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Teaser: Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 27
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Autostyle, new, Popular, Rolls-Royce Ghost on 02 27th, 2014

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After 5 long years, Rolls Royce has finally decided to update the very classy, very luxurious and very expensive Ghost; to be revealed at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.

The current Ghost is almost perfect. But who wouldn’t say yes to a few improvements here and there.

While we have been waiting in anticipation for a while now for any news or photos of the updated Ghost, today Rolls Royce finally decided to give their fans a taste of whats to come at Geneva. The first official photo of the ghost has been released, and while it’s not much, it’s enough to get us really excited for its Geneva debut. 

The photo reveals a more sleek finish to the front of the car and also new headlights. We have no information on the inner workings f the car yet, but we can speculate that the insides will stay pretty much the same as the original Ghost.

That means a twin turbocharged, 6.6 liter V12 engine that produces a mammoth 563 horsepower.

It’s also very likely (well, guaranteed) that the automaker has updated the Ghost’s infotainment system. Just think of all the technology advances, especially for cars, in the art 5 years. We’re sure this luxury brand won’t skip out on any of that…

Furthermore, there’s not much to say about the Ghost Series 2 – except that we will definitely be keeping an eye out for this one at Geneva. The lonesome picture s featured below:

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Source: Motor Authority



Meet the all new Marvelous Mini 19
Nov
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, BMW, mini cooper, new, Popular on 11 19th, 2013

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Not too long ago we posted some spy shots of the all new 2014, Mini Cooper. Well, the time for spying is over as the third generation Mini was officially launched today.

BMW revealed the all new Mini, and while it still looks the same and features everything you’d expect from the car, it has been upgraded some what on the inside – including some brand spanking new technology to go along with it.

Firstly, the 2014 Mini is quite a bit bigger than its predecessors. It is 98mm longer, 44mm wider, 7mm taller and has a 28mm longer wheelbase which accommodates for a wider track in the front and rear.

However, it is the engine that most people – including BMW – seems to be most excited about. This third generation Mini will be available in 3-cylinder engines for the first time ever. Also, another hook for both Mini and BMW, is that the new Mini launches with three new engines from BMW’s all new ‘Efficient Dynamic’ engines.

Apparently, these new engines will reduce fuel consumption and emission by as much as 27%.

Engine wise, the standard Mini Cooper will produce 134horsepower through a 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder engine. The Diesel version, the Cooper D, will produce 144horsepower through a 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder engine. And finally, for a bit more power, the Cooper S will produce 189horsepower through a 2.0 liter, 4-pot petrol engine.

All of the new Mini’s will be available in either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Gallery: The 2014 Mini Cooper –

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Some fancy tech items include cruise control and (our favourite) an on-board SIM card that will automatically phone emergency services if you were to come in an accident. Now that’s quite clever.

Just as the Mini’s before, the 2014 model will be just as customizable. New decorative trims will be available for the roof, the bonnet, exterior mirrors, seat upholstery and interior surfaces.

Pricing for the marvelous new Mini start at £15,300 for the Cooper, rising to £18,650 for the Cooper S. Or, for you and me, R249,015 to R303,538. However, Mini says that this price will include extra’s like an on-board computer, front fog lights and Bluetooth.

We like the new Mini – a sassy little car with the power to back it up. What are your thoughts?

Source: TopGear



Official Pictures: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 18
Apr
Posted by overdrivetv in Automotive News, Beetle, images, new, pictures, Volkswagen, VW on 04 18th, 2011

If you were following the massive international launch of the 2012 Beetle you might have noticed that a few news sites published the images before the press embargo of 1pm GMT. Those sites have felt the full wrath of some frightening VW lawyers and retracted their stories.

These then are the first official pictures of the 21st Century Beetle. Some UK sites are claiming an early 2012 release date, so we presume we’re looking at a July-September launch in SA. We’ll keep you posted.

It seems the car is based on the chassis from the Golf 6, but hey, which cars in the VW stable aren’t. Expect a full line up of VW engines, from the little 1.4 litre twincharged unit, all the way to a 2.0 turbo.

The interior looks like every other VW I’ve ever driven, which is no surprise, but at least you’ll be able to spec all the goodies like SatNav and the HDD music system with touch screen.

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VW Launches The Brand New Beetle Today – Watch It Live 18
Apr
Posted by overdrivetv in 21st century, Automotive News, Beetle, launch., new on 04 18th, 2011

If you’ve been behind the wheel of an original beetle, you’ll know that they are possibly some of the worst cars you could ever drive. Even so, the car became an icon and after a frankly lame attempt at reviving the model in the 90s, VW have hit back with a huge launch for the 21st Century Bug. We’ve got all the details.

They’ve fired the accountant for this one: VW are launching the car simultaneously on three continents, in Shanghai, Berlin and New York.

They’ve also partnered with MTV who have set up an awesome live site where you can follow all of the action: Worldstage.MTV.tv.

The launch is also trending on Twitter, follow #VWBeetle for the latest information, and to read other people cursing/praising the Beetle, which can be quite good comedy.

We’ve had a good look around the interwebs for photos, and some sites are carrying what they claim to be authentic spy photos, but I think the car looks more like a test mule than a finished product. Have a google at let us know in the comments what you think.

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