Toyota Corolla What's New for 2014

The 2014 Corolla's wheelbase and overall length are nearly 4 inches longer, yet tight overhangs and a subtly lower, wider stance give the new sedan a leaner and more elastic look. The new Corolla retains an independent front and torsion-beam rear suspension, but the growth spurt promises increased rear legroom.

Toyota also stamps the Corolla with its recent design obsession, an exaggerated front end that looks like an angry carp (also see: new 4Runner SUV). But LED headlights -- adopted to minimize the mass of headlight housings -- come standard, a nice, high-end touch for this segment. The Corolla will come in four trim levels, including the sportier S model that offers 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Depending on trim level, other features include premium vinyl upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation and the Entune smartphone integration system.
A new LE Eco model aims for 40 mpg by using 15-inch wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires, a CVT and the 1.8-liter with a specialized valvetrain that actually boosts output to 140 hp.

The compact economy class doesn't lack for choice and makes the 2014 Toyota Corolla's exterior design something of a gamble for Toyota. The Honda Civic has rebounded from its own design missteps, while the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus remain well-stocked drivers' favorites.


Opel Zafira

Opel Zafira

Their default shape will be tall with a short, sloping bonnet, a huge windscreen, square edges and maybe an extra side window towards the tail: they’re called MPVs.

Now, MPVs are revered because of their many talents - besides lugging the family, relatives and friends around, it can also be used as a cargo van. But here’s another issue though: they say your life stops the moment you buy yourself an MPV. You’re now relegated to a non-exciting life.

Well it seems engineers are out to change that mindset by making MPVs really purposeful. Slap on a turbocharger, sharpen the handling department and tadaa… you not only arrive at places quicker, you also get to do it with a little tinge of fun. Volkswagen’s Touran is one fine example.

Which also explains why Tourans are selling by the truckloads locally.

Lately though, the MPV segment is slowing down rather drastically. Try recalling a new MPV that was launched within the past six months or so – notwithstanding Mazda’s 5, this segment is practically quiet.

Until the arrival of this latest Opel Zafira.


For a start, the Opel Zafira looks rather different when compared to the sea of MPVs available in our market today. As mentioned earlier, it is tall (1,685mm) and rather square; but those headlamps truly adds a stylish touch nobody else in this class has ever dared. Ok, so the black “tear” dropping down into the foglamp’s housing might polarise opinions, but match that to a pair of very detailed headlamps, classy grille and huge windscreen and the Zafira scores highly in the exterior aesthetics department.


Galaxy Booster

The Ford Galaxy was first introduced in 1995, and was Ford's first attempt at a full-size people carrier for the global market, or even any sort of people carrier. Hard to believe that before then, a major carmaker like Ford had no MPVs in its line-up outside of the US market.

The first Galaxy was a joint-effort with Volkswagen, and three versions of it were sold, all bearing different badges. Volkswagen's version was the Sharan, while Spanish manufacturer SEAT called it the Alhambra. All three were sold in Singapore, but bizarrely, the SEAT version was offered first, with the Galaxy not arriving here until 1998 and the Sharan even later.

The Galaxy was widely acclaimed in the press when it was launched, with its all-round driving capabilities resulting from a period of renaissance for Ford in the 1990s that started with the Mondeo. As the years passed, the Galaxy grew and evolved, and along the way, it separated from its Volkswagen brothers and developed into its own car.

The Galaxy has seen its position as the driver's MPV usurped by its younger brother, the S-Max, in recent years. So where does that leave the Galaxy then, especially with its new 2.0-litre EcoBoost powerplant?


