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The Avenir was a pitch at a potential new large, rear-wheel drive sedan from America’s Trident and everyone had their fingers crossed with prayers abound, hoping Buick would decide to produce the Avenir–a car which many think the automaker needs to rejuvenate the brand in America’s eyes.
But sadly, Automobile Magazine reports Buick won’t be producing the Avenir simply because Cadillac exists.
Speaking with Buick’s head, Duncan Aldred, GM thinks the Avenir would cause a bit of a product overlap since it’ll potentially move the car into markets where Cadillac exists. So it seems GM doesn’t want to go to war with itself. This is unlike, say, Volkswagen, who owns Bentley, who produces the world’s most elaborate and fastest crossover SUV, the Bentayga. It’ll soon be directly rivaled by the Lamborghini Urus, and guess who owns Lamborghini?
Although it would be cool to see the General go to war with itself and produce two excellent luxury four-door sedans under two different portfolios, you have to admit, GM has a rough history with badge engineering, or what I like to call “badgineering.” It’s worked with their truck line, where they can make three different variants to the Chevrolet Tahoe to produce the GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade, but making a Buick out of a Chevy Malibu like in the 1980s through the 2000s didn’t quite work in their favor as much.
But could Buick pull it off now a days? Should they make the Avenir so that they can not only compete with the best from Europe and Japan, but compete against themselves? I think so, it’ll give General Motors an upper hand at the odds by giving them a chance to produce two amazing luxury sedans instead of just one.
What say you, audience?
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Automobile Magazine
Nissan had a bit of a showing at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show last week and one of the cars to show off was the Titan-based Warrior Concept.
As a refresher, the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept was sort of a pitch at a performance off-road variant to the new full-size Titan, in a sort “Hey Ford F150 Raptor breathe.” It even comes with the new Cummins-sourced 5.0L turbodiesel V8.
Now, AutomotiveNews is saying Nissan is very interested in producing the truck for real.
“We’re making a big commitment to the pickup segment with the new Titan, and we’re also looking at where else we might take it now,” Nissan’s Director of Product Planning for trucks and SUVs, Rich Miller, said.
Miller did admit the market that they were specifically aiming for with the Titan Warrior Concept is small, but overall, has been a success despite being a niche. Examples include the Ford F150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 Rebel.
The Titan Warrior Concept comes with a range of serious off-roading kit such as integrated aluminum skid plates alla round, widened wheel flares, 18-inch alloys wrapped in serious 37-inch all-terrain tires. and more.
– By: Chris Chin
“Design and engineering sides worked together on issues and obstacles that were overcome one by one. I feel we achieved something greater than simply preserving the spirit of the concept’s design,” said Chief Engineer Koji Sato.
At first glance, it becomes apparent that the engineering and design team’s collaboration was highly successful, considering how much of the LF-LC’s design ideology the team was able to transfer into the new LC 500. The new production model shares many of the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the concept car that inspired it. The LC 500’s visual appeal is defined by an athletic aerodynamic shape. It features sensual curves, emotional forms, an available flowing carbon-fiber roof (glass roof standard), helping create a low, wide imposing stance that comes together for a highly functional, passionate package.
The LC 500’s front fascia features a powerful interpretation of Lexus’ distinctive grille, bordered by chrome on three sides and a radical new 3D mesh design that varies its visual tension. The “L”-shaped daytime running lights rest below a new Triple LED headlamp unit, specially designed to include one of the industry’s thinnest projectors enabling a low hood with a short front overhang. Functional venting also plays into the LC 500’s exterior design to help improve aerodynamic stability and cooling. The car’s athletic profile is characterized by its fast, sloped roofline, its wind-cutting silhouette, a long 2,870 mm (113 inches) wheelbase with compact front 920 mm ( 36.2 inches) and rear 970 mm ( 38.2 inches) overhangs and low hood height. The sexy curves and flowing lines maintain a consistent tension in sheetmetal through to the rear end that features slimly designed, multi-layered tail lamps with a unique lighting effect that helps convey a sequential L motif. A rear diffuser and available active rear spoiler also help manage airflow during performance driving. It rides on machined cast aluminum 20-in. or available 21-in. forged aluminum wheels.
