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2013 Volkswagen Up 4-door Auto Insurance Information

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2013 Volkswagen Up 4-door

VW Up 4-door

The 2-door up! by Volkswagen is one of the most important automotive highlights of 2011. All signs point to a big future for the small car. In Germany, for example, the VW up! immediately garnered first place in its class in registration statistics. Now, in 2012 Volkswagen is raising the bar by presenting, alongside the eco up!, the 4-door version of the city specialist. In May 2012, the Volkswagen up! 4-door will arrive at dealers in Germany; market roll-out of the 4-door car will be complete by early summer for all of Europe. The 4-door has the same engines (44 kW/60 PS and 55 kW/75 PS), equipment versions (take up!, move up!, high up!, black up!, white up!) and dimensions (3,540 mm long, 1,641 mm wide without mirrors, 1,478 mm high) as the 2-door cars.

Independent side profile

Naturally, the car’s four doors have changed the look of its side profile. While the lower window line of the 2-door rises towards the rear near the C-pillars, it forms a straight line on the 4-door car. This gives the new body version a high level of independence. The crisp and short body overhangs are also distinctive on the 4-door. The front and rear sections are identical on both body versions. This also means that buyers of the 4-door version will get to enjoy a bootlid whose outer skin consists of a continuous glass surface; this gives the bootlid the high-tech and high-end look of a smartphone. Beneath the bootlid, there is a boot with a volume of 251 litres; cargo capacity can be extended to up to 951 litres by folding down the rear backrest (60:40 split bench from the move up!).

Comfortable driving with four persons

The rear doors open wide and offer comfortable entry – including for adults. The four-seat, 4-door car offers the same good interior space as the 2-door, and the amount of space is remarkable given the vehicle’s size. Headroom in the rear is 947 mm, while it is 993 mm in front. Legroom in the second row is a comfortable 789 mm. The seat height on the rear bench has a pleasant effect: the height of the so-called H-point – the vertex where the seat surface and backrest meet – is 378 mm in the rear, which is higher than in front (306 mm). This higher seat position gives rear passengers a better view over the shoulders of the driver and front passenger. Just as important: there is plenty of space under the front seats for the feet of the rear passengers.

Braking automatically

It is only logical that Volkswagen would offer the same optional features in both the Volkswagen up! 4-door and 2-door. They include clever systems such as City Emergency Braking. The Volkswagen up! is the first car in its class that can be automatically braked by such a function in a tight situation; the function is active over a speed range from 5 to 30 km/h.


Also available as an option is a portable navigation and infotainment system with touchscreen. It contains a navigation system, hands-free telephone unit, display of various vehicle parameters and media player. In addition, apps can be used to customise maps+more to personal requirements. maps+more is snapped into place on the dashboard and then it is networked with the electronic systems of the Volkswagen up!. A rare treat in the segment of small cars is the enormous panoramic tilt/slide sunroof that Volkswagen decided to include in the up!.

Standard version is well equipped

Outside, the small Volkswagen in the basic version, the take up!, is equipped with 14-inch wheels, body-coloured bumpers and green tinted heat-insulating glass. As on all up! models, the body is partially galvanised. Inside, details such as the folding rear bench seat, colour contrasting air vent surrounds (in the colour ‘white’), carpeted floors and a fabric-lined bootspace cover are used. Convenience features distinguishing the take up! include a rear windscreen wiper, electromechanical power assisted steering, height-adjustable steering column, convenience direction indicators (1 press = 3 flash cycles) and daytime running lights. Sophisticated: the gloss black panel in the middle of the dashboard. When it comes to passive and active safety, standard features include front airbags and head-thorax side airbags plus a seatbelt fastening reminder for driver and front passenger, belt tensioners in front, ABS with ASR, ESP electronic stabilisation programme (in Germany), ISOFIX fixtures and top-tether fittings for mounting suitable child seats in the rear and a deactivation function for the front passenger airbag (when using a child seat there).

Engines and gearboxes of the up!

Fuel economy and driving performance values are identical for both Volkswagen up! body versions. They are powered by three-cylinder petrol engines with 44 kW/60 PS or 55 kW/75 PS; both engines fulfil the Euro 5 emissions standard and drive the front wheels. The combined fuel consumption as a BlueMotion technology version (with such features as a Stop/Start system, battery regeneration and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance): 4.1 l/100 km (60 PS) and 4.2 l/100 km (75 PS). Both 1.0-litre engines satisfy the 100 g/km CO2 emissions limit. As an alternative to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, for the first time Volkswagen will be offering these two petrol engines with a new, automatic 5-speed gearbox as an option over the course of the year. In the ‘D’ automatic mode, the gearbox selects the optimal switch moment in terms of consumption, thus lowering consumption again compared to the manual version.

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2013 VW Beetle Fender Edition
VW Beetle Fender Edition

The VW Beetle is the first car in Europe that can be ordered with a sound system from guitar and amp makers Fender. In 2011, Volkswagen showcased a concept car at the IAA in Frankfurt that was designed to pay homage to the legendary American company. That was the exclusive Beetle Fender. With its powerful looks and no less powerful sound system (400 watts), the concept car thrilled visitors to the show so much that Volkswagen decided to make it into a production car. It is now made its world premiere at the 2012 AMI in Leipzig.

Black and chrome as an exclusive alliance

The Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition is based on the already higher ‘Design’ level specification. The new Beetle model can be ordered in two shades of black: ‘Black Uni’ or ‘Deep Black Pearl Effect’. Black has been chosen so that the VW Beetle Fender Edition’s numerous chrome details are shown off to best effect. These include 18-inch ‘Disc’ alloy wheels as standard, the wing mirrors, the strip below the side windows, the inserts in the side sills, the two Fender signs on the left and right front wings, the ‘Beetle’ wording on the boot and, of course, the VW badge. The exterior standard specification also includes bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights.

Interior with dash pad in electric guitar style

The car’s interior also has a very refined appearance. One very striking feature is the dash pad. Complete with chrome-plated Fender logo, it is finished in ‘Sunburst’ style, the two-tone wood design of many Fender guitars. The instrument panel thus creates a visual link to the world of rock music. In keeping with this, Volkswagen ships each Beetle with three exclusive Fender guitar picks.

Further standard features of the black-trimmed interior include redesigned sports seats with specially created central sections in fabric and sides and headrests in a black leather look, contrast stitching on the leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever, colour trimmed floor mats, cruise control, air conditioning and, of course, the Fender sound system complete with USB interface (media in). The Fender system is controlled as standard via the panel for the RCD 510 audio system (featuring touchscreen, integrated CD changer for six CDs, double tuner and SD card slot).

Fender sound system inclusive of ambient lighting

Automatically included with the sound system is adjustable interior ambient lighting in three colours (white, red and blue). As well as indirect lighting strips below the front side windows, this includes an illuminated ring around each of the speakers in the doors. The sound system includes two high-end tweeters installed in each mirror triangle and rear side panel, while in the front doors are the woofers with double voice coils. Assigned to these are woofers in the rear side panels, each with a single voice coil. Additionally integrated into the system is a subwoofer with double voice coil located in an enclosed bass box in the Beetle’s boot. At the centre of the sound system is a 10-channel amplifier with class A/B power amps and an output capacity of 400 watts.

VW Beetle Fender Edition for Europe, Asia, Australia and America

The Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition is being launched in autumn 2012. The new model can then be combined in Europe, Asia and Australia with any of four of the engines offered for the Beetle (all direct injection engines with turbo chargers). The petrol engines (TSI) deliver 77 kW / 105 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS respectively, while the turbo diesel engines (TDI) produce in turn 77 kW / 105 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. In the USA and South America the Beetle Fender will be available with two petrol engines (125 kW / 170 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS) and one turbo diesel (103 kW / 140 PS). Entry-level price for the Beetle Fender in ‘Black Uni’ with 105 PS TSI engine: 21,725 (Germany).

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2011 Volvo S60

Volvo S60

Here are the first official pictures of the all-new Volvo S60 – sportier and more dynamic than any previous Volvo model.

“The all-new Volvo S60 is sculpted to move you. It looks and drives like no other Volvo before and the car’s technology will help you to be safer and more confident behind the wheel,” says Stephen Odell, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

The Volvo S60 can be equipped with Pedestrian Detection – a groundbreaking safety feature that can detect pedestrians in front of the car and brake automatically if the driver does not react in time.

The all-new Volvo S60 is being unveiled to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in early March next year. Production of the sporty sedan model will start in early summer 2010 at the Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, Belgium.

“Customers in this segment want emotional appeal, sporty design and dynamic driving properties. The Volvo S60 has it all. We are convinced that it will be one of the strongest contenders around,” says Stephen Odell.

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Volvo V40

Volvo Car Corporation will reveal the all-new Volvo V40 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The all-new Volvo V40 is ready to overtake the competition in the Premium Hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package.

“The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy. Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

The all-new Volvo V40 is a modern, expressive car with a Scandinavian luxury look and feel, a high-quality aura and meticulous attention to detail. The new, fully graphic instrument cluster with personalised layout and information enhances the intuitive and uncomplicated driver experience.

“Thanks to input from customers all over the world our most compact V-range model features an outstanding blend of design, safety and versatility. The car is loaded with features that buyers of modern luxury cars want,” explains Stefan Jacoby.

Class-leading driving dynamics

The all-new Volvo V40 boasts class-leading driving dynamics thanks to focused attention to a number of vital areas. The chassis is designed to offer the agile, connected experience that creates true driving pleasure.

The engine range spans everything from Volvo Car Corporation’s first diesel with CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. All engine versions feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox.

“The all-new V40 wraps you in a super-comfortable cockpit with outstanding ergonomics and technology that make you feel informed, focused and relaxed. This driver-centric approach is what modern Volvos are all about,” says Stefan Jacoby.

Outstanding safety and support package

The all-new Volvo V40 features a class-leading safety and driver support package, including Volvo Car Corporation’s groundbreaking Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake and several other new features.

Among the new features are a world-first pedestrian airbag, Lane Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering, and an ingenious Park Assist Pilot that makes parallel parking easy.

The City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system has been further developed and it now operates at speeds up to 50 km/h.

“The all-new V40 is the most intelligent and safe Volvo model so far. All its features are designed around the driver, helping him or her stay alert and well informed to avoid collisions and dangerous situations,” says H kan Abrahamsson, Vehicle Line Director C Cars & V40 Vehicle Programme Manager. He adds: “With this class-leading safety package, including enhanced focus on pedestrian protection, the all-new V40 aims for a full star rating in the new, sharpened 2012 Euro NCAP safety tests.”

