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No. 0 / October 2012

Cars GlobalMag MISS OF THe MONTH

What’s new:

CLASSIC

RACING

Paris & Moscow motor shows

FOCUS: Volkswagen Golf & Fiat Viaggio Porsche 918: is it the state of the art?

GREEN SIDE


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Read right away! Seventy fully-electric, zero-emission BMW ActiveE cars are located at eight DriveNow stations across the entire city of San Francisco. Customers can register online or in person and can then use the DriveNow website or a mobile app to locate and reserve an available vehicle… Is this the new way to face the congested traffic in the US metropolitan areas? See the full news in “Global News” at page 96.

WHAT’S NEW

comprehensive report from Paris and Moscow motor shows Paris motor show Moscow motor show

CORPORATE NEWS automotive industry and finance news

GLOBAL NEWS what’s about cars and the way to use it

THE GREEN SIDE Porsche 918: is it the “state of the art” ?

FOCUS new Volkswagen Golf Viaggio: the first “Fiat Made in China”

MISS OF THE MONTH 2013 Ford Shelby GT 500, photo & video portfolio

CLASSIC full photographic report from Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

RACING Audi “queen” of 24 hours competitions, photo & video tribute

NOT JUST CARS products and services


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Abarth At the Paris Auto Show Abarth underlines its historic philosophy based on the “empowerment”. On show at the stand were the Abarth 595 “turismo” and the “Abarth 595 “competizione”, two authentic Abarths with tuning as standard. In the first version, the tuning concerns the engine, geometry and braking system, in addition to a high level of interior and exterior details. In the Abarth 595 “competizione”, the tuning also affects the exhaust system, with the “Record Monza” exhaust fitted as standard, and the “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” sports seats, inspired by the full-blooded world of racing. The highest customization level is represented by the 695 Edizione Maserati, a Limited Edition (499 vehicles). The car is an exclusive convertible with special technical features developed by Abarth engineers for Maserati. To start with, the 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine boosted to 180 HP and teamed with the electrically-operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with steering wheel controls. The car is fitted with performance tires on 17” alloy wheels featuring a special Maserati-inspired “Neptun” design. The ride and braking system have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: Brembo 305 mm brake discs that can be dismantled with grey fixed four-piston caliper, and special Koni shock absorbers that guarantee performance in complete safety. Many details enrich the interior. Special attention to the carbon fibre kick plate with customised “Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati” graphics and the plate with the car’s serial number, from 1 to 499.

World Premiere Alfa Romeo

MiTO SBK Limited Edition, MiTO Superbike Special Series Alfa Romeo presented two world previews in Paris: the MiTo SBK Limited Edition 1.4 170 HP QV and the MiTo Superbike Special Series. They both celebrate the partnership between Alfa Romeo and the “Eni FIM Superbike World Championship” established in 2007. The new MiTo SBK Limited Edition is offered with the sporty aluminium pedal unit, Cruise Control, dual zone climate control system and Blue&Me system. It comes in two body colours (black and Alfa red) that can be matched with three roof shades: black, Alfa red and the new Cristallo white. The same sporty imprint has been given to the interior, highlighted by the central panel of the dashboard, made truly unique by the SBK Limited Edition plate with progressive numbering from 1 to 200. The exclusive MiTo SBK Limited Edition version is equipped with the most powerful engine in the range, the 1.4 Turbo MultiAir 170 HP, performing 0 to 100 km/h just over 7 seconds. The other premiere, the SBK Special Series, is available with all the engines in the range - except for the 1.4 70 HP and 1.4 170 HP petrol engine. On the outside, the peculiarities of this version include 16” titanium alloy rims, chrome-plated spoiler and exhaust, mirror fairings in the shade of titanium, sporty rear bumper, black fog light frame and the new titanium “SBK” logo placed on the rear of the car. Four body colours are available, black, Alfa red, Tornado blue and Cristallo white, combined with three roof shades: black, Alfa red and the brand-new Cristallo white.


World Premiere

Audi crosslane coupé concept, Audi S3 Audi crosslane coupé concept car is a cosmopolitan vehicle providing pointers to the design language of Audi’s future Q models.The Multimaterial Space Frame of the compact Audi is comprised of three materials – aluminum, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The innovative plug-in hybrid drive of the Audi crosslane coupé comprises a combustion engine, two electric motors and a single-stage transmission; its system power is 130 kW (177 hp). The Audi crosslane coupé sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.6 seconds, and in pure electric mode takes 9.8 seconds. The car’s top speed is 182 km/h (113.09 mph). Its average fuel consumption is a mere 1.1 liters per 100 km (213.81 US mpg) and it emits 26 grams per km (41.84 grams per mile) of CO2. The lithium-ion battery has an output of 17.4 kWh, sufficient for an operating range of around 86 km (53.44 miles) in the electric mode. The combustion engine is a purpose-developed three-cylinder TFSI with a displacement of 1.5 liters, delivering an output of 95 kW (130 hp) and 200 Nm (147.51 lb-ft) of torque. The driver of the Audi crosslane coupé can choose between the “cruise” and “race” settings. This 2+2-seater is 4.21 meters long, 1.88 meters wide and 1.51 meters high, with a wheelbase of 2.56 meters. Other presentations at Audi’s stand in Paris included the new A3 Sportback. Audi’s ultra lightweight design principle allowed to reduce weight by as much as 90 kilograms compared to the previous version. Audi is initially offering the new A3 Sportback with a choice of one TDI and two TFSI engines. Two diesel engines and one gasoline unit will follow later.


The new Audi S3 is scheduled to launch in early 2013. Once again the lightweight design allows this compact model to combine its dynamic performance to efficiency. The new 2.0 TFSI engine with turbocharging and gasoline direct injection delivers a constant 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft between 1,800 and 5,500 rpm. Rated power at 5,500 rpm is 221 kW (300 hp), and the engine redlines at 6,800 rpm. The S3 delivers impressive performance. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) is completed in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the S tronic (5.4 seconds with the manual transmission). The electronically governed top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The S3 with S tronic consumes on average just 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (manual: 7.0 liters) [34.09 and 33.60 US mpg]. This corresponds to CO2 emissions 159 (162) grams per kilometer (255.89 and 260.17 g/mile) and for models equipped with the manual transmission, an improvement of 1.5 liters compared with the previous version. The RS 5 Cabriolet adds a high-end convertible to Audi’s model lineup. The lightweight textile roof opens and closes fully automatically, at the press of a button, in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively, even when driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). Propulsive power for the RS 5 Cabriolet is supplied by a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine with FSI direct injection. With 230 kW (313 hp), the Audi SQ5 TDI is the new top model of the Q5 model series and also the first S model in the history of Audi with a diesel engine. An exclusive concept of this car was showcased in Paris (production is limited to 50 vehicles). The price of “SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept” in Germany will be €92,000. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2013 together with the SQ5 TDI, which will be available from dealerships for €58,500. Reference prices (German market): Audi S3 – EUR 38,900 / Audi RS 5 Cabriolet – EUR 88,500


Bentley Bentley unveiled the Continental GT3 race car concept, signalling the Company’s intention to return to motorsport towards the end of 2013. Also on stage in Paris was the full product range, from the high-luxury Mulsanne saloon through to the 330 km/h (205 mph) Continental GT Speed. Bentley showcased a highly distinctive and sporting interpretation of its flagship Mulsanne. The Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS) blends a range of striking design features including unique 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying ‘B’ wing vents and Diamond Quilted leather trimmed cabin with driver-selectable, sports-tuned suspension and steering.


The GT Speed car displayed in Paris was fitted with the Mulliner Styling Specification, a range of Bentley-designed styling options which provides customers with the opportunity to personalise their new GT or GT Speed. The Mulliner Styling Specification’s Classic Pack features a unique front bumper splitter, strakes integrated into the front intake grilles, side extension blades and a rear diffuser, all made from high-gloss, black carbon-fibre. These are complemented by a range of individual design options, comprising black, carbon-fibre rear spoiler and door mirror cowls as well as distinctive, black-painted 21-inch ‘Elegant’ alloy wheels and dark mesh front wing vents with black carbon-fibre bezels.


World Premiere

BMW Concept Active Tourer BMW launched several premieres at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The BMW Concept Active Tourer combines versatile functionality with excellent ride comfort. The system comprises a 3-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor, generating a combined output of 140 kW/190 bhp and accelerating the BMW Concept Active Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds. The vehicle has an average fuel consumption of less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of under 60 grams per kilometer. The lithiumion battery of this plug-in hybrid automobile can be charged at a conventional mains socket. Its capacity allows ranges of over 30 kilometres when operated on electric power alone.


In Paris the BMW Series 1 was completed for the first time with the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive. The system distributes drive torque variably between the front and rear axle and will be available on two models: the 120d xDrive and the BMW M 135i xDrive. The new diesel entry-level model BMW 114d was also presented: its 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology has an output of 70 kW/95 bhp, achieving an average fuel consumption of 4.1 to 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (figures based on the EU test cycle, dependent on tyre format selected). Also on display in Paris was the new BMW 7 Series. Several design improvements match with significant advances in terms of drive technology. All models are now fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. Fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of the new BMW 7 Series have been reduced by up to 25 percent, depending on the engine variant. The new BMW 3 Series entry-level model among the petrol engine variants is now taken up by the new BMW 316i Sedan. This model is powered by a 1.6-litre variant of the new generation of 4-cylinder engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, generating an output of 100 kW/136 bhp and putting a maximum torque of 220 Newton meters on stream. The new BMW 316i Sedan is fitted as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and optionally with an 8-speed automatic transmission.


Cadillac The all-new ATS sedan taken center stage on Cadillac’s stand at the Paris Motor Show just weeks before going on sale in Europe. Focused on challenging the established leaders in Europe’s premium compact segment, the ATS is based on an all-new, light weight rear-drive architecture. The sophisticated rear-wheel drive chassis is engineered around multi-link, double-pivot MacPherson-strut front suspension and Cadillac’s first five-link independent rear axle. Cadillac’s industry-leading Magnetic Ride Control active suspension system and all-wheel drive are also available. Power is supplied by an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine rated at 201 kW/273 hp. Its exceptional specific power output of 136.6 hp per liter exceeds that of any engine offered by the ATS’s European competitors. Key features shared with its naturally-aspired 2.5-liter stable-mate include all-aluminum construction, continuously variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. It stands out for agile handling and impressive performance as zero to 100 km/h is just 5.9 secs. The ATS gives Cadillac access to the world’s largest-selling premium car segment and is a significant next step in its renaissance as a successful, global luxury brand. Sales are commencing in October and customer deliveries will begin in December.

World Premiere Chevrolet Trax

The brand new Chevrolet Trax represents Chevrolet’s entry to the fast growing small SUV segment. Measuring 4,248 mm in length, and featuring a width of 1,776 mm and a wheelbase of 2,555 mm, Chevrolet’s new small SUV sports powerful body lines that convey agility and movement. Storage amenities in the new Trax are plentiful. Besides a 358L trunk (maximum load space: 1,370L), they include various bins above and on both sides of the center stack, as well as an available under pass seat tray. Further stowage can be made available under the cargo floor. In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax boasts a front passenger seat which can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility in the segment. Trax will be equipped with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control (TC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution. Hill Descent Control (HDC) is standard on LT trim vehicles. The engine line-up will include a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine as well as a 1.7L turbo-diesel engine. Spark was showcased in Paris with a new restyle: a redesigned dual-port grille and front bumper as well as restyled head lamp covers and fog lamps combine to give Spark a fresh new face. Spark also features redesigned 14 and 15-inch alloy wheels that accentuate its sportier look. Also on display at the Chevrolet stand the two Chevrolet’s youth Concepts: Code 130R and Tru 140S.


World Premiere Citroen DS3 Cabrio

On display at the Paris Motor Show the new Citroën DS3 Cabrio. At 3.95 m long, 1.71 m wide and 1.46 m high, it retains the original’s compact proportions, fully denoting its DS3 character. The canvas roof becomes a new source of personalisation with a range of original colours and designs that add to the car’s unique personality. The main highlight of the new french car is certainly the possibility if manouvering the roof at up to 120 km/h. Offering three opening positions (intermediate, horizontal and total), the roof takes just 16 second to fully close. The atmosphere on board the DS3 Cabrio is just as distinctive as the body styling. For example the ceiling-mounted console, home to the roof opening control, features white LED ambiance lighting. The DS3 Cabrio, produced at the Poissy production site in France, will be launched in early 2013. A version emitting just 99 g/km of CO2 will be available from release.


European Premiere

Citroen Numéro 9, C4 L, C-Elysée Citroën also launched the C4 L and C-Elysée. Both saloon models feature the brand’s finest know-how in styling, technology, development and quality, targeting fat-growing international markets. The “Lounge” version of the Citroën C4 is aimed at the high-end segment in international markets. Launched in early 2013 in China and later on in the year in Russia, the Citroën C4 L extends the C4 family and is fully consistent with its “positive energy” spirit through its prestigious and contemporary styling, outstanding on-board well-being and creative in-car technologies for comfort, safety and performance. The Citroën C-Elysée reaps the full benefits of Citroën expertise in technology and design. Its styling and features deliver a targeted response to the needs of customers looking for an attractive, affordable saloon. Scheduled for launch at end-2012, it demonstrates brand expertise in running gear, quality and technology, as illustrated by the new PureTech VTi 72 engine, designed for performance, fuel efficiency and durability. The Numéro 9 concept car (picture above) sublimates the DNA of the DS line models. Adopting a singular creative approach and featuring unique styling, it stands out with its potent emotional content and everyday practicality. Numéro 9 points to the future of the DS line and heralds the next three models: a premium C-segment sedan, a SUV and a high-end Dsegment model. Numéro 9 also boasts the finest in technology. Powered by a plug-in hybrid system, it achieves amazing performance, with 50 km range in electric mode together with 295 bhp and 39 g/km of CO2.


World Premiere

Dacia new Logan, new Sandero Dacia unveiled three new models at the 2012 Paris Auto Salon. The new Logan, the new Sandero and the Sandero Stepway. The three restyled models share the same harmonious front end, radiating outwards from the Dacia logo in the grille. The design of the large headlights and grille gives the cars a more expressive face. These model salso share a new dark-carbon (or two-tone) dashboard on the inside. For the first time, New Dacia Logan and New Dacia Sandero are available with the TCe 90, a new symbol of the Renault group’s powertrain excellence. Other available engines are the gasoline 1.2 16V 75 and the Diesel dCi 75 and 90. New Dacia Sandero Stepway is also equipped with the Tce 90 and will be also available with the dCi 90 engine. Reference prices (French market): New Dacia Sandero – from EUR 7,900 / New Dacia Sandero Stepway – from EUR 10,590

Ferrari The Ferrari display at the Paris Salon showcases the five cars making up the current range, each of which represents a new generation of the company’s 8- and 12-cylinder models. The F12berlinetta is the most powerful Ferrari V12 ever built, thanks to its 740 hp power output and light, compact architecture. The coupé and the Spider versions of the 458, powered by the V8, are designed for owners seeking a sportier driving experience. Ferrari continually invests significant sums in innovation. While power has been boosted by approximately 100hp across the model range, fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced by 30 per cent compared to four years ago thanks to work done not only on engines and structural components, but also on aerodynamics, tires and vehicle sub-systems. Ferrari is also planning to launch the first hybrid model in its history in the near future.

