Friday, March 1, 2013

Chevrolet Traverse, 2013

  • Chevrolet Traverse, 2013

The new 2013 Chevrolet Traverse crossover-utility vehicle offers families a new gathering space with greater style, refinement and safety. It goes into production later this year, building on the space, comfort and efficiency that have made Chevrolet Traverse popular.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse has a new, athletic exterior design, complemented by a more expressive front end that introduces a new face for Chevrolet crossover utilities.

The front features a new shape supported by a powerdome hood, a three-bar upper and two-bar lower grille design, new lamps, chrome accents around the grille and fog lamps, and sculpted front corners similar to the Malibu sedan. The new design captures the overall character of Chevy's new car lineup, for a consistent family resemblance.

New family gathering space
Space is the hallmark of the Chevy Traverse interior. With its class-leading spaciousness, comfortable and flexible seating for up to eight adults, and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment, the 2013 Chevy Traverse builds on these established attributes by offering an interior environment with new features and refined appointments.

Upgraded materials include soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel and front door uppers, contrasting stitching, chrome and silver accents, and available blue ambient lighting that flows through the cabin.

A new center stack showcases a 6.5-inch color touch radio with the available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. MyLink allows customers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones for hands-free calling through the audio system and Bluetooth streaming of popular internet radio favorites Pandora and Stitcher. The center stack also has large and illuminated climate controls that are easier to use and have a more upscale feel.

The front seats now feature articulating head restraints that can be adjusted up or down and fore and aft for greater comfort. The eight-way power passenger seat includes leather trim. New wood trim treatments are standard on LT and LTZ.

Adding to the overall feel of quality, the fit and finish of the interior panels have been improved on all models. The new Chevrolet Traverse will come with three interior color choices, in cloth or leather, including Ebony and Mojave, Light Titanium and Dark Titanium, and Ebony.

Passes the parent test
The Chevrolet Traverse passes the parent test with three rows of seating standard on all models, flexible seating configurations, class-leading people and cargo-carrying capacity, and family-friendly entertainment and other features.

Chevrolet Traverse's second-row seat comes with a pair of captain's chairs or a three-passenger bench. Each incorporates Chevrolet Traverse's child-friendly, second-row SmartSlide feature that enables unobstructed access to the third-row bench seat with one hand - and is easy for children to operate.

The third-row seat can comfortably accommodate three adult passengers. Chevrolet Traverse's 24.4 cu. ft. (691 liters) of cargo room behind its third row is larger than many full-size utility vehicles. Chevrolet Traverse also has easy-to-operate safety belts, up to 12 cup holders and an available rear-seat entertainment system.

The efficient power and car-like ride
Chevy Traverse has a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide 67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track - a combination that enables smooth, stable ride and handling characteristics.

Efficiency in the Chevrolet Traverse comes from a technically advanced 3.6L V-6 with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing. It is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with improved shift feel that results in more confident acceleration when the driver needs additional power to enter the highway or pass another motorist.

The engine is SAE-certified at 288 horsepower (215 Nm) and 270 lb.-ft. of torque (366 Nm) with dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW and 266 lb.-ft./361 Nm with single exhaust). Its direct injection fuel delivery helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines and uses regular unleaded gasoline.

The transmission controls have been revised to provide quicker and more consistent shifts. Along with additional transmission hardware changes, the Chevrolet Traverse is expected to continue to deliver among the best fuel economy ratings of any eight-passenger (FWD) utility vehicle.

Ride and handling improvements have been made through the use of rebound springs in the front struts that increase roll control. New shock valving has been employed for low-velocity control to deliver a smoother ride at lower speeds.

The intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention; the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction.

Chevrolet Traverse maintains capability to deliver improved ride and handling, offering utility-like towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds (2,358 kg).

Smart and safe family hauler
The Chevrolet Traverse is among the safest vehicles on the road today, previously earning top honors and recognition from leading third-party organizations and in government crash testing.

For 2013 it enhances its safety reputation with the industry's first front center air bag. It is engineered to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

When a severe impact occurs, the air bag deploys in milliseconds from the inboard side of the driver's seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.

"While no restraint technology or feature can address all body areas or all potential injuries, the front center air bag is designed to address field-relevant, side-impact crashes that are not addressed by current regulatory or consumer metric test conditions," said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. "It works with the vehicle's other air bags, safety belts and structure to deliver a safer occupant environment."

The safety and security features:
  •     Available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems (standard on LTZ) use radar to watch spots the driver may not see - and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.
  •     Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for outboard occupants in all seating rows. In addition to providing protection in moderate-to-severe side crashes, the roof-mounted head curtain air bags will deploy in a rollover to help provide increased occupant protection and containment.
  •     StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology is standard on all models and incorporates full-function traction control.
  •     Standard rearview camera system is designed to provide the driver with added capability to view what is in the rearward path of the vehicle.
  •     Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation.
  •     Safety belt pretensioners reduce forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts, along with load-limiting retractors that help limit the belts' impact on the occupants' chest. The dynamic locking latch plate locks to hold the occupants' pelvis in place.
  •     LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat attachment system is included in outboard second-row seating positions.
  •     Tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
  •     Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective "safety cage" around occupants.
  •     Standard hill start assist brakes help reduce the tendency of a vehicle to roll forward or backward on a hill after the brake pedal is released by momentarily retaining pressure on the brake discs.

