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Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5 Tests on CERAM Track 6
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, car collector, CERAM track, F430 Scuderia, French highways, James Glickenhaus, one-off supercar, P4/5 Competizione, paris, Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5, Super car news, Videos, Virtual Rides on 01 6th, 2011

Let us show you a video featuring  Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5 testing on the CERAM track in France. The vehicle moves on to the French highways and into the city of Paris soon after the testing for a short evening ride.

Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5 is a one-off supercar. This particular one is commissioned by James Glickenhaus, the American car collector and race team owner. Glickenhaus is developing this new version of the model based on the F430 Scuderia.

It is the P4/5 Competizione, which was seen testing on CERAM track will be used in race this year.

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As everyone knows, the CERAM track, laid out in a wooded estate is exclusively designed for high speed testing. It is considered ideal for the performance of all types of testing, along with public relations and training operations.

Hence it is not surprising that the car’s testers took the opportunity to get a top speed driving on the track.

The video below:

Lotus Mini City Car Sounds Pretty Neat For its Class 27
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, city car, Concept car news, Lotus, MINI, paris, Proton on 12 27th, 2010

We have known Lotus as one car maker that focuses on bringing out the best in light weight sports cars. The Paris Auto Show package was in fact testimony to Lotus’ plan which stressed on moving towards new concepts.

Lotus is now all set to launch its new car made specifically for the urban dwellers. Then new Mini concept is small, yet fast and it is supposed to be a blessing to the motorists in the busy crowded urban streets.

To come with advanced range-extended electric drivetrain with a single-speed transmission and an electric only range of roughly 40 miles, the car will also boast of a compact 3 cylinder engine. Pretty neat for a car of its class.

The new Mini car has been made by lotus in collaboration with parent company Proton. We hear three different variants of the car – a low-cost model for Asia, a regular one and a sportier version for the Western markets – are in the pipeline.

However, we hear that  the car will not be ready for roll out before 2014.


Mazda Shinari Concept on Show 31
Posted by Alex Ion in aluminum, audi, Automotive News, Autostyle, BMW, car, concept, Concept car news, debut, flow, Kodo, language, Mazda, Nagare, paris, Shinari, Soul, studios on 08 31st, 2010

Mazda has unveiled the Shinari, a new four-door coupe concept, at a private press event held in Milan. The car indicates the future design direction for the Japanese brand. “Kodo”, Japanese for soul of motion, is the nickname that Mazda has given the new design language.

This is the successor of “Nagare” styling theme, which stood for “flow”. The design language was created through a collaboration involving Mazda’s design studios in Germany, the United States and Japan.

The car shows the future face of Mazda’s family of vehicles, an aluminum signature wing, as well as the overall styling trend for future production models.

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Mazda said that they wanted to play in the same group as BMW and Audi, and that they were working to improve the quality level of its interiors for future vehicles.

The Mazda Shinari will make its debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in September.

Honda Fit / Jazz Hybrid Gears Up For Paris Debut; First Pictures Shown 26
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, bumpers, cabin, chrome, colours, Electric, engine, gearbox, Green Auto, grille, headlights, honda, Honda Jazz, honda-fit, hybrid, Insight, leather, paris, rear, UK, Upcoming Events on 08 26th, 2010

First pictures of the Honda Fit / Jazz Hybrid have been released and it will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.

The car will be driving in with some minor styling changes which include revised headlights with a blue surround, clear rear lights, new grille, revised bumpers and a chrome tailgate garnish.

It will also be available in a range of existing colours plus a bespoke Lime Green metallic. Inside, the cabin has a fresh look with darker dashboard, which contrasts strongly with the blue lighting of the dials and dashboard instruments. There is also optional leather upholstery.

The car will feature the same engine as the Honda Insight; a 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine combined with a CVT gearbox, with an electric motor sandwiched between the two. The car will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions. The hybrid version will go on sale in the UK in early 2011.

New Ford Focus ST Debuts in Paris 27
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Focus, Focus ST, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus ST, paris on 07 27th, 2010

American auto manufacturer Ford will display its new 2012 Ford Focus ST in the upcoming Paris Auto Show in the month of October. The new model will feature a new EcoBoost engine that is likely to be similar to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines present in existing Ford models such as the Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo.

The EcoBoost unit in the next Focus ST could provide as much as 300 bhp of power and will employ the torque vectoring technology created by Ford to channel that power to the front wheels of the car and to help the car grip the road as much as possible.

The new Focus ST will also be capable of bursting from 0 to 100 kmph speeds in a matter of 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph (155 mph). It will also be more fuel efficient than the existing Focus ST model and is expected to release in 2011, after the Europe launch of the hatchback and wagon variant of the Ford Focus in April 2011.

Smart Plug-in Scooter Headed For Paris Show 15
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, electric scooter, paris, paris show, smart, smart scooter on 07 15th, 2010

Smart, owned by auto veteran Daimler, is all set to show off their new two wheeler – a plug-in scooter – at the Paris Motor Show. The diversification by Smart is said to be part of a long-term strategy to improve on the brand’s performance.

Other vehicles out recently from the company are the new Smart ForTwo and the new 2013 ForFour.

The latter, with its rear mounted engine powering the rear wheels, is expected to be a perfect buy for customers who wanted a little something more than what the ForTwo is offering. The company says that these offerings are an attempt to address the issues faced by consumers in crowded city environments.

Though all of their previous efforts were in the four wheeler market, Daimler says that they have been noticing the need for this kind of an offering for some time. In addition, sources also say that the company plans to foray into the green vehicles arena too.