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- The Porsche 904Porsche's range-topping sports cars have often been at home on both road and racetrack. But while today's, say, GT3 RS is a formidable track day weapon, it's still more of a road car setup for track use than the other way around. The RS is not too loud to be driven to the country club. It offers great visibility from the driver's seat. It is reliable and robust enough to be used daily.
That balance of everyday affability and potent potential is a recipe that Porsche has perfected over its sixty years of sports car manufacturing. The truly memorable Porsches, though, had that balance point shifted closer to the racing car extreme. For proof, look at the stunning Porsche 904. The 904 was sold as a road car to a few lucky drivers. Was it balanced? Impeccably so. With its front fuel tank full, the 904 distributed its featherweight mass wonderfully with only a slight (52%) rear weight bias. Was it useable? Sure. Two opening doors, four spinning wheels—what else could one really need in an automobile? Porsche made precious few other concessions to usability with this car.
- The Lotus EliteFounded by Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, whose ACBC initials appear in the famous green and yellow emblem of his company, Lotus was still a fresh car manufacturer in 1957. For a while prior to that year, Lotus offered the Seven, a seminal sports car with sparse construction and an undiluted personality. The Seven was revered for its lightness and simplicity, and it was a very capable car offering as much fun and involvement as a sporty motorbike. Of course, given its diminutive size and cramped cabin it wasn't any more practical than a motorbike, either. That's why, for 1957, Lotus began production of the Elite.
While the Seven may have had the requisite four wheels of a car, its cycle fenders and lack of doors suggested that it was a different machine altogether. The Elite, then, was the first 'traditional' car offered by Lotus. Well, maybe traditional isn't the right word. The Elite had two doors, two seats, a conventional trunk, and a closed body. But that's where the tradition ends.
- Kia KV7 ConceptFor the past several years Kia Motors' design-led transformation has been delivering production vehicles – such as the Soul, Forte Koup and Sportage – that bear a very close resemblance to the original concept designs that preceded them. At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Kia will make another dramatic design statement with the world debut of an all-new, convention-challenging concept vehicle named 'KV7.'
- The Restyled MY2012 C-ClassThe restyled 2012 C-Class sedan is scheduled to arrive in the Ú.S. in the summer of 2011. The front and rear end of the popular Mercedes sedan have been enhanced with a more distinctive design. The luxurious interior is now emphasized by the stylish new dashboard, which features a premium, fine-grain finish and stylish trim elements, as well as a high-resolution color display in the instrument cluster. Fuel economy has been improved by as much as 15 percent, thanks to new direct-injection engines and the redesigned 7-speed automatic transmission. Five new driver assistance systems ranging from the ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system through to the Blind Spot Assist are now available in the C-Class lineup. New- generation telematics offer new infotainment and navigation features.
'In terms of driveline and safety systems, the new-generation C-Class offers the com- fort and safety of our luxury vehicles - and with many high-end details in the interior evocative of the new CLS, the new C-Class sets completely new benchmarks in its §egmènt when it comes to premium look-and-feel,' says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Execu- tive Vice President Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. This interior upgrade is further enhanced by the latest generation of telematics, which not only features com- pletely new visuals, but also brings improved functionality.
- All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Series Flagships Redefine the American Luxury Sedan Once AgainWith its iconic rear-wheel drive proportions, elegantly sculptured bodyside, world-class craftsmanship and refinement, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series proudly delivers the distinction, innovation and premium large sedan features at a legendary value, while setting a new course for the American brand.
With more than 55 years of elegant proportions and head-turning style, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 delivers contemporary styling with design details unexpected in the §egmènt. At the front, an all-new grille features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades that express precision. The liquid-chrome finish of the blades and the new Chrysler wing badge provide a unique contrast against the beautifully drawn bright chrome grille surround. Illuminating the road ahead are signature 'key slot' headlamps with a scalloped lower edge. Inside, bi-functional projector headlamps are nestled next to LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, which together form a 'C' shape for unmistakable on-road presence.
