FORD RANGER RAPTOR: OFF ROAD AND FORD PERFORMANCE DNA

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The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during an reveal event in Thailand tfew days ago..

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver “Built Ford Tough” pickup trucks to customers in Asia Pacific.

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Given the unforgiving terrain Ranger Raptor has been developed for, it needed an aggressive set of tyres to keep it stable on and off-road. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor. Holding a strong presence, each tyre measures 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width. The design offers a tough sidewall to take on all environments with confidence, a super grippy tread to extend owners’ adventure time on and off-road and an aggressive off-road tread pattern which provides grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.

Ranger Raptor also comes with unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements. The silver finished guard allows clearance to the dual front recovery hooks. Working together with the existing engine and transfer case undershields, the three elements provide protection to components such as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump and front differential.

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Ranger Raptor comes with a Terrain Management System (TMS) offering six modes for various driving experiences, which can be selected via a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel. Each mode has been calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving style with aplomb.

The Ranger Raptor powertrain features cutting edge technology to offer more power and torque, better fuel economy, less weight and with off-road specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system.Ford Ranger Raptor 06

In a revolutionary move to deliver incredible performance and responsiveness, a 10-speed  transmission is combined with a new 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine in the Ranger Raptor to deliver a maximum of 213PS (157kW) of power and 500Nm of torque.

The Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using Ford’s latest state of the art manufacturing techniques and facilities.

Source: Ford Thailand

 

THE NEW BMW X2 – MARKET PREMIERE IN MARCH 2018

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The new BMW X2 will celebrate its market premiere in March 2018. The new Sports Activity Coupe appeals primarily to a young and young-at-heart, urban and active target group who are keen to see their personal character reflected on the road through an emotionally-engaging car. As the standard BMW X2, customers can also choose from the BMW X2 M Sport and M Sport X models. The latter brings together design elements from BMW M and the BMW X family. Separate lines are not available for the BMW X2.

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For the first time on a BMW are available the exterior colour shades Galvanic Gold metallic and Misano Blue metallic, plus perforated Dakota leather in Magma Red and the Micro Hexagon fabric Anthracite/Alcantara combination in Black with M piping and yellow contrast stitching. Three engine/transmission variants are offered from launch: the BMW X2 xDrive20i petrol model with 141 kW / 192 hp, plus the X2 xDrive20d diesel variant with 140 kW / 190 hp and X2 xDrive25d diesel with 170 kW / 231 hp. Both diesel cars come as standard with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The petrol model is fitted with the sporty seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission.

Source: BMW

 

THE NEW MERCEDES – BENZ A-CLASS IN WORLD PREMIERE

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The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is as youthful and dynamic as ever, but grown-up and comfortable like never before. It completely redefines modern luxury in the compact class, and revolutionises interior design. Technologically the new A-Class not only takes first place thanks to MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience: it also offers a number of functions that were previously the preserve of the luxury class.

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In certain driving situations, it is able to drive semi-autonomously for the first time, and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are available on request. All models of the new A-Class are also powered by new, efficient diesel and petrol engines, and although Mercedes-Benz has retained the sporty appearance, the utility value has increased. The new A-Class can be ordered from March onwards, and the market launch commences in the spring.

BMW 8 SERIES COUPE 2018 : FIRST REAL IMAGES AND TEST-DRIVE

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The BMW 8 Series Coupé will be launched in 2018. A close-to-series prototype is currently undergoing intensive testing on high-speed proving grounds in Aprilia, Italy. The luxury segment sports car combines design and driving dynamics.

The test drives are being carried out with a heavily camouflaged prototype, which nevertheless gives strong indication of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s typical sports car proportions. As in the case of the BMW Concept 8 Series, the dynamically stretched lines, the flat silhouette and the powerful front and rear ends give a foretaste of the fascinatingly sporty driving experience.

The high vehicle dynamics potential results from an extraordinary close connection between motorsports and series production. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is being developed parallel to and in close coordination with the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE racing car.

Source: BMW

VOLVO XC40 RIDES STRONG ORDER NUMBERS TOWARDS CHINA LAUNCH

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Volvo Cars’ first entry into the small premium SUV segment is proving popular among car buyers, with global XC40 orders already exceeding 20,000 units. Delivery of cars to dealers started earlier this month.Following its successful introduction to European and American customers, the XC40 will launch in China, the world’s largest car market, at the Beijing Auto Show this spring.

