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BMW i3 Concept – dynamic, compact, emission-free
The BMW i3 Concept is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for urban areas. Driven purely by electric power and purpose-built to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility, it embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting.
'This automotive concept uses a new architecture which showcases all of its new possibilities and potential. It is the world's first premium electric vehicle.' - Andreas Feist, Head of vehicle project BMW i3.
BMW i8 Concept – emotional, dynamic and efficient
The BMW i8 Concept and the fascinating approach that underpins it embody the vision of a sustainable contemporary sports car brought to life. Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept - fitted over its front axle - wîth a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW (220 hp)/300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. The electric motor in the BMW i8 Concept is a full-capability unit which can also power the car on its own, if required. However, working in tandem allows the two drive systems to display their respective talents to the full, delivering the performance of a sports car but the fuel consumption of a small car.
Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined wîth fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 94 mpg imp) and average customer fuel consumption of between five and seven litres per 100 kilometres (40.4 - 56.5 mpg imp) - even when driven hard - are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance. Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometres (approx. 20 miles) on electric power alone. A large proportion of short everyday journeys can therefore be completed wîth zero emissions. The car's electric-only mode allows it to enter emissions-capped central areas of cities wîth access restrictions in place for petrol or diesel-powered vehicles. The i8 Concept's efficiency rating is further enhanced by its ability to generate energy at both axles. The electric motor at the front axle recoups maximum energy every time the driver brakes, while a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine charges the battery, if required. Added to which, the 2+2-seater offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday practicality.
1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car'
One of the highlights at this weekend's auction at The Inn at St. John's, presented by RM Auctions, is a unique 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six 'Ghost Car'. Built at a reported cost of $25,000, the 'Ghost Car' was a pioneering Plexiglas collaboration between GM and Rohm & Haas, and holds a special place in the history books as the first full-sized transparent car to be built in America. Made of Rohm & Haas's new Plexiglas acrylic material, fitted to a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six chassis, the Plexiglas body exposes the car's innards for all to see. Structural metal underneath was given a copper wash and all the hardware, including the dashboard, was chrome plated.
A highlight of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair, the 'Ghost Car' went on a nationwide tour immediately after its display, later spending several years at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C before passing through a succession of Pennsylvania Pontiac dealers. Today, remarkably preserved and the only known surviving ‘Ghost Car' of two built, it is fresh to the market, offered at RM's St. John's sale for the first time since the early 1980's. (Est. $275,000 - $475,000).
Held in conjunction with the renowned Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, the upcoming RM sale – formerly known as the Meadow Brook auction – will provide a wonderful celebration of America's rich automotive history with some 70 collector cars set to go under the gavel. Among the star attractions - no less than 13 Packards; nine Cadillacs; seven Fords; five Oldsmobiles; two Duesenbergs; and the eye-catching Pontiac ‘Ghost Car'.
Abarth Scorpione SS
It is believed that the legendary Karl Abarth constructed just five of these Abarth Scorpione SS vehicles. Two have been wrecked, one resides in the west coast another on the east coast (shown). The final example is believed to be in Belgium.
The light green example shown was raced in Germany in the 70's and 80's and recently competed in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, the Monterey Historics and Watkins Glen. Finished second in the Historic Race Group for the country in 2005.
The design is eye-catching and even exotic, with its Kamm tail, pop-up headlights, and a sloping hood. Powering the Scorpione SS is a Fiat 124 engine fitted with twin Weber carburetors. Horsepower is in the neighborhood of 100. There is a Fiat 850 gearbox, disc brakes and an independent coil-over suspension found in the front.
The Devin C
The Devin Model C, with the 'C' representing 'Corvair-Powered,' was an evolution of the 'D' in terms of styling and engineering. It is believed that more than 150 examples of the Type C and D were created (approximately 60 were Type C models with just 14 known to exist in modern times).
Up to this point in history, all Devins were basically handmade and most of the parts were 'hand-bought'. The Type C and D were fiberglass-bodied 'mass' produced vehicles that Bill Devin hoped would lower the production costs. It was available as a kit or a complete car. Power came from the Chevrolet Corvair six-cylinder engine. The powertrain was also sourced from the Corvair.
With the lightweight, yet rigid, fiberglass body coupled to the horizontally-opposed Corvair engine, the Type C was capable of a zero-to-sixty mph time in less than 4 seconds with top speeds exceeding 150 mph (rumored to be near 170 mph). The Type C had superb handing and an overall footprint about the size of an MGB or a Porsche.
The Elva Courier MKI
The Elva Courier was designed by Peter Nott and Tim Fry. It featured a fiberglass body construction, making it one of the first vehicles to be outfitted with this lightweight material. The engine was a 1500cc MGA power-plant while the suspension was borrowed from the Riley 1500.
