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Read right away! Launched in April 2013 following five years of research and engineering development, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is a zero-emissions, limited-edition two-seat sports car and celebrates the return of the original electric car brand after an absence of over 70 years.
A two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, open-top sports car with a mid-mounted motor and battery pack, the SP:01 has been designed with driver satisfaction as the highest priority. The bespoke bodywork is constructed for Detroit Electric entirely of carbon fiber, by one of the world’s leading motorsport and engineering composite manufacturers, URT Group… Read more at pag. 36
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The latest auto shows (such as the Buenos Aires International Auto Show and the Shenzhen Hong Kong â€“ Macau International Auto Show) highlight a trend for small efficient cars. As a matter of fact manufacturers from around the world are launching more and more compact low-cost cars intended for emerging markets in particular, while Hybrid and electric powertrains will be under the spotlight in the upcoming months for both city cars and supercars.
ACURA MDX OFFERS FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME
he 2014 MDX adds many new standard features - including Smart Entry with Push Button Start, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, Extended Slide second-row seating with One-Touch Walk-In for third-row access. The range-topping MDX with Advance Package boasts a wide range of new technologies and features, including Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, remote engine start with an extended range of at least 300 feet, a new Ultra-Wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with HDMI connectivity, and front and rear parking sensors. Developed on an all-new platform the 2014 Acura MDX is powered by a new 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management technology. The efficient new engine is paired with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sport Shift, and available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. For the first time ever, the MDX is available with frontwheel drive, which saves weight and enhances fuel economy ratings. Pricing begins with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $42,290.
ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH VOLANTE
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longside its coupe sibling the Vanquish Volante sits at the pinnacle of the super GT car class. Benefitting from all of the technical, engineering and design advances present in the Vanquish coupe, the new Volante enhances the driving experience still further through the option of exciting convertible driving. It boasts the same new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine as the coupe and the same blistering performance figures, meaning the 0-62 mph sprint is despatched in an estimate 4.1 seconds while the top speed should reach 183 mph. The V12’s power peak of 573 PS (565 bhp) arrives at 6,750 rpm while the torque peak of 620 Nm (457 lb ft) is available at 5,500 rpm. The front brakes use 398 mm x 36 mm CCM discs with larger front pads and six-piston callipers from the One77, while the rear brakes use 360 mm x 32 mm CCM discs with four-piston callipers. Vanquish Volante is the first fully carbon fibre-skinned Volante in the brand’s 100-year history. Priced from £199,995 in the UK; 264,995 in Germany; $297,995 in the United States and $323,974 in Dubai, first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in Continental Europe late in 2013.
A NEW LIFE FOR ATS
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he manufacturer ATS (acronym of Automobili Turismo e Sport) was founded in 1962 by Engineer Carlo Chiti in collaboration with Romolo Tavoni and Giotto Bizzarrini with the financial support of Count Giovanni Volpi, wealthy Venetian businessman already owner of Scuderia Serenissima. Exactly 50 years later ATS saw a re-birth proposing a modern version of the the 2500 GT road car. Built around an engineered special tubular chassis with a composite and carbon fiber bodywork (weight less than 1000kg) and thanks to its powerful 500bhp turbocharged 2500cc ATS CP 4 flat four engine (produced by California company Carwford Performance),
this cars seems to be able to develop a truly interesting power to weight ratio. The ATS GT has been projected for pure driving pleasure both on the road and on track, offering exclusivity and a tailor made program for each customer that wants be part of the ATS family. Itâ€˜s a timeless style car created to embody the classicism of the midengine Italian GT, and the perfect balance of elegance, sportiness and comfort. 2500 GT is the best successor of the original and mythic ATS GT from the sixties, built in only 12 pieces making it a really masterpiece collector car. The first piece of the new ATS GT will be soon unveiled.
The original 1964 ATS GT
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Frame
Tubolar chassis with integrated rollcage with honeycomb panels
Composite bodywork with carbon panels
Independent suspensions all around
Wishbone arms, symmetrical configuration left / right
Ohlins Adjustable dampers
Anti-roll bars front and rear
Close ratio steering rack 2.2:1
Superlight Alloy wheels 19”x 9J (optional centre lock)
Superlight Alloy wheels 20”x 10.5J (optional centre lock)
12-pistons calipers with 380mm front and 355mm rear discs
Rear mid-engine, ATS CP 4 cylinders turbocharged flat four 16 valves, double electronic AVCS
6 speed manual
Rear Wheel Drive
Single plate Race Road
Limited Slip Differential
Full Stainless-steel exhaust system
Aluminium fuel tank 50L
over 300 kmh
0-100kmh 3,3 sec
510 hp per ton
1.6g with semislick road legal tires
NEW DATSUN BRAND REVEALED
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he Japanese subsidiary of Nissan will present itself on the international stage on July 15 at a world premiere event in New Delhi, India, aiming to be a low-cost brand targeting primarily the emerging markets. Nissan has released the first images (sketches) of the model that will mark the rebirth of the brand. Designed primarily for the Indian market, the first Datsun (derived from the Micra) is likely to be manufactured in the plant in Chennai,
which is the same where the Micra is manufactured. According to sources the car will use the platform of the small Nissan and its three-cylinder naturally aspirated 1.2 liter engine. In addition to India, where Datsun will have to deal with the strong market shares of Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, the small Japanese will hit the dealerships of many other emerging markets, such as Russia and the Indonesia among others. The first Datsun is expected to be on sale next year.
THIS BEAUTY IS NOT A CONCEPT: THE BMW 4 SERIES COUPE
he all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe embodies the very essence of dynamics and aesthetic appeal in the premium segment. The new BMW 4 Series Coupe, presented as a concept at the Detroit Auto Show, is visibly larger in width and wheelbase than the outgoing BMW 3 Series Coupe, and its stretched silhouette sits considerably lower to the road. This, together with its BMW-typical short overhangs, long hood and set-back passenger compartment with flowing roofline, give the BMW 4 Series Coupe a visual balance. BMW 4 Series Coupe can be ordered as M Sport. It includes an M aerodynamic package including numerous body components (front apron with large air intakes, rear bumper with diffuser, side skirts) and high-gloss Shadow Line trim. M Sport is further distinguished by 18-inch or optional 19-inch light-alloy wheels (435i only) in M design. Inside, features such as M door sill finishers, an M leather stee-
ring wheel and an M driver’s footrest complete the atmosphere. Technical features of this package include M Sport suspension (rear-wheel drive models only) and M Sport Brakes (also a stand-alone option on all 435i Coupes and an optional upgrade on 428i Coupe when M Sport is chosen). The new BMW 4 Series Coupe will be offered as both a 428i, featuring BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and as a 435i with the Twin Power Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. Both will be available with a standard 8-speed sport automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Both will also be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or with optional xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. All four variants of the BMW 4 Series Coupe will arrive in showrooms later this summer starting at $41,425. The 2014 BMW 435i Coupe will have a starting price of $46,925. The 2014 428i xDrive Coupe and 435i xDrive will start from $43,425 and 48,925 respectively.
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2014 CADILLAC XTS WILL FEATURE TWIN TURBO POWER
adillac will add a new option to its XTS luxury sedan. Starting in August, the all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6 will go into production as an optional engine for the 2014 XTS. In the XTS, the twin turbo will produce a SAE-certified 410 horsepower (306 kW) and 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm). The engine delivers 105 lb-ft more torque over the standard V-6 from 1900 to 5600 rpm. Pricing for the 2014 XTS starts at $45,525, with stan-
dard equipment including the 3.6L V6 engine that makes 306 hp, CUE, intelligent brake assist and Magnetic Ride Control. Three option packages are available: Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections. The XTS Vsport model will be offered only in the uplevel Premium and Platinum Collections. In addition to the twin turbo engine, Vsport offers upgraded 20inch wheels and a unique grille, with pricing starting at $63,020.
... AND THE CTS SEDAN WILL ARRIVE IN U.S. DEALERSHIPS THIS FALL
Inside and out, the third-generation CTS sedan grows with an all-new design that is longer, lower and leaner. The new CTS is five inches longer, expanding interior space, but also 244 pounds lighter than the previous model. The 2014 CTS standard model will start at $46,025, including $925 destination. Three Collections of option packages – Luxury, Performance and Premium – will be offered with either the 2.0T turbocharged four cylinder or 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 engine in either rear- or all-wheel drive. CTS will be offered with a choice of three powertrains, including a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 272 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds – 1.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model. Standard front Brembo brakes with ferritic-nitro carburizing, or FNC, anti-corrosion rotors give CTS braking performance that Cadillac expects to be best in the segment. Magnetic Ride Control is now standard on base models with 18-inch wheels. Selectable drive modes will allow drivers to adjust the vehicle’s performance dynamics for touring, ice and snow, or sport driving. The CTS Vsport model features the new Cadillac Twin-Turbo 3.6L V6 engine with an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and a “track” drive mode with specific Magnetic Ride Control calibration and enhanced throttle progression for greater track performance. The Vsport model contains the highest-performing components, led by the all-new Twin Turbo V6. The CTS Vsport model starts at $59,995, including $925 destination, and comes equipped with an electronic limited slip differential and eight-speed automatic transmission in RWD only.
U.S. AUDI SQ5 PRICING ANNOUNCED
ricing for the all-new 2014 Audi SQ5 will begin at $51,900. The Audi SQ5 will arrive in US showrooms later this summer. The Audi SQ5 boasts a supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI direct-injection V6 engine that achieves 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. Propelling from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, the SQ5 reaches a top track speed of 155 mph. Mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the Audi SQ5 features the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system.
REDESIGNED CHEVROLET CAPTIVA SUV
t the Geneva Motor Show, the brand presented the restyled edition of its Captiva compact SUV in Europe for the first time, and now it is available to order. The new Captiva introduces several changes to the rear and front of the vehicle, including new LED tail lamps, angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodelled bumper. Up front, it sports a lower bumper, a new grille mesh as well as restyled fog lamps. New 18-inch alloy wheels further enhance Captiva’s road presence. Offering up to seven seats, along with additional convenience features, the restyled Captiva is a typical SUV for the family. “Captiva is the ideal companion for those who want to have some adventure, but feel that they could do with more space, capability and that extra bit of convenience,” says Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe.
FIAT ADDS 2 SEATS TO THE POPULAR 500L
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iat has shown the first pictures of the 500L Living (MPW in some markets) ahead of its world presentation coming in the summer. With an additional third row of seats, the new car is the most compact â€œ5 + 2-seaterâ€? Multi-Purpose Vehicle in its segment: it is 435 cm long, 178 cm wide and 167 cm high. And undoubtedly ensures exceptional values in terms of comfort, space and load capacity, as demonstrated by a volume of 638 litres. At launch, the Fiat 500L Living will be equipped with
two petrol engines: 95 HP 1.4 16v and 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo. Two turbodiesels will also be available: 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II, the latter also with automatic transmission. The range includes two trim levels (Pop Star and Lounge), both with 5 or 7 seats, 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and 6 interior trims, 15 different types in terms of alloy wheels and hub caps: in total, no fewer than 282 combinations are possible.
HONDA EXPANDS U.S. ACCORD LINEUP
he Accord Hybrid features the same styling found on the Accord Sedan plus unique hybrid badging and blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED daytime running lights, a unique wheel design and a decklid spoiler. The 2014 Accord Hybrid will use Honda’s new twomotor hybrid powertrain, much of which is shared with the Accord Plug-In that went on sale in January. The two-motor Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain in the Accord Hybrid allows the vehicle to move through three different driving modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive – in order to optimize fuel efficiency. In ‘EV Drive’, the Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium to high speed cruising, ‘Engine Drive’ sends the engine power directly to the front
wheels. In ‘Hybrid Drive,’ the powerful 124-kilowatt electric motor and the all-new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine blend together for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in stop-and-go traffic situations. Various safety technologies are mounted onto the new hybrid vehicle including Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is set to hit american dealerships this October.
