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Mercedes-AMG GT Concept Car Shown at the Geneva Motor Show

The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept car was finally unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. From the information, photos and video released by Daimler about the high-performance saloon, there is a lot to be excited about when the production version of the vehicle hits the market.

Check out the features of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept based on the Global Media Site of Daimler AG:

Exterior

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Concept is the four-door variant of the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. Significant improvements can be seen in the styling of the concept vehicle compared to its two-door counterpart.

The AMG GT Concept copies many exterior elements found in the AMG GT. However, due to the four-door design of the concept car, it appears more muscular and spacious than its AMG GT sibling. The body lines on the sides are also removed to give way to a smoother body that allows the artistic reflection of light from the vehicle’s surroundings. Then the front grille of the auto adopts the Panamericana design found in the facelifted AMG GT.

Engine

AMG Future Performance: Sportwagen-Marke präsentiert Hybrid-Showcar: Mercedes-AMG GT Concept – Driving Performance der Zukunft

The AMG GT Concept makes use of the new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of Mercedes. The combustion unit is paired with an electric motor to give it a performance boost. According to Daimler, the concept vehicle was able to produce up to 600 kW in its latest testing. The automaker aims to make the zero to 100 km/h acceleration of the car to be achieved in under three seconds.

The four-door AMG GT can be driven using solely its combustion engine. The driver can opt to use its electric motor alone too. To utilize the maximum performance of the car, its operating mode can be set to use both power units to fully take advantage of its hybrid drivetrain.

Photo Gallery

Here are the official photos of the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept:

Peugeot 3008 Wins Car of the Year 2017 at Geneva Motor Show

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The Peugeot 3008 emerged as the winner of the “Car of the Year 2017” title at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The prestigious award was received by Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato who took over the company in September 2016.

According to the official website of Geneva International Motor Show, the final voting for the award took place last Monday, March 6, 2017. The jury was composed of 58 journalists hailing from 22 European countries. The final list for the title included the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroën C3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 3008, Toyota C-HR, Volvo S90/V90.

The scoring of the judges were determined based on the criteria of design, innovation, security and value for money of the vehicles. The Peugeot 3008 gained a total of 309 points from the jury, which was the highest among the other entries. The Alfa Romeo Giulia was the first runner-up with 296 points followed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with 197 points.

President of the Jury Hakan Matson, who is also a part of Swedish economic magazine Dagens Industri, said they recognize the increasing share of SUVs and crossovers in the market. Therefore, they chose the Peugeot 3008 as the winner for this year’s award.

Based on a report by Car, Imparato stated, “We made it, the long way from hell to heaven. In 2012, we decided never more (to flirt with bankruptcy), we decided to put the money into the product. We are really proud, it’s a great moment for us,” as he received the award.

It should be noted that the Car of the Year award goes all the way back to 1964. It was created by STERN.

Peugeot is no stranger to the Car of the Year award. The brand first won the distinction in 1969 with the 504. Then, it went on to get the same recognition with the 405 and 307 in the past. The 3008 is the fourth product of the company to get the title.

Top 3 Features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

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The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is making its way at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The Targa is one of the most expensive cars of Porsche with a starting price of $138,200.

Is the car worth that much?

Check out the top 3 features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS based on the information provided by its maker:

1. Engine

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS offers more performance and efficiency. The car is equipped with Porsche’s new 3.0-liter straight-six rear engine with twin turbochargers. The unit can produce up to 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an all-wheel drive system and 7-speed manual transmission.

The power of the car allows it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Its top speed is electronically-limited at 308 km/h.

The improved fuel efficiency ratings of the auto show a 9.7 l/100 km combined fuel consumption and 220 g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

2. Exterior

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS measures 1,291 mm in height, 1,852 mm in width, 4,528 mm in length and 2,450 mm in wheelbase. The car displays an imposing front end, sporty air inlets, Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED DRLs, black 20-inch wheels, black roll bar and convertible top.

