Monday, April 14, 2014

2015 Audi A8L

Audi offers from the third quarter of 2014 to the A8 L Security. Behind the immediately orderable model hides the armored special-protection version of the sedan. It meets the strictest guidelines in force for civilian vehicles. Audi will provide purchaser with comprehensive service offerings and a special training for drivers and vehicle owners.

2015 Audi A8L

Taken into account from the start
In the development of the A8 series, Audi has the special protection version from the beginning taken into account - as was an integrated approach that surpasses retrofit solutions far. With 5.27 meters long and 3.12 meters wheelbase Security is visually indistinguishable from the Audi A8 L Security Series version. The base is a modified Series body. Weighs about 40 percent less than a comparable steel construction. The specific components created by hand in a protected production environment. In about 450 hours of work trained employees build a she, before the body is transported back to the factory for final assembly.

Bulletproof with certificate
The new Audi A8 L Security has the official certification of the German bombardment Office in Munich ; it meets the requirements of ballistic class VR 7 on the BRV 2009. The abbreviation BRV stands for Bullet Resistant Vehicles. In the VR 7 class the most stringent requirements shall apply in the area of civilian armored sedans : The sheet metal and glazing of the vehicle cell must withstand firing with NATO hard -core ammunition . In some areas, the armor meets the criteria of class VR 9 and VR 10 The resistance to explosions was checked according to Directive 2010 ERV (Explosion Resistant Vehicles).

In the safety cell of the special-protection saloon, which is integrated as a self-supporting component in the body , are extremely tough and durable materials are used - hot-formed armored steel , aramide fabric , ceramics, special alloy aluminum and multilayer glass. The protective materials overlap at the crossing points.

Also holds shells was
The aluminum side sills close a massive ballistics profile , increase the protection against explosive weapons. The armored vehicle floor from a special aluminum alloy serves the same purpose . The new Audi A8 L Security withstand an attack with military hand grenades. Even an explosive charge , as defined by the test program , endangered the lives of the passengers do not have as evidenced tests with dummies .

At the door windows , the front and rear audio special glass is used , which bears on the inside of an audio A8 L Security splitter resistant polycarbonate layer . A Door Stop function holds the door in any position .

2015 Audi A8L

maximum communicative
A central area of ​​special protection limousine is the so-called communication box in the luggage compartment . In addition to the control units for the vehicle and communications electronics , it contains an extra battery and part of the optional components that further enhance the protection of passengers. On request, battery and fuel tank are specially protected beyond.

The standard features of the new Audi A8 L Security also includes the intercom, the passengers can communicate with the windows closed to the outside world . She uses a speaker in the single-frame grille as well as microphones for indoor and outdoor use.

Escape route as standard
Audi holds for the new A8 L Security many options that improve the protection on. One of them is the emergency exit system , a patented technology of the brand. When the driver or rear passenger pressing a sealed switch and remove one of the inner door handles, pyrotechnical separating screws loosen the hinges in the door from the body - this can be slight pressure to push open outwards.

Another feature is the fire extinguisher system , which is activated by pressing a key or by thermal sensor . The emergency fresh-air system operates with two pressure bottles, which are housed in the protected area . By pressing a button , it supplies the interior via vents with fresh air to breathe - in most cases long enough to pass through a danger zone or to leave. The system creates pressure in the car interior , thus preventing the penetration of toxic gases . Another option is the security start - here the driver activates the motor from a distance by radio. In addition, Audi also deals with individual special needs of its customers.

2015 Audi A8L

Lots of security takes a lot of power
As engines are available for the A8 L Security of the 4.0 TFSI with 320 kW / 435 PS and 368 kW with the W12 / 500 PS . In both cases, the Quattro all-wheel drive and an eight-speed Tiptronic take over the power transmission.

The interior is waiting with luxury seats and four-zone automatic air conditioning on with an ionizer , electric rear blinds, Bose surround sound system and a TV tuner . The navigation system reads the course of the route in advance and delivers the data to the control units for the Tiptronic , the headlamps and the optional ACC with Stop & Go function . Another series feature is the parking system plus with surrounding cameras .

