Next-Gen Audi R8 Debuts in 2014, Refresh Coming 2012

The Audi R8 supercar will receive mild mechanical updates for 2012, followed by the launch of a new version in 2014. According to Car magazine, Audi is preparing to add more power and install new transmissions in Audi’s supercar.

The update for 2012 will bestow the R8 with the latest version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system, as seen in cars like the A6, A7, and A8. The car will also trade its six-speed single-clutch automated transmission for a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Meanwhile, power from the 5.2-liter V-10 engine will climb from 525 hp to 540 hp. Car also says that Audi will launch a limited-run, electric RSe version of the R8 in late 2012; it may be based on the plug-in hybrid architecture previewed by the e-tron concept cars.

For 2014, Audi will launch a new version of the R8 that wears an evolution of the current model’s exotic styling. The R8’s distinctive sideblades will vanish, and the overall proportions could become sleeker. Audi also will replace some parts of the aluminum structure with carbon fiber, potentially dropping 220 pounds from the total weight of the 2014 R8. At the same time, Car reports that the body will become 13 percent stiffer. After the coupe is launched in 2014, the revamped R8 Spyder will arrive for 2015.

The next-gen R8 also will lose the option for a manual transmission, with only dual-clutch unit available, but should gain tech toys like a head-up display and variable-intensity LED headlights. The base engine will likely be an evolution of the current 430-hp 4.2-liter V-8 making around 450 hp, while the V-10 will see its power output climb as high as 550 hp. Audi will eventually replace the V-10 with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine — also installed in the Audi S8 and new Bentley Continental GT — tuned for as much as 600 hp.

Car says that the new R8 and the next-generation Lamborghini Gallardo (due in 2013) will share an Audi-designedplatform called MSS (modular sports car system). The subsequent iteration of the Audi R8, however, will be built on a new Porsche-designed architecture called MSB-M (modular rear-wheel, mid-engine).

Essen Motor Show 2011 Hot Babes – Amicars

When the automakers are showing their latest and greatest creations, it only makes sense to accompany each car with a gorgeous model.

Every automaker knows that the predominantly male audience will gravitate towards a car that has an attractive woman in front of it. It's science.

The only problem with that is sometimes the reporters notice these women more than the cars they are showcasing. Our friends at CarBuzz did some heavy digging on the makes on display at the recent recent Essen Motor Show before snapping some photos of the models.

Hyundai will launch Veloster Turbo in 2012 in UK

Hyundai has confirmed it will bring a 1.6 turbo version of the Veloster coupe to the UK in the second half of 2012, as first revealed by CAR.
It should make an interesting alternative to the VW Golf GTI brigade. The new blown four-cylinder engine is called the Gamma 1.6 T-GDI by Hyundai - and it develops an unusually high specific output of 201bhp at 6000rpm and 196lb ft at just 1750rpm.
At a recent powertrain conference in Korea Hyundai said the new 1.6 turbo had taken 52 months to develop at a cost of 69.5 billion won (£40m). We've now had confirmation that this engine will appear in the oddball Veloster coupe.

Hyundai's 1.6 turbo: yet more downsizing

The 1.6 turbo in the Veloster (and bound for a host of other future Hyundai/Kia models) will meet the EU5 emissions regs, and is clean enough to qualify as an ULEV-2 in California, says Hyundai.
It uses a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to eke out every last bhp and g/km. But no emissions claims have been announced yet.

The new Hyundai engine philosophy

'Due to stricter environmental regulations and policies that vary from nation to nation, competition in the development of powertrains and other core technologies is intensifying,' said Woong-Chul Yang, Hyundai's vice chairman. 'Hyundai Motor will accelerate its efforts to develop future powertrains that feature high-performance and eco-friendly engines and transmissions.'
The company also announced a new Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine. It will develop around 148bhp, but no key economy or CO2 figures have been released yet for this new turbodiesel.

