The IDx Nismo Concept shows how Nissan is using new and innovative product development methods to meet the needs of younger customers. The IDx NISMO is an ultra-sporty model of the future that looks as if it came directly from a driving simulator.
The 5.9-foot width of the IDx NISMO is testament to its low, wide stance that emphasizes its sporty proportions. The frontal design elements are made of carbon panels. Side mufflers provide a pleasing exhaust note. The car has front/rear and right/left aerodynamic spoilers and a lightweight 19-inch wheel package.
The IDx NISMO interior reveals racing-inspired crimson Alcantara® seat covers, complemented by Spartan-looking meters and gauges. The lustrous metal surfaces contrast with the bright red suede trim that is augmented by blue stitching.
Nissan engineers have proposed for a high-performance, eco-friendly 1.6-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine, together with a sporty CVT with 6-speed manual shift mode and synchronized rev control.
The new 2015 Audi Q3 will arrive in the U.S. in the Fall of 2014 and will join the already successful lineup of Audi SUVs that includes the Q5 and Q7. It will make its U.S. debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 13th. The Q3 is a premium, compact SUV that pairs coupe-like looks with the utility of a SUV. Its quality engineering and advanced features offer ideal performance and functionality, but also advanced technology and driving dynamics.
The new AMG Sport Edition replaces the AMG Sport and AMG Sport Plus model lines and now applicable to all Saloon, Estate and Coupé variants.
On the exterior the model is equipped with the AMG body kit, AMG alloy wheels and 15 mm lower sports suspension. It also gets AMG boot lid spoiler, dark-tinted headlamps and high-gloss black grille.
On the interior the new trim line benefits from AMG Sport Plus seats upholstered in black Artico and Dinamica with blue/grey contrast stitching and split folding rear seats. In addition to the dark brushed aluminium trim, the gear shift gaiter also now has grey contrast stitching.
In addition, there are two optional packages. The first is the Premium Package, which includes COMAND Online with Media Interface, reversing camera, heated front seats, Lighting Package and DAB digital radio. The Premium Plus Package features the same content as the Premium pack, with the added benefit of a panoramic glass sunroof.
Under the hood, the model has a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine delivering a total of 255 bhp (190 kW) at 4,000 rpm and an impressive 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque from a low 1,500 rpm to 3,000 rpm. It is matted to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system. The BMW 740Ld xDrive can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Fuel economy estimates are not yet available, however, other models equipped with this engine have seen a 25 – 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over their direct gasoline-powered counterparts.
The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will arrive in US showrooms in spring and pricing starts at $83,425 (including $925 destination and handling).
The facelifted Lincoln Navigator has been equipped with a newly designed hood, split-wing grille, LED-infused HID headlights, chrome trim, redesigned taillights and 20-inch, machined aluminum wheels. The vehicle wears jewel-like light-emitting diode (LED) lights on both ends.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator gets an updated cabin that extends ultra-luxurious leather. It is also equipped with a hand-wrapped, leather instrument panel with contrast stitching and leather glove box door and a leather-wrapped dashboard and Premium Ziricote wood trim. Also included are a wood steering wheel, a push-button ignition and a MyLincoln Touch infotainment system.
The 5.4-liter V8 engine has been replaced by a more powerful and fuel-efficient new twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Detailed performance specifications are not released but Lincoln says the direct injection engine is projected to deliver at least 370 bhp (276 kW) and 430 lb-ft (582 Nm) of torque. The engine will be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional Control Trac Four-Wheel-Drive system.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will reach Lincoln showrooms in early fall.
With its unique Phantom Black tri-coat exterior paint and discrete metallic finishes inside and out, the limited-production Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition returns, exuding its Detroit-tough attitude. It also gets LED taillamps with blackened detail to give a more masculine look along with a dual-exhaust system in titanium. John Varvatos and Chrysler wing deck-lid badges finished in Titanium Chrome complete the look. It gets 19- or 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
The interior surrounds its passengers with craftsmanship and an industrious style that could only be “Imported from Detroit.” The cabin is nicely equipped with Pewter Metallic leather seats, exotic Poltrona Frau black leather accents and Diesel Gray contrast stitching. Completing the Chrysler 300C Varvatos Limited Edition’s interior are Titanium, unique Charcoal Hydrographic Wood and Gloss Black finished interior accents.
