A new car to be launched for celebrating 20 years of business in India.
The German luxury automobile manufacturer has been in India for a long 20 years now and the company plans to celebrate this milestone by bringing in a new car. One of the very first Mercedes cars in India was the E Class and it has also been the highest selling luxury sedan of the company here. So the company has announced the arrival of a special variant of the E Class which is named as Edition E. The new car will be launched here on 24th of this February, which will also act as a kick-start for the next eleven launches proposed for the year 2016. Here are further details on the new car.
The new car inside out
Mercedes Benz E Class Edition E will feature the new design language of the Mercedes sedans and may look much similar to the Edition C released in 2014. An AMG body kit including redesigned front and rear bumpers, side skirts, larger 18 inch AMG alloys with black accents, twin front-rear bumper integrated exhaust tips, headlamps with smoked treatment and Edition E badges on the fenders are some of the
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Well, it was a high followed by a low.
The race got to a good start with Maejima-san as start driver with plans to switch after either one or two stints for me to finish off the race.
We were 3rd on the grid and after a short drop to 4th place, Maejima-san climbed to 2nd with about 2.0 seconds gap to the #113 Karura Ings Z. But Maejima-san reported cramps in his legs with about 15 laps to go in the first stint. The heat was tremendous during the race and even though the car was equipped with a cooler full of ice and water that gets pumped through the underwear coolsuits and a motorized drink cooler, I imagine it would have been difficult to maintain focus for over an hour. Maejima-san ended up pitting 8 laps early. We topped the car off with fuel and just changed the rear tires. But on my out lap, two Class-2 cars had a major collision at the exit of the final corner to the right and I immediately knew it would cause a full course yellow. And as our luck would have it, the pace
Three years ago, Lili Rodriguez gambled when she transferred from General Motors Co. ’s small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to GM’s plant in north Texas making full-size sport-utility vehicles.
As the U.S. auto industry was on the mend after a near-financial collapse in 2009, low-cost passenger cars like Lordstown’s compact Chevrolet Cruze were driving its recovery. With the national average for a gallon of gasoline costing about $3.50 at the time of Ms. Rodriguez’s move, sales of Arlington’s full-size SUVs were declining.
The tables have turned for the U.S. auto industry and Arlington is among the biggest winners. GM is committing $1.4 billion to upgrade the factory, part of tens of billions in U.S. capacity investments planned for the next several years by Volvo Car Corp., Ford Motor Co. , Daimler AG and other car makers.
Light-vehicle sales are on track to hit a record in 2015, and an increasing bulk of those units are hulking highly-profitable models like the Chevrolet Suburbans, Tahoes, Cadillac Escalades and GMC Yukons that roll off an Arlington assembly line running six days a week, building 16.5% more vehicles through the first 11 months in 2015 than in the same period a
The worldwide automotive industry has been enjoying a period of relatively strong growth and profitability, and annual sales have reached prerecession levels in some regions. Yet considerable uncertainty about the future remains.
The most immediate challenge is the unevenness of global markets. Auto industry executives and experts tend to be optimistic about the U.S. market, forecasting annualized sales in North America in the near term of a relatively robust 16 million cars, up from only 13 million in 2008. However, the outlook in Europe is much weaker as the region is emerging fitfully from a six-year sales slump. And sales have plunged in Russia and South America — they were down by about 25 percent and 15 percent, respectively, in August 2014 year-over-year. Meanwhile, the Indian market’s performance has been inconsistent. And growth in China — the world’s largest vehicle market — has slowed, even though investments by most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which are betting big on future demand, continue to ramp up. Reacting strategically to these demand shifts will be an absolute priority for industry leaders in 2015.
Reacting strategically to demand shifts will be an absolute priority for auto leaders in 2015
Against this backdrop of macroeconomic
Car designer Henrik Fisker, former General Motors Co. executive Bob Lutz and manufacturer Gilbert Villarreal on Friday launched a new luxury car company, VLF Automotive, which is slated to present two vehicles at the Detroit auto show next week.
Mr. Fisker makes official an emerging partnership that began to take shape in 2013, when the three men teamed to present the VL Destino, a 638-horsepower car born out of Mr. Fisker’s scrapped effort to build an electric vehicle, at that year’s Detroit auto show.
“When Gilbert and I formed VL Automotive in 2012, we wanted to take Henrik’s beautifully proportioned design, replace the hybrid gas-electric power train with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 drivetrain, and create a bespoke four-door luxury car with outstanding performance,” said Mr. Lutz.
The newly minted company will be based in Auburn Hills, Mich., with Mr. Lutz as chairman, Mr. Villarreal as chief executive and Mr. Fisker heading design.
The company is slated to present a redesigned Destino and a second car, the Force 1, at the coming auto show.
VLF expects to have seven dedicated dealers in the U.S. with several more overseas this year. The Destino V8 retail
The EDAG Light Cocoon was developed with a visionary approach towards a compact, dynamic sports car, with a fully bionically optimized, additively manufactured vehicle structure combined with a weatherproof textile outer skin.