- New Ford C-Max: Clever, Compact Vehicle To Move Young Families with Flexibility, Fuel EfficiencyThe Ford C-MAX is an all-new, affordable transportation alternative for growing, busy North American families who crave industry-first technology, flexible seating and interior space, sporty performance and best-in-class fuel economy.
'The Ford C-MAX provides still more proof of how our One Ford plan continues to deliver the high-quality, fuel-efficient products people really want,' said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. 'C-MAX is just right for customers in North America seeking stylish, flexible transportation and life-enhancing technology that comes standard.'
The new C-MAX is part of Ford Motor Company's global small vehicle strategy that will deliver at least 10 vehicles – and 2 million vehicles annually – from a single C-vehicle platform by 2012.
- Red Bull Renault RB6 Season in Review: The Evolution of a ChampionIn five very short years Red Bull Racing has achieved what neither Jaguar or Stewart-Ford racing could in almost ten, win either a driver's or constructor's world championship title. Jaguar bought out the struggling Stewart-Ford team. Then, in 2004, Red Bull came in and bought the defunct Jaguar Racing team. The thought was, amongst the Jaguar members, that nothing would change. But to win a championship, something which Jaguar had not been able to do, it was obvious things would have to change. Many people were replaced; Christian Horner was brought in as Team Director, and from the very start it was apparent Red Bull would be a competitor to be contended with at each race. Ever since its first race at Melbourne in 2005, when David Coulthard was able to shoot up into 4th place at the first corner, run as high as second and end up finishing the race a surprising fourth, it was clear Red Bull meant to contend not only for good finishes, but victories. But when Adrian Newey came on board, despite the early struggles, it also became clear Red Bull would, at some point in time, become a champion.
In 2009, Brawn GP took the rules and 'stretched' them a bit to come up with the double-diffuser. This, in many ways, helped to make Brawn GP untouchable throughout the early part of the championship. Newey's Red Bull RB5, while much better and more reliable than its predecessors, still was running near the front but wasn't quite a front-runner. Then, when Newey utilized the same controversial technology the technical mastery of Adrian Newey really showed, and it took the RB5 to the head of the class. This was underscored by three straight victories at the end of the season and the runner-up position in the constructor's championship. Red Bull was poised for a real run at the championships.
- McLaren MP4-12C GT3McLaren today confirms its plans to bring back the McLaren name to GT sports cars racing. From 2012, McLaren and CRS Racing will supply and support a limited number of GT3 racing cars based on the McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car for European-based privateers.
15 years since the McLaren F1 GTR famously won the world-famous 24 Heures du Mans (Le Mans) on its debut, and 12 years since six 'Longtails' last raced at Le Mans, McLaren and CRS Racing, a successful and experienced ÚK-based racing team, have begun development work aimed at turning the 12C road car into a race-winning GT3 sports car. As part of the development programme, McLaren and CRS Racing will compete at a limited number of European GT races in 2011.
With the 12C's revolutionary lightweight one-piece moulded carbon chassis (the 'MonoCell'), its high levels of downforce and aerodynamic performance, and its focus on form and function, the 12C should prove to be a great platform on which to develop a racing car, as well as visually setting pulses racing at European race tracks.
- The first Sports Activity Coupe in the premium segment – and a MINI through and throughMINI is marking an important milestone in its history by once again presenting a fascinating new vehicle concept for the MINI family – the MINI Paceman Concept. Exactly 10 years ago, visitors to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit witnessed the relaunch of the MINI brand in North America, which signalled the beginning of an unparalleled success story. And now the brand is also preparing to celebrate this landmark anniversary at the NAIAS – taking place from 10-23 January 2011 – with the world premiere of the MINI Paceman Concept. This spectacular study vehicle establishes a totally new category of car with its potential for providing even more driving fun and an even greater range of usage. The MINI Paceman Concept could become another building block in the ongoing development of the brand and its product portfolio.
