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  1. A new entrant is coming into the entry-level luxury class. At an event on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Infiniti revealed the 2017 Q30 hatchback. The production model isn't much different from the concept at the shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with a front end seen on a number of Infiniti sedans, and bold sculpting along the side. The interior is focused on the driver with a simple layout for the center stack and sport seats. The Q30 comes from the partnership of Diamler and Nissan. That means the Q30 has some bits of Mercedes-Benz's compact luxury car - the A-Class. It begins with Mercedes' 2.0L turbo-four with 208 horsepower for the U.S. Other countries will get a selection of gas and diesel engines producing 108 to 168 horsepower. Front-wheel drive will come standard, while all-wheel drive will come as an option. It isn't known at this time whether or not the U.S. models will get this option. A six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be available. Also coming from Mercedes is the front McPherson struts and rear multi-link suspension arrangement from A-Class. Infiniti has made some slight changes with their own settings for the shocks. A set of eighteen or nineteen-inch wheels will be available. We'll have more information on the Q30 before it launches in the U.S. sometime in the second quarter of next year. Source: Infiniti Press Release is on Page 2 Infiniti Q30: A new type of premium compact car Q30 active compact is a vital part of Infiniti's global growth plans Infiniti's first global entry in the compact segment attracts a new generation of premium buyers Q30 features daring design that forges a unique path for a premium car Confident dynamics deliver a holistic, intuitive driving experience "Premium" and "Sport" versions allow for individual expression World premiere at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15, 2015 Hong Kong – Making its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15), the Infiniti Q30 active compact is a new type of premium vehicle for a new type of consumer. Representing Infiniti's first global entry into the fast-growing premium compact segment, the Q30 will play an important role in helping the company realize its plans for global growth. Designed for a new generation of buyers who are not willing to be defined by their choice of vehicle body type, the Q30 challenges convention with its bold character and daring shape. The car stays true to the signature design cues from the original 2013 concept and exemplifies Infiniti's design-led, customer-centric approach to product development. The unconventional stance and asymmetric interior contribute to an overall design that is certain to command attention. The development teams behind the Q30 have taken a holistic approach to its engineering, presenting a car that offers exceptional ride and handling. It feels comfortable yet "ready to go anywhere" thanks to the versatile dimensions, confident dynamics and intuitive technologies. In addition to the base model, two bespoke versions of the Q30 will be available: "Premium" and "Sport." Each will have its own unique personality, including design, dimensions and driving performance – offering premium compact buyers a choice that is specific to their personal needs and preferences. "Q30 makes a daring visual statement through its sculpted, concept car-like exterior, unconventional stance and asymmetric cabin design. The car has been engineered to exacting standards to deliver a driving experience that is unmistakably Infiniti. Q30 will accelerate the company's strategy to become a leading global manufacturer of premium cars." Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti Q30 is a vital part of Infiniti's plans for global growth The launch of the Q30 active compact comes at a moment of significant opportunity for the Infiniti brand, and it will play a vital role in global growth and strengthening of its presence in key sales regions. Infiniti sold a record 136,700 new vehicles worldwide during the first eight months of 2015, representing an increase of 14 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The brand also set records in China, Asia & Oceania, and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). In August alone, Infiniti posted global sales of 16,900, an increase of 19 percent over the same month last year. This marked the best August in Infiniti's history, and the brand has now reached a 12-month streak of best individual months on record. Sales records were set in many key markets, such as Australia, Canada, China, Latin America, Mexico, South Africa and West Europe. "These excellent results provide a strong foundation for future growth globally and in key regions, and the launch of Q30 means we're well positioned to carry forward this momentum." Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti The Q30 gives Infiniti the best platform from which to achieve its goals in key markets globally. It will become the company's first ever vehicle built in Europe at newly upgraded production facilities in Sunderland, United Kingdom. Representing a £250 million investment, plant extensions totalling over 25,000m2 will provide Infiniti with the production facility to satisfy the demands of premium vehicle manufacturing. A successful recruitment program has recently been completed, filling over 300 new jobs to support Q30 production. Q30 is the beginning of Infiniti's push to expand its product line-up With the launch of the Q30 active compact, Infiniti has started to deliver on the promise to expand and refresh its product portfolio within new premium segments. Staying true to the concept revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Q30 is an in-house development designed and engineered to meet exacting Infiniti standards. "Q30 is integral to Infiniti's commitment to offering a broader range of premium products in new segments, and is part of an intense product launch period that will see us further enhance our offer to an increasing number of customers." Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti Infiniti is adding new product at the right time, as data show that the premium compact segment is among the fastest expanding globally, and it is set to continue its growth trajectory as we approach the end of the decade. Infiniti entering the compact segment for the first time Representing the first vehicle of its kind for the company, Infiniti has dared to be bold and ambitious with the Q30 active compact. The car defies categorization with its rare shape and elevated stance. Its expressive design targets premium customers seeking urban individuality. "From the very beginning of product development, it was clear that Q30 presented an outstanding opportunity for Infiniti. The company's inspiration was to create a vehicle that mirrored the existence of a new generation of premium buyers." Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy Combining unique height and dimensions with coupe-like proportions, the Q30 conveys a "ready to go anywhere" attitude while maintaining an "at home in the city" versatility – perfect for those wanting to create their own unique experiences. Generations X and Y are a new breed of premium car buyers. For these buyers, a car is an expression of "self" rather than "status," and they insist on setting their own standards through unique, category-defying products. For them, personalising a brand is a means to individual expression – a "made for me" approach that is at the core of new luxury. To satisfy these demands, every decision that went into crafting the Q30 was made for the individual. For example, the alloy wheels allow for true personalization, with a laser-cutting process enabling the precise application of an accent colour of choice. The process is so precise that the bespoke colored lines can be as thin as 0.3mm, offering a subtle way of making the car your own. Complementing the bespoke nature of Q30, perceptual quality levels meet the expectations and high standards of buyers in the premium compact segment. Superior fit and finish details, both visible and tactile, are available across all grades. For example, a satin chrome-plated trim, rather than plastic chrome, gives Q30 a "cool-to-the-touch" feel, even in hot temperatures, while consistent use of black lacquer trim across wheel arches and side sills highlights the Q30's elevated stance, contributing to the strong, unique road presence of the vehicle. Q30 takes a design-led approach that forges a unique path Staying true to the design cues from the original 2013 concept, the Q30 active compact exemplifies Infiniti's design-led approach to product development. "Infiniti is an expression of design. We want our customers to feel the hand of the artist at work in the sculpted, muscular aesthetic of our cars. Q30 design is marked by turbulent character lines and sculptural shapes that look stretched over bone and muscle. The effect is a spontaneous feeling of harmonious design that can be appreciated at a glance." Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director An important, differentiating characteristic of the Q30's design is its combination of elevated stance with an overall height that is comparable with models in the traditional compact segment (1,495mm for base and Premium and 1,475mm for Sport). The result is a highly distinctive, coupe-like silhouette, which is further emphasised by a shallow side glass area. The Q30 takes Infiniti's signature design cues and evolves them into new dynamic shapes. The double-arch grille with 3D mesh, for example, has grown from the Q50, with a more fluid movement into the headlamps. The dramatic curves and turbulent lines flow up the signature double-wave bonnet, over the fenders and across the bodyline into the strong shoulder of the car. The signature C-pillar arcs forward in a dynamic crescent shape that emphasises motion, even when stationary. The contrast of the long, low-slung roofline, conjuring an image of a rakish shooting brake in silhouette, and elevated stance add to the visual impact. Above the base Q30 model, two grades – "Premium" and "Sport" – permit opportunities for further individual expression through exterior design. The Q30 Premium includes LED front fog lamps, body-colored and heated door mirrors, as well as chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels add to the Premium grade's striking appearance. The face of the Q30 Sport is slightly different, thanks to a shapely bespoke bumper and gloss black front grille. Custom body-colored sidesills give the car a striking, in-motion look, while a sporty rear bumper is joined by dark chrome dual rectangular exhaust finishers. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels complete the confident look of the Sport model. The Q30 Premium's elevated stance (170mm at the front axle) allows for a higher hip point (531mm), which aids ingress and egress. The A-pillar design is intentionally slim, contributing to enhanced visibility for a confident driving experience. Q30 Sport stands a little lower (155mm at front axle), providing for agile ride and handling. The Q30's coupe-like design belies its interior space and functionality. Cabin room is highly competitive, notably the boot capacity of 13 cubic-feet (368 liters VDA), which ranks among the best in the premium compact segment. "The Q30 is not the little brother or sister to siblings from larger segments. The car features a unique posture and shape that conveys the type of spontaneity and independent spirit that can only be matched by its owner." Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director Infiniti's bold approach to design continues inside the Q30, where buyers will find an expressive interior that challenges traditional standards of symmetry in automotive design. The beautifully styled, asymmetric surfaces feature wave shapes and dynamic lines that twist apart and flow away from the driver. This "dissymmetry" alters the conventional perception of occupant areas, creating a more pleasant environment in which to spend time. "Infiniti wants to offer an environment in which the driver stays connected to the driving experience and where passengers feel relaxed in an open, aesthetically pleasing space. All occupants will appreciate a high level of artistry in the flowing, asymmetric lines." Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director Custom-designed trims deliver a personalized, self-expressive interior design. "City Black" blends black upholstery with purple stitching, ideal for the all-night urbanite. "Cafe Teak" combines classy brown and black upholstery with black stitching, providing a modern twist on traditional concepts of premium. "Gallery White" endows Q30 with a fashionable, high-contrast appearance, featuring white leather with red accents. All three "designer" trims accentuate the Q30's stand-out interior and will add to the car's appeal for open-minded premium buyers looking for a new, creative approach to cabin design. Infiniti interior designers have also selected the highest quality materials and processes available to create a modern-looking and luxurious cabin. For example, a super-soft, highly tactile material lines high-impact areas of the interior, such as door trims and the center armrest, while "Dinamica®," a new Italian suede-like material used increased increasingly in the high-fashion industry, has been applied to the roof-line and pillars. Interior noise levels in Q30 add to the overall cabin comfort. Infiniti sound engineers used the official Articulation Index, a standard way of measuring the level of speech intelligibility provided in a space, to measure the quality of occupant conversation within the cabin. Q30 features a 10-percent improvement in audibility over the leading segment competition at a speed of 120kph. Quietness in the cabin is aided by Active Noise Cancellation, which emits sound waves from the four door speakers to negate any instances of booming noise emanating from the 2.2-liter diesel engine (Europe market only). Sound-damping materials further reduce the impact of unwanted noise, either from the engine or exterior elements, while the closed sections of the high-rigidity body structure protect the Q30 from any negative noise and vibration generated by broken or inconsistent road surfaces. Further interior comfort is guaranteed thanks to an advanced seat design. The seatback has been carefully engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing consistent spinal support and minimising pressure on back muscles. A wider fitting shape on the seats distributes weight more evenly, while the softness of the seat cushion provides enhanced support and comfort. Internal testing by Infiniti engineers showed that the Q30 seat back section distributes load more effectively than its competitors in the segment. For drivers wanting to add to the dynamic feel inside the Q30, sports seats with integrated headrests are available for the first time in an Infiniti, featuring eight-way adjustment and power lumbar support. The Q30 Sport features a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, as well as aluminium pedals and footrests, adding to the in-control driving experience. On certain grades, drivers can also stay in tune with the dynamic performance of the Q30 through Active Sound Enhancement, which monitors acceleration behaviour and gear ratio, smoothing out variations in engine tone to project a harmonious and exhilarating sound when accelerating. Confident dynamics deliver a holistic driving experience The Q30 active compact delivers a dynamic driving experience unique to Infiniti. Development started at the brand's technical center in Japan, before moving to Europe for final development and testing. In total, over 750 Infiniti engineers in Japan and Europe were involved in the car's development. "Each mechanical aspect has been tuned in unison to make the Q30 perform as one, delivering a holistic driving experience that is both involving and intuitive. As a result, high performance is deployed consistently." Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti Chief Vehicle Engineer The priority for Infiniti engineers was to strike an ideal balance between ride and handling. The car stays firm on the road thanks to specially tuned shock absorbers, with engineers considering over 50 variations on prototype vehicles before choosing the optimal setting, while the driving remains smooth throughout. Body stiffness has been enhanced to the benefit of the driver, eliminating negative sensations and audio cues, so the Q30 experience feels and sounds controlled. Infiniti engineers have designed the suspension to be both forgiving and comfortable, without sacrificing agility. Bump shock rates and shock absorber rebound rates have been specially tuned, while MacPherson front struts offer tight packaging to best handle Q30's size and weight. A multilink system at the rear offers precise wheel control in all any conditions. The Q30's steering has been tuned to deliver a consistent and connected feeling, thanks to an intuitive speed-sensitive system. A light and nimble feel makes the car easier to control in busy city traffic and urban environments, reducing stress and driver fatigue, while a gradual increase in resistance according to incremental changes in speed boosts driver confidence and control. "The Q30 offers excellent steering, further enhancing the overall ride and handling feel, as well as a tuned suspension and body response that's uniquely Infiniti. Thanks to this set-up, the car offers a firm and in-control driving sensation, a perfect example being Q30's ability to confidently steer the right cornering angle and 'hold the line' precisely though the corner." Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti Chief Vehicle Engineer Depending on the grade, Q30's suspension settings endow unique performance attributes. The base and Premium model are best suited to the varied, and often inconsistent road surfaces found in urban environments, the suspension set-up biased towards reducing vibration and harshness picked up from the road. The Q30 Sport – with 15mm lower ground clearance than the base and Premium versions – gives a firmer ride, facilitating tighter body control and reduced roll without compromising comfort. The Sport grade has been engineered to be used comfortably on a daily basis while offering an intuitive, in-control driving experience. A varied range of powertrain options is available globally, all tuned to provide exciting power delivery. In the European base model, there is a 1.6-liter engine, with either 120hp or 154hp. Also in Europe, diesel options include 1.5- and 2.2-liter engines, both four cylinder, with 107hp and 168hp power outputs, respectively. In addition to these powertrain options, and the only engine offered in the U.S., Premium and Sport models add a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 208hp. Automatic gear shifts are smooth and seamless thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The dual clutch intelligently pre-selects gears so the next shift is always ready to go, while manual mode with paddle shifters lets the driver control gear changes when desired. Well-spaced ratios promise comfortable acceleration thanks to an even distribution of power, whether at a steady or fast pace, while quick and supple changes are ensured using either the fully automatic mode or the paddle gear selectors. Torque is almost uninterrupted between changes, reducing lurching while in motion and between shifts. A six-speed manual transmission will also be made available in Europe only. Power delivery from all engines is smooth while responsive as Infiniti's technical engineers have ensured the Q30's acceleration is prompt and reactive – providing bursts of power when most needed, giving confidence to the driver. An in-command sensation is generated by easily controlled acceleration, enabling the driver to feel and regulate the Q30's forward motion more intuitively. The Q30 features a host of intuitive technologies that enhance the driving experience, while providing maximum safety to all occupants. These include: Automatic Park Assist with Around View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD), making the Q30 one of the easiest cars to park in the premium compact segment; Blind Spot Warning, providing greater security and confidence at speed by warning of other vehicles out of the driver's line of sight; Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking, reducing the stress of driving in heavy traffic or in the city; Auto High Beam Assist, a highly intuitive technology that improves safety and confidence during night-time driving; and Intelligent Cruise Control, maintaining a safe distance from the car in front, resulting in a safe and relaxing drive. A special metal plating method allows the radar waves of the Intelligent Cruise Control to pass through the Infiniti badge – a first for the brand. Infiniti's trademark InTouch infotainment system, first introduced on the pioneering Q50, has been evolved and upgraded for the Q30, delivering an intuitive, tablet-like experience from the driver's seat via a delivering touch-screen HMI (human machine interface). The Infiniti Q30 active compact will go on sale in selected markets later in 2015.
  2. It has been a long two years since Jaguar revealed the C-X17 concept crossover at Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, Jaguar has been teasing us with F-Pace mules wrapped in some interesting camouflage. But on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the British automaker has finally pulled the covers off the production model. From the transition of concept to the production model, the F-Pace looks largely the same aside from minor changes to the trim. The body is comprised of aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium, and composites. This allows the F-Pace to have the same torsional stiffness numbers as the new XF. The interior features seating for five people and dashboard similar to the one used in the new XE. There will be two versions of Jaguar's InControl infotainment system; an 8-inch with optional SD navigation and a 10.2-inch version with an 825-watt Meridian 17-speaker stereo. At the launch of the F-Pace next spring, there will be two versions of the supercharged 3.0L V6. The base version will produce 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, and a more potent version will make 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Following sometime after is a 2.0L Ingenium diesel four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. All engines will come with an eight-speed automatic and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system. Jaguar has also pulled some tricks from its sister brand, Land Rover for the F-Pace. The model offers 8.4 inches of ground clearance and wade through 20.7 inches of water. There are also a number of off-road systems such as Adaptive Surface Response, All Surface Progress Control, and Low Traction Launch. We're wondering how many F-Pace owners will actually take their car off the beaten path. Pricing for the Jaguar F-Pace for the U.S. breaks down like this, 2.0 Ingenium diesel: $41,985 Supercharged 3.0 V6 (340 HP): $43,385 Supercharged 3.0 V6 (380 HP): $57,765 Prices include a $995 destination charge. Source: Jaguar Press Release is on Page 2 The All-New 2017 Jaguar F-PACE F-TYPE-inspired form that delivers on the promise of the breakthrough Jaguar C-X17 concept Spacious cabin and large 23-cu.ft. luggage compartment Strong and stiff Lightweight Aluminum Architecture delivers agility, refinement and efficiency Optional Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system featuring a 10.2-inch capacitive touch-screen, a virtual 12.3-inch HD instrument cluster with full-screen navigation display, supplemented by laser head-up display Available InControl Wi-Fi™ capable of hosting up to eight devices World debut of Activity Key: an optional waterproof, wearable vehicle access technology, allowing the keys to be securely locked inside the vehicle while engaging in outdoor activity Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension for exceptional handling and ride comfort F-TYPE-derived chassis technologies including Torque Vectoring, Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Dynamics offer a rewarding, tuneable driving experience Optimized aerodynamics deliver low drag and high-speed stability Supercharged 380hp V6 gasoline engine delivers 0-60mph performance in 5.1 seconds Intelligent Driveline Dynamics enables all-wheel drivability and rear-wheel drive character All-wheel drive delivers reassuring levels of grip in a variety of conditions, and can be further enhanced with traction technologies including available Adaptive Surface Response All-Surface Progress Control designed to enable smooth drive-away on low-traction surfaces such as grass, snow and mud Pricing starts from $42,390 for V6 gas engines and $40,990 for 4-cyl diesel 6 engines including Jaguar EliteCare, a best-in-class ownership package4 On sale beginning Spring 2016 (MAHWAH, N.J.) - September 14, 2015 - The all-new 2017 Jaguar F-PACE is a medium luxury SUV designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that Jaguar cars are renowned for, together with the exceptional dynamics and everyday versatility of an SUV. DESIGN Designed by the same team as the C-X17 concept vehicle, the F-PACE remains true to the aesthetic of the award-winning concept. Thanks to the flexibility of the Jaguar Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, designers could work hand in hand with the engineers to determine key dimensions such as the wheelbase and track, delivering the proportions and elegant lines that distinguish it instantly as a Jaguar vehicle. "We designed the all-new F-PACE to be first and foremost a Jaguar. That's why it has exciting proportions, a dynamic stance, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality about it. Its progressive, purposeful appearance has clearly been influenced by the F-TYPE. Every Jaguar car should draw your eye from 200 meters away and I believe the presence of the all-new F-PACE on the road is second to none in this class. The Lightweight Aluminum Architecture gave us the design freedom to create a car with latent poise - a svelte car with attitude," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. "It looks assertive yet not aggressive. But it's also versatile and equipped with real-world answers to everyday questions. The all-new F-PACE is an all-weather Jaguar sports car, life-proofed for five people and their belongings." The influence of the F-TYPE is instantly apparent at the rear of the F-PACE, from the design of the LED tail-lights to its muscular rear haunches. The rakish angle of the rear window belies the load space behind it. Jaguar design cues extend to the silhouette of the F-PACE, with a sleek roofline as well as short front and rear overhangs that reflect the vehicle's agile response. The vehicle's stance is further emphasized with the fitment of optional 22-inch diameter wheels. Outside, the taut surfaces and clean lines of the bodysides are formed from a single sheet of aluminum - building upon the brand's decades-long expertise in designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles using this lightweight material. The bold, upright front grille is assertive, but also contributes to the aerodynamic efficiency of the performance SUV. The Jaguar signature power bulge extends the full length of the aluminum hood emphasizing the vehicle's performance capabilities. Altogether, the exterior design cues from the bodyside, hood, front and rear help underscore the vehicle's athleticism as a performance SUV. The sleek headlights, available with adaptive full-LED technology2, feature daytime running lights with the signature Jaguar 'J' Blade design. The slender LED fog lights available on R-Sport trim levels were developed in-house and use TV screen optics and light tubes to deliver compact packaging, as well as an exceptionally smooth, homogeneous light source. The F-PACE is a five seater and features a spacious, luxurious interior which utilizes premium materials, craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail that gives every Jaguar vehicle its unique sense of occasion. The 'Sports Command' driving position in the F-PACE provides authoritative, confidence-inspiring outward visibility2, while retaining the Jaguar-specific sports car feel; the dramatic curve of the front door top is incorporated into the dash fascia enhancing the cockpit-like feel. The vehicle's available leather sports seats are shaped to provide exceptional comfort and support; they are available with 14 different adjustments plus heating and cooling functions. A range of contemporary trim options are also available, including authentic metal finishes such as Meshed Aluminum and beautiful crafted veneers such as Satin Grey Ash. The instrument panel, similar to those found in the new XE and XF, features two large, deeply-hooded analogue dials and a central TFT display, or an optional 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster featuring the choice of four visual themes and full-screen navigation9. Ambient lighting, especially with the 10-color option, further enhances the sense of luxury. The long, 113-inch (2,874mm) wheelbase makes ingress and egress to and from the rear seats easy, while the seat base itself was designed to allow passengers to sit further outboard; resulting in more space for three occupants to fit in the second row. The positioning of the seats, together with the height of the beltline, means that even small children enjoy a good view out. The available four-zone climate control system with B-pillar vents and the electric recline function of the rear seats adds to the passenger experience. Driver and front seat passengers will also enjoy a center console that offers a 12V socket and up to three USB ports. The rear console can feature up to two more 12V sockets or two additional USB ports. The focus on package efficiency also means that the F-PACE has a loadspace volume of 23-cu.ft. (650-liters) with a width of 49.4-inches (1,255mm). The 40:20:40 split rear seats allow through-loading and when folded flat, the luggage compartment offers up to 61.4-cu.ft. (1,740-liters) of space. Packaging is further enhanced by the low loading height and flat floor. The floor itself is reversible: one side is carpeted, the other rubberized - making it ideal for sports equipment or pets. The lightweight composite tailgate benefits from power opening and closing functions, and optional gesture control for hands-free operation. ARCHITECTURE AND BODY STRUCTURE The F-PACE is the latest Jaguar model, alongside the XE and XF, to benefit from the brand's expertise in designing and manufacturing aluminum monocoques. In fact, the F-PACE features the largest amount of the Jaguar-developed RC5754 aluminum alloy yet; one third of the vehicle features this lightweight material which comprises up to 75 percent recycled material. In conjunction with the brand's Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, new features such as the composite tailgate, magnesium cross-car beam and front-end carrier contribute to its outstanding driving dynamics. Advanced high strength steels in areas such as the rear floor, are joined using more than 2,600 self-piercing rivets, 238.8-ft (72.8 m) of structural adhesive and more than 560 spot-welds. The resulting torsional stiffness matches that of the all-new XF and, together with the advanced suspension systems, are key to the exceptional blend of ride, handling and refinement of the performance SUV. The high-pressure diecast aluminum front suspension turrets, have been engineered to accommodate additional ground clearance and suspension travel of the vehicle. The front crossmembers are large; making them stiff to support the vehicle's elevated, Sports Command driving position. The subframes and subframe mounting points have been engineered to contribute to greater overall stiffness without the weight and packaging penalties that come by simply adding body reinforcements. In fact, wherever possible, every bracket in the body has been optimized so that it contributes to body stiffness, as well as performing its primary function. CHASSIS The F-PACE has been engineered to deliver the same outstanding driving experience which sets all Jaguar vehicles apart from the competition. Using the long wheelbase of the Lightweight Aluminum Architecture helped keep the center of mass between the axles, while the chassis high stiffness benefits not only ride, but responsiveness. "We develop every Jaguar vehicle to offer an unrivalled combination of agility and responsiveness with exceptional ride and refinement - and the all-new F-PACE is no exception," said, Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar. "Applying all of the learning from F-TYPE, the steering reacts immediately, giving a truly connected feel. The double wishbone and Integral Link suspension offers the ideal balance of precise handling and body control, making the all-new F-PACE as rewarding to drive as it is comfortable to be driven in." Double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension, as well as a sophisticated Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system2, deliver exceptional capability on varying road surfaces. Extremely stiff in camber, the double-wishbone suspension allows the front tires to develop lateral force more quickly resulting in sharper turn-in and quicker steering response from the drivers input. The suspension is also tuned to allow the tire to maintain its contact patch throughout the full range of suspension travel, enabling the tires to generate more grip; contributing to enhanced steering feel and control. Aluminum is used almost exclusively to make the suspension as light as possible, most notably the front knuckles. The intricate, ribbed design is achieved by forging the component from cast blanks; enabling maximum stiffness for minimum weight. Among the other enhancements are bonded bushings for the tubular anti-roll bar - as well as better NVH properties, the bushing design prevents dirt ingress, improving reliability. The result of years of advanced research and development, Integral Link is the most sophisticated and capable rear suspension system ever put into a Jaguar vehicle. Separating lateral and longitudinal stiffness, the Integral Link allows the suspension to provide the best possible comfort without compromising dynamics. The bushings which manage longitudinal loads can be made much softer than would otherwise be possible with conventional multilink suspensions, enabling excellent energy absorption and therefore a smoother, quieter ride. At the same time, lateral stiffness can be far higher, making the vehicle more responsive. Caster stiffness has been increased over other Jaguar models, which is felt by the driver as improved stability when braking. The upper links are aluminum forgings, while the lower arm is hollow-cast aluminum - the optimum lightweight solution for this complex part. The springs and dampers are mounted separately, allowing each to be ideally positioned for the forces acting on the suspension and contributing even more to the dynamics and refinement of the F-PACE. This design is also highly space-efficient, minimizing intrusion into the luggage compartment. Every Jaguar vehicle is designed to provide a responsive, connected steering feel. The all-new F-PACE is no exception, as this target drove the development of every single component between the steering wheel and the tire contact patch in order to achieve the precision, response and linearity which define Jaguar steering DNA. Among the measures taken to achieve this include adding a fifth mounting point for the steering rack, and increasing the rotational stiffness of the subframe-to-body connections. High lateral stiffness in the rear axle also helps with initial turn-in because lateral forces at the tire contact patches build very quickly. Aerodynamics have been developed to give a front:rear lift balance closer to that of a sedan than an SUV, contributing to improved feel and stability during high-speed cruising. The Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system2 in the F-PACE benefits from the addition of closed-loop control. Specially-developed algorithms calculate the forces coming back from the road and use this information to further refine the level of assistance, making the steering even more intuitive. The EPAS system also features a variable steering ratio - as standard. This is achieved using variable pitch gears on the rack bar and fixed pitch gears on the pinion. By changing the contact point with the rack's gear teeth from the valleys on-center to the peaks at full lock, the more the driver turns the wheel, the more responsive the steering becomes2. Meticulously engineered and exhaustively tested at locations around the world, each available wheel and tire combination offers an excellent balance of grip, low rolling resistance, comfort and durability. F-PACE offers a variety of different wheel and tire options; from 18-inch wheels designed specifically to reduce aerodynamic drag to 22-inch wheels which complement the performance and design of the vehicle. The range of 22-inch wheels was developed for the F-PACE by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations division. Produced from forged aluminum to make them lighter and stiffer, they not only help to deliver the concept-car look of the C-X17 but also contribute to the high levels of on-road dynamics and traction of the F-PACE. Another technology first developed for F-TYPE and now applied to the F-PACE is Torque Vectoring by Braking. Designed to make the vehicle even more agile, the system can apply finely-metered braking to the inner wheels to mitigate understeer during corner entry, helping the driver to keep the vehicle on the ideal line through a turn2. The system works predominantly on the inside rear wheel to avoid any corruption of steering feel, and as a result, system intervention is virtually transparent to the driver. All models feature monotube dampers as standard. Not only do they contribute to a reduction in unsprung mass but they are also more responsive than conventional twin-tube dampers, and therefore offer greater ride control. The available Adaptive Dynamics takes this to the next level. By monitoring body movement 100 times a second and wheel movement 500 times a second, the system is designed to provide continuously variable damping to suit the conditions2, delivering a comfortable ride at lower speeds and even better handling at higher speeds3. Linked to Adaptive Dynamics, Configurable Dynamics, first developed for the F-TYPE, enables the driver to tailor the vehicle's character by individually selecting dynamic or normal modes for the throttle mapping, transmission shift strategy, steering feel and adaptive damper setting, all using the central touchscreen. For models equipped with the Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system1, drivers also gain the Dynamic-i feature, which displays a stopwatch, g-meter and a map of accelerator pedal response. POWERTRAIN At launch, U.S. buyers will have their choice of a 3.0l 340hp or 380hp supercharged gasoline V6 mated to an 8-speed transmission with power being routed to all four wheels via a torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system. Later in 2016, a 180hp four cylinder Ingenium diesel engine will also be added to the model lineup. Supercharged V6 gasoline engines The 340hp and 380hp variants of the supercharged gasoline V6 engine are shared with the F-TYPE sports car. These all-aluminum engines are characterized by their immediate throttle response, linear power delivery and unique intake and exhaust sound. The 90-degree cylinder bank angle enables the roots-type supercharger to be neatly packaged within the vee. Together with direct injection and variable intake and exhaust valve timing, the supercharger helps the engine generate a high torque output throughout the rev range, delivering strong acceleration at all times. Both variants are matched to eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive. The 380hp engine is exclusive to the F-PACE S models, and can launch the performance SUV from 0-60mph in only 5.1 seconds, on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph3. Ingenium diesel6: Low fuel consumption, high torque Available later in 2016, the clean, responsive, Ingenium diesel uses state-of-the-art technologies including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to cut NOx and CO2 emissions. Designed and manufactured in-house, this state-of-the-art, all-aluminum 2.0-liter engine produces 180hp and 317 lb.ft. of torque; delivering strong acceleration whenever the driver demands it3. It's highly efficient too, achieving excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. Ingenium is one of the first diesel engines to feature variable valve timing: a phaser to the exhaust camshaft enables the after treatment system to reach operating temperature as quickly as possible, reducing emissions. The engine warms up very quickly from cold thanks to a split-cooling system featuring a variable flow coolant pump and a mapped thermostat. The 1,800bar common rail system and highly efficient variable geometry turbocharger enable clean, quiet, efficient combustion. Using cooled low-pressure EGR in addition to high-pressure EGR reduces pumping losses and therefore improves efficiency still further. Just as importantly, it reduces peak combustion temperatures and reduces the formation of NOx. ZF® Transmissions The transmission in the F-PACE was developed with ZF® to deliver exceptional shift quality and efficiency. All six-cylinder engines are paired with the same 8HP70 transmission also found in the Jaguar XE, XF, XJ and F-TYPE models. While the automatic transmission models have been developed to select the right gear at the right time depending on the mode chosen in the JaguarDrive Control™ system and according to driving style, enthusiasts will make the most of manual shift control using the steering wheel-mounted paddles. S models feature standard satin chrome-finished paddles. ALL-WHEEL DRIVE Like the F-TYPE AWD, the F-PACE features a torque-on-demand AWD system2. Under normal driving conditions, all of the engine torque is sent to the rear axle, maintaining a rear-wheel drive character, while minimizing parasitic losses in the drivetrain. Whenever greater traction is needed, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD)2 is designed to ensure that precisely the right amount of torque is transferred to the front axle. This process takes no more than 165 milliseconds and is virtually transparent to the driver. These technologies ensure that the F-PACE delivers the connected steering feel and rear-wheel drive character inherent to Jaguar dynamics DNA, together with handling and performance which fully exploits the benefits of extra traction when required. This could not be realized with a conventional, full-time AWD system. At the heart of the system is a compact transfer case featuring a multi-plate wet clutch and chain drive to the front axle. The all-wheel drive system is incredibly quick; making the transition from 100 percent rear-bias to a 50:50 torque split in just 165 milliseconds. If there is already a proportion of torque being sent to the front axle, additional torque transfer can take as little as 100 milliseconds. Torque distribution is controlled by the IDD module, which is integrated into the transfer case. Taking data from the vehicle's yaw rate, lateral acceleration and steering wheel angle sensors, IDD continuously estimates not only the friction between the tires and the road surface, but also how much of the available grip is being exploited at each contact patch. This intelligence, coupled to the extremely fast-acting transfer case, enables IDD to employ both pre-emptive and reactive control strategies, maximizing dynamics and traction. If IDD predicts that the rear axle is approaching the limit of available traction, torque will be transferred to the front axle. Torque can also be fed forwards to help mitigate oversteer by providing yaw damping. IDD is also networked to Jaguar Drive Control and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system so that torque distribution can be even further optimized. Adaptive Surface Response The AWD system in the F-PACE is enhanced further by the Jaguar Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) technology. AdSR automatically adapts the maps of the throttle, transmission and DSC system according to the type of surfaceto maximize traction in a variety of conditions2. Replacing Winter mode in the JaguarDrive Control system, AdSR operates throughout the vehicle's entire speed range and is designed to enable finer optimization of the vehicle's systems to make the most of the available traction, helping the driver to make smooth progress on challenging surfaces2. AdSR debuted in the new XF and is further enhanced in the F-PACE, featuring three modes, one for low-traction surfaces such as snow and ice, one for medium-traction surfaces such as wet tarmac or gravel and a third mode for high-drag conditions such as deep snow and deep gravel to further exploit the vehicle's inherent ability. The system automatically switches modes to suit the conditions, leaving the driver free to concentrate on driving2. So whereas on ice, for example, a very progressive throttle map will be selected, a much more aggressive map is used for deep snow because the engine has to build up torque very quickly to help the vehicle to maintain momentum.If, for example, the road surface changes from a thin layer of snow to a gritted section and then to a section covered with a thick layer of snow, AdSR will select different modes for each surface2. The transition takes place quickly - around four seconds - and seamlessly. Inherent ability Designed to be as light and rigid as possible, the monocoque structure also delivers the short overhangs which are not only essential to the vehicle' outstanding proportions, but also to the maximum approach and departure angles of 25.5-deg and 25.7-deg respectively. The ground clearance of 8.4-inches (213mm) is another advantage and one made all the more effective by the smooth underfloor which reduces aerodynamic drag. Similarly, when the architecture was developed, ECUs and other electronics modules were packaged as high up as possible to aid the remarkable 20.7-inch (525mm) wading depth of the F-PACE2. AWD Testing The F-PACE has been developed to offer exceptional driving dynamics but its performance on tarmac is just one of its strengths. To ensure that it also delivers in adverse road and weather conditions, the vehicle has been subjected a demanding test program, in locations including the searing heat of Dubai and the freezing cold of Northern Sweden. More than a quarter of a million test miles were accumulated in these two regions alone, where ambient temperatures can fall as low as -40°F (-40°C) and reach as high as 122°F (50°C). Going to such measures ensures that everything from tires to climate control systems to the infotainment touch-screens function perfectly in extreme conditions. Among the features at the Jaguar Land Rover winter proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden are 37-miles (60km) of purpose-designed handling tracks, loops, inclines and split-friction straights. Testing in Dubai included graveled mountain passes and dry river beds known as wadis - the F-PACE is the first Jaguar to be tested in these particularly challenging environments. This is also the first time that a Jaguar has been evaluated in the mud and ruts of the legendary Eastnor test facility in the UK; until now, only Land Rover vehicles have been developed here. It's fitting too that the F-PACE was not assessed using existing sedan car test requirements; instead, tests were derived from the uniquely demanding standards set by the Land Rover brand. This process meant that the engineering team could perfect the calibration of technologies such as IDD and AdSR in the most difficult and demanding conditions. The result of this exhaustive development is a luxury SUV which is designed to be capable on varying road and weather conditions including ice, deep snow, dirt roads and wet grass2. ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS The F-PACE offers all of the technologies needed to make journeys more convenient, from traction systems to get drivers moving on low friction surfaces, to an emergency braking system. All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) Leveraging knowledge built up over decades of Land Rover experience in off-road technologies, ASPC delivers a step-change in capability by controlling the throttle and brakes, allowing the driver to concentrate more on the steering2. Functioning like a low-speed cruise control, ASPC can operate between 2.2mph (3.6km/h) and 19mph (30km/h). After activating the system by pressing a button on the center console, the driver uses the cruise control switches on the steering wheel to set the maximum speed. After that, the system does the work. As well as finely controlling the throttle, ASPC uses the brakes in opposition to the throttle so that from a standstill, only very low engine torque is applied to the driven wheels. The result is smooth, controlled progress with little or no wheel spin. Low Traction Launch While ASPC makes the most of the vehicle's traction capability by taking control of the throttle, some drivers want to achieve similar results while operating the throttle for themselves. The Low Traction Launch function has been designed to do this when the driver selects Low Traction Launch using the touchscreen. Once activated, it changes the throttle map to one which results in a very progressive torque response from the engine, enabling the driver to pull away smoothly2. Like ASPC, Low Traction Launch is standard on all engines. Stereo Camera Technologies The F-PACE features a forward-facing stereo camera at the heart of many of its advanced driver assistance systems. Providing a highly accurate 3D view of the road ahead, the stereo camera is ideal for Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems2. The F-PACE is the first Jaguar to offer an AEB system with a pedestrian detection function. If the system's controller determines that a collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian is imminent, it is designed to initiate full braking automatically2. The stereo camera also provides the intelligence for the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) systems2. By monitoring the vehicle's position relative to lane markings either side, LDW can help to prevent drivers from drifting out of lane by triggering a visual warning in the instrument panel and a haptic warning through the steering wheel rim. LKA can guide the driver back towards the center of the lane by applying a small amount of counter-steering through the electric power-assisted steering system. The torque applied to the steering wheel can be easily over-ridden by the driver. Failure to stay in lane is often due to a lack of concentration but driver fatigue can also be a factor. Such tiredness may be characterized by periods of little or no steering activity followed by sudden or excessive inputs. The Driver Condition Monitoring system is designed to recognize these patterns, and, by also checking the usage of the brake and accelerator pedals, the direction indicators and various buttons on the instrument panel, will show a multi-stage warning in the instrument cluster and give audible warnings to prompt the driver to take a break2. The Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system available on the F-PACE uses the stereo camera to keep the driver informed of the speed limit - including temporary limits which apply in road construction sites, for example, variable limits on highways, or reduced limits when towing2. The limit is displayed in the instrument cluster and if fitted to the vehicle, in the head-up display, and camera data is always cross-referenced against GPS data for maximum accuracy. If the driver selects the over-speed warning function, the ring around the sign graphic flashes whenever the limit is exceeded, giving an unobtrusive prompt to slow down. Further support for the driver comes from the Intelligent Speed Limiter (ISL). This system can use TSR data to adjust the set point and can automatically increase or decrease the vehicle's maximum speed while the accelerator pedal is pressed. If the TSR system recognizes a higher speed limit ahead, the ISL system is designed to notify the driver and the vehicle can accelerate smoothly up to the new limit. If the speed limit is lower, the vehicle can be slowed down accordingly2. Laser head-up display The laser head-up display (HUD) available on the F-PACE can put information such as vehicle speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and speed limits right in the driver's eye line, minimizing the amount of time spent glancing down at the instrument cluster2. The color images are exceptionally sharp and are adjustable both in height and in brightness; the HUD can also be switched off if desired. Laser technology offers several advantages over conventional TFT systems including excellent color saturation and higher contrast, so they remain clear even in bright sunlight. Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist As well as reducing driver workload when cruising on the highway, the Adaptive Cruise Control system (ACC), when equipped on the F-PACE, can also help to relieve the monotony of driving in heavy traffic, thanks to the queue-assist function. The long-range radar will maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, all the way down to a standstill2. Press the accelerator again, and the F-PACE will pull away again and track the vehicle in front, at a distance, all the way up to the chosen speed setting. Blind Spot Monitor and Reverse Traffic Detection By monitoring the area behind the vehicle, optional radar can assist the driver in other scenarios too. Medium-range sensors warn the driver of other vehicles approaching fast from behind. As they approach the blind spot, a flashing icon appears in the side mirror to alert the driver of the potential danger. As the vehicle enters the blind spot, the icon becomes solid2. The same medium-radar sensors can help the driver at lower speeds too. When reversing out of parking spaces, other vehicles approaching from either side - which may not be visible to the driver - are detected by the radar. If they present a potential hazard, the driver is given audible and visual warnings. Park Assist To assist the driver with parking in small spaces, the F-PACE is available with semi-automated park assist functions for parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers. The vehicle's ultrasonic sensors first measure the space, and, if the system decides that it's suitable, will enable the vehicle to steer itself in - the driver just has to control the accelerator and the brakes2. The system can also steer the vehicle out of parallel spaces. INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY The F-PACE is equipped with the Jaguar InControl® Touch™ infotainment system as standard1. Featuring an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, intuitive user interface and crisp clear graphics, it supports smartphone and tablet gestures such as 'swipe' to move from one page to another, and 'drag' to scroll through maps. With navigation fitted to the vehicle, entering addresses is quicker and easier than with previous systems and routes are calculated faster thanks to SD card storage of navigation data. Maps are rendered in 2D and 3D graphics, making directions simple and intuitive to follow. Turn-by-turn instructions can also be shown in the optional head-up display, leaving the driver free to concentrate on what matters most - the road ahead2. Also available as an option, is the Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro infotainment system1. Designed and developed in-house around a quad-core processor, a high-speed 60GB solid-state drive (SSD) and an ultra-fast Ethernet network, InControl Touch Pro™ delivers truly world-class performance and an outstanding user experience. The Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro infotainment system features a 10.2-inch touch-screen. Like a tablet, there are no buttons; all controls are integrated into the bottom section of the touch-screen, making interaction smooth and seamless. The home screen can be customized and widgets can be added - users can even add additional home screens if they wish1. InControl Touch Pro has been designed to make every journey easier and more enjoyable. Navigation data stored on the high-speed SSD can be accessed in a fraction of the time required with conventional hard drive technology, making the graphics incredibly responsive. Users can zoom in and out of maps using 'pinch' and 'pan' gestures1. Even when there's no GPS signal the system can still help drivers to stay on track with dead-reckoning functionality which analyzes data from the vehicle's sensors to accurately predict the vehicle's location. Using the data connection to access location-based features adds another dimension to the system's capability. Search for a destination and the system will check if there's sufficient fuel to complete the journey. If not, this will be flagged and filling stations on the route that are within range are shown on the map: tapping on one of them is all it takes to add it as a waypoint. It's also possible to share destination, current location and estimated time of arrival (ETA) with others via email or text message1. If your ETA slips, the system can automatically follow-up with an update. Commute Mode learns an owner's daily drive so that it can offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using historical and real-time traffic information. Approach Mode adds a 360-deg interactive view of your destination alongside the map display when you're approximately 656-ft (200m away) - it can even show you where the nearest available parking lots are and then direct you to them. A dedicated companion app for iOS® and Android™ devices enables true door-to-door route planning and guidance and can help you to complete your journey on public transport or on foot. InControl Touch Pro™ is offered in conjunction with a Meridian® 17-speaker, 825W surround sound system which delivers ideal sound reproduction with benchmark low levels of distortion. The experience is enriched with Gracenote images stored on the SSD drive -- and functions such as 'Play more like this' which automatically compiles playlists, or Music Queue, which makes it easy to search for and add songs, albums or artists to a music queue the current track is still playing. The modules within InControl Touch Pro are connected using ultra-fast Ethernet. This advanced network technology is more than five times faster than competing conventionally wired technologies. Jaguar is one of the very first vehicle manufacturers to use it. Ethernet's main advantage is its incredible bandwidth: up to 1Gb/second. The potential to carry such massive amounts of data, together with the performance of the quad-core processor and the solid-state drive means that InControl Touch Pro will be able to offer even greater functionality in the future. The all-new F-PACE also brings the world debut of Jaguar's Activity Key. A waterproof, shockproof wristband with an integrated transponder, this wearable technology supports active lifestyles because it allows the keyfob to be securely locked inside the vehicle - invaluable, for example, if you're going surfing or kayaking. Locking the all-new F-PACE using the Activity Key will disable any keyfobs left inside the SUV. Activity Key works on the same RF frequencies as the other keys and is used to lock and unlock the vehicle by holding it in close proximity to the J of the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate. Activity Key has no battery, so owners never have to worry about changing it. InControl suite of technologies Jaguar InControl® Apps™ enables drivers to access apps on Android™ and Apple® smartphones using the InControl Touch™ and InControl Touch Pro™ infotainment systems1. After connecting the device using a USB cable and the dedicated port in the center console, compatible apps will be shown on the vehicle touch-screen. Optimized for in-vehicle use to reduce driver distraction, the range of approved third-party apps is growing constantly. The F-PACE can be equipped to also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, hosting up to eight devices simultaneously8. With a paid data plan, the integrated SIM card and the vehicle's antenna are used to provide a stable, reliable signal. Jaguar InControl® Remote™ functionality allows users of iOS® and Android™ smartphones to connect to the car remotely to control car functions, including deactivating the alarm, locking or unlocking the doors, and remote heating or cooling the cabin through engine start. If the vehicle is involved in a collision which triggers the airbags, InControl Protect™ will automatically notify the emergency services and provide the GPS location. The occupants can also manually trigger an emergency call by pressing a dedicated button in the roof console. First Edition: Concept car design for the real world To celebrate the launch of the all-new F-PACE, a special model called the First Edition will be available in limited numbers, in the first year of production only. Powered exclusively by the 380hp supercharged V6 found in the F-PACE S, the First Edition includes unique interior and exterior design enhancements that pay homage to the original C-X17 concept car unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as well as sports car-derived performance technology including Adaptive Dynamics2. Outside, the First Edition F-PACE will be available in Rhodium Silver paint finish set against 22-inch Double Helix 15-spoke wheels with Grey finish and contrast inserts. Red brake calipers, full-LED headlights with LED 'J' blade Daytime Running Lights, Gloss Black fender vents, a sliding panoramic roof and the S model body kit complete the enhancements found on the First Edition F-PACE. Inside, Windsor soft-grain leather seats featuring twin-needle stitching and an embossed houndstooth pattern influenced by the award-winning interior from the C-X17 concept compliment the configurable 10-color ambient lighting, state-of-the-art Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system1 and the 12.3-inch high definition virtual instrument cluster. Pricing and Range Summary The all-new F-PACE range will consist of: F-PACE, F-PACE Premium, F-PACE Prestige, F-PACE R-Sport, F-PACE S and F-PACE First Edition. The powertrain range will consist of a 180hp 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel as well as 340hp and 380hp 3.0-liter V6 gas variants priced from $40,9907, $42,3907 and $56,7007 respectively. BEST-IN-CLASS COVERAGE From the 2016 model year forward, all Jaguar models sold in the U.S. will feature Jaguar EliteCare, a new 5-year/60,000 mile ownership package4 that includes: 5-Year/60,000 Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty 5-Year/60,000 Mile Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance 5-Year/60,000 Mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance 5-Year/Unlimited Mile Jaguar InControl®Remote & Protect™
  3. On the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen has introduced the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan. The new model looks to be a smaller version of the Tiguan. As for overall size, the Tiguan has grown 2.4 inches in overall length, 1.2 inches in overall width, and 1.3 inches lower. Overall weight has dropped 110 pounds thanks in part to the Tiguan moving towards the MQB platform. The interior takes a lot of ideas from the Golf in terms of design with a similar dash design and placement of various controls. Available on the options list is a 12.3 screen in the instrument cluster that provides various information and a heads-up display. For the European marketplace, Volkswagen will offer eight engines - both gasoline and diesel - ranging from 123 to 237 horsepower. Front-wheel and Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive will be available. Volkswagen also revealed the Tiguan GTE concept which pairs a 1.4 TSI four-cylinder with an electric motor to produce a total output of 215 horsepower. A 13 kWh battery offers 31 miles of electric-only range. Volkswagen says the 2017 Tiguan will go on sale in Europe next spring. As for the U.S., Volkswagen hasn't said when we'll be seeing it. But the German automaker has announced a seven-seat version destined for U.S. and China will be shown next fall. Source: Volkswagen Press Release is on Page 2 VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS ALL-NEW EUROPEAN TIGUAN AT THE FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW Sep 14, 2015 Based off the MQB platform, the new Tiguan revolutionises the compact SUV Powerful, authentic SUV design of the new Tiguan was completely reconfigured Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) Longer, wider, lower – new vehicle architecture enables sportier proportions Tiguan makes its debut at the IAA in an R-Line® version, a classic on-road version and a version with an off-road front end Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, active hood, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System are fitted as standard 520 litres of cargo capacity (additional 50 litres) and considerably more space in the rear thanks to longer wheelbase Broader range of power (92 kW / 125 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS) and up to 24 percent better fuel economy Arrives on the market in April 2016 Volkswagen is also showing the Tiguan GTE concept in Frankfurt with a plug-in hybrid drive and 1.9 litre per 100 km fuel consumption Newly conceptualised solar roof module for the Tiguan GTE increases its electric driving range Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2015 — After selling over 2.64 million of the first generation Tiguan SUV, Volkswagen is showing the newly developed European Tiguan at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. In this case, "new" means completely new, a revolution instead of an evolution. The second generation Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV whose design is based off the forward-looking MQB platform. On-road, off-road and plug-in hybrid Volkswagen is showing four versions of the new Tiguan simultaneously at Frankfurt. The production versions are the very sporty Tiguan R-Line®, the classic on-road model and a special off-road version. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE concept vehicle that has a 160 kW/218 PS plug-in hybrid drivetrain shows how the best-selling compact SUV could further develop. The Tiguan GTE is equipped with a solar module that generates renewable electricity that is fed into the battery, enabling up to 1,000 additional kilometres of zero emissions electric driving. A-SUV segment is booming According to Volkswagen forecasts, the A-SUV segment will increase its global sales from 8.17 million today to more than 8.93 million units by 2018, which represents 9 per cent growth. The new Tiguan is optimally tailored for the requirements in this market segment. Perfectly thought out from the first to the last millimetre, it appeals to millions of car drivers and their families as a spacious and flexible companion for their everyday business and personal lives – an all-round vehicle of a new era. The first generation Tiguan launched at the end of 2007 and to date, more than 2.64 million units have been produced. Even though the next generation is ready to take over, Volkswagen earned first place in SUV new vehicle registrations in Germany once again in July 2015 – just as it did in the previous months and years. The general trend of rapid growth in the A-SUV segment is reflected par excellence in this model series. In 2014, more than 500,000 Tiguans were produced, which was 9 per cent more than in the prior year. Product offensive – Volkswagen SUVs in all classes For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the beginning of an SUV product offensive. In upcoming years, the brand will be launching other innovative SUVs that are tailored to specific markets in a wide variety of segments worldwide. Volkswagen will be extending the range of SUV vehicles it offers, especially in the U.S. Forecasts indicate that the SUV share will also increase significantly in China and that additional SUV growth will also occur in Europe. Unlike in Europe, drivers in the U.S. and China prefer versions with a longer wheelbase, which is the reason the new Tiguan was systematically developed for two different wheelbases from the start. The "long" Tiguan will be introduced to specific markets starting in the Fall of 2016. "The Compact SUV." The MQB architecture improves all aspects of the Tiguan. The proportions of the latest Volkswagen SUV are even sportier, the design is truly charismatic, and the vehicle's weight was reduced by more than 110 pounds compared to the previous model. A gigantic leap forward has been made in terms of the vehicle's interior and trunk space: the capacity of the trunk has increased by 1.8 cubic feet, to 18.4 cu ft, and the load space can be enlarged to 21.8 cu ft by sliding the rear bench seat forward, by up to 7.1 inches. When the rear seat is folded, the cargo capacity is 58.5 cu ft, a gain of 5.1 cu ft. The engines are more efficient as well. A broad range of eight engines are offered, ranging in output from 92 kW / 125 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS. The engines are more powerful, yet they are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient than the Euro 5 engines in the previous model. The new 4MOTION® Active Control system also makes it easier than ever to adapt the all-wheel drive to all possible conditions. The Tiguan is now designed to tow loads up to 5,512 pounds. The new Tiguan has class leading connectivity and driver assistance features. The assistance systems include standard Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Connectivity services include automatic accident notification, online traffic and parking space information, and a vehicle status report, while App-Connect integrates all current smartphone platforms with the infotainment system. The result is a Tiguan which extensively redefines the A-SUV segment. It’s an SUV that satisfies all expectations – both on-road and off-road. Safety plus New features include a pyrotechnically activated mechanism – similar to an airbag – integrated in the hood. This mechanism raises the hood as soon as a person comes into contact with it in a crash. This increases the gap between the hard engine and the relatively soft bonnet and thereby reduces the intensity of dangerous head injuries. Among the new Tiguan’s safety features, are the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, the Front Assist ambient monitoring system including City Emergency Braking and – a new feature – Pedestrian Monitoring as standard. If the radar-based Front Assist of the Tiguan detects a person walking into the road, the system warns the driver. In a second step, it brakes the car. The new Tiguan is also equipped with Lane Assist as standard. This camera-based assistance system warns and automatically countersteers if the driver begins to unintentionally depart from the driving lane without activating a turn indicator. Exterior design The new, larger dimensions and proportions elevate the Tiguan from the previous model. At 176.6 inches in length, the new model is 2.4 in longer, and its wheelbase has been increased by 3.0 in to 105.6 in. The new vehicle is 72.4 in wide, which is 1.2 in more than before. Meanwhile, its height was reduced by 1.3 in to 64.3 in on the base, front-wheel-drive model. The coefficient of drag of the new Tiguan was reduced to 0.31 as well, thanks to numerous aerodynamic improvements, such as the door mirrors that were perfected in wind tunnel testing and airflow simulations: this has resulted in a 40 per cent reduction in overall air drag losses on the body. The front end of the new Tiguan has a significantly wider stance. This is attributable to an actual increase in physical width plus the visual effect of the horizontally aligned radiator grille and headlights. The Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV to be equipped with dual LED headlights. Above the headlights, a chrome strip runs across the front of the car. Above the radiator grille and the headlights, the V-shaped hood shoots toward the windshield. The vehicle's side profile is extremely distinctive. The waistline is higher compared with the previous model, which emphasises the SUV style. The character line is also higher and extends over the entire silhouette. The door handles are seamlessly positioned in this line. Beneath the upper line, a horizontal surface follows as a break, and then there is the second character line. Designers talk of a "line dialogue" here. The lower of these lines emphasizes the flared, powerful looking wheelarches and the shoulder section. In contrast to the previous model, the area above the character line is a flatter and has a more elegant band of side windows. This band extends into the dynamically angled D-pillars. The lowest section of the body is an anthracite-coloured area that wraps around the vehicle; the same colour is used for the rugged plastic trim around the wheelarches. A chrome trim strip separates the body colour surfaces and the anthracite cladding. This chrome accent is continued at the rear. The lateral character line becomes a defining rear element above the rear lights. The line defines the upper border of the standard LED rear lights that have a sharp horizontal cut. This cut is continued as a line between the rear lights and forms a trailing edge that is important aerodynamically. The tailgate opening was increased compared to the previous model, too. The lower part of the tail features an anthracite-coloured area and an aluminium-look diffuser that is integrated with the chrome-plated trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes. Interior The completely redesigned interior of the Tiguan has a decidedly sporty yet typically SUV character. The central elements are the instrument cluster (available as the digital Active Info Display) and the infotainment system that is positioned high in the centre stack and angled toward the driver. The dash panel and centre console form a single unit. The centre console itself is dominated by an array of buttons that are laid out around the gear lever. As on the exterior, the designers also systematically applied the "form follows function" principle and create a cockpit style atmosphere. The designers also emphasised the SUV nature of the interior in their choice of surface textures. Thanks to clever packaging, seating space has been significantly improved in the new Tiguan, which has 1.0 in more interior length. Three passengers in the rear seating area, for instance, have 1.1 in more knee room. The size of the luggage compartment has also increased. At 18.4 cubic feet, the cargo capacity of the new model has increased by 1.8 cu ft (with five persons on-board). In addition, the rear bench seat is asymmetrically split and adjustable longitudinally. The reclining angle of the seat backrest can also be adjusted. The cargo area can be enlarged to 21.8 cu ft by sliding the rear bench seat forward (by up to 7.1 inches). When the rear bench is folded, this results in a volume of 58.5 cu ft. If necessary, the backrest of the front passenger seat can be folded fully forward for stowing very long items. Last but not least, it is now even easier to load the Tiguan, because the load sill has been lowered further. An electronic marvel The new Tiguan is one of the world's most advanced compact SUVs, featuring an impressive array of innovations. First, there are technologies like the 12.3-inch Active Info display (interactive, fully digital main instruments with five information profiles) and the head-up display that is being offered for the first time in a Volkswagen SUV. Second, the vehicle's safety, convenience and connectivity have been taken to a new level by an array of driver assistance and infotainment systems. Even the base Trendline model has a number of advanced standard features. These include Front Assist that features City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring as well as the active hood and the Lane Assist lane departure warning system. In addition, the safety equipment is completed by a network of seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver's side, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System; it helps to avoid secondary collisions. Comfortline mid-level trims have the Driver Alert System as standard. The top Highline trim is also equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC), which utilizes radar to accelerate or brake the Tiguan and thus always maintain the correct distance to traffic ahead. If the SUV is equipped with DSG® in addition to ACC, it automatically handles stop-and-go traffic as well (traffic jam assist). Other Tiguan driver assistance systems include the optional Side Assist (lane-changing assistant), Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection (detects elevated collision potential, tensions the front seatbelts to preventively restrain the driver and front passenger and closes open windows and the sunroof to just a small gap), Emergency Assist (recognises if the driver is no longer responsive and brakes the car to a stop) and Area View (360 degree all-round view using four cameras that is especially useful off-road). Comfort and convenience The new Tiguan has a new three-zone automatic climate control system, called Pure Air Climatronic®. The technology, which is unique and so far only used by Volkswagen, keeps air quality at a consistently high level thanks to its air quality sensor and active biogenic filter, preventing pollutants from entering the car – from mold spores to allergens. Fully redesigned seats have optional electric adjustment, while the available Smart Comfort Seats automatically travel downward and back to make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle when the ignition is turned off. In addition, the new ergoActive seat includes electric 4-way lumbar support and massage function. Making trips long and short even more pleasant, the Tiguan has one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the class (34.3 by 53.7 inches), which also features integrated ambient lighting. Other new comfort and convenience features include Easy Open / Easy Close (automatic opening or closing of the tailgate in response to a specific foot movement behind the Tiguan), a heatable steering wheel, and Volkswagen’s variable ratio electromechanical progressive steering. Infotainment and connectivity The Trendline trim is equipped with the Composition Touch radio system (5.0-inch monochrome touchscreen) as standard. The Tiguan Comfortline and Highline get the Composition Colour radio system (5.0-inch colour touchscreen) at no extra charge. The Composition Media radio system (8.0-inch colour touchscreen) is also available. Other options are the Discover Media and Discover Pro radio-navigation systems (both have 8.0-inch displays). All of these systems are part of the second generation modular infotainment matrix (MIB II). MIB II creates seamless connectivity with today's Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. In addition to MirrorLink®, App Connect also integrates Apple CarPlay® and Google Android Auto™ into the infotainment systems. The Media Control app makes Volkswagen one of the first automakers to also offer an interface to the infotainment system for tablets. Volkswagen also offers a number of online services. Guide & Inform lets users access services such as latest traffic warnings, information on available parking spaces in nearby car parks (number of spaces and address) and information on filling stations (fuel prices and addresses). For the first time, Volkswagen is also offering Security & Service, which can be used to request assistance from the vehicle via a call centre. Some of the features integrated here are online road service call, automatic accident notification, service scheduling (to arrange maintenance appointments for the Tiguan with the service centre) and requesting the vehicle status report. Depending on the package that is selected, it may also be possible to use a smartphone to request vehicle status or parking location or activate the parking heater function. The smartphone itself can be placed conveniently in a newly designed and innovative interface box. The highlight here is that the phone can be charged and coupled to the vehicle's outside antenna inductively. Powertrains There are a total of eight Euro-6 compliant engines, all of which have turbocharging, direct injection, a stop-start system and battery regeneration as standard. The four TSI® gasoline engines produce 92 kW / 125 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 132 kW / 180 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS. The four TDI® diesel engines produce 85 kW / 115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS. The base engines of the new Tiguan are launched with front-wheel drive, but all of the other engines are available with all-wheel drive either as an option or as standard. Compared to the previous model with Euro-5 engines, the four-cylinder engines in the new Tiguan are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient. Compared to previous Tiguans with Euro-6 engines, there is up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency. Not only are the engines more efficient, they are also more powerful. The highest powered TSI engine previously made 150 PS in Europe, but now has two 2.0-litre engines with 180 and 220 PS. With the diesel engines, the most powerful TDI used to make 184 PS. This engine now makes 190 PS, but the top engine is the newly engineered 240-PS unit with twin turbos charging and 2,500 bar of injection pressure. With 88 kW / 120 PS per litre of displacement, the 2.0 TDI has one of the highest specific power outputs in the A-SUV segment. 4MOTION all-wheel drive Volkswagen offers the highly efficient 4MOTION all-wheel drive system in the new Tiguan, either as an option or as standard, depending on the chosen engine. Ground clearance of all Tiguan 4MOTION versions is 0.4 inches higher, at 7.9 inches. In addition, the Tiguan can be ordered with a special off-road front end package that allows for an approach angle is 25.6 instead of 18.3 degrees. The departure angle at the rear is 24.7 degrees for all versions, as is the ramp angle. Specially developed for the new Tiguan is 4MOTION Active Control – an off-road switch with four different modes. Regardless of whether the vehicle has an on-road or off-road front end design, the new Tiguan is engineered for towing more than 5,500 pounds. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system uses a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling that actively distributes torque to all four wheels before slip occurs. In normal driving, only the front wheels are driven, saving fuel. But as soon as there is a risk of losing traction, the rear axle is variably engaged within fractions of a second. Along with the Haldex coupling, the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the electronic stability control (ESC) system act as a transverse lock for all four wheels. The rotary/pushbutton switch for the new 4MOTION Active Control is located on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various popup menus. When the driver turns the switch to the left, one of the Onroad or Snow profiles can be activated for on-road driving. When the driver pushes the switch in one of these modes, a popup menu appears on the infotainment system’s touchscreen, showing the driving profile selection with five profiles. When the switch is turned to the right, the driver can select one of the two off-road profiles: Offroad (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or Offroad Individual (variable settings). Here too, pressing the switch opens another menu level. When driving off-road, 4MOTION Active Control lets drivers switch the assistance systems in just seconds. Trim lines and packages The new Tiguan will be available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline equipment lines in Europe. All versions may be ordered with an off-road front end as an alternative. The Tiguan Comfortline and Tiguan Highline feature a sporty look with the 'normal' front end. The new R-Line packages make the SUV look even more dynamic. The Comfortline and Highline may also be ordered with the Design package or in the Exclusive equipment specification. The R-Line packages can be ordered as either a total package of exterior and interior features or an alternative exterior package. On the exterior, the R-Line features "Sebring" 19-inch aluminium-alloy wheels or optional 20-inch "Suzuka" alloys. Previously, Tiguans could only have rims up to 19 inches in diameter. Except for the wheelarches, all other anthracite body surfaces are painted in body colour, including the exclusive door trims which have the same visual effect as side sill extensions. The exterior design is finished by R-Line bumpers that have gloss black aerodynamic accents, a two-tone roof spoiler and a gloss black rear diffuser. The interior features R-Line seats (cloth and microfiber seat upholstery, optional "Vienna" leather upholstery), aluminium door sill guards with the R-Line logo that can be optionally illuminated, decorative stitching in Crystal Grey, special trim accents, stainless steel pedal caps and footrest, black headliner and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with the R-Line logo. Plug-in hybrid concept—with a solar roof! Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2015 — Demonstrating the future directions the Tiguan might take is the Tiguan GTE – the first plug-in hybrid SUV from Volkswagen, which the brand is showing at the IAA. This Volkswagen, which is being presented as a concept vehicle, develops a system power of 160 kW / 218 PS and can cover a distance of up to 50 km in "E-Mode" driving as an all-electric zero-emission vehicle. Its average fuel consumption (combined) is a mere 1.9 l/100 km; this equates to a CO2 emissions figure of 42 g/km. The relatively long electric driving range not only benefits from the externally chargeable lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 13.0 kWh, but also from a solar module that is integrated in the roof – a world exclusive. Under ideal conditions, the energy that it generates annually is sufficient to add up to 1,000 km of driving range (Germany 500 km, Southern Europe 800 to 1,000 km), depending on the regional solar radiation power. TSI plus E plus DSG The concept car is driven via its front axle by a direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine (1.4 TSI with 115 kW) and an electric motor. The lithium-ion high-voltage battery supplies the electric motor with energy. The Tiguan GTE operates with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) that was specially developed for hybrid use. The electric motor was integrated into the gearbox housing. Additional components of the hybrid drive include the power electronics (converts DC power from the battery to AC power for the electric motor) and a charger. The Tiguan GTE can be driven in the described E-Mode or in one of the three other modes Hybrid, Battery Charge, or GTE. After starting the drive system, the concept vehicle automatically drives off in "E-Mode". When a minimum charge level of the battery has been reached or when there is very high demand for power, the drive system automatically switches over to the "Hybrid" mode. This means that "E-Mode" is deactivated, and the Tiguan GTE now behaves like a classic full hybrid vehicle. It charges the battery regeneratively during deceleration and automatically uses the TSI and/or electric motor according to the driving situation. By pressing the "E-Mode" button, the driver can manually switch to zero-emissions operation if necessary. Exclusively driven by electric motor, the Tiguan then has a top speed of 130 km/h. GTE mode as boost function The driver presses the GTE button to switch to GTE mode, which activates the sporty side of the concept car. This GTE mode is an exclusive feature of all Volkswagen vehicles with a plug-in hybrid drive system. The characteristics of the accelerator pedal, gearbox and steering are made noticeably more dynamic, and the tuning of the TSI is more performance oriented. In addition, in the GTE mode the TSI and electric motor work together in what is known as "boosting" which makes the full system power and the maximum system torque available. The Tiguan GTE then has a top speed of 200 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in a short 8.1 seconds.
  4. We knew it was coming and Bentley has revealed it before Frankfurt. Meet the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, the luxury automaker's first SUV - along with being the fastest and most powerful one. The Bentayga is the result of Bentley going back to the drawing board and revising the EXP 9F concept that got a lukewarm reception at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The SUV bears a number of design cues seen on Bentley's current lineup such as as four round LED headlamps, mesh grille insert, and crease along the hood. The side profile boasts muscular haunches and a bold character line. One of the interesting features of the Bentayga deals with the roof as 60 percent is made up of glass. Comprised of two panes, the front one has the ability to tilt and slide. The interior is comprised of handcrafted leather, wood, and metal trim. The front seats get power adjustments and feature ventilation, heating, and massage functions. The rear offers seating for two or three people. Technology-wise, the Bentayga features a eight-inch touchscreen in the dashboard with a 60GB hard drive, 10.2-inch Android tablet for rear-seat entertainment, and the choice of three different audio systems. Power comes from a 6.0L twin-turbo W12 with 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the Bentayga can hit 60 MPH in 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 187 MPH, making it the fastest SUV 'in the world'. Other mechanical bits include a four-mode adjustable air suspension, electronic active roll control, and a electric power-assisted variable steering system. Bentley will begin deliveries of the Bentayga next spring. Source: Bentley Press Release is on Page 2 BENTLEY BENTAYGA: THE FASTEST, MOST POWERFUL, MOST LUXURIOUS AND MOST EXCLUSIVE SUV IN THE WORLD A true Bentley, combining unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability Innovative and advanced technology – cutting-edge features with trademark exquisite luxury Designed, engineered and built in Crewe, UK, sector-defining SUV takes Bentley luxury to new places Sculptural design with elegant, timeless execution, balances athleticism with presence Bentley workforce blend exceptional craft and skill with modern production techniques and materials Intricate detailing and precision in wood, metal and leather creates a modern, luxurious handcrafted interior Effortless Bentley performance, unrestrained by climate or terrain A new highly advanced chassis for ultimate ride quality and comfort All-new Crewe-built W12 offers unrivalled power and torque, efficiency and refinement, the most powerful and fastest SUV ever Launch model is joined later by high performance, clean technology diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as a seven seat option (Crewe, 9 September, 2015) Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its pinnacle, sector-defining new model, the Bentayga. The Bentley Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless performance and everyday usability. With an all-new W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. It offers a true Bentley driving experience and showcases innovative technology features. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout. The Bentley Bentayga boasts the world’s finest automotive cabin, with unrivalled levels of precision. The detailing in metal, wood and leather – including meticulous tolerances between elements of trim – is the epitome of modern British luxury. This level of perfection is only achievable thanks to the exceptional craft and skill of Bentley’s colleagues in Crewe. An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The mighty 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the world’s most powerful and fastest SUV. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Bentayga is truly the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the SUV sector and offers a genuine Bentley experience in any environment, thanks to a combination of unparalleled attention to detail, go-anywhere ability and cutting-edge technology. With this extraordinary car we are looking forward to an exciting period of strong growth and sales success for Bentley. The Bentayga is the next step in our brand’s bold future.” The Bentayga will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from 15 to 27 September. Customer deliveries commence in early 2016. Further details about the Bentayga, including video interviews with key members of the design and development team, are available at www.bentleymedia.com. Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV. It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS). Responsive Off-Road Setting allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy. In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability. The Bentayga is also available with Park Assist – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres, even in narrow and tricky spaces. Other innovative systems available on the Bentayga include Electronic Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety. The Bentayga’s all-new, cutting-edge 8” touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages. Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2” Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity. Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for unrivalled recreation of the highest audio frequencies. Sculptural Form, Sharp Lines and Elegant Execution The Bentayga’s wheel arches, fenders and bonnet deliver a balance between sportiness and SUV presence. The ultra-sharp Bentley power line and muscular rear haunch display a taut tension in side profile, as part of the largest single-piece aluminium pressing in the automotive world. Trademark Bentley features such as the large matrix grille and B-shaped wing vents afford the Bentayga a modern, dynamic elegance. The grille is flanked by four distinctive floating all-LED headlamps. The lights sit flush within the seamless superformed aluminium front fenders. Innovative design features, like the discreet headlamp washers contained within the outer lamp’s body-coloured centre, demonstrate remarkable attention to detail. To emphasise the go-anywhere nature of the Bentayga, the Bentley design team have integrated a stylish skid plate into the lower section of the front bumper, just below the floating wing motif. At the rear, within the segmented tail lights, a new ‘B’-shaped illumination graphic is incorporated that affords the Bentayga an instantly recognisable and striking night-time signature. A combination of advanced design, innovative engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies - including the use of lightweight aluminium - has enabled a total weight saving of 236kg compared to a traditional body construction. As standard, the Bentayga comes with a panoramic glass roof. Making up almost 60 per cent of the total roof surface, the 1.35m2 glass feature is split into two panes. The front panel tilts and slides, and the whole glass surface can be obscured via an electric, full-length roller blind. Either side of the glass roof are aluminium roof rails that combine two different finishes – a high-gloss black base and bright anodised top section. A new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels are available, ranging in size from 20” to 22”. The World’s Finest Cabin, Handcrafted at the Home of Bentley Step inside the new Bentayga and you find the finest automotive interior in the world, with handcrafted wood and leather throughout – engineered with precision to deliver absolute perfection. The attention to detail in metal, wood and leather is the epitome of modern British luxury, and is only achievable thanks to the exceptional skill of the workforce in Crewe. The Bentayga’s cockpit sets new standards for both luxury and precision, with meticulous tolerances between the exquisite veneered woods and metal elements. The dashboard takes the iconic Bentley ‘wing’ design as its inspiration, with the beautifully finished surfaces flowing gracefully from door to door over the top of the instrument binnacles, down under the centre console and back up around the passenger side fascia and foot well. The hand-selected veneers form pure and elegant surfaces throughout the cabin, and each of the 15 pieces are shaped by Bentley’s artisans from a choice of seven different veneers, and finished with trademark Bentley attention to detail. Highly polished, handcrafted metal elements adorn the dashboard, centre console and doors. Trademark Bentley knurling on the drive mode selector, gear knob, iconic bulls-eye vents and organ pulls adds sophistication and tactile refinement. Sumptuous front seats, individually handcrafted in Crewe and featuring 22-way adjustment including adjustable cushion and backrest bolsters, provide superb support and comfort for all conditions. This cosseted feeling is further enhanced with a six-programme massage system, seat heating and ventilation. Whether selected in four- or five-seat configuration, all of the leather seats in the Bentayga are available with contrast stitching and a quilted diamond design applied to the ‘shoulders’ and bolsters, echoing the design of a finely tailored British hunting jacket. Bentley specialists individually select only the finest bull hides, all of which are sourced from cool European climates, naturally tanned and never over-printed.. Customers have the choice of 15 colours, in three duo-tone and one single mono-tone colour split. The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury. The two individual rear seats adjust in 18 different ways and include massage and ventilation functions as well as footrests. The veneered rear console hides additional functionality such as cup holders, generous storage areas and USB charging sockets. The opulent feeling is completed by the fixed back, dividing the interior cabin from the boot. Also trimmed in the signature diamond quilting and including a ski-hatch, it creates an enclosed rear cabin space that sets new standards in the SUV sector. A full-length panoramic sunroof with acoustic interlays allows ample natural sunlight to highlight the surfaces and detailing. Activate the hands-free tailgate and not only is a large, practical storage space revealed, but also another of the Bentayga’s unique features – the optional folding event seat. Ideal for those wishing to stop for a moment and enjoy a spectacular outdoor environment or pursuit, the innovative leather-trimmed folding seat matches exactly the style of the cabin seats and integrates seamlessly into the rear of the car with characteristic attention to detail. All-New W12 – Efficiency with Unrivalled Power and Torque At the heart of the Bentayga is the all-new Crewe-built W12 TSI engine. This 6.0-litre twin-turbo unit combines efficiency and refinement with the luxury of unrivalled power and torque. It is the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world and develops 600 bhp (608 PS / 447 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm (663 lb ft) from 1,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm. These mighty outputs result in equally impressive performance figures. The Bentayga is capable of dispatching the sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) on its way to a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). The new W12 uses both direct and indirect fuel injection. Switching seamlessly between the two technologies, the combination of these systems maximises refinement, delivers low particulate emissions and maximises power and torque delivery. An impressive efficiency figure of 292 g/km CO2 is made possible in part thanks to Bentley’s Variable Displacement system, which shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission and four-wheel-drive system has been strengthened to handle the demands and high torque levels of off-road driving. In Bentley’s advanced application of Start-Stop technology for the Bentayga, coasting is also available, as the engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary but also at ‘near to stop’ speeds. In 5th to 8th gear, when the driver releases the throttle (at motorway cruising speed, for example) the car will open the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle and simply allowing the car to roll or ‘sail’. When the throttle is reapplied, or the car starts going downhill and detects an increase in speed, the transmission is re-engaged. The new W12 sees a 11.9% efficiency improvement compared to the existing powertrain. The Bentayga will also be available as diesel and hybrid variants in the future. Genuine Luxury with Go-Anywhere Ability Never before has a vehicle so coherently combined genuine luxury with go-anywhere driving ability. The development programme for the Bentayga has been the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand’s history, ranging across five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga’s ability to perform on any surface and even in the most extreme conditions has been proven. The Bentayga has also driven more than 400 laps of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, as part of developing the dynamic performance of the chassis and fine-tuning the relevant control and stability systems. The unique features of the Nordschleife, including the high level of topographical change, variety of surface grip levels and wide range of cornering speeds, made it the perfect place to develop the fastest, most powerful SUV in the world. The Bentayga introduces Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. Inherent in larger vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, this system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling. While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses and sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces. Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds. The Bentayga offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control (HDC). HDC automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering and obstacles ahead. It can be pre-set at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works on gradients greater than five per cent. As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga comes with multi-mode air suspension. The Bentayga driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching. Bentley Personalisation Options and Mulliner Bespoke The Bentayga redefines personalisation and bespoke luxury. Paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options are unlimited and tailored to the individual. The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 90 hues available in the extended range. There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, seven different handcrafted veneers and 15 choices of interior trim hide, which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish. In addition, customers can choose between a new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels, ranging in size from 20” to 22”. Six lifestyle-orientated specification packages will be available from launch, including two styling packs. In addition to these options, the Bentayga is available with the widest range of lifestyle accessories ever offered by the Bentley brand. For example, customers with an interest in watersports may wish to specify the Load-Assist Tray and Wet Gear Stowage options. As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga can also be handed over to the highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople at Mulliner, who will respond to bespoke customer requirements. At launch, the Bentayga is available with an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors, sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats. A bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. The most complex of watch mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes.
