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Top 3 Features of the 2017 Mini Electric Concept

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Mini is looking at finally introducing its first electric car as it just unveiled the Mini Electric Concept ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The modern Mini arrived in 2001 and was redesigned in 2006 and 2013. Since then, it has become more of a fashion statement rather than an affordable car for any individual.

1. Exterior

When you first look at the Mini electric concept, it would look like a reworked Cooper to you. Seeing as the Cooper is the brand’s most iconic car, it’s easy to see why the same design and body style were used for the concept. If Mini wants to survive in this particular segment, it better make use of what made it famous in the first place.

There are new features, of course, such as the closed hexagonal grille and the striking yellow accent stripe and round “E” badge. The grille was designed to improve aerodynamics. The headlamps are the same but it now features new LED cluster. The same can be said on the sides and the rear of the concept—it’s looking more and more like a redesigned next-generation Cooper.

2. Interior

Mini did not reveal anything about what we’re going to find inside the concept car, so it looks like the concept is more aesthetics than comfort. If anything, we can assume that the concept will look like the standard Mini Cooper. This means big round center stack, a large speedo behind the steering wheel, and an overall clean dashboard design.

3. Drivetrain

The concept will be 100-percent electric. There’s an option under BMW’s current lineup. Called the i3, it uses a synchronous electric motor that can produce 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It can reach 62mph from a complete standpoint in just 7.3 seconds. Top speed is 93mph.

The concept’s battery can reach a range of 186 miles on the European NEDC cycle and up to 158 miles based on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

4 Key Details About the Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes its way in Japan. (Photo Source: The Sun)

The Ferrari 812 Superfast makes its way in Japan. (Photo Source: The Sun)

The Ferrari 812 Superfast was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show last March. The name “Ferrari” alone is enough to command respect and convince us that the car is bound to be amazing. The automaker also didn’t go around the bush in naming the replacement of the F12 Berlinetta, so it simply called its new creation the “Superfast”.

Recently, the Ferrari 812 Superfast  was once again showcased in Japan. The car definitely didn’t fail our expectations. Here we examine the five key details that define the Ferrari 812 Superfast:

1. Engine

The Ferrari 812 Superfast houses a mighty 6.5-liter V12 engine. The unit produces 789 hp and 530 lb-ft of torque. The numbers push the car from zero to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Then its max speed goes up to 211 mph.

Currently, the Superfast is considered by its maker as the fastest and most powerful Ferrari. Most of the major changes in the vehicle went to its engine as its maker wanted to set the benchmark for V12 performance in the car. The handling of the auto is improved by its EPS (Electric Power Steering), which a first in a Ferrari car.

2. Exterior

The Ferrari 812 Superfast carries many styling elements found in the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. However, the very noticeable cosmetic updates from the Superfast include the mesh in the front bumper and lighting system.

3. Interior

The cabin of the Superfast again follows the minimalistic design of its predecessor. For those who wish to boost the look and functions of the car can avail of the Ferrari Personalisation Programme. The add-ons include an upgraded telemetry system, high-end audio system with 12 speakers and 1,280 Watt amplifier with Quantum Logic.

4. Price

According to The Sun, Ferrari 812 Superfast has a starting price of £240,000. Interested buyers can already purchase the car.

6 Quick Facts About the Jaguar I-Pace

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The Jaguar I-Pace finally makes it to the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Although the electric vehicle is still in its concept form, the photos and information released about it were great so far.

Check out the 6 quick facts about the new Jaguar I-Pace here based on a source:

1. Debut

The I-Pace Concept first appeared at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It marks its arrival in Europe at the 87th Geneva Motor Show.

2. Power Unit

The electric sport utility vehicle is powered by two 200hp electric motors. The power units generate a total of 400 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The output lets the auto accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds.

The EV is equipped with liquid-cooled 90 kWh battery with cells from LG Chem. The battery pack allows the SUV to cover a range of more or less 220 miles from a full charge.

