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The fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley so far

Bentley is fast moving from its luxury car tag to that of a supercar brand with the latest release of its Continental Supersports Convertible – the fastest four-seater convertible on the road. The new Supersports has the same 630PS (621bhp/463kW) twin-turbocharged W12 engine as the Continental Supersports Coupé introduced in 2009. Bentley says this is the fastest, most potent drop-top the company has ever built - 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100kmh in 4.2 seconds) and a top speed of 202mph (325kmh).Read More

5 by Peugeot Concept Car

Peugeot says it's responding to "radical changes in the market for large, luxury saloons" with the diesel-electric hybrid "5 by Peugeot" concept which will hit the show floor in Geneva next month. Sitting at the opposite end of the scale to the diminutive BB1 which caught our eye in Frankfurt, the 16-foot long HYbrid4technology concept combines a front mounted, 120 kW, 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine with a 27 kW electric motor at the rear and uses an electric-only mode at low speeds.Read More

Vauxhall to show shape-shifting 175mpg 125 mph Flextreme GT/E hybrid

Vauxhall will unveil a dramatic concept car at this year’s Geneva Show. The Flextreme GT/E uses what Vauxhall calls extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) technology – the wheels at all times are driven by electricity, but a small petrol engine/generator provides enough electricity to extend the driving range to more than 300 miles. The Flextreme GT/E also employs active shape shifting. Above 30mph, a vertical panel extends along the body from the air extraction slot behind each rear wheel-arch, guiding high-speed airflow around the rear of the car, reducing the drag co-efficient to just 0.22.Read More

Citroen to unleash 200 bhp DS3 Racing at the Geneva Motor Show

Citroen will take the wraps of the hot version of its new premium model, the DS3 when it reveals the 147 kW Citroen DS3 Racing at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 2. Developed by Citroën Racing - the dominant team behind five World Rally Championship manufacturer’s titles and six driver’s titles for over the past six years - leaves little doubt that the French car maker has the ability to take its already critically lauded DS3 and turn it into a real performance machine. Planned for the second half of 2010, the exclusive DS3 Racing will be limited to just 1000 production units. Read More

Ford unveils long awaited 2011 Transit Connect Electric van

The Ford Motor Company chose the recent Chicago Auto Show to unveil its long awaited Transit Connect Electric van. The all-electric light duty commercial vehicle is the first in Ford’s accelerated electrified vehicle plan that also includes the Focus Electric in 2011, as well as a plug-in hybrid vehicle and next generation hybrid technology due in 2012. Read More

PREVIEW: Audi A1 - compact size full of features

Audi has finally “cut to the chase” and delivered us enough information to bring you an insight into how its new A1 will look and perform when it’s released at the Geneva Motor Show next month. This new Audi three-door hatchback follows on from the 2007 Quattro design study in a smaller shape that the company says will still provide space for four adults and their luggage. It comes a choice of two petrol and one diesel engine option and plenty of built-in features shoe-horned into a compact space.Read More

BMW M3 gets Auto Start-Stop

BMW has introduced a Competition Package for its class-leading BMW M3 Coupé to enhance the model’s exceptional driving dynamics. At the same time Auto Start-Stop technology becomes a standard feature on all versions of the M3, making it the world’s first high performance car with Auto Start-Stop. Read More

TRIAC electric vehicle balances cost and performance on three wheels

Electric vehicles promise advantages for the environment in terms of reducing local emissions along with advantages to the hip-pocket in respect to running costs. Unfortunately at this stage of the game, the catch is the premium price tag which places EVs outside the reach of the majority of drivers. Electric vehicle manufacturer, Green Vehicles is attempting to address this problem with its US$24,995 TRIAC three-wheeler. Gizmag recently caught up with Green Vehicles President Mike Ryan to learn more.Read More

Mercedes shows pre-production electric Vito Van

Mercedes-Benz showed a meeting of European ministers of economic affairs a prototype electric Vito earlier this week. The informal EU Competitiveness Council meeting in San Sebastian was told the experimental vehicle with its Lithium-ion battery and load capacity of 900 kg would enter limited production this year.Read More

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