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Day: March 13, 2018

Toyota apologized for too long developing a new Supra

Toyota apologized for too long developing a new Supra

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Toyota very much regrets that the development of a new sports car, which is positioned as a successor to the Supra, was delayed for such a long time. The chief engineer of the project Tetsu Tadu told Drive about this. "We would very much like to revive the Toyota Supra much earlier. We apologize to the fans of this car for their expectations. They had to wait a new generation for more than 15 years, and I regret it, "the top manager said. It was expected that the successor to the Supra will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. However, at this motor show, the conceptual racing sport car GR Supra Racing was shown. The prototype is a harbinger of a new sports coupe. According to an unofficial version, the serial version of the car may debut in January next year at the Auto Show...
Toyota spoke about the difficulties that prevent the release of a turbo version of the GT86

Toyota spoke about the difficulties that prevent the release of a turbo version of the GT86

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According to the Australian portal Caradvice, this situation is not due to the fact that the company allegedly ignores the requests of fans. As Tetsuya Tada, the chief project engineer of the GT86 and the new Supra, told our foreign colleagues during the Geneva motor show that in order to install a turbine in the GT86, Toyota will essentially have to design a new car. According to him, the current platform for the GT86 was designed exclusively for the lightweight atmospheric engine, and the turbocharger will redistribute the weight of the car towards the front of the car, which will significantly harm the coupe's ability to turn. Toyota GT86 is often criticized because of the relatively low power of its two-liter atmospheric engine with the 4U-GSE index, which develops just over ...
Refreshed minivan Kia Carnival: “ice cubes” and a new transmission

Refreshed minivan Kia Carnival: “ice cubes” and a new transmission

New Cars, News
Updated Carnival received other radiator grilles and bumpers, upgraded headlights and other taillights with LED-stuffing. In expensive versions of the minivan there are branded LED fog lights Kia, made in the style of "ice cubes". In the interior there are practically no changes, except that the schedule of instruments is improved. In Korea, the Kia Carnival is offered in 7-, 9- or 11-seat performance. Seven-seat version is called Limousine, this version in the second row has ottoman chairs (with footstools). Note, in the home market, the pre-reform minivan still has a "luxury" (Hi-Limousine) and is designed for long-distance travel (Outdoor) modifications. In the salon of the top venom, there are more expensive materials for finishing, and in the back of the front seats are built-i...
Restyling sedan BMW 7 Series will be similar to the front crossover X7

Restyling sedan BMW 7 Series will be similar to the front crossover X7

News, Video
The Bavarian brand rolled out a restyled version of the 7 Series G11 / G12 sedan for road tests. The prototype caught the eye of photo spy who managed to make some interesting shots, which shows how the design will be developed. If the appearance of the current 7 Series sedan can hardly be called aggressive, and many observers noted that it is the most balanced and comfortable car in the history of the brand, its restyling version will have a lot to do visually with the recently introduced conceptual crossover X7, which is in short supply brutality can hardly be blamed. At least, judging by the photographs, the radiator grilles are very similar to them. Bumpers in the restyling sedan will receive new air intakes, and the shape of the headlights and lanterns will change, which will b...
New Toyota RAV4: official image and date of the premiere

New Toyota RAV4: official image and date of the premiere

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The world debut of the new SUV of the fifth generation will take place in a couple of weeks. The company Toyota has published the first teaser of the new generation RAV4 crossover. All-roads debut at the New York Auto Show, which will open its doors to media representatives on March 28 this year. The characteristics of the model are not yet disclosed. At the heart of the new crossover is probably the architecture of TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), on which are also based the other latest models of the brand. It is expected that in the exterior of the RAV4 fifth generation will be traced features of the concept Toyota FT-AC, presented in 2017 in Los Angeles. Judging by the teaser, in the profile commodity SUV is really similar to last year's prototype. The first RAV4 deb...
The tests of the first electric car Porsche showed on video