Sales target 90,000 units

Volvo Car Corporation expects to sell 90,000 units per year of the all-new Volvo V40. A massive 85 percent of the total volume will go to European customers.

The car will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. Production of the all-new Volvo V40 starts in May 2012. The car will be built in Volvo Car Corporation’s plant in Ghent, Belgium.

“The all-new V40 makes an instant impression with a dramatic design that stands out from the crowd. And what you see is what you get. The car boasts sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos – wrapped in a sleek, compact package. The car also has so many new features that it has an exceptional “density“. It has pretty much everything,” says H kan Abrahamsson.

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2011 BMW 750Li Auto Insurance Information

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2011 BMW 750Li
The 2011 BMW 7-Series Sedan line includes the widest range ever in its 23 year history, comprising a total of 15 models. Along with the 750i xDrive, the 750Li xDrive, and the 760Li introduced for MY2010, the 7-Series line now includes the first 6-cylinder 7-Series offered in the US since 1992. Finally, the BMW Alpina B7 returns on the new BMW 7-Series platform as four models: Standard and long wheelbase versions as well as in rear wheel drive and xDrive versions. The B7 will again set the benchmark in terms of performance, refinement, technology, luxury and exclusivity.
As an exciting example of its EfficientDynamics engineering philosophy, BMW announced the North American debut of the 7-Series with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. Featuring BMW’s award-winning inline-6 engine (N54 HP) that produces V-8 power with six-cylinder fuel efficiency, the new BMW 740i and BMW 740Li achieve a remarkable balance of power, efficiency, and sporty driving dynamics.
The 2011 750i and 750Li are the first 7-Series models ever to be offered with BMW’s highly lauded xDrive All-Wheel-Drive system. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system has been enhanced for these models to ensure that the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive set a new benchmark for handling characteristics among all-wheel drive sedans. BMW’s Integrated Chassis Management is able to identify and limit understeer by shifting torque rearward (up to 80% to the rear axle) while preserving the stability for which xDrive has been so widely recognized.
As a second step, the Integrated Chassis Management system can then apply a precise combination of throttle and individual rear-corner braking in order to maintain perfectly neutral handling in a corner – regardless of road surface conditions.
These key enhancements to xDrive ensure that the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive will be two of the most nimble all-wheel drive sedans available in any vehicle segment.
For driving enthusiasts, model year 2010 also marks the debut of the M Sport Package for all 7-Series models. The M Sport Package includes an M steering wheel, lift-reducing aerodynamic kit, Active Roll Stabilization (RWD only), Shadowline trim, Anthracite headliner and 19″ wheels with ultra-high performance tires. 20″ wheels with ultra-high performance tires are available at additional cost. Carbon Black Metallic exterior paint is available with the new M Sport Package.
With the introduction of the 2010 760Li, BMW raised the standard for maximum, performance and luxury in this premium class. The new BMW 760Li Sedan has taken over the top position within BMW’s model portfolio, delivering the highest level of driving refinement in its segment.
The heart and foundation of this exceptional new vehicle comes from an all-new BMW V12 engine. Developed as a completely-new engine from the ground up, the latest BMW V12 is a masterpiece of modern engine technology. 535 horsepower comes at an engine speed of 5,250 rpm, with maximum torque of 550 lb-ft from just 1,500 rpm.
Combined with a newly developed 8-speed automatic transmission, this BMW V12 offers unparalleled driving refinement and premium driving dynamics through its ability to convert seemingly unlimited power reserves into action with amazing responsiveness. The details of the 760Li are described in a separate release.
Finally, the BMW Alpina B7 represents the second generation of ALPINA automobiles based on the BMW 7-Series to be offered in the US. The first BMW Alpina B7 was offered as a limited edition for the 2007 and 2008 model years. Newly interpreted and based on the current BMW 7-Series platform, the B7 will again set the benchmark in terms of performance, refinement, technology, luxury and exclusivity.
Yielding exquisite levels of power and torque from the twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8, and in conjunction with the electronically-adjustable suspension with active roll stabilization, the new B7 promises to offer a spectrum of driving experiences so broad as to be unheard of in this class of automobiles. The evolution of the traditional 20-spoke 21″ ALPINA CLASSIC wheels underline the fresh design language found throughout the B7 and impart it a distinctive appearance and powerful stance. The details of the BMW Alpina B7 are described in a separate release.
Luxury and dynamics harmonize as never before
The 7-Series embodies luxury that inspires, driving dynamics that enthuse, and a visual presence that earns universal admiration. It is the product of a self-assured design philosophy and consistent yet ever-evolving engineering artistry. In great measure, this new sedan owes its unique, progressive character to an abundance of innovations whose purpose is to make driving a magnificent automobile – as well as riding in it – a memorable experience.
At the core of this experience are chassis engineering that sets new international standards and all-new powertrain technology. First introduced in 2004 , BMW’s Active Steering concept comes to the 7-Series in a new, unique form: Integral Active Steering, encompassing not only the original variable-ratio front steering, but also rear-wheel steering. Acting as an overall system, the two capabilities deliver a new combination of handling ease, maneuverability and unrivaled stability in dynamic driving conditions. Integral Active Steering is available as a stand-alone option.
All 7-Series models are equipped with Driving Dynamics Control, which enables the driver to select from four progressively sporty driving programs with the touch of a button. Driving Dynamics Control integrates Electronic Damping Control (which has three-mode shock-absorber control) with transmission shift characteristics, engine response to the accelerator pedal, and steering assist and traction control level.
Active Roll Stabilization another BMW advance in handling and riding comfort, is yet another element of the available M Sport Package: Via electro-hydraulically actuated anti-roll bars, ARS reduces body “roll” or lean in cornering to a minimum, greatly enhancing the feeling of road-hugging handling.
The new 6-cylinder equipped 740i and 740Li
The 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li feature BMW’s internationally acclaimed twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine (N54 HP) with up-rated output of 315 horsepower at 5800 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1600-4500 rpm. All-aluminum engine construction, High Precision direct fuel injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft technology, and Brake Energy Regeneration are a few of the technologies used under the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy to place the 740i and 740Li among the most powerful six-cylinder luxury sedans in the world. Delivering power to the rear wheels is BMW’s 6-speed automatic transmission, well-known for fast, smooth gearshifts and an ability to intelligently adapt to the driver’s style.
A keystone of BMW’s EfficientDynamics philosophy is “virtual displacement,” the notion that BMW’s modern engines of smaller displacement can equal or exceed the outputs of traditional engines of larger displacement and more cylinders. This principle is already seen in the BMW 750i model, which features a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine performing at the level of BMW’s previous-generation V12 engine. Virtual displacement provides the power of a larger engine with the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions signature of a smaller engine.
The Unique Reverse Flow twin turbo V-8 power the 750i and 750Li
All the 750 models are powered by a highly advanced and unique reverse flow twin-turbo V-8 engine. With 4.4 liters of displacement and direct fuel injection (BMW’s High Precision Injection), the V-8 carries its two turbochargers in the “valley” between the two cylinder banks putting its exhaust valves inboard and intake valves outboard – a highly unusual layout and a complete departure from its predecessor. This “variation from the norm” pays off: the engine develops 400 hp over a range from 5500 to 6400 rpm, and a robust 450 lb-ft. of torque over the even broader range of 1750-4500 rpm.
The point of the new engineering approach is to achieve higher performance without correspondingly higher fuel consumption. In technical terms, the approach involves some very new design details. For the first time, twin turbochargers and the exhaust-cleansing catalytic converters are placed between the V-8’s two cylinder banks. In turn, this required the exhaust camshafts and valves to be inboard so that the path from cylinders to turbochargers (which are driven by exhaust gas) would be efficiently short. The intake camshafts and valves are then positioned outboard. Visually, this results in a very different-looking engine.
And an impressive-performing one. Aside from the dramatic thrust that drivers will notice subjectively, the objective data are dramatic as well: the 750i, will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds and the 750i xDrive reaches 60mph in 5.0 seconds flat.
As in the highly acclaimed 3.0-liter 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine in the 740 models, the use of twin low-mass turbochargers overcomes a historic drawback of turbocharging: the so-called “turbo lag” before the engine responds to the driver’s accelerator foot with strong thrust. And the twin turbos keep delivering, over that wide rpm range mentioned earlier. The effect is that of a significantly larger-displacement engine; yet this aluminum V-8 weighs less than such a larger, naturally aspirated engine of comparable performance would.
Also, contributing to the brilliant performance is BMW’s High Precision Injection, a system of direct fuel injection that sprays the precise mixture of fuel and air directly into the cylinders, rather than the intake ports.
Positioned centrally in the combustion chambers for optimum combustion, the injectors are thus subject to especially high temperatures and must deliver fuel at very high pressures. To meet BMW’s ambitious performance/efficiency/emissions goals with the necessary long-term durability, a “stack” of piezo crystals reacts lightning-fast to impulses from the engine electronics, governing the injector needle’s opening stroke and duration for ultra-precise control. According to researchers who developed this technology, it contributes 2-3% fuel savings and 20% fewer emissions.
Brake Energy Regeneration: an energy-saving innovation
The 2011 7-Series models are amongst the first US BMW models to be equipped with Brake Energy Regeneration as part of the expansion of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies into the US market.
To save energy and reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption, this system controls the times at which the alternator charges the battery. Conventionally, a car’s alternator runs continuously and thus charging is always available to the battery; in the 7-Series, it charges only when the vehicle is decelerating or braking; otherwise, it freewheels, drawing virtually no power from the engine. An electronically controlled clutch, somewhat similar to that used with the air-conditioning compressor, is added to engage and disengage the alternator.
Accommodating the less frequent charging is a special, more powerful “deep cycle” battery that can satisfy a contemporary vehicle’s high electrical demands without access to continuous charging. The battery uses a technology called “glass mat,” in which its internal plates are separated with saturated absorbent glass-boron silicate rather than the usual liquid electrolyte. This construction sharply reduces the battery’s conversion of charging energy to heat, and can provide the necessary electrical power for longer periods between charges.
The driver can monitor its function by the blue colored portion of the instantaneous fuel consumption gauge under the tachometer.
Precise, responsive 6-speed automatic transmission in the 6 and 8 cylinder models
BMW pioneered the 6-speed automatic transmission with the previous 7-Series; the 7-Series evolves this concept with quicker, smoother shifting, improved torque-converter efficiency and the new-type E-Shift driver interface. Altogether, the evolutionary changes result in a more responsive, more efficient and sportier transmission.
For example, when the driver “kicks down” the accelerator, the transmission can downshift by as many as four gears – just as quickly as if it were shifting down only one gear. And the torque converter’s mechanical lockup – an efficiency-improving arrangement – is now engaged more of the time, reducing slippage and improving throttle response, especially in the lower gears.
The E-Shift driver interface controls the transmission, not by mechanically connecting the lever and transmission, but rather by electrical and electronic means. It provides Normal, Sport and Manual modes, the last executed by the driver “tipping” the lever forward for downshifts, rearward for upshifts.
BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for enhanced dynamics and optimum traction. Now Available on the 7-Series.
Permanent all-wheel drive with electronically controlled, variable distribution of drive power between the front and rear axles gives all BMW X models not only superior traction, but also enhanced driving dynamics. Indeed, BMW xDrive gains its superiority as an intelligent all-wheel-drive system by distributing drive power front to rear by way of an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch according to driving conditions, in exactly the right dosage and to the axle with grip.
