In Europe, the Ford Focus (Euro-model) based Kuga will go on sale this summer where it will be initially available with a 136Hp 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that’s good enough to offer an average fuel consumption of 6.3 lt / 100 km or 37.3 MPG to the front-wheel-drive version and 6.4 lt / 100 km or 36.7 MPG to the all-wheel-drive variant. -Click through for the image gallery
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Like the new Megane, it too will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show this fall. Sales of Renault’s BMW 3-Series sized Coupe are expected to start towards the end of the year with the engine range including a variety of 4-cylinder and V6 petrol and diesel units. -Continued
Source: Auto Plus
The peppy M1 Procar edition featured among other things, a modified version of the M88 6-cylinder unit with new camshafts, larger valves, forged pistons, optimized flow ducts, slides instead of throttle butterflies and a modified exhaust system boosting, all of which helped boost output to 470–490 Hp. Weighing in at a mere 1,020 kg or 2,248 lbs, the M1 Procar had a top speed of approximately 310 km/h (192 mph). –Video after the jump
The California-based speciality tuner’s proposition brings to mind those horrid BMW E30/E36 3-Series Bauer conversions of the late 1980’s – early 1990’s with its intrusive, but nevertheless necessary, roll bar and chopped window frames. If you can take it, there are more pictures after the jump.
Rusting Hyundai Sonatas Prompt Investigation as Suspension Corrosion Can Even Cause Wheels To Fall Off!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an official investigation on the Hyundai Sonata after receiving 40 individual complaints about front subframe corrosion in the 1999 through 2002 model year Sonatas.
There are 19 complaints for MY 1999 Sonatas, 16 for MY 2000, 3 for MY 2001 and 2 for MY 2002 with most of the complaints (35) from States that use large amounts of salt on the roads during snowy months.
NHTSA supports that the corrosion in the subframe is pretty severe as consumers have reported 'fist-sized holes in the frame'. According to NHTSA investigators, this can result to complete or partial suspension control arm detachment from the vehicle, wheel collapse or separation, half shaft detachment resulting in sudden vehicle disablement and/or steering anomalies. -Continued
Incident speeds range from 5 to 65 mph. NHTSA reports that one incident allegedly resulted in the vehicle becoming disabled in the traffic lanes of a parkway at night with the driver and child passengers stuck in the car while passing traffic swerved around the vehicle at high speeds.
Another complaint alleged the failure resulted in the vehicle becoming "stuck in the middle of a dangerous intersection" while a third complaint indicated that the vehicle was declared a total loss by the insurance carrier due to damage caused by the lower control arm completely separating from the frame, causing the half-shaft to detach from the transmission and resulting in damage to the wheel housing and quarter panel from the partially detached wheel.
The German tuner supports that the ECO PowerXtra modules not only improve performance but they also better fuel economy and reduced emissions without though, giving any specific figures. Interestingly, the Brabus ECO PowerXtra D6 BLUE performance kit for the Mercedes E 300 BLUETEC makes Brabus the first tuner to meet stringent EURO V exhaust limits which won’t go into effect in
As for the 2.7 V6 TD versions, thanks to the modified engine management control, power is increased from 207Hp to 249Hp, thus allowing the Jag to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7,6 seconds versus the standard car’s 8,2 seconds. The full Loder1899 sport package for the XF 2.7 V6 TD is available for €7,898 / $12,324 but that doesn’t include assembly and painting.
The „Loder1899“- JaguarXF
Front spoiler: 877,62 Euro
Rear apron diffuser: 773,50 Euro
Rear apron spoiler: 312,38 Euro
Stainless steel exhaust tailpipe device left and right: in progress
Lowering kit (-35 mm): 349 Euro
Wheel/tire combination consisting of alloy rim 9,5x21 "Hollow Spoke" (silber) and tires 255/30 21: starts at 1483,81 Euro/each (see press picture)
Low priced wheel/tire combinations from 9x20 Zoll incl. tires 255/35 20: starts at 666,07 Euro/each
Motor management:. 1499 Euro
Stainless steel footrest: 199 Euro/each
"Loder1899"-Exklusive package: 7.898,77 Euro plus assembly and painting
Standard price: starts at 49.370 Euro
With “Loder1899” Exklusive-accessory program:
starts at 57.269 Euro
Technical Data: 2,7 TDV6 • displacement 2720 cm3 • performance increase with “Loder1899” motor management accessory device up to kW/249 hp at 2000/min (standard 152 kW/207 hp at 2000/min.) • maximum torque 435 Nm at 4000/min, (with “Loder1899” 522 Nm at 3850/min) • rear wheel drive • automatic six speed gearbox • length/breadth/height 4961/1877/2053 mm • fuel tank 69,5 l • car boot volume 385 l • towed weight, braked 1.850 kg; towed weight, unbraked 750 kg • top speed 229 kmph • 0-100 kmph in 8,2 seconds standard; (in 7,6 seconds with “Loder1899”) • consumption (EU-Mix) combined 7,5 l/100 km • CO2 199 g/km • Price: starts at 49.370 Euro.
Via: Le Blog Auto , Source: Loder1899
Sounds a bit harsh but listen to this; earlier in April, a police operation at Oxley, south-west of Brisbane, led to 90 drivers appearing in court on the same day on charges that would most probably get their licence revoked. Nine of those people who lost their license jumped into their car and drive off but to their dismay, cops were waiting for them around the corner and they were arrested immediately! -Continued
"These are people who generally have thousands of dollars owing to the state and are not paying off those fines," Police Minister Judy Spence told reporters in
Statistics show that while in 2003, disqualified drivers were involved in 4.5 per cent of
Via: The West
Volkswagen will participate in the race at the legendary Nordschleife with three Scirocco cars equipped with a 2.0-litre TFSI engine delivering over 300 hp and a direct-shift transmission with DSG technology including shifting paddles in the steering wheel.
Leading Volkswagen's line-up of drivers for the 24-hour Nürburgring race is two-time
"The Scirocco has passed its first real ‘baptism of fire’ well,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "The racing version was developed and prepared by our technical staff in record time. With the endurance test, we’re perfectly within our truly tight schedule. The Scirocco is a real highlight: when watching the car on the race track for the first time, it simply looks cool."