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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

Posted: 11 Dec 2010 03:17 AM PST

At the Bologna Motor Show, Hyundai Santa Fe range submitted 2011. The Korean SUV has undergone a slight redesign and introduce new productions and Euro 5 engines. The range will consist of the Comfort and Style versions, available with front or all-wheel drive and three different engines: the 2.4 petrol delivers 174 hp and 225 Nm of torque, with emissions of 208 g / km (4WD version), the 2.0 CRDi is capable of 150 hp and 323 Nm with emissions of 169 g / km, and finally the top of the range 2.2 CRDi 197 hp and 421 Nm releases of torque. This is matched only four-wheel drive.

The Comfort version offers 6 standard airbags, ABS, EBD, TCS ESP, electric windows front and rear, electrically folding exterior mirrors, trip computer, radio with CD/MP3 player, steering wheel controls and AUX, USB and i-pod, alloy wheels 17 “with 235/65 tires, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights and parking sensors, while the Style, available only for four-wheel drive variants, adds 18″ wheels with 235/60 tires, cruise control , leather interior, chrome interior, electric driver’s seat and satellite navigation system with Bluetooth and rear camera for reversing.

Among the options, point out the 6-speed automatic transmission, 7 seater layout with third row folded and dedicated air conditioning, electric sunroof, xenon headlights and tire pressure sensors. The price range of 2011 Santa Fe start at Euro 27,490 (2.4 Petrol 2WD Comfort), rising to 29,490 Euro for the 2WD Comfort 2.0 CRDi 150 hp and can reach 34,290 euros for the 2.2 CRDi 4WD Style.

TopCar Vantage GTR 2 Porsche Cayenne

Posted: 11 Dec 2010 03:11 AM PST

The tuner Russian TopCar issued new official images of Vantage preparation GTR 2 dedicated to the Porsche Cayenne. The kit includes a new front fascia with integrated spoiler, bonnet gill, plus wings, rear spoiler and grembiulatura (complementing the extractor). The cosmetic preparation is also characterized by the redesigned rear-view mirrors, LED lights and an additional set of mammoth wheels of unspecified sizes.

But it is also the new design with new ribs on the side doors, in keeping with the hot air vents located behind the front wheel well. Did you notice the exhaust style Carrera GT? All the components listed so far, except for wheels, is made of composites such as carbon-Kevlar and carbon fiber. The twin-turbo V8 engine (the one of the top model) will instead draw with power steps between 550 and 750 hp. It will be produced only 50.

Riich X3 SUV Chery

Posted: 11 Dec 2010 12:18 AM PST

The site “ChinaCarTimes” published the first image on the Riich X3, the new compact SUV Chery, which should debut shortly on the Chinese market. The Asian manufacturer is willing to sell the car in Europe, in order to introduce a viable competitor of the Dacia Duster. Most likely, the X3 Riich could come the next generation of DR5, the crossover SUV with forms from DR. Besides being more attractive from the point of view of style, the Riich X3 will also adopt the philosophy of downsizing in the engines. In fact, the car will be equipped with new engines supercharged 1.3S and 1.6S.

Mercedes E 200 NGT

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 10:58 PM PST

The Mercedes E-Class powered by methane gas is not an absolute novelty on the market, as the E 200 NGT first debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003, but it’s certainly news that the new Mercedes E 200 NGT to debut at the Bologna Motor Show (4-12 December) is still the only luxury sedan to be able to boast this kind of power. On the basis of the revised E-Class Mercedes, the third edition of the E 200 NGT also has the distinction of self bivalent petrol / methane fastest and most powerful of the Italian market, decidedly attractive to use a representation such as the chauffeur. Its 1,796 cc four-cylinder turbo is capable of developing 163 bhp and 240 Nm and allow the new NGT (Natural Gas Technology) to touch 224 km / h, reaching a hundred times in 10.4 seconds and consume 8.1 l/100 km in combined cycle with average emissions of 190 g / km.

