Bentley Falcon 2016 – luxury SUV

Bentley provides us with a first look at their new luxury SUV called the Falcon. With a price tag of 200,000 euros and rumoured to have a 600hp engine, the Bentley Falcon will be rolled out in 2016.

Now there’s a first official picture of the new Bentley, which is to create, according to brand chief Wolfgang Schreiber, “an entirely new segment in the SUV market.” The “most luxurious and most powerful SUV on the market” is to be built in the UK and creates according to the manufacturer more than 1,000 new jobs.

The five meter long Falcon is a revised version of the concept Bentley EXP 9F from the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. The response from the trade show audience was so positive that Bentley decided to go ahead with the development of the Falcon.

It’s the first of its kind in the history of Bentley, and according to British officials, the SUV has already received 2,000 orders, even if the final version was not seen by anyone yet. The premises are extremely optimistic as the manufacturer is estimating to sell 3,000 units per year.

Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS

Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS are the fastest mid-engine sports cars at Porsche. For a hefty price premium , you get the 15 additional horsepower.

GTS is Porsche for “Gran Turismo Sport” and promises legendary performance. Now Boxster and Cayman are allowed to wear the GTS name – and they get 15 hp and ten newton meters of additional torque. Thus, the Boxster GTS gets to 330 hp and the Cayman GTS to 340 hp. Both mid-engine sportscars are also fitted as standard with the Sport Chrono package. This means: In conjunction with the optional PDK dual-clutch gearbox and active Sport Plus button on the GTS Boxster sprints in 4.7 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, and the Cayman GTS is again a tenth of a second faster. Both break the 280 km/h mark.

Consumption depends on the gear box, and hovers around 8.2 to 9.0 liters per 100km. Both GTS models have tires in the dimensions 235/35 front and 265/35 rear on 20 inch rims .
These Porsche enough standard sport seats and a leather interior which are refined by analogy with the other GTS models by Porsche with Alcantara.

The GTS models will hit the market starting with May 2014. The prices are quite high: the Boxster GTS costs at least EUR 69 949 and the Cayman GTS 73 757 euros.

Cadillac ATS Coupe 2014

Cadillac unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show the first version of the ATS model, the new ATS Coupe, that will rival BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C Class Coupe, Audi A5 and even the new Lexus RC.

ATS Coupe offers a more elongated silhouette, new doors, a distinctive roof, replaced rear wings and a redesigned trunk. The front received a new spoiler and a revised grille in the middle of which stands the new logo of the company. A logo that is first used by Cadillac with the debut of the ATS Coupe.

Audio system that plays engine sounds

The interior offers new premium items such as fine leather upholstery, decorative stitching, aluminum inserts and wood and carbon fiber. All depending on customer choice.
For music lovers , Cadillac has installed a sound system developed with Bose, able to play multiple engine sounds through 12 speakers in order to “give a new dimension to the driving experience”.
The dashboard can be “decorated” with 8-inch screen, dedicated CUE multimedia system, available with a Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation and other features of the latest generation. The list of safety equipment is a generous one, including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Under the hood there are two petrol engines available, both extremely powerful. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, ready to deliver 272 horsepower and 400 Nm. Enough to sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h in about 5.6 seconds.
For those with higher expectations in this regard, Cadillac offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine capable to deliver 326 hp and 373 Nm. Customers receive a standard automatic gearbox with six reports, but can opt for a manual one for the entry-level version.

The new Cadillac ATS Coupe will be launched this summer , its prices and availability for the European market is still shrouded in mystery.

Audi S1 and S1 Sportback 2014 – most powerful in their segment

Audi has officially unveiled the smallest model in their S sports range, based on the A1. Whether we are talking about a three door version or the five door model, both have a 2.0 TFSI engine with a whooping 231 hp and both benefit from all wheel drive.

Audi S1 Sportback and the S1 is the surprise from the Germans for this week, the two body versions of the smallest S model are presented on the same day.

The 2.0 TFSI engine equipping the S1 and S1 Sportback ensures acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds for the three-door body, and 5.9 seconds for five-door body. Maximum speed in both cases is 250 km/h, while fuel consumption is 7.0 and 7.1 litter per 100 km respectively .

Audi will offer the new S1 and S1 Sportback from the second quarter of this year. On the German market , the models go for around 30.000 euros, according to Audi representatives. In addition to standard amenities that go beyond the basic equipment of the Audi A1, customers can order the MMI navigation plus system with retractable display, Bose sound system, onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and more.

Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

Alfa Romeo brought to Geneva the Quadrifoglio Verde versions of MiTo and Giulietta models. Both come with more powerful engines and new aesthetic details .

The Italian manufacturer has lined its stand in Geneva with two special edition MiTo and Giulietta models. The Quadrifoglio Verde editions were named in honor of the symbol that made history in motorsport events.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

Giulietta adopts a new four-cylinder 1.75 liter, all-aluminum constructed engine. The unit provides 240 horsepower and 340 Nm, only 5 more horsepower than the previous version. Resources are managed by a semiautomatic transmission with double clutch.

