Archive: July 2010

28 July
MINI All Set For World Rally Championship Re-entry

The upcoming World Rally Championship will see MINI testing its mettle against players such as Citroen, Subaru and Ford. The decision assumes significance for the fact that this will be MINI’s re-entry into the racing challenge which would get underway next year. The car maker will be entering the MINI Countryman WRC, being developed by Prodrive. The tests will be for events that would run through 2011, and is expected to continue during the entire 2012 season.

The car maker is expected to bring on to the race track its four-wheel-drive rally car that will have incorporated in it a BMW Motorsport four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. It is expected that the car would be a regular entrant in more racing series too. Reports suggest that BMW is likely to make the car available to customer teams.

28 July
Mazda CX-5 SUV By End of 2011; To Sport Sky Generation Direct-Injection Engines

Japanese automaker Mazda will soon roll out its new small Mazda CX-5 SUV, after having tempted the world with its Kazamai concept for a couple of years now. The new small SUV is to be based on the two-year-old Kazamai concept and is most probably due for a launch date during the end of 2011.

The new small Mazda CX-5 SUV will be rolled with features that have an inclination towards maximum fuel efficiency. The new model is expected to also sport a new set of Sky generation direct-injection engines and a light transmission. The car, in fact, will be the first production Mazda to be powered by the new generation of ultra-efficient Sky engines.

It will also come with regenerative braking and start/stop functionalities. To be at least 100kg lighter compared with rival models, the car might come in both three- and five-door versions.

[via Autocar]

28 July
Toyota FT-86 Not To Be Delayed; To Arrive November Next Year

Come November 2011, and Toyota will be ready with its FT-86. The production version of the car is said to be almost 50 per cent complete. Though not many details have been revealed, it is being speculated that the car would be attached with a price tag of 2.5 million yen ($28,610 / €22,000).

If you would remember, the Toyota FT-86 was earlier been in the news for having been delayed till 2013. However, the latest reports that suggest a November 2011 launch have brought more discussions on the new Toyota offering.

What we get to know is that the new Toyota FT-86 would be based on a design similar to the concept that had been shown to us earlier. Though there might be minor modifications, the overall shape and design are said to be more or less the same. The concept was shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

The concept car had been showcased then with a Subaru 2.0-liter Boxer engine, six-speed manual transmission, ADVICS brakes, and rear-wheel drive. Get set for the latest Toyota offering soon. By the way, what do you think about the pricing?

[via 7tune]

28 July
New Ford Focus RS Could Feature Hybrid Drivetrain

Ford has reportedly been planning to incorporate a hybrid drive set-up in its next-generation Ford Focus RS and will also attempt to convert the vehicle into an all-wheel drive sports hatch.

While the planned hybrid drive on the next Focus RS will resemble the drive technology present on the Peugeot Hybrid 4, it will consist of an Ecoboost unit of 2.0 litre capacity connected to a electric motor fitted on the rear axle of the vehicle.

Both the RS and ST variants of the car will have an engine power of 250 bhp, butt he addition of the electric motor on the RS will increase the total power of the vehicle to 300 bhp. The new drivetrain will also increase the fuel-efficiency of the new Focus RS as compared to existing Focus RS models.

Ford could provide further details about the vehicle during the Paris Auto Show due to be held in October, where the company will also put its Focus ST on display for the first time.

27 July
New Ford Focus ST Debuts in Paris

American auto manufacturer Ford will display its new 2012 Ford Focus ST in the upcoming Paris Auto Show in the month of October. The new model will feature a new EcoBoost engine that is likely to be similar to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines present in existing Ford models such as the Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo.

The EcoBoost unit in the next Focus ST could provide as much as 300 bhp of power and will employ the torque vectoring technology created by Ford to channel that power to the front wheels of the car and to help the car grip the road as much as possible.

The new Focus ST will also be capable of bursting from 0 to 100 kmph speeds in a matter of 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph (155 mph). It will also be more fuel efficient than the existing Focus ST model and is expected to release in 2011, after the Europe launch of the hatchback and wagon variant of the Ford Focus in April 2011.

