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CARS GLOBAL MAG

No. 1 / November 2012

SPECIAL REPORT Sao Paulo Motor Show

PURE ELECTRIC ! Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive

FOCUS KIA Quoris Volkswagen Golf

RACING Incredible Audi


Read right away! Seventy fully-electric, zero-emission BMW ActiveE cars are located at eight DriveNow stations across the entire city of San Francisco. Customers can register online or in person and can then use the DriveNow website or a mobile app to locate and reserve an available vehicle… Is this the new way to face the congested traffic in the US metropolitan areas? See the full news in “Global News” at page 20.

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WHAT’S NEW Comprehensive report from Salão do Automóvel de São Paulo 2012 - VIDEO

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WHAT’S NEW New cars, October review

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GLOBAL NEWS News about cars from around the world

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FOCUS KIA Quoris Volkswagen Golf

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MISS OF THE MONTH STR Viper GTS photo portfolio

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THE GREEN SIDE Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive

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CLASSIC Uniques Concours d’Elegance photo portfolio

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RACING Incredible Audi! - VIDEO

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CORPORATE NEWS Industry and finance news

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NOT JUST CARS Hankook tyres - VIDEO

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WHAT’S NEW

RAPIDLY GROWING The SĂŁo Paulo International Motor Show is the biggest and most important automotive event in Latin America. It achieves even greater importance in a moment when the Brazilian market is rapidly growing. The bi-annual event attracts more than 100 exhibitors, featuring many debuts, some of global importance.


Bugatti 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Bugatti presented the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse for the first time on the scene of South American market. The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts a remarkable maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3,000–5,000 rpm) from the 7.9-litre capacity of its W16 engine. The maximum output (1,200 hp) is reached at 6,400 rpm. These figures allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in just 2.6 seconds. The top speed of 410 km/h (255 mph) makes the four-wheel drive Vitesse (like all Veyrons) the fastest production roadster ever. The maximum speed is reached on closed tracks with special safety precautions. In “normal” handling mode, the Vitesse is electronically limited to 375 km/h (233 mph). Bugatti has developed a new roof spoiler for the Vitesse that significantly reduces wind noise and buffeting in the interior. Furthermore, there will be a new windbreak

for the roadster that can be stored away compactly in the luggage compartment when not in use. Both details will also be available for the Grand Sport. Together, they allow extremely relaxed, open-top driving even at speeds of around 200 km/h (124 mph). The outer skin is made completely from carbon fibre and, consequently, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is available in clear-coated exposed carbon fibre. Carbon fibre is also the dominant material in the interior of the Vitesse. Numerous interior parts are now made from carbon fibre like the center console extension, a cover with EB logo in the rear bulkhead leather trim (between the seat backrests) and the belt outlet covers on the seats. Each one of the 300 Veyrons and 40 Grand Sports built so far is unique. This car costs 1.9 million Euros, whereas the base price of the Vitesse lays at 1.69 million Euros.

Chery

Brazilian fuel and emission standards, and suspension tune-up more suitable to Brazilian roads. Tiggo FL, Chery’s SUV, was also showcased at the Motor Show as it is expected to be launched in Brazil next year. In 2011, Chery invested 400 million US dollars in building a wholly-owned plant in Jacarei, Sao Paulo, which will manufacture 150,000 units per year at full capacity and launch the production of new models including Celer FL in late 2013. The plant is part of Chery Brazil Industrial Park, which will attract a host of competitive Brazilian parts suppliers to form a complete auto industrial supply chain system.

Celer Tiggo FL Chery was present in São Paulo with a strog line-up of cars. Family car Celer gained good recognition. Based on the characteristics of the Brazilian market, many adjustments have been made to the model before its launch in the region, such as Flexfuel engine up to


Chevrolet Onix Chevrolet continues its renewal process for the Brazilian market. At the São Paulo auto show the General Motors’ company revealed a new small car, the Onix, completely developed in Brazil. Onix is both agile and strong, refelecting the Brazilian engineers’ expectations for a car suited for any kind of road condition. It will be offered with a 1.0 and 1.4 litre engines and it will feature an automatic transmission. This could raise the number of customers interested in the model, as such feature is not usually included in this segment. The Onix, once fully introduced in the Brazilian market, is expected to make up as much as 30 percent of Chevrolet sales for 2014 in the region.

27° SALÃO INTERNACIONAL DO AUTOMÓVEL DE SÃO PAULO 2012

FIAT 500 C Special Series Sublime Special Series Interlagos Bravo Xtreme Showcasing the 500 Cabrio at the Salão Internacional do Automóvel de São Paulo 2012, FIAT launches on the Brazilian market the sixth different version of the popular 500.

The roof, available in two color options (black and red), can be operated via electric controls through three different positions and can be opened or closed with the car moving at a speed of 80 km/h. The 500C is equipped the a 16-valve MultiAir 1.4 engine which delivers 105 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and maximum torque of 13.6 Nm at 3,850 rpm. It builds a six-speed automatic transmission. The FIAT stand featured the premieres of the Special Series Sublime and Interlagos. The Grand Siena and Linea sedans will receive the upgrade of the Special Series Sublime, reaching thus a higher level of refinement and sophistication. The Special Series Interlagos of the Palio Sporting and the Uno Sporting will be on sale from the end of November when the renowned Brazilian racing circuit Interlagos will host another Formula 1 GP. Also on display the Bravo Xtreme concept, product of the Fiat Design Center LATAM. On this car the front bumper features a large grille with the “vintage” FIAT logo. The headlights have been completely redesigned to resemble conceptually a pearl protected by futuristic armor. At the rear end of the car the bumper has side air vents and a big air diffuser. A rear spoiler completes the dynamic look of the car. The Bravo Xtreme is pushed by a 1.4 16V T-Jet engine, with a specific preparation, capable of generating 253 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and maximum torque of 33.2 Nm at 5,000 rpm.


Hyundai HB20X Santa Fe i30 Hexa Space Hyundai unveiled its latest Brazil-exclusive model, the new HB20X (small picture). The crossover vehicle, which will officially launch early next year, is part of Hyundai’s exclusive family of cars for Brazil, badged under the name `HB,’ which stands for Hyundai Brasil. The first model of the HB family, HB20 hatchback, was lauched in September. All HB models will be produced at Hyundai Motor’s new plant in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo state and sold through a dedicated dealer network. The HB20X features a front bumper with a hexagonal grille that reflects Hyundai’s new family look for SUVs and latest design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture. The headlights have an eye-catching finish with black bezel and chrome details, while the fog lamps were redesigned to give a stronger impression. The side of the HB20X keeps the original waistline from HB20, which encompassed a robust and fluidic design. The novelties are the side black molding that wraps the whole body and its ground clearance, valuable features for more visibility and control on bad road conditions.

The roof bars offer more flexibility for carrying extra luggage, while the 15-inch dark gray alloy wheels complete the sporty image of this vehicle. Inside, the HB20X features the same high quality interior of the HB20, adding exclusive items such as sports pedals, chrome finishing for door handles and air conditioning controls. HB20X will offer Hyundai’s GAMMA 1.6 16V FLEX with 128hp engine featuring a Continuous Variable Vavle Timing and aluminum block, the most powerful in the category. Customers can choose between manual or automatic transmissions. Besides the unveiling of HB20X, Hyundai introduced two new products for Brazil: the all-new Santa Fe and i30. Hyundai also displayed a multi-purpose concept vehicle called “Hexa Space,” which first debuted at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi this January. The vehicle features eight slim, hexagonally shaped seats that fit together like puzzle pieces, maximizing internal space while minimizing vehicle width.


27° SALÃO INTERNACIONAL DO AUTOMÓVEL DE SÃO PAULO 2012

Mercedes-Benz

Nissan

SLS AMG GT3

Extreme

The 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show hosted the world premiere of the new SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY”. The customer sport racing car is being built by hand in a limited edition of no more than five vehicles in Affalterbach (Germany). A number of exterior and interior modifications have been carried out for this special model. The body of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY” gleams auspiciously in the new designo magno graphite matt paint finish. Another eye-catching feature is the striking “45 Years of Driving Performance” logo framed in silver on the GT3 racing car’s gullwing doors. Closer inspection reveals the exposed carbon-fibre structure of the gullwing doors under the matt paintwork. The doors, along with the bonnet, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter and rear diffusor, are produced in the particularly lightweight motorsport material CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic). The interior of the SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY” evokes a functional racing car atmosphere. A special badge with a “1 of 5” logo on the seats alludes to the limited production run for this racing car. The standard appointments for the SLS AMG GT3 “45th ANNIVERSARY” are rounded off by a high-quality AMG indoor car cover with “45 Years of Driving Performance” logo.

Nissan reaffirms Brazil as a strategic market with the display of innovative products at the São Paulo International Motor Show, the first of which is the Nissan EXTREM concept, a car deigned for and produced in Brazil. Designed by Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego, California, in collaboration with Brazilian designers and produced in Brazil, the concept previews a new breed of car. By blending versatility and toughness with the agility of a compact 2+2, EXTREM is a new genre of urban compact sports car. Although strictly a concept car with no immediate plans for production, elements of EXTREM’s styling offers a glimpse into future Nissan products, for Brazil and beyond. The lower half of the body and raised ground clearance expresses the strength of the vehicle, while the sharply sloping roof line suggests its sporting intention. The combination of innovative elements such as the wraparound glass, floating roof rails and detached C pillars enhance the feeling of an open, airy cabin. A compact 2+2, EXTREM has a dedicated luggage space in the rear. The exclusive Solar Cortex body color, a deep metallic orange with radiant highlights, pays homage to Brazilian nature. Six-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels are double layered with a dark inner and brushed metal outer and provide enhanced cooling to the brakes. EXTREM’s power would be provided by Nissan’s advanced direct injection and turbocharged (DIG-T) 1.6-liter gasoline engine which shares its technology concept with the powertrain in the innovative Nissan DeltaWing Le Mans race car. EXTREM could also be offered with a choice of front or four-wheel drive with Torque Vectoring for enhanced handling capabilities.


Peugeot 27° SALÃO INTERNACIONAL DO AUTOMÓVEL DE SÃO PAULO 2012

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Peugeot Brazil has chosen the most prestigious motor industry event in Latin America to signal the start of its most important launch in recent years: the Peugeot 208. The marque’s new urban car will be produced in Porto Real (RJ) and launched on the Brazilian market during the first half of 2013. During the Sao Paulo motor show, as a pre-view of

Renault

Novo Clio Mercosur Fluence GT

its commercial launch, 208 units of a top of the range limited edition model badged the “208 Premier” will go on sale. Customers that take up this launch offer, with its exclusive definition and “rouge-noir satiné” trim with half-leather interior will have the privilege of taking delivery of their vehicle one month before the official launch of the vehicle.

