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2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class Shown Just Ahead of Geneva Launch 14
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Mercedes Benz C-class, Automotive News, Bluetooth, Coupe, Geneva Motor Show, Google, naviagtion, sedan, star, Upcoming Events on 02 14th, 2011

The 2012 Mercedes Benz C class will reach the US by September after its launch at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1st. The technology is borrowed from the C-class sedan and infused in to a coupe body. The car is 1.5 inches lower than its sedan.

The low silhouette and narrow C-pillar in classic three-box design exudes contemporary styling. Short front overhang, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, sloping roof all are typical of a coupe.

While the wedge-shaped, sloping beltline is inherited from the C-Class sedan, its ascending merge into the C-pillar is entirely exclusive. This part of the beltline trim meets the roofline trim and not only adds an aggressive touch to the side windows but also enhances the powerful shoulders. The radiator grille has chrome double-Louvre style with the star in the middle.

There are clear lens headlamps and daytime running LED’s at the front. In the rear the tail lights are placed at maximum distance apart to show width and centrally mounted LED indicator signifies depth.

The interior of the car features three tube rings in metallic finish, flat bottomed three spoke steering wheel with shift paddles and a 5.8 inch center console. The car is a proper four seater, with backrests in the rear reclining for extra storage.

Features include Bluetooth streaming, SIRIUS weather forecast, special Google destination search. The optional COMAND navigation system also has a new 3D display with city views.

The engine options for the C-class coupe are a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine developing 201 hp, 229 lb-ft of torque @ 4300 rpm with 0-60 mph coming in 7.1 s and a top speed of 130 mph, and a 3.5 L V6 engine producing 302 hp, 273 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm, 0-60 mph in 5.9 s and 130 mph top speed.

Both these engines are said to return a combined fuel economy of 24 and 22 mpg. Both these power plants get a seven speed automatic transmission.

VW Launches New Jetta GLI 10
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Jetta GLI, Automotive News, Bluetooth, DSG, ESP, GLI, iPod, navigation, Volkswagen, Volkswagen GTI, VW on 02 10th, 2011

Volkswagen has released the new 2012 Jetta GLI. The car features typical German refinement and performance – and also strikes a balance between the two. The trapezoidal headlights and the front grille add to the looks, cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler tucked beneath the front bumper round off the macho look.

Coming to the rear, the smoked taillights in two sections grab the attention along with dual exhaust tips. The tyres are available with 17” or 18” alloys.

The interior has sport bucket seats with red stitching, a sport flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching, the GLI logo and aluminum accents. Available in cloth or V-Tex Leatherette the car also features sleek alloy pedals, shifter, dash and door trim.

Luxury features include 6.5″ touch screen premium VIII radio with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, one-touch up/down power on all four windows, standard multifunction display (for vehicle status, trip, radio and navigation information when equipped). While dual zone climate control, RNS-315 navigation system and keyless entry with pushbutton start are available as options.

The sedan gets the award winning 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, producing 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque @ 1700 rpm. The new model is comparatively lighter to the old model.

The new Jetta GLI should return 31 mpg highway with the manual and 32 mpg highway with the DSG automatic.

Also provided are Track tuned four-way Independent Performance Suspension, DSG automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and four wheel disc brakes with floating red calipers.

XDS cross differential system that debuted on the Volkswagen GTI, that helps prevent inside wheel spin during cornering have also found its way into the Jetta GLI.

ESP, tyre pressure monitoring, VW’s Intelligent Crash Response System, driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain protection airbags in front and rear.

The car is sold in three models, entry level Jetta GLI at $23,495, GLI Autobahn at $25,545 and the top of the range Jetta GLI Autobahn at $26,445.