Renault ZOE Electric Available With New Battery Hire Option In UK

Renault ZOE Electric Available With New Battery Hire Option In UK

It was last June when Renault launched its flagship electric vehicle, the ZOE, in the UK and immediately the brand was in the limelight. The ZEO is one of the UK’s most affordable electric vehicles and has shown satisfactory sales over the the past few months. Now Renault wants even more customers to go for the ZOE and hence, has launched a new battery rental service for UK customers. Currently, the ZOE is available for £13,995 (on-road) or customers can also go for Renault’s PCP plans wherein one can take home a ZOE for £189 per month, with a deposit of just £1,720, including a £1,000 customer deposit contribution.

New customers who cover les than 3000 miles in a month, can opt for the new battery hire plan which is priced from £45 per month, taken over a 3 year term. Although this new plan is available on top of



Volkswagen Amarok Canyon Special Edition For UK Starts From £28,990

We have seen plenty of pickup models from various global brands, but then there is the Amarok from Volkswagen which is a little different from conventional pick-ups. Volkswagen has recently announced a special edition model of this multi award winning car called Amarok Canyon, for the UK. The Volkswagen Amarok Canyon goes on sale on April 1, and the German major has already confirmed that only 350 vehicles will be built. The Amarok Canyon edition strikes a perfect balance between high tech features and rugged styling.

Some of the highlights on the exterior of the vehicle colour-keyed under-ride guard, 19” Cantera alloy wheels, unique styling bars, front and rear parking sensors, a protective coating for the load area a matt black roll cover and high gloss black side bars and rear bumper. The interior on the other hand also gets many unique features such as satellite navigation with a 6



Volkswagen Polo Ready To Get New Engines and Makeover For UK

Volkswagen UK has announced that very soon it will be updating the Polo with a host of new technologies, frugal engines and a comprehensive makeover. All the mentioned updates will be performed on the yet to arrive 2014 Volkswagen Polo. The car is scheduled to be launched this summer. As seen in the new generation Golf, Volkswagen has gradually been focusing safety, comfort, efficiency and practicality and it uses the same approach for the new Polo. To tell you how well equipped the upcoming Polo will be, it will feature Automatic Post Collision Braking System, a standard addition which automatically applies the brakes after the car collides with an object.

This system ensures reduced kinetic energy which further minimizes the chance of a second collision. Other safety features that are on the list for the new Polo are Automatic Cruise Control, a Driver Alert System, and Front Assist with City



Audi Q3 With New TFSI Engine and New Trim Level For UK

Audi’s compact and successful car of the SUV category. the Q3 is all set to get even better. Audi UK has decided to not only add a new powerplant to the engine lineup but also improve the car on the features end by introducing a new top of the range trim level. The Audi Q3 has adopted a new, compact and more fuel efficient 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine. The engine will be available with SE and a new S line Plus specification. Talking about the performance of the new engine, it has been introduced as an alternative to the 140 PS 2.0-litre TDI model so that customers get even more options at the time of buying.

The same can produce peak power of 150 PS between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm delivered between 1750 and 3000 rpm. As stated above, the new engine will



Opel Astra GTC With 1.6L 200 HP Engine Starts From 25,250 Euros

If you have been reading our blog on a regular basis, you would remember the Astra GTC by Vauxhall which is  now available with a more powerful engine. Being the sister company of Vauxhall, Opel has also launched the Opel Astra GTC, which is essentially the same car, with a more powerful engine. Powering the Opel Astra GTC is a new generation 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine which produces a max of 200 horsepower. With a more powerful engine and a small body structure, the Astra GTC can accelerate to 100 km/h from a standstill in 7.9 seconds and also achieves the 80 to 120 km/h sprint in fifth gear in the same time.

