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.

Friday, 22 November 2013

MG will run scared of new brand Qoros and its cheaper pricing in China

  • The Qoros 3 Sedan will go on sale in China at a starting price of RMB 119,900
  • Qoros’ first production model spearheads New Premium concept
  • A Style Accessories Concept debuts, signaling the intention to meet the growing trend of personalization

At its first ever appearance at the Guangzhou Motor Show, new international car brand, Qoros, today announced the China specification and pricing for its first series production model, the compact Qoros 3 Sedan.

Delivering international standards of quality, safety, specification, design and technology, the Qoros 3 Sedan represents a New Premium.  The car received very positive response following its global unveiling earlier this year at the Geneva and Shanghai Motor Shows.

The Qoros 3 Sedan will go on sale in China with a line-up of six variants, ranging in price from RMB 119,900 to RMB 167,900.

The full model line-up is as follows:

The Qoros 3 Sedan targets young, modern, metropolitan consumers who are ambitious, aspirational and always connected.  They are proactive, independent-minded and seek quality.

The Qoros 3 Sedan has been designed, developed and engineered by an international team of engineers with expertise gained from world-class western automotive brands.  Thanks to a comprehensive development programme conducted under the leadership of this experienced team in conjunction with a number of globally renowned systems and technology providers, Qoros is about to start sales of the most advanced car ever developed in China.

Along with the launch of the Qoros 3 Sedan, Qoros is developing its dealer and aftersales service networks following the opening of its first dealer in in Nanjing in early November.

Style Accessories Concept

Alongside the production Qoros 3 Sedan, Qoros also unveiled its ‘Style Accessories Concept’ at the Guangzhou Auto Show.  The new concept incorporates a number of exterior design enhancements.  Each has a functional purpose as well as providing a distinct accent to the Qoros 3 Sedan’s elegant styling.

The Style Accessories Concept includes small spoiler extensions to the front and rear bumpers, subtle side skirts and a rear wing on the trunk.  These are conceived not only provide a sportier look but also to optimise airflow under and around and over the car to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy.  Striking, large 18-inch 20-spoke alloy wheels feature an eye-catching matt smoke silver finish and are wrapped in low-profile tyres that neatly fill the more prominent wheel arches that are also part of the styling enhancements.

The Style Accessories Concept is indicative of a comprehensive range of accessories being developed for the Qoros 3 Sedan that will be available to order exclusively from Qoros retailers in China in the second half of next year.


The production Qoros 3 Sedan spearheads the introduction of a simple, timeless, elegant design which will feature across all future Qoros models.  The clean, simple styling – adopting a horizontal theme and inspired by European automotive design – benefits from deliberately striking accents such as the LED daytime running lights and taillights, and the large, bold alloy wheels.

Advanced touchscreen multimedia system

The horizontal theme continues inside.  The passenger cabin is an unusually generous space thanks to the widest body (1,839 mm) and longest wheelbase (2,690mm) in its class.  The focus of the dash is the eight-inch capacitive touchscreen for the Qoros MMHTM (Multi Media Hub), fitted as standard across the range, which eliminates the plethora of buttons and switches that blights the interior of many modern cars.  Designed to minimise driver distraction, this highly intuitive system was developed in-house at Qoros.  It is operated through simple finger swipe gestures, and can be navigated very easily without the complex multi-layer menu structures of rivals’ systems.

Cloud-connected features

Qoros MMHTM is also the portal through which users can access the comprehensive range of QorosQloudTM cloud-based services (standard on Experience models and above, optional on Essence), such as enhanced navigation, vehicle status and social networking features.  This technology, which integrates seamlessly with users’ smartphones and other connected devices, allows the Qoros 3 Sedan to become part of the customer’s digital world like never before.

World-class safety

The Qoros 3 Sedan is the first car developed in China to achieve a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.  It is one of the safest cars ever tested in the programme’s 16-year history, and is the best performer so far in 2013.

Power and refinement

The Qoros 3 Sedan is powered by 1.6-litre VVT gasoline engines in either naturally aspirated or turbocharged form, and both are available with six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

The 1.6-litre turbo yields 115 kW (156 ps) power and maximum torque of 210 Nm, and when matched with the six-speed dry dual-clutch transmission, accelerates the Qoros 3 Sedan to 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 217 km/h.  Fuel consumption is rated at just 6.4 l/100 km.

The naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre unit delivers 93 kW (126 ps) and 155 Nm.  With this engine paired to the six-speed manual transmission, the car accelerates to 100 km/h in 11.6 seconds.  Fuel consumption is just 6.1 l/100 km, or an impressive 6.0 l/100 km when married to the dual-clutch gearbox.  Both engines deliver exceptional drivability.

The chassis set up sees MacPherson struts at the front and twist beam axle at the rear, which endows the Qoros 3 Sedan with a compliant and comfortable ride, yet positive handling when a more dynamic response is required.  In conjunction with an exhaustive development programme that results in extremely effective NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) management, occupants can enjoy a quiet and refined driving experience.

Record price achieved for 1958 Aston DB2/4 MK III

A stunning 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III that sold at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is believed to be the highest price ever paid for the coupé model at auction.

The car, which was owned by the same family for 55 years since it was bought brand new in 1958 for £3,242 19 shillings and 6p, was sold for a record £220,800 at the sale on the 15th of November. As well as being one family owned, it benefitted from one of the largest history files the auction house has ever seen as well as receiving an extensive restoration in the late 1990s.

Commenting on the sale, Guy Lees-Milne, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said, “We are delighted to have secured such a fantastic price for the vendor of this fabulous Aston Martin, achieving what we believe is the highest price ever paid for this particular model at auction. Our results across the whole sale were pretty exceptional and setting a new model record was the icing on the cake.”

However, the sale of the Aston Martin wasn’t the only record breaker at the NEC sale as the auction house also achieved an all-time sales record of £2.7 million, doubling its achievements at the same sale last year.

Guy added, “It’s been a fantastic year for Silverstone Auctions offering some truly memorable cars along the way. Achieving a new record for such an iconic model really is testament to our ongoing commitment to providing vendors and buyers alike with the best service, advice and support. We look forward to demonstrating this again at our first sale in the New Year at Race Retro.”

