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- 01/06/14--14:18: _Citroën DS3 Pink sp...
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- 01/08/14--06:48: _2014 Seat Leon Cupr...
- 01/08/14--15:44: _The inappropriately...
- 01/09/14--05:40: _2014 Lexus RC F fir...
- 01/09/14--12:59: _2014 Ram 1500 Mossy...
- 01/10/14--04:21: _2014 Volkswagen Pol...
- 01/10/14--11:13: _2014 Formula One ra...
- 01/11/14--10:32: _Smart introduces th...
- 01/11/14--12:47: _Volkswagen e-Golf h...
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- 12/31/13--10:51: Nissan Sport Sedan Concept teased
- 12/31/13--12:03: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Grom concepts
- 01/02/14--15:36: Top 10: New cars due in 2014
- 01/03/14--03:07: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept revealed
- 01/03/14--12:16: Kia GT4 Stinger concept teased
- 01/04/14--14:58: Top 10: Irish car sales 2013
- 01/05/14--11:17: 2014 Passat Executive and Executive Style
- 01/06/14--09:25: 2014 Peugeot 308 SW estate revealed
- 01/06/14--14:18: Citroën DS3 Pink special editions
- 01/07/14--09:20: Top 10: UK car sales 2013
- 01/07/14--15:44: Top 10: UK car sales 2013 - winners and losers
- 01/08/14--06:48: 2014 Seat Leon Cupra and Cupra 280
- 01/08/14--15:44: The inappropriately named Ghost V-Specification
- 01/09/14--05:40: 2014 Lexus RC F first view
- 01/09/14--12:59: 2014 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition revealed
- 01/10/14--04:21: 2014 Volkswagen Polo R WRC unveiled
- 01/10/14--11:13: 2014 Formula One race numbers confirmed
- 01/11/14--10:32: Smart introduces the fortwo citybeam
- 01/11/14--12:47: Volkswagen e-Golf heading to the United States
- 01/12/14--08:36: 2015 GMC Canyon pick-up unveiled
For now, nothing is known about the car, not even whether it’s front- or rear-wheel drive. Nissan has said that the concept’s styling signals a change in design direction for the brand, though.
2014 Nissan GT-R Nismo unveiled
2013 Nissan 370Z prices revealed
They’ve been around since the 1980s, but that hasn’t stopped Honda from using the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the inspiration for four new Grom customised concepts.
Each motorcycle is based on one of the cartoon quartet - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello - with colour schemes that match the characters’ costumes. Even their familiar masks appear across the headlights.
The diminutive concepts are due to appear at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon, which opens on the 10th of January. There are currently no plans to put them into production.
£385 Honda CG110 launched
Honda CB Trigger unveiled
2013 Honda MSX125
|1. Peugeot 308||Launch date: January|
|Customer deliveries of the Peugeot 308 actually began today. A 2014 European Car of the Year finalist, this compact hatchback is a cornerstone of Peugeot’s aspiration to become a more premium brand. Interestingly, the 308 bucks a trend set by many of its rivals by being slightly shorter and considerably lighter than its predecessor.|
|2. Mazda 3||Launch date: January|
|Another Car of the Year nominee is the Mazda 3, which will be a distinctive-looking competitor for the Peugeot 308 as well as the ever-popular Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. The cabin design isn’t as bold as the exterior styling, but at least a longer wheelbase should mean more passenger space versus the old model.|
|3. Nissan Qashqai||Launch date: February|
|Judging by registration volumes, the Qashqai is the UK’s most popular crossover by quite some margin. Therefore the arrival of an all-new second generation version is an important event. Length and width have grown a tad, but the Qashqai is slightly lower than before. Those revised dimensions plus stronger styling should give it greater presence on the road.|
|4. BMW 2 Series Coupé||Launch date: March|
|The first ever 2 Series is noticeably longer and wider than the two-door 1 Series, the car it replaces. It’ll be initially available in 220i, 218d, 220d and 225d guises with buyers able to choose from SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport trim grades. Topping the range is the M235i Coupé which features a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, upgraded suspension and a stronger braking system.|
|5. Jaguar F-Type Coupé||Launch date: March|
|One of the major car launches of 2013 was the Jaguar F-Type Convertible. This year sees the arrival of the Coupé, which was unveiled simultaneously at the Los Angeles and Tokyo motor shows last November. Not only does the addition of a roof make the F-Type more practical - beneath the rear tailgate there’s room for two sets of golf clubs - but it also results in the most torsionally rigid production Jaguar ever.|
