Posted: 13 Jan 2011 03:36 AM PST
Autoexpress have released their first video of the year which compares three hot hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Polo GTI, Skoda Fabia vRS and the SEAT Ibiza Cupra.
In this new review video, the Volkswagen Polo GTI, the Skoda Fabia vRS, and the SEAT Ibiza Cupra are tested against each other on public roads and in the wet.
The Volkswagen Polo GTI is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol developing 180 PS and 250 Nm. It has a top speed of 229 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds.
The Skoda Fabia vRS also has a 1.4-liter twincharged engine good for 178 hp, it needs 7 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h and has a top speed is 225 km/h.
Finally, the SEAT Ibiza Cupra has a 1.4-litre turbo engine under the hood which develops 180 PS and coupled with VW’s DSG gearbox.
So which do you think will come out on top, watch the video below to find out. Enjoy!
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Posted: 13 Jan 2011 03:17 AM PST
After a couple of teaser shots, South Korean car producer – Kia, finally took the covers of their new concept car, the Kia KV7. This new multi purpose vehicle was finally unveiled to the world at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.
The Kia Kv7 has been designed to challenge the notion that minivans are strictly for transporting people, this new concept car stands out with its boxy design and according to the company it is a "connected social hub for groups of friends and adventure-seekers".
Kia also went on to say: "From the outset, we felt the category was in need of an honest reassessment due to the fact that everyone seems so desperate to attach the word "sporty" to their MPV even though MPVs, at their very core, are simply a box", said Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Motors America. "Rather than reject the box we chose to celebrate it, just like we did with the Soul, and the result is a straightforward yet sophisticated vehicle that retains the functionality MPVs are known for and meets the changing and diverse needs of today's consumers".
Unlike most MPVs on the road today, Kia's design study has a wider and lower stance thanks to the less vertical A-pillars and windshield. This is emphasized by the LED headlights, which cover almost the entire width of the fascia. The lines of the body are simple, while the 20-inch alloys add a sporty touch.
Most MPVs tend use a sliding door as a rear point of entry but Kia has opted for more stylish Gullwing doors, this helps create a massive point for passengers to enter.
The Kia KV7 measures 192 inches (4.87 meters) in length and offers flexible seating configurations with multiple storage options. All seats can swivel, including the driver's seat, and there's even a mini-lounge in the rear with seating for three, which, says Kia, promotes interaction in an open social environment.
Designers chose a cheerful color palette of soft beige and green tones and used a variety of unconventional materials, such as teak wood and wool, complemented by LED "accent illumination".
The dashboard is dominated by a large display, integrating all infotainment, climate and navigation functions, and moves more than six inches towards the driver when the engine start button is pushed. Passengers have their separate interface, in the form of a floating tabletop touch-screen computer display and the KV7 is Wi-Fi enabled.
Finally, powering this Kia concept car is a 285 horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged engine, (also used by the U.S.-spec 2011 Optima sedan) and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Check out the Kia KV7 specifications and image gallery below.
KV7 specification summary
Length: 191.85 in. (4873mm)
§ Wide stance, smooth exterior skin and 20-inch wheels with 225/45 tyres
§ Four custom-built swivelling seats, including the driver's seat
§ New Theta II 2.0-litre GDI turbocharged engine (as fitted to U.S. spec Optima)
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