Citroën has sold more than 180,000 DS line models worldwide
since launch. The adventure continues at the Geneva Motor Show with the
reveal of the DS4 Racing Concept. As with the DS3 Racing, the engineers
at Citroën Racing and the styling team have firmly stamped the DS4 with
the image of the Brand’s racing department.
MUNICH : February 24, 2012 -BMW is set to add another variant of the
Coupe and Convertible to the BMW 6 Series line-up with the
arrival of the BMW 640d xDrive Coupe and Convertible in spring 2012.
Intelligent all-wheel drive – making its debut in the BMW 6
Series – teams up with a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine
featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology to take driving pleasure to
another new level. The combination of a diesel engine and BMW xDrive
all-wheel drive, which will also be found in the BMW 640d xDrive
Convertible, gives the BMW 6 Series a spread of abilities none of its
rivals can match.
It is 3.54 meters short, but provides much space, is extremely fuel-efficient and very, very likeable: the VW up! No
compromises here, and it is perfectly geared to what people in our
modern age want. “Which does also mean that this baby is supposed to be
fun as well“, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. ABT Sportsline’s
managing director is simply in love with this car. “It is huge fun to
drive it through the narrow streets here in downtown Kempten!“ The up! also reminds Abt
of the swift little Abarths his father used to drive. And since his
father was so successful in motorsports, the designers gave this
practical new compact car a very sporty and aggressive outfit. It goes
without saying that the up! is a real ABT, which means
that it is assertive without losing its ecological and economic
qualities. All components are of the highest quality and very stylish,
of course, but also very affordable.
AFFALTERBACH : February 22, 2012 – The stage is set for the new Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG. The new version of the high-performance Roadster impresses on several counts: systematic lightweight construction, a boost in output and driving dynamics, and 30 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions. Thanks to an all-aluminium bodyshell, similar to that of the SLS AMG super sports car, the vehicle weight has been reduced by 125 kilograms. With a kerb weight of 1845 kilograms and an output of 395 kW (537 hp) or 415 kW (564 hp), the new model has the perfect recipe for unparalleled dynamism and a superior driving experience. A further boost in performance comes courtesy of a winning combination: enhanced AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), new AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the AMG high-performance compound brake system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission. An enticing mix of stylish design, extensive standard equipment and a high safety level.
New Isuzu D-Max pick-up will be introduced in June 2012
Aggressively styled, delivering impressive performance with a refined interior
Powered by highly efficient diesel engines
Isuzu UK will launch an all-new pick-up in June 2012. In recognition of its fundamental upshift in performance, quality, efficiency and refinement, the new model bears a fresh name for the UK pick-up sector: Isuzu D-Max.
The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is making its international début at
Geneva, a new Limited Edition (499 vehicles) which represents the bond
between Abarth and Maserati, based on a host of shared values, including
attention to detail, elegance and a passion for performance and sport.
The Geneva Motor Show is the occasion for the world premiere of the Fiat
500L, the new extension of the 500 range that in the wake of the Abarth
and Cabrio develops the brand's strategy that aims at expanding its
offer by introducing a brand-new model able to satisfy different types
Stand-out-from-the-crowd style can
also be amazingly practical – and practicality surprisingly
attractive. The MINI Clubvan Concept brings apparently conflicting
profiles together into a single package, paving the way for an
innovative vehicle concept without parallel in the premium small car
segment. The MINI Clubman-based concept car, scheduled for its world
premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show 2012, combines the
driving fun for which MINI is renowned with increased load-carrying
capability. The MINI experience will therefore find its way into new
areas of life, the brand’s distinctive character gaining new
popularity among target groups not previously on the MINI radar.
STUTTGART : February 16, 2012 -. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG,
Stuttgart’s new sports car in the SUV segment has been given the name
Macan. The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and
combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics – core
characteristics of the new off-road car.
HIROSHIMA : February 16, 2012 - Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the launch of the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV through all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealers throughout Japan. The CX-5 is to be launched in the crossover SUV market, which is growing all around the world, and will become a core model in the Mazda lineup. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (including taxes) ranges from 2,050,000 yen to 3,190,000 yen, and the sales target in Japan is 1,000 units per month.
