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2013 IAA: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG shown in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG had its official introduction, after it has been teased and later leaked. The new model, which is set to have its public unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, has the usual AMG modifications when it comes to styling. It features bolder bumpers, thicker side sills, bigger 19-inch alloy wheels and a quad exhaust setup that make the car appear more menacing.

But then, others claim that it should still seem meaner. It is powered by an updated Euro 6-compliant twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter engine, producing 585 bhp (436 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft). The direct-injected gasoline engine includes Piezo injectors and an all-aluminum crankcase that comes with four valves per cylinder (with camshaft adjustment).

The mill features an air-to-water intercooler and an ECO start/stop function. It gets a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT sports transmission that comes in three modes: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual). In comparison to the former model, the new S63 AMG is lighter by as much as 220 lbs (100 kg) due to its use of AMG forged alloys, a lightweight lithium-ion battery (-20 kg / 44 lbs) and a two-piece braking system that weighs less.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG shown in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

2013 IAA: 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift shines in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The facelifted Insignia features not only an appealing interior and exterior styling but also new engines that are powerful. Its front fascia has been redesigned and has a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lamps such as the safety lighting system AFL+ as an option, new lower front fascia inserts, new fog lamps that come with black inserts and chrome accents and new tail lamps that have slim-look reverse functions.

The sedan and hatchback variants feature tail / stop functions of the split 2-piece tail lamps that are executed as LEDs. Upgrades to the interior include a center console that has a totally new feeling of subtlety and refinement, black piano lacquer and chrome control panel significantly simplified and holds only a few buttons for the infotainment system and air conditioning.

Controlling the new infotainment system is easy with an 8-inch color display with touch operation. The touchpad, a new feature, is ergonomically positioned in the center console and comes with a new method of quickly and intuitively getting access to the infotainment system. Those who buy the new Opel Insignia can choose from three propulsion alternatives gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift shines in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

2013 IAA: Elmiraj Concept previews future top-end Cadillac unit [Live Photos]

If you are wondering what Cadillac's future lineup-topping unit may look like, then you just have to see its Elmiraj grand coupe concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In a statement, General Motors said that the Elmiraj explores "new dimensions for Cadillac's ongoing expansion."  At 205 inches, the rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupe is 3 inches longer than the XTS, which is currently considered as the biggest car in Cadillac's lineup.

The Elmiraj is underpinned by a platform that also underpins "an ongoing Cadillac vehicle development project slated for future production," according to GM. This project may refer to a large rwd sedan that is being developed for the top of its lineup to rival the Mercedes-Benz S class, BMW 7 series and other top-end sedans. The Elmiraj has a large grille that dons a new Cadillac emblem. It lets go of classic laurel wreath while leaving behind a streamlined version of the shield.

Sources told Automotive News that the new badge may appear on production cars as early as 2015, although a Cadillac spokesman has said a decision has yet to be made. In a statement, GM said that the design idea for a revised crest "reflects the fact that Cadillac's unmistakable symbol has evolved dozens of times through history to mark new eras or design achievements."

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Elmiraj Concept previews future top-end Cadillac unit [Live Photos]

2013 IAA: 2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo debuts in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The new Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo saloon and estate was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The BMW 3-series-based D3 Bi-Turbo is powered by the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine used by the XD3 and D5 models. This engine can deliver 345bhp and 516lb ft. This marks the first time for Alpina to install a six-cylinder diesel engine on the D3.

A four-cylinder engine powered the new D3’s predecessor in 2005. This remains the top-selling model throughout Alpina’s history. A total of over 2000 units were sold. The engine, which is EU6-compliant, offers a combined economy of 53.3mpg and can emit 139g/km of CO2. The vehicle can sprint from zero to 62mph in 4.6sec and can reach a top speed of 173mph.

As a result, the new diesel saloon can outpace the BMW M135i, which can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.9sec and has a limited top speed of 155mph. The D3 Bi-Turbo is offered in both saloon and estate (Touring) bodystyles. Meanwhile, right-hand drive models are offered with standard rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is offered as an option for left-hand drive vehicles.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Alpina D3 Bi-Turbo debuts in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Brabus is out to showcase what its 'B63S-700' performance kit can do for Mercedes-Benz's niche model – the G63 AMG 6x6. On display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Brabus B63S-700 6x6 was made to be even more potent and exclusive. The G63 AMG 6x6 is already quite impressive, with standard versions capable of delivering 536bhp and 561bhp, distributed to all six wheels through an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.

However, Brabus was able to raise this figure to 691bhp and 708lb ft. These major improvements of 155bhp and 147lb ft, are owed to the installation of a couple of new turbochargers, a modified ECU, high-flow catalytic convertors, a sports exhaust system and the extra heat shielding for the intake system.

