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Friday, 18 September 2009

Frankfurt 2009: Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

And now for your viewing pleasure, we bring you these live shots of the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept (seriously, could Toyota have come up with a longer name?). Technically, the vehicle shown in our image gallery below is listed as a concept car, but every indication is that it's not all that different than what will be rolling out of Burnaston factory in England sometime during the second half of 2010.

We wouldn't necessarily count on the dash-mounted solar panels that feature trays to recharge your electronics – though, how cool would that be? – but the rooftop cells may make it into production to help keep the cabin cool on sunny days as a similar system already is optional on the 2010 Prius. In any case, Toyota's 1.8-liter four cylinder and Hybrid Synergy Drive ought to ensure stellar fuel economy and carbon emissions of below 100 g/km – both important considerations across the pond where gas is especially pricey and taxes are high.

PRESS RELEASE:

TOYOTA UNVEILS AURIS HSD FULL HYBRID* CONCEPT


Frankfurt motor show debut for precursor to Toyota's first full hybrid mainstream European production model

KEY POINTS

* Concept previews new Auris HSD Full Hybrid, Toyota's first full hybrid mainstream model in Europe
* World debut at the Frankfurt motor show
* Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, shared with latest generation Prius
* Sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, class-leading combined cycle fuel consumption and 0-62mph acceleration in around 10 seconds
* Detailed exterior styling changes to improve aerodynamic performance
* Extension of on-board solar power technology
* Auris HSD Full Hybrid production model to be built at TMUK's Burnaston factory
* Sales scheduled to start during second half of 2010

* 'Full Hybrid' means the car can be driven on petrol engine alone, electric motor alone or combination of both. Not all hybrids can do this.

The new Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept, presented publicly for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show, marks a significant milestone in Toyota's plan to equip its mainstream European models with full hybrid technology. Toyota is committed to making the environmental benefits of its Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) accessible to a wider customer base and it is on track to offer a hybrid version of every model in its range by the early 2020s.

A five door hatchback is the best selling type of car in Europe and consequently the installation of HSD in Auris is the logical first step in deploying full hybrid technology across Toyota's entire European model line-up.

By introducing the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept, Toyota also aims to shift customer perceptions of hybrid technology. The obvious advantages are exceptional fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions, but customers will also experience smooth and sophisticated driving unlike any other family hatchback, thanks to the everyday usability, comfort and quietness of the Toyota full hybrid powertrain.

The Auris HSD Full Hybrid will be built by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) at the Burnaston factory, near Derby, with sales scheduled to start during the second half of 2010.

The news that Europe's first hybrid production model will be built in the UK has been welcomed by the British Government. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: "I'm delighted Toyota has chosen the UK to build its first hybrid vehicle in Europe. When I visited the Burnaston plant in July, I saw for myself the energy and commitment of Toyota and its workers. The unveiling of the new car at the Frankfurt Motor Show brings the vision of making the UK the best place in the world to develop low carbon vehicles a step closer. I look forward to seeing the cars roll off the line next year."

Exterior design

The design of the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept reflects the installation of a full hybrid powertrain in a mainstream package. Subtle changes have been made to Auris's styling to improve aerodynamic efficiency and blue hybrid badging identifies the car as a member of Toyota's full hybrid fleet.

The front end is designed to optimise airflow and so help maximise fuel efficiency. The front and rear bumper corners have flat surfaces, a feature that not only accentuates the car's wide and solid stance, but also smoothes the flow of air over the vehicle's flanks, minimising turbulence and drag.

The ride height is lower by 20mm compared to the conventional Auris, and underbody panels and a rear diffuser have been fitted to smooth and control airflow beneath the car. The bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels are designed to cut air turbulence in the wheel arches and are shod with low rolling resistance tyres. A larger, more efficient rear spoiler is also fitted. These aerodynamic elements target a drag coefficient of 0.28.

Interior design

The cabin has a number of special features that are linked to the car's full hybrid status.

The seats and upper dashboard are finished in blue Gaucholino leather with light blue accent stitching. To complement the exterior body colour, the centre console and side air vents have a tactile, pearl white finish.

The instrument cluster has hybrid blue illumination, with a design that combines high technology with easy-to-read displays. Alloy pedals reinforce the performance dimension of HSD technology and the steering wheel has a flat bottom section for easy driver access and better legroom.

Sequenced entry and exit lighting is provided, including puddle lights integrated in the door mirrors and ambient illumination of the footwells and headlining. Thick carpeting raises the on-board comfort and refinement levels and also contributes to a marked improvement in cabin quietness.

Refined driving experience

Using the same powertrain as the latest generation Prius, the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept is the first mainstream model in Europe to benefit from Toyota's refined, smooth and quiet Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The car will accelerate from nought to 62mph in around 10 seconds, while returning class-leading combined cycle fuel economy and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. It offers four driving modes, three of which can be selected on-demand by the driver: ECO mode maximises hybrid system efficiency and fuel economy; Power mode boosts performance; and EV mode – a feature only available with a full hybrid system – allows for ultra-quiet running on electric motor power alone for up to 1.25 miles (2km) at speeds up to 31mph, with zero fuel consumption and zero CO2 and particulates (PM) emissions.

Building on the inherent quietness of HSD, particular attention has been paid to further NVH reduction measures to achieve a calm, quiet cabin environment at all speeds. Road and engine noise have been suppressed by comprehensive use of soundproofing materials, and full thickness glazing and an acoustic windscreen reduce wind noise at cruising speeds.

Environmentally efficient technology

Using technology that was first brought to the market in the latest generation Prius, the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept marks a further development of solar powered ventilation, with solar panels covering the entire roof.

Similar technology is used inside the cabin, with solar panels on top of the dashboard that generate sufficient energy to recharge mobile phones or portable music plays mounted in purpose-designed charging trays. In the future, Toyota aims to advance this technology to provide solar powered recharging of the hybrid battery.

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Opel Astra

2010 Opel Astra

By now, you've likely already seen official shots of the 2010 Opel Astra, both inside and out. Of course, catching a glimpse of a new shape under the harsh lighting of an auto show often brings a different point of view than the automaker's own glitzy press shots.

In the case of the latest Astra, though, the new car looks nearly as fetching caught with the lenses of our own DSLRs as it did in GM's official photography. We especially like the new Astra's interior furnishings, which are a major step up from the current model's rather boring and somber duds.

While the 2010 Astra won't be coming Stateside as a Saturn like the previous model, GM has promised to bring the latest Detla-based car to American shores (probably in sedan form) wearing the trademark Buick badge and chrome waterfall grille, and none of those plans are expected to change now that The General has offloaded a majority stake in Opel to Magna.

Frankfurt 2009: Kia Venga

Kia Venga

If you're going to ape the design of another automaker's product, it's best to choose one that's attractive. Therefore, we give Kia kudo points for making its Venga look something like a smoothed-over Ford Fiesta, a car we've gone on record multiple times as admiring. In any case, the Kia Venga is a somewhat derivative but all-in-all attractive take on the single-box hatchback bodystyle.

If you're hoping to put a Venga in your driveway and you live in the United States, sorry to burst your bubble. While anything is possible, Kia has yet to give any indication that the Venga is headed Stateside. That being the case, feel free to gaze longingly at our gallery of live shots below. If you happen to live in Europe, all you need to do is wait a few months as the Venga is set to hit the showroom floor later this year.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW KIA VENGA

1. INTRODUCTION

All-new Kia Venga makes global debut at Frankfurt Show

Kia's all-new, uniquely spacious and dynamic B-segment MPV makes its global debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. Called 'Venga', the new model will be manufactured in Europe, and will go on sale across Europe later this year – backed by two warranties: Kia's unique '7-Years (drivetrain) / 5-Years (whole car) / 150,000 km' warranty, plus a 10-Year anti-corrosion warranty.

The new production model, which is closely related to the stunning Kia No3 concept car that made its debut at the Geneva Show earlier this year to worldwide acclaim, brings stylish good looks and a fun driving experience to an otherwise 'humdrum' vehicle segment.

"Venga will certainly deliver all the practicality and versatility that a European family could require. It will also provide them with the most stylish transport this segment has ever seen," observes Benny Oeyen, Director Marketing & Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe. "On the road, its performance and agility will surpass the class norm. Venga will ensure that rewarding, fun-to-drive motoring is now available to drivers whose lifestyles demand an MPV."

The 'Venga' name has an attractive and lively sound that suits Kia's latest family car. It is derived from Spanish and has a modern feel that fits well with active urban lifestyles. It echoes Kia's core brand value – the 'Power to Surprise'.

Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, the 4,068 mm long Kia Venga features an unusually long wheelbase for its class (2,615 mm) – and a 1600 mm high roofline to maximise cabin space. Skilful packaging ensures that the Venga redefines its MPV category by offering levels of interior space typical of a larger C-segment vehicle, but within a B-segment footprint.

"Venga is a tremendously exciting new model for us which will build on the success of the Kia cee'd and boost the on-going process of changing European consumers' perceptions of our brand," continues Oeyen.

"The B-segment MPV is still a 'young' concept, and although demand for this type of vehicle shrank during the last two years, we believe that two main factors will reverse that trend. Firstly, the economic climate will encourage consumers to down-size. Secondly, exciting new products from several manufacturers will re-ignite interest in the whole segment and with New Venga, Kia will be positioned to maximise its sales growth and sector share," adds Oeyen.

Every engine in the Venga line-up will be available with Kia's fuel-stretching Start/Stop (ISG) technology and will comply with Euro 5 emission standards. Start/Stop (ISG) equipped models will have a CO2 rating from just 117 g/km (1.4-litre U2 engine).

