Purpose

I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Citroen at the Shanghai Motor Show, New model, more concepts and loads of new tech.

Citroën confirms its worldwide offensive in the SUV segment with the presentation of two new models at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. 
C5 Aircross makes its global debut, alongside the C-Aircross Concept that previews the brand’s future compact SUV: C3 Aircross. These two new models represent a new generation of Citroën SUV focused on comfort. 
The Citroën brand also expresses its expertise in the sedan segment, which remains a key category in China. New C5, produced and marketed in China, has received a design and technology update for extra occupant well-being. 
The advanced CXPERIENCE Concept also makes its first appearance in China. This concept car features all the elements of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme and previews future large Citroën models. 
China is a key market for Citroën. The brand sold more than 250,000 cars in the country in 2016, accounting for roughly one in five Citroën sales worldwide. 
Dongfeng Citroën is expanding its range with the world premiere of the New C5 Aircross SUV. Set for launch in China in the second half of 2017, this new model will subsequently see production and its commercial launch in Europe at the end of 2018.
Alongside New C5 Aircross, the brand will showcase the C-Aircross Concept which previews Citroën's future compact SUV. Citroën can announce today that the production version will be called C3 Aircross. New C3 Aircross will be launched in Europe before the end of 2017.
In China, these two new models will sit alongside the Citroën C3-XR, an SUV with an assertive personality and Dongfeng Citroën's second best-selling model in 2016, with nearly 150,000 units sold since launch in 2015.
Dongfeng Citroën also boasts a complete range of sedans, including New C6, launched late in 2016 and C-Elysée, which was recently restyled and updated. More than 300,000 C-Elysée models have been sold since launch.
Citroën is further strengthening its position in the sedan segment with the renewal of the C5 for China, which is a modern and prestigious model with benchmark comfort that is making its debut appearance on the motor show stand. 
Visit the Dongfeng Citroën stand at the Shanghai Motor Show on 19 and 20 April (press days) and from 21 to 28 April (public days).
Press Conference on 19 April at 10.40am local time on the Citroën stand in Hall 7.2.
The following executives will be available for interview:
  • Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO
  • Xavier Peugeot, Citroën's Director of Product Planning
  • Arnaud Belloni, Citroën's Head of Marketing & Communication
  • Alexandre Malval, Citroën Design Director
  • Thierry Perron, Project Manager - Citroën Advanced Comfort®
01 - CITROËN'S OFFENSIVE IN THE SUV SEGMENT
WORLD PREMIERE: NEW C5 AIRCROSS
Directly inspired by the Aircross concept car presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2015, 
New C5 Aircross is a ‘people-minded’ SUV combining assertive design with an interior dedicated to well-being for all passengers. The new model stands apart through its unique character, dynamism and presence. 
Remarkably spacious for all occupants, it harnesses the latest technology to give owners an easier and safer drive, and takes a modern and all-encompassing approach to comfort.
New C5 Aircross marks a major step forward in the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme with the world debut of a suspension system equipped with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™, which is unique to the Citroën brand. The technology will be illustrated on the stand with a demonstration showing how the system filters out road imperfections.
CHINA PREMIERE: C-AIRCROSS CONCEPT
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the C-Aircross Concept previews Citroën's future compact SUV, which is intended for worldwide sale. The concept car adopts the principles of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. The production model will be launched in Europe at the end of 2017 with the name C3 Aircross.
C3-XR: A MAJOR SUCCESS IN CHINA
An instantly recognisable SUV, the C3-XR inspires an impression of robustness, elegance and vitality. A unique Citroën characteristic, comfort is central to this design of this successful model. 
The car boasts class-leading accommodation, a spacious and welcoming driver’s cockpit, and a suspension system worthy of the very best sedans. 
The C3-XR is also equipped with the latest innovations for easier use, with its technological equipment (including keyless entry and start, a reversing camera and Grip Control) and connectivity through Citroën's telematics services.
02 - CITROËN STRENGTHENS ITS POSITION IN THE SEDAN SEGMENT
WORLD PREMIERE: NEW C5
Citroën is presenting New C5, a modern and expressive sedan designed for the most demanding Chinese customers. The new model features elegant and prestigious styling outside and inside, with an emphasis on modernity and comfort. It retains and reinforces the strong points of the previous C5.
The expressive and modern new front end is typically Citroën, with two-tier lights including LED daytime running lights. Underlined by chrome, they broaden the front end while highlighting the chevrons. 
The new car's expressive and modern gaze features full LED technology. At the back, the wide Matrix LED lights have a captivating look with four modules on each side, producing an original and immediately recognisable light signature.
The interior is as impressively modern as the exterior, representing a major leap forward in terms of perceived quality and technology. The dashboard houses a 12-inch digital instrument cluster with customisable settings, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen. 
The broad and tall central console reinforces the feeling of travelling aboard a high-end sedan. Comfort remains a C5 strong point with broad and welcoming seats, peerless suspension comfort and optimised acoustics for the well-being of all passengers. 
New C5 is also equipped with useful and reassuring driver assistance systems for complete peace-of-mind, including blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, a collision alert system and 360° Vision.
CHINA PREMIERE: CXPERIENCE CONCEPT
With its distinctive and extraordinary body styling, the CXPERIENCE Concept points to the future of large Citroën sedans. The concept car's posture exudes a strong presence. The body shapes are well balanced, and the short overhangs and long wheelbase underline the spacious interior.
The cabin of the CXPERIENCE Concept features premium materials, decorated in a shade synonymous with a fresh and optimistic mindset. The generous and inviting seats offer unrivalled comfort and support. The 19-inch screen is a highlight cabin feature. Functioning as the vehicle control centre, it removes unnecessary controls from the dashboard and reinforces the impression of width and space.
03 - A STAND REFLECTING THE BRAND'S TRANSFORMATION
A SHOW STAND THAT PREVIEWS THE NETWORK’S FUTURE IDENTITY
Citroën is in the midst of a global transformation, with a 360° brand experience strategy that puts the customer at the heart of its business. The whole ecosystem of the brand is included, covering products, dealers and services. This approach is showcased on the 850m2 stand, where the brand's values of optimism and well-being are reinterpreted through soft and warm materials. It brings visitors a relaxing and colourful experience.
‘La Maison Citroën’ at the entrance to the stand offers a visual and sensory experience, and previews new design concepts at Citroën dealerships. The colours and materials on display are presented as if in a fashion salon.
Regarding services, Dongfeng Citroën came top in the 2016 J.D. Power survey of service quality and customer satisfaction, making Citroën the only mainstream carmaker to figure in the top three in both categories for four years in a row.

