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Family-oriented 2018 Opel Combo Life scores high on storage and safety tech

Several days ago, Citroën took the wraps off their all new family car, the Berlingo in the digital world. And now, its brother from Rüsselsheim has just unveiled what they describe as the family’s best friend. And that is the 2018 Opel Combo Life. The reason why it was given that nickname is because it features a spacious cabin that fits every member of the family (even your dogs), while having a high level of flexibility too.

In fact, customers who intend to purchase this vehicle will appreciate that it can come with either five or seven seats, one or two rear sliding doors, and a choice between a short (4.40 meters) and a longer (4.75 meters) version of it - this explains its flexibility.

The Combo Life is actually perfect for those of you who are not fond of the Berlingo’s eccentric style elements, as the former looks more conservative when looking at the exterior design. If you choose the shorter version, this will give you a cargo capacity of 597 liters beginning from the top of the back seat.

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Mitsubishi launches new Xpander MPV at the 2017 GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show

Mitsubishi finally introduces the new Xpander MPV at the 2017 Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta Indonesia. Replacing the previous Expander, the new multipurpose vehicle will be mostly sold at the ASEAN region and other international markets. Earlier reports said the 2017 Mitsubishi Xpander is expected to arrive at the showrooms by early next year but will be out in Indonesia sometime this fall.

Taking its design cues from today’s crossovers and those of the traditional MPVs, Mitsubishi ensures to bring a tough and trendy multi-purpose vehicle without compromising convenience. Overall measurements consist of a length of 4,475mm, width of 1,750mm, and height of 1,700 with up to 205mm ground clearance. Aside from being stylish and functional, the new Xpander has the most generous space in the MPV segment.

The all-new Xpander MPV now comes with larger legroom and headroom for everyone on board thanks to its seven- seat configuration. When the back seats are folded, the second and third rows provide more space at the cargo area while staying flat on the surface.

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Kia axes the Venga, makes room for the Stonic

If you look at today’s trends, people seem to be leaning more towards small crossovers instead of mini MPVs, which means that automotive companies should be developing more of the former. That is what Kia has planned with the brand new Stonic that they unveiled on June 20, a week after the Hyundai Kona’s launch.

The Kia Stonic is quickly becoming popular, and is looking like the perfect car to attract new and young customers, as well as current Kia owners that are looking for an upgrade. The Korean automaker even said that almost a quarter of their buyers are upsizing from a hatchback to something with a little more height. Having said all that, it has also been confirmed by Kia’s top manager that we will no longer be seeing a successor of the Venga MPV.

As the SUV segment grows with the new Stonic, it is time to say goodbye to good old MPVs like the Kia Venga. But to make things clear, the Stonic is not a replacement for the Venga. Kia’s European Chief Operating Officer Michael Cole said to AutoExpress that the Stonic’s arrival made it “difficult to justify a next generation” for the Venga. And for the record, MPV segments have been in decline for some time now. He added that as the MPV segment shrunk, “it has created an opportunity for us and sales are going fine for us now”.

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Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic receive Initiale Paris treatment

When French carmaker Renault gave the Initiale Paris treatment to the Clio, Espace, Captur, and Koleos, these models never looked so great – making customers wanting more of these vehicles. Now, Renault is applying the same treatment to the Scenic and its bigger sibling, the Grand Scenic. Thus, customers could now avail from the Renault the new Scenic Initiale Paris and the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris.

This means that the Renault Scenic and the Renault Grand Scenic – in their Initiale Paris versions – will now be wrapped in the exclusive dark prune-hued metallic Amethyst Black finish and the star-pattern grille. Likewise, both the new Scenic Initiale Paris and the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris feature LED fog lamps with cornering function and ride on specific 20-inch wheels. Of course, this exclusive edition of the Scenic and the Grand Scenic will don the 'Initiale Paris' branding just below the diamond logo.

As soon as occupants open the door of either the Scenic Initiale Paris or the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris, they will be greeted by the 'Initiale Paris' sill guards. They will be welcomed by an interior that is wrapped in black or grey-patterned full-grain Nappa leather upholstery with embossed 'Initiale Paris' letterings. This full-grain Nappa leather is the same material that wraps the electrically-adjustable seats with heating and massage functions. This high-end material also wrapped the steering wheel and the gearshift lever of either the Scenic Initiale Paris or the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris. The center console and around the infotainment system will feature a specific color finish.

