Toyota Etios is one of the cars that has had most changes since its debut in the market in recent years. In just over four years, the car has changed the wheels, the tone of the panel, the steering wheel, details of completion, engines, transmission, banks. And this time, the compact model brings a new front, which until now only It was available in the Ready and Platinum versions and is now available on all models.
The front of the Toyota Etios 2018 highlighted a new grille with more conical shape and the Toyota logo in the center, in addition to the bumper with the most pronounced shape and central details in black plastic as a highlight. The rear bumper is also new. On the other hand, the XLS version must provide side skirts (previously only available in the Platinum version), while the Platinum gained detail on the grid and the front carpets.
Inside, there is no change. The Toyota Etios 2018 brings predominant finish in dark tones and the panel with full Black finish. There is the instrument panel with a 4.2 inch TFT screen. The engines are the same. There are 1.3 Dual VVT-i that develops 88 hp and a torque of 12.3 Nm at 4000 rpm, and the 1.5 VVT-i, which produces up to 102 horsepower and 14 to 4,000 rpm.
The Etios line offers six-speed manual transmission and four-speed automatic. But the new line, only the X and XS versions have both options, while Ready, XLS, Cross and Platinum are offered only with automatic transmission.
Among the equipment, the Toyota Etios X offers digital instrument panel; on-board computer; rear seat with folding backrest; progressive direction electric-assisted (EPS); air conditioner; internal opening of the fuel tank; center console with two front cup holders and a rear part; parasol with courtesy mirror for driver and passenger; alarm warning to open doors, belt alarm and security; rear windows with electric drive; double front airbag and brakes with ABS.
The XS variant adds sound system with Bluetooth and auxiliary inputs and USB; cruise control (automatic version); audio control and onboard computer on the steering wheel; air conditioning diffusers and the base of the chrome transmission lever; benches with the fabric in two colors; armrest in the driver’s seat (only in the automatic version); speakers and tweeters; In addition to the EcoWallet on-board computer function, which allows the driver to put the amount paid for a liter of fuel, which allows the calculation and tracking of the amount spent during a trip.
The Ready model is based on the XS version with automatic transmission and adds organizer bag; support for bags / backpacks; Rear parking sensor in vehicle color and Toyota Play multimedia system with audio, Bluetooth, digital TV, DVD and integrated GPS.
The Etios XLS includes 15-inch alloy wheels (on wheels, X and X versions are 14 inches); audio system with touch screen, which allows mirroring smartphones; fog lights; chrome moldings on trunk lid; Leather steering wheel; exterior mirrors with integrated direction indicators and finish of Comfort Drive benches (leather standard).
The Cross model does not bring changes to the visual. As a differential, there is the design of alloy wheels, exclusive benches, leather upholstery and special rugs. Finally, the Etios Platinum has 15-inch alloy wheels with sporty design; leather knob; black mask in the back light; chrome detail on the grill; Toyota Play multimedia system, audio, Bluetooth, digital TV, DVD and integrated GPS.
One of the consequences of the most palpable economic crisis in the world of motor is that for years, the sale of second-hand cars is increasing every time. The second-hand car market is somehow easing the decline in new car sales, although the numbers seem to be rising, car sales do not reach pre-crisis levels. Buying a used car can be a great option to cover different needs.
Here are the preferences of the users when choosing a used car.
People who live in urban environments and need a car for small trips: go to work, make the purchase, take the children to school, management in the municipality, opt for small vehicles, with economic maintenance and reduced consumption. Within this range of vehicles, the models preferred by drivers are: the Seat Ibiza, the Renault Clio or the Opel Corsa over other vehicles with similar characteristics.
These are more thoughtful vehicles for drivers who need to make large trips, are cars with more powerful engines, more spacious rooms and larger porters. Within this sector, one of the models most demanded is the Volkswagen Passat, for its reliability, price, consumption and its response on the road . Audi cars for example are more expensive than the Passat.
They are halfway between the categories previously described, are very suitable cars for families with children, because its room is quite spacious and the trunk is quite broad. In this range of vehicles, perhaps the most popular are Citroen and Ford minivans: Xsara Picasso, C4 and C Max and S Max.
All of these models have proven to be quite reliable, their performance and their consumptions satisfy customers and in the market of second hand cars can be found at a very competitive price.
It is clear that there are other vehicles that can respond with the same reliability as those commented here, these are just some of the most sought after by customers and that best value for money are presented both in official dealerships and on web portals for comparing cars and sales of individuals.
