Brabus Creates ECO PowerXtra D6S Performance Kit for Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec

Brabus is known to be luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz’s tuning company and has enjoyed a great deal of renowned works. Today, it has added another badge to its belt with the ECO PowerXtra D6S, a performance kit that is made specifically for the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec model. With this, the tuning company has claimed that it has tuned the very first diesel automobile that successfully meets the emission requirements of the new Euro 6 regulations. These regulations are expected to go in effect by year 2014.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S is compatible with the 4MATIC all-wheels drive and rear-end drive models. The performance kit adds 55 horsepower and 52 lb-ft. of torque to your machinery. It powers the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec with up to 313 horsepower and an amazing 509 lb-ft of torque.

The ECO PowerXtra D6Shas been designed to work with no fuss. The installation of the performance kit is expected to work easily like a plug-and-play hardware system while it adds power to the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine through the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic gearbox. When you’re in “Eco Mode”, the torque is raised but the engine still has 258 horsepower. But when you’re in “Sport Mode” or “Manual Mode”, the engine’s maximum power level is raised. Therefore, the S350 model covers 62mph in 6.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 155 mph.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S can also be attached to both Mercedes-Benz’s lines of E350 CDI BlueEfficiency and the CLS 350 CDI BlueEfficiency with the same results.

Porsche contemplates on selling diesels for consumers in the US

Sports car manufacturer Porseh may take of the covers of a diesel and a hybrid version of the Panamera during the Geneva auto show. Porsche is also thinking of selling Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV running on diesel in the United States which is their largest single market. The carmaker is also planning to unveil gas-electric hybrid and diesel variants of the Porshe Panamera during the upcoming motor show in Geneva.

The planned release of the new variants is a step to help Porsche answer the demand for fuel-efficient vehicles that is growing even in the luxury vehicle segment.

According to insiders, the executives of Porsche are still discussing the possibilities of bringing in the diesel version of the Cayenne and Panamera to the U.S. Maket this 2011.

Diesel Porsche Panameras have been rolling on the streets of Europe since 2009. The US and European markets have been seeing the hybrid Cayenne that depends on gasoline and electric motors.

Sources say that the hybrid Panamera may be introduced to the European consumers by summer.

The deliveries of Porsche jumped by 27% to about 97,000 unites while the order intakes grew by 49%. Porsche is enjoying a good start for 2011 and foresees rolling out more than one hundred thousand units this year. Asia is the biggest growth region among the 113 markets of Porsche across the globe.

On a wider scale, experts predict that the market for passnger cars will be improving by as much as 8% to around 65 million vehicles this year with China possibly leading the way holding 20% of the market pie.

The majority of Saab 9-4Xs for the US

The new Saab 9-4Xs is a wonderful crossover car that will be just the wonderful addition to your garage this festive season. It has all the wonderful components in it with the best of engines and the best and unique in styling and suspension.

Saab 9-4XThe recent news states that there are going to be about 75% of these Saab 9-4Xs that are going to be produced and head towards the US. This is the new car that has been developed by General Motors and works out to be the perfect crossover.

According to Jan Jonsson, the CEO of Saab Automobiles the Saab 9-4X will be produced at a conservative figure of about 12,500 units per year. That is when the manufacturing unit reaches its optimum level. At the moment the car manufacturer expects to manufacture about 9,400 vehicles of this range and most of them will be headed to the US.

The Saab 9-4Xs is quite similar to the Cadillac SRX as it has several features that are similar to it. These are the use of the engines, front wheel drive, all of the components and the kind of all wheel drive that is available.

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The Safety Records of Rental Car Agencies Being Reviewed

This was long overdue but now the US has decided to review the records of these car rental agencies after ages. All these years, there was hardly a chance when these car rental agencies had to showcase the kind of maintenance that they provided for their fleet of cars. But, now the US regulators have decided to put them through a really hard and stringent test. This will be done for almost three million vehicles and this will certify them to be in ship shape.

The first to go under the spanner according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. This movement although long overdue has come about because of the fatal accidents that have occurred in the last few months and most of them had one thing in common and that was the rental car. There have been several cars that have been asked to be recalled as they have been termed as dangerous.

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Chrysler closes Kenosha Plant in October

ChryslerThe closing of Chrysler’s engine plant in Kenosha this October will leave at least 575 autoworkers jobless.  Chrysler Group LLC is the third US-based automobile manufacturer.  Despite having other engine plans in Mexico and Michigan, the announcement of the closure of its Kenosha plant shocked its employees.  The announcement was made just a week after Chrysler announced that it will keep the Detroit assembly plant permanently active.

