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Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Cars, Smart

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

The new look is said to be dictated by a longer bonnet and a considerable increase in width.
The aim of the changes is to provide the third-generation city car, due out in 2014, with class-leading levels of front impact protection along with improved interior accommodation.
The overall length is said to have grown by up to 80mm to about 2750mm, and the width is set to increase by over 100mm to 1660mm.
Despite the adoption of a longer bonnet, the Fortwo is set to retain its rear-engined, rear-drive layout — an arrangement that rival car makers have described as being prohibitively expensive.

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

The mainstay engine will be a 0.9-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol unit in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises. Today’s 799cc three-cylinder diesel will be ditched on cost grounds.
In its place will be a pure electric version of the Fortwo, with the latest 87bhp electric motor from Bosch in combination with a lithium ion battery pack from Accumotive — a company partly owned by Mercedes parent Daimler.
Further details remain scarce, but speculation surrounding the new Fortwo suggests that it will offer crashworthiness on a par with that of significantly larger superminis, together with a new two-and-a-half-seat interior layout along the lines of the Toyota iQ.
The new Fortwo will form part of a new range of Smart models that is also set to include a follow-up to the discontinued Forfour, as well as a possible junior off-roader that inherits the ideas first explored on the stillborn Formore, development work on which was halted in 2005
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The new generation smart fortwo – Full version

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New Photo of Alfa Romeo Gloria Sports Saloon Concept

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Alfa Romeo Car Specs, Auto Review Specs

New Photo of Alfa Romeo Gloria Sports Saloon Concept

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Another debut to look forward to at next month’s Geneva Motor Show has surfaced in the form of “Gloria” – a sleek, luxury saloon concept born from a collaboration between the European Design Institute (IED) of Turin and the Alfa Romeo Style Centre. Gloria is part of IED’s educational program aimed at producing the car designers of tomorrow and like the Alfa Romeo 4C, the design has been penned with the American market mind.The end result is the Gloria concept for the Geneva show – a car that’s somewhat restrained for an Alfa Romeo. It has smooth and elegant lines that give the impression of not trying to so much crack the US and Asian markets as to slide in.
That said, there are some neat touches, such as the leather straps on the bonnet and what appear to be rear-hinged rear doors.The fighter jet-like narrow grille is flanked by modest air intakes above which sit headlamps that are little more than slits.Meanwhile, the windscreen and side windows blend into the roof and rear section and, on the whole, it has a certain echo of American muscle cars and some higher performance Asian models.As to stats, all we know so far is that Gloria is 4700 mm (15.4 ft) long, 1920 mm (6.2 ft) wide and stands 1320 mm (4.3 ft) high with a wheelbase of 2900 mm (9.5 ft). A working version would have a V6 or V8 biturbo engine under the hood.Source: CarDesignCommunity.com.
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Alfa Romeo 4C Concept world premiere – 2011 Geneva

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