Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2010 Mercedes Benz E-class Coupe

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Mercedes Benz is marching onward in its future styling direction with the introduction of the 2010 E-class Coupe. The CLK-coupe name disappears and the replacement will be called the E-class coupe.

Naturally, the E-Class coupe draws heavily on the styling of the 2010 E-Class sedan that was unveiled to the press at the Detroit Auto Show. Gone is the familiar four-oval front end. In its place is a sharper more angular nose with four pointy diamond-like, headlamps and LED running lights that peek out from the lower fascia. Unlike the sedan, however, the coupes wear the three prong star in the grille only.

The coupe's profile has changed considerably from the outgoing CLK. The roof is now so curved, you would be hard pressed to balance a ball on it. In fact, flat panels are few and far between, especially with the busy rear quarter panels. Chrome trim encircles the side windows which follow a practically protracted curve along the roof line. Out back, the car's hind quarters are vaguely reminiscent of Audi's A5, an impression only encouraged by the inclusion of LED tailights.

Inside, the E-class coupe is similiar to the sedan with the exception of the shifter which resides on the console instead of on the column. There is seating for only four occupants with what appears to be a fairly roomy back seat. The controller for the standard Command multimedia interface is perched directly behind the shifter. A panoramic sunroof is standar as well, along with leather sport seats and dual-zone climate control.

Technology that is bountiful in the sedan, also finds its way into the coupe. Standard equipment includes PRE-SAFE, the crash anticipating safety system, and ATTENTION ASSIST - fatigue-sensing system - that helps keep drowry drivers alert. Buyers can also opt for adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats, and a system that dims the highbeams if the might blind another driver.

When the coupe goes on sale in June two models will be offered, the E350 with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 or the E550 with a 382-hp 5.5-liter V-8. The coupe will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month and a convertible model will make its debut shortly after. Although the CLK had always cost less than the E-class sedan, we're afraid the E-class coupe will cort a bit more than the sedan. We won't know for sure until pricing is announced closer to the car's launch.

By: Tom Ludwick,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Audi E-Tron

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After showing off the northern-sounding E-Tron concept at the Frankfurt show last year, Audi has unveiled a second electric sports car concept. Confusingly, it also called the E-Tron.

This may make this news story somewhat baffling, but we shall do our best. The new E-Tron is shorter, lower and narrower than the original E-Tron - think Audi TT rather than R8 - but features a similiar, all-electric drivetrain with lithium-ion batteries mounted behind the driver.

A pair of asynchronous (which we think means 'a bit like that hideous Jedward creation off X-Factor) electric motors develop 201bhp and, like the original E-Tron, an implausible torque figure: 1955lb ft, according to Audi.

However, it emerged that the first E-Tron's 3,319lb ft torque rating was measured at the wheels instead of the output shaft, which meant that, in conventional measurement, it developed something nearer to 250lb ft. So expect the New E-Tron's actual torque figure to read somewhat lower.

In any case, Audi says the new E-Tron will hit 62mph in 5.9 seconds and top out at a limited 124mph, as the drain on the batteries above this speed increases disproportionately. With a weight of 1,350kg - impressively svelte for an electric car, but don't forget it's still a concept - Audi says the E-Tron has a realistic range of 155mph, but we'd guess you'll have to be gentle on the throttle to achieve that. If and when it gets built, that is.

Audi quotes a 40:60 front-rear weight distribution, which, coupled with the short wheelbase and meaty torque, could make the E-Tron a drifty little thing. If and when it gets built, that is.

Far more importantly, we reckon it's handsome thing. If the future's electric, we're happy if it looks like this. Anyone agree?


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Who Needs a Family Sedan? 2010 Toyota Venza Vs. 2010 Honda Accord

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The Toyota Venza and Honda Accord Crosstour are both the odd ducks of the auto industry. Are they crossovers? Are they SUVs or are they station wagons? Or are they hybrid of all three? Suffice it to say that, despite what automotive analysts always say about Americans hating hatchbacks, it appears that the family sedan might be a design soon relegated to the history books. And there is good reason to see why people are so attracted to these new age stylistic hybrids.

Both the Venza and Crosstour are lower in ride height than your average SUV and this gives them a number of distinct advantages. For one it makes them easier to get into and out of for older people or the disabled. (Think about that aging baby boomers! Knees cargo floors are also lower to the ground making it easier for people like new moms and dads to load that gigantic stroller in the back without getting a hernia.

Even though the Venza and Crosstour are not as tall as most SUVs or crossovers their seating positions are still upright and thanks to tall ceiling architecture the seats are mounted high so you still get that commanding view of the road. All told, are the Venza and Crosstour the future of the automobile? And most importantly for new car buyers looking for a family vehicle, which one is better?

Toyota Venza

Basically a Camry wagon on steroids, the Venza at least has the benefit of a modicum of stylish flair. A unique chrome grille and tail-lamps aping the style of the old Volvo 850 wagon give the Venza a distinct character that is usually so lacking in Toyota products barring the Prius. The look is both muscular and well defined which marks a new design direction for the notably conservative Japanese brand.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

2010 Peugeot 5008

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The Peugeot 5008, after the Peugeot 3008 crossover, is Peugeot's second new product offering in the large M1 vehicle segment. This compact five to seven seater people carrier offers a number of significant benefits that will enhance and strengthen Peugeot's presence in the family car market. After the Peugeot 308 SW and the recent 3008 crossover, the Peugeot 5008, with a length of 4.53 m and a height of 1.64 m, is a natural extension to Peugeot's current offerings in the M1 segment.