In normal driving situations BMW xDrive distributes drive power in a 40:60 split front-to-rear, with sensors consistently measuring wheel slip. Hence, the system is able within a fraction of a second to vary the distribution of drive forces, anticipating the upcoming situation and not just responding once a wheel has started to spin. This serves to stabilize the vehicle even before the driver notices any need for action.
The xDrive system the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive models has been enhanced to ensure that these models set a new benchmark for handling characteristics among all-wheel drive sedans. BMW’s Integrated Chassis Management, using the remarkable speed of its FlexRay on-board network and the quick-responding xDrive hardware, is able to identify and limit understeer by shifting torque rearward (up to 80% to the rear axle) while preserving the stability for which xDrive has been so widely recognized.
As a second step, the Integrated Chassis Management system can then apply a precise combination of throttle and individual rear-corner braking in order to maintain perfectly neutral handling in a corner – regardless of road surface conditions.
An additional feature of xDrive is Hill Decent Control that is now possible on the 7-Series. Hill Decent Control is activated by a button on the center console and, using xDrive and individual brakes, is able to can automatically control the vehicle decent down a steep, icy and curvy road allowing the complete steering control. The Hill Decent Control can be programmed to maintain a set speed of 6 to 15 mph using the Cruise control rotary button on the steering wheel. Hill Decent preset speed and operation is shown in the display below the speedometer.
These key enhancements to xDrive ensure that the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive will be two of the most nimble all-wheel drive sedans available in any vehicle segment.
New, innovative chassis technology combines dynamics and comfort
True to BMW tradition, the 7-Series exploited the creation of a new vehicle generation to advance the art of chassis technology and engineering. Improving both driving dynamics and riding comfort are always the core goals of the transition to a new generation, and in these regards the 7 upheld the tradition brilliantly.
Just as the engine combines sporting performance with luxurious refinement, the suspension technology endows the 7-Series with uniquely agile handling for a luxury automobile, yet also an exceptional level of riding comfort. Beyond these “basics,” these cars allow the driver to decide at any time what priority to assign to either of these attributes via the Driving Dynamics Control.
At the front, a double-wishbone system, the first such system ever in a BMW passenger car, marks a new step after BMW’s decades-long refinement of the double-pivot strut-type suspension into one of the world’s finest suspension systems. It is a multi-link type, adding an upper link (“wishbone”) to the familiar double-pivot lower links and thus relieving the strut of its role in determining suspension geometry. The double-pivot lower arms make up the lower wishbone. Another BMW specialty, the use of aluminum for links and other components, is applied here too and enhances the suspension’s response and riding comfort over rough road surfaces.
The rear suspension, too, is a significant evolution from previous generations. Like the front suspension, it is a multi-link system; BMW calls it the Integral system for its small, essentially vertical Integral Link connecting the upper and lower lateral control planes. And also as at the front, aluminum components are extensively employed.
A complex multi-link system like this controls rear-wheel angles very precisely, minimizing unwanted effects under load changes (such as lifting off the accelerator while cornering, or hard acceleration and braking) and achieving a comfortable, supple ride.
Though steel coil springs are used at the front and rear of the 750i, the long-wheelbase 750Li comes standard with electronically controlled self-leveling air springs that compensate for loads carried in the rear seat and trunk, maintaining normal vehicle height even with a full complement of passengers and luggage.
Intelligent Lightweight Design means maximum agility, efficiency and solidity
Thanks to BMW’s Intelligent Lightweight design process, the body structure of the new 7-Series benefits from both weight efficiency and solidity. Targeted applications of higher- and highest-strength steels, as well as, aluminum for numerous elements and components allowed BMW to achieve greater passive safety, yet reduce the structure’s weight. Compared to the predecessor’s body shell, the new models are approximately 20% more rigid in torsion – which, in turn, positively influences driving dynamics. Expressed another way, the so-called “lightweight index,” which quantifies torsional rigidity relative to the vehicle footprint and weight, has been improved significantly.
Novel in the 7-Series’ market segment is its combination of a steel main structure and bonded aluminum roof: The light-metal roof saves approximately 7 kg/15 lb., and because this savings is at the vehicle’s highest point, lowers the center of gravity and further contributes to vehicle dynamics. The doors are also aluminum, saving a further 48.5 lb. As on the predecessor, the hood and front fenders are also aluminum, making for a significant contribution to these automobiles’ overall weight efficiency.
Standard Electronic Damping Control and Driving Dynamics Control
Electronic Damping Control controls the shock absorbers to any level of firmness between their softest and firmest settings, precisely adapting to road conditions and the driver’s demands at any given moment. Ride firmness is always at the optimum level for current road conditions, vehicle speed and the load the vehicle is carrying (again, passengers and luggage). On smooth roads, the shocks are kept at the softest appropriate setting; in corners, they are instantly adjusted to a firmer, just-right level. And when the vehicle encounters any irregular road surface, they adjust to the optimum firmness level to control ride motions, preserve riding comfort and maintain adhesion to the road.
Electronic Damping Control is standard on all 7-Series models, developed to be integrally combined with the also standard Driving Dynamics Control. Driving Dynamics Control provides the driver choices of settings for shock-absorber firmness, transmission shift characteristics, engine-throttle response and power-steering assist: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. In addition, the traction-and-stability system Dynamic Stability Control continues with a Dynamic Traction Control setting (reduced traction intervention) that improves start-up on snow and is suitable for track-style driving.
All 750 models run on 18-in. alloy wheels, carrying all-season run-flat tires of 245/50R-18 dimensions. 19-in. wheels and performance tires with staggered sizes (245/45 front and 275/40 rear) are available as a stand-alone option or as part of the optional M Sport Package. 20-in. wheels and performance tires are optional with the M Sport Package.
New, advanced option: Integral Active Steering
Offered in 2011 as a stand-alone option, BMW’s Integral Active Steering electronically varies the steering ratio (the number of degrees the steering wheel must be turned to achieve a 1 steering angle at the front wheels) according to vehicle speed and other driving conditions. At low speeds and in parking maneuvers this ratio is decreased significantly, resulting in remarkable maneuverability and agility; as vehicle speed increases, so does the ratio, reaching a “normal” level at about 75 mph.
Integral Active Steering also includes rear-wheel steering capability. Via a steering spindle and an eccentrically positioned servo motor, the rear wheels can be steered up to a maximum of 3 . At low speeds, they are steered oppositely to the front wheels; depending on vehicle speed, the turning circle can be reduced by up to 27.5 inches – which, combined with the front wheels’ reduced steering ratio, dramatically improves maneuverability. Varying the rear-wheel steering according to vehicle speed, the system steers them in the same direction as the fronts at higher speeds, which enhances the more important attribute of stability at these speeds. A further, and perhaps less expected, benefit is that the rear-wheel steering reduces the yaw rate in a given road-speed maneuver, which will be perceived by rear-seat passengers as an improvement in riding comfort.
As a result, this unique combination of Active Steering at the front and rear wheels equally benefits both comfort and agility. Yet, there’s even more: enhanced stability in braking. Linked with the sensors of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Integral Active Steering can also make a targeted steering correction to hinder any loss of directional control under braking on a road surface that’s uneven from one side to the other.
Secure handling via powerful brakes and comprehensive DSC functions
Yet another active-safety advance is found in the 7-Series’ brake system. Four-wheel ventilated disc brakes are a long-standard feature on all U.S. BMW models, but until now the additional refinement of aluminum/cast-iron brake rotors has been reserved for the highest-performing 5 and 6 Series models.
In this patented construction, the brake rotor (disc) consists of two pieces: the high-carbon cast-iron outer portion, which functions conventionally as the surface onto which the brake pads grip to slow or stop the vehicle; and an aluminum “hat” in the center, which mounts the rotor to the vehicle. The concept’s advantages include reduced unsprung weight, complementing the aluminum suspension in benefiting ride comfort and road adhesion.
Reduced rotor deformation under hard braking is the other benefit. This means less tendency of the brakes to vibrate when hot, and reduced likelihood of rotors cracking under extreme heat conditions.
The brake system is also supported by the comprehensive functions of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). These include antilock braking (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Brake Control; each of these functions contributes to vehicle stability or to braking effectiveness. Other braking enhancements via DSC include Brake Fade Compensation, which compensates for loss of braking power (fading) under hard or repeated brake use; Brake Standby, which snugs the brake pads up to the rotors if the driver suddenly removes his foot from the accelerator pedal to reduce the effective lag time in applying the brakes; and Brake Drying, which brings the pads to the rotors periodically during wet-weather driving.
Beyond these extensive functions, still others involve the use of brakes to achieve desired operational and stability goals. For example, a new Electronic Limited-slip Differential function comes into play in vigorous driving when DSC is completely de-activated. By appropriate application of only the rear brakes while cornering, DSC simulates a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential. This has the effect of better apportioning power between the two rear wheels and thus improving traction in this driving situation.
Intelligent driving dynamics via Integrated Chassis Management and FlexRay
All such driving-dynamics functions are coordinated and overseen by BMW’s Integrated Chassis Management. Via sensing and analysis of a multitude of inputs, this powerful electronic control scheme applies and governs the interaction of these functions to ensure maximum stability. Under rapidly changing conditions, such as changing road surface, spontaneous steering input, abrupt acceleration or sudden braking, ICM reacts with ultra-quick and ultra-precise interventions via the DSC actuators, Electronic Damping Control, and – where present – Integral Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilization.
For this extremely sensitive and powerful networking of functions, the new 7-Series employs FlexRay data-transmission technology. Developed by a consortium of which BMW is a leading member, FlexRay achieves heretofore unheard-of communication speed, some 20 times that previously possible. In the 7-Series, up to 16 electronic control units can be networked; in no other current automobile can longitudinal, lateral and vertical vehicle motions be so precisely monitored and influenced. BMW is the first motor-vehicle manufacturer to offer FlexRay technology in production vehicles; it appeared first in the current X5, and is also employed in the X6.
Driving Dynamics Control
Adjacent to the E-Shift lever on the center console is the Driving Dynamics Control selector. DDC provides four settings that tailor vehicle characteristics to different drivers, one driver’s different moods, driving conditions – or all of the above. The settings are Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus; the following vehicle-dynamics parameters are affected:
* Shock-absorber firmness (within the Electronic Damping Control system) * Engine throttle response * Transmission shift characteristics * Power-steering assist level * Dynamic Stability Control mode
Clearly, the vehicle’s driving dynamics can be widely affected by these different calibrations of so many elements. In addition, via iDrive, the driver can program his or her preferences for all five parameters into the Sport setting for a personal, instantly-recallable mode.
Another control in this area affects Dynamic Stability Control (BMW’s all-encompassing stability- and traction-control system) alone. A brief push on this button switches the system to Dynamic Traction Control, in which DSC’s intervention threshold is raised; one effect of this setting is improved traction in deep snow. A long push on the same button de-activates DSC altogether, though one function (antilock braking) is always active.
The 7-Series has an electrohydraulic parking brake rather than the customary mechanical one; the driver sets and releases the brake with a button on the console. An Auto Hold function, which automatically holds the vehicle at a standstill and thereby eliminates “creep” when stopped in gear, is also available via an adjacent button.
Sporty BMW image – in its most elegant form