Brabus also tweaked the six-wheeled 3775kg powerhouse to be able to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 7.4sec. But then, its top speed remains at 99mph. The speed was limited to protect the 37-inch off-road tires instead of the powertrain. In addition, the B63S-700 6x6 features an exhaust valve system that provides 'Sport' and 'Coming Home' modes.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Brabus B63S-700 G63 AMG 6X6 is out of this world [Live Photos]

Visitors to the Frankfurt Motor Show witnessed the debut of the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, which features several modifications, of which the most significant is the use of a new nine-speed automatic gearbox. The nine-speed gearbox that ZF supplied was first seen earlier in the year at the Geneva Motor Show as a prototype. Production has already begun for this gearbox.

It will be available as standard for the Land Rover-made Evoque’s one petrol and two diesel engines. Land Rover said that its fuel economy rating is better by up to 11.4% while its CO2 emissions is lower by up to 9.5% in some models. The most frugal – the front-wheel-drive, 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel version -- returns 57.6mpg when combined and has CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

Range Rover also gave the 2014 Evoque an Active Driveline ‘on demand’ four-wheel drive system. This new feature is offered as an option. For improved fuel economy, the all-wheel-drive Evoques makes a switch to front-drive mode during steady driving conditions above 22mph.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Range Rover Evoque shows its Zanzibar Bronze color [Live Photos]

Renault is showing off its new Clio IV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The French carmaker says that the new Renault Clio IV exudes versatility, performance and fuel efficiency. The Clio boasts of styling cue typical of Renault Sport models -- grille, front and rear bumpers and lip spoiler, 17-inch wheels and offset LED daytime running lights.

It could be availed with the optional Malta Blue finish. Inside, the Clio features a grey trim with details in chrome and gloss black. Staying true to its label as a high performance car, the Clio features sports seats with additional side support, aluminum-capped pedals and specific instrument backgrounds.

It boasts of a touchscreen R-Link navigation system, hands-free card, radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as reversing camera, driver aids and automatic climate control.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Renault is showing Clio IV at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Volkswagen’s new electric cars had a dual global debut at the ongoing 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new electrified units -- the e-up! and e-Golf – are based on the carmaker’s existing and good-selling current volume offerings. Both the e-up! and e-Golf offer zero-emission driving experience and practicality.

The four-door units are also well-equipped With standard features including automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights. The e-Golf also features LED headlights, the first among units of the Volkswagen brand. Both the e-up! and e-Golf boasts of being leaders in terms of energy efficiency.

 For instance, the e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km – best in the world – while the e-Golf consumes just 12.7 kWh per 100 km. This means that driving 100km will cost just EUR3.02 for the e-up! and EUR3.30 with the e-Golf, considering that the price of electricity in Germany was of July 31, 2013 was EUR0.258 per kWh.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Dual debut for e-Golf and e-up! at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Chevrolet has launched the much-awaited seventh generation of its Corvette sports car – the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray. The 2014 Corvette Stingray is regarded as the most powerful standard model ever, thanks to its powerplant that provides up to 450 horsepower (335 kW) of output and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm), allowing the car to sprint from zero to 60mph in less than four seconds, while achieving over 1g cornering grip.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is also expected to be most fuel-efficient Corvette, as it is seen to surpass the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model. General Motors North America President Mark Reuss remarked that like the ’63 Sting Ray, the “best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences.”

He quipped that the 2014 Corvette Stingray “goes farther than ever,” thanks to advancements in design, technology and engineering Chevrolet will produce the 2014 Corvette Stingray at the Bowling Green assembly site of its parent General Motors in Kentucky.

Read the entire article Chevrolet launches the much-awaited 2014 Corvette Stingray at Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The auto refiner Mansory is offering a seven-unit limited edition luxury vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG – the G-Couture. A luxury vehicle class of its own right, the G-Couture does not impresses with its looks but only with its technical aspect. For instance, the G-Couture luxury SUV has its entire exterior – including the lower window edge and the roof -- are made of carbon, known for its excellent lightness and strength.

To further improve the quality of this ultra-light material, Mansory employed the autoclave-prepreg-method, in which the carbon is compressed strongly in a special pressure chamber that no more air inclusions remain in the material. This very cost-intensive method is typically employed in aviation and aerospace.

