Saturday, April 27, 2013

Toyota RAV4 Adventure Concept, 2013

  • Toyota RAV4 Adventure Concept, 2013

The Toyota RAV4 'Adventure' design study accentuates an alternate dimension with a more forceful look to reinforce the RAV4's authentic off-road capabilities.

In this case, the bold Dark Red paint underlines the athletic and strong appearance of the new RAV4. Building upon the new RAV4's muscular proportions (wider and lower than the 3rd generation), the stance of the RAV4 'Adventure' is reinforced by extended wheel arches, designed to accommodate more aggressive 20" alloy wheels.

The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned and finished with matt paint. At the front, the bumper has been redesigned to integrate with a new under-run. And at the rear the bumper has been modified to fully integrate a double exhaust pipe and revised skid plate.

Machined roof rails complete the 'Adventure' look, whilst darker privacy glass adds a sense of mystery to the interior.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Suzuki Jimny, 2013

  •  Suzuki Jimny, 2013

Suzuki announced some styling refreshments to its highly popular Suzuki Jimny compact 4x4 model in the UK. The 2013 model receives a number of exterior and interior design updates to help modernise appearance whilst maintaining the long established tough and capable reputation Suzuki Jimny has amongst its 20,000 loyal owners in the UK.

Design revisions include a new front bumper and grille design, new design bonnet shape incorporating central air intake as well as repositioning of the front fog lamps. The new front bumper design has resulted in a slight increase in overall length of 30mm to 3,675mm - although Suzuki Jimny easily remains the most compact SUV on sale in the UK.

For the interior, a new seat fabric trim has been adopted for the SZ3; both SZ3 and SZ4 models have new design front and rear headrests as well as ISOFIX child seat mountings fitted as standard to the rear seats.

Breeze Blue has now been added to the optional metallic paint range of four colours available for the higher specification SZ4 model with three metallic and one solid colour available for SZ3. Metallic paint is a £399 option.

Suzuki Jimny has a neat and practical look and since sales began in 1998, it has accumulated a loyal following of repeat customers who enjoy a quirky alternative to a supermini or crossover SUV. The Suzuki Jimny exceeds expectations off road whilst still being more than capable in any urban area, ideal for customers who want the best of both worlds.

The all-alloy 16-valve 1.3-litre engine benefits from variable valve timing, ensuring lively performance, and strong fuel economy. Maximum output is 85PS, with 81lbft of torque delivered at 4,100 rpm; a flat torque curve means near maximum torque is delivered from as low as 2,500 rpm, giving Suzuki Jimny the kind of flexible driving character and pulling power that are integral to a successful SUV.

There are clear benefits in terms of fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions: with the manual transmission model returning an official 39.8mpg in combined cycle driving (38.7mpg for the automatic); respective CO2 outputs are 162 and 167g/km.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition, 2013

  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition, 2013

Subaru of America, Inc. revealed 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at the 2012 SEMA Show. The new models are in keeping with a long tradition of customized Subaru SEMA show cars - and just in time for Halloween. The Special Edition WRX and WRX STI models feature an "Orange and Black" custom paint scheme, with Tangerine Orange paint off-set with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badging and exterior mirrors. The Special Editions cars also receive black exterior graphics.

The Special Edition line-up is limited to just 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans. For a true custom look, the WRX Special Edition features the dark interior trim from the WRX STI, including a black headliner. The Special Edition orange interior is also applied to the stitching on the seats, doors and shift boot, and custom orange trimmed floor mats. The WRX STI also features front fog lamps.

On sale in spring of 2013, the Special Editions spice-up an already potent line up of AWD sports cars. Featuring Subaru BOXER engines, the WRX and WRX STI models develop 265hp and 305hp respectively. Delivering massive bang for the buck, the 2013 WRX Special Edition produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm and running through its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2013 WRX STI Special Edition delivers a rally-inspired driving experience with its 305-horsepower turbocharged BOXER engine, six-speed manual transmission and exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The WRX STI is also equipped with Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and a Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, the latter featuring a track performance-optimized mode.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

StudioTorino CoupeTorino, 2008

  • StudioTorino CoupeTorino, 2008

As part of the event "Turin World Design Capital 2008", Studio Torino presents a cultural, non-profit project. The Studio Torino Coupe Torino is a technical and stylistic study aimed at transforming series and off-set automobiles with reliable technical solutions while maintaining the car's identity. With this objective in mind the iconic Mercedes SL spider was chosen as a lone specimen. Its original architectural structure was transformed into a true coupé.

Amongst the various design studies directed by Studio Torino in cooperation with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) and informally presented to the Mercedes Design Center in Como to Professor Peter Pfeiffer, a more typically Italian coupé style was chosen.

This project includes an accurate 1:4 scale maquette personally modeled by Alfredo Stola and a photographic exhibit presenting all of its developmental stages, from its conception to its realization.

An in depth study presents all of the construction methodology and aerodynamics with the goal of creating a perfectly functional prototype with the reliability akin to that of series automobiles.

Studio Torino Coupe Torino was presented on December 12, 2008 at the Première held at Turin Gallery with an exhibit titled "Bespoke Coachwork".

Directed by Alfredo Stola, the style of the Studio Torino Coupe Torino was attained through cooperation with Istituto di Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) and in particular with Piotr Degler Jablonski, student who participated in its creation as part of his final internship.

The theme is clear: to project an off-set starting with the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and to transform it into a coupé all while maintaining its identity and adding a touch of Italian flair in order to make it exclusive.

Initially research took off in several directions; after several designs the first choice focused on two fast-backs and a traditional coupé.

Later on July 9, 2008 at the Mercedes Design Center in Como an informal and cordial meeting between Professor Peter Pfeiffer, Dr. Michele Paganetti and Alfredo Stola, Studio Torino is given suggestions as to in which way aim its choice for the creation of the to scale model of "our C version" or what we like to call a traditional coupé 'all'italiana'.

For the event "Torino World Design Capital 2008" Mercedes generously supplies us with a 1:4 scale model of the SL, indispensable element for the fashioning of the Studio Torino Coupe Torino model.

The model was created in a traditional manner - that is by hand. In fact, the back is completely restyled and was personally modeled by Alfredo Stola with the collaboration of student intern Piotr Degler Jablonski for the design.

The Première of Studio Torino Coupe Torino was held on December 12, 2008 in the exhibit "Bespoke Coachwork" at Turin Gallery with the addition of a photographic exhibit of all the designs and developmental stages, a 1:4 scale model purposely without wheels, monochromatic in bronze on a transparent support as if a sculpture.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Skoda Octavia, 2013

  •  Skoda Octavia, 2013

The new Škoda Octavia sets standards in the compact segment. The Octavia's third generation more than ever confirms the car's unique position in its vehicle segment, impressing with an unrivalled space offering, new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, low fuel consumption, wide range of "Simply Clever" solutions and a Škodatypical price-value ratio.

The Škoda Octavia in its overall package has always been about offering that little bit extra. This is down to the generous space offering, but also the fusion of an elegant saloon shape with the practical advantages of car with a large hatch, a fusion that is unique in this segment. The new generation confirms this uniqueness. "The new Octavia shows us resolutely continuing down a Škoda-typical road. It is a car with middle-class qualities at a compact-car price. It is an ideal car for demanding, confident customers expecting a modern Octavia with all its good values. It is our best," says Frank Welsch, Škoda board member for technical development.

Unrivalled space offering, optimum functionality
The new Škoda Octavia sets benchmarks in its class in terms of its space offering. "The new Octavia offers space such as is otherwise found only in higher classes," says Welsch. No other car in the compact segment offers more interior length (1,782 mm), more knee room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). Also best in class is the boot volume at 590 litres. Other interior dimensions have also increased significantly compared to the Octavia's second generation: front head room: + 8 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm.

New refinement: a distinctive, clear and timeless design
The new Škoda Octavia is not just roomy and functional, it looks good, too. Škoda design chief Jozef Kaban and his team revised the car from head to toe, creating enthusiasm at first sight. Never before has a Škoda Octavia appeared as dynamic and at the same time as timelessly elegant, as distinctive, refined and assured on the road as this bestseller's third generation. "Each line and gap breathes love of precision and detail. The new Octavia is an unmistakable face in the automobile crowd," says Welsch.

