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Mercedes highlights the curve control system on the S-Class Coupe

 Mercedes highlights the curve control system on the S-Class Coupe

Mercedes S-Class Coupe with curve tilting function

System will be offered on rear-wheel drive models

Mercedes has released some new details about their curve tilting function on the S-Class Coupe.

Designed to lean the vehicle into corners like a motorcyclist or skier, the system raises the “base points of the steel springs integrated into the ABC suspension struts” on one side of the vehicle and lowers them on the other side. This happens in fractions of a second and the degree of tilt is determined by the bend radius and the vehicle speed.

In order to anticipate bends, the system uses a stereo camera that monitors the road 15 meters (49 feet) ahead of the car. The model has also been equipped with an additional lateral acceleration sensor in the ABC suspension.

Interestingly, Mercedes says the system isn’t about higher cornering speeds but rather ensuring the S-Class Coupe “glides elegantly through bends.”

The system will be available on models equipped with rear-wheel drive and Magic Body Control.

Check out the press release for additional information


2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to drop the turbocharged four-cylinder engine – report

 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to drop the turbocharged four-cylinder engine - report

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Model will move slightly more upscale

Hyundai Motor Ameriac spokesperson Derek Joyce has confirmed the 2015 Genesis Coupe will no longer be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

In an interview with Automotive News, Joyce said the car will now be offered exclusively with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 348 bhp (259 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. This is significantly more powerful than the former base engine which cranked out 274 bhp (204 kW) and 275 lb-ft (372 Nm) of torque.

While fans will undoubtedly miss the lighter and more fuel efficient four-cylinder engine, Joyce said the move will allow them to “reposition the coupe with a more premium performance buyer.” This likely means the base price will shoot up but Joyce noted the packaging and equipment will revised to help offset this.

Indian Chief Vintage FE

Posted on 07.27.2013 11:35 by Sulthoni
, Serafim

We present you the Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition which marks the end of an era for Indian Motorcycles. The company says that the Final Edition represents “a tribute to all that was and all that will be” so they’ve struggled to make it as exciting as possible. The company added that the model will be manufactured in an extremely limited run and comes with a unique numbered emblem mounted on the frame.

In terms of style, the Indian Chief Vintage Fe features the 1939 World’s Fair paint scheme of Thunder Black and Indian Red with gold pinstripes, auxiliary driving lamps, black leather solo seat with included detachable passenger seat, black leather saddlebags and lots of chrome.

The 2013 Indian Chief Vintage FE is powered by the PowerPlus 105ci engine which is married with a six speed gearbox.

Hit the jump for more information on the Indian Chief Vintage FE.

Indian Chief Vintage FE originally appeared on on Saturday, 27 July 2013 11:35 EST.

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Video: BAC Mono vs BAC Mono at Spa-Francorchamps

Posted on 07.27.2013 12:00 by

Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most challenging motor-racing circuits you will find in the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It measures 4.352 miles and features 20 turns. The current record at the track is held by Sebastian Vettel who lapped it back in 2009 in 1:47.263.

This challenging circuit was the perfect place for the BAC Mono to prove what it is capable of. This test comes just a few days after the Mono managed to smash Top Gear’s test track record with a time of 1:14.3, thereby bettering the times of all but the 720-horsepower Pagani Huayra.

The two BAC Monos running at Spa were driven by Ron Simons, who was almost unbeatable in wet conditions at Spa for years and TV personality Sabine Schmitz.

Check out the video to see which of the two managed to handle Mono the best.

Video: BAC Mono vs BAC Mono at Spa-Francorchamps originally appeared on on Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:00 EST.

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Kia Sedona

Posted on 07.27.2013 18:00 by
Tom Burkart

The Sedona minivan sat out the 2013 model year without joining the official Kia lineup. Even so, the practical seven-seater notched up nearly 15,000 sales of old stock to families seeking the upmarket style of the Honda Odyssey but the value pricing of the Dodge Grand Caravan.

Value is the Sedona’s key niche as it languishes without the chassis and tech overhauls that have done wonders for the Optima and Sportage. There are many benefits to the Sedona offering and the core model is refreshed in reintroduced for 2014 with a new grille design, new LED running lights in front and a new taillight design out back.

