Suzuki announces the launch of 2019 Vitara

Suzuki announces the launch of 2019 Vitara

Suzuki announced the 2019 Vitara that incorporates numerous visual, technical and specification upgrades.

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The Vitara has enjoyed strong UK sales success since launch in 2015 and it is currently the most popular model in the Suzuki range.

It will be available with both 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engines as introduced in the S-Cross model range late last year and these will replace the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

The Boosterjet engines provide more power and torque, greater efficiency and offer lower emissions too. SZ4 and SZ-T grades are equipped with the 1.0-litre 111PS Boosterjet engine and Allgrip four-wheel drive available as an option on the SZ-T with manual transmission.

SZ5 models are equipped with the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine which offers a power output of 140PS and 220Nm of torque is available from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm. WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for both engines will be available closer to the launch date.

The latest Vitara will also offer various design updates, two new colours and the availability of new technology and advanced safety equipment.

For the exterior, new design alloy wheels are available, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper is utilised and the rear of the car features new design and distinctive LED combination lamps.

For the interior, the upper instrument panel now incorporates a soft touch material for added quality and the instrument cluster has a new design with colour central information display.

The 2019 Vitara will be the most technically advanced Suzuki to date and new safety technology available as standard equipment on the SZ5 model will include Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Traffic Sign recognition, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear cross traffic alert.

Vitara is sold in 191 Countries and Regions around the world and cumulative sales recently passed 3.7 million units. Suzuki Motor Corporation is the eighth largest car brand in the world with sales in FY 2017 of 3,160,000 units.

Vauxhall teases its upcoming concept, the GT X Experimental

Vauxhall teases its upcoming concept, the GT X Experimental

After being part of Groupe PSA for exactly one year, Vauxhall revealed a teaser image of its GT X Experimental brand concept for the mid-2020s. It will embrace its core values – British, Ingenious, Progressive and Approachable – and provide a template for the future design of its production cars.

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Due to be revealed later this year, the GT X Experimental is the first vehicle to feature the new Vauxhall face. The brand concept follows the new "Vauxhall Compass", which clearly structures the front design of future models. The main feature of the compass is two prominent axes that insect the Griffin emblem. On the one hand, this is the characteristic centre crease on the bonnet and on the other, the wing-shaped daytime running light signature. The Griffin forms the focal point of the design.

The headlights, daytime running lights, the cameras and sensors of the assistance systems, along with the Griffin are framed and protected by a unique design element. This element is reminiscent of the eye slot of a motorbike helmet and called "Vizor". The "Vizor" makes its debut on the GT X Experimental and will give all Vauxhall models a new, distinctive bold and pure face.

Led by British Vice President Design, Mark Adams, the Vauxhall Design team looked at building from its great heritage and landmark concepts, toward a distinctive new design execution for its future exterior and interior designs.

"Design will be at the heart of everything that we do in future," said Mark Adams. "It will truly differentiate the Vauxhall brand, and make it sharper and more relevant to our core values. We are a proud British brand and design inspiration is all around us in the UK – from the bold ingenuity of James Dyson to the pure designs of Jonathan Ive – and this concept will embody that."

Škoda introduces the new Karoq Scout, specially optimised for off-roading

Škoda introduces the new Karoq Scout, specially optimised for off-roading

With the new Škoda Karoq Scout, the Czech car manufacturer will be presenting an even more robust variant of the popular compact SUV series in October at the Paris Motor Show 2018.

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As with all Škoda Scout models, the Karoq Scout also comes with four-wheel drive as standard in addition to sporting a powerful off-road look.

Just as the Octavia Scout and the Kodiaq Scout, the latest addition to the Scout family offers four-wheel drive as standard. In addition, the powerful off-road design emphasises the model's optimised off-road potential. With its rough terrain package, the Škoda Karoq Scout is fully prepared for demanding trips where tarmac roads end.

As the only variant of the compact SUV available exclusively with all-wheel drive, Škoda offers three efficient and environmentally friendly engines for the Karoq Scout. In addition to a 1.5 TSI petrol engine with 110 kW (150 hp) in combination with a 7-speed DSG, two diesel engines are also available: The 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp) comes with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard; a 7-speed DSG is available as an option. In the most powerful Škoda Karoq Scout, the 2.0 TDI delivers 140 kW (190 hp) and is coupled with a 7-speed DSG as standard.

With its chrome and silver-coloured bodywork elements, striking wheel arch linings and anthracite, polished 18-inch 'Braga' alloy wheels, the Škoda Karoq Scout sports a robust appearance. As an option, Škoda also offers anthracite 19-inch 'Crater' alloy wheels.

Drivers can individually configure the Škoda Karoq Scout's Virtual Cockpit according to their needs. The driving mode selection offers an off-road setting. Thanks to an LTE module and Wi-Fi hotspot, passengers in the Škoda Karoq are 'always online'.

The optional electric boot lid with tip-to-close function opens and closes at the push of a button or by pulling gently on the open lid; on request, the virtual pedal under the rear bumper allows the fifth door to be opened with a simple foot motion.

GAC launches its GA8 sedan and GS8 SUV in Azerbaijan

GAC launches its GA8 sedan and GS8 SUV in Azerbaijan

GAC Motor, a Chinese auto brand, has officially released its GA8 sedan and GS8 SUV in Azerbaijan, bringing more high-end automobile options to local customers and further accelerating GAC Motor’s strategy of global brand development.

