It’s not even go into production, but the weather on their behalf are already rising: the Porsche Macan, as reported by Reuters, will be produced in 75,000 copies a year. The model, which will come off the assembly line starting next year, should be made initially in 45,000, but apparently the initial estimates proved to be pessimistic in the face of the latest market analysis.
Presentation in a year. The news comes from specialized magazine WirtschaftsWoche: according to the head of German, Porsche has already informed its suppliers new targets, preparing them to increase the production volumes of the various components. The Macan, which will be produced in the factory in Leipzig, will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September next year, and then go on sale in early 2014.
The compact SUV will have a central role in the strategy with which Porsche wants to reach 200,000 cars a year by 2018: according to the House, the formula of Cayenne, clearly designed to offer good performance mainly on the road and point out their vocation with a design sporty, will give the success to his sister. The Macan, beyond the macroscopic stylistic differences, will be a very close relative of Audio Q5, as regards mechanical and chassis.
Lower than the sister of Ingolstadt, it will use the Porsche floorpan, suspension, steering and four-wheel drive, distinct from the car with the four rings for the specific calibrations. The Macan will also borrow the 3.0 V6 TDI with 245 hp and a hybrid engine (245 hp always) based on the 2.0 TFSI. The technical equipment is expected to be completed by a further component is widespread among its models, the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The positive reception given to the BMW Coupé Zagato – makes its world premiere at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in May this year – has prompted the leaders of the BMW and Zagato to build a version discovery: the BMW Roadster Zagato, which is debuting at this time as part of the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, California. The historic Milanese Carrozzeria took only six weeks to transform a Z4 series in this unique.
Obvious stylistic kinship with the Zagato Coupe or better Zagato Roadster from which it inherits all the front end, including the double-kidney grille consists of numerous small “z”. Peculiar, however, the roll bar behind the front headrests, leaned forward and covered with brown leather, as part of the passenger compartment: according to the designer of Zagato, Norihiko Harada, “catch the eye and make the Roadster recognizable from far.”
The classic two humps typical of almost all Zagato have been reinterpreted on the boot lid and is estendendono for its entire length, from the base of the roll-bar to the edge of the bonnet itself. Rather also wanted the design of the alloy wheels of 19 inches in diameter: the five races evoke the profile of a propeller, to remember the past aeronautical both companies. Exclusive, finally, even the paint iridescent depending on how it is affected by light, reflections shows ranging from light gray to dark gray
The Audi will debut the R8 e-tron electric with an innovative digital rearview mirror, tested the R18 TDI 2012 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Ingolstadt confirmed production by the end of 2012 the first examples of the R8 electric. Both the R8 the R18 are united by the absence of a real rear window that has forced engineers to find a solution and lightweight to provide maximum safety and visibility to drivers.
View in HD. Through a high-definition camera, a controller monitors the management of images on a screen in the organic matrix AMOLED developed by Samsung and adjusts settings to handle different situations of external light and flashes of light from the headlights of other cars. The AMOLED screen is not backlit and reduces both the mass and the thickness of both the consumption of energy, vital in the management of the batteries of the e-tron like any other element of the passenger compartment.
The monitor instead of the mirror. The screen by 7.7 inches is located in the same position of the rearview traditional, while the camera is located in an area that does not disturb the aerodynamic flows and is equipped with a heating system for operation during the winter months. The lens used allows to obtain an angle of view much wider than that of a traditional mirror. Engineers are considering to transmit other information on the internal screen.
The Aston Martin Rapide has no need of aesthetic processing. The four-door English coupe is considered one of the most beautiful cars on the market and the risk of ruining the design with a body kit just succeed is very high. Azfal Kahn, owner of Kahn Design has not pulled back and made a packet processing for the British model.
Expert in tuning kits dedicated to the models of the channel, Project Kahn has changed the image of the Aston Martin Rapide fitting a new radiator grille cover matt silver, the air vents on the hood, exhaust terminals polished, lowered suspension and alloy wheels baptized 21-inch RSX-F.
On board, the Aston Martin Rapide by Kahn Design differs from the standard model for alcantara upholstery on the seats, dashboard and headlining. As tradition Azfal Kahn offers an endless array of customizations for the interior, capable of responding to customers’ needs.
The English coach has instead changed the engine of the Aston Martin Rapide. Under the hood continues to tap the unit V12 5935 cm cubic capable of downloading on the rear wheels the power of 476 horses and 600 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. The Rapide is able to reach the maximum speed of 296 km / h and take from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds.
The convertible super sports car of the house of Ingolstadt Audi R8 is preparing to receive an update in design and engines provided with the restyling of mid-life expected on the market in 2013, following the official launch at the Paris Motor Show 2012.
Relying on the darkness of the night the engineers have left completely uncovered the body of the new two-seater, at the mercy of the flash of our hunter spy. We can see clearly the new design of the headlights that are inserted the LED daytime running lights, as well as the facelift undergone by the front featuring a new look for the air vents and a renewed radiator grille. The Spyder with the four rings also shows the significant changes applied to the rear tail, which has a new design of the headlights also characterized by the lights in LED technology.