The MINI Paceman Concept takes the fundamental strengths of MINI – its uniqueness, go-kart handling, agility, dynamic capability and individual design – and gives them a fresh twist with the help of cutting-edge technology and an innovative body concept. It combines a sporty, masculine appearance, versatility and coupe looks with the dimensions of the four-door MINI Countryman. And it brings together the classical MINI concept, the defining features of the MINI Countryman and the style of a coupe to harmonious effect. The result is a MINI with visual 'muscle car' design cues, which displays its dynamic capability from every angle and showcases it impressively both when viewed from the side and in the design of the rear.
- GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept Takes Heavy-Duty Capability To New GroundThe GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept is an exploration of heavy-duty truck capability combined with greater off-road versatility. It is highlighted by a bold exterior design, enhanced all-terrain suspension and premium details expected of a GMC – all designed to enable greater access to off-road destinations.
The new 2011 Sierra HD underpins the All Terrain HD concept, with a modified, production-based 4WD chassis and the Duramax diesel/Allison 1000 six-speed powertrain. The enhanced suspension and unique body dimensions, including increased ground clearance and wider track, as well as greater approach/departure angles, deliver off-road capability while maintaining HD levels of payload and trailering capacity.
'The Sierra All Terrain HD concept takes GMC's outstanding new HD platform to the next level, marries it to the legendary Duramax diesel/Allison transmission, and provides a heavy-duty expression of GMC's premium All Terrain package,' said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. 'It delivers the exceptional capabilities of the Sierra HD – hauling, towing and performance – and applies them to the toughest driving environments. It's the ultimate professional-grade tool for construction crews, ranchers and adventurers whose activities aren't limited by where the pavement ends.'
- REAR-DRIVE, 6.2-LITRE V8, SUB-£50K: IT HAS TO BE THE NEW VXR8!Vauxhall's storming VXR8 model is back with a vengeance, packing heavily revised front- and rear-end styling, a new cabin and a raft of new technology to enhance its appeal to drivers in search of one of the last, great rear-drive V8 super-saloons.
Priced at £49,500 (inc. 20 per cent VAT) and available to order later this month, the new VXR8 is now based on HSV's E3 GTS model, just launched in Australia, the previous VXR8 representing the old version of the lower-spec ClubSport R8. That means it still undercuts full-size super saloons like the Audi RS6, Jaguar XFR and Mercedes E63 AMG by between £13k and £29k, and even performance saloons from the class below, such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG.
- A 'Grand' New Jeep CompassOffering unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy and off-road capability in the compact-SUV segment, the new 2011 Jeep® Compass features a stunning new sophisticated design, with cues coming directly from the brand's premium icon, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Coupled with a host of interior refinements, and improved ride and handling characteristics in all conditions – courtesy of upgraded steering and suspension systems – the new Jeep Compass offers a unique blend of premium styling, capability, efficiency and value that is unmatched in the compact-SUV segment.
'With the new 2011 Jeep Compass, we've applied the premium design cues of our award-winning new Grand Cherokee,' said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. 'Combined with new interior appointments, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems, Jeep Compass provides consumers the ultimate combination of styling, capability, fuel economy, efficiency, safety and value in the important compact-SUV segment.'
- Debut for the 2011 version of the world's most successful GT race carThe Porsche 911 GT3 RSR takes off into the new motorsport season with extensive modifications. The 2011 version of the world's most successful GT race car celebrated its international premiere at the 'Night of Champions' party held at the R&D Centre in Weissach to mark the end of the motorsport season. Priority in the further development of the GT3 RSR was given to the newly designed aerodynamics at the front and rear, changes to the suspension kinematics and to the engine.
The 4.0-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine now delivers 455 hp (335 kW) at 7,800 revs, five horsepower more than its predecessor. The power increase results from an engine management system which adapts even better to different fuel grades, as well as a redesigned exhaust system and a modified air intake housing. Moreover, the driveability of the famously efficient engine has undergone further improvements. Maximum revs remain unchanged at 9,400 rpm.
