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2017 SEAT Ibiza gets a lot of new features, but not the Cupra treatment

We first heard of the fifth generation SEAT Ibiza earlier this year, and last week, the company finally revealed the all-new Ibiza at the international launch in Barcelona.

The new generation Ibiza now comes with the latest technology features, impressive dynamics, and a really sweet interior offering plenty of space and comfort. Similar to other SEAT models, the Ibiza still has got the company’s distinctive DNA in terms of design. Despite its new styling with an emphasis on its sculpted, streamlined surfaces giving it more of an edge, it remains youthful, functional, and sporty just like its siblings.

The company promises intelligent technology and connectivity. Therefore, the Ibiza comes with an 8-inch infotainment system with touchscreen feature. More than other models, the Ibiza has three connectivity options including: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link. It features Front Assist as standard, with Adaptive Cruise Control, wireless charger and GSM signal amplifier as options.

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Photos of 2018 Renault Megane RS leaked online

There’s no more hiding for the 2018 Renault Megane RS. For months, we have been seeing spy shots of the Megane RS, but in its camouflage. No doubt, they were good at hiding the model, considering they did not use the actual bits and pieces of production model when it was being tested out on the roads. Instead, they used the GT’s body modified in certain areas. But no matter how good they are at hiding when it public, they can never avoid sneaky people who walk in and out of their factories. Just a few days ago, photos of the hot hatch have been revealed by an unknown source. Though the photo is slightly blurred, it seems like this is going to be the final specification of the range-topper.

The production prototype of the Megane RS, finished in a bright orange shade, now has wider hips and a beefy diffuser with a massive trapezoidal exhaust found in the rear’s center. A pair of vents are located on both ends of the rear. The “RS” badge can also be seen on the trunk lid and under the right taillight.

Above the third brake light, Renault had built a roof mounted spoiler that now has an indentation in the middle, which was slightly modified from the design we last saw. Unlike the GT that had gloss black spoilers, the Megane’s spoiler is painted with the same shade as the rest of the body for a more seamless look. Another significant change would be the newly designed black alloy wheels that are now wrapped in wider tires.

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Leaked: Maserati 500 is a sporty Fiat 500

Looks like the Maserati Alfieri will be left in the dust, as another performance car will be unveiled by the Italian luxury vehicle automaker. The all-electric Maserati Alfieri concept was unveiled in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version will have 3 V6 engine variants - the 410 hp (306 kW), a 450 bhp (336 kW) and 520 bhp (388kW). The 450 hp and 520 options will only be offered as an all-wheel drive system. A 2016 release was scheduled, but to the public's dismay, the release has been delayed to give way to the launch of the Maserati Levante. Sigh.

Previously, Aston Martin decided to venture to producing a 4 wheel-drive city car to hit the streets and it came up with a rebadged option of a Toyota/Scion IQ marketed as the Cygnet. Bearing the price tag of around £30,000, about as three times as much as the iQ, it had a 1.3L inline-four engine that produced 97 bhp (72kW; 98 PS) and emitted 110 g of CO2/km and fuel consumption of around 3.99L/100 Km.

But in September 2013, just after 2 years of production, Aston Martin representatives proclaimed that the Cygnet would be officially discontinued from the Aston Martin line-up due to its disastrously low sales with the automobile only reaching 150 unit sales in the UK (estimated to be 300 in total rather than its yearly target of 4,000). Ouch, that has got to hurt.

Read the entire article Leaked: Maserati 500 is a sporty Fiat 500

First teaser of 2018 Renault Megane RS only raises more questions

Last summer, the third-generation Megane RS has been discontinued. This led to most people thinking that an all new version was coming very soon.

In fact, some expected to see a new generation Megane RS at the Paris Motor Show. So when they didn’t, it was expected to be launched at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But still, Renault has not revealed the car in any of the auto shows mentioned.

So then, more people are guessing that it will come out at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, since the French company did say that the model will be unveiled later this year in a video they released on Facebook celebrating a social media milestone of reaching 1 million fans. Now, that should be a more accurate guess. But then again, we don’t have much to go on.

Read the entire article First teaser of 2018 Renault Megane RS only raises more questions

Come and say hello to the next generation of the performance version of the Ford Fiesta, as powered by a three-cylinder engine. Wait, a three-cylinder engine? Yes, that’s no typo. The new generation of the Ford Fiesta ST is really powered not by a four-cylinder or a six-cylinder, but by a three-cylinder engine.

