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Peugeot 2008 RX 3-door in the Pipeline

by on May.19, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

 

A new three-door version of the Peugeot 2008 is under consideration. Exclusive pics show how the 2008 RX could look

 

 

Peugeot is thought to be working on a new three-door crossover to sit below the 2008. It would use a chopped-down version of the 2008`s platform, taking the total length to around 3,900mm-about 300mm shorter than the 2008.

 

 

As the image shows, the sporty SUV borrows cues from Peugeot`s latest models, including the stepped lights from the 308 hatch as well as its claw-style tail-lights. However, there`s no sign of the 2008`s silver roof rails.

 

 

A name for the car is still being debated, but 2008 RX and 1008 have reportedly both been considered. Engines will be borrowed from the 208 and 2008 families, including the 1.0-litre VTi, which kicks off with 68bhp.

 

 

 

A three-cylinder turbo will also be offered. The new crossover is due to go on sale in summer 2016, and should undercut the 2008 by nearly 1,000 Pounds Sterling which will take the starting price to around 12,000 pounds sterling.

 

 

Its launch will form part of a new Peugeot push on SUV models, which will include an all-new 3008 that features more recognisable off-road styling. The brand is also considering a large 6008 model for China, which would rival premium models such as the Audi Q5.

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Via autoexpress.co.uk

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Renault Kwid Production Version planned for 2016

by on May.19, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Powered by three-cylinder engines

 

British media is reporting Renault is planning a production version of the Kwid concept set for a 2016 release.

Renault Kwid Production Version planned for 2016

 

Renault apparently believes there is room in its line-up for a smaller crossover positioned below the Captur as they are plotting a new model derived from the Kwid concept which was 3.6 meters long. The production model will grow to around 4 meters, but it will still be around 120mm shorter than the Clio-based crossover.

 

 

It is believed Renault will stick to the Kwid nameplate while the design will be considerably toned down compared to the quirky-looking concept. The model might adopt a three-door configuration for what will be a rounded body shape featuring plastic cladding. It will feature an increased ride height and should come with underbody protection to provide a rugged appearance.

 

 

Under the hood it will probably receive very small and efficient engines, including a Twingo-sourced 3-cylinder TCe turbocharged motor with 90 PS {66 kW)} and 135 Nm {100 lb-ft} and a naturally-aspirated version of the same engine called SCe with 70 PS {51 kW} & 91 Nm {67 lb-ft}.

 

The Renault Kwid production version is allegedly slated for a 2016 release and will be around 20-30 percent more affordable than the larger Captur.

 

 

 

Source: autoexpress.co.uk

 

 

via conceptcarz.com

 

19/05/2014

 

 

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2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe & Convertible to be larger & more dramatic

by on May.19, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

 

New details are starting to emerge about the 2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe and Convertible.

 

 

According to Car Magazine, the models will have an evolutionary design but adopt a more dramatic appearance thanks to shorter overhangs and a lower and wider stance. The cars are also slated to be larger than their predecessors which should help distance them from the C-Class Coupe and Convertible.

 

 

The models will also get a technical makeover as they are slated to receive everything from a heads up display to a semi-autonomous driving mode. We can also expect an advanced infotainment system with revised controls

 

 

Power will reportedly be provided by an assortment of engines including a new straight six with outputs ranging from 200-400 bhp {149- 298 kW}. We can also expect four-cylinder petrol and diesel units as well as a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with as much as 600 bhp {447 kW} and 553 lb-ft {749 lb-ft} of torque.

 

 

If that`s not enough options, there will reportedly be a hybrid and two plug-in hybrid variants. The mild hybrid will reportedly have a 40 bhp {30 kW}electric motor and electric-only range of 3 miles {4.8 km}. The plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, will reportedly have an 80 bhp {59 kW} and 110 bhp {82 kW} electric motor and an electric-only range of up to 30 miles {48.2 km}.

