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    by Published on 23-11-2014 06:03 PM
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    • Audi shows the benchmark of future design language in Los Angeles
    • Head of Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “Perfect showcase of Audi DNA”
    • Head of Design Marc Lichte: “A foretaste of the future of Audi”

    Audi is launching into a new design era: At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Marc Lichte, Head of Design, is presenting the Audi prologue concept car. Lichte is giving the Audi brand a new styling direction in the large coupe.

    “When he moved to Audi, Marc Lichte launched a design offensive,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Development, who brought him to Ingolstadt in 2014. “His clear philosophy and precise understanding of Audi DNA let him develop a design strategy that is opening up entirely new perspectives for us. It is progressive and highly emotional; it expresses the technological competence and quality claim of the brand perfectly. The Audi prologue is its first proponent – it is a ‘signature car’ for Audi.”

    Marc Lichte himself describes the character of the show car in this way: “Audi stands for sportiness, lightweight design and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In the Audi prologue, we are expressing this know-how in a new form – we have put the sportiest car in the luxury segment on wheels. Our team took new approaches in both exterior and interior design.”

    Audi design is now expressing progressive technology even more powerfully. The two-door coupe has a flowing, elegant shape and taut design. Its forms and lines are unmistakable and introduce many new ideas. In the clear and unobstructed interior, the architecture melds with the display and operating concept to create a new type of unit. The entire front of the instrument panel is a large touch display, and a portion of the user interface operates with a new type of OLED display made of organic LEDs.

    The show car’s technology combines power, comfort and efficiency. The 4.0 TFSI produces up to 605PS of power and 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft) of torque; it accelerates the Audi prologue from 0 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds. Its dynamic all-wheel steering,
    by Published on 23-11-2014 05:56 PM
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    • Expertise in fuel cell technology – A7 Sportback h-tron quattro technology demonstrator ready for real-life traffic
    • Long range – more than 300 miles
    • Plug-in hybrid concept with electric quattro

    It covers 310 miles on one tank of fuel – and its exhaust emits nothing more than a few drops of water: The A7 Sportback h-tron quattro uses a powerful electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, in combination with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear. Its drive configuration makes the emission-free Audi A7 Sportback h-tron quattro a quattro through and through, with 170 kilowatts of power at its disposal – a new departure in fuel cell cars. There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear axles. As an e-quattro, the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro features fully electronic management of torque distribution.

    “The A7 Sportback h-tron quattro is a genuine Audi – at once sporty and efficient. Conceived as an e-quattro, its two electric motors drive all four wheels,” explained Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi. “The h-tron concept car shows that we have mastered fuel cell technology. We are in a position to launch the production process as soon as the market and infrastructure are ready.”

    The “h” in the name h-tron denotes the chemical element hydrogen. In visual terms the technology demonstrators that Audi has brought along to the Los Angeles Auto Show basically resemble the production models. As the label with the h-tron signet reveals, this concept car now takes its place alongside the other Audi models with alternative drive principles, the e-tron and g-tron. Externally, there is no other evidence of the fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electrical power on board the vehicle.

    by Published on 23-11-2014 05:51 PM
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    • Golf SportWagen HyMotion transfers fuel cell technology to high-volume production
    • Golf is the world's first car to offer all drive types that can be implemented today

    Volkswagen has presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show the world premiere of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion – a progressive research vehicle with a fuel cell drive.

    As the power source of the future, hydrogen andoxygen are combined in the fuel cell to form pure water. Energy is released in this "cold combustion" process – drive energy for an electric motor that turns with zero emissions. The front wheel drive Golf SportWagen HyMotion accelerates to 62 mph in 10.0 seconds. The hydrogen is stored safely in four high-tech carbon-fibre tanks, which are located in a space-saving way in the underbody. Their fuel capacity enables a driving range of 310 miles. Refilling ofthe fuel tank of the concept car takes just three minutes.

    The key drive components of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion were developed by Volkswagen Group Research in Germany. The fuel cell system, which hasa driving power of 100 kW, was conceptualised at the Volkswagen Technology Centre for Electric Traction. In addition, the concept car has a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, which stores the kinetic energy recovered from regenerative braking, assists in the starting phase of the fuel cell and adds a dynamic boost to the maximum acceleration of the Golf SportWagen. The fuel cell andbattery drive an electric motor adapted from the e-Golf.

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    by Published on 23-11-2014 05:45 PM
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    The Bentley Continental GT3-R, the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers, has been chosen as the winning car in Wired magazine’s annual Gear of the Year special edition.