Well-received by customers, the XC40 has also attracted acclaim from media around the globe. Volvo’s new small SUV is one of seven shortlisted for the 2018 European Car of the Year, the winner of which will be announced in March. This week, the XC40 was awarded the prestigious Car of the Year award by leading UK automotive publication What Car?

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The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time, Volvo Cars has three new globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in sales and profitability.The XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new compact modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all upcoming cars in the 40 Series, including fully electrified vehicles. Co-developed within Geely, CMA provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment.

The XC40 is also the first Volvo to come with a car-sharing feature, enabled via Volvo’s digital key technology and its connected services platform Volvo On Call. XC40 owners can simply share their car with family and friends without having to hand over a physical key.

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Today Volvo Cars also launches its global marketing campaign around the XC40. The campaign features a new version of the famous ‘My Favorite Things’ song from the classic musical and film, ‘Sound of Music’. The campaign version was recorded by Swedish artist Jennie Abrahamson and was released on Spotify just prior to the campaign launch. The song and updated context underline Volvo Cars’ approach to challenging the traditional car ownership model.

Volvo Cars launches the XC40 marketing campaign in Europe with the campaign film debut on Swedish commercial television channel TV4 at 20:25 CET on Friday 26 January.

Source: VOLVO

 

JAGUAR LAND ROVER INGENIUM PETROL ENGINE NAMED TOP 10 IN THE WORLD

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Jaguar Land Rover’s 250PS 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine has been recognised as one of the 10 Best Engines for 2018 by WardsAuto.

For 2018, a total of 32 new or significantly improved powertrains from a number of automotive manufacturers were tested by WardsAuto’s editors in real-life, on-road driving conditions. This year’s 10 Best Engines were selected based on a range of testing criteria including, but not limited to, maximum power output, fuel economy, noise characteristics and new technology.

The all-aluminium Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine delivers performance, efficiency and refinement without compromise. Jaguar’s first compact SUV, the E-PACE, is the latest model to feature the 250PS Ingenium powertrain; accelerating from 0-60mph in as little as 6.6 seconds and delivering fuel economy of up to 36.7 mpg.

Ingenium engine technology was first introduced in 2015 with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. This was followed by the advanced petrol engines entering production in April 2017.

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Available across most of the Jaguar Land Rover line-up, the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is available in 250PS and 300PS versions.  In addition to the E-PACE, the engines have been well received in vehicles from the Jaguar XE to the Jaguar F-TYPE and from the Land Rover Discovery Sport to the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

At the heart of the company’s low-emissions strategy, the Ingenium family of engines are in production at Jaguar Land Rover’s £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre, Wolverhampton.  Since July 2017 the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has also been manufactured in the company’s Chinese engine plant for Chery Jaguar Land Rover vehicles sold in China. Designed, engineered and manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover, the engines use a low-friction all-aluminium-intensive design which provides excellent thermal properties and lightweight construction, improving efficiency and enhancing vehicle dynamics over traditional steel designs.

From 2020 every new Jaguar Land Rover vehicle will have the option of electrification and we continue to invest heavily in ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.

Source ; Jaguar Land Rover

 

LAND ROVER LAUNCHES DEFENDER V8 EDITION TO CELEBRATE 70TH ANNIVERSARY

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Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 405PS and 515 Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 122PS and 360 Nm). The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6sec*, while top speed is increased to 106mph.

The V8 powertrain will be fitted to 150 specially-selected and re-engineered Defenders for the 70th Edition, complemented by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus exclusive 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tyres.

Eight standard body colours include two satin finishes – contrasting with a Santorini Black roof, wheel arches and front grille – finished with machined aluminium door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender bonnet lettering. A comprehensive lighting upgrade includes bi-LED headlamps.

Full Windsor Leather interior trim covers the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats. Land Rover Classic’s own Classic Infotainment System is also fitted.

Both 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 derivatives will be available to purchase direct from Land Rover Classic, with prices starting from £150,000 for a 90 in the UK.

Source: Land Rover