2015 Fiat Panda Cross

For the young and dynamic customers, the 2015 Fiat Panda Cross conveys a solid and robust appeal, thanks to its typical SUV style.

It is combined with the many advantages that can only be offered in a compact car.

Each detail of this car has been designed to make it distinctive and easily recognizable. This SUV has stylistic language typical of an SUV.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 8.1 imp gals (37L) Miles Per Gallon: 57 city / 74 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 145.7 in. (370 cm) Wheel Base: 90.5 in* (230 cm)
Height: 65.4 in. (166 cm) Width: 65.7 in. (167 cm)
Curb Weight: 2315 lbs (1050 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 7.9 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 2 Inline TwinAir Turbo Displacement: 0.9 Liter
Horsepower: 90 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 107 lb-ft @1900-3000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* 2014 Panda Easy specs

Engine

The Panda cross is powered by a TwinAir 0.9 liter 2-cylinder turbo engine that produces 90 horsepower along with 107 lb ft of torque.

The other option is a 1.3 liter turbo diesel that produces 80 horsepower with 141 lb ft of torque with a generous 50 mpg combined. Both engines are offered with a standard manual transmission.

To boost its off-road credentials, this car is fitted with a torque on demand transmission system and terrain control system that provides 3 off-road driving modes; hill descent, lock, and auto control.

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Exterior

At the front, the car features a brand new look; beginning with a new bumper that features a skid plate in a satin titanium trim. This color protects the mechanical components.

The light clusters are also new, thanks to the headlights and new fog lights that all integrated with the logo bonnet trim. It rides on 15 inch alloy wheels that feature 5-spoke V design and burnished metal finish.

The rear has been reworked with chrome tailpipes and a titanium-painted faux-skid plate. A new suspension layout has been introduced; this helped in reducing the overall weight and improves the ride quality. The raised suspension allows up to 6.3 inches (160 mm) of ground clearance.

Interior

The new Fiat Panda Cross gets a unique interior trim in leather and fabric finishes, a revised dashboard, climate control, leather trimmed steering wheel & gear-knob and electric mirror adjustment.

The seats have been trimmed in a fabric exclusive to the model. Other standard features include Bluetooth, air-conditioning and steering wheel-mounted controls.

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May 23, 2014 at 3:13 am | No comment

2015 Fiat Freemont Cross

Fiat recently unveiled the rugged version of Dodge-based Freemont crossover during the Geneva Motor Show.

The 2015 Fiat Freemont Cross is essentially quite identical to the Dodge Journey Crossroad unveiled in Chicago sometimes back.

Engine

The Freemont Cross is powered by a 2.0 liter MultiJet II 4-cylinder engine that is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission which spins front wheels.

The engine produces 140 horsepower. For those who need more power, you may opt the 170 horsepower version, also linked to 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

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Exterior

This new SUV has new bumpers that have a faux chrome trim located on both sides. There is also a mesh radiator grille that has gloss black frame, model-specific roof rails and side skirts.

A black frame is used for the front and rear light clusters. The car rides on 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.

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Interior

Inside, the Freemont Cross features black leather seats and bespoke trim pieces located on the dashboard & leather-upholstered steering wheel. There is also an 8.4 inch touch screen. The screen runs market-specific version of Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment systems that comes standard.

The new liquid Graphite color finish highlights include the dashboard, central console, instrumentation, door panel and the steering wheel.

The driver’s seat features 10-way electric adjustment, while the front passenger seat can be completely folded down; there is a storage compartment hidden under the cushion.

The 2nd and 3rd row seats can also be folded down to create more cargo space of about 15 cubic meters. Other features include Bluetooth connection, rear parking camera, Alpine Premium sound system with 6 speakers, DVD player, 360 W amplifier and subwoofer.

Safety

Over 50 safety devices have been incorporated. Some of these features include active headrests, front passenger advanced multistage airbags, side window airbags for the 3 rows of seats.

Added to the safety element are disc brakes on all 4 wheels, airbags fitted in the front seats, electronic stability control, traction control, brake assist system and many more.

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May 22, 2014 at 3:13 am | No comment

2014 Maserati Alfieri Concept

Maserati has had a very busy and productive past few months. In February it unveiled the very affordable Ghibli and now comes the 2014 Maserati Alfieri Concept.

This Maserati Concept is a 2 + 2 design and was built to commemorate the Italian automakers one hundredth anniversary.

Alfieri is a tribute to the Maserati brother who helped found the company in 1914 and shares the moniker as his first name.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gals (90 L) MPG: 10 city / 24 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 180.7 in. (459 cm) Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 50.4 in. (128 cm) Width: 76 in. (193 cm)
Curb Weight: NA Maximum Seating: 2+2
Performance
Engine: 4.7 Liter V8 DOHC Compression Ratio: 11: 1
Horsepower: 460 HP Max RPM: 7000 RPM
Torque: 385 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
0-62 mph: 4.5 seconds Maximum Speed: 155 mph (249 km/h)

Engine & Performance

Under the hood is the 4.7 liter, naturally aspirated, V8 engine that generates up to 470 horsepower and paired with a 6 speed, electro-actuated gear box (MC Shift). The same powertrain found in the Gran Turismo MC Stradale.

The concept is able to go from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

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Exterior

Up front, the imposing shark-like front grille features frosted headlamps on either side of it. The Maserati Trident logo is prominently visible at its center. It is also appointed with 6 vertical chrome strips from side to side.