|6. Mini Hatch||Launch date: March|
|Eventually revealed after a protracted sequence of unauthorised and official spy shots, the new Mini Hatch didn’t get a universally positive reception thanks to its bulbous looks and increased size. ‘Mini’ it isn’t, but final judgement should be reserved until the car has been seen in the metal and driven. Despite being bigger, the Cooper and Cooper D will both use three-cylinder turbocharged engines for the first time.|
|7. Porsche Macan||Launch date: April|
|Resembling a shrunken Cayenne, the Macan SUV is expected to add an additional 50,000 units to Porsche’s annual global sales figures. The range comprises S, S Diesel and Turbo variants, all of which feature a V6 engine, active all-wheel drive and a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Drivers who prefer a manual gearbox are going to be disappointed though, as one isn’t being offered.|
|8. Jeep Cherokee||Launch date: April|
|The 2014 Cherokee has been on sale in North America for quite a while. After some delays, this spring will at last see it arrive in UK dealers, but final specifications and prices have yet to be confirmed. In the USA, the engine line-up consists of 2.4 litre four-cylinder and 3.2 litre V6 petrol engines that come connected to nine-speed transmissions. A diesel option is expected for Europe.|
|9. Lamborghini Huracán||Launch date: April|
|It’s hard to believe that the Lamborghini Gallardo is over ten years old. Nevertheless, that’s considered ancient in automotive terms, so the appearance of the Huracán to replace it hasn’t come as a surprise. Built predominantly from aluminium and carbon fibre, it’ll be offered only in LP 610-4 form to begin with. The spec includes a 5.2 litre V10 engine, all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.|
|10. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon||Launch date: June|
|With its deeply scalloped sides, tapered rear end and massive front grille, the latest C-Class represents a daring change in design direction for a model that’s formerly been elegant yet understated. Although longer and wider than the previous version (primarily to give more rear-seat and boot space), the 2014 model manages to be lighter thanks to the partial use of aluminium.|
Due to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show later this month, it features various carbon fibre bodywork components including the roof panel, door mirror caps, front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. The bumpers and front wings have also been redesigned.
To complete the transformation the saloon’s suspension is lowered, 21” forged alloy wheels are fitted and a sports exhaust system replaces the standard item. There’s no word yet on any engine modifications, though.
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept teased
2014 Infiniti Q50 unveiled
For now details are meagre, but Kia has revealed that it features a 315 bhp (235 kW / 320 PS) turbocharged four-cylinder engine which drives the rear wheels.
Whether the GT4 Stinger heralds a halo production car for the Korean brand remains to be seen.
Kia Pro_cee’d GT revealed
Kia K9 revealed
The new car market in Ireland contracted by 6.6% during 2013. That was despite the switch to a biannual number plate system, introduced as an attempt to redistribute some of the usual first quarter sales peak and to avoid a ‘13’ age identifier appearing.
In total 74,303 registrations were recorded in 2013 compared to 2012’s figure of 79,574, according to data just published by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.
In terms of manufacturer performances Volkswagen, Toyota and Ford continued to occupy the top three slots in that order. Indeed, combined they accounted for one third of all retails, even though Toyota saw its volumes slashed by almost a quarter.
|Volkswagen is still Ireland's top car brand.|
Another notably poor performance came from Renault. The French marque dropped out of the top ten altogether after achieving just 3,318 registrations, a drop of almost 2,000 units versus 2012.
|Top 10: Irish Car Registrations 2013 - By Manufacturer|
|Figures provided by SIMI Statistical Service|
The Golf underscored Volkswagen’s status as the leading car brand in Ireland. It ended 2013 as most popular individual model, a result that was helped by a mediocre year for the Ford Focus.
|Top 10: Irish Car Registrations 2013 - By Model|
|10||BMW 5 Series||1,594||1,658||-64||-3.9%|
|Figures provided by SIMI Statistical Service|
Top 10: Irish car sales 2012
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Volkswagen is beginning 2014 by rationalising its Passat range in the UK. Just announced are two new trim grades called Executive and Executive Style that replace the previous Highline, Sport and R-Line variants.