Fiat Fiat Panda 4x4 is the only A segment four-wheel drive model. It features the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function as standard. Two engine versions for the Fiat Panda 4x4 will be available, both with Start&Stop: the new 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo and the 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II diesel. Panda Trekking version is the link between the 4x2 and the 4x4 version combining off-road look with smart front-wheel drive and Traction+ technology, an innovative traction con¬trol system that improves handling on difficult and slippery terrain and costs far less than conventional 4x4 drive. The second new model, the Panda Natural Power, is equipped with a bi-fuel (methane and petrol) 80 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine. Panda Natural Power delivers 14% more power, 34% more torque and -20% less CO2 (only 86 g/km) than the previous model. The fiat 500L was showcased highlighting three innovations. The new premium Hi-Fi system developed with Beats Audio, the brand new espresso coffee maker created in collaboration with Lavazza, and the exclusive “Living” leather upholstery variants. Displayed at the Fiat stand was also the new 500 Street.


World Premiere Ford new Mondeo

Several debuts attracted thousands at the Ford stand: all-new Mondeo, new Fiesta, all-new EcoSport and all-new Tourneo Connect. The all new Mondeo will be available as a five-door and wagon – uniquely developed for Europe – as well as a four-door that will also be offered as a segment-first petrol hybrid electric vehicle, combining a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 3.5kW lithium-ion battery to provide optimised fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. It will be the first car in its segment in Europe to be equipped with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” 1.0-litre EcoBoost. An ECOnetic Technology model will also be available powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine. It will be also the first Ford model for Europe to feature a new integral link rear suspension configuration along Electronic Power Assisted Steering for optimised handling and driving dynamics. Mondeo will offer segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch an in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch colour touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices. All-new EcoSport is based on Ford’s global


B-segment platform and will go on sale for European customers within 18 months. I twill also be equipped with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. All-new EcoSport is the first global Ford to be developed entirely in South America and was launched in Brazil in September. The distinctive and aerodynamic Ford EcoSport will feature a large front grille; slim, detailed headlights; and cladding on the side sills and bumpers. It will be equipped with Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system. Ford showcased the new Fiesta with a sharper design inspired by the latest Ford global design language and concept vehicles, including laser-cut headlamps incorporating LED technology, power-dome bonnet and, for the first time, 17-inch alloy wheels. It will be equipped with a variety of different engines including the 100 PS and 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines with Start-Stop technology. The new Fiesta’s package of leading Ford driver assistance and safety features will include MyKey, a segment-first technology that allows parents to encourage safer driving and limit their teenager’s exposure to risk at the wheel, as well as in-car connectivity system SYNC. The Tourneo Connect vehicle provides the choice of spacious five- and seven-seat models, an all-new interior with flexible seating and stowage, and a range of highly efficient diesel and petrol engines targeting best-in-class fuel economy. Tourneo Connect is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2013.


European Premiere Honda new CR-V Honda revealed the new European CR-V at the Paris Motor Show with the announcement that the new CR-V will be offered with Honda’s new 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine. On the outside the prominent three-bar grille and deep-set headlights continue the introduction of Honda’s new “Y” shaped ‘face’, while the vertically stacked taillights have been a CR-V signature since the first generation (1995-2001). Stylish additions to the European model include a revised front bumper, front LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights with a three-dimensional design. Inside the major controls are grouped according to their function with a ‘driver interface zone’ behind the steering wheel and an ‘information interface zone’ in the center of the cabin. Under the bonnet of the CR-V, customers will find either a 2.0-liter i-VTEC petrol engine or a 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel. The CR-V will also be offered with Honda’s new 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine as a two-wheel drive model from September 2013. The new CR-V also features a comprehensive range of safety equipment designed to help the driver avoid or mitigate an accident, or to protect the occupants should a crash become unavoidable. Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) continue to be a part of CR-V’s safety equipment, and now for the first time on the CR-V they are complemented by Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS). Honda has updated the sporty CR-Z hybrid with a range of styling as well of engine improvements. The CR-Z’s 1.5-liter petrol engine has been updated with changes to the variable valve timing system and Engine Control Unit (ECU). An anti-vibration knock sensor has been introduced and the material of the crankshaft has been upgraded. The peak power output has been increased from 114 PS to 121 PS. The electric motor system has also been improved. The change from a Nickel-metal hybrid (Ni-MH) to a Lithium Ion battery has been accompanied by an increase in power from 14 PS (10 kW) to 20 PS (15 kW). Working in unison, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system now delivers a combined output of 137 PS at 6600 rpm (+13 PS) and 190 Nm of torque (+16 Nm). The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time falls from 9.7 sec to 9.0 sec and top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph). The combined consumption is 5.0 l/km (56.5 mpg) and 116 g/km of CO2. All of the above figures concern the 2013 CR-Z S model.


World Premiere Hyundai New Generation i30, rally-ready i20, ix35 Fuel Cell Hyundai has revealed three world premieres at the Paris Motor Show: its latest Europe-focused production car, the New Generation i30 three-door; its all-new motorsport contender, the rally-ready i20; and the ix35 Fuel Cell. The New Generation i30 three-door is designed and engineered alongside its five-door and wagon siblings at Hyundai’s European Technical Centre in Germany. New design touches are visible from every angle, including new front and rear fog lamps, a new-look mesh grille, a sharply raked beltline and a sportier rear. As with previous participation in the WRC series with the Accent, the rally-ready i20 is equipped to meet the rigorous FIA specifications required to compete in today’s WRC competition and heralds a return to motorsport for Hyundai. Signaling Hyundai’s commitment to a clean and sustainable future, the production-ready ix35 Fuel Cell debuts at the show. Benefiting from a visual make-over and technical upgrades, including a 24 kW lithium-polymer battery and 100 kW fuel stack, it has a range of 588 km. Hyundai will begin series production of ix35 Fuel Cell December this year with fleet deliveries beginning in 2013.

European Premiere Infiniti LE Concept The Infiniti LE Concept made its European debut in Paris, highlighting Inifiniti’s belief that the future of luxury cars lies in sustainability. At around 4.7m long, the LE Concept is a similar size to the Infiniti G Saloon, and does not compromise either on roominess or comfort. This vehicle mounts a high performance electric motor with 100kW (134PS), along with 325Nm (240lb ft) of torque instantly available. The battery system is a proven laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) design with a ChaDeMo DC50kW quick charger that can deliver an 80% charge in 30 minutes. A production version is scheduled to go on sale in 2014. Also on display at the 2012 Paris Auto Salon, the Infiniti Emerg-e is a 402bhp (300kW) mid-engine, twin motor, electric motors powered sports car. Alongside the Emerg-e concept on the stand and summing up Infiniti’s no-compromise approach in production form, the M35h latest even cleaner version with 159g/km of CO2.


World Premiere Jaguar F-Type

The F-TYPE, Jaguar’s all-new sports car, finally made its debut in Paris. A front-engined, rear-wheel drive convertible, three models of F-TYPE will be available: F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE V8 S. They are powered respectively by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 340PS and 380PS outputs and its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol producing 495PS. The range-topping F-TYPE V8S will reach 60mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186mph. The 380PS V6 F-TYPE S will reach 60mph in 4.8 seconds and 171mph, the equivalent figures for the F-TYPE are 5.1 seconds and 161mph. The Jaguar F-TYPE has a set of eight closely-spaced, sporting ratios in its Quickshift transmission, controlled by the driver through a centrally monuted SportShift selector offering full manual sequential control, as do the steering wheel-mounted paddles. Reference prices (German market): Jaguar F-Type - around EUR 95,000


World Premiere

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition, Jeep Wrangler Moab


In the spotlights of the Jeep stand in Paris, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition model is available exclusively in Bright White. This special-edition vehicle is based on the high-performance SRT model of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and boasts a distinctive look with blacked-out details and the powerful 6.4-liter HEMI engine producing 468 horsepower. Beside the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition model, the Jeep brand showed for the first time the new Jeep Wrangler Moab special edition model. Showcased in the all-new Rock Lobster body color, this new factory-customized Wrangler is inspired by the American region of Moab, Utah, well-known for outdoor activities and off-road adventures. The new Wrangler Moab model adds an aggressive and trendy look to the Jeep 4x4 champion. Showcased in Paris for its European premiere, the new Jeep Compass Overland special-edition model brings new elegance and premium appointments to the urban compact SUV of the Jeep family. With a rich offering of infotainment features, the new Overland is the most exclusive model in the Compass lineup.


World Premiere Kia pro_cee’d Kia pro_cee’d made its world debut at the Paris Mondial de l’Automobile togheter with the all-new Kia Carens. The Kia por_cee’d is a three-door car made in Europe exclusively for European markets. Its overall length is 4.310 meters, width 1.780 meters and wheelbase 2.650 meters. The new pro_cee’d offers buyers the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear of its predecessor.

The all-new Kia Carens is designed and engineered to meet the needs and expectations of modern families. Depending on individual markets globally, engines will offer a choice of power ranging from 115 to 177 ps.


World Premiere

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica


At the 2012 Paris Auto Salon Lamborghini showcased the worldwide premiere of the Gallardo LP 560-4 and LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica. The new Gallardo is characterized by triangular and trapezoidal forms at the front end. Also new is the even more dynamic rear end design. The air outlet for the power unit now has now a wider surface area, which improves its thermodynamic efficiency. As Edizione Tecnica the LP 570-4 Superleggera and LP 570-4 Spyder Performante will mount a high rear wing, as well as brakes in carbon-ceramic technology. The power to weight ratio down to an outstanding 2,35 allows the car to be taken as one of the best references in the segment. The Edizione Tecnica underscore sits very special look with three new exclusive optional color combinations, whereby the entire roof arch and front air intakes are painted in a contrast color. The available shades are: Nero Nemesis (matt black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matt white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes. In addition to this, all the new Gallardo models can be customized to a virtually limitless degree. The new Gallardo models will be available at Lamborghini dealerships from November 2012.


World Premiere Land Rover new Range Rover


The world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminum body (39 per cent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model), the all-new Range Rover has a clean and elegant shape. Amongst the industry-leading innovations is the next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings. Outstanding traction and dynamic stability is provided by the proven Range Rover full-time intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box, working in parallel with the sophisticated electronic traction control systems. Customers have a choice of a petrol 510PS LR-V8 Supercharged and two diesel (3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8) engines, all of which are now paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Reference prices (European markets): Range Rover 3.0 TDV6 HSE – EUR 89,100 Range Rover Autobiography 5.0 Supercharged – EUR 127,100


World Premiere Lexus LF-CC Concept

With its world premiere the Lexus LF-CC concept reinforces Lexus’ commitment to create more engaging, inspirational vehicles through attractive design, a superior driving experience and advanced technologies. Framed by the bonnet lip, deep lower spoiler and powerfully projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a pronounced, 3D form. A unique, 3 LED-projector headlamp design is housed in the narrow gap between the lower and upper fender surfaces, without a conventional, one-piece cover. The broad lower fenders are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes, whilst reinforcing the powerful, dynamic road presence of the new Lexus signature frontal design. Further developing a design form initiated on the LF-LC concept and the


high-performance LFA, the sharply sculpted form of an airflow regulating fin flows from underneath the side of the car and upwards through the rear wheel arch. This aerodynamic detail is designed to increase downforce over the driven wheels, further improving traction. The LF-CC’s interior sees a dashboard divided into two distinct zones: an upper, Display Zone, with a multi-display screen located at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, and a lower, Operation Zone, which allows access to the uniquely designed shift lever and an innovative touch tracer display for remote system control. Representing a new Lexus powertrain for future production, the LF-CC is equipped with an all-new, highly efficient, 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain. It features an all-new, ultra-smooth running, 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor. Adapted specifically for the hybrid powertrain, the all-new 2.5 litre, DOHC, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefits from several technical improvements. It adopts the Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection technology to optimise both the power and fuel-efficiency benefits of Lexus Hybrid Drive. Lexus expressed the will to introduce this new hybrid powertrain into its model range in the near future.


World Premiere Mazda Mazda6 Wagon The 2012 Paris Motor Show hosted the presentation of the new Mazda6 Wagon. As the Mazda6 Sedan, presented at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon, the Wagon version will be available with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 2.5 direct injection gasoline engines. Sales of the 2013 Mazda6 will begin in Europe later this year.

World Premiere Maserati New GranCabrio MC International debut at the 2012 Edition of the Paris International Motor Show for Maserati with the GranCabrio MC. Designed to complete Maserati’s open-top range, the new Maserati GranCabrio MC blends high performance and sports characteristics derived from racing experience with the style and practicality of Maserati’s four seater convertible. The car, 48 millimetres longer than the GranCabrio and GranCabrio Sport, is characterised by a front end which is inspired directly by the MC Stradale. The bonnet incorporates two generous air outlets at the centre to optimise cooling of the powerful V8, and two more air outlets to cool down the brake discs have also been added to the two front wings. The rear is characterised by the large spoiler, for greater negative lift at high speeds. The interior of the GranCabrio MC has received a thorough overhaul with particular attention paid to ergonomics. The new seats are completely redesigned from both an aesthetic and functional point of view and enhanced with high-quality materials. As with the most sporty GranTurismo in the range (the GranTurismo Sport), the GranCabrio MC also adopts the new 4.7-litre V8 engine, which delivers 338 kW (460 HP) together with substantial torque of 520 Nm at 4,750 rpm. Like other sports models in the Maserati range, the GranCabrio MC adopts an automatic six-speed ZF transmission. The new power unit, in combination with the MC Auto Shift transmission, is now able to propel the GranCabrio MC, in closed soft top configuration, to a top speed of 289 km/h with acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.


World Premiere McLaren P1 McLaren Automotive used its first ever international motor show appearance to preview its next generation ultimate supercar: the McLaren P1. As one can imagine, this supercar takes much of its technological and spiritual inspiration from the company’s Racing division. The large rear wing adjusts automatically to boost downforce and optimise aerodynamics. It can extend rearwards by up to 300mm on a racetrack, and by up to 120mm on the road. The pitch of the rear wing can increase by up to 29 degrees. The McLaren P1 also has a DRS (drag reduction system) function, like a Grand Prix car, to reduce downforce and increase straight line speed. But while a Formula 1 car has a moveable flap in the rear wing, the McLaren P1’s rear wing’s pitch is adjusted. McLaren P1’s aerodynamics is further optimised using two flaps mounted under the body ahead of the front wheels. These change angle automatically, operating through a range of 0-60 degrees. The McLaren P1 is a mid-engine design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage. The car on stage in Paris was showcased as a design study. Next year a production version, which McLaren aims to put on sale within 12 months will be revealed. When the McLaren P1 goes into production later next year, it will sit above the 12C and 12C Spider, in terms of both price and performance.


