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

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

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