Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014
Within the forthcoming international Moscow showroom the Suzuki company will present two new conceptual models: sedan of Suzuki CIAZ and compact crossover of Suzuki iV-4. The conceptual sedan Suzuki CIAZ was for the first time shown within the Indian motor show, and next month the serial version of this car will start arriving on the Indian car market under the name Maruti. On the Moscow showroom Suzuki will show the conceptual version intended for the European market. According to the preliminary data, the new sedan will be equipped both petrol, and diesel motors with a working volume from 1,4 to 1,6 liters.
Suzuki iV-4 crossover which feature are ample opportunities on its personalisation becomes the second novelty. The name of the iV-4 car means "identity", and figure 4 means that it is equipped with system of an all wheel drive. In the future, besides receiving the status of the serial car, the concept of Suzuki iV-4 can become a basis for the successor of a crossover of Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014
The first image of the new Volkswagen model focused on the Chinese market and created on the basis of a concept of Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe (NMC) got to the Internet, presented within the Beijing showroom. The official debut of a novelty allegedly will take place at the end of the current year during carrying out the Chinese showroom in Guangzhou. The estimated cost of the new car in Heavenly Empire will make about 180 thousand yuans or 29 thousand dollars.
In comparison with the concept presented earlier, the serial version of the car will receive simpler radiator lattice, a front bumper and head optics. Also on the commodity version rims of smaller dimension will be established.
It is remarkable that after emergence of images of the serial Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe version, a number of automobile critics right there suggested that the new model is the Chinese Volkswagen Jetta version of new seventh generation. Indirectly this assumption is confirmed on the example of the Volkswagen Passat model which in China is on sale under the name Magotan.
Posted on Monday, July 08, 2013
Skoda Company produced a number of updates model Rapid, which car will get from 5 August 2013. First of all, the sedan is now available with a new 1.6-liter TDI turbo diesel engine 90 h.p. The engine will be paired with a 7-speed DSG or robotized transmission with a 5-step "mechanics". On request, the car will also be available in conjunction with Service Green tec, including a system start / stop, power recovery system under braking and tires with low rolling resistance. As promised, experts Skoda, in this case, the fuel consumption per 100 km at Rapid amount to only 3.9 liters.
Other changes will affect the interior of the Skoda Rapid. It will be a new three-spoke steering wheel, new materials and finishes, as well as advanced multimedia systems. Besides, in complete sets of Active and Ambition there will be a better forward panel of gray color. Externally Skoda Rapid will not change, however the client will have an opportunity of installation of xenon headlights with a light stream the 2000th lumen. As it is told in the official statement, new headlights do not demand a special washer the proofreader that does their cost lower.
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Conditions have become increasingly difficult for drivers in recent years, with the cost of fuel continually pushing towards record levels. Fuel companies continually point towards rising wholesale prices, but increases in fuel duty by the government - already the biggest fuel tax in Europe - have not helped motorists.
Drivers will have been relieved, therefore, when chancellor George Osborne announced in this latest Budget statement that the planned three-pence-per-litre hike in fuel duty, pencilled in for September, is being scrapped. It doesn't make conditions any better for motorists, but it prevents further pressure being put on their wallets.
Yet for companies, there was extra relief in some of the other details of the Budget. Company car tax banding are being changed, for example, to reward drivers of low-emission vehicles. The current regulations charge five per cent company car tax on vehicles which emit 0-75g of carbon dioxide per kilometre; from 2014-15 cars emitting 0-50g/km will be charged five per cent tax and seven per cent the year after, but vehicles which produce 50-100g/km will be subject to a nine per cent levy in 2014-15 and 11 per cent the following year.
With petrol prices prompting many fleet owners to consider more economical vehicles, the promise of significantly reduced tax bills (multiplied of course for each vehicle in the fleet) is likely to persuade many to buy environmentally-friendly vehicles.
One model which could be set to benefit is the Nissan eNV200 electric van, which has been proving its credentials in a recent test as a commercial vehicle for British Gas. The energy supplier plans to make a large proportion of its fleet of 13,000 vehicles electric by 2015, and has been putting the eNV200 through its paces with a series of practical tests. Colin Marriott, fleet general manager at British Gas, said the firm has been "very impressed", adding: "After our month-long test in 2012 which went well, the cold weather testing was vitally important to establish the van's characteristics in real-life working conditions.
