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2018 Opel Grandland X costs less than its Peugeot 3008 counterpart

Earlier this year, German automaker Opel revealed their largest SUV to date, the Grandland X as it made its debut online. The SUV, a European exclusive, comes in a sophisticated new look and shares some of its genes with the Peugeot 3008.

Having said that, the Opel has pretty impressive measurements of 14.7 feet (4.48 meters) with a cargo space of 18 cubic-feet (514 liters) to fit all your extra large luggage. That’s very close to the Peugeot’s 18.3 cubic-feet (520 liter) cargo capacity and its length of 14.5 feet (4.42 metres). With these specs, you're probably expecting a hefty price tag that comes with it. The good news is that the Opel Grandland X actually costs less than its Peugeot counterpart, with a starting price of €23,700 (£20,890) including VAT versus the €25,995 (£22,910) Peugeot.

That price comes with a 1.2 liter turbocharged gas engine that can carry out 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and 169 pound-feet (230 Newton-metres) of torque. If you are not keen on getting a gasoline engine, you can opt for the 1.6 liter diesel option producing 120 horsepower (88 kW), and 221 pound-feet (300 Nm) of torque for a starting price of €26,500 (£23,335). But if neither of those options are up to your liking, then that is not a problem as Opel is developing a variant that has "more power" that should be out in the market soon.

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BMW won’t offer the new 1-Series Sedan in Europe for fears of cutting into 3 Series Sedan sales

After a prototype version of the BMW 1 Series 120i sedan – sans any disguise – was spotted in Munich, Germany early this year, many interested and potential customers had their hopes up that the German premium carmaker would offer the front-wheel-drive 1 Series Sedan in Europe. But to their dismay, BMW doesn’t plan to immediately bring the 1 Series Sedan from China to Europe, according to Autocar, citing a source from the German luxury carmaker.

While the new 1 Series Sedan is part of the BMW’s offering, it is not being offered in Europe since this so-called baby Bimmer is an exclusive product targeting affluent customers in China. BMW officially introduced the 1 Series Sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, hoping to take advantage of a new generation of car buyers that might shy away from larger premium vehicles that are currently the trend in the country.

BMW has already made it clear that the BMW 1 Series Sedan will only be offered in China. Autocar’s BMW source said the carmaker won’t be rushing the introduction of the 1 Series sedan outside of China, even though rival saloon model from Audi (Audi A3 saloon) managed to achieve much success in the global stage. Likewise, BMW’s reluctance to launch the 1 Series Sedan in Europe bears quite a contrast to a recent confirmation from rival Mercedes-Benz that its A-Class line-up will feature a saloon model in 2018.

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Chuck Norris is tapped to be Fiat Professional brand ambassador in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe

It is common knowledge by now that after American actor Chuck Norris was born, he drove his mom home from the hospital. Sounds impossible, right? Got you. Back in 2008, the internet was blowing up with various Chuck Norris memes that referenced his super human strength and immortality. Due to this unexpected fame that made him an Internet cult hero and a genuine web phenomenon, Fiat Professional decided to hire the martial arts expert as their new brand ambassador for a range of advertisements that will air in June, hoping to bank on his "perpetual toughness.”

The notable martial artist will now lend his macho image to Fiat Professional as the commercial vehicle brand's official spokesperson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Norris will also star in the Italian automaker's ads, and we are excited to see how the producers will give life to his famously powerful character. However, the ads will not be viewed in the United States due to the fact that the American martial arts star will advertise for foreign pickup and vans including the Fullback, Doblo and Ducato. But thank God for YouTube as we can see any hilarious moments make the must-see list.

Nonetheless, Norris is also the perfect person to advertise for Ram's truck, if the company so decides. Moreover, Chuck Norris is a respectable and well-liked actor by the public worldwide. Fiat Professional commented that a research test was conducted across Europe and it yielded results that named him up as the best brand ambassador when it comes to relevance, affinity and appeal for professional consumers. Officials within the Italian automotive company even confessed that Norris' amazing, ironically surreal actions, which have reached an impressive large audience, played a huge part in helping them choose the martial arts actor.

