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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

 

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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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Renault replaces its blockbuster Crossover

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

 

Renault South Africa replaces a derivative which has met tremendous success over the last three years.

 

 

The new Sandero Stepway asserts its young and vibrant personality through a BOLD DESIGN PACKAGE: elevated ground clearance, 16 inch wheels, front and rear skid plates, roof rails, exclusive Azurite Blue colour, specific seat fabric with Stepway signature and more.

 

 

Under the hood is the much acclaimed 66kW TURBO PETROL ENGINE, also fitted on Clio. Thanks to its F1-derived technological advancement, it brilliantly combines sprightly performance and excellent fuel economy {5.4l per100 km }.

 

 

New Sandero Stepway offers an incredible array of STANDARD SUPER-SMART TECHNOLOGIES never before seen at its price, including Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function fingertip radio controls, ECO mode, cruise-control plus speed limiter and rear parking sensors for example.

 

 

OUTSTANDING SAFETY LEVELS: New Sandero Stepway comes standard with ABS, Emergency Brake Assist {EBA}, Electronic Stability Programme {ESP}, Hill Start Assist {HSA} and front plus side airbags.

 

 

Young cool image-vibrant personality-fresh, refined, eye-candy styling, that`s the ALL-NEW RENAULT SANDERO STEPWAY now on dealer showroom floors nationwide.

 

 

Over the last 12 months Renault South Africa has grown dramatically, following the introduction of three very successful new models-Clio, Duster and New Sandero-each recognised for their overall product appeal, technical excellence and outstanding affordability.

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NEW SANDERO STEPWAY Turbo 66kW 5-door-R159 900 {Inclusive of warranty and service plan}

 

 

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Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy Revealed

by on May.14, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

French carmaker Renault has finally taken the wraps off its most extreme hot hatch ever, the 275 horsepower Megane RS 275 Trophy. It`s a radical track tool aimed squarely at taking down the SEAT Leon Cupra from the leader board of Nurburgring lap times. Unfortunately, we don`t yet know if they`ve succeeded in beating the Spanish car, but a slew of cool performance parts will keep hot hatch fans drooling until June 16th, when all will be revealed.

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The 275 Trophy is going to be a strictly regulated limited edition, going on sale next month for the price of 38,000 Euros {in France}. That will get you a Golf R, but the Megane is different because it`s designed for track use.

 

 

10 extra horsepower has been added to the output of the 2-liter engine which now delivers 275 hp at 5,500rpm. Maximum torque of 360 Nm comes in from 3,000 to 5,000 rpm. Both these numbers are almost identical to those of its rival from SEAT and have been achieved thanks to a new exhaust system built by Akrapovic.

 

 

The standard setup of the car is that of an RS 265 Cup. However, Renault also offers optional adjustable Ohlins Road and Track dampers with steel springs. They make a world of difference on the circuit, as do the semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that have been developed specifically for extreme front-wheel drive cars.

 

 

The Megane RS has just been cosmetically refreshed at the beginning of the year, so it`s a nice looking car. This new Trophy pack delivers even more boy racer goods in the form of a carbon fiber exhaust tip and some funky stripes on the side. Inside, the 275 has eather and Alcantara Recaro bucket seats with visible red stitching, as well as an Alcantara steering wheel that’s sure to be a talking point.

 

 

`Oh look, my steering wheel looks just like on a Lamborghini,` says every Megane 275 Trophy owner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Land Rover Freelander Metropolis detailed

by on May.14, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Land Rover has released full details about the new range-topping Metropolis trim for the outgoing Freelander, following an announcement made in early March.

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Land Rover is about to pull the plug on the Freelander in order to make room for next year’s Discovery Sport but not before rolling out a more premium Metropolis trim that costs 35,995 GBP. It`s based on the HSE Lux trim level but comes with additional goodies such as a panoramic roof, Windsor leather seats and a Meridian audio system.

 

 

In addition, the vehicle has received 19-inch alloys, reversing camera, touchscreen satellite navigation system, better carpets, glossy black cabin trim and a metallic exterior paint. The Freelander Metropolis can be had exclusively with a 2.2-liter SD4 turbodiesel engine producing 188 bhp {140 kW}.

 

 

The aforementioned Discovery Sport is scheduled to go on sale in 2015 and is billed as an `all-new premium compact SUV` which will draw its styling cues from the Discovery Vision concept.

 

 

 

 

Source: Land Rover

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Rolls-Royce SUV Coming 2017

by on May.14, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Company sources have revealed the Rolls-Royce SUV project is underway with the finished article expected no later than 2017. That`s according to Autocar who, when speaking with design boss, Giles Taylor, was told that the designers are currently at the sketch stage of the process. Taylor said: `I`m interested in function and functionality. I`m looking to create a properly functional vehicle-a shooting brake, not a crossover with a sloping roof. A proper SUV.`

 

Described as `a kind of Mercedes GLK-plus-plus,` the Rolls-Royce SUV will arrive on the market slightly behind the new Bentley SUV, as luxury carmakers continue their assault on the ever-growing Chinese market that have an insatiable thirst for Sports Utility Vehicles.

