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Top Gear Season 21 – Sneak Peek 20
Jan
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Auto Advertising, Automotive News, BBC Top Gear, Popular, teasers, TV, Upcoming Events, Videos on 01 20th, 2014

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It is hard to imagine a time when Top Gear wasn’t around. The Uk-based motoring show has become a staple in pop future today, and has even spawned many sister series’ in countries across the globe.

But the original trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May still remain the original bunch of petrol head weirdo’s we’ve come to know and love – even now in their 21st season!

Even though the sneak peak trailer is only 11 seconds long, and mostly features Jeremy looking rather bored and annoyed about something, it still makes us want to see more.

Some sources has also confirmed that they array of different cars we’ll se on the she this season, is quite impressive. These include the 2015 Volkswagen GTI, the super sexy McLaren P1 and a lot of V8 super cars.

The trio will also be road tripping on a budget across Thailand and Burma and attend wacky auto shows like the microcar auto show in the UK.

While no word is out yet on when us South Africans can expect season 21 to hit out screens, we’re guessing (hoping) that we are not far behind the UK – which will start screening season 21 on February 2nd.

So, Top Gear fans, check out the short (but funny) teaser clip for the much anticipated season 21:

Source; Motor Authority



The 2014 European Car of the Year: Finalists 18
Dec
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, European Car of the Year, new cars, Popular, Upcoming Events on 12 18th, 2013

2013 is almost at it’s end, and it’s time to reflect. In the automotive industry, that means its getting closer and closer to the time of choosing the various ‘Car of the Year’ champions.

The European Car of the Year awards are exclusively for automobile manufacturers that are based in, you guessed it, Europe.

However, what makes this award slightly different than it’s American counterpart or the World and Performance Car of the Years awards, is that the Europeans tend to focus more on efficiency rather than flash. Although – most of the worlds leading super car manufacturers hail from Europe…

These awards focuses more on practicality and efficiency. Also, they seem to have a thing for ‘green’ cars. In 2011 the award went to the electric Nissan Leaf and in 2012 to the equally electrical Opel Ampera.

The European Car of the Year organizers has finally announced the seven finalists for the 2014 award – which will be announced on the eve of the Geneva Auto Show in March, 2014.

The 7 finalists are:

1. BMW i3

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2. Citroën C4 Picasso

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3. Mazda 3

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4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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5. Peugeot 308

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6. Skoda Octavia

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7. Tesla Model S

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Goodwood Festival of Speed This Weekend! 11
Jul
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Goodwood Festival of Speed, Popular, Super car news, supercar, UK, Upcoming Events on 07 11th, 2013

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The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is to be held this weekend in West Sussex, England. And in honour of the great festival, we are taking a look at the hottest new supercars making their debut at Goodwood this year.

This years festival is set to be something quite spectacular because it is the 20th anniversary of this popular festival. And it is obvious that the public knows that this year will be something special, as the tickets to the festival has already been sold out!

With an expected attendance of 185 000+ spectators, the organizers have made sure that the festival will not disappoint and that the spectators definitely get their money’s worth.

One of the main attractions at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is the Supercar Run and the First Glance classes. These events gather the latest and most exciting new, high performance models from around the world.

The Supercar Run and the First Glance classes not only attract the public, but many high profile names in the racing world. Formula One racers, car manufacturers and even celebrities queue to see the latest on offer in the world of supercars.

This year’s festival boasts a wonderful list of amazing cars making their debut at the festival. From dynamics debuts to first UK sightings – it sure to be super exciting! Some of the most notable ones include:

The much anticipated McLaren P1. The Alfa Romeo 4C. The Rolls-Royce Wraith. The Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2. The Maserati Ghibli and, of course, the futuristic Peugeot Onyx. See them all in the gallery below.

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Over all, more than 75 new supercars and first glance cars will be showing off at the festival!

It’s times like these that we start praying for a festival like Goodwood to happen right here in South Africa… now wouldn’t that be exciting?!

Source: Goodwood Festival of Speed 



Win two tickets to the 2013 TopGear Festival! 14
May
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Upcoming Events on 05 14th, 2013

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The Top Gear Festival, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the City of Durban are  getting prepared  for the 2nd in the trilogy of the hugely successful Top Gear Festival weekends on June 15th and 16th, powered by Shell V-Power .

