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Price for Seat Leon FR+ disclosed

Spanish car manufacturer, SEAT, S.A. or simply Seat, has made an announcement about the Seat Leon FR+ as an addition its Leon hatchback product line up. The new Seat Leon FR+ comes with a handsome set of 18-inch Ibera alloy wheels, a Digital Audio Broadcasting radio, adaptive headlights, front-mounted parking sensors, and a five-inch colored touch screen in-car satellite navigation feature.

The power trains for the new Seat Leon FR+ come with two options. First is the 2.0-liter turbocharged stratified injection (TSI) engine that packs 208bhp and a 2.0-liter TurboDiesel-Direct-Inject Engine with 168 bhp. The base model for the Seat Leon FR+ comes with LED rear-lights, sporty seats and interiors, rear sensors for parking, automatic headlights, twin-chrome exhaust pipes, and rain-sensing wipers.
According to Steve Robertson, the marketing head for Seat’s UK base, the Leon FR proves to be a prominent model in the brand’s product line, therefore, the brand needs to maximize the car’s potential appeal.

Moreover, the Spanish car manufacturer is also upgrading the Leon Cupra R model with additions such as the bi-xenon adaptive headlights, Bluetooth technology, Media System 2.2 and the LED rear-light clusters.

The initial tag price of for the Seat Leon FR+ is at £22,615, which is about £1070 higher than the base FR model. Indeed, the Seat Leon FR+ is a manifestation of the stunning combination of hardcore exterior and engine performance as well as the addition of luxury interior features. We just couldn’t wait to have the Seat Leon FR+ on the showrooms and see how it will fare on the tracks.

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Audi Confirms Design Changes in A5 Lineup

German automaker Audi AG recently confirmed its changes in the A5 lineup as well as revisions for the saloon and estate model versions of the A4. A bolder, meaner front headlight design will be one of the lead changes in design to feature the brand’s distinct LED “Wave” look. This one is already seen on the A5 and the new versions of the A8, A6 and even the A1 models.

The models’ front-end will also get a slimmer design change plus a bigger air intakes and a revamped and lighter bumper look. The models’ front grille will also get changes. The instrument panel will receive subtle changes like a new finish. There’s also a new steering wheel design in the works plus optional upholstery designs and trims.

Changes under the hood include a 1.8-liter TFSI model engine with 168bhp for petrol units. For the diesel units, you can expect that a 2.0-liter TDI model engine with 175bhp is attached. But that’s not all, a 2.0-liter TFSI model engine with 211bhp and a supercharged engine with 268bhp are also other engine options for the models. There’s also the 3.0-liter V-6 TDI engine while a 3.0-liter TFSI engine model with 328bhp will run the S4 line up.

Of course, the A4 line up with have the stop-start feature as well as the standard energy recuperation system and the direct fuel injection features. The revamped line up of the Audi A4 will be unveiled during the International Frankfurt Motor Show this coming September.

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Volkswagen thinking of smaller car models for Chinese market

A lot of reports going around the autoworld is that VW is coming up with its elevent brand. And that brand will be supplying the needs for small cars in the People’s Republic of China.

The production of the new VW vehicles will cater the needs of the Chinese consumers specifically those who are living outside the mega cities of China like Shanghai and Beijing. This demographic segment is starting to grow in number and starting to look for their reasonable means of transport.

Like other foreign car manufacturers who entered the market of China, Volkswagen sells their cars under the VW brand. This next move though involves an agreement to have Chinese partners as required by the local law. The government of China is also foreseeing a growth in the share of the local car brands to about 30% through 40% in 4 years time. VW will be developing a unique sub-brand or brand in cooperation with the Chinese partners to make and sell smaller vehicles.

VW sees the partnership to build a local brand in China as a big opportunity since they are still on the stage of penetrating the new segments of the market.

Volkswagen though is playing catch up to other car manufacturers like General Motors and Honda who have already started development of local car brands with their Chinese counterparts. Honda and local car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group will be launching their Everus brand and their first S1 model this year. GM and partners from Shanghai will have the Baojun that will roll out the Buick Excelle dervied 630 model later this year.

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Mercedes eyeing top spot in luxury car segment; Lexus hit hard by recalls may relinquish the throne held for 10 years

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus brand ruled the U.S. luxury car segment for a decade but is not in danger of being toppled by Mercedes-Benz after a series of vehicle recalls this year.

Lexus’ image is battered by a number of recalls of their vehicles due to problems like stalling engines, fuel leaks, or instability during emergency maneuvers. Aside from the Lexus brand, the Japanese car manufacturer’s main brand also had to recall about 8 million vehicles due to risks linked to unintentional acceleration.

According to researchers, it is highly possible that Mercedes-Benz will take over Toyota when the figures reflecting the impact of the recalls come in on the second half of 2010.

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Diesel variants coming for next gen Subaru STi and Mitsubishi EVO

Japanese car manufacturers Subaru and Mitsubishi are planning to introduce diesel options for their STi and EVO models.

The story about the move of Mitsubishi has some odd details behind it with rumors that the carmaker planned to scrap the Lancer EVO model while there are also rumors that it will no longer release petrol variants of the Evolution but instead focus on a diesel-electric hybrid.

If Mitsubishi is really planning to make an EVO which is a diesel-only or a diesel-eletric hybrid, this will keep the car from mainstream competition of motor-sport. The move will also make it hard to push it in the markets of Japan and the United States. One good news though will be keeping its carbon dioxide emission down the line of 200 grams per kilometer.

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The Ford Wixom Plant Gets A Makeover!

wixom_7429Finally, finally, Ford is going to do something with their abandon plant in Wixom, Michigan and they are going to lease it out.  The factory actually opened way back in ’57 during the glory years of Ford and the American automotive industry and it actually encompasses about 4.7 million square-feet … about 320 acres.  However, it has been abandon for years and now – finally, the lease is renewed and Ford has come up with a plan.

Two companies are actually going to invest in the former Ford plant and they are going to turn it into a renewable energy park.  The plant is going to go through a $725 million dollar renovation and it is actually going to belong to Clairvoyant Energy of Santa Barbara, CA.  Basically – they are relocating their headquarter to Michigan and they are going to produce solar panels.

This is fantastic news for my home state, Michigan and I think that this is going to be fantastic for the environment!

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze: GM Needs To Get Used To Selling Them!

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

You know – you know that GM is known for their trucks.  You probably have owned one of their trucks in the past right?  I know that I have, however – the face of GM has changed and they are switching gears and their thinking and they certainly do not want to be known as the truck-maker any longer.  Instead, they want to be known as a company that can produce and actually sell some of the most compact and beautiful cars in the world.

At least that was the message that was sent to the dealerships – not specifically, but in so many words.  They should get used to selling the smaller-scale cars and they should like it.  Things like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze are going to be popping up everywhere in the GM world and they are just going to have to get used to it.

To me?  The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is a fantastic car and I certainly hope that GM switches their gears!

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