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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi was present in Paris with the world premiere of the new Outlander PHEV. Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, using Mitubishi Motor Company’s own Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain derived from 100% electric systems used on the i-MiEV and other Mitsubishi all-electric vehicles. Employing electrical power stored in the drive battery by charging either at home, a charging station or when the system recovers energy when decelerating, the Plug-in Hybrid EV System gives the Outlander PHEV gasoline-sipping performance, with a target combined fuel efficiency in excess of 61 km/liter, greatly superior to that of vehicles powered by a conventional engine, and a cruising range in excess of 880 km. Depending on driving conditions and remaining battery charge,


the Plug-in Hybrid EV powertrain automatically selects the optimum drive mode. EV Drive Mode is an all-electric mode in which the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery. In Series Hybrid Mode the gasoline engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level and when more powerful performance is required. In Parallel Hybrid Mode the gasoline engine provides most of the motive power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving when the gasoline engine operates at peak efficiency. The Outlander PHEV uses a Twin Motor 4WD system comprising independent electric motors to drive the front and rear wheels. In addition to decreased friction loss Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional mechanical systems. Visitors at the Paris Motor Show were also able to see the European version of new global compact car (Mirage in other regions). The new model is due to be rolled out all over the globe, next in Europe, Australia, and other markets, starting february 2013.


World Premiere

Mercedes - Benz Concept B-Class, SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive The new addition to Mercedes-Benz’s family of electric vehicles is the battery-powered electric variant of the B-Class. This concept vehicle is one of the first models to incorporate the term “Electric Drive” into its model designation. In future, “Electric Drive” lettering will adorn the boot lids of all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart. In this car the so-called Energy Space in the floor in front of the rear axle ensures that the concept vehicle offers the same generous and variable space inside as the current series production models. The Energy Space provides a safe and space-saving means of accommodating the powerful lithium-ion battery which also has a positive effect on the vehicle’s center of gravity. The Concept B-Class Electric Drive is equipped with a 100 kW electric motor whose powerful 310 Newton meters of torque provide for attractive driving dynamics over a range of 200 kilometres. The battery can be charged at any standard domestic 230 V power outlet or alternatively – with rapid charging function – at a 400 V high-voltage terminal.


Reference prices (German market): Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive - EUR 416,500 The Paris Motor Show also featured the world premiere of the production version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive (picture above). The world’s fastest electric car has four electric motors producing a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Another Premiere was the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT. It offers enhanced driving dynamics and even better race track performance. Available in Coupé and Roadster variants, the SLS AMG GT raises the bar once again, with a maximum output of 435 kW (591 hp), the optimised AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission and the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension. The CLS Shooting Brake is a further highlight in the long line of innovative luxury vehicles from MercedesBenz. While unmistakably coupé in its proportions, the five-door model opens up a wealth of new possibilities with a roof extending back all the way to the rear end. The wood luggage compartment floor, highlights the interior’s hand-crafted character. For the American cherrywood luggage compartment floor, specially selected veneer sheets are glued and pressed by hand in five layers to attain a high level of dimensional stability.


World Premiere MINI Paceman


MINI shows in Paris the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment, MINI Paceman is the seventh model in the brand family. Many features characterise the exterior: hexagonal radiator grille with broad chrome surround, black bordering on the lower edge of the body and other typically MINI design elements with an individual touch; coupé-style stretched side profile with long doors, dynamically downward-sloping roofline and greenhouse tapering towards the rear; muscular flared wheel arches. A distinctive helmet roof form is adapted to the car’s coupé lines with integrated rear spoiler. The roof can be specified in body colour, white or black. The rear lights are in horizontal arrangement for the first time on a MINI. Powerfully formed, horizontally structured instrument panel with newly designed surrounds for the air vents characterise the interior. Two petrol and two diesel engines are offered with an output spread from 82 kW/112 hp to 135 kW/184 hp; all variants come with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic as an option; MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is available for the MINI Cooper S Paceman. Also presented in Paris is the MINI John Cooper Works GP. The fastest MINI ever built is powered by a 160 kW/218 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and comes with adjustable coilover suspension, an extremely powerful sports braking system, and bespoke light-alloy wheels and sports tyres.


Nissan PIVO 3

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Nissan TeRRA and PIVO 3 concept cars Nissan is continuing to buck the economic trend by expanding both its sales and manufacturing presence in Europe. The rugged TeRRA concept car made its global debut in Paris. Powered by hydrogen fuel-cell, TeRRA offers four-wheel-drive capability and proves that Zero Emissions vehicles aren’t just for the urban environment. Through the use of in wheel motor technology, TeRRA is free of the packaging constraints that affect conventional SUVs. With no central transmission tunnel, the seating gives all four passengers a broad and unique view out of the vehicle. Making its European debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, PIVO 3 showcases a range of new and exciting technologies that provide an exciting vision of what the future holds for urban mobility. The innovative zero emissions concept builds on the strengths of its predecessors, and adds more real-world features, such as Automated Valet Parking (AVP) and Robotic Agent Interface (RAI) – a system that integrates the vehicle’s key technologies into one interface. PIVO 3 also has the facility to feed stored power back to the local electricity grid.


TeRRA

Nissan presented other interesting cars at the Paris Motor Show like the new Juke Nismo. Designed and developed by Nissan’s Nismo division in Japan, the new Juke Nismo is powered by a modified version of the acclaimed 1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that drives the DIG-T model. The Juke Nismo features a bespoke aerodynamics package and a revised chassis design to deliver an even more engaging driving experience. The new Qashqai 360 demonstrates Nissan’s commitment to bringing premium features to the mass crossover market. Available across Qashqai and Qashqai+2 ranges, the 360 can be specified with all engine and drivetrain combinations – including the new 1.6-litre dCi with CO2 emissions from 119g/km. Qashqai 360 includes a number of premium design features and is fitted with Nissan’s innovative Around View Monitor (AVM) as standard. Combining stylish design with intelligent technology and spirited attitude, the Micra ELLE has been developed with a well suited partner: world-famous fashion magazine, ELLE. It showcases many of Nissan’s innovations, including Intelligent Key for keyless entry, and offers a luxurious feel thanks to its panoramic glass roof and chrome details. Micra ELLE is available with two engine options: a 1.2-litre normally aspirated three-cylinder engine, and a sophisticated 1.2-litre supercharged DIG-S engine that develops 98PS. With updated exterior and interior styling, new colour options and wheel design, the 2013 370Z Coupe and Roadster also made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.


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World Premiere Opel ADAM

With a broad collection of different ADAM models on display at its booth, Opel has not only showcased the enormous choice of colors, trims and personalized options but also the new IntelliLink infotainment system which integrates smartphones (Apple iOs and Android) in the car. Interactive modules, audiovisual artistic displays and of course a big line-up of ADAM cars will bring the many innovative customization solutions created by Opel designers and engineers to life. These include for instance stylish headliners, back-lit instrument panel decors and wheel clips with different colors. Measuring almost 3.70 meters in length (1.72 meters width excl. mirrors),


Opel’s new and agile car is perfect for urban environments. Unlike other rivals, ADAM bucks the trend of retro-based design with a modern and bold look. Its striking and unique “floating” roof which is visually disconnected from the body allows a perfect execution of a two-tone color combination. Inside the cabin, the Opel ADAM offers seating for four people who will benefit from a premium-inspired atmosphere and a high degree of roominess unusual for a small car. Rather than having the well-known trim hierarchies, the Opel ADAM offers the possibility to choose from three different highly individualized trim moods or worlds: ADAM JAM is unconventional, fashionable and colorful, ADAM GLAM offers a more elegant, refined and sophisticated setting and ADAM SLAM appeals to those with energetic and sporty attitudes. The Opel ADAM will initially be offered with three efficient gasoline engines (1.2 l 51kW/70 hp,; 1.4 l 64 kW/87 hp and 1.4 l 74/100 hp) combined with a five-speed manual transmission. All powertrains are available with an ecoFLEX technology pack including fuel-saving Start/Stop technology. Prices for the ADAM start at 11,500 euro (Germany rrp. including VAT) for the entry-level version. The first cars will hit the showrooms in January 2013.


World Premiere Peugeot 301

The new Peugeot 301 has been designed to appeal to a rapidly expanding clientele, gaining access to vehicles in the growing markets. A demanding clientele attracted by three-box saloons which provide status but are also affordable. The 301 incorporates Peugeot’s latest styling codes to achieve a design of character, arousing emotion and giving a strong sense of strength. Due to its dimensions (length of 4.44m), it offers its occupants generous space - a record in its category in the rear - and an impressive boot volume of 640 litres. Its range includes the latest generation petrol and diesel engines – including the all-new 1.2 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine - good handling, extensive comfort and safety equipment. The 301 is a comfortable family saloon, safe and strong as it has been developed to suit the sometimes extreme climates and conditions of use of the countries in which it will be launched from Autumn 2012. The 301 is produced at Vigo (Spain); its wide marketing perimeter will include in particular Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Ukraine, Maghreb, the Middle East and certain Latin American countries. In a second phase, it will be launched industrially and commercially in China.Among the 40 production vehicles and Concept cars presented on the 3,900m2 stand at the ParisMotor Show, Peugeot has displayed no fewer than ten 208 vehicles. Among these the 208 Intuitive, premiered in Paris, takes driver comfort to the highest


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level. Unveiling the Park Assist system, the special become a magical experience. Unveiled initially in the form of Concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show, the 208 XY ( the chic city car) and 208 GTi are displayed in Paris in their definitive livery, six months before their commercial launch. 3-door body types with strong exterior identities, special grilles, light signature for the front end, exclusive 17” alloy wheels, sophisticated working of materials and colours, unique interior ambiances. The 208 XY will offer powerful and economical petrol and e-HDi engines of 92 to 155bhp. As for the 208 GTi, its chassis will be able to draw the full potential from the 1.6 l THP 200bhp engine coupled with a 6-speed close-ratio manual gearbox. Visitors to the Paris Motor Show have also discovered the new RCZ, unveiled a few months before it is available for sale. New body colours, new wheels, new arch colour, new and numerous interior ambiances. The RCZ R Concept, premiered in Paris in its matt black and copper livery, announces the arrival of the RCZ R - an emblematic version of enhanced performance and sportiness, which will be made available at the end of 2013. The RCZ R will receive a new 1.6 l THP petrol engine which delivers some 260bhp, making it the most powerful production model in Peugeot’s history. Under its radical and sculpted silhouette of 4.65m, seated on 20” wheels, the Peugeot Onyx Concept supercar conceals the heart of an athlete: fixed on the carbon fibre shell, the 600bhp 3 litre V8 HDi hybrid in a rear central position, the 6-speed sequential-shift gearbox and the running gear are the result of the exacting expertise of competition at the highest level.


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Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, 911 Carrera 4, Panamera Sport Turismo concept Porsche presented three world premieres in Paris: the new 911 with all-wheel drive, 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S (each as a CoupĂŠ and Cabriolet) and the Cayenne S Diesel. German manufacturer has also presented the Panamera Sport Turismo concept car to show how efficient drive technology might look in the design language of tomorrow. The Sport Turismo unites the next generation hybrid drive with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body concept; it combines Porsche performance with comprehensive everyday practicality. The new Liquid Metal Blue colour gives the concept car a surface that resembles liquid metal and highlights its contours and design lines more distinctly.


The drive technology of the Panamera Sport Turismo completes the next development step towards the plug-in hybrid, symbolised by the “e-hybrid” badge on the front wings. The car’s new ability to be charged from the electrical power grid has been combined with even higher performance components. The concept vehicle with its 416 hp (306 kW) of peak system power is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 130 km/h and can cover distances of over 30 km. The Sport Turismo also exhibits impressive fuel economy per the NEDC standard; its combined fuel consumption is less than 3.5 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are under 82 g/km. The Cayenne 4.2-litre eight-cylinder engine with biturbo charging produces 382 hp (281 kW) and offers a maximum torque of 850 Newton metres. This drives the new Cayenne S Diesel to top values in both dynamic performance and efficiency: it completes the sprint from zero to 100 km in 5.7 seconds, and its top speed is 252 km/h. In the process, it utilises energy in an exemplary way: its NEDC fuel consumption is just 8.3 litres per 100 km (CO2: 218 g/km). One factor contributing to this excellent value is the auto start/stop function; the new model is the world’s only SUV with a diesel V8 to offer this functionality.The new vehicle also takes on the role of a long-distance champion: based on its NEDC fuel consumption the Cayenne S Diesel – equipped with an optional 100-litre fuel tank – can be driven a distance of about 1,200 km without having to stop to refuel. The Cayenne S Diesel will launch on the market in January 2013 and will cost 77,684 euros in Germany – including 19 per cent VAT and country-specific features.


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Renault New Clio Estate, and Clio R.S. 200 EDC, ZOE The Mondial de l’Auto has been the place to discover two fresh versions of the recently launched new Clio and the ZOE, two models which stand out as emblematic illustrations of Renault’s styling renaissance. The new Renault Clio is distinguished by an emotive and warm style, the embodiment of the resurgence of Renault design, with a wide range of interior and exterior customizable options. A wide spectrum of colour choices and chrome or glossblack highlights add warmth to the cabin, and these colours and motifs are echoed in the dashboard trim strip, door panels and seats. Even the entry-level versions feature upholstery inserts and coloured overstitching. The Clio also offers a truly enjoyable driving experience, thanks to a range of engines aiming for the top in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the brand new three-cylinder turbocharged Renault Energy TCe 90 petrol engine, which is both exciting and frugal, the Renault Energy dCi 90 boasts NEDC-homolo gated fuel consumption of just 3.2 litres / 100 km and two brand-new petrol engines mated to Renault EDC transmission due in 2013, namely the Renault TCe 120 EDC in top-range versions and the new 1.6T Renault Sport 200 which will power New Clio R.S. 200 EDC. New Renault Clio Estate was one of the major revelations on Renault’s stand at the Paris Motor Show. The newcomer shares the same dynamic breeding as the hatchback but has its own distinct identity, with carefully-honed forms created by designer Yohann Ory. New Clio Estate will appear in dealerships from the first quarter of 2013 (depending on market). New Clio R.S. 200 EDC is a Renault Sport model through and through. Its F1-style front blade recalls Renault’s success in Formula One, while its diffuser and spoiler generate 80 percent and 20 percent extra downforce respectively. Inside, the ambience is sporting, with red the dominant colour. A steering wheel flanked by the two gearshift paddles, a dedicated instrument pack and aluminium-capped pedals all spell performance and passion.


