Category Archives: HATCHBACKS

2014 Volkswagen Cross UP!

German car maker will line up the sixth variant of its entry level Up! hatchback at 2013 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Cross Up!. The VW Up! hatchback, which is aimed mainly at developed car markets of the world, is currently available in petrol, semi-automatic and CNG variants.

2014 Volkswagen Cross UP! front view

2014 Volkswagen Cross UP!

The electric version of the Up!, called the e-Up! will go on sale in Germany later this year along with the  Cross Up! and the sportier Up! GT models. The 2014 VW Cross Up! is essentially a crossover like version of the hatchback, which means that the car will mainly get butch looks and higher ground clearance.

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

VW is launching the next Up! concept, the E-Up!, a fully electric car which should be perfectly suited to city driving. It has lithium-ion batteries stored in the floor, and an electric motor with a peak power of around 80 hp. Continuous output is 55 hp, enough to propel the E-Up! from 0 to 62 mph in an acceptable 11.3 seconds, although top speed is an entirely unimpressive 84 mph (which we believe to be governed).

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

VW hasn’t disclosed the weight of the E-Up!, but the maximum range is a mere 81 miles. Figure 60 miles as a more realistic figure. Recharging from your household electrical outlet takes as long as five hours. It can be done at night, but if you think like us and get annoyed waiting for that gas tank to be filled up in a dull five minutes, prepare for a real test of your patience. The E-Up! is only for you if you have access to parking with an electrical outlet. Sounds easy, but good luck finding it in a European city at night, unless you have your own garage space for what will likely be a politically correct, second or third car-as-accessory.

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

That said, we find the E-Up! interesting not only for its save-the-earth powertrain, but also for hinting at what will become a family of cars with far more mainstream appeal. This is a small car; the E-Up! is just 125.6 inches long, 64.6 inches wide, and it stands 57.9 inches tall. Seating is arranged in a 3+1 configuration, similar to that of the Toyota iQ.

2014 Volkswagen e-Up! charge

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

The exterior carries over the basic idea of the first Up! concept, although the side-window treatment and the proportions have become significantly more conventional. The front end evokes memories of the Beetle, says VW, apparently forgetting that it makes an entire car that evokes memories of the Beetle.

2014 Volkswagen e-Up! rear view

2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

Inside, the look is frugal, but that’s appropriate for an entry-level, compact, and lightweight car (we figure that versions with the internal combustion engine will indeed be far lighter than the current Polo, the next model up the size ladder). A touch-screen system forms the basis for much of the interaction between car and driver.

2014 Volkswagen e-Up! interior - dash

2014 Volkswagen e-Up! interior – dash

One of the few really cool things about electric cars is the eerily silent acceleration. So when VW development chief Ulrich Hackenberg showed a simulation of a traditional engine sound for the E-Up! at the launch of the concept prior to the Frankfurt auto show, it struck us as somewhat counterintuitive.

2014 Volkswagen e-Up! under hood - engine

2014 Volkswagen e-Up! under hood

In any event, we can live with the Up!’s looks, we like its reasonable size, and we hope it signals the beginning of a significant reduction in the weight of vehicles but please give us a turbocharged gasoline version, just for the sake of comparison. And while you are at it, keep the unsightly greenish yellow to yourselves. 2014 VW e-UP starting price of €26,900 in Germany ($34,496/£23188 at current exchange rates)…

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The new Generation VII-based 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI makes its debut in Geneva. Complementing cooler looks and hotter performance with significantly improved fuel economy, the new GTI elevates its own formidable benchmark on every level.

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI front view

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

For the first time in its history, GTI buyers will be available to choose from two levels of potency at least in the European market. Standard trim will see the GTI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged/direct-injected TFSI 4-cylinder engine make 220 horsepower up from 200 in the current GTI and churn out 258 lb-ft of torque, which reflects a 51 lb-ft increase in the peak twist department. Buyers seeking a bit more muscle will be able to add a new Performance Pack that bumps the pony count to 230 without impacting the GTI’s gas-mileage. In either case, the engine is fitted with an efficiency enhancing Start-Stop system that helps improve overall fuel economy by a stellar 18 percent compared to the previous Gen VI GTI. Transmission choices include a conventional 6-speed manual or VW’s 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. The GTI will sprint from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds with the former gearbox and 6.4 ticks with the latter while topping out at 153 mph and 155 mph, respectively.

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI profile

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Not surprisingly, VW’s new hot hatch shares a good deal of exterior cosmetic elements with its turbodiesel-powered alter ego: the equally new VW Golf GTD that also steps into the limelight in Geneva. Beyond a choice of Tornado Red, Pure White or Black paint, the GTI features distinctive side skirts, a rear roof spoiler and a functional rear diffuser set off by red painted brake calipers, dual chrome exhaust tips, smoked LED taillight lenses and LED license-plate illumination.

