MINI Paceman GoalCooper Special Edition Pays Homage To FIFA

MINI Paceman GoalCooper Special Edition Pays Homage To FIFA

The 2014 Fifa World Cup is just around the corner and fans have already started preparing for the biggest sporting event of the year.  As expected, demand for jerseys and flags has risen by multiple folds and it is going to increase further in the months to come. The auto industry is just as excited for the event as any football fan is and since it is the most popular sport in the world, carmakers are preparing for the event in their own unique ways. Paying homage to the beautiful game of soccer, MINI has introduced the MINI Paceman GoalCooper, a special edition car equipping a range of features and a unique livery.

Based on the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman, the special model was designed by MINI Design Team supervised by Oliviero Weilinho who came up with an exclusive Danielson multi-coloured livery which uses yellow, green and blue. The



Ducati Introduces Updated Diavel: New Engine, Exhaust System And More

One of the finest Italian motorcycle manufacturers, Ducati, has launched the all new 2015 Diavel sport cruiser. So, what is new in the latest Diavel? Well, there are a number of styling improvements, a new engine and a new exhaust system. The 2015 Diavel is even more technologically equipped and reinforces the Ducati’s Performance Redefined mantra by delivering even smoother performance. The 2015 model features significant changes over its predecessor and yet retains the extraordinary riding pleasure and innovative design.

The Diavel has been the best in the sport cruiser segment and the new model is expected to push the benchmarks set by the previous generation model even further. Some of the highlights of the 2015 Diavel include the latest generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, ABS, full LED illumination, Ducati Riding Modes, Ducati Traction Control and a updated styling that is even more appealing. Furthermore, the new engine now



Kurt Busch Wins 2014 STP 500: Holds Off Jimmie Johnson At Martinsville Speedway

At the historic Martinsville Speedway yesterday, Kurt Busch ended an 83-race winless streak with a smashing win in the 2014 STP 500. It was quite interesting to see how Kurt Busch battled through the race and bested Jimmie Johnson who happens to be one of the most successful drivers in the recent times. Kurt Busch’s start at Martinsville was not as confidence inspiring as he had expected. In the starting, Busch collided with Brad Keselowski’s Ford that cost the latter a hefty 31 laps. Johnson, who holds 8 Martinsville titles as of yet, was the leader for the race for nearly 296 laps and overtook Busch with 17 laps to go, hinting at yet another win at the track.

But with just 10 laps remaining, Busch powered underneath Johnson off turn number two and was leading the remaining laps without much competition from the eight-time winner. Since 2002, this was



Cadillac Announces 2015 ATS Coupe For Canada: Specifications And Features

Shortly after the car’s global unveiling, Cadillac has announced the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe for Canada which made its Canadian debut at the 2014 Toronto Auto Show. The recently launched, Cadillac ATS Sedan has showcased brilliant levels of performance and this is why Cadillac found it wise enough to come up with a Coupe version of the same. And as per everybody’s expectations. though the ATS Coupe is not hugely different from the sedan in terms of power output, the coupe did amaze us all by its sheer ability to perform even better than the saloon.

As standard, the 2015 ATS Coupe will be powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder unit but performance lovers can also go for the bigger and more powerful 3.6 liter 6-cylinder model. The standard 2.0 L heart is good for 272 hp (203 kW) and peak torque of 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). The mighty



Cadillac SRX Updated For Canada: Gets New Features, Colors And Trims

Cadillac has launched the 2014 SRX compact SUV in Canada which features a good number of updates including a new interior trim, new exterior color options, new 18” chrome-plated alloys on Luxury Collection and addition of Intellibeam headlamps in the Driver Awareness Package. Starting with the updates in detail, this year Cadillac has added Intellibeam headlamps to the Driver Awareness Package. This very feature detects oncoming traffic and automatically switches to high beam headlamps mode and turns them off instantly.

