Thursday, July 31, 2014

MTM S3 2.0 TFSI: Adds value at the wheel and on the road


The MTM system has heritage - and spins stories. The heritage is based on MTM boss Roland Mayers' simple philosophy: cars leaving his performance centre are sporty, super and superior. The stories written about cars after their fitness makeover at MTM tell of victories and records.

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Sales release for S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID: First PLUG-IN HYBRID with a star starts

Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID

STUTTGART : Jul 31, 2014 - With immediate effect the Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID can be ordered for prices from 108,944.50 euros[1]. The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and the luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class. The luxury saloon with a long wheelbase impresses with unique dynamism and efficiency. Thanks to standard pre-entry climate control it also offers unique climate comfort. In September the first certified three-litre luxury saloon in the world will be arriving at the dealers — a further milestone on the road to emission-free mobility.

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The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron starts in Europe

2015 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

INGOLSTADT : July 31, 2014 - The first plug-in hybrid from Audi, the A3 Sportback e-tron*, is now available to order for customers in Europe. Approximately 410 Audi dealers in Europe – including no fewer than 105 in Germany – are selling the A3 e-tron at a basic price of 37,900 euros on the German market. An individual installation check, the “e-tron plus” special package and “green” power from Audi complete the offering for the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. The compact electric car will be handed over to its first customers this winter.

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Range Rover Sport SVR : Fastest production SUV around Nurburgring

Range Rover Sport SVR at the Nurburgring

WHITLEY, UK : July 30, 2014 - The Range Rover Sport SVR has lapped the famous Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany in 8 minutes 14 seconds, making it the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring. The impressive feat was carried out by a Land Rover driver testing a standard production example of the potent new performance flagship.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Renault Sport R.S. 01 takes off the wraps

Renault Sport R.S. 01 - Teaser image

Discover the first pictures of Renault Sport R.S. 01, caught unawares in its natural environment. The next important date is August 27 at the Moscow Motor Show, when we will tell you all about this spectacular sports car, which is set to become the next star in the World Series by Renault.

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Toyota GT86 Rally version to start at Rally Germany

Toyota GT86 CS-R3

  • 274 km long endurance test on asphalt and gravel 
  • Modifications for rallying already homologated 
  • Available as a kit from the first quarter 2015
COLOGNE : July 30, 2014 - The new Toyota GT86 CS-R3, visitors and spectators of the ADAC Rally Germany for the first time in action: The rally version of the sports car starts at the ninth round of the World Rally Championship from August 21 to 24 as a forward vehicle outside the standings.

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The New Aluminium-Intensive Jaguar XE: The most fuel efficient Jaguar ever to achieve over 75mpg

The New Aluminium-Intensive Jaguar XE

  • The Jaguar XE brings new levels of aluminium-intensive lightweight construction expertise to the segment 
  • Projected to deliver fuel economy of over 75mpg* (less than 4 litres/100km) on EU combined cycle
  • The high strength, rigid body enables world class driving dynamics – with supple ride and precise handling
  • All-new modular architecture developed around Jaguar’s fifth-generation bonded and riveted aluminium technology
  • New aluminium alloy invented: RC5754 uses highly recycled aluminium to dramatically reduce energy consumption and lifecycle CO2

  • The innovative new Jaguar XE redefines the standard in its segment. Designed around Jaguar’s modular vehicle architecture, the XE is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with lightweight aluminium accounting for 75 per cent of the structure.

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    Ssangyong - The first 60 years: 1954 - 2014

    1974 - Shinjin Jeep

    SsangYong is the oldest and fourth largest automotive manufacturer in Korea. Its origins can be traced back to 1954, since when it has had associations with a number of other well-known automotive brands including Mercedes-Benz, Daewoo and SAIC - which now owns MG.  Today its future is secure, thanks to a 73% stake from the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, which vies with Tata as India’s largest automotive producer.  The brand first arrived in the UK in 1994 with the Musso.

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    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Start of Production in Beijing: New long-wheelbase C-Class strengthens Mercedes-Benz’ China portfolio

    Frank Deiss (fourth from left), President and CEO Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC), with team-members at the production line, celebrating the first Mercedes-Benz Long-wheelbase C-Class in Beijing

    • As part of the global production network for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC) is the fourth site in less than six months to start production.  
    • The first ever long-wheelbase version of the C-Class for the local market marks another key milestone for Daimler’s China strategy
    • Hubertus Troska: “The C-Class is at the core of our development in China and destined to become one of our top growth drivers here.”
    • Close cooperation and exchange between worldwide C-Class sites assures top quality on a global level

    BEIJING/STUTTGART : July 29, 2014 – Mercedes-Benz for the first time has started production of a long-wheelbase version of the C-Class. Not even six months after the start of production of the new C-Class in Bremen, Germany, the first long-wheelbase C-Class model has rolled off its production line at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC) in China. The model, which will be launched in China starting this September, is an important addition to Mercedes-Benz’ portfolio and marks another key milestone in Daimler’s China strategy.