The space and features in this V-6 Kia minivan are beyond criticism – this wide and airy cabin makes full-size SUVs like the Chevy Suburban seem like a foolish extravagance that puts image ahead of actual vehicle priorities of kid and family transport. The Sedona’s 24 mpg on the highway will also shame any SUV and most large crossovers.

With all these benefits and a $32,000 loaded price, the Sedona is more than $12,000 cheaper than the fanciest Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town & Country models.

Inevitably, there are big compromises to be made. The Kia’s sloppy driving experience and interior design are a relic of the bad old Kia days. Do the new grille and LED accent lights turn the also-ran 2014 Kia Sedona into a real player in the minivan segment?

Click past the jump for the full review with highlights on the new features and desirable options.

Kia Sedona originally appeared on on Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:00 EST.

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Chrysler 200 Convertible

Posted on 07.27.2013 23:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

Times have changed in America, that much we can tell you.

Remember the day when mid-sized convertibles were as trendy as the mullet hairstyle? Those days are long gone, which is why it’s a little surprising that automakers are still producing these vehicles.

Consumers still love convertibles, but these days, it has to be of the sporty variety. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible is not a sports car, but it does come with the capability of being a convertible. So you can say that the vehicle offers the best of both worlds, right? The sporty performance of a coupe and the open-air freedom of a convertible all wrapped in a midsized vehicle’s body.

To be fair, there are a number of positive attributes with the 200 Convertible. It’s been completely refreshed to make Chrysler forget about the forsaken Sebring. It also has an impressive powertrain configuration that does justice to its looks.

So there’s still hope for the 200 Convertible. But hope is fleeting, especially in the auto industry and ultimately, the midsized convertible is a dying breed.

Chrysler may have something with the 200 Convertible but for the most part, it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get people interested in this kind of car these days.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible

Chrysler 200 Convertible originally appeared on on Saturday, 27 July 2013 23:00 EST.

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2013 Mazda CX9 Photo 1002

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2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan Photo 1006

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2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan Photo 1007

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2014 Porsche Boxster GTS Photo 1008

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Alfa Romeo 4C Photo 1001

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Hold your horses: It’s just a sketch but this rendered RS3 Cabrio may get 400hp if it reaches production!

2014 Audi RS3 Cabriolet #2

The new Audi RS3 will be aimed squarely at its two other key German rivals; the BMW M135i and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Building on the success of the Audi S3, the yet-to-be-developed RS3 will get an uprated suspension system, more power and a lower kerb weight. Rumour has it that the RS3 will use the…

New Japanese Frontier pushes forward: Nissan Pulsar challenges Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus for their territory

New 2014 Nissan Pulsar #7

These pictures haven’t set our pulse racing just yet but a GTi-R version might! Remember the 1980s Pulsar GTI-R with its 227bhp turbocharged version of the Primera engine? It was pretty hot on the modified car scene! Apparently there’s a 2015 version which will boast sportier looks and a 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine but this is…

Audi A7/S7 Sportback facelift goes official with matrix LED headlights [videos]

On sale late summer

Audi has taken the wraps off the 2015 A7/S7 Sportback facelift which is programmed to go on sale towards the end of the summer.

The mild makeover starts at the front where the A7/S7 duo has received a tweaked single-frame grille as well as a reshaped bumper while the Matrix LED headlights are now optionally available and come with dynamic turn signals that are standard on the taillights. The back changes are limited as we only notice a modestly revised bumper and updated exhaust pipes.

On the inside there aren’t any significant differences but Audi has added new materials such as the aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, along with a revised color palette that includes five hues for the seats.

In terms of motorization, the updated A7 Sportback can be had with Audi’s recently introduced V6 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel outputting 272 PS (200 kW) or 218 PS (160 kW) in the more frugal “ultra” variant where it returns 50 mpg US (60 mpg UK or 4.7 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 122 g/km.

There’s also a more powerful 3.0 TDI bi-turbo with 320 PS (235 kW) mated to an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox while the rest of the engines come with a 7-speed S tronic. Speaking of other engines, Audi offers a 4.0 TFSI with 450 PS (331 kW) for the hotter S7 derivative which benefits from cylinder-on-demand technology.

