Lamborghini issues recall order for versions of Aventador LP 700-4

December 19th, 2012

lamborghini-aventadorItalian sports car maker Lamborghini issues a recall order to some versions of the Aventador LP 700-4 due to faulty headlamps. The recall will cover Lamborghini Aventadors that were built between 15 July 2011 and 20 April 2012.

Only 144 units are being recalled and this is due to the undeniable exclusivity and price tag of the Aventador. According to the carmaker, the headlamps of the affected sports car fail to conform with some requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards particularly its provisions on reflective devices and lamps.

Lamborghini traces the problem to the alignment of the headlamps. The incorrect alignment of the headlights results to poor visibility of the driver and blinding the drivers of oncoming vehicles. Of course, both problems may lead to worse road mishaps such as a crash.

Notices will be sent to owners of the affected Aventador units. The owners will have to visit the nearest dealer that will enable proper alignment of the headlamps for free.

Gumpert supercar manufacturer saved by another investor

October 30th, 2012

The past few months have not been kind to race car and sports car manufacturers. Back in August, German carmaker Melkus filed for bankruptcy. A week after that news, automotive specialist Gumpert announced that it is also in big trouble.

Just this October, sports carmaker Artega also announced it will be closing its factory. Shortly after that, race car manufacturer Lola Cars said it will be stopping its operations. It is not suprising that small carmakers like Huet Brothers is threading the market with full caution. The economy today is not at all forgiving to any car manufacturer that makes a wrong step.

So much of the bad news in the past months, we recently learned that supercar manufacturer Gumpert has been saved. This was shared by an insider that a mysterious investor has saved the brand and secured its future.

This has not been confirmed by the manufacturer itself while Gumper spokesperson told media that it cannot comment yet on the future prospects and projects of the brand. Judging from this statement, it seems the deal was sealed with a handshake but remains to be signed. Several parties have expressed interest with Gumpert but it is not clear if any automotive brand participated with the bidding process.

Everyone is crossing their fingers that the deal will push through. In case it does, we will be updating you with Gumpert’s status.

Mercedes-Benz confirms plans of launching GLA Class compact crossover

July 30th, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has been planning to roll out a compact crossover that will using their small vehicle platform called the MFA that currently is the basis for the B Class and A Class models. As the production of the brand’s new A Class starts in their factory in Rastart, the car manufacturer confirmed that the new generation of compact vehicles will have five different models that includes an A, Class, a new coupe, a B Class, and a new compact crossover.

It is not clear what the fifth model is. It can just be an electric version of the B Class although there are reports that Mercedes also has a compact roadster called the SLA on the drawing boards.

The carmaker also hinted that the new line of vehicles will be very emotive and quite sporty. This could be a hint for a compact roadster but it can also be a matter of hyping up a press release.

The crossover is expected to have a tag of GLA Class following the naming practice of Mercedes. This crossover is expected to rival the likes of the Range Rover Evoque. The crossover will be a bit more sporty in styling compared to an average crossover. Most likely, it will sport an engine being used for the A or B Class. In short, the new ride will look fast but not necessarily go fast. This should not be the case if an AMG variant will be offered later on.

The GLA might reach the shores of the U.S. by 2014. The entry level powerplant can be a 211-horsepower four-cylinder that might be mated with a dual-clutch gearbox with seven speeds. It is not yet certain if both FWD and AWD configurations will be sold or just the all-wheel drive variant.

New Acura ILX starts at $25,900, $10K more expensive than the base Honda Civic

April 25th, 2012

2013-Acura-ILXBefore the end of May, the new compact sedan Acura ILX will hit the showrooms in the United States with a tag price kicking off at $25,900 thru $34,400, not inclusive of the $895 destination charge.

This vehicle is based on the latest Honda Civic and it is hard to ignore the fact that the base model of the Civic can be yours for just $15,995 or roughly $9,995 cheaper. In fairness though the Acura ILX comes better equipped with a 2.0L engine that gives out 150 horsepower instead of a 1.8L engine that produces 140 horsepower.

The top of the line of the Acura ILX offers a 2.4L powerplant which delivers 201 horsepower. There is also a hybrid offeringfor $34,400 which has a 111 horsepower engine which is comparable to the BMW 328i that has 240HP and offered at $34,900 or the Mercedes C250 with 201HP and offered at $34800. The hybrid Acura though is more expensive that the A4 of Audi which is being sold for $32,500.

The Buick Verano MY 2012 is actually the direct competition of the ILX that starts at $22,585 thru $25,965. The Veranos are equiped with a 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine that gives out 180 horses.

According to the marketing people of Acura, the ILX will be positioned as the gateway to the brand. The ILX promises to deliver a ride a of style, performance, and value..

