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    Volkswagen’s New Multivan Is More Carlike, Comes in Plug-In-Hybrid Version

    This is Volkswagen’s new Multivan for the Europe market, and it’s finished in a sweet two-tone paint job. The Multivan is built on VW’s MQB architecture and is available with a choice of two gas engines, a diesel, or a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. There are seven seats, and the five in the rear can be configured into different layouts. We often envy Europeans and their sports cars and hot hatches that legislative hurdles of the auto industry deny us. But this is a different vehicle we’d love the chance to buy, but almost certainly won’t get: Volkswagen’s stylish new Multivan.

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    Replacing the Caravelle van, which is based on the Europe-market Transporter, the new model has made the transition to a car platform and will exclusively be available as a passenger-carrying vehicle. The new Multivan sits on the familiar MQB architecture that underpins pretty much all of the Volkswagen Group’s small and mid-size offerings. VW says that there won’t be a commercial version, and all Multivans will have a full set of windows. (The work-grade T6 Transporter will be sold alongside it in Europe for several more years, before being replaced by a van on the same platform as the next Ford Transit.)The Multivan looks great in these first images. We’ve always been suckers for a two-tone Volkswagen bus. Two lengths will be available, with the regular 195.8 inches long and the extended version 203.7 inches, which is longer than most European parking spaces. To compare with U.S.-market vehicles, it fits between the Ford Transit work van, which starts at 217.8 inches in length, and the Transit Connect, the longest version of which measures 190.0 inches.

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    Seven seats will come standard, with the ability to move the five seats in back into different configurations or remove them entirely. The Multivan’s second row can also be turned 180 degrees to create conference-style seating. There is a central fold-up table that can be moved along a floor track between the different rows. This makes use of the increased space at the front of the passenger compartment from the lack of any floor console or gearshifter.

    Engine options will include an entry-level 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower and a 2.0-liter TSI with 201 horsepower. Europeans will also get the chance to buy it with a 148-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine. The range-topping powertrain will be a plug-in hybrid combining a 1.4-liter engine and electric motor powered by a 13.0-kWh lithium-ion battery under the van’s floor. This will give a peak system output of 215 horsepower and will allow local trips under pure electric power. DSG transmissions will be standard on all versions: a six-speed for the hybrid and seven-speed for the other engines.The switch to the MQB platform and Volkswagen’s latest electronic architecture means the new Multivan will offer much more technology than any of its predecessors, with conventional buttons largely abolished from the center console. A 10.3-inch digital instrument display and a 10.0-inch central touchscreen will be standard, and the Multivan will also get Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive system, which includes radar cruise control with active lane keeping.Prices haven’t been released yet, but the new Multivan won’t be cheap. The current generation Caravelle starts at the equivalent of $44,500 in Germany, and you can bet Volkswagen will charge a supplement for the many extra features of the swish new model. U.S. sales look unlikely, although we will be able to take consolation with the retro-looking electric ID.Buzz Microbus. Eventually.
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    Here's Your Chance to Buy a Perfectly Legal Midnight Purple R34 Skyline GT-R

    The R34-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R is the one everyone wants. Made famous in the U.S. by Brian O’Connor (played by Paul Walker) in 2Fast 2Furious, it commands the most value out of any Skyline variant, despite not being legal for import into the U.S. for another two years. There are a handful of exceptions, though. One such example has just popped up for sale on Bring a Trailer. This Skyline, a 1991 GT-R V-Spec painted in a stunning shade of Midnight Purple, was imported into the U.S. in 2020 under the “Show or Display” exemption. The rule, set up by NHTSA, allows certain relevant or important vehicles to be imported by anyone regardless of when they were built, as long as the cars in question are driven a maximum of 2500 miles per year. The list of exempt vehicles has grown to 61 at this time of writing. The 1991 Skyline GT-R V-Spec is one of three Skylines on the list, the other two being the 1990 Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R NISMO and the 2002 Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R M-Spec Nür.

