Michael Steiner and Malte Radmann talking about the future of sports car development Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board - research and development - at Porsche AG, and Malte Radmann, General Manager of Porsche Engineering, talking about the future of sports car development and innovative engineering services.
Wraps Off-Road Race Season With Nearly 2,500 Miles
All-new Ford F-150 Raptor wrapped up the Best in the Desert 2016 season, finishing the Pahrump Nugget 250 in 10 hours, 21 minutes and 59 seconds to capture 432 points in the 1200 pro truck class
Ford Performance and Greg Foutz Motorsports fielded a preproduction 2017 F-150 Raptor – the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever – as a validation platform for performance and durability testing
Factory stock Raptor race truck logged nearly 100 hours of sanctioned off-road action, covering 2,481 miles of desert sand, rocks, trenches and brutal temperatures with one 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine
Acura NSX Owners get Customized Films of their Supercar
"NSX Originals" campaign gives early owners a personalized film of their supercar As owners of the 2017 Acura NSX begin taking delivery across the U.S., Acura has revealed a new campaign – "NSX Originals" – that brings each unique, built-to-order supercar to life in a customized, digital film. Owners will begin receiving their custom films today. Each owner film is customized to match the exact specs and options tied to their specific NSX, and features that vehicle's unique serial number.
We drive the Odyssey EX - ultimate race crew transporter
by Ali Arsham People tend to treat buying minivans like going to the dentist. They do it because they have to not because they want to. Minivans are just not cool and people prefer to buy a large SUV because you look rugged and tough rather than sensible and family oriented. But the fact is that a good minivan is a great choice for a family and for most people, it is actually a much better alternative over an SUV.
Racing car with a permit for operation on public roads From the world's most demanding racetrack directly onto the road: never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine concept with transaxle, the twin-turbo V-8 engine rated at 430 kW/585 hp, the extensively modified suspension, the new aerodynamics and the intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.
'Disruptive Triangle' Of Technologies to Improve our lives
by Carlos Ghosn The disruptive triangle of electrification, autonomous drive and connectivity technology is forcing the global auto industry to rethink how our cars will operate in the future, and how we will use them. If we get it right, the technology being developed and tested today eventually will provide for a world in which people are able to move about more efficiently, more safely and more cleanly, at lower cost and in different ways. It could improve the quality of daily life for billions of people.
Third in a series The winning bidder for the Petty's Garage 2017 Ford Mustang GT will receive not only a one-of-a-kind customized, high-powered vehicle, he or she will own a labor of love from Richard "King of NASCAR" Petty himself. It's the third time Petty's Garage is providing the Paralyzed Veterans of America with a high-powered car to auction off. The 2017 Mustang will be auctioned off on Jan. 14, 2017, at Mecum Auto Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. Petty will be there to support the event and ensure bidders of the Mustang's uniqueness, and that 100 percent of the sales proceeds will go to the Paralyzed Veterans.
Chevrolet's First 9-Speed Auto Debuts in 2017 Malibu
Compact, efficiency-optimizing design contributes greater fuel efficiency, refinement Chevrolet's first nine-speed automatic transmission makes its debut in the 2017 Malibu and will be available in the 2017 Cruze Diesel and 2018 Equinox, advancing a legacy of multispeed transmissions designed to optimize efficiency, performance and refinement. The new, General Motors-developed Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed is paired with the available 2.0L Turbo engine in the Malibu, contributing to an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway -- a 3 percent increase over the 2016 model with the six-speed automatic.
Artificial intelligence - a human-centered approach?
"Artificial Intelligence" Future Talk in Berlin How is artificial intelligence (AI) influencing tomorrow's mobility? How can we use its ideas today? How intelligent will the car of the future be? And above all: what role will people play in this? These were the central questions discussed by Mercedes-Benz experts at the fourth Future Talk in Berlin in duologue with scientists, engineers and journalists. In the past few years the Mercedes-Benz Future Talk has dealt with the subjects of utopia, robotics and virtuality. This time, the focus was on the integration of artificial intelligence in the field of mobility and the interaction of humans and machines.
