2015 Seat Leon X-Perience

The newest member of the Leon line-up combines state of the art technology with amazing emotional design, optimum usability and great versatility.

The 2015 Seat Leon X-Perience will be the only SUV from Seat, and manufactured in Spain with the rest of the Leon line. With an exceptionally high performance and safety, this is definitely the car to look out for.
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Engine & Performance

Under the hood, the SUV is offered both with gasoline/petrol and diesel variant.

The petrol version comes with 1.8 liter TSI engine. This engine delivers 178 horsepower (180 PS) and with 207 lbs ft of torque (280 Nm). The diesel comes with 1.6 liter TDI and delivers 109 horsepower (110 PS) and with 207 lbs ft of torque (185 Nm).

A higher diesel variant is available and comes with 2.0 liter TDI variant; it produces 149 horsepower (150 PS) with 237 lbs ft of torque (320 Nm). Another option is a 2.0 liter TDI that delivers 182 horsepower (184 PS) with 281 lbs ft of torque (380 Nm).

All the engines will be offered with permanent all-wheel drive.

Exterior

The new model comes with a more rugged appearance compared to the previous model. The X-Perience offers 15 mm increased ride-height, more plastic body cladding and aluminum under-body protection at the rear.

The side has beefier door sills. The car also features black anodized roof-rails and rides on 17-inch wheels with 19-inch alloy wheels being an option.

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Interior

Inside, the cabin has received brown leather & Alcantara upholstery with unique orange contrast stitching. The car also features special badges and one large 20.7 cu ft (587 liter) trunk. The boot can be increased to 51.9 cu ft (1470 liters) when the rear seats are folded.

As far as technology enhancements, the vehicle has been equipped with special the Seat Easy Connect touch screen with some proximity sensors. You can automatically switch from a display mode to the operating mode when you desire.

Optional features include adaptive cruise control and front assist.

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September 7, 2014 at 11:24 am | No comment

2015 Volkswagen Passat Variant

A sophisticated and stylistically evolutionary design distinguished by clarity, remarkable power, exclusivity, increased dynamism and captivating, world-class presence.

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat Variant is offered in both estate and saloon versions, both featuring a wide array of design innovations, upgrades and cutting-edge technologies.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: €25,875
Dimensions
Length:187.7 in. (476.7 cm) Wheel Base:109.9 in. (279.1 cm)
Height:57.3 in. (145.6 cm) Width:72.1 in. (183.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 22.9 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7 people
Performance
Engine:4 Cylinder TDI Biturbo Displacement:2.0 Liter
Horsepower:236 HP Max RPM:NA
Torque:368 lb-ft Transmission:10-Speed DSG

Integrating for the first time the modular transverse matrix (MQB), the new eighth generation Passat has gained more dynamic, seemingly epic proportions that lean towards a premium-class model and perpetuate incredible visual appeal, which was the goal of VW Head of Design Klaus Bischoff.

The strategically and deftly developed driver-oriented design themes reinforce the distinctively powerful athletic character and exceptional clarity of the business saloon. Prices start from € 25, 875 (saloon) and € 26,000 (estate).

Engines & Performance

The new, lighter Passat Variant will be available for sale globally with ten direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines (including the new 237 bhp 2.0 TDI Bi turbo with 370 lbs ft of torque, in conjunction with a revised 7-speed DSG gearbox) that cover a power range from 119 horsepower (88 kW) to 276 horsepower (206 kW) and, for the first time, with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
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All engines meet Euro 6 emission standards and both CO2 emissions and fuel consumptions were reduced by 20%. With a power output of 208 horsepower (155 kW), the plug-in hybrid version of the new Passat Variant will be the German automaker’s most powerful plug-in hybrid and with an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km), it will be a genuine zero emissions car. All versions are equipped with a regenerative braking mode and a start/stop system.

Exterior

With larger wheels shifted towards the bumper, the new 2015 Passat Variant is characterized by breathtaking proportions promoting both exclusivity and stunning power.

The one-of-a-kind side profile of the car was achieved by a multitude of sophisticated edges and creases developed with high precision, especially those in the upper area of the side panels, which form a horizontal light-reflecting surface from which the sporty and distinctive shoulder section of the car develops.

