New Honda Jazz looks appealing

Oct 13, 2014 (724 views)

Honda has taken the time to show us a prototype of their latest 2015 Honda Jazz. This prototype introduces a completely new body shell for the popular model, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model. The external dimensions have changed with the length being 15mm longer and the wheelbase 30mm longer helping to create an even more spacious cabin. As part of Honda’s ‘small series’ range, the third generation European Jazz will be built on the company’s global compact platform. It will retain the center fuel tank layout that is already found in the current model, as well as the Honda Civic and recently-announced Honda HR-V.

This space-saving layout delivers genuine customer benefits in terms of versatility, interior practicality and storage solutions. Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.

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Jaguar has officially unveiled the 2015 XE – the baby Jag

Oct 6, 2014 (248 views)

This will be the most important launch for Jaguar. The British luxury car maker has lagged behind the Germans in terms of sales for far too long, and they are pinning their hopes on the new Jaguar XE to be their best-seller. The XE is based much along the lines of the XF, but the front section looks just like the XJ. The overall looks however are very aggressive and the car has sensational on-road presence. The XE S will be powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 330bhp and 450Nm of torque. It will be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will enable the car to accelerate from 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. The XE will also be offered with a variety of 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Full specifications will be announced soon, but Jaguar says the diesel will provide a fantastic fuel economy. The new XE rides on an all-new modular platform that uses aluminum for more than 75 percent of its body structure. Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist Mark White said, “The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE’s structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today.” The XE will also make its way to India very soon.

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Mercedes AMG GT finally out in the open

Oct 6, 2014 (126 views)

We knew this was coming for some time now, and finally the German with the three pointed star has unveiled its all new sports car called the AMG GT. Designed by a team led by Gorden Wagener, Vice President of Design, Daimler AG and developed entirely in house by AMG, led by its Chairman, Tobias Moers, the GT is an all-new two seater sports car mixing the exhilaration expected of an AMG with precision, comfort and practicality. The car looks stunning and looks the part as an everyday sports car. There will also be two different engine variants available. The V8 engine – codenamed M178 – displaces 3,982 cc and is equipped with dry sump lubrication and twin turbochargers. In GT S form it produces its peak of 510hp and 650Nm of torque, while the stock GT version gets a tuning of 462bhp and 600Nm. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and the intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. It has everything you would expect from an authentic Mercedes-AMG sports car – from the characteristic styling, thoroughbred motorsport technology to the optimum weight distribution. Top figures such as 3.8 seconds from zero to 100kmph and a top speed of 320kmph, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

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Honda teases their new Small SUV

Oct 1, 2014 (494 views)

Honda has revealed the first images of the brand’s new European version of its small SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris next month. The HR-V is Honda’s new entry into Europe’s fast-growing small SUV segment, but there are rumours that the car will also make its way to India as well, since the compact SSUV segment is booming. The unique exterior design of the new HR-V prototype echoes that of a coupé, with sharp, dynamic lines that link the sleek upper body with the stable and planted lower body. This coupe-esque elegance is achieved without compromising the interior practicality of the car.

The HR-V features a centre fuel tank location to create one of the most spacious and adaptable small SUV cabins. Honda Magic Seats  make use of this versatility by enabling a wide range of seating configurations, with the ability to fold the second row seats completely flat for added cargo space. More details and full specifications of the engine will be announced soon.

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BMW 2-Series Convertible unveiled

Oct 1, 2014 (131 views)

BMW today announces the third model in its 2 Series portfolio, the BMW 2 Series Convertible. It will join the 2 Series Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015. The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer by 72mm and wider by 26mm than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish. The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i. The M Performance 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in the M235i develops 326hp and 450Nm of torque from only 1,300rpm with the aid of twin-scroll turbocharging, high-precision centrally positioned multi-hole direct injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. Acceleration from zero to 100kmph is achieved in 5.2 seconds with the manual gearbox and 5.0 seconds with the automatic.

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Ferrari celebrates 60 years in America

Sep 22, 2014 (399 views)

Ferrari, the legendary sports car maker from Italy, has announced plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary in the United States by unveiling a “special” car in October. “It gives all of us here at Ferrari a sense of great satisfaction to continue to achieve record financial results, particularly given that production was limited. I am sure that in a few months’ time, we will be marking the end of a truly extraordinary and unprecedented year. Sales will also increase by several percentage points to avoid excessively long waiting lists,” declared Luca di Montezemolo, adding: “To celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in the USA, we have developed a special car of which just 10 examples will be built, in addition to planning a major event in Los Angeles to bring together all our American clients and collectors, and a charity initiative.” Unfortunately after this announcement Luca di Montezemolo resigned a president of Ferrari. The full details of his special car are not known, but because only 10 examples will b made we do know for a fact that the cost of the car will be somewhere above US$ 1.5 million.

