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Cordless Charging for Electric Cars

Cordless charging for electric carsWhat if plugging your electric car into a power point was not the fastest way of fully charging your car? What if you didn’t need heavy cables and big plugs to charge your electric car?

What if there was a way to have cordless charging so that all you had to do was park your car in your garage and the charging happened automatically?

Cordless charging for electric cars is not a fantasy … cordless charging for electric cars is here now … although only at the research stage and it’s being done by a group of companies that include Volvo, Bombardier Transportation and the European coach builder, Van Hool.

So how does cordless charging for electric cars work? The short explanation is that you simply place the car over a charging device and the charging starts automatically.

The longer explanation of cordless charging for electric cars is that the energy is transferred from the charging device to the vehicle’s battery via an electromagnetic field. This system needs two induction coils … one in the charging device and the other in the vehicle.

The coil in the charging device creates an alternating electromagnetic field that the coil in the vehicle picks up and converts back into electrical energy that charges the battery.

how cordless car charging works

While this technology has already been used in a number of ways around the home it has not yet been used commercially to charge anything as big as the battery in an electric vehicle.

The research found that the test vehicle … a Volvo C30 Electric could be fully charged using the cordless technology in just 2.5 hours.

Although there is no common standard for this type of technology Volvo will continue with the research because they see cordless charging for electric cars as having great potential.

induction charging for electric cars

 

By | November 11th, 2013|Electric Vehicles|0 Comments

Renault Master High Roof Van

Renault Mast High Roof VanJust when you thought that van roofs couldn’t get any higher the Renault Master High Roof is added to the Renault range of commercial vehicles.

Not only do you get 36% more space in the Renault Master High Roof van but you also get rear-wheel drive and dual rear wheels … a first in the Master range. The rear axle rating in the new Master High Roof van is 3,200kg and the vehicle can tow another 3,000kg.

Load space in the Renault Master High Roof van has been increased to 17 cubic metres and the payload has been increased to 2134kg which means this van can really carry a big load.

Despite the size and the carrying capacity the unladen weight of the vehicle has been kept down to ensure that the gross vehicle mass is just 4,500kg which means that the vehicle can be legally driven by anyone who holds a normal passenger car licence.

Although just because they can doesn’t necessarily mean they should. Based in a tourist town we see a lot of people driving big campervans who are way out of their comfort zone.

high roof Renault Master

The engine
Let’s face it … in a van this size you’re probably not going to want sports car performance but you are going to want plenty of grunt and that’s what you get with the standard 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that produces 110kW of power and 350Nm or torque between 1500rpm and 2750rpm.

This engine is coupled to your choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a new ZF six-speed auto that uses an electric actuator to engage the clutch so that you get a better level of control when moving at very low speeds in tight situations.

Dimensions and Loading
We’ve already mentioned some of the dimensions but here are a few more of the ones that are important to commercial users.

The Renault Master High Roof van shares the same wheelbase as the normal LWB model in the Master range but the overhang has been increased by 650mm and that gives you an interior load length of 4,383mm, a width of 1,765mm and an internal height of 2,048mm.

The rear doors open to 270 degrees and that means that a forklift can be used to load the van. The passenger side sliding door is 1,270mm wide and 1,684mm high. A driver’s side sliding door is an option.

Renault High Roof Master

Safety and other goodies
The Renault Master High Roof van comes with an Isringhausen suspension seat as standard equipment for the driver. There’s nothing quite like a good seat when you’ve got to travel long distances in a commercial vehicle.

Standard equipment includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control with ASR traction control, cruise control and speed limiter, steel bulkhead with window, remote central locking, multifunction trip computer, Bluetooth and reverse parking sensors.

You can add to those safety features in the Renault Master High Roof with the Safety and Security Pack that includes auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, fog lights and alarm.

From there you can step up to the Premium Pack which gives you sat/nav, a reversing camera (something that really should be standard equipment in a vehicle this size) and some extra storage compartments.

Price
Well the Renault Master High Roof is a big commercial vehicle so the price tag fits the size To get into the manual version the price starts at $50,990 plus dealer and government charges and you can add another $2,000 for the auto.

The new High Roof Master is here in Australia and ready for delivery.

 

By | November 7th, 2013|Featured, Renault|0 Comments

The 2013 Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60Time flies and we’ve already reached the point where we are looking at the half-life upgrade for the current model Volvo XC60 and the this upgrade offers some interesting new features … most of which are either under the hood or in the interior.

The exterior
On the outside the Volvo XC60 gets a new headlight design and a free-flowing, uncluttered panel surface while the XC60 R-Design gets a redesigned nose, slightly different paint on the grill and a “refined” R-Design emblem.

All-new 20-inch Ixion II wheels are also now available on the XC60 R-Design.

The interior
The Volvo XC60 gets new upholstery colours, new wood inlays, a new headliner and silk metal frames around air vents and light controls. The option of sports seats has also been added to the new XC60 and now there are three different ways of opening the power-operated tailgate.

The XC60 R-Design comes with the new sports seats as standard. The standard upholstery is full leather or there’s a free option of cloth and perforated leather

Safety features
Corner Traction Control is now standard across the range but oddly Hill Descent Control remains as an option.

The XC60 R-Design chassis has been stiffened and the shock absorber springs and anti-roll bars have been tweaked to make them firmer and more balanced

Volvo XC60 front

The engine
There are four engine options (two petrol and two diesel) for the Volvo XC60 starting with the T6 petrol engine that delivers 224kW of power and 440Nm of torque. This is coupled to Volvo’s second-generation six-speed Adaptive Geartronic transmission.

The XC60 R-Design has the same T6 petrol engine but it has been Polestar-optimised and now has a displacement of 3.0 litres and produces an extra 20kW of power and40Nm of torque

The XC60 is also available with the 2.0-litre GTDI T5 petrol engine that produces 177kW of power and 320Nm of torque.

From there the Volvo XC60 moves into diesel propulsion with a Polestar-optimised D5 engine for the R-Design that produces 169kW of power and 470Nm of torque that drives through a six-speed Adaptive Geartronic gearbox.

The standard D5 diesel engine is used for the lesser Volvo XC60 and it delivers 158kW of power and 440Nm of torque.

There is also a five-cylinder D4 diesel engine available for the XC60 that delivers 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque at just 1500rpm.