Unique combination of dynamics and everyday practicality
INGOLSTADT : February 15, 2012 - A modern classic from Audi is making a comeback: The
third-generation RS 4 Avant combines potent performance with a high
level of everyday practicality. It’s 4.2-liter V8 produces 331 kW (450
hp); the seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive
transfer that power to the road.
LEVERKUSEN : February 13, 2012 - Mazda Motor Corporation will unveil for the first time its Mazda TAKERI concept, a next-generation mid-sized sedan featuring Mazda’s unique i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology, at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. It will be joined on-stage by the Mazda CX-5, a new compact crossover SUV equipped with the full range of Mazda’s breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY , the MX-5 Special Edition Spring 2012, designed exclusively for the European market, and an array of new technologies and production models.
MUNICH : February 13, 2012 -Dynamic handling characteristics are still
the trademark of BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicles. In each of
their segments both the BMW X3 and the BMW X5 are seen as the
benchmark for agility and driving pleasure. In the spring of 2012, the
sporting character of the two BMW X models will be further
underscored by innovations added to the range of engines and equipment
features. A new and particularly powerful engine for the BMW
X3 xDrive28i, Driving Experience Control for individual vehicle
settings for all variants of the BMW X3 and the M Sport Edition of the
BMW X5 ensure targeted optimisation of sporting qualities.
To be launched in domestic Korean market in the first half of 2012
Launch timings for other markets to be confirmed
SEOUL : February 13, 2012 – Kia Motors today revealed the first official sketches of its all-new flagship sedan, which is expected to establish new standards for design flair in the large sedan segment.
MUNICH : February 13, 2012 - New edition of the BMW M6 in Coupe and Convertible body variants; generous dose of M feeling combined with alluring design aesthetics, a luxurious aura, seating for four and innovative equipment features; high-performance sports car with superior performance attributes and extremely exclusive character; BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible both occupy a unique position in the premium segment of the executive class thanks to their blend of outstanding dynamics, hallmark M conceptual harmony and everyday usability; further development of both concepts breaks new ground with significantly improved efficiency, optimised controls for individualising the car set-up and a wider variety of driver assistance systems and infotainment functions available from BMW ConnectedDrive.
2012 WRC - Rally Sweden Winners : Jari-Matti Latvala & Miikka Anttila - Ford Fiesta WRC - FORD WRT
Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won Rally Sweden today by 16.6sec after a tense finale to this second round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Victory in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car was Ford’s sixth consecutive success at the only true winter rally of the season.
Zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds; top speed increased to 280 km/h
Average fuel consumption just 8.5 liters per 100 km
INGOLSTADT : February 10, 2012 - Even more powerful, even faster, even more dynamic: Early 2012 will see the launch of the Audi TT RS plus. This compact sports car, in both Coupé and Roadster versions, stands out for its awe-inspiring performance. Its power-boosted five-cylinder turbo delivers 265 kW (360 hp), sufficient for a top speed of 280 km/h (173.98 mph).
CHICAGO, February 9, 2012 – The official launch of SVT came during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. Now Ford returns to Chicago to celebrate its past and look to the future with the 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible.
New exterior design highlighted by signature LED lighting
Refined interior with soft-touch materials, accent stitching and ambient lighting
Rear vision camera standard; industry-exclusive front center air bag available
CHICAGO : February 9, 2013 – GMC unveiled the new 2013 Acadia and Acadia
Denali at the Chicago Auto Show, highlighting a new exterior and safety
features including the industry’s first front center air bag.
Station wagon is the third variant of world's favorite Chevrolet
Refined design and new technologies includes sporty turbo and frugal diesel
MyLink: cutting edge smartphone infotainment system
ZURICH : February 9, 2012 – The Chevrolet Cruze station wagon, the third variant of Chevrolet’s most-popular car, will make its global premiere at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show early next month.
The new Renault-Nissan plant in Tangier represents an investment of €1 billion.
new plant’s annual production capacity of 400,000 vehicles will play a
part in ensuring the continued success of the Entry range across the
The Tangier factory is the world's first zero carbon and zero effluent automotive plant.
