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Ford Fiesta is now available with new ST-Line Red and Black Editions in Europe

Ford is giving potential Fiesta customers more reasons to purchase its world-renowned subcompact. Two of these are the introductions of new sporty model based from the ST-Line trim of the Ford Fiesta. New customers can now indulge with the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition. Ford is now selling the Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition models in selected markets in Europe.

According to the carmaker, the ST-Line trim accounts for around 20 percent of total Fiesta sales this year. Perhaps the satisfying demand for the ST-Line – which endows the Fiesta a sportier and more dynamic appearance – has led Ford to create two new special editions based on this trim. These new editions – the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition feature distinctive exterior and interior elements that make them stand out from the rest.

Making full use of Ford Performance-inspired styling, these new Ford Fiesta ST-Line edition models are available in three- and five-door body styles. Both the new Ford Fiesta ST-Line Red Edition and the Fiesta ST-Line Black Edition are served by Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that deliver 140 PS of max output, as complemented by sports suspension. This engine is mated to a low-friction six-speed manual gearbox.

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European market gets aesthetic upgrades on latest 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S

Jeep is obviously busy and has been seen all over the globe, from revealing the Grand Commander in China, preparing the Renegade for a facelift, and launching the refreshed Cherokee. But even with all these projects lined up, the automaker has not stopped from adding a new special edition version for its European market. We’re referring of course to the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee S that customers from several countries in Europe can already order.

What makes the range-topping edition of the Grand Cherokee stand out from the rest of its variants would be the fact that it sits on 20-inch wheels and it features blackened lower and upper grilles in the front bumper, tinted windows with black chrome surround, and dual exhausts with black chrome finish. When you enter its cabin, it seems to match the exterior with its blacked out details including the wood finishes and black instrument panel accent stitching. It also gets Anodized Gun Metal accents.

Customers have a wide array of choices when it comes to choosing an exterior colour for the Grand Cherokee S, with 10 different hues. There are also three engines including the entry-level version that is a 3.0 liter diesel that carries out 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts), a 3.6 liter V6 with naturally aspirated gasoline engine, with as much as 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts), and a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 with as much as 352 horsepower (262 kilowatts), which is considered to be the range topping model.

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Nissan starts taking orders for 2018 Pulsar Black Edition in Europe

Japanese carmaker Nissan is now selling across Europe a new special version of its Nissan Pulsar compact family hatchback. More stylish, more elegant and more comfortable than the standard Pulsar, the new 2018 Nissan Pulsar Black Edition intends to remind everyone that the compact hatchback hasn’t given up in its goal to be recognized in its segment.

When Nissan introduced the Pulsar family hatchback three years ago in 2014, the Japanese carmaker had hoped this new challenger would take a good chunk of the compact hatch market. Although the Pulsar was an exciting proposition and did manage to capture some sales in Europe, it really never managed to present a good challenge against more established hatches in the C-segment like the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon or the Ford Focus.

But still, Nissan is not giving up on its ambitions in the continent, and the evidence of this is the introduction of the new Nissan Pulsar Black Edition. As its moniker indicates, the new 2018 Nissan Pulsar Black Edition contains a number of black design accents, allowing it to become more stylish inside and out. The design of the new Nissan Pulsar Black Edition greatly reinforces its known attributes such as spaciousness and high level of safety. Nissan is hoping that the new Pulsar Black Edition would convince potential customers that the Pulsar is still a good proposition and there is a great reason to purchase it.

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Infiniti FX50 S Sebastian Vettel Edition will cost more than €120,000 in Europe

Production will start in October for Sebastian Vettel’s special edition Infiniti FX50 S. Its price tag says that it costs more than £100,000, according to an Autocar report. Deliveries of the Vettel FX50 S will begin early next year. The company plans for this car to be priced slightly higher than 120,000 euros in mainland Europe, which is equivalent to a UK price of just higher than £100,000.