- The Audi R18 TDIAudi aims to continue its string of victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours with a completely new LMP1 sports car development. Since its debut in 1999, the brand with the Four Rings has won the world's most important endurance race as many as nine times with the R8, R10 TDI and R15 TDI models. In doing so, Audi has equaled this feat in the race's roll of honor with Ferrari. With the new R18, which was presented at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt on the evening of Friday, December 10, 2010, Audi is aiming for its tenth Le Mans success in 2011.
For the first time since 1999, Audi will contest Le Mans with a closed coupe again. 'In the future, aerodynamic efficiency will be even more important at Le Mans than it was in the past,' says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. 'A closed car has clear advantages in this respect. Our computer simulations have been confirmed in the wind tunnel and during initial track tests.'
Significantly smaller engines than those used before will be prescribed at Le Mans in 2011 as the rule makers aim to achieve a substantial reduction of engine power. By opting for a 3.7-liter V6 TDI unit, Audi retains the diesel concept that saw its first victorious fielding in 2006. 'From our point of view, the TDI continues to be the most efficient technology,' says Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Development at Audi Sport. 'There are good reasons why the share of TDI units among Audi's production models is as high as it is.'
Through the innovative V6 TDI engine for the Le Mans 24 Hours, motorsport is yet again performing pioneering work for the production arm at Audi where there is a growing trend towards smaller, more economical but yet powerful engines.
- Inspiring through and through. The BMW 1 Series M CoupeThe letter M now comes to the segment of the BMW 1 Series to symbolise outstanding power delivery and the highly dynamic driving properties of a high-performance sports car. In the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the technology of a high-performance car is combined with the agility and lightness of a compact model to create a whole new dimension of sports-style driving pleasure. With this 2-door model, BMW M GmbH is now realising for the first time in this vehicle class its concept of racing-oriented performance characteristics in a car developed for everyday use . This further extends the company's model range, paving the way for younger target groups to be able to access the hallmark driving experience offered by an M car.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe embodies the unmistakable M feeling in a highly concentrated form. Its in-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo and petrol direct injection develops a maximum output of 250 kW/340 bhp with an engine-speed-oriented characteristic curve typical of BMW M cars. With chassis technology derived directly from motor racing, a power-to-weight ratio reduced to 4.4 kilograms per bhp and precisely optimised aerodynamic components including innovative air curtains at the front end, supreme conversion of superior propulsion power into thrilling driving dynamics is guaranteed. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe accelerates in 4.9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and reaches the 200 km/h mark after 17.3 seconds. In the area of efficiency, too, it achieves top figures within its performance category. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres, while CO2 emissions are at 224 grams per kilometre.
- The Lamborghini LM002The Lamborghini LM002 was built from 1986 through 1993 with 301 units being produced. Lamborghini is known and respected for their exotic vehicles that are as stylish as they are fast. The SUV codenamed 'Cheetah' was a project that began in 1977 and designed to be sold to the United States Military. A Chrysler V8 engine was used in the prototype 'Cheetah' but the production versions were outfitted with a V-12, courtesy of the Lamborghini Countach. The original Cheetah prototype was destroyed by the US military during testing. The Cheetah project was short lived. Production on the LM001 began in 1981. This was the second attempt at creating a four-wheel drive, rear-mounted engine, all-terrain vehicle. The LM001 was powered by a twelve-cylinder powerplant and first displayed to the public at the 1981 Geneva Auto Show. The LM002, also known as the LMA, was introduced a year later featuring the engine in the front. Production finally began in 1986, albeit with many changes
- Delahaye Type 135 MSDelahayes have always been remarkable automobiles. They are interesting, quick, responsive, and very often astonishing to look at. Emile Delahaye began building rear-engined, belt-driven cars in 1894. Introduced at the 1935 Paris Salon, the Type 135 was a delight with its spirited and lively chassis, independent front suspension, light steering, and buttery-smooth Cotal electromagnetic gearbox. In racing form, the 135 Series was a fierce competitor, taking the first six places at the 1936 Marseilles race, a second at Le Mans in 1937, and first, second, and fourth place at Le Mans in 1938.
