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30 Apr

Citroen Metropolis Concept

Citroën has revealed the spectacular new Metropolis – a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to China’s extraordinary development. Created by Citroën’s international design team – based in Shanghai since 2008 – Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.

Reflecting China’s avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality, the sleek limousine concept immerses itself in ‘Créative Technologie’, balancing environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure. Incorporating a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km – approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.

Metropolis’ distinctive silhouette is a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury with an imposing stature (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century. Powerful and engaging, Metropolis’ subtle ‘Pearl Silk’ body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model’s generous curves and ultra-honed detailing.

Metropolis blends taut lines with smooth surfaces, evidenced particularly at the front where the sculpted, incisive wings and kite-shaped grille merge with the harmonious contours of the bonnet. The streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Metropolis a natural air of authority.

At the rear, Metropolis carefully balances width and stability with flowing aerodynamic lines – incorporating an active spoiler – and signature Citroën design flourishes, such as a concave rear window. Chrome touches around the side windows visually elongate the cabin, while ‘origami’ quarter-lights appear to float in the air – and also house a light source.

Metropolis’ powerful hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox. At low speeds, Metropolis runs in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode, with its electric motor developing a continuous 55bhp (40kW), peaking at 95bhp (70kW). At steady speeds on main roads and motorways, the petrol powerplant efficiently provides 272bhp (200kW) and 375Nm of torque. When additional performance is required, such as during overtaking, the car uses both the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a maximum power output of 460bhp (345kW) and 430Nm of torque – equivalent to a 4-litre V8 petrol engine. There’s also a four-wheel drive mode for when extra grip is needed.

Delivering a smooth and cosseting ride experience, Metropolis is specified with Citroën’s renowned Hydractive suspension, which dampens even the roughest of road surfaces and improves the car’s aerodynamic performance – further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

China is the world’s largest automotive market and Citroën’s second largest outside Europe – having been established there for 20 years. The Shanghai World Fair is the perfect opportunity for the brand to reassert its international character and to show, once again, the importance it places on the needs and expectations of this rapidly developing market. With Metropolis, Citroën demonstrates that a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities can create a beautiful vision for the future.

25 Nov

Modified Car Drives on Snow

American rally driver Ken Block has teamed up with Subaru to create the world’s fastest cat track operation automobile.

TRAX STI is a highly-modified car that starts with Block’s competition-ready Subaru WRX STI before ditching the tires, adding snow cat tracks, and upgrading the suspension to create the ultimate snow-ready car.

15 Sep

50th Anniversary MINI Coupe Concept

It has been exactly 50 years since the first MINI was introduced to the public on August 26, 1959. To celebrate MINI’s birthday, BMW has unveiled this sporty MINI Coupé Concept.

Limited to two seats, the car is designed to accommodate even the most powerful engine currently available in the MINI – and with the 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged power unit, MINI Coupé promises to offer truly outstanding performance.

MINI Coupé Concept will be demonstrated at the Frankfurt Motor Show from the 17th to the 27th of September 2009.

24 Aug

General Motors announced ‘Bumblebee’ Camaro

Sports-car fans who fantasize about being an Autobot can now make their dual fantasy a reality with the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Transformers special edition.

Essentially, the car turns the character Bumblebee from the movie into a road-going option package for an extra $995. Just as on the silver screen, the Camaro is yellow with a black rally stripes on the hood, and is available on the LT or SS models, with the RS appearance package an additional option.

The Transformers edition also includes Autobot shields (Autobots are the good guys in the movie) on the side panels and the center caps of the wheels, as well as an embroidered shield on the center console. The Transformers logo shows up on the sill plates and hood stripes.

General Motors announced the package on Wednesday in San Diego. It’s available for order now through dealerships.

The Camaro appeared in the 2007 Transformers movie, and returned for an encore performance in this summer’s flick. The Bumblebee Camaro also was shown at the Chicago auto show.

When the first Transformers movie was setting box-office records, we had countless customers asking to purchase the ‘Bumblebee’ Camaro,” Karen Rafferty, Chevrolet product marketing director, said in a statement.

The basic Camaro specs remain. The base car comes with a 304-hp V6 and a manual or automatic transmission. The 400-hp V8 is paired with an automatic, and the top-shelf 426-hp version comes with a manual or automatic.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro TRANSFORMERS Special Edition includes the following:

  • AUTOBOT® shield on the driver and passenger side panels
  • AUTOBOT® shield on each of the four wheel’s center cap
  • AUTOBOT® shield embroidered on interior center console
  • “TRANSFORMERS” logo on driver and passenger doors’ sill plates
  • “TRANSFORMERS” logo embedded into the hood rally stripes
  • High-gloss black center rally stripe package
  • Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of package: $995
29 Jul

Michael Schumacher should replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari

The former world champion Niki Lauda called for Michael Schumacher to make an unexpected return to Formula One racing as a replacement for the injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

Schumacher, the seven-times world champion, retired in 2006, but Lauda said he is the best candidate to take Massa’s seat after the Brazilian suffered a freak accident in qualifying for the Hungarian grand prix.

Who is available? There is nobody available anywhere near Michael’s performance,” said Lauda before today’s race at the Hungaroring.

Ferrari are almost certain to need a replacement for Massa after the 28-year-old suffered a serious head injury when struck on the head by debris yesterday. Massa was in a stable condition after emergency surgery to multiple skull fractures, but will be kept under sedation for the next 48 hours.

Lauda, who in 1976 returned to racing after a near-fatal crash, believes it will be two to three months before Massa can consider racing again.

He needs to take a decision, and for the whole business of Formula One, he [Schumacher] would improve it by 20 to 30 per cent interest,” added the Austrian. “But this is a question nobody can answer because nobody knows what Schumacher is doing.

Lauda, who won two world titles with Ferrari, questioned whether the Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo had any more favourable options.

Who else is he going to ring? The test drivers are useless, and there is nobody else here if you think about it,” said the 60-year-old. “But this is a principal decision of him [Schumacher], for him to consider this. If he doesn’t want to, the idea is finished in the same second.

Schumacher’s manager Willi Weber told Germany’s SID news agency that he doubted the champion would consider coming back. “I don’t see it,” he said. “Ferrari have two good test drivers who are keen to sit in the car if it is available.

The 38-year-old Italian Luca Badoer, who failed to score a point in 49 races for Scuderia Italia, Minardi and Forti between 1993 and 1999, and 35-year-old Spaniard Marc Gené are Ferrari’s official reserve drivers.

DRIVER STANDINGS

  1. Jenson Button 70
  2. Mark Webber 51.5
  3. Sebastian Vettel 47
  4. Rubens Barrichello 44
  5. Nico Rosberg 25.5
  6. Jarno Trulli 22.5
  7. Felipe Massa 22
  8. Lewis Hamilton 19
  9. Kimi Räikkönen 18
  10. Timo Glock 16
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