New VW Tiguan Allspace brings extra room to Detroit 2017

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has been launched at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, with the new variant offering a longer wheelbase and the option of a thrid row of seats. That means the VW seven-seater is a rival for the Nissan X-Trail, and it’s set to arrive later on in 2017, with a European debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

In the US, this is the only verion of the VW Tiguan that will be offered, but here we’re getting the Allspace name attached to this longer version that’s been exended by 215mm in addition to the standard car. There’s a subtle new look, with a different grille and bonnet, while the larger rear side windows and longer roofline mark out the new version.

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The wheelbase is 110mm longer than the standard Tiguan’s, meaning there’s 60mm more legroom in the back seats and an added 115 litres of boot sapce, taking the seats-down/seats-up volume from 615/1,655 litres to 730/1,770 litres.

A third row of seats will be offered as an option, turning the Tiguan Allspace into a seven-seater SUV. Other options will include front- or all-wheel drive, as well as three petrol and three diesel engines from the standard Tiguan range. 

There’s no word on UK-specific release dates or prices yet, but expect to see the VW Tiguan Allspace arrive in the second half of 2017 with a price tag starting at around £26,000.

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US gets standard long-wheelbase Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen on Sunday unveiled the redesigned Tiguan that’s due in showrooms in the United States in 2017. The vehicle is on show this week at the 2017 Detroit auto show.

Arriving as a 2018 model, the vehicle is a stretched version of the standard Tiguan compact SUV that was first shown at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. In other markets it will be labeled a Tiguan Allspace and sold alongside the standard Tiguan. It’s not clear if VW will eventually add the smaller model to its local here.

The Tiguan we get will offer buyers the choice of five or seven seats, the latter split over three rows. This makes it the second three-row SUV that VW will launch in 2017. Joining it will be the mid-size Atlas which has just started production at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tiguan will be sourced from the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico. Both vehicles ride on the flexible MQB platform found in the Golf.

Compared to the outgoing Tiguan, the redesigned model is a substantial 10.7 inches longer, which results in an extra 57 percent of cargo space. It also has a more muscular stance plus a more practical 26-degree approach angle for off-roading. All-wheel drive with four settings is also available for anyone that might interested in heading off the pavement. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Just one powertrain has been announced: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 delivering 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is an 8-speed automatic. Further down the track, a hybrid option may join the ranks. The option was previewed by the Tiguan GTE Active concept unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show.

Inside, the basic layout is similar to what you find in the Golf . However, there are some pretty advanced technologies available such as a digital instrument cluster and the latest electronic driver aids. The list includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, and blind spot, cross traffic and lane departure warning systems.

Pricing will be announced closer to the market launch but should be competitive with rivals like the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

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‘?nlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,’ said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. ‘From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.’

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Mercedes-AMG GLA45 and CLA45 to get black-and-yellow AMG Performance Studio package

With the GLA 45 and CLA 45, Mercedes-AMG has tapped into a new customer base. Priced around $50,000, these vehicles allow AMG to sell its vehicles to a customer who can’t afford its higher end models that cost $65,000 or much, much more.

To celebrate this relatively new customer, Mercedes-AMG is releasing the new AMG Performance Studio package for the CLA45 and GLA45.

Mercedes announced the package as part of its 2018 GLA press release, so it appears it will be offered for the 2018 models for both vehicles.

The GLA 45 will also be offered with the AMG Performance Studio package, which is known as the Yellow Night Edition in other markets.

Models with the package are offered in either Night Black or Cosmos Black paint with Matt Graphite Grey and Yellow sections. The wheels are matte black with yellow rim flanges and the twin louver in the grille is painted black. Yellow highlights are found on the front bumper, mirror housings, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear wing. There are also Matte Graphite Grey foil AMG sport stripes on the hood, roof, tailgate or trunk, and the sides of the vehicle.

Inside, the AMG Performance Studio package models have MB-Tex seats with synthetic suede inserts and yellow trim. Yellow trim is also found on the synthetic suede-covered steering wheel (which has a yellow 12 o’clock marking), rear seat, dashborard, betllines, and armrests. The door panels are Graphite Grey with yellow AMG logos, the floormats have yellow edging, and yellow air outlets.

GLA45 and CLA45 models equipped with the AMG Performance Studio Package also get the features of the AMG Aerodynamics package, the AMG Night package, and yellow top stitching.

Mercedes hasn’t announced timing for the CLA45, but the 2018 GLA45 is due to hit dealer showrooms this summer. Pricing is yet to be announced.


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Refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA debuts in Detroit

We first saw the Mercedes-Benz GLA as a 2015 model; here in Detroit, Mercedes showed the an updated version of its small, front-wheel-drive-based crossover as a 2018 model.

The changes for the GLA 250 and performance-oriented GLA 45 are mostly cosmetic.

Let’s start with the GLA 250. On the outside, it gets new bumpers front and rear, new wheel designs, and an available Canyon Beige color. The previously optional bi-xenon headlights have given way to newly optional LED headlights that Mercedes says have a color signature close to that of daylight. New LED taillights are found at the rear, and tweaks have been made to areas such as the front pillars, mirror housings, underbody, taillights, and rear lip spoiler to improve aerodynamics.

Inside, the GLA 250 gets new seat covers, darker gauges with red needles, silver chrome highlights on the seat adjustment controls, a chrome frame around the center console, and a newly available 360-degree camera. An Interior package comes with sport seats, while a Night package adds AMG 19-inch wheels and black trim on the exterior mirrors, roof rails, window trim, exhaust tips, and other exterior accents.

