2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake comes with a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that produces 542 horsepower and 502 lb ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds with an electronically regulated top speed of 186 mph (300 kilometers per hour).

The XFR-S Sportbrake produces the power quad cams. The supercharged V8 petrol engine is made almost entirely from aluminum.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.4 Imp gals (70L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 195.3 in. (496.1 cm) Wheel Base: 114.5 in. (290.9 cm)
Height: 57.8 in. (146.8 cm) Width: 76.3 in. (193.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 4134 lbs (1875 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 34 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V8 Supercharger Displacement: 5.0 Liter
Horsepower: 542 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 502 lb-ft @2500-5500 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed AutoQuickshift
0-60 mph: 4.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 186 mph (300 km/h)

* XF Sport R specs

Performance

Power is shuffled to the rear wheels by the eight speed automatic transmission. The Sportbrake uses the new quick shift model in order to ensure swift shifts and facilitate manual control with the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

When in sport mode or downshifting manually, the engine management system blips the throttle automatically. Moreover, the transmission uses the corner recognition feature to sense when the car is negotiating a corner in order for it to retain the correct ratio for its exit.

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The lateral stiffness of the car’s suspension has been increased by 30 percent in order to manage the extra weight. The new Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake is equipped with the high performance braking system that mainly features 376mm ventilated discs at the rear and 380 ventilated discs at the front.

Exterior

The exterior follows the sedan's lead. Moreover, the red color grille logo and R-S badges set this Sportbrake apart from other popular Jaguar wagons. It is also comes with 20-inch alloy rims, a rear bumper with quad exhaust tips and an integrated diffuser.

Other subtle details like dark roof rails and the tinted window trim add a touch of elegance to its overall look. Moreover, a keen eye will also notice the dark treatment of the grill trim and fender badges.

Interior

The cabin of the XFR-S Sportbrake comes in leather. The door trim and bolsters are covered with special charcoal colored carbon-fiber patterned leather.

The leather seats are finished with contrast piping and stitching in red-blue or ivory and a dark aluminum trim covers the dash.

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April 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm | No comment

2015 Ford Focus

The updated 2015 Ford Focus made its first appearance a few days ago ahead of its Geneva Motor show debut. To sharpen its focus on the world wide dominant C-segment, Ford has restyled the car’s front and rear and also upgraded the interior.

The improvements include quieter shock-valves, modifications to rear suspension and less-intrusive stability control.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hatchback Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gals (47 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions
Length: 171.7 in. (436.1 cm) Wheel Base: 104.3 in. (264.9 cm)
Height: 58.4 in. (148.3 cm) Width: 74.1 in. (188.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 3223 lbs (1462 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 23.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance*
Engine: Inline 4 GTDI EcoBoost Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 252 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 270 lb-ft @2500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

* 2014 ST Hatch US Specs

Engine & Performance

The company has announced that 2 engines will be offered; a standard 2.0 liter 4 cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

The 1.0 liter engine will only be available with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0-liter engine is expected to produce 160 hp and a torque of 146 lb-ft.
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Exterior

At first glance, you might not realize how much the exterior of this car has changed. However, if you compare pictures of the previous model and the current one, you will realize that the Focus has indeed grown up. The car has revised front & rear fascias.

Apart from this, the car sports a brand new hood, new front fenders and a tailgate. The car's headlamps are more angular and tail-lamps sitting lower. The chrome at the front gives a much more grown-up Focus rather than a sportier one. Similar changes have been applied to the 4-door.

Interior

Ford went from traditional interior controls to flat touch-sensitive panels and voice controls. The interior has buttons on the dashboard for climate control and for ancillary systems and audio.

There is also a big touch-screen that remains at the center console for navigation, entertainment and 4-quadrant Sync system. There are new seat trims, and all improved Ford AppLink program, heated steering wheel, and a redesigned, easy-to-access glove box.

Safety Features

The car has an on-board radar that is used also for its radar-based blind-spot warning system along with a rear-view camera, both as standard equipment.

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April 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm | No comment

2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

Since 2007, when the Nissan Versa first came to the U.S, it became a favorite by many. In 2013, Nissan revamped the Versa for its 2nd generation and added the 'Note’ name to designate the Hatchback version from Sedan.

This time around, the 2015 Nissan Versa-Note SR spices up the interior and exterior that adds comfort along with a fun driving experience.

Little has changed on the engine, but the SR brings sportiness to an already impressive economical vehicle.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.8 gals (41 L) Miles Per Gallon: 31 city / 40 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 163.7 in. (415.8 cm) Wheel Base: 102.4 in. (260 cm)
Height: 60.5 in. (153.7 cm) Width: 66.7 in. (169.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 2460 lbs (1116 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 18.8 cu ft Maximum Seating: 4 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder DOHC Twin CVTC Displacement: 1.6 Liter
Horsepower: 109 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 107 lb-ft @4400 rpm Transmission: X-tronic®

* 2014 Versa Note S Plus US specs

Performance

Under the hood, the car is powered by an inline 4, 1.6 liter dual overhead cam VVT engine. This produces 109 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with a torque of 107 lbs ft at 4,400 rpm.