Compared to its predecessor, the Octavia has grown significantly in length and width. The new model is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the second-generation Škoda Octavia. At the same time, the wheelbase has grown by 108 mm, mainly benefiting the interior and space on the rear seats.

The front of the car is assured and confident thanks to an emphasis on horizontal lines and a new location for the Škoda logo. The side aspect of the new Škoda Octavia has become markedly more dynamic when compared to its predecessor. This is down to the long wheelbase as well as to the shortened front overhang and a C pillar pulled far backwards. The high, sharp tornado line provides the car with optical stretch and distinctively highlights its coupé-like silhouette. A special new characteristic is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, the so-called "fin" - a small, but effective design idea providing the car with a forceful appearance and direction.

Its rear aspect is also about precision, classiness and perfect proportions. Everything is in the right place, well-positioned and tidy. Škoda's typical lighting graphic with its distinctive C-shaped lighting contour is executed in uncompromising brilliance. Tidiness, elegance and especially lots of space are what the new Octavia's interior is about. Škoda designers have completely redone the car's insides.

Safety at the highest level
In developing the new Škoda Octavia, an important goal was to make the car even safer. Accordingly, Škoda engineers developed a host of cutting-edge safety systems for the new Octavia including Front Assistant/emergency braking function (from May 2013), Lane Assistant, which keeps the Octavia on track, multicollisionbraking/ automatic brake actuation in an accident, Crew Protect Assistant/securing of the vehicle in an accident situation or Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection). These systems help avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences for occupants and other road users.

In addition, a precise chassis, a long wheelbase and a rigid and light body structure combine to ensure an extremely stable handling in Škoda's most recent offspring. In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety elements provides optimum protection for driver and occupants. In the area of passive safety, up to nine airbags, finely interacting with 3-point safety belts, shield occupants from injury. Knee airbags (standard in EU countries) and rear side airbags are available for the first time in a Škoda Octavia.

New efficiency: CO2 emissions from 89 g/km
Engineers achieved significant improvements in the Škoda Octavia's consumption and emission figures thanks to newly developed petrol and diesel engines, a low drag coefficient and reduced vehicle weight.

The GreenLine version of the new Škoda Octavia (1.6 TDI/81 kW) achieves CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km and consumes a mere 3.4 litres of diesel per 100 km. In all, four petrol engines, all with cutting-edge TSI technology, and four modern TDI common-rail diesel engines are available, with a natural-gas version planned for later. Except for the relevant entry-level petrol and diesel option, all engines now are available in a Green tec version with a start-stop system and recuperation. The line-up runs all the way to the top option, the 1.8 TSI with 132 kW. Modern manual and automatic DSG transmissions are available, with all-wheel-drive versions in the works. A sporty-trim Škoda Octavia RS is also in the pipeline.

Despite its increased size and larger amount of technology on board, Škoda engineers have still succeeded in making the car up to 102 kilogrammes lighter than the Škoda Octavia's second generation. This was achieved thanks to resolute lightweight engineering, a progressive body design, utilisation of high- and ultra-tensile steel and a careful selection of materials. Actual weight reduction will vary depending on buildability of each vehicle configuration.

Supreme comfort through innovative technology
In addition, the new Škoda Octavia offers numerous new comfort functions such as hitherto available only in higher-segment vehicles. In addition to making their debut in the new Octavia, some of them are even becoming available for the first time ever in a Škoda. In this context, use of new technologies is no end in itself, but seeks to provide tangible added value to customers, meaning no fanciful knickknacks, but technology for people's sake, technology that makes mobility safer and more comfortable for people.

Available for the first time in a Škoda is the Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which automatically maintains a pre-set distance to the car ahead. The new Intelligent Light Assistant will switch to high beam and back automatically, increasing comfort and safety in traffic. The Automatic Parking Assistant makes parking the Octavia in and out easier. Also available for the first time in a Škoda will be in the future traffic-sign recognition as part of the 'Traveller Assistant' package. Driving Mode Selection enables drivers to set certain vehicle driving characteristics at the push of the button. Another first is the electric panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof: a transparent panorama roof enhancing comfort and wellbeing on board the Octavia. The new Octavia is also available with KESSY (Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System), the automatic door- and ignition-lock system.

New generation of infotainment systems
The new Škoda Octavia impresses with an all-new generation of radio and radio navigation systems. Touch displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality will be available in higher-level systems, while the new CANTON sound system and an acoustically optimised passenger space provide pure listening pleasure.

Practical and functional thanks to ‚Simply Clever' solutions
As in every Škoda, life for occupants is made easier by a range of ‚Simply Clever' features in the new Octavia. Depending on trim level, the following items are available either as standard or as an option. They include foldable cargo elements for the boot, enabling safe anchoring of objects on the floor. A double-sided floor covering in the boot can be found for the first time in a Škoda Octavia. An ice scraper is placed inside the filler flap. A warning vest holder is located underneath the driver's seat and a rubbish bin inside the door panel. A multimedia holder has space for an iPod, a mobile phone and the like. A large overhead sunglasses compartment is just one of many storage bays, holders und hooks that make for an intelligent and clean organisation of interior and baggage space of the new Škoda Octavia. Also on board are the fuel-error prevention function and a boot cover folding away behind the rear seats.

The new Škoda Octavia: Safety on the highest level
A central objective in the development of the new Škoda Octavia was to make the vehicle even safer. The new model features a whole range of innovative systems that previously were the preserve of the mid-range and luxury class: from the Front Assistant to the proactive occupant protection Crew Protect Assistant. In case of a collision, a comprehensive package of passive safety elements is ensuring the best possible protection of both the driver and the passengers. The newly developed, precise chassis, the long wheelbase and the solid and light-weight body structure contribute to outstandingly stable handling of the most recent Škoda model.

"Safety for the occupants is the top maxim in the development of new vehicles," says Frank Welsch, Škoda board member for technical development. "In the Octavia, we raised the existing safety level, which was very good, to a whole new plane. Never before have the driver and the passengers been as safe in a Škoda as in the new Octavia," says Welsch.

Innovative assistance systems for even more safety
The portfolio of safety assistance systems for the new Škoda Octavia is extremely diverse. All systems have in common that they do not patronise the driver, but leave him in charge of driving the vehicle. However, they do make safe driving easier for him or her in many day-to-day and also in less common traffic situations.

After a collision in traffic, there is quite often the risk of a further collision, meaning a second impact: be it with the vehicle ahead, another road user, or with obstacles (crash barriers, trees). The Multi-Collision Brake, available for the first time in a Škoda, works to prevent this. In EU countries, Škoda fits this technology as standard. The Multi-Collision Brake automatically slows the vehicle after a detected collision - even if the driver no longer presses the brake pedal. A further collision is avoided and/or the speed at which the further collision takes place is reduced. The Multi-Collision Brake is a component of the Electronic Stability Control ESC. It slows down the car up to a residual speed of 10 km/h. Activation of the Multi-Collision Brake switches on the hazard flashers and the brake lights. The driver can override the system at any time by pressing the accelerator or initiating an emergency stop of his own volition. German automotive club ADAC recently presented the Volkswagen-developed Multi-Collision Brake with a safety innovation award.

Another debut in a Škoda is that of the Front Assistant in the new Octavia. The Front Assistant becomes active in case of an imminent head-to-tail collision. Just as with the Adaptive Cruise Assistant comfort feature that is also available in the Škoda Octavia, the Front Assistant uses a radar sensor integrated into the front end to continuously measure the distance to the vehicle ahead. The system works in four stages: The smaller the distance to the vehicle ahead becomes, the stronger the Front Assistant acts. The first stage is a visual warning alerting to insufficient distance. The next stage warns both visually and acoustically of an approaching obstacle and prepares the braking system. As a main warning, the third stage triggers a brief jerking of the brakes and then initiates the automatic partial braking. The highest stage finally turns the braking assistant to the highest sensitivity for automatic application of the brakes. If the driver does not react at all, an emergency braking takes place. This way, the system can reduce the severity of the accident and may, depending on the situation, even prevent a collision entirely.