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Land Rover launches new Discovery Sport

Sep 22, 2014 (518 views)

The British car maker, Land Rover has revealed the new Discovery Sport, which they are calling ‘the world’s most versatile and capable premium compact SUV’. And it does look to be a very capable machine with much of its design influenced from the Evoque. The first member of the new Discovery family, the new Discovery Sport, features 5+2 seating in a footprint no larger than existing 5-seat premium SUVs. The Discovery Sport’s progressive new design approach defines the new Discovery family with optimised volume, proportions and stance. Coupled with supple long-travel suspension, the innovative rear axle also ensures the Discovery Sport is comfortable, refined and rewarding to drive on-road, while retaining the breadth of all-terrain capability for which Land Rover is world-renowned.

The Discovery Sport will be equipped with a range of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Both the all-alloy Si4 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel feature stop-start technology, high-pressure direct injection, low-friction internal components and smart regenerative charging for outstanding performance and economy. Both 9-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions are available, along with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive. “Not only does Discovery Sport mark the introduction of the first new member of our expanding Discovery family, it also brings the versatility of 5+2 seating to the compact premium SUV market,” said Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover Group Marketing Director. “Discovery Sport’s versatility is a key differentiator. It is quite simply the most accomplished vehicle in its segment.”

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The fastest sedan car in the world

Sep 9, 2014 (729 views)

With 707 bhp, an NHRA-certified quarter mile elapsed time of 11.0 seconds on street tires and a top speed of 238kmph, the world’s only four-door muscle – the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever made. The car features a Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine and is also the most powerful V-8 the Chrysler Group LLC has ever produced. The engine is mated to the segment-first TorqueFlite heavy-duty 8-speed automatic transmission capable of delivering fuel-efficient street driving and maximum performance track driving with 160 millisecond shifts. Other new performance attributes include the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle – 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, adaptive damping three-mode suspension. It looks like the Americans are taking the fight to the Germans.

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The best driver’s car in the world – McLaren P1 GTR

Sep 3, 2014 (331 views)

McLaren has just fully revealed their latest design concept vehicle at the Pebble Peach Car Show in California and its called the P1 GTR. The aggressive racing concept is a preview to the final model which, with a little under a year until production commences, has now entered the next phase as the development team works to hone and further optimise the ultimate track-focused racer. With no need to meet the legislations for road legality, the McLaren P1 GTR will be the most track-tailored and most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations to date, with a clear target even more focused than its road-going sibling.  McLaren’s engineers have tweaked the V8 3.8-liter twin-turbo mid-mounted engine and the electric motor and managed to bump output of the hybrid system from to 986bhp. The car has been built and maintained by McLaren Special Operations and will enter production next year after the last P1 will be assembled. It will be offered exclusively to P1 owners who will also be able to enter a program including specialist driver training as well as access to the company’s racing simulator and all driving events.

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The most expensive car – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Aug 29, 2014 (324 views)

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta has become the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction when it realized US$ 38,115,000 (Rs. 232 crores) moments ago at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California. Surpassing the current record of the most valuable car sold at auction, which was also set by Bonhams with the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 R F1 Racer that sold for US$ 30-million at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction last year, the Ferrari GTO had been the subject of intense international interest. Bidders from around the world were in attendance in the audience and on the telephones. The auction pavilion was filled to total capacity with overflow on the lawns watching the happenings live on the numerous television screens. After the start of a passionate bidding war that at times resembled a tennis match, complete with moments of silence interrupted by cheers, the audience erupted in applause when the fall of the gavel confirmed the final price.

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The bulletproof S-Class

Aug 25, 2014 (317 views)

With its Guard models, Mercedes-Benz has the world’s widest range of special protection vehicles available ex factory. The Mercedes-Benz Guard range currently has models from the S, E, M and G-Class. The latest member of the Guard family is the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard. Mercedes-Benz has updated its range of special protection models with the new S 600 Guard based on the new S-Class. The S 600 Guard provides all-round protection to the level of resistance class VR9 (both in transparent and non-transparent areas). With first-class comfort, an outstanding AIRMATIC suspension, powerful V12 engine, intelligent driver assistance systems and unrestricted day-to-day suitability, the new flagship Guard model sets an unprecedented new standard in this segment, seamlessly continuing the long tradition of armoured special protection models from Mercedes-Benz. The S 600 Guard has a generously spacious interior. Like the flagship S-Class model, the S 600 Guard excels with exemplary headroom and elbow room in the rear, and is also in a class by itself in this segment in terms of comfort dimensions such as entry height and door apertures. The car will also be available in the Indian market.

