Remove the Engine in French-style

Remove the Engine in French-style

Now, when it comes to removing engine from the bay, it’s a real tough job. How do you get it out? You might even need a crane or a big winch and several men to help you. Not necessarily. The French have discovered a much easier way to remove the engine. Watch this video for full step-by-step instructions.

Apply this method with caution! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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A New Teaser for Renault Clio 4

A New Teaser for Renault Clio 4

The first teaser for the new generation Renault Cio 4 since last year, this is a detail of the front, where a massive logo dominates on a small grille under the new branding concept unveiled by Renault DeZir.

Since then, various rumors have appeared in the press, information and spy photos and renderings, so spirits are quite agitated before Paris Motor Show 2012, where the new Renault Clio 4 will officially make debut. For now, the French endurance test us with a teaser image – back where the bottom line is observed side windows, and some arrest.

It seems that the new Renault Clio relies on integration solution for door handle rear window frame, which would give to Clio a sporty design, coupe style, prominent edge. In other words, the new Clio 4 will raise serious life-style claims.

In size, the new Clio will increase in length by 2 cm, reaching 4.05 meters, but the total mass will be less. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will be reduced with the adoption in some Stop&Start system for the range of engines and trim levels will be unusually rich for a small class.

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Maserati’s SUV will not be called Kubang

Maserati’s SUV will not be called Kubang

Maserati will not call their future SUV Kubang, as this was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011.

The future Maserati SUV will be launched in 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show, but will not keep the name of concept which was announced at Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, the intention of Maserati to build a SUV. So, Maserati SUV will not be called Kubang, but will have a completely new name, hopefully one that you will be able to spell without twisting your tongue.

It is not the first time when we hear the name Kubang. In 2003, Maserati had another attempt of an SUV concept with the same name, but has not received the green light. Now, after Fiat took the control of Chrysler, Maserati SUV becomes a certainty, because the concept shown at Frankfurt 2011 is using the technique platform of known Jeep Grand Cherokee.

 

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The Toyota Prius Uncovered

The Toyota Prius Uncovered

The 2010 Toyota Prius (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)

For the past decade, the Toyota Prius has dominated the hybrid car market in the US.  The Prius model has become synonymous with hybrid cars that offer greater fuel efficiency and affordability.  When the third generation model was introduced in 2010, it meant a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape for the hatchback and greater fuel efficiency.

This latest model has a 1.8 litre engine that is matched with Toyota’s hybrid synergy drive that uses a pair of motor-generators and a lithium ion battery to reach speeds up to 60 km per hour.  There is added torque to kick along the engine power and recharge the battery when the car brakes or the engine gets tired.  The combined output of the entire hybrid system comes to a moderate 134 horsepower, which is nothing to be sneezed at.

The interior has a futuristic aesthetic with mostly plastic surfaces. An information centre is mounted next to the base of the windscreen, and the functional instruments are next to the driver’s side.   This year Toyota asked four artists to come up with signature looks for the exterior side-panelling of the hatchback, with striking and distinctive design choices to choose from. It’s a bold design move that brings the car’s aesthetic up to date with its cutting-edge technology.

Despite its small size, the Prius has plenty of leg room in the back seat and can fit five adults at a squeeze. The handling won’t inspire the adoration of sports-car fans but lives up to Toyota’s good reputation.  The engine gets from 0 to 97 kmph in just under ten seconds and runs silently at lower speeds. In terms of safety the Prius comes standard with seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability, plus a system to monitor tyre pressure.  An excellent, affordable all-rounder that is perfect for zipping from A to B.

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Here’s with what Ferrari comes to Beijing 2012

Here’s with what Ferrari comes to Beijing 2012

At Beijing Auto Show, Ferrari introduced the new supercar, F12, on the Chinese market, which in recent years has become a mirage of top manufacturers. Ferrari F12 is the latest creation of the Italian manufacturer, and with a time of one minute and 23 seconds on the Fiorano circuit, is the fastest model wearing prance horse.

F12 has a V12 engine of 6262 cc with an output of 730 hp and 690 Nm of torque. Given these figures and amazing body built entirely of carbon fiber, the new Ferrari coupe goes from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds and does not stop until the speedometer needle passed 340 km/h.

