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Renault announced today that it set a new record lapping the Nurburgring in a front-wheel drive car.
Fredric Genty wants your money to build the car of his dreams.
Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Corporation is reportedly planning to take a 30 percent stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.
The sports car being collaboratively developed by Caterham and Renault will launch in 2016.
French automaker Citroën may be struggling but it ain’t dead. The beret-wearing brand will reveal a new concept vehicle called the Cactus at next week’s vehicular blowout in Frankfurt.
Unusual exotics are nothing new to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but French automaker Peugeot is offering the chance for someone to take a ride in its Onyx concept car.
There will be a MINI in the Pikes Peak International hill Climb with with French driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut behind the wheel.
If Dark Helmet – the character Rick Moranis plays in Space Balls – drove a car, it would probably be the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. It’s big. It’s Ugly. It’s capable of ludicrous speed.
Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, is angling to ban cars built before 1997 and motorcycles more than 10 years old.
It might sound like an oxymoron to hear Toyota iQ City Racer, with its 1.3L VVT-i engine pumping out the ever-so massive 98-hp. But that’s not going to stop Toyota from releasing a limited edition iQ aimed at the French market with some sporty aesthetic modifications.
Only 300 units of the iQ City Racer will be produced with several color choices to choose from: Orange Tabasco, Red, Pearl White or Gray Aluminum. To give it the good ‘ol race-inspired look, contrasting racing stripes are added on the vehicle along with new mirror covers, a rear skirt with a black chrome exhaust tip, tinted windows, some imitation carbon fiber elements, City Racer graphics and 16-inch black wheels.
The limited edition City Racer will be available at €19,950 – about $26,000 based on today’s conversion rates – which might sound steep, but considering a Subway footlong is €5 in France rather than $5, we’re assuming it’s a fair price to ask out there in Europe.
GALLERY: Toyota iQ Racer
The only Japanese manufacturer to ever win the prestigious 24-Hours of Le Mans so far has been Mazda with its 787B. Toyota has been wanting to change that for nearly two decades now. Their last effort in the LMP1 class failed, but next year they’ll be back with a vengeance, using a hybrid racer.
Not that the French will make it any easier on the Japanese, as Peugeot has just put some testing miles on their new race car, the 908 HYbrid4. First shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March, this new race car just completed its first test at the Estoril circuit in Portugal on October 11th. The car went through 300 km of testing in the hands of Nicolas Minassian, Stephane Sarrazin and former Formula 1 driver Alex Wurz.
Peugeot Sports technical director Bruno Famin said, “Our aim wasn’t to put a lot of kilometres on the clock, but to verify that all the chief functions performed.” He added, “It was important to analyse the data of each run to be sure we understood the results before moving on to the next step. The system functioned well and responded as predicted, which was very satisfying. At the same time, we started to make a few adjustments to the car’s basic set-up. It worked well, so that’s very positive.”
Peugeot has been working on the 908 HYbrid since 2008 and the car is only now coming close to becoming a reality. However, Peugeot is not the only European car company trying to compete with a hybrid racer, as Porsche is also aiming to enter with not only their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, but also the 918 Hybrid race car.
In recent years, sales of Mitsubishi vehicles have been on a global decline. Some feared that this Japanese automaker could one day be forced to close its doors for good, if demand does not increase.
In recent years, Mitsubishi has been given a lifeline by the PSA group, which owns Peugeot and Citroen. Both of these French companies have made their own versions of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Outlander SUV.
Now is the turn of the Outlander Sport to put on some new clothes. For 2012, buyers in Europe will be able to pick up a Peugeot 4008 (pictured) or a Citroen C4 Aircross. Both these French models are identical to the Mitsubishi under the skin, but the skin is radically different, and also quite attractive.
Hopefully this continued partnership with the French will keep Mitsubishi afloat for a long time, so it can work on bringing us the next Evo model.
[Source: Car and Driver]
Gallery: Mitsubishi Outlander
If you’re in the market for a Bugatti Veyron and cannot decide between the current Grand Sport targa-top or the ultra fast Super Sport version, you would then ideally prefer to have a mixture of the two. However, Bugatti will not sell you such a beast.
In an interview with a Dutch magazine, Wolfgang Dürheimer, the current CEO of Bugatti and Bentley has said that it is not possible to integrate the two. He added that the Super Sport has very fine tuned aerodynamics, which will not be applicable to an open-top car. And while the Grand Sport did receive extra structural rigidity, the all carbon-fiber monocoque of the Super Sport is even stiffer.