The new Acura compact sedan starts off at $25,900 with a 2.0L engine giving out 150 horsepower that is linked to an automatic gearbox with 5 speeds. The fuel combined mileage is 28 mpg. This same model also comes with a Premium Package which will get the buyer leather seats, upgraded stereo system, HID headlamps, foglights, rearview camera, 17-inch alloy rims, and Active Sound Cancellation technology. The upgrades makes the tag price $29,200.

Consumers also have an option to get the Technology Package to get the AcuraLink communication system, real time traffic info system, navigation system, real time weather info, and HomeLink.

Next in line is the more potent 201HP unit with a 2.4L engine connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a sticker price of $29,200. The other choice will be the ILX Hybrid that will set you back $28,900 for the standard model that comes with a 1.5L powerplant giving out 111 horses while a high end version with the Technology Package goes for $34,400.

Next gen Mazda 6 styling revealed

October 31st, 2011

The vision of Mazda for their new Mazda 6 will be known during the motor show in Tokyo next month as the Takeri Concept.

The new Mazda 6, rolling out to showrooms in 18 months, will be making most of the Sky Activ Technology developed by the Japanese car manufacturer. The setup will include new more fuel efficient engine variants running on diesel and gas, lightweight gearbox, new suspension, and a new modular platform.

Sky Acitve allows Mazda to move forward as an independent carmaker after its breakaway from Ford, and also make sure that the lineup of Mazda can pass the stricter emission requirements in the future.

The first car release of Mazda that will be utilizing the full array of Sky Active Technology will be the CX-5 which comes out Spring of next year. The new Mazda 6 will be the second vehicle to impplement the lighter but tougher platform. The new platform makes use of steel spaceframe configured to be scaled in order to be used for the whole range of Mazda vehicles.

The Takeri saloon makes use of the new design language of Mazda. The Soul of Motion design philosophy gives the concept car a bolder look compared to the current version of the Mazda 6. It has a better looking grille, crisper lines, a more aggressive profile, and technical headlights. The rear end of the car hints of a Jaguar inspiration especially when you focus on the boot and the brightwork on the boot.

The interior takes a minimalist approach. The designers also made use of rotary controllers instead of traditional controls.

The engine of the Takeri sallon is the 173bhp Sky Activ-D 2.2L turbodiesel. The combined effect of the lighter body, great dynamics, and new engine, the Takeri only spews out 104 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The engine is coupled with an automatic gearbox with torque convertor technology that makes its fuel economics similar to a manual transmission.

Volkswagen to show off Up! Varieties in Frankfurt

September 15th, 2011

Volkswagen is all set to let the whole world see their new range of Up! Vehicles. Volkswagen will not only show off one Up! But six of the variants of the compact vehicle. So far, the public has noticed that the Up! range can be very versatile. The German carmaker has an Up! for people who might want to cruise around in an urban style vehicle or for those who want to go away for a day of sailing.

The concept Up! Are known as the Up! Azzura, Buggy Up!,GT Up!, Eco Up!, e-Up!, Cross Up!, and the Cross Up!. The Up! Azzura and the Buggy Up! are designed for owners who love getting close to the sea. The Buggy is a modern version of the kit cars of VW dating back to the 1960s. It could be likened to a VW Thing riff or a modern day version of the Meyers manx.

The Up! Azzura, designed by Walter de Silva and Giorgeetto Giugiaro is also a good ride if one is planning to head to the beach. The Up! Azzura is a doorless and roofless summer cruise that is great for enjoying the summer weather.

The Up! Platform also has a lifted CUV dynamics seen thru the four-door Cross Up! In case you will be looking for a more exciting driving experience, you might want to check out the GT Up! which pushes the Up! engine from 74 horsepower to give out 100 horsepower. The GT Up! also comes with an upgraded exhaust, rear spoiler, and 17 inch rims.

VW also gives your urban ride choices a touch of green with the e-Up! which is an all electric city car and the Eco Up! which makes use of natural gas.

Before buying a new car, make sure to get a binding auto insurance estimate to make sure you know exactly what your payments will be!

Opel to release 2012 Insignia with improved engines

August 20th, 2011

According to recent official reports from Opel, the brand new 2012 Insignia will roll out with the top-of-the-line turbocharged 1.4 ecoFLEX engine, an optional turbocharged 2.0 petrol engine, and a new Start/Stop feature.

The 2012 Insignia keeps the same exterior features but will have a beautiful “Luxor” metallic finish and a brand new set of alloy wheels. For the car’s interiors, the 2012 Insignia will be released with an impressive “Indian Night” Nappa leather seat finish, an enhanced front camera feature that comes with the Forward Collision Alert feature, and two infotainment systems namely the Navi 900 Europa and the Navi 600.

