Friday, March 30, 2012

Volkswagen commercial vehicles oldtimers now also offers ex works restoration

Company installs 100 vehicles in 7,000 square meter premises

HANNOVER : March 29, 2012 - Hardly any other automobile has such a high cult factor as the Volkswagen Bus. Today, 65 years after its first appearance, it stars in cinema films and commercials and stands – more than any other vehicle – for freedom, travel and fun. At Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles this legendary VW Bus has its own department dedicated to preserving its heritage: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers. Formed in 2007, the team has expanded fast over the five intervening years. Not only have the experts purchased and restored about 100 vehicles – from now on, they are offering the restoration of historic Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ex works for external customers, inclusive of detailed documentation. 

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Re-Styled 2013 Subaru Outback to debut at 2012 New York International Auto Show

2013 Subaru Outback

  • New BOXER® engine with higher power and better efficiency
  • Up to 30 mpg highway with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • New second-generation Lineartronic® CVT
  • Redesigned front styling
  • Smoother, quieter ride 
  • New convenience and audio features

  • CHERRY HILL, N.J. :  March 29, 2012 - Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that it will introduce the 2013 Outback models at the New York International Auto Show. The 2013 Outback is powered by a new, more efficient powertrain and debuting the new EyeSight driver-assist system and features revised styling. Chassis enhancements improve both ride quality and agility in the 2013 Outback, which also offers new amenities and audio/infotainment capabilities.

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    Re-Styled 2013 Subaru Legacy to debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

    2013 Subaru Legacy

  • New, more powerful, more efficient BOXER engine  
  • Up to 32 mpg highway – best of any midsize sedan with all-wheel drive  
  • Revised suspension for smoother, quieter ride with enhanced agility 
  • New conveniences and audio features

  • CHERRY HILL, N.J. :  March 29, 2012 - Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that it will debut the re-styled 2013 Subaru Legacy at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The 2013 Legacy is powered by either a 3.6-liter H6 or a new, more efficient 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain and debuts revised styling as well as the new EyeSight driver-assist system. Chassis enhancements improve both ride quality and agility in the 2013 Legacy, which also offers new amenities and audio capabilities.

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    New MP4-12C GT3 set for competitive world racing debut as McLaren GT announces 2012 race plans

    2012 McLaren MP4-12C GT3

    • 25 new MP4-12C GT3 cars to race across Europe and in FIA GT1 World Championship in 2012
    • Full list of McLaren GT customer teams and race series entries now confirmed
    • McLaren MP4-12C sports car selected as safety car for FIA GT1 World Championship race at Nogaro on 8-9 April
    The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 is set for its competitive race debut in 2012, following an intensive development programme in 2011. Prototype versions of the 12C covered more than 35,000 miles on real world and simulated test tracks last year as McLaren GT worked towards the delivery of an incredibly efficient, reliable and rewarding to drive race car in 2012. The competitive race season begins for new McLaren GT customer teams in Germany on 31 March, with the opening rounds of the VLN and ADAC GT Masters championships at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and Oschersleben respectively.

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    The new ABT QS3!

    2012 ABT Q3

    It epitomises the new “urban off-roader” generation – the Q3. This SUV’s power, agility and compact dimensions are impressive indeed. In its ABT Sportsline version, you even get a bit more sportiness and extravagant looks. It’s three cheers for the new ABT QS3: Cheer it on in the rush hour, in front of a restaurant or the opera house. But the QS3 is also huge fun to drive on motorways or winding country roads. And it has the horses to pull, err, well, a horse trailer. 

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    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    New Škoda Yeti Urban: Limited-edition suv targets style-savvy customers

    Škoda Yeti Urban Limited Edition

    • Featuring up to £2,450 worth of extra equipment at no extra cost
    • Available in two-wheel-drive with manual transmission only
    • Choice of two engines: 1.2-litre TSI 105PS and 2.0-litre TDI CR 110PS DPF
    • Limited to 750 vehicles; UK only, available from April
    MILTON KEYNES : March 29, 2012 - ŠKODA is launching a limited-edition version of its critically acclaimed Yeti compact SUV. Called the Yeti Urban, it is based on the already highly popular SE trim, but features up to £2,450 worth of extra equipment at no extra cost when compared to the SE.

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    All-New Lexus ES luxury sedan to make world debut at 2012 New York International Auto Show

    All-New Lexus ES - Teaser image

    TORRANCE, Calif., March 29, 2012 – Lexus will reveal the all-new ES luxury sedan on Wednesday, April 4th, in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show.