A harmonious blend of dynamic presence and elegance is the overarching theme in the new 7-Series design. A long wheelbase (in the Li, even longer), long hood and short front overhang are basic attributes; a greenhouse set relatively rearward, a flat roofline and overall dynamic proportions say “BMW,” and at the same time “the most elegant BMW.”
At the front, headlights include BMW’s distinctive use of the “corona rings” for Daytime Running Lamps, and are accented at the top by a light band that visually unifies the traditional dual headlights on each side. The BMW “kidney grilles” – another traditional element, appearing here in new form – are notable for their boldness, verticality and low placement.
In profile, the interplay of convex and concave surfaces associated with recent BMW design appears here in extended, subtly swung contours and lines. For the first time on a 7-Series, the front side panels include a chromed “gill” that integrates the side blinker – itself a safety element – and lends character to the relatively long space between front wheelwell and windshield base. Form follows function: this proportion is a consistent attribute of BMW body design, and an outward sign of the rear-wheel drive and optimum front/rear weight balance that are BMW tenets.
The profile’s sculptural modeling makes for a graceful transition into the rear deck. Rooflines flow gracefully over the flanks all the way to the bumpers creating a sporty conclusion to this altogether graceful design. An understated chrome band connects the taillight clusters, which continue the L-shape that has become a BMW tradition. LED technology throughout makes for warm, homogeneous illumination whether tail-, brake- or turn-signal lights or even the 3rd brakelight, set into the rear window’s upper edge.
Extensive array of features enhancing forward illumination and outward vision
It probably goes without saying that Xenon headlights are standard on the 7; but these are just the beginning of an extensive array of advanced, beneficial and enjoyable features that enhance these cars’ forward illumination.
For example, the luminous “Corona Rings” that have become a BMW identifier in recent years are now utilized for the Daytime Running Lamps, adding visual distinction to a safety precaution favored by many drivers. Adaptive control swivels the headlights according to steering input, yaw rate and vehicle speed to aid forward illumination around curves; and for the first time, the lights’ auto-leveling takes into account road topography (such as hill crests, tunnels, steep ramps) and adjusts their aim up or down as appropriate to avoid blinding oncoming drivers. At low speeds, cornering lights help the driver “see around” city corners; for backing up, on U.S. models both cornering lights (left and right) illuminate.
Advanced, luxurious, inviting: the interior
Generous space – it goes almost without saying that occupants of the new 7 enjoy plenty of knee, head and elbow room in the front and rear compartments. Contemporary design – the ambiance is luxurious, high in quality and advanced in its amenities and functions. The contours, color coordination and choice of materials symbolize taste and harmony. With its center stack lightly angled toward the driver, the control center promotes the driver’s intuitive mastery of the vehicle: this is always a hallmark of BMW interior design. And yet this interior isn’t only for the driver; its concept, layout, technology and design focus equally on the driver’s needs and the passengers’ well-being.
The feeling of generous space and harmonious design is enhanced by horizontal color gradations pervading the entire cabin. High-quality materials and meticulous workmanship communicate the innate precision of these automobiles; details such as visible seams on the dash and door ledges, and double-framed central air outlets, are evidence of passionate devotion to details. The leatherette covering the main instrument-panel surfaces has been newly developed to be as close to leather as can be imagined – and yet soft Nappa leather here and on the door ledges is optionally available.
As always in BMW, the harmony of design and function is visible everywhere: for example, in the integration of door handles into the door panels’ chrome trim lines, or the door pulls as part of their contrasting trim material. Speaking of which: there are three choices of wood trim, four Nappa-leather interior color schemes, and the optional additional leather surfaces.
All these refinements and choices provide the interior counterpoint to the 13 available exterior colors, and enable customers to highlight classic elegance, sportiness or sheer luxury according to their personal tastes and preferences.
As the ultimate expression of the true premium nature of BMW automobiles, the BMW Individual Composition is the perfect answer for those customers who seek the utmost in luxury and look to own a more personalized 7-Series. The finest quality materials and exacting workmanship go into even the slightest details to set a BMW Individual 7-Series apart from other vehicles.
The four BMW Individual exterior colors are developed using special Xirallic paints that create constantly changing nuances in the finish, giving greater color intensity and glistening two-tone effects. The three choices of full-leather interior are fitted with the highest quality Merino upholstery, Alcantara headliner and unique interior trim choices. Illuminated BMW Individual doorsills, distinctive 20″ BMW Individual wheels and a convenient passenger-side storage net provide additional premium touches to complement these exclusive 7-Series sedans.
Effective and elegant lighting, innovative Contour Moonroof
Elegant light bars set accents on the new 7’s door handles, door panels and storage pockets. U.S. models add as standard equipment a new way of distributing ambiance lighting, whose rays are “broken” by a prism structure to bathe certain interior surfaces with a subtle glow. This harmonious illumination not only helps occupants orient themselves in the cabin at night, but also enhances the interior’s high-quality character.
An esthetic subtlety is delivered by a new moonroof design, standard on U.S. models. Its 60 x 92-cm (23.6 x 36.2-in.) glass area makes the interior feel brighter and roomier; its front edge is curved parallel to the roof’s front edge for an unusual design touch. Functional improvements figure in this concept, too: a powered interior shade replaces the former manual one, obviating the need for a handgrip recess. And the forward wind deflector rises to different height positions on the basis of vehicle speed, more effectively taming potential low-speed air drumming or high-speed wind noise.
BMW 740Li and 750Li: lavish space for rear-seat passengers
If the standard-wheelbase 7Series already offers generous interior space, the long-wheelbase 740Li and 750Li provides truly lavish accommodations for rear-seat passengers. And in the 7, the meaning of “L” isn’t confined to just length: rather, this model also has its own roofline. This solution provides additional rear head room, as well as help maintain the dynamic proportions of the car to avoid making it look like a stretched version of the short wheel base 7-Series. Thus BMW’s typical “Joy of Driving” is complemented by the “Joy of Being Driven.”
And even this extra space can be further enhanced by two available options. Rear Comfort Seats only available in the Li model, includes individual left and right Comfort seats with multiple adjustments including fore-aft (70 mm/2.76-in. range), cushion and backrest angles, and head-restraint positions. Additionally, rear Comfort Seats also feature Active Ventilation and Active Comfort (“massage”) functions.
The Rear Entertainment Package adds yet another dimension to rear-seat luxury: a DVD player with color monitors integrated into the front seats’ backrests, controlled from a dedicated remote. This option is available on all 7-Series models.
Clear, intuitive control concept for greater driving pleasure and comfort
Control of the many interior functions and amenities is via a freshly thought-out and executed overall concept that is clear and intuitive. To begin with the simplest aspect of this, ample storage is provided by a spacious glove compartment, bins in the door panels and pockets on the front-seat backrests. Two cupholders are on the front center console; power-seat controls are on the seats and memory controls are on the doors.
The basic concept for all controls rests upon a philosophy of a clear, functionally logical arrangement of the entire interior. Thus, driving-related functions are all on the driver’s side, comfort-related functions around the center. This principle goes for the placement of buttons, keys and levers around the cockpit, as well as, controls on the steering wheel, where those for cruise control are separated from those for the audio and phone systems.
Analogous to this “horizontal” division of functions is the arrangement of all displays in a more “vertical” separation. In the upper areas – and thus, at about the driver’s eye level – are the primary displays, such as the speedometer and tachometer (and, naturally, the available Head-Up Display). Below that are less frequently viewed instruments like the fuel and oil-temperature gauges.
At a still lower level are actual controls, optimally accessible and mostly operable without looking at them such as the turn-signal and low/high-beam/flasher stalks. Controls that need to be seen to be used are generally grouped together, for example, those for the driver-assistance functions clustered around the main lighting control: this too is highly logical, as all these support the driver’s need to perceive the vehicle’s surroundings and situations.
Everything at a glance: instrument cluster in Black Panel technology
The new 7’s instrument cluster combines classic elements and new solutions into a complete, harmonious presentation of driving information. For the first time in a BMW, the entire cluster is a high-resolution Black Panel display, in which four classic circular instruments are most prominent; other driving-relevant displays and readouts – including GPS Navigation, vehicle-monitoring functions, upcoming service requirements and other information – also appear here in their various (and function-related) graphic forms.
In “dormant” state, this display is a mostly blank black form defined by its chrome-toned periphery and including only pointer needles, scale markings and the tachometer’s red warning zone within it. The circular instruments’ numerals, as well as the integrated displays for current fuel economy and range on remaining fuel, are entirely electronic and not visible until a door is opened.
So it is that the advantages of mechanical and electronic displays are ideally combined – with eye-catching visual and graphic effects. As the user enters the vehicle, the circular instruments’ “chrome rings,” until now open at the bottom, close and become brighter. Once the ignition is activated (upon pressing the Start/Stop button), the numerals plus all other displays and warnings illuminate. As the engine starts, functions that have been previously activated by the driver are then revealed as well.
The instrument cluster interacts in new ways with the iDrive control display and the optional Head-up Display. According to selected function, users can call up phone numbers or radio stations via the steering-wheel controls. The cluster also augments the iDrive GPS Navigation display with a further enhanced directional arrow display, which can now direct the driver to change lanes and help the driver find the correct street at a complicated or obscured intersection. If the Head-up Display is activated, the relevant directions appear primarily there; otherwise, they appear in the instrument cluster.
Current climate-control settings are indicated in a second Black Panel display in the center stack, along with all system controls. Users need not go into iDrive for any climate settings.
Innovations in Climate Control
The 7-Series delivers technological progress in climate control and entertainment systems. The standard 4-zone automatic climate control provides for precise adjustment of airflow and temperature, free of drafts or unpleasant air turbulence. With its 4-zones, the rear-seat passengers can vary their climate independently on the left and right sides, just as in the front compartment. The 4-zone system adds a rear control panel, plus an electric heater in the rear footwells; the front center-of-dash air outlets are volume-adjustable from a gentle breeze up to vigorous air delivery.
Rear seats with Active Ventilation and Active Support
Available for the long-wheelbase BMW 750Li and 750Li xDrive models is a Rear Comfort Seats option consisting of multi-adjustable rear Comfort seats with Active Ventilation and Active Support, the latter being a “massage” feature. Multiple internal fans gently direct cooling air through special perforated leather on the seat cushions and backrests. Multiple internal bladders create a gentle, virtually imperceptible motion in the seating surfaces to help relax thorax, shoulder and lumbar regions promoting comfort and helping prevent cramps on longer journeys.
iDrive, 4th generation: more intuitive operation, expanded functions
8 years ago, the predecessor 7-Series initiated a new direction in the control of vehicle features and functions with the introduction of iDrive. Using a multi-menu color display and a mouse-like controller usable by driver and passenger alike, a potentially crowded landscape of buttons and knobs was supplanted by a computer-logic control path. Now, the 4th generation of iDrive builds upon that pioneering development while making it more natural, intuitive, simpler and elegant.
An overarching attribute of iDrive was the separation of control (via the console controller) and display (the centrally placed iDrive monitor). This basic arrangement remains; the controller has been further developed and the display is larger: fully 10.2 in. vs. 8.8 in. previously.
Positioned at the same level as the instrument panel, the new control display sets higher standards for logical, readily understood menus and attractive graphics. The controller has been refined for comfortable, intuitive selection and activation of functions via standardized turn, push and tilt motions, while being augmented with more direct-selection keys.
Convincing functionality, satisfying to use: controller with direct-selection keys