KONG HONG AU MAC OW SH AUTO
HAVAL SHOWS UPDATED LINEUP
t the 17th Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao International Auto Show Great Wall showcased more than 12 models and displayed the Haval H8 for the first time. Also the updated H6 (in the picture) made its debut as well as a branded model: Haval Dakar Racecar.
According to sources, Haval has kept the sales title in China for ten consecutive years, Haval Dakar Team performed strongly and finished 6th overall in the 2013 Dakar Rally, equaling the best of Chinese teams in the race.
LANCIA SPECIAL SERIES MODELS PUSH THE ITALIAN BRAND THROUGH THE CRISIS
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he Ypsilon Elefantino and S MOMODesign are two special series, designed to match the preferences of two target markets: young female and young male drivers respectively. Lancia’s partnership with MOMODesign does not stop at the Ypsilon. The recently launched Delta S by MOMODesign, dedicated to young urban drivers, is currently the most dynamic version of the Delta family. Only a few weeks after its launch, the Delta S by MOMODesign already accounted for 20% of Delta sales.
To complete this list of 2013 specials, Lancia’s new Voyager S will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show at the end of the year. The latest additions to the Lancia 2013 range are destined to consolidate the excellent sales figures the brand has achieved so far. In Italy, in 2012, Lancia recorded its best results for the last 12 years, taking a 5.1% share of the market. Between 2011 and 2012, Lancia grew by 26% in the rest of Europe. These figures are to be viewed in the context of today’s extremely challenging market.
MG3 IS THE NEW BRITISH CITY CAR
unveiled the full range of styles for the UK MG3.This new car carries forward many of the styling cues first illustrated on the MG ZERO concept car, designed at Birmingham’s SAIC Motors European Design Centre. The MG3 is all about style, offering customers the ability to personalise the car. With three trim levels, 10 colours and a range of at least 10 graphic packs, the combinations are almost endless. Depending on the model choice, exterior highlights include 16” Diamond cut alloy wheels, unique LED ‘hockey stick’ daytime running lights, sport-design bumper, side sill extensions, rear spoiler, sports-design
rear valance, chrome exhaust finishers and MG insert headlamps. Inside the MG3, again depending on trim level and options, key features will include an air conditioning system, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth with audio streaming, DAB radio, USB/Aux input, automatic lights, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, ‘ZERO’ design fabric seats and part-leather trim. The new city car will be powered by a 105PS version of the VTi-TECH petrol engine, joining the MG6 DTiTECH and TCi-TECH engines in the European family. The dynamic and responsive VTi-TECH engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. We expect to see the MG3 in showrooms in late September.
MARUTI SUZUKI INTRODUCES “ERTIGA GREEN” CNG MODEL
aruti Suzuki, India’s largest car manufacturer, today announced the launch of the CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) variant of Ertiga, 7-seater utility vehicle coinciding with Environment month, June 2013. With this launch, Ertiga will now be available in all three fuel variants: CNG, petrol and diesel. Ertiga Green will be available in LXi and VXi variants. It will offer a mileage of a 22.80 Km/Kg.
JAGUARâ€™S HYBRID SUPERCAR STUNS RIVALS
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he C-X75 has a combined power output in excess of 850bhp and 1000Nm of torque, thanks to its Formula 1-inspired, 1.6-litre dual-boosted (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder powerplant which generates 502bhp at 10,000 rpm. It is allied to the highest torque and power density electric motors in production, which generate a further 390 horsepower. The battery pack in the C-X75 is capable of delivering more than 300kW over the full state of the charge window. The C-X75 can sprint from 0-100mph in less than six seconds, thanks to its advanced 7-speed automated manual transmission that allows gearshifts in under
200 milliseconds. The very first C-X75 prototype exceeded 200mph in testing with ease, and the car has a theoretical maximum velocity of 220mph. The carâ€™s deployable aerofoil and underfloor aerodynamics create more than 200kg of downforce at 200mph, and active systems enhance its high-speed stability. Thanks to the most extreme PHEV specification of any mobile battery in development, the C-X75 will also run for 60km in pure electric vehicle mode and its CO2 emissions fall below 89g/km. Due to the global economic crisis the project was initially cancelled in 2012 but Jaguar will probably complete 5 prototypes this year.
JAGUAR’S NEW XF IS CLEVERLY MORE EFFICIENT
he 2014 XF Saloon and Sportbrake with Jaguar’s ECO2 powertrain represent a compelling combination of elegance and efficiency, helping to reduce the tax burdens on drivers and fleet managers alike while still retaining the luxury already associated with the XF range. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder ECO2 engine is offered in combination with Jaguar’s Intelligent StopStart system and an eight-speed gearbox, enabling the MY14 XF to deliver the performance and driver appeal expected of a Jaguar along with reduced emissions and greatly improved fuel consumption.
The 2.2-litre diesel 163PS ECO2 engine has new larger Exhaust Gas Recirculation valves and a revised cooling assembly which combine to reduce emissions figures by a further 6g/km of CO2 over the 2013 Jaguar XF. The new car is capable of achieving 57.7mpg with a CO2 figure of just 129g/km.
FRENCH BUILT EV WILL HELP THE BRITISH SWITCH TO GREEN
brand new electric vehicle is coming to the UK this summer. Mia-Electric is a specialist, dedicated EV vehicle manufacturer, producing both car and CV bodystyles, offered on a common chassis and drivetrain and designed specifically for urban environments. All vehicles are produced in France, at the former Heuliez factory in Cerizay, and are already on sale across Europe. Each is driven by two Lithium Ion Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries, generating 12 kW, a stable chemistry giving a range of up to 74 miles and recharging fully in 5 hours. Batteries can be charged at any time, with a 10-minute charge providing a 5-mile range. Prices will start from £16,995 + VAT, on-theroad, including the UK Government’s Plug-In Car Grant.
MAHINDRA LAUNCHES COMPACT VERITO VIBE IN INDIA
ahindra unveiled its sub 4 metre, compact car, Verito Vibe. Designed and developed in-house by Mahindra, the Verito Vibe marks Mahindra’s entry into the high volume compact car market. The Verito Vibe redefines the compact car segment in terms of its spaciousness, reliability and unique crossover style for the Indian consumer. Powered by Renault’s 1.5 litre dCi diesel engine known for its durability and delivering mileage of 20.8 KMPL, the Verito Vibe also comes fitted with a Driver Information System, which
gives customers real time updates on mileage, temperature, distance to empty and more, making the Vibe a very dependable compact family car. The Verito Vibe will be available in seven colours including the newly developed Aqua Rush. The New Verito Vibe comes in three distinct and attractive variants – D2, D4, D6. The price range for the Vibe will be from Rs. 5.63 lacs (exshowroom Mumbai) for the base D2 model, to Rs. 6.49 lac (ex showroom Mumbai) for the fully loaded top end D6 model.
MINI EXPANDS CUSTOMISATION OPTIONS
sports seats Diagonal Track fabric in John Cooper Works Carbon Black, the John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Sport Button, Dynamic Traction Control, John Cooper Works door sill finishers and an anthracite-coloured roof liner. The John Cooper Works Chili Package comprises all the elements of the John Cooper Works Exterior Package and the John Cooper Works Interior Package along with fog lamps, rain sensor, automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, lighting package, storage package, height adjustment for the passenger seat and velour floor mats. The package is also supplemented with xenon headlights in the MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper SD models. MINI is also expanding its range of models fitted with the permanent all-wheel drive system ALL4 with power transmission to all four wheels becoming available for the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper Paceman. This means that ALL4 can be selected in four model variants of both the MINI Countryman and the MINI Paceman while the two top sports models MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman will continue to have all-wheel drive fitted as standard. The two new all-wheel drive MINI models are also available as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and optionally with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
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he MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman now include new customisation options. New sports options include the John Cooper Works Exterior Package, the John Cooper Works Interior Package and the John Cooper Works Chili Package. The new John Cooper Works Exterior Package is available for all engine and drivetrain variants of the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman. It comprises sport suspension settings, 18inch light alloy wheels in Twin Spoke Black Burnished Design and - as an addition for the model variants MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper SD - the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit, consisting of a front apron with integrated air ducts for brake cooling, model-specific side sills and a rear bumper with diffuser. Inside the car the John Cooper Works Interior Package includes
NEW MAZDA 3
he new 2014 Mazda3 compact five-door was revealed to the world showing the full complement of SKYACTIV1 technologies as well as the styling of the KODO design language. All new from the ground up, the 2014 Mazda3 will be available in eight colors, including the premium metallic finish Soul Red Metallic, two all-new Mazda hues are introduced with Titanium Flash Mica and Deep Crystal Blue Mica. All-new for Mazda vehicles and being launched with the 2014 Mazda3 will be a next-generation human-machine interface (HMI) system. Based on the heads-up cockpit concept, the new HMI system aims to help drivers concentrate on the road and drive more safely, even while handling larger amounts of information. The 2014 Mazda3 is also the first vehicle to feature
RES OS AI BUEN ATIONAL N INTER SHOW AUTO
Mazda’s all-new Active Driving Display, a clear pop-up panel that displays vehicle speed, navigation directions and other important driving information, and is vertically mounted behind the meter hood. Globally, the Mazda3 offers the widest SKYACTIV powertrain line-up in order to meet local market demands, and will be available with SKYACTIV-G 1.5- to 2.5-litersized gasoline engines, a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine and as a hybrid electric vehicle (Japan only). Mazda’s i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system employs a capacitor to store electricity generated when the vehicle decelerates. Brake energy regeneration systems improve fuel economy by reducing the inherent parasitic drag of the alternator when possible. It is confirmed that the car will be on sale later this year.
NEW RENAULT KOLEOS
he wraps came off New Renault Koleos at the sixth International Buenos Aires Motor Show. Renault’s SUV now features the brand’s latest styling identity, easy to recognise at first glance thanks to its new front end. The redesigned two-tone wheels provide the latest evolution of the model with extra character, while the chrome finish of the side protective strips adds a touch of distinguished elegance. A new, refined body colour – Ebony Brown – is now also available. New Renault Koleos is packed with technology and comfort-enhancing features, as well as the brand’s most innovative equipment. One of the chief differences with the former version is the in-dash, connected Renault R-Link multimedia system complete with a
seven-inch touchscreen display. New Koleos can be ordered with two- or four-wheel drive transmission. The transmission can be used in one of three modes: ‘Auto’, ‘LOCK’ or ‘2WD’. With the Auto mode selected, the front/rear torque split is automatically adjusted as a function of available grip. On normal roads, torque is delivered to the front wheels only. Should traction or grip be lost, a proportion of the torque is directed to the rear wheels.In extreme conditions, torque is split evenly front and rear. When starting, torque is divided among the four wheels.
THE NEW MONTECARLO RASCASSE HYBRID SUPERCAR
fter months of efforts the new Montecarlo has been showcased for the first time. The Rascasse was born to celebrate 25 years of successes for the monegasque company founded by Fulvio Maria Ballabio in the world of boutique cars. The new Montecarlo Rascasse is a two seat converti-
ble which will not disappoint sports car enthusiasts as well as hybrid cars supporters. As a matter of fact the new Montecarlo is pushed by a V12 engine (derived from racing technology) powered by LPG enriched by hydrogen. It should cost around 300,000 Euros but no production plans have yet been announced.
