Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nissan Tiida, 2012

  • Nissan Tiida, 2012

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. premiered an all-new hatchback model at the 2011 Auto Shanghai. This new model will be the new generation Nissan Tiida in China.

The Nissan Tiida hatchback, introduced in China in 2005 from Dongfeng Nissan, is a pioneer in the compact hatchback market in China, selling 85,000 units in 2010. Sold globally in 165 countries, the Nissan Tiida is the best-selling model in the current Nissan product lineup.

The all-new Nissan Tiida is targeted toward young families who value quality life. With appeal points such as 'premium and agile styling', 'class leading comfort' and 'PURE DRIVE revolutionary powertrain', the new model will continue to be a leading model in the compact hatchback market in China. Nissan will also be the first Japanese automaker to introduce a turbo-charged engine in the Chinese market, with the introduction of the new Tiida's turbo series.

Based on a keyword 'Fluid & Brisk', the new Nissan Tiida delivers a new, premium feeling with a smooth, streamlined bodyside, well-balanced proportions and advanced-design exterior parts, such as grilles and lamps with refined details. To further enhance its spacious interior, which has been well received in the previous generation Tiida hatchback, the wheelbase length has been increased by 100mm to ensure best-in-class rear knee room. With increased length and breadth of the front window and optimally-shaped side mirrors for ease of use, visibility is significantly improved contributing to stress-free driving.

Interior design is developed using another keyword - 'Calm & Refined'. With a comfortable interior to embrace the driver and passengers, an elegant and precisely-crafted meter, a floating center cluster, and wide, super-soft armrests, the car provides premium space offering comfortable feeling in driving.

Driving comfort is also realized by soft, comfortable seats with low vibration which brings about less fatigue during driving.

Installed is a reliable, easy-to-handle, fuel-efficient Nissan HR16DE engine which has been employed in a number of Nissan vehicles. In addition, a range of PURE DRIVE low-emission technologies has also been added, such as latest dual injectors that provides far greater combustion efficiency by finely splashing fuel and Xtronic CVT with an auxiliary transmission. Select models of the all-new Nissan Tiida fully meet the stringent third phase fuel-efficiency requirements in China (draft data issued in Nov. 2009).

This new model, to be produced in the Dongfeng Nissan Huadu Plant in Guangzhou,  released in late May 2011. Followed by its introduction in China, it will be launched in approximately 130 countries around the world by 2014.
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Peugeot 107, 2013

  •  Peugeot 107, 2013

The Peugeot 107 is renewed, more modern and even more urban, a spirited response to the thirst for autonomy, independence and freedom!
Its subtle and sophisticated style, inspired by the new look of the Peugeot marque, gives it a new power of attraction.

Great attention has been paid to its appeal without making any sacrifices in terms of its advantages when facing the constraints of city driving; it has become even more practical and fuel-efficient.

A market and customer base which is constantly changing
The Peugeot 107 evolves and is enriched with a regularly renewed range, special editions and new equipment, in order to keep up with customer expectations.

Its markets have developed too with 16 new countries making a total of 48 countries where it is now sold.
Like most vehicles in this category, the 107 is often the second or even the third vehicle of the household. On the other hand, it distinguishes itself from its segment with an even more predominantly female customer base and appeals to a higher proportion of single people.

The satisfaction that it offers, above all through its manoeuvrability, driving pleasure and economy is above the average for its segment.
After more than 665,000 vehicles produced by the end of 2011, the 107 is now writing a new chapter in its history.

Its aim: to develop its advantages in an increasingly competitive segment.

A new exterior style, subtle and sophisticated
With a completely redesigned front face and unchanged dimensions, the Peugeot 107 adopts the new style of the Peugeot marque, with a look that is both subtle and sophisticated, cut as closely as possible to the mechanics, while retaining its compactness.

The new, more curved bonnet incorporates the new identity of the marque, so the rib of the bonnet which frames the two-tone lion and the number plate repositioned in the centre of the lower front panel hint at its relationship with the 208.

While retaining their shape and their high position, the light units are more refined: at the front, they are extended and adopt a two-tone mask, echoing the colour of the marque emblem situated on the bonnet, whereas at the rear they are adorned with a dark mask thus framing the lamps with a deep ruby colour.

The new radiator grille, composed of honeycomb cells specific to the 107, forms a fine and distinguished mouth, suspended by the body colour that surrounds it.

"It is another interpretation of the floating grille, adapted to the size and architecture of the 107." Ivo Groen, 107 style manager

The new lower front panel has contact cappings - one on the front face and the other two at the side - both aesthetic and protective, particularly useful in urban driving conditions.

The Peugeot 107 adopts a new visual signature at the lower front panel by means of LED day running lamps that emphasise the side protectors, and - according to the model - foglamps animated by a chromed bead.

All of these style components, designed with the utmost care, associated with a sharp body sill line and new trims, give the 107 a new identity, modern and likeable, combining refinement and a strong and thoroughbred appeal.

Furthermore, the range of colours sees the addition of an exclusive new "Plum" colour, modern and attractive, which matches perfectly with its character.

Inside, new equipment and colour schemes
The new "Mistral" interior colour scheme, the new "Manhattan" seat upholstery and the twomaterial door and dashboard trims, which now sport a single black colour, improve the perceived quality of the passenger compartment and give it a touch of refinement.