Quality consignments are now being invited into Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Race Retro which takes place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 22nd February. Anyone interested in submitting an entry and benefitting from Silverstone Auctions’ expertise should call 01926 691141 or visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.

World premiere of new Subaru Levorg concept car

  • Introduction of all-new 1.6-litre direct injection turbo Boxer engine
  • 2.0-litre turbo Boxer engine and Lineartronic transmissions available
  • All-new design blends style with practicality and a high quality interior
  • Launches in Japan in Spring 2014

The all-new Subaru Levorg sports tourer concept made its world premiere this week at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, hinting at a new vehicle currently under development for market launch in Japan in 2014.

The name ‘Levorg’ comes from a combination of the words ‘Legacy’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Touring’, and the concept blends the practicality of a tourer with the stylish design and feel of a sports car.

The front of the Levorg features Subaru’s unified design motif, the hexagonal grille, while the shape of the new ‘hawkeye’ headlights helps emphasise the car’s low, wide stance. Its sleek profile is optimised for high aerodynamic efficiency and conveys the Levorg’s performance potential, yet also leaves no doubt about its practicality and touring credentials.

The Levorg concept sees the introduction of an all-new 1.6-litre horizontally-opposed direct injection turbo (DIT) Boxer engine, which produces 168bhp and 184 lb ft torque, designed to offer smooth performance and greater environmental efficiency. The Levorg has also been engineered with a new high-performance 2.0-litre DIT Boxer engine in mind, producing 296bhp and 295 lb ft torque.

Both new engines are mated to Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT. The Sport Lineartronic transmission fitted as standard to the 2.0-litre engine features an eight-speed shifting mode, which allows for either a more relaxed or a sportier drive and decisive acceleration.

The Subaru Levorg makes extensive use of ultra-high tensile steel throughout its body for weight saving and rigidity. The concept’s independent suspension system and electric power steering allow immediate responses to driver inputs and high cornering limits in all conditions, without compromising the level of comfort expected of a practical tourer.

With a stiff, light-weight body and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system at its core, the Levorg benefits from world-class safety performance. Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring ensure predictable handling and among best-in-class hazard avoidance. New safety structures for the bonnet and bulkhead, and greater use of collision-absorbing materials in the engine bay, further improve crash safety performance and pedestrian protection.

The Levorg previews new safety technology destined for future Subaru models, including Hazard Avoidance Assist, which provides steering assistance if the system anticipates a collision, and Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management, which restricts engine output if the car detects sharp and unexpected acceleration while in reverse.

Subaru’s innovative EyeSight driver assist system has been updated for the Levorg, and now features greater visibility and wider viewing angles for the Active Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Braking Control systems. The next-generation EyeSight introduces a new Active Lane Keep System.

The interior of the Levorg features high quality materials and a rich design, with piano black and metal trim accents throughout the cabin. Instruments feature ice blue lighting to emphasise the high-tech look, while a new 3.5-inch LCD colour display shows the status of the vehicle to the driver at all times. A small-diameter flat-bottomed D-shaped steering wheel affirms the car’s sportiness.

The production version of the Subaru Levorg concept is scheduled to launch in Japan in Spring 2014. Further information on the Subaru stand in Tokyo can be found at www.media.subaru-global.com/en.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG concept debuts in LA

At the Los Angeles International Auto Show (20 November to 1 December 2013), Mercedes-AMG will be presenting its outlook on a compact, high-performance SUV. The Concept GLA 45 AMG features an excitingly bold, distinctive design and is powered by the most muscular four-cylinder engine in series production anywhere in the world: its AMG 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an output of 360 hp and maximum torque of 450 newton metres offers unrivalled performance in conjunction with low fuel consumption.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "With the Concept GLA 45 AMG, we are setting a stake firmly in the ground of the strongly growing market segment of compact SUVs. Our customers – a young target group who set great store by styling, dynamism and independence – can now start looking forward to a dynamic high-performance car. The most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world and the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system add up to make the Concept GLA 45 AMG a unique proposition."

Acceleration from 0-62 mph in under five seconds demonstrates the dynamism that is so typical of the brand. Thanks to a combination of the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, the drive configuration of the Concept GLA 45 AMG impresses with its sporty yet also efficient performance..

Powerful and muscular: breath-taking design

Stunning engineering is combined with some breathtaking styling features by Mercedes-AMG: the Concept GLA 45 AMG has a powerful and muscular presence on the road. This is due in considerable part to the AMG forged wheels in a cross-spoke design with 255/35 R 21 tyres. Painted matt black with a red rim flange, they certainly attract attention. They are complemented by the AMG wheel hub covers with centre lock-look, plus an AMG high-performance braking system with red brake calipers.

The large front splitter in high-gloss black on the AMG front apron, the black flics (air deflectors) with additional flics, together with the large cooling air intakes, serve to underline the long tradition of motorsport at Mercedes-AMG. The motor racing look is further reinforced by the start number "45" on the doors and the distinctive AMG logo at the upper edge of the windscreen. Further design elements exclusive to AMG include the "twin-blade" radiator grille in silver chrome, the side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, the "TURBO AMG" lettering on the front wings, the high-gloss black roof rails and the large rear aerofoil.

Sporty wraps and red highlights 

The sporty silver grey/red foil wrap on the bonnet, vehicle sides, C-pillar and rear end makes a memorable impression and is complemented by the red highlights on the radiator grille, exterior mirrors, diffuser insert and AMG rear aerofoil. The rear view is dominated by the diffuser insert with black trim element and by the twin-tailpipe design of the two rectangular, high-gloss black tailpipe trims of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap.

JLR and Intel collaborate on new infotainment facility.

  • Collaboration with Intel enhances Jaguar Land Rover’s research into future vehicle infotainment
  • Jaguar Land Rover to further strengthen its technology focus with new R&D centre in Portland, Oregon
  • The new centre has been located to enhance collaboration on research and product development with Intel and other leading IT businesses

Jaguar Land Rover will enhance its research and product development on future vehicle infotainment technologies through a new collaboration with Intel and the opening of a new Technology R&D centre in Portland, Oregon.