Clio prices – French market / taxes paid Engines 1.2 16v 75

Clio Authentique

Clio Expression

13 700 €

15 700 €

ENERGY TCE 90

16 900 €

ENERGY TCE 90*

17 100 €

dCi 75

16 000 €

Clio Business

Clio Dynamique

18 000 €

17 800 €

18 000 €

18 900 €

ENERGY dCi 90

18 800 €

19 000 €

19 900 €

ENERGY dCi 90*

19 000 €

19 200 €

* CO2 optimised version

ZOE celebrated its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and is on public show in the concrete for the first time in Paris. ZOE is a compact hatchback with pure, flowing lines and was designed from the ground up exclusively as an electric vehicle. It will be on sale from the end of 2012 in Europe. With its pearlescent white paintwork, blue-tinted glazing and soft-hued interior (white, beige, blue and chrome), the ZEN version suggests purity. ZOE INTENS, on the other hand, delivers a more dynamic feel with an interior ambience that places the emphasis more on black and high-tech features. This version is equipped as standard with parking aids including a reversing camera. ZOE is the first electric vehicle to be equipped with the Caméléon battery charger. Patented by Renault, this new-generation charger fits beneath the bonnet and is compatible with all power levels up to 43kW. ZOE is consequently able to charge up to 80 percent of the battery’s maximum capacity in 30 minutes. The ZOE in on sale fora tax-paid price tag starting from €13,700 (in France, with state ‘eco’ subsidy of €7,000 deducted).


World Premiere Rolls-Roys

Art Deco collection Taking inspiration from one of the defining movements of the 20th century, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars presented a selection of Ghost and Phantom family cars that celebrate the Art Deco era. Hand-fashioned stainless steel inlays in telephone drawer, door cappings and rear picnic table backs evoke the decorative style of the period. For Phantom customers, exterior colours will be offered in infinity black, Arabian blue, powder blue or Arctic white, and feature a bespoke, twin coachline with an Art Deco motif. Inside Phantom’s coach doors, touches like Art Deco headrest embroidery, bespoke inlays on piano black veneer and tread plates sporting Art Deco motif further reference the style of the period. Ghost Art Deco collection cars are finished in either infinity black or arctic white with dual bespoke coach line and illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy. A black and white interior scheme featuring a choice of four seat piping colours takes inspiration from the colour palette of the era.


World Premiere SEAT Leon

SEAT unveiled all-new SEAT Leon. The hatchback is the first production vehicle to feature SEAT’s new design language. The new Leon will feature a host of innovative technologies to help safety and connectivity, as well as being the first car in its segment to offer full LED lights. The car is 90kg lighter and despite being 52mm shorter than its predecessor, has more interior space. A range of six petrol and four diesel engines are available featuring Start/Stop technology, while the most efficient engine option will emit just 99g of Co2.


World Premiere ŠKODA Rapid

The ŠKODA Rapid (World Premiere in Paris) is the brand’s first series car to feature ŠKODA’s new design. The Rapid’s elegant side presents a coupé-like silhouette and a clear division of surfaces and lines. In the field of safety, the ŠKODA Rapid impresses with a comprehensive active and passive safety equipment. The engine line-up in Europe includes four petrol and two diesel aggregates, with five especially efficient Green tec variants also available from launch. The ŠKODA Rapid will be introduced in Europe from the end of October.


World Premiere smart forstars

An interesting premiere at the Paris Auto Show was the smart forstars. The electrically driven smart forstars is an SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) with room for two people and plenty of stowage space. Its name is a reference to the glass roof above the passengers that gives a clear view of the starry sky. The rhombic design of the front and rear lamps is very striking. Outer rings illuminate the indicators and daytime running lamps with a large number of LEDs. The tail lights can even be opened. The charging socket for the high-voltage battery is found inside the right-hand tail light, whilst the left-hand one has space for a beverage can. The study has a longer wheelbase than the current smart fortwo (2470 mm/plus 603 mm) and a wider track (front 1475 mm/plus 193 mm, rear 1475 mm/plus 90 mm). There is a convex glass coupé roof above the passengers’ heads. It joins seamlessly with the glass cover over the cargo area which opens upwards. The lower tailboard at the rear can also be opened electrically. To start with, the tailgate slides down in a parallel position, then the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 280 mm. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to access. The interior sees the rear-view mirror replaced by a smartphone accommodated in a holder at the top of the windscreen. The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the help of an integrated video camera. The smartphone also serves as a media source. The compact smart forstars is therefore not only a mobility concept with ample space for two people and a generous cargo area under the glass tailgate, it is also a communication concept that needs no more than a free house wall for a spontaneous cinematic experience. The media player of the projector integrated in the front bonnet is operated via Bluetooth® from a smartphone. A high-quality sound system with additional loudspeakers in the ventilation openings behind the doors enables the drive-in cinema experience to be perfected for friends as well. The electric drive of the smart forstars is based on the innovative drive concept of the smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive. Compared to the production model of the smart electric drive the output of the magneto-electric motor has been increased to 60 kW. The vehicle has a top speed of more than 130 km/h and the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh.


World Premiere Ssangyong

e-XIV concept

Ssangyong Motor unveiled the company’s environmentally friendly and futuristic electric concept car, the e-XIV. The e-XIV uses an 80-kW Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), giving a range of 80km by taking power from the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. Four hours are required for charging a fully discharged battery and 20 minutes for quick recharging. The car also features a range extending system comprising of a two-cylinder 1,000cc petrol engine and a 20-kW generator. Once the 80km distance has been achieved, the petrol engine supplies additional power via the generator to extend the range up to 600km, emitting just 45g/km of CO2.The e-XIV’s glass roof solar panel converts solar energy to electric power and operates interior equipment such as the air conditioning, audio system and internal lighting. Drivers can also select their preferred method of driving by activating the car’s VCU (Vehicle Control Unit) via a smart phone or a remote control. The Paris Auto Show was also the stage of the European launch of the Rexton W SUV. The new eco-friendly e-XDi200 active diesel engine and Mercedes-Benz e-Tronic 5-speed automatic transmission help Rexton W achieve 193g/km of CO2 emissions, with maximum power of 155ps and maximum torque of 360Nm. The Rexton W offers a comprehensive range of safety features including a triple-layer steel frame and strong body, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ARP (Active Roll-over Protection), TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), and front & rear parking sensors.

World Premiere Suzuki

S-Cross concept

A highlight of the 2012 Paris Motor Show is Suzuki’s unveiling of the S-Cross. The concept car marks Suzuki’s full-scale entry into the market for C-segment crossovers. Dynamic lines run from the front bumper to the rear of the body, chrome-plated features extend deep into the body. The shape of the body helps the vehicle meet increasingly tough demands for fuel economy through aerodynamics. The production model of the S-Cross concept will be among those with the lowest CO2 emissions in the C-segment of crossover cars.


World Premiere Toyota

IQ EV, new Auris, Auris Touring Sports, new Verso The electric version of the popular iQ has been specifically designed as a city commuting vehicle for use in an urban environment. The concept has been realised with the lowest practical battery capacity in order to save weight and charging time. To counteract the high power consumption of the air conditioning the iQ EV features a low power consumption heat pump air conditioning system, allied to seat heater fitted as standard to directly warm occupants, and a new Heated Windscreen Defroster (HWD) system to clear the screen without the aid of the air conditioning system. A further development of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive® technology, the iQ EV’s fully electric powertrain comprises an air-cooled, 47 kW electric motor/generator, a 150 cell, a 12.0 kWh, 277.5 V battery pack, a 3 kW water-cooled battery charger, an inverter, an DC/DC converter and a motor speed reduction mechanism. Maximum torque of 163 Nm is delivered, from a standstill, to the front wheels, giving the iQ EV 0-100 km/h acceleration of 14.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 125 km/h. With a power consumption of 134 Wh/km, this equips the vehicle with an NEDC-certified range of 85 km between charges. Via an illuminated battery charger inlet located beneath a flush-mounted panel at the front of the new iQ EV, the battery pack can be fully recharged in approximately 3 hours from a standard, 230 V household outlet. The new Auris represents Toyota’s C-Segment rejuvenation. At 4.275 mm the overall length of the new Auris has increased by 30 mm, though its wheelbase remains the same at 2,600 mm. The front and rear overhangs have both increased by just 15 mm, and the Auris remains one of the most compact cars in its class. The all-new exterior design allows Auris to reach excellent aerodynamic performance, contributing to both improved handling stability and reduced fuel consumption. At launch the available engines will be: 1.33I Dual VVT –i; 1.6l Valvematic petrol engine; 1.4l D-4D diesel engine; 2.0l D-4D diesel engine. The new Auris Hybrid’s HSD powertrain will also be available. The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports adds the popular wagon body style to the model range’s comprehensive choice of powertrains and will be the first wagon in the segment available with a full hybrid powertrain alongside petrol and diesel engines. As with the new Auris hatchback, the Auris Touring Sports’ bold, dynamic exterior design maximises the aerodynamic benefits of the model’s reduction in overall height, and the dynamic improvements offered by its lower center of gravity. Sharing its 2,600 mm wheelbase, the Auris Touring Sports is 285 mm longer than the hatchback, all of which is dedicated to the extended loadspace of the new wagon. The new Verso represents a fresh, more powerful and sophisticated interpretation of the third generation Toyota MPV’s distinctive, dual-zone styling. It will be available in a choice of 11 exterior colours, of which three are new; Pearl White, Vivid Blue and Solid Blue. The new Verso will be equipped with a choice of five engines, all benefitting from the wide ranging advanced technologies and internal improvement programmes of Toyota Optimal Drive. All engines’ CO2 emissions of the New Verso have been lowered.


Volkswagen Volkswagen was present at the 2012 Paris Auto Salon with the new version of the Golf (for details see our focus). Also on stage the near-production concept of the next Golf BlueMotion, giving visitors an insight into some of Volkswagen’s fuel-saving technologies. It will be launched as a full production model in the summer of 2013. Another concept showcased in Paris, which is also almost ready to go into full production, was the new Golf GTI.

World Premiere Volvo V40 Cross Country, V40 R-Design “The V40 Cross Country retains its V40 stylishness by integrating the ruggedness in the design with meticulous attention to detail. It has en extrovert, expressive character that promises the open-minded adventurer a great time,” says Simon Lamarre, exterior design manager for the V40 Cross Country. Unique V40 Cross Country details include: wheels with the same size as the Volvo V70, including up to 19-inch rims; front with dark, contrasting bumper, honeycomb mesh grille and upright DRL-lights; the contrasting rear bumper with integrated skid plate. The two-piece, 40/60, rear seat backrest can be easily folded. The load compartment can be equipped with a practical hanging load net. A soft safety net is optional and a steel version is available as an accessory. The car can be equipped with a versatile “extra” floor in the load compartment. The front passenger seat can be folded forward to create even more space. The V40 Cross Country features All Wheel Drive available on the T5 petrol turbo to enhance the all-road, all-weather capability. The five-cylinder 2.5-litre T5 engine has a power output of 254 hp and 400 Nm of torque, including 40 Nm overboost delivered during acceleration. It comes with automatic transmission and acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes 6.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is 7.8 l/100 km (EU Combined). The T5 is also available in a 2.0-litre version with 213 hp and 300 Nm of torque on certain markets. There is also the T4, a 1.6-litre GTDi engine with 180 horsepower and maximum torque of 270 Nm, including 30 Nm overboost. Fuel consumption is 5.5 l/100 km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 129 g/km. A 2.0-litre five-cylinder T4 engine with 180 hp and 300 Nm of torque is available on certain markets. The T5 version comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the T4 is available in combination with the automatic six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. All engine versions have start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox. The V40 Cross Country also features Hill Descent Control on the T5 version with All Wheel Drive, which controls the car’s speed automatically when driving down steep inclines. The Volvo V40 R-Design front features a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille. The sporty stance is enhanced with an ironstone diffuser, silk-metal finished details and twin exhaust tailpipes. The five-spoke diamond-cut wheels (17” or 18”) complete the stylish, dynamic look. The chassis has been developed in cooperation with Swedish racing driver Robert Dahlgren in the Volvo Polestar Black R team. The optional Sport chassis is lowered 10 mm compared with the Dynamic chassis. Springs and shock absorbers have a firmer setting, resulting in responsive driving pleasure with full control. Inside The seats feature a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather, crowned by an embroidered R-design logo with a blue “R”. Full leather seats are available as an option. R-Design can be combined with all engines available for the all-new Volvo V40, from the D2 diesel with 115 horsepower and CO2 emissions at 94 g/km (3.6 l/100 km) to the high-performance T5 petrol turbo with 254 horsepower.


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2012 Moscow International Automobile Sa

The 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon (or MIAS) was held und Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA) in Cro through September 9. The exhibit exceeded 100,000 square meters, giving 100 companies to participate. The MIAS increases its exhibit space every importance of the automotive Russian market. All the leading automobile m in Moscow, showcasing several world premieres as well as numerous Euro

World Premiere Audi R8 Showcased in Moscow the updated Audi R8 restyle includes a new bumper, new LED headlights and new rear indicator lights with dynamicized display. Joining the R8 family is the new top model of the series: the Audi R8 V10 plus. Developing 404 kW (550 hp), its maximum torque is 540 Nm (398.28 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. With S tronic (the new 7-speed dual clutch transmission) , the R8 V10 plus, available only as a coupé, catapults from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 317 km/h (196.97 mph); the average fuel consumption rate is 12.9 liters per 100 km (18.23 US mpg). Reference prices (European markets): R8 V8 Coupé – EUR 113,500 R8 V8 Spyder – EUR 124,800 R8 V10 variants – EUR 154,600 / EUR 165,900 R8 V10 plus – EUR 173,20


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World Premiere Bentley Continental GT Speed


The fastest Bentley ever made its world debut at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon. The Continental GT Speed coupe reaches a top speed of 329 km/h (205 mph) and 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 4.2 seconds. At the heart of the new model is Bentley’s unique 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine. The engine produces 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) and 800 Nm of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. A close-ratio, eight-speed automatic transmission and a unique chassis setup result in a sportier and even more engaging Bentley driving experience. The Bentley Continental GT Speed won the “Dream Car” prize, obtaining the majority of votes by mass media representative, during the contest “The Best Automobile of the Moscow international Automobile Salon 2012”. Two other new models joined the GT Speed on stage in Moscow: the Mulsanne Executive Interior model and the new Continental GT V8. The former is offered in two Specifications, Theatre and iPad, for state of the art multimedia connectivity on the move. The latter offers a distinctive sporting soundtrack. Powered by a new 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8, the Continental GT coupé and its GTC convertible variant achieve exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector. The new engine delivers maximum power of 500 bhp (507 PS / 373 Kw) at 6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb ft). This translates into a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.8 seconds for the GT coupe and a top speed of 303 km/h (188 mph). At the same time, the new V8 Continental models achieves outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector.