The interior design of the LC 500 is influenced by the dynamic luxury theme of the exterior with a layout that is both cockpit-focused and elegant. The coupe’s driving position was calibrated to invite spirited, sporting driving, and help develop easier confidence with a more intuitive control layout. In fact, for LC 500, the driver’s hip point was engineered to be as close as possible to the vehicle’s Cg (Center of gravity) where feedback from the car is the most communicative to the driver. The front seats offer excellent support and comfort for long drives while available sport seats offer additional bolstering and lateral support during cornering. Lexus engineers put considerable effort into creating an engaging yet seductive atmosphere for the driver, focusing on details such as the size and angle of the steering wheel, the feel and positioning of magnesium alloy paddle shifters, and available supple leather and Alcantara seating surfaces. The LC 500’s exquisite door panels, center console and dash pad structures feature elements of Lexus’ world-renowned, detail-obsessed Takumi craftsmanship in their finish.
“At an early stage, the designers collaborated with the engineers to understand their image for the LC 500’s driving dynamics, and they incorporated this into the design,” said Tadao Mori, the chief designer of the LC 500. “For example, we gave serious consideration to where the driver’s eyes would focus, and designed the surface shape in that area to help support a driver’s mindset. This project was one of the first times that designers were closely involved in the dynamic engineering development so we could understand the driving goals and support with the car’s design.”
In helping to drive the future of the Lexus brand, the mission for LC 500 is to offer a dynamic driving experience and character unlike any Lexus vehicle prior to it. The pursuit of a sharper, more refined driving experience became the mission for the development team who also sought to maintain a superior Lexus ride quality befitting a flagship luxury sport coupe.
The LC 500 is the first Lexus to use the brand’s all-new, premium rear-wheel-drive luxury platform and is part of the new corporate global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L). The underpinnings of this new coupe will become the blueprint for the company’s future front-engine/rear-wheel-drive vehicles. In an effort to sharpen the car’s handling, the LC 500’s engineers focused on the platform’s fundamentals by placing most of the mass, including the engine and the occupants, in a position more centralized and lower in the chassis to improve the center of gravity.
Internally, Lexus engineers referred to this menu of mass-arranging tactics as the “inertia spec.” The driver hip and heel points have been lowered, wheels have been pushed to the corners of the car with shortened overhangs, and the drivetrain mass has been located behind the front axle line to create a front mid-ship layout. The LC 500 also relies on run-flat tires to improve packaging, reduce weight (thanks to no spare), and help shorten overhangs to achieve dynamic targets. The 12-volt battery has been relocated to the trunk as part of the mission to redistribute weight.
Other mass management measures include the available carbon fiber roof, aluminum door skins mounted to the carbon fiber door inner structure, and a composite trunk floor. The LC 500 also represents the Lexus brand’s most intensive use of high-strength steel. This provides enhanced rigidity while reducing—and ideally positioning—vehicle mass to optimize dynamics. As a result, the LC 500 is very balanced with a nearly ideal front/rear weight distribution of 52/48.
To help achieve the level of chassis performance targeted for this new coupe, Lexus engineered the stiffest unibody the brand has ever produced. For LC 500, the strategic use of lightweight, high-strength steel helps make for a high degree of torsional rigidity that is more resistant to twisting forces than the exotic, carbon fiber-intensive LFA supercar. The platform design maintains a consistent level of resistance to flexural forces and stiffness across the vehicle’s wheelbase to help create consistent, predictable handling behavior and sharper steering responses. Special braces in the engine compartment (usually a more twist-prone part of the chassis), the adoption of stiff aluminum front suspension towers, and the addition of a ring structure near the rear fenders are all measures that help further bolster the strength of key chassis structures.
