Mini Clubman 2015

The British from Mini will bring the concept that anticipates the future Clubman to the Motor Show in Geneva.

Mini, the BMW owned brand, will undergo a dramatic change. After the new generation of the legendary hatchback called simply “Mini”, the British presents a new concept called Clubman, which will be exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new concept comes with an increased length of 26 inches and a width increased by about 17 inches as compared to the current generation. That translates into a higher level of interior space.

We notice a futuristic interior, inspired by the new hatchback from the Mini, but with some new elements. All analog clocks are replaced by digital displays and clocks showing speed tmp are mounted inside the wheel, as in a conventional car. Beyond that, we have no drastic changes. Let us remember that it’s a concept, so the production model will probably not benefit from the same changes.

The tremendous, round focus screen immediately transforms its functions based on upon what the driver is doing, and three flip switches underneath it could be altered to control any function that the driver wishes. A wide, adjusted focus support emphasizes an extensive red flip switch to begin the motor, and a stubby movement lever bested by an expansive, round handle.

Unlike other concepts, we have no assertion about the engines that will equip this new model.

Skoda VisionC Concept

The next generation Skoda Octavia will have more aggressive lines borrowed from a concept car that Skoda unveils at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Its official name is Skoda VisionC.

Skoda takes design to the next level. In a few days at the Geneva Motor Show , the brand will introduce the concept VisionC, announcing the new design trend that Skoda will implement in it’s next generation of models. And if by now talking about a car brand that has become particularly well-behaved and with a certain degree of conservatism, the new prototype manages to put salt and pepper on tradition and stand out with courage and aggressive beauty.

“The concept of stress VisionC new level of evolution Skoda design language . This machine demonstrates exceptional design and engineering expertise of the company”

says the official press release in addition to a few official photos released by Skoda.

Skoda VisionC is considered a “five-door coupe” and we figure this concept gives us indications about the look of the next generation Octavia.

Opel Astra OPC Extreme

Opel just unveiled the new Astra OPC Extreme, a very limited version of the performance model, 100 kg lighter and with a 300 bhp engine.

ESSENTIAL Points:

  • 300 BHP
  • 100 kg lighter than the standard model

To stop the 300 horses, Opel turned to a Brembo braking system with 370 mm discs hidden behind 19-inch wheels.

The new Opel Astra OPC Extreme will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, and we are waiting for Opel to announce hoe many of these beasts will they produce.

Ford Focus 2015 Hatchback

Ford unveiled today the new Ford Focus facelift. It comes with a design inspired by the Fiesta and Mondeo and packs a lot of innovative technologies for the compact segment.

Focus, the best selling model for last year, with a whooping 1.1 million customers, is ready for reinvention in order to retain the first step on the podium in 2014 for the third consecutive year. This is a substantial facelift, covering all aspects.

Design inspired by Fiesta and interior created by customers

Designers have reduced the number of buttons and placed them more intuitive .

The design is fresh , with a front that fits the new design philosophy we see in Ford Fiesta and Ford Mondeo. Specifically, the new Focus 2015 adopts large trapezoidal grille, comes with a new spoiler and lower repositioned projectors. The headlights have not escaped the redesign and are now sharper, angular , and have the same LED wand in the upper part. The rear side received new muscular lines on the tailgate. We have chrome trims meant to suggest more elegance and LED lights for the tail lights.

In building the interior of the new Focus Inside the new Focus, ford considered the public feedback, thus the designers have reduced the number of buttons and placed them more intuitively. Ergonomics has improved, the steering seems somewhat airy and the multimedia system is driven by a completely new model that deletes the current monotony .

Ford promises better materials , a softer, more shiny plastic and chrome insertions.

8 inch touch screen

The dashboard is refreshed by an 8-inch touch screen part of the second generation Sync2 multimedia system. It is the novelty that Ford clients were expecting, after most compact models come with colour touch screen even in the standard version (see Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3).

