Presentatie Mercedes Concept A-klasse (English Subtitled)
De volgende generatie Mercedes A-klasse gooit het over een geheel andere
boeg. Dat wordt een rechtstreekse concurrent van A3 en 1-serie. Ook krijgt
Amerika voor het eerst te maken met de kleine Benz. Vandaar dat we voor de
presentatie van de concept A-klasse naar New York moeten.
Audi TT road test
Audi heeft niet echt de waaghals uitgehangen bij het tekenen van de
gloednieuwe TT. Maar, gelukkig durven ze binnenin en onderhuids wat meer te
experimenteren. Genoeg om de stevige prijs te rechtvaardigen?
Jaguar XK cabrio roadtest (english subtitled)
De Jaguar XK Cabrio is mooi, heeft een fantastische V8 die machtig klinkt
maar er zijn kapers op de kust. BMW heeft net de 6-serie Cabrio de
showrooms ingerold en Maserati heeft met de GranCabrio eveneens een
geduchte concurrent. Hoe lekker is de XK Cabrio nog?
2012 Jaguar XF and XFR Video
Jaguar reveals the 2012 Jaguar XF and XFR at the 2011 New York Motor Show,
with a raft of small changes and the new, 2.2 litre diesel XF. More info at
2012 Jaguar XF Facelift 385 BHP 5000cc Engine XFR on the way with 510 BHP HQ
2012 Jaguar XF Facelift 385 BHP 5000cc Engine XFR on the way with 510 BHP
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There has been a lot of conversation lately about electric cars and racing,
with some even talking about introducing the technology into the F1 stage.
Nissan, on its part, has a lot to gain in terms of awareness given the
brands focus on the development of dedicated electric vehicles like the
With this in mind, the Japanese carmaker developed a purpose-built
prototype racer loosely based on the production Leaf that will receive its
first public outing at the 2011 New York International Auto Show . Compared
to the production model, the Lead NISMO RC (for Racing Competition), does
away with the rear doors, rear seat, trunk, audio system, navigation,
carpeting and other amenities, while gaining a mid-ship location for the
battery pack, electric motor and inverter.
The dedicated racer also gets a full carbon fiber monocoque bodywork with
removable front and rear sections, fixed windows, LED headlights and
taillights and driver-adjustable rear wing.
It features a 3.9-inch shorter wheelbase, and is 0.8 inches longer and 6.7
inches wider than the production Leaf, with the most dramatic change
concerning height as the RC sits more than a foot (13.8 inches) lower than
the road-going model, and ground clearance is limited to 2.4 inches. More
importantly, at 2,068 pounds (938 kg), the race version of the Leaf weighs
in at about 40 percent less than the production vehicle.
Underneath the carbon fiber skin, the NISMO RC features a mid-mounted
lithium-ion battery and a 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207
lb-ft of torque, both sourced directly from the production model. However,
power is transferred to the rear-wheels versus the production Leaf's
The NISMO RC also makes us of a double-wishbone suspension design front and
rear and driver-adjustable brake balance, while it rides on 18-inch 6-spoke
wheels and P225/40R18 Bridgestone racing tires.
Nissan says that in preliminary testing, the NISMO RC returned 0 to 62 mph
(100 km/h) acceleration time of 6.85 seconds and a top speed of 93 miles
per hour, adding that it is projected to have a running time of around 20
minutes under racing conditions.
Anticipation is running so high for Scion's version of the Toyota FT-86
sports coupe that some couldn't wait for the official reveal of the FR-S
later today at the New York Auto Show, and dropped the first pictures of
the car onto the web.
From what we can tell from these two photos, the Japanese automaker has
changed the design again with the FR-S sporting a new front bumper that
does away with the Geneva Show FT-86 II's aftermarket-like LED strips,
while also featuring a different rear bumper and diffuser, as well as more
pronounced rear fenders. The gaudy side vents are also gone while the study
is equipped with different exterior mirrors.
That's about all we have on the Scion FR-S for now, but we'll bring you all
the details and photos later in the day.
The 2012 XF benefits from revisions to the grille, hood, and front fenders,
which incorporate new triangular side vents, while Jaguar also added larger
tail lamps with full-LEDs for stop, tail light and turn signal functions.
In addition, the trunk lid trim has been redesigned. The XFR's newly styled
bumpers and alloy wheels complete the exterior makeover.
Inside, the changes are more subtle with the XF gaining a new steering
wheel, revised seats, a modified instrument panel and optional 1200W Bowers
& Wilkins premium sound system. In North America, the 2012 XF continues
with the existing engine lineup that includes a 385HP 5.0-liter
naturally-aspirated V8, a 470HP 5.0-liter supercharged V8 and a 5.0-liter
supercharged V8 with 510HP in the XFR.
In Europe and other markets, however, Jaguar is introducing the 2.2-liter
four-cylinder AJ-i4D turbo diesel, which
is a development of the Ford unit found in the Land Rover Freelander. The
oil burner puts out 190HP and 450Nm of peak torque, and is linked to a new
8-speed automatic transmission.
Jaguar says that with this engine, the XF reached 60mph (96 km/h) in 8.0
seconds en route to a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h), while returning a
52.3mpg UK (equal to 43.6 mpg US or 5.4 lt/100 km) on the EU combined
cycle, making it the most economical Jaguar ever.
2012 Hyundai i40!
Geneva has been quite a show for big, handsome wagons, from the stonking
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG to the shapely Saab 9-5 Sportcombi, there's been a
kinschlepper for every taste and budget. Adding to the variety is Hyundai's
new i40 estate, and it, too, is a looker.
Boasting the same sharply rising character line as the Sonata sedan upon
which it's based, the i40 nevertheless has a more traditional nose, with a
smaller grille and headlamps that look more like those from the Sonata
Hybrid. Overall, the front aesthetic lurks somewhere between the Elantra
and an embiggened Veloster, but either way, it's all Hyundai and it's an
Hyundai is quick to note that the i40 was developed in Rüsselsheim,
Germany, with the European market firmly in mind, and it will be The
Continent's first crack at the model range when it hits dealers later this
year. A sedan variant will follow, but it's not known if it will look like
the North American YF Sonata sedan, or if it will adopt this car's front
Similarly, we know that more than a few executives within Hyundai of
America want to see a two-box Sonata come to the States, but it isn't yet
clear if a business case has been made for the shapely load-lugger.