Renault SYMBIOZ: Experience Tomorrow Today

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Imagine you set out on a journey to work or for leisure, strapped inside a bullet – that accelerates as fast as a sports car, but quietly –allowing you to take your mind off the road ahead. You’re surrounded by concert-quality sound and cinema-quality screens. You arrive relaxed. Caught up. Entertained. Is this the future? Renault thinks so. But we’re providing a taste of it today with the SYMBIOZ demo car.

 After unveiling a vision for 2030 with the concept car and house SYMBIOZ at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017, Renault is now giving journalists the chance to climb on board SYMBIOZ demo car, the first rolling prototype built to be autonomous from the ground up and to give us a more near-term experience to 2023.

The SYMBIOZ demo car road tests provide Renault with the opportunity to demonstrate in real-life conditions a car that is autonomous, electric and connected. The result is a whole new life-on-board experience and as much pleasure while driving as with hands off the steering wheel. In SYMBIOZ, the driver can automate driving and use travel time for other activities. We believe car travel will become a multi-sensory, personalised experience, with a cabin reconfigured differently for each driving mode. The car becomes part of the personal ecosystem for both driver and passenger.

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Urus: The world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle

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Automobili Lamborghini launches its third model the Lamborghini Urus, the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle, and creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability.

“The Lamborghini Urus is a visionary approach based on the infusion of Lamborghini DNA into the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. The Urus elevates the SUV to a level not previously possible, the Super SUV. It is a true Lamborghini in terms of design, performance, driving dynamics and emotion as well as drivable every day in a range of environments,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Urus fits perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high performance car. It is the culmination of intensive development and passionate skill to create a new breed of bull: a Super SUV that transcends the boundaries of expectations and opens the door to new possibilities, for both our brand and our customers.”

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The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp.

The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12,8 seconds and with a top speed of 305 km/h it is the fastest SUV available.

The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Urus in Spring 2018 at suggested retail prices as follows:u Suggested retail price, taxes excluded in Europe: EUR 171,429.00..

Source: Lamborghini

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE – Close to the Formula 1 world champion

Project One Tobias Moers CEO Mercedes-AMG

The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, a two-seater supersports show car, brings the very latest and efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology from the racetrack to the road almost par to par for the first time. The high-performance hybrid is said to produce over 1,000 hp and reach top speeds beyond 350 km/h. The high-performance plug-in drive system comes directly from Formula 1 and consists of a highly integrated and intelligently networked unit comprising one hybrid turbocharged combustion engine with a total of four electric motors.

“Never before has racetrack technology been transferred so directly to the road. The 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine, located ahead of the rear axle, is taken straight from our F1 programme with only minor modifications,” Tobias Moers states, Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “But this beast is not exactly tamed – the engine revs up to 11,000 per minute. No other road car can claim this figure.”

Source: Mercedes-AMG, You Tube

 

Mercedes-Benz Unveiled the New CLS at LA Auto Show 2017

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The world premiere of the new CLS is at the centre of the Mercedes-Benz appearance during the LA Auto Show 2017.

In 2004, with the CLS, Mercedes-Benz created a new vehicle segment that for the first time combined the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. With the third generation of the CLS, Mercedes-Benz is now building more strongly than ever on the aura and unique character of this trendsetting model: the new model has pure CLS genes with its arching waistline, flat side window lines and low greenhouse.

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At the same time it is another example of the logical evolution of the Sensual Purity design idiom: sharp edges and lines have been significantly reduced. It blends seamlessly into the current Mercedes-Benz coupé family with numerous design features. Its cd value of 0.26 is positive proof of outstanding aerodynamics.

The range of engines for the CLS is completely new. Three six-cylinder models will be available on market launch – two diesel and one petrol version (Fuel consumption combined: 7.5. – 5.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 178 – 148 g/km). ENERGIZING comfort control links various comfort systems in the vehicle. As a result, well-being and performance levels are enhanced.

 

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Maserati at Milano AutoClassica 2017

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Modena, 24 November 2017 – The Milano AutoClassica weekend began today at the Rho Exhibition Centre, and Maserati is present in Hall 18, on a stand of 260 m2 that includes a selection of classic cars, a new Ghibli GranLusso MY18, a Lounge zone and the Maserati Store for the sale of Maserati Official Merchandising. Maserati Classiche has chosen three cars for display on its stand: A6GCS-53, 3500GT, Bora and new Ghibli GranLusso MY18

A6GCS-53. The A6GCS-53, directly evolved from the famous A6G.CS “monofaro”, was also the basis for one of the most thrilling Coupés of the period. On the inspired suggestion of Guglielmo Dei, owner of the famous Scuderia Centro Sud, the Pininfarina coachworks built a compact Berlinetta, with distinctive outsize wheels and large, external exhaust pipes, still admired today for its aggressive look. The Pininfarina Berlinetta, presented on the coachworks’ stand at the 1954 Turin Motor Show, represented the watershed between the worlds of racing and road-going cars. Only 4 cars of this model were built.