The other and equally exclusive feature is a set of 18 inch chrome-plated alloy wheels available on the Luxury Collection, though the availability of the wheel will be late. As far as the exterior are concerned, Cadillac has added three new options: Terra Mocha Metallic, Sapphire Blue Metallic and Graphite Metallic. The interior of the 2014 SRX has also been updated with a new color combination: Caramel with Ebony accents.



All New Hyundai Genesis Debuts For Europe: Details Inside

This year in the month of January, Hyundai debuted the 2015 Hyundai Genesis for the North American market. Recently, the new generation sedan has been launched in the European market as well. The Genesis is known to be one of the most capable cars in the mid-size sedan category and the 2015 iteration is even better. The 2015 Genesis will not be available to all potential buyers in Europe but only to a select few as Hyundai plans to sell the luxuriously-equipped executive saloon in limited number initially.

The most interesting fact about the 2015 Genesis is that it’s the most technologically advanced and fully-equipped Hyundai model available in the European market. For the first lucky customers in Europe, Hyundai will be offering the new Genesis in only one specification. Powering the European model of the 2015 Genesis is a 3.8 liter V6 GDI engine and works in tandem with



Nissan Introduces All New Juke NISMO RS: Details Inside

Expanding its model range, Nissan has introduced the all new Nissan Juke Nismo RS model for Europe. The Juke Nismo RS has been slotted as the flagship model of the new Juke range and comes with a number improvements including more power, stronger brakes, a sharper chassis and extra equipment. The new Juke Nismo RS is based on the very potent Juke Nismo and features motorsport inspired engineering, aerodynamics and design, taking the performance benchmark set by by the latter even higher. Powering the Juke Nismo RS is the 1.6 liter DIG-T engine which has been uptuned to deliver even more power and torque.

The fine tuned 1.6 liter DIG-T on the Nismo RS produces 218 PS of power and peak torque of 280 Nm, a decent increase of 18 PS in power and 30 Nm in torque compared to the standard Nismo version. Nissan has also added a mechanical



New Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Unveiled For 2014 WEC

Making its first appearance in a rather unusual way, the new R18 e-tron quattro race care by Audi was seen burning the rubber on public roads and not on a race track. All set for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, the new Audi R18 e-tron quattro did its initial kilometers in public traffic and driving it was Tom Kristensen, record holder of the Le Mans 24 hours with 9 victories to date. In the company of photographers and TV cameras, the new Audi LMP1 race car completed a close to 10 km run through city traffic in Western France and the special event was broadcasted live on the internet.

The new ten km distance covered city roads and a lap of the Circuit Bugatti. Apart from the special entry that the new race car made, Audi also surprised everybody with a new livery. New for 2014, while the body



Volkswagen XL1 Nominated For Designs Of The Year Award 2014

In the recent years a number of designs have been created by some of the leading car manufacturers and one of them is the XL1 from Volkswagen. The Volkswagen XL1 is world’s most fuel efficient car thanks to its unbeatable technology and brilliantly sleek design. Now, the latest and certainly a good news is that the world’s most fuel efficient car has been nominated for the Designs of the Year award and will be on display at London’s Design Museum until August 25. This is the seventh year for the Designs of the Year award that honors the very best in global Fashion, Architecture, Graphic, Furniture, Transport and Product design.

Andrew Nahum, one of the known author and automotive design and technology expert, nominated the XL1 for the exhibition in the Transport category. Talking about the XL1 now, the idea behind it was to produce a ‘one liter’ car. Here,



Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car For 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

The FIA World Endurance Championship is one of the most thrilling racing series and with less than a month to spare before the new season kicks off, Toyota has take the wraps off its 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship race car. Giving a new direction to its motorsport activities, Toyota has unveiled the new TS040 Hybrid race car that will debut on 20th April at the Six Hours of Silverstone race. To beat competitors like Porsche and Audi one needs power and the TS040 Hybrid is full of it. Powered by an interesting powered, the TS040 Hybrid produces a max of 986 hp or 736 kW.

