Local Swiss newspapers quote the police as saying that Marchionne was travelling at about 100 km/h (62 miles) on the highway when the driver of the Renault suddenly slowed down. Despite emergency braking, Marchionne was not able to avoid the impact. As you can see in the pictures provided from Corriere Della Sera, Marchionne’s Ferrari ended up on the protective barriers. And yes, in case you’re wondering the 599 GTB is heading straight for the scrap yard.
The new SX4 1.6 DDiS will be offered with similar equipment levels to the SX4 1.6 GL but adds manual air conditioning, heated door mirrors, 16 inch alloys, roof rails, front fogs and wheelarch extensions. According to Suzuki, the on-the-road price is £11,999 ($24,990 or €17,250) and, in common with petrol-engined models, the new diesel model qualifies for a 6D insurance grouping.
Press Release: GM Holden has teamed up with Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) to expand its range of exported vehicles to the
The new export program, launched overnight in the
The new high performance model will be known as CR8. It features the LS2 6.0-litre engine Generation IV V8 engine delivering 307kw of peak performance with 550 Nm* of torque.
With over 200,000 Holden-sourced short and long wheel based vehicles sold into the region since 1998, the
Currently Holden currently exports variants of the VE and WM sedan ranges which are sold in the region as Chevrolet Lumina and Chevrolet Caprice respectively. The Chevrolet Lumina ranges from the LS model (based on the VE Omega) up to the sports-based SS (based on the equivalent Commodore SS model).
Alan Batey, GM Holden Executive Director – Sales and Marketing comments, “This extension of our product range in the region illustrates the growing maturity of the
“Holden has been able to partner its expertise in tailoring vehicles for the
“Local buyers appreciate the luxury brands but also seek great performance and handling from their vehicles. Both the Lumina and Caprice deliver that combination and with the introduction of the CR8, consumers will be offered another exciting option.”
Scott Grant, Managing Director of HSV, said “This announcement adds another important export market to the HSV portfolio, on top of our successful program with Vauxhall in the
“HSV is already well known brand among car enthusiasts in the
“We have also been involved in the region through supply and preparation of 20 Clubsport R VZ models for the Lumina CSV Championship which is run by the Bahrain International Race Circuit and sponsored by Chevrolet.
“The initial response from dealers has been exceptional with the CR8 being praised for its aggressive stance, excellent acceleration and handling.”
Exports represent an increasingly important part of GM Holden’s current business model with total export sales for 2006 reaching 46,074. Of those, over 31,000 were for the
Earlier this year, Chevrolet Caprice received its second major award in the
The launch of the new export program is timed to coincide with the Desert 400 V8 Supercar round in
The new CR8 will also be on display at a CSV stand at the forthcoming Dubai Motor Show from 14-18 November.
• Full Wald Body Kit Molded
• Smoked Taillamps
• Custom Paint Finish
• Replacement 6000K D4S Bulbs
• 3000K HID Foglamp Kit
• Replacement of Interior Lighting to LEDS
• Full Interior Upholstery (Two-Tone - Ash Gray & Black)
• Full Leather Headliner
• 50% Window Film
• Universal Air Systems Air Bag Setup
• Dakota Digital Air Ride Management System
Wheels & Tires
• Pirelli P-Zero Nero Tires
• Painted Engine Cover
• Custom Power Supply Unit
• Brembo Brakes 15” Rotors 8 Piston Front, 4 Piston Rear
Thanks for the tip Chris P!
Hyundai is getting ready to revamp its whole line-up over the next two years and British car magazine Autocar, has the inside details. First of all, let us start with what we already know. During the first quarter of 2008, Hyundai will begin worldwide sales of its all-new i10 mini (click here). At the L.A. Show this month, Hyundai will give us a sneak peak of the forthcoming rear-wheel drive coupe in the form of the Genesis concept (click here). The production version is expected to be introduced in late-2008, early-2009. As Autocar rightfully points out, Hyundai hasn’t decided yet if the coupe will come to
Autocar doesn’t say this, but we know that the production version of the Genesis Concept (luxury rear-wheel drive sedan which could be named i60 in
In 2008, Hyundai will take the wraps off two more models, the all-new i20 B-segment mini which will replace the Getz and the facelifted Sonata which will be renamed (at least in Europe) as the i40.
Talking about names, a Hyundai UK insider told Autocar that both the
Finally, the Hyundai insider told the Brits that Korean carmaker is considering adding a seven-seater compact MPV based on the i30 hatch to its range. If this car gets the final ok the styling could be inspired from the Frankfurt Show concept, i-blue.
