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Debut of BMW i8 Concept Hybrid Sports Car

Finally BMW has revealed it’s new i-series vehicles that will redefine our understanding of personal mobility. These vehicles were highly anticipated since the moment the automaker revealed them to the public, on paper. Today in Frankfurt the i8 Concept Hybrid Sports Vehicle was revealed to the public live. The i8 is plug in hybrid delivering the performance of a contemporary sports car with a fuel efficiency of a compact vehicle , I have included all the details and specifications on the vehicle that were released today.
Vital Stats
  • High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3’s electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
  • Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor)
  • 3 driving modes – electric, petrol, or both engines at once
  • 1,480 kg
  • 0-100kph (62mph): 4.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 250kph (limited)
  • 2.7 L/100km fuel economy
  • 35km pure electric range
  • 4 seater
  • 50:50 distribution
  • Market Launch: 2014
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2012 Porsche 911

The next generation of Porsche 911 is to be revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show this upcoming September, it will replace the current Porsche 997 which has been around for some 6 years. By watching this video it is evident that 911 will always be a 911, albeit numerous alterings exterior and interior the 911 will always strongly resemble it’s predecessors with the round headlights and overall exterior body shape, even a person not familiar with cars should be able to tell that it is a Porsche.

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Next Big Thing In The Premium Sector?

With the Nissan Juke out for sale already it looks like the next big thing in the premium auto market is the all wheel drive, 3 door, coupe body SUV’s. Back in 2001 BMW came out with a concept called the X-Coupe, for those years the car was very innovating and bizarre, perhaps a little ahead of it’s time so BMW decided to cancel production, or lest to put it on halt. However the competition used the BMW’s innovating thinking and put it to their own advantage and decided to take the lead into the uncharted waters.

Ranger Rover are perhaps ahead of all premium automaker with their Coupe SUV that is dubbed the Evoque. The car is already available for sale at a little over $ 40,000 mark. The Evoque is Ranger Rover’s smallest, lightest, and most fuel efficient model ever made for production. The Evoque is featured with 2 motors, the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder direct injected gas engine producing 236 hp, which is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The second motor is a turbodiesel with 2 variants one producing 187 horsepower and the second 148, the latter one paired with front wheel drive Evoque is capable of producing 58 mpg.

Range Rover Evoque

Next up is Porsche trying to keep up with Range Rover and introduce their Cajun. When Porsche introduced the Cayenne, there were tons of disappointed Porsche owners that an SUV in the line-up will deteriorate on the Porsche image and bla bla bla but fortunately for Porsche, Cayenne became their number one selling model and the most successful sporty SUV in the premium sector. Rumors are that Porsche is contemplating on dropping an Audi 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine producing 309 bhp and 479 lb-ft of torque into the small SUV and build it on the Q5 platform to conserve on production.

Porsche Cajun

First with the concept of a 3 door sporty small size SUV, BMW only now are initiating a possible comeback for the X-Coupe that was first introduced to us some 10 years ago. It should be expected to include the features of both the X series and the Z series, perhaps a hybrid of both but inevitably will continue to bring success to the BMW brand.

BMW X-Coupe

Mercedes Expanding Production

Mercedes Benz is looking to grab a larger portion of the US auto market by raising the quota on the amount of cars that will be manufactured domestically. Currently Mercedes produces the G and the M-Class SUVs and also the R-Class MPV at their Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant. The facility was the first ever to produce the German vehicle away from homeland and now is considered the pinnacle of Benz manufacturing. Over the next few years more than 2 billion dollars will be invested to expand the plant and prepare it for the manufacturig of the next generation 2014 C-Class which will most likely feature a hybrid in the line-up

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Toyota Chaser

Sweet looking 6th generation Toyota Chaser JZX100 Mark II

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