    A 15-page edit is produced every December of the best in Design, Sound & Vision, Rides, Sport & Leisure and Watches. This becomes the annual Wired list of the best products reviewed during the year.
    Jeremy White, product editor, noted: “The Bentley GT3-R was chosen to be in the Rides section as we thought it was superb and a truly innovative piece of engineering - taking inspiration from the brand’s racing heritage and marrying this with cutting edge materials, manufacturing and technology to produce a superlative car.”

    The Continental GT3-R made its global debut on the Bentley Stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever produced. Inspired by Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 racer, the GT3-R is powered by Bentley’s race- and road-proven 4.0 litre V8 engine, producing 580 PS and 700 Nm of torque. A weight reduction of 100 kg combines with torque vectoring and shorter gearing to deliver a breathtaking driving experience.

    The Continental GT3-R is limited to just 300 examples, all hand built in Crewe and finished by Bentley’s motorsport department.

    In February 2015, the GT3-R will be in situ in the icy north of Finland for Power on Ice, the flagship experience that elevates the concept of ice driving to the extreme. The Continental GT3-R
    by Published on 23-11-2014 05:40 PM
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    • New Octavia Scout – the latest addition to ŠKODA’s growing 4x4 range
    • Octavia, Yeti and Superb all available with the security of 4x4
    • Advanced Haldex Clutch transmissions offer reliability and efficiency
    • ŠKODA 4x4 range starts from just Ł19,695

    It may only be November, but winter has already started to exert its icy grip on the nation’s motoring routines. With roads that resemble rally stages and a sun that can barely be bothered to get higher than the hedgerows, the British driver has a lot to contend with at this time of year. Thankfully, ŠKODA has the perfect cure for the winter blues in the form of its broadest and most comprehensive 4x4 line-up to date.
    As buyers have come to expect, all ŠKODA 4x4 models have been designed and engineered to thwart the harshest of winter conditions, and feature the very latest in all-wheel drive transmission technology. Prices range from Ł19,695 to Ł34,575, meaning that there’s a ŠKODA 4x4 to suit all budgets and requirements.

    Octavia Scout and 4x4

    The latest member of the ŠKODA 4x4 family, the all-new Octavia Scout, arrived in UK showrooms last month with prices starting from Ł25,315. The third model to wear the famous Scout badge, the latest version is based on the Octavia Estate and features a host of features designed to make it the perfect winter workhorse. These include an underfloor Rough Road package that offers additional protection for the underside of the car, and a fifth-generation Haldex clutch 4x4 system that delivers exceptional levels of traction with greater efficiency than ever before. Thanks to a system
    by Published on 15-11-2014 09:53 AM
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    • New third-generation Fabia Estate priced from Ł12,460
    • Three trim grades and four engine options available
    • Sector-best 530-litre boot
    • High equipment levels include DAB and Stop/Start on all models
    • Running costs reduced by up to 14% over outgoing model
    • First UK deliveries expected in March 2015

    ŠKODA has confirmed prices and specifications for the new Fabia Estate ahead of its debut in spring 2015. Available in three trim grades: S, SE and SE-L, the third-generation Fabia Estate is priced from just Ł12,460 and offers a significant specification boost over the outgoing model.
    Entry-level S models feature six airbags, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Stop/Start and electric front windows as standard, while SE models (from Ł13,905 OTR) add manual air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Front assist, Arkamys surround sound package and Bolero radio with telephone control, Mirror Link, USB and SD card connections. SE models also include a three-spoke leather steering wheel, height adjustable driver and passenger seat, Maxi-DOT trip computer and black roof rails. Range-topping Elegance models (from Ł14,755 OTR) add even more features including 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control air-conditioning, Light assistant, cruise control and KESSY – keyless entry system.
    In addition to its generous equipment levels, the new Fabia features a striking new look, sector-best practicality, greater efficiency and a host of Simply Clever innovations. Utilising advanced MQB platform architecture, the new Fabia Estate performs the impossible by being larger ...
    by Published on 15-11-2014 09:48 AM
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    New three-cylinder petrol engine joins updated A1 range polished by styling revisions, equipment upgrades and efficiency gains.

    • New A1 and A1 Sportback ranges priced from Ł15,390 OTR to Ł21,640 OTR available to order from late November – first deliveries in spring 2015
    • S1 and S1 Sportback with equipment enhancements also available priced from Ł25,380 OTR to Ł26,110 OTR
    • Styling revisions inside and out, more equipment, new or improved engines including 1.6 TDI now offering up to 80.7mpg with 92g/km output (manual) and new 1.0 TFSI three-cylinder emitting 99g/km
    • A1 1.0 TFSI available to order in spring 2015 priced from Ł14,315 – first deliveries in summer
    • 7-speed S tronic now for all variants, including 1.6 TDI
    • More equipment across SE, Sport and S line specification levels, improved option packs