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NISSAN JUKEâ€™S FLEXIBLE NEW DIESEL ENGINE
ower emissions, greater fuel economy, reduced noise and more torque â€“ these are just some of the benefits of the latest 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine now in the Nissan Juke. The changes have boosted maximum torque from 240Nm to 260Nm at 1,750rpm, with 80 per cent of this figure available from just 1,500rpm to improve driveability. And with CO2 emissions of only 109g/km and combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg, the new unit
is the most efficient engine in the Juke line-up. The improvements have been achieved thanks to a host of technical changes. These include revised piezo-electric fuel injection nozzles, which now have a more precise spray pattern for better combustion (with as much as 15 percent less unburnt fuel) and a new, more responsive, lowinertia variable geometry turbocharger fed by a more direct air intake path.
BROAD STANCE FOR THE 2014
n developing this new 11th generation of Corolla, Toyota designer and engineers relied on exhaustive consumer feedback to help shape key elements of the product on a global scale. The new Corolla makes a much stronger design statement, with more compelling exterior and interior features. The “Iconic Dynamism” theme first seen on the Corolla Furia Concept emphasizes tauter, more athletic proportions that ride on a longer wheelbase (+100 mm compared to current model). With the wheels pushed out toward the corners, compact overhangs, and more tapered front and rear expression, the new Corolla communicates a more dynamic compact sedan form. The new Corolla features an expressive front fascia with sharper, more pronounced details above a large trapezoidal grill. The 2014 Corolla is available in four distinct grades: L, LE, S, and the new LE Eco grade. While each grade offers its own equipment level, all Corollas feature LED lowbeam headlamps with LED daytime running lights, color-keyed outside door handles, color-keyed outside mirrors, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, air conditioning with pollen filter, standard Bluetooth connectivity and eight airbags. The 2014 Corolla offers two efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines. The base 1.8-liter unit with VVT-i is available on the L, LE, and S grades and is rated at 132 horsepower. The Corolla’s new LE Eco trim level is equipped with a 1.8-liter engine with Valvematic. Valvematic offers a broader range of continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing) to provide optimal intake valve (not on exhaust side) operation relati-
ve to engine demands. Valvematic offers more than a five-percent improvement in fuel economy and engine output (140 horsepower). The 2014 Corolla also offers improved fuel economy thanks to its advanced Continuously Variable Transmission. Corolla models equipped with CVTi-S offer the capability of either an ECO or SPORT driving mode. On the Corolla LE Eco, the ECO driving mode makes accelerator control become non-linear to suppress the vehicle’s response to choppy driving and contain acceleration from standing start to help reduce fuel consumption. The accelerator pedal’s communication is the same as Normal-mode after 50-percent throttle. In ECO mode, the air conditioning operation is controlled in the interest of efficiency with compressor power reduced. As equipped on the Corolla S, the new CVTi-S offers a SPORT mode that helps deliver a more dynamic driving experience with software tuning that alters shift points. Vehicle pricing and more details will be made available closer to launch timing, expected to be during the northern hemisphere winter.
his new electric car family called Sonita is a project 100% “Made in Italy” and it should be ready to start the production of the first electric model (the Van in the picture) by the middle of 2014. Sonita cars follows the philosophy of the “economic,
SONITA: THE ITALIAN ELECTRIC CAR ecological, electro car” perfect for transporting people, pets and products: a vehicle’s family for development and progress respectful of the natural cycles, but also capable of giving employment to terrestrial resources without depleting the planet. Antonio Bertolotto, created the Sonita project thanks to four related teams with decades of work, thanks to the support of a group of specialized technicians in electrical engineering, a team builder of racing cars, a project manager and designer who has created the best prototypes of luxury cars, sports sedans, trucks and luxury boats and works car manufacturer over the past 40 years. Sonita is expected to build 9 models and the first to be produced will be the “Van” by the middle of 2014.
VAUXHALL IMPROVES THE WHOLE INSIGNA RANGE
AUTO NEWS JULY
cross the New Insignia range, there have been improvements to the car’s ride and handling. Damper and anti-roll bar settings have been revised for better ride and control, while the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system standard in all but the VXR models has been reprogrammed for improved feel. Noise Vibration and Harshness levels have also been reduced for enhanced occupant comfort. The New Insignia range’s powertrain line-up has been broadened still further with the addition of an all-new petrol engine and new derivatives of the existing 2.0 CDTi unit. Now available with a choice of three power outputs – 120PS, 140PS and 163PS – the New Insignia range’s 2.0 CDTi engine offers drivers ultra-low CO2 emissions of 99g/km (76.3mpg combined) for the lower two outputs and 114g/km (65.7mpg combined) for the higher
output unit (figures for Hatch models). But performance hasn’t been compromised, with even the 120 and 140PS models producing up to 320 and 370Nm of torque respectively, and the 163PS model up to 380Nm. The new diesel engines see both the 120 and 140PS ecoFLEX Hatch versions emitting 99g/km of CO2. Also new to the engine line-up are two direct injection petrol units: the new-generation 1.6-litre SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) producing 170PS/280Nm that recently launched in the 2013 Cascada convertible, and the 2.0-litre SIDI, producing 250PS/400Nm. The New Insignia range comprises eight trim levels starting with Design, and going up to Elite Available as a five-door Hatch, four-door Saloon and Sports Tourer estate, the new range now starts at £16,279. First deliveries are expected in October.
TWO MEXICAN BROTHERS PRESENT THE VÜHL 05 SUPERCAR
he VÜHL 05 road-legal lightweight supercar has finally arrived. VÜHL stands for Vehicles of Ultra High-performance and Lightweight, is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexico City-based design company penned the breathtaking 05 car. Their profound passion for all things automotive comes from a hands-on role in the GT and formula racing cars successfully built and campaigned over a 30-year period by their father, Guillermo Echeverria senior. Embodying the ultimate in automotive technology from around the world, the 05’s handling has been fine-tuned in the UK, while further testing and development is scheduled to take place with assistance from Michelin later this year, both in the U.S. and Europe. Production is scheduled to commence this November, with the first deliveries following in the spring of 2014.
PROTON PRESENTS THE MOST AFFORDABLE SAGA SV
SUBARU RELEASED XV HYBRID IN JAPAN
roton unveiled and introduced its most affordable Proton to date, the Proton Saga Super Value. The Proton Saga SV is powered by the same 1.3 litre Campro IAFM as Saga FLX, available in manual and CVT automatic transmissions. It is fitted with 13” inch steel wheels, 1-din radio with CD player, power steering, manual side mirror control, side turn signal integrated with side mirror, dual airbag, pretensioner seatbelts, child restraint anchorage and car immobiliser. The Saga SV is available in six colours; Solid White, Elegant Brown, Tranquility Black, Genetic Silver, Fire Red and the latest edition Blue Rock. The Saga SV is priced from RM 33,438 (Peninsular Malaysia).
ubaru released the Subaru XV Hybrid on sale at Subaru dealers throughout Japan. Subaru’s first-ever hybrid vehicle uses a motor assist function for the engine output, both fuel economy and smooth acceleration have been achieved. The components for the hybrid system such as a motor and a high voltage battery are installed while maintaining the Subaru’s unique Symmetrical All-Wheel drive layout. As the top grade model of Subaru XV, the chassis performance and body rigidity have been thoroughly enhanced in pursuit of ride quality, low noise level and agile handling with the exterior exclusively designed for the hybrid model. It is pushed by a 2.0-liter DOHC Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The transmission was exclusively developed for the hybrid model based on the Lineartronic. Full-time AWD system can distribute torque to four wheels even in EV (Electric Vehicle) driving at low speeds. All four wheels are also driven in engine driving and hybrid driving.
SPORTING PROPORTIONS & DRIVING ENJOYMENT
The new Lexus IS features the sophisticated dynamism of the new Lexus spindle grille frontal design, awarding the compact sedan a combination of aggressive elegance, a more powerful road presence and a stronger brand identity. Two rear-wheel drive versions of the new IS will be available in Europe; the 2.5 litre V6 petrol engined IS 250 and the IS 300h: the first IS model to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive.
he new Lexusâ€™ tight, sporting proportions are emphasised by a rising belt line which tightens to the rear of the vehicle. This not only clearly delineates the body from the cabin, but also emphasises the wide flare of the wheel arches to give the new IS a broad, powerful stance. In profile, the strong beltline creates the impression of larger rear tires and a lowered centre of gravity (at 4,665 mm overall, the all-new IS is 80 mm longer and 10 mm wider than its predecessor). The mass of the cabin appears to be concentrated rearwards, applying visual weight to the rear tires to enhance the perception of traction. A rising crease line flowing from the lower body, through the rear wheel arch and into the rear lamp clusters adds further dynamism to the sweeping elegance of the sedanâ€™s sporting profile. he clean, elegant coupe-like lines of the new IS are further enhanced by two additional Lexus firsts; a rear wheel arch hemming treatment which allows the tyre to be placed further outboard and closer to the wheel arch, and a laser-brazed roof structure which joins the roof and side members without the need for a roof drip moulding.
Intuitive Ergonomics & Refined Comfort The IS’s all-new interior design offers drivers a focused, ergonomically ideal environment from within which to fully exploit the new Lexus sedan’s superb driving dynamics. The snug, wrap-around driving position has been inspired by the cockpit of Lexus’ race-bred LFA supercar. LFA-style features include a sports steering wheel trimmed in tactile, high-grip perforated leather, and, a Lexus first, highly supportive sports seat design using an “integrated foaming” construction method which eliminates gaps between the upholstery and the foam padding to combine excellent comfort with outstanding lateral holding performance.
FOCUS - LEXUS IS
With 50 mm of its 70 mm longer wheelbase dedicated to increased rear seat space and 20 mm dedicated to increased luggage capacity, the new 60:40 split/folding rear seats offer occupants significantly greater levels of comfort and a 50% increase in legroom for class-leading roominess. The combination of extended wheelbase and a thinner front seat design generates an 85 mm increase in rear seat knee room. And a 20 mm increase in the gap between the B pillar and the front corner of the rear seat improves accessibility. The new IS 300h is also the first Lexus full hybrid to install the battery beneath the luggage deck board, offering a 450 litre compartment capacity on a par with that of petrol engine models.
Throughout the interior, high quality materials and finishes convey contemporary, premium look and feel, with a level of craftsmanship and attention to detail for which Lexus is global renowned. The dashboard is divided into two zones: An upper display zone locates the 7” LCD multi-display screen at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, while a lower operation zone allows access to system controls such as the second generation of Lexus’ Remote Touch Interface (RTI). Intuitive, ergonomically ideal interaction with the vehicle’s instrumentation, switchgear and Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology is fundamental to the sporting IS driving experience. The control panel incorporates touch-sensitive, electrostatic switches to control the dual-zone air conditioning temperature.
FOCUS - LEXUS IS
Powertrains - with Lexus Hybrid Drive Two rear-wheel drive versions of the new IS will be available in Europe; the 2.5 litre V6 petrol engined IS 250 and the IS 300h: the first IS model to feature Lexus Hybrid Drive. Reinforcing Lexus’ commitment to the future of full hybrid drive technology, the new IS 300h is equipped with a second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which offers significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2, NOx and particulate (PM) emissions, with no loss of performance. The full hybrid drive system combines a powerful 105 kW/143 DIN hp electric motor with a newly developed, 2.5 litre, 133 kW/181 DIN hp, fourcylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine featuring a next generation D-4S direct fuel injection system, Dual VVT-i and a high-efficiency Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. With the rear wheels driven through the hybrid system’s Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT), total system power is 164 kW/223 DIN hp. The new IS 300h has a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 8.3 seconds, will accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h in only 6.2 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 200 km/h. Conversely, the new Lexus full hybrid returns an average fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions from 99 g/km.