The touchscreen offers easy access to air conditioning controls, the audio system, navigation and phone.

The main feature that Ford wants to focus on is the voice control . It can call numbers from the phonebook, you can select a specific song, you can adjust the temperature, can enter the destination for the navigation system. Furthermore, if it hears you say the word “hungry”, the system will provide a number of restaurants you might want to visit nearby.

When connected to a mobile phone, Sync 2 can read incoming messages on your phone and even can respond with predefined SMS . The new multimedia system is available in nine languages.

Automatic parking system

At the level of safety features , Focus leads the pack with new technologies. Among them and Perpendicular Parking, a feature that helps parking between two vehicles.

Also a first in the list is the distance restraints Alert, which allows you to select a distance to vehicles in front of you and will warn the driver when it is not respected.

The 2015 Ford Focus also benefits from the new MyKey system that allows establishing predefined parameters for instance when the children get to drive your car. There’s a cool Door Edge Protection to avoid slamming your doors into stuff in the parking lot, Emergency Assist that automatically dials 112 in case of an emergency and provides details and coordinates.

All in all the new Ford Focus 2015 is packed with goodies from a geek point of view.

Volkswagen Scirocco 2014 Facelifted

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the debut of the Scirocco model, Volkswagen will unveil in March, at the Geneva Motor Show, a new facelift. Volkswagen Scirocco gets a new look, an improved interior and more powerful engines.

There are a number of aesthetic and mechanical changes designed to bring a much needed fresh air into this model with a career spanning almost six years.

Five new colors

On the aesthetic level, the facelift brings slightly redesigned headlamps with LED daytime lamps and bi-xenon lights, a modified spoiler and a new grid aligned to the current brand philosophy. The back also comes with new optical blocks, LED’s, a restyled bumper and a different tailgate. All the changes will be adapted to the Performance R version as well.

Future customers will have a choice of five new colours for their new VW Scirocco 2014: Pyramid Gold, Urano Grey, Flash Red, Pure White and Ultra Violet. They come bundled with a new set of alloy wheels with new design.

Even more powerful engines, now with start-stop

Talking about the engines, the main novelty is the presence of a start-stop system as standard. The only exception is the Scirocco R and his 280 horses. In addition to more consumption efficient units , Volkswagen has decided to also increase the power available.
Therefore , the 1.4 TSI engine receives three horsepower to reach 125 , while the 2.0-liter TSI , suffers three versions of power 180, 220 and 280 bhp.
2.0-liter diesel can also be ordered with new resources : 150 and 184 horsepower.
All engines are offered with a manual gearbox, while the dual-clutch DSG is available in the entire range , except for the 1.4 TSI.

Sales of the new Volkswagen Scirocco facelift will be launched in Europe in mid-August.

Audi S3 Cabriolet 2014

Audi presents the new S3 Cabriolet 2014, a convertible version of its hot-hatch. It has four-wheel drive, 300 hp, 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and the top “only” takes 18 seconds to raise or lower.

Audi S3 will, for the first time in the history of the model, be available as a convertible. Built on the already famous MQB platform from the Volkswagen Group, the new body range enjoys the popularity of the S3 platform to enter in a new niche for customers who wanted a compact 4WD convertible with 300 hp.

The drive train provides an average consumption of 7.1 liters per 100 km, and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds.
Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, and there are no speed restrictions concerning the fabric retractable ceiling.

Speaking of the roof, it can be raised or lowered in just 18 seconds at the push of a button at speeds up to 50 km/h. For comparison, the car is so fast that it can speed up to three times from 0 to 100 in the time required to operate the roof. The roof itself is made ​​of magnesium, aluminum and high strength steel, in addition to the related fabric.

Deliveries of the new Audi S3 Cabriolet will debut this summer, the starting price on the market in Germany is set at 48,500 euros. The list of optional equipment includes items such as Bang & Olufsen audio system, cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, monitoring system to maintain lane, Active Park Assist and safety system Audi pre-sense.

