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Jeep Wrangler XPLORE

Each year at the Moab Easter, besides all the amazing concept cars Chrysler brings along, aftermarket companies also reveal unique productions.

Check out the new XPLORE Adventure Series Jeep Wrangler by Venchurs. It is apparently a one-off and will soon be auctioned-off to benefit the National Park Foundation. But you can order the package form Chrysler dealerships, and it includes four stages of upgrades fro your Wrangler.

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Jeep Wrangler Accessories are a great way to upgrade your Wrangler

Visually, it features matte dark green paint and Mopar and ARB accessories.The options depending on the stage include Xplore/Method Racing aluminum wheels in black or machined-finish, Bilstein 5100 Series shocks, Mopar cat-back exhaust and Xplore aluminum badges and floormats, BF Goodrich off-road tires, expedition quality ARB roof racks, rock-rails, roof-top tents, bumpers, tire carriers, Warn winches and IPF lighting; all available as mix-and-match accessories.

Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4 Upgrade

Skoda has upgraded the popular Octavia Scout 4×4 for the Australian market with new top of the line premium models and a DSG transmission.

The Octavia Scout 4×4 with DSG transmission improves the car’s fuel efficiency, comfort, versatility. The combination of 103TDI engine with an automatic, twin-clutch, six-speed DSG transmission, a clever all-wheel drive system, and an extensive list of standard features makes the new Scout even more interesting for customers looking for an affordable but refined crossover.

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Standard safety features on the Octavia Scout 4×4 include six airbags and ESP including ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control. The all-wheel drive system, Škoda’s fourth-generation Haldex clutch, represents the best in modern all-wheel drive technology. It works with other onboard electronic systems and has an exceptionally fast response time.

Equipment Highlights

  • All-wheel drive
  • 17” ‘Proteus’ alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Six airbags – dual front, front side and curtain
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
  • Electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Program), ABS, EBD, ASR and hill hold control
  • Front foglights
  • Columbus’ satellite navigation incl. 30GB hard drive and voice control (8 speakers)
  • Underbody protection
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Body protective mouldings
  • Leather pack (steering wheel, gearknob, and gaiter)
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • Heated front seats
  • Light Assist (coming home/leaving home function)
  • Rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Hill Hold Control
  • 17” ‘Proteus’ polished alloy wheels
  • Privacy windows (from B-pillar)
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Electric driver’s seat memory
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    2011 Four-Wheel Drive Car of the Year: BMW X3

    We are not big fans of the new BMW X3 to be honest. We think it’s too ugly, but still we can’t deny it’s engineering excellence as a fine small SUV.

    And that’s what makes it popular. It is also what won it the 2011 2011 Four-Wheel Drive Car of the Year title, awarded to the Bavarian car by readers of the magazine “Off Road”. With this double success, the new BMW X3 is quick in following the traces of its predecessor, which, in 2006 and 2007, was able to secure the readers’ vote of both periodicals twice in succession.

    So if you decided you can live with its design, let us talk you through some of the technical features of the BMW X3.

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    Compared to the predecessor model, with which BMW established the concept of the Sports Activity Vehicle in this segment, it offers a noticeable increase in space, even more efficient engines, optimum motoring comfort and a widened choice of innovative equipment features. Both at the front and at the rear the new BMW X3 convinces through outstanding travel comfort and a high-class ambience. With a 550-litre loading capacity, which can be increased to 1,600 litres, and 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, the vehicle’s carrying capacities also set new benchmarks for the segment. In the spring of 2011, the engine portfolio for the new BMW X3 will comprise two petrol engines and two diesel engines with a power output ranging from 135 kW/184 bhp to 225 kW/306 bhp. Depending on the engine variant, the new BMW X3 features an eight-speed automatic transmission either as standard or as an option. The still unique, intelligent four-wheel drive system xDrive has been optimised even further. Electronically controlled power distribution ensures not only supreme traction and maximum road stability on slippery surfaces, but also superior dynamics on the road, thus providing that unmistakable driving pleasure that is so typical of BMW.

    Another new feature for the 2011 model is the BMW ConnectedDrive system which includes amazing options like in-car Internet access and Head Up Display. They are not cheap though!

    Jeep Off-road Driving Course

    At the 2011 San Diego International Auto Show, Jeep has a special treat for the fans with the “Jeep Rocks & Road Tour.”

    The “Jeep Rocks & Road Tour” provides the ultimate off-road driving course for attendees at air shows, auto shows, fairs and festivals all over the country. The program is free for those attending the San Diego Auto Show and is designed for the public to get acclimated with the 4×4 capabilities of the Cherokee and the Wrangler.

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    The “Jeep Rocks & Road Tour” courses consist of several obstacles that simulate some of the rigorous testing that Jeep vehicles endure before customers get behind the wheel. Courses include elements that demonstrate the Trail Rated capabilities of Jeep vehicles for articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability and traction.

    Jeep Rocks & Road Tour Location, Dates and Times:
    2011 San Diego International Auto Show
    San Diego Convention Center
    111 W. Harbor Dr.
    San Diego, Calif. 92101
    Th. Dec. 30 10AM – 9PM
    Fri. Dec. 31 10AM – 7PM
    Sat. Jan. 1 10AM – 9PM
    Sun. Jan. 2 10AM – 7PM

    Toyota Land Cruiser Sales Surge

    As Europe is getting covered almost entirely in snow, Toyota is enjoying very good days in UK as the sales of the Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser V8 are up 77 per cent and 120 per cent respectively over the same period from last year.

    Land Cruiser owes a large part of its success to its image as a robust and capable 4×4, which is the result of 60 years of presence in the market.

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    In the UK, Land Cruiser is available in three grades, using a 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine, 5-speed automatic transmission and provides user-friendly advanced technologies for handling, safety and driver guidance. This includes Multi-Terrain Select system, Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Monitors. The Land Cruiser V8, uses Toyota’s most powerful diesel engine, a 4.5-litre D-4D providing 282bhp and 650Nm of torque, through a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual gear change.

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