This new three-cylinder powerplant features a displacement of around 1.5 liters and is armed with an array of superior engine technologies like turbocharging, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing and high-pressure fuel injection – all of which allow this mill to provide better performance as well as superb fuel efficiency.

The new mill is able to deliver 197 hp (147 kW or 200 PS) of max output and 214 lb.-ft. (290 Nm) of peak torque, allowing the new generation of the Fiesta ST to sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.7 seconds. It is as powerful -- but has more torque -- as the current 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine fitted on the base North American version of the current Ford Fiesta ST.

Read the entire article Ford presents next generation of Fiesta ST with new 1.5 three-cylinder engine

As the Dieselgate saga continues to be told, the stripping down chapter remains unfinished. Just very recently, the man who stripped down his 2010 Volkswagen Golf had his hatchback driven by an editor at Jalopnik. We don’t know exactly what the stunt that the man -- named Joe Mayer of Cincinnati – and Jalopnik wants to pull off, but it seems they are eager to show that the affected Golf subject to a buyback is indeed operable.

Here is how it started. Some owners were bragging about stripping down their Golf vehicles before taking them to VW for the buyback program, taking advantage of the term “operable” as defined by the program. Before going to his buyback appointment with Volkswagen, Mayer decided to strip down his 2010 VW Golf, took pictures of it and then posted it on his Instagram account.

His post caught the attention of Jalopnik, which then ran his own Diesel-gate strip-down story. Seeing the post, VW had a representative call Mayer and tell him that his appointment had been postponed. The representative didn’t say whether the carmaker would pay or would turn down Mayer for his stripped-down Golf. However, VW’s actions indicate its clear unwillingness to buy back a stripped-down vehicle. As Mayer said, the VW representative told him that stripping down of his Golf “wasn’t in the spirit of the buyback.”

Read the entire article Diesel VW Golf owner drives stripped-down car through town to show that it still runs

We know that the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S is an impressive car. Even the non-S version is already a splendid unit. Now, tuning specialist B&B Automobiltechnik is upping the impressiveness level of the Golf GTI Clubsport by offering a four-stage upgrade program for both the non-S and S versions.

For the most of 2016, the Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S has been nothing short of impressive. After all, it has made a name for itself as one of the fastest conquerors of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. In April, the Golf GTI Clubsport S completed the Green Hell with a lap time of 7 minutes and 47.21 seconds, breaking the record for the fastest production front-wheel-drive car at Nurburgring Nordschleife. Six months later in October, the same Golf GTI Clubsport S went for another round at the “Green Hell” and in the process broke its own record by posting an incredible time of 7 minutes and 47.19 seconds.

That Green Hell feat by the Golf GTI Clubsport S was achieved without any modifications to its 2.0-liter turbo four engine. This engine on the Golf GTI Clubsport S is able to provide 310 hp of output and 380 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the less powerful engine installed on the Golf GTI Clubsport could deliver 265 hp of output and 350 Nm of torque.

Read the entire article B&B Automobiltechnik offers 4-stage upgrade program for VW Golf GTI Clubsport S

The next generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI could be a hybrid unit when it is launched to the market in 2020. As a hybrid, the Golf GTI will be powered by the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine as complemented by an integrated starter motor and a 48V electric system, according to AutoCar, citing sources privy to Volkswagen research and development chief Frank Welsch.

This development comes as Volkswagen has just refreshed the looks of the seventh generation of the Golf GTI. Likewise, the carmaker is in the midst of developing the next generation (eighth gen) of the VW Golf, which is bound to be introduced for the 2020 model year in 2019. The German carmaker is well expected to release the GTI version of the Golf a year later. It will boast of a higher performance than a regular Golf, and an electrified version of the 2.0-liter petrol engine could well serve the purpose. However, the exhaust gas turbocharger in the 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be replaced by an electrically operated compressor.

The current generation of the VW Golf GTI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine – with direct injection -- that delivers 210 hp of peak output at 4,500 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of max torque available at 1,500 rpm. On Sport trim or higher, the max engine output is higher at 220 hp. But for the eighth generation of the VW Golf GTI, the carmaker is working to reach intended power levels similar to those of the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.

Read the entire article Next-gen VW Golf GTI could get hybrid

When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a whole new level of features offerings instead. Good thing the South Korean carmaker isn’t ignorant of the fact that the second generation of its Kia Picanto small car is nearing the end of its life cycle.

This is why for the model year 2017, Kia will be releasing the new and third generation of the Kia Picanto small car. The Picanto has been repeatedly spied, although it was in its camouflage form in a bid to conceal its new looks. As planned, the South Korean carmaker will unveil the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in the early part of next year. But before that, Kia has released a set of images providing a better view of the 2017 Picanto small car.