    The new Audi A1 and A1 Sportback which open for UK ordering later this month have an impressive pedigree. In 2010 their predecessors were born of a refusal to compromise in the translation of everything that defines the largest Audi models into the premium brand’s smallest and most accessible car, helping to make them the choice of over 500,000 customers worldwide since that point. The latest range, the first examples of which will reach the UK next spring, features exterior and interior styling enhancements, specification upgrades and new or improved engines, including in the longer term the first ever three-cylinder petrol unit in the Audi range. These improve fuel economy by up to eight per cent and trim CO2 output to as little as 92g/km.
    With its sharp yet clean lines, balanced proportions and distinctive detailing the A1 already cuts an imposing figure on the road ...
    by Published on 09-11-2014 10:50 AM
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    Especially dynamic version and new entry-level model added to Cayenne portfolio

    Today Porsche reveals the new Cayenne GTS, a model that announces its outstanding sporting character in its very name. The letters GTS go back to the famous 904 Carrera GTS of 1963. In 2007, the Cayenne GTS became the first Porsche of the modern era to revive the acronym.

    Since then, at Porsche ‘GTS’ has stood for notably enhanced levels of dynamics, performance and driver involvement. At the same time as the launch of the GTS, a new entry-level model with the familiar 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine rounds off the Cayenne portfolio at the start of the range.

    Porsche drivers like their car to be sporty – regardless of whether it has two doors or four. At 11 per cent, the GTS makes up a high proportion of the Cayenne model mix of what is currently the most successful range in the Porsche line-up, with the four-door sports cars for many years making a major contribution to the company's profitable growth. At the same time they ensure future investment in the broad spectrum of highly dynamic models offered across the entire portfolio.

    It is not only the name of the Cayenne GTS that is resonant. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine is the performance-oriented enhancement of the new power unit presented in the Cayenne S. Its consumption is lower and it delivers improved levels of performance. Compared with the previous model with a V8 naturally aspirated engine, power output increases by 20 hp to 440 hp and torque by 85 Nm to 600 Nm, while fuel consumption goes down by up to 0.9 l/100 km. The Cayenne GTS accelerates
    by Published on 09-11-2014 10:45 AM
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    • Results underline top-level safety of the new ŠKODA Fabia
    • Small car provides outstanding occupant protection for adults and children
    • Innovative safety systems: ESC with Multi-Collision Brake, Front Assistant with City Emergency Braking Function, fatigue detection, Speedlimiter
    • Highest level of passive safety: six airbags as standard in EU countries

    The new ŠKODA Fabia has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The outstanding test results underline the high level safety of the new small car from ŠKODA, which is going to be launched in the first European markets in the next couple of days. The Euro NCAP rating is based on results for occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems.

    “One of the aims of the new ŠKODA Fabia development was to bring top-level safety performance to the small car segment,” said ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, Dr Frank Welsch. “The maximum five-star rating is confirmation by independent experts that we have achieved this goal and it shows that the new ŠKODA Fabia is one of the safest small cars in the market,” said Dr Welsch.

    The new ŠKODA Fabia received the maximum five-star rating in all four areas (occupant protection for adults, child safety, safety assistance systems and pedestrian protection). The testers particularly emphasised the stability of the passenger compartment. For the protection of 18-month-old children the new ŠKODA Fabia achieved maximum points, and the protection of three-year-old
    by Published on 09-11-2014 10:38 AM
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    Latest incarnation of Audi compact SUV features an even sharper new look, more equipment and a more efficient EU6-compliant engine range

    • New Q3 range available to order this month priced from Ł25,340 OTR to Ł30,820 OTR – first UK deliveries in spring 2015
    • RS Q3 with 30PS power boost to 340PS available from January 2015, price TBC – first deliveries expected next spring
    • Styling enhancements inside and out, increased equipment levels – Xenon or all-weather LED headlamps as standard depending on version
    • New or updated engine range now including 1.4 TFSI CoD - fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent and power increases of up to 10PS

    Styling, safety, efficiency, equipment and power were all on the agenda for the team given the tough task of reworking the already highly successful Audi Q3, and the fruit of their labour is due to open for order in the UK later this month priced from Ł25,340 OTR. The further improved RS Q3 flagship, the output of which the team has boosted by an additional 30PS to give a total of 340PS, will become available in January 2015 and, like its ‘standard’ counterparts, is expected to reach its first UK customers next spring.

    Whether in SE, S line or top flight S line plus specification, the premium character of the redesigned Audi Q3 is apparent at first glance. The design with its coupe‑like lines and characteristic wrap-around tailgate has been lifted further by a striking new 3D effect Singleframe grille, revised bumpers and new look alloy wheels. The full body-colour paint finish which was previously standard for S line versions and above also now extends to SE models.

    The revised headlights now feature xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights as standard in SE versions, and these are complemented at the rear by reworked
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