2013 Audi R8 e-tron Concept

The new 2013 Audi R8 e-tron Concept car is powered by an electrical drive system, which marks a new chapter in electric vehicle driving.

At the moment, it is a concept car but could be here sooner that you think.

Audi continues to venture into unknown territory, they are not afraid to try just as they did with the e-tron Spyder concept some years back.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Electric Coupe Est. Market Price: NA
Dimensions
Length: 167.7.6 in. (426 cm) Wheelbase: NA
Height: 48.4 in. (123 cm) Width: 74.8. (190 cm)
Curb Weight: 3924 lbs (1780 kg)** Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 2
Performance
Battery: 48 kWh Range: 134 miles (215 kms)
Horsepower: 380 HP Torque: 605 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds Top Speed: 124 mph (200 km/h)

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Motor

So much attention is paid to how Audi R8 e-tron is powered to make it energy-efficient. The four wheel drive of the car is propelled by 4 electric motors which allow it a range of 154 miles.

The battery has the potential to recharge both when moving and when stationary. In addition, it uses an electronic brake system that enables it to convert all its energy into electricity and recover them while braking.
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Performance

Audi claims that R8 e-tron as a super car, which can cross 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Its incredible looks with 3330 lb ft of torque and 308 horsepower makes the performance of the e-tron a super car in the electric car segment.

This car does not come fitted with an oil cooler, nor does it require air intake.

Exterior & Interior

For increased performance, the concept car uses lithium ion cell technology, thereby reducing the total weight too. It is a mid-engine car of 48.4" tall, 167.7" long and 74.8" wide.

The cabin is shifted towards the front axle of the car thus leaving enough space for the inverter, battery, and other power electronics.

The Audi R8 e-tron interior features elegant soft leather, CFRP surfaces, and Alcantara covers. One innovative feature in this series is the digital mirror.

Weight

Another important feature essential for electric cars is its light weight construction. Audi engineers constructed the e-tron body based on ASF (Audi Space Frame) technology in its hybrid construction.

Reinforced plastic was used to make all add-on parts of the car such as roof, side walls, covers, and doors to enhance the performance from power system.
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July 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm | No comment

2014 Vauxhall VXR8

Just around the time that US customers begin buying performance sedans, the UK buyers will be looking out for the new high output Vauxhall VXR8.

The 2014 Vauxhall VXR8 is available with an Eaton supercharger, that provides up to 600 horsepower that comes from a 6.2 liter V8 rear wheel drive. You may now welcome the new VXR8 GTS and put in an order for delivery by year's end.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Est. Market Price: £54,999
Performance
Engine: V8 Eaton Supercharger Displacement: 6.2 Liter
Horsepower: 576 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 545 lb-ft Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds Top Speed: 155 mph* (249 km/h)

* Limited

Engine & Performance

The Vauxhall VXR8 houses a modern supercharged LSA V8. The engine delivers 576 horsepower and a torque of 545 lb-ft. The performance figures are expected to be released soon but expect something amazing since even then naturally aspirated VXR8 was clocked to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

The new Vauxhall VXR8's Eaton supercharger has 9 psi boot, 1.9 liters per revolution and 4 lobe rotors. This gives the VXR8 with much stronger and linear performance compared to its entire rev-range.
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Exterior

The front of the car features bold graphics and shallow-ramp angles that emphasize the stance and width. In order to deliver an aggressive look the focal point is a twin-nose grille which serves the purpose of enabling a large air intake that is needed for cooling the LSA V8.

At the rear, it has impressive LED tails lamps while the diffuser has quad-exhaust outlets with a shadow chrome finish.
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Interior

Inside the cabin, design has been upgraded. With new instrument-cluster, centre console, gauges, door trims and appliqués all which combine to give the VXR8 a more premium feel and look.

Technology

The 2014 Vauxhall VXR8 has come of age. It has been designed with brilliant technology that has never been seen in this model. Some of the interesting things in this car include automatic park assist, rear park-assist, reversing camera, and side-blind zone alert with reverse-traffic alert and passive button push start.

The 2014 VXR8 has also a number of safety technologies for the driver's convenience soon to be released.
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July 11, 2013 at 12:14 am | No comment

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Seeing the USA in your Chevrolet will be a more comfortable trip if you are driving the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The 2014 edition is roomier than models past. It is more efficient.

This vehicle will be offered in 3 models, Eco, Turbo and standard when it goes on sale in the fall. The MSRP should fall within the range of $23,000 to $34,000, with the latter being decked out with the top of the line Turbo 2LT.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Est. Market Price: $21,995
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) MPG: 25 city / 37 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 191.5 in. (486.4 cm) Wheelbase: 107.8 in. (273.8 cm)
Height: 57.6 in. (146.3 cm) Width: 73 in. (185.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 3393 lbs (1539 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 16.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5
Performance
Engine: Inline 4 DOHC Displacement: 2.5 Liter
Horsepower: 195 HP Max RPM: 6300 rpm
Torque: 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Shiftable-Automatic

Engine & Performance

More efficient, yet still potent powertrains are offered in the 2014 Malibu. The 2.5L inline-4 engine is capable of generating 196 HP. This vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds topping out at 130 MPH.

The engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission that includes gearstick buttons for manual override. There is also a start/stop feature to save gas in congested traffic. The car gets 23 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

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Exterior

Restyling begins with a completely redesigned front façade. The Malibu now takes on a similar appearance to the recent Impala and SS designs. The grille design has changed with additional chrome accents.