In a speed range of 5 to 30 km/h, the Front Assistant works in conjunction with the City Emergency Braking Function to bring the Octavia to a full stop automatically if the driver does not react to an obstacle in the vehicle's path. The City Emergency Braking Function achieves a deceleration of 8 m/s2 in case of maximum risk of collision.

Driver fatigue is one of the most frequent causes of accidents. The Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), available for the first time in the new Škoda Octavia, can reduce this problem. Based on observed steering behaviour, the system recognises deviations from normal handling and hence a weakening of the driver's concentration. The system analyses the steering behaviour 15 minutes after the engine has been started provided speed is more than 65 km/h, and stores the result as basis for a signal. A significant deviation from the characteristic steering behaviour will indicate fatigue of the driver triggering a visual message in the cluster instrument - "fatigue detected - please take break" - recommending a pause.

In the Crew Protect Assistant pro-active occupant protection, Škoda makes another system available in the new Škoda Octavia that was hitherto mainly used in luxury vehicles. The Crew Protect Assistant 'prepares' the driver and the passengers for an impending accident: In case of a detected risk - for instance, emergency braking or a driving situation rated critical - the system pre-tightens the seat belts for both the driver and the passengers. In addition, the system closes the side windows (except for a remaining gap) and the sunroof in case of critical instable driving situations such as in strong oversteering or understeering with triggering of the ESC. This is done to prevent objects from entering the car.

The Lane Assistant, a premiere at Škoda, also considerably improves driving safety. The lane departure warning assistant lowers the risk of inadvertently leaving the lane. It supports drivers of the new Octavia especially on motorways and highways with clearly visible lane markings. The system works with a camera integrated into the base of the interior rear-view mirror in the windshield. The camera detects lane markings in front of the car at speeds of 65 km/h and above. The lane departure warning assistant recognises an unintended departure from the lane, providing a visual message in the cluster instrument, and initiates corrective steering. Without recognisable lane markings, the system does not work. If the turning signal is turned on prior to crossing a marking, the Lane Assistant also does not react.

Comprehensive protection in a collision
Unfortunately, not even the best safety systems can prevent each and every accident. If, despite all precautions, a collision or impact occurs, the new Škoda Octavia provides driver and passengers with the best possible protection available. For the first time, the Octavia features a knee airbag for the driver (standard in EU countries) as well as rear side airbags. Up to nine airbags protect the occupants from injuries in a finely adjusted interaction with the 3-point seatbelts, providing comprehensive protection from injury. In addition, the front-seat passenger airbag can be deactivated when transporting an infant carrier.

As a rule, all occupants are secured with 3-point seat belts (height-adjustable in the front) with pre-tensioners (in the rear, optional in combination with side airbags). Integrated belt force limiters reduce forces to an occupant's chest. For increased child safety, Isofix child seats can be firmly connected to the car using apposite mounts on the backseat and also with an additional top safety belt, the so-called TopTether. Upon request, Isofix anchors can also be integrated into the front-seat passenger seat.

In all countries of the European Union, safety features such as the anti-skid program Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including the Multi-Collision Brake, seven airbags, the deactivatable front-seat passenger airbag, and Daytime Running Lights come as standard. ESC is triggered in critical driving situations and systematically prevents the vehicle from swerving in curves.

Improved axles, longer wheel base make for a modern chassis
Stable handling with high agility in curves and balanced suspension comfort were the objectives of the Škoda Octavia's chassis developers. The result is remarkable: a stable, balanced chassis that optimally fulfils all safety and comfort requirements.

The chassis of the new Octavia uses one of two types of rear axle. Petrol engine versions with up to 103 kW und diesel engines up to 110 kW come with a newly designed twist beam rear axle. More powerful engines as well as future all-wheel-drive (Combi) and natural gas CNG drive versions will use a newly developed multi-link rear axle.

The torsion beam rear axle consists of a cross-section open at the bottom in which an inlay sheet is welded in at the end, each. The inlay sheets are of different lengths so that different torsion rates can be achieved. In comparison to a welded-in tubular stabiliser, this design leads to a significant weight advantage. The twist beam rear axle weighs 38 kg, that is 15 kg less than the rear axle previously used in the Octavia - with increased rigidity and improved roll-steer behaviour.

The multilink rear axle was also systematically improved, especially with an eye on the weight. Use of high-strength steel as well as structural improvements in a large number of components reduced weight by 4 kg to a current 49 kg. The underlying design principle with its systematic separation of longitudinal and transverse rigidity assures excellent comfort and handling characteristics.

At the front, the new Octavia features a MacPherson front axle (struts) with a newly developed wishbone at the bottom. High-strength steel for the wishbone and an innovative bionics design approach at the rocker pivot contribute to both weight savings and stability. The auxiliary frame mounted centrally on the front axle is designed for the highest transverse rigidity. Overall, 2.8 kg of weight have been saved in the front axle.

The wheel base of the new Škoda Octavia has grown by 108 mm in comparison to its predecessor. This is the longest wheel base in the segment. This significantly larger distance between the front axle and the rear axle additionally has a positive effect on the vehicle's road handling stability.

Safe and lighter-weight body due to innovative manufacturing methods
Thanks to innovative use of high-strength and highest-strength steels as well as new manufacturing methods have resulted in a body for the new Škoda Octavia that is not only lighter but also sturdier than that of its predecessor model. Approximately a quarter (26.1 per cent) of the safety architecture consists of hot formed, highest-strength steels. These components are up to six times stronger than common deep-drawing steels and are up to four times as strong as conventional high-strength steels. They are created by heating steel at high temperatures (approx. 950 degrees Celsius), forming it while it is still glowing, and then cooling it down to 180 degrees Celsius within 5.5 seconds. The advantage is that components thus manufactured be made considerably thinner than before for the same crash resistance - this saves weight and leads to fuel savings in the new Škoda Octavia.

Efficient and powerful: the engines for the new Škoda Octavia
The third generation of the Škoda Octavia uses a newly developed generation of modern petrol and diesel engines. Compared with their predecessors, fuel consumption and emission values of the engines are lower by up to 23 per cent. All in all, there will be eight engine versions available: four TSI petrol engines and four TDI common-rail diesel engines.

The range of available engines for the new Škoda Octavia includes eight units, from the 1.2 TSI/63 kW to the top performance engine, the 1.8 TSI with an output of 132 kW. An economical GreenLine version is on offer too. A natural gas version as well as a sporty Octavia RS are in the pipeline. The GreenLine sustainable version of the new Octavia, a 1.6 TDI with a power output of 81 kW, has a CO2 emission value of only 89 g/km and uses less than 3.4 litres diesel for 100 km. In EU countries, all engines - except for the basic engines - come standard with a start/stop system and brake energy recovery via the starter generator (Green tec/GreenLine models). Transmissions include modern manual gearboxes and the automatic DSG double-clutch transmission.

Four petrol engines with 63 to 132 kW
The petrol engines in the new Škoda Octavia are all turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engines with a four-cylinder, four-valve layout.

The entry-level petrol engine of the Octavia is the 1.2 TSI with 63 kW (86 hp) with a combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. Turbocharging produces a maximum torque of 160 Nm (at 1,400 to 3,500 rpm). This entry-level engine comes with a manual 5-speed transmission.

The improved performance version of the 1.2 TSI Green tec, which includes a start/stop system and brake energy recuperation, manages an output of 77 kW (105 hp) and is even more economical with a combined-cycle fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. The TSI engine provides a maximum torque of 175 Nm at between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm. As an alternative to the manual six-speed, the engine can be ordered with an automatic DSG seven-speed transmission.

The 1.4 TSI Green tec with 103 kW (140 hp) can be combined with a manual sixspeed or an automatic DSG seven-speed transmission. Fuel consumption of the 1.4 TSI is 5.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are 121 g/km in combination with manual transmission and start/stop technology. The engine achieves its maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1,500 to 3,500 rpm.