The I-Pace also features at least 50 kWh DC fast charging with CCS Combo that takes it to 80 percent charge in just 90 minutes and full charge at around two hours. Jaguar offers an optional 7 kW home charging point too for the convenience of its customers.

3. Exterior

The Jaguar concept EV retained its look when it was introduced in LA last year. The auto resembles the shape of the Tesla Model X but with the styling elements found in the Jaguar F-Pace.

The I-Pace is 184 inches long and 74.4 inches wide. This time, the I-Pace comes in photon red paint finish similar to the image shown above.

4. Interior

The I-Pace offers a lot of space in its cabin thanks to the low positioning of its battery on the front and rear axle. The vehicle has a five-seating capacity. Again, the interior mirrors many things found in the F-Pace.

5. Tech

The notable tech features within the I-Pace include a 12-inch touchscreen, 5.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment and climate control, Wi-Fi hotspot plus improved connectivity for onboard and smartphone apps.

6. Photos

Check out the official photos of the Jaguar I-Pace in the gallery below:

4 Easy Steps to Win a Ford Mondeo Hybrid in Geneva

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A Ford Mondeo Hybrid will be given away at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. In just four quick steps, one could become lucky enough to drive home the car.

According to the official website of the Geneva International Motor Show, SwissEnergy will once again be a presenting partner in the event. The group will feature its c02auplancher there.

co2auplancher is supported by movi-mento.ch. It is a campaign that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of using energy-efficient vehicles with at least an “A” rating. It also promotes vehicles with carbon dioxide emissions not going more than 95 g/km.

How to Win the Contest

Here are the 4 easy steps needed to win a Ford Mondeo Hybrid during the Geneva auto show:

Step 1: Download the App

The first step is to download the Salon Car Collector app with your smartphone. The app works with iOS and Android devices. It can be found on the App Store and Google Play.

Step 2: Attend the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Attend the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The show runs from March 9 to 19, 2017. At the venue, make sure that the Bluetooth of your smartphone has been activated.

Step 3: Look For Energy-Efficient Vehicles

Watch out for fuel-efficient vehicles with low CO2-emission ratings. It does not matter if the auto runs on petrol, fossil fuel or electricity as long as it falls on the abovementioned category. Get close to each car and scan it with your phone.

To help you quickly identify the fuel-efficient and low emission vehicles, you can use the information provided by the official website of co2auplancher.

Step 4: Collect Cars and Fill Your Passport

Using your smartphone, find as many cars as you can that fall into the category. The more you can identify, the more chances you have of winning the contest and taking home the coveted Ford Mondeo Hybrid.

5 Quick Facts About the Volkswagen Arteon

Another car that will be gracing the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March is the Volkswagen Arteon. More than a week before the big event, Volkswagen released the teaser images of the car through a sketch as well as closeup look at its front grille and taillights.

1. About the Car’s Name

The Volkswagen Arteon’s name is derived from the words “art” and “eon”. “Art” points out to the stylish lines and curves of the car. On the other hand, “eon” refers to its status as a premium model.

2. Arteon in the Volkswagen Hierarchy

According to a report, the Volkswagen Arteon is referred to by its maker as a fastback. The auto is the successor of the CC sedan and a notch above the Passat midsize sedan. The car is based on the Sport Coupe GTE Concept shown in the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

3. Design of the Arteon

As seen in the spy photos, the Volkswagen Arteon sports a futuristic design. The headlamps appear to be integrated in both ends of the car’s radiator grille. VW claimed that the Arteon will possess their latest generation of driver assistance systems while the front and back lighting system come in LED.

Despite the compact styling of the fastback, VW said that the vehicle offers a spacious interior. That is thanks to the MQB platform of the auto, which was adapted from the Passat. Expect the same level of interior elements and tech from the Passat to be carried over to the Arteon too.

4. Engine

The US market-bound Arteon might be equipped with a 2.0-liter TSI engine with an output of more than 270 bhp. It should be noted though that the test mules of the car that we have seen so far in a series of spy shots were using a watered down version of the engine with 190 bhp. All that power is distributed via a 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox.