The engine is one of the benchmark setters in its class as it produces 125 hp per liter which is impressive. Also there is an overboost feature available that catapults the car’s peak torque output



New 2014 BMW 740LD xDrive Model For US: Starts From $83,425

Customers in the US who are considering buying a top end luxury segment car such as the Mercedes Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and the BMW 7-Series, would be glad to know that BMW has introduced an all new model to its 7 Series lineup. BMW has announced the new BMW 740Ld xDrive model for the US market which is the latest model line to benefit from BMW’s Advanced Diesel technology. The name, 740Ld xDrive, clearly tells you about the structure of the car i.e it is an extended/long wheelbase version of the the 7 Series and will equip xDrive, a BMW – developed intelligent all-wheel drive system.

The most important feature of the new model is its BMW Advanced Diesel technology equipped engine. It is a 3.0-liter inline-6 cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that produces 255 hp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 413 lb-ft between 1,500 –



2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe: Details Inside

The BMW 1 Series ruled its segment for nearly 10 years, thanks to its rear wheel drive configuration, powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo technology engines, and premium character of its own. Taking the legacy forward is the all new 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe. The 2 Series coupe is the direct successor of the 1-Series but is greatly improved in terms of driving pleasure. Though based on the 1-Series, the 2-Series greatly differs from the latter while retaining the qualities of its predecessor. One can easily distinguish the 2 Series, courtesy of a new design which is being followed for all the latest generation BMW cars.

The two door 2-Series features a three box body design, a long hood, doors with frameless windows, and a stretched roofline for that irresistible appeal. Dimension wise the 2 Series coupe stands 4,432 mm or 4.4 meters in length, an increase of 108 mm over



2015 Lincoln Navigator To Debut At Chicago Auto Show On Feb 6

Lincoln is going to debut the all new 2015 Lincoln Navigator at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show that starts in the first week of February. Just like other modern Lincoln products, the 2015 Navigator will feature an updated styling complemented by Lincoln’s iconic split-wing grille, upgraded interior and a host of technologies to cater to the needs of urban customers. Along with the new grille, the exterior of the 2015 Navigator gets a newly designed hood, a restyled rear, power operated tail gate, jewel-like light-emitting diode (LED) lights, high-intensity discharge (HID) adaptive headlamps featuring LED accents, standard 20-inch aluminum wheels, and more.

The 2015 Navigator with Reserve Package will equip 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and optional running boards with chrome accents. The cabin of the 2015 Navigator has been comprehensively redesigned and added with new features. The list includes MKC style Wollsdorf leather wrapped, wood-trimmed steering wheel, PowerFold third-row seats,



2014 Audi Q7 S Line Style and Sport Edition Models: Details

The all new Q7 is significantly improved over its predecessor and based on the new and improved Q7 is the 2014 S line Style Edition and S line Sport Edition models that Audi has launched for the UK. Both the S line Sport Edition and S line Style Edition versions features an upgraded body and equipment list. Starting with the S line Style edition the car comes with two engine options: a 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel producing 245 PS and a 4.2-litre V8 TDI diesel with 340 PS. Both the models of the S line Style edition cost £1,500 more than the equivalent Q7 S line plus model.

Coming to the features of the S line Style Edition now, the model gets five-arm rotor design matt titanium finish alloy wheels in place of the standard 21 inch five spoke wheels, a more rugged body courtesy of a comprehensive styling upgrade



2014 Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Altitude Edition Models For US

At the Houston Auto Show, Jeep has introduced the new special edition ‘Altitude’ models of the 2014 Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Wrangler. The models will arrive in Jeep dealerships come spring and will feature unique ‘blacked-out’ exteriors. The name Altitude comes from a one of the Jeep fans who participated in a contest to name a Grand Cherokee concept showcased at the 2012 Houston Motor Show. Starting with the 2014 Cherokee Altitude, the car is based on the standard Cherokee and available with either 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine or the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, in 4×4 or 4×2 configurations.