Sunday, April 6, 2014

2015 New Ford Focus

At the Geneva Motor Show Ford will show the first time the newly revamped Focus, which has technically to provide some novelties. Called 2015 New Ford Focus

2015 Ford Focus New

For the new model year, Ford has the Focus donated a facelift and revised it technically , thereby reducing the consumption could be reduced by up to 19% . Evident is the new Focus on his new front end with a trapezoidal grille and concise drawn lines , and a revised rear end with new lighting units. The new Focus looks forward to the first pictures of much higher quality and more elegant.

Easily adapted is also the interior, the steering wheel and the center console are now fewer keys , but there is for the first time in Europe the new Ford Sync 2 with high definition 8 " touchscreen display .

Another highlight Ford offers the Focus revised for the first time the advanced parking assistant on that now with from park - is available wizards, and the car can independently from tight spots again .

Of course, all previously available assistance systems are available on the new Focus , the Active City Stop system was expanded and also now works up to a speed of 50 km / h instead of 30 km / h

For the new model year, Ford also offers the MyKey key system for the Focus , also new are the adaptive steering-linked bi-xenon headlamps, which ensure optimum illumination of the road .

New engines round out the changes of freshly -lifted Focus. For the first time in Europe , the Focus comes with the new 1.5 -liter EcoBoost petrol engine with a power of 150 hp (110 kW) or 180 hp ( 132 kW).

His debut in the series also celebrates the Duratorq TDCi 1.5 -liter with power outputs of 95 hp (70 kW) , 105 hp ( 77 kW) and 120 hp ( 88 kW). Furthermore, in the program are the proven 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines with 100 hp and 125 hp, and the 150 -hp 2.0 -liter diesel engine .

2015 Ford Focus New

The petrol engines with 125 PS , 150 PS and 180 PS , and the diesel engines with 120 PS and 150 PS can also be ordered with a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.

Available is the new Ford Focus in spring 2014 , prices and equipment details have not yet been published.

Honda Civic Tourer 2014 review

Honda offers the Civic Tourer 2014 now also a compact station wagon to which offers plenty of space , a sporty design and driving.

Honda Civic Tourer 2014

After many generations of Honda brings the Civic Tourer now again a wagon version of the Civic on the market. Design and development of the Civic Tourer comes from Europe , and the practical compact car stands out with a very sporty design from its competitors .

Nevertheless, it is Honda succeeded in showing that the Civic Tourer with a boot capacity of 624 liters, the most spacious wagon in its class.

The boot also boasts a wealth of practical details , in addition to a double bottom there is also a matching storage options for the rear blind . With only one handle can fold down the rear seats , and there is a load space of up to 1,668 liters.

Honda Civic Tourer 2014

With 56.5 cm loading height , it can be so easy to invite to the Civic as in no other combination in the segment. Another detail with high benefits offer the Magic Sets in the rear, where the seat can be folded up and it lets you easily transported higher things.

So you travel safely , even when full , there is for the Civic Tourer first time an adaptive damper system for the rear wheels . The driver can choose between Comfort, Normal and Dynamic , the damper while also always adapt to the load , thus allowing any time a dynamic but also safe driving behavior .

Honda has filed properly the subject of security, the Civic Tourer is available with a plethora of assistance systems.

Honda Civic Tourer 2014 interior

To stand a collision warning system, a High-Beam Assistant, a City Emergency Brake Assist, a blind-spot warning, a lane departure warning, a from warner park for crossing traffic, a traffic sign detection and adaptive cruise control are available.

In a first exit we could convince even on the functionality of assistance systems. Whether city emergency braking assistance or adaptive cruise control, all systems work very reliable and provide greater safety.

However, the Civic Tourer can also convince driving pleasure on topic. A new steering system that behaves differently depending on speed and a sportier chassis design offers a very dynamic driving. So the Honda Civic Tourer feels much more compact than it would suggest its length of 452 cm.

In the engine , the customer between the new 1.6 liter diesel engine with 120 PS (88 kW ) or the 1.8 liter petrol engine with 143 hp (104 kW) can choose . The petrol engine is also available with automatic transmission for the diesel is an automatic follow at a later date .

Honda Civic Tourer 2014

The diesel driven by us does its work very smoothly and depends at all times good on gas. In just 10.1 seconds to sprint from a standstill to 100 km / h and is up to 195 km / h . Here, the diesel is very economical with fuel consumption of 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers, with CO2 emissions is only 99 g / km.

The diesel can be ordered in the equipment lines S, Comfort , Sport, Entertainment Executive , the gasoline engine will be available from the Comfort-Line .