The french brand showcased two new models. Novo Clio Mercosur is the first vehicle in Brazil to feature the new Renault brand identity. Novo Clio is an evolution of Clio II and was adapted by Renault Design America Latina (RDAL) to match the needs of the local market in terms of design and personalization. Renault Technologies America (RTA) also contributed to Novo Clio‘s low fuel consumption (grade A in the Brazilian car energy labeling program). The car will be produced in Argentina. Fluence GT is the first vehicle to bear the Renault Sport signature in Brazil. The sporty version of the sedan will be equipped with an 180hp turbo-compressed engine, a sport chassis and a sporty design that conveys the high-performance genes of the vehicle. Both models will be sold in Brazil starting in November.


Toyota Etios

The Toyota stand in São Paulo was dedicated to Etios, Toyota’s strategic vehicle for Brazil that went on sale on September 28.

The Etios (available as hatchbak or sedan versions) is the first Toyota vehicle to be launched in the Brazilian compact car market, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the total market. The starting price of the Etios has been set at 29,990 Brazilian reais, with an initial annual sales target of 70,000 units. Reference prices (Brazilian market): • Etios hatchback 1.3 litres – BRL 29,990 / 38,790 • Etios hatchback 1.5 litres – BRL 42,790 • Etios Sedan 1.5 litres – BRL 36,190 / 44,690

Volkswgen Taigun At the São Paulo Motor Show Volkswagen held the world premiere of a newly developed concept SUV in compact format: the Taigun. Like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, the Taigun also exhibits lines that are dominated by horizontal design elements both at the front and in the back. The tailgate of the concept is designed in two part construction. The upper section that extends down to the lower edge of the rear lights swings upward, while the lower section (1/3) extending to the underbody protection swings downwards towards the road. The tailgate encloses a 280 litre bootspace; when the rear bench seat is folded down, cargo capacity increases to 987 litres. The Taigun is 3,859 mm long, 1,728 mm wide and 1,570 mm tall. Between the front and rear bumpers, the vehicle sports a wheelbase of 2,470 mm, which is large in relation to its exterior length. The results: short overhangs and appealing proportions. The four-seat concept car is powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI engine with 81 kW / 110 PS and delivers a high

torque of 175 Nm at a low 1,500/min. The lightweight concept car, weighing 985 kg, has a top speed of 186 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds; its combined fuel consumption is about four and one-half litres of fuel per 100 km. The Taigun, which is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels and size 205/50 R17 tyres, is also adept at handling offroad terrain thanks to its high engine torque and high ground clearance. Also providing a plus in active safety is the ESC electronic stabilisation programme.


WHAT’S NEW NOVEMBER

LEXUS REVEALS LF-LC BLUE


Lexus has revealed the LF-LC Blue concept at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The all-new Opal Blue exterior is inspired by the lustrous base colour found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia. Beneath the blue skin LF-LC combines advanced technologies and materials with organic design, giving an insight into what the future of sports cars may hold. Central to the concept is a suite of advanced materials and technologies, including lightweight carbon fibre and the next generation of Lexus’ industry-leading hybrid powertrain. Dubbed Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, the system features a powerful and efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine which is mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack. The high-energy battery pack is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus’ range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LFLC Blue concept’s petrol/electric hybrid powertrain develops 372kW (500hp) – the most of any Lexus hybrid.


Tata launches three new models

WHAT’S NEW NOVEMBER

Tata Manza Club Class Tata Motors launched its next generation car, the Tata Manza, a Club Class sedan. It is entirely a new class of car where luxury meets performance. The Tata Manza Club Class (in the picture) comes with a first-in-class touchscreen multi-media interface with in-built GPS and Automatic Climate Control. The touchscreen brings GPS navigation, multi-media DVD player, Blu5 and other such functionalities all through a multi-colour 6.2 inch high resolution display at the touch of a finger. Rich Italian leather upholstery enhances the luxurious ambience of the Tata Manza Club Class’ large cabin space. The interiors have been tastefully adorned in Black and Plum. A new Infinity Contrast Roof and new 8 split-spoke alloys add further class to the exteriors. The Tata Manza Club Class is powered with the 90 PS Quadrajet diesel and Safire petrol engines. The Quadrajet diesel is certified to give a mileage of 21.02 kmpl, while the Safire Petrol is certified for a mileage of 13.7 kmpl. The safety features include a collapsible steering column, anti-lock braking system and dual frontal airbags amongst others The car is available in six colours - Infinity Black (new), Tyrian Wine, Laser Red, Castle Grey, Dew White and Jet Silver -- and 4 trims levels -- LS, LX, VX, EX and EXL (leather trim). The Safire petrol range will start from Rs. 5.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and the Quadrajet diesel range will start from Rs. 6.49 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The owners of the Tata Manza Club Class will have

access to privileged services: they will be eligible to an exclusive engagement programme named ‘Club Class,’ entitling them to opportunities in entertainment and retail across the country. Tata Indica eV2 Tata Motors launched the refreshed Tata Indica eV2 with new exteriors and additional convenience features. The exterior styling has been enhanced with new stylish headlamps, new front bumper, triple-step chrome tipped grille and an all new sporty rear spoiler with integrated stop lamp, in addition to sporty alloy wheels, attractive decals, and signature tail light cluster, which was offered in the previous version. The interiors of the Tata Indica eV2 are in elegant shadow beige colour, with large comfortable seats in a spacious cabin. The top trim sports a premium wood finish center console and host of other features like power windows, keyless entry, Bluetooth enabled music system and USB port, 4 spoke collapsible steering wheel, tachometer, rear parcel shelf, 60:40 rear seating, front and rear fog lamps. The car also offers two class defining features as the Auto-Drive Assist, which ensures that while climbing a gradient the engine does not stall even if the foot is completely taken off the clutch. The Clutch-To-Start feature ensures that the engine cannot be cranked unless the clutch is fully engaged. Equipped with the CR4 Common Rail Diesel engine, the Tata Indica eV2 has a displacement of 1396 cc delivering 70 PS @ 4000 RPM. With a higher torque of 140 NM at a lower 1800-3000 RPM, the Tata Indica eV2 comes with improvements in the gear ratios, starter motor protection and reduction in the weight of the car by around 10 kg. The car is also available with an MPFI petrol engine to provide customers with a wider choice. Both the engines are compliant with BS4 emission norms. The Tata Indica eV2 is available in 3 variants --Tata Indica eV2 LE (base variant), Tata Indica eV2 LS and Tata Indica eV2 LX (top-end variant). The range comes in two new colours -- Spicy Red and Sea Blue, in addition to Neo Orange, Jet Silver and Mint White. The range is priced at Rs. 401,162 (Ex-showroom, Delhi), for the base variant, going upto Rs.487,619 (Ex-showroom, Delhi), for the top-end variant. Tata Safari Storme The Tata Safari Storme, the “Real SUV”, has an all new front look grill, side cladding, new projector


headlamps and an all new rear look. Aerodynamically designed spoilers, new pull-type door handles and ergonomically designed side foot-steps, ensure easy entry and exit. The tailgate trim comes in an all new guise of ergonomically designed grab handles and a spare tyre located underneath the vehicle. The new chrometipped twin exhausts add to the sporty demeanour of the vehicle, and the newly designed roof-rails add to the muscular look. Inside, there is ample leg space and headroom to accommodate the family, and also plenty of luggage space. The tilt-adjust (collapsible steering column), reclining front bucket seats with fore/aft adjustment position and lumbar support ensure fatigue free long drives. The integrated 12V-gadget charging points are available on first, second and third row seats. The vehicle is equipped with a dual-AC with a separate integrated roof mounted blower for rear passengers. The Safari Storme integrates In-Mold Graining (IMG) technology, along with hand stitched leather steering. An ergonomically shaped gear knob with chrome highlights, wooden accents on the dashboard and door trims, a new instrument cluster, chrome-lined speaker grills and inside door handles, all go a long way in enhancing the interior look. The vehicle has vacuum assisted independent hydraulic, ventilated disc brakes on all four- wheels and a 4 channel ABS with EBD, which helps in keeping the vehicle under control, during emergency braking conditions. In addition, there are features like the inertia switch and an auto engine immobilizer. In an exigency, the inertia switch automatically cuts off the fuel supply to the engine, and unlocks all the doors and also switches on the hazard warning light, to warn other road users. The new Tata Safari Storme delivers performance of 0 - 100 km/h in under 15 seconds. Its 2.2 L VariCOR engine, turbocharged with VTT (Variable Turbine Technology), delivers 140 PS Power & 320 NM Torque, providing easy driveability, swifter response and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). The vehicle also features ESOF (electronic shift-on-fly) technology, enabling engagement of the 4x4 or 4X2 mode, on the move. Yet it is highly fuel efficiency at 14kmpl in the 4x2 variant and 13.2kmpl in the 4x4 variant. The Safari Storme prices start at Rs.9.95 lakhs (exshowroom, New Delhi). The range is available in four variants, LX, EX, VX (4x2 and 4x4), in seven vibrant colours - Urban Bronze, Sardinia Red, Pearl White, Pearl Champagne, Astern Black, Arctic White, Arctic Silver.

New Opel Convertible is called Cascada It is now official: the new Opel convertible is called Cascada. Derived from the Spanish word meaning waterfall, the name ends in the traditional letter “a” typical for Opel. With its sleek, 4.70 meter long body, the new, fourseater Opel open-air model is a contender in the midsize convertible segment. In that sense the Cascada is more closely linked to the prestigious and classic Opel convertibles of the fifties and sixties such as the “Kapitän” and “Rekord” variants, than to the compact convertible models of the past two decades. At the touch of a button, the high quality fabric roof can be opened quickly and smoothly even while the car is moving at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Cascada is already the third new model name introduced by Opel this year after Mokka and ADAM. The new Opel Cascada has its sales launch early 2013.

Special Porsche Panamera series Starting at the end of November Porsche will be offering a particularly exclusive and elegant version of the Panamera: the Platinum Edition. This special edition, available as Panamera 4 and Panamera Diesel, stands out thanks to the independent design features in platinum silver metallic combined with expanded standard features and exclusive details. Many frequently requested extras are now coming as standard equipment with the Panamera Platinum Edition. These include the Bi-Xenon main headlights and front parking assist. The new black/luxor beige bi-colour combination creates an especially sumptuous interior ambience. Exclusively for the Panamera Platinum Edition a part-leather interior package comes as standard, with a full leather package optionally available. Other highlights include the standard sport design steering wheel and the distinctive Porsche crest on the front and rear headrests as well as the insignia “Platinum Edition” on the front door trim strips. Reference prices (German market, incl. VAT): • Panamera Platinum Edition – EUR 79,707 • Panamera Platinum Edition Diesel – EUR 82,206 • Panamera 4 Platinum Edition – EUR 87,323


Lamborghini unveils new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 The 2013 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo, the race car for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo 2013 season, is based on the proven chassis and mechanical platform of its predecessor, but takes a significant step forward following extensive aerodynamic re-profiling of the surface geometries and the addition of adjustable aerodynamic devices, including an all-new tenposition rear wing. The net benefit of this significant aerodynamic upgrade is 120% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency over the Gallardo’s 2012 model. With remodelling of brake ducts, the new Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo achieves a 50% improvement in thermal performance with improved front brake cooling, while better balance and dynamic performance is achieved by increasing downforce by 128kg in low downforce set up and 160kg in high downforce trim.