The engine was placed in the front of the vehicle, but pushed back as far as possible. This may have created some discomfort for the driver and passenger, but it allowed for a 50/50 weight distribution, enhancing the overall handling and response of the vehicle. The suspension followed this theme by favoring performance rather than comfort. The result was many racing career victories in the American production car circuit.
The Courier Mk2 was introduced in 1961. A 1600cc MGA engine was used and could propel the car to over 100 miles-per-hour. A new backbone tubular space-frame chassis and standard front disc brakes improved the ride and the handling.
The Turner Mark 1 was first developed in 1959 and typically given a BMC-type power plant. In comparison to the prior Turner models, the MK1 had several substantial revisions both to the body and chassis. Production continued until 1960. 83 examples are known to have survived.
Vehicles fitted with the 948cc Austin engine were named the Turner Sports MK1. Tuners fitted with the 1098cc Coventry Climax engine, the same found in the Lotus 11, are often referred to as Turner-Climaxes. Front disc brakes were optional.
The MKI was replaced by the MKII the following year and it featured improved interior trim and minor styling revisions. Power was from the Austin and Coventry Climax engines, followed by other options in 1961 and 1962 including the Ford 105E 997cc and 109E 1340cc units. In 1963, the Ford Cortina 1500cc became available.
In total, around 150 examples of the Mark 2 were produced.
Maserati GranCabrio Sport
Maserati has taken the GranCabrio convertible to a new level of performance wîth the new GranCabrio Sport.
With more power, a faster gearshift and a distinctively aggressive look, the GranCabrio Sport has given Maserati a harder-edged convertible to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S as the performance flagships of their respective ranges.
Publically unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the GranCabrio Sport combines an upgraded 4.7-litre V8 engine wîth a 10 horsepower increase to 450 hp and improved fuel economy wîth the faster MC Auto Shift transmission.
With a 285km-h top speed and a 0-100km/h sprint of just 5.2 seconds, the GranCabrio Sport is brimming wîth performance and luxury refinements both inside the cabin and underneath its award-winning body panels.
Its six-speed transmission includes a super-fast MC Auto Shift mode and has been developed for the GranCabrio Sport directly from the transmission in the Quattroporte Sport GT S.
The 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite MK1
The Sprite was designed to be a low cost sports car. To keep costs down the car has no exterior trunk lid, no door handles and was based on an Austin sedan. The raised headlights were responsible for the 'Bugeye' name. The original selling price was approximately $1,820. Austin-Healey produced 21,566 Sprites in 1959, followed by 18,665 the following year.
The four-cylinder engine produced 43 HP and a downwind top speed of 70 MPH.
2012 Honda CR-V Concept Reveals Dynamic New Styling of Future Model
The 2012 Honda CR-V Concept provides the first official glimpse of the styling direction for the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V set to go on sale in the Únited States by the end of the year, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.
'The 2012 CR-V Concept introduces the exterior styling for the more sophisticated and dynamic design of the upcoming production model,' said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda. 'Long considered the benchmark for packaging and user-friendly design in the small SÚV §egmènt, the all-new CR-V will offer an added dimension of style, amazing interior versatility and Honda's latest technologies for convenience and refinement.'
The Franklin Model D
When engineer John Wilkinson and former newspaper publisher Herbert H. Franklin joined forces in 1901, the result was the most long-lived and successful air-cooled automobile in America.
In 1912 Ralph C. Hamlin, Los Angeles Franklin dealer, on his fifth try drove his Converted Torpedo Phaeton Race Car to Victory. Twelve cars started the race from Los Angeles to Phoenix, with Hamlin crossing the finish line in a record time of 18 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds. His original car was destroyed by a fire sometime in 1930.
Officine Alfieri Maserati: 1953 Formula One Season
Maserati seemed destined to join the ranks of Alfa Romeo and Ferrari when, in the late 1940s, the manufacturer would produce the 4CLT and the 4CLT/48 and 50. Soon, fields were filled with the chassis. And perhaps while not quite on the same level as Alfa Romeo's all-dominant 158 Alfetta, the Maserati designs seemed to be headed on a path for glory and honor.
Maserati seemed to be on course to become the elite manufacturer. Many privateers and small teams would put their faith in the powerful cars, and many would reap their benefits. However, most were unaware of the financial crisis that was threatening the company. But it would become apparent as the 1950s began.
After such great promise just a couple of years earlier, the official Maserati works team would take part in its last Formula One race in 1950. There would be many other teams that would race the Maserati chassis up through 1951 but they would do so without much factory support. Even in 1952 the aged Maserati 4CLT/48 and 50 would appear, albeit modified in order to compete.
