Sunday, August 30, 2009

BMW 1-Series update: Two-door coupe in 2008!

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  • We already mentioned that BMW fully intends to bring its 1-Series sedan stateside, but more details have emerged from BMW North America CEO Tom Purves via a recent Automotive News report.

Purves confirms what we reported in the May issue of Motor Trend, that the U.S. will get a two-door coupe version (pictured) of the 1-Series first for 2008 - not the three-door hatchback variant (pictured below) that was expected by most - with a convertible version expected to follow. The German automaker currently offers the 1-Series in the European market in a variety of configurations including a five-door sedan. BMW's 265 horsepower 3.0-liter straight six will likley be the hot engine option, with 170 and 140 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder mills to round out the range.

2007 BMW 1-Series three-door

The falling value of the euro to the dollar, while heavily impacting profit margins on European imports, is manageable according to Purves. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen where pricing will fall on the 1-Series, generally considered to be BMW's budget model. Seems to us that BMW may choose to take a small hit on per-car profits to keep the price of the 1-Series competitive. Projections are that BMW will have a winner in the small coupe and profit may be able to be gained back with high-volume sales.

We tend to agree. After all, who doesn't love a sporty, value-priced, two-door, rear-drive coupe?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb is an automobile marvel. Skoda Auto India Pvt. Ltd. announced the launch of this luxury sedan in June 2004. Over the passing years, the car has bewitched its buyers with its attractive styling, exquisite interiors and superior performance. A huge cabin space is offered by the car, which gives its occupants a luxurious sense that is never felt before. Skoda Superb fits the budget of upper-middle class buyers perfectly. The automobile is available in both petrol and diesel variants.

At the heart of the petrol model of Skoda Superb lies a powerful 2.8L 30-valve V6 gasoline engine, which pumps out a mind blowing 193 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 280 Nm @ 3200 rpm. The diesel variants of the automobile are powered by 2.5 L V6 engine that churns out a power of 163 bhp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm @ 3000 rpm.

Design And Comfort
Powerful Bi-Xenon headlights, with integrated fog lamps, adorn the frontage of Skoda Superb. The stylish design of the luxurious car is accentuated by chrome detailing in the interiors as well as exteriors. Adding to the sophistication is the outside rear view mirror, with built-in turn signal lamps. Electrically operated sunroof can be slide-opened at the touch of a button. The headlamps of Superb are equipped with inbuilt power washers, for daylight visibility. The cushioned seats provide a comfortable ride for five people.

The plush interiors of Skoda Superb truly mesmerize its occupants. The cabin is full of small storage spaces that are tucked away within easy reach. A unique climate controlled travel box is fitted into the flip-out rear seat armrest. There is a wet case for storing umbrella as well. Climatronic air conditioning system is integrated on the dash, with vents located on the front and rear portion of the cabin. The central console and gear knob look elegant with wooden finish. The instrument cluster of Skoda Superb consists of CD player, with MP3 playback.

Ride And Handling
The multi function steering wheel of Skoda Superb is height and reach adjustable, providing you great driving comfort. Adding to the driving pleasure is the four-way electrically adjustable driver's seat. Effortless driving is also facilitated by cruise control of the car.
Skoda Superb Skoda Superb India Skoda Superb Interior

Skoda Superb is laden with safety features that facilitate safe driving and help the driver to acquire control over the vehicle at critical situations. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Acceleration Skid Restrain System (ASR), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA) are the key safety features of Skoda Superb. The car is equipped with six airbags in order to shield the driver and co-passengers in the event of collisions.

Variants, Price And Color
Skoda Superb is available in three variants - Comfort 2.5 V6 TDi AT, Elegance 2.5 V6 TDi AT and Elegance 2.8 V6 MPI AT. The luxury sedan is priced at Rs 23.45 lakh (approx). It comes in three colors - Candy White, Black Magic and Diamond Silver.

Friday, August 14, 2009

2010 Chevy Camaro Pontiac Firebird Conversion

The finish product of the Pontiac brand killed off the dreams that General Motors might create a Firebird model out of the new 2010 Chevy Camaro, but fans of the car find some comfort in the Trans Am conversions that are being readied by the crew over at "Trans Am Depot". The company said that it will unveil a one-off Kevin Morgan "Trans Am" Concept at the 2009 Trans Am Nationals at the end of the month with the production version kits set to be available for order later this year...