Mansory also paid special attention into modifying the SUV’s engine. The refiner replaced the majority of the engine components with high-performance parts from the Mercedes-Benz SLR, resulting to a G-Couture powerplant that provides up to 700 hp (515 kW) of output and 880 Nm of torque, compared with G 55 AMG’s 507 hp (373 kW) of output and 700 Nm of torque. The G-Couture boasts of riding on four high-performance tires Pirelli Scorpion with the dimension 305/35 R 23 fitted onto one-part 23-inch SUV-rims.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Mansory G 55 AMG-based G-Couture SUV at Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Jaguar has introduced the C-X17 – its first ever sports crossover concept vehicle -- at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was built as a design study to showcase the brand’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ[Al], which will be used for a new range of models. Jaguar seeks to use this new concept for its future models.

The vehicle architecture, which was designed for Jaguar, is modular and scalable. It is high-strength, lightweight, very stiff and utilizes revolutionary efficiency technologies. It allows for flexibility in high-volume production but at the same time, there’s freedom in creative design. Its interior packaging is competitive without having an impact on Jaguar’s distinct character, dynamics, performance and luxury.

Jaguar is then able to expand its product range and to penetrate high-growth areas of the premium market. The Jaguar C-X17 explores the design possibilities of the sports crossover segment by sustaining the character and driving experience of a sports car while boosting its presence, style and flexibility.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Jaguar C-X17 Concept looks mean and powerful in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing concept made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept merges the best of the DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of the new DS3 Cabrio, as it refers to the carmaker's World Rally Championship connection. The custom-built DS3 Cabrio Racing concept has the looks as well as the performance of a car tuned by Citroen Racing, a multi-WRC title team. 

The dynamically styled DS3 Cabrio Racing concept boasts of a bespoke Moondark matt textured grey paintwork.

It also features special gloss black 19” alloy wheels as well as Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors. Appearing on the black canvas roof in gloss weave and on the on the door mirror housings is characteristic DS pattern. 

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing Concept drops its top in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The all-new 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet had its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available for ordering in the United Kingdom in late October. Audi expanded the A3 Cabriolet's dimensions to achieve a sleeker profile and to allow for complete soft-top concealment when in open mode. The compact cabriolet is now longer from 4.24 to 4.42 meters with an expanded wheelbase of 2.60 meters, and is also wider from 1.77 to 1.79 meters. 

The only dimension that shrank is the A3 Cabriolet's height, which is now lower by 15mm to 1.41 meters. Audi also expanded the cabriolet's luggage capacity by 60 liters (2.12 cubic ft), with an improved access to that storage space. The front of the Audi A3 Cabriolet features a single frame radiator grille flanked by flat headlamps that either use halogen or xenon bulbs depending on the version. It can also use the optional LED headlamp technology.

Thanks to its rear overhang, the A3 cabriolet now looks so proportional and elegant. Its windscreen frame is made from aluminum, with an aluminum-look trim strip running around the roof aperture.  The flanks feature a firm tornado line and contoured surfaces.

Read the entire article Global debut of 2014 Audi A3 Cabrio made at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Bugatti presented its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti special edition, which represents the second model of the "Legend" series that is comprised of six limited-run models. This Veyron special edition pays tribute to Jean Bugatti, son of the carmaker’s founder and creator of the iconic Type 57SC Atlantic. Set to be showcased at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti special edition dons a jet black, clear-coated carbon fiber exterior finish and features diamond-cut alloys.

The front grille’s surround is made of Platinum, with Jean Bugatti's signature etched onto the fuel and oil caps. The special edition’s steering wheel, instrument panel, seats, door panels and dashboard are covered with chocolate brown leather, complemented by the "Type 57" embroidered onto the doors using contrasting beige silk thread.

 The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti special edition is powered by a W16 8.0-liter quad-turbo engine that provides up to 1,200 hp (882 kW) of output and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque, allowing the unit to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti will be limited only to three units and will have a starting price of EUR2.28 million before taxes. 

Read the entire article Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Jean Bugatti unveiled in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its S-class coupe concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It provides a glimpse of the production model that will be launched at the Detroit auto show in January 2014, with sales in the United States set to commence in the second quarter of next year. The new S-class coupe will replace the seven-year-old CL, and is a little lower and shorter than the current CL.

The new S-class coupe is a sister car to the likewise recently unveiled S-class sedan, and is underpinned by a revised CL platform. The two-door coupe could be availed with either rear-wheel drive or optional 4Matic four-wheel drive.

S-class coupe concept features Mercedes-Benz's so-called soft nose grille as well as sleeker headlamps, giving it a more aggressive appearance than the outgoing CL. The S-class coupe concept also features a more shapely front fenders, more heavily raked windscreen, and long frameless doors as well as dropping line on the sides, a shallower glasshouse and a side window graphic.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Mercedes-Benz unveils S-Class Coupe Concept at Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The 2014 Kia Soul compact SUV made its debut in Europe at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt. The 2014 Soul, which took inspiration from the 2012 Kia Track’ster concept, is expected to go on sale in early 2014 throughout Europe. The 2014 Soul comes with a very fresh, more grown-up look, making it instantly identifiable as a Soul.

