Thursday, September 26, 2013

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013 Review

The new BMW 4 Series coupe 2013 is the successor of the 3 Series Coupé even more exclusive and sporty, which is why BMW has a number queued up and so launched the 4 series to life.

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013

Although it is heavily based on the design of the 3 Series, the new 4 coupe but also can clearly stand out from the 3-series and brings a unique design line. In particular, the modified front end and sleek styling that is both elegant and sporty, giving the new BMW Coupé a distinctive shape.

Compared to last, the new 3 Series coupe with 4-Coupe is longer by 26 mm by 43 mm wider, but lower by 16 mm. As a result, the new coupe looks more dynamic and more muscular than its predecessor, but, thanks to the extended wheelbase by 50 mm provide more space for passengers.

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013 interior

By the body lowered by 10 mm and the center of gravity was lowered further, and the 4-Coupe now has the lowest current focus of all BMW models. The same time, the technicians were able to increase the stiffness by 60%, while the new coupe has become easier than its predecessor to 25 kg.

To start, there the 4 series with three different engine as 420d xDrive with 184 hp (135 kW), a 428i with 245 hp (180 kW) and a 435i with 306 hp (225 kW). The gasoline engines are now available with the xDrive all-wheel drive, diesel then from November.

In a first exit we were able to learn the 435i xDrive coupe with all wheel drive and the basic version, the 420d Coupe, better acquainted. Even the basic version sprints in combination with the 8-speed automatic fine in just 7.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, and is up to 232 km / h.

The coupe is 463.8 inches long it very well on the street and can also be high cornering speeds. The wider track and low center of gravity are very noticeable here and help the coupe to a perfect dynamics.

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013

This will improve as the 435i xDrive. Thanks to the all-wheel drive 306 hp also be placed on a wet road skillfully on the road, and the coupe behaves very good-natured in every situation. In just 4.9 seconds, the four-wheel drive accelerates from a standstill to 100 km / h, making it 0.2 seconds faster than the version without all-wheel drive.

Apart from the excellent driving dynamics, the 4-Coupe but can also come up with a perfect sound insulation and comfort. The towards the driver-oriented dashboard precipitated by its clarity and ease of use. New in 4 Coupe is also an improved version of the iDrive system, which is now equipped with a touch pad for even easier entry of numbers and letters.

This space is for a coupe also very good, very practical is the automatic seat belt extenders for the front seats and the through-loading feature with a 40:20:40 split rear seats, making the 445-liter luggage compartment can be enlarged again.

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013

On request there is the 4-Coupe in different "lines", customers can choose between Sport, Modern and Luxury Line, is also still an M-Sport package.

If you want even more sporty driving dynamics, can choose the optional M Sports suspension or the adaptive M suspension. Also on board is of course also the driving experience switch, can be activated via the various driving modes. In addition to the Normal mode is also a sport mode for an even sportier design of suspension, accelerator response, steering and gear ratios available.

For absolute economy of new Eco-Pro mode, the function now has a sail and a preview wizard provides features, which makes a recommendation as to when it makes sense to take the foot off the gas - eg if a roundabout with a higher speed is approached.

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013

BMW 4 Series coupe 2013

Optimized aerodynamics also ensures a more in thrift. The 184-hp diesel is so with only 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers find the long off, the 306 hp 7.6 liter petrol engine is supposed to be moving but also very economical. You should not miss out on the 8-speed automatic, which serves fast and smooth gearshifts and improves ride comfort.

In 2014, M version will still be at the start, and also a 4-Cabriolet will be ready for the first days of summer 2014.

2014 Audi RS Q3 starts in November

2014 Audi RS Q3 for the first time also brings an RS model in the Q family, orders are accepted from now on.

2014 Audi RS Q3

The Audi RS Q3 expanded from November 2013, the sporty RS line of Audi. Under the hood of the compact SUV werkt a 2.5 liter TFSI with 310 hp (228 kW), which helps the four-wheel drive to sporting performance.

In just 5.2 seconds the sports SUV sprints from 0 to 100 km / h, and is up to 250 km / h, then the RS Q3 is electronically limited. For the first time, the Audi five-cylinder engine is also working with a start-stop system, which the RS Q3 can also be moved very efficient in the city.

