Renault Kadjar: Now on sale

The new compact crossover of the French brand is already on sale in our country, with prices start from 19,850 euros. You find official rate prices at the end of this article.

The Qashqai Renault. You are going to sick of hearing this expression applied to Kadjar, the new compact SUV Brand diamond. And the truth is that those who use this way of referring to it will not be at all misguided. Something has changed within the Nissan-Renault alliance and although Ricardo Gondo, Commercial Director of Renault Spain disprove it is clear that the product planning of the Alliance has taken a new direction.

So far, Nissan and Renault had kept an exquisite equidistance in Europe, trying to get their models competing in the same segment but not each other. Let me explain. In the case of segment B, for example, it is difficult for anyone hesitate between a Renault Captur and Nissan Juke . They are cars that use the same base and the same engines but are far apart aesthetically and in its general approach. And the same is true of the Renault Clio and the Nissan Note . In the C segment, Renault seemed to bet on the more traditional segments (compact range of life with the Mégane range and minivans Scénic ) and left the representation in the emerging crossover segment Nissan with its best-selling Qashqai . It is true that Renault has the Koleos but this is a car that has never played a major role in either the range or manufacturer sales.

With this policy Kadjar complementarity or "non-aggression" comes to an end. Renault have realized that they could not be left out of a segment, the European C SUV, which spread like wildfire. Keeping only the Koleos in the range implied yield to 3008 the leadership in France and leave only the Qashqai in the fight against the Volkswagen Tiguan , the 3008 itself, and Korean models, Kia Sportage and Hyundai ix35 ( Tucson from September) that they have won thousands of customers throughout Europe.

So, here is the Kadjar a really easy car to do since, according to the Alliance, enough to replicate the Qashqai. It is clear that both models are the same car with the same platform and the same engines (except Renault petrol which uses the 130 hp version of the 1.2 TCe) but it is also true that Renault has managed to convey to his model the DNA of the brand in areas such as design, comfort or equipment.

We split and start on the outside. The Kadjar measured 4.45 meters long by 1 , 1.60 wide and 83 high and rests on a wheelbase of 2.64 meters. The Qashqai, with which it shares wheelbase is shorter (8 cm), narrow (3 cm) and lower (1 cm) and the truth is that seeing the Kadjar feeling is that, indeed, is a bigger car than its Japanese cousin who also gains in trunk capacity (472 liters which become 527 if you count the double bottom below the Qashqai 430 excluding double bottom).

Since we quote the trunk, at Renault we explained the benefits of the system of two rigid trays that are flush with the opening of the gate and the rear seats folded praising the modularity of the same when in fact, it is the same that takes the Qashqai. Similarly, the rear seats killed by marksmen in the trunk and shot forward passenger seat that facilitates the introduction of long loads, also inherited from his cousin. The big news in terms ingenious solutions is a retractable towing hook shown pulling a knob in the trunk and disappears the same way. With this optional hook, Kadjar can tow up to 1,800 kilos.

Aesthetically, the car is very graceful, or at least it seems to me. It is not as aggressive as the Qashqai but robust presence mixed with soft lines chaired by the emblem on the front that gives personality and brand consistency to new models of the same. Headlights, incidentally, can be optionally LED, like taillights, such as standard with this type of lighting and 3D effect.

Inside, the design is not as accomplished. The dashboard is functional, without more, with 7-inch screen of the new R-Link2 system located, in my opinion, too low. Instrumentation, all digital, I do not like much. It has the digital speedometer in the center with the tachometer around and temperature and fuel level on both sides. A small little screen on the top right of the main instrument provides us information that can be selected (following order browser, or computer data in the 4x4 versions, the torque split between the axles in real time).

The center console is a bit 3008 style, that is, deliberately large and high (excessively in my opinion) but not as much as in the Peugeot. On the left side, lined bar allows the passenger to grip available. The gaps for objects and there are enough USB connections. The seats, meanwhile, are comfortable and come with foams of different density, softer in the area of the sidewalk and the center of the back and on the sides firm to increase support.

The rear seats are spacious, with a good distance between rows and the usual disadvantage of this type of models, they have a less comfortable than the two outer central plaza. With 145 cm at elbow height, width is remarkable while the height of 91 cm, is only correct. The rear bench, by the way, nor is sliding or reclining. Perhaps these details will substitute for Koleos, as confirmed by the brand and to be located in the range between Kadjar and the new Espace what it means to be a Renault version of the Nissan X-Trail .

Three engines available

Mechanically, Renault has three variants, one petrol and two diesel, all at the moment, with manual except the less powerful diesel where you can choose between the manual six relationships (all carry box 6) or an automatic dual clutch EDC identical number of gears. The truth is that the latter option seems highly recommended because although costs 1,500 euros more, spends the same as the manual version, a good 3.8 liters approved. I can not pronunciarme still regard as the presentation I could not prove neither since cars were available with petrol and diesel engine 130 hp.

Continuing with this diesel engine small, is the 1.5 dCi brand in its variant of 110 hp. This engine has a torque of 260 Nm and is only offered in combination with front-wheel drive. With almost certainly will be the best-selling version the range of this model which, incidentally, will be manufactured in Spain, in the factory of Palencia where he has undertaken a modernization of the assembly line and have hired 890 new employees.