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Renault will unveil a new MPV, the fourth generation SCENIC, this coming March 1 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Spearheading the unveiling of the new SCENIC in the high-profile event will be Groupe Renault’s Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn and Group’s SVP of Corporate Design Laurens van den Acker.

The new SCENIC will reflect Renault’s fresh approach to MPVs, a segment that the company created. With the launching of the first iconic SCENIC back in 1996, Renault is credited as having created a legacy that the company is proud to continue with the introduction of the new SCENIC.

This fourth-generation SCENIC is set to revitalize the MPV segment and is Renault’s new vision of how a futuristic MPV should be. This new MPV will offer a panoramic view and a greatly enhanced visibility because like the newly launched ESPACE, the new SCENIC will feature a three-part windscreen.

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Volkswagen’s award-winning seven-seater MPV gets a sporty upgrade with the introduction of the new Touran R-Line. It was only very recently that Touran was awarded by WhatCar? magazine as the ‘Best MPV’ and with the addition of this new stylish R-line, the model’s appeal to its customers is bound to increase.

The new R-line will get major exterior and interior design enhancements as well as equipment upgrades since the R-Line trim is considered to be Volkswagen’s most overtly sporty trim. The new style enhancements are set to boost the MPV’s cabin style, road presence as well as kerb aesthetics.

On the performance side, the new Touran R-line will be powered by a choice of petrol or diesel engines that are both powerful yet highly fuel efficient. Available in 1.4 litre TSI to 2.0 litre TDI, these economical engines will provide outputs between 150 PS to 190 PS depending on the engine size.

Read the entire article 2016 Volkswagen Touran R-Line: No other MPV could get sportier than this

The European New Car Assessment Programme, or the Euro NCAP, has declared the Volkswagen Touran as the 2015 best compact multi-purpose vehicle. This also means that it is one of 2015’s most crash-resistant vehicles.

The brand has long been known to have a line-up of popular MPV’s and this current version did not only pass the difficult series of crash tests conducted by the Euro NCAP last September but even achieved five stars, the highest possible rating.

This rating is based on four categories that include driver assistance systems, pedestrian protection, occupant protection for adults, and occupant protection for children. For 2015 though, the specifications for the NCAP test were made more difficult.

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The Citroën C4 Picasso has once again managed to get the “Best MPV” during the 2015 Fleet World Honours held in London. Citroën had previously won this award in 2014. The new award in fact named the C4 Picasso as joint winner with Grand C4 Picasso. Fleet World Honours judge Steve Moody commented that Citroën had been manufacturing excellent MPVs and it is the C4 Picasso that takes advantage of this fact.

The 5-seater C4 Picasso is both stylish and distinctive but remains practical. Moody adds that what made the Grand C4 Picasso win is that it does not stop in setting the standard of the class and is the only 7-seater MPV than has less than 100g/km of CO2 emission despite not having a hybrid technology.

Both the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso give buyers a wide range of equipment choices like an active radar-guided cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, 7-inch Touch Drive interface with a 12-inch panoramic HD central display, and panoramic windscreen.

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Volkswagen’s Sharan MPV has just received some technical updates and will be shown at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. According to the German carmaker, the new Sharan will be available with a wide range of infotainment system that guarantees full connectivity to plenty of smartphones, but also with numerous convenience and assistance systems.

As a result, the 2015 Sharan arrives with standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as well as optional assistance systems such as ambient traffic monitoring system Front Assist with integrated City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), but also the 3rd generation of Park Assist and the Blind Spot Monitor.

The engines are now up to 15 percent more fuel-efficient and all conform to the Euro-6 emissions standard. The Sharan is available with two TSI petrol engines that produce 150 hp (110 kW) and 220 hp (162 kW), which means that the power of the strongest petrol engines is increased by 20 hp (15 kW).

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This is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito, company’s latest mid-size van that promises to set new benchmarks in its segment. Clearly inspired by the new V-Class as well as the Citan, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito starts at 17,990 euros in Germany, excluding VAT. For this amount of money, you will get the Vito 109 CDI, powered 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that generates 88 hp (65 kW) and sends the power to the front wheels.

As we said, the 2015 Vito comes with a new design, showing a brand new face with redesigned headlights, a front grille wearing the Mercedes-Benz star as well as a new front bumper. The rear end shows restyled taillights with LED technology available as an option as well as a new rear bumper.

