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Ferrari 458 Spawns Ugur Sahin`s Breathtaking Project F

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

This is a design concept that simply has to be built!

 

After creating the jaw-dropping, award-winning Corvette-based Soleil Anadi, designer Ugur Sahin has just unveiled this beautiful Project F, a Ferrari 458 Italia-based concept that takes the stunning Ferrari and makes it absolutely perfect.

 

Currently only a digital rendition, Sahin says he will build the car assuming there is enough interest in it. The Project F adds extended fenders, wraparound windshield and a nFerrari Project Few rear, offering a coach-built version of the 458 that must be made.

 

 

Via carbuzz.com

 

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2014 Volkswagen Microbus-Concept

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs, Cars, Volkswagen

What it is: A modern interpretation of the original Volkswagen Bus. The new van is a re-hash of the Microbus concept that VW showed 10 years ago uVolkswagen-Microbus-Rendered 2014nder then-CEO Ferdinand Piech-it was subsequently killed by his successor Bernd Pischetsrieder.

The Microbus would replace the Chrysler-sourced Routan that was unloved by everyone except Brooke Shields.

Via car&driver.com

31/03/2014

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Now New Jersey Wants `Tesla` Back Again

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

This state is like a child who`s just discovered turning the light switch on and off.

 Telsa

Following its recent ban from operating Tesla stores in the state of New Jersey, the company may now be given a chance to return to the state without ever having left.

 

Two weeks ago, Gov. Chris Christie`s Motor Vehicle Commission decided to block Tesla`s sale model, which is based on direct sales rather than traditional dealership networks.

 

Now, Assemblyman Tim Eustace has floated a bill to re-instate the company and allow its EV sales in the state.

 

 

Via carbuzz.com

 

31/03/2014

 

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GWM C30 – Spacious B-Segment Sedan now available in South Africa

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

PREVIEWED at last year`s Johannesburg International Motorshow [JIMS], GWM`s new C30 compact sedan is now available in South Africa. This important B-segment contender will compete against such vehicles as the recently released Nissan Almera, in addition to stalwarts like the Honda Ballade, Hyundai Accent and Volkswagen Vivo sedan.

`The C30 slots into a very important market segment in South Africa,` said GWM South Africa COO Warren Olsen. `It is aimed at families who need maximum passenger and luggage space and a good balance of power and economy at an affordable price. Considering the C30`s very competitive price as well as its standard features and space, we believe the C30 to be a very strong new rival to the traditional market leaders as it offers exceptional value for money.`

The C30 is the second GWM sedan offering to reach South Africa, following the recent introduction of the C-segment C50. It is also one of the most popular sedan models in China, regularly selling 10 000 units or more per month in its domestic market.

Model line-up and Pricing

The C30 is available through GWM`s extensive dealership network, currently boasting more than 70 outlets and service centres.

C30 1,5 VVT-GWM C30i                                     R179 999

The C30 is backed by GWM`s comprehensive 5 year-100 000 km warranty and comes with 2-years AA roadside assistance. The price includes a 5-years-45 000 km service plan.

 

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Ten Things All Car and Truck Drivers Should Know about Motorcycles

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

1.    Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognise” a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally).

       

2.    Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.

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3.    Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

 

4.    Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, and not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

 

5.    Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimise the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.

 

6.    Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-cancelling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.

 

7.    Manoeuvrability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.

 

8.    Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can’t always stop “on a dime.”

 

9.    When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle – see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbour, or relative.

 

10.If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.

 

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Six Tips for Buying a Motorcycle

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Whether you want a motorcycle for the thrill of a wind-swept ride or practical fuel efficiency, consider these six tips before you buy a motorcycle.

1. How are you going to use your motorcycle? Buying Tips

How you plan on using your motorcycle dictates the type you buy. For long road trips, you may find that a touring bike gives you the most comfortable and stable ride. A standard-sized motorcycle is well suited for daily commutes and rides around town. Small scooters have become popular, as well, for zipping around and short commutes.

2. Assess your own skill level

Evaluate your riding abilities before you buy a motorcycle. For example, determine how much power you want. Engines with 600cc engines may be too powerful for a novice. On the other hand, experienced riders may be looking for a bike with tight maneuverability and high speeds. Consider sharpening your skills and confidence by taking lessons from a school or program qualified in motorcycle driving instruction.

3. Set a budget

Expect to pay from $4,000-$25,000 for a new motorcycle. Like car buying, there’s usually room for negotiation. When establishing your budget, don’t forget to include insurance costs and such must-have gear as a helmet, a jacket, boots and pants.

