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Saturday, 27 June 2009

LEAKED! - 2010 Citroën C3 shows up in its final appearance in front of dealers

It is no mystery Citroën is about to replace the current C3. It was even becoming almost too late for the company to do so, but it has finally decided to change and changes look good, as you can see in the pictures World Car Fans has received from an anonymous reader.

Besides the pictures, the mysterious reader has also provided some information. These pictures were taken at a presentation to dealers last June 23 and they present a whole new aspect for the car. Although its platform is said to be the same one of the previous model, the new C3 seems to be larger. Inside the car, that perception is certain to be even bigger not only due to any real room gain, but also by the fact the car adopts the VisionSpace windshield, which invades part of the roof and allows for an improved view towards light signs, for example.

The new car also presents the new Citroën logo and it shall live with the old C3, contrary to what we expected, and also with the new DS3. It will be interesting to see if the market will embrace three similar-sized cars from the same automaker or if any of them will have to be dropped along the way.

The car will start to be sold in Europe sometime between its presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, or March 2010, according to the anonymous reader. Engines will be pretty much the same ones already used in the car, ranging from a 59 bhp 1.1-litre petrol unit to a 108 bhp 1.6-litre diesel option. In South America, where this car will also be produced around 2011, it should keep its two flex fuel powerplants, a 82/80 bhp 1.4-litre and a 113/110 bhp 1.6-litre running on ethanol/petrol.

Source: World Car Fans

Fiat presents the first double cab small pick-up truck of the world, Strada CD

Besides integrating to Chrysler, Fiat is also busy creating new products, some of them pretty innovative ones. Its latest move towards innovation has received a name: Strada Cabine Dupla, or Strada CD. Cabine Dupla stands for double cab, and it must be the first mass-production small double cab pick-up truck of the world. Have a look at it:

Some of you may think you have already seen double cab small pick-up trucks, but let me clarify that I mean small in South American standards, what implies Strada is 4.46 m long, 1.74 m wide, 1.65 m tall and bears a wheelbase of 2.75 m. Strada is based on Fiat Palio, a small hatchback that is about to be totally transformed.

Engines for the new Strada CD will be a 1.4-litre and a 1.8 litre, both running on petrol. There will surely be diesel units, but they have not been disclosed so far.

Source: Fiat

Monday, 22 June 2009

OFFICIAL! - New Chevrolet Viva Project will be called Agile

The new small world car from Chevrolet will not be called Viva, as we expected. It is a pity, since this name was already cherished by many. In place of it, GM has chosen the name Agile, what can cause some confusion with Opel Agila, but why make it simple and original if you can complicate things, right?

The real name first came up with Chevrolet Blog at the beginning of this month and was confirmed in the weekend by a huge Brazilian magazine, Veja (over 1 million copies sold every week). With that, GM decided to make it official today at the website of the new car, which is There there is a movie that quotes most of the websites that have already published something about the car, including Argentina Auto Blog, one of the most important car blogs in South America and always a step ahead in information about Project Viva. Today, for example, it has brought the official name and pictures of the future car, made by its readers Adrián Mitteroder and Santiago Fassio. Have a look.

For the ones willing to have an idea on how the final car would look like, Jorge Luis Fernández has provided us with good renderings of the new car.

The name has also been confirmed by many other means, such as the official website of the car (, which is now exactly like, but wasn't until this morning, as the images below can confirm.

Agile must also be produced in the USA, where it is supposed to replace Aveo, something the magazine Motor Trend has already confirmed. The plants of Lake Orion, Michigan, Wilmington, Delaware and Shreveport, Louisiana are among the strongest candidates.

The platform of the car is said to be Gamma II, the same one used by the so called Corsa D, the fourth generation of the car. The new Agile will bear a wheelbase of 2.51 m, what will make it be able to face newer small cars, such as Ford Fiesta and the upcoming VW Polo V. Engines are expected to be the same ones already in use in South America, or else, two petrol options, a 105 bhp 1.4-litre and a 129 bhp 1.8-litre. No word, so far, on a diesel option.

Besides the hatchback, in three and five doors, we can expect for a sedan, a pick-up truck and a SUV inspired on the GPix concept.

Sources: Chevrolet Blog, Argentina Auto Blog and General Motors