2013 Nissan IDx Nismo Concept

Intent on showing the automotive world that it can compete with other manufacturers in creating a sports car based on one of its traditional models, the 2013 Nissan IDx Nismo Concept has been unveiled. Its direct competition would be the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86.

The "IDx" label signifies identification(ID) and the x is, as in the "X factor" of variables, value and future of this concept car.

The styling of this vehicle is reminiscent of the old Nissan Skyline and the Datsun 510. The Skyline is viewed as the "granddaddy" of the Nissan GT-R.

This IDx NISMO Concept has the dynamic features offered by Nissan's racing division.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 161.4 in. (410 cm) Height: 51.2 in. (130 cm)
Width: 70.9 in. (170 cm) Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 200 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 160 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed CVT

Engine

Under the hood of the 2013 IDx Nismo Concept you will find a 1.6 liter, inline 4 cylinder, direct injection turbocharged engine that generates 200 horsepower to go with 160 lbs ft of torque.

Paired with a 6 speed manual CVT, it is expected to go from 0-60 mph in about 7 seconds topping out at top speed of 130 mph.
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Exterior

The Nismo Concept has elements relating to race cars. This starts with the boxy exterior appearance shared by original Nissan racing vehicles of the past. However, the current model adds contemporary details too.

It begins with the reverse slanted nose and sharp corners. Two slit-like LED headlamps are on either side of the predominantly black front grille. The red front bumper stands out in contrast.

The roof is made of glass and the car is painted in 3 colors of white, black and red.

It is aerodynamically designed, with many aero spoilers and exhibits a tall profile sitting atop 19 inch rims and wheels.
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Interior

The cockpit is simple as you would expect of a car meant for the track. The Alcantara seats are bright red with straight forward gauges on the metal instrument panel.
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January 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm | No comment

2015 Kia K900

Kia Motors has taken a major leap forward with the unveiling of its first ever full-size luxury sedan, the K900, at the LA Motor Show 2013.

The all-new 2015 Kia K900 will be the flagship model, and with this, Kia has announced itself as a major force in the automotive scene. The K900 has stunning design features that stand out, this will significantly influence people’s perception and expectations of the brand.2015-Kia-K900-beachside-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Luxury Sedan Base Price: $50,000
Performance
Engine: 5.0 Liter V8 GDI DOHC Horsepower: 420 HP
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic 0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds

Engine & Performance

The K900 will come with the either a V6 or V8 engine. The 5.0 liter V8 produces 420 horsepower. While the 3.8 liter V6 gives you a decent 311 horsepower.

Both the engines have been mated to an eight-speed gearbox.
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Exterior

The Kia K900 looks intimidating, yet sophisticated. The large 19-inch multi-spoke alloys goes well with the large frame of K900.

The all-LED headlamps give the car a hi-tech appearance. The K900 shares its platform with the Hyundai Equus and Genesis borrowing a little bit from both.

Interior

The interior of Kia K900 is opulent and Kia has loaded the interiors with lots of infotainment, connectivity and luxury features. It has a big list of standard equipment which reflects first class accommodations and advance technology.

The car features soft hue LED lighting. High grade leather seats are standard. Opting for the VIP package, you take the rear seat comfort to a different level which includes reclining seats, power lumbar support, and lateral headrest adjustability.

Full size panoramic sunroof comes as standard for V8 models.

The Kia K900 is slated to hit the markets in the first quarter of 2014. The company has not announced the pricing yet and it will be announced closer to the launch.
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January 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm | No comment

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

The market for full-size pickup trucks keeps on expanding; on the other hand, sales for smaller pickups have also been steadily gone down.

This full size market has a newcomer in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

This truck was introduced at the 2013 LA Auto show. This new truck has a distinctive design, great comfort, and cool connectivity features.2015-Chevrolet-Colorado-by-the-lake-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Pick Up Truck Base Price: NA
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 2.5 Liter
Horsepower: 193 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 184 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* WT Trim

Engine

The truck will be available in 2 engine options; an all-aluminum 2.5 liter that produces 193 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The peak torque will be between 2,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm.

As for those who wish to have more power for towing, the 3.6 liter DOHC V6 engine is available; it produces 302 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

The two engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission with an optional 4-wheel drive with a 2-speed transfer case.
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Exterior

This truck will not be exactly like any other Colorado available elsewhere since 2012. The most noticeable difference is the front; its form of reshaped headlamps, a new grille, new fog-lamp surrounds and so much more.

This truck has tidier dimensions; it is 5 inches narrower, 3 inches lower and about 900 pounds lighter compared to the award winning Silverado.

Projector headlamps and unique 17 inch aluminum wheels are mainstays. The truck features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the truck’s body sides.