90 years ago, the very first Volvo, the ÖV4, was produced, today the all new XC60 carries the flame forward.

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will this month start production of its new XC60 mid-size SUV in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The new XC60 will leave the factory 90 years to the month after the first-ever Volvo, the ÖV4, saw the light of day on 14th April 1927. 
This first Volvo sold a total of 275 vehicles in its lifetime, which was modest even in those days. The new XC60 replaces one of the best-selling models in Volvo’s 90-year history.
The new XC60 replaces the old
Volvo’s original XC60 became a phenomenon, with climbing sales every year since it was introduced in 2008. Seven years after it was revealed, it became the bestselling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, and in its ninth year it is still the best seller. 
The current XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales, and this month the number of original XC60s produced will surpass 1,000,000.
“Volvo is very proud of its history. The past 90 years have been exciting, but the 10 years left until the 100-year anniversary may come to be more exciting as industry focus shifts to autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity,” says Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars. “The new XC60 is in many ways the embodiment of these trends.”
The new XC60 is one of the safest cars ever made and offers the latest in safety technology, including the new Oncoming Lane Mitigation system, which uses Steer Assist to help mitigate head-on collisions.
Volvo’s semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, Pilot Assist, which takes care of the steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.
With the new XC60 now on the market and gradually becoming available for order on markets across the globe, Volvo is set for another record year of sales in 2017.
90-year anniversary
Volvo’s founder, Assar Gabrielsson, saw an opportunity for car manufacturing in Sweden after having observed the growing auto industries in the US and Europe from his position within sales at the Swedish ball bearing maker SKF, a supplier to the car industry.
Pointing towards Sweden’s readily accessible steel, cheap labour and skilled engineers, he managed to convince SKF to invest in a spin-off car business called AB Volvo.
The first mass-produced Swedish car was quite a conventional vehicle, with elements of American car design, a wooden frame made of ash tree and beech, a 1.9-litre side-valve engine and artillery wheels with wooden spokes.
Only one colour combination was available: dark blue with black fenders.
Despite all these changes over the past 90 years, one thing has remained the same: the company’s commitment to making the world’s safest cars.

The Ignis from Suzuki was a runner up in this years ceremony, just being pipped to the post.