And it's electric Volkswagen is comprehensively repositioning itself. The Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand has decided on the TRANSFORM 2025+ program which will set the course for the brand over the next decade and beyond. The new strategy focuses on clearer brand positioning across the various regions and segments, backed by significant improvements in efficiency and productivity. At the same time, the brand will be making massive investments in e-mobility and connectivity.
by Ali Arsham If I asked you what your favorite pickup truck is today, I bet that most people will not list the Nissan Titan XD as their top choice but they should. After spending a lot of time with the XD and using it for hauling stuff and driving long distances, the Nissan has to be the one I would select. The XD is totally different than the standard Titan and the 2016 Nissan XD shakes up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment with a bold design and capabilities that stake out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries.
The ultimate in open-air exclusivity The first cabriolet from the Mercedes‑Maybach brand is celebrating its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and is all set to hit markets in the spring of 2017 – limited to 300 examples and with a net price tag of 300,000 euros. The high-end appointments in the interior make up part of the vehicle's special characteristics. Unique features include nine additional color concepts for the interior, the trim -- optionally refined with "flowing lines" -- plus the hand-finished craftsmanship of the leather seats with perforations in a waterfall-style look.
boast sharpened design and enhanced technology The all-new 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Coupe build upon the heritage and success of the first generation, while bringing reimagined design details to the new A5 family of vehicles. The A5’s design is backed by two powerful new engines to deliver a full range of driving experiences from efficient refinement to dynamic power. New for 2018, the elegant and athletic two-door coupe delivers even more impressive technology such as the available Audi virtual cockpit and MMI touch and driver assistance systems including standard Audi pre sense city and available adaptive cruise control with stop & go and traffic jam assist.
From Las Vegas The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. The 2015 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyer.
by Road & Track The Acura NSX has been named Road & Track's 2017 Performance Car of the Year, besting eight of the world's finest sports cars by exhibiting a potent mix of performance, style and emotion. The Acura NSX won this year's competition largely thanks to its unique driving experience. According to the feature in Road & Track, "For the first time in a hybrid automobile of any price or capability, technology has been placed firmly in the service of emotional involvement rather than in place of it."
The most powerful E-Class of all time The latest generation of the E 63 4MATIC+ and the E 63 S 4MATIC+ sees Mercedes-AMG introducing a number of new developments that redefine the performance saloon. Innovative powertrain engineering and maximum performance are combined with distinctive design, exclusive equipment and the latest infotainment features for comprehensive, connected multimedia applications.
Late 2017 - Europe, Latin America, South Africa, and Australia With the Concept X-CLASS, Mercedes-Benz Vans gives a concrete outlook on its new pickup, the X-Class, in Stockholm. The first premium pickup will combine the best of two worlds. This is demonstrated impressively by Mercedes-Benz with two design variants of the concept car. The Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer illustrates that the future X-Class will possess all the strengths of a classic pickup - tough, functional, strong, and with off-road capability.
First plug-in hybrid model by the British premium brand Hallmark MINI driving fun combined with zero tailpipe emissions. With the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid model by the British premium brand, this will soon be a reality. The series development process for this car has almost been completed. It features a combustion engine and an electric motor enabling purely electric propulsion for the first time in a MINI. This marks the beginning of a new phase for MINI, and offers a glimpse into a future that is charged with excitement for MINI customers and those drivers yet to experience the thrill of a hybrid.
249 to 373 miles on a charge Volkswagen is embarking on its journey to the future at the Paris Motor Show with the world premiere of the visionary I.D., a highly automated electric car that will be able to cover a distance of 249 to 373 miles on a single battery charge. The production version of the I.D. is due to be launched in 2020 at a price on a par with comparably powerful and well-equipped Golf models. Volkswagen is looking even further ahead with this concept car: in "I.D. Pilot" mode, it is capable of fully automated driving, a technology that should be ready for series production in 2025.
The perfect balance of design and technology Call it the right balance. On the autumnal equinox today, Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2018 Equinox, a fresh and modern SUV sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer. "We've got the strongest truck business in the industry and we've reinvigorated our car lineup with Volt, Cruze and Malibu," said Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. "We're applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business -- starting with the Chevrolet Equinox."
