We just got our hands on a new set of mages featuring the three-door version of the 2008 Mazda2 (called Demio in Japan) that will premiere at the 78th annual Geneva International Motor Show. The 3door Mazda2 will come with the same MZR 1.3-liter and 1.5- liter gasoline, powertrains, and the same MZ-CD 1.4-liter common-rail turbo diesel, as the five-door hatchback.
Fiat 500 vs. Mini One
The customized MINI Pick-Up truck you see in the picture above will make a special appearance at Pioneer’s stand at the forthcoming Paris Tuning Show on February 29. It is equipped with a series of Pioneer products including a high-end navigation system. Unfortunately, we don’t have all the details in our hands, but from what we made from the French press release, Pioneer’s MINI Pick-Up features a wide-bodykit from MS-Design, a lowered suspension kit from Spax and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped around 215/40 tires.
To our knowledge, Alfa Romeo is not planning to introduce a crossover version of its forthcoming 149 C-Segment model. And to be honest, neither is Infomotori supporting something like this. What the Italian website is doing, is asking our opinion on whether we’d like to see Alfa Romeo creating an AWD version of the 149 hatch.
Seeing Nissan’s Euro success with the compact crossover Qashqai, we can’t find a reason to as why Alfa shouldn’t also add a model like this to its range. Maybe we’d prefer a station-wagon bodystyle than the proposed liftback model, but overall, we like the idea .
Set to be one of the star attractions at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, this is the Maserati GranTurismo S, a flagship that shifts the super-coupe’s emphasis from style to performance.
Key to the newcomer’s appeal is its mighty 434bhp 4.7-litre V8 powerplant – a 35bhp boost over the standard car. To help drivers make the most of the S it is fitted with Maserati’s quick-shifting automated manual gearbox.
What’s more the range-topper also comes with powerful Brembo brakes as standard.
Buyers are also treated to a subtle bodykit and exterior styling tweaks to set the high performance model apart. Inside, the cabin is trimmed with leather and Alcantara and features a bespoke seat design.
Expect more details when the racy Italian is unveiled in Geneva on Tuesday 4th March.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa Brera models offer the public a greater optimized range and significant interior improvements in the fields of comfort and on-board well-being. To render the cars even more beautiful, some new aesthetic touches have been introduced, such as the new chassis colour Ice White and a 18” spoked wheel with a sporty dark finish. The greatest change though is in the driving compartments which are even more welcoming and sophisticated, thanks to the use of high-quality materials and innovative solutions. For example, the black interior (from roof to carpet) confers a strong sporty feel to the vehicle. A feel strengthened by the introduction of new front seats (introduced to the Alfa Brera MY 08 also) in a “sporty” arrangement which offer a more ergonomic holding for increased driving pleasure and comfort. Among other things, the electronic seats have a new button which simplifies the back adjustment. To further improve on-board comfort, at the centre of the dashboard we find the integrated satellite navigation system, and all the commands for dual-zone climate control. Carried out in a refined design, from today the displays have a more immediate and intuitive graphical interface, as well as a new arrangement of dials for climate control.
Changes have also been made to the painting on the dash, control panel and sporty steering-wheel, so conferring a plucky look to the entire body. This does not detract in any way from the special elegance that has always distinguished these two vehicles. The inserts in the dashboard and door panel, as well as the handle and opening lever are in a new metallic paint. At the same time, the radio display, gearshift and steering-wheel are made in high-quality material such as carbon-fibre or aluminium. The interior furnishings are available in a new soft and black material with metallic glints and two types of upholstery: Pelle Frau and the prized Poltrona Frau, characterized by the unique and soft comfort, available in black, leather and red-purple. The leather upholstery on the seats can be matched to the dashboard and panels, which are lined in Frau leather with sporty stitchings in tune with the seats. The interior shows off sporty pedals lined in aluminium, externally the rear logo si fitted with a “push” system for an immediate and easy opening of the trunk. The rear and front brake calipers are in red aluminium. Lastly, the optimization of the 2008 range foresees a unique rich set of arrangements. These include: VDC, 7 airbags, dual-zone climate control, radio commands on the driving-wheel, cruise control and 17” alloy wheels. The range of optionals on offer is also broad: xenon headlights, 18” or 19” alloy wheels, infomobility services with commands on the steering wheel, Hi-Fi Bose®sound system, Blue&Me, Blue&Me Nav, CD-changer and a sensor to alert insufficient tyre pressure.