On Star Features
On Star is standard on all Traverse models. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of a crash. On star subscribers also can use the service to be Good Samaritans by sending help to other motorists, and to call for help in other non-crash emergencies.

    On Star is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada.
    Six months of complimentary On Star Directions and Connections service with Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance comes on all Traverse models. The feature is easy to use because all directions are sent to the car by an advisor, without the need to stop. Turn-by-Turn can be cost-effective, since map updates and aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.
    Stolen Vehicle Assistance helps police track the vehicle.
    On Star Mobile App allows owners with Android™ or Apple™ smart phones to remotely start the engine, lock and unlock doors and view vital vehicle information such as tire pressure, fuel tank level, range, remaining oil life, etc.

For 2013, Chevrolet Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models (with two LT packages: 1LT and 2LT), in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. It is built in Lansing, Mich.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brabus Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 2012

  • Brabus Mercedes-Benz A-Class, 2012

Powerful engine tuning, elegant and efficient aerodynamic-enhancement components, alloy wheels with diameters of 17, 18 and 19 inches, sporty-comfortable suspensions, exclusive interiors: Right on time for the market launch of the new Mercedes A-Class, BRABUS presents an exclusive tuning program backed by the peerless BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles.

Sporty elegance characterizes the BRABUS bodywork program for the new Mercedes A-Class. It not only sets attractive visual highlights, it also further optimizes the car's aerodynamics. All components are manufactured in OEM quality from high-grade polyurethane.

The BRABUS front spoiler for the AMG Sport equipment line is designed to be attached to the lower part of the fascia. It gives the A-Class an even more dynamic appearance. But that's not all: The shape of the spoiler was optimized in the wind tunnel and further reduces aerodynamic lift on the front axle. A BRABUS rear spoiler for further reducing lift on the rear axle is under development.

The BRABUS rear-fascia insert for the AMG Sport bumper is shaped like a diffuser. Its custom-tailored cutouts provide the perfect backdrop for the four tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust system.

BRABUS alloy wheels in OEM quality add even more fascination to the new A-Class and give it even more agile handling. For this purpose the BRABUS suspension engineers and test drivers have developed custom-tailored tire/wheel combinations with diameters of 17, 18 and 19 inches.

The largest option for the Mercedes compact class features BRABUS 8.5Jx19 wheels that come in five striking designs: Monoblock E, F, Q, R and S. The BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the matching high-performance tires up to size 255/30 R 19 on the rear axle.

The BRABUS sport springs for the Mercedes A-Class were developed specifically for use with sporty low-profile tires. Extensive driving tests resulted in an optimal symbiosis of sporty handling and a high level of ride comfort. What is more, the ride-height lowering by about 25 millimeters also benefits the car's looks.

The BRABUS offers the world's largest engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The top priority in all BRABUS engine developments is the symbiosis of high performance, excellent running smoothness, exemplary eco-friendliness and durability beyond reproach. BRABUS recommends high-performance lubricants from MOTUL. Performance tuning for the gasoline and diesel engines of the new Mercedes A-Class is in the final stages of development.

The fully stainless-steel BRABUS sport exhaust system with two chrome-plated tailpipes on the right and left side of the vehicle is available for all A-Class engines. The exhaust system produces a sporty but never obtrusive exhaust note.

BRABUS also offers numerous refinement options for the interior of the new A-Class. The portfolio includes bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates with BRABUS logo, matt anodized BRABUS aluminum pedals and door lock pins.

Especially soft yet extremely durable BRABUS Mastik leathers and the finest Alcantara are transformed by the BRABUS upholsterers into the dream cockpit of the A-Class owner with loving attention to detail. The choice of upholstery color and design is as limitless as the scope of the transformation: The options range from a completion of the ex-factory leather upholstery to an exclusive BRABUS all-leather interior.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, 2013

  •  BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, 2013

Once again BMW is advancing into a new vehicle segment with the introduction of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. Following the convertible and the Coupe in the BMW 6-Series, this new exclusive model is the true embodiment of aesthetics, sportiness, comfort and luxury in perfect form. The lean elegance of this vehicle, the very first four-door Coupe in the history of BMW, is truly an exceptional phenomenon. Powerful engines and the advanced chassis technology contribute to a sporty and dynamic driving experience. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is also distinguished by exclusive features and equipment, roominess for rear passenger comfort and remarkable advanced functionality that is unusual even for an upscale, four-door Coupe. For example, folding rear seatbacks and an auxiliary third seat are among the unique design features that contribute to the car's versatility.

Driving dynamics, smooth performance and efficiency are the hallmarks of the TwinPower Turbo engines available for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. Furthermore, the BMW 650i Gran Coupe will be the first model offered with a new and more efficient V8 engine that delivers an impressive 330 kW/450 hp. This engine, just like the six-cylinder power units in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe and the BMW 640d Gran Coupe, is offered as standard in conjunction with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission and proven BMW EfficientDynamics technology. Standard equipment on all models also includes the Driving Experience button with ECO PRO Mode and the Auto Start Stop function.