Available in both saloon and estate guises, the Executive features a generous specification. Standard kit includes touchscreen satellite navigation, automatic lights and wipers, dual zone climate control, parking sensors, cruise control and leather upholstery. Also fitted are heated front seats with electric adjustment for the driver’s, while the exterior gets chrome trim and 17” alloy wheels.
Additional equipment on the Executive Style comprises rear privacy glass, bi-xenon headlights, front fog lights, lowered sports suspension and larger 18” alloys.
Prices for the Passat Executive start from £20,235, with Executive Style models costing £995 extra.
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack
Peugeot’s new 308 family is set to grow with the imminent arrival of the SW estate.
Measuring 4.58 metres (just over 15 feet) from bumper to bumper, it’s slightly longer than C-segment wagon rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.
A few extra centimetres apparently makes all the difference though, as Peugeot is claiming class-leading boot space. Practicality is further enhanced by having a completely flat floor when the rear seats are folded down.
Deliveries of the Peugeot 308 SW are scheduled to begin across Europe this spring, following a public debut at March’s Geneva International Motor Show.
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2014 European COTY nominees
2014 Peugeot 308 unveiled
With its bright fuchsia roof, door mirror caps and wheel centres, a new Citroën DS3 Pink edition will be very easy to spot.
Available exclusively in the UK, the rest of the car’s bodywork comes painted in either Polar White or Perla Nera Black with matching wheels. Completing the look is a similar fuchsia finish for the dashboard panel and gear knob.
The DS3 Pink models are based on the existing DStyle and DSport trim grades. As well as that unique livery, the former also features upgraded 16” alloy wheels and a better audio system. The latter meanwhile is equipped with the usually optional City Signature pack that includes rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, electrically heated and folding door mirrors, a self-dimming rear-view mirror and a front central armrest.
Sales begin this month, with prices varying according to engine and colour choices:
|Citroën DS3 Pink - UK On The Road Prices|
|Model||Engine||Polar White||Perla Nera Black|
|DStyle Pink||VTi 120 petrol||£15,675||£16,170|
|DStyle Pink||e-HDi 90 Airdream diesel||£15,870||£16,365|
|DSport Pink||THP 155 petrol||£17,800||£18,295|
|DSport Pink||e-HDi 115 Airdream diesel||£18,075||£18,570|
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Citroën DS3 Red editions
Stats just published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that 2,264,737 new cars were registered in the UK during 2013. That figure, the highest annual amount recorded since 2007, was up almost 11% on 2012’s total of 2,044,609.
Of course registrations don’t necessarily mean sales, as the numbers can be easily distorted by dealer demonstrators, pre-registrations and other tactics such as the short-term placement of vehicles with daily rental companies.
Nevertheless the SMMT’s ‘Private’ registration category, which should be a more meaningful barometer of true retails, actually rose by 15.6% and so it accounted for most of the market growth. By comparison, the ‘Fleet’ and ‘Business’ sectors together showed a much more modest increase.
|Total UK Car Registrations 2013 - By Category|
|Fleet + Business||1,190,115||1,115,169||74,946||6.7%|
The 2013 manufacturers’ league table held no surprises as Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen remained in the first three slots. Combined they accounted for one third of all registrations.
|2013 saw Ford once again topping|
|the UK’s new car registration chart.|
In fact, changes were very limited. Audi and Mercedes-Benz both moved up one position, while Citroën returned to the top ten displacing Hyundai.
|Top 10: Total UK Car Registrations 2013 - By Manufacturer|
|Position 2013||Manufacturer||Registrations||Market Share||Position 2012|
The individual models’ chart was fairly predictable too, with the Ford Fiesta retaining its seemingly unassailable position as the country’s most popular car.
|Top 10: Total UK Car Registrations 2013 - By Model|
|7||BMW 3 Series||43,494||1.9%|
|9||BMW 1 Series||41,883||1.9%|
Top 10: Irish car sales 2013
Top 10: UK car sales 2012
While figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that new car registrations in 2013 were at their highest level for six years, individual manufacturer performances varied significantly. Some fared exceptionally well, but others experienced serious declines.