Under the hood is a replacement for the former 1.8 liter engine. The 2012 Insignia with have the turbocharged 1.4 liter ecoFLEX engine with 140 PS and 200Nm of torque attached to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new engine accelerates at 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 205 km/h. For the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine, figures are at 250 PS and 400Nm of torque with the same 6-speed manual gearbox that accelerates the car at 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h. The average fuel consumption for the 2012 Insignia is – 8.4 liters per 100 km and 197 g/km of CO2.

Word is, another engine—a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 200PS—will be available for the FWD feature and a 6-speed manual gearbox. Not only that, it will also come with an advanced fuel-saving system along with resistance-enhanced tires and improved aerodynamics features.

Volvo’s new image combines simple luxury with topnotch safety features

July 25th, 2011

Volvo, the Swedish automobile brand, has always been associated with dependability and security. In fact, most Volvo patriots praise the brand not only for it’s great value for your money but also for the superior safety features each Volvo car is equipped with. However, Volvo recently expressed its move to move beyond this “safe” image and pursue a broader, bolder, and more luxurious.

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., one of the ten biggest leaders in the car industry in China, was the one who bought Volvo from Ford Motor. Co. for around $1.5 billion. Volvo’s new CEO, Stefan Jacoby, was the one who started the investigation about Volvo’s reputation on good safety features becoming obsolete with all the competitors upgrading their safety advancements. Therefore, the image shift will focus on upgrading and combining comfort elements with luxury. The new image shift aims to compete with luxury cars such as the Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, the BMW AG, and Volkswagen AG’s Audi.

With this new image, Volvo pushes to win more Chinese consumers and increase their sales this year to 50,000 cars, which is almost a 60% increase. Volvo aims to sell up to 200,000 cars by 2015 by reaching out to those consumers who want a touch of luxury in their cars and still get top-notch safety measures with new features such as the recently introduced S60 sedan technology that acts a warning device for potential pedestrian impact. Soon, the Swedish brand might also introduce an automatic braking system for animals on the road.

BMW 3-Series range of convertible and coupe gets M Sport and Exclusive Editions

July 8th, 2011

A lot of people thought that BMW will not be doing anything with their new 3-Series since they are currently cooking up a replacement for their bread and butter car. The changes though are mostly for aesthetics purposes as compared to the more significant changes for the 5-Series and the 6-Series.

The 3 Series Coupe and Convertible M Sport Edition and Exclusive Edition , ad the 320d Efficient Dynamics Touring Edition gets a Special Edition Package. The cabrio gets an option to have a hardtop.

The Exclusive Edition for the convertible and the coupe gets a customized colors for the exteirios include an option for a combo of Oxide Silver mirror caps with a shade of Mineral Grey and the 18 inch rims painted in Space Grey. The interior gets a Dakota leather treatment for its upholstery on a Grey leather with grey stitch contrast or an option to have it on black stitched with contrasting white threads. The trim strips gets a Bamboo Grain Anthracite treatment.

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Ferrari FF photos revealed, boasts of 660 horsepower [with video]

January 28th, 2011

Ferrari recently released the official photos of the new Ferrari FF and claims that the new DD is the most versatile and most powerful four-seater of all time. The new Ferrari FF is also the Italian marques. It is also a prancing hatchback!

If you are wondering what the FF stands four, the Italian luxury car maker explains that it is the acronum for “Ferrari Four”. The FF which is a four-seater, and a four-wheel drive takes the place of the 612 Scagletti and gives way to a new line of GT concept.

The Ferrari FF was designed for usability, just like the Ferrari California, compared to the outgoing cars of the brand. With this in mind, the Italian carmaker hopes to attract more new customers to their client base. Ferrari expects the FF to meet head on with the Continental GTC/GT of Bentley, the Rapide from Aston Martin and the other coupes from Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW.

The new FF has the engine power to accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a matter of 3.7 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 208 miles per hours.

The pirce for the new stallion of Ferrari has not been announced yet. We can expect the tag price to be revealed during the upcoming Geneva auto show and will hit the market in the United States come fall.

The powerplant of the Ferrari FF is a V12 6.3L that can give out660 horsepower while revving at 8,000 rpm. These numbers is just 10 hp shy from the 599 GTO. The torque is also impressive at 504 lb-ft revving at 6,000 rpm.

Ferrari equipped the FF with the 4RM or their FWD system. The information about the four-wheel drive setup is still very limited at the moment but according to insiders the 4RM is half the weight of the conventional 4WD systems today.

We also posted the Ferrari FF teaser for you in case you have not seen it yet: