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A hybrid Skoda Fabia RS may be part of VW’s upcoming lineup under e-mobility campaign

While many believe electric mobility is the future, it is still uncertain how far or near we really are into making the transition --- but that may change real soon.

Insiders reveal in a recent report by Autocar that Volkswagen Group is taking the steps to make this happen at the earliest time possible. How? It seeks to become the leading promoter of e-mobility in the market. It is said that Volkswagen Group wishes to launch about 30 EVs by 2025, but prior to that, the German marque will be promoting a number of gasoline-electric hybrids under its sub-brands. It’s expected to comprise several SUVs and two electrified hatchbacks.

In a bid to win the hearts of car enthusiasts, Volkswagen AG’s marketing people thought the hybrid hatches hold the key to letting everyone come aboard the electrified future. This could be achieved by means of spreading the word about electric technologies among fellow customers. Well, hot hybrid hatchbacks can be a lot of fun you know.

Read the entire article A hybrid Skoda Fabia RS may be part of VW’s upcoming lineup under e-mobility campaign

Ford Focus RS Edition rises a notch higher with new Quaife limited-slip differential

Does the RS Edition and its LSD feature deserve all the media attention? The short answer to that is yes. Let us explain why. Ford today has revealed its new Focus RS Edition together with the complete details about its latest features, price and specifications. While on stage at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new hatchback is seen to be wearing a stunning new look while dressed in Nitrous Blue body paint and fitted with blackened front splitter, spoiler, roof, and black 19-inch wheels.

The hatchback’s stunning new features are also seen along the RS Edition’s more angular and more aggressive front grille and bumpers which are even more enhanced with its massive spoiler and large exhausts down the vehicle's rear section. Beyond the menacing appearance, you will also find Recaro carbon fibre sports seats inside plus a pair of folding side mirrors on both sides of the exterior.

What’s more interesting however is that the new model receives Ford’s 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine, which is capable of up to 350PS that would allow the hatchback to run from a zero to 60mph in as quickly as 4.7 seconds. Needless to say, Ford has added the latest mechanical Quaife limited slip differential (or LSD) that should significantly improve the RS Edition’s handling and traction more than ever.

Read the entire article Ford Focus RS Edition rises a notch higher with new Quaife limited-slip differential

2018 Renault Megane RS now has more power and tech

The long-awaited 2018 Renault Megane RS has finally made its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, after having been the subject of several spy photos and leaks. The Megane RS is definitely among the most-liked C-segment hot hatches as it comes with a number of technologies – including a turbo gasoline engine with two new transmission options.

It comes equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged gas motor with direct injection, like the one in the Alpine A110 sports car, instead of the older 2.0-liter turbo. This engine works with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifter and launch control, giving power to the front wheels. All this enables the Megane RS to carry out as much as 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts). It will also come with standard 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers that customers can swap for optional bi-material cast iron and aluminum discs.

But that’s not all that it can do, as customers can opt for the Megane RS Trophy version that should be out before 2019. This variant will have a little more power, giving out 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). It is too early to provide numbers for the acceleration and top speed of both the regular and the Trophy variant, but stay tuned as we will probably find out by December this year.

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2018 SEAT Leon Cupra R is the brand’s most powerful road car

The last time SEAT gave the Leon range a refresh, it was given an extra push with an additional 10 horsepower, for a total of 300 horsepower. Despite the upgrade in performance, it was still a little less powerful than the Euro-spec VW Golf R after it went through a facelift. But this time, the SEAT Leon is at par with its counterpart from Wolfsburg, with the R version that gives it a total of 310 horsepower. That may not be that big of a difference, but it is still an upgrade.

Having said that, it will only be the six-speed manual version that will be getting 310 horsepower, while the DSG-version will only have 300 horsepower. Furthermore, just because it has an “R” badge doesn’t mean that this is an all-wheel-drive car. The range topping SEAT Leon will actually exclusively come with a front-wheel-drive layout. But if you would like to drive an AWD and have a larger trunk, you will have to deal with the 300 horsepower Leon Cupra wagon, which really is not that bad. Unlike the Golf R, the Leon Cupra R is going to be a limited-edition model that is only limited to a total of 799 examples, whereas the VW is a regular production model.

To make it stand out even more from its counterparts, SEAT gave the Leon range carbon fiber trim parts on the front and rear spoilers that come with larger front intakes plus side mirror caps finished in copper. The “Cupra” letting as well as the badges also get the same copper finish. The Leon had also been given Cupra R exclusive side skirts, along with the copper wheels and roof-mounted rear spoiler.

Read the entire article 2018 SEAT Leon Cupra R is the brand’s most powerful road car

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors has announced that it would be unveiling a new concept car at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. As Kia disclosed, the concept car – still unnamed up to this moment and will likely be so until its official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show – would provide a glimpse into the possible design and appearance of the third generation of its Kia Cee’d compact car.

The last time we checked, the Kia Cee’d – a compact car especially made for European customers – is still on its second generation. The first generation Cee’d lasted for six years while the second generation has been on the market since 2012, which means that the third-generation compact car is up for introduction soon. The original Cee’d was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show while the second-gen model was unwrapped in the 2012 edition of the event. It was named after the initials of the European Economic Community (EEC or CEE in some places) and European Design (ED). Kia, however, determined that CEEED would have too many Es, so the last E was replaced with an apostrophe mark, resulting to the Cee’d moniker.

However, Kia has made it clear that that the still unnamed concept car to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show would be just a design study indicating the possible looks of the next generation of the Cee’d. Should the South Korean carmaker decide to unveil the third generation of the Kia Cee’d next year – or six years after the debut of the second-gen compact car – it could happen at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the event that introduced the first two generations of the Cee’d.

Read the entire article Kia’s unnamed extended hot hatch concept to be unveiled at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

What happens when an auto company finds that a certain offering is not selling enough to make a good business case? Continuing to build and sell such vehicle would only be counterproductive, thus, stopping its production could be a good decision. That might the case for the Audi A3 three-door hatchback, which according to a report by Autocar, would be dropped in the coming years.

The fourth generation of the Audi A3 family is due to arrive sometime in 2019, ushering a new era for the German premium carmaker’s small family car. However, it seems that Audi is not bent on giving the A3 three-door hatchback another crack for glory, AutoCar reports, citing sources privy with what goes on inside the luxury carmaker.

As per the British auto publication, Audi officials have indicated that the dropping of the A3 three-door hatchback is part of the carmaker’s model consolidation program. It added that the program was prompted as part of the cost-cutting measures needed to ensure that there are enough funds for fixing the Volkswagen Group’s Dieselgate scandal. Simply put, its continued decline in terms of sales means that there is no more business-related reasons for the auto company to allow the A3 three-door hatchback to live on through the next generation.

Read the entire article Audi to drop A3 three-door hatchback from its next-generation lineup

Ever since Nissan officially revived the Datsun brand in 2013, the Datsun Go has been its primary weapon to rise from the ashes. Nissan first sold the Datsun Go in 2014 in India. Since then, the brand has made its way into a number of markets around the world, particularly in Indonesia, Russia, India and South Africa as well as in Kazakhstan, Belarus and Lebanon.

Now, Nissan is looking to further spice up the presence of its Datsun brand in Indonesia by showing off a radical version of the Datsun Go hatchback – the new Datsun Go live concept –at the ongoing GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show. Sporting a somewhat radical look compared to a typical Go, the Go live Concept was created by Datsun to specifically target for young Indonesians who already view customizing vehicles as a way of life.

To describe Go live as just another concept is basically an understatement. Its overall looks alone – from the exterior to the interior – exude a different character from the regular hatch. The differences are also glaring up front, where the Go is defined by large, bold hexagonal grille flanked by slim, canted headlights. It also features bulging fender flares that lend the hatch concept a wide, muscular stance.

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The 2018 Renault Megane RS is scheduled to be revealed this September 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, months before its debut, we are already seeing leaked images of the hot hatch. This time, a Megane RS in a bold red paint emerged on Facebook and its images have been circulating the net. Looking at the images, it seems like the photos have been taken at Renault’s facility. We are assuming this because there are other prototypes around it that seem to be camouflaged.

The images reveal several details including the RS-specific checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights to the beefy diffuser that is complemented with the central trapezoidal exhaust tip. There is no doubt that this is the 2018 Megane RS, as you can spot the “RS” logos on both the front (below the diamond badge) and the rear (under the tail light) ends of the car.

One can definitely tell the difference between the Megane GT and the Megane RS. For instance, the new model has vented front fenders, flared wheel arches, and has added vents at the back. The RS is also much lower compared to the GT when it comes to the sporty suspension setup. Other than that, it comes equipped with large two-tone alloy wheels that are exclusive for the RS version.

Read the entire article Leaked images: All eyes are on this red 2018 Renault Megane RS

A standard Ford Focus RS that you get straight from the factory comes with a 350 horsepower (260 kilowatts) turbocharged engine and an all-wheel drive system. That is already quite fast for a Ford Focus to begin with, but there are just some people who want more. In this case, we are referring to UK-based tuner Mountune. But instead of complaining that the car is not powerful enough, they introduced an M400 upgrade for the said model instead.

But before we get into that, let us first talk about the upgrade that the company introduced last August. Ford gave the Focus RS a little push in terms of power, by increasing its output from 350 horsepower (260 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 Newton metres) of torque to 375 horsepower (276 kW) and 376 pound-feet (510 Nm). This was made possible, thanks to the custom air filter, the air re-circulation valve, and the new ECU. Now, the new upgrade can even push the 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine to an extra 25 horses (18 kW).

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, Mountune can unlock the Ford Focus RS’ power so it can achieve 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-metres) of torque. This is after they add a high-flow induction kit, a new turbo re-circulation valve, a high-flow hard pipe, and a high-performance alloy intercooler, and an upgraded ECU. All these upgrades have their own roles to play in improving the car’s performance.

Read the entire article Mountune offers M400 power upgrade for your 2017 Ford Focus RS

Aside from fronting Honda’s annual summer tour, pop rock band OneRepublic was also given an opportunity to customize a 2017 Honda Civic Type R. The car is a one-off and was made for the “Civic Tour City Flavour” event where music fans, foodies, and car enthusiasts will gather for a pop-up food experience with a number of food trucks serving up local dishes.

As mentioned earlier, the event focuses on music, food and cars. OneRepublic was asked to customize and sign not just a Honda Civic Type R, but also a Rebel motorcycle that will be showcased throughout the Honda Civic Tour. Looking at the exterior design, the hatchback got a unique design that is inspired by the band. It indicates some modern elements in terms of the architecture, that is painted in two black finishes - glossy and matte, with bold red accents.

Honda Civic Type R is already sweet as it is, but it catches even more attention with the OneRepublic livery. Though the design may not please everybody’s taste, it is still unique in its own way, most specially because it is a one-off. This event will give people the chance to get to know the Civic Type R up close and personal.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Tour to feature OneRepublic and their one-off Type R

The Europe-bound WRC hatch developed by Toyota and Gazoo Racing team will be limited to just 400 examples as reported by AutoCar this week. Otherwise known as Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring, the GRMN variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will likewise arrive in the UK with not more than 100 units to be sold. It also seems that the Japanese brand has no plans of introducing the sports hatch in the US but is said to be eyeing the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST as the Yaris’ closest competitors.

Fresh from its debut earlier this year in Switzerland, the hatch boasts a powerful 205hp (153kW) 1.8 liter supercharged engine. The car should be capable of 6.3 second acceleration from zero to 100km/h based on the prototype review conducted by TopGear.

Aside from the uprated power, this new Yaris with racing DNA comes with the new 17” BBS multi spoke wheels, a new set Bridgestone high performance tyres and a larger diameter front anti roll bar with additional bracing between the front and rear suspension.

Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is limited to only 400 units for Europe, including 100 for the UK

The wait is over for those who have been waiting to see more of the 2018 Renault Megane RS. Though, the actual model will be officially revealed in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, patent images have already been published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). These images show the hatch's built from every angle, exposing all of its features without any kind of camouflage.

Overall, the performance model looks significantly sportier and more aggressive than its GT counterpart. The patent images had the same design elements from the teasers and spy shots that we have seen earlier. These elements include: flared wheel arches on the car's profile, huge air vents up front, and a trapezoidal exhaust tip.

Other than what we have already seen before, there are some bits that are new to us like the headlights up front that are not like the other Megane models, as well as the taillights on the rear end of the car. The bumpers just by the taillights also look more muscular with two side scoops. Like the Clio RS, the Megane gets the same checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights.

Read the entire article Patent images of 2018 Renault Megane RS are here

Amid the sales drop of some of its models in the US and the UK, Hyundai has become more impassioned to step up its game. The Korean automaker introduced a new performance hatchback, the 2018 Hyundai i30 N to compete against the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 308 GTi, and Ford Focus ST.

The standard i30 N hatchback has a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that can generate 247 horsepower. This model can do the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 6.4 seconds. But you can always get the optional Performance Pack if you wish to have more power. Adding this pack will let your i30 N produce up to 271 horsepower, which reduces the car’s 0-62 time down to 6.2 seconds with launch control engaged. Both flavours have a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), and a torque of 260 pound-feet (352 Newton-metres).

During the development process of the i30 N, the company spent over 10,000 kilometers (6,213 miles) of testing at the Nurburgring. This enabled engineers to develop a track-focused car. The 2.0 liter engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission that features rev matching for smoother shifts, as well as an electronic differential. The hatchback was also given several drive modes including Eco, Normal, Sport, N mode and N Custom. The N mode alters the dampers, steering weight and throttle responsiveness, while the N Custom lets you adjust the i30 N the way you like it.

Read the entire article Hyundai heats up hot hatch rivalry with the new i30 N

In today’s world, a lot of people are making money with the use of social media, through blogs, YouTube vlogs, and Instagram posts as they get paid by billion-dollar companies. Yes, people make a huge amount of money from this, but it takes work too - and I mean tons of time and effort, and followers of course.