The approval is Euro 5 and thanks to the price of CNG rather low (0.861 € / kg the national average today) operating costs should be reduced by more than 50% compared to the petrol version E 200 CGI. On the new Mercedes E 200 NGT the transition between the modes gasoline to natural gas could be carried out at any time by pressing the button on the multifunction steering wheel. To notify the driver is the central driver’s display that shows the level of filling of the reservoir of methane, while an automatic system provides a switching operation when the gas station and reactivate the drive ends on gas after refueling. Several features of the engine have been modified to ensure proper nutrition in both modes of operation, including a series of injectors on the underside of the intake manifold, a pressure regulator for natural gas and a new electronic engine management. The price of the Italian Mercedes E 200 NGT has not yet been decided, while marketing is fiassata for the first quarter of 2011.

kit Skidmarx BMW F 800 R

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 09:33 PM PST

Skidmarx, a brand of aftermarket distributed in Italy by Moto Styl, has prepared a kit for the BMW F 800 R, middleweight motorcycle technically very good for speed, agility and reduced power consumption but not excellent in terms of aesthetic , like other BMW motorcycles of the same displacement.

Among the accessories available for motorcycles in the kit stands out the windshield means derived from those used in the racing industry, has a raised double bubble with a thickness of 3mm, is available in 14 colors and can be combined with the front headlight (price around 100 € for the windshield and 45.60 for the optical unit) is used to change the look Bavarian two wheels to ensure greater protection from the wind to the pilot.

Excellent tip fiberglass with stainless steel screws (240 € cost) that helps protect the engine of the BMW F 800 R, which also follows the line, dirt road. The rear mudguard with chain guard (also available in carbon at a price of € 317 against € 172 for the standard version, again with stainless steel screws), useful to protect the rear shock, complete set of kits that can be purchased in its entirety or separately, depending on the needs or the possibilities of the centaur.

An interesting innovation for those who want to change the look of its two wheels adding a few more details that may be useful for comfort but not to seek to improve the performance of the bike already discrete.

Renault Avantime

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 07:38 PM PST

The automotive industry has witnessed many failures during his more than a century of existence, most of them poor planning and execution of the model. But at one time or another, however, some vehicles with a truly innovative proposal failed, simply because they were ahead of their time.

The Renault Avantime is a clear example of this. Created in collaboration with Matra, this sort of coupe-minivan was completely different to any other model on the market when it launched in 2001. Unfortunately, buyers do not accept this type of vehicle as radical. Today, a decade later, as transgressors models like the BMW X6 and Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet are about to become trends. Weekend post

Avantime history dates back to early 1990, when Philippe Guédon, head of the automotive division of Matra, sensed he could be a major change in the hitherto loyal customers of the Espace.

I wanted to give the younger generation who had grown up with the most dynamic Espace a vehicle that captured the essence of the minivan but who in turn had a more modern look. Thus was born the concept of CoupéSpace arrived, a design that offers the versatility of the Espace, but dressed in a 2 +2 coupe body.

The alliance between Renault and Matra was signed in 1998 and chose the name Avantime. The case was inherited by the Matra Espace III and the great Patrick Le Quément was responsible for designing the bodywork and cabin.

The word that defined perfection in this coupe-minivan was “innovation.” Your name Avantime (early) perfectly summed up the philosophy of the model.

The Avantime enjoyed the typical configuration of a minivan, but the B-pillar was removed giving the desired look of coupe, also had only two huge doors that provided access to its interior. Much of the structure was built with galvanized steel and panels of polyester, while the top was made of aluminum. This resulted in an improved center of gravity and rigidity, enabling engineers Renault Avantime place in a large sunroof.

Despite the large size of its doors, the Avantime could use a normal parking space without any problem. Had a double opening system in parallel (called “dual cinematic”), completely innovative.

Inside, the second row seats are positioned at higher altitudes, giving rear passengers a broader view. The large panoramic roof enhances the feeling of space, and pressing a button, could be opened, along with all the windows, which made the Avantime in almost a convertible.

The cabin had four individual seats with safety belts were built and all clad in high quality leather. The interior design was quite minimal, but the materials and quality of finish was well above the average for that time.

When it was sold, the Avantime was animated by a gasoline engine 3.0-liter V6 capable of delivering 207 hp. Like today, the large displacement of the engine pulled back most of the potential European buyers. When the engine appeared smaller 2.0-liter and 2.2 liter diesel engines was too late. So, Renault was simply unable to avert disaster for poor planning.

In 2003, two years after starting production, with only 8,557 units sold, the futuristic Avantime was suspended, in what would become one of the biggest failures of the French manufacturer.

Mercato Diesel and Crossover

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 07:20 PM PST

The automotive market moves towards diesel cars and crossovers. The study emerges from the analysis of UNRAE, the association of foreign manufacturers in Italy. Not only that, but in northern and central parts of our country increases the formula of the rental car. According to the same association, however, decreased the percentage of registrations amounted to a rate of 8.2% less compared to the same month in 2009. According to data UNRAE, again, there is a gradual increase in choice towards engines powered by diesel, which comes to 51.7% in November.

