Jonathan Spira over at The Diesel Driver brings us a review of a non-U.S. 5 Series model: the 2011 BMW 530d. Powered by one of the most popular and highly acclaimed diesel engines in Europe, the 530d is shaping up to be a top seller for BMW.
The car is powered by a 3.0 liter inline-six diesel engine that produces 245 horsepower. The engine is matted to the fuel-friendly ZF 8-speed transmission and the combined fuel economy figure is recorded at 36 mpg.
A new recall was issued for the Lexus LS 460 and LS 600h L, “due to issues with the to address a temporary steering wheel off-center condition that may develop under a specific driving maneuver. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in this recall.
The VGRS system enables easier handling during low-speed driving and provides better stability during high-speed driving than conventional steering by changing the gear ratio.
The VGRS system may exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-center condition after driving away quickly from a very tight turn where the steering was at full lock position. The steering wheel off-center position will automatically be corrected in approximately five seconds by the VGRS system as the vehicle is driven. The driver may notice the system auto correcting as the steering wheel slowly moves to the center position while driving straight during the VGRS correction.”
“Influenced heavily by Sonata’s attractive exterior design, the all-new Accent sports a sloping roofline that provides it a more dynamic and sportier look. It features similar rounded coupe-like greenhouse and rising crease up the sides. Overall, the new Accent looks a lot better than the current model.
Initially, the 2011 Accent / Verna will only be available as a four-door sedan, but as these latest shots suggest, Hyundai also plans to introduce a hatchback version later in the year. One of the 5-door Accent prototypes has recently been caught in China while undergoing pre-production tests.”
Ford Flex adds a new top-end model to the lineup, the Flex Titanium
Flex Titanium delivers additional style and attitude to the Flex range and reflects the target customer’s love for personalization
Flex Titanium delivers content for customers looking for an even more luxurious ride, and reflects customer feedback on features that really matter
“Get in, buckle up and start talking.” Lexus customers will be calling the shots in a high-definition interactive film entitled “Dark Ride.” The film features Lexus’ newest hybrid, the CT 200h premium compact car, piloted by actor Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints franchise). Reedus is behind the wheel in this 12:30 action film, but he is following the directions of the person riding shotgun…the consumer.
“With ‘Dark Ride’ we are creating a unique virtual test drive opportunity so consumers can experience this hybrid, that is like no other, months before it is available at dealerships in early 2011,” said Dave Nordstrom, Lexus vice president of marketing. “In it, consumers play a co-starring role as the fun-to-drive Lexus CT 200h is put through its paces. By guiding the driver and the CT through a series of adventures, customers will be exposed to ‘The Darker Side of Green,’ which is completely different than the way hybrids are usually portrayed.”
Infiniti itself has not offered any confirmation of such a plan, however the recent platform and engine deal between Renault-Nissan and Daimler has fueled reports that Infiniti will look to build a compact SUV on Mercedes-Benz architecture.”
* Ford’s Valencia Plant in Spain will build the company’s first hybrid vehicles for European customers
* Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) derivatives of the all-new Ford C-MAX to launch in Europe in 2013
* Total investment in the C-MAX program is almost $410 million (over €300 million), of which up to $36 million (around €27 million) is for the HEV and PHEV programmes
* The Spanish government and the Valencia regional administration will provide the highest grant assistance for the C-MAX PHEV and HEV programmes in line with European Union requirements
* The HEV and PHEV C-MAX models are part of Ford’s global electrified vehicle plan under which five Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and Hybrid models will be introduced for European customers by 2013
* Ford’s Valencia Plant also to build the seven-seat version of the C-MAX for export to North America beginning in late 2011
“Two body styles of hatchback and estate are on offer, with six engines (three petrol and three diesel) and four equipment levels – S, TS, TS2, and Sport – to choose from.