The highest-performance petrol engine for the Octavia is the 1.8 TSI Green tec with 132 kW (180 hp). Maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,250 and 5,000 rpm. In combination with a 7-speed DSG direct shift gearbox, combined-cycle fuel consumption is 5.7 l/100 km and emissions are 131 g CO2 per kilometre.

TDI diesel engines with up to 320 Nm
All diesels available in the new Octavia are turbocharged TDI direct injection engines with four cylinders and four-valve technology.

The entry-level diesel engine for the new Octavia is the 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp), with a combined-cycle consumption of 4.1 l/100 km and emissions of 109 g CO2 per kilometre.

Fuel consumption of the 1.6 TDI Green tec with 77 kW (105 hp) with start/stop and manual five-speed transmission is 3.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions amount to 99 g/km. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 250 Nm at between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm. In addition to the manual gearbox, this engine can also be ordered with the automatic DSG seven-speed transmission.

The GreenLine-Version 1.6 TDI with 81 kW (110 hp) is the most economical diesel engine, emitting only 89 g/km CO2 and a fuel consumption of only 3.4 l/100 km. It is available with a manual six-speed transmission.

The most powerful diesel engine for the new Octavia is the 2.0 TDI Green tec with 110 kW (150 hp). This high-performance engine with a six-speed DSG achieves excellent environmental values with a fuel consumption of only 4.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. In addition, the engine impresses with its outstanding smooth running characteristics and makes its maximum torque of 320 Nm available at as low as between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual and an automatic DSG double-clutch transmission.

Technology highlights of the new generation of engines
The petrol engines of the new Octavia belong to Volkswagen Group's EA211 model series. These TSI four-valve four-cylinders set new standards regarding energy efficiency, lightweight design and pulling power. Reduced internal friction and weight as well as optimised thermal management provide for up to 23 % lower fuel consumption and emissions.

The EA211 engines are a completely new development. Compared to its predecessor the EA111, the EA211 series is significantly more compact, with installation length 50 mm shorter, thus offering more interior space. The installation position of the engines has also been optimised. Just as in the diesels, the petrol engines are now mounted with the exhaust side facing backwards and tilted at an angle of 12 degrees.

The weight of these petrol engines made of die-cast aluminium is only 97 kg for the 1.2 TSI and 106 kg for the 1.4 TSI. Compared to the EA111 predecessor engines used in the Octavia, this is a reduction of up to 22 kg. The crankshaft alone became lighter by 20 per cent; the connecting rods lost 30 per cent of their weight. In addition the connecting rod bearing journals are now hollow-drilled and pistons now come with flat bottoms, all of them optimised for lower weight.

Regarding thermal management, the EA211 petrol engine is equipped with a modern dual-circuit cooling system. That means that a high temperature circuit with a mechanically driven cooling pump cools the basic engine, while a low temperature circuit flows through the intercooler and the turbo-charger casing. The cylinder-head circuit heats the cabin's interior. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head, enabling the engine to warm up more quickly, in turn making heat available quickly for the passenger cabin. At high loads, the exhaust is cooled by the coolant, lowering fuel consumption.

The particularly economical diesel engines are from the EA288 model series. Compared to the previous generation, the fuel consumption of the new engines is lower by up to 0.8 l/100 km. Exhaust-relevant components, such as the injection system, the charging and the intercooling systems have been improved. Components for exhaust-gas aftertreatment, such as the oxidation catalyst and the diesel particulate filter, are now located closer to the engine. Piston rings with a lower pretension and particularly lowfriction roller contact bearings are used for the camshaft to reduce friction in the engine.

The new diesel engines also feature innovative thermal management. During the warming-up phase of the engine, separate circuits cool the cylinder head and the engine block, enabling the engines to reach their operating temperature much faster and the interior warms up much more quickly in winter.

The new Škoda Octavia: Commanding, dynamic and timelessly elegant
The new Škoda Octavia makes its mark in its segment in every possible way. The team around Škoda's chief designer Jozef Kaban has designed a vehicle that triggers immediate enthusiasm. In comparison to its predecessor, the car has grown and has become more commanding, more distinctive and more dynamic. As never before, the Škoda Octavia stands out from the crowd.

Every line and joint evidences the attention to detail. The teams from design, development and production have left nothing to chance. "Perfect proportions, highest precision, clear lines and sharp edges - the new Škoda Octavia is the impressive embodiment of the new design language of the brand," says Frank Welsch, Škoda board member for technical development.

Concentration on the essentials has been the motto: to a large extent, the vehicle does without decorative elements. The Octavia does not need any 'gimmicks.' Instead, it displays its value through attractive shapes, precision and its elegance in its appearance. "By being clear and concentrating on the essential, we have endowed the Octavia with a new quality," says Jozef Kaban. "The harmonious proportions are what makes the car, not overloaded decorations."

The front end of the Škoda Octavia - more commanding and distinctive than ever
The front end of the car shows class, is commanding and assertive - without appearing pretentious. Accentuating details and emphasising horizontal lines has made the front end border on the prestigious. At the same time, the 'face' of the Octavia can be recognised unmistakably as that of Škoda by its characteristic shapes and the arrangement of design elements such as the radiator grille, the logo and the headlights.

The new Škoda logo has been placed prominently on the bonnet - the "premium location," as designers call it. At the same time, the logo is the origin of almost all the lines of the car. The logo already represents the ultimate in precision and clarity: it shows the finely detailed finned arrow in chrome on matte-black background, surrounded by a fine chrome line.

The radiator grille with its 19 vertically slats forms the centre of the vehicle's front end. In the new Octavia, the grille has grown slightly and is now placed a little higher than was the case still with the second generation. In addition, to give the grille added visual emphasis, the designers separated it more clearly from the headlights. Slight curves make the outer shape more dynamic. A fine strip of chrome surrounds the radiator grille - for an elegant, distinctive finish.

Together with the grille, the distinctively shaped headlights form a closed, characteristic front-end graphic. With their precisely worked-out, sharply cut form and thanks to their horizontal arrangement, the car's completely redesigned headlights emphasise the width of the front-end of the Octavia. At the same time, the skilful design of the headlights again emphasises the subject of precision. The type of the surface finish and the working of precisely cut edges resemble that of cut glass. Deliberate variations on such crystalline design elements emphasises the roots of the vehicle in the Czech Republic, a country with a great tradition in crystal glass.

The vertical lines of the radiator grille fins continue in the vertical light lines of the bixenon headlights, including LED daytime running lights. This aesthetically pleasing continuation of the lines is reminiscent of eyelashes in their gracefulness and provides the new Octavia with a unique 'face'.

The front fog lights fulfil an important optical function as they combine with the headlights to form a cloverleaf shape. This emphasises the "likeable" appearance of the new Octavia. The air intake with its honeycomb grille is located between the front fog lights. This structural arrangement provides functional advantages and makes the new Octavia sporty, youthful and fresh.

The commanding bonnet also conveys solidity and value. Shaped three-dimensionally, it elevates the front part of the vehicle and strengthens the appearance of the overall vehicle.

Dynamic side profile
In comparison to the predecessor model, the side of the new Škoda Octavia is clearly sportier and more dynamic. "We strengthened the proportions," said Jozef Kaban. The wheelbase is 108 mm longer than that of its predecessor model (2,686 mm vs. 2,578 mm). The front overhang is 886 mm, which is 29 mm less than in the Octavia II. The vehicle thus gains in dynamic appearance. Total length of the vehicle is 4,659 mm, which is a plus of 90 mm when compared to the predecessor. The C-pillar, pulled far back, clearly separates the vehicle from traditional 3-box design. This does not compromise interior space, on the contrary: interior space has increased in comparison to the second-generation Octavia.