Volvo XC60 interior

Technology
Volvo’s Adaptive Digital Display which first appeared in the new Volvo V40 now makes its appearance in the XC60. This display uses a Thin Film Transistor crystal display to give the driver personalised information and drivers have the choice of three different themes for the display.

XC60 R-Design owners have a different set of themes to what appears in the XC60.

The XC60 now comes with permanent high beam thanks to Volvo’s new Active High Beam Control. This system save the driver from having to switch from high to low beam if a car is approaching at night and it works through a projector module integrated into the headlamp.

This module assesses how much of the high beam needs to be shaded out when there is an approaching car or when the XC60 is closing on a car travelling in the same direction.

There’s also new software that extends the Volvo XC60’s ability to detect and slow the car if there is a cyclist in a dangerous area ahead of the car. The system will even bring the XC60 to a halt if a cyclist swerves in front of the car and a collision is imminent.

The same technology can also detect pedestrians who step in front of the car. If the driver does not respond by applying the brakes the system will do it for him.

Volvo’s City Safety system is also standard across the XC60 range. This system works at speeds up to 50km/h and automatically applies the brake if there is a danger of rear-ending the car in front.

Volvo XC60 rear

The bottom line
The entry level Volvo XC60 starts at $58,990 and you can add another $2,000 for the entry level diesel while the top of the range petrol XC60 starts at $61,990 and you can add another $8,000 for the diesel version.

The Volvo XC60 R-Design diesel version will set you back $73,990 and you can add another $5,000 for the petrol version. While Volvo’s press release did not mention dealer and government charges I believe that the above price points do not include these charges.

By | November 4th, 2013|Featured, Volvo|0 Comments

The New Citroen C3

Citroen C3The New Citroen C3 has arrived in Australia and if you were expecting something a little quirky … a little different … and maybe a lot more fun than all the other small cars out there then you’re not going to be disappointed.

Citroen has always delivered something different and, while you won’t see a Citroen C3 cruising down the expressway on three wheels you will see something that certainly does stand out from the crowd. Even the way Citroen mix and match the engine and transmission options is a little different in the C3

Range
The Citroen C3 is available in two equipment levels and two engine/transmission levels. The entry level C3 is the PureTech Seduction Manual and it comes equipped with a 60kW 1.2-litre, three-cylinder (yes … just three cylinders) engine that delivers 118Nm of torque at 5,750rpm

The 12 valve multi point fuel injected engine is matched with a five-speed manual gearbox and that combination delivers fuel economy of just 4.6L/100km on a combined cycle.

If you want auto transmission then you will start with the Auto Seduction C3 and you’re going to be sitting behind a 88kW, 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed sequential auto-adaptive auto transmission.

This combination develops 160Nm or torque at 4,250rpm and returns 6.6L/100km on a combined cycle.

The same engine powers the top of the range C3 … the Exclusive.

citroen c3 side view

Equipment levels
Even the entry level Citroen C3 is well equipped and features a Zenith windscreen, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, full-size spare, cruise control with speed limiter, manual air conditioning, leather steering wheel, multi-function trip computersix airbags and more.

If you move up to the C3 Seduction automatic you get all of the above plus special rims and a space-saver spare tyre. I’m not sure if you could class a space-saver spare as something worth having but but it’s there anyway.

When you step up to the exclusive you get everything in the base model plus the dinky toy spare, 17-inch rims, a front centre armrest (it may sound strange but personally that’s something that is definitely worth having) automatic air conditioning, rear-view camera, rear-park assist, satellite navigation, automatic wipers and automatic headlights.

citroen c3 dash

Safety
Safety features on the new Citroen C3 include ventilated front disc brakes, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency braking assistance, electronic stability control and six airbags

So what’s quirky and different about the Citroen C3? Just take a look at the photos taken inside the car and imagine driving down the street with all that expanse of glass over your head. That’s not a sunroof … that’s the Zenith windscreen.

I’m betting that you won’t want to call Windscreens O’Brien if you get a crack in that expanse of glass … but I still think that it’s worth having.

citroen c3 windscreen

The bottom line
If the quirky Citroen bug has bitten you then be prepared to pay a reasonable price for your car. The Citroen C3 Seduction Manual is $19,990 plus dealer and government charges. The Seduction Automatic is $22,990 plus dealer and government charges and the Exclusive Automatic is $25,990 plus all those nasty charges.

However … if you’re quick Citroen has a special deal going on the entry level C3 and until December 31 you and drive it away for just $19,990.

Would I do it if I wanted a small car? I would certainly be tempted and it would be on my test-drive list.

By | November 2nd, 2013|Citroen, Featured|0 Comments

2013 Renault Megan Entry Model

2013 renault meganeIf you have a yen to drive a small car that’s not only classy but not what everyone else is driving then the 2013 Renault Megane range is definitely worth looking at.

It’s even more attractive now that Renault have completed the Megane range with their entry level model that features a 1.2-litre four-cylinder, turbocharged, fuel injected petrol engine that comes a drive-away price tag of just $19,990.

For that price you get some impressive technology and a fuel consumption of just 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle.

Of course great fuel consumption and a small motor are not going to translate into sparkling performance but 0 to 100km/h in 10.9 seconds is not too shabby and the engine produces 97kW of power at 5,500rpm and 205Nm or torque that comes in at 2,000rpm.

renault-megane-front

The Renault Megane gets that power to the road via a six-speed manual transmission and manages to produce just 132g/km of CO2.

Unfortunately Renault is not going to hold the entry level Megane at that $19,990 drive-away low price for long. At the moment Renault has indicated that that introductory price will only last till November 15.

2013 Renault Megane rear

 

By | October 14th, 2013|Renault|0 Comments

The BMW i3

bmw i3The BMW i3 is the company’s answer to what comes next in a future where more and more people are going to electricity to power their cars and free them from the grip of the petrol companies … and it’s here in Australia right now.

Well … a pre-production version is but more of them will be in the showrooms in a few months time.

The BMW i3 also introduces BMW i … a new sub-brand that BMW has launched to cover their range of electrically powered vehicles. It seems that, while conventionally powered vehicles will be around for a while yet, BMW believes that electrically powered vehicles are going to grow in popularity and may not be a passing phase as so many seem to think.

