Saturday, May 4, 2013

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, 2013

  •  Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, 2013

Some special cars reflect the fundamental attitude of their owners - the new Beetle Cabriolet is such a car. Driving this Volkswagen shows that the people inside really enjoy a sporty design, colours and driving with the top down. Even ordering the new Beetle Cabriolet will be a cult act for most buyers - because many more options are available to express your individual taste than ever before: five standard equipment versions are available ("Beetle", "Design", "Design Exclusive", "Sport" and "Sport Exclusive") as well as three special models ("50's Edition", "60's Edition" and "70's Edition"). This range is supplemented by twelve finishes and two soft top colours, eleven different types of interior textile and leather trim, twelve rims, innumerable technical and visual features as well as efficient petrol and diesel engines with performance ranging from 77 kW /105 PS to 147 kW /200 PS. These are all turbocharged engines, available with optional six and sevenspeed dual clutch gearboxes. Fuel economy range for these efficient, high torque, four-cylinder engines: 4.5 to 7.8 l/100 km.

The Beetle Cabriolet is the lowest priced open-top car from Volkswagen
"The new Beetle Cabriolet", according to Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand, Technical Development, "takes the design of the original open Beetle and New Beetle, transferring the shapes to present times and enriching everything with a high degree of sportiness. In most European countries, the new Beetle Cabriolet can already be ordered, and at attractive prices". In Germany, this four-seater starts with a base price of 21,350 euros - making the opentop Beetle the lowest priced convertible in the Volkswagen range.

Top opens and closes while driving
The new Beetle Cabriolet has become larger and more majestic. It has an elongated, wider appearance, the roof is flatter, the proportions more dynamic. Beyond any performance figures and fuel economy values, the most important figure for a convertible: The time required to put down the top. Only 9.5 seconds with the Beetle Cabriolet, and thanks to its electric motor, this is an almost noiseless process. It even works while driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h. When retracted the soft top is stored compactly behind the rear seat where it does not restrict the view to the rear. The soft top on the Beetle Cabriolet can be closed in 11.0 seconds; the additional 1.5 seconds are required to allow the electric drive to automatically lock the roof to the windscreen frame.

Even a new car is a collector's item
The day they are delivered, purchasers of the new Beetle Cabriolets receive cars destined for a long service life. That's the way it has always been with the convertibles in this series: First new cars kept by the original owners for a long time, then classic and, finally, vintage cars. And used cars? Granted! Multitudes of the 565,000 convertibles under the Beetle label have taken this route. And that's the way it will be in the future.

The design of the Beetle Cabriolet retains the distinctive charisma of the coupé, demonstrating, in open as well as closed state, the unmistakable and timeless character of the original Beetle Cabriolet. In both cases, it is the soft top that gives this car its very special style. In spite of all its modern features, with the top up, it is reminiscent of the early period of the automobile when all cars had rag tops. And the top of the new Beetle Cabriolet can be put down in only 9.5 seconds, allowing you to enjoy it as a pure summer car. When closed, the Beetle is automatically converted into a multi-talented companion for all seasons.

The roof in detail
Thanks to the so-called K-fold feature of this roof covered with multiple layers, weather-proof fabric (in "black" or "nutria beige"), the entire roof system can be put down in a very compact space. Result: Even with the top down, the boot volume (225 litres) remains the same as when the soft top is closed. The outer surface of this top consists of one centre section and two side parts; the seams between the centre section and sides also serve simultaneously as rain gutters. Volkswagen uses foam-bonded fabric for the headliner on the inside. An acoustically insulating fibre mat is located between the outer surface and headliner to bring the acoustic characteristics up to the same level appreciated in the Beetle with a metal roof or panoramic sunroof.

Soft top remains in optimum position even at high speed
The folding frame and tensioning structure form the basic design of the soft top. The top frame consists of the front section (interface to windscreen frame), two lateral frames with seals, the movable rear tensioning structure, one main pivot on each side, four arched elements (to which the soft top is also fastened) and the heated rear glass window. The attachment points between the soft top and roof frame ensure that the outer surface remains in its optimum position even at high speeds. Classy: As on the New Beetle Cabriolet, a circumferential chrome strip below the soft top and side windows separates the top from the body area.