Rolls-Royce SUV Coming 2017

Where previous reports suggested the new SUV would be based on the upcoming BMW X7`s underpinnings, it is now understood a new architecture made of steel, aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic-previewed by the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept in Beijing-will form its basis as well as a future Ghost and potential 9 Series.

 

 

Via carbuzz.com

14/05/2014

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Jaguar producing the remaining six units of Lightweight E-Type

by on May.14, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

Jaguar has announced plans to produce six units of the Lightweight E-Type and they will show the first one later in the summer.

 

 

Back in 1963 the company planned a small series of 18 units of the Lightweight E-Type but they only produced 12. The last car was assembled in 1964 while the rest of the designated chassis numbers were never used, until now. Jaguar`s first ever `recreation` project consists of producing the remaining six units of the Lightweight E-Type and all of them are going to be hand-built in-house to the exact specifications of the original cars.

 

 

Compared to the standard E-Type, the Lightweight version was 114 kg {250 lbs} lighter as a result of using aluminum for the engine block and body panels. In addition, the car came with a stripped out interior, lighter hand-operated side windows and it also lacked any chrome touches on the exterior. Like the original cars, the `new` E-Type Lightweight will be powered by the same straight-six 3.8-liter engine.

 

Jaguar producing the remaining six units of Lightweight E-Type

The first car will be completed in the months to come and Jaguar plans on showing it sometime in the summer.

 

 

Source: Jaguar

 

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Hyundai adds 1.1 Motion automatic to its i10 range

by on May.14, 2014, under Auto Review Specs

The popular i10 model range of Hyundai Automotive South Africa has been expanded to 5 derivatives with the addition of the 1.1 Motion with a four-speed automatic gearbox and a list of features that will make this newcomer in the i10 stable a firm favourite among city commuters.

 

 

However, with a measured fuel consumption of 5,7 litres per 100 km from its 1 086 cc petrol engine, this new small hatchback in the local Hyundai line-up could stretch one`s budget on the open road too.

 

 

`We have identified the need for a well-priced entry-level hatchback in our range that it equipped with an automatic gearbox, specifically aimed at the urban commuter who has to grapple with high traffic volumes and stop-start driving. The excellent fuel consumption of the i10 1.1 Motion automatic will also appeal to potential customers who are looking for a second car in the family,` says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive SA.

 

 

Armed with the same 1 086 cc four-cylinder engine of its manual sibling, the 1.1 Motion feeds the power to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic gearbox with well-spread ratios to make it and easy small hatchback to drive, and even easier to manoeuvre in the city. It is the same automatic gearbox found in the i10 1.25 Fluid derivative.

 

 

The i10 1.1 Motion automatic shares the extensive list of features found in the 1.1 Motion manual derivative, including Bluetooth connectivity for telephone calls and streaming music through the audio system, which includes MP3 and CD playing abilities; an air-conditioner with an anti-bacterial pollen filter; fog lights in front; electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors; electrically winded windows all round; and an intermittent function for the windscreen wipers.

 

 

Under the attractive exterior with body-coloured bumpers and door handles and side mirrors is a suspension system that consists of MacPherson struts in front and a coupled torsion beam axle with coil springs at the rear. The well-tuned suspension, in tandem with a motor driven power assisted rack and pinion steering system, makes the i10 a pleasurable small car to drive with solid road-holding an predictable manners even when the driver gets caught in a tight spot.

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For the driver`s comfort the steering wheel can tilt up or down, and remote controls on the three-spoke steering wheel makes adjustment of the audio system easy and safe without moving one`s hand from the wheel. The driver`s seat height is also adjustable to find the most comfortable driving position possible.

 

 

The Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion automatic runs on 165/60 R14 tyres fitted to 14 inch steel rims with attractive and durable hubcaps. A full size spare wheel can be found under the rear cargo floor cover.

 

 

Rear seat backs that can fold down in a 60:40 split makes it possible to increase the standard cargo space of 225 litres to 910 litres with the seats down.

 

 

Hyundai Automotive SA’s standard 5 year/150 000 km warranty, complemented by a 5 year/150 000 km roadside assistance, forms part of the standard i10 1.1 Motion automatic motoring package that is priced at R129 900.

 

Hyundai`s full range of i10 model derivatives with their prices is:

 

i10 1.1 Motion manual R118 500

 

i10 1.1 Motion automatic R129 900

 

i10 1.25 Fluid manual R134 500

 

i10 1.25 Fluid Automatic R144 900

 

i10 1.25 Glide manual R142 900

 

 

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