Available the Civic Tourer since the end of January 2014 , who wants to have the assistance systems to be reckoned with but with a slightly longer delivery time .

Friday, December 20, 2013

2014 Honda CR-V 1,6i-DTEC

The 120 hp diesel is the new entry-level model in the CR-V.

2014 Honda CR-V

After the Civic , the new 1.6-liter diesel engine with 120 horsepower is now available in the large CR-V. The new CR-V entry-level model is only available with front-wheel drive and in conjunction with a manual 6 -speed transmission . As the new diesel engine to the spacious SUV fits .

Honda CR-V with ABS , ESP and six airbags already a Bergan and hill descent control , active cornering lights , 18 " alloy wheels , an alarm system , a parking assistant at front and rear, light and rain sensor , xenon headlights, Leder/Alcantara- seat cushion , a premium sound system with 360 watts of power, a reversing camera , heated front seats , cruise control , a High-Beam Assistant , electrically adjustable , - heated and foldable exterior mirrors and much more.

Looking into the interior, the CRV presents a very high quality and actually moves already in the premium segment , which is also the very good noise reduction underscores . The CR-V can also score with good clarity and a very tidy work space for the driver. You can find his way not only right away, you also feel from the first second to the CR-V very well .

The elevated seating position , a large center armrest and the very comfortable seats with Alcantara / leather upholstery provide comfort . Very good of us handily positioned gear lever and the variety have fallen to practical storage .

One of the many advantages of the CR-V is actually his space. On a length of 457 cm will find all passengers from a very generous amount of space , in this case the CR-V trumps even the most larger SUV. So also with the luggage space is 589 liters also very generously sized. By simply folding down the rear bench can be the trunk even up to 1,669 liters and larger so already make many compact MPV competition. A practical Rollo, a double bottom and an outlet round the usefulness of the CR-V cargo compartment further.

Now the question still remains to be clarified whether such a large SUV with about 1.6 tons is motorized enough even with the 120 hp diesel. Honda the world's largest engine manufacturer is only entered very late in the diesel engine production for cars, but has already delivered with the 2.2 liter diesel an excellent unit .

Viewed paper the 120 hp ( 88 kW ) and maximum torque of 300 Nm at 2,000 r / min seem not bad , but not exactly overwhelming. The big surprise follows only if one has laid the first few meters back . Right after starting the engine surprised with a very high running smoothness and the fact that hardly any engine noise penetrating into the interior , which then even at higher speeds that way.

Even with the liveliness surprised the CR-V very positive with the small diesel engine . Even under 2,000 r / min sprints diesel very quickly and with much energy going on. According to plant the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 11.2 seconds , felt it is considerably faster on the road . The top speed is 182 km / h and thus should also be sufficient .

The manual 6- speed gearbox is translated surprisingly long, and the highest gear is called for only around 80 km / h the shift recommendation display . In addition to switching the recommendation of the speedometer is bordered on either side of a light strip that changes color depending on driving style . Is it sparingly on the road, the border glows green , signaling in addition , that the vehicle is moving very efficient.

The next positive surprise we experience then also in consumption . According to plant the CR - V will be satisfied with the new 1.6 -liter diesel that is 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers , and this value can also be implemented without sacrificing driving pleasure.

During our tests, we are in fact come to a value of 5.3 liters , with the start of the test drive our CR-V not even had 1000 km on the speedometer and thus must be taken into account by around 0.5 to 1.0 liter consumption. With this consumption in combination with vehicle category and space the CR-V is currently unbeatable economical way.

During the driving comfort of the CR-V can also convince . Chassis and suspension are all designed for a comfortable progress towards the road situation is still very good for an SUV . Even in fast cornering , the CR - V remains docile and barely shows a tendency to roll . Even without the four-wheel drive so you got along very well , only when driving off-road disadvantages would arise .

The good clarity is then reinforced with the standard parking assistant at front and rear and the rear camera so that the CR-V can be allocated with millimeter precision in narrow streets of the city without any problems.

The Honda CR-V with the new diesel engine so it can convince the entire length and offers a very high value for their money. He not only offers maximum space , an over complete equipment and perfect sound insulation , the engine is also very sophisticated and economical and can still come up with good performance .

2013 Toyota RAV4 2.2 4WD Executive

The fourth generation of the Toyota RAV4 has grown considerably and has also become high.

