Archives for October 2012

UK Convertible Market Analysis

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012

With our recent bout of sunshine now fading, we decided to look into the recent Used Convertible Market. The graphic below shows our findings. We’ve had some mighty expensive cars over the past few years and a lot of the usual suspects. The main stars being the Mazda MX-5 and the Mercedes SLK proving popular all over the country. In the past year there has been a massive surge in advertised Audi TT’s and A5′s, dealers seem to have got it right as car buyers are searching for these cars more and more. Audi also look to be taking note with new Audi RS5. In light of all this we name the Audi TT our VCARS Convertible Pick.


VCARS Used Convertible Market Analysis

Courtesy of: VCARS

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Volkswagen Taigun

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

Volkswagen is presented at the Auto Show in San Paulo, a new compact crossover concept called Taigun. The car, based on the compact Up!, reaches 3859 mm long, 1724 mm wide and 1559 mm high with a wheelbase of 2470 mm. Outwardly the car is executed in the general corporate Volkswagen style and reminds larger Touareg and Tiguan. By the way, the name of a new concept is an anagram of a name of the last and is urged to emphasize unambiguously the general style and target audience of a novelty — inhabitants of big cities. It is necessary to note also wide wheel arches, an angular form of forward headlights and back lamps, and also two exhaust pipes and the railing on a roof. Founders chose as firm color of a concept shade dark blue under the name Seaside Blue.


Saloon Volkswagen Taigun nominally designed for five passengers, although, as in the case of the Up!, can comfortably get a maximum of four. Interior design concept is also similar to a compact, the underlying, a modest, but tasteful. But the car boasts a decent amount of luggage - 280 liters. With the rear seats folded, it increases to 987 liters, which is pretty good for a car of this size.

Under the hood of Volkswagen Taigun housed more powerful version of one-liter three-cylinder engine, mounted on the Up!. Turbocharged engine with direct injection system is able to deliver 110 h.p and 175  Nm peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-step mechanics. Acceleration to 100 km/h - 9.2 seconds, fuel consumption per 100 km - 4.7 liters. In this case, the car makers emphasize that the drive only the front, because the model is specifically designed for city driving.


The company made ​​a big bet on this model and expect to sell it since 2015 on global markets.

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Citroen C4 Cross Hatchback

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Company Citroen unveiled a crossover version of the model, called C4 Cross. The car is made based on the hatchback and designed for the Chinese market. From the normal version Citroen C4 Cross differs protective plastic bodywork, slightly increased ground clearance, roof rails and a few other small details. Hatchback is equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine capacity 106 h.p, which is installed in conjunction with a 5-step mechanics or 4-speed automatic transmission. 


Drivegear Citroen C4 Cross will be only the front. The PSA Peugeot Citroen joint venture and the Dongfeng company will be engaged in release of the car. The prices for Citroen C4 Cross in China will begin from 111,8 thousand yuans (about 17,8 thousand US dollars). About possible delivery of model to other markets is not reported.


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New Opel Cascada officially presented

Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Opel company officially told about the cabriolet Cascada constructed on the basis of the Astra model. Outwardly Cascada differs from Astra not only lack of a roof: it's necessary to note other angular cowl, other front grille, slightly other forward headlights with a light-emitting diode corner of day running fires and light-emitting diode back lamps. In the interior Opel Cascada offers passengers the improved materials of the furnish, new seats with heating and cooling function and the electric drive, and also Easy Entry system which is urged to facilitate access of passengers on the second row.


 As for the convertible top, the choice was made in favor of classic fabric roof, which you can open or lay down  for 17 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h. With the hood Opel Cascada boot capacity is 350 liters with the roof stowed, it's reduced to 280 liters.


Opel Cascada buyers can choose from four power units. Gasoline engines will feature a 1.4-liter turbo-unit, available in two versions: 120 h.p and 140 h.p. In both cases, the engine is able to deliver 220 Nm peak torque. Masthead is a 1.6-liter petrol engine capable producing 177 h.p and 280 Nm. One diesel engine - a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit, which has a capacity of 165 h.p and a maximum torque of 380 Nm. Depending on the version of the car will be aggregated 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic.