3. Interior

The cabin of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS combines a classy and sporty appeal thanks to its Alcantara surfaces. The driver can choose four driving modes to improve driving experience based on the preferred level of comfort or performance. Navigation is also improved due the car’s Porsche Communication Management (PCM) allowing multi-touch gestures and voice control.

Photos

Below are some official photos of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS:

Where Can You Find the Car in the Show?

Those who want to see the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS in the flesh can visit the booth of its maker at Stand 1050 during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

4 Engine Options Revealed for the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will be one of the vehicles gracing the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The sports car will be unveiled by Porsche together with the Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4E Hybrid and the Panamera Turbo.

The concept version of the Panamera Sport Turismo was introduced around five years ago. The unit was first shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Basically, the production version of the car will carry most of the styling elements seen in its concept model.

According to a report, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will offer four engine options. The power units that customers can choose from include a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, 2.9-liter engine paired with a 136 bhp electric motor, and last but not least is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.

Among the notable features of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo are the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Communications Management, electronic stabilisation control, Porsche InnoDrive, rear axle steering, AWD adaptive air suspension, adaptive air spoiler, Porsche Traction Management and many more.

The adaptive spoiler function of the car allows three settings to choose from depending on the driver settings and the speed of the auto. The feature is capable of generating a down-force of as much as 50 kg.

Moreover, it is the first time for the Panamera range to offer a three-seating capacity at the rear. There is also an option to get four seats with electric adjustment operation for the auto.

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show kicks off this Tuesday on March 7, 2017. The event runs until the 19th of the month. So watch out during those days for the Panamera Sport Turismo.

The first deliveries of the Panamera Sport Turismo to buyers will begin in October this year.

Photos

Here are some of the photos of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo showing its front and rear exterior plus a peek at its interior:

8 Things to Know About the Opel Crossland X

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Opel changed its mind about the venue for the debut of the Crossland X. The automaker has finally decided to introduce the vehicle live to the public for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It should be noted the company stated earlier that it will be keeping the unit away from the event to focus on its Insignia range.

Based on sources, here are the key features of the Crossland X:

1. Model Year

The vehicle will carry a 2018 model year when it comes out.

2. Classification

The Crossland X is classified as a crossover utility vehicle. It possesses the same platform found in Peugot’s 2008 compact SUV. Unlike the more rugged Mokka X, which is built for off-roading, the Crossland X is designed for urban driving.

3. Engine

Not much has been officially revealed yet about the engine of the Crossland X. However, according to a source, it will have two engine trims. One will be packing 1.2-liter petrol unit and the other is a 1.6-liter diesel unit.

4. Size

The Crossland X is 4,212 mm in length, 1,765 mm wide and 1,590 mm tall. Its measurements are more than the Mokka X.

5. Interior

The Crossland X is more spacious than the Mokka X making it a nice option for a family vehicle. Among the notable features found in the interior of the auto are sliding rear seats, climate control system, cruise control system, touchscreen infotainment system and compatibility with either the Apple CarPlay or the Android Auto.

6. Sale

The Crossland X is expected to appear in showrooms in summer this year. It will likely cost less than the £17,640 price tag of the Mokka X.

7. Competition

The crossover utility vehicle of Opel will rival the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008 when it comes out in the market.

8. Photos

Check out the official pictures of the Opel Crossland X in the gallery below:

7 Important Stuff About the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was just unveiled. Let us take a look at the features, photos and other important stuff about the new sport utility vehicle of the giant Japanese automaker here.

1. Model Year

The new SUV will be carrying a 2018 model year.

2. Design

The Eclipse Cross features a sportier and more stylish appearance compared to the other SUVs of Mitsubishi. The auto borrows many elements found in the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013.

The front grille and headlamp layout of the Eclipse Cross also remind us of the ones found on the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution. It should be noted that car was featured in the virtual world of the Gran Turismo 6 video game released in 2013 for the Playstation 3. It was said to be an extension of the XR-PHEV concept.