The tests of the first electric car Porsche showed on video

News, Spy Shots, Video
Porsche continues winter tests of its first electric car. The video of the tests was laid out by the publication Motor1. According to them, the serial version of the novelty will be called Mission E and will be presented in 2019. The assembly of the machine will be adjusted at the plant in Stuttgart. The price for the car will be about 85 000 dollars. Thus, the "green" sports car will not be more expensive than the basic version of the Panamera model. The serial version of the electric sports car will retain the basic stylistic features of the prototype Mission E, presented in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The main difference will be the standard rear doors, which will replace the rear doors of the concept car, opened against the direction of motion. Porsche confirmed that...
Domanig added to Mercedes-AMG GT R almost 200 hp

Domanig added to Mercedes-AMG GT R almost 200 hp

New Cars, News, Tuning
Firm Domanig Autodesign has presented the new project GTR, based on the top version of sports coupe - Mercedes-AMG GT R. Development was carried out together with other tuning studio - IMSA. First of all, the tuners replaced the stock turbochargers of the four-liter V8 M178 engine for larger ones, upgraded the exhaust system, installed a sports air filter and an additional radiator. The modifications made by the specialists led to an increase in the output of the biturbo, which in the factory version gives out on the Mercedes-AMG GT R 577 hp and 700 Nm, up to 769 hp and 960 Nm of torque. To achieve such indicators, changes were made to the control electronics of the engine and transmission, so that the latter could cope with a significantly increased thrust. Forced tuners sports ...
Lineup Alpina joins the cross of the BMW X4

Lineup Alpina joins the cross of the BMW X4

New Cars, News
The head of Alpina Burkard Bovenzipen did not dare to add a crossover to the lineup for a long time, but the Alpina XD3 (BMW X3) model became successful. Now the family of brand crosses is supplemented by Alpina XD4 based on BMW X4. Although the new generation BMW X4 was introduced only a month ago, XD4 should not be considered a "raw" product. Unlike most of the firms specializing in tuning, Alpina works as a manufacturer, engages in engineering, which includes a serious test base with engine stands and cooperates with BMW in third-party projects. Due to what, access to X4 in the process of developing XD4 from Alpina was in advance. Note, Alpina XD4 and XD3 are similar in technical terms. In the engine compartment of a novelty there is a turbodiesel in capacity of 3.0 liters, bo...
GM and SAIC introduces a new crossover on the market

GM and SAIC introduces a new crossover on the market

New Cars, News
The Baojun brand was established in 2010 by the concerns of General Motors and SAIC specifically for the Chinese market. In 2017 in the Celestial began selling compact "parketnik" Baojun 510, which not only became the best seller of the brand, but also took second place in the overall ranking of the most popular SUV Celestial: 358 877 cars sold in 2017! Ahead only Haval H6 (505 944 pieces). The new cross Baojun 530 should further strengthen the brand's position. "Five hundred and thirty", in fact, is a "stretched" version of the Baojun 510. The length of the novelty is 4 655 mm, width - 1,835 mm, height - 1,760 mm, wheelbase - 2,750 mm. In comparison, the dimensions of the Baojun 510: 4 220/1 740/1 615 mm, wheelbase - 2,550 mm. By the way, both crossover are available only with a fi...
The electric cars Bentley, Porsche and Audi will be unified

The electric cars Bentley, Porsche and Audi will be unified

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Next year, the Porsche and Audi brands, which are under the control of the Volkswagen Group, will present the Mission E and E-Tron Quattro electric models, which are built on completely different platforms. In the case of Porsche, this is the J1 platform, while the Audi crossover will be built on the more common MLB trolley. But everything will change by 2022. According to Motortrend portal, the German concern is going to develop a new platform under the code abbreviation PPE - Premium Platform Electric, which will become the basis for electric models of Audi, Porsche and Bentley. The new platform will have three modifications, two of which will be developed by the specialists of Audi, another will take over the designers of Porsche. Current electrical platforms of these brands will...