It seems a risky strategy for Peugeot to claim that the legendary 205 GTi is back. After all, the company has cried ‘wolf’ many times before – 206 GTi, 207 GTi, 308 GTi.. none has been a patch on the sometimes lively, but always entertaining 205 GTi 1.9.
Ever since I sold my own B7 RS4 in 2008, I’ve been eagerly waiting this new version, half expecting (or hoping) that it turns out to be a subtly scaled down RS6 – restoring the services of blown induction to the RS4 (absent since the Mk1).
This is the Nissan INVITATION Concept and if you can’t get past the somewhat contrived name, then I’m pretty sure its looks will make up for it. Nissan are targeting the B-segment with this new model, positioning it alongside the Micra and Juke crossover, but with an emphasis on dynamic flair.
After its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last month and its starring role in Honda/Acura’s Super Bowl ad, Honda’s NSX (concept) will make its European premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
If you’re in the market for a prestigious, elegant, 4-door BMW then you’ve now got three models to choose from – 5 Series, 7 Series and the 4-door 6 Series Gran Coupe. With the 7 Series positioned more as a limousine, the new 6 Series Gran Coupe will be a welcome addition for the user-chooser executive.
Alfa’s 4C Concept will be exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month in a new and exclusive ‘fluid metal’ exterior colour that is said to enhance the smooth and sinuous lines of the car.
I’m sure I’m not alone in finding Mazda’s tech-speak a little challenging to decipher. We’ve become so used to such all-encompassing phrases such as Efficient Dynamics, Intelligent Performance and ECOnetic that initially Mazda’s SKYACTIV has me wondering if the Japanese car maker has invented some form of anti-gravitational device. And how does SKYACTIV fit with ZOOM-ZOOM? Or is that SO last decade?
The V12 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 made its Asian debut this morning on Lamborghini’s stand at the Auto Shanghai 2011. The event also marked the launch of the Gallardo LP 550-2 Tricolore at a special off-site event held in the Shanghai Expo. The LP 550-2 Tricolore was developed to pay homage to Italy, but this was the first time it had been shown in China.
Mazda announced today that its all-new compact crossover SUV, which is scheduled to launch in the UK in 2012, will be called the Mazda CX-5. The new CX-5 is based on Mazda MINAGI concept car, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens in a few days time (April 20, 2011).
It looks like the Aventador LP700-4 is not only ‘fast’ in terms of its performance – 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds – but also in how quickly Lamborghini are able to sell them. In less than a month since being launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the first year’s allocation has already sold out and you’ll already be looking towards 2013 for the next available production slot.
The production version of the 918 Spyder hybrid – first seen in concept form at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show – went on sale from this week. The two-seater roadster, inspired by the design of the Carrera GT and the 917, is built around a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic monococque structure and has manually-removable roof panels which can be stored in the front luggage compartment.
The more I see the XKR-S, the more I warm to its smack-you-in-the-face looks, which convey in a far from subtle manner that…er, the XKR-S is anything but subtle. Quite the opposite to the elegant style we’ve come to expect from Jaguar in recent years, and in stark contrast to the graceful beauty of the classic E-type.