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Re: Geneva 2017: new Fiesta ST

New Ford Fiesta ST to be revealed this Friday
New video reveals first images of 2017 Ford Fiesta ST; full reveal due February 24

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by Rachel Burgess - 21 February 2017


The next-generation Ford Fiesta ST will be revealed on Friday, an official video from the car maker has confirmed...
...The video shows a five-door version, confirming that the front-wheel-drive car will follow the trend of the current model by offering both three-door and five-door versions.

While the current ST uses a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, it is likely the new model will adopt the 1.5-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder unit announced in the Fiesta. Existing power of 197bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.9sec is also expected to improve. Fuel economy will also drop from the 148g/km CO2 of its predecessor...

(other sites speculate a hi-power 1.ØEB
I seem to remember talk about a size in between...
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Re: Geneva 2017 = "Velar" ...vel+LRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

New Range Rover Velar: plugging the gap between Evoque and Range Sport
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Published: Today - by Tim Pollard

...The slinky newcomer is due to be shown at the 2017 Geneva motor show and is the big news from Jaguar Land Rover at the spring fair...
The Velar’s full world debut is planned for an event in London on 1 March 2017, followed swiftly by further details and information at the Swiss car show

...This is the fourth member of the Range Rover family and parent company Land Rover is keen to explain the car’s positioning. Hence the flood of graphical illustrations to place it in the pecking order, rather than a host of photographs showing exactly what it looks like.

A new Range Rover doesn’t come along very often, see… As recently as 13 years ago, there was only a single model range, but this infographic illustrates how they’ve cutely ramped up the premium range.

Why is the new Range Rover called Velar?
Ready for a history lesson? The early prototypes for the original Spen King-era 1970 Range Rover were dubbed Velar, to denote the camouflage they wore.

The name is derived from the Latin velaris, meaning to veil or cover, reflecting how Land Rover attempted to hide the 1969 test hacks to divert our prying eyes. Got it?...

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Geneva 2017 - Peugeot Instinct Concept

>:) coming soon to a STARstang thread near You...

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Peugeot Instinct concept pic leaked before Geneva
Muscular two-door offers a glimpse of French car maker’s future design direction and could signal a switch to electric
AutoCar.co.UK

by Sam Sheehan - 25 February 2017


An image of the Peugeot Instinct concept has leaked online ahead of its reveal at the Geneva motor show next month.

Posted onto the official show website and shared on the Worldscoop forum before it could be removed, it shows what is likely to be a design study that’ll preview the look of the brand’s future models.

It wears sharply angled headlights that filter down into diagonal day running lights. The two-door body mixes the shapes of a hatchback and coupé with muscular arches and what looks to be a grille-free nose.

This suggests the concept is powered by an electric drivetrain, another likely nod to Peugeot’s future models.

Along with its PSA Group siblings Peugeot plans to launch electric and hybrid production models from 2019. DS will launch the new powertrains first, before handing them over to Peugeot and Citroën.

The Instinct concept suggests these electrified powertrains could quickly make their way into performance models.

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a 'teleNovela' called Geneva2017...

Europe's automakers in turmoil at Geneva auto show
Detroit Free Press

Mark Phelan - Feb. 25, 2017


The European auto industry is in turmoil as it prepares for the Geneva auto show in March.
Automakers would rather be talking about sleek new vehicles and exciting technologies, but corporate drama will loom large.

Here’s an overview to help you recognize some of the players and their potential roles:

General Motors sells Opel/Vauxhall to Peugeot SA
This appears to be a done deal, and it will rock the European industry. After nearly a century GM will effectively stop doing business in Europe, and France’s Peugeot SA, which includes the Citroën brand, will become the continent’s second-biggest automaker.

PSA is a stronger and more advanced company than most Americans realize, but taking on Opel is a huge challenge. Many European observers think PSA’s business, product line and manufacturing footprint overlap too much with Opel.

Concerns about possible job cuts in Germany and Britain have made the deal politically explosive, prompting Peugeot Group chief Carlos Tavares to meet top politicians and union leaders to reassure them that jobs will be protected, at least initially.

