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2017 Citroen C5 Aircross is revealed with an eccentric new look

Two years after Citroën revealed the Aircross Concept at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in China, the production model will then be introduced at the same event this week. Love it or hate it, the C5 Aircross will be having the same eccentric exterior just like the C4 Cactus, except the Aircross will be having a much larger body measuring at 4.5 meters long, 1.84 meters wide, and 1.67 meters tall.

Citroën released a couple of videos online to put emphasis on the “Progressive Hydraulic Cushions” as this is one of the highlights of the SUV - in fact, the all-new suspension benefits from this.

Both damping quality and ride comfort have both been improved with this technology. The two hydraulic stops are for rebound and compression, creating a two-step suspension. Reports say that no less than 20 patents were registered during the development of the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions.

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Citroen C4 Cactus scraps quirky look for a more mainstream guise for 2018

Since its release in 2014, the Citroen C4 Cactus has always been loved by car enthusiasts, thanks to its quirky look. But for 2018, it seems like the French automaker plans to give the compact hatchback a more conventional look instead. Aside from that, the automaker will be giving it substantial upgrades, inside and out - from a softer suspension to a floating-roof design. Plus, customers will have over 31 exterior combinations to choose from.

But if you were a huge fan of the C4 Cactus’ original look, there’s nothing to worry about because some of the design cues still carry over. These include the Airbump side panels but these have been minimized and moved further down to the bottom sill. The sleek headlights also remain from the 2014 model year. The company explains that the C4 will still be bold, while it “gains enhanced status”.

For the exterior, customers can choose from nine colour options including Polar White, Platinum Grey, Sport Red and some others. The body can then be paired with your choice of five different alloy wheels - from 16-inch grey and black square designs on the lower trim models, or the 17-inch cross wheel that is available in several colours too.

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Citroen partners with Le Coq Sportif to release customized Type H

In partnership with Le Coq Sportif, Citroën revealed that it will be releasing a customized version of a genuine Type H. The brand will also be coming out with a New Dispatch van. The two will utilize the Le Coq Sportif. With these, the brand is celebrating the Type H van’s 70th anniversary. With the Type H, the brand hopes to express nostalgia and authenticity with the use of warm materials. The New Dispatch on the other hand reveals a more contemporary and smooth spirit through the use of white color and simplicity.

For those not familiar, the Type H was originally launched in 1947 with actual production from 1947 to 1981. When it was released, it became the first-ever mass-produced van to have front-wheel drive.

This four-door van has a length of 4.28 meters. Moreover, an impressive total of 473,289 units were manufactured. The New Dispatch meanwhile uses a platform that allows for a maximum payload of 1,400 kg and it is capable of pulling a braked trailer that can weigh up to 2,500 kg. The New Dispatch will be offered in three different lengths which are the base model, compact, and the XS. The XS in particular is seen as practical especially with a length of 4.60 m. With a height of 1.90 meters, it can fit in a car park.

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Production of current generation Citroen C5 and its hydraulic suspension finally ends in Europe

Citroen is phasing out the current generation C5 in Europe after it produced the final example in Rennes, France. The C5, being one of the aging models released for the European market since 2007, coincides with the ending of Citroen’s famous hydropneumatic suspension. It can be recalled that the automaker officially confirmed that it will end the use of this “old technology” in 2015 due to low customer demand and high production cost. Having said that, Citroen intends to replace its famous hydraulics system with a more innovative set-up this year.

For more than a decade, the French marque was able to sell over 635,000 examples of the C5 and 435,000 of it was marketed in Europe. In 2016, Citroen however sold fewer than 10,000 examples of the C5 to the European market.

While the station wagon was the final example of the C5 made for Europe and the production of the sedan came to a halt the previous year, Citroen will continue producing the C5’s revolutionized version in China. As for Europe, the French automaker is working on a new generation model that could possibly take the shape of a sporty hatchback instead of the traditional sedan body style.

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Everyone, meet the new presidential car. Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed the latest DS 7 Crossback as his official car during the recent inauguration. It was barely a couple of months ago since Groupe PSA introduced the new crossover but it wasn’t until the parade that the public finally saw what the new crossover looks like. Otherwise known as Distinctive Series/Different Spirit, the DS marque actually had been Citroen’s sub brand from 2009 until it became an independent brand in 2014. No matter how deeply rooted DS Cars are with Citroen models, it is worth noting that these two have very distinct qualities when it comes to manufacturing and engineering.

The presidential car certainly has more special features than any regular unit ever built by the premium car brand. Apart from the soft top roof cover, the custom designed SUV comes with a flag holder on one side. Atelier Maury meanwhile designed its Black leather interior which matches the Ink Blue exterior paint perfectly. To complete the premium look, the presidential SUV comes equipped with a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels in two tone finish plus gold detailing.

