Friday, April 29, 2011

Amarok : Around the world in 100 days

Joachim Franz (4th from left) and his World Aids Awareness Expedition team 2011

HANNOVER : April 29, 2011 - In the tenth year of the World Aids Awareness Expedition (WAAE), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are once again supporting extreme athlete Joachim Franz in his fight against HIV, with the company supplying five Volkswagen Amarok with special fittings and equipment for the “Move the world Tour”.

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New Alfa MiTo range to hit UK market in May

2011 Alfa MiTo

A significantly revised MiTo range will shortly become available through Alfa Romeo’s 52-strong UK dealer network.

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C 63 AMG is Safety Car for 2011 DTM season

2011 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG as 2011 DTM Safety Car

AFFALTERBACH : April 28, 2011 – The new C 63 AMG is being used as the Safety Car for the 2011 DTM season. Following the DTM presentation in Wiesbaden on 10 April 2011, the new Safety Car will make its debut on 1 May 2011 at the opening race of the German Touring Car Masters season at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg. The V8 Sports Saloon only had to be modified slightly for its demanding DTM task. Responsibility for development and production of the C 63 AMG Safety Car was entrusted to the specialists in the AMG Overall Vehicle Development department and the AMG Performance Studio.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

High-calibre driver squad for the spectacular Golf24

2011 Volkswagen Golf24

WOLFSBURG : April 28, 2011 - Big names for the comeback: When the Volkswagen Golf returns to the legendary 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (23–26 June) well-known Volkswagen drivers like René Rast and Peter Terting will be joined on the grid by former Formula 1 racers Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell as well as DTM driver Edoardo Mortara. The spectacular Golf24 with a power output of 440 hp and four-wheel drive will make its racing debut in the “Green Hell” as early as at the Nürburgring Endurance Championship this weekend.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 : Limited edition racing car with four-litre displacement

Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

STUTTGART : April 28, 2011 - With the 911 GT3 RS 4.0, one of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart’s most popular, coveted and successful racing pedigree production cars is entering the home straight. Limited to 600 vehicles, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 brings together in a road car all the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a serial winner on the race track.

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 : Test run under race conditions on the Nürburgring

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

STUTTGART : April 28, 2011 - The development of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 is running at full revs. This coming Saturday, the further-developed version of the innovative Hybrid race car contests round two of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship (VLN). Another test under race conditions is planned at the fourth VLN round on 28 May.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Team Lotus Enterprise announces new ownership of Caterham Cars

Caterham & Team Lotus T128 F1 car

NORFOLK : April 27, 2011 - Team Lotus Enterprise today announces that it has purchased British sportscar maker Caterham Cars.

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Vauxhall announces production version of stunning GTC Paris concept

Vauxhall Astra GTC

LUTON : April 27, 2011 - These first images of the GTC may show it in a virtual landscape, but as it races down an imaginary road, real test cars are now running final validation drives -- that's right, the Astra GTC is officially a production reality.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LUXGEN Neora Concept


  • The intelligent electric concept, neora, is unveiled during Auto Shanghai 2011.
  • Neora represents the brand spirit of LUXGEN to Think Ahead, and its appearance will be the design cues for LUXGEN’s upcoming models in the future.
  • The front-wheel-drive intelligent electric neora is propelled by a 180kW electric induction motor. It only takes 6.5 seconds for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h.
LUXGEN shines in the Auto Shanghai 2011 (The 14th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition), with the world premiere of its intelligent electric concept, neora, and the perfect presentations of intelligent technology vehicles: LUXGEN7 SUV, LUXGEN7 CEO, and LUXGEN7 MPV EV+.