Venga will be marketed exclusively in Europe where consumers will be offered a choice of two 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre gasoline and diesel engines, generating between 75 and 128 ps. Every version of Venga will be equipped with a sliding 60/40 split rear seat that also folds flat into the floor to create a spacious cargo bay. Depending on model, an optional tilt-&-slide, all-glass panoramic sunroof will be available to flood the cabin with natural light.

"Venga is going to inject much-needed excitement into the B-segment. It is such a great looking, great driving car that even people who don't actually need an MPV-style vehicle, will buy one!" concludes Oeyen.

2. STYLING & DESIGN

Kia brings dynamic and dramatic design to small MPV sector

New Kia Venga will offer consumers a winning combination of style and practicality when it goes on sale across Europe at the turn of this year. Bearing many of the striking design elements and detail touches that drew wide media and public acclaim to the No3 concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Venga brings a sensational 'good looks' to a segment of the market previously characterised by 'dull but worthy' vehicles.

Indeed, the similarities between the No3 concept car and the production-ready Venga making its debut at Frankfurt go surprisingly deep. Apart from the adoption of a more conventional windscreen and roof design, all metal panels are common between the two models, and only minor changes have been made to turn the design concept into a production reality.

"B-segment MPVs have traditionally been a class of vehicle purchased out of necessity – they are cars of function and practicality," explains Kia Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer. "Now all that is about to change. With New Venga we have designed a car that will fulfil European consumers' practical requirements, while also being genuinely desirable and fun to drive. Venga is going to re-ignite interest among consumers in B-segment MPVs, by setting new standards for the class!"

Viewed from any direction, Venga appears to get progressively wider as the eye is drawn from top to bottom, thanks to the car's long wheelbase and wide track – giving it a stable, purposeful, sporty stance. All of the car's creases, shapes and outlines – from the sleek headlamp housings, through wedge-shaped double shoulder creases and deep swage lines on the doors, to the 'kick-up' rear passenger windows – get progressively higher as they flow from front to rear, making Venga appear poised and ready for action, even when parked.

Doing away with the boxy 'mini-van' profile typically associated with B-segment MPVs, New Venga adopts a sleeker, racier profile. Indeed, Venga's slippery form achieves a class-best figure for aerodynamic drag with a Cd of just 0.31 – reducing fuel consumption, emissions output and wind noise – as well as satisfying numerous aesthetic criteria.

Short overhangs front and rear combine with the new model's broad stance and its 'smiling' lower air intake to enhance the overall feeling of 'eagerness' to get moving. The bold, concave swage lines along the flanks accentuate Venga's pronounced shoulder lines and muscular wheel arches, to give the car a svelte, but athletic appearance.

When New Venga is viewed in profile, the extended, four-panel glasshouse reaches beyond front and rear doors to improve driver visibility and to apparently 'stretch' the car's outline. At both front and rear, modern, angular light clusters draw the viewers' eyes sharply in towards the middle of the car.

The treatment of glass surfaces is especially important in the creation of Venga and buyers can accentuate this aspect of the MPV by specifying the optional, all-glass, two-piece sliding panoramic sunroof. It covers almost the entire roof area, bringing light to the interior to add to the feeling of spaciousness, and making the car seem sleeker by disguising the windscreen header rail and seeming to draw the roof line back.

Venga will be marketed exclusively in Europe with a choice of 10 exterior paint colours, two of them – Byte Blue and Caramel Gold – unique to the new model.

Comparison of Kia vehicles / Exterior dimensions (mm)
Length Wheelbase Width Height
Kia Venga 4068 2615 1765 1600

Kia Soul 4105 2550 1785 1610
Kia cee'd 5-door 4260 2650 1790 1480
Kia Sportage 4350 2630 1840 1730

3. COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Generously equipped for maximum comfort and choice

Kia is confident that when customers first experience the new Kia Venga MPV they will be deeply impressed by much more than its 'uniquely spacious' interior. The new model's style, colours, execution, quality, materials, fit and finish will delight existing Kia owners and demonstrate to those unfamiliar with the brand Kia's continuing 'Power to Surprise'.

Facing the New Venga driver is a new-style four-spoke steering wheel, which is becoming a Kia trademark feature. It can be adjusted for height and reach and features alloy-finish lower spokes and remote control switches on both left and right spokes. Another element of Kia's developing design DNA – the 'three-cylinder' instrument cluster – can be viewed through the Venga's wheel.

While the Venga's standard interior colour scheme is Ebony Black or Ash Brown, with a Metallic Silver central facia, high-gloss Beige, Black and Lime Green trim packs will be available as either standard or as an option on the TX model.

The radio/CD player is all-new and features a circular central 'master' control. The centre-top, red-on-black information panel has high readability thanks to its Dot Matrix presentation and is able to display information about the audio system, external temperature, time, day and date.

The floor console houses an oddments tray (with USB and AUX iPod®* connections), gear selector and hand-brake lever, twin cup-holders and large-capacity storage box.
*iPod is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

Three trim levels and a wide range of options

Kia Venga will be available in three trim levels (LX, EX and TX) from launch, offering consumers a good breadth of choice, plus a selection of individual options.

Following the best Kia tradition, even in 'base' LX specification Venga is fitted as standard with many equipment options only available at extra cost on competitor vehicles. The well-appointed interior features a height adjustable driver's seat, while in the rear, the 60/40 split rear seat has a folding centre armrest and a sliding and a 'fold & dive' facility to offer a flexible load area. Electric front windows, four audio speakers and rear seat ventilation ducts are also included as standard.

Venga EX trim adds a high-specification radio/CD audio system with six speakers (including two 'tweeter' speakers), plus CD, MP3 and AUX input capabilities. Comfort is enhanced by the addition of manual air conditioning, and convenience is boosted by keyless entry and a fold-away key.

Top level TX trim for Venga brings a number of design flourishes to Venga, including 16 inch diameter alloy wheels, front fog lamps, electric folding door mirrors with side repeater and electric rear windows. Inside, there is a leather steering wheel, with wheel-mounted audio equipment remote controls, cruise control and speed limiter, high-gloss centre stack, leather/cloth interior upholstery and driver's seat armrest.

In addition to the generous standard specification, buyers will also be able to personalise their car by choosing equipment from an extensive list of options.

The most striking of these options is the all-glass panoramic sunroof. This two-piece tilt 'n' slide sunroof covers almost the entire top of the car, bringing light and a feeling of heightened spaciousness to the entire cabin. Satellite Navigation, voice activated Bluetooth connectivity and a variety of audio systems are among the options – as are fully automatic air-conditioning, and heated front seats.

Stylish alloy wheels, up to 17 inch in diameter and darkened privacy glass can be specified to further enhance New Venga's exterior appearance. In addition, models can be ordered with keyless entry and engine start/stop button, electric heated and folding outside mirrors, and chrome finish exterior door handles.

An optional tyre pressure monitoring system, reverse parking sensors and a reversing camera with interior mirror display screen, are also available for additional driver peace-of-mind.

4. PRACTICALITY & STORAGE

Kia's B-segment MPV is genuinely 'uniquely spacious'

In creating Venga, Kia's design team worked hard to create a package that offers European consumers generous interior space within a modest overall foot-print – without compromising the car's sensuous exterior lines or driving dynamics.

"From the very start of the design process, Venga needed to be a car that could tick multiple boxes on consumer wish lists" explains Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer. "A spacious and flexible interior is a 'must-have' for many car buyers, and Venga meets this requirement while also featuring Kia's striking design language, proving that style and practicality need not be mutually-exclusive."

The 4,068 mm long Venga has an unusually long (2,615 mm) wheelbase for its class, plus a 1600 mm high roofline and class-best 1,765 mm width, to offer interior space comparable to that found in C-segment cars – but within a footprint typical of a B-segment vehicle.

This clever packaging ensures Venga beats competitor brand vehicles for space in many key interior measurements, including front and rear legroom and hip room, as well as luggage space. Venga also offers competitive front and rear headroom, at 1,020 mm and 980 mm respectively.

Interior Dimensions (mm)
Headroom Front 1020 Rear 980
Legroom Front 1080* Rear 901*
Shoulder room Front 1388 Rear 1367
Hip room Front 1345* Rear 1328*
* Denotes 'best-in-class' figure

Flexible solutions for people and cargo transportation
In addition to Venga's clever interior packaging, which ensures it challenges or beats competitor vehicles for all interior dimensions, the new Kia model features a host of innovative solutions to maximise cabin space.

Should owners require more than the 440 litres of boot space provided in the car's standard arrangement with all seats up, Venga offers a number of options to expand luggage capacity.

Firstly, a two-tier boot space floor means that owners have the option of using a lower level floor to quickly and easily increase the luggage compartment's height by 163 mm, extending total volume to 570 litres. The clever design allows delicate, unstable items (such as potted plants or glass bottles) to be transported safely and securely in the boot area, by simply using the lower floor.

For carrying bulkier items, Venga's 60/40 split rear seats can also slide forward individually by up to 130 mm, or, if more space is required, the rear seats feature split 'Fold & Dive' functionality. This useful feature creates a completely flat floor for the rear load area – without the need to adjust or remove the seat headrests.

With both rear seats folded flat, Venga boasts a voluminous 1552 mm long cargo area, with a total capacity of 1,253 litres when loaded to the roof.

Comparions of Kia vehicles / Interior dimensions (mm)
The new Kia Venga MPV offers the following interior space – other Kia models are shown for comparison:
Head room Leg room Shoulder room
F / R F / R F /R

Kia Venga 1020 / 980 1080 / 901 1384 / 1364
Kia Soul 1020 / 1005 1070 / 990 1403 / 1400
Kia cee'd 5-dr 1020 / 980 1105 / 900 1410 / 1385
Kia Sportage 1034 / 1000 1062 / 955 1440 / 1430

Luggage capacity (litres)
Rear seats upright Rear seats folded

Kia Venga 440 / 570 1253
Kia Soul 340 570
Kia cee'd 5-dr 340 1300
Kia Sportage 667 1886

5. ENGINES

128 to 75 ps power range and choice of four power plants

The all-new Kia Venga will be available at launch with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, mated to a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. All powertrain options will deliver lively, 'fun-to-drive' performance in keeping with Venga's persona, while using the very latest technologies to minimise fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. In EU nations, all engines will comply with Euro 5 standards.