Meanwhile, GM which fought tooth and nail to retain Opel’s engineering and design expertise during the Great Recession, is ready to move on. Management’s new credo of “fish where they’re biting” translates to abandoning Europe’s high-cost, low-margin environment for more profitable locales, like North America and China. It’s risky, but GM no longer needs Opel’s engineering and design, so the die is cast.

Peugeot on the prowl around the world
Speaking of brands most Americans have never heard of, Peugeot is also reportedly shopping for Proton, a struggling Malaysian automaker. Reports say PSA thinks it can boost Proton production from 150,000 a year to as much as two million. Other automakers have tried to turn Proton into a success before, but Malaysia remains inexplicably attractive to automakers. China’s Geely, which owns Volvo, is also interested in Proton.

Proton also happens to own Lotus, the British sports car and consulting company that’s synonymous with engineering excellence and an inability to make money.
Any big move by Peugeot SA may start dominoes falling as other European automakers react.

Fiat Chrysler, anyone?...

Where art thou, Wolfgang?...

High-profile executive Wolfgang Bernhard’s surprising departure from Daimler this month set tongues wagging...
...If Bernhard wants another job in the auto industry, he should get offers from European, Chinese and possibly even Japanese, Korean or American automakers.

Volkswagen diesel(gate), management feuds...

Did I mention there will be cars?

Automakers hope to squeeze in a few new-vehicle unveilings in between management rumors and boardroom tussles during the Geneva auto show’s media days March 7-8.

The goodies coming include a $1.6-million supercar by Audi’s in-house ItalDesign studio, VW’s Arteon fastback sedan, Opel Grand Insignia station wagon, Mercedes-Benz E-class convertible and a crazed soft-top Mercedes-Maybach SUV that’s like a six-figure Jeep Wrangler.

I’ll preview those and other cars coming at the show Sunday, March 5.
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Peugeot Instinct Concept Revealed
CarAdvice.com.AU

James Wong - Today

The Peugeot Instinct concept has been revealed, ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

An autonomous shooting brake, the Peugeot Instinct is pitched as a car that understands the driver and can “foresee your every wish”.

Headlining features of the Instinct include full connectivity with devices like your smartphone, smartwatch and social media sites...

...Inside, the Instinct features the latest version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit interior design, including a 9.7-inch central infotainment screen along with a kinematic system that is used to switch between driving and autonomous modes.

When in driverless mode, the vehicle’s steering wheel and accelerator pedal fold away, while the digital instrument cluster displays a wide range of information including speed, distance travelled, powertrain data and battery charge levels...

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Autoblog - Feb 28th 2017 - Joel Stocksdale
Volvo goes beyond automatic braking, adds automatic steering +video
The City Safety system primarily consists of automatic braking and detection of people, large animals and vehicles. With the addition of automatic steering, the system will be able to not only apply brakes to avoid a collision, but steer out of the way if the brakes aren't sufficient. It works at speeds from 31 to 62 mph. And Volvo's blind-spot monitoring system, which until now has simply alerted the driver to vehicles alongside, will also take advantage of automatic steering. If the car detects a vehicle in the lane the driver is steering toward, the car can apply opposite steering force to prevent hitting the car.

Unlike those two features, which are updates to existing functions, the Oncoming Lane Mitigation feature is all new. If the Volvo detects that the driver has crossed into a lane of oncoming traffic, it will be able to recognize oncoming vehicles and steer back into the correct lane. This feature works at speeds from 37 to 87 mph.

These emergency steering systems will be introduced on Volvo's upcoming XC60 crossover. The XC60 will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, along with details on availability. In the meantime, though, Volvo has provided a couple of teaser shots of the crossover, seen above in the gallery. Not much is shown, but it will have the similar square-shouldered, upright fascia and D-pillar taillights of its corporate cousins.
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Join us on March 7, 2017 at 10:45M CET for a live reveal like no other.
An immersive digital experience where you can discover the new Volvo XC60,
broadcast live from the Geneva International Motor Show.
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Range Rover Velar officially revealed
The new Porsche Macan rival sits between the Evoque and Range Rover Sport and is the brand's most road-biased model yet

by Mark Tisshaw - 1 March 2017


Revealed at a special event in London ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show, the Velar is underpinned by the same technology as the similarly sized Jaguar F-Pace...
...The Velar will be priced from £44,830 and go on sale this summer...

