Posts Tagged ‘year:2014’

Porsche Macan fails moose test, Stuttgart responds

Different countries have different safety standards, but most of them revolve around a similar set of tests: front impact, side impact, offset impact, rollover… the usual. But Sweden has its own test. It’s called the Moose Test (or the Elk Test), and it’s unique to Scandinavia: a car has to be…

Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept

You quill probably find the appearance prickly, but I promise you that the new Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept looks sharp in person. And while the podium looks deserted in our pictures, that’s only because we couldn’t pin down a good shot until we got arid of everybody in the areole.

That’s all I’ve got, scouts honour.

The C4 Cactus was already an exercise in fuel efficiency. The extremely lightweight hatch/crossover gets over 91 mpg in production form thanks in part to a tiny diesel engine and aerodynamic bubble wrap on the doors. However, Citroen wanted to push the envelope. They threw in the optional 1.2L gas engine along with a compressed air hybrid drive and managed to squeeze 141 mpg out of this guy. That’s less than 2L/100km (hence the name). Normally concepts like this don’t excite me, but given that this one is based on an existing production model makes it a bigger accomplishment. It looks like a cross between an Pontiac Aztec and a new Jeep Cherokee, but I guess you need all the crazy you can get when you’re competing with the Nissan Juke.

Despite the odds of anybody at Beyond owning one being slim, we’re still green and thorny about the fact that Europe gets it and we don’t.

I was never in scouts.

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Renault EOLAB Concept, Paris Motor Show

1L/100km. In case that looks like a typo, I’ll spell it out. ONE liter of fuel, for one hundred kilometers of distance. That is what Renault claims the EOLAB Concept can attain on a single liter of fuel. Renault fitted the EOLAB Concept with a 75hp 1L engine coupled to a 65hp electric motor, for a combined 140hp and a top speed of 120km/h. The key to the EOLAB’s staggeringly low fuel consumption is optimized aerodynamics, and light weight construction featuring a magnesium roof, aluminum doors, and plastic hood.

No word on if or when the EOLAB will show up at your dealer’s doors, Renault claims the purpose of EOLAB is to ensure that ultra-low fuel consumption becomes a reality for as many people as possible. Check out our EOLAB gallery below.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 pairs up to 503 hp with a backseat for scaring friends

The new Mercedes-AMG GT is an absolute stunner with svelte styling and cutting-edge tech under its skin. However, as a two-seat coupe, it’s just not practical for a large swath of people. The German company realizes that, of course, and for customers who want to combine high performance with the…

2014 Cadillac ELR

Well, this is awkward.

A few years ago, Audi Of America’s boss Johan de Nysschen went on record describing the Chevrolet Volt as “a car for idiots.” Fast-forward to earlier this summer, and the well-regarded executive suddenly found himself in a new office with new business cards bearing the…

$900K Porsche 918 Spyder catches fire at Toronto gas station [w/video] UPDATE

Porsche 918 Spyders aren’t exactly a dime a dozen and as far as we know, there are were only two confirmed 918 Spyders in Toronto, Canada as of last night. Now, there is only one. The inflamed $900,000 hybrid supercar pictured above, roasting itself into a useless lump of carbon-fibre and…

2015 Porsche Cayenne S

Turbo V6 Makes Best-Selling Porsche More Potent Than Ever

Oh, Porsche. Just as the dust settles over the 911 GT3′s no manual gearbox kerfuffle, the Germans have gone and yanked the yummy naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 from the Cayenne S and replaced it with a twin-turbo 3.6-litre V6. Is…

Audi bringing new TT Roadster to Paris

The TT may be first and foremost a coupe, but in presenting the third-generation model, Audi has toyed with all sorts of body-styles. There’s been the prototypical coupe, of course, but also shooting brake and crossover concepts. The one thing it hasn’t shown us is the convertible model, but…

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 packs up to 503 hp, arrives in March

Say hello to the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. That’s right, it’s no longer the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG – its a formal Mercedes-AMG product, just like the GT that just launched earlier this month. Coincidence? Hardly. The new C63 packs the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 and features some of…

2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine

With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Japanese brand was able to sneak another driver-oriented model into its lineup. The company’s spec page for the 2015 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan have been updated to list the Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre four-cylinder as…

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