The distinctive character of the BMW 6er Gran Coupe is unmistakable in the sophisticated and luxurious interior, not to mention the wide range of standard equipment, such as Xenon headlights, automatic 2-zone air conditioning, leather upholstery and electric seat adjustment with memory function. Innovative optional equipment available includes Adaptive LED Headlights and the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System. Furthermore, the M Sports package will also be available as an option for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, or buyers may prefer the BMW Individual package designed specifically for this vehicle.

The design: Sporty elegance and exclusive flair.
The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe represents an unusual synergy of extraordinary aesthetics, the dynamics typical of a Coupe and the functional versatility of a four-door vehicle. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe measures 5,007 millimetres in length and 1,894 millimetres in width, with a height of 1,392 millimetres. The car's proportions are unmistakably BMW, from the long bonnet with its bold contours to the elegance of the extended wheelbase (2,968 millimetres) and the set-back passenger compartment. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe sets new standards in terms of aesthetic design for four-door vehicles as seen in its low height and the flat roofline that smoothly flows into the rear end.

At the front, chrome elements, unique to the Gran Coupe, separate the air intake from the fog lights, underlining the firm resolve expressed in the look of this car. The standard dual Xenon round headlights (for high and low beams) feature three-dimensional LED rings that are typically BMW in appearance and which create a unique and functional light architecture for the night-time driving experience. With the optional Adaptive LED Headlights, the light rings are slightly flat at the top and bottom. High and low beams are generated with the LED units that are positioned on horizontal ribs across each of the light rings, projecting their light on the reflectors facing them.

The low and graceful lines of this automobile are especially impressive when looking at the side profile. The recessed passenger compartment appears low and smoothly stretched because the window silhouette extends deep into the C pillar. The frameless door windows are also a design element indicative of a sporty Coupe. In addition, the elongated side windows optimise the incidence of light to enhance the feeling of spaciousness in the interior. The characteristic Hofmeister kink that flows into the C pillar encompasses exclusively embossed "Gran Coupe" lettering behind the glass in the lower corners of the rear windows to denote the fascinating elegance and personality of this automobile.

The visually low centre of gravity, along with the horizontal and V-shaped lines at the rear, suggests powerful and dynamic elegance. Another distinctive design feature of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is the third brake light that stretches along the entire width of the rear window, thus forming the top edge.

The interior design is the embodiment of a perfect combination of elegance, luxury and dynamic, which lends to the harmonious configuration of the front and rear seating. The driver-oriented cockpit, the front passenger area enclosed by elegantly curved surfaces and the spaciousness of the set-back rear passenger compartment ensures sophisticated and luxurious comfort in all driving scenarios. The wheelbase is 113 millimetres longer than that of the BMW 6-Series Coupe and accounts for the increased legroom enjoyed by rear passengers. The interior design concept of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe ensures exceptional spatial variability. There is ample space to comfortably accommodate two passengers in the rear. But the 4+1 seating arrangement also provides space for a third rear passenger on short journeys. The boot has a volume of 460 litres, which can be expanded up to 1,265 litres thanks to the through-loading system and the folding rear seatbacks.

The driving experience: Harmonised dynamics and comfort.
The BMW TwinPower Turbo engines available for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe stand for sportiness with efficiency. The straight 6-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe delivers 235 kW/320 hp, and the straight 6-cylinder diesel in the BMW 640d Gran Coupe has a performance rating of 230 kW/313 hp. In the third quarter of 2012, a third engine will be added to the series, namely the V8 petrol engine in the BMW 650i Gran Coupe with 330 kW/450 hp, also available with BMW xDrive four-wheel drive technology. The new-generation BMW V8 engine features TwinPower Turbo technology using two turbochargers, plus direct High-Precision Injection and the fully variable VALVETRONIC valve control system.

The BMW 650i Gran Coupe, just like both 6-cylinder models, is equipped with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, the Auto Start Stop function and the Driving Experience button including ECO PRO Mode, and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds with an average fuel consumption ranging from 8.6 to 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres. The acceleration of the BMW 640i Gran Coupe is 5.4 seconds, and it has an average fuel consumption of 7.7 to 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres. The BMW 640d Gran Coupe can also sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and fuel consumption ranges from 5.5 to 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (figures according to the EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre format).

The remarkable ratio of driving pleasure and fuel consumption stems from the outstanding efficiency of the engines and the automatic transmission, not to mention the benefits delivered by BMW EfficientDynamics technology. In addition to the ECO PRO Mode and the Auto Start Stop function, other model-specific technical features contribute to efficiency, e.g., brake energy regeneration, electromechanical power steering, ancillary units that operate on demand, the detachable air conditioning compressor, intelligent use of lightweight materials, active air vent control as well as suspension control systems with on-demand hydraulic technology, to name just a few.

The chassis of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe comprises a double-track control arm front axle and an integral rear axle along with electromechanical steering and Servotronic. Dynamic Damper Control and Adaptive Drive, including Dynamic Drive stability control, are available as optional equipment.

Standard safety features include front airbags, side airbags integrated into the seatbacks, head airbags for front and rear seats, three-point automatic seatbelts for all seats, belt force limiters and seatbelt tensioners at the front as well as ISOFIX child seat fasteners at the rear. Intelligent lightweight construction reduces the vehicle weight. The doors, bonnet and most of the chassis components, including the suspension supports, are made of aluminium. The front side walls consist of thermoplastic material, while the boot lid is made of fibreglass composites.

