Jul 282016
 
The Lotus ELise Race 250

The Lotus ELise Race 250

The latest race car from Lotus, the new Elise Race 250 distils the famous company’s engineering expertise into one hardcore package.

Eligible for many race series around the world, this car packs a supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The Elise Race 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and an impressive 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm.

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc, commented, “The Elise Race 250 is the fastest, most focused Elise we’ve ever produced and, judging by what it’s capable of on track, it looks set to become a favourite with our racers around the world.”

The fastest Elise racer yet

The fastest Elise racer yet

 

The arrival the new Elise Race 250 coincides with the 50th celebrations for the founding of the famous factory in Hethel, Norfolk, when in 1966, founder Colin Chapman moved Lotus to the purpose-built facility. Today, all Lotus cars are developed on the same test track responsible for the company’s famous Grand Prix racers. As the spiritual home of Team Lotus, its heritage includes seven World Constructors’ Championship titles and six World Drivers’ Championship.

 

Elise Cornering

The Elise Cornering

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price

UK (Including VAT at 20%) £53,500
UK (Excluding VAT) £44,583
USA (Excluding local taxes) $76,200

 

 12:07 am  Motoring, Outdoor Living
Jan 142008
 

bentley Azure ConvertibleStrong growth in both emerging and traditional markets takes Bentley above 10,000 units for the first time.

New sales record set in the UK market.

With retail sales of 10,014 units worldwide, Bentley has completed the best year in its history. Overall volume grew by 7%, with increases in almost all major markets: +7% in the UK, +4% in North America, +7% in Europe, +18% in the Asia Pacific region, and +93% in China alone.

In the UK,  a record 2079 units were sold in all. In North America, a figure of 4196 units was achieved, despite the prevailing economic climate, and a new record was set in continental Europe with 2166 units. In China, the final sales number was 338 units. In Korea, 100 cars were sold in the first year in that market.

These results were buoyed by growth across both the Arnage and Continental ranges. Thanks to the introduction of the Azure convertible, sales grew by 44% in the Arnage line, and with the GTC convertible enjoying its first full year in the market, 2 door Continental sales increased by 57%.

“These results are a milestone for Bentley, which has strengthened its presence around the world, in both emerging and established markets” said Stuart McCullough, Bentley’s Member of the Board, Sales and Marketing. “ A major component of this is our export business, with overseas income in excess of  £745 million.

Bentley is proud to be a leading British vehicle manufacturer, with all of its production based in Crewe, a workforce of 3800 and a 500 strong engineering team, making it a significant employer in the North West. With its combination of modern technology, craftsmanship and bespoke capabilities, Bentley occupies a leading position in the luxury vehicle market, and expects to maintain that position into the future.”

 9:07 am  Motoring
Oct 042007
 
masserati grand turismo

Maserati Grand turismo

A troop of classic and contemporary Maserati sports and luxury cars will lead New York City’s 63rd annual Columbus Day Parade up Fifth Avenue, New York

In a unique display of Italian excellence in engineering and design, the Maseratis will range from a one-off, 16-cylinder Maserati Spyder, which set the world’s speed record in 1929, to a 2007 Quattroporte Automatic four-door sedan that goes from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds.

Automotive enthusiasts will have an opportunity to view the cars in an exhibition following the parade and to win a 2008 Maserati GranTurismo in an exclusive raffle that will benefit the scholarship programs of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which organizes the Columbus Day Parade. The GranTurismo being raffled is among the first 10 of Maserati’s latest model to be imported into the United States this year.

Among the Maseratis to be featured in the Columbus Day Parade are the following:

1929 / 1931 Maserati Spyder – V16

A unique model, the 1931 Maserati Zagato Spyder was the first super car. Powered by an unusual 16-cylinder engine, the car set the world’s speed record of 152.9 mph in 1929. It was later rebodied in 1931 by Zagato as a road-going sports car. In 2003, it was a first place winner in the Pebble Beach Concours.

1953 Maserati A6GCS MM Spyder

The first Maserati A6GCS, Series II was from the outset a factory race car that immediately earned an impressive race history with wins in 1953 and 1954. In 2000, it was a first place winner in the prestigious Louis Vuitton Concours at Rockefeller Center.

