German tuning specialist Loder1899 that usually specializes on much more expensive British beasts made by Jaguar and Aston Martin, has released an upgrade program for the much humbler Ford Focus RS 300hp performance hatchback. Its desire to jump on the RS tuning bandwagon is easy to understand. While the new vehicle is not as exclusive, it is so popular among younger enthusiasts that it will possibly give the German brand more exposure (and hopefully more orders) than the two aforementioned brands combined.
Opel Ampera, the long-awaited plug-in hybrid vehicle motivated by GM’s Voltec technology currently employed in the Chevy Volt PHEV, will be officially unveiled at the 2009 international motor show in Geneva.
TRC-Marangoni, an Italian tuning specialist that has for years been in the lucrative business of making appearance and power upgrade packages for luxury cars, knows a thing or two about making an already highly attractive mass-produced vehicle even more desirable. However, it is this tuning program for the new Alfa Romeo Mi.To warmed-up hatchback that really shows-off the Italian brand’s customization prowess.
The new AWD 2009 Volvo C30 R-Design, a spiced-up, limited edition version of the recently unveiled 2009 Volvo C30 compact hatchback will soon start shipping to dealerships near you. Differing from your normal not only with a more aggressive body kit, but also with a new drivetrain, the vehicle may become an interesting choice for a single person looking for a souped-up hatch and willing to pay a premium over your average French or German two-door pocket rocket.
Fiat is reportedly working on adding a hybrid-powered version of its highly popular Fiat 500 super-mini to their product line. Although even while equipped with a conventional powertrain, the Italian compact car is not particularly thirsty, the car manufacturer still wants to kill at least two birds with one stone: make the car even easier on your wallet, while still allowing it to be fun to drive. And there is also a matter of swag: everybody seems to be so proud of owning a hybrid these days.
German tuner Hamann has just offered its new engine upgrade program for the speedy (and also quite fuel efficient for the level of performance it delivers) 2008 Mini Cooper D diesel-powered performance hatchback.
Originally developed for the European market, the 2009 Ford Fiesta range has finally gained enough popularity to conquer almost the whole world.
VW has finally unveiled pricing for the next iteration of its main moneymaking machine. As most manufacturers, the German car manufacturer will raise the cost of the new car, but will try to keep the increase slightly lower the official inflation rate. At least, it is reported that in Germany, the entry-level version of the 6th-generation 2009 Volkswagen Golf will cost €16,500, which is about €200 more expensive than the current Golf.
Ford Europe has revealed another couple of photos of its upcoming 2009 Ford Ka compact hatchback. The new city car is supposed to replace the first generation model that was first introduced back in 1996 and, although quite profitable for the carmaker thanks to its dirt-cheap manufacturing costs, finally too old to attract enough attention from young customers searching for their first brand new car.
With its first public appearance at the British Motor Show in London, the 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic fuel-sipping ultra-compact hatchback officially joins bigger Euro-spec Ford Mondeo and Focus models that wear the same ECOnetic badge.