Diesel power is expected to be extremely popular and New Venga will be available with Kia's all-new 'U2' common-rail diesel engine, which has been designed and engineered in Germany and will be manufactured in Slovakia – especially for use in this important Kia newcomer and in the New cee'd.

Fitted with either a Waste Gate Turbocharger (WGT) or Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) for smooth power delivery across the entire rev range, this new engine is available in two displacements, each tuned to give two power outputs. The 1.4-litre version produces either 90 or 75 ps, and the 1.6-litre unit generates 128 or 115 ps – depending on the market requirements.

The U2 engine is already available with the New cee'd in 1.6-litre guise, but the 1.4-litre engine will make its debut in Venga. Both these U2 engine are cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient than their 'U1' forebear, while still ensuring a responsive and lively performance.

U2 uses high pressure common rail injection with a variable swirl control system (up to five injections per cycle), electronically-controlled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), a Waste Gate Turbocharger (WGT) or variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to ensure it can meet Euro 5 emissions regulations.

To achieve optimum driveability, U2 has been developed to deliver best-in-class power and torque outputs over a broad rev range. Crucially, more than 90% of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500 rpm, guaranteeing strong and smooth acceleration almost from idle.

Maximum power is 128 ps at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 255 Nm is delivered across a 1,900 to 2,750 rpm rev-band.

NVH is well controlled and U2 engine noise has been reduced by 1.1% (to 92 dB at 4,000 rpm) compared to U1. Thanks to the fitment of a chain-driven timing system, owners will benefit from extended (to 30,000 km or one year) service intervals.

Fitted in New Venga, the 1.4-litre U2 with Start/Stop (ISG) and the new six-speed manual gearbox emits just 117 g/km of CO2. This takes Venga below the crucial 120g/km threshold applicable for taxation purposes across European countries, meaning many owners will be able to enjoy paying reduced or no vehicle taxation, and free parking or other benefits, in some markets.

For customers who prefer a gasoline engine, Venga will also be available with a choice of 1.6 or 1.4-litre engines – popular and well proven units from Kia's Gamma family. The 1.4-litre version produces 90 ps with a useful 137 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The larger capacity engine is similar to the unit used in Kia Soul and generates a highly competitive 125 ps. As standard it is mated to the 5-speed manual gearbox, and this is the only Venga engine also available with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel-stretching technology across the range

In a ground-breaking first for its segment, New Venga will offer Kia's fuel-stretching Start/Stop (ISG) system – which automatically switches off and then restarts the engine in congested city driving – with every engine, both gasoline and diesel, in the Venga line-up.

Working in conjunction with other technologies as part of Kia's 'EcoDynamics' package, Start/Stop (ISG) helps reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions, enabling certain Venga models to drop below the 120 grams per kilometre carbon dioxide output threshold applicable for taxation purposes in many European markets.

Other innovative technologies fitted to Venga as part of the 'EcoDynamics' range include a power-saving alternator management system, a gear-shift up/down indicator to encourage an economical driving style and low-rolling resistance tyres for cars fitted with 15- and 16-inch wheels.

6. TRANSMISSIONS

Fuel-stretching six-speed manual gearboxes for many models

Buyers debating which New Kia Venga to purchase will find they have a choice of either five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. A manual gearbox is fitted as standard on all models, with the automatic available as an extra cost option on the 1.6 gasoline unit.

An all-new six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard on three of the four Venga models powered by the new U2 diesel engine. Made in Europe, the new transmission is lighter, has taller gearing, uses low-viscosity oil and provides a marked improvement in gear change 'feel' for a more rewarding driving experience.

Both the five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions incorporate several innovations, including triple axis gear train and multiple-cone synchroniser (on first and second gears), for faster, smoother gear shifts.

The automatic transmission for Venga is a four-speed gearbox similar to the unit fitted in the European-made cee'd. It features an electronic controller, which monitors a range of parameters including acceleration, deceleration, engine speed and road speed, ensuring safe gear changes with excellent shift quality, and also adapts the transmission's characteristics to suit an individual's driving style.

New Kia Venga Powertrains
Type Capacity Power Torque Transmission
Diesel
1.6 128 ps 260 Nm 6-sp
1.6* 115 ps 260 Nm 6-sp
1.4 90 ps 220 Nm 6-sp
1.4* 75 ps 220 Nm 5-sp
Gasoline
1.6 125 ps 156 Nm 5-sp / 4-sp Auto
1.4 90 ps 137 Nm 5-sp

*Lower power engines available to meet local taxation requirements in some markets. Please check final specification with your local PR representative.

7. SUSPENSION & RUNNING GEAR

Fine-tuned for a 'great drive' on European roads

The unusually long 2,615 mm wheelbase and wide track of the new Kia Venga MPV have inherent benefits for the car's ride and handling. New Venga is fitted with a fully independent front and twist-beam rear suspension system, similar to the system used in the Kia Soul, designed to deliver responsive handling and a supple ride.

Kia will be producing the Venga with a single suspension set-up engineered to achieve an excellent ride/handling balance on the widest variety of European roads – with two different dampers to suit the different weights of the diesel and gasoline cars.

At the front, mounted on the same sub-frame that supports the engine and transmission, the MacPherson Struts have co-axial coil springs, offset for smooth operation, together with offset kingpin geometry and a 4 degree castor angle, designed to provide optimal handling stability and improved ride, while allowing the driver to steer and manoeuvre Venga with minimal effort.

The front suspension geometry ensures minimal camber and castor angle changes for good steering stability under all conditions, and the anti-roll bar is mounted directly onto the shock absorber to maximise its effectiveness.

At the rear, the Venga suspension is also sub-frame mounted and employs a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms, designed to deliver a smooth ride and to ensure the minimum intrusion into the trunk space. The coil springs and dampers are mounted separately to ensure smooth operation and minimal intrusion into the cabin/trunk space. In addition, 'third generation' hub bearings improve durability and urethane bump stops improve refinement. To optimise use of space, the rear anti-roll stabiliser bar is mounted inside the torsion beam.

Nitrogen gas-filled shock absorbers, tuned to best suit specific market requirements, are standard fit for both the front and rear suspension systems for optimal damping performance and body control.

Electric power steering saves fuel

To save fuel and enable speed-sensitive control of the power steering – New Venga has Kia's latest Motor Driven Power Steering System (MDPS). With this new system, parking manoeuvres and town driving are easier, while high speed handling is more precise. The gearing ratio of the steering (11.8:1) remains the same for all wheel and tyre variants, and is fine-tuned to deliver good 'feel' to the driver under all driving conditions.

The power-assisted rack and pinion system requires just 2.77 turns of the steering wheel lock-to-lock. The Venga's small turning circle – just 5.21 metres (kerb-to-kerb) – gives responsive, agile handling in city driving situations.

Kia's MDPS system in the Venga gives a fuel saving of 3% compared to conventional hydraulic assistance.

Powerful stopping with four discs plus ABS
Every New Venga will be equipped with a power-assisted all-disc braking system which makes maximum use of the space available within the standard 15-inch diameter steel wheels. Ventilated front discs (280 mm diameter) and solid rear discs (258 mm) deliver secure and stable braking performance together with consistent pedal feel. The ESC system is equipped with a hydraulic booster which provides Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA) delivering maximum braking power when sensors detect that the driver is executing an emergency stop.

A four-channel, four-sensor, ABS anti-lock braking system is fitted as standard. The system incorporates an Electronic Brake-force Distributor (EBD), helping to distribute braking force evenly between front and rear wheels. The EBD is able to adapt to individual wheel grip conditions, adding a further degree of control and stability. The parking brake is a mechanical unit operating on both rear wheels.

Three-way choice of wheels and tyres
New Venga cars will come with a choice of three wheel and tyre combinations. Depending on the model variants chosen by each market, the LX and EX models will be fitted with 15-inch diameter steel wheels as standard, with full-size 5-spoke moulded plastic trims and 195/65 R15 tyres.

The range-topping TX variant will feature 16-inch 'no flange' alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres. As an option, larger diameter 17-inch alloy wheels, also a 5-spoke design, with 205/50 R17 tyres will be available.

All Venga derivatives come with a Mobility Kit to fix punctured tyres and the option of a steel space-saver spare wheel and temporary tyre – located in the trunk floor well.

8. SAFETY

Robust bodyshell, ESC and six airbags for maximum protection

Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, the new Kia Venga uses the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. When it goes on sale across Europe, Kia confidently anticipate that Venga will become company's fourth consecutive Kia model to attain the maximum 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating – placing it among the safest cars in its MPV class.

While developing the all-new Kia Venga MPV, company engineers worked hard to ensure that the latest Kia is one of the safest cars on the market – fully satisfying the ever-increasing consumer expectations of modern car design.

Increased 'Active' safety includes ESC availability

Every Venga will be fully equipped to avoid potential accident situations and handle the hazards of everyday motoring. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is increasingly a 'proven technology' in accident avoidance and every Venga will feature this system, either as standard or as a factory-fitted option – depending on each market.

This system comes together with all-speed Traction Control System (TCS) and with emergency Brake Assistance System (BAS). ESC is fully automatic and operates at all times, while offering a multitude of benefits. It counters excess oversteer and understeer, improving stability and restoring directional control.

All Venga models will have a powerful all-disc braking system featuring ABS anti-lock with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

Additional 'active safety' options

The latest Kia will be available with several options which will boost active safety even further. A rear parking assist system, with four bumper-mounted sensors, enhances safety during low-speed parking manoeuvres. A new Kia Reversing Camera mounted just below the hatchback's handle has a 130 degree wide-angle lens and transmits images to a 3.5-inch LCD display panel set within the cabin's auto-dimming rear view mirror.