The interior of the SUV showcases black leather surfaces matched with silver accents highlighting its important elements plus red stitching on the seats. A central display can be found in the middle of the dashboard with tablet-like design. The automaker claimed too that the rear seats of the vehicle offer a 60:40 split.

3. Engine

Two options are available for the powertrains of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One is a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine and the other is a 2.2-liter turbo diesel unit. The engine is paired with a four-wheel drive system.

4. Position in Hierarchy

The Eclipse Cross will bridge the gap between Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport and the mid-size Outlander unit.

5. Debut

The debut of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled on March 7 at the Geneva Motor Show.

6. Sale

The SUV is expected to hit Mitsubishi showrooms in the early part of 2018. Its market release in the US will probably come at a later date.

7. Photos

Check out the photos of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in the gallery below:

3 Things To Watch Out For In The 2017 Kia Picanto

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It was supposed to be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, but months ahead of the scheduled launch, the South Korean automaker released the official photos of its 2017 Kia Picanto. The design of the all-new Picanto came from the ingenious minds of the teams in Namyang, South Korea and Frankfurt, Germany.

Such collaboration between the two teams made the 2017 Kia Picanto pleasing for the European market. Here are the top three features of the car based on our source:

1. Exterior

Much of the exterior and interior look better than its predecessor. We cannot be sure, however, if this will hold true for the lower-trim models. Kia just released photos of its top-of-the-line GT Line trim. Its sporty aesthetics conveys an assertive stance because of its well-sculpted features.

The dimensions are the same with the current model, though it’s getting a 15-millimeter longer wheelbase (0.59 inches). The assertive and dynamic styling was largely thanks to the positioning of the wheels in the corner.

2. Interior

The interior spacing has been updated, which is a mystery since the exterior dimensions stayed the same. But according to reports, the interior space of the 2017 Kia Picanto was a big surprise, and can rival the very best in the segment.

Aside from that, you’ll be surprised with what you see—from the dashboard to the in-car technology. The new dashboard has a tablet-style screen for the infotainment system, a digital display between the two instrument cluster dials, and the latest in-car technology that all passengers can enjoy. That means, the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto, of course.

3. Powertrain

Kia has yet to release details about the new Picanto’s powertrains. But what we surely can expect are these: 1.0-liter turbocharged, three-cylinder engines that produces 100 horsepower while the other one churns out a pretty impressive 120 horsepower.

Pricing for the 2017 Kia Picanto is not available yet, but more details shall come as the Geneva Motor Show comes closer to launch.

Ford Debuts Its Hotter Fiesta ST200 At The Geneva Auto Show

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We’ve long heard about the hotter version of the Ford Fiesta that the company is gearing to release during the Geneva Motor Show. Now, we see full videos and photos of the ST200—a model referring to the new power level of the Fiesta, thanks to Motor Authority.

Of course, we should be clear that the power reference of 200 is measured in metric horsepower. In the United States, the Ford Fiesta ST200 would have 197 hp on tap.

The car enjoys a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine like the Fiesta ST. And although the ST did develop a 197 hp, that was temporary and was hit because of an overboost function.

On the other hand, the ST200 has its own overboost function that has peak output of 212 hp for bursts of 15 seconds. Peak torque is normally at 214 pound-feet and as much as 236 lb-ft with overboost.

Potential buyers of the ST200 can get to choose a six-speed manual transmission, which is the standard for this car. But thanks to a new 4.06 final drive ratio—down from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST—drivers can enjoy better in-gear acceleration that will make driving more enjoyable.

In terms of speed, the Fiesta ST200 can go 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds, down from 6.9 seconds for the Fiesta ST. The top speed is at 143 mph.

When it comes to the exterior, the ST200 is not far from the Fiesta ST, so Ford decided to add an exclusive Storm Gray exterior finish for this line. There’s also the special 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Recaro seats, illuminated door sills, and “ST200” badges.

