- Hyundai Grandeur rendered images
- Mercedes CLS63 AMG
- Focus Race Car Concept
- BMW 6 Series Convertible: Video
- Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept car
- Porsche Cayman R: Video
Posted: 30 Nov 2010 05:59 AM PST
Korean car producer – Hyundai, has revealed the first rendered images of the new Hyundai Grandeur sedan. In some markets around the world this new car will be called the Azeara.
The Hyundai Grandeur was first launched in 1986 in Korea as the company's first premium luxury sedan and now the fifth generation model is being released.
The Hyundai Grandeur aims to hit the premium market as the brands flagship model and is based on the Grand Glide concept car which was inspired by “a bird gracefully gliding across the sky”.
The company have released no actual details of the Hyundai Grandeur, so we will have to wait a bit longer to see the full specs and technical details.
For more information read the Hyundai press release below.
Hyundai Press Release:
HYUNDAI UNVEILS RENDERING IMAGES OF THE NEW GRANDEUR
-Hyundai retains "Hyundai Grandeur" name, continues the brand tradition since 1986
-Hyundai Grandeur combines tradition and high technology, setting a new standard for premium large sedan segment
Hyundai Motor Company today unveiled rendering images of its premium large sedan, the new Hyundai Grandeur – badged as Azera in some markets outside Korea.
Hyundai Grandeur, which signifies magnificence or greatness, was first launched in 1986 in Korea as the company's first premium luxury sedan. Hyundai has retained the name Hyundai Grandeur to continue this successful tradition.
The all-new Hyundai Grandeur, now in its fifth generation, was developed under the concept of harmonizing tradition and state-of-the-art technology. As a result, the new model is expected to set a new standard for premium large sedans.
The exterior rendering reflects a `Grand Glide' concept, or an image of a bird gracefully gliding across the sky. The front of the car has a bold grille, emphasizing the car's premium look. The side part consists of elegant and flowing lines that exude an overall dynamic image. The rear side conveys a futuristic look through stylish LED lamps and the voluminous wide rear bumper.
Featuring a more striking and distinctive look than its predecessors, the new Hyundai Grandeur, with its combination of traditional concepts and modern design and technologies, is expected to create a sensation in its class.
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Posted: 30 Nov 2010 03:53 AM PST
Recently at the Los Angeles motor show, Mercedes unveiled the new CLS63 AMG which is due to go on sale in the summer of 2011. This four door-coupe offers stunning design, superior performance and groundbreaking efficiency.
The Mercedes CLS63 AMG is powered by AMG’s new 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine that produces 518 hp at 5,500 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 5000 rpm. It has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and the official specs list says it can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds.
If thats not enough power for you, the Mercedes CLS63 AMG can also be ordered with the AMG Performance Package which boosts the power output to 550 hp. While the 0-100 sprint time is only improved by .1 of a second the top speed is significantly increased up to a much higher 186mph.
The Mercedes V8 engine’s power is controlled via a SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed Sports Transmission, which is able to offer up to 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway. This new gearbox offers the “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and “M” (Manual) programs together with something you’ll surely enjoy – a RACE START function.
Slowing this luxury sports coupe down is a set of 14.2-inch internally ventilated and cross- drilled brake discs fitted to at all four corners.
The Mercedes CLS63 AMG features LEDs, distinct exterior styling and an exquisite interior.
For more information read the Mercedes press release below.
Mercedes Press Release:
2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG – benchmark in design
Stunning design, superior performance and groundbreaking efficiency – that is the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes CLS63 AMG. The four-door coupe features the all-new AMG V8 biturbo engine generating an output of up to 550 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, as well as the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed Sports Transmission.
Fuel economy of 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway (estimated figures) represents an improvement of up to 33 percent compared with the preceding model. The 2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG goes on sale in the US in the sum- mer of 2011.
The combination of AMG Adaptive Suspension with the adaptive damping system and a new front axle arrangement, plus new electro-hydraulic AMG sports steering delivers supreme handling and dynamics. From a visual standpoint, the 2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG cuts an impressive figure with its athletic stance and distinctive exterior and interior design. The brand new active LED high-performance headlights are available as an option, with LED Daytime Running Lamps fitted as standard.
As with the S63 AMG and CL63 AMG, drivers of the Mercedes CLS63 AMG benefit from the new eight-cylinder motor known internally as the M 157.
The key difference between the two performance levels is the maximum charge pressure of the twin turbochargers, which is 14.5 psi in the standard Mercedes CLS63 AMG and 18.8 psi with the Performance Package. Moreover, the version with the Performance Package boasts an attractive engine cover with carbon-fiber applications.