Most lavishly equipped, spacious and technologically advanced Acura sedan The 2017 Acura RLX, the most lavishly equipped and technologically advanced Acura sedan goes on sale tomorrow at Acura dealerships nationwide, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $54,450. The 2017 Acura RLX sedan offers a compelling blend of refinement and spirited driving performance, boasting an abundance of standard premium features.
AUTOMOTIVE Fully autonomous cars will account for half of all car sales in 25 years, with increasing degrees of autonomy ranging from cruise control to partial self-drive automation adding to traditional vehicles and over eight million connected cars on UK roads able to communicate with each other and the surrounding infrastructure. Whilst autonomous cars rise in popularity, there will be a huge overhaul of the infrastructure designed to accommodate a mixture of autonomous cars, connected cars and traditional vehicles.
for Paris auto show Mercedes-AMG is blowing even more fresh air into the AMG GT family. Shortly after the world premiere of the AMG GT R, AMG is presenting two exciting roadster variants of the two-seater sports car. Alongside the AMG GT Roadster, the AMG GT C Roadster enhances the portfolio with a completely new model variant. With an output of 550 hp and peak torque of 502 lb-ft, the AMG GT C is the most powerful new Roadster variant and uses some of the technical refinements of the AMG GT R.
For $30,000 Chevrolet promised to offer the first affordable electric vehicle with 200 miles or more of range and will exceed those expectations when the 2017 Bolt EV goes on sale later this year. With the vehicle's EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs -- with plenty of range to spare -- in the 2017 Bolt EV when charging regularly.
To be unveiled at Pebble Beach Every August classic car fans from around the world converge on Pebble Beach in California for a very special beauty contest. This gathering of magnificent classic cars is the perfect place to premiere the exclusive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a sensational luxury-class coupe. The 2+2‑s eater is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupes and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupe reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.
Nissan announces variable compression ratio engine
Nissan announced the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio gasoline engine that has been designed to match the performance and fuel economy of diesel and hybrid powertrains. The VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) engine is expected to be launched on an Infiniti model to be unveiled next year. The engine will be officially unveiled by Infiniti at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September. The 2 L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged VC-T engine achieves 27% better fuel economy than the 3.5 L V6 engine it replaces, with comparable power and torque, according to Nissan. The new engine torque is comparable to that of a diesel engine.
What you ask? Designing the autonomous vehicle of the future requires an array of the best technical talent available: automobile and software engineers, experts on sensor technology and artificial intelligence, computer scientists, production specialists and many others. But one profession you might not expect to find at the design table -- an anthropologist -- is playing a key role in developing Nissan's next generation autonomous vehicle, analyzing human driving interactions to ensure that it is prepared to be a "good citizen" on the road.
by Ali Arsham The Lexus GX460 is a different breed of SUV. It offers the luxury features that you expect from a Lexus with serious off road capability that you would not expect. Lexus does not sell that many GX460s but it is a very cool vehicle that offers some terrific features. The GX460 is one of a handful of SUVs that still is built on a body on frame construction. That robust chassis provides a great base for the serious truck user.
In 1970, everyone took a two week vacation once per year. It was as American as apple pie. Two of the era's great, economical mid-sized cars perfectly suited for such epic road trips were Ford's Torino and the Cutlass from Oldsmobile. Both were available in coupe or sedan configuration, they had comparable small block V8 options and were available in the $2,500-2,800 price range.
by Ali Arsham The Dodge Challenger has always been the forgotten muscle car. While the Camaro and Mustang get all the glory, the Challenger has been there sitting quietly in the corner. It is too bad because as we found out, it is a hell of a car and it is not that quiet either.
The fourth, redeveloped generation of the mid-engine sport coup The same new four-cylinder flat engines with turbocharging as in the 718 Boxster are being deployed in the 718 Cayman. As a result, coupe and roadster have an identical engine output for the first time. The entry-level version starts with 221 kW (300 hp) from two liters of displacement. The S model delivers 257 kW (350 hp) with a displacement of 2.5 liters. This represents 18 kW (25 hp) more power compared to the predecessor models with an NEDC fuel consumption of 8.1 to 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
by Ali Arsham The Ford Escape has come a long way since its introduction many years ago. Back then it was a small cheap SUV that you would only buy if you had to. The 2016 version is totally different as we found out. The 2016 Escape is luxurious and refined. These are traits that just were not applicable back then. There are three different versions of the Escape available.