It is the southern Mediterranean basin's biggest automotive plant, with an estimated total staff of more than 6,000 by 2015.
TANGIER, Morocco : February 09, 2012 - Renault's presence in Morocco dates back more than 80 years. Today, its geographical location is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea at the heart of the Tangier Med Port area which benefits not only from an extensive network of competitive suppliers, but also from a pool of highly qualified staff with trained to modern automotive production techniques.
Production V12 Zagato set for European debut at Geneva Salon International 2012
Created using materials, processes and technology pioneered on the One-77
Body panels blend hand-formed aluminium with high-tech carbon fibre
Production to commence Q3 2012, first deliveries Q4 2012
Strictly limited to a maximum of 150 cars
On sale now priced at £330,000 (plus local taxes)
GAYDON, UK : February 2012 - With the final design signed-off and engineering development work progressing apace, Aston Martin today reveals the first images of the new V12 Zagato (road car) scheduled for production later this year.
World's lightest bumpers, to be used for the all-new Mazda CX-5 SUV
HIROSHIMA : February 9, 2012 — Mazda Motor Corporation has developed, jointly with Japan Polypropylene Corporation, resin material for vehicle parts that maintains the same rigidity as parts made with conventional materials while achieving significant weight reduction. Using this material, the parts manufactured are thinner than those using conventional resin, resulting in a significant reduction in the resin required to manufacture parts.
On March 8, the 82nd International Motor Show will open at
Geneva, and like every year, this leading trade fair is also the start
of the automotive season. It has also almost become a tradition that ABT Sportsline presents
its upcoming highlights here. The largest tuner of cars produced by the
Volkswagen Group uses its presentation at the Palexpo to gauge its
future success. So don’t be surprised that the company will once again
present a most special quartet of models.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina : February 9, 2012 - A little more than two months ago, Peugeot Argentina celebrated the industrial launch of the locally produced 308 in the Buenos Aires Production Centre, one of the factories owned by the PSA Group in Latin America, in the presence of Christian Kirchner, President of the Republic of Argentina.
STUTTGART : February 9, 2012 - The latest edition from smart has been christened sharpred. This smart fortwo is a real eye-catcher as the intense red of the tridion safety cell and door mirror housing forms a striking contrast to the rest of the exterior in black. The smart fortwo sharpred is available as a coupé (from €14,490) and as a cabrio with a 52 kW mhd petrol engine or a 62 kW petrol engine. The exciting special model can be ordered now and the first vehicles of this limited series will reach dealers in May 2012.
CHICAGO : February 7, 2012 - If it’s February in Chicago, it’s time for one thing – sports cars.
Bringing a taste of hot performance to the Windy City winter, Nissan
today debuted the revised 2013 Nissan 370Z on the floor of the 2012
Chicago Auto Show. The new Z®, which is scheduled to go on sale at
Nissan dealers nationwide next June, features a number of enhancements
designed to keep the legendary sports car fresh and exciting. For 2013,
the Nissan 370Z will once again be available in Coupe, Roadster and
NISMO Z configurations.
TURIN : February 7, 2012 : The Punto 2012 confirms the distinctive aspects that destined the
previous editions for success in all the European markets - not only is
it constantly the top-selling car in Italy, but nearly 8.5 million
vehicles have been produced from 1993 (the year of the first launch)
until today - and intensifies the distinguished personality with an
important aesthetic update, together with the new exterior colours and
the seat upholsteries. Together with the aesthetic update, the
two-cylinder 85 HP 875 cc TwinAir turbo engine named "International
Engine of the Year 2011" and the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet 2
are making their debuts, making it one of the diesel cars in its segment
boasting the best CO2 emissions.