Maserati 3500GT

3500 GT. The 3500 GT, launched in 1957, was Maserati’s first “standard production” car and was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show in the version created by the Touring coachworks, which built an extremely elegant, refined classical coupé. Updated over the years with disc brakes, 5-speed transmission and indirect injection system, the model remained in production until 1964 and more than 1,400 were built during its seven-year lifetime. In 1959 the convertible version, designed by Vignale, joined the Coupé.

Maserati Bora

The Bora made its debut at the 1971 Geneva International Motor Show: a Coupé with a mid-mounted rear engine, it was intended to take over from the Ghibli as the top-performing car in the Maserati range. Designed by Giulio Alfieri and styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, it was initially equipped with a 4.7 litre 90° V8 engine, which was joined two years later by the 4.9 litre engine producing 330 HP. In spite of its racing temperament, with excellent acceleration and high speed, the Bora delivered a very comfortable ride thanks to the amazing elasticity of its engine and very quiet interior.

Maserati Ghibli GranLusso MY18

On show alongside the three exclusive Maserati models is a new Ghibli GranLusso MY18, which reinterprets the concept of luxury in a sports sedan by underlining some exterior details and improving on-board comfort for both driver and passengers. This most elegant expression of the Ghibli uses exclusive materials and special features in the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship. Externally, it is distinguished by its adaptive full LED headlights, chrome inserts on the front bumper, GranLusso badge at the base of the front wing, body-colour side skirts, black brake calipers and 19” Poseidone alloy wheels.

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The new Ghibli MY18 is also available in the GranSport trim, inspired by Maserati’s great racing tradition and designed to satisfy the demands of customers in search of a sportier personality in the high-end sedan segment.

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Amarok Wins ‘International Pick-up Award 2018’

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Amarok has won the ‘International Pick-up Award 2018’ (IPUA 2018). Like its predecessor in 2010, the new Amarok, now with high-torque V6 engines, has also succeeded in winning over the jury of transport journalists. The jury rated the Amarok as the epitome of ‘work hard, play hard’, a core element of the entire pick-up segment and described the Amarok as a “top pedigree workhorse”.

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The clear design, the fantastic feel and the finish, in short the workmanship, were specifically cited by the jury as being key factors in their decision. The size of the double cab with room for five people, the benchmark in the segment, also impressed with its modern design. The ergoComfort seats for driver and front-seat passenger, adorned with the AGR logo of the ‘German Healthy Backs Society’, also won over the jury, who in addition highlighted the unique eight-speed automatic transmission and broad V6 engine specification in the segment.

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The jury members were particularly taken by the on- and off-road capabilities of the V6 Amarok: “The engine’s refinement and elasticity set a new standard in the segment.” And they added in their explanation of why they awarded the accolade: “Performance is not a challenge for the Volkswagen Amarok V6. Its wide selection of 3-litre TDI engines, which range from 120 to 190 kW, fulfils the power and torque desires of all customer groups.”

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The second-generation Amarok with its V6 engine is a hit with customers: this year, to the end of October, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has already supplied customers with 65,200 vehicles from the Amarok range (same period last year: 57,600 units). This represents an increase of 13.2 per cent.

Source: Volkswagen

The New VANTAGE: The Successor to a True Sporting Dynasty

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A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic, predatory stance, while the minimal front and rear overhangs, muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent within the car. New head and tail lights form new signatures giving the Vantage unmistakable road presence and contribute to a strong and individual identity within the growing Aston Martin model range.

Aerodynamic performance was central to the Vantage design concept: the front splitter directs airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences channels cooling air where it is needed, and also ensures the rear diffuser is fed with clean airflow. The design of the diffuser creates an area of low pressure air, while simultaneously preventing turbulence generated by the rear wheels from disrupting the flow of air exiting centrally from beneath the rear of the car.

The heart of the Vantage is Aston Martin’s potent new alloy, 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.  Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this high performance, high efficiency engine returns a CO2 figure of *245g/km yet develops 510PS at 6000rpm and 685Nm from 2000-5000rpm. With a dry weight of 1530kg this gives the Vantage formidable power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios – something vividly demonstrated whenever the throttle is squeezed. Detailed tuning of the induction, exhaust and engine management systems has given the Vantage a truly intoxicating character and soundtrack.

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The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 195mph, it employs a sophisticated suite of integrated electronic systems to offer maximum control and driver enjoyment. These include Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Torque Vectoring. The speed-dependent electric power steering has 2.4 turns lock-to-lock for an outstanding combination of responsiveness and precise, intuitive control.

For the first time on an Aston Martin the new Vantage also features an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s electronic stability control system, so it can understand the car’s behaviour, and react accordingly to direct the engine’s power to the relevant wheel.

Thanks to full integration of engine, transmission, E-Diff, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive Damping and the electric power steering systems, each mode optimises every area of the car as one. The new Vantage is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £120,900 in the UK, €154,000 in Germany and $149,995 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018.

Photo Credit: Aston Martin