Equipment: Exclusive features, innovative technology.
The wide range of premium standard equipment in the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is quite impressive: the eight-speed Sport automatic transmission, a choice of leather upholstery and trim, electric seat adjustment with memory function for the front seats, automatic air conditioning with 2-zone regulation, Xenon headlights and the BMW radio Professional with hi-fi speaker system. Additional exclusive options can be selected to give the car a personal touch. Among the highlights in the range of optional equipment are Adaptive LED Headlights and the Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound System. The M Sports package will also be available as an option for the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, or buyers may prefer the BMW Individual package designed specifically for this vehicle.

Driver assistance systems and mobile services available with BMW ConnectedDrive include technology such as the BMW Head-Up Display with full-colour graphics, the parking assistant, Surround View, Active Cruise Control with the Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning System, Speed Limit Info, High-Beam Assistant and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian warning.

Assembled in Dingolfing, Germany: BMW quality at its finest.
The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is built at the BMW plant in Dingolfing. This is the largest manufacturing facility operated by the BMW Group worldwide. The BMW 6-Series Coupe and Convertible, as well as BMW 5-Series vehicles and luxurious BMW 7-Series sedan cars are also assembled at this site.

The design: A new dimension in aesthetics.
The exterior design of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe reflects the characteristic design language of the BMW 6-Series as applied to create a unique four-door Coupe. The harmonic proportions, precision lines and the smooth contoured surfaces are among the elements that lend the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe its remarkable appeal. In terms of length (5,007 millimetres) and wheelbase (2,968 millimetres) this car is 113 millimetres longer than the BMW 6-Series Coupe. This accounts for the comfort experienced by passengers seated in the rear. The Gran Coupe is 1,894 millimetres wide, with a height of 1,392 millimetres.

The driver-oriented cockpit, the front passenger area enclosed by elegantly curved surfaces and the spaciousness of the rear passenger compartment contribute to the dynamic look and feel of the vehicle and also ensure sophisticated and luxurious interior comfort in all driving scenarios. The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe offers ample space for four passengers, in addition to an unusually high degree of interior versatility for a vehicle in this segment. For short journeys, the so-called 4+1 seating configuration can accommodate three passengers in the rear compartment.

Up front: A bold presence and road-hugging stance.
The large air intake vents, the trademark BMW kidney grille extending slightly forward and positioned between the characteristic dual round headlights, plus the V-shaped converging contours of the long bonnet, express a bold aura of self-confidence. The design of the kidney grille is broad and deep, with a slight angle along the upper edges that creates a shark-nose effect. Xenon headlights are standard equipment on the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. Adaptive LED Headlights are offered optionally as an alternative. The Adaptive LED Headlights for the low and high beams feature white LED corona rings as parking lights and daytime driving lights. These are flattened at the bottom and overlapped at the top edge by an accentuating light also featuring LED technology. This adds a new dimension to the deep and sharply concentrated look typical of BMW automobiles, almost as if the car were intensely focusing its "eyes" on the road ahead by day and by night. Both low-beam and high-beam headlight illumination is produced by both light rings, further underscoring the characteristic BMW dual-headlight front design. The light sources are LED units that are positioned on horizontal ribs across each of the light rings, projecting their light on the reflectors facing them. The three-dimensional design of the lights, which includes a transparent and illuminated extension of the light rings, impressively highlights the LED technology when viewed from the side. Even the direction indicators and brake lights feature LED technology.

Powerfully flared wheel arches emphasise the vehicle's wide track, which can be further enhanced with optional LED fog lights neatly positioned at the front corners. The lower air intake is comprised of three sections. Prominent L-shaped chrome elements, exclusive to the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, highlight the recessed air intake in the front apron. They take up the lines of the bonnet flowing forward toward the BMW kidney grille to further enhance the dynamic and self-confident overall expression of the front.

Side view: Lean elegance and sporty flair.
With its long, boldly contoured bonnet, the set-back passenger compartment, its elegant Coupe roof line flowing into the rear end, not to mention the extended wheelbase and short overhang, the proportions of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe reflect the heritage of the BMW family in an all-new manner. The four doors, combined with the extended wheelbase and more spacious passenger compartment, clearly distinguish the Gran Coupe from other models in the BMW 6-Series. Similarly, the flat, elegant and smooth roof line, which gently flows into the rear end, creates an individual and exceptional silhouette that makes the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe easily recognisable from any perspective.

The combination of sportiness, luxury, exclusiveness and sophisticated functionality is especially evident when looking at the side profile. The set-back passenger compartment appears low and smoothly stretched because the window silhouette extends deep into the C pillar. In addition, the elongated side windows optimise the incidence of light to enhance the feeling of spaciousness in the interior. The windows themselves can be enhanced with optional exterior chrome trim. The characteristic Hofmeister kink that flows into the C pillar encompasses exclusively embossed "Gran Coupe" lettering behind the glass in the lower corners of the rear windows to denote the fascinating elegance and personality of this automobile.

