2018 Nissan Micra Production Begins

The Nissan started production of the new generation of Micra, at its plant in Flins, France, with the production of Micra to return to Europe after a break of seven years. Deliveries of the model will begin in European key markets in mid February, while the rest will follow in March.

The start of production marks the beginning of a new chapter in the success story that stretches back more than three decades. First launched in Europe in 1983, the Micra is one of the most known names world model with global sales of more than seven million cars. The all-new version – the fifth generation – to see it return to the heart of the European B-segment hatchback.

The new Micra was presented to the public last September on the sidelines of the Paris exhibition and stands of the largest size, which translates into more interior. Now has a wider range of downsized engines with new platform and a complete package of technological innovative safety features.

Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, commented: “The start of production for the all-new Micra is a moment to be celebrated, embodying the spirit of co-operation which exists throughout the Renault-Nissan Alliance.”

He added: “We have taken the European compact car segment to a new level by focusing on what customers really want today and expect tomorrow. The all-new Nissan Micra is an exceptional car, characterised by its expressive design, uplifting interior and confident drive.”

The new Nissan Micra is quite simply a revolution. This is a radical development of the model it replaces, and a trio of highly successful Superminis which dates back to the debut of Micra in Europe 34 years ago.

The new Micra is longer, wider and lower than before. Has been conceived, designed and engineered with customer requirements in Europe ‘at the top of the agenda.

Key to the appeal is athletic and expressive exterior design of the car, moving Micra plate name in a bold new direction. Contemporary look and feel of premium continues inside, with a high-quality cabin that offers a two-tone soft-touch materials as standard across the range.

The new Nissan Micra is also a technology leader, with a host of new features not only for the Micra but new to the segment. It includes Smart Lane Intervention, a security system that gently corrects Micra back to the right way should it be required.

Also unique is the Personal BOSE audio system, featuring speakers are built into the entire head driver for exceptional 360 ° sound experience. The new Micra is available with a variety of personalization options, modify the exterior and interior with premium components in a variety of stylish colors and contemporary.

It is also a fantastic car to drive, with dynamic performance that is a perfect balance between agility, excitement and a feeling of security that comes with confident handling and predictable. Three engines are available – two petrols and diesel.

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2018 Audi SQ8 High Performane Ready to Join Q8 Range

There has passed or a week from the time the Audi unveiled the Q8 concept, in the Detroit exhibition, and today we learn that the German company is preparing and the “S” version of the model.

Audi SQ8 Specification and Performance

The Audi SQ8, as you understand it shares the same components with SQ7, which means that under the hood there will be the brand new V8 4.0-liter TDI engine, which is coupled with an electric supercharger (EPC), which passes for the first time in production, it delivers 435 horses with 900 Nm of torque from just 1,000 rpm. EPC job is to help the twin turbos spin up at low revs to provide maximum responsiveness and minimum turbo lag. In SQ7 the result is 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph – expect the performance to be very similar in the SQ8.

It is also rumored that the same machine can find its way into the SQ5. The new Audi Q5 hot version was also unveiled in Detroit, powered by a new 3.0-liter gasoline turbo V6 with 349bhp and 500Nm of torque. However, torque and economy figures beat the old SQ5 statistics for the new model. Using a 4.0-liter V8 with its 900nm of torque will redress the balance.

Audi SQ8 Release Date

SQ5 is scheduled to arrive in the UK in the second half of this year, with a diesel version for some time in 2018. Audi Q8 should also join the range in 2018 and SQ8 models should not be too far behind.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift With Autonomous Technology

The updated version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for 2017, will bring up a new autonomous technology, which will be the most advanced that has entered production car to date, according to the head of the Research and Development, Ola Kallenius.

It has raised the bar high now for the competition, something which has been typical flagship Mercedes. According to those who then said Kallenius in Detroit, the new autonomous driving system will be able to see a turn and to judge whether the vehicle can pass it to the speed it has. If it considers that it is not possible, then it will only reduce the speed to the level that will be required. Also, he said system in the existing version of the S-Class was able to move and turn only in 80% of the Autobahn streets and a few even highways. The new, however, is going to be operating across the Autobahn and 80% of other highways.

Another revelation made by the same strain, refers to automatic immobilisation of the vehicle, if the system detects the driver has taken his hands from the steering wheel for more than a predetermined time. Then the S-Class will make sure to stop in a safe place and call immediate attention.

Changes mainly inside

There will be no extensive external changes, apart from some minor details on the bumpers and rear lights, so there is no reason to deal with the issue. Conversely, however, the changes will be more inside the model. Plus, the popular single dashboard that all opponents quickly adopted, will be divided into two screens without frame, while running the latest version of the brand entertainment system, “Mercedes Comand”. For handling will still be a switch in the center console, while you see and operate through air gestures. A major aesthetic change of the interior is the new steering wheel, where it now has three spokes, instead of two that had so far.

Finally, as regards engines, we do not see any significant change, only some improvements in emissions and consumption emissions. However, it seems that there will be a hybrid version of the brand system.