The sharp Tornado line also emphasises the powerful appearance of the new Octavia, stretching the car visually and emphasises its coupé-like silhouette. The angled rear window amplifies the effect. Sharp lines mark changeovers in the surface areas, creating another a reference to crystalline design. The Tornado line emphasises the dynamic sculpture of the Škoda Octavia and creates an effective contrast of light and shadow. The designers visually "broke up" the lower areas of the vehicle's sides. The so-called 'Light-Reflecting Surface' brings dynamism and airiness to the side view. The line required for this effect runs from the front of the vehicle all the way to the back and ends in the reflector element of the rear bumper.

The rear - uncompromisingly clean style
The rear view of the new Octavia also embodies precision, top value and perfect proportions. Everything is in its proper place, arranged well and styled cleanly. The new Škoda brand logo is in the centre of the boot lid. The left side of the boot lid shows the Škoda company name, while the right side bears the Octavia model designation in new lettering.

The taillights graphic is typical of Škoda with its distinctive C-shaped lighting contour and has been executed in the new Octavia with brilliant consistency. For the first time, each taillight now features two C-shaped light strips that enhance the graphic effect. In the top version, the strips are made from LED light strips. Crystal-like structures are visible in the taillights as well. As a supplement to the graphical arrangement of the lights, the new Octavia has two reflecting light strips. These 'cat eyes' run dynamically from the side of the vehicle into the rear area.

Another rear-view feature that is characteristic of the brand are the two triangles on the left and right sides of the boot lid that are detailed with precise lines. They connect the graphics of the taillights with the boot lid. These triangles at the rear of new Škoda models are an elegant eye-catcher. A black diffuser forms the tail end, integrating technical elements such as parking assist sensors and the optionally available trailer hitch and completely the exhaust system.

Fresh interior space
Clean styling, timeless elegance and above all, lots and lots of space, such are the concepts that are evident in the interior of the new Octavia. Each Škoda stands for spaciousness. The designers were impressively successful in providing this space with a new definition in the Octavia. Everything is aesthetically appealing, precise and refined, whether it is control elements or air intake vents, whether dashboard, steering wheels, gear shift levers, panels, door openers or power windows. The designers have given the interior a complete makeover.

The interior of the Octavia impresses with its horizontal orientation and generous space offering. There is none of the traditional subdivision of the dashboard by means of decorative trims. This provides the interior with a fresh feeling. It also means that the front-seat passenger has an optimised view of the instruments. Jozef Kaban says: "The driver and the passenger have virtually the same rights. Our motto is equal comfort for everyone aboard."

In the interior of the new Octavia, ergonomics plays a major role: "The feeling you have in the Octavia is that of wearing a well-tailored suit," says Kaban. "Everything fits perfectly, and you feel great. The vehicle imparts a feeling of value and solidity that one does not necessary expect to see in this segment."

Centrally located in the centre console, beneath the hazard warning flasher switch, is the radio infotainment system with all the necessary menu buttons and knobs. The newly developed systems feature touch displays of up to 8-inches in size with proximity sensors, depending on the model. Underneath the infotainment module are the controls for the air conditioning system. Clarity and precision are a recurring theme in all aspects of all elements of the interior. The white-backlit instrument panel has been redesigned. For the first time, the multi-function display Maxi DOT in the centre of the instrument cluster of the Octavia can be ordered in colour.

The door panels in the new Octavia also provide a feeling of quality. In the upper equipment packages, for example, elegant decor trims flows into the door handles - almost like a sculpture. The power window controls are ergonomically easy to reach in the arms rests. On the driver's side, the electric mirror adjustment controls sit underneath the door handle.

Variety and individuality
Three equipment lines are available for the Škoda Octavia: Active, Ambition and Elegance. Wheel sizes vary depending on the line (15 or 16 inch, steel or alloy) as do interior colours (ranging from black to black-grey to black-beige), decor choices, air conditioning, storage compartments, instrument clusters, infotainment or safety equipment. The options for individualisation of the new Octavia are almost limitless, be it chrome strips, nine steering wheel versions with three or four spokes, nine wheel designs and four wheel sizes, from 15 to 18 inches - no desires will remain unfulfilled.

Altogether, twelve colours are available for the exterior: three solid paints in Candy white, Corrida red, and Pacific blue as well as nine metallic paints, from Topaz brown, Race blue, Platin grey, Brilliant silver, Denim blue, Rosso Brunello, Cappuccino beige, and Lava blue to Magic black with pearl effect.

The new Škoda Octavia sets standards in terms of space, comfort and functionality
Since its first edition in 1996, the Škoda Octavia has been a unique vehicle in its segment. At home in the compact class, it offers mid-range qualities throughout. This is in particular illustrated by its spaciousness, the advanced technology and the high functionality of the model. The new Škoda Octavia is impressively reemphasising this uniqueness and convinces with a spaciousness second to none, innovative comfort and modernday infotainment systems.

One unique selling point of the Škoda Octavia in the compact segment is the combination of the elegant saloon car shape with the practical advantages of a car with a large fifth door. "With its package, the Octavia is always a little 'more' car," says Škoda's chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "The new Octavia uncompromisingly continues this path. It points out the future direction of the brand and is more than ever a vehicle with mid-range qualities at a compact price."

Benchmark in terms of space for occupants and luggage
The space available for occupants and luggage in the new Škoda Octavia convinces with best in class value. No other vehicle in the compact segment offers more interior length, more legroom and more headroom in the back. The interior length of the third generation Škoda Octavia has grown - in comparison to its predecessor - by 33 mm to 1,782 mm, while the legroom for the backseat passengers grew by 47 to now 73 mm. The headroom in the back was increased to 980 mm (Octavia II: 966 mm). The elbow width was also considerably increased, in the front by 39 mm to 1,454 mm, and in the rear by 26 mm to 1,449 mm. Similarly, the shoulder room was considerably optimised, in the front to 1,398 mm by adding 19 mm, and in the rear to 1,378 mm, a plus of 4 mm.

As usual with Škoda, the boot of the new Škoda Octavia establishes another best in class standard: the boot volume increased by another five litres to 590 litres - in comparison to the previous top value of the Octavia II's 585 litres. The boot lid of the new Octavia is swinging wide open and makes loading extremely easy: the boot opening length reaches an impressive 1,123 mm - an increase of 28 mm in comparison to the second generation Octavia and simultaneously a new record in the segment. At 699 mm, the loading sill height is one of the lowest in the compact class.

In addition, the new Octavia offers higher variability. Premiering in May 2013 will be the folding down passenger seat and the rear seat backrests that can be folded down from the boot. For the first time in a Škoda, the rear seat backrest can be folded down from the boot with the mere push of a button. With the backseats down, loading volume grows to a maximum of 1,580 litres - an increase of 125 litres compared with the second generation Octavia.

At almost 4.66 metres, the new Octavia is 90 mm longer and, at 1.81 metres (without exterior rear-view mirrors) it is 45 mm wider than its predecessor. At the same time, the wheel base increased by 108 mm. The new Octavia features the longest wheel base in the segment, almost 2.69 metres. These new dimensions do not just provide for an impressive appearance, they also make the new Octavia extremely spacious.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Seat Ibiza Cupra, 2013

  • Seat Ibiza Cupra, 2013

Stunning design, outstanding performance and state-of-the-art technology - the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra represents the essence of the SEAT brand like no other model. With its compact dimensions and high level of functionality, the new Ibiza Cupra delivers sporting performance for every day, accompanied by a truly impressive set of figures. From a standing start, the Cupra completes the sprint to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 228 km/h, making the SEAT Ibiza Cupra one of the most dynamic models in its class. In terms of performance, the new Cupra is even better than the previous model, as is its already exceptional efficiency: Its average fuel consumption stands at just 5.9 litres/100 km, its CO2 emissions at 139 grams per kilometre.

The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra takes an existing success story to a whole new level. The first generation was launched in 1997, since when the highly dynamic Cupra models have developed to become an icon of the SEAT brand. Cupra stands for Cup Racing, and the exclusive lettering is reserved purely for the brand's sportiest models.

The SEAT Ibiza Cupra features 132 kW (180 hp) of output, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), XDS electronic differential lock, high-performance brakes - this exceptional level of technological expertise is as much a given for the new Ibiza Cupra as the extensive equipment featuring a host of innovative details. One example is the optional SEAT Portable System, which combines the navigation and entertainment functions, and can be removed for mobile use.