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Ford Mustang marks first full year of sales in Europe by being named best-selling sports car

Amongst all sports cars on the planet, which one is the world’s best-selling model? Would you have guessed that it is the Ford Mustang? According to IHS Markit’s global automotive registration data, it is. Just last year, 150,000 units of the Ford Mustang were sent out globally from its factory, making it the world’s most popular sports car.

The Mustang was first released in the 1960s for the US market, and it had always been at the top in terms of sales in North America. But the company thought that the model would not sell well in European and Asian countries because it’s a left-hand drive vehicle. Therefore, it took them sometime before deciding to push through with releasing an international edition of the Mustang.

But when the company finally decided to produce a European-focused Mustang, it instantly seemed like the world can’t get enough of it. In the first year of its release, the company already got 15,000 orders of the sports car from Europe. Four thousand five hundred of those units were sent to the United Kingdom alone. The Mustang is also the most popular model in France, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Finland.

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Lancia recently took out its European websites except for one, that of course is the Italy-based website, which is where they originate. According to recent reports, the company is not selling any more of their vehicles outside Italy - that gives you another reason to visit the country if you are a fan of the brand. Though there has not been an official statement from the company, the rumours seem pretty much accurate.

We have to admit that we saw this coming. The fact that its parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn’t really been taking care of the brand, and has not really marketed the brand globally. Let us be honest, how often do you hear about Lancia developing new models?

Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and other EU countries currently display this on their websites “Thank you for your interest in Lancia. Already own a Lancia? Click here for after-sales service”. Smaller countries such as Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, on the other hand, do not have an official site for Lancia.

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Ford is ending the production of its Focus Electric in Europe, as its sales in the continent aren’t enough to rationalize the continued manufacture of the all-electric hatch. However, Ford will now import the Focus Electric from the United States to some markets in Europe where there is demand for the electrified hatch.

Graham Hoare, Ford's head of global vehicle evaluation, remarked during the sidelines of the Connected Car conference in the United Kingdom earlier this month that the decision to end production of the Focus Electric in Europe is mainly because of the fact that its volumes are not strong enough. However, Hoare noted that Ford will revisit the electric market in Europe once it reaches maturity.

Ford had been producing the Focus EV since 2013 at its manufacturing facilities in Saarlouis, Germany, where the carmaker is still producing the conventional versions (powered by internal combustion engines) of the hatch. Sadly for Ford, the Ford Electric isn’t selling so well in Europe. In fact, its sales have been below 100 units annually. According to market analysts JATO Dynamics, sales of the Focus Electric reached just 61 units in 2016, which is around nine fewer than its volume in the year prior (2015: 70 Ford Electric units).

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The European Union is dead serious about having auto companies operating in its jurisdiction comply with its carbon dioxide emission goals. In fact, two carmakers in the persona of Ferrari SpA and Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., will be penalized monetarily after falling short of the specific emission target set by the European Economic Area (EEA).

Aston Martin and Ferrari were given specific emission targets of 310 grams and 295 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, respectively for 2015. However, these carmakers failed to achieve such targets, exceeding them instead of going below. For 2015, the average carbon dioxide emission for Aston Martin is 312.204 g/km, and for Ferrari is 299.448 g/km. Because of this failure, the two carmakers will be made to pay fines, calculated according to a formula that accounts for excess emissions and the number of registered cars. Using such a formula, Aston Martin and Ferrari will have to pay €36,370 ($37,928) and €410,760 ($428,383), respectively.

In 2009, the European Parliament and the Council adopted regulations to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the land transportation sector. The regulation sets the average CO2 specific emissions at 130 g/km by 2015 for new passenger cars, with an ultimate target of 95 g/km by 2021. According to the EEA Report number 27/2016, majority of carmakers were able to meet their CO2 specific emission targets in 2015. It noted that while some carmakers would have exceeded the target of 130 g/km, they were deemed as compliant because they are part of pools or because of derogations.

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Here is good news for fans as well as would-be customers of the Ford Focus Electric in Europe – your beloved EV just got exciting improvements. Ford has just given the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric a new battery and a new DC fast-charge system.

Before the changes, the Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric gets power from a 23-kWh battery. This means that its battery could allow the five-door electric hatchback – with propulsion from a 107 kW (143 hp) motor -- to have around 100 miles of pure electric driving range. This means that a driver could drive a Euro-spec Ford Focus Electric for only 100 miles and will need to recharge the EV to squeeze more distance.