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

As always, the GTI boasts a tauter and lower-riding sport suspension, here paired with a bespoke set of 17-inch “Brooklyn” light alloy wheels wrapped in 245/45 tires along with enthusiast-oriented progressive-effort power steering. Opting for the Performance Pack further ups the ante thanks to the addition of a torque-sensing limited-slip front differential as well as larger front/rear vented-disc brakes.

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI rear view

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Like the GTD, the new VW GTI features cloth covered sport bucket seats complete with “Clark” tartan inserts, a black headliner, sport steering wheel, unique trim accents, GTI-specific instrument cluster and shift grip, and a stainless-steel pedal set. Other standard include red ambient lighting, VW’s latest touchscreen infotainment system, Climatronic auto climate control and park assist.

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI interior - dash

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI interior – dash

The 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI goes on sale in Germany this May with a starting price around $37,000. A U.S. version – officially the 2015 Volkswagen GTI as it will be known here – is slated to arrive in this country about a year later. No word yet on pricing for that car, which will be sourced from VW’s plant in Puebla, Mexico. Equally unresolved is the status of the Performance Pack for this market…

2014 Citroen C3

The 2014 Citroen C3 make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, C3 to improve the quality and strengthening of its predecessor. The result is, new C3 gets a lot of customers to order. Citroen tried to extend the success of such sales in 2002, which in that year nearly 3 million units sold. Hopefully with launched 2014 Citroen C3, will extend the success of its sales of more than 3 million units.

2014 Citroen C3

2014 Citroen C3

Creativity on welfare services is a new exterior style of the 2014 Citroen C3 will be offered. Model with soft flowing curves dynamically create new C3 becomes easier to look at. The front end gets a new “smile” with restaged Brand chevrons and bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, providing a steelier gaze and extra expressiveness. New tail lights, combined with the new reflector also contributed to make the exterior of the 2014 Citroen C3 expressive. The model gets new Encre blue body paint, expanding the palette to a total of nine colors.

2014 Citroen C3

2014 Citroen C3

Comparable to the exterior, the interior of the Citroen C3 2014 built and laid out carefully. The cabin is equipped with a well-crafted, top-quality materials Including chrome surrounds and a thermo-coated dash, underlined by a new cross strip in matte black, Moondust gray or warm brown. New C3 also offers new upholstery that perfectly matches the dashboard strip.

New C3 is one of the most compact vehicles in its segment since the Citroen was the length of 3.94 m and a width of 1.71 m is the dimension perfect for driving in the city.

2014 Citroen C3

2014 Citroen C3

The compact exterior Hides a spacious interior. The 2014 Citroen C3 boasts a generously sized cabin, a 300 liter boot (among the largest in the category) and a plethora of storage compartments (central console, glove box, central armrest, etc..). The semi-high seats the make access easy and give passengers a commanding view of their surroundings, as part of an approach focused on comfort and safety.

New C3 is not only comfortable in the city, but also comfortable on the open road, the road stance balanced, optimizing traction of 0-30, ultra-controlled mass, and a variety of responsive and efficient engine.

2014 Citroen C3 rear view

2014 Citroen C3

2014 Citroen C3 excellent fuel economy and CO2 emissions, because the Citroen C3 is powered by a new generation of petrol engines with 3 cylinders and a capacity of 1 and 1.2 liter. Some 52 patents were filed in the development of the new engine generation in order to bring down weight and bulk, optimize combustion and reduce friction, the aim being to cut fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by around 25% while making the powerplants more responsive.

2014 Citroen C3 interior

2014 Citroen C3 interior

PureTech engine on New Citroen C3 provides excellent performance without harming the enjoyment. 2014 Citroen C3 achieve extremely low fuel consumption with engine VTi 68 and VTi 82, between 4.3 and 4.5 liters / 100 km, and 2014 Citroen C3 in CO2 emissions between 99 and 104 g / km. The VTi 120 engine, available with manual or automatic gearbox, petrol engine rounds out the offering.

2014 Citroen C3 interior - rear seats

2014 Citroen C3 interior – rear seats

The 2014 C3 is available with five diesel engines, the HDi 70, e-HDi 70, HDi 90, HDi e-90 and e-HDi 115. The three powerplants with micro-hybrid e-HDi technology boast the most efficient Stop & Start system on the market. The new Citroen C3 has some of the Lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in its category, at as low as 87 g / km. Price on 2014 Citroen C3 starts from $16 750…