The BMW 1-Series is set for release in 2012 and will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The luxury car giant has come up with a design that looks more elegant than the previous model. The BMW 1-Series has borrowed its inspiration for its front fascia from its own 5-Series GT and 7-Series. The car looks impressive in the pictures we have in front of us.
If you were following the massive international launch of the 2012 Beetle you might have noticed that a few news sites published the images before the press embargo of 1pm GMT. Those sites have felt the full wrath of some frightening VW lawyers and retracted their stories.
These then are the first official pictures of the 21st Century Beetle. Some UK sites are claiming an early 2012 release date, so we presume we’re looking at a July-September launch in SA. We’ll keep you posted.
It seems the car is based on the chassis from the Golf 6, but hey, which cars in the VW stable aren’t. Expect a full line up of VW engines, from the little 1.4 litre twincharged unit, all the way to a 2.0 turbo.
The interior looks like every other VW I’ve ever driven, which is no surprise, but at least you’ll be able to spec all the goodies like SatNav and the HDD music system with touch screen.
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Although I’m not a big Renault fan, I must admit that the new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet cruiser has what it takes to cause some serious head turns when passing by. The Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet, comes with a folding roof made of glazed glass and has 6 motor options: 3 diesel and 3 on gas. Choices includes a 1.4 liter turbocharged TCe 130 engine (with 130hp), naturally aspirated 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter power plants outputting 110 hp and 140 hp respectively, or dCi 110 FAP, dCi 130 FAP and the dCi 160 FAP. On top of that, the Coupe-Cabriolet will come with either a 6-speed manual, a CVT or a 6-speed dual clutch EDC gearbox.
Those looking for a smaller Buick baby in the States may have a surprise up their sleeve with a smaller Buick Sedan spotted by photo-ninjas. The snapped commuter is currently headed to China where GM wants to thrive furthermore on the success of the Buick moniker.
The Buick Sedan will be placed under the Lacrosse model of the Buick range. As far as the architecture goes the current model will be based on the Delta II structure from the GM territory. The front wheel driven car will share the platform with Chevrolet Cruz that replaces the cobalt. The engine has not been confirmed but the options include a 1.8 liter petrol engine which will produce 141hp with 176Nm of torque.
Another speculation is that the Chevy Cruze 1.6L 113hp churning engine might alos find a place under the hood. It will arrive in China in 2012 and the americans will have to wait a tad longer.