This week we have a few new entries in the Top Five-a-thon, so let's start at the back end with the newbies. Coming in at #5 we have the Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Roadster (above) debuts post.
The #4 spot goes to the little Korean that could, the Hyundai adds a little spice to the new Accent entry.
DSquared unveils Mini Cooper S (right) for 2011 Life Ball. Mini popularity almost unseated the previous winners (by page view) and beat the Accent posting by a three to one margin. Dig some red mini...
The #2 posting is the 2012 Honda Civic shown entry that has been rated highly for weeks now.
And the top spot again this week goes to 2012 ZL1 reveals Chevy performance Camaro-style.
Chrysler 300 gets new grille options,
The zero-emission, two-wheeled Mini,
Georgia Tech and Ford work on Eco school bus (right) options,
It isn't easy being "greener" says Ford EV engineers,
TRW introduces roof airbag,
RR Spirit of Ecstasy uses art to celebrate 100th.
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Source: Fiat - Press release after the jump.
Source: Mercedes Benz - Extensive press release after the jump.
Giugiaro Tex and the design firm displayed the EMPV (electric multi-purpose vehicle) at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Villa d’Este (Italy) earlier this month. The GO! is an electric-powered vehicle (EV) that utilizes ItalDesign parent Volkswagen's Blue e-Motion system and modular platform that places the battery packs beneath the front and rear seats. To enter the rear seats of the Go!, an electronically driven system pushes the door outwards and pulls it back parallel to the vehicle body for access to the rear seats. This mechanism offers the practicality of sliding doors, increases interior space (room is found inside for a comfortable armrest), and does away with the unattractive tracks on the body typical of vehicles with sliding doors. The Go! uses glass to great effect providing a light and airy interior with great outward visibility. The Go! is instantly recognizable as a Volkswagen but it's unique shape is compact in size, but has more room inside than a full-size SUV. For even more info, go to the company's website at www.italdesign.it. And like most Giugiaro designs, it's good-lookiing too. It's the details like the short overhangs, the floating spoiler in the rear (right) and on the doors that give the concept more visual punch. Kinda makes you want to go out and get a people and stuff hauler, doesn't it?
Source: ItalDesign - Press release after the jump.
Source: Audi - Press releases after the jump. Video post.
Update: Since Kia has not released any more shots of the production Hamstar Soul, I've posted pics (hood, rear 3/4) of the SEMA Hamstar Soul concept.
Source: Kia - Press Release after the jump.
Source: Nissan - Press release after the jump. Video post.
Source: Lancia - Press release(s) after the jump.
Source: Mercedes Benz - Press Release after the jump.
www.renault.ze.com. Oh and you can reserve your Twizy right now if you live in a country where the EV runabout will be sold.
Source: Renault - Press release after the jump.
Actually, it should read Top Seven Posts since there was a three-way tie for the last position. First up is last week's winner, the 2012 ZL1 reveals Chevy performance Camaro-style.
The second most popular post by page view, is the mega-popular 2012 Honda Civic shown post which is followed by the Quick Look: 2012 Ford Focus. The number four spot is held by the Audi A7 Sportback (above) Quick Look.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 defines SUV performance,
Mercedes Benz AMG SLS supercar (right) drops its top.
and 2011 Auto Shanghai and New York Auto Show posts - Update (32).
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Camaro ZL-1 and now even the "base" V6 is getting a power boost. By utilizing a new one-piece exhaust manifold/cylinder head (right) that reduces engine weight by 13 lbs., the Camaro's 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 now creates 323 hp and pushes the Camaro Coupe to 30 mpg in the highway cycle. The one-piece design also reduces the number of parts required which will improve quality (see pic of old and new designs after the jump). Lower emissions, narrower engine size, and noise reduction round out the list of benefits for the new head design. Imagine, more power and better mileage. Sounds like a winner to me.
Source: Chevrolet - Press release after the jump.