 

2017 Mercedes E-Class Coupe & Convertible to be larger & more dramatic

 

Source: Car Magazine

 

via conceptcars.com

19/05/2014

 

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Porsche Exclusive has unveiled a bespoke Boxster S.

by on May.19, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Dressed in Riviera Blue, the one-off model has a distinctive exterior as it features the SportDesign package, a Sports chassis {which lowers the ride height by 20mm} and black accents.

 

 

The two-tone styling continues in the cabin as the model has been equipped with black and blue leather seats that echo the exterior. The car also has brushed aluminum trim, embossed headrests and Silver Grey seat belts. Other highlights include aluminum pedals and illuminated door sill plates.

 

 

There`s no word on any performance modifications but the standard Boxster S has a 3.4-liter flat-six engine that develops 315 PS {232 kW} and 360 Nm {265 lb-ft} of torque. Since the car has a six-speed manual transmission, it should accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 279 km/h {173 mph}.

 Porsche Exclusive unveils a bespoke Boxster S

 

Source: Porsche via Carscoops

 

May 16, 2014

 

 

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Oi! For England! Bentley Celebrates Anniversary With UK-Only Mulsanne 95

by on May.19, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

After spending World War I working on aircraft engines, W. O. Bentley established his automobile concern in 1919. Though his first production model didn`t hit British roads until 1921, the Volkswagen Group unit that bears his name is celebrating the 95th anniversary of their foundation with a UK-only, limited-edition Mulsanne.

 

 

Called simply the Mulsanne 95, the 15 cars to be sweated over by Bentley`s Mulliner division don`t feature a honking supercharger strapped to their engines, retro crazed-lacquer finishes, or Bentley Boys bobbleheads affixed to the dash.

 

Don`t be daft, man, if you want a gauche Bentley, you`d send it to Mansory. The 95s do, however, feature a subtly darkened Flying B hood ornament, fancy 3D-illuminated sill plates featuring a `ninety five` script flanked by stylized opposite corners of the Union Jack, and your choice of three colors: Britannia Blue, Empire Red, and Oxford White.

 

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the 15 cars to be constructed is the interior woodwork. The walnut veneer`s sourced from a huge tree that fell during a storm in Lincolnshire back in 2007. Estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old, the heavily figured wood pairs with blue-and-white two-tone leather featuring red stitching.

Oi! For England! Bentley Celebrates Anniversary With UK-Only Mulsanne 95

 

The bad news for us? Intenders will have to be comfortable with right-hand drive, because the automobiles will only be sold in the UK. It is, after all, only proper to pay a bit of exclusive tribute to the land that birthed you.

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Toyota RAV4 EV to be Discontinued

by on May.16, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Toyota has disclosed plans to terminate production of the RAV4 EV at the end of the year.

 

 

Powered by Tesla Motors, the electric RAV4 never took off as the company sold only 1,594 units since the car was introduced about two years ago. Right from the start Toyota planned only two model years for the car as a way to meet California`s zero-emission mandate.

 

 

The deal with Tesla will expire at the end of the year and will not be renewed so production will end once the 2,600th car will be assembled.

Toyota RAV4 EV to be Discontinued

 

The Toyota RAV4 EV costs almost 50,000 USD and comes powered by a 156 PS electric motor offering a 0-60 mph {0-96 km/h} run in a decent 7 seconds before topping out at 161 mph {100 mph}. More important, the electric crossover has an EPA-estimated range of 103 miles {166 km/h} before the 42 kW battery pack runs out of juice.

 

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Mercedes Concept Coupe as Awkward as X6

by on May.16, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

As will probably be the case for the production MLC.

 

 

With the production Mercedes-Benz MLC undergoing testing and getting ready for battle with the well-established-and much hated-BMW X6, we now get a chance for a closer look at its conceptual precursor, the Concept Coupe SUV.

 

 

Having debuted at last month`s Beijing Motor Show, the four-door coupe SUV is streamlined and features a stylish design, but it still looks heavy, chubby and somewhat awkward, making it the perfect rival for the BMW and Acura rivals it plans to take on.