The body
There’s no doubt that BMW haven’t been afraid to bring some futuristic concept car styling to the i3 and that goes way beyond the way the vehicle looks.

The BMW i3 is actually two modules … the passenger cell and the chassis and drivetrain… joined together. The body is made from light-weight carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and features opposing doors and no B-pillar.

bmw i3 sedan

The carbon fibre is an extremely rigid material that can absorb a lot of the energy that’s generated in an accident and that enables the body to withstand some impressive impacts without getting bent out of shape.

A feature of the i3 is what BMW describes at its “black belt” The “black belt” runs from the bonnet, up over the cabin and down over the rear of the car.

The BMW i3 is 3,999mm long, 1,775mm wide and 1,578mm high.

i3 chassis

The chassis
The chassis of the BMW i3 has also been designed to be strong and light-weight. It’s made up of aluminium and other light-weight components and, as a totally electric vehicle, it’s curb-weight is just 1,195kg.

That’s a figure that BMW says is comparable to a similar conventionally powered vehicle that has a full tang of fuel.

The engine
The BMW i3 comes in two versions. The completely electric vehicle is powered by an electric motor that develops 125kW of power and is fed from a lithium-ion battery pack that sits under the floor of the vehicle.

It takes 3.7 seconds for the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60km/h and 7.2 seconds for the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h

This combination gives a range of between 130 and 160km and BMW suggests that the average customer would only need to recharge their vehicle two or three times a week. The range can be extended by as much as 20km operating the vehicle in Eco Pro mode and a further 20km can be added to the range by operating it in Eco Pro+ mode.

BMW i will supply a wall-mounted box for charging and the i3 can also be charged from a conventional power outlet.

The BMW i3 will also be available fitted with a small petrol engine to extend the range to around 300km. The petrol engine is a 650cc two-cylinder unit that develops 25kW of power and is mounted close to the electric motor above the rear axles.

This engine is designed to begin recharging the battery as soon as the level drops below a specified point.

The electric motor also switches from drive to generator depending on what the vehicle is doing at the time. It also adds to the braking effect at low speeds and coasts when the vehicle is running at higher speeds.

i3 interior

The interior
Inside the car you will notice that there’s no centre tunnel for the transmission and, when that’s combined with the wide-opening doors, no B-pillar and specially designed seats, the result is a fairly spacious looking interior.

The interior of the BMW i30 features naturally treated leather, wood, wool and other renewable and recycled raw materials. The seats have a thinner backrest and the weight has been kept to a minimum to help keep the total vehicle weight down.

The driver’s seat is slightly raised to give the driver a better view in city traffic.

Most controls are mounted on the steering column while the instrument cluster and iDrive display are free-standing.

rear view of the bmw i3

ConnectedDrive and price
BMW will be offering new ConnectedDrive features with the i3 and the key to these will be a SIM card that will be fitted as standard. More information about these and other features along with the pricing will be released closer to the vehicle launch.

The BMW i3 is definitely going to be an eye-catching car. While the looks and technology may be a bit too futuristic for some I’m sure that this vehicle will have plenty of appeal.

 

By | October 3rd, 2013|BMW, Featured|0 Comments

The New Golf GTI

golf-gtiIf you’re a Golf GTI fan then this month in the one you’ve been waiting for because October is THE month the new Golf GTI will be released in Australia.

The very first Golf GTI was released way back in 1976 and it had just 81kW of power … the new Golf GTI has twice that power, a whole lot more torque and faster acceleration than ever before. The new GTI needs just 6.5 seconds to reach 100km/h

Technology has come a long way since that first Golf GTI and such features as Driver Fatigue Detection, Driving Profile Selection, Adaptive Cruise Control and Extended Electronic Differential Lock that are all included on the new GTI were just science fiction back in 1976.

The body
As you would expect the Golf GTI shares the same body with other models in the Golf range but of course there are some differences.

The GTI gets, red-painted brake callipers, smoked rear lights, a lower front spoiler with black aerodynamic louvres, chrome tipped exhaust tail pipes (left and right), red chrome strip and GTI badges on the radiator grill, black side sill panel extensions, rear bumper with black diffuser and a rear roof spoiler with black aerodynamic extensions

18×7.5inch alloy wheels round complete the GTI ‘look’ of the new Golf. There’s more to the body than just a hot ‘look’ … as with all models in the Golf range the GTI comes with side intrusion protection and a rigid safety cell that is further protected by front and rear crumple zones.

The GTI weights in at 1,380kg for the manual or 1,356kg for the auto.

golf-gti-side-view

The engine
The new Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder inline turbocharged direct injection petrol engine that powers the front wheels and delivers 162kW of power between 4500rpm and 6200rpm. Maximum torque of 350Nm is available between 1500rpm and 4400rpm.

Of course an engine like this is not going to run on anything but premium unleaded with a minimum of 98RON

Getting all that power to the road surface involves a 6-speed manual transmission as standard or a 6-speed dual clutch auto … with paddles … as an option.

More power and more torque often means more fuel consumption but Volkswagen have been able to achieve the exact opposite with the new Golf GTI. Internal engine modifications including a new thermal management systems have produced a 19 per cent improvement in fuel economy.

The manual GTI returns 7.7L/100km in city driving and 5.3L/100km on the open road while the auto version returns 8.3L/100km in the city and 5.5L/100km on the highway.

The engine on both the auto and manual version of the GTI is fitted with a Stop/Start system that automatically turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped in traffic and the automatically turns the engine on as soon as the accelerator is depressed.

golf gti

Suspension
The suspension on the new Golf GTI includes what Volkswagen calls Adaptive Chassis Control and it’s only available on the GTI. This system incorporates electrically controlled dampers that constantly adjust to the road conditions, the driving situation and driver’s requirement.

There are three settings … Normal, Comfort and Sport … and this system is part of the Driver Profile Selection.

Interior
Once again Volkswagen have included a unique fabric in the upholstery in the new Golf GTI and there’s also a leather upholstery and door trim available as an optional extra. Of course sports seats with additional side support are standard in the GTI.

The rear seats split 60/40 to give you more luggage space. With the rear seat fully upright there’s 380 litres of luggage space and this increases to 1270 when the seats are folded.