On average only 8.8 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers are to be consumed. As a power transmission is a compact seven-speed S tronic. The dual clutch transmission also has a sports program in which the gears are further turned out.

2014 Audi RS Q3

Thus, the force is also placed perfectly on the road, has the RS Q3 through the quattro all-wheel drive, off-road, which also guarantees him a good progress.

Visually, you can see the sportiest in Q3 typical of the RS line design features as amended front and rear skirts, a roof spoiler and elliptical exhaust pipes.

Inside, the dynamic line continues, the sports seats are upholstered in a combination of Alcantara and leather, and the headrests Q3 RS logos are embossed. The instrument cluster is wearing gray dials with white numerals and red needles. Pedals and footrest in aluminum look and the flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel are additional features of the RS Q3 interior.

2014 Audi RS Q3

As standard, the RS Q3 comes with 19 "alloy wheels, LED tail lights, xenon plus headlights, the parking system plus, the Audi sound system and the sporty trim to the customer.

The list price is 65,750 euros in Germany, and orders will be taken against already. The first cars will arrive in November 2013 to the dealers.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid priced from $29,155

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid launches in North America.
In North America, the Honda Accord Hybrid is on Halloween at the dealership, the cheapest model costs U.S. $ 29,155.

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord starts in the U.S. version of the end of October 2013, in a highly economical hybrid version. With a fuel consumption of just 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers in city driving the Accord Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient 4-door sedan in North America.

The cheapest version of the Honda Accord Hybrid will start from just $ 29,155 and can come up with a lane departure warning, blind spot warning, LED daytime running lights, electrically adjustable driver seat, 2-zone automatic climate control and a 160-watt sound system.

From U.S. $ 31,905, there is the hybrid EX-L, which also need a collision warning system, a lane departure warning, "Honda link" and has an electric sunroof.

The top model, the Accord Hybrid Touring has a price of U.S. $ 34,905 then LED headlights, a navigation system with HDD hard disk drive and an adaptive cruise control.

After Europe, the economical Accord will not come, but possibly the next-generation Accord will be available with hybrid power in Europe.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Revealed

At the IAA, the new 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet is making its debut, is based on the new A3 sedan.

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet

The second generation of the Audi A3 Cabriolet is shown at the IAA 2013 the first time. Compared to its predecessor, the new A3 Cabriolet has grown since the base is the new A3 sedan. Instead of 4.24 meters, the new convertible will measure 4.42 meters and now offers even more space for passengers and luggage. The trunk has grown by a whopping 60 liters and now holds 286 liters.

Visually, the A3 Cabriolet also fits the sedan, which sharpened edges are like the open Audi very well and provide a high dynamic range. As with its predecessor, the new A3 Cabriolet comes back with a classic fabric soft top, which is fitted as standard electrically operated and in less than 18 seconds, the offers open-air fun. The soft top can be opened and closed up to a speed of 50 km / hr.

Optionally, there is also an "acoustic hood", which will further increase by better insulation driving comfort. While the standard soft top is available in black only, the acoustic hood can also be ordered in gray and brown.

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet interior

From the equipment line ambience and a wind deflector is fitted as standard, which is to reduce air turbulence, there is also an optional neck-level heating for the front seats.

The new A3 Cabriolet is also made easier by 50 kilograms compared to its predecessor, yet offers even higher stiffness. For added security, the convertible assistance systems are the same as all other A3 models. Among other things, there is the desire to adaptive cruise control, Audi active lane assist or fully automatic parking assistant. Audi connect to A3 Cabrio also be transformed into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet

To start, there will be the A3 Cabriolet with the 1.4 TFSI with 140 hp (103 kW), the 1.8 TFSI with 180 hp (132 kW) and the 2.0 TDI with 150 hp (110 kW). Other engines such as the 1.6 TDI with 110 hp (81 kW) and as a top model, the 2.0 TFSI with 300 hp in the S3 Cabriolet will follow later.