The Drive
With its output of 132 kW (180 hp) at 6,200 rpm and torque of 250 Newton metres from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art TSI engine in the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra guarantees performance that is effortless and instantly enjoyable.

The 1.4 TSI power unit is a compact piece of hi-tech. Direct injection, plus dual charged induction by a supercharger and a turbocharger give the engine its committed sporty character. For both driver and passengers, the unconditional sporting spirit of the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra is clearly audible: a special sound actuator boosts the suitably powerful engine tone.

One technical highlight is the complementary interaction of the supercharger and turbocharger. The belt-driven supercharger increases torque output from very low down the rev range, while the exhaust turbocharger (with wastegate regulation) kicks in at higher revs. A magnetic clutch integrated within the water pump actuates the supercharger as required, while the fresh air supply to the supercharger and turbocharger is regulated by a control flap. The two chargers are connected in series and, at engine speeds of up to 3,500 rpm, both are active. At higher engine speeds, the turbocharger takes over full responsibility for forcing air into the engine.

The far-reaching optimisation of the engine management system, contributed to significant improvements in performance and efficiency compared with the previous model. The dash from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 6.9 seconds, while top speed now stands at 228 km/h. The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra consumes an average of just 5.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres - equating to CO2 emissions of 139 grams per kilometre. Compared with the previous model, this represents a reduction in fuel consumption of half a litre. 6.9 seconds, 5.9 litres - these figures epitomise SEAT's commitment to efficient performance.

The Transmission
The 1.4 TSI leaves the production line mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG). Its extremely short shift times are perfectly suited to the Ibiza Cupra's sporty character, while the efficient set-up of the individual gear ratios is reflected in the low fuel consumption figures.

The compact dual-clutch transmission weighs in at just 70 kilograms and offers clear benefits in terms of dynamics. The superfast gear changes are completed with no perceptible interruption in drive. The substantial engine power is sent to the dual clutch via the crankshaft and a dual-mass flywheel. The pressure in the two dry clutches is controlled hydraulically. While one clutch serves the uneven gear ratios, the other is responsible for the even ratios and reverse gear.

The perfect combination of comfortable and dynamic gear change is thanks to the intelligent control electronics and the two clutches, as well as two drive and three input shafts. The DSG transmission is ready at all times to engage the next highest gear, resulting in instantaneous gear changes. A complete gear shift - e.g. from third to fourth gear - takes place in just a few hundredths of a second, meaning there is no loss of engine boost pressure, resulting in smooth, linear acceleration.

As an alternative to fully automatic mode, the seven-speed DSG can also be operated via the gear lever on the centre tunnel or with the new, standard shift paddles behind the steering wheel, a uniquely enjoyable feature for the SEAT Ibiza Cupra.

The Running Gear
To deliver the dynamics of a high-performance athlete, the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra comes equipped with a finely tuned sports suspension, the XDS electronic transverse differential lock and the ESP electronic stability program.

The SEAT Ibiza Cupra's sports suspension is set up for maximum agility and precision and is based on the proven fundamental layout of MacPherson-strut front axle and torsion-beam rear suspension. The stiffer mapping of the shock absorbers and the specially adapted springs (ride height 10 mm lower) give the compact car considerably less body roll, while also lowering its centre of gravity. Both have a positive impact on cornering dynamics.

The sports suspension makes the turn-in characteristics of the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra even more agile than those of its predecessor. Yet, at the same time, detail improvements to the axle bearing set-up and the optimised breakaway force on the shock absorbers mean that the new Cupra is far more gently sprung, resulting in a considerable increase in comfort over long distances.

The XDS electronic transverse differential lock reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling, particularly during fast cornering. The system maintains traction by applying a targeted braking impulse to the inside wheel in the event that it loses grip and starts to spin.

The ESP electronic stability program with hill-start assist, anti-slip regulation (ASR) and engine drag torque control (MSR) is part of the standard safety package in the Ibiza Cupra.

The standard-fit, high-performance brake system (dia: 288 mm front, 230 mm rear) provides the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra with ample deceleration at all times. Also available as an option are AP Racing performance brakes with SEAT Sport logos.

On-the-road, the Cupra weighs 1184 kilograms (minus driver) and runs on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels with low-profile 215/40 R17 87V tyres fitted as standard.

The Design
The stunning design shows the sporty character of the new SEAT Ibiza Cupra at first glance. The three-door coupé has a muscular and powerful stance, while the redesigned face with its broad grille and very powerful air intakes adds emphasis to the vehicle's breadth and solidity - and provides a highly visible indication of the Ibiza Cupra's amazing performance.

The angular line of the headlamps is typical of the new SEAT design language, while fitting perfectly into the Ibiza's sculptural form. The bi-xenon lights are standard equipment and their sophisticated design offers a clear view of the attention to detail that is standard practice at SEAT. The LED daytime running lights pick up the line of the headlamps to deliver a unique light signature, just like the rear lights, which also feature LED technology. From a technical standpoint, the bi-xenon headlamps deliver excellent illumination of the road ahead. The cornering lights are integrated into the large fog lamps.

The side view of the dynamic compact car is brought to life by its sharp lines and edges. The accentuated rear shoulders and the exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels emphasise the sporty look. The black gloss exterior mirrors set a clear contrast to the paintwork of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra. The Ibiza Cupra also comes as standard with tinted side windows.

At the muscular rear end, a broad bumper frames the substantial, matt-black diffuser with the trapezoidal tailpipe fairing. The Cupra lettering and logo on the rear hatch is a confident statement of the special role played by the compact sports car as the new benchmark in its class.

The Interior
The emotional power of the exterior design is also reflected in the interior of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra. The cockpit displays an impressive array of sporty details - while remaining clear and intuitive to operate. The outstanding feeling of quality and the precision craftsmanship underscore SEAT's attention to detail. All of the Ibiza Cupra's touch points have been given special treatment, to enrich the interaction with the car.

The new sports steering wheel with the Cupra logo on the lower of the three spokes also features pale grey stitching and black glossy inserts in the spokes. Just behind the rim are the perfectly positioned shift paddles for the DSG gearbox and just beyond the wheel are the clear, easy-to-read instruments featuring a sporty design which is unique to the top model in the Ibiza line-up. The pedals are aluminium in appearance, with high friction rubber contact points.

The exclusive Cupra sports seats are optionally available in two-tone leather. They provide excellent grip and support thanks to their generously proportioned side cushions and ergonomic form. The seats feature distinctive pale grey inserts that run along the edge of the seat base and the back support and even up to the head-rest. The inner trim of the doors also features a pale grey insert, bringing a sophisticated and tasteful appearance to the interior.

The SEAT Ibiza Cupra comes to market with a completely new entertainment system. As well as being recently re-designed with a clear interface for easy, intuitive operation, the powerful audio system can be complemented by the innovative SEAT Portable System. The surprisingly inexpensive solution with a touch-sensitive, 5-inch screen is perfectly integrated into the vehicle electronics system - and at the same time, easy to remove at any time for mobile use in one simple step.

The many and varied functions of the SEAT Portable System include the GPS navigation function, the hands-free phone system (Bluetooth) with voice control and wireless audio streaming (Bluetooth). The easy-to-operate in-car computer provides the driver with an extensive assortment of information. If desired the display also shows the current engine speed and coolant temperature. A dedicated Cupra screen greets the driver every time the system is started. Useful extras include an electronic "note" feature and the "Highbeam" function, which provides additional interior illumination on exiting the car at night. The screen can also show visual warnings issued to indicate when a door has been left open.

The SEAT Portable System is part of an ongoing development programme. Additional functions will be available in the Spring. These include the option of online access via a mobile phone connected to the system. This will facilitate access to up-to-the-minute traffic, traffic enforcement warnings, weather bulletins and enable local search functions.