The one who could taste is the petrol engine of 1.2 liters and 130 hp turbocharged with a turbo low blow. With a couple of 205 Nm at 5,500 rpm, it would be a good alternative to small diesel if not spent nearly two liters (5.6 liters approved that will surely be more difficult to achieve than 3.8 diesel). The gasoline not bad (it is certainly better than the 1.2 115 hp Qashqai ) is quiet, but struggles to recover and should pull very long higher gears (the sixth has a theoretical peak above 280 km / h. that obviously not enough because the engine can not handle this development). Ideal for those who do want to save a few kilometers and 2,000 euros of difference with the 1.5 dCi.

I also tried the 1.6 dCi in his 4x4 version. The truth is that Renault cooked us a great presentation to see the virtues of this car. We went to the Bardenas, in Aragon and Navarra, where we combine asphalt with a dirt track 40 kilometers, in good condition, which allowed us to see how the all-wheel drive Renault called All Mode 4x4-i works, ie , Nissan as well as essentially the same bearing the Qashqai and X-Trail in their 4x4 versions.

The system has three modes of use, 2WD, which sends all torque to the front wheels for driving on asphalt, Auto, which distributes torque between the two axles prioritizing the front, perfect for slippery surfaces and tennis, and Lock, used in case we get into trouble and deals 50% torque to both axles until you indicate otherwise or overcome the 40 km / h., when returning to Auto mode automatically.

Besides transmission, 4x4 also differs in its rear axle a multi-link system instead of the torsion bar of the two driving wheels. In addition, Renault has adapted the hardness of the elastic elements of 4x4 depending on their possible use in the field. It should be added about the Kadjar boasts good ground clearance of 20 cm and angles of 18º the attack (mediocre) and 28 the output (better but it is pointless to attack so modest).

On track the car I liked. As the floor was very good, although with gravel and loose rock, forced the car to see how it worked the AWD system in auto mode and the truth is that working piecework continuously distributing the torque and seeking always anticipate, with self deal, the best compromise for the correction electronics (mainly ESP) should act as little as possible. In addition, the car is very comfortable whenever no large potholes and even there not clash with good absorption capacity. In just something missing track over steering precision (more accurately, information).

The multi-link rear axle is also noted in asphalt. Although the car is heavier (1.6 dCi 4x4 weighs 100 kilos more than the 4x2 and 250 more than the 1.2 TCe that also tried), is much more rigorous, with impeccable rear axle. In addition, our unit had 17-inch wheels with tires less asphalt than gasoline, riding a huge absurd -and a car ASI- 19-inch wheels. While the gasoline in behavior, would put a peeled well, 4x4 omletts track high and very high in asphalt.

In the section on equipment and in addition to the aforementioned LED headlights, Kadjar has the most new gadgets of driving aids, including control of the blind, the notice of lane departure, the assistant automatic parking meter space (although no parking function battery) automatic emergency braking or recognizing traffic signs warning of exceeding the speed limit.

With regard to R-Link2, the new entertainment system has an improved and more intuitive menus, integrates a browser with cheapie appearance (and some failures location as often considers you've spent a crossroads when yet You've come to it) and mobile connectivity standard. It also allows to create profiles for different users (up to six). Renault continues to work with Bose for more sophisticated audio equipment and between them have adapted the sound system to the acoustics of the cabin.

105 Alfa Romeo Giulia: The QV version will have a V6 turbo

Five years of work seems to finally going to pay off. After remaining in a state of lethargy, with only two models on sale (Giulietta and MiTo), Alfa Romeo seems to return with renewed impetus. Coinciding with the 105th anniversary of the brand and under the brand renovated museum in Arese, the Milanese firm today announced the world its new Giulia, half saloon l premium growth should lead Alfa Romeo in the coming years to reach 400,000 units Sergio Marchionne, Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Group, it has set a sales target for the brand (in 2014, Alfa sold just 70,000 cars).

Alfa has not run this time in half measures and presented the top model of the new Giulia, a car that should start to worry version models like the BMW M3 , the Mercedes C63 AMG or the new Jaguar XE-S . The Quadrifoglio Verde version under its hood Giulia announces carbon fiber, an unprecedented developed by Ferrari V6 biturbo with 510 hp.

To manage this impressive driving force, the brand uses a completely new chassis, drive to the rear axle and stuffed full of light materials. The car also hood, the roof having the shaft and the structure of the front seats of carbon fiber, the doors, the engine and suspension elements aluminum and reinforced plastic. The mark also boast the best torsional stiffness of the segment and, in the case of the QV version, weighing 1,525 kilos which gives the model a weight-power 3 kg / hp.

With this engine, which features cylinder shutdown technology, the QV Giulia is able to accelerate from 0-100 km / h. in 3.9 seconds and overcome, if you decide to electronic limitations do not prevent the brand, the 300 km / h. And all this with consumption responsible for own brand has been defined as "amazingly low" without giving further clues.