Particular attention was devoted to the LC 500’s multilink suspension system. Double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms allow for control of the smallest movements from the driver inputs and road conditions. Beyond sharing workload, a dual ball joint arrangement helps optimize suspension geometry to increase wheel control and create a more precise steering response with better initial effort. To help reduce unsprung mass and improve suspension response, all but one of the control arms are made of lightweight forged aluminum. Providing the grip on the show prototype car are concept versions of Michelin Pilot Sport tires with Premium Touch® sidewall technology: 245/40RF21 up front and 275/35RF21 at the rear. When all the handling elements come together, LC 500 becomes a world-class luxury sports coupe that exhibits razor-sharp reflexes, exceptional handling balance and rock-solid stability. This all-new platform will continue to undergo continuous improvement and enhancement throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle.
Said Sato: “We spent more than triple the usual amount of R&D time to pursue linear steering and to find the sweet spot for road contact feel. We also focused our efforts on suspension rigidity and enhancing geometry. Thanks to advancements in product engineering, we are now at a world-class level for suspension rigidity, and performance when lateral g’s are applied.”
The power delivery to the rear wheels for LC 500 is handled by a new, very well matched set of components that maximize output to the wheels. The heart of the new LC 500 is derived from the proven, high-revving 5.0-liter V8 that is found in the RC F and GS F. The naturally aspirated V8 was selected for its smooth, linear throttle response and emotional engine sound. The all-aluminum, 32-valve V8’s output targets 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. The new engine is built for durability with lightweight, high-strength forged connecting rods and titanium valves that allow the engine to flourish at high rpm. This naturally aspirated engine makes an ideal pairing to a balanced sports coupe with its linear power delivery that allows easier control and exhilaration behind the wheel.
The engine in the LC 500 uses a dual intake inlet that help improve breathing and allow the engine to produce its fantastic sound. The new coupe features an active exhaust that opens baffles in Sport mode to help give the car a more aggressive exhaust note even in start-up. In fact, even when the vehicle is in Normal mode the exhaust baffles open above 3500 rpm. During acceleration, a Sound Generator involving tuned acoustic plumbing enhances the engine’s raucous melody into an aural thunder that helps distinguish the LC 500 in its competitive segment.
Helping power transfer to the rear wheels is a newly developed 10-speed automatic transmission—the first ever in a luxury automobile—with shift times rivaling those of a dual-clutch transmission. The component is smaller and lighter than some current 8-speed transmissions. The wide bandwidth of shifting afforded by 10 closely spaced gears is ideal for all forms of driving, providing an optimal gear in all conditions. This transmission is matched to a new electric control system with software that helps anticipate the driver’s inputs by monitoring acceleration, braking and lateral g forces.
The new transmission is just one key element in a vehicle that has had all of its dynamic control elements such as power application, braking, and steering tuned to operate rhythmically in sport driving conditions. Drivers will feel the controlled balance between the quick, smooth shifting actions, the application of linear engine power, and the deceleration afforded by 6-piston front brake calipers (4-piston at rear).
All of the platform and drivetrain engineering helped endow the LC 500 with performance and agility uncommon for a four-person coupe; the vehicle targets a 0 to 60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds.
This flagship coupe will debut the 2017 Lexus Multimedia package that will feature updated, faster, more flexible software enabling future enhancements and a more inviting graphic user interface. Occupants also will be treated to an exceptional audio experience inside the cabin: in addition to the available audiophile-worthy Mark Levinson audio package, a new premium Pioneer audio system comes as standard equipment. Pioneer’s sound engineers worked in collaboration with LC 500 body and cabin designers to enhance interior sound performance within the cabin, studying the acoustic environment and driving structural changes to enhance sound performance.
The LC 500 also will boast Lexus’ renowned safety technology, Lexus Safety System + , which integrates several of Lexus’s active safety technologies: an All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (All-speed DRCC) that relieves stop-and-go traffic stress, the Pre-Collision System (PCS) helps prevent and mitigate collisions; Lane Keep Assist (LKA) helps prevent vehicles from departing from their lanes; and Automatic High Beam (AHB) that helps ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving.
These technologies are part of a multi-faceted approach to active safety, the Lexus Safety System + package, and combines millimeter-wave radar with a camera to help achieve a high level of system reliability and performance.