The interior was overhauled too and offers more space than before, a new three-spoke steering wheel and an exceptionally high-quality look for its class. For the first time in this segment, Mercedes-Benz will offer front, rear and all-wheel drive.

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Mercedes-Benz officially introduced today the 2014 V-Class, the youngest and largest member of its automobile family. At its market launch, the 2014 V-Class will be available with the cutting-edge 2.1-liter turbodiesel engine offered in three output ratings: 100 kW (136 hp) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque for the V200 CDI, 120 kW (163 hp) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque for the V220 CDI, and 140 kW (190 hp) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque for the V250 BlueTec.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the 2014 V-Class can be ordered with a short or a longwheelbase (3,200 mm and 3,430 mm) and will be available in three different lengths ranging from 4,895 mm and 5,370 mm. As expected, the 2014 V-Class comes with new features such as the Crosswind Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST as standard.

Furthermore, the V-Class features optional systems such as a 360-degree camera, active parking assistance and the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. Inside, we find the new touchpad for operating all of the telematics functions in the vehicle.

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Mercedes-Benz may roll out its new V-class minivan and Vito commercial vehicle in the United States in 2015, company insiders told Automotive News. The new minivan and commercial vehicle are set to go on sale in spring in Europe. When it arrives in the US, the V class minivan would be targeted against the Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.

The V-class would be the only rear-wheel-drive offering in the minivan segment and would be a bit larger than its US rivals.  The Vito commercial van, meanwhile, would be targeted against the Ford Transit and the Chevrolet City Express/Nissan NV 200 sibling models. Both the V class and the Vito are underpinned by the same rwd platform, with all-wheel drive available.

The vehicles will be powered by either a four-cylinder engine or a six-cylinder powerplant. The V class will be carlike and have a more upscale interior than the Viano van it is replacing. It will boast of wood decor, ambient lighting and many electronic features.

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The first photos of the new Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV interior emerged today on the web. For those who don’t know, the new V-Class will replace the current Mercedes-Benz Viano but also the R-Class and it is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2014, after its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Codenamed W447, the new V-Class will be offered for those who have large families or for shuttle services. Regarding the design of its interior, we can see a new touchpad that comes, the well-known Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system, leather steering wheel, wood inserts, brown leather upholstery and new metallic accents. Moreover, the V-Class will feature new safety systems found on the new E-Class or the S-Class flagship sedan.

The Mercedes V-Class essentially redefines the MPV segment. Thanks to its design and an array of innovations, the new V-Class is setting new standards in the segment. It could comfortably accommodate up to eight occupants while offering high levels of functionality and safety. Furthermore, the V-Class boasts of a high-class appeal. With these elements, Mercedes’ MPV offering is the ideal vehicle for customers looking for a spacious ride but don’t want to compromise details like comfort and style.

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Renault has released the UK pricing and specs of its third-generation Scénic range, including the new Scénic XMOD, which were unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Renault Scénic will have a starting price of £17,955. The XMOD variant, meanwhile, will be priced similarly as the equivalent standard Scénic, despite having enhanced styling and a higher equipment level.

Renault has so far sold over 4.3 million Scénics since its initial launch in 1996, making the model considered by many as the benchmark MPV. Renault is tapping the trend for off-road-look inspired cars, as it has already done in the past.

Renault most recently sold the Conquest special edition of the five-seat Scénic. Before the Scénic Conquest, Renault also offered the RX4 that boasted of full off-road 4x4 capability.

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For the Chinese market, Honda and Acura have prepared a series of new production and concept cars, such as a people mover, a sedan, and two crossovers. Their stands at Auto Shanghai 2013 will also display two new concepts. From the teasers, it’s obvious that the Honda concept is longer than the Acura, implying that this may be a seven-seater.

The tall daylight opening of the crossover arrives at a point right in front of the slanting D-pillar and trunklid with wraparound taillight and lengthened deck spoiler, similar to the 2014 Infiniti QX60. The Acura concept has the same measurements as a compact crossover, making it appear a lot like a CR-V or RDX for the future.

It also gets a trapezoidal daylight opening -- evocative of the MDX -- and LED taillights that could extend as far up as the rear hatch. It’s not easy to guess what the introduction of these cars mean exactly. The order books are already open for the Odyssey minivan -- Chinese buyers get the Japanese-market one --and RDX/CR-V crossovers, which likely rules them out.

