Today: February 24 2018
Best fairground Geneva Motor Show, held from the 9 19 on March called the Bugatti stand. The award in this nomination is awarded by the Club of Advertising and Public Relations 14 recent years. "The jury chose the Bugatti stand for efficient design on a small exhibition area, stand elements workmanship and detail", - says the automaker's statement. At the stand of the brand in Geneva it was shown only one car - painted in dark blue hypercar Chiron, one of the first collected by the client machines.
Honda dealers in the UK during the Christmas holidays will be giving AlcoSense breathalyzers free of charge to customers. Firms conducted a joint study, which revealed that one-third of the British (29,25 percent) at least once got behind the wheel the next morning after drinking alcohol. According to the survey results, on holidays more than a quarter of respondents (26,25 percent) gather at least once after the party to get behind the wheel of the car until ten o'clock in the morning. Almost the same number of respondents (27,7 percent) plans to drink on Christmas night more than six portions of alcohol. At the same time, two-thirds of the respondents (62,75 percent) will start drinking at home, before going to a nightclub or visiting.
The company Kia received permission from the authorities of the American state of Nevada to test vehicles with autonomous control systems on public roads. The first tests of a drone built on the basis of an electric car Soul EV, were held in the city of Beatty. By 2018, Kia, together with Hyundai, will develop a new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology, to which partners are investing two billion dollars. The system's equipment will include numerous sensors that recognize on the road other objects and obstacles, including in bad weather conditions. On the basis of these data, a "high-tech" computer will make the necessary decisions that will be executed by the electronic and mechanical components of the car.
The organizers of the competition "The Car of the Year in Europe" published a list of seven models that claim to win. The winner will be announced before the Geneva Motor Show, 29 February. The list includes six European models and one Japanese model - the Mazda MX-5. The roadster was recently named "The Car of the Year in Japan". This victory was for Mazda second consecutive in a home competition. Earlier, the organizers of the contest "North American passenger car and all-terrain vehicle of the year" named their list of applicants for the victory. For the title in the category of cars will compete Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Civic and Mazda MX-5. The best SUV can be either Honda Pilot, or Nissan Titan XD, or Volvo XC90.
A special modification of the hot-hatches Renault Clio RS - 220 Trophy - became the fastest compact hatchback at the Nurburgring. The model drove the "North Loop" for 8 minutes and 23 seconds, according to Autoevolution. The car during the record-in was run by the editor of the German edition of Sport Auto Christian Gebhardt. The same day he drove the Nurburgring to the MINI John Cooper Works, Opel Corsa OPC and Audi S1. On the first of these machines, his time on the "North Loop" was 8 minutes 35 seconds, the second - 8 minutes 40 seconds, and the third - 8 minutes 41 seconds. The previous record of the Nurburgring for the B-segment hatchbacks - 8 minutes 59 seconds - belongs to the standard version of Clio RS, which was controlled by the former editor of Sport Auto Horst von Saurma.
German tuning studio Pogea Racing presented a program of improvements for the coupe Alfa Romeo 4C, called Centurion 1Plus. After the upgrade, the maximum speed of the sports car increased from 257 to 305 kilometers per hour. The novelty received a reconfigured control unit 1,75-liter "turbo-quater", the return of which increased from 240 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque to 314 forces and 455 Nm. In addition, the coupe was equipped with an advanced robotic transmission, in which the gears began to switch to 55 percent faster. Acceleration from the site to 96 kilometers per hour takes 3,8 seconds (the standard 4C - 4,1 seconds). Two-door has got a carbon body kit, including new side skirts, inserts in the radiator grille and bumper, and a rear diffuser.
The organizers of the competition "Car of the Year Japan» (Japan Car of The Year, JCOTY) summed up the results of voting of journalists and experts to determine the best model 2015 years. The first place for the second time in a row the company has got Mazda - was named best roadster MX-5 new generation. At the final stage of the competition to win claimed nine models. This list includes Suzuki Alto, Subaru Outback / Legacy, Toyota Senta, Nissan X-Trail, Honda S660, BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, Jaguar XE, Fiat 500X and Tesla Model S P85D. Initially, to win the Japan Car of the Year claimed models 45: 24 Japanese, 18 European and three American.