Bold lines extending along the entire length of the vehicle, sweeping from the front and flowing into the artfully contoured rear quarter panels, accentuate the sharp profile and sporty personality of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. As in other BMW 6-Series models, the structure of the lines creates an appearance that is at once classic, precise and dynamic. The swage line begins at the gill element on the front wheel arch and extends through the door handles along the side of the vehicle before flowing into the rear, thus contributing to the athletic and elegant side profile of the vehicle. The area below the swage line near the rear wheels features convex contours that express the character of a powerful and robust automobile that seems to hug the road.

The curvature of the front wheel arch creates a further characterising line, which after flowing downwards between the side gill element and the door, finally continues horizontally back to the rear. The seamless and smooth profile line in the area of the doorsills enhances the muscular appearance of the car.

Rear styling: Horizontal lines and clear surface profiles.
Clearly structured surfaces and horizontal lines accentuate the powerful grace of the rear section, which expresses the stability and sportiness of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. The rear silhouette is considerably wider at the bottom and V-shaped lines guide the eye downwards in the direction of the apron and road surface. The contoured wheel arches also enhance the vehicle's wide stance. Optically the centre of gravity appears to be especially low when the car is viewed from the rear. The design of all rear elements is flat and wide. Noticeably flared wheel arches emphasise the wide track and the horizontal dimensions of the rear section. When compared with other BMW 6-Series models, the surface and lines between the boot lid and the rear apron have a more stretched appearance. The clearly outlined profile of the apron underlines the overall volume of the rear section and also draws attention to details such as the rear lights and the chrome exhaust ports.

The contoured shape of the split L-shaped tail lamps is typical of the BMW 6-Series, and the lamps each have two LED light banks that create the familiar BMW night-time look. The third brake light is integrated in the roof line and stretches across the entire width of the back window.

Interior: Driver orientation, luxurious ambience.
The cockpit of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe has a distinctive driver orientation typical of all BMW vehicles and the interior features create a luxurious ambience for all passengers. The centre section of the instrument panel slopes slightly toward the driver. The elegantly curved centre console gives the driver convenient access to the gear selector of the automatic transmission, the Driving Experience button and the button for the parking brake.

The standard iDrive control system includes an on-board monitor with an exclusive flat-screen design. In combination with the BMW Professional navigation system, the new BMW Series 6 Gran Coupe is equipped with a 10.2-inch display, surrounded by an eye-catching chrome frame that highlights the monitor.

Long and flowing horizontal lines extending throughout the interior of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe serve to optically unite the front and rear seating compartments and add to the spacious feeling inside the vehicle. The characteristic design of BMW 6-Series door panels and trim, with elegant lines that stretch from front to back, even incorporate the B pillar in the seamless and harmonious look of the premium interior. The centre console extends into the rear passenger compartment and is also shaped in a manner that further enhances the roomy look and feel of the car.

Sportiness and spacious rear seating.
The interior of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe conveys a sensation of sportiness and tailor-made exclusiveness during the driving experience. The sweeping lines of the exterior roof profile are immediately recognisable in the contours of the interior roof liner. The rear seats are comfortable and roomy, offering passengers firm side support and good visibility in all directions. Adjustable air vents incorporated in the extended centre console also contribute to the comfort of the rear passengers. To optimise versatility for short journeys, the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe features 4+1 seating, which means that there is even space for a third passenger in the rear compartment.

Eight metallic finishes and two non-metallic colours are available for the exterior of the new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe. Additional exclusive paintwork can be ordered in conjunction with the BMW Individual and the M Sports packages. For the sporty and luxurious interior, a rich choice of colours and premium materials is offered to satisfy individual customer preferences. The standard Dakota leather upholstery is available in three colours, whereas the optional exclusive Nappa leather is offered in four. If desired, the instrument panel, door panels and the centre console can also be enhanced with exclusive Nappa leather. Instead of the raised felled seams in black, double-felled seams are also available in colours that contrast appropriately with the seat surfaces. There is also a choice of four interior trim lines. Exclusive ceramic applications for the gear selector, the iDrive Controller and other cockpit controls can be ordered as options.

The driving experience: Refined sportiness.
Powerful straight six-cylinder and V8 engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the latest generation help each model variant of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe develop its sporting potential. The brand-typical qualities and efficiency of the power units are characterised by outstanding response, supreme power delivery and running smoothness. The multiple-award-winning six-cylinder petrol engine with a Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and VALVETRONIC featured in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe delivers a maximum power output of 235 kW/320 hp. The six-cylinder with variable multi-stage supercharging and Common Rail direct fuel injection of the latest generation featured in the BMW 640d Gran Coupe delivers a maximum power output of 230 kW/313 hp and an average fuel consumption of 5.5 to 5.7 litres/100 km (figures according to the EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre format), an exceptional combination, not only in the luxury class. The model range is complemented by the BMW 650i Gran Coupe, the 330 kW/450 hp, V8 power plant of which also features variable valve control VALVETRONIC.

All model variants come with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission and the Driving Experience Control function as standard. Using this feature, it is possible to activate, inter alia, the ECO PRO mode to facilitate a more economical driving style. The Auto Start Stop function, which is also standard on all three model variants, provides an additional increase in efficiency.

