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Hyundai RB Concept Revealed at Moscow Show (Video)

Published by on Aug 26th, 2010, No Comments

Hyundai has introduced a new sub-compact family sedan concept RB at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show. Production version of this concept car, which is basically a repackaged Verna / Accent, is scheduled to begin at Hyundai’s first full-cycle plant in Saint Petersburg, in January 2011. It will join the Hyundai lineup in the spring of 2011.

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Aston Martin raids Geneva with Special Edition Models

Published by on Mar 5th, 2010, No Comments

Aston Martin wanted to make its presence felt at the 80th Geneva Motor Show and accordingly it decided to raid the event with two special editions along with their new customization program. The first special edition model is dubbed the DBS UB-2010 and it marks the completion of 10 years for Dr. Ulrich Bez, the Aston Martin CEO.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black Edition

Finished in Azurite Black paint, the DBS UB-2010 gets metallic bronze leather finishing along with Cryptic Titan trim and special sill plates marked by the Bez production. The DBS UB-2010 will be limited to 40 units, 20 of which will be Volantes while the other 20 will be Coupes. The second special edition model is the V12 Vantage Carbon Black. The limited edition model features a rare metallic paintjob which required 50-man hours of hand painting, something which is complimented with carbon fiber side strakes, and black diamond turned alloy wheels. Aston Martin is also using the Geneva event to showcase Works Service Tailored – a bespoke styling program.

Westfield iRacer Electric Vehicle breaks cover in Geneva

Published by on Mar 5th, 2010, No Comments

There are a number of interesting electric vehicles at the Geneva event this year ranging from the EV Tata Nano to the Tag Heuer Tesla Roadster and the latest addition is the Westfield iRacer. Categorically, the Westfield Racer is an EV racer which is designed to compete in the EV Cup which is a one-make race car series launching in 2011.

Westfield iRacer electric vehicle 1

The iRacer version unveiled in Geneva is closest to the production model and the designer Elliott Hawkins believes that it has electric pulse running through its veins. The body construction material such as aluminum and recyclable plastics keeps the overall car weight down to 600kg. On the inside, the Westfield iRacer is powered Lithium Phosphate battery which produces 109PS with 1,000Nm of torque and this combination helps the car pelt from 0 to 60mph in less than 5 seconds with an overall top seed of 177km/h.

Wiesmann GT MF4-S Finally gets a Price Tag in Geneva

Published by on Mar 2nd, 2010, No Comments

Wiesmann GT MF4-S

Wiesmann GTMF4-S admirers will love the ongoing Geneva Motor Show for two reasons; one that the GTMF4-S will be on display through out the event, and two that Wiesmann has finally announced the pricing of this stunning automobile. At €133,800 which excludes tax and labor costs, the Wiesmann GTMF4-S will be a rare automobile which will turn heads on the streets. The ultra-expensive GTMF4-S is blessed with BMW M3’s 4.0-liter V8 engine that churns 414hp and up to 400Nm of torque. The same engine helps the M3 pelt from 0 to 100km/h in less than 5 seconds while the Wiesmann beast can achieve the feat in 4 seconds with an overall top speed of 300km/h.

Mercedes F800 Style Concept in Geneva

Published by on Mar 2nd, 2010, 2 Comments

Mercedes F800 Style Concept 1

The Mercedes-Benz F800 Style broke cover at the ongoing 80th Geneva Motor Show and while a few view it as a research design study which will be an inspiration for future models, there is group of believers that believe it is the 2011 CLS Class.

The F800 Style can use two different powertrains which include a plug-in unit or a fuel cell option. As a fuel-cell powered com muter the F800 motor can get 101kW of energy along with 290Nm of torque although the range wasn’t revealed.

As a plug-in option mated to a V6 engine, F800 manages 403 hp on a combined cycle. The plug-in F800 manages a top speed of 120km/h when only running on the 81kW motor and 249km/h when running on the V6 petrol engine. The F800 manages the 0 to 60mph dash in an impressive 4.7 seconds.

For the ones thinking it to be the next generation CLS, take note that the F800 is seven inches shorter in length which is because of the stubbed rear and a uniquely designed front fascia.

The most electric day ever: Porsche to offer hybrid Panamera

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, 1 Comment

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It’s official – Porsche will offer the Panamera with a hybrid drivetrain. The company confirmed the at the LA Autoshow.

The vehicle will most likely go on on sale in 2011 and will probably not be offered in 4wd guise. Lots of rumours are floating around regarding which system will be used, but the general consensus is that it will not be using the system we’ve seen on the Cayenne.

If all today’s hybrid announcements are anything to go by Porsche will have a host of electric spares to choose from when it raids the VW group’s electric/ hybrid parts bin.

The most electric day ever: New Golf 7 to be electric

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, No Comments

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The boss of VW R&D Ulrich Hackenberg(real name) has said at the LA Auto show that the next Golf will definitely be offered with Hybrid and full electric versions.

Greenpeace rejoice.

The most electric day ever: VW up Lite concept

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2009, No Comments

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This is up Lite concept from VW. It is Lite on fuel. Using only the faintest whisker of fumes of fuel to go on to a consumption figure of just over 2 liters per 100km.

How? Well the name kinda gives it away. Weighing in at only 695kg it really is Lite. It weighs as much as a stack of feathers because of the extensive use of Aluminium, Carbon fibre and lightweight batteries.

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