First of all, special mention has to go to Dacia, which in its UK launch year managed to achieve 17,146 registrations. To put that into perspective, the Romanian brand outsold budget rival Chevrolet by 5,470 units.
Of the marques that were also around in 2012, here are the ten that posted the largest year-on-year volume percentage increases:
|Top 10: Total UK Car Registrations 2013 - Winners|
At the other end of the spectrum, these are the ten makes that suffered the greatest drops:
|Top 10: Total UK Car Registrations 2013 - Losers|
Saab’s result was expected given the firm’s bankruptcy issues, although more surprising is the virtual disappearance of Proton. MG will doubtless be hoping for a stronger 2014, especially given the arrival of its new 3 supermini which has had generally favourable reviews.
Clearly the strategy to bolster the Chrysler line-up with rebadged Lancia models isn’t working particularly well. Alfa Romeo meanwhile continues to struggle without a replacement for the mid-size 159.
Top 10: UK car sales 2013
Top 10: Irish car sales 2013
Top 10: UK car sales 2012
Seat has launched the new performance-orientated Leon Cupra. Offered with a choice of two body styles, two engine outputs and two transmissions, the line-up comprises five different versions.
All use a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine and come with a mechanical front axle differential lock for improved traction and the elimination of torque steer. Also included in the specification are a dynamic chassis control device which lets the driver tweak the suspension settings, progressive power steering and an electronic stability control system that can be partially or fully deactivated.
Distinguishing the Cupra from other Leon variants are its restyled bumpers, 18” alloy wheels, full LED headlights and rear privacy glass. The interior features Alcantara upholstery, front sports seats, aluminium pedals and a unique steering wheel design.
Furthermore, Cupra 280 models are also equipped with satellite navigation, larger 19” titanium-coloured alloys, black door mirror caps, a rear roof spoiler, red brake calipers and gloss black cabin trim pieces.
Prices range from £25,690 to £28,525. By comparison the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which is noticeably slower than the Seat thanks to its relatively humble 217 bhp (162 kW / 220 PS), costs between £26,125 and £28,195.
|2014 Seat Leon Cupra - Specifications and UK Pricing|
|Model||SC Cupra 3-door||SC Cupra 280 3-door||SC Cupra 280 DSG 3-door||Cupra 280 5-door||Cupra 280 DSG 5-door|
|Power||261 bhp (195 kW / 265 PS)||276 bhp (206 kW / 280 PS)|
|Torque||350 Nm (258 lb/ft)|
|0-62 mph (100 km/h)||5.9 secs||5.8 secs||5.7 secs||5.8 secs||5.7 secs|
|Top speed||155 mph (250 km/h)|
|Combined cycle||44.1 mpg (6.4 l/100km)||44.1 mpg (6.4 l/100km)||42.2 mpg (6.6 l/100km)||44.1 mpg (6.4 l/100km)||42.2 mpg (6.6 l/100km)|
|CO2||149 g/km||149 g/km||155 g/km||149 g/km||155 g/km|
The 2014 Leon Cupra is available to order now in the UK. Customer deliveries are scheduled to begin this coming March.
Seat Leon ST revealed
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Seat Leon SC unveiled
The V-Specification moniker isn’t particularly redolent of Rolls-Royce, not least because it’s bound to be shortened to V-Spec - and that instantly brings to mind a special Nissan GT-R. However, maybe such a faux pas can be partly forgiven after considering the cars that lie beneath the name.
