Returning for one week only between June 10 and 16 in the exclusive setting of London’s bustling business district Canary Wharf, Motorexpo’s revolutionary show format is a real fan favourite, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. With more brands exhibiting this year than ever before, visitor numbers are expected to exceed the record 460,000 who attended last year’s event.
Commenting after more details were released of the brand new Panamera E-Hybrid, the German manufacturer confirmed that all brand new vehicles, including the 911, will be fitted with a next generation hybrid drive module as standard, which combines both an electric motor and clutches in a single unit.
Struggling against the burden of ever-increasing maintenance and motor insurance costs, taxi firms the world over are looking for more effective ways to save money.
Whilst some are choosing to implement new smartphone technology to their taxi services, others are now looking to introduce electric cars to their fleet.
Car manufacturer Nissan are one company benefiting from this, with its all-electric LEAF model increasingly being used as a taxi car, with its cheaper running costs comparing favourably to standard petrol and diesel vehicles. Continue reading
Aiming to continue the four-door saloon’s dominance of the luxury car market worldwide with its combination of comfort, space, efficiency, safety, quality and connectivity, Mercedes boss Dr Dieter Zetsche has already described the car as “the best automobile in the world.”
It’s never been a better time to be a car buyer. As an ever increasing number of car manufacturers are offering reduced deals to potential customers, new car sales in the UK are continuing to boom. But with so many deals now on offer to the customer, identifying the very best deals has become even harder.
With the release of the Fast And Furious 6 movie now on the horizon, car enthusiasts the world over are once again drooling over the prospect of seeing a startling array of high powered machines put through their paces on the big screen.
Excitement is steadily mounting in the car world for the official unveiling of the BMW i8 supercar. As the finishing touches are made on the vehicle, the German automobile manufacturer has recently revealed design details of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle which is due to release next year.
Ferrari’s latest supercar has been shrouded in secrecy for quite some time now, so when it was finally revealed at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva this week there was more than a hint of excitement amongst the motoring fraternity.
LaFerrari, the natural successor to the Enzo supercar, has a host of unique features, the most unconventional of all being that it has no traditional seating. Instead the vehicle’s seating positions are moulded into the carbon-fibre frame, with the both steering wheel and pedals adjusting to the driver.
The other significant revelation is that the vehicle is a hybrid, meaning potential insurance policies will differ from traditional car insurance.
With hybrid cars becoming increasingly popular in recent years, the Maranello based manufacturer say LaFerrari is both eco-friendly and supremely efficient at low speeds, receiving 161 of its 950 horsepower from the electric motor arrangement mounted at the rear on its automated transaxle. Working in conjunction with a 6.3 litre gasoline burning V-12 engine, the vehicle generates in excess of 660 pounds of torque
The curb weight of LaFerrari is also significantly lighter than Ferrari’s flagship model, the F12. The lighter weight dramatically increases the vehicle’s speed, with a Ferrari spokesperson remarking that the car was over 3 seconds faster than the F12 around the company’s test track in Fiorano, Italy.
Whilst exact vehicle specifications have yet to be announced by Ferrari, acceleration to 0-60mph clocks in at under three seconds, with the car achieving 124 m.p.h in under seven seconds. The company have also said top speed reaches 230 m.p.h.
Best in class performance
Likely to be pitted head to head with McLaren’s recently introduced P1 supercar, naturally Ferrari is full of praise for the new car, promising “best in class performance” on both the read and racetrack with “absolute capability without any form of compromise in any area”.
Such performance however comes at the cost. With speculation mounting that the car will retail for a princely sum of around $1 million, Ferrari say they will be producing less than 500 units, meaning availability will also be strictly limited with most of the initial run already spoken for.
So whilst we would all like to get behind the wheel of one of these beauties, unfortunately owning the latest supercar off the “Il Commendatore” production line will be a pipe-dream for all but the rich and famous.
You may be thinking right now: “The What?” SsangYong is a South Korean car manufacturer which has been about since 1954 but its models are not common in the UK. Since having 70% of its shared acquired by Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd in 2011 however, it has been working on some new and ambitious cars.
Concept to reality
The new car, the Rodius MPV was revealed as a concept last March at the Geneva Motor Show. Only sketches are available for the moment, but looks-wise it’s a big improvement from the current model. The new car will have a 2 litre diesel engine and will be suitable for outdoor and off-road driving, not just on-road. It is expected to be equipped with four wheel drive.
The current model is very roomy as well as being cheap – you can pick one up for just under £16,000 and it comes as standard with Bluetooth, air con, MP3 stereo as well as power outlets. The boot is also extremely spacious with a capacity of 875 litres which increases to 3034 litres with the seats folded down – almost as much as a van! The safety features have been criticized however, with a lack of adequate airbags and the safety spec that you would expect from a modern car. The ride is also not particularly refined – its bumpy, the suspension is too stiff and its simply not that comfortable.
The new model should share these spatial dimensions, as well as the low car insurance premium, however benefit from improved handling and build quality. For the moment that is all the information that has been released from the South Korean manufacturer. We are hoping though that with improved safety, looks and ride, this will be a very tempting offer for such a low cost.
The Ford Atlas is essentially an extremely large Ford F150, incidentally America’s best-selling car for the last 31 years (selling 645000 units in 2012 alone). It does have a lot of differences however, specifically relating to its aerodynamics performance and engine efficiency, as well as its sheer size.
The Atlas was released as a concept in this week’s Detroit Motor Show, descending from a roof into a press conference. Ford claim that the Atlas will be a revolution for pick-up trucks, with its Eco-Boost engine as well as clever stop-start technology. Power and specification are however still unknown, but we are betting that given the turbo-technology included in its new line-up of F150’s, there will be a similar treatment given to the Atlas too.
Environmentally Friendly Features
The Atlas has received a host of features, including LED headlights and backlights. Aerodynamically, it has also been improved with the front grille having shutters which open and close according to how hot the engine is. At high speeds, shutting the grilles improves the Atlas’s aerodynamics considerably. There are wheel bay shutters to make it that extra bit aerodynamic as well as a retractable front diffuser to guide airflow under the car.
Aerodynamics in Vain?
I can’t help wondering however, why Ford went to such great lengths to make something so box-like more aerodynamic. Surely, the negligible gains gleaned from a few grille shutters are cancelled out by the fact that the thing is a box and I would be interested to know what the Atlas’s drag coefficient is, before and after these alterations. You do however get a 360 degree camera which enables the driver to monitor parking in small spaces.
In the UK, you’re unlikely to see any Ford Atlases, it would be ludicrous to attempt to even park one in Central London, for instance. We should however see the aerodynamic technology employed on the Atlas in other models such as the smaller (although still rather large) Ford Ranger. It won’t do anything to help your motor insurance though, these things are costly to insure.