Despite the lack of details about its powertrain, the French automaker assures that the presidential car has all the latest technologies similar to the upcoming production version. One of which is the highly advanced DS Active Scan Suspension with built-in camera as well as the DS Connected Pilot for autonomous driving.

Read the entire article French President Emmanuel Macron rides in a custom DS 7 Crossback

Imagine a sports car morphing into an SUV. Chevrolet initially revealed the FNR Concept at the previous Shanghai Auto Show in 2015. For this year, Chevy once again graces the Shanghai exhibit stands with the FNR-X, a more workable version of concept model it first brought to China two years ago. For one, the FNR-X could be the Lexus NX and Toyota C-HR’s next new rival. Dubbed as an all-purpose sports concept vehicle, the FNR actually stands for “Find New Roads”, the company’s tagline while the X simply means it’s a crossover.

Outside, the FNR crossover’s front end resembles a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Like most Chevys, the rest of the profile appears to have a floating roof design with a high waistline to match. The rear section on the other hand bears similarities with a Toyota C-HR while the rest of the features remind us of the rear end of a Camaro.

Chevy however hasn't disclosed all the details especially when it comes to the engine specs. From what we know, the FNR-X will be featured as a plugin hybrid setup complete with the latest semi-autonomous all-terrain driver assistance technologies. Interestingly, the amazing new concept was designed and developed by GM together with Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center and SAIC Motor-- just like the first version it has showcased at the same event.

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It is not a big secret that premium customers in China have a strong penchant for luxury cars with a spacious interior. In particular, premium customers in China purchase luxury cars not for them to drive it but to be chauffeured in it. And thus, they are more likely to choose vehicles with an expanded rear passenger cabin. Meeting this demand are luxury cars with long wheelbases.

This is the main reason why Acura is targeting these affluent Chinese customers, and to that effect, the Japanese premium carmaker is unveiling the new Acura TLX-L Prototype at the 17th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition in Shanghai, China (Auto Shanghai 2017). It looks pretty much the recently unveiled 2018 Acura TLX, and although the Acura TLX-L Prototype isn’t the final version, the production model should more or less appear like the one being displayed at the Auto Shanghai 2017.

Also on display at the Auto Shanghai 2017 is the new MDX and a special model of the China-exclusive Acura CDX sports utility vehicle. Likewise, the Japanese premium brand is displaying the Acura NSX at the event. When the final production version of the Acura TLX-L Prototype arrives, it would only be sold in China starting this year.

Read the entire article Acura unveils China-only long-wheelbase TLX-L Prototype at Auto Shanghai 2017

Chinese automaker Chery did not leave a good impression last time they were in Australia - due to its cheap design. But this year, Chery showcases its new Tiggo Sport Coupe Concept to compete against Toyota’s C-HR and the Nissan Juke in the crossover range, at the most recent Auto Shanghai. This time, the automaker gave a more sophisticated and modern design for the coupe crossover.

The Tiggo Sport Coupe was designed with LED headlights that are connected by a long strip that stretches across the front end, incorporating the logo, between the hood and the grille. Just below it is a black mesh grille that goes hand in hand with the teardrop-shaped side air intakes, giving it a sporty look. Tow hooks can also be found on the lower part of the facia. This crossover also features rear-view cameras on both sides.

Mirroring the face of the crossover, the rear also has a horizontal strip of LEDs that stretches from one side to another, again connecting the taillights. Just like the front end, the rear comes with a pair of tow hooks on its bumper and the same teardrop shaped outlets at each corner. Suicide rear doors are also present for easier access to the passenger compartment.

Read the entire article Chery Tiggo Sport Coupe Concept is out to impress video game lovers

MG surprises us at the 2017 Auto Shanghai with its brand new concept: the E-Motion. This electric grand tourer is comparable to the likes of the hybrid models from Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Aston Martin. The automaker goes back to its sports car roots with this concept. It is shaped like a coupe but has an electric powertrain that packs some really impressive numbers.

The E-Motion has an eye-catching design. It has a grille similar to that of a Mercedes’ “diamond” grille, with a pair of sleek headlights that reminds us of those on current Mazda models - which are supposed to be inspired by the London Eye. As you look at the sides, you might get glimpses of a classic Aston Martin. Meanwhile, vertical taillights extend to the fenders, and a prominent spoiler lip are found on the rear end. Moreover, this concept features butterfly doors, and massive panoramic glass roof from the front all the way to the rear end, following its sloped roofline. It also comes with a huge diffuser and flush door handles. Overall, the car has a sporty appearance.

Inside, the cabin can accommodate four passengers. A fully digital instrument cluster is installed for the driver, with touch sensitive controls. Rotary knobs are built into the air vents for temperature control, like the Audi TT. Even the back passengers get their own touch-operated console.