The Most Powerful C-Class of all Time : The new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
Spectacular design, technology transferred from the world of motorsport and the very best in driving dynamics; the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series represents the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model. The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 510 hp and a maximum torque of 457 lb-ft. The high-revving AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine delivers stunning pulling power and exceptional performance - the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (all data provisional).
The driving experience is further enhanced by the adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, AMG high-performance composite (two-piece) braking system and superb functionality of the standard equipment. The AMG Track package wîth ultra high-performance tires and active cooling for the rear axle drive unit is available as an option for even better dynamics, while the AMG Aerodynamics package includes exterior winglets and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
The Lotus 23B
The Lotus 23 was built in response to the popular new 1100cc sports car class starting in 1962. It was almost immediately successful. In fact, the first outing of the car with Jim Clark driving at the 1962 Nurburgring 1000K race showed it's potential. Clark in a 1500cc version was pulling out 15 seconds per lap on the assembled Porsches, Ferraris, Maseratis, etc. until he was overcome by fumes from an exhaust leak and crashed. There were perhaps 140 23s manufacturer by Lotus from 1962 to 1965 and they were widely copied around the world. The car weighs only 1100 pounds and most are powered by the 1600cc Lotus twin-cam engine which now a-days puts out a reliable 180 horsepower. This means it has a better power-to-weight ratio than a Dodge Viper. Also, because of the light weight and adjustable suspension it can be made to handle beautifully.
2012 Scion iQ Premium Micro-Subcompact is World's Smallest Four-Seater
Scion announced today that its 2012 iQ premium micro-subcompact will begin arriving in dealerships this October. The Scion iQ is only 10 feet long yet seats four people, making it the world's smallest four-seater.
'Scion prides itself on being an innovative brand wîth a lineup of iconic vehicles that set automotive trends,' said Jack Hollis, vice president of Scion. 'The iQ is the fourth vehicle in the family, and it will define the premium micro-subcompact §egmènt as the choice for new urbanites who want clever transportation without a sacrifice in style or new features.'
Meeting the needs of a new trendsetting generation of urban drivers, the iQ succeeds at taking big ideas and concentrating them into a small package. Made possible by intelligent and functional packaging, the iQ is a small car that offers the functionality and comfort that drivers expect from a car twice its size.
Alfa-Romeo Giulia Speciale
This Giulia Sprint Speciale is one of the last 25 to be built; these final cars were painted in one-off colors, in this case Moss green with a fawn interior. The car's engine is a dual overhead cam, aluminum 4-cylinder with side-draft Webers, rated at approximately 129 hp; it is mated to a five-speed manual. Franco Scaglione of Bertone designed the SS, following the futuristic Berlina Aeroynamica Technical, or BAT, cars he designed in 1953-55. Bertone also built the cars which have a coefficient of drag of 0.28, the same as a C6 Corvette.
The 1966 Fiat 600D
Considered by many as the world's first 'mini-van', the 600D Multipla carries six adults and was built from 1956 through 1966. The middle and rear seats fold flat to provide versatile carrying capacity or it can make a bed. The Multipla is only 139 inches long. It was used widely in Italy as a taxi.
The engine is a rear-mounted 767cc water-cooled, overhead valve, in-line, 4-cylinder that develops 29 bhp at 4800rpm, and is capable of 65 mph. Production was 83,389 vehicles.
The 1973 Datsun 240Z
The Datsu 240Z was introduced in 1970. The engine was a derivation of the Datsun 1600. The Datsun 1600 engine was a copy of the 1960's six-cylinder Mercedes-Benz 220 engine, but with two less cylinders. By adding two extra cylinders in the 240Z the cylinder count was back to six. With 151 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque the vehicle could propel from zero-to-sixty in eight seconds. The independent suspension and the rack-and-pinion steering added to its quick response, performance, and handling. The front disc brakes brought the car to a stop from high speeds in just seconds. With a price tag of just over $3,500, it cost much less than anything else on the market.
Ford 'Blue Angels' Mustang Salutes 100 Years of U.S. Navy Aviation, Supports Education Program for Young Aviators
The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company have produced a truly unique 'Blue Angels' edition 2012 Ford Mustang GT. This one-of-a-kind vehicle will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction July 28, during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2011 AirVenture Oshkosh, the world's greatest aviation celebration.
All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992 while also teaching the value of hard work, personal responsibility and enhanced math and science skills.
Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
'The precision, discipline and excitement that define the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight team are qualities we celebrate at Ford,' said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford's board of directors. 'With this year's beautiful ‘Blue Angels' edition Mustang GT, we've captured those qualities and paired them with the innovation Ford design and engineering team members build into all of our vehicles. Through this project, we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.'
SSC Announces Name of Next Generation Supercar
Shelby SuperCars (SSC), the American supercar manufacturer and creator of the world record breaking Ultimate Aero, is proud to introduce its latest contribution to automobile enthusiasts worldwide.
Following several years of design and development of its revolutionary new supercar, SSC has named its new car TUATARA (pronounced twu - tar - ah).
'The design specifications for the Next Generation SSC were so extreme; we knew early on that a proper name would be a key piece of the puzzle for this project,' says Jerod Shelby, Founder, Lead Designer and CEO of SSC.
The 1957 Porsche 356A
Porsche's first rear volume-production cars, relatively speaking, were the 356 A series coupes, Speedsters and cabriolets. The 356 A cars were introduced in 1956 after revisions to the original 356 series. Differences included a curved one-piece windshield, horn grilles under the headlamps, and an inside gas gauge. Tweaks to the front and rear torsion bars, 15-inch wheels, a new, padded dashboard and better legroom distinguished the 'A' cars from their predecessors.
Bodies for the 1956 and 1957 356 A's were built solely by Reutter. Engine choices on these cars began wîth the 1,600 'Normal' engine of 70 bhp. The next step up in power was the 1,600 S, or 'Super' engine wîth a higher compression ratio developing 88 bhp. For the 'lead-foot' crowd, the final choices were the 1,500 or 1,600 GS/GT Carrera unit wîth dual overhead cams and offering 110 or 115 horsepower, respectively.
The 1962 Triumph TR4
The Giovanni Michelotti designed Triumph TR4 proceeded the TR2 and TR3. It was the last of the four cylinder TRs until the TR7 was introduced in 1975. The chassis and running gear from the TR3 was used to help reduce cost.
During 1961, the TR4 was released. It was more comfortable, practical, and had more room than the previous TR's. Rack-and-pinion steering and servo brakes became available and an optional 2138 cc engine was also offered.
The 1965 TR4A version received a new chassis featuring independent suspension which improved handling. This was the first major update since the 1961 TR4 release.
The 1966 Chevy Corvair Yenko Stinger
Time magazine named it one of 'The 50 Worst Cars of All Time.' Ralph Nader highlighted its design flaws in his influential book Unsafe at Any Speed. Yet the Chevrolet Corvair, which faced more negative press during its lifespan than any other car of the era, continues to have a loyal following of true enthusiasts.
Different from any American cars before or since, the unique Corvair has become most notable for its flaws. The car had its merits as well, but the more agreeable facets of the Corvair have been largely disregarded by the public and held onto only by an adoring group of fans enamored with the vehicle.
A rear-engined car, the primary flaw of the Corvair sprang from Chevrolet's inexperience with the new drivetrain layout. The Corvair was designed to be a mass-produced compact car able to compete with the incoming wave of tidy foreign vehicles. For inspiration, Chevrolet looked to the king of the compact—Volkswagen.
1955 Mercury Monterey
Mercury had a record-setting year in 1955 with a total of 329,000 Mercury vehicles sold. This was the same year they split from Lincoln. Mercury offered three series in 1955, the Custom, Monterey, and Montclair. These series came in a wide variety of body styles which included sedans, convertibles, and even station wagons. Further customization was available such as engine options, air-conditioning, power equipment, and more.
This 1955 Mercury Monterey Woody Station Wagon is powered by an eight-cylinder engine that displaces 292 cubic-inches and produces just under 190 horsepower. It has a three-speed 'Merco-Matic' automatic gearbox and came is equipped with many factory options.
2012 Toyota Hilux
The renowned Toyota Hilux continues to dominate European pick-up sales. Vehicle sales totalled 21,866 in 2010, representing almost 25% of the market share. This makes the Toyota pick-up the segment sales leader for the third consecutive year.
With the launch of the Hilux 2012, Toyota introduces a new design and further improves the model's renowned quality, durability and reliability.
The Hilux 2012's new interior has been extensively revised with a refined design which reinforces the pick-up's credentials as a leisure vehicle. It offers improved sensory quality throughout the cabin, and passenger car levels of convenience.
Racing genes: the BMW M3 DTM
When BMW returns to the DTM next season, it will also mark the comeback of a racing legend: between 1987 and 1992 the BMW M3 celebrated no less than 40 wins and over 150 podium finishes in this series.
The BMW M3 DTM is based on the fourth generation of the most sporty production car to emerge from BMW M. BMW Motorsport has been developing the DTM version of the car since autumn last year, when the Board of Management of BMW AG announced the company's return to the DTM.
