2014 Kia Sportage

The 2014 Kia Sportage is best known as being an affordable compact SUV. The vehicle offers a comprehensive set of safety features, great versatility and tremendous value.

An updated version of for 2014 has been unveiled. Kia continues to produce vehicles that have drawn the attention of drivers worldwide. The new Sportage features equipment upgrades that are worth a second look, even a third.


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $21,600
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.3 gals (58L) MPG: 21 city / 28 hwy
Length: 174.8 in. (440 cm) Wheel Base: 103.9 in. (263.9 cm)
Height: 64.4 in. (163.5 cm) Width: 73 in. (185.5 cm)
Curb Weight: 3280 lbs (1488 kg) Ground Clearance: 6.8 in. (17.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 2.4 Liter Inline 4 DOHC Compression Ratio: 11.3: 1
Horsepower: 182 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 177 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Sportmatic OD
Max Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs (907 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA

* LX model FWD (USA)


The new Sportage is powered by a 4-cylinder engine. At the base level, the 2.4 liter direct-injection in-line 4 gets a power boost from 176 hp to 182 hp.


The new design includes a new version of the 'tiger-nosed’ grille, framed with a chrome surround and a restyled mesh on the central radiator. The lights now offer better illumination and the car is fitted with an LED rear cluster.

The car is fitted with 16 inch, 17 inch or 18 inch alloy wheels, your preference. On the plus side, a thicker windscreen has been developed. The choice of metallic paint colors have been revised, there is the addition of "Space Blue" and "Fusion White".



Inside the 5-seat SUV, you will find soft-touch materials been added to the center console and the dashboard. A wide range of reachable, manual seat adjustment and rake wheel adjustment means most drivers will find a comfortable driving position with ease.

However, the front seats are flat, with little support for those long drives. There is also a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and a heated steering wheel are now available as standard. A 4.2 inch TFT LCD screen has been fitted between the dials.

The screen displays all the vital car information. A premium 7-speaker sound system is available as an option, with a tire pressure monitoring system being standard. The SUV has a cargo capacity of 54.6 cubic feet.


The SUV has several safety features; overhead airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, pre-tensioners, front-Impact airbags, security system, side impact airbags and anti-whiplash.


October 17, 2014 at 11:27 am | No comment

2014 Citroen DS 5LS R Concept

In 2013, the DS 5LS Citroen sedan was revealed. It was a beautiful and elegant sports sedan that packed its stylish frame and quality interior with a 1.6 liter engine that delivered around 200 hp.

Unfortunately, the Citroen DS 5LS did not land on American soil and it seems that we may be disappointed yet again by the French with their introduction of the 2014 Citroen DS 5LS R Concept at the Beijing Motor Show.


General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.1 imp gals (60L) MPG: 32 city / 51 hwy
Length: 178.3 in. (453 cm) Wheel Base: 107.4 in. (272.7 cm)
Height: 60.5 in. (153.9 cm) Width: 73.7 in. (187.1 cm)
Curb Weight: NA Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: Inline 4 Turbo Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 300 HP Torque: 296 lb-ft

* DS5 Specs


This DS 5LS R is a 4-door sports sedan, like the previous year’s model is packed with a 1.6 liter turbo charged engine that boasts an impressive 300 horsepower and 296 lbs ft of torque (yes that much power in a Citroen sedan!).

The previous model only had 200 horsepower, so Citroen is heading in the right direction – more horsepower and torque! To help handle all of the additional power, Citroen upgraded the suspension and brakes which will allow drivers make cornering with no problem.

This results in the ample use of that additional horsepower the turbo engine produces.



Designed with a lower profile and wide front grill, the Citroen DS 5LS R concept truly has a sporty’ look mentioned earlier. Strong and attractive lines curve around the car, accenting various angles on the hood and down the sides.

The deep red matte finish of the paint gives it hint of aggression, while the straight grey chrome stripe down the front door below the mirrors adds to its aesthetic appeal.

As you continue to take in all appearance of this sedan concept, the dark windows, the matte paint, and the chrome accents, you can’t help but admire the fierce twenty inch wheels Citroen outfitted this DS 5LS R concept car with.

The thin racing tires and large chrome rims look fantastic and are specifically designed to match the body of the car.


Upon further inspection, you will notice that the entire interior is outfitted with Alcantara and leather – seats, steering wheels, and even the dashboard, trimmed with an attractive red to match the sporty look of the exterior.

The steering wheel is a marvel of design and boats the iconic R in the center with easy navigation buttons within reach, and the built in sat nav on the dashboard prove a useful aid to drivers.


October 16, 2014 at 11:24 am | No comment

2015 Citroen DS3

French automaker, Citroen, recently released the official photos and details of their new 2015 Citroen DS3.

This new vehicle offers new engine options, an updated exterior, better interior and new technological features.

According to Citroen, D3 and D3 cabriolet has already sold more than 300,000 units all over the world.
Engines & Performance

Under the hood, DS3 receives new petrol and diesel engines. You can customize the new DS3 with your choice of BlueHDi 100 engine and Euro 6 BlueHDi 120 engine.

