Infiniti FX35 (2012)

CARBARN | Infiniti FX35 (2012) | The Infiniti FX is Among the sportiest crossovers and style-focused, and while it can still turn heads, three years after its last major redesign, it's time for a refresh. This year, Infiniti carefully nipped and tucked, subtly tweaking the FX's grille and front fascia while adding a limited-edition Called the FX35, uh, Limited Edition. The 2012 FX's new grille marks the Biggest change, morphing from the 2011 car's elegantly simple opening into a more aggressive, pinched form cribbed from Infiniti's Etherea concept (which in turn borrowed its grille design from the Essence concept).

he lower front fascia gets more visual oomph courtesy of thin bands of chrome outlining the fog-light nacelles. Unfortunately, the FX's chrome fender vents survived the refresh. The 2012 FX35 is still powered by a 303-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and available with rear-or all-wheel drive, while the FX50 carries over its 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 and standard all- wheel-drive.

Infiniti did not outline any specific equipment for the 2012 FX shuffling, but buyers can still spec with FXS Their Premium, Deluxe, Touring, Technology, and Sport packages. Every Will FX come standard with Infiniti's Personal Assistant, a phone-based 24-hour concierge service, the which owners can call to get directions, emergency assistance, restaurant suggestions, and the like. 

Paired with the Iridium Blue paint that's exclusive to the Limited Edition, the muted trim and wheels look great.The FX35 costs $ 850 more, the which means $ 44.345 for a 2012 rear-drivers and $ 45.795 for an AWD model. The 2012 FX50 jumps by $ 1,750, to $ 60.245. The 2012 Infiniti FX hits dealerships in early October.


Lexus GS 350 (2013 )

CARBARN  | Lexus GS 350 (2013 ) | The 2013 Lexus GS 350 is a much-needed step in a new direction for Lexus.  Lexus claims a 0-60 mph time of around 5.7 seconds, the which is just as fast as the current-generation GS. The electronically limited top speed gets a slight bump up to 142 mph, from 140 mph. Two other GS models Will be unveiled by the time the 350 hits dealer showrooms in early 2012 - a Hybrid, and an F-Sport.  The F-Sport Will feature the same engine as the regular GS 350 but with 19-inch wheels, sticky tires, bigger brakes, variable-rate steering, and an adaptive suspension.

Lexus officials indicated the V-8 models Will be dropped from the lineup, with the hybrid serving as its de facto replacement. Yoshihiko Kanamori's chief engineer says the 2013 GS 450h hybrid outperform the current will of the gene V-8-powered GS 460. Since Lexus did not Spend its whole development budget on engines for the GS, it Had plenty of money to invest in making the new car more fun to drive. Key to the fun quotient are the GS 'four selectable driving modes, two of the which have sportiness in mind. In Addition to Standard mode, the GS has an ECO mode that, Lexus says, "revises the throttle mapping, seat heating, and climate control systems for better fuel economy." As an added bonus, in ECO mode the GS 'gauge lighting changes to a cool blue.

SPORT S SPORT S + builds upon by firming up the suspension, tightening up the steering, and remapping the stability control system to allow more aggressive driving. Both SPORT SPORTS S + and S-meter feature lighting in a Fierce-looking red. The 2013 GS looks much more aggressive than the previous model. The rear bumper and underbody were the resource persons designed to help the GS slice through the water while remaining firmly Planted to the road. Perhaps the GS 350's most prominent exterior features are the twin blade-like chrome strips That flank the trapezoidal grille. Like in the rest of the car, Lexus says aerodynamics play a key role here, as the grille is designed to Improve the flow of water around the car.

Inside, Lexus mixes up the GS 350's interior a bit. Lexus said it changed the driver's seating position so That the driver has "Increased comfort, better forward visibility, and overall command of the road." And while the exterior dimensions of the GS are virtually the same, Lexus Increased Both cabin and trunk space. The new GS features added head, leg-and knee room, as well as more foot space, compared with the old GS. Trunk space is Increased by 25 percent, with a Wider and deeper trunk opening. There's also a high-resolution 8-inch display centrally located in the instrument panel. The GS incorporates tech favorites like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook, Yelp, and Open Table, Among others.