New comfort equipment makes an appearance, such as:
  •     The CD audio system has 2 additional speakers as standard or as an option according to the level of finish.
  •     A new PC Bluetooth CD audio system available as an option, combined with 2 additional speakers, offers USB, MP3 and Bluetooth connections that are usually found on vehicles of higher segments.
  •     A new steering wheel combined with a new gear lever knob, both leather trimmed, available as standard or as an option.

A simple range and improved features
The Peugeot 107 still has a simple range with 2 levels of finish, available in 3-door and 5-door versions and with 2 engines: 1.0i 5-speed manual and 1.0i 5-speed two-tronic manual.

Its features improve still further with its new audio system that contributes to a higher level of comfort.

The leather-trimmed steering wheel, standard with the two-tronic gearbox is also fitted with steering wheel paddles making the 107 even more manoeuvrable and agile.

It's LED day running lamps and the foglamps, now available as an option or as standard according to the model, contribute to the safety of its occupants, making it more visible in all conditions.

"Last but not least", already very well placed as regards environmental efficiency in its segment, the Peugeot 107 lowers its levels of CO2 emissions still further to 99 and 104 g/km respectively for the manual and two-tronic gearboxes.

It running costs are also improved with fuel consumption reduced to 4.3 and 4.5 l per 100km respectively for the manual and two-tronic gearboxes.

A truly feminine special edition!
A very feminine special edition christened "ENVY" will be available at the launch in March 2012. This fashionable and glamorous version, adorned with either the new "Plum" colour or "Caldera Black", bears special decorations with a cherry blossom branch motif, in particular stickers on the rear door, the bonnet and the tailgate, a "Plum" colour embroidered and braided mat and a rev counter central decoration.

Aluminium door sills and a badge give an additional touch of refinement.
A style line taking up the cherry blossom branch motif is also available. It has a clever handbag pocket, ideal for organising your belongings and changing handbag without forgetting anything, as well as a very practical handbag hook - retractable and therefore compact - which is extremely useful for keeping your handbag "to hand and in sight", without placing it on the floor.

A wide range of personalisation and comfort accessories
With accessories developed especially for it, the Peugeot 107 also fulfils the desire for distinction and adapts to different uses.

Alloy wheels, a brushed aluminium gear lever knob, chromed effect door sills or mats embroidered with "107" give a touch of elegance and a distinctive character.

On the practical side, a retractable navigation system which has a connection for an iPhone or iPod and which integrates perfectly into the dashboard and a central armrest with storage compartment improve comfort and driving pleasure still further.

As regards the side mouldings, these will protect the bodywork against urban impacts.
For leisure pursuits, the Peugeot 107 offers various roof boxes and roof bars for transporting bicycles, skis, etc. and numerous other accessories are also waiting to be discovered in the Peugeot network.
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Nissan Sylphy Concept, 2012

  • Nissan Sylphy Concept, 2012

Nissan developed a one-class-above solution that exceeds customers' expectations - retaining the popular features of the current model while upgrading design, perceived quality, roominess and performance. In fact, Nissan has virtually re-imagined the category, delivering high quality styling outside and spacious, quiet comfort inside with the latest "smart" amenities, plus remarkable fuel efficiency.

Design with Excitement and Confidence
Just looking at the all-new global sedan inspires excitement and confidence. The lowered stance and well-proportioned aerodynamic body create a strong presence, while the elegantly upswept character line expresses dynamic yet refined performance. The front grille and LED-bordered headlamps contribute to the premium image and help create a modern look. LED taillights, a sharply angled trunk lid and eye-catching chrome trim add to the tastefully-styled one-class-above appearance.

Roomy, High Quality Interior
The modern design language of the exterior is carried over to the spacious interior with high quality materials and cabin details crafted to please the senses. Within the roomy cabin, passengers enjoy generous shoulder room and legroom one would expect in more expensive vehicles. The trunk's capacity is among the best in its class. Thorough noise isolation, vibration absorption, and an advanced suspension with optimized high-stiffness body assure a peacefully smooth ride. Amenities for comfort and convenience include dual-zone air conditioning, Intelligent Key and keyless pushbutton ignition.

Impressive Fuel Economy
With its new 1.8 liter engine and next-generation XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the all-new global sedan delivers impressive fuel efficiency. A long piston stroke and Twin Continuously variable valve timing control (C-VTC) optimize combustion, while hydrogen-free Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating on valve lifters halves friction of previous coatings and beehive valve springs reduce friction and inertial loss. The next-generation XTRONIC CVT is lighter and more compact than previous designs, yet achieves greater efficiency and a wider gear ratio range, thanks to an auxiliary transmission with sub planetary gears and smaller pulleys. This environmentally-friendly performance reflects Nissan's global PURE DRIVE commitment to reducing CO2 emissions through developing fuel efficient internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies and introducing them into the market.

The new model, to be produced at the Dongfeng Nissan Huadu Plant facilities in Guangzhou, will be released in mid 2012. Following its introduction in China, the car will be launched in most major markets worldwide during the course of 2012 and approximately 120 countries by 2014.
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Mini Clubvan, 2013

  •  Mini Clubvan, 2013

The personality and hallmark driving fun of the MINI brand is coming to a whole new group of customers with the launch of the new MINI Clubvan.

Making its global premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world's first premium compact delivery van has five doors, but only two seats. That means outstanding levels of practicality and storage, making it the perfect new member of the team for any business with an eye for style.

