Following yesterday's leak, we can now bring you the official details of the Citroen Cactus concept. Radical concept car will go in to production in February 2014, after its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Drawing its inspiration from the origins of Citroën Cactus began with the C-Cactus concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car create a unique harmony between the distinctive and the practical, offering comfort for all occupants with easy-to-use technology.
The real highlight of Cactus's design is a new feature called the 'Airbump'. ‘Airbumps’, customisable design components covered with a soft skin featuring air capsules that protect the body of the car.
With dimensions of 4.21m long, 1.75m wide and 1.53m tall, it is expected to sit on the firm's new EMP2 platform when it goes on sale.
Citroen Cactus concept also features an innovative interior, provide more interior space for driver and passengers, ensuring user-friendliness and greater comfort. The central eight-inch touchscreen is used for all the car's functions, such as sat-nav, air-con, audio and all driver aids. Interestingly, the passenger airbag is installed on the ceiling replacing the traditional gearstick with push-button controls on the lower part of the dashboard and steering-wheel paddles.
Another objective for Cactus was the inviting front seats were designed in the style of a sofa for improved comfort whilst the treatment of the upper storage areas, and the conventional gear stick has been replaced by push-button controls.
The Cactus concept features Citroën’s revolutionary new Hybrid Air drivetrain – a full-hybrid, compressed air and hydraulics system – enables the Cactus to have a fuel consumption of less than 3 liters / 100 km (78.4 mpg US or 94.1 mpg UK).
Easy to use, both the driver and passengers benefit from access to Citroën Multicity Connect, a portal of web-connected applications that use vehicle data – including mileage, speed, range and GPS position – to provide information adapted to motorists’ needs, such as warning them of traffic delays, locating service stations or tourist destinations.
Hi-Res Gallery: Citroen Cactus concept (34 pictures)
Toyota has released the first fully revealing photo of the new Yaris Hybrid-R concept - a city runabout with a sportscar power output of 300kW.
Based on a three-door Yaris, the Yaris Hybrid-R is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine teamed to a pair of electric motors for a combined power output of more than 400bhp.
Using technology like that featured in Toyota's TS030 Hybrid race car, energy recovered under braking is stored in a super capacitor, a unit that's particularly suitable for use in a sports car thanks to its high power density and quick charge and discharge speeds.
Toyota will show the latest status of its Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) technology at Frankfurt, ahead of the market launch of a production car by 2015. Toyota considers the energy and emissions benefits make this the best technology yet to deliver the ultimate zero-emission car, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean energy source.
The Toyoya Yaris Hybrid R concept will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Ford has announced that customers will today be able to order the new luxury, feature-packed Kuga Titanium X Sport in the United Kingdom.
Based on the already successful Kuga Titanium X, the X Sport comes with a full exterior styling package. The car having a body coloured front rear and side skirts, body coloured wheel arches, large rear spoiler, high gloss rear diffuser, front silver skid plate, high gloss black bumper detailing, unique 19-inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and dark rear windows with privacy glass.
Inside, the Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport will greet it customers with a Active Park Assist; Sony DAB Navigation system; Rear View Camera and power folding door mirrors have also been standardised.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director said: “With such strong customer demand for the Ford Kuga and the majority of buyers choosing the luxury and refinement of the Titanium X with optional extras, it made perfect sense to introduce the stylish range topping Titanium X Sport. The Ford Kuga is fuel-efficient, high-tech and capable and the Titanium X Sport combines all this and more to provide the ultimate package.”
As one of the best-selling crossovers out there, with over 7,500 units sold so far this year. The Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport with the first deliveries to the UK expected to be in October, priced from £28,345.
The 2014 MG3 will be priced between £8,399 and £9,999 to launch in the United Kingdom and this is not the only surprise announcement about the affordability of the stylish new small MG.
There are four models of MG3 to choose from and a full range of options and accessories priced as LED daytime running lights and hill-hold as standard, alongside six airbags, ESP, corner brake control and traction control.
The range-topping MG3 3Style, priced at £9,999, also features premium 16” “Diamond” alloy wheel and a sports body styling pack that includes the rear boot spoiler and side sill extensions. There is also cruise control, automatic lights and windscreen wipers and reverse parking sensors.
If you only have £9,299 to spend, you can get the mid-range MG3 3Form adds air conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth and audio streaming, leather MG-design steering wheel with red stitching and steering wheel audio controls all as standard, above the entry model specification.
The entry model MG3 3Time costs £8,399, that comes with a CD player, Six airbags, ABS, EBD, CBC, traction control, brake disk wiping, and fabric seats.
All the new 2014 MG3 models in the UK is offered with a 105 bhp petrol engine, mated to a five-speed gearbox.
At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the Suzuki iV-4 will be revealed - previewing a new Juke-rivalling SUV model planned for release in 2015.
While specific design details haven't yet been released, Suzuki says the iV-4 gets “certain design features of the Suzuki SUVs, such as the clam shell shaped hood and the front grille divided into five.”
The front grille and the headlights have a unique and rather odd shape for a Suzuki. Other design features which can be seen on these teaser images include the clam-shell bonnet; a rising waistline and a steeply raked rear windscreen.
The Suzuki iV-4 will be launched in Europe in 2015, the new model will rival the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. More information will be released closer to debut day in Frankfurt.
This is the ŠKODA RS Mega Man-Pram, a high performance vehicle that has been designed to provide the ultimate baby transportation experience.
The pram forms part of Skoda's new Octavia RS advertising campaign, they chose to demonstrate what everyday items would look like if they received the vRS treatment and one of those items is the appropriately named the 'ultimate baby buggy'.
It was created to star in the 2013 Octavia vRS promo and the result is a remarkable baby carriage: standing two metres high; anti-stress grips; hydraulic suspension; oversized brake callipers; the buggy comes complete with wing mirrors; 20 inch alloy wheels and a headlamp beam for night walks.
The ŠKODA survey of British dads uncovered the most desirable additions to a high tech stroller which were reflected in the ‘vRS Mega Man-Pram’ design.
Survey findings: 1,000 dads were surveyed revealing the following
- 76% would be more inclined to spend more time pushing baby if they had access to a stylish, high spec buggy.
- The top five additions they would like to see were listed as: muscular design (25%), large alloy wheels to give enhanced height (22%), hydraulic suspension system (16%), high spec brakes including brake lights (15%) and wing mirrors (12%).
- A third of British dads (33%) admitted they sometimes feel embarrassed pushing conventional prams whilst one in four (25%) always insist that their partner pushes the pram when out for walks together.
- British dads use baby buggies for an average of 1 hour each week.
True to the brand’s tag line – Simply Clever.
Hi-Res Gallery: Skoda Octavia vRS Mega Man-Pram (8 pictures)