Benefiting from the newest biomechanics R&D, the state-of-the-art controller operates with tactile precision and clearly structured motions. New control elements, menu schemes and graphic representations in the control display become evident upon first use, yet user appreciation grows over the longer term. A graphic depiction of the controller in the display itself helps orient the user to the next control step; the rotation, pressing and tipping motions generally correspond to those of a computer mouse.
Thus interpreted, rotation of the controller takes the user through menu selections; pressing it makes the choice. Tilting the controller to the left or right effects navigation through various menu levels. Via clear graphic organization in the form of stacked layers and onscreen depiction of controller movements, the user enjoys highly intuitive navigation. All menus are structured according to a consistent scheme, so that one is almost immediately at ease; menus are broad so that the user can view relatively numerous options without switching to another level. Also, functions are arranged so that in longer-term use the most important options are reached more rapidly.
An additional new refinement is four direct-select keys placed directly next to the controller, for the most frequently used menus. These allow quick selection of CD, radio, phone and navigation menus, and are augmented by three further keys of general utility: one takes the user directly to the start menu (MENU), one to the most recently active menu (BACK), and the third (OPTION) presents various options within the current area. As a result, searches are likely to be shorter, or unnecessary.
Familiar and proven, yet now more useful: Programmable Memory Keys
An iDrive enhancement recently introduced in other BMW models now comes to the 7 and represents a further user convenience: Programmable Memory Keys. Lined up above the audio controls, these eight keys allow the user to store favorite or most frequently used functions (radio stations, phone numbers, navigation destinations as an example) on various keys and recall them instantly. The stored functions can be as specific and detailed as a navigation map in the preferred scale, an audio balance setting or a selected chapter in the Integrated Owner’s Manual (about which more later). And because the keys are sensitive not just to being pressed, but also to being merely touched by the user’s finger, one can get the stored function shown on the control display by lightly touching the key. If it’s the right one, the user need only press the key and it’s there, ready to use.
Large-format display, preview maps and full-screen images
With its 10.2-in. trans-reflective monitor, the new iDrive system doesn’t just outdo all other graphic displays in automobiledom to date; its 1280×480-pixel resolution means remarkably true-to-life images. It’s a system appropriate to the vehicle it’s in, achieved via up-to-date hard- and software. White-on-black menu lists; effective symbols and icons; contemporary graphics; and clear, consistent color-coding are among the elements that enhance, not only function, but also esthetics.
Menu structures, too, make finding desired functions easier. In the Start Menu, all functional areas served by iDrive are listed. Selecting a given item leads to its menu layer, where the options of that level are also listed. This consistency in navigation assists in orienting the user, as does the “stacking” of menu layers in the display. Visual assists further contribute to clarity. And if the user gets to a place where he or she didn’t mean to be, the Back key usually reverses the error.
User-friendlier GPS Navigation
This overall refinement of functionality means simpler control of the standard GPS Navigation. Full-screen map displays offer outstandingly detailed views of the geography; maps and landmarks can be shown in 3-dimensional form. Selected points of interest along the travel route appear with near-photographic realism. For 2010, the navigation map display changes to a satellite image view once the map has been zoomed out beyond 1 mile scale.
In perspective mode, the maps are displayed with the topography of the landscape. In certain cities (such as Manhattan) zooming in to the 400ft scale within the perspective mode will render the buildings to give you a virtual view of the road ahead. Many key landmarks (such as the Empire State Building for example) are rendered in realistic detail.
Mere input of destinations reveals the new system’s impressive capabilities. If the destination appears on a list in the system, a preview map appears as the user scrolls the list; this can help distinguish between places with similar or identical names. If a destination (or a phone number) needs to be entered manually, this is done with a new, circular “speller” that makes the entry go more quickly.
Convenient combination of voice entry and controller operation
Yet another iDrive innovation is its ability to combine voice and controller entry, called Multi-mode Input. The user can go back and forth between the two methods while actually inputting; indeed, voice recognition can remain active during input via controller and the user can modify an input via voice. Voice recognition – BMW calls it Voice Command – is activated by its function key on the steering wheel, and de-activated either upon completion of the action or by pressing the key again. Voice Command is simplified by visual display of the available commands, yet its capabilities go further in that numerous synonyms of these commands are also recognized.
This newly optimized iDrive introduces a very significant step forward in the operation of automotive features and functions. Greater efficiency, improved logic and clear, attractive displays help define the character of the new 7-Series. Indeed, the new iDrive helps the new 7-Series create a user experience that is incomparable in automotive history.
Hard drive for audio and navigation systems
The 7 comes standard with an 80-GB hard drive, which provides fast access to navigation data and space for approximately 12GB allocated to music storage.
Music data from a CD, MP3 player or USB stick can be transferred to the hard drive then accessed at will. Via iDrive, users can enjoy programming from a personal music collection, directly from a CD or other external player, or the radio. Individual music pieces (“songs”) are listed alphabetically by their title and performer, and thus, easily located.
The standard audio system includes a DVD player and auxiliary audio input. Available options include a Premium Sound Package consisting of upgraded amplification and speakers, 6-disc DVD changer and iPod/USB adapter. The available Sirius Satellite Radio option includes a 1-year subscription to the service. HD Radio with Multicasting, which BMW pioneered as an automotive audio option is standard in the 7-Series. Two DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) tuners provide not only enhanced FM and AM sound, but also allow a given station’s audio program and traffic advisories to be received. Should the vehicle leave the station’s digital broadcast area, the system automatically reverts to the same station’s conventional broadcasting.
An also optional Rear Entertainment System provides two 8-in. screens integrated into the front seats’ head restraints. The system is capable of reading a DVD either from its DVD player or the DVD changer included in the optional Premium Sound System. The system allows for 1 internal input, 1 internal + 1 external input or 2 external inputs (such as a game console). The result is that each rear passenger has complete control over their respective screens.
BMW Night Vision Pedestrian Detection
Via an infrared camera, the optional Night Vision scans a range up to 1600 ft. ahead of the vehicle over a 24-degree-wide range. Another first for the 7 is this additional capability: recognition of the direction a pedestrian near the roadway is moving. If it’s parallel to the road, the system senses and displays the presence on the iDrive screen (or, if present, Head-up Display) but doesn’t warn the driver; if the person is on a path to cross the road, it does display a warning.
Cruise control with braking ability standard; Active Cruise Control optional
The 7-Series’ standard Cruise Control adds new functions. One is the ability to apply the brakes to maintain the set speed on longer downhill stretches; another is continuously monitoring the vehicle’s lateral acceleration and adjusting the speed if rounding a curve too quickly would upset passenger comfort.
Active Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go is optional. In addition to the speed-maintaining, acceleration and deceleration functions of the standard cruise control, ACC can adjust the BMW driver’s speed according to traffic conditions via radar sensors at the front of the vehicle. The Stop-and-Go function can bring the vehicle to a complete stop if traffic calls for it. After a stop of more than 3 seconds, the driver must step on the accelerator or select Resume to accelerate back to the set speed or whatever speed the radar sensors allow.
Driver Assistance Package: three further enhancements of outward vision
U.S. models of the 7 offer three safety-enhancing features in the optional Driver Assistance Package.
Employing a camera near the interior rearview mirror, Lane Departure Warning monitors road lane markings. When switched on, anytime the vehicle begins to move across a lane marking without the turn signals activated, this system vibrates the steering wheel. If the driver does activate the signals, LDW does not react.
With the new Active Blind Spot Detection, radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle monitor traffic in adjacent lanes taking in an area from the driver’s blind spot rearward 60 meters/almost 200 ft. An illuminated triangular warning LED appears in the exterior mirror if there is a vehicle in this critical area. If the driver activates the turn signal, the LED blinks and, as with Lane Departure Warning, the steering wheel vibrates to warn the driver not to make a lane change.
High Beam Assist is the Package’s third feature. Controlled by a sensor on the interior rearview mirror’s forward side, switches automatically between low and high beams. With this function, the driver need not switch between low and high beams manually, thus, removing a distraction. The high beams are likely to be used more often; and other drivers and pedestrians are less likely to be blinded by high beams inadvertently left on.
All-seeing: Park Distance Control, rearview camera and sideview camera
Park Distance Control, BMW’s ultrasonic-based parking assist system, remains standard as the 7-Series moves into its new generation. PDC warns the driver via beep tones when the vehicle approaches obstacles, at the front or rear, which may be unseen.
New, however, are both a rear-view and a side-view camera to further assist parking and maneuvering convenience and safety. Both are included in the optional Camera Package. The rearview camera transmits a high-resolution image to the iDrive control display, plus –
* A graphic representation of the vehicle’s actual path * Static lines showing the vehicle’s trajectory with maximum steering angle (minimum turning radius). These two paths are visually differentiated from each other.
The side-view camera consists of two further cameras, one each in the front bumper’s corners, which transmit views toward the sides to the control display. This feature resolves that troublesome situation when one is emerging from, say, an alley or garage exit onto a busy street by giving the driver an advance view of traffic – and helping to avoid an accident.
Both of these camera systems are de-activated at normal driving speeds.
World’s first Integrated Owner’s Manual
The amazing spectrum of new features, technologies and capabilities offered by the 7-Series is rounded out by yet another first: the Integrated Owner’s Manual.
Analogous to the Help functions of today’s computers, BMW now delivers the owner’s manual electronically, via iDrive. In just seconds, the user can access information on virtually any detail of the vehicle’s equipment, systems, operation, etc…like a traditional owner’s manual, only better. Subjects are presented in a multimedia format of animations, slide shows with sound and written description.
In another new-age, highly desirable departure from the traditional owner’s manual, the IOM is vehicle-specific; that is, the version that goes with each new 7-Series vehicle corresponds to that exact vehicle with its specific model designation and options. Various information paths – brief instructions, picture search, and keyword and context searches – are available to the user. The user can also store specific subjects on the Programmable Memory Keys. In addition, the IOM can be updated as appropriate via the BMW center.
Outstanding occupant protection at all seating positions
Robust structural elements, extensive and precisely defined deformation zones, and highly efficient restraint systems coordinated by the powerful control electronics form the basis for the high level of occupant protection in the 7. Consequently, these vehicles are well positioned to achieve excellent ratings in all crash-safety tests worldwide. Impact forces are transmitted along defined paths in the floor, side, bulkhead structures and roof into deformation zones that hinder or prevent them from reaching the passenger cell. For the structures that serve as these force paths, multi-phase steels as well as a new generation of heat-formed steels have been introduced, further contributing to the structure’s weight efficiency.
Complementing the structural excellence are standard front-impact and side-impact (pelvis/thorax) airbags, as well as, a curtain-type Head Protection System. 3-point safety belts are provided at all five seating positions, all of them with force limiters and the front ones with electric pretensioners. For whiplash protection, Active head restraints are standard on both front seats. LATCH attachments (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) provide for securing a child restraint seat at each outboard passenger-seating position. All restraint systems are controlled by a central electronic control module that evaluates collision type and severity and activates them accordingly.
BMW pioneered Adaptive Brake Lights, whose lighting intensity increases when vehicle deceleration exceeds a certain level and thus warns following drivers that the BMW ahead is braking hard. Since their introduction by BMW, similar systems have been introduced elsewhere.