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    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    New Fiesta and Fiestavan Econetic now deliver more than 85mpg

    2012 Ford Fiesta Econetic

    • Latest Fiesta and FiestaVan CO2 emissions lowered to 87g/km, equating to 85.6mpg*
    • No vehicle excise duty payable on cars
    • New Fiesta Edge, Zetec and Titanium ECOnetic models from £14,445
    • FiestaVan ECOnetic from £12,215
    BRENTWOOD, Essex, 26 March, 2012 – New high-tech developments have made Britain’s best-selling car and small van even cleaner with latest emissions dropping from 95 to 87g/km of CO2 and combined fuel economy rising to 85.6mpg*.

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    Sunday, March 25, 2012

    2012 Formula 1 : Alonso wins Malaysian GP

    Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012             

    SEPANG, Malaysia : March 25, 2012 - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso scored a dramatic victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday when the Spaniard denied Sauber's Sergio Perez a first Formula One triumph in a race turned on its head by the weather.

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    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Volkswagen launches E-Golf test fleet in The U.S.

    Volkswagen launches E-Golf test fleet in The U.S.

    HERNDON, VA : March 21, 2012 -  Volkswagen of America today announced that it will begin a pilot scheme to test 20 prototype E-Golf Battery Electric Vehicles over a nine-month period in select locations in the U.S. Twelve of these vehicles will be allocated to selected Volkswagen employees during the time period. By studying E-Golf use across multiple geographical regions, Volkswagen will monitor the effect of climate conditions, driving patterns, and energy performance; the data and insights gained during the scheme will be used in the final development of future EV technology applications.

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    The new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG: Effortlessly superior and stylish performance

    2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG

    AFFALTERBACH : March 20, 2012 – Mercedes-AMG is embarking on the 2012 roadster season in inimitably dynamic style: following on from the recent launch of the SL 63 AMG, the top eight-cylinder model, there now comes the presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG, the V12 roadster in the line-up from the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 "biturbo" (twin-turbocharged) engine develops a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) and maximum torque of 1000 newton metres. The result: exceptional performance, impressive power delivery and effortlessly superior dynamics. As with the SLS AMG super sports car, the use of an all-aluminium bodyshell results in a drastic reduction in weight. The new SL 65 AMG is some 170 kilograms lighter than before. The expressive front section is dominated by the new "twin blade" radiator grille and the front apron's lower cross strut in high-sheen chrome.

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    Saturday, March 17, 2012

    The New Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

    2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

    With its raised ride height, 4MOTION four-wheel drive and rugged body enhancements, the new Passat Alltrack has everything you need to venture off the beaten track; but customers need venture no further than their local Volkswagen Retailer to order one, ahead of the first cars arriving in showrooms in the UK on 28 May.

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    Friday, March 16, 2012

    FHI Started Production of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86

    FHI Started Production of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86

    TOKYO : March 16, 2012 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, announced that it held a line-off ceremony at Subaru’s Gunma Main Plant (Ota-city, Gunma Prefecture, Japan) with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) President Akio Toyoda and honored guests in attendance, in commemoration of the production start of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86.

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    The new ABT AS3 - Individuality and dynamics for everyday life

    2012 ABT AS3

    The A3 is a winner – it defines the compact car class with its self-confident premium claim again and again. The car is compact, but "the emphasis is on class", explained Hans-Jürgen Abt. For the CEO of the renowned tuner the car is an absolute all-rounder, but in the "intensified" ABT version it offers additional maximum individuality and dynamics. Hans-Jürgen Abt: „The happiness in driving, always and everywhere – this is what our new AS3 stands for.“  

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    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    HAMANN HAWK Roadster – Attractive deluxe convertible with 636 hp

    HAMANN HAWK Roadster

    A powerful engine packed into an exclusive body design with matte-red lacquer from HAMANN Motorsport. After the Gran-Turismo-Coupé, HAMANN is now also customising the Roadster version of this top-class sports car. The result is a genuine treat for both the eyes and the ears: Upthrust-reducing aerodynamic components, powerful performance enhancements, stainless-steel exhaust systems with a sporty sound, striking 21-inch light-metal rims and deluxe interior modifications bring an individual character to this series vehicle.