As far as fuel efficiency goes, you can expect 31 mpg city/40 mph highway, and 35 mpg combined.
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Exterior

The car rides on 16-inch bright alloy wheels in dark-finished contrasting pockets. A spoiler over the rear window give the SR a menacing aura; the sleeker upgraded side mirrors together with chrome SR badges help the Versa Note look more grown up.

The steeply angled hood together with the windshield helps create excellent forward visibility just like the tiny small side windows next to the outside mirrors. The car’s tall roof-line allows great visibility trend all around the car.

Interior

The inside of the SR trim has been treated to a make-over. Seats have a nice looking orange strip down the center with matching orange stitching. This orange contrasts very well with dark suede fabric seats.

The car's leather-wrapped steering wheel was inspired by the 350Z and even comes with radio controls, Bluetooth and some trip computer buttons.

Other features include cup-holders and a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat (manual).

Another interesting feature is the false floor located in the cargo area; this provides a 6 inch deep of hidden cargo space that is good for hiding tools, valuables and supplies.

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April 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm | No comment

2015 Ford Expedition

Recently unveiled was the updated full-size 2015 Ford Expedition at the Dallas Auto show.

The new Expedition has been thoroughly updated; it has a new power-train along with an extensive list of new technologies and bold new styling inside and out.

The SUV is more comfortable, more advanced and still fun to drive.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 28 gals (106 L) Miles Per Gallon: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 221.3 in. (562.1 cm) Wheel Base: 119 in. (302.3 cm)
Height: 77.7 in. (197.4 cm) Width: 91.8 in. (233.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 108.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 6 people
Performance*
Engine: V6 EcoBoost Ti-VCT Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 365 HP Max RPM: 5000 RPM
Torque: 420 lb-ft @2500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

* 2014 Expedition specs

Engine & Performance

The engine is the new twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 that is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. Four wheel-drive is optional.

The EcoBoost is expected to be much more powerful and fuel efficient compared to the previous engine. It is expected to hit the market later this year.
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Exterior

It is hard to tell the difference between the 2015 and the 2014 version. This is because the improvements are limited to the new head and taillights, the addition of the LED running lamps together with the restyled bumpers.

The sheet metal used is the same; there is a brand new grille up front and a fender trim has actually been added to the wheel wells.

New wheels are also offered with an option for 22-inch wheels. The base Expedition has a 119-inch wheelbase allowing for 3 rows of seating or 108.3 cubic feet cargo room.

Interior

Few changes have been effected to the interior. The SUV keeps the traditional look. Ford has added a push-button start and the latest connectivity. An 8-inch touch-screen is found on the refreshed console along with upgraded gauges with twin 4.2 inch LCDs.

Passenger comfort is aided by the independent rear suspension that allows the 3rd row of seats' to be easily folded flat into this car's floor.

Basically, this means the 3rd row can seat adults. The interior comes in high quality leather in 2 colors; black or Brunello dark red.

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April 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm | No comment

2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The all new 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class people mover has been unveiled.

It has replaced the Viano and Valente editions in the German auto manufacturer's line-up.

The new V-Class is said to be more passenger-focused and can fit up to eight people.

This edition boasts of a new design, improved efficiency and safety features.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: MPV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.5 gals (75 L) Miles Per Gallon: 31 city / 42 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 192.7 in. (489.5 cm) Wheel Base: 125.9 in. (320 cm)
Height: 74 in. (188 cm) Width: 74.8 in. (190.1 cm)*
Curb Weight: 4826 lbs (2189 kg) Maximum Seating: 6 people
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 CDI Diesel Displacement: 2.1 Liter
Horsepower: 134 HP Max RPM: 3800 RPM
Torque: 243 lb-ft @1400-2400 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Towing Capacity: 1653 lbs (750 kg) Maximum Speed: 112 mph (180 km/h)

* Viano short model specs

Engine

This new edition comes with a six-speed manual transmission; however some versions have the option for a seven-speed automatic transmission.

It comes with a 2.1 liter turbo diesel engine, and will have three choices when it comes to power output levels.

Although official statistics have yet to be revealed, this edition is said to save drivers up to 28 percent in terms of fuel use as compared to its predecessor.

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Performance

The new V-Class focuses on luxury and comfort. It has a generous sense of space and lightness. The van delivers a smooth drive and is equipped with a new multi-function steering wheel which was inspired by aviation technology.

The new V-Class is comfortable, economic and fuel efficient. The new and improved suspension is the benchmark for agility as well as safety.

Exterior

The van will be available in three different lengths, from 16 feet (4.9 meters) to nearly 17 feet (5.17 meters). It is equipped with high-tech cross-wind assistance systems which help aerodynamics.

Interior

The interior comes with a microphone system so that the driver can communicate with the rear passengers of the van. It comes with a new infotainment system with improved technology.

The 2015 V-Class is luxury-focused with a sleek design and small details which increase comfort. It features new technologies and have passed the Euro 6 safety standard. It is an impressive van with interior infotainment functions that cater to the needs of the passenger.

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April 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm | No comment

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