Announced yesterday by BMW’s boss, Norbert Reithofer, the Rolls Royce Coupe was spotted in Vienna, Austria. The coupe, which will complete the Phantom family and which looks a lot like the 101EX concept car presented this spring at the Geneva Show, will be launched in 2008 and the production is scheduled to start next summer at the Rolls Royce plant in Goodwood plant. View more photos of the 101EX Concept after the jump. (more…)
UK drivers have been waiting these news for some time now, and it finally happened. Today, the motoring rule book has been updated by the UK government, for the first time in eight years. There are new rules for the use of the latest motoring gadgets, young drivers are encouraged to take less risks, and rules about smoking while driving are included for the first time.
The Highway Code is available for free at Direct.gov.uk.
We’ve got a fresh video for you, of the new Porsche 911 GT2. Released by Porsche, the video show the upcoming car in the factory workshop and then on the streets and, of course, on the track. And with the car going from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and having a top speed of 329 km/h, believe us, this video is worth it. Enjoy!
So, you all know the Audi Q7, the big German SUV, right? It’s a pretty large car, no question about it. And below is a photo to prove that. But what happens when we take the Q7 to United States? Well, it’s like Gulliver in Giants’ world. Check the other pic to see what I mean. But, what does this mean? Is something wrong with Europe? Are Americans overreacting with their huge trucks? What’s your take?
Opel released a new set of photos of the new Opel Corsa GSi plus a more detailed press release. The Corsa GSi is powered by a less powerful version of 1.6 liter turbo engine which currently equip the Corsa OPC. SO, the GSi only has 150 hp (next to OPC’s 192 hp) and sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8,1 sec and reaches a top speed of 210 km/h (131 mph).
The bodykit for the Opel Corsa GSi features a new front spoiler lip, rear apron lip and spoiler, side sills, chrome sport tailpipe and 17-inch alloy wheels. View the full gallery after the jump. (more…)
Because developing the new battery technology will take Toyota a little more than they expected, the next generation Toyota Prius was delayed and Toyota is preparing a facelift for the current model, to spice it up a little. As we can see from these spy photos, the facelifted Prius features a new front part with new headlamps and grille and a new cut line in the hood. View more photos after the jump. (more…)
Though we were expecting the new Citroen C5 to be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show which just ended, looks like Citroen will keep us waiting a little more. We are not such big fans of Citroen, but we have to admit that we were teased by the C-Airscape concept presented at Frankfurt.
So, here’s a spy video of the upcoming Citroen C5, both the sedan and the wagon versions, caught while taken out on the streets, for testing. Unfortunately, there’s some heavy camouflage on the cars, so we can’t really tell to much about it.
You probably know about the upcoming Volkswagen Scirocco, we’ve also showed you some spy photos. But what you probably don’t know is that it seems that VW is also preparing a cabrio version. Well, first we have to see the coupe, but, from the photos, the cabrio will be even better.
VW hasn’t confirmed yet the convertible Scirocco, but it looks like it will hit showrooms in 2009 and will be based on the current Eos platform. Click on ‘Read More’ to see one more photo.
Here are the latest spy shots of the upcoming Audi Q5, caught by AutoExpress.co.uk. Audi’s crossover will be powered by a 204 hp 2.0 liter TDI engine using Audi’s latest Bluetec technology and is mated with a new twin-clutch S tronic automated manual box. The engine uses common-rail fuel injection and a new exhaust system cuts gas emissions. Audi will probably also offer some other TDI and FSI petrol engines.
Another innovation Audi will use for the Q5 is the Drive Select which enables you to select the settings of the engine, transmission, steering and adaptive suspension depending via the Multi Media Interface (MMI), while handling will be improved by a new quattro system. View more photos of the Audi Q5after the jump.
Here are the results from the latest crash tests made by Euro NCAP. Both the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Ford Mondeo had the same performances, scoring 5-stars ratings at adult protection, 4-stars for child protection and 2-stars for pedestrian protection.
Also tested were the Hyundai i30 and the Volkswagen Caddy ‘Maxi’, both receiving 4-stars ratings.
Officials at Ford stated that the upcoming Ford Kuga will be launched with only one engine, a 136hp 2.0L TDCi diesel mated with six-speed automatic transmission. The car will hit showrooms in May 2008 and towards the end of the year a 220 hp 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine will be available. Damian Oton, Ford’s medium cars brand manager said:
â€œThe Ford Kuga will be a strong user-chooser product and we have made a conscious, strategic decision to have one body style, one engine and the one six-speed transmission.â€
Is it good, is it bad? Who knows, but I think this could be a mistake for Ford, because it narrows the choices and could lose a lot of customers over this. However, they also stated that they expect to sell only about 6,000-8,000 vehicles in the first year. But, also considering that the Ford kuga will be available in the United States, we expect a more powerful petrol engine to be available.
Volkswagen Eos won the Ladies’ Choice Award in a contest that took place on the British website Evecars.com out of 27 models that entered the contest. Alexandra Jenner-Fust, editor of Evecars.com says:
“The girls (and guy) on our judging panel were looking for a car that excelled in its own category, but our winner had to have wider appeal. With the Eos, Volkswagen has created a car that you can buy both because you love it, and because it makes perfect sense. Itâ€™s a convertible without the potential weakness of a cloth roof, is practical for four and is very attractive. With its sporty chassis, you would like to drive it every day.”
Mansory, the German tuner specialized in some exclusive tuning programs for British cars, after coming up with exclusive kits for Bentley or Rolls Royce, now [tag]Mansory[/tag] turned their attention on Aston Martin. And they presented this. The modified Aston Martin Vanquish S.
The body kit features a new front spoiler with aerodynamic carbon fiber trims left/right, an adaptive 4-line grille element, side skirts, integrated carbon flanks with air intakes and large air outtakes on the engine bonnet, plus fully forged aluminium 20 inch wheels.
Mansory improved handling and performance by lowering the suspension 25 mm and equipping the car with sport performance springs. Also, the Vanquish is equipped with BREMBO brakes with 6 piston calibers for the front and for the rear 4 piston calibers and an integrated handbrake system. The interior also got more exclusive, with colored sporty leather covering seats, door covers and the dashboard. The steering wheel has carbon fiber trim and aluminium pedals and brake handle.
View a photo gallery of the Aston Martin Vanquish S after the jump.
Toyota is planning to recall about 55,000 floor-mats because of about 40 complaints reports about the all-weather floor-mats not being secured and slipping under the acceleration pedal. You might find this funny, but this caused 8 crashes and 12 people were injured.
This problem affects floor mats sold with the Lexus ES 350 and the 2007/08 Toyota Camry, but also if you own a Toyota Prius, Avalon, RAV4 and Tacoma, make sure you check if your floor-mats are properly are properly secured. The most dangerous situations are those occurred at the Lexus ES 350 because the car has push-button ignition, so if you have any troubles you can’t just turn the engine off by turning the key. The floor-mats will be replaced in November. (more…)