Brake, clutch and accelerator pedals all have an aluminium finish, some switches have chrome highlights and there are decorative inlays on the instrument surrounds, centre console and passenger side dashboard and doors

golf gti dashboard

The Golf GTI dashboard displaying a warning from the Driver Fatigue Detection System

Dual zone automatic climate control air conditioning with air quality and humidity sensor and dust/pollen filters is standard on the new GTI.

The instrumentation includes all the usual displays incorporated in a multi-function colour display that includes screen transitions with animations and a lap-timer.

The sound system controls and satellite navigation system are incorporated into the centre stack that includes a 5.8-inch colour touch screen. The sound system includes eight speakers and the driver can also control it from buttons mounted on the steering wheel.

Controls for the dashboard displays, the cruise control and mobile phone are also mounted on the steering wheel. The GTI steering wheel features leather trim with red stitching and brushed aluminium inserts.

Safety
The new Golf GTI comes with a full suite of safety features including all the standards and a few you may not have seen before.

The Driver Fatigue Detection System is standard across the entire golf range. It automatically analyses the driving characteristics and warns the driver if those characteristics indicate possible fatigue. If the warning is ignored it is repeated after 15 minutes .

The Driving Profile Selection gives the driver a wide range of settings to choose from that adjust the way the car operates and handles.

Three-point seat belts are fitted for all occupants and the belts for the driver and front-seat passenger are height adjustable and fitted with pre-tensioners and belt force limiters.

The airbag system includes driver and front-passenger airbags and side airbags, driver’s knee airbag and side-curtain airbags front and rear.

centre stack in the new golf gti

Pricing
Pricing for the new Golf GTI starts at $41,490 (the manufacturer’s recommended retail that does not include dealer and government charges) for the 6-speed manual and you can add another $2,500 for auto and then there are a number of options that can really take the price up.

 

By | October 2nd, 2013|Featured, VW|0 Comments

Renault Fluence Gets a Mid-life Makeover

2013 Renault FluenceI’ve always been something of fan of Renault cars even though their appearance could be described as a little quirky.

Back in the mid-1970’s I owned a Renault 12 that took me over a lot of country kilometres … both tar and dirt … and I suppose that was perhaps one of the less quirky designs that have come out of the Renault design studio at that time. Even if it was a little boring to look at it was exciting to drive with great acceleration and handling.

Personally I tend to like those quirky designs … they say something about Renault and about people who buy their products … they’re not afraid to be different. Unfortunately though there’s nothing all that quirky about the Renault Fluence … with the exception of the name.

However the Renault Fluence is selling here in Australia and it’s selling in enough numbers for Renault to want to release the latest version. There’s not a whole lot that sets it apart from the previous model but then that’s what you get in a mid-life makeover

On the outside
On the outside there’s a restyled grill and new headlamps at the front and a chrome strip at the rear. Both the 16-inch alloys on the Dynamique and 17-inch wheels on the Privilege have undergone some changes too,

On the inside
It’s on the inside that most of the changes have occurred. There’s now a new digital dashboard fitted to both models in the Fluence range and it’s just a little bit quirky so there’s hope yet for the Renault Fluence.

The radio and the cloth upholstery on the base model … the Dynamique … have undergone a change and Bluetooth connectivity allows mobile phones to feed music into the Arkamys 4-speaker, 2-tweeter sound system.

Interior of the 2013 Renault Fluence

The top-of-the-range model … the Privilege … has new leather upholstery along with a 7-inch full colour touch screen that connects the driver with the audio, satellite navigation system and other in-car systems. A new Bose audio system has also been added.

A new assisted parking brake has been added to the Renault Fluence Privilege and rear parking sensors and a colour reversing camera with guidance system have been added as well.

Smart-Card Key
The Renault Smart Card Key system in the Renault Fluence has been upgraded so that as long as the card is close to the vehicle the doors will unlock automatically and the push-button starter on the dashboard can be activated.

A sensor in the car communicates with the Smart Card Key so that if the driver moves away from the car the doors will automatically lock until the key comes back into range.

Rear of the 2013 Fluence

Prices
The 2013 Renault Fluence starts at $23,143 (manufacturer’s list price) for the base model Dynamique with manual transmission and $25,143 for the automatic while the Privilege with CVT auto starts at $30,298.

The prices are interesting but the look of the car … well …

 

 

 

 

By | September 26th, 2013|Renault|0 Comments

Kia Picanto LPG

Kia Picanto LPGIn the past cars at the Kia Picanto end of the small-car category have been able to produce some impressive fuel economy figures simply because of their size.

Cars of that size don’t need big engines so you almost get great fuel economy by default but we’re starting to see that the market in some countries … especially Europe … are wanting even better fuel economy plus much lower emissions.

Now that can produce some problems for car makers … how do you pack more technology to produce those lower figures into a car this size?

Some car makers are looking at hybrid technology but Kia is going in a different direction … they’ve now released the pilot model of a new addition to the Kia Picanto range … and this Picanto needs two fuel tanks because it operates on petrol and LPG.

The engine
The Kia Picanto LPG is powered by a modified version of the standard three-cylinder 1.0-litre Kappa engine.

This modified version of the standard 1.0-litre engine comes with an additional fuel system to handle the LPG. The extra system includes a solenoid valve, vaporiser (that converts the LPG into a gas) a gas filter and an injector module.

The modified engine for the Kia Picanto LPG shares the same continuously variable valve timing, cast aluminium block, off-set crankshaft, long-life timing chain and low-friction valve springs as the normal fuel powered engine.

kia picanto lpg engine

Two fuel tanks
Obviously if the Kia Picanto LPG runs on two different types of fuel then it’s going to need to fuel tanks. The 35-litre tank for normal fuel is located just ahead of the rear axle … as it is in all Picanto models while a pressurised 27-litre tank for the LPG is located below the boot in the space that was once occupied by the spare tyre.

I guess when you have such limited space to work in if you want to add something extra then you have to take something out and in this case it’s the spare tyre. Instead of a spare tyre you get what Kia refers to as a “tyre-mobility kit” … let’s just hope that if you get a puncture it’s not a really big one.

The extra fuel tank and the extra equipment at the other end of the Picanto adds an extra 51kg to the weight of the vehicle and this much extra weight in a small car is obviously going to have an impact on performance.