Quantum leap – 33 percent improved fuel economy
Overview of key data
The “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus) and “M” (Manual) programs offer a more agile engine and transmission setup, while the stop/start function is deactivated. In the “M”, “S” and “S+” modes, the engine management partially suppresses the cylinders – by interrupting ignition and injection for a very short and precisely defined period under full load, it makes shift times faster than ever. One highly appealing side effect of this exceptionally quick process is a stunningly emotional sound. Automatic rev- matching and the RACE START function round out the comprehensive list of standard equipment.
Independent AMG Adaptive Suspension
The independent front axle setup has a 0.94 inch wider track and is paired perfectly with the electro-hydraulic AMG sports steering. Not only does the level of power assistance vary in accordance with the suspension mode, it also delivers an improvement in fuel economy because it draws energy only when the steering is actually in use. The 3-stage ESP® offers individual settings – and thus a distinct plus for driving fun with no restriction in safety.
AMG high-performance braking system
Intelligent lightweight design – major contribution to efficiency
Progress through light – active LED high-performance headlamps
Contrary to the first vehicles with LED headlamps, there are now absolutely no restrictions to the functionality and performance of this light technology. The case for the new LED technology is strengthened further by factors such as – the average lifecycle of an LED being 10,000 hours, which is around five times more than a xenon lamp; and the color of LED driving lights being the closest to daylight. This means that LED light is a good match for the normal operating range of the human eye. Studies show that artificial light puts less strain on the eye the closer it is to the color of daylight. With a color temperature of 5,500 Kelvin, LED light is closer to daylight (6,500 K) than xenon light (4,200 K). Fitted as standard are the characteristic AMG- specific LED Daytime Running Lights, which feature two light bars integrated into the AMG front skirt.
Exterior design inspired by SLS AMG
Exclusive interior ambience
New driver assistance systems – more safety
Active Blind Spot Assist warns the driver when, using close-range radar sensors, it detects the threat of a collision during a lane change maneuver. If the driver ignores the warning and comes dangerously close to the vehicle in the neighboring lane, Active Blind Spot Assist steps in. By initiating a brief braking impulse, controlled by ESP®, on the rear wheel on the other side of the vehicle, it causes a yawing motion that counteracts the collision course.
Networked with ESP® for the first time is Active Lane Keeping Assist. The system is activated when the driver involuntarily drives over continuous lane markings right or left. In such cases, Active Lane Keeping Assist applies the brakes on the opposing rear wheel in order to prevent the vehicle from crossing the line. At the same time, a display in the dashboard issues a warning to the driver. Should the vehicle cross broken lane markings, the system issues an electrically generated impulse via the steering wheel. This creates a short vibration, providing a subtle but highly effective cue to counter-steer immediately. This tactile warning via steering wheel vibration always occurs prior to any braking input.
AMG Performance Package adds more power
“Launch Edition” – something very special
2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG
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Posted: 30 Nov 2010 02:51 AM PST
Ford has recently premiered their new Focus Race Concept car at the LA auto show which showcases the new 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost turbo engine. The new Focus Race Car will actually be used to compete in various touring car racing championships around the world.
The new Focus Race Car Concept features a FIA regulation safety cage, AST performance coil-over adjustable dampers, Ford Racing upgraded sway bars with adjustable end links and front brakes with 320-millimeter two-piece rotors and race pads. The new Focus Race Car Concept also features Anthracite 18-inch wheels and Hoosier race tires.
Ford Press Release:
NEW FOCUS RACE CAR CONCEPT: LA AUTO SHOW DEBUT FOR FORD'S NEXT GLOBAL TOURING RACE CAR
Powered by a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost™ turbo engine, the Focus race car concept is built to compete in global road and touring car racing
All-new Focus, Ford's latest offering, will be raced by touring car teams globally, building on Ford's history in engineering race-ready platforms. First race appearance for the car is anticipated to be in the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.
Focus race car concept hints at future potential as Ford coordinates with and provides technical support to private race teams around the world to develop one common race car capable of winning major touring car categories
Ford Motor Company is putting racing on the map at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show with the debut of the Focus race car concept, demonstrating future potential for the all-new 2012 Ford Focus to compete in road and touring car championships with teams around the world.
The Focus race car concept is a dramatic example of Ford's global approach to product development and builds on the company's comprehensive approach to leveraging its global product platforms.
This race car concept, powered by the sophisticated 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost I-4 engine, is the first to benefit from a collaborative effort between Ford and race teams around the world that have already built and raced successful Focus race cars. The Focus race car concept has been based around rules governing circuit racing in the United States and beyond.
"This teamwork has resulted in a global racing platform using a common Focus body and a safety cage built to FIA regulations – a competitive platform that can be tailored for regional competition, based on different rules," said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. "By leveraging our collective experience and Ford technology worldwide, this approach parallels our global dedication to the Focus production car and specifically its exciting performance derivative, the new Focus ST, to deliver a competitive race car that can be campaigned around the world."
