AstaZero is the world’s first full-scale proving ground for future traffic safety solutions. Its opening has brought Volvo Car Group a step closer to realising their vision that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
An important measure towards achieving this goal will be the development of active safety systems, which will help to prevent accidents. These active safety systems will be the primary focus at AstaZero proving ground, located in close proximity to the Volvo Cars headquarters in western Sweden.
Audi has made significant gains in reducing the impact on the environment of its latest high-tech sports car. Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi TT scores with an increase in power output of up to 14% and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of 11%. As Audi states in its new life cycle assessment of the third-generation TT, this means that each car in the series saves around 5.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases over its entire life cycle. This includes not just carbon dioxide, but other substances such as methane, nitrous oxide and halogenated organic emissions.
A lot of technologies have contributed towards the positive life cycle assessment of the Audi TT, including lightweight construction. Due to an intelligent combination of materials, Audi engineers have, for the second time in a row, succeeded in reducing the car's unladen weight. The first model change in 2006 saw weight savings of up to 90kgs achieved. With the front wheel driven 2.0 TFSI engine variant of the new TT now weighing in at just 1,230Kgs, this means that the car is around 50kgns lighter than its predecessor.
Infiniti announced the world premiere of the Q50L, the new long-wheelbase variant of its Q50 sports sedan. With a 48mm longer wheelbase than the standard Q50, the Q50L has more room for rear passengers.
The stylish and tech-savvy Q50L premium sports sedan debuts at the end of August for the public and press at the Chengdu Motor Show (Sichuan province) in Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury and Luxury Sports trims, providing a wide range of personalized choices for aspiring premium customers. Deliveries start in the beginning of November.
For the first time ever, a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang will roll off a Ford assembly line when global production begins. The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s line-up of global vehicles will allow the iconic ‘pony car’ to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world.
Mustang engineers recently finished construction of the very first right-hand-drive sixth-generation Mustang. The prototype Mustang will be used to conduct various development tests in preparation for the car’s entry into the global market in the coming months.
The new Jaguar XE delivers in all respects and is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the art technologies designed to make every drive an even more enjoyable experience.
The new XE’s InControl infotainment system is designed around an 8-inch touchscreen. A clear, intuitive user interface gives quick, easy access to all features and functions, and voice control using plain speech means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Automobili Lamborghini unveiled its next generation motorsports machine: the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. The car will debut in all three (Europe, Asia and North America) of the brand’s one-make 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.
The Huracán Super Trofeo marks a new benchmark for the race series. ‘‘The Huracán Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept,’’ said Maurizio Reggiani, Board Member and Director of Research and Development for Automobili Lamborghini. ‘‘We believe the car will be as fun for fans to watch as it will be rewarding for our racers to drive.’’
The covers have been pulled off the dramatic and purposeful McLaren P1 GTR design concept during a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California. The aggressive racing concept is a preview to the final model which, with a little under a year until production commences, has now entered the next phase as the development team works to hone and further optimise the ultimate track-focused racer.
The McLaren P1 GTR will be the most track-tailored and most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations to date, with a clear target even more focused than its road-going sibling: to be the best driver’s car in the world on track.