WHAT’S NEW NOVEMBER

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT has seen its market launch The new SLS AMG GT is now available in Mercedes-Benz showrooms in both Coupé and Roadster variants. Fitted as standard with AMG forged wheels painted in matt black with a high-sheen finish, darkened headlamps and tail lights as well as redpainted brake callipers, the high performance of the SLS AMG GT is also highlighted in terms of its look. The wing-shaped cross fins and the star recess in the radiator grille are retained in highgloss black, as are the exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet and wings. The maximum output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine is 435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm, while the maximum torque is 650 Nm at 4750 rpm. The super sports car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, and can reach a speed of 200 km/h in 11.2 seconds. The top speed is 320 km/h (electronically limited). Fitted with variable, electronically controlled damping, the new AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension features basically stiffer spring/damper tuning and dispenses with “Comfort” mode. “Sport” mode is recommended as the optimum setting for undulating road surfaces and routes requiring increased suspension travel. “Sport plus” provides higher damping forces and features specific control algorithms which have been adjusted for a decidedly sporty driving style on routes with a level road surface. Now available for all SLS AMG models is a new, exclusive optional extra in the form of AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather. This highquality extra is available in single or two-tone finishes and comprises distinctive upholstery with a diamond design with contrasting stitching. Reference prices (German market, incl. 19% VAT): • SLS AMG GT Coupé - EUR 204,680 • SLS AMG GT Roadster - EUR 213,010

Mazda unveiled the refreshed Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show Mazda CX-9 is a crossover sport-utility SUV featuring a distinctive sporty appearance, a highquality cabin, the flexibility of three-rows, and Mazda’s exciting “Zoom-Zoom” driving dynamics. The current CX-9 has sold over 210,000 units in 74 countries, including North America and Australia, as Mazda’s range-topping SUV. The 2013 Mazda CX-9 carries over the utility and dynamic driving performance of the current model while adopting Mazda’s “KODO - Soul of Motion” design theme at the front and rear for even sportier styling and stronger presence. Enhancements in craftsmanship and interior design further the feeling of quality and refinement. With regard to equipment, the infotainment system features the latest audio, navigation and speech-recognition systems based on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) which is intuitive to use. In addition, advanced active-safety features, such as Forward Obstruction Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, and High Beam Control System, help drivers recognize and avoid danger. As with the current model, the 2013 CX-9 features the MZI 3.7-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission for powerful and refined driving pleasure.


Cadillac ELR to be produced in 2013 Suzuki ALTO 800 for Indian market Maruti Suzuki India, an Indian subsidiary of the Suzuki Motor Corporation, has launched the all new ALTO 800. The ALTO 800 is a compact car equipped with 800cm3 engine, which is a full model change of the ALTO launched in September 2000. The ALTO 800 has been improved in its fuel efficiency by approximately 15% (petrol vehicle) and 13% (CNG vehicle). It has been also improved in its torque for smooth driving in the city, and its transmission and suspensions were modified to suit the Indian market. The main targets of the ALTO 800 are customers considering the purchase of first cars such as young customers. The ALTO 800 is manufactured at Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon Plant, and it is planned to be exported to various countries.

Production of the Cadillac ELR, a luxury coupe featuring extended-range electric technology, is scheduled to begin in late 2013 at the DetroitHamtramck Assembly plant. The addition of the ELR to Detroit-Hamtramck represents a $35 million investment and increases total product investment to $561 million since December 2009. The ELR is the production version of Cadillac’s Converj, a concept vehicle revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. The ELR will advance the design theme of the Converj while featuring an electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator. It will use electricity as its primary power source to drive the car without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the battery’s energy is low, the ELR seamlessly switches to a gasolinepowered electric generator to allow hundreds of additional driving miles.


GLOBAL NEWS

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

North America United States Jeep wins “SUV of Texas” awards

North America / Europe United States / United Kingdom New Nissan taxi The new NV200 London Taxi and NV200 New York City Taxis confirm Nissan’s growing presence in the private hire sector. Launched in August, the new NV200 London Taxi has been completely re-engineered to meet the strict requirements of London’s licencing authorities. It features large five-seat passenger area, variable seating layout and twin sliding doors for easy access. The NV200 New York City Taxi won the right to be named New York’s “Taxi of the future” after a two-year bid selection process, the distinctive yellow NV200s will be hitting New York streets at the end of 2013.

For the third consecutive year, Jeep Grand Cherokee has captured the “SUV of Texas” award at the Texas Auto Writers Association’s (TAWA) annual Truck Rodeo. In addition, after voting by 50 opinion-leading journalists, Jeep brand vehicles won every category in which they were entered during the annual two-day test of the industry’s newest SUV and truck line-ups, over a variety of on-road and rugged off-road terrain at the Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas, near San Antonio. The rugged 2013 Jeep Wrangler was named “Mid-size SUV of Texas” for the third year in a row. The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee was named both “SUV of Texas” and “Full-Size SUV of Texas,” and the ultra-premium 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit retained its “Full-Size Luxury SUV of Texas” title.


Europe Luxembourg LeasePlan and Avis together for car sharing solution LeasePlan and Avis have partnered to launch an innovative car sharing fleet solution, representing an unprecedented step in vehicle and fleet management. The programme will initially be implemented within PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Luxembourg and will provide more than 2,000 employees access to a fleet of vehicles for car sharing through an online booking system. These vehicles will be available for daily business commuting and for all the mobility needs of the programme’s participants. PwC will select from a variety of electric and lowemission vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf, Renault Twizy, Peugeot 208 and Opel Zafira. Additional electric vehicles may be added in the near future as demand grows. This represents yet another method whereby LeasePlan helps its customers in adopting greener mobility solutions. Avis will handle the specific car sharing portion of the programme with its “Avis on Demand” solution.

Europe Sweden Volvo working on self-driving vehicles Volvo Car Corporation has taken another step on the journey towards autonomous driving - self-driving vehicles - by demonstrating a new traffic jam assistance system. When active, the engine, brakes and steering respond automatically. The Adaptive Cruise Control enables safe, comfortable driving by automatically maintaining a set gap to the vehicle in front, at the same time as the steering is also controlled. This new system will be ready for production in 2014. The low-speed traffic jam assistance system is the second technology for autonomous driving recently presented by Volvo Car Corporation. The company already demonstrated the SARTRE project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), which focuses on platooning in highway and motorway traffic at speeds of up to 90 km/h.

Europe France Electric Odyssey comes to a close After eight months, 25,000 kilometres, 17 countries crossed and almost 300 charges for just €250 of electricity, the CITROËN C-ZERO arrived back in Strasbourg, France, at the end of September. It is the first production electric car to complete a roundthe-world tour. The French car touched 17 countries in 8 months traveling through the American Rockies, the heart of Japan, the silk road between China and Kazakhstan and Europe.


Europe United Kingdom Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Technology wins Fuel-Efficiency Marathon The Fiesta ECOnetic Technology used just 16.22 litres of diesel over the 624 km (388 mile) course on public roads to win the 2012 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon, which took competitors and their vehicles through tricky conditions in south Wales and the Cotswold region of England. Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Technology set a winning 2.6 l/100 km fuel-efficiency employing a 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine and using a range of Ford ECOnetic Technology features to achieve this low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of just 87 g/km.

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Form, colour and technology combine in the official Porsche Calendar 2013 to create a unique symbiosis, promising unusual Porsche moments throughout

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the year. “Mega City”, the artistically designed wall calendar, displays the full sporting spectrum of the Porsche range. Rather than design graphics, this year’s Porsche Calendar features striking perspectives based on realistically photographed vehicles, shown against a futuristic Mega City backdrop. The official Porsche Calendar with the medal costs 39 Euro and is available as of now in Porsche Centres worldwide, and on the Internet at www.porsche.com/shop.


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Ford Racing Raptor Assault Program Owners and fans of the high-performance off-road vehicle Ford F-150 SVT Raptor now have a unique opportunity to experience it at a state-of-the-art offroad course at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Ford, together with Miller Motorsports Park, has created the Ford Racing Raptor Assault program, which provides hands-on experience in high-performance off-road driving over a variety of terrain at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City. The 2013 season offers numerous dates where those interested can sign up to participate in the fun.


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KIA QUORIS A TRUE PREMIUM SEDAN Kia’s all-luxury flagship sedan, the Quoris, which goes on sale outside Korea later this year, promises high performance and a new level of luxury driving pleasure. 294 ps V6 engine with all-new eightspeed automatic transmission and a choice of four operating modes.


CLIP Kia Motors Corporation was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.5 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 15 manufacturing and assembly operations in ten countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 149 countries. Kia today has over 47,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$39 billion.

Kia’s all-new luxury flagship sedan went on sale in Korea on May and goes on sale later this year in Central/South America, Asia, Pacific Area, Middle East and Africa. “Quoris is our first rear-wheel drive large sedan for more than a decade and sets new standards for advanced design, new technologies and driving performance, representing the ‘best of the best’ of Kia - comments Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s Director of Overseas Marketing Group - Demonstrating once again our brand’s power to surprise, Quoris will entice an entirely new customer group of progressive, forwardlooking consumers to our brand for the first time.” A near-perfect front/rear weight distribution of the Quoris creates a strong foundation for balanced poise and excellent steering response, and a sophisticated blend of ride and handling qualities. Thanks to the adoption of rear-wheel drive, the front wheels are free of the task of driving the vehicle allowing the steering to impress drivers with a more natural weight and feel. Upgraded and refined V6 power Quoris will be available powered by a significantly upgraded Lambda V6 3.8-liter MPI gasoline engine with a host of improvements to boost its power, raise its efficiency and enhance its refinement – making it ideally suited to power the company’s new flagship. The normally aspirated twin DOHC, 24 valve, six cylinder engine is equipped with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and a variable intake system (VIS) – enabling it to generate 294 ps at 6,000 rpm and 358 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The Quoris’s engineering ensures that the V6 delivers more than 87% of its maximum torque from just 1,500 rpm for maximum driveability. The Quoris’s acceleration time to 100 kph (62 mph) is 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 240 kph (149 mph) – achievements which are due in part to its low aerodynamic drag – just Cd 0.27. Ultimately, the upgraded Lambda V6 engine will be available in two versions, the MPI (multi-point injection) unit available from launch, and a new GDI (gasoline direct injection) unit next year – depending on market. All-new eight-speed transmission Every Quoris will come with Kia’s all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The wide spread of ratios (from 3.665:1 to 0.556:1) guarantees brisk acceleration and highspeed refinement, while the innovative SBW (shift by wire) technology, together with the sensitive joystick control, delivers fast, smooth gear changes. Replacing conventional wires with state-of-the-art wireless connection between the TCU (Transmission Control Unit) and the eight-speed automatic transmission, the innovative SBW technology ensures precise and near soundless gear shifts. Whenever the engine is turned off with the selector left in D (drive) or R (reverse), the SBW automatically switches the transmission into P (parking mode), improving safety.