Jaguar Land Rover’s new research facility on the West Coast will help lead the development of future vehicle infotainment systems and will be responsible for collaborative work with a number of technology partners. The location of the centre has been chosen for its proximity to the technology industry hubs in Silicon Valley and Seattle, where Jaguar Land Rover has been developing collaborative partnerships with the world’s leading IT businesses and creative and technical talent.

Jaguar Land Rover and Intel have already begun work on multiple levels across engineering, research and marketing as Jaguar Land Rover progresses its ambitions to deliver the best in-car infotainment experience. The close proximity of Jaguar Land Rover’s new research facility to Intel Labs is enabling a collaborative relationship on research projects.  Multiple programs are underway to explore and develop next-generation digital vehicle prototypes with in-vehicle cockpit experiences that connect car, device and cloud.  The insights gained from the research programs along with alignment on engineering efforts will speed development on new innovative in-vehicle experiences.

Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director, said: “Our aim is to innovate and develop the ultimate user experience for our customers and by taking a collaborative approach with both technology start-ups and large organisations such as Intel, we will push the boundaries of future infotainment technology.

“Working with Intel will help both partners define and develop platforms and systems appropriate for premium global brands like Jaguar and Land Rover. This will ultimately develop unique and innovative technologies that will continue to drive the appeal of our products. Our research and the partnerships we are developing in the US will help us ensure our new products remain innovative and globally competitive.”

Elliot Garbus, vice president and general manager, Automotive Solutions Division, Intel Corporation, said: “Consumers expect their in-vehicle experiences to be an integrated part of their digitally connected lifestyle; this requires enhanced levels of connectivity and intelligence in the car.  As part of our work with Jaguar Land Rover, we are exploring innovative ways to inform, entertain and assist drivers and passengers in a safe way; speeding development of unique experiences from the car to the cloud.  Our goal is to accelerate opportunities for new types of in-vehicle services and applications in the Internet of Things.”

Creating the new technology centre in Portland and the collaborative partnerships it supports will accelerate the creation of the next generation of in-car technologies, features and software for future Jaguar and Land Rover models. The Portland facility will be Jaguar Land Rover’s first dedicated software R&D operation and will lead the optimisation for automotive applications of a range of new advanced technologies that are currently being developed on the West Coast.

The new ‘Open Software Technology Centre’ in Portland, which will open in 2014, will complement the established Jaguar Land Rover infotainment team based at the company’s product creation facility in Gaydon, UK. It will employ a team of around 30 infotainment specialists, including 16 highly experienced software engineers. Facilities will include a multimedia creative suite, innovation spaces, development laboratory and a six-bay vehicle workshop.

In the future, the Portland technology centre will also complement the long-term research projects that will be undertaken by the Jaguar Land Rover R&D team at the National Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) at the University of Warwick when it opens in 2016. These research projects include electrification, smart & connected cars and Human Machine Interface.

Subaru launches new WRX at Los Angeles Motor Show.

  • World premiere of new high performance saloon at Los Angeles Motor Show
  • US-specification models equipped with new 2.0-litre turbo Boxer engine
  • Choice of six-speed manual and Sport Lineartronic transmissions
  • All-new design, greater practicality and higher quality interior for iconic model

The all-new Subaru WRX, the latest in a line of sports saloons from the Japanese brand, today made its world premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show. Equipped with Subaru’s famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and hallmark Boxer engine, the new WRX combines sports-car performance with four-door saloon practicality.

The new WRX adopts some of the design elements of the Concept seen earlier in the year,  with aggressive yet refined styling. The front of the new model features Subaru’s unified design motif, the hexagonal grille, while the shape of the new ‘hawkeye’ headlights helps emphasise the car’s low, wide stance. The base of the A-pillar has been moved forwards 200mm giving the car a sleeker silhouette, while the C-pillar flows more smoothly into the rear of the car which is characterised by a diffuser and twin exhausts integrated into the rear bumper while a lip spoiler is designed to enhance aerodynamic performance.

At its heart, the US specification WRX features a new, high-performance 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed direct injection turbo (DIT) Boxer engine, which offers much improved performance over the outgoing 2.5-litre model. The new engine produces 268bhp at 5,600rpm and 258 lb ft torque from 2,000-5,200 rpm (compared to 265bhp at 6,000rpm and 244 lb ft torque at 4,400rpm for the 2.5-litre engine). It also offers improved environmental performance.

The new WRX is equipped as standard with a six-speed manual transmission and a newly developed Sport Lineartronic CVT with an eight-speed shifting mode is available as an option. The shift response of the Lineartronic transmission has been improved for its application in the new WRX.

Subaru engineers have optimised the WRX’s suspension geometry for high performance handling. A stiffer body and carefully-tuned suspension have quickened the vehicle’s response to driver inputs and raised the WRX’s cornering limits. Combined with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and Active Torque Vectoring, Subaru has manged to achieve even more predictable, yet engaging handling. The electric power steering features more rigid steering gearbox mounts for improved fuel efficiency and a more direct steering feel.

Greater use of ultra-high tensile steel throughout the body of the car has also made the new model lighter and more rigid than the previous-generation, while new safety structures for the bonnet and bulkhead, and greater use of collision-absorbing materials in the engine bay, further improve crash safety performance and pedestrian protection.

Realising improvements to the WRX’s everyday usability, Subaru engineers have stretched the wheelbase of the new model by 25mm (to 2,650mm), expanding rear legroom and improving elbow- and shoulder-room for all passengers. Door openings for front and rear passengers have been enlarged for easier ingress/egress and boot space has been expanded.

US specification models also benefit from new 17-inch alloy wheel designs which are both more rigid and lighter. LED lighting is employed for front and rear lights.

Crucially, the driver-focused interior of the new WRX features higher quality materials and improved design over the outgoing model, with carbon and metal trim accents throughout the cabin and greater use of soft-touch materials. A new flat-bottomed steering wheel and supportive sports seats leave driver and passengers in no doubt about the WRX’s intentions and sports oriented styling carries into many of the details with subtle silver ‘WRX’ logos, red stitching and red lighting. A new 3.5-inch LCD colour display shows the vehicle status at all times, while a revised multi-function display includes a boost pressure gauge.