Of the whopping 986 hp, 513 hp is produced from a 3.7 liter V8 petrol unit, while the remaining 473 hp comes as an all-wheel drive hybrid boost. The powertrain has been changed in accordance with the revised WEC technical regulation as per which



2014 Volvo V40 Gets New Drive-E Powertrain: More Models To Follow Later

Volvo has been actively working on new, fuel efficient powertrains for quite some time now. The result of the hard work is the new Drive-E powertrain family that comprises of a range of four-cylinder units capable of not only performing well but also consuming less fuel. As per the latest announcement made by Volvo, the new Volvo V40 will be available with new Drive-E powertrain family this May onwards. The manual version of Volvo V40 D4 powered by the Drive-E powertrain returns just 99 g/km of CO2 emissions and offers 74.3 miles to a gallon.

The V40 Cross Country model will also return improved CO2 emissions of just 104 g/km which coverts to 70.6 miles to a gallon. Apart from the standard manual unit, the D4 powertrain will also be available with the new 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. The automatic version of the V40 also returns an appreciable 109 g/km



Toyota Unveils New Aygo City Car: Specifications And Features

Toyota has unveiled the 2014 Model Year Aygo hatchback which is even more eye-catching and fun to drive than its predecessor. The 2014 model’s design is based on Toyota’s J-Playful language which is about the youth culture in Japan. To enhance the appeal of the new Aygo, Toyota will also be offering a range of customization options to the customers. The design of the 2014 Aygo is new and so are the proportions. At 3455 mm, the new iteration is 25 mm longer and has a reduced overall height (by 5 mm) of 1460 mm.

It also offers 7 mm of more headroom, thanks to the changed dimensions. The front features a distinctive X-graphic styling that covers elements like the headlamps, upper and lower grilles, side mirrors and glazing, and foglamps. The overall profile of the Aygo features a lowered roof and readjusted forward. The sides have a sloping beltline



Volvo Testing Flybrid KERS Technology In UK: Boosts Performance While Reducing Fuel Consumption

Volvo Car Group has been the leader when it comes to adopting new, environmentally friendly and safety technologies. For years now, no other car manufacturer has been as proactive as Volvo is and this is the reason why it is considered one of the best brands despite selling less vehicles per year compared to other global carmakers. As per the latest report, Volvo Group and Flybrid Automotive have joined hands to come up with better passenger cars. These companies are testing lightweight Flybrid flywheel KERS technology for passenger cars in the UK that offers boosted performance while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Volvo has started the tests on normal city roads and test tracks located in the UK and Sweden, and is going to collect real world driving data from these test runs. Going by the recent results, the flywheel-based hybrid technology has delivered a performance boost of 80 hp



All New 2015 Hyundai Sonata Officially Unveiled: Specifications And Features

In the past couple of months we have seen a variety of spy shots, teasers and undisguised pictures of the next generation Sonata. Bringing an end to the speculations and curiosity, Hyundai has officially unveiled the all new 2015 Hyundai Sonata in South Korea. Be it the looks or the technological features, the new Sonata is hugely evolved over its predecessor and wears Hyundai’s improved Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. The new Sonata is a significant departure from the previous generation model and comes with loads of technologies developed first for the new generation Genesis.

It is based on a modified version of the Hyundai Motor platform which now offers even more dynamism. Thanks to the upgraded platform, the car has 35 percent more bending strength and 41 percent greater torsional strength compared to the old Sonata. Proportions wise, the new generation Sonata is only 30 mm wider and 35 mm longer than the



Volkswagen Announces New Polo Pricing For UK: Starts From £11,100

The new Polo from Volkswagen has already been launched in the UK and deliveries are scheduled to begin in July. With still a couple of months to spare, Volkswagen has announced the pricing for the entire Polo model range for the UK. The entry level Polo S trim model starts at £11,100 and goes up to £19,715 for the range topping Polo BlueGT. The latest generation Polo is new in a number of senses. First and foremost, the car comes with a range of new engines that comply with EU6 emissions standards and offer up to 23 percent more fuel efficiency.