Only 50 units will arrive in Europe. The company will decide on the UK application as soon as the expressions of interest are received. To date, the company has received eight orders from European customers that have already confirmed. It’s nine if Vettel is included. He will get the first unit that rolls off the production line.

It will be mostly unchanged from the concept unveiled last year at the Frankfurt motor show. The only apparent change is that instead of being painted matt white, it will use pearlescent white paint. It will be powered by the same 414bhp 5.0-litre V8 that could bring the car to a top speed of 186mph.

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Aston Martin is celebrating 60 years of its historic win and 1-2 finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with a new special edition of the Aston Martin DBS. This Q by Aston Martin creation was commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, and only 24 units will be built with thorough reference with the Aston Martin DBR1 race car that clutched the 1959 victory. The British carmaker is introducing the new Aston Martin DBS 59.

As it moniker says, this special edition Aston DBS Superleggera pays tribute to the 1959 win by adding the figure “59” as a suffix. Fielded by David Brown Racing, Aston Martin DBR1 #5 (piloted by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby) and #6 (driven by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frere racers secured the first and second place finishes, respectively, at the 1959 Le Mans.

But the references don’t end there. The commissioned work is only for 24 examples, each unit of the DBS 59 represents every hour of the 24-hour Le Mans race where the DBR1 grabbed unmatched wins. In fact, DBS 59 models are identified by a small painted white roundel located adjacent to the side strakes, with each unit numbered from 1 to 24.

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Before we knew its Cadillac’s V-Series sub-brand is already celebrating its 15 years of existence. To give this ultra-high-performance luxury sub-brand a fitting celebration, Cadillac is introducing limited run models to be dubbed as the 2019 Cadillac V-Series Pedestal Editions.

The 2019 Pedestal Edition will be applicable for the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and the 2019 Cadillac CTS-V Super Sedan. Aside from celebrating the successful 15 years of the Cadillac V-Series sub brand, the 2019 Pedestal Edition serves as a grand farewell to the third generation of the V-Series. Soon enough, the fourth generation of the Cadillac V-Series would arrive, heralding a new era of luxury high-performance at Cadillac.

The Pedestal Editions of the 2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and CTS-V Super Sedan are distinguished from their regular counterparts through a number of aesthetic modifications. These include a commemorative application of Bronze Sand Metallic exterior color, Black Chrome trim and Black Chrome grille surround.

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It was just several months ago when European commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska called diesel-powered cars as the technology of the past, even giving a prediction that these vehicles will completely disappear in the near future. While it is still too early to say whether her statement will come a true or not, but carmakers are facing a harsh reality for now – public demand for diesel cars are dropping in a fast pace in Europe.

Public sentiment towards diesel cars in Europe has been dropping for the past years, with more and more consumers in the region looking to purchase cleaner, more environment-friendly vehicles. While Europe has been considered as the largest market for diesel cars since the 1980s, but the hunger for such vehicles has been waning lately. It was really evident from how carmakers across Europe has been shying away from diesel cars and pursuing electrification. Nonetheless, the latest available figures on sales of diesel cars are a better proof.

According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), there is really a huge decline in the demand for diesel cars. Since its statement is backed by numbers, it is really quite hard to deny the fact. As per IEA, diesel cars hold a large chunk of the automotive market in Europe, accounting for 42.5 percent of all sales as of start of 2017. But a year after at the start of 2018, the market share of diesel cars in Europe had shrunk to 36.5 percent. Overall during the period, carmakers manage to just move 3.12 million diesel cars to customers in Europe, for a huge decline of 16 percent, according to IEA.

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The diesel exodus in Europe continues. Years ago, carmakers have been in a sweeping race to offer more diesel-powered vehicles in the continent, which hunger for such transports seems unending. But now, it looks like carmakers – including Japanese company Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors -- are also in a race, but this time, it is to exit from the shrinking market in Europe before it becomes too late.

Yes, Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors are the latest of the carmakers that are saying goodbye to their diesel-powered offerings in Europe, in light of the growing dislike for such engine technology in the region. They will be joining fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan and Toyota in getting rid of diesel vehicles from their European lineup.