The location of the hybrid battery beneath the loadspace deck board gives the new IS 300h a perfect, 50:50 weight distribution. To fully exploit the dynamic potential of this ideal balance, the E-CVT may be switched to a sequential shiftmatic mode operated via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The transmission has been tuned to more closely match engine speed increases in line with the speed increases of the vehicle itself, offering drivers a more engaging driving experience.The driving experience is further enhanced through the adoption of the Active Sound Control (ASC), a new technology that compliments the engine sound with audio sound through a dedicated loudspeaker. The IS 250â€™s 24 valve, 2,500 cc V6 petrol engine features D-4 direct injection, and Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) to both intake and exhaust camshafts, enhancing engine performance. It develops 153 kW/208 DIN hp at 6,400 rpm and 252 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, accelerating the IS 250 from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds and giving a maximum speed of 225 km/h. Fuel consumption is 8.6L/100km.
CLIP Cost of Ownership Lexus IS 300h offers customers some interesting advantages on the cost of ownershipâ€™s side. The powertrain has been designed with no requirement for a clutch; the starter motor and alternator are integral to the hybrid system and require no servicing or replacement over the life of the vehicle; and the conventional timing belt has been replaced by a maintenance-free timing chain. Over the course of 90,000 km, the IS 300h will require no brake disc replacement, just one set of new brake pads and only one new set of tyres. Rigorously assessed for performance and durability, and backed up by over 15 years of in-service experience, the full hybrid battery is designed to last the entire life of the car.
FOCUS - LEXUS IS
Breakthrough Driving Dynamics New, laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding techniques, along with additional spot welding, have increased overall body rigidity. This not only enhances stability, but also allows for a more comfortable ride with no detriment to handling agility. The new IS combines a revised double wishbone front suspension system with a new multilink rear system similar to that of the latest generation Lexus GS. Both systems have been fine tuned to match the driving feel of the new Lexus, combining improved ride comfort with outstanding grip performance. The front double wishbone system has been revised, offering a 20% increase in roll rigidity. To the rear, separate mounting of the multi-link system’s spring and shock absorber maximises luggage space. Substantial revisions contribute to a 53% reduction in suspension friction, a 15% increase in tyre cornering grip and excellent stability. Steering feel and feedback is key to an enjoyable driving experience, and the new IS benefits from a steering gear box based on that of the new GS. The structure and rigidity of the gear box has been revised to create a lighter, smoother, more accurate steering feel.
SPORT models equipped with AVS) and EV (available on IS 300h), to optimise the driver’s preferred combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics.
The new IS is equipped with a completely new ABS system offering enhanced brake control performance. Brake pedal feel has been improved, and the pedal angle itself changed to allow for smoother foot shifting to and from the accelerator pedal. Brake cooling performance has also been improved by the adoption of straighter brake ducts which provide an increase in cooling airflow volume. A new Drive Mode Select system features up to five switchable driving modes- ECO, NORMAL, SPORT/SPORT S, SPORT S+ (available on F
The IS may be equipped with a state-of-the-art Mark Levinson Premium Surround System, offering one of the finest in-car audio experiences available today. Mark Levinson has been working in exclusive collaboration with Lexus for the last 12 years, engineering systems for the specific acoustic qualities of each individual Lexus. Four years have been spent ensuring that the IS’s 12 channel, 835 Watt, 15-speaker system is perfectly mated to the IS cabin. A new Auto Volume system automatically adjusts system volume for each song being played to ensure consistent vo-
Rewarding Multimedia Featuring improved switchgear and paddle shift ergonomics, the new steering wheel is the first on a Lexus to coordinate multimedia system control with both meter and 7” centre console displays. All IS models are equipped with new, Lexus Media Display (LMD) or Remote Touch-controlled Lexus Premium Navigation multimedia systems. The latter boasts excellent USB, AUX, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Through a collaboration with INRIX, the new IS model range marks the introduction of a navigation service, with both real-time traffic and parking services fitted as standard. Offering detailed information on more than 42,000 car parks across Europe and continuously updated, INRIX Park will navigate drivers directly to the nearest entrance of the closest, least expensive available parking location to their destination. Real-time traffic-powered navigation offers drivers the fastest available route avoiding accidents, incidents, road closures and other traffic-causing delays.
CLIP F SPORT Package Externally, F SPORT models may be instantly recognised by a more aggressive spindle grille design with a more prominent chrome trim and an exclusive mesh design. The bottom corners of the front bumpers feature LED foglamps and aerodynamic detailing to provide both downforce and enhanced brake cooling. Unique 18” wheels feature a Y-spoke design which indentifies them with the LFA bloodline. On board, F SPORT models inherit the Innovate driver’s meter with moving centre ring from the LFA. A Lexus first, an exclusive seat design uses and ‘integrated foaming’ construction method. Bespoke interior trim detailing includes an F SPORT steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminium pedals and scuff plates. Both the front and rear suspension systems and the Electric Power Steering (EPS) are exclusively tuned for the F SPORT package, enhancing IS handling performance without detriment to ride quality. An Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system is an option exclusive to F SPORT models. It allows the driver to fine tune the IS F SPORT’s ride characteristics with a choice of two damper settings; NORMAL mode, for everyday driving comfort, and SPORT S+ mode, for improved body control and precise responses to steering input while cornering. The IS 250 F SPORT also benefits from an intake sound generator which creates a more sporting engine note. The sound creator uses a damper that amplifies the vibration of the intake pulse and introduces it as a pleasing note into the cabin to heighten the sporting driving experience.
lume levels and full audibility for even the quietest passages of music. All 15 loudspeakers incorporate power-saving GreenEdgeTM technology, developing twice the volume for the same power consumption. GreenEdgeTM technology covers a wider frequency band than conventional systems, giving an enhanced dynamic range. Advanced Safety Systems Incorporating Lexus’ unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, the new IS builds on the already superior safety performance of the outgoing model with the addition of several, advanced new active safety features.
FOCUS - LEXUS IS
A sophisticated Pre-Collision System (PCS) offers drivers collision avoidance assistance. PCS features a millimetre-wave radar sensor, operating within a 20 degree scanning radius to detect obstacles in front of the car, even during cornering. If there is a high possibility of a collision, PCS will alert the driver and, when he begins to brake, provide Pre-Collision Brake Assist to supplement his own braking effort. If the driver does not brake and a collision is inevitable, Pre-Collision Brake will automatically apply the brakes to reduce impact speed.
A Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) uses rear mounted radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that are not visible in the outer door mirrors. An indicator light in the corresponding mirror alerts the driver when the presence of such a vehicle is detected. A new Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver to approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space. An Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system maximises visibility at night by automatically switching to low beams when its camera detects the lights of either an oncoming or preceding vehicle. An Auto Location Tire Pressure Warning System (AL-TPWS) displays pressure values for each of the four tires via a display located within the driver’s instrument binnacle. A newly developed pop-up hood design creates space to absorb pedestrian impact force, allowing for the lowest possible vehicle front profile whilst optimising pedestrian impact protection. The IS benefits from 8 SRS airbags; two-stage Dual Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) front airbags, both driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags, front and rear SRS side airbags, as well as full length SRS side curtain airbags.
LEXUS IS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
THE GREEN SIDE
DETROIT ELECTRIC SP:01
Ready to shock
Launched in April 2013 following five years of research and engineering development, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is a zero-emissions, limited-edition two-seat sports car and celebrates the return of the original electric car brand after an absence of over 70 years. Production of the SP:01 is restricted to 999 units and the car goes on sale in many of Detroit Electricâ€™s target markets by end of August 2013.
arly in the last century the electric vehicle industry was flourishing inDetroit and Detroit Electric was at its very heart, innovating and selling more electric vehicles than any other company. By 1912 there were numerous American electric vehicle makers, with Detroit Electric both the market leader and the most prolific, going on to make around 13,000 cars â€“an electric vehicle production world record for the twentieth century.
he brand was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, former Group CEO of the Lotus Engineering Group and Executive Director of Lotus Cars of England, with a vision to produce an electric vehicle that seamlessly integrates refined aesthetics, innovative technology, superior handling and performance. Detroit Electricâ€™s SP:01 sports car will spearhead a diverse family of all-electric production cars, including two other high-performance models that are scheduled to enter production by end of 2014.
THE GREEN SIDE - DETROIT ELECTRIC SP:01
Bold design language sets precedent for Detroit Electric family A two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, open-top sports car with a mid-mounted motor and battery pack, the SP:01 has been designed with driver satisfaction as the highest priority. The bespoke bodywork is constructed for Detroit Electric entirely of carbon fiber, by one of the world’s leading motorsport and engineering composite manufacturers, URT Group. The bodywork’s lightweight construction helps the SP:01to achieve a kerb weight of approximately 2,403lb (1,090kg), depending on specification. Styled by Detroit Electric’s Head of Design, Jerry Chung, the SP:01 utilises angular lines and sharp edges to achieve a bold yet uncluttered design (… to be honest too familiar with the Lotus Exige family design…). The one-piece front bodywork features a sharply contoured bonnet and angular front fenders as well as imposing front air-intakes to emphasise the car’s power and prowess. This theme is continued at the rear through the sculpted rear fenders, pronounced wheel arches and a rear diffuser finished in contrasting highgloss lacquered carbon fiber. Standard equipment includes a body-color hard top.
The SP:01is undeniably an electric car, adorned with Detroit Electric’s trademark ‘Tron’-effect graphic at the front of the car and on the battery. The air-intakes at either side of the nose channel cooling air to two condensers which supply conditioned air for the cabin and battery. Proud of its electric power source, the SP:01also displays its impressive battery pack through a transparent hatch on top of the rear bodywork. Buyers will be able to customise the exterior of their cars with a choice of three alloy wheel designs, optional exposed carbon-fiber trim and a choice of seven metallic and pearlescent paint finishes. These colours include: Electric Blue, Metallic Black, Lightning Silver, Pearl White, Ardent Red, Bronze Orange and Pearlescent Green. The interior of the vehicle hints at the essence of the Detroit Electric brand by combining luxurious refinement with advanced technology – highlighted through the use of carbon-fiber and specially selected leather finishes. As standard, the seats, dashboard and doors of the SPO:01 are finished in black, high-grade carbon fiber-effect leather with body-color leather inserts and contrast stitching, while the console is finished in aluminium and carbon fiber.
The SP:01’s interior design ensures that the driver remains intimately in control at all times, while creating a comfortable cabin environment for two occupants. Ease of use is enhanced by the integrated smartphone that sits at the heart of the console and controls all the car’s auxiliary functions. application to manage the complete in car infotainment system. Named ‘SAMI’ (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment system), the system provides access to a wide range of functions, including music player, satellite navigation, regenerative braking adjustment, interior lighting adjust and vehicle systems status – such as the level of battery charge, range to recharge and other vehicle telemetry. It can, of course, also be used to make mobile phone calls. The inspiration does not just stop here. SAMI can also act as a remote control unit via GSM, enabling the user to locate the vehicle, turning on the climate control system and check the charge status. Performance and drivetrain Thanks to its innovative pure electric drivetrain and lightweight construction, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is one of the fastest pure-electric vehicle in volume production. It boasts a top speed of 155 mph (249km/h)and a 0-62 mph (0-100km/h)acceleration time of just 3.7 seconds.
CLIP With production limited to 999 examples, the SP:01 sports car is not subject to the full homologation process of massproduced vehicles. Detroit Electric’s first car in the modern era will be homologated under the ‘Small Series’ regulations in Europe, which are also accepted by the Japanese and Hong Kong authorities. In the USA, the regular FMVSS will be applied for, but with an application for several exceptions as is common practice with low volume vehicles. Every SP:01will come with a three year, 30,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty with an optional extension to five years and 50,000 milesfor the battery. The SP:01 will be produced at a new Detroit Electric production site in Wayne Country, Michigan. The dedicated facility will have an annual capacity of 2,500 vehicles and create over 180 manufacturing and sales-related jobs.