Audi has updated the MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch which now benefits from an Nvidia graphics processor and comes as standard with Internet connectivity via LTE. Assistance systems include night vision, adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, active lane assist, side assist and Audi’s pre sense safety system.

Sales of the A7/S7 facelift are slated to kick off late this summer at a starting price in Germany of 51,300 EUR for the A7 and 82,300 EUR for the S7.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

2015 Lincoln Navigator kicks off at 62,475 USD

 2015 Lincoln Navigator kicks off at 62,475 USD

2015 Lincoln Navigator

On sale early fall

Lincoln has announced pricing details for the 2015 Navigator which can be had from 62,475 USD.

The all-new Navigator was unveiled earlier this year at Chicago Auto Show and it’s set to reach dealerships at the beginning of fall from 62,475 USD, including destination and delivery charges. For this money clients will be getting the V6 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine which pumps out 380 bhp (283 kW) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque. It works with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox and enables the vehicle to provide a towing capacity of 9,000 lbs.

The 2015MY Navigator also comes with the Lincoln Drive Control encompassing a continuously-controlled damping suspension (standard on 4×4 models) along with electric power-assisted steering. 4×4 versions also get standard hill start assist with hill descent control system.

Customers in need of more luxury can opt for the Reserve Package which lifts price to 69,975 USD for the 4×2 model and to 72,900 USD for the 4×4 model. It includes 22-inch polished alloy wheels, leather upholstery on all three rows of seats, hand-wrapped leather & stitched instrument panel, console and armrests, along with a Ziricote wood trim and the Lincoln Drive Control.

Lincoln is also offering a stretched Navigator L which has an overall length of 223.3 inches and a 131-inch wheelbase whereas the standard model is 208.4 inches long and has a 119-inch wheelbase.

The all-new 2015 Lincoln Navigator is assembled in Louisville, Kentucky and will reach dealerships early fall.

More details can be accessed after hitting the press release button.

Skoda CitiJet concept revealed, debuts at Worthersee

 Skoda CitiJet concept revealed, debuts at Worthersee

Skoda CitiJet concept

Created by Skoda’s apprentices

Czech automaker Skoda has revealed online the CitiJet concept, prior to a public debut set for next weekend at Wörthersee.

After a couple of teasers, Skoda is just about ready to present a cabrio conversion for the Citigo which was created over the course of six months by sixteen of the firm’s apprentices with guidance from Skoda’s head designer Jozef Kaban. They all agreed the roof and rear seats have to be removed in order to create a “dynamic and expressively designed city-convertible.”

The body received blue metallic paint with white accents, 16-inch blue alloys and a hand-built rear spoiler at the back where we also find two exhaust pipes. Under the hood is a tiny 1.0 MPI delivering 75 PS (55 kW) sourced from the regular Volkswagen up!-based Citigo.

Moving inside there’s a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, along with leather-covered gear knob and handbrake handle. The dashboard has received a white and red finish while for entertainment the CitiJet boasts a 300-watt audio system together with a music-reactive LED lightning.

Skoda is not the only automaker within the Volkswagen Group heading to Wörthersee with a car featuring a chopped off roof as Seat will be doing the same thing with its Ibiza-based Cupster concept.

2015 Hyundai Sonata pricing announced (US)

 2015 Hyundai Sonata pricing announced (US)

2015 Hyundai Sonata (US-spec)

Goes on sale this summer

Hyundai has announced the 2015 Sonata will be priced from $21,150 in the United States.

The entry-level SE comes sparsely equipped but features LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. The model also has air conditioning, a tilt / telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system.

The Sonata Sport costs $23,175 and includes a revised grille, a dual exhaust system and 17-inch alloy wheels. The model also has heated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display.

Moving up to the $26,525 Sonata Limit rewards buyers with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats and woodgrain trim. There’s also dual-zone automatic climate control, a passive entry system, a 6-way power passenger seat and a premium audio system with seven speakers and a subwoofer.

Last but not least, the Sport 2.0T starts at $28,575 and features HID Xenon headlights, additional chrome trim and 18-inch alloy wheels. The model also has beefier front brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, a rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. Other highlights include a sport steering wheel, leather-wrapped sport seats and “3D appearance” trim.