1955 Maserati A6G54 GT Frua Berlinetta

Exhibited in the Turin Motor Show in 1955, this A6G54 was sold to Italian music legend Domenico Modugno, who recorded and wrote the music and co-authored the lyrics for “Volare,” which won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1958. In 2003, the Frua Berlinetta won Best of Show in the 2003 Villa d’Este Concours in Cernobbio, Italy.

1958 Maserati 3500 Vignale Spyder

Approximately 220 examples of this car were produced between 1958 to 1964. Many luminaries of the period owned this elegant, high-performance model.

1960 Maserati 5000 GT

This striking automobile, the second of 34 5000 GTs built, is identical to the model built for the Shah of Iran in 1959. It was displayed at the 1959 Turin Motor Show and uses the Maserati 450 S race car engine and is capable of a top speed of over 170 mph.

1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder SS

The Maserati Ghibli Spyder went into production in 1969 and, as an SS model, is extremely rare — only 25 were built! The model in the 2007 Columbus Day Parade had only one prior owner, a Neapolitan businessman who purchased it in 1970 to help win the affection of a woman he considered the most beautiful in Naples. They subsequently married and are still together to this day.

1971 Maserati Ghibli SS

The Maserati Ghibli SS debuted at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who was named Car Designer of the 20th Century, the very low and particularly slender design was powered by a 360 hp V8, giving it a top speed of 185 mph.

2004 Maserati MC 12

The MC 12 was developed to signal Maserati’s return to racing after 37 years. The two-door mid-engine coupe is powered by a 6 liter, V12 engine producing 630 horsepower. In 2005, the MC 12 won FIA GT Manufacturers Cup with almost double the score of the next team.

2007 Maserati Quattroporte Automatic

The Quattroporte Automatic is considered to be the most stylish sedan in production and is powered by a 400 horsepower V8 engine.

Following their appearance in the parade, the Maseratis will be on view in front of the Columbus Citizens Foundation until early evening. The exhibition will be on 69th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

A Maserati GranTurismo and a Quattroporte Automatic are currently on view in a unique exhibition in Grand Central Terminal through October 15. The sleek, 2008 Maserati GranTurismo is a rare gem among sports cars. One of the most highly anticipated introductions to the U.S. market in years, the GranTurismo is styled by Pininfarina with luxury appointments and has a powerful 4.2 liter, V8 engine (0-60 in 5.1 seconds).

Maserati is partnering with the Columbus Citizens Foundation in the raffles of the GranTurismo and Quattroporte in recognition and support of the Foundation’s scholarship programs and of the company’s own Italian heritage. A Quattroporte Automatic will be raffled at the Foundation’s Annual Gala Dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on the night of October 6, and the GranTurismo will be raffled at 7:00 PM on October 15 in Grand Central Terminal.

Tickets for the GranTurismo are limited to 500 and for the Quattroporte Automatic are limited to 300 and cost US$1,000.00 each.

Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Columbus Citizens Foundation’s scholarship funds. The Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City that provides financial aid to deserving students from the elementary school through graduate school levels and organizes events that promote Italian-American heritage and culture. In 2007, the Foundation is providing financial aid to 849 students of Italian ancestry.

The Foundation has organized New York City’s Columbus Day Parade since 1929.

Event: 63rd Annual Columbus Day Parade Monday, October 8 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM (Approximately) Fifth Ave., from 44th St. north to 79th St.

Event: Maserati GranTurismo Raffle October 15, 2007 7:00 PM Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St. and Park Ave.

 9:07 am  Motoring
Aug 172007
 
Infiniti EX

Infiniti EX

The all-new 2008 Infiniti EX coupe crossover, revealed this week at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will form part of a four model premium range that will be launched across Europe starting from Autumn 2008. Ranges include the G Saloon, G Coupe and a Successor to the Iconic FX

Features

– Innovative Coupe Crossover Concept

– Standard ‘ATTESA E-TS’ All-Wheel Drive

– Powered by a 3.5-litre 290hp V6 (US Specification)

– First Introduction of the Advanced Around View Monitor System

The EX is a new addition to the global Infiniti range. To be badged EX35 when it goes on sale in the US at the end of this year, this all-wheel drive crossover slots in below the iconic FX and offers an exceptional combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems.

