New 542 hp Lancia Stratos will be shown at Geneva Motor Show and enter limited production

New 542 hp Lancia Stratos will be shown at Geneva Motor Show and enter limited production

The New Lancia Stratos will be put into limited production by Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), the bespoke sports car builder has announced.

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The company 'New Stratos GbR' has granted to Manifattura Automobili Torino the rights for a limited production run of 25 New Stratos.

Manifattura Automobili Torino is the Italian company founded in 2014 by Paolo Garella, former Project Manager for New Stratos GbR of the whole "Tosta – New Stratos Project".

The Italian engineer, previously Head of Special Project at Pininfarina, and his company, will guarantee the respect and the quality of the original built.

The model, based on Lancia's legendary sports and rally car, of which 492 examples were built between 1973 and 1978 (although precise numbers are unclear), was first unveiled in concept form in 2010.

Three versions of the car will be made – a GT racer, a Safari version and what the brand calls 'a competent supercar for the daily use'. The second of these is likely a rally-inspired version – another throwback to the car's motorsport heritage.

At 4181mm long, 1971mm wide and 1240mm high, it's considerably larger than the original Stratos, and is 267kg heavier, at 1247kg. These dimensions make it the same length as an Audi TT, although it's considerably wider and lower to the ground, weighing around the same as the TT 1.8.

The car's 4308 cc V-8 powers it to 62mph in 3.3sec and on to 124mph in 9.7sec, with a top speed of between 170 mph and 205 mph. Weight is kept down thanks to carbonfibre bodywork, while the weight split is 44% front, 56% rear, in contrast to the original car's 39% front, 61% rear bias.

The mid-engined design features the wedge profile, semicircular windscreen, side tanks, removable front and rear servicing hoods and engine-access hatch of the original.

The original concept was based on a cut-down aluminium spaceframe structure from a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and used that car's drivetrain. However, in 2011, Ferrari blocked Pininfarina and 'any other Ferrari-dependent suppliers' from putting the New Stratos into production, prompting the car's designers to look elsewhere for a base.

MAT's announcement doesn't state any technical details of the production New Stratos, but it does say that it has obtained 'permission to replicate the New Stratos using the same design and technologies of his car', from billionaire German entrepreneur and historic rally enthusiast Michael Stoschek, chairman of the supplier Brose, who commissioned the original New Stratos.

The New Stratos was designed by Pininfarina, the original was developed by Bertone.

MAT has said that the new car will feature a full carbon-fibre body, state-of-the-art finishing, and all the technical solutions that contributed to the success of the first New Stratos: excellent handling capabilities, lightweight design, superior balance and precision driving.

The first car of this limited run is already scheduled for delivery in April 2018.

The New Stratos will feature, on MAT's stand, at the 88th International Motorshow of Geneva, where it will be displayed together with iconic original Lancia Stratos of the 70s.

Mazda to unveil updated Mazda6 wagon plus concepts at Geneva Motor Show

Mazda to unveil updated Mazda6 wagon plus concepts at Geneva Motor Show

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the updated Mazda6 wagon at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show.

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The new Mazda6 wagon to be unveiled in Geneva follows on the heels of the sedan model, which debuted at the Los Angeles Motor Show last November. The wagon adopts the same product enhancements and styling improvements, which enhance a look of maturity and composure and raise the quality feel of both the interior and exterior without sacrificing practicality. Both the sedan and wagon offer driving pleasure that suits the various ways each body type is used.

In addition, Mazda will bring two concept models to the show, both of which make their European Motor Show debut in Geneva. The Mazda Kai Concept combines next-generation technology and design to herald a whole new generation of Mazda cars. And the Mazda Vision Coupe is a next-generation design vision model that was recently named the "Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year" in France. Both cars debuted at last year's Tokyo Motor Show.

In line with its "Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030" long-term vision for technology development, Mazda aims to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile – driving pleasure – to inspire people, enrich society and help bring about a beautiful earth. By offering an experience of car ownership that celebrates driving, the company hopes to enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers.

List of exhibits at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show

  • Models scheduled for sale: New Mazda6 wagon (World premiere), New Mazda6 sedan (European premiere)
  • Currently available models: Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5, Mazda MX-5 RF
  • Reference exhibits: Mazda Kai Concept (European premiere), Mazda Vision Coupe (European motor show premiere)
  • Technology exhibits: SKYACTIV-X next-generation gasoline engine.
Volkswagen seeks to reinvigorate its compact saloon sales with new Jetta

Volkswagen seeks to reinvigorate its compact saloon sales with new Jetta

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, marks an important step in the history of Volkswagen's best-selling model.

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The seventh-generation car moves to the award-winning MQB platform, which allowed the design team to redefine the Jetta with more dynamic proportions, a more modern design, and improved interior space compared to the previous generation.