The Sonata SE, Sport and Limited feature a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 185 bhp (138 kW) and 178 lb-ft (241 Nm) of torque, while the Sonata 2.0T has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 245 bhp (182 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Both are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which has a SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode.

Note: Prices exclude an $810 destination fee


Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Concept 2014

Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Concept 2014 Car Pics

Jeep unveiled the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sundancer Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The design concept is painted a tri-coat Chocolate Brown metallic color with gold accents. The fender flares feature a unique Golden Bronze tone-on-tone ghosted pattern, and the windows also have bronze tinted glass.

Gemballa Mistrale Porsche 970 Panamera 2014

Tuners are always up to the task to take a stock car and push its limits. To take a Porsche Panamera and boost is power from 500 hp to 721 hp is quite a feat that Gemballa has achieved successfully!

The Gemballa Mistrale has a top speed of over 330 kmph and sprints from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.6 secs. Also, as a side note – only 30 individually designed cars will be made, each one of a kind. So hurry to get yours today 🙂

Video: Bentley Presents "Intelligent Details"

It certainly goes without saying that there are few automakers in this world that can compete with Bentley’s status as a premier luxury brand. But being identified with luxury isn’t the only thing that Bentley is proud of; the company also has this goal of combining all that class and elegance with technology. So the company developed a new four-minute short film, titled “Intelligent Details,” to specifically showcase how it has achieved blending luxury and technology in one package.

The short film is told through the words of Bentley Director of Design Luc Donckerwolke and Head of Exterior Design Sang Yup Lee. While riding the Mulsanne in the streets of New York, the two describe the company’s goal of offering
“performance that’s compatible with luxury”, something Donckerwolke proudly claims no other auto brand in the world can claim.

The two also talk about a new goal for the company to turn the interior of its vehicles into its own living space that’s largely attributed to a renewed sense of empowering it with interior infotainment technology. This is where the short film comes circle in a really cool way. We’re not going to spoil you the ending of the video, but what Bentley used to develop, create, and edit this four-minute short film certainly may shock you, given its professional quality.

Video: Bentley Presents “Intelligent Details” originally appeared on on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:00 EST.

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Nissan Pulsar

Only one year has passed since Nissan revived its Datsun brand by introducing the GO hatchback, and the Japanese manufacturer has just confirmed its return to the compact car segment (C-segment in Europe) with a brand-new vehicle.

Dubbed Pulsar, a name previously used for a line of compact cars sold in Asia and Australia since 1978 (not to be confused with the Pulsar NX sports car marketed in the U.S. between 1983 and 1990), the new vehicle is a five-door hatchback aimed at models such as the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.

Nissan’s recipe for the Pulsar is pretty much simple and includes an instantly recognizable design with styling cues borrowed from the Qashqai, small, turbocharged engine that deliver decent power and return attractive fuel economy, and a price tag that’s likely to put the hatchback below most of its competitors.

A big bet for the Japanese automaker in Europe, the Pulsar is basically insignificant to the U.S. market, with Nissan having no plans to ship it across the ocean. This might very well change depending on vehicle’s success in Europe, but we’re at least a couple of years away from a pertinent verdict. Either way, the Pulsar is a hatchback worth looking at, and that’s what we’re about to do after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Pulsar.

Nissan Pulsar originally appeared on on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:00 EST.

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Kymco New Sento 110i

Posted on 07.28.2013 00:15 by Sulthoni
, Serafim

The Kymco new Sento 110i is a basic scooter created for those who want a simple, efficient and practical solution for dealing with the congested city streets. Its retro style combines classic lines with modern accents giving the scooter a pretty interesting flair.

However despite its basic style, the Kymco New Sento 110i offers a decent level of comfort thanks to its long textured seat, the compact handlebar and spacious footrests. You also get a lot of storage compartments, a modern dash and folding passenger footrests.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include, LED turn signals, central LED lights for added visibility and a large 5.5 liters fuel tank.

Power comes from an air-cooled, single cylinder, 4 stroke, 111,7 cc engine which is paired with an automatic CVT transmission.

The 2013 Kymco New Sento 110i is offered with a starting price of $2,995.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kymco New Sento 110i.

Kymco New Sento 110i originally appeared on on Sunday, 28 July 2013 00:15 EST.

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