And so we’re rolling. After seeing the new Citroen Hypnos concept that is about to be presented in one month at the Paris Motor Show, we have a new one. It’s Mazda with its Kiyora Urban Concept – means ‘clean and pure’ in Japanese – combining driving with pleasure and safety.
Designed for a youthful lifestyle, the new Kiyora Urban is based on Mazda’s Nagare, is light and even though it looks small it should offer the highest levels of security. With a next-generation four-cylinder direct-injection engine the car wants to be what every student wants to get as a gift after graduation. The pictures look really neat, but I’ll doubt we’ll see the new Kiyora on the streets, any time soon.
Let’s hope Paris will shed some light on this one.
Only 1 month ahead of the Paris Motor Show, we have a lot of concepts bursting like popcorn. The French from Citroen are preparing the new Hypnos Concept (is that from hypnosis, are you feeling hypnotized?), another great model when it comes to its design. Built as a crossover with BMW X6 flavor, it has the elegance of a saloon and the space of an SUV, which is great.
The new Citroen Hypnos is going to focus very much on lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and the company managed to do so even if it uses a hybrid 200bhp(147kW) engine – 4.5 liters/100km and 120g/km of CO2. Looks great so if you’d like to know more, let’s wait till the begging of October for more info.
There are some interesting things happening in Moscow at the Russian Motor Show, but I liked this one in particular because I’m a Honda Civic fan for at least 15 years now. The Japanese from Mugen Motorsports, managed to take a standard Honda Civic 5-door hatchback and build a special new look, just for it and most likely for the European market. I’m pretty confident that Honda is gaining popularity in South Africa and that more and more dealers will be interested in getting some tuning deals for their clients.
Not sure about you, but that sure looks nice in my opinion. Am I subjective, or it’s the general opinion?
It seems the pictures with the brand new BMW 7 Series have leaked a little sooner than the official ones. The official day of presentation was supposed to be the 7th of July. 7th day of the 7th month. How mystical!
But it was moved to the 8th, and was held in Moscow’s Red Square. 400 big shots from all around the world were invited to see the wonder that is the 7 Series which was housed in a giant hourglass filled with thousands of shiny balls that fell one by one to reveal the brand new car to our mortal eyes.
The Extreme Auto Show showcases the best tuners and fitment centres, as well as the diverse product ranges that these companies stock. The main focus of the show is to showcase South Africa’s best customised and modified cars, exotic cars, classic cars, and customized bikes. It is the only event that takes place once a year, that informs the motoring fraternity about what is new and available to the discerning motorist that wants to personalize his ride.
The Extreme Auto Show is about the meanest, loudest, fastest and the most desirable motor vehicles and bikes South Africa has to offer.
The Castrol Show boasts all the exotic and luxury brands, as well as the best in custom built muscle cars, classic restorations, modified custom cars and bikes kit cars, replicas, racing series and the top end aftermarket companies exhibiting each year.
2008 will see a big change as AEC has lined up a host of interactive events at this years Castrol Extreme Auto Show. Visitors can expect to be treated to the Ultimate Motoring event to take place in SA this year.
The motor concourse will be the biggest to date with big cash, prizes and trophies to be won. The calendar girls will be autographing calendars and posing for photos with visitors, both the calendars and photos can be purchased at the event.
AEC will be giving away the CASTROL EDGE SUBARU WRX STI as well as other bikes and prizes at the show.
Female visitors will be treated to manicures, Indian head messages, and much more at this years show.. read more
After the International Motor Show that will be held early March, the New York Auto Show will come. You probably knew it but what you didn’t knew is that the organization planning the “World Car of the Year” awards have decided it’s top three finalists in each of the four categories. 47 automotive journalists helped for the list to be built.
So here are the “nominees”:
2008 World Car of the Year Finalists
Mazda2 / Mazda Demio
2008 World Design of the Year
Mazda2 / Mazda Demio
2008 World Performance Car
Audi S5 Coupé
2008 World Green Car
BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics
Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI
Past year’s winners included Audi A6 in 2005, BMW 3 Series in 2006 and Lexus LS460 in 2007. Place your bets people.
Chicago Auto Show made a nice surprise today when a facelifted Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder and Coupe version were presented to the public. Dual exhaust pipes, better looking wheels (yes, new wheels), shinny spoiler for GT models and a restyled rear are just a few things that will blow your mind.
Let’s get to the hard part, the engine. Here is a nice upgrade because the new Eclipse runs on a 2.4-liter engine that develops 162 hp or a 3.8-liter V8 engine with 265 hp and 262 ft-lb of torque that doe 0-60mph in 6 seconds using either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed Sportronic.
The new Eclipse comes with anti-lock brakes and big ventilated discs, stability control and HID headlights. The car comes in a bunch of new colors that include Solar Yellow, Maizen Blue pearl and Quick Silver metallic.
If you were to ask me what I think about a four-door coupe the answer would be negative. I can’t imagine a car with 4 doors to be sporty and attract women. I changed my mind, today, when I saw that Volkswagen announced they Passat CC in Detroit and was left drooling. You get both performances, design and comfort if you choose it.
For the new Passat CC you get to choose from a 1.8-liter TSI engine that sports 160-hp to the top of the line 3.6-liter V6 FSI engine with 300hp, and shortly after European and North American Launch the 2.0-liter turbocharged FSI engine will also be available. All models will use the DSG gearbox and as an option you get to choose all-wheels-drive.
Volkswagen Passat CC is 5cm lower than the standard and 3cm longer, has a panoramic glass roof and should sell like bread depending on price. It’s going to be a tough competitor for Mercedes CLS Class. Here’s a video of the new VW Passat CC.