  5. After some leaks showing off the vehicle, Kia has decided to release some pictures of the next-generation Sportage before its official debut at Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Compared to the current Sportage, the new model is much bolder thanks to a lower and wider “tiger nose” grille, new headlights, and wider fenders. Kia designer's retain the distinctive swept-back silhouette of the current model. We don't have any details on the interior or powertrains. Kia is keeping those under wraps till next month. Source: Kia Press Release is on Page 2 Dynamic energy: Bold new exterior design for next-generation Kia Sportage Kia Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Kia Sportage, featuring an attractive new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015. Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle's designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing. The 'face' of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car's design, with the car's headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharply-detailed bonnet and bolder wheel arches. Immediately recognisable as a Kia, the Sportage's lower, wider 'tiger-nose' grille adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage's face, resulting in a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance. The all-new Sportage is characterised by its sportier, more raked profile. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing model, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase. Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look. At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasise the car's width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, the slim combination lamps are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated, relocated lower down to add more visual weight and a greater sense of stability to the lower half of the car. The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia's European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand's Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres
  6. Audi has revealed some teaser images for an electric crossover concept that will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Called the e-tron Quattro, the images show a vehicle having an upright grille, paired with sloping roofline and a tapering rear end. The overall shape of the concept has drag rating of 0.25 cd, the same rating as a Toyota Prius. Power will come from three electric motors - one on the front axle and two on the rear axles. A lithium-ion battery pack sits underneath the passenger compartment. Audi isn't saying how much power the electric motors produce but did say overall range will be over 310 miles. Now this concept is a preview to a production model that will compete with the Tesla Model X when it is launched in 2018. Source: Audi Press Release is on Page 2 Outlook on series production – the Audi e-tronquattro concept at the IAA 2015 August 19, 2015 | INGOLSTADT/FRANKFURT am MAIN, Germany The latest battery technology and top aerodynamics ensure a range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) Sporty SUV with all-electric drive in series production from 2018 Designed from the ground up as an electric car Electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise. The brand is demonstrating this with the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The sporty SUV provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car. The Audi e-tron quattro concept is designed from the ground up as an electric car and proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance. It follows the Audi “Aerosthetics” concept, combining technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow around the car. The aerodynamically optimized underbody is completely closed. With a cd value of 0.25, the car sets a new record in the SUV segment. This contributes considerably to the long range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles). The study is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, which provides considerable scope for the drive system and package. Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. Its typical SUV body and flat, coupe-like cabin give the Audi e-tron quattro concept a very dynamic appearance. The spacious interior offers room for four people. The large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low center of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution. And that gives the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment. Audi uses its experience with the electrically driven Audi R8 e-tron sports car for the drive system. Three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear axle – drive the Audi e-tron quattro concept. And that makes it an electrified quattro, the e-tron quattro –efficient and dynamic at the same time.
  7. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 10, 2013 Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the S-Class Coupe Concept today at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept marks the end of the CL-Class and the return of the S-Class nameplate to Mercedes' large coupe. The S-Class Coupe Concept is much more striking than the new S-Class sedan with a taller beltline, short greenhouse, long front end, distinctive grille, and missing B-Pillar side profile. Moving inside, Mercedes-Benz has placed the dashboard from the new S-Class and seating for four people. Powering the the concept is a 4.7L Twin-Turbo V8 with 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Expect a toned-down version of the S-Class Coupe to be shown within the next couple of years. Source: Mercedes-Benz William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 Sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury MONTVALE, NJ - Traditionally the top of the Mercedes-Benz product range is occupied by the grand coupé. The Concept S-Class Coupé provides a clear vision of the next model generation at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt: with its gorgeous appearance and self assured style it embodies the design philosophy of sensual clarity. In the interior with its spectacular architecture and truly exclusive appointments the four-seater defines the state of the art of modern luxury. "The new S-Class Sedan was received enthusiastically in the market and perfectly lives up to its role as a representative of the power of innovation of Mercedes-Benz," says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales & Marketing. "On the S-Class Coupé as the traditional top of our product range, the designers take advantage of their additional freedom and thus create an automotive masterpiece." Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG, adds: "The Concept S-Class Coupé combines tradition and emotion, and is a symbol for the embodiment of our design style of sensual clarity. The perfected design with self-assured style and the highly exclusive appointments make the coupé a true design icon and an expression of modern luxury." Design: sensual clarity at its most captivating Sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The goal is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that express high technology while exuding emotional appeal. The sensual clarity is reflected in the core design values of tradition, emotion and progressivism. These are the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progressivism. Each model series has an assigned role and a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. The designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand, incorporating new stylistic developments in the interests of keeping tradition alive. "Design needs the sublime! Because design is the best brand ambassador. At the center of our work is sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury, because this is precisely what gets to the heart of our brand philosophy – the bipolarity of intelligence and emotion," says Wagener. The exterior: flowing profile of perfect proportions The flowing profile of the Concept S-Class Coupé embodies sensual clarity in a modern way. It is characterized by typical rear-wheel drive proportions, which are emphasized by the Mercedes-typical signature, the dropping line. The long hood with distinctive lines and powerdomes, the crouched greenhouse with high beltline, the accentuated wheel arches as well as the 21-inch wheels (tires at front 265/35 R 21, at rear 295/35 R 21) and the visually broad rear substantiate the claim of the Concept S-Class Coupé as a masterpiece of automotive refinement. With a wheelbase of 116 inches the coupé measures 198.8 inches in length, 77 inches in width and 55.5 inches in height. Positively arched surfaces give the Concept S-Class Coupé a sensual character. The sculpted appearance lends it classic elegance that forms a perfect symbiosis with the modern-progressive design idiom. The view from the side is marked by the dropping line in keeping with the emotional character of the vehicle. It underscores the brand-typical proportions like a signature. The lines are deliberately reduced to the basics. This creates a timeless clarity. The creative interaction of various design elements lend the Concept S-Class Coupé a superior and self-assured front: in the middle is the three-dimensional and further evolved diamond radiator grille, whose structure is defined by rectangular, dark chrome-plated elements. It frames the central Mercedes star and one blade. The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime driving lamps lend it an extremely self-assured and distinctive gaze. On the Concept S-Class Coupé the eyebrows have been further advanced with a semicircular counterswish. The diamond-look of the headlamps and the tail lamps underline the luxurious appointments of the show car. The side profile is defined by the dome-shaped stretched roof line and frameless doors. An elegant, three-dimensional chrome frame surrounds the glass areas that are uninterrupted by B-pillars. This underscores the typical Mercedes coupé look. In designing the pillared exterior mirrors the designers took liberties offered by a concept car and made them especially slim, giving them an elegant appearance. A muscle above the rear axle protruding from the side wall generates a sense of lightness and dynamic spirit even at a standstill. The positively arched surfaces and lines of the side walls flow into the rear end with a dramatic tapered effect. The rear end with its surfaces, broad shoulders and distinctive character lines rounds out the emotional overall appearance. Moving the license plate to the lower bumper section allows positioning the three-pointed star more prominently on the smooth trunk lid. This is complemented by a chrome trim strip modeled with attention to detail. It runs horizontally across the trunk lid and continues past the tail lamps, creating visual width. The arrangement of the LEDs in two horizontal rows within the two-piece tail lamp looks high tech and at the same time is reminiscent of the relief-type design on earlier models. The interior: dynamic flow of lines Sculpted elegance and simplicity also characterizes the interior. The white instrument panel exudes sensual clarity. Its curved shape is reminiscent of a whale's fins just before it re-enters the water. Like the entire interior it is dominated by flowing lines: the upper and lower wave create a clear structure. The architecture of the instrument panel is striking: Thanks to a new airbag packaging the designers were able to give the lower part of the instrument panel an extremely sculpted shape. The upper section of the instrument panel seems to float sensually in front of the dashboard as a so-called top layer. The instrument panel seamlessly transitions into the doors in a wrap-around design. The wavelike motion continues in the door panels. The air vents, which among other places are housed as a four-piece cluster in the center of the instrument panel, have a futuristic and highly detailed design: fins that route the air stream surround an oval hole. The vents are designed to add contrasts and are made of a mix of white aluminum with a ceramic-like appearance and brushed and polished aluminum. The aluminum control elements have a functional and clean design, and provide an exciting contrast to the organic and avant-garde shapes that surround them. On top of the free-form surface under a reduced hood are the 12.3-inch screens familiar from the new S-Class. They have an aspect ratio of 8:3. In the Concept S-Class Coupé the fully glazed color displays are even slimmer and seem to float even more freely. As high-tech elements they offer an exciting contrast to the sensual landscape of the instrument panel. The color scheme of the displays is a bluish-green and consequently sporty and modern. A touch screen showing four world clocks is located on the center console. The driver can choose which clocks to display: To do so, the driver first scrolls on a globe in the display and selects a time zone before a drop-down menu offers the corresponding city selections. The world clock concept was designed and implemented by designers and engineers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center in Palo Alto, California. The central command unit on the center console looks like a shiny jewel. Its extremely high-quality "black diamond" surface creates depth of field. The "black diamond" method uses the chemical CVD (chemical vapor deposition) gas phase process to deposit a precious metal on a high-sheen chrome surface at temperatures of 1,830°F. The metal reacts with the surface to form a layer that is highly scratch-resistant and has a high adhesive strength. The door panels of the Concept S-Class Coupé are made from aluminum. Using computer algorithms delicate topographic lines were milled into the metal and mimic the contours of the door-mounted control elements. This creates an interesting light pattern with tiny sparkling highlights. For this creation the designers drew their inspiration from rock formations in Utah. The progressive perforations of the loudspeakers were also generated using algorithms and display some intelligent aesthetics of mathematics. Like the entire interior the seats have a highly dynamic and natural "flow of lines" and continue the sculpted design of the shapes. The front seats evoke associations of haute-couture tailoring because their sculpted shape embodies sensual lines reminiscent of figurines in fashion design. In the upper section of the seat the side bolsters envelope the occupant. The vertical lines of the seats come courtesy of an array of delicate piping, which is continued formally by leather strips in the carpet. Piping on the side bolsters provides contrast and like the perforation of the seat surfaces is a factor in the sporty-elegant impression. The choice of colors and materials plays with the extroverted contrasts of anthracite and white as well as aluminum, and bolsters both the timeless modernity and avant-garde nature of the design and the claim of the Concept S-Class Coupé of ultimate exclusivity, high quality and perfection. In this spirit the instrument panel and seats are made from supple calfskin, the silk carpet was made by hand using the tufting process and captivates with its precious iridescent sheen. In this process the threads are stitched through the backing. The headliner of the vehicle is made from hand-woven silk and consequently underscores the exclusive character of the interior. The technology: intelligent assistance systems and a seeing suspension The Concept S-Class Coupé is powered by a V8 Biturbo engine. This engine produces 449 hp from a displacement of 4,663 cc. The peak torque is 516 lb-ft. The Concept S-Class Coupé is equipped with the "Intelligent Drive" technology from Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to two "camera eyes," the stereo camera can create a three-dimensional view of the area up to about 160 feet in front of the vehicle, and as "6DVision" can detect the position and movement of objects. It monitors the surroundings ahead of the vehicle over a range of up to 1,600 feet. This data is combined with the data from the radar and ultrasonic sensors. A multitude of assistance systems monitors the surrounding traffic for the driver. This helps to reduce the burden on the driver and other road users are also protected. The suspension makes use of the new stereo camera as well: like the new S-Class, the Concept S-Class Coupé can detect surface undulations in advance. If ROAD SURFACE SCAN detects such undulations with the help of the stereo camera, MAGIC BODY CONTROL adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation. Using the camera images and vehicle status information, the control unit continuously calculates the best control strategy to cope with uneven stretches such as long undulations. The infotainment system also meets the highest standards: the MoodGrid software from music recognition service Gracenote makes it possible to listen to whatever music fits the mood. Finding suitable songs no longer requires the driver and passengers of the Concept S-Class Coupé to awkwardly search through their collections of digital music. Based on a selected mood the software compiles a pre-selection of songs. This compilation not only includes familiar songs, but music from a catalogue containing 18 million tracks – adapted to the individual taste and the respective mood. The navigation system based on the Garmin NaviCore also offers more convenient orientation with a modern design and a 3D view.
  8. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 10, 2013 Nissan has been on a tear lately with introducing new models. So far the company has unveiled the Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Versa Note. Their latest showing at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is the new 2014 Rogue. This is an important vehicle for Nissan as the Rogue is currently Nissan's second best selling model in the U.S. The new Rogue's design is very Pathfinder-ish. Imagine taking the Pathfinder and sticking it in front of a shrink-ray, that's the 2014 Rogue's design in a nutshell. Inside, the Rogue gets the same dashboard layout as the new Altima and the option of a third-row seat. Power will come 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. This is mated to Xtronic CVT and comes with the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy wise, the official EPA numbers aren't out. Nissan does say that the Rogue with front-wheel drive can get 33 MPG on the highway. Pricing for the 2014 Rogue will start at $22,490* for the base S model (*excluding $860 destination charge). That's an increase of $2,000 over the current Rogue. All-wheel drive will be an $1,350 option. The 2014 Rogue will go on sale this fall. Nissan is doing a special reservation program where anyone who wants to buy the Rogue can reserve one and get a $250 gift card. Source: Nissan William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 All-New 2014 Nissan Rogue Designed to Energize Everyday Activities with Style – Thanks to Spacious Interior with Advanced Passenger and Cargo Flexibility, Optional 3rd Row - Rogue is the fifth of five all-new redesigned models for the 2013 and 2014 model years – following Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Versa Note - Second best-selling vehicle in Nissan‟s U.S. lineup is totally redesigned for 2014 with bold styling and optional 3-row/7-passenger seating - New Rogue features premium right-sized exterior, roomy and inviting interior, easily configurable passenger/cargo space and features designed to enhance confident driving - Extensive range of available technologies includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation, NissanConnectSM Apps, class-exclusive* Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning First introduced for the 2008 model year, the Nissan Rogue has become a key player in the highly competitive compact SUV market – addressing both the functional and emotional needs of buyers while offering great value. Now, with a complete redesign for the 2014 model year, Rogue challenges convention once again with bold emotive styling, a premium interior created with comfort and multi-tasking in mind, and an array of available affordable techonologies. For the first time Rogue offers optional 3-row/7-passenger seating, thanks to its improved interior packaging efficiency. Among the many interior highlights are the exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its innovative EZ Flex™ seating System. The new Rogue also offers an innovative, class-exclusive* Divide „n Hide® Cargo System that provides 18 adjustable variations (two-row models) between the cargo and occupant areas – including out-of-sight storage and a lower deck to handle taller items. "Like every Nissan, Rogue is designed to energize owners‟ lives by not only meeting their expected needs, but by going beyond the norm with features such as the Around View Monitor® that helps make parking less stressful," said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "With Rogue, as we‟ve done with the all-new Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Versa Note before it, we‟re bringing a new level of affordable technologies and innovations to a segment looking for fresh ideas." Now assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is the first vehicle to utilize the new jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture. The added efficiencies provided by the joint development allow Nissan to deliver unprecedented value in the segment. Rogue is one of a family of new Nissan global compact crossovers, along with the European version, called the Nissan X-TRAIL. As high-volume global growth products, Rogue and X-TRAIL are projected to be available in 190 countries around the world. Robust Exterior, Inviting Interior The 2014 Rogue‟s completely redesigned exterior provides a premium, high-quality look and feel with no compromise of the functional aspects that are so important to owners in this class. Rogue offers a compact overall size and ample interior roominess, thanks to its long wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. Versus the previous generation Rogue, the wheelbase has been increased by 0.6 inch, the overall height increased by 1.2 inches and the front overhang reduced by 1.5 inches. In addition, the rear doors have been designed with a wider opening (77 degrees) for easier entry and exit to the rear passenger space. Rogue‟s bold, sharp bodylines offer a sporty and confident appearance, balancing its sleek style with an aggressive stance provided by large wheelwells and available 18-inch wheels and tires. The coefficient of drag has been reduced by about 10 percent from the previous generation to a class-leading* 0.33 by optimizing the A-pillar section and outside mirror shapes, which also helps reduce wind noise. The turbulence behind the body has been reduced through optimization of the rear roof spoiler, rear side spoiler and rear combination lights. Underbody aerodynamic devices include a Nissan-first muffler spoiler, along with a rear bumper closing panel, fuel tank deflector, rear suspension cover, engine under cover and front tire deflectors. Exterior highlights include standard halogen headlights with signature LED daytime running lights making a powerful visual statement. Also featured are body-color outside mirrors with standard integrated turn signals and a rear spoiler. Also available are LED headlights with auto levelizer, fog lights, privacy glass, roof rails, heated outside mirrors and power liftgate. Rogue‟s available power panoramic moonroof offers a panoramic view through its extended length. The front glass panel slides and tilts, while the rear glass panel is fixed. When in the open position, the front panel slides under the fixed second panel. Rogue is offered in eight exterior colors: Midnight Jade, Saharan Sun, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Moonlight White and Graphite Blue. "Rogue‟s bold, dynamic new styling is going to generate tremendous attention," said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas. "And once buyers take a look inside at the roomy, premium interior and experience the long list of affordable user-friendly technologies, we think they‟ll be delighted." Rogue‟s comfortable, inviting interior offers a definite "wow" factor for occupants – unexpected roominess along with a marriage of refined styling and premium comfort. Among the factors that have improved roominess (versus the previous generation Rogue) are the optimized front headrest shape, lowered front seat shoulder height, forward-shifted center console location, reduced front seatback surfaces, reduced rear door speaker enclosure intrusion, lowered door trim height and the new sliding/reclining 2nd row seat design. As a result, Rogue features ample interior roominess and 70.0 cubic feet of cargo room (rear seats folded down). The new Rogue‟s front bucket seats are a special "zero gravity"-inspired design. Similar to the Nissan Altima‟s front seats, the articulated seat shape provides continuous support from the pelvis to the chest, helping reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel. The available Quick Comfort™ heated front seats are designed to immediately begin warming the body parts that are most sensitive to heat, such as the thighs and hips. Then, to maintain a warm, cozy feeling, the heater increases heating on body pressure points. The driver‟s seat is 6-way adjustable, with available power adjustment incuding lumbar support, while the front passenger seat is 4-way adjustable. With Rogue‟s innovative EZ Flex™ Seating System, every seat except the driver‟s easily folds down. The front passenger seat folds rearwards, allowing transport of long items such as an 8-foot ladder when combined with the flat folding 40/20/40-split 2nd row seat. The optional stadium-style, flat-fold 3rd row 50/50-split bench seat enhances Rogue‟s outstanding passenger versatility. Rogue offers 37.9 inches of 2nd row legroom with its 9.0 inches of fore/aft adjustability. The new Rogue interior design also offers a range of smart storage and convenience solutions, with six front storage areas (five within the driver‟s reach), two front cupholders and two front bottle holders. Other standard interior features include Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, front center console, power windows with driver‟s auto up/down, 5.0-inch center meter color display (Advanced Driver Assist™ Display), air conditioning with microfilter and class-exclusive* adjustable 2nd row vents, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, power door locks with auto-locking feature, LED maplights, USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant. Also available are dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather-appointed seats, Bose® audio system with nine speakers. Two interior colors are offered: Charcoal and Almond. Available Rogue connected technology and smartphone integration includes the advanced NissanConnectSM with Navigation system with 7.0-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, NavTraffic and NavWeather, SiriusXM Travel Link® (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), and NissanConnectSM Apps. "Rogue‟s smartphone integration system allows drivers to seamlessly connect their digital life to their in-vehicle experience. With the Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant they can receive incoming messages from smartphones, and with Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® anyone can DJ from anywhere in the Rogue," added Loing. Confidence-Inspiring Driving Technologies Rogue‟s available class-exclusive* Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) system utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a "bird‟s eye" virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle. It provides additional selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb views, helping the driver maneuver the car in or out of tight spots. Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, helping enhance the driver‟s situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings (front, side or back range object detection) if the system detects moving objects (such as another vehicle) within the displayed image in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. Using sophisticated image processing technology, the system detects moving objects within the "top view" (when the vehicle is in Park). When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects crossing within the front or rear views. Other Rogue Safety Shield technologies include Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Every 2014 Nissan Rogue is equipped with a responsive 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and best-in-class* 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched with an advanced next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with standard Sport Mode switch. With a 40 percent reduction (versus previous generation) in friction loss, along with an improved belt and pulley system, reduced oil churning friction, compact oil pump, new electronic control, wider gear ratio and other enhancements, the new CVT is approximately 10 percent more efficient than the previous-generation CVT. Fuel economy is projected to be best-in-class* 33 mpg highway for front-wheel drive CVT-equipped models (2014 EPA ratings not available at press time) – representing an 18 percent improvement in highway fuel economy versus the 2013 model. Rogue city fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg, while combined fuel economy is 28 mpg (front-wheel drive models)*. The new Rogue carries the distinctive "PURE DRIVE" badge, reflecting Nissan‟s commitment to developing more environmentally friendly transportation for every market. The new Rogue also features Nissan‟s new suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies with Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control. The Active Trace Control system utilizes Rogue‟s standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to help improve cornering feel by automatically applying the brakes or smoothing engine torque characteristics while accelerating. With Active Engine Braking, the CVT helps slow the Rogue as the driver brakes, resulting in less brake effort by the driver. Active Ride Control helps smooth out the drive by automatically applying the brakes and adjusting engine torque after the vehicle hits a bump, reducing the typical "head bobble" pitch. The 2014 Rogue also offers standard 4-wheel independent suspension, Electric Power-assisted Steering, 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Hill Start Assist. Rogue is available with a choice of front-wheel drive or an intuitive All-Wheel Drive system with standard Hill Descent Control. Rogue S models are equipped with 17-inch wheels and 225/65R17 all-season tires, while 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are standard on Rogue SV. Also available are 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/60R18 all-season tires on Rogue SL models. Safety and security features include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection; 3-point front and rear seatbelts, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors; and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). Every Rogue also offers child safety rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone; Nissan Immobilizer system and anti-theft alarm system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with position monitoring and Nissan‟s innovative, class-exclusive* Easy Fill Tire Alert. Three Well-Equipped Models The 2014 Nissan Rogue comes in three well-equipped models, S, SV and SL, each in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Along with the long list of standard features found on Rogue S, the Rogue SV adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, privacy glass, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition, 6-way power driver‟s seat, power driver‟s seat lumbar support, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), NissanConnectSM Apps, two additional audio system speakers, roof rails and Smart Auto on/off headlights. Rogue SL models include leather-appointed seating, Bose® audio system with nine speakers, NissanConnectSM with Navigation, 7.0-inch QVGA color touchscreen display, power liftgate, Around View® Monitor, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, Quick Comfort™ heated front seats and outside mirrors and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Available option packages include the Family Package (S, SV) with 3rd row seating, privacy glass (S only) and run flat tires; the Moonroof Package (SV) with power panoramic moonroof; the Premium Package (SV) with NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Around View® Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Moving Object Detection and power liftgate; and the Premium Package (SL) with power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights with auto levelizer, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Moving Object Detection and Forward Collision Warning. The 2014 Nissan Rogue will be assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee. *AutoPacific Segmentation. 2014 Rogue v. '13 and '14 competitors, Midsize Compact Class. **Targeted 2014 Rogue EPA Fuel Economy Estimate of 33 MPG. Nissan Testing results not yet EPA confirmed.
