06 December 2013
The clean-sheet design of both 2015 Ford Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements -- including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck -- with contemporary execution. "You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a Mustang strong and true," said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.
Several key design features define the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, including:
A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals
Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille.
04 December 2013
Some hours ahead of the global reveal that will be held on December 5th in Barcelona, Spain, the first images of the all new 6th generation of the iconic Ford Mustang have appeared on Internet through the mustang6g.com forum on which were published the report of the British magazine AutoWeek before the new issue was released.
According to the AutoWeek article and to other sources these are the first details of the new 2015 Ford Mustang:
The wheelbase is the same as the 2014 model (107.1 inches) and the overall length is nearly identical.
The front track is the also the same as the 2014, but the rear track is 2 inches wider at 64.9 inches.
The overall height of the new car is about 1.5 inches shorter and the overall width of the car is about 1.5 inches wider.
Aluminum Front Fenders
200 lb. weight loss
15" Rotors on GT
Selective Drive Modes
Standard Keyless Start
Date Recording App.
200-pound weight reduction over the outgoing Mustang, thanks in part to aluminum front fenders
Two GT Performance Packs, one for the 2.3 Ecoboost and another for the 5.0 V8, includes limited-slip diff; V8 PP cars get 15-inch Brembos with six-pot calipers
Ford says GT PP faster on track than 2012 Boss
Standard keyless entry, meaning all cars get a proximity key
At least some versions have MyFord Touch, but with physical knobs and buttons for HVAC functions
10% of production is expected to end up overseas, but Canada will remain second largest market for it
18 November 2013
The third generation MINI of the BMW era started in 2001 has been revealed in Oxford, UK, where the premium sporty hatchback is manufactured. The new MINI Cooper S is the most agile and powerful of ther new MINI range, thanks to a 2-litre engine which develops 192 horsepower.
The vehicle length has been increased by 98 millimetres, width by 44 millimetres, height by 7 millimetres, also longer wheelbase (+ 28 millimetres) and larger track width (front + 42 millimetres, rear + 34 millimetres) as compared to the predecessor model (differential figures relate to MINI Cooper) This means an optimised spatial comfort on all four seats; new seat design with larger adjustment range at front and longer seat surface at rear (+ 23 millimetres), more shoulder room and foot space as well as increased comfort for rear passengers and a luggage compartment volume increased by 51 litres to 211 litres.
2014 MINI COOPER S TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
MINI Cooper S: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control),
capacity: 1 998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 bhp at 4 700 -- 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 -- 4 750 rpm
(300 Nm with overboost),
acceleration (0--100 km/h): 6.8 seconds (automatic: 6.7 seconds),
top speed: 235 km/h (233 km/h),
average fuel consumption*: 5.7 -- 5.8 litres (5.2 -- 5.4 litres)/100 kilometres,
CO2 emissions*: 133 -- 136 g/km (122 -- 125 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
11 November 2013
The second generation Nissan Qashqai will go on sale in selected global markets from January 2014 as a totally renewed model of the crossover launched back in 2007. The second-generation model is 20mm wider, 49mm longer and 15mm lower than the current car. Yet despite this reduction in height, front and rear headroom levels have actually increased by 10mm and the raised driving position remains. All new Qashqai models feature LED daytime running lights, certain versions are equipped with even more sophisticated technology, with full LED power for both dip and main beam.
The boot has now a luggage capacity of 430 litres with the rear seats in position -- an improvement of 20 litres over the outgoing Qashqai. The engines line-up of the new 2014 Qashqai consists of four engines: two petrol and two diesel, with the option of two- or fourwheel- drive. The 1.2-litre DIG-T delivers 115 HP (85kW) and generates 190Nm of torque consuming just 5.6 l/100km, while the most powerful petrol engine will be the 1.6 DIG-T engine with 150 HP (110kW) and 240Nm of torque. There are also two Diesel option, the 1.5 dCi 110PS (81kW) which in terms of fuel consumption has an EU combined figure of just 3.8 l/100km and the 1.6 dCi 130PS (96kW). The latter in two-wheel-drive manual form, the 1.6 dCi has CO2 emissions of 115g/km and an EU combined fuel consumption figure of 4.4 l/100km. The Xtronic version emits 119g/km and returns 4.6 l/100km, while the four-wheel-drive manual version enjoys figures of 129g/km and 4.9 l/100km.