Powering the SP:01is an air-cooled, asynchronous AC electric motor made in the USA, which delivers impressive power of201 bhp(150 kW) @7,000 to 8,000 rpm, and instantaneous torque of 166 lb ft(225 Nm) from zero rpm. The motor has an efficiency rating of 91% – compared with a typical gasoline engine’s 40-to-45%. The electric motor sits just behind the cabin, while the battery pack is positioned between the transmission and the cabin firewall bulkhead, which is moved forwards to make the ‘engine bay’ of the SP:01more spacious. A second battery pack is located on top of the electric motor.
THE GREEN SIDE - DETROIT ELECTRIC SP:01
The SP:01’s electric motor drives the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission which is carried over from the donor car in its original location. Thanks to the motor’s instantly available torque, the fifth and sixth gear ratios in the gearbox are redundant and are blocked off. For those wishing to explore the vehicle’s impressive top speed there is a cost option to reinstate the fifth gear, or to specify the Twinspeed automatic gearbox.
Unlike cars with expensive permanent magnet electric motors which often feature a single-speed transmission, the SP:01maximizes its less costly AC motor’s power and torque by allowing drivers to select one of four ratios. There is no need to use the clutch pedal when setting off from standstill as it is only required when swapping gears. There is also no need to depress the clutch when coming to a halt as there is no danger of stalling the motor –it simply stops. Once familiar with the SP:01, drivers will quickly realize that there is often little need to change gear. First gear is ‘good’ for town driving up to 30 mph, while also providing the driver with extremely rapid acceleration. Second will comfortably take the car to 60 mph and only above that speed are third and fourth gear required. Available as an option, the Twin speed Automatic gearbox is a two-speed powershift transmission developed specifically for electric and hybrid vehicles. It delivers all the performance advantages of a two-speed transmission (rapid acceleration and access to maximum speed) with seamless and proven shifting technology to provide an unmatched driver experience.
CLIP GEELY AND DETROIT ELECTRIC ENTER STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO CO-DEVELOP PURE ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR CHINESE MARKET
Intelligent technology delivers a future-proof zero emissions product The Detroit Electric SP:01is fitted with two of the most advanced battery packs ever installed a production car, delivering impressive power and range. Located low down behind the cabin and also above the electric motor, the two battery units are small and light, contributing to the car’s modest kerb weight and good weight-distribution. With an impressive power rating of 37kWh, the lithium polymer batteries give the SP:01a range of 180miles (288km) when tested to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard. The motor and the battery packs are controlled by a Power Electronic Unit mounted at the rear of the car. When used in conjunction with any charge point delivering 240V and 32A the SP:01will achieve full charge in 4.3 hours or 8.0 hours with a 13A power source. The motor bay features its own cooling system and the SP:01is fitted with a special thermal management pack developed in-house by Detroit Electric. The SP:01also has a telemetry-link to the maker so that the health of the battery packs and electric powertrain can be monitored and checked –anywhere around the world, any day and any time. The SP:01 is effectively a mobile energy unit, allowing the owner to use its stored battery energy to power not just the car but even an entire home. This home charge and discharge feature is made possible through the patented Detroit Electric home charging and power back-up unit, named ‘360 Powerback’, which enables the SP:01’s battery to not only be charged at the rate of 7.7kWh (240V@32A)but also link to the owner’s home’s electricity supply. This smart unit can also detect any power failure of the grid and provide the option to the user – via SAMI (through the GSM network) – to instruct the vehicle to restore power to the home using its store energy.
Geely Automobile Group, a prominent Chinabased global car manufacturer, and Detroit Electric Inc, a leading electric vehicle manufacturer, have announced at the Shanghai Motor Show that the two companies have entered into strategic partnership to co-develop pure electric vehicles and related electric drive systems for the Chinese market. Under the terms of the partnership the first model of pure electric vehicles will go on sale under Geely’s Emgrand brand starting in 2014. After an initial three years of feasibility studies and a joint development programme, the two companies have selected Geely’s best-selling Emgrand EC7 model in the domestic Chinese market as the base vehicle on which to develop a class-leading pure electric vehicle. The EC7-based EV, called the EC7-EV, will be cobranded with a ‘Detroit Electric – Technology’ badge and sales are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2014. The vehicle will initially be sold primarily to business users and publicsector organisations, and the two companies are forecasting sales of around 3,000 units in the first 12 months, growing to 30,000 in three years’ time. A joint development and engineering team has been formed to work together in all areas of the EV powertrain solution, including electric motor, vehicle management system, advanced thermomanaged battery pack, battery management system and a twin-speed high-torque gearbox. The partnership also extends to the formulation of a joint venture company to manufacture the critical EV powertrain components and associated parts, situated close to Geely’s headquarters in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. Geely also operates six car assembly and powertrain manufacturing plants across China. The new EC7-EV model will offer both mediumrange (with a driving range of 165km per charge) and long-range options (an approximate range of 258km per charge). Building on Detroit Electric’s performance DNA, the vehicle can deliver classleading acceleration (0-100kph acceleration under eight seconds) and a top speed exceeding 200kph. Whatever the preferred performance characteristics for the chosen chassis, the innovative Detroit Electric twin-speed high-torque gearbox is engineered to provide exceptional levels of energy efficiency.
THE GREEN SIDE - DETROIT ELECTRIC SP:01
Proven sports car platform The Detroit ElectricSP:01employs a re-engineered, well-proven sports-car platform, and total vehicle weight is kept to a minimum to guarantee superior handling. Supplied to Detroit Electric as a rolling-chassis, the bonded aluminium platform requires no strengthening as it is engineered to handle up to 400 bhp. The 90.6-inch (2,300 mm) wheelbase is retained, together with the fully independent double-wishbone suspension, front and rear, with a front anti-roll bar. Both the Eibach coil springs and Bilstein damper rates are modified to suit the SP:01’s different weight distribution. Power steering is not required and the leatherrimmed steering wheel needs 2.8turnslock-tolock,for a 10.6m turning circle.
An all-disc braking system provides excellent stopping power. Front and rear, 11.3-inch (282 mm) ventilated and cross-drilled discs are used with AP (front) and Brembo (rear) calipers. ABS (Anti-lock braking) is fitted as standard. The SP:01also features variable regenerative braking, the power of which is driver-adjustable on the move. The system is designed so that in its default setting it imitates the retardation characteristics of a gasoline engine in gear when the accelerator is not applied. Drivers will be able to select braking power up to 35 kW, but the maximum power of the system is governed to avoid locking the rear wheels. Different sized wheels and tires are fitted, front and rear. At the front, 16inch diameter alloy wheels are shod with 175/55 R16 tires. At the rear, wider, 17-inch alloy wheels come with 225/45 R17 tires. Agile handling and low kerb weight ensure that the Detroit Electric SP:01possesses a high level of ‘active’ safety. Rapid response, high-geared steering, together with Electronic Stability Control, allow drivers to avoid the hazards of everyday motoring. Front airbags are fitted for the driver and passenger.
DETROIT ELECTRIC SP:01 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Motor Name ACP TypeAir-cooled asynchronous AC motor Max power 150 kW / 201 hp Max torque 166 lb ft / 225 Nm Efficiency rating 91.0% Weight 110lb / 50 kg Power Pack NameDetroit Electric TypeLithium Polymer Max power 37 kWh Weight 660 lb / 300 kg (both packs) Vehicle range 180miles / 288km (maximumover NEDC) Suspension and damping Front Double wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar. Rear Double wishbones, coil springs and telescopic dampers Steering Type Non-assisted rack-and-pinion Gearing / Turns1 / 2.8lock-to-lock Turning circle 10.6m Brakes Front ad rear 11.3 inch / 282mm ventilated & cross-drilled discs Assistance ABS anti-lock braking Wheels and tires Front 16-inch x 6.5J with 175/55 R16tires Rear 17-inch x 7.5J with 225/45 R17tires Dimensions(inches / mm)- weights (lb/kg) Overall length153/ 3880 Overall width69/ 1751 Overall height44/ 1117 Wheelbase90.6 / 2,300 Kerb weight2403/ 1090 Performance Top speed 155 mph/ 249km/h 0-to-62 mph / 100km3.7 seconds
CLIP The price of SP:01 starts at $135,000 USD, and will vary according to specification and local taxes. The SP:01 comes with a range of optional extras for those who want to tailor the finish and performance of their vehicle. Optional equipment: s ,ACQUERED CARBON lBERHARD TOP s "LUE RED OR TAN LEATHER FOR SEATS DASHBOARD AND DOORS s "LACK LEATHER SEATBELT GUIDES s 'EARBOX s &IFTH GEAR ACTIVATION s 4WINSPEED AUTOMATIC GEARBOX
MISS OF THE MONTH
THE “SPICY” MEXICAN
The Mastretta MXT is presented as the first highperformance sports car from Mastretta Cars, the new automotive manufacturer based in the city of Toluca, Mexico. The MXT is Mastretta’s answer to the lightweight sports car market, offering a highly advanced vehicle with aggressive design and outstanding driving dynamics, while simultaneously responding to more environmentally conscious times by achieving a high level of efficiency.
n spite of its remarkable performance, the Mastretta MXT has the robustness and practicality to be driven daily, as it is well suited for long distance journeys and city driving alike. The interior is spacious, the vehicle is fitted with beautifully crafted carbon fiber seats wrapped in premium leather while interior accents are trimmed in Ultrasuede, creating the perfect balance between elegance and performance.
MISS OF THE MONTH -足 MASTRETTA MXT
CLIP MASTRETTA CARS is a division of Tecnoidea SAPI de CV, a Mexican design and engineering consulting firm based in the Mexico City area with more than 20 years experience in the transportation industry. Tecnoidea drew upon all areas of its business to develop the MXT, which clearly demonstrates the capabilities of the company.
he final shape of the car was dictated by the principles of aerodynamics. The flowing line that travels along the center of the car, starting with the low nose through to the rear spoiler, channels the air in a very clean way while generating enough downforce to give the MXT agility and balance at low and high speeds. Despite the vehicleâ€™s small dimensions, the interior is spacious enough to comfortably seat adults of up to 6â€™3â€? (1.90m). Bespoke carbon fiber seats trimmed in leather were developed to provide maximum support for the driver under high g-force generated by the Mastretta MXT when cornering, accelerating and braking.
The turbocharged 2.0 litre Duratec four cylinder engine is located behind the cockpit and in front of the rear wheels with a transaxle configuration, connected to a MTX-75 five-speed manual gearbox. With a power output of 250 bhp (186 kW ) and 250 lb/ft of torque, the powerplant is excellently suited to the MXT as it is compact and lightweight while delivering interesting levels of high performance and drivability. Despite the impressive power figures, the MXT complies with Euro 5 emissions standards, and delivers an outstanding fuel consumption average of 25 miles per gallon.
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uilt from specially designed aluminium extrusions and carbon fiber, the chassis of the MXT (weitghing just 980 kg.) was engineered to provide high rigidity and low weight. The suspension of the Mastretta MXT perfectly complements the potential of the lightweight semimonocoque and powerful engine, which results in outstanding levels of lateral grip and traction. The MXT features a fully independent double wishbone suspension front and rear, with a front anti-roll bar that further stabilizes the car. The MXT accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260 km/h. The high-performance chassis can generate lateral acceleration of up to 1.1 G, making exceptional cornering speeds possible, while the fadeless braking system, which consists of 300mm crossdrilled discs with 4 piston calipers front and rear, provides outstanding stopping power.
MASTRETTA MXT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Engine: Horsepower: Torque: Driveline: Clutch: Transmission: Front suspension: Rear suspension: Brake system: Wheels & tires: Max Speed: Average Fuel Consumption km/lt.: CO2 emission g/km: Length: Width: Height: Wheelbase: Track front / rear: Empty weight: Curb weight: Fuel tank capacity:
1.998 liter â€“ 4 cil. in line 186 kW / 250 hp @ 5200 rpm 250 lb-ft / 339 Nm @ 3950 rpm rear-wheel drive single disk 5-speed manual gearbox double wishbone double wishbone four ventilated discs; 380 x 22 front and rear four 17 x 7.5 one-piece cast wheels; front: 205/45 ZR17 88W; rear: 235/45 ZR17 88W 260 km/h (161 mph) 12 (urban), 18 (extra-urban), 15 (combined) 195 3.900 mm. 1.750 mm. 1.170 mm. 2.415 mm. 1.415 / 1.450 m. 980 kg. 1.050 kg. 40 lt.