*Spec and equipment might differ by market
Last year at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti revealed the Q60 Concept, a pitch at a successor for the beloved G37 Coupe and now, the production model is here at the North American International Auto Show as a follow-up for 2016.
After some leaked photos of the production Q60 surfaced, it was pretty clear the production model was going to closely resemble the concept, and that’s perfectly okay. Because this is one sexy and suave looking Infiniti luxury sports coupe, one that will certainly give the BMW 4-Series and Audi A5 a run for their money.
In addition to the handsome looks, the new Q60 rides on a new platform and promises a new level of driving performance from the Q60.
Full production information isn’t available just yet, but the Q60 is to come with a new twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 in 300hp or 400hp guise, allowing the Q60 have one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in its class.
The handling of the Q60 is also assisted by Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering as well, with a standard Drive Mode Selector, allowing the driver to switch in between modes at their whim.
More information is to come, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, head to the press release below.
• Bold exterior shows clear performance intent faithful to 2015 concept
• Innovative new drivetrain delivers a powerful and rewarding drive
• Deepens Infiniti product lineup at a time of record sales growth
• Joined by new model year Q50 sports sedan and QX60 premium crossover
DETROIT – Infiniti has unveiled the new Q60 sports coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed and engineered to perform, the Q60 offers a compelling combination of daring design and exhilarating performance and dynamics.
The bold exterior of the Q60 expresses a powerful elegance through its expressive proportions and taut, muscular lines. The sports coupe maintains the distinctive lines and sharp angles of the original concept, first revealed at the NAIAS one year ago.
Speaking in Detroit, Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., commented: “As the third-generation version of Infiniti’s iconic sports coupe, the new Q60 builds on Infiniti’s brand heritage and history of technology leadership. It reinforces Infiniti’s reputation for performance, elegance and driver-focused design.”
Innovative drivetrain technologies deliver a powerful driving experience, bringing the Q60’s dynamic promise to life. The high performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive “VR” powertrain family continues the brand’s longstanding heritage of six-cylinder powertrains production. The new V6 engine comes in two power ratings: 300 horsepower or 400 horsepower, with the latter offering one of the best power-to-efficiency ratios in the sports coupe class.
The Q60 delivers a truly engaging experience, thanks to Infiniti’s unique balance of ride comfort and agile handling. Maximizing this balance is Infiniti’s new optional Dynamic Digital Suspension, which has been engineered to provide crisp handling responses and superior ride comfort.
Power is channeled through the Q60’s rear wheels for an emphatic dynamic response. Infiniti’s available second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering brings improved levels of steering feel and feedback to the Q60, and the Drive Mode Selector gives drivers the option to personalize the steering’s precise responses to suit their preferences.
Roland Krueger, president, Infiniti Motor Company Ltd., added: “The Infiniti Q60 conveys a powerful elegance through its daring design, next-generation ride and handling technologies, and powertrains offering up to 400 horsepower. The Q60 will attract new customers to the Infiniti brand and affirm our position in the sports coupe segment.”
The world premiere of the new Q60 sports coupe comes at a time of rapid growth for Infiniti, released in the midst of an intense global product offensive. Infiniti sold a record 215,250 new vehicles in 2015, a year-over-year increase of 16 percent.
Alongside the Q60 at the 2016 NAIAS, Infiniti has revealed upgraded versions of the Q50 sports sedan and the QX60 crossover. The launch of these three models highlights Infiniti’s commitment to expand and refresh its product portfolio.
– By: Chris Chin
Lincoln’s not divulging everything about the production 2017 Continental, but we know it’s got a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 with up to 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
Last spring’s Lincoln Continental concept was one of the most surprisingly impressive debuts out of the New York Auto Show, and with Detroit right around the corner, Ford’s gearing up to give us a glimpse of the production version. Not surprisingly, someone beat them to it, leaving us with this bigfoot-esque three-quarters shot. Despite the blurriness, it’s easy to see Ford has worked hard to keep as much of the show car’s DNA in the showroom.