There is no option for a manual gearbox, but even so, the model sprints from 0-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the previous version. The maximum speed will have a value of 240 km/h.

On the exterior, the new Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde comes with large exhaust pipes, 17 or 18 inch wheels, glossy anthracite mirror housings and completely new front grille and door handles. The interior gets a new dashboard, new leather seats covered in Alcantara, a redesigned steering wheel with white sewing thread on like the gearshift and handbrake handle .

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde

On the other hand , the little MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde enjoys a 1.4 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, able to offer 170 HP and a sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.2 seconds. Maximum speed is 219 km/h.

The exterior is easily personalized with a matte grey exterior paint called Magnesio Grey, a rear spoiler with a new finish new handles for doors and 17-inch wheels.

The interior gets black leather, contrasting stitching on the steering wheel, the instrument cluster has the Quadrifoglio Verde logo.

Volvo V40 2017 – developed with Geely

The Volvo V40 model will get a new generation in 2017, which will be developed on a platform that the Swedish are working with Geely, the Chinese company that bought the brand.

The new Volvo V40 2017 will be a model developed in collaboration with Geely, the Chinese company that owns the Volvo brand and the V40 range includes several models. In the first phase, the V40 will have a five-door crossover, a hatchback and a sedan.
Subsequently, Volvo may launch several body styles based on that platform, all belonging in the premium compact segment.
Geely will use the newly created platform to build, in turn, compact models , but they do not belong to the premium segment .

The future compact model from Volvo will have a modular architecture , called C-segment Modular Architecture that allows more body configurations and several sizes. In addition, this architecture can be used by people from Geely to build less sophisticated models that will not benefit from the technological and safety features that Volvo cars have. The Chinese will reduce costs to a minimum by equipping the model that less advanced engines, less complex suspensions and simpler design .

The new platform is already in progress at China Euro Vehicle Technology, a center that brings together specialists from both brands, opened last year in Goteborg near the headquarters of Volvo.

Mercedes to buy Aston Martin?

Mercedes does not exclude the idea of taking full control of super cars manufacturer Aston Martin. The Germans and Brits already have a partnership that involves the use of common components and engines .

Mercedes already owns 5% of Aston Martin shares. There are rumors that Daimler was planning to take control of the British manufacturer, in an attempt to revitalize its business and expand the range of exotic models.
While trying to remove these speculations, Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes, did not rule out the possibility of acquiring the remaining shares in Aston Martin. “It’s a fantastic brand and we are willing to support them in their future development” said Zetsche. He also said that Aston is looking for a CEO.

Currently , the partnership between Mercedes and Aston Martin is to use common engines and other key components. This partnership could be extended to use a jointly developed architecture to reduce costs.

This extension would bring new opportunities for Aston Martin, which could thus expand the range of it’s products.

Skoda Fabia 2014 to be released this autumn

Skoda Fabia, a model with a long career on the European market, is preparing to welcome a new generation, the Skoda Fabia 2014. The model will be introduced in october this year, at the Paris Motor Show.

After the facelifted Volkswagen Polo, introduced this month at the Geneva Motor Show, the VAG group prepares to strengthen its presence in the small car segment with the release of the new Skoda Fabia 2014.

Skoda officials have already announced new models, and the first candidate on the list of changes is Fabia. In a press release detailing the 2013 annual report , the Czech manufacturer announced that a new generation Fabia debut this fall. It would be exposed at the Paris Motor Show, scheduled to open its doors in late September.

Even if it is an older model with a venerable market, Fabia manages to attract many customers worldwide as in 2013 over 200.000 units were sold and delivered.
The debut of the new model comes as a result of the new expansion plan of the Czech manufacturer. It’s aim is to sell 1.5 million cars per year and promises new or revised models every six months.

Volkswagen Golf GTE 2014 – the Hybrid GTI

Volkswagen launched the new Golf GTE 2014 in Geneva earlier this month. It’s a hybrid plug-in version equipped with items that normally characterises the powerful Golf GTI.

Volkswagen Golf GTE is the second member of VW’s hybrid family.
Like any hybrid, VW Golf GTE has two engines: a 1.4 liter internal combustion engine that produces 148 bhp and an electric motor of 101 bhp. The two form a hybrid engine of 201 bhp and are able to launch the Golf GTE from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. The real special feature of this model is its maximum torque of 350 Nm, superior to other equivalent models in the segment. The Golf GTE can be driven in 100% electric mode up to a speed of 130 km/h.

Volkswagen Golf GTE’s battery can be fully charged from the outlet in just three and a half hours while it’s autonomy is 50 km in 100% electric mode. Overall, the total autonomy is around 940 kilometers, according to official estimates.

Sales for the new Golf GTE will begin in the summer with first deliveries set for later this year.