When Mercedes-Benz revealed the Vision CLS Concept 15 years ago, it appeared genuinely radical from a company whose outlook often seemed to tend toward the conservative. It was radical for the market, too, creating the four-door luxury coupe sector that was soon imitated by BMW and Audi - it's not often that either steals such a significant march on the rivals. Despite still occupying a relatively niche position, 375,000 CLS sales since 2004 makes it a significant model for MB. For this third generation car, Mercedes says it "pioneers the new design idiom" of the company, while also delivering the "very latest infotainment generation" and all manner of active safety and assistance technology. Arguably of more interest is to PHey types are the extensive aero work (resulting in a 0.26Cd drag co-efficient), a new range of straight-six engine and the electrified AMG 53 flagship, too. That 435hp range-topper is where we begin, because where else would you head first given the choice? Sadly … [Read more...] about 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS: Driven
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In a world characterised by political uncertainties, the automotive industry provides one global constant – the onward march of China’s new car market.China overtook the US as the world’s biggest car market in 2010 and last year consolidated that position with 25.7 million cars sold – that’s eight million more than the US. Chinese car buyers are flocking to SUVs and city cars, especially local market electric vehicles; while, at the other end of the affordability scale, demand for luxury models rocketed.For China, however, last year was actually a modest one, with growth of just 2% compared with 2016, but the contrast with the US was stark. A total of 17.2 million units were sold in the US, 300,000 fewer than in 2016. This was the first time sales have tailed off there since the 2008 recession.The damage to the US market was wrought in the summer when SUV and pick-up sales dipped.All of the data featured below comes from automotive industry analyst JATO … [Read more...] about Global new car sales: the key trends and what they mean for the future
In 2018, the Panigale V4 will be limited to 20 units in India and each of these reservation made before 31st May, will include an exclusive numbered memorabilia on delivery. On top of that, the first two customers to buy the Panigale V4 will win a sponsored Ducati Riding Experience racetrack course that will be held in June 2018 in Malaysia at the Sepang MotoGP circuit. Under the supervision of professional instructors, the two participants will learn how to get the most out of their Panigale V4 under different riding conditions.The Panigale V4 is the first production Ducati motorcycle to mount a 4-cylinder engine, derived directly from the MotoGP Desmosedici. It’s a concentrate of Ducati technology, style and performance. Developed in close collaboration with Ducati Corse, this road bike is the closest thing possible to its MotoGP counterpart.Powering the Panigale V4, the Desmosedici Stradale engine is a 1,103 cm³ 90° V4 with Desmodromic timing, delivering a maximum of … [Read more...] about Ducati Panigale V4 India Launch Details Here – Price, Availability and Much More!
Ducati India has announced the start of bookings for the new Panigale V4, the closest Ducati possible to its MotoGP counterpart. In 2018, the Panigale V4 will be limited to 20 units in India and each of these reservation made before 31st May, will include an exclusive numbered memorabilia on delivery. The first two customers to buy the Panigale V4 will win a sponsored Ducati Riding Experience racetrack course that will be held in June 2018 in Malaysia at the Sepang MotoGP circuit. Under the supervision of professional instructors, the two participants will learn how to get the most out of their Panigale V4 under different riding conditions. “Our first announcement in India this year, the Panigale V4 is one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycle in India in 2018,” said Sergi Canovas, managing director of Ducati India. “This is the closest enthusiasts can get to owning a MotoGP prototype that is built for both excellent on-track performance and outstanding … [Read more...] about Ducati India opens bookings for Panigale V4
Ducati pulled the wraps off its most anticipated offering, the Panigale V4 at the EICMA before the EICMA 2017. The all-new Ducati Panigale V4 is the brand's first first production four-cylinder motorcycle to arrive from the Ducati factory at Borgo Panigale. We did get a glimpse of the MotoGP-inspired Ducati V4 superbike few weeks ago, revealing some bits on the design. There's so much technology and so many new ideas that understanding the Ducati Panigale V4 can be a challenge. But here's the essential things you need to know Why a V4? The addition of two-cylinders makes the motor of the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 heavier than 1,285 cc unit by 2.2kg, while the kerb weight has gone up by 5.5kgDucati's valiant twin-cylinder has limits. The 90° V4 was the natural place to go. It retains most of the natural advantages of the L-twin but brings extra cylinders that Ducati needs to stay at the forefront of the 220PS sportsbike game.The Desmosedici GP V4The idea to … [Read more...] about All-new Ducati Panigale V4: How it was made?
Finally! After years of rumors, development stages and much talks, the CBR Fireblade has been unveiled at Intermot. The CBR 1000RR seems to taken its sweet time but it takes the GAME way ahead. Honda despite being late is set to offer better electronics, more power and more features to the riders. Let it be safety, performance or design. Nicky Hayden punishing on the track has made us go wild. Let’s find out more on the 2017 Honda CBR 1000RR. The design seen here is going to be highlight of the FireBlade. The new front-end with pods for headlights looks very sleek and eye catching. The even major highlight are the use of LED lamps completely in the front assembly. The front also gets new air ducts and the windscreen seems taller as well. The side fairing panels also look new and we can see the rear being familiar to the MotoGP bike. Launch will happen Europe and America in early 2017 and will be priced around $12-14,000. India launch could happen in the year 2018. Two variants … [Read more...] about 2017 Honda Fireblade SP2 and SP At Intermot Is Going To Be Worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY!
The European car industry has issued a statement criticising the European Union's proposed 30% cut in CO2 emissions from cars and vans by 2030 from 2021, when a fleet average of 95g/km has already been proposed for car makers. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) described the target as "aggressive when we consider the low and fragmented market penetration of alternatively powered vehicles across Europe to date". The ACEA was warmer about the timing of the proposals, but suggested that a 20% reduction instead of 30% across the same timeframe would be "achievable at a high but acceptable cost". The association's secretary general, Erik Jonnaert, said: "Europe needs much more investment in recharging and refuelling infrastructure, before we can expect consumers throughout the entire EU to embrace such vehicles.” He also emphasised the fact that affordability is a key factor in the development of EVs, … [Read more...] about CO2 reduction targets ‘overly aggressive’, says European car industry
"Audi's fourth generation A8 finally hits the streets with souped-up technology such as plug-in hybrid e-tron version and rear axle dynamic steering integrated into quattro system. Two three-liter diesel and two four-liter petrol engines are among powertrain options for the flagship sedan. There's also the exclusive W12 for high-end customers. The plug-in hybrid version is powered by a three-liter petrol engine and an electric motor which will take you up to 31.1 miles on full charge. For more info check out the press release below:" Ed.The new Audi A8 presents the future of the luxury class. In its fourth generation, the brand’s flagship model again provides the benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik – with a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive. The Audi A8 is also the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving. From 2018, Audi will gradually be taking … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi A8
"For 2018 Smart ForTwo Cabtio gets all the new Electric Drive goodies of the Coupe, with more powerful motor and higher-capacity batteries. Estimated range on a full charge is 155 km. For full specs check out the press release below:" Ed. Following the smart fortwo coupé and smart forfour (combined power consumption: 12.9/ 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) the smart fortwo cabrio with battery-electric drive is now also being launched on time for the summer (combined power consumption: 13.0 kWh/100 km). The stylish electric car combines the open-air driving fun of the smart fortwo cabrio with the special driving pleasure and zero emissions of the electric drive. It has been possible to place orders for the smart cabrio since early May; market launch will start in July 2017. In Germany prices for the smart fortwo cabrio electric drive start at €25,200 (recommended retail price including 19% VAT) (including environmental bonus: €20,820). Three cars in one: … [Read more...] about 2018 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Electric Drive