Already great for those who don’t typically drive over 100 miles every day, but it won’t be enough for those who needed or wanted some extra miles to fulfill some roles or daily obligations. Just to note, the 100 miles of pure electric driving range already represents an improvement of 24 miles over the previous model.

Read the entire article Euro-spec 2017 Ford Focus Electric gets new higher-capacity battery, DC fast-charge system

This is not your ordinary motorcycle. It doesn’t even look like a typical motorcycle. After all, this is an electric motorcycle or e-bike and it came all the way from Austria – the Johammer J1.

Available in two versions, the Johammer J1 is the creation of Austrian engineer Johann Hammerschmidt. One of the first things you would notice about the Johammer J1 is its unconventional and eccentric design, courtesy of designers Leonie Lawniczak and Jean-Marie Lawniczak. If you happen to see the Johammer J1 on the road, you might think that it is running backwards. But it is not. It just looks like it.

Of course, there are reasons why the body looks like a pincer arm of a crab. First it is because enclosed within its plastic body are the e-bike’s battery and the electric motor that powers the rear wheel – securing them from the elements. Second, the body was so designed to ensure an ideal center of gravity (pegged at around 350 mm), thereby allowing for a more secure feeling and a more comfortable ride. Third, this body surely attracts attention because of its innovative and unconventional looks.

Read the entire article Johammer J1 electric motorcycle breaks conventions with its design and range

When Volkswagen unveiled the VW Atlas, it declared that this SUV is being developed for the United States and is set to arrive as a 2018 model. It also unveiled its Chinese version – the VW Teramont. Essentially, VW developed the Atlas to further penetrate the auto markets in the US and China. But now, it seems VW is seriously considering selling the new SUV in some markets in Europe.

To note, the German carmaker has already disclosed it would sell the Atlas – powered by a diesel engine -- in Russia, confident that this SUV would be popular in the country. However, selling the Atlas in other parts of Europe is another thing. Before doing so, VW has to carefully study first if bringing the Atlas to European markets is worth it. Elmar-Marius Licharz, the chief for full-size product lines at VW, told Autocar that the smaller Touareg SUV might be a better product offering for most of the markets in Europe because of its size.

Underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the 2018 VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. It measures 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height – making it much larger (plus 121 mm longer, 38 mm wider and 35 mm taller) than the Touareg. In fact, the 2018 VW Atlas is the largest SUV from the company to be built in the US. However, Licharz noted that the new Atlas might be too big to be parked in many European garages. Because of its large size, there is a need to determine first if there would be any demand for the Touareg in certain markets in Europe.

Read the entire article VW may bring seven-seater Atlas SUV to Europe

Tesla has been known to diversify and boost its global presence regardless of the cost. A second Gigafactory in Europe only proves this so well. In fact, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has confirmed something more during a recent press conference in Germany. Aside from batteries, the gigantic manufacturing plant will also be used for vehicle production.

Musk met the press following announcements that they had already acquired Grohmann Engineering. The recent acquisition of the business group is intended to increase quality, speed up the production and bring in more cost-effective strategies to the company.

While in the press meeting, the CEO also explained how the company is bent on pushing the Model 3 in the market, at the soonest possible time. In addition, he also mentioned that the company has other important “investments”. He further described this investment as “the machine that builds the machine”, and that, it will be one of Tesla’s most significant production strategy.

Read the entire article Tesla Gigafactory II is confirmed to rise in Europe

Ford revealed that the luxury versions of its Edge and Kuga SUVs are expected to hit the different European markets. Under the Vignale lineup, Ford is more than determined to entice customers to shy away from choosing the standard premium brands. In order to achieve this goal, the brand will be offering both the Edge and the Kuga under exclusive specifications that make use of materials having high quality. Examples of these, to name a few, are the unique colors for the exterior, the use of the Windsor tuxedo-stitched leather for the interior, and the upscale detailing. Ford will even be offering a grille that comes in a hexagonal design and that are exclusive for the Vignale range.