The IAA marks the first time for the all-new vehicle with European specs to be on display. It shares several features of the outgoing model, which includes its upright stance, squared shoulders, wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted tail lights and impressive SUV ride height. Its interior is all new, with materials that are of better quality and design that’s more focused on the driver. The 2014 Soul will be available with three different roof colors (black, white and red).

Customers can also choose from any of 11 exterior paint finishes.  Kia’s stand at the Frankfurt show features two new Souls that have been fitted with a new SUV Styling Pack, which includes piano black bumper garnish, side skirts, wheel arches and black painted roof.  Kia’s new lineup of accessory kits for the Soul is meant to give owners the chance to take advantage of the vehicle’s versatility. The most significant technical upgrade for the new 2014 Soul is its use of an all-new platform, based on what the newest Kia cee’d is built on. As a result, it offers better ride and handling than the previous model. Its on-road behaviour is also more mature and refined.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Kia Soul Facelift arrives at the Messe [Live Photos]

Rolls-Royce has recently unveiled the Celestial Phantom, a one-off motor car that celebrates a decade of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars under BMW Group custodianship. The Celestial Phantom is elegant and evokes a lightness of touch that Goodwood’s designers and craftspeople have come to be known for.

On Jan. 1, 2003, the first Phantom was rolled out from its newly completed manufacturing plant, signifying the start of a new chapter in the marque’s history.

The Celestial Phantom has an exterior colour scheme that’s inspired by the night sky. Fine glass particles have been added to the paint to attain an attractive sense of depth and light. This theme continues to the interior of this very special Phantom Extended Wheelbase.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom celebrates a decade of the renaissance [Live Photos]

Chevrolet has introduced the new Camaro convertible and coupe at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It features a fast, low-slung silhouette and comes with Chevrolet's new MyLink connected radio. It also boasts of the most significant redesign since the debut of the fifth-generation Camaro in 2006 as a concept car.

The new Camaro features enhanced high-performance aerodynamics that result to more efficient cooling and stability at soaring speeds. Its front fascia comes with a wider lower grille and a narrower upper grille. On the other hand, the functional hood vent aids in decreasing heat and aerodynamic lift.

Meanwhile, the rear features a sculptural deck lid, horizontal lamps and a diffuser. A spoiler with integral antenna is used on both the coupe and the convertible. It is powered by the 6.2L V8 engine that’s coupled with a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission model consists of active fuel management and cam phasing (VVT).

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Facelift flexes its muscles [Live Photos]

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe – the fourth generation of BMW’s sporty mid-size Coupe – has been launched. It is said to usher in BMW’s new coupe era. The new BMW 4 Series Coupe exemplifies the essence of the premium segment’s aesthetic appeal and dynamics. It has stylish features that give it a strong presence, making it stand out due to its dynamism and promise of driving pleasure.

Said to be the final chapter in the road to development, the new BMW 4 Series Coupe is the epitome of balanced proportions. The “4” in its name shows off not just its stand-alone design but also how different it is technically from its BMW 3 Series cousins. The new BMW 4 Series Coupe is obviously wider and has a bigger wheelbase compared to the outgoing BMW 3 Series Coupe.

Its dynamically stretched coupe silhouette is significantly lower. Because of this characteristic as well as the usual short overhangs from BMW, long bonnet and set-back passenger compartment with flowing roofline, the BMW 4 Series Coupe boasts a flawless visual balance.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Bmw 4-Series Coupe shows its muscular lines [Live Photos]

Renault brought the Twizy Renaultsport F1 concept car – a one-off that is the product of the cooperation between Renaultsport and Renaultsport F1 engineers - at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). What they accomplished was to turn the Renault Twizy electric city car into a quasi-Formula 1 car. A Renault F1-supplied KERS is used on the Twizy Renaultsport F1 concept car.

As a result, it can match the 0-62mph sprint time of 6.0sec of the Renaultport Mégane 265, which is Renault’s fastest road car. This project was started to prove that F1 technology can be used on road cars via the integration of a KERS in the Twizy that duplicates those used on Renault-powered F1 cars.

The 30kg-in-weight KERS system uses an electric motor, lithium-ion batteries and a control unit. It takes the place of the rear seat in the Twizy, making the concept a one-seater.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Renault Twizy F1 zooms through Frankfurt [Live Photos]