The DTM regulations for the 2012 season stipulate all cars must use a certain number of standard components. This is to guarantee that development costs remain reasonable and are considerably lower than in other top motorsport categories. Despite this, the BMW Motorsport engineers have been able to call upon the immense technical resources of the BMW Group and apply their innovation to establish performance advantages over their rivals in areas such as engine and aerodynamics.
The 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser
President Eisenhower signed into law the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act on June 29th of 1956. This piece of legislation appropriated $25 billion for the construction of 41,000 miles of freeways throughout America. This new highway system inspired Mercury to create a concept car for 1956 called the XM Turnpike Cruiser, which soon led to a similar production car that appeared in the brand's all-new 1957 model line.
The production Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was powered by a new 368 cubic-inch V8 engine that offered 290 horsepower. It came as a two-door or four-door hardtop. The bodystyle had design cues from the jet age, including the first compound-curve windscreen, streamlined and angular tailfins that were referred to as 'projectiles,' and 'Breezaway Ventilation,' a cabin cooling innovation in which air passed through intakes at the front of the roofline and out of a rear opening left by a retractable rear glass piece, canopied by an extended roof overhang.
Inside, there was a flat-topped elliptical steering wheel, an instrument panel dubbed the 'Monitor Control Panel' featuring an unusual speed-averaging computer clock.
Production of the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser would last for only two years, as consumers began to take greater interest in smaller, more compact vehicles being offered by other marques.
The 1954 Mercury Monterey
The 1954 Mercury Monterey series included five different body styles, including this two-door hardtop coupe, which was the best-selling Mercury for that model year.
The Monterey was powered by an overhead valve V-8 motor that developed 162 horsepower. A three-speed manual was standard but overdrive and a Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission were optional.
The 1980 Chevrolet Corvette
For 1980, the Chevy Corvette shed nearly 250 pounds and received minor restyling. Items that were given reductions in weight were the hood and doors. The glass even became thinner. The body panels were urethane-coated and there were new fiberglass bumper structures. The lift-off roof panels were made of low-density microscopic glass beads that were very lightweight.
In front there was a deeply recessed split grille that housed integral parking lamps. The front fender air vents had function black louvers.
Under the bonnet were a 350 cubic-inch V-8 that had aluminum intake manifolds and a cast-iron block. The vehicles sent to California had a 305 cubic-inch V8 unit that had a stainless steel exhaust manifold. The base engine lost five horsepower, while the optional V8 gained 5 hp. The optional V8 was similar in dimensions to the 350 unit, except it had a 9.0:1 compression ratio and produced 230 horsepower.
The four-speed manual gearbox got new gears and the Turbo Hydra-matic transmissions added a lockup torque converter that engaged at around 30 MPH.
Mopar Answers Call for Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Pickup Truck
Jeep enthusiasts now have the opportunity to transform their four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup truck.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Mopar® JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.
'Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are some of our most accessorized vehicles,' said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. 'New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our new Mopar JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization. And it's yet another example of how Mopar will continue to support our brands with innovative features.'
The BMW 1-Series Sport Line
The premium compact BMW 1 Series is already synonymous with driving pleasure. Now, the second generation model offers state-of-the-art engine and suspension technology, further improvements in fuel efficiency, significantly more space and an innovative range of features and equipment. Still the only rear-wheel-driven car in its class, it builds on the strengths of its predecessor, which has already sold more than one million units worldwide. With its handling and design, innovative technology and premium image, the new BMW 1 Series has consolidated its strong position in the competitive five-door segment.
BMW's entry-level model has achieved maturity, offering an even better balance between sportiness and driving comfort, improved functionality, and numerous driver assistance systems previously available only in higher segments. This is also apparent in its size. The body of the new BMW 1 Series is 85 millimetres longer than its predecessor, at 4,324 millimetres, while the wheelbase has widened by 30 millimetres to 2,690 millimetres. The car also looks more powerful because its overall width has increased by 17 millimetres to 1,765 millimetres, while its height remains unchanged at 1,421 millimetres. The rear seats have 21 millimetres more legroom, and the luggage compartment has expanded by 30 litres to 360 litres.
Beauty, power and efficiency – the new Audi A5
Audi is refreshing the A5 model series. Advanced technologies are being added to the Sportback, Coupé, Cabriolet and S5 models in the areas of the engine, quattro drive and infotainment for even more efficiency, sportiness and intelligence. The updated design visually underscores the technical expertise involved in these versions.
The Audi A5 models are now more distinctive than ever. The rear lights and the headlights have been redesigned and are optionally available in xenon plus technology with homogenous LED daytime running lights. New colors and materials accentuate the interior, and many details of the operating concept have been fine-tuned.