M-Sport Introduced Ford Fiesta R5 EVO2

Can the M-Sport to preparing feverishly for the final details of the new Ford Fiesta WRC, but it does not mean that it continues to support the existing Ford Fiesta R5.

So, coinciding with the construction of the 200th race for R5 category, the British team showed the evolution of this model, which calls Fiesta R5 EVO2. In 2013, they started the course, the Fiesta R5 has become the most popular choice for competitors around the world, while only 2016 won 159 victories in 29 different countries and holds more wins than any other R5 to market.

Expected to debut in the second quarter of 2017, with the Fiesta R5 EVO2 have improvements to the engine, with an emphasis on increased power and torque without affecting the given current reliability. Changes to the cylinder head, exhaust manifold and valve train have seen performance gains throughout the rev-range which are enough to warrant the launch of a new evolution.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“We’re continually developing our products. Our design team rarely rest on their laurels and are constantly looking to extract further performance from all of our products. We’re dedicated to providing our customers with the most competitive package and these recent findings certainly warranted an upgrade.

“There is no doubting that the Fiesta R5 is a great car and our most successful global rally car to date. Back in 2013, we never imagined that we would have 200 cars competing around the globe, but that just goes to show what a success it has become – a fact mirrored in some of the statistics we have seen over the past year alone.

“I fully believe that the Fiesta is one of the best R5s on the market, and we believe that this latest evolution is set to confirm that. We’ve seen some fantastic results from a whole range of championships, and we hope to continue that moving forward.”

2017 Toyota GT86 Available in Europe

Toyota showed renewed GT86 just before the New York report last March. It is now available on the European market and therefore gave a lot pictures, along with some legendary models of the company, of which he took inspiration as the 2000GT, the Celica, the Corolla AE86, the MR2 and the 4th generation Supra.

From 2012 presented the GT86 has sold over 170,000 cars worldwide, the company has made aesthetic and mechanical changes, the lifting be located in the front and rear, the refined interior, new suspension tuning, and … with more power but keep small basket.

2017 Toyota GT86 Exterior

Thus, externally there is a completely new front bumper, which at the bottom has a larger air intake, which makes the car look more wider and lower, while the lights are now LED technology, as well as flash. Similarly, rear, using the lights have new graphics with LED body while redesigned is the shield, like the new alloy wheels.

In the suspensions sector, there are new shock absorber settings and springs, which improve the grip and flexibility of the vehicle, providing better control.

2017 Toyota GT86 Interior

Changes are in the interior, as the GT86 has new steering wheel with integrated audio controls, which has a diameter of 362 mm, which is the smallest set Toyota use. Still, there are silver seams, the dashboard and the door panels are coated with a material called Grandlux. The instrument panel is a color multifunction screen of 4.2 inches, which shows values ​​for the lateral acceleration, and torque curves of power and timer.

2017 Toyota GT86 Specification Engine Performance

Mechanically, the 2.0-liter boxer engine GT86 longer delivers 205 horsepower and 211 Nm of torque, an increase of 5 horsepower and 11 Nm compared to the pre-facelift. Combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, as to improve the performance of the car, and now equipped with hill assist. The paradox of this is that the same relationships automatically maintains the horsepower and torque of pre-facelit.

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New 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 Prices Starts From €109,837 in Germany

After almost 3 month new generation of Mercedes-AMG E63 officially unveiled, now the car available for order in the domestic market, with other markets to follow soon.

Powered by a V8 engine twin-turbo 4.0-liter that pumps out 571 PS (563 HP) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, the E63 AMG is a member of the most affordable, carries a starting price of € 109.837 ($ 116.848). Although the entry-level model here, 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph) comes in a mind-boggling 3.5 seconds.

For € 121.618 ($ 129.381), a more powerful E63 AMG S became available, using the same model as the lump but massaged to deliver 612 PS (604 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. It allows for a 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph) acceleration that will be made in just 3.3 seconds.

Both cars use a 9-speed automatic transmission standard output channel to the 4Matic AWD. In addition, the eight-cylinder engine can shut down one cylinder banks with cylinder deactivation system, increases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in ‘Comfort’ mode.

Celebrate the launch of the new Mercedes-AMG E63 is E63 + S 4MATIC Edition 1, an ‘exclusive and distinctive offering’, as the German state. It is available in selenite design magno gray paint finish, or optional design magno night black, and features stripes on the side sill panels, special 20-inch forged wheels and the AMG Night package.

Inside, it will be black Nappa leather seats with yellow stitching, color-coordinated the top of the dashboard, center console, sports steering wheel, floor mats, and an analog clock, with IWC design. There are also carbon fiber trim elements to enhance its sporty attitude. The price for the special edition of the kick off of € 136.910 ($ 145.649).

All three models will arrive in dealerships across Germany this spring.