Design and dimensions
With a length of 4,278 mm, the new convertible is 152 mm longer than the New Beetle. It is also 84 mm wider (1,808 mm, not including exterior rear-view mirrors). Since the convertible is 29 mm flatter, with a height of 1.473, the proportions alone give this Beetle a very sporty appearance.

Rear spoiler as standard feature

The style itself follows the Volkswagen design DNA. This is clearly demonstrated by the horizontal layout of the rear bumper, the front air inlet, the straight bonnet edges, the precisely drawn line between the A-pillars and soft top C-pillars or the design of the taillights. One thing is certain: All of the styling characteristics of the Beetle and New Beetle have been preserved - which is little surprise, because cars like the Beetle have had a decisive influence on Volkswagen's design DNA. Of course, other design features of the Beetle Cabriolet include the extending wings and clearly marked taillights, the shape of the bonnet, the rocker panels and door sills and - more than ever - the capability to integrate large wheels (up to 19 inch). An entirely new feature on the Beetle Cabriolet is the rear spoiler, which is homogeneously integrated into the design as a standard feature and helps to maintain high speed stability. The bottom surface of the rear spoiler is always finished in black, while the top is painted to match the colour of the car.

Uncompromising safety
Just like the New Beetle Cabriolet, this new open-top Volkswagen is equipped with a rollover protection system as a standard feature. This design of this invisible rollbar has been advanced in many respects, making it possible now to equip the convertible with symmetrically divided rear seat backrests and thus allowing transport of long items. Within milliseconds of the vehicle exceeding a defined lateral acceleration or vehicle inclination threshold, the rollover protection system shoots up behind the rear headrests. This mechanism is controlled by the central airbag actuating unit. For the newest version of this rollover protection system, use of high tensile strength steel and aluminium have made it possible to reduce the weight by nearly 50 per cent in comparison to other solutions.

Reinforced body shell
The rollover protection system is part of a comprehensive safety package, which ensures the highest level of passive safety for the convertible. Other specific modifications include a stable tubular member in the top edge of the door, reinforced A-pillars (additional 0.5 mm sheet metal thickness) and particularly strong rocker panels. On the Beetle Cabriolet, the A-pillars also consist of extremely stable, hot-shaped sheet metal. These features also serve to protect passengers in a head-on collision or when the car rolls. In side-on collisions, the function of the most important structural components are assumed by the reinforced B-pillars, the floor cross-members and the doors. The passive safety features are completed by the front airbags and side head-thorax airbags. The entire reinforcement and the rollover protection system results in 114 kilograms of additional weight for the convertible in comparison to the coupé.

Extreme torsional rigidity
Simultaneously, the body reinforcement improves the car's static and dynamic torsional rigidity. The resonant torsional frequency has an excellent value of 17.8 Hz. For this reason, the new Beetle Cabriolet does not require any vibration dampers, such as are frequently used on other convertibles.

What the Beetle Cabriolet has in common with the cabriolet of the New Beetle range is the truly "open" convertible feeling without the need for an extremely long windscreen frame. Both driver and passengers enjoy every millimetre of space to the roof frame, which is simply missing on other convertibles. Moreover: The additional exterior length of 152 mm in comparison to the New Beetle Cabriolet becomes very evident in the interior and boot. This impression is intensified by the fact that all four passengers enjoy generous headroom even with the roof closed; an additional 12 mm in comparison to the New Beetle Cabriolet.

Folding rear seat backrests as standard feature
Even when put down, the soft top does not limit the space in the boot; in comparison to the New Beetle Cabriolet, the volume was increased by 24 litres for a total of 225 litres. In contrast to the New Beetle Cabriolet, the symmetrically divided rear seat backrest can be folded down thanks to a newly developed rollover protection system.

Wind deflector eliminates drafts
The convertible can also be ordered with a wind deflector, which can easily be fastened above the rear seat, allowing you to take long trips with the roof open. When the wind deflector is in use, the two rear seats offer additional storage space. Perfection in detail: When not in use, the wind deflector can be stored in its own special compartment in the boot, where it is protected and takes up only minimal space.