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Bentley Motors creates a luxury limited edition of The New James Bond Book, Carte Blanche

The New James Bond Book, Carte Blanche

CREWE, England : April 26, 2011 - To celebrate the release of Carte Blanche, the new James Bond book by Jeffery Deaver, on May 26 2011, publisher Hodder & Stoughton has partnered with Bentley Motors to create an exclusive Bentley special edition: the ultimate luxury edition of the highly anticipated new James Bond adventure. The 500 limited edition copies are available for pre-order from today, Tuesday 26 April 2011, exactly a month before publication date. Huge worldwide demand is anticipated for this new special edition after Bentley’s collaborative bespoke book for the previous Bond novel, Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks, sold out within days.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Jaguar : 2012 Model range

2012 Jaguar XF, XJ and XK

The new Jaguar XF saloon, XK sports coupé and flagship Jaguar XJ all make their debut at the New York Auto Show 2011. Substantial changes and improvements across the range bring performance, refinement and economy to new levels, while fresh design enhancements strengthen the contemporary appeal of Jaguar’s latest line-up.

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Audi R18 TDI relying on ultra lightweight technology for Le Mans

2011 AUDI R18 TDI

  • Only seven weeks before the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Company’s lightweight technology expertise is visible
  • Audi R18 TDI with innovative detail design solutions
Lightweight design expertise expressed visually: This is the principle under which Audi enters the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. The three Audi R18 TDI cars, which join the grid for the French endurance classic on June 11/12 and which make their first public appearance over the Easter weekend at the Le Mans test day, perfectly embodies – also visually – Audi’s core expertise in lightweight technology.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

E 63 AMG with new AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine: Benchmark for dynamism and efficiency

2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

The E 63 AMG is now even more powerful and efficient. As part of the "AMG Performance 2015" model strategy, the high-performance vehicle now benefits from the new 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine. This unit, already familiar from the CLS 63 AMG, delivers an output of 386 kW (525 hp) to 410 kW (557 hp), together with an impressive reduction in fuel consumption: the E 63 AMG consumes 9.8 litres per 100 kilometres (Estate 10.0 litres) according to NEDC combined, in other words 22 percent less than its predecessor with the AMG 6.3-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

All-new Honda CIVIC

2012 Honda CIVIC - World debut at 2011 New York International Auto Show

The all-new, ninth-generation 2012 Honda Civic, arriving at dealers nationwide starting on April 20, debuts with a new, sleek style and a fuel-efficient, technologically advanced lineup.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Subaru shows All-New Impreza for first time

2012 Subaru Impreza 4-door Sedan
  • All new Impreza debuts at New York Auto show
  • Special attention paid to interior space, quality and refinement
  • New engines and transmissions
  • AWD chassis refined for even better ride and handling
  • WRX STI continues as stand-alone model
Subaru has launched the all-new, fourth-generation 2012 Impreza model at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. Debuting bolder, more dynamic design and new engines, Subaru’s compact contender will also offer increased interior space, refinement and handling agility.

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Scion introduces FR-S Sports Coupe Concept at 2011 New York Auto Show

Scion FR-S Sports Concept

  • Rear-wheel drive concept makes world debut
  • Design focus of Pure Balance
  • Boxer engine utilizes Toyota’s D4-S direct and port injection system
Scion unveiled the rear-wheel drive FR-S Concept sports coupe today at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to stimulate the souls of true driving enthusiasts, will be at the Scion display through May 1. The FR-S Concept will inspire a new model coming to the Scion brand next year.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan – The “Big Small Car” Brings innovation within reach

2012 Nissan VERSA Sedan

  • Offers Mid-Size Vehicle Technology Without Mid-Size Price; High Value, High MPG and Exceptional Roominess Highlight Sophisticated All-New Sedan Design

Small on the outside, big on the inside. Smart technology with next-generation efficiency. A $10,990 starting M.S.R.P. and low cost of ownership. New dual injector system and sub-planetary CVT design. Expected combined city/highway fuel economy of 33 miles per gallon. New global “V” (for Versatile) platform. Sophisticated styling, high quality interior.

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Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible ISR
  • Dramatic ISR Mulliner option introduced
  • Celebration of Bentley’s world ice speed record-breaking Supersports convertible driven by rally champion, Juha Kankkunen
CREWE, England : April 20, 2011 - The Continental Supersports Convertible ISR (Ice Speed Record) is the most potent and radically styled Bentley convertible ever. This new model, limited to just 100 cars worldwide, is a celebration of the Company’s world ice speed record for a convertible car set by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible.

