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Your tailor-made Louis Vuitton bags have arrived – which is, if you happen to be one of the lucky few sporting BMW’s slick new i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

For your personal bucks (no word on how many of them yet, although with Louis Vuitton, you can safely assume it won’t be a small number) you get two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag – all made entirely with carbon fiber.

That exotic material, suited for the electric BMW’s stiff passenger monocoque and primarily seen on expensive supercars, offers to make these Louis bags extremely light and durable. It’s also one of many very first uses of carbon fiber as a garment fabric. Louis Vuitton says they’ll be available by request at the company’s New York and Los Angeles stores starting in April.

None of the bags have wheels. But then again, if this sounds like the kind of stuff you’re into, you probably aren’t the kind of person who carries their own bags around anyway.

But because it’s typically too nice to expose to the harsh rigors of travel and difficult to switch, fitted luggage is usually a questionable purchase – not simply mainly because it automatically making you a certain sort of bag. However these all-black Louis bags are unusually understated for the French luxury brand, with the signature Damier pattern and a hint of bright blue stitching inside to match the bright blue seatbelts and trim on the BMW.

Naturally, the valets and bellmen at your various luxury stopovers every 311 miles (or 22 if you intend to stay exclusively within the i8′s all-electric range) will know while they hand carry each bag into the resort.

If you’re planning to take your i8 on the road trip – and if you are, we’d love to learn about the rest of your life – there’s a place for this exquisite luggage, We’ll concede that. Which bags do look cool and fit perfectly within the cockpit of the is an unquestionably innovative car.

Are they any better than the rugged nylon pieces you can get from a company like STM for a tiny part of the money plus a lifetime warranty? Probably not, however, buyers of $136,000 hybrid sports cars have more choices when they’re out shopping.

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Years built: 2004 to 2012

Bodystyles: five and Three-door hatchback, five-door estate, five-door compact MPV

What exactly?

The Golf has gone by reviewing the birth in 1974 being a funny, squared-off replacement for the evergreen Beetle to being the best-selling and probably most beloved hatchback of the age. Over 30-million Golfs have been sold around the world and not only does it define the course within which it sits, it also acts as the benchmark up to which all others must strive.

Golfs are classy, sophisticated and cool which is a pretty neat trick when you keep in mind that, essentially, they may be simply a practical, sensible family hatchback. It’s a trick that VW has pulled off through decades of careful, clever marketing and advertising, slowly convincing us that, somehow, a Golf is inherently superior to its peers.

It’s currently the best-selling car in Ireland, and has never been out of the top-ten selling cars since it was introduced, so locating a good one shouldn’t represent a great deal of problem.

What one should I buy?

Volkswagen happens to be selling the seventh generation of Golf, but the good thing is that the fifth and sixth generations were essentially the same car. Although VW told us that 2009 MkVIVW Golf Mk VI Used Car was a new model, really it absolutely was a thorough re-skin and re-engineering job about the MkV that had been launched in 2004. Actually, most of the changes were to do with making the car easier and cheaper for VW to create (MkVs were pretty much heroically over-engineered) so in practical terms, there’s very little to separate them.

Of both generations, you can find four basic models you should give full attention to. But nonetheless want something that’s not going to mug you each time you visit the pumps, choose a 1.4 TSI, when you dislike diesel. It used a complicated-but-clever 1.4 petrol engine fitted with both a supercharger plus a turbocharger, as well as the upshot is decent 40mpg economy with solid performance. If diesel’s your thing, then the MkVI BlueMotion is the one to go for. It utilizes a miserly 1.6-litre 105hp diesel to great effect. 60mpg is easy-peasy but performance is still punchy and it feels as good to operate as any other Golf.

But wish to keep on the economical side of things, go for a Highline-spec 2. TDI 140hp however, if you’re spending that much money you may as well go the complete hog and have the evergreen Golf GTI, if you want a somewhat more oomph. For the money, the MkV GTI was a bit more fun to drive than the more refined MkVI version, but either way, you’re getting a hot hatch legend and a motoring icon. Just ignore the oddball Golf Plus MPV. You’re better off using the bigger Touran if you need the additional space.