Key to the Clubvan's appeal is its spacious load bay. It extends from the wide-opening double doors at the back of the vehicle to a sturdy internal bulkhead immediately behind the driver and passenger seats. That's made from a solid aluminium lower section with a steel mesh upper, and stowed cargo can also be accessed through the two rear doors or via the Clubdoor on the driver's side.

The blocked-out rear side windows are body-coloured and feature interior polycarbonate reinforcement. Combined with tinted glass in the rear doors, it means the load compartment is both secure and concealed from prying eyes.

Inside, the cargo area stretches back 115 cm and, even at its narrowest point just behind the rear doors, is 102 cm wide. With the bulkhead to protect the driver and/or passenger, it can be loaded right to the roof which measures 84cm at its highest point. That means 860 litres of space and a maximum payload capacity of 500 kg.

The load floor is completely flat for ease-of-use, and both it and the side walls are trimmed in high-quality upholstery. Above, an anthracite roof liner runs the full length of the vehicle. Six heavy duty attachment loops are recessed into the floor at the sides to help prevent cargo from moving around in transit, while multiple 12-volt sockets can be used to power electrical equipment.

In common with all MINIs, the Clubvan will offer owners outstanding driving dynamics. Featuring powertrain and chassis technology from the Clubman, it comes with powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines. Three versions will be available; the 72 kW/98 hp MINI One Clubvan, the 90 kW/122 hp MINI Cooper Clubvan and the 82 kW/112 hp MINI Cooper D Clubvan. All come with MINI's familiar front-wheel-drive set-up, Electric Power Steering, MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension and powerful brakes. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but an optional six-speed automatic transmission is also available.

Also standard are MINIMALISM features including Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units. These will help business users keep a tight rein on fuel consumption and offers exceptionally low running costs. For example, the MINI Cooper D Clubvan offers official combined fuel economy of 72.4 mpg, meanwhile CO2 emissions of just 103 g/km put the vehicle into an exceptionally low tax bracket.

Built in Britain at Plant Oxford, the Clubvan is true to the now-familiar MINI design language and features the same classic lines that have become the hallmark of the brand. Based on the Clubman platform, its exterior dimensions are identical to those of its sibling. It's 3,961 mm long, 1,683 mm wide and 1,426 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,547 mm. The Clubvan is the seventh unique member of the MINI family, selling alongside the Clubman, Hatch, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe and Roadster.

It is the first commercial vehicle to be offered since the MINI brand was relaunched under BMW's ownership in 2001. Because of that classification business users can claim back their VAT.

The newcomer's heritage can be traced back to 1960, when the original Mini - launched a year earlier - was joined in showrooms by the Morris Mini Van. With an extra 10cm in the wheelbase, closed-off load compartment and split rear door, it offered exactly the sort of workhorse capability that urban commercial users of the time required.

The new Clubvan is bringing that tradition of MINI practicality right up to date, while adding the brand's modern values of outstanding driving performance, high standard specification and exceptional style. The Clubvan comes with much higher specification than any comparable van in the segment with items such as DAB radio, air-conditioning, electric windows, anti-theft alarm and side and head airbags included as standard.

The MINI Clubvan is available in four exterior colours - Pepper White, Ice Blue, British Racing Green metallic and Midnight Black metallic. The roof, rear side window area, C-pillars and exterior mirror caps are body-coloured on all versions. The standard 15-inch Delta-spoke alloy wheels, which are exclusive to the MINI Clubvan, can be replaced by alternative 15, 16 or 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

The inside, black seats with Cosmos fabric upholstery, a black interior colour scheme and Fine White Silver trim strips are standard. The specification has been carefully considered to be in keeping with the functional and practical character of the vehicle. However, the interior can be customised to suit individual requirements. Options include black sports seats, which are available in Ray Cloth/Leather, Punch Leather or Lounge Leather.

Like every other MINI, the Clubvan can be personalised from the brand's extensive range of optional extras. These enhance comfort, convenience, driving enjoyment, safety and practicality. Expected to prove popular are xenon headlights, black headlight shells, adaptive headlights, automatic climate control, park distance control, automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors and a trailer hitch. The optional MINI navigation system, as well as MINI Connected, with the Google send to car service will keep the Clubvan heading in the right direction on its delivery runs.

The MINI Clubvan brings a new blend of sophistication and style to the business sector. Its blend of practicality and premium features means commercial customers could include caterers, event planners, small retail businesses or photographers. However, it will also appeal to some drivers with outdoor-based adventure hobbies such as cycling or mountaineering, where high-value equipment needs to be kept secure.

Retail prices, excluding VAT:
    MINI One Clubvan: £11,175
    MINI Cooper Clubvan: £12,475
    MINI Cooper D Clubvan: £13,600
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fiat Strada, 2013

  • Fiat Strada, 2013

Fiat Strada will be available in Italian dealerships from the end of January 2012. Made in the FIASA plant in Betim (Brazil), the new model will follow in the footsteps of South America's leading light transport vehicle. With no fewer than 127,800 vehicles sold worldwide, the Fiat Strada was the second most popular Fiat Professional model after the Fiat Ducato in 2011.

The Fiat Strada comes in three outfits (Working, Trekking, Adventure) and three body types (Short Cab, Long Cab, Crew Cab) for a total of six different versions. The most important innovation is the introduction of the Crew Cab version (for Working and Adventure versions), which can comfortably carry four people while maintaining a loading capacity of up to 650 kg at the same time.

