Honda XR-V officially unveiled during 17th Chengdu Motor Show

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Honda XR-V has been officially unveiled during the 17th Chengdu Motor Show.
The compact SUV is actually a Chinese version of the Japanese Vezel and the North American HR-V and will be produced by Dongfeng Honda.

The XR-V features some changes compared to its cousins, which are focused mainly at the rear end. Visual differences include new slimmer tail lamps that are connected and a restyled bumper. On the front, Honda has put a new bumper with integrated turn signals and fog lights.

The XR-V is 4275 mm long, 1770 mm wide and 1605 mm high, while the wheelbase is 2610 mm.

In China the model will be offered with two petrol units with displacement of 1.5 and 1.8 liters respectively, both equipped with a start-stop system. There is still no word on the exact power figures and the available transmissions, but judging by the photos the SUV will have an automatic gearbox option.
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Volkswagen unveiled 2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition car

Friday, 29 August 2014

Volkswagen has unveiled the 2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition car.
The 2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition car is set to be the last hurrah for the slow selling convertible, the Final Edition is based on the Eos Sport and features bi-xenon headlights, black mirrors and 18-inch Vicenza-style alloy wheels. The car has also been equipped with a sport-tuned suspension which reduces the ride height by a few millimeters.

The cabin largely carries over but comes nicely equipped Cornsilk Beige / Vienna leather seats, aluminum trim and Black Peak accents. The car also has contrast stitching, rain-sensing wipers and a rearview camera.

Like the standard model, the Eos Final Edition is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 200 bhp (149 kW) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which enables the convertible to return 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway.

The Eos Final Edition will go on sale shortly and pricing starts at $39,165.
Source: Volkswagen USA
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Schmidt Revolution released 2014 Mercedes-Benz C220 BlueTEC

Thursday, 28 August 2014

German tuner Schmidt Revolution has released an aftermarket package for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C220.
Undisputed eye-catcher of every tuned vehicle was, is and remains the wheel. Who is in search of a rim-tyre combination fitting for his car, he can find it with certainty at the company Schmidt Revolution in Bad Segeberg (www.FELGE.de). As there you will find an appropriate choice, quality and service.

In this case Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 was equipped with the perfectly shaped and timeless nice gambit rim from the „family of the light rims“. Namely in the dimensions 8,5x20 inches with 235/30-20 Dunlop tires in the front axle and 10x20 inches with 275/25-20 in the rear axle. Here with regard to the colour the choice fell on high gloss silver (beside the also available SatinBlack). The price of this dream combination amounts to x.xxx euro for the set in silver.

The vehicle is equipped with the KW Inox Line-Variant 3- coilover. The safety-tested downward shift can be adjusted in front axle and rear axle between 35 and 70 millimetres and the damping is adjustable in the rebound and compression stages independently of each other. For the chassis available from now on a retail price amounts to 1.949 euros. Besides, this chassis is also available in the variation 1 and 2. Further will be also available shortly the KW DDC ECU coilover with electronic adjustment of damping.

In addition, one more Carlsson increase of power, called 220 Blue TEC, was carried out in the C class. From standard values of 170 hp (125 kW) of power with 3,000 to 4,200 rpm and 400 nm max. torque with 1,400 to 2,800 rpm the power was increased to 204 hp (150 kW) and 500 nm of maximal drive torque. You only need to get into the car and to drive.
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Renault unveiled Renault R.S. 01 Race Car

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Renault has unveiled the R.S. 01 race car which features a LMP1-eligible carbon fiber monocoque.
The Renault R.S. 01 racecar boasts a carbon monocoque which meets LMP1 regulations and has been developed in collaboration with Dallara. The R.S. 01 weighs less than 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs) and will be motivated by Nissan GT-R's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine tweaked by Nismo packing more than 500 bhp (373 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque.

The futuristic body will be made from composites and will include a front lower splitter channeling the air flow into extractors installed behind the front wheels. These extractors are running along the doors and change their shape turning into intercooler scoops aiding cooling. At the back there's a massive wing and diffuser as well as LED taillights and a twin exhaust arrangement.

Renault's R.S. 01 racecar sends its 500+ hp to the rear axle via a seven-speed Sadev sequential gearbox allowing the vehicle to hit a top speed of more than 300 km/h (186 mph). It rides on 18-inch Braid wheels shod in specially developed Michelin tires while the stopping power comes from 380mm carbon discs with six-piston calipers.

Other features worth mentioning include a steel roll cage and a double wishbone + pushrods suspension together with two-way Öhlins adjustable dampers. In terms of dimensions, the Renault R.S. 01 is 4710mm long, 2000mm wide and 1166mm tall, with a 2744mm wheelbase and 1675mm front & 1624mm rear tracks.

Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Technologies, describes the R.S. 01 "as a marriage between the beauty of Renault DeZir and the performance of Formula Renault 3.5!" while Alain Prost, Renault Ambassador for motorsport, says it’s "a spectacular racing car, in the purest tradition of GT."

The vehicle which is priced from 282,000 GBP will be used in next year's World Series by Renault in a new championship called Renaultsport Trophy. It will be a one-make championship with an emphasis on "technical fairness, sporting ethics and cost control."
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Volvo officially revealed 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Volvo has officially taken the wraps off the highly anticipated second generation XC90.
The all-new XC90 is without any doubt Volvo's most important model in recent years as even the company's CEO said in an interview it's the last chance for the Geely-owned brand. The mid-size luxury SUV adopts an evolutionary design with more refined lines and an overall elegant look which is hard to find in this segment given the usual shape of SUVs.