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The Justice League of KIA Kia Motors America and DC Entertainment FDPHWRJHWKHUWRFUHDWHDÁHHWRI-XVWLFH /HDJXHLQVSLUHGYHKLFOHV
Legendary comic book artist Jim Lee oversaw the creative direction of individually customized and characterized superhero vehicles that were unveiled at major events across the United States. The partnership between Kia and DC Entertainment was conceived to benefit “We Can Be Heroes” (www.WeCanBeHeroes.org), a giving campaign, dedicated to helping fight hunger in the Horn of Africa. “We Can Be Heroes” encourages everyday people to join the fight by getting involved and donating to bring help and hope to the people most affected by the hunger crisis.
ach core member of the Justice League line-up – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg – has been matched to a Kia vehicle based on key attributes and character traits to create custom, one-of-a-kind rides. Each vehicle features a customized piece of Lee’s specially-designed artwork to be auctioned at the conclusion of the program with all net proceeds going to the “We Can Be Heroes” program. In addition to the seven vehicles inspired by the individual superhero characters, the Kia-DC Entertainment partnership will culminate with a fullydrivable custom car that encompasses each member of the Justice League that will be auctioned off to raise money for the cause.
The Flash Forte Koup
nown for his speed, drive and commitment to fighting crime, The Flash is paired with the sleek Forte Koup. Built by West Coast Customs, the Koup electrifies the senses with a red, orange and yellow airbrushed exterior paint that matches the Scarlet Speedster’s trademark costume. On the inside, the Forte Koup’s seats are reupholstered in black nappa leather contrasted with red suede featuring yellow stitching with character artwork embroidered into the seats.
Green Lantern Soul
B Aquaman Rio
MISS(ES) OF THE MONTH -Â THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF KIA
he Kia Rio provided an automotive alterego for Aquaman, symbolizing his role as protector of the environment, both land and sea. The Aquaman-inspired Rio 5-door also received the West Coast Customs treatment with special gold, green and orange exterior paint and a body kit featuring custom-fabricated fins. Visual elements also include Oracle LED wheel rings and body lighting across the exterior as well as 20-inch color-matched Asanti wheels wrapped in Continental rubber. Pop the trunk on this Rio and notice the customized enclosure featuring Aquaman comic-book art and a unique polycast cutout which creates an underwater scene that is lit with Oracle LED lighting.
ased on the intergalactic peacekeeper known as Green Lantern the widebody Soul shines with a green and black two-tone exterior paint scheme complete with green mirror-chrome tint on the windows. Blacked out headlights feature projector beams that glow green. Customized Green Lantern-logo fog lights in the widened front fascia, and green LED lighting further enhance the overall appearance of the Soul A custom rear cargo compartment houses the Green Lantern power battery with his signature lantern logo etched into a clear panel displaying the superheroâ€™s oath lit by LEDs.
yborg is the half human/ half machine superhero for the modern age. The Kia Forte 5-door embodies Cyborg’s communications prowess, power and endurance. It features coilover suspension for more aggressive maneuverability and widened custom metal fenders that recall Cyborg’s ability to mechanically morph to face any challenge. This robotic road machine sits on 18-inch Rotiform TMB wheels with chrome lip and red anodized bolts. The vehicle interior consists of red perforated leather and red suede similar to the red glow pulsing from Cyborg’s power core. Red and silver trim highlights the Cyborg emblem featured within the interior design. The tablet in the center console reinforces the fact that Cyborg is constantly plugged in.
he Batman-themed Optima has the exterior with a matte and piano-black paint scheme, a dramatically lowered coilover suspension and muscular ground effects kit, huge Ksport performance brakes for extreme stopping power, customdesigned 20-inch black wheels and a performance exhaust system. Other exterior modifications include a custom front grille shaped like a batwing, yellow LED lighting accents throughout the vehicle and the iconic bat signal etched into the HID headlights. Moving beneath the cape, the Optima‘s seating surfaces are costumed in custom black leather and suede with bold yellow accent stitching. Gotham City‘s streets are full of villains and the Batman-themed Optima is ready for action at a moment‘s notice with a Bat suit and cowl mounted in the trunk and utility throwing stars installed in the center console.
MISS(ES) OF THE MONTH - THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF KIA
he Optima has been widened with custom fenders, giving the vehicle a muscular appearance. It features an adjustable suspension system that can raise and lower the vehicle with the push of a button. The stylized color scheme on the hood spotlights Superman’s unmistakable chest emblem while an eye-catching red paint design extends to the trunk, evoking the look of his crimson cape. The beveled front grille resembles Superman’s belt. The interior of the Optima is upholstered with custom materials chosen for their unique appearance and texture to reflect Superman’s impenetrable battle armor. And Superman’s iconic “S” shield is integrated into the seats and steering wheel to give it the right heroic touch.
Wonder Woman Sportage
MISS(ES) OF THE MONTH - THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF KIA
he Wonder Woman Sportage features a sleek and stylish look thanks to an aero kit which grants a streamlined but powerful appearance. The red and blue exterior color scheme, accented with stars, was derived directly from Wonder Woman’s outfit, while the gold trim wrapped around the vehicle represents the heroine’s weapon of choice, “The Lasso of Truth.” The Sportage’s windshield features a banner portraying Wonder Woman’s tiara, and the chrome side panels on the vehicle are graphical interpretations of her invisible jet. Beneath, the 5-spoke wheel design was chosen to match the stars on the exterior of the vehicle. Within, red upholstery and dash pieces combined with blue LED lighting were added to continue the exterior color scheme into the cabin. The cargo area of the vehicle is adorned with stars and an eagle and features a see-through panel, which displays Wonder Woman’s tiara, bracelets and glowing Lasso of Truth.
The ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ is 90 years old
SINCE 1923 A SYMBOL OF BEST ALFA ROMEO CARS The 90th anniversary of the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ (green four-leaf clover), the legendary symbol that has identified some of Alfa Romeo’s sportiest models, is being celebrated this year. That refers not only to the cars which have taken to the world’s race circuits, but also to certain special production versions.
he origin of ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ symbol has been lost in legend, but it is interesting to note its correspondence with the flag that distinguished the aeroplanes of the “10th Caproni Bomber Squadron” in the Great War. Today the Quadrifoglio is part of the Italian Air Force’s coat of arms and at the same time remains the symbol of Alfa Romeo’s philosophy, based on the constant pursuit of excellence applied to competitions and then completely transferred to its production vehicles.
he ‘Quadrifoglio’ became an emblem indissolubly linked to Alfa Romeo in 1923, when Ugo Sivocci was the first to decide to race in the Targa Florio with this symbol painted on the bonnet of his ‘RL’, achieving the first of the brand’s ten victories in this prestigious competition. Victory followed a perfect race: 432 kilometres of the Madonìe Circuit (4 laps of 108 km each) at an average of 59.040 km/h, a speed which was amazing at the time, above all considering the pitfalls and roughness of the course. Alfa Romeo’s success was so clear that the other drivers of the Alfa Romeo team – including Enzo Ferrari, Antonio Ascari and Giulio Ramponi – decided to adopt the lucky ‘quadrifoglio verde’ for all other races as well. From this moment on, the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ became the symbol of Alfa Romeo race cars and was later also used on special series of production models to demonstrate the continuity between Alfa’s “touring” cars and those designed for competition.
CLASSIC - ALFA ROMEO
It was the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ that stood out against the dark red of Brilli Peri’s ‘P2’ when he
won the first “World Car Racing Championship” at Monza in 1925, the first of the five world titles that Alfa Romeo won. At the end of the 1920s, it was the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ that distinguished the Alfa Romeos built by the parent company from the Alfa Romeos with the prancing horse, managed by the “Scuderia Ferrari”, on the racetrack. In 1950 and 1951, Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 – the celebrated “Alfettas” – to victory in the first two Formula 1 World Championships. Then, in the 1960s, the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ was the hallmark of the “ready-to-race” version of the “Giulia”, the “TI Super”, and then sat beside the blue Autodelta triangle for a number of decades, from the “GTA” to the “33” and up to the two World Championships of the “33 TT 12” (1975) and the “33 SC 12” (1977). Alfa Romeo’s racing activity carried on in the 1980s: after it returned to F1 in 1980, the successes in racing for touring cars were repeated (with the glamorous “GTV 6 2.5”) up to the resounding victory in the “DTM” series with the “155 V6 Ti” in 1993 and the long series of wins by the “156 Superturismo” (1998–2004).
RL Targa Florio 1923
Giulia TZ1 (Tubolare Zagato)
The 1750 GTAM
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roduction Alfa Romeos have also carried the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’, particularly high-performance models built from the 1960s to the 1980s. Some feature the symbol on the body, without an appearance in the official name: “Giulia TI Super”, “Giulia Sprint GT Veloce”, “1750 GT Veloce” and “Alfasud Sprint”. From the 1980s onward,
others have ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ as part of their official name, such as the “Alfasud ti Quadrifoglio Verde”, the “Sprint Quadrifoglio Verde”, the various versions of the “33 Quadrifoglio Verde”, the “75 Quadrifoglio Verde” (also in its USA version), the Spider 2.0 “Quadrifoglio Verde”, the “164 Quadrifoglio Verde” and the “145 Quadrifoglio Verde”.
CLIP The ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ returns today to the Giulietta and MiTo, the new models which have assumed a place in the tradition of the best Alfa Romeos, drawing on the heritage of dynamic performance, without compromising on efficiency, respect for the environment and convenience in everyday use. A sports tradition that lives on in the brand-new Alfa Romeo MiTo SBK Limited Edition 1.4 170 HP QV, a concentrate of technology and design derived from the ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ version and produced in 200 examples.
33- 2 litri Daytona 1969
The 33 TT 12 - 1975
RACING by NiccolĂ˛ Gargiulo
THE LONGEST DAY IN RACING The 2013 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be remembered for the loss of Danish driver Allan Simonsen at the beginning of the race, but it will also be remembered for another incredible victory by Audi and the ninth personal success for Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen. The race was battled till the very last minutes, but if positions were taken and strenghtened in the morning for what concerns the LMP1 class, podium spots were contested throughout the entire French classic for the LMP2 and GT classes.
he second consecutive success with a hybrid car as well as the twelfth victory in thirteen years was one of the most difficult and hardest-fought ones for Audi. The three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars were able to do (on average) two laps less on one tank filling than their rival Toyota TS030. The winner Audi no.2 of Tom Kristensen, LoĂŻc Duval and Allan McNish finished the race after visiting the pits 34 times while the second overall Toyota no.8 driven by Anthony Davidson, Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi stopped in the pits 30 times. This demonstrates how fast the Audi drivers were in the difficult wet conditions registered during the entire race. The rain caused numerous incidents and a total of eleven safety car deployments. The field ran for more than five hours under â€˜yellowâ€™ while the track was cleared and repairs were performed.
Allan Simonsen (1978-2013)
RACING -Â 24 HEURES DU MANS
This yearâ€™s 24 Hours of Le Mans was clouded by the tragic death of Allan Simonsen. The 34 year old Danish driver died after sustaining critical injuries just minutes into the race. At the beginning of the third lap the number 95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 hit the wall hard at Tertre Rouge corner after having lost grip on the wet outside curb.