Hyundai Rolls Out Eon Mini-Car in India – Amicars

Hyundai Motor Co. introduced its smallest car ever on Thursday, a three-cylinder, four-door, five-seat hatchback to be built and sold in India and compete squarely against the biggest-selling model of the country’s top car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
The car, called the Eon, is a few inches shorter than Hyundai’s i10, which for several years has been its smallest car and is made in India and sold there and in parts of Europe. It’s the exact length of Maruti’s Alto, the top-selling car in India by units, and slightly longer than Tata Motor Ltd.’s Nano, one of the world’s smallest cars.
For Hyundai, the Eon represents an effort to reach younger customers and those making their first purchase in one of the world’s fastest-growing car markets.
“We will be able to catch the consumer more at the entry level and then gradually move up with them,” said Arvind Saxena, Hyundai’s director for marketing and sales in India. “It allows us to complete our offerings in the India market.”
The Eon has a 814-cubic centimeter gasoline engine and the company claims the car will run 21.1 kilometers to one liter of gasoline.
Hyundai will sell the Eon in six versions. The base model that doesn’t have air-conditioning and power steering costs 269,999 rupees ($5,487) at showrooms in New Delhi, while the top-end model costs 371,869 rupees. The top-end model has features such as power steering, central locking, driver airbag, power windows as well as an audio system.
In an interview before the roll out, Mr. Saxena said Hyundai aims to sell about 150,000 units a year. That would be a sharp boost to the company’s sales volume, which amounted to 356,000 cars in India last year.
Maruti, a unit of Suzuki Motor Corp., sells about 25,000 units of the Alto car each month, whose prices start at 232,248 rupees at showrooms in New Delhi.
Hyundai will start producing 670,000 cars annually at its two factories in 2012, up from 630,000 cars currently, H.W. Park, managing director and chief executive for Hyundai in India said at the launch.
The company and its vendors have jointly spent 9 billion rupees to develop the Eon, which is the lowest investment ever made by the company to develop a car model, Mr. Saxena said separately at the launch.
Mr. Saxena said Hyundai hopes that the Eon’s design will help it stand out in a market niche known chiefly for boxy, unsexy-looking models.
“We are not fighting the price warriors,” he said. “We are trying to offer a good value proposition for the segment.”
Advances in steel fabrication allowed the company to add delicate changes in shape in the relatively small panels, giving the Eon’s exterior curves that are similar to the larger sedans it sells in the U.S. and other countries, a look that Hyundai calls “fluidic sculpture.”
“The overall form and surface design is something you don’t really get in a car of this segment and at this price,” said Casey Hyun, the Eon’s lead designer ahead of the launch.
Mr. Hyun said the car’s interior took several cues from research the company did on Indian art and culture. Seat fabric, with patterns of curving lines, was influenced by designs from Indian silk. The center console’s vase-like shape was influenced by Indian iconography.
Some of the hardest work went into giving the ultra-small car the appearance of something bigger. The car’s surfaces are stretched to the corners more than they are in larger vehicles, for instance. And inside, a high ceiling, long back doors and storage spaces and water bottle holders help give the car a more open feeling.
“The main point of design is making people feel like they’re in an interior space that is larger than the actual dimensions indicate,” Mr. Hyun said.
To get the dimensions of the car’s bottle holders just right, Hyundai shipped dozens of empty water and soda bottles from India to its South Korea design center. Designers determined that Indian consumers tend to drink water from larger bottles than those in Korea, the U.S. and other countries, not too surprising given India’s hot climate.
“We felt the bottle holder was one of the crucial parts to do well,” Mr. Hyun said.
Hyundai started taking customer orders for the Eon from Oct. 1. Company executives, however, didn’t disclose the number of the orders it has received so far.

Nissan Motor launches the all-new Nissan Almera in Thailand – Amicars

BANGKOK, Thailand (October 7, 2011) - Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (NMT), a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today celebrated the launch of the all-new Nissan Almera.
With this latest addition to its line-up, NMT will be the first automaker to introduce a sedan under the Thai government's eco-car program. Following the success achieved by the Nissan March as the first hatchback eco-car, NMT is aiming at being the leader of Thailand's eco-car segment. The Nissan Almera is the first model under NMT's new mid-term business plan, "NMT Power Up 2016", which was announced in July 2011.

"The ASEAN region is one of the keys to Nissan's future success. In particular, Thailand is a very important market and strategic base for the region," said Toshiyuki Shiga, Chief Operating Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., at the launch event. "Our commitment to Thailand is further demonstrated by the launch of our innovative and exciting Nissan Almera today," Shiga added.

With a more stylish exterior and spacious interior compared to other sub-compact cars in the market, top-class comfort and convenience, and the use of Nissan's eco-friendly PURE DRIVE technology, the all-new Nissan Almera is designed to provide a more complete driving experience for our customers. This model was developed under Thailand's eco-car program that was initiated by the Thai Ministry of Industry's Board of Investment and meets all the requirements necessary to receive the "eco-car" designation.