At the front we notice the very attractive headlights featuring "Thor's Hammer" LED daytime running lights flanking a generous chromed grille with vertical double slats. The fog lights have been positioned low in the bumper while the aluminum inserts provide a more upscale look. The side profile shows some clean lines forming an uncluttered design with chrome window framing, a big rear-side window and up to 22-inch alloy wheels.

Volvo went for a more modern interpretation of the XC90's signature taillights which now look sharper and suit the model very well. There's also a prominent roof-mounted spoiler and depending on the version there are round or rectangle double exhaust tips. For those wanting a more rugged look, Volvo will be offering dark plastic mouldings on the wheel arches, bumpers and side skirts instead of an aluminum finish.

The interior cabin was revealed towards the end of May showing a minimalistic configuration with only a few buttons as most of the knobs have been replaced by a generous touchscreen display. The cabin can host up to seven people sitting on soft leather upholstered seats and enjoying a four-zone climate control system and a 1,400-watt, 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system. The Swedish marque has used a combination of aluminum inserts, wood trim and other premium materials to create what they describe as being the most luxurious interior ever seen in a Volvo.

It will boast a digital instrument cluster and diamond-cut controls for volume and start/stop, while "state of the art" voice recognition and Apple's CarPlay integration are also on the menu. Volvo says the third row of seats can host people that are up to 1.7 meters tall and each passenger will benefit from its own stowage space. Also inside the spacious cabin there's a HERE navigation system and an Ericsson-based cloud solution.

Riding on the brand new Scalable Product Architecture, the 2015 Volvo XC90 will come with an extensive array of safety equipment such as auto brake, road edge and barrier detection, driver alert control, lane keeping aid, road sign information, blind spot information, queue assist, pedestrian detection in the darkness and rest stop guidance and many others.

As far as the engines are concerned, the second-gen XC90 is billed as being "the world's most powerful and cleanest SUV" thanks to a brand new range of Drive-E engines which all have four cylinders. The twin-turbodiesel D5 packs 225 bhp (168 kW) and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) and allows the vehicle to return 39.2 mpg US (47 mpg UK or 6 liters / 100 km). A D4 with 190 bhp (142 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) will also be offered and promises to do 56.5 mpg US (47 mpg UK or 5 liters / 100 km).

If you prefer gasoline motors, Volvo has prepared a T6 turbocharged & supercharged engine rated at 320 bhp (239 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). A lesser T5 variant will also be available with 254 bhp (189 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).

The XC90 is also getting a T8 plug-in hybrid derivative featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged & supercharged four-cylinder motor driving the front wheels and an 80 bhp (60 kW) electric motor to power the rear axle. It has a combined output of 400 bhp (298 kW) and 472 lb-ft (640 Nm) and will do 25 miles (40 km) solely on electric power.

There will be a First Edition series consisting of 1927 (the year Volvo was founded) individually numbered cars powered by either the T6 or D5. These will be sold exclusively online and will be distinguished by an onyx black exterior, 21-inch eight-spoke Inscription wheels as well as amber Nappa leather seats, walnut inlays and a charcoal leather-wrapped dashboard.

Production of the second generation Volvo XC90 will kick off at the beginning of next year in Torslanda, Gothenburg, with deliveries expected to commence in May. In United States, the XC90 T6 AWD will cost 48,900 USD, followed by the T6 First Edition at 65,900 USD which will be available on order online from September 3.
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Mahindra Group Launched New Mahindra Centuro Rockstar

Monday, 25 August 2014

Mahindra Two Wheelers, the two-wheeler division of the Mahindra Group, today launched the new Centruo Rockstar in India at Rs. 43,700. At this price, the new model has become the most affordable variant of the Centuro line-up. Since the new edition costs lesser, it loses out on several features that are offered with the 01 and N1 editions of the bike.

The Rockstar edition gets new body graphics in bright red, black and gold combination, and loses out on features like digital instrument cluster, remote key fob and the anti-theft alarm system. The features that it retains are LED pilot lamps, LED tail-lamps, flip key and alloy wheels. Powering the Rockstar is the same single-cylinder, 106.7cc engine as the other variants of the Centuro. This engine churns out 8.38bhp and 8.5Nm of torque.

Speaking on the launch Viren Popli, Chief of Operations, Mahindra Two Wheeler Ltd. said "With the launch of the Centuro Rockstar, we now have a full range of truly differentiated motorcycles, each of which delivers a tremendous value proposition as part of the award winning Centuro brand. Each Centuro now addresses a different consumer sub-segment in the large 100/ 110 cc category. The new Centuro Rockstar is the style and value leader and comes with premium looks that ensure the consumer always stays in the limelight wherever he goes. Backed by our very large sales and service network and a 5 year warranty we are confident that the Rockstar will prove to be a Rock Star in the market as well."

Key Highlights

New bold Rockstar graphics
Stylish Flip Key
Distinctive Golden Ribs
Pilot LEDs
LED Brake light
Handle mounted, self returning choke
Electric Start
Alloy Wheels
Maintenance Free VRLA Batter
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Ram unveiled 2015 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups

Ram has introduced the 2015 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups.
Set to go into production later this week, the updated models feature minor modifications to keep several of its best-in-class ratings.

While the Ram 2500 is virtually untouched, the Ram 3500 has an increased payload capacity of 7,390 lbs (3352 kg) and an increased torque rating of up to 865 lb-ft (1171 Nm). The latter increase is due to an upgraded 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel inline-six which has a "more aggressive fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration."

According to Ram boss Bob Hegbloom, "Ram maintains leadership throughout its pickup line by offering best-in-class fuel efficiency with our Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at 28 MPG, best-in-class towing at 30,000 pounds, best-in-class power at 865 lb.-ft. and best-in-class payload at 7,390 pounds with our Ram 3500."
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