The new Subaru WRX will go on sale in North America and Japan later in 2014. It is currently unconfirmed whether a new WRX model will come to the UK.

Yamaha and Gordon Murray design a compact microcar.

In the current era of urban traffic and environmental problems there is increasing demand for downsizing and fuel efficient cars.  MOTIV.e satisfies these demands by utilising ground breaking manufacturing and materials technology while delivering a new level of driver experience which emanates from the Yamaha Motor Company DNA.

The MOTIV.e is created from Yamaha Motor's multi-wheel history and experience (2 wheel - 3 wheel and 4 wheel technology).  Yamaha Motor Company has always been dedicated to craftsmanship with a focus on 'quality mobility'.  The MOTIV.e builds on this philosophy and incorporates Formula One heritage, inspiration from motorcycle design and the latest technology to deliver an exciting and high quality driving experience.  The MOTIV.e delivers a new level of personal mobility.

Yamaha Motor Company chose Gordon Murray Design to cooperate in the design and development of the MOTIV.e which utilises Gordon Murray Design's revolutionary iStream® manufacturing technology.  Yamaha Motor Company and Gordon Murray Design are a perfect fit as a partnership with both company's Formula One and technology backgrounds.

The iStream® manufacturing system which incorporates Formula One composite technology delivers new levels of lightweight, safety, vehicle dynamics and manufacturing flexibility alongside low environmental impact.

The MOTIV.e design reflects Yamaha's rich heritage in high quality lifestyle products while introducing a technical and dynamic shape which is inspired by Yamaha Motor's Motorcycle products.  The iStream® design is centred on a steel frame incorporating bonded composite monocoque panels to produce a lightweight, rigid safety cell.  All independent suspension and low unsprung weight delivers new levels of ride and handling.  The all-new electric powertrain has been designed using 'state of the art' materials and technology.

The MOTIV.e represents a new starting point for urban mobility vehicles and sets new standards in the ultra compact 4 wheeler segment.

Editors Notes:

  • Yamaha Motor Company Limited is a Japanese motorized vehicle-producing company.  Yamaha Motor Company (headquarters is located in Iwata, Shizuoka) is a sister company of Yamaha Corporation who shares its brands and corporate philosophy.  Along with expanding Yamaha Corporation into the world's biggest piano maker, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami took Yamaha into the field of motorized vehicles on July 1, 1955. The company's intensive research into metal alloys for use in acoustic pianos had given Yamaha wide knowledge of the making of lightweight, yet sturdy and reliable metal constructions. This knowledge was easily applied to the making of metal frames and motor parts for motorcycles. Yamaha Motor produces motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, marine engines including outboards, automobile engines, personal watercraft and snowmobiles.  For more information please visit www.yamaha-motor.eu/eu/index.aspx.
  • Gordon Murray Design Limited is a British company operating from Shalford in Surrey. The Company is recognised as a world leader in automotive design and reverses the current industry trend for sub-contracting by having a complete in-house capability for design, prototyping and development. The Company is compact and focused and undertakes automotive and other engineering programmes in an efficient and innovative way. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com.
  • The iStream® assembly process is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process and could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume manufacture since the Model T. Development of the process began over 15 years ago and it has already won the prestigious ‘Idea of the Year’ award from Autocar who were given privileged access in order to make their assessment. The simplified assembly process means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment in the assembly plant by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants. The iStream® design process is a complete re-think on high volume materials, as well as the manufacturing process and will lead to a significant reduction in full lifecycle CO2. For more information please visit www.gordonmurraydesign.com.

World debut of new Mustang on December 5th

  • Ford to reveal new Ford Mustang to the world on December 5
  • The new Mustang is being revealed worldwide in cities including Barcelona, where Ford of Europe will hold a “Go Further” event to introduce new vehicles and technologies
  • Mustang is the most “Liked” vehicle on Facebook with more than 5.5 million fans
  • 15-day #MustangInspires film series features videos created by 15 top ‘Instagrammers’

Ford will take the covers off the first-ever Ford Mustang for sale in Europe on December 5, the sixth generation of the iconic car that celebrates 50 years of production next year.

The new Mustang is making its debut worldwide on four continents and in six cities, including Barcelona, where a special “Go Further” event will introduce the new vehicles and technologies which will shape the future of Ford in Europe.

As part of Ford’s countdown to the unveiling, Facebook and Instagram will showcase what Mustang has meant to its millions of fans during the last 50 years.

“Mustang has come to be much more than just a car for its legions of fans spanning the globe from New Zealand to Iceland and Shanghai to Berlin,” said Jim Farley, Ford global vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. “When you experience Mustang, it ignites a sense of optimism and independence that inspires us all.  We have kicked off the countdown to the all-new Ford Mustang – with a new design, greater refinement, performance and innovative new technologies, Mustang is ready for the next 50 years.”

Ford will share an original #MustangInspires video each day on http://www.mustanginspires.com, culminating in its worldwide reveal.

“In April 1964, Ford conducted its first-ever simultaneous international product reveal when the original Mustang was unveiled to media in New York and 11 European capitals,” said Farley. “Since then, Mustang has become embedded in popular culture, with thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games – and more than 600 owner clubs around the world.”

Ford will spotlight all Mustang reveal activities in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States by sharing photos, videos and stories at:


The Mustang countdown has already started unfolding on Ford UK’s Facebook page (accessible via http://on.fb.me/18Ppgef).

The “Go Further” event in Barcelona on December 5 will be hosted by Stephen Odell, president of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with top members of the global and European executive team.  It will be live-streamed from 14.00 (UK time) at www.gofurtherlive.com.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Nissan celebrates 80 years with new concepts.

“Co-creation” is the bridge to the next generation of vehicles to be developed in collaboration with the next generation of customers

On the 80th anniversary of Nissan's founding, a forward-thinking group of Nissan planners, engineers and designers gathered to grapple with a question: "How can we leverage Nissan’s heritage of innovation to engage digital natives — the new generation of ‘user innovators’ who value the experience of creative collaboration at least as much as actual products?"

One solution lay in the promise of creating attractive new products by proactively interacting with next-generation customers. In turn, this led to a new development framework in which Nissan could engage with young digital natives in building a new kind of relationship — a new, progressive way of making cars.