The Top Gear Festival team are set to deliver another epic event featuring once again  four sensational live stadium performances hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and their tame racing driver, The Stig – along with their amazing team of dare-devil prescion drivers.

This year Top Gear is bringing two-time Formula 1 Champion Mika Häkkinen along as one of its guest drivers.

Also returning is the unique and action-packed Durban Street Circuit which last year played host to a 90-minute track show hosted by Le Mans racing driver Tiff Needell and local F1 presenter and DJ, Sasha Martinengo – not forgetting of course the hugely anticipated Formula 1 display.  Petrolheads can once again immerse themselves in their favourite brands and merchandise  at the extensive motoring expo out on the People’s Park.

Now, to make this high-speed event even better, you could be there for free. The Top Gear Festival team is giving you the opportunity to win two Classic Tickets!

To enter answer this question in the comments below or on our Facebook page: Why should you win these two tickets?

Competition closes on Wednesday 29 May 2013.

Good Luck!

For more information go to www.topgearfestival.co.za

 

Important notice: Tickets do not included flights and/or other forms of transportation to and from the event.

 



James Small joins the Rogue Rally Team 14
Nov
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Upcoming Events, Videos on 11 14th, 2012

Rogue Rally, the 2500kms super car road trip has announced that former Springbok rugby player, James Small is joining the management team.

“James has taken a stake in BAM the augmented reality, eventing and activation specialists that own the Rogue Rally,” says BAM and Rogue Rally CEO Mark Castel. His role will be that of facilitator and enabler. According to Castel, Small will look after new business and sponsorship affairs with particular attention on key accounts.

The Rogue Rally which takes place from 16 -22 June 2013 is almost 50% subscribed. “I was sold on the concept as soon as I saw the pitch. The opportunity for owners of supercars to use their cars in high-speed runs on Hakskeen pan, the Phakisa Raceway and on a closed mountain pass is amazing. I can’t think of any other event that will let you extract so much value from your investment, in a supercar,” says Small.

The Rogue Rally takes 50 supercar owners on a 2500+kms road trip over the course of a week. The trip is punctuated with special stages and events that will give drivers the opportunity to use their cars as the designers intended.

Watch the Rogue Rally teaser trailer in the video below:

For more information find the Rogue Rally at www.roguerally.co.za, follow on Facebook or on Twitter @RogueRally.



Goodwood FOS 2012 Preview 27
Jun
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Popular, Upcoming Events on 06 27th, 2012

The Goodwood Festival of Speed for 2012 will be running from the 28th June to 1st July at Goodwood House in the UK.

The festival is a display of some classic and contemporary racing cars, luxurious supercars and of course world-class drivers who will demonstrate the speed and power of these vehicles. In addition there will also be some helicopters and motorbikes showcased at the event.

The theme of this year’s festival is Young Guns – Born to Win. The Goodwood FOS official website explains it as the celebration ofdrivers and riders and designers and engineers whose supreme talent and insatiable thirst for speed shocked the establishment, affording them immediate superstar status.”

In the spirit of the 2012 theme, a number of young F1 world champions will be making an appearance at Goodwood House including Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

There are a number of vehicles making their debut at the event including the Bentley Continental GT Speed, Infiniti Emerg-E concept, Jaguar XF Sportbrake and the refreshed McLaren MP4-12C among others.

Porsche will be making its appearance at the festival on 29th June and will be posting interviews, videos and pictures on its website throughout the event.

You can watch Porsche’s preview of this years festival in the short video below:



BMW Unveils 2012 Olympic Pavilion 8
Feb
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Green Auto, Upcoming Events on 02 8th, 2012

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Just months before the 2012 Olympic Games kicks off in London, BMW has unveiled its new pavilion that will be constructed in the host city.

The winning design came from the British architectural firm Serie after bids from six different companies. As the sole automotive sponsor of the international event, BMW has been given permission to build its pavilion at the Olympic Park where it will remain for the duration of the Paralympic Games as well. It is expected to attract about 8000 visitors per day.

Built for the purposes of entertaining VIPs, the pavilion is also available for anyone who enters into the Olympic Park. The top floor of the double-story constructions will showcase the latest models and the lower floor will have future mobility exhibitions and events with BMW-sponsored athletes.