The image comes courtesy of Ford Inside News and, shown side-by-side against the concept, the production-suitable changes are just about what you’d expect: no chrome lip and skirt, rationally-sized rims, side mirrors that are actually mirrors, and a lack of Lincoln-logo LEDs inside the headlight cluster. Outside of that, the proportions have been kept largely in check. Great.
Personally speaking though, I must admit I’m slightly disappointed with the final result. It’s much more angular and muscular than the original design, to the point where it looks like the greatest of Bentley intentions have been fused with, well, a Ford Fusion. With that rigid front lip, sharp line from the edges of the grille leading back towards the A-pillars and those reshaped headlights, the flagship that was supposed to revive Lincoln with a proper brand identity (again) has ended up resembling a super-sized Ford sedan (again).
Of course, if you’re going to ape a midsize four-door, you could do much worse than the Fusion. But it didn’t have to be this way. The Continental concept was striking and bold because of its minimalism and restraint, not in spite of it. A tasteful, elegant soft form with nary a hard crease in sight — that’s the car I fell in love with last April. Until Ford releases official images at post-1995 resolution we won’t know for sure if it’s gone, but I sincerely hope it isn’t.
—By: Adam Ismail
The 2016 TVS Apache 200 will be getting clip-on handlebars, 130 section rear tyre and split seats for that sporty look matching the performance.
The past months have seen TVS making the right noises with its first product with BMW, the G310R finally coming to fruition while its own flagship the Apache 200 is in its final stages of testing. Adding to the excitement, our reader Akshay managed to snap what seems a production ready Apache 200 in Bangalore ahead of the 20th January (reported) showcase. Although camouflaged, the test mule exposed some interesting details that will be adding value to the flagship TVS.
On the outset, the 2016 TVS Apache 200 gets a 130/70/R17 rear tyre while the front is likely to use a 100 section unit. You can make out the chiselled fuel tank with ample of space for your thighs, inspired from the Draken concept. Also noticeable are the perforated split seats, W-shaped grab rail, clear lens indicators, LED tail lights and a rather long rear mudguard. The images also show the aluminium foot pegs, engine cowl and the chrome finished telescopic forks up front while DRLs should be added to the package as well.
Further, the TVS Apache 200 test mule was equipped with clip-on handlebars contrary to a single-piece unit. There have been reports of two versions being tested, so it will be interesting to see which one actually makes it to production. The test mule also partially revealed the headlight showing its tapered bottom while the twin exhaust muffler can do with a better design. Talking about mechanicals, a 200cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine is likely to power the new Apache tuned for a 25 BHP and 22 Nm of torque. It is believed that the street-fighter will be riding on Pirelli tyres.
Rumour has it that the new TVS Apache 200 will be locking horns with the KTM Duke 200 in terms of performance with a possible 0-60 km/hr time achievable under 3.5 seconds. Little can be confirmed about the powertrain though at this point while an official confirmation for the reveal of the model is yet to come from the automaker. That said, the anticipation for the new TVS only grows further as the motorcycle is expected to put up a tough fight against a host of models in the Rs. 1 lakh performance segment.
The Scion C-HR Concept showed up at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show as a rebadged Toyota concept from Frankfurt, and formerly Paris as a design study, an idea pitch at a subcompact SUV crossover for the young and booming crowd.
Following the reveal of this little urban assault vehicle, reception was decently positive, but regardless of that, the crossover had an eventual fate of being made. This is because Toyota has interestingly managed to carry on in the world without a competitor to the Nissan Juke and recently, the Honda HR-V. But that should be no longer, with the new production C-HR.
Arriving fashionably late to the game, the Scion C-HR rides on Toyota’s latest “New Global Architechture,” basically the same sort of modular platform technology that we’ve been seeing in other automakers like Volvo, Volkswagen AG, and BMW, just to name a few. And because of it’s “modular” template, many different types of cars can be made–the C-HR would be one of them.
Power? Expectations for gas engines include turbocharged four and even a hybrid variant.