The price paid for these performances will higher, but Italian manufacturer is confident that sales will experience a significant increase due to new model, especially on the Chinese market. The second important thing that Ferrari announced in Beijing is the new V12 equipped with KERS. Italian say that the new engine left the experimental stage and that in future will be mounted on a car series.

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Jaguar Announces two new engines at Beijing

Jaguar Announces two new engines at Beijing

Jaguar announced at Beijing the appearance of two new engines in its range: a 3.0-litre V6 engine with a four-cylinder 2.0-litre, both of them being confirmed for future sports car of the British manufacturer, Jaguar F-Type.

3.0-litre V6 produces, aided by a supercharger, 340 hp and 450 Nm, while the more powerful version, which will be mounted on the new F-Type, reach at 380 hp and 460 Nm. The latter model is the most powerful engine of the manufacturer from the UK in terms of power per litre, giving a very good report, of 127 hp / litre. The version less powerful will be offered to XF and XJ models, helping them to reach 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, a top speed of 250 km/h, electronically limited.

The second engine, four-cylinder produces 240 hp and 340 Nm helped by a turbocharger. It will replace the 3.0-litre V6 engine (AJ-V6) on XF and XJ models, are more efficient and more economical than this. The only exception is in the U.S. market, where Jaguar XJ will be offered with 3.0-litre V6 engine.

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Audi Buys Ducati for 841 Million Euros

Audi Buys Ducati for 841 Million Euros

Everybody knows Ducati, the famous Italian manufacturer of motorcycles. The announcement from 2010 about collaboration between Ducati and AMG, Mercedes-Benz sport department, took us to the conclusion that the next step will be buying Ducati by Mercedes-Benz.

However, now we have a major surprise: Ducati officially signed with Audi, Mercedes-Benz premium’s rival. Besides this, the surprises continues, because it’s a huge amount, about 840 millions euro (ie $ 1.1 billion).

Ducati is the third acquisition from Audi’s portfolio, Lamborghini and the design studio Italdesign, most analysts considering the purchase a new step in the fight of Audi vs BMW. Basically, from now on, Ducati will compete directly with BMW motorcycle division, and sales of Italian motorcycles hopefully will help in the battle against the rival from Munich. However, there are analysts who believe that the price paid for Volkswagen group for Ducati is exaggerated.

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The sales of diesel cars threatens hybrid and electric cars from U.S.

The sales of diesel cars threatens hybrid and electric cars from U.S.

It seems that Volkswagen group has bet on diesel cars overseas development, because the sales of cars with compression ignition engines increase in the U.S. Even more than expected U.S. analysts.

Thus, the first quarter of 2012 show an increase of 35% over the same period in 2011, which, taking into account the evolution of 27% from 2011 compared to 2010, leads us to the conclusion that Americans are increasingly tempted by such efficient cars because of fuel prices.

On Monday, the situation looks downright explosive: in January the increase was of 21.2% compared to 2011, in February by 42.9% and in March by 39.6%. That while the increased electric and hybrid cars segment was about at the same level (11.4% in January, 55.4% in February, 39.6% in March), and the total sales of new cars in the U.S. increased with only 13.4 in the period January-March 2012.

Thus, taking into account the federal standards, which require obtaining in 2025 an average fuel consumption of 54.5 mpg, combined with more favorable prices for diesel cars than for electric and hybrid, it becomes clear that almost all car manufacturers will adapt the demand for north American market.

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The first photos of the new Jaguar F-Type

The first photos of the new Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar C-X16 concept has twisted the minds of visitors from Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, but apparently show car’s story is as happy as possible. The car will go into production, as a roadster, whose first pictures and details were made public at New York Auto Show, which is in full swing.

The name will be the future model F-Type, a title with a historical continuity in the gallery of Jaguar sports cars. However, warns that British roadster should not be confused with any successor of the legendary E-type, since the two models there is no logical connection.

At design chapter, the good news is that the concept lines will reach almost unchanged on street, few details related purely practical aspect being reviewed. If the trunk is open, which will not make any more from the side, as C-X16, but conventional as possible.

However, no coupe version is not excluded from the program. This could be presented over two years, and during his career, the car will experience stronger versions, and a hybrid version. As sales figures, it is likely that both coupe and convertible, to achieve the same performance.

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