Lexus also loaded up the GS with safety technology, including a system That uses the car's radar cruise control to warn the driver about objects on the road, and an infrared camera to detect if the driver has noticed an object or not. If no further action is taken, the GS will from the start braking 2 seconds before impact, Lexus says, to help to lessen the severity of the collision. Lexus Will also offer night vision, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and Lane Keep Assist. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda Will be taking over the helm at the Lexus, and played a big part in the GS project, proudly telling us, "This car is amazing to drive." We hope so, as the GS represents an Important Crossroads for the brand.

Daihatsu Sirion (2012)

CARBARN | Daihatsu Sirion (2012) | As one of the best-selling car in the neighbor country, Malaysia, the latest version of the Myvi launch was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

PT Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) meniagakan Myvi in Indonesia with the name of the Daihatsu Sirion. ADM city car imported from Malaysia Perodua's partner, Toyota Motor Corp For still the same width (1665 mm) but has a shorter length of 60 mm and a height lower 5 mm.

Behind the front bonnet DVVT installed capacity of 1.3 liter engine that can generate power 90 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque of 117 hp at 4,400 rpm. This engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic. Myvi or Sirion tag of 2012 in Malaysia started 45-56 thousand ringgit or USD 128-159 million.

Lotus Esprit (2012)

CARBARN | Lotus Esprit (2012) | The Esprit nameplate will return to an all-new Lotus vehicle that will be based on a wider, longer version of the Evora’s architecture.

Taking clear styling cues from both the Evora and the the Elise/Exige, the new Esprit brings plenty of exotic flair to the premium sports car segment. Its steeply raked windscreen and sharp, aggressive nose leave little doubt as to the Esprit’s racy intentions.  The upcoming Esprit, like the last iteration of its predecessor, is slated to use a mid-mounted V-8 engine.

Meanwhile, the Elise, Exige, and Evora would continue to be sold alongside the Esprit the Evora will even get a convertible variant that is slated to make its debut slightly ahead of its bigger brother.

Honda CR-V (2013)

CARBARN | Honda CR-V (2012) | World debuts for new concept and production models typically happen at premier auto shows, like the North American International Auto Show, the Tokyo Motor Show or even the IAA (more commonly known as the Frankfurt Auto Show).

Honda isn’t like most automakers, so it chose the Orange County International Auto Show for the world debut of its 2012 Honda CR-V Concept.  That makes the success of the fourth-generation Honda CR-V critical to Honda’s sales in the United States, so Honda needed to walk a fine line between too many design changes and not enough changes. The styling of the concept would seem to indicate that Honda’s designers hit their mark.

The 2012 Honda CR-V Concept is more dramatically styled than CR-Vs of the past, yet still tasteful in its design. Signature styling traits, like the faux front skid plat and vertical tail lights, remain, and the muscular rocker panels give the CR-V something of a sporty look. What other changes, compared to the current CRV, does Honda have in store?

Nissan Quest (2012)

CARBARN  | Nissan Quest (2012) | In giant, full-line car companies, the product planners inevitably share one part among all the vehicles: the electronic key fob. Wha…? A VW Jetta?  It's ironic that the Nissan Quest minivan's smart fob looks just like the one that ignites the rather more awesome GT-R super sports car. The GT-R's key should be shaped like a Klingon batliff or the half-closed eyes of a contented concubine. The Quest key should be shaped like, I don't know, a pair of roomy pants.