    If you’re prepared to buy this car, be ready to pay the price. Legalized R34 GT-Rs go for big money in the U.S., no matter the condition. This one is in great shape, judging by the photos. It just received a whole bunch of maintenance work and a set of Öhlins coil-overs. There’s only 64,000 kilometers (around 40,000 miles) on the odometer. As of this writing, the high bid sits at $207,034, with the auction ending on Tuesday, June 22.Should you win this auction, taking ownership of the Skyline in question isn’t as easy as having a title signed over. Show or Display cars must have ownership transfers approved by NHTSA, and new owners must apply for a new Show or Display approval of their own. It’s a complicated process, but if you’re a GT-R fan, it’s probably worth it for you. Bring a Trailer is also owned by Road & Track’s parent company, Hearst Autos.

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    Yamaha R15 V3 Aftermarket Modification Aero Kit Launched By Autologue Design

    2021 Yamaha R15 V3 Aero Kit by Autologue DesignAutologue Design is offering a new Aerodynamic kit specifically made for Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0
    Aftermarket fitments are usually added to spruce up the look of a vehicle. However, in some cases, they also add to the vehicle’s functionality and maybe even performance. A case in point is a new bunch of accessories offered in an aero kit by Pune-based aftermarket workshop Autologue Design.
    Contents of Aero Kit
    As suggested by the name, the aero kit offers aftermarket fitments to enhance the aerodynamic feel of the entry-level superbike. The kit is claimed to accentuate the motorcycle’s performance on the track. Interested buyers can contact the workshop and book the aero kit at a token amount of Rs 2,000.
    2021 Yamaha R15 V3 Aero Kit by Autologue Design
    Deliveries of the kits are expected to commence in three-four weeks. The kit comprises a bolt-on tank cover along with GP-styled winglets. Other attachments include an aerodynamic fuel tank worth Rs 4,500 and aero winglets worth Rs 2,250. However, on pre-ordering one can avail both these accessories at Rs. 3,600 and Rs. 1,800 respectively. The accessories also spruce up the bike’s look considerably by adding on to the dark theme.
    Yamaha R15 specs, features & prices
    YZF R15 is powered by a 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injector motor that returns a class-leading output of 18.37 bhp and a peak torque of 14.1 Nm. This unit is linked with a 6-speed gearbox and returns a claimed fuel economy of 43 kmpl.
    2021 Yamaha R15 V3 Aero Kit by Autologue Design
    Coming to its hardware, YZF R15 gets upside-down front forks in international markets. However, the India-spec model gets conventional telescopic forks at front in order to keep the costs in check.
    2021 Yamaha R15 V3 Aero Kit by Autologue Design
    Anchorage is taken care of by disc brakes at both ends and is now equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard equipment. In terms of features, all-LED lamps and a fully digital instrument cluster that display a host of drive-related information. Other features include a side-stand engine cut-off switch, dual-tone horns and a radial tyre at rear as standard fitments. It gets an 11-liter fuel tank and tips weighing scales at 142kg.
    The fully-faired sports bike can be availed in four paint schemes including Racing Blue, Thunder Grey, Darknight, and Metallic Red. Prices start at Rs 1,50,600 and go up to Rs 1,52,700 (both prices ex-showroom) depending on the colour scheme one chooses.
    2021 Yamaha R15 V3 Aero Kit by Autologue Design
    Yamaha 155cc Lineup
    Yamaha has expanded the 155cc VVA motor lineup internationally with the naked sibling of R15 named MT-15 and a host of scooter offerings which include NMax, Aerox and Sniper. The Japanese bikemaker is soon going to launch a new retro-style motorcycle based on the FZ Fi named FZ-X in India. More

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    2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Debuts With New Colour Options