According to Kia, the new Picanto is a fusion of a youthful and energetic new exterior as well as interior design. Moreover, the new Kia Picanto offers customers the chance to personalize their rides when it comes to both the exterior and the interior. Kia added that the new Picanto now boasts of a more assertive stance thanks to its bolder body lines and a wide array of exterior colors to choose from.

Read the entire article Kia teases its next-generation 2017 Picanto with rendered images

Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.

The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.

Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.

Read the entire article Here are the official images of third-generation Kia Picanto

After being spied on throughout 2016, the next generation of the Suzuki Swift has finally been unveiled officially in Japan. Well, how the Suzuki’s flagship compact car (supermini) would look like has been known for months now – its new exterior design doesn’t surprise anyone.

So, the official reveal of the 2017 Suzuki Swift is more like a formality. But of course, details weren’t known before the official unveiling, and that is why many people are still looking forward to the formal launch of the next generation of the Swift.

However, the Swift supermini that Suzuki revealed is a Japanese version. This means that its specs are intended for the Japanese market, and what has been revealed could be much different – save from the exterior -- from those that will be sold in other markets around the world.

Read the entire article Suzuki unveils completely redesigned 2017 Swift for the Japanese market

M-Sport has taken the veil off its challenger for the next season of the World Rally Championship – the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC -- and it has very little in common with the outgoing model. In particular, the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC is beefier, more aerodynamic and more powerful than the 2016 Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Designed to tackle different types of roads in various weather conditions, 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC is out to prove that it counts as among the best in the rallying world.

Essentially, this rallying car is based on the street-going 2017 Ford Fiesta, which is by itself already an excellent performance on the road as well as off it. In addition, the 2017 Ford Fiesta comes with a style that would allow onlookers to immediately sense that this is not just any car – an attribute that enabled it to become one of the best-selling small cars in Europe.

Through the years, rallying versions of the Ford Fiesta have been racking up victories during events around the globe. In 2016 alone, the Ford Fiesta R5 scored 159 wins and numerous class wins. Moreover, the 2016 Ford Fiesta R5 won its second straight FIA European Rally Championship. The new 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC aims to continue the winning ways of the 2016 Ford Fiesta R5 while complying with WRC technical regulations, which have been revised drastically for the 2017 season. To that effect, Ford moved to completely overhaul its WRC campaigner – with around 95 percent of the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC being developed and designed from scratch in order for the rallying car to deliver more power, more mechanical grip and more dynamic performance.

Read the entire article M-Sport’s completely overhauled 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC makes its debut

The last time Ford introduced a new generation of the Fiesta, it was nearly a decade ago in 2008. That was the sixth generation of the Fiesta hatchback, derived from the Ford Verve concept shown in 2007.

Now, the long wait is over. Ford has finally taken the veil off the seventh generation of the Fiesta that will debut for the 2017 model year. However, finer details about this new hatch have yet to be properly disclosed. The unveiling of the next generation of the Fiesta was conducted at a special “Go Further” event in Cologne, Germany, as attended by Mark Fields, president and chief executive of Ford Motor Co. and by Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president and president for Europe Middle East and Africa. The event was attended by around 2,500 dealers, media and Ford’s employees at Ford’s Cologne Niehl production site where the Fiesta is being assembled.

As unveiled, new generation Ford Fiesta sports a softer and simpler design compared to the current model – featuring rounder edges. Just by looking at next-gen Fiesta, it seems larger than the current supermini, although we can’t confirm that yet as Ford hasn’t disclosed those detail yet. In addition, the next generation of the Fiesta seemed to have evolved into a more mature supermini.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford Fiesta gets new styling and more customization options, offered in 4 versions in Europe

Ford recently released a recreation of an iconic image that became well-known three decades ago. The only difference is that while the past photo was a Ford RS200 in full police color stopping a Sierra RS Cosworth, the recreated version has the Focus RS in police regalia pulling over what is clearly the classic RS200.

The original photo was, of course, not a real event but more of the publicity-seeking variety. That time, the RS200 was given the color of the Essex Constabulary. While it has been reported that the model was actually used in police work, official proof has yet to be presented.

The possibility of it being true is rather unlikely considering that since the RS200 was made for Group B rallying, police officers, even the most highly trained ones, would have difficulty getting it to its full potential. The engine, which was made by Cosworth, is a turbo 4-cylinder 1.8-liter unit, which can deliver output of as high as 600 hp under the race trim with the road trim offering power of 200 hp, both impressive figures.