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The all-new Citroën C4 Picasso will go on sale this September. The mini-MPV models will feature more frugal engines and will be built with a body that’s lighter. The C4 Picasso is built on the new PSA Group ‘EMP2’ platform that will be shared with the new Peugeot 308. It comes with advanced weight-reducing measures such as alloy body parts and a composite rear floor to save as much as 140kg in kerb weight model-for-model.

Other measures that save weight include the use of an aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate, which contribute as much as 70kg weight savings when combined. Citroën said that this new C4 Picasso weighs as much as C3 Picasso. Furthermore, the new platform offers a “usefully wider, shorter footprint,” which gives the new C4 a dynamic styling effect that is both “forceful and intense.”

The new platform gives the C4 new proportions with an overall length that’s shorter by 40mm and a 70mm shorter front overhang. However, it has wider tracks that are 83mm bigger at the front and 31mm at the rear. The interior is roomier due to its wheelbase that’s 55mm longer.

Read the entire article 2014 Citroen C4 Picasso makes its debut, reminds us of Technospace Concept

SsangYong is preparing to launch its new Rodius MPV in Europe. It wasn’t a quick climb. In fact, this car took nearly three years and a $165 million investment to develop. This car offers the flexibility of multiple roles as well as the ride comfort and features of a luxury saloon. It also comes in a new shape.

The new Rodius comes with a dynamically strong and unique appearance due to major features like its inventive and flexible design layout, lavish interior and competitive position in the market. It will start selling in Europe and other export markets later in the year. SsangYong’s designers made sure that its new MPV has a distinctive and innovative appearance that consumers and observers will appreciate.

The designers set out to make it sporty as well as lush and dignified to match with the many roles of this car. The car offers both a fluidity and strength. Its front features a hexagonal shaped radiator grille and trapezoidal bumper while the overall design has masked its big exterior volume.

Read the entire article 2013 Geneva Motor Show: SsangYong debuts the new Rodius MPV in Europe

Renault has decided to replace the Scenic with the new crossover-style version of the car named Scenic XMOD. The Renault Scenic XMOD, which is based on the outgoing car it is replacing, had its ride height raised. It also received new bumpers, sill guards, new alloy wheels and roof bars so that it gets the off-roader appearance.

The Scenic XMOD is front-wheel drive but it has a better adverse weather performance due to a new Grip Xtend traction control system.

A rotary knob on the centre console is used to manually control the Grip Xtend. The standard setting is the ‘Road’ mode, which works as a conventional traction control system. When in Loose Ground mode, engine torque is controlled. Meanwhile, braking control is optimized in low-grip surfaces.

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It was only a few weeks ago that Ford Motor Co. launched the B-Max model but the automaker has already decided to terminate a shift at the Romanian plant that builds the small minivan. Ford will provide buyouts to several hourly workers at the plant in Craiova under what it refers to as a "limited voluntary separation program."

The factory, which is located 260km west of Bucharest, has about 3,600 workers, with most of them having been in service for over four years. A Ford spokesman said last Friday that talks with unions are ongoing. The Craiova plant will run on a single shift as Ford aims to exceed slow sales in Europe. Last month, Ford launched sales of the B-Max. The model is built on the same platform as the Fiesta subcompact.

It is also the replacement for the Europe-only Fusion minivan. Auto sales in Europe have fallen this year as economic weakness drives down consumer confidence. Ford estimates a loss of at least $3 billion in Europe over the next couple of years.

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Toyota’s facelifted Verso was unveiled before it makes its official debut at the Paris Motor Show. The exterior styling of the seven-seater was modified to go with Toyota’s present design theme better. It gets a new trapezoidal grille and front bumper and has a bigger badge and some chrome trim details. It features restyled headlamps and currently possesses LED daytime running lights and optional high-intensity discharge headlights.

The car’s profile got several slight modifications with new door mirrors while its 17-inch alloy wheels appear darker. The revisions to its interior include a new satin black paint finish, chrome highlights and optional leather trim. The new seat fabrics and designs will be offered throughout the range, with enhanced side bolster support.

The wind noise in the cabin is lessened with a new A-pillar design and improved sound damping. The new Verso has a boot space of 155 litres but when the rear seats are folded flat, it expands to 440 litres. The new model gets an improved 2.0-litre diesel engine, which offers better torque at low revs and a decrease in CO2 emissions, which have fallen to lower than 130g/km.

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