CLIP “Quoris is all about elegant simplicity, balanced proportions and simple surfaces - explains Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer - In a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the engine sits further back, pushing the A-pillar back and creating a longer hood and allowing a shorter front overhang. This creates a larger ‘prestige distance’ - the distance from the wheel center to the A-pillar. The shallow glass house is tensioned to create the ideal sheet metal-toglass ratio, gives occupants a feeling of privacy and features distinctive window graphics accentuated by a chrome inlay, to give the car a premium feel”. Independent five-link suspension With its long wheelbase (3,045 mm), wide track (1,616 / 1,634 mm front / rear) and sophisticated fully independent five-link suspension system, Quoris will deliver the quality of ride, handling, and stability that luxury sedan buyers expect.

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Mounted on a sub-frame to isolate road shocks, the front suspension has co-axial coil spring shock absorber units and a new friction bearing in the steering column to enhance straight-line stability and steering precision. At the rear, the suspension sub-frame also houses the rear differential. The coil springs and shock absorbers are separate units and the set-up gives the wheels 1.4 degrees of negative camber for improved cornering ability, with geometry that minimizes toe-in changes for consistent handling characteristics. The high-performance HPD dampers fitted front and rear, have sliding ASD (Amplitude Selective Damper) valves that vary their stiffness to adapt to different driving conditions. When cruising on smooth well-paved roads, the dampers are softer – enhancing ride comfort. During sporty driving damping stiffness is increased to provide more responsive handling.

Electronic air suspension delivers ultimate luxury For even greater comfort, Quoris will be available with an electronically controlled full air suspension system as standard on the top specification model. The regular dampers are replaced by Adaptive Air Dampers which are pressurized from an air storage tank and a separate air compressor mounted in the engine bay, ahead of each front wheel. A choice of four fully automatic driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow) ensures ideal characteristics for all driving conditions. When drivers select one of the four driving modes by pressing the drive mode button near the gear selector, the action activates different settings for the air suspension (where fitted), steering, engine and transmission to suit their personal preference and various road conditions. The Sport mode immediately facilitates sporty driving dynamics by making the dampers stiffer, increasing the weight of the steering and quickening the engine’s throttle response to generate more torque faster and speeding up the gear shift timings. Self-levelling, the air suspension system can operate in Automatic mode or allows the driver to select Normal mode (constant ride height), Low mode (down 15 mm) and High mode (up 30 mm), adjusting the vehicle height and ground clearance to ideally suit road conditions. When driving faster than 120 kph for more than 10 seconds, the self-leveling system lowers the Quoris by 15 mm reducing the ground clearance to 130 mm from regular 145 mm. Aerodynamics is consequently improved, resulting in high-speed acceleration and fuel efficiency improvements. At the opposite end of the system’s operating range, when approaching unpaved roads, the driver can choose to raise the Quoris’ ground clearance by 30 mm to 175 mm, enhancing ride comfort.


Taking HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) one stage further, Quoris will also be equipped with AVH (Automatic Vehicle Hold). AVH maintains the braking pressure to prevent rollback on hills. Unlike HAC, this new system also applies the brakes during a temporary stop, so that the driver does not need to keep pressing on the brake pedal to hold the vehicle. When the driver pushes the accelerator, AVN is automatically released. If the car has stopped for more than 10 minutes, AVH is automatically switched off and the system engages the EPD to secure the vehicle in the parking mode. Ultra-high tensile steel brings strength and refinement The foundation for the highest standards of ride, handling, refinement and crash safety achieved by Quoris is its all-new bodyshell which is was created using eight types of highstrength steel that account for more than 70% of its vehicle structure. Hot stamping is used to heat steel to 900º C, rapidly cool the steel and simultaneously press immensely strong components for the center pillar and roof side outer rail – improving crashworthiness. The resulting bodyshell has exceptional strength, torsional and flexural rigidity, together with modest weight and robust impact resistance. While engineering the remarkably robust bodyshell, Kia engineers paid diligent attention to detail to achieve the Quoris’ outstanding aerodynamic rating of Cd 0.27. The front grille incorporates an Active Air Flap (AAF), which closes at speed to minimize drag generated by admitting cooling air to the radiator and engine bay. This drag reduction improves fuel efficiency and acceleration at higher

CLIP The in-vehicle infotainment system available for Quoris is powered by the Intel Atom processor – making its first appearance in a Kia and jointly developed by the two companies. The touchscreen on the dashboard allows the driver to take advantage of state-of-the-art functions and services, while the backseat display supports a variety of video formats to entertain passengers. They can enjoy a rich multi-media with premium sound and formats such as MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, Divx4/5/6, Xvid and H264, plus excellent 3-D graphics.


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To assist Quoris drivers the new sedan is equipped with PGS (Parking Guide System). This uses a steering wheel angle sensor and a rear-view camera to show the predicted trajectory of the vehicle on the sat-nav monitor as an aid to parking. The system features automatic steering control by an on-board computer to safely perform parallel parking. The computer takes over the steering wheel, but the driver remains in control of the accelerator and brake.


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speeds. Airflow smoothing underbody panels are mounted beneath the nose, engine bay and cabin. Air deflectors are fitted ahead of each wheel. The AAF, the underbody-full-cover and air deflectors all contribute to achieving the Quoris’ class-leading Cd figure. Maximized passive protection To alleviate the effect of an unavoidable accident, Quoris is fitted with a total of nine airbags – including dual front, twin front seat side and full-length curtain airbags, plus twin rear seat side airbags and a driver’s knee bag. Pedestrian safety is an important factor in overall road safety and new Quoris features a specially shaped beam installed behind the front bumper, to absorb impacts and diminish the risk of serious knee injury in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. Taking Kia vehicle refinement to a new level Kia engineers were determined to make new Quoris one of the very best-in-class for refinement – matching or beating established premium brand sedans. This level of refinement has been achieved through a variety of technologies and a great deal of attention to the smallest details. The windscreen and door windows feature extra thick, specially laminated, five-layer, sound-proofing glass. The block-type engine mountings have larger hydraulic mass dampers. Driver comfort is assured by the powered, heated and ventilated front seats trimmed in premium Nappa leather, and the premium ambience is reinforced by the superfine suede cabin head lining. For Quoris, Kia uses a two-part prop-shaft to transfer power to the rear differential. Supported by an aluminum center bearing, the shaft is fitted with a universal joint and rubber couplings on both the transmission and the rear differential side to dampen vibrations.

KIA QUORIS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Engine 3.8-liter 294 ps MPI (General Markets) Type Lambda II, MPI V6, twin DOHC, dual CVVT and VIS Capacity 3,778 cc (3.8-liters) Bore & Stroke 96.0 x 87.0 mm Power 294 ps (216.2 kW) @ 6,000 rpm Torque 358 Nm (36.5 kg.m) @ 4,500 rpm Compression ratio 11.5:1 Fuelling multi-point injection, 24 valves Transmission Automatic 8-speed torque converter with manual shift Sport mode Suspension & Damping Standard GLS Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted 5-links, with coil springs and HPD shock absorbers, plus 25 mm anti-roll stabiliser bar Rear Fully independent by subframe-mounted 5-links, with coil springs and HPD shock absorbers, plus 18 mm anti-roll stabiliser bar Standard TOP Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted 5-links, with coil springs and electronically controlled self-levelling Air Suspension, plus 29 mm anti-roll stabiliser bar Rear Fully independent by subframe-mounted 5-links, with coil springs and electronically controlled self-levelling Air Suspension, plus 18 mm anti-roll stabiliser bar Steering

EHPS electro-hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion

Brakes Power Front Rear Assistance 100-to-0 kph

Single 10-inch Booster 320 x 28 mm ventilated discs 314 x 13 mm solid discs ABS anti-lock with EBD and BAS 43.2 meters

Wheels & Tyres Standard

Alloy 18 in x 7.5J 245/50 R18

DIMENSIONS (mm) Overall length Overall height Front overhang Front track Ground clearance Aerodynamics

5,090 Overall width 1,900* 1,490 Wheelbase 3,045 875 Rear overhang 1,170 1,616 Rear track 1,634 150 (145 air-suspension) 0.27 Cd

Capacities

Fuel tank (liters) Luggage (VDA)

Weights (kg)

Curb (minimum) 1,930 Gross (maximum) 2,430

Performance

Top speed / kph 240 0-to-100 kph / sec 7.3

Economy*

Liters / 100 km CO2 emissions

75.0 455 liters

10.4 248 g/km

* Combined cycle, figures stated are manufacturer’s estimates


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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF THE SEVENTH GENERATION

Officially there has never been any numbering of the Golf generations by Volkswagen, so no Golf Mk1, Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, Mk5, Mk6 or Mk7. With now seven generations of the car, it is however easier to place them historically… The fact is that with exactly – as of July 31 2012 – 29.13 million units sold since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf, including its derivatives such as the Cabriolet and Variant, is one of the most successful motorcars in history.


CLIP “Six generations of the Golf: 1974 to 2012. That represents 38 years of continuous success for the world’s bestselling car with sales totalling 29.13 million. It has also meant a tremendous economic impact, safeguarding jobs, and has served as an influential measure of technical progress over the decades - says Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG - we want to continue this successful story in the seventh generation Golf”.

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

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


CLIP Three new engines and 4Motion all-wheel drive are available since mid-October, enriching the wide range of new Golf models. Buyers will enjoy a new generation of engines, which offer substantially better fuel economy and low CO2 values. The three new engines are: - 1.2 l 77 kW (105 PS) TSI BlueMotion Technology - 1.4 l 90 kW (122 PS) TSI BlueMotion Technology - 1.4 l 103 kW (140 PS) TSI BlueMotion Technology with ACT (active cylinder management) These engines may be combined with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The 4Motion all-wheel drive system is available as an option in conjunction with a 6-speed manual gearbox and the following engines: - 1.6 l 77 kW (105 PS) TDI BlueMotion Technology - 2.0 l 110 kW (150 PS) TDI BlueMotion Technology

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Lightweight design 100 kg. less weight reduces fuel consumption appreciably, but to save up to 100 kg in weight is a complex task, especially in the compact class. Volkswagen engineers were able to introduce innovative manufacturing methods reducing weight as well as enhancing safety.

If you divide the Golf up into the primary areas of electrical equipment, engines, running gear and superstructure, an analysis yields - depending on model, specification and type of engine - the following split for the weight reduction: Up to -6.0 kg = Electrical Up to -40.0 kg = Engines Up to -26.0 kg = Running gear Up to -37.0 kg = Superstructure (23 kg = body) In purely mathematical terms the total potential saving is thus even as much as 109 kilograms. Due, however, to the configuration options that can be implemented in practice, the maximum achieved in any one vehicle is 100 kg. The body must be strong and rigid to guarantee optimal safety and maximum comfort. Nonetheless, its structure should remain athletically lean, so that the overall vehicle is light and efficient. Strong yet lightweight – harmonising these two parameters continues to be one of the greatest challenges in the automotive world. Especially when the car – like the Golf – needs to be an affordable car for millions of people. A 23 kg reduction in weight with more stringent crash and rigidity requirements as well as larger vehicle dimensions – achieved without additional costs – demonstrate that this can be done successfully.