How much should I spend? Around €13,000 to get a 2010 Bluemotion, €11,000 for a 2008 GTI

Here’s one we found:

2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI manual, SIMI registered dealer, 127,000km, two owners, €10,495

What goes wrong?

VW Golf Mk VI Used GuideOn MkV models; seek out timing belt trouble on 1.1 and 4.6 petrol engines, and the FSI direct injection 1.6 doesn’t like regular unleaded. Interiors, despite their solidity, can develop lots of rattles and squeaks. Noisy front suspension means a rebuild, grinding noises from the steering means a rack replacement and suspension misalignment murders tyre wear. ABS units give trouble, as do diesel oil pumps and turbos and both manual and automatic gearboxes can be weak.

On MkVI models; early cars had clutch trouble – be sure yours has become replaced, some had poorly fitted doors, electrics want a thorough check to make sure things are all working as advertised and Bluemotion models can suffer from particulate filter blockages.

Anything else?

Colour is everything with a Golf. Pick an insipid paint scheme and yes it just looks all wrong. Go for a nice dark metallic, preferably on option wheels to keep things looking smart. MkV versions especially enjoy the chunky GT-style bodykit, whilst the lower ride height of Bluemotion models really boosts the looks.

It’s not necessarily important how much money you actually have, it’s how much money it looks like you have. Appearances play a major role in it all. After all, what makes a person with lots of money look like they have a lot of money? Simply showcasing the personal wealth because they can afford to buy the expensive things. So all you need to do is have the expensive things – or better yet, things that look expensive – and you’ll be up and running as a successful-looking person, and then it’s time to reap all the benefits of such a lifestyle. Here are a few ways where you can look like you have it made when you of course really don’t.

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Whole Foods

Nothing screams disposable income quite as much as shopping at your local organic food store, particularly the most widely-know name brand one: Whole Foods. When you roll up into that parking lot, you are telling the world: I could spend less on food but I don’t want to, I want to spend more than I need on the very same food I could get at the Gelsons. So make sure you check in to Whole Foods on Facebook, and get those organic broccoli stalks you’ve never dreamed of. Buy garlic and onions and all the fancy spices. And avoid the bulk aisle: that’s a trick to lure in the poor folk. If you’re at Whole Foods, you are showing you don’t care about money and the last thing you need to do is get the savings from a bulk bounty of grain. Unless you’re going for two or more pounds of quinoa. Then you can go bulk because who really needs that much quinoa?

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What You Drive

We can’t stress the importance of your vehicle. It’s an age old fact that people will judge you by the car you drive. If you drive a fuel efficient Prius, people will wonder why you care so much about saving money on gas: do you really have the disposable income that can benefit a potential associate? Are you your own father? No – get a car that exudes your true life style. But of course, this is all deceit and you don’t really have a ton of money, so make sure you do some good shopping at Fiat Los Angeles where you can get a great Jeep for a great deal. Jeeps are a great way to show that you have money because everyone knows they are a sweet, luxury ride that lets you enjoy the Cali sun, but they don’t have to set you back too much. Start shopping at the OC Fiat website and see what we mean.

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Bluetooth in the Ear

Important and wealthy people can’t be bothered to hear the phone ring and then rustle around to locate their cellular device in their purse or pocket or dashboard. If you are really an important and money-rich person, you’ll have to put that Bluetooth in your ear to show that when the phone rings not only is it so important that you have to take it immediately, but you can’t be bothered to do the layman’s task of removing yourself from the social situation you find yourself in to take the call. You need to take the call now and here, and everyone else is just going to have to live with it and overhear everything you say. Granted, your phone won’t ring because you are not important, but the point is that others will notice that you are indeed important.

