Mad Max movie paints a very dark picture of a near future (from the 1979 point of view), where highways have become an unsafe place. Members of a motorcycle gang terrorize roads outsize the city and bad accidents happen every now and then. Police patrol units are still trying to keep the control of the roads, and one of their best drivers is Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson). The fight between the police and the motorcycle gang is fierce, and it doesn’t end without casualties. After Max loses his co-worker and friend, he wants to quit and spend time with his family. But after another personal lost, Max returns to payback to a motorcycle gang and its leader, the man known as the Toecutter.
Toyota RAV4′s wheelbase length has been increased by 100 mm. This, together with a thinner front seatback design, provides generous rear seat accommodation. The rear seats may be split 60:40 and each section can be reclined independently to enhance passenger comfort . The driver’s seat hip point has been lowered by 5 mm and seat height adjustment range has been increased by 15 mm to 30 mm. The steering wheel angle has been lowered by 2.3 degrees, and reach adjustment towards the driver increased by up to 38 mm. The increased seat height adjustment range makes it possible to have a lower and more engaging driving position.
Hyundai Santa Fe has got all-new looks. The exterior design is now sharper and gives the Santa Fe a modern Hyundai look. The front of the car looks massive with a hexagonal front grille and large, tear-drop headlights above the bumber. The lowered roofline, swept-back windshield and upswept lower edges to the rear side windows give the car sporty looks.
In Europe, Outlander is offered with a Mitsubishi’s own 2.2-litre diesel engine. This aluminium, 4-cylinder, 16v, double overhead camshaft, common rail, direct injection diesel unit belongs to the Mitsubishi’s 4N1 family of high-tech Clean Diesel engines. Using the MIVEC valve timing system, the engine achieves lower CO2 emissions. Low-end torque has also been improved by reconfiguring the boost pressure setting in the low-load range and by optimising turbocharger geometry.
For the first time, BMW has equipped the compact 1 Series with the intelligent all-wheel drive system. The first engine variants available with the xDrive are the 120d with the four-cylinder diesel and the M135i with the six-cylinder petrol engine. The 120d comes with the six-speed manual gearbox, while the M135i has the eight-speed automatic. You can choose either the 3-door or this 5-door version.
The 2013 Ford Fiesta ST has arrived to European markets. The new Fiesta ST offers lot of same qualities as its big brother, Focus ST, but in some cases it might be even more capable.
The Audi RS 4 Avant is kind of combination of two very different car types. From the starting point it is a family wagon, while on the other hand it has the performance of a sportscar. Combining these two features is not always easy, but RS 4 Avant is able to provide the best from the both worlds incredibly well without making any big compromises.
A Chili Red Mini Convertible will be “driving” on the water along the Schuylkill River during the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, the famous annual festival of university and college rowing on May 10-11. Powered by a 6 hp outboard motor, the Mini Convertible boat features a fiberglass mold of the car mounted to a boat hull, and accessorized with authentic Mini parts, including headlights, taillights, grille, steering wheel, badges, wheels and tires. It was constructed by ACI Composites Inc, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and trimmed so that the wheels rotate in the water reinforcing the illusion that the Mini Convertible is being driven on the river.
Bentley will expand its presence in the fast-growing Eastern Europe region later this year, with the opening of its first-ever dealership in Belarus. Located in the heart of the capital, Bentley Minsk will open in Summer 2013, and will offer sales and aftersales services to customers of the luxury British brand.
Bentley announced its new collaboration with the luxury men’s lifestyle brand Pankhurst. For the new Pankhurst men’s grooming store in London, Bentley craftsmen have renovated six barbers’ chairs incorporating materials and finishes from Bentley cars.
High Country will be the top model in the Silverado lineup, with a higher level of premium features and materials with a rich, Western themed appearance
Porsche is presenting the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S models featuring new chassis in lightweight design, new all-wheel drive system, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics and the flat six-cylinder engine with bi-turbo charging. The PDCC active anti-roll system, which is being offered for the first time in 911 Turbo models, increases dynamic performance even more. This system is standard equipment in the 911 Turbo S, as is the Sport Chrono Package with dynamic engine mounts and PCCB ceramic brakes. All of these features are also available as options in the 911 Turbo. The results: The new 911 Turbo S shortens the lap time for the North Loop of the Nürburgring to well under 7:30 minutes – naturally with standard production tyres. The standard sound symposer intensifies the driving experience, it transmits induction sounds of the turbo engine to the passenger compartment via a speaker diaphragm.
With standard seven-passenger seating and luxurious second-row captain’s chairs available on all models, the seats in the 2014 Durango can be converted to as many as 50 different configurations. Families with three or more children will find the Durango’s available captain’s chairs with pass through especially helpful as two car seats can stay latched into the second row seats, and there’s still easy pass-through for passengers to walk between to get to the third row. The second-row captain’s chairs will also make adults feel like they are riding in first-class, with comfortable bucket seats with individual armrests.