The power will be guaranteed once the existing units V8 and V10, although we can expect an update at least from the point of view of the horses. Unconfirmed reports reveal that version 8-cylinder 4.2-liter is expected to generate 450 hp, while the most powerful V10 5.2 liter 540 hp should develop well. Further changes should be represented by replacing the R-Tronic transmission with sporty S-Tronic 7-speed.
As already mentioned this restyling of half production will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show in late September 2012, a few months later to begin the new year in dealerships.
It has the same look, the same price and the same extra 105 hp 1.6 TDI Attraction under construction, but it consumes less: we are talking about the Audi A3 1.6 TDI e, the version “save fuel” on sale now in Italy. To serve three-door 1.6 TDI e, as stated by the House, 3.8 liters of diesel per 100 km instead of the 4.1 version of “normal.” CO2 emissions are lowered accordingly, from 109 g / km to 102.
The A3 1.6 TDI e is equipped with the new common rail turbodiesel with 105 hp, mated to a manual gearbox with the reports of the third, fourth and fifth gear extended. In addition to having improved aerodynamics, this version is fitted with standard tires with low rolling resistance 15 “start-stop and shift light. In three-door version, the A3 TDI e costs 26,681 euro (Ipt included), 27,531 in the Sportback five-door.
The DB7 Vantage Volante, you have a V12 with a generous volume of 5.9 liters. If you want to deliver 420 horsepower, but an Aston is already a reserve for emergencies or power that you get from daily. With 266 km / h the wind through your hair to vultures is a possibility, and even then it is a limited top. The coupe can to 298 km / h. This forerunner of the DB9 – and successor to the DB6, 25 years later? – Was in the 90s and early 21st century a great success. In less than ten years were slightly more than seven thousand made, including all sorts of interesting releases. From just three versions, the production above the thousand : The DB7 Coupe with zescilinder, the DB7 Vantage and the DB7 Vantage Volante depicted. With 879 copies, the DB7 Volante 3.2 in fourth place, shared fifth place is taken by the DB7 Zagato and AR1 each 99 copies. Other versions are not negligible.
A few hours ago was the first photo Robbie reveal, now we have the official images. The ordinary Aileron we have recently seen on video driving and the response was very positive. This version will open in early 2010 production start.
The engine is a 4.2 V8 from Audi and is good for 400 hp and a sprint from 0-100 in 4.5 seconds. The top speed is 300 km / h.
This C8 Aileron Spyker Spyder is the first with a (semi) automatically operated softtop and all looks very nice!
The goal of the 2010 Honda Insight is to make the best use of the most cost-effective hybrid technology. That means a 40-mpg+ compact car for less than $20,000—a figure designed to undercut the least expensive Toyota Prius by about $2,000. And the 2010 Honda Insight has already racked up independent real-world highway fuel economy tests above 60 miles to the gallon. It goes on sale April 22—Earth Day, 2009.
For the new Insight’s design, Honda uses a shape that’s coming to define hybrid and electric vehicles: a five-door hatchback with a smooth front and a high, abrupt tail. You can add the 2010 Insight to a list of similarly shaped cars that begins with the Toyota Prius and includes the Chevrolet Volt as well. In this case, Honda leans heavily on styling cues from its much-publicized FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle.
If you’re thinking about buying a Honda Insight, you might also consider a Honda Civic Hybrid or Toyota Prius. Compare these vehicles.
The differences between the 2010 Honda Insight and the 2010 Toyota Prius, can be easily summarized: The Insight is thousands of dollars cheaper, gets comparable fuel economy, has a crisper look and provides a more agile and enjoyable ride. But the Insight is noticeably smaller, especially for passengers in the backseat. You need to sit in both vehicles before deciding if the Insight is the right size for your passengers, not just your pocketbook.
The Insight is smaller than the Prius by 2.5 inches in both length and height, and also has a 6-inch shorter wheelbase. While the Prius is classed as a mid-sized car based on its interior volume, the Insight is a compact. The Prius has a decidedly spaceship-like feel, the Insight is far more conventional looking. The dashboard of the Insight looks like a blending of the Honda Civic and Honda Fit.
Insight EX models add alloy wheels, cruise control, 6-speaker audio system with USB audio interface, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, Honda Vehicle Stability Assist and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition.
General Motors has revealed the Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee Special, which will make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Cruze Bumblebee Special is inspired by the Transformers movie, although the colour scheme is different (not yellow and black).
Along with the black and orange styling, the Cruze Bumblebee Special is lowered by 30mm and comes with a rear diffuser. It is also fitted with orange-coloured 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 225mm wide tires. The reworked Cruze was also co-developed with Irmscher, a German-based tuning firm.
However, General Motors has no plans to introduce the Cruze Bumblebee Special into the market, but Irmscher revealed that it can add the upgrades in a package form, for interested customers. Continue reading to view more images of the Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee Special.