Today: April 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.
Design studio AMG Performance Studio has prepared for the "charged" coupe Mercedes-Benz S 63 several packages of improvements: Carbon and Night, as well as a set of AMG Driver's Package. The last one allows to displace the maximum speed limiter from 250 to 300 kilometers per hour. In addition, the package AMG Driver's Package includes a carbon cover of the engine compartment, a coalpin finish of door sills with illuminated "AMG", red color of brake calipers, as well as leather and microfiber trim. Packages Carbon and Night differ in the design of body elements - carbon fiber or black glossy paint, respectively. Both sets change the design of "skirts," mirrors, front splitter, rear diffuser.
The company Audi has presented a special version of the supercar R8 V10 - LMX. The novelty was equipped with laser headlamps head light, as well as a more efficient motor. According to the representatives of the brand, the coupe became the world's first production model, which received similar headlights as standard equipment. Laser headlights will also receive a super hybrid BMW i8, whose sales will begin in 2014 year. The technology will be offered for the model as an option. Each headlight contains one module, consisting of four high-power laser diodes. They create a beam of a blue laser with a wavelength of 450 nanometers. Using a special phosphor converter, the stream is converted to white light.
German manufacturer of supercars Wiesmann closed production and fired most of the employees. The staff of the company in recent months has decreased from 125 to six people. The company, which began last year bankruptcy procedure, could not find an investor who could finance it. This is reported by the publication De Telegraaf. Previously, other German small-scale sports car manufacturers, including Artega and Melkus, announced bankruptcy. Gumpert was also able to close, but it managed to continue its activities thanks to new investors. "Gumpert" announced its intention to launch two new models in the series. "The reason is simple: there is no money. There were some applications from investors, but there is no money. We do not know what will happen next.
Twin turbo engine, of course ... As we wrote earlier, the serial Lambo Urus will not appear soon, but it will be necessary - its production will start in 2017. In the meantime, we have to be content with all the details and promises from Sant'Agata - today, thanks to the British Auto Express, we have some new details about the crossover. Our colleagues managed to communicate directly with the head of Lamborghini Stefan Winkelmann, who informed that the future novelty could become the first model of a brand with a turbo engine. By the way, last year Winkelmann made a slightly different forecast for the turbo Lambo - then he said that the company would not use the turbo at least until the end of the decade.
The legendary "Helik" will become more modern. Mercedes-Benz will release a new G-Class in 2017 year - this information was taken over by our British colleagues from Autocar. The ageless icon of the company with exemplary position on the market awaits not only some redesign and revised equipment, but also a serious modification of the technical part. That's why we say "new." After all, as a matter of fact, "Helik" will not be replaced by a generation and will still wear the index W463, however, an upgrade is planned to be really large-scale. Firstly, this is the very structure of the SUV, which will become wider than the current version by about 100 mm (up to 1860 mm), while dropping about 200 kg of weight - thanks to the extensive use of aluminum. Secondly, it is a front suspension with a three- or four-lever architecture instead of a continuous bridge.
As part of the Drive Me project, Volvo began testing vehicles equipped with autonomous control systems on public roads. The first experimental vehicles with autopilots left for the streets of Swedish Gothenburg. The technology called Autopilot allows the driver to completely entrust the management of the car to electronic systems. Such machines can independently move in a given band, control the speed of movement and be integrated into the flows of other vehicles. As previously reported, the number of cars tested will reach hundreds. Every day they will autonomously pass through Gothenburg and its vicinity to 50 kilometers along the planned route.
The Croatian company Rimac Automobili has found the means to launch in the series of 1088-strong electric car. The production of the car is ready to invest in the Colombian oil tycoon Frank Yepes and the Hong Kong company, which is ready to buy 10 percent of the company's shares. In addition, Croats received an advance payment from individuals who expressed a desire to become owners of the car. This is reported by the publication Tech. The company Rimac was founded in 2009 by the young Croatian Mate Rimac. At that time he was 21 year old. Headquarters and production are located near the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Since the presentation of the car, Rimac Automobili has been looking for an investor. As a result, Yepes agreed to support the project, which the media call one of the richest people in Colombia and the owner of a Ferrari racing supercar.