The hybrid will get the same 1.8L hybrid powerplant as the Prius, with a retuning to 121hp, 14hp less than the setup in the Prius. Though other parameters are likely to be affected due to a remapping of the engine control to likely produce more torque for being a slightly bulkier crossover.
A new 1.2L turbocharged four-banger is set to surface as well, sourced from the Japanese-spec Auris compact. It produces 114hp and 136 lb-ft of twist.
Traction? All-wheel and front-wheel are anticipated, though we’ll know for sure when Scion actually spills the beans.
– By: Chris Chin
Honda’s just about launching the new 2016 Civic sedan and soon, the all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will follow.
But first, it has to show itself off at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and that’s what it did recently at the LA Convention Center.
Due for a launch sometime within the next year, the new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe follows the way of the sedan aesthetically by essentially being a sedan with two-less doors. It also very closely resembles the Civic Coupe Concept from the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
And that’s perfectly OK since the sedan is currently the best looking Civic four-door ever, the coupe also takes the cake as being the best looking Civic Coupe ever made.
Of course, similarly to the sedan as well, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe gets the same line of new mills, including the base 2.0L naturally-aspirated four with 158hp and and 138 lb-ft of twist, 15hp and nine lb-ft more than the outgoing 1.8L base engine. The upper-level engine is a Honda’s latest 1.5L turbocharged and direct-injected four-banger, offering 174hp and 162 lb-ft of twist. The 2.0L is available with a six-speed manual while the 1.5L can only be had with a CVT.
Check out our original post on the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe here.
– By: Chris Chin
Frequent hikes in excise duty which have occured five times in a year, has caused the amount of taxes to exceed the total cost of production of petrol/diesel in India.
The government has been increasing excise duty on fuel constantly, with the most recent hike being on 7th November where excise duty of petrol was increased by Rs. 1.60/- per litre and by 40 paise on diesel. The basic excise duty of unbranded or normal petrol was hiked from Rs. 5.46/- per litre to Rs. 7.06/- per litre, while basic excise duty for unbranded or normal diesel was hiked from Rs. 4.26/- per litre to Rs. 4.66/- per litre according to a CBEC notification.
After including special or additional excise duty on both, the total levy for petrol will be Rs. 19.06/- per litre from Rs. 17.46 per litre, while total levy for diesel will be Rs. 10.66/- per litre from Rs. 10.06/- per litre. The government had collected Rs. 99,184 crores in excise collection from the fuel sector in 2014-15 of which Rs. 33,042 crores was from the first quarter of the current fiscal.
The government has hiked the excise rates of both petrol and diesel four times between November 2014 to January 2015 itself. This rise in excise duty compensates for fall in reduction rates caused due to falling international oil prices. The four installments of excise duty hike occurred on 12th November 2014 with both petrol and diesel prices hiked by Rs. 1.25/- per litre each, 2nd December 2014 with petrol prices hiked by Rs. 2.25/- per litre and diesel by Re. 1/- per litre, while on 2nd January 2015 and 16th January 2015, the prices were raised by Rs. 2/- per litre for both petrol and diesel.
Putting all this into perspective we can calculate –
Breakdown of petrol cost in Delhi –
Cost of production of petrol = Rs. 24.75/-
Price at petrol pump after adding company margin = Rs. 27.24/-
Excise duty (Rs. 19.06/-) + dealer commission (Rs. 2.26/-) + VAT (Rs. 12.14/-) = Rs. 33.46/-
Hence, price of petrol = Rs. 60.70/- per litre
Breakdown of diesel cost in Delhi –
Cost of production of diesel = Rs. 24.86/-
Price at petrol pump after adding company margin = Rs. 27.05/-
Excise duty (Rs. 10.66/-) + dealer commission (Rs. 1.43/-) + VAT (Rs. 6.79/-) = Rs. 18.88/-
Hence, price of diesel = Rs. 45.93/- per litre
The above price of fuel is for Delhi, which is amongst the cheapest in the country. Fuel price is higher in most other states due to the higher taxes levied on fuel. With crude price being at its lowest currently, fuel price is quite high in India, so when crude prices rise again, if the excise duty is kept the same, then fuelling our vehicles is going to cost a lot in our country.