A New Take on Nissan’s “Innovation & Excitement for Everyone”

The bywords of the Nissan brand are innovation and excitement. Conventionally interpreted, this suggests that Nissan's innovations spark excitement by delivering, for example, responsive acceleration and tight handling. But excitement can also fuel innovation, particularly when it is the excitement of working with like-minded people on topics you care passionately about.

For digital natives — those born after 1990 — touchscreens and social connectivity are taken for granted. Not satisfied with the passive consumer role, they want to be part of the story. In user communities they share information and take an active part in finding creative solutions. Modifying electronic devices or using IT to communicate and interact with others is exciting and emotionally rewarding for them. It makes their interests even more rewarding for them personally, much as it did with previous generations and their own contemporary technologies.

This insight pointed the way forward: Nissan could appeal to digital natives by delivering on the promise of “Innovation and Excitement for Everyone” in a whole new way. To offer a new take on the product development process, Nissan offered a space for digital natives to participate in product creation. Their desire to change things and create new value could be activated not just in the technology sphere but in making cars. The way forward was tofind a way to involve them in the monozukuri story of making things and exposing them to fun and innovative ways of imagining cars.

Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan puts it this way:

“We have always valued and respected customer input and sought to exceed customer expectations. Now we are taking this into a new dimension by having customers who are passionate about Nissan participate in the development process with collaborative creation. As members of the development team, customers will work together with specialists to co-create a new generation of Nissan vehicles that reflect our customers’ desires, insights and creativity at a more profound level than ever before.”

The Time is Right for a New Approach

Visitors to a motor show expect to see cars — provocative concepts, groundbreaking prototypes and bewitching new models. But as it commemorates its 80th birthday Nissan is daring to not just create cars, but involve talented members of the public in a whole new way of creating new cars. Nissan calls it "co-creation" — collaborative creativity applied to the process of developing new automobiles.

Why now? From creating artistic clothing designs to tackling global challenges, the Internet enables people to share ideas and participate in group projects through online communities. Professionals work with novices and academics. The one thing that ties them together is a passion for creative problem solving.

Looking at the big picture, these trends add up to a growing interest in Do-It-Yourself and fascination with the process of collaborative creation. The time is right to bring participative innovation to automotive design and engineering.

The Co-creation Process: How it Works

Up to now, vehicle development seemed a closed, specialist-only process. The advent of co-creation now blurs the line between producer and consumer. It starts with Nissan inviting passionate individuals to join the development team. A project begins with a topic or theme. Then the co-creation community, comprising Nissan and customers, rethinks everything — from the primary question of how the vehicle will be used to the car’s “personality.” The next stage is joint development of styling and engineering. Finally, Nissan manufactures the car. With co-creation, customers get an opportunity to interact with other passionate likeminded people and creative professionals. Through this exciting collaborative process they give birth to something great that is also meaningful to them on a personal level.

For the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan is exhibiting two show cars, IDx NISMO and IDx Freeflow, as examples of the kind of output one could look forward to in an actual co-creation scenario incorporating the values of digital natives. Both cars have the same starting point – a generic platform that is easy to understand; it stimulates people to indulge their sense of play and gives free rein to their imagination.

The two show cars give a glimpse of how co-creation can generate completely different solutions depending on the theme and participants, while building off the same base. This is a flexible platform that allows diverse customers to contribute their ideas and realise their ideals, thanks to its relative simplicity and solid performance.

For Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, co-creation means exciting new possibilities for vehicle design.

“Nissan is recognised as a true pioneer in automotive design and is still creating whole new product genres. By reaching out to digital natives as collaborators in our vehicle design, we are looking to the future. They sense the purity of Nissan’s history and how the value we create transcends the times. The two IDx concepts have the silhouette of plain sedans. This elegance in simplicity is something Nissan rediscovered through our dynamic interaction with digital natives. We hope that this collaboration will reveal fertile new frontiers of vehicle styling for future exploration.”

Both concept cars on display use the same basic body construction, but appear to be completely different due to the divergent creative themes and the originality inculcated by the participating members of each team. With a product development process that

stresses flexibility, each platform becomes a springboard of expressing new ideas for collaborative communities, enabling an ideal to be realised in concrete form.

Forging a New Relationship between Nissan and Customers

For digital natives, the co-creation experience adds “cars” to the things which can stimulate their creativity. This fresh approach to collaborative work enables car lovers to help shape automotive development by combining their enthusiasm with the expertise accumulated by automotive experts. The result is not just vehicles that are relevant and optimised for future customers. By opening up the product development that had, until now, been limited to specialists, Nissan is building new relationships with its customers.

Looking ahead, Nissan is only at the beginning of its engagement with a variety of communities to stimulate and harness collective creativity… there is much more to come.

USA - Long wheelbase Range Rover globally launched at L.A.

  • Range Rover Long-Wheelbase to make global debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
  • Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black Edition will make its debut at an exclusive customer preview event at a private residence in Beverly Hills
  • Long-wheelbase Range Rover vehicle offers customers extended rear seat comfort
  • The 2014 Range Rover will be available in standard (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB)
  • Rear seat luxury and comfort is enhanced by close to eight inches of extra wheelbase
  • Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black edition will be launched as the new pinnacle of the Range Rover line-up
  • Luxurious new amenities offered in an exclusive edition with distinct leather and veneers
  • Ultra luxury rear seat experience includes reclining, extending and massage-equipped seats and custom crafted comfort and work amenities 
  • New offering to meet growing demand for an ultra-luxury edition of the Range Rover
  • Sales of fourth generation all-aluminum Range Rover up 39 percent YTD, 2013
  • The fourth generation Range Rover was the first SUV to ever achieve the highest score in J.D. Power and Associates APEAL survey

Land Rover is extending its family of peerless luxury vehicles with the introduction of long-wheelbase variants of the Range Rover vehicle and the addition of an exclusive new ultra luxury edition- the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black.

The Range Rover Long-Wheelbase will make its global premiere alongside the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black edition at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The public reveals will take place on November 20, 2013 at 10am PST during the Land Rover press conference.