The BlueHDi 100 engine delivers 100 horsepower and is rated at delivering 78.2 mpg with a 79 g/km CO2 emission. The Euro 6BlueHDi delivers 120 horsepower and is rated 65 mpg with about 95 g.km CO2 emission.

Another option, specifically for the UK market only, is the Euro 6 compliant Pure Tech e-VTi -ETG engine. The engine delivers 82 horsepower and is rated 57.4 mpg (US) and about 95 g/km CO2 emission.

The new Citroen DS3 looks unique with new LED lights. The new headlights combine LED and Xenon technologies with sequential indicators. The LED headlights offer 35 % more energy in dipped-mode and 75 % in high-beam mode when compared to the conventional halogen head-lights.

The model rides on brand new 17-inch diamond-cut-alloy wheels but only for selected versions. The only difference between the DS3 hatch and the DS3 convertible is the roof which can be opened or closed according to the driver’s need.

Inside, Citroen has added a laser-etched dashboard strip and screen-printed rear window. The car’s cabin has been painted in a fresh hue known as pearl-white, while the cabriolet receives a blended Blue color.


The car is equipped with brake profession; this is an automatic braking method that avoids low-speed-collisions. A short-range radar located at top of the car's windscreen detects obstacles such as stationary vehicles. At speeds of 30 kph, the sensors automatically activate the brakes to prevent collision.

October 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm | No comment

2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover recently revealed their latest Discovery Concept. This is the vision of the automaker’s future line of its Discovery cars; the very first model is expected in the year 2015.

The 2014 Land Rover Discovery Vision concept alludes to its unique lineage with great design elements that include alpine lights and stepped roof. Greater attention has been given to this SUV that creates versatility combined with a compelling design.
Engine & Performance

The Discovery Vision Concept gets a new V6 engine 3.0 liter engine. Power output has been raised to 208 horsepower while torque is now 385 lbs ft.

A brand new 8-speed ZF automatic transmission replaces the old 6-speed gearbox. This sends power to all the 4 wheels via the Land Rover’s full-time 4-wheel drive system.


This SUV retains the compact look with carefully designed elements that actually smooth out all lines across the car's exterior, but still retain the distinct Discovery cues such as alpine windows.

All the headlamps are paired with the traditional LED lights and laser diodes; this emits a pure, even beam of light. This helps in adding about 300 meters viewing distance.

The profile of this concept is definitely Land Rover, with one high belt line running seamlessly across the coach-style doors. The car's doors are operated via a gesture, so no need for any handles; you just swipe to get the doors unlocked.

The SUV is painted in a Tribeca Grey finish and rides on 23-inch alloy wheels with a bright silver finish.



The interior is not only spacious but also versatile with a wide array of unique features. The multi-lifestyle versatility has been epitomized by highly reconfigurable seating.

Inside, a touch screen menu that can be used to fold seats flat or to slide them forward or backward has been incorporated. Once the seats are folded, the car can simply be converted from a standard 7-seat to a 6-seat, 5-seat or a 4-seat 'limousine' mode.

A detachable, carry-away stroller-style luggage is integrated into the car doors. This theme of versatility continues with materials used inside the cabin, which has been finished in 2 types of washable water and oil repellant leather that can be cleaned in a few seconds.

To create the warm atmosphere, there are wood veneer of the floor and the instrument panel.


October 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm | No comment

2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept

Is "The Bug" about to get another big brother?

That is a possibility with the introduction of the 2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept, unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April.

It's not quite as tall as the Jetta, though wider than the CC. This provides for a sleeker, sportier appearance.

If the midsize coupe makes it to the production line, it is expected to compete with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA- Class among others.


Engine & Performance

Under the hood, the New Midsize Coupe Concept is expected to be equipped with a 2.0 Liter, Inline 4 Turbo, capable of generating 217 horsepower.

It is front wheel drive paired with a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

You can expect 34 mpg on the highway while accelerating from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds topping out at a speed of 152 mph. Not bad for a coupe.



A full profile set of LED headlamps accentuate the front of the 4 door 2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept Car.

The chrome grille is sharp and the front fenders meet the hood seamlessly.

From the side, the first thing you may notice are the aluminum, black and red 20 inch wheels.
A predominant body line runs along the cars bottom from the front fender to the rear door handles and continues above the rear fenders.

The taillights have a strong 3 dimensional affect and the backend features the VW emblem squarely in the center.


Inside the 2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept you will see a much more stylish approach than that of the average VW.

It has Piano Black trim around dual analog gauges and a large infotainment screen stands out above the center stack.

The shift knob is black and chrome and the leather seats are white. Matching white door panels are complemented with wood grain.

It should sell for in the range of $28,000. At that price point, with its coupe styled roof line, diminutive length and broad track, it just might create quite a stir in the U.S.


October 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm | No comment

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