Lotterer - Fässler - Tréluyer (Audi R18
Panciatici Ragues Gommendy (Alpine - Nissan)
Wurz - Lapierre - Nakajima (Toyota TS030 - Hybrid)
Wurz - Lapierre - Nakajima (Toyota TS0
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Mardenborough - Ordo単ez - Krumm (Zytek Z11SN - Nissan)
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he victorious Audi no.2 took the lead at 21:43 on Saturday night and would not relinquish it anymore up to the finish line on Sunday, while misfortune struck the other two Audi squads that almost simultaneously were forced to make unscheduled pit stops shortly before the end of the seventh hour of the race. Mark GenĂŠ, Lucas Di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis were able to take third place on the no. 3 Audi R-18 e-tron quattro. Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez took the win in the LMP2 with a Morgan Nissan car for OAK Racing. Aston Martin was the favorite for the win in the GTE Pro Class but the official team could not recover from the premature loss of Allan Simonsen, but was in any case able to dedicate him an emotional podium standing with Darren Turner , Stefan MĂźcke and Peter Dumbreck. Honours went to Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas driving a Porsche 911RSR, followed by Jorg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Piletm also for Porsche. Another Porsche win in the GTE Am Class thanks to Raymond Narac, JeanKarl Vernay and Christophe Bourret, followed by two ferrari 458 of the AF Team.
RACING -足 24 HEURES DU MANS
Graves - Nakano - Hamilton (Oreca 03 - Nissan)
Nicolet - Merlin - Mondolot (Morgan - Nissan)
Pla - Heinemeier Hansson - Brundle (Morgan - Nissan) Prost - Jani - Heidfeld (Lola B12/60 CoupĂŠ - Toyota)
Wurz - Lapierre - Nakajima followed by Davidson - Buemi - Sarrazin (Toyota TS030 - Hybrid)
RACING - 24 HEURES DU MANS
As a long-lasting tradition at Le Mans the technical verifications are held during the week prior to the 24 Hours race in the city main square. This is the occasion for fans to get close to the cars and have a little chat with the team’s mechanics and engineers. Motorsport enthusiasts can also appreciate the traditional driver’s parade. Slowing parading throught the city on historic (or brand new) cars and supercars, the race participants do not deny an autograph or a picture with the thousands of motorsport fans that once a year gather in the French town of Le Mans.
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The two Audi R18 e-tron quattro lead the first lap of the race
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Narac - Bourret - Vernay (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR)
Bomarito - Kendall - Wittmer (Viper GTS-R)
Beretta - Kobayashi - Vilander (Ferrari 458 Italia)
Dumbreck - M端cke - Turner (Aston Martin Vantage V8)
Lieb - Lietz - Dumas (Porsche 911 RSR)
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Kristensen - Duval - McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)
The podium of the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours
24 HEURES DU MANS RACE RESULTS
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Team Audi Sport Team Joest Toyota Racing Audi Sport Team Joest Toyota Racing Audi Sport Team Joest Strakka Racing OAK Racing OAK Racing Greaves Motorsport Pecom Racing Morand Racing Murphy Prototypes Jota Sport Signatech Alpine Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche AG Team Manthey Aston Martin Racing Race Performance Corvette Racing AF Corse AF Corse Corvette Racing Greaves Motorsport SRT Motorsports IMSA Performance Matmut AF Corse AF Corse Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Larbre Competition Aston Martin Racing
Drivers KRISTENSEN / DUVAL / McNISH DAVIDSON / BUEMI / SARRAZIN GENÉ / DI GRASSI / JARVIS WURZ / LAPIERRE / NAKAJIMA LOTTERER / FÄSSLER / TRÉLUYER LEVENTIS / WATTS / KANE BAGUETTE / GONZALEZ / PLOWMAN PLA / HEINEMEIER HANSSON / BRUNDLE MARDENBOROUGH / ORDOÑEZ / KRUMM PEREZ COMPANC / KAFFER / MINASSIAN GACHNANG / MAILLEUX / LOMBARD HARTLEY / PATTERSON / CHANDHOK DOLAN / TURVEY / LUHR PANCIATICI / RAGUES / GOMMENDY LIEB / LIETZ / DUMAS BERGMEISTER / PILET / BERNHARD DUMBRECK / MÜCKE / TURNER FREY / NIEDERHAUSER / BLEEKEMOLEN MAGNUSSEN / GARCIA / TAYLOR BERETTA / KOBAYASHI / VILANDER BRUNI / FISICHELLA / MALUCELLI GAVIN / MILNER / WESTBROOK KIMBER-SMITH / LUX / ROSSI DALZIEL / FARNBACHER / GOOSSENS NARAC / BOURRET / VERNAY PERAZZINI / CASE / O’YOUNG GERBER / GRIFFIN / CIOCI DEMPSEY / FOSTER / LONG BORNHAUSER / CANAL / TAYLOR CAMPBELL-WALTER / GOETHE / HALL
Car Audi R18 e-tron quattro Toyota TS030 - Hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro Toyota TS030 - Hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro HPD ARX 03c - Honda Morgan - Nissan Morgan - Nissan Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Oreca 03 - Nissan Morgan - Judd Oreca 03 - Nissan Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Alpine - Nissan Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 911 RSR Aston Martin Vantage V8 Oreca 03 - Judd Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari 458 Italia Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 Zytek Z11SN - Nissan Viper GTS-R Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Ferrari 458 Italia Ferrari 458 Italia Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 Aston Martin Vantage V8
Class LMP1 LMP1 LMP1 LMP1 LMP1 LMP1 LMP2 LMP2 LMP2 LMP2 LMP2 LMP2 LMP2 LMP2 LMGTE Pro LMGTE Pro LMGTE Pro LMP2 LMGTE Pro LMGTE Pro LMGTE Pro LMGTE Pro LMP2 LMGTE Pro LMGTE Am LMGTE Am LMGTE Am LMGTE Am LMGTE Am LMGTE Am
Laps 348 347 347 341 338 332 329 328 327 325 320 319 319 317 315 315 314 314 312 312 311 309 307 306 306 305 305 305 302 301
Volvo Cars to join Australian V8 Supercars Championship Volvo announced it will have an official Volvo Polestar Racing team on the grid in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2014 racing the Volvo S60. “I’m delighted to announce Volvos return to motorsport in Australia. Volvo has a rich motorsport heritage in this country, including winning Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000, 15 years ago this coming October.” said Matt Braid, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director. Volvo Car Australia will join forces with Volvo Car Group’s global motorsport partner Polestar to create a partnership with the well-renowned V8 Supercars team Garry Rogers Motorsport, and form Volvo Polestar Racing Australia to compete in the championship.
CITROËN to enter the FIA WTCC with Sebastien Loeb Citroën confirms it will be joining the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2014, therefore be entering an international track racing championship for the first time. This will be a new challenge both for Citroën Racing and for Sébastien Loeb, who will be driving one of the cars entered in the championship. Citroën Racing’s entry into the world of track racing will coincide with the introduction of a new generation of cars: “Competing in a category for the first time, starting from scratch, gives our division a superb challenge,” confirmed Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal. “Having said that, we will be able to re-use a large part of our existing expertise, starting with the DS3 WRC’s 1.6-litre direct injection turbo engine.”
New single-seater racing championship presented Renault and the British Automobile Racing Club are bringing true junior single-seater racing back to British shores with the announcement of a brand new category for the 2014 season: the Formula Renault UK 1.6 Championship. Featuring the all-carbon Signatech chassis, which is raced across Europe in the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC and Nordic series plus the French Auto Sport Academy series, the new championship is aimed at drivers between 16 and 19-years-of-age. The car itself, which is powered by a normally-aspirated 1.6-litre, 140hp Renault engine taken from the Twingo Renaultsport 133 road car, has been designed as the perfect step between the world of karting and the next level of single-seater racing. Championship Manager Simon North said: “Not since the 1990s has there been a strong, truly ‘junior’ formula in UK motorsport. But we’re not just introducing another car and another championship,
we’re bringing a different direction, with fully linked programmes, which enable drivers to have maximum focus on their education at the same time as setting off on the path towards a professional motor racing career.”
Nissan ZEOD RC tests electric technologies
Nissan’s innovative ZEOD RC is the world’s fastest electric racing car that will reach speeds of more than 300km/h with electric technology at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) was presented in Le Mans but will make its race debut at next year’s 24 Hour race. Run as a Nissan / Nismo full factory international program with input from Japan, Europe and the US, the Nissan ZEOD RC design team is headed by Ben Bowlby who has been newly-appointed as Nissan’s Director of Motorsport Innovation and previously worked on the Nissan DeltaWing program in 2012. “The ZEOD RC program is designed to develop multiple technologies to evaluate how they could be used for a
future LM P1 class return of Nissan at the Le Mans 24 Hour. There are multiple options we are investigating. A Zero Emission on Demand option where the driver can switch between electric and petrol-powered drive is a future direction for road cars, so that will be tested in addition to pure electric power and other new technologies that we still have under development.” said Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee member at Nissan Motor Company Limited. The Nissan ZEOD RC will make its testing debut in these upcoming months.
GLOBAL NEWS Europe Sweden / Switzerland
Artists turn Volvo XC60 into work of art For the third consecutive year, Volvo Car Switzerland organised the Volvo Art Session at the central train station in Zurich, Switzerland. Both emerging and established artists took part by giving a 2014 Volvo XC60 a completely new look. This year’s theme was “Designed Around You”. On stage stood a white XC60 in front of a white dropback canvas. The international artists where invited to paint, spray and design to make their imaginations come alive. At the end of each session they created a three-dimensional work of art that only existed for a short while until the next artist painted over it. The final results of the constant transformation - pictures and clips - can be found at www. volvoartsession.com/.
N. America / Europe
United States / Germany
Porsche’s pedal- powered Go-Kart The newest item from the Porsche Driver’s Selection is a Go-Kart which puts children from the age
of five behind the wheel of a sporty Porsche machine. The Go-Kart, which is about 5 feet long, is a new highlight in the children’s program of the Porsche Lifestyle Collection and impresses because of its lightness: thanks to its unique construction, based on Porsche Intelligence Performance, the children’s pedal-powered vehicle weighs a mere 55 pounds.
The Go-Kart, priced around 900$ and other products from the Porsche Driver’s Selection are available exclusively from participating authorized Porsche dealers and on the Internet at www.porsche. com/shop. Not all the products are available in every market.
Europe United Kingdom
Salon Privé releases “Concours of the Future” designs A new and exciting addition to Salon Privé 2013, Concours of the Future, sees a group of talented undergraduates from the RCA’s Vehicle Design programme tasked to revisit some historic Concourswinning cars and re-design these icons for the modern world, and beyond.
This fascinating new work will be revealed for the first time at Salon Privé on 4th September in London, with judging of the 11 new designs taking place the following day, chaired by leading automotive designer and RCA visiting professor, Peter Stevens.
Asia / Europe Japan / Netherlands
The world’s largest parade of Mazda cars! Mazda was able to set a new entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. During the big MAX-5 2013 event in Lelystad, Netherlands, a total of 683 Mazda MX-5s joined the procession on the roads around the RDW Test Centre, forming the longest parade of driving Mazdas ever. 1450 participants contributed to the successful record attempt,
shattering the existing record for the “largest parade of Mazda cars” – 459 Mazda MX-5s – set in Essen, Germany in 2010. At the end of the day, about 250 cars still present joined to form a large drive-in cinema. Prior to the showing, the viewers were asked to pick from three films and seated at the wheel of their cars, the owners cast their vote by blowing their horn to indicate their preferred film. The loudest ‘vote’ was cast for Arbitrage with Richard Gere in the starring role.
Europe / N. America United Kingdom / United States
Ford Fiesta traveled the length of Britain in Student Eco Challenge
Teams from universities across England, Scotland and Wales competed in the 1,701-mile “Formula Student Diesel Eco Driving Challenge” in the Ford Fiesta. Engineering students drove the length of Britain in a bid to be crowned the nation’s most economical drivers. The inaugural competition was jointly run by Formula Student and Bosch, and involved 46 UK universities during the three day competition.