If you're driving the Quest, you've chosen the path of car seats and slobbery binkies and school plays that seem to go on until 3 a.m. For you, provocative films subtitled from the original Mandarin have been replaced by "Yo Gabba Gabba." Minivans need to be awesome, plus 10%. Is the new Nissan Quest? While Honda and Toyota have attempted some compensatory sleekifying of their minivans the Honda Odyssey's Z-shaped sill line makes it the Aladdin Sane of kid movers Nissan has made its minivan challengingly, um, not sleek. The Quest's blockiness is exaggerated by the wraparound tinted glass in the rear, which disguises the roof pillars with the same visual trick used in the Nissan Cube. 

The Quest is the latest kooky design from Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, Juke, Cube, etc and I have to tell you, I'm starting to get it. The cleaving away of Nissan design, the sheer otherness of these products is beginning to constitute a brand equity. Under the hood is Nissan's corporate 3.5-liter V6 (VQ35DE is the code name, trainspotters), a 24-valve unit outputting 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. This direct-injection engine drives a continuously variable transmission turning the front wheels. Typically in CVT-equipped vehicles the powertrain simpers and drones annoyingly as the vehicle accelerates, but there seems to be enough structure and soundproofing in the Quest to mute that.

This is a large vehicle 200.8 inches in length and 206 cubic feet of interior space, with the twin moon roofs. The Quest sounds damped, substantial, with a satisfying isolation from the road. The dash design echoes Nissan's current layouts, with the softly curved shapes in molded plastics and wood-like trim pouring into the center stack, where the gearshift lives. On the dash top is the rotary controller for vehicle and display functions and if equipped the navigation system. I was a little disappointed our $40,140 test car, in SL trim, didn't have Nissan's exemplary navigation system as standard equipment.

Out test car included the $2,100 ceiling-mounted DVD system (11-inch LCD screen), mounted between the moon roofs. Very nice Powered side doors and rear hatch come with the SL package, as do loads of cupholders. The biggest knock against the Quest and remember, this comes from a minivan Jedi knight is that the seating isn't all that versatile. This is a seven-passenger vehicle (rows configured 2/2/3), whereas the Honda has a clever three-seat midrow with a removable center unit, thus making an eight-seater (ditto the Toyota Sienna). Also, the Nissan's third-row seats fold down but don't fold under the load floor as do the Honda's or the Chrysler Town & Country's. And the Nissan midrow seats cannot be removed, only folded flat.

Jeep Wrangler (2012)

CARBARN  | Jeep Wrangler (2012) | The iconic shape remains seven-slot grille, round headlights, short wheelbase, soft or hard top but Jeep has made huge improvements to the off-roader for 2012. Jeep invited us to drive the 2012 Wrangler on the Rubicon, one of the hardest 4x4 trails around, used almost exclusively by modified vehicles. Part one happened for the 2011 model year, when the JK (the current generation's code name) received a new interior, plus, on the Sahara, a body-color hard top and fender flares. For 2012, the body-color hard top and fender flares are optional on the Rubicon, too.

Inside, welcome 2011 revisions include the use of higher-quality materials; the redesigned center stack; an all-new instrument panel; and strategically applied sound insulation that makes this the quietest Wrangler ever. Some creature comforts never seen here before seat heaters, power heated mirrors, and redundant steering wheel controls make this the most refined Wrangler cabin ever. For part two: Prior to the 2012 model year, Jeep knew the Wrangler would get the Pentastar engine, even if the company didn't make an official announcement. The pairing makes perfect sense: more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy.

We started out on-road, driving to the Loon Lake trailhead from Squaw Valley, in the Sierra Nevadas. The route included elevation changes and sudden large openings in traffic that gave us opportunities to test out the Pentastar's acceleration. While this combination would've highlighted the weaknesses of the previous engine (universally considered a dog), the 3.6-liter V-6 shone. Also, the engine sounds much more upscale than the coarse 3.8-liter, and the exhaust note is throatier. Jeep estimates that the new engine reduces 0-60 times by 2-3 seconds with either transmission, and when we took a Wrangler Sport manual to the track, we confirmed this estimate. The new Jeep hit 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, while all of the 3.8-liter Wranglers took between 9.8 and 10.2 seconds.