Read the entire article MG returns with the E-Motion Concept

Just this week at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, Toyota unveiled a new concept dubbed the Fengchao Fun. The sedan very much resembles the 2018 Camry. Though the company has not confirmed this, a lot of people are suggesting that this may be the next generation Camry for the Chinese market, or that this might be a preview of how the future Camry might look.

Toyota has not given much information on the Fengchao Fun’s technical specifications. But we do know that this concept is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

TNGA was first introduced in 2015, with a purpose to build cars that are better for the customers, the company, and the environment. To be more specific, fewer resources will be required to build cars with the standardized platform, therefore less manpower will be needed. TNGA-developed cars will have a more improved driving experience, while making use of fuel more efficiently, without sacrificing the design of the car.

Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Toyota Fengchao Fun Concept might be the future Camry

Jeep has been releasing teasers about the Jeep Yuntu Concept months before the auto show in China. Just last week, they revealed a new sketch that we have not seen before. But this week, the Yuntu finally made its debut at the 2017 Auto Shanghai as the company’s newest and largest SUV,

Three-row SUVs have been a thing for a while now. But it doesn’t mean that those buyers actually need a third row - it’s just nice to have. However, a lot of SUVs now with a third row are barely useful, because there’s just too little space. But Jeep’s Yuntu has something interesting to offer.

As you enter its unique cabin, you will be welcomed by three rows of seats (that accommodate six passengers), which is uncommon for a Jeep, and is also what they are highlighting in this concept. Light brown wood trims can be found all around the center console, to the steering wheel, and the door panels, giving it a touch of elegance. Floating elements can be found inside which include the center console, and a long horizontal LCD screen that stretches from the gauge cluster to the passenger dash. More screens are found on the back of each headrest as individual entertainment systems for the second and third row passengers. The Yuntu has a total of eleven large touch sensitive displays.

Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Jeep Yuntu Concept combines iconic and futuristic features, might soon enter production

When it comes to automakers, many are familiar with those coming from Europe. China appears to be slowly catching up with a host of new companies joining the auto manufacturing business. One of these is Zotye Auto which was established in 2005 and is based in Yongkang, Zhejiang.

Zotye caught the public’s eye when it unveiled the SR9, a clear, if not blatant, copy of the Macan from Porsche. Heads are turning once again as the Chinese automaker recently revealed that it will be presenting a new concept on this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Styled as the Concept S, the company said it is inspired by the Lamborghini Urus. Those familiar with their work though knows what inspired really means.

Initial preview has not helped at all as the two sketches are appalling, to say the least. The images though show that both the rear section and the side profile are undoubtedly similar to the Urus. It even has the same squared wheel arches and the similar doors. Even the taillight and the bumper are the same. The only difference would be that the rear end has six tailpipes.

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The upcoming 2017 Shanghai Auto Show will be the first venue for the newest member of BMW’s Chinese lineup – the new long-wheelbase 5 Series Li. This premium sedan will be exclusively available in the People’s Republic for the meantime.

Compared to the standard 5 Series (G30), the 5 Series Li (G30) is longer by 5.2 inches (13.3 centimeters) but slightly shorter compared to the 7 Series. It exudes a business-like aura while elegantly showing off the harmonious blend of its stretched proportions and contemporary looks. The increase in its length allows more space, thus, there’s additional leg room for the passengers at the back.

Aside from a more spacious leg room, the 5 Series Li also boasts optimized soundproofing as well as a variety of innovative features which include electrically adjustable comfort seats, Ambient Air package and Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof. These features further elevate the 5 Series Li to a whole new level of comfort for back seat passengers.

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VLF Automotive is an American luxury sports car company, established in 2012 when it was originally VL Automotive (before the Fisker came in the picture). It is a joint partnership between former General Motors boss Bob Lutz, car designer Henrik Fisker of Fisker Karma, and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal. “VLF” came from the initials of each founder.

Over a year ago, the company took the cover off its Force 1 Coupe in Detroit, Michigan. And now, they are getting ready for the roadster version to debut at the Auto Shanghai 2017 in China next week. The roadster was spotted while in transit, so images of the car have surfaced online even before its official launch.

To keep the Force 1 Roadster light in weight, the body panels were built with carbon fiber. In fact, it looks just as sporty and masculine as the coupe. Instead, this was built with a soft top instead of a fixed carbon roof, unlike its counterpart. However, this model weighs a little more than the coupe that is at 1,538 kilograms (3,395 pounds), because of the increased roof complexity. Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires are included too.

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PSA Group - the French automotive manufacturer who gave us Peugeots and Citroens automobiles, is seeking to establish a stronghold to the US Market, and naming the former TrueCar and Nissan Exec Larry Dominique to lead its conquest.