The core idea of the concept is not to regard the body as a closed surface. Instead, an approach was adopted in which material was only actually used in areas where it was necessary for function, safety, and stiffness.
Simulation on the basis of a series bonnet
To first of all quantify and then verify the lightweight potential of a bionically designed structure, this approach was previously used, for example, in the design of the bonnet of a production vehicle, and then calculated. The point of the calculations was to confirm requirements, e.g. with regard to torsional and flexural stiffness and pedestrian protection.
A very simple geometry for the structure of the bonnet is not able to withstand the dynamic load cases, e.g. to meet head-impact specifications, as the hole pattern is too open. The diagram [in the upper-right-hand corner] shows the geometry that will meet the requirements of the head-impact test.
Four years in the kitchen and now hot out of the oven, Domino’s new purpose-built pizza delivery vehicle hits the streets with design attributes that were solicited from online crowdsourcing.
More than 380 online renderings for the new DXP were submitted to a vehicle design contest hosted by Local Motors, the company that built the world’s first 3D-printed car. In addition to the hundreds of concepts that were uploaded to the competition website, pizza delivery drivers and Domino’s franchise owners had suggestions for an efficient and customized delivery vehicle.
Like any hungry horde debating pepperoni or extra cheese, everyone who tossed their ideas into this project had an opinion. But the notion of using an all-new vehicle platform was simply impractical. Thus the modified 2015 Chevrolet Spark LT underpinning the DXP.
“You’re talking about a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of engineering resources [to do a bespoke vehicle],” Kenneth Baker, the former General Motors R&D chief, told Automotive Engineering. Baker led a development team from contract engineering firm Roush Enterprises for this project. The vehicle was unveiled October 21 at Domino’s Ann Arbor, MI, world headquarters by Domino’s USA President Russell Weiner.
“This is not a gimmick. This is
Once upon a time, the Tokyo Motor Show was considered one of its biggest. However, not anymore, in terms of its acreage, numbers of exhibit brands, and visitors; it is now dwarfed by such Asian aspirers as Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul. The show’s allure had hugely diminished when most of the foreign continents lost their Big Sight venue spots for a couple of shows after the Great Lehman Bros crisis.
The show was back in town this year, with the Japanese car, commercial vehicle, motorcycle manufacturers, suppliers, and specialists returning to the arena with delightful and energetic vengeance. The country still ranks third in the world for new automobile sales (5.56 million in 2014), and the imports have been doing well with a relatively small share (5.2% in 2014) but lucrative business. The importers were back as well, notably with two extraordinary world premieres, one automated concept by Mercedes-Benz and the other an ultra-high-performance car courtesy of BMW. Prominently absent were General Motors, Ford, and the envy of the Japanese Four in the premium two-wheel segment, Harley-Davidson.
The show’s prominent themes were sports cars (the subject of this
It may sound counterintuitive for a technology-driven startup to include “no new technology” as one of four carved-in-stone design principles to be followed, but that’s exactly what Paul Elio did when he founded Elio Motors.
A few years back when Elio, an engineer and automotive enthusiast, looked at the lay of the land, he vowed to come up with a highly fuel-efficient car that everyone could afford, and the company was born. That was 2008. Today, Elio Motors expects its three-wheeled, two-passenger Elio, classified as a motorcycle but designed and equipped like a car, to launch in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Elio started the company with four “must-haves” as part of his vision: affordability (now pegged at $6,800), high fuel efficiency (84 mpg), the highest safety ratings, and no new technology.
“We strongly believe that technical risk for a startup is a death knell,” says Hari Iyer, Elio Motors COO and a board member, because solving technical issues will take months longer than planned and be costly. Even with a commitment to “no new technology” whenever possible, funding has been one of Elio Motors’ biggest challenges.
“We do have innovation,” says Iyer, also an
“Citroën is all about boldness: taking calculated risks and being different,” says Linda Jackson, the U.K. born CEO of the thoroughly French OEM.
One of those risks could see its increasingly quirky cars possibly re-entering the U.S. market. But they will not have Citroën’s sophisticated hydraulic suspension. Figuring prominently in its current extensive R&D program is an all-new suspension system for global markets. Jackson promises it will provide the ride comfort levels that have been one of Citroën’s core assets since the arrival of the revolutionary “oléopneumatique”-suspended DS in 1955.
The iconic DS was a car that epitomized a brave independence of design and engineering that followed the 1930s front-drive Traction Avant and the 1940s softly- sprung 2CV. Now there are other very interesting models in prospect.
Citroën, now in restructuring, is at a “very key moment” explained Jackson, whose finance background with the company gives her a keen appreciation of all facets of design and manufacturing.
“We are redefining our positioning,” she noted. “We have taken what we are good at—creativity, audacity, and the hint of impertinence that we have shown over our 96 years’ existence!”
