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Lexus to unveil all-new F model at 2014 Detroit Motor Show

Lexus will unveil its newest Lexus F model at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming January 2014.

Lexus to unveil all-new F model at 2014 Detroit Motor Show

Engineered from the outset as a performance model, the newest F vehicle promises a bold and aggressive drive experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage. Lexus launched its first F model in 2008, in the form of the IS F performance sedan.

Lamborghini World Premiere of Veneno Roadster

On 1st Dec 2013, the Italian supercar maker – Lamborghini made its public debut of new Veneno Roadster on board the Italian naval aircraft carrier Nave Cavour.

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At an exclusive ‘Italian evening’ attended by authorities, clients, VIPs and media, the limited edition super sports car, of which only nine will be produced, was formally unveiled on the flight deck of the 240 metre ship while docked in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port.

“The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is one of the world’s most exclusive cars with the most extraordinary performance,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Lamborghini, commenting on the event. “We are honored that Lamborghini was chosen to represent the Italian car industry in the UAE, as a perfect example of iconic Italian super sports cars, and that we have the opportunity to show the Veneno Roadster for the first time in Abu Dhabi. Lamborghini has an extremely strong following in the region for its super sports cars, with the Middle East one of our largest markets in the world.”

The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is a fully road legal, open top car, bringing the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road, with extreme design and breathtaking performance. The nine units will be built during 2014, priced at 3.3 million euro excluding taxes.

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With a maximum power output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the V12 Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 355 km/h. Shown in Abu Dhabi in the specially developed colour ‘Rosso Veneno’, each client will be able to individualize the colour of his Veneno Roadster to suit their personal preference.

The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster was unveiled in the presence of His Excellency Giorgio Starace, Italian Ambassador to the UAE and the Admiral of High Seas Forces, Paolo Treu. Guests on board Nave Cavour enjoyed hospitality from chef Corrado Corti of Italy’s famous Hotel Splendido in Portofino, who flew in especially for the occasion. Singer and actress Elena Bonelli opened the event with the Italian national anthem; fashion designer Giada Curti offered a tableau vivant of her creations with ten top models. One of the happy few to sit in the Veneno Roadster was former captain of the national Italian soccer team and 2006 world champion Fabio Cannavaro.

Infiniti Q50 2.0L Turbo World Premiere

Infiniti will add a turbocharged two-litre petrol engine to its powertrain portfolio for the Q50 premium sports sedan. The engine had its world premiere at the Guangzhou Motor Show on 21 November.

The new four-cylinder turbo petrol engine will extend the Q50 powertrain options which currently include – depending on market availability – a 3.7-litre petrol, an award-winning 3.5-litre hybrid and a 2.2-litre, four cylinder turbo-diesel to be launched in Europe this autumn.

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The new petrol variant will be available to Chinese customers during spring 2014 before being made available in other markets.

The new four-cylinder turbo-charged engine uses direct injection with precise Piezo injectors to provide a power output of 211bhp while meeting the rigorous Euro 5 emission standards. The engine generates 236 lb/ft of torque from as low as 1250 rpm to allow flexible and efficient driving.

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The new engine is the result of Infiniti’s collaboration agreement with Daimler AG. As with the 2.2-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine destined for Europe, the petrol version has been modified by the Infiniti engineering teams to ensure engine response is in line with Infiniti’s brand characteristics.

The addition of the new turbo-charged engine further underlines Infiniti’s strategy to expand its product offerings overall as well as tailoring its model range to local customer requirements. During the next five years, Infiniti will increase its vehicle portfolio by 60 percent and more than double the number of its powertrains.

The world premiere of the new powertrain in Guangzhou also underlines Infiniti’s commitment to China, the world’s fastest growing premium automotive market. A long wheelbase version of both the Q50 and the QX50 crossover, specifically designed for Chinese customers, will be built at the Xiangyang plant in Hubei Province; production is earmarked to begin in 2014.

Inspired Motor has confirmed that they will be introducing 2.0L turbo petrol engine in Malaysia when they launch in 2014.

Infiniti Q50 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine

Configuration

Four-cylinder, in line, water cooled, forced induction

Capacity

1991cc

Compression ratio

9.8

Bore x stroke

83mm x 92mm

Induction system

Direct injection with Piezo injectors, turbo-charged with intercooler

Power

211 bhp @5500rpm
214 PS @ 5500rpm

Torque

236 lb/ft @ 1250 – 3500rpm
320 Nm @ 1250 – 3500rpm

 

The Infiniti Q50 engine family

Engine

Power

Torque

2.0-litre turbo petrol

211 bhp @ 5500rpm

214 PS @ 5500rpm

236 lb/ft @ 1250 – 3500rpm

320 Nm @ 1250 – 3500rpm

2.2-litre turbo-diesel

168 bhp @ 3200 – 4200rpm

170 PS @ 3200 – 4200rpm

295 lb/ft @ 1600 – 2800rpm

400 Nm @ 1600 – 2800rpm

3.5-litre petrol hybrid

302 bhp @ 6800rpm

306 PS @ 6800rpm

258 lb/ft @ 5000rpm

350 Nm 5000rpm

3.7-litre V6 petrol

328 bhp @ 7000rpm

333 PS @ 7000rpm

269 lb/ft @ 5200rpm

365 Nm @ 5200rpm

 

Proton Suprima S Launched in Thailand

Proton, the Malaysia national carmaker recently launched the Proton Suprima S in Thailand.

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The hatchback was unveiled at the 2013 Thailand International Motor Expo in Bangkok by Datuk Nazirah Hussain, Malaysia Ambassador to Thailand, who was accompanied by the Chief Operating Officer of PROTON, En Hisham Othman. Also present was the Managing Director Mr. Thawatchai Jungsanguanpornsuk Phranakorn Auto Sales. Phranakorn Auto Sales is the sole distributor of Proton cars in Thailand.

The Proton Suprima S is available in the Premium variant, and marks the Malaysian automotive manufacturer’s most comprehensively equipped model introduced to the Thai market in terms of performance, styling, safety, driving dynamics and sophistication. Currently, Proton models available in Thailand are the Prevé, Saga FLX, Gen.2 and the Exora Bold.

Powered by 1.6-litre turbocharged engine and mated with 7-speed ProTronic CVT, the Suprima S delivers power and torque equivalent to a