In terms of power delivery, the Kuga Vignale will offer the EcoBoost 1.5-liter petrol engine with one version capable of delivering output of 150 PS (148 hp) and the second having output of 182 PS (179 hp). The latter engine though will be paired solely with the AWD and the automatic 6-speed transmission. Offered as well are the TDCi 2.0-liter diesel engine with one displaying an output of 150 PS (148 hp) and the other 180 PS (177 hp). Unlike the petrol engine, both diesel units are offered, as an option, the AWD and automatic 6-speed transmission. Meanwhile the Edge Vignale will have two powertrains, both powered by diesel. The first is the TDCi 2.0-liter engine with output of 177 hp and paired to the manual 6-speed transmission. Meanwhile the second unit is the TDCi 1.0-liter twin-turbo engine having an output of 207 hp and coupled with the brand’s very own automatic Powershift twin-clutch transmission.

In terms of size, the Edge is larger when compared to the Kuga and some features include alloy 19-inch wheels polished in aluminum, the front grille having a dark matter finish, and the fog lamps finished in chrome. Similar to the Kuga, customers can select for the Edge a wide range of distinct colors for the exterior with one of them being the Vignale Ametista Scura, which is a rich metallic brown tint.

Read the entire article Ford releases upscale Vignale versions of Edge and Kuga in Europe

Back in 2013, Ford released its latest Fiesta ST model. Exclusive only in North America, the Fiesta ST was sold as a five-door hatch. Those in Europe complained that they only had the three-door model. This year however, Ford’s Europe division aims to make it up to its customers by bringing in the five-door supermini into the continent. Hopefully, this move will help boost sales before an all-new Fiesta is launched and introduced to the public in 2017 and an all-new ST version arrives in early 2018.

Nothing much has changed with the European Fiesta ST. Aside from a change from a three-door to a more practical five-door version, the European Fiesta ST is still powered by the same turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine which punches out 182 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. The five-door model however is heavier compared to its previous version but is capable of a 0 to 62 mph sprint of 6.9 seconds. There has been no official announcement about its top speed but it is estimated to be about the same as the three-door’s 139 mph.

Five-door Fiesta ST returns 46.3 mpg UK in the combined cycle and emits around 141 g/km of carbon dioxide. Compared to the three-door model, there’s a decrease of 1.5 mpg UK and an increase of 3 g/km emission.

Read the entire article Ford finally introduces the five-door Fiesta ST in Europe

In 2013, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota and German automaker BMW joined forces to work on a new sports car project as well as a new fuel cell system. The latter focused on the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology emphasizing on hydrogen tanks, fuel cell stacks, motors and batteries as well as infrastructure that will aide in the manufacturing process of hydrogen-powered cars. The said technology is aimed to be developed by 2020, by which hydrogen-fuelled cars may be made available to the public.

Moreover, the two automakers work hand in hand to develop lightweight technologies (focusing on reinforcement of composites and carbon fiber materials) and the extensive research on next-generation lithium-based batteries. All these technologies will be used for the new sports car project as well as for their own models.

Now in 2014, Toyota was reported to have filed a new trademark application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its famed “Supra” moniker. The trademark covered all Toyota Supra vehicles including its structural parts. The iconic moniker was faced out in 2002, thus news of the new patent plus its partnership with BMW even strengthened speculations that the Japanese automaker is up to something in the near future.

Read the entire article Toyota files 'Supra' trademark in Europe, sparks rumors of a 2017 debut

Drivers in Europe affected by the diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen won't be compensated, the German carmaker has announced. VW is planning to initiate a compensation program in the United States designed to pay off drivers affected by the scandal.

But VW said there were no grounds to launch such a program in Europe, even rejecting a demand from European Union industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska. Bienkowska recently wrote to VW chief executive Matthias Mueller, providing a list of demands, which include possible compensation for affected VW drivers in Europe.

According to VW, it is introducing a compensation program in North America since it had yet to agree with local regulators on how to fix affected vehicles, which means customers in that part of the world need to wait longer for a solution.

Read the entire article VW rejects call to launch emission scandal compensation program in Europe

In a recent press conference at Berlin, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), an environmental lobby group based in Germany, continues to strengthen its campaign against automotive industry pollution as it accuses the 500X compact SUV of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of excessive toxic diesel emissions.