When we reached the Rubicon trailhead, we swapped the Unlimited Sahara we'd been driving and got into a Wrangler Rubicon. The trail takes you past breathtakingly beautiful vistas overlooking crystal-clear lakes.  The new Wrangler stays true to the model's roots, but now it's a lot more fun to drive on-road.

Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype

CARBARN  | Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype | The entry-level Outlander ES and SE models are powered by a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter 168 horsepower, 167 lb-ft of torque aluminum DOHC MIVEC four-cylinder engine teamed with a new Sportronic CVT transmission.

Both the ES and SE will return 21 city, and 27 highway in front-wheel-drive form, and 21 city, 25 highway with all-wheel-control. The XLS obtains 19 city, and 25 highway in front-wheel-drive form, but drops to 18 city, 24 highway with all-wheel-control. All Outlander models come standard with front-wheel drive, Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Anti-lock Braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to improve steering while braking.

The entry-level ES model comes with standard 16-inch wheels, front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock breaks, a tire pressure monitor, ASC, aluminum roof and a flap-fold tailgate. The upscale XLS and GT models come with more standard and available equipment. The top-level GT comes standard with Xenon HID headlamps, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo, and the power glass sunroof. In all four trim levels the second row seat features independently reclining 60/40 split fold-and-tumble seat backs. On XLS models, the standard third row seat folds flat into the floor. 

BMW 650i (2012)

CARBARN  | BMW 650i (2012) | Pictures show some of the distinctive features of the car, but closer inspection shows some of the styling cues are very subtle, felt as much as seen.What’s interesting is that the front fenders are thermoplastic. The doors are stamped aluminum and the rear fenders steel.



The creases on the hood flow forward onto the nose of the car. Again aluminum hood and thermoplastic nose. These little touches have to drive the production folks crazy, but they make the styling work.


The interior design was built around the idea of tightly defining the driver’s space. Consider anything covered in leather below the air vents the passenger’s space, the rest belongs to the driver. We should have more on the 6er design tomorrow for you after the 6 Series Convertible Design Workshop lead by Adrian van Hooydonk.

Bmw 1 Series (2012)

CARBARN | Bmw 1 Series (2012) | The new BMW  1 Series: the second generation of this pioneering premium compact range. Still the only rear-wheel-drive model in its class. Five doors. Bold, swept-back body; uniquely high-quality, sporty design with BMW’s typically elegant proportions and boldly shaped surfaces. Youthful, lively image enhanced by design elements highlighting the maturity and premium status of the new BMW 1 Series. BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line provide added scope for personalization using exclusive interior and

For the first time, all the petrol and diesel engines for the BMW 1 Series now feature new BMW Twin Power Turbo technology. A new generation of 1.6-litre petrol engines: BMW 116i with 100 kW/136 hp, BMW 118i with 125 kW/170 hp. Radically redesigned 2.0-litre diesel engines: BMW 116d with 85 kW/116 hp, BMW 118d with 105 kW/143 hp, BMW 120d with 135 kW/184 hp. Efficient Dynamics technology: first car in the world in its segment with optional eight-speed automatic transmission, Automatic Start/Stop function in both manual and automatic transmissions.  Significantly improved comfort and unique handling thanks to rear-wheel drive, in-line engines, perfectly balanced weight distribution and advanced suspension technology. Optional Variable Sports Steering; DSC Driving Stability Control including DTC Dynamic Traction Control and electronically locking rear differential as standard.

Body 85 millimetres longer, wheelbase 30 millimetres longer, front track 51 millimetres wider and rear track 72 millimetres wider than previous model; height remains unchanged, but 17 millimetres of increased width create a more spacious interior and a sportier look. 21 millimetres more rear legroom; luggage compartment expanded from 330 to 360 litres; luggage capacity expandable to a maximum of 1,200 litres with rear seats folded down (40/20/40 seats available optionally). High-quality interior with driver-friendly cockpit and outstanding materials and finishes; optional iDrive system with integral dashboard control display using the exclusive BMW flatscreen design.BMW Connected Drive: a comprehensive and (for a compact car) unique selection of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services. 