Europe United Kingdom
Aston Martin’s Heritage Showroom The opening of the Heritage Showroom at Aston Martin Works marks the successful end of a two year refurbishment. For the first time heritage cars will be sold directly from its Newport Pagnell base, allowing customers to draw on the vast knowledge of the Works team and its experience in handling sales, on-going service and of course, its world-renowned restoration division. Together with the state-of-theart modern car showroom, which was opened just over a year ago, the Heritage Showroom offers customers the unique experience of being able to view and compare cars from every era of Aston Martin’s 100 years at Aston Martin Works. Fittingly, the Heritage Showroom is housed within the restored Olympia building – itself also now 100 years old – which has been central to the Aston Martin story since its move to Newport Pagnell in 1957.
Europe Russia / United Kingdom
Rolls-Royce opens new showroom in St. Petersburg Rolls-Royce Motor Cars St. Petersburg celebrated the opening of its
new showroom in the famous city. The dealership, located at the Astoria Hotel in the fashionable centre of one of the European cultural capitals, is directed by Tatiana Fitzgerald who is also the Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Moscow. Tatiana Fitzgerald commented: “Rolls-Royce has a very rich history in St. Petersburg and is where the first Rolls-Royce touched Russian ground more than 100 years ago. The brand is like no other and stands for success and luxury. We are really excited to write the next chapter of the Rolls-Royce story in Russia.”
SEAT studies new electromobility solutions The SEAT Leon Verde is result of the Cenit Verde project (a research project devoted to the study and development of the technologies designed to facilitate the introduction of the electric vehicle in Spain), and has been built on the basis of the new SEAT Leon. The prototype uses the main innovations developed by the project, and is equipped with a 75 kW zero-emissions
electric motor as well as a 1.4l 90 kW internal combustion engine with a 6-speed gearbox adapted and optimised for hybrid driving. The SEAT Leon Verde has a range in electric mode of 50 kilometres thanks to an 8.8 kWh Ficosa battery, and has an integrated advanced cooling system for the optimisation of heat management. SEAT, Cobra, Endesa, Iberdrola and Red Eléctrica de España have defined a system of tariff negotiation and smart management which allows for full interaction of the vehicle with the electricity grid. Thanks to this system, the vehicle can be recharged efficiently when overall energy consumption is low. Therefore, recharging at times of energy production surplus is incentivised, and the use of renewable energy sources is encouraged. In the case of a vehicle parked for 12 hours recharge starts as soon as energy demand drops, and not immediately on plugging the vehicle into the grid. Thus the recharge manager responds to the challenge of vehicle integration into the electric system, making the most of trough demand time in a controlled fashion, flattening out the demand curve and thereby reducing the cost of the recharge, while always catering to the needs established by the user. Likewise, the system includes the possibility to carry out pre-programmed recharges for rapid or low-cost recharges.
Hyundai to provide 800 Police cars to the Peruvian Government Hyundai announced that it will
provide 800 units of Santa Fe-based police cars to the Peruvian government by November this year. Based on Hyundai Motor’s Santa Fe 2.4 gasoline model, the Santa Fe police car was specially modified to successfully carry out its duties. Aside from the basic features of a police car, such as bullet proof windows, light bars and searchlights, the car is also equipped with various smart features such as an in-vehicle laptop, fingerprint verification system and an advanced communication system, which enables real-time data exchange with the central control center.
Volkswagen celebrates the 30 millionth Golf
The world’s 30 millionth Golf has rolled off the assembly line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg – a new production record for the most successful European car ever. Production of the original Golf began in early 1974. Since then, statistically speaking, an average of over 2,000 people have purchased a new Golf every day for the past 39 years. The 30 millionth car is a Golf TDI BlueMotion; this recently introduced model has a fuel consumption value of just 88.3 mpg, making it the most fuel efficient Golf ever built.
Lamborghini receives “Premio Barsanti e Matteucci” Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, received the “Premio Internazionale Barsanti e Matteucci” in Pietrasanta, near Lucca in Tuscany. The prize is a prestigious recognition for those who excel in the field of automotive engineering. The prize, awarded to various Italian and international personalities in the automotive world since its inauguration in 2000, was set up to remember Eugenio Barsanti and Felice Matteucci, inventors of the internal combustion engine. The event is held in collaboration with the Viareggio Versilia Rotary Club, enjoying the patronage of the seven Towns of the Versilia, the Province of Lucca and the Region of Tuscany, with the support of the President of the Italian Republic. Stephan Winkelmann commented: “It’s a great honor to receive this award, particularly in the Company’s 50th anniversary year. For 50 years Lamborghini has been the symbol of ‘Made in Italy’, and we are proud to successfully carry forward the legend created by our founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.”
Toyota presents Family-oriented concept at Tokyo Toy Show Toyota displayed a sporty, opentop family-oriented concept in the Kids Life Zone at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2013. The concept, called the “Camatte57s”, is aimed at bringing parents and children closer together as they work in collaboration on building their ideal car. The vehicle aims to provide an opportunity for parents and children to together experience the fun of driving, car customization and car enthusiasm. Compared to the “Camatte” concept exhibited in 2012, the Camatte57s allows an even greater ease and range of customization possibilities: the vehicle body exterior consists of 57 detachable small lightweight panels to allow easy
and extensive color and design customization. The roofless design offers a liberating driving experience while also enhancing visibility to increase ease of customization and seats are in a closely arranged triangular configuration with one front seat and two rear seats to emphasize family intimacy and facilitate communication. Acceleration and braking pedals and seats can be adjusted to enable operation by children, while an adult seated in the rear-right seat assists steering and braking to help develop the child’s driving skills.
Europe Czech Republic / France
Škoda official vehicle of the Tour de France Škoda will be supporting the Tour de France as the main sponsor and official auto partner for the
tenth time. With a fleet of 250 Škoda vehicles and a broad range of promotions, the Czech car producer will be present at the 100thanniversary of the cycling classic. The new Škoda Octavia estate and Škoda Superb will be serving primarily as accompanying vehicles. These include two of the new Superb facelift, which celebrated its debut in the European markets at the end of June.
CORPORATE & FIGURES N. America / Europe South Korea / Germany
Ford begins production of electric vehicles in Europe Ford has begun a new chapter in its vehicle manufacturing history with the start of production of the all-new Ford Focus Electric – the first full-electric vehicle to be built by Ford in Europe. The zero-emission Focus Electric is spearheading Ford’s line-up of electrified and highly fuel-efficient vehicles, and will be joined in Europe by the Ford CMAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle next year, followed by the all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid soon after. Ford has integrated Focus Electric production directly into the established Ford Focus production line at Saarlouis, in Germany, with units reaching customers from July this year.
CORPORATE & FIGURES
Great Wall May results According to the latest data of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the wholesale volume of China achieves 1.762 million in May, down 4.36 percent month on month and up 9.81 percent year on year. Great Wall sold 62,000 units in May, up 20 percent year on year and 311,000 units in the first five months, up 34 percent year on year. Haval registered sales of 32,144 units, up
45 percent year on year, ranking 1st in the SUV sector; Great Wall passenger cars registered sales of 17,530 units, up 7 percent year on year, maintaining steady growth.
S. America / Asia Chile / China
Chery New Tiggo jointly launched in Central & S. America Chery New Tiggo was launched jointly in Central and South America’s Chile, Brazil and Peru in June 2013, first stop: Chile. The 1.6MT, 2.0AT and 2.0 4WD models launched by Chery are expected to land on the Chilean market from June 2013. At the launch conference, speaking of the joint launch of New Tiggo in Central and South America, Du Weiqiang, Chery International Deputy General Manager, said, “With the fast rise in economic level, Central and South America has become one of Chery’s most important strategic markets. Therefore we launch fine models in the market with uniform product orientation and launch strategy.”
Asia Malaysia / Japan
Mazda Malaysia to Enhance Local Assembly Mazda Malaysia will acquire a body shop from Inokom Corporation to exclusively produce Mazda vehi-
cles. It has also begun construction of a vehicle assembly facility. The measures were taken to enhance Mazda Malaysia’s local assembly operations. On the basis that Mazda Malaysia would purchase it, Inokom established the Mazdaexclusive body shop at their plant located in Kulim, in the Malaysian state of Kedah. The purchase process has already begun and is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Construction of Mazda Malaysia’s assembly facility, located on the same grounds as the body shop, started in May 2013. Construction will be completed and operations commence in the spring of next year. The Mazda CX-5, which is currently assembled at Inokom’s factory, will then be moved to the new facility.
Asia / Europe Japan / Germany
Mazda grows in Europe’s shrinking market New registrations of Mazda vehicles in Europe grew in May, even as Europe’s passenger car market as a whole continued to contract. Mazda’s car registrations rose 29.8% compared to May 2012 to 11,401 units in a European car market that shrunk by 5.9%, hitting its lowest level since 1993. The surge at Mazda is largely attributable to its new-generation models: the new Mazda6, the company’s flagship launched in early 2013, and the Mazda CX-5, a compact SUV introduced in 2012.
Tata Group May global wholesales The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in May 2013, including Jaguar Land Rover, were 81,783. Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in May 2013 were 43,142, while global wholesales of just Tata passenger vehicles in May 2013 were 11,932. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 31,210 vehicles.
Asia Malaysia / Indonesia
Proton introduces Prevé to Indonesian market Malaysian automotive manufacturer Proton Holdings launched the Prevé in Indonesia. The stylish midsized sedan is now officially open for booking in the Republic, adding to the current line-up of Proton models in Indonesia. Within a year of the Malaysian launch, Proton has been aggressive in introducing the Prevé to its overseas markets. In October 2012, it introduced the model to the Australian market during the Australia International Motorshow and for the Thai market during the 2012 Thailand International Motor Expo in November. Subsequently, the Prevé was launched in Brunei in February 2013, with Indonesia being the fourth international market for Proton’s latest sedan.
North America United States
Mosler and Rossion unite under one roof RP High Performance has finalized the acquisition of the assets of Rossion Automotive and Mosler Automotive. The new company will operate under the Rossion brand with Ian Grunes as President. This deal brings together all the assets of both companies under one roof and management team. The Mosler name will no longer be used and all new cars produced will carry the Rossion name. Mosler has a great history based in racing and tremendous amounts of experience in using composites like carbon fiber to produce strong, lightweight and very competitive vehicles. Rossion looks forward to using this technology and expertise to introduce exciting new models in 4, 6 and 8 cylinder configurations to the Rossion line up.
Asia / N. America China / United States
Ford opens new Chongqing Engine Plant Ford officially opened a US$500 million engine plant in Chongqing at its joint venture in China Changan Ford Automobile. The new Changan Ford Engine Plant (CAFEP) more than doubles Changan Ford’s engine production capacity of 350,000 units, helping to meet
rapidly growing demand for its vehicles in China. Ford will initially manufacture two engines at CAFEP: a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder, and Ford’s awardwinning 1.0-liter three-cylider EcoBoost engine. Producing engines for vehicles including the Ford EcoSport and Fiesta, CAFEP will help to support Ford’s plan to introduce 15 new vehicles in China by 2015.
Asia / Europe Malaysia / United Kingdom
McLaren enters Malaysian market
The range of high performance cars from McLaren Automotive will soon be officially available in Malaysia through Sime Darby Motors which will represent the British brand in Malaysia as McLaren Kuala Lumpur. The announcement marks the company’s 41st retail location in its 25th global market within two years. The flagship sales gallery in Mutiara Damansara, Kuala Lumpur will be operational by September 2013, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the McLaren brand. This sales gallery will be supported by a Service Centre in Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie where all staff at the state-of-the-art fourbay centre will be fully trained at the McLaren Automotive factory in Woking, UK.
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