The 800sq m site of the pavilion will be situated above the Waterworks River, between the Olympic stadium and Aquatics Centre. As seen in the image above, river water will be used to cool the building before cascading down in a ‘water curtain’ back into the river. Unsurprisingly for a brand like BMW, sustainability is at the heart of this project.

BMW is providing 4000 vehicles throughout the event to transport athletes and Olympic officials to and from various locations. Although the exact makeup of the fleet, that includes Minis, BMWs and Rolls Royces, has not been officially announced, the use of electric, hybrid and clean diesel technology will ensure that it produces an average of less than 120g/km of CO2.

The image below shows the pavilion by night.

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 Source: Car Magazine



Mazda Takeri Concept 2011 25
Oct
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Green Auto, Upcoming Events on 10 25th, 2011

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Ahead of its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, Mazda has released the first images of its Takeri concept car 2011.

The swooping mid-sized saloon is the latest recipient of the Japanese marque’s Kodo design language, that made its debut in production form on the all-new CX-5 compact crossover. Translated as “soul of motion” the Takeri reveals some details about the possible styling of the upcoming Mazda 6 range, expected in 2012.

Images show a three box saloon with voluptuous curves augmenting its bodywork and while the nose resembles that of a recent Mercedes concept, the design presented is distinctive.

Through a series of advancements in powertrain, chassis and body technology, the Takeri utilises Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology, including its regenerative breaking system, that aims to reduce fuel consumption. The technology makes for an economic ride by converting kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration, storing it in capacitors and using it to power the vehicle electrically. The power of the Takeri’s SkyActiv-D engine provides a comfortable, lightweight and aerodynamic drive.

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Image source: carmagazine



Mazda Takeri Concept 2011 25
Oct
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Green Auto, Upcoming Events on 10 25th, 2011

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Ahead of its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, Mazda has released the first images of its Takeri concept car 2011.

The swooping mid-sized saloon is the latest recipient of the Japanese marque’s Kodo design language, that made its debut in production form on the all-new CX-5 compact crossover. Translated as “soul of motion” the Takeri reveals some details about the possible styling of the upcoming Mazda 6 range, expected in 2012.

Images show a three box saloon with voluptuous curves augmenting its bodywork and while the nose resembles that of a recent Mercedes concept, the design presented is distinctive.

Through a series of advancements in powertrain, chassis and body technology, the Takeri utilises Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology, including its regenerative breaking system, that aims to reduce fuel consumption. The technology makes for an economic ride by converting kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration, storing it in capacitors and using it to power the vehicle electrically. The power of the Takeri’s SkyActiv-D engine provides a comfortable, lightweight and aerodynamic drive.

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Image source: carmagazine



Lexus To Launch LFA Tokyo Edition 20
Sep
Posted by Kelly Levinsohn in Automotive News, Upcoming Events on 09 20th, 2011

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According to rumours, Lexus will be launching a special super LFA Tokyo edition which will be revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota, who manufacture the vehicle are also expected to manufacture additional Lexus/Toyota performance cars in the next few years.

This Lexus LFA Tokyo edition, which follows the Nurburgring special, will bring an M3-esque exposed carbon roof and a hydraulically adjustable carbon rear spoiler.

The car is set to cost an additional $54,500 (about R418, 000) of the regular Lexus LFA.

While the Lexus LFA Tokyo edition is on its way, Toyota have decided to cancel the open-top version of the Lexus LFA due to the current uncertain economic climate. Instead, the Japanese auto manufacturer have been rumoured to be creating two additional vehicles: a successor to the Supra coupe as well as a front-wheel drive performance car.

 



Subaru XV Teased Ahead of Frankfurt Show 11
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in Subaru, teaser, Upcoming Events, XV on 08 11th, 2011

Japanese automaker Subaru introduced a teasing sketch of its XV model just ahead of the unveiling of its Impreza-based XV crossover/SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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The design makes us feel that the car would be a new rival for the Nissan Qasqai. Subaru has assured that its final production will be based on its concept model which was unveiled at Shanghai Auto Show earlier.

The XV concept is the blending of an SUV in a more fashionable form. The key design concept is ‘Protren’, again the combination of ‘professional tool’ and ‘trendy design’. The concept featured aspects like hexagon grille, winged motif and sharp-solid designed hawk-eye headlights.