To ensure that the Picanto LPG is a lively little performer Kia have lowered the final drive ratio by 8.6%. 0-100kph takes 14.5 seconds and the LPG version of the Picanto has a top speed of 150kph.

kia picanto lpg dashboard

Drivers can switch between fuel tanks on the Kia Picanto LPG simply by pushing a button on the dash and there are a couple of new additions to the instrument cluster on the Picanto LPG dash … two fuel gauges and two warning lamps when the fuel is running low.

Kia

Two versions
The Kia Picanto LPG will be available to three and five-door versions and two equipment levels … LX or EX. Fuel economy in LPG mode is 5.81/100Km with a CO2 emission level of 100g/km. Those numbers drop to 5.61/100Km and 97g/km if the vehicle is equipped with automatic stop-start.

The Kia Picanto LPG will go on sale in parts of Europe later this year. There are no Picanto models in the Kia range here in Australia so it’s unlikely that we’ll see the Kia Picanto LPG but we may see the technology at some time in the future in another Kia model.

And even if Kia doesn’t bring the technology to Australia it may only be a matter of time before some other car maker does.

 

By | September 12th, 2013|Featured, Kia|0 Comments

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-RI don’t know about you but when I see the word Yaris I begin to think of little old ladies … little old men … Sunday drivers …. and before long I’m yawning and nodding off for a Grandpa nap. But if I ever get to see this little monster … the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R in the flesh … there’ll be no Grandpa naps for me.

Oh no … there’ll be nothing like that … just a burning desire to get into the driver’s seat and put the pedal to the metal and let the 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo combine with the two electric motors to lay rubber down the street.

Unfortunately, while I may get to see the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R … and I might even be allowed to touch it … it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get to drive the thing because it’s a concept car and no manufacturer wants to see their concept car in the sweaty palms of a scribbler like me.

But I can dream and if this hybrid ever makes it into production then the only thing standing between me and a red-hot go would be my wife.

Ok so let’s put dreams aside and let’s look at the reality of the technical details.

Under the bonnet
To produce the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Toyota have combined their very popular Yaris hatch with high-performance engineering and advanced hybrid technology that Toyota developed for their Le Mans racing programme.

The direct-injection turbo has been adapted to racing conditions and ,when combined with the 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine, it develops 224kW (300hp) of power and 420Nm of torque. Then when you hook that up to those two electric motors you get 313kW (420hp) of power.

The petrol engine powers the front wheels while the two electric motors power the rear wheels and just so a driver has some hope of staying below the legal speed limit in the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Toyota has thoughtfully given the car two driving modes.

These modes are controlled from a button on the steering wheel and with a push of that button the driver can select either “road” or “track” mode and in ‘track’ mode the rear electric motors can reach their combined maximum peak power.

Toyota Yaris concept

There’s also a third, smaller, electric motor located between the engine and the six-speed manual transmission that can operate as an advanced traction-control system.

At low speeds, or in a curve, when the engine power and torque exceed the grip potential of the front wheels, the motor can convert torque from the petrol engine into electric energy and direct it to the rear wheels.

The twin rear electric motors can also enhance handling characteristics during cornering by altering the distribution of torque between the left and right rear wheels, achieving the same effect as an intelligent torque vectoring differential.

Depending on the radius of the curve, the system can send more torque to the outside rear wheel, apply more braking force to the inside wheel or even brake and accelerate each wheel independently to promote a better driving line and to limit understeer.

If there is sufficient charge in the battery the Yaris Hybrid-R can even be operated in full electric mode for short distances.

2013 Toyota Yaris concept

On the outside
New headlights, a wider front grille and details picked out in black and blue are highlights of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R concept as are the BIG air intakes that direct the airflow onto the brakes for cooling.

The brakes themselves are grooved and perforated with six-piston callipers on the front and four-piston callipers on the rear.

If you happen to be at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week you’ll get to see the first showing of this hot little Yaris.

 

 

By | September 4th, 2013|Featured, Toyota|Comments Off on Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R

The Volvo Concept Coupe

volvo concept coupeDo you remember the Volvo P1800 coupe from the 1960s? Obviously these days that original P1800 design looks very dated but back in the days when it first hit the streets it looked almost futuristic and it certainly stood out in a time when car design was not all that exciting.

Well if you remember that original P1800 then Volvo has a treat for you … the latest Volvo Concept Coupe. Volvo says that you can think of this Concept Coupe as the next generation P1800 and I would suggest that we’re going to see this Concept Coupe go into production in the near or two.

Unlike most concept cars that are designed to really push design and technology limits the Volvo Concept Coupe seems to rely a lot on current technology while looking at the possibilities of Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture.

Volvo also says that their Concept Coupe is just the first of three concept cars that will explore Scalable Product Architecture.

volvo concept coupe dashboardVisual impact
What we see in the Volvo Concept Coupe is a change in proportion. The distance between the axle and the dashboard has been extended and the cabin has been moved slightly further back.

The bonnet and the cabin roof have been lowered and the Concept Coupe rides on 21-inch wheels and if you really want to get into the designers’ headspace as this car came together it might help to think of a lion … even at rest it’s obvious what a lion is capable of doing.

The grille is quite different to what you might expect in a Volvo but it still carries the unmistakable Volvo emblem and the headlights are certainly moving away from what we expect headlights to look like.

Interior
If the Volvo Concept Coupe is to make it into product it’s unlikely that we will see some of the same design elements in the production model. While a leather instrument panel and some high quality carpet could be carried into production I doubt that we will see the inlays of naturally aged wood or the handcrafted crystal gear-lever.

Technology
The portrait aspect of the touch screen in the centre console it certainly a step away from current thinking in just about every make and model of car where landscape or square screens are the norm.

In the Volvo Concept Coupe the touch screen interacts with the adaptive digital display and HUD in front of the driver.

The engine
As you would expect in a concept vehicle like this one the Concept Coupe is powered by something more advanced than just a normal petrol engine.

The Volvo Concept Coupe is powered by a petrol plug-in hybrid with supercharger and turbo and this is teamed with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. With this combination the Concept Coupe has a combined output of around 400bhp and over 600Nm or torque.

This combination is a test of Volvo’s plans to use electrification to create the most powerful versions in the new 4-cylinder Drive-E group of engines. Volvo suggests that these engines will “take power figures up into V8 territory.”

