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.
Ciro De Siena – OverdriveTV
The first official details of the 2014 Elite have been released by Lotus, putting an end to the speculative buzz that was generated by the earlier teasers. It appears that the company was attempting to redefine the concept of modern classic – and has succeeded in many ways.
The first official pictures of the GTC Paris concept, which previews the new Astra OPC/VXR has just been released. Designed to embody the twin ideas of beauty and speed, the GTC features an aggressive front, LED daytime running lights, stocky rear wheel haunches, and incorporates the classic Opel styling cues, like the ‘blade’ from the Insignia.
Spy cams at Nurburgring seem to be never disappointed. A few pictures of the Lotus Evora S are now splashed across the web even as the car gets set for full load of testing before it formally launches on to one of those stands at the Paris Show on September 30 for a debut.
Pictures clicked on the sly at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany have revealed the new three-door Opel Astra in OPC trim. There were reports that Volker Strycek, former DTM race series champion, was behind the wheel of the test vehicle.
For those out of the know, early this year Mitsubishi made have announced that they’re working on a small lightweight crossover utility vehicle that will sit just below the Outlander and would. Things have cleared now and right on schedule, the Japanese car maker came out with a bunch of photos picturing their new Mitsubishi RVR — which by the way is expected to hit the floor either at the NAIAS or in Geneva next year.
While specs are scarce at the moment, the new Mitsubishi RVR Compact Crossover is supposedly running on a brand new 1.8-liter MIVEC petrol engine that promises better fuel efficiency than ever. Fitted with daytime LEDs, rear bumper-integrated center brake lights and a trapizoid-shaped grille in the front, there’s something about this RVR that draws attention. Isn’t it?