Charismatic interior
Many details make the interior of the Beetle Cabriolet pleasantly unique. For instance, as already described, the relatively upright windscreen, reminiscent of classic sports cars. And the instrument panel - the Dash Pad - combining innovative technology and controls with an enamel finished surface and glove compartment similar to that in the air-cooled Beetle. It offers a great deal of space and comfort for four passengers. It has seats just as well-suited for a ride over the north loop as a trip from London to Lisbon. And there are shapes that are not an end in themselves but always have a functional purpose as well. For instance, the shape and colour of the instrument panel, which creates a visual bridge back to the time of the first Beetle, but is not retro.

Ambient illumination in red, white or blue
Next to the steering wheel, the Beetle Cabriolet not only has a small wheel for regulating the brightness of the instrument panel; it also has an (optional) second wheel with the scale markings "0", "r", "w" and "b". This wheel allows selection of the colour for the ambient illumination: Red, white or blue. Indirect illumination is provided on the top rail of the door, while direct illumination emanates from around the outer circumference of the door speakers in the form of a light ring. The multi-coloured ambient illumination is offered as a package in combination with the also optional Fender sound system. A single colour version (white) without light ring around the speakers is offered as a standard feature in combination with the "Sport" and "Sport Exclusive" versions.

Information and systems within easy view of the driver
In front of the driver, three round instruments (tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge) provide all significant information; a multi-function display is also integrated in the centre of the middle speedometer. Beginning with the "Design" version, the adjustable air vents and instruments also have chrome trim. This also applies to the audio/navigation system, which is located optimally in the centre of the dashboard, in the driver's field of vision. And beneath: the control for the air conditioning, a central switch strip for the hazard warning flasher and finally the shift lever with the start button for the engine located in front of it (optional).

Second glove compartment in Beetle style
Like the air-cooled Beetle, the Beetle Cabriolet has an additional glovebox with top-hinged lid integrated into the front trim on the passenger side (the standard glove compartment also integrated into the dashboard is hinged at the bottom). Other interesting features include the auxiliary instruments above the audio/navigation system with oil temperature display, stop watch and charge pressure indicator above the centre console on the instrument panel.

Equipment versions and special models
The new Beetle Cabriolet is being launched with five equipment versions: "Beetle," "Design," "Design Exclusive," "Sport" and "Sport Exclusive." Moreover, three special models are being offered for a limited time especially for this open version of the Beetle: the "50's Edition," "60's Edition" and "70's Edition," each with the flair of the decade after which it is named. Each of these eight different models has its own particular character.

Electrically operated top standard on every model
Standard features on every Beetle Cabriolet include an electrically-operated soft top, a soft top cover for use when the top is down (dust protection), electric windows all round, RCD 310 audio system (eight speakers, CD player, MP3 function, double tuner, AUX IN interface), daytime running lights, electronic stabilisation programme including electronic differential lock plus brake assist and hill climb assist, airbag system with front and side head-thorax airbags and active rollover protection system.

Bi-xenon headlights and Fender sound system
For the first time, the optional features available for the Beetle Cabriolet include details such as bi-xenon headlights, a keyless starting and locking system (Keyless Access), multi-colour ambient illumination, a Fender sound system (400 watts of pure power including subwoofer), automatic climate control, radio/navigation system, auxiliary instruments on the dashboard (stop watch, oil temperature, charge pressure) and alloy wheels up to 19".

"Beetle," "Design / Exclusive," "Sport / Exclusive"
Engine / equipment combinations. The two entry level engines (diesel and petrol each with a power output of 77 kW / 105 PS) can be ordered in combination with the "Beetle," "Design" and "Design Exclusive" specifications; the "Sport" and "Sport Exclusive" versions are not available with these engines. All five versions can be combined with the intermediate performance engines (103 kW / 140 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS). The top engine (147 kW / 200 PS) is available exclusively with "Sport" and "Sport Exclusive" specification.
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Friday, May 3, 2013

Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport, 2012

  • Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport, 2012

Vauxhall has released a high-performance replacement for the 325PS Insignia VXR that achieves 170mph - 15mph more than its predecessor - yet costs £3,760 less than the outgoing car at £29,995.

