Category: Car Reviews

Skoda Octavia G-TEC CNG-Powered Model To Be Unveiled At Geneva

Skoda is going to introduce an new model to its highly successful Skoda Octavia range, and the same will make its world debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Called the Skoda Octavia G-TEC, the car is going to be the second model, after Skoda Citigo, to run on natural gas. Interestingly, it will be the bivalent engine that Skoda is going to introduce with the Octavia G-TEC and the same will also be offered on both Octavia saloon and Octavia estate models. Talking about the Skoda Octavia G-TEC now, the model will be powered by a 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine that is capable of putting out 81 kW (110 hp).

The bivalent engine has been so designed that it can run either on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) or petrol at once. Apart from the bi-fuel engine, the G-TEC will also feature a number of technological features such as



2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S – All You Need To Know

Aston Martin’s Vantage has always been about a well built body powered by one of the most powerful engines from Aston Martin’s stables and with the 2015 V12 Vantage S, the iconic British major continues with the tradition. This is the winning combination that Aston has been using for the Vantage and with the 2015 iteration, the car sets a new benchmark. Starting with the engine first, as the car’s name suggests, it is powered by a powerful V-12 engine with a displacement of 6.0 litres. This mill produces a peak power of 573 PS (565 bhp) arriving at 6,750 rpm while the peak torque of 620 Nm (457 lb ft) is available at 5,500 rpm – an improvement of 55 horsepower and 50 newton meter over the previous version.

With that power the car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and is capable of reaching 205



2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Final Edition: Detailed Review

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2014 SLS AMG Final Edition, the car that bids farewell to the SLS AMG series. By the second quarter of 2014 Mercedes-Benz will stop the production of SLS AMG and the Final Edition is the last car of the series and will be built in limited numbers, 350 units to be precise. So for all those customers who want to see the 2014 SLS AMG in their garage, this is the last opportunity. In this post we would talk about the car in detail and know what is new and what’s not about the 2014 SLS AMG Final Edition.

The car’s launch will happen in March 2014 and it will be made available in Coupe and Roadster versions. Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH said, “As the first car to be completely developed by AMG, the SLS AMG marked the beginning



2014 Buick Lacrosse refreshed with Advanced Technology and Safety

Arriving with advanced high-tech features, innovative styling tweaks and luxurious design, 2014 Buick Lacrosse reflects an evolution of the landmark luxury sedan. Combining the Performance and Fuel Efficiency : New Buick Lacrosse is powered with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine along with an electric motor and a 304-hp 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood with SIDI, both mated to a six speed automatic transmission. Equipped with eAssist technology, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine contributes to 25% fuel economy, while 3.6L VVT V6 engine with SIDI offers 304 horsepower.

Thus, Lacrosse intelligently combines performance and fuel efficiency. 2014 Buick LaCrosse Photo 01 Stylish Exterior : Flaunting the exterior enhanced with bigger, bolder grille and new LED running lights, the crucial exterior style tweaks in new lacrosse include new headlamps with LED signature lighting, wraparound LED taillamps integrated with the Galvano chrome accent that extends from lamp to lamp, the sculpted curves and jewel-like chrome accents to



2013 Buick Encore

BUICK has given a luxury class to its upcoming compact crossover - the 2013 Buick Encore – with refreshing interior, advance features and more efficient engine, which will definitely attract a new generation of customers who are going for an compact SUV with the benefits of a Luxury Car. The 2013 Buick Encore has a turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec 1.4 Litre Engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, is capable of generating a horsepower of 138[i.e. 102 kilo-watts] and a max torque of 148 lb.-ft.[i.e.