Available to order from now until June this year, the Ghost V-Specification and Ghost Extended Wheelbase V-Specification are limited production models that boast several appealing features.
These begin under the bonnet, where the 6,592 cc twin-turbo V12 engine has had its power raised from the usual 563 bhp (420 kW / 570 PS) to 593 bhp (422 kW / 601 PS). Peak torque, which arrives at just 1,500 rpm, is still 780 Nm (575 lb/ft).
Surprisingly, the official performance figures are also unchanged despite that extra output: the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes 4.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
Exterior tweaks include a set of rather extravagant part-polished 21” alloy wheels and some bespoke hand-painted coachlines along the bodywork.
The interior enjoys a unique dashboard clock plus contrast piping and stitching for the leather upholstery. Completing the package is a distinctive ‘V’ motif that adorns the rear central armrest, doorsill tread plates and multimedia screen cover.
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Following the Lexus RC coupé’s debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, a high performance ‘F’ version is due to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show later this month.
With a 5.0 litre V8 engine that Lexus says produces ‘well above’ 450 bhp (335 kW / 456 PS), the RC F is going to be more powerful than the 425 bhp (317 kW / 431 PS) BMW M4. However, acceleration figures have yet to be released, so for now it’s unknown whether that extra output will result in any performance advantage.
The RC F also features numerous bodywork changes. These include a redesigned bonnet, large cooling vents in the front wings and an active rear wing that automatically deploys at 50 mph (80 km/h) and retracts below 25 mph (40 km/h). Finishing off the purposeful look are some 19” ten-spoke forged alloy wheels that’ll be available in three different styles.
As expected, the interior gets a sporty makeover too. More supportive seats are fitted, along with a thick-rim steering wheel and special high-grip pedals.
Pricing and market launch dates are still to be confirmed.
2014 Lexus IS revealed
Lexus LF-LC Blue concept
After a year’s absence, a Mossy Oak Edition is returning to the Ram 1500 pick-up range.
Named after the supplier of Ram’s official camouflage pattern (yes, there is actually such a thing), it’s based on the existing Outdoorsman Crew Cab 4x4 model and offers a choice of 5’ 7” or 6’ 4” cargo bed lengths.
Available with Black, Black Gold Pearl or Prairie Pearl paintwork, the tailgate and top edges of the cargo box come covered in ‘Break-Up Infinity’ camouflage. That same pattern can also be optionally applied to the lower portions of the body sides.
On the inside, the Canyon Brown and Frost Beige colour scheme gains embroidered Mossy Oak logos on the headrests, plus more camouflage on the door panel inserts and dashboard centre. Alternatively, Tuscany Katzkin leather upholstery can be specified, which incidentally sees the Mossy Oak emblems move down to the seat backs.
In the United States, prices start at $39,985 plus a $1,195 destination charge.
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The 2014 Polo R WRC is essentially the same car that helped Volkswagen Motorsport secure the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in last year’s World Rally Championship.
That’s largely because the manufacturers participating in the series agreed not to re-homologate any existing cars for this season. They have been permitted to play ten modification ‘jokers’ though, thereby allowing some detail changes. For the Polo, these include revised software and chassis components.
Defending their championships in the lead Volkswagen will be Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila and Andreas Mikkelsen / Mikko Markkula comprise the crews for the team’s other two entries.
The first event of the 2014 World Rally Championship is the Rallye Monte Carlo, which begins on the 16th of January.
