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Bugatti Veyron Gets Two New Flavors

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Special Edition

Bugatti revealed in Shanghai this week two new editions of its epic Veyron model. The first one is in fact a one-off Grand Sport that comes with a matte white exterior look with blue carbon fiber accents. The latter color pattern can be found inside the cabin as it was used on just about everything.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Special Edition

As a reminder, the Veyron Grand Sport is powered by a huge W16 quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter engine that produces a whopping 987 hp (1,001 PS / 736 kW) and 922 lb.-ft (1,250 Nm) of torque. With so much power available, the GS can hit an electronically limited top speed of 253 mph (407 km/h) and 224 mph (360 km/h) with the roof off.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Special Edition

The other special edition, the Super Sport, features an all carbon fiber look that looks simply amazing. The interior cabin is airy and light, sporting carbon fiber trim and two-tone leather upholstery.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Special Edition

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport still is the fastest supercar in the world, managing to hit a limited top speed of 258 mph (415 km/h), thanks to its 1,183 hp (1,200 PS / 882 kW) engine that has a peak torque of 1,106 lb.-ft (1,500 Nm).

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Special Edition

Source: Bugatti via WCF

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Nissan Compact Sport Concept Revealed

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

This week at the Shanghai Motor Show in China, Nissan unveiled the Compact Sport Concept, a 3-door hatchback prototype that was developed by the company’s global design center in Japan and at its Beijing design studio in China. Conceived “for young customers in emerging countries”, we don’t have many information about it, but it appears to be a more masculine version of the Micra, featuring a couple of elements from the standard supermini, like the headlights and the two-part grilles.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

With its heavily-sculpted bodywork, massive bumpers and those bulged wheel arches, this compact looks promising, but we don’t know if there is going to be a production version based on this concept. If there is going to be one, our guess is that it will be a 3-door version of the Micra, taking into consideration that Nissan’s supermini is available at the moment only in a 5-door configuration.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

The Compact Sport Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 190 hp. This 4-cylinder power unit is mated to a CVT gearbox that features a 6-speed manual shift mode.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

Inside, it looks similar to the production version of the Micra and adds a couple of sporty details, like the distinct instrument panel and gauges, along with the two-tone cloth seats and the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Nissan Compact Sport Concept

Source: Nissan via Carscoop

China-only Hyundai Elantra Yuedong and Azera Unveiled In Shanghai

Hyundai Elantra Yuedong

Another automaker that will launch models that are going to be exclusive to the Chinese market is Hyundai. They’ve revealed yesterday at the Shanghai Auto Show, two new models: the Elantra Yuedong and the Azera (aka Grandeur).

The first one is a facelift version of the U.S.-spec 4th generation of the Elantra that has been launched last year. Inside, the Korean automaker Hyundai says that they’ve upgraded the cabin with materials of higher quality, as well as new convenience and safety features, like the smart key / button start, navigation, front side airbag, MDPS – Motor Driven Power Steering, eco-driving guide system and a handy USB port.

The car will be powered by either a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter or a more powerful 1.8-liter plant. Being a compact sedan, the Elantra Yuedong will have to compete in the biggest segment in China. In 2008, people bought 2.11 million compacts sedans; one year later, sales went up to 3.24 million, while last year they’ve reached almost 4 million units. According to industry forecasts, sales figures will reach an incredible 6 million units by 2013.

Hyundai Azera

Moving on, the Azera will be marketed there as a cheaper alternative to the more premium models in the mid-size segment. Under the hood, the car will feature either a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that churns out 180 hp, or a more powerful V6 3.0-liter that develops 250 hp.

Both models are expected to make an appearance in Hyundai’s showrooms within the next couple of months.

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Goes Official

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

After a couple of teaser images, General Motors has finally revealed the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and I have to say that it looks great, especially on the inside. Considered as being one of the most important models in the company’s recent history, the all-new mid-size sedan will be a global model, as GM said that it plans to sell the new Malibu in almost 100 countries worldwide. In addition, the car will be manufactured at several factories, including China. The U.S.-spec version will roll out from the Fairfax Assembly factory in Kansas City and from the Hamtramck plant in Detroit.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

As you can see, the Malibu has been redesigned from ground up and now features a new exterior look that borrowed a couple of styling cues from the Cruze (in the front) and the Camaro (LED dual tail lamps).