The figure, however, seen together should always negative, but highlights the choice of clients to the kind of engines. Of note, however, that new registrations are directed towards environmentally friendly cars, fueled by LPG or CNG. In fact, the last month of the year, the so-called gas cars account for almost 10% of sales.

The figure for the rent that, however, does not show a recovery, but only the need for a replacement after the steep decline in 2009. The figure that is rising, however, is related to the new C-segment vehicle registrations, from 20% to 25%, analysts point out that in those cars that have a body called crossover, a figure which sees an increase of nearly 60%.

It is self that keep setting the off-road but, in particular, it is one level below, as they are 2WD and affect the price, considerably lower than true 4WD. Then the car crossover, giving the feeling of security, for as they arise, affecting the practical side of the customer. Aspects in common with people carriers and MPV, which are also in recovery.

Ferrari 458 GT2

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 06:13 PM PST

The Ferrari 458 Italy continues to be very interesting, while the manufacturer works hard to produce versions of the car racing. After the Ferrari 458 Challenge, which will take part in the championships Ferrari brand visible, the Ferrari 458 GT2 destined for the track of this class. The photo is the first published version of this supercar and was published by Axis of Oversteer. The 458 GT2 Ferrari F430 GT2 should replace that won best performances in the league Fiat GT American Le Mans Series.

The technical characteristics of the car immortalized in a test at Fiorano would be as follows: limited to 470 hp V8 engine because of the stakes imposed by the regulation of the class (which is 30 hp less than the car from which it takes its place and in less than 100 than the standard Ferrari 458 Italy). The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with steering wheel controls.

The car weight is 1245 kg, even in this respect for the GT2 class regulations, ie 27 kg more than the F430 GT2. Another difference from the Ferrari 458 GT2 car that replaces the circles. The 430 has them in fact 19 “, while the new car is equipped with 18″ wheels.

Published data from the source are not official. Read more have to wait for communications from the car manufacturer from Maranello, or wait for more spy shots during the test phase of this racing machine.

Ford B-Max MPV

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 06:11 PM PST

Ford plans to produce B-Max concept car. The next year at the Geneva Motor Show, the home of American car will present the prototype of the minivan, sister of the C-Max. This is a car that fits into the intermediate position than its big brother, and will go to compete with other cars that already exist on the market, first and foremost rather than the Renault Modus, Opel Meriva. If we compare these two cars, in fact, we realize what we’re talking about, the type of car that Ford wants to produce and the segment that wants to attack.

The house wants to sell a blue oval MPV car, as they say now, that can offer our customers the necessary space to become a multi-purpose vehicle and going to replace the Fusion model, perhaps not appreciated by the market. The new car B-Max will use the platform of the Fiesta, as amended, and will have the option of sliding doors, found that appeals to customers of the city.

As reported by the parent, the B-Max should be built in Romania, Craiova plant, with a production that will aim to produce at least 150,000 units per year. For the most part, about 80% will relate to the export market, with the exception of the USA.

Max B Ford concept spy shots back
The management of Ford announced that the new B-Max will be assembled in conjunction with the Transit Connect model, which was the establishment of Daewoo. The B-Max we can see in the final version at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the marketing of the model ready to start buying, probably, in early 2012.

Mazda CX-5

Posted: 10 Dec 2010 05:52 PM PST

Here are the first spy photos of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover that the Japanese could launch as early as 2011. Younger sister of the CX-7 and CX-9 is not imported into Europe, the CX-5 would fit well in the crowded segment where many manufacturers are already offering models, often characterized by lack of all-wheel drive versions. Based on the Mazda3 platform of the future, the CX-5 will propose solutions SkyActiv studied by the Japanese to contain fuel consumption and emissions: power units and G Sky Sky D of new generation, automatic transmission with low friction, new construction techniques to reduce weight.

The prototype, camouflaged with panels of the CX-7, was lower and narrower than the latter, but it is early to draw conclusions. To fight the best in an increasingly crowded segment, with competitors such as BMW and Range Rover Evoque X1, The CX-5 should also propose the double body variant 3 and 5 doors, a solution that is catching on, we promise, as in case of the Range Rover, further diversifying the offer of an emphasis on “sportsmanship” in some versions.

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