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2013 BMW i8 Spyder Concept
BMW i8 Spyder Concept

Under the banner of its sub-brand BMW i, the BMW Group is developing a range of purpose-built vehicle concepts and complementary mobility services which meet the changing needs of customers and redefine the understanding of personal mobility. As well as adopting intelligent technologies and innovative design, BMW i is pursuing an all-embracing approach defined to a significant degree by sustainability throughout the value chain.

Following the presentation of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, the BMW Group introduces the BMW i8 Spyder Concept to the mix. This third BMW i model embodies the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Its sporting design headlines the qualities of an open-top two-seater blending lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency with a very special aesthetic allure.

The combination of intelligent lightweight design and state-of-the-art hybrid technology imbues the BMW i8 Spyder Concept with genuine sports car performance, yet its fuel consumption is no higher than you would expect from a small car.

Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate. The sports car is based around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, itself underpinned by a lightweight modular construction and the use of high-quality high-tech materials. The BMW i8 Spyder Concept is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The lithium-ion battery supplying the motor with power can be recharged in an extremely short space of time from any domestic power socket. Together, the car’s minimised weight, low centre of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 260 kW (354 hp), promise unbeatable dynamic capability, exceptional efficiency and unbridled driving pleasure.

Barely a year after the unveiling of the 2+2-seater BMW i8 Concept, BMW i is presenting the second variant of this innovative hybrid sports car, a machine designed to light up the path to compelling and purpose-oriented mobility. Like its Coupe sibling, the emotionally charged BMW i8 Spyder Concept combines intelligent lightweight design with the leading-edge drivetrain technology eDrive, while its open-top two-seater construction delivers an even more intense driving experience. This is a car in which outstanding performance potential goes hand-in-hand with extremely low fuel consumption and emissions.

Compared with the Coupe variant of the BMW i8 Concept, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length. With its compact dimensions and distinctive exterior paintwork, the sports car exudes a feeling of dynamism before it so much as turns a wheel, while striking features of its design include upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a transparent glass panel at the rear. Underneath this cover two electric kickboards are stowed, providing a visual showcase for the fun factor in mobility and adding another layer to the car’s recreational appeal. Inside, a revised material and colour concept provides an extra dose of sportiness. Like the Coupe, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept with eDrive is a high-performance plug-in hybrid, and it fuses the specific advantages of an electric motor and combustion engine to optimum effect. Exceptional efficiency and dynamic capability are the upshot.

Modular LifeDrive architecture offers a preview of the future

Like the Coupe, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept is also built around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, a fusion of independent functional units. For example, the carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) Life module gives the car an extremely lightweight passenger cell, while the Drive modules – made primarily from aluminium components – bring together all the car’s operational driving functions, such as the powertrain, chassis and safety structure. Impressively extensive use of high-tech materials allows this innovative concept to chart new territory in terms of weight minimisation, structural rigidity and crash safety. This is good news not only for the car’s dynamic performance, but also for its range and fuel economy. Intelligent lightweight design, encompassing the use of innovative materials, has allowed the unavoidable additional weight of the high-output hybrid drivetrain to be cancelled out in full. Plus, the LifeDrive architecture has been carefully adapted to the sports car character of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept. The front and rear axle modules are connected by an “energy tunnel”, which houses the hybrid battery. This allows the engineers to give the car a low centre of gravity and ideal balance.

The distinctive two-way split of the LifeDrive concept is also reflected in the car’s design, which renders the basic elements of the body clearly distinguishable. Expressive surfaces and precise lines create a harmonious transition from one module into another. This overlap and interlocking of surfaces and lines – “layering” in BMW i speak – is displayed both on the body and in the interior of the new car.

Latest interpretation of the BMW i design language

The BMW i8 Spyder Concept’s emotion-led design vividly spotlights the car’s qualities, with lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency highlighted to particularly prominent effect. For example, the two-seater embodies the perfect synthesis of technology and aesthetic appeal, and exudes unbridled driving pleasure even when stationary. Key to creating this impression of sporty dynamics are large body panels, a hunkered-down stance and numerous aerodynamic elements such as contact surfaces, spoiler lips, AirCurtains and aeroflaps. These features substantially reduce the hybrid car’s Cd and enhance both efficiency and range.

Dynamic front end

The front end offers a particularly revealing window into the open-top two-seater’s dynamic talent. One defining element is the headlights with pioneering laser light technology, which follow the hallmark BMW i U-shaped design template. A semi-transparent “V” opens out from the front end of the flat bonnet towards the windscreen and beckons the eye to the electric motor below. A spoiler lip positioned on the windscreen frame guides the airflow over the heads of the passengers. And for journeys when the weather cannot quite be trusted, the planned two-section folding roof might well come in handy.

Athletic silhouette

Short front and rear overhangs and a low-slung silhouette define the side view of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept and underline its athletic character. Alluring lines and forms generate a strong forward-surging stance even before the car powers off the line. The doors, which open by pivoting forwards around the A-pillar axis, further enhance the BMW i8 Spyder Concept’s emotional impact. Below the doors, the side skirts create a powerful wedge shape which opens out towards the rear. At the same time, the open-top two-seater cuts a light and flowing figure and appears as if carved from a single mould.

Striking rear

Like the front end, the rear also sits low to the road. Its headline feature is a transparent cover revealing the two folded electric kickboards accommodated below. Adopting the hallmarks of BMW i design, the kickboards are perfect for relaxed cruising along promenades and paths or around city squares. There can be few more attractive advertisements for individual mobility. A visually imposing rear diffuser, three-dimensional air outlets and the U-shaped rear lights give the BMW i8 Spyder Concept an extremely wide appearance and emphasise its sporting credentials.

Functional aesthetics: layering in the interior

The interior of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept is defined by three levels showcasing its various functions. As with the car’s body, the interlocking of surfaces and lines is also one of the stand-out features of the interior design. The outer layer frames the supporting structure, while the inner “comfort” layer comprises seat surfaces and stowage compartments. The cockpit fills the third “technical” layer, bringing together the instrument panel, steering column and steering wheel with the instrument cluster, central information display and control elements. The prominent driver focus of the cockpit and the low seating position, which adds further depth to the open-top two-seater’s credibility, are particularly eye-catching. All the controls are in just the right position and, like the other functional components of the interior, designed to further enliven the driving experience. An 8.8-inch (22.4 cm) screen displays all the relevant driving information in three-dimensional, high-resolution quality.

The colour and materials concept also provides some stand-out touches. The Spyder’s interior is defined by a mixture of plastic, carbon and leather, with the off-white of the outer layer and the bold orange tone of the naturally tanned leather generating a sporting atmosphere rich in contrast. The cockpit and centre console also show slight modifications over the Coupe. The overall effect of the interior is one of quality, purity and emotional appeal.

Plug-in hybrid: the perfect alliance of dynamic capability and efficiency

Like the Coupe, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept with eDrive is a plug-in hybrid combining two different power sources and employing the specific advantages of its electric motor and combustion engine to optimum effect. The hybrid drivetrain’s key components gel together with outstanding smoothness, allowing it to offer peerless dynamic capability and maximum efficiency. In other words, the open-top two-seater produces the performance of an out-and-out sports machine yet posts the fuel economy of a small car.