"The Jetta is such an iconic product," said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. "We wanted to come up with something totally new. It was essential to give this product more prestige, more sportiness, a totally new proportion."

Working with the flexible MQB platform allowed the designers to reshape the body, creating a longer wheelbase, wider track, and bigger wheels. While the larger proportions allow more interior space, a shorter front overhang and fast-sloping rear roofline translate into a coupe-like profile. Dynamic lines and taut surfaces combine with the new silhouette to give Jetta a look that's at once elegant, yet athletic.

The front end design, with its emphasis of horizontal lines, at once identifies the new Jetta as a Volkswagen. Specific to the model is the distinctive unit formed by the radiator grille and the standard LED headlights. The trapezoidal grille is composed of four chrome bars, two of which flow into the headlight housings where the LEDs pick up the lines and connect them for a wrap-around effect.

"It was essential to give Jetta a strong face," said Bischoff. "The combination of headlight and grille into one shape gives the front a very wide look, but the grille is also very high and deeply carved—it stands proud. It's totally new for Jetta to have such a powerful expression."

The car's silhouette is marked by its taut surfaces and a long, extended side window. The coupe-like impression of the Jetta is reinforced by an offset roofline known as a 'phase'—a narrow strip that runs parallel to the actual roofline and into the C-pillar—which visually reduces the car's height. Beneath the shoulder, on the level of the door handles, there is a precisely carved character line that runs as an undercut. Its shadow surface tapers toward the rear, slightly arrow-shaped. The wheelarches and side sills also form a powerful unit with their muscular design. The side sills here are marked by an integrated light line, which continues into the rear body.

"What's going to call attention from the first glance is the sculpted body side and the strong shoulder line that runs from the taillight to the driver door," said Marco Pavone, Head of Exterior Design at Volkswagen. "The surface treatment is a lot more masculine and sporty on this car."

The style of the rear section is defined by the arch-shaped trailing edge that extends into the shoulder section and forms the aerodynamic termination of the trunk lid. The spoiler, which is integrated into the body design, emphasises the sedan's impressive width. This width is also highlighted by the sharp lines of the concise LED taillight clusters. Another feature of the design is its low drag coefficient of just 0.27, depending on equipment.

Updated Škoda Fabia makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Updated Škoda Fabia makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Škoda has said that it is embarking on the next chapter of its success story with wide-ranging enhancements in terms of both design and technology, on its new Fabia.

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The popular small car made by the Czech carmaker will now boast even greater appeal thanks to restyled front and rear sections, the introduction of LED head and rear lights, as well as a refined interior. Lively and efficient 1.0 petrol engines, as well as additional assistance systems underline the sophisticated character of the ŠKODA Fabia. The revised model is being unveiled at the International Motor Show 2018 in Geneva. The market launch is in the second half of 2018.

New design highlights inside and out

Front and rear design updates produce a high-class appearance, while headlights and front fog lights with new outlines and state-of-the-art lighting technology also freshen up the look. LED headlights and LED rear lights are now being offered for the ŠKODA Fabia for the first time. The choice of alloy wheels has been extended too, including the addition of 18-inch wheels for the hatchback while the redesigned instrument cluster, new trim strips for the dashboard and two-tone finishes for the seats update the interior.

Economical and lively petrol engines

The line-up of engines for the ŠKODA Fabia will consist of four petrol drivetrains, each with three cylinders and a capacity of 1.0-litre, whose performance is as eager as it is efficient. The MPI engines feature indirect injection and produce outputs of 60 hp and 75 hp respectively. The two TSI drivetrains are both packed with advanced engineering, including turbocharging and direct petrol injection, enabling them to generate 95 hp and 110 hp. Both TSI engines are fitted with a petrol particulate filter. The most powerful of the quartet of engines can be matched with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option.

By concentrating on sophisticated petrol engines for its drivetrain portfolio, ŠKODA is paying careful consideration to the requirements of the target groups in the small car segment. Boasting further improved economy and exceptional emissions performance, the state-of-the-art three-cylinder power units are on a par with frugal diesel engines for fuel efficiency.

New driver assistance systems for increased safety and convenience

By expanding the choice of driver assistance systems, ŠKODA AUTO has once again transferred advanced technology from higher vehicle classes to the small car segment. The new Blind Spot Detection feature alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles in the blind spot or approaching rapidly from behind when driving on multi-lane highways. The Rear Traffic Alert system monitors what is going on behind the vehicle and warns of a risk of collision when reversing. Another newly available feature is Light Assist, which automatically switches to low beam as soon as the system detects oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

Infotainment system 'Swing' now with 6.5-inch display and ŠKODA Connect

The infotainment system 'Swing' now offers a 6.5-inch display and also allows drivers to use the full range of mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect. When equipped with the 'Amundsen ' navigation system, the ŠKODA Fabia will also now offer the Online Traffic Information service with real-time information on traffic holdups. Meanwhile, innovative SmartLink+ technology makes it possible to enjoy all the benefits of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLinkTM and SmartGate standards.