Alfa Romeo has not revealed the size of the car although they have suggested that the wheelbase the largest in the segment. If by "segment" premium sedans that of that point as its main rivals (BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C Class and Jaguar XE, for example) we will be talking about a battle over 2.85 meters. Yes brand announced that the weight distribution is "perfect", with 50% on each axle and that the scheme is double wishbone suspension at the front axle, with the disengaged direction, and a driving rear axle multilink suspension and an electronic differential, at least in this top version.

100% Italian design

The aesthetics of the car is spectacular, with a mix of features that define the Italian design in recent decades. The front lower spoiler hides an active and notable for the spectacular inlets, master with the "Biscione" brand presiding nose. As usual in models of the brand, enrollment will be lopsided. The headlights have an irregular shape and both the hood and behind the front wheel arches are no air vents.

The car rests on black 20-inch wheels, with a design very Alpha and stands out for its short overhangs. The rear is compact, with a large lower exhaust, dual exhaust with two tubes on each side and a pilot that seem taken from any model of Maserati. A car, in short, with an impressive presence, which reflects somehow still line its predecessors, the 156 and 159 praised aesthetically.

In the interior, the brand adopts the new trend of reducing mount pushbuttons and dial-type controls for most functions. In the console Giulia there are two, one for the DNA system (different driving modes to which this QV version adds a Race mode circuit) and one to manage the different elements of communication, entertainment and climate also accessible via a large screen Touch on the center console.

The Giulia will start selling next spring and will do so with a series of new two-liter engines that the FCA Group is developing. They will all blocks of two liters, both gasoline and diesel engines, all turbocharged. The power range is defined but walk between 150 and 300 hp. This version QV close range but above all rear-drive versions will be saved some traction to all four wheels to certain markets. In the future should also be a break version of this new model to compete with rival family variants mentioned.

The Giulia is the first model of a new Alfa Romeo, a brand must be multiplied by six sales in the next three years with the launch of eight new models, mostly in co-development with other brands of FCA Group on both sides Atlantic. For now, the wait, long wait, this new Giulia was worth it.

Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1 is a plug-in hybrid two-seater prototype presented at the Qatar Motor Show 2011 which equipped with electric motor and combustion engine offers fuel consumption of just 0.9 l/100 km. In this way, it becomes more fuel-efficient hybrid in the world, approaching a more mass production at a similar time.

A successful experience that will soon be a reality

The XL1 Volkswagen is the third prototype that develops brand strategy under the car of 1 liter per 100 km average consumption that began years ago, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Group, Ferdinand Piech.

New housing built with high-tech materials

XL1 Volkswagen chassis is manufactured using advanced technology and modern materials. It measures 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and 1,156 mm high, with the first two dimensions similar to the Volkswagen Polo and the height close to that of the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. The wheelbase is 2,224 mm.

Suspensions schemes have a double axle wishbone front and rear axle swing arms bent back, but very compact designed to provide a comfortable on-road dynamism. Moreover, both trains have been fitted roll bars, which are complemented by two electronic aids: ESP electronic stability control and ABS anti-lock system. The tires are low friction, new generation, developed by Michelin, measuring 115/80R15 front and 145/55R16 rear.

Lightweight construction and safer with CFRP
The new XL1 is not only a vehicle especially light, but also very safe thanks to its new body, monocoque type similar to that of Formula 1 cars, built in reinforced plastic CFRP carbon fiber. The difference with the cars of high competition is that the occupant cell XL1 is closed for security reasons so depending on the type of collision, and B-pillars, roof rails and footrests can act load as pillars of absorbing the impact energy. Additional cross rails and located in the front and back of XL1 further optimize passive safety.

The body of the XL1, including the monocoque with front seats, slightly displaced and attached external parts have been manufactured, too, reinforced plastics, CFRP carbon fiber.

XL1 Volkswagen parts are made of carbon fiber sheets, arranged along the lines of force flow and molded by an epoxy resin system applied by the method ARTM (Advanced Resin Transfer Moulding / resin transfer molding advanced .) This mixture of materials is a composite material extremely strong and light, giving a total weight of just 795 kilograms, broken, 227 kg corresponding to the complete propulsion unit, 153 kg of the chassis, electronics 105 kilograms and 80 kilograms of equipment .

Adding these amounts, there are still 230 kg under the weight of the monocoque body, including doors and the windshield made of extremely fine crystal. Other materials used in the Volkswagen XL1, in addition to CFRP and aluminum, the ceramic disc brakes, magnesium wheels and plastic wheel structure.

Furthermore, the concept of body design is extremely innovative. Compared to the Volkswagen Golf, it has a drag coefficient of 0.693 m2 resulting from the multiplication of Cw (0.312) x A (frontal area 2.22 m2).

Given that this is a compact, the result is excellent, so we can say that the Volkswagen Golf is a car significantly streamlined. At the same time, the Volkswagen XL1 reduces this value by offering a drag coefficient of 0.277 m2, resulting from the multiplication of Cw (0.186) x A (frontal area 1.50 m2), so that the XL1 is 2.5 times more streamlined the Volkswagen Golf.