The diesel injection engines, also four-cylinder, fourvalve versions and here too generally turbocharged, initially deliver 77 kW/105 PS and 110 kW/150 PS. Just how efficiently the diesel engines work in the new Golf is shown by the TDI base model with 105 PS and average fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100km (99 g/ km CO2). In addition, the Golf’s 150 PS TDI is also extremely efficient, as underlined by its average fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100km (106 g/km CO2). The best figures are ultimately delivered by the Golf BlueMotion: making thorough use of all the individual solutions in Volkswagen‘s technological toolkit, the new Golf BlueMotion emits just 85 g/km of CO2 and consumes on average only 3.2 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.

Engines Volkswagen developed two completely new engine generations for the Golf. Every version is fitted as standard with a Stop/Start system (reducing fuel consumption by up to four per cent) and brake energy recovery mode (cutting CO2 by around four per cent). With all measures combined it was possible to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 23 per cent. For the first time the Golf is now also being offered with a driver profile selection system, a tool with which forward-thinking drivers can achieve a particularly efficient style of driving. There are a total of four driving modes available: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and, in combination with DCC (adaptive chassis control) Comfort. In the Eco driving profile engine management, air conditioning and other ancillary systems are controlled such that optimum fuel consumption is achieved. The petrol engines used are exclusively turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engines (four valves, four cylinders) and deliver 63 kW/85 PS and 103 kW/140 PS. Even the base model excels with an average fuel consumption figure of just 4.9 l/100km (equivalent to 113 g/km of CO2) – 0.6 litres less than the previous corresponding model. For the first time there will also be a Golf with cylinder cut-off (ACT active cylinder management). The model fitted with this is a 140 PS TSI, which already satisfies the future EU6 standard. Average fuel consumption is just 4.8 l/100km (112 g/ km CO2).

Innovations New assistance systems include the multi-collision brake system that automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order to significantly reduce its residual kinetic energy. Triggering of the multi-collision braking system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking by means of the multi-collision braking system is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g. This value is the same as the deceleration level provided by Front Assist. The driver’s ability to control the car is thus assured even when automatic braking is triggered. Also the proactive occupant protection system is making its debut in the Golf. If the proactive occupant protection system detects a potential accident situation – such as by the initiation of hard braking via an activated brake assistant – the seatbelts of the driver and front passenger are automatically pre-tensioned to ensure the best possible protection by the airbag and belt system. When a highly critical and unstable driving situation is detected – such as severe oversteer or understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows (except for a small gap) and sunroof are closed. That’s because the head and side airbags offer optimal support and thereby achieve their best possible effectiveness with windows and sunroof almost fully closed. New assistance systems also include the standard XDS electronic differential lock (as found in the previousgeneration Golf GTI), ACC adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist and a City Emergency Braking function, Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant, fatigue detection, traffic sign recognition and the latest generation of the automatic parking assistant ParkAssist including OPS (360 degree display) as well as the automated light functions Light Assist and Dynamic Light Assist. There


VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 1.4 103 Kw TSI ACT BMT six-speed manual gearbox Golf 103 kW (140 PS) Engine, electrics Type of engine

4-cyl. petrol engine TSI ACT BMT

Effective displacement

cm³ 1,395

Valves per cylinder, drive

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Direct electronic petrol injection, 200 bar maximum injection pressure

Type of charging and pressure Exhaust turbocharger with single scroll turbine Power output Max. torque

kW (PS) at rpm 103 (140) 4,500 - 6,000 Nm at rpm 250/1,500 - 3,500

Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h s 5.9/8.4 Top speed km/h 212

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Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Premium 95 RON Combined cycle l/100km 5.3 Emissions (CO2) g/km 121 Efficiency label B Exhaust emissions class. Euro 5 Power transmission Type of clutch Gearbox

Single-plate dry clutch, dual-mass flywheel Six-speed manual gearbox

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

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

Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: raised/folded down Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked Capacities Fuel tank

mm 839/1,547 rear seat l 380 -1,270

kg 1,270 kg 1,780 kg 585 kg 940/890 kg 1,500/630

l 50

are other new technologies as well, such as progressive steering (optimised dynamic performance and better comfort), an electronic parking brake, a newly developed ergonomic sport seat (ergoActive seat), a guard against using the wrong fuel in the diesels, a new climate comfort windscreen that is also a first in this segment and a new generation of information and entertainment systems. Infotaiment systems Volkswagen is equipping the Golf with a new generation of radio and radio/navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The new device generation is available in six extension levels and in three different display sizes: 5-inch, 5.8-inch and 8-inch. For the first time, Volkswagen is implementing displays that have proximity sensors (5.8-inch display and above): as soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode. The display mode shows a screen that is reduced to just the essentials. In operating mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated by touch are specially highlighted to simplify intuitive operation. The displays also have a function that enables lists to be scrolled or CD covers in the media library to be browsed by a wipe of the hand. In designing the new generation of devices, Volkswagen’s primary goal was to integrate the most advanced infotainment applications into the Golf, which should be consistently easy to use, totally intuitive and therefore safe to use while driving. Interior The slight increases in length and width, as well as the increased wheelbase and optimised track widths, have a perceptible effect on space in the interior. The Golf Trendline and the mid-range Comfortline can be ordered with a front passenger backrest that folds fully forward. In addition, the 60:40 split backrest, which is standard on all versions of the new Golf, can also be folded down. On the Comfortline and above, the Golf also has an opening in the middle of the rear seat backrest for loading long items. The space concept of the new Golf also exhibits a cargo capacity that has grown by 30 litres to 380 litres; the variable cargo floor can also be lowered by 100 mm. Significantly more room and even better ergonomics define the driver’s area: all information and entertainment systems have been completely redeveloped and updated as the consistent design


conveys a sense of sophistication of a luxury class model. The seats of the new Golf are really comfortable. All five seating positions have been redesigned in the front and back. The seats exhibit excellent core properties: wellcontoured body lines and optimal support for dynamic driving. Another new development making its debut in the Golf is the ergoActive seat with extended adjustments for the driver. Along with the familiar seat height adjustment and seat heating, new features are adjustment options for seat depth and angle, electric four-way lumbar support and… a massage function ! Model lines Available at launch in three model lines, the Trendline (base model), Comfortline and Highline (top model), the new Golf has been enhanced in all areas compared to its predecessor. Nevertheless – and this fact is attributable among other factors to the synergies produced by the Modular Transverse Matrix – it has not become any more expensive to own a Golf. In Germany, for example, the new Golf 1.2 TSI Trendline delivering 63 kW/85 PS costs €16,975. The price is thus exactly the same as the now superseded entry-level model delivering Golf 1.4 MPI. Trendline. Every seventh generation Golf sold around the world will in general be fitted with seven airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In comparison to the previous model the added standard features on the Golf Trendline include items such as the touchscreen module with 5-inch TFT display, a fuel tank inlet with a guard to prevent putting in the wrong fuel (for the diesel versions), the (stow-away) luggage compartment cover, ECO-HMI (consumption-related graphics and information on the multifunction dashboard display), the multi-collision braking system, the electronic parking brake with Auto-Hold function, the XDS transverse differential lock, the Plus tyre pressure indicator, brake energy recovery mode, Stop/Start system and a variable floor in the boot. Some of the other features also included as standard: daytime running lights, 195 tyres (15-inch), rear diffuser, green-tinted

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 1.4 103 kW TSI ACT BMT seven-speed direct shift gearbox Golf 103 kW (140 PS) Engine, electrics Type of engine

4-cyl. petrol engine TSI ACT BMT

Effective displacement

cm³ 1,395

Valves per cylinder, drive

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Direct electronic petrol injection, 200 bar maximum injection pressure

Type of charging and pressure Exhaust turbocharger with single scroll turbine Power output Max. torque

kW (PS) at rpm 103 (140) 4,500 - 6,000 Nm at rpm 250/1,500 - 3,500

Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h s 5.9/8.4 Top speed km/h 212 Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Premium 95 RON Combined cycle l/100km 5.0 Emissions (CO2) g/km 116 Efficiency label B Exhaust emissions class. Euro 5 Power transmission Type of clutch Two electrohydraulically operated dry clutches Gearbox Seven-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) Exterior dimensions Number of doors Length/width/height Wheelbase Track, front/rear Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: raised/folded down Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked Capacities Fuel tank

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

mm 839/1,547 rear seat l 380 -1,270

kg 1,288 kg 1,800 kg 587 kg 960/890 kg 1,500/640

l 50


VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 1.6 77 kW TDI BMT five-speed manual gearbox Golf 77 kW (105 PS) Engine, electrics Type of engine

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

Effective displacement

cmÂł 1,598

Valves per cylinder, drive

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Diesel direct injection, common rail

Type of charging and pressure

Turbocharger/charge pressure

Power output Max. torque

kW (PS) at rpm 77 (105) 3,000 - 4,000 Nm at rpm 250/1,500 - 2,750

Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h s 7.3/10.7 Top speed km/h 192 Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Diesel min. 51 CN Combined cycle l/100km 3.8 Emissions (CO2) g/km 99 Efficiency label A Exhaust emissions class. Euro 5 Power transmission Type of clutch Gearbox

Single-plate dry clutch, dual-mass flywheel Five-speed manual gearbox

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

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

Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: rear seat raised/folded down Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked Capacities Fuel tank

mm 839/1,547

l 380 -1,270

kg 1,295 kg 1,800 kg 580 kg 1,010/840 kg 1,500/640

l 50

CLIP The fact that the new Golf is conceptually based on the Modular Transverse Matrix has far-reaching consequences: this Golf has been completely redesigned in practically every area: the vehicle body, the interior, the engines, all of the information and entertainment systems and the numerous new driver assistance systems.

heat-shield windows, air conditioning, lockable glove compartment, chrome rings around the internal air vents, Easy Entry system (two-door versions), centre console with storage compartment, asymmetrically split, fold-down rear seatback, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, outside temperature indicator, electric windows, rear window wiper with intermittent setting, electromechanical power-steering, steering column with height and length adjustment, height-adjustable driver’s seat, dust and pollen filter, central locking with remote control, height adjustment and belt-tautening system for the seat belts in the front, disk brakes on all wheels and headrests optimised for maximum safety. Comfortline. Compared to its predecessor the mid-range Comfortline is additionally equipped with the ParkPilot system front and back, a superior combined instrument cluster, drawers under the front seats, the new Composition Touch radio system including SD card interface and the fatigue detection system. Some of the other features also included as standard, in addition to those on the Trendline: 16-inch alloy


wheels, Comfort seats featuring the line’s own seat material and lumbar support in the front, rear bench seat with central armrest and opening for loading long items, chrome-look rotary light switches and wing mirror adjuster, storage nets on the front seat backs and a closable storage compartment in the roof, an additional 12 V socket in the boot, illuminated vanity mirror, ParkPilot front and back, fabric car mats and steering wheel and gear lever knob in leather. Highline. The additional features on the top version of the new Golf compared to the Highline version of the Golf Mk6 are the new ambient lighting and chrome edging around the Volkswagen logo in the radiator grille. In addition to the features on the Golf Comfortline the specification includes, among others, the following: bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights including cornering lights with chrome trim, dark red rear lights, sports seats in the front (with a central strip in Alcantara and fabric inner wings), chrome trim for the electric window switches, LED reading lights in the front and back, air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, heated windscreen washer jets and front seats, plus xenon headlights including headlight washers. Prices On the German market the new Golf models have been lauchend with the following basic prices: • Trendline, from € 16.975,oo • Comfortline from € 18.925,oo • Highline from € 24.175,oo Pictures courtesy of Volkswagen Media Service.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 1.6 77 kW TDI BMT DSG7 seven-speed direct shift gearbox Golf 77 kW (105 PS) Engine, electrics Type of engine