The 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine sending 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels. Both units are in-house BMW Group developments and generate an aggregate system output of 260 kW (354 hp) and peak torque of 550 Newton metres. That is enough to accelerate the BMW i8 Spyder Concept from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Despite this performance, the two-seater burns just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometres (equivalent to fuel economy of 94 mpg imp) in the European test cycle.

The electric motor sources its energy from a lithium-ion battery which can be fully charged from a domestic power socket in less than two hours. The high-output battery is located in the energy tunnel between the front and rear axle modules in order to keep the car’s centre of gravity as low as possible – and therefore to maximise the car’s dynamic performance. The space-saving and well-balanced packaging of this and other drive and chassis components gives the sporting two-seater ideal 50:50 weight distribution.

With its battery fully charged, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept can cover up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone. As such, far from filling in as a bit-part player, the electric motor plays a role equal to that of the petrol engine. If required, a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine generates extra power, which is then stored in the hybrid battery. This range-extending function during the course of a journey allows the two-seater to travel further between charging stations.

Another special feature of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept is the ability to send power through the front, rear or all four wheels at the same time. Intelligent control electronics ensure that the optimum drive configuration is available for the situation at hand. The driver can view the driving mode currently engaged and monitor the activity of the two drive sources on the large information display in the cockpit. Furthermore, the electronic systems ensure maximum energy recuperation under braking or when coasting. All of which means that the driver can enjoy maximum dynamic performance, unbeatable directional stability and minimal consumption and emissions at all times.

Connectivity: the perfect link between mobile living environments

BMW i sums up the idea of mobility geared to the demands of the future and the needs of its customers. To this end, BMW i drivers will have a new generation of driver assistance systems at their disposal which significantly enhance both safety and comfort. For example, the camera-based proactive Collision Warning system, Parking Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant ensure all on board can enjoy a safe and relaxed journey.

In addition, BMW i is developing an array of innovative connectivity functions which provide a seamless link between its models and their owners’ lives outside the car. Remote functions accessed via a smartphone help users to locate their car in large car parks (CarFinder), show nearby charging stations, allow the battery to be charged at pre-set times and inform drivers on the current status of their vehicle. Plus, the battery and interior can be brought up to peak operating temperature before the driver sets off on a journey. The Last Mile Navigation function, meanwhile, assists drivers after they have parked their car, with route instructions transferred directly onto their smartphone directing them along the last leg of their journey on foot – to a museum or restaurant, for example. And the Intermodal Route Planning function effectively integrates the car into the local public transport network and provides information on current parking availability at the driver’s destination.

Interface design aids intelligent mobility

Two large displays inside the BMW i8 Spyder Concept make up the interface between the car, its passengers and the outside world. Positioned alongside the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, the central information display flags up all relevant information and assists the driver in the use of connectivity applications. A third display shows the automatic climate control settings currently engaged. All the screens display their information in 3D, and the cutting-edge, visually appealing graphics are also impressively clear.

Instrument cluster

The instrument cluster displays important driving data using two variable-form ellipses. Positioned alongside the digital speedometer, the efficiency display allows drivers to view how much energy they are currently using – or recovering through the recuperation process. Added to which, the display also contains extra navigation details and information on the car’s range when running purely on electric power, its range when powered by the combustion engine alone and its range using both power units in tandem. If the driver switches to energy-saving ECO PRO mode, the display turns blue in colour to signal the shift in functional emphasis, and the ellipses now also vary in form. By the same token, moving into SPORT mode treats the driver to an emotional orange hue. As well as the changes in colour, the displays also provide information tailored to the driving mode selected and to assisting the driver as effectively as possible.

Central information display

The central information display in the BMW i8 Spyder Concept makes a key contribution to intelligent mobility. It allows the driver to view the current status of the hybrid system, provides a platform for menu navigation and route guidance, and uses innovative connectivity functions to offer drivers a gateway into their lives outside the car. This ensures drivers remain up to speed at all times on how the combustion engine and electric motor are being used, while also being able to monitor the energy flow within the system.

Forward-thinking analysis of the driving situation

The car’s power electronics are linked up to intelligent navigation and traffic guidance systems to enable the hybrid drive system to work at maximum efficiency. In this way, information on route profile, speed limits and unavoidable traffic congestion are incorporated into the calculations of the energy management system so that the hybrid system’s operating strategy can be adapted accordingly. For example, proactive charging of the hybrid battery allows the BMW i8 Spyder Concept to negotiate a traffic tailback on the road ahead using electric power alone – and therefore without producing any emissions. In addition, handy displays such as fuel consumption history allow interesting reflections on past journeys and help to optimise the driving style of the individual at the wheel.

Perfectly prepared at all times thanks to diary synchronisation

Intelligent connectivity functions open the door to a host of other practical solutions when it comes to preparing the BMW i8 Spyder Concept for its daily workload. One example of this is automatic diary synchronisation with the driver’s smartphone. The system registers upcoming appointments and, when plugged into a power socket, ensures that the battery is topped up overnight so that the car is ready for action with a fully charged battery the following morning.

The BMW i concept

BMW i is about the development of visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design, and a new premium perception strongly guided by sustainability. Under the banner of the young sub-brand, the BMW Group is developing purpose-built vehicle concepts which redefine the understanding of personal mobility. Key elements include groundbreaking technologies, intelligent lightweight design and the innovative use of materials, all with the aim of creating vehicles with extremely low weight, the greatest possible range, generous interior space, poised and authoritative driving characteristics, and exceptional safety. The BMW i8 Spyder Concept follows in the tyre tracks of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept Coupe as the third concept car created under the BMW i sub-brand.

Sustainability plays a paramount role in the BMW i concept. It is an issue that runs like a thread throughout the value chain – all the way from purchasing, through development and production to sales and marketing. And when it comes to the efficient manufacturing of its vehicles, BMW i goes a step further still.

The Leipzig production plant will see an additional 70 per cent reduction in water use and 50 per cent drop in energy consumption per vehicle over the years ahead. And the energy that is used will be sourced 100 per cent from renewable sources.

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Volkswagen Golf VI GTI Wolfsburg Edition and Driver’s Edition launched in Chicago

 Volkswagen Golf VI GTI Wolfsburg Edition and Drivers Edition launched in Chicago

Volkswagen Golf VI GTI Driver’s Edition

Four-door only

Volkswagen has announced in Chicago two limited editions of the sixth-gen Golf GTI which will go on sale later this year in the U.S.

Although the seventh-gen Golf is already on sale in Europe, VW USA is launching its traditional final special editions of the Golf VI GTI. The new models are called Wolfsburg Edition and Driver’s Edition and will be offered in limited quantities as a four-door and in three colors: Deep Black, Carbon Steel Gray and Candy White.

The GTI Wolfsburg Edition is limited to 2,000 units and will be the first to go on sale in this quarter. It costs 25,095 USD for the 6-speed manual version or 26,195 USD for the version equipped with the 6-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. It rides on 18-inch Laguna wheels and comes with red-stitched carpeted floor mats and retro-themed golf ball shifter knob.

The GTI Driver’s Edition will be available in 3,000 units from Q2 and is priced from 29,695 USD with the manual or 30,795 USD with the automatic. It has the Sunroof and Navigation package, as well as the same alloy wheels, shifter knob, floor mats, along with partial leather seat coverings. This version comes bundled with a Certificate of Authenticity, hat, parking sign and keychain.

As a reminder, the U.S.-spec Golf VII will enter production in Q1 2014 in Puebla.

2013 Opel Corsa facelift spied, next-gen rendered

 2013 Opel Corsa facelift spied, next-gen rendered

Next-gen Opel Corsa render / Automedia

Facelift should debut in Frankfurt this September

Our spies were able to take a few photos with yet another facelift for the aging Opel Corsa.

Even though other cars in this segment are either new or have been significantly refreshed recently, Opel is planning one last facelift for the Corsa, following the one released at the end of 2010. The front of the car is likely to get an Adam-inspired styling, while the interior cabin will suffer significant changes. Minor engine tweaks are expected when the model will probably make its public debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

We have also attached a speculative render with the next-gen Opel Corsa which should be out sometime in 2015. Envisioned here is a significantly more attractive Corsa which has grown in size and has received some of the visual cues seen on the Adam city car.

Suzuki Equator Affordable Off-Road Machine That Offers Value and More Power

suzuki equator crew cab

The Suzuki Equator first made its debut in 2009, and is also known as the Nissan Frontier, and Navara in Europe, and had an initial price tag of $17,220. According to Suzuki, the current price for this sleek yet rugged machine stands at $22,949. However, this price does not include arbitrary things like tax, destination or title charges. This price may also vary from one dealer to the next, and is not inclusive of insurance, so make sure that you keep this in mind when coming up with your budget.

Off-Road Focus

The Suzuki Equator is targeted to individuals who want something that will withstand off-road conditions. Here are a few outstanding things about the Suzuki Equator that make it perfect for off road drivers:

1. It has up to 6500 pounds in towing capability.

2. It features innovative cargo bed solutions, which include adjustable tracks and cargo tie-downs.

3. It also comes with a spray in bed-liner, which ensures that your vehicle takes any abuse that’s thrown at it, whichever condition you drive it in.

A Unique Improvement

What stands out with the design and build of the Suzuki Equator include:

Beefier grille

Rounder headlights

Redesigned sheet metal

A Suzuki insignia on the tailgate.

The car comes with a 4.0 liter v 6 engine, and an impressive powertrain warranty, which lasts for seven years, or 100,000 miles. The interior is practical and easy to clean. The four wheel drive has both hill hold and hill descent, which is useful for those days when you want to haul a few heavy loads from one destination to another.

Practical Interiors

If you’re impressed by gadgets and technological advances, you have the option of ordering one that comes with a Garmin portable nav system, which is valued at $600. The interior and seats offer practical luxury, with the RMZ 4-trim and red stitching.

Other Features

The Suzuki Equator has a seating capacity of 5 passengers, an average mileage of 21 MPG and 152 HP. It is important to remember that this model doesn’t compromise on safety, as it comes with side and front airbags, and curtain airbags which are useful in the event of a rollover or side impact for rear passengers. The Crew Cab model has a child seat anchor, which gives extra protection for the youngest passengers. The Bluetooth steering control allows the driver to steer with full concentration on the road, without having to worry about cell phones and other devices that can be controlled by this nifty little addition to the steering wheel.

If you are looking for a compact, hardy, affordable and versatile vehicle, then the Suzuki Equator is for you.

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Kia Cerato teaser campaign continues

kia cerato photos

Official teaser images of the third-generation Kia Cerato have been revealed showing the rear end of the car and hinting at the front end and profile.