These two new Range Rover variants meet strong global demand for enhanced luxury, rear seat accommodation and exclusivity at the pinnacle of the Range Rover line-up.

Range Rover Long-Wheelbase 

Debuting at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, long-wheelbase Range Rover models have 7.3-inches more rear seat legroom than standard-wheelbase models and when equipped with the optional executive seating package, an increased seatback recline of 17 degrees. Customer deliveries of long-wheelbase range rover models are expected to commence in late Q1 2014.

The additional 7.3-inches of rear legroom has been achieved by lengthening the aluminum unibody in front of the rear wheels. The signature floating roof and distinctive Range Rover silhouette are retained.

Long-wheelbase variants will initially be available on Supercharged and Autobiography trim levels with either a three-across bench seat or individual rear seats with a center console. The individual rear seats can recline to 17 degrees, a full eight degrees more than in the standard-wheelbase. All long-wheelbase vehicles will be equipped with standard powered door blinds and a panoramic sunroof, and carry a distinctive 'L' badge insignia displayed on the lower front door trims.


New levels of exclusivity with Range Rover Long-WheelbaseAutobiography Black

Land Rover has created a new ultra-luxury flagship, the 2014 Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black, which will make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The new Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black interior has been carefully crafted and tailored to meet customer needs with subtle but distinctive detailing. The interior has been appointed and finished with high quality leathers and materials.

Available in long-wheelbase only for the U.S. Market, the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black has been designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover's 'Engineered To Order' (ETO) division to build upon the exceptional Range Rover with extended levels of luxury, comfort and design in an exclusive offering.

A limited build of around 100 units is planned for the U.S. market in the 2014 model year. The first 25 will be built in Valloire White pearlescent paint.

Subtle and distinctive exterior detailing

A number of exterior elements to the Autobiography Black give it a subtly distinctive character. A unique design and finish has been given to the front grille and side vents along with badging in black enamel and chrome. Signature rear lamps, a chrome accent finish to the tailgate and auxiliary vents to the front add to the unique detailing of this vehicle. A new exclusive 7-spoke 21-inch with a high gloss polished finish further differentiates the Autobiography Black.

"The Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black is the latest step in our transformational journey that moves luxury to another level. This vehicle is an intensely design focused response to our customers' desire for more choice and exclusivity," says Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer. "The highest standards of precision detailing, together with the use of the finest crafted materials, have been achieved inside and out. Autobiography Black represents the pinnacle of desirability in the world of luxury inhabited by our Range Rover customers."

First class travel

The Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black incorporates an individualized front and rear seating package with a bespoke seat cover design. Both front and rear seats have seat memory and climate control available. The sumptuous leather seating is complemented with a massage function and bolsters with adjustable 18-way front seat including upper seat articulation.

This package offers the ultimate in rear seat luxury with two individual fully adjustable seats and a new center console to offer supreme comfort and functionality. Rear passengers benefit from the addition of lumbar massage and powered recline, 10.2-inches Rear seat entertainment screens feature navigation journey displays and the right hand side rear passenger seat is equipped with a powered recliner calf rest for further comfort.

With a new design made exclusively for the Autobiography Black, the rear center console includes electrically deployable tables covered in black leather with integrated USB charging sockets and cup holders. A chiller compartment provides additional space for glasses and bottles and increased stowage is available towards the rear. The headphone storage trim can be removed to reveal a ski hatch while the entire rear console can be illuminated in harmony with the vehicle's mood lighting settings.

Configurable LED mood lighting allows the owner to set the tone by varying the intensity of the lighting from a range of 10 colors. This feature is concentrated on the door handles and stowage compartments, as well as along the lines of the lavish, veneered surfaces on the center console.

Finer details include leather-wrapped rear cargo trim, A, B and C-pillar trim and a perforated leather finish on the door insert. The seat backs, ski hatch, cargo trim and upper D-pillar, are also leather wrapped. Tread plates feature an illuminated 'Autobiography Black' script, while a brushed stainless steel tailgate trim completes the detailing.

Three exclusive interior color combinations are available with the Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black at launch; Ebony/Lunar, Espresso/Tan and Dark Cherry/Ivory, the latter including a unique dual-tone seat.

U.S. Models and 2014 MSRP1: (Pricing Effective Jan 1, 2014)

Range Rover:    $84,195
Range Rover HSE:     $89,195
Range Rover V8 S/C:   $100,995
Range Rover V8 S/C (LWB):     $106,195
Range Rover Autobiography:   $137,645
Range Rover Autobiography (LWB):     $142,995                              
Range Rover Autobiography Black (LWB):    $185,000
Range Rover Autobiography Black (LWB) with Valloire White Paint:    $199,500

1 Price shown is MSRP.  Includes $895 destination and delivery fee.  Excludes taxes, title, license and other local fees.  Actual price set by retailer.  See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

Honda previews two new models at Tokyo, the Vezel and S660

Honda has unveiled the new Urban SUV production model on the first day of the Tokyo Motor Show. The new model will be named Vezel for the Japanese market. Strengthening its sports car activity, Honda also revealed the S660 Concept mid-engined sports model.

The new Urban SUV will be launched in Europe during 2015, with the name of the European model being confirmed nearer to launch.

The exterior design of the new model is close to a SUV, with coupe-like styling in its upper body. The sharp character lines create an inspiring and emotional exterior design. The interior is designed to create a high-quality space for the driver and front passenger, and comfort and functionality for those in the rear.

In Japan, Honda will launch both a hybrid and petrol model of the Vezel. The hybrid model will be equipped with Sport Hybrid i-DCD* that combines a 1.5 litre direct injection engine with a high-output motor, and the petrol model will be equipped with a 1.5 litre direct injection engine. Adopting new-generation powertrain technologies, the Vezel delivers both a dynamic driving character and excellent fuel economy for both models.

The Japanese model will be launched on 20th December 2013.

Honda also unveiled the S660 Concept which aims to deliver nimble and dynamic driving, outstanding stability and a dynamic design that are only possible with a mid-ship layout.

Speaking at the Honda Press Conference, Takanobu Ito, CEO and President of Honda Motor Co., said, “This model embodies the freewheeling thinking of young Honda engineers, who want to make a cool car that is unique to Honda. Our engineers are devoting their passion and technologies to the development of this model.”