The masterful conversion of power output into driving dynamics and outstanding comfort characteristics is the result of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe's sophisticated suspension technology. Electromechanical power steering featured as standard comprises a Servotronic function. Dynamic Damper Control, Integral Active Steering and the Adaptive Drive system with Active Roll Stabilisation are available as options.

Additionally, the intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive will also become available when the BMW 650i Gran Coupe is launched in the third quarter of 2012. The electronic control system linked to the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) feature ensures ideal traction, maximum safety as well as optimal handling and power delivery in all weather and road conditions.

Better performance, greater efficiency: V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology including VALVETRONIC.

The top-of-the-range model 650i Gran Coupe features the new generation of the 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo for the very first time. Its two turbochargers located in the V-shaped space between the cylinder banks and the direct fuel injection system High-Precision Injection are now complemented by VALVETRONIC variable valve control, optimising both efficiency and engine response.

The new technology package results in maximum power output being increased to 330 kW/450 hp by 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm available between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm. Likewise, fuel economy and exhaust emissions are positively influenced. The BMW 650i Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. Average fuel consumption is between 8.6 and 8.9 litres/100 km, CO2 levels ranging from 199 to 206 grams per kilometre (provisional figures, fuel consumption and emission levels according to the EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre format).

In conjunction with the intelligent four-wheel drive system xDrive, the power of the V8 engine can be utilised even more intensively for dynamic acceleration. Electronically controlled power distribution between the front and rear wheels also optimises, in addition to traction and vehicle stability, the agility of the BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, which sprints from a standstill to 100 in a mere 4.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption is between 9.2 and 9.4 litres/100 km, with CO2 emission levels ranging from 215 to 219 grams per kilometre (provisional figures, fuel consumption and emission levels according to the EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre format).

Straight six-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: Ideal combination both for petrol and diesel power units alike.

The straight six-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe features BMW TwinPower Turbo technology also comprising a supercharging system, High-Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC. As opposed to the V8 engine, its turbocharger operates according to the Twin Scroll principle, by which the pulsating gas streams from three cylinders at a time are guided to the turbine wheel in separate spiral-shaped paths. In this way, a power output of 235 kW/320 hp is mobilised at 5,800 to 6,000 rpm from a 3-litre displacement. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 450 Nm between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. The BMW 640i Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption is between 7.7 and 7.9 litres/100 km, with CO2 emission levels of 179 to 183 grams per kilometre (figures according to the EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre format).

The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package for the straight six-cylinder diesel power unit of the BMW 640d Gran Coupe comprises the latest generation of the two-stage, variable supercharging system and Common Rail direct fuel injection with piezo injectors. The 3-litre all-aluminium engine delivers a maximum power output of 230 kW/313 hp at 4,400 rpm, already providing maximum torque of 630 Nm between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. This is made possible by precisely coordinated interaction between a small, variable turbocharger and a large turbocharger, which both ensure optimised power delivery under all load requirements. The BMW 640d Gran Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. Average fuel consumption ranges from 5.5 to 5.7 litres/100 km, with CO2 emission levels of between 146 and 149 grams per kilometre (figures according to the EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre format).

All models are equipped as standard with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission. Sporty handling is enhanced by rapid gearshift, whilst efficiency is optimised at the same time. Moreover, shift paddles are located on the steering wheel for manual gear selection.

Sophisticated suspension technology for a perfect balance between dynamics and comfort.

The suspension technology of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe features a double-track control arm front axle and an integral rear axle, both of which are made predominantly of aluminium. Their construction principle offers the ideal prerequisites for sporty handling combined with a comfortable suspension setting.

Dynamic Damper Control is available as an option. The system's electronically controlled dampers adaptively adjust to suit both the road condition and style of driving. Driving characteristics are optimised even further by means of the optionally available system Adaptive Drive, which also comprises Active Roll Stabilisation. Electronically controlled stabilisers reduce, among other things, the amount of side tilt when taking bends at higher speeds and in the event of sudden changes in direction.

Electronic power steering comes as standard with a Servotronic function for speed-dependent steering assistance. This system features an electric motor that generates the amount of speed-dependent steering assistance made available.

The BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is the only vehicle in its class that can be optionally equipped with Integral Active Steering. In addition to regulating the amount of speed-dependent steering assistance and the steering angle of the front wheels, it also controls the steering angle of the rear wheels. The precisely coordinated wheel angles ensure a high level of agility in dynamic driving situations, comfortable and superior vehicle response when changing lanes and in bends, as well as optimised manoeuvrability in narrow bends and city traffic.

Driving Experience Control: The ideal setup at the push of a button.
The Driving Experience Control button on the centre console serves to select the settings "COMFORT", "SPORT" and "SPORT+" as well as the ECO PRO mode. The "COMFORT+" mode is also available in conjunction with the options Dynamic Damper Control/Adaptive Drive. The Driving Experience Control function influences accelerator pedal progression, engine response, the characteristic curve of the power steering, the DSC settings, gearshift dynamics of the automatic transmission and, depending on how the vehicle is equipped, also the characteristic curve of the dampers and the Active Roll Stabilisation system.

The ECO PRO mode supports a fuel consumption-optimised driving style at low engine speeds. Targeted power control for electrically operated functions such as air conditioning, heated seats and exterior mirrors ensures exceptionally efficient energy management. Specific displays notify the driver, inter alia, of the additional range gained in kilometres and provide situation-related information pertaining to an efficiency-optimised driving style.