There has been several news in the past that mentions PSA Group's plan of expanding to the US, but it seems this time, it is for real. PSA's affinity for the US all started around 1960 when the Peugeot 404 sedan was made available to the public, and was followed by 504. The last vehicles that Peugeot released in the US were the squared styled, rear wheel drive 505 saloon and its wagon counterpart, and the front wheel drive 405 that has been made in both body styles.

Citroen also departed from USA as early as 1974, with chosen automobiles being shipped via specialist importers. The last offering of PSA Group is the DS Automobiles which is viewed as the store version of Citroen, a Lexus/Infiniti-ish offering that ranges from city hatches to midsize cars. Only recently, PSA obtained Opel- another auto manufacturer who has been long gone from US.

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Skoda announces its plans to begin sales of at least five electric vehicles by 2025. While doing its work, the Czech brand is also set to show off its Vision E Concept at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. For us, the Vision E’s debut this April will clearly represent the company’s green venture within the next several years.

Based on the initial sketches, Skoda’s concept EV bears the shape of an SUV along with an extremely remarkable exterior design. The five- seater coupe-like-SUV has this distinctly short front and rear overhangs, massive set of wheels with the absence of B-pillar just as in any other concepts.

Speaking with Automotive News in Europe, Skoda’s spokesperson explained the significant progression of their design—Skoda as we know started with the Vision S and now it has the Vision E concept.

Read the entire article 2017 Auto Shanghai Preview: Skoda to bring autonomous EV at the Vision E Concept premiere

PSA seems very confident about conquering the world. The purchase of Opel/Vauxhall for €2.2 billion ($2.3B) from General Motors makes PSA the second largest car company, just behind the Volkswagen Group, but taking over Renault-Nissan’s spot.

Jean-Philippe Peugeot, a family shareholder of PSA, said that they have already discussed a potential acquisition of Opel back in 2012, as early as when the General Motors made a deal with the French company. However, it was not the right time for the marriage of both companies so they waited until this year to announce their plan to the public. He also added in his interview with a German newspaper that PSA wants to go global in the coming years. Thus, the goal was set to “conquer the rest of the world step by step”.

The acquisition includes: Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, the brands they carry, assembly and component manufacturing facilities, an engineering center in Deutschland, and all their employees. Now that Opel is part of the PSA group. It is a big help for the company’s plan to achieve important economies of scale, and this means manufacturing at least three million cars for a core market. Robert Peugeot (Chairman of the PSA Group’s strategy committee) further explained himself and said that “all large carmakers have a volume of three million cars in one important market.

Read the entire article PSA-Opel marriage sets out to conquer the world

While it may take five more years before we can fully experience autonomous driving, the technology of electric vehicles is certainly way ahead. For that same reason, Skoda gears up for the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017 this April.

After announcing the company’s electrification project, Skoda will finally bring out the EV concept for its official premiere. As stated by its CEO, Berhard Maier, the concept will show what Skoda’s electrical mobility will invariably appear. He added that the company is thrilled to “bring something new” at the Chinese expo.

The Vision S was initially revealed by Christian Strube, Skoda’s head for research and development. Although the concept is still stationed at company’s design headquarters, Skoda is more than ready to show it off next month at the exhibit.

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Now, it has been signed. Discussions over the possible acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors by the PSA Group have finally reached a conclusion. The parties, including international banking group BNP, have finally inked an agreement in which GM is selling both its automotive and financial operations in Europe for a whopping EUR2.2 billion (around $2.33 billion).

According to the terms of the agreement, PSA will be acquiring Opel and Vauxhall – GM’s automotive operations in Europe – for EUR1.3 billion (around $1.38 billion). PSA and BNP Paribas are forming a 50-50 joint venture to acquire the European operations of GM Financial at 0.8 times of its pro forma book value or around EUR900 million (around $953 million). Thus, the transaction – the sale of Opel/Vauxhall automotive operations and GM Financial’s entire European operations – has a total value of EUR2.2 billion.

PSA’s share of the entire transaction -- Opel/Vauxhall and half of GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the French group around EUR1.75 billion (around $1.85 billion). BNP Paribas’ share of the transaction – 50 percent GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the banking group around EUR450 million (around $476 million).

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Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5.

While still on sale on this part of the world, the C5 has been discontinued in Europe mainly due to low sales. With this in mind, Citroen is hoping to give the current version the rest it deserves by coming out with a new model that it hopes to unveil by the start of the Shanghai Motor Show, which is set for April.

At present, there is still no actual model as the preview that Citroen has shown is available in two design sketches with one for the exterior and the other for its interior. Initial impression for the design though is not that optimistic, given that instead of revealing a new generation, the drafts simply show a facelift. Early photos though have shown that the front end will be redesigned entirely. In addition to having new headlights, the bumper and the grille will be new as well ensuring that it does have a new look.

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