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For over a decade, like it or not, Toyota has been the voice of reason in the Japanese automotive world and since the late 90’s, hardly any fun sport car was released with a Toyota logo on it. Gone the Toyota Supra, forgotten the Toyota Celica… But then a few years ago, out of nowhere, came the LF-A an amazing Super Car that blew our mind and ears thanks to its astonishing V10. Sure, this was an incredibly expensive car and was released as a Lexus but it was a sign that Toyota was back in the game and was serious about it. So, it is then no surprise that after so many years ignoring the segment of fun and yet affordable sports car, the FT-86 was unveiled.

Design

Toyota did a great job with the design of the FT-86. Well yet, proportioned and aggressive elegant, “love at first sight” would probably describe best our feelings when we first saw it at the Tokyo Motor Show. When you enter the car though, the design slightly disappoints by the quality of the materials employed. There is definitely a cheap feeling about it and while the FT-86 looks more expensive than actually is from the outside, no mistake possible when you sit in it: it is an affordable sport car. Anxious to turn the engine on?

Specifications

Let us look at the specifications, before taking this baby for a spin. The FT-86 is powered by a 2. liter, naturally-aspirated 4 cylinders boxer engine which delivers 200 HP at 7,000rpm. Perhaps not an impressive figure, but could already be a lot on a car that only weighs 1210kg.

Driving

When idling and at low RPM, the engine note is far from melodic, sounding perhaps more like a food blender than anything else. Its tricky short-straw gear box also left us frustrated, especially when hitting 2nd and 3rd (the mechanic later indicated that this particular model might have suffered from people not knowing how to drive a stick – 99% of the cars being sold in Japan being automatic). So, despite its look, the FT-86 did not impress us… until we had a chance to hit the road , as you may have guessed! Indeed, everything that was first disappointing just vanished as our right foot started to get heavier and when the road finally opened-up in front of us. Once you start hammering down on one of these little country side road or mountain road you will finally have the chance to meet the real FT-86 , even though granted the FT-86 is still underpowered to be the road devil you dream of on the highway! First and foremost the FT-86 is glued to the road. We did not have such feeling on a RWD car like this since the Lotus Exige S, and unlike many other small coupé – say for instance the Mazda Roadster or 370Z – the FT-86 is very forgivable. Push it a little further and you feel the back end point the front back exactly where you want it as well as responding well to a really aggressive driving style. Being used to drive more “powerful” cars, we journalists, expect Sport Cars to behave in a certain manner at high speed. Surprisingly, the FT-86 have forced us to reconsider our driving habit : fun can also be reached at low speed! If you push it too hard Toyota’s stability control will always be there for you allowing the average driver to explore their limits far easier than any other cars currently on sale, Fitted with 215/45 R17 Michelin Green X tires like your average Prius, the FT-86 in 2nd gear will slide nicely and still be under control at every tight corner you will throw at it, and. Ready to got a bit further? Then turn on the FT-86 “VSC Sports” mode on that will lessens the impact of the TCS and Stability control systems allowing the driver a little more freedom when cornering and much more fun! Still not enough? Well guess what you will be able to fully get rid of all these electronic nannies by pressing and holding the VCS and VCS Sports buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds. The entire safety net is switched off, allowing total freedom to slide the vehicle.

Conclusion

So, here it is, the FT-86 is an entire novel car, designed for drivers, a car that will entertain you, regardless of your skills, and without throwing a lot of cash out of the window or smashing the first wall you meet in a curve. Naturally the FT-86 will never out perform an LF-A or 358 Italia, nor its engine melody will carry you away but the FT-86 does one thing extremely well: entertain you ! Now is this car for everyone? Well not really since the FT-86 is far from being really practical, the rear seats are only there for show or if you happen to have midgets for friends. No really the FT-86 is either made for people with no family or for people who already own a car and wants to have a fun car to drive during the weekend on track days or around mountain roads. So if you have the money but not the family or the time and money for a 2nd car and want to sharpen your driving skill, well the FT-86 is MADE FOR YOU !