  9. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 10, 2013 It has been a long time coming, but the time has come. Porsche announced the details of the upcoming 918 Spyder. The 918 Spyder looks almost like the concept vehicle we saw back at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. With its race car styling and removable roof panels, the 918 will not be mistaken for anything else but a Porsche. The 918's heart begins with a mid-mounted, dry-sump-lubricated, 4.6L V8 engine that produces 608 horsepower. There are also three electric motors that provide an extra 286 horsepower and large lithium-ion battery pack. Total output stands at 887 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed PDK dual-clutch helps get that power to the wheels. Performance figures for the 918 Spyder are astounding: 0 - 62 MPH: 2.8 Seconds 0 - 124 MPH: 7.9 Seconds Top Speed: 211 MPH Combined Fuel Economy (European Cycle): 85 MPG Distance On Electric Power: 18 Miles Top Speed On Electric Power: 93 MPH Recharging time for the 918 Spyder takes about 4 hours when plugged into a German-spec 230V outlet or 25 minutes with Porsche's Speed Charging Station. The 918 Spyder's powertrain operates in five different modes that you change via a knob on the steering wheel. The modes include: E-Power: Runs the 918 Spyder on electric power alone Hybrid: Gas engine kicks on with electric power to return the best fuel economy Sport Hybrid: Gas engine runs continuously and uses the electric motors to provide boost Race Hybrid: PDK Transmission gets revised gear ratios and the electric motors at their maximum power for a short time Hot Lap: Uses all of the available battery for a short time The 918 will also come with the option of the Weissach package which includes magnesium wheels, six-point harness seat belts, Alcantanra upholstery, special colors inspired by historic Porsche race cars, and the option a film-coating instead of paint. Pricing for the 918 Spyder start at $845,000 with deliveries starting next year for the U.S. Source: Porsche William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 PORSCHE AT THE IAA 2013 A meeting of two trend-setters - the world première of the 918 Spyder super sports car in the anniversary year of the Porsche 911 The Porsche 918 Spyder is celebrating its début at this year's International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The super sports car with plug-in hybrid drive marks the beginning of a new era. Never before has a super sports car designed for everyday use offered such an impressive dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car. In setting this technological benchmark, the Porsche 918 Spyder is taking on a pioneering role similar to that of the 911 when it was unveiled at the IAA fifty years ago. To mark the anniversary of the 911, Porsche is presenting a special limited edition '911 50 years' model. The anniversary model is based on the current 911 Carrera S, combining the traditional elements of the 911 with state-of-the-art technology. Porsche is completing its sports car line-up with the new 'Type 991' 911 Turbo, which is being presented to the public for the first time at the major trade show in Frankfurt. In addition, the new second generation Panamera is demonstrating the breadth of the Porsche range today. As the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class, the pioneering Panamera S E-Hybrid is proving that Porsche is leading the field with its expertise in the development of fuel-efficient drive concepts for sports cars. Porsche genetic blueprint for the future: The 918 Spyder with high-performance hybrid The 918 Spyder is the continuation of the traditional Porsche DNA in a ground-breaking sports car concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder boasts an unprecedented combination of performance (offering the 887 hp output of a super sports car) and the virtually silent, emission-free travel of an electric vehicle. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and offers an average standard fuel consumption of between 94 mpg and 85 mpg. The 918 Spyder also allows a combustion engine to be combined with an electric motor-based drive to generate new functions that further optimise the dynamic performance. A sportscar icon celebrates its anniversary: 50 years of the 911 Since its début at the IAA in September 1963, the 911 has been considered by its many devoted fans around the world as the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. This iconic, rear-engined, flat-six cylinder coupe is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Frankfurt, and Porsche is marking the occasion with a special edition model based on the current 911 Carrera S – only 1,963 are available. In addition to a comprehensive standard equipment package and various styling cues hinting at the original, this very special 911 model is the only vehicle to also combine the wide body of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models with the rear-wheel drive configuration of the original 911; which also featured a charismatic, rear-mounted flat-six engine driving the rear wheels. Few other cars in the world can look back on such a long and continuing tradition as the Porsche 911. Over the decades, the model line has continued to evolve. The result of this 50 year process is a sports car that can claim to be about as close to perfection as possible without having lost any of its original charm. There have now been seven generations of this iconic sports car, each one writing its own success story. Since 1963, over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been produced at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory. Few other sports cars in the world have generated such excitement among car enthusiasts, and no other sports car has claimed as many race victories, proving time and again that every Porsche is a race car. Now in its seventh generation, the iconic 911 sports car is continuing its journey into the future. The new 911 Turbo: Maximum driving dynamics, minimum fuel consumption The first 911 Turbo prototype was showcased at the IAA in 1973, ten years after the original 911 made its début. For the 40th anniversary of the model, Porsche is presenting the new generation 'Type 991' 911 Turbo and Turbo S, which sit at the pinnacle of technology and dynamic performance in the 911 range. Features like the new all-wheel drive chassis with active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights and the 560 hp, flat-six engine with twin turbocharging underscore the role of the new 911 Turbo models as a technological benchmark both for race cars and vehicles intended for everyday use. The completely re-designed lightweight chassis with 100 mm longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch diameter wheels also have an important part to play. The dynamic performance has also been improved via the active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) anti-roll system, which is making its first appearance in the 911 Turbo models. This feature is part of the standard equipment for the 911 Turbo S, alongside the Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mountings and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), all of which are also available as options on the 911 Turbo. Combined, these dynamic attributes reduce the lap time of the new 911 Turbo S around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife to 7 min 27 secs. At the same time, both sporting coupes are more efficient with an New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel consumption of 29.1 mpg, which is 15 per cent lower than before. Porsche 918 Spyder: A unique combination of performance and efficiency The 918 Spyder embodies the essence of the Porsche idea, combining pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday suitability, and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The début of the 918 Spyder at the IAA 2013 marks the start of a new chapter in the future of the hybrid drive. And the technology pioneers are not the only ones who are excited by this flagship project, as the 918 Spyder demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before, achieving a parallel improvement in both fuel efficiency and performance without compromising on either. This is the idea that has made the Porsche 911 the most successful sports car in the world for the past 50 years. In short, the 918 Spyder contains the genetic blueprint for the Porsche sportscar of the future. The 918 Spyder has been greatly influenced by its affiliations with motorsport. A number of the developments on the Porsche LMP1 race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 were used in the 918 Spyder – and vice versa. The structural concept, based on a rolling chassis (i.e. a chassis without bodywork), is standard for Porsche race cars. The design of the V8 engine is based on that of the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) race car, the RS Spyder, and the supporting monocoque structures and unit carriers are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). More importantly, however, the 918 Spyder is considerably more fuel efficient than any of its competitors. In fact, this plug-in hybrid combines the performance of a race car with an output of over 880 hp with an estimated NEDC fuel consumption of just three litres per 100 km, which is lower than the majority of today's compact cars. Drivers can therefore enjoy maximum driving pleasure and minimum fuel consumption. Hybrid drive enhances dynamic performance The core message surrounding the 918 Spyder is that the Porsche hybrid drive offers uncompromising dynamic performance. The unique all-wheel drive arrangement with a combined combustion engine and electric motor drive system on the rear axle, and a second electric motor on the front axle, make this possible. This is based on the Porsche motorsport development work for the successful 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car. The additional, individually controllable front wheel drive enables new driving strategies to be used for extremely high, yet safe, speeds particularly through corners. Furthermore, the advanced 'boost' strategy manages the energy of the electric drive so intelligently that the unrestricted total power of the 918 Spyder can be accessed simply by fully depressing the accelerator pedal for every burst of speed at maximum acceleration. In short, the 918 Spyder allows any driver to experience the potential of its advanced longitudinal and lateral dynamics. From comfortable to race-ready: Five modes for three motors The centrepiece of the 918 Spyder is the distribution of propulsive power across three power units, all of which are integrated and controlled via an intelligent management system. To benefit as much as possible from the coverage offered by the different systems, the Porsche engineers at the company's Weissach research and development centre have defined a total of five operating modes, which can be activated via a map switch in the steering wheel, just like in race cars. Using the pre-selected mode, the 918 Spyder applies the most suitable operating and boost strategy without any further intervention from drivers, thus allowing them to concentrate fully on the road. Quiet and elegant: 'E-Power' When the vehicle is started up, 'E-Power' mode is selected as the default operating mode, provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. Depending on load, the 918 Spyder can cover between 10 and 20 miles purely on electric power. Even in pure electric mode, the 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 – 62 mph in under seven seconds and can reach speeds of up to 93 mph. In this mode, the combustion engine is used only when needed. If the battery charging condition drops below a set minimum level, the vehicle automatically switches to hybrid mode. Efficient and comfortable: 'Hybrid' In 'Hybrid' mode, the electric motors and combustion engine work alternately, focusing on achieving maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption. The power output of the individual drive components is modified in line with the current driving situation and the required performance level. Hybrid mode is typically used for fuel-efficient driving. Sporty and dynamic: 'Sport Hybrid' If more dynamic performance is required, the power units in the 918 Spyder switch over to 'Sport Hybrid' mode. The combustion engine now operates continuously, representing the main propulsive force. The electric motors are activated to support acceleration through the electric boost function, or at points when the operating point of the combustion engine can be optimised for greater efficiency. This mode focuses on performance and a sporty driving experience at top speeds. For fast laps: 'Race Hybrid' 'Race Hybrid' is the mode for maximum performance combined with an especially sporting driving experience. The combustion engine is chiefly used under high load, and charges the battery whenever the driver does not require maximum power. In this mode, the electric motors also provide additional support in the form of boosting. The gearshift programme of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is also designed for even sportier driving. The electric motors are used up to the maximum power output limit to deliver the best possible performance for the race track. The battery charging condition is not kept constant and instead fluctuates over the entire charge range. In contrast to 'Sport Hybrid' mode, the electric motors run at their maximum power output limit for a short period for enhanced boost performance. This increased output is balanced out by the fact that the combustion engine charges the battery more intensively. The electric power boost is thus always available to the driver even for several very fast laps. For pole position: 'Hot Lap' The 'Hot Lap' button in the centre of the map switch releases the final reserves of the 918 Spyder and can only be activated in 'Race Hybrid' mode. Similar to a motor sports qualification mode, 'Race Hybrid' pushes the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps. This mode uses all of the available energy in the battery. A world first: A drive that harnesses the power of three separate power units The main drive source is the 4.6-litre, eight-cylinder engine with an output of up to 608 hp. Based on the power unit of the successful RS Spyder endurance race car, the engine delivers revs of up to 9,150 rpm and a power output per litre of approximately 132 hp/litre – 26 hp/litre more than that of the Carrera GT, making this the highest specific power of any naturally aspirated Porsche engine. And it is not just the performance of the 918 Spyder engine that stirs up an emotive response: The sound of this vehicle is just as impressive, and can primarily be attributed to the 'top pipes' – exhaust tailpipes that terminate directly above the engine in the upper part of the rear engine cover. No other series production vehicle features this solution. In parallel in the drivetrain: Hybrid module The V8 engine is coupled to the hybrid module as the 918 Spyder is designed as a parallel hybrid like Porsche's current hybrid models. The hybrid module essentially comprises a 115 kW electric motor and a de-coupler that serves as the connection with the combustion engine. Because of its parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be powered at the rear axle either individually by the combustion engine or the electric motor, or via both drives together. As is typical for a Porsche super sports car, the power unit assembly in the 918 Spyder has been placed in front of the rear axle, and it does not have a direct mechanical connection to the front axle. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission handles power transmission to the rear axle. Independent all-wheel drive: Front axle with electric motor There is another independent electric motor that generates approximately 95 kW of power at the front axle. The front electric drive unit drives the wheels at a fixed gear ratio. A de-coupler removes drive from the electric motor at high speeds to prevent the motor from over-revving. The drive torque is independently controlled for each axle, creating a very responsive all-wheel drive function with significant potential in terms of traction and dynamic performance. Lithium-ion battery with plug-in charging system The electric energy for the electric motors is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery comprising 312 individual cells with an energy content of approximately seven kilowatt hours. The battery in the 918 Spyder has a performance-oriented design in terms of both power charging and output, enabling it to meet the performance requirements of the electric motor. The power capacity and operating life of the lithium-ion traction battery depend on several factors, including thermal conditions. This is why the battery of the 918 Spyder is liquid cooled by a dedicated cooling circuit. The global warranty period for the traction battery is seven years. Porsche has developed a new system with a plug-in charging interface and improved recuperation potential for charging the battery. For example, on the German 230 Volt mains supply, the traction battery can be charged within four hours by connecting the Porsche Universal Charger (AC) provided in the scope of delivery to a ten-ampere fused power socket. The Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC) is also available as an option, and will fully charge the high-voltage battery in just under 25 minutes. Chassis with race car genes and rear-axle steering The multi-link suspension of the Porsche 918 Spyder was inspired by motor sport design, and is complemented by additional systems such as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive damper system and rear-axle steering, which provides electro-mechanical adjustment of each rear wheel. This adjustment is speed-sensitive, providing steering angles of up to three degrees in each direction. The rear axle can therefore be steered in the same, or opposite, direction to the front wheels. At low speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels, which has the effect of shortening the wheelbase. This makes cornering even more direct, faster and more precise, and reduces the turning circle. At higher speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, which has the effect of lengthening the wheelbase. This significantly increases rear end stability when changing lanes quickly, resulting in exceptionally safe and stable handling. The tyres of the 918: A special challenge On the one hand, the tyres needed to have optimum grip and razor-sharp handling on all road types. On the other, they needed to be durable on the race track and have as low a rolling resistance as possible. As a result, the developers of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for the Porsche 918 Spyder were faced with a seemingly insurmountable conflict of objectives. However, working closely with Porsche engineers, the tyre experts from Michelin were able to overcome this challenge in impressive fashion, with the result that the 918 Spyder is rolling out exclusively on specially-tuned Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. A total of 550 prototype tyres were produced and tested over the course of the testing period. Four hundred pre-production prototypes and 200 series test specimens were also produced before Porsche gave the final approval for the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres in size 265/35 ZR 20 for the front axle and 325/30 ZR 21 for the rear axle. The tyres developed specially for the Porsche 918 are also raising the benchmark in the ultra-sports tyre segment when it comes to driving on wet surfaces and in terms of aquaplaning safety. The 918 sees this exclusive partnership between Michelin and Porsche in the development of special tyres for super sports cars entering its second phase. This partnership started more than ten years ago with the Carrera GT. The 'Weissach' package for an even better performance For customers looking for an even better performance from the 918 Spyder, Porsche also offers the 'Weissach' package. Super sports cars modified with this package are also available in special colours and designs inspired by legendary Porsche race cars, making them instantly recognisable. The emphasis on performance is not just visual. Super lightweight magnesium wheels reduce unsprung weight, decreasing the gross weight by around 35 kg. These lightweight features are decisive when it comes to further enhancing the dynamic performance of the vehicle. Other references to motorsport include six-point harness seat belts for the driver and front passenger, an optional film coating instead of a paint finish, plus additional aerodynamic add-on parts in visible carbon fibre. Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA) for different driving modes Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA) is a system of adjustable aerodynamic elements that provides a unique and variable aerodynamic response. The system works in three stages, switching automatically between optimum efficiency and maximum downforce, and working in harmony with the operating modes of the hybrid drive. In 'Race' mode, the retractable rear wing is set to a steep angle to generate high downforce at the rear axle. The spoiler, which is positioned between the two wing supports at the trailing edge of the airflow, also extends. Two adjustable air flaps are opened in the underbody in front of the front axle, directing some of the air into the diffuser channels of the underbody structure to also produce a 'ground effect' at the front axle. In 'Sport' mode, the aerodynamics control system reduces the approach angle of the rear wing slightly, enabling a higher top speed. The spoiler remains extended but the aerodynamic flaps in the underbody close, which also reduces aerodynamic drag and increases the potential vehicle speed. In 'E'-mode, the system focuses solely on low aerodynamic drag; the rear wing and spoiler are retracted and the underbody flaps are closed. Adjustable air intakes under the main headlights round off the adaptive aerodynamics system. When the vehicle is stationary and in 'Race' or 'Sport' mode, the intakes are opened to enable maximum cooling. In 'E-Power' and 'Hybrid' mode, the air intakes close as soon as the vehicle is driven off in order to keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum. They are not opened again until the vehicle reaches speeds of approximately 80 mph or when cooling requirements are higher. A pioneering control concept: Clear organisation in the cockpit The driver is the focus behind all the technology in this Porsche super sports car. With this in mind, the engineers have developed a cockpit that is typical of the brand and pioneering in its clarity. The cockpit concept is divided into two basic sections. The first section comprises the controls that are important for driving; these items are grouped around the multi-function steering wheel and combined with driver information displayed on three large round instruments. The second section comprises the infotainment block housed in the elevated centre console, which was originally introduced in the Carrera GT. Systems like climate control, wing adjustment, lighting and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system along with the Burmester High-End audio sound system can be operated intuitively via the multi-touch control functions on the innovative black panel display. A unique open-roof driving experience: Removable roof panels As a super sports car designed for everyday use, the 918 Spyder offers a spectacular top-down driving experience. The two roof panels made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) are removable, as is the tradition at Porsche, and can be stored securely in the 100-litre capacity luggage compartment located in the nose of the vehicle. Porsche redefined: A new super sports car for a new decade The 918 Spyder continues a long tradition of super sports cars at Porsche. Many of these vehicles have set technological benchmarks and have become the ultimate sports cars of their decades: the Carrera GTS, the first Porsche 911 Turbo, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT. More so than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder is providing the key momentum for developing technologies for future vehicle concepts. The 918 Spyder features all the components that reflect the Porsche DNA, yet in a format that is more powerful than ever before. Porsche celebrates 50 years of the 911 with a special edition Like no other sports car, the Porsche 911 has been able to reconcile apparent contradictions, such as tradition versus innovation, or exclusivity versus a high level of social acceptance. To mark the 50th anniversary of the 911, Porsche is presenting a very special model at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. Like the original 911, the '911 50 Years' edition is a coupé with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive, but its efficient performance, active sports chassis and exclusive special body are very much state of the art. The 911 anniversary model features the distinctive wide rear end, which is typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. The '50 Years 911' edition is limited to 1,963 vehicles – the same number as the year in which the 911 made its début. The original 911 was first presented to the public at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1963. This iconic sports car has since been revered by automotive fans around the world, and is still frequently considered the benchmark for other sports cars. Following its début, the 911 has continued to evolve, but the iconic sports car has lost none of its original unique character. The result of this 50-year evolution – which has also included countless race victories – is a sports car that truly epitomises the authenticity of the Porsche brand. The 911 has also served as the genetic blueprint for all other Porsche models. After all, every Porsche is designed to assert its claim of being the sportiest vehicle in its segment. This limited edition 400 hp 911 Carrera S captures the allure of the 911 with a range of features that have contributed to its 50-year success story. For example, the chassis of the limited edition includes the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which has been designed especially to accommodate the increased rear track width and further support the vehicle's exceptional lateral dynamics. The sport exhaust system also delivers a suitably emotive sound. Special 20-inch diameter wheels in a black paint finish with machine-polished centres offer a visual tribute to the legendary "Fuchs" wheels. The elegant look of the model is emphasized by chrome strips on the front air intake, bespoke slats on the engine compartment grille and along the trim between the tail lights. Another technical highlight of the high-performance equipment package is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), featuring Bi-Xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights. The anniversary edition model is available in two unique colours: Solid Graphite Grey and Metallic Geyser Grey, as well as Solid Black. The model features a two-tone, 3D-effect '911 50' badge on the rear engine lid and this motif is repeated in embroidery in three colours on the headrests, and in two colours as a logo on the tachometer and on the aluminium-coloured door entry guards. It can also be found on the cup holder trim together with the limited edition number of the individual vehicle. Other exterior characteristics of the special edition model include high-gloss window frames and Sport Design door mirrors. References to the original 911 can be found in the interior as well. Just like in the vehicle of 50 years ago, the instruments feature green labels with white pointer needles and silver caps on the pivot pins. The centre panels of the leather seats provide a further point of highlight in the form of a fabric reminiscent of the 'Pepita' tartan pattern popular in the 1960s. The full-leather interior is designed in Agate Grey or Black with decorative stitching, some of which in a contrasting colour. The driver and front passenger seats offer 14-way adjustment, with sport seats plus with 18-way adjustment available as an option. The decorative brushed aluminium panels on the dashboard, doors and centre console match the shift level or gear selector from the Porsche Exclusive range. The performance of the '50 Years 911' model is virtually the same as that of the 911 Carrera S: The anniversary model accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with PDK) and reaches a top speed of 186 mph (185 mph with PDK). The vehicle's total NEDC fuel consumption amounts to 29.7 mpg (32.5 mpg with PDK), which corresponds to 224 g/km CO2 (205 with PDK). 50 years of the Porsche 911: Seven generations – seven legends For five decades, the 911 has been the centrepiece of the Porsche brand. Few other cars can look back on such a long and continuing tradition. Since its very first appearance as the 'Type 901' at the International Motor Show (IAA) in September 1963, this iconic sports car has been revered by car enthusiasts around the world, and is still frequently considered the benchmark for all other sports cars. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche model lines. From the Cayenne to the Panamera, every Porsche model is designed to assert its claim of being the sportiest vehicle in its market segment, and every one reflects some part of the fundamental idea behind the 911 to enable it to do this. More than 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built to date, making it one of the most successful sports cars in the world. For each of its seven generations, the Porsche engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented the 911, demonstrating their innovative approach with every version. Like no other vehicle, the 911 has been able to reconcile apparent contradictions such as sportiness versus everyday suitability, tradition versus innovation, exclusivity versus social acceptance, and design versus functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story. Ferry Porsche best described the car's unique qualities, when he said: "The 911 is the only car you could drive from an African safari to the Le Mans race track, and then to the theatre and through the streets of New York." In addition to its classic yet unique design, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its pioneering technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their début in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track. After all, the 911 has always been designed for a high performance level, and motorsport was its most important testing ground. From the very beginning, the 911 has been at home on race tracks all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. In fact, a good two thirds of Porsche's 30,000 racing victories to date have been notched up by the 911. Porsche introduces a host of anniversary celebrations for the 911 The 50th anniversary of the 911 has always been the main focus for Porsche in 2013. A wide variety of anniversary events are being held, starting with the Retro Classics motor show in Stuttgart. The anniversary year is also celebrated with a special exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. The sports car manufacturer is also sending an original, unrestored 911 from model year 1967 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this vintage 911 will visit five continents where it will be showcased at various locations, including Pebble Beach in California, Shanghai, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Paris and Melbourne in Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, the 911 will be in attendance at numerous international events, trade fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events through the anniversary year. Fans and potential visitors can follow the vehicle's progress at http://porsche.com/follow-911. The Porsche Museum is celebrating 50 years of the Porsche 911 with an extensive special exhibition. From 4 June –29 September, Porsche will be looking back on the history and development of the 911. The Porsche Museum publishing house, Edition Porsche-Museum, is also bringing out a special book to mark the anniversary, entitled '911x911'. The 911 generations The original 911 (1963) – the birth of a legend As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sportscar enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype was first unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in 1963 as the type 901, before being renamed as the 911 for its market launch in 1964. The vehicle's air-cooled flat-six engine delivered an output of 130 hp, giving it an impressive top speed of 210 km/h. For those who wanted to take things a little slower, the four-cylinder Porsche 912 was also available from 1965 onwards. In 1966, Porsche presented the 160 hp 911 S, which was the first model to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll-over bar, made its début in late 1966 as the world's first ever safety cabriolet. The semi-automatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the line-up in 1967. With the 911 T, E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with the strict exhaust emission control regulations stipulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 litres (1969) and later to 2.4 litres (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with a 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1,000 kg remains the ultimate dream car to this day. Its characteristic ducktail spoiler was the world's first rear spoiler for a series production vehicle. 'G-Series' (1973) – the second generation Ten years after its première, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The G-Series model was produced from 1973 to 1989, longer than any other 911 generation. It featured prominent bellows bumpers – an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States. Occupant protection was further improved by the three-point safety belts and integrated head restraints provided as standard. The IAA in Frankfurt was also the backdrop for another important milestone in the history of the 911 - the 1973 launch of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with its 3.0-litre, 260 hp engine and enormous rear spoiler. Thanks to its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche brand. The next performance leap came in 1977 in the form of the 911 Turbo 3.3 with a charge-air intercooler. With an output of 300 hp, this vehicle was the best in its class. In 1983, the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC; the 3.2-litre, 231 hp engine made this vehicle a popular collectors' item. Starting in 1982, fresh air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, saw the start of the Porsche legend. 'Type 964' (1988) – reinventing a classic Just when automotive experts were predicting the end of an era, Porsche unveiled the 911 Carrera 4 ('Type 964') in 1988. After fifteen years of production, up to 85% of the 911 platform had been completed revised, allowing Porsche to offer a modern and sustainable vehicle concept. The air-cooled 3.6-litre flat engine now delivered an output of 250 hp. Externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors predominantly as a result of its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and electric extending rear spoiler, but the technology available inside the vehicle was very different. The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with its sporty performance but also with an enhanced level of comfort. The anti-lock brake system (ABS), Tiptronic gearbox, power steering and airbags were all added for the benefit of drivers. The 911 also relied on a completely new chassis with alloy wishbones and coil springs instead of the established torsion-bar suspension. The new 911 was more or less revolutionary, as the Carrera 4 model was offered with all-wheel drive right from the start. In addition to the Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa variants, customers could also order the 964 Turbo from 1990 onwards. Initially powered by the proven 3.3-litre flat engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a 360 hp, 3.6-litre power unit. Today, the 911 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and the 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are in particularly high demand by collectors. 'Type 993' (1993) – the last air-cooled model This 911 model, referred to internally as the 'Type 993', remains the one true love of many Porsche drivers. Its aesthetic design has a lot to do with its popularity. The integrated bumpers emphasise the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to poly-ellipsoidal headlights. The 993 quickly gained a reputation for its exceptional design and reliability. It was also agile as it was the first 911 with the newly designed aluminium chassis. The Turbo version was the first model to feature a bi-turbo engine which, in 1995, made it the lowest-emission series production automotive drive in the world. The hollow-spoke aluminium wheels, never seen before on any other vehicle, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo variant. The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at sports car enthusiasts with a need for speed. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa. However, the real reason that true Porsche enthusiasts still cherish the 993 is the fact that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled flat engine. 'Type 996' (1997) – the water-cooled system The 'Type 996', which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new vehicle. This fully re-designed generation was the first to be powered by a water-cooled flat-six engine. With its four-valve technology, the 996 achieved an output of 300 hp and set new benchmarks for reducing emissions, noise and fuel consumption. The exterior design reinterpreted the classic silhouette of the 911, but achieved a lower aerodynamic drag factor value of 0.30 Cd. The contours of the 996 were also a result of component sharing with the Porsche Boxster. Its most eye-catching exterior feature was the headlights with integrated direction indicators – these were seen as rather controversial at first, but were soon copied by many other manufacturers. The interior offered drivers another entirely new cockpit concept, and driving comfort was also beginning to play a greater role alongside the typically sporty characteristics. In connection with the 996, Porsche launched an unprecedented product campaign with a whole series of new variants. The 911 GT3 became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, keeping the tradition of the Carrera RS alive. The 911 GT2, the first vehicle to be equipped with PCCB ceramic composite brakes as standard, and an extreme sporting deriviative arrived in the autumn of 2000. 'Type 997' (2004) – classic and modern combined Porsche had come a long way by July 2004 when the company unveiled a new 911 generation in the form of the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 'Type 997' line. The clear oval headlights with auxiliary lights in the front end were a closer reflection of the traditional 911 design, but the performance of the 997 impressed as much as its design. The 3.6-litre flat-six engine of the Carrera produced an output of 325 hp, while the new 3.8-litre engine in the Carrera S generated an even more impressive 355 hp. The chassis had also been considerably revised and came with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard in the Carrera S. In 2006, Porsche introduced a new 911 Turbo, the first series-production vehicle with a petrol engine to feature a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. Model improvements in autumn 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to its direct fuel injection concept and double-clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers' individual preferences – the Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, limited edition models and GT3 and GT3 RS road versions of racing cars amounted to some 24 different model variants. 'Type 991' (2011) – the best 911 of all time This sports car, known internally as the 'Type 991', represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911. Already the benchmark in its class for several decades, the new 'Type 911' generation raised the bar once again for performance and efficiency. A completely new chassis with a modified wheelbase, wider track, larger tyres and an ergonomically optimized interior all provide an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience. Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance concept, which combines even lower fuel consumption with an even higher performance level. This is achieved via the smaller 3.4-litre displacement in the Carrera basic model (which still delivers 5 hp more than the 997/II), and also the hybrid steel/aluminium construction, which significantly reduces weight. Other innovations include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), and the world's first seven-speed manual transmission. The design of the 991 has likewise received its fair share of praise. With its distinctive, well-proportioned silhouette, athletic contours and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 while once again succeeding in redefining the benchmarks of automotive design. And this is just one more reason why this is the best 911 of all time – until the next generation, of course. The new Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S - the benchmark for performance and efficiency The new generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models represent the pinnacle of the 911 model line in terms of both technology and dynamic performance, and make their world première at the IAA at Frankfurt. To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Turbo prototype, the Porsche 911 Turbo is once again pushing the boundaries of dynamic performance, efficiency and everyday usability. The new active systems in the vehicle are playing a key role. Active rear axle steering enhances agility on the road and on the race track, while the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) system improves performance, efficiency and everyday suitability. A new all-wheel drive system control ensures an even faster, more precise power distribution of the 3.8-litre bi-turbo engines, which boast outputs of up to 520 hp and 560 hp in the respective models. The 30 hp increase in engine performance has been achieved in conjunction with a 15% reduction in fuel consumption in comparison to the previous model. Highly effective efficiency measures mean that combined fuel economy for both versions has increased to 29.1 mpg. Dynamic performance has also been heightened by the active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) anti-roll system, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), dynamic engine mountings, 20-inch diameter wheels and full-LED headlights, all of which are standard on the Turbo S. More than ever before, these new top-of-the-range models also make a clear visual statement about their performance. The characteristic, widely flared rear wings of the new 911 Turbo generation are 28 mm wider than those of the 911 Carrera 4 models – a virtually level surface of just over a hand's width extends out from the C-pillar to the outer edge of the vehicle. More spontaneous, faster and more efficient The entire drivetrain of the 911 Turbo models is an example of the defining features of the new generation car. The turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection generates an output of 520 hp in the 911 Turbo and 560 hp in the S model. Compared to previous models, the output of the 911 Turbo has been boosted by 20 hp and its torque increased by ten Newton metres to 660 Nm. In the S model, the power level has been increased by 30 hp, and the torque by ten Newton metres to 710 Nm. Porsche continues to be the only manufacturer to offer twin turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG) in a petrol engine. This arrangement provides a very consistent power output over the entire speed range. Power is transmitted exclusively via the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which now includes the stop-start function with engine shut-off as soon as the vehicle starts free-wheeling or coasting to a stop. Together with a new thermal management system for the turbo engine, fuel efficiency technologies have reduced the NEDC fuel consumption by as much as 15% to 29.1 mpg for both models. Overboost: A boost of power at the push of a button The new sports cars perform even better in a sprint with the Sport Chrono package, which is standard on the 911 Turbo S (optional for the 911 Turbo). One of the features offered by this package is increased torque. The 'overboost' function, which is being introduced for the first time in the 911 Turbo S, increases the maximum boost pressure by around 0.15 bar for up to 20 seconds in the mid-speed range when the 'SPORT' or 'SPORT Plus' button is pressed, increasing the maximum torque to 750 Nm. Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with virtual intermediate gears The performance gains and reduced fuel consumption achieved with the new top-of-the range 911 models are due to the enhancement of the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which features optimised transmission control for a sports driving experience along with some other new functions. For example, Porsche engineers supplemented the seven driving gears by adding 'virtual' intermediate gears to further improve fuel economy and comfort. These gears are used to reduce engine speed when driving at an even, consistent pace when the next gear up would reduce the engine speed to below the specified lower limit. To do this, the transmission control unit engages the adjacent gear levels and controls the two clutches for a defined level of slip when transferring the propulsion force. New all-wheel drive system with electro-hydraulic control For even faster and more precise power distribution to the two axles, Porsche has developed a new all-wheel drive system (PTM) with an electro-hydraulic control concept for the multi-plate clutch. This functional principle enables faster and more precise control of the clutch pedal. The result is more dynamic and more precise control of the propulsion force to the front axle combined with improved traction and dynamic performance. Rear axle steering improves agility and stability simultaneously The active rear axle steering design consists of two electromechanical actuators, which are used on the left and right of the rear axle instead of the conventional track steering units. Using these actuators, the steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied according to the vehicle speed. This arrangement can be used to achieve one of two different effects, depending on which direction the two axles are turned. For instance, when the front and rear wheels are steered in opposite directions, the sports car drives like a model with a significantly shorter wheelbase – significantly shorter again than the previous model. The system initiates this function at speeds of below 31 mph. The other effect is achieved when the front and rear wheels are steered in the same direction: The perceived wheelbase of the sports car is lengthened, giving the driver better stability when changing lanes and therefore providing enhanced driving stability overall, especially at high speeds. Both axles are steered in the same direction is when the vehicle reaches a speed of 50 mph. Adaptive aerodynamics: The precise art of tackling air resistance The new Porsche 911 Turbo is the first sports car in the world to feature adaptive aero dynamics, allowing it to revolutionise the interaction between everyday usability, efficiency and also performance, and set new benchmarks in each of these three areas. The unique combination of the retractable, multi-stage front spoiler and a slotted wing with height and tilt adjustment means that the aerodynamics of the 911 Turbo can be adapted to the current situation and the driver's preferences at the touch of a button and as often as required. The Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) system features three basic modes with which to control the front spoiler and rear wing. Both are fully retracted when the vehicle is started up. When the front spoiler is folded back, it provides a significantly larger approach angle than the previous model. 'Speed' mode is activated at 75 mph. The two outer segments of the three-part front spoiler extend to divert more air around the body and reduce aerodynamic lift at the front axle. At the same time, the rear wing is extended upwards by 25 mm. 'Performance' mode offers an entirely new dimension of aerodynamics for the top 911 model, demonstrated in particular by the aerodynamic forces at work. At 186 mph the sports car generates 132 kg of downforce in Performance mode. This means that the maximum possible lateral acceleration increases by 10% at this speed – just as a result of the downforce. To generate these forces, the middle section of the front spoiler is also extended. Simultaneously, the rear wing is extended again to a height of 75 mm and is angled forwards by seven degrees. Driving pleasure in exclusive surroundings The interior of both 911 Turbo models has been completely redesigned and mirrors that of the current Carrera range. The new 911 Turbo models also promise an even richer sound experience. The new Sound Symposer system, which is featured as standard, transmits the actual air induction sounds of the turbo engine to the interior via a diaphragm for an especially emotive driving experience. The purely mechanical system is activated when the 'SPORT' button is pressed. The driver and front passenger in the 911 Turbo sit on sport seats with fully electric 14-way adjustment, while the S model features the Adaptive Sport Seat Plus with 18-way adjustment as standard. Both versions include the memory package and electrical steering column adjustment. The memory package stores a large number of seat, steering column and vehicle settings. In addition to the extensive package of standard equipment available for the new 911 Turbo, the new 911 Turbo S features a two-tone leather interior in Black and Carrera Red, which is offered as standard exclusively for this model. Instrument cluster with enhanced displays Both models feature a SportDesign steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles. The instrument cluster located directly in front of the driver differs from that of the 911 Carrera models in that the dials are all black with aluminium-coloured outer rings. The tachometer features a silver-coloured decorative ring and illuminated 'turbo' or 'turbo S' logo. The 4.6-inch, high-resolution colour display offers extensive display options including boost pressure and performance data. The new 'Performance' display shows the engine torque currently available as a moving dot on the screen; this value depends on the engine speed and load. In addition, the main beam assistant for the LED main headlights (standard for the 911 Turbo S, optional for the 911 Turbo) can be activated or deactivated from the vehicle settings submenu. As in the previous models, the new 911 Turbo models include the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with navigation module as part of the standard equipment. This latest PCM generation offers features like a universal audio interface, three-dimensional navigation map including city and terrain models with a satellite map overlay, a map-based speed limit display and controls for the standard Bose® Surround Sound system. Full-LED headlights with continuous levelling adjustment Porsche offers a number of highly developed systems and features for the new 911 Turbo models, some of which are available as standard in the S model. One of the distinctive features of the Turbo S is its full-LED headlights. These headlights differ significantly from the Bi-Xenon system in the 911 Turbo, for which the LED system is available as an option. The full-LED headlights enable fatigue-free driving with their LED light colour, which is very similar to daylight, and enhanced perception of contrasts. The main headlight housing also includes a new integrated four-point daytime running light, which is a highly attractive feature typical to the brand. Camera-based assistance for parking and road sign recognition For the first time in the new 911 Turbo models, and exclusively for Porsche sports cars, the ParkAssist option with reversing camera will be offered at the end of this year. Combined with ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear apron, this option also comprises a camera above the rear licence plate. The control unit connected to the camera generates an additional vehicle silhouette, which the driver can choose to display on the PCM monitor. The image output from the reversing camera can also be combined with the top view from the ParkAssist system. Another camera-based option is traffic sign recognition. This information system uses a camera to detect the current speed limit as well as the start and end of no overtaking zones. It also takes temporary traffic signs into consideration. If the camera does not recognise a particular sign, the speed limit stored in the navigation system is displayed automatically. Innovative adaptive cruise control system and the Burmester sound system The adaptive cruise control system with Porsche Active Safe (PAS) also offers some additional new functions. The integration of the Auto Start Stop function is a new feature for this system. In the new 911 Turbo models, the system offers the opportunity to automatically shut off the engine after slowing the vehicle to a stop via the cruise control function. As in the 911 Carrera models, the Burmester® High-End Surround Sound system is being offered as an option for the new 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models. Based on the experience gained with the many award-wining systems already featured in the Panamera and Cayenne models, this premium audio package offers a performance level and sound quality that is unrivalled in the sports car segment. Porsche 918 Spyder Specifications* Body: Two-seat Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and transmission on front axle; auto Start Stop function; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management Displacement: 4,593 cm (V8 engine) Engine power: 608 hp (447 kW) at 8700/min (V8 engine) 286 hp (210 kW) at 6500/min (electric motors) 887 hp (652 kW) at 8500/min (combined) Max. torque: 917–1,280 Nm (overall, depending on the gear) Maximum revs: 9,150/min Power output per litre: 132 hp/litre (V8 engine) Gearbox: Combustion engine with hybrid module and transmission bolted together to form a single drive unit; seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK); rear-wheel drive; front electric motor with transmission for driving the front wheels (decoupled from 235 km/h); five pre-selectable operating modes for optimum coordination of all drive units Gear ratios PDK: 1st gear 3.91 2nd gear 2.29 3rd gear 1.58 4th gear 1.19 5th gear 0.97 6th gear 0.83 7th gear 0.67 R gear 3.55 Final drive ratio 3.09 Clutch diameter 220 mm/164 mm Chassis: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electro-mechanical system for individual rear wheel steering; electronically controlled twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers at the front and rear with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; internally ventilated and perforated front ceramic brake discs (PCCB) with a diameter of 410 mm and thickness of 36 mm; rear discs with a diameter of 390 mm and thickness of 32 mm Wheels and tyres: 918 Spyder wheels (Weissach package: 918 Spyder forged magnesium wheels) Front 9.5 J x 20 with 265/35 ZR 20 Rear 12.5 J x 21 with 325/30 ZR 21 Weight: DIN unladen weight 1,634 kg Dimensions: Length 4,643 mm Width 1,940 mm Height 1,167 mm Wheelbase 2,730 mm Track width Front 1,664 mm Rear 1,612 mm Luggage compartment volume, VDA ~ 110 litres Fuel tank capacity: 70 litres Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 220 kW maximum power and mains-compatible plug-in charger Performance: Top speed 345 km/h Purely electric 150 km/h Acceleration: 0–100 km/h 2.8 s (62 mph) 0–200 km/h 7.7 s (124 mph) 0–300 km/h 22.0 s (186 mph) Consumption (NEDC): Total 3.3–3.0 litres/100 km (85 – 94 mpg) CO2 emissions: Total 79–70 g/km Energy consumption: 12.5–13.0 kWh/100 km Efficiency class: Germany A+ Range Purely electric: 16–31 km Warranty: Vehicle 4 years Battery 7 years * Specifications may vary according to markets '50 years 911' Edition Specifications* Body: Two-plus-two seat Coupé; lightweight body featuring an intelligent mixed aluminium-steel construction; wings, doors, luggage compartment lid and bonnet lid made of aluminium; two-stage driver and front passenger airbags; side and head airbags for driver and front passenger Aerodynamics: Drag coefficient cW: 0.30 Frontal area A: 2.04 m2 cW x A: 0.61 Engine: Water-cooled flat-six engine; aluminium engine block and cylinder heads; four overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder; variable inlet valve timing and valve-lift adjustment (VarioCam Plus); hydraulic valve clearance compensation; direct fuel injection; one three-way catalytic converter per cylinder bank, each with two oxygen sensors; engine oil capacity of 10.4 litres; electronic ignition with solid-state ignition distribution (six active ignition modules); thermal management system for coolant circulation; auto Start Stop function Bore: 102.0 mm Stroke: 77.5 mm Displacement: 3,800 cm3 Compression ratio: 12.5:1 Engine power: 400 hp (294 kW) at 7,400/min Max. torque: 440 Nm at 5600/min Power output per litre: 105.3 hp/litre (77.4 kW/litre) Maximum revs: 7,800/min Fuel type: Super Plus Electrical system: 12 volts; three-phase generator, 2100 W; battery, 70 Ah; electrical system recuperation Gearbox: Engine and transmission bolted to form one drive unit; rear wheel drive; seven-speed manual transmission with mechanically controlled rear-axle differential lock and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV); optional seven speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with controlled rear-axle differential lock and PTV+. Gear ratios Manual transmission PDK transmission 1st gear 3.91 3.91 2nd gear 2.29 2.29 3rd gear 1.55 1.65 4th gear 1.30 1.30 5th gear 1.08 1.08 6th gear 0.88 0.88 7th gear 0.71 0.62 R gear 3.55 3.55 Final drive ratio 3.44 3.44 Clutch diameter 240 mm 202 mm/153 mm Chassis: Front axle: spring strut axle (MacPherson type, Porsche optimised) with wheels independently suspended by wishbones, longitudinal links and spring struts; cylindrical coil springs with internal vibration dampers; electro-mechanical power steering. Rear axle: multi-link suspension with wheels independently suspended on five links; cylindrical coil springs with coaxial internal vibration dampers. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with electronically controlled dampers; two manually selectable maps. Brakes: Dual-circuit brake system with axle distribution; Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system; vacuum brake booster; brake assistant; electric duo-servo parking brake; auto-hold function. Front axle: six-piston aluminium monobloc brake callipers, perforated and internally ventilated brake discs with a diameter of 340 mm and thickness of 34 mm. Rear axle: four-piston aluminium monobloc brake callipers, perforated and internally ventilated brake discs with a diameter of 330 mm and thickness of 28 mm. Wheels and tyres: Front 9 J x 20 with 245/35 ZR 20 Rear 11.5 J x 20 with 305/30 ZR 20 Weight: DIN unladen weight 1410 kg Permissible gross weight: 1830 kg Dimensions: Length 4,509 mm Width 1,852 mm Width with exterior mirrors 1,978 mm Height 1,295 mm Wheelbase 2,450 mm Track width: Front 1,538 mm Rear 1,560 mm Luggage compartment volume Front 145 litres; rear 260 litres Fuel tank capacity: 64 litres Performance: Top speed 300 (298) km/h 186 mph (185 mph) Acceleration: 0–100 km/h 4.5 (4.3) s with Sport Plus and PDK* 4.1 s 0–200 km/h 14.6 (14.1) s with Sport Plus and PDK* 13.8 s Fuel consumption: Total 9.5 (8.7) litres/100 km (NEDC) 29.7 mpg (32.5 mpg) Urban traffic 13.8 (12.2) litres/100 km 20.5 mpg (23.2 mpg) Extra-urban traffic 7.1 (6.7) litres/100 km 39.8 mpg (42.2 mpg) CO2 emissions: 224 (205) g/km Emissions class: Euro 5 The values in brackets apply to vehicles with the PDK transmission * In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono package Specifications of the Porsche 911 Turbo Coupé* Body: Two-plus-two seat Coupé; lightweight body in intelligent mixed aluminium-steel construction with wings, doors, boot and bonnet lids made of aluminium; two-stage driver and front passeng
  10. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 10, 2013 Audi has revealed the 2015 A3 Cabriolet before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. The A3 Cabriolet is Audi's entry-level convertible and becomes the forth member of the A3 family. Using the A3 sedan and not the hatchback as a base, the A3 Cabriolet carries many of the design cues found on modern Audis and is a bit bigger in most dimensions, aside from height. Audi decided not to go with a hardtop and stick with a fabric top. This allows the A3 Cabriolet to raise and lower its roof within eighteen seconds. Powering the A3 Cabriolet are 1.4L TFSI four-cylinder with 140 horsepower, 2.0L TDI four-cylinder with 150 horsepower, and a 1.8 TFSI four-cylinder with 180 horsepower. New for this model is the introduction of an S3 Cabriolet which bring forth a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 300 horsepower and quattro all-wheel drive. The A3 Cabriolet will go on sale some next year in Europe. No word if the A3 Cabriolet will come to America. Source: Audi William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 ALL-NEW CABRIOLET TOPS OFF AUDI A3 RANGE IN FRANKFURT Sleek new compact class soft-top adds easily accessible wind-in-hair driving pleasure to all-new A3's long list of attributes - World debut at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 12-22), UK ordering from late October, first UK deliveries in March 2014 - Fourth model in all-new A3 range - Automatic fabric roof opens and closes hydraulically in less than 18 seconds and is fully concealed from view when retracted - Three engines at launch – 1.4 TFSI 140PS with cylinder-on-demand, 1.8 TFSI 180PS, 2.0 TDI 150PS - First ever quattro-equipped Cabriolet models, and first ever S3 quattro Cabriolet, to follow - High-end equipment and advanced options including Audi connect with 4G/LTE high-speed internet connectivity Drawing inspiration from the new Audi A3 Saloon with its flowing lines and finely balanced proportions, the all-new A3 Cabriolet makes its world public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The compact class open-top will become available for UK ordering in late October, and will reach its first customers here in March 2014. To achieve its sleeker profile and provide the capacity for complete soft-top concealment when in open mode, the new compact class cabriolet has grown compared to the previous model: its length has increased from 4.24 to 4.42 metres, its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 metres and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 metres. Only its height (1.41 metres) is down on its predecessor, by 15 millimetres. Luggage capacity has also grown by 60 litres (2.12 cubic ft), and access to that space has been improved. The front of the Audi A3 Cabriolet is characterised by the single frame radiator grille, which is flanked by flat headlamps that can light the way using either halogen or xenon bulbs depending on version, or using optional LED headlamp technology. The rear overhang plays a key role in the harmonious proportions of the two-door car. The windscreen frame is made of aluminium – and an aluminum-look trim strip runs around the roof aperture. On the flanks, the design features a taut tornado line and contoured surfaces that take full advantage of light and shadow. The soft top The new A3 Cabriolet has a soft fabric roof that is stretched over a lightweight kinematic mechanism made of magnesium-steel, and it complements the car's design perfectly. At the press of a button, the top opens or closes electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. When retracted, the top – folded into three layers – rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity, which is 287 litres (10.14 cubic ft). The acoustic soft top has a glass rear window and is available in black, grey and brown - its roof liner can be specified in black or lunar silver. The fully automatic acoustic hood has a thicker inner foam layer which further reduces the already low interior noise level of the A3 Cabriolet. A wind deflector and head-level heating for the front seats will be available from the options list. An active rollover protection system consisting of two spring-loaded plates that are recessed into the body protects the occupants in case of a rollover accident. Body The new Audi A3 Cabriolet is around 50 kilograms lighter than the previous model despite its larger size and improved comfort – the kerb weight of the entry-level version is just 1,365 kilograms. Even taking into account its special reinforcements, which deliver high torsional rigidity, the body-in-white with its aluminium bonnet weighs 30 kilograms less than previously. Weight was also significantly reduced in the interior and in the engines, contributing to best-in-class figures which bear testament to the Vorsprung durch Technik brand's intensity of focus on lightweight construction principles. Interior Elegant lines, clean surfaces and typically uncompromising quality also mark out the interior design of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet. The instrument panel is lean and low, with a gently curved frontal section and a centre console angled slightly towards the driver. The large, round air vents with their 'jet design', the electrically retractable 5.8-inch colour monitor complemented by the Driver's Information System with efficiency and rest recommendation assistants, the control panel for the air conditioning system and the three-dimensional trim strips help to maximise the air of premium class sophistication. So, too, do features such as the optional lighting package which for the first time includes a touch-sensitive switch for the reading lights. The cabin offers enough space for four adults, and the seatbacks of the two rear seats can be folded down to create a wide through-load area. The steering wheel and seats are new designs, and the new electro-mechanical parking brake is operated by a button on the centre console. Depending on which of the three trim levels – SE, Sport and S line – is chosen by UK customers, the seats are finished in either cloth or a combination of cloth and leather, with full leather and an Alcantara/leather mix available on the options list. Assistance systems Highly developed optional assistance systems can also be specified to make day-to-day life in the A3 Cabriolet even more relaxed. They include adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, camera-based traffic sign/speed limit recognition, park assist with selective display and various feature levels of the Audi pre sense safety system. Also extremely attractive is the line-up of infotainment components, which is headed by the Bang & Olufsen sound system and MMI Navigation plus. The latter combines an ultra-slim seven-inch monitor with a user terminal incorporating a rotary/push button control that is designed as a touchwheel to accommodate the MMI touch function – the touchwheel's top surface is a touch-sensitive pad for inputting alpha and numeric characters. To build on this, customers can also specify the Audi connect option, which allows occupants to more fully exploit the A3's highly advanced computing potential by connecting it to the Internet, whenever possible via the fast 4G/LTE transmission standard (available from November). The integrated WLAN hotspot enables passengers to use their mobile devices to surf and e-mail freely, and by going online the car can also offer everything from navigation with Google Earth images and Google Street View to online traffic information and tailored social media access. The most recent addition to the lengthy list of valuable Audi connect features is a parking information function, which shows available parking spaces in public car parks. Drivetrain Three newly developed engines will be offered in the Audi A3 Cabriolet at its launch, all placing the emphasis as much on performance as on efficiency. The two TFSI engines produce 140PS and 180PS from 1.4 and 1.8 litres of engine displacement, respectively, while the 2.0 TDI develops 150PS; other engines will follow – ranging from the 1.6 TDI with 110PS to the 2.0 TFSI, which will power the Audi S3 Cabriolet with 300PS. All engines in the new Audi A3 Cabriolet employ direct injection and turbocharging and are backed up by a start-stop-system. On average, the three launch engines bring a fuel economy improvement of around 12 per cent compared with their closest equivalents in the previous A3 Cabriolet range, despite also making performance gains. The 1.4 TFSI with six-speed manual transmission, for example, powers the new car from 0 to 62mph in 9.1 seconds, yet also achieves a very healthy 56.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. Also contributing to this efficiency is Audi cylinder on demand (COD) technology, which deactivates two of the engine's cylinders in low load conditions. The 1.8-litre TFSI is also a state-of-the art unit with an extensive package of high-end technologies, including dual injection into the combustion chambers and induction manifold. It is initially linked exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission, and where the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system is fitted, it offers a free-wheeling function that further improves fuel economy. According to the combined cycle test it is capable of returning up to 48.7 mpg with CO2 emissions of 133g/km. Not surprisingly the manual transmission-equipped 2.0 TDI with 150PS remains the economy champion in the first phase of engines, offering combined fuel consumption of 67.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 110g/km. Chassis The chassis of the new Audi A3 Cabriolet takes the much praised set-up employed by the rest of the A3 range as its technical basis. The MacPherson strut front and four-link rear setup includes lightweight aluminium elements, and the multi-link rear configuration is able to handle longitudinal and transverse forces separately. As with all other A3 models, Cabriolet models will offer a no-cost choice between comfort-oriented standard suspension and tauter sports suspension lowered by 15mm. S line versions will offer three choices – standard suspension, sports suspension and even more focused S line sports suspension lowered by a further 10mm over the sports set-up. The power steering system features an efficient electromechanical drive, and to ensure that handling remains assured and safe but also adjustable right to the cornering limits the ESC stabilisation control system integrates an electronic limited slip differential. In support of this, powerful and durable brakes sit behind wheels ranging in size from 16 to 19 inches. To tailor the A3 Cabriolet driving experience more completely to the preferences of the driver, the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system will also be offered. It features a choice of modes governing the operating characteristics of the engine management, power steering, S tronic transmission and air conditioning. This control also extends to optional systems such as the adaptive suspension control system Audi magnetic ride, adaptive cruise control, adaptive light and progressive steering whose steering gear ratio becomes increasingly more direct when turning. The Audi S3 Cabriolet (preliminary data) The first ever S3 Cabriolet will follow shortly after the initial launch. Its 2.0 TFSI engine will deliver 300PS and transfer 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft. Equipped as standard with the six-speed S tronic transmission, it will be capable of completing the sprint from 0 to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, yet will also offer the potential to cover up to 39.8mpg. The strikingly styled body with its trademark S quattro styling elements will sit 25mm lower than the standard car on S specific sports suspension, which will be complemented by quattro all-wheel-drive via an electronically-controlled hydraulic multi-plate coupling, and by the new progressive steering system with its more direct and progressive response.