Now if only the original P1800 had that sort of power to play with.

 

 

By | September 2nd, 2013|Featured, Volvo|0 Comments

The Hyundai i30 SR

Hyundai i30 SRThe new Hyundai i30 SR has been launched and it’s definitely looking interesting.

All too often car makers stick a sporty badge and some sporty bling on a basic model and call it a sports sedan but that doesn’t seem to be the way Hyundai have gone with the i30 SR. Hyundai have started with the i30 Elite and built from there.

Sure there’s the sports equivalent of bling in the form of 17-inch machine-face alloy wheels, a special front grille and alloy-faced pedals but there’s more to the i30 SR than just that.

The engine
There’s a new, more powerful naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 129kW of power and 209Nm of torque. That’s an increase of 19kW of power and 31Nm of torque compared to the previous 1.8-litre engine.

Hyundai have coupled that engine to a 6-speed manual transmission (a 6-speed auto is available as a $2200 option) and that delivers acceleration figures of 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds … 1.4 seconds faster than the i30 Elite fitted with the 1.8-litre petrol engine

Acceleration figures for the Hyundai i30 SR fitted with the optional auto transmission are a little slower although still faster than an auto-equipped 1.8-litre Elite.

Combined fuel economy for the manual is 7.2L/100km  and 7.5L/100km for the auto.

Hyundai i30 SR

Suspension
Hyundai Australia’s engineers have worked with Sachs … a leading shock absorber manufacturer … to develop special front dampers for the i30 SR and these have been combined with unique front springs to provide responsive steering and good ride qualities over most surfaces.

The front springs that now come with the new Hyundai i30 SR are four percent stiffer than those on the rest of the i30 petrol models.

Interior
The interior of the new i30SR features alloy sports pedals, black leather/leatherette upholstery and a power-operated driver’s seat with electric lumbar support.  A sunroof is available as a $2000 option.

Price
The price for the new Hyundai i30SR starts at $27,990 for the manual version. The auto transmission and the sunroof are extra, metallic paint is also extra and you need to add delivery and government charges to that figure too.

By | August 28th, 2013|Hyundai|0 Comments

The Proton Suprima S Hatchback

Proton Suprima S hatchbackProton has come a long way in a relatively short time and I don’t expect that this post about the all new Proton Suprima S hatchback will generate the same level of abusive comments that our report on the Proton S16 and its lack of safety features generated.

The Proton Suprima S hatchback has just been unveiled in Malaysia and this is quite a neat looking vehicle that should appeal to a wide range of drivers here in Australia.

The Suprima S hatchback is powered by a 1.6 litre turbo engine that churns out 103kW of power and 205Nm of torque and puts the power to the road via Proton’s 7-speed ProTronic gearbox.

Safety features for the Proton Suprima S hatchback include six airbags, anti-trap power windows, ABS, ESC with traction control and the top of the range model will also come to Australia with rear parking sensors and reversing camera.

All those goodies give the Proton Suprima S hatchback a 5-star ANCAP safety rating  and buyers will undoubtedly be impressed by the 5-year warranty, 5-year roadside assist and 5-year capped price servicing that Proton is offering with this model.

No pricing or release date have yet been set for Australia but Proton in Australia expects the Suprima S hatchback to do well in the hotly contested small car market.

Suprima S hatchback

By | August 28th, 2013|Proton|Comments Off on The Proton Suprima S Hatchback

Inflatable Seatbelts Are Coming

inflatable seatbeltsThere is absolutely no doubt that seatbelts save lives and any driver or passenger who still believes that he or she doesn’t really need to wear a seatbelt is showing clear signs of the onset of insanity.

Yes I know they can be a pain if you’re jumping in and out of your car and if you don’t have them adjusted properly they be uncomfortable but what is nuisance value or discomfort when the option is dead?

However, while seatbelts undoubtedly save lives they can also inflict some minor injuries during accidents and they can leave behind some nasty bruises because crash forces are concentrated in the narrow area covered by the seatbelts.

While airbags can reduce those crash forces for front seat passengers up until now rear seat passengers have been left on their own to take whatever bruising is coming their way but at least for anyone riding in the backseat of a new Ford Mondeo things will soon change.

inflatable seatbeltsFrom the second half of 2014 … when Ford releases the all new Mondeo … Australia will see the introduction of inflatable seatbelts for rear seat passengers.

In normal operation, apart from what appears to be extra padding, these new inflatable seatbelts look little different to the seatbelts we have now. They also operate in just the same way but if an accident occurs these new inflatable seatbelts will deploy in just 40 milliseconds.

The inflated seatbelt’s increased diameter is more effective in holding the rear seat occupant in place and at the same time spreads the crash forces over five times more body area and so any injury caused by the seatbelt will be reduced. The inflatable seatbelt will also reduce head, neck and chest injuries.

If deployed the inflatable seatbelt’s airbag breaks through the belt fabric and expands sideways across the body. The airbag in the seatbelt fills at a slower rate than the dash airbags fitted to our vehicles because the seatbelt airbag is already close to the wearer so there is not the same need to bridge a gap similar to the one that exists between front seat occupants and the dashboard.

Now that Ford has introduced this technology I wonder how long it will be before we see inflatable seatbelts appearing in other models on the Australian market.

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The seatbelts after the airbags have deflated

By | August 15th, 2013|Ford Australia, Technology|0 Comments

Ford EcoSport SUV Comes to Australia

Ford EcoSport comes to AustraliaAs if Ford doesn’t have enough SUVs in its line up … now there’s going to be yet another … the Ford EcoSport … due to hit the showrooms in December this year. But will Australian’s buy it?

Of course the Ford EcoSport isn’t exactly aimed at your average Australian SUV buyer … when we think of Australians and SUVs we tend to think big and Asian … or at least bigger than the EcoSport. And the EcoSport is built in India and comes with a 1.0 Litre engine … things that may discourage people from buying it.

Obviously Ford isn’t completely crazy though  … they are going to offer the EcoSport here in Australia with an optional 1.5 Litre petrol engine for all those who can’t get their head around the idea of driving a car with such a small engine.

And the Ford EcoSport is also going to come with a useful piece of technology that no other maker offers in the small SUV class so maybe there will be enough interest to translate into reasonable sales figures.