The Swedish company Koenigsegg plans to release a supercar, which will be the most affordable in the model line. The cost of such a car will be about 600-700 thousand US dollars. About this the founder of the company Christian von Koenigsegg told the publication Motoring, without giving any details about the novelty. At the moment, the Koenigsegg lineup consists of Agera S models (1,5 million dollars), Agera R (1,6 million dollars) and One: 1 (2,8 million dollars). All three supercars have the same power plant - five-liter "eight" with two turbines and a seven-stage "robot" with two clutches. However, the first of these engines develops 1030 horsepower (and is adapted to work on "bad" gasoline with an octane number.
Nissan has begun testing a new generation of body painting technology called Ultra-Ever Dry on the new generation compact van, thanks to which there is no trace of dirt on the car. According to the manufacturer, the test sample is the first "self-cleaning" car in the world. Special paint, developed by UltraTech International Inc., has a special water and grease repellent layer. This coating was tested in various weather conditions, including frost, rain, snow, and also with a long stay in the water. In turn, the European branch of Nissan will continue testing the paint directly on the car.
Toyota became the first automaker in the world to sell more than ten million cars in 12 months. Since March 2013-th to March this year, the Japanese company has sold 10,13 million machines. During this period, the company's sales grew by 4,5 percent - largely due to the strengthened positions in the North American and Chinese markets. This is reported by The Japan Times. Toyota also proved to be the world's first automaker, which managed to produce more than ten million cars a year. In 2013, the Japanese collected 10 million 117 thousand 274 cars. In addition, Toyota continues to hold the lead in sales in 2014. From January to March, the Japanese sold 2,58 million vehicles, while its closest pursuers are the concerns of General Motors and Volkswagen.
The organizers of the Russian rally-raid "Silk Road" moved the race, which was to pass from 4 on 12 July, for 2015 year. The project manager Semyon Yakubov explained this decision with the density of the sports schedule this year and the desire to reduce the burden on "the structures involved in organizing large-scale events." "This difficult decision was due to the fact that the country that made every effort to organize the Winter Olympics in Sochi at the highest level, in a few months should launch another strategically important motor sport project and take the first race of Formula 1 in Sochi. Being a state project and unconditionally acknowledging the priorities of the sport, the organizing committee of the Silk Way Rally has postponed the 2014 competition for the next year. "
BMW Company presented at the motor show in Beijing a concept car called Vision Future Luxury ("vision of future luxury"), which can give an idea of what the next-generation 7-Series sedan will look like. The novelty has been opened against the travel of the rear doors (as in the Rolls-Royce), laser headlights and headlamps on organic light emitting diodes. The prototype is built on a carbon-aluminum chassis, and the overall wide use in the design of carbon fiber allowed almost completely to get rid of the central rack, making the interior, as they say in the company, "air". On the back row are two separate armchairs, two screens, retractable tables and a removable touchpad, from which the multimedia device is controlled.
Sedan Nissan Maxima next generation will be virtually indistinguishable from the prototype Sport Sedan, debuted in January this year at the Motorshow in Detroit. This is reported by the publication Automotive News with reference to the chairman of the board of directors of the North American division of Nissan Jose Munyes. "The difference between a concept car and a commercial car will be quite small," Munzoi said. Sedan Maxima will do on the same principle as the new Murano, the appearance of which is as close as possible to the prototype of Resonance. The top manager of Nissan also added that the serial version of the next Maxima will reach American dealers in the fall. Concept Sport Sedan had a transparent roof, LED lights, 21-inch aluminum wheels.
