Maruti Suzuki stretches Swift into new Ertiga

May 25th, 2012

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2012 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga - front three-quarter view

With over a billion people, the Indian market holds huge potential for any automaker. In fact, Suzuki makes a dedicated range of vehicles on the subcontinent specifically for the local market under the Maruti banner, and this is their latest.

Dubbed Ertiga, it’s essentially a lengthened Swift hatchback “Life Utility Vehicle,” or what would conventionally be called an MPV (Multiple Passenger Vehicle).

Call it what you will, Maruti Suzuki has managed to fit three rows of seating into the stretched Swift for seven-passenger accommodation. Launching locally in India prior to export to neighboring markets like Indonesia in the aim to take market share away from the Toyota Avanza and Mahindra Xylo, the Ertiga takes advantage of huge economies of scale by sharing basic components with the Swift and the Dzire sedan which Maruti builds on the same platform.

Buyers in India will be able to choose between three trim levels, two engines (gas or diesel) and seven colors, but they’ll have to justify spending six or seven times the price of a Tata Nano to do so – but then again, that’s true of most cars. Take a closer look in our gallery above and scroll down for the official press release with more information.

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Maruti Suzuki stretches Swift into new Ertiga originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays

May 24th, 2012

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Testing times: Coping with a Minibus MOT Test

May 24th, 2012

Some minibus owners, especially first-timers, become more than a little worried when the need for an MOT test comes round. The following explains what will happen at test time and shows why there is no real need for concern.
A minibus MOT test is very like the equivalent test for a car. The difference lies [...]

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BMW 1 Series three-door and M135i launched

May 24th, 2012

BMW has revealed the three-door version of its latest 1 Series, priced from

Transport Broker launch new website supplying Coach Hire Glasgow

May 24th, 2012

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Abbey Travel Tours

May 24th, 2012

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Audi testing new RS6 Avant at the N

May 24th, 2012

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2014 Audi RS6 Avant spy shots from the 'Ring

When a company like Audi debuts a new model line, enthusiasts know it brings with it the promise of a high-performance muscle-beast to follow. And so is the case with the A6 leading to the RS6.

The first RS6 packed a twin-turbo V8 good for 444 horsepower, and the second-generation model had a 571-horse V10. As is the general trend with German muscle, the new model pictured in these spy shots – snapped at the Nürburgring with telltale RS4-style intakes and widened fender flares – will likely downsize back to a twin-turbo eight. The smart money’s on Quattro GmbH taking the 4.0 TFSI from the S8 and the Bentley Continental GT, but tweaking it to its own specifications. Output is likely to hover around that of its predecessor, trading two cylinders for as many turbo spools.

As with past models, the new RS6 is likely to come first in Avant wagon form before the sedan comes along soon thereafter. Whether any RS6 models makes it Stateside, however, remains to be seen, but we can certainly hope.

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Ford introduces cargo van version of Transit Custom

May 24th, 2012

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Ford Transit Custom Cargo Van

European buyers now know what to expect from the Ford Transit Custom cargo van. The work version of the van bowed at the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show this week with the new exterior and more refined cabin that first appeared on the Ford Tourneo Custom passenger van.

Buyers outside of North America will be able to choose between a short wheelbase version with a total length of 16.3 feet or a long wheelbase configuration that spans 17.5 feet from stem to stern. Indoors, the van can deliver up to 212 cubic feet of cargo area, or three european pallets stacked three-feet high. In addition, the floor offers enough space between the wheel wells to accommodate a 4×8 sheet of material.

The Transit Custom isn’t headed to the North American market, though, which begs the question: Why do we care? Ford is set to replace the aging E-Series with a different Transit van that’s specific to our continent, though that vehicle will be based on the global Transit Custom we see here. According to Ford, our van will yield 25-percent better fuel economy than the current E-Series thanks to either the same Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 currently found in the nose of the F-150 or a diesel powerplant. The North American Transit is also supposed to weigh in 300 pounds less than its predecessor.

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Ford introduces cargo van version of Transit Custom originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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World March 2012 updated: is the Prius the #1 car in the world?

May 24th, 2012

Toyota Prius * See the Top 20 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Austin * In my March 2012 World round-up

Fiat Professional reveals new Punto panel wagon

May 23rd, 2012

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Fiat Professional Punto Van

There’s little doubt that commercial vehicles are almost as vital to an automaker’s sales figures as passenger vehicles are, and to that end many have dedicated commercial vehicle operations. The Fiat group’s is called Fiat Professional, and it’s just rolled out its latest offering.

