Showing posts from March, 2011

Audi sets sights on BMW X6

New Q6 coupé SUV follows trail blazed by X6 , four-wheel drive and hybrid power on cards   The X6 is under attack! In its quest to fill every niche in the premium market, Audi is preparing a coupé-style SUV, likely to be called the Q6 – and our exclusive images show just what to expect. The newcomer will be gunning for the controversial BMW X6, which has proved a runaway 
success, selling more than 110,000 units. It will be based on the same platform as the new VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, itself a shortened version of 
the Audi Q7’s underpinnings. Sacrificing some of that model’s huge load space, the Q6 will compensate with more style. As our images show, the Q7’s blistered wheelarches and crisp surfacing will be carried over, but the smaller car will sport more steeply raked screens and a plunging roofline. Wraparound tail-lights and a curved boot spoiler create a visual reference to another Audi coupé, the A7. While the front passengers 
will enjoy the same space and ambience as

Aston Martin & Maybach tie-up detailed - rumors

2011 Maybach facelift 22.04.2010 Maybach concept rumored for Frankfurt debut According a recent report, Aston Martin and Daimler have signed an engine and platform sharing agreement. While this has been rumored since 2008 , Car and Driver is reporting the two companies signed an agreement in late 2010 which calls for Aston Martin to build the redesigned Maybach at their factory in Gaydon, England. More interestingly, C&D says the car will be based on the 2013 Mercedes S-Class and will be previewed as a concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. In return, Daimler will reportedly give Aston the M / GL platform as well as the 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 with 435 PS (320 kW / 429 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Furthermore, the company would also gain an undisclosed diesel engine, hybrid technology, and the 2013 S-Class platform for the Lagonda sedan.   We're taking everything with a grain of salt, but we'll likely find out more at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Sept

RM Auctions’ Villa d'Este sale to feature six iconic Bertone concepts

At its inaugural Villa d’Este sale in Cernobbio, Italy on May 21, RM Auctions is going to offer six iconic concepts developed by the Italian design and coach-building company Bertone. These classic concept cars come from the Bertone Museum collection that is being liquidated as part of the Bertone’s recent financial reorganization. The six cars up for grabs include the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal, 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, 1963 Chevrolet Testudo, 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, 1980 Lamborghini Athon and the 1978 Lancia Sibilo. Most desirable of the six are the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal, which was driven by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at the start of the 1967 Monaco GP, and the Lancia Stratos, the first prototype for the supercar rally machine that had the same name. • 1967 Lamborghini Marzal (€1,000,000-€1,800,000, US $1.2 million-$1.8 million) • 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero (€1,000,000-€1,800,000, US $1.2 million-$1.8 million) • 1963 Chevrolet Testudo (€500,000-€800,000, US $708,630-$1.

Mad Max Interceptor revived for upcoming new film

  Readers of Top Gear Australia magazine will vote on which of the two Interceptor concepts featured here will go on to be made   Mad Max is back. And Ford Australia wants in on the action. Ford 'Down Under', partnering with local car mag Top Gear Australia , has devised these two new Mad Max Interceptor vehicles which will be featured in the April issue of the magazine. The design of the vehicles was overseen by Ford's design director for Asia, Pacific and Australia, Chris Svensson. The two concepts seen here, by designers Nima Nourian and Simon Brook, will compete in a survey of Top Gear readers to see which one will continue on in the production process. The cars feature updated versions of the weaponry seen in the original film, including a new taser to zap cars or bikers who get in the way of this new Interceptor. The original film had a 70s era black Ford XB coupe-based Interceptor. George Miller, who directed all three Mad Max films, is planning a fourth installment

Chevrolet Miray concept revealed in Korea

GM Korea has unveiled the Chevrolet Miray (pronounced Mi-ray) concept at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show - a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports model. The Miray (which means 'future' in Korean) was created to celebrate Chevrolet's centennial anniversary which takes place this year. The concept's powertrain consists of two front-mounted electric motors, each producing 15 kW (20 bhp / 20 PS) of power for the front axle, coupled with a 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit mounted mid-rear which drives the back wheels. Current for the electric motors comes from a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is recharged through regenerative braking. The Miray is capable of running on electric power alone and the petrol engine kicks in with its quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox when extra power is needed. Chevrolet did not provide any performance or range figures for the concept. As for the aesthetics, the design takes some cues from Chevy's heritage and was inspired by