Equipped with a powerful 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet 16v Euro 5 engine, the model is both versatile and multifunctional. This is demonstrated by the Working single cab version for professionals who are looking for a "purely commercial vehicle". Interesting is the new crew cab version for mixed use allowing up to four people to be carried plus tools and materials.

For the most demanding uses, the E-Locker electronic locking differential is available to help tackle slippery terrain. All these features allow it to compete with larger pick-up trucks but with the added advantage of lower purchase price, running costs and fuel consumption.

Prices (before tax) range from 12,900 euros for the 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet 16v Working Single Cab version to 16,000 euros for the top-of-the-range 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet 16v Adventure Crew Cab version.

The style conveys the image of a strong, dynamic and functional vehicle capable of good performance and extremely low running costs. The front end is one of the most noticeable innovations of the new model. The tougher, no-nonsense bumper has a renewed design with two air vents now grouped in a single rectangular box and the new headlights (single-lens for the Working outfit and double-lens for the Trekking). Much more assertive is the front of the Adventure version: painted in matching body colour it has a black grille and chrome-plated inserts framed by an insert which continues over the wheel arch protection. The integrated fog lights are fitted in the lower part.

The Long Cab and Crew Cab versions have lengthwise roof bars and spoiler with integrated third brake light in addition to plenty of room in the passenger compartment.

The overall dimensions of the vehicle are practically unchanged with respect to the previous series: length 4409 mm (4457 mm for the Adventure version), width 1664 (1740 mm for the Adventure versions) and a wheelbase of 2718 mm.

The Fiat Strada inside plenty of comfort inside for occupants and is very carefully designed throughout. This is demonstrated by the new upholstery, the brand-new dashboard and the original clear, easy-to-read instruments. Ergonomic, antisubmarining seats, the height-adjustable steering wheel (standard on Trekking and Adventure) and the climate control system (standard on Adventure) make travelling and working on the Fiat Strada even more pleasant, comfortable and safe.

Load compartment
A strong point of the Fiat Strada is its large rear box, which is 1685 mm long (1332 mm on long cab versions, 1082 on crew cab versions), and 1300 mm wide (1070 mm between wheel arches). Large and with a regular shape to make it easy to exploit to the full, it is provided with scratch-resistant protective lining designed to withstand extreme temperatures.

Robust hooks used to fix the transported objects in total safety are arranged on the sides and bottom of the box and intelligently placed, so as not to hinder loading and unloading operations. Access to the load compartment is also facilitated by the rear board, covered in non-slip material which can be folded by 90° and now even removable. It can bear a weight of 300 kg. The payload including driver ranges from 630 to 705 kg according to the version, while the gross vehicle weight is 1915 kg. The towable weight is 1000 kg.

The Fiat Strada is up for any challenge with its brilliant 1.3 MultiJet 16v Euro 5 engine, which delivers a maximum power of 95 HP and a torque of 200 Nm (20.4 kgm at 1500 rpm).

Equipped with variable geometry turbocharger and intercooler, the engine ensures excellent performance with low running costs. Consumption is virtually the same as the previous Euro 4 85 HP engine (up to 5.3 litre/100 km in the combined cycle). This is even more remarkable when compared to that of the bulky pick-up trucks made by competitors which all link high consumption to high power.

The Fiat Strada offers plenty of standard equipment: new instruments with trip computer, height-adjustable steering wheel (on Trekking and Adventure), door mirror manually adjustable from the inside and ABS. Additional standard features of the Fiat Strada Adventure include climate control system, fog lights, alloy wheels with 205/65 R15 oversized, lug tread tyres.

For extra versatility on the most demanding missions, Adventure versions come with a new standard electronic locking differential called E-Locker to effectively assist tackling slippery terrain in general, where the extremely performance typically offered by a 4X4 is not needed.

In detail, the system can lock the front differential, providing all the available torque to the wheel with the best grip to get the vehicle out of tricky situations: "off-road-like" performance combined with all the winning features of a 4x2. The E-Locker is convenient because it does not imply the extra costs of four-wheel drive, it does not penalise tare and payload and it has no impact on consumption and running costs (because the vehicle consumes like a 4x2 when the system is off). Proof of the Adventure's off-road personality is the dashboard which, on E-Locker versions, is complemented by a supplementary compass and roll and pitch meter instrument.

Finally, when it comes to comfort, the Fiat Strada has a long list of optional equipment for customising your vehicle: radio with CD player, climate control system, sun roof, leather steering wheel (Adventure only) and alloy rims.
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BMW 3-Series Touring, 2013

  •  BMW 3-Series Touring, 2013

The new edition of the BMW 3-Series Touring makes its mark in the premium sports estate segment with its hallmark BMW dynamic prowess, enhanced practicality and versatility, and a range of standard equipment features assembled to meet the challenges of everyday life. The new car's larger interior is extremely versatile and designed to adapt to everything its customers' modern, active lifestyles can throw at it. In this role, the new BMW 3-Series Touring convinces equally as both a sporty, elegant and dynamic way to eat up the miles and a comfortable and spacious vehicle for sports and leisure pursuits.

Its harmonious proportions ensure the new BMW 3-Series Touring appears from every angle as if cut from a single mould and proves that impressive practicality and dynamic design need not be mutually exclusive. The sweeping silhouette with smoothly sloping roofline, side windows extending well back to the rear and a powerful rear end all combine to create a distinctive Touring character and highlight the huge potential of the new BMW 3-Series variant at first glance.

