Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Audi to present the S6, S7 Sportback and S8 high performance models at IAA 2011

2012 Audi S6

  • Audi presents the S6, S7 Sportback and S8 high performance models
  • Newly-developed 4.0-Liter V8 with up to 520 horsepower
  • Ground-breaking efficiency with systems such as “cylinder on demand”
INGILSTADT : August 31, 2011 - Audi will present its new S models for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA). These models are characterized by power combined with appropriately low fuel consumption. The engine down-sizing strategy of the brand with the four rings has reduced the fuel consumption of the S6 by as much as 25 percent whilst offering sportier driving performance.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Abarth Specialties World Premiere

Abarth 500 - Cabrio Italia

TURIN : August 30, 2011 - The three specialties on hand in Frankfurt embody the sportiness, heritage and undisputed racing spirit essence of Abarth.

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Mazda2 local assembly to commence in Vietnam

2012 Mazda2

HIROSHIMA : August 30, 2011 — Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it will commence local assembly of the Mazda2 in Vietnam in October 2011. The Mazda2*1 will be produced at a newly-constructed assembly plant owned by Vina Mazda Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd*2 in the Nui Thanh district of Quang Nam province. Sales of the locally assembled Mazda2 in Vietnam will also begin in October 2011. Mazda expects the Mazda2 to become one of its mainstay products in the Vietnamese market and plans to produce approximately 2,000 units per year.

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Sebastian Vettel to unveil his perfect Infiniti

Infiniti released the first image of its upcoming concept car

ROLLE, Switzerland : August 29, 2011 - Infiniti released the first image of its upcoming concept car, which makes its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13th.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 Formula 1 : Vettel wins in Spa to extend lead

2011 F1 - Belgian GP winner : Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium : August 28, 2011 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) scored his seventh win of the season in the Belgian GP on Sunday to extend his championship lead.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

The first Maserati SUV concept could surface at Frankfurt motor show

Maserati SUV : CAR's artist's impression

Maserati is developing its first SUV, and rumours are circulating that a Maserati 4x4 concept could surface at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.

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Volkswagen celebrates 20 years of partnership with FAW in China

Volkswagen celebrates 20 years of partnership with FAW in China

  • More than 15,000 skilled jobs created in two decades
  • Winterkorn: Further growth in “second home of China” expected
WOLFSBURG / CHANGCHUN : August 26, 2011 - One of the Chinese automotive industry’s success stories began twenty years ago: In 1991, Volkswagen and First Automotive Works (FAW) set up the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. Some 4,500 guests celebrated the joint venture’s 20th anniversary yesterday evening at a ceremony in Changchun. FAW-Volkswagen is currently one of China’s largest automobile manufacturers and has built five million vehicles since operations began. The anniversary vehicle, a “New Magotan”, left the assembly line in Changchun this week. The company expects annual production to top the one million mark for the first time this year.

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SEAT unviels Exeo facelift

2012 SEAT Exeo

SEAT’s much-admired executive class Exeo saloon and ST estate range is getting a new look, and some important new engineering upgrades.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

TECHART Aerodynamic Kit I for the Porsche Cayenne

2012 TECHART Aerodynamic Kit I for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

World Premiere at IAA - TECHART presents the all-new Aerodynamic Kit I for the Porsche Cayenne. For an individual touch, that lends the sporty SUV an elegant new look – with TECHART's typical and unmistakable design. The second level of individualization for the Porsche Cayenne in addition to the TECHART MAGNUM will be unveiled to the public in Frankfurt in combination with a second TECHART performance kit.

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The New Mercedes-Benz B-Class : Heralding a new era in the compact class

2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

  • Agile: space and dynamics abound
  • Efficient: drive system with new engines and dual clutch transmission
  • Safe: radar-based collision warning system as standard, PRE-SAFE®
  • featuring for the first time
  • Sensational: outstanding aerodynamics set a new benchmark in the segment

STUTTGART : August 25, 2011 - Substantially more agile and efficient, but as comfortable and spacious as ever – the new B-Class from Mercedes-Benz is a winner on all fronts. The vehicle's lower height and more upright seat position provide for a first impression that hints at the compact sports tourer's dynamic credentials.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The new Bentley Continental GTC

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

  • Bold, contemporary, sculpted design employing advanced production technology.
  • Sensuous, luxurious, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment.
  • Coupe-like refinement with unrivalled comfort and practicality.
  • More powerful 6.0-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability, delivering exhilarating performance.
  • Uprated chassis for a more dynamic and engaging open-top driving experience.