27 July
SSC Ultimate Aero To Launch On August 8; Will It Defeat The Bugatti Veyron?

The second generation Aero, called the Ultimate Aero, from Shelby Sports Cars will be unveiled by the company on August 8th at the Boeing Flight Museum in Seattle. The Ultimate Aero is SSC’s attempt to regain its title of “fastest road car in the world” from current title holder Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

The Bugatti Veyron had achieved its title after breaking the 255.83 mph record set by the previous model of the Aero called the Ultimate Aero TT. The new Ultimate Aero will require more than the 1,183 hp present in the Aero TT to become faster than the Veyron Super Sport, which has a 1,200 hp-engine and has set a record top speed of 268 mph.

The designer of the new Ultimate Aero, Jason Castriota, will also have to make sure that the design does not cause aerodynamic drag, besides ensuring better power features for the car.

So does the Veyron Super Sport have a reason to be scared? The answer will be revealed on August 8.

27 July
2012 Dodge Durango Pictures Leaked On Twitter

A picture of an uncovered 2012 Dodge Durango, which may get its name changed to Magnum when it hits the market, has been leaked onto the internet through microblogging site, Twitter.

The leaked picture shows that the grills of the new Durango have been reshaped and its sides have also been rounded. The new headlights on the vehicle are accompanied by a hood that is broader in size. The bumper has also been remodeled while the side-sills look better than the previous version as well.

Other outer design features that can be seen are the teardrop shape of the rear window which complements the new design of the side windows. The vehicle’s c-pillar is also thicker than before and the b-pillar blends in with the body.

The Durango could become available as the Magnum next year with either a Penastar V6 with 3.6-liter capacity capable of producing 280 hp, or a HEMI V8 engine of 5.7 liter capacity capable of producing 360 hp power.

[Twitter via Autoblog]

21 July
Lamborghini To Add Sports Car And SUV To Line Up

Lamborghini is set to roll out two entirely new models. The line up is to have a V8-powered entry-level sports car and another model – most likely an SUV. The V8-powered entry-level sports car is said to be likely to be positioned just below the Gallardo. This model will be Lamborghini’s attempt afresh to get back into the sports car segment. If you would remember, the car maker had in the 70s and 80s unveiled the Urraco, Silhouette and the Jalpa. These models were pitted against the Ferrari/Dino 308 GT4 and the Maserati Merak those days.

Meanwhile, the new upcoming SUV is said to take off from the LM002. The Lamborghini SUV might see itself positioned on the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg. However, we might get to see the car in a distinct design when it arrives.

21 July
Fiat 500 Blackjack Special Edition For Key European Markets

Fiat’s new special edition 500 Blackjack has been outed. To be driven in to dealerships by September, the car would be made available in the European markets by then. We get to learn that Fiat would sell the high end version for prices starting at €18,350 in the Italian car market.

The Fiat 500 Blackjack will come with four different engines. The petrol variants will sport a 900cc TwinAir with 84 bhp (63 kW / 85 PS). The 1.2-liter with 69 bhp (51 kW / 70 PS), and a 1.4-liter with 100 bhp (75 kW / 101 PS) will be part of the pick. Meanwhile, the diesel variant would offer 95 bhp (71 kW / 96 PS) 1.3-liter Multijet II.

To be rolled out in matte black hues and glossy accents, the car will have 16-inch alloy wheels, and red brake calipers. Leather upholstery and silver trim will be part of the package. That’s a bit different than the Fiat 500 pink we’ve seen some time ago. Eh?

21 July
Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz GL Caught On Spy Cam

The next-generation Mercedes- Benz GL has surfaced in the form of spy pictures. Clicked by an enthusiast from outside a development center in Southern Germany, the GL prototype caught on cam appears to belong to the wagon/ SUV family.

2012 Mercedes GL-Class

The front-end design has similarities with the current E-Class and the GL is expected to be built on a stretched version of the next generation ML platform. The car, going by the pictures, is expected to come sporting LED daytime running lights on the bumper; while there will be compact light clusters for the taillights. A wider grill and a more aerodynamic nose would add to the charm.

Merc is likely to stay with the engines that were earlier part of the ML SUV. This could mean that the 3.0 and 4.0 liter diesels as well as the 5.5 liter gasoline/petrol engine coupled to the brand’s 7G-Tronic (7-speed) transmission would remain. Likely to arrive sometime in late 2012, the next-gen GL would be model to look out for. [via WCF]

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