These include the world production car debut of the advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which utilizes four small cameras to give the driver a “top-down view” of the outside of the vehicle while parking. The new EX35 also becomes the second Infiniti production vehicle, following the Autumn introduction in the US of the 2008 Infiniti M-series, to offer the new Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system, and the first to feature “Scratch Shield,” a special “self-healing” clearcoat paint. Launch timing of these technologies in Europe is to be confirmed.

Coupe-Inspired Exterior

Designed by the Infiniti design centre in Japan, the EX35’s sculpted elegance should have a timeless appeal. Sleek lines portray speed, grace and finesse combining the look and feel of a luxury coupe with the elevated cabin of a 4×4.

The sporty proportions include a long hood, short front and rear overhangs, rearward cabin and smooth coupe-like roofline arching over the windows to the C-pillars.

“The EX35 is the perfect fusion of a luxury coupe and a sporty 4×4,” said Jim Wright, Vice President Infiniti Europe.

The EX35 has a length of 4631mm and a width of 1803mm making it maneuverable in town. While a height of 1589mm gives it a more dynamic stance and a lower centre of gravity than most other 4x4s.

EX35’s exterior includes many signature Infiniti touches, including a double-arch grille, large L-shaped headlights with available Bi-Xenon Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), integrated fog lights, distinctive LED taillights and “dynamic arch” profile. Other exterior features include a high-mounted rear hatchback spoiler, chrome-finished dual exhaust pipes, an available power tilt/sliding sunroof with one-touch activation and optional roof rails and crossbars. The EX35 also features a standard puddle lamp integrated in the driver’s side door mirror as part of the Hospitality Lighting Concept.

Eight exterior colors will be offered including two shades new to the model.

One of the unique features of the new EX35 is the special “Scratch Shield,” a special “self-healing” clearcoat paint, which is designed to maintain its gloss-level over time. The paint repairs fine scratches, such as fingernail scratches under door handles, restoring the EX35’s surface close to the original state. The process, which takes anywhere from one day to one week (depending on the surrounding temperature and the depth of the scratch), is accomplished through the use of a special highly elastic resin. This resin is combined with a conventional clearcoat to increase the paint’s flexibility and strength by raising the resin density.

Elegant Interior Design

Like all Infiniti vehicles, the EX35 is conceived to offer an invigorating and engaging interior environment. And one that is both indulgent and inspiring.

The driver-focused “wave-inspired” cabin layout features an Infiniti signature “double-wave” instrument panel, easy-to-read high-contrast gauges with white-and-violet illumination and hospitality lighting with a pin LED light mounted over the center console and Infiniti-signature analog clock.

The instrument panel also features a 7-inch color display with Infiniti controller for the trip computer and additional vehicle information, including the available Infiniti Hard Disk based Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for music storage and playback.

Other technology systems include available Bluetooth(R) Hands-Free Phone System and standard Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition. Available technology features include RearView Camera (available separately, or as part of the Around View Monitor system), front and rear parking sensors, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Bose(R) Premium Audio System with 11 speakers including 2 subwoofers, 6CD in-dash changer and iPod(R) connectivity.

The interior is offered with cloth or leather-upholstered seating surfaces, available in four different colour concepts, reflecting Infiniti’s desire to offer the customer a high level of personalisation. A special Black Lacquer trim comes standard on the center console, with optional genuine Maple wood trim for the centre console and door panels (replacing Black Lacquer and aluminum respectively).

An 8-way power driver’s seat with 2-way manual lumbar support is standard, along with a 4-way power passenger’s seat. A driver’s seat memory system is also offered, along with available heated front seats and 8-way power front passenger’s seat. Also available is an unusual 60/40 split power-folding 2nd row seat (operated from the front or hatch area) making it easier to get the best out of the interior space.

“The EX35’s interior is all about driving pleasure and passenger comfort,” said Wright. “Like the exterior, it offers a coupe-like feel but surprising versatility – ideal for today’s active lifestyles. Its design is elegant and made using beautiful materials that indulge as well as calm.”

Advanced Platform and Powertrain

Under the EX35’s dramatic body is an equally advanced platform and powertrain based on the latest Infiniti performance technology. Its advanced FR-L platform provides the same high levels of handling precision and balance as it does for the Infiniti M, FX and G Coupe and Saloon.

Every 2008 US-specification Infiniti EX35 comes as standard with the fourth-generation VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine (shared with the new G35 Saloon), rated at 290-plus horsepower (estimated) and 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, DS sport mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), and Adaptive Shift Control.