It is likely you know a lady who is smart, very clever, and well-dressed enough which it isn’t readily apparent she actually is carrying around more weight than you first might believe. She really opens herself up when she escapes in warm climates, and is otherwise buttoned down and conservative. Only when she is outside of the normal nine-to-five and she attempts to really move do you really notice see just how much weight she actually is carrying, as she jiggles and shakes- and you might not be impressed. Without further ado, may I tell you about Eos.

The Portuguese-built Eos is based on Volkswagen’s A5 platform, which also underpins the Mk V Golf, as well as not-for-the-USA Volkswagen Scirocco, and SEAT Leon. The vehicle shares its wheelbase together with the Golf- a fact which is apparent from the Eos’ immense rear overhang, grafted on the car to facilitate storage of its folding hardtop. Launched in late 2006 in the US, the Eos received a modest restyling for MY2012 to fit contemporary Jetta and Passat styling; to my eyes the waterfall grill that the Eos launched is a lot more attractive in comparison to the very businesslike, horizontal styling currently employed up front.

For 2014, Volkswagen offers the Eos in three trim levels: Komfort, Sport, and Executive. The midlevel Eos Sport is the model tested here; it is equipped with a smart key system allowing keyless access and pushbutton start. With all the key inside my pocket, putting my hand on the exterior door handle caused the front window to index downward in anticipation of my opening the door. Sitting down, I’m greeted with a somber interior employing black leatherette seating, black carpets, black dash and door materials, even a black headliner.

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I was surprised to find the $37,925 2014 Volkswagen Eos Sport ($38,360 with the $865 destination fee) possessed a decidedly non-premium equipment level. The Eos Sport has low-resolution navigation/infotainment display, non-premium sound system, vinyl/leatherette upholstery, no automatic lamps, no parking sensor or reversing camera. Getting especially low marks was the sound system, which distorted music at high volumes, and had very little depth, meaning that turning up the music louder appeared to create just noise rather than sound. For a car this expensive, I would expect that it is better equipped. However, the Eos Sport did have a few upscale features, such as automatic dual zone climate control, keyless entry/start, bi-xenon headlamps with steering feature and cornering lamps, and a navigation system (albeit one with a low-resolution display).

The interior is upholstered in an average-grade leatherette which is familiar to owners of late-model Volkswagens. The seats themselves are firm, with little bolstering, and headrests which seemed permanently canted a bit past the boundary forward. Seat belts for the front seats are anchored to the B-pillars (rather than the seats themselves, like some convertibles). Volkswagen has sewn loops to the outboard top corners of the front seats for positioning the seat belts in more convenient locations – but the loops have a single snap to fasten them closed, as well as the motion of pulling the seatbelt out of the retractor and through this snap-secured loop tended to unsnap the loop. After two days of continually re-snapping the seatbelt from the loop to help keep the belt in position, I finally gave up on it. The driver’s front seat has power adjustments for height, and slide, and also for backrest angle and lumbar support. The top seats are heated, and the hottest from the three seat heater settings could be labelled “Fry”- this can come in handy when motoring alfresco on cold days.

From the driver’s seat, the position and layout of the instrument and dashboard panel seemed strange; the entire dashboard seemed to be situated unnaturally high, with the dash an odd flat shape and also the instruments oddly positioned; ergonomically it didn’t work well for me personally. Much of this really is likely due to reinforcing framing in the Eos body. Still, instruments were clear and easy to read, and controls were straightforward to learn and use.

The back seat was used only by my five- and eight-year-old daughters within their booster seats. The shape of the rear seat bottom cushions is such that the booster seats didn’t quite sit flat, and they naturally slid toward the center of the car so that the seatbelt latches were obstructed from the booster seats. The Eos has a 2 2 configuration, with rear seats in the outboard positions, and a small plastic console with molded-in cupholders between them. Rear headroom was fine for the girls, but was not sufficient for me together with the top closed. Legroom behind my 6’4” frame was nearly nonexistent. Rear seats are accessed by tilting and sliding the front side seats forward; the slide mechanism about the driver’s seat is electric, while it is a mechanical function on the passenger side.