  • Urban Category Runner-Up – 2017 World Car of The Year
Suzuki is very pleased to announce that the IGNIS is a Runner-Up in the Urban Car category of the 2017 World Car of The Year. The compact crossover was voted highly by the judges at a ceremony at the New York International Motor Show on April 12th.
To qualify for the initial judging process, vehicles had to be less than four metres long, suitable in design for everyday use in an urban environment and also on sale across two Continents by the deadline of Spring 2017. 
At just 3.70 metres in length, the IGNIS Mini Crossover easily qualified, it was shortlisted in January and became a finalist with two other new cars in March.
World Car of The Year Juror, Director and Vice-Chair Mike Rutherford comments: "Suzuki has seen off many rival manufacturers from all corners of the globe to become a 2017 World Car finalist. 
As our 70-plus jurors have decided, Suzuki builds some of the finest small cars on the market - thus the IGNIS and Baleno being voted into our Top Five in the world, with IGNIS going on to be a Top three finalist, only narrowly missing out on being crowned World Urban Car winner. This astonishing success is all the more remarkable in view of its extremely low price tag. Here’s a great little crossover vehicle proving the point that a world class car can be very affordable”
The IGNIS was first launched in the Japanese domestic market, unveiled for Europe at the Paris Motor Show last Autumn and went on sale in January 2017. In addition to its stylish exterior design it features excellent visibility, compact dimensions and a spacious cabin with ample luggage space. It continues to be very popular with customers in the UK with sales of more than 3,200 since January.
Available from £10,249, IGNIS is powered by a 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine and can be specified with ALLGRIP four wheel drive. It also offers optional SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology on the SZ5 model that lowers CO2 emissions to 97g/km.
IGNIS qualifies for Suzuki’s latest campaign whereby new models registered until the end of June 2017 will receive the equivalent discount of three years Vehicle Excise Duty of £420 off the price of the car at point of sale. There are also numerous low rate PCP finance options available including a £162 per month offer for the SZ3 model with just £162 initial deposit required. This is a 49 month agreement with an optional final payment of £3,982 to keep the car.

Monday, 24 April 2017

BMW and it's i3 that takes the inaugural winner of the 2017 World Urban Car award.

  • AND NOW THERE IS ONE….
  • BMW i3 (94Ah) WINS INAUGURAL WORLD URBAN CAR 

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum, the BMW i3 (94Ah) was declared the inaugural winner of the 2017 World Urban Car award.
“We are delighted and honored that the BMW i3 has been recognized as the World Urban Car,” said Ludwig Willisch, Head of BMW Group Region Americas. “This award highlights BMW Group’s commitment to sustainable mobility through BMW’s first all-electric vehicle made primarily of carbon fiber. 
The design briefs for the BMW i3 was to create a Mega City Vehicle for the cities of the future. Today, the new 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) provides more range paired with a high-level of dynamic performance, making it the perfect urban vehicle for people around the world.”

2017 marks the first year for the World Urban Car award. World Car vice-chairman, Mike Rustherford, commented, "It's an award whose time has come. Everyday cars in many - perhaps most - parts of the world will have to become smaller if road and parking space is to be found for them in increasingly packed towns and cities whose populations are swelling annually. This year's winner in our inaugural World Urban Car category proves that these small vehicles don't have to be cheap, undesirable and unpleasant to drive. Quite the opposite. It is among the best value-for-money products on the market".
This year’s winner was chosen from an initial entry list of 7 cars from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists as announced in Geneva last month: the BMW i3 (94 Ah), the Citroen C3 and the Suzuki Ignis
Vehicles in all award categories are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 75 top-level automotive journalists from 23 countries around the world. Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.
The Road to World Car began in Paris on September 29, was followed by test-drives in Los Angeles in November, continued in Geneva with the Top Three in the World announcement, and finally ended today with the declaration of the winners in six categories at the New York International Auto Show.
2017 marks the 11th anniversary of the partnership between World Car and the New York show, and the fourth consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the number one automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach.
The Global Trends Report, co-presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, was also released today.The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months. Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel said, “The auto industry is in the midst of an upheaval that goes far beyond anything it has experienced in the past 100 years. Emerging industry trends such as autonomous driving, electric mobility and connected cars are changing not only vehicles and their technologies but also their concepts and forms. As the market leader in acoustic and thermal management for vehicles, Autoneum today already offers a large variety of multifunctional and lightweight technologies and components to meet the requirements of modern mobility. With our recently established “Competence Center for New Mobility” in Sunnyvale, California, Autoneum is taking a committed and active role in driving vehicle advancement by developing innovative technologies and components for all forms of mobility.”
World Car of the Year is more than just an awards program. The World Car community brings together a large cross section of experts and professionals from every segment of the automotive industry. World Car connects the global industry around the very best of today and inspires, with insights, the ideas and trends of tomorrow. Thus defining The Road Ahead platform shared with our presenting partners Bridgestone Corporation, Prime Research, Autoneum and, most recently, Brembo.
“As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, we are proud to partner with the World Car program for the 9th consecutive year,” said Mike Martini, president, original equipment tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “This is an important forum for leaders in the automotive industry to celebrate achievements in innovation, performance and sustainability. As new mobility preferences emerge, we must continue to collaborate across our industry to deliver cutting-edge technology and world-class products that meet the needs of a changing global customer base.”
In a rapidly changing automotive world, Brembo is also focused firmly on the future and the vehicles it will bring to market. Brembo is committing significant resources to perfecting ever more sophisticated virtual simulation methodologies that includes the study of forms, materials, technologies and surface treatments able to meet the needs of the new-generation vehicles, with a particular focus on environmental impact aspects, which drives all of Brembo’s development activities.