Called the Punto Van, it is, as you might have guessed, a Punto hatchback, stripped down and fitted with body panels where the windows usually go. Capable of carrying 35 cubic feet and 1,150 pounds of cargo, the Punto Van is powered by a 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel in three states of tune (75, 85 or 95 horsepower), two trim levels and three colors.

Taking the place in its line-up where the previous versions of the Grande Punto and Punto Evo sat, Fiat Professional just took the wraps off the new Punto Van at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, England, with order books opening later this month. Scroll down for the official press release.

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Fiat Professional reveals new Punto panel wagon originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rare Aston Martin sells for

May 23rd, 2012

Rather beautiful and rather rare Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato sells for record sum?

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What Does MPV Stand For?

May 23rd, 2012

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Hot Car Deals, 10 May 2012

May 23rd, 2012

Which? Car News: Strong savings on a trio of superminis, including discounts on a diesel Citro

New Year and a brand new minibus for Trinity Hospice

May 23rd, 2012

Trinity Hospice in Clapham gained a large Christmas present at the end of December in the form of a brand new Mercedes Sprinter 313 CDi Euro 5 minibus. The vehicle was formally handed over the 6th December by Stanford Coachworks representative Mike Gasper, the local mayoress Councillor Jane Cooper, and the donating Benjamin Weir Trust [...]

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McLaren working on MP4-12C shooting brake?

May 23rd, 2012

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McLaren MP4-12C - dead-on rear view with airbrake deployed

Anything Ferrari can do, McLaren can do better. At least that’s what the boys in Woking seem to believe. After all, McLaren has trounced Ferrari around the Formula One circuit for the past several years now. But while the British team has followed its Italian rival from grand prix racing into building supercars with the McLaren F1, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and (most recently) the MP4-12C, one thing Ferrari does that McLaren doesn’t is grand tourers. And with the advent of the FF, shooting brakes.

That could all change, however, if the latest rumors are to be believed. (Which is something which, in this case, we wouldn’t take for granted.) According to the rumormongers over at Auto Express, McLaren is preparing a shooting brake based of the MP4-12C (pictured above, flashing its air brake). Now given that the 12C is a mid-engined supercar and not a front-engined GT like the Ferrari Four, we’d say that makes about as much sense as Renault reaching back into its showcar history to build the Espace F1.

The rumors further state that the McLaren shooting brake (fancy-talk for a two-door wagon) would go downmarket to rival the Porsche 911 – which is something we’ve been expecting McLaren to pursue sometime after the MP4 roadster and the upmarket successor to the original F1 supercar. But something’s a little amiss here, so for the time being, we’ll take this particular report with a grain of salt that would dwarf Lot’s wife. Then again, we did run into McLaren design director Frank Stephenson checking out the Fisker Surf in Paris last year…

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Europe March 2012: Now available with Top 100 models!

May 23rd, 2012

VW Tiguan * See the Top 100 best-selling models by clicking on the title! This post will be updated with more data shortly * Thanks to Lancia Lover from Autoweek.nl, I can now share with you a Top 100 models ranking for Europe in March. We have covered the Top 10 already, with the Nissan [...]

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Volkswagen gives the R-Line treatment to European-model Passat

May 23rd, 2012

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Volkswagen Passat R-Line

Few automakers can produce the kind of sports sedans that the Germans do. And for most of the country’s automakers, those performance vehicles can be recognized by one letter (or a combination of a few): M for BMW, RS for Audi, AMG for Mercedes-Benz… and R for Volkswagen. The relatively new performance division at Wolfsburg has now gotten its hands on the Passat, and these are the results.

Well, almost, but not quite. You see, this isn’t a full-on R performance variant, but an R-Line model that gives the midsize sedan (and wagon) a sportier look and an upgraded suspension, but without the engine mods you’d expect to come with it.

It also isn’t the same Passat as the one we get here. Ours is made in America (Chatanooga, Tennessee, to be specific). This is based on the European model, and as such is available (in Europe, anyway) in both sedan and wagon form. In either body-style, the Passat R-Line includes a new aero kit (complete with sportier bumpers front and rear, side skirts, rear diffuser and deck-lid spoiler), 17-inch alloys, a sport-tuned suspension and a cabin decked out with sports seats, stainless steel trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The R-Line model stands as a separate trim level atop the Passat range – selling for €30,225 in Germany (equivalent to about $39k) – but buyers of the Comfortline and Highline trim levels can also specify the aero kit for an extra €990 (~$1,300). Check it out in the high-res image gallery for a closer look.