In 1938, a new, top-of-the-line model of the Type 135 was introduced at the 1938 Paris Salon, the MS (Modifeee Speciale). Its power plant was a thoroughly updated version of the existing 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine. A larger cylinder head and bigger valves improved breathing and horsepower was increased to 130hp and with proper gearing and slippery coachwork, could reach an incredible top speed of 110 mph.
- Packard 1605 Super EightPackard was the premier luxury competitor for many marques but as the number of automobile manufacturers dwindled during the Great Depression, the main competition was Cadillac. Each company brought out new and innovative features to draw in the high end car buyers.
If you 'Ask the Man Who Owns One,' Packard's long running advertising slogan, he would tell you that his car was silent and drove outstandingly. He may also tell you that 1937 Packard Super Eight features a 9 main bearing, 320 cubic-inch inLine L-Head eight-cylinder engine, with a bore & stroke 6-in x 5 inch, brake horsepower of 135 @ 3200 RPM, and equally he would tell you that 1937 was Packard's first use of an independent front suspension.
- The Lamborghini MiuraThroughout its production, the Miura received constant updates, first with the P400 S model, and then best of the breed, the P400SV. The S saw an alleged 20 horsepower increase, better brakes, and chassis stiffening, and was built from late 1968 to 1971. The SV, which debuted at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show, had modified bodywork-mostly distinguished by the headlamps' lack of 'eyelashes.' The Miura SV on exhibit-essentially an S with SV bodywork-is likely the first production prototype presented at Geneva.
- The Subaru 360The Subaru 360 was the first automobile mass produced in Japan by Fuji Industries Subaru division. The 360 was produced from 1958 to 1971. The 360 featured an air-cooled, 2-stroke 356 cc engine mounted transversely at the rear, similar to the arrangement in a Volkswagen Beetle. The engine was designed with a capacity of less than 360cc so that the Subaru 360 would qualify for Japan's Keicar class. This automobile was noted for its highly efficient engine.
The body was of monocoque construction and featured a fiberglass roof panel which was considered very advanced for 1958. The Subaru came in many body styles including work vehicles.
- Baldwin-Motion SS427 Phase III ChevelleArguably the most menacing and flamboyant muscle cars ever built arose from a partnership between Baldwin Chevrolet and a speed shop call Motion Performance. Joel Rose, who created Motion Performance, was a consistent AHRA and NHRA Modified Production national record holder. These Baldwin-Motion cars were built only to customer order. When the most extreme Phase III Level of modification was ordered, the new owner was given a written money-back quarter-mile performance warranty.
Surviving Baldwin-Motion Phase III cars are exceedingly rare. This 1969 Chevelle was ordered together with a Phase III Camaro by Roberto Schneider, son-in-law of the Governor of Chihuahua, Mexico, in November of 1968. Heavily optioned with both performance upgrades and regular production options, the price was $20,000. After completion and delivery, both cars were held in storage in New York while Governor Oscar Flores Sanchez formerly petitioned the President of Mexico, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, to secure permits for entry of both cars into Mexico.
- The Wisconsin SpecialThe Wisconsin Special was driven by Sig Haugdahl to over 180 mph on a one-way run at the Daytona Beach racing oval. This was a tremendous accomplishment as the car had reached speeds a full 24 mph father than the previous record holder.
Haugdahl had built the car to prove to the USAC that he was a great race car driver and that he could outpace anyone. The heart of the Special was an enormous 836 cubic-inch Wisconsin Special Airplane engine connected directly to the rear axle. The width of the car measuring a mere 20 inches was basically the width of the engine.
To keep the car aerodynamic and stable at speeds, all exposed parts were taped, covered, and smoothed. The engine was mounted in the front with the driver, Haugdahl, sitting directly behind in it and just in front of the rear wheels. The boat-tailed rear end was designed to also reduce drag and increase the vehicles aerodynamics.
- 2011 Cadillac EscaladeThe Cadillac Escalade continues to offer the most complete model lineup in its segment, with three distinct body styles and the Escalade Platinum models. The standard Escalade is complemented by the extended length ESV model and the innovative EXT model that features a reconfigurable cargo bed with a segment-exclusive midgate enabling the rear compartment to flex between passenger and cargo space.
