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Posted on April 25, 2013 by Jeff HarrisAfter Geneva, LaFerrari, the Maranello’s hybrid supercar from Ferrari again steals the show and makes everyone stuck at auto Shanghai 2013. LaFerrari’s Architecture : LaFerrari, the first hybrid from the Prancing Horse has been successful in attaining ideal weight distribution (59% at the rear) and a compact wheelbase despite of extra weight of hybrid system. Consequently, all the mass is shifted between its two axles and as close as possible to the floor to lower its centre of gravity by 35 millimetres to ensure dynamic handling.HYKERS System : This is the first time Ferrari is powered by HY-KERS system developed by the F1 guys at Gestione Sportiva, which reduces fuel emissions by 40 per cent and operates with an impressive 94 per cent energy efficiency. V12 produces 800 CV and revs to a maximum of 9,250 rpm, a record for an engine of this displacement. It also features an extremely high
Posted on April 24, 2013 by Jeff HarrisVolkswagen bold hybrid concept of SUV, the CrossBlue Coupé Concept, is premiered in the most prestigious auto exhibit in China – the Shanghai Motor Show 2013. In the showcase, Volkswagen also present its all-new Jetta, Volkswagen Gran Lavida and all-electric with the ground breaking fuel economy of 0.9 l/100 km[approx. 313 mpg], the Volkswagen XL1. The new SUV concept in the shape of the CrossBlue Coupé is built on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, the CrossBlue Coupé highlights the future drive train possibilities and is a short-wheelbase version of the previous CrossBlue concept.CrossBlue has a plug-in hybrid system consists of a transverse 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 making 295 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, a front electric motor making 54 hp, and a rear motor making 114 hp. It also generates an impressive combined output of 415 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mated with six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and centre tunnel-mounted 9.8 kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack, this 4,889 mm-long
Posted on April 24, 2013 by Jeff HarrisBMW has premiered its new Concept X4 at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, along with the attractive lineup display of BMW X5 xDrive 35i, BMW X6 xDrive 40i, BMW X6 M, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BMW i8 Concept, BMW i3 Concept, BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW ActiveHybrid 7, BMW ActiveHybrid 3, BMW 740Li , BMW 530i Accessories, BMW 535i Gran Turismo, BMW Individual 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, BMW 535Li, BMW 118i and BMW 125i. BMW Concept X4 : Joining the BMW’s line up of X series following X1, X3, X5 and X6, BMW Concept X4 is being touted as the future of the BMW’s X generation.The BMW Concept X4 wonderfully blends the luxury and ruggedness of its X series of SUVs and crossovers with the swoopy looks of a coupe. The car will have just four seats and is slightly shorter in length and height than the X6 adorned with large 21-inch light-alloy wheels
Qoros the young automotive brand from China made its public debut with the premiere of the Qoros 3 Sedan
Posted on April 23, 2013 by Jeff HarrisFollowing its successful global debut at 83rd Geneva International Motor Show in 2013, Qoros will make its debut in China with its first production car – the Qoros 3 Sedan and two concept studies at the 15th Shanghai International Auto Show on 20 April 2013. Generally, it takes few decades or more for a new car to find its footing in the market, but Qoros team has put its best foot forward to run before it walks. It is evident from the wide spread applaud received by the Qoros at Geneva motor show from European counterparts, the public and major international media.Space and Storage Capacity :Qoros 3 Sedan is endowed with remarkably generous space for modern families. Be it steering wheel featuring a flat lower edge lying in front of a ‘floating’ instrument panel and centre console, a luggage compartment of 450 litres, the 60:40 split rear seatbacks to optimize cargo carrying
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Jeff HarrisWith the launch of 2014 Ghibli at Shanghai Motor Show, following the premiere of the new Quattroporte at the Detroit Auto Show held this year, the Italian auto car maker “Maserati” will have two 4-door saloons together for sale for the first time in history, which are built to deliver best performance and luxury. The all new Ghibli is a driver focused model maintaining visible similarities with Quattroporte and will be taking on the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.Both the Quattroporte and the Ghibli saloons produce two different power outputs from their turbo-charged V6 petrol. At launch Ghibli will be available with two turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission.The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with power of 243 kW (330 hp) and 500 Nm of torque and can accelerate to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. It also delivers fuel