A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will also be available – alerting the driver to 'low pressure' if any tyre suffers a pressure drop of more than 25 %.

Maximum 'passive safety' for maximum protection

Should a collision be unavoidable, new Kia Venga is engineered to safeguard the occupants with a range of passive safety measures as standard – starting with a robust all-steel bodyshell.

State-of-the-art computer-aided design was employed by Kia engineers, to create the Venga MPV bodyshell structure. Featuring high-strength steel in key areas, the bodyshell is designed to offer occupants good protection in front, side, rear and roll-over accidents.

Every Venga sold in Europe will be available with an integrated Safety Restraint System (SRS) consisting of dual front airbags, front side and full-length curtain airbags (to protect the occupants in both seat rows), height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and belt load-limiters, plus three 3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants. In addition, 'active' front seat head restraints are fitted as standard in all EU countries as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland or as an option in other countries.

The passenger side front airbag has an 'off' switch so it can be deactivated if small children in a safety-seat occupy that position in the car. All Venga models will be fitted with two ISOFIX anchor points and Top Tether anchorages in the outside positions of the rear seat for the attachment of appropriate child safety seats and restraints.

9. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

New Kia Venga

Body & Chassis
Uniquely spacious, five-seater MPV. All-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of four transversely-mounted gasoline and diesel engines driving the front wheels via a five-speed, or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission (depending on model). Choice of three equipment levels (LX, EX and TX) and 10 exterior colours (depending on market).

Engines (availability may vary by individual markets)

Diesel Engines
1.4 CRDi 90 ps (75 ps low-power version)
Name 'U2'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with WGT
Capacity 1.4-litres, 1,396 cc
Max power 90 ps (66.2 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 220 Nm (22.5 kg.m) @ 1750-2750 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 5

1.6 CRDi 128 ps (115 ps low-power version)
Name 'U2'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with VGT
Capacity 1.6-litres, 1582 cc
Max power 128 ps (94 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 260 Nm (26.5 kg.m) @ 1900-to-2750 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 5

Gasoline Engines
1.4-litre 90 ps
Name 'Gamma'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with CVVT
Capacity 1.4-litres, 1396 cc
Max power 90 ps (66.2 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 137 Nm (14.0 kg.m) @ 4000 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 5

1.6-litre 125 ps
Name 'Gamma'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with CVVT
Capacity 1.6-litres, 1591 cc
Max power 125 ps (91.9 kW) @ 6300 rpm
Max torque 156 Nm (15.9 kg.m) @ 4200 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 5
*Lower power versions available in some markets to meet local taxation regulations

Transmissions
1.6 Diesel 1.4 Diesel

Manual 6-sp 6-sp (5-sp with 75 ps engine)
Automatic ----- -----
1.6 Gasoline 1.4 Gasoline
Manual 5-sp 5-sp
Automatic 4-sp -----

Suspension
Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Semi-independent transverse twist-beam, with trailing arms, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Steering
Type MDPS electric power-assisted rack and pinion
Ratio 11.8:1
Gearing 2.77 turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 5.21 metres (kerb to kerb)
Steering wheel 370 mm diameter
Wheel adjustment Tilt, up/down by total of 40 mm (20 mm up/20 mm down)
Telescopic, in/out by total of 40 mm (20 mm in/20 mm out)

Brakes
Power 10 inch single booster
Front 280 x 26 mm ventilated discs
Rear 262 x 10 mm solid discs
ABS 4-Channel anti-lock system with EBD (all models)

Wheels & Tyres
Standard (LX) 15 x 6.0J steel with 195/65 R15 tyres
(EX) 15 x 6.0J steel with 195/65 R15 tyres
(TX) 16 x 6.0J alloy with 205/55 R16 tyres
Optional (EX) 16 x 6.0J alloy with 205/55 R16 tyres
(EX/TX) 17 x 6.5J alloy with 205/50 R17 tyres
Spare Tyre Mobility Kit (standard)
Temporary steel wheel & tyre (optional)

DIMENSIONS (mm)
Exterior
Overall length 4068 Overall width* 1765
Overall height 1600 Wheelbase 2615
Front overhang 785 Rear overhang 668
*excluding door mirrors

Interior, Front / Rear
Headroom 1020 980
Legroom 1080 901
Shoulder room 1388 1367

Capacities (all models)
Fuel tank 48 litres
Luggage 440 litres (570 using under-floor space)
Rear seats folded 1486 litres

Performance & Fuel Economy (litres/100 km) MANUAL MODELS
1.6 Diesel 1.4 Diesel
Top speed / kph 182 167
0-to-130 kph / sec 20.0 26.0
Combined cycle 4.9 4.7
CO2 g/km 129 (119 w/ Eco Pack) 124 (117 w/ Eco Pack)

1.6 Gasoline 1.4 Gasoline
Top speed / kph 182 168
0-to-130 kph / sec 18.6 23.9
Combined cycle 6.7 6.2
CO2 g/km 155 147

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz F-Cell

Mercedes-Benz F-Cell


As promised, Mercedes-Benz trotted its hydrogen fuel cell-powered F-Cell in front of the crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and we were on hand to snap off a series of images. It's easy to spot the B-Class sheetmetal and underpinnings of the compact hatch, which goes to show how well the German automaker was able to integrate its space-age hydrogen drivetrain.

A 100 kW electric motor provides motive force to the front wheels, and MB claims the F-Cell will have similar performance to a 2.0 liter gas engine while returning the equivalent of 86.6 mpg on the European combined cycle. Mercedes has promised to begin leasing its new hydrogen-powered five-door hatchback in early 2010, and it's reportedly coming to America to fulfill all our zero-emission fantasies. Now, if we could just get that pesky hydrogen infrastructure problem sorted out...

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Audi 3.0 TDI

2010 Audi 3.0 TDI


The 3.0-liter, 240-hp diesel that first served in the Audi Q7 has been assigned to duty in the Audi A4. We drove the 3.0 in the Q7 during last year's Audi Mileage Marathon, and both mileage and power didn't disappoint. Put into the A4, the oil burner with 369 lb-ft should shine like Alpha Centauri.

Audi says it will get you to sixty in 6.2 seconds with the six-speed Tiptronic and return 35 mpg at the same time as it already meets the Euro 6 standards coming in 2014. It's unlikely we'll get the treat in this corner of the Western Hemisphere, but that doesn't mean we won't keep looking out for it... especially as an Avant... with those wheels...

PRESS RELEASE

The Audi A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro – Highly efficient and extremely clean

* The world's cleanest diesel technology now also in the A4
* Midsize sedan consumes only 6.7 liters per 100 km (35.11 US mpg)
* Powerful engine with 240 hp and 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque

Using the world's cleanest diesel technology, the 3.0 TDI clean diesel already meets the Euro 6 emission standard not scheduled to enter into force until 2014. Having debuted in the Audi Q7, the innovative engine is now coming to the A4. The powerful TDI is not only extremely clean, it is also highly efficient, using only 6.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (35.11 US mpg) in the EU cycle.

The technology package of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro comprises the engine itself and the highly efficient exhaust gas after-treatment system. A new common rail injection system that develops pressures of up to 2,000 bar, innovative combustion chamber pressure sensors and an ultra-high-performance exhaust gas recirculation system ensure highly efficient combustion which produces minimal raw emissions.

A novel DeNOX catalytic converter at the end of the exhaust system reduces nitrogen oxides. Just upstream of it, a pump injects an aqueous additive named AdBlue into the hot exhaust flow, where this solution decomposes into ammonia, which splits the nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water. The tank is large enough that the driver never has to refill it. This is done instead by the Audi dealership during scheduled maintenance.

Using the world's cleanest diesel technology, the Audi A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro meets the Euro 6 emission standard announced for 2014. It is also very fuel-efficient, averaging only 6.7 liters (Avant: 6.8 liters) of fuel per 100 km (35.11 and 34.59 US mpg).

The innovative V6 TDI engine makes the A4 a powerful performer, needing only 6.2 seconds (Avant: 6.3 seconds) to go from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph). Top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The combination with the six-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensures a high degree of comfort and superior traction.

The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

Frankfurt 2009: 2010 Citroen C3

2010 Citroen C3

It's really a shame we can't buy Citroens in America anymore. Main reason is the awesome C6. Second reason is that all the small Citroens we poked our heads into at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show had sticks. By comparison, more than half the VWs were slushers. Moving on – check out this cute little guy! It's the new C3, complete with its "Zenith Windshield." As you may have noticed, the front piece of glass goes all the way to eleven. We like this, because as time moves on, safety concerns and styling trends are forcing more and more glass out of the cabin. It's getting so bad that you can't hardly see out of the new Chevy Camaro. Not so in this here Citroen C3. Forward visibility for the win. And the view from outside the car ain't so bad either. High style, low price – what's not to like?

PRESS RELEASE

A TOUCH OF GLASS: CITROËN INTRODUCES THE NEW C3

Citroën has released first details of the new C3, a completely redesigned successor to the popular C3 supermini – a bestseller with over 2 million units delivered worldwide.

Arriving in the UK early in 2010, the new C3 boasts contemporary lines and seductive styling, compact exterior dimensions – cleverly matched to exceptional interior space – good environmental credentials and a refined, high quality interior – as well as offering a unique and innovative windscreen design.

On the outside, new C3 gets a sportier edge, with a tauter profile that gives the car a more dynamic, yet robust appearance. Nowhere is the modern styling more apparent than in the design of the new C3's unique Zenith windscreen, which flows dramatically up and over the heads of the front occupants. Coupled with slim side pillars, the huge progressively tinted windscreen offers a truly panoramic field of vision – along with optimum overhead sun protection.

