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Mon Sep 8

Improved 6-Series

19-inch alloys and lowered suspension to improve the car’s handling supplements the new-look bonnet to models in 6-Series range. These are some of the additions of the Edition Sport package.

BMW has released a wide range of sporty upgrades for its 6-Series and X6 line-ups, all designed to boost their driving dynamics and visual appeal. Now that’s what you call adding trendy and sexy to an already powerful line-up.

The Edition Sport package is available across the 6-Series range, and comprises a new bonnet, 19-inch alloys and sports suspension. The 650i also adds a sports exhaust.

Moreover, there are seven colors to choose from with this Edition Sport package, while the cabin gets brushed aluminum trim. Prices start at £53,445 for the 630i, rising to £65,820 for the 650i Convertible. For even more sporting appeal, a competition package is now available for the M6, which includes lowered suspension.

A redesigned bonnet and lightweight M Sport double-spoke wheels complete the changes. The pack adds £2,180 to the M6’s £84,500 price tag. Finally, the X6 has a new flagship which is the xDrive 50i. Powered by a 480bhp twin-turbo V8, it hits 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, emits 299g/km of CO2 and costs £53,930. This 6-Series was introduced in 2003, filling the hole in the lineup left since the end of the 8-Series’ production.

For Autopartswarehouse readers, who are also BMW lovers, this would be a great addition to your collection. Not does this baby focus on performance, it now has this stylish look that everyone will be drooling.

India is GM’s next target

General Motors was set to sign an agreement with the western Indian state of Maharashtra to open an engine and transmission plant to be located in Talegaon. In GM already has a second vehicle plant in Talegaon that will begin operations next week. According to one of the spokesman of the company, describing to this new businesses venture, “It is an extension of the investment GM has made in Talegaon for the vehicle facility.”

India, specifically Gujarat, already manufactures the other car models like The Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Tavera, Chevrolet Optra, and Chevrolet Spark. The facility that will begin operations next week will have a capacity of 140,000, boosting GM’s overall capacity in India to 225,000. With the sale of passenger vehicles per year in India estimated to reach 2 million units by 2010, the country represents a ripe market for GM, especially in the genre of small cars.

With this development, General Motors will be in direct competition with another car manufacturer, Tata Motors, which creates the Nano, costing roughly $2,283 per car and set to launch in October.

In addition, Ford, another rival of GM is also set to begin operations sometime soon. Its engine assembly will be located in Southern India. It is expected that the facility will reach an eventual capacity of 250,000 units.

Toyota will update Hilux for 2009

The Toyota Hilux will be getting an update for 2009. Toyota will include the following modifications: a new grille and wider front bumper, new alloy wheel designs, and new kit including a lockable tailgate for hardtop-equipped Extra and Double Cab models. In addition, the 3.0 D4D diesel engine now comes with a new five-speed automatic gearbox, promising improved torque and fuel economy: it’ll now return 31.7mpg and 236g/km.

The truck’s interior will also get a revamp like a new steering wheel with audio controls, a redesigned gearshift console and new instruments, a new automatic air conditioning system with dust and pollen filter, and new sports seats in the Double Cab. Leather upholstery will be available for Invincible models.

Its suspension will also get an improvement. Now it has a revised front shock absorbers and new rear axle bearings, plus new bushes, and Toyota promises more stable and predictable handling with a reduction in vibration. Larger brakes are also fitted. The truck’s engine will be available in 2.5-litre D-4D HL2 Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab, and all of these models have electric windows, air conditioning, an alarm, remote central locking, twin front airbags and anti-lock brakes. HL3 models add a leather-trimmed steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, tinted glass and 15” alloy wheels, and Invincible versions have 17” alloys, leather upholstery and stability control. 3.0 D-4D Double Cab models now have side and curtain airbags. Metallic paint colors are now made available for the Hilux.

These revised models will go on sale by the end of the year. Autopartswarehouse will be just around the corner to test this update once it will be released.

Fri Sep 5

First look of the Kia Soul

Before the year ends, Autopartswarehouse anticipates the unveiling of Kia’s production version of its Soul ‘urban crossover’. According to sources, it is confirmed that it will be presented at the Paris Motor Show this October and most likely will hit Europe by next year.

The new Kia Soul will be available by February next year with options of 124bhp diesel and petrol engines based on the DOHC engines already fitted to the European-built Cee’d. Moreover, manual or automatic transmissions for the model will be available while the right-hand drive production is due to start in March.

Kia’s Gwangju facility in Korea will manufacture the model and a 2-litre; 139bhp petrol engine will also be available in the US and several non-European markets.