Porsche company officially confirmed the launch of the electric model created in the style of the Mission E. Concept car The project will be spent more than 700 million euros, while production of the car will begin only to 2020 year. For the electric model in the Porsche the company in Stuttgart will be significantly expanded, adding a new assembly line and a paint shop. A separate platform for the production of electric motors will be built, and the total number of additional jobs created will exceed a thousand. Another € 300 million is planned to be invested in other Porsche offices, including the engineering center, which will prepare the technical stuffing Mission E for the series.
The BMW company with "soon" will launch in the series an open modification of the sport hybrid i8. This in an interview with Handelsblatt said the head of the Bavarian brand Harald Kruger. While it remains unclear what the commercial BMW i8 Spyder will differ from the same-name concept car shown in the spring of 2012 at the Beijing Motor Show. The prototype had a removable semi-transparent roof and a windscreen with an integrated spoiler. In all likelihood, the roadster will receive a power-plant coupe, which includes 231-strong 1,5-liter turbo unit, an electric motor with the power of 131 horsepower, a six-speed "automatic" and a battery pack. The aggregate output of the units is 362 forces. The power plant became the winner of the annual contest "International Engine of the Year".
The South Korean manufacturer of auto parts Sambo Motors has acquired the German tuning studio Carlsson. The deal will be completely closed 4 December this year. The cost of the firm is not called. The studio was sold by the bankruptcy trustee Robert Shibe, who was engaged in the current activities of the firm after her application for bankruptcy and all property was auctioned. In Sambo Motors will save all jobs and resume work Carlsson. Carlsson - the second independent car tuner Mercedes-Benz in terms of turnover - filed a lawsuit in the German city of Saarbruecken on bankruptcy 28 April. According to the company representatives, liquidity problems were caused by disagreements between creditors, while the main shareholder from China stopped providing atelier financial support.
German firm TIKT Performance commissioned by the German Ministry of Transport and the local association of car tuners built a single copy of the Chevrolet Corvette police compartment. The car premiered on a tuning show in Essen. The car is prepared as part of the social campaign TUNE IT! SAFE !, promoting "safe tuning". As explained on the official website of the project, it means "fine-tuning the car without compromising safety" - professional tuning using quality parts. Atelier TIKT Performance installed on the "Corvette" carbon aerodynamic body kit (front splitter, overlays for wheel arches, side skirts, rear diffuser) and 20-inch wheels.
Motor range hatchback and sedan Mazda3 replenished 1,5-liter diesel unit, which debuted in 2014 year on the model Mazda2. European sales of the new version of the "troika" will begin 1 December. The engine develops 105 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque, and the compression ratio is 14,8: 1. Fuel consumption in a mixed cycle is equal to 3,8 liters per hundred kilometers. The unit is able to work with a six-speed "mechanics" or with an "automatic" of the same range. The motor allows the "troika" to dial "hundred" for 11 seconds, and its maximum speed is 178 kilometers per hour. The new diesel engine is available for all Mazda3 trim levels. For example, in the UK the prices for such a version of the model will start from 18 thousand 895 pounds sterling (26,7 thousand euros).
Most models of the company Cadillac will receive hybrid modifications with the ability to recharge batteries from household electricity. This is with reference to the head of the US company Johan de Naison, reports Automotive News. According to De Naison, the desire to improve fuel economy and toughening standards for the number of harmful emissions "opened the way" to such models as, for example, sedan CT6 PHEV, which premiered in April at the Shanghai Motor Show. The power unit of the hybrid included a two-liter "turbo-quater", two electric motors located on the rear axle, a stepless transmission, and a block of lithium-ion batteries with the capacity of 18,4 kilowatt-hours. In total, the aggregates issue 335 horsepower and 586 Nm of torque.
American-Mexican director and actor Alejandro Salomon published in his blog on the YouTube service the results of the race of five hypercars: McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, Pagani Huayra and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Cars were compared by the time passing the circle of the race track and on the dredging line. For filming, Salomon used cars owned by private individuals. At the same time, all machines are completely standard, do not have any refinements of the technical stuffing and are equipped with serial road tires. Racing hypercar was divided into three videos, in which the cars drove for a while the circle of the California motor racing track The Thermal Club and competed in drag racing.
