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Saturday, 25 April 2009

2011 Fiat Uno, known as project 327, appears in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Most of you must know Fiat intends to bring back the name Uno. The car is still being generated under the codename "Project 327". What you still did not have was an image of this car, but Marlos Ney Vidal, from the blog Autos Segredos, has fixed this problem with over one month waiting for the car to show up. And it has eventually happened, as you can see below.

The car will hit the Brazilian market in 2010 as a 2011 model and will present front airbags as a standard equipment, something the Brazilian law has just recently demanded. Expect for three and five door versions. Besides that, Vidal also tells us the car will share its platform, or architecture, if you prefer, with the next generation of Panda. It is not clear if the next Panda will adopt the name Uno in Europe or if there will be a Uno and a Panda in the Old World, besides the next Topolino.

These vehicles will have different interior versions. The European will be based on the interior of 500, while the South American Uno will share some parts with Fiat Palio. Since we have mentioned this car, it's new generation is also being developed in Brazil and Vidal promises to bring us the images of the so called "Project 326" very soon. We will be waiting!

Source: Autos Segredos

Friday, 24 April 2009

Gullwing replica may help reproduce 1952 300 SL

When you first heard about the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, you may have missed the original 300 SL, or, as we prefer to call it, the Gullwing. What you might not have known is that you may buy a brand new 300 SL produced by Gullwing-AG, a company that counts on the expertise of Hooper & Co to produce a replica that respects most of the Gullwing's appearance details. The guts, on the other hand, are modern, with in-line six-cylinder engines (from E300 and E320), automatic (four-speed) or manual (five-speed) gearboxes, ABS, air-conditioning and independent suspension. This is the basis over which Arturo Alonso plans to built an homage to a classic racing car, the 1952 300 SL Carrera Panamerica.

Instead of the six-cylinder engines, the car will get power from the 5.5-litre V8 engine already used by G55 AMG, for example. Power, which is 388 bhp on the G Class, is lowered to 370 hp, while torque remains the same: 530 Nm.

Apparently, Alonso's company, Gullwing-America, expects for people to start ordering the cars in order to get them done. Meanwhile, all we have are these computer renderings that give us tips on what the vehicles will look like, if they ever hit the production lines. In case they don't, it is always possible to order the 300 SL from Gullwing-AG. We have tried to contact the company, but did not manage to do so until now.

Source: World Car Fans

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Morgan will reveal Aero SuperSports at Villa d'Este

British people seem to be very fond of the lake Como, in Italy, more specifically of Villa d'Este and its Concorso d'Eleganza. Besides Aston Martin and its One-77, another venerable sportscar brand has reserved a surprise for the visitors of the Italian event. Morgan will take its brand new Aero SuperSports there, for the delight of car lovers.

We wish we had pictures that did not have the watermark from Not, of course, to steal from them the merit for the world exclusive, but to present the car in all its beauty, but it is a small price to pay for the favour our friends there have made us. Thank you, PistonHeads!

The new Aero SuperSports will have a aluminium chassis and the powerful BMW 4.8-litre V8 under its hood, with a perfect weight distribution of 50%/50% (with occupants on it, as PistonHeads reminds us) and 372 bhp. That would be perfect in any car, but it is even better in one that weighs mere 1,180 kg. These numbers make the car able to reach 274 km/h and to sprint from 0 to 96 km/h in 4.2 s.

If you like this car and has 127,000 pounds to buy it, rush. There will be only 200 units of this marvel available for sale. And deliveries will take a long time, a tradition that seems to make Morgan cars even more desirable.


Functional Aston Martin One-77 will appear for the first time in Villa d'Este

Aston Martin has chosen to present its future classic and collectible car in a place destined to the ones that have already achieved that status. The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, in the lake Como, in Italy, will be the stage to the first presentation of the first functional One-77. Aston calls it a concept, but we would rather call it a pre-production unit.

One-77 will only be produced in limited numbers, or else, the 77 its own name mentions. It will be powered by a tweaked V12 engine, the same one used by DBS, but increased to 7.3 litres instead of 6 litres. Cosworth has given Aston Martin a help and the V12 is 25% lighter than the original engine. It can also produce over 700 bhp, what will allow the car to surpass 360 km/h and to go from 0 to 100 km/h in about 3.5 s. All this in a vehicle that weights 1,500 kg and is sophisticated as any other Aston. We couldn't wait to see it reach the streets. Now it has, we can't wait to see one live, but that will probably be a very rare opportunity.

Source: Aston Martin

LEAK! - Future Renault Clio IV designs appear ahead of official presentation

The future generation of Renault Clio is expected for 2011, when the fourth generation of Nissan Micra will also be revealed. Although there's still a long waiting period for the car, we can already have an idea on its looks due to these images below. They have leaked and present us to a sort of mini Mégane, what makes perfect sense.

While the car looks a lot different from the current Clio, its platform must remain the same one, the B platform, with some evolutions. Engines must follow the same path and present only relevant changes, such as direct injection technology, to take fuel consumption and emissions down.

Source: Car Spy Shots via World Car Fans

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Audi confirms the Cross Coupe will turn into the Q3 in Martorell, Spain

Audi has confirmed it will produce the new Q3, previously known as the Cross Coupe Concept. The car production will start in 2011, as well as the production of VW Lupo, but in another location: Seat's Martorell plant, in Spain.

The factory already produces all cars from Seat, apart from Alhambra. From the new Q3, the factory will be able to deliver 80,000 units every year. Besides Q3, which will be built over the A3 platform, Martorell is also expected to produce Seat's future SUV, the Tribu.

There's still no information on the technical details of the car, but they will most certainly be the same ones Cross Coupe presented. In other words, expect the new crossover to be a 4.38 m long, 1.82 m wide, 1.60 m tall vehicle witha a wheelbase of 2.60 m. The engines must range from 1.4-litre to 2-litre, powered by petrol or diesel and certainly turbocharged, with direct fuel injection. Cross Coupe has presented a 2-litre TDI engine that produces 204 bhp and 400 Nm from 2,000 rpm to 3,500 rpm. Fuel consumption is as low as 17 km/l. May these numbers reach the production version, even if the 20-inch alloy wheels remain solely on the concept.

Source: Audi

New VW Lupo and Seat Arosa will be built in Slovakia

Do you remenber VW up!, or, better saying, the future VW Lupo? Well, it would be 21st century Beetle, with its engine at the rear, but Volkswagen has decided to give it a more common engine position. It has also decided to announce where its New Small Family (NSF) will be produced. Bratislava, in Slovakia, will be the hometown not only for VW Lupo, but also for a new Seat Arosa and a Skoda sibling. Audi may have decided to give up of its version or waiting a little more to announce it.

Production will start by 2011 and the car will very likely start to be sold around the same time. There will initially be two versions of the car, in three-door and five-door configurations. Not officially announced, but expected, are the cabrio and a crossover version that will be called CrossLupo, which is likely to hit the market by 2012.

Engines will be very fuel efficient, such as a 1-litre three cylinder petrol powerplant. Diesel and electric options will also be available, this latest a little more ahead in time. This is why Audi may not have announced its version so far. It may wait until development of the electric version is its final stages to do so.

Source: Volkswagen