Designed for the Japanese kei-car market, the model is being developed towards mass production in 2015.

Limited edition Nissan Qashqai launched to celebrate the launch year of 2007

  • Exclusive initial production run special edition reserved for existing Nissan customers
  • Only 2,007 will be built for Europe, marking the launch year of the original pioneering crossover
  • High standard specification showcases Nissan innovation and excitement
  • Premium features include the highly advanced Nissan Safety Shield, Around View Monitor and NissanConnect

Nissan is marking the arrival the next generation crossover with a special new model - the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition. In a unique gesture designed to reward the 2 million buyers of the original crossover pioneer, the new version will be reserved exclusively for existing Nissan customers until 31 December 2013.

Just 2,007 of them are available for Nissan owners wanting the ultimate in new Qashqai exclusivity in Europe, with only 290 available in the UK. Each car will bear its own numbered badge, with each owner guaranteed a place in Nissan history as one of the very first owners of the next generation Qashqai.

The all-new Qashqai was revealed only two weeks ago, where its bold design and advanced premium technology were discovered for the first time.

The Nissan Qashqai Premier Limited Edition will have a total production run of only 2,007, a figure that references the year the original Qashqai was launched, marking the arrival of the first mass market crossover.

High specification and unique features

Based on the range-topping Tekna model, the Premier Limited Edition showcases Nissan's passion for accessible technology and bold design.  

Equipment unique to the Premier Limited Edition includes special part leather and Alcantara trim, a dark roof liner, custom dark carpets, chrome side door sills, front lip and tailgate lower finisher and special Premier-branded kick plates. The stone coloured seats surrounded by the black carpet and black headliner provide a striking contrast, while each model features a personalised numbered badge.

The Premier Limited Edition also comes with the Tekna's extensive array of design and technology features as standard. The exterior design is enhanced by 19-inch alloy wheels and sector-first Bi-LED headlamps and roof rails. The cabin is equipped with heated front seats, new NissanConnect entertainment and navigation system, and a panoramic glass roof.

Nissan's advanced Safety Shield is also fitted as standard, featuring an extensive array of advanced technology features including: Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and High Beam Assist.

The Premier Limited Edition Qashqai is available in Pearl Black and is powered by a 1.6 dCi engine featuring Nissan's advanced ALL-MODE 4x4-i system as standard.

Next generation Qashqai - the second generation crossover is here

The release of the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition model celebrates the introduction of Nissan's innovative second-generation crossover.

Redesigned from the ground up, the new Qashqai has been created to meet the demands and expectations of next-generation crossover buyers. Every element of the new car - from the new cabin that offers more space, higher quality materials and greater practicality to premium technologies that take occupant protection to a new level - has been re-thought, re-engineered and re-imagined.

The new Qashqai range is available to pre-order now with prices starting from £17,595. Qashqai Premier Limited Edition is available uniquely to Nissan customers until the end of December 2013.

VW launches hybrid up! citycar in Tokyo

Volkswagen has unveiled a hybrid version of its up! city car at the Tokyo Motor Show.  The twin up! concept car uses a 0.8-litre two-cylinder turbodiesel engine in series with a 27 kW electric motor and a seven-speed DSG gearbox – a version of the drivetrain found in the pioneering XL1 – and offers combined fuel consumption of 256.8 mpg.

All new Volkswagen vehicles are deigned to accept alternative power trains as well as conventional ones, so only minor modifications (such as lengthening the front overhang by 30 mm) were necessary to fit the plug-in hybrid drivetrain into the four-seat twin up!.

The twin up!’s diesel engine and electric motor each produce up to 35 kW, while the maximum system power output of the twin up!’s front-mounted drivetrain is 55 kW.  The 8.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, 12 V battery and 33-litre fuel tank are all located between the rear seats and the boot.

Good aerodynamics (0.30 Cd), a low unladen weight (1,205 kg) despite the addition of the lithium-ion batteries and 165/65 R15 tyres optimised for low rolling resistance all help to maximise the twin up!’s efficiency, and to achieve the 256.8 mpg combined fuel consumption figure and 27 g/km CO2 emissions.

A decoupling clutch between the diesel and electric motors allows the electric motor to operate independently.  Provided that there is sufficient battery charge, the driver can press the e-mode button for emissions-free driving.

On electric power alone the twin up! can operate at speeds of 77 mph, and accelerate from zero to 37 mph in 8.8 seconds.  The range on batteries alone is up to 31 miles.  Using diesel and electric motors together, the car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 15.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 87 mph.  Combined torque peaks at 215 Nm.

When braking, the electric motor acts as a generator, and the braking energy is used to charge the battery.  Under appropriate conditions the TDI engine can be used to charge the main traction battery.

Externally, the twin up! follows design cues familiar from the all-electric e-up! model, and also includes flowing blue double stripes above the sills.  The main paint colour is ‘Sparkling White’, which includes blue flakes that create a spectacular changing pattern.  The interior is dominated by an off-white ‘Ceramic’ colour, with a fabric and leather combination upholstery featuring blue piping and reflective strips on the seats’ centre panels.

The instrument panel is bespoke, and all instrumentation is digital.  The visual image and content of the instruments change according to the vehicle’s driving mode (hybrid or all-electric).  In hybrid mode the accents are white, while in pure electric mode they are blue.

The central infotainment screen is configurable by the user, while for the first time in a Volkswagen the automatic climate controls below are exclusively digital.  This innovative concept uses Active Matrix Organic LED (AMOLED) displays.

The grand finale: the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION takes a bow to the world.

The grand finale: the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION brings an impressive era to an end in exclusive style. The FINAL EDITION model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for customers to order an SLS AMG – while at the same time reflecting the unrivalled success story and unique scope offered by the first vehicle to be completely built by Mercedes-AMG. The super sports car, with its 591 hp AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine, offers a fascinating combination of truly exceptional design and equipment features. Exclusively developed Cup tyres enhance its dynamic performance.