With the SV design optimized for SUVs in 20 and 22 inches, BBS provides a smart wheel design for high vehicle weight and heavy-use applications. The SV wheel is also produced in the BBS quality low-pressure casting process with subsequent flow-forming. Low weight and high resilience characterize the SV model. It can be ordered in satin black diamond-cut and satin titanium. New passenger car applications in 20 inches also complement the current range of products. In addition, the SV-wheel is now also available in 19 inches for passenger cars from Audi, BMW, VW and Mercedes.
Techart completes its recently introduced aerodynamics package for the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel by the powerkit TA 058/SD1. By pressing the Sport button at center console the 4.2-litre V8 diesel engine generates an increased power output of 28 kW (38 hp) to a total of 309 kW (420 hp) at 3,800 rpm, as well as a torque increase of 100 Nm to a total of 950 Nm at 2,600 rpm. This results in a faster acceleration of 5.2 sec from 0 to 100 km/h (basic model 5.7 sec) and in higher top speed of 256 km/h (basic model 252 km/h).
Wolf Racing offers a three-stage performance improvements, and set of tuning and styling components for Ford Focus ST. The performance improvement is due to optimization measures in the engine, software, turbocharger and exhaust, and is available in three stages. Stage 1 increases the Focus ST to 285 hp and nearly 440 Nm. In the second stage, the output of the EcoBoost engine is increased to 300 hp and 450 Nm. In the third stage, Wolf Racing pushes the power to a whopping 370 hp and 556 Nm. The necessary sport exhaust system along with the HJS sport catalytic converter is also supplied by Wolf Racing.
In addition to the already available sizes, the legendary BBS CH-R wheel will now be offered in 2013 in 20 inches for the new Porsche 911 (991). The production of the sporty lightweight wheel takes place using the BBS quality low-pressure casting process. The special flow-forming technology, developed for Formula 1, also guarantees the best weight optimization and stability. Relief-milled spokes that reduce the proportion of non-strength-relevant materials to a minimum characterize the high-tech wheel. The CH-R design also includes a value-preserving collision protection which can be replaced if damaged without removing the tires. It is available in the versions brilliant silver, satin black and satin titanium.
KW DDC ECU coilover kit is now available also for the new BMW 3 Series Touring (F31) KW DDC ECU coilover kit gives the driver the opportunity to control the dampers via smartphone App from very soft damping (displayed in the App as 0%) up to Sport+ damper setup (displayed in the App as 100%). Driver can adjust the damping on the front and rear axle independently.
Shelby Performance Parts announced the release of the Shelby Wide Body Kit. Shelby’s latest option is now available through Shelby Performance Parts, giving customers the option to buy the kit and have it installed via their own installer. Built using lightweight fiberglass components and extraordinary craftsmanship, the Shelby Wide Body Kit is built for OEM-quality fit and finish, and stylishly integrates into the already-menacing Mustang body lines.
At the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring race on May 19-20th, a prototype, twin-turbo, Aston Martin Rapide S will use Alset Global’s unique Hybrid Hydrogen system to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both.
The Official Partner of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car, JR Motorsports Limited, has announced a collaboration with the suspension developer Öhlins. In response to 2013 rule changes and car upgrades, engineers from both organisations will co-operate to offer teams more performance through more features and bespoke suspension components. The first of these, in response to a regulation change, is the introduction of a four-way, adjustable damper. In addition, JRM and Öhlins will create bespoke suspension packages for GT3 customers wishing to use their cars in specific events such as the VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will serve as the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. Decked out in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors, the Corvette Stingray Pace Car differs from production models with only track-mandated safety features and strobe lights. No powertrain upgrades are required to run in front of the IndyCar pack, thanks to its all-new 6.2L LT1 engine, which features advanced technologies including direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation). They help produce an estimated 450 horsepower more efficiently. The Corvette Pace Car features the track-capable Z51 package.
Audi expands from China into other Asian markets with the Audi R8 LMS Cup. Following the successful premiere season in China in 2012, Audi’s first one-make race series worldwide will now visit circuits in South Korea, Malaysia and Macau. The number of Audi R8 LMS GT3 race cars competing thus increases from 16 to more than 20. As a result, the automobile brand with the four rings gives motorsport in Asia another boost.
On June 9, 2013, Audi will be fielding four Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars on the test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours. In addition to the cars number 1, 2 and 3 running under the nomination for the race, a fourth hybrid sports car will be testing for eight hours at La Sarthe. It is to gather valuable findings for the future, as Audi is preparing for a new tire generation together with partner Michelin.