Called the Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport, the new car produces more power and achieves a higher top speed than any other UK production car costing less than £30,000, including market newcomers like the BMW 135i M Sport.

With no speed-limiter, the SuperSport realises the Insignia VXR's true performance potential, while visual identifiers like blue 'Brembo' lettering on its front brake calipers and additional increments on its speedometer offer subtle hints about the car's giant-slaying intent.

But the SuperSport isn't the first Vauxhall to set speed benchmarks. More than a century ago, Vauxhall launched Britain's first sports car, the C10 'Prince Henry', quickly followed by the UK's first 100mph production car, the iconic 30-98. Vauxhall's engineers even provided customers with a certificate to guarantee that the car had been tested at the 'ton' on the fearsome Brooklands circuit in Weybridge.

Interestingly, Vauxhall's performance philosophy for the 30-98 was summed up as 'Superexcellent', making the SuperSport name a fitting nod to the past.

The tradition continued post-war, with the legendary Lotus Carlton becoming the world's fastest production saloon car in 1989, with a top speed of 176mph. And even in the current line-up, the VXR Maloo is the country's fastest, officially-imported light commercial vehicle, with a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

With its new-found performance potential, the Insignia's adaptive all-wheel-drive chassis has never been put to better use. Fitted with Vauxhall's HiPerStrut front suspension, which maintains negative camber, improving grip levels in wet and dry, the SuperSport's handling is safe and rewarding for enthusiast drivers. FlexRide, Vauxhall's adaptive damping system, is also standard, and comes with a VXR setting for enhanced controllability at higher speeds.

At the heart of the VXR SuperSport is Vauxhall's 2.8-litre V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine, with a micro-alloy forged steel crank, classic 60-degree cylinder angle and die-cast alloy sump - all features found in many a race engine. Producing 325PS, the engine uses a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control for quick throttle response, and accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

TVR Sagaris, 2006

  •  TVR Sagaris, 2006

The TVR Sagaris is a sports car designed and built by the British manufacturer TVR in their factory in Lancashire.

Featuring an all-new design, the TVR Sagaris made its debut appearance at the MPH03 Auto Show in 2003. The pre-production model was then shown at the 2004 Birmingham Motorshow. In 2005 the production model was released for public sale at TVR dealerships around the world. Based on the TVR T350, the TVR Sagaris was designed with endurance racing in mind. Several design features of the production model lend themselves to TVR's intentions to use the car for such racing. The multitude of air vents, intake openings and other features on the bodywork allow the car to be driven for extended periods of time on race tracks with no modifications required for cooling and ventilation. The final production model came with several variations from the pre-production show models eg the vents on the wings are filled in not open, different wing mirrors, location of the fuel filler and bonnet hinges. There are other subtle differences as well.

As with all modern TVRs the Sagaris ignores the European Union guideline that all new cars should be fitted with ABS and at least front airbags. It also eschews electronic driver's aids (such as traction control or electronic stability control).

The car's name comes from the sagaris, the Greek name of a lightweight battle-axe used by the Scythians which was feared for its ability to penetrate the armor of their enemies. The car was intitally designed by ex-TVR Chief Designer Damien McTaggart and further developed by his successor Graham Browne.