'Visiodrive' – the word created to best describe the new Citroën C3 – is born out of this unique windscreen, which is yet another example of Citroën's use of 'Creative Technologie'. The screen helps to create a bright and pleasurable cabin environment for driver and passengers alike – improving visibility, road safety, driving pleasure, ambience and the overall feeling of spaciousness.

Inside the cabin, attention to detail and the use of high quality materials, delivers an air of refinement and class, which is complemented by enhanced sound insulation and a pleasant fragrance from the car's integrated air freshener.

Despite its added sophistication, increased comfort and interior space, the new C3 remains one of the most compact vehicles in its segment – and avoids any increase in weight over the current model. At just 3.94m long and 1.71m wide, it offers a generous 300 litres of boot space, along with numerous storage areas throughout the cabin. Occupants also benefit from a feeling of comfort and roominess with a slightly raised seating position for ease of access and improved visibility.

The new C3 is at ease in the city, with its compact dimensions and 10.2m turning circle, as well as on the open road, thanks to its enhanced dynamics. The careful control of weight, combined with optimised aerodynamics (Cd of 0.30), allows the new C3 to achieve excellent fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

From launch, an HDi 90 powered version will be available emitting just 99g/km CO2 – the first full production Citroën to emit less than 100g/km. Whilst the arrival of new power plants from 2011, incorporating second-generation Stop & Start technology, will see diesel versions emitting as little as 90g/km CO2, to be followed by new generation three-cylinder petrol engines with less than 100g/km CO2.

Modern and perfectly at home in the 21st century, the new C3 can be well connected with USB, iPod and Bluetooth® functionality, as well as offering Citroën's 'MyWay' satellite navigation and Hifi System®.

Frankfurt 2009: Kia c'eed

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The Kia c'eed has come in for a voluminous number of changes, all of which are explained in the massively massive press release after the jump. The short of it is a restyled exterior, new interior elements, new mechanical structures such as a revised subframe for better NVH performance, the addition of hill-assist, a new diesel engine among the 5-engine range... see what we mean? This is not the Kia c'eed you knew...

What you really need to know about the new c'eed is that it takes a rightful place among the lead group of entry-level hatches in Europe. Sometimes you get in a cheap car and it looks cheap and feels cheap. That isn't the Kia c'eed – a little car that gives you a 6-speed manual to make the most of what power it offers. As has been the case with Hyundai and Kia lately, this one's probably going to be another good one.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW KIA CEE'D

1. INTRODUCTION

'New-look' for best-selling Kia cee'd range

Created especially for European consumers, the original Kia cee'd marked a major turning point in Kia's history. It was the start of a new era, the first-ever Kia designed and produced in Europe. Manufactured in an all-new factory, it introduced a qualitative revolution for the brand as the highest standards of engineering and European-style aesthetics were applied to every aspect of its design.

Unquestionably, the Kia cee'd family, which grew to encompass wagon and coupe (pro_cee'd) body styles, has proved to be the brand's strongest-ever contender for top C-segment honours. It offered consumers an unprecedented choice of engines, body styles, exterior colours, interior trims and options. It was backed by an industry-leading, 7-Year Kia Warranty – the best warranty ever offered by any car manufacturer, on any vehicle marketed in Europe.

Now, with more than 230,000 examples sold across Western Europe, it is time for Kia to launch the 'new-look' cee'd. The brand's top-selling model in Europe has been thoroughly re-engineered and restyled under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, to feature the latest version of the company's signature grille – an evolving expression of the brand's design DNA – and to adopt a more distinctive road presence.

Comprehensively updated, the new Kia cee'd range delivers a host of customer benefits, with numerous exterior and interior design refinements and upgraded standard equipment. Kia is confident that these significant enhancements will enable new cee'd to capture an even higher share of the C-segment market in Europe next year.

Technical innovations being introduced with new cee'd enhance the driving experience while also significantly reducing fuel consumption and cutting CO2 emissions to a low of 110 g/km (estimated) and by an average of 5% across the cee'd line-up.

Fuel-stretching Start/Stop (ISG) technology is now available on both gasoline and diesel engines for the first time, a hill-holder function for the ESC is introduced and brighter projection-style headlamps are fitted. The suspension has been fine-tuned for a more comfortable ride, without any loss of agility and the steering response has been sharpened.

The existing range of five engines, which includes 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0-litre CVVT gasoline engines and 1.6 and 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engines, is carried over. But the 1.6-litre diesel is an all-new, super-efficient engine from the 'U2' family and is matched to a new six-speed manual transmission. In some countries lower-power versions of the diesel and gasoline engines will be available to suit local taxation regulations.

Kia's New cee'd range will reach Kia dealer showrooms all across Europe during September 2009. The range offers three body styles, five engines, three trim/equipment levels (LX, EX and TX), will be available in a choice of 12 distinctive exterior finishes – including five new colours.

2. STYLING & DESIGN

Restyled with Kia's evolving DNA for a stronger presence

The 'new look' Kia cee'd has been thoroughly restyled in order to keep the brand's best-selling model in Europe 'fresh' and maintain its strong appeal to consumers.

Working under the direction of Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, Kia's European design team have made a number of changes to the exterior of the five-door hatchback and wagon models, to give both cars a more distinctive road presence while incorporating the company's evolving design DNA and retaining the original cee'd family styling connection.

Briefed to enhance the original models' 'sporty and strong' appearance, the cee'd team at Kia's Frankfurt-based Design Centre Europe, headed by Chief Designer, Gregory Guillaume, set out to make the new model's 'face' appear more striking and impactful, while refreshing the whole car. Ultimately, the only new metal panels are a new bonnet and new front wings on models where the repeat turn indicators are moved to the door mirrors.

New look cee'd adopts the company's signature grille, also featured (with small variations), on the all-new Sorento SUV and all-new Venga MPV being unveiled at the Frankfurt Show.

On New cee'd, the grille stretches the full width between the front headlights, which combined with the new trapezoidal lower air intake and completely redesigned lower front bumper, makes the car seem wider, lower and more purposeful. Completing the changes at the front end are redesigned, projection-type head lamps and square fog lamps which give a more high-tech and luxurious feel.

The grille's finish varies with different trim/equipment levels as a way of visually differentiating between models. Most models feature an all-chrome edge to the grille, while models with the Sport Pack will have a Piano Black high-gloss edge with a contrasting chrome strip to the grille's inner edge.

Overall length of New cee'd is increased by 25 mm on the hatchback and 20 mm on the wagon. The new front bumper and grille (common to both models), extends the nose by 20 mm, while at the rear the hatchback features an all-new bumper which adds 5 mm to the rear overhang. The hatchback's bumper also features new shape lower reflectors and this body style has new LED-look rear lamp clusters with a subtly revised shape. The profile of the cluster's top and side is unchanged, but the lower edge is raised (compared to the original cee'd) and consequently, the bumper is slightly deeper. On the wagon, the shape of the rear clusters is unchanged, but the lamps incorporate the new LED-look.

The profile of New cee'd appears sleeker, thanks to the extended nose, new, lower mounted door mirrors, a range of new-style 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Sport Pack models of the hatchback are fitted with the Piano Black high-gloss front grille, plus a deeper central front air intake (also in Piano Black), black headlamp bezels and, at the rear on the hatchback, a black 'venturi-style' panel set into the bumper.

As with the original model, the final appearance of European-designed New cee'd was fine-tuned in Kia's world-class full-size aero-acoustic wind tunnel at the Namyang R&D Centre in Korea. The new model's aerodynamic drag figure is Cd 0.33 (bettering the VW Golf and Ford Focus) while its lift coefficient figure (Cl 0.01) is a class-best result that enhances vehicle stability at high speeds.

For New cee'd, five new exterior colours will be offered – four metallics: Phoenix Silver, Sirius Silver, Infra Red and Byte Blue, plus one solid colour, Clyde Blue.

The seven most popular colours from the original cee'd palette will be carried over so that New cee'd can also be ordered in: Cassa White, Machine Silver, Dakar Yellow, Oil Blue, Pewter Beige, Piston Gray and Black Pearl.

3. COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Upgraded kit and materials for a fresher cabin ambience

Interior style, execution, quality, fit and finish of the original Kia cee'd were specifically designed and developed to impress and satisfy European consumers' needs and tastes. For the New cee'd, Kia has carried over all the key attributes while giving the cabin a fresh ambience by upgrading those zones with which the driver regular inter-acts and improving the environment for all occupants.

Facing the New cee'd driver is a new-style four-spoke steering wheel, which is becoming a Kia trademark feature, that can be adjusted for height and reach. It features sporty thumb-grips, alloy-finish lower spokes and remote control switches on both left and right spokes. When fitted with Bluetooth and a Trip Computer those remote controls are mounted on the lower spokes.

Another element of Kia's developing design DNA – the 'three-cylinder' instrument cluster – can be viewed through the new wheel. The cluster is available in both Standard and optional Super Vision forms (depending on model), featuring all-red illumination and clear, precise graphics.

The 'Super Vision' cluster incorporates a new 'message centre' digital information display at the bottom of the centre instrument. This display gives information about average and instant fuel consumption, current fuel level, range-to-empty, average speed, elapsed journey time, engine temperature and low-pressure tyre warnings, as well as door and tailgate 'open' alerts.

Inside New cee'd, the standard interior colour scheme for the dashboard and cabin trim of all cars is Ebony Black, while a 'Classic Grey' option retains Ebony Black for the top half of the cabin and trims the lower half in grey.

The new Centre Stack is flanked by vertical panels featuring four air vents and these panels can be specified in a choice of Classic Silver, Caramel Bronze and high-gloss Piano Black finishes. These finishes are also applied to the gear lever surround trim and the door garnish strips.

