Volkswagen Golf Sportswagon

Volkswagen is offering a sneak preview of a US-spec Golf estate with a near-production Sportwagon concept currently showcased at New York Auto Show.

. Volkswagen Golf Sportswagon concept shows its practical side in New York

We don’t understand why Volkswagen is calling this Golf Sport-wagon a concept since it looks like what you would expect from a production model. Designed for those who want a “sportier alternative to compact SUV s”, the Golf wagon will be offered with 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights.

Customers will have the possibility of selecting from either a 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 170 bhp (126 kW) or a more frugal 2.0-liter TDI rated at 150 bhp (111 kW). Opt for the gasoline engine and you will have to choose between a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission whereas the TDI engine can be coupled to a standard 6-speed manual or an optional DSG.

Although the New York show-car features a 4Motion system, Volkswagen says the AWD arrangement is currently “under consideration” for the production model.

The Volkswagen Golf Sport-wagon is slated to go on sale early next year.

Source: Volkswagen

Peugeot 408

A couple of fully revealing photos with the Peugeot 408 Sedan have emerged, prior to the vehicle’s debut on Sunday at Beijing Motor Show.

 Peugeot 408 Sedan fully uncovered in latest photos

Attached images show the China-spec 408 Sedan but most likely the European version will look virtually the same although it’s not known whether it will receive the 408 or 308 Sedan moniker, probably the latter. The obvious changes compared to the hatchback are at the back where the sedan sports a longer overhang together with wider horizontal taillights sending out a bit of a pre-facelift E-Class vibe.

It will ride on the same EMP2 platform as the hatchback and wagon 308s and in China it will be manufactured by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture. The China-spec variant will be powered by a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated engine with 117 bhp (82 kW), a larger 1.8-liter with 140 bhp (104 kW), as well as a beefier 1.6-liter turbo rated at 163 bhp (121 kW).

The European version will make use of the same Euro 6-compliant engines as its two cousins and most likely Peugeot will offer the recently introduced economical three-cylinder 1.2-liter PureTech e-THP turbocharged gasoline engine that churns 130 PS (96 kW).

The China-spec model will be unveiled on Sunday at the Beijing Motor Show while its European sibling will likely be shown early October at the Paris Motor Show.

Source: Al Ain Japan


Infiniti announces 2015 QX80

Infiniti has introduced this week at New York Auto Show the facelifted 2015 QX80 together with a new range-topping Limited trim level.

 Infiniti announces 2015 QX80, adds high-end Limited trim

Joining the refreshed Q70/Q70L on Infiniti’s stand in NY is the updated QX80 full-size SUV featuring tweaked full LED headlights and taillights, a revised front grille, two new alloy wheel choices and three fresh paints. On the inside there are two new finisher colors along with two color schemes while the Tuscan Burl trim was replaced with darker Mocha Burl.

The biggest change is the addition of a high-end Limited trim which comes with three unique exterior paint schemes, bespoke 22-inch dark alloys, smoked headlights & taillights and a special Truffle Brown interior finish combining brown, black and silver leather with wood appointments and trim. Other updates include dark-finished upper and lower grille surround, side vents, roof rails, fog light surround, side mirror caps, door handles and crossbars.

Slated to arrive in dealerships this fall, both the 2015 Infiniti QX80 and QX80 Limited will be powered by a V8 5.6-liter delivering 400 bhp (298 kW) and 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) delivered to either the rear wheels or both axles through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Source: Car Dealer in Japan


Infiniti Q70 & QX80 facelifts to debut in New York

The New York Auto Show has revealed Infiniti will showcase the facelifted Q70 and QX80 on April 17th.



 Infiniti Q70 & QX80 facelifts to debut in New York 


The show declined to go into specifics but said the 2015 Q70 will have a “fresh look” with changes to the front and rear ends. There will also be a new long-wheelbase model, named the Q70 L, which will provide more than five inches of additional legroom.


Engine options will apparently carryover as they are slated to include a 3.7-liter V6 with 330 bhp (246 kW) and a 5.6-liter V8 with 420 bhp (313 kW).


Likewise, the 2015 QX80 have revised styling inside and out. There will also be a new range-topping Limited model that features “special leather soft-touch and seating surfaces, unique new open-pore wood trim throughout, as well as dark-accent trim on the exterior.”


Source – Al Ain Japan

2015 Nissan Murano unveiled with Resonance

Nissan has unveiled the 2015 Murano, ahead of its debut at the New York Auto Show.


Previewed by the Resonance concept, the Murano has a bold exterior with a V-Motion front fascia, boomerang-shaped headlights and a “floating” roof. Unfortunately, the rear end is a bit haphazard as the LED taillights clash with the massive amount of black plastic which attempts to hide the D-pillar. Regardless, the model can be equipped with a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights and 20-inch aluminum wheels.


While the exterior styling won’t win everyone over, the cabin boasts premium materials and a modern design. Notable highlights include “Zero Gravity” seats, wraparound wood trim and metallic accents. There’s also a push button ignition, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a 7-inch high-resolution display in the instrument cluster. Options include premium leather upholstery, heated / cooled front seats and a Bose audio system.


Power is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 260 bhp (194 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

The Murano will go on sale later this year and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

Source: Nissan

Toyota introduces a new range of fuel-efficient engines

Toyota has unveiled a new range of fuel-efficient engines that promise to achieve fuel efficiency improvements of at least 10 percent over current vehicles.

  Toyota introduces a new range of fuel-efficient engines

One of the engines is a newly-developed 1.3-liter petrol that runs on the Atkinson cycle which is typically associated with hybrid engines. As Toyota explains, “Use of the Atkinson cycle provides an increased expansion ratio and reduces waste heat through a high compression ratio (13.5), resulting in superior thermal efficiency.” The engine has also been equipped with a distinctive intake port that creates a strong tumble flow – a vertical swirl of the air-fuel mixture – inside the cylinder. This and other innovations should enable the engine to be about 15 percent more fuel efficient than current models.


The company also unveiled a 1.0-liter engine that was jointly-developed with Daihatsu. It eschews the Atkinson cycle but has a similar tumble flow-generating intake port, a cooled EGR system and a high compression ratio. When combined with a start/stop system and “various other fuel consumption reduction technologies,” the engine can be up to 30 percent more fuel-efficient than current models.


The engines will be used in several upcoming models and Toyota says we can expect a total of 14 new engine variations to be introduced by 2015.



Leading Car Exporter in Japan

Lamborghini has revealed a one-off Aventador Jackie Chan Edition which will be displayed later this month at Beijing Motor Show in China.

 Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition goes official


The special Aventador is part of Lamborghini’s Ad Personam program and has received a unique titanium gray exterior paint scheme along with shiny Nero Ade alloy wheels. The interior adopts a red and black theme along with the word “Long” embroidered in the headrests and doors as a reference to the actor’s Chinese name – Cheng Long.

The car will go up for auction and all the money gathered will be directed towards the China Film Institute “Jackie Chan Charity Fund” which supports the development of China’s film industry. The unique supercar will probably be sold for a lot more than 7.38M yuan (about 1.2M USD) which is the Aventador’s starting price in China.

Source: Leading Car Exporter in Japan