The main premiere of the auto show in New York. The largest in the US New York International Auto Show was opened already in the 114-th time. The main "stars" of the event this year will be updated models of Toyota Camry and Nissan Murano, a new crossover from BMW, as well as premium sedan Acura TLX. The most interesting and anticipated premiere of the American motor show. The New York International Auto Show is held since 1900 year and is one of the record holders for this indicator. This year, the largest automobile companies demonstrated more than 20 new models and modifications. Among the prime premieres of the New York Motor Show, most models are Japanese brands, which Americans have in favor.
For the next weeks and a half, New York will turn into the automobile capital of America, on Wednesday the most visited in the US international motor show started its work. Traditionally, during the first two days the exhibition works only for representatives of the press and specialists. They are the first to see dozens of cars that are located in the Hudson River Exhibition Center. Jacob Javits. At the show are presented as models that can already be ordered in the salons, as well as cars of the near future, ITAR-TASS reports. Access to the exhibition for the general public will be open from 18 on 27 April. Leading world automakers have produced more than 20 new products.
The company BMW has prepared for the 228i coupe a "track" sports package called the Track Handling Package. It can be ordered for cars in the US market from July this year. The kit will include a 10-millimeter lower adaptive M-suspension with different shock-absorber stiffness regimes, variable-force sports steering, four-piston front brake calipers, two-piston rear wheels and oversized dials, as well as Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and exclusive 18- inch alloy wheels. The modification of the 228i is equipped with a two-liter petrol turbo engine with an output of 240 horsepower. The engine is capable of working in pairs as with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The central console of the next generation Volvo XC90 SUV will be an 9,5-inch touchscreen (like the Tesla Model S), from which most of the vehicle's functions are controlled. In the salon there will be only seven traditional switches, including volume control of the audio system, the keys for turning it off and activating the glass heating. This is written by Autocar, whose journalists were able to test the first pre-production models of the model. The display of the center console is equipped with a special filter, preventing glare, and responds to touch even in gloves. The screen is divided into four zones: navigation, multimedia, weather, telephone management.
Honda Performance Development (HPD), which is the US subsidiary of the Japanese manufacturer, has published the first image of a new race car. Next year, this sport prototype will participate in endurance races in the class LMP2. The prototype HPD ARX-04b, like its predecessor, is being developed in cooperation with the British firm Wirth Research. In the title, the index "b" is used, since the machine with the index "a" will be prepared for the class LMP1. The machine will retain the old chassis, which again will be done using the methods of computational fluid dynamics. The novelty will be equipped with 2,8-liter biturbo "six" with direct injection of fuel, created on the basis of "civil" motor series J35, which are equipped with Acura MDX and RLX cars.
The company Mercedes-Benz distributed the first image of the prototype called the Concept Coupe, the serial version of which will appear next year and will compete with BMW X6. The public debut of the prototype will take place at the end of April at the motor show in Beijing. According to preliminary information, the serial version of the novelty will be called MLC and will be built on the basis of the M-Class model. From it, the crossover will get a range of engines, which will include four-cylinder units, as well as the engines V6 and V8. Then, for the all-terrain vehicle, a "charged" version from the AMG studio will be prepared. The equipment of the novelty will also include a body tilt system in the corner, which debuted on the new S-Class coupe. It allows the model to go through turns by analogy with motorcyclists - with a deviation in the bend.
The conceptual SUV Land Rover, which will be the harbinger of the next-generation Discovery family, debuts a technology called the "transparent hood." The prototype will premiere in April at the Motor Show in New York. Special video cameras installed in the SUV radiator grille transmit the space image in front of the car to the large projection display in the cabin, creating the impression that the driver can see the ground through the hood. In addition, the same display shows data on the engine speed, the selected transmission and the mode of the control electronics, as well as the rotation angles, the position of the wheels and the operation of the all-wheel drive transmission. According to representatives of the company Land Rover, "transparent hood" will be useful as off-road.