The four images, superimposed with Facebook profile pictures, were posted on the Kia’s Facebook page and join the official Kia Cerato sketches released earlier this week. While there are definite design similaities between the two, in terms of the overall silhouette, the production car will be tamer and less-raked than the sleek car penned.

The all-new Cerato will make its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show in November before reaching Australia in the first half of 2013. Once released, the Kia Cerato sedan will be followed by the Cerato hatch and Cerato Koup before the end of 2013, in keeping with the current line-up.

More images are due to be released on Kia’s Facebook page once enough ‘likes’ are received.

Further to Kia’s teaser campaign, a new Cerato has been boxed-up and placed inside a South Korean mall with several openings allowing passers by to catch a glimpse of the car ahead of its unveiling. A live web-cam is also part of the campaign.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Revealed

2013 Chevrolet Corvette C7

Opening with a few stark scenes of factory tooling engaged in a proto-industrial robotic ballet, the final episode of Chevrolet’s four-part Corvette teaser spills no secrets. Entitled “Creation,” the only hint to the C7’s exterior design occurs around the 0:34 mark, when we see the body being joined to the chassis, exposing what appears to be a pair of very delicate bubbles in the roof.

The C7 reveal will certainly be the biggest newsmaker at this years Detroit auto show, and Chevrolet’s been milking it for all they can. Check back here on Sunday, January 13 to see if the C7 lives up to all the hype.

So far, what we could see is a fairly aggressive and masculine design. For instance, notice how squared off the rear is a la Camaro status, and check out that giant rear diffuser and quad exhaust. Very chizled indeed, but how will it be received? Only time will tell until the full unveiling.

So far, we know the next gen C7 Corvette will receive Chevy’s most modern Generation V small-block V8. Said to displace 6.2L, the new LT1 V8 will don direct injection, a continuously variable valvetrain, and a very high 11.5:1 compression ratio. The result is 450hp and 450 lb-ft of torque with speculation putting the 0-60 time at “less than four seconds” with a return of 26+ mpg.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Up Close

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

General Motors Co. unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Sunday night with a historic name, but nontraditional design.

The Detroit-based automaker resurrected the iconic Stingray moniker for the seventh-generation sports car, which features a modern, more defined look.

“I was impressed they decided to name it a Stingray, which means they are placing a lot of confidence in this version of the vehicle,” said Brandi Schaffels, senior editor and content manager. “The biggest difference is it’s just not as smooth and curvy as previous generations. It’s got a lot more angularity to it, but it’s still a very sexy vehicle that has a lot of dynamic design characteristics.”

The vehicle, also known as the C7, was unveiled Sunday night at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit as a prelude to the 2013 North American International Auto Show, which officially starts today.

GM expects the vehicle’s bold new design — the first since 2004 — to appeal to a new group of buyers.

“We have pushed the envelope on the styling,” said North America President Mark Reuss following the vehicle’s unveiling. “We needed to take the car to a completely different place than where it has been … and I think we did that largely.”

Reuss said the decision to use the Stingray moniker for the vehicle was decided about a year ago. The Stingray name is only used when GM feels the vehicle underwent a transformational redesign, and the C7 is, he said.

The Stingray, or “Sting Ray” from 1963-67, has only been used on two other generations of production Corvettes in the vehicle’s 60-year history.

Stingray was last used four generations ago on the Detroit-based automaker’s generation 3 Corvette from 1968-82. The name was first used on the 1959 racing car and again for the second-generation Corvette from 1963-67.

“This is the name we only use to mark special generations of Corvettes,” Reuss said. “And C7 is indeed that special.”

The all-new Corvette Stingray only shares two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs.

Karl Brauer, editor in chief and CEO, said the new Corvette Stingray definitely made the moves it had to in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and upgraded technology; but he remains undecided on the exterior enhancements.

“If you were going to say that they need to pull in the younger crowd, which they’re openly admitting to, they need to make that leap to the next generation,” he told “They’ve done a very techy-looking exterior.”

In regard to the Stingray moniker, Brauer said it’s GM trying to relate to the traditional, and extremely loyal, Corvette nation.

“They brought back the retro name, but nothing else about the car is retro at all,” he said.

The vehicle’s traditional dual round taillights were also traded in for boxier ones that resemble the automaker’s Chevrolet Camaro. But the technology, and features, are far superior than any other vehicle in Chevy’s lineup.

Lightweight materials, including a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels; carbon-nano composite underbody panels and a new aluminum frame help shift weight rearward for an optimal 50/50 weight balance.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray, according to officials, is more powerful, more full-efficient and more advanced than any other of its predecessors.

“This car is not just about the numbers, it’s about the way it drives,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer during the unveiling. “We’ve transformed the driving experience in every way.”

Juechter said drivers – young or old – said once any person gets behind the wheel, they won’t only know the car “truly lives up to the name Stingray,” but know “Corvettes have changed forever.”

The vehicle features an all-new small-block, LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers an estimated 450-horsepower and achieve 0-60 in less than four seconds. It includes direct injection, Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system that delivers more power while using less fuel.

“I will eagerly put this car up against any of the top performance cars in the world,” Reuss said. “In terms of design, technology and performance, this car is second to none.”

Corvette has always been a halo, or statement, vehicle for GM more than a sales phenomenon. Corvette sales last year were just 14,132, up 7.4 percent from 13,164 in 2011. A good year for Corvette is around 30,000 sales.

Pricing, fuel efficiency and other details regarding the vehicle were not released.

The new Corvette Stingray will be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

The 2013 NAIAS is open to the public from Jan. 19-27. More than 50 unveilings from the world’s top automakers are expected during the show’s press preview days Jan. 14 and 15, followed by industry days Jan. 16 and 17. The charity preview, which raised $3 million last year, is Jan. 18.

Bentley Falcon approved for production – report

 Bentley Falcon approved for production - report

Bentley EXP 9 F speculative rendering / Garrett Bradford

Could be built in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer has previously hinted that the Volkswagen’s supervisory board was close to approving the brand’s crossover and a new report is indicating the model has been green-lighted.

Germany’s Handelsblatt says Volkswagen’s board recently approved the model because they are convinced it will “pay off.” They go on to say the crossover – codenamed Falcon – will cost €200,000 ($270,920 / £171,440) and have an annual output of 5000 units.

The newspaper is also reporting the crossover will built in Bratislava, Slovakia and then shipped to Crewe, England for final assembly. While Slovakia isn’t exactly the English countryside, Bentley has previously transferred final assembly of Flying Spurs to Dresden, Germany to cope with demand.

When Automotive News asked Bentley for confirmation, a spokesperson declined to confirm Handelsblatt’s report by saying “We are still waiting for the official green light from Volkswagen.”

As we have previously reported, Bentley’s crossover was recently previewed by the EXP 9 F concept.  However, critics and consumers panned the concept’s styling so designers are working on a radically new model which will closer resemble the Continental family.

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Official 2013 BMW 3-Series GT photos leaked [more pics added]

 Official 2013 BMW 3-Series GT photos leaked [more pics added]

2013 BMW 3-Series GT

Arriving later this year

The first official images with the upcoming 2013 BMW 3-Series GT have surfaced the Internet.

The more practical (yet less attractive) version of the 3-Series is about to make its official debut and most likely will be presented at next month’s Geneva show. Continuing the trend started with the 5-Series GT, the smaller 3-Series GT will use the same engine as the regular 3-Series and will be available with both RWD and xDrive AWD systems.

The new model adopts a slightly raised seating position and comes with a two-tier rear hatch design which although looks a bit better than the one on the 5-Series GT, it’s still not an attractive styling but at least it’s more practical.

MTM Audi S6 2013

MTM Audi S6 2013

German turner MTM has released their latest package which is based on the Audi S6. The upgrade brings power increase and some other improvements.

Ferrari FXX in Fast & Furious Trailer Appears to be a Replica

Posted on 02.6.2013 09:00 by
Kirby Garlitos

When Universal showed the first trailer of Fast & Furious 6 during the Super Bowl, we noticed that there was a Ferrari FXX in one of the scenes. A closer look, by way of the amazing technology known as “pause,” and we noticed that it wasn’t exactly an actual FXX, but a replica of said exotic.

How could this be possible? Well, a few styling cues from the car seems to suggest as such. The most obvious are the headlights, which actually don’t belong in a real FXX, but in Ferrari’s other limited edition supercar, the Enzo.

Also, check out the vents of the car in a photo uploaded by Ludacris in his Instagram account (by the way, we went back to his account and it appears that the photo has since been taken down). We bring this up because we don’t see the vents and the rivets on the car’s fenders. Speaking of rivets, the one on Ludacris’ photo has them just north of the Enzo-like headlights, which a real FXX shouldn’t have in the first place.

And finally, do you see the vents on the side of the replica FXX? By our account, the real FXX doesn’t have that many of ’em.

If you want to compare photos, we’ve included a gallery of the actual FXX. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Opel/Vauxhall Adam Cabrio confirmed, on sale late 2014

 Opel/Vauxhall Adam Cabrio confirmed, on sale late 2014

Opel Vauxhall Adam Cabrio rendering 05.02.2013

To get a pram-style electric folding roof

Opel/Vauxhall sources have confirmed a convertible version of the Adam is in the works.

It seems previous reports were spot on as the Adam will get a cabrio version which should go on sale in late 2014. Set to rival other models in this segment such as the Citroen DS3 Cabrio and the Fiat 500C, the Opel/Vauxhall Adam Cabrio will feature a pram-style electric folding roof.

In related news, Autocar says Citroen is preparing several spin-off and special edition variants of the DS3 Cabrio, including a flagship DS3 Cabrio Racing model with approximately 200 hp (149 kW).

Audi S6 with 555 HP by MTM

 Audi S6 with 555 HP by MTM

Audi S6 by MTM

0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds

German tuner MTM has launched an upgrade program for the 2012 Audi S6 which brings a power increase and other improvements.

MTM is no stranger when it comes to aftermarket kits for Audi models as in the last few years they’ve come up with upgrade packages for the previous RS6, A1 and S5, just to name a few. Their latest project is based on the most recent S6 fitted with the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine which as standard produces 420 HP (309 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft).

By ECU remapping and making several engine modifications, the power unit is now capable of developing 555 HP (408 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time in 4.2 seconds (0.6s faster) and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), unlike the stock car which is electronically-limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

Other parts available include MTM Bimoto nine-spoke alloys, custom suspension and a new brake kit with Brembo components. The power boost costs 3,791 EUR, while the suspension kit will set you back an additional 1,737 EUR.