BMW is set to launch its latest generation of bikes in spring 2014. With an innovative frame design and specialist expertise in automotive engineering, the Munich-based car manufacturer is well positioned to continue its success and consolidate its excellent reputation in the bicycle sector.
Like all vehicles produced by the BMW Group, the 2014 bicycle collection meets top standards in quality and design. The design of this new third-generation frame gives the bicycle’s functional geometric shape a stylish and dynamic look. The signature feature of the bikes in the collection is the “bull neck” on the front of the top tube. The frame is reminiscent of a motorbike, tracing the outline of the tank. Another enhancement is the third generation bikes’ seamless design. The welding lines are smooth and all cables run inside the frame. The bold colour contrasts and subtle branding further complement the clear-cut design by DesignworksUSA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BMW Group.
A thrilling new year of racing will begin next week in Sebring, Florida where the first race of the American series of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2014 will take place. Automobili Lamborghini confirms its commitment in motorsport by announcing the 2014 race calendars for its European, Asian and American Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.
‘The world’s fastest one-make series’, featuring the 570 hp, V10, permanent four-wheel drive Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo is now in its sixth, third and second year in Europe, Asia and America respectively. It ensures maximum track time for gentlemen and amateur drivers with practice, qualifying and two 50-minute races during two-day race weekends.
Nissan introduces Nissan Elgrand minor change model with a new 7-seater luxury variant. The third generation Elgrand, introduced just two years ago, now offers an even more majestic exterior and improved interior refinements for greater comfort.
“We have listened to our customers’ feedback on the previous Elgrand and sought to improve the minor change model by introducing a new 7-seater luxury variant for the discerning large families. We are confident that the new minor change Elgrand is able to meet any large families’ day-to-day activity with a touch of elegance and luxury,” said Mr Ron Lim, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Tan Chong Motor Sales.
Out of all the teams on the 2014 grid, Lotus did the least number of laps during the pre-season tests, after missing out on Jerez and suffering from reliability issues in Bahrain. They said however, that they aren’t the only ones worrying about reliability. Although there are teams with a lot more mileage than Lotus (Mercedes and Ferrari spring to mind), he believes that even they are secretly concerned about reliability issues.
These were the words of Lotus technical director Nick Chester, who also admitted that the E22 may not be competitive till April. He said that it all depended on how fast Renault Sport provided fixes for their powerunit.
The current ERP system was put in place back in 1998. Many years have passed since then, and the system has started to show its age a little bit. That is precisely why the Singapore government will call for a tender to replace the aged ERP system with a more technically advanced next generation ERP, with expected completion by around 2020.
Currently, the ERP gantries are pretty much fixed and not easily programmable. However, the new gantries have been designed to charge a car not by the amount of gantries it passes by, but by the number of times a car has used a certain congested stretch of road. It can also aid in navigation, help replace the current system of parking with coupons, and provide up to date traffic information.
Few cars can boast of having nearly sold 40 million examples over 10 generations which puts the Corolla in a rather esteemed crowd. So what is it about the Corolla that makes it such a darling in every market it goes to?
When it comes to bang for buck, few are in equal standing with the Corolla. It offers decent mileage from its humble four cylinder 1.6-litre powerplant. Couple that with decent build quality and equipment level and it all starts to make sense. But most of all, the bombproof reliability is the main selling point of the Toyota.
David Beckham has joined Jaguar as a brand ambassador and will support significant forthcoming Jaguar product launches in China. British sporting icon Beckham will feature in above-the-line marketing campaigns for the brand in one of its most significant international markets.
As part of a long-term partnership, former international footballer Beckham will star in a series of print adverts and TV commercials exclusively in China. David’s role will initially see him feature alongside the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé, a sports car that is already regarded as a modern classic and one that is the perfect expression of Jaguar’s vision of modern British style and elegance. His role will develop and will see him feature in many Jaguar brand and product communication campaigns in the coming years, including those for the Jaguar XJ, the company’s award winning large luxury saloon.
Lewis Hamilton believes the W05 is a race winner. He, along with teammate Nico Rosberg, have emerged to be favourites for the Australian Grand Prix, for they not only are former grand prix winners, they also have the machinery to back them up too; the W05 set fastest lap after fastest lap in testing, and accumulated the most mileage.
That said, Rosberg was a little more cautious about what to expect at Melbourne. He said that although winter testing went a lot better than the team expected, they will not know how competitive they really are until the first grand prix. He did not deny though that Mercedes is in a good position.