Leading the way: more space for luggage and clever details.
With 97 millimetres added to the car's overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3-Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Plus, this space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring's rivals. Standard equipment designed to meet the challenges of everyday life, such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench, the automatic tailgate with separate rear window opening, the stainless steel protective strip on the comfortably low loading sill (62 centimetres from the ground), the separate partition net and a luggage compartment cover that stows away neatly into an underfloor compartment highlight the ability of the new BMW 3-Series Touring to adapt as required to the situation at hand.

Made-to-measure options like the adaptive attachment system with variable plug-in elements for the load compartment floor, the hands-free tailgate opening function as part of the Comfort Access option, and the electrically pivoting trailer coupling further enhance long-distance comfort and make it even easier to transport a variety of gear.

Alongside its extra practicality and versatility, the new BMW 3-Series Touring also benefits from enhanced ride comfort, the availability of the new Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line equipment packages, and the materials and colour concept familiar from the recently introduced BMW 3-Series Sedan. An optional M Sport package will also be available from launch.

The range kicks off with the BMW 328i, 330d and 320d Touring.
Agility and dynamic performance are among the other qualities which set the new BMW 3-Series Touring apart. Customers can choose from three refined, economical and punchy engines at launch, all of which boast BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Alongside the new four-cylinder petrol unit developing 180 kW/245 hp and revised 2-litre diesel with 135 kW/184 hp, the line-up also includes an optimised six-cylinder diesel producing 190 kW/ 258 hp that combines sporty dynamics with significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. All engines fulfil the stipulations of the EU5 exhaust standard, while the 320d diesel unit can be further optimised to meet EU6 specification, if desired. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, opens up extra fuel-saving potential for all engine variants.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models. And BMW also offers an innovative eight-speed automatic transmission - fitted as standard in the six-cylinder diesel model - as an option. A further option is the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Both transmission variants link up with the fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and new tuning, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, an up to 40-kilogram lighter overall weight and finely-balanced axle load distribution set the seal on the car's dynamic concept. State-of-the-art electronic control systems enhance the dynamic potential of the new BMW 3-Series Touring and help to ensure it displays the perfect combination of sporting prowess and ride comfort. The new Touring can be ordered with M Sport suspension or the Adaptive M Sport suspension as an option.

Design: Athletic elegance, dynamic proportions and flexible space for passengers and luggage.
The BMW 3-Series range has always been a beacon of sports performance, elegance and dynamic flair. The new BMW 3-Series Touring adds extra practicality and versatility to these qualities. Its larger interior can be adapted for a wide range of uses and ticks all the boxes for a modern and active clientele. The sweeping silhouette with smoothly sloping roofline, side windows extending well back to the rear and a powerful rear end combine to create a distinctive Touring character and highlight the huge potential of the new BMW 3-Series variant at first glance. Its harmonious proportions ensure the new BMW 3-Series Touring appears from every angle as if cut from a single mould and proves that impressive practicality and dynamic design need not be mutually exclusive.

With 97 millimetres added to the car's overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3-Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Moreover, this space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring's rivals. Standard equipment designed to meet the challenges of everyday life, such as the three-way split/folding rear seat bench, the automatic tailgate and the neatly stowable luggage compartment cover underline the versatility of the new BMW 3-Series variant. As well as its extra practicality and versatility, the new estate car also offers customers the enhanced ride comfort, new equipment lines and materials and colour concept of the recently launched BMW 3-Series Sedan.

The design of the new BMW 3-Series Touring is identical to that of its new Sedan sibling as far back as the B-pillar. That means the Touring also has an expressive front end headlined by precise lines and multifaceted surfaces. The 37-millimetre wider track accentuates the car's sporting appearance. Striking twin headlights with LED accent lights form a visual unit with the slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and reinforce the car's sense of width and athletic presence. Two larger outer air intakes below the headlights lend further stylistic substance to the new Touring's sporting character.

The most prominent design feature remains the BMW kidney grille. Here, the defined contour lines of the bonnet converge and give the front end an even lower and more dynamic appearance.

The new BMW 3-Series Touring cuts a sporty and elegant figure from the side as well. Its flowing silhouette lends the car a feeling of inherent dynamism before it so much as turns a wheel, while the long, slightly curving roofline and large windows shine the spotlight on the Touring's extra space and enviable practicality. The car's athletic overall impression is further emphasised by the steeply raked D-pillars, the angle of the rear window and the subtly wedgeshaped geometry of the window surfaces. The roofline - which slopes downwards slightly to the rear and is extended visually by a spoiler - and the "Hofmeister kink" counter-swing at the foot of the D-pillar also generate a sense of dynamic tension. The finely judged balance between the greenhouse and the body lends the new BMW 3-Series Touring a sporty, elegant and nimble look, while the rear lights extend well into the sides of the body and combine with its flowing lines to create a harmonious transition between the flanks and rear section.

The rear of the new BMW 3-Series Touring also boasts a convincing blend of sporting elegance and modern practicality. The horizontal lines and L-shaped lights set far to the outer edges accentuate the broad face of the wheels and the 48-millimetre wider track. Two integrated bars of LEDs allow a slim light design and ensure they maintain a recognisably BMW appearance both day and night. The positioning of the lights at the outer edges of the rear underline the car's hunkered-down stance on the road. The large tailgate cut-out and curved rear window, which can be opened separately, allow optimum access to the load compartment. And the wide aperture and low boot sill make loading and unloading bulky items that much easier.