As a five-door hatchback with front-wheel drive, the Kia Soul has a high roofline and an unusually long wheelbase. Its design is basically based on its vertical measurements, wherein the overall height is 1,610mm but the base of the windscreen is 135mm higher than a typical compact car, the hip-points are 120mm higher and the ground clearance is raised by 45mm.

The all-aluminium petrol engine also produces 124bhp at 6,300rpm and 115lb-ft of torque at 4,200rpm. The diesel engine generates 124bhp at 4,000rpm and maximum torque of 188lb-ft at 2,000rpm.

Kia claims the cabin will deliver head, leg and shoulder room that matches or beats many larger vehicles and the company says headroom (1020/1005mm front/rear), legroom (1070/990mm front/rear) and shoulder room (1403/1400mm front/rear) will ensure Soul can easily adapt to the changing demands of owners.

Thu Sep 4

Chrysler maybe selling The Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper is on hot waters. After gathering several information and news from different sources, it is the talk of the town that Chrysler is considering selling off the rights to its supercar. According to Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Bob Nardelli, the company is confirming about discussions and negotiations with a number of potential buyers for the Viper and its ongoing business.

First launched in 1992 to compete with rival Chevrolet Corvette, The Dodge Viper and the latest fourth-generation model launched this year features an 8.4-litre V10 which has 600bhp and 560 lb-ft. It’s good for 202mph (coupe) or 197mph (roadster), with 0-62mph acceleration in around 3.5 seconds. Track-only racing versions are also offered. Chrysler has just made over 25,000 Vipers in 16 years of production but this all-American sports car is much-loved by muscle car enthusiasts worldwide.

It is envisioned by analysts that possible investors for The Viper could come from developing regions like China, India, Russia or perhaps the Middle East as it will be a very sound investment.

Chrysler has been noted for selling its non-essential assets which includes its Pacifica design centre in California, the Tritec engine factory in Brazil and several office facilities in Detroit, as well as radically cutting production and axing slow-selling models since their separation from Daimler. The low-volume Viper business can be easily separated from its other activities.

Hopefully, both Viper owners and Autopartswarehouse readers would positively embrace this if the transaction would materialize as it will be good for both parties.

Mon Sep 1

'Suicide doors' for the new Rolls Royce

The RR4 is the code name of the new baby Rolls Royce. As you can see in the spy shot pictures, this new luxury model will feature suicide doors. These images of the shorter-wheelbase Roller give a fair indication of what the car will look like and details of the body, doors, bonnet and door handles are all exposed.

These new doors are really extreme and radical, the photos provided show the hinges on the rear door are located at the rearmost part of panel, which suggest the new car will have suicide doors, although Rolls will call them ‘coach’ doors. A lot of people are getting curious on how these doors will look like personally.  It is an extreme jump for Rolls Royce to deliver more stylish and out of the box design.

But apparently, this new baby Rolls Royce is no doubt still a big car; however, this would probably use the BMW 7-Series platform. The car will be powered by its own bespoke engine, rather than a BMW power plant. Although engineered in Germany, the RR4 will be built at Rolls-Royce’s new production line in Goodwood.

It will be expected that this new car will be introduced on March 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show and would go on stores in 2010. Expect the price of the RRX to be announced sometime soon. Anticipation for the suicide doors of these Rolls Royce is pretty much intense especially for Autopartswarehouse readers who are looking for a drastic change in the style of upcoming car models.

Seat Ibiza Cupra Preview

There will be something to look forward to for Autopartswarehouse at the Paris Motor Show this October. At the planned car show, people are pretty much excited as Seat is set to launch its hot-hatch Ibiza Cupra.

This model, complete with twin turbos to give 180bhp, and the new seven-speed DSG sequential-shift gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifts, will get the VW Group’s 1.4 TSI engine.

Moreover, to add style and fashion to the car, large 17” wheels will be installed as well bigger bumpers, a centrally-mounted trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe and larger air vents plus Cupra badging and bespoke interior detailing with bucket-style seats and aluminium pedals.

On the technical side of things, the Ibiza Cupra will have stiffened and lowered suspension while stability control is standard-fit. But people would have to wait days before the on-sale date in order to have a glimpse of the car’s price.

In addition, Seat will also launch a new-generation low-emissions, high-economy Ibiza Ecomotive in Paris. According to a few sources, this will come with the 80bhp 1.4 TDI diesel engine and particulate filter, bringing carbon dioxide emissions down to below the 100g/km mark.

Like the previous Ibiza Ecomotive cars, the near-75mpg fuel consumption figure has been achieved through modifications to gear ratios, aerodynamics, engine management and the fitment of low rolling-resistance tires.

