Honda Vezel Forums
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Honda’s new Vezel is set to arrive the UK in 2015. The small SUV which has just gone on sale in Japan is a successor of sorts to the HR-V and will rival the likes of the Nissan Juke. However the name will change when it comes to the UK.
It’s based on the same platform as the next generation Honda Jazz with the manufacturer describing it as combining the qualities of an SUV, the elegance of a coupe and the functiionality of a people carrier. It should be practical with a 453 litre boot – that’s more than a Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar – and Honda’s clever magic seats in the rear which fold down in one movement.
In Japan it comes with either two or four-wheel drive although in the UK it’s likely that the majority of models will be two-wheel drive. Engines are likely to include Honda’s new 1.6 i-DTEC, recently launched in the Civic and CR-V plus a 1.4-litre petrol.
There could also be a hybrid version that uses Honda’s next generation Sport Hybrid system with a new Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive. It uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a high output electric motor and will come with Real Time All-Wheel-Drive (AWD), which controls torque distribution to the front and rear wheels more precisely through electronic control.
The newcomer will come with an electric parking brake and automatic brake hold while refinement should be impressive thanks to high-performance soundproofing materials and dampers designed for quietness and driving stability
The exterior design of the new model is generic SUV, with coupe-like styling in its upper body reminiscent of the frm’s Civic hatchback. The sharp character lines create an inspiring and emotional exterior design.
- New renderings reveal further innovations for the alternatively fueled IONIQ
- Cutting-edge technology delivers class-leading aerodynamics and fuel efficiency
- IONIQ introduces unique new vehicle design with three responsive powertrains
- Pre-orders now being accepted in domestic market for the IONIQ, released later in 2016
January 5, 2016 – Hyundai Motor has revealed further details of the new IONIQ ahead of its launch in Korea later this month. The innovative alternative-fuel compact vehicle, now available for pre-order in selected markets, is the first-ever car to offer a choice of three efficient and ultra-low emission powertrain options in one body type.
The latest interior and exterior renderings reveal more of the IONIQ’s eco-friendly credentials, with its advanced powertrain technology central to Hyundai Motor’s aim for the world’s best hybrid fuel-efficiency. The newly-developed platform, available with full electric, plug-in petrol / electric hybrid, or petrol / electric hybrid powertrains, also delivers a fun and responsive driving experience to match the emotional appeal of the car’seye-catching lines.
The exterior of the IONIQ features a distinguished, cutting-edge aerodynamic design. Simple yet carefully wrought contours enhance the IONIQ’s coupe-like silhouette and minimize wind resistance by assisting the efficient management of airflow. At the front of the car, familiar Hyundai design themes are evident – notably the signature hexagonal grille – as striking blue and white colors blend with the headlights to visually depict the purity of the IONIQ as an eco-friendly car.
The smooth, elegant and uncluttered design theme continues inside the IONIQ as its futuristic perspective draws on the car’s hybrid credentials. The efficient use of interior space provides a sleek and light feel, which continues through the logical layout of control functions. Simple and stylish surfaces make use of eco-friendly materials to convey a futuristic yet warm cabin ambience that will meet the needs of those wishing to reduce the impact their motoring has on the environment while enjoying outstanding fuel efficiency, performance and handling. Read More on the dedicated Hyundai Ioniq Forum
Kadjar will be the first Renault vehicle to be manufactured in China
On 16th December 2013, Renault and Dongfeng signed an agreement that gave birth to the Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) and the construction of a factory in Wuhan.
Work on the factory began in January 2014, with vehicle manufacturing scheduled to start early in 2016. Today, a little more than a year after the agreement was signed, DRAC already employs a staff of 1,000 in China.
In the medium term, Renault’s plan is to achieve a 3.5 per cent share of the Chinese market – equivalent to 750,000 sales per year. UK and European Kadjars will be supplied from the Palencia plant in Spain.
The success of crossovers is global and the segment accounts for almost one in every five vehicles sold across the world. Demand is similarly common across the planet, with major selection criteria being design, price and image.
With the Renault Kadjar Forum, a special effort was made to meet the expectations of the segment’s customers. Its fluid, dynamic stance is a response to the demand for attractive styling.
BMW is being careful to ensure the BMW M2 doesn’t step on the M4’s toes, too, hence the more aggressive character, while it’s clearly considering offering only a manual gearbox. “You don’t want to drag people down from an M3 or an M4. That wouldn’t be sensible,” Priest told us. “If you remember the 1 Series M Coupe there’s always a bit of overlap, but we offered the manual gearbox only – that was one of the main differences.”