  11. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 4, 2013 Another day, another automaker revealing their showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker in question happens to be Audi with the Sport quattro concept. The Sport quattro concept draws a lot of inspiration from the original Audi Sport quattro with large flat surfaces, blisters over the wheel fenders, bright yellow paint, and of course the iconic shape of the quattro coupe. Other items to take note are Audi's Matrix LED headlight technology in the front headlights and twenty-one inch center-lock alloy wheels. Power comes from a plu-in hybrid powertrain that features a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine, electric motor housed the gearbox casing, and a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. Total output stands at 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission routes power to all four wheels. The Sport quattro concept tips the scales at 4,079, which isn't that bad for a plug-in hybrid. Performance figures stand at 3.7 seconds for the run to 62 MPH and a top speed of 190 MPH. Source: Audi William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 Audi Sport quattro concept quattro is Audi and Audi is quattro – the brand and the technology are indelibly linked. In celebration of the 30th birthday of the Sport quattro, Audi will present its legitimate successor at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt am Main. The Audi Sport quattro concept show car continues the grand quattro tradition, with a stunning coupe design and plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 515 kW (700 hp). quattro is more than just a technology – quattro is a philosophy. The term stands for driving safety and sportiness, technical competence and a dynamic approach to life. Since the debut of the "Ur-quattro" in 1980, Audi has sold more than five million cars with permanent all-wheel drive, far more than any other premium manufacturer worldwide. The strengths of the quattro concept and its successes in racing have been impressively displayed for over three decades now. One legendary Audi classic is the Sport quattro, which made its debut at the 1983 IAA and was designed as a homologation model for the World Rally Championship. With 225 kW (306 hp) and many technical innovations, it was the supercar of its day. The short wheelbase, which honed the handling, gave the Sport quattro an unmistakable look. The competition car wrote racing history. Walter Röhrl drove it to a convincing victory in the 1987 Pike's Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, U.S.A. Exterior design: powerful and eye-catching With the Audi Sport quattro concept show car, Audi is bringing this grand tradition into the present and taking up ideas again that were first seen in the Audi quattro concept study three years ago. The coupe combines the DNA of the Ur-quattro with dramatic elegance. It has a powerful, intense road stance, its body tautly perched over the 21-inch wheels. The overhangs are short, the proportions sportily balanced. With a wheelbase of 2,784 millimeters (109.61 in), it is 4,602 millimeters (181.18 in) long. With 1,964 millimeters (77.32 in), the two-seater is very wide and at just 1,386 millimeters (54.57 in) unusually low-slung. Like the Audi Sport quattro, the Audi Sport quattro concept was designed in the spirit of racing. None of its design solutions are an end unto themselves. Each is driven by a technical function, and several are an homage to the quattro models of the early 1980s. These include the angular, flat C-pillars and the rectangular double headlights featuring Audi's groundbreaking Matrix LED technology, which will be available by the end of this year in the refreshed Audi A8. Two very flat structures are visible inside the headlight. The wrap-around daytime running lights together with the central low-beam units and the Audi Matrix LED make for a sporty, determined look. The headlights and tail lights are a reinterpretation of lightweight construction. The headlights forsake fascia, exposing the LED heat sinks, while the tail lights reduce glass and housing to a minimum. The LED high-beam unit of the Audi Matrix LED headlights is comprised of numerous individual diodes. The individual LEDs, which work in tandem with upstream lenses and reflectors, always deliver excellent illumination. They are activated, deactivated or dimmed individually according to the situation. With the number of LEDs, their arrangement and the size and design of the headlights, the new technology offers many fascinating possibilities. Another design homage are the "blisters" above the fenders. The Audi designers have reinterpreted and strongly accentuated these lines. They give the body even greater emotional appeal and broad shoulders. Throughout the car, sharp contours frame tautly muscular surfaces. With their interplay between convex and concave curvatures, the engine hood, fenders and flanks define the athletic character of the Audi Sport quattro concept. New details: the single-frame grille The front of the show car is characterized by the hexagonal single-frame grille with a new, sculpted grille insert, a typical element borrowed from racing. Its lower section is virtually vertical; the upper section follows the line of the engine hood. The low grille emphasizes the width of the car. Two large, vertical blades divide each of the large air inlets, and their form is taken up by the creases in the engine hood. The CFRP splitter is shifted far to the front, as on a race car. The grille is part of Audi's new design philosophy and provides a first glimpse at the future design of the sporty production models. The proportions of the rear of the car are defined by the combination of a flat greenhouse and broad shoulders. The spoiler at the lower edge of the rear window underscores the car's width. Another distinctive element at the rear of the show car is the CFRP diffuser, which extends far upward. Similar to the single-frame grille, its upper section is honeycombed, whereas the lower section houses two large, oval tailpipes. Mounted on a black CFRP facing, the tail lights are rectangular – a typical quattro styling cue – and emphasize the width of the car. A spoiler extends from the rear hatch at higher speeds. The luggage compartment, which is reinforced by a solid crossbeam beneath the rear shelf, has a capacity of 300 liters (10.59 cubic ft). Precisely penned details round out the dynamic look of the Audi Sport quattro concept. The flared sills are made of CFRP; the power door handles extend automatically to meet an approaching hand. The four rings adorn the front, the rear, the air outlets behind the front wheels and the C-pillars. The center-locking wheels feature a five twin-spoke design. Interior: racing meets elegance The concept of elegant sportiness carries over to the interior of the Audi Sport quattro concept. The spacious cabin is awash in dark gray tones and precise lines. The interior is focused on the driver. The steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and head-up display are all in the direct field of view. A line running below the windshield encircles both the driver and passenger and integrates all ergonomic functions such as the door openers. The lightweight construction typical for Audi is reflected both in the design and in the choice of materials. Viewed from above, the slim dashboard is reminiscent of the wing of a sailplane. The support structure of the interior is a carbon shell that also serves as a storage compartment in the side doors. Elements like this make lightweight construction visible. The quattro drivetrain runs beneath the continuous center console. Sporty racing bucket seats with folding backs, sculpted side bolsters and integrated head restraints up front and full rear seats offer space for four. The folding mechanism provides access to the rear. A crossbeam behind the rear seats provides for additional rigidity. Great attention to detail is reflected in both the choice of materials and the workmanship. The multifunction sport steering wheel provides a glimpse into future sporty production models. The control concept is also focused on the driver. All important information is displayed in the fully digital instrument cluster, another show car feature. The multifunction sport steering wheel is used to switch between a number of virtual 3D displays. Choices include a Race mode with central speedometer, track information and a stopwatch, for example, or the Setup mode with detailed information about numerous race tracks. In addition, the touchwheel of the characteristic Audi MMI control unit makes it easy to enter information. Another highlight is the innovative air conditioning control unit, which is integrated directly into the air vents. Temperature, intensity and air flow can be controlled using one and the same element. The display in the vents shows either important media information or the air conditioning settings. Powerful performance: the plug-in hybrid drive The plug-in hybrid drive makes the Audi Sport quattro concept a breathtakingly dynamic coupe. System output is 515 kW (700 hp); system torque is 800 Nm (590.05 lb-ft). Power flows through a modified eight-speed tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, which features a sport differential on the rear axle. According to the applicable standard, the show car consumes on average 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.09 US mpg), a CO2 equivalent of 59 grams per kilometer (94.95 g/mile). The combustion engine is a four-liter, twin-turbo V8. It produces 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque. The cylinder on demand (COD) system, which deactivates four cylinders under part load, and a start-stop system make the sonorous eight-cylinder unit very efficient. Located between the 4.0 TFSI and the transmission is a disc-shaped electric motor producing 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft). It draws its traction energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery in the rear with a capacity of 14.1 kWh. The show car is charged via an Audi wall box, which uses intelligent charge management to ensure the optimal feed of energy to the lithium-ion battery. The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) on electric power alone. An intelligent management system controls the interplay between the two drives as needed, and the driver can choose between various operating modes. The customer can choose between various characteristics for the Audi Sport quattro concept depending on the operating and driving strategy. A choice of three modes is available. EV mode is for purely electric driving; Hybrid mode for maximum efficiency and Sport mode for maximum performance. In EV mode, only the electric motor is active. With a peak electric output of 110 kW and 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque, electric driving both inside and outside the city is possible. An active accelerator indicates the transition to hybrid operation to the driver so that he/she can consciously control the switch between electric and hybrid vehicle. In Hybrid mode, environmental and route data are used to compute the optimal use of the electric motor and combustion engine for fuel efficiency and implement this via the operating strategy. If navigation is active, the route is optimized for efficiency. This mode also includes the ability to customize the operating strategy. If the driver wants to retain a certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route segments on electric power, they can use the Hold or Charge function to precisely adjust the charge of the battery even without charging from the power grid. In Sport mode, the operating strategy sets the drive system for maximum power and performance. The electric boost function supports the combustion engine in all driving situations. The energy management system ensures that the battery always has sufficient charge. When the V8 and the electric motor work together, the Audi Sport quattro concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.7 seconds – much like the powerful Audi rally cars once did. Its top speed is 305 km/h (189.52 mph). The lightweight construction concept also plays a large part in this dynamic performance. The occupant cell combines ultra-high-strength steel panels and cast aluminum structural elements. The doors and fenders are made of aluminum, and the roof, the engine hood and the rear hatch are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The result is a curb weight including the battery pack of just 1,850 kilograms (4,078.55 lb). The show car's chassis is easily able to handle the drive system's power. Handling is as dynamic as it is stable. The front suspension features five control arms per wheel; the rear suspension follows the Audi track-controlled trapezoidal link principle. Tautly tuned springs and dampers connect the Audi Sport quattro concept firmly to the road. The dynamic steering varies its ratio as a function of driving speed. The brake calipers grip large, carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, and the tire format is 285/30 R 21.
  12. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com September 2, 2013 A week before the Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar released a teaser to their showing called C-X17. The teaser is either showing either a low-slung crossover or a sporty wagon. We're thinking its the former. In a press release, Jaguar says "the concept illustrates the diversity of vehicles that could be produced using this architecture, which underpins the innovative future of the Jaguar brand." Source: Jaguar Press Release is on Page 2 JAGUAR TO UNVEIL C-X17 CONCEPT STUDY AND INTRODUCE NEW ADVANCED VEHICLE ARCHITECTURE AT FRANKFURT SHOW (WHITLEY, UK) – September 1, 2013 - The C-X17 has been created as a design study to introduce Jaguar's new, highly-advanced, modular aluminum architecture. The concept illustrates the diversity of vehicles that could be produced using this architecture, which underpins the innovative future of the Jaguar brand. Jaguar will also display its newly introduced production models at the Frankfurt Motor Show. These will include the recently launched 'R' performance models – the XJR and XFR-S – as well as the highly-acclaimed F-TYPE.
  13. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 29, 2013 What you see before you is the Volvo Concept Coupe. Revealed last night, the concept previews two items for the brand; what's in store for Volvo's future design and demonstrating the versatility of Volvo's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Volvo bills the the Concept Coupe as "the next-generation P1800". Quite the claim, but the concept has some elements of the iconic coupe. The front end has a "floating grille" with a "distinctive iron mark." On either side of the grille are a set of T-Shaped headlights. The side profile has a unique bow shape and a set of twenty-one inch alloy wheels. The back end has large haunches and slim, C-Shaped taillights. Moving inside, the Concept Coupe features such items as seating for four people, three-spoke steering wheel, and a large touchscreen display for the infotainment system. Powering the Concept Coupe is 2.0L turbo and supercharged four-cylinder engine paired with a electric motor mounted on the rear axles. Together, the two powertrains deliver 400 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. "The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year," said Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo's design chief. The Concept Coupe makes its auto show debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Source: Volvo William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 THE VOLVO CONCEPT COUPÉ – THE NEXT GENERATION P1800: ELEGANT CONFIDENCE ENABLED BY THE NEW SCALABLE ARCHITECTURE Inspired by contemporary, progressive Scandinavian lifestyle and design, as well as iconic elements from the past, the elegant new Volvo Concept Coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by the company's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). After more than a year of rising expectations, the first design by the new Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, showcases how design builds emotion into the Volvo brand and points towards the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 in 2014. "The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed next year," says Thomas Ingenlath. Developed in-house for Volvo Cars only, the Scalable Product Architecture liberates Volvo's designers and engineers from the limitations of previous cross-brand platforms. "The new Volvo Concept Coupé reveals how we could shape our cars from now on. Free from the superficial surface excitement of other car brands, we add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design," says Thomas Ingenlath. Powerful visual impact The visual impact of the new proportions is most powerful when viewing the Volvo Concept Coupé from the side. The distance between the dashboard and the front axle is extended and the greenhouse has been moved slightly rearwards. A low bonnet, roof, and the five-spoke, 21-inch wheels also contribute to the impression of an elegant Gran Tourer oozing effortless power. The confident stance is emphasised by a beltline that spans an elegant bow along the whole car. "Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn't have to prowl to radiate respect. Even lying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of," smiles Thomas Ingenlath. New T-shaped DRL lights The face of the Volvo Concept Coupé is characterised by a new topography on the bonnet and the 'floating' grille, flanked by headlights featuring new T-shaped DRL light guides. Just like the rear light signature, the DRL lights are distinctive elements in the new design direction of Volvo Cars. "The face is new, but it also carries more than 85 years of Volvo heritage with great pride. We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year," says Thomas Ingenlath. Echoes the iconic P1800 The Concept Coupé also features elements that echo the design of the Volvo P1800 from the 1960s. "It is a car designer's duty to reflect and incorporate design signatures that are vital parts of the company's heritage. The P1800 is an iconic Volvo, renowned for its beautiful forms and detailing. However, using elements from the P1800 exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future where sheer beauty becomes a recognised part of Volvo's identity. That journey starts with Concept Coupé," says Thomas Ingenlath. Sparkling crystal gear-lever The blue-grey exterior is echoed on the inside of the Volvo Concept Coupé. Refined, handcrafted elements such as the leather instrument panel, inlays made of naturally aged wood and the dark blue woven carpets are blended with beautifully machined metal details." "To me, handcrafted crystal is one of the finest examples of high-quality Scandinavian design and I love the idea of bringing it into the car. The prominent position of the gear-lever is the perfect place for this sparkling sensation," says Robin Page, Design Director Interior at Volvo Car Group. He adds: "The experience inside Concept Coupé is an excellent example of how we will make Volvo customers feel truly special." Large portrait touch-screen The concept car also includes a totally new approach to Volvo Cars' human-centric user experience. A large portrait touch-screen in the centre console interacts with an adaptive digital display and head-up display in front of the driver. "This is a natural integration of user interfaces in our new car generation. Interaction with pleasure but without distraction is the key. We bring connectivity into our cars to make them both more enjoyable and safe," explains Thomas Ingenlath. The Scalable Product Architecture is also being prepared for completely autonomous driving. The first features with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable will be introduced in 2014 – and Volvo Cars' aim is to have cars with fully autonomous technology out on the roads before 2020. Petrol plug-in hybrid – powerful and efficient The petrol plug-in hybrid driveline in the Volvo Concept Coupé reflects Volvo Cars' strategy to use electrification to create the most powerful versions in the new four-cylinder Drive-E engine family. This will take power figures up into V8 territory. The concept car features a two-litre high-performance Drive-E petrol engine with a supercharger and turbo. The petrol engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of around 400 hp and over 600 Nm of torque. The design direction of Thomas Ingenlath: Releasing the full potential of the Volvo brand The work of Thomas Ingenlath has been one of the best-kept secrets in the automotive industry for over a year. Until now. "Volvo Cars was already transforming rapidly when I joined the company in 2012. My team and I have focused on creating a new interpretation of the design language. It will help taking this great brand in the desired direction," says Thomas Ingenlath. This is how Thomas Ingenlath expresses the new design direction for Volvo Cars. Why Volvo Cars? "Everyone that knows me well would agree that Volvo is a perfect match for me. I have never been an instant crowd-pleaser who likes fast and loud designs. I am thoughtful. I like to explore the intellectual elements below the surface. If you do that right, the aesthetics will come naturally." "Volvo is a human-centric brand with an exceptionally strong heritage. It is exciting to create a new design expression that supports the established brand values as well as the repositioning towards a more distinctive premium brand." What's your view of Scandinavian Design? "Well, since Volvo Cars is the only remaining automotive brand in Sweden, we are by definition the only carmaker that can create original Scandinavian Design. The challenge is to create a modern, desirable interpretation." "To me, Scandinavian Design according to Volvo is firmly rooted in the values of the Swedish society and the way of life enabled by this unique environment. Our approach goes beyond just bringing Scandinavian design items and signatures into our cars. Our job is to understand the spirit and the confidence that make Scandinavian design so special. Then we must translate it into car design." What is your approach? "It is important to recognise that Scandinavian design will only be perceived as attractive if it is crafted with precision and attention to detail. Meticulous execution and consistent quality are prerequisites to qualify for the premium league of automakers." Explain the new design direction. "In my opinion, Volvo design has always had a certain authority. We aim to extend this calm, intelligent and strong side of our brand with a greater potency, modernity and expressiveness. Concept Coupé clearly expresses this direction." "Outdoor activities are an important part of the Swedish lifestyle. We will continue to refine Volvo's strong connection to these activities with more emphasis on modernity. It's about making functionality an emotional experience. Just like an exclusive goose down jacket, our cars will have a true feeling of sophistication with an underlying strength and capability." "Creativity is thriving in the Swedish society. This includes design and technology as well as the fashion, music and art scene. We use this as an inspiration for creating a new kind of attainable luxury. Our future cars will show that there are new, exciting ways to express the soul of Sweden." What opportunities does the new Scalable Product Architecture create for the designers? "The new architecture enables us to create the great proportions that are important to achieve a premium look. The dash to axle ratio is more generous than any other architecture I have worked with before. This gives us the opportunity to be up there among the top premium brands when it comes to proportions." "The hip point is another example of the new opportunities. It is low enough to create a low profile on a sleek sedan without compromising headroom." Which are the most the most prominent new design signatures? "Every strong brand needs a set of visual keys that makes it unique. Future Volvos will be characterised by the distinctive iron mark in the floating grille, flanked by the T-shaped DRL lights. The larger bonnet with its new topography, the beltline spanning an elegant bow along the whole car and the sharpened shoulder connecting with the new rear light are other important design signatures. They all contribute to the confident stance. The overall simplicity, both exterior and interior, has a strong connection to the Scandinavian lifestyle." How about the interiors? "We will continue to build on the premium feel in the new Volvo V40. The new user interface with a large, portrait touch-screen in the centre console allows us to remove almost all buttons. This simplicity is perfectly in tune with our Scandinavian design heritage. It opens up clean surfaces that give us the opportunity to create a luxurious interior experience with new forms." "We will deliver on our brand promise to make Volvo customers feel special by blending classic handcrafted elements with distinctive, surprising delight details." New design direction injects emotion into Volvo's transformation journey The Volvo Concept Coupé is the first expressive interpretation of a new brand direction where design has an elevated strategic importance to deliver more emotion into the Volvo brand. "Our transformation plan includes a commitment to create a more premium vision of Volvo Cars. Releasing the emotional power of our human-centric design heritage is one of the key elements in this strategy," says Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group. He adds: "A more premium image is vital to gain momentum in our journey towards an annual sales volume of 800,000 cars. It also supports our price position versus our main competitors in the premium segments." Building on recent success The introduction of the Volvo V40 in 2012 was the first step in this direction. The positive media and customer feedback emphasises that Volvo Cars is running with the best in several important areas, including design. The upcoming introduction of the new scalable architecture enables the company to accelerate the transformation. The Volvo Concept Coupé is the first of a series of three concept cars that demonstrate the design possibilities created by the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). They pave the way for the introduction of the all-new Volvo XC90 in 2014. Technology as an enabler for emotion The new in-house developed architecture and engine programme are the enablers for a stronger emotional expression of the brand, both when it comes to the exterior design and a new approach to the interior, user interface and connectivity. "Volvo's unique human-centric approach and the aim to inject more emotions into car design are perfect partners. Volvo Cars' caring, human-centric values are an integrated part of the Scandinavian culture and lifestyle. The challenge is to express this with a bolder, more distinctive design that is an all-important customer criteria for premium cars," says Thomas Ingenlath. Design creates premium desirability Truly premium brands are based on a complex mix of rational, qualitative parameters and strong emotional values that create desirability – and there are several examples of brands that have moved from mainstream to premium through a stronger focus on design. "Case studies of brands that have made a similar journey to ours give us valuable input into the mechanisms that trigger the consumer's perception of premium. This, together with our own studies of people's views of Volvo Cars, becomes a valuable base for our design development," says Alain Visser. Rational properties with added emotional value The emotional aspect is also important when shaping the future of properties that are established Volvo territory among consumers: Focus on safety has moved from offering protection in worst-case scenarios to creating features that support the driver and enhance the user experience. Modern environmental care is able to combine low emissions and reduced fuel consumption with an enhanced driving experience – for instance through ingenious plug-in hybrid technology. The classic functionality has moved beyond being practical. Volvo Cars' approach is to create human-centric features that actually make today's hectic life easier for the user. "Reliable functionality has always been a no compromise prerequisite for Scandinavian designers. Up here, designs have to deal with a harsh reality that demands meticulous attention to detail and quality," says Thomas Ingenlath. He concludes: "Combining this with a distinctive design language that is inspired by this unique Scandinavian environment will give us a competitive edge that none of our competitors can match. You could say that we will continue to do what Volvo always has done. We will just do it much better and make it much more emotional."
  14. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 27, 2013 A few weeks ago, Infiniti announced their showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Named the Q30, the concept in our eyes looks to be more of a dramatic take on the Etherea concept shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Today, Infiniti revealed a single shot of the concept. Infiniti says the Q30's defy traditional body styles in the compact luxury class. design From the release: "The shape of the Infiniti Q30 Concept deliberately challenges categorisation – not a coupe, not a hatch and not a crossover but a fusion of the three body styles." Now we can only see two out of three body styles Infiniti mentions. The most obvious is the hatchback shape. The crossover shape is somewhat there with a highbelt line. But for the life of us, we can't seem to figure out where the coupe comes into play. Maybe Infiniti explain in a few weeks time. Source: Infiniti William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 Infiniti releases first image of sleek, seductive Q30 Concept ahead of world premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show • Design of Q30 Concept is a unique fusion of body styles merging of the dynamic design and sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatch and the higher stance of a crossover • World premiere in Frankfurt September 10 at 10:15 am CET Hong Kong – Infiniti has provided a first look at the Q30 Concept which will have its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as the next step in Infiniti's foray into new premium segments. The Infiniti Q30 Concept signals the contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle which will target a new generation of premium customers. It is set to be unveiled at Infiniti's press conference, scheduled for 10:15 am CET on September 10 in Hall 5 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Q30 Concept embodies Infiniti's vision to deliver head-turning design, innovative materials with precise fit and finish and passionate craftsmanship, while provoking a radical shift in the premium compact segment. The shape of the Infiniti Q30 Concept deliberately challenges categorisation – not a coupe, not a hatch and not a crossover but a fusion of the three body styles. It is designed for younger customers seeking an alternative to traditional premium compact vehicles and open to convention-challenging approaches. Infiniti is confident this merging of the dynamic design and sportiness of a coupe, the roominess of a hatch and the higher stance of a crossover will resonate with these customers. The Q30 Concept design language reflects the brand's vision to deliver new levels of design, materials, fit and finish, craftsmanship and performance. The Infiniti design team, led by Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa, has explored bolder, sensual sculpting and enhanced muscularity with the Q30 Concept as the brand's design language continues to evolve. The Q30 Concept signals the next step in an aggressive strategy to extend the Infiniti brand into new premium segments.
  15. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 23, 2013 When Chevrolet introduced the 2014 Camaro at this year's New York Auto Show, they only showed the coupe. We were wondering when Chevrolet would announce, let alone show it. Well we now know. Much like the Corvette Stingray convertible, the 2014 Camaro Convertible will make its official debut in Europe. To be shown at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, the Camaro Convertible is exactly the same as the Coupe, minus the roof. There is a revised front end with a narrower grille and headlights. The back end has a reshaped deck, new headlights, and tweaked diffuser. Interior gets Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Otherwise, its the same as the current model. We have more information when it makes it debut next month. Source: Chevrolet Press Release is on Page 2 New Chevrolet Camaro to make first appearance in Europe 2013-08-21 - New Camaro convertible to debut at IAA 2013 - Aero-optimized design with hood vent, new grille and horizontal tail lamps - New Chevrolet MyLink connected radio FRANKFURT – At the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show, Chevrolet will debut the new Camaro convertible and coupe. Featuring a fast, low-slung silhouette and Chevrolet's new MyLink connected radio, the latest edition of the famed American muscle car represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006. "Camaro has always been associated with iconic design, high performance and driving fun, and we are particularly proud of the new coupe and convertible models," said Dr. Thomas Sedran, President and Managing Director, Chevrolet Europe. "They incorporate new high-tech features that add extra convenience and give customers even more value for their money," Sedran added. Enhanced aerodynamics The new Camaro boasts improved high-performance aerodynamics that provide more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The front fascia has a wider lower grille and a narrower upper grille, while the functional hood vent helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. At the rear, a sculptural deck lid, horizontal lamps and a diffuser complete the new design. Both the coupe and the convertible sport a spoiler with integral antenna. Power is supplied by the proven 6.2L V8 engine which is mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The automatic transmission model includes active fuel management and cam phasing (VVT). The manual transmission version churns out 432 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and delivers a torque of 569 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Zero to 100 acceleration is 5.2 seconds for the manual coupe and 5.4 seconds for the manual convertible. Interior offers modern convenience and connectivity Entering the new Camaro is straightforward and comfortable, thanks to standard remote keyless entry; on the automatic variant, customers can opt for a remote engine start functionality. Leather-appointed power adjustable Recaro sport bucket seats can be selected in the front for the coupe variant. Further interior highlights include a new color heads-up display and the new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio that is located in the center stack. The radio is built around a seven-inch high resolution full-color touch screen and has a clean, icon-based display menu. The new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio allows users to open phone books, personal playlists, and photo galleries from compatible smartphones. Connectivity will be provided through USB, Bluetooth and aux-in. In addition to voice recognition, the system offers text-to-speech capability*, which allows users to listen to text messages from their smartphone. A rearview camera is standard. In addition, customers can opt to purchase an integrated navigation system with coverage of all of Europe. As is the case with all Chevrolet MyLink radios, owners will be able to upgrade the new system with dedicated apps once they become available. Competitive price tag for a true muscle car The new Camaro will arrive at select Chevrolet dealerships across Europe toward the end of the year. With prices starting from €39,990 for the coupe and €44,990 for the convertible in Germany, it is a compelling choice for performance-oriented drivers. There is, however, much more to the Camaro than great value and affordability. Its rugged strength, iconic design and unique muscle car attributes have stolen the hearts and imaginations of countless people and have provided subject matter for wall posters, T-shirts, and songs for decades. Famously described to journalists in summer 1966 as a "small vicious animal that eats Mustangs", the original Camaro was built around a unibody structure and a 3.9L straight six engine. Since then, five progressively more capable generations of the Camaro have thrilled car fans around the globe. Until 1968, Camaros were assembled from complete knock down (CKD) kits at two General Motors' European plants in Antwerp, Belgium, and Biel, Switzerland. Performance has always been an essential ingredient of Camaro's DNA and consequently, it has seen action in many forms of auto racing, including the spectacular drag races, where specially prepared vehicles, usually two at a time, compete along a straight course to make it first across a set finish line. As much a part of Americana as apple pie and baseball, Camaros have featured in several Hollywood movies, such as runaway bride (1999), a walk to remember (2003), and, of course, Transformers (2007, 2009, 2011), in which the Chevrolet Camaro sports car had a starring role as Bumblebee. In March 2013, the latest edition of the Camaro Z28, considered by many to be the most iconic and exclusive model in Camaro history, was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. Powered by a 7.0L V8 engine developed in conjunction with Corvette Racing and capable of churning out an estimated 500 hp (373 kW) and 637 Nm of torque, the new Camaro Z28 is suitably equipped to live up to the nameplate's proud heritage.