The BMW M1 is one of the Roundel’s most iconic models, but was extremely short-lived due to an unfavorable climate and story as to how the car came to be, leading to its demise in 1981.
As the story has it, the BMW M1 was a cooperative project between the German automaker and Lamborghini, and was built as an homologation special so that the M1 could compete in the World Championship for Makes, leading to the introduction of the equally famous, BMW M1 Procar, as well as its own racing series as a supportive supplement to the Formula One Program.
However, that program was sacked and the series ran for a very short period, as did the production of the M1.
But according to CARandDRIVER, who spoke to the Alpina’s founder, Burkard Bovensiepen, BMW could’ve continued producing the M1 had they entered an agreement with Alpina. However, Alpina wanted to implement a series of changes to the M1 in order to make the car competitive with other supercars at the time.
Such changes included extending the car’s wheelbase to deal with complaints about the original M1’s confined and cramped passenger cell, given the car was designed for the racetrack, though modified for production and consumers. But ultimately, Alpina decided not to continue building the M1 due to high costs and the long list of changes needed to be made in order for the car to succeed. Essentially, it was a classic case of the car not making a viable business proposition.
But either way, imagine what could’ve been had Alpina decided to continue making the M1… Shoulda, coulda, woulda though.
– By: Chris Chin
McLaren officially announced to have started production of its new Sport Series line, starting with the all-new 570S, in Woking, England.
The Sport Series is a new line of McLaren’s geared towards the even more serious drivers, starting with the 570S, taking aim at the likes of the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8.
As a refresher, the 570S is based off of the same MonoCell II chassis as McLaren’s other models and also gets the same twin-turbo 3.8L V8 as the 650S, though it’s tuned to around 565hp and 443 lb-ft of twist, mated to a seven-speed “Seamless Shift Gearbox.”
The result is a 0-62 time of just 3.2 seconds and a top-speed of 204MPH.
Following the 570S will soon be a 540C, a harder-edged model that will sit below the 570S with more aggressive suspension tuning, reworked styling, and an engine that produces around 540hp and 398 lb-ft of twist from the same 3.8L V8. Performance figures are said to be 0-62 in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of around 199 MPH.
So far, McLaren boasts to have received more than 1,000 orders for Sport Series models.
– By: Chris Chin
BMW arguably seems to have lost its way in terms of consistently making cars that fulfill their premise of being the Ultimate Driving Machines. But every now and then, there have been a few examples to pop up and suggest BMW still has a weak, but beating heart to suggest they haven’t lost their way entirely. One of those models as of recent is the new 2016 BMW M2 and to the joy and excitement of eager driving enthusiasts around the world, the new M2 has officially begun production.
Click here for our original post on the 2016 BMW M2.
As a refresher, the 2016 BMW M2 is a successor to the original and limited production BMW 1-Series M Coupe, one of the other few cars to prove BMW still has the heart and desire to build the best luxury sports cars they’ve come to be known to produce.
Unlike the 1-Series M Coupe, the M2 is a full-production model and is powered by the Roundel’s latest 3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline-six with 365hp and 343 lb-ft of twist, with an overboost function bumping that to 369 lb-ft. That means 0-60 happens in just 4.4 seconds for a top speed of 155 MPH, with its standard six-speed optional. Opt for the M-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch box, and the time drops to 4.2 seconds.
Check out the press release below.
BMW starts series production of the M2 coupe at the Leipzig plant.
– By: Chris Chin
India’s fourth largest car manufacturer, Honda plans to invest around Rs. 600 crores to boost its production capacity and optimise its R&D facility.
Japanese automobile giant Honda plans to invest nearly Rs. 600 crores in its two production units at Greater Noida and Tapukara. The company intends to bolster its production capacity and develop its R&D technologies. Currently the company’s total investment in the country stands at nearly about Rs. 7238 crores and the fresh infusion of capital will take it to Rs. 7800 crores.