Forward collision warnings with emergency braking are standard, and so is Attention Assist, which can detect if the driver is getting drowsy and flash a warning. Also new is a hands-free tailgate that is activated by the wave of a foot.

The engine remains a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel-drive will continue to be offered.

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 features a restyled front apron, new air intake grilles, a front splitter insert in silver chrome, and those LED headlights as standard. Along the sides, the inserts in the lower side sills are also silver chrome. At the back, there is a new diffuser insert in the rear apron, the trim is silver chrome, and there is a new lip on the roof spoiler.

Inside, the dash is covered in MB-Tex vinyl with red contrast stitching. The gauge design is new, and the 360-degree camera is optional. 

The 375-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder carries over unchanged. It sends its power through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels via Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Zero to 60 mph takes just 4.3 seconds.

The GLA 45 will also be offered with the AMG Performance Studio package, which is known as the Yellow Night Edition in other markets. It features black and grey paint, with yellow trim inside and out.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA models will go on sale this summer.


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The largest marina-island in the world MARINA D’ARECHI opens in Italy

MARINA D’ARECHI, the brand new and very impressive development, is now opened in Salerno, Italy. The marina has an imposing size of 340,000 sq m of water basin, with 1,000 berths including 80 berths for the superyachts of more than 100m. There is also a yacht maintenance and repair facility with a 220 ton capacity travel lift, as well as 14 fuel dispensers.


Marina d’Arechi



Marina d’Arechi is the largest marina-island in the world. A bridge connects it to the islands, which means that there is on;y one access point and one exit. Another stunning feature of the marina is its location – it is situated at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site along the Amalfi Coast. This provides an easy access to Amalfi, Capri and Malta.

Marina d´Arechi Port Village will be one of the largest superyacht marinas in the Mediterranean

Marina d´Arechi Port Village will be one of the largest superyacht marinas in the Mediterranean

Marina d´Arechi Port Village by night

Marina d´Arechi Port Village by night

Italy has been a very popular yachting destination in the Mediterranean. It is now perfect time to start planning your summer yacht charter vacation. View a great selection of superyacht available for charter in summer 2017. For more information please contact your preferred charter broker.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 and GLA45 Drops in Detroit, Gives You New Bumpers

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 4MATIC Yellow Night Edition, X156, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has a total of seven model series in the SUV/crossover playing field, ranging from its granddaddy G-Wagen to the compact GLA. Given SUVs and crossovers are enjoying record sales numbers, it should be no surprise manufacturers are wont to outdo their competitors by keeping them as fresh as possible.

Applying their considerable engineering might, the boffins in Stuttgart will kick off 2018 with a neue version of the GLA — with some new bumpers.

Three different trims will be on offer: a front-drive Mercedes-Benz GLA250, a Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC shuttling power to all four wheels, and a gonzo all-wheel drive Mercedes-AMG GLA45. Wings abound on certain trims. More on that later.

While the segment enjoys explosive growth, Mercedes-Benz has updated its baby ute with new bumpers, wheels, gauges, fancy seat coverings, and a new color called “Canyon Beige” — and that’s about it. The 2018 GLA is the equivalent of reheating a three-year-old cuppa joe.

Both GLA250 models are powered by an unchanged 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four making 208 hp at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque between 1,250 rpm and 4,000 rpm. Low-end grunt, then, should be more than adequate for around-town driving, the natural home for most of these diminutive soft-roaders.

Mercedes-Benz GLA, X156, 2017

The GLA45 deploys the same 2.0-liter displacement as its little brother and again cranks the wick to a remarkable 375 hp of power and 350 lb-ft of torque, flinging drivers from a standstill to 60 mph in a scant 4.3 seconds. As befits a product branded with the Mercedes-AMG badge, the standard seven-speed DCT transmission deploys shorter ratios in its top five gears, while an optional Performance Exhaust System allows drivers to pump up the auditory party either via a pre-programmed drive program or simply hitting a switch.

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, X156, 2017

Merc’s “Active Brake Assist” shows up as standard, as does a raft of safety equipment in all-caps “ATTENTION ASSIST,” which can detect typical signs of drowsiness via steering behavior and warn the driver by serving them a hot cup of coffee (not really; it’ll likely sound an alarm or vibrate the seat).

Owners can blind the proletariat with LED high performance headlamps, optional on the GLA250 and standard on the GLA45. A natty Yellow Night edition is available in a couple different shades of black with matte grey and (befitting the name) yellow trim on the front bumper, mirror housings, and rear wing, because you need a rear wing on a compact crossover. The kids need downforce during trips to the mall, y’know.

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, X156, 2017

With Daimler and Nissan telling Reuters in separate statements they’ll only pursue joint ventures when it is “beneficial for both sides,” it’ll be interesting to see if this new GLA will show up amongst the Q- and QX-ness of Infiniti’s product lineup.

The refreshed 2018 GLA models will have their world premiere at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit and will go on sale in the U.S. market in summer 2017.

I.D. Buzz Concept Makes Its World Debut At The North American International Auto Show In Detroit

The era of electric mobility has begun, and Volkswagen will be shaping it with the I.D. B?ZZ concept presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A Microbus for a new era, the electric concept forges links between the origins of the Volkswagen brand and its electrifying future. The I.D. B?ZZ, like the compact I.D. presented at the Paris Motor Show, is another new Volkswagen vehicle that gives compelling design to electric mobility and reflects a transformation of the brand and its models.

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