Interior

The interior of the 2015 Colorado is designed to be comfortable. It is cleverly equipped and well connected. The instrument panel is aimed to help the driver, highlighted by an 8-inch diagonal color screen, multiple USB drives, and a 3.4 inch diagonal screen provides a cluster of information.

The center console with a floor-mounted shifter is similar to those in midsize crossovers and trucks. The engineers created passenger space that delivers unmatched comfort. Added storage compartments are abundant. The sculpted door panels make for easier entry and exit.

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January 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm | No comment

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type is a seriously hot looking coupe.

The F-Type roadster is beautiful in its own right, but the hard top version looks even prettier.

The Coupe version has been long anticipated, and now Jaguar has showcased the same at the LA Motor Show.2015-Jaguar-F-Type-Coupe-at-work-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) Miles Per Gallon: 16 city / 23 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 176 in. (447 cm) Wheel Base: 103.2 in. (262.1 cm)
Height: 51.5 in. (130.8 cm) Width: 75.7 in. (192.3 cm)
Curb Weight: 3514 lbs (1594 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 11.0 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: V8 Supercharged Displacement: 5.0 Liter
Horsepower: 550 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 503 lb-ft @2500-5500 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed QuickShift ZF Automatic
0-60 mph: 4.0 seconds Maximum Speed: 186 mph (299 km/h)

* 2014 S Coupe specs

Engine & Performance

In the F-type coupe, you find the introduction of a new engine in its line-up, for its top of the line R Coupe. The V8, 5.0 liter supercharged engine will perform the duties in the R Coupe which delivers 550 horsepower.

The base variant and the S Coupe will be powered by a 3.0 liter supercharged V6. The V6 delivers 340 horsepower in the base variant whiles its tuned version will deliver 380 horsepower in the S Coupe. The performance figures are impressive.
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The F-type base variant can do a 0-60 mph dash in 5.1 sec, while the S Coupe and R Coupe goes 4.8 seconds and 4 seconds respectively.

The 340 horsepower V6 has an electronically limited top speed of 161 mph, the 380 horsepower V6 at 171 mph, and the 550 horsepower V8 with a top speed of 186 mph.

Exterior

The coupe has all the stylings of the convertible, but with an aluminum or panoramic glass roof. To design is smooth with uniform body lines achieved by the F-Type coupe’s body using pressed aluminum.

The aerodynamic front fins give it a sporty look. The R Coupe features side sill extensions, aluminum window-frames and chrome side air vents. Wheels come in the standard 20 inch sizes; however, ultra-high performance tires are optional.

Interior

Like any F-Type, the Coupe comes with a driver focused cabin. The material and textures exude a premium feel. The seats are finished in leather.

The R Coupe comes with various leather finishes and other interior elements. The 'R' badging is used in the vehicle.

The Jaguar F-type coupe comes with a starting price tag of $65,000; S Coupe at $77,000; and the R Coupe at $99,000.
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January 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm | No comment

2014 Lexus CT 200h

Lexus added a new model to their 2014 lineup, securing its position as a leader in the hybrid market.

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h claims to be a luxury hybrid that combines performance with eco-friendly technologies, wrapped in a redesigned exterior.

Performance is comparable to other models especially since it can be used as a family car.2014-Lexus-CT-200h-white-A

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid Hatch Base Price: $32,050
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gals (45 L) Miles Per Gallon: 43 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 170.1 in. (432 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Height: 56.7 in. (144 cm) Width: 69.5 in. (176.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3130 lbs (1420 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.9 in. (15 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 14.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 Atkinson Hybrid Displacement: 1.8 Liter
Horsepower: 134 HP Transmission: ECVT - FWD
0-60 mph: 9.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 113 mph (182 km/h)

Drivetrain

The engine used for the model is similar to the one used for the Prius. It is a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine with a max output of 98 horsepower and a 105 lbs ft of torque.

The electric motor adds 36 horsepower for a total of 134 horsepower. A CVT transmission system is used in order to ensure that fuel consumption remain low.
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Performance

The car has a relatively lower stance when compared with other hybrids. This gives it more stability. The coil springs have been adjusted to provide better agility and responsiveness to road conditions. Cornering at high speeds is decent even at high speeds.

Exterior

It’s front grille has the center pushed forward to give it a multi-dimensional and more aggressive look. The long headlights have been pushed back while the rear received a bigger bumper giving it an imposing profile.

Interior

The central dashboard features a 4.2 inch TFT screen that it controllable via the steering wheel. All additional controls have been located within arms reach.

Chromed elements were used on the doors, dashboard and steering wheel. Overall, the interior is spacious while the controls are located ergonomically around the wheel and central panel.

Lexus managed to build a luxurious hybrid with impressive fuel efficiency. The interior follows the quality standards of the brand while maintaining an attractive appearance.

The visual upgrade and performance tweaks make the 2014 Lexus CT 200h one of the coming year's most anticipated vehicles.

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January 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm | No comment

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