Infiniti officially introduced the brand and its premium vehicles to customers in Vietnam. The company inaugurated its first Infiniti Center showroom in Ho Chi Minh City. Initially, Infiniti will introduce the full-size SUV QX80 and the iconic crossover QX70 to the Vietnam market as customers will be able to enjoy the premium execution, the performance, and the craftsmanship brought by the brand's vehicles.
The Infiniti Center in Vietnam adopts the signature IREDI (Infiniti Retail Environment Design Initiative) design concept. It creates a highly distinctive, original Infiniti branded retail environment – the look and feel that aligns with Infiniti’s brand identity consistently around the world.
The jury of experts for the Automotive Interiors Expo Award handed the electrically powered BMW i3 the title of Production Interior Vehicle Design of the Year. The third edition of these awards, which recognize exceptionally innovative concepts and solutions in the field of interior design, were held at the Automotive Interiors Expo in Stuttgart.
The BMW i3 sets out to showcase sustainability through its design, as reflected by its cutting-edge, futuristic looks. The large, clear surfaces and bright ambience represent an expression of clean air and zero emissions. Large glass surfaces showcase the car’s lightweight design and lend the interior an airy, lounge-like character, while also offering the driver a better view over the road. Comfortable entry and a raised seating position are complemented both front and rear by exceptional freedom of movement thanks to an unbroken foot well extending across the full width of the interior.
Much has been said about the exponential rise of Korean automotive brands in the last few years, which have been especially aggressive in improving their quality and appeal to consumers. Kia is one of these players, and it is no understatement to say that many, if not most, Korean cars today seem more in tune with modern good design than Japanese cars.
When the two-door Forte Koup was first launched in December 2009, its edgy design, commendable drivetrains and functional interior really marked the first shift in consumer perception. The fact that the niche but appealing manual gearbox was available as an option appealed to those who wanted a practical coupe that had some fire in its belly.
A 52 year old man has been arrested after he was caught carjacking. The owner of the vehicle saw the man standing beside the driver side area of her car after she loaded the car up with her luggage. The incident, which occurred on the 16th of July at around 7:45 am at a multi-storey carpark at Boon Keng Road, saw the man confront the victim with a penknife, before speeding off with the car. He then abandoned the car along Upper Boon Keng Road. The man was arrested in the vicinity of Geylang a day later at around 12:40 pm. If found guilty, the man is liable for a 14 year jail sentence and 12 strokes of the cane.
After making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati has revealed an exclusive limited edition Maserati Quattroporte in collaboration with luxury Italian fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna. Just 100 examples of the limited series will be built which feature color schemes, materials and exclusive trims which link the histories of the two brands.
To celebrate the launch of the Quattroporte Zegna Limited Edition, Maserati and Zegna are embarking on a tour of four international events starting in Shanghai in July 2014 before stopping in New York (Sept 2014), Dubai (Feb 2015) and Milan (Spring 2015).
Modern, dynamic and emotional; the new Skoda Fabia is revealed. The first design sketch shows a young, crisp, urban small car with typical Skoda genes and lots of character. This is the first time in a series production vehicle that Skoda designers have incorporated elements from the Skoda VisionC show car. Skoda motorsport has also provided inspiration for the final design. These two foundations combined give the new Skoda Fabia more dynamics, passion and emotion.
This sharp, new image fuses crystalline shapes and sharp lines with the highest precision. The hatchback model is characterised by well-balanced, tight proportions. The new Skoda Fabia is now nine centimetres wider and stands three centimetres lower. In addition, the Skoda Fabia now offers a completely new, versatile interior with individual options for customization. The newly developed Skoda Fabia is one further achievement in Skoda’s largest model campaign in corporate history, once again proving the strength of the brand.
Nico Rosberg wins in front of his home crowd! Finn Valterri Bottas and Brit Lewis Hamilton occupy the podium alongside the 29 year old German. The race started off with a crash between McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, and Bottas’ teammate Felipe Massa. The Williams rolled over after contact with the McLaren, but Massa managed to walk away without injury. From this point on it was pretty much game on, as we saw battles all throughout the field. It was Alonso, Vettel and Raikkonen early on in the race, with Raikkonen receiving a pounding in the duel. Hulkenburg and Vettel were at it for a while too. While this was happening, Bottas and Rosberg were gradually pulling away from the field.
Yellow flags were then waved in sector 2 as a burning Toro Rosso of Danii Kyvat pulled off the side of the circuit at the hairpin. This was the 2nd Renault engine fire of the weekend, after Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham caught fire in FP1. The car was soon cleared and the racing was back on. After contact with Button, Mercedes switched Hamilton to a 3 stop to fix the crash damage. They expected Lewis to jump Bottas with fresh options, but Sutil’s spin at the final corner pretty much ruined the charge. Anticipating a safety car, the Mercedes team brought Hamilton in to bolt on a fresh set of options. Within the space of 3 laps, the 7 or so second advantage Bottas had was gone. However, in a straight line, the Williams was superior, which made passing Bottas impossible. Hamilton was desperate to get past Bottas before his options will go off, but eventually, Bottas defended superbly to take his 3rd F1 podium in a row. Rosberg now leads the standings by 14 points from his teammate Hamilton, with Aussie Daniel Ricciardo in 3rd after a horror show of a grand prix.
If you thought the Q5 reached its pinnacle in the supercharged 3.0 TFSI we reviewed last year, Audi churned out something a bit faster. In its long standing tradition of ‘S’ badged sedan, this is the first time that Ingolstadt has given the same recognition to any of its SUV.
It’s safe to assume then that this latest SQ5 is every bit as deserving of that coveted badge as its low slung stable mates.
Looking at the SQ5, you’ll be hard pressed to tell that it actually hides enough performance to equal other sports sedans. A perfect sleeper SUV we think. Very little betrays its ‘S’ badging besides its subtle badging.
But the platinum grey grille and a revised bumper that shows off large intakes are pertinent clues to its pe...