The 2.4 liter heart delivers up to 31 mpg which is appreciably good, and the Pentastar unit produces 271 hp and can tow up to 4500 lbs. Since it is an Altitude edition, a number of bodily features have been added such as a black daylight opening (DLO), roof rails,



New Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica Special Edition Priced From £14,895 In UK

Celebrating the 30th anniversary and nearly half a million sales of the iconic Fiat Panda city car, Fiat has launched a special edition model called Panda 4X4 Antarctica for the UK. As far as the exterior is concerned, Fiat has given the Panda 4X4 Antarctica a slightly different look with the help of features like diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels, special badges, orange detailing and an exclusive white exterior color with a black roof. Just like the exterior, the interior of the special edition has also been updated to stand out from the standard Panda.

It comes with a grey and orange upholstery, a height adjustable driver’s seat, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, three-passenger rear seat with 60:40 split/folding backrests, ESC stability control, air conditioning, and an electronic locking differential (ELD). The special edition also features mud-and-snow tyres, side body cladding for better protection and a specially tuned suspension. The Panda 4X4



Jaguar Launches XK Signature and Dynamic R Special Edition For UK

Expanding the 2015 XK lineup, Jaguar has introduced two new performance models for the UK. Dubbed the Jaguar XK Signature and Jaguar XK Dynamic R, these special edition models focus entirely on performance and will be available in both Coupe and Convertible forms. Talking about the two new additions one by one, the XK Signature special edition is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine that produces 385 PS of max power and comes with a range of exciting features such as standard 20” Kalimnos wheels and Reverse Park Camera.

The XK Dynamic R, which happens to be more performance focused of the two, is powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine that produces 510 PS. The Dynamic R special edition is based on the XKR and comes with a Black Dynamic Pack, featuring XKR-S suspension, a 10 mm reduced ride height, Speed Pack – offering an increased top speed



Mercedes-Benz UK Launches C-Class AMG Sport Edition

For all those Mercedes-Benz C-Class fans in the UK, there is a good news. In an attempt to make the current C-Class even more exciting, Mercedes-Benz UK has announced a range of enhancements for the C-Class, which includes new option packages and a new model line. Mercedes-Benz’s performance division AMG has introduced the new C-Class AMG Sport Edition for the entire C-Class lineup, including the saloon, estate and coupe variants. The AMG Sport Edition will not be available as another option but will replace the AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus model lines.

Talking about the styling of the AMG Sport Edition, it retains a number of features from the outgoing AMG Sport model such as 15 mm lower sports suspension, AMG body styling, alloy wheels, and steering wheel. While retaining the aforementioned features, the AMG Sport Edition gains an AMG boot lid spoiler for the Saloon and Coupé variants,



2014 DAKAR RALLY: Joan ‘Nani’ Roma Comes Out As Winner

Joan “Nani” Roma, the Monster Energy X-raid Team driver has won the 2014 Dakar Rally in the yellow MINI ALL4 Racing. Yes it is true, Nani finished the toughest rally challenge in the world nearly five and a half minutes ahead of his teammate Stéphane Peterhansel (FR) who was in the black MINI ALL4 Racing car. While these two drivers finished first, Nasser Al-Attiyah finished third in his third white MINI ALL4 Racing car. After a long wait, Spanish driver Joan “Nani” Roma has finally won the Dakar Rally in a car.

Earlier in 2004, the Spaniard had won the event on the motorbike. Roma said, “I’m so relieved and happy. It was my big goal to win the Dakar not only on a motorbike but also in a car. A dream came true for me and I want to thank everybody at X-raid and MINI for their great work!”



Volkswagen and Sebastien Ogier Start New WRC Season With Victory At Monte Carlo

The new season of the FIA World Rally Championship has just begun and gladly Volkswagen has recorded victory on the first weekend of the 2014 season. Credit goes to Volkswagen WRC team’s duo, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Both the drivers produced irresistible fightback and outstanding driving securing the first place at the very start of the season. With the victory at Monte Carlo, this is the duo’s 17th victory yet in WRC and their tenth with automobile giant Volkswagen. While team Volkswagen was at the top, second place went to Ford driver Bryan Bouffier, and third to Citroën’s Kris Meeke.

