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2011 Fiat Strada Sporting

Posted: 25 Dec 2010 03:40 AM PST

Sporting version should be “sport”and with that intention Fiat presents the new version of Strada, for which he has incorporated some new alloy wheels 16 inches in dark gray, multiple radios, dual headlamps with tinted windows and side skirts. On the roof bars have been added and chrome accents on the interior. Speaking of interior, highlighting the red seat belts and steering wheel, leather-wrapped with red stitching also.

This finish can only be found in the extended cab version and is accompanied by a single engine: the 1.8i 16v E-Torq with 132 hp. Its actual price is 43,270, about 20,860 euros. Noted, finally, that Fiat has also improved its dynamic part (at least that’s the intention) reducing ground clearance due to the recalibration of the springs and dampers of the suspension. It is now 15 mm lower.

Dacia Logan

Posted: 25 Dec 2010 03:32 AM PST

The Dacia Logan, low-cost car produced by the sister group of the Romanian Renault, gave a hard time to traditional manufacturers, especially the German classic sedan segment. In a time of economic crisis cars like the Logan offered consumers a real alternative, reliable and economical. Do not think so the association of German TUV assessment in its annual report, published by Auto Bild, has defined the sedan Romanian “nothing but a cheap car. ”

According to TUV Dacia Logan is a reliable and economical little car in the negative sense of the word. Fortunately, the Romanian company’s customers do not seem to think so: in these recession years of the word “economic” has taken a very positive meaning and has become almost synonymous with “desirable”.

The proof of this lies in the fact that they have rewarded the Germans Romanian sedan with a considerable amount of sales that can affect the market so dear to domestic manufacturers. A battle that was fought, of course, performance or quality of construction, but only on prices.

According to the TUV Logan would have problems upgrading, oil leaks, engine noise, and it would hurt and not having assembled side airbags also not safe, not to mention the lack of ESP. In short, a real disaster: Go and explain to the 135,000 Germans who have bought it.

Kineski GAC Trumpchi

Posted: 25 Dec 2010 01:03 AM PST

Last September the Guangzhou Automobile Kineski released with great fanfare its new sedan, called Trumpchi, as one of its new models and spearhead the company. Through its alliance with Fiat, the pattern you see, although it seems totally new, “almost all ” of the Italian brand.

On the occasion of the celebration of the Hall of Guangzhou have more data and the release date of this saloon. His platform is that of the Alfa Romeo 166 (indeed, it is made from it), and includes petrol engines 2.0 Twinspark Italian manufacturer, which in the Trumpchi offers 148 horsepower, which is coupled to an automatic transmission five-speed manual but there are variant.

GAC has raised later also offer the 1.8-liter 16V gasoline.

The model measures 4,800 mm long, 1,819 mm wide and 1,484 mm high, with a Cx of 0.29. Will be on sale in China in March next year, at prices that will leave the $ 18,480 (about € 14,083).

Lexus IS 200d

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 07:20 PM PST

Starting this summer the range of the Lexus IS 200d is enhanced version of the 2.2 diesel which offers a new configuration with 150 hp against 177 for the IS 220d. The expanded course is aimed at creating a new production entry level, more for its fuel efficiency, emissions of CO2 as well as most competitive list price starting from € 32,900.

The engine of the new Lexus IS 200d is the same 4-cylinder 2.2-liter common rail, which equips the IS 220d, but the power was reduced to 150 hp (always at 3,600 rpm) as well as the torque down 400 to 340 Nm The traction is transmitted to the rear wheels with the classic 6-speed manual transmission. The maximum speed of the IS 200d is 205 km / h, while acceleration 0-100 takes 10.2 seconds. The excellent combined fuel consumption figure is about 5.1 l/100 km and 134 g / km of CO2.