Each of the four TDI diesel and three TFSI gasoline units in the new engine lineup include forced induction and direct fuel injection. The new 1.8 TFSI features a number of groundbreaking innovations. Fuel consumption has been reduced by 11 percent on average. The start-stop system and the recuperation system come standard with all engine-transmission configurations.
Iconic Ford Explorer Completely Reinvented, Mixing Style, Capability and Technology with Class-Leading Fuel Efficiency
Ford's iconic Explorer – the vehicle that defined a segment – has been completely reinvented to raise consumer expectations of SUV fuel efficiency, safety, technology, capability and quality.
'The all-new Explorer delivers exactly what today's SUV buyers are looking for, combining the capability, convenience, performance and technologies they want with the fuel economy these times require,' said Bill Gubing, Ford chief program engineer. 'Explorer adds refinement to redefine what a modern SUV can be.'
Reengineered from bottom to top and revealed last summer, Explorer enters the 2012 model year with an expanded color palette and is the first Ford model in North America to offer an all-new Ford EcoBoost™ four-cylinder engine delivering class-leading fuel economy and responsive performance.
New Explorer exterior colors for 2012 include Ginger Ale Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic and Black.
THE 2012 HYUNDAI ELANTRA GETS EVEN BETTER
The award-winning Elantra continues to combat high gas prices in 2012 by adding an ActiveECO System that modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response and increase real-world fuel economy by up to seven percent. In addition, the 2012 Elantra has added several new convenience features to enhance passenger comfort.
Elantra exemplifies Hyundai's emotional 'Fluidic Sculpture' design principles. 'Fluidic Sculpture' considers the interplay of wind with rigid surfaces to create the illusion of constant motion. Elantra is an evolution of the design qualities found in Sonata.
Along Elantra's sides are Sonata's flowing lines, with the addition of a strong undercut feature line starting at the front door. These lines, along with muscular wheel arches and a sleek roofline, create a memorable and spacious package. Flowing lines also lead to an aerodynamic body. The drag coefficient for the Elantra is an exceptionally low 0.28 that compares favorably to the Chevrolet Volt (0.29).
Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact athletic face. The assertive stance is complimented by 15-, 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels and athletic proportions. Available fog lights and side repeater mirrors complete the distinct design. Elantra was designed at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.
The Moretti 1200
This 1955 Moretti 1200 Spyder with coachwork by Michelotti, was especially built for the 1955 Milan Auto Show. It is one of two 1200 Spyders built in 1954-1955.
This car was raced in Cuba in 1958 and found its way to a Miami sports car enthusiast in 1959.
In 2001, it was found in a barn in Alabama, where it had been since 1965. A nut and bolt restoration was completed in 2004 by Zagato in Italy and it was shipped back to the U.S.
The Spada Codatronca Monza
The one off designed by Paolo, Ercole Spada and Domiziano Boschi of Spadaconcept, and built by Spadavetturesport was requested by Aznom, a well known company of Monza specialized in the world of luxury and corporate partner of Spadavetturesport. Aznom (that realized the interior design of the car) wanted a special car dedicated to the Monza circuit for show it in all the luxury events and to strengthen the connection between the world of car design and luxury.
The one off Codatronca Monza is based on the line of the 2008 Codatronca coupe but has much more extreme characteristics: its design and racing interiors bring back to memory the spyders of the 1960. A extreme car as extreme and technical are the Carbon business collection products of Aznom for sportcar lovers.
The Talbot-Lago T-150-C chassis provided a superb platform for talented coachbuilders to construct the elegant, and often flamboyant, curvaceous coupe bodies. They were streamlined, sleek, and light enough to race competitively. Joseph Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi built twelve of these tear-drop styled cars, known as Goutte d'Eau (drop of water) between 1937 and 1939. They received the nickname, 'New York Style coupes' because the first example was introduced at the New York Auto Show. Five more were built in a different notchback Teardrop style and were named 'Jeancart,' after a wealthy French patron who commissioned the first example. Historian Richard Adatto noted that it took the Figoni and Falaschi craftsman some 2,100 hours to complete a custom body. Since they were hand built, no two Teardrop coupes were exactly alike.
The World's Most Powerful and Fastest Four-Seater Cabrio
First the sedan, then the coupe and now the cabriolet: With the 800-hp (788-bhp) / 588-kW BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo twelve-cylinder high-capacity engine in the body of the open-top Mercedes E-Class BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) further expands the legendary E V12 family. Like its brethren, the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet is a high-performance automobile of superlatives: the special model reaches a top speed of up to 370 km/h (231 mph) and is the world's most powerful and fastest four-seater cabriolet. It is built to order starting at EUR 478,000.
