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Audi R4 Pictures Sneak Peek Shows Similarities with e-tron 20
Posted by Alex Ion in audi, Audi e-Tron, Audi R4, Automotive News, paris show, Spyder, Upcoming Events on 09 20th, 2010

A set of photos has surfaced on a blog dedicated to the Audi R4. The blog has claimed that these are pictures of the unreleased car, taken just before the car was covered up following a stunt in the Austrian Alps. The stunt had the car being airlifted by a helicopter around the mountain range.

The car in the photos shows several similarities to the Audi e-tron, which it is supposedly based on, and also some new developments.

The pictures reveal that the lenses that have been installed look more traditional that the e-tron, with the shape of the headlights staying almost the same.

This change results in the cluster of front lights looking like a mix of the lamps on the A1 and those on the e-tron.  The front lip spoiler is much less obvious, as is the rear, which has been restyled.

Adding to the superb visual are the seven double-spoke alloy wheels, which are se over large, drilled discs and big red brake calipers – a marked change from the usual concept car wheels.

Insiders say that the Audi R4 will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in a near-production state. Some reports say it is likely that Audi may show it off as a Spyder as well as a coupe.

(Via R4um)

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.