The Equipment
The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra leaves the assembly line with an extensive range of equipment. The standard package includes bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, as well as LED lights at the rear. Air-conditioning provides comfortable temperatures, while the 17-inch alloy wheels, exclusive sports seats and steering wheel flattened along the bottom combine with the Cupra-specific exterior design to create a sporty overall look.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Renault Clio RS 200, 2013

  •  Renault Clio RS 200, 2013

New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC takes the appeal of performance motoring to a new level thanks to the introduction of EDC dual clutch transmission and the new Renault Sport-developed 200hp 1.6 Turbo engine. The car benefits from Renault's very latest thinking when it comes to comfort and versatility, while Renault Sport Technologies brings the expertise it has forged in motor sport to the table. The result of this unique combination is an easy, enjoyable drive in everyday use. However, should the driver wish, New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC is equally capable of morphing into a genuine performance car with exceptional credentials. Meanwhile, in addition to its warm, sensuous lines which express its performance mission, New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC combines benchmark dynamics with carefully optimised fuel consumption. Designed by Renault Sport Technologies, New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC is made in Dieppe, Normandy, France, and targets those who appreciate beautiful cars and exacting purists alike.

The release of New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC sees Renault Sport Technologies add instantly recognisable sports styling to Clio's inherent 'emotional' appeal, producing a subtle blend of stunning lines and sporting adrenaline.

New Clio RS 200 EDC boasts simple, yet warm, sensuous lines which place the accent on emotion, underpinned by several details readily associated with high performance and F1.
The latest creation from Renault Sport Technologies stands out through the authenticity of its sporting hallmarks which include specific bumpers and sills, twin exhaust tail-pipes and large-diameter wheels. While the five-door architecture and coupé stance contribute to its outstanding versatility, the sporting cues championed by Renault Sport are both forceful and simple.

The styling details of Renault Sport cars also play a technical role. The diffuser and rear lip spoiler, for example, were conceived as a whole - just as they are in the case of a single-seater race car - for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. Indeed, the diffuser contributes 80 per cent of the extra downforce generated at the rear, while the other 20 percent is accounted for by the specifically designed lip spoiler. Like the front F1 blade, the diffuser and rear lip spoiler are hallmark features across the R.S. range and serve as a reminder of the success enjoyed by Renault in motor racing's premier series, Formula 1.

At the front, the grille incorporates R.S. badging beneath the Renault logo, while the LED daytime running lights in the lower part of the bumper form a visual signature that is recognisable day or night. The exhaust tail pipes form a fully integrated part of the diffuser and are further highlighted by their tell-tale rectangular surround.

New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC is available in a choice of five body colours, including the exclusive, emblematic Liquid Yellow.

    Non-metallic finish : Glacier White
    Metallic finishes : Flamme Red, Profond Black, Platine Grey, Sirius Yellow

The standard 17-inch Silver Grey 'Tibor' wheels can be upgraded for optional Gloss Black or Dark Gun Metal 18- inch wheels.

In contrast to the elegance of the dominant black trim, a number of red details irresistibly draw the eye and structure the shape of the cabin. The choice of red for New Clio, a colour readily associated with the notion of passion', is also evocative of the sporty additions introduced by Renault Sport, with the seat belts and instrument needles being two striking examples. Red has also been used for the visible stitching, the sports steering wheel's 'straight ahead' position marker, the airvent surrounds and door panel beading. The gear lever knob, too, comes with red touches which are echoed by the visible stitching of the gear lever gaiter.

The Dark Metal gear shift paddles are fixed behind the steering wheel, while the grey instrument backgrounds are specific to Clio RS When the engine is fired up, the rev-counter and fuel gauge needles come to life with a fun display.

A long-standing strength of Renault Sport models, the bucket seats come with additional lateral support in order to provide the high level of seating comfort and stability expected of Clio RS They can also be upholstered in black leather with visible red stitching.

The black lacquer centre console houses the multimedia unit which are finished with a chrome surround.

New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC can be adapted on demand to suit its driver's moods and desires, according to the type of journey required: calm or downright sporty, urban or motorway, a family outing or something purely hedonistic. New Clio RS 200 EDC adapts instantly by adjusting the response and parameters of the engine, EDC (efficient dual clutch) transmission, steering, throttle inputs and ESC. Its traditionally dynamic Renault Sport chassis combines with a degree of suspension comfort that is rare for a car of such sporting character. Unbeatable against the stopwatch, New Clio RS 200 EDC generates a wide range of emotions. In any situation, its adaptability enables it to satisfy the whims of every driver... irrespective of temperament. It has a multi-faceted sporting personality developed by Renault Sport Technologies.

The combinatin of the 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine and twin-clutch six-speed gearbox is unique to New Clio RS 200 EDC. Its 200 horsepower and 240Nm of torque can be fully exploited via perfectly matched gear ratios that can be selected automatically or manually.

The marriage of this engine with the EDC transmission lies at the heart of the meticulous development carried out by Renault Sport Technologies. Apart from the specific set-up work undertaken for New Renault Clio RS, the engine benefits from detailed fine-tuning of the air inlet, distributor, throttle and turbo.

For all New Clio RS 200 EDC's hallmark versatility, it retains startling performance when judged against the stopwatch: the 0-100kph sprint takes just 6.7 seconds, it can cover 1,000 metres in only 27.1 seconds from a standing start and on a racetrack it is capable of reaching a top speed of 230kph (143mph): New Renault Clio RS 200 EDC is a true Renault Sport, but lurks within a very civilised Clio.

In less extreme circumstances, New Clio RS charms with its docile manner and ease of use. In terms of driving comfort, it lacks for nothing when measured against its main class rivals.

When let off its leash, New Clio RS 200 EDC is ready to exploit the full range of its sporting potential in line with the individual capabilities of its driver.

At the heart of Renault Sport's expertise, engineers have focused on the chassis performance. Their goal was to improve the comfort, handling, road holding and braking expected of a Renault Sport model.

Front suspension: a pseudo-MacPherson strut layout has been retained with sturdier elements to increase stiffness in the unit incorporating wheel, upright, bearings and damper. A larger damper improves hydraulic performance and offers a better compromise in terms of comfort and body roll. Similarly, the front brakes rely on proven technology with generous dimensions (320mm discs, like the Laguna V6).

Rear suspension: the thicker anti-roll bar is 10 per cent stiffer than that on Clio III R.S.... and 60 per cent more so than that on New Clio. Brake discs measure 260mm.

Irrespective of conditions, New Clio RS 200 EDC blends sharp road holding with an unusually high degree of comfort that's rare in a car of such performance. Hydraulic compression control plays a direct part.

The principle hinges on the incorporation of a secondary damper within the main damper's body. It's a solution that yields spectacular results in terms of progressivity, comfort and performance. Yet while the idea looks simple on paper, the technical reality is a little less so and required all Renault Sport Technologies' engineering know-how.

New Clio RS 200 EDC embraces an innovation that Renault Sport has developed for about 15 years in rallying and is now ready for showroom models.

Patented by Renault Sport Technologies, the electronic differential significantly improves New Clio RS 200 EDC's accelerative performance and cornering grip. It also limits the onset of understeer (the tendency for a car to push straight ahead during hard cornering). To achieve this, the system constantly monitors the difference in rotational speed between the (driven) front wheels and compares this with any difference between the two unpowered wheels at the rear. The latter is always a valuable barometer, because the rear wheels are independent and each corners at an ideal rotational speed in relation to the other.

As soon as there is too great a speed difference between the front wheels, it means one is about to break traction. The system detects as much and the R.S. Diff deploys micro braking on whichever front wheel threatens to lose grip, although engine torque is not reduced. Note that this feature intervenes before the ESC traction control.

The R.S. Diff has a number of advantages, not least that drivers do not become frustrated by sudden torque restrictions. The system is very progressive and is barely perceptible during deployment.

As with all Renault Sport models, the New Renault Clio RS EDC is available with a choice of two chassis. The optional Cup version is tailored for even greater sporting performance: it is 3mm lower, 15 per cent stiffer and benefits from a quicker steering rack.