200 Nm] between 1,850 and 4,900 RPM. The new Encore engine has several advanced features like Electronically controlled returnless fuel system, Deceleration fuel cut-off, Regulated voltage control and High-efficiency alternator that makes it more fuel efficient than any other crossover from a domestic Automaker. The 2013 Encore has a EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 25(city) / 33(highway) / 28(combined) miles/gallon on Front Wheel Drive models. One can save $2,100 in fuel as per the EPA estimate by using the Encore over



Mercedes-Benz won 2012 AUTO BILD Design Award

For 2012 in Sruttgart, the AUTO BILD, which is a leading car magazine of Auto Industry, has awarded Mercedes-Benz new A-Class, for its over all design concept. Last year, Mercedes-Benz has won the respected title “Most Attractive Car of Germany”, given by BILD. This year too, the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has crowned for its best overall design and Mercedes-Benz M-Class for top-ranking automotive beauty contest, in the segment of SUV/Van/All-wheel drive cars. Earlier the AUTO BILD Awards are based on reader’s taste but this year, the poll took 100,000 readers with 136 current models in 5 categories.

On that poll result, Mercedes-Benz became the star car which is awarded as Germany’s most attractive car with new Mercedes A-Class for its dynamic design concept, sporty looks, unique exterior, exclusive interiors with advanced technology and quality work inside. The progressive design of Mercedes-Benz A-Class is really noticing among compact car segment. The



2012 Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award -First time to 3 BMW Concept Cars

The Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award are most prestigious and exclusive awards to Auto Industry for their dedication, hard-work not only in making Car more powerful and beautiful but also delivering a Car which will in many ways built using environment friendly materials and reducing any harmful emission and not the least the best efficiency to be delivered by a Car. In Munich, for the year 2012, the Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award has chosen for the first time the Triangle of BMW Concept Cars - MINI Rocketman Concept Car specially designed for London 2012 Olympic Games, the BMW i8 Concept  and the BMW i3 Concept, for their design sustainability of the product.

For previous several years,  BMW Group has taken GOOD DESIGNTM Award victory for its unmatched design capability, performance and efficiency with Eco-care mind perspective(previously won the GOOD DESIGNTM Award for BMW ActiveE, MINI Countryman, BMW Concept 6 concept car, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, BMW K 1600 GT/GTL ,BMW G 650 GS, BMW S 1000 RR, BMW



BMW 1 Series Three-Door Hatchbacks Overlook

The BMW 1 series hatchbacks with 3 doors, sports looks, aerodynamic design has raised the standard of BMW 1 series hatchback in power, comfortableness, performance and efficiency.  As compared to 5 door model, the sleek and distinctive look with exclusive stretched lines, frame-less windows with wide doors, flat & low roof-line,  sporty looks , the BMW 1 series models are offered in BMW Urban line and BMW Sports Line. With the same comfort level like in BMW 5 doors models and more efficiency in driving, the BMW 1 series is featured with latest technology and best safety features.

In 1 series, BMW Twin-power Turbo Technology for diesel and petrol engines is getting more power and giving its best performance, the rear wheel drive and advanced chassis design with aerodynamic features in the exterior body of 3-doors BMW are all responsible for firm sports driving experience on road. Specially the sports segment



Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2012

Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S-black Porsche followed its V8-powered Panamera S and Panamera Turbo with an entry-level six-cylinder model one year later (the slowest model in the lineup still musters a sprint to 60 miles per hour in six seconds flat), as well as the aforementioned Panamera Hybrid and diesel models. Yet none of them, not even the all-new enthusiast-targeted Panamera GTS, can top the performance of this Panamera Turbo S. Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S-Front Our first introduction to the Porsche Panamera, the automaker’s first four-door car after nearly 78 years of manufacturing passenger vehicles, was in Germany during the summer of 2009.

Our initial impressions were that Porsche had delivered a fine piece of machinery hidden beneath some controversial sheetmetal, and the rest of the automotive press agreed. Three years later, consumers have certainly embraced the eyebrow-raising machine, having taken delivery of more than 50,000 units since its launch. 2012-porsche-panamera-turbo-s-back Consumers have taken delivery of more



Toyota Camry SE V6 2012

2012-toyota-camry-se But it’s not just healthy competition that’s enfeebled the Camry, it’s that the Camry itself has grown old and tired. Despite Toyota’s claims that the 2012 model is “all-new,” it’s not so easy to spot what’s different between last year’s Camry and this one, at least from the outside. The styling of the newer car adheres closely enough to both the spirit and letter of its predecessor that this 2012 not only looks like the 2011, they have virtually identical measurements.

