Looking for Volkswagen in Atlanta?

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We all know Volkswagen as a good quality German car with other words People’s car. Many years ago finding such car in USA was a quite hard task. Nowadays VW isn’t that tough to find. Yes, we are talking about the whole range Touareg, Passat, Jetta, New Beetle, Eos, Rabbit, GTI and R32. The place I am talking about is Atlanta Volkswagen dealer, which web site I recently came across.

Looking for VW in Atlanta?

I was quite surprised to learn about their wide aspect of services:
– the largest selection of cars by Volkswagen in Atlanta, Georgia
– huge selection of used cars for their Atlanta area customers
– assistance when applying for auto loan

If by any chance you find yourself near Marietta, make sure you drop by Marietta Volkswagen dealer also. They are Number One in both sales and customer satisfaction. Check them out for test drive.

I am going there too!

Alfa Romeo Spider Limited Edition

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Alfa Romeo Spider Limited Edition
Alfa Romeo’s stylish Brera convertible or ‘Spider’ is already one of the best looking droptops currently on sale but to give its profile a boost just in time for the northern summer UK dealers are now offering a Limited Edition model fitted with a number of new features as standard.

The Alfa Spider Limited Edition features a choice of three color combinations (Carbonio Black, Alfa Red, Ghiaccio White) plus 19in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated memory front seats and door mirrors. The car is also now available with Fiat Group’s Blue&Me hands-free system with voice recognition and media player.

Under the hood sits the familiar 185hp 2.2L JTS petrol engine, which sees the car accelerate from 0-62mph in about 8.8 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 139mph. The new limited edition goes on sale from next month onwards with prices starting at £25,500 ($50,000).

Other models include a 3.2L V6 JTS with 260hp and a 2.4L JTD turbodiesel with 200hp on tap.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

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* On the road price: £27,954 – £32,454
* For : Handles superbly, acceptable comfort and refinement, semi-auto option
* Against : Engine sounds rather flat, cabin refinement not the step forward we had hoped

Driving
If you’re thinking the Evo isn’t as hardcore as it once was, you’d be right. From the word go it feels more refined, secure, solid and stable. Noise levels are lower – although tyre roar remains excessive – and it’s a much easier car to live with on a daily basis. But the Evo’s real genius lies in its suspension. The ride is no longer crashy, and although not plush ether, it never jars or jolts, unlike some rivals. It has been perfectly honed. There’s barely any roll or suspension movement, yet we can’t think of another car that glides as effortlessly or flows better over rough roads. It’s also beautifully balanced, has a sublime 4WD system, scalpel-shape steering and stunning body control. In contrast, the engine is a bit of a disappointment. It is more muted than before, sounding flat and dreary, and isn’t as explosive as it once was, either. We also found the SST semi-auto acted more like a fast automatic than a snappy manual.

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One thing hasn’t changed with the latest hot Lancer – Mitsubishi’s liking for long and convoluted names. Luckily, simply uttering the words ‘Evo X’ to any car enthusiast will suffice. Offered in standard 290bhp 2.0-litre turbo guise, as the FQ-300, the company also sells faster FQ-330 and FQ-360 variants. Also now available, alongside the five-speed manual, is a twin-clutch semi-auto. This SST is only available in top-spec GSR trim (and expected to take two in every three sales), while the manual also comes in a cheaper GS version. Its obvious rival is the Subaru Impreza STi, but we found this disappointing. Mitsubishi would rather put the Evo X up against the Audi A3, BMW 335i – even the Porsche Cayman and other focused performance machines.

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Although better than the old Evo IX, the interior remains rather uninspiring. OK, the hooded dials look good and the small-diameter steering wheel is lovely to hold, but cast your eye around and you’ll notice the cheap plastics, nasty dial lighting and downmarket switchgear. Even though it’s well assembled, the Evo X is a long way from luxurious. And although rear seat space is generous, the shallow boot doesn’t look anything like as big as the 400 litres Mitsubishi claims, plus there’s no split-fold option. This is because Mitsubishi wanted to strengthen the frame as much as possible – it’s 56 per cent stiffer than the old Evo IX. It is also very well equipped, with the GSR having standard sat nav and a 30Gb music hard drive. It also has far longer service intervals of 10,000 miles, plus an optional service plan that covers you for 30,000 miles of motoring for a one-off payment. One thing that hasn’t changed is the engine’s thirst, though. We averaged 17mpg (and one tank saw us record less than 10mpg!), and a modest 55-litre tank means you’ll be filling up every 200 miles. Retained values are also not in the premier league, insurance costs are predictably high and overall running costs are steep as well.