A new era in the approach to design DNA
The body design of the Volkswagen XL1 is based on drawing lines of the model presented in 2009, adapting without concessions to the laws of aerodynamics. The front of the prototype is wider than the rest of the car which narrows as we move towards the rear.

The front is characterized by the typical horizontal lines of the new Volkswagen design DNA and a continuous transverse black band, located at the usual place on the grid, which integrates efficient LED headlights. Under these, the lights are intermittent in the form of two narrow vertical LED strips that fit perfectly to the shape of the wheel arches. In the bottom of the front section, a power-operated blades are activated when necessary to cool the diesel twin engine, battery and air supply to the indoor climate system.

The silhouette of the roof is based on a path of lines that form a large arc from the front pillar to the rear. While the front wheels are exposed, the rear has been fully faired to reduce turbulence. Both front and rear wheels, some spoilers have been implemented to optimize the deflection of air. In addition, as a prototype for excellent efficiency, has no side mirrors, items that have been replaced by small cameras in the swinging doors that carry the catch to two screens in the interior.

They draw attention to the double doors, similar to sports models, which have been attached to two points on the body, below the front pillars and roof rack, just above the windshield, using aluminum joints. When activating the opening mechanism, the doors not only can be folded up, but can slide slightly forward, so there is a generous and ample access and lowering the car.

At the rear, the design reinterprets the brand parameters: precision and quality, but lacks rear window under which integrates a large tailgate which in turn holds the propulsion unit and the large trunk of 100 liters. A band of LED, red, runs along the upper and back sides of the framing, integrating the functions of lights, reverse lights, fog lights and brake lights. In the lower section of the rear bumper, black diffuser extends almost continuously, completely covered to low.

Interior for two occupants
Unlike the two previous prototypes presented in 2002 and 2009, as an interior two-seater was also available but in tandem aerodynamic issues in XL1 Volkswagen has changed these settings offering two parallel seats, identical to the model as Volkswagen Polo or Golf.

The most modern technology and advanced efficiency of the moment
The prototype of the Volkswagen XL1 is an example of clean and efficient technologies saving without being at odds with the driving pleasure. Rear wheel drive, the German manufacturer has opted for a hybrid system with diesel engine and a Plug-in battery charge.

For the thermal combustion engine, Volkswagen has developed a new two-cylinder engine with 800 cubic centimeters, derived from the 1.6 TDI CR block, containing the same technology as this, with the power system common rail direct injection and the same dimensions ( bore and stroke) of the cylinders and also with the same special piston cavities, multiple injection and individual orientation of each jet injection, delivering a maximum output of 48 hp.

Additionally, the shaft driven off the crankshaft rotates at the same speed, optimizing the engine running smoothly. The aluminum box of the new twin engine crankshaft TDI has been specially designed so that friction losses are as low as possible and also has a system of exhaust gas recirculation EGR, oxidation catalytic converter and particulate filter diesel, elements that allow compliance with Euro 6 emissions standard.

The cooling system provides a highly efficient design means the engine management only activates the electric water pump to cool the diesel engine when the engine operating conditions so require. The second electric water pump, which is only activated if necessary, is responsible for cooling the starter generator and power electronics using individual water cycle at low temperatures.

If maximum power is required, the electric motor develops a torque of 100 Nm from idle, can act as a booster to strengthen the TDI engine which in turn offers a couple of 120 Nm. When the electric motor and the TDI function simultaneously in booster mode, develops a maximum torque of 140 Nm.

The performance of the prototype Volkswagen XL 1 surprise themselves, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 11.9 seconds and reaching a top speed governed to 160 km / h. The power consumption is only 0.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 24 g / km, giving a maximum range of 550 miles on a tank of 10 liters of fuel and set mode.

Mode plug-in hybrid plug-in
XL1 equipped prototype plug-in hybrid system (plug-in) based on a direct injection turbo diesel common rail TDI and automatic dual-clutch seven-speed DSG.

The full hybrid drive is located at the rear of the car, while the hybrid module has been integrated within the transmission housing between the TDI engine and the 7-speed DSG gearbox.

The hybrid drive consists of an electric motor delivers maximum power of 27 hp and clutch. The electric motor is powered by a lithium ion battery, controlled by power electronics, with a voltage range of 220 volts, which manages the flow of high voltage energy to and from the battery or the electric motor respectively. XL1 electrical system receives the necessary 12-volt power through a DC / DC converter.

Operation of the TDI diesel engine and electric motor
The electric motor serves to support the TDI during acceleration, so Booster. But it is also capable of propelling, by itself, the prototype Volkswagen XL1 at distances up to 35 kilometers. In this case, the TDI diesel engine is disengaged and disconnected from the clutch drive train sandwiched opening. Meanwhile, the clutch located near the gear box is closed, which means that the DSG is fully integrated.

By pressing a button on the dashboard, you can connect the electric mode, so CO2 emissions are zero. When the battery is discharged or demand an extra dose of power, then activated the diesel combustion engine increasing the power of electric motor rotor and quickly closing the clutch located near the engine, accelerating to reach the required speed and then starts . This process is done quickly and quietly.