For the first time there will also be the Audi A3 Cabriolet with quattro all-wheel drive, it is also somewhat delayed going to the start.

2015 Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept

2015 Ford offers the exclusive equipment line "Vignale", which serves not only with luxury, but also with a special service for customers. Called 2015 Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept.

2015 Ford Mondeo Vignale

At the IAA Ford will be unveiling the Mondeo available from 2015 as a concept car featuring exclusive line "Vignale". High-quality design elements, erstlassig processed premium materials and services that are geared to premium frequent flyer programs are to attract new customers.

Amenities include 20 "alloy wheels, a striking front apron, full-LED headlights, stylish chrome applications and by the special color" Nocciola. "In the interior, inspired an exclusive leather-Fully equipped with elaborate stitching and exclusive " Vignale " logos are evidence of the noble orientation of the vehicle.

But with the precious features alone is not enough, the "Vignale" line is designed to provide a holistic shopping experience and offer many advantages even after the purchase for the customer.

Similar to a frequent flyer program offers the Vignale also features special bank and credit card services, concierge services, and other attractive offers from partner brands such as restaurant and hotel chains. Also in stores of the merchants there should be Vignale own rooms where separate contact for customers are available.

There is also a collection and delivery service for maintenance inspection, exclusive invitations to shows and events, as well as free car washes for the complete life cycle of the "Vignale" vehicle.

At the start in 2015, the Ford Mondeo and the Mondeo traveler will enjoy the high-quality equipment line first. Later will also be available for other model series, the Vignale-line.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

The Honda CRX was in the 1980s one of the most popular small sports coupe, the Honda CR-Z is the spirit of the CRX was revived in 2010. Compact dimensions and a lot of athleticism at an affordable price are the ingredients for the CR-Z.

2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Also on board are, among other things, ABS, ESP, six airbags, LED daytime running lights, cruise control, a rear parking assistance, rain and light sensor, automatic air conditioning, electric windows, central locking with remote control, a premium sound system with 360 watts, 17 "alloy wheels and xenon headlights.

Quite a lot to offer Honda's sporty outfit and is also reflected in the interior. The fixtures for landscape looks very sporty, on the other, very futuristic. Satellite operator on both sides of the fittings, knobs and many many ads can equal even fear that the operation will not be easy.

But it takes place behind the wheel, you realize quickly that everything is arranged very logically and you can find his way straight away. The ads are extremely beautiful in presentation and change their color depending on the driving style. A strong green is intended to illustrate the driver that he is just very economical way.

The space available in the CR-Z is similar athletic cut as it was in the CRX, with driver and front passenger have plenty of space, the rear seats of the 4-seater, however, are more likely to be seen as occasional seats for small children. Also, the boot capacity is 207 liters with dimensions slightly, for the CR-Z offers many practical shelves in the interior, as well as good-sized cup holders in the center console.

2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid interior

In a small sportsmen like the CR-Z but should not this more driving fun than the space be crucial. To strike a balance between sportiness and fuel efficiency, the CR-Z has got a hybrid drive.

The 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 121 hp (89 kW) electric motor is powered by a 20 HP support (15 kW). The system output is 137 hp (101 kW). The system torque of 190 Nm is 1000-2000 rev / min is available, which already down and out of a lot of power is available.

Especially in the city can be extremely economical way. The manual 6-speed transmission is in fact graded very short, and you just over 50 km / h of 6 Passage of the recommended gear indicator is called for.

The driver can also select between ECON driving modes, Normal and Sport. In ECON mode, all systems will be trimmed to absolute frugality. Here, the throttle response is a bit tough, and the acceleration values ​​are not quite as appealing as the other modes.

2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

In normal mode you can get the best in daily life to make ends meet and also experienced a good amount of fun, especially if electric and petrol engine combines do their work. Who wants to get close to the sportiness of the CRX previous models, must switch to Sport mode. Then the CR-Z is very supple brushed on sportiness and sprints in 9.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h

He is a little slower than the first CRX, by the hybrid technique that more facilities and the new safety standards, the CR-Z but also gained the weight properly. With 1282 kg it is indeed for today's vehicles still quite light, but was much heavier than the not by 900-pound CRX.

