Daily Archives: February 9, 2013

2013 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

2013 Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

Volkswagen has presented the concept car of a new SUV generation in a world premiere at the 2013 North American International Auto Show: the VW CrossBlue Concept. The largest carmaker in Europe conceptualized the new versatile SUV specifically for the USA and Canada. If it goes into production, the CrossBlue would enrich the Volkswagen model lineup with a seven-seat midsize SUV of the 5.0-meter class; currently, Volkswagen of America offers the Tiguan (4.4 meters long) and the exclusive Touareg (4.8 meters) as sport utility vehicles. It features one of the most innovative plug-in hybrid systems ever (TDI Clean Diesel + two E-motors + dual-clutch transmission + “propshaft by wire”). Volkswagen estimates that fuel economy for the four-wheel drive SUV will be 89 MPGe (EPA standard fuel economy equivalent for hybrid vehicles in the USA with full utilization of battery charge; combined Highway and City cycles); in pure diesel operation, fuel economy is 35 MPG (combined Highway and City). In the test cycle of the European R101 ECE standard for electric hybrid vehicles – based on computations that cannot be compared to those of the EPA standard – the estimated fuel consumption is 2.1 liters per 100 km. Despite this superlative economy, the CrossBlue offers impressive drive system characteristics with a power of 225 kW / 306 PS and up to 700 Newton meters of system torque; the midsize SUV completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds (0-100 km/h: 7.5 s).
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2013 Ford Escape – Hands Free Liftgate

2013 Ford Escape - Hands Free Liftgate

Demonstration sequence of the hands-free lift gate capability. All-New Ford Escape: Smarter Utility Vehicle Saves Owners Fuel, Money; New Technologies Make Their Lives Easier Ford’s newest sport utility vehicle (SUV) arrives this spring, bringing clever technologies and features designed to make life easier with fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market Versatile vehicle features new hands-free technology — including liftgate with motion-sensing technology similar to video games’ and upgraded MyFord Touch® system that makes connecting with digital devices on the go even easier The all-new Escape offers three engines, which provide efficiency without sacrificing power Customers globally will start seeing this sleek, small SUV this year, too. Named the Ford Kuga in Europe and China, this vehicle made its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will offer unique powertrains and features for customers in those markets The Ford Escape, America’s best-selling SUV, raises the bar even higher with the all-new model that includes 11 new exclusive features and fuel economy projected to top any vehicle of its kind on the market today. “We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘smarter utility vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value — fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun — all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design,” said Raj Nair
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2013 Subaru XV CrossTrek Car Video Review

www.autobytel.com The 2013 Subaru XV CrossTrek is based on the Impreza 5-door wagon body. The difference is the XV CrossTrek has been raised by a few more inches giving it almost 9 inches of ground clearance. The XV CrossTrek also gets some cool fender flares, rugged wheels, standard roof racks, and can tow up to 1500 lbs. The CrossTrek is considered a crossover vehicle aimed at younger male car buyers who live an active lifestyle. There are 2 different trim levels: the Premium will have a price of 995 and the Limited will cost 495. The 2013 Subaru XV CrossTrek is powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine that makes 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft. of torque. Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual or a CVT with steering wheel mounted addle shifters. The CVT gets better fuel economy figures at 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. Of course Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD System is standard on every CrossTrek sold. From a passenger point of view the Subaru XV CrossTrek is very comfortable. All the creature comforts are present and the cabin is laid out in a very ergonomic fashion. Back in the cargo area you have a rugged waterproof cargo mat that protects the car from any damage. There are also cargo hooks and a cargo area cover. You also have the ability to split the back seats 65/35 or lower them altogether to increase cargo space. The CrossTrek Premium comes with Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, and a CD stereo. The Limited adds a 4.3-inch screen, HD Radio
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2013 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV Test Drive & Crossover Car Review

www.autobytel.com The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is Autobytel’s choice for crossover of the year and with good reason. The overall driving dynamics are spectacular, the SKYACTIV Technology saves fuel, and the overall base price is unbelievable at 695. This 5 passenger crossover SUV has proven the Mazda is committed to creating vehicles that are not only fuel efficient, but a blast to drive. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. of torque. There are two transmissions available: a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 26 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. SKYACTIV is a suite of technology that work together in the name of fuel economy. First the compression ratios were increased, next the SKYACTIV engines use direct injection, finally the friction levels inside the engine and moving parts were decreased. On the transmission side the SKYACTIV-Drive is both smooth and efficient; offering an increase in fuel economy by 7% on average. On the outside the 2013 Mazda CX-5 continues the bold design direction Mazda has been following the past few years. Mazda calls this KODO or soul of motion. And you can see this style is present on the way the lines of the CX-5 curve and have movement. The roofline slopes towards the rear of the crossover which not only looks cool but also helps with the airflow over the vehicle. The 17-inch stock alloy wheels look great but the Grand Touring model gets 19-inch

Buick Encore | Vehicle Technology | Luxury Crossover SUV

The new 2013 Buick Encore features technological advances that bring exceptional capabilities to this quiet, comfortable crossover suv. Encore offers Buick’s active noise cancellation, part of Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning process; Voice-activated IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connections, Pandora internet radio and Stitcher smart radio; and MyBuick mobile app that allows you to access vehicle information and OnStar services from your phone. OnStar’ RemoteLink lets subscribers search for a destination on their smart phone and send it directly to their car for simple turn-by-turn directions. Visit www.buick.com to learn how the all new Encore luxury crossover takes technology and brings it to a personal level. Visit www.buick.com to discover Buick’s entire line of premium luxury vehicles.
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CRAZY 2013 BMW X6M – REVS, massive accelerations, fly bys – racing in the city!

This is the first new 2013 BMW X6M in Saint-Petersburg. The owner was a very nice guy, he revved his car and did insane full throttle accelerations down the street. The car is just couple weeks old. He is going to do some tuning and increase hp up to 720hp and 0-100 in 4.1 which will make him the fastest Mid-size SUV in Saint-Petersburg! So far the car has got 555hp and 501 pound-feet of torque. 0-100 in just 4,7 seconds. Camera: Sony XR160 (5.1ch mic, 1920×1080)