        Engine: TVR Speed Six engine, Straight-6
        Displacement: 3996 cc (4.0L)
        Power Output: 380 bhp (283 kW/385 PS) @ 7,000-7,500 rpm
        Torque Output: 349 ft·lbf (473 N·m) @ 5,000 rpm
        Valvetrain setup: 4 valves per cylinder, Dual Overhead Cam

        Transmission: 5-speed manual

        Front: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars
        Rear: Independent, double wishbones, coil-over gas dampers, sway bars

        Front: 322 mm (12.7 in) ventilated disc brakes
        Rear: 298 mm (11.7 in) ventilated disc brakes

        Wheels: 18 in aluminum alloy Spider wheels

        Body Panels: Glass Reinforced Plastic
        Weight: 2371 lb (1078 kg)

        Top speed: 190 mph (310 km/h)
        0-60 mph. 3.7 seconds
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Toyota Auris Touring Sports, 2013

  •  Toyota Auris Touring Sports, 2013

The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports adds a popular wagon body style to the model range's comprehensive choice of powertrains. It is the first wagon in the segment available with a full hybrid powertrain, representing a further diversification of Toyota's application of its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports combines dynamic design with segment-best functionality and superior loadspace. With battery located beneath the rear seats, the installation of the HSD powertrain offers no compromise to either loadspace or luggage capacity.

Wagon variants currently represent 25% of the C-segment sales mix, with 76% of those sales attributed to the fleet market. The new Auris Touring Sports will further broaden the appeal of the Auris range, helping to increase the model's segment share to over 5.0% by 2014, its first full year of European sales.

Design and Packaging
Sharing its 2,600 mm wheelbase and 10.4 metre turning circle, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is 285 mm longer than the hatchback, all of which is dedicated to the extended loadspace.

Rear seats in place, the loadspace is 1115 mm long and 1452 mm wide with a superior capacity of 530 litres. With the rear seats folded flat, loadspace length increases to a maximum length of 2047 mm, a maximum height of up to 890 mm and a class-leading total capacity of 1658 litres.

The superior luggage capacity is matched by segment-best functionality. The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is the only C-segment wagon to offer customers the combined benefits of Toyota's Easy Flat, one-touch foldable rear seats, a double level loadspace floor, a two-way tonneau cover, a roller-type luggage net, shopping bag hooks, aluminium roof rails and a 12 V outlet in the luggage compartment.

As with the new hatchback, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports' bold, dynamic exterior design maximises the aerodynamic benefits of the model's reduction in overall height, and the dynamic improvements offered by its lower centre of gravity.

The new Auris Touring Sports shares the hatchback's new frontal design, which combines Toyota's Under Priority design language with Keen Look detailing to give a powerful yet elegant road presence.

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports also shares the hatchback's steeply raked windscreen, which flows into an extended roofline featuring aluminium roof rails and an integral rear spoiler. At 1553 mm long by 960 mm wide, the optional Skyview panoramic sunroof is one of the largest in the segment and further strengthens the impression of roominess created by the all-new interior.

The extended, three-panel side glazing features blacked-out pillars, including a piano black finish to the B pillar, and is underscored by chrome-accented trim above the bodywork's powerful, rising beltline crease.

To the rear, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports features a new bumper and tailgate design, with the loadspace sill set 100 mm lower than that of the hatchback, above a chrome floating rear spoiler. As with the rest of the Auris range, a new, wraparound rear combination lamp design reinforces the shape of the rear wing, new D pillar design and rear screen.

Driving Performance
Reinforcing Toyota's commitment to improving the dynamic abilities of its vehicles to offer customers a more engaging driving experience, the Auris Touring Sports benefits from all the improvements made to the new Auris hatchback.

If features an increase in bodyshell rigidity, a lower centre of gravity, enhancements to suspension and steering, a better driving position and improved NVH characteristics to offer drivers a more comfortable and engaging driving experience.

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports will be available with the same engine range as the Auris hatchback; a choice of 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol engines, improved 1.4 litre and 2.0 litre D-4D diesel engines, and the first full hybrid powertrain in the C-segment wagon market.

Capable of operating both independently and in combination, the HSD system's 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol engine and electric motor generate a maximum power output of 136 DIN hp (100 kW), equipping the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 10.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 180 km/h.

Conversely, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports full hybrid returns class-leading CO2 emissions of only 86 g/km, and significantly lower NOx and NO particulate emissions than diesel engined cars of comparable performance.