A wide choice of seat upholstery is also available. Standard interior colour scheme on LX is Black with silver cloth inserts, with the option on EX models of contrasting Bronze or Blue cloth inserts. TX versions feature Chevron cloth with the option of the 'Classic Grey' lower dashboard and cabin trim.

Optional Full Leather trim and a Sport Pack – with Carbon tyre-pattern cloth seat trim, contrasting grey stitching, alloy pedals and footrest, plus a unique gear-knob – are available on both EX and TX derivatives.

The radio/CD player is all-new and similar to the system destined for the Kia Venga with a circular central 'master' control. The centre-top, red-on-black display panel has much better readability thanks to its Dot Matrix and is able to present information about the audio system, tyre pressures, door locks, external temperature, time, day and date. The centre-bottom heating and ventilation selectors now control the standard (depending on model), or optional new dual-zone air-conditioning.

For New cee'd, the gear lever is fitted with a re-styled knob, a button-type reverse selector (instead of having to lift a collar), and a 23 mm deeper skirt to minimize the gap between skirt and gear knob. The floor console around the gear lever is also re-designed, with 'flying buttress' style side sections linking to the centre stack. It houses an oddments tray (with USB and AUX iPod®* connections), gear selector and hand-brake lever, twin cup-holders and large-capacity storage box topped by a padded armrest.

In front of the passenger, the dashboard houses a 6.5-litre glove box which has 18% more capacity than the original model.

New convenience features available include 'one-touch, triple-signal' turn indicators – ideal for lane changing on motorways – and a speed-limiter function which enables the driver to pre-set a maximum speed at which the throttle is reduced and a warning buzzer sounds.

Following Kia's tradition of delivering generous kit, top quality and great value, the New cee'd LX model comes with standard equipment that includes: front, side and curtain airbags, central locking, electric front windows, tinted glass, rear wash/wipe, RDS radio/CD player with four speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, glovebox and luggage area lamps, body colour outside door handles and 15-inch steel wheels with low rolling resistance 195/65 section Michelin tyres.

Standard equipment on EX models adds: front fog lamps, keyless entry, driver and front passenger seat height adjustment, driver's seat lumbar support, two tweeter speakers, 'active' head restraints, manual air-conditioning, front centre console, rear cup-holders, body coloured door mirrors – electrically adjustable and heated.

The range-topping TX models also come equipped with: 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 tyres, ESC with hill-start assist, dual-zone air-conditioning, part-leather seats, leather trimmed steering wheel, gear lever and hand brake, Piano Black high-gloss interior trim, turn repeater lights incorporated in the door mirrors, rear centre armrest and luggage-retaining net.

As well as the three equipment levels, customer will be offered a wide range of options – depending on individual markets. Main options include: cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free communications, 6.5-inch full-map satellite navigation with touch screen, auto light controls, auto wiper controls, leather trim, water-rejecting Hydro-phobic door glass, parking sensors and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

All cee'd models are fitted with a 60/40 split rear seat cushion and backrest. To increase luggage space, the cushions tip forwards and the backrests fold complete flat, aligning neatly with the trunk floor. Slots to store the detachable rear head restraints when the seats are folded are provided in the underside of the cushions.

The New cee'd hatchback and wagon models offer the same, generous interior space, as the original models:

Interior, Front Hatch Wagon
Headroom 1020 mm 1020 mm
Legroom 1105 mm 1105 mm
Shoulder room 1410 mm 1410 mm

Interior, Rear
Headroom 980 mm 995 mm
Legroom 900 mm 900 mm
Shoulder room 1385 mm 1385 mm

Behind the rear seats, New cee'd has a large and practically shaped luggage compartment. With the rear seats upright, maximum capacity is a competitive 340 litres (hatch) and 534 litres (wagon), which can be increased to 1300 and 1664 litres respectively, with the rear seats folded.

4. REFINEMENT

Improving on a 'best-in-class' NVH performance

In the lead-up to launching the original cee'd, Kia Motors made an unprecedented commitment to improving its all-new C-segment model's refinement and durability. The company was determined that cee'd would constitute a 'qualitative revolution' for the brand.

Kia's cee'd engineering teams at the company's R&D Centre in Russelsheim were tasked with creating a new C-segment challenger that matched or beat competitor vehicles for minimising noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

They achieved their original goal and now the same teams have made painstaking, small detailed changes throughout the New cee'd to reduce cabin noise even further – by between 0.5 dB and 1.0 dB, depending on model.

The bodyshell for New cee'd is carried over from the original and makes an excellent foundation on which to build a low NVH vehicle. Torsional (twisting) stiffness is 42 Hz and flexural (bending) rigidity is also high. The resulting strong structure delivers numerous benefits in terms of controlling NVH, enhancing occupant crash protection, and providing a firm base for the fully independent suspension.

A significant reduction in the transmission of road noise is achieved by the use of a front sub-frame to support the engine, transmission, suspension and steering, and a rear sub-frame for mounting the rear suspension – delivering many positive effects on NVH and isolating the cabin from vibration sources.

Aerodynamically, New cee'd is a smooth, slippery and efficient car with a Cd of just 0.33 – minimizing airflow disruption over the car, and consequently achieving low levels of wind noise. The perception of low wind noise from within the cabin is aided by the fitting of multi-layer rubber seals around the doors and tailgate and one-piece weather strips around all windows.

Revised suspension settings and bushes, plus a new Michelin tyre structure, means that New cee'd is better able to absorb vibrations and shocks from imperfections in the road surface.

Kia engineers focused their NVH-reduction push on minimising vibrations, both at source and by extra dampening, over a wide range of frequencies. Each panel of the cee'd bodyshell was scrutinised to identify areas which could be modified for New cee'd to reduce noise generation at source. Hollow sections of the shell, especially in the A, B and C-pillars, were injected with sound-proofing foam, while isolation pads, made in new advanced materials, were placed in key locations.

Models fitted with the all-new 1.6-litre 'U2' diesel engine and new six-speed manual gearbox, also benefit from the improved refinement offered by this powertrain.

5. ENGINES

All-new U2 1.6 diesel joins five-strong engine line-up

Although Kia's New cee'd will be offered with the same engine choice as the original model – three gasoline and two diesel engines, ranging in power output from 90 to 143 ps – all the powertrains deliver significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 output. This is the result, partly of more refined engine tuning and partly because most models are fitted with low-viscosity engine and transmissions lubricants and new Michelin low rolling resistance tyres. Across the New cee'd range, the average of reduction is 5%.

The popular 1.6-litre diesel is replaced by a new engine from Kia's new 'U2' family, designed and engineered at Kia's R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany and manufactured in Slovakia, especially for use in this important Kia newcomer.

Making its debut in New cee'd, the U2 1.6-litre diesel has the latest generation common rail diesel injection system and is fitted with Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT). It is cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient than its forebears, while still ensuring a responsive and lively performance.

U2 1.6L has been developed to deliver best-in-class power and torque outputs over the entire rev range to ensure optimum driveability. Crucially, more than 90 per cent of the maximum torque is available from just 1,500 rpm, for strong and smooth acceleration almost from idle.

Maximum power is 115 ps (84.5 kW) at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 255 Nm (26.0 kg.m) across a wide rev band, from 1,900 to 2,750 rpm.

U2 uses high pressure common rail injection with a variable swirl control system (up to five injections per cycle), electronically-controlled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), a variable geometry turbocharger, and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to ensure it meets Euro 4 emissions regulations – depending on market.

NVH is well controlled and U2 engine noise has been reduced by 1.1% (to 92 dB at 4,000 rpm). Thanks to the fitment of a chain-driven timing system, owners will benefit from extended (to 30,000 km or one year) service intervals.

Fitted in New cee'd, the U2 with the new six-speed manual gearbox emits just 110 g/km (hatchback with Start/Stop) and 119 g/km (wagon with Start/Stop) of CO2. This represents an 8% improvement over the previous 1.6-litre 'U1' engine, and brings both cee'd models below the crucial 120g/km threshold applicable for taxation purposes across European countries, meaning many owners will be able to enjoy paying reduced or no vehicle taxation, and free parking or other benefits, in some markets.

Alongside the U2, buyers will be able to choose between four 'carry-over' engines – a 2.0-litre 140 ps diesel and three gasoline engines, a 1.4-litre (90 ps), a 1.6-litre (126 ps), and a 2.0-litre (143 ps), each fitted with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) to ensure greater engine efficiency in all operating conditions. Lower power versions of these engines are available in some markets to meet local taxation requirements.

Start/Stop (ISG) available for three engines

In addition to using the latest technologies to enhance the efficiencies of each engine, Kia is offering its fuel-stretching Start/Stop (ISG) system – which automatically switches off and then restarts the engine in congested city driving – as an option on 1.4 and 1.6 gasoline engines, plus the 1.6 U2 diesel engine.

Working in conjunction with other technologies as part of Kia's new 'EcoDynamics' package, Start/Stop helps reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions, enabling certain cee'd models to cut their CO2 emissions to just 110 g/km (hatchback). Other innovative technologies fitted to New cee'd include an Eco Driving Guide (gear-shift up/down indicator) to encourage an economical driving style and a power-saving alternator management system.

6. TRANSMISSIONS

New six-speed manual delivers customer benefits

Kia's New cee'd is available with a choice of either five- or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearboxes. Manual transmission is fitted as standard on all models, with the automatic available as an extra cost option on some engines.

An all-new six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard on all cee'd models powered by the new U2 diesel engine. Made in Europe, the new transmission is lighter, has taller gearing, uses low-viscosity oil and provides a marked improvement in gear change 'feel' for a more rewarding driving experience.

Both the five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions incorporate several innovations, including triple axis gear train and multiple-cone synchroniser (on first and second gears), for faster, smoother gear shifts. Rather than having to lift a spring-loaded safety collar before selecting reverse gear, drivers now depress a button on the leading edge of the gear lever.