Dodge and SRT Motorsports are teaming up with action sports legend Travis Pastrana again for a second season of competition in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) Series. Building on the strong relationship created last year, Pastrana Racing will now field two Dodge Dart race cars for 2013. Bryce Menzies will drive the second Dart. The duo will drive Red Bull / Discount Tire-sponsored Dodge Dart Rallycross cars in the season opener April 21 in Brazil.
Based on the off-road-oriented BMW F 800 GS, the Adventure model offers an optimal combination of agility, touring practicality and off-road capability. The F 800 GS Adventure boasts a new, masculine bodywork styling that underlines its globetrotting abilities, while a new, very comfortable bench seat, a larger windscreen for improved protection against the elements and hand protectors also support this image. Other new standard specification on the F 800 GS Adventure includes wide enduro footrests, an adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever, an engine protection bar and a pannier rack which also functions as a tank protection bar.
The Honda CRF250M combines tough performance credentials with a bold style and is aimed to appeal to the young rider looking for something different. Based on the CRF250L, the CRF250M sits 20mm lower thanks to revised front and rear suspension with heavier weight springs; and with 17inch wheels fitted with wider road tyres, plus a more powerful front brake, the CRF250M is ready to tear up the tarmac. Its free revving single-cylinder engine provides crisp, instant response thanks to revised gearing, whilst also offering both impressive fuel economyand punchy power and torque delivery.
The R version of the Triumph Daytona 675 R adds the very highest specification components to increase its performance focus, as well as sporting a unique look. Öhlins suspension is fitted, including a TTX rear shock and NIX30 inverted forks, providing the R with a wider range of adjustability, improved response and a firmer base set up. The latest, lighter Brembo Monobloc calipers are fitted for precise and powerful stopping. Switchable ABS is included as standard, to suit conditions, riding environments and rider preference.
The newly revamped 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R represents Kawasaki’s latest efforts to offer a supersport bike for real world riding. The 636cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four engine offers a displacement increase of 37cc. With displacement increased to 636cc, the new bike offers more performance at all rpm as well as great usability in everyday street-riding situations. Additionally, with chassis settings focused on winding roads, the new bike is able to deliver riding exhilaration in situations ranging from the track to the hills, and the highway to the city.
The 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R model takes everything that the S model is currently equipped with and applies a list of enhancements to the technical specification that enable the model to achieve even greater targets. Titanium con-rods, which save an overall 0.63kg (1.38lb), a 0.7kg (1.54lb) lighter crankshaft flywheel, DLC-coated rocker-arms and revised engine mapping now enhance the Superquadro engine’s crank acceleration and allow it to rev 500rpm higher to a 12,000rpm limit, an incredible engineering achievement for 112mm pistons.
Built in 1902, the Renault Type K race car was a 3.43 metres long and 1.48 metres wide. It was powered by a 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3,770cc. The engine produced around 24 horsepower at 1,100rpm.
Like all cars built at the dawn of the automobile age, the Opel Patent Motor Car followed traditional carriage design principles and had a body without an integral roof. It was based on Lutzmann’s previously built Arrow models, yet also boasted several innovations. Opel redesigned the chain-controlled steering and designed a deeper chassis frame with strong longitudinal cross members to increase stability and lower the center of gravity of the 520 kg car.
Adam Opel He began his career as a locksmith apprenticeship but became fascinated by sewing machines during his travels across Europe. While in Paris in 1859, Opel went to work for F. Journaux & Leblond, a maker of sewing machines. In March 1862, he moved to another manufacturer, Heuguenin Reimann, to broaden his understanding.
Just a few months after launching his first car, the Voiturette Type A, Louis Renault was already thinking how it could be improved. For his first car, Renault placed the emphasis on robust design. For the Voiturette Type B, the key note was comfort.In 1899, he endowed his first car model with a roof, thus developing the vehicle today considered as the world’s first saloon.
The Benz Patent Motor Car is regarded as the world’s first automobile. It completed its maiden journey in public on Mannheim’s Ringstraße on 3 July 1886. The event represented for designer Carl Benz the fulfilment of his dream to build a motorised road-going vehicle. His design, which included chassis and engine, was a fundamentally new innovation. Just a few weeks later, a second automotive pioneer, Gottlieb Daimler, installed an internal combustion engine in a carriage and in so doing marked the beginning of his dream to motorise all vehicles and appliances with his high-speed engine.
The Benz Patent Motor Car from 1886 is regarded as the world’s first automobile. The heart of the Benz Patent Motor Car was a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with a displacement of 0.954 litres. This design already incorporated several of the key features found in most internal combustion engines today, including a crankshaft with counterweights, electric ignition and water cooling. The unit developed a peak output of 0.55 kW at 400/min.