Peugeot 5008 comes with a bright and very spacious interior The area of the wide front windscreen (1.70 m2) is increased even further by the large panoramic glass roof (1.69 m2), one of the largest in the Peugeot range. As a result, passengers benefit from a bright interior and an exceptional panoramic view of the outside. Adding the side windows, the rear quarter panel windows and the rear windscreen, the glazed surface area totals 5.77 m2.

At the time of its launch, the Peugeot 5008 will be available with six latest-generation engines. Two petrol engines will be available at the time of launch: * 1.6 litre VTi 120 bhp BVM5 Euro 5-7.3 litres/100 km and 169 g/km C02 in the combined cycle * 1.6 litre VTi 156 bhp BVM5 Euro 5 -7.1 litres/100 km and 167 g/km C02 in the combined cycle.

Four diesel engines will be available: * 1.6 litre HDi FAP 110 bhp BVM6-5.4 litres/100 km and 143 g/km C02 in the combined cycle * 1.6 litre HDi FAP 110 bhp BMP6 5.2 litres/100 km and 135 g/km C02 in the combined cycle * 2.0 litre HDi FAP 150 bhp BVM6 Euro 5- 5.8 litres/100 km and 151 g/km C02 in the combined cycle * 2.0 litre HDi FAP 163 bhp BVA6 Euro 5- 6.8 litres/100 km and 178 g/km C02 in the combined cycle.


Friday, February 19, 2010

2010 Kia Soul

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A New Way to Roll!
With its unique styling inside and out, impressive features if you live for the outdoors, go with the available roof rack for your snowboards, bike or kayak.
Jump into the Soul Sport and take on the road with confidence. It has sport tuned suspension, great handling and fuel efficient, the sport gets up to 30 mpg on the highway. Open the hatch for some serious space. Now flip down the 60/40 split rear seat for all kinds of cargo carrying variations. Versatility that's what its all about.

The Soul and the Soul + comes with am/fm/cd/mp3 audio system, air-conditioning, power windows, locks and four wheel disc brakes. In addition, the Soul + offers a whole lot more. It features a 2.0l 4-cylinder engine, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth wireless technology. 16 inch alloy wheels and remote keyless entry.

The Soul Exclaim has extra touches like a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob. You receive the standard features found on the Soul + along with 18 inch alloy wheels, power sunroof and fog lights. The industry-leading warranty program five year sixty thousand bumper to bumper and the year one hundred thousand power train warranty. Pure Style! Come in today and drive it buy it and roll a new way!


Thursday, February 18, 2010


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The much-anticipated launch of Honda's 2010 superb motorcycle range will take place on the weekend of 13-14 February at Honda Motorycle dealers across the country, with guests having the chance to win one of six romantic weekends for two in Paris with Honda's 'Start Something Special' launch free prize draw.

This Valentine's weekend event will be the first opportunity for customers and motorcycle enthusiasts across the UK to see and test ride Honda's new motorcycle models for the first time, and undoubtedly, fall in love - especially with the latest and all-new models to include the stunning and much awaited VFR1200F, impressive VT1300CX Fury and head-turning 'bobber' styled Shadow Black Spirit. The new and stylish 2010 colours for other current and updated models in the range will also be displayed.

Visit any one of Honda's motorcycle dealerships nationwide on Saturday 13th for the official unveiling of the latest two-wheel models. Test rides can be booked either in advance or on the day (subject to availability) for the Saturday or on Sunday 14th.

All dealers' launch events will follow the 'Start Something Special' theme with individual dealers holding their own specific launch event activities, although all will be offering the chance for their guests to enter the free prize draw to win a weekend in the 'city of love'. To enter, simply fill in the free draw postcard in a dealership and post it in the entry box provided.

Steve Martindale, General Manager of Honda (UK) motorcycle commented, "The VFR1200F is a truly special bike and this, along with the new Fury particularly, have sparked a huge amount of interest from the public. We're very encouraged by the number of orders already received based on media reports, and that's before customers have even seen these bikes in the flesh! It's obvious that motorcylists are very excited about our 2010 model range and it's great that our customers and the wider motorcycling community across the UK can be a part of this launch."

For your chance to start something special with Honda in 2010, be part of this official launch and to see and test ride the exciting new bikes in the Honda range, be sure to visit your local Honda Motorcycle dealer on thd Weekend of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February.

Further details on availability, price and service packages for Honda's latest models will be released in the near future and individual dealers can be contacted for information regarding their specific launch weekend activities.

By: Clayton,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Audi adds three new drivers to 2010 Le Mans lineup, tease R15 "Plus"

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After finally losing the top spot on the Le Mans podium to Peugeot last June, Audi is bound and determined to recapture victory this year. To than end the automaker has signed on three new drivers for this year's squad including one Peugeot veteran. Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benogt Treluyer will man Audi's third car in France after a warm-up race at the 1000-kilometer race of Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium in May.

Fassler ran a pair of races for Audi in the American Le Mans Series in 2008, while Lotterer drove one of the privater R10s for the Kolles team last year. Benoit Treluyer was part of the nine-driver Peugeot crew at Le Mans last year.

Audi also released three images of each driver sitting in what may be a new version of the R15 diesel-powered race car dubbed the "R15 TDI Plus." This new version of the R15 is being developed to address official complaints made by rival Peugeot about the original's car design.

The driver images don't show much besides a decidedly sexy naked carbon fiber body, and the "Plus" moniker is a bit misleading as these modifications won't likely help the R15's performance in any way, which would give Peugeot cause for more complaints. With the new car still in devepment and Peugeot not willing to race against a modified version of the 2009 car, don't expect the R15 "Plus" on the starting grid at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, though Audi is expected to be there testing the new car.