...The Velar shares its 2874mm wheelbase and aluminium architecture with the F-Pace, alongside which it will be built at the Solihull plant of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Unlike the F-Pace, the Velar is all-wheel drive only and comes with Land Rover’s full suite of off-road technology, including Terrain Response 2. Wade depth is 650mm. The Velar is also a touch longer than the F-Pace, at 4.8m.

While the model is fully capable for off-roading, it has been developed as the most road-biased model yet in the Range Rover line-up. "As a mid-sized SUV, it has less inertia [than larger models in the line-up]," said David Doody, vehicle programme director. "It's a lot more agile. The intention is that it's a lot more sporty than a full Range Rover."

Buyers will be able to choose from six engines, each driving through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s a base 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel unit in 178bhp and 237bhp guises. The entry-level petrol engine is a new 2.0-litre Ingenium unit with 247bhp. A more potent 296bhp version of this engine will follow by the end of this year.

The V6 range-toppers are 296bhp diesel and 375bhp petrol engines. The petrol V6 is supercharged — the only non-turbo engine in the range — and will power the Velar from zero to 60mph in 5.3sec.

At the other end of the scale, the entry-level diesel is the most efficient, with CO2 emissions of 142g/km.

In time, JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) arm is expected to turn out its own versions of the Velar. McGovern said SVO would typically create one special model per range, as seen with the potent SVR version of the Range Rover Sport and the more luxurious SVAutobiography version of the Range Rover.

However, McGovern said the Velar’s broad remit and character potentially allowed for both more luxurious and sporting versions of the Velar.

McGovern called the Velar’s look a “masterclass in design reduction”. He said: “It’s reduction by design and engineering. If something is on the car, you take it off and it makes no difference, it shouldn’t be there anyway.”

McGovern said the Velar is the most aerodynamic Land Rover yet and its design has changed little in the three years since it was first presented internally. "The real test [of good car design] is the transition from a concept car to production, and how much the design is diluted. With the Velar, it has hardly changed at all, even less so than was the case with the Evoque."

Despite the Velar’s more stripped-back look, McGovern doesn’t consider it to have a new design language but instead regards it as an evolution. “The newest thing will always look the most modern,” he said. “It’s just progression.”

Among the Velar’s various trims, two distinct flavours stand out: a sportier-looking R Dynamic model and a plusher, more luxurious HSE. For the first year of production, Land Rover will offer an £85,450 First Edition that’s even more luxurious than the HSE. The cost of that model, almost double the price of the entry-level version, shows how broad the Velar’s market coverage is. The typical purchase price is expected to be about £61,000...

...Land Rover also claims the Velar is the most practical car in its class, with a set of key rivals across the range’s price band identified as BMW’s X4 and X6, the Macan and Mercedes-Benz’s GLE. The boot capacity is a claimed 673 litres and the rear seats split 40/20/40. Stride said there is plenty of leg- and head-room in the back "even with the sliding roofline". There are also powered reclining rear seats.

A wide range of trims and colour schemes is offered on the Velar, including a new Premium Textile one, which removes all leather from the cabin in response to a growing number of customers wanting a premium alternative to leather for greater sustainability.

Other tech highlights include laser spotlights, touchpads on the steering wheel to control certain key interior and driving functions, an active rear locking e-differential and gesture control to open the tailgate.

A Torque Vectoring by Braking system is standard on the Velar, which has double-wishbone front and integral-link rear suspension. Air springs are standard on V6 cars and optional on the more powerful four-cylinder models.

Key to the Velar’s dynamic credentials is a system called Configurable Dynamics, which allows for stiffer suspension, improved throttle response and reduced assistance for the power steering. It’s standard on the First Edition and optional across the rest of the range.

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