Archive for March, 2009

Toyota closed two showrooms in Bucharest

The largest local Toyota dealer, Inchcape Motors, closed its second showroom in Bucharest because of low sales recorded in the first months of 2009.
All employees of the showrooms were relocate. “Most of them are now at another center. Such a school has a high capacity to absorb these people and is now working on the ground and directly to the customer,” said Veronica Mircea, marketing director of Toyota.

Toyota sales in Romania fell by 80% over the same period last year.
At the end of 2008, Inchape has closed a showroom in the Capital unit to be replaced by a new complex in the V of the city, but it delayed the opening to appear.
Average investment for a 3S complex, which includes showroom, service and storage of spare parts, amounts to 2-2,5 million euro, so we expected!

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Volvo XC60 by Heico Sportiv

Photo update with Volvo XC60 by Heico Sportiv.

Volvo XC60 by Heico Sportiv

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Tesla’s Stunning Model S

This is the beginning of a new era in transportation. Tesla Motors has introduced the new Model S. The Model S is a beautiful automobile and further pushes the envelope of electric vehicles. The Model S helps push EVs (electric vehicles) into the mainstream and gives Tesla a strong position in the emerging electric-car market.

The Model S is a seven-passenger sedan with a range of up to 300 miles. Thus, the Model S combines sex appeal with the feeling of being practical.

The Model S will have a list price of $57,400, but the $7,500 United States federal tax credit for EVs and plug-in hybrids will bring that down to $49,900.

Tesla will have competition. General Motors, Ford and Nissan are among the major automakers promising to have EVs on the road by 2011, and Tesla also is facing competition from a growing number of startups, including Fisker Automotive.

The sleek car is clearly influenced by European aesthetics. It’s long and low, with an aggressive stance and a muscular look. Franz von Holzhausen styled the Model S. Franz designed the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, and then worked for Mazda before joining Tesla. The car has drawn comparisons to the Jaguar XF and the Maserati Quattroporte.

Tesla felt it was important to make the car athletic but not brawny and give the car a sense of lightness and efficiency.

The Model S will use a liquid-cooled motor with a peak output of 300 kilowatts, or about 402 horsepower. Thats a significant hike over the Roadster, which puts out 248 horsepower. Of course, the Model S is a significantly bigger car and is expected to weigh about 4,000 lbs. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery pack with either 5,500 or 7,800 cells.

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Kia Forte LPI Hybrid first Hybrid

South Korean manufacturer of vehicles, Kia Motors, will launch for the Korean market first hybrid of the mark which will be come into mass production, as the Kia Forte LPI Hybrid. This car falls under the brand Eco-niche of the Dynamics of Kia and will work on gas and electricity.
The new model uses a 1.6 liter engine and 114 horsepower that operate on liquefied petroleum gas, with help from an electric motor generating 20 HP. These two units to get the 5.8 liters per hundred kilometers traveled.

Kia Forte LPI Hybrid

The battery is supplied from the LG Chem, which supplies the same type of hybrid units for Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, and Chevy Volt.
It is possible that the car in question to be sold in China, and about placing on the markets of Europe and the United States is not heard nothing yet.

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Hyundai Equus

Hyundai has developed a premium sedan, Equus, offered first on Korean market, but now nobody knows if the model will arrive in Europe. Equus premium aims direct competition (BMW, Mercedes, Audi) and even similar to the S-Klasse at the front. Ambitions are present luxury and interior, where wood inserts and leather are used in excess.

Hyundai Equus

The EQUUS comes with a choice of two gasoline/petrol engines, the 3.8 liter V6 Lambda or the 4.6 liter V8 Tau. The Lambda pumps out 285 hp and 358 Nm of torque. The Tau is good for 360 hp and 439 Nm of cranking power.

Hyundai Equus

The EQUUS is available in 4 trim levels and prices begin at 63.7 million won (33,514 euros) for the VS380 and max out at 105 million won (55,857 euros) for the VS460 Prestige.

Hyundai Equus

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Toyota introduces rear seat airbag

Toyota introduces a rear seat airbag

Toyota will be introducing a rear-seat airbag for one of its car models to be launched only in Japan. At this time, Toyota has no plans to introduce the rear-seat airbag in the United States or Europe.

Upon sensing an impact, the airbag will deploy between passengers. The airbag inflates from a fixed, rear-seat center console during side collisions. The air bag is designed to protect rear passengers from contacting one another.

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New Kia Sorento

Photo update with Kia Sorento.

Kia Sorento

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Volvo is launching S80L in China

Swedes at Volvo launched on March 12 the new S80L, an enlarged version with Wheelbase model S80.
Developed specifically for the automotive market in China, has a new S80L Wheelbase greater than 140 mm with the standard version, it now measuring 2975 mm. In addition, the length increased to 4991 mm. Furthermore, the Volvo has the new model equipped with a range of luxurious facilities, including a refrigerator hidden behind the banquet, a premium audio system (composed of an Alpine amplifier and 12 Dynaudio speakers), a multimedia system and beyond. Regarding the motor, Volvo S80L will be propelled by a turbo engine of 3.0 liters that develops 285 horsepower and 400 Nm. Fully equipped with traction, the new model will accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 7.2 seconds.

Volvo S80L

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Geneva Auto Show 2009

The Geneva Motor Show is currently underway as the major automobile manufactures display their latest models.

In order to compete with the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris, Vokswagon has introduced the VW Polo. The VW Polo is targeting the lower range of prices with high fuel efficiency.

The new Skoda Yeti is a micro-SUV crossover that offers two or four-wheel drive with a an economical engine. The Yeti offers a flexible interior with a lot of luggage space for a car this size.

Another car making a big debut in Geneva is the Tata Nano. Built in India, Tata announced it will deliver the smallest, cheapest car in the world to Europe and beyond. But despite the longer wheelbase, upgraded interior and bigger 3-cylinder engine for Europe, the Nano will not be available in the United States. However, The Nano might be too simple and too basic for the car market where buyers might be concerned about safety.

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Hyundai ix-ONIC Concept at Geneva 2009

Hyundai ix-ONIC Concept at Geneva 2009.

Hyundai ix-ONIC Concept

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