Hence, at the mere push of a button the driver activates a preconfigured and coherent overall setup, which in the BMW 640d Gran Coupe also comprises the sound response of the engine. For this purpose, the engine's natural sound characteristics are - depending on each driving situation and the selected Driving Experience Control mode - enhanced via a sound module and conveyed into the interior of the car. The system's digital signal processing allows for a direct exchange of information with the engine management, taking both engine speed as well as torque and vehicle speed into consideration. As a result, the driver is able to obtain a particularly accurate impression of each engine load situation and an even more intense perception of power delivery and the current driving situation.

A further button facilitates separate selection of DSC settings. Using this button, it is possible to activate the traction mode DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), which, for example, provides assistance when starting off and driving on loose sand or in deep snow. In the DSC Off mode, dynamic brake intervention becomes active, this being similar to an electronic locking function for the rear axle differential. In order to optimise traction, targeted and adequate reduction of wheel spin is induced when accelerating in narrow bends, so that drive power and pulling force are maintained via the other wheel on the same axle.

The electromechanical parking brake of the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is operated via a button on the centre console. If it is pressed while driving, the braking system is supplied with medium deceleration and ABS-controlled via the DSC hydraulic system. The electromechanical parking brake comprises an Auto Hold function, which enhances comfort particularly in stop-&-go traffic. When the vehicle comes to a halt, it is automatically held at a standstill - even on hills - by constant brake pressure until such time as the driver uses the accelerator pedal again. The Auto Hold function is activated and deactivated via a separate button located on the centre console.

Brake energy regeneration featured as standard ensures by means of intelligent energy management that the generation of electricity for the vehicle's electrical system is utilised during the overrun and braking phases. Further BMW EfficientDynamics features include on-demand control of ancillary components, electromechanical steering, a detachable air conditioning compressor and reduction of air resistance by means of an active cooling air flap control.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe: A richer experience thanks to intelligent networking.

Due to the unique diversity inherent in the BMW ConnectedDrive technology, the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe sets new, exacting standards in its segment in the field of driver assistance systems and mobility services. The intelligent network set-up between the driver, the vehicle and the outside world ensures an enhanced level of comfort, significantly increases safety and provides a new dimension of infotainment in the vehicle.
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Bentley Mulsanne, 2013

  •  Bentley Mulsanne, 2013

Bentley is introducing a range of new luxury features to its flagship model, the Bentley Mulsanne, which will make their debut at the 2013 Geneva International Salon d'Auto, with customer orders commencing in April 2013.

A new Comfort Specification, including comfort headrests, footrests and duck down filled loose cushions has also been introduced to reaffirm Bentley Mulsanne's reputation as a truly bespoke grand tourer.

Additional enhancements include privacy curtains, which promise to broaden the experience for the Bentley Mulsanne rear cabin occupants, allowing them to maximise work or rest as they travel.

An Entertainment Specification incorporates the latest in technological developments, with picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard, with the cabin of the Bentley Mulsanne becoming a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Other additions include three new paint options, extending the Mulsanne palette, and new bespoke fitted luggage.

Commenting on the new range of options for the Bentley Mulsanne, Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales Mr Kevin Rose, said: "The new features of the Mulsanne blend striking design with the latest in technology integration, enabling our pinnacle model to offer the grandest of touring experiences. The Mulsanne presents unrivalled luxury and effortless performance, and these enhancements will help broaden the appeal of the Bentley Mulsanne in new and emerging markets."

Comfort and convenience
The new Comfort Specification includes new comfort headrests, with manually adjustable wings for lateral support to aid relaxation when chauffeur-driven. The super-soft headrests are designed to fold neatly, avoiding any creasing of the hide, while also extending lower than standard headrests to ensure maximum comfort for an even greater range of passenger statures.

New footrests are now available, trimmed in flat-cut cabin carpet and hide to match each individual vehicle. Designed to blend in and provide unobtrusive additional comfort, especially when rear seats are reclined. The footrests can be stowed under the front seats when not in use.

Seat comfort is extended with fine duck down filled loose cushions, trimmed using the same traditionally-tanned hide as the seats, included with the Comfort Specification. The design incorporates Bentley Winged Emblems, but also bespoke stitching or piping can be specified.

Further cabin revisions have been made, with a new rear door armrest storage compartment introduced as standard. This hide-lined compartment, in each rear door, can conveniently hold mobile phones, personal items or Bluetooth headphones for Rear Seat Entertainment.

Maximising privacy
Whether relaxing or working in the luxurious surroundings of the rear cabin, privacy can be attained through the touch of a button, with new privacy curtains offered as a Crewe-fitted option. Controlled from the driving seat or rear compartment via the window-lift switches, the curtains are fully integrated into the rear doors and rear windscreen surround.

Available in either Black or Ivory, the soft, opaque material gives the rear cabin a feeling of opulence and complete privacy, via one-touch operation with anti-trap protection.

Entertainment on demand
The new Crewe-fitted Entertainment Specification option offers a full menu of communication, entertainment and information, with rear picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard.