5. Competition

The Arteon aims to rival the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe when it comes out of the market.

4 Amazing Stuff About the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

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The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

It’s all about the Geneva Motor Show right now as the event comes near in our calendars. Porsche will be featuring the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the station wagon-like Panamera Sport Tourismo in the event.

In this article, let us take a look at the amazing features of the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid:

1. Most Powerful of Its Kind

The best thing about the Turbo S E-Hybrid is that it is capable of producing up to 680 hp with 627 lb-ft of torque. The power is distributed to all the four wheels of the car through an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission gearbox. The vehicle benefits from the technology used in the 918 Spyder, particularly in the adaptation of the boost strategy.

The Turbo S E-Hybrid can accelerate zero to 100 km/h in a whopping 3.4 seconds. The maximum speed of the car is up to 310 km/h.

2. Combustion Engine Output

The first unit powering the Turbo S E-Hybrid is a combustion engine in the form of a 4.0-liter V8. The engine provides 550 hp for the car.

3. Electric Motor Output

The second power source of the Turbo S E-Hybrid comes from an electric motor. The unit offers an additional 136 hp for the vehicle. The 14.1 kWh battery pack of the auto allows it to cover a distance of around 50 kilometers before totally discharging.

4. Add-Ons

For buyers who want to personalize the Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche said that they could get the Executive version of the car with a longer wheelbase measuring 150 mm. The other options for the auto include the installation of air suspension, 21-inch wheels, ceramic brakes torque vectoring, Dynamic Chassis Control Sport and enhanced air conditioning system.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Photos

Check out the exterior and interior photos of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid in the gallery below:

Top 4 Features of the Aston Martin DB11 Q

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The Aston Martin DB11 Q will be showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. The car is the tailored version of the DB11 that was released in 2016. It should be noted that the DB11 is the successor of the DB9.

Check out the 4 key features of the car below according on a source:

1. Exterior

The Aston Martin DB11 Q comes in Zaffre Blue. The paint job features an exclusive finish which gives an illusion that it changes its colors based on the lighting present in its environment. The wheel is also finished in blue to match the car’s body color. Then the front splitter, sills at the side, rear diffuser, bonnet lines, mirror caps, badges, and hubcaps are all made from carbon fiber materials.

2. Interior

The interior surfaces of the DB11 Q is covered in Obsidian Black semi-aniline leather. The same Zaffre Blue theme is used to give more details to the linings of the seats, side panels and to the stitching found in the car’s dashboard. Of course, there are a couple of “Q” badges inside to highlight the special identity of the auto.

3. Engine

The DB11 Q is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. The unit can produce up to 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The numbers allow the auto to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Its top speed is electronically-limited at 200 mph.

4. Pricing

Aston Martin didn’t release specific information about the cost of the DB11 Q. That’s because the pricing of the car depends on the specifications set by the customer to it. But as a reference, the base model of the vehicle is around $211,995, so buyers should expect to pay more than that.

Aston Martin DB 11 Q Images

Check out the photos of the Aston Martin DB 11 Q in the gallery below:

3 Things You’ll Want To Take Note About The 2017 Speedback GT

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Are you really surprised that the 2017 Speedback GT will be introduced during the Geneva Motor Show? The Swiss event is usually where really elegant cars are being propositioned, so we’re bound to see something truly amazing once the automakers start the ball rolling.

Here’s a look at the 2017 Speedback GT, which will be highlighted in the event:

It Has A Ginormous Price Tag

The price of the 2017 Speedback GT is no laughing matter. Only the truly, truly rich can afford this one as it’s slated to come out with a $622,330 price tag. It’s little wonder that David Brown Automotive wants their hands on it. The retro-flavored 2017 Speedback GT starts its life as a Jaguar XKR. After much tinkering around and at least 8,000 man hours of service, the Speedback GT finally came into fruition.

At the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the coachbuilder will have two models on display. They will be wearing the latest updates and design enhancements. And why shouldn’t you be amazed? This started out as a regular XKR that was turned into ala-James Bond Aston Martin DB5 luxury car.