As soon as the prototype braking, the electric motor acts as a powerful generator that uses the energy from braking to recharge the battery. Under certain operating conditions, a displacement of electric charge point favoring the TDI hybrid system's energy balance and consequently the consumption of turbo which now runs more efficiently.

The gear selection in the DSG is always to reduce to a minimum, fuel and power, managed primarily by the power electronics required according to demand. In order to select at each moment the type of propulsion in each situation is necessary to evaluate parameters such as throttle position E-Gas engine load, energy reserves and the mixture of the kinetic and electric.

Abarth Punto EVO esseesse

Punto Abarth EVO esseesse presented in Paris Motor Show 2010. Is the most extreme sports and sensations of the Fiat Punto EVO .. It is specially developed by Abarth.

Record sales
The new EVO esseesse Punto Abarth is a model designed for road and enjoy the racing world. Since the launch of EVO Punto Abarth has almost 1,300 units sold, numbers that support the great success of the model.

Substantial improvements in the chassis
The chassis of the new Punto Abarth esseesse EVO has seen improvements to provide a more dynamic behavior. Regarding the suspension system, front mounted McPherson scheme augmented with stabilizer bar while back, the suspension becomes a scheme of semi-independent wheels with torsion axle.

In both axles have replaced the front and rear shocks Punto Abarth EVO for a new, specially developed by Koni, valve springs and specific FDS also lowered.

These new cushions ensure maximum safety and better vehicle stability, adapting to each style of driving. The compression of the shock absorbers and suspension facilitates the sliding of the vehicle on the road, and that contributes to superior performance in all road conditions.

Also, we have modified the braking system, incorporating drilled and ventilated discs 305 mm in diameter and 28 mm thick at the front and drilled discs, 264 mm in diameter and 11 mm in thickness, in the hindquarters. In addition, the front brake pads are high performance. The brake calipers are Brembo.

The mechanical brake system is enhanced with electronic aids, including ABS anti-lock brakes, ESP stability control system and control of torque transfer TTC (Torque Transfer Control). This device improves the transfer of torque to the wheels and ensures optimum performance of the vehicle in a curve, offering greater safety and driving fun sport.

More in detail, is a differential lock system that uses the mechanical differential as a reagent, distributing the torque through the braking system using all sensors ESP stability control (wheel speed, steering angle, yaw, etc.). , Sport mode automatically activated and, depending on dynamic characteristics such as speed, automatically adjusts the percentage of blockage.

More aggressive bodywork
Based on the body design of the EVO Punto Abarth, the new version esseesse comes with a new paint color, Gray Campovolo (its name refers to the airport which is located opposite the historic seat of Abarth in Turin). This new shade of the bodywork is combined with traditional Abarth color band and some aluminum alloy wheels, Abarth esseesse design in titanium color (can also be ordered in white) of 18 inches in diameter and mounted 215/40 ZR18 tires.

In the back, the muffler has dual exhaust terminal and the initials "esseesse" are present in the engine cover and tailgate.

Interior with a special flavor and better equipped
Inside, the seats are upholstered in black leather, with a distinctly sporty Abarth Corse design by Sabelt.

In their equipment, featuring the new satellite navigation system Abarth Blue & Me MAP with Telemetry function, developed with Magneti Marelli. This new and sophisticated navigation system and a screen that shows the main parameters acquired in the car (engine speed, vehicle speed, gear engaged) that is transferred from the Blue & Me system PND (Portable Navigation Device), a through the Bluetooth interface.

This new browser uses the most advanced data transmission technology, thanks to a powerful CAN network to improve navigation. Thus, voice messages are reproduced through the speakers in the instrument panel display and navigation pictograms of the introduction of the target can be made with the steering wheel buttons or by voice commands.

It has two functions
The new Abarth Blue & Me MAP with Telemetry function has three functions: Configuration, Analysis and TRACK. The first allows you to store the telemetry data on a route and associate them with a personalized session (identified by the name of the driver, the circuit and date). Recorded information can be easily retrieved and analyzed, even after the event, thanks to the role of analysis.

TRACK function can be accessed if the pilot is one of the circuits present in the SD memory device, presenting additional information as the position of the car on the track, courtesy of the GPS positioning system, and travel times.

Mechanical circuit thrills
The new Punto Abarth EVO esseesse riding a mechanical art within the Italian brand, developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and tuned specifically for this model, the Abarth engineers.

This is the four-cylinder in-line, 1.4 Turbo Multi (this technology manages, electro-hydraulically, the intake valves) and features a supercharging system with fixed geometry turbocharger Garrett GT1446, with which it reaches maximum power of 180 horses at 5,750 rpm. Thanks to the improvements and the adoption of a specific air filter BMC, reaches a maximum torque of 270 Newton meters available from just 3,000 rpm.

Mated to a six-speed shift lever sporty driving, the benefits are truly impressive, with a maximum speed of 216 km / h and acceleration from zero to 100 km / h in 7.5 seconds. The average consumption in combined cycle is 6.9 miles per gallon, with CO2 emissions of 142 grams per kilometer.

Features Start & Stop system and digital display for gear change GSI (Gear Shift Indicator).