Sure, there are a few tighter creases on the 2012, particularly in the fascias, but that’s the sort of change that merely betrays Toyota’s adherence to the auto industry’s philosophy of planned obsolescence. That said, it’s not even a particularly good implementation of said concept, as the seventh-generation Camry isn’t appreciably more modern in style than the sixth – or fifth, for that matter. Worse than the side-step



2012 Infiniti EX35

2012-Infinti-EX35 We can hardly be blamed for mistaking the EX35 as another member of the faceless CUV horde. From the outside looking in, the five-door presents itself as the awkward duckling of the Infiniti flock. Up front, the EX greets onlookers with a familiar face lifted from the likes of the G37 line. The company’s rounded, chrome-plated grille and wraparound projector headlights help identify the model as a member of the family, but step to the crossover’s side and the story shifts dramatically.

In profile, the EX35 looks both small and somewhat strangely proportioned. With a rear hatch that leans far forward, a C-pillar defined by a sharp upkick and a tallish greenhouse offset by a long nose, the design seems caught somewhere between a baby beluga and a crosstrainer. Pronounced haunches out back hint to the rear-wheel-drive goodness lurking undernearth the rounded wrapper, and the stylish 19-inch split-spoke wheels



Ford Taurus SHO 2013

Ford-Taurus-2013-Front-Side Ford-Taurus-SHO-2013-Rear-Side Chief among those changes is an all-new front end. Designers have bolted on a new hood, complete with a reworked fascia and scowling headlights to match. A massive single-inlet grille replaces the old design to give the SHO a somewhat sportier countenance. With a black mesh background and chrome framing, the grille drops all the way down into the lower fascia to mingle with a set of LED fog lights. The look is fresh and helps set the SHO even farther apart from its more pedestrian siblings.

Slip to the sedan’s side, and it’s easy to spot the SHO-specific black side-view mirrors and subtle badging laid into the front fenders. Designers have bolted on a new hood, complete with a reworked fascia and scowling headlights to match. Ford has also rolled out a new 20-inch wheel design, and while the geometric spokes certainly won’t be for everyone, we



Aston Martin Virage 2012

  Best Exterior The Aston Martin Virage 2012 is developed on the same aluminum VH architecture that was used for the DB9 and the Rapide sedan.This VH architecture follows aerospace concepts where weight reduction is the ultimate goal. Aston Martin Virage 2012 will be further distinguished by a new aluminum metal front grille with 5 horizontal vanes, inspired by the One-77, a new front bumper, distinctive front wings with 6 LEDs, single bi-xenon headlamps, and a rear diffuser which houses a body-colored blade accentuating the width of the car.

Rain-soaked and touched in Tungsten Silver, the Aston Martin Virage 2012  showcased as if it had been plucked from a shark tank.   Incredible Interior Aston Martin Virage 2012 is offering special interior, a combination of 7 of the finest Bridge of Weir leather used down either side of the fascia and along the seat and signature swan wing doors. The completion



Kia Soul 1.6L Eco 2012

Kia trimmed its Soul lineup for 2012 by dropping the range-topping Sport model, and so now it offers only three trims: Base, + and !, which when spoken are simply referred to as Base, Plus and Exclaim. The Plus and Exclaim both come with Kia’s new 2.0-liter “Nu” four-cylinder engine that produces 164 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, significantly more than the 2.0-liter it replaces. Normally we’re interested in testing the most powerful engine an automobile has to offer, but in this case we have our eye on the Soul’s base engine: a new gasoline direct-injected (GDI) 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque.

Normally we’re interested in testing the most powerful engine an automobile has to offer, but in this case we have our eye on the Soul’s base engine. Why? Kia says the take rate on the Soul’s base engine for its first



Subaru Impreza 2012

For better or worse, Subaru has held onto the company’s tradition of embracing unconventional styling. We’ve never loved the automaker’s products because of their bodywork, and the 2012 Impreza sedan isn’t out to buck that trend. Designers have blessed the four door with an aggressive face that’s far from anonymous. Large, scowling headlamps lie beneath a nicely contoured hood and are split by an attractive hexagonal grille. The front fascia features a large lower air inlet with sizable fog light bezels set far toward each corner.