Vauxhall Viva Owners
Vauxhall Viva to sit below the Adam and offer a £7k entry price for Vauxhall ownership
The new Vauxhall Viva has been shown at the Geneva Motor Show ahead of its on sale date in spring 2015. The new Vauxhall city car is expected to arrive with an affordable starting price of around £7,000.
The small city car, which will go up against a growing pool of talented rivals including the Skoda Citigo and new Toyota Aygo, revives the Vauxhall Viva name after a 35-year absence. It’s been designed to slot below the stylish Adam and popular Corsa superminis in an ever-expanding Vauxhall range.
With a name that pays homage to Vauxhall’s original Viva made from 1963 to 1979, the all-new VIVA shares the original’s philosophy of clean lines, durability and practicality. It is designed for modern, everyday life and at 3.68 metres long is practical and spacious providing more than enough room for up to five people.
VIVA is the latest model in the range to display Vauxhall’s sculptured, precise design philosophy. Three strong feature lines swoop down the sides with the signature ‘blade’, seen previously on Insignia and GTC amongst others, slicing through the doors. The two others run through the front and rear door handles. The VIVA’s front end features a distinctive winged chrome bar that presents the Griffin badge.
Caravan & Motorhome Buyers
TDI-Tuning’s presence at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show earlier this month with leading accessory dealer RoadPro was part of a combined marketing push in response to increased demand within the leisure vehicle market; figures released only two weeks ago by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show that new motorhome registrations increased by 18%, those of new touring caravans by nearly 10%. TDI-Tuning reports a 27% increase in sales of its tuning boxes to Fiat Ducato chassis-based motorhomes.
“We know that the consumer profile of the average caravan user has changed over the years, and is now younger than ever,” says TDI-Tuning Principal Graeme King. “These are people in their twenties and thirties who treasure the freedom and flexibility afforded by motorhomes and caravans, yet are used to modern creature comforts and the efficiency of state-of-the-art engines in their cars. We design and produce tuning boxes to align their caravans’ and motorhomes’ optimum functionality to what their owners expect from their (more efficient) cars.”
Like TDI-Tuning, which is a wholly-owned British company, leisure vehicles in the UK are “a British manufacturing success story, with more than 95% of touring caravans in the UK made in this country” (NCC). In an industry which contributes some £6b a year to the UK economy, the opportunity to improve both performance and fuel consumption of motorhomes and caravans adds to the current allure and fashionable use of these leisure vehicles.
Bek Hassan, Citroën’s Brand Director in the UK, said; “It’s fantastic that C4 Cactus has been honoured by Car Design News. This award is presented by professionals who design cars themselves, so it speaks volumes about the creative talent we have working for the brand. I would like to congratulate Alexandre Malval, the Head of Citroën Design, and his team on their success. The C4 Cactus embodies the positioning of the Citroën brand, so it’s a ringing endorsement for our future design strategy.”
MT-07 RSK – Riding School Kit
Recognising that the restricted A2 version of the mt07 also looks set to become a favourite with motorcycle training centres Yamaha has also developed a special RSK – Riding School Kit – package that turns the new MT into the perfect training machine.
The kit includes a handlebar/levers protective cage and six heavy duty sliders to protect the frame and engine. These parts have been developed by Yamaha engineers having consulted schools across Europe and the parts are positioned in such a way as to protect all the vital components if a bike is dropped during low speed manoeuvring.
There are many advantages of the official RSK kits:
1. The kit is made up of Yamaha Genuine Quality Parts
2. No modifications are required to the motorcycle
3. Quick and easy to fit to the motorcycle
4. Vital protection of the key engine and chassis components during a drop or fall over
5. The look and visual identity of the MT-07 is preserved.
6. Durable engineering and high quality materials are used
7. Kit and parts are available form Yamaha Europe central parts warehouse.
8. The four individual components of the kit can be ordered as spare parts
The RSK kit will be available from authorised Yamaha dealerships during April 2014. The expected recommended retail price for the complete kit is £312.00 ex VAT. Individual prices for each of the four separate items in the kit will be published at a later date.
Fiat 124 Spider: what do we know so far and when can we expect to see it?
As part of the joint venture agreement with Mazda, both the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 are to be made at Mazda’s factory in Hiroshima, Japan. According to our source, the agreement between Fiat and Mazda is that the MX-5 will launch first and take centre stage in 2015, with Fiat’s alternative offering coming 12 months in 2016.
We can expect the new Fiat 124 Spider to make its debut early next year before going on sale in the summer of 2016. Prices and specs will be confirmed nearer the time, but given the predicted power increases over the MX-5, we envisage a starting price of just over £20,000.
