2014 Hyundai Intrado Concept

Hyundai showcased their SUV of the future, the compact 2014 Intrado Concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

It is the Japanese automakers first time utilizing "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0", a design language created in Europe by Peter Schreyer.

If you are wondering about the word 'Intrado,' it is the name of the underside of an airplane's wing that allows the lift necessary for it to fly.

The description is in line with the vehicle's connection to the world of aviation made by similar super lightweight materials.

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Motor & Performance

The Intrado Concept will be powered by an improved hydrogen fuel cell already in place as the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, via a Li-ion 36kWh battery.

This allows for a driving range of up to 372 miles. The emissions of this crossover are nothing more than H2O.

It is expected to go from 0-60 mph in 12 seconds with a top speed of 100 mph.
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Exterior

To state that the exterior of the Intrado Concept is audacious would be an understatement. Imposing may be a better way to describe it.

When driving in the evening, it will grab your attention with its tall stance and slit-like LED headlights on either side of the grille, which features horizontal bars reminiscent of the 2015 Genesis sedan.

LED running lights are used on the front façade above large vertical air scoops.

The profile view presents an ornamental, undulating edging around the fenders which creases into the rocker panel and 2 doors.

The rear view has an exaggerated tailgate and the LED tail lights appear in the form of two sharks heading for a collision.

Interior

The boldness of the Intrado does not end on the outside. The dashboard is a bright orange which actually complements the lighter gray hue exterior paint.

It comes with flat bottomed steering wheel and the shifter appears to merge into a bridge connecting the center console to the dash, just above the instrument cluster and infotainment display.

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May 17, 2014 at 12:34 am | No comment

2014 Fiat 500L Beats Edition

The "L" in the title of the 2014 Fiat 500L Beats Edition stands for larger, given this version is bigger than its smaller sibling, the Fiat 500. This 5 door has an overall length of 14 feet.

Critics say that the "L" edition is less attractive. This model includes exterior enhancements with the interior just like the 500 model.

It comes equipped with a special Beats audio system. If you have not already guessed, the car was inspired by the Dr. Dre stereo collaboration.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 168 in. (426.7 cm) Wheel Base: 102.8 in. (261.1 cm)
Height: 65.7 in. (166.9 cm) Width: 69.8 in. (177.3 cm)
Curb Weight: 3203 lbs (1453 kg) Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder T-Jet Displacement: 1.4 Liter
Horsepower: 120 HP Max RPM: 5000 RPM
Torque: 159 lb-ft @2500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 10.2 seconds Maximum Speed: 117 mph (189 km/h)

* 500L Pop Wagon specs

Engine & Performance

Under the short hood of the Fiat 500L Beats Edition sits a 1.6 liter, inline 4 engine generating 120 horsepower. It is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.

On the highway it will take 11 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph with the ability to attain a top speed of 110 mph.

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Exterior

The color combinations, finishes and detail of the 500L Beats Edition is what sets it apart from the standard 500.

The body finish is offered in two tones including a black roof over gray or an inverted gray over black. Either way the paint is of a gloss finish. A matte finish is also offered which may be your best choice for the black roof/gray body combo.

The front grille, tailgate and outside mirrors are trimmed in satin chrome. The 17" wheels are in matte black and both brake calipers and the mirrors are accentuated by a stripe on the back with red.

Interior

Inside the 2014 Fiat 500L Beats Edition has a dashboard painted in matte gray and trimmed out with a hue Fiat calls "Total Black".

The seat upholstery is a pairing of leather and fabric held together with red stitching. The gear knob is also in leather.

The Beats audio system is a 520 watt, 7 speaker system that provides near studio sound in the vehicle.

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May 16, 2014 at 12:34 am | No comment

2014 Datsun redi-Go Concept

If you are of the "Baby Boomer" generation you may remember Datsun as one of the popular vehicles in the mid to late seventies as muscle cars began to die off and were replaced with fuel efficient sub-brands.

With the introduction of the 2014 Datsun redi-Go Concept car at the 12th India Auto Expo 2014, Nissan appears ready for another run of former glory.

The crossover hatchback is not expected to be seen on an assembly line anytime soon, but is a natural for an emerging market such as India.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 149 in. (378.5 cm) Wheel Base: 96.5 in. (245 cm)
Height: 58.5 in. (148.5 cm) Width: 64.4 in. (163.5 cm)
Performance
Engine: 1.2 liter 4 Cylinder Horsepower: 100 HP
Torque: 90 lb ft Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

* Datsun GO specs

Engine & Performance

Once again there is little detail regarding the redi-Go Concept's engine.

An educated guess would have it be in the 1.2 liter range accompanied by a 5 speed transmission. The engine would generate 100 horsepower and 90 pound-feet of torque.
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Exterior

The 2014 redi-Go Concept has many of the same characteristics as displayed on the recent 2014 Datsun Go hatchback. The differences would be evident on its rounded shape and high ride of the redi-Go Concept.

This design accentuates its intent on entering the crossover market.

Also added are LED running lights and taillights. The headlights have a neat horizontal orientation which fits nicely with the curves of the front bumper.