Using the all-new Focus as its base, the Focus race car concept features AST performance coil-over adjustable dampers, Ford Racing upgraded sway bars with adjustable end links and front brakes with 320-millimeter two-piece rotors and race pads. The Anthracite 18-inch wheels and Hoosier race tires put the finishing touches on the exterior.
In addition to the FIA Super 2000 regulations roll cage, interior components include a Recaro® racing seat, AIM MXL Pista data system and AIM SmartyCam. Ford Racing fire suppression system and Ford Racing six-point safety harness round out the modifications that bring the car from street-spec to race-ready.
"There has been tremendous interest from the racing world in the new Focus, and it's the perfect fit for a global touring car," said Capito. "Even more, by working with professional private race teams, we're ensuring Focus has the support it needs to compete and win around the world."
Benefits will stretch beyond the track
The teams are being brought together by Ford to harness their strengths and define roles for the development of the race car. Ford will also support the race teams by providing data, advanced engineering tools, state-of-the-art testing facilities and production parts, resulting in teams racing more competitive cars that are developed with greater efficiency.
"Ford's commitment to using motorsports to influence high-performance vehicles will be highly evident, as the development of the Focus touring car will also provide valuable input as we develop the upcoming Focus ST production car," said Capito. "It's very similar to how the Mustang team was able to apply learnings from the Ford Racing Boss 302R to the 2012 Mustang Boss 302."
The first race appearance for the Focus is targeted for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship. Globally, the race car has the potential to run in many national and regional championships, such as the China Touring Car Championship and 24-hour endurance races like the classic Nürburgring in Germany.
New global Focus has it all
All Focus models sold in North America will be powered by Ford's most advanced naturally aspirated engine ever: a new, 2.0-liter gasoline engine equipped with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing – two important fuel-saving technologies. A six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission will be offered.
A Focus ST version also will be available, boasting exhilarating performance and an addictive sound. Ford's first global high-performance model, scheduled for 2012 launch and developed by Ford's global performance vehicles team, will deliver a 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine, lowered chassis, high-performance brakes and unique suspension tuning. The standard transmission for Focus ST is a six-speed manual, optimized with sporting ratios matched to the performance characteristics of the engine.
Ford's North American engineering team is targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg highway for the most efficient Focus model, equipped with an automatic transmission. The new Focus will also offer North American consumers a full suite of Ford technology – including Ford SYNC®, MyFord Touch™, in-car Wi-Fi capability, active park assist and rear view camera
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Posted: 29 Nov 2010 09:28 AM PST
Executive car maker – BMW, has released a video showing the new BMW 6 Series Convertible. This 2+2 seater luxury car comes with a special interior and exterior design that gets showed off in this following video.
The BMW 6 series Convertible, 640i is powered by an exclusive variant of the 3.0-liter inline-six with TwinPower turbocharging which produces 320 hp. For those seeking a bit more power, the 650i cures that thirst with a 4.4-liter V8 engine that kicks out a higher 407 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. This engine also makes use of BMW's TwinPower turbocharging technology as well, allowing for a zero-to-60 sprint of five seconds.
Both engines are paired to a standard eight-speed Sports automatic transmission, coupled with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
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Posted: 29 Nov 2010 08:54 AM PST
American car company – Cadillac, has unveiled at the 2010 LA auto show their new Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept car. This new car is a design study exploring a new type of vehicle that offers a luxury experience in a compact size.
The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine equipped with electric assist technology, engine start-stop function, brake energy regeneration and a dry dual-clutch transmission. GM hopes the new engine of this compact concept car will be able to offer up to 56 mpg in the city and 65 mpg on the highway fuel consumption.
With it’s Lambo style doors, the measures 151 inches (3,835 mm) in length, 68.1-inch (1,730 mm) in width and 56.9-inch (1,446 mm) in height and has a 97.1 inches (2,467 mm) wheelbase.
For more information read the press release below
Cadillac Press Release:
Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept: A Study Of Efficient And Intelligent Design For A New Luxury Customer
"The Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept celebrates its scale with intelligent, innovative content that makes it unique regardless of its size," said Clay Dean, Director of GM North American Advanced Design and Cadillac Brand Champion. "It has a small exterior footprint, but is roomy inside."
Conceived and designed in the Los Angeles area, where tight, confined parking areas for apartments, office buildings and even suburban homes are part of everyday driving, the concept weaves Cadillac's iconic design elements into a form that eschews conventional vehicle design to answer the needs of those metropolitan motorists.