The 97-millimetre increase in the new BMW 3-Series Touring's length and its 50-millimetre longer wheelbase add 17 millimetres to the knee room enjoyed by the rear passengers and nine millimetres to the headroom on offer. And the extra space makes it even easier to get in and out of the car. In the front door pockets, meanwhile, larger stowage compartments can accommodate one-litre drinks bottles. Added to which, two large drinks holders are now integrated into the centre console. If desired, the cup holders can be swapped for an oddments tray, which is stored in a designated area of the glove compartment when not in use.

Drivers and passengers alike can be safe in the knowledge that the new BMW 3-Series Touring will perform the tasks expected of it flawlessly. A wide range of options when it comes to increasing load space, intelligent details to optimise practicality and impressively user-friendly operation provide the platform for the sports estate to showcase its qualities with authority and assurance. A 35-litre increase in its load capacity - to 495 litres - gives the new BMW 3-Series Touring class-leading figures in this area as well. Seven standard crates of bottled drinks or three golf bags, for example, can be loaded in over the boot sill (just 62 centimetres off the ground), which is protected by a stainless steel strip.

Handy qualities: practicality and versatility from the top drawer. Standard-fitted securing lugs, a pair of coat hooks, a luggage net and a strap hold cargo safely in place, while a storage tray under the load compartment floor and a deep stowage compartment on the left-hand side of the boot accommodate all kinds of small items. The luggage compartment cover can also be stowed away under the load compartment floor, allowing it to be kept in the car even when not in use. Also part of standard specification is a separate partition net, which can be employed in a variety of ways even when the rear seat backrests are folded down (40:20:40). The large through-loading facility allows the car to carry four adults and several pairs of skis or snowboards, for example, at the same time.

In addition to the increase in load-carrying capacity - indeed, the usable space between the wheel arches has also grown in size - the Touring variant also makes a persuasive case for itself with its high degree of versatility. The folding rear seat bench can be split 40:20:40 as standard, allowing load capacity to expand up to a maximum of 1,500 litres. Folding down all the backrests creates an almost level load compartment floor with a smooth transition to the sides of the interior. The generously sized tailgate aperture makes it easier to load in bulky items, which means that even household white goods can be transported in the BMW 3-Series Touring, if required.

The new BMW 3-Series Touring comes as standard with electric tailgate operation. A touch of the button on either the remote control key, the A-pillar or the tailgate itself opens up full access to the load compartment, while pressing the button on the lower edge of the tailgate closes it again. The boot can also be opened remotely using the Smart Opener feature available as part of the Comfort Access option. Here, a short movement of the foot under the centre of the rear bumper is all it takes to raise the tailgate.

The new BMW 3-Series Touring comes as standard with a rear window that opens separately from the tailgate. The window is unlocked electrically via a button on the rear window wiper arm and opened by hand. This practical function makes it easier to load and unload smaller items of luggage - especially when space is tight, as the rear window does not open out to the rear. These details all bear witness to the remarkable versatility and practicality of the new BMW 3-Series Touring. Its high level of adaptability makes it an excellent match for active customers who enjoy a wide range of leisure pursuits and therefore place a wide variety of demands on their car. In this capacity the new estate makes a compelling case for itself both as a sporty and elegant way to eat up the miles and a comfortable and spacious load-carrier for sports and leisure pursuits.

Another boost to long-distance comfort and ease of transportation is provided by the optional storage package, which comprises a host of features for the passenger compartment and a variety of neat and practical additions for the load compartment as well. These include a storage net on the left-hand side of the tailgate, a reversible floor section with a dirt channel and protective coating on the underside, and an adaptive attachment system. The latter consists of an aluminium telescopic rod which allows the load compartment to be divided up according to need - and in so doing offer a far greater number of variation options than systems with fixed attachment rails. When it is not in use, the attachment system can be stowed in the storage tray under the loading floor. Also available as an option are aluminium roof rails and an electrically operated panoramic roof with a large glass surface area. Added to which, the new BMW 3-Series Touring can be fitted with a trailer coupling, which pivots out and back in again electrically, as required. This neat and practical solution not only gives the sporty estate an extra string to its bow as a tow vehicle, but also allows modern bicycle racks to be fitted easily to the rear of the car.

Elegant practicality brings life to the whole interior.
The interior of the new BMW 3-Series Touring is identical to that of its recently launched Sedan sibling. The cockpit's clear driver focus ensures that all the key functions are as easy as possible to lay a hand or finger on. Extremely clear circular instruments with a Black Panel display and the freestanding iDrive monitor in cutting-edge flatscreen design enhance the air of functional elegance. The iDrive Controller, within easy reach on the centre console, and the armrest - with optional fore/aft adjustment and folding function - between the front seats round off on an exceptionally high level of user-friendliness and luxury. High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality shape the premium ambience inside the new BMW 3-Series Touring. A large number of colour and upholstery variants offer scope for a broad spectrum of combinations, and all the trim surfaces can be combined in their basic configuration with a choice of one fabric and two leather shades. As well as the basic trim level, customers also have a choice of three other equipment lines and an M Sport package with which to tailor the appearance of the car to their own tastes. The Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line embody different takes on the car's character. The carefully coordinated features brought together for each Line extend beyond purely exterior design elements to include material and colour options. As far as premium perception, design harmony and expressiveness are concerned, the scope of the new BMW Lines extends well beyond equivalent packages in the class.