CREWE, England : August 24, 2011 - The second generation of Bentley’s iconic Continental GTC convertible will debut at next month’s International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt.

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The Audi A8 hybrid : Consistently efficient

2012 Audi A8 Hybrid

  • The luxury sedan with hybrid drive is on its way in 2012
  • 245 hp system output, fuel consumption under 6.4 liters per 100 km
  • Four-cylinder gasoline engine, powerful electric motor and lithium-ion battery
INGOLSTADT : August 24, 2011 - The power of a six-cylinder model, the fuel consumption of a four-cylinder version: Audi will be starting series production of the A8 hybrid in 2012. Its gasoline engine – a 2.0 TFSI – and an electric motor develop peak output of 180 kW (245 hp) and 480 Nm (345.03 lb-ft) of torque. Average fuel consumption is below 6.4 liters per 100 km (36.75 US mpg). The sedan can travel at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) on electric power alone, and cover around three kilometers (1.86 miles) with zero local emissions at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph).

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Camry Set to Pace 2012 Daytona 500

2012 Toyota Camry Daytona 500 Pace Car

TORRANCE, Calif. : August 23, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced today the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry will serve as the official pace car for next year’s DAYTONA 500®.

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Toyota introduces Seventh-Generation Camry for 2012

2012 Toyota Camry launched

  • Lean Design, engaging driving dynamics
  • Improved fuel economy in all models; Hybrid achieves 43 mpg
  • Advanced safety and security features
  • New Entune Multimedia System
TORRANCE, Calif. : August 23, 2011 – Toyota introduced today the all-new, seventh-generation Camry, America’s best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before. With class leading safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology added in, the end result is the best Camry ever made. Introduced in 1983, the Toyota Camry would later establish the template for the modern midsize sedan, setting benchmarks for Quality, Dependability and Reliability, along with a comfortable, quiet ride. Since that time, Toyota has sold more than 15 million Camry models worldwide.

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The new Ferrari 458 Spider

2013 Ferrari 458 Spider - The world's first mid-rear engined berlinetta equipped with a retractable hard top debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show/i>

MARANELLO : August 23, 2011 – The new 458 Spider joins the 458 Italia, widening the range of Ferrari’s mid-rear engined V8s and offering the same uncompromising technological solutions, handling and performance in a refined open-top configuration. It is equipped with a Ferrari patented, fully retractable hard top, a world first for a sports car with this lay-out.

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The exclusive Maserati GranCabrio Fendi debuts at Frankfurt Auto Show

2013 Maserati GranCabrio Fendi

MODENA-ROME : August 23, 2011 - The Maserati GranCabrio Fendi designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi is born from the union of two iconic brands of the Made in Italy, which share common values such as craftsmanship and tradition.

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The new Porsche 911 Carrera : Tradition meets modernity

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

STUTTGART : August 23, 2011 - At 48, the Porsche 911 Carrera is younger than ever: The completely redesigned generation of the sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details, yet from the very first glance it remains unmistakably a 911. True to the 911 tradition, the distinctive Porsche design language with its tendons and muscles exudes power and elegance.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The “Estate of the Art” in sport – the new ABT AS6 Avant

2012 ABT AS6 Avant

Amazing what it can do: the ABT AS6 Avant is a fast luxury liner which likes going on long journeys. Both sporty and dynamic, it offers driving pleasure -- its excellent comfort ensures that this pleasure remains even on long trips. And in the rear it impresses with large luggage space as well as the typical ABT view of four exhaust pipes. "This estate stands for lifestyle and power. Which is also going to be honoured by the driver behind you", Hans-Ju"rgen Abt clarifies. The CEO of the now 115 years old company adds: "The vehicle shows all of our experience in tuning."

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Ford and Toyota to collaborate on developing new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs

  • Ford and Toyota are collaborating as equal partners to accelerate consumer availability of a new advanced hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs
  • New co-developed hybrid system ready for use later this decade on Ford and Toyota rear-wheel-drive light trucks and SUVs, delivering greater fuel efficiency while still providing customers the capability they want and need
  • Ford and Toyota also will collaborate on development of next-generation standards for in-car telematics and Internet-based services
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 22, 2011 – Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation – the world’s two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles – today announced they will equally collaborate on the development of an advanced new hybrid system for light truck and SUV customers.

