Archive for January 27th, 2012

MINI Roadster

As it’s not a hybrid, the MINI Roadster might not look like a vehicle that shoppers for choice power autos would fancy. This was also mentioned about the normal MINI Cooper, yet the Cooper’s most cross-shopped auto is none other than the Toyota Prius. Could the Roadster carry on this trend?

These who would consider a MINI vs. a Prius are most likely much less interested in the remarkable fuel economy of the Prius (although it’s certainly a element) and more impressed by the car’s appear and the picture it portrays. These “lifestyle buyers” are exactly the sort of shopper that would also consider buying a MINI Roadster.

Fuel financial system numbers have yet to be released for the Roadster, but if they’re something like the Coupe, assume digits in the high 30s on the highway – not in Prius territory, but again, this unlikely competitor is not only about fuel efficiency.


In base form the Roadster is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 121 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 114 pound-feet of torque at 4250 rpm. It gets a -60 time of eight.7 seconds, but in genuine MINI style will probably experience quicker. Despite some added weight, surprisingly, acceleration is enhanced over the convertible Cooper model, due in part to sportier gearing.

As pointed out, no fuel economic climate numbers are nevertheless readily available, even though the mechanically equivalent Coupe gets 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with the manual transmission or 28/36 for the six-speed automated – projected to be the a lot more well-known option.

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Nissan Juke-R Gets Taken For a Drive in Dubai

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Watch Mike Spinelli as he drives the new Nissan Juke -R concept down in Dubai this week on Road Testament.

The Juke-R, first launched back in October, that caused some controversy among the Nissan executives, is a mashup of the Juke and the GT-R with an uncommon distended entire body designed to accommodate the advanced all-wheel-drive system, twin-clutch transmission and 3.eight-litre twin-turbo 480-horsepower V6 engine.

View Mike in action in the video below:

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Exclusive: New information on BMW 7 Series LCI

We have just realized that the facelfited BMW 7 Series will go on sale this July. The F01 and F02 7er LCI designs will characteristic total LED headlights that had been redesigned to appear sleeker and are smaller in size. The taillights remained unchanged but are slightly darker in color than the existing model.

All 7 Series LCI models will get the signal indications integrated into the side mirrors.

Additional alterations take place below the hood. The 750xd will have the identical 3 liter tri-turbo diesel engine as witnessed in the recently unveiled M550d, X5 M50d and X6 M50d. The engine creates 381 horsepower and will be unveiled in Geneva as nicely.

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The U.S. entry-level model, the 740i will adjust its engine to the N55B30 which generates 320 horsepower. The 750i will now use the N63B44TU powerplant that produces 450 horsepower. The unit will also be obtainable in the 650i Gran Coupe.

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Report: Chevrolet Cruze could have potential in the U.S. market

chevroletcruzehatchback 02 627x380 Report: Chevrolet Cruze could have potential in the U.S. market

The Chevrolet Cruze, sold only as a sedan, brought in some successful product sales numbers for 2011, with 231,732 units sold. For this year, Chevy has made a decision to add a wagon variant for the Cruze that expected to improve product sales even increased.

Although GM is nevertheless finishing up with the wagon, it is rumored that the model will be numerous inches lengthier, with the addition of a sloping rear window and a tailgate.

Click here for a lot more news on the Chevrolet Cruze.

This is not the 1st variant that GM has produced for the Cruze, nevertheless. A 5-door hatchback is only available in markets outside the U.S., and even though GM hasn’t stated if they will be undertaking the exact same with the wagon, it may be a worthwhile move for the automaker to add it in the states. The Jetta Sport Wagon and Hyundai Elantra Touring are the only competitors the Cruze wagon would have in the states.

- By: Alexandra Koken

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Honda Prices 2012 Four-Cylinder Crosstour EX, Starts at $28,465

January 27, 2012 at two:45pm by Alexander Stoklosa

2012HondaCrosstourEX L1 Honda Prices 2012 Four Cylinder Crosstour EX, Starts at $28,465

Honda has priced the new four-cylinder version of the humpbacked Accord-primarily based Crosstour—note that it’s no lengthier known as the Accord Crosstour—from $ 28,465. That figure applies to the entry EX model the EX-L adds leather and charges $ 31,515, although the top rated-shelf EX-L with navigation rings in at $ 33,615. Pricing for the V-six Crosstour starts at $ 31,150 for an EX and rises to $ 37,350 for an all-wheel-drive EX-L with navigation. The front-wheel-drive-only 4-cylinder variant was added to the previously V-6–only Crosstour range for 2012. Its 192-hp four is down 79 hp from the obtainable 3.five-liter V-six, but need to return better fuel economy. (You can go through a far more detailed comparison of the 4- and six-cylinder Crosstours and their fuel economic system here.) All Crosstours received extra equipment for 2012, possibly most importantly a backup camera to mitigate awful rear visibility, and are accessible now.

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Scoop: Peugeot Continues Trialing 301 Test Mules

Peugeot 301 Test Mules 3 Scoop: Peugeot Continues Trialing 301 Test Mules
These new spy photographs display a check mule of the Peugeot 308 compact hatchback’s replacement being tested in Europe. Even though the exterior panels of the prototype are from the latest 308, underneath it’s a various story as it rides on a new platform with wider front and rear tracks that’s shared with the Citroen C4 and DS4 designs.

The French firm’s new model will most likely be named 301, as Peugeot would like to skip the 309 moniker that was used on its 1980s compact hatch.

Like the smaller sized 208, Peugeot’s Golf rival is anticipated to be both a lot more compact in length and lighter than the model it replaces with obvious rewards in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

The engine lineup will be shared with it’s Citroen brethren and will incorporate a amount of gasoline and diesel units, although Peugeot also has plans to provide a HYbrid4 diesel-electric hybrid version.

We’ll know a lot more about the new 301 and Peugeots long term plans on the assortment in the coming months.

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2013 BMW X6 M

BMW has announced the new facelifted edition of X6 M. The Sports Exercise Coupe comes with the very same engine and efficiency details, but with some exterior and interior modifications.

Outdoors the new X6 M capabilities different front grille and new LED headlights. The interior will now characteristic better choice of new leather upholstery.

2013 BMW X6 M is powered by a brutal four.four liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 555PS (408 kW) at 6000RPM and 680Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque at just 1500RPM. It is mated to a six-speed M-Sport automatic gearbox with paddleshifters on the steering wheel. The power is place on the road by means of the world’s most intelligent AWD method – xDrive.

The efficiency is superb – 4.7 seconds to a hundred km/h, to 200 km/h – 16.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically restricted.

All this is thanks to a range of technologies – M TwinPower Turbo Technologies with exhaust gas manifold connecting both rows of cylinders, Twin-Scroll twin-trubo technological innovation, High Precision injection and double VANOS.

The new BMW X6 M comes with DSC like ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC Cornering Brake Manage, DBC Dynamic Brake Control, ADB-X electronic differential lock, Dry Braking, Fading Compensation, Start off-Off Assistant Dynamic Stability Control interacting with xDrive all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Functionality Handle, HDC Hill Descent Management, Adaptive Drive. All this is regular!

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