Microsoft will work and help the Chinese search service Baidu Internet, also known as the “Chinese Google” to develop an autonomous vehicle. The two companies announced in a statement the agreement and the new cooperation.
The company founded by Bill Gates is No. 50 to join the Apollo Alliance , launched by Baidu strategy for competition among technology companies. In addition, Microsoft will participate with its technology of “intelligent cloud” called Azure, which is a set of IT services in the field of artificial intelligence. ” With Azure, our partners outside of China have access to a reliable public cloud that will allow them to focus on innovation rather than building your own cloud system ,” said Ya-Qin Zhang, the director of Baidu, which has already it demonstrated its first prototype of a vehicle without a driver at the end of 2015.
“We are excited about this partnership with Baidu and you can take a big step to help manufacturers and automotive suppliers to discover the promise of autonomous driving ,” said Kevin Dallas, Microsoft’s vice president. “The media today have an impressive level of sophistication when it comes to capturing the data capacity. By applying our global cloud of artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural networks, we can accelerate the work that had been done to make the safest autonomous vehicles. ”
According to McKinsey, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 will be completely independent, which drives the need for an ecosystem of partners to work together in support of a common goal. Baidu announced in the month of April 2017 Apollo, an open platform that provides the complete solution, safe and reliable to support all the major features and functions of an autonomous vehicle. The project, named after the historic moon landing program, describes its scope and its complexity.
More than 50 partners from a wide range of sectors who joined Apollo Alliance, including TomTom , the leading navigation service and global mapping; Tier One suppliers Bosch and Continental; and Grab, the leading platform in Southeast Asia travel with a car.
If you already comb some cane sure that there are three letters that arouse certain emotions if you place them in the right order, and now there is a German car that recovers to make you drool like the first Manta GSi and Kadett GSi of 1984.
The Opel Insignia GSi becomes a beautiful sports sedan that many of us will transport to decades past, where everything was simpler and more exciting, but with modern technology. The most aspirational of all Insignia now receives a total of 260 hp with which, in addition to going to work or spending time with the family we can also get some good adrenaline kicks.
You have to see what a car can change with only three letters in its last name. And is that the Opel Insignia is one of the best sedans on the market that has been taking the right steps in recent years to position itself qualitatively among the best in its class with good interiors and well-defined dynamic behavior.
The engine chosen to move this wolf in lambskin is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged cubicle. Its credentials are 260 horsepower maximum and a generous 400 Nm of torque . In addition to being the most powerful of its family promises a consumption contained with 8.6 liters in NEDC combined cycle. Additionally, Opel promises a diesel version although they have not yet detailed which.
The engine is associated with a new automatic gearbox with eight cam links on the steering wheel that offers a good compromise between day-to-day comfort and efficiency in squeezing the pace to make us smile with the delivery to The four wheels that guarantee a good grip in any circumstance.
So sure are they in Opel that this GSi Insignia is the most efficient and dynamic they claim is remarkably faster on the Nordschleife – Nürburgring than the previous OPC Insignia (V6 2.8 Turbo with 325 hp, 65 more than the GSi) thanks to a reduction of Weight of 160 kg with respect to that model (although they have not revealed times).
The keys to its optimum performance reside in a chassis that reduces the weight (especially on the front axle) and places it very low and centered to obtain a neutral reactions in bend and stable at high speed, improving considerably the grip in any road , However complicated the conditions or the surface.
Precisely it was in the Nürburgring-Nordschleife where (as it could not be otherwise) the last GSi was tuned in the test center of Opel for vehicles of high performance. The result is a completely new chassis that equips shorter springs that place the body 10 mm closer to the ground and more sportier tarmac shock absorbers that contain the movements of the body.
In the section of brakes Brembo material is equipped with powerful pliers of four pistons that bite with vehemence discs of 345 mm of diameter, at the same time also has specifically tared the direction to have a much more direct touch.
On the four wheels, the mechatronics FlexRide mechatronic chassis with three modes of driving (Standard, Tour, Sport and Competition – disables the ESP-) acts by regulating both the damping and the touch of suspensions, as well as acting on the throttle sensitivity and the moment of change of the automatic transmission.
On the outside, it is easy to identify this new member of the Insignia family thanks to a more radical exterior , with large air intakes with chrome frames, a functional spoiler that generates aerodynamic load on the rear axle, integrated diffuser, two exhaust outlets and 20-inch wheels that feature standard sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires.
Passing into the cockpit there are also new features with a new finish with sports seats with more support upholstered in leather specific to the model and that have ventilation, heating and massage, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an aluminum footswitch bring that differentiating racing touch .