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“GEMBALLA racing” to enter two McLaren MP4-12C GT3s in the 2012 motorsport season

2012 GEMBALLA racing - McLaren MP4-12C GT3

Setting yet another milestone in the year of its 30th Anniversary, GEMBALLA is proud to announce the debut of GEMBALLA racing. The new team will enter two McLaren MP4-12C GT3 cars in the 2012 motorsport season.

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2011 WRC : Ogier wins Rallye Deutschland

2011 WRC - Rallye Deutschland winners : Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia No.2 Citroen Total World Rally Team - Citroen DS3 WRC

Sebastien Ogier has claimed his first victory on a Tarmac-round of the World Rally Championship by winning ADAC Rallye Deutschland, which finished in the historic city of Trier yesterday.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The new SLK 55 AMG: Top marks in all disciplines

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG

AFFALTERBACH : August 21, 2011 – The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is the most powerful SLK of all time. Its newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine featuring cylinder shut-off combines the ultimate in performance with the lowest possible fuel consumption. With a peak output of 310 kW (422 hp) and maximum torque of 540 Nm, the SLK 55 AMG outperforms all of its direct competitors. Its fuel consumption of 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) and CO2 emissions of 195 grams per kilometre are around 30 percent lower than those of its predecessor. High levels of driving dynamics are ensured thanks to the AMG sports suspension with Direct-Steer system, Torque Vectoring Brakes and 3-stage ESP®, as well as the AMG high-performance braking system. A particularly appealing addition to the range is the SLK 55 AMG "Edition 1".

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The new up! – a small Volkswagen with great potential

2012 Volkswagen UP!

  • up! offers maximum space and superb functionality over 3.54 x 1.64 metres
  • up! debuts as first car in its class with City Emergency Braking
WOLFSBURG : August 21, 2011 - Volkswagen has redrawn the map of the small car world. The goal: to develop a small car with charisma, a small car with maximum space on a minimal footprint, a small car with the most fuel-efficient engines or an electric drive, a small car with intuitive infotainment and operating systems, a small car with the safety of a large car. The result is the new up! It measures a short 3.54 metres and is a specialist for everyday urban living that was thought through to the last detail. This car – like the larger Polo and the even larger Golf – will appeal to people of all ages and mobility wishes.

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Infiniti announced 2013 IPL G Convertible

2013 IPL G Convertible Concept

Infiniti today announced that it will double its Infiniti Performance Line lineup of premium performance vehicles in spring 2012 with the addition of a new 2013 IPL G Convertible. More than just focusing on engine power and acceleration, the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, product design philosophy focuses on “total vehicle performance,” including unique driving attributes and exclusive exterior and interior features at highly attractive price points.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nissan launched Juke "Kuro" Limited Edition

2012 Nissan Juke - Kuro Limited Edtion

  • Limited edition Nissan Juke sees the dark side
  • New wheels, black details and numbered plaque
  • Priced from £17,395, on sale now

Whether talking about the contents of your wardrobe or your garage, style gurus will always tell you that black is never out of fashion.

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Kia to unveil four-door sports sedan concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

KIA Sport Concept

Powerful, dynamic and forward-looking, Kia’s new concept car signals the company’s distinctive new design direction. This rear-wheel drive four-door sports sedan marries sleek and muscular proportions with a sophisticated and elegant four-seater cockpit.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Infiniti JX Concept makes world debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

2013 Infiniti JX

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. : August 19, 2011 - The Infiniti JX Concept, a preview of an innovative new 7-passenger/3-row luxury crossover that joins the Infiniti lineup in spring 2012, made its world debut today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The JX Concept was unveiled by Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura prior to its display throughout the weekend’s activities at the famed Lodge at Pebble Beach.

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Bold, Dynamic New Lexus GS unveiled

2013 LEXUS GS 350

  • Bold and dynamic design featuring the new face of Lexus
  • Improved driving dynamics
  • Packed with innovative performance and safety technology
  • Spacious interior with a contemporary and sophisticated feel
EMBARGO : August 18, 2011 - Lexus unveiled the new GS at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California on Thursday, 18 August.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jaguar to launch C-X16 concept car at Frankfurt Motorshow

Jaguar C-X16 Concept - Teaser image

The Jaguar C-X16 production concept will make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13.