Looking forward to see it on the streets soon enough.

Audi to buy Ducati for 850 million euros

 

Volkswagen Group could soon have its first motorcycle brand. Audi is in advanced talks to acquire Italian company Ducati, put up for sale last month.

The rumors were true and now is looking for buyers. The latest information already announced increased interest from Italian company Audi, Ingolstadt officials are already in advanced discussions with people from Investindustrial, current Ducati owners.

Audi wants to pay a total of 850 million euros for actions manufacturer of the peninsula and thus try embedding first motor brands within the Volkswagen Group.

German interest for Italian brand dates back to 2008 when Ferdinand Piech, VW board chairman, expressed the desire to buy Ducati. The Germans lost but then, in front of the Investindustrial, the current owners.

Interest is reaffirmed recently by Martin Winterkorn, CEO of VAG group, who said he pays attention to any brand on sale. Audi will have strong opponent, the only information indicating an interest in the Indians only the Hero MotoCorp largest motorcycle manufacturer in India.

First look at the Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon


Chevrolet published the first official image of the new Cruze station wagon, face lifted version will be officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show.

The main attraction of the house car main event will be Cruze car, station wagon, offering the public the opportunity to observe changes to the operation of restyling. The aesthetic updates include refreshed front grille, a new front bumper and LED lights.
At the start, the car will be available with new engines besides the current range: a 1.6-liter petrol unit and a 2.0-liter diesel.Subsequently, the offer will be completed with a 1.4 liter gasoline engine and a 1.7-liter diesel. All engines meet Euro 5 emission standards.

On board the new Cruze will find and devices such as the keyless door opening, reversing camera and novelty Chevrolet MyLinkinfotainment system.

In fact, this innovation is one of the attractions stand carmaker in Geneva. MyLink can use all files on any smartphone(personal playlists, photos, calendar, videos and other applications).

Besides the new Cruze Station Wagon, Chevrolet will present in Geneva two new prototypes, and a number of technologies that will be included in future models.

BMW M135 could be mass produced

BMW plans to introduce the concept M135 series production, which will début soon at the Geneva Motor Show. Moreover, the hatchback could be equipped with xDrive AWD.

Bavarians are ready for the big event in March a prototype car that gave rise to a series of speculations on his chances of being released in version number.

It seems the rumors were totally unfounded, a source inside the company saying that M135 version will arrive in showrooms. In addition, the proposed Performance Automobiles Division I could get four-wheel drive system xDrive.

Propulsion is provided by the 3.0 liter engine that develops 320 horsepower and peak torque of 450 Nm. From equation will be part and stiffer suspension, ventilated disc brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels hidden.

BMW M135 will accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km / h, electronically limited.

Audi celebrates the victory at Le Mans with a limited edition R8

Audi has launched a limited edition of the R8, the V8 version, designed to celebrate the tenth victory in the race at Le Mans.

It took only two weeks for Audi to properly honor his victory in Le Mans, where R18 has managed a landslide victory over rivals from Peugeot. The Germans decided to celebrate success as they know better, that is a special type.

Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer, pilots of R18 TDI R8 boast a V8 Limited Edition, which is distinguished by means of interior and exterior accessories.

Sport was painted in titanium, has adopted a series of 19-inch wheels with a design similar to those encountered stronger brother R8 GT and received a package with carbon fiber elements, including a motor housing. Behind the black rims painted red calipers hiding to contrast better.

For the interior, the Germans went all the idea of ​​carbon fiber inserts, combined with Nappa leather seats, red stitching and a number of new optional Audi Magnetic Ride, Audi Music Interface, satellite navigation and audio system Bang & Olufsen.

Under bodywork lies the same 4.2-liter V8 engine, 430 horsepower, assisted by an R-Tronic box. Sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds, top speed is estimated at 301 km / h.

Special edition dedicated to the tenth of victories in Le Mans, will be extremely limited, Audi will produce only 100 units, which will arrive just in Britain, with a price of 104.800 euros.