Posted on April 19, 2013 by Jeff HarrisVolkswagen is about to pull the wrap off its new SUV concept in the shape of the CrossBlue Coupé at 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Built on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, the CrossBlue Coupé highlights the future drive train possibilities and is a short-wheelbase version of the previous CrossBlue concept. The CrossBlue Coupe is adorned with clean and elegant ambience with soft Nappa leather in “Anthracite Pearl” and “Asphalto. It has also introduced two-color ambient lighting reconciling the different drive modes of the vehicle.VW’s new MQB or Modular Transverse Matrix is designed to give a large amount of flexibility in terms of potential power. It could use conventional drive systems with four- or six-cylinder engines, configured for a variety of fuels (petrol, diesel, CNG). It is powered by plug-in hybrid system consists of a transverse 3.6-liter turbocharged V-6 making 295 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, a front electric motor making
Posted on April 12, 2013 by Jeff HarrisSublimating the genes of DS line, Citroën’s DS Wild Rubis concept reveals the possible future styling direction for SUV model of Citroen’s DS sub-brand, the quasi-premium offshoot of Citroen’s premium range. Featuring LEd headlights with ‘scrolling’ indicators like an Audi R8, height similar to Mercedes ML-class-sized and taillights inspired by Citroen’s Numero 9 concept car, it will not be an exaggeration to call ‘Wild Rubis Concept’ as one of the best expressions of inspiration.Moreover, it could even challenge some of the premium car brands like BMW, Audi and Mercedes. Driven by the full-hybrid, plug-in technology, DS Wild Rubis Concept’ impeccably combines DS formal language with the powerful proportions of SUVs. It was earlier predicted that the Citroën DS Wild Rubis concept will be a production-ready extension of the Numero 9 sports-wagon concept previewed at the Beijing show almost a year ago. It takes many designing elements from Numero 9 sports-wagon
Posted on April 11, 2013 by Jeff HarrisNissan is all set to bring new concept car – “FRIEND-ME” – targeting young audience in China with its exciting next generation design, while the four-seater features an interior with distinctive center-console that enables – One Mind Connectivity among all aboard by sharing information equally. The innovative FRIEND-ME Concept will be launched at 2013 Shanghai Motor Show with the beautiful presence of 20 cars from Nissan[China] Investment Co., Limited, together with Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company[DFL-PV] and Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Limited[ZNA].Among the Nissan’s center of the showcase at the 2013 Auto Shanghai, which starts from April 21st, will have the Nissan GT-R, Quest and Murano, and its newly-launched global sedan -Nissan Teana.
Posted on April 10, 2013 by Jeff HarrisMaserati has just revealed the very first images of its new 4-doors sports executive saloon/luxury sedan – Maserati Ghibli, ahead of its world premiere at the motor show of Auto Shanghai, starts from April 21st – 29th 2013. The new Ghibli will be offered with a powertrain of two turbocharged 3.0 Litre V6 Engines, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with the engineering of Rear-Wheel Drive and all-new Q4 All-Wheel Drive system. Ghibli will be the Maserati’s first production car which will be offered with a diesel engine which is offered with a powertrain of 3.0 Litre V6 turbo diesel engine.The new Ghibli is equipped with the Maserati’s new advanced technology, unique exterior styling and luxury of a sports saloon/sedan, which will accomplish many future targets of the company.
Posted on April 8, 2013 by Jeff HarrisBMW has confirmed that new Concept X4 will make debut at the Auto Shanghai which starts from April 21st – 29th 2013. Joining the BMW’s line up of X series following X1, X3, X5 and X6, BMW Concept X4 is being touted as the future of the BMW’s X generation. The X4 wonderfully blends the luxury and ruggedness of its X series of SUVs and crossovers with the swoopy looks of a coupe. The car will have just four seats and is slightly shorter in length and height than the X6 adorned with large 21-inch light-alloy wheels to give it sportier appearance.It features diesel engines in 2.0-Litre and a top spec 3.0-Litre. Featuring 21-inch alloy wheels flanked by a pair of dynamically contoured full round LED headlights, a kidney grille and a high-gloss frame, this snazzy-looking luxury vehicle sophistically blends the front end styling elements of the BMW generation
Posted on April 7, 2013 by Paul GreenPorsche has introduced the second generation of Gran Turismo with the innovation of a plug-in hybrid to the luxury range and two new Executive models – the Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive, which will feature the extended wheelbase, and the all-new twin-turbo 3.0 Litre V6 engine for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. The new Panamera has now the broad range of 10 models which have the class-leading sporty dynamics with an enhanced level of driving comfort. It is now also engineered to give best fuel efficiency figures for the 2014 hybrid model with an improvement of 56%.The more sportier exterior with luxurious interior is all featuring the next generation Gran Turismo, which will be internationally premiered at the prestigious Auto China in Shanghai, which will start from April, 21st 2013. Porsche has built a more advanced Hybrid System for it new 2014 Panemera S E-Hybrid, which is comprised of a more