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All-New Yaris : Sized right for fun and function

2012 Toyota Yaris LE

  • Estimated 38 MPG highway
  • Safety Features Include Nine Airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System™
  • Offered as 3-door and 5-door liftback
  • Sporty SE features distinctive styling, interior and sport-tuned suspension
LOS ANGELES : August 17, 2011 – With the right size for drivers who need an agile and functional vehicle, the all-new 2012 Toyota Yaris Liftback arrives this fall with sporty styling, outstanding safety features and improved fuel economy.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The new SLK 250 CDI : Sports car performance with the fuel economy of a sub-compact

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI

STUTTGART : August 17, 2011 : For the first time, Mercedes-Benz is offering the sporty SLK Roadster with a diesel engine. The 150 kW (204 hp) four-cylinder power unit puts the two-seater at the top of its class in numerous respects. With a fuel consumption of 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres, it is the most economical roadster in its segment. Thanks to its enormous torque of 500 newton metres it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, and delivers a top figure for acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h. The result is superior driving enjoyment both on winding country roads and on long motorway stretches. Like the other models in the latest SLK family, which was presented in January this year, it combines lively sportiness with high-quality appointments and excellent comfort.

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The fast and the furious : Chevrolet Miray and Colorado Rally Concepts

Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept

  • Two exciting concepts to celebrate European premiere in Frankfurt
  • Colorado Rally Concept builds on Chevrolet's strong truck heritage
  • Colorado's interior includes high-performance steering wheel and fire-fighting system
  • Small and open, light and purposeful appearance characterises Miray concept car
  • Information displayed via back projection onto the Miray's instrument panel
Over the course of its 100-year history, Chevrolet has created and refined an array of startlingly beautiful car designs. Some of these have moved on to become true road legends, such as the Belair, the Suburban, the Corvette, or the Camaro. Though Chevrolet cars are very diverse in their appearance, reflecting the different uses they have, there is a common design and brand DNA and a set of exterior and interior features that distinguishes them from a multitude of competitors.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The new Hyundai i20 Blue emits a tiny 98g/km of CO2

2012 Hyundai i20 Blue

  • i20 Blue emits just 98 g/km CO2 – making it the lowest in the Hyundai range
  • Exempt from the London Congestion Charge
  • VED Band A, meaning £0 first year rate and £0 standard rate
  • Priced at £13,195 and on-sale now
Following on from the successful i10 Blue launched at the beginning of the year, Hyundai has now added another sub-100g/km CO2 model to its range – the i20 Blue. With emissions of just 98g/km CO2, it is the lowest emitting vehicle in Hyundai UK’s product line-up.

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Even more sportiness and individuality for the BMW X5 and BMW X6

2011 BMW X5 xDrive30d

MUNICH : August 16, 2011 - Additional equipment options, new exterior colours and an expanded choice of light alloy wheels will add even more sportiness to the exclusive look and sheer driving pleasure of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 in the autumn of 2011. Appealing refinements in the exterior and interior design of both models will be possible due to the enhanced range of options offered by the BMW Individual programme. In addition, both the Sports Activity Vehicle and the Sports Activity Coupe will be available as Exclusive Edition models, offering customers an exclusive choice of unique options and materials enabling them to configure their BMW with an unmistakable personal touch. In the autumn of 2011, the BMW X5 xDrive30d will also be available with BMW BluePerformance technology and will fully meet all of the requirements of the EU6 exhaust emissions standard.

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The new smart fortwo electric drive - Zero-emission driving pleasure for everyone

2012 smart fortwo electric drive

STUTTGART : August 16, 2011 - Zero-emission motoring with even more driving fun – the third generation smart fortwo electric drive will be available from the spring of 2012. In total a five-figure number of vehicles will roll off the production line in Hambach, France. Following the huge success of the second generation, electric mobility will then become accessible to anyone interested in more than 30 markets worldwide. In the development of the new generation smart benefited from extensive experience and customer feedback gathered worldwide over the past years. Driven by a battery supplied by Deutsche Accumotive for the first time the 55 kW electric motor passes the 120 km/h mark. From 0 to 100 km/h in less than 13 seconds - even driving on urban motorways becomes enjoyable. The 17.6 kWh battery enables the lively city car to travel around 140 kilometres in city traffic without producing any local emissions.

