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2012 Geneva Preview: Bertone Nuccio Concept

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Italian design property Bertone released sketches of its new concept auto to be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor display.

Dubbed the Nuccio, this fancy seeking thing is element of the company’s plans to mark its 100th Anniversary in style. The car is a tribute to Nuccio Bertone who founded the Stile Bertone, the unique design branch of the organization, and separated it from the coachbuilding business.

Particulars of the auto are scarce at the minute, but the sketches display a substantial, futuristic concept auto with a extremely muscular seem and incredible particulars. Immediately after its debut at the Geneva show, the Nuccio Notion will be heading to Beijing for the Chinese motor display, and after that it will be back property to go on show at Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Turin.

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Video: Pininfarina Cambiano Concept teaser shows us a little more before Geneva

pininfarinacambianoconcept rear Video: Pininfarina Cambiano Concept teaser shows us a little more before Geneva

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Display, Pininfarina will be displaying a new notion that it calls the Cambiano Concept. The notion hints at a elegant and refined sport sedan so you can anticipate it to have a sloping rear roofline like the Aston Martin Rapide, Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Following 3 teasers that Pininfarina released last month, the firm has now dropped a video teaser prior to the Cambiano’s Geneva debut.

Examine out the video immediately after the jump.

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BMW M Performance Automobiles: Comment

Even for BMW fanatics and aficionados, the entire ‘M’ factor is about to get confusing. You see BMW M GmbH is about to launch an all-new item category called BMW M Functionality Automobiles.

Let us be clear, appropriate from the outset, this new M line of automobiles are not the bona fide M cars, as we know them, but they are relevant, kind of.  I’m referring right here to the 1M, M3, M5, M6, X6M and X5M models. Have I missed any?

The press kit says, “The BMW M Functionality Automobiles stand out with their exceptionally effective engines, enhanced agility and precision handling, their emotional laden and unrestricted every day practicality, and their remarkable effectiveness given the efficiency on offer. All are primarily based on current BMW designs.”

That line over, which mentions, ‘exceptionally powerful engines’ may sound like advertising and marketing spin, but rest assured, you will want to go through on.

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The specific engine they’re referring to is a newly formulated in-line six-cylinder diesel with no much less than three turbochargers and produces a staggering 280kW and 740 Nm of torque. Here’s exactly where it gets even far more fascinating.

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January 2012 Sales: What the Headlines Don’t Tell You

jan January 2012 Sales: What the Headlines Don’t Tell You

January is typically a slump month for all sorts of retail organizations, and car product sales in January 2012 reflected the normal post-Xmas malaise. Mainstream news outlets had been offering two narratives: Overall sales were up compared to January of 2011, and the Huge Three are scoring massive numbers. (Some reservations had been made for GM, which noticed a amount of items stall.) You’ll have to pardon us for not diving headfirst into the euphoria, even though. Estimates released this week display that the growth was largely driven by fleet revenue, which increased a whopping 25 % for the mixed total revenue of the largest seven automakers in the U.S. versus final January. GM, Chrysler, and Toyota had been the worst offenders. As for the rest of the industry, read on.

Date on which Chrysler first aired its new “Halftime in America” Television ad: two/five
Date on which Republican strategist Karl Rove criticized the ad for getting pro-Obama: 2/six
No. of shares of stock the U.S. government presently holds in Chrysler:
Complete number of vehicles sold in the U.S. in January 2012: 913,284
Percentage of autos sold in January 2012 that had been constructed in North America: 78
Minimal percentage of autos sold in January 2012 that had been developed in the U.S.: 51

What the numbers reveal: Much more than half of the automobiles and trucks Americans get had been in fact constructed in the States—but not significantly far more than half. Regardless of anyone’s take on Chrysler’s ad, millions of autos are constructed here each 12 months and the auto sector is even now an huge part of the U.S. economy. Are we de-industrializing? Not nevertheless.