  16. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 22, 2013 Volkswagen has officially pulled back the curtain on the next-generation Golf R, making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The new Golf R packs the same 2.0L turbo-four found under the new Audi S3 with 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Impressive numbers when compared to the outgoing Golf R which packed 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Power is channeled to all four wheels via Haldex system and the choice of either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission. Other changes to the Golf R include a 0.78 inch drop to the suspension, aggressive body kit, dual exhaust pipes popping out from the middle, and a choice of eighteen or nineteen-inch wheels. Volkswagen says the Golf R will be going on sale in Europe sometime later this year. No word on when the U.S. will get it, but we're guessing sometime in late 2014 or 2015. Source: Volkswagen William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 GOLF R – THE NEW FLAGSHIP Volkswagen R GmbH workshop Wolfsburg, August 2013 Power of the Golf R increased to 300 PS Fuel consumption with DSG reduced to 6.9 litres per 100 km - New TSI propels Golf R with DSG to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds - Golf R makes its debut with a new 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and progressive steering Wolfsburg, August 2013. It is the year of the Golf. The first six months of 2013 have already seen the debuts of the new Golf GTI, Golf GTD, Golf Estate and Golf TDI BlueMotion. Now, Volkswagen is continuing its Golf product offensive with the flagship of the model series – the new Golf R. The sports car is powered by a newly designed 300 PS TSI (221 kW), which is 30 PS stronger but up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model. Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling. Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and "ESC Sport" – which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. Optional highlights include the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode. The Golf R with a manual gearbox reaches 100 km/h after just 5.1 seconds (previous model: 5.7 s); with an automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) the sports car completes the classic sprint in an even faster 4.9 seconds. The car's top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Despite the car's exceptionally agile driving performance and 30 PS more power, fuel consumption of the Golf R was reduced from 8.5 to 7.1 l/100 km compared to that of the previous model. CO2 emissions were also improved from 199 to 165 g/km. Even more fuel efficient is the Golf R that is equipped with a Stop-Start system and battery regeneration, together with the optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). In this configuration, fuel consumption is 6.9 l/100 km (159 g/km CO2). Fuel savings compared to the previous model with DSG (8.4 l/100 km) are 1.5 l/100 km, which represents the mentioned 18 per cent improvement. The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and 18-inch alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished as an impressive sports car by details such as standard bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights and two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes. Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in a "fabric-Alcantara" material mix, leather-trimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambience lighting, automatic climate control and a radio-CD system with touchscreen. The market launch of the most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R as a two and four-door car will take place in the fourth quarter of this year. TSI engine of the Golf R High-tech turbocharged engine. Like the current Golf GTI, the Golf R is powered by further advanced engine design of the four-cylinder EA888 engine series. Compared to the previous engine, numerous technical details were modified to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and at the same time to increase power and torque values. The engine has a newly designed cylinder head, for example. Compared to the 169 kW / 230 PS Golf GTI Performance, designers boosted engine power of the Golf R by 70 to 221 kW / 300 PS (from 5,500 to 6,200 rpm), creating one of the most powerful four-cylinder engines. Maximum torque has increased 30 Nm to 380 Newton metres; it is available over a broad speed range from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. To attain these values, the TSI, with a displacement of 1,984 cc, was subjected to a development programme similar to that of a motorsport engine. The following components were modified or completely redesigned compared to the already highly agile GTI engine: the cylinder head (together with exhaust valves, valve seats and springs), pistons, high-pressure injection valves as well as the turbocharger. Efficient thermal management. The turbocharged direct petrol injection engines of the EA888 series all have innovative detailed solutions such as water-cooled exhaust gas channels running through the cylinder head to the turbocharger (to reduce efficiently full-load fuel consumption) and a dual injection system with direct injection and multi-port injection. Thanks to its new fully-electronic coolant control system, thermal management of the TSI in the Golf R is also much more efficient with a reduced warm-up phase; this reduces friction losses and fuel consumption. In addition, the TSI has variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment. In addition, valve lift on the exhaust side can be switched in two stages. This solution enables optimal control of the charge exchange process for better performance, fuel economy and low emissions. 4MOTION all-wheel drive in the Golf R Fifth-generation Haldex coupling. Permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive has always been a trait of the Golf R. The latest generation 4MOTION system is now being used in the fourth-generation Golf R. This all-wheel drive system is coupled with a 6-speed gearbox that has a reinforced clutch and short-travel shifting. Another optional feature is automatic shifting with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) that also offers manual shifting as an alternative. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system of the Golf R, further perfected by enhancements such as the Haldex 5 coupling, is activated even before any wheel starts to slip. This eliminates nearly all traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, and the rear axle is decoupled. This basic drive layout saves fuel. However, the rear axle of the Golf R can be variably engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary. This is done via a Haldex coupling, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump. Situation-based power distribution. A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear axle and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to vary continuously the magnitude of the transmitted torque. The wheels of the 300 PS Golf R are prevented from spinning even when driving off and accelerating, because the control unit regulates the torque distribution as a function of dynamic axle loads. Activation of the Haldex 5 coupling is based primarily on the engine torque demanded by the driver. In parallel, a driving status identification system within the all-wheel drive control unit evaluates such parameters as wheel speeds and steering angle. If necessary, nearly 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle. Four-wheel EDS as transverse locks. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts as a longitudinal lock, four electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the electronic stability control system act as transverse locks. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side. In the Golf R, the electronic differential locks are implemented at both axles in what is referred to as four-wheel EDS. XDS+ makes tracking in bends more precise. In addition, the Golf R is equipped with XDS+ at the front and rear axles. This brakes the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast driving through bends, optimising steering behaviour. In the latest version, known as XDS+, this functionality is applied to a larger range of dynamic performance – making the vehicle more agile even when the car is not in an acceleration state. In technical terms, XDS+ is a functional extension of the electronic differential locks. When the car is being driven fast, as soon as the electronics detect excessively light loads on wheels on the inside of a bend, the hydraulics of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) apply brake pressure to this wheel to restore optimal traction. XDS+ thereby operates as a transverse differential lock that compensates for understeer during fast cornering. ESC Sport. The new Golf R is equipped with the "ESC Sport" function as standard. The system is activated by a two-stage switch on the centre console. When the driver presses this switch briefly, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) switches to the "ESC Sport" mode. In very fast driving with lots of bends – such as on a race track – the ESC system reacts with a delay, which enables even more agile handling properties. When the ESC button is pressed for longer than three seconds, the system is fully deactivated for professional driving on a race track – this deactivation is only available in the Golf R and not in any other models of the Golf series. Sport suspension of the Golf R Synthesis of sportiness and comfort. The Golf R has a sport suspension setup that is individually tuned to the 300 PS all-wheel drive car. Compared to the base Golf, its ride height was lowered by 20 mm, which makes the Golf R 5 mm lower than the GTI. In the Golf R, a MacPherson-type front suspension (spring struts) with a newly developed low wishbone and track-stabilising scrub radius delivers optimal handling and steering properties and well-balanced vibration behaviour. The multi-link rear suspension of the all-wheel drive Golf R was enhanced in numerous areas; among other improvements, Volkswagen perfected this modular high-performance suspension's lateral rigidity, which is necessary for steering, by implementing new bearing tuning of the steering link. Dynamic performance. Engineers designed the basic tuning of the running gear of the new Golf R for maximum driving fun combined with extraordinary driving stability and good long touring comfort. Compared to the previous model, steering response was made even more agile with direct steering gear ratios by the car's progressive steering system. In addition, maximum attainable speeds were significantly increased when driving through bends. The running gear was tuned to be more neutral for this purpose, avoiding understeering all the way up to the car's performance limits. The new calibration of the all-wheel drive system makes a decisive contribution towards achieving neutral handling. Response times of the Haldex coupling were minimized, and the drive torques that occur in specific driving situations were optimized for maximum neutrality, avoiding self-steering effects even under high load. The result is more uniform and predictable steering response in bends. To attain optimal mechanical grip, stiffness values were precisely controlled for springs and anti-roll bars and intentionally designed not to be too stiff. In conjunction with the extremely fine adjustment of damper characteristics, the new Golf R shows an exceptional ability to follow the line the driver wants to drive precisely – on both flat and uneven route profiles. This makes handling very precise and smooth up to performance limits. The car's neutral handling in curves is also combined with very good driving stability thanks to the innovative layout of all running gear components. This excellent driving stability is especially noticeable in lane changes and load alterations. In tuning the new Golf R, the development team also focused on harmonious and predictable reactions of the running gear. Ride comfort. Along with dynamic performance, suspension comfort was perfected compared to the previous model. The running gear harmoniously absorbs both small and large unevenness of the road surface. With the very large spread of positive properties mentioned – direct, neutral and stable handling combined with a high level of ride comfort – the running gear of the Golf R delivers a unique synthesis of maximum dynamic performance and ideal long touring capabilities. Progressive steering. Like the Golf GTI, the Golf R is equipped with the newly developed progressive steering system as standard. Drivers do not need to turn the steering wheel as much to turn a desired radius; they also do not need to reach over the steering wheel as often in tight bends. With progressive steering, it takes 2.1 turns of the wheel (380°) to reach the end stop; with the standard steering system of less powerful Golf models it takes 2.75 turns (500°). Background: Conventional steering systems operate with a constant gear ratio. The new steering of the Golf R meanwhile operates with a progressive steering gear ratio. This perceptibly reduces steering effort in manoeuvring and parking. On country roads with lots of bends, and when making turns, the driver experiences a plus in dynamics due to the more direct layout. DCC. The new Golf R can be ordered with the second generation of DCC dynamic chassis control as an option. DCC offers the three driving modes 'Comfort', 'Normal' and 'Sport', which are now selected and displayed via the touchscreen on the centre console as part of the "Driving Profile Selector" functionality. In "Sport" mode, even more dynamic handling is implemented. The DCC system adaptively controls the damper valves via a further developed and refined control algorithm for setting the damper characteristics. DCC takes input signals from wheel displacement sensors and accelerometers as well as vehicle information from the Chassis-CAN bus to compute these values and adaptively adjust the optimal damping force for every driving situation. Moreover, damping forces are selectively applied to the four wheels individually. With the new generation of DCC, it is now also possible to fully independently vary rebound and compression damping for transverse dynamic manoeuvres – a significant benefit in optimising vehicle dynamics. Driver profile selector with Race mode. New in the Golf R is the Driving Profile Selector that is a standard feature of DCC. A total of four programmes are available, and five driving programmes in conjunction with DCC: "Eco", "Normal", "Individual" and the special "Race" mode that was specially tailored to the Golf R. In combination with DCC, "Comfort" mode is also available. All modes were specifically tuned for application in the Golf R. In "Race" mode, damping is increased (which further reduces movements of the body structure), and engine response and shift points of the (optional) DSG are configured to be even more dynamic. In the "Individual" driving profile, the driver can individually combine mode settings for the various single components. When in the "Eco" driving profile, on the other hand, the engine controller, air conditioning and other auxiliary units are controlled for optimal fuel economy. Vehicles with DSG also have a coasting function in Eco mode. When the driver releases the accelerator pedal – e.g. when slowing down to a traffic light or on route segments with descents – the DSG disengages and the engine idles, which enables optimal utilisation of the kinetic energy of the Golf R. Brakes. The extremely durable brakes were also adapted to the higher power levels of the Golf R. Here, Volkswagen uses a 17-inch system with internally ventilated discs and black brake callipers (with "R" logo) at all four wheels. In front, the brake pistons have a diameter of 60 mm, while 42 mm pistons are used at the rear. The 30 mm thick brake discs of the front wheels have a diameter of 340 mm; the rear discs are 22 mm thick and 310 mm in diameter. Exterior of the Golf R Customised styling. Volkswagen R GmbH has developed numerous new exterior details for the flagship Golf. They include the bumpers, side sills, rear diffuser, chrome dual tailpipes of the exhaust system (left and right of the diffuser), layout and lighting design of the bi-xenon headlights and standard 18-inch and optional 19-inch alloy wheels. Front end. The Golf R can be distinguished from the front by a new bumper design with exceptionally large air inlets, modified radiator grille (with "R" logo) and newly developed daytime running lights that are integrated into the housings of the bi-xenon headlights. The LED daytime running lights form a distinctive dual "U" design beneath the dual headlights. Side profile. From the side, the Golf R is characterised by newly designed 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels with size 225/40 tyres, black brake callipers with "R" logo, side sill panels in "R" style painted in body colour, "R" badges on the front wings and "Matt chrome" door mirror caps. The sports car may also be ordered with optional 19-inch alloy wheels; Volkswagen R GmbH also offers "Cadiz" wheels in this size; in addition, "Pretoria" wheels are exclusively available in 19-inch format as "flow-forming" wheels (especially lightweight and sturdy) in motorsport design. Rear section. Rear details that define the look of the new Golf R include smoked LED rear lights with a distinctive light-coloured stripe in the middle, diffuser in "R" design, four chrome tailpipes and an "R" logo on the boot lid. Eight colours. The range of exterior paints comprises eight body colours. A new paint was created specifically and exclusively for the Golf R: "Lapis Blue Metallic". Alternative colour choices are "Pure White", "Tornado Red", "Night Blue", "Limestone Grey Metallic", "Reflex Silver Metallic", "Deep Black Pearl Effect" and "Oryx White". Interior of the Golf R Sport seats in cloth/Alcantara with carbon-look leather. As in the three previous Golf R models, Volkswagen R GmbH has extensively customised and upgraded the interior of the new model as well. This most powerful Golf is equipped with what are known as top sport seats (front). The middle panels are designed in "Race" fabric ("Titan Black") with black backstitching. Meanwhile, the side panels are executed in Alcantara ("Crystal Grey"). The outer surfaces of the seats and the head restraints are designed in "Clip" cloth upholstery ("Titan Black"). Decorative seams in "Crystal Grey" form a contrast to the dark areas. An "R" logo is embossed on the backrests of the front seats. As an option, Volkswagen also offers a Nappa-carbon leather package. Here, the outer seat surfaces, inner side support panels and head restraints are all upholstered in dark "Carbon" Nappa leather. Meanwhile, the middle seat panels may be ordered in either dark or light Nappa leather ("Anthracite" or "Modern Grey"). The decorative seams are "Crystal Grey" in the leather upholstery version as well. Leather is also used to trim the upper and lower grip zones of the three-spoke sport steering wheel in "R" design. Last but not least, the steering wheel's lower cross bar has a chrome "R" logo. Here too, all leather elements are upgraded by decorative stitching in the contrasting colour "Crystal Grey". The decorative inlays of the dashboard and door trim panels feature the "Carbon Touch" design; ambience lighting is also integrated in the door trim panels as standard. The door sill guards are illuminated as well (in blue). The pedals and foot supports are also designed in stainless steel look as standard. Customisation extends down to the floor mats, which have upgraded piping in a contrasting colour. Instruments in "R" design. The instruments and the start menu of the touchscreen on the centre console were also customised. To give a sporty feel from the very start, when the ignition is switched on the illuminated light-blue needles of the tachometer and speedometer sweep once across the entire scale to the end pin – in the case of the speedometer to the 320 km/h mark. The instrument needles are also automatically illuminated as soon as the driver's door is opened. The touchscreen of the radio or radio-navigation system (Composition Touch radio is standard) shows an animated "R" logo as a start screen. Also new and upgraded with an "R" badge is the accessory used to start the Golf R: the ignition key, specifically its case; it represents perfection in the smallest details. Radio and radio-navigation systems. Volkswagen is equipping the Golf R with redesigned radio and radio/navigation systems. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The new device generation is available in three different display sizes: 5 inches, 5.8 inches and 8 inches. 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 the 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 lets users scroll through lists or browse CD covers in the media library with a wipe of the hand. Car-Net. Car-Net is offered for the Golf R in conjunction with the Discover Pro radio-navigation system and the "Premium" mobile phone interface. It consists of a set of new mobile online services. For example, Car-Net lets drivers integrate highly up-to-date traffic information into dynamic route guidance and input online Points of Interest (POI) into the navigation system. It also integrates the 360-degree panoramic street perspective images of Google Street View. Realistic photographic satellite images can also be displayed, which are based on the Google-Earth™ map service (Google Maps). Overview– quick facts Key aspects in alphabetical order • Automatic gearbox: - 6-speed DSG • Cargo capacity: - 343 litres to 1,233 litres • Character: - Flagship with racing DNA • Colours: - "Tornado Red", "Pure White", "Lapis Blue Metallic", "Reflex Silver Metallic", "Limestone Grey Metallic", "Night Blue Metallic", "Deep Black Pearl Effect" and "Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect" • Drive system: - All-wheel drive • Driver assistance and performance systems: - Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, brake assist, traction control, XDS+ electronic differential lock, four-wheel EDS, engine - drag torque control, countersteering assist (standard) - ESC Sport (ESC mode, e.g. for race courses) - Driver Alert System (standard) - Automatic post-collision braking system (standard) - Progressive steering (standard) - ParkPilot (standard) - Tyre pressure monitoring indicator (standard) - DCC dynamic chassis control - ACC plus adaptive cruise control Front Assist surroundings monitoring system with City Emergency Braking - Dynamic Light Assist dynamic main beam control - Driving profile selector including Race mode - Light Assist main beam control - Cruise control system - PreCrash occupant protective system - Rear Assist - Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant - Road sign recognition • Engines – petrol: 2.0 TSI with output of 221 kW / 300 PS • Equipment line: - R • Infotainment: - Standard radio: "Composition Touch" (5-inch screen) - "Composition Colour" radio (5-inch screen) - "Composition Media" radio (5.8-inch screen) - "Composition Media" radio with navigation function "Discover Media" (5.8-inch screen) - "Discover Pro" radio-navigation system (8-inch screen) - Dynaudio sound system - Car Net (Online services) • Market launch, Europe: - Fourth quarter of 2013 • Prices (Germany): - Golf R – from 38,325 euros • Production location: Wolfsburg plant • Running gear: - Front: MacPherson strut suspension - Rear: modular performance suspension - Progressive steering • Standard gearbox: 6-speed manual gearbox • Wheels: - Standard wheels: 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels - Optional wheels: 19-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels and "Pretoria"
  17. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 21, 2013 Opel pulled the veil back on the Monza concept before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month and its something different to say in the least. The design is a mashup of coupe and wagon with large gullwing doors and very sleek lines. Opel says the Monza's design will influence future models such as the next-generation Astra and Insignia. Also, the Monza is huge. The overall length is 15.38 feet. Opel has tried its best to disguise this fact by making it seem 'light'. The style "conveys athletic efficiency rather than pure muscle power," Opel says. Under the sleek and 'light' skin, the Monza uses a modular design to drop in different types of powertrains with ease. In this case, the Monza concept uses a variation of the Chevrolet Volt's powertrain. In this case, the 1.4L range-extender has been replaced by a 1.0L SIDI turbo engine running on compressed natural gas. Moving inside, the Monza has a minimalist design philosophy. There is seating for four people. The driver faces wide, sculpted surface that sweeps from door to door. This surface acts as a projection surface where vehicle and driver information to Internet and communication options are shown. Providing the projection is a set of 18 LED projectors. In addition, the Monza features a new concept for smartphone connectivity. Called ME, US, and ALL, this system can allow a driver to disable many components of the smartphone and focus on driving, allow passengers to communicate and share with a selected group of people, and allowing the vehicle to connect to the outside world. “The Monza Concept represents the Opel car of tomorrow. On one hand, it embodies everything that already characterizes Opel – German precision combined with innovative technologies wrapped in captivating design. In addition, it addresses the themes that will be the development-focus of the next generation of Opel cars: maximum connectivity and optimum efficiency,” said Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. Source: Opel William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 Monza Concept: This Is Opel Tomorrow Visionary: Monza Concept gives outlook for Opel brand strategy at IAA Efficient: Perfect use of space, lightweight design, innovative powertrains Connected: Revolutionary infotainment with LED projection technology Inspiring: Monza Concept shows new interpretation of sculptural Opel design Rüsselsheim. A light, athletic look outside, unique projection technology inside combined with custom connectivity and modular design that enables sustainable propulsion systems par excellence – the Opel Monza Concept is stylish, ultra-modern efficiency on four wheels. It is the role-model for the next generation of Opel cars. The groundbreaking concept car makes its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12 - 22 (press days: September 10 - 11) and shows what people can expect from Opel in the future. “The Monza Concept represents the Opel car of tomorrow”, says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “On one hand, it embodies everything that already characterizes Opel – German precision combined with innovative technologies wrapped in captivating design. In addition, it addresses the themes that will be the development-focus of the next generation of Opel cars: maximum connectivity and optimum efficiency.” “Connectivity is demonstrated by a trailblazing LED projection technology for instrument and infotainment displays. Efficiency comes in many ways, with lightweight design, optimal use of interior space, and advanced powertrain technology. The Monza Concept is based on increasing electrification of the automobile in everyday driving, from range-extender to fuel cell. And as far as styling is concerned, we are expressing pure efficiency in a new, lean and athletic interpretation of our typical sculptural shapes. The Opel Monza Concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future.” Lightness: Styling conveys athletic efficiency rather than pure muscle power An Opel Monza already made its world premiere at the IAA back in 1977: it was a large coupé with a silky smooth-running six-cylinder engine. The Monza was in production until 1986 and has long since belonged to the elite circle of iconic cars. The new Monza Concept now follows in its wheel-tracks: The beautifully shaped hood with the distinctive center fold continues the tradition of the Monza front with the typical Opel crease. The large boomerang shaped air intakes in front of the wheel arches complement the elegant chrome bar that proudly holds the brand logo. With the Monza Concept, the designers in Mark Adams’ team introduce a new interpretation of the sculptural design that first went into production with the Insignia. Selected distinctive lines, high-precision design and perfect sweeping contours remain the core of the evolving design philosophy called “Sculptural artistry meets German precision.” But a new, athletic allure demonstrates the car’s overall efficiency. “This is the next bold step along our journey into the future, but at the same time we show that we have established a consistent design in which people can build trust”, says Mark Adams, Head of Opel Design. The sculptural surfaces of the 4.69 meter-long, four seat Monza Concept are modeled after ocean waves lapping on the shore. These flowing surfaces give a look of lightness, dramatically underlined by the side-sills that taper off in front of the rear wheel arches. This unique styling element is inspired by the lean physique and slim waist of a greyhound dog, running as if on tip-toes with powerful elegance. The design of the Monza Concept’s body sides enables easy entry and egress for front and rear-seat passengers, while underscoring the prominent, sporty rear wheel arches, which share the same width as the front. The Monza Concept’s roof line is particularly sophisticated – at first it runs in a semicircular form like a classic coupé’s, but then just before reaching the tailgate it sweeps slightly upwards. In spite of its sporty look and flat silhouette with a height of just 1.31 meters, there is neither loss of space in the luggage compartment – 500 liters in volume – nor constrained headroom for the passengers. This is due to the fact that the whole cockpit structure is around 15 centimeters lower than in conventional models. Actually, the Monza Concept offers the same airy passenger compartment as a mid-size car. The expansive doors provide maximum functionality with spectacular views when opening. They swing up like the outstretched wings of a condor and offer an unobstructed view of the spacious, open passenger cabin (or the surroundings from the inside) thanks to the absence of a B-pillar. Connectivity: Efficient and well-connected into the automotive future Efficiency and connectivity are the main focus of development in focus for next generation of Opel models. The Monza Concept offers a fascinating preview of these developments. Once behind the wheel, the Monza Concept whisks you away into a completely new and unique world of instruments and infotainment. The original Monza was also way ahead of its time 35 years ago with a digital display in the cockpit. The Monza Concept continues innovating with state-of-the-art LED projection technology. Drivers no longer find the conventional individual, separate monitors that display different information; instead, they face a wide, sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door, and is used as a single projection surface. Information and decorative elements are displayed on the surface, which the driver can customize according to his needs, taste or mood. A total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display. This is a world premiere in an automobile. Already established in the events arena, this technology has caused a sensation at major occasions such as Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, and Opel designers were first to think of implementing it in a passenger car. The 3D graphics are impressive, and reflect all important functions from precise vehicle and driver information to internet and communication options as well as decorative elements. Both the area displaying information and the background can be individually configured, and operation is via voice control and steering wheel controls. Efficiency and clarity are also priorities here: when it came to how the displays present information, Opel engineers focused on the best and most personal way to make relevant data available to the driver. The approach was “simplifying the multitude” and so details on the car, the navigation and the smartphone settings and connection only appear when necessary or desired. So drivers can use a wide range of information without being overwhelmed by text or images. This also makes the Monza Concept a model of future HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) systems, as its interior design is based on latest research findings in this field. This also applies to the comprehensive smartphone connectivity in the Monza Concept. With three worlds of connectivity – called ME, US and ALL – drivers can focus solely on their driving experience, or get in touch with friends and family or even connect to the whole internet community. With ME the infotainment system virtually disconnects the drivers’ smartphone and prioritizes the information relevant for the driving experience. US enables the passengers of the Monza Concept to connect with a group of selected people such as friends and family members: these can log-in to the car’s infotainment system with their own communication device and exchange information, music and images, chat and make appointments, etc. ALL goes beyond US. It allows the driver and virtually the whole outside world to connect. Drivers can for example spontaneously share their planned route online over a tablet or smartphone so that people can catch a ride with them along the way – enabling a new kind of instant car-sharing. With this trailblazing infotainment and connectivity technology, the Monza Concept shows how far ahead Opel designers and engineers are thinking, so that the next generation of cars make their contribution to a harmonious, connected society The trendsetting sensor and connectivity technology in the Monza Concept has even more to offer: it gives a preview of the advancements in “Car-to-Car” and “Car-to-X” systems – prerequisites for future autonomous driving and areas in which the research department at Opel is already intensively working. By comprehensively connecting road users, intercommunication can be enhanced, as can safety, because dangerous traffic situations are registered earlier and more accurately than before. Flexibility: Modular design for powertrain-diversity The Monza Concept is based on a modular design to allow highest-possible flexibility when selecting a propulsion system. A variety of sustainable powertrains based on increasing electrification of the automobile are conceivable. For the Monza Concept to be displayed at the Frankfurt show, engineers conceived an electric drive with a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) range extender – a further development of the Ampera’s pioneering technology. The new-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo – which also makes its premiere at the IAA – takes over the task as range extender. But it does so with natural gas instead of gasoline, further improving the car’s CO2 footprint. With its visionary approach, Opel continues to combine the potential of electric propulsion with the benefits of the internal combustion engine. “We have a clear vision of how Opel cars will be in the future, and we have a clear strategy of how we will achieve this goal. The Monza Concept gives this strategy an unmistakable identity,” says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It embodies what our customers can expect from us within the next years; not only in terms of design, but also in terms of efficiency and connectivity between drivers and the internet community. So it already anticipates future everyday automotive life, and serves as an important source of inspiration on the road to that destination – and not just for Opel.”
  18. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 14, 2013 Mercedes-Benz was hoping to keep the new 2015 GLA-Class under wraps till its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. However, that was thwarted by someone who leaked out shots of the new model last night. Today, Mercedes-Benz has come clean and released information about it. The GLA-Class definitely shares the design DNA from the A-Class with wide front fenders, sculpting along the doors, and similar profiles. You might think the GLA-Class is about the same size as the A-Class, but it happens to be slightly bigger in many dimensions. Inside, the GLA-Class utilizes the same interior from A-Class. Power will come from a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch is the sole transmission choice. Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel drive system will be launched first in the U.S., followed by a front-wheel drive model. The GLA-Class is expected to arrive in the U.S. next fall. Source: Mercedes-Benz William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 Fit for off-road adventure Multi-talented: The all-new 2015MY Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class MONTVALE, NJ - Progressive design, serene day-to-day driving and off-road capability: easily handling various automotive applications, the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLA impressively reinterprets the compact SUV segment. It effortlessly masters day-to-day driving and is also robust enough for off-road excursions. The 2015 GLA-Class will arrive in U.S. showrooms in Fall of 2014. The first Mercedes-Benz in the fast-growing compact SUV segment is highly maneuverable around town (length 173.9" x width 71" x height 58.8"), lively on country roads and athletic and efficient on the highway. The high-quality appointments, developed with much attention to detail, and the versatile interior clearly position the GLA as a premium compact SUV. The 2015 GLA-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to be available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution. The new GLA rounds off the extensive SUV portfolio of Mercedes-Benz. With five model series (GLA, GLK, ML, GL and G), the company offers the widest range of any European premium manufacturer, and meets all the individual mobility wishes of its customers. "With the compact GLA we add a fifth attractive SUV variant to the Mercedes-Benz model portfolio in this constantly growing segment. The GLA impresses mainly with its progressive character and agile handling," says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "So I am very confident that the GLA with its fascinating design and high everyday practicality will fill many new customers with enthusiasm for the Mercedes-Benz brand." As a serene day-to-day companion, the GLA has a flexible and variable interior. The rear seat backrests fold down completely, and the generous luggage compartment is well laid-out and can be loaded without difficulty thanks to the low loading sill and the wide tailgate, which can open automatically as an option. The especially rigid body structure provides a reliable basis for the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 208 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The all-new 2015 GLA-Class will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September. Design: quality and self-assurance Sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The goal is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that communicate both high-tech sophistication as well as emotional appeal. The sensual clarity is reflected in the core design values of Tradition, Emotion and Progression. These are the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progression. Each model series has an assigned role and has a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the interests of keeping tradition alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand. "With its striking features, the GLA embodies our progressive thinking and enthralls with its off-road proportions," says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG. "The clearly defined surfaces convey power and serenity, and we have managed to combine as much emotional appeal as possible with as much clarity as necessary." As an SUV, the all-new GLA combines the design values of Progression and Tradition, and is the SUV of the future. It is a utility player with hallmark Mercedes-Benz SUV genes, but more youthful, sculptural and full of subtle drama. The low greenhouse, raised vehicle body and large wheel arches give the GLA great appeal. The clearly defined surfaces are supplemented with sharp lines that provide definition and precision, varying the sculptured contours of the vehicle body which is sensitively modeled and subtly dramatic. The prominent and self-assured, upright front end with a central star lends a muscular and superior impression to the GLA. Powerdomes grace the hood as sporty highlights, and the twin-louver grille accentuates the vehicle's width. An impressive front face is ensured by the headlamps and available LED daytime running lamps. This iconic Mercedes-Benz design feature was developed further using tri-functional fiber-optics, and gives the vehicle its characteristic light signature. The front bumper features diamond-pattern grilles in front of the cooling air intakes. The standard fog lamps are integrated into the front bumper. A simulated skid plate and contra sting dark-grey sill panels all-around emphasize the SUV characteristics of the GLA. The panels begin low down at the front bumper and provide protection against stone impact. The side view of the GLA likewise conveys power and serenity. Following the design philosophy, the "dropping line" emerges at the headlamp and extends to the rear wheel arch. The line of the beltline trim gradually rises from the rear door to the C-pillar. Together the light-catching contour on the curvature and the counter-line to the dropping line at side sill height create an interplay of lines that lends the car flowing power and subtle drama. The side panel has depressions shaped like an excavator's teeth to accentuate the SUV character. Chrome roof rails complete the side profile at the top as standard, and as an optional extra roof rails in high-gloss black are available. The GLA features 18-inch wheels as standard equipment, with 19-inch wheels available as an option. The muscular shoulders over the rear axle are emphasized even further by the inward taper of the C-pillars. In combination with the divided tail lights, this emphasizes the width of the rear end. Its shape is both dramatic and visually unified. This impression is heightened by the curved rear window and the sweeping chrome handle between the tail lights. Thanks to the divided tail lights, the cargo opening is conveniently wide. The large roof spoiler is another eye-catching feature. It shares the structure of the rear roof trim and accommodates the third brake light. In the area of the rear bumper trim there are other SUV-specific features such as a robust external loading sill guard and a skid plate available in silver-metallic. Interior: attractive design features and high quality The muscular and imposing appearance of the exterior is systematically continued into the interior. This has an especially high-quality feel that is achieved by the contours, choice and combinations of high-grade materials. All trim surfaces are galvanized in silver-shadow for material authenticity, resulting in a metallic finish with a "cool-touch" effect. The impression is one of perfect detail. The heavy emphasis on horizontals, the dynamic design and the highly attractive design features are other high-quality attributes. The same applies to the great precision of joints and gap dimensions. The dashboard consists of an upper and lower section, allowing surface structures that are different in look and feel. Matte and glossy 3D geometries (graining) create an attractive light effect. The three-dimensional trim section of aluminum or wood lends a new, modern touch to the interior. The available matte satin finish of the wood trim is a further enhancement to the modernity, and makes the surface especially pleasant to the touch. Five round air vents are integrated into the dashboard. As an exclusive GLA feature, the galvanized bezels around these circular vents echo the SUV-look of the skid plate and side sill panels. The direction of the airflow can be varied by butterfly-shaped inserts. The large, free-standing display has a high-gloss facing in piano-black and a flush-fitting surround in silver-shadow. This gives the display an especially high-quality look. A 3-spoke steering wheel with 12 function keys and a galvanized chrome clasp is standard equipment. When at rest the needles are in the 6 o'clock position. The needle inlays are always in silver. The choice of seat upholsteries (standard MB-Tex or optional leather) and color combinations allows plenty of scope for individualization. Sports seats with integrated head restraints are available as part of the optional Interior Package. The premium quality of the sports seats is emphasized by the opening in the lower section of the head restraint. On the rear of the front seats this space is framed by silver-shadow trim, and can have ambient lighting on request. Set into a galvanized surround, the controls for the standard power driver's seat adjustment with memory are arranged on the interior door panels in typical Mercedes style – a unique feature in this segment. The interior door panels are likewise of extremely high quality. The soft, matte surfaces extend right from the beltline to the door pocket. In combination with the equipment packages the door armrests have a high-quality chrome trim strip and standard ambient lighting. Aerodynamics: goodbye to box-shaped With the GLA, yet another model series becomes the leader in its segment with respect to aerodynamic efficiency. At 0.66 m2 the frontal area Cd x A, which greatly impacts fuel consumption from around 37 mph, is a top figure. The good air flow characteristics, which are a major factor in the vehicle's low fuel consumption in everyday conditions, result from numerous aerodynamic optimization measures. These include a low A-pillar step with suitable geometry and aerodynamically optimized exterior mirror housings. The rear end is also streamlined. The measures here include the roof spoiler lip and the aerodynamically shaped tail lights. Rear spoilers at the sides ensure that the airflow breaks off for optimal aerodynamic efficiency. Seals in the front bumper (radiator area incl. around the headlamps) round off the aerodynamic measures. Extensive underbody paneling, additional paneling in the middle area of the rear axle and an aerodynamically optimized rear silencer followed by a diffuser improve the flow of air beneath the underbody. Numerous measures have also been taken to reduce wind noise in the GLA. These include a multi-level door sealing concept, additional sealing of the joint between the tailgate and the roof and side seals on the tailgate. Especially rigid window frames prevent the airflow from pulling on the doors at higher speeds, and reduce vibrations. External noise has also been minimized by the low A-pillar and exterior mirrors connected to the body by a stem. Engine and transmission: dynamic claim to leadership A modern four-cylinder engine with turbocharging and direct injection, as well as an ECO start/stop function as standard, make for superior efficiency. The new GLA-Class also takes the lead in its segment with its dynamic performance figures. The 2015 GLA250 4MATIC features a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that generates 208 hp and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The GLA250 4MATIC sprints from zero to 60 mph in only 6.4 seconds, underlining the dynamic claim to leadership of the GLA-Class. It has a top speed of 145 mph. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission which unites comfort and sportiness. The front-wheel drive GLA250 will be available in the U.S. in early 2015. Suspension: for guaranteed recreational fun With the new GLA Mercedes-Benz is adding a new member to the successful SUV family. This compact model reinterprets the SUV concept in a new, modern way, because the GLA is less imposing than previous SUVs, and therefore fits perfectly into the day-to-day urban lifestyle. At the same time the optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the robust body structure and the variable interior concept guarantee plenty of recreational enjoyment. Motto: away from the daily routine. Rough terrain – the beach, loose ground, dirt roads, off the beaten path – all of these are no problem for the GLA. The chassis of the GLA features a McPherson front axle and an independent multilink rear suspension. Three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel manage the incoming forces. This means that longitudinal and lateral dynamics are independent of one another. The wheel carriers and spring control arms are made of aluminum to reduce unsprung masses. In the version with 4MATIC, the rear axle carrier is isolated with rubber bushings for the benefit of ride comfort. Compared to conventional systems, the electromechanical power steering provides better feedback to the driver and makes an important contribution to the vehicle's overall efficiency, as the servo assistance only requires energy when the vehicle is actually steered. It also allows various steering assistance functions that are initiated by the ESP® control unit. These include countersteering when the vehicle oversteers, steering corrections when braking on surfaces with different levels of grip, reducing the effects of front-wheel drive on the steering and compensation of cross-winds and road camber. The GLA has an extremely rigid body, and therefore the basis for stable and safe handling characteristics both on and off the road, as well as a high level of NVH comfort. There are additional reinforcements to the B-pillars, front damper domes, side members and underbody. Even more grip: 4MATIC all-wheel drive The GLA from Mercedes-Benz is optionally available with a new generation of the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system, featuring fully variable torque distribution. This all-wheel drive system excels with even more grip and outstanding agility while also enhancing driving safety and energy efficiency. The components of the 4MATIC system include the power take-off to the rear axle that is integrated into the 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and the rear-axle gear with integrated, electrohydraulically controlled multi-disc clutch. This set-up allows fully variable distribution of the drive torque between front and rear axles. Additional benefits of this design are a lower weight than is available from the competition, and high efficiency. Confident on light terrain: off-road functions Models with 4MATIC are equipped with DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) and an off-road transmission mode as standard. DSR is activated by a control button in the center console, and assists the driver on demanding downhill stretches by maintaining a slow, manually selected vehicle speed within the physical limits when negotiating downhill gradients. This is done with the help of the engine and transmission control systems, and by specific braking intervention. When the off-road transmission mode is selected using the transmission mode switch, the gearshift points and accelerator characteristics are modified so that the requirements for driving on light off-road terrain and especially loose surfaces can be met. In combination with the standard single-disc CD audio system with USB Port, Bluetooth connectivity and HD Radio or optional COMAND system, the head unit can also be switched to an off-road display. The steering angle, the selected off-road transmission mode and a compass are displayed there. The roll angle in degrees, the gradient in percent and activation of Downhill Speed Regulation DSR are also indicated. Smart safety: advanced assistance systems Numerous driving assistance systems offer support in the GLA and reduce the driver's workload. Standard features for the SUV include ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection and radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist, which now helps to protect against collisions from a speed of only 4 mph. This feature combines with DISTRONIC PLUS (part of the Driver Assistance Package) to become COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. This incorporates an additional function: If a danger of collision arises and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 124 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 18 mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at speeds of up to 12 mph. Established assistance systems, such as Blind Spot and Lane Keeping Assist are also available for the GLA. PARKTRONIC w/ Park Assist (optional) allows automatic parking in parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. "Always on": the multimedia systems The latest multimedia generation deployed in the GLA boasts new functions and a modified graphic color scheme. Like all models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the GLA comes with the brand's acclaimed connectivity service mbrace2, providing users with an extensive range of online and concierge services and apps all linking seamlessly to smartphones for use inside and outside the car. By using cloud technology, mbrace2 is always up to date and offers users wide-ranging and flexible access to content.