Evoking the spirit of the Barchetta two-seater
Fiat’s last attempt at a two-seater sports car was the Barchetta – launched in Europe in the mid-nineties. Barchetta means ‘little boat’ in Italian, and given its long overhangs and pointed nose, it’s easy to see where Fiat got the inspiration.
Audi has given more insight into its entry in the emerging city-sized SUV market – the upcoming Q1.
The German company has confirmed it will be added to the range in 2016 but other details remain sketchy. At the launch of the updated A1 range in Monaco this week Audi executives, however, did give away some clues of what to expect with its latest compact SUV.
“It’s supposed to be a young car too,” admitted Lisa Heyne, who handles product marketing for the A1 range. That will mean, like the new A1 which is available in more than 1 million variations, a plethora of customisation options. Expected to retail in the UK at around £20,000, the Audi Q1 will form a bulwark of the company’s SUV-strategy, according to Audi AG management board chair Rupert Stadler, who said it will “round off our Q series at the bottom end” and “make a strong contribution to the company’s ongoing growth and will strengthen its international competitiveness”
BMW R1200SR 2015
The new BMW Motorrad BMW R1200RS is a boxer roadster with a big brain. It used to be that rain could ruin a motorcycle’s riding introduction, but not with this bike. With the abilities of the new BMW Motorrad R1200R, a day in the rain just doesn’t matter. You simply push the “Rain” button and go. Well, that, and try not to be a complete idiot; it does still only have two wheels.
BMW’s GS models are hugely popular with enthusiasts and motojournalists, but the new R1200R just might change that. For those desiring a sportier, simpler, sweeter-looking, more-street boxer, the R1200R is a smart alternative. BMW Motorrad’s concept of the R1200R is all roadster, harking back to the company’s R32 roots while reaching forward into the all that today’s rider assists offer. It’s a slim, chopped, barebones bike, with only the material essentials. Plus, yeah, a few other things. Like the highly appreciated heated grips.
Honda Africa Twin CFR1000L
Honda has indicated the machine will have real off-road potential, saying it will share the ‘go-anywhere’ attributes of the original 1988 XRV650 Africa Twin and ‘redefine’ what a large-capacity adventure bike is capable of.
The CRF1000L Africa Twin is due to go on sale later this year, when we are not sure, but it is sure to create a buzz around launch date.
Honda has employed a 1000cc parallel twin engine that is mated to Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The images suggest that the motorcycle is production spec and sports twin headlamps and LED indicators. The Africa Twin moniker adorns the panels on either side of the motorcycle
Astra K Forum
With 2.9 million Astras sold in the UK in its 36-year history, this seventh-generation model has a lot to live up to. And it’s much improved in terms of styling, with a redesigned front-end, new LED matrix headlamps and sportier profile. Those LED lamps are a Vauxhall first, constantly adapting to every traffic situation, using a front-mounted camera to adjust the beam for other vehicles or pedestrians, you can read more on the astra forum.
Audi Q2 Forum
Audi is pitching the Audi Q2 model as an upmarket crossover SUV and leaving the Q1 slot unoccupied in case it decides to introduce a smaller compact. The Q4 is still shrouded in secrecy. Audi currently sells Q3, Q5 and Q7 models.
Spy photos have surfaced showing the Q2 on test runs prior to its planned launch at next year’s Geneva show in March. Through spotted in heavy camouflage, the trademark Audi angular headlights and hexagonal grille can be clearly made out.
The Q2 notches in just below the Q3 and shares its modular MQB platform with the A3, the European version of the Volkswagen Passat and the seventh-generation Golf.
Our latest addition to our forum portfolio is our Citroen Forum covering all current and future citroen models as well as the entire DS range, our citroen forum is set to become the GoTo reference for all citroen owners.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Forum
Look, we’ve been here before. Alfa Romeo gets that look in its eye, starts playing the music, and then right when its about to deliver the goods and finally sell cars in the States again, something “comes up” and enthusiasts all across America are left wanting. Well surprise, folks, it looks to be happening again.
If Sergio Marchionne ever wanted to get close to that lofty goal of selling 150,000 Alfa Romeos in the U.S. by the end of the decade, we knew it was going to take more than sex to get there. The best year of sales Alfa Romeo ever had in the States (when it sold cars here) didn’t even break 10,000.
And now, as it has happened so many times before, Alfa Romeo is “delaying” its promise to properly return to American shores (I can’t afford a 4c, Sergio), according to a report from Automotive News:
I mean, is anybody really surprised? We saw the warning signs. First we were told they developed the new super complex and expensive M3 fighting luxury-sport-sedan Giulia in only two-and-a-half years. Then Marchionne got laughed off the phone by General Motors CEO Mary Barra for suggesting a merger, which he is now desperately (and creepily) trying to force into existence.
