Tuesday: the week starts here

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Citroen is to launch its DS4 small family car at the Paris Motor Show. Besides three petrol engines co-developed with BMW, it’ll be offered with two HDI diesels (110bhp and 160bhp). The lower-powered model will come with the e-HDI micro-hybrid option, which comprises stop-start, an alternator-generator with brake energy recovery, and the EGS (electronic gearbox system) transmission with efficiency-optimised gearshifts.

  • Volvo has announced two new petrol engines. The GTDI – Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection – four-cylinder, 1.6-litre units will come in 150PS and 180 PS forms, badged T3 and T4 respectively, and will be offered in the S60 and V60 later this year. Manual-transmission versions come with stop-start, and versions with the optional Powershift dual-clutch transmission have automatic gear disengagement when cruising.
  • The RAC is organising a showcase for green vehicles called the Brighton to London Future Car Challenge – to happen the day before the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run. Participants will rally from Brighton’s Madeira Drive to Regent Street on Saturday 6th November and will be displayed alongside the veterans which will then run to the coast on the Sunday.  Cars, vans and motorcycles are expected to take part, all aiming to use the least energy along the route; pre-production and prototype vehicles are expected to enter, and those already confirmed include a Tesla Roadster Sport, a Tata Indica Vista, a Murray T25 and a Delta E-4 Coupe, reports Autocar.
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