4. Should you buy a new or used motorcycle?

Like cars, motorcycles generally depreciate in value with age, so used models typically cost less than new bikes. A good, safe used number may be a good choice for a first-time motorcycle owner, particularly one on a budget. On the other hand, a new motorcycle – like a new automobile – often comes with more bells, whistles, updated safety features and a warranty.

5. Try potential motorcycles on for size

First, climb on several bikes and feel the fit. Motorcycles come in different sizes and shapes, and while you may have your heart set on a certain model, buy for your size and needs. The salesperson can help you determine if a bike fits you, but be sure to note the following:

  • Are both your feet flat on the ground when the bike is upright? If not, it may be too tall.
  • Get a sense of how it feels to sit in the riding position. Are you pitched too far forward or feel awkwardly reclined? Do you sit too low or too high? It’s critical that you’re comfortable, so you can control the motorcycle.
  • Pay attention to your wrists, back and legs. If you’re sitting at a severe angle or notice excessive force on these areas of your body, you’ll tire quickly when riding and may even suffer excessive strain.

6. Take a test drive before you buy a motorcycle

Once you’ve found a bike that fits you, assess how it handles. Take it for a ride, ideally in the conditions in which you drive most. It should be easy to control. Accelerating, braking and turning should come naturally. If you struggle with basic maneuvers, loo

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Basic Motorbike Safety

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Prepare Yourself

Ride safely, protect yourself and consider other road users.

Remember, riding a motorbike is more physically demanding than driving a car and involves a high level of concentration. For this reason it is even more important to ensure you are fit and healthy, do not feel tired and have not been drinking any alcohol.

It is essential to ensure the correct clothing is worn when riding as there is nothing else to protect you from injury in the event of an accident. A helmet is the best defence against head injury and is also a legal requirement. protective gear1

The following should be worn at all times when biking:

·         A helmet

·         A long sleeved shirt or jacket, which fits closely around the wrists.

·         Long pants to provide protection from the hottest parts of the bike

·         Full fingered gloves to protect against abrasion and help maintain control of the motor bike

·         A visor or goggles to ensure good visibility is maintained and to protect the eyes from dust, wind and debris

·         Robust footwear for maximum grip, preferably covering the ankles, with no laces as these can be dangerous if they become tangled in the pedals.

 

Prepare your Bike

 

Stability is the main difference between a car and a bike (only two wheels). The bike needs to be in top operating condition to ensure safety. Before setting off it’s essential to check the following:

 

1.    Oil and fluids – Check brake, coolant and clutch fluid levels and of course petrol. Also check the hoses, lines and reservoirs for leaks.

 

2.    Controls – Check all levers, control cables and hoses to make sure they are in good working order and will not interfere when riding the bike. In addition, make sure that your throttle moves freely.

 

3.    Lights and electrics – Make sure the battery terminals are clean, electrolyte fluid is sufficient and the battery is properly secured. Check that all the lights work properly and that there are no cracks in them. Check the routing of wires and beware of frayed or cracked wires.

 

4.    Chassis – Check condition of the frame, forks and shocks. Check the chain or belt for tension, lubrication and wear. Ensure all the fasteners, bolts and cotter pins are in place and not broken, loose or missing.

 

5.    Tyres – Check for proper inflation as under inflation will wear the sides of the tyres, whereas over inflation will wear the middle of the tyres. Also check that there are no foreign bodies embedded in the tread. Remember a flat tyre is a major problem on a bike as there is no spare.

If you believe that something is not operating properly, don’t ride the bike.

 

Safe Riding Tips

Here are a few tips worth remembering:

1.    Be careful on bends and don’t overtake if you can’t see the road ahead

2.    Learn how to handle the power of the motor bike

3.    Learn to brake properly without going over the handlebars, as a motorbike’s stopping power is nearly all in the front wheel. Equally don’t use the back brakes alone as this can cause the bike to skid.

4.    Wear protective clothing (see above)

5.    Ensure the bike is safe to ride (see above)

6.    Don’t do anything outside your own capabilities or take unnecessary risks

7.    Don’t succumb to peer pressure when riding in groups

8.    Don’t ride if you feel tired or unwell

 

Carrying Passengers

Unless you are a very experienced biker don’t carry passengers. If you do carry a passenger, check that the bike has a suitable seat with foot-rests. Refer back to the manual to check you don’t exceed the maximum weight capacity of the bike. Finally, make sure the suspension is adjusted for the extra weight.