2013 Toyota RAV4 Executive

The Toyota RAV4 was one of the first compact SUV and has started 2013 in its fourth generation. Compared to its predecessor, it is grown significantly , mainly due to the interior space benefits .

But visually , the practical Japanese has completely changed and follows the new Toyota design language. The new RAV4 is a lot of rough edges, but acts very modern and high quality . After the RAV4 is offered in Europe , and in North America , the design and all markets must address what is in our view, well done.

Toyota RAV4 with the 150-hp 2.2-liter diesel selected in the top equipment line "Executive" . already offers the four-wheel drive lots of luxury and in addition to the mandatory security features already LED daytime running lights , 18 "alloy wheels, leather seats, 2-zone automatic climate control, winter package, a Bergan and Hill Descent Control , Rear parking assist , a power tailgate , tinted windows in the rear , heated front seats , a keyless entry and start system and much more on board.

The interior presents itself then but also very luxurious and provides premium -class flair. Even the bottom of the dashboard is covered with leather , including contrast stitching and acts in conjunction with the many inlays in aluminum look very high quality and sporty. The design of the fittings landscape itself is also advised somewhat edgy , which visually looks very good. Only the navigation system is affected by its straight alignment of glare and difficult to read in sunlight.

For the operation of the Touch & Go Navis is a breeze , while otherwise the many features of the RAV4 are accommodated quite scattered . Some keys are housed in the center console near the bottom and deep down inside , the other in turn tucked the left of the steering wheel.

Much more positive the space is then to assess , since much space is available for all passengers. The RAV4 also boasts many shelves and cupholders , here it shows very clearly that the RAV4 is also intended for the U.S. market .

Extremely generous dimensions is also the boot volume . With 647-1846 liters it takes the RAV4 even with compact vans on . The power tailgate is also very practical and can also be programmed , for example, if you have a pretty low garage, the opening angle is adjustable.

Especially for the European market with the proven Toyota RAV4 diesel engines equipped . Our test vehicle has it got the more powerful diesel with 150 hp ( 110 kW) , which is a perfect combination for the RAV4 with the luxurious facilities. Its maximum torque of 340 Nm the engine delivers 2000-2800 U / min , but also including one notices nothing of a turbo lag , and the RAV4 sprinting on with much energy and away. In only 9.6 seconds to reach from the state of 100 km / hr, and who wants up to 190 km / h fast.

To the surprise of the manual six -speed gearbox is translated very long, which scolded lazy people very benefiting , in a diesel but is very unusual. In the city you are so usually only the 3rd Crossing the road, the 6th Transition is in the first place more than 100 km / h are called for by the gear recommendation display . This then results in even on the highway a very low speed level at which no engine noise penetrates into the interior. Only ride and wind noise are then perceived.

Despite the extended interpretation of the RAV4 remains with the gasoline consumption even in the frame. On average, we have 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers needed, which indeed differs slightly from the factory fuel consumption of 5.7 liters, but is still in order . More thrift would certainly bring a start / stop system and a different gear ratio.

But the RAV4 is primarily designed for driving comfort , where he also excels . He offers a very comfortable ride , but is nevertheless also quite sporty to move . Even in brisk curves do not you realize , to be on the road in a quite high car.

Those who wish can also further increase via Sport button, the sportiness of its RAV4. Here especially the power distribution of the all-wheel drive will be further optimized , and at every steering movement 10 % of the force are directed to the rear axle. In the event of under steer even 50 %, and the driving stability is significantly increased . Also the steering is in Sport mode more direct and harder , also easily changed is in Sport mode then the accelerator pedal characteristic curve.

Thanks to the all-wheel drive offers the RAV4 but not just on the road more safety and better driving characteristics , one comes with the compact SUV and off-road still progressing well. Although the RAV4 is not an extreme off-roader , it has probably to get to remote targets with rough terrain for most outdoor recreational activities enough off-road ability .

The Toyota RAV4 has proved to be a very pleasant companion, which not only offers plenty of space, but also is very good ride comfort. He makes up for long stretches as good a figure as in the city or off-road. For all-round talent fits the powerful engine which is in perfect harmony with the SUV. The very good quality and the material quality and processing to be fun. Compared to its predecessor, the new RAV4 is sure to become a better class, not only in the huge space.