BMW 1M Coupe

BMW M1 Coupe is the most powerful version of the BMW 1 Series range. Will debut world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show 2011.

limited series production
Although initially only 2,700 units would be manufactured, the same figure to be manufactured from RS3 Sportback Audi, BMW has confirmed that occur in series as the other models in the range of products, with a maximum of one year.

The rival of the new Sportback Audi RS3, TT RS, Ford Focus and Porsche Cayman RS500 R, will begin production in March 2011 and will be in production until the first quarter of 2011. In the penultimate quarter, will Cabrio body variant.

A worthy heir to the E46
Developed by M Power, the new BMW 1 frame M Coupé part of the mechanistic basis of the current 1 Series Coupé but conveniently tuned to transmit the driver the feel of a genuine high performance sports. To do this, take some elements of the suspension, steering and braking system of the older brother, the BMW M3 Coupé.

Creating smaller BMW's sports division has a weight of only 1,570 kilograms in running order. It measures 4,380 mm long, 1,803 mm wide, 1,420 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,660 mm. Compared with the BMW 135i Coupé, 1M is 55 millimeters wide, thanks to the greater width of trains and tires.

M Power Specialists have implemented a system of front suspension double wishbones. They are made of aluminum and feature a tubular stabilizer bar that optimizes both the stiffness and weight. Thus, minimizing the deviations of the high lateral G loads and achieves a more effective front against the acceleration decelaraciones. The rear axle has been used a five-spoke aluminum tubular stabilizer bar. The latter is supported by two additional longitudinal bars to optimize the grip and the true path of the wheels.

Contact with the asphalt is carried out with different size tires on each axle, 245/35R19 front and 265/35R19 rear. Are mounted on aluminum alloy wheels of 19 inches in diameter with a spoke design in the form of Y.

With variable M differential lock
As the BMW M3 Coupé, the new 1M Coupé also features a limited slip rear differential with locking function of the differential variable. This feature allows, according to needs and circumstances, it can completely block the differential to maximize traction on any road, reacting immediately to any difference in rotational speed between the two wheels of the rear axle.

Like all models of BMW M, the new 1 M Coupé also features a powerful braking system with a high capacity to resist fatigue. Thus, the 1 M is the first high-performance compact discs have made in cast iron ventilated and perforated. They are so attached to floating aluminum hub by cast stainless steel pins with single piston calipers. The front discs measure 360 millimeters in diameter, while the rear has reduced to 350 mm. Both have a thickness of 30 mm.

Address precise, accurate and sensitive to the speed
In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the steering system is adopted rack and pinion with Servotronic power assisted. This address is known to offer excellent accuracy in the line and an excellent effect of care on the basis of speed.

The Servotronic steering allows, at low speeds, more comfortable to maneuver by applying an increased attendance and, therefore, less force at the wheel, while at higher speeds the assistance is reduced, providing a seamless drawn even more twisty sections . Thus, the driver has a very accurate perception of the angle of rotation of the wheels and better informed about the status of the road.

BMW 1 Series Coupe M systems have electronic driving aids, such as ABS anti-lock brakes, the system dynamic braking assistance DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), the hill start assistant and braking system CBC curves (Cornering Brake Control) and regulating the distribution of brake force curves.

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe has details that are a function not only stylistic but also aerodynamic, which improve traction in highly dynamic driving situations.

The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is available in three body colors, one solid and two Alpine White Black Sapphire Metallic Orange in Valencia, only this version, identical to the BMW M3 GTS.

Regardless of body color the customer chooses, the cockpit has been designed for entering a new extreme sports atmosphere, with a design, colors and materials chosen specifically.

Although the interior design is the same as the normal versions of the BMW 1 Series Coupé has a distinct presence, with the dashboard controls and roof lining in anthracite color. Instrumentation clocks have the classic and traditional design M, with gray areas - the speedometer is calibrated to 300 km / h and up to 8,000 RPM tachometer - white lighting and red needles.

The doors have a dark lining Alcantara trim and anodized aluminum slats with the version name engraved on the doorsteps.

The sports seats in front and rear seats are upholstered in leather Boston design (black). The seats, the bellows of the shifter and hand brake are stitched with orange seams. M sport steering wheel multi-function keys.

The interior layout is four seats and luggage compartment has a volume of 370 liters.

Mechanics: the best back to basics
As the second and third generation of the BMW M3, the new 1 M Coupé reassemble an engine of six cylinders in line, a mechanical configuration that helped it to enter a special world of sport has a similar performance to the BMW M3 E36.

In the new model M, the propellant used is a variant of the N54 TwinPower Turbo (internally known as N54B30T0). This engine has an architecture of six-cylinder and three liters. Has a maximum power of 340 hp at 5,900 rpm and maximum torque of 450 Nm, available between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. It also has a new overboost function allows you to increase torque by 50 Nm (available immediately after each gear change.)

The BMW 1 Series M Coupé reaches 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed limited electronically to 250 km / h. To reach 200 km / h require only 12.4 seconds.

Efficient solutions
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe is a high performance sports waiver not to offer the utmost respect for the environment. Proof of this is that it has the same efficiency system than other BMW models. Has a system of energy recovery and a transmission brake activation secondary groups only when necessary.

