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2014 Jeep Renegade Zi You Xia : Concept Cars
2014 Jeep Renegade Zi You Xia : Concept Cars

Following its world premiere appearances at the 2014 Geneva and New York auto shows, the all-new Jeep Renegade now debuts as a special design concept in Beijing. Zi You Xia, which means "rebel", is a new concept that highlights a more sophisticated aspect of the Renegade's personality.

Inspired by the colors of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the concept is finished in a Warm Chocolate Gray with a contrasting Dark Anodized Bronze color accentuating the grille throats, front fog lamp bezels, rear lower fascia, skidplate, tail lamp insert bezel and badging.

The roof panel, grille surrounds and door mirror caps are painted a Dark Charcoal to provide harmonious accents and a more premium appearance throughout. Unique 20-inch, Dark Anodized Bronze alloy wheels contribute additional visual flair as well as hinting at the vehicle's outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics.

The interior of the concept boasts an energetic ambience with rugged and functional details crafted in high quality materials. The Piano Black color is accompanied by grey A-pillars and headliner. The air vents, speaker bezel, gear shifter, steering wheel bezels, cup holder and door release handles are finished in an Anodized Copper, reflecting the metallic color common in sports equipment. The rich brown leather upholstery on the seats and door panels feature 'ombre' grey/black plaid fabric inserts, that were inspired by traditional menswear suiting and tailored patterns, adding just the right touch of sophistication to the sporty Zi You Xia.

True to the Jeep brand's heritage, the all-new Renegade is the most capable small SUV and the first in the world to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission. Designed for global markets and manufactured with up to 16 powertrain combinations - the most ever in a Jeep vehicle - it has been engineered to meet the specific requirements of customers all around the world.


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Sources : 2014 Jeep Renegade Zi You Xia Concept Photo | 2014 Jeep Renegade Zi You Xia Concept Article
1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top : Classic Cars
1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top : Classic Cars

First step in the TR's transition from uncomplicated, rugged sports car to something altogether more refined, the TR4 was introduced in 1961. Giovanni Michelotti's new bodyshell brought the styling bang up to date while beneath the skin there numerous chassis changes. Rack-and-pinion steering, widened front and rear track, and an all-synchromesh gearbox contributed to improved driveability, while wind-up windows were a big advance on the preceding TR3's primitive side screens. The standard engine was the 2,138cc four-cylinder overhead-valve unit first offered on the TR3A, and when equipped with the optional overdrive the TR4 was good for a top speed of almost 110mph. Today, the four-cylinder TRs are among the easiest of post-war classic sports cars to own and maintain, being supported by a multitude of component suppliers and other specialists. A rare factory option was the hardtop known as the "Surrey Top", an early attempt at a Targa. The hardtop panel featured a removable either hardtop or softop center panel, giving any TR4 so equipped a versatility unique at the time.

The Motorcar Offered
Finished in Signal Red with a black leather interior, this TR4 was subject to a comprehensive restoration that was completed in 2008. The body and frame were stripped down to the bare metal—revealing them to be straight and accident-free—refinished and repainted. Mechanically the engine was completely torn down, balanced, and rebuilt. For ease of use and reliability, the crankshaft was machined to accept a modern rear main seal which eliminated the usual oil spots found under just about every British car and the head was fitted with hardened valve seats to make usage of unleaded gasoline a non-issue. Inside, a completely new interior purchased from Moss Motors was professionally installed. In all cases, inside and out, parts were refurbished or replaced—with virtually every wear related part subjected to the latter. A full listing of the work completed and the parts replaced is included with the car.

Riding on a set of original 1960s America Racing magnesium wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires, this TR4 will definitely make for plenty of back road enjoyment. With the vinyl top section removed, one can enjoy open air motoring with minimal wind buffeting. Showing well today, it has been kept in a climate controlled garage since it was purchased by the current owner and regularly maintained. With a number of concours trophies already to its credit, it would certainly be welcome at a range of events and tours and it will undoubtedly provide many hours of driving pleasure to its next owner.


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Sources : 1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top Photo | 1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top Article
Mclaren Our Only Customer - Honda : News
Mclaren Our Only Customer - Honda : News

Honda have revealed that McLaren will be the only team that will be supplied with power units in the 2015 season, although the Japanese manufacturer haven't ruled out additional customers thereafter.

Honda and McLaren revealed almost 12 months ago that their partnership - which had previously won four consecutive Constructors' Championship titles - will be renewed next year.

"McLaren is our only customer. I don't think about the future, because we want to concentrate on next season," Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai told Sky Sports News at last week's Chinese Grand Prix.

"Of course we want to have good results next season and see the results from other manufacturers. Please choose our power unit for next season.

"If teams want to use our engine or power unit, we can deliver after year 2016 but right now there are no plans."

As part of their re-entry into Formula One, Honda will also open a base in Europe for the first time since 2008, which will open in Milton Keynes in two months' time.

"That, we will open June this year," Arai added.

"Now still under construction but that factory is to do the engine maintenance for the races and rebuilding the Formula One engine and also to go to the race-track for the trackside service."

The Milton Keynes facility will be responsible for maintaining the power units, but they will be designed and built at the Honda Research and Development facility in Tochigi, Japan.


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Sources : Mclaren Our Only Customer - Honda Photo | Mclaren Our Only Customer - Honda Article
2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 : Current Models
2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 : Current Models

If you're going to go big with GM's 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUV, you may as well go the extra length and follow the same route in the performance department too, right? Eh, not exactly, but you get where Texas-based tuner Hennessey Performance is going with this – if you don't, just read the following quote from the email they sent over to us:

"Dear fellow gearhead, ever hear the phrase: 'Everything is bigger in Texas'? To us Texans it's not just a phrase, it's how we roll. We like our friends and our stuff and we like to take it all with us when we go places. We also like speed and performance."

Besides the 20-inch wheels, a flurry of badges and red brake calipers, there's nothing else on the visual menu, but what really counts is the tune under the hood.

The HPE550 package gives the stock 6.2-liter V8 engine a belt-driven supercharger producing 6 psi of boost pressure, together with an ECU remap, air-to-water intercooler system and different gaskets, to lift output from 420hp and 460 lb-ft to 557hp and 542 lb-ft of max torque.

The base performance tune (HPE550) will cost you $15,950 installed and comes with a 3-year or 36,000-mile powertrain warranty, while for the 20-inch wheels, you'll need to relocate another $6,950 from your bank account.

Prices for the new 2015 Escalade range from $71,695 to $92,840, so if you include the HPE550 package and wheels, the cost for driving the tuned truck run from $94,595 all the way up to $114,470.


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Sources : 2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 Photo | 2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550 Article
2012 La Pagani Huayra Roadster : Photos
2012 La Pagani Huayra Roadster : Photos

Sources : 2012 La Pagani Huayra Roadster Photo
A History Of The Audi TT : Videos

A History Of The Audi TT : Videos

Host : Audi UK

From the revolutionary design of the very first TT all the way through to the recent unveiling of the striking third generation model featuring the impressive virtual cockpit, our video charts the history of an automotive icon.


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Sources : A History Of The Audi TT Photo | A History Of The Audi TT Video