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

As I’ve said in the beginning, the cabin looks great, the best I’ve seen in a mid-size sedan in recent months. It features a more fluid design with an instrument panel that has circular gauges that look a little bit like the ones in the Camaro, set in squared-off housings. The new flat panel display located on the center console articulates up and down, revealing a 6-inch deep hidden, illuminated storage location. For the U.S. market, Chevy will offer the Malibu with the MyLink infotainment package that consists of wireless connectivity through Bluetooth.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is based on GM’s Epsilon II platform that has been used on the Opel Insignia / Buick Regal and the new version of the Saab 9-5. The car’s 107.8-inch wheelbase is 4.5-inches shorter than the outgoing model, but this doesn’t mean that there is less space inside the cabin.  The 62-inch front and rear tracks are now 2 inches wider than before, which means that the Malibu offers almost 4 cubic ft. of additional interior space, as well as increased front and rear shoulder and hip room, along with more than 1 cubic ft. of luggage space at 16.3 cubic ft. Measuring 191.3 inches in length, 73 inches in width and 57.6 inches in height, the car is now 0.5 inches shorter, 3 inches wider and 0.5 inches taller in comparison to the outgoing model.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

In the beginning, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be powered by a new 4-cylinder 2.5-liter Ecotec engine with direct injection, which will be mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. General Motors says that this engine can produce more than 190 hp and a peak torque of 180 lb.-ft (245 Nm).

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

The model features an updated MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear configuration. Behind the wheels are ventilated front and rear discs that are clamped by dual-piston front and single-piston rear aluminum brake calipers.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

The North American version of the new Malibu will be offered in three levels of trims: LS, LT and the top-spec LTZ, and customers will be able to choose from one of the 10 exterior paint finishes available, along with four colors for the cabin.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will go into production in the United States in Q1 2012.

The Chinese version will be available at first with a choice of two naturally-aspirated gasoline engines, a 2.0-liter and a more powerful 2.4-liter, both of them being mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The international versions will be offered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged power plant, but GM didn’t say anything about its performances.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

In China, the car will hit the dealerships before the end of this year.

Source: General Motors via Carscoop

Rolls Royce Introduces The LWB Version Of The Ghost

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase

It really is astonishing to see that more and more automakers from all over the world are launching new models in China and some of them are even exclusive to this market. One of the latest car manufacturers is Rolls Royce and they’ve unveiled today at the Shanghai Motor Show, the long wheelbase version of the Ghost, along with several China-only Phantom and Ghost editions.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase

The stretched Ghost is now 6.7 inches longer than the standard model and according to the luxury British brand, good for double the knee room. The car will be built upon order and at least this year, there are going to be only a few made, until RR can increase the production capacity in 2012.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase

The heart of this model is its massive V12 twin-turbo 6.6-liter engine that produces 555 hp (563 PS / 414 kW) and 575 lb.-ft (780 Nm) of torque, allowing the car to reach 60 mph in exactly 5 seconds.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase

One of the China-only models is the Phantom Drophead Coupe that has a Maiden Blue exterior paint finish with a Navy Blue and Seashell cabin, complemented by the Straight Grained Oak and Ebony.

The second model at RR’s venue in Shanghai is the Phantom Extended Wheelbase Saloon, featuring a Rhapsody Black exterior with an Ardent Red and Seashell interior finish with a Piano Black veneer.

Yet another model exclusive for the Chinese market is the RR China Edition Ghost, a model that sports a red interior which is contrasted with gold twin-coachlines, stainless steel pinstripes and gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy badging. For the exterior, customers will be able to choose from: Black Ember, Deep Garnet and Infinity.

All of these variants are part of Rolls Royce’s “Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection” of which only 100 units will be made.

Source: Rolls-Royce via WCF

Shanghai 2011 – Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

Probably one of the best looking cars at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show is the Audi A3 Sedan e-tron, a compact-sized 4-door saloon study that packs a hybrid powertrain. The German engineers have decided to replace the 5-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that we saw in the concept that was revealed in Geneva, and opted for a greener solution.

Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

They’ve installed a 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline engine that produces 211 hp and benefits from gasoline direct injection and turbocharging. This engine works in tandem with an electric motor that produces an additional 27 hp (20 kW), raising the total output to 238 hp. The conventional engine is mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission.

Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

The electric motor is fed by the lithium-ion battery pack which Audi installed behind the rear seats, offering a maximum driving range of 34 miles (54 km). The automaker said that the car’s batteries can be charged by the standard energy recovery system when the car is running or straight from a power socket inside the household.

Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

When the engines work together, the concept can do the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 144 mph (231 km/h).

Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

Aside from the technical modifications, the e-tron version of the A3 Concept Sedan looks a little bit different than the car we saw in Geneva, and by different we mean that it has a new e-tron-specific grille, a different design for the rims, along with the new colors for the cabin.

Audi A3 Sedan Concept e-tron

Source: Audi via Page 1 of 21