VW Passat R36 Travles to UK

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The most powerful series production Passat ever built is now available for sale in the UK market. Offered in both sedan and estate bodystyles, the VW Passat R36 is equipped with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine developing 300Hp and 258 lbs ft of torque. Drive is channeled via a six-speed DSG gearbox through a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that can divert torque to either axle depending on the grip available.

The Passat R36 Sedan is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds while the estate takes 5.8 seconds. Both models top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Prices for new Passat R36 start at £30,990 on-the-road for the sedan and £32,150 for the estate model with buyers being able to choose among four colors ranging from silver to black, blue and grey.

New BMW M-Zero concept

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The car you see above, dubbed the M-Zero by its designer Mael Oberkampf, looks like spawn of a BMW M6 and Aston Martin DB9. Up front it’s an all business BMW with a convincing set of “angry eye” headlights and a bit of snarl, but inspiration from Aston can be seen in the rear or by viewing the car in profile. Though the extra large wheels are a bit tunerrific for our tastes, the overall design wouldn’t make a bad BMW at all. Not that the Munich-based brand needs any more high-performance coupes to sell alongside the 1 Series, 3 Series and 6 Series coupes, but if there were an open slot in the lineup, the M-Zero would fit nicely. There’s no mention (at least in English) of what theoretical powerplant might be found beneath its bonnet, but we’d opt for the obvious and install the corporate workhorse 5.0L V10.

Maserati A8 GCS Berlinetta Touring

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Once upon a time, coachbuilding was a thriving industry, especially in Italy with marques like Zagato, Vignale, Bertone, Ghia and Carozzeria Touring Superleggera. Today, despite the fact that the coachbuilding business isn’t what it used to be, some companies have managed to keep the flame alive. Touring Superleggera for example is showing off two unique concepts at this weekend’s (April 25-27, 2008), classic car show “Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este”.

Apart from the Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio Estate / Fastback, the Milan based coachbuilder also unveiled the A8 GCS Berlinetta Touring at the classic car show. The lightweight compact coupe is inspired from Pininfarina’s jaw-dropping A6 GCS Berlinetta –hence the name.

Touring Superleggera’s modern interpretation of a classic 60’s Italian sportscar is magnificent –we could have done without the retro wheels though, and we can’t but cross our fingers and hope that this study finds its way into production as an entry-level Maserati that could take on the likes of the Porsche 911 and BMW M3.

Alpina Returns to Racing with B6 GT3

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Alpina Returns to Racing with B6 GT3
After a 20 year hiatus, BMW specialist/manufacturer, Alpina, will return to motorsports with an entry into the 2009 FIA GT3 European Championships in addition to a few other prominent endurance races.
Alpina’s motorsports history boasts of winning three European Touring Car Championships with such legendary drivers from F1 and Touring Cars as Niki Lauda, Jacky Ickx, Hans Stuck and Dieter Quester. Alpina drivers also won the Nürburgring 24 Hours numerous times, as well as the 24 Hours of Spa in 1970.

With Alpina’s B6 S model as the basis, the B6 GT3 will step into a starting grid of 45 pure-bred challengers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin to name a few. The B6 GT3 uses the super-charged 4.4 liter V8 engine from the B6 S making 530 HP, 725 Nm.

The prime directive, besides winning, is to raise Alpina’s brand recognition as well as increasing exposure to markets new to the Alpina name. However, motorsports will be Alpina’s fourth business venture as the B6 GT3 will not only be a factory car but sold to private parties, collectors and race teams as well.

The 500 is going hybrid!

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It will be based on the company’s forthcoming 900cc two-cylinder unit – which will debut at July’s Good-wood Festival of Speed in West Sussex. The engine is mated to a motor and a battery pack, and will allow small cars like the 500 to run solely on electricity for short distances. Add a stop-start system and VW DSG-style twin-clutch gearbox, and it promises reduced CO2 emissions – engineers estimate a figure of below 90g/km!

That would help Fiat comply with the European Commission’s plans to impose an average 120g/km limit on the model ranges of all firms selling cars across the Continent by 2012.

No details have been revealed on the engine’s output, but it’s likely to come in two forms, as previewed by the Panda Aria concept at last Sept-ember’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

That car debuted the 900cc twin alongside a 105bhp turbo version, and Fiat also has plans for a normally aspirated 65bhp variant. The hybrid 500 is likely to benefit from other green technologies seen on the Aria, which include low-rolling-resistance tyres. The featherweight two-cylinder engine is 20 per cent lighter than a four-cylinder motor, so owners could expect 80mpg-plus fuel economy.

Alfredo Altavilla, boss of powertrain technologies at Fiat, told us the hybrid drivetrain should go into production in three years’ time. It would feature across Fiat’s small car range, making appearances in the Panda and Grande Punto.

And while the first petrol-electric cars may not be seen in showrooms until 2011, the all-new two-cylinder petrol engine will be available in the 500 before the end of the year.