Escalade Platinum is the highest expression of the brand's dramatic design, luxury and technology. With features including segment-first LED headlamps and the world's fastest-acting suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, it's one of the most technically advanced vehicles in the segment.
Also available is the Escalade Hybrid, which delivers up to a 33-percent city fuel economy improvement without sacrificing the luxury features that define all Escalade models.
- 6-Speed Manual and SH-AWD® Team for Segment Leading PerformanceSince inception, the Acura TL performance luxury sedan has set lofty standards for styling, performance, comfort and technology. Available for 2011 in two different models (TL and TL SH-AWD®), the fourth-generation Acura TL is the most diverse in the vehicle's history offering more performance capabilities and luxury appeal than ever before— all wrapped in evocative style.
TL customers can choose between two potent V-6 powertrains along with two interior trim levels that abound with technology. For 2011, two distinct versions of Acura's performance luxury sedan are offered: a luxurious 280 horsepower, front-wheel-drive TL and a powerful 305 hp TL SH-AWD® paired with Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. The TL SH-AWD® takes performance to the next level with the availability of a special 6MT model that pairs Acura's acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system. Eighty six pounds lighter than the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission model, the 6MT further enhances the TL's acceleration, braking and cornering.
- 1966 Ford ThunderbirdThe 1961-1963 Thunderbirds were known as the 'Bullet Bird.' This series was followed by another Thunderbird, and it too had another nickname - 'Flair Bird' or 'Jet Bird.' It had the same basic structure and dimensions as before, exterior styling was completely revised with a lengthened hood and a shortened formal roofline. Innovations for the new Thunderbird line were delayed, only reaching production in 1965. Disc brakes in the front were not standard until 1965, and the sequential rear turn signals were delayed due to approval delays in certain states. A number of engine options were available, offering several performance levels.
This Convertible example is one of 700 that were factory-fitted with the 'Q'-Code, 428 cubic-inch 'Thunderbird Special' V8 engine delivering 345 horsepower. This option was priced at just $64.
This car is believed to be one of only about 75 1966 Thunderbird Convertibles equipped with the 428 V8 and factory air conditioning. It is finished in Signal Flare Red with a white leather interior. It is fully equipped with power options covering the seats, convertible top, vent windows, and a factory-installed StereoSonic music system with an 8-Track player.
- Peugeot 90XIt has been four years since Peugeot debuted its 908 HDi for competitive racing. There is not much development room left for the 908 without practically redesigning a whole new car. In some respects, the 908 fulfilled its mission to take the fight back to Audi. Audi would come to highly respect the 'Lion'. But after four years and four attempts, Peugeot has yet to supplant the team of the four rings and their dominance at Le Mans. A new design needed to be made, especially with new regulation changes handed down the pike from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The new 90'X' is what Peugeot believes to be the necessary answer to finally overcome the stranglehold Audi has had, at least at Le Mans.
Not much, if anything has been stated by Peugeot about designing a new car other than its hybrid idea back in 2009. But even that announcement appeared to have more to do with the internals of a 908, not a new car. But what was seen at Monza the early part of November was a new car bearing a resemblance to the 908, but with some major differences. These differences give away some of the other changes Peugeot has already made, or are planning to make, before next season gets underway.
- The new Audi A6: high tech in the executive classOnce again, Audi sets the standard: The new A6 will arrive at dealerships in early 2011. The successor to the world's most successful executive sedan features groundbreaking solutions in every area of technology. An intelligent combination of materials renders the body unusually light; operation is easy, despite a wealth of functionality; and the range of assistance and multimedia systems is extensive. The new A6 series starts with five powerplants generating between 130 kW (177 hp) and 220 kW (300 hp) of output: two gasoline engines and three TDI units. The Audi A6 hybrid will follow at a later date; it combines the power of a large V6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder unit. A number of drivetrain options are also available. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system for all TFSI and TDI versions has been expanded to include an additional mode – the 'efficiency' program.