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

2015 Renault Twingo

The 2015 Renault Twingo is the latest in the line of iconic city cars from the French manufacturer. The new Twingo is expected to be unveiled later this year.

The car is expected to carry the legendary Renault 5 Turbos DNA. All this is thanks to the rear-engine, rear wheel drive design.

For those who love French cars, they will surely be excited about the handling characteristics and agility of this rear-engine Twingo. As for those who are looking for practicality, the car offers numerous smart benefits.

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Performance

The power- trains for the new car are likely to be limited to small capacity engines shared with new-generation smart.

However, the engine may be a 1.2 liter turbocharged 3 cylinder mounted under the boot floor. This engine is expected to produce 160 horsepower.

The engine is mounted over the wheels to free up space at the front and allow for better maneuverability.
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Exterior

This new model is expected to have full-length sliding roof to help add its Frenchness. The design is based on last year’s Renault Twin 'Run concept vehicle, although toned down with a much stubbier nose.

This is because the new Twingo will have only one engine at the back.

This is because Renault will be using a setup destined for the new 4 seat Smart and the next-gen Smart For-Two 2-seater; both will have rear-drive, rear-engine layout. This little car will be available in 5 doors.
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Interior

Inside, the colorful characteristics of this car is expected to continue. There will be a modern cheerful dashboard and upholstery that will complement the Pop- inspired 4-color exterior palette.

This new Twingo will offer plenty of storage room at the front and rear. More details about the interior design of this car will be released later but basically, this is a fun, playful and vibrant city car.
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May 12, 2014 at 4:46 am | No comment

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE is the latest model announced by the German automotive manufacturer, set to complete their lineup of the revamped series.

Equipped with a hybrid transmission, the model manages to achieve a respectable fuel economy without compromising on power. Needless to say, the Golf GTE offers the same drive, handling and comfort as the other models in the series, but with improved fuel economy.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatch Base Price: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 167.5 in. (425.5 cm) Wheel Base: 103.8 in. (263.7 cm)
Height: 57.2 in. (145.2 cm) Width: 70.8 in. (179.9 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 13.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder TSI Displacement: 1.4 Liter
Horsepower: 148 HP Torque: 258 lb-ft
Electric Motor: 101 HP Transmission: 6-Speed DSG®Automatic
0-62 mph: 7.6 seconds Maximum Speed: 135 mph (217 km/h)

* 5 Door GT specs

Engine

Volkswagen decided to use a 1.4 liter engine capable of a total output of 148 horsepower coupled with a 101 horsepower electric motor. The petrol engine is turbocharged and uses a direct injection system while the electric motor uses an 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery.

When running with the hybrid system on, the total power output goes up to 201 horsepower. Power distribution is handled by a six-speed automatic gearbox.

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Drive & Handling

Handling of the GTE is relatively similar to the feel of its petrol brothers. The Golf GTE has a sporty feel with a firm road grip and agility when steering thanks to the improved suspensions and wider tiers.

Its redesigned front bumper and bonnet managed to improve the frontal downforce, enhancing its stability.

Exterior

Looking at the exterior, the GTE can be easily mistaken for any other version of the series. It comes with the same thing front grille between the narrow and aggressive headlights and chromed elements on the side intakes of the front bumper.

The rear bumper has been elevated by a couple of inches while the taillights have been extended to reach the sides.

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Interior

The interior uses a full black theme with chromed elements on the driving wheel, doors and central panel.

All the gauges have been placed carefully behind the wheel for better visibility. The central area features a generous LCD display and controls. The seats have been covered with a textured textile material.

The new Golf GTE delivers more power than what people might expect from a hybrid car. Its fuel economy is respectable despite the fact that it comes with a 1.4 turbocharged engine.

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May 11, 2014 at 4:46 am | No comment

2015 Peugeot 108

Peugeot is proud to welcome the new 2015 Peugeot 108 as its youngest ever model range.

This new car fits in with the values of the Peugeot Marque.

The 108 is balanced, elegant and refined. It compact and marries precise lines and harmonious curves to lure the driver to enjoy the countryside in comfort.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Performance
Engine: 3 Cylinder -VTi Displacement: 1.0 Liter
Horsepower: 68 HP Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

Performance

The Peugeot 108 is powered by 1.0-Liter e-VTi 3-cylinder engine which produces 68 horsepower.

It is matched to a 5-speed manual transmission. The larger engine produces 82 horsepower, also mated to a 5-speed manual.

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Exterior

The compact dimensions is what makes the difference on the 108. The reduced overhangs and turning circle allows the car to avoid obstacles with ease. The car has been designed to excel in urban traffic. The front end is dominated by a bold grille, lower air intake, and a central beam.
The technical design combines smart black and chrome highlights to give it a sharp and dynamic look. The upper section has LEDs for daytime running lights. The popular Lion logo is located above, between the 2 bonnet lines which run up to the windscreen.

Access is made easy whether you choose a four or two door; the doors stretch from wheel to wheel.

Interior

Inside, you find a comfortable cabin that feels like it’s a large premium car. It has been designed to be intuitive to use; each area has been allocated a specific function. The speedometer housing forms part of the steering column.

Its height is adjustable and is covered by a cowl to ensure it is visible in any light condition. It comprises of a single analogue speedometer and an LCD screen. The car also features a 7-inch touch screen and air conditioning.
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May 10, 2014 at 4:46 am | No comment

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

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