Mercedes-Benz Takes The Luxury Car Of The Year beating BMW and Volvo for the #1 spot.

  • AND NOW THERE IS ONE….
  • THIRD TIME WORLD LUXURY CAR WIN FOR MERCEDES-BENZ
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 2017 World Luxury Car

At a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show, Bridgestone Corporation, and Autoneum, the MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS was declared the 2017 World Luxury Car.
This is the 3rd World Luxury Car win for Mercedes-Benz having captured today’s title, plus two back-to-back titles in 2015 (Mercedes-Benz S-Coupe) and 2014 (Mercedes-Benz S-Class).
Mercedes-Benz made history in 2015 with a triple win in three out of five categories: World Car of the Year (C-Class), World Luxury Car (S-Coupe) and the World Performance Car (AMG GT).
The company has also won two World Green Car awards: 2012 (S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY) and 2007 (Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec) in 2007.
This year’s winner was chosen from an initial entry list of nine prestigious cars from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists as announced in Geneva last month: the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Volvo S90 / V90.
Vehicles in all award categories are selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of 75 top-level automotive journalists from 23 countries around the world. 
Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence. Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work. 
Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide. The international accounting firm KPMG tabulates the jurors’ ballots.
Previous World Luxury Car winners were the BMW 7 Series (2016), the Mercedes-Benz S Coupé (2015) and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014). 
The award was first created in 2014 to acknowledge higher-priced premium models selling in more limited numbers worldwide.
The Road to World Car began in Paris on September 29, was followed by test-drives in Los Angeles in November, continued in Geneva with the Top Three in the World announcement, and finally ended today with the declaration of the winners in six categories at the New York International Auto Show.
2017 marks the 11th anniversary of the partnership between World Car and the New York show, and the fourth consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the number one automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach.
The Global Trends Report, co-presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, was also released today.The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months. 
Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel said, “The auto industry is in the midst of an upheaval that goes far beyond anything it has experienced in the past 100 years. 
Emerging industry trends such as autonomous driving, electric mobility and connected cars are changing not only vehicles and their technologies but also their concepts and forms. 
As the market leader in acoustic and thermal management for vehicles, Autoneum today already offers a large variety of multifunctional and lightweight technologies and components to meet the requirements of modern mobility. 
With our recently established “Competence Center for New Mobility” in Sunnyvale, California, Autoneum is taking a committed and active role in driving vehicle advancement by developing innovative technologies and components for all forms of mobility.”
World Car of the Year is more than just an awards program. The World Car community brings together a large cross section of experts and professionals from every segment of the automotive industry. 
World Car connects the global industry around the very best of today and inspires, with insights, the ideas and trends of tomorrow. 
Thus defining The Road Ahead platform shared with our presenting partners Bridgestone Corporation, Prime Research, Autoneum and, most recently, Brembo.
“As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, we are proud to partner with the World Car program for the 9th consecutive year,” said Mike Martini, president, original equipment tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. 
“This is an important forum for leaders in the automotive industry to celebrate achievements in innovation, performance and sustainability. 
As new mobility preferences emerge, we must continue to collaborate across our industry to deliver cutting-edge technology and world-class products that meet the needs of a changing global customer base.”
In a rapidly changing automotive world, Brembo is also focused firmly on the future and the vehicles it will bring to market. 
Brembo is committing significant resources to perfecting ever more sophisticated virtual simulation methodologies that includes the study of forms, materials, technologies and surface treatments able to meet the needs of the new-generation vehicles, with a particular focus on environmental impact aspects, which drives all of Brembo’s development activities.