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Bugatti displays new models at Auto Shanghai

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport for China
  • Fastest production car in the world premieres in Asia
  • Special Grand Sport for the Auto Shanghai 2011
MOLSHEIM/SHANGHAI : April 19, 2011 – Bugatti creates top-rate performing sports cars that are so unique in design and technique that they have been named pieces of art. The two latest masterpieces by this legendary European manufacturer will be on display at the Auto Shanghai 2011, an Asian debut for the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The Super Sport ranks as the highest performing car in existence with 882 kW (1,200 PS) and an electronically limited top speed of 415 km/h. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, whose 736 kW (1,001 PS) makes it the most powerful convertible in the world, will also be showcased by the Alsace-based luxury brand in Shanghai. But today‘s Bugattis are more than the ultimate sports cars – the Veyron 16.4 has already become an exclusive collector‘s item and a prized investment.

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Suzuki reveals Kizashi Ecocharge Concept at 2011 New York International Auto Show

Suzuki Kizashi EcoCharge

NEW YORK : April 19, 2011 – American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gas-electric concept variant of its Kizashi sedan at the company’s 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) press conference this evening. With the moniker Kizashi EcoCharge Concept, this innovative and eye-catching four-door further illustrates Suzuki’s global eco-mobility story, and accentuates the company’s effort in socially-conscious motoring.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Infiniti announces JX Luxury Crossover to join its line next spring

2013 INFINITI JX - Teaser image

  • North American Debut of IPL G Convertible Concept and Red Bull Racing Formula One Car Set for New York International Auto Show
FRANKLIN, Tenn. : April 19, 2011 - Infiniti has announced an all-new three-row luxury crossover designated the Infiniti JX that will go on sale at its retailers in spring 2012 as a 2013 model.

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 makes its Asian premiere at Auto Shanghai 2011

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 - Asian premiere at Auto Shanghai 2011

SHANGHAI : April 19, 2011 - The V12 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 makes its Chinese debut on Lamborghini’s stand at the Auto Shanghai 2011. The new V12 flagship of the Lamborghini super sports car brand is redefining the super sports car market, with not only extraordinary performance but with lightweight engineering technologies and unparalleled design.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

World Premiere : SUBARU XV CONCEPT

Subaru XV Concept

TOKYO : April 19, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) unveiled the “SUBARU XV CONCEPT” today at the Auto Shanghai 2011 (Press day: April 19 and 20; Open to the public from April 21 through 28 in China.

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Volvo presents Concept Universe: A luxury Volvo for China and the world

Volvo Concept Universe

SHANGHAI : April 19, 2011 - At the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2011, Volvo Car Corporation visualises a masterpiece of Scandinavian Design for car buyers with exquisite tastes.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Nissan LEAF™ NISMO RC (Racing Competition) takes zero emission strategy to a new dimension – the race track


FRANKLIN, Tenn. : April 18, 2011 - The name on the back panel, just under the massive adjustable rear wing, says Nissan LEAF™. The powertrain is an 100% zero emission advanced Lithium-ion battery design, just like that found on the world’s first affordable mass market electric vehicle. And despite its lack of rear doors, rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation, carpeting and other amenities, there is a discernable family resemblance. But that is where the similarities between the production Nissan LEAF and the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC end. As indicted by the “RC” – for Racing Competition – this new electric vehicle, which makes its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show on April 20th, is purpose-built to bring new meaning to the term “Racing Green.”

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Volkswagen launches new generation of the Beetle

2012 Volkswagen Beetle - World premiere at Berlin, Germany

WOLFSBURG : April 18, 2011 - Volkswagen presents a new generation of its automotive classic, the Beetle. The new Volkswagen celebrates its world debut on no less than three different continents, embedded in MTV World Stage Concerts.

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Mazda announces new Compact SUV will be Mazda CX-5

Mazda MINAGI Concept

HIROSHIMA : April 18, 2011 - Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its new compact crossover SUV will be called the Mazda CX-5. It is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI concept car, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens on April 20, 2011.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 Formula 1 - Chinese GP : Hamilton takes a Shanghai victory

2011 F1 - Chinese GP winner : Lewis Hamilton - No.3 - Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes

SHANGHAI : April 17, 2011 - The Chinese GP, won by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, was one of the most exciting races in years with passing and changes of the lead throughout.