Revenue of all Volkswagens in the U.S. in January 2012: 27,209
Product sales of the Toyota Camry in the U.S. in January 2012: 28,295
Date on which Volkswagen sold its first Tennessee-created Passat: September twelve, 2011
No. of Passats Volkswagen originally stated it would develop per year in Tennessee: 150,000
No. of Passats developed in Tennessee as of February seven, 2012: 50,000
Percentage by which Volkswagen just announced that it will enhance capacity: 13

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Lexus RX 450h

By Larry E. Hall

By most requirements, Lexus’s luxury SUV hybrid has been a smash good results since it was first launched in 2006. A important amount of Lexus SUV customers opted for the “hybrid upgrade,” producing the Lexus RX 400h, as it was previously known, virtually as well-liked as the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Via November 2011, the RX 450h is Lexus’ 2nd best-promoting hybrid model, edged out of the top spot by the CT 200h compact sedan.

Immediately after leaving the authentic RX hybrid series dormant in 2009, Toyota came back in the 2010 model year with the 450h, which offered far more electrical power and significantly improved fuel economic system. In other words, they upped the ante.

What’s the significance of the shift in the vehicle’s name-number from 400h to 450h? In the fuel-powered variations, the range is a code for the engine displacement—so the RX 350 signifies the vehicle carries a 3.5-liter engine. Lexus nudges individuals numbers up on the hybrids, since RX 450h’s blend of a 3.five-liter V-6 engine and electric motor-generator offers it the performance of a 4.five-liter engine.

For the 2012 model year the RX 450h has no substantial modifications. The RX 450h is available in a front-wheel drive (FWD) model with a base value of $ 45,235, and an all-wheel drive (AWD) edition commencing at $ 46,845. The charges reflect a $ 500 increase over the 2011 model 12 months for both vehicles.

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Aston Martin Debuts V12 Zagato

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Aston Martin has just unveiled the production version of its V12 Zagato which is headed for its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Display. The vehicle is staying built to mark the 50th anniversary of the pretty DB4 GT Zagato, 1st proven in 1961 but entering showrooms half a century ago.

The Zagato was previously witnessed as a racer at the 2011 Villa d’Este concours and at the 24-hour Nurburgring race last year. Not significantly has transformed in transitioning the car from a prototype racer to the road-going production edition with Aston Martin taking the V23 Vantage running gear and redressing it in a sharp exterior developed by CPP in Coventry.

Following in the tradition of the exclusive One-77, the V12 Zagato will take more than 2,000 man-hrs to manufacture thanks to hand-hewn entire body panels, including the hood, roof and doors and in line with its exclusivity, Aston Martin will only be constructing 150 of them. Aston Martin has created 4 new colours specifically for the V12 Zagato, and paint alone takes 100 hours to complete. Inside, it requires a total 7 hides to cover the cabin in hand-stitched, quilted leather.

The V12 Zagato rides on the very same underpinnings as the V12 Vantage, which signifies customers can look forward to a 6.-litre V12 engine with 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, while a six-speed manual transmission puts the power to the ground.

Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, says that the V12 Zagato is “a celebration of both Aston Martin’s heritage and its future. Our partnership with Zagato stretches back more than 50 a long time. Collectively in that time we have produced a series of extremely unique autos. The first – the DB4GT Zagato – is a correct icon: quick, stunning and incredibly desirable. In the V12 Zagato I feel we have captured the spirit of that automobile and mixed it with a confident twist of modernity to give it a character all of its personal.”

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Official: Audi TT RS Plus

Audi, Vehicle News, Geneva Automobile Salon 2012 — By MR on February ten, 2012 at eleven:12 am — 1 Comment

official audi tt rs plus Official: Audi TT RS Plus

The Audi TT RS plus has officially been released by the German car maker ahead of its debut in Geneva. The compact sports activities car, in each Coupé and Roadster versions, has a five-cylinder turbo delivering 360hp, adequate for a top rated speed of 280km/h.

The two.5-liter TFSI in the Audi TT RS plus is a higher-overall performance engine. Compared with the engine on which it is primarily based, this turbocharged direct-injection unit delivers 20hp more energy. It creates 465Nm of torque, 15Nm more than just before.

Customers can decide on among a manual six-speed transmission and the seven-speed S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission comes with a launch management function. The quattro long term all-wheel drive system, which operates with a multi-plate clutch, transfers engine electrical power to the road.

The Coupé with S tronic catapults from a standstill to 100km/h in four.1 seconds (with manual transmission: 4.3 seconds). The Roadster completes the same exercise in 4.two seconds (with manual transmission: four.four seconds). Top speed is limited to 280 km/h.

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