As always, the challenging ‘Monte’ track, also known as “The Unpredictable One”, offered enough difficulties to the drivers starting with extreme weather to tough road conditions. Team Volkswagen had three Polo R WRCs in the lineup all of which ended the classic in points, with Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and



All New Volkswagen Golf R Unveiled At Detroit Motor Show 2014

Volkswagen’s booth at the North American International Motor Show had a large number of visitors this year and the sole reason for was the all new Volkswagen Golf R. This is the all new hatch of the Golf family and happens to be the most powerful Golf ever developed. Yes it is true. The 2014 Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful Golf yet and features a range of improvements over the 2013 Golf R. Powering the 2014 Golf R is an improved EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged engine featuring direct-injection.

This 2.0 liter TSI unit produces an estimated 290 hp at 5500 rpm, a 34 hp boost over its predecessor, and 280 pound-feet of max torque available between 1800 rpm and 5500 rpm. The improvements made in terms of power and torque are courtesy of water-cooled exhaust gas channels, dual injection system with direct and multi-port injection, fully-electronic coolant control system



Special Edition Cobra To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Shelby FIA Cobra

Shelby is the word synonymous to performance and the one car that actually put Shelby ahead of other manufacturers in the 60s is the Cobra. That iconic piece of machinery would give any car enthusiast goose bumps. The original Cobra was exciting and immensely powerful, and talked only performance. In 1964, Shelby American, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), launched the FIA Cobra. This special version competed with Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette in 1964’s World Manufacturers Championship series.

Exactly fifty years later, in 2014, celebrating the birth of the FIA Cobra and paying a tribute to the same, Shelby American is going to offer 50 limited edition continuation (CSX7000) Shelby 289 FIA Cobras. Based on the 289 Ford, the limited edition models will feature a “Viking Blue” exterior color with FIA stripes and roundels. It will also come with a black FIA



2015 Audi A3 Sedan Complete Pricing Announced For US

In spite of being an entry level premium sedan. the Audi A3 has managed to grab much of the attention. And over the next 16 months Audi will progressively roll out the entire A3 family that includes the cabriolet, the TDI diesel models, performance model S3 and the A3 e-tron PHEV. The latest news around the A3 is that Audi has announced the complete pricing of the 2015 A3 sedan. The A3 is available in two powertrains: the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI and the pricing is as follows: 2015 Audi A3 sedan with 1.8 TFSI (base): $29,900 2015 Audi A3 sedan with 2.0 TFSI (base): $32,900 The A3 is aimed at the premium entry level market and offers a range of innovative technologies and craftsmanship found in its sister Audi sedans.

Talking in context of the features, the A3 comes with standard panorama glass sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, standard leather



All New Nissan Qashqai To Be Part Of Nissan Innovation and Excitement Event

A while ago, Nissan unveiled the 2015 Nissan Qashqai for the European market and yes, it has been well received. The next big news in regard to the Qashqai is that it is going to be the center of attraction of a four day Nissan Innovation and Excitement Event to be held at Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Starting this Saturday, January 18, the event will feature rare concept images, a Qashqai showreel cinema and the new Qashqai itself. There will also be a ceremony at the plant on January 22 marking the launch of the crossover.

For the Visitors there will be number of things awaiting to take place. First and foremost, during the entire four day event, the world-famous Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated in the Nissan brand’s signature red. On Saturday, visitors will also get to speak with Nissan’s recruitment team about current vacancies at



2014 Mercedes Benz S 600 Top Range Model Unveiled In Detroit

Mercedes Benz has already made its mark with the reinvented Mercedes S-Class, thanks to the immensely long list of technologies the car comes with. Shortly after the launch of the 2014 S-Class, Mercedes and AMG together brought the S-Class AMG which again proves to be a strong contender in the executive saloon segment. The next big thing coming from Mercedes’ stables is the 2014 S 600, the top of the range S-Class that has been unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. S 600 is only available with long wheelbase and packs a range of luxury features.

“The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design” emphasised Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “And our flagship model, the S 600, epitomises the focus of our development work, the ‘Essence