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World Premiere BMW 7 Series

BMW approached the 2012 Moscow Salon with style showcasing six new automobiles and presenting the i8 Spyder Concept as a European premiere. Presentation of the new BMW flagship – the BMW 7 Series executive sedan – crowned the list of premieres for the German brand. To enhance the level of comfort in the new BMW 7 Series, the key technical nodes, mechanics and suspension kinematics have been optimised. The chassis has been fine-tuned and new rubber bearings, dampers and air-suspension with regulated body height have been fitted. The electronic control system settings in the new BMW 7 Series are designed to enhance the dynamics and comfort of the vehicle, both for the driver and passengers. The BMW 7 Series comes with new and completely revised engine versions. The four-wheel-drive modification 740Li xDrive will be an exclusive new product for the Russian market. Reference prices (German market): BMW 740i – EUR 80,700 BMW 730d – EUR 74,900 Reference pirces (USA market): BMW 740i – USD 73,300

European Premiere BMW i8 Concept Spyder For the first time on Russian soil the BMW i8 Concept Spyder takes the roadster class to the next level. Lightweight construction, combined with advanced hybrid technology, gives the i8 Concept Spyder the power of a real race car, with fuel consumption no higher than one would expect from a small city car. Made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), the passenger compartment, or Life module, is extremely lightweight. At the same time, the Drive modules, made primarily with aluminum components, bring together all the steering elements, such as transmission, chassis and safety elements. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is equipped with an eDrive hybrid drive train connected to external power sources. A lithium-ion battery supplies the engine with power and can be charged in a very short time from any home electrical socket. The total capacity of the drive system amounts to 260kW (354 hp).


Moscow salon World Premiere Chevrolet Cobalt The new Chevrolet Cobalt (which is not related to the homonymous car sold in the United States) was revealed in August in Moscow. This model, based on the Chevrolet Aveo, will be sold in emerging markets only, starting in Russia and Brazil. Reference price (Brazilian market): Chevrolet Cobalt – R$ 38,200

Russian Premieres Fiat / Chrysler Fiat was present at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon with three Russian Premieres: Fiat Freemont, Chrysler 300C SRT, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. In addition to the new products the Italian stand was completed by the cars which have already acquired popularity among the Russian public: Fiat 500, Fiat Punto, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass, Jeep Liberty and Chrysler Grand Voyager.


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European Premiere Infiniti JX The 7-passenger luxury crossover Infiniti JX celebrated its European premiere during the press-conference held on August 29th. The Infiniti JX, which is built at the plant in Tennessee (USA) meets the specific needs of larger families and has everything to become a success in Russia: a powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine and an advanced four-wheel drive chassis, ensuring it can cope with the worst weather the seasons can throw at it. Start of sales of new Infiniti JX in Russia is planned for beginning of 2013. The visitors of the Moscow International Automobile Salon had also a chance to see Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel version, a concept which was inspired by the double World Champion Sebastian Vettel. It’s lower than the standard FX, more powerful, faster, lighter and more aerodynamically efficient. Another highlight at the Infiniti stand was the petrol/electric hybrid concept – Infiniti Etherea. Reference prices (USA market): Infiniti JX35 – USD 40,650 Infiniti JX35 AWD – USD 42,050


World Premieres

Jaguar AWD & XFR Speed Pack Jaguar showcased two premieres: the All-Wheel Drive system (AWD) and the new optional Speed Pack for XFR. The AWD system is powered exclusively by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 340PS form driving through an eight-speed automatic transmission and featuring Start/Stop technology. It will be available on versions of the XF and XJ saloons in selected markets from the 2013 Model Year. The new optional Speed Pack for the XFR sports saloon features a speed limiter raised to 280 km/h (174 mph), making the 510PS XFR Speed Pack car faster than ever. It is equipped with revised engine and gearbox calibration to match the increased top speed. The Speed Pack car will be distinguished by a new front aero splitter and a new rear wing.


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World Premiere Maserati GranCabrio Sport The new GranCabrio Sport completes the renewal of Maserati’s range of Gran Tourer cars. The new external style includes a new front bumper, with a redesigned profile to improve both the aesthetic look as well as the functional aspects, but the most noticeable change is the new headlight design. While it retains the external shape of the headlights, they now carry all-new setup, including the addition of Daytime Running Light LED technology. Inside the car the steering wheel adopts a new design and new interior materials in EcoChrome grey and the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery are added to existing features such as the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel and the aluminum pedals. A more powerful engine (important changes to both the engine’s software and its hardware lift the power by up to 10CV and torque by up to 10Nm with no fuel consumption or emissions penalties) and a redesigned suspension system make the new GranCabrio Sport the new reference in the worldwide market of convertibles cars.The GranCabrio Sport will produce 338kW (460CV) of power at 7000rpm and 520Nm of torque, peaking at 4750rpm.


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World Premiere Mazda 6

For the first time in five years Mazda’s flagship model was redisigned and presented at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon. Mazda6 sedan incorporates both SKYACTIV technologies, designed to simultaneously achieve the seemingly conflicting goals of driving pleasure and environmental and safety performance without the slightest compromise, and the new KODO-SOUL OF MOTION design language. It will also be the first model equipped with Mazda’s brake energy regeneration system, i-ELOOP, which begins charging a capacitor the moment you take your foot off the accelerator. Electricity stored in the capacitor can then be used to power electric components throughout the car. In freeing the engine from much of the duty of providing electricity to these components, more fuel energy goes directly to powering the car resulting in clear improvements in fuel economy. The new Mazda6 draws on the best of Mazda’s technical expertise and craftsmanship across all domains, from dynamic performance and design, through to environmental performance and safety. It definitely stands as the flagship model for a new generation of Mazda products.


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World Premiere Mercedes - Benz GL 63 AMG Cobalt

Mercedes-Benz chose Russia to unveil the brand new Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG luxury off-roader. The brand from Stuttgard named three attributes to be associated with the new GL 63 AMG: striking, masculine, unmistakeable. Mercedes-AMG has enhanced the main stylistic features of the new GL – powerful dynamism and sporty elegance – using specific elements that emphasise the top V8 model’s exceptional performance. Great attention to detail, excellent ergonomics and a generous amount of space available dominate the interior. The new GL 63 AMG is pushed by the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, which develops a peak output of 410 kW (557 hp) and maximum torque of 760 Nm. Power is transmitted to all four permanently driven wheels by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. Roll stabilisation, damping and suspension adapt automatically to the prevailing driving situation, offering both optimum ride comfort and maximum stability. The GL 63 AMG driver is able to choose at the push of a button between the three suspension modes “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport plus”. The fully load-bearing air suspension system is speed-sensitive, lowering the body at higher speeds in order to minimise drag while increasing driving stability. Reference price (German market): GL 63 AMG – EUR 109,500

World Premiere MINI John Cooper Works Countryman The Moscow Motor Show also held the presentation of the new MINI John Cooper Works Coutryman, which combines the racing nature of John Cooper Works with the ALL4 drive system for the first time. This new release from the British brand is powered by a new four-cylinder engine with Twin Scroll turbocharger with direct fuel injection and variable valvecontrol. A 1.6-liter engine delivers power of 160 kW/218 hp and a maximum torque of up to 280 Nm, which can be increased to up to 300 Nm for a short time by means of the Dturbo-charging function.


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World Premiere Nissan Almera


After Russian sales increased by 75 per cent in 2011, Nissan is shaping ambitious expansion plans for the region. The new Nissan Almera leads the way to more new models to be engeneered and built locally. As a matter of fact the new Almera is built in Russia especially for the Russian market. “The car was engineered to meet the specific requirements of Russian road and climate conditions. Unlike some of its rivals, built to handle more gentle conditions, the new Almera has been designed to withstand the worst weather Russia can throw at it.” said François Goupil de Bouillé, Managing Director, Nissan Russia. Nissan’s espansion plans were further confirmed by Mr. Bouillé: “We have ambitious plans for Russia and the launch of the new Almera, along with vastly increased investment in our production facilities here show that we mean business. These are exciting times for Nissan and for our customers in Russia.”


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World Premiere Opel Astra & Astra Sports Tourer The 2012 Moscow Auto Salon held the unveiling of the new four-door Opel Astra sedan. The sedan is an important addition to the Astra line-up which is now even more diverse and offers new powertrains and driver assistance systems combined with fresh, sporty design. 4.658 meters long, 1.814 meters wide and 1.476 meters tall, it has a wheelbase of 2.685 meters and provides generous interior space. The separate trunk offers 460 liters of volume, 90 liters more than the five-door model. By folding the 60:40 split rear bench flat the luggage volume can be increased up to a maximum of 1,010 liters. In addition to the new Astra sedan, visitors at the Moscow Auto Show were presented with another world premiere: the new Astra Sports Tourer. Space-efficient trunk design, enabling an impressive load volume of up to 1,550 liters, is complemented by smart features such as the new FlexFold Rear Seats - a system which folds the rear seatbacks at the touch of a button. The extensive Astra Sports Tourer powertrain line-up comprises four diesel, five gasoline and one LPG options, offering a power bandwidth from 70 kW/95 hp to 132 kW/180 hp. Russia is currently the second biggest automotive market in Europe after Germany. Last year around 70,000 Opel cars were sold there. This year, from January to July, the Opel brand grew by 29 percent. The Astra is by far the most successful Opel model in Russia. In the first half of 2012 alone, it managed to increase its compact sement share from 4.4 to six percent. Reference prices (German market): Opel Astra 1.4 Selection – EUR 14,092 Opel Astra 1.3 CDTI Selection – EUR 17,025 Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.4 Selection – EUR 15,857 Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.3 CDTI Selection – EUR 17,949


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In Moscow, the world’s leading manufacturer of luxury cars presented the Phantom Russian public for the first time. Also showcased at the Rolls-Royce stand was the Phantom Collection model (European premiere). Its design inspiration comes from the S6B – an aircra Rolls-Royce engine - that won the Schneider Trophy each year from 1931 to 1933. And from founding partner Charles Rolls, a pioneer aviator and the first man to fly across the English The presentation was the first in a collection of 35 Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection m exclusive design concepts, colour combinations and the use of new materials. “Russia is n one market for Rolls-Royce in continental Europe and we foresee further growth by the e said James Crichton, Regional Director Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for Europe and South Afr Moscow. At the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon the Rolls-Royce Ghost was the “best luxury car” award, based on the votes of 150 journalists made during exhibi


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Russian Premiere Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II & European Premiere Phantom Coupè Aviator Collection


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World Premieres ŠKODA Yeti Sochi & Yeti 1.4 TSI DSG Russia is a pillar of ŠKODA’s international growth plans. It didn’t surprise to see various debuts in Moscow. On display for the first time was the ŠKODA Yeti Sochi, the special model for the 2014 Winter Olympics, that will be sold in Russia in 2013. The white Yeti Sochi special model, impressed with special Winter Games branding, lavish trim, four-wheel drive, powerful engine and automated 6-gear double-clutch transmission. Its 1.8 TSI petrol engine puts out 112 kW. Also debuting in Moscow is the Yeti 1.4 TSI DSG. This is the first time ever a combination of a 1.4 liter petrol engine and a double-clutch transmission is available in a ŠKODA Yeti. This compact impresses with a powerful 90 kW engine and the automated 7-speed double-clutch transmission. It will be launched in Russia in early 2013. ŠKODA also confirmed the market launch of Rapid compact saloon in Russia. It will run off the line at Volkswagen’s Kaluga plant from spring 2014.


World Premiere Suzuki Grand Vitara The updated Grand Vitara, shown at the Moscow International Automobile Salon, has a newly developed more powerful and sporty look thanks to a new grille, a thick, sturdy-looking front bumper, and chrome side moldings. It comes with eight-spoke, 17� aluminium-alloy wheels – or alternatively with 10 spoke, 18 aluminium-alloy wheels. The front under garnish is made from the new SSPP (Suzuki Super Polypropylene), which is a resin material developed by Suzuki to be approximately 10 percent lighter than the current polypropylene.


Asia

Taiwan

Nankang wins “Top 100 Taiwan Brands” award For Taiwan’s centennial anniversary the Bureau of Foreign Trade of the Taiwan government selected 100 of the country’s most outstanding brands from all industries and fields in Taiwan. Nankang Rubber Tire was awarded with this prestigious recognition for its dedication to produce the highest quality products to serve over 100 countries worldwide in more than fifty years’ service. The accreditation of Top 100 Taiwan brands also recognizes Nankang aspiration to remain at the forefront in technology and quality, bringing today’s and future transportation to a higher level on the aspects of safety, comfort, and assurance.

Japan

Mazda Malaysia joint venture Hiroshima - Mazda Motor Corporation and Bermaz Motor have established Mazda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. a joint venture company in Malaysia. The new joint venture’s main roles are to oversee local production and distribution of locally-assembled models to Bermaz, sole distributor in Malaysia.

India

Tata Motors Group global wholesales up by 13% Mumbai - In August 2012 Tata Motors Group global wholesales, including Jaguar Land Rover, were higher by 13% over August 2011. Concearning the same period the global wholesales of all commercial vehicles - Tata, Tata Daewoo and the Tata Hispano Carrocera range – increased by 4%, while the global wholesales of all passenger vehicles resulted higher by 23%. Global wholesales of Tata passenger vehicles were higher by 35%, over August 2011.

Asia / Europe

Taiwan / Russia

LUXGEN, first Taiwanese brand debuts LUXGEN, the first automotive brand from Taiwan, made its debut at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon. The LUXGEN brand was established by the Yulon Group to merge Taiwan’s highly advanced auto and information technology industries in order to create a new generation of environmentally sustainable intelligent vehicles. On display in Moscow was the innovative crossover LUXGEN7 SUV, the stylish sedan LUXGEN5 and the zero emissions LUXGEN EV products. Just before the Moscow Motor Show, LUXGEN representative branch in Russia was officially announced. It is not only LUXGEN’s first representative unit in Russia, but the first of the brand on the global market. The first model launch is scheduled at Q2 next year in Russia.

Corporate news Europe

Germany

Sustainability vital element of Porsche’s corporate responsibility Leipzig - Porsche’s Leipzig plant is one of the most efficient automobile factories in the world. The plant’s designers have taken numerous steps for the provision of natural energy sources as well as the reduction of CO2 emissions, amount of waste and consumption of water. Porsche’s announced sustainability strategy is carried forward with the expansion of the Leipzig plant. Numerous measures for the improvement of the eco balance are scheduled to be in place by the completion of the new factory space next year. Porsche Boxster production begins Osnabrück - Porsche has begun partially producing its Boxster model at Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH. This step is necessary, as Porsche’s main factory in Stuttgart does not have enough capacity to cope with demand. The first vehicle to roll off the line was an Indian red Boxster S with a black soft top.


SAAB in 2010/2011, to which Youngman acquired a license in 2011, as well as providing all required funding. Youngman will hold 80% of Spyker Phoenix. Spyker Phoenix shall develop and manufacture a new full range of premium car models based on the Phoenix platform. Such models will be positioned higher than where the comparable SAAB models were. Spyker Phoenix products may be manufactured in Europe or China as the case may be. Youngman and Spyker have agreed to provide all the technologies owned by each of them to Spiker Phoenix free of charge.

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Volkswagen Group builds own engine plant in Russia The Volkswagen Group is expanding its capacities in Russia through the construction of an engine plant in Kaluga. The German Group will invest approximately 250 million euro at the new location, where the modern engine generation EA211 will be produced locally as of 2015. The capacity is set at 150,000 engines a year. The engine plant is being built directly next to the Volkswagen vehicle plant in Kaluga.