If you ride as a passenger on a motorbike remember the following:

1.    Wear appropriate clothing(and helmet)

2.    Keep feet on the foot-rests

3.    Try to sit as still as possible

4.    Always lean with the angle of the motor cycle

5.    If you are nervous about riding, it’s probably better not to!

 

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Yamaha Tricity

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs, Bikes, Yamaha

The Tokyo Motor Show is well-known for introducing wild, beautiful concept bikes that will probably never be put into production. But that trend had an exception—Yamaha Europe has announced the three-wheeler Tricity 125 Scooter will be offered to European [and other] customers as a 2015 model-at a price well under its competitor, the Piaggio MP3 125.

 Yamaha_Tricity

The Tricity`s most notable feature, obviously, is its `Leaning Multi Wheel` [LMW] front end. It looks similar to Piaggio`s MP3 system, but it`s apparently Yamaha`s own patented design. The main difference is it uses four little fork tubes, two per wheel, where the MP3 uses coil-over shocks. Yamaha claims its system keeps the track [distance] between the two wheels consistent, making the front end feel more `natural” (or more like a motorcycle) during cornering. When I tested a Piaggio MP3 500 I noticed a weird, almost wiggly feel from the front during high-speed cornering jaunts, so maybe the Yamaha`s system is better in that respect, too`. The Tricity also has 14 inch front wheels, bigger than the Piaggio`s 12-inchers, which should make going over bumps and potholes at high speeds less dramatic.

 

Of course, with a fuel-injected 125cc liquid-cooled Single pushing almost 340 pounds of claimed wet weight, high-speed anything may be a non-issue-the Tricity is part of Yamaha`s `New Mobility` line, aimed at providing `a future-proof concept that offers an attractive and realistic alternative for today`s urban commuters.` That means not only is the Tricity easy to ride, with its CVT transmission, self-balancing front end [no word on if there`s a locking function to keep the bike upright when it`s stopped, like the MP3] and linked brakes, but in many jurisdictions, no special motorcycle license is required, thanks to the extra wheel. That should open up broad markets for this product. Whether it`s a good idea to have untrained, untested riders flitting about on scooters that are only a little safer than regular scooters is a question above my pay-grade.

 

Will we get it here? That`s a question mark. Scooters are a small part of the motorcycle industry in the USA, and though Piaggio seems to sell plenty of MP3 models [you can get a 250, 400 or 500 here] and Can-Am has done well with its Spyder, since you still need a motorcycle license in most places for a 125 scooter, even with the extra wheel, the market may be too limited for Yamaha USA`s tastes-especially if it`s priced near the Tricity`s 4000 Euros

Source: motorcycledaily.com

 

28/03/2014

 

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Peugeot 208 Cabriolet Coming in 2015 with Fabric Roof

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs, Cars, Peugeot

Building convertibles based on regular family cars is like driving into an invisible wall. Sales have been on the decline for quite a few years, which means many companies are dropping their tops or is it the other way around.


But while there`s still a market, the French are willing to risk it. Especially Peugeot, spurred on by the success its new cars, which according to a recent report wants to re-capture the spirit of the 206 CC and 207 CC with a new model based on the 208.


Rather than go with a heavy and complex folding metal roof like with the old models, a lighter fabric one would reduce the complexity and the weight of the car.

Peogeot 208 Cabriolet

This is in line with philosophy which stands behind the regular 208 hatch, which is much smaller and lighter than the 207 it replaced.


When on sale in 2015, the 208 cabriolets will have an automatic mechanism that`s tucked away into the boot. Unlike its sister car from Citroen, the DS3 Cabrio, this will not keep its thick roof pillars. It will be a 2 door car, but based on the suggested 4 meter length the 2 plus 2 seating configuration is likely to be kept.


The engine choices will be carried over from the regular 208 model, going all the way up to the GTI hot hatch`s 200 hp mill. It is believed that the debut will take place at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales starting shortly after from 19,000 Euro`s [in France for a base model with a 1.2 VTi 82 engine].


Via autoevolution.com

 

27/03/2014

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NEW SUZUKI SX4

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs, Cars, Suzuki

The original Suzuki SX4 was one of the pioneers of the C-segment crossover market. Now, the latest iteration of this distinctive trend-setter establishes new standards that propel the attractive, sporty and inherently versatile SUV to even greater heights.
Suzuki SX4_2
Combining bold, contemporary styling with high levels of comfort, practicality, efficiency and dynamics, the new-generation SX4 represents the optimal choice for families with active lifestyles.

`The SX4 is a crossover that brings together Suzuki`s compact car know-how with technologies honed for sport utility vehicles,` says Francois van Eeden, national marketing manager of Suzuki Auto South Africa.
Suzuki SX4
`The spacious new SX4 offers exceptional versatility and superior handling, along with a technologically advanced, highly efficient engine and new AllGrip four-wheel drive system to create a dynamically outstanding vehicle.`


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