2014 Hyundai i20 WRC revealed
2014 World Rally Championship calendar
Polo R WRC begins testing
|2014 FIA Formula One World Championship Entry List|
|1*||Sebastian Vettel (Deu)||Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Renault|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo (Aus)||Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Renault|
|44||Lewis Hamilton (GB)||Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One||Mercedes|
|6||Nico Rosberg (Deu)||Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One||Mercedes|
|14||Fernando Alonso (Esp)||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari|
|7||Kimi Räikkönen (Fin)||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari|
|8||Romain Grosjean (Fra)||Lotus F1 Team||Renault|
|13||Pastor Maldonado (Ven)||Lotus F1 Team||Renault|
|22||Jenson Button (GB)||McLaren Mercedes||Mercedes|
|20||Kevin Magnussen (Den)||McLaren Mercedes||Mercedes|
|27||Nico Hülkenberg (Deu)||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Mercedes|
|11||Sergio Pérez Mendoza (Mex)||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Mercedes|
|99||Adrian Sutil (Deu)||Sauber F1 Team||Ferrari|
|21||Esteban Gutiérrez (Mex)||Sauber F1 Team||Ferrari|
|25||Jean-Éric Vergne (Fra)||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Renault|
|26||Daniil Kvyat (Rus)||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Renault|
|19||Felipe Massa (Bra)||Williams Team F1||Mercedes|
|77||Valtteri Bottas (Fin)||Williams Team F1||Mercedes|
|17||Jules Bianchi (Fra)||Marussia F1 Team||Ferrari|
|TBC||Max Chilton (GB)||Marussia F1 Team||Ferrari|
|TBC||TBC||Caterham F1 Team||Renault|
|TBC||TBC||Caterham F1 Team||Renault|
|*Will revert to 5 when Vettel is not World Champion.|
|Will Sebastian Vettel secure his fifth|
|Formula One World Championship in 2014?|
Caterham has yet to name either of its drivers for 2014, although an announcement is expected soon.
2014 Formula One calendar finalised
A replacement fortwo is expected later this year, but that hasn’t stopped Smart from producing another special version of the current model. Named citybeam, it’s based on the passion trim grade and buyers can opt for either coupé or cabriolet body styles.
Externally, the citybeam edition is distinguished by some unique double-spoke alloy wheels, a silver tridion safety cell, LED daytime running lights and titanium-coloured headlight surrounds. The paintwork selection comprises matt anthracite, light blue or silver metallic.
On the inside, the upholstery mixes black leather with grey fabric inserts and stitching. The three-spoke sports steering wheel and upper dashboard are leather-covered too.
In Germany, the Smart fortwo citybeam will cost from €14,490 (including 19% VAT) when deliveries begin in April. It’s being offered with a choice of two 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engines with different outputs or an electric motor.
Prices and availability in the UK have yet to be confirmed.
Smart fortwo edition21
Fortwo BoConcept signature style
Smart fortwo cityflame
Volkswagen has confirmed that its electric-powered e-Golf is to be offered in the United States.
Outwardly similar to a regular model, the five-door e-Golf features a liquid-cooled 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 113 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS) electric motor. With 270 Nm (199 lb/ft) of peak torque the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 10.4 seconds is brisk enough, but top speed is electronically limited to 87 mph (140 km/h).
More important than performance is range. On average, it’s anticipated to be a fairly modest 70 to 90 miles (about 110 to 145 kilometres).
In an attempt to address potential customer concerns about living with an electric vehicle, the specification boasts a fast charging facility as standard. It replenishes the batteries to 80 percent capacity in around half an hour. Alternatively, fully recharging a totally flat battery takes 20 hours via a standard domestic socket, or approximately four hours using a special 220 volt / 7.2 kW wallbox.
As well as a ‘Normal’ driving mode, drivers will be able to select ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’ settings to help conserve energy. These aren’t without compromise though, as they restrict output to 92 bhp (69 kW / 94 PS) and 72 bhp (54 kW / 74 PS) respectively. Furthermore, the regenerative braking system can be adjusted to three different severity levels.
Also included in the specification are all-LED headlights, unique 16” alloy wheels, low rolling resistance tyres, a redesigned grille and an aerodynamically-optimised rear spoiler.
Sales of the Volkswagen e-Golf are scheduled to begin in selected states during the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced.
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The new 2015 Canyon is essentially a rebadged version of the North American-specification Chevrolet Colorado that was first revealed last November.
Visually the most noticeable difference is at the front end, where the familiar GMC grille provides a more imposing look for the midsize pick-up. As with the Colorado, three configurations will be offered: extended cab / 6’ 2” cargo bed, crew cab / 5’ 2” cargo bed or crew cab / 6’ 2” cargo bed.