Although manual transmission will be the standard equipment on New cee'd, two gasoline models (1.6 and 2.0) and one diesel (1.6) will be available with automatic transmission as an extra-cost option.

The automatic for New cee'd is a four-speed gearbox, featuring an electronic controller, which monitors a range of parameters including acceleration, deceleration, engine speed and road speed, ensuring safe gear changes with excellent shift quality, and also adapts the transmission's characteristics to suit an individual's driving style.

7. SUSPENSION & RUNNING GEAR

Fine-tuning an already competitive Ride & Handling package

When they developed the original Kia cee'd, Kia's European chassis engineers based in Germany were determined to ensure that the newcomer was among the 'segment-best' for ride and handling – targeting the Ford Focus and VW Golf as the models to match or beat.

Now, with New cee'd those engineers have taken the opportunity to fine tune the C-segment Kia's already competitive ride and handling package with minor modifications to the suspension and running gear that deliver valuable customer benefits for real-world, everyday motoring.

While retaining the same subframe-mounted MacPherson Strut (front) and Kia's subframe-mounted 'in-wheel multi-link' (rear) fully independent suspension layouts, engineers were briefed to improve riding comfort and steering response, without altering the car's overall handling balance.

After extensive testing, revised suspension settings were devised for New cee'd including softer front and rear springs and dampers, reduced friction in the front strut springs, modified anti-roll bars and suspension bushes, plus new bump stops.

Kia's precise MDPS 'electric' power steering

To save fuel and deliver responsive handling in everyday driving, New cee'd retains Kia's Motor Driven Power Steering system (MDPS). This electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering has relatively high gearing, requiring just 2.69 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock. This system gives a fuel saving of 3% compared to conventional hydraulic assistance.

Although the steering hardware is carried over, the steering effort is reduced. A new Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) programme is introduced with improved electronic communications between the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system and the MDPS steering controller. The VSM reduces the amount of assistance if the driver is applying too much steering effort – and increases assistance if the driver is applying too little effort.

Powerful braking for rapid stopping

The Kia cee'd has a power-assisted all-disc braking system which delivers excellent stopping power that is highly competitive in the C-segment. The large diameter 280 mm ventilated front discs and solid 262 mm rear discs, are backed-up by four-channel, four-sensor ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), which is standard fit for all cee'd models.

Available as part of the ESC package, the emergency Brake Assist System (BAS), senses when a driver is making an emergency stop and applies maximum braking effort. It is standard equipment (with ESC) on New cee'd TX models and optional on others. The standard braking system delivers powerful, secure and stable braking performance with consistent pedal feel.

Multiple choices for wheels – all with Michelin tyres

Maintaining a policy adopted early in the original car's evolution, Kia continued to develop the New cee'd chassis and running gear using Michelin tyres exclusively, so that its engineers could tune the new model's characteristics precisely for a specific type of tyre size, compound and construction.

The close collaboration between Kia and Michelin also allowed technicians to optimise the cee'd tyres to minimise rolling resistance and maximise fuel economy – without compromising road holding, handling, ride and refinement.

The standard wheels for LX and EX New cee'd models are 15-inch diameter 5.5J wide steel wheels with 5-spoke full-cover plastic trims. LX models are equipped with 185/65 R15 tyres, while EX models feature fatter 195/65 section tryes. Range-topping cee'd TX models have 16-inch, 6.0J alloy wheels and 205/55 R16 tyres – as standard.

In most European countries, New cee'd models will be offered with a wide choice of optional wheels and tyres, including a 16-inch steel wheel with 10-spoke plastic trims, three designs of 16-inch and two of 17-inch alloys – including new 'D Type' 17-inch 5-spoke wheels finished in Hyper Silver and supplied as part of the factory-fitted optional Sports Pack.

The 16-inch diameter wheels will be fitted with 205/55 tyres, while the 17-inch wheels will have 225/45 tyres. All cee'd models come with a steel space-saver spare wheel – located in the trunk floor well.

8. SAFETY & SECURITY

ESC with new Hill-Start Assist available for every New cee'd

Kia's engineers have worked hard to ensure that New cee'd is one of the safest cars in the C-segment and has the highest levels of active and passive safety, to fully satisfy the ever increasing consumer expectations about this aspect of car design. The original Kia cee'd achieved a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating in 2007 and Kia anticipates that the New cee'd will perform equally well in the tougher tests now being applied to new cars.

New cee'd has many stress-reducing features to help maintain driver alertness, plus its active safety features, such as stable handling, precise steering, and powerful braking, result in drivers of this Kia being fully equipped to avoid potential accident situations and cope with everyday motoring hazards.

As before, every New cee'd has a powerful all-disc braking system featuring ABS anti-lock with EBD electronic brake force distribution. The ESC system, which now incorporates a Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) programme to prevent roll-back, is standard on TX models and available as an option on all others. ESC comes with a Traction Control System (TCS) and BAS. The system is fully automatic and operates at all times, in all weathers, reducing under-steer or over-steer and returning the car to the course intended by the driver.

Three options boost safety performance even further. The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will trigger an instrument cluster display indicating which tyre is punctured or has low pressure.

Kia's Park Assist System (a rear parking aid), has four sensors and enhances safety during low-speed manoeuvres. The system gives the driver an audible alert when reversing towards an obstruction. The intensity of the warning increases as the car gets closer to the person, animal or object.

Unique to the Kia cee'd family, innovative 'Hydro-phobic' glass is an option for all door glass. Coated with a water repellent film, the hydro-phobic glass enhances safety by encouraging rain to flow away quickly, leaving the driver with greatly improved visibility.

Safeguarding occupants to maximise protection

If an accident is unavoidable, New cee'd is engineered to safeguard the occupants with a robust bodyshell and a range of passive safety measures to offer its occupants maximum possible protection. All five seats have manually adjustable head restraints and three-point seatbelts as standard. Integrated 'active' head restraints are standard on both front seats in EX and TX models. During a rear impact, these head restraints move forwards to reduce whiplash injuries to the neck or back. The system is available on LX models as an optional extra.

Every New cee'd hatchback and wagon is equipped with six airbags – dual front airbags, front side airbags and full-length curtain airbags, protecting the occupants in both seat rows – as standard.

All safety systems work together to provide full passenger protection, so simultaneously with an airbag inflation, a signal is relayed to the other airbags and to the seatbelt pre-tensioners, activating them if appropriate. The passenger side front airbag features an on-off switch so it can be deactivated if children occupy that seat.

The rear side doors of cee'd are fitted with child safety locks and two ISOFIX anchor points are fitted in the back row seats for the attachment of child safety seats.

Security and peace of mind

In the modern world, vehicle security is an important aspect of personal safety and New cee'd is comprehensively equipped to resist thieves. Central locking with all-door override is standard on all models, with speed-sensing automatic locking. Keyless entry and an anti-theft alarm and dash-top security lamp are standard on EX and TX models.

Every cee'd engine is fitted with an advanced electronic immobiliser that was developed in tandem with the Thatcham Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre in the UK, and targets a top-level anti-theft protection rating. Every model has a battery saver which switches off any interior or exterior lights that have been left on after the engine has been turned-off, preventing draining of the battery.

9. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

New Kia cee'd

Body & Chassis

Five-seater with choice of hatchback and wagon bodystyles. All-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of five transversely-mounted gasoline and diesel engines driving the front wheels via a five-speed, or six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission (depending on model). Choice of three equipment levels (LX, EX and TX) and 12 exterior colours (depending on market).

Engines (availability may vary by individual markets)

Diesel Engines
2.0 CRDi 140 ps (136 ps)*
Name 'D'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with VGT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1991 cc
Max power 140 ps (103 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 305 Nm (31.0 kg.m) @ 2000 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 4

1.6 CRDi 115 ps (90 ps)*
Name 'U2'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with VGT
Capacity 1.6-litres, 1582 cc
Max power 115 ps (85 kW) @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 255 Nm (26.0 kg.m) @ 1900-to-2750 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 4

Gasoline Engines
2.0-litre 143 ps
Name 'Beta'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1975 cc
Max power 143 ps (105.2 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 184 Nm (19.0 kg.m) @ 4750 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 4

1.6-litre 126 ps (115 ps)*
Name 'Gamma'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 1.6-litres, 1591 cc
Max power 126 ps (91.9 kW) @ 6200 rpm
Max torque 154 Nm (15.7 kg.m) @ 4200 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 5 (optional depending on market)

1.4-litre 90 ps
Name 'Gamma'
Type DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 1.4-litres, 1396 cc
Max power 90 ps (66.2 kW) @ 6200 rpm
Max torque 137 Nm (14.0 kg.m) @ 5000 rpm
Emissions class Euro Stage 5 (optional depending on market)
*Lower power versions available in some markets to meet local taxation regulations

Transmissions
2.0 Diesel 1.6 Diesel
Manual 6-sp 6-sp
Automatic ----- 4-sp
2.0 Gasoline 1.6 Gasoline 1.4 Gasoline
Manual 5-sp 5-sp 5-sp
Automatic 4-sp 4-sp -----

Suspension & Damping
Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted Macpherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Fully independent by subframe-mounted compact multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Steering
Type MDPS electric power-assisted rack & pinion
Overall ratio 13.2:1
Gearing 2.69 turns lock-to-lock (most models)
2.58 turns lock-to-lock (2.0D and all with 17-inch wheels)
Turning circle 10.34 metres (most models)
10.80 metres (2.0D and all with 17-inch wheels)


Brakes
Power Single 10-inch booster
Front 280 x 26 mm ventilated discs
Rear 262 x 10 mm solid discs
ABS 4-Channel anti-lock system with EBD
ESP Stability Program with hill-start-assist to prevent roll-back
BAS Delivers maximum braking in emergency situations