Utilising this investment, Honda’s car production capacity will rise by a whooping 50% combining both of the units. Currently the Tapukara plnat has a manufacturing capacity of 1,20,000 units annually which will increase to 1,80,000 units whereas the Noida plant can manufacture 1,20,000 units. This will increase the combined capacity of both the plants to 3,00,000 units per annum. The Noida facility will also house a full fledged R&D facility in the plant.
With the two new units, Honda’s primary focus is on greater localisation of material, technology and production which will also enable them to export components to other countries as well, including Japan. The new R&D division is expected to be inaugurated later this month. The company also targets to take it dealership number to 300 from 255 across the country by opening new outlets.
Honda’s next anticipated launch is the BR-V which is a compact SUV and will rival against the likes of Hyundai’s Creta and Renault’s Duster. Honda has seen immense success with the launch of the new City and their diesel engine has been a hot topic because of its exceptional mileage. Still Honda ranks behind its rivals in 4th place, trailing Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Mahindra and the company definitely intends to push ahead with the launch of the BR-V.
We curate the week’s events with a focus on Ferrari. Plus, news and notes from around the industry.
The S House – a project that has been ongoing since it was first unveiled in 2012 – was developed by Vo Trong Nghia‘s studio in response to Vietnam’s housing crisis. The aim was for a simple dwelling that can be built for under $ 4,000 (£2,600).
The team has now refined the design to make it suitable for mass production, which they believe will allow it to be used widely to address housing shortages across Vietnam, as well as to provide relief in countries struck by natural disasters.
The fourth prototype is on show at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened 3 October 2015 and continues to 3 January 2016.
It features a galvanised steel structure, which is industrially produced to ensure durability and regularity.
Each component weighs less than 130 pounds (60 kilograms) for ease of transport and assembly, and the frame can be erected in under three hours. The dimensions of the components were also designed with the measurements of shipping containers in mind to ease international transport and deployment.
This prototype is sheathed in dried leaves, but the house can be clad in any local material or industrially produced surface, depending on what is locally available.
It is one of four full-sized houses on show at the biennial, along with a concept for Mexico housing by Tatiana Bilbao, a modular residence by SelgasCano and a light-filled timber house by MOS Architects.
S House was first designed with Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in mind. The original prototype had a lightweight steel structure, while the second was framed by precast concrete, expected to offer greater long-term stability.
The most recent prototype, revealed at the end of 2014, combines the two – it has both a steel frame with a concrete foundation and steel lattice walls. This will allow it to withstand typhoons and earthquakes, said the firm.
“Starting from the Mekong Delta, the S House project is aiming to expand itself to the entire Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and to the rest of world – India and African countries – where low-income people are suffering from poorly built environment,” the studio previously told Dezeen.
“Although there are many local challenges such as weak ground condition, frequent typhoons and potential earthquakes, the structure is stable enough to withstand natural disasters,” they said.
S Houses are designed to be flexible and adaptable to expansion as families grow or new uses are added. The basic concept could also be used to create schools or community centres, said the firm.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects has developed a reputation for its pioneering use of bamboo, as well as for its aims to develop a new sustainable approach to architecture. Recent projects include a restaurant made of bamboo, a knot-shaped school with rooftop gardens, and a series of linked towers with bamboo planters in the facades.
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Maserati doesn’t seem to get out of its slump of low desirability as AutomotiveNews Europe reports the Trident of Italy will be closing up shop at production for the first week of November due to slow demand. And this isn’t just in America or Europe as sales are even declining in China, the largest car market in the world.
Around 2,000 employees will be getting a work-sanctioned vacation because orders have been mainly fulfilled at Maserati and production exceeded the demand, according to the company’s CEO, Harald Wester.
This isn’t the first time this happened this year as production for the Ghibli and Quattroporte were halted in the second quarter of 2015 due to a similar drop in demand, hacking away at the company’s profits.
As a result, Maserati will dedicate its resources more to the preparation for the launch of the new Ghibli-based Levante crossover, which is the company’s only major chance at success in terms of making a popular selling model that could result in greater profits.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: AutomotiveNews Europe