Two engine choices are available. The aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 292 bhp (217 kW), while the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine produces 363 bhp (270 kW) with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology. The Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition with intelligent AWD features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system.
Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition arrives to dealerships in March with a Retail Price of $44,480, while the new AWD model starts at $46,980 (excluding $995 destination).
Like the legendary original 1965 design, the new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. Both models combine the classic Targa concept with cutting edge, innovative roof technology. The roof segment can be opened and closed in 19 seconds at the push of a button. The roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seats.
The powerful 911 Targa 4s is powered by the 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine delivering 400 bhp (298 kW). It will accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 182 mph (293 km/h) with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package or 183 mph (295 km/h) with the manual transmission.
The new models will go on sale this summer, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 priced at $101,600 whereas the 4S version begins at $116,200.
The Lexus RC has returned with a more striking red exterior paint job than the all-new RC seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in November. The luminous red paint is achieved through a meticulous paint process using four base coats of paint which are then baked twice. The dynamic red exterior paint color is made brighter and with more contrast thanks to an entirely new painting process, using a two-color base of both silver and red.
Triangular headlamps capture the sporty characteristics of the earlier LF-LC concept, along with the novel three-lamp LED configuration. Both front and rear lighting units use the Lexus L design motif. Sporty 18- and 19-inch alloys wheels fill out the fenders nicely and set a good stance.
The interior of the RC has extensive use of contrasting colors, materials and lighting. The seats are made using an integrated foaming construction. The high-contrast interior colors emphasize the elegant lines around the interior, together with shimamoku highlights.
Two versions will be available: the RC 350, with a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 314bhp (234kW) and a peak torque of 380Nm, teamed with an eight-speed sequential transmission; and the RC 300h hybrid, with a 2.5-litre petrol unit.
The shiny and bright RC coupe is set to launch in 2014.
Opel has revealed the details of the 2014 Meriva which is more sophisticated, more efficient and more functional than ever and it will have its world premiere at the Brussels’ motor show in mid-January 2014.
The new Meriva gets a new front fascia which features a new chrome grille, fog lamps with chrome accents, LED daytime running lights, a new elegant chrome beltline on the side, FlexDoors and newly-designed 17 and 18 inch wheels with premium look and feel. Meriva is the only small monocab offering 18-inch wheels which give it a unique stance and presence on the road.
The Opel Meriva benefits from a re-designed multifunctional FlexRail central console with improved functionality and increased rear passenger legroom in the central seat. The new Meriva also receives a new generation, state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment system. It also gets a rear view camera and to complete the Meriva’s all-round ‘feel-good’ sensation, a heated steering wheel function and a large sunroof for star-spotting are also on offer.
The 2014 Opel Meriva boasts the new generation Opel 1.6 CDTI medium-displacement turbo-diesel engine. It is initially available in the power variant 100 kW/136 hp and delivers 320 Nm of maximum torque. It consumes just 4.4 liters per 100 kilometers and emits 116 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The new Meriva swiftly reaches 100 km/h from standstill in just 9.1 seconds.
The new Meriva is also available with a choice of three 1.4 liter gasoline engines. The naturally-aspirated entry-level version produces 74 kW/100 hp. The two turbo-charged variants offer 88 kW/120 hp and 103 kW/140 hp.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS debuted at the Daytona International Speedway. The Chevrolet SS is powered by the LS3 Chevrolet V-8, expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Also used in the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette, the LS3 displaces 6.2 liters, more than the 5.5-liter V-8 powering the Chevrolet SS NASCAR competitors.
The Chevrolet SS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds – making it one of the quickest sedans on the market.