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

Effective displacement

cm³ 1,598

Valves per cylinder, drive

4 at an angle/indirect, roller rocker finger

Mixture formation

Diesel direct injection, common rail

Type of charging and pressure Turbocharger/charge pressure Power output Max. torque

kW (PS) at rpm 77 (105) 3,000 - 4,000 Nm at rpm 250/1,500 - 2,750

Performance (at curb weight + 200 kg) Acceleration 0 - 80/100 km/h s 7.3/10.7 Top speed km/h 192 Fuel consumption (99/100/EC) Fuel type Diesel min. 51 CN Combined cycle l/100km 3.9 Emissions (CO2) g/km 102 Efficiency label A Exhaust emissions class. Euro 5 Power transmission Type of clutch Gearbox

Two electrohydraulically operated dry clutches Seven-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG)

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

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

Luggage compartment Length, rear seat raised/folded down Volume by VDA measurement: raised/folded down Weights Unladen weight Permitted gross weight Payload Perm. axle load, front/rear Perm. trailer load up to 12%, braked/unbraked Capacities Fuel tank

mm 839/1,547 rear seat l 380 -1,270

kg 1,313 kg 1,810 kg 572 kg 1,020/840 kg 1,500/650

l 50


MISS OF THE MONTH

SRT VIPER GTS THE RETURN OF THE SNAKE


The fifth generation of the iconic two-seat, American-built supercar has been deliberately evolved to incorporate superior craftsmanship, a host of new technologies and ergonomic improvements while respecting its visceral legacy of outright performance. At the heart and soul of the 2013 SRT Viper is the venerable, hand-assembled 8.4-liter all-aluminum, V-10 overhead-valve engine. Improvements for 2013 include a new, ultra-high flow and lightweight composite intake manifold, high-strength forged pistons, sodium-filled exhaust valves, new catalysts to reduce back pressure and an aluminum flywheel that reduces reciprocating losses. Preliminary performance ratings for the SRT-engineered V-10 Viper are 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. The Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission has been improved with a shorter throw shifter, closer gear ratios and a final drive ratio that has been shortened to 3.55 from 3.07. The 2013 Viper models will be more engaging to drive and top speed is now achieved through 6th gear with maximum engine speed at 6,200 rpm.


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Starting with a stiffer structure that provides 50 percent more torsional rigidity, the chassis of the 2013 SRT Viper benefits from numerous enhancements – many learned through racing efforts with Viper GTS-R and Competition Coupe models. Major updates include the addition of a new aluminum “X” brace under the hood that ties the suspension pickup points to the magnesium cowl super casting and contributes to improved torsional rigidity and stiffness. A new aluminum impact beam at the front of the car contributes to overall mass savings and improved weight distribution while providing excellent crashworthiness. Structurally, many areas of the chassis were reworked to take advantage of new materials; the result is an overall weight savings of approximately 100 pounds. A new, driver selectable two-mode suspension system, featuring Bilstein DampTronic Select shock absorbers, is standard on GTS models. Standard safety technologies such as electronic stability control and traction control help maximize traction performance at virtually any speed and driving environment. All 2013 Viper models will come with a steering-wheel-mounted launch control switch,

allowing for optimal acceleration from standing starts. Stopping performance for the 2013 SRT Viper is engineered to provide shorter stopping distances, better modulation, improved durability. Four-piston Brembo brakes with fixed-aluminum calipers, and vented rotors with a diameter of 355 mm by 32 mm, are used at all four corners The all-new, driver-oriented interior cabins of the SRT Viper models have been totally revamped for 2013 with superior craftsmanship, premium material appointments and performance-oriented technologies. On the Viper GTS model, all surfaces are fully leather skinned, and standard accent colors are applied to the seats, doors, center console and stitching. The new 2013 Viper is the most spacious model in the history of the nameplate. Designed specifically for the 2013 SRT Viper, the new 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument cluster display uses a full-time analog tachometer readout in the centre to confirm the performance driving feedback philosophy of the Viper. The 2013 SRT Viper lineup includes the new, next generation Uconnect® Access in-vehicle connectivity system that provides drivers with access to more information, emergency services, more entertainment and improved graphics. All-new carbon-fiber hood, roof, decklid and aluminum door panels are firsts for SRT Viper models resulting in significant weight reduction, improved high-speed stability and a slippery 0.364 drag coefficient. The classical low-stance and the extreme cab rearward proportions that have become the unmistakable silhouette of the iconic supercar, return on the 2013 SRT Viper models along with the dramatic fender


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“gills” – another traditional Viper design cue that helps to extract heat from the engine compartment. Also the 2013 Viper models feature a contemporary take on the traditional “double-bubble” roof and show a split six-spoke forged-aluminum “Venom” wheel design with three available finishes.

Engine: Horsepower: Torque: Injection: Driveline: Transmission: Max Engine Speed: Suspensions: Brake system: Wheels & tires:

8.4 liter - V10 90° 477 kW / 640 hp @ 6150 rpm 600 lb-ft / 814 Nm @ 4950 rpm sequential fuel injection rear-wheel drive, traction control six-speed gearbox 6400 four-wheel independent with high-performance aluminum control arms and knucles and light-weight coil-over shock absorbers. four ventilated discs; front: 355.6 x 32 mm; rear: 355.6 x 32 mm front 18 x 10.5 forged aluminum, Pirelli P Zero 295/30ZR18 ; rear 19 x 13 forged aluminum, P355/30ZR19

Length: Width: Height: Wheelbase: Track front / rear: Curb weight: Fuel tank capacity:

4.463 m 1.941 m 1.246 m 2.510 m 1.598 / 1.550 m 1521 kg 70 l


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THE GREEN SIDE

PURE ELECTRIC ! Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive


The new SLS AMG CoupĂŠ Electric Drive actually seems to be the most exclusive and dynamic way to drive an electric car. The most powerful of all AMG high-performance vehicles is equipped with four electric motors delivering a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. These vital statistics make this car able to be the fastest electric-drive series-production vehicle in the world. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.


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CLIP “The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is setting new standards for cars with electric drives. As the most powerful gullwing model ever, it is also representative of the enduring innovational strength of Mercedes-AMG. Our vision of the most dynamic electric vehicle has become a reality. With the help of our colleagues at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, we are bringing exciting advanced technology from the world of Formula 1 to the road” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

with completely vibration-free engine running characteristics. The four compact permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors, each weighing 45 kg, achieve a maximum individual speed of 13,000 rpm and in each case drive the 4 wheels selectively via a axiallyarranged transmission design. This enables the unique distribution of torque to individual wheels, which would normally only be possible with wheel hub motors which have the disadvantage of generating considerable unsprung masses.

The pioneering drive package in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is impressive and guarantees a completely innovative and electrifying driving experience: enormous thrust comes courtesy of four synchronous electric motors providing a combined maximum output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. The car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The agile response to accelerator pedal input and the linear power output provide pure excitement: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from a standstill. The spontaneous buildup of torque and the forceful power delivery without any interruption of tractive power are combined

Typical AMG: the sound of the 21st century After an elaborate series of tests as well as numerous test drives, the AMG experts have created a sound which captures the exceptional dynamism of this unique super sports car with electric drive. Starting with a characteristic start-up sound, which rings out on pressing the “Power” button on the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the occupants can experience a tailor-made driving sound for each driving situation: incredibly dynamic when accelerating, subdued when cruising and as equally characteristic during recuperation. The sound is not only dependent on road speed, engine speed and load conditions, but also reflects the driving situation and the vehicle’s operating state with a suitable driving noise. The impressive sound comes courtesy of the standard sound system with eleven loudspeakers.


Advanced Formula 1 technology: high-voltage lithium-ion battery The high-voltage battery in the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive boasts an energy content of 60 kWh, an electric load potential of 600 kW and weighs 548 kg – all of which are absolute best values in the automotive sector. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery features a modular design and a maximum voltage of 400 V. Advanced technology and know-how from the world of Formula 1 have been called on during both the development and production stages: the battery is the first result of the cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd, that supplies Formula 1 teams MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Sahara Force India with Mercedes V8 engines and the KERS. Headquartered in Brixworth in England, the company has been working closely with Mercedes-AMG for a number of years. Formula 1 engine experts have benefited from its extensive expertise with the KERS hybrid concept, which made its debut in the 2009 Formula 1 season. The high-voltage battery consists of 12 modules each comprising 72 lithium-ion cells. This optimised arrangement of a total of 864 cells has benefits not only in terms of best use of the installation space, but also in terms of performance. As in Formula 1, the battery is charged by means of targeted recuperation during deceleration whilst the car is being driven. High-performance control as well as effective cooling of all components A high-performance electronic control system converts the direct current from the high-voltage battery into the three-phase alternating current which is required for the synchronous motors and regulates the energy flow for all operating conditions. Two low-temperature cooling circuits ensure that the four electric motors and the power electronics are maintained at an even operating temperature. A separate low-temperature circuit is responsible for cooling the high-voltage lithium-ion battery. In low external temperatures, the battery is quickly brought up to optimum operating temperature with the aid of an electric heating element. In extremely high external temperatures, the cooling circuit for the battery can be additionally boosted with the aid of the air conditioning. Quick charge function via special wall box Ideally the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is charged with the aid of a so-called wall box. Installed in a home garage, this technology provides a 22 kW quickcharge function, which is the same as the charging

performance available at a public charging station. A high-voltage power cable is used to connect the vehicle to the wall box, and enables charging to take place in around three hours. Without the wall box, charging takes around 20 hours. The wall box is provided as an optional extra from Mercedes-AMG in cooperation with SPX and KEBA, two suppliers of innovative electric charging infrastructures for the automotive industry. Eight-stage design for maximum safety To ensure maximum safety, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive makes use of an eight-stage safety design. This comprises the following features: 1. all high-voltage cables are colour-coded in orange to prevent confusion 2. comprehensive contact protection for the entire high-voltage system 3. the lithium-ion battery is liquid-cooled and accommodated in a high-strength aluminium housing within the carbon-fibre zero-intrusion cell 4. conductive separation of the high-voltage and lowvoltage networks within the vehicle and integration of an interlock switch 5. active and passive discharging of the high-voltage system when the ignition is switched to “off” 6. in the event of an accident, the high-voltage system is switched off within fractions of a second 7. continuous monitoring of the high-voltage system for short circuits with potential compensation and insulation monitors 8. redundant monitoring function for the all-wheel drive system with torque control for individual wheels, via several control units using a variety of software By using this design, Mercedes-AMG ensures maximum safety during production of the vehicle and also during maintenance and repair work.