Even greater variety of 'Simply Clever' features

The brand's signature characteristics that set the ŠKODA Fabia apart in the small car segment include a wealth of practical touches designed to increase comfort and functionality in day-to-day use. An even greater number of these 'Simply Clever' features is now available. The ice scraper concealed in the fuel filler flap now incorporates, as a new function, a gauge for measuring the tyre tread depth. The car can also be equipped with USB ports for the rear-seat passengers for added comfort. Customers can also opt for a double-sided boot mat. The side compartment in the boot of the ŠKODA Fabia Estate also features a portable LED flashlight.

Hyundai reveals first images of new Santa Fe SUV

Hyundai reveals first images of new Santa Fe SUV

Hyundai Motor has unveiled its first images of the New Generation Santa Fe which will celebrate its world premiere in February 2018.

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The company's largest passenger car, it represents Hyundai's strong SUV heritage and continues its global success story. The fourth generation Santa Fe is a powerful, premium-designed SUV with class-leading roominess.

The Santa Fe displays a modern and elegant appearance complemented by eye-catching twin headlights and the Cascading Grille, Hyundai's SUV-family identity. The exterior design is characterised by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look. It features refined lines that reinforce the car's status at the top of Hyundai's SUV line-up. The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility.

Its exterior dimensions make the New Generation Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 4,770 mm, a width of 1,890 mm and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for its passengers.

As part of its SmartSense technology, the Santa Fe offers a comprehensive package of Hyundai's latest active safety features, making advanced technology affordable. Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist is a Hyundai first. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically. The Safety Exit Assist prevents accidents when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors, so that passengers will exit the car safely.

Further details of New Generation Santa Fe will be disclosed at the world premiere before making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

Mazda to show new Mazda6 and next-generation engine tech at Geneva

Mazda to show new Mazda6 and next-generation engine tech at Geneva

The Mazda stand at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show next month will feature the world debut of the new Mazda6 Tourer, the European debut of the new Mazda6 Saloon, and two stunning concept vehicles -the Mazda VISION COUPE and Mazda KAI CONCEPT, as well as showcasing Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV-X next-generation petrol engine.

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The latest update of the Mazda6 is the most comprehensive yet, offering enhanced quality in almost every detail of Mazda's flagship model. It features a more mature, elegant and refined exterior design, extensive interior revisions including completely new seating, boosted SKYACTIV powertrain performance, enhanced driving dynamics, greater aerodynamic efficiency, reduced NVH and an even broader range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features, such as a 360° view monitor and an intelligent speed assist system.

The Mazda VISION COUPE, recently crowned 'Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year', adopts the basic form of a flowing four-door coupe. It forgoes the rhythmical motion that prior iterations of KODO design emphasised in body styling, opting instead for a simple form that strips away all non-essential elements to follow the principle of 'Less is More'. Tremendous time and care have been invested on the bodywork, especially the play of light across its surfaces.

Its name Kai meaning 'Pioneer', the Mazda KAI CONCEPT compact hatchback sets the stage for the future of the Mazda brand, showcasing the company's breakthrough technologies and the latest evolution of its KODO design. Within next-generation SKYACTIV-VEHICLE ARCHITECTURE which maximises the human body's inherent abilities to effect the ultimate connection between driver and car, it adopts Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV-X powertrain.

Exclusive to Mazda, SKYACTIV-X is a ground-breaking engine which introduces an innovative combustion method called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). Set to become the world's first commercial petrol engine to use compression ignition, SKYACTIV-X combines the benefits of a spark-ignition petrol engine – expansiveness at high rpm and cleaner emissions – with those of a compression diesel engine -superior initial response and fuel economy – to produce a crossover engine that delivers the best of both worlds.

Made in Europe – Kia to reveal third generation Ceed at Geneva show

Made in Europe – Kia to reveal third generation Ceed at Geneva show

The all-new Kia Ceed will make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

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The Ceed five-door hatchback is due to be unveiled in Geneva alongside a second member of the Ceed family.

Designed, developed, engineered and built in Europe, the third-generation Ceed features innovative new technologies and engines, a mature and athletic new design, and a more engaging drive.

The Kia Ceed has been designed at the brand's European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany.

Engineered exclusively for use on European roads, the ride and handling characteristics of the new model elevate the Ceed over its predecessor in terms of dynamism, driver engagement and refinement.

Kia has also revised the third generation's name. So cee'd becomes Ceed, consolidating its reputation as a car for the Community of Europe, with European Design.

Sales of the Kia Ceed will begin in Q2 of 2018 in left-hand-drive markets across Europe.

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