Disruption In Auto Industry: Time To Embrace Change
by Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the issue of "disruption" in the auto industry and competitors who promise a new approach to what a car can be. The LinkedIn post is excerpted from a keynote speech Ghosn gave at the opening of the New York International Auto Show on March 23. - If you have read some of the recent commentary on the auto industry, you could get the impression that it's headed into a long, stormy, uneasy winter. There's been a lot of talk about "disruption," about new competitors who promise a new approach to what a car can be.
Shelby American, Hertz and Ford Motor Company Launch Fifty years after the Shelby GT350-H was introduced, Ford Motor Company, Shelby American and Hertz unveiled a special run of performance-modified 2016 Ford Mustang GTs named the Shelby GT-H that will be available for rent beginning Memorial Day weekend exclusively through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select airport locations in the continental United States.
Acura Announces Plans For Acura NSX production start
Start Of Serial Production Of The 2017 supercar Acura today announced that the all-new Performance Manufacturing Center will begin serial production of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar in late April, with customer deliveries to commence thereafter. The new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) is the exclusive global manufacturing facility for the all-new Acura NSX supercar and is structured around an innovative blend of people and technology. Combining human craftsmanship and technological innovation, the PMC utilizes new approaches to vehicle construction, paint, assembly and quality confirmation to deliver on the Acura brand DNA of Precision Crafted Performance.
Red Bull and Aston Martin Partnership Red Bull Racing and British luxury sports car brand Aston Martin are today announcing a partnership which sees Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey and Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman collaborate to produce a ground-breaking Aston Martin hypercar. Codenamed Project 'AM-RB 001', the new hypercar will represent the ultimate blend of cutting edge F1 technology with Aston Martin's signature sports car design.
Unprecedented levels of refinement, track capability and drag-strip performance The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is poised to challenge the most advanced sports coupes in the world in any measure - with unprecedented levels of technology, refinement, track capability and straight-line acceleration. "The Camaro ZL1 is designed to excel at everything," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. "It's a 2+2 coupe offering incredible performance - acceleration, handling and braking"
Will blow an IndyCar and F1 car into the weeds Bugatti is celebrating a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show: the French luxury brand is unveiling the Bugatti Chiron, the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world. The Chiron is the latest generation of the ultimate super sports car and is a completely new development.
Online configurator is the first step in the NSX custom order process The 2017 Acura NSX online configurator launched today at NSX.Acura.com, allowing future NSX owners and enthusiasts to virtually customize their new Acura NSX supercar. The launch of the online configurator coincides with the start of customer ordering at authorized NSX retailers across the country.
F-Type SVR top-speed 200 mph Jaguar today revealed the F-TYPE SVR, an even more extreme version of the already popular sports car and its first to wear the high-performance SVR badge, ahead of its auto show debut in Geneva on March 1. Developed to exploit the lightweight aluminum sports car's full potential while retaining its inherent tractability and day-to-day usability, the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR will sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and accelerate to 200 mph
Automated driving with a great fun and whoa factor Disruptive innovations and new digital technologies are changing the world of mobility at an unprecedented speed. The "old world" of the traditional automaker meets the "new world" of software, algorithms, bits and bytes -- "East meets West," Palo Alto salutes Stuttgart -- and vice versa. Heavens only knows who will come out the "winner" in the still novel battle for data and user experience.
First BMW 7 Series M Performance Automobile Today, BMW announced the all-new BMW M760i xDrive, the latest addition to the BMW M Performance line-up. With the introduction of the 2017 BMW M760i xDrive, the sixth generation BMW 7 Series adds the first M Performance TwinPower Turbo 12-cylinder to its offerings. The all-new BMW M760i xDrive combines luxurious driving, style, safety and innovative technologies while embodying M Performance dynamics.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Prepares For Grueling Series
◾Race truck based on Built Ford Tough production Raptor There’s a roar in the desert - spitting sand and kicking up rocks. It’s the sound of the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, running in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series’ new factory stock class. The Raptor race truck will leverage Raptor’s production platform including its all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, along with torque-on-demand transfer case.