It’s Almost Unrecognizable

If we didn’t mention what this was, would you realize it was actually the Jaguar XKR? DBA used 142 panels on this car, which means that the only original left from the donor was the windshield frame. Even the painting process took more than eight weeks.

Instead of the XKR’s trunk lid, the Speedgate has a practical top-hinged tailgate, which lower section you can fold down to create a seat. In total, there are 237 changes on the 2014 prototype.

It Has The Same Engine

Though a lot has changed aesthetically, what’s under the hood remained the same—something that fans of the 2014 concept will surely appreciate. The 2017 Speedback GT still has the supercharged 5.-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm) of torque.

3 Things To Look Out For In The 2018 Toyota Yaris

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There are few vehicles in the history of automobiles that has a race car tag and Toyota’s logo on it. It just doesn’t happen that way. Instead, the Japanese automaker is known for efficiency, affordability, and reliability.

Recently, Toyota announced that a new Toyota Yaris is on the works, and that it will be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. That’s pretty exciting for those who cannot wait to get their hands on a new hatchback from the Japanese automaker.

Here’s what we know about the car so far based on a source:

1. Exterior And Interior

According to hints and sources from Toyota, the new Toyota Yaris will gain a new front and rear styling (possible a new bumper or fascia). There will also be a modernized interior with a host of upgraded technologies to improve the handling and driving capability. Comfort and handling are two things that Toyota never compromise on.

2. Power

The 2018 Toyota Yaris will be more powerful at its full capacity of 210 horsepower. That’s faster than most sedans in the market today. That’s also pretty impressive, considering that the Yaris is only a hatchback and could not haul anything at all.

The range-topping Yaris will loosely be based on the three-door version. The 201 horsepower is not bad at all. Right now, the most powerful Yaris can produce 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet, thanks to the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

3. Handling

Aside from the horsepower it can produce, there’s not much we know about the 2018 Toyota Yaris. The Japanese car maker has yet to release specifications of the new engine, or whether there will be a new upgrade.

What’s clear is that Toyota wants the new Yaris to have a sportier appearance and performance. To do that, Toyota must add a bespoke, quick-shifting transmission. We also expect the Yaris to come out with a more muscular chassis that can deliver a sportier driving experience.

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2017 Aston Martin DB11 Launched at Geneva Motor Show

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Aston Martin may have already decided to stop using the glorious-sounding V-12 engine, but it is giving us something more to aspire for—the DB11 with a new 5.2-litre V-12 that shares bore centers with the old 5.9-litre engine.

But that is the only similarity between the old V-12 engine and the new power unit of the Aston Martin DB11. Everything else is new. It has an engine capable of 600 horsepower—60hp more than the DB9 GT—which would most likely help potential buyers to move on from the V-12.

The DB11 unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 can produce 516 lb-ft of torque, available from 1500 rpm to 5000 rpm. Compare this to the DB9’s max of only 457 lb-ft arrived at a lofty 5500 rpm, and you’ve got true power on your hands.

Aston Martin promises that the DB11’s engine can deliver lag-free response with one turbocharger and intercooler per bank. This can lead to cylinder deactivation as the engine shuts down a whole bank to become a 2.6-liter inline-six. It uses an eight-speed ZF automatic like on the Vanquish, with the power sent to the rear wheels through a torque-vectoring differential.

Dimensions of the DB11 are very similar to the Aston Martin DB9. The only difference is that the DB11 is 1.2 inches longer, 2.7 inches wider, and 0.3 inches higher. It also sits on a wheelbase that is 2.5 inches longer. The weight is also nearly identical at 3902 pounds, with the DB11 only being slightly 33 pounds lighter.

This is quite a conundrum since Aston Martin already said the new engine will be heavier, so the body’s shell mass is drastically reduced with the use of carbon fiber. In terms of interior, the DB11 has more space since it has almost usable rear seats compared to the DB9.

The Aston Martin DB11 will be priced at $214,820 in the United States. The first deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year.

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