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Kia Picanto 3-Door joins the range for the first time

2012 KIA Picanto 3-Door

  • Kia’s new city car available in 3-door form for the first time
  • Four trim levels available – including two new high specification versions
  • CO2 emissions from 99g/km – VED and Congestion Charge exempt
  • On sale 1st September 2011
  • 3-door range priced from £7,795 OTR

Following on from the recent launch of the all-new Picanto city car Kia is introducing a three-door version to the line-up for the first time since the model appeared in 2004. The distinctively styled three-door version, with a new range of trim levels, will go on sale in the UK from 1st September.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Bentley to build 4x4 SUV in 2014

2014 Bentley SUV - Rendered

Bentley is preparing to build a 4x4 SUV, the new CEO Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed tonight. Speaking at a select dinner in Crewe, the Bentley boss said the luxury car maker would build a crossover SUV as a priority.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The new ABT Q3 - Kempten commitment to maximum urban sportiness

2012 ABT Q3

“The Q3 is an extremely athletic yet very elegant vehicle. It combines the powerful aesthetics of a robust car with the shape of a cool coupe”, explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. For the CEO of ABT Sportsline, the world’s largest tuner of vehicles from the VW Group, the latest offspring of the SUV family represents an absolute highlight in the product range: “In its class the Q3 is something special. For our designers it provides the perfect working basis, as it is both classy and dynamic”, states Hans-Jürgen Abt. For example the Abts were able to further accentuate the unique tornado curves of the Q3 with side sills. In connection with the striking ABT front grill and the front spoiler the inherently compact car seems more powerful and to have more presence. The rear wing, rear apron and exhaust pipe covers ensure that from the rear of the SUV you can see that the car has a good figure.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Opel adds new engines and premium features to Insignia model year 2012

2012 Opel Insignia

  • Best-in-class: New 1.4 turbo ecoFLEX thriftiest gasoline engine in mid-size class
  • Powerful: New 2.0 turbo with 185 kW/250 hp delivers 400 Nm of torque
  • Clever: Start/Stop system available for many engine variants
  • Added value: Navigation system, front camera, high-class leather interior
RÜSSELSHEIM : August 10, 2011 - Since making its debut, the Opel Insignia has won more than 50 national and international awards, including the especially prestigious title “Car of the Year”. Customers have affirmed this critical success with great demand – over 400,000 units of the brand flagship have been sold to date. With new gasoline engines and state-of-the-art technologies, the Insignia is set to continue its successful run in model year 2012. Prices start at 23,330 euro (RRP incl. VAT).

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Hyundai reveals first rendering of the all-new i30

Hyundai i30 - Rendered

  • ‘Fluidic sculpture’ uses flowing lines to showcase a dynamic appearance
  • All-new-generation of i30 designed and engineered in Europe
  • New model set for world premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show next month
HIGH WYCOMBE : August 10, 2011 – Hyundai has released the first rendering of the next-generation i30, revealing an exciting new look for the company’s bestselling C-segment hatchback. It will be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September.

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New Suzuki Swift Sport to make world debut at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

2011/2012 Suzuki Swift Sport

The new generation of the Suzuki Swift Sport will make its world debut at the 64th International Motor Show (IAA), which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 13 to 25 September 2011*1).

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All-New “SUBARU XV” to Make World Premiere at 64th Frankfurt Motor Show

All-New Subaru XV - teaser image

TOKYO, August 10, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today has announced that it will exhibit the all-new “SUBARU XV” (European specifications) as a world premiere at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. The new model will be unveiled at the Subaru press conference, scheduled at 9.30am on September 13th.