As two cars in one, New Clio RS 200 EDC boasts a package of unprecedented innovations for its segment. For everyday use, in 'Normal' mode, New Clio RS delivers all the qualities expected of a Clio, namely a quiet ride, a high level of travelling comfort and low running costs. But switch to the more dynamic 'Sport' or 'Race' modes, and its unmistakable sporty characteristics become apparent at once.

Pressing the 'R.S. Drive' button modifies the mapping of both the transmission (gear shift programming and shift time) and engine (response to pedal position and engine pitch). It also alters the way the ESC and ASR traction control intervene, as well as the feel of the power steering.

This system is based on a choice of three very different modes ('Normal', 'Sport' and 'Race') which modify New Clio RS 200 EDC's performance characteristics as a function of the driver's wishes, needs or usage. As a result, New Clio RS 200 EDC is truly several cars in one.

The gear shift programming depends on a number of vehicle-related parameters (accelerator pedal position, pressure on the brake pedal, steering wheel angle), as well as on road conditions (slope, available grip, etc.). Gear shift speeds are also dependent on the load demanded by the accelerator pedal.

Thanks to Launch Control, which is unprecedented equipment for a hot hatch, New Clio RS 200 EDC fully automates the management of standing starts when the car is used at a circuit. Smart electronics guarantee the fastest possible getaway, in complete safety. With this function selected, and by optimising all the different parameters involved, New Clio RS 200 EDC is capable of leaping off the start line far more efficiently than even the most talented driver could ever do.

Extremely simple to use
The Launch Control system is primed by pressing on the brake with the left foot while at the same time pulling on the two gear shift paddles situated behind the steering wheel. The system's activation is confirmed by a message on the dashboard ("Launch Control On") and an orange flashing 'ambilight' (if function 'authorised'). When the accelerator is fully depressed with the car at a standstill, the engine revs to 2,500rpm.

'Sport' mode: When the brake is released, the system optimises New Clio RS 200 EDC's acceleration while wheel spin is controlled by the ASR traction control. Gears shifts are also optimised.

'Race' mode: the ASR traction control is disconnected and gear shifts are entirely manual. This 'expert' mode is efficient when grip is optimal, but it is also much more demanding in terms of car control.

In order to protect the mechanicals, the Launch Control system is constantly monitored by the car's electronics which may temporarily prevent it from triggering.


R.S. Monitor accentuates its lead with the introduction of a new version 2.0. Now even more attractive and more technically advanced, it stands out as the market's most comprehensive on board telemetry system for a production road car.

Comprehensive and fun
R.S. Monitor 2.0's customisable display uses dials, histograms and highly visual graphics to provide the following data in real-time:
    Torque, power, water temperature, intake air temperature, turbo pressure, throttle valve aperture, brake pressure, steering wheel angle, engine speed, transmission oil temperature, temperature of EDC clutches, wheel torque, etc.
    Performance data (acceleration times from standstill to 50kph and 100kph; 400m and 1,000m standing start times; 100kph to standstill braking times).
    G Force Diagram: longitudinal and lateral acceleration, with display of maximum recorded values. Screenshots can be saved on a USB stick.
    Wheel spin (expressed as a percentage) of driven wheels.
    Torque and power curves and position of real-time values on the curves.
    Graphic display showing the EDC transmission internals: selected gear, pre-selected gear, clutch temperature.
    Stop watch, either manual or activated automatically by GPS system (track layout uploadable from a USB stick).
    Servicing: provides distances covered by tyres, dampers, brake pads and discs since their fitment.
    Driving tips in text form.
    Car settings:
        'Shift light': adjusts the timing of gear shift indications.
        'Steering': forces use of either the 'Normal' or
        'Sport' modes.
    Data logger: R.S. Monitor 2.0 can record all the parameters displayed during a session at a circuit and match them to the corresponding GPS coordinates. This makes it possible to read them on a computer. The car's position can be displayed on a map (satellite view) along with a dynamic display of all associated driving parameters. Everything can be recorded: an hour's driving can be stored in a single 3MB file. The results can be viewed using software that will be available to customers at a later date.

Finally, it is possible to prepare track sessions by saving track layouts onto the USB stick. Renault Sport proposes a number of pre-saved circuit layouts, while the users' community can pool the layouts produced by other users to produce a shared circuit data base.

Renault Sport was not content to just fine-tune the signature exhaust sound of New Clio RS It believes that a performance car should produce a satisfying sound inside the car, so the air intake noise of the car is amplified mechanically by a membrane and transmitted via a pipe to the cabin. The system allows occupants to enjoy New Clio RS's vibrant engine note even more intimately.

Coupled with the R-Link tablet, this fun application reproduces the sound of several high-performance engines and plays them back via the car's own loud speakers. A choice of seven sounds is available, three of which are specific to New Clio RS (Alpine A110, R8 Gordini and Nissan GT-R).

A sound-management algorithm takes into account the engine speed, accelerator pedal position and travelling speed to guarantee an astonishingly realistic sound experience. Parameters like volume can be adjusted using the R-Link screen.

There is more to New Renaukt Clio RS 200 EDC than just driving pleasure and cutting-edge performance. With an average-cycle fuel consumption of 6.3 litres/100km, it sets new standards in terms of economy and environmental sensitivity. As for comfort, a priority in all circumstances, New Clio RS 200 EDC scotches the theory that sharp handling always equates to an uncomfortably firm ride. It fulfils its rich promise with efficiency in every domain.

New Clio RS 200 EDC uses just 6.3 litres of unleaded petrol per 100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of only 144g per kilometre. Compared with the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine under the bonnet of Clio III R.S., this represents a saving of almost 25 per cent (approximately 2 litres/100km and 46g/km).

Whether you're talking seats or suspension, New Clio RS 200 EDC attains levels of comfort far higher than you'd expect from a car of such sporting temperament.

New Clio RS is both a high-performance hatchback and a flagship for the rest of the New Clio range. To this end, it is fitted with a remarkably high level of standard equipment, including a steering wheel that's adjustable for reach and rake, heated electric mirrors, touch-screen satellite navigation (R-Link or MediaNav), hands-free kit, Radio Bluetooth®, USB socket, Bass Reflex speaker system, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, automatic windscreen wipers, climate control (automatic climate control optional),body coloured rear parking sensors or rear parking camera (the latter is an option linked to R-Link) and fold-flat rear seat with 60/40 split.

To underline the value of its technical expertise, Renault has always been prepared to accept challenges in the exacting world of motorsport. New Clio RS 200 EDC demonstrates that Renault might invest a lot of passion in competition, but does so with the objective of developing and mastering new technologies... something that directly benefits its standard production models.

Challenging for technology and humanity alike, Renault regards all forms of motorsport - and especially Formula 1, the pinnacle within its domain - as incomparable research laboratories that allow fresh innovations to be tested and proven.

Among the cutting-edge technologies that demonstrate Renault's gift as an engine manufacturer and have profited from the input of Renault Sport F1, you'll find direct injection, variable valve timing, brake energy recovery, diamond-like carbon tappets and a whole range of other ideas associated with friction reduction. There are also some more visible innovations that drew their inspiration from motorsport, including hydraulic compression control (from rallying) and R.S. Monitor 2.0 - a real telemetry system. Within this market sector, you won't find such finely honed technology on any other cars.

But such innovations are worthwhile only because of the simple but genuine advantages they confer. In Formula 1 as in everyday motoring, Renault seeks to give its customers performance, energy efficiency and reliability.

A 1.6-litre turbo engine
A foretaste of the engine configuration that  become mandatory in F1 from the 2014 season. F1 intends to reduce consumption by about 30% and that had a major influence on New Clio RS 200 EDC.

A wing/diffuser set-up that improves the compromise between drag and lift
In this domain, too, New Clio RS 200 EDC draws on experience gleaned by the Renault F1 team during this millennium's first decade.

DLC-coated camshaft tappets
Used in F1, this surface treatment reduces friction and isn't restricted only to sporting models in the Renault range.

Steering wheel paddles with fast-action multiple downchange

As in F1, it is now possible to change down several gears at once when braking, simply by prolonged deployment of a steering wheel paddle.

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