Subaru is bringing in what they are terming as the BRZ “Zero Car” or “Opening Car” that debuted at the Japan Rally Championship-2012, held on 28th -29th July. The car is a race sports car which has been customized for rally use. This BRZ “Zero Car is not a production edition of course. It comes with a number of new features like front chin spoiler, rear wings, white finished alloy wheels etc.
For the benefit of a few, a Zero car or an opening car is a vehicle which is used in rallying to open the road for the competing cars. The purpose of these cars is to warn the organization in case there is a problem on the stage and also so that the public is not surprised by the first car.
Hyundai has received three awards at the second edition of the Automotive Brand Contest, organised by the German Design Council. The New Generation i30 won ‘Best Interior’ and ‘Best Exterior’, while the ‘Best Concept’ title was awarded to the i-oniq show car. Both models were designed in Rüsselsheim, Germany, by the European team based at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre.
The two victories for New Generation i30 demonstrate Hyundai’s commitment to designing products that appeal to European consumers. The car’s exterior styling advances the brand’s fluidic sculpture philosophy, creating a sense of constant motion, even when stationary, and conveying a confident attitude through dynamic proportions. The interior represents a significant step forward from the original i30, closely matching the exterior for visual impact and introducing higher quality materials to the cabin.
The Hyundai i-oniq made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, showcasing new technology and design which present an impression of the company’s future thinking. Also known by its codename, HED-8, the i-oniq is characterised by gentle feature lines and muscular surface treatment, conveying premium qualities evident in both the exterior and interior of the car, and a futuristic interior design which combines a driver-orientated cabin layout and high levels of passenger comfort.
Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan Rushforth, commented, “Recognition from the German Design Council is further evidence of the transformation in Hyundai design in recent years. Styling influenced by fluidic sculpture has added emotional appeal to our products that still retain the rational characteristics that have long underpinned our brand’s success. New Generation i30 is the best example yet of our focus on conceiving vehicles that match the aspirations of European consumers, as part of our product localisation strategy.”
In the 2011 contest, Hyundai was awarded ‘Best Exterior’ for the i40 wagon – another model designed in Europe and aimed squarely at European buyers. The winners of the Automotive Brand Contest are selected by an independent panel of experts. The jury consists of automotive designers, journalists, academics and CEOs.
Audi R8 seems to be creating quite a lot of buzz these days. Before the new facelift for the R8 launches, Audi is presenting the U.S.A market with the exclusive edition for the car. Audi will be offering twenty 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 vehicles and thirty 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 vehicles which will be arriving sometime later this month.
The V8 version comes with new exterior colors, exclusive interior finishes with the Daytona Gray matte exterior making its debut, carbon fiber exterior splitters, 19inch titanium 5-arm double spoke wheels, red brake calipers etc. The cabin has Crimson Red elements and contrast stitching, exclusive leather Navigation surround, and a thicker contoured leather multifunctional steering wheel for a sportier grip. The R8 V8 Excusive Edition will be equipped with 4.2-litre FSI engine which is capable of churning 430bhp at 7,900rpm.
On the other hand the 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 comes with Ibis white exteriors, with contrasting black sideblade, exterior mirrors, and rear license plate and 19inch bi-color e-tron wheels. In the cabin there is an exclusive leather Navigation surround and contoured steering wheel. The V10 is powered by a 5.2-litre FSI engine which produces 525bhp at 8,000rpm.
These exclusive versions can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or automatic R tronic transmission. These versions of the R8 with the Audi Quattro and ultra-light weight technology deliver superior speed, performance and handling.
The price of the 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 manual transmission is USD 137,700 which equals to Rs. 76.22 Lakh, the R8 V8 R-tronic transmission is tagged at USD 146,800, which is close to Rs. 81.24 Lakh. On the other hand, the 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 manual transmission is tagged at USD 161,500 which amounts to Rs. 89.39 Lakh and the R8 V10 R tronic transmission comes at USD 170,600 which is close to Rs. 94.45 Lakh.
CarDekho has been constantly reporting about Nissan Evalia and the stories surrounding. We recently cracked its launch date first in the Industry, which is Setember 25th. Now some of our trusted sources have provided us the brochure of the car that tells everything about the car including no. of variants and features it will come with.
Engine and Dimension
The company will brought this 7-seater MPV in a total four variants (all diesel) namely Nissan Evalia XE, Nissan Evalia XE , Nissan Evalia XL and Nissan Evalia XV. Under the hood it will be the K9K 1461cc, straight-4 automobile engine developed by Renault and Nissan together. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the engine will churn out the maximum power output of 85bhp and 200Nm of torque. A decent ground clearance of 180mm along with the overall dimensions of 4400x1695x1880 (Length x width x height) it proves to be enough huge to accommodate 7 adults very comfortably.