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The Audi urban concept – a completely new kind of concept car

Audi Urban Concept

  • An innovative urban concept car with 1+1 seats
  • Sleek cockpit made from CFRP, free-standing wheels with protective plates
  • Elaborate suspension, compact electric drive system for sporty performance
INGOLSTADT : August 10, 2011 - Audi is once again opening up new horizons: the Audi urban concept is a 1+1-seat, ultra-light car for congested urban spaces. The technical study does not fit under any of the conventional categories – the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racing car, a fun car and an urban car into one radical new concept.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Updated! : Renault Samsung Motors to roll out All-New SM7 in August

2012 Renault Samsung SM7

  • This August will see the brand introduce the latest-generation SM7. Developed over a period of 32 months, with R&D investments reaching some 400 billion South Korean won (€207 million), it stands out as a new benchmark in Korea's big saloon market, seven years after the launch of the original SM7.
  • All-New SM7 carries over the same exacting quality standards and value for money of previous versions thanks to widespread use of state-of-the-art Renault-Nissan Alliance technology.
  • The latest-generation SM7 features the elegant and sophisticated styling expected of such a prestigious saloon.
  • Ultimate comfort is provided by the segment's most spacious interior and premium well-being features.
  • All-New SM7 delivers maximized driving pleasure thanks to its 'Sport Mode' function and Paddle Shift gearshift technology – a segment first – plus enhanced handling and ride comfort.

Renault Samsung Motors unveiled All-New SM7 at a media road test in South Korea and the model will be available in showrooms from mid-August.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 DTM : Mattias Ekström wins at the Nürburgring

2011 DTM - Nurburgring winner : Mattias Ekström (SWE) #8 Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline - 2009 Red Bull Audi A4 DTM

NÜRBURG : August 7, 2011 - A good start, a faultless race and two quick pit stops. The sixth DTM round of the season at the Nürburgring couldn’t have been better for Swede Mattias Ekström. After 49 laps, the Audi driver scored a dominant lights-to-flag victory. For the 2004 and 2007 DTM champion, it was already his 15th race win in the most popular international touring car series. Ekström after the race: “This was fantastic today. I am enjoying this victory more than all the others before. I had to wait for 15 months for this success, but to me, it seemed like 50 months. That became quite annoying.”

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The BRABUS Sport Program for the new Mercedes SLK

2012 BRABUS SLK - Sport program

A sporty designer suit, custom-tailored wheels with diameters of up to 20 inches complete with corresponding suspension options, performance tuning for all engines and exclusive interior design, now offers an extensive customization program for the new Mercedes SLK.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Self-assured and efficient : BMW X3 with further extended range of engines

2012 BMW X3 xDrive20i

MUNICH : August 5, 2011 - From its inception, the new BMW X3 has occupied the top slot among the competition by virtue of its compelling driving pleasure, convincing versatility and commanding presence anchored in high-calibre design and no-compromise premium quality. Now this successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is about to extend its lead even further on the efficiency front. Autumn 2011 will see additions to the model range in the shape of the BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. All-new engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology endow both models with a further optimised performance to fuel consumption ratio. Added to which, the BMW X3 exudes even more appeal thanks to a fine-tuned range of standard equipment and special options.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Audi updates A5 with the new 1.8 TFSI engine

2012 AUDI A5

  • Ample power and minimal consumption: 125 kW (170 hp) and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) torque, but just 5.7 liters per 100 km (41.27 US mpg)
  • New solutions in fuel injection and other fields of technology
  • Fully electronic coolant regulation system
INGOLSTADT : August 4, 2011 - The engines in the updated A5 family set new standards for sportiness and efficiency. Even the base engine, the completely redesigned 1.8 TFSI, showcases the full extent of Audi’s technological competence. The engineers have developed innovative solutions in numerous fields of technology to achieve surprisingly strong performance with minimal fuel consumption.

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2012 Honda Crosstour : Brings sleek design to functional crossover vehicle

2012 Honda Crosstour EX-L

TORRANCE, Calif. : August 3, 2011 - The 2012 Honda Crosstour® approaches the crossover SUV formula from a distinctively sleek, sporty and fuel-efficient perspective while also maximizing the interior's cargo capacity, versatility and premium feel.

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2012 Infiniti FX launches with aggressive new front end design, New limited edition model

2012 Infiniti FX35

FRANKLIN, Tenn. : August 4, 2011 - Infiniti today announced U.S. pricing for the refreshed 2012 Infiniti FX performance luxury crossover, which is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide beginning in early October. The iconic FX design has an aggressive new front grille and fascia for 2012 – featuring a heavy influence from the stunning Infiniti Essence Concept – as well as a new 20-inch wheel design and an updated instrument cluster.

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