With the introduction of the IS 200d, available in base and executive, was also revised the list disappear Lexus sees the basic version of the IS 220d. The latter is now offered only in the fitting Executive, F-Sport and Luxury, with the diesel engine from 177 hp in efficiency has been improved: compared to the previous model, the average consumption fell from 6.9 to 5.5 l/100 km and emissions of carbon dioxide increased from 179 to 144 g / km.

Improvements in fuel economy and environmental performance will also boast the Lexus IS 250, including 6-cylinder petrol engine of 2.5 liters and 208 hp was subjected to a “cure-efficiency” that allows you to maintain its performance, reduce combined consumption 8.9 to 8.4 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 209 to 194 g / km. Same goes for the IS 250C Coupe-Convertible, whose values decrease respectively from 9.3 to 9.2 l/100 km and 219 to 213 g / km.

Among the minor updates of this style of model year 2011 Lexus IS will indicate in particular the newly designed headlamps, now with LED daytime running lights combined with bi-Xenon headlights. Different is the profile of the bumper, air intakes and the housing of the fog, as well as the design of alloy wheels. New to the IS are the metallic colors Blue, Blue Silver, Brilliant Black and Blue Sports. The interior has new chrome profiles in instrumentation, steering wheel and above the glove box, with metal inserts now darker color. Also slightly amended version of the standard equipment of the Executive, now equipped with rain sensor, electrochromatic interior mirror and can be equipped with sunroof (1,000 €) and bi-Xenon headlights (1,100 €).

2011 Kia Pro_Ceed

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 07:02 PM PST

Kia present the Pro_Ceed Restyling the next Geneva Motor Show. The first official image of the 3-door, which appeared on the website kia-world.net shows us the main differences from the previous model, especially related to the front, taking over the headlights cut introduced by the redesign of the Ceed five-door and station wagon and adds a sports bumper with large air intakes. Technically, the engine range should replicate that of the Ceed, with the latest Euro 5 versions. New photos and specifications will be released before the official launch at the Swiss show.

Hybrid Cars Lexus 200h

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 05:45 PM PST

Started production in Japan of the new CT Lexus 200h, the first and only full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact class. The car developed to strict Lexus standards, with more than 500 guidelines on the design, engineering and subsequent stages of the production process, starting with the punching of components, body welding and assembly and painting. A result that is, through the union of innovative technologies and the skill of men Lexus.

A car that we had already impressed. The plant in Kyushu, where the new car is produced is characterized by high production standards. A demonstration of this talk about the many awards the start of production. There are already many in Europe who have booked CT Lexus 200h, a concrete proof positive reception by the market. The number of applications in Europe is much higher than expected, say in the Lexus. The reception of the product from customers by dealers that is very large. A new Lexus so it prepares for a new challenge on the market.

BMW Megacity

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 05:41 PM PST

The future of electric BMW has a name. The range of BMW cars Megacity boast indeed the symbol “i”, ie they will be of iBMW. Which suggests more applications for the iPhone, but this is the choice made by the German carmaker. The news is more of a voice, if it is true that the company would have recorded the names i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8 and i9, suggesting the possible presence of as many as 9 series models Megacity. Or is it just a way to protect your letter + number combination of the use by other manufacturers.

Ever since the presentation it became clear that electric cars derived from this project would not have had neither the name nor the BMW Mini. The new brand will not be called Megacity, but could use the name Isetta. This seems more plausible because the name according to various sources.

The first model should be comparable in size to the Volkswagen Golf, then a compact sedan in two volumes. The engine may be the same or a derivative of the one seen on the concept car BMW ActiveE presented some ‘time ago. This electric motor is capable of producing 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque.

What do we mean when we refer to BMW Megacity? Car will consist of an aluminum frame that will house the batteries, the electric motor and management systems. On this platform, called the LifeDrive, and body panels will be installed in lightweight materials to save weight.

