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Volkswagen Crafter to be unveiled later this month

April 8, 2006 The Commercial Vehicle Show 2006 to be held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (UK) from 25 to 27 April will see the worldwide public debut of Volkswagen’s latest model, the Crafter. Replacing the Volkswagen LT, the Crafter will be the biggest van in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ range and its arrival, in September this year, completes the renewal of Volkswagen’s van line-up.  Read More

Noble steps up to the supercar elite

April 8, 2006 Noble Automotive earlier this week staked its claim to a place amongst the highest echelon of the world’s sportscar manufacturers with the launch of the new M15. Building on the success of the no-compromise M12, the M15 is a more mature Noble with luxuries including Satellite Navigation, impeccable ride and 300 litres of luggage space! With a 455bhp version of the tried and trusted three-litre twin turbo engine Noble has come to rely on, this is also the quickest car ever to emerge from Barwell, Leicestershire. With the complementary figure of 455lb/ft of torque, all in a car that weighs slightly more than 1200kg, the M15 is devastatingly fast. The M15 accelerates from 0-60mph in less than 3.5 seconds and 10 100mph in less than 8s. It keeps going all the way to 185mph, too, and has been tuned for rapid acceleration throughout the range rather than an easily achievable 200mph top end speed.  Read More

The second-generation Audi TT Coupe

April 7, 2006 The Audi TT was launched in 1998, taking the sports coupe segment by storm and sharpening the Audi brand profile enormously. Now the second generation of this iconic model is making its debut. The new TT is even more dynamic than its predecessor in its design, its drivetrain, and its running gear. The new Audi TT, like its predecessor, is initially available as a 2 plus 2 coupe; the separate roadster model scheduled for later launch. The body is constructed in the ASF Space Frame design developed by Audi and consists of aluminium and steel. This is the first time that it has combined different materials alongside each other. 69 percent of the superstructure is made of aluminium. The steel components making up the remaining 31 percent are to be found at the rear end, so as to ensure balanced distribution of the axle loads. To improve downforce, a spoiler is extended from the tailgate when the vehicle reaches a speed of 120 km/h.  Read More

Squadra Piloti Car Club - P2P Desirable Automobiles

April 6, 2006 Scott Speed is best known as the first American in Formula One for more than a decade, but if his latest off-track venture lives up to the promise we see, he could become much better known as the founder of Squadra Piloti. Italian for “team of drivers”, Squadra Piloti is a national club that provides car enthusiasts with access to virtually any car that they want to drive. By connecting local car enthusiasts with each other, the club makes it convenient, affordable and hassle-free for its members to routinely drive a variety of exciting cars.  Read More

The 18th Techno Classica this week in Essen, Germany

April 3, 2006 The 18th Techno Classica exhibition beginning in Essen, Germany later this week is the world’s largest classic auto show, with more than 1000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors expected over the five day show (5 to 9 April 2006) to peruse amongst other things, the more than 2000 collectors cars that will be for sale, making Essen temporarily the largest classic car salesroom in the world. Similarly all the major manufacturers participate with fabulous displays to show off their glorious past. Mercedes Benz will be participating with a massive 1,500 square metre stand dedicated to the new Mercedes Benz Museum that opens next month in Stuttgart, centred around a replica of the first motor car. Audi will also be present, with its focus based on the company’s glorious competition heritage. It will be showing a 16-cylinder 1936 Auto Union Type C racing car, along with an impressive display of other rare gems from the brand’s past. The 380km/h Auto Union Silver Arrow developed 520 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and won the European Championship, the equivalent of today’s Formula One World Championship, seventy years ago. Extensive image library of this remarkable car inside.  Read More

F1 Round 3: Renault F1 streets the field again in Melbourne

April 3, 2006 Reigning World F1 champion Fernando Alonso may be beginning to rue his decision to move to McLaren next year as the Renault F1 team again displayed complete dominance in yesterday’s third round of the Formula One World Championship in Melbourne. Alonso took his tenth career victory after starting from third position on the grid in an action-packed race which featured no fewer than four safety car periods. The Spaniard took the lead on lap 4 at the end of the first safety car period, in a perfectly-judged manoeuvre on pole-sitter Jenson Button’s Honda, and only relinquished it briefly during the first round of pit-stops. It was not so much the win that was scarey about the Renault peroformance – it was the ease with which Alonso drove away from the best of the rest whenever the safety car pulled off the track – the advantage is so great that Renault’s world championship already looks safe. Giancarlo Fisichella was forced to start from the pit-lane after his R26 stalled on the grid, but a determined, forceful drive saw him claim fifth position right on the line, overtaking Button’s stricken Honda on the finishing straight. The result leaves the Renault F1 Team with a nineteen point championship lead over its nearest rival, and Alonso leads the individual title by 14 points from his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella and McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen.  Read More

Franay Bentley Mark VI teches US$1.7 million

April 3, 2006 It is one of the most visually arresting automobiles in existence and it's no surprise that the car fetched $1,728,000 at auction on the weekend. This 1947 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet, with custom coachworks by Franay was created exclusively for the 1947 Paris Auto Show and is widely considered to be the most unique and valuable postwar Bentley on the planet. The interior is adorned in 100 percent frog skin, bringing an air of extreme customization to the already impressive vehicle. The one-of-a-kind multiple "Best In Show" Award winner was part of a remarkable collection from prominent collector Gary Wales (pictured) that rolled across the auction block during the fourth annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Event at the South Florida Expo Center from March 30 through April 1, 2006.  Read More

Nissan design contest for vehicle interiors of 2015

March 31, 2006 There’s something about student design that sets it apart from the realities of the real world – it’s refreshing, and inspiring and a reminder that the human being is evolving and improving as education adapts to the new age. We’re always happy to run the best in student design, so feel free to contact us if you think you have something worthwhile. Here we present the winning entries in a design challenge set by Nissan as part of its global sponsorship activities .  Read More

New Range Rover flagship model – the HST

March 29, 2006 Land Rover has spiced up its Range Rover Sport to create a new flagship, the Supercharged 'HST' specification. Debuted to the UK press this week, the HST adds a host of additional equipment along with dramatic design cues inspired by the Range Stormer concept car, first shown at the Detroit auto show in January 2004. "The HST allows a Range Rover Sport customer to drive the closest thing there is to the radical Range Stormer, our first ever concept vehicle and a real milestone for the company," says Land Rover UK managing director, John Edwards.  Read More

International unveils the ProStar Class 8 flagship aerodynamic tractor at world’s largest ...

March 29, 2006 International took the opportunity of the largest trucking show in the world to unveil its new new flagship aerodynamic tractor on the weekend. The International ProStar is the company's new Class 8 heavy truck, and is the result of five years and $300 million in development, including the continuous collaboration of dealer and customer advisory boards. The International ProStar is designed to provide best-in-class fuel economy, unparalleled driver satisfaction, unprecedented uptime and lowest cost of ownership.  Read More

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