Out back, the trunk is massive – when the folding roof is closed. The larger clamshell decklid hinges open in a way that allows very easy accessibility luggage compartment. There is a divider in the trunk which should be lowered (and all of luggage placed below it) for opening the roof. When that compartment is latched in its upper position, trunk space falls from 10.5 to 6.6 cubic feet. Unlike Volvo’s retractable hardtop C70, there may be not a method of raising raising the stowed roof slightly for easier access to luggage. When closing the trunk lid, an electrical motor cinches is closed the final few millimeters once it has been latched.

As I discovered, this final few millimeters of trunk cinching is carried out to ensure the decklid is fully closed, having a closure proximity sensor in the trunk latch assembly which is required to indicate full trunk closure to facilitate operation of the convertible top. During my week with the Eos, the trim piece which covers the trunk latch (and that holds the proximity sensor into position) came loose, causing a mistake message on the info display admonishing me to close the already-closed trunk when I made an effort to lower the very best – and again as i attempted to boost the top. After I identified the problem since this loose trim piece, I didn’t retract the top again. This wasn’t a hardship as I was testing the vehicle on a rainy November week in Washington and Oregon states.

From behind the wheel, the driving characteristics are those of a boulevardier rather than a sporty coupe. The six-speed DSG transmission generally seems to start in second gear when slowly launching from a standstill. Flooring a busy schedule pedal causes the gearbox to drop down to first gear, at which point the front side tires don’t have enough traction cope with the torque of your 2. liter turbocharged four’s 200 HP and the copious amount of weight the Eos carries around. On wet pavement, the top tires happily spin upon acceleration, even inducing shuddering wheel hop. In a likely bid to counter that behavior along with improve fuel economy, the Eos’ DSG transmission upshifts very quickly unless is Sport or manual shifting mode. When underway, the Eos’ weight also makes itself apparent when braking, since the car just didn’t manage to slow down as quickly as expected from a given speed. While visibility out the back wasn’t great for maneuvering in parking lots, the Eos’ incredibly tight turning radius made it easy to negotiate tight spaces.

Once in motion, the Eos mostly maintains composure when driven inside an even, consistent manner. It doesn’t do a lot of shaking or rattling (at least not with the top up). If driven aggressively, though, the composure quickly unravels. The Eos is quick to spin front tires and understeer, our bodies rolls, and all of the extra weight associated with the folding hardtop body and mechanism stiffening reinforcements make themselves felt.

While many areas of the Eos failed to impress me, I had been totally impressed by the roof. The retractable hardtop has a large integrated glass sunroof which could tilt on the rear to vent, and from that position can motor open. The sun shining in through the sunroof could be blocked by way of a shade that suits the headliner, which completely retracts in to the rear roof section when you want light in a vehicle. A wind deflector is build into the windshield header and can be utilized when the sunroof or convertible top is open.

Retracting the hardtop starts by opening the sunroof as described above, followed by the back decklid opening at the base of the C-pillar. The sunroof, rear roof section, and rear windshield all nestle to the trunk, along with the roof side rails (which stretch from the top of the A-pillar to the very top of the C-pillar) motor their way into surprisingly long storage compartments which stretch in the trunk up to the trailing edge of the leading door openings- those long storage compartments explain why your back seat is very narrow. With all of that hardware stowed, the back decklid motors back in place, and the cabrio is ready to roll. Operation of your top is quick, around 25 seconds; with the top down you will discover a noticeable lowering of rigidity, and a noticeable shift in weight distribution toward the rear of the car.

The EPA rates the Volkswagen Eos at 22/30/25 MPG city/highway/combined. On a 200 mile trip from Seattle to Portland at an average speed of 52 MPH, I saw an average usage of 28.9 MPG as indicated through the trip computer. Over my entire week and 630 miles using the Eos, consumption was 26.9 MPG, with an average speed of 34.9 MPH.