Ford C-Max 7

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 05:38 PM PST

Ford presents the images of the new C-Max which will be presented at the next Detroit Motor Show 2011. This car is sold in the U.S. only in the seven-seat configuration is known in Italy as the C-Max 7.La as a platform on which it was made is to segment C, as well as the Focus, the new C-Max takes style Iosis-Max presented at Geneva Motor Show and is characterized by the evolution of the kinetic-desig. The length of this new MPV is 4.52 meters, 7-seater version will join Europe in the 5-seater version known as C-Max.

A car that has received numerous awards and acclaim. The differences are in two places in more than 58 mm in height. In addition, the newcomer has the sliding side doors. For maximum safety, the doors automatically lock the seven seats are distributed in three rows, the second-row seats can be folded or hide the center seat, creating a corridor to reach the last row. The boot measures 192 liters, which become 497 if you lower the third row.

The C-Max will be available in the U.S. in three trim levels called S, SE and SEL, the DOHC 2.5-liter gasoline engines will be IVCT 170 hp and 230 Nm of torque el’Ecoboost 1.6-liter Ti-VCT 180 hp 235 lb-ft of torque Max. Available only change is the 6-speed automatic, while the manual will be available only in Europe. In Italy the choice of engines will be varied, well-5: two petrol and three diesel over the 1.6-liter EcoBoost is there will be a 2.0-liter, 150 hp and 240 Nm, while the diesel will be the 1.6-liter TDCi 115 Hp and 270 Nm of torque and the 2.0-liter TDCi declined to 115 and 163 hp. So many new products that will not be long in coming.

Chevrolet Sail Electric

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 05:20 PM PST

The range of electric cars produced by Chevrolet has added a new model. Guangzhou Motor Show was presented to the battery version of the Chevrolet Sail small car popular in the Asian country. The car is produced by the joint venture Shanghai GM and has been exposed as a concept car during the important showroom. Were not disclosed details of plans for production and sale of the car. In addition to the Sail, the exhibition area of the Japanese manufacturer has also seen the presence of the Chevrolet Volt.

“The Sail electricity – the company said in a statement – is a small car and environment designed to the typical Chinese families. ” The original model of the Chevrolet Sail was introduced in the country a few months ago.

Powered by lithium-ion battery, the electric motor of the Chevrolet Sail is capable of delivering an output of 90 hp and 220 Nm of torque, available immediately, as in all cars of this type. The maximum speed is 130 km / h and ‘declared independence from the American manufacturer is 150 miles, enough for urban mobility needs of most users.

The design and development of the Chevrolet Sail electricity are made by Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai GM. As I said we do not know where the prototype will begin to be mass produced, but we know that the sister Chevrolet Volt will arrive in China in 2011. E ‘Sail is possible that in the future as a basis for the introduction of small electric cars in the West

Nissan GT-R by Axell Auto

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 05:18 PM PST

The Nissan GT-R supercar is one of the most popular on the market, but there are those who do not like it like this. It ’s the case of Axell Cars will present its own version of the car at the next exhibition in Tokyo. Thanks to the help of the GT-R tuner acquires an aggressive, almost violent, suitable for all those motorists who do not mind the challenges the traffic lights. The amendments are of a cosmetic nature and include a new body kit that transfers a particularly extreme warrior character to Nissan GT-R. Appointment in less than a month in Tokyo to see it live.

First, Axell Auto has equipped the Nissan GT-R a new front fascia with special air intakes and a redesigned bumper. The face is decorated with LED daytime running lights mounted on the sides in a lateral position, while a further, large air intake was mounted on the hood.

The front splitter is another particularly striking on the Nissan GT-R by Axell Car: not only is great, but is also designed with the aim of intimidating. The same principles were followed in the design of the skirts and the sides of the car, also interrupted by the vents.

The most interesting part is however the rear. The tail of the car was equipped with a spoiler and a new bumper. A speaker from the rather complex form is flanked by four exhaust pipes, while an abnormally high number of air intakes give the all a matter worthy of a video game. Congratulations to the tuner because, despite its deliberately exaggerated, this version of the GT-R we like.

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