Europe /Asia

Germany / China

Porsche Consulting opens base in China Porsche Consulting GmbH carries forward its international growth strategy by establishing a new location in China. With headquarters in Shanghai, Porsche Consulting Ltd. will be launched at the onset of 2013. After Italy, Brazil and the United States, it will be the fourth foreign branch of the consultancy firm.

Netherlands / China

Spyker and Yougman sign for a financial and industrial joint venture Along the SAAB/Spyker re-launch story, an important step has been taken during the last week of August. The agreement provides that Spyker and Chinese car manufacturer Zhejihang Youngman Passanger Car Group will start a strong co-operation that will see (together with other important financial steps) the joint venture called Spyker Phoenix. Youngman will grant the rights to the Phoenix platform as developed by

LEAF Taxi, 100% electric model in São Paulo Pinhais – Nissan, global pioneer in large-scale production of zero emission vehicles, will take the matter forward with LEAF Taxi at the São Paulo Motor Show. The brand’s stand will feature one of the units participating in the pilot program of the Municipality of São Paulo. The study, which began in June, is assessing the feasibility of electric vehicles operating on mass transportation in the city. According to the taxi drivers who are testing the vehicles, the reduction in spending on “supply” or recharge has reached almost 50% in the first two months of the program, besides the zero emissions and reduced noise pollution in the city, since the vehicle does not produce any noise. By the end of the year, eight more LEAF Taxi will be incorporated into the pilot program.


North America United States

BMW Group takes car sharing programme to the US San Francisco - The BMW Group has extended its premium car sharing program DriveNow to the US. DriveNow launched in San Francisco in June with 70 electric vehicles and was followed by the innovative mobile parking solution, ParkNow, in September. Seventy fully-electric, zero-emission BMW ActiveE cars are located at eight DriveNow stations across the entire city of San Francisco. Customers register online or in person and can then use the DriveNow website or a mobile app to locate and reserve an available vehicle. The vehicle can be returned to the pick-up location or any other DriveNow station. In addition to the DriveNow programme, the electronic mobile parking service ParkNow, which allows users to reserve a parking space in advance, at a guaranteed, clearly-defined rate, represents another step in order to meet the growing need for flexible mobility solutions in urban areas.

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North America / Europe United Stated / Netherlands

Fisker sets two electric vehicle world records Fisker Nederland - Fisker Automotive’s most successful European representative organized an event Sunday September 2 at the Floriade Horticultural World Expo in Venlo, Netherlands, where 60 240-volt charge points were temporarily installed for the occasion. 45 Fisker Karma owners gathered to the location to set a new World Record for the Highest Number of Single-Brand Electric Vehicles to be Charged Simultaneously. Those 45 owners also helped break the world record for Highest Number of Mixed-Brand Electric Vehicles to be Charged Simultaneously. That record now stands at 50. The previous record was 43, set in May of this year.

Europe Sweden

Volvo Car Corporation leads the way in car safety: risk of being injured in a Volvo reduced by 50 percent since year 2000 Volvo Car Corporation’s determination to build the safest cars in the world has been acknowledged by several independent crash tests during the past year.

These results come as no surprise to the company’s safety experts. “Our own, extensive accident data base shows that the risk of being injured in one of our latest car models has been reduced with around 50 percent since the year 2000. And we are working on new technologies that will bring the figure down even further” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor. Volvo Car Corporation’s knowledge-driven approach to car safety is based on input from real-life traffic; including findings by the company’s own Traffic Accident Research team, which has been operative for more than 40 years. • The efficiency of Volvo Car Corporation’s approach has been highlighted several times recently:Earlier this year, the benefits of the City Safety technology were documented in an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) report, which stated a collision frequency reduction with up to 22 percent. • A similar study by the Swedish insurance company Volvia shows that Volvos equipped with automatic braking are involved in 22 percent fewer rear end accidents than cars without auto brake. • The final report from the EuroFOT research projects concludes that a car with adaptive cruise control and collision warning cuts the risk of colliding with the vehicle in front on a motorway by up to 42 percent. Future technologies will include improvements of existing safety systems as well as new solutions. “We keep on moving towards our safety vision that nobody should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020,” concludes Thomas Broberg.

Vatican City

Renault makes donation to Pope Benedict XVI Renault has presented the Vatican with two electric vehicles made especially to meet the mobility needs of the Pope. The first vehicle is an ecological, sustainable development version of the Popemobile to be used


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Car Corporation. He adds: “To achieve this we have extended the camera, radar and laser technology used in present safety and support systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, City Safety, Lane Keeping Aid, Blind Sport Information System and Park Assist Pilot.”

Spain

Seat delivers two all-electric vehicles to Madrid Madrid – Two Altea XL Electric Ecomotive models were delivered by Seat to the City of Madrid. Madrid City Hall will be adding the cars to its fleet so as to test drive them for five months, during which time SEAT will gather information and assess performance before standard production of the vehicles.

//////////////////// the Pope is traveling at his summer residence. Based on Kangoo Maxi Z.E., it is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery which ensures an average NEDC combined-cycle range of 170km. The other vehicle is for use by the Corps of Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City for the Pope’s security. Both vehicles were handed to His Holiness Benedict XVI by Renault’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn during a visit to the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Hydrogen-powered cars tour Europe

Four international car manufacturers joined forces to demonstrate that hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) are not just technologies of the future but of today. A total of 7 FCEVs from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota brought their individual hydrogen fuel cell systems to the European Hydrogen Road Tour 2012. The tour will last one month, with special event stopovers in nine European cities. The tour’s first event took place in Hamburg on September 13. The FCEVs from participating manufacturers did afterwards move towards Hannover, Bolzano, Paris, Cardiff, Bristol, Swindon, London and Copenhagen, where they will be supported by local organisations. The event aims to reach out to politicians, industry leaders, press and public to help improve awareness around FCEVs, delivering the clear message that while the technology exists for Hydrogen Vehicles today, there is a real need to improve hydrogen distribution infrastructure. In a FCEV the fuel cell efficiently transforms hydrogen’s chemical energy into electricity and heat. The only emission is pure water. In combination with an electric motor, it can be used to power vehicles, delivering much higher driving range and faster refuelling time than battery electric vehicles. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles deliver performance comparable with today’s conventional internal combustion engine vehicles but with zero tailpipe emissions and almost no sound whilst driving.

Asia India Sweden

Volvo following SARTRE project Volvo Car Corporation is the only participating car man manufacturer in SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment). This unique project highlights the potential for implementing road trains on conventional highways, with platooned traffic operating in a mixed environment with other road users. The project road train includes a manually driven lead truck, which is followed by one truck and three Volvo cars. “The basic principle is that the following vehicles repeat the motion of the lead ve hicle” says Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo

Tata Motors launches ‘Nano: Art in Motion’ Being designed to celebrate life, creativity, freedom and the spread of culture; Nano: Art in Motion will feature the Tata Nano as its canvas, with the inaugural Art Car being painted by renowned artist, Ms. Sangeeta Babani. The first art car will focus around the theme of celebration. Excited about painting on the Tata Nano, Ms Sangeeta Babani plans to interpret the theme of celebration using her signature blend of realism and abstractionism, set to the vibrant color palette for which her art is known to follow. She will be assisted by Mr. Anil Dingankar, a young and upcoming artist.


Green side

High perform the super


Porsche 918 Spyder

mance low consumption, sport car of tomorrow?

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Driving trials of the Porsche 918 Spyder are at the moment in a key phase. The permanent fixture of the test programme for the 918 Spyder – and in the tuning process for all Porsche vehicles – is the 20.8 km long challenging Nürburgring-Nordschleife race circuit… and on September 18th a Porsche 918 Spyder prototype turned in a remarkable best time of just 07:14 minutes. One year before its production launch, the plug-in hybrid super sports car from Porsche AG is already proving its superlative dynamic performance potential , far surpassing all expectations placed in it. The lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is one of the best ever clocked for street-legal vehicles with standard production tyres. The car was equipped with production tyres from Michelin as well as the optional “Weissach” package, which integrates modifications that boost driving performance. As a plug-in hybrid vehicle, it logically combines a highperformance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors to deliver terrific performance: the best of both worlds endows the 918 with the dynamics of a racing car packing more than 770 hp accompanied by fuel consumption, which at approximately three litres per 100 kilometres, is less than that of most modern compact cars. The 918 Spyder has been designed as a super sports car and the legitimate successor to the Carrera GT. As such, the first goal was obvious: improving yet again on the Carrera GT’s performance. As far as it is currently known, the 918 Spyder will be significantly faster both in terms of acceleration and also in performance on the racing circuit: less than three seconds from zero to 100 km/h (Carrera GT: 3.9 seconds) and less than 7:22 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (Carrera GT: 7:32 minutes). The core of the 918 Spyder concept is the distribution of propulsive power across three power units, collaboration between which is controlled by an intelligent management system using five preselectable modes. When the vehicle is started up, the “E-Power” mode is the default operating mode as long as the battery is sufficiently charged. In ideal conditions, the 918 Spyder can cover more than 25 kilometres on purely electric power. If the charge state of the battery falls below a set minimum value, the vehicle automatically switches to hybrid mode. In “hybrid” mode, the electric motors and combustion engine work together with the focus on maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption.In more dynamic situations, the 918 Spyder selects the “Sport Hybrid” mode for its motors; the combustion engine is now in constant operation and provides the main propulsive force. In addition, the electric motors provide support in the form of an electric boost when the driver demands higher output. “Race Hybrid” is the mode for the highest possible performance and

especially sporty driving style. The combustion engine is chiefly used under high load, and charges the battery when the driver is not utilising the maximum output. The electric motors provide additional support as necessary in the form of a boost when the driver requires even more power. The electric motors are used up to the maximum power output limit in order to provide the best possible performance for the race track. The “Hot Lap” button in the middle of the map switch releases the 918 Spyder’s last reserves and can only be activated in “Race Hybrid” mode. Similar to a qualification mode, this pushes the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps. This mode uses all of the available energy in the battery. The main source of propulsion is the 4.6-litre, eight cylinder engine delivering more than 570 hp, which was directly derived from the power unit in the successful RS Spyder and explains why it delivers engine speeds of up to 9,000 rpm. The V8 engine is coupled to the hybrid module, the 918 Spyder being designed as a parallel hybrid like Porsche’s current hybrid models. Essentially, the hybrid module comprises a 90 kW electric motor and a decoupler acting as the connection with the combustion engine. As a result of the parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be powered at the rear axle both individually by the combustion engine or electric motor or via both drives jointly. A seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission takes care of power transmission to the rear axle. In order to ensure that the installation position and thus the centre of gravity of the entire vehicle were kept low, the gear unit was turned “on its head”, by rotating it 180 degrees about its longitudinal axis. On the front axle there is another, independent electric motor with an output of approximately 80 kW. The front electric drive unit drives the wheels via a fixed ratio. A decoupler ensures that the electric motor can be decoupled at high speeds to prevent the motor from over-revving. The drive torque is independently controlled for each axle. This makes for a very responsive all-wheel function, offering great potential for traction and driving dynamics. The electric energy for the electric motors is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery comprising 312 individual cells with an energy content of approximately seven kilowatt hours. The plug-in interface in the B-column on the front passenger side enables the storage battery to be connected directly with the home mains supply and charged. The charger is located close to the traction battery. It converts the alternating current of the main supply into direct current with a maximum charge output of 3.6 kW. For example, using the charging cable supplied with it, the battery can be charged within four hours. A compact charging station


is also supplied as standard with the 918 Spyder. This can be installed permanently in the driver’s garage. It permits rapid and convenient charging within approximately two hours. In order to convert the kinetic energy of the vehicle into electric current when braking significantly more effectively than today, Porsche’s developers created a new generation of the recuperation system. The 918 Spyder can brake using both electric motors and thus recuperate energy for the traction battery. The car features a ceramic braking system (PCCB) as standard. The load-bearing structure of its body comprises a monocoque with a unit carrier, both of them made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). This concept has a critical part to play in the curb weight of less than 1,700 kg., an outstandingly low value for a hybrid vehicle in this performance class. A system of adjustable aerodynamic elements ensures unique, fully adaptive aerodynamics that automatically reconcile optimal efficiency and maximum downforce.

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The Porsche 918 Spyder’s multi-link chassis is inspired by racing car construction, complemented by additional systems such as the adaptive shock-absorber system PASM and rear-axle steering. Basically, this comprises an electro-mechanical adjustment system on each rear wheel. The adjustment is speed-sensitive and executes steering angles of a few degrees in each direction. The rear axle can therefore be steered in the same direction or the opposite direction to the front wheels. At low speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. This makes cornering even more direct, faster and more precise, and reduces the turning circle. At higher speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels. This minimises the “pushing” of the vehicle’s rear end when changing lanes quickly. The result is very secure and stable handling.

Engine: 4.6 liter – V8; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear on front axle. Horsepower: more than 570 hp (V8 engine); 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle); 80 kW (electric motor on front axle); more than 770 hp (combined) Torque: more than 750 Nm (combined) Driveline: rear-wheel drive Transmission: 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) Front suspension: double wishbone Rear suspension: multi-link Brake system: high-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB)

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Max Speed: more than 325 km/h (201 mph) Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph): › less than 3.0 seconds Average Fuel Consumption l / 100km: -3.0 (total) CO2 emission g/km: -7-0 Length: 4.643 m Width: 1.940 m Height: 1.167 m Wheelbase: 2.730 m

›› Kurb weight: less than 1700 kg


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New Volkswagen Golf

Development of the DNA

Pictures courtesy of Volkswagen Media Service


Design Is the Golf exterior one of the world’s most recognisable product designs? Yes ! In developing the new Golf the teams led by head designers Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff based their work on the one hand on a great deal of creative freedom that allows many different approaches for a new design, while on the other also on the principles of the Volkswagen design DNA. This DNA creates a unique, unmistakable language of product features and design and leaves on the one hand a familiar feeling and yet on the other a new sensation in the eyes of the observer. Over recent years, the Volkswagen designers have crystallised a selection of core elements from the brand’s history, elements such as the first Golf’s roofline, side windows and radiator grille crossbeam in its reduced form and the Golf Mk4’s typical C-pillars and wheel arches. Marc Lichte, leading designer for the exterior, explains: “We sought to underline the new Car’s proportions with design elements. Below the door handles we have integrated the now clearly visible and

very sharp character line. While this line is broken by the wheel arches, it is otherwise continuous and is stylistically reflected in the chrome bars of the radiator grille and headlights and at the back in the white lateral bars of the rear light clusters. Set deep down all the way around, this line lowers the apparent centre of gravity and makes the car appear more solid on the road. Another striking element is the new line along the side shoulder directly below the windows. This line begins at the front in the headlight, then glides under the wing mirror, which is positioned right on the line, all the way through to the rear side window, underling the premium proportions of the new Golf ”. On the rear typical Golf elements include the clear geometry of the rear lights, the rear window stretching all the way to the C-pillars and the large homogenous surface around the Volkswagen badge.