The headlights are mounted as high as is possible in the farthest corner on each side. This gives the impression of a wider road gripping posture. The headlamps themselves are projector beams. The rest of the front fascia flows nicely with stylistic bends on the plastic bumper. The iconic Chevy emblem is impressively and prominently displayed in gold on the front center.

The only changes to the cars profile are chrome door handles and turn signal indicators on the exterior mirrors.

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Interior

The inside of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu contains a dual rainbow dash with a slim center console incorporating staggered cup holders and convenient stow areas for small accessories like a smart phone. The new Malibu affords more knee room (1.25") in the rear which was accomplished with a redesigned front seat.
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July 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm | No comment

2014 GMC Sierra Denali

Pickup trucks are still one of the top selling vehicles in America. Throughout the country, how a truck looks says a lot about how the driver looks.

This means as a driver you have to look for the best and the latest truck in the market that features both comfort and quality. The just unveiled 2014 GMC Sierra Denali simply redefines quality and comfort with great attention to detail, features and materials.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Est. Market Price: $32,215
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26 gals (98 L) MPG: 16 city / 23 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 229.5 in. (582.9 cm) Wheelbase: 143.5 in. (364.5 cm)
Height: 74.2 in. (188.5 cm) Width: 80 in. (203.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 4942 lbs (2242 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.7 in. (22.1 cm)
Cargo Volume: 53 cu ft Maximum Seating: 6
Performance
Engine: V6 EcoTec3 DOHC Displacement: 4.3 Liter
Horsepower: 285 HP Max RPM: 6300 rpm
Torque: 305 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 5900 lbs (2676 kgs) Top Speed: NA

*2WD

Engine

The 2014 Sierra Denali basically features a 4.3L EcoTec3 V8- engine; this combines innovative EcoTec3 technologies with over 50 years of real proven GM small performance. The 4.3L V8 horsepower delivers 285 horsepower plus a 16 city/23 highway EPA-estimated fuel economy.
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Exterior

The outer design highlights includes 20" chrome aluminum wheels, body color bumpers, projector headlamps that has LED lighting, some chrome door handles, side moldings and mirrors.

This pickup have stronger axles, and even the convenience of power-sliding rear window that allows flow-through ventilation by the touch of a button.

Interior

The interior of this pick up keeps you comfortable that you will enjoy every bit of your ride. It features perforated leather-appointed seats designed for comfort and ventilation. It also features a heated and a cooled seating for the driver; plus front passenger twelve-way power-adjustable seats and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel.

This pickup provides you with a quiet ride. This is made possible by the triple door seals that blocks noise, redesigned exterior mirrors and a valve exhaust unit to reduce engine noise. It features a Bose 7-speaker system that comes with a subwoofer.

Added Features

The 2014 Sierra Denali provides absolute control at the driver's fingertips. It features a reconfigurable display on the instrument cluster that provides a cool way that you can customize your media choices, engage hands-free calls through your Smartphone.

There is a color touch radio that has intelli-link; this lets you access your media. The media features a color touch screen, HD Radio, internet radio, Bluetooth connectivity and customized favorites that allows you to save songs, genres, artists, albums, destinations and contacts.

A Rear Vision Camera that displays a clear view of everything behind you on a radio screen is available. This helps when you maneuver to park your vehicle.
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July 10, 2013 at 12:14 am | No comment

2014 BMW 5-Series

As might be expected after just a few years since the BMW 5-Series introduction, the 2014 version does not include any major changes. With its history of success, BMW improved the efficiency and aesthetics just enough to make the 2014 BMW 5-Series worthy of a second look.

BMW is recognized as the top seller of the premium end vehicles in the executive market. The 5-Series sedans are expected to hit dealer showrooms around August. The 528i sedan is expected retail close to $50,000, with the higher end of the spectrum, the 550i XDrive just a little over $65,000.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan* Est. Market Price: $47,800
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) MPG: 24 city / 34 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 193.1 in. (490.5 cm) Wheelbase: 116.9 in. (296.9 cm)
Height: 57.6 in. (146.3 cm) Width: 73.2 in. (185.9 cm)
Unladen Weight: 3814 lbs (1730 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.6 in. (14.2 cm)
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 5
Performance
Engine: 2.0 Inline 4 Twin Turbo Compression Ratio: 10.0: 1
Horsepower: 240 HP Max RPM: 5000-6500 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1250-4800 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: NA Top Speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)

Engine & Performance

More options are available under the hood of the 2014 5-Series depending upon the model you choose. You will find the standard inline 4 240 horsepower engine more than sufficient in moving you from point A to point B.

If you are in a hurry, the 4.4 liter V8 engine that gives you 400 horsepower is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour. All powertrains are paired with an 8 speed automatic transmission that includes Optimum Shift Indicators, Auto Start-Stop functionality and Brake Energy Regeneration.
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Exterior

Up front, new contour lines accentuate the traditional kidney shaped grille. The prestigious BMW logo is set in its usual location centered above the grille area. The lower air intakes have also been updated.

Xenon headlights are standard with adaptive LED's as an option. Another fresh feature finds the indicator lights integrated into the side mirrors. An extra crease has been added to the rear apron.

Perhaps the 2014 5-Series most striking design change is in its taillights that begin in the rear fender and finish within the plane of the trunk lid.

Interior

Similarly, the interior of the new BMW 5-Series has not undergone any changes. However, who needs alterations when you already are looking at near perfection.

Some chrome trim was added surrounding the control display just to heighten its allure. A more practical modification are the enlarged the cup holders and center console to increase the on board storage areas.
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July 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm | No comment

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