A new 2-litre DISI petrol engine delivers 155ps (up from 147ps), while the lower power 2.2-litre diesel generates more power and torque – up 4ps to 129ps and up 20Nm to 340Nm at 1,800rpm. The highest power 2.2-litre diesel now produces 180ps (down 5ps) but modifications to the turbocharger boost torque delivery (while aiding fuel economy and cutting emissions).
A Sport 2.0-litre petrol model with Mazda’s five-speed automatic transmission has been introduced after dealers reported a demand for a top-of-the-range model with this specification.”
The new-generation R-Class has the appearance of being cast from a single mould. The completely redesigned front end with its restyled bonnet, wings, radiator grille, headlamps and bumper gives the entire vehicle a harmonious, dynamic and powerful presence. On request, the front end of the R-Class can be further enhanced by a chrome clasp with integrated daytime driving lights in conjunction with bi-xenon headlamps. Light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke, 5-twin-spoke or 10-spoke design with sizes from 43.2 to 53.3 centimetres (17 to 21 inches) and the revised rear end with its new bumper cladding, modified tail lights and integrated exhaust tailpipes likewise increase the attractiveness of the model-year 2010 R-Class. In addition to the fresher exterior, it is the inner values of the R‑Class that impress. These include the economy of space of modern MPVs combined with the high quality and prestige of classic Mercedes-Benz saloon cars. At the same time the latest generation offers the interior variability of its predecessor, while scoring with the robustness and all-wheel drive attributes of the Mercedes-Benz SUVs.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today provided a report on the significant progress that has been made to modify recalled Toyota and Lexus vehicles. To date, more than three million remedies have been performed for three recent recalls, including approximately:
• 1.6 million to address the potential for sticking accelerator pedals,
• 1.5 million to address the potential for floor mat pedal entrapment, and
• 115,000 program updates to the anti-lock brake systems (ABS) in certain 2010 Prius and Lexus models.
More than 732,000 vehicles have received both the floor mat and sticking pedal modifications, bringing the total number of recalled vehicles that have been serviced to approximately 2.4 million.
Thanks to sales from the SRX, Cadillac saw a 36% jump in sales for April.
“The redesigned SRX also is attracting new customers to Cadillac at a higher rate than the previous model. So far this year, about 49 percent of SRX buyers traded in a competitor’s brand, an improvement of 14 percentage points compared to the previous model’s conquest rate.
A five-passenger crossover, SRX’s standard V6 engine is EPA-rated at 25 miles per gallon on the highway. SRX also provides the option of advanced all-wheel drive and a turbocharged V6 engine.”
Source http://www.caddyinfo.com Cadillac saw a 36% jump in sales for April.
The tuned up engine produces 335 horsepower (340hp in Europe) at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft in “regular mode”. An electronically-controlled overboost function can briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft. This brings the torque peak to 369 lb-ft.”
If you concerned about not getting your hands on the a Corvette ZR1, due to high demand and model shortage, GeigerCars may have an answer for you.
“The company tinkered with the Corvette Grand Sport and was able to boost it up to near-ZR1 levels.
First of all, GeigerCars installed a 6.2L V8 engine on the Grand Sport. This boosted the car’s power from 430HP to a tantalizing 588HP on the tracks. This definitely made it possible for Gieger GS to hit the 60-mark in less than 4 seconds. It might not be quite as fast or powerful as the ZR1 supercar, but 639 horsepower and a 3.3 sprint are certainly figures worth boasting about.
You can purchase the car with a supercharger for only €16,450 and modify its transmission ratio for €2,800.”
“Small, green, smart and fun, the Ford Start won admirers for its decidedly playful take on kinetic design. More than a design exploration into the feasibility of a future small car, it previews the smallest engine yet in the growing Ford EcoBoost engine family. Ford has confirmed that the 1.0-litre turbocharged I3 EcoBoost engine powering the Start is going into production, destined for use in future Ford small cars, where it is expected to deliver the same power as a larger petrol I4.”