Opel Zafira Seems to be Ready for Production
Now, the picture that you see above is totally not a hologram. The spy photographers from Autoblog have recently caught this Opel Zafira out in the crowd although it still has some camouflage on its body. Vauxhall has previously hinted this version of Zafira with their Tourer Concept, and the production version of this car will hit the showrooms in the first half of 2012.
This car which is able to bring 7 passengers in it has a turbocharged 1.4 liter four cylinder engine as its powertrain. For the interior, the Opel Zafira will provide you with a reconfigurable seating in order to give you some spaces for your comfort. It means that five people can run for a journey, but seven can also shuttled around.
Although as I said before that the camouflage still covering its body, you can still see the bottom half of the stylish boomerang headlight as the eye. But overall, you can see that the package of this European car seems to stay with the concept that they shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As it seems that the production version has appeared, I expect that the camouflage will soon removed.
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Volvo S80 and XC70 Got Refreshed
In a glance view to the exterior, you might won’t notice the changes on the 2012 Volvo S80 and XC70 as there is nothing immediately noticeable. Actually, the headlamps for the Volvo S80 have been redesigned to bring the LED turn signals into the side mirrors. Each model will also gets a new color choice. Moreover under its surface view, those two models have also got some handy new improvements.
The Sensus infotainment system from Volvo which was debuted with the 2011 S60 model has finally found its way to this 2012 S80 and XC70 vehicle to allow the driver to operate audio, video, navigational control, and Bluetooth easily. It will also give you information and setting adjustment for the car’s safety features such as the City Safety, Active Cruise Control, and Collision Warning.
Now, the City Safety system has become a new standard feature for both of these 2012 models car. Volvo has also added a Pedestrian Detection to keep an eye out for the sidewalker. This feature will give you an audible warning if the system thinks that a collision is imminent. Even if the driver fail to react, the S80 and XC70 will fully hit the brake automatically.
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Lotus Fail to Secure Local Government Money
While at last year’s Paris Motor Show Lotus was showing off some of their new concept vehicles, that was actually pretty surprising. It is not about the advanced technology, but because most of the designs won’t be able to make it to production. Even the new Elan or Esprit would costs a very huge amount of money that Lotus doesn’t have.
Auto Express said that the English Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) has turned down the latest application from Lotus for £27.5 million. They were reportedly want the money to build another plant at Hethel Norfolk which will produce some new models and also employing 1,200 English man. BIS rejected the Lotus’ application because they have approved £450 million for the other automakers like GM and Jaguar.
Of course, Lotus was disappointed with the BIS’ decision to turned down the loan, but Team Lotus is reportedly will come back with a fight. We can see it with a statement from Lotus which said that the automaker will explore any possible options. They also said that they will submit an update bid for the RGF (government loan), which will close on July 1.
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White, Yellow, and Black Label Mustangs from SMS Supercars
You might remember that last spring, SMS Supercars, the new company from Steve Saleen, has unveiled their 2011 302 Mustang. At that moment, they were offering two models to the market: standard 302 model with 440 horsepower and the supercharged 302 SC with 535 horsepower. Both the car have a full body kit, 20 inch wheels, interior upgrades, sport suspension, and many more.
Now, SMS Supercars have changed some stuffs for their 2012 model year. They are now offering three models by the color labels. The first vehicle would be the one on the picture above. It is the White Label Mustang with only basic upgrades, but has an affordable price with only $ 35,540.
The next one is the Yellow Label Mustang which has the SMS supercharger system as its addition. That system is able to bring 545 horsepower to the four 19 inch wheels and tires. The last one is the flagship model Black Label with an optional 575 horsepower via its supercharger system. It also has a fully upgraded suspension, custom leather appointments, and a totally upgraded suspension. This flagship model costs $ 48,000 for the natural one, and $ 58,000 for the supercharged.
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45th Anniversary Camaro Finally Revealed
General Motors has uneiler the new special edition of 2012 Chevrolet Camaro in order to celebrating the 45th anniversary of this pony car. The new model will bring some new and unique graphics package, including the special red stripe and badging to complete the 20 inch wheels. You can also see that the lighting for this car has also receive some tweaks in this special edition, such as the dark silver trim for fog light and taillamp bezels.
For the interior, you will see the Jet Black leather interior while the seats are in red, white, and blue with 45th anniversary logo. While those stuffs already sound good, the best thing of this car is located at the 3.6 liter direct injection V6 engine which will provide you with 323 horsepower. It is 11 pony improvement compared to last year’s figure. The engine will directly put this special Camaro in top of the Ford Mustang with 305 horsepower.
Moreover, to make the anniversary model is more interesting, the General Motors will introduce their new suspension package that they called as FE4 like what you see at the SS Coupe. There is also the improved dampers at all corners. This will surely be another great upcoming car from Chevy beside the Zl1.
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