    2021 Kawasaki ZX25RKawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is by far the most powerful quarter-litre superbike in the global market
    Kawasaki has launched the latest 2021 iteration of Ninja ZX-25R with an updated colour palette in Indonesia. The baby Ninja made its global debut in July last year and has richly earned applauds from all quarters. The fully-faired motorcycle is exclusively made in Indonesia and is currently retailed in a few select international markets.
    New Colour Options
    The 250cc lightweight supersport motorcycle has been termed as an efficient track machine as well as a good daily commuter. It is retailed in two trims-Standard and Special Edition. For 2021, the Japanese superbike manufacturer has introduced new paint schemes. The Standard version is available only in Metallic Spark Black finish.
    On the other hand, the top-spec model of ZX-25R Special Edition is offered in three colour options including Lime green/Pearl blizzard white, metallic graphene steel gray, and probably the most attractive of them all Passion red/pearl blizzard white.
    Other than the updated colour palette there has been no changes made to this mini sports bike. The motorcycle retains its overall design in its latest iteration. In fact, its design is somewhat similar to the standard Ninja 400.
    2021 Kawasaki ZX25R
    Prices for the 2021 iteration of ZX-25R starts at IDR 98,850,000 (approx. INR 5.10 lakh) for the standard non-ABS trim and IDR 116,000,000 (approx. INR 6 lakh) for the Special Edition variant which comes with ABS. While there are a host of entry-level quarter-litre superbikes in the market, it holds a unique distinction of packing an inline-4 cylinder liquid-cooled 250cc engine underneath.
    ZX-25R Specs & Features
    The 250cc motor delivers a mind-boggling 51 bhp at 15,500rpm and a peak torque of 22.9 Nm at 14,500 rpm. This unit is paired to a 6-speed gearbox with an assist and slipper clutch for smooth and precise gearshifts.
    Speaking of its hardware, its suspension setup comprises 37mm USD forks from Showa with Separate Function Fork-Big Piston at front whereas a backlink gas-charged shock absorber with spring preload adjustability is placed at rear.
    Braking is taken care of by a 310 mm radially mounted single disc brake with four pistons at the front and a 220 mm single rotor with a single calliper at the rear wheel. A dual-channel ABS handles safety but only in the top trim. Ninja ZX-25R has a very accessible saddle height of 785mm. At a kerb weight of 182kg, it is interestingly heavier than Ninja 300 and Ninja 400. Some of the features on offer include traction control, a bi-directional quick-shifter, electronic throttle valves and power modes. More

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    2022 Lexus NX Redone with New Engines, New Infotainment, and a New Look

    The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX features a broad powertrain lineup including a new plug-in-hybrid model.The versions comprise gasoline NX250 and NX350 models, and NX350h and NX450h+ hybrids.The new NX will go on sale in the U.S. this fall.The NX is the second best-selling Lexus model after the RX, so it’s no surprise that the company is pulling out all the stops for the new 2022 NX. This second-generation model will arrive this fall with a new design, a new infotainment system, and a significantly broader range of powertrain options including a new turbo four-cylinder gas engine and a newly available plug-in hybrid model.
    The NX lineup starts off with the base NX250, which has the same naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four from the RAV4, producing 203 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. In terms of power output, the next step up is the NX350h, which combines a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with two electric motor-generators for a total of 239 horsepower—20 hp more than the RAV4 hybrid. Lexus claims up to 36 mpg for the hybrid model.