So what will we see when the Ford EcoSport arrives in December? A rugged but small SUV that has been around for a year or so and has been selling well in India. The standard 1.0 Litre EcoBoost engine delivers similar performance to a 1.6 Litre engine but with 20 percent better fuel economy.

Even Ford … in their press release … admits that the 1.0 Litre EcoBoost engine is small. They’re happy to tell you that it’s “tiny enough to fit on a sheet of A4 paper” and they’ve managed to wring 92kW of power and 170Nm of torque out of it.

For those who really can’t see themselves admitting to their friends that their new car has a tiny engine Ford has a 1.5 Litre petrol engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing available as an option.

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Other features include electric power-assisted steering with comes with what Ford calls “Pull-Drift Compensation” to make it easier to handle in tight parking spots and tight U-turns. And if you ever do take your EcoSport SUV off road then you will have peace of mind knowing that Ford says that the EcoSport can wade through 550mm of water.

Small vehicles of any type tend not to stand up well to unpleasant meetings with bigger objects but Ford says that the EcoSport is especially strong because the body is made up of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel.

If that’s not enough then the suite of airbags fitted to the EcoSport will give you added protections. There’s the usual driver and front passenger airbags along with side and curtain airbags. There’s alos a driver’s knee airbag … that should be useful if you’re tall.

Technology does feature in this vehicle and apart from the usual Bluetooth, and driver-assist systems there’s also Ford SYNC. This gives the driver the ability to operate some functions by voice control. I’m sure you’ve seen it before in some of Ford’s ads for the Mondeo so I won’t go into it here but it is something that no one else offers in the class and it is something that will appeal to some people.

Ford says that we’ll learn more about the Ford EcoSport closer to the launch date … and hopefully get some more images to show you … so if you’re in the market for a small but rugged SUV then stay tuned.

Back in 2012 I suggested that the EcoSport would sell well here in Australia and despite my tone in this article I still think it will … but we haven’t seen a mad rush towards smaller engines in the time between that first article and this one so maybe the idea of a 1.0 Litre engine is still a bit too much for many Australians to cope with.

By | August 14th, 2013|Ford Australia|0 Comments

The Holden Trax

The Holden TraxThe Holden Trax will be available in showrooms across the country from early September and it’s certainly going to add some interest to the small SUV market.

Not only is it coming into the market with a 5-star ANCAP safety rating but it’s also bringing a level of technology that Holden describes as “best-in-class” . Even the base model will have a suite of tech goodies that are usually reserved for models further up the range.

The Holden Trax will be offered in two trim levels starting with the LS that will carry a recommended retail price (not including dealer and government charges) of  $23,490 for the manual model and $25,690 for the Active-Select auto model. The recommended retail price for the Holden Trax LTZ will be $27,990.

When you look at the list of standard equipment in the Trax LS … which comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard … and then compare it with the extras you get in the LTZ I think most people will happily settle for the LS six-speed auto option added in.

Even though the Holden Trax is built in South Korea an Australian engineering team from Holden has spent over two years working to produce a vehicle that is suited for Australian conditions. The suspension has been tuned and the engine calibrated for our conditions and the same setup will be used on the models that will go into the Russian, South African and New Zealand markets.

the instrument cluster in the Holden Trax

The body
The Holden Trax is 4278mm long and 1776mm wide. It’s 1674mmm high and it has a wheelbase of 2555mm. The kerb weight for the base model is 1356kg while the auto transmission adds another 15kg.

With all seats in the upright position there is just 356 litres of luggage capacity … remember, this is a small SUV … but with the rear 60/40 split-fold seats folded down the luggage capacity goes up to 785 litres and with the rear seats fully folded out of the way the luggage capacity increases to 1370 litres.

the luggage space in the Trax

Suspension and steering
The suspension in the Holden Trax features a McPherson strut arrangement at the front and a compound crank rear axle.

The mounting bushes on the rear axle have been tuned locally to reduce noise levels on dirt roads and the front struts and rear shocks have also received a lot of attention to ensure that the Trax can handle our rougher roads.

The Holden Trax is fitted with electric power steering that gives the vehicle a turning circle of 10.9 metres. The steering has also been tuned to handle our conditions. Particular attention was paid to the amount of feedback driver’s receive when travelling over dirt roads.

Urban drivers weren’t forgotten either and the steering at low speeds is quite light so it won’t be a chore to drive in tight urban environments.

Dashboard on the Holden Trax

The engine and transmission
The 1.8 litre double overhead cam, 16-valve, four cylinder petrol engine ECOTEC petrol engine is currently the only one available for the Trax. This engine produces 103kW of power and 175Nm of torque.  It’s not a new to Australia … It’s already been seen here in Australia in the latest Holden Cruze so local mechanics are familiar with it.

Despite having a cast iron cylinder block this engine is still considered to be lightweight thanks to a hollow frame. Other features of this engine include the double overhead camshaft with four valves per cylinder, dual continuously variable camshaft phasing, lightweight camshaft tappets with reduced friction, variable intake manifold, an electronically controlled cooling system, oil-water heat exchanger and piston-cooling oil jets.

Around 90 percent of peak torque will be produced in the 2,400 to 6.500rpm range and the fuel consumption figures are interesting. Usually the auto version produces better figures than the manual but not in this case. The manual version of the Holden Trax will produce 7.0L/100km on a combined cycle while the auto can only managed 7.6L/100km.

The fuel tank in the Trax will hold 53 litres.

Drive is through the front wheels and the transmission is via a five-speed manual box in the LS (auto is $2200 optional extra) and a six-speed auto box for the LTZ. There is no option for a manual box in the LTZ.

The interior and technology
seating in the Holden TraxThe front seats are contoured and obviously designed to offer support when cornering and the front seats in the Holden Trax LTZ are heated.

The passenger seat features a handy storage tray for things like your iPad or tablet. I’m sure that this is a feature that most buyers would be quick to use because there’s nothing worse than hunting for your iPad or tablet when you’ve slipped it under one of the front seats to keep it out of sight while you’re out of the car.

The dashboard features ice blue illumination and includes an instrument cluster that features a digital LED speedo and a very prominent analogue tacho.

The centre stack seems to dominate the front of the Holden Trax. It features a seven-inch touch-screen that’s linked to Holden’s MyLink infotainment system that gives drivers access to the widest range of apps available in an Australian vehicle.