The hood is long, with virtually no overhangs obstructing its profile while the rear wheel wells are muscular in appearance, they barely contain the 21 inch rear tires.

The rear window resembles the style used in the late 1970's for the Corvette coupe, though not split as they were. The taillights are held within largely indented compartments.

The wheelbase is just over 106 inches and its overall length is a little less than 181". It stands a touch above 4 feet, 2 inches.

The Concept's exterior is painted in a "Steel Flair" silver hue accented by blue around the exhaust, rear diffuser, air intakes, brake calipers, and strikingly good looking wheels.

Interior

The only items that will provide a semblance of familiarity on the 2014 Maserati Alfieri Concept dashboard are the start button and shift lever. The rest of the instrument panel is comprised of screens.

There is a 1950 racing car feel and look to the seats and floor. The interior is a combination of dark gray and a lighter variation of the hue on the seats.

The steering wheel is a 3 spoke design with hand grips at 10 and 2 o'clock positions, red striping and the Maserati Trident once again displayed in the center hub.

This is not just a good looking concept car with substance; it is a fully operational vehicle. The Alfieri Concept sits atop a shorter version of the Gran Turismo chassis using the same 4.7 liter, V8 engine.

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May 21, 2014 at 2:51 am | No comment

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Recently released was the latest and much awaited2014 Mercedes Benz CLA250.

This is the sleekest and most efficient car in its showroom.

This is also the first front-wheel-drive Mercedes that has become available in the United States. It should draw a lot of attention from those looking for performance coupled with style in a car.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe 4 Door Base Price: $ 29,900
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.1 gals (50 L) Miles Per Gallon: 26 city / 38 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 182.3 in. (463 cm) Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 56.6 in. (143.7 cm) Width: 80 in. (203.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 3262 lbs (1480 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 13.1 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 Turbo DOHC Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 208 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 258 lb-ft @1250-4000 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed DCT Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds Maximum Speed: NA

Engine

This car is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The engine produces 208 horsepower with 258 lb ft of torque.

The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The CLA250 has an EPA mileage of 26 city and 38 highway mpg.
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Exterior

This is a 4-door coupe design with a Diamond-block grille at the front. The light modules together with the LEDs just behind headlamp cover-glass have been placed in such way that they create a flare effect’ for daytime driving lights plus the indicators.

The car rides on 17-inch 5-spoke wheels with an option for an 18-inch triple 5-spoke wheels or you can choose 18-inch AMF 5-spoke wheels.

Other optional features include aluminum trim, burl walnut wood- trim, Panorama roof and Auto-dimming rear view & driver-side mirrors.

Interior

The progressive, sporty exterior appearance continues on the inside. What you find is a 3-spoke steering wheel, 4.5 inch color instrument cluster display, and sporty front seats, 14-way front seats that have memory, spilt –folding rear seats, ambient interior lighting, and a very spacious trunk.

Entertainment features include a central controller, HD Radio receiver, Hands-free Bluetooth interface, and Bluetooth audio streaming.

Optional features include heated front seats, dual zone automatic climate' control and 80GB hard-drive navigation and 7-inch display.

More Features

The car has new standard safety features that include a Collision Prevention Assist function and integrated collision-warning system with visible and audible alerts. Blind spot monitors, parking sensors and lane-keeping assistance are optional.

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May 20, 2014 at 2:51 am | No comment

2014 Mazda Hazumi Concept

The 2014 Mazda Hazumi is a concept vehicle that was made to give the public a preview of what the next-gen Mazda 2 will look like.

The name Hazumi means to "spring up" or to "bind" in Japanese.

The concept car received a new look which mirrors the styling of the later models of the Mazda 6 and Mazda 3.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 160.2 in. (407 cm) Wheel Base: 101.8 in. (258.6 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 68.1 in. (172.9 cm)
Curb Weight: NA Maximum Seating: 2+2
Performance
Engine: Inline 3 SkyActiv-Diesel Displacement: 1.5 Liter

Engine

The Hazumi premiers the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 liter engine, which is a compact and clean diesel engine that focuses on maximum efficiency. This is much like the ultra-efficient internal combustion of the SKYACTIV-D 2.2, which is a bigger engine.

The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 liter engine has reduced CO2 emissions with an impressive rate of under 90 g/km. This fulfills the Euro 6 requirements without having after treatments.
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Exterior & Interior

The same angular headlights of the newer models are seen on this concept car. A contoured grille as well as a sculpted signature wing is featured.

The interior boasts of a light and youthful impression. There is a comfortable feeling of openness, which is brought about by the suspended center console. This creates more room for the driver at the foot wells of the cabin.

Features

The Hazumi focuses on different safety technologies which are based on Mazda Proactive Safety system. This is designed to help drivers minimize the risks of getting involved in an accident. The new technologies aim to give drivers peace of mind while on the road.

The car delivers very agile driving, yet delivers linear performance and a sense of security.

The KODO designed car has sleek and bold lines. It is equipped with Mazda's SKYACTIV fuel-saving technologies. The concept car is Mazda's new Mazda 2 model, which is a supermini automobile.

It focuses on safety and a sense of security for the driver. It is also equipped with new technologies which allow the driver and other passengers to utilize cabin technology through the use of their Smartphone.

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May 19, 2014 at 2:51 am | No comment

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