At least we know they have a car, it sounds amazing, looks pretty good-to-great (depending on how tired you want your car to look) and will be sold somewhere, someday, probably.
Fiat Fullback Forum
FIAT Professional has unveiled the all-new FIAT Fullback pick-up truck at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show. The new, medium-duty pick-up will join the award-winning FIAT Professional range in autumn 2016 and will be available only with a practical double cab body style configuration in the UK making it an ideal vehicle for both commercial and leisure time activities.
Measuring up to 1,780mm in height, 1,815 mm in width and 5,285mm in length, with a wheelbase of 3,000mm, the new FIAT Fullback will offer a competitive payload of 1,045 kg and will be powered by a 2.4-litre, aluminium, turbo-diesel engine with a power output of either 150hp or 180hp. Two transmissions will be available, a new six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic transmission with sports mode, and both will be combined with full four-wheel drive systems, you can discuss the new Fullback on our Fiat Fullback Forum
The new FIAT Fullback will be available in the UK in two trim levels with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch in autumn 2016. The Fullback is FIAT Professional’s first contender in the medium-duty pick-up truck segment in the EMEA region, which totalled 675,000 units in 2014 representing 23% of total sales in the LCV segment.
Suzuki Baleno Forum
In Suzuki’s case the existing, smaller model is its strong-selling and well-received Swift (which accounts for almost 40 per cent of the company’s UK sales). If you so much as sigh that you can’t get your growing kids into a Swift, within 50 paces of a Suzuki dealer, you’ll be offered a Baleno.
The Baleno – is it me, or does that name sound far too much like baloney? – goes on sale in the UK next May, priced between £12,000 and £14,000. But this Indian-built, five-door hatchback faces strong competition from just about everyone, with the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Skoda Fabia andHyundai i20 just four that immediately spring to mind.
There will be two engines to choose from: Suzuki’s 89bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder and a new 110bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo. These are linked to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with each getting an automatic option (a continuously variable transmission in the case of the 1.2, and a natty six-speed conventional automatic with the 1.0).
In addition, the 1.2 gets an optional mild hybrid system, which basically uses the car’s deceleration to charge a battery under the floor via a starter/generator. It’s expected to cost around £700 and reduce CO2 from 101 to 93g/km, saving owners £20 a year in annual VED; hmm, that’s a lot of years before you’re in profit.
Seat Ateca Forum
Seat is looking to enter the SUV segment at last with a vehicle based on the 20v20 concept we saw last year, read what our members think at http://seatsuvforums.com/forum/4-seat-ateca-forum/ The SEAT 20V20 showcar is the ideal expression of the evolution of SEAT’s design language. It’s the perfect vision of unmatched sportiness, versatility and power. And combines the dynamic silhouette of a four-door sports coupé with the refinement and versatility of an SUV.
Ssangyong Tivoli Forum
Korean brand SsangYong is a relative minnow in the UK market, but it has carved a niche for itself by building big, tough SUVs and MPVs that invariably offer a lot of equipment and metal for the money. The SsangYong Tivoli is its latest model, but if you’re expecting more of the same, think again.
The Ssangyong Tivoli represents a subtle shift in focus for SsangYong. It slots into the burgeoning B-segment crossover market where a growing glut of supermini-sized cars with SUV styling are battling for a slice of an expanding pie.
Key players like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur offer urban nimbleness and efficiency twinned with bold 4×4-inspired lines, and the Tivoli attempts to do likewise.
Not only is the Tivoli the smallest SangYong yet, it’s also intended to be the first one you might buy for emotional reasons as well as practical ones relating to space, specification and price. It’s a SsangYong that’s trying to be cool.
KIA Niro Forum
More than a new hybrid, the KIA Niro apparently marks Kia’s first development of a stand-alone hybrid-car platform, one that’s designed from the wheels up as a hybrid. According to Kia, the Niro’s “all-new platform has been engineered in isolation from existing Kia models, and is designed to accommodate a specific set of environmentally conscious technologies and next-generation powertrains.” This differs from the hybrid Kia already sells, the Optima hybrid, which is merely a hybridized version of a conventional sedan, production to start in 2016 according to http://kianiroforum.co.uk/threads/kia-niro-production-expected-2016.6/#post-6
Toyots c-hr forum
Following the success of the Toyota C-HR concept car at Frankfurt motorshow last year, Toyota are proud to unveil their cutting edge new model: the Coupé High-Rider. Its ingredients – the coupé profile, muscular styling and elevated cabin position – combine to create a completely new breed of car http://toyotaforums.org/topic/3-toyota-c-hr-to-be-built-in-turkey/#comment-3 will be built in turkey