As I didn’t find Eos being perfect, she is well-engineered and nicely put together. You’ll make sure to enjoy her company while you both have the time for a relaxed drive inside the sunshine – and she’ll keep you warm and dry in poorer weather., though she may not be in the element when when hurrying through tight corners

The eco-friendly car market has really taken off over the last decade. Today, making fuel efficient hybrid and electric cars means big business and almost all of the major automotive companies have a minimum of one eco-friendly offering. With this oversaturation of the market, it can get pretty easier for lesser known models to slip through the cracks. Here is a have a look at some eco cars that are fairly unknown to the general public.

1. Fisker Karma

The very idea of a plug-in sports coupe is not unfamiliar to people anymore thanks to the Tesla which revealed that an electric car does not have to get sluggish and slow. However, those might not be aware the Tesla has some competition by means of the Fisker Karma, a great little coupe with a top speed of 125 mph and a hybrid engine that uses no gas for its first 50 miles. This is certainly something being expected from an eco car, although the price is a little much.

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2. Honda N Box

Although not a hybrid and not an electric powered car, there is no denying that the fuel efficiency and small size of the N Box make it very eco-friendly. There aren’t a great deal of cars that could make the Honda Fit seem large, in comparison, but the N Box does just that.

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3. Renault Twizy

The Twizy has the distinction of being the most affordable electric car currently in production. The Twizy only costs around $9,000 so it is preferable to many alternatives for instance a motorcycle or perhaps a scooter. What is best about it is that the Twizy can seat two people in tandem, although it is bound to be a tight fit.

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For a large collection of top quality vehicles, visit Nissan Fontana. At Metro Nissan Redlands you will find a lot of cheap deals waiting for you and you are sure to leave completely happy with your brand-new purchase.

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The gradual unveiling of your all-new 2015 Audi TT continues with a brand new dark teaser shot of your car which follows a pair of official renderings released earlier. The new photo reveals the profile of the car, which is carried over from the previous generation just about unchanged.

Which is understandable, since this profile is what gives the TT its iconic silhouette that means it is instantly recognizable. Changing it too drastically could be a big mistake. What sets the 2015 Audi TTapart and then, is a bold new face inspired by the R8 and recent Audi concept cars, and revised taillights.

Now, the latter element, the taillights, are said to be one of the signature features of the latest Audi TT. Apparently, these LED lights work like daytime running lights and stay always on. So if you always scuffed at front DRLs because you never understood their point, you are not going to similar to this either.

2015 Audi TT is one of the most highly anticipated new cars of the Geneva Motor Show this year. Stay tuned for official details and pictures, as they will inevitably leak out at some point over the next few days.

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Lots of consumers have aversions to used cars. It’s an understandable fear. When you buy a used car from a random car lot or from another person who is selling it, you don’t always know exactly what you’re getting. But when you buy a used car from an authorized Ford dealership, like Claremont Ford, you’re guaranteed to get a car that is in great condition. At Fairview Ford in Fontana, the cars all undergo inspections before they’re placed on the car lot and offered to the public for sale. The dealerships are very transparent about what you’ll receive with a gently used vehicle and only vehicles in top condition are put on the lots.

You can always see the used cars available at Fairview Ford in Fontana by visiting their website, fairviewfordinfontana.com. They offer only Fords and only cars that have been fully inspected by their team of mechanics. You know that you’ll walk away with a car that will last you years if you buy a used vehicle from a reputable dealership.
There are many benefits to buying a used car as opposed to buying a new one. First, and most obvious, is the price. Of course, you’ll find that a used car is significantly less costly than a brand new one. But you also may find that you like a certain style of car from a few years ago more than the newer models. Lots of people choose to buy used vehicles simply because of personal taste. If you’re interested in a used car, you can talk to a salesperson to get specific information about each vehicle available on the lot. It’s always good to consider mileage and gas efficiency when purchasing an older vehicle and any salesperson will be able to talk to you about those factors. Never overlook used vehicles on a search for a new car; they can be just what you’re looking for!

I certainly hope the customer of Volvo’s S60 Polestar Concept is still happy with that $300,000 decision.