According to the Ridenmakerz, you or your kids can build the new Scion RIDE on RIDEMAKERZ.COM and at Shops located at Broadway at the Beach in
Earlier this morning we previewed a leaked image of the Maybach Landaulet. Well, now its official as mama-Benz has released all the details along with a string of images, both of which are available after the jump. In a nutshell, the one-off Maybach Landaulet is a concept vehicle that has had its rear roof module removed and replaced with a black soft-top that is opened electro-hydraulically. The soft-top is deposited on the parcel shelf in the rear, together with its integral rear window of single-layer safety glass. Opening and closing the roof takes about 16 seconds. Based on the Maybach 62 S, which is equipped with a 612 Hp V12 engine, the Landaulet also features a unique exterior paintjob, 20-inch rims along with revised interior trim. -Details and high-resolution pics after the jump
Maybach Landaulet Study: Only the sky is the limit
- Maybach shows one of the world’s most exclusive luxury cars
- Majestic open-air experience with the ultimate in luxury and comfort
- Folding roof for pampered rear-seat passengers
- Appointments in the rear include white leather, piano lacquer and exquisite black granite
Large folding roof for passengers in the rear
In technical terms the Landaulet study is based on the Maybach 62 S – which can claim to be the world’s most powerful series-produced chauffeured saloon. Maybach technicians have removed the rear roof module in order to afford passengers an unobstructed view of the sky above. The side walls remain, and have merely been invisibly reinforced with an integral tubular steel structure. As these measures have not altered the silhouette of the luxury saloon, the generously dimensioned doors and the complete interior with its reclining seats remain unchanged.
When closed the black soft-top of the Landaulet rests on the frame formed by the roof bows, and is wind and weather-proof. When requested by the passengers, the chauffeur operates a switch in the centre console. The roof then opens electro-hydraulically and is gently deposited on the parcel shelf in the rear, together with its integral rear window of single-layer safety glass. Opening and closing the roof takes 16 seconds. The chauffeur is able to enclose the folded roof with a fitted leather cover, which both conceals the roof mechanism from view and completes the overall picture of outstanding elegance.
White paintwork and wheels
This impression is accentuated by the shining white paintwork of the study, an exclusive finish named antigua white. Visual highlights are provided by 20-inch wheels specially designed for the Landaulet study. These are also painted in white with high-sheen spokes, and are accompanied by white indicators in the front and rear light clusters in dark red.
Black for the chauffeur, white for the passengers
In addition, the already luxurious driver’s compartment of the successful Maybach 62 S has been enhanced in a number of important respects. All the interior trim is now surfaced in black piano lacquer, and for the extensive leather appointments Maybach has used particularly exclusive, glossy stromboli black leather.
In contrast Maybach has fitted the passenger compartment almost completely in exquisite seychelleswhite leather. The footwell and roof liner of this high-end luxury landaulet are also in white – the floor is carpeted in white velour and the roof lined with white fabric. A dramatic contrast is provided by inserts and decorative trim in glossy, black piano lacquer or exclusive black granite with numerous gold inclusions.
Generous spaciousness and first-class comfort
Outstanding comfort is assured by the generous spaciousness of the rear, which the Landaulet study has adopted unchanged from the Maybach 62. Passengers are welcomed into the interior by two large, single seats. These elegant seats also allow even very tall passengers to enjoy a reclining position which travellers normally only encounter in the first-class armchairs of modern passenger jets.
The study is designed as a chauffeured vehicle and features a partition. The upper section of the partition is a glass panel which the passengers can render opaque at the touch of a button, thanks to a liquid crystal membrane embedded in the glass.
Two ultra-modern automatic climate control systems, whose parameters have been adapted to the Landaulet study, ensure that open-air travel remains a pleasure even under adverse climatic conditions.
State-of-the-art entertainment and communications
As in the Maybach 62 S, the rear console is the centrepiece for entertainment, communications and travelling pleasure. This is where Maybach engineers have grouped everything relating to the entertainment and pleasure of the rear-seat passengers: a DVD-player, six CD-changer, a cooler compartment with its own electric compressor and an intelligent system which holds glasses, goblets and champagne bottles safely in position.
Engine and suspension
The Maybach Landaulet study is powered by the uprated V12 engine which Maybach engineers have developed further for the Maybach 57 S and Maybach 62 S together with the specialists at Mercedes-AMG. Thanks to twin turbochargers and water intercooling, the V12 develops a maximum output of 450 kW/612 hp from a displacement of 5980 cubic centimetres. This is continuously available between 4800 and 5100 rpm, and the engine also delivers an impressive maximum torque of 1000 newton metres between 2000 and 4000 rpm.
The electronically controlled air suspension AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control) and the Adaptive Damping System (ADS II) endow the Landaulet with outstanding levels of ride comfort, at the same time demonstrating that even a prestigious vehicle such as this can exhibit extraordinary agility and dynamic performance.
In addition to large, internally ventilated brake discs – with twin callipers at the front – both the study and the Maybach 62 S are equipped with two electro-hydraulic Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC™) braking systems working in tandem. Together with ESP®, ASR, ABS and Brake Assist, this provides the Landaulet study with the very latest in effective, high-tech handling control systems.
Innovative technology from the sister-brand Mercedes-Benz
Like all Maybach saloons, the Landaulet also benefits from the unrivalled experience of the sister-brand Mercedes-Benz in the development and production of high-quality cars in the luxury segment. Important innovations from Mercedes-Benz, successfully developed further for the Maybach saloons, are standard equipment in every Maybach and are of course also on board the Landaulet study – examples include the electronically controlled air suspension AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control), LINGUATRONIC voice control and the control and display system COMAND APS.