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All-wheel drive with AMG Torque Dynamics enables new levels of freedom Four motors, four wheels – the intelligent and permanent all-wheel drive of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive guarantees driving dynamics at the highest level, while at the same time providing the best possible active safety. According to the developers, the term “Torque Dynamics” refers to individual control of the electric motors, something which enables completely new levels of freedom to be achieved. The AMG Torque Dynamics feature is permanently active and allows for selective distribution of forces for each individual wheel. The intelligent distribution of drive torque greatly benefits driving dynamics, handling, driving safety and ride comfort. Each individual wheel can be both electrically driven and electrically braked, depending on the driving conditions, thus helping to: • optimise the vehicle’s cornering properties, • reduce the tendency to oversteer/understeer, • increase the yaw damping of the basic vehicle, • reduce the steering effort and steering angle required, • increase traction, • and minimise Electronic Stability Program ESP® intervention. The AMG Torque Dynamics feature boasts a great deal of variability and individuality by offering three different transmission modes: • Comfort (C): comfortable, forgiving driving characteristics • Sport (S): sporty, balanced driving characteristics • Sport plus (S+): sporty, agile driving characteristics AMG Torque Dynamics enables optimum use of the adhesion potential between the tyres and the road surface in all driving conditions. The technology allows maximum levels of freedom and as such optimum use of the critical limits of the vehicle’s driving dynamics.

“AMG Lightweight Performance” design strategy The trailblazing body shell structure of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is part of the ambitious “AMG Lightweight Performance” design strategy. The battery is located within a carbon-fibre monocoque which forms an integral part of the gullwing model and acts as its “spine”. The monocoque housing is firmly bolted and bonded to the aluminium spaceframe body. The advantages of CFRP (carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) were exploited by the Mercedes-AMG engineers in the design of the monocoque. These include their high strength, which makes it possible to create extremely rigid structures in terms of torsion and bending, excellent crash performance and low weight. Carbonfibre components are up to 50 percent lighter than comparable steel ones (compared with aluminium, the weight saving is still around 30 percent). The carbonfibre battery monocoque is, in addition, conceived as a “zero intrusion cell” in order to meet the very highest expectations in terms of crash safety. It protects the battery modules inside the vehicle from deformation or damage in the event of a crash. The basis for CFRP construction is provided by fine carbon fibres, ten times thinner than a human hair. A length of this innovative fibre reaching from here to the moon would weigh a mere 25 grams. Between 1000 and 24,000 of these fibres are used to form individual strands. Machines then weave and sew them into fibre mats several layers thick, which can be moulded into three-dimensional shapes. When injected with liquid synthetic resin, this hardens to give the desired structure its final shape and stability. Optimum weight distribution and low centre of gravity The purely electric drive system was factored into the equation as early as the concept phase when the super sports car was being developed. It is ideally packaged for the integration of the high-performance, zero-emission technology: by way of example, the four electric motors and the two transmissions can be positioned as close to the four wheels as possible and very low down in the vehicle. The same applies to the modular high-voltage battery. Advantages of this solution include the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and balanced weight distribution – ideal conditions for optimum handling, which the electrically-powered gullwing model shares with its petrol-driven sister model.


New front axle design with pushrod damper struts The additional front-wheel drive called for a newly designed front axle: unlike the series production vehicle with AMG V8 engine, which has a double wishbone axle, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive features an independent multi-link suspension with pushrod damper struts. This is because the verticallyarranged damper struts had to make way for the additional drive shafts. As is usual in a wide variety of racing vehicles, horizontal damper struts are now used, which are operated via separate push rods and transfer levers. Thanks to this sophisticated front-axle design, which has already been tried and tested in the world of motorsport, the agility and driving dynamics of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive attain the same high levels as the V8 variant. AMG ceramic composite brakes for perfect deceleration The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is slowed with the aid of AMG high-performance ceramic composite brakes, which boast direct brake response, a precise actuation point and outstanding fade resistance, even in extreme operating conditions. The over-sized discs – measuring 402 x 39 mm at the front and 360 x 32 mm at the rear – are made of carbon fibre-strengthened ceramic, feature an integral design all round and are connected to an aluminium bowl in a radially floating arrangement. The ceramic brake discs are 40 percent lighter in weight than the conventional, grey cast iron brake discs. The reduction in unsprung masses not only improves handling dynamics and agility, but also ride comfort and tyre grip. Exclusive, high-quality design and appointments Visually, the multi-award-winning design of the SLS AMG is combined with a number of specific features which are exclusive to the Electric Drive variant. The front apron has a striking carbon-look CFRP front splitter which generates downforce on the front axle. The radiator grille and adjacent air intakes adorn special areas painted in the vehicle colour and with bionic honeycomb-shaped openings. They are not only a visual highlight but, thanks to their aerodynamically optimised design, also improve air flow over the cooling modules mounted behind them. Darkened headlamps also impart a sense of independence to the front section. Viewed from the side, the “Electric Drive” lettering stands out on the vehicle side, as do the AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with their specific paint design. The SLS AMG Electric Drive comes as standard

with 265/35 R 19 tyres on the front and 295/30 R 20 tyres on the rear. The overall look is rounded off to dynamic effect by the new diffuser-look rear apron, and the darkened rear lamps. One feature reserved exclusively for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive is the “AMG electricbeam magno” matt paint finish. A choice of five other colours is available at no extra cost. When the exterior colour AMG electricbeam magno is chosen, the high-quality, sporty interior makes use of this body colour for the contrasting stitching – the stitching co-ordinates perfectly with designo black Exclusive leather appointments. AMG sports seats and numerous carbon-fibre trim elements in the interior underscore the exclusive and dynamic character of what is currently the fastest electric car. Behind the new AMG Performance steering wheel there is a newly designed AMG instrument cluster: instead of a rev counter, there is a power display providing information on the power requirements, recuperation status, transmission modes and battery charge.

MERCEDES SLS AMG ELECTRIC DRIVE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS The key data at a glance: Max. output: Torque: 0 - 100 km/h: Range: Battery energy content: Battery voltage:

SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 552 kW 1000 Nm 3.9 s 250 km (according to NEDC combined) 60 kWh 400 volts


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AMG Performance Media as standard The AMG DRIVE UNIT comprises the electronic rotary switch for selecting the three transmission modes of “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “S+” (Sport plus), which the driver can use to specify different performance levels from the electric motors, which in turn also changes the top speed and accelerator pedal response. In addition to carbon-fibre exterior mirrors, AMG carbon-fibre engine compartment cover, COMAND APS, Media Interface, Blind Spot Assist and reversing camera, the standard equipment also includes the AMG Performance Media system.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive will be celebrating its market launch in 2013. The price in Germany (incl. 19% VAT) will be: 416,500 euros

Besides full high-speed mobile internet access, the system provides information on engine performance, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, tyre pressure, vehicle setup and lap times, as well displaying a variety of additional information such as: • vehicle energy flow • battery charge status • burrent range • AMG Torque Dynamics • temperatures of the battery and motors • energy consumption kWh/100 km


CLASSIC

UNIQUES SPECIAL ONES The third year of the unparalleled exhibition event has been a real success: enthusiasts and collectors meet in the stunning Palazzo della Gherardesca in Florence, for two days focusing on beauty, uniqueness and important premieres.


The curtain has come down on the Concours, which for two days embellished even more the already picturesque setting of the Gherardesca Garden in Florence (now part of the Four Seasons Hotel) with its eighty-four unique cars. The internationally renowned exhibition “uniques special ones” welcomed the elite of the most exclusive hobby collections in the world to the capital of Tuscany. The Competition brought the “cream” of international collectors to Florence, where more than 15 nations from four continents were represented (only Africa was missing from the list) with, among the others, competitors from Australia, America, Argentina and the Middle East. There were more than 80 vehicles present a this event for a record value of 150 million euro.


Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupé Pininfarina (1949)

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The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pinifarina owned by Italian collector, Corrado Lopresto and considered one of the first vehicles ever to include four headlights on the front, proved to be the most popular car between those taking part in the September 29 and 30 event, chosen by both judging panels appointed to identify the most beautiful car (from a technical and stylistic perspective). The knowledgeable group of judges, consisting of prominent names from the world of design and the automotive industry carefully scrutinised all the entries, in accordance with a rigorous judging criteria. “The final showdown included the 1935 Alfa Romeo

6C 2003 Pescara spider and the 1965 Ferrari Dino 166/206P and the judges debated long and hard to decide the winner - explained Adolfo Orsi, a wellknown figure in the automotive world and head of the international panel of judges - sadly there could only be one Best of Show and in the end the title went to this spectacular 6C 2500 SS Pininfarina coupé which is one of the finest examples of the art of post-war Italian coach building”. The silver trophy awarded to the Best of Show (designed by Stefano Ricci) was unveiled during the cocktail party to mark the close of “uniques special ones” held in the Conventino della Gherardesca, where managers and men of business bade each other farewell with a promise to meet again for the next edition. But the ‘Queen’ of this edition was the 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS coupé with its Pininfarina coachwork - built onto a chassis with short pitch SS with a 110-hp engine and three carburettors. This special coupé was originally ordered by an aristocratic Sicilian family that kept it until 1961, when it was then exported to England. In 1975 it was taken to the USA only to be reimported to Italy in the year 2000.


Jaguar XK 120 roadster (1949)

Maybach SW38 sport cabriolet (1937)


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Three Italian red beauties: Alfa Romeo 33.2 Spyder (1968); Ferrari Dino 166/206P (1965); ATS 1000 Sport Prototipo (1968)

Aston Martin DB3S (1956)


CLIP A REALLY SPECIAL GUEST Even former US President Bill Clinton, during his short stay at the Four Seasons, had words of praise for the event, in particular when he learned that the exhibit included a Ford Mustang (the legendary American car that featured in Bullitt with Steve McQueen and in Thelma & Louise) and a 1953 Aston Martin DB2 that once belonged to his fellow friend former President Gerald Ford.

Fiat 8V berlinetta (1952)

Bentley 4 Litre Tourer (1930)

Ferrari 250 GTO (1963)

Cooper Mk4 F2 (1948)


RACING

Incredible Audi ! Despite the brave opposition of such important competitor as Toyota, the impressive Audi R18 e-tron Quattro was able in to give the brand a memorable triumph in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, conquered after the Silverstone race victory (August 26). Five times, the team secured the top spot on the grid and on five occasions in eight events, an Audi R18 achieved overall victory. On the other side the battle for the drivers title ended just after the last race of the year (Shanghai October 28) where the Audi representatives Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer finally won the first title of the new FIA World Endurance Championship (taking third place in the Shanghai race).


CLIP This year’s FIA WEC title comes after four Audi titles in the Rally World Championship between 1982 and 1984 as well as victory in the FIA Touring Car World Cup in 1995.