The Opel Insignia GSi will debut at the next Frankfurt Motor Show between 14 and 24 September and will hit the Spanish market in November at a price yet to be confirmed.
Every year we see a number of beautiful concept cars from different automakers, and although not all of them go into production, they give us a good idea regarding the future of automotive industry. During the last decade, hundreds of exquisitely designed concept cars were displayed on different auto shows, but here we will discuss the top 5 cars, which we hope would hit the roads in future.
The Taihoo 2046 concept car takes its design cues from the Chinese Taihu Stone. It features high-strength acrylic windows, Film solar cells capable of absorbing solar energy which in turn creates electricity to power the interior equipment. The body structure of the Taihoo 2046 is made of low weight aluminum and it is powered by a battery, which according to engineers offer a range of up to 500 kilometers. The best part about the Taihoo’s interior is that it can be easily transformed into a camping tent.
The Rolls Royce Vision 100 concept showcases what the future of mobility will be like in the next 20 or 30 years. The concept is huge in size measuring 20 feet long (5.9m) and 5 feet tall. According to the automaker, it features an intelligent AI system called Eleanor, which will learn about occupant’s behavior and could be controlled via voice commands. The best part is that the Rolls-Royce Vision 100 concept is fully autonomous with sofas and couches inside and no steering wheel column.
The Mercedes IAA (“Concept Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile”) is a shape-shifting car, which can morph its body at high speed in order to achieve better aerodynamics and reduce drag. It also includes a wireless networking system allowing the IAA Concept to communicate with other vehicles on the road. The powertrain consists of a gasoline-electric hybrid system, developing 275 bhp. The top speed of the IAA will be 155 mph.
The Nissan Teatro for Dayz is an ideal car developed for the millennials. Its cabin has been dubbed by the automaker as “a future canvas”. The whole cabin uses lots of display surfaces, which can be changed according to driver’s preference. For example, if occupants would desire a golf course environment, all the displays inside will be changed accordingly. Moreover, the Nissan Teatro for Dayz does not involve any buttons or knobs, and the interior functions rely primarily on voice commands.
The Rinspeed Etos Concept is based on the BMW i8, but renders some really advanced tech equipment including autonomous drive system consisting of eight exterior HD cameras, 3D GPS navigation, an interior eye recognition system monitoring where the driver is looking and an electronic side view mirror. On the inside, the Rinspeed Etos concept offers an advanced 21.5 inch ultra HD infotainment, which can learn the driver’s behavior and make predictions.
Almost all manufacturers that have a sport in their range insist on setting a record time in the north loop. From compact to radicals super-sports – holographic for street cars – passing electric cars, everyone must be the fastest in the ‘Ring.
The last manufacturer to undergo that exercise has been Chevrolet with the Camaro ZL1 equipped with the pack 1LE and has been marked a time of 7 minutes 16 seconds (a crazy time). And it is that the Ring exerts a power of attraction beyond our continent. In U.S.A. Also looks closely the times marked in the layout of the Eiffel. In fact, before the Camaro ZL1 1LE some of his compatriots already faced the “green hell”. We look at the seven American models that have left their mark on the Nürburgring.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (2014)
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 did more than bring back to the market one of the most iconic versions of the Camaro – the Z28, also stopped the time in 7’37”7 that same year. His feat is even more worthy of mention as with a deficit of 75 hp compared to the Camaro ZL1 of 2012 made a better time (the ZL1 got in 2012 a time of 7’41”27). The Multimatic adaptive suspensions, carboceramic brakes and the semi-slick Pirelli it fitted out helped.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (2017)
Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 2017
Not surprisingly, the new version of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 also marked a not insignificant time this year: 7’29”6. That is 12 seconds faster than the previous ZL1 and 8.1 seconds faster than the Z28. With a V8 of 650 hp we did not expect less of this ZL1 .
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (2009)
In 2009, engineer Jim Mero – responsible for the dynamic behavior and suspensions in the Corvette – demonstrated with the facts his work in the flagship of the brand and the most prestigious Corvette to date. At the wheel of a Corvette ZR1 of 638 hp stopped the time at 7’26”4.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2012)
In 2012, the Corvette Z06 received two important modifications: Michelin Pilot Cup tires in option and Performance Traction Management. Those two updates allowed the Corvette Z06, 133 hp less powerful than the 2009 ZR1, improving its time: 7’22”68.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (2012)
In 2012 the Corvette ZR1 also received the same updates as the Z06, ie Michelin Pilot Cup and Performance Traction Management. Again, Jim Mero was at the wheel and he hit a time of 7’19”63. The reputation of the Corvette and the ZR1 as matagigantes was demonstrated. The funny thing is that GM has not yet revealed the times in the ‘Ring of the current Z06. Will they expect to be able to do so with the future ZR1?