Volvo has developed a conceptual interior designed for machines with autonomous control systems. The prototype, called Concept 26 (26 indicates the number of minutes that motorists spend on average on the way from home to work), debuted at a motor show in Los Angeles. The key part of the interior of the car-drones, according to Volvo, is the driver's seat. The Concept26 seat has three preset positions: Drive, Create and Relax. In the first case, the armchair is in a position convenient for driving. In the second seat it moves slightly back, the backrest rests, the steering wheel shifts to the dashboard, and a small table leaves the door.
The company Bentley is developing two new models: the all-terrain vehicle is smaller than Bentayga and the new sports car. This edition Autocar told the leadership of the British automaker. The new Bentley all-terrain vehicle will be built on a platform that will borrow many components from Bentayga. From this model, the crossover will receive power plants. Therefore, it is possible that one of the units of the future crossover will be a six-liter engine W12 with the power of 608 forces. In size, the novelty will be more Porsche Macan, but less Cayenne. The design of the model, which has not yet been named, will be performed in a new style, but, nevertheless, the exterior of the crossover will remind you of the current Bentley cars. Development of the SUV is already underway, although the management of the Volkswagen concern has not yet approved the launch of its production. It is assumed that the sale of the model will begin in three years.
The Dubai Police Department has got at its disposal a super hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder, which is the fastest road car of the "North Loop" of the Nurburgring. This is reported in the agency's Twitter account. The composition of the 887-strong hybrid coupe installation includes the 4,6-liter "eight" with the power of 608 horsepower, two electric motors developing 156 and 129 forces, a set of lithium-ion batteries and a seven-stage "robot" with two clutches. Option with the optional sports package Weissach is able to type "hundred" for 2,6 seconds, and to accelerate to 200 and 300 kilometers per hour, 7,2 and 19,8 seconds are required, respectively. In the autumn of 2013, the test pilot of the German company Mark Lib passed the Nurburgring circle on the 918 Spyder for 6 minutes 57 seconds.
The company Jaguar is developing an electric crossover that could compete for customers, for example, with the Tesla Model X. The serial version of this model will appear in 2017 year. This is reported by Autocar with reference to its own sources. It is expected that the electric all-terrain vehicle will be built on the same aluminum platform as the XE and F-Pace models. This chassis was initially created with the expectation of installing a hybrid or fully electric power unit. What kind of unit this new Jaguar will have is unknown. It is assumed that the model can get either four electric motors, one in each wheel, or electric motors hidden inside the SUV body.
Company McLaren brought to the motor show in Dubai a special version of the supercar 650S Spider, called Al Sahara 79. A special version of the roadster was prepared by the division of MSO, responsible for personalizing the cars of the British brand. The novelty is white-pearl color of the body, in which particles of 24-carat gold were used to give it "special flicker". The company noted that the decision to use a unique paint is inspired by the "golden sands that are an integral part of the Middle East landscape". The special version received a special folding roof and black rims, as well as a carbon aerodynamic body kit, including a front splitter, side skirts and a rear diffuser.
The Russian company Bilenkin Classic Cars unveiled at the Motor Show in Dubai two retro car of its own design. Both cars are based on the coupe BMW 3-Series the previous generation. The basis of a retro car Bilenkin Classic Cars can go to the "troika» BMW with any engine on request: petrol or diesel. Moreover, the company is ready to transform even "charged» M-version of the model. Production of automobiles, called Vintage, established in Russia. In Bilenkin Classic Cars engaged only alteration car interiors and installing new body panels made of composite plastic.
The network has the first spy photos, which show the production version of the coupe Infiniti Q60 new generation. Pictures published edition of World Car Fans. Presented at the photo car is completely covered with camouflage. Nevertheless, it is clear that the design of the model is made in the style that was used in the creation of a hatchback and a sedan Q30 Q50. As previously reported, the production Infiniti Q60 next generation will begin in early 2016 years. Pre-production prototype debuted in January 2015-th at the Auto Show in Detroit. Dvuhdverka compete for buyers with BMW 4-Series, Lexus RC, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Audi A5.