  19. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com August 9, 2013 Auto show season is just right around the corner with Frankfurt kicking off this season in September. Already, automakers are beginning to tease what they will be showing at the show. For example, Infiniti released teaser shots of their Q30 Concept. "This Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy. In our quest to appeal to the modern, young-minded premium customer, the Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality,"said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti. The Q30 Concept to our eyes looks to be a more aggressive take on the Infiniti Etherea concept shown at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Q30 Concept has two firsts for the company, First Infiniti concept to come out under the company's new design director, Alfonso Albaisa First Infiniti vehicle that will have F1 Driver and Infiniti's Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel develop (When it hits production) Source: Infiniti William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. Press Release is on Page 2 Infiniti set to reveal Q30 Concept at IAA Frankfurt Motor Show Q30 Concept signals Infiniti's next step in its portfolio expansion into new premium segments Hong Kong – Infiniti will stage the world premiere of its Q30 Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Infiniti Q30 Concept signals the contemporary design vision for a compact Infiniti vehicle which will target a new generation of premium customers. Set to be unveiled at Infiniti's press conference, scheduled for 10:15 am CET on September 10 in Frankfurt, the Q30 Concept is the next step in Infiniti's foray into new premium segments. It embodies Infiniti's vision to deliver head-turning design, innovative materials with precise fit and finish and passionate craftsmanship. "This Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. "In our quest to appeal to the modern, young-minded premium customer, the Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality." It represents the latest evolution of the Infiniti design philosophy introduced with the Infiniti Q50 which had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Like the Q50, the Infiniti Q30 Concept also incorporates dramatic design cues from the visionary Infiniti concept trilogy – Essence, Etherea and Emerg-e. Infiniti envisions provoking a radical shift in the premium compact segment. The adventurous design and graceful athleticism of Q30 Concept inspire greater expectations of what is possible beyond the designs dominant in the market today. "Q30 Concept is slender, sleek and seductive," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. "When you see speedy big cats, like cheetahs, they have a slenderness and a lightweight stride. It's almost like they're floating. That's the muscularity we were aiming for with Q30 Concept." Infiniti's forthcoming compact premium entry will be the first Infiniti model Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti's Director of Performance, will influence from its inception. The three-time Formula One world champion from Infiniti Red Bull Racing, who was actively involved in honing the driving dynamics of the Infiniti Q50, is engaging with Infiniti's technical teams around the world as part of a commitment to infuse the brand with race-bred performance.
  20. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com July 10, 2013 According to a report from carsales.com.au, Mercedes-Benz is readying a Plug-In Hybrid version of the new S-Class for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This news comes from David McCarthy, Senior Manager Corporate Communications at Mercedes-Benz Australia. Autocar has a bit more information on this, saying the hybrid will use a V6 engine paired with an electric motor and a battery pack. No word on horsepower, range, or fuel economy at the moment. Source: carsales.com.au, Autocar William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.
  21. It has been a long two years since Jaguar revealed the C-X17 concept crossover at Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, Jaguar has been teasing us with F-Pace mules wrapped in some interesting camouflage. But on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, the British automaker has finally pulled the covers off the production model. From the transition of concept to the production model, the F-Pace looks largely the same aside from minor changes to the trim. The body is comprised of aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium, and composites. This allows the F-Pace to have the same torsional stiffness numbers as the new XF. The interior features seating for five people and dashboard similar to the one used in the new XE. There will be two versions of Jaguar's InControl infotainment system; an 8-inch with optional SD navigation and a 10.2-inch version with an 825-watt Meridian 17-speaker stereo. At the launch of the F-Pace next spring, there will be two versions of the supercharged 3.0L V6. The base version will produce 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, and a more potent version will make 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Following sometime after is a 2.0L Ingenium diesel four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. All engines will come with an eight-speed automatic and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system. Jaguar has also pulled some tricks from its sister brand, Land Rover for the F-Pace. The model offers 8.4 inches of ground clearance and wade through 20.7 inches of water. There are also a number of off-road systems such as Adaptive Surface Response, All Surface Progress Control, and Low Traction Launch. We're wondering how many F-Pace owners will actually take their car off the beaten path. Pricing for the Jaguar F-Pace for the U.S. breaks down like this, 2.0 Ingenium diesel: $41,985 Supercharged 3.0 V6 (340 HP): $43,385 Supercharged 3.0 V6 (380 HP): $57,765 Prices include a $995 destination charge. Source: Jaguar Press Release is on Page 2 The All-New 2017 Jaguar F-PACE F-TYPE-inspired form that delivers on the promise of the breakthrough Jaguar C-X17 concept Spacious cabin and large 23-cu.ft. luggage compartment Strong and stiff Lightweight Aluminum Architecture delivers agility, refinement and efficiency Optional Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system featuring a 10.2-inch capacitive touch-screen, a virtual 12.3-inch HD instrument cluster with full-screen navigation display, supplemented by laser head-up display Available InControl Wi-Fi™ capable of hosting up to eight devices World debut of Activity Key: an optional waterproof, wearable vehicle access technology, allowing the keys to be securely locked inside the vehicle while engaging in outdoor activity Double-wishbone and Integral Link suspension for exceptional handling and ride comfort F-TYPE-derived chassis technologies including Torque Vectoring, Adaptive Dynamics and Configurable Dynamics offer a rewarding, tuneable driving experience Optimized aerodynamics deliver low drag and high-speed stability Supercharged 380hp V6 gasoline engine delivers 0-60mph performance in 5.1 seconds Intelligent Driveline Dynamics enables all-wheel drivability and rear-wheel drive character All-wheel drive delivers reassuring levels of grip in a variety of conditions, and can be further enhanced with traction technologies including available Adaptive Surface Response All-Surface Progress Control designed to enable smooth drive-away on low-traction surfaces such as grass, snow and mud Pricing starts from $42,390 for V6 gas engines and $40,990 for 4-cyl diesel 6 engines including Jaguar EliteCare, a best-in-class ownership package4 On sale beginning Spring 2016 (MAHWAH, N.J.) - September 14, 2015 - The all-new 2017 Jaguar F-PACE is a medium luxury SUV designed and engineered to offer the agility, responsiveness and refinement that Jaguar cars are renowned for, together with the exceptional dynamics and everyday versatility of an SUV. DESIGN Designed by the same team as the C-X17 concept vehicle, the F-PACE remains true to the aesthetic of the award-winning concept. Thanks to the flexibility of the Jaguar Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, designers could work hand in hand with the engineers to determine key dimensions such as the wheelbase and track, delivering the proportions and elegant lines that distinguish it instantly as a Jaguar vehicle. "We designed the all-new F-PACE to be first and foremost a Jaguar. That's why it has exciting proportions, a dynamic stance, pure surfaces and a beautiful sensuality about it. Its progressive, purposeful appearance has clearly been influenced by the F-TYPE. Every Jaguar car should draw your eye from 200 meters away and I believe the presence of the all-new F-PACE on the road is second to none in this class. The Lightweight Aluminum Architecture gave us the design freedom to create a car with latent poise - a svelte car with attitude," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar. "It looks assertive yet not aggressive. But it's also versatile and equipped with real-world answers to everyday questions. The all-new F-PACE is an all-weather Jaguar sports car, life-proofed for five people and their belongings." The influence of the F-TYPE is instantly apparent at the rear of the F-PACE, from the design of the LED tail-lights to its muscular rear haunches. The rakish angle of the rear window belies the load space behind it. Jaguar design cues extend to the silhouette of the F-PACE, with a sleek roofline as well as short front and rear overhangs that reflect the vehicle's agile response. The vehicle's stance is further emphasized with the fitment of optional 22-inch diameter wheels. Outside, the taut surfaces and clean lines of the bodysides are formed from a single sheet of aluminum - building upon the brand's decades-long expertise in designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles using this lightweight material. The bold, upright front grille is assertive, but also contributes to the aerodynamic efficiency of the performance SUV. The Jaguar signature power bulge extends the full length of the aluminum hood emphasizing the vehicle's performance capabilities. Altogether, the exterior design cues from the bodyside, hood, front and rear help underscore the vehicle's athleticism as a performance SUV. The sleek headlights, available with adaptive full-LED technology2, feature daytime running lights with the signature Jaguar 'J' Blade design. The slender LED fog lights available on R-Sport trim levels were developed in-house and use TV screen optics and light tubes to deliver compact packaging, as well as an exceptionally smooth, homogeneous light source. The F-PACE is a five seater and features a spacious, luxurious interior which utilizes premium materials, craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail that gives every Jaguar vehicle its unique sense of occasion. The 'Sports Command' driving position in the F-PACE provides authoritative, confidence-inspiring outward visibility2, while retaining the Jaguar-specific sports car feel; the dramatic curve of the front door top is incorporated into the dash fascia enhancing the cockpit-like feel. The vehicle's available leather sports seats are shaped to provide exceptional comfort and support; they are available with 14 different adjustments plus heating and cooling functions. A range of contemporary trim options are also available, including authentic metal finishes such as Meshed Aluminum and beautiful crafted veneers such as Satin Grey Ash. The instrument panel, similar to those found in the new XE and XF, features two large, deeply-hooded analogue dials and a central TFT display, or an optional 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster featuring the choice of four visual themes and full-screen navigation9. Ambient lighting, especially with the 10-color option, further enhances the sense of luxury. The long, 113-inch (2,874mm) wheelbase makes ingress and egress to and from the rear seats easy, while the seat base itself was designed to allow passengers to sit further outboard; resulting in more space for three occupants to fit in the second row. The positioning of the seats, together with the height of the beltline, means that even small children enjoy a good view out. The available four-zone climate control system with B-pillar vents and the electric recline function of the rear seats adds to the passenger experience. Driver and front seat passengers will also enjoy a center console that offers a 12V socket and up to three USB ports. The rear console can feature up to two more 12V sockets or two additional USB ports. The focus on package efficiency also means that the F-PACE has a loadspace volume of 23-cu.ft. (650-liters) with a width of 49.4-inches (1,255mm). The 40:20:40 split rear seats allow through-loading and when folded flat, the luggage compartment offers up to 61.4-cu.ft. (1,740-liters) of space. Packaging is further enhanced by the low loading height and flat floor. The floor itself is reversible: one side is carpeted, the other rubberized - making it ideal for sports equipment or pets. The lightweight composite tailgate benefits from power opening and closing functions, and optional gesture control for hands-free operation. ARCHITECTURE AND BODY STRUCTURE The F-PACE is the latest Jaguar model, alongside the XE and XF, to benefit from the brand's expertise in designing and manufacturing aluminum monocoques. In fact, the F-PACE features the largest amount of the Jaguar-developed RC5754 aluminum alloy yet; one third of the vehicle features this lightweight material which comprises up to 75 percent recycled material. In conjunction with the brand's Lightweight Aluminum Architecture, new features such as the composite tailgate, magnesium cross-car beam and front-end carrier contribute to its outstanding driving dynamics. Advanced high strength steels in areas such as the rear floor, are joined using more than 2,600 self-piercing rivets, 238.8-ft (72.8 m) of structural adhesive and more than 560 spot-welds. The resulting torsional stiffness matches that of the all-new XF and, together with the advanced suspension systems, are key to the exceptional blend of ride, handling and refinement of the performance SUV. The high-pressure diecast aluminum front suspension turrets, have been engineered to accommodate additional ground clearance and suspension travel of the vehicle. The front crossmembers are large; making them stiff to support the vehicle's elevated, Sports Command driving position. The subframes and subframe mounting points have been engineered to contribute to greater overall stiffness without the weight and packaging penalties that come by simply adding body reinforcements. In fact, wherever possible, every bracket in the body has been optimized so that it contributes to body stiffness, as well as performing its primary function. CHASSIS The F-PACE has been engineered to deliver the same outstanding driving experience which sets all Jaguar vehicles apart from the competition. Using the long wheelbase of the Lightweight Aluminum Architecture helped keep the center of mass between the axles, while the chassis high stiffness benefits not only ride, but responsiveness. "We develop every Jaguar vehicle to offer an unrivalled combination of agility and responsiveness with exceptional ride and refinement - and the all-new F-PACE is no exception," said, Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar. "Applying all of the learning from F-TYPE, the steering reacts immediately, giving a truly connected feel. The double wishbone and Integral Link suspension offers the ideal balance of precise handling and body control, making the all-new F-PACE as rewarding to drive as it is comfortable to be driven in." Double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension, as well as a sophisticated Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system2, deliver exceptional capability on varying road surfaces. Extremely stiff in camber, the double-wishbone suspension allows the front tires to develop lateral force more quickly resulting in sharper turn-in and quicker steering response from the drivers input. The suspension is also tuned to allow the tire to maintain its contact patch throughout the full range of suspension travel, enabling the tires to generate more grip; contributing to enhanced steering feel and control. Aluminum is used almost exclusively to make the suspension as light as possible, most notably the front knuckles. The intricate, ribbed design is achieved by forging the component from cast blanks; enabling maximum stiffness for minimum weight. Among the other enhancements are bonded bushings for the tubular anti-roll bar - as well as better NVH properties, the bushing design prevents dirt ingress, improving reliability. The result of years of advanced research and development, Integral Link is the most sophisticated and capable rear suspension system ever put into a Jaguar vehicle. Separating lateral and longitudinal stiffness, the Integral Link allows the suspension to provide the best possible comfort without compromising dynamics. The bushings which manage longitudinal loads can be made much softer than would otherwise be possible with conventional multilink suspensions, enabling excellent energy absorption and therefore a smoother, quieter ride. At the same time, lateral stiffness can be far higher, making the vehicle more responsive. Caster stiffness has been increased over other Jaguar models, which is felt by the driver as improved stability when braking. The upper links are aluminum forgings, while the lower arm is hollow-cast aluminum - the optimum lightweight solution for this complex part. The springs and dampers are mounted separately, allowing each to be ideally positioned for the forces acting on the suspension and contributing even more to the dynamics and refinement of the F-PACE. This design is also highly space-efficient, minimizing intrusion into the luggage compartment. Every Jaguar vehicle is designed to provide a responsive, connected steering feel. The all-new F-PACE is no exception, as this target drove the development of every single component between the steering wheel and the tire contact patch in order to achieve the precision, response and linearity which define Jaguar steering DNA. Among the measures taken to achieve this include adding a fifth mounting point for the steering rack, and increasing the rotational stiffness of the subframe-to-body connections. High lateral stiffness in the rear axle also helps with initial turn-in because lateral forces at the tire contact patches build very quickly. Aerodynamics have been developed to give a front:rear lift balance closer to that of a sedan than an SUV, contributing to improved feel and stability during high-speed cruising. The Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system2 in the F-PACE benefits from the addition of closed-loop control. Specially-developed algorithms calculate the forces coming back from the road and use this information to further refine the level of assistance, making the steering even more intuitive. The EPAS system also features a variable steering ratio - as standard. This is achieved using variable pitch gears on the rack bar and fixed pitch gears on the pinion. By changing the contact point with the rack's gear teeth from the valleys on-center to the peaks at full lock, the more the driver turns the wheel, the more responsive the steering becomes2. Meticulously engineered and exhaustively tested at locations around the world, each available wheel and tire combination offers an excellent balance of grip, low rolling resistance, comfort and durability. F-PACE offers a variety of different wheel and tire options; from 18-inch wheels designed specifically to reduce aerodynamic drag to 22-inch wheels which complement the performance and design of the vehicle. The range of 22-inch wheels was developed for the F-PACE by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations division. Produced from forged aluminum to make them lighter and stiffer, they not only help to deliver the concept-car look of the C-X17 but also contribute to the high levels of on-road dynamics and traction of the F-PACE. Another technology first developed for F-TYPE and now applied to the F-PACE is Torque Vectoring by Braking. Designed to make the vehicle even more agile, the system can apply finely-metered braking to the inner wheels to mitigate understeer during corner entry, helping the driver to keep the vehicle on the ideal line through a turn2. The system works predominantly on the inside rear wheel to avoid any corruption of steering feel, and as a result, system intervention is virtually transparent to the driver. All models feature monotube dampers as standard. Not only do they contribute to a reduction in unsprung mass but they are also more responsive than conventional twin-tube dampers, and therefore offer greater ride control. The available Adaptive Dynamics takes this to the next level. By monitoring body movement 100 times a second and wheel movement 500 times a second, the system is designed to provide continuously variable damping to suit the conditions2, delivering a comfortable ride at lower speeds and even better handling at higher speeds3. Linked to Adaptive Dynamics, Configurable Dynamics, first developed for the F-TYPE, enables the driver to tailor the vehicle's character by individually selecting dynamic or normal modes for the throttle mapping, transmission shift strategy, steering feel and adaptive damper setting, all using the central touchscreen. For models equipped with the Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system1, drivers also gain the Dynamic-i feature, which displays a stopwatch, g-meter and a map of accelerator pedal response. POWERTRAIN At launch, U.S. buyers will have their choice of a 3.0l 340hp or 380hp supercharged gasoline V6 mated to an 8-speed transmission with power being routed to all four wheels via a torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system. Later in 2016, a 180hp four cylinder Ingenium diesel engine will also be added to the model lineup. Supercharged V6 gasoline engines The 340hp and 380hp variants of the supercharged gasoline V6 engine are shared with the F-TYPE sports car. These all-aluminum engines are characterized by their immediate throttle response, linear power delivery and unique intake and exhaust sound. The 90-degree cylinder bank angle enables the roots-type supercharger to be neatly packaged within the vee. Together with direct injection and variable intake and exhaust valve timing, the supercharger helps the engine generate a high torque output throughout the rev range, delivering strong acceleration at all times. Both variants are matched to eight-speed automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive. The 380hp engine is exclusive to the F-PACE S models, and can launch the performance SUV from 0-60mph in only 5.1 seconds, on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph3. Ingenium diesel6: Low fuel consumption, high torque Available later in 2016, the clean, responsive, Ingenium diesel uses state-of-the-art technologies including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to cut NOx and CO2 emissions. Designed and manufactured in-house, this state-of-the-art, all-aluminum 2.0-liter engine produces 180hp and 317 lb.ft. of torque; delivering strong acceleration whenever the driver demands it3. It's highly efficient too, achieving excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. Ingenium is one of the first diesel engines to feature variable valve timing: a phaser to the exhaust camshaft enables the after treatment system to reach operating temperature as quickly as possible, reducing emissions. The engine warms up very quickly from cold thanks to a split-cooling system featuring a variable flow coolant pump and a mapped thermostat. The 1,800bar common rail system and highly efficient variable geometry turbocharger enable clean, quiet, efficient combustion. Using cooled low-pressure EGR in addition to high-pressure EGR reduces pumping losses and therefore improves efficiency still further. Just as importantly, it reduces peak combustion temperatures and reduces the formation of NOx. ZF® Transmissions The transmission in the F-PACE was developed with ZF® to deliver exceptional shift quality and efficiency. All six-cylinder engines are paired with the same 8HP70 transmission also found in the Jaguar XE, XF, XJ and F-TYPE models. While the automatic transmission models have been developed to select the right gear at the right time depending on the mode chosen in the JaguarDrive Control™ system and according to driving style, enthusiasts will make the most of manual shift control using the steering wheel-mounted paddles. S models feature standard satin chrome-finished paddles. ALL-WHEEL DRIVE Like the F-TYPE AWD, the F-PACE features a torque-on-demand AWD system2. Under normal driving conditions, all of the engine torque is sent to the rear axle, maintaining a rear-wheel drive character, while minimizing parasitic losses in the drivetrain. Whenever greater traction is needed, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD)2 is designed to ensure that precisely the right amount of torque is transferred to the front axle. This process takes no more than 165 milliseconds and is virtually transparent to the driver. These technologies ensure that the F-PACE delivers the connected steering feel and rear-wheel drive character inherent to Jaguar dynamics DNA, together with handling and performance which fully exploits the benefits of extra traction when required. This could not be realized with a conventional, full-time AWD system. At the heart of the system is a compact transfer case featuring a multi-plate wet clutch and chain drive to the front axle. The all-wheel drive system is incredibly quick; making the transition from 100 percent rear-bias to a 50:50 torque split in just 165 milliseconds. If there is already a proportion of torque being sent to the front axle, additional torque transfer can take as little as 100 milliseconds. Torque distribution is controlled by the IDD module, which is integrated into the transfer case. Taking data from the vehicle's yaw rate, lateral acceleration and steering wheel angle sensors, IDD continuously estimates not only the friction between the tires and the road surface, but also how much of the available grip is being exploited at each contact patch. This intelligence, coupled to the extremely fast-acting transfer case, enables IDD to employ both pre-emptive and reactive control strategies, maximizing dynamics and traction. If IDD predicts that the rear axle is approaching the limit of available traction, torque will be transferred to the front axle. Torque can also be fed forwards to help mitigate oversteer by providing yaw damping. IDD is also networked to Jaguar Drive Control and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system so that torque distribution can be even further optimized. Adaptive Surface Response The AWD system in the F-PACE is enhanced further by the Jaguar Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) technology. AdSR automatically adapts the maps of the throttle, transmission and DSC system according to the type of surfaceto maximize traction in a variety of conditions2. Replacing Winter mode in the JaguarDrive Control system, AdSR operates throughout the vehicle's entire speed range and is designed to enable finer optimization of the vehicle's systems to make the most of the available traction, helping the driver to make smooth progress on challenging surfaces2. AdSR debuted in the new XF and is further enhanced in the F-PACE, featuring three modes, one for low-traction surfaces such as snow and ice, one for medium-traction surfaces such as wet tarmac or gravel and a third mode for high-drag conditions such as deep snow and deep gravel to further exploit the vehicle's inherent ability. The system automatically switches modes to suit the conditions, leaving the driver free to concentrate on driving2. So whereas on ice, for example, a very progressive throttle map will be selected, a much more aggressive map is used for deep snow because the engine has to build up torque very quickly to help the vehicle to maintain momentum.If, for example, the road surface changes from a thin layer of snow to a gritted section and then to a section covered with a thick layer of snow, AdSR will select different modes for each surface2. The transition takes place quickly - around four seconds - and seamlessly. Inherent ability Designed to be as light and rigid as possible, the monocoque structure also delivers the short overhangs which are not only essential to the vehicle' outstanding proportions, but also to the maximum approach and departure angles of 25.5-deg and 25.7-deg respectively. The ground clearance of 8.4-inches (213mm) is another advantage and one made all the more effective by the smooth underfloor which reduces aerodynamic drag. Similarly, when the architecture was developed, ECUs and other electronics modules were packaged as high up as possible to aid the remarkable 20.7-inch (525mm) wading depth of the F-PACE2. AWD Testing The F-PACE has been developed to offer exceptional driving dynamics but its performance on tarmac is just one of its strengths. To ensure that it also delivers in adverse road and weather conditions, the vehicle has been subjected a demanding test program, in locations including the searing heat of Dubai and the freezing cold of Northern Sweden. More than a quarter of a million test miles were accumulated in these two regions alone, where ambient temperatures can fall as low as -40°F (-40°C) and reach as high as 122°F (50°C). Going to such measures ensures that everything from tires to climate control systems to the infotainment touch-screens function perfectly in extreme conditions. Among the features at the Jaguar Land Rover winter proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden are 37-miles (60km) of purpose-designed handling tracks, loops, inclines and split-friction straights. Testing in Dubai included graveled mountain passes and dry river beds known as wadis - the F-PACE is the first Jaguar to be tested in these particularly challenging environments. This is also the first time that a Jaguar has been evaluated in the mud and ruts of the legendary Eastnor test facility in the UK; until now, only Land Rover vehicles have been developed here. It's fitting too that the F-PACE was not assessed using existing sedan car test requirements; instead, tests were derived from the uniquely demanding standards set by the Land Rover brand. This process meant that the engineering team could perfect the calibration of technologies such as IDD and AdSR in the most difficult and demanding conditions. The result of this exhaustive development is a luxury SUV which is designed to be capable on varying road and weather conditions including ice, deep snow, dirt roads and wet grass2. ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS The F-PACE offers all of the technologies needed to make journeys more convenient, from traction systems to get drivers moving on low friction surfaces, to an emergency braking system. All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) Leveraging knowledge built up over decades of Land Rover experience in off-road technologies, ASPC delivers a step-change in capability by controlling the throttle and brakes, allowing the driver to concentrate more on the steering2. Functioning like a low-speed cruise control, ASPC can operate between 2.2mph (3.6km/h) and 19mph (30km/h). After activating the system by pressing a button on the center console, the driver uses the cruise control switches on the steering wheel to set the maximum speed. After that, the system does the work. As well as finely controlling the throttle, ASPC uses the brakes in opposition to the throttle so that from a standstill, only very low engine torque is applied to the driven wheels. The result is smooth, controlled progress with little or no wheel spin. Low Traction Launch While ASPC makes the most of the vehicle's traction capability by taking control of the throttle, some drivers want to achieve similar results while operating the throttle for themselves. The Low Traction Launch function has been designed to do this when the driver selects Low Traction Launch using the touchscreen. Once activated, it changes the throttle map to one which results in a very progressive torque response from the engine, enabling the driver to pull away smoothly2. Like ASPC, Low Traction Launch is standard on all engines. Stereo Camera Technologies The F-PACE features a forward-facing stereo camera at the heart of many of its advanced driver assistance systems. Providing a highly accurate 3D view of the road ahead, the stereo camera is ideal for Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems2. The F-PACE is the first Jaguar to offer an AEB system with a pedestrian detection function. If the system's controller determines that a collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian is imminent, it is designed to initiate full braking automatically2. The stereo camera also provides the intelligence for the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) systems2. By monitoring the vehicle's position relative to lane markings either side, LDW can help to prevent drivers from drifting out of lane by triggering a visual warning in the instrument panel and a haptic warning through the steering wheel rim. LKA can guide the driver back towards the center of the lane by applying a small amount of counter-steering through the electric power-assisted steering system. The torque applied to the steering wheel can be easily over-ridden by the driver. Failure to stay in lane is often due to a lack of concentration but driver fatigue can also be a factor. Such tiredness may be characterized by periods of little or no steering activity followed by sudden or excessive inputs. The Driver Condition Monitoring system is designed to recognize these patterns, and, by also checking the usage of the brake and accelerator pedals, the direction indicators and various buttons on the instrument panel, will show a multi-stage warning in the instrument cluster and give audible warnings to prompt the driver to take a break2. The Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system available on the F-PACE uses the stereo camera to keep the driver informed of the speed limit - including temporary limits which apply in road construction sites, for example, variable limits on highways, or reduced limits when towing2. The limit is displayed in the instrument cluster and if fitted to the vehicle, in the head-up display, and camera data is always cross-referenced against GPS data for maximum accuracy. If the driver selects the over-speed warning function, the ring around the sign graphic flashes whenever the limit is exceeded, giving an unobtrusive prompt to slow down. Further support for the driver comes from the Intelligent Speed Limiter (ISL). This system can use TSR data to adjust the set point and can automatically increase or decrease the vehicle's maximum speed while the accelerator pedal is pressed. If the TSR system recognizes a higher speed limit ahead, the ISL system is designed to notify the driver and the vehicle can accelerate smoothly up to the new limit. If the speed limit is lower, the vehicle can be slowed down accordingly2. Laser head-up display The laser head-up display (HUD) available on the F-PACE can put information such as vehicle speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and speed limits right in the driver's eye line, minimizing the amount of time spent glancing down at the instrument cluster2. The color images are exceptionally sharp and are adjustable both in height and in brightness; the HUD can also be switched off if desired. Laser technology offers several advantages over conventional TFT systems including excellent color saturation and higher contrast, so they remain clear even in bright sunlight. Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist As well as reducing driver workload when cruising on the highway, the Adaptive Cruise Control system (ACC), when equipped on the F-PACE, can also help to relieve the monotony of driving in heavy traffic, thanks to the queue-assist function. The long-range radar will maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, all the way down to a standstill2. Press the accelerator again, and the F-PACE will pull away again and track the vehicle in front, at a distance, all the way up to the chosen speed setting. Blind Spot Monitor and Reverse Traffic Detection By monitoring the area behind the vehicle, optional radar can assist the driver in other scenarios too. Medium-range sensors warn the driver of other vehicles approaching fast from behind. As they approach the blind spot, a flashing icon appears in the side mirror to alert the driver of the potential danger. As the vehicle enters the blind spot, the icon becomes solid2. The same medium-radar sensors can help the driver at lower speeds too. When reversing out of parking spaces, other vehicles approaching from either side - which may not be visible to the driver - are detected by the radar. If they present a potential hazard, the driver is given audible and visual warnings. Park Assist To assist the driver with parking in small spaces, the F-PACE is available with semi-automated park assist functions for parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers. The vehicle's ultrasonic sensors first measure the space, and, if the system decides that it's suitable, will enable the vehicle to steer itself in - the driver just has to control the accelerator and the brakes2. The system can also steer the vehicle out of parallel spaces. INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY The F-PACE is equipped with the Jaguar InControl® Touch™ infotainment system as standard1. Featuring an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen, intuitive user interface and crisp clear graphics, it supports smartphone and tablet gestures such as 'swipe' to move from one page to another, and 'drag' to scroll through maps. With navigation fitted to the vehicle, entering addresses is quicker and easier than with previous systems and routes are calculated faster thanks to SD card storage of navigation data. Maps are rendered in 2D and 3D graphics, making directions simple and intuitive to follow. Turn-by-turn instructions can also be shown in the optional head-up display, leaving the driver free to concentrate on what matters most - the road ahead2. Also available as an option, is the Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro infotainment system1. Designed and developed in-house around a quad-core processor, a high-speed 60GB solid-state drive (SSD) and an ultra-fast Ethernet network, InControl Touch Pro™ delivers truly world-class performance and an outstanding user experience. The Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro infotainment system features a 10.2-inch touch-screen. Like a tablet, there are no buttons; all controls are integrated into the bottom section of the touch-screen, making interaction smooth and seamless. The home screen can be customized and widgets can be added - users can even add additional home screens if they wish1. InControl Touch Pro has been designed to make every journey easier and more enjoyable. Navigation data stored on the high-speed SSD can be accessed in a fraction of the time required with conventional hard drive technology, making the graphics incredibly responsive. Users can zoom in and out of maps using 'pinch' and 'pan' gestures1. Even when there's no GPS signal the system can still help drivers to stay on track with dead-reckoning functionality which analyzes data from the vehicle's sensors to accurately predict the vehicle's location. Using the data connection to access location-based features adds another dimension to the system's capability. Search for a destination and the system will check if there's sufficient fuel to complete the journey. If not, this will be flagged and filling stations on the route that are within range are shown on the map: tapping on one of them is all it takes to add it as a waypoint. It's also possible to share destination, current location and estimated time of arrival (ETA) with others via email or text message1. If your ETA slips, the system can automatically follow-up with an update. Commute Mode learns an owner's daily drive so that it can offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using historical and real-time traffic information. Approach Mode adds a 360-deg interactive view of your destination alongside the map display when you're approximately 656-ft (200m away) - it can even show you where the nearest available parking lots are and then direct you to them. A dedicated companion app for iOS® and Android™ devices enables true door-to-door route planning and guidance and can help you to complete your journey on public transport or on foot. InControl Touch Pro™ is offered in conjunction with a Meridian® 17-speaker, 825W surround sound system which delivers ideal sound reproduction with benchmark low levels of distortion. The experience is enriched with Gracenote images stored on the SSD drive -- and functions such as 'Play more like this' which automatically compiles playlists, or Music Queue, which makes it easy to search for and add songs, albums or artists to a music queue the current track is still playing. The modules within InControl Touch Pro are connected using ultra-fast Ethernet. This advanced network technology is more than five times faster than competing conventionally wired technologies. Jaguar is one of the very first vehicle manufacturers to use it. Ethernet's main advantage is its incredible bandwidth: up to 1Gb/second. The potential to carry such massive amounts of data, together with the performance of the quad-core processor and the solid-state drive means that InControl Touch Pro will be able to offer even greater functionality in the future. The all-new F-PACE also brings the world debut of Jaguar's Activity Key. A waterproof, shockproof wristband with an integrated transponder, this wearable technology supports active lifestyles because it allows the keyfob to be securely locked inside the vehicle - invaluable, for example, if you're going surfing or kayaking. Locking the all-new F-PACE using the Activity Key will disable any keyfobs left inside the SUV. Activity Key works on the same RF frequencies as the other keys and is used to lock and unlock the vehicle by holding it in close proximity to the J of the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate. Activity Key has no battery, so owners never have to worry about changing it. InControl suite of technologies Jaguar InControl® Apps™ enables drivers to access apps on Android™ and Apple® smartphones using the InControl Touch™ and InControl Touch Pro™ infotainment systems1. After connecting the device using a USB cable and the dedicated port in the center console, compatible apps will be shown on the vehicle touch-screen. Optimized for in-vehicle use to reduce driver distraction, the range of approved third-party apps is growing constantly. The F-PACE can be equipped to also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, hosting up to eight devices simultaneously8. With a paid data plan, the integrated SIM card and the vehicle's antenna are used to provide a stable, reliable signal. Jaguar InControl® Remote™ functionality allows users of iOS® and Android™ smartphones to connect to the car remotely to control car functions, including deactivating the alarm, locking or unlocking the doors, and remote heating or cooling the cabin through engine start. If the vehicle is involved in a collision which triggers the airbags, InControl Protect™ will automatically notify the emergency services and provide the GPS location. The occupants can also manually trigger an emergency call by pressing a dedicated button in the roof console. First Edition: Concept car design for the real world To celebrate the launch of the all-new F-PACE, a special model called the First Edition will be available in limited numbers, in the first year of production only. Powered exclusively by the 380hp supercharged V6 found in the F-PACE S, the First Edition includes unique interior and exterior design enhancements that pay homage to the original C-X17 concept car unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as well as sports car-derived performance technology including Adaptive Dynamics2. Outside, the First Edition F-PACE will be available in Rhodium Silver paint finish set against 22-inch Double Helix 15-spoke wheels with Grey finish and contrast inserts. Red brake calipers, full-LED headlights with LED 'J' blade Daytime Running Lights, Gloss Black fender vents, a sliding panoramic roof and the S model body kit complete the enhancements found on the First Edition F-PACE. Inside, Windsor soft-grain leather seats featuring twin-needle stitching and an embossed houndstooth pattern influenced by the award-winning interior from the C-X17 concept compliment the configurable 10-color ambient lighting, state-of-the-art Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system1 and the 12.3-inch high definition virtual instrument cluster. Pricing and Range Summary The all-new F-PACE range will consist of: F-PACE, F-PACE Premium, F-PACE Prestige, F-PACE R-Sport, F-PACE S and F-PACE First Edition. The powertrain range will consist of a 180hp 2.0-liter Ingenium diesel as well as 340hp and 380hp 3.0-liter V6 gas variants priced from $40,9907, $42,3907 and $56,7007 respectively. BEST-IN-CLASS COVERAGE From the 2016 model year forward, all Jaguar models sold in the U.S. will feature Jaguar EliteCare, a new 5-year/60,000 mile ownership package4 that includes: 5-Year/60,000 Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty 5-Year/60,000 Mile Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance 5-Year/60,000 Mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance 5-Year/Unlimited Mile Jaguar InControl®Remote & Protect™ View full article