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The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR fully revealed

Aug 25, 2014 (164 views)

Legendary British car make Land Rover has just come out with the most powerful model it has ever made in the form of the Range Rover Sport SVR. Capable of accelerating from 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds with an electronically limited top track speed of 260kmph, the Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge. The SVR features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine which has been developed to produce 545bhp, a 40hp increase over the standard supercharged V8 – while its advanced ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive chassis have been tuned to complement the astonishing performance.

Speaking ahead of its global premiere, John Edwards, Managing Director of Land Rover Special Operations, said, “The Range Rover Sport SVR is a natural progression beyond the core vehicle’s outstanding on- and off-road capabilities and leading-edge design. It’s exhilarating performance will satisfy a particularly demanding customer set.”

The Range Rover Sport SVR design enhancements include larger air intakes in the front bumper to increase airflow to two intercoolers that reduce the temperature of pressurized air from the supercharger before it enters the engine. Other features include a front bumper with muscular trapezoidal air intakes, dark Range Rover script on the clamshell hood, which also features revised vents, and a new grille in a dark finish that contrasts with the headlights’ LED signature lighting. At the side of the vehicle, an all-new fender incorporates a distinctively designed vent, while unique side moldings add muscularity.

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The Smart car just got smarter

Aug 16, 2014 (532 views)

It’s been quite a while since the Smart car has been in the news, but the Daimler owned car maker of small cars has just come out with a refreshed version of the smart fortwo with improvements in virtually all areas and is markedly more comfortable. The hallmark smart rear engine concept is being offered for the first time in the four-seater smart forfour as well. Drive power is supplied by state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines rated at 60bhp, 71bhp and 90bhp, while power transmission is performed by a five-speed manual transmission or the twinamic automatic dual clutch transmission. The new smart fortwo and the new smart forfour are clearly recognisable as members of the same family. Many design features such as the headlamps, the cooling air grille in the front and the iconic tridion safety cell are identical, for example. And both vehicles are fitted with rear engines, making them particularly agile in urban traffic.

“As Europe’s youngest car brand, smart enjoys global success today. No one combines functionality and emotion as well as we do, as the inventors of individual urban mobility. The new smart fortwo and forfour adopt the proven concept while offering more of just about everything – more space, more colour, more equipment … and even more fun in the city! Only the vehicle length remains as unique as ever, at 2.69 metres,” says smart boss Annette Winkler. “Our idea based on a total rethink of urban mobility has won through.”

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Nissan announces Autonomous Driving technology in future models

Aug 12, 2014 (257 views)

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., has made an announcement and said that new technologies including automated lane controls and highway traffic management systems will be introduced over the next four years, and that these technologies would demonstrate to consumers the viability and value of Autonomous Drive systems, which Nissan intends to make commercially viable by 2020. Autonomous Drive technologies, which are being introduced progressively by Nissan, are designed to enhance road safety and driving conditions by automating everyday tasks for motorists. Unlike pilot-projects for completely self-driving vehicles, currently undergoing preliminary tests elsewhere in the industry, drivers will remain in control and “at the wheel” in Nissan models equipped with Autonomous Drive functions – so essentially they will not be fully autonomous.

“By the end of 2016, Nissan will make available the next two technologies under its autonomous drive strategy,” said Mr. Ghosn. “We are bringing to market a traffic-jam pilot, a technology enabling cars to drive autonomously – and safely – on congested highways. In the same timeframe, we will make fully-automated parking systems available across a wide range of vehicles.”

So it seems that the future is not too far away, and before you know, we might just have fully autonomous cars on roads throughout the world.

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Range Rover and Ranger Rover Sport updated for 2015

Aug 6, 2014 (474 views)

Land Rover has revealed the 2015 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which both come with a series of updates. The main changes have been the engine tweaks, and the potent SDV8 now produces 335bhp and 740Nm – a 40Nm increase – with a fuller torque curve from 1700 to 3300rpm thanks to detailed calibration changes. This improves in-gear acceleration by up to 6.5% from fifth to eighth gear, ensuring effortless overtaking ability and enhanced towing capability. The 8-speed automatic gearbox has also been re-engineered with a revised torque converter incorporating a twin-spring damper. But despite the added torque, the engine still maintains the same COS emissions.  Other changes include updated puddle lamps, fixed panoramic roofs with power blinds. An updated colour palette features Aruba silver and Kaikoura Stone, and the long-wheelbase derivatives can be specified with sophisticated 22-inch alloy wheels for the first time. Land Rover InControl Remote and InControl Secure are now available on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport derivatives as standard. InControl Remote includes an integrated SOS Emergency Call, optimised Land Rover Assistance and a Smartphone App, which enables you to connect remotely with your vehicle wherever you are. InControl Secure tracks the vehicle should it be stolen.

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