This super mini manufactured by the Volkswagen Group spans four generations. It has been available in either three- or five-door hatchback variants; since 1993, saloon, coupé and estate versions are sold as the SEAT Cordoba.

Fri Aug 29

Tips on saving fuel and money

The real challenge in saving gas is how to make the car in your garage go further on every single liter. It is a rule of thumb that provided that your car has a manual gearbox, you can improve fuel efficiency by as much as 25% simply by changing your driving style.

Here’s what you should do:

Try to change the gears (up) without the engine going to high RPM - certainly not over 2.5k RPM (2500 rounds per minute). A lot of people extend first, second and sometimes even third gear more than that because they want to increase speed. You have to consider that this may get you faster, but with a price to be paid - paid with a currency called petrol. So as long as you change the gears early you’re pretty much maximizing the fuel efficiency of your motorcar. Also, you should stay away from traffic and don’t crawl too much. In other words, driving in the city is wasteful where fuel is concerned. Following these tips will surely maximize the cars of your Autopartswarehouse readers.

If you are still planning you very first car, one should think about how to maximize fuel efficiently before buying one. In general, smaller cars use less gas and insurance and taxes are also headache in large cars, it may be wise to buy a little car if you care about the money. Moreover, since some cars are better than the others it would be better to relate to the miles per gallon figure that comes with it each cars. Sports cars, by the way, are the best way to make more fuel burn away, and automatic transmission is also a good way of wasting a lot of it.

The 2009 Honda Civic

Recently, Honda’s Japanese competitors released the all-new Corolla in showrooms as well as a replacement for Mazda3 which due next year. So in order to keep up with the competition, the 2009 version is getting a mid-cycle update with small improvements featuring revised styling, an improved interior, new technology, additional safety features, as well as two new sedan variants (the DX-VP and LX-S), that offer customers additional choice when shopping for the range’s low and mid-priced models.

As you can remember, Honda leaped over its predecessors with the introduction of the Civic back in 2006. With a broad lineup, which includes coupes and sedans ranging from the Honda Civic Hybrid to the sport-themed Civic Si, the Civic became of one of the best-selling cars in America. In addition, the recent increase in gas prices has helped the Civic challenge the Accord as Honda’s most-popular model.

Many were surprised about the Civic’s unusual styling when it first released in the market, but it was a hit for consumers, including Autopartswarehouse, so the 2009 Civic decided to keep it. There were only minor changes which includes:

•    a new bumper that now incorporates three air intakes
•    a slightly restyled grille, and a new headlight color combination.
•    revised taillights now feature clear turn indicators and amber bulbs.
•    a new chrome trim piece above the rear license-plate holder,
•    the Si gets standard fog lights.
•    the upscale Civic EX, EX-L, and Si each sport a new set of alloy wheels.

While the automaker is sticking with its controversial two-tier dashboard introduced three years ago, all Civic sedans now feature a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, improved cloth seating surfaces and patterns, and matching trim on the door linings and armrests.  Moreover, Honda did only a little more work on the Civic’s interior, when compared with its minimal sheet metal changes, notably in the form of more upscale trim options and additional tech goodies.

Tue Aug 26

The Mazda Kazamai Concept

Most of the Autopartswarehouse readers may realize that this is far from the real thing but Mazda shows off its Kazamai concept for the 2011 CX-5 SUV in Russia for the Moscow Motor Show. Thus, giving us an idea where Mazda is going for the coming years.

The Mazda Kazamai Concept

The Mazda CX-5

A compact four-wheel-drive crossover that should be fuel-efficient and eco-friendly, The CX-5 is more the same as The Ford Kuga. Because it is light weight, aerodynamic outline and efficient direct-injection petrol engines, Mazda is aiming for a 30% improvement in fuel consumption and emissions.

Moreover, this concept highlights plastic bumpers, panels and engine cover, as well as aluminium and aluminium alloys for its bonnet, chassis and engine block. It’s 100kg lighter than a comparable current-production model like the Kuga. It is fitted with a next-generation version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine as used in the CX-7, with variable valve control, new combustion control system and new catalytic converter, and improved thermal efficiency, as well as the next-generation six-speed automatic gearbox.

One should notice that it is slightly larger than the current Mazda 3 hatch. The Kazamai is just 1500mm high with a coupe-style tail end, yet it seats four comfortably in a versatile cabin-space. It is up to date with most of the latest high tech safety technologies around, including advanced dynamic stability control, blind-spot monitoring, pre-crash sensing systems and an alarm system with automatic emergency alerts, plus soft-impact bumpers and shock-absorbent bonnet to meet future pedestrian protection requirements. The 22” wheels are unlikely to make production, however.