  22. On the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen has introduced the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan. The new model looks to be a smaller version of the Tiguan. As for overall size, the Tiguan has grown 2.4 inches in overall length, 1.2 inches in overall width, and 1.3 inches lower. Overall weight has dropped 110 pounds thanks in part to the Tiguan moving towards the MQB platform. The interior takes a lot of ideas from the Golf in terms of design with a similar dash design and placement of various controls. Available on the options list is a 12.3 screen in the instrument cluster that provides various information and a heads-up display. For the European marketplace, Volkswagen will offer eight engines - both gasoline and diesel - ranging from 123 to 237 horsepower. Front-wheel and Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive will be available. Volkswagen also revealed the Tiguan GTE concept which pairs a 1.4 TSI four-cylinder with an electric motor to produce a total output of 215 horsepower. A 13 kWh battery offers 31 miles of electric-only range. Volkswagen says the 2017 Tiguan will go on sale in Europe next spring. As for the U.S., Volkswagen hasn't said when we'll be seeing it. But the German automaker has announced a seven-seat version destined for U.S. and China will be shown next fall. Source: Volkswagen Press Release is on Page 2 VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS ALL-NEW EUROPEAN TIGUAN AT THE FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW Sep 14, 2015 Based off the MQB platform, the new Tiguan revolutionises the compact SUV Powerful, authentic SUV design of the new Tiguan was completely reconfigured Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) Longer, wider, lower – new vehicle architecture enables sportier proportions Tiguan makes its debut at the IAA in an R-Line® version, a classic on-road version and a version with an off-road front end Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, active hood, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System are fitted as standard 520 litres of cargo capacity (additional 50 litres) and considerably more space in the rear thanks to longer wheelbase Broader range of power (92 kW / 125 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS) and up to 24 percent better fuel economy Arrives on the market in April 2016 Volkswagen is also showing the Tiguan GTE concept in Frankfurt with a plug-in hybrid drive and 1.9 litre per 100 km fuel consumption Newly conceptualised solar roof module for the Tiguan GTE increases its electric driving range Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2015 — After selling over 2.64 million of the first generation Tiguan SUV, Volkswagen is showing the newly developed European Tiguan at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. In this case, "new" means completely new, a revolution instead of an evolution. The second generation Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV whose design is based off the forward-looking MQB platform. On-road, off-road and plug-in hybrid Volkswagen is showing four versions of the new Tiguan simultaneously at Frankfurt. The production versions are the very sporty Tiguan R-Line®, the classic on-road model and a special off-road version. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE concept vehicle that has a 160 kW/218 PS plug-in hybrid drivetrain shows how the best-selling compact SUV could further develop. The Tiguan GTE is equipped with a solar module that generates renewable electricity that is fed into the battery, enabling up to 1,000 additional kilometres of zero emissions electric driving. A-SUV segment is booming According to Volkswagen forecasts, the A-SUV segment will increase its global sales from 8.17 million today to more than 8.93 million units by 2018, which represents 9 per cent growth. The new Tiguan is optimally tailored for the requirements in this market segment. Perfectly thought out from the first to the last millimetre, it appeals to millions of car drivers and their families as a spacious and flexible companion for their everyday business and personal lives – an all-round vehicle of a new era. The first generation Tiguan launched at the end of 2007 and to date, more than 2.64 million units have been produced. Even though the next generation is ready to take over, Volkswagen earned first place in SUV new vehicle registrations in Germany once again in July 2015 – just as it did in the previous months and years. The general trend of rapid growth in the A-SUV segment is reflected par excellence in this model series. In 2014, more than 500,000 Tiguans were produced, which was 9 per cent more than in the prior year. Product offensive – Volkswagen SUVs in all classes For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the beginning of an SUV product offensive. In upcoming years, the brand will be launching other innovative SUVs that are tailored to specific markets in a wide variety of segments worldwide. Volkswagen will be extending the range of SUV vehicles it offers, especially in the U.S. Forecasts indicate that the SUV share will also increase significantly in China and that additional SUV growth will also occur in Europe. Unlike in Europe, drivers in the U.S. and China prefer versions with a longer wheelbase, which is the reason the new Tiguan was systematically developed for two different wheelbases from the start. The "long" Tiguan will be introduced to specific markets starting in the Fall of 2016. "The Compact SUV." The MQB architecture improves all aspects of the Tiguan. The proportions of the latest Volkswagen SUV are even sportier, the design is truly charismatic, and the vehicle's weight was reduced by more than 110 pounds compared to the previous model. A gigantic leap forward has been made in terms of the vehicle's interior and trunk space: the capacity of the trunk has increased by 1.8 cubic feet, to 18.4 cu ft, and the load space can be enlarged to 21.8 cu ft by sliding the rear bench seat forward, by up to 7.1 inches. When the rear seat is folded, the cargo capacity is 58.5 cu ft, a gain of 5.1 cu ft. The engines are more efficient as well. A broad range of eight engines are offered, ranging in output from 92 kW / 125 PS to 176 kW / 240 PS. The engines are more powerful, yet they are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient than the Euro 5 engines in the previous model. The new 4MOTION® Active Control system also makes it easier than ever to adapt the all-wheel drive to all possible conditions. The Tiguan is now designed to tow loads up to 5,512 pounds. The new Tiguan has class leading connectivity and driver assistance features. The assistance systems include standard Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Connectivity services include automatic accident notification, online traffic and parking space information, and a vehicle status report, while App-Connect integrates all current smartphone platforms with the infotainment system. The result is a Tiguan which extensively redefines the A-SUV segment. It’s an SUV that satisfies all expectations – both on-road and off-road. Safety plus New features include a pyrotechnically activated mechanism – similar to an airbag – integrated in the hood. This mechanism raises the hood as soon as a person comes into contact with it in a crash. This increases the gap between the hard engine and the relatively soft bonnet and thereby reduces the intensity of dangerous head injuries. Among the new Tiguan’s safety features, are the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, the Front Assist ambient monitoring system including City Emergency Braking and – a new feature – Pedestrian Monitoring as standard. If the radar-based Front Assist of the Tiguan detects a person walking into the road, the system warns the driver. In a second step, it brakes the car. The new Tiguan is also equipped with Lane Assist as standard. This camera-based assistance system warns and automatically countersteers if the driver begins to unintentionally depart from the driving lane without activating a turn indicator. Exterior design The new, larger dimensions and proportions elevate the Tiguan from the previous model. At 176.6 inches in length, the new model is 2.4 in longer, and its wheelbase has been increased by 3.0 in to 105.6 in. The new vehicle is 72.4 in wide, which is 1.2 in more than before. Meanwhile, its height was reduced by 1.3 in to 64.3 in on the base, front-wheel-drive model. The coefficient of drag of the new Tiguan was reduced to 0.31 as well, thanks to numerous aerodynamic improvements, such as the door mirrors that were perfected in wind tunnel testing and airflow simulations: this has resulted in a 40 per cent reduction in overall air drag losses on the body. The front end of the new Tiguan has a significantly wider stance. This is attributable to an actual increase in physical width plus the visual effect of the horizontally aligned radiator grille and headlights. The Tiguan is the first Volkswagen SUV to be equipped with dual LED headlights. Above the headlights, a chrome strip runs across the front of the car. Above the radiator grille and the headlights, the V-shaped hood shoots toward the windshield. The vehicle's side profile is extremely distinctive. The waistline is higher compared with the previous model, which emphasises the SUV style. The character line is also higher and extends over the entire silhouette. The door handles are seamlessly positioned in this line. Beneath the upper line, a horizontal surface follows as a break, and then there is the second character line. Designers talk of a "line dialogue" here. The lower of these lines emphasizes the flared, powerful looking wheelarches and the shoulder section. In contrast to the previous model, the area above the character line is a flatter and has a more elegant band of side windows. This band extends into the dynamically angled D-pillars. The lowest section of the body is an anthracite-coloured area that wraps around the vehicle; the same colour is used for the rugged plastic trim around the wheelarches. A chrome trim strip separates the body colour surfaces and the anthracite cladding. This chrome accent is continued at the rear. The lateral character line becomes a defining rear element above the rear lights. The line defines the upper border of the standard LED rear lights that have a sharp horizontal cut. This cut is continued as a line between the rear lights and forms a trailing edge that is important aerodynamically. The tailgate opening was increased compared to the previous model, too. The lower part of the tail features an anthracite-coloured area and an aluminium-look diffuser that is integrated with the chrome-plated trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes. Interior The completely redesigned interior of the Tiguan has a decidedly sporty yet typically SUV character. The central elements are the instrument cluster (available as the digital Active Info Display) and the infotainment system that is positioned high in the centre stack and angled toward the driver. The dash panel and centre console form a single unit. The centre console itself is dominated by an array of buttons that are laid out around the gear lever. As on the exterior, the designers also systematically applied the "form follows function" principle and create a cockpit style atmosphere. The designers also emphasised the SUV nature of the interior in their choice of surface textures. Thanks to clever packaging, seating space has been significantly improved in the new Tiguan, which has 1.0 in more interior length. Three passengers in the rear seating area, for instance, have 1.1 in more knee room. The size of the luggage compartment has also increased. At 18.4 cubic feet, the cargo capacity of the new model has increased by 1.8 cu ft (with five persons on-board). In addition, the rear bench seat is asymmetrically split and adjustable longitudinally. The reclining angle of the seat backrest can also be adjusted. The cargo area can be enlarged to 21.8 cu ft by sliding the rear bench seat forward (by up to 7.1 inches). When the rear bench is folded, this results in a volume of 58.5 cu ft. If necessary, the backrest of the front passenger seat can be folded fully forward for stowing very long items. Last but not least, it is now even easier to load the Tiguan, because the load sill has been lowered further. An electronic marvel The new Tiguan is one of the world's most advanced compact SUVs, featuring an impressive array of innovations. First, there are technologies like the 12.3-inch Active Info display (interactive, fully digital main instruments with five information profiles) and the head-up display that is being offered for the first time in a Volkswagen SUV. Second, the vehicle's safety, convenience and connectivity have been taken to a new level by an array of driver assistance and infotainment systems. Even the base Trendline model has a number of advanced standard features. These include Front Assist that features City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring as well as the active hood and the Lane Assist lane departure warning system. In addition, the safety equipment is completed by a network of seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driver's side, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System; it helps to avoid secondary collisions. Comfortline mid-level trims have the Driver Alert System as standard. The top Highline trim is also equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC), which utilizes radar to accelerate or brake the Tiguan and thus always maintain the correct distance to traffic ahead. If the SUV is equipped with DSG® in addition to ACC, it automatically handles stop-and-go traffic as well (traffic jam assist). Other Tiguan driver assistance systems include the optional Side Assist (lane-changing assistant), Pre-Crash proactive occupant protection (detects elevated collision potential, tensions the front seatbelts to preventively restrain the driver and front passenger and closes open windows and the sunroof to just a small gap), Emergency Assist (recognises if the driver is no longer responsive and brakes the car to a stop) and Area View (360 degree all-round view using four cameras that is especially useful off-road). Comfort and convenience The new Tiguan has a new three-zone automatic climate control system, called Pure Air Climatronic®. The technology, which is unique and so far only used by Volkswagen, keeps air quality at a consistently high level thanks to its air quality sensor and active biogenic filter, preventing pollutants from entering the car – from mold spores to allergens. Fully redesigned seats have optional electric adjustment, while the available Smart Comfort Seats automatically travel downward and back to make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle when the ignition is turned off. In addition, the new ergoActive seat includes electric 4-way lumbar support and massage function. Making trips long and short even more pleasant, the Tiguan has one of the largest panoramic sunroofs in the class (34.3 by 53.7 inches), which also features integrated ambient lighting. Other new comfort and convenience features include Easy Open / Easy Close (automatic opening or closing of the tailgate in response to a specific foot movement behind the Tiguan), a heatable steering wheel, and Volkswagen’s variable ratio electromechanical progressive steering. Infotainment and connectivity The Trendline trim is equipped with the Composition Touch radio system (5.0-inch monochrome touchscreen) as standard. The Tiguan Comfortline and Highline get the Composition Colour radio system (5.0-inch colour touchscreen) at no extra charge. The Composition Media radio system (8.0-inch colour touchscreen) is also available. Other options are the Discover Media and Discover Pro radio-navigation systems (both have 8.0-inch displays). All of these systems are part of the second generation modular infotainment matrix (MIB II). MIB II creates seamless connectivity with today's Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. In addition to MirrorLink®, App Connect also integrates Apple CarPlay® and Google Android Auto™ into the infotainment systems. The Media Control app makes Volkswagen one of the first automakers to also offer an interface to the infotainment system for tablets. Volkswagen also offers a number of online services. Guide & Inform lets users access services such as latest traffic warnings, information on available parking spaces in nearby car parks (number of spaces and address) and information on filling stations (fuel prices and addresses). For the first time, Volkswagen is also offering Security & Service, which can be used to request assistance from the vehicle via a call centre. Some of the features integrated here are online road service call, automatic accident notification, service scheduling (to arrange maintenance appointments for the Tiguan with the service centre) and requesting the vehicle status report. Depending on the package that is selected, it may also be possible to use a smartphone to request vehicle status or parking location or activate the parking heater function. The smartphone itself can be placed conveniently in a newly designed and innovative interface box. The highlight here is that the phone can be charged and coupled to the vehicle's outside antenna inductively. Powertrains There are a total of eight Euro-6 compliant engines, all of which have turbocharging, direct injection, a stop-start system and battery regeneration as standard. The four TSI® gasoline engines produce 92 kW / 125 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 132 kW / 180 PS and 162 kW / 220 PS. The four TDI® diesel engines produce 85 kW / 115 PS, 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS. The base engines of the new Tiguan are launched with front-wheel drive, but all of the other engines are available with all-wheel drive either as an option or as standard. Compared to the previous model with Euro-5 engines, the four-cylinder engines in the new Tiguan are up to 24 per cent more fuel-efficient. Compared to previous Tiguans with Euro-6 engines, there is up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency. Not only are the engines more efficient, they are also more powerful. The highest powered TSI engine previously made 150 PS in Europe, but now has two 2.0-litre engines with 180 and 220 PS. With the diesel engines, the most powerful TDI used to make 184 PS. This engine now makes 190 PS, but the top engine is the newly engineered 240-PS unit with twin turbos charging and 2,500 bar of injection pressure. With 88 kW / 120 PS per litre of displacement, the 2.0 TDI has one of the highest specific power outputs in the A-SUV segment. 4MOTION all-wheel drive Volkswagen offers the highly efficient 4MOTION all-wheel drive system in the new Tiguan, either as an option or as standard, depending on the chosen engine. Ground clearance of all Tiguan 4MOTION versions is 0.4 inches higher, at 7.9 inches. In addition, the Tiguan can be ordered with a special off-road front end package that allows for an approach angle is 25.6 instead of 18.3 degrees. The departure angle at the rear is 24.7 degrees for all versions, as is the ramp angle. Specially developed for the new Tiguan is 4MOTION Active Control – an off-road switch with four different modes. Regardless of whether the vehicle has an on-road or off-road front end design, the new Tiguan is engineered for towing more than 5,500 pounds. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system uses a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling that actively distributes torque to all four wheels before slip occurs. In normal driving, only the front wheels are driven, saving fuel. But as soon as there is a risk of losing traction, the rear axle is variably engaged within fractions of a second. Along with the Haldex coupling, the electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the electronic stability control (ESC) system act as a transverse lock for all four wheels. The rotary/pushbutton switch for the new 4MOTION Active Control is located on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various popup menus. When the driver turns the switch to the left, one of the Onroad or Snow profiles can be activated for on-road driving. When the driver pushes the switch in one of these modes, a popup menu appears on the infotainment system’s touchscreen, showing the driving profile selection with five profiles. When the switch is turned to the right, the driver can select one of the two off-road profiles: Offroad (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or Offroad Individual (variable settings). Here too, pressing the switch opens another menu level. When driving off-road, 4MOTION Active Control lets drivers switch the assistance systems in just seconds. Trim lines and packages The new Tiguan will be available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline equipment lines in Europe. All versions may be ordered with an off-road front end as an alternative. The Tiguan Comfortline and Tiguan Highline feature a sporty look with the 'normal' front end. The new R-Line packages make the SUV look even more dynamic. The Comfortline and Highline may also be ordered with the Design package or in the Exclusive equipment specification. The R-Line packages can be ordered as either a total package of exterior and interior features or an alternative exterior package. On the exterior, the R-Line features "Sebring" 19-inch aluminium-alloy wheels or optional 20-inch "Suzuka" alloys. Previously, Tiguans could only have rims up to 19 inches in diameter. Except for the wheelarches, all other anthracite body surfaces are painted in body colour, including the exclusive door trims which have the same visual effect as side sill extensions. The exterior design is finished by R-Line bumpers that have gloss black aerodynamic accents, a two-tone roof spoiler and a gloss black rear diffuser. The interior features R-Line seats (cloth and microfiber seat upholstery, optional "Vienna" leather upholstery), aluminium door sill guards with the R-Line logo that can be optionally illuminated, decorative stitching in Crystal Grey, special trim accents, stainless steel pedal caps and footrest, black headliner and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with the R-Line logo. Plug-in hybrid concept—with a solar roof! Wolfsburg / Frankfurt, September 2015 — Demonstrating the future directions the Tiguan might take is the Tiguan GTE – the first plug-in hybrid SUV from Volkswagen, which the brand is showing at the IAA. This Volkswagen, which is being presented as a concept vehicle, develops a system power of 160 kW / 218 PS and can cover a distance of up to 50 km in "E-Mode" driving as an all-electric zero-emission vehicle. Its average fuel consumption (combined) is a mere 1.9 l/100 km; this equates to a CO2 emissions figure of 42 g/km. The relatively long electric driving range not only benefits from the externally chargeable lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 13.0 kWh, but also from a solar module that is integrated in the roof – a world exclusive. Under ideal conditions, the energy that it generates annually is sufficient to add up to 1,000 km of driving range (Germany 500 km, Southern Europe 800 to 1,000 km), depending on the regional solar radiation power. TSI plus E plus DSG The concept car is driven via its front axle by a direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine (1.4 TSI with 115 kW) and an electric motor. The lithium-ion high-voltage battery supplies the electric motor with energy. The Tiguan GTE operates with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) that was specially developed for hybrid use. The electric motor was integrated into the gearbox housing. Additional components of the hybrid drive include the power electronics (converts DC power from the battery to AC power for the electric motor) and a charger. The Tiguan GTE can be driven in the described E-Mode or in one of the three other modes Hybrid, Battery Charge, or GTE. After starting the drive system, the concept vehicle automatically drives off in "E-Mode". When a minimum charge level of the battery has been reached or when there is very high demand for power, the drive system automatically switches over to the "Hybrid" mode. This means that "E-Mode" is deactivated, and the Tiguan GTE now behaves like a classic full hybrid vehicle. It charges the battery regeneratively during deceleration and automatically uses the TSI and/or electric motor according to the driving situation. By pressing the "E-Mode" button, the driver can manually switch to zero-emissions operation if necessary. Exclusively driven by electric motor, the Tiguan then has a top speed of 130 km/h. GTE mode as boost function The driver presses the GTE button to switch to GTE mode, which activates the sporty side of the concept car. This GTE mode is an exclusive feature of all Volkswagen vehicles with a plug-in hybrid drive system. The characteristics of the accelerator pedal, gearbox and steering are made noticeably more dynamic, and the tuning of the TSI is more performance oriented. In addition, in the GTE mode the TSI and electric motor work together in what is known as "boosting" which makes the full system power and the maximum system torque available. The Tiguan GTE then has a top speed of 200 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in a short 8.1 seconds. View full article
  23. We knew it was coming and Bentley has revealed it before Frankfurt. Meet the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, the luxury automaker's first SUV - along with being the fastest and most powerful one. The Bentayga is the result of Bentley going back to the drawing board and revising the EXP 9F concept that got a lukewarm reception at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The SUV bears a number of design cues seen on Bentley's current lineup such as as four round LED headlamps, mesh grille insert, and crease along the hood. The side profile boasts muscular haunches and a bold character line. One of the interesting features of the Bentayga deals with the roof as 60 percent is made up of glass. Comprised of two panes, the front one has the ability to tilt and slide. The interior is comprised of handcrafted leather, wood, and metal trim. The front seats get power adjustments and feature ventilation, heating, and massage functions. The rear offers seating for two or three people. Technology-wise, the Bentayga features a eight-inch touchscreen in the dashboard with a 60GB hard drive, 10.2-inch Android tablet for rear-seat entertainment, and the choice of three different audio systems. Power comes from a 6.0L twin-turbo W12 with 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the Bentayga can hit 60 MPH in 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 187 MPH, making it the fastest SUV 'in the world'. Other mechanical bits include a four-mode adjustable air suspension, electronic active roll control, and a electric power-assisted variable steering system. Bentley will begin deliveries of the Bentayga next spring. Source: Bentley Press Release is on Page 2 BENTLEY BENTAYGA: THE FASTEST, MOST POWERFUL, MOST LUXURIOUS AND MOST EXCLUSIVE SUV IN THE WORLD A true Bentley, combining unparalleled luxury with sporting ability, off-road performance and everyday usability Innovative and advanced technology – cutting-edge features with trademark exquisite luxury Designed, engineered and built in Crewe, UK, sector-defining SUV takes Bentley luxury to new places Sculptural design with elegant, timeless execution, balances athleticism with presence Bentley workforce blend exceptional craft and skill with modern production techniques and materials Intricate detailing and precision in wood, metal and leather creates a modern, luxurious handcrafted interior Effortless Bentley performance, unrestrained by climate or terrain A new highly advanced chassis for ultimate ride quality and comfort All-new Crewe-built W12 offers unrivalled power and torque, efficiency and refinement, the most powerful and fastest SUV ever Launch model is joined later by high performance, clean technology diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as a seven seat option (Crewe, 9 September, 2015) Bentley Motors is today announcing full details of its pinnacle, sector-defining new model, the Bentayga. The Bentley Bentayga combines unparalleled luxury with effortless performance and everyday usability. With an all-new W12 powertrain, the Bentayga is the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world. It offers a true Bentley driving experience and showcases innovative technology features. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Crewe, the Bentayga’s styling is pure Bentley. Sculptural with an elegant, timeless execution, it perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. From the four round LED headlamps and large matrix grille, to the distinctive power line and muscular haunches, the Bentley DNA is apparent throughout. The Bentley Bentayga boasts the world’s finest automotive cabin, with unrivalled levels of precision. The detailing in metal, wood and leather – including meticulous tolerances between elements of trim – is the epitome of modern British luxury. This level of perfection is only achievable thanks to the exceptional craft and skill of Bentley’s colleagues in Crewe. An all-new twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine is at the heart of the new Bentayga. The mighty 12-cylinder unit combines efficiency and refinement with ultra-luxurious levels of power and torque. With 608 PS (600 bhp / 447kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb. ft) delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), the Bentayga is the world’s most powerful and fastest SUV. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “The Bentayga is truly the Bentley of SUVs. It redefines luxury in the SUV sector and offers a genuine Bentley experience in any environment, thanks to a combination of unparalleled attention to detail, go-anywhere ability and cutting-edge technology. With this extraordinary car we are looking forward to an exciting period of strong growth and sales success for Bentley. The Bentayga is the next step in our brand’s bold future.” The Bentayga will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from 15 to 27 September. Customer deliveries commence in early 2016. Further details about the Bentayga, including video interviews with key members of the design and development team, are available at www.bentleymedia.com. Innovative Features and Advanced Technologies A suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment features designed to enhance safety, comfort and convenience make the Bentayga an innovative, advanced and connected luxury SUV. It offers the widest range of on- and off-road drive settings of any vehicle via Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. This versatility is complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS). Responsive Off-Road Setting allows the customer to select the appropriate vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces, while the Driver Information Panel displays information on pitch, roll, wheel articulation, steering angle, compass bearing and altitude. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist enables the driver to maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. Predictive ACC uses the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and speed-limit changes and can then modify the vehicle speed accordingly, improving both comfort and fuel economy. In urban environments, there are a number of driver aids available on the Bentayga. These systems – such as Traffic Sign Recognition, which detects a wide variety of traffic signs and displays information to the driver; Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, which uses radar technology to detect crossing traffic when reversing out of a parking space; and Top View, a system which uses four cameras to display an overall picture of the vehicle’s surroundings – combine to enhance everyday usability. The Bentayga is also available with Park Assist – a system that detects suitable parking spaces (both parallel and perpendicular) before autonomous steering takes over to support parking manoeuvres, even in narrow and tricky spaces. Other innovative systems available on the Bentayga include Electronic Night Vision, which uses infra-red technology to identify potential obstacles ahead, and a Head-Up Display, which reduces driver distraction and increases safety. The Bentayga’s all-new, cutting-edge 8” touch screen infotainment system boasts class-leading navigation technology, a 60GB hard drive, and a choice of up to 30 languages. Rear seat passengers benefit from the introduction of the Bentley Entertainment Tablet – a removable 10.2” Android device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for effortless, high-speed on-board connectivity. Customers can choose between three different sound systems for the Bentayga: Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio. The latter is the most powerful system in the segment, with 1,950 watts, a network of 18 speakers and super-tweeters for unrivalled recreation of the highest audio frequencies. Sculptural Form, Sharp Lines and Elegant Execution The Bentayga’s wheel arches, fenders and bonnet deliver a balance between sportiness and SUV presence. The ultra-sharp Bentley power line and muscular rear haunch display a taut tension in side profile, as part of the largest single-piece aluminium pressing in the automotive world. Trademark Bentley features such as the large matrix grille and B-shaped wing vents afford the Bentayga a modern, dynamic elegance. The grille is flanked by four distinctive floating all-LED headlamps. The lights sit flush within the seamless superformed aluminium front fenders. Innovative design features, like the discreet headlamp washers contained within the outer lamp’s body-coloured centre, demonstrate remarkable attention to detail. To emphasise the go-anywhere nature of the Bentayga, the Bentley design team have integrated a stylish skid plate into the lower section of the front bumper, just below the floating wing motif. At the rear, within the segmented tail lights, a new ‘B’-shaped illumination graphic is incorporated that affords the Bentayga an instantly recognisable and striking night-time signature. A combination of advanced design, innovative engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies - including the use of lightweight aluminium - has enabled a total weight saving of 236kg compared to a traditional body construction. As standard, the Bentayga comes with a panoramic glass roof. Making up almost 60 per cent of the total roof surface, the 1.35m2 glass feature is split into two panes. The front panel tilts and slides, and the whole glass surface can be obscured via an electric, full-length roller blind. Either side of the glass roof are aluminium roof rails that combine two different finishes – a high-gloss black base and bright anodised top section. A new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels are available, ranging in size from 20” to 22”. The World’s Finest Cabin, Handcrafted at the Home of Bentley Step inside the new Bentayga and you find the finest automotive interior in the world, with handcrafted wood and leather throughout – engineered with precision to deliver absolute perfection. The attention to detail in metal, wood and leather is the epitome of modern British luxury, and is only achievable thanks to the exceptional skill of the workforce in Crewe. The Bentayga’s cockpit sets new standards for both luxury and precision, with meticulous tolerances between the exquisite veneered woods and metal elements. The dashboard takes the iconic Bentley ‘wing’ design as its inspiration, with the beautifully finished surfaces flowing gracefully from door to door over the top of the instrument binnacles, down under the centre console and back up around the passenger side fascia and foot well. The hand-selected veneers form pure and elegant surfaces throughout the cabin, and each of the 15 pieces are shaped by Bentley’s artisans from a choice of seven different veneers, and finished with trademark Bentley attention to detail. Highly polished, handcrafted metal elements adorn the dashboard, centre console and doors. Trademark Bentley knurling on the drive mode selector, gear knob, iconic bulls-eye vents and organ pulls adds sophistication and tactile refinement. Sumptuous front seats, individually handcrafted in Crewe and featuring 22-way adjustment including adjustable cushion and backrest bolsters, provide superb support and comfort for all conditions. This cosseted feeling is further enhanced with a six-programme massage system, seat heating and ventilation. Whether selected in four- or five-seat configuration, all of the leather seats in the Bentayga are available with contrast stitching and a quilted diamond design applied to the ‘shoulders’ and bolsters, echoing the design of a finely tailored British hunting jacket. Bentley specialists individually select only the finest bull hides, all of which are sourced from cool European climates, naturally tanned and never over-printed.. Customers have the choice of 15 colours, in three duo-tone and one single mono-tone colour split. The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury. The two individual rear seats adjust in 18 different ways and include massage and ventilation functions as well as footrests. The veneered rear console hides additional functionality such as cup holders, generous storage areas and USB charging sockets. The opulent feeling is completed by the fixed back, dividing the interior cabin from the boot. Also trimmed in the signature diamond quilting and including a ski-hatch, it creates an enclosed rear cabin space that sets new standards in the SUV sector. A full-length panoramic sunroof with acoustic interlays allows ample natural sunlight to highlight the surfaces and detailing. Activate the hands-free tailgate and not only is a large, practical storage space revealed, but also another of the Bentayga’s unique features – the optional folding event seat. Ideal for those wishing to stop for a moment and enjoy a spectacular outdoor environment or pursuit, the innovative leather-trimmed folding seat matches exactly the style of the cabin seats and integrates seamlessly into the rear of the car with characteristic attention to detail. All-New W12 – Efficiency with Unrivalled Power and Torque At the heart of the Bentayga is the all-new Crewe-built W12 TSI engine. This 6.0-litre twin-turbo unit combines efficiency and refinement with the luxury of unrivalled power and torque. It is the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world and develops 600 bhp (608 PS / 447 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm (663 lb ft) from 1,250 rpm to 4,500 rpm. These mighty outputs result in equally impressive performance figures. The Bentayga is capable of dispatching the sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds) on its way to a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h). The new W12 uses both direct and indirect fuel injection. Switching seamlessly between the two technologies, the combination of these systems maximises refinement, delivers low particulate emissions and maximises power and torque delivery. An impressive efficiency figure of 292 g/km CO2 is made possible in part thanks to Bentley’s Variable Displacement system, which shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission and four-wheel-drive system has been strengthened to handle the demands and high torque levels of off-road driving. In Bentley’s advanced application of Start-Stop technology for the Bentayga, coasting is also available, as the engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary but also at ‘near to stop’ speeds. In 5th to 8th gear, when the driver releases the throttle (at motorway cruising speed, for example) the car will open the torque converter, dropping the engine to idle and simply allowing the car to roll or ‘sail’. When the throttle is reapplied, or the car starts going downhill and detects an increase in speed, the transmission is re-engaged. The new W12 sees a 11.9% efficiency improvement compared to the existing powertrain. The Bentayga will also be available as diesel and hybrid variants in the future. Genuine Luxury with Go-Anywhere Ability Never before has a vehicle so coherently combined genuine luxury with go-anywhere driving ability. The development programme for the Bentayga has been the most exhaustive in the Bentley brand’s history, ranging across five continents. From the dirt and gravel of South Africa and the dunes of Dubai, to the muddy fields of Cheshire, and from -30°C in the frozen North Cape to searing 50°C desert heat, the Bentayga’s ability to perform on any surface and even in the most extreme conditions has been proven. The Bentayga has also driven more than 400 laps of the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, as part of developing the dynamic performance of the chassis and fine-tuning the relevant control and stability systems. The unique features of the Nordschleife, including the high level of topographical change, variety of surface grip levels and wide range of cornering speeds, made it the perfect place to develop the fastest, most powerful SUV in the world. The Bentayga introduces Bentley Dynamic Ride – the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. Inherent in larger vehicles with a higher centre of gravity, this system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling. While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley’s adaptive and reactive system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Bentayga to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The pioneering use of a 48V system results in silent, instantaneous responses and sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces. Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Bentayga. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from steering kick-back both on- and off-road. EPAS also features a variable rack ratio, permitting light and fast steering while manoeuvring at low speeds, as well as a more subdued response for excellent stability at high speeds. The Bentayga offers class-leading ride comfort, steering feel and handling thanks to the partnership of a highly sophisticated chassis and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). In addition to advanced, multi-mode Traction Control (TCS), the Bentayga also features Hill Descent Control (HDC). HDC automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed on steep declines, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering and obstacles ahead. It can be pre-set at speeds between two and 30 km/h (going in either direction) and works on gradients greater than five per cent. As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga comes with multi-mode air suspension. The Bentayga driver has four different modes to choose from: High 2, High 1, Normal and Low. High 2, for example, can be manually selected when tackling more severe off-road surfaces. Customers can also lower the rear suspension via a switch in the boot, to ease loading and trailer hitching. Bentley Personalisation Options and Mulliner Bespoke The Bentayga redefines personalisation and bespoke luxury. Paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options are unlimited and tailored to the individual. The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 90 hues available in the extended range. There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, seven different handcrafted veneers and 15 choices of interior trim hide, which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish. In addition, customers can choose between a new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels, ranging in size from 20” to 22”. Six lifestyle-orientated specification packages will be available from launch, including two styling packs. In addition to these options, the Bentayga is available with the widest range of lifestyle accessories ever offered by the Bentley brand. For example, customers with an interest in watersports may wish to specify the Load-Assist Tray and Wet Gear Stowage options. As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga can also be handed over to the highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople at Mulliner, who will respond to bespoke customer requirements. At launch, the Bentayga is available with an exquisite integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors, sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats. A bespoke mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be specified. The most complex of watch mechanisms, the Mulliner Tourbillon is automatically wound periodically by a dedicated high-precision winding mechanism within the car. This masterpiece is machined in solid gold (customers can select from either rose or white gold), with a choice of either a mother-of-pearl or black ebony face and decorated with eight diamond indexes. View full article
  24. After some leaks showing off the vehicle, Kia has decided to release some pictures of the next-generation Sportage before its official debut at Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Compared to the current Sportage, the new model is much bolder thanks to a lower and wider “tiger nose” grille, new headlights, and wider fenders. Kia designer's retain the distinctive swept-back silhouette of the current model. We don't have any details on the interior or powertrains. Kia is keeping those under wraps till next month. Source: Kia Press Release is on Page 2 Dynamic energy: Bold new exterior design for next-generation Kia Sportage Kia Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Kia Sportage, featuring an attractive new design. The all-new Sportage will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on 15 September 2015. Entering its fourth-generation, the all-new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle's designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing. The 'face' of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change to the car's design, with the car's headlamps no longer integrated with the grille for the new model, instead sweeping back along the outer edges of the more sharply-detailed bonnet and bolder wheel arches. Immediately recognisable as a Kia, the Sportage's lower, wider 'tiger-nose' grille adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage's face, resulting in a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance. The all-new Sportage is characterised by its sportier, more raked profile. From the side, the all-new Sportage retains the swept-back silhouette of the outgoing model, with a roofline that tapers slightly towards the rear of the car, longer front overhangs, shorter rear overhangs and longer wheelbase. Smooth bodywork, bolder wheel arches and sharp lines endow the Sportage with a more dynamic, muscular look. At the rear, the horizontal forms and surface volume emphasise the car's width and give the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept car, the slim combination lamps are joined by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while turn signals and reversing lights are separated, relocated lower down to add more visual weight and a greater sense of stability to the lower half of the car. The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia's European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand's Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres View full article
  25. Audi has revealed some teaser images for an electric crossover concept that will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Called the e-tron Quattro, the images show a vehicle having an upright grille, paired with sloping roofline and a tapering rear end. The overall shape of the concept has drag rating of 0.25 cd, the same rating as a Toyota Prius. Power will come from three electric motors - one on the front axle and two on the rear axles. A lithium-ion battery pack sits underneath the passenger compartment. Audi isn't saying how much power the electric motors produce but did say overall range will be over 310 miles. Now this concept is a preview to a production model that will compete with the Tesla Model X when it is launched in 2018. Source: Audi Press Release is on Page 2 Outlook on series production – the Audi e-tronquattro concept at the IAA 2015 August 19, 2015 | INGOLSTADT/FRANKFURT am MAIN, Germany The latest battery technology and top aerodynamics ensure a range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) Sporty SUV with all-electric drive in series production from 2018 Designed from the ground up as an electric car Electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise. The brand is demonstrating this with the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt. The sporty SUV provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car. The Audi e-tron quattro concept is designed from the ground up as an electric car and proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance. It follows the Audi “Aerosthetics” concept, combining technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow around the car. The aerodynamically optimized underbody is completely closed. With a cd value of 0.25, the car sets a new record in the SUV segment. This contributes considerably to the long range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles). The study is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, which provides considerable scope for the drive system and package. Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. Its typical SUV body and flat, coupe-like cabin give the Audi e-tron quattro concept a very dynamic appearance. The spacious interior offers room for four people. The large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low center of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution. And that gives the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment. Audi uses its experience with the electrically driven Audi R8 e-tron sports car for the drive system. Three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear axle – drive the Audi e-tron quattro concept. And that makes it an electrified quattro, the e-tron quattro –efficient and dynamic at the same time. View full article

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