Production for the ST200 will begin in June for the European market. Ford hasn’t confirmed if the Fiesta ST200 will be in local showrooms, but with its price range, I bet Ford lovers would want to get their hands on this.

As much as the new Focus RS was loved and accepted, its starting price of $36,605 leaves much to be desired. That’s where Fiesta ST200 comes in, as well as the fact that the current Fiesta will soon be unavailable because prototypes for the next generation model have already been launched.

The launch of the Fiesta ST200 at the Geneva Motor Show is a good way for the current model to bow out.

2017 Bentley Mulsanne By Mulliner Runs Away From The Conventional

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Bentley is known for manufacturing probably most of the opulent and posh cars you see on the road today. The company uses only the finest materials both for its exterior and interior. But Bentley does fall on one category—it doesn’t offer a vehicle with seating for six, especially rear-facing seats.

Actually, not many automakers do these days, so when a customer approached Bentley’s customization department called Mulliner, the company jumped at the chance to create something special according to TopSpeed.

Bentley then brought this one-time deal to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s easy to see why. This customized Bentley Mulsanne is full three feet longer than a standard Mulsanne, and offers four seats on its rear cabin, two of which faces the rear of the car. A divider—a clear glass that changes from clear to opaque with a simple switch—separates the driver and the passenger seat from the rear.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s chairman and chief executive, said the Mulsanne Grand Limousine showcased the craftsmanship of its in-house customization department—so much so that it literally manufactured a Mulsanne limousine for a customer. Talk about service. Not many automakers would stretch a limb to do that.

Outside, the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine is a full meter longer and 79mm taller because of the bespoke roofline. The extra length and height that resides between the B-pillar and the rear wheels allow for a longer rear door to accommodate a wider exit and entrance doors. There’s also a center section that adds further length.

The car is painted Moroccan Blue with the hood, roof and trunk painted in Silver Frost. The 21-inch wheels’ spokes are also colored Moroccan Blue.

Inside, the four seats (the front- and rear-facing), are covered in leather-lined cabin with rear wood veneers, aluminum parts, chilled compartments for drinks, and connectivity for electronics.

Bentley has yet to release how much its customer paid for the customization, but the standard Mulsanne has a starting price of $300,000 so the Grand Limousine will probably around the price of $500,000.

Lamborghini Reveals £1.7m, 760bhp Centenario

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To celebrate its 100th year anniversary of founder Feruruccio’s birth date has its perks: Lamborghini as just revealed its most powerful machine to date—aptly titled the Lamborghini Centenario.

According to Top Gear, this is a limited edition supercar that is built entirely from carbon fiber. It packs a 760bhp V12 and enough aero cues that pay homage to the legendary Italian on whose name the company stands. The Centenario just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, and some reports were saying it even stole the show from the Bugatti.

The Cententario is based on the Aventador, although it is slightly longer than the 740bhp SV version. On the front bonnet, you can find large air scoops in reference to the sports cars of the 1970s.

Even the headlights got air ducts, as well as the side skirts and wheel arches, which will all supposedly provide air flow to the rear radiators. The roof is a beauty on its own. Using the most important element of aeronautical industry, this supercar has a hexagonal carbon fiber air duct on top.

But the roof is not the only place where carbon fiber was utilized. Lamborghini is making use of carbon fiber on the entire body and even the monocoque chassis to allow for the lightweight material to boost the car’s superfast capability.

The front splitter, side skirts, wheel arches and rear diffuser are all colored in matt carbon, too. During the Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Cententario was launched in gloss carbon (though you can pick a color you want if you’re going to get your hands on this). The Centenario weighs in at 1,520kg, making it 55 kilos lighter than the Aventador.

There’s also an extendable rear wing, extending out 150mm and 15 degrees during “high performance conditions.”

Lamborghini is only making 20 coupes and 20 roadsters, meaning only 40 people have the Centenario. These 40 units have already been sold even before the motor show started. The price is €1.75m plus tax, which is around £1.7million including VAT.

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