The list of engines include a 1.4-litre TSI unit, two 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI mills and two 3-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI hearts. While that was for the petrol lineup, the diesel range offers two new 3-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI engines with power outputs in the range of 75 to 90 PS. As



Ford Everest Concept SUV At Bangkok International Auto Show

The mid-size SUV segment has shown an increase in demand in the recent times and this seems to have pushed global manufacturers to develop even better products. Ford, one of the leaders in the SUV segment, has been working on a new 7 seater concept designed for ASEAN and global markets which was revealed in Sydney back in 2013. Dubbed Ford Everest, the concept has recently been showcased at the Bangkok International Auto Show and if we have to describe the looks of the concept in one word, we would say ‘excellent’.

The main reason that led to the creation of Ford Everest Concept is the utility segment’s rapid growth in the year 2013 – 13 percent to the precise. In the same year, Ford recorded a 35 percent increase in sales, thus motivating the brand to do even better. The Everest concept looks sleek and refined, and has all



Honda NSX Hybrid Supercar To Debut At Goodwood

Honda’s latest product, the NSX hybrid supercar is all set for launch in 2015. And since there are still a couple of months to go, Honda has decided to debut the NSX prototype at the 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed that will take place from 27 to 29 June. The NSX will be there as a participant and the visitors will get to see and hear it when it goes for a run on the world’s most famous hillclimb. The NSX has been associated with the Goodwood Festival Of Speed for long. When the first Festival was organized, as many as 10 NSX were showcased.

The original NSX was launched back in 1990 and by the time it participated at the Goodwood Festival, it had already proved itself. It was an exotic machine that delivered strong performance and handling without making any compromises on the usability part. This year, after



Toyota i-ROAD Public Trials Begin In Japan

Electric vehicles are the need of the hour and car manufacturers around the globe are experimenting with new zero emissions vehicles. Toyota, for instance, has developed a radical-looking yet promising vehicle called Toyota i-ROAD which is a three-wheeled electric powered concept offering an interesting cross of a motorcycle and a car. Toyota refers to this innovative machine as a personal mobility vehicle, thanks to its compact dimensions which stand at 56.9 inches in height, 33.5 inches in width and 92.5 inches in length.

The i-ROAD may not be as cool as the three wheeled machines from Morgan but it surely looks potent enough. As per the latest report, Toyota has begun the first public trials of this ultra-compact electric vehicle with 10 single-seater versions. The initial testing is set to run from today and will continue till early June. There will be 20 testers, some of which will be industry



2015 Chrysler 200 Mid-Size Sedan: Features, Specs and Price

For the first time, Chrysler attempted to draw some attention in the mid-size sedan segment and all it’s efforts have been well appreciated. The latest product from the American major, the Chrysler 200, was well received when it was first unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and it seems be giving the brand a new direction. The 200 is completely new in all senses and comes with some of the latest and segment-first offerings. Under the beautiful design of the new 200 is an interesting configuration comprising of a segment-first 9 speed automatic transmission, an Alfa Romeo chassis, an innovative all wheel drive system, and a choice of two great engines.

The design of Chrysler 200 gets the new face of the brand featuring an updated Chrysler badge, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, optional LED daytime running lamps, a coupe-like profile, 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, integrated dual



SsangYong Unveils XLV Hybrid Crossover Concept

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, SsangYong unveiled the XIV-1 which was the first of the series of multi-interface concepts the south Korean carmaker has planned for the masses. The latest addition to this multi-interface concept series is SsangYong XLV, a hybrid crossover aimed for the B-segment that will underpin many of the future SsangYong models. The design of the XLV concept is based on SsangYong’s new design philosophy – ‘Nature born – 3 Motion’. This is the same design language that was first adopted for the XIV concept series.

The name XLV used for the latest concept stands eXciting smart Lifestyle Vehicle and as per SsangYong, the XLV concept is a multi purpose vehicle that also offers pleasurable driving. On the exterior, the XLV has a robust yet elegant feel to it thanks to the dynamic character lines that flow along the length, striking headlamps, a sleek grille, wider