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    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Nissan backs ground-breaking deltawing project for Le Mans

    Nissan Deltawing
    Nissan DeltaWing experimental racecar to be powered by Nissan 1.6-litre DIG-T engine technology in this generation's most revolutionary and exciting motorsport project
    • Nissan leads efficiency charge as founding partner of project
    • Innovative new racing car to run at Le Mans with Nissan technology
    • Nissan DeltaWing will act as test bed for new road car technologies
    • Drive for efficiency will see car use half the fuel of its conventional counterparts, bringing Nissan "PureDrive" principles to the track
    • Initial backers include racing legends Dan Gurney and Don Panoz, concept designer Ben Bowlby and Michelin
    • Special invitation from ACO to occupy ‘Garage 56'
    • Car to wear number ‘0' and run outside race classification
    Nissan is aiming to change the face of endurance racing forever by becoming a founding partner in the most radical motorsport project of its time - Nissan DeltaWing.

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    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Toyota GT86 : Driving fun purely starting from 29,990 euros

    Toyota GT86

    • Consistent sports car offers highest agility at the attractive price
    • Excellent weight per horsepower and optimal axle load distribution
    • Introduction on the market on 15 September 2012

    COLOGNE : March 13, 2012 - After the European premiere on that Geneva automobile salon now opens Toyota the order books for the GT86. The sports car expected with high voltage is immediately orderable at prices starting from 29,990 euros. Thus the GT86 offers driving fun purely at an extremely attractive price. The introduction on the market in Germany takes place on 15 September 2012. 

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    Renault Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 : quintessentially sporty

    Renault Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7

    To celebrate its Formula 1 Constructors’ world crown with Red Bull Racing in 2011, Renault Sport has released a limited edition version of Clio R.S.: Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7…
    • A vehicle dedicated to performance (Cup chassis, 18-inch black Interlagos wheels, R.S. Monitor, etc.), with forceful looks
    • Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 will be marketed in five countries: France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria. Order books open on March 14 in France where the car’s tax-paid price will be €27,900
    “Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 is a hot hatch combining stunning looks with the very latest features to have been developed by the wizards at Renault Sport Technologies,” enthuses Jean-Maxime Boulanger, Clio Renault Sport Product Manager. “Clio R.S. Red Bull Racing RB7 is a dynamic car which will definitely turn heads. It is a tribute to the very close ties that exist between Renault Sport Technologies and Renault Sport F1!”

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    The new Mercedes-Benz SL : Lightweight, athletic, luxurious

    2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 350

    With the completely redeveloped SL, Mercedes-Benz continues a tradition that began 60 years ago. The letters “SL” have ever since been synonymous with a symbiosis of sportiness, style and comfort - and with groundbreaking innovations. The new SL has been produced for the first time almost entirely from aluminium and weighs up to 140 kilograms less than its predecessor. 

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    Monday, March 5, 2012

    MTM celebrates the season kick-off in Geneva with two PSUVs

    2012 MTM Q3

    Just prior to the spectacular premiere of the automobile industry’s current annual presentation season at the International Motor Show in Geneva, the statistics registered a trend that every automobile manufacturer should take note of: the notchback is out and the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is taking over.

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    BMW M5 F10 : Just arrived at the show room – and already customized - G-POWER isn’t just fast when it comes to HIGH-SPEED world records!

    G-POWER : BMW M5 F10

    The all new BMW M5 is already fast when it comes from the factory. Now G-POWER makes it even faster. The G-POWER Bi-Tronik III pushes the factory 560 hp/ 680 Nm to 640 hp/ 777 Nm. 21 inch G-POWER “SILVERSTONE RS” and “SILVERSTONE CLUBSPORT” alloy wheels with MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tyres in the dimension 265/30 ZR 21 and 305/25 ZR 21, G-POWER coil-over suspension, stainless steel sport rear muffler featuring the legendary G-POWER “DEEPTONE” technology and the G-POWER Ceramic Braking System complete the G-POWER package for the BMW M5 F10.

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    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Mitsubishi Motors to Enter i-MiEV Prototype in 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

    Mitsubishi i-MiEV Prototype for 2012 Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will enter the i-MiEV Prototype in the 2012 edition (July 8) of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held annually in Colorado in the United States. The i-MiEV Prototype is a prototype based on the MMC's all-electric i-MiEV model, the first 100% electric vehicle (EV) to go into mass production and is already on the road in Japan, Europe and North America, with plans to expand to other markets.

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    Mazda Demio 13C-V Smart Edition on Sale in Japan

    Mazda Demio '13C-V Smart Edition'

    Mazda Motor Corporation released the Mazda Demio 13C-V Smart Edition in Japan. This special edition of the Mazda Demio (known overseas as the Mazda2) comes with dark tinted glass in the rear and manual air conditioning and goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

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