“Six generations of the Golf: 1974 to 2012. That represents 38 years of continuous success for the world’s bestselling car with sales totalling 29.13 million. It has also meant a tremendous economic impact, safeguarding jobs, and has served as an influential measure of technical progress over the decades - says Martin Winter-korn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG we want to continue this successful story in the seventh generation Golf”. Officially there has never been any numbering of the Golf generations by Volkswagen, so no Golf Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, Mk5, Mk6 or Mk7. With now seven generations of the car, it is however easier to place them historically… The fact is that with exactly – as of July 31 2012 – 29.13 million units sold since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf, including its derivatives such as the Cabriolet and Variant, is one of the most successful motorcars in the world. The fact that the new Golf is conceptually based on the Modular Transverse Matrix has far-reaching consequences: this Golf has been completely redesigned in practically every area: the vehicle body, the interior, the engines, all of the information and entertainment systems and the numerous new driver assistance systems.

Lightweight Design 100 kg. less weight reduces fuel consumption appreciably, but to save up to 100 kg in weight is a complex task, especially in the compact class. Volkswagen engineers were able to introduce innovative manufacturing methods reducing weight as well as enhancing safety. If you divide the Golf up into the primary areas of electrical equipment, engines, running gear and superstructure, an analysis yields - depending on model, specification and type of engine - the following split for the weight reduction: Up to -6.0 kg = Electrical Up to -40.0 kg = Engines Up to -26.0 kg = Running gear Up to -37.0 kg = Superstructure (23 kg = body) In purely mathematical terms the total potential saving is thus even as much as 109 kilograms. Due, however, to the configuration options that can be implemented in practice, the maximum achieved in any one vehicle is 100 kg. The body must be strong and rigid to guarantee

optimal safety and maximum comfort. Nonetheless, its structure should remain athletically lean, so that the overall vehicle is light and efficient. Strong yet lightweight – harmonising these two parameters continues to be one of the greatest challenges in the automotive world. Especially when the car – like the Golf – needs to be an affordable car for millions of people. A 23 kg reduction in weight with more stringent crash and riity requirements as well as larger vehicle dimensions – achieved without additional costs – demonstrate that this can be done successfully.

Engines Volkswagen developed two completely new engine generations for the Golf. Every version is fitted as standard with a Stop/Start system (reducing fuel consumption by up to four per cent) and brake energy


recovery mode (cutting CO2 by around four per cent). With all measures combined it was possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 23 per cent. For the first time the Golf is now also being offered with adriver profile selection system, a tool with which forward-thinking drivers can achieve a particularly efficient style of driving. There are a total of four driving modes available: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and, in combination with DCC (adaptive chassis control) Comfort. In the Eco driving profile engine management, air conditioning and other ancillary systems are controlled such that optimum fuel consumption is achieved. The petrol engines used are exclusively turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engines (four valves, four cylinders) and deliver 63 kW/85 PS and 103 kW/140 PS. Even the base model excels with an average fuel consumption figure of just 4.9 l/100km (equivalent to 113 g/km of CO2) – 0.6 litres less than the previous corresponding model. For the first time there will also be a Golf with cylinder cut-off (ACT active cylinder management). The model fitted with this is a 140 PS TSI, which already satisfies the future EU6 standard. Average fuel consumption is just 4.8 l/100km (112 g/km CO2). The diesel injection engines, also fourcylinder, four-valve versions and here too generally turbocharged, initially deliver 77 kW/105 PS and 110 kW/150 PS. Just how efficiently the diesel engines work in the new Golf is shown by the TDI base model with 105 PS and average fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100km (99 g/km CO2). In addition, the Golf’s 150 PS TDI is also extremely efficient, as underlined by its average fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100km (106 g/km CO2). The best figures are ultimately delivered by the Golf BlueMotion: making thorough use of all the individual solutions in Volkswagen‘s technological toolkit, the new Golf BlueMotion emits just 85 g/km of CO2 and consumes on average only 3.2 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.

Innovations New assistance systems include the multi-collision brake system that automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order to significantly reduce its residual kinetic energy. Triggering of the multicollision braking system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking by means of the multi-collision braking system is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value is the same as the deceleration level provided by Front Assist. The driver’s ability to control the car is thus assured even when automatic braking is triggered. Also the proactive occupant protection system is making its debut in the Golf. If the proactive occupant protection system detects a potential accident situation – such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows (except for a small gap) and sunroof are closed. That’s

because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness with windows and sunroof almost fully closed. New assistance systems also include the standard XDS electronic differential lock (as found in the previousgeneration Golf GTI), ACC adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist and a City Emergency Braking function, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, fatigue detection, traffic sign recognition and the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant ParkAssist including OPS (360 degree display) as well as the automated light functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist. There are other new technologies as well, such as progressive steering (optimised dynamic performance and better comfort), an electronic parking brake, a newly developed ergonomic sport seat (ergoActive seat), a guard against using the wrong fuel in the diesels, a new climate comfort windscreen that is also a first in this segment and a new generation of information and entertainment systems.

Infotainment systems Volkswagen is equipping the Golf with a new generation of radio and radio/navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The new device generation is available in six extension levels and in three different display sizes: 5-inch, 5.8-inch and 8-inch. For the first time, Volkswagen is implementing displays that have proximity sensors (5.8-inch display and above): as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode. The display mode shows a screen that is reduced to just the essentials. In operating mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated by touch are specially highlighted to simplify intuitive operation


Model lines Available at launch in three model lines, the Trendline (base model), Comfortline and Highline (top model), the new Golf has been enhanced in all areas compared to its predecessor. Nevertheless – and this fact is attributable among other factors to the synergies produced by the Modular Transverse Matrix – it has not become any more expensive to own a Golf. In Germany, for example, the new Golf 1.2 TSI Trendline delivering 63 kW/85 PS costs € 16,975. The price is thus exactly the same as the now superseded entry-level model delivering Golf 1.4 MPI.

The displays also have a function that enables lists to be scrolled or CD covers in the media library to be browsed by a wipe of the hand. In designing the new generation of devices, Volkswagen’s primary goal was to integrate the most advanced infotainment applications into the Golf, which should be consistently easy to use, totally intuitive and therefore safe to use while driving.

Interior The slight increases in length and width, as well as the increased wheelbase and optimised track widths, have a perceptible effect on space in the interior. The Golf Trendline and the mid-range Comfortline can be ordered with a front passenger backrest that folds fully forward. In addition, the 60:40 split backrest, which is standard on all versions of the new Golf, can also be folded down. On the Comfortline and above, the Golf also has an opening in the middle of the rear seat backrest for loading long items. The space concept of the new Golf also exhibits a cargo capacity that has grown by 30 litres to 380 litres; the variable cargo floor can also be lowered by 100 mm. Significantly more room and even better ergonomics define the driver’s area: all information and entertainment systems have been completely redeveloped and updated as the consistent design conveys a sense of sophistication of a luxury class model. The seats of the new Golf are really comfortable. All five seating positions have been redesigned in the front and back. The seats exhibit excellent core properties: wellcontoured body lines and optimal support for dynamic driving. Another new development making its debut in the Golf is the ergoActive seat with extended adjustments for the driver. Along with the familiar seat height adjustment and seat heating, new features are adjustment options for seat depth and angle, electric four-way lumbar support and… a massage function!

Trendline \ Every seventh generation Golf sold around the world will in general be fitted with seven airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In comparison to the previous model the added standard features on the Golf Trendline include items such as the touchscreen module with 5-inch TFT display, a fuel tank inlet with a guard to prevent putting in the wrong fuel (for the diesel versions), the (stow-away) luggage compartment cover, ECO-HMI (consumption-related graphics and information on the multifunction dashboard display), the multi-collision braking system, the electronic parking brake with AutoHold function, the XDS transverse differential lock, the Plus tyre pressure indicator, brake energy recovery mode, Stop/Start system and a variable floor in the boot. Some of the other features also included as standard: daytime running lights, 195 tyres (15-inch), rear diffuser, greentinted heat-shield windows, air conditioning, lockable glove compartment, chrome rings around the internal air vents, Easy Entry system (two-door versions), centre console with storage compartment, asymmetrically split, fold-down rear seatback, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, outside temperature indicator, electric windows, rear window wiper with intermittent setting, electromechanical power-steering, steering column with height and length adjustment, height-adjustable driver’s seat, dust and pollen filter, central locking with remote control, height adjustment and belt-tautening system for the seat belts in the front, disk brakes on all wheels and headrests optimised for maximum safety. Comfortline \ Compared to its predecessor the midrange Comfortline is additionally equipped with the ParkPilot system front and back, a superior combined instrument cluster, drawers under the front seats, the new Composition Touch radio system including SD card interface and the fatigue detection system. Some of the other features also included as standard, in addition to those on the Trendline: 16-inch alloy wheels, Comfort seats featuring the line’s own seat material and lumbar support in the front, rear bench seat with central armrest and opening for loading long items, chrome-look rotary light switches and wing mirror adjuster, storage nets on the front seat backs and a closable storage compartment in the roof, an additional 12 V socket in the boot, illuminated vanity mirror, ParkPilot front and back, fabric car mats and steering wheel and gear lever knob in leather.


Highline \ The additional features on the top version of the new Golf compared to the Highline version of the Golf Mk6 are the new ambient lighting and chrome edging around the Volkswagen logo in the radiator grille. In addition to the features on the Golf Comfortline the specification includes, among others, the following: bespoke 17inch alloy wheels, fog lights including cornering lights with chrome trim, dark red rear lights, sports seats in the front (with a central strip in Alcantara and fabric inner wings), chrome trim for the electric window switches, LED reading lights in the front and back, air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, heated windscreen washer jets and front seats, plus xenon headlights including headlight washers.

Prices On the German market the new Golf models have been lauchend with the following basic prices: Trendline: from € 16.975,oo Comfortline: from € 18.925,oo Highline: from € 24.175,oo


New Volkswagen Golf TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

A.

B. 103 kW (140 PS)

Golf

Engine, electrics

Engine, electrics Type of engine Effective displacement

103 kW (140 PS)

Golf

4-cyl. petrol engine TSI ACT BMT cm続

1,395

Type of engine Effective displacement

4-cyl. petrol engine TSI ACT BMT cm続

1,395

Valves per cylinder, drive

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Valves per cylinder, drive

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Direct electronic petrol injection, 200 bar maximum injection pressure

Mixture formation

Direct electronic petrol injection, 200 bar maximum injection pressure

Type of charging and pressure Power output Max. torque Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h Top speed Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Combined cycle Emissions (CO2)

Exhaust turbocharger with single scroll turbine kW (PS) at rpm Nm at rpm s km/h

l/100km g/km

Efficiency label Exhaust emissions classification

103 (140) 4,500 - 6,000 250/1,500 - 3,500

5.9/8.4 212 Premium 95 RON 5.3 121 B Euro 5

Type of clutch

Single-plate dry clutch, dual-mass flywheel

Gearbox

Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: rear seat raised/folded down

Six-speed manual gearbox

mm mm mm

2 4,255/1,790/1,452 2,637 1,549/1,520

mm

839/1,547

l

380 -1,270

Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear

kg kg kg kg

1,270 1,780 585 940/890

Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked

kg

1,500/630

Capacities Fuel tank

Power output Max. torque Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h Top speed Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Combined cycle Emissions (CO2)

Exhaust turbocharger with single scroll turbine kW (PS) at rpm Nm at rpm s km/h

l/100km g/km

Efficiency label Exhaust emissions classification

103 (140) 4,500 - 6,000 250/1,500 - 3,500

5.9/8.4 212 Premium 95 RON 5.0 116 B Euro 5

Power transmission

Power transmission

Exterior dimensions Number of doors Length/width/height Wheelbase Track, front/rear

Type of charging and pressure

l

50

Type of clutch

Two electrohydraulically operated dry clutches

Gearbox Exterior dimensions Number of doors Length/width/height Wheelbase Track, front/rear Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: rear seat raised/folded down

Seven-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG)

mm mm mm

2 4,255/1,790/1,452 2,637 1,549/1,520

mm

839/1,547

l

380 -1,270

Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear

kg kg kg kg

1,288 1,800 587 960/890

Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked

kg

1,500/640

Capacities Fuel tank

l

50


C. 77 kW (105 PS)

Golf Engine, electrics Type of engine Effective displacement

cm続

Valves per cylinder, drive

4-cyl. 16V diesel engine TDI CR BlueMotion Technology 1,598

Diesel direct injection, common rail

Type of charging and pressure

Max. torque Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h Top speed Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Combined cycle Emissions (CO2)

Turbocharger/charge pressure kW (PS) at rpm Nm at rpm

77 (105) 3,000 - 4,000 250/1,500 - 2,750

s km/h

g/km

99

s km/h

l/100km g/km

Efficiency label Exhaust emissions classification

Single-plate dry clutch, dual-mass flywheel

Gearbox

Five-speed manual gearbox

mm mm mm

2 4,255/1,790/1,452 2,637 1,549/1,520

mm

839/1,547

l

380 -1,270

Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear

kg kg kg kg

1,295 1,800 580 1,010/840

Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked

kg

1,500/640

Capacities Fuel tank

Turbocharger/charge pressure kW (PS) at rpm Nm at rpm

77 (105) 3,000 - 4,000 250/1,500 - 2,750

7.3/10.7 192 Diesel min. 51 CN 3.9 102 A Euro 5

Power transmission

Type of clutch

Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: rear seat raised/folded down

Diesel direct injection, common rail

Type of charging and pressure Power output

4-cyl. 16V diesel engine TDI CR BlueMotion Technology 1,598 4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Emissions (CO2)

A Euro 5

cm続

Valves per cylinder, drive

Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Combined cycle

Power transmission

Exterior dimensions Number of doors Length/width/height Wheelbase Track, front/rear

Type of engine Effective displacement

Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h Top speed

Diesel min. 51 CN 3.8

Efficiency label Exhaust emissions classification

Engine, electrics

Max. torque

7.3/10.7 192

l/100km

77 kW (105 PS)

Golf

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Power output

D.

l

50

Type of clutch

Two electrohydraulically operated dry clutches

Gearbox Exterior dimensions Number of doors Length/width/height Wheelbase Track, front/rear Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: rear seat raised/folded down

Seven-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG)

mm mm mm

2 4,255/1,790/1,452 2,637 1,549/1,520

mm

839/1,547

l

380 -1,270

Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear

kg kg kg kg

1,313 1,810 572 1,020/840

Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked

kg

1,500/650

Capacities Fuel tank

l

50

A.

1.4 103 Kw TSI ACT BMT six-speed manual gearbox

B.

1.4 103 kW TSI ACT BMT seven-speed direct shift gearbox

C.

1.6 77 kW TDI BMT five-speed manual gearbox

D.