Beneath the skin things are pretty much identical too. The standard engine is a 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol-powered unit, but a 3.6 litre V6 is going to be on the options list from launch. Significantly, they’re due to be joined by a 2.8 litre Duramax turbodiesel for the 2016 model year.
When sales begin towards the end of 2014, Canyon buyers will have a choice of base, SLE and SLT trim grades that can be equipped with either rear- or AutoTrac four-wheel drive. Furthermore, an All Terrain package has been developed for SLE models that comprises retuned suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, 17” wheels shod with off-road tyres, a body-colour grille surround and unique cabin details.
All variants feature a power-adjustable driver’s seat, six airbags, a 4.2” colour information screen set within the instrument cluster and the StabiliTrak stability control system. Practical aspects include a two-tier loading system for the cargo box as well as a ‘CornerStep’ rear bumper.
Prices have yet to be confirmed.
|2015 GMC Canyon - Preliminary Technical Specifications|
|Cab styles||Two-door extended cab or four-door crew cab|
|Type||2.5 litre I4||3.6 litre V6|
|Displacement||2,457 cc (150 cu. in.)||3,564 cc (217 cu. in.)|
|Fuel delivery||High-pressure direct injection; electronic throttle control|
|Valvetrain||DOHC; four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing|
|Block material||Cast aluminium||Aluminium|
|Cylinder head material||Cast aluminium||Cast aluminium|
|Power||193 bhp (146 kW / 195 PS) at 6,400 rpm (est.)||302 bhp (224 kW / 306 PS) at 6,950 rpm (est.)|
|Torque||250 Nm (184 lb/ft) at 4,400 rpm (est.)||366 Nm (270 lb/ft) at 4,000 rpm (est.)|
|Type||Six-speed manual||Six-speed automatic|
|Availability||Base model with extended cab, 2.5 litre engine and rear-wheel drive only||All models|
|Tow / haul mode||No||Yes (V6 only)|
|Auto grade braking||No||Yes|
|Front suspension||Independent coil-over-shock; twin-tube dampers|
|Rear suspension||Solid axle; semi-elliptic two-stage multi-leaf springs; twin-tube dampers|
|Wheel sizes||16 x 7”, 17 x 8” or 18 x 8.5”|
|Tyre sizes||265/70R16, 255/65R17 or 265/60R18|
|Steering||Electrically-assisted power rack-and-pinion steering with variable assist|
|Stability control||StabiliTrak electronic stability control with hill start assist|
|Brakes||Power-assisted; disc brakes front and rear; anti-lock standard; hill descent control optional|
|Configuration||Ext. cab / 6’2” box||Crew cab / 5’2” box||Crew cab / 6’2” box|
|Length||5,395 mm (212.4”)||5,395 mm (212.4”)||5,705 mm (224.6”)|
|Wheelbase||3,258 mm (128.3”)||3,258 mm (128.3”)||3,568 mm (140.5”)|
|Height (incl. antenna) 2WD||1,998 mm (78.7”)|
|Height (incl. antenna) 4WD||2,005 mm (78.9”)|
|Width||1,886 mm (74.3”)|
|Front headroom||1,016 mm (40.0”)|
|Front legroom||1,059 mm (41.7”)|
|Rear headroom||932 mm (36.7”)||973 mm (38.3”)||973 mm (38.3”)|
|Rear legroom||726 mm (28.6”)||909 mm (35.8”)||909 mm (35.8”)|
|Curb weight 2WD||1,789 kg (3,944 lbs) w/ 2.5 litre engine||1,831 kg (4,037 lbs) w/ 2.5 litre engine||1,935 kg (4,266 lbs) w/ 3.6 litre engine|
|Max. GVWR||2,540 kg (5,600 lbs)||2,721 kg (6,000 lbs)||2,721 kg (6,000 lbs)|
|Max. payload||657 kg (1,450 lbs)||635 kg (1,400 lbs)||635 kg (1,400 lbs)|
|Max. towing weight||3,039 kg (6,700 lbs)|
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