Interestingly, Mitsubishi Motors’ decision isn't really surprising as 34 percent of the carmaker is owned by Nissan and the company is also a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Mitsubishi has already halted sales of new diesel car in the United Kingdom. It has also stopped sales of diesel-powered cars in Germany. The only diesel vehicles that would remain in Mitsubishi’s lineup are its pickups, but that would only be for the short term. Diesel offerings accounted up to 30 percent of the Japanese carmaker’s sales in Europe in 2017.

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There is a new rebel in Maserati’s family of vehicles and it looks ready to go up against all odds. Maserati is introducing the new Ghibli Ribelle, a new limited edition model that underscores the importance of the Ghibli within the carmaker’s range. Maserati will launch the new Ghibli Ribelle to the market starting October 2018.

Maserati’s latest limited edition is essentially the Ghibli featuring a darker look courtesy of a number of exterior and interior tweaks. Its name “Ribelle” is an Italian word that actually means “rebel,” signifying the rebellious looks of this new limited edition. To highlight this, the Ghibli Ribelle is wrapped in a dark metallic tone called “Nero Ribelle,” which means black rebel. Nero Ribelle is indeed a fitting color for such a name.

This rebellious yet sophisticated dark appearance of the Maserati Ghibli Ribelle is further highlighted by elegantly exclusive glossy black Proteo alloy wheels. Measuring 19 inches in diameter, these alloy wheels feature contrasting red laser etched details. Seen through the wheels are red brake calipers.

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Toyota sports car fans and enthusiasts are getting excited about the possibility that the Japanese carmaker would be releasing a new Toyota GR 86 and a new Toyota Yaris GR 86. This comes after Toyota filed an application to trademark the GR 86 and GR Yaris with the European Trademark and Design Network.

The trademark filing for the GR 86 and the GR Yaris names was made with the Swiss trademark office on September 18, 2018. However, the European Trademark and Design Network hasn’t approved Toyota’s registration application as of this writing.

It was a year ago when Toyota made public its plans to its new "GR" sports car series. GR stands for Gazoo Racing that the Japanese carmaker is positioning as its performance brand. Gazoo Racing is a company within Toyota that is in charge of refining its cars while training its staff via world-renowned motor sports activities like the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the All-Japan Rally Championship. Toyota’s new GR sports car series are meant to be the product of the knowledge, expertise and experience earned from participating in motor sports activities.

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Volkswagen’s hot hatch just got hotter for the 2019 model year with the introduction of a Rabbit Edition. The new 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition is a special model that pays homage to the heritage of the GTI. It will be available along with three usual trims offered for the 2019 Golf GTI: S, SE, and Autobahn.

Slotted between the S and SE trims, the limited-edition VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition is distinguished from the standard models through its looks and features. Available only in four colors -- Cornflower Blue, Deep Black Pearl, Pure White and Urano Grey – the GTI Rabbit Edition boasts of an exterior with a black rear spoiler, 18-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels as well as LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and black mirror caps. Inside, the limited edition features Rabbit-badged seat tags as well as red-stitched floor mats.

Volkswagen also provided the 2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition with a number of systems such as KESSY keyless access with push-button start, Blind Spot Monitor, Front Assist and Rear Traffic Alert.

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Hyundai Motor continues to make its i30 range more appealing by offering a new diesel engine that is compliant with Euro 6d Temp emission standards. For the 2019 model year, all of Hyundai’s refined i30 models are compliant with new emission standards while boasting of minor tweaks in design and latest connectivity elements.

The 2019 Hyundai i30 range – which include the i30 five-door, i30 Wagon, i30 Fastback and i30 N -- is now available with the newly developed Smartstream 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that is available in three power outputs: 96 PS (70 kW), 116 PS (85 kW) and 136 PS (100 kW).

Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 96-PS version of the Smartstream 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine consumes between 3.8 liters and 3.9 liters of diesel per 100 km and emits between 99 grams and 104 grams of carbon dioxide per km (combined, NEDC conversion).

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The Rezvani Tank takes inspiration from the military vehicle of the same name. With this name, this extreme utility vehicle is telling the world that it has similar traits as a tank. Now, Rezvani is taking the military connection of this creation to a new level. Thus, Rezvani is introducing its latest offering – the Rezvani Tank Military Edition.

As an extreme utility vehicle, the Rezvani Tank already boasts of capabilities that allow it to become the ultimate road-going and off-road extreme utility vehicle. But Rezvani didn’t stop at the Tank, and instead explored more ways to level up its capabilities. The result is the new Rezvani Tank Military Edition.

Ferris Rezvani, chief executive of Rezvani, remarked that with the Tank Military edition, the company is upping the ante. Recognizing the success they achieved with the Tank, Rezvani divulged that they decided to create a new machine laden with the ultimate security features while providing extreme luxury. He called Tank as an extreme tactical urban vehicle equipped to handle all, including urban terrain or even an apocalyptic attack.

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It turns out that aside from the Rosso Corsa traditional finish (red), the Piloti Ferrari 488 Pista Special Edition is also available in three other color finishes. This means that prospective clients could purchase the Ferrari 488 Pista in Piloti Ferrari specifications in any of the four color themes.

As expected, the Piloti Ferrari 488 Pista was introduced into the world wrapped in Rosso Corsa, which is regarded as the red racing color of racing cars from Italy. But aside from the Rosso Corsa, the 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari can also be finished in Argento Nurburgring, Nero Daytona, and Blu Tour De France. Each color theme is named after a significant sporting event or location.

Argento Nurburgring is essentially a silver theme that makes the 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari looks sportily elegant. Nero Daytona, meanwhile, wraps the 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari in black for a sleek, athletic appearance. On the other hand, Blu Tour De France, lends the 488 Pista Piloti Ferrari with a solid façade.

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Hearing the words “Koenigsegg Agera” immediately brings music to the ears of hypercar fans and enthusiasts. After all, Koenigsegg Agera has been lording it all over the world of hypercar for already around eight years. Now, Koenigsegg is marking the end of the Agera era with two new final examples – the Thor and the Vader.

Actually, Thor and Vader are part of a three-example Koenigsegg Agera Final Edition series. The Final Edition series designation was applied to the three last Agera models in March 2016, with permission from their respective owners. The first of the Agera Final Edition series has already been built and shipped to its owner, while Thor and Vader were just recently completed this by Koenigsegg’s expert team at the carmaker’s factory in Angelholm, Sweden. In a sense, Thor and Vader are the real final examples of the Koenigsegg Agera.

Both Thor and Vader Final Editions are based from the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Interestingly, all options that were availed by the owners of these final Agera models were provided at no extra costs and charges. Even the many aerodynamic elements installed in Thor and Vader were at no additional cost.

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Right now, if you check the Mercedes-Benz G Class configurator online, you will be given two options, namely the G500 and the G63. The G500 first came out in January with the launch of the W464 at NAIAS in Detroit, and the G63 made its first appearance in Geneva a few weeks after the first one. For those of you who are looking for a more low end torque, then you will need to wait until the end of the year to place an order for a diesel powered G in Europe.

If you speak to the guys behind the Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog, they will tell you that the diesel G-Class that takes the shape of the G350d 4Matic model will be available in Germany by December. At the same time, production will begin during this time but deliveries will not begin until March 2019 at the earliest. The report then says that dealers will get the first diesel models for potential clients to try out sometime in spring of next year.

You might be wondering what the original identity of the diesel engine is. Well, it is actually the OM 656 that we saw last year together with the S-Class facelift. This was eventually launched in other models like the CLS. In the S350d sedan, it pumps out 286 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 600 Newton metres (443 pound feet) of torque. Moving on to the S400d, it has a little more output, at 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 700 Newton metres (516 pound feet) of torque.

