VOLKSWAGEN BET ON SHOW BIZ WITH NEW BEETLE.

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VW 2011 BEETLE @ Auto Shanghai 2011

Today Volkswagen has eventually released the first official pictures of its third generation Beetle. The official images show that the grand child has grown up and aims at developing a personality of its own, on line with the tune of the mature-internet generation. Read the rest of this entry »

For EV fun Smart proposes “forspeed” in Geneva.

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SMART 2011 Forspeed

You can’t be mistaken: the show car that Smart is presenting in Geneva with the name of “forspeed” proves that the company’s designers have taken a ride on the roller-coaster and had a lot of fun in creating an EV Roadster so full of curvatures, shapes and colour that in its full-size dimension attract teen-agers with a driving license and, in a smaller scale, would be the dream of their younger brothers and sister under ten. Read the rest of this entry »

BERTONE TO SHOW TWO DESIGN WORKS ON JAGUAR IN GENEVA.

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Bertone 2011 Jaguar B99

Bertone plans to show two design works on the Jaguar theme at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition to the Jaguar B 99, already unveiled in the past few days by friendly magazines, there will be also a “racing” derivative in GT2 style. Mike Robinson, director of design and brand manager, is indeed putting the final touches to a second show-model that will be on the company stage at the Show. That is the Jaguar B99 GT.

The B99 GT is indeed a design evolution presented as a full scale model. The approach is similar to the one taken in the past by Italdesign when they used the full scale model built to create the show-car to present a additional “design” through upgrading, tuning and graphic work. Read the rest of this entry »

BMW TO SHOW ITS VISION ON CONNECTED DRIVE @ 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

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BMW_2011_Vision Connected Drive

With their Vision Efficient Dynamic unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and to enter limited production at the end of 2013, BMW designers gave form to a series of innovation focusing on fuel efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions through a very attractive, lighter and more compact, four-seater, supercar, with high performance hybrid technology. Read the rest of this entry »

PEUGEOT LAUNCH THREE NEW 308 IN GENEVA.

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Peugeot_2011_New_Peugeot_308_range

Peugeot has been very quick at reconsidering the design direction it took few years ago and just three years after the launch of its first generation 308 is introducing a radically redesigned generation that will soon make its predecessor a mistake to forget overnight. Read the rest of this entry »

THE NEW BMW 650i UNDER THE SUN OF THE CAPE.

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BMW _2011_650I Cabriolet

In the clear light of Cape Town’s wharf, the all-new BMW 650i Cabriolet proudly shows its beauty and style. The latest generation of open-air luxury on wheels is longer, lower and wider but with its soft and rounded shapes it looks more compact, light and agile. Read the rest of this entry »

Beautiful BMW 6 SERIES CABRIOLET ON SOUTH AFRICAN ROADS

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BMW _2011_650 Cabriolet

First test drives of the beautiful 2011 BMW 650i cabriolet are going on in South Africa. You may have a look at our photo gallery now and come back from a report from Cape Town within a day or two.

BMW _2011_650 Cabriolet

Photo Gallery BMW 2011 650i Cabriolet

MERCEDES-BENZ THIRD GENERATION SLK GOES ON SALE.

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by Giancarlo Perini.

Mercedes-Benz 2011 SLK

After “inventing” the convertible-coupé for their first generation SLK, first launched in 1996, Mercedes-Benz is keen to maintain their leadership in the speciality and further develop the “air and light” unique atmosphere inside their cosy Roadster. The third generation is being launched this year. With orders collected starting January 17th. In Germany the starting price is € 38,675.00 for the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (€ 44,256.10 for the SLK 250 BlueEFFICIENCY).  Although not cheap the new Mercedes-Benz SLK is probably the most affordable convertible-coupé of this class. Read the rest of this entry »

BMW M TO LAUNCH NEW M1 COUPE AT THE DETROIT MOTOR SHOW.

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BMW 2011 M1 Coupé

by Giancarlo Perini ©

The name sounds very familiar and recalls the mid-ship supercar designed by Giugiaro that actually marked the birth of the M (for “Motorsport”) branch of BMW.  That was 32 years ago.

BMW 2008 M1 HOMMAGE

Comes January 2011 and a “second generation” M1 Coupé will makes its World premiere at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Read the rest of this entry »

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