Wheels & Tyres
Standard
(LX) 15 x 5.5J Steel 185/65 R15 tyres
(EX) 15 x 5.5J Alloy 195/65 R15 tyres
(TX) 16 x 6.0J Alloy 205/55 R16 tyres
Optional 17 x 7.0J Alloy 225/45 R17 tyres
Spare (standard) Temporary wheel & tyre



DIMENSIONS (mm)
Hatch Wagon Coupe
Exterior
Overall length 4260 4490 4250
Overall width* 1790 ----- -----
Overall height 1480 1490 1450
Wheelbase 2650 ----- -----
Front track 1546 ----- -----
Rear track 1544 ----- -----
Front overhang 885 885 875
Rear overhang 725 960 725
Ground clearance 150 ----- -----
*excluding door mirrors

Hatch Wagon Coupe
Interior, Front
Headroom 1020 ----- 990
Legroom 1105 ----- -----
Shoulder room 1410 ----- -----


Interior, Rear
Headroom 980 995 940
Legroom 900 ----- -----
Shoulder room 1385 ----- 1360

Capacities
Hatch Wagon Coupe
Fuel tank 53 53 53 litres (all models)
Luggage (VDA) 340 534 340 litres
Rear seats folded 1300 1664 1300 litres


HATCHBACK (manual models)
Curb weight (kg)*
2.0 Diesel 1.6 Diesel
Manual 1458 1367
Automatic ----- 1374
2.0 Gasoline 1.6 Gasoline 1.4 Gasoline
Manual 1341 1263 1263
Automatic 1349 1291 -----
*excluding driver

Performance & Fuel Economy (litres/100 km) *
2.0 Diesel 1.6 Diesel 115ps (ISG) 1.6 Diesel 90ps (ISG)
Top speed / kph 205 188 172
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.3 11.5 14.0
Combined cycle 5.4 4.4 4.2
CO2 g/km 142 115 110

2.0 Gasoline 1.6 Gasoline (ISG) 1.4 Gasoline (ISG)
Top speed / kph 205 192 187
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.4 10.8 11.6
Combined cycle 7.0 5.9 5.5
CO2 g/km 167 139 132

WAGON (manual models)
Curb weight (kg)*
2.0 Diesel 1.6 Diesel
Manual 1438 1344
Automatic ----- 1351
2.0 Gasoline 1.6 Gasoline 1.4 Gasoline
Manual 1397 1317 1317
Automatic 1409 1334 -----
*excluding driver

Performance & Fuel Economy (litres/100 km)*
2.0 Diesel 1.6 Diesel 115ps (ISG) 1.6 Diesel 90ps (ISG)
Top speed / kph 205 188 172
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.3 11.5 14.0
Combined cycle 5.5 4.5 4.5
CO2 g/km 146 119 119

2.0 Gasoline 1.6 Gasoline (ISG) 1.4 Gasoline (ISG)
Top speed / kph 205 192 187
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.4 10.8 11.6
Combined cycle 7.1 6.0 5.7
CO2 g/km 168 142 135

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Frankfurt 2009: Reva NXG

Reva NXG

The REVA Electric Car Company announced the price of the REVA NXR – which starts at 9,995 euros for the lead acid version with leased batteries – in Frankfurt today and also took the wraps off of the NXG (above), the company's next electric vehicle that is due as a 2011 model.

The NXR, which stands for NeXr Reva (perhaps as a way to move away from some of the negative associations that the company's G-Wiz has), is scheduled to go into production early 2010 and has a top speed of 65 mph with a 100-mile range. Standard charging takes eight hours, but the car can accept a quick charge in 90 minutes. The hatch can seat four, Reva says, and comes with the company's REVive remote emergency charge (i.e. a way for Reva to use the car's telematics to temporarily access more of the battery's capacity than is usually available). Reva's pricing structure for the NXR is flexible, with both purchase and lease options for the lead acid (called the NXR CIty) or lithium-ion batteries (NXT Intercity).

[Source: REVA Electric Car Company]


PRESS RELEASE:

Photos: Price Announced of the New REVA NXR - an Electric Car That Can Be Ordered Today

FRANKFURT, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 63rd Frankfurt International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) -- Today sees the world launch of the REVA NXR (NeXt Reva), a new lithium-ion powered electric car from REVA Electric Car Company (REVA), which is scheduled to go into production early 2010. Also being unveiled for the first time is REVA's showcar, the REVA NXG (NeXt Generation), which is the company's 2011 model.

REVA NXR is an M1 category three-door, four-seater hatchback family car that is suitable for urban driving. Top speed is 104 kph (65 mph) with a range of 160 kms (100 miles) per charge. If using the 90 minute fast charge (normal charging is eight hours), the REVA NXR offers an effective range of 320km a day. A fast charge for 15 minutes will provide a 40 km (25 mile) range.

The REVA NXR has keyless entry and operation, dual charge ports, intelligent digital display and a range of telematics. These include SMS alerts and commands such as distance-to-empty and time-to-full charge, remote cabin heat/cool, a monthly eco-drive check by email, service and insurance alerts, remote diagnostics and healing and REVive remote emergency charge. REVive is exclusive to REVA and acts like an invisible reserve fuel tank and addresses 'range anxiety'. If a customer runs out of charge, they can telephone or SMS REVA's customer support centre. The advanced telematics feature will assess the car's batteries remotely and activate a reserve amount of energy while protecting the battery life. Within minutes, a few extra kilometres of range are made available via the telematics and the driver can continue home or to a place where the NXR can be charged.

Prices of the NXR will vary across Europe depending on taxes and subsidies. Customers will be offered the option of purchasing the car and batteries separately, or at an all-inclusive price. If bought separately, the benefit will be a lower purchase price, with the batteries paid for on a monthly basis - just like petrol - as part of a monthly mobility fee, which could also include electricity, telematics and other services. Average prices in Europe, excluding batteries, will be around 14,995 euros for the lithium-ion NXR Intercity version. The REVA NXR City, with lead acid batteries that has an 80 km (50 mile) range and a speed of 80 kph (50 mph) is also available from 9,995 euros and a small monthly mobility fee.

Chetan Maini, deputy chairman and chief technology officer of REVA said today; "The NXR is a stylish city car packed full of user-friendly technology. You can order one from today and production will start early next year, so you can be one of the first to own the latest generation of electric cars."

Styled by Dilip Chhabria, the REVA NXG is an M1 category, two-door, two-seater car with a targa top. The REVA NXG has a range of 200km (125 miles) per charge and a top speed of 130 kph (80 miles per hour). It features the same telematics as the REVA NXR, including REVive and, using the fast charge, it has an effective range of 400 kms (250 miles) a day. This showcar, the REVA NXG, is REVA's 2011 model and its first showing is at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Pricing in Europe excluding batteries is from 23,000 euros plus a monthly mobility fee.

REVA is committed to mitigating climate change with the creation of ultra low carbon cars - it has only ever made EVs. Every REVA NXR and REVA NXG will be Born Green, meaning they will have one of the lowest dust-to-dirt carbon footprints of any car in mass production. The REVA NXR has been designed to use approximately 80% fewer parts than a conventional or hybrid car and will be assembled in REVA's new ultra low-carbon assembly plant in Bangalore powered by solar energy and using natural light and ventilation and rainwater harvesting. Preparations have begun to create a 'second life' for the lithium batteries to optimise energy efficiency and reduce the cost to consumers via the creation of guaranteed residual values. From 2010 REVA will publish the carbon emissions for the assembly and lifetime operation of both these new cars and by this environmental disclosure, customers can make an informed buying decision.

REVA's new website, www.revaglobal.com, launches the same time as the new cars and customers can register their interest in either vehicle on the online priority list from today by paying a refundable 500 euro fee.

REVA - Hall 8, Stand D38

63rd Frankfurt International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), 15-27 September 2009.

Open to the public 19th to 27th September.

September 16th, 2009

Notes to editors:
1. REVA is the brand of the Reva Electric Car Company, a Bangalore-based company formed as a joint venture between Maini Group of India and AEV LLC of California and backed by US investors Global Environment Fund and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Today, REVA is selling, or being test marketed, in 24 countries worldwide and has the largest deployed fleet of electric cars on the market with over 3,000 EVs on the road and more than 70 million kilometres of user experience.
2. REVA's business model includes: electric vehicle design, development and manufacture, electric vehicle technology licensing and electric vehicle manufacturing franchising. REVA develops all key technologies including energy management, fast-charge and telematics systems in-house.
3. European distribution is in the following countries: Norway, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece with other distributors being appointed over the next few months.
4. The company is building a new ultra low carbon vehicle assembly plant in Bangalore, with a capacity of 30,000 units per annum, to accommodate increased production and is planning to introduce even more measures to ensue that it has the cleanest and greenest production.
5. 'Dust-to-dirt' is a term used for the complete lifecycle of a car from the carbon emissions generated in the parts manufacture, assembly, operation and disposal / recycling of a REVA electric car. This is a commitment and the beginning of the process that will take time to determine, starting with the assembly and operation and then extending down the supply chain to tier 1 suppliers and up to second life / end of life.
6. For fleets and institutions wishing to place early confirmed orders with a view to obtaining subsidies, REVA will provide an all-in price including car and batteries on a cash or lease basis.
7. REVA electric cars have no tailpipe emissions. The amount of C02 per km varies depending on a country's electricity generation method. When charged with renewable energy, REVA vehicles are zero emissions.

8. REVive addresses 'range anxiety'. The amount of reserve energy in a battery depends on several parameters including the temperature, usage (that day and historically) and the age of the batteries. The REVA support centre assesses information from the car via telematics (information and communication technology) to calculate the amount of reserve energy available for that particular car. Then, within a few minutes the digital display will indicate 'Revive' and the 'distance to empty' gauge will display the additional amount of range available and the driver can continue their journey
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