In conjunction with Toyota's Stop & Start technology and an advanced Multidrive S transmission, CO2 emissions are highly competitive across the entire Auris Touring Sports engine range. The 1.33 and 1.6 litre petrol engines generate 127 and 139 g/km respectively, the 2.0 litre diesel 115 g/km, and the 1.4 litre diesel just 109 g/km.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Suzuki S-Cross Concept, 2012

  •  Suzuki S-Cross Concept, 2012

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Suzuki has unveiled the S-Cross Concept car, which heralds the company's next-generation C-segment crossover model. The new crossover will be the first in an ambitious programme of annual European model launches which Suzuki will be starting in 2013.

Suzuki's future model strategy
Suzuki has established a reputation for producing cars which make everyday life more exciting. These cars reflect a brand strategy which is expressed through the company's slogan "Way of Life!" Suzuki has always been focusing on creating models - such as the Alto - which are characterised by small environmental footprints and low running costs thanks to exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Going forwards, the company plans to launch models which exceed the environmental performance ceiling in their segments at an even higher level. The production model of the Suzuki S-Cross concept will be amongst the lowest CO2 emitting cars in the crossover C-segment.

The crossover pioneer
Since launching the Jimny (originally the LJ series) in 1970, Suzuki has expanded its line-up of off-road vehicles to include models such as the Vitara and Grand Vitara; earning the company a reputation as the pioneer of compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Meanwhile, Suzuki has gained incomparable know-how in the development of compact passenger cars. Since the latter half of the 1980s, the company has been refining its performance technologies in the field of motor sport. In 2006, Suzuki united its advanced technologies in the form of the SX4 sport crossover - a vehicle which offers relaxing city driving and great performance on snow and rough roads. With the SX4 Suzuki created the crossover category in Europe and has driven its growth. Suzuki is the crossover pioneer.

Smart Crossover for more freedom in daily life
The new model heralded by the S-Cross will mark Suzuki's full-scale entry into the market for C-segment crossovers.

The new vehicle's features and functions will be designed primarily for comfort. It will also offer a high degree of practicality by providing one of the largest luggage areas in the crossover c-segment.

Suzuki is also ensuring that the new crossover inherits the on-road handling and performance excellence of the Swift series, the SX4 and the Kizashi. And Suzuki is adopting systems which represent an evolution in the four-wheel-drive performance that is part and parcel of its heritage.

The new model will offer drivability which encompasses gentle, fuel-saving driving, sportier driving, and even driving on snow. It will maximise the enjoyment of day-to-day tasks such as commuting or carrying children, as well as the pleasure of longer trips at weekends; in short, it will allow people to get the most out of urban lifestyles. It will perfectly embody Suzuki's vision of a smart crossover for more freedom in daily life.

The new crossover will join the Alto, Splash, Swift, SX4, Kizashi, Jimny and Grand Vitara in a line-up which already includes A-, B- and D-segment passenger cars and SUVs. Suzuki will continue to expand its range to meet a wider range of user needs.

The design
Emotion is expressed by dynamic lines running from the front bumper to the rear of the body, by chrome-plated features which extend deep into the body from LED fog lamps in the front bumper, and by LED headlamps and tail lamps with organic designs suggesting the muscles of an animal.

Quality is expressed by a mesh front grille consisting of dark chrome and silky chrome and by innovatively designed roof rails which are flush with the roof line when not in use.

Aerodynamics is expressed by a roofline which slopes downwards towards the rear and by smooth contours on the sides of the front bumper, at the bottom of the doors and on the sides of the rear bumper. The shape of the body helps the vehicle meet increasingly tough demands for fuel economy.

Crossover toughness is expressed by a front skid plate, by boldly flared wing arches and under mouldings, and by 20-inch chrome wheels.

Body colour
A specially created Crystal Green Metallic body colour has intensity and radiance which create a dynamic impression in the minds of onlookers. The image it evokes is one of "nature in the city and the city in nature".

  •     Overall length - 4,310 mm
  •     Overall width - 1,840 mm
  •     Overall height - 1,600 mm
  •     Wheelbase - 2,600 mm
  •     Tyres - 235/55R20
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition, 2013

  • Subaru Impreza WRX Special Edition, 2013

Subaru of America, Inc. revealed 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at the 2012 SEMA Show. The new models are in keeping with a long tradition of customized Subaru SEMA show cars - and just in time for Halloween. The Special Edition WRX and WRX STI models feature an "Orange and Black" custom paint scheme, with Tangerine Orange paint off-set with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badging and exterior mirrors. The Special Editions cars also receive black exterior graphics.