Munich : February 7, 2012 - This spring sees the market launch of the
first open-top two-seater in company history – in the guise of
the MINI Roadster. The sixth model from the British premium carmaker
is an elegant, sporty compact car for discerning drivers who value
high-class design, powerful engines and precision suspension. This
typical MINI interpretation of a compact roadster unites purist
sportiness with the spontaneous fun of driving around town with the
INVITATION concept to be revealed at Geneva Motor Show
An inspiration for Nissan’s forthcoming new model in the compact hatchback segment to join Micra and Juke
Technology includes advanced safety features as well as strong fuel economy and low emissions
Nissan has revealed the first details of a head-turning hatchback
concept which previews the company’s next mainstream B-segment
contender, to be sold alongside the Micra city car and innovative Juke
SLOUGH, UK : February 6, 2012 - Honda today revealed its 2012 Geneva Motor Show line-up with 2 Sports Car Concepts, a prototype of the European CR-V as well as the debut of the all-new 1.6 Diesel engine all appearing on the Honda stand.
Citan is the name of the new urban delivery van from Mercedes-Benz. The
name was announced for the first time today at the Mercedes-Benz Design
Centre in Sindelfingen, during a symposium on brand competence and city
logistics. The name Citan is derived from the words "City" and "Titan",
so emphasising the vehicle’s role as a high-calibre specialist in city
logistics, designed specifically for the rough and tumble of everyday
Downsized full hybrid powertrain debuts in new Yaris Hybrid
No compromise on full hybrid driving experience
Clever packaging maintains Yaris principle of ‘Small Outside, Big Inside’
COLOGNE : February 3, 2012 - The introduction of the all-new Yaris Hybrid marks the first time
customers in the B-Segment will be able to enjoy the quiet, low
emissions refinements of Toyota’s acclaimed Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD)
technology. The cleverly packaged Yaris Hybrid delivers a ‘no
compromise’ full hybrid driving experience.
MUNICH : February 3, 2012 - For MINI fans looking to combine open-top
driving fun with sophisticated individuality and an essential dose of
Brit-cool, the MINI Convertible Highgate provides the perfect stage.
The new special-edition variant of the soft-top four-seater seizes the
limelight with its innovative and precisely coordinated splash of
colours and materials.
HERNDON, VA : February 2, 2012 - The Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L and Turbo were launched to great acclaim from both consumers and the media in 2011. At the Chicago Auto Show, VW will unveil the third model in the Beetle lineup: the fuel-efficient TDI Clean Diesel model, which has manufacturer fuel economy estimates of 39 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. The Beetle TDI, the only Clean Diesel offering in the compact coupe category, will go on sale this summer as a 2013 model. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
TURIN : February 2, 2012 - Custom-built versions of the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
feature exclusive Rosso Corsa colored exteriors, red leather interiors
and additional Ferrari looks pay tribute to the two Ferrari
'ambassadors'. Vehicles are the first two 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
models to be delivered in Europe where the introduction of the
high-performance model of the Jeep flagship SUV will start in May. Both
vehicles were prepared by Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology
(SRT) design and engineering teams.
Four Audi LMP1 sports cars at the 80th running of the 24 hours
Conventional drive is further developed
INGOLSTADT/PARIS : February 2, 2012 – Audi competes in the 80th running of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16–17, 2012 with a total of four LMP1 sports cars. Two of the four cars in action will be equipped with hybrid drive for the first time. Audi Sport Team Joest also follows a two-pronged approach in the newly created FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) during the 2012 season.
The A5 is a fast coupe and a comfortable travel companion to begin with.
But in its ABT Sportsline version this extravagant car is even more
sporty. The latest edition of the ABT AS5 combines a precise and
harmonious design with dynamic technology. “For us, it was important to
combine this car’s extraordinary design with our ideas and thus to
underscore the car’s character. Its increased performance and its body
parts form a unit”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. The traditional Bavarian
company’s managing director is very excited about this automobile. “If
you look at the AS5, you want to take in every inch of its marvellous
silhouette, and if you sit in it, all you want is to get it on the road.
This coupé is really a power pack.“
Snow at Fiorano and Maranello cancels Ferrari's 2012 launch - Photo : Ferrari/Twitter
MARANELLO : February 2, 2012 – There was no let up from the snow last night, which continued to fall on Maranello and the surrounding area and the situation does not appear to be changing this morning. The forecast is still bad both in terms of predictions of more snow fall and of a further drop in temperature.