DETROIT — Nissan came under fire from some of its dealers recently, but Jose Munoz, chief of Nissan North America, says all the big groups that have invested in Nissan and Infiniti dealerships lately speak for themselves.
Well, not all of them. Terry Taylor, the super-secretive Palm Beach-based auto retailer doesn’t speak publicly at all. So Munoz is doing the talking for him.
“I would say Terry Taylor is now the No. 1 private group in the United States, and he has made a huge investment in Nissan and Infiniti lately,” said Munoz.
In fact, he’s pretty sure Taylor is the largest holder of Nissan and Infiniti stores in the U.S, at least among privately held dealership groups.
Munoz bases that assessment on “all that [Taylor] already has in operation and all the sign-ups, because he continues to invest.”
We can only guess how much Taylor has been buying but he may be the most aggressive pursuer of dealerships in the U.S. these days. It’s estimated he has in the neighborhood of 140 new-vehicle dealerships and we’ve heard he wants 200 by the end of this year. It’s what we’ve been told; Taylor
If CES concept cars are any reliable indication, the automobile interior is going to have a load of digital screen space in the future. Whether we’re talking about the array of large displays in fully autonomous concepts like the 2015 Mercedes F 015 or the touchscreen controls of the 2015 VW Golf R Touch, concept car designers are showing little restraint in packing the car cabin with digital displays. Bosch’s all-new, all-flashy CES 2016 show car offers yet another take on digital screen overload, presenting the driver with a full-length digital dashboard that bleeds into the doors and center console.
If CES concept cars are any reliable indication, the automobile interior is going to have a load of digital screen space in the future. Whether we’re talking about the array of large displays in fully autonomous concepts like the 2015 Mercedes F 015 or the touchscreen controls of the 2015 VW Golf R Touch, concept car designers are showing little restraint in packing the car cabin with digital displays. Bosch’s all-new, all-flashy CES 2016 show car offers yet another take on digital screen overload, presenting the driver with a full-length digital dashboard that bleeds into the doors
U.S. auto sales are headed for another record year in 2016, thanks to U.S. economic growth, cheap gasoline, job growth and “very, very good” credit availability, General Motors Chief Economist Mustafa Mohatarem said Monday.
“All four of those factors will remain in place” in 2016, he told Automotive News in a phone interview. “Add in a lot of very good product coming — not just from GM, but from GM and its competitors.”
Mohatarem said younger buyers could also do more to contribute to higher sales in 2016. “Younger people are really getting the jobs,” he said. “Young people are leaving Mom’s basement and getting their own apartments. You should see some family creation out of that.”
U.S. light-vehicle sales hit a record of nearly 17.5 million in 2015, passing the previous record of 17.4 million set in 2000. A year ago, many analysts expected 2015 sales to pass 17 million for the first time since 2005, but didn’t expect a record until 2016.
The upside surprise began in September, when the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of sales passed 18 million. The SAAR remained above 18 million in October and November,
What may either be a UFO or the latest take on high-performance electric automotive technology has landed at CES in Las Vegas, with Faraday Future unveiling its single-seater FFZERO1 Concept vehicle. Billed as a test-bed for the company’s future range of electric vehicles, the track car incorporates a new chassis design and claims to have a “sixth sense” that adapts to the driver’s intentions and needs while providing real-time data and images.
From the outside, the FFZERO1 definitely has the air of a speed demon with its highly aerodynamic bodywork and forward-set cockpit. Underneath the carbon composite bodywork is a racing suspension with advanced vehicle dynamic control and torque vectoring, along with an aero-tunnel design for reduced drag and battery cooling.
This cooling is important because the FFZERO1 is no golf cart. At its heart is Faraday Future’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) – a new, centrally-located battery structure that’s arranged into modular strings for greater design flexibility, aimed at reducing costs while increasing both speed and safety.
The VPA feeds power to four Quad Core motors punching out over 1,000 bhp. On the track, this translates into 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under
Faraday Future, the start-up Chinese EV maker that has been compared to Tesla Motors, at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas on January 5 unveiled its first concept vehicle that company executives called “a testbed for vehicles we’re working on.”
Called the FFZero1, the exotically styled, carbon-fiber-bodied machine—a “high performance electric dream car,” as it was presented to the audience—features interesting battery-pack design and capability to package one to four electric traction motors, delivering up to 1000 hp (746 kW) to two or four drive wheels, depending on configuration. An extended-range powertrain, with a combustion engine and hybrid drive, is also under consideration.
Connected-car and HMI technologies include broad use of gesture controls, augmented reality (AR), and integrated head-neck protection in the cockpit, which features two NASA “zero gravity” seats as pioneered in the auto industry by Nissan (see http://articles.sae.org/11073/). The vehicle is designed for autonomous operation, the executives noted, although the concept is fitted with a conventional steering wheel and electric steering.
The FFZero1 is based on a VPA (Variable Platform Architecture) that Nick Sampson, the company’s Senior Vice President of R&D and Engineering, said