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Peugeot 2008 set to debut at Geneva

Peugeot is set to bring 31 production vehicles and concept cars to this year’s Geneva Motor Show with the all-new 2008 urban crossover taking centre stage Said to combine the design of the 3008 with the features, performance and engines of the new 208 supermini, the Peugeot 2008 is intended for ‘young city-dwellers who love the urban environment but also enjoy escaping from it at every opportunity’. Power comes from either the e-HDi diesel or three-cylinder petrol technology, with CO2 emissions starting at 98g/km. Peugeot will also be showing the 2008 HYbrid Air, which aims for ‘a substantial reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by means of affordable technology’. It combines the new generation three-cylinder petrol engines with compressed air technology to assist or even take the place of the petrol engine during the phases which consume the most energy, i.e. acceleration and moving off. The HYbrid Air uses components new to the motor industry but widely tested in other sectors such as aeronautics. Also on display will be the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE Concept, a petrol/electric hybrid with 49g/km but a 0-62mph time of 8.0 seconds as well as the familiar 208 GTi and the Peugeot 208 XY – an exclusive and urban chic vehicle designed to promote the Marque’s strategy to move further upmarket. Peugeot’s motor sport credentials will also be available for inspection. The 208 R2 recently achieved a double in its class at Monte Carlo 2013 and Geneva will see the world debut of a 208 complying with the latest R5 regulations. Intended to succeed the 207 Super 2000, the 208 T16 is currently building up test miles with the aim of establishing itself as a contender for national and international titles. Peugeot will also bring the RCZ R Concept, giving the strongest clues yet about the forthcoming RCZ R production model, as well as the Onyx Concept. Built on a carbon shell, its 3.7-litre 600bhp V8 HDi hybrid engine is mounted in a rear central position and mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. At 4.65m long and riding on 20-inch wheels, the Onyx’s bodywork stands out because of the contrasting materials and colours: pure copper for the wings and doors, matt black carbon for the other body panels. Order books for the Peugeot 2008 open at UK retailers in June and the new car will officially go on sale later in the Summer Source:CarNewNet

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Rolls-Royce Wraith interior teaser images

Rolls-Royce has revealed a further teaser image of its forthcoming new model, the Wraith, as a taster of what to expect when it’s unveiled in Geneva The Wraith features ‘a luxurious, contemporary interior to complement the dynamic poise of its exterior styling – luxury and hand-craftsmanship work in harmony, thanks to the inclusion of softest ‘Phantom-grade’ leathers and expanses of open pore wood named Canadel Panelling,’ says Rolls-Royce. The ‘horseshoe sweep’ of the Wraith’s cabin is said to echo the cove at Le Canadel in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design team spent their winters and according to Rolls-Royce the interior of the new model ‘hints at the interior of an ultra-luxury yacht’. The clock features Blood Orange needle tips that point to the car’s dynamic potential, while paying homage to the marque’s aviation heritage. Like every Rolls-Royce, the Wraith is entirely built by hand and will be unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show on 5 March. Source: NewCarNet

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Volvo’s future plans and updated model range revealed

 Volvo’s brave new world is still on track, provided we keep buying its current cars. Volvo XC60 Volvo’s “all-new” range, to be shown at the Geneva motor show next month, amounts to not much more than a mild facelift of its larger cars. Of far greater interest is the progress it is making with its next generation of cars. The Chinese-owned, Swedish car maker has launched a single-minded, ambitious and risky vision for its future large cars, which will be based on one chassis architecture, with just one basic engine type instead of its existing four-, five- and six-cylinder units. Volvo’s Environmental Architecture (VEA) modular four- and three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines will debut this year. Its Scaleable Platform Architecture (SPA), effectively a single chassis capable of being lengthened or widened, will appear next year under the XC90 replacement and will gradually be adopted for all large Volvos. Volvo XC70 “We’re adopting SPA and VEA for four main reasons,” says Doug Speck, vice-president of sales, marketing and aftersales. “To create scale so that we can survive in the long term. From a business perspective, so that we can be profitable in the long term. To fix the appearance of the cars, which at present gives a long front overhang.

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2014 Audi SQ5 crossover ready to go up against Mercedes, BMW

Audi is preparing to launch its 2014 SQ5 crossover in America, the first in the luxury automaker’s lineup to feature the sport-tuning package. The crossover will feature a 354 BHP engine with 346 lb-ft of torque, accerlating from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds The 2014 Audi SQ5 will come in either black or blue, fitting for its goal to compete with Mercedes-Benz and BMW With two major luxury rivals like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, competition means doing things a bit differently. That is the reality Volkswagen lives in. Various luxury versions of Volkswagens could not escape the gravity of their “peoples’ car” nameplate and didn’t last long. This is where the industrial titan’s luxury division, Audi, acquired in 1999, comes in. They use VW’s best engineering efforts to build the upscale vehicles that Volkswagen’s name can’t keep on the market. When Mercedes and BMW make new vehicle introductions, it is left to Audi to take up the challenge, especially when now wholly owned Porsche can’t do it without taking that brand out of the realm of harder edged high performance. The upcoming Audi SQ5 is an effort to steal a march on its German rivals. When M-B brought out the M-Class, and then the GL-Class, BMW responded with their “X” series of crossovers—from smaller to larger—the X1, X3, and X5. They also built the X6 “Sports Activity Coupe,” which frankly looks for all the world like something you’d expect from Subaru. Audi’s offerings in this segment are the seven passenger Q7, five passenger Q5, and the more compact Q3, coming this fall. Suddenly, you have a very crowded field of German luxury crossovers on the North American market, one bracketed by VW’s own Porsche Cayenne on the top end, and other European competitors, such as the Range Rover LR2, Evoque, and Volvo’s XC90 on the lower end. The crossover landscape is much more competitive than the old luxury station wagon market ever was. To create a luxury crossover to stand apart, without cannibalizing the sales of the Cayenne, not to mention an upcoming corporate cousin, the 2014 Porsche Macan, Audi is introducing the SQ5 this autumn. It will be the first crossover in Audi’s lineup that features the “S” package, meaning it will be sport tuned above and beyond the standard Q5, but not so much as to threaten its Porsche badged relatives, especially in terms of braking and suspension components. The most buzz surrounding the 2014 SQ5 was due to a stump pulling twin turbocharged V6 diesel edition producing 313 BHP and an astonishing 479 lb-ft of torque put down through a Quattro AWD system. This version has posted a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds. That’s pretty impressive for a vehicle weighing some 4300-4500 pounds. However, Americans disfavor diesels, and seemingly especially so in luxury vehicles. The SQ5 imported to our shores is going to feature a single supercharger equipped gasoline engine lifted from the S5 sedan. This change will mean a loss of torque for a gain in horsepower. The numbers quoted by Audi are 354 BHP and 346 lb-ft of torque