Le Mans 24 Hours: Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer during the Le Mans night


CLIP The 2012 Endurance “classic” 24 hours simply dominated by the German brand On September 9 the Belgian Audi Club Team repeated its victory from last year in the 24 Hours of Zolder. Laurens Vanthoor, Anthony Kumpen, Edward Sandström and Marco Bonanomi won in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra by five laps ahead of their opponents. For the first time ever, an automobile manufacturer managed to conclude in its favour four of the most important 24 hours races in Europe: Nürburgring (GT), Le Mans (LMP), Spa-Francorchamps (GT) and Zolder (GT) during just one hot summer. The Audi factory team won at Le Mans, the Nürburgring and Spa. With the Belgian private team’s victory, a fourth 24-hour trophy is added to the brand’s incredible endurance record this year. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi wrote history by taking victory with a hybrid car for the first time.

RACING - INCREDIBLE AUDI !

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

The memorable Audi Le Mans 24 Hours podium.


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

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


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Le Mans 24 Hours: pit stop of the Bonanomi, Jarvis and Rockenfeller Audi R18 ultra.

CLIP “There wasn’t any doubt: the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro was one of the most difficult and complex projects – said Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport - I think it can be compared to the first victory of an Audi powered by a diesel engine at Le Mans in 2006. That too, was a step towards a completely new technology. In the case of the R18 e-tron Quattro, the main focus was placed on the future orientation. Audi, yet again, was the first brand to be successful with it at Le Mans”. The FIA World Endurance Championship had its inaugural season this year. Was the debut a successful one for this new racing series? “The sports prototypes definitely deserve a world championship and the debut was successful. All of us together will be working hard on achieving further improvements. I’m very pleased with the first WEC year”.


Audi R18 e-tron quattro / ultra 2012 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Monocoque: Battery: Engine: Engine management: Engine lubrication: Displacement: Power: Torque: Hybrid system: Type of drive:

Carbon-fiber composite with aluminum honeycomb, tested according to the strict FIA crash and safety standards Lithium ion batteries Turbocharged 120째 V6, 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC, 1 Garrett turbocharger, mandatory intake air restrictor of 1 x 45.8 mm diameter and turbo boost pressure limited to 2.8 bar absolute, diesel direct injection TDI, fully stressed aluminum cylinder block, diesel particle filter Bosch MS24 Dry sump, Castrol 3,700 cc Over 375 kW / 510 hp Over 850 Nm Type of accumulator Electric flywheel accumulator, max 500 KJ, WHP Motor Generator Unit (MGU) MGU on the front axle, water cooled with integrated power electronics, 2 x 75 kW Rear wheel drive, traction control (ASR), four-wheel drive e-tron quattro from 120 km/h*

Clutch: Gearbox: Differential: Gearbox housing: Driveshafts: Steering: Suspension: Brakes: Wheels: Tires: Length: Width: Height: Minimum weight: Fuel tank capacity:

Carbon clutch Sequential, electrically activated 6-speed racing gearbox Limited-slip rear differential Carbon-fiber composite with titanium inserts Constant velocity sliding tripod universal joints Electrical assisted rack and pinion steering Front and rear double wishbone independent suspension, front pushrod system and rear pull rod system with adjustable dampers Hydraulic dual circuit brake system, monobloc light alloy brake calipers, ventilated carbon disc brakes front and rear, infinitely manually adjustable front and rear brake balance O.Z. magnesium forged wheels Michelin Radial, Front: 360/710-18, rear: 370/710-18 4,650 mm 2,000 mm 1,030 mm 900 kg 58*/60 liters


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Prize for efficient driving: Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish received the Michelin Green X Challenge trophy at Shanghai. Two weeks earlier, the duo had won the award for the most efficient drive for the sixth time at Fuji. At Shanghai, the Dane and the Scotsman completed their award-winning streak by clinching the seventh trophy in succession.


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CORPORATE NEWS Europe / Oceania / S. America Germany / Australia / Chile Opel starts selling cars in Australia and Chile Taking the next step towards the internationalization of the brand, Opel decided to compete in the light, small and medium segments of the Australian market. The initial model range consists of Corsa, Astra and Insignia. Opel sales will be handled initially by 17 dealerships, with sites in every capital city of every state. Opel also recently entered the growing market for passenger cars in Chile. The model range for this South American country currently consists of Corsa, Meriva, Astra and Insignia. German cars enjoy an excellent reputation among Australian and Chilean customers. Their market share in both countries has risen steadily in recent years. Opel will continue to expand in China, North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Turkey.

Europe / Asia Italy / China DR-Chery renew partnership On September 22 Italian DR and Chinese Chery signed the renewal of their initial partnership dated back to 2006. Starting January 2013 the new DR city car, the DR0, will be produced in the Chery factory in China. The car will be smaller and cheaper than the DR1 and will be available in the bi-fuel petrol / GPL versions like the rest of the DR line-up. Later in 2013 the new DR5 will be launched. Designed in collaboration with the Chinese partner the new SUV will be available throughout Europe, marking the beginning of the sales expansion strategy of the two partners.

Europe / North America France / United States PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors confirm Global Strategic Alliance PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors confirmed important steps toward the execution of their Global Strategic Alliance. Consistent with terms of the Master Agreement signed Feb. 29, the Alliance partners have selected four vehicle projects and confirmed the next steps in joint purchasing organization. The four common vehicle projects include: a joint program for a compact-class Multi-Purpose Van for Opel/Vauxhall and a compact-class Crossover Utility Vehicle for the Peugeot brand; a joint Multi-Purpose Vehicle program for the small car segment for Opel/ Vauxhall and the Citroen brand; an upgraded low CO2 small car segment platform to feed Opel/Vauxhall’s and PSA’s next generation of cars in Europe and other regions and a joint program for mid-size cars for Opel/ Vauxhall and the Peugeot and Citroen brands. The Alliance aims to launch the first vehicles on these common programs by the end of 2016. Based on the above programs and the joint purchasing organization, both companies confirm the previously stated synergy target of $2 billion annually achievable within five years.

Europe / South America Germany / Brazil BMW plans for a new plant in Brazil “We welcome the new framework for investments in Brazil, based on the recently adopted “Inovar Auto” legislation. We have submitted an investment proposal for our planned new plant to the Brazilian Government,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW, at a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Subject to final approval of the plans by the Brazilian Government, the goal is for production to begin in 2014. Investments over the next few years will


total more than 200 million euros. Plans call for a production capacity of approximately 30,000 vehicles per year. More than 1,000 new jobs will be created at the new production site – as well as additional jobs within the supplier network as a result of the new plant. Negotiations with the State Government of Santa Catarina are already well underway for the new facility in the Joinville region.

North America / Asia United States / Unit. Arab Emirates Fisker makes official Middle East appearence Trading Enterprises and Fisker Automotive unveiled the award-winning Karma sedan in front of global and regional media at Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City. Trading Enterprises will distribute Fisker automobiles exclusively in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt and the Levant. The region’s first Fisker showroom will open in Dubai Festival City’s automotive park before the end of the year. Depending on the chosen interior trims, accessories and paint combinations, the Fisker Karma will retail in the UAE for between AED 500,000 and AED 600,000.

Asia / North America Japan / United States Honda undertakes safety research at Ohio State University Honda and The Ohio State University partnered in the advanced research into issues of driver distraction and other factors impacting driver behaviour and road safety. Honda R&D Americas and The Ohio State University Office of Research co-developed the University’s new Driving Simulation Laboratory, where Honda will conduct the research. The facility’s main simulator features a full cab mounted to a six-degrees-of-freedom motion platform, and a 240-degree wrap-around projection screen with highresolution, edge-blended visuals designed to simulate a wide variety of driving situations with a high degree of realism. A second simulator is optimized for the testing of production vehicles.  

Asia Japan / China Mitsubishi begins production in China Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation have announced the commencement of operations of GAC Mitsubishi Motors Co. Ltd. (GMMC) in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. GMMC will produce and sell Mitsubishi Motors cars in China. Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (GAC), Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation will respectively hold 50%, 33% and 17% shares in GMMC. GMMC will commence the production of the 2013 ASX compact SUV from late October. To respond to the highly growing demand for SUVs in the Chinese automobile market, GMMC also plans to add another production model to its portfolio, the genuine off-road SUV Pajero Sport.


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HANKOOK VENTUS S1evo2 ENGINEERED WITH RACING TECHNOLOGY Based in Seoul, South Korea, Hankook Tire is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing tyre manufacturers. Hankook invests every year around 5% of its revenues in research and development and in five R&D centres worldwide ( Korea, Germany, USA, China, Japan) develops the very latest in market-specific, customised and innovative tyre solutions. Produced mainly at the company’s state-of-the-art European production site in Hungary, Hankook’s new Ultra High Performance Flagship Ventus S1 evo² is the company’s first UHP tyre engineered with DTM racing technology. The first high-end tyre “Made in Europe” was introduced to the market in spring 2012. It has been developed in view of the new EU-labelling requirements and has been recognised for its high level of driving comfort and low rolling resistance combined with its distinctively dynamic driving characteristics. As of April 2012, the Ventus S1 evo² is factory equipped on the new BMW 3-Series versions 316d to 320d and 316i to 320i.

The Ventus S1 evo²’s sophisticated multi tread radius profile technology results in an outstanding tyre footprint shape and a significant weight reduction is achieved thanks to the use of extremely light yet highly durable steel cord material that for example is applied in the belt package, a technology already used in Hankook racing tyres for the DTM. The tyre’s innovative DTM-inspired triple layered block design with a smart outer rib blocks staircase arrangement increases the tyre’s contact patch with the surface as tyre wear progresses, ensuring consistently high traction performance throughout the tyre-lifecycle. The Ventus S1 evo² has been equipped with the latest generation of advanced silica compound with an optimised cross-linking system that additionally helps to improve the wear performance and heat aging resistance. The all new high-grip styrene polymer formula supports superior wet performance while lowering rolling resistance for better eco-friendliness. A refined cooling system with surface enlarging fins installed in the ground of the tyre’s grooves and double step micro-turbulence creating dimples positioned among the outer shoulder block edges inducing the rapid release of heat and thus ensuring a more stable handling performance as well as an increased tyre life. For a pleasant driving experience, the new Hankook UHP flagship comes with a special aerodynamic sidewalldesign that further reduces tyre noise and emphasises the tyres’ sporty look.


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Hankook Tires European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main (Germany). The importance that Hankook Tire attaches to the European market is reflected in its decision to invest more than 500 million Euros in the construction of a production facility in Hungary, which went into operation in June 2007. Here, more than 1,300 employees produce more than 15,000 tyres a day that means‌ about five million tyres a year (!) in more than 300 different sizes.

Building on the momentum of the successful first season as exclusive tyre partner to the worldrenowned DTM, Hankook leverages the experiences gained and continuously expands its engagements in the European motorsport arena. Hankook Tire further expands its presence in top 2012 motorsports series, including the SUPERSTARS and GT SPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES, the Swedish TTA Racing Elite League as well as the Formula 3 Euro Series. Furthermore, the premium tyre manufacturer shows a strong presence in endurance racing and partners with German Team HEICO Motorsport for VLN and 24-hours at the NĂźrburgring.


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