In building this supercar the BRABUS engineers drew upon the know-how gained from building numerous E V12 sedans and coupes. Precision work was required to implant the BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo engine and a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission in the engine bay of the E-Class Cabriolet.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer
Bill Mitchell loved Corvettes, so it's fitting that his first secret Studio X car, and perhaps the most historically significant, was his 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer.
'I knew they had three or four chassis that Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus- Duntov had built,' Mitchell told historian David Chippen in a 1985 interview. 'It had a tubular frame, de Dion suspension, inboard brakes, everything! And I went down in the hammer room and designed this Corvette Stingray in clay. Nobody in the corporation knew about it.'
Scuderia Ferrari: 1953 Formula One Season
The most dominant car throughout the first couple of seasons of the Formula One World Championship had been Alfa Romeo's 158 and 159. Over the course of 1950 and 1951, the two chassis types had been able to rack up an incredible record of nine-straight victories. By the middle-to-late part of the 1951 season the 159 had reached its developmental end, as well as, the end of its dominance. While Juan Manuel Fangio had managed to earn the World Championship, a new team had arisen to dominancy and it wouldn't be until the end of the 1953 season that the full measure of its dominance could be measured.
1951 had been a bitter disappointment for Scuderia Ferrari. Alberto Ascari had been on the verge of his, and Ferrari's, first World Championship. Had it not been for a tire choice in the heat of the last race of the season it could have been Ascari that could have been champion at the end of the season. However, it would be Fangio earning the first of his five World Drivers' titles.
For someone like Enzo Ferrari and Alberto Ascari, the bitter frustration of the near-miss season on served to be like gasoline on an already burning fire. They would have greater focus, but they would also have greater drive. This would be very important heading into the 1952 season.
Hispano Suiza H6C Xenia Coupe
Andre Dubonnet was the son of Joseph Dubonnet, the founder of the Dubonnet aperitif firm, and the source of his substantial wealth. He served during World War I and is credited with six aerial victories. He was an amateur racing driver and inventor. Working with engineer Antoine-Marie Chedru, he developed and patented an independent front-suspension system in 1927. This ingenious system was used in different variations by General Motors and Alfa Romeo.
After the 1932 Paris Salon, Dubonnet purchased a Hispano-Suiza chassis to create a rolling showcase for his ideas. The car was designed by Jean Andreau, who was known for designing avant-grade streamlined aircraft and automotive creations. The coachwork was done in the shop of Jacques Saoutchik.
RENAULT FRENDZY: A VEHICLE FOR WORK AND FAMILY!
Ahead of the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault is pleased to reveal details of its latest concept car, FRENDZY. It is the latest concept car to be produced under the leadership of Laurens van den Acker is the perfect multi-talented vehicle. As a commercial business vehicle which
can double up perfectly as a comfortable passenger car, it meets the requirements of business users on the one hand and those of families on the other.
Renault Frendzy Concept has a dual personality. These days, professional and personal lives are so intricately interwoven that drivers find themselves permanently channel-hopping between one world and the other. The role of Frendzy is to be a partner that takes the strain out of this lifestyle.
New Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition Offers Dynamic Style and Strong Performance
Ford's Fiesta may be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year but is showing no signs of slowing down as demonstrated by an exciting new variant – the Fiesta Sport Special Edition.
With eye-catching style it delivers a dynamic sports body and special styling additions, giving the compact hatchback Fiesta an even bolder, more distinctive and sportier appearance.
Powerful 1.6-litre engine options also ensure that the Fiesta Sport Special Edition delivers on the road. The new model boasts the most potent powertrain available in the current Fiesta line-up, alongside a powerful yet frugal 95PS Duratorq TDCi – which returns 107g of CO2 and a combined fuel economy of 4.1l/100km (57.4mpg).
The Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine has an output of 134PS at 6,700rpm and produces 160Nm torque at 4,250rpm, combined with close-ratio gearing and a redeveloped exhaust system to give the Fiesta Sport Special Edition 0-100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration of 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 195km/h (122mph).
'The Fiesta boasts a rich sporting heritage and the combination of the free-revving 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT petrol engine and dynamic, contemporary styling inside and out means the Fiesta Sport Special Edition is a worthy addition to Ford's roll-call of performance models,' said Roelant de Waard, Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe.
The Ferrari 375 MM
After the success of the Ferrari 340 America and its Mille Miglia victory, the more powerful Ferrari 375 MM was launched at the Paris Auto Salon in 1953. These large displacement race cars were built to contest the World Sports Car Championship and competed with the best that Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Cunningham, and Jaguar had to offer. the 375 MM is powered by a 4.5-liter Lampredi-designed V-12 engine with either three twin choke Weber 40 DCZ or DCF downdraughts, resulting in 300 horsepower.