The engine block features ladder frame construction, variable exhaust cam timing (eCVTCS), asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors and Iridium spark plugs. Its symmetric twin ram air intake system helps reduce airflow resistance, while the dual exhaust system has been designed with equal length exhaust manifolds and reduced muffler exhaust pressure help improve engine breathing.

Both are tuned to create authoritative harmonies, helping enhance driving pleasure, an exciting engine sound and expected improvements in emissions and fuel economy (versus the previous generation VQ engine).

The fourth-generation VQ engine design also includes a long list of advanced systems found on the previous design – including a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), a “noiseless” timing chain for quiet operation, an electronically controlled “drive-by-wire” throttle system, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, and molybdenum coated lightweight pistons.

Every EX35 utilizes a subframe-mounted independent front double-wishbone suspension with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links, high-performance dual-flow pass shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is an independent multi-link design with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links and axle housing, high-performance dual-flow pass shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.

Steering is provided by a speed-sensitive power-assisted steering system with power-assisted front and rear discs (vented front) and standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Also standard is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), while an advanced Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) with Preview Braking is optionally available.

Available wheel and tire combinations include an 18-inch 8-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/55R18 tires.

EX35 features Infiniti’s ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, which is also utilized on the 2008 M, FX and G Saloon.

The system utilizes an active torque distribution management system with an active centre clutch designed for smooth starts and better traction and maneuverability on snowy and wet roads than conventional all-wheel drive systems, plus minimal compromise of rear-wheel drive performance characteristics on dry roads.

Advanced New Technology

The EX35’s advanced technology design is highlighted by one system that is the first production version available in the US and Europe: the Infiniti Around View Monitor.

It utilizes small front, side and rear-mounted cameras to project an all-around view of potential objects on every side of the vehicle – helping reduce blind spots when parking.

“Conventional mirrors, no matter how carefully you use them, just can’t provide a view around the car that the Around View Monitor’s four-camera system does,” said Wright. “Rear bumper parking sensors help detect objects behind a car, but again they can’t give the view of the space around the vehicle that the AVM does.”

EX35 European specification

The information given above relates to the US market EX35. Specifications of the European version will be confirmed closer to the on sale date.

In terms of positioning, it is difficult to find any direct rivals for the EX being arguably the first of a new wave of coupe crossovers. But looking at other cars available currently, the EX might be lined up against rivals as diverse as the BMW X3 3.0si and Audi A4 3.2FSI quattro avant.

Infiniti Europe

The EX will get its first European showing at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The brand will be launched across Europe, city by city, starting in the autumn of 2008 – a process that will take two years. Infiniti Europe will reveal more details of its launch schedule towards the end of 2007.

Four models will be available in Europe from launch. These will include the G saloon, the G coupe, the EX as detailed above, and a successor to the iconic FX to be unveiled next year. A replacement for the M-series will join the European range early in the next decade along with the option, on the M-, EX- and FX-series, of a high performance V6 diesel.

Superior customer service will be as important to Infiniti as the product. This starts with the retail network, all of which will employ the new Infiniti Retail Design Environment Initiative (IREDI) that has a look and feel more akin to a luxury designer hotel than a car showroom, and continues with Infiniti’s Total Ownership Experience (TOE) philosophy that covers all contacts the customer will have with the brand.

Said Wright: “The launch of a premium car brand in Europe is a rare and special event. Infiniti will have the simple philosophy of offering the independently minded customer a new alternative of vibrant product teamed with excellent service. The cars are all elegantly designed, comprehensively equipped and aimed at the enthusiast. But they are only half the story. Effortless ownership will be equally important as you will discover closer to the launch.”

For Infiniti US news and pictures: http://www.infinitinews.com/.

For early information about Infiniti Europe: http://www.infinitieurope.com/.

 1:02 pm  Motoring
Jul 162007
 
Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

Ferrari FXX Evoluzione

Ferrari is extending its FXX programme for another two years, with a new, faster, more developed version of its Enzo-based superca

In case you’re not one of the 20 super-rich owners of an FXX, here’s a reminder of what the FXX programme is all about.
Created in 2005, the FXX is a track-only car based on the Enzo and with a 6.2-litre V12. It is not homologated for road use, and nor is it designed to compete in any track events.

