before, proudly displaying the most powerful V8 in the world. To make this possible, the technicians at Ford worked extensively in all major areas, namely, a much larger compressor and more effective.

The rear-wheel drive remained clutch, axle box and reinforce them to fit such power. The unit has new six-speed gear transmission and the trees are made of carbon.
To stop the 1750 kgs of Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford turned to Brembo, which provides a set of discs with six piston jaws of the larger disks in front and back, hidden by 19-inch wheels in front and 20 inch rear, with tires Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G.

For those who are not happy with this package, Ford offers the "Performance Package" that includes Bilstein shocks with electronically adjusted and a Torsen differential. For anyone who is even more radical, the package is "Track package" with some more changes to the motor and transmission.

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