The Special Edition line-up is limited to just 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans. For a true custom look, the WRX Special Edition features the dark interior trim from the WRX STI, including a black headliner. The Special Edition orange interior is also applied to the stitching on the seats, doors and shift boot, and custom orange trimmed floor mats. The WRX STI also features front fog lamps.

On sale in spring of 2013, the Special Editions spice-up an already potent line up of AWD sports cars. Featuring Subaru BOXER engines, the WRX and WRX STI models develop 265hp and 305hp respectively. Delivering massive bang for the buck, the 2013 WRX Special Edition produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and running through its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. 

The 2013 WRX STI Special Edition delivers a rally-inspired driving experience with its 305-horsepower turbocharged BOXER engine, six-speed manual transmission and exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The WRX STI is also equipped with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, the latter featuring a track performance-optimized mode.
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

SsangYong XIV-2 Concept, 2012

  •  SsangYong XIV-2 Concept, 2012

SsangYong Motor Company is gaining a reputation in Europe for creative, futuristic and advanced designs, and at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show the 4x4 specialist will unveil its next groundbreaking concept.

Making its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the XIV-2 is a premium convertible CUV (crossover utility vehicle), and follows in the tracks of SsangYong XIV-1 Concept, first shown at the IAA in Frankfurt, September 2011.

Evolving the idea behind the first generation concept, SsangYong XIV-2 (eXciting User Interface Vehicle 2) has been developed into a vehicle that offers 'a special experience with fun'. Central to that fun element is an advanced convertible roof to give driver and passengers a rich 'wind in the hair' experience whether travelling on or off road.

XIV-2 is SsangYong's strategic global model, and has harnessed every element of the company's design and engineering expertise from its inception. B segment in size, this CUV retains at its core a dynamic, robust SUV and has been tailored through global design clinics to appeal to young drivers in their twenties.

Environmental considerations are also at the heart of SsangYong XIV-2's design, and the car equipped with various highly fuel efficient, low CO2 technologies:
    Euro VI compliant 1.6 petrol and diesel engines
    Efficient six speed manual or automatic transmission
    Idle Stop and Go (ISG)

Representing a strategic milestone for SsangYong, XIV-2 will be launched in various body styles including 5 door, 3 door, coupé and an extended body version.

Styling Concept
Embodying SsangYong's design philosophy of 'Robust Aesthetics Realisation', XIV-2 moves forward from the previous XIV-1 design with progressive styling cues. Showing how drivers can enjoy the aesthetics of an SUV along with the benefits of a B segment car, XIV-2's design combines the appeal of an active, urban model with the dynamic shape of a coupé.

In profile, the body blends fast, confident lines with strong themes creating a dynamic silhouette. Carbon fibre trim gives a sense of the SsangYong's nimble, lightweight feel while the aerodynamic shape will appeal to active young drivers.

SsangYong XIV-2 features a fabric roof with a one-touch automatic operating system to provide open air driving enjoyment with ease.

Inside, the concept's design continues the dynamic design with refined simplicity carried over from the XIV-1. Red colour highlights on the dials emphasise the SsangYong's dynamics, with every part of the cabin styled to enhance driving pleasure.

SsangYong XIV-2's cabin controls are integrated into one central system and managed using a centre console mounted screen. Smart and mobile devices use an Auto User Interface to provide passengers with a moving communication space. Maximum space is assured for occupants thanks to four independent bucket seats creating a comfortable and luxurious environment, and the car's colour palette works in harmony with specialist materials and finishes including aluminium and carbon fibre.

SsangYong's design philosophy focuses on conveying 'driving fun' through its experimental and progressive design spirit. Just as XIV-2 reflects SsangYong's design principle now, the same ethos will be displayed in all future concept vehicles.
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