So, speaking of YouTube videos, a guy named Yuri Schuurkes is the first person to buy an Opel Astra with the money he earned solely from the video-sharing website. You’ll probably ask how he did that so quickly. Here it goes, he joined an ongoing campaign called “Pay by View” which lets anyone upload a video with an attempt to gain a number of views. The more views you get, the more chance you’ll get to win one of the six prizes, with three of those being cars. Not a bad contest to join, huh?

It can’t just be any video you wish to upload though. Like any other contests, there are requirements they have to fulfill before their video gets qualified. In this case, participants are meant to produce a video that shows them taking one of the Opel Online Editions for a test drive. So what Yuri Schuurkes decided to do was to dress up as Spiderman, how timely as Spiderman: Homecoming is scheduled for release early next month. Anyway, so dressed up in a superhero outfit, the guy managed to reach a 922,800 view count, which gave him the privilege to take home a car worth €23,070 ($25,800) - a brand new Astra five-door hatchback. He first uploaded the video on May 7, and as of today, he has reached up to 1.3 million views - thanks to Spidey!

Read the entire article Someone takes home an Opel Astra worth €23,070 from one YouTube video

For those who think that the fifth generation of the Volkswagen Polo is a kinda small, here is very good news. The German carmaker is finally introducing the sixth generation of the VW Polo supermini, and customers would love the fact that it is larger to accommodate both passengers and their cargo.

More than being a bit more spacious, the new 2018 VW Polo features a whole design that is now dynamic. In addition, the new VW Polo is available with a more efficient engine as well as innovative driver assistance systems. With all these attributes, the sixth generation of the VW Polo is set to continue the success story of its predecessors, of which more than 14 million have been sold to date. That figure doesn’t include other versions of the Polo that had been sold around the world ever since the first generation of the supermini was introduced.

Compared to the fifth generation that was launched in 2009, the sixth-gen Polo has grown in terms of length (at 4,053 mm), width (at 1,751 mm) as well as wheelbase (at 2,564 mm). The sixth generation of the Polo, however, is slightly shorter in terms of height (at 1,446 mm). Despite its shorter height, the gen-6 Polo offers more head room both in the front cabin (1,019 mm) and in the rear cabin (964 mm). Amazingly, the newest iteration of the Polo offers 351 liters of trunk volume, around 71 liters more than in the previous generation. In addition, the front and rear tracks of the new Polo are also wider than in the previous model at 1,525 mm and 1,505 mm, respectively.

Read the entire article VW introduces 6th generation of the Polo

Renault is bound to unveil the next generation of the 2018 Renault Megane RS at the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. All the French carmaker has done so far was to show off the new-gen Megane RS – albeit in a camouflaged form – at the Monaco Grand Prix. There have been spy shots of the hot hatch, but all of them were also in disguise.

However, an image of the new Renault Megane RS in all its crowning glory has been leaked on the Internet, providing us a good peek as to how the hot hatch actually looks sans any camouflage. This particular Megane RS has been painted white. As photographed, the Megane RS only shows a part of its rear end and its sides. As the image shows, the Megane RS features a pair air vents behind the front wheels, a body work that is laden with angles and a small roof spoiler. This roof spoiler features the same shade as the body, resulting in a more seamless look.

In addition, the image shows the new Renault Megane RS sport a rectangular exhaust protruding out from the center of the rear diffuser. Likewise, a pair of vents is also found on the rear end of the Megane RS. Under the right rear light can be found the RS badge. It also rides on the black and silver wheels that were previously seen on Megane RS prototypes.

Read the entire article Image leak shows 2018 Renault Megane RS without camouflage

BMW will be on the lookout starting now, as its "i" division will be going head to head with rivals in the coming days. According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes-Benz will soon bring some heat as it is geared to unveil an all new electric hatch concept at this year's Frankfurt auto show.

At the last year's Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz dropped hints about its newly conceived "EQ" sub-brand with a namesake concept that will take the shape of a pure electric crossover. The primary EQ model called the EQ C SUV was revealed in concept camouflage as a part of a public debut for the German automaker's electric car EQ sub brand.

For 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German automaker is working on the next concept that will not feature a combustion engine. And at this time, it will be a hatchback to represent the German automaker's purpose of rolling out a solid threat for the likes of the BMW i3 and Volkswagen's production variant of the I.D. concept. Autocar also further reported that the said hatch will be considered Mercedes' main model for the EQ lineup, which will have no less than 10 variants by the middle of the next decade.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz to reveal electric hatchback EQ concept at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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.

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

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.

Read the entire article Photos of 2018 Renault Megane RS leaked online

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
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