Sport Line: The Sport Line adds extra depth to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW 3-Series Touring with a selection of eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black. Eight black kidney grille slats in a chrome-coloured surround lend the front end a particularly sporty and alert look. The black inserts in the front apron draw extra attention to the air intakes and wheel arches. 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design (18-inch items are bicolour) provide an additional dose of sportiness, while free optional high-gloss black exterior mirrors and matching paintwork for the B-pillars add further design flourishes. The exhaust tailpipe embellisher, also in black-chrome, adds the finishing touch to the sporty exterior design. Once inside, contrasting black and red accents lend a sporty and exclusive flavour to proceedings. Red trim rings, red scales in the circular dials, red stitching on the sports steering wheel and a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accent strips all underline the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard sports seats can be specified in a choice of three upholstery variants and four colours.

The ignition key for Sport Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring is identified by its black finish and red detailing.
Luxury Line: Discreet high-gloss chrome touches lend the exterior of the BMW 3-Series Touring a particularly elegant and exclusive appeal. The front end stands out with its 11 chrome kidney grille slats, for example. And two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop add further attractive touches. In contrast to the Sport Line, the window frames and weather strip are trimmed in chrome. Special 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design accentuate the stylishness of the Luxury Line. From the rear, this take on the Touring can be identified by an exquisite, high-gloss chrome trim strip above the rear apron and a chrome tailpipe embellisher. Chrome elements - such as the surround for the radio and air conditioning units - also catch the eye inside the Luxury Line Touring. High-gloss wood strips, seats with distinctive stitching and a choice of two upholstery materials in four classically elegant colours highlight the exclusiveness of this variant. The ignition key for Luxury Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring has chrome detailing.

Modern Line: Exterior trim elements in satin-finish aluminium underline the forward-looking aesthetic of the Modern Line, while the BMW kidney grille with 11 slats and the double trim strips in satin-finish aluminium for the air intakes continue the theme. Elsewhere, 17 or 18-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels lend a fresh angle to the exterior design of the BMW 3-Series Touring. The light-coloured dashboard and a steering wheel in dark oyster create a very special ambience. Leather upholstery or cloth-leather combinations in oyster or black and a choice of four trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome ensure an appealing interplay between materials. The optional unique three-dimensional structure for the surface of the wood, meanwhile, lays on a whole new feast for the fingertips. The oyster-coloured ignition key for Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring comes with matt silver detailing.

M Sport package: The optional M Sport package gives the new BMW 3 Series Touring a fresh shot of adrenaline that spreads beyond its exterior and interior design. As well as the all-new aerodynamic package including numerous body components and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim, the exclusive optional exterior paint shade Estoril Blue metallic ensures an unmistakably sporty appearance, underpinned by 18 or 19-inch light-alloy wheels in hallmark M design and, inside the car, by features such as M door sill finishers, the new-design M leather steering wheel, an M driver's footrest and an M Shortshifter (in models with a manual gearbox). The driver and front passenger can settle into Hexagon Anthracite cloth/Alcantara sports seats with royal blue contrast stitching offered exclusively as part of the M Sport package. Trim elements in Aluminium Hexagon with accent strips in either Estoril Blue matt or high-gloss Black round off the interior. Technical features of the M Sport package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes with contrasting blue paint finish.

The pinnacle of driving pleasure and dynamic performance: Sporty power delivery, outstanding efficiency and enhanced longdistance comfort.

Three punchy, refined and economical engines will be available for the new BMW 3-Series Touring from launch, all of which use the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Alongside the new four-cylinder petrol unit powering the BMW 328i Touring and the revised 2-litre diesel under the bonnet of the BMW 320d Touring, an optimised six-cylinder diesel unit imbues the BMW 330d Touring with sporty dynamics yet significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions. All engines comply with the EU5 exhaust standard, while the 320d diesel unit can be further optimised to meet EU6 specification, if desired.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models. BMW also offers an innovative eight-speed automatic - fitted as standard in the six-cylinder diesel model - as an option. Both transmission variants link up with the fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and new tuning, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, a low vehicle weight and finely-balanced axle load distribution set the seal on the car's dynamic overall concept. All of which means the new BMW 3-Series Touring combines enhanced comfort with the sporty handling characteristics owners have come to expect.

BMW 328i Touring: four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology sets the benchmark for driving dynamics and efficiency.

In keeping with the dynamic overall theme of the new BMW 3-Series, this innovative turbocharged engine offers plenty of power and performance, responsive acceleration, powerful torque, a high rpm ceiling and low weight. The cutting-edge four-cylinder unit lays on unbeatable driving pleasure and also comes with lower fuel consumption and emissions than its predecessor. The upgrade in power and efficiency is chiefly down to the use of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which works using innovative solutions such as High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic variable valve timing. Added to which, this engine has a particularly light and compact construction, thanks in part to its all-aluminium crankcase. This has obvious benefits for driving dynamics: the reduced load on the front axle gives the sporty BMW estate even greater agility and further improved steering and cornering characteristics.

The 1,997 cc BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine generates maximum output of 180 kW/245 hp at 5,000 rpm. This petrol-powered unit uses Twin Scroll Turbo technology to maintain peak torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) from 1,250 rpm to 4,800 rpm. These statistics translate into unbridled dynamic performance; the new BMW 328i Touring sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.0 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The engine responds instantly to every request from the driver for quicker progress and produces vigorous and almost linear power delivery from just above idle all the way into the higher reaches of the rev range.