The Kia Optima received a complete makeover a few years ago but it was getting old so Kia had to come up with a restyled version. The new version comes with new engine choices and is a very safe upgrade. We were very impressed with the new engine and the upgrades and are happy to report that the things that we liked about the old Optima are still there.
35 more horsepower and up to 36 percent more torque Twenty years after the first Boxster made its debut, Porsche is introducing the latest generation of its mid-engine roadsters featuring more power, greater fuel efficiency, and further improved handling. The new models are named 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S, paying homage to the flat-four cylinder engines that were used in the mid-engine Porsche 718 sports car which won numerous races back in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
California T - Introducing the new HS Handling option
Ferrari upgrades its convertible The California T, Ferrari's immensely successful front-engined V8 model with retractable hard top and 2+ seating configuration, is now available with the brand-new Handling Speciale (HS) option. Clients the world over have been so impressed with the California T's ideal combination of performance and versatility that it has become the benchmark for all high-performance Grand Tourers. Now owners looking for an even more sporty driving experience, particularly on challenging, twisty routes, have a new optional package to meet their needs.
The new 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S The top models of the 911 model series - the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S - now boast 20 hp more power, a sharpened design and improved features. The models will be available in both coupe and convertible versions from the start. The bi-turbo six-cylinder engine in the 911 Turbo with 3.8 liters of displacement now has a power output of 397 kW (540 hp).
Make no mistake about it - the future of autos is electric and autonomous Dirk Lappe, Technical Director at Porsche Engineering, on future mobility concepts, digitization and electric driving pleasure. concepts. In this very interesting interview Mr. Lappe explains where the industry is going with electric powered cars and autonomous driving. The auto industry is doing its part to manufacture these cars but the mental midgets in Washington and Europe politics are doing nothing to mandate electric charging spots everywhere there are handicap spots.
In Detroit From sports cars to pickups, auto brands set the future direction of their design during new-model reveals at the North American International Auto Show here. The design trend was on long, low, swoopy cars and brawny trucks. Unlike past years, fuel economy was no longer a prime topic. Rather, the focus was on bringing more technology and safety to cars.
Dawn of new era for Lexus When the Lexus LF-LC Concept debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the press, loyal customers, and enthusiasts wondered if the concept’s arresting styling and dramatic proportions could ever evolve into a production 2+2 coupe. Today, four years after the debut of the breakthrough concept that inspired it, Lexus has revealed the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe. This provocative, athletic flagship coupe makes the strongest statement yet about Lexus’ future product direction.
Drive Unit and Battery at the Heart of Chevrolet Bolt EV
Engineers focus on careful balance of range and performance The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV does more than set a new benchmark for affordable, long-range EV driving. It also raises the bar when it comes to driving performance. Engineers developed the Bolt EV’s propulsion system to offer more than an estimated 200 miles (based on GM estimates) and a delightful driving experience that’s more akin to a compact sports sedan than a small utilitarian crossover.
Turbocharged 2+2 coupe Ahead of its public debut at the North American International Auto Show, Buick today revealed the Avista concept - a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots. A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels and a driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control.
200-mile all-electric range Chevrolet is introducing the 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show, fulfilling its promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses. The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.
In new Mercedes E-Class Mercedes-Benz is taking a big step into the future by numerous innovations with the new E-Class, including in terms of the design of the interior, which features a wide high-resolution next-generation dual display (12.3 inches per display) that appears to hover in space. In addition, touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. They allow the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel.
by Ali Arsham In the old days Lincolns were presidential cars. They were cars that we aspired get to when we made it financially and wanted to show that we have arrived. Today Lincoln seems to have lost its identity and nobody is sure of where they stand. Lincoln is definitely a luxury brand but at what level is the question. It is an even more difficult question as many upper level brands such as Mercedes Benz are introducing less expensive cars. The cheapest Lincoln is actually more expensive than the cheapest Mercedes Benz today.
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