Cabriolet Cascada will be present in March 2013 on motor show in Geneva. Production of the car will begin spring of next year in the Polish city Gilwice. Later the company will report about the prices for a novelty.

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Audi A1 Ducati

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

German car brand Audi showed hatchback A1, designed in a unique color scheme motorcycle Ducati1199 Panigale.At the factory Ducati in Borgo Panigale, Italy was presented the first example of the joint work of the Italian manufacturer of motorcycles and it's new owner - the concern Volkswagen Group. Car factory from Ingolstadt prepared version of hatchback Audi A1, performed in a unique red and white color scheme. The five-door version of the car was taken for a basis in a complete set Sportback which finally has received the name Audi A1 Ducati.

The classic for Italian brand a combination of red and white accents complemented small green, which ultimately associated with the Italian tricolor. Wheels and part of the car's interior are also made in the original color designs "Rosso Ducati". On the door of the car you can see the faint outline 1199 Panigale - sportbike flagship plant of Bologna. To complete the picture on the hood of a hatchback flaunts an impressive size Ducati logo.

Audi A1 Ducati car was casually photographed near plant, so we don't have any detailed information on specifications now.


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Suzuki Swift Sport

Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012

Suzuki will present at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the new concept of a charged Swift. The car was designed by the chief engineer of the Japanese company Naoyuki Takeuchi and executed on the basis of the five-door Swift Sport. Externally exclusive hot Suzuki Swift Sport will be distinguished by an aerodynamic body kit that includes a front spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser and spoiler on the tailgate, and a special wheel disks OZ, low-profile tires, dual exhaust pipes and LED lamps head light.

In the interior the car received sports seats, the two-colored forward panel and furnish materials. Technical details of the charged Swift Sport is not disclosed. Rather, the Japanese will be installed on the vehicle a more powerful version of the same 1.6-liter engine (136 hp and 160 Nm), which is equipped with a simple version of Sport, although surprises are not excluded. The possible arrival hot Suzuki Swift into mass production and cost of the car is not reported.


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Top tips when buying a new car

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012

As far as financial commitments go, buying a car is one of the biggest. For those who need to travel long distances on a daily basis, owning a car is essential, but when the time comes to buy a replacement, they may wonder what to consider before parting with their money. Buying the right car can be a time-consuming process that could easily lead to the wrong purchase being made, but if you think carefully before you buy, you could make a wise investment. 


The first thing to think about when buying a car is price. Everyone has a certain amount of money they can spend on a car, and they have to find the best possible vehicle they can buy within their price range. While price is important, so is value for money, so it’s important to look at things like fuel economy, performance, equipment levels and safety ratings just to see what you can get for your money.


Space, build quality and running costs are also important. Ideally, you’ll want your car to last for a long time, and it should also have enough room in the back for kids or adult passengers. Meanwhile, if a new car is cheaper to run than your old one, then maybe you should consider buying that model if you can afford it.


When buying used, any prospective car buyer should look in detail at the state of the vehicle, looking for signs such as rust, dents and other elements of wear and tear on the bodywork and interior. They should also look at mileage and the vehicle’s service history, as they can help to show whether it’s still in good condition and how long it could last for.


If you do decide to buy a new or used car, you might wonder how you can get rid of your old model. You could sell a car with in next to no time by getting an instant valuation and receiving the money quickly, meaning that you get your hands on the money needed to buy a new model.

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New generation Toyota Crown

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012

In the near future Toyota will present new generation of one of the legendariest models which is called Crown.Toyota has long been able to keep secret information about the new generation Crown, but unknown spy managed to take pictures from a promotional brochure of the new model, and post them on the Internet. Judging by these pictures, design Toyota Crown will be quite different from each other depending on the configuration - model versions Royal get more conservative looks, and modification Athlete would have a rather unusual grille. 