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Mercedes-Benz has been working on refreshing its people-hauling V-Class, which has racked up more than 100,000 deliveries since 2014. But before the new model finally goes on sale sometime next year, the German automaker is giving the current model one last special edition to keep customers interested.

It is called the V-Class Night Edition and it comes with a handful of improvements care of the AMG department. But don’t get too excited because they aren’t doing any improvements to the engine. Power comes from the automaker’s familiar 2.1 liter turbodiesel engine with 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 325 pound-feet (440 Newton metres) of torque. According to Mercedes, the average fuel consumption is between 6.8 and 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers, or 34.6-31.4 miles per gallon with CO2 emissions of 179-199 grams per kilometer.

As for the exterior upgrades, there’s the new AMG front and rear aprons, new radiator grille with two louvres in high gloss black, black AMG sourced 19 inch alloy wheels with seven twin spoke design, Edition badges on the front wings, and tinted rear windows.

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The MINI Cooper S, a standard hardtop with two doors that is great for everyday use, has been transformed into a posh hatchback that is perfect for the royal family. The so-called royal Mini had been developed by Mini Design especially for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th. The Mini Cooper S has been given a beautiful Crystal White finish with an intricate roof featuring a handmade, multi coloured graphic.

The paint has several layers and was also completed by hand. Furthermore, they had to ensure to combine elements of Prince Harry’s flag, the Union Jack, as well as Meghan Markle’s national flag, Stars and Stripes. There are five white stripes on the roof, which corresponds with the hood where there are silver and blue accent stripes that can also be seen on the rear fenders.

The side scuttles around the side turn signal indicators were made with 3D printing technology, and these were adorned by the “M” and “H” initials, with a heart in between the letters. To cap off the exterior changes, there are door mounted LEDs that will project the words “Just Married” on the ground.

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Lotus’ newest model to expand the Exige range had been introduced as the Sport 410, which is going to be positioned between the 350 and the Cup 430. It actually gets some of its features from the latter - from the engine and suspension to its aerodynamics.

What powers the Exige Sport 410 would be the Cup 430’s supercharged 3.5 liter V6 engine, calibrated for it to have a total output of 410 hp (416 PS) and 310 pound feet of torque (420 Newton metres). The 410 also receives the oil cooler and larger clutch from the Cup 430. The engine is mated to a six speed close ration manual transmission that is standard, together with the exposed gear change linkage. The Sport hits 60 miles per hour in only 3.3 seconds, while continuing to the Cup 430’s top speed of 180 miles per hour, in the coupe configuration.

Sport 410 now uses the Cup 430’s chassis, suspension and dampers to the Sport 410. The three way adjustable Nitron dampers had been tuned for the road to meet the car’s aerodynamic demands. Anti-roll bars up front and in the rear are standard too.

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Lotus is not done rolling out special edition models, and one of Jetta’s latest special edition models would be the Exige Cup 430 Type 25 collector’s edition. The model pays homage to the single seat Lotus race car with the same name. It also comes with a handful of new features that let it stand out from the rest of the special edition Lotus cars.

Customers of this unique model can get the Exige in any colour, as long as it is Lotus Racing Green, or Old English White. What you see in the rendering’s pictures here is the said green finish. As you can see, it has yellow and black accents all over its body - from the hood to the roof, and the fascia, which can be customized depending on what the customer wants. As for the interior, it will also be given the same bespoke detailing, where customers can pick from a variety of options and materials like leather and Alcantara throughout.

What gives the Exige enough power is a 3.5 liter supercharged V6, enabling it to carry out 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and 440 pound feet (596 Newton metres) of torque. This is mated to an open gate six speed manual transmission. With these mechanical bits, it makes the Lotus Cup 430 Type 25 one of the quickest cars in its class. It is capable of sprinting from 0-60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 3.2 seconds, before pushing its limit to 180 miles per hour (290 kilometers per hour).

Read the entire article There is another special edition Lotus car – the Exige Cup 430 Type 25