Included in those apps is BringGo, a navigation system that has functions that include Google Places search … so now you can have Google right there in the car with you.

There’s also USB with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth etc. and of course air conditioning and ISOFIX child seat anchorage system are included as standard.

Safety
Of course the Holden Trax comes with all the safety options you expect to find in a vehicle that has a 5-star safety rating including Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Control, ABS, EBD and traction control, six airbags, break-away brake pedal and three-point seatbelts

The Trax also comes with rear parking sensors and a rear view camera as standard … and the camera display appears on the screen in the centre stack where it is easy to see.

The Trax has been designed with a strong and stiff body that includes a multi-load path crash structure. The structure of the seat frames and the headrests have been designed provide added protection from whiplash injuries.

The rear of the Holden Trax

If the reality of driving a Holden Trax is as good as the hype says it is then Holden could be on a real winner here. A small SUV has certainly been missing from the Holden range and the Trax could be what a lot of people are looking for.

All images are of the LTZ and provided by Holden

By | August 14th, 2013|Featured, Holden|0 Comments

Goodbye Opel?

image76924_aThey came with some fanfare and some great vehicles … they built a network of 20 dedicated dealerships – they sold 541 vehicles in 2012 and a further 989 vehicles up to the end of June this year … and now Opel is folding up their tents and going home.

It seems that Opel can’t bring their cars into the country at a price point to make their business economically viable … in other words they’re just not competitive enough to stay here … so they’re off.

Well maybe not quite … there is a hint that some of the Opel range may be available with a Holden badge but we’ve seen Holden badged Opels come and go over the years so I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Blink and you’ll miss them.

By | August 2nd, 2013|Opel|0 Comments

New Suzuki Compact SUV

Suzuki-SUV-conceptIf you can think beyond 2 wheels when you think of Suzuki the next thing you will probably think of is compact SUVs.

Let’s face it, over the years Suzuki has produced quite a few SUVs that most people would describe as ‘compact’ but in September Suzuki is going to unveil a new compact SUV concept and if you read between the lines of the press release you might begin to think that Suzuki is thinking even smaller.

Of course Suzuki have released a couple of promo photos but they’re just a teaser. They don’t really show anything (other than it’s a 4-door) and there’s no real indication of the size.

However the iV-4, as the concept for the new Suzuki compact SUV is known as, is said to embody the ruggedness of an SUV while inheriting various design features from earlier Suzuki models and yet this “personal compact SUV … conveys a sense of modernity and innovativeness”.

We’ll know just how much of that is hype September when the new Suzuki compact SUV is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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By | July 31st, 2013|Featured, Suzuki|Comments Off on New Suzuki Compact SUV

The New Mazda 3

The new Mazda 3Although it’s not set to arrive Australia until early 2014 we now have a preview of what we’re going to be getting in the new Mazda 3.

What we are going to be getting is not a mid-life rebuild but a whole new vehicle that Mazda says has been designed from the ground up.  One glance at the body and you can see that it’s definitely new and very striking and hiding under the skin is a full suite of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies.

The body
While the wheelbase of the new Mazda 3 is 60mm longer, 40mm wider than the model it replaces the overall length and width of the vehicle remains the same although it is15mm lower than the car it replaces. The wheels have been moved closer to the corners and highlighted with flares over the wheel arches.

The smiling grill … a signature of recent Mazda vehicles is retained but now the front number plate has become part of the grill.

The new Mazda 3 grille

The headlamps have been redesigned and there is now a distinct line that flows from the headlights, down under the grill.

The prominent nose and the low curves of the cabin are going to appeal to a lot of buyers and it’s interesting that Mazda have chosen red as the colour for these previews.

We all joke about red making a car go faster but the fact is that red is the colour for passion and this is a body shape that goes well with red. There’s no doubt that Mazda wants to continue on with the sporty theme that they start

The engines
Two petrol engines will be offered with the new Mazda 3. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre produces 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque will be the standard offering. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre engine that develops 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque will be available as an option.

The new Mazda 3 side view

The interior
A new dash comes with the new Mazda 3 and the top of the range version will feature and Active Driving Display that features the tacho as the focus of the instrument panel with the speedo set low to one side. Other models will have a more standard layout for their instrument cluster.

On selected models some of the information displayed in the instrument cluster will also be displayed on a clear panel vertically mounted about the meter hood. Unfortunately the new Mazda 3 press kit that was available to us did not contain any photos of the dash

We’ll also see a new car connectivity system in the new Mazda 3. This system will feature a 7-inch screen, improved controls and Bluetooth. Phone, SMS and email will all be available through this system.

The rear view of the new Mazda 3

The front seats have been redesigned to be less imposing for rear-seat passengers and the backs of the front seats have been shaped to allow more leg room for those in the rear seats. Those rear seats have had 50mm added to their height to improve comfort. And the rear seat passengers’ feet have not been forgotten. The mounts for the front seats have been spaced further apart to give rear seat passengers more room for their feet.

It looks as though the new Mazda 3 might be quite a car and it will be interesting in today’s economic climate to see what price tags they carry when they hit the showrooms next year.

By | July 4th, 2013|Mazda|0 Comments

Peugeot Blitzes Pikes Peak

Peugeot wins at Pikes PeakEarly this month we reported here that Mitsubishi was heading for the hill climb at Pikes Peak in the US with their new electric car and a strong desire to take the top spot and perhaps set a new course record.

Unfortunately for Mitsubishi Peugeot rained on their parade when Sebastian Loeb took their 208 T16 up Pikes Peak in an incredible 8 minutes and 13 seconds. The previous record of 9 minutes and 46 seconds had only been set the year before.

The Pikes Peak course is 20km long … it includes 159 corners … and Loeb’s average speed in his 875 horsepower Peugeot 208 T16 was 145km/h.

Watch the video and take a ride with Sebastian Loeb as Peugeot blitzes Pikes Peak … but don’t be fooled by how easy the course looks at the start. About 5 minutes in you’ll begin to notice that you can’t see anything but sky on one side of the road … and there aren’t many barriers … and his average speed is 145km/h.




By | July 3rd, 2013|Peugeot|Comments Off on Peugeot Blitzes Pikes Peak