25th May 2014 by Admin
Octavia Scout a higher riding vechicle which could be part of the Australian line up early next year
Monte Carlo Range - Skoda has expanded its Monte Carlo range from Fabia and Fabia Estate to include the Citigo, Yeti and Rapid.
The Monte Carlo special editions celebrate Skoda’s motorsport achievements, including its success at the Monte Carlo Rally, European Rally Championship, Asia-Pacific Rally and South American Rally Championship in 2013.
Vision C - a dramatic looking 5 door concept which is due for production in 2016. This will fill the gap between the Octavia and the Superb. It is also hinted that the Vision C will provide the basis for a new 280bhp turbocharged/four-wheel-drive performance flagship that will lead a revised line of VRS models.
Third-generation TT - will go on sale in Europe during the later half of this year with an all new exterior design and significantly altered rear end. The rear end is now less rounded than before and an automatic spoiler that deploys at speeds above 75mph and more angular tail-lights. On the technical front, there is a range of more powerful four-cylinder engines, next generation four-wheel drive system and a new aluminium chassis.
All three launch models come with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox with automatic stop-start. The TT and TT 2.0 TDI will have front-wheel drive as standard but can also have the quattro four-wheel drive system that comes as standard on the TTS.
TT Sport Concept - Also on show was the the new AUDI TT quattro sport concept, capable of 0-62mph in 3.7sec. Audi’s chief technical officer, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, was quoted as saying " When I arrived at Audi I asked the engineers for more power from the 2-litre TFSI engine, they offered 400bhp. I told them to keep going, so now we have 414bhp thanks to 1.8bar of boost. With our quattro sport concept we wanted to demonstrate what the new TT’s technology can do if you take it a step further. We shall use it to achieve a new position for the TT, and also for racing. The car will be a track-focused quattro GmbH product, but it will not be RS Badged. It’s designed as an affordable Club Sport version of the TT rather than something like a GT3"
Jeep’s showed off its new Rengade which will be built at Fiat’s Melfi factory in Southern Italy using the Fiat 500L architecture. Right hand drive versions are planned, but left hand drive markets will be served first. It should be on sale in Europe and Latin America later this year.
Italian performance brand Abarth debuted, the 695 Biposto. It is intended to mark the 50th anniversary of Carlo Abarth’s original 695. The Biposto features a 187bhp 1.4-litre turbo engine, some very specialised performance accessories and running gear, and weighs just 997kg.
It will be the only street-legal production car fitted with a quick-shifting ‘dog-ring’ sequential manual gearbox, Abarth claims.
A special commemorative edition of the Land Rover Discovery was also launched. The discovery XXV, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the launch of the original model.
The XXV is based on the existing HSE Luxury specification and comes finished in bespoke ’Causeway Grey’ paint. It gets ’Narvik Black’ grille surrounds and mirror caps, as well as full-length silver roof rails. Unique 20-inch alloys and ’XXV’ badging on the front doors and tailgate are also fitted.
Inside, the fascia, instrument binnacle and door-tops are covered in Windsor leather. Twist pile carpet and a leather-wrapped steering wheel complete the changes. To date, Land Rover have made more than1,088,000 Discoverys at its Solihull plant.
FAMILY OF DISCOVERIES - The Discovery will also now be a family of vehicles. The expansion of the SUV range will begin in 2015.
A number of prototypes are in advanced stages of development – a smaller one is expected to directly replace the current Freelander and will be based on a stretched version of the Evoque. A full-sized Discovery 5 has also been spotted and it will share its platform with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The new Discovery will retain the current car’s seven-seat configuration, but will offer more space than the Range Rover Sport. It is likely that the smaller Discovery will premiere at the Detroit Motor Show next January, with the full-sized model to follow in New York.
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