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Official Pictures: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 18
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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2014 Lotus Elite Official Details Surface 21
Posted by Alex Ion in 2014 Lotus Elite, Automotive News, Elite hybrid, Green Auto, KERS, Lotus, pictures, teaser on 09 21st, 2010

The first official details of the 2014 Elite have been released by Lotus, putting an end to the speculative buzz that was generated by the earlier teasers. It appears that the company was attempting to redefine the concept of modern classic – and has succeeded in many ways.

The 2014 Lotus Elite is quite compact – measuring at 4.60m length, 1.90m width, and 1.32m in height- and has a visual style that is dramatic, with a hard top that is retractable.

The car is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 620 PS (456 kW / 612 hp) and 720 Nm (531 Nm) of torque. Initial reports say that the company expects the vehicle to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 to 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph), although official data confirming this is still being awaited.

Sources at the company boast that they have created a car that is compact yet spacious, low-emitting and high performance, lightweight and yet very solid. They reaffirm that there is no other vehicle in the market that can match up to it in terms of styling and performance.

The best news is that the Elite will also be offered as a hybrid – which will have a hybrid gearbox (with integrated electric motors) and a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). According to the information received, the Elite hybrid will offer emissions that are as low as 215 g/km.

The vehicle will be on the market in the spring of 2014, and the tentative base price has been set at £115,000 (including a VAT of 17.5%)

Opel GTC Paris Concept Official Pictures Out 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Astra OPC/VXR, concept, Concept car news, FlexRide, GTC Paris, official, pictures, rumor on 09 9th, 2010

The first official pictures of the GTC Paris concept, which previews the new Astra OPC/VXR has just been released. Designed to embody the twin ideas of beauty and speed, the GTC features an aggressive front, LED daytime running lights, stocky rear wheel haunches, and incorporates the classic Opel styling cues, like the ‘blade’ from the Insignia.

Other highlights are the roof-mounted spoiler, 21-inches wheels, and an aluminum window trim. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers the vehicle.

Rumor is that the engine is capable of producing up to 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS), although some reports say 285 hp (213 kW / 289 PS). The car will feature start/stop technology and will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission. A FlexRide suspension has been included and the car also has a limited-slip front differential.

Fans will have to wait until the end of this month to get more information on this stylish offering.

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Hyundai Veloster Spotted Testing in Death Valley 6
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Coupe, Death Valley, Hyundai, images, pictures, spy, Veloster on 09 6th, 2010

The much awaited Hyundai Veloster has been spied at a hot weather testing in Death Valley. Spy pictures of the vehicle showed has less camouflage than had been  anticipated.

From what we infer from the pictures, the roof slopes down to curve smoothly as it wraps itself around the cabin that has a round two piece back window. The interior can  also be clearly seen in the pictures and it seems to have an adequate amount of space to fit four adult passengers comfortably.

Reports say that the Veloster coupe’s base-model will come with a 1.6-liter, direct-injection engine with 122 PS (90 kW/121 hp) and 155 Nm (114 lb-ft) of torque.

A 1.6-liter turbocharged unit will reportedly come onto markets close on its heels, which will produce a healthier 177 PS (131 kW/175 hp).

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2012 Merc B-Class New Spy Photos Emerge 27
Posted by Alex Ion in AMG, auto show, Automotive News, Autostyle, BlueZero, engines, GLK, grille, interior, mercedes, Mercedes B-Class, model., pictures, spoiler, spy, sunroof, wheelbase on 08 27th, 2010

New spy pictures of the 2012 Mercedes B-Class have emerged. The prototype has a strong resemblance to the BlueZero concept which debuted at the North American International Auto Show last year.

The 2012 Mercedes B-Class will be coming with a longer wheelbase, a Mercedes-Benz GLK-like grille, a panoramic glass sunroof and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. We also get a peek of the interior from one of the photos. But, unfortunately, we only get to see the rear seatbacks and the front armrest.

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The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be sportiest yet as a high-performance AMG variant was confirmed by the tuning arm’s outgoing boss Volker Mornhinweg late last month. AMG currently offers V-8 engines, but for the B-Class a new specially tuned four-cylinder engine will be developed.

The current Mercedes-Benz B-Class has enjoyed reasonable success in most of the markets. But the next-generation model due in 2011 is expected to sell in even higher volumes.

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Lotus Evora S Caught on Spy Cams; Paris Motor Show to Have Evora S and Evora Auto Showcased 20
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Evora Auto, Lotus Evora S, Paris Motor Show, pictures, Spy images, super car, Super car news, Upcoming Events on 08 20th, 2010

Spy cams at Nurburgring seem to be never disappointed. A few pictures of the Lotus Evora S are now splashed across the web even as the car gets set for full load of testing before it formally launches on to one of those stands at the Paris Show on September 30 for a debut.

The Lotus Evora S, from what we get to garner, is a supercharged 2+2 that will get showcased at Paris alongside the Evora automatic version that sports a dual-clutch gearbox.  It has been confirmed that the Lotus Evora S and Evora Auto will see the wraps lifted off them at Paris.

From what we see from the spy cam pictures, the Lotus Evora S could well be one of those super cars that would sail on performance tires blended around lightweight wheels.  It is being speculated that the car’s supercharger will pump in added performance levels to the 3.5-liter V6 engine  incorporated under the hood.

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Spy Pictures of the 2012 Three-Door Opel Astra GTC/OPC Emerge 18
Posted by Alex Ion in Astra OPC, Automotive News, Brembo, Nurburgring Nordschleife, opel, pictures, Spy images on 08 18th, 2010

Pictures clicked on the sly at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany have revealed the new three-door Opel Astra in OPC trim. There were reports that Volker Strycek, former DTM race series champion, was behind the wheel of the test vehicle.

The Astra OPC has a 296 horsepower (224 kW, 300 PS) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which is powerful enough to produce 27 percent more power. It is having large Brembo brakes which can be seen through the wheels, as well as cross-drilled discs. It looks like having dark tinted lenses over the headlamps.

A new exhaust was also seen, with tailpipes arranged on either side of the bumper. Other features of the car are  not known yet, but we guess more  can come about it in the near future.

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