There’s also the matter of engine cooling. The Super Sport has unique NACA-style ducts, which cannot be incorporated into the Grand Sport.
However, if you still want more than 1001-hp in your open-top Bugatti, Dürheimer says that while 1200-hp of the Super Sport might not be possible, but something in the middle would be doable.
Bugatti plans on building 150 examples of the Grand Sport, of which only 40 have been sold. So expect to see some special edition versions being announced to fill the remaining order forms.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Bugatti has built the fastest production cars in the world, but their next project will be a little different. Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed that the new 16 C Galibier concept, which gives an indication as to their next production car, will have four seats and have a generous trunk for luggage.
The sedan will likely be powered by a 16-cylinder engine, producing somewhere around 800-hp. The Galibier concept will be much larger than the Veyron and have less power, so 0-60 sprints in under three seconds are highly unlikely. A plug-in hybrid is also in the cards, with an electric-only driving range of around 25 miles, according to Durheimer. Bugatti plans to sell between 1000-15000 of the Galibier models. This is around three times as many sales compared to the Veyron and Grand Sport vehicles sold since 2004. Bugatti will likely begin selling the luxury vehicle during the fall of 2012. Durheimer says the four-seater will cost at least €1M, equivalent to around $1.42 million.
[Source: Car and Driver]
It has been two-years since Bugatti pulled the covers off their Galibier super-sedan concept, and while they had made much noise about the concept when it was revealed, not much has been said about this car since.
With Veyron production coming to a close in the near future, speculation has been endless regarding Bugatti’s next move.
Apparently, Bugatti has been working secretly on the Galibier, and according to Wolfgang Dürheimer, the man in-charge of running both Bentley and Bugatti, the production version would hit the market sometime next year.
The Galibier is expected to use a detuned version of the Veyron’s W16 motor. Rumors suggest it’ll have 800-hp, which should be adequate to propel this luxury limo.
Bugatti hopes to produce between 1000 – 1500 Galibier’s, so it won’t be as rare as the Veyron, but don’t expect it to be any cheaper, as the starting price is said to be $1.45 million.
After years of Citroen dominating the World Rally Championship, Fiat is getting ready to challenge the French automaker’s dominance with their own entry, based on the Punto Abarth.
The Abarth has been racing in the International Rally Challenge and national rally championships with the Punto S200. The S2000 has done considerably well in a number of lower-tier motorsports campaigns, and a WRC campaign would mark the first time the Punto Abarth has competed in a high level race series.
If the Punto Abarth does compete, it will likely be adapted to WRC specifications, which now closely mirrors the S2000 spec used in the IRC.
A couple decades ago, Toyota decided to launch their upcoming MR2 sports car in Europe. The MR2 was a good car on its own, but Toyota had a bit of a marketing blunder on its hands when they discovered that MR2 was pronounced “mere-deux” in French, which is similar to merde a not so nice word for doo-doo.
25 years later, Audi looks set to make the same mistake with their upcoming range of electric vehicles, branded as e-Tron. It turns out in French, the word etron is synonymous with merde in the same way that “crap” is to “s**t”.
We’re not really sure what Audi can do about this, having already established e-Tron as a brand in much of the world. Perhaps they’ll create a new moniker for the French market, but it’s a little shocking that with continental European countries in such close proximity, we’re a little surprised that this linguistic oversight went forward.
[Source: Green Car Reports]
Last week we reported about the Citroen Metropolis and its goals to rival German automotive manufacturers BMW and Mercedes-Benz, specifically in the China market. Low and behold a few days later, the first photos of the Citroen Metropolis in its full reality have surfaced.
Now that we’re able to admire every angle imaginable of the vehicle, we can tell that Citroen is fairly on point in terms of styling for the luxury sedan market, perhaps even setting a new standard in design. What is unique to the Metropolis, that is clearly evident in these photos, is its lower roof-line that is reminiscent of Citroen’s GT supercar concept circa 2008.
As we mentioned before, the Citroen Metropolis is eco-friendly with an electric motor powering it at low speeds but while on the freeway a 2.0L V6 contributes 272-hp. Citroen claims that with both the electric and V6 engines working harmoniously, they put out 460-hp combined.
We’ll be keeping our eyes tight on this concept and hopefully it will become a reality. One thing is for sure, competition is never a bad thing, with the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide paving the way, things are looking bright in this market. Make sure to check out the video of this beauty after the break.
Gallery: Citroen Metropolis Concept