Those who buy an FXX essentially buy themselves a seat on a special research and development programme. Only 20 ‘client test drivers’ can take part, each getting the opportunity to compete in six specially arranged FXX track events a year over the next two years. They can also arrange extra track time in their FXX with Maranello.

Initially planned to run for two years, the programme has now been extended as Ferrari has introduced a range of revisions for the car, now dubbed the FXX Evoluzione.

The FXX Evoluzione is marked out by a new livery and revised rear wing. The 6.2-litre V12 has been upgraded to produce 848bhp at 9500rpm (1000rpm higher than before), and revisions to the gearbox cut the shift time from 80 milliseconds to just 60 milliseconds.

0-60: ?

Engine: 6.5 litre V12

Power: 848bhp

Torque: ?

Top Speed: ?

Gearbox: manual gearbox can change gear in 60 milliseconds

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: 1,000,000GBP

 12:13 pm  Motoring
Jul 162007
 
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

The Vantage Roadster is a high-performance sports car, yet the engine is so tractable, the handling so predictable, the visibility so good and the controls so easy to use that it is as comfortable in town or city as it is on country roads or even the track.

Combine this with high safety standards providing reassurance whatever the driving conditions, and the Roadster delivers the sensational feel of open-air motoring with ease, making it both a weekday working car and the ultimate weekend treat

0-60: 4.7 seconds

Engine: 4.3 litre V8 32 valve

Power: 380bhp

Torque: 302 lb-ft

Top Speed: 175mph

Gearbox: Six-speed manual

Country of Origin: UK

Prices from: 91,000GBP

Contact: http://www.astonmartin.com/

 12:13 pm  Motoring
Jun 132007
 
BMW Hydrogen 7 emission Free

BMW Hydrogen 7 emission Free

BMW has introduced  the  first hydrogen-powered emissions-free luxury saloon car.

BMW’s John Hollis said: “We want to kick-start the debate about the future of personal mobility and the importance of hydrogen as the definitive fuel. The opinions of politicians and other influencers are important in driving this forward to ensure that hydrogen-power comes to fruition as soon as possible.”

The BMW Hydrogen 7 is based on the existing 7 Series and comes equipped with a bivalent internal combustion engine capable of running on hydrogen or petrol. In hydrogen mode the car emits nothing more than water vapour.

Powered by a 260hp 12-cylinder engine, the Hydrogen 7 accelerates from zero to 62mph in 9.5 seconds before going on to an electronically-limited 143mph top speed.

With its unique dual fuel engine, the driver of a Hydrogen 7 can switch quickly and conveniently from hydrogen to conventional petrol power at the press of a steering wheel-mounted button.

The dual power technology means the car has a cruising range in excess of 125 miles in the hydrogen mode with a further 300 miles under petrol power.

To make this possible the BMW Hydrogen 7 comes with a conventional 74-litre petrol tank and an additional hydrogen fuel tank holding up to 8kgs of liquid hydrogen, stored at -253 degrees Celsius. Such flexibility means the driver of a BMW Hydrogen 7 is able to use the vehicle at all times, even when the nearest hydrogen filling station is out of range.

A bespoke filling station has been constructed in Wembley to support BMW’s plans.

For undiluted driver enjoyment, engine power and torque in the Hydrogen 7 remain exactly the same regardless of which fuel is in current use. The driver can switch between the two without any effect on driving behaviour or performance. The car always gives priority to the use of hydrogen but, should this run out, it automatically switches to petrol power.

Unlike many previous hydrogen concept cars showcased by rival manufacturers the BMW Hydrogen 7 heralds a milestone in the history of the car. It is a full production ready vehicle, which has met all the stringent processes and final sign-off criteria that every current BMW model undergoes.

Source http://www.press.bmwgroup.com

The car took part in the first eco-rally from Brighton the London

 8:50 am  Motoring
Jun 112007
 

Bentley Brooklands

Bentley Brooklands

Since its launch at the Geneva Salon, the new Bentley Brooklands has captured the hearts of customers across the globe, with the first year’s production of this hand-assembled coupe already sold out.

Speaking at the recent opening of a new dealership in Istanbul, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive said: “The interest in Brooklands since its unveiling in Geneva has exceeded our expectations. It is surely destined to become a collectors’ classic.”