Comparable in size to popular city cars found in Paris, Shanghai and London, the Urban Luxury Concept demonstrates a departure from conventional vehicle design. It seats four, with easy access to all seats available via a pair of scissor-type doors that extend outward and rotate forward when opened. The design fosters a roomy passenger area, which is trimmed in exquisite materials and features next-generation interactive technology. Touch-pad screens and projected readouts take the place of most traditional gauges and serve as the audio and climate system controls – a design feature that helps open up the interior for greater passenger space.
"While small in size, this concept is an exploration of what Cadillac could be in the future, as the brand continues to focus on redefining industry standards for advanced vehicle design and integrated technology," said Don Butler, vice president for Cadillac marketing.
Engineers have developed a concept hybrid propulsion system for the Urban Luxury Concept that includes a turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder engine employing electric assist technology, engine start-stop function, brake energy regeneration and a dry dual-clutch transmission. Based on extensive prototype and production experience, a combination of these technologies could offer projected fuel economy of 56 mpg in the city and 65 mpg on the highway, in a vehicle of the size and configuration of the Urban Luxury Concept.
A new scale of Art & Science
As a strong example of form following function, the unconventional body style maximizes passenger space and makes a technology statement. At the push of a button, the large, scissor-type doors push away from the body and rotate in a seamless, elegant motion. A large aperture allows for effortless entry and exit– particularly in tight city parking spaces.
"This is a new vision in vehicle design that was created to answer the needs of city dwellers," said Frank Saucedo, lead designer. "The door design is purposeful and technologically advanced, which is the essence of how we're taking Cadillac into the future."
The Urban Luxury Concept's design is marked by a sharp profile, supported by forward-sweeping body lines that combine to suggest motion even when the vehicle is stationary. The 19-inch wheels are pushed to the edges of the body – a design that creates almost no overhangs, leaving more space inside. In fact, the car's wheelbase is 97.1 inches (2,467 mm), but the overall length is only 151 inches (3,835 mm). The interior room is bolstered by a wide, 68.1-inch (1,730 mm) stance and 56.9-inch (1,446 mm) height.
"It may not look like Cadillacs on the road today, but it shares the comfortable and high-tech elements that owners have come to associate with larger, traditional luxury sedans," said Saucedo. "As more customers demand premium features even in smaller vehicles, a vehicle like the Urban Luxury Concept could be a solution."
Technologically advanced interior
A large windshield and twin skylights create an open, airy feeling and enhance the perception of spaciousness inside with seating for four. A minimalist approach blends with refined materials, colors and lighting. These elements combine to create a passenger space that conveys the new perception of luxury: small, exquisitely detailed and fitted with the latest in digital technology. The front row passenger seat slides and reclines to offer a relaxing seating position. When folded flat, the seat's rear panel offers modern parents a conveniently integrated Orbit Baby SmartHub™ docking station within reach.
"There is no minimum size for a Cadillac driving experience. The Urban Luxury Concept's interior reflects the 'smaller is better' aesthetic that permeates the world of technology," said Saucedo. "And while this design philosophy reflects what's going on in the world around us, it also has a more practical use when it comes to the Urban Luxury Concept: It creates more interior space."
The conventional "center stack" of controls is replaced by a divided interface that creates more space at the forward section of the interior. A pair of projected readouts flanks a large, prominent analog speedometer reminiscent of a high-end time piece, assisted by a high-definition head-up display. Capacitive multi-touch switches throughout the interior ensure seamless and intuitive electronic control.
The technology behind the unique touch pad controls is ergonomically tucked around the steering wheel to deliver real-time feedback for an efficient commute. The right-hand touch pad is hidden until deployed or detached by the passenger, who can interact online without compromising the driver's control. Via the on-board network, a passenger can request destination directions or audio playlists be integrated in the driver controls. Also woven into the system is OnStar with advanced voice recognition interaction, which allows the driver to do more without taking his or her eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel.
Befitting its role as a Cadillac, the Urban Luxury Concept's interior materials convey luxury through quality and advanced technology. Blue and grey leather dominates the interior space and is contrasted by fabric selected for its high-tech look and feel, and usually found in couture fashion. It is used on the seats, as well as parts of the instrument panel and door panels.
The interior is finished with carbon-color wood inlays, brushed aluminum accents and ceramic materials. Ambient lighting conveys an upscale aura that is complemented by the ultra-modern Tanzanite glow of the touch-screen displays.
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Posted: 29 Nov 2010 07:14 AM PST
So heres a recap, the Porsche Cayman R is powered by a tuned-up 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine that kicks out 330 hp and comes with a choice of either a standard manual gearbox or the trick PDK transmission. This new version weighs 55 kilograms (121 lb) lighter than the Cayman S and also has an extra 10 horses to play around with.
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