Taxi unter Strom

Optisch lehnt sich der Prototyp an den legendären Samba-Bus aus den fünfziger Jahren an, praktisch spielt das Showmobil die Rolle des kompakten Raumwunders. Denn wo Fahrgäste sonst mühsam den Fond von Limousinen oder Kombis entern müssen, können sie hier dank 1,60 Metern Fahrzeughöhe fast aufrecht einsteigen. Erleichtert wird dies durch ein ungewöhnliches Tür-Konzept: Auf der rechten Seite gibt es nämlich eine große, bis weit ins Dach reichende Schiebetüre, die schlauerweise nach vorne - und nicht wie üblich nach hinten - auffährt. So öffnet sich ein breites Portal, ohne dass die große Tür am Heck des Autos hervorsteht.
Auch im Innenraum gehen die Entwickler neue Wege. Ähnlich wie beimKäfer-Taxi in Mexiko wurde der Beifahrersitz weggelassen und durch ein mit Bügeln gesichertes Kofferfach ersetzt. Das erleichtert nicht nur die Beladung, sondern vor allem konnte so auf den klassischen Kofferraum verzichtet und die Bank der Fondpassagiere weit hinten positioniert werden. Obwohl das Milano Taxi mit einer Länge von 3,73 Metern kürzer ist als ein VW Polo, bietet es dennoch mehr Beinfreiheit als manche Mittelklasse-Limousine. Und zumindest der Fahrgast hinten rechts kann die Füße sogar bis unters Armaturenbrett strecken, wenn dort vorn kein großer Koffer platziert ist. Eine Heckklappe gibt es übrigens auch noch - dahinter befindet sich jedoch lediglich eine winzige Ablage für Kleinigkeiten.


Mercedes storsatsar på produktion-info

Den som vill hålla reda på Mercedes alla kommande modeller kommer få fullt upp. Företaget satsar nu på att göra hela 20 nya modeller till 2014.

Och det är inte några modeller med nåt enstaka nytt motoralternativ, utan det är nya modeller helt och hållet. Med denna plan hoppas Mercedez uppnå sitt mål att sälja 1,5 miljoner bilar under 2015.

Några av de nya modellerna är en C-klass med rejäla ansiktslyft som kommer under 2011, en ny C-klass Coupe, en efterträdare till SLK, en ny M-klass, och en SLS AMG Roadster. Vi kommer inte bara se en ny B-klass och en efterträdare för A-klass under 2011, utan också en liten SUV kallad BLK.

Under 2012 kommer det att finnas en efterträdare till Smart Fortwo, en Shooting Brake-version av Mercedes CLS, den nya generationen SL-klass och en elektrisk version för SLS AMG.

Under 2013 kommer vi att se en helt ny offroad-bil baserad på C-klass kallad GLC. Slutligen, 2014, kommer Mercedes ta fram den nya generationen C-klass.


Teen Vogue shows pregnant 19-year-old on its cover

Teen Vogue shows pregnant 19-year-old on its cover

British model Jourdan Dunn is not visibly pregnant but reveals in an interview inside the US magazine that she is expecting

US magazine Teen Vogue has raised eyebrows by featuring a pregnant model on its cover.
Teen Vogue Jourdan Dunn on the Teen Vogue cover

British 19-year-old Jourdan Dunn is not visibly pregnant in the picture alongside fellow model Chanel Iman but reveals in an interview inside the magazine that she is expecting a baby in December.

Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief, Amy Astley, said the magazine did not find out about Dunn's pregnancy until after the photo shoot but that editors had not considered pulling the cover when they did.

"Teen pregnancy is a difficult, real-life issue that Teen Vogue readers (with an average age of 18) are mature enough to be exposed to," Astley said in a statement.

"Teen Vogue felt it was important to support, not punish, Jourdan Dunn, who contributed to a beautiful photo shoot and who will surely have an ongoing and successful career in fashion."

In her interview, Dunn spoke about how she reacted after learning of her unplanned pregnancy. "All I could think about was what my mom was going to say, my agency, my boyfriend," she said.

"When I told my mom, she started crying and blaming herself. She got pregnant with me at the same age, and she said, 'I don't want you to have to go through what I did'."

Some advocates said the Teen Vogue cover should be used as an opportunity to warn about the problems associated with teenage pregnancies.

"Teen parenting isn't glamorous, even if you are a teen model," Valerie Huber, the executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association, told the Associated Press.

Jill Taylor, chair of the women and gender studies department at Simmons College in Boston, said she would have liked the magazine to provide more information about teenage pregnancies.

"Fourteen and 15-year-olds reading it don't have an idea how hard it is for most single mothers having babies. She's got resources," she said.

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