1.6 77 kW TDI BMT DSG7 seven-speed direct shift gearbox


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Fiat Viaggio

at Sedan made in China


CEO of Fiat Chrysler Group mr. Sergio Marchionne with GAC General Manager mr. Zenge

The first Fiat Sedan made in China Thanks to Fiat-Chrysler Group’s leading technology and Guangzhou Automobile Group’s (GAC) long experience in the Chinese market, GAC Fiat has been growing rapidly in just two years since its establishment and has become an emerging force in the Chinese auto industry. As a young and strong joint venture, GAC Fiat is quickly becoming one of the key players in the Chinese auto market, thanks to its attractive products, expanding dealer network (91 dealers and 125 showrooms have opened across the country) and an interesting products line-up, featuring the new Fiat Viaggio sedan, the small 500 and the crossover SUV Fiat Freemont. Taking account of the exclusive Italian style, spot-on market positioning, and high-quality marketing events, GAC Fiat will definitely achieve remarkable success in 2012. The all-new premium class Fiat Viaggio Sedan’s debut has been without a doubt one of the eye-catchers at the April’s Beijing International Auto Show. The Fiat Viaggio symbolises an ideal journey between Italy and China, and its Chinese name Fei Xiang reinforces this message, evoking the experience of a flying dream towards the discovery of a new lifestyle totally befitting the brand positioning La Vita è Bella (life is beautiful) which embodies the Italian philosophy of living life to the fullest with passion and style.


Inspired by Italian design, the new Fiat Viaggio teams modern-day fashion elements with a note of lasting classics that add to the passionate Italian legend. Designed by Fiat Group’s Style Centre in Turin, this car has a timeless, clean-surfaced expressive exterior design that blends fluid and curvaceous forms with strong proportions. A contemporary Fiat “face” ensures unmistakable brand identity. Rear tail lamps with refined LED lights deliver an image of superior quality.The Fiat Viaggio is tastefully designed inside and out with discernible Italian style. Fiat designed the Viaggio to be a world compact sedan unlike any others in its segment. Equipped with the overall dimensions which are “lower, wider, and longer” inherited from the architecture and platform upon which it is based, the Fiat Viaggio affords a dynamic appeal tuned to bring class-leading ride and handling. An extended C-pillar enables a sleek silhouette. The abundance of elegant chrome details (from the entry trim level) gives the Fiat Viaggio a highly sophisticated look. The on-board experience is characterised by a “driver centric” interior design: a unique “floating island bezel” which combines the cluster and centre stack and helps distinguish the interior from others. No films, faux woods, or imitation metals: the dashboard boasts a clean, appliqué-free execution, featuring high-quality soft-touch surfacing with tactile grains in an elegant and warm dual tone (black/beige) cabin. Premium quality materials result in premium tactility. A balanced presence of chrome details and silverplated elements add brightness and a touch of sophistication to the elegant dashboard. On top trim levels, the presence of the 8.4 inches touchscreen radio navigation unit adds to the sophisticated

environment a top high-tech feature unique to the segment. Measuring 4,679 mm in length, 1,850 mm in overall width and with a 2,708 mm wheelbase, the Fiat Viaggio is the new C-segment benchmark. This new four-dour, five-seater sedan is based on the CUSW (Compact US Wide) architecture. It is the most advanced within the Fiat Group, and it is also the basis of the new Dodge Dart, recently presented at the Detroit Motor Show last January. The CUSW architecture is, in turn, de rived from the Compact architecture originally developed for the best-selling Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Based on this platform, the Fiat Viaggio is tuned to bring class-leading ride and handling with uncompromised comfort for all its occupants. With excellent driving dynamics, exceptional safety performance, outstanding trim levels and finishes, the Viaggio is ready to spoil the most demanding Chinese customers with a unique blend of power, fuel efficiency, technology and vehicle dynamics. The Fiat Viaggio will be the only car in its segment to offer exclusively sophisticated Turbo engines (1.4L T-Jet 120 HP and 150 HP) on the Chinese market, securing performances that anybody would expect from bigger displacement engines without compromising onfuel economy and maintenance costs. Teamed with the T-Jet Turbo engine is Fiat’s latest generation 6 speed dual dry clutch transmission, and alternatively the well-tested 5-gear manual transmission. The Fiat Viaggio is positioned in the most competitive mid-class segment in China’s automotive market, targeting potential consumers with a passion for life. As the first Fiat-Chrysler joint project, the Fiat Viaggio is produced in the new GAC Fiat production plant in Changsha, in the Hunan province.


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›› Engine: 5.8 liter - V10 ›› Number of valves per cylinder: 4 ›› Horsepower: 662 hp @ 6500 rpm ›› Torque: 631 lb-ft / 855 Nm @ 4000 rpm ›› Injection: electronic return-less sequential ›› Driveline: rear-wheel drive, Torsen limitedslip diffeential, Launch control ›› Clutch: dual-disc ›› Transmission:› Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual ›› Front suspension:› independent MacPherson strut with› reverse-L lover control arm ›› Rear suspension:› Three-link solid axle with coil springs, Panhard rod ›› Brake system: EBD, ABS; four ventilated discs; front: Brembo 15-in discs; ›› rear: 13.8-in. discs ›› Wheels & tires: front 9.5 x 19 forged aluminum, Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G P265/40ZR-19 ; rear 9.5 x 20 forged aluminum, Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G P285/35ZR-20› ›› Max Speed:› more than 322 km/h (200 mph) ›› Average Fuel Consumption l / 100km:› 15.6 (city), 9.7 (highway)› ›› Length: 4.780 m ›› Width: 1.877m ›› Height: 1.391 m ›› Wheelbase: 2.720 m ›› Track front / rear: 1.572 / 1.587 m ›› Curb weight: 1437 kg ››


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First conducted in 1950, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has grown to be one of the most important world’s celebration of the automobile. Related events include Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, Pebble Beach RetroAuto and Pebble Beach Auctions. This year’s event showcased 220 cars from 33 states and 15 countries and raised $1,077,220 for charity. Only the most beautiful and rare classic cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th hole fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf course, and connoisseurs of art and style flock to see these masterpieces. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo owned by Paul & Judy Andrews of Fort Worth, Texas, was named this year’s “Best of Show” at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held in August on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. “I’m not sure I can put into words how I feel said Paul Andrews - it’s probably the most wonderful feeling I’ve had in my life. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. We’re all excited. It’s the whole package. There’s not a bad line on this car. It was the sports car, the high performance car of its era, and then Saoutchik gave it style and grace. It has power and it has beauty.” Jacques Saoutchik made seven avantgarde Torpedo bodies for the Mercedes-Benz 680S chassis, each differing in their details. The combination of chrome accents and low windshield make this car, shown first at the 1928 New York Auto Show, both a sports car and a luxury touring car. “This car really has everything - said Concours Chairman Sandra Button - it has fantastic German engineering, elegant French styling and a wonderful restoration by Paul Russell. It’s a car you can imagine racing as well as touring. It’s just a marvellous embodiment of everything that is Mercedes.” The judging process at the Pebble Beach Concours is two-fold: Class Judges focus primarily on originality

and authenticity, while Honorary Judges direct their attention to design, styling and elegance. To be eligible to win Best of Show—the event’s top award—a car must first win its class. Other nominees for Best of Show included a 1935 Duesenberg J GurneyNutting Speedster owned by the William Lyon Family of Newport Beach, California; a 1931 Duesenberg J Derham Tourster owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III, of West Orange, New Jersey; and a 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Figoni Coupé owned by David and Adele Cohen of West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to Saoutchik Coachwork, the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured Maharaja Cars, Mercer, Fiat, Mercedes SLs, Sport Customs and German Motorcycles. “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno made a guest appearance at the event, offering tickets to his show and tours of his Big Dog Garage, raising over $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. The previous evening, at the Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company, Leno’s Fiat 500 Prima Edizione, initially valued at $25,000 to 35,000, was sold for $385,000 and attracted an additional $215,000, raising a total of $600,000 for the Fisher House Foundation. Also in attendance were Steve Carrell, George Lucas, Adrien Brody and Adam Carolla. The 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will take place on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

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2012 Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster by Tim Layzell (Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company)


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7 \ 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show field› Copyright © 2012 by Kimball Studios/ Courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

8 \ The Crown Prince Mandhatasinh of Rajkot with his wife and his 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Star of India” participating in the 2012 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Copyright © 2012 by Kimball Studios/ Courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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9 \ Cars from the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic park

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10 \ Carroll Shelby’s 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 Prototype along with a black 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 Copyright © 2012 by Kimball Studios/ Courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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12 \ 1910 Brooke 25/30 HP Swan Car & 1919 Maharaja of Nabha Cygnet Louwman Museum-The Hague, The Netherlands Copyright © 2012 by Kimball Studios/ Courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Racing

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The 2012 En simply dominate


Incredible Audi

ndurance 24 hours races ed by the German brand

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The Audi R8 LMS Ultra of the Audi Club team WRT leading the field in Zolder during the first part of the 24 Hours


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Nurburgring 24 Hours: the winning Audi R8 LMS ultra (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) driven by Marc Bassen, Christopher Haase, Frank Stippler, Markus Winkelhock

On September 9 the Belgian Audi Club Team repeated its victory from last year in the 24 Hours of Zolder. Laurens Vanthoor, Anthony Kumpen, Edward Sandström and Marco Bonanomi won in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra by five laps ahead of their opponents. For the first time ever, an automobile manufacturer managed to decide in its favour four of the most important 24 hours races in Europe: Nürburgring (GT), Le Mans (LMP), Spa-Francorchamps (GT) and Zolder (GT) during just one hot summer. The Audi factory won at Le Mans, the Nürburgring and Spa. With the Belgian private team’s victory, a fourth 24-hour trophy is added to the brand’s incredible endurance record this year. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi wrote history by taking victory with a hybrid car for the first time, but the impressive Audi R18 e-tron Quattro was also able to give to the brand an unassailable triumph in the FIA World Endurance Championship, conquered after the Silverstone race victory (August 26) by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer. After four titles in the Rally World Championship between 1982 and 1984 as well as victory in the FIA Touring Car World Cup in 1995, Audi has once again won another World title.


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Nurburgring 24 hours: a pit stop of Audi R8 LMS ultra (Mamerow Racing) of Christian Abt, Michael Ammerm端ller, Armin Hahne, Chris Mamerow second at the end of the race


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Spa 24 Hours: the winning Audi R8 LMS ultra (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) of Andrea Piccini, RenĂŠ Rast, Frank Stippler


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The memorable Audi Le Mans 24 Hours podium


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Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi R18 e-tron quattro of multi-winning drivers Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish


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Europe

Germany

Automechanika closes with new exhibitor record The World’s Leading Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry (Frankfurt, 11/16 September) closed its doors after setting a new record of 4,593 exhibitors from 74 countries. Around 148,000 visitors from 174 countries came to Frankfurt for Automechanika: “The aftermarket is booming and, despite the current economic disruptions, Automechanika has once again proved to be a reliable constant” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. “With an increase in the number of visitors from East Europe and Russia coupled with a decline in numbers from South Europe, Automechanika reflects the current situation in the world economy”.

Italy

Brembo’s new UV-coated discs UV technology, a shiny metallic effect and respect for the environment: just three extraordinary features for the latest Brembo innovation. The new coated disc sets a new standard in the coated disc field. Once again, Brembo is the first company to offer a brand new, highly innovative and avant-garde technological solution to professionals in the automobile aftermarket. As a world leader in the design and production of braking systems for the most important carmakers, Brembo has developed extraordinary expertise in the production of coated discs for all leading vehicle manufacturers. When compared to discs with conventional corrosion protection, UV-coated discs ensure better resistance against corrosion, as confirmed by corrosion resistance testing in a salt spray chamber and moisture resistance tests. UV coating also clearly passes all tests with respect to resistance to high temperatures. In addition to better corrosion resistance, the protective coating (on delivery even on the braking surfaces) ensures complete product protection through to fitting, which helps mechanics significantly in their daily work by avoiding the need to remove oil from discs, which had been used until now to protect the discs. The specially developed coating system uses UV light to fix the coating, which produces considerable environmental benefits. The UV coatings are water-based and solvents as traditionally used in epoxy or zinc-bearing coatings do not appear at all. This also applies to so-called V.O.C. emissions (Volatile Organic Compounds) that cause environmental alterations and are harmful to human health. During the UV coating process, the solvent function is essentially performed by water. Since the coat hardening is performed by UV irradiation and high temperatures are therefore not required, energy consumption is reduced. Additionally, the risk of affecting the geometric features on the disc, which may occur with other coatings applied under extremely high temperatures (more than 300 °C), is also reduced.

Not just cars /// Japan / United States

Bridgestone announces location plans for Guayule Research Farm and Process Research Center Bridgestone Corporation (BSJ) announced that locations for a guayule research farm and associated process research center have been selected. This project is being accomplished by Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) in collaboration with BSJ. BATO has completed acquisition of a 281-acre agricultural site in Eloy, Arizona, to serve as the base of its agricultural research operation. This research farm will supply guayule for the company’s process research center that is planned for nearby Mesa (AZ). “This was an important step in the realization of our guayule research activities, and we are excited to have found a base of operations for our researchers,” said Bill Niaura, Director of New Business Development for Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Every step we take brings us closer to our ultimate goal of developing new, domestic and sustainable sources for natural rubber; we look forward to breaking ground and getting started soon.” The research farm will include a multi-purpose office/ laboratory building, greenhouses and a farming operation that is positioned to optimize guayule as a commercial crop that produces tire-grade rubber and complements the existing agricultural landscape. Groundbreaking is


performance. High-flow stainless steel VT mufflers are designed around a precisely calibrated internal valve that minimizes drone; exclusive Continuous Roving Fiberglass technology that absorbs unwanted interior resonance and helps deepen the car’s performance exhaust tone; an attractive DynoMax VT logo-embossed body with a high-impact micro-finish and slotted bushing ends. The VT mufflers are 100-percent welded. Designed to deliver DynoMax’s “Drone-Free Performance™,” the DynoMax VT muffler is a 100-percent welded design that is dyno-proven to flow up to 2,000 SCFM and support up to 2,000 horsepower. Providing additional protection against corrosion and enhancing the system’s finish, the stainless steel system is 2-3/4-in. in diameter and mandrel bent. The system was designed to follow OE routing and is completed with double-walled, 304-grade, 3.5-in. tips, providing a polished and integrated fit with the vehicle’s stock rear fascia. All necessary OE-style rod hangers and other hardware are included in the kit.

//////////////////// anticipated in the third quarter of 2012. The process research center, anticipated to be built in nearby Mesa, will be home to a staff of 32 researchers and technicians and to the process that converts the guayule shrub into tire-grade rubber. Groundbreaking for the research center is planned to take place in early 2013. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2014, with trial rubber production starting in 2015.

North America United States

2012 Mustang GT 5.0L & Shelby GT500 owners enjoy DynoMaxVT Exhaust Performance The latest in performance exhaust systems from DynoMax® is here for owners of the Ford Mustang GT 5.0L and Shelby GT500 5.4L V8, adding horsepower, torque and drone-free performance to the popular late-model cars. DynoMax Performance Exhaust is manufactured and marketed by Tenneco Inc. Posting a performance gain of 12 horsepower and 12-ft. lbs. of torque, the new axle-backDynoMax system for the late-model 5.0L and Shelby includes a pair of drone-free DynoMax VT™ mufflers, an innovative muffler design that controls irritating drone while ensuring maximum


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