2015 Volkswagen Scirocco

Forty years ago, the 1st generation VW Scirocco was released at the International motor show in Geneva. Ever since, the coupe has enriched lives of many who appreciate dynamic performance, style, and an affordable sports car.

For the very first time since, Volkswagen is unveiling its latest generation of this iconic coupe. The 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco was re-revealed at the same Geneva Auto Show. It has been upgraded technically and visually to provide a fun, comfortable driving experience.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.1 Imp gals (55 L) Miles Per Gallon: 28 city / 47 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 167.5 in. (425.6 cm) Wheel Base: 101.5 in. (257.8 cm)
Height: 55.3 in. (140.4 cm) Width: 71.3 in. (181 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder TSI Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 208 HP Max RPM: 5300-6200 RPM
Torque: 207 lb-ft @1700-5200 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds Maximum Speed: 149 mph (240 km/h)

* GTS Specs

Engine & Performance

The engine has been upgraded. You are given three options of the upgraded turbocharged gasoline 4 cylinder engine; a 2.0 liter 208 horsepower; a 2.0 liter, 178 horsepower, and the 1.4 liter, 123 horsepower engines.

There are also the diesel offerings, a 2.0 liter TDI that produces 148 and 181 hp.

A 6 speed manual transmission is standard on all engines while a dual-clutch automatic is optional. According to Volkswagen, the entire engine range is up to 19 % more economical compared to previous models.

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Exterior

The major characteristics of this car include a newly designed front & rear. You will find the redesigned bi-xenon headlights together with LED rear lights. At the rear is a swiveling VW logo designed as a handle for opening trunk lid.

On the side, there are door-mirror housings in 'matte chrome’, side sill extensions that has 'R’ styling and some brake calipers in black with 'R’ logo.

The 18 -inch wheel rim has also been redesigned; it is now named 'Cadiz’ along with a 19 inch alloy wheel version which is offered as an option.

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Interior

The interior is equipped with attractive sports seats and a leather steering wheel. The interior features handsome material in winsome colors.

Slight updates have also been made to the boxy dashboard; added are 3 gauges on top of the dashboard that monitor turbo boost pressure, oil temperatures and a stopwatch.

Other cabin upgrades include a new color and trim choices such as 'Mathew’ fabric and 'Greg’ faux suede.

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May 9, 2014 at 4:46 am | No comment

2014 Volkswagen Polo

The 2014 Volkswagen Polo is considered a "super-mini" car, and the best in its class.

With only 14 million units produced, it has shattered sales records for the B segment in cars.

The Polo is compact, with an attractive price tag and excellent fuel economy. It comes as to no wonder why it is considered one of the best B segment vehicles.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: £ 12,205
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10 gals (45 L) Miles Per Gallon: 39 city / 63 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 156.3 in. (397 cm) Wheel Base: 97.2 in. (247 cm)
Height: 57.5 in. (146.2 cm) Width: 66.2 in. (168.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 9.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 3 Cylinder DOHC Displacement: 1.2 Liter
Horsepower: 69 HP Max RPM: 5400 RPM
Torque: 83 lb-ft @3000 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

* 2013 UK 3 Door Match Edition Model

Engine

The real changes in the Polo are under the hood. Volkswagen changed their entire engine range which improves fuel economy.

They replaced the older engines with a trio of three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDIs with identical outputs. The most impressive is the 74 horsepower Polo TDI BlueMotion.

The revised engine meets Euro-6 emission regulations. Volkswagen says that you can boost fuel efficiency by up to 21 percent.

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Performance

The Polo features a new electro-mechanical steering system which is integrated within the steering column. The safety features are now in-line with the new standard for European models.

The adaptive cruise control system utilizes radar sensors at the front. This means that the driver can specify speeds ranging from 30 - 160 km/h. When the vehicle ahead comes to a stop, the ACC will be able to comfortably apply the brake.

Interior & Exterior

The styling on the new Polo is subtle, barely noticeable. Sharper lines, LED lights and a redesigned bumper are only some of the exterior tweaks.

Inside, drivers will notice a sleek three-spoke steering wheel as well as the same modular infotainment system the previous edition had. The top-range model features a 6.5 inch touchscreen which can impressively detect your hand movements when reaching towards the device.

The new improved Polo is up to standard when it comes to safety and performance.

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May 8, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Renault Kwid Concept

At first glance, the 2014 Renault Kwid Concept appears to be a refugee from a Disney "Cars" production. The French automaker has always had a flair for the unusual and this vehicle certainly continues that tradition.

It is no accident that the Kwid Concept was unveiled at the Delhi Auto Show given it is intended for younger buyers and especially those in emerging markets like India.

You will have to possess high tech skills to utilize its computerized components including the in-dash computer tablet and remote mini helicopter.

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Engine & Performance

The Kwid Concept is powered by a 1.2 liter, turbocharged gas engine capable of generating 120 horsepower. It is paired with a dual clutch automatic transmission.