The Almera is powered by a 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder engine with a maximum output of 79 PS (maximum torque of 106 Nm), available in both five-speed manual transmission and Nissan unique continuous variable transmission, the XTRONIC-CVT. It is also equipped with the Nissan's advanced technology, the Idling stop system and offers excellent benefits; smooth riding, low CO emissions of 120g/km and very good fuel consumption at 20km/l.

The Almera is built on the V-platform, which is designed to realize excellent fuel efficiency through its light weight and increased body rigidity. This new sedan is the second product based on this platform, following the Nissan March.

The March was introduced last year as the first eco-car in the Thai automotive market. Sales reached 28,000 units in its first year, far greater than the initial sales target. Within one and a half year the sales booking has already exceeded 50,000 units. It also won both Thailand's "Most Environmentally Friendly Car of the Year" and "Best Passenger Car under 1200 cc" awards in 2010.

"The launch of the Almera will strengthen Nissan's brand power as the leader of the eco-car segment in Thailand. This product will play an important role in achieving a great start to our new mid-term business plan," said Toru Hasegawa, NMT's president. "After the success we saw with the Nissan March last year, the Almera will be another high-quality addition to our line-up in Thailand. We believe it will satisfy all types of customers, especially those who are looking for an upscale, spacious, fuel efficient and low maintenance cost car for everyday driving. In short, it is truly a perfect choice for customers who buy it as their first car or as an additional car for the family," Hasegawa added.

The all-new Almera is produced at NMT's plant in Samutprakarn, Thailand, and is available in six grades, six different colors, from 429,000 baht to 599,000 baht (1.07 million yen to 1.50 million yen)2. The Almera goes on sale at Nissandealerships across Thailand from October 7, 2011.

Chevrolet Beat diesel launched in India : Amicars

Introducing Beat Diesel with Intelidrive.India Drive Khulke.Now this car is supposed to be India’s most fuel efficient car.Leave behind the worries of ever increasing fuel prices, ignore the long queues at fuel stations, pass by every milestone on the road because the new Beat Diesel is with you.
General Motors has launched, what is its first significant model/variant for 2011 in the form of the Chevrolet Beat diesel. The Beat diesel is positioned smack bang in the middle of the B1-B2 hatchback segment at a price that is bound to shake-up the small car market.

Here are the prices of the Chevrolet Beat diesel, all ex-showroom Delhi
Chevrolet Beat PS - Rs 4.29 lakh
Chevrolet Beat LS - Rs 4.59 lakh
Chevrolet Beat LT - Rs 4.99 lakh
Chevrolet Beat LT (Option Pack) - Rs 5.45 lakh
GMI claims that the car returns 24 kpl in the ARAI Indian Driving Cycle test. The 957 cc, three-cylinder diesel develops 57 bhp and about 15.2 kgm of peak torque. Derived from the Fiat Multijet diesel, the Beat diesel powertrain is manufactured and assembled at GM's engine plant in Talegaon, Pune where it has an installed capacity of 150,000 units per annum (engines). The engine has been developed by the GM Tech Centre at Bengaluru in conjunction with GM's Powertrain department in Europe.
The Beat diesel is probably the smallest common-rail diesel engine powerplant in a car in the world, of course until the Tata Nano diesel arrives. GMI hopes to enhance sales of the Beat with the launch of the diesel model from the current 2000-2500 units a month to up to 7,500 units a month. This should help GMI end the year with sales of 140,000 units, up from last year's 112,000 units.
GM India now has 250 sales and a very similar number of service outlets across the country as well as 61 Chevy OK points. It plans to expand production at its Halol, Gujarat plant from 85,000 units to 110,000 units. This is being done as GM India is now part of a 50:50 joint venture with SAIC, the Chinese auto manufacturer. The JV will roll out a whole bunch of LCVs, MPVs, people carriers and cars in the next few years, the first of which will be previewed/launched at the 2012 Auto Expo. The Halol plant currently manufactures/assembles the Tavera, Cruze, Optra Magnum, Aveo and Aveo U-VA models.
Meanwhile the company is also planning to double its installed capacity at its Talegaon plant where it assembles the Spark and Beat from 140,000 units to around 300,000 units in the next two years. It plans to invest another USD 500 million in that regard.