Audi A6 line-up adds a new model just in time for summertime vacationing, the A6 Avant (read station wagon), for Europe. The A6 Avant will be available with all of the A6 grab bag of goodies including quattro all-wheel drive, a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, up to 20-inch wheels, four transmission choices (including the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic and a six-speed manual), Audi's Uconnect with MMI interface, available Wi-Fi, available S-Line trim, and more. The A6 Avant will have six engine options in Europe starting with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that makes 177 hp and gets over 47 mpg (US estimated), a gas supercharged V6 (300 hp), with the top option being the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel that makes 313 hp and hits 60 in just over 5 seconds. The A6 Avant will be rolled out in other markets after the European launch. But US consumers better not hold their collective breath, cuz the A6 Avant is not scheduled to take to US roads. This is a shame since the new A6 station wagon (yes, I said the sw words) is a nice piece and good-looking too. Station Wagons were popular in the US until the 70s-80s when minivans came on the scene. Then minivans got the "soccer-mom" stigma and folks switched to SUVs and crossovers. Maybe US consumers would switch back to wagons if they were as nice as this one. For lots of info, check out the comprehensive press release after the jump.
Source: Audi - Press release and pics (5) after the jump. Video post.
Source: Mini - Press Release after the jump.
Dictionary.com, an homage is a noun that means, "respect or reverence paid or rendered." And yes, BMW has rendered an homage to the 328 Touring Coupé sports car of the 30s with the all-new 328 Hommage (see pic in the slideshow). The new 328 H is a featherweight racer that utilizes CRFP (carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic) extensively for the body and chassis along with aluminum and other light-weight materials. Add in BMW's inline-six, a special suspension package, a stripped-down cockpit, and advanced aerodynamics, and you end up with a sports car that will leave most in the dust, especially at the track. The cockpit thrusts the driver slightly ahead of the passenger and features only what's needed (gotta watch the weight). In fact, the 328 H comes fitted with two iPhones that are used as auxiliary displays. When you first look at the pics, the stripped-down nature of the car is evident, but further review reveals the car's sinewy beauty. And the exposed carbon-fiber looks good here. Will this car see production? Doubtful, but you never know. Many of the features developed for this concept may see eventual use on a car coming to your town (and hopefully your driveway). Check out the 20+ high-res pics in the slideshow and review the intelligently written press release after the jump (how many releases use the word whilst?). Cool car, don'tcha think? Don't forget that BMW made a sports car years ago that had sliding side doors (with a cut out) that looks similar look to the 328 H's door-less sides.
Source: BMW - Press release after the jump.
Aston Martin has unveiled the V12 Zagato endurance racer concept at the Villa D’Este Concours in Lake Como, Italy. The hand-crafted aluminum racer will enter several races in Europe including the Nürburgring 24 hour race in June. The AM V12 Z celebrates Aston's first collaboration with the Zagato design house more than 50 years ago. The AM V12 Z features Aston's 6.0-liter V12 that produces 510 hp and 420 lb./ft. of torque which when matched to the light-weight body, should provide blistering performance. The design includes many touches the design house is known for including the twin-bubble roof (more room to accommodate racing helmets - in theory), yet the racer is still recognizable as a modern Aston Martin. AM is gauging consumer interest in the concept with an eye towards eventual limited production. The AM V12 Z is just this side of beautiful and with a cleaned up rear end and a little ground clearance (public roads aren't as clean and level as "the Ring"), it could be quite stunning. If you're interested and you've got the bucks. let Aston Martin know of your interest.
Source: Aston Martin - Press release and pics (3) after the jump.
Source: Nissan - Press releases (4) after the jump.
I've heard from many folks that the title of uautoknow.net's sister site was misleading. The name was developed from the old New Coke vs. Coke Classic advertising idea (debacle ?). I forgot about classic cars. I admit it, I blew it with that one. So the sister site has been renamed something a bit more appropriate:
uautoknow.net - GenNews.
Hope this clears things up. Thanks.
uautoknow.net - GenNews.
Hope this clears things up. Thanks.
Source: Porsche - Press release after the jump.
After weeks of almosts, the 2012 ZL1 reveals Chevy performance Camaro-style (above) post takes the number one spot followed by the previous reigning champ, the 2012 Honda Civic shown post (which had been number one for weeks).
Quick Look: 2012 Ford Focus (right) post.
Coming in at number four is the BMW Vision is a go post. The Vision concept will see production as the BMW i8 Hybrid supercar.
Rounding out the Top Five is the Volkswagen XL1 concept (below) may see production in 2013 post. VW announced this week that the German auto giant would begin rolling out plug-in hybrids in 2013. Coincidence?
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