In the EU test cycle, the new BMW 328i Touring records average fuel consumption of only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (41.5 mpg), allowing it to better the economy of the outgoing 160 kW/218 hp BMW 325i Touring by a full 10 per cent. The same applies to its CO2 emissions, which come in at a suitably modest 159 grams per kilometre. Technical progress is equally in evidence with the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which can claim an improvement of up to 11 per cent in fuel economy over its predecessor (6.5 litres / 43.4 mpg imp and 152 grams of CO2).

Optimised straight-six diesel engine makes the BMW 330d Touring an even sportier and more efficient performer.
The rigorous further development of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology has also yielded additional benefits in terms of dynamics and efficiency for this familiar six-cylinder in-line diesel engine. The latest variant of the hugely brawny yet smooth-running unit allows the new BMW 330d Touring to build further on its reputation as an exceptionally sporty diesel estate. The engine's responses and maximum output have both been improved, while fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have dropped significantly.

The revised 3-litre six-cylinder diesel engine has lower internal friction levels than its predecessor, weighs less and works in tandem with an optimised injection system. As a result, maximum output rises 10 kilowatts to 190 kW/258 hp, while peak torque now stands at 560 Newton metres / 413 lb-ft (+ 20 Nm / 15 lb-ft) - and is on tap from as low down as 1,500 up to 3,000 rpm. The responsiveness of the six-cylinder powerplant is boosted by both a modified air supply with reduced pipe lengths and a weight-minimised crankshaft.

The optimised common-rail injection system, whose solenoid injectors work with maximum pressure of 1,800 bar, makes its own contribution to the increase in output and torque. Modifications to its pre-injection stage give the diesel unit even more efficient combustion, particularly responsive power delivery and further improved acoustic properties. A lighter turbine wheel sharpens the turbocharger's responses and provides instantaneous power delivery at low revs.

As a result, the engine - with its all-aluminium crankcase - achieves an outstanding blend of fuel economy and performance. Joining forces with the standard-fitted eight-speed automatic transmission, the new BMW 330d Touring powers from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 5.6 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). With average fuel consumption of 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres (55.4 mpg) in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 135 grams per kilometre, the powerful new sports estate outperforms its six-speed automatic predecessor by a full 15 per cent. The engine comfortably meets the EU5 exhaust norm as standard.

BMW 320d Touring: impressive torque, exceptional smoothness and further improved economy.
The new BMW 320d Touring is powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo fourcylinder diesel engine from the equivalent outgoing model. The powerplant develops the same high output as before, but boasts improved economy and lower emissions. Also fitted with an aluminium crankcase, the powerplant sets standards in various areas, and its common-rail direct injection and turbocharger with variable turbine geometry allow it to combine impressive punch with a further reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

Out on the road, the thermodynamically optimised turbocharging provides impressive power delivery throughout the rev range. An electric actuator adjusts the turbine blades at split-second speed in response to changes in engine loads, enabling the unit to respond with the same lightning speed at low rpm as it does under full loads when the driver asks for full power. Solenoid injectors supply the fuel to the cylinders at up to 2,000 bar, while high-precision fuel metering and high atomisation quality result in clean and homogeneous combustion.

Unchanged maximum output of 135 kW/184 hp at 4,000 rpm and an imposing 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque available between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm create an extremely dynamic recipe in the new BMW 320d Touring and ensure it fulfils its sporty estate brief with diesel power as well. Performance is suitably brisk; the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is dispatched in only 7.7 seconds, and this agile diesel variant can continue accelerating up to 230 km/h (143 mph).

The new BMW 320d Touring's average fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres (60.1 mpg) in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 124 grams per kilometre better the figures of its equally powerful predecessor by 2 per cent. And its advantage grows further still when the new eight-speed automatic transmission is specified: fuel economy remains the same at 4.6 l/100 km (61.4 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 122 g/km represent an improvement of 10 per cent, allowing the new BMW 320d Touring to defend its position as a powerful and efficient performer fitted with one of the cleanest and most economical diesel engines available. Indeed, fitted with the optional BluePerformance technology including a NOX storage catalytic converter, the diesel unit already meets EU6 specifications.

Further engine variants to follow later this year: BMW 320i Touring, BMW 318d Touring and BMW 316d Touring.
Towards the end of 2012, BMW will add another three engine variants already available for the 3-Series Sedan to the line-up for the new Touring. All the engines are even cleaner and more economical than their respective predecessors. For example, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo technology in the BMW 320i develops 135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 rpm and peak torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) from 1,250 rpm. High output and imposing torque are also signature features of the two turbodiesels, which are derived from the same basic 2-litre engine as the new BMW 320d Touring. The powerplant produces 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm under the bonnet of the BMW 318d Touring, while maximum torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) is available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The ultra-frugal BMW 316d Touring, meanwhile, generates its peak output of 85 kW/116 hp at 4,000 rpm and also allows the driver to enjoy the engine's maximum 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.

Six-speed manual gearbox for the BMW 328i Touring and 320d Touring.
The sporty six-speed manual gearboxes for the new BMW 3-Series range offer easy, precise shifting action and optimal ratio spacing. The transmission in the BMW 320d Touring comes with dry sump lubrication for significantly enhanced efficiency along with improved shifting quality thanks to reduced drag losses, while the application of innovative carbon friction linings in the synchromesh units also makes for more comfortable shifting. The transmission gearing in the new BMW 328i Touring is optimally adjusted to the performance characteristics of the turbo engine, and the ratio spacing allows for powerful sprinting performance and fast mid-range acceleration while also reducing fuel consumption.
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