    The nonhybrid NX350 features a new turbo 2.4-liter inline-four with 275 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque, which should make it significantly quicker than the previous NX300 and its less powerful turbo 2.0-liter engine. It also has an eight-speed automatic transmission. And sitting at the top is the NX450h+ plug-in-hybrid, which shares its all-wheel-drive 302-horsepower drivetrain with the surprisingly quick RAV4 Prime. Lexus claims the plug-in model will have an estimated electric driving range of 36 miles, compared with the RAV4 Prime’s EPA-estimated 42-mile range.The NX’s new exterior design isn’t revolutionary, but we think the spindle grille design is better integrated than before. Out back, the NX incorporates a new “Lexus” script across the tailgate with a different font in place of the typical oval “L” logo, which remains in front.
    The biggest changes are seen inside, as the NX debuts a completely new infotainment interface for Lexus. We’re glad to see the old touchpad controller disappear, and the new system uses a centrally mounted touchscreen and a few physical knobs. A 9.8-inch screen is standard, while a huge 14.0-inch touchscreen is optional and incorporates many of the climate controls into the screen. Lexus claims that the new model has more rear-seat room and cargo space than before, but hasn’t yet provided specific dimensions for the 2022 NX. An F Sport package will be offered for both the NX350 and NX450h+ models that adds appearance tweaks—including dark trim and black 20-inch wheels—along with adaptive dampers. New options include a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, and upgraded driver-assistance features including a system that prevents you from opening the door from inside the car if it senses that a bicyclist or another vehicle is approaching.
    We assume that the NX will cost a bit more than the current car, which starts at $38,635 for the base front-wheel-drive NX300 model and $41,185 for an all-wheel-drive NX300h hybrid. We’ll find out more information closer to its on-sale date this fall.
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    Cars About to Jump in Value: Window Shop with Car and Driver

    Every car lover has a story about that one that got away, a car that they wish they’d bought when it was still affordable. To avoid having those sorts of regrets in the future, the Window Shop team challenged themselves to find cars listed online that are right about to jump in value. We set a budget of $30,000, which for the first time in a long time, no one exceeded. Now, let’s go make some money.After a few weeks off, senior editor Joey Capparella returns to serve up a 2003 Nissan Xterra that makes up for its high mileage with a manual transmission and the optional supercharger. The crew quickly spots what appears to be a sagging front suspension, but the choice is a good one since Capparella posits that one the reasons that particular cars increase in value is due to a lack of anything like it in the new-car market. There’s certainly nothing like the body-on-frame Xterra today, which may drive values skyward. C/D’s newest hire, senior editor Elana Scherr is back again this week and her 1996 Camaro Z28 SS offers up 305 horsepower, a ram-air intake, and T-tops. The shoppers ooh and ahh over the pristine condition of her 19,000-mile find while they consider the questionable interior design and the two-spoke steering wheel. Scherr’s pitch includes a rather flattering comparison of her Camaro to the new Ferrari SF90 that isn’t nearly as crazy as you might think. Still reeling from Elana’s comparison, Road & Track senior editor John Pearley Huffman steps in and shares his 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1. His Grabber Blue example wears its 60,000 miles well, but it strikes a few of us as all the money for an SN95 Mustang, even if it was only offered for one year and has a shaker hood. The last two cars come from deputy testing director K.C. Colwell and deputy editor Tony Quiroga. Colwell picks a once-common and now-rare first-generation Nissan Pathfinder that looks like it has the potential to shoot up in value. Quiroga presents an unloved Mopar machine that could out accelerate a period Mustang GT, but he can’t escape that at its core, it’s a K-Car, and K-Cars are a tough sell in the collector world. As always, there’s plenty of bickering, interrupting each other, and laughs. Let us know in the comments what cars you think are on the cusp of increasing in value.

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    2022 Chevy Corvette Gets Engine Improvements, Costs $1200 More

    The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new fuel pump and injectors and an improved engine management system.Chevy is also offering an appearance package that honors the C8.R race car’s inaugural season, which is limited to only 1000 cars. The 2022 Corvette will be available to order on July 1, and pricing starts at $62,195.UPDATE 6/11/21 2:30 p.m.: Chevrolet has provided additional pricing information on the 2022 Corvette. It starts at $69,495 for the 2LT coupe and $74,145 for the 3LT coupe.Chevrolet has recently added a few new color options for the 2022 C8 Corvette, and now it is offering a limited appearance package inspired by the 2021 IMSA GTLM champion C8.R race car. Chevy also improved the mid-engine sports car’s fuel and engine management systems, but the Corvette is not making any more power than before. Its starting price is also increasing to $62,195, which is $1200 more than the previous model year.

