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Hyundai new HB20X softroader 6
Jan
Posted by admin in Automotive News, crossover, HYNDAI, Hyundai, Misc. Auto Shows, Passenger Cars on 01 6th, 2013

Hyundai is launching a new line of cars exclusive to its Brazilian consumers called the HB (standing for “Hyundai Brasil”). This new Hyundai features a beefed-up exterior and more ground clearance, and it comes at the same time that Honda’s similar Fit Twist was also unveiled.

Hyundai new HB20X softroader

Looking like a jacked-up version of a US-spec Elantra GT, the HB20X has more of a soft-roader appearance than the base HB20 thanks to its taller ride height, tinted headlights and taillights, black plastic trim around the lower edge of the car and rear fascia, black decal on the side doors and the roof rack. The HB20X on display in São Paulo also gets a flashier interior with blue contrast stitching on steering wheel and seats, sport pedals and chrome accents.

Unfortunately, as many comparisons as we’d love to draw for this car to the Suzuki SX4 or Subaru XV Crosstrek, it does not appear that the HB20X is available with all-wheel drive. Power comes from Hyundai’s 128-horsepower, 1.6-liter Gamma I4.



Nissan showing Extrem new crossover 3
Jan
Posted by admin in Concept Cars, crossover, Design/Style, Misc. Auto Shows, nissan, Passenger Cars, South America, World Cars on 01 3rd, 2013

The Nissan Extrem concept is indeed a “high character” concept and, as the Japanese automaker says, “a radical concept car aimed squarely at young (and young-at-heart) car enthusiasts keen to make a statement.”

Nissan showing Extrem new crossover

Wraparound glass and a “see-through” A-pillar reminiscent of Volvo’s Safety Car Concept (circa 2001) are interesting features that could enhance safety, while overlapping body panels “create a feeling of layered armored toughness.”

Such a vehicle could definitely compete with the similarly styled Veloster from Hyundai. But with its higher ground clearance and possible all-wheel-drive, the Extreme could offer a light-use off-road alternative. If anything, the Extrem is arguably most similar to Nissan’s own Juke, albeit with fewer doors.

The Extrem concept is built on Nissan’s V-platform, which is also used on its March supermini, albeit with larger dimensions. The Extrem is larger in every exterior dimension except wheelbase, as it retains the March’s 96.4-inch track.

According to Nissan, power “would come” from the company’s 1.6-liter, direct injection, turbocharged engine – an engine also seen in the Juke.



Seven-passenger VW Taigun CUV 31
Dec
Posted by admin in Concept Cars, crossover, Design/Style, Misc. Auto Shows, Passenger Cars, South America, Volkswagen, VOLKSWAGEN, VW, World Cars on 12 31st, 2012

Seven-passenger VW CUV last week, we also mentioned the possibility of a new sub-Tiguan crossover, and we may have gotten our first look at such a vehicle courtesy of this Volkswagen Taigun Concept that is debuting at the São Paulo motor show.

VW shows Taigun small CUV

Although the Taigun Concept suggests that VW has all but given up on imbuing its new vehicles with comprehensible names, this new softroader also looks to balance practicality and fuel economy. With a slightly smaller footprint than the current Golf, the Taigun actually has more interior space (including more front headroom), but it’s the powertrain that could really make this B-segment CUV standout if it sees production. Using a small gasoline 1.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged three-cylinder under the hood, the Taigun Concept still has pretty respectable small car numbers, generating 108 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. However, the true beauty of this engine is that VW puts its fuel economy numbers at 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers – around 50 miles per gallon on the EU cycle.

Even the styling of the Taigun shows that VW’s current design language looks good on just about any size, with its boxy shape and short overhangs, but the automaker says that it is using Brazil’s emerging auto show to gauge interest for such a vehicle before making any decisions as to whether or not to put it into production.



Bugatti showcases the Bumblebee 27
May
Posted by admin in Bugatti, convertible, Middle East, Misc. Auto Shows, Performance on 05 27th, 2012
Bugatti showcases the Bumblebee

Bugatti showcases the Bumblebee

With a gazillion color options for every little part of the Bugatti Veyron, there’s no reason why any two examples should be alike. That opportunity last arose at the Dubai Motor Show, where Bugatti presented three unique examples of the Veyron Grand Sport, the vehicle that holds the title of “world’s fastest convertible.” Now the elite marque is returning to the Persian Gulf for the Qatar Motor Show with what appears (to our eyes, at least) to be one of the same examples, decked out in yellow and black – said to be founder Ettore Bugatti’s favorite color combination. Thoughtfully, however, they’ve provided a brace of new real-world photos.

The lower part of the body has been done up in lacquered carbon fiber, the upper part in bright yellow and the wheels in black along. Inside, the center console has likewise been finished in black, with seats clad in yellow leather with black stitching and the inverse for the dashboard, wheel and shifter.







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