About the technical features of the new Crown is nothing known. It is possible that the model from the beginning will be sold exclusively with hybrid engines. In Toyota company for a long time mastered this technology and now it actively used on many different models.

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New Volkswagen Beetle 2012

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012

Volkswagen company released the first images model Beetle of the new generation in a body coupe. The car, which presentation will take place during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2012, received a soft convertible top, which can be opened in 10 seconds. The line of engines Volkswagen Beetle will be presented by seven motors and won't differ from the base version. The 1,2-liter turbocharged petrol TSI motor in capacity of 105 h.p. becomes base, it will be followed by petrol engines of 1,4 TSI (160 h.p.) and 2,0 TSI (200 h.p.). Diesel engines will be presented by the 1,6-liter motor in capacity of 105 h.p. and the 2,0-liter engine which is giving out 140 h.p. Transmissions — 6-step mechanics or robotized box DSG with six or seven steps, depending on the engine.


At present time there are only the price of convertible Volkswagen Beetle new generation in Germany. They will begin with a mark of 21 350 euros. In Europe the car will be available to the order since November, 2012, and the European premiere of a novelty will take place in the spring of 2013.

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Paris Motor Show: Ford Fiesta Updated

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fiesta takes in Europe the second place on sales among all cars. The main external difference between the updated model - it's a different face with a new grille and different front bumper. Also headlights and a cowl underwent changes. Not too many new features in the salon, although it should be noted the replacement gear lever and some elements of the center console. Much more importantly, Fiesta has received a lot of new electronic assistants. For example, a system MyKey. Quite an interesting thing - it allows you to program things such as maximum speed or volume of the music. And MyKey will not budge unless the driver and passenger are not wearing seat belts. Appears on the Fiesta and collision avoidance system.


It's also important that, instead of the old 4-speed automatic transmission will be robotised gearbox double-clutch Powershift. Fiesta received and the new 1-liter gasoline engine, which will give out 100 or 125 h.p depending on the configuration. And to replace two diesel engines of 1.4 and 1.6 liters will aggregate volume of 1.5 liters.  


There is good news for fans of speed - Ford will soon start selling the long-awaited version of the Fiesta ST, which will have an engine capacity of 180 h.p. As for the suspension, the engineers say that it has become more comfortable, although their driver features car also has not lost.


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Bentley Continental GT3 Сoncept

Creation of conceptual Continental GT3 the Bentley company declared intentions to return to motor racing. The car is constructed according to FIA regulations, in a basis laid down serial Continental GT Speed.Maximum speed - 330 km/h, acceleration to 100 km/h - 4.2 seconds, to 160 km/h - 9.0 seconds. 


In the motion Bentley Continental GT3 Concept leads W-12 engine, which develops 625 h.p (at 6500 rpm) and a torque of 800 Nm, available between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. Naturally lead back. Transmission - 8-speed.


The rest of this and all next year will be spent for tests and operational development for participation in 24-hour races GranTurismo. The exit to the sports arena within GT3 is planned for the end of 2013.


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New Golf GTI at Paris Auto Show

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012

At the Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen has officially demonstrated the pre-production seventh-generation Golf GTI, and in two versions - with three or five doors. The market model will be released no earlier than six months, but it seems that Germans had got everything ready for production. Golf GTI gets several versions two-liter supercharged TSI unit with direct injection. The first version develops 220 h.p (previously 210 h.p) and 350 Nm of torque. Second version forced 230 h.p will be offered as part of the sport package Performance Package.


Base GTI will be able to accelerate to 100 km/h for 6.6 seconds (previous generation - in 6.9 sec.), forced version with Performance Package - in 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 246 and 250 kilometers per hour, respectively. GTI thus becomes ,more economical then predecessor by 18%, the average fuel consumption is 6 liters per 100 kilometers


Boxes - six mechanics and the six-speed robot DSG with two wet clutches. As for the all-wheel drive version of the charged R, it should be expected in the second half of next year.

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