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bugatti chiron: a behind the scenes look at supercar production processes

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one bugatti chiron supercar requires twenty specialists working by hand to assemble its 1800 parts.

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Mercedes-Benz Commences Production Of The C-Class Cabriolet

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Rounding off the range of open-top four-seaters with its classic fabric roof, the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet has just rolled off the assembly line.
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Report: The Buick Avenir won’t reach production, simply because Cadillac exists

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Report: The Buick Avenir won’t reach production, simply because Cadillac exists It was a cold, a frigid January in Detroit (when is it ever not…) and Buick rented out an entire warehouse space to reveal the gorgeous Avenir Concept alongside the Opel-based Cascada.

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.

Report: The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept could hit production

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Report: The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept could hit production 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.

2016 Detroit: Lexus steals the show to reveal the LC500–in full production guise…yes, this is production

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DETROIT (Jan. 11, 2016) — When the Lexus LF-LC Concept debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the press, loyal customers, and enthusiasts wondered if the concept’s arresting styling and dramatic proportions could ever evolve into a production 2+2 coupe. Today, four years after the debut of the breakthrough concept that inspired it, Lexus has revealed the all-new LC 500 luxury coupe. This provocative, athletic flagship coupe makes the strongest statement yet about Lexus’ future product direction.
The past five years have seen Lexus evolve rapidly with the creation of the luxury brand’s globally-focused organization, Lexus International. Exciting new models involving elevated levels of emotional styling and dynamic driving characteristics such as NX, RC, and IS have also helped Lexus’ brand shift with consumers. Akio Toyoda has been at the center of the Lexus global expansion, personally driving a heightened level of collaboration among design, engineering and marketing teams to help build a luxury brand better suited to meet the needs of the next generation of consumers.
“The LC 500 has been an important product for Lexus and me personally,” said Akio Toyoda, Chief Branding Officer and Master Driver for Lexus. “A few years ago, we decided to guide the future of the brand with products that had more passion and distinction in the luxury market. This flagship luxury coupe’s proportions, stunning design and performance make a strong statement about our brand’s emotional direction and will grow the Lexus luxury appeal globally.”Design and Engineering Teams United
Beyond its styling and impactful performance, the new LC 500 serves as a symbol of the achievement that can result from heightened collaboration between design and engineering groups and their commitment to help overcome each other’s hurdles. When Akio Toyoda challenged these development groups to produce this special car, it meant surpassing many manufacturing, design, material, and dynamic obstacles that could typically compromise a vehicle’s targets or design vision.The LC 500 was driven by a strong, appealing fundamental design target (LF-LC), and engineering teams worked tirelessly to find new solutions to maintain as much of the concept in the production car as possible. Likewise, vehicle designers were very involved from the earliest stages of the dynamic development process to understand the engineering targets and collaborate with design viewpoints and potential solutions. With LC 500, additional levels of prototype vehicle build also allowed both teams to better study design or engineering ideas and refine key elements. For Lexus, the LC 500 project became much more than simply the development of a new coupe. The LC 500, with the shift in engineering processes and design ideologies it represents, symbolizes the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand. “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.  

Exterior Design
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.
Interior Design
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.”

2016 Detroit: The production Infiniti Q60 Coupe arrives to Detroit for the first time

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2016 Detroit: The production Infiniti Q60 Coupe arrives to Detroit for the first time 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.

Production 2017 Lincoln Continental arrives with 400-hp V6

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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.Continue reading Production 2017 Lincoln Continental arrives with 400-hp V6

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Production Lincoln Continental image leaks ahead of Detroit reveal

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Production Lincoln Continental image leaks ahead of Detroit reveal 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.

2015 Lincoln Continental Concept

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).

Production Ready 2016 TVS Apache 200 Caught Testing In Bangalore

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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.

2016 TVS Apache 200 Clip-on Handlebar

The new Apache is likely to get DRLs, ABS will be offered as optional

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.

Mercedes-Benz Releases Image Of The Production GLC Coupe Body

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On the back of an array of Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe prototypes being spied testing around the world, an image has just surfaced online showing the completed shell of a GLC Coupe.
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Report: Production Scion C-HR should show up at Detroit in January

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Report: Production Scion C-HR should show up at Detroit in January 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.

2015 Los Angeles: The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe gets ready for production at LA

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2015 Los Angeles: The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe gets ready for production at LA 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.

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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.

Excise Duty Exceeds Cost Of Fuel Production In India

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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.

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The government has hiked prices of both petrol and diesel 5 times over the past year

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

Report: The BMW M1 could’ve remained in production with the help of Alpina

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Report: The BMW M1 could’ve remained in production with the help of Alpina 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.

McLaren’s Sport Series hits production in England

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McLaren’s Sport Series hits production in England 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.

The BMW M2 begins production to the excitement of driving enthusiasts everywhere

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The BMW M2 begins production to the excitement of driving enthusiasts everywhere 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.

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Honda Cars India To Invest Rs. 600 Crores For Production Increase

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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.

2015 Honda City Long Term Review

The City is Honda’s best selling car and is also a segment leader

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.

Weekly Recap: Ferrari plans to gradually increase production by 2019

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We curate the week’s events with a focus on Ferrari. Plus, news and notes from around the industry.Continue reading Weekly Recap: Ferrari plans to gradually increase production by 2019

Weekly Recap: Ferrari plans to gradually increase production by 2019 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ low-cost housing moves towards mass production

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Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Vietnam-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects has unveiled a fourth prototype of its low-cost housing design, which is now moving towards mass production (+ slideshow).

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' low-cost housing for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015

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.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' low-cost housing for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015

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.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' low-cost housing for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015

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.

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' low-cost housing for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015

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.

Report: Maserati closing up shop…temporarily with production amid slow demand

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Report: Maserati closing up shop…temporarily with production amid slow demand 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.

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