The Bentley Brooklands – The Details

Supercar performance from luxury four-seater coupe:

0-60mph in  5.0 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.3s).
Top speed of  184 mph (296km/h).
50 to 70mph in just  2.4 seconds (80-120km/h in 3.1s).

Record power output of 530bhp and 1050Nm of torque from handbuilt 6 ¾-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, including:

New free-flowing air induction system and sports exhaust.
Recalibrated valve timing and engine management systems

Dynamic handling combined with superb ride comfort:

Very stiff platform and uniquely engineered chassis with specially developed 20-inch wheels and tyres as standard, that combine Arnage T handling with Arnage R comfort.

– Optional carbon/silicon carbide brakes:

The largest diameter discs of any production passenger car on sale today.

Discs last the lifetime of the car and pad life is doubled, under normal driving conditions.

Virtually fade-free use time after time.

· Most spacious rear cabin of any coupe in the world.

· Bentley is the only manufacturer to offer as standard a cabin trimmed entirely with leather hides.

· Full order book for first year, with lifetime production limited to just 550 cars.

Supercar performance from Crewe’s most powerful V8

Such is the robustness of the engine’s architecture, the Crewe-built V8 engine has been at the heart of all large Bentley coupes for nearly 50 years.

In 2007, the Bentley 6 ¾-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 saw a step-change in performance with a comprehensive range of enhancements for both Arnage and Azure. These included a more efficient and refined valve-train, re-profiled camshafts and more responsive, low-inertia turbochargers. These were complemented by a new six-speed transmission with semi-automatic function and Bosch engine management system.

 10:31 am  Motoring
Mar 092007
 
Unveiling-Mercedes-C-Class

Unveiling-Mercedes-C-Class

In addition to the standard-production model, the “AMG-Mercedes C-Class DTM 2007″ and the highly economical Vision C 220 BLUETEC, have their debut at the show.

With a fuel consumption of 5.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, this study demonstrates how the even more stringent EURO 6 exhaust emission standard coming into force throughout Europe from 2015 can be achieved. Clean and economical engines are also the hallmark of the new C-Class, which is available on the European market from March 31.

“Since the sales release date at the end of January, more than 55,000 customers in western Europe alone have decided in favour of the new C-Class,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler AG and Head of the Mercedes Car Group (NYSE: DCX), in his preliminary remarks at the Mercedes-Benz press conference in Geneva. “We are confident that the new C-Class will continue the success story of its predecessor, of which more han two million units were sold,” Zetsche continued.

The fourth-generation C-Class has captured the enthusiasm of customers with its unique combination of safety, comfort and agility. The standard appointments of all variants include the innovative AGILITY CONTROL package
with its situation-responsive shock-absorber control, which opens up new dimensions in handling refinement: it combines typical Mercedes comfort with xtraordinarily agile driving characteristics.

The new C-Class is powered by state-of-the-art four and six-cylinder engines which consume up to six percent
less fuel than the preceding models, accompanied by an increase in output of up to 13 percent. Despite a variety of technical innovations and even more generous standard appointments, and taking inflation into account, the price of the new C-Class remains at the same level as that of the preceding series.

In Germany and other European countries, the entry-level price including tax is still below 30,000 EUR.

 10:42 am  Motoring
Dec 122006
 
Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe MKII

Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe MKII

With stunning 200+ mph supercar performance and the looks to match, the Shelby Daytona Cobra is one of the most sensational GT cars ever built!  The latest series of these magnificent new 207 mph Peter Brock designed GT’s are now available for delivery during 2006/7.

The Shelby Daytona Cobra is not just a replica of the legendary championship winning ‘Daytona Coupe’ of 1965. It is a sophisticated high performance GT, the car that would have been built had its designers had the benefits of modern computer aided design, and not been constrained by the short deadlines and tight budgets typical of racing in the 1960s.

Every comfort such as A/C, power brakes and steering, rear hatch opening etc. is included.

Engine: 6.6 litre Roush/Ford V8

Top Speed: 210mph

0 to 100 mph in 8.6 seconds

Power: 530bhp

Country of Origin: US

Prices from: £85,000 + VAT

Contact http://www.shelbydaytonacobra.co.uk

Sole UK Distributor and Sales: Rod Leach’s ‘Nostalgia’. Call +44 (0)1992 500007

Importer, Technical Support and Service: Le Mans Coupes Ltd. Call +44 (0)1342 712774

 12:57 pm  Motoring