This car, chassis number 0382AM, was first owned by Bill Spear, who drove in many U.S. sports car races in 1953 and 1954, winning at the Thompson Raceway and at Watkins Glen. After he sold it in 1955, the car was raced until the 1960s. It has never been restored.
Elie Bayol: 1952 Formula One Season
So many things of life are cut off or cut short by war. Promise and talent is often the greatest casualty in war. Its end fosters new hope and belief in a brighter future. Life seems more precious than it had before.
Elie Marcel Bayol was born in Marseille, France on February 1914. In just four months, Archduke Franz Ferdinand would be assassinated. Within the span of just one more month, Germany would declare war on Russia and France and almost the whole of Europe becomes engulfed in the First World War. By the time Bayol would reach the years of his prime, almost the entire continent of Europe would again be embroiled in a world war. The Second World War would stretch on from 1939 until 1945. These would be precious years lost for many, including Bayol.
After the war's end, much of Europe lay in ruin from the warfare. Scratching out an existence was of great importance, but the war's end also stirred life once again. Amidst the destruction there was hope and new leases on life. Many racing drivers had lost their most competitive years to the war. However, there would be a number of racers that wouldn't even start their careers until well after the end of the war. Bayol would be one of them.
The 1957 Ford Thunderbird
Thanks to Franklin Q. Hershey & William P. Boyer, Ford had a car that combined the flair of a sports car with the comfort of a boulevard cruiser, the Thunderbird. However a slight sales decline in 1956 sent Ford Designers back to their drawing boards. The labor resulted in the consummate two-seat Thunderbird.
Buyers noticed the restyled grill, stretched rear sheet metal, fresh bumper designs and improved seating the 1957 version offered. Other less visible improvements included larger openings for improved cooling, revised spring rates, larger brakes, stiffer chassis crossmembers, a 12-volt electrical system and new 14-inch wheels. These evolutionary steps enabled a more stable and capable handling Thunderbird, with its spare tire back in the trunk.
1957 also offered three engine selections, all V8s: the standard 312 cubic inch, with 225 horsepower; an 'E' model with dual four barrel carburetors boasting 270 horsepower; and the rare 'F' supercharged model pumping out 300 horsepower.
Josef Peters: 1952 Formula One Season
At about the time the German advance came to a standstill in the First Battle of the Marne, a young German boy was born in the city of Dusseldorf. Some thirty-eight years later, and after another German advance results in the country lying in ruin, the same, now older, German man prepares for what would be one of the biggest moments in his life.
Josef Peters was one of just many German racers to come onto the racing scene after the end of World War II. Like most of the others, Peters remains relatively unknown. But he had the unique opportunity of taking part in the very beginning moments of Formula One and World Championship history.
Born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1914, Peters would begin his major racing career in 1950. Like most of the other German racers, Josef would take part in both grand prix and sportscar racing. Racing in both series was made much more possible by the rules German organizers used at the time.
After the war, Germany was in shambles. Its industry, which had been reduced mostly to rumble, had begun to return but slowly. The oppression of war had gone. There was a spirit of new life and many wanted to enjoy and express that new joy and hope by going racing. This presented another major problem for the German racers.
AUSSIE INSPIRED HOLDEN COLORADO LEADS THE CHARGE AT 2011 MELBOURNE MOTOR SHOW
Holden has previewed its all-new Colorado 4x4 workhorse with a tough, Aussie-inspired show truck at the Australian International Motorshow in Melbourne. The Melbourne show represents the latest step in General Motors multi-stage international reveal for the new light commercial vehicle which included two separate Colorado designs shown in Bangkok and Buenos Aires.
The stunning five-seat crew-cab, styled and built in Holden's Port Melbourne Design Studio, foreshadows the production version of the next generation model launching in Australia in 2012. Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the new generation Colorado represented Holden's most significant play in the growing light commercial segment. 'Although this is a show vehicle, the fundamental design and proportions are true to form for the production version of the Colorado hitting Holden showrooms next year,' Mr Devereux said. 'As a show truck it's designed to whet the appetite for another chapter in the Holden product renaissance a series of new, world-class vehicles that are making people sit up and take notice of our new generation cars. 'Without doubt the new Colorado will be the biggest and toughest member of the Holden family equally at home as a workhorse or active lifestyle vehicle. And as our centrepiece for the Melbourne Show, it also demonstrates the capability of the Holden Design Studio, which is an industry leader in stunning global show vehicles.'