The interior features include ‘Silvery White Leather’ which is used as a base material for seats and a large multifunction touch panel display in the center with displays for navigation, car audio and vehicle information.

The concept car had a driving assist ‘Eyesight’ system. It is expected that the production model will constitute the concept features without many changes.

The concept car is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder horizontally-opposed DOHC engine with an output of 150 hp at 6000 rpm and 146 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm coupled with Lineartronic (CVT) transmission.

 



Ford Focus ST Unveiling Likely at Frankfurt 4
Aug
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Focus ST, Ford, FrankfurtMotor Show, Upcoming Events on 08 4th, 2011

Ford looks set to surprise us at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The auto giant has revealed plans for unveiling four new vehicles at the show commencing this September.

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There are absolutely no details regarding the specifics of the vehicles, though Ford has hinted that we can expect a “major new design concept” and “details of the next Focus performance car.”

This gives a clue on the likely unveiling of the Focus ST, which is to come equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost mill that would give 250 PS (184 kW / 247 hp) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque.

Ford still has the mystery quotient intact regarding the other prospective releases. But going by the teaser (posted above) that has been made visible, we need to expect something racy from Ford stables.

 



2012 Porsche 911 Caught on Cam, Undisguised 26
Jul
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Porsche 911, Automotive News, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, porsche, Upcoming Events on 07 26th, 2011

We are closing in on the Frankfurt Motor Show and have been hearing about many a beauty waiting to drive down the ramp. Even before the even is set to begin, the spies have snapped images to give us an elaborate look at the 2012 Porsche 911 – sans any camouflage.

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If you observe the car’s exterior, you get to understand this edition of Porsche sports a front fascia that reminds you of the current model.

Besides, the car also has much number of new tweaks including the A-pillar including new door mirrors, a smaller greenhouse, svelte tail-lights and a restyled posterior.

There are small differences incorporated into the vehicles’ built as well. The new edition is almost 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wider than the existing model and drives on a wheelbase that has increased up to approximately 4 inches (10.2 cm).

Performance specifications remain same; the car will most likely sport a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350 PS (257 kW / 345 hp. There are also rumors that a Turbo version will deliver an output of around 550 PS (405 kW / 542 hp).

You can choose between seven-speed manual or an optional seven-speed PDK to pair with the engine, irrespective of your choice of power trains. Tell us what you feel.



Audi Limited Edition TT-RS Heads for Australian Motor Show 29
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in audi, limited-edition, TT RS, Upcoming Events on 06 29th, 2011

The official unveiling of the Audi Limited Edition TT-RS is likely at the Australian International Motor Show. Audi had made about 45 units of this automobile for Australian customers.

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The limited version would equips 7-speed S-tronic transmission and also claims to have made many value additions  to the car.

The seven-speed dual clutch transmission will allow the Audi TT-RS to race to a speed from zero to 100 km/h in just about 4.3 seconds. If you didn’t know, this is 0.3 seconds faster than the 6-speed model. For the highway speeds, the TT-RS has seventh gear designed as a high-geared overdrive that cuts down on fuel consumption by just reducing engine speed.

The S-tronic transmission is integrated with a built-in launch control function. The company has limited the peak speed electronically to 250 km/h.

A look at the power department would bring to light that it has been left unaltered. The 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI engine returns 250 kW (340 PS / 335 bhp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.



Brabus & Smart Teaser Reveals a Mystery Car (Video) 2
Jun
Posted by Alex Ion in brabus, smart, teaser, Upcoming Events, Videos on 06 2nd, 2011

Looks like the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show is up for some serious surprise! A teaser video filmed in the Brabus factory in Bottrop, Germany, hints that we may be viewing the fastest Smart in the world.

The car looks like it is based on the ForTwo model, but we can’t confirm that as of now. The answers to many queries have its chances to be revealed by the end of September.

Brabus, along with the mystery model, will showcase  the 2003 Roadster V6 bi-turbo, which has 210 PS and a horse power of 207. The car can hit a top speed of approximately 240 km/h – thanks to the 300Nm of torque. We also got a peak at the 2006 ForFour race concept which car.

Hit play to watch the video.







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