Though it takes 12 seconds to move from 0-60 miles per hour, it will reach a top speed of 100 mph.

Renault left open the possibility to convert this vehicle to hybrid status by leaving enough room for an electric motor and batteries.
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Exterior

The exterior comes in steel gray with bright yellow accents.

Its profile give it a longer appearance than its actual length due to the blackened "A" pillars giving it a floating sensation.

At the rear, that sunshine yellow look is used on the rear fenders, applying a technique make the fenders appear larger than their actual size and in essence creating the illusion of a wider stance.

Above sits a mini remote "chopper", aka "The Flying Companion". It is activated using the tablet in the dashboard. It has a camera which explains its existence to be used as a traffic monitoring device.
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Interior

The interior of the Kwid is bit of a quandary. It is best explained as a bird nest design, but it is more web-like with 3 seats in front and 2 in the back. The driver occupies the center seat in front.

The gold steering wheel is sharp with the instrumentation panel being simple and efficiently controlled by high technology.
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May 7, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Mini Clubman Concept

After a lot of talking, Mini has revealed the 2014 Mini Clubman concept prior to the Geneva motor show.

The new concept has all the features of a fancy clubman. Complete with all the trims and styling that has been the hallmark of the brand’s identity.

Precise, compact, and adventurous, these are descriptions that apply to this new concept from Mini.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions
Length: 166.3 in. (422.3 cm) Wheel Base: 100.3 in. (254.7 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 72.6 in. (184.4 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance*
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC FWD Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 121 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 114 lb-ft @4250 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

* 2014 Clubman One UK Specs
* 2014 Clubman US engine specs

Engine & Performance

The Clubman concept will have two engines to from; the first is a 1.5 liter inline 3 that gives 136 horsepower at 4,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm to go with 162 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 to 4,000 rpm.

The other is the bigger 2.0 liter, inline-4 engine which produces 192 horsepower at 4,700 to 6,000 rpm and 206 lbs ft of torque.

The hatch concept is expected to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of about 130 mph.

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Exterior

The new 4-door is the first Mini to offer 2 sets of the cabin doors. The car actually sits 18 mm higher compared to the previous model.

The Clubman rides on a 19 inch alloy wheels. It uses a similar platform to new BMW 2 –Series Active Tourer; this gives this new Mini a longer wheelbase, much less weight and stiffer chassis.

Another Clubman concept feature is the AirBreather. A double roof spoiler has been added; a 3rd brake light has been integrated between the 2 wings of roof spoilers.

Interior

The cabin is different from a regular Mini. It’s anchored by large circular display with its own touch-screen interface. The driver is positioned to use the interface for terrain sensing sat-nav and the 2-stage adaptive dampers.

You will also find there are fewer buttons than the production Mini. The dash designs are flatter and smother. Round air-vents have been replaced by a horizontal version that gives its cabin a different look.

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May 6, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

2014 Kia Optima Hybrid

The 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February. It is a affirmation by the South Korean automakers commitment to eco-vehicles.

The Hybrid Optima has a revised exterior similar to its gas counterpart. The changes puts emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency to aid its overall performance.

Added safety features and a multitude of high tech equipment have been included.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gals (65 L) Miles Per Gallon: 36 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 190.7 in. (484.4 cm) Wheel Base: 110 (279.4 cm)
Height: 57.1 in. (145 cm) Width: 72 in. (182.9 cm)
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder MPI Displacement: 2.4 Liter
Horsepower: 199 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 235 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* 2013 Spec Dimension

Engine & Performance

Under the hood is a combination of 2.4 liter, inline 4 engine along with that produces a 47 horsepower electric traction motor. What you get is a total of 199 horsepower with 235 pound-feet of torque. It has been mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission.

The Optima Hybrid goes from 0-60 mph in 9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph.

This cars electric and gas powertrain is expected to give you an average of combined fuel efficiency of 38 mpg.

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Exterior

The exterior shows off all the upgrades first seen a few months ago on the refreshed version of the standard Optima sedan.

For the Hybrid however, there is a unique front bumper fitted with extra vents supplying additional air flow and a reduction in drag. The new wheels also reduce drag and are lighter than those on the non-hybrid edition.

LED lighting is exclusive to the hybrid and there is also a difference in the bespoke finish front grille. The wheelbase is 110 inches with an overall length of 15.9 feet.

Interior

Inside, what you will find are high tech appointments such as the LCD instrument cluster and push button start.

Also available is an 8 inch navigational screen which provides not only GPS but Sirius XM satellite radio and Sirius traffic monitoring. UVO eServices and HD radio compatibility is also present.

The headroom is 40 inches in the front and just over 37.5 inches in the back. Legroom is 45 and a half inches front, 34.7" rear.

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May 4, 2014 at 4:24 am | No comment

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