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Two signature models from GAC Motor's high-end product portfolio, the GA8 and GS8 represent the highest level of automobile development and manufacturing in China and have pushed the company towards the upmarket segment of the industry.

With their superior quality and construction, the GA8 and GS8 are prefect fits for this market. Located in the southern part of the Caucasus Mountains, Azerbaijan is surrounded by vast mountain chains with diverse climates and geographical environments. As a result, local consumers are most concerned about dynamic performance, durability and safety.

Demand for high-end and well-equipped cars has been growing in emerging markets like Azerbaijan. GAC Motor will not only fill market vacancies, but also accelerate its global expansion strategy.

The GA8 is a bestseller among Chinese luxury sedans and is a showpiece of China's high-end manufacturing industries. In addition to its composed exterior design, the sedan excels in functionality and riding comfort.

GAC Motor's flagship luxury 7-seat SUV, the GS8, has been among the best-selling 7-seat SUV models in the Chinese market since its release and is capable of handling complicated terrain.

The GA8 and GS8 have been released in multiple international markets including the Middle East, South America and Africa, and GAC Motor plans to bring them to more global markets in the near future.

GAC Motor is expanding into markets that fall within China's "Belt and Road" project at a steady pace, having launched in 15 countries so far. According to Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor, the company is also preparing to begin operations in developed markets. Later this year, GAC Motor will exhibit at the Mondial Paris Motor Show and the Moscow International Automobile Salon.

Audi launches the second generation of its compact SUV, Q3

Audi launches the second generation of its compact SUV, Q3

Audi took curtains off the second generation Audi Q3, based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix platform. Having grown in dimensions as compared to its previous generation, the new Q3 borrows a lot of features from its bigger brother the Q7.

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Just like the Audi top-of-the-line models, it features a digital cockpit and a large MMI touch response. Numerous infotainment solutions from the full-size segment connect the compact SUV with its environment. New assist systems support the driver when parking, in town and on long journeys. These also enhance comfort, as does the further developed suspension.

The Singleframe in octagon design and large side air inlets characterize the masculine front-end. Eight vertical bars divide up the radiator grille with its striking frame and reflect the SUV character. The headlights are narrow and run inwards with their wedge shape. Audi supplies them in three versions, all with LED technology. The top-of-the-line version are the Matrix LED headlights whose adaptive high beam intelligently illuminates the road.

The interior continues the design of the exterior and echoes in many ways the brand's full-size models. The instrument panel is divided into two levels: the top part includes the air vents; the bottom section incorporates the large octagonal area with its black-panel look. The instrument panel varies the motif of the Singleframe and is surrounded by a wide chrome strip. The high-gloss black trim surrounds the central element of the new operating concept: the MMI touch display. Together with the air conditioning controls underneath, it is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver.

The new Audi Q3 has grown in virtually all dimensions. It is 4,485 millimetres long, making it 97 millimetres longer than its predecessor. In terms of width, it has grown 25 millimetres to 1,856 millimetres, but at 1,585 millimetres is 5 millimetres flatter than the first-generation Q3. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched 77 millimetres to 2,680 millimetres is much more spacious.

Audi has done away with the analog instruments. Even with the standard MMI radio there is a digital instrument cluster with a 10.25 inch screen diagonal, which the driver operates using the multifunction steering wheel. With MMI radio plus, the first option level, customers can upgrade the instrument cluster as an option to the Audi virtual cockpit with additional functions.

The MMI navigation plus in the Audi Q3 offers the same technical functions as in the higher segments. The navigation, for instance, recognises the driver's preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions. The route is calculated – in parallel to the planning in the car – on the servers of the map and navigation provider HERE, using real-time data for the overall traffic situation.

The Audi connect portfolio, included as standard with the top-of-the-line infotainment system, supplements the navigation in an ideal way. The data transfer module supports the LTE Advanced standard and provides the Audi connect services in virtually all European countries via a SIM card which is permanently installed in the vehicle. These services include traffic information online, the point-of-interest search as well as information on parking spaces and filling stations, which appear directly on the navigation map – where necessary also with dynamic additional information such as prices and availability.

Many Audi connect functions are brought together in the myAudi app. It connects the customer's smartphone to the new Q3 – allowing, for instance, navigation routes to be imported seamlessly. Once the user gets into their car, route guidance is continued on the onboard monitor. Once the driver gets out of their Q3 at the end of the journey, the smartphone navigates them onto their next destination.

The Audi Q3 incorporates the functions of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist. In this way it assists the driver with longitudinal and lateral control – substantially enhancing comfort on long journeys in particular. The same applies to the lane change warning. If the two radar sensors at the rear detect a vehicle located in the blind spot or approaching quickly from behind, a warning LED is lit in the relevant exterior mirror.

The Audi Q3 makes maneuvering easier thanks to functions such as the park assist. It steers the SUV automatically into and out of parking spaces. The driver only has to accelerate, brake and shift gears. The Audi Q3 comes as standard with the Audi pre sense front safety system. It detects critical situations involving pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles using the radar and provides the driver with a visual, audible and haptic warning. If necessary it initiates emergency braking.

The new Audi Q3 will be manufactured at the Győr plant in Hungary. Vehicles will be delivered in Germany and other European countries in November 2018.

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