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09 October 2013
The all new 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the fourth generation Cadillac's most luxurious SUV. Production of the 2015 Escalade begins next spring in Arlington, Texas. The product line will consist of the standard Escalade model, as well as the extended-length ESV edition, with offers a 14-inch-longer (355 mm) wheelbase and approximately 20 inches (508 mm) more in overall length,maximizing space for third-row passengers and 60 percent more cargo space behind the third-row seat than the Escalade.
Offered with 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, Escalade features a new 6.2L V-8 engine that is more powerful and more efficient than previous models. The performance threshold for the 2015 Escalade lineup rises with an all-new, more efficient 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm) -- a nearly 5-percent increase in horsepower and 10 percent more torque. The engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with enhanced TapShift control.
The front seating area offers more than 1.5 inches (44 mm) more headroom and more than four inches (101 mm) of additional legroom compared to previous models while the second- and third-row seats fold flat for greater cargo versatility -- and a segment-first hands-free liftgate includes programmable height settings.
17 September 2013
The Alfa Romeo 4C has its natural habitat on racetrack thanks to its faboulous capabilities: 4 kg/HP, from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5, 137 HP/litre and 1.2 g of deceleration. The new 4C from the Italian brand here tested at Ferrari's private Fiorano racetrack is a lightness jewel thanks to a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that weights only 65 kg for a total mass of just 895 kg.
The new Alfa 4C is powered by a new 4-cylinder 1750 cc Turbo Petrol engine with direct injection and aluminium block, the sophisticated latest-generation "Alfa TCT" dry twin clutch automatic transmission and the Alfa DNA driving mode selector with the brand-new Race mode. Torque and specific power set new records for this size of engine at over 200 Nm/l and 137 HP/l, respectively, while maximum power of 240 HP (176 kW) is reached at 6000 rpm. The maximum torque of 350 Nm constant between 2100 and 4000 rpm, but 80% of the torque is already available at just 1800 rpm. The Alfa Romeo 4C goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and develops a top speed of over 250 km/h.
Customers can decide to further personalise their cars by selecting from either a collection of accessories made by Mopar, the Parts & Service and Customer Care Division of the Fiat and Chrysler Groups, or a rich list of optionals including the Racing Pack (racing set-up, racing exhaust system, AR RACING tyres, 18/19'' 5-hole wheels, sports steering wheel in leather with microfibre insert and red stitching) and the Luxury Pack (mixed leather and microfibre sports seats with red stitching, carbon fibre Bi-LED headlights).
The new 4C Alfa Romeo wiil be marketed on the major world markets in only 3,500 units - 1,000 units of which are earmarked for Europe and can be ordered at all Alfa Romeo dealerships in Europe starting from October at a price of 53.000 euros.
Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and made at the Maserati plant in Modena, the new Alfa Romeo 4C uses materials and design solutions like carbon, aluminium, and rear-wheel drive derived from the 8C Competizione. It is a very lightweight sports car (total dry weight of only 895 kg) with a length of approximately 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres.
The Alfa 4C sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 258 km/h. Deceleration peaks in the range of 1.2 g and lateral acceleration peaks over 1.1 g. All this is also achieved with a balanced weight distribution, with 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear.
The annual availability of the 4C Alfa Romeo on the major world markets is limited to only 3,500 units - 1,000 units of which are earmarked for Europe. Starting in October it can be ordered at all Alfa Romeo dealerships in Europe.