 

Via carbuzz.com

 

16/05/2014

 

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Polestar Has Hot Plans for Future Volvos

by on May.16, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Including performance diesels and four-pots with electric axles.

 

 

Volvo`s performance wing, Polestar *, has some interesting ideas regarding the company`s future models. With upcoming engines expected to be downsized from the six and eight-cylinder units that Polestar has worked on in the past, the division plans to churn out some high-performance models with the use of four-cylinder engines.

 

Polestar`s models will employ the four-pots to power the front wheels, adding an electric motor that sends power to the rear axles.

 

 

Furthermore, diesel engines could be used in some of the Polestar models. Company executives say the Polestar range will not be limited to the V60 and S60 models it currently covers, but will likely be widened to include an array of future Volvo models.

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Polestar is the performance and motorsport arm of Volvo and recently became available in South Africa as an aftermarket performance-enhancing upgrade. It`s a software tweak that raises power and torque by around ten percent, and there`s no fiddling with engine internals. The intention is to offer some extra grunt without affecting fuel consumption, and all Polestar cars come with Volvo`s full factory warranty.

 

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2015 Jeep Renegade

by on May.16, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

The significance of Fiat Chrysler`s decision to unveil the 2015 Renegade in Geneva in March is plain: It will be the first U.S.-market Jeep to be built abroad.

 

 

Sharing a platform with the Fiat 500L and built in Fiat`s Melfi, Italy, assembly plant, the Renegade also has a simple mission: to give Jeep an entry-level model that`s not a Compass or Patriot.

 

 

While there certainly will be howls from the most reverent Jeep enthusiasts about the Renegade`s immigrant status, the new B-segment crossover should work harder at putting a smile on your spare-tire cover than those two small leftovers from the DaimlerChrysler era.

 

 

The official line is that the Renegade is not a replacement for those fraternal C-segment twins. But we imagine that`s just corporate misdirection to keep the retail faucet flowing until Renegades hit dealer showrooms early next year with a base price below USD 20,000.

2015 Jeep Renegade

 

 

via caranddriver.com

 

16/05/2014

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Ford Fiesta is Europe’s No.1 Small Car Again

by on May.15, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Ford Fiesta remains bestseller in Europe and number two in its class in South Africa

 

 

The Ford Fiesta was the No.1 selling small car in Europe in the first quarter of 2014 with 85,639 Fiestas sold.

 

 

`Ford Fiesta just keeps getting stronger. After two consecutive years as Europe`s best-selling small car, Fiesta sales for the first three months of 2014 have actually risen by 10 per cent year-over-year,` said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. `Many customers are choosing high specification models equipped with the latest technology, including our in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC and award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.`

 

 

Of all Fiesta models sold so far this year in Europe:

 

80 percent were equipped with Ford SYNC voice-control connectivity system

47 percent were high specification Titanium models

29 percent were equipped with 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, the two-time International Engine of the Year

 

 

This follows on from Fiesta`s global success, where it has been a bestseller in its class according to statistics from IHS Automotive and Polk. Worldwide sales for Fiesta totaled 735,299 units in 2013, earning in the top spot as the best selling subcompact car.

 

 

In South Africa Fiesta continues to enjoy strong demand. Sales figures from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa {NAAMSA} put Fiesta at the number two position in its class, and it consistently places in the top 10 position for overall sales in the passenger car segment.

 

 

`Fiesta offers some of the most innovative technologies in its class,` says Gavin Golightly, marketing manager at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. `With EcoBoost and SYNC consumers have the choice of a car that fits in with their modern lifestyles, while still being economical to run.`

 

 

Local motorists are also embracing the EcoBoost engines. Year-to-date sales for Fiesta in South Africa show that 27.9 percent of all models sold featured an EcoBoost engine.

 

 

 

Via Ford South Africa

15/05/2014

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