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE (2017)
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
The Camaro already looks like the regional stage. The latest version of the Camaro ZL1 equipped with the pack 1LE was marked a time of 7’16”04 .
Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR (2010)
per remains the tenth fastest of the Ring in absolute terms . It is a pity that now that the current generation ceases to be manufactured, it has not been possible to clock in the Ring more or less officially. Although a group of fans are looking for the funding needed to achieve this.
The war of German premium manufacturers has long been disputed among SUVs as well. One of them is the BMW X3 2017 , the third generation of the Bavarian Allroad SUV that will arrive in this second half of 2017 much improved compared to its predecessor.
This is a profound evolution that improves everything with the basic quality standards of BMW.
The BMW X3 has been produced since 2003 and has already sold 1.5 million units of the Allroad SUV through its first two generations.
The design is clearly evolutionary, with an aerodynamic coefficient that has been reduced to 0.29 Cx. It comes with full LED headlights, larger grille, new LED anti fog lights, new dual exhaust or automatic tailgate. Through its xLine, M Sport finishes and the new Luxury finish can be fitted with wheels between 18 and 21 inches and other distinctive elements ranging from chrome to pieces of carbon fiber. A necessary facelift without breaking with your BMW image.
Inside the rebound is huge in terms of technology. It comes with a new center console with a 10.2-inch screen and gesture control, a new head-up color display, a tri-zone climate control, an intelligent key that allows you to control the air conditioning from outside the car, a new instrument panel or multifunction steering wheel. The trunk has 550 liters of capacity and if the rear seats are lowered in position 40:20:40 8 with a single button) reaches the 1,600 liters.
The range of engines comprises five engines, three petrol engines and two diesel engines with power ratings between 184 and 360 hp (average consumption between 5 and 8.4 liters). The BMW X3 20i has 184 hp, the BMW X3 xDrive20d with 190 hp, the BMW X3 xDrive 30i 252 hp and the BMW X3 xDrive30d 265 hp. The top of the range is the BMW X3 M40i, with 360 hp, M brakes, specific suspension and steering or sports exhaust settings. All a BMW M
We speak of a car that on average has lost 55 kilos of weight and presumes of a 50/50 weight distribution. It is therefore intuitive as easy to drive, which helps the automatic Steptronic 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Another chapter that enhances the BMW X3 2017 is in its active safety, as it will feature active cruise control and the Driving Assistant Plus safety kit (parking maneuver assistant, lane maintenance assistant with protection against side collisions and Lane change assistant).
Semi-autonomous driving functions for this premium medium-sized book SUV.
With the Dodge Challenger Demon as the most brutal of the Challenger , the powerful Hellcat had been “somewhat decaffeinated” or at least that Dodge thinks , so it offers for the Hellcat 2018 a body widening kit to do. Basically, these are the same wheel arches of the Demon, which add almost 9 centimeters to the total width of the model.
Even so, not everything is aesthetic, as these widened wheel arches serve to accommodate 20 inch ‘Devil’s Rim’ aluminum wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires in dimensions 305/35. In addition, due to the additional grip of these gums, Dodge has incorporated a new electric power steering and SRT driving modes – for the first time in the Hellcat.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat also features an aluminum hood with central air intake and two air exhaust fans, ‘Air-Catcher’ headlights with integrated air intakes, a front splitter inherited from the Demon itself, an exclusive grille for the Hellcat or a Brembo braking system with 391 millimeter discs and six-piston calipers on the front axle.
Under the hood the spectacular 6.2-liter HEMI V8 with compressor is maintained, characterized by a very special note with the characteristic hum of the compressor. The power of 717 hp is maintained, as is the maximum torque of 881 Nm. A standard six-speed Tremec gearbox or an eight-speed Torqlite automatic transmission is standard.
According to Dodge, the 2018 Hellcat with spreading kit ($ 72,590 or 64,000 euros at exchange rate) is quite faster on the circuit than the normal Hellcat. In fact, in the test circuit of the American manufacturer, of 2.7 kilometers, the Widebody gets a time 2 seconds faster than the conventional one.
It also improves by a tenth of a second in the 0-96 km / h, three tenths in the acceleration in the quarter mile (0-400 meters) and considerably increases the lateral G force that is able to generate: 0.97G against 0.93G. In addition, it reaches a maximum speed of 314 km / h.