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The new 2014 Dodge Durango takes everything that customers love about Durango and adds the latest advancements in technology to enhance its design, capability and functionality. With a new standard eight-speed automatic transmission, improved fuel economy and performance, new LED exterior lighting, two new interior touchscreens, a new programmable instrument cluster, and an available high-definition dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system, the 2014 Dodge Durango reaches even higher levels of sophistication building on its proven performance, utility and comfort.
The Augusta National Golf Club announced that Mercedes-Benz will enter into a new worldwide partnership with the Masters, beginning at the 2014 Tournament. Having been an International Partner of the Masters since 2008, Mercedes-Benz will now become a Global Sponsor, joining AT&T and IBM.
The new Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 can be fitted with an innovation that makes driving in the dark safer and more comfortable. The renewed Active High Beam Control makes it possible to use high beam continuously thanks to an ingenious mechanism that prevents dazzling of oncoming drivers.
Jaguar Land Rover announced that Indera Motors Sdn Bhd have been appointed as its new Jaguar Land Rover importer and distributor in Brunei. This will be the first time that Jaguar products have been sold in the Kingdom and will bring Jaguar and Land Rover products together under one roof in a dedicated Jaguar Land Rover dealership.
The first Land Rover vehicle was launched in 1948. To celebrate the 65 years of off-road technology, Land Rover unveils the new Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition model. Available in five different body styles, the new LXV is based on the standard Land Rover Defender which is equipped with the 2.2-litre diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission, producing 122 hp at 3,500rpm and 360 Nm at 2,000rpm.
Infiniti has opened its first showroom in Hong Kong. Situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial district, the showroom, called Infiniti Gallery, is located at G/F Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong. The new Infiniti Gallery will showcase vehicles from Infiniti’s premium model line-up. The showroom will create an ultra-modern, luxurious and sophisticated environment where visitors can experience Infiniti’s renowned customer service and attention.
The upcoming all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS luxury sport sedan combines light-emitting diode and high intensity discharge lights to create a sleeker new look for Cadillac, befitting the new sedan’s distinction of being the lightest car in its class.
Volvo Car Group has completed extensive testing of kinetic flywheel technology on public roads with positive results.
Ford is teaming up with Shinola, a Detroit-based luxury goods manufacturer, to celebrate 50 years of the Ford Mustang with the release of a premium 46-millimeter wristwatch with Swiss movements. The 50-year commemorative wristwatch exemplifies Shinola’s passion for quality products and uses the finest materials. The quartz timepiece features Swiss movements, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and premium black leather for the band with a screw-down crown. Waterproof to five atmospheres, the materials and design details are brought to life by highly skilled craftspeople who bring a special expertise to executing this premium watch. The face of the watch features the unique Mustang 50 Years logo.
The Z51 Performance Package for 2014 Corvette Stingray includes high-performance gear ratios, transmission-cooling system, larger 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, larger rotors and brake-cooling ducts, electronic limited-slip differential and differential cooling system, unique chassis tuning, and available Magnetic Ride Control active-handling system with Performance Traction Management. Equipped with the Z51 package, the Corvette Stingray is capable of accelerating from 0–60 mph in under four seconds, and more than 1 g in cornering.
n the US, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe will have a suggested starting retail price of $51,995, and the Convertible will start at $56,995. Standard features on the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray include carbon fiber hood on all models, and a carbon fiber removable roof panel on coupes, fully electronic top on the convertible that can be lowered remotely using the key fob, high-intensity discharge (HID) and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, Keyless access with push-button start, five-position Drive Mode Selector, lightweight seating with eight-way power adjustment, eight-inch configurable driver and infotainment screens, with next-generation Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and rear vision camera, Bose nine-speaker audio system with SiriusXM Satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and SD card and auxiliary input jack.
The Arden Sportline wheel-tire combination fits perfectly to a Jaguar XK. Sportline wheels’ racy design increases the car’s sporty appearance. The wheel-set for Jaguar XK includes 9J x 21” wheels with 255/30R21 tyres for front axle and 10J x 21” wheels with 295/25R21 tyres for rear axle. Arden wheels also available for all other Jaguar models.
Ford’s unveiled the Ford Escort Concept at the Auto Shanghai. The Ford Escort Concept showcases Ford’s vision for how the company could serve additional customers in China’s compact car segment – a segment that accounts for over 25 percent of the country’s total vehicle industry and includes the Ford Focus, the best-selling nameplate in China last year as well as the best-selling nameplate worldwide.
This spring the successful BBS RX-R alloy wheel is released to the market as a special edition. The one-piece alloy wheel, which is produced with the BBS low pressure casting process and which reflects pure racing and passion in its aluminum design, will be offered in the classic BBS racing gold.