Further changes in the 2008 range, is the optimization of the model structure, for the improvement of comfort and dynamism. For example, in comparison to previous models the alloy wheels have been lightened via optimization of the properties of aluminium alloy. For larger dimensions, “flow-forming” technology has been used. The front suspension brackets has been made in aluminium. In the same manner, the stabilizing bar is of the tubular kind, whilst the front-brake calipers (on the 4-cylinder models) are in mono-block aluminium. All these design changes have reduced the total weight of the vehicle by several kilos. The heart and real strength of every Alfa model is the engine. Beneath the beautiful design and feisty personality, both the Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider are fitted with advanced and excellent motors of outstanding performance: the two “petrol” JTS (2.2 with 185 Cv and 3.2 V6 with 260 CV) direct injection engines are both mated to an automatic 6-speed gearshift. Also on offer, the automatic Q-Tronic shift which is exclusive to the 3,2 litre, whilst the self-shifting Selespeed is available for the 2,2 litre models. In addition, the two Alfa Romeo models offer a 2.4 JTDM 20v, the plucky Multijet turbodiesel with two power ranges: 210 CV (mated to an automatic 6-speed gearshift) and 200 CV (offered with Q-Tronic). As well as the “Alfa Romeo temperament” provided by the engines, the two new cars guarantee excellent dynamic performances, thanks to the high wishbone front suspensions and Multilink in the rear.
The Alfa Brera MY 08 and Alfa Spider MY 08 offer the chance to have the 3.2 litre version, with only front traction, allowing a top speed of 250 km/h. In terms of safety, the Alfa Brera MY 08 and Alfa Spider MY 08 have many innovative electronic instruments for dynamic control of the car’s behaviour (from braking to traction). They are implemented to raise yet further the dynamic limits, hence not intrusively for the driver, but all to the advantage of safety. The use of these gadgets has been studied with aim of improving as much as possible driving pleasure. It’s in this arena that the brand new “Electronic Q2” system is fitted to the entire range of the Brera MY 08 and Spider MY 08 models. Both the new Alfa Romeo models become true reference points in their sector. Thanks primarily to the numerous renewals which have been listed up to now, as well as the different features which distinguish the two vehicles. The new Alfa Brera MY 08 is a coupè of great prestige, that arouses strong emotions, guaranteeing the greatest driving pleasure, drawing inspiration from the brand name’s historical legacy in this field. One has only to remember the 1900 SS, Giulietta Sprint, Alfetta and the Giulia Sprint GT.
Alfa Romeo’s new GT Blackline III is interested in making new friends where activities such as great handling and fuel economy are not enemies. In addition, Alfa hopes those with a sense of style as well, will appreciate its new creation which will be on the frontlines at Geneva when Alfa drops the curtain near their stand. The GT has always had the “wow” factor, even in standard form, but this one takes it to the next level with visible changes all round.
Powered by an oil-burner of some 1.9-litre, badged JTDM, the model delivers a good 125kW and torque numbers counting some 330Nm. Blackline III has a sportier interior than normal, with aluminium on the pedals, some black tones to fit the name etc. New too is the Q2 system which uses the Torsen self-locking method to offer a better drive handling-experience on pretty much any type of road, while at the same time maximising the advantages of front-wheel-drive. Coupled with the Sport button it makes for an outstanding drive.
After displaying the official images of Fiat Abarth 500 here is the latest promo video.