Porsche Cayenne gets an upgrade

the Porsche Cayenne has gained detailed improvements, additions and new options. From June production, the Cayenne Diesel receives a second generation engine offering greater efficiency and lower CO2. Prices for all enhancements will be confirmed separately.

the Porsche Cayenne has gained detailed improvements, additions and new options. From June production, the Cayenne Diesel receives a second generation engine offering greater efficiency and lower CO2. Prices for all enhancements will be confirmed separately.

The three-litre V6 Diesel engine offered in the Cayenne retains the same bore and displacement, but now delivers 245 hp, 5 hp more than previously. Fuel economy rises to 39 mpg from 38.2mpg, and CO2 emissions have dropped six grams to 189 g/km. The power increase has had a positive effect on performance. For example, the acceleration time from 0 - 62 mph has been cut by 0.2 seconds to 7.6 seconds, and top speed is up 2mph to 137mph.

The improvements in efficiency have been achieved through a package of measures, including use of new materials to reduce weight and lower internal friction and resistance. Furthermore, a new turbocharger, a revamp of the injection system and enhanced thermal management each make a contribution.

For example, the crankshaft has been redesigned with fewer counterweights and hollow bores to make it lighter and more free-revving than previously. Direct injection pressure has increased by 200 to a maximum of 2000 bar, which in turn increases the quality of air:fuel mixture formation. The variable geometry turbocharger is also a new design with optimised bearings and a new compressor wheel, which translates into improved throttle response and greater efficiency. The package of measures also removed 20 kg from the weight of the V6 engine, reducing the unladen weight of the Cayenne Diesel to 2080 kilograms.

Modifications to the hybrid manager now offer even more specific driving experiences. If the conditions are right, it will be possible even from a cold start to drive and manoeuvre at low speed on electric power alone. Previously, driving and manoeuvring on electric power after starting the engine was only possible once the operating temperature had been reached.

A new range of Porsche Exclusive options for the Cayenne models have been introduced. As with the Panamera Turbo, a Powerkit is now on offer for the Cayenne Turbo, boosting the maximum power by 40 hp to 540 hp. Maximum torque increases by 50 Nm to 750 Nm. Performance also improves to 4.6 seconds (0.1 s quicker) from 0 - 62 mph and the 176 mph top speed has improved by 3 mph.

Prices for all equipment upgrades and options will be confirmed nearer the on-sale date of June 2011.

Proton offers deposit

With the price of motoring ever on the increase, Proton knows that savings really count. Proton has therefore developed a series of generous deposit allowances towards the purchase of a new Proton, when bought via one of its affordable finance schemes. Under the scheme, motorists can take advantage of between £500 and £700 towards their deposit on the ecoLogic. With lower CO2 emissions and fuel costs, the dual fuel LPG ecoLogic from Proton comes with a £500 (GEN-2) or £700 (Persona) deposit allowance when financed with Proton Finance.

Mazda CX-5 launch

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that its all-new compact crossover SUV, which is scheduled to launch in the UK in 2012, will be called the Mazda CX-5. All-new, the Mazda CX-5 is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI concept car, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, and will also be shown at the New York International Auto Show.

Cop a load of this

The debut in SEAT dealerships nationwide of the Spanish car maker’s luxurious new Ibiza and Leon Copa models, allied to a major marketing campaign across the UK’s press, web, TV and radio waves, comes as welcome news to UK car buyers keen to wring every ounce of value out of their next purchase. Copa - the Spanish word for ‘cup’ and pronounced ‘copper’ (as in the metal) - sees a raft of high-value and desirable items of spec’ crammed into best-selling versions of SEAT’s two most popular models: the stylish Ibiza supermini and sporty Leon family hatchback.

All-new Kia Rio coming

Kia Motors and its Chinese joint venture partner, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, unveiled the K2 B-segment saloon at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show - heralding the all-new Kia Rio due to arrive in Europe in the late summer. Based on the platform of the all-new Rio, which made its world premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, the new K2 was designed and engineered specifically for the Chinese market and will enter production at Dongfeng Yueda.

Latest Volkswagen Beetle in Shanghai

Volkswagen has unveiled the latest generation Beetle in Shanghai, marking a new era in this iconic car’s history. The latest generation moves away from design of the New Beetle of 1998 and instead draws on cues from the original and Beetle Ragster concept shown in Detroit in 2005. As such it’s longer, wider and lower, giving a more masculine and dynamic appearance.

Changes to Toyota’s Auris range

A new entry level model leads Toyota’s changes to its Auris range for the 2011 model year, delivering extra equipment but at no extra cost to the customer.

The three and five-door Auris Edition replace the previous T2, available at the same on-the-road prices but with a significantly improved specification. TR and SR grades have also been revised to offer customers additional premium features as standard.

New exterior colours have been introduced, together with new-look interior trim details.