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2011 WRC - Jordan Rally : Ogier scores a last-gasp thrilling victory!

2011 WRC - Jordan Rally Winners : Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia - Citroën Total World Rally Team

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia snatched victory in Rally Jordan in the very last stage, the Power Stage shown live on TV throughout the world. The Citroën Total World Rally Team crew won by two-tenths of a second, the smallest gap ever at the end of a WRC round. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, who came third, have now taken the overall lead in the Drivers’ World Championship, while Citroën is now dead-heating for first place in the Manufacturers’ World Championship.

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McLaren unveils MP4-12C GT3 after successful Navarra test programme

2012 McLaren MP4-12C GT3

  • Conceived in McLaren’s Formula 1 simulator and now testing on FIA* GT3 circuits across Europe: new MP4-12C GT3 shows immediate signs of race readiness
  • McLaren Group Chief Executive Officer Martin Whitmarsh to host McLaren GT press conference on 04 May 2011 at McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England
The concept phase of the new MP4-12C GT3 race car began in the McLaren simulator in 2010. Like McLaren Formula 1 cars and the 12C road car, on which the 12C GT3 is based, the simulator has played a vital role in defining the GT3’s engineering requirements and technical specification. More recently, the 12C GT3 tested at FIA* certified circuits and is producing race ready performance.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Official A3 and R8 GT Spyder sketches released

2012 Audi A3 4-door sedan - Sketched

Audi has released the first official sketches of the next generation Audi A3 with 3-door hatchback, 5-door sportback and 4-door sedan version with the next R8 GT Spyder.

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Lexus signals future design thinking with LF-Gh [/w first dynamic video]


  • World debut for LF-Gh hybrid concept at New York International Auto Show
  • Concept car offers cues for future Lexus design direction, including new “spindle” front grille
  • Potential for new ideas to be carried forward to future Lexus production vehicles
The Lexus LF-Gh will make its global debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept has been conceived as a redefinition of the luxury grand tourer, with a “clean sheet of paper” approach to design.

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Friday, April 15, 2011


2011 GEMBALLA Mistrale

LEONBERG, Germany : April 15, 2011 - Gemballa GmbH is proud to announce the world debut of two works of automotive art, presented on Stand A24 of the 2011 Top Marques Monaco Show, from 14-17th April.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

2012 Camaro: 45th Anniversary Edition Boosts Power, Comfort

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition

  • Sports car brings new, more powerful V-6, sport suspension and new technologies
DETROIT : April 13, 2011 – Chevrolet Camaro, America’s most popular sports car, extends its momentum with enhancements for the 2012 model year. Highlights include an improved version of its standard 3.6L direct injection V-6 engine, a new FE4 performance suspension package for SS coupes and several interior and technology improvements, such as a revised instrument panel design, new steering wheel and rear camera system.

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Aston Martin Racing annouces New Vantage GT3

2012 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 - Rendered

GAYDON : April 13, 2011 - Aston Martin Racing announces today, the new Vantage GT3 race car based on the V12 Vantage road car, which will be ready for competition in 2012.

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The Audi Q3 – a premium SUV in compact form

2011 AUDI Q3 quattro

INGOLSTADT : April 13, 2011 - The new Audi Q3 is a premium SUV in a compact form. This genuine Audi sets standards in all aspects of engineering from its body through drivetrains and chassis to its state-of-the-art assistance systems and multimedia systems. The Audi Q3 is a versatile companion for everyday life with an urbane character.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SEAT to launch in China, extending its international reach

2011 SEAT Range

  • Company to make official presentation this month at the Shanghai Motor Show
  • Presentation of SEAT’s most popular models – the IBIZA and LEON
MARTORELL : April 12, 2011 - For the first time in SEAT’s history the company will be present at the Shanghai Motor Show (April 21-28, 2011) as part of the Brand’s strategy of expansion into new markets. The Company’s immediate objective is to establish the Brand in the mind of potential customers before sales begin with the LEON and IBIZA models in 2012.

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