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2013 Toyota RAV4 redesign sports style and safety upgrades

With an all-new design for 2013, the Toyota RAV4 has a variety of new features that are important to consider when car shopping. From a 179 horsepower, 4-cylinder engine on the base trim, the 2013 RAV 4 starts at $24,145 The redesigned-for-2013 RAV 4 is more sleek and chiseled than previous models. The Toyota 2013 RAV 4 has undergone its first major redesign since 2006. When purchasing any new vehicle it’s important to learn as much as you can about what you’re buying before making the final decision. Here are the top five things to remember when searching for your perfect RAV 4. 1. Power The 4-cylinder trims contain a 2.5 liter DOHC powertrain, which is able to reach 179hp with 172 ib-ft of torque. The V6 trims contain a 3.5 liter DOHC powerplant, which is able to reach 269 hp with 246 ib-ft of torque. If you have been hit by the hybrid bug, then you’ll be glad to know that an electric model named the RAV4 EV will also be released in the near future, which will run on 115kW Tesla Motor batteries and is expected to be able to last for over 100 miles on each charge. This model will be able to produce an impressive 154 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. 2. Design Although the 2013 model looks sleeker and more chiseled than its predecessor’s it isn’t hugely different in terms of design, bar a few minor adjustments, such as the hourglass shaped upper and lower grilles. This may bother you if you’d prefer a vehicle that will turn heads and make the neighbors talk. 3. Interior The interior contains air conditioning, a CD/MP3/WMA player, cruise control, steering wheel with audio options, and jam protected electric windows as standard. The fabric trim can also be replaced with either premium fabric or leather, depending on your own specifications. 4. Trims The Toyota 2013 RAV 4 has a variety of different trims, including; Base, Limited and Sport. These three options can be configured for either front or all-wheel drive; and with either a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine.

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2013 Toyota Avalon offers Lexus-level luxury, ditches Camry comparisons

After years of being of looking like a bloated Camry, the 2013 Toyota Avalon is ready to welcome back younger buyers with aggressive styling that does away with its ‘retiree car’ reputation. In may still share a power train with top shelf Camry models, but inside the car reaches Lexus-like luxury The 2013 Toyota Avalon, no longer able to be mistaken for a Carmy, now features the luxury of a Lexus Toyota has had some trouble producing a flagship for its regular line. With its Lexus division, the company has done spectacularly, but the aspirational model between the mass market Camry sedan and the entry level Lexus models has been a sinkhole of mediocrity. In 1989, Toyota introduced the Lexus LS sedan, which became a world beater in the luxury segment. Most people old enough to remember this car can recall the splash it made at its introduction. Quickly, what was the top sedan in Toyota’s line up that year? Can’t remember? It was pretty ugly. It had a mid-sized body sporting the trunk of a small car. If you said the Cressida without looking it up, you should audition for Jeopardy. By the end of its 17 year reign, the Cressida was selling very badly. In its introductory year of 1995, Toyota sold over 66,000 Avalons...

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Fiat Panda Drives from Cape Town to London

Two-man team drives a little Fiat across 13 countries along more than 10,000 miles to claim a new record and raise money for charity There are plenty of cars to choose from for taking a trans-continental road trip. We’re not sure a Fiat Panda would be anywhere on our list, let alone at the top, but two Brits just drove one all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, to London, England. And in the process they set a new record. The 10,300-mile journey started for Philip Young and Paul Brace on February 1 and ended on February 11, recording total time of non-stop driving at 10 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes. Over the course of that time, they averaged 1,000 miles per day at 49 miles per hour.And the little Italian hatchback never let them down. They didn’t even go with the four-wheel-drive model, opting instead for the economical 900cc two-cylinder TwinAir version. They packed it with an extra fuel tank, two spare wheels, sump guards, upgraded springs and a relocated air intake. They didn’t even stop to sleep, fitting a foam mattress across the back seat. In case you’ve never been in a Panda, trust us – there’s not a lot of room in the back seat. But somehow they managed. Along their journey, Young, Brace and Panda saw South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy and France before ending in London’s Hyde Park. The hourney raised funds for the Farm Africa charity that helps locals produce food more effectively in an effort to eradicate hunger. Source:Carbuzz

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