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Friday, 21 August 2009

LEAKED! - This is the new Chevrolet Agile

Indian Autos Blog has just published what it says to be the first official image of the new Chevrolet Agile. Check it out below.

We did not have time to talk to them, but all major Brazilian magazines have already published the same image, what confirms this is really the new Agile. Anyway, since the image is not available so far in the official means of communication of GM, the image can be called a leak. No official information on technical specs has been released so far.

Although Agile will be built in Argentina, it has been completely developed in Brazil, at a cost of US$ 400 million, entirely raised by GM do Brasil, or else, with no foreign investments, such as the US taxpayers' money.

Agile must also be produced in the USA, where it is supposed to replace Aveo, something the magazine Motor Trend has already confirmed. The plant of Lake Orion, Michigan, has been chosen to produce the new hatchback, which is set to challenge Ford Fiesta.

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.


Source: Indian Autos Blog

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Devon reveals the GTX at US$ 500,000 each

Devon Motorworks has revealed today, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, its first vehicle, the GTX. As we have said, the vehicle is powered by the same 650 bhp 8.4-litre V10 engine you can find under the hood of Dodge Viper. The differences are mainly on the looks, weight (GTX body is entirely built of carbon fibre and aluminium) and production, what implies in differences in cost. Each GTX will cost its owner US$ 500,000.

With sales expected to start in the first quarter of 2010, GTX is a rear wheel drive two-seater coupe that is 4.37 m long, 1.23 m tall, 1.99 m wide and bears a wheelbase of 2.51 m. Unfortunately Devon does not inform how much the GTTX weighs. It uses 18-inch wheels in front and 19-inch wheels at the back, respectively with 295/30 ZR18 and 345/30 ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. Optionally the buyer can ask for 19-inch wheels in front and 20-inch wheels at the back, with 295/30 ZR19 and 335/30 ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.

The car features six-piston caliper brakes in front and four-piston caliper brakes in the rear. The suspension is independent on all four wheels, with the SLA (Short Long Arm) arrangement in all of them.

Devon Motorworks expects to produce 36 units every year, what would represent building only three cars a month. That, in part, explains the price. Just as Morgan, this is a North American carmaker that will not have how to escape long waiting lines for its products.

Source: Devon Motorworks

LEAKED! - Bentley Mulsanne is revealed ahead of official launch

The name of the car Bentley has been calling Grand Bentley lately, while it releases lots of teaser of the vehicle, was expected to be revealed today at Pebble Beach. Anyway, German Car Scene has already obtained the first official images of the car and was quick to start spreading the news. The new car will not be called Arnage, as the previous flagship of Bentley. Its new name os Mulsanne.

Mulsanne is a name that has already been used by Bentley to refer to a big sedan. It was used in a model built from 1980 to 1992. It had a 6.75 litre turbo V8 engine and the new version, apparently, will use the same configuration, only more powerful and lighter, due to the twin turbochargers.

The official presentation will happen today in Pebble Beach. We will wait for it to bring you more detailed technical information. Meanwhile, check the pictures of Bentley's new flagship.

Source: German Car Scene via