All engines in the new BMW 1 Series are four-cylinder models using BMW Twin Power Turbo technology. The new BMW 116i achieves 100 kW/136 hp, and the new BMW 118i 125 kW/170 hp. The new BMW 116d (85 kW/116 hp), the new BMW 118d (105 kW/143 hp) and the new BMW 120d (135 kW/184 hp) have further consolidated the BMW 1 Series’ record of superior fuel efficiency in the compact segment. There are also plans to expand the range with the BMW 116d Efficient Dynamics Edition.  This includes high-beam assistance, Adaptive Headlights, parking assistance, reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, cruise control with brake function, and speed-limit and no-passing information. BMW Connected Drive also features Internet connectivity, increased smartphone and music player integration, real-time traffic information, and web radio, Facebook and Twitter apps.

The drive-train layout, with a longitudinally mounted in-line engine at the front and rear-wheel drive, is unique within the compact segment. This improves the new BMW 1 Series’ handling, and is also reflected in its design, with BMW’s typical proportions: long bonnet, wide wheelbase, swept-back passenger cell. The front of the car is dominated by the large BMW kidney-shaped radiator grille, boldly shaped headlight units and three-section air intake. The typical BMW double-round headlights have accent trim across their tops. In another innovation for BMW, the side indicator lights are integrated in the exterior mirrors.

The design quality of the new BMW 1 Series, which is unique in the compact segment, is particularly evident in the distinctive BMW lines and dramatically curved surfaces. The characteristic BMW swage line starts at the front sidewall and rises continuously to the rear lights, its boldness giving powerful emphasis to the shoulder area, with the door openers neatly integrated into the swage line.An additional character line below the doors flows sharply upwards into the outline of the rear wheel arch. The wide-set wheel arches reinforce the broad, powerful impression created by the back of the new BMW 1 Series. Inside, a combination of typical BMW design features and innovative accents gives the new BMW 1 Series a fresh, youthful and modern feel, with a focus on spaciousness and driving pleasure. Lines and surfaces are dynamic and forward-leaning, with high-quality, precision-finished materials reflecting the model’s premium specifications. In conjunction with an optional navigation system and the BMW Professional radio, the new BMW 1 Series uses the BMW iDrive system.

The optional storage package includes large compartments in the rear doors and nets on the front seatbacks. The 360-litre luggage compartment expands to a maximum of 1,200 litres by lowering the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, giving a flat surface extending all the way to the front seats. The optional through-loading system has 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. The ultimate in personalization: BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line make their debutThe BMW Sport Line includes sports seats with specific coverings, leather sports steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, a red keyclasp, adjustable armrests, high-gloss black interior trim and matt coral accent strips. The ambient lighting can be switched between orange and white the inclusion of this feature in the centre console and footwell is exclusive to the BMW Sport Line.

Other features of the BMW Sport Line include 16-inch star-spoke light-alloy wheels, black exhaust pipe end trim, and door sill finishers with “BMW Sport” lettering. The kidney bars, the central air intake trim bar, the side intake surrounds and the rear bumper trim are all high-gloss black. Additional options include high-gloss black mirror caps and 17-inch two-tone light-alloy wheels.The BMW Urban Line includes specific cloth/leather seats, a leather sports steering wheel, adjustable armrests, and contemporary acrylic glass interior trim, which creates a strong sense of depth and is available in white or black with matt oxide silver accent strips. The distinctive exterior includes specific 16-inch V-spoke alloy wheels or optional 17-inch high-gloss white wheels with an angled surface, and white rear bumper trim. he side intake surrounds are painted in the same colour as the car, and the BMW Urban Line also includes door sill finishers with “BMW Urban” lettering and a white keyclasp.