    The 2022 Corvette’s naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 is equipped with a new fuel pump and fuel injectors that allow for running higher fuel pressures. Output is unchanged at 490 horsepower (495 with the performance exhaust) and 470 pound-feet of torque. It’s equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In our testing, the C8 reached 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and raced through the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 122 mph. The improved Active Fuel Management system allows the cylinder deactivation to be engaged at lower speeds, though fuel-economy estimates have not yet been announced. The new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition package, which is limited to 1000 cars, starts at $6595 and is available on 3LT models equipped with the Z51 Performance package. Two colors are available: Accelerate Yellow with gray accents or Hypersonic Gray with yellow accents. The spoilers and mirrors are finished in Carbon Flash, and the wheels are black with the Corvette Racing “Jake” skull logo on the center caps and yellow brakes.

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    These special-edition cars have a unique Strike Yellow and Sky Cool Gray interior with the GT2 bucket seats with yellow seatbelts. The Competition seats can be selected as well, and there’s a C8.R Special Edition numbered plaque between the seats. They come with a unique car cover that mimics the look of the Corvette C8.R race car.

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    Additionally, Corvettes not equipped with the track-ready Z51 package can now be ordered with a new low rear spoiler (pictured) and a Z51 front splitter. The 2022 Corvette, including the IMSA GTLM Championship Edition package, will be available to order on July 1 starting at $62,195. The C8.R will race in Detroit for the first time tomorrow, June 12, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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    2021 Honda Gold Wing BS6 Launch Soon – Packs In A Range Of Updates

    2021 Honda GoldwingIn its BS4 format, Honda Gold Wing retailed at a price of Rs 29 lakh
    Already available in international markets, 2021 Honda Gold Wing will soon be launched in India. It is one of the popular touring motorcycles in North America, Australia, Western Europe and its home market Japan. The motorcycle has a long history, having debuted as GL1000 way back in 1975. Over the years, continuous improvements have made Gold Wing one of the most hi-tech motorcycles currently in production.
    2021 Honda Gold Wing – What’s new
    One of the key updates in 2021 Honda Gold Wing is support for Android Auto. Earlier it was offered only with Apple CarPlay. Just for records, Honda Gold Wing was the first commercially produced motorcycle to start using a tech platform designed for cars. It goes on to show the level of advancement the motorcycle has been equipped with.
    2021 Gold Wings along with the ones produced from 2018 onwards have support for Android Auto. When connected to the user’s smartphone, tools like Google Maps, Waze, and Google Assistant can be accessed. Users have access to weather updates, music streaming services, playlists and telephone numbers. When used with a compatible Bluetooth headset, users can take calls on the go.
    Visually, 2021 Gold Wings get some new colour options and styling updates. For example, the motorcycle now comes with solid red tail lights. Graphics are also part of the update on some models.
    2021 Honda Goldwing
    2021 Gold Wing is available in five trims, the base standard model, Gold Wing automatic DCT, Gold Wing Tour, Gold Wing Tour automatic DCT and Gold Wing Tour Airbag Automatic DCT. Colour options vary based on the trim and include Deep Pearl Gray, Metallic Black, and Candy Ardent Red.
    2021 Honda Goldwing
    Other updates include more comfortable seats on the Tour models. The trunk is now bigger and offers 11 litres of additional storage. The sound system has been updated with a 55-watt capacity unit.
    2021 Honda Gold Wing powertrain
    Gold Wing comes with an 1833cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. The motor is capable of generating max power of 125 hp at 5,500 rpm and max torque of 170 Nm at 4,500 rpm. Depending on the variant, the transmission is 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic DCT. The overdrive seventh gear in automatic version is especially designed for highway cruising. DCT variants come with reverse and walking mode.
    Honda Gold Wings offer four ride modes of Tour, Sport, Rain, and Econ. As compared to earlier generations, 2021 Gold Wing has 22% higher fuel efficiency. This has been made possible with the motorcycle’s lighter weight and improvements in engine and intake system. As per EPA standards, 2021 Honda Gold Wing has fuel efficiency of 42 miles per gallon. More