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Toyota announces service campaign to fix exhaust on 28,000 Prius V hybrids

May 22nd, 2012

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2012 Toyota Prius V - front three-quarter view

Toyota engineers have worked hard to get the emissions that come out of the tailpipe of the Prius V down to a low level, but that doesn’t mean everything is copacetic with the car’s exhaust system. To fix a known problem, Toyota has announced a service campaign for the Prius V, both in the U.S. and Japan.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the problem is with “weak actuators-control mechanisms” in the exhaust-heat-recovery systems that can end up leaking engine coolant, which will then force the car into a “safe” mode. Some second-gen, 2004-07 standard Prius models were affected by a similar problem in the past.

The new issue affects about 8,000 vehicles in Japan and 20,000 in North America. Prius V owners will get the problem fixed for free.

Toyota announces service campaign to fix exhaust on 28,000 Prius V hybrids originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Insurance Considerations For Minibus Business Owners

May 22nd, 2012

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Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays

May 22nd, 2012

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2012 BMW 3 Series

May 22nd, 2012

 

Anyone looking to buy a solid entry-level luxury sedan need not look any further than the BMW 3 Series lineup. The car company has had a strong foothold in the luxury sedan segment for years and it has been the barometer for which its competitors have been chasing after. While the notion that European car brands are prohibitively expensive compared to its Asian counterparts may be true, BMW has still kept to its tested recipe of blending refinement, durability and competitive pricing to produce unmatched success in this niche luxury level market.

Scheduled for release in the UK on February 11, 2012, the BMW 3 Series as an entry-level saloon offers affordable opulence in more than just one package. As a matter of fact, in the UK alone there are five trims, seven engines and a very long list of mouthwatering options to be had that even the car dealers themselves get lost in the numbers. Shopping for a new 2012 BMW 3 Series could be a daunting task if one has no idea what the numbers on the different models denotes to. So to keep things simple, a record below is listed according to the series of the engine model so as not to get confused with the different trims, prices and specs.

The 316d, 318d and 320d are all 2.0 litre, inline-4 twin-turbocharged diesel engines with 116hp, 143hp and 184hp respectively. The 320i (184hp), 328i (245hp), 335i (306hp) are all 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines with varying degrees of horsepower and fuel economy ratings. Those engine specs are what powers the following 2012 BMW 3-Series trims:

  • The basic ES model with the 316d has an entry price for luxury that starts at £24,880.
  • The SE trim starts at £25,860 and can be had in the following models: 320i, 328i, 316d, 318d, 320d EfficientDynamic/SE. The 320d EfficientDynamics is a tuned down version of the 320d and is designed for fuel efficiency rated at 68.9mpg. It still has 163 horses on tap when needed to accelerate or overtake on the open road.
  • The Sport trim, which starts at £26,860, can be had in: 320i, 316d, 318d, 320d versions.
  • The Modern trim costs between £26,860 to £35,525  is has th efollowing variants: 320i, 328i, 335i, 318d, 320d.
  • The top of the line Luxury trim costs for as much as £37,025 also carries the same engines as the Modern trim under the bonnet but has more feature amenities inside.

 

A 6-speed manual transmission and RWD is standard for all models and so are the following: Bluetooth telephone preparation, USB audio interface, 6.5″ high-resolution Control Display and iDrive controller, 17” alloy wheels (18” for Luxury trim) with run-flat tyres, front/side/curtain airbags, Dynamic Stability Control with ABS, remote alarm with immobiliser, power locks/windows and a host of safety features. There’s also a long list of class-leading optional extras that would rival Santa’s list but one thing is clear: getting any one of the different BMW 3 Series models is worth the splurge.

 

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/03/2012-BMW-3-Series.aspx

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From One End Of The Country To Another ? The Orkney Isles Draw Stanford Coachworks

May 22nd, 2012

The 24th of April saw an augural venture onto the Orkney Island of Shapinsay for Essex based conversion specialists Stanford Coachworks. Delivery and handover of a Renault Master wheelchair accessible minibus took place between David Hardacre of Stanford, Kasha Jarosz and Alan Manzie of the Shapinsay Development Trust and Chair, Sheila Garson. The initial enquiry, [...]

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Scorcese to produce ?Silver Ghost? film

May 22nd, 2012

Award-winning director to collaborate on Rolls-Royce film

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Mini Bus Hire North East

May 22nd, 2012

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