The workers are worried of losing their jobs.  At present, the International Association of Machinists and the United Auto Workers are handling the representation of the Kenosha workers.  According to sources, several of the workers who belong in the UAW have a legitimate right to be promised of a job in other Chrysler plants that are represented by the union.

The Kenosha plant’s union leaders are optimistic that the UAW will do everything to turn around Chrysler’s decision.  Some of the workers are outraged knowing the car company plans to close the Kenosha plant while a new plant in Mexico will be opened soon and will be producing the Chrysler engines that were supposed to be manufactured in Kenosha.

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Ford UK announces official pricing for Mondeo with new petrol and diesel engines

p12 Ford-Mondeo-2010The 2010 Ford Mondeo range is offered with the addition of new engines. There will be the turbocharged 2.0L Ecoboost gasoline engine and the reworked 2.0K TDCi diesel powerplant. The carmaker is also introducing with the Mondeo a Powershift transmission with 6-speed dual-clutch.

The 2.0L Ecoboost gives out 203 horsepower and a good 300 Nm torque which permits the Mondeo to rush from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds with top speed hitting 144 mph or about 231 km/h. The estate achieves 0 to 62 mph in 8.2 seconds and its top speed pegged at 141 mph for the 4- and 5-door versions.

The 2.0L engine is released with the Powershift gearbox as standard. The Ecoboost model has a starting sticker price of £22,095.

Improvements were also done for the diesel 2.0L TDCi engine. The diesel option comes in three offerings: 115 HP, 140 HP, and 163 HP. The TDCi models come standard with 6-speed manual transmission while the 140HP and the 163 HP variants has an option to get the dual clutch gearbox.

The diesel variants of the Ford Mondeo kick off at £18,995 if you want to get the 115 HP. The 140HP goes for £19,245 while the top of the line 163 HP Mondeo sells for £19,895.

High-Tech Car Safety Technologies — What To Look For!

edmunds.6.500The fact that we, as humans live longer is not just because of our health, there are a lot of technologies out there that certainly do protect us and whenever we are in our cars, the technology that is packed into the vehicles is amazing.  That is what we are going to talk about, some of the best technologies in safety and what exactly is out there for you to use.

One new technology that seems to be going around and people are constantly looking to add in is tire-pressure monitoring.  The reason for this is because whenever you blow a tire, you can actually get into a car accident and that alone is not safe at all.

What the tire-pressure monitoring system is, is a series of sensors on the wheels that actually allow you to see when your tires are losing pressure.

The Low-Down On Modified Cars!

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One thing that I love about cars is that there are so many different things that you can do to them to truly make them full of your personality.  You can change the color, the style and overall, the beauty of the car so that it matches in with your personality and just screams you and that is exactly what modifying your car is all about.

Modified cars – while they are expensive, they are certainly worth it if you are looking for a fantastic car that is not only cool on the outside but on the inside as well.  You want unique and different?  Well, that is what modified cars are all about.

You can change the bumpers as well as the interior and of course the exterior – you can add on a print onto the car or even something scrolled up the side.

The Valmet Eva Concept: Vroom Vroom!

Valmet Eva conceptSo this is the new concept by Valmet Automotive.  It is called the Eva, and this is actually the very first picture of the car.  You guys can thank me with gifts of cash!

But seriously, Valmet Automotive is a supplier operating out of Finland, and whether you know it or not, you are most likely already familiar with them, seeing as how we all have them to think for the Porsche Cayman models and the Porsche Boxster models we know and love. In fact, the supplier will also be partnering up to both manufacture and engineer the upcoming Fisker Karma.

But enough about the supplier, let’s talk about the concept itself. I am sort of at a loss with the Eva. On the one hand, it looks pretty groovy, pretty edgy, very much a car of the future. On the other hand, it strikes me as … kind of boring.

Discuss.

Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept — First Euro Car To Be Built!

Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept We all know that Toyota is one of the top automakers in the world and that they are certainly leading the way in hybrids however did you know that the brand new Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept is actually one car that is going to be entirely European built?

Toyota is one of those companies that usually have their work done in Japan as well as the US but the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept will be the first European built car.

The cool thing about that is that the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept will actually be on sale in Europe this summer, so they will not have to wait for it!

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