Volkswagen IROC Concept Prefigures SciroccoThe clue is in the name. This is the VW Iroc, known until now simply as the Concept S. But here's the trick; put the S in front of the Iroc and it starts to make sense, previewing a sports coupe in the mold of the legendary Scirocco. There's another link to the newcomer's famous predecessor - this vibrant color is known as Viper Green, and exactly the same shade was available on the 1976 model range.
Size-wise, the Iroc is 1.4 inches longer and 1.6 inches wider than the Golf hatchback. And check out that nose; it could be the shape of things to come for VW front ends as the official line is that this is "a face that's not yet common to other vehicles in the range."
Inside there are four seats plus a 10.6 cubic foot trunk space, which can be increased with the rear chairs folded down. Bucket sports seats are fitted up front, as well as integrated five-point race harnesses. The instrument cluster is dominated by two large round ice-blue dials. They appear to the driver as cylinders with 12 illuminated bars creating a 3-D effect.
Under the bonnet, the car features VW's ground-breaking 210-hp TSI gas engine which has both a turbocharger and supercharger. It's recently debuted in the Golf in
The Scirocco made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 1973 and was a huge success for VW. Styled at Italian design studio Giugiaro, it was launched the following year and more than half a million were sold. A second generation model followed in 1981 and went on until 1993. -Richard Yarrow
Dodge Avenger Concept Gives
2006 Dodge Avenger concept
Ford's Paris List: Mondeo, Ranger, Galaxy
2007 Ford Mondeo
Also on Ford's list is the new Galaxy minivan, which no longer shares anything with the VW Sharan; the production version of the left-drive Focus Coupe-Cabriolet; and a new Ranger pickup for Europe, unrelated to the
2007 Volkswagen Touareg
2007 Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen's lightly reskinned Touareg will have its first public viewing at the
2006 Kia Pro-Cee'd concept
2006 Hyundai Arnejs concept
The platform on which it's based will spawn other new models, including a compact minivan, wagon and sporty three-door. A coupé cabriolet with a folding metal hard top will follow, but probably not until at least 2008.-Richard Yarrow
Peugeot Epure Concept
2006 Peugeot Epure concept
The car is officially called the 207 Epure concept, and is also a demonstrator for Peugeot Citroen Group's new experimental hydrogen fuel cell. Producing 20kW of power and with a lithium ion battery, the 2+2 machine has a range of more than 200 miles, can hit 60 mph in 15 seconds and go on to a top speed of 81 mph. The hydrogen cylinders are stored under the trunk floor, allowing space for the folding metal hard top and some cargo.
While no one is expecting a hydrogen-powered 207 CC when the production version arrives in European showrooms next summer, it does hint at where Peugeot's eco-future lies. A range of gasoline and diesel engines will be offered, though the concept's interior - finished entirely in white leather - is unlikely to become a reality. -Richard Yarrow
2006 Citroen C-M?tisse Concept
At the Paris Motor Show later this month the firm will unveil the C-Métisse, a concept that proves high performance machines can also be eco-friendly. Top speed is 155 mph, 60 mph comes up in six seconds and there's impressive 45-mpg fuel economy. It boasts an economical 208-hp V-6 diesel engine mated to a pair of electric motors on the rear wheels, capable of developing a massive 295 lb-ft of additional torque. Around town the car can run in zero emissions mode.
The design is classic Citroen, with a long bonnet and almost no rear overhang. It's 4.74 meters long, but only 1.24 meters high. The doors open up and out - not quite gullwing, but not far off - to reveal a four-seat cabin with individual white leather seats. Each passenger gets independent air conditioning controls, individual roof lighting and plenty of space. -Richard Yarrow
Škoda Octavia Scout
2007 Skoda Octavia Scout
Equipped with full-time four-wheel drive, the car is most interesting because it appears to be treading on the toes of the already-on-sale Octavia 4x4. The newcomer is half an inch longer, wider, and taller than the older model, and the raised ride height and sump guard will boost its off-road ability.
Under the hood there's the choice of 140-hp, 2.0-liter TDI diesel or 150-hp, 2.0-liter FSI gasoline engines. Both are four-cylinder units and mated to a six-speed manual transmission. -Richard Yarrow
SEAT Altea XL
2007 SEAT Altea
So what's different? An extra 7.4 inches in the length of the bodyshell means there's the choice of extra cargo capacity in the trunk or better room for rear seat passengers. With the back seat moved forward 5.5 inches, luggage space is increased to a class-leading 22.4 cubic feet. But push the bench rearward and there's an extra 0.79 inches of knee space for the occupants. Roof rails are standard on the car, too.
A range of engines will be available on the Altea XL, but in Europe it's the 1.9-liter and 2.0-liter diesels which will be the top sellers. -Richard Yarrow
Bentley Arnage T
2007 Bentley Arnage
2007 MINI Cooper
2007 MINI Cooper
Last month, TheCarConnection brought you the first drive of the new MINI Cooper. But at the time, MINI engineers were reluctant to show the final details of the new hatchback's face. Now, MINI has sent out the first official pictures of the new Cooper, which will make its world debut at the
Preview: 2007 MINI Cooper by Henny Hemmes (7/31/2006)
Evolved in a gradual way.
2006 Renault Nepta concept
Powered by a 420-hp twin-turbo V-6, the car will hit 60 mph in under five seconds, and comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The rear overhang is the longer of the two, harking back to what Renault calls ‘the golden age of automotive styling’. There’s LED front lamps that including a daytime running feature. Access to the cabin is through gull-wing doors, revealing bench seats front and rear. DVD screens with folding protective covers are fitted into the headrests. -Richard Yarrow
Kia Picks Cee'd
2006 Kia cee'd
Citroen C4 Picasso
2007 Citroen C4 Picaso
Initially it was believed the car would replace the aging but popular Xsara Picasso. But as that's a five-chair model and 12 inches shorter, the company has revealed both will sell side by side for the forseeable future.
The newcomer is based on the C4 hatchback and will battle for sales with the Vauxhall/Opel Zafira and Renault Grand Scenic. Kit will include zonal air conditioning, air suspension at the rear, and soundproofed windows.
The most striking element of the new design is the windshield. The glass goes partially over the front seat occupants, creating a vertical visibility angle of 70 percent. Standard on this car, it's only an option on rivals that offer it.
Inside the designers have created an eye-catching minimalist dashboard and are promising a huge leap forward in cabin material quality. The rear window glass opens independently of the whole tailgate, while a clever feature allows the rear of the car to lower slightly - to aid awkward loading - at the push of a button. Additional technologies include hill-start assist and an innovative parking space measurement system that helps drivers find a suitable bay to leave the car.
Under the bonnet will be 2.0-liter 143-hp gas engine, or 1.6-liter 110-hp and 2.0-liter 138-hp diesels. The car will go on sale in
BMW X3, 3-Series Coupe
Honda CR-V and Civic Type R
Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport TDV8
Peugeot 908RC and possible 908
Porsche 911 Targa
Subaru Tribeca, facelifted Legacy
Suzuki Swift Sport, Splash
Volvo C30 Sport