"The drivers enjoyed the experience and the vehicle's performance and reliability. We will now continue further testing in 2013 and 2014 ahead of us deciding our future fleet mix."
Jon Pollock, corporate sales director at Nissan GB, was predictably pleased with the results of the performance trials. "We're delighted that the next stage of testing for British Gas has been a success," he said. "Working with a large fleet operator like British Gas allows us to receive a range of feedback before the van launches in early 2014 and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship."
While British Gas could expect big company car tax savings by switching to electric vehicles, smaller companies can also reap the benefits. Remember also that electric vehicles qualify for the government's Plug-in Grant, so speak to dealers and check out the offers on Nissan vehicles from retailers such as Evans Halshaw to see what the potential savings could be.
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013
In the world there are many automotive companies specializing in the manufacture of vintage cars, which are based on modern machines donor. But among them stands out the American company GWA (Gullwing America) whose owner - Arturo Alonso become famous some very distinctive and original designs, earning the respect of colleagues and unconditional lovers of rare cars. His new creation - the convertible GWA 300 SLC. This car is constructed by request of one client from Eastern Europe which name is kept secret, and is a tribute to the memory of Mercedes 300 SC (W188) of 1955, only 92 pieces of which were produced. At the heart of construction the roadster Mercedes SLS AMG to which in GWA studio made a new aluminum body lies and redesigned interior.
The same car has got a removable hard top, adjustable suspension, a new exhaust system and executed in a retro style alloy wheels dimension of 21 inches front and 22 inches rear. Engine and transmission completion is not subjected.
Most likely, GWA 300 SLC will be manufactured in one piece, as befits the author's car. However, granting orders Arturo Alonso can make this car a small series, as with other models GWA.
The chance to see any of the GWA models on the road is almost equal to zero. These cars go at once to garages of collectors of automobile rarities and if leave on the road, only, as they say, on holidays.
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Daimler company shared the official information about the most powerful Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, which will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Together with technical data producer also revealed official images of the novelty. Under the hood of a charged Mercedes A-Class will house a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can achieve 360 h.p power and 450 Nm peak torque. The drive is transmitted to all wheels through a seven-speed robotized transmission AMG SPEED SHIFT DCT, which can operate in three different modes. As a consequence, the hatchback is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and achieve 250 km/h top speed electronically limited specifically.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG got stiffer suspension, a diminished clearance, as well as the cooling system, designed for the supercar SLS. In addition, the car is equipped with "three-tier" system of stabilization, one of the modes which (Sport Handling) allows slightly weaken the control electronics and increase the amount transferred to the rear wheel torque. Is provided as well to completely turn off ESP.
Appearance of hot version of the Mercedes A-Class is not much different from the civil hatchback. However, the car can be charged to recognize on a radiator grille with two strips, slightly different front bumper, black air intakes and mirrors and light-alloy 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the standard sports seats replaced bucket, and appeared on the dashboard carbon fiber inserts. In addition, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG received sport steering wheel, special pedals and red seatbelts.
European sales of Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG will commence in the summer of 2013. The manufacturer has not yet disclose the price but it is expected that for the hot hatch asked about 41 000 euros.
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
At the Geneva Motor Show, which will open in early March, one of the most beautiful pieces will be the new Alfa Romeo, which was titled 4C. For the first time this concept car was shown in the spring of 2011, and now two years later, the Italians were able to make a prototype of a production car. Full specifications Alfa Romeo 4C will be published only on the day of the presentation, but we already know that the length of the new rear-drive coupe will be around 4 meters, and under a cowl of the car there will be a supercharged petrol engine of 1.8 liters, which will work together with the box transmission with two clutches. Capacity of the power plant has not been revealed, but it is expected that it will give about 200-250 hp.
In addition, it is known that the mass of 4C will be only 850 kg! For the modern car is really small, so that the new "Alpha" is going to be quite simply a very fast car. It is interesting that Italians want to sell new model not only in Europe, but also in the USA (Alfa Romeo left the American market in 1994).
The new Alfa Romeo will cost around 45,000 euros.
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2013