The rear view shows a substantially sized upswing tailgate with vertically mounted tail lamps on either side. The bottom of the tailgate is integrated smoothly into the back bumper.

A touch of sportiness is attained with the 15 inch wheels. Oversized front and rear wheel arches add to its appeal.

Interior

There was not much information released concerning the 2014 Datsun redi-Go Concept, but suffice it to say the quarters may be tight.

You may also expect to see the same infotainment system fitted within the center console as is the case for the previously mentioned 2014 Datsun Go hatchback.

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May 15, 2014 at 12:34 am | No comment

2014 Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro selection

The 2014 Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection was built to pay homage to the Avant RS2, which has been a choice selection for drivers worldwide.

For any car enthusiast, wearing the designation of RS (RennSport) is something very special.

Audi RS4 Nogaro is a 5-seat station wagon with enough luggage space.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Avant Base Price: € 87,300
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.1 gals (61 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 185.8 in. (471.9 cm) Wheel Base: 110.7 in. (281.3 cm)
Height: 55.7 in. (141.6 cm) Width: 72.8 in. (185 cm)
Curb Weight: 3957 lbs (1795 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 17.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V8 DOHC Displacement: 4.2 Liter
Horsepower: 450 HP Max RPM: 8250 RPM
Torque: 317 lb-ft @4000-6000 rpm Transmission: Dual Clutch
0-60 mph: 4.7 seconds Maximum Speed: 174 mph (280 km/h)

* UK Model specs

Engine & Performance

The engine of Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro comes with a 311 horsepower, a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine and a Quattro AWD.

The 4.2 liter V8 power plant delivers 450 bhp at 8,250 rpm, and torque of 318 lbs ft from 4,000 to 6,000 rpm.

Despite beefed up engine, fuel consumption of this Audi RS4 is at 22 mpg. Like the Regular RS4, this special edition can go 62 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. It also comes with an optional of dynamic steering.

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Exterior

The exterior of RS4 Avant Nogaro comes in a customized Nogaro blue, similar to that of the RS2. The window slot trims are painted in high gloss black, whereas the roof rails are painted in matte black.

The twin oval exhausts and grille surround are also in glossy black. Another important feature of the RS4 Nogaro's exterior finish is its 20-inch alloy wheel in 5-V spoke design.

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Interior

As for the interior, the Nogaro RS4 Avant pays homage to the RS2 with loads of Alcantara trim and iterated even on the steering wheel, seats and side panels. The interior is dominated by the black and blue colors.

The side section of the car is crafted in black volcano leather, whereas the center is covered with Nogaro Blue or black. The steering wheel comes in black leather finish, and features contrast stitching in Nogaro Blue.

The special edition RS 4 Avant Nogaro made its debut at the Auto Show in Geneva.

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May 14, 2014 at 12:34 am | No comment

2015 Subaru Legacy

Even as the company continues to record great sales, Subaru still remains popular. This company hopes to upgrade its visibility in America with the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

It debuted at the Chicago Auto show and will be available some in the summer of 2014.

The new Legacy promises to be roomier, fancier and efficient.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) Miles Per Gallon: 21 city / 29 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 187.2 in. (475.5 cm) Wheel Base: 108.3 in. (275 cm)
Height: 59.3 in. (150.6 cm) Width: 71.7 in. (182.1 cm)
Curb Weight: 3384 lbs (1535 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 14.7 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder Subaru Boxer® DOHC Displacement: 2.5 Liter
Horsepower: 175 HP Max RPM: 5600 RPM
Torque: 174 lb-ft @4100 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual AWD

* 2014 2.5i Premium

Engine & Performance

There are engine options available depending on your preference for this new Legacy. They should be familiar if you have had the experience of owning a Legacy.

First is the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder boxer engine that produces 175 horsepower with 174 lbs ft of torque; then Legacy 3.6R model which come with a 3.6 liter flat-6 engine, providing an impressive 256 horsepower and 247 lbs ft of torque.

All Legacy models receive an Active Grille system that cuts wind resistance when closed. The new aluminum hood helps cut the overall weight.

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Exterior

The 108.3 inch wheelbase has not been changed. A 60/40 split rear seat configuration is standard. All Legacy's now have 17-inch wheels with the 18-inch wheels as optional.

The engineers have employed some form of visual trickery to make the front look lower. These tricks include a hood that actually wraps over onto the front fenders with thinner leaner headlamps.

The rear-vision camera together with all-round awareness of available Blind-spot detection and the rear cross traffic alert keeps the driver aware of what’s around his car.

Interior

As mentioned, this car is roomier for both people and cargo. This new car is quieter and more refined. The chassis is 43 % stiffer than before; it now has an acoustic laminated wind-shield, thicker sheet-metal in the floor and inner fenders, more foam insulation together with under-carpet sound-deadening material.

Shocks and springs have been returned to give more composed ride. Inside, you will also find a 6.2 inch touch screen display, electric steering, text message functionality, a satellite radio, iTunes tagging and some dual USB inputs. There is also a 12-speaker, 576 watts stereo.

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May 13, 2014 at 4:46 am | No comment

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