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    2011 AUDI A3 E-TRON CONCEPT

    The Audi A3 e-tron concept is a four-seat notchback sedan. The new A3 Sedan e-tron is a compact sized four-door saloon study featuring a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain, and it will receive its world premiere at this week’s 2011 Shanghai Auto Show in China.

    The electric motor runs off a set of lithium-ion batteries located behind the rear seats that offer a driving range of up to 54 km (34 miles). Audi says the batteries are charged by the standard energy recovery system when the car is in motion or directly from a household power socket when it is parked.

    2011 Audi A3 e-tron concept powered by hybrid powertrain comprising of a 211HP 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline unit with turbocharging and gasoline direct injection, and an electric motor with an output of 20 kW (27HP), for a combined system output of 238HP. A seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission is linked to the gasoline engine.

    Performance, when the gasoline engine and electric motor work together, the A3 e-tron is capable of completing the 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint in 6.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 231 km/h (144 mph).

    Audi also made some minor styling adjustments to the A3 Sedan, namely the e-tron-specific front grille and alloy wheels on the outside, and new colors in the interior.

    2012 KIA K2 FOR CHINA MARKET

    Kia Motors and its Chinese joint venture partner, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, unveiled the Kia K2 B-segment sedan at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show. The car will arrive in Europe in the late summer of 2011. A 5-door hatchback of version of the Kia K2 will commence production in August of this year.

    The K2 has been completely redesigned for the Chinese market, drawing on styling cues from the popular K5 sedan (known as ‘all-new Optima’ in many markets), including sophisticated lines that create a dynamic, bold and sophisticated exterior appearance.

    Measuring 4,370 mm (overall length) by 1,700 mm (overall width) by 1,460 mm (overall height), the Kia K2 is longer, wider and lower than the previous generation Rio and boasts the longest wheelbase (2,570 mm) in its class. The expanded dimensions allow Kia K2 to claim best-in-class interior space and ample luggage capacity of 500 litres (VDA). Space utilisation is further enhanced thanks to the 60:40 split rear seat.

    The front view features Kia’s signature “tiger nose” radiator grille and exudes a high-tech and bold image thanks to the innovative fog lamp design, large air intake and dynamic swept back headlamps. A side character line, side air vent and trunk edge line add to the sporty image of the Kia K2 while the rear view features a two-tone bumper and modern combination lamps.

    A spacious and comfortable feeling in interior, drivers will enjoy a 3-cylinder supervision instrument cluster, cloth lined door panels, leather steering wheel, engine start-stop button and smart key.

    2012 Kia K2 will be available to Chinese customers in six trim levels with either a 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine mated to a manual or automatic transmission.

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