Once deployed, the picnic tables reveal a smooth hide-trimmed writing surface, and at the touch of a button, the surface lifts to reveal a dedicated space for an iPad and keyboard, ready to connect to a web browser via the on-board Wi-Fi router.

Crafted in solid metal, fine veneer and hide, the tables feature an adjustable screen angle with an anti-trap sensor to protect fingers. An iPad can be charged when the ignition is on, yet is fully detachable but also out of sight once stowed.

The Entertainment Specification is further enhanced with twin, eight inch LCD headrest screens, incorporating a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player, played through a 'Naim for Bentley' premium audio system, while two sets of Bluetooth headphones and a remote control puts the power in the hands of the occupants.

Connectivity at the touch of a button
Connectivity is boosted with the introduction of a Wi-Fi router with a high speed Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) phone module and SIM card reader, located in the glove box, providing a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot for internet access which can be accessed by eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.

There is a dedicated antenna housed in the boot lid, outside of the vehicle's steel frame, giving improved signal strength versus a handheld device.

Extending the palette
Increasing Bentley Mulsanne's leading choice of colours are three new additions to the palette, Dark Cashmere, Portofino and Damson.

Dark Cashmere is a versatile and sophisticated warm grey, while Portofino takes a new slant on Pale Sapphire, an already highly successful Bentley colour. Lastly, Damson is a rich, opulent colour with a velvet quality, deep tones and the subtle sparkle of rare purple diamonds.

There are also three additional hide colours, Damson, Saffron and Brunel. Damson is a rich, dark red designed to complement the new Damson paint, while Saffron is a warm, rich colour inspired by saffron bread. Finally, Brunel is a warm technical grey, designed to perfectly complement exterior colours in the grey and blue spectrum.

Bespoke Mulsanne Fitted Luggage
Intended for the discerning traveller, a range of bespoke Mulsanne luggage pieces hand made by renowned Italian luggage specialists Schedoni are now available.

The full collection is made of six pieces, two large cases, two small cases and two foldable garment bags. The overall shape of the luggage is inspired by the inner door panel design of the car, with the frame surrounding the main side panels echoing the main feature frame of the door with its characteristic twin ridge.

The frame also serves to neatly guide the luggage in position into the boot of the car whilst also protecting the handle.

The pieces are hand-made to customer's specification, featuring monogram Bentley lining and embossed Bentley logos on the main panels and use the same hides that go into a Bentley car. The items can be purchased as a full 6 piece set, single or multiple bags.

The architecture of the luggage allows the possibility to offer a colour split between the frame and the main panel. Each set can be colour personalised, matching the primary hide colour of the interior of the car or the secondary, or even combining both.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mazda 3 MPS, 2013

  •  Mazda 3 MPS, 2013

The one of Europe's most powerful compacts just got a bit sportier. Featuring assorted new body accents, the 191 kW/260 PS Mazda 3 MPS stands out with richer contrasts and a more dynamic overall look for the new model year.

The upgraded Mazda 3 MPS retains the previous model's exceptionally responsive handling and performance, and highlights the stunning exterior design by sporting new gunmetal finish for the 18-inch alloy wheels, whilst the inner roof spoiler (beneath the unique MPS wing), door mirror housings and lower rear bumper trim are finished in a sleek Black Mica finish.

"Visual upgrades to the Mazda 3 MPS compliment its strikingly bold design, which boasts a dynamic, aggressive and assertive look, that sets it apart from the rest of the Mazda 3 line-up and encapsulate the 'defy convention' philosophy of our brand," comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

"Mazda 3 MPS delivers a unique combination of exhilarating driving fun and everyday compact car practicality. Its distinctive bonnet air-intake, gunmetal 18-inch alloy wheels and large rear wing with the new inner spoiler create a muscular, athletic appearance. Delivering sensationally spirited performance, the Mazda 3 MPS boasts 'stand out' looks which give it a great road presence, plus exquisite handling and incredible dynamics. It is the ultimate expression of driving excitement and Mazda's defy convention attitude, in a sophisticated super-hatch. Alongside sensational performance it provides all the accessibility, practicality, reliability and build quality of its Mazda 3 sister models," adds Allibon.

Each Mazda 3 MPS is fitted with the immensely powerful and responsive 2.3-litre MZR DISI Turbo petrol engine. It generates maximum power of 260PS and 380Nm of torque (at just 3,000rpm) and drives the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission with wider spaced gear ratios and a Limited Slip Differential. The dual exhaust pipes deliver a suitably sporty rasp at low revs, but give a 10dB noise reduction at engine speeds over 5,000rpm for improved levels of comfort when driving on open roads.

The Mazda 3 MPS comes with Bi-Xenon headlights with swivel-type Adaptive Front Light System (AFS), front fog lamps, a radar-based rear vehicle monitoring (RVM) system and larger, 320mm diameter ventilated front disc brakes.

The upgraded Mazda 3 MPS will be available in a choice of four metallic/mica/pearlescent colours - Aluminium Silver, Black Mica, Crystal White Pearlescent and Velocity Red - free of extra charge.

What hasn't changed is the exceptional handling and performance, care of the inspiring turbocharged direct injection 2.3-litre DISI petrol powerplant under the bonnet. Generating 380 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpms, it propels the 5-door Mazda 3 MPS from a standstill to 100km/h in only 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h (governed).
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