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    Bold and sophisticated styling for third-generation Sorento

    All-new KIA SORENTO

    The all-new third-generation Kia Sorento will be unveiled in Korea next month, featuring bold, swept-back exterior styling.

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    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    2014 Formula 1 : Ricciardo wins dramatic Hungarian GP

    2014 F1 Hungarian GP Winner : Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing-Renault

    HUNGARORING : July 27, 2014 - Daniel Ricciardo took a stunning victory in a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Nico Rosberg despite starting from the pit lane.

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    Friday, July 25, 2014

    50,000th Volkswagen T5 California celebrating

    Celebrations at the California production plant in Hannover: 50,000x motoring leisure direct from the factory

    HANNOVER : July 25, 2014 – Together with the management board and works council the team at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles California production plant in Hannover Limmer were celebrating on Friday the production of the 50,000th Volkswagen T5 California.

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    Aston Martin confirms bespoke super saloon: the finest of fast cars

    Aston Martin Lagonda

    GAYDON : July 25, 2014 - Aston Martin is today confirming a bespoke product programme for a new super saloon that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda nameplate in a strictly limited series.

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    The McLAREN P1™ GTR Design Concept previewed ahead of Pebble Beach global debut

     McLaren P1™GTR

    McLaren will use its presence at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to showcase its ultimate track-focused model, the McLaren P1™GTR,  in design concept form.

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    Subaru names All-New sports sedan "WRX S4" in Japan

    Subaru WRX S4 teaser image

    TOKYO : July 25, 2014 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that Subaru's all-new sports sedan, to be introduced in Japan on August 25, has been named "WRX S4".

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    The new AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine: Powerful, innovative and efficient

    AMG M178 V8 engine

    AFFALTERBACH : July 25, 2014 - Mercedes-AMG presents a new technological masterpiece: the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is a new development at the sporting heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT car. This innovative eight-cylinder unit stands out for its sublime power delivery, the purposeful lightweight construction, as well as its high efficiency and environmental compatibility. With peak power of up to 375 kW (510 hp) and maximum torque of up to 650 Nm the new AMG V8 delivers motorsport-inspired performance. The new sports car engine follows in an impressive V8 tradition that started in 1967 with the M100 in the legendary 300 SEL 6.8 AMG racing car and continues with trendsetting features of the future.

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    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    ABT RS Q3 - A sporty 410-horse carriage

    2015 ABT RS Q3

    In fairy tales, princes ride on greys. In Bavaria, one rides a white “carriage” and 410 horses. Because once upon a time there was a solid Audi RS Q3, uprated by 100hp and an exciting look by ABT Sportsline. In sum, we now have no less than 410 hp / 301 kW. Maximum torque is 530, instead of 420 Nm, and so the SUV is accelerated almost as if Rumpelstiltskin were chasing it.

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    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris Sub-Compact

    2015 Toyota YARIS

    TORRANCE, Calif. : July 23, 2014 – A bold new look with a distinct European flavor.  A new, quieter interior crafted from improved materials. And a new attitude. The redesigned 2015 Toyota Yaris checks all of the boxes for small-car shoppers. And then it adds and checks two more boxes for fun and value. In 3-door or 5-door liftback models, the 2015 Yaris makes every day driving less every day.

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    BMW Group breaks new ground with BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

    2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

    SÖLDEN : July 23, 2014 - The BMW Group is breaking new ground by entering the attractive premium compact class with its latest offering, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. “The response to the 2 Series Active Tourer has been extremely positive, which makes us confident that this new vehicle will be a resounding success,” said Harald Krüger, board member of BMW AG responsible for production, as the new vehicle was presented in Sölden (Austria) on Wednesday. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is due to be launched on the European market on 27 September 2014.

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    Dodge unleashes most powerful muscle car ever

    2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. : July 22, 2014 - The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle – introducing the new 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine and its stablemate, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT – just a few months after taking the wraps off the new Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker at the New York International Auto Show.

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