Remained the same is the love of speed, as before, the path leads to the greatest driving pleasure also in the CR-Z only high speeds. Here, you notice also that the noise reduction has become better and you hardly will notice the high speed orgy in the interior.

2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

Very sporty design are also chassis and suspension, the CR-Z drives like on rails, which is also due to the low center of gravity. The steering could still be a touch more direct, but it fits very well when it comes to moving the CR-Z in city traffic.

When consuming the CR-Z is presented again as a saving master, if one is traveling in ECON mode. Then you could definitely get the 5.2 liter fuel consumption, as indicated by your work. We have come to use in normal and sport mode on an average consumption of 6.2 liters, which is still fully in order.

With the CR-Z Honda has a worthy successor to the CRX in the program, however not as good sells far as its legendary predecessor in any case. Our testing has shown that the CR-Z deserves far more resonance. It offers a top-quality equipment is very independent, drives both sporty as it is economical and is still calculated at fair price. Anyone looking for a small, crisp athlete who has an innovative drive with not too many hp, the CR-Z is definitely in the right place.

2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

2014 Land Rover Discovery Revealed

At the IAA shows the revised 2014 Land Rover Discovery, which will be available from December 2013.

2014 Land Rover Discovery

For the 2014 model year Land Rover has donated the Discovery a makeover that makes it visually more modern and technically sophisticated. To recognize he is especially on a new front end. A new grille, new bumpers and a new headlamp design with a distinctive LED daytime running evaluate the appearance of the new model year.

In order to strengthen the identity of Discovery, also graces the first time a new discovery logo the hood, where previously the Land Rover logo was visible. The designation for the engine also moves from the tailgate to the side of the two front doors.

There will be a new discovery as before with the 3.0 liter V6 with 211 hp or a TDV6 SDV6 with 256 hp. But thanks to start-stop system, the CO2 emissions could be reduced by 5% and consumption by 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

Also new is a 3.0-liter V6 S / C gasoline engine, which replaces the previous 5.0-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine and thereby fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced significantly. The 340-hp gasoline engine.

2014 Land Rover Discovery

For the first time, Land Rover Discovery to the choice between two-wheel drive versions. A new single-stage transfer case is intended to appeal to customers who appreciate Although the off-road ability, but never require a reduction. Also, the Terrain Response system remains the entry-wheel drive vehicle received only mode "rock crawl / creep rock" is not offered at the Verison with single-stage transfer case.

As new assistance systems are available for the 2014er Discovery watts a depth sensor, a blind-spot warning system, a proximity sensor, a collision warning system when reversing and crossing cameras for confusing driveways.

From the Range Rover models, the new Discovery takes then the Meridian sound systems. Even the basic version are 8 speakers and a sound system with 380 watts installed, on request, there is also the Meridian surround sound system with 825 watts and 17 speakers.

Available is the new Discovery born in December, 2013, prices have yet to be.

2014 Land Rover Discovery

2013 Kia Niro at IAA

Kia Motors presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show world premiere of a new B-segment study.

2013 Kia Niro

The automaker has released more pictures and also announced the name: 2013 Kia Niro is the concept vehicle that gives a preview of a possible new model series in this compact vehicle class.

The study is tailored to the big city life, is characterized by a distinctive, high design embodies both style and reliability.

The Kia Niro was designed by Kia's European design team and therefore in the immediate vicinity of the IAA. For the European Design Centre of the brand - which is headed by Gregory Guillaume - located in the Kia's European headquarters, which is located on the Frankfurt fairgrounds.

The concept of Kia Niro aims to meet the diverse needs of today's motorists. The compact-sized study occurs very confidently on, combines a playful and mischievous character with a robust yet very elegant body shape and shows a characteristic design, by contrasting materials - is animated - including stainless steel elements.

Kia investigated in the compact car field for a long time for new vehicle concepts for demanding riders who also place great emphasis on individuality. The Kia Niro - which was developed in Europe and is strongly oriented on the taste and to the demands of European customers - therefore find many items that you would normally expect only in higher vehicle classes.

2013 Kia Niro interior

2013 Kia Niro

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