And speaking of corners, engineers have rolled in the squared-off aero edges popularized by hybrid models like the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. We’re willing to chalk up the sedan’s questionable lines as par for the course from a company responsible for the likes of the curious SVX and infamous Tribeca. From the front, the 2012 Impreza looks more like a



Lexus IS F 2011 Car Reviews

Lexus IS F 2011 The Lexus IS-F was a big step up from its six-cylinder IS 250 and IS 350siblings. Not only did it pack eight-cylinder power, but its brakes, suspension and tires were tuned for serious enthusiasts. Complementing the mechanical upgrades, Lexus also made a slew of cosmetic changes to the bodywork, and fitted the cabin with special sport seats and other performance kit. While we liked the IS F when we first spent time with it in 2009, we weren’t completely blown away. Aside from its lack of personality (blame Japanese sterility), much of our frustration was directed at its sport-tuned suspension, which was much too firm for our tastes.

It seemed intent on rattling the amalgam fillings from our jaws. “While the Lexus sport sedan is great in the canyons, a joy to toss into the corners, straight-line driving on anything but polished marble will leave you



2012 Infiniti QX56 [w/video]

Based on the Nissan Patrol, a full-size SUV not sold in North America, the Japanese-built Infiniti QX56 was completely redesigned for 2011. Updates for 2012 were negligible, and basically amounted to shuffling some different options around to different packages. Our test vehicle was a four-wheel-drive model (with a standard locking center differential and low-range transfer case; a rear-wheel-drive version is also available) that carries a starting MSRP of $61,800. But in this case – loaded up with every available package – the sticker was $75,340, including the $990 destination charge.

That makes the QX one seriously expensive machine and the priciest in the Infiniti lineup by a goodly amount. Of course, your sixty-to-seventy large buys a lot of vehicle. Make no mistake, the QX is a big boy truck, the sort that makes you think twice about tossing the keyfob to your buddy who’s never owned anything larger than a



2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

There was never going to be a problem with power. The 412-horsepower 5.0-liter engine in the Mustang GT is a corker on its own, but Ford has gone to a lot of trouble to extract 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque for this car. They could’ve simply bolted on a blower and called it a day, but in order to maximize reliability and stay true to the legacy of the original Boss, natural aspiration was called for. To that end, the 5.0-liter has been treated to CNC-machined aluminum heads, special pistons and sinter-forged con rods, sodium-filled exhaust valves and an uprated crankshaft.

Other key changes include a 3.73 final drive ratio, reworked 1.0g-approved oil pan, a composite short-run intake and a unique quad-outlet exhaust system. The Boss offers one of the best soundtracks we’ve ever heard on a mass-production car. It’s those last two bits that will have you



2012 Shelby GTS

As you might remember, this isn’t the first time that Shelby has built a Mustang for the masses. The Shelby GT from a few years ago was fairly reasonably priced at $9,500 above the Mustang GT’s msrp and featured an upgraded suspension system, cold air intake, unique 18-inch wheels, short-throw shifter and a few exterior modifications for a unique look. The car was a big hit, with Shelby producing several thousands examples from 2007 to 2008 in both coupe and convertible form. The Shelby GTS won’t be sold through Ford dealers like the GT.

In a way, the GTS is the successor to the GT, but Shelby is going about its latest value model in a different way. For starters, the GTS won’t be sold through Forddealers like the GT. Customers have to send their own Mustangs to Shelby’s facility in Las Vegas where the conversion is done. The other



2011 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

The biggest change for the 2011 model year (2012 models are just starting to hit dealerships, but changes are limited to standard leather and rear-seat DVD for all models, as well as some new colors) is the addition of Chrysler’s new 283-horsepower Pentastar V6 with 260 pound-feet of torque. That’s best-in-class power if you’re scoring at home, and the monster mill makes nice with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth shifts and improved fuel economy. The Odyssey and Sienna may have lower starting prices, but neither offers as many standard features as the Town Country.

Our $32,965 (plus $835 destination) Town and Country Touring tester also includes an impressive list of standard features like Stow ‘n Go seats that fold flat into the floor, a six-speaker audio system and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. Other standard features include rain-sensing wipers, power side doors and rear hatch, blind-spot sensors