Volvo and Swedish rushing firm Polestar have joined up with forces to create the S60 and V60 Polestar a reality. These are fastest production line-constructed Volvos currently, and they are coming to a Volvo dealer near you this summer in minimal numbers. How limited? Only 120 V60 and S60 Polestar units is going to be sold in the States. Volvo hasn’t nevertheless determined if the rate between the two will be evenly split.

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This isn’t the very first Volvo/Polestar endeavor; they also created the C30 Polestar Limited Edition this past year. Formulas haven’t changed very much. At first glance, the Polestar variations don’t appearance terribly diverse from the regular designs from which they’re based. Nip/nestled front and rear fascias feature newdiffuser and splitters, rear spoiler, and 3.5-inch exhaust ideas. However, inexperienced eyes will not see very different.

It’s on the highway – or better yet, the track – where the disparity becomes evident. Polestar variations received considerable mechanical changes in thesuspension and chassis, and brakes to allow for more energy. The dual Volvos feature a turbocharged T6 six-cylinder motor similar to what’s found on ordinary R-Design designs. Polestar modified the electric motor with a new two-scroll turbo and intercooler to generate 345-horsepower, up from 325-hewlett packard. The engine’s mated using a Polestar-developed, Haldex four-wheel generate and 6-speed automatic with a paddle move. With -60 mph times at 4.7 seconds and electronically-controlled best speed of 155 mph, Volvo’s obviously intent on showing that Germans aren’t the only real forces to become reckoned with.

High-performance Öhlins shock springs and absorbers 80 % stiffer than S60 R-Design’s result in a firmer chassis. Polestar installed 14.6-inch ventilated front discs and 11.8-inch discs in the back for enhanced stopping potential. Both vehicles ride on 20-inch Polestar-distinctive wheels, filled with small Polestar badges on each.

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The duo’s previously-attractive interior obtained minor changes. Items including seats, controls, and shifter got Polestar treatment, including Rebel Azure stitching. Volvo offered a manual. That’s my only wish. Switching-by-paddle, or by any other technique for that matter, is not the same. Neither will it be.

Volvo saved you some time when picking colors. Only two will likely be offered: Dark Sapphire and Rebel Azure, the same light blue from the C30 Polestar.

The S60 and V60 Polestar will work for the standard models what Volvo’s 850 T5 R did for your traditional 850 back in the the middle of-1990s. They demonstrate the world Volvos don’t have to only be about safety. They are often fun making excellent “sleeper” cars. Effectively, it stands out in Rebel Blue a bit…

Once again, turned out with the S60 and V60 Polestar that Sweden can develop more than meatballs and IKEA furnishings, volvo and Polestar. You will be damn sure it’ll be less than $300,000, even though costs hasn’t been set.

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Today at the Arsenal Training Centre it was announced that Arsenal Football Club and Cooper Tire Europe have reached a long-term agreement which sees the tyre manufacturer become an official partner of the North London Premier League Club.

The deal will begin in time for the start of the 2014/2015 season – which could mean that Cooper Tires will be sponsoring the English champions, with Arsenal still very much in the title race in the current season.

The exclusive sponsorship sees Cooper become the first ‘Official Tyre of Arsenal Football Club’ for Europe, Russia, Middle East, South Africa and selected North African countries.

Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal sales and marketing director, said: “We’re thrilled to have Cooper Tire Europe on board and they join our expanding family of Commercial Partners.

“Cooper is clearly entering an exciting new era and going from strength to strength as a brand, so now is the ideal time to welcome them to the Club as an Official Partner.”

The sponsorship is set to include various advertising campaigns and marketing initiatives, as well as exclusive promotions to increase brand awareness for Cooper on this side of the pond.

Sarah McRoberts, marketing communications manager for Cooper Tire Europe, said: “We’re extremely happy to have secured this agreement with Arsenal Football Club, which is a truly world-class club.

“The sponsorship made perfect sense to us at Cooper as we share a real affinity with the club and its fans. Together, we are all driven by success and we’re very much looking forward to what I’m sure will be a very successful partnership.”

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