Visually striking light surfaces alternate in the area between the window sill and the character line, exceedingly highlighting the strong rear wheel arch and shoulder line, while seemingly lowering the height of the new model.

Three equipment versions are available (Comfortline, Trendline and Highline) and in all of them, the radiator grille which is larger than the headlights is also upgraded by four chrome bars. The innovative all-LED headlights are offered in two versions, level 1, with reflector technology and level 2, with projection technology/ level 2 plus Dynamic Light Assist, via a vehicle camera.

Interior

Designed with the driver in mind, the interior has generous and optimally ergonomic space brimming with the latest technologies. With a very clean layout, the center console integrates the infotainment system and the easy to access climate controls; the gear shift grip is positioned ergonomically.

The instrument cluster functions as the fully interactive Active Info Display and all instruments, except the icon lights are implemented via software. For the first time, the new Passat will be equipped with a Head-Up Display which projects key vehicle information and warning messages directly into the visual field of the driver to minimize eye fatigue.

The network assistance systems provide the Passat, the most successful German business car with a new dimension of safety through cutting-edge technologies including Emergency Assist, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Trailer Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Park Assist.

All versions also feature an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment system for tablets, Car-Net incorporating mobile online services and progressive steering. The wrap-around, select lighting effect of the low-profile ambient light strip defines the interior space.

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September 6, 2014 at 11:24 am | No comment

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible

Chevrolet introduced the 2014 Stingray Coupe in October of 2013. Many wondered how long it would take a drop top version to hit the market.

Enter the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in December.

The convertible is similar to the coupe other than the obvious 3 ply fabric top with sound proofing insulation and a glass rear window that assists in noise control. The top can be opened and closed while travelling at 30 mph.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Convertible Base Price: $58,000.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70L) MPG: 17 city / 29 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 176.9 in. (449.3 cm) Wheel Base: 106.7 in. (271 cm)
Height: 48.9 in. (124.2 cm) Width: 73.9 in. (187.7 cm)
Curb Weight: 3362 lbs (1525 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 10 cu ft Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: V8 DI RWD DOHC Displacement: 6.2 Liter
Horsepower: 455 HP Max RPM: 6000 RPM
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds Maximum Speed: 180 mph (290 km/h)

* 1LT Specs

Engine & Performance

The Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible comes in with a 6.2 liter, V8 that threshes out 455 horsepower with 460 lbs ft of torque.

You have the option to go either with a 7 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed automated manual.

When not engaging the cylinder deactivation technology, the 2014 Stingray convertible is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds at a top speed of 180 mph.

Exterior

Losing the sexy roofline of the Stingray coupe makes the front and profile views ordinary. That said you did want an open air edition of this still incredible sports car.

Where the convertible makes up for what is lacking from the hard top side view is in the backend.

The 4 exhaust outlets in the lower center along with the re-styled taillights above will have the many drivers you pass on the highway in awe.

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Interior

Standard interior features include an 8 way power seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, push button start and keyless entry.

The audio system is a Bose 9 speaker with an auxiliary input jack, USB and SD card and Bluetooth connectivity along with Sirius/XM radio.

The instrument panel with electro-luminescent gauges comes standard.

The base Stingray convertible is priced at a MSRP of $57,995. Competition is expected to come from the likes of the Dodge SRT Viper Roadster and the Ford Shelby GT500 convertible.
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September 5, 2014 at 11:19 am | No comment

2014 BMW M5 30 Jahre M5 Special Edition

The 2014 BMW M5 30 Jahre M5 special edition was developed to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the segment-founding high-performance business sedan, which was designed by BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1984.

The global production of this special edition M5 is limited to 300 units, out of which only 30 units will be exported to the US.

The performance-driven aesthetics combined with comfort and dynamics-enhancing equipment are distinctive of BMW. New colors transform this anniversary edition into a celebration of three decades of success.