Gearbox six-speed manual
In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the transmission of power to the asphalt is carried out through the rear axle through a new manual gearbox with six gears. It is specially designed to withstand high torque (has specific planetary gears and has an intermediate support of the main tree). Despite being manual, the gear selector has the classic design M.

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 2011

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon Range 2011 is updated with the addition of a new diesel engine, greener, which replaces the 120 JTD 150 bhp, and with new items of equipment in four different packages, focusing on elegance, comfort and sportsmanship.

Interior and updated safety equipment
In the interior of the new Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon, whose last update was in 2009, have been renewed and slightly materials design dashboard, center console and door panels have been repositioned decorative aluminum inserts and have been modified trim levels that now have been reduced to three: Progression, Distinctive and Elegance. Also, new upholstery for the seats highlighting especially the leather and fabric upholstered seats and in black or beige Distinctive finish. In black color upholstery, dashboard and center tunnel equipped with chrome inlays, with treatment of three layers and dark brushed aluminum.

Safety features of the new Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon has been strengthened with electronic devices that now are standard on all mechanical versions, featuring Dynamic Stability Control VDC, ASR traction control, hill start assistant and Hill Holder seven airbags (two front, two side, two curtain airbags and driver knee).

Four new optional equipment packages
Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 2011 may see increased their equipment, with any of the four available packages and complete the equipment according to their preferences, with two for increasing the driving comfort and two that increase sportsmanship.

Specifically, the equipment Progression offers Comfort and Sport packages, and can be purchased together or separately. The Comfort Package available system media player and the new multimedia interface and communication Blue & Me, developed by Fiat and Microsoft to the hands-free phone with radio controls on steering wheel, cruise control, exterior mirrors, electrically folding, front fog lamps and front seats tilt.

The second package, called Comfort Plus, complete equipment with a navigation system that includes digital mapping of all European countries, dual tuner and digital radio (DAB) and the visibility pack, consisting of photochromic interior mirror and sensor rain.

The Sport package more focused on sportsmanship and enhancement of this quality both in the body as the carrier adds, Comfort package, aluminum alloy wheels of 17 inch diameter titanium-finished and side skirts. In the cockpit, the electroluminescent instrumentation becomes white, are aluminum pedals and both the steering wheel and the knob of the gearshift lever are leather.

The aggressive aesthetic is available with the IT package, which includes seats upholstered in a mixed combination of leather and Alcantara in black with red stitching, aluminum pedals with the TI logo, sports steering wheel with integrated controls, suspensions with firmer spring rates, aluminum alloy wheels 18 inches in diameter (19-inch premium) in turbine design and brake calipers painted in red and inlays of carbon fiber interior.

More efficient mechanical
The new Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon is available in combination with a mechanical petrol and three diesel, all, meet the Euro 5 emissions standard. The mechanical versions 1750 Turbo petrol 200 hp (also mounted on the new Giulietta) and 2.0 JTDM 170 CV do not differ, although the latter has an ECO version, thanks to the adoption of green tires designed to reduce resistance friction and a new relationship of change that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 2.0 JTDM 170 CV and ECO, with 139 grams per kilometer.

The diesel versions are now available to 1.9 JTD 150 bhp 120 and disappear in favor of a new 136-horsepower diesel engine, two-liter displacement and the most advanced technology common rail direct injection and variable geometry turbocharger, with the providing 350 Newton meters of torque maximum from a system extremely low, there are 1,750 revolutions per minute.

Associated with a manual gearbox with six speeds, offers a top speed of 200 km / h accelerating from zero to 100 km / h in just 10.1 seconds. The average consumption in combined cycle is 5.2 liters per hundred kilometers and CO2 emissions of 137 grams per kilometer.

Hyundai Génesis Coupé

Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a sports car that will be available in the UK market from next spring, with an attractive design, two petrol engines, large equipment and a very competitive price. This model does not relieve the current Hyundai Coupe but will be positioned at a higher step on this.

A high-end coupe
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a model developed by the Hyundai Design Center has in Irvine, California, especially for the American market that focus is aimed at customers seeking a premium high-performance coupe and the Audi A5, BMW 3 Series Coupe Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G Coupe, Lexus IS C, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé and Nissan 370Z.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a variant of bodywork derived from a sedan Hyundai Genesis Sedan segment representing E that directly competes with models like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti M, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E, Volkswagen Phaeton and Volvo S80.

Is built on a new rear-drive platform known internally as the BH, the cost rose to $ 540 million and represented a period of intense study and testing for four years, since 2003.

In the two-liter version, the curb weight of 1,560 kilograms is underway, while the V6, this figure rises to 1,610 kilograms, weight distribution of 55 percent front and 45 percent behind. The power passed to the asphalt through the rear axle with limited slip differential.

The front suspension features a McPherson system with two arms anchored to an auxiliary subframe and stabilizer 23 mm in diameter, while the hindquarters are riding a five-link independent layout with stabilizer bar and 18 mm thick. In both trains, shock absorbers and springs have stiffer spring rates compared with those of the sedan to offer a fun driving experience and purely sport.