Lamborghini Aventador Pikachu to Celebrate Pokemon 50th Anniversary in Japan

These days takes place in Japan’s third largest Modification Auto Show in the world, the Tokyo Auto Salon (you ask, the other two being the SEMA in Las Vegas and the equivalent in Germany, Essen) and the Japanese have oftentimes prove kangaroo that hide them, they made the presence of the specific Lamborghini Aventador, which is painted in the colors of famous character of pokemon, Pikachu.

At least when it comes to the story that we have brought you this far, we’ve divided Pokemon (Go) story into three main categories. We have the pieces are clearly related games, articles about the crash (unfortunately, this is just as obvious) and those that highlight real-life Pokemons.

What do you mean you do not know what Pokemons actually look like? We’re talking about a supercar dressed like these creatures, of course. And the newest tools of this kind is a Lamborghini. We’re dealing with the Lamborghini Aventador 50 Anniversario. While Lamborghini just gifted the world with a special edition of 200 units, 100 coupes and 100 roadsters, owner of Japan decided to dress up as Pikachu his Sant’Agata Bolognese machine.

The machine has been spotted in traffic, in addition to the Diablo which also sports the same theme – we can not guess the characters adorn senior Lambo nose, though.

If you ask us, this Aventador more Dragon Ball Z of Pokemon that we’re talking about the body kit is apparently ready for combat of the V12 machine. Oh, and do not forget badging that: the owner was apparently considered normal “Lamborghini” badge on the rear fascia enough, so he added another one in the front, while using greedy sized sticker on the side of the supercar.

You do not need to be an expert on pop culture to know that Pikachu is the most popular choice when it comes to supercar owners will all cosplay in their rides. Want another example? This Pikachu McLaren 650S should do the trick.

However, do not imagine Pikachu is the only idea that came to mind supercar driver – a case in point with Doraemon McLaren 675 Longtail from Taiwan.

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Tesla Model S New Details for Electric GT World Series

With the newly formed unified championship Electric GT World Series is ready to begin this year, the governing body gave the Autosport International exhibition at Birmingham, England, a few details about the racing Tesla Model S.

Tesla Model S Specification and Performance

The cars are based on the strongest version of the American electric car, P100D, but has made intensive diet to lose a total of 500 pounds, and of course has the required roll-cage, upgraded suspension and brakes. The electric motors deliver 778 horsepower and 995 Nm, the 100 km / h from a standstill to catch in just 2.1 seconds with the top speed touching 250 km / h.

10 teams will participate with two cars each, with all racing to be identical. They will compete in seven runs in Europe, America and Asia, and for time confirmed the Barcelona slopes of Donington, the Mugello, the Nürburgring and Estoril and others in America. Each event will consist of a test period of 20 minutes, a qualifying period of 30 minutes and two races of 60 km.

Maserati Recalling All Levante S in USA

Maserati Levante, a new premium crossover. It was only about ten months since Maserati began producing Levante, but already the brand’s debut Crossover has suffered two withdrawals in the United States alone.

Almost more than a month ago, Levante including joint Ghibli and Quattroporte in brand-wide recall nearly 7,500 vehicles over problems with their reversing camera. Now another luxury crossover just 1,515 examples were withdrawn due to transmission errors.

According to a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software engine in 2017 Levante S “may cause the transmission to shift to neutral, or the engine to shut down, when the vehicle speed is approximately two miles per hour.”

This problem is different from the previous FCA recall 1.1 million examples of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee over the bed unexpectedly associated with electronic shifter unintuitive.

This latest problem, however, is thought to increase the risk of accidents, so Maserati call them in: 1,515 samples from them, to be exact. That may not seem like much, until you realize that account for every last sample of companies have been sold in the US so far.

Model S is the higher end of the two versions of the Maserati Levante offered in North America. It is distinguished from the base model, especially with a more powerful version of the brand Trident 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 – producing 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque instead of 345 hp and 369 lb-ft in the standard specification.

Luckily this, like many other modern problems, is expected to be repaired by a simple software update. The campaign is already running, but if you’re one of those 1,515 owners and do not take you on to reflash, best supervise the transmission position indicator and ready to take corrective action.

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Chrysler Portal Production Start After 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed that it will produce Chrysler Portal or something very similar after 2018.

Unveiled at CES 2017 and displayed at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, Portal is an all-electric concept car. According to the FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, will act as the fifth generation car brand.

Both Marchionne also FCA head of passenger cars for North America, Tim Kuniskis, would say whether the portal will hit the market like, but it seems like a likely scenario. What’s more likely, is that the Chrysler Pacifica would complement the electric minivan drawing on the Portal for the design and powertrain.

Speaking with The Detroit News in an ongoing Detroit Auto Show, Kuniskis said, “We haven’t been shy to say that we see the Portal as what we view as the future of family transportation. People ask me, is it a minivan? Is it a crossover? Is it a UV (utility vehicle)? We just say it’s the fifth generation of cars.”

In addition to the powertrain, Chrysler Portal supports Level Three autonomous driving courtesy of navigation sensors and radar. Importantly, the hardware found on Portal can be updated to support a greater degree of autonomy.

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