The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION is celebrating its twin world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show (both: 20 November to 1 December 2013). The market launch will begin in March 2014. The super sports car will be available as either a Coupé or a Roadster and, once 350 units have been built, production of the SLS AMG model series will come to an end.Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "As the first car to be completely developed by AMG, the SLS AMG marked the beginning of a new era for our company. And now, in the form of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION, we are offering our customers one final and extremely attractive variant of our super sports car. With its numerous carbon fibre-look body components, a further optimised aerodynamic balance and optional Cup tyres, the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION has the absolute potential to fascinate."

Exterior with exclusive carbon fibre-look bonnet and rear spoiler

The special design of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION ensures that it stands out in visual terms: the carbon fibre-effect bonnet with central air outlet, the carbon-fibre front splitter on the front apron, the fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil that is so reminiscent of the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series and the exclusive AMG forged light-alloy wheels make it a real head-turner. When paired with the designo magno graphite matt paintwork that has been adopted from the collector's model, the SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" (available as an option), the carbon fibre components and the AMG forged wheels have a distinctly sporty flair. To add to the distinctive visual impression when seen from behind, the struts of the rear apron are finished in high-gloss black.

New aerodynamic components comprising a carbon-fibre bonnet, rear aerofoil and front splitter reduce the lift on both the front and the rear axle. As on the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series and the SLS AMG GT3, the carbon-fibre bonnet of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION features a central air outlet. Apart from effectively dissipating engine heat, this outlet also increases downforce at the front axle and improves the Cd value. The engineers at AMG have utilised the vacuum effect to deliver the double benefit of dissipating the hot air from the engine compartment at the same time as drawing up the cool airflow from the vehicle's underbody. The optimised aerodynamic balance not only improves the car's potential on the racing circuit, but also contributes to handling safety.

AMG forged wheels and newly developed Cup tyres

The AMG forged wheels in a cross-spoke design are available in two colour variants: painted matt black with a high-sheen finish or painted matt black with a high-sheen rim flange. Red-painted brake calipers provide an effective contrast. New "Dunlop Sport Maxx Race" Cup tyres in size 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) are available on request as a no-cost option. These Cup tyres have been exclusively developed for Mercedes-AMG. Not only do these improve steering precision: they also increase grip. The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION thus lends itself for use by aspiring racing drivers on private or closed-off circuits.

AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine producing 435 kW (591 hp) and 650 newton metres

Opening the carbon-fibre bonnet reveals the front mid-mounted AMG 6.3-litre V8 power unit set low down and well to the back. With an output of 591 hp at 6800 rpm and maximum torque of 650 newton metres at 4750 rpm, the high-revving eight-cylinder engine guarantees dynamic driving at its finest. The SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and can reach 125 mph in 11.2 seconds. The top speed is 198 mph (electronically limited).

Fast-reacting, variable and emotionally exciting – the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission proves to be the perfect match for the V8 naturally aspirated engine. With four shift programmes, RACE START and an automatic double-declutching function, the dual-clutch transmission mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle brings with it the perfect prerequisites for top performance. The particularly dynamic shift characteristics, and the shorter reaction time when selecting gears manually, enhance the emotional experience for the driver. The AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension with variable, electronically controlled damping, includes the "Sport" and "Sport plus" programmes.

Interior with designo Exclusive leather in a diamond pattern

It is not only the exterior design and the engineering of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION that will satisfy the most discerning of tastes, but also the interior: the high-quality ambience is characterised above all by the striking designo Exclusive leather in a diamond pattern that is used to upholster the centre panels of both the seats and the doors. Contrasting top stitching in silver coordinates perfectly with the black leather upholstery, the silver seat belts and the black floor mats edged in silver leather. Carbon-fibre trim comes as standard.

A particularly exclusive detail is the "AMG FINAL EDITION - 1 of 350" badge on the carbon-fibre centre console. A further high-quality feature, both to look at and to feel, is the so-called "3D seam": a fine strip of Alcantara® set into the leather-covered instrument panel demonstrates the attention to detail that is so typical of Mercedes-AMG. Contrasting top stitching skilfully hand-worked in silver adds the finishing touch to the 3D seam, underlining the craftsmanship involved. The AMG Performance steering wheel in Alcantara® with silver 12 o'clock markings all-round and a high-gloss black real metal insert matches the high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents. The sports seats feature an embossed AMG emblem in the head restraints.

The market launch of the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION will commence in March 2014.  UK Pricing and Specification is still to be confirmed.

Tremendous variety, terrific success story

Whether Coupé, Roadster, GT, Black Series, Electric Drive, the GT3 racing version, the new FINAL EDITION or – last not least – the Official F1® Safety Car in the Formula 1® World Championship: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been causing a stir since 2009. The output of the models with road-going approval ranges from 571 hp to 751 hp.

The super sports car celebrated its world premiere in its Coupé guise at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main in September 2009, with the market launch taking place in the spring of 2010. The spectacular gullwing model was followed in 2011 by the SLS AMG Roadster and thecustomer-sport racing model, the SLS AMG GT3. With various titles in international championships such as the ADAC GT Masters, the FIA GT3 European Championship and the FIA GT1 World Championship, as well as over 100 victories in race series on five continents, the racing version of the gullwing model has impressively demonstrated its extraordinary performance.

In particular, long-distance successes in the Bathurst 12-hour race and the 24-hour races in Dubai, at the Nürburgring, in Spa-Francorchamps and in Barcelona have spectacularly confirmed the competitiveness of the racing gullwing model. In 2013 alone, the SLS AMG GT3 2013 thus claimed the "grand slam" of classic GT3 long-distance races, with four victories in succession. In the hotly contested Blancpain Endurance Series, the SLS AMG GT3 similarly won the championship title in 2013.

Since early 2010 the SLS AMG has also been ensuring safety in Formula 1, the ultimate motor racing series, as the Official F1®Safety Car. The FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX in September 2012 saw the SLS AMG GT take over this role.

In June 2013 came the market launch of the two most powerful variants: the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series with 631 hp and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive with 751 hp.

SLS AMG now already a classic of the future

Since its world premiere in 2009 the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has won numerous awards of international significance. Not least on the basis of its breathtaking design and acknowledged superb driving dynamics, the super sports car from Mercedes-AMG is today already deemed to be a classic of the future.