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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21.1 gals (80L) MPG: NA
Dimensions*
Length: 193.3 in. (491 cm) Wheel Base: 116.7 in. (296.4 cm)
Height: 57.8 in. (146.7 cm) Width: 74.4 in. (189.1 cm)
Unladen Wt: 4288 lbs (1945 kg) Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: V8 M Twin Turbo Displacement: 4.4 Liter
Horsepower: 600 HP Torque: 516 lb-ft
Transmission: 7-Speed M Double Clutch 0-60 mph: 3.9 seconds

* M5 Sedan stock specs

Engine & Performance

The 2014 M5 30 Jahre M5 is the most powerful M5 ever produced by BMW. Thanks to its 4.4-liter V8 engine which incorporates M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The high-revving engine develops 600 horsepower (441 kW), which exceeds the output of the standard M5 by 40 horsepower and has a peak torque of 516 pound-feet (700 Nm).
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The Competition Package provides the basis for the power upgrades which were accomplished via smart engine management tweaks and a significant increase in charge pressure. This special edition model sprints from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in as little as 3.9 seconds.

The Competition Package includes the Active M Differential for improved traction, the M Dynamic Mode of the DSC system for sportier handling and the M Servotronic function for more direct mapping and it can be optionally ordered for the regular BMW M5 model.

Exterior

The eye-catching exterior of the new M5 30 Jahre M5 is the exclusive BMW individual matte shade called Frozen Dark Silver metallic, which lends this special edition model a sublime aura of refinement and elegance.

The door handle inserts, twin exhaust tailpipes, gills featuring the "30 Jahre M5" insignia on the front wing and kidney grille surround are all finished in black chrome for sheer sophistication and class.

The visually enhanced exterior features 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in two colors and with mixed tires.

Interior

The interior boasts of exceptional standards in comfort and ergonomics, thanks to the M multifunction seats with electrical adjustment. The black leather and Alcantara combination enhances seat comfort while adding an extra touch of style.

The door panels, the M sports steering wheel and the center console are all trimmed in Alcantara Anthracite.

The high-end, technologically advanced surround-sound system features 16 speakers and it is available either as a 600-Watt Harman-Kardon unit output or a Bang & Olufsen unit with an output of 1,200 W.

The commemorative "30 Jahre M5" is embroidered into the backrests of all four seats on this limited-edition sedan.

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September 4, 2014 at 11:19 am | No comment

2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept

Launched during the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the 2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept takes modern luxury driven technological innovations and design to a new dimension.

This tech-laden, lightweight concept car heralds the next-generation flagship sedan, a future, next-gen 7-Series or the much-anticipated 9-Series.

Innovative technologies such as the all-new, integrated user interface design and BMW ConnectedDrive services deliver a multifaceted - emotional, athletic and exclusive driving experience that would satisfy customers worldwide.

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Engine & Performance

The German automaker has not specified details related to the type of engine, motor combinations, battery or powertrain.

The absence of exhaust pipes and an eDrive insignia on its rear suggests some form of plug-in hybrid propulsion is in the making.

Exterior

The hand-sculpted exterior design of the Vision Future Luxury Concept, is a large 2+2 sedan which is characterized by smart lightweight engineering, honed aerodynamics, thanks to the BMW EfficientDynamics features.

The twin headlights incorporate the innovative technology BMW Laserlight, which is up to ten times more intense than LED lights, while L-shaped organic LEDs provide rear lighting, for the first time ever in a BMW vehicle.

The Liquid Platinum Bronze paintwork lends a shimmering, luxurious and refined appeal. The exterior also features drag-reducing sloping boot lid and coupe-style roofline, short overhands, low greenhouse and long wheelbase which exude a sophisticated dynamism.

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Interior

The hand-finished interior utilizes carbon as an individual material or in combination with other materials (such as aluminum, wood and silk), especially in the door sills, in the pared-down, highly innovative B-pillar which enables wide-opening, Rolls-Royce style coach doors and under the seats, thus allowing the seat frames to be integrated into the structure.

A wrap-around cluster of three displays featuring 3D technology surrounds the driver. The programmable center display presents rev counter, speedometer and context-adaptive additional data when relevant.

The Driver Information Display, which is the right-hand display provides supplementary infotainment information and is controlled via a simplified touch-sensitive interface, while the left-hand display provides car-related information.

The BMW Vision Head Up Display enhances the drivers view of the real-world environment while giving a new dimension to driver assistance functions such as the Traffic Light Assistant and Speed Limit Info.

Front passengers benefit from their own Passenger Information Display, while the back-seat passengers have a detachable touch command tablet that displays driving information, controls the infotainment features via iDrive control in the center console and can also access the ConnectedDrive Concierge Services.

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September 3, 2014 at 11:20 am | No comment

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