The body of monocoque is constructed of steel of high resistance to twisting getting torsional rigidity by 24 per cent higher than that offered by the BMW M3 Coupé launched in 2007, having special reinforcements and crumple zones at front and in the rear. The bumpers have energy absorbing zones up to 5 km / h.

The address is assisted hydraulic rack and pinion gear ratio with a fast and responsive at speed. The braking system has front and rear ventilated discs and twin-piston floating calipers front and one behind in the version of two-liter four-piston front and two behind the most powerful version, signed by Brembo. As a reinforcement of the mechanical system as standard include antilock brakes, four-channel ABS, electronic delivery braking and electronic stability control ESC.

Elegant and sporty
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was advanced in concept form at the Motor Show Los Angeles 2007 and until its commercial launch, not changed their design while staying true to the lines and strokes his body.

The body of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is an example where you have to combine different features of other concepts of the brand, with suggestive curves in the figure and, more particularly on the undulating beltline and Z-shaped folds taken Hyundai concepts and HCD8 HCD9, with bulging wheel arches that hide aluminum alloy wheels of 18 inches as standard or optional 19-inch in diameter.

In the front, the bumper has large openings to allow for better engine breathing, while in the rear, the twin exhaust pipes integrated into the bumper, rectangular, provides greater elegance, along with the attractive design of the pilots .

Korean high quality
In line with the body inside the Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a sporty design with discretion. In settings with 2 +2 seats, the dashboard features an instrument panel that provides complete information, thanks to the two spheres analog speedometer and tachometer, highlighted with chrome bezels and positioned at the driver's eyes. Among them, a small multifunction display completes the instrumentation. The electroluminescence is blue, as in all Hyundai models.

The center console features a simple design, occupied by the sound system and navigation, very steep, and a small screen on top of it. The nozzles of the HVAC system is more elegant to have a thin chrome frame, a treatment that has also been applied to control the opening of the doors.

The front seats are designed to offer a high level of lateral restraint and, together with the back, are upholstered in fabric of black on the finished versions of basic black or brown leather. In the case of opting for the black leather, has contrast stitching in red. Optionally, heating can be improved. The multifunction steering wheel is finished with the highest quality leather.

Equipped with the most
Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers extensive equipment available, and in three levels: GS, GT and SE (the first is unique to the most basic mechanical version, the second is available only with the mechanics and the third most powerful can be combined with both mechanical versions.) From the most basic level GS has, among other things, electric front windows, electric mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, boot button and multifunction steering wheel with stereo controls.

The sound is Infinity, has CD player and additional USB connections, and mini-jack for external audio devices iPod, housed in the front center armrest. It also has Bluetooth and a function of access to music stored on the device from the steering wheel, allowing easily view song information such as author, title, music style or length.

The GT adds level of equipment, as above, wheel and gear knob leather-wrapped shift, Metalgrain design inlays, automatic climate control, fog lights, doorways Premium design, trip computer and light sensor.

The most exclusive finish is the top of the range. In the previous two, add aluminum pedals, aluminum alloy wheels of 19 inch diameter tires mounted on high-performance Bridgestone Potenza, rear spoiler and black leather with red stitching. This version of equipment has also projectors High-intensity Xenon HID offering greater light output with reduced power consumption. In addition, the cutting lines HID headlights are extremely precise, providing maximum visibility at night without dazzling other drivers.

Security leader in the segment
As befits Hyundai's new Genesis Coupe has the same standard safety equipment, active and passive, the other Korean brand models, including as standard electronic stability control and traction ESC, antilock ABS brakes, control of monitoring tire pressure, six airbags (two front, two side and two curtain airbags that protect the entire passenger compartment) and front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters, while the rear includes LATCH system to accommodate Isofix, guaranteed, child safety seats.

Available with two mechanical options
The new Hyundai Genesis Coupe comes available with two petrol engines, both designed to deliver high performance. The basic version is provided by the 2.0T, an engine architecture inline four-cylinder and two liters of displacement, home and mounted Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X, but has been improved with a new variable geometry turbocharger, intercooler and CVVT continuously variable timing of intake and exhaust valves, developing 214 bhp maximum power at 6,000 rpm, with maximum torque of 294 Nm, available from 2,500 rpm, figures that allow a maximum speed of 220 km / h.

The most powerful features a six-block V-cylinder and 3.8 liter displacement that develops 313 horsepower at 6,000 maximum RPM and maximum torque of 357 Nm at 4,700 rpm.

In this engine brings together two technologies: CVVT continuously variable timing on the intake valves and a new Variable Intake System (VIS) that helps cylinders breathe efficiently at low revs and high, allowing to reach 100 km / h , from a standing start in just six seconds and reach a top speed of 240 km / h. Moreover, to reduce maintenance costs, has the distribution chain.

Related to three transmissions
Series, both engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission. However, the option 2.0T offers optionally a five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, while the 3.8-liter V6 offers a ZF automatic transmission with six speeds, also SHIFTRONIC to handle the additional torque.

Drivers can access the SHIFTRONIC feature by moving the selector gearbox into a separate. In the sequential mode, the selector lever is moved forward or backward to increase or decrease speed to display on the LCD screen on the instrument panel engaged relationship.