Read the entire article 2016 Ford Focus RS becomes a police car in the UK

Before its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has announced the pricing (in advance) for its 2017 Versa Note hatchback. Customers in the US can get the entry level variant at $15,480 (Versa Note 1.6 S Plus Xtronic). The Versa Note will be available in four different models. The top of the line will be the 1.6 SL Xtronic with suggested retail price of $18,710. Nissan Versa Note’s other variants are priced at $17,980 for the SR Xtronic and $16,380 for the SV Xtronic.

All models will be equipped with 1.6L DOHC 16V 4cylinder engine and will be paired with the latest Xtronic transmission. The 2017 Versa Note can deliver at least 39mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy on the highway. The next generation X tronic comes with a redeveloped D-step Logic Control for smoother acceleration.

2017 Versa Note SR has the latest sporty equipment both for the exterior and interior. This includes the integrated turn signals for each side mirror, 16-inch machine-finished sport alloy wheels, sporty JUKE-style leather wrapped steering wheel, suede-like seat upholsteries, side sills in body colour, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Read the entire article Nissan releases prices for the 2017 Versa Note, base price is set at $15,480

Chevrolet has managed to convert the Spark into something similar to a crossover. Nicknamed the Spark Activ, it is easy to see it has the usual styles typically associated with crossovers. For example, both the front section and the rear end, and even the sides, have the faux-metal brush guards in silver. There are also wheel wells and rocker panels. Even the bumpers in the front and the rear are covered in black moldings.

The Spark Activ’s interior reveals that it is enveloped in black leatherette upholstery. Even the steering wheel has this treatment. Equipped as standard inside, among others, is the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. The features also display compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features fitted as standard, to name a few, include cruise control air conditioning, satellite radio, rear-view camera, and keyless entry. It may also be turned into a 4G hotspot. Space is not much of an issue as when the seats in the rear are folded down, the total load space is 771 liters (27.2 cu. ft.).

Going to the exterior, the front section has big fog lamps placed in housings having the same color as the body. On top of this are roof bars while the grille has the “Activ” badge placed on a silver plate. Looking at the suspension, it is clear it is higher by 10 mm (0.4 inches) with the body being fitted with the alloy 15-inch wheels. While this is what Volkswagen did with the Golf Alltrack, it is not sure if the Activ would offer off-road capability as well. Still, this change means that it would be able to meet urban-related driving issues compared to the standard Spark.

Read the entire article Chevrolet releases Spark Activ, the tiny rugged hatchback

As far as the Volkswagen Golf is concerned, its iteration for the 2017 model year will be receiving a whole load of important updates that should enable it to further its status as the carmaker’s most successful model to date. In fact, since VW launched the first generation of the Golf, around 33 million have been sold.

So, what can we expect from the 2017 version of the VW Golf? First, there are several design revisions including its new front and rear bumpers as well as full LED taillights. In addition, LED headlights have now replaced Xenon headlights for Golf and Golf Variant. The new 2017 VW Golf 7 (VII) Facelift now comes loaded – for the first time – with Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist while its Infotainment systems have received a redesign and now sport larger touchscreen displays.

For 2017 model year, the new VW Golf could now be equipped with the new 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine with 150 PS of output and Active Cylinder Management. In addition, the base version of the Golf GTI now produces 230 PS while the GTI Performance model delivers 245 PS. Moreover, a newly developed seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox will replace – albeit gradually -- six-speed DSG transmissions.

Read the entire article 2017 VW Golf 7 (VII) Facelift is offered with 1.5 TSI Evo engine, new infotainment and driving assist systems

Car enthusiasts and customers alike in the U.S. finally got the chance to take a closer look at the new Civic Type R Prototype from Honda as the automaker has included it in the lineup for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, or 2016 SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas.

This latest offering from the brand was first shown to the public during the 2016 Paris Motor Show held last October. It was also on this same auto show in Paris that Honda revealed it would be bringing the Civic Type R to the U.S. Created by the brand’s Research and Development divisions of both Japan and Europe working together, the Type R is based on the 10th generation of the Civic and comes out just after the official launching of the 2017 Civic Hatchback.

As such, the new Type R has the same wide and low proportions seen on the Hatchback. Some of the differences include the body style being more muscular plus a host of other modifications that are intended to boost aerodynamic performance.

Read the entire article New Honda Civic Type R Prototype finally reaches US shores at 2016 SEMA Show

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

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