The fitments given inside the cabin also proves it to be a pretty good car. All seats are reclining, 2nd Row Folding System, two pieces headrest for 2nd seat, seat belt for 2nd seat, Manual Air conditioner with Heater, power steering, Tilt Steering Wheel, Seat Back table and various other features make it a comfortable, advanced and certainly a good looker.
Exterior & Features
As we told in the past, the new Nissan Evalia features Sliding 2nd door , Body Coloured Bumper, Electronic Control ORVM, Boxy rear that make it look average. Alloy wheels are only available in top end variant.
Nissan Evalia has got all the safety features as per the Indian standards, like Driver and passenger Airbags (Except the low ), Brake Assist, ABS, EBD and Door Ajar Warning, proving it to be a safe vehicle to drive.
Then There are some features which are only available in top end variants such as Rear RR Cooler as an option for rear AC vents, Rear Monitor Camera with Display, Central Locking System, Keyless Entry, Immobilizer with Intelligent Key, Coloured Multi Information Display and a few others. However, nothing on the price has been disclosed by the company officials, but we expect it to come in a price bracket of Rs 7-9 lakh, which will give it a competitive edge over other of its rivals including Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and others.
London 2012 Festival gave the audiences a unique opportunity to view the collection of BMW Art Cars which were transformed into spectacular artworks by leading artists, for the first time in the U.K. Though the event ended before the opening ceremony of the Olympics 2012 but, as they say, better late than never, therefore, we thought of bringing to you the classic display of the unique BMW cars.
The Festival was organized by the ICA- Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in partnership with BMW, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Mayor of London. As the Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW Group, Dr. Thomas Girst described the event as the one that speaks to those who love cars, to those who love designs and to those who love contemporary art. The first ever BMW car to be adorned with contemporary art and become the first BMW art car was done in 1975 by Alexander Calder. This piece of art is still considered to be one among the best.
Though obviously nothing beats the actual viewing but now that you missed it already, we bring to you the glimpses of the same…
Video courtesy: BMW UK
Image Courtesy: bmwartcarcollection.com
We have constantly been keeping you updated on the new 2012 version of the Toyota Camry which will launch on 24th August . On that front, the latest is that all specifications and details for the Camry have been released. The price however will be confirmed later but is expected to be in the same range that is somewhere close to Rs. 23-24 Lakh.
The prevailing versions were Completely Built-Units and the latest fully loaded trim is a CKU, which might mean a slight cut in prices but the market conditions, inflations, rates etc. seem to be saying otherwise. What exactly will happen, for that we’ll have to wait for a little while more. The new Camry will be a 16 Valve DOHC, 2494cc engine in comparison to the prevailing 2362cc models. The loaded Camry will be capable of delivering a power output of 178bhp at 6000revs as compared to the current version which churns out a power of 164bhp at 6000rpm. The torque generated will be 233Nm at 4100rpm. Following the global trend India would be getting the Petrol version only for now. There are no comments whatsoever about a diesel mill.
The exteriors of the 2012 Toyota Camry have been enhanced to give the sedan more premium and luxurious looks. Enhancing the looks is the new styled Chrome radiator grille, Automatic HID headlamps, 10 spoke 16inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles and rear garnish along with the body colored ORVM with electric adjust and retract and the freshly designed larger and elongated taillights, which is combination lamp with LED brake lights.
The cabin as well has been enhanced with a Touchscreen DVD Display Audio with AM/FM, Bluetooth connectivity, in-built Mic & Amplifier, chrome door handles even from the inside, leather trimmings and real stitching at the dashboard, day/night inside rear view mirror etc. Enhancing the cabin are the 8-way power adjust driver and passenger seat, wooden finish at the door trims, 4-spoke leather, silver and wooden finish steering wheel, leather and wood finish gear knob. The comfort and convenience features will be galore as well with dual-zone automatic climate control, rear AC vents, rain sensing wipers etc.
Talking about the Safety features, the New Toyota Camry will have ABS with EBD and BA braking system (Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake force Distribution and Braking Assist) resulting to extremely controlled driving. Further, there will be an impact sensing fuel-cut off system, immobilizer plus alarm, clearance and back sonar with illustration display, ensuring that the ride is not just comfortable but safe and secure as well.
Well, Toyota is sure bringing in a catch, we’ll soon know, whether a catch worth it or not… Hopeful!