The group has already named automotive company Renault, the Opel division of General Motors (GM) Company, and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz for excessive levels of harmful emissions. DUH campaigner Axel Friedrich claimed that extreme NOx emission overruns have been detected on the Renault Espace, Opel Zafira, Mercedes C Class, and recently a Fiat SUV.

So far, FCA has refused to comment on the issue. The accused car makers denied that they are involved in illegal activities. However, they recognize the fact that some of their vehicles actually release higher levels of toxic emissions when tested in real-life conditions compared to when they’re tested in the norms provided in a prescribed test regime as specified by regulators.

Read the entire article German group accuses Fiat 500X compact SUV of exceeding diesel emissions levels

The all-new Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid will likewise be premiered in the prestigious 2016 Geneva Motor Show. A key feature to this new vehicle is its new hybrid powertrain, which the company will introduce in all its D-segment line-up highlighting the company’s effort in providing low-emission options for buyers.

This new Optima Plug-in Hybrid can go 33 miles of pollution-free travel using an all-electric power, which is a longer pure electric range then pervious hybrid models. This is achieved by the higher battery capacity of the vehicle while a highly efficient 2.0-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine provides additional power when needed.

This efficient combination results in a low CO2 emission of just 37g/km. Michael Cole, Kia Motors Europe Chief Operating Officer, stressed the need for Kia to join the hybrid market in Europe noting that hybrid sales for the last five years alone have more than doubled.

Read the entire article Euro-spec 2017 Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid confirmed for 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Japanese carmaker Nissan and European power provider Enel have inked an agreement to jointly develop an innovative Vehicle 2 Grid system that allows drivers of electric vehicles and energy users to operate as individual “energy hubs.” As energy hubs, they could use, store and return electricity in excess of the power grid. The deal was signed during 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, France.

The so-called Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology allows EVs to be fully integrated into the electricity grid by enhancing the capability of the grid to handle renewable power. V2G is expected to render renewable energy sources to become more diffused and affordable. V2G-enabled EVs and related V2G charging infrastructure should provide EV owners as well as companies with large EV fleets an opportunity to create mobile energy hubs that would integrate their units with the grid.

For instance, owners of Nissan LEAF EVs could charge their units at times when there is low demand and when tariffs are cheap. Once the cost of electricity spikes up during high demand or when tariffs are high, Nissan LEAF owners could use the electricity stored in their units' battery at home.

Read the entire article Nissan and Enel ink deal for grid system that allows EVs to serve as power sources

Nearly 50 years have passed since the introduction of the original; now the FIAT 124 Spider is back! Loyal to its name, the brand new FIAT 124 Spider brings up the classic Italian style and the driving pleasure to this generation with its potent turbo-charged petrol engine, refined suspension and a conventional rear-wheel drive layout.

Having been designed at Centro Stile in Turn, Italy, the new FIAT 124 Spider was inspired by its 1966 original predecessor in terms of proportions, stance and details. This new creation has a horizontal line emerging from the front wing, passing up above the rear haunch and coming in towards the tail lamp as it pays homage to the original’s concept design.

The distinctive style and position of the LED headlamps and the hexagonal form of the upper grille resemble the classic roadster and has many of its signature details as well. The bonnet of the latest FIAT 124 Spider resembles the twin power domes of this car’s second generation (a functional design inspired by the need of fitting its bigger engines).

Read the entire article 2016 Fiat 124 Spider Euro-spec is less powerful than its North American version

BMW reported a 3% drop in operating profit in the second quarter to 2.53 billion euros ($2.77 billion) compared to the previous year despite the recovery in European car demand as China’s sales slowdown continued to pummel sales.

In a statement, BMW said that revenue climbed by 20% to 23.9 billion euros. The earnings of the automotive division fell 3.4% to 3.61 billion euros.

The company said that the profit decline was a "minor dip" that came as the result of bigger personnel costs, higher expenditure on new product start-ups and a bigger proportion of sales of lower margin compact vehicles. BMW said that even if the earnings pace is slowing, it still predicts that it will achieve new heights for sales and pretax profit in the full year.

Read the entire article BMW posts 3% decline in operating profit for Q2
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