Palso Cars!

All the auto news you can handle!
Posts Tagged "car news"

Honda CRV SUV Concept Car will debut at the Orange County International Auto Show

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. has recently released the official first batch of photos of the CR-V SUV concept car. The new model is set to roll out into showrooms in United Kingdom sometime in the autumn of 2012.

The Honda CR-V SUV concept car will not be unveiled this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. According to official reports, the concept car will make its first grand debut in California, USA during the Orange County International Auto Show in September. But Honda fans, do not fret because the Japanese brand will still be revealing its all-new Civic model at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The automaker has done a series of changes on its current CR-V model which paves the way for the SUV to have a more aggressive look. The concept car’s lower front bumper is one of the most prominent changes that can be easily spotted along with the new grilled design and the slimmer headlights. According to Honda, these changes will improve the model’s aerodynamics. The side sills are more aggressive in the concept car that compliments its new alloy wheels.

While the official photos do not show its rear, it is assumed that the vertical light design on the model’s rear will be retained. Reports say that the CR-V SUV concept car’s interior will be more spacious along with improved load capacity.
Since the carmaker did not say anything about engine specifications, it is also assumed that the CR-V SUV concept car will get the current CR-V 2.0-liter petrol engine or the 2.2-liter diesel variant that both carry 148 bhp.

2012 Ford Edge hits 30 miles per gallon with EcoBoost 2.0L engine

Ford has been making some headlines in the auto news world with the expected release of their line up that will be making use of their EcoBoost 2.0L 4 cylinder powerplant in North America for the model year 2012. Just recently, the car manufacturer announced that the new Ford Explorer can hit a 28 mpg mark while cruising on the highway. Now, sources are saying that the new Edge is even better with Edge Ecoboost returning a 30 mpg rating.

There are reports that Ford dealers will be updating their order guide for the Ford Edge 2012 model updating the sheet with the 2.0L EcoBoost EPA ratings. The guide will have the Edge at 21 miles per gallon during city driving and 30 mpg on the highway.

Just like its Ford Explorer Ecoboost sibling, the Edge Ecoboost will have around 275 lb-ft of torque and can generate around 240 horsepower.

The EcoBoost powerplant will be an option fo all trims of the Ford Edge: Limited, SEL, and SE. The engine will be paried with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Aside from its new heart, the Ford Edge also gets some tweaks for some of its exterior elements. Changes made were primarily based on how it will contribute to the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Some consumers will likely miss the extra power and torque of the V6 3.5L engine used today but the wallet will most likely be smiling as drivers will not frequent the petrol stations much.

The production of the 2012 Ford Edge kicks off on August 8.

MINI Goodwood tagged at £41,000

You read it right, the MINI Goodwill comes not with a mini price. The limited edition MINI inspired by Goodwood is trimmed to have the specs of a Rolls Royce.

The BWM owned MINI will only be rolling out 1,000 units of the MINI Goodwood. If you are an autophile and of course has a big stash of money to spend, the company is now accepting deposits with deliveries expected to start March next year.

You might be wondering why this MINI is inspired by Goodwood. It actually refers to the home of the design division of Rolls Royce. The luxury car marque is all over the car from its doors, dashboard, interior cladding, air vents, central console, heated seats, roof lining, and carpets in Cornsilk. The surfaces of the door handle and dashboard comes in an exclusive Walnut Burr that only Rolls Royce has. The body of the car is finished in Diamond Black of Rolls Royce and rolls on a multi spoke sport alloy rims.

The MINI Goodwood depends on the Mini Cooper S’ 184 bhp 1.6L 4 cylinder turbocharged powerplant. It comes with Xenon headlights, parking distance control system, satellite navigation, and automatic air conditioner.

BMW and PSA Come Together to Develop Software and Parts for Hybrid Models

In an amicable cost-cutting attempt, two renowned automakers, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and BMW, come together to design and develop a software and several components for its hybrid models.

According to a joint statement that both car companies released just recently, the amicable 50-50 partnership will take the official name BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification. The joint operation would start on the second quarter of this year. The BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification would provide both BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen with car parts as early as 2014.

The head of BMW’s purchasing strategy unit, Wolfgang Guellich, and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s head of customer satisfaction unit, Jean Leflour will be spearheading the joint venture of BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification. According to Norbert Reithofer, the CEO of BMW, the partnership’s joint project would enable them to reach certain economic goals when it comes to electrification. Reithofer adds that the venture is a step towards sustaining mobility.

When it comes to engine development, BMW and PSA has been in cooperation since 2006. Last year, both companies released a statement that they would come together to create a 4-cylinder gas engine that complies with the new environmental regulations of the European Union. The announcement of BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification is, clearly, a manifestation of the memorandum that both companies signed last October for the development of the said hybrid-power system.

According to both BMW and PSA, several supplies would be in contact with the joint BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification during the creation process. It’s possible that the partnership would also sell to other manufacturing firms.

Mazda unveils modified cars in SEMA

Mazda recently took the spotlight as they went zoom at the SEMA introducing their line of modified vehicles. The Japanese carmaker displayed the dept and coverage of their brand as they display the aftermarket capabilities and potentials of their cars infusing a sporty soul into each ride. Minor modifications were made to the stock vehicles of Mazda to make them ready for the track or to showcase them as street cars.

Mazda Evil Track

The Evil Track Mazda 2 is designed to meet the requirements of NASA and SCCA regulations as a vehicle fit for series racing. The looks of the car was given some spunk through race graphics and body works. This ride is inspired by the Mazda2 Evil presented as a concept car during the 2009 motor show in Los Angeles.

Mazda2 Street

This car is the street version of the Mazda2 rolling on sporty 15×9 light wheels hugged by R compound tyres from Toyo. The paint job involves light gray metallic color accented by matte graphics.

MX 5 Super 20

The 20 stands for the 20 years of successful existence o f the MX-5. This version is given a tougher look and more aggressive attitude through a supercharged engine from Cosworth, smaller wheels, and wider fenders.

Read the rest of this entry »

New McLaren Showroom at One Hyde Park

It’s official, One Hyde Park is now the official location of McLaren Automotive and Jardine Motors Group’s new showroom in London.  The car company confirmed that they will officially move to the new London location in 2011 just in time for the MP4-12C’s launch.

Christian Marti, McLaren’s European Regional Director, said that One Hyde Park showroom will evolve to represent everything they strive for.  He added that the new showroom will give everyone the big picture of what these two companies plan to accomplish in the future with the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C and their future line of sports cars.

When McLauren Automotive was launched earlier this year, the company’s pioneer sports car had attracted over 2700 future customers.  McLaren’s first sports car is believed to range more than £125,000.  While two more McLaren outlets will open in Birmingham and Manchester, the car company is expecting that McLaren London will be their leading retailer in Europe and perhaps the most productive in its global network.

One Hyde Park is marketed as the official “most luxurious address in London.” It strives to be the best in architectural icon in London.  It boasts of 86 apartments and three high-profile commercial spaces.  The McLaren London showroom will make its home on the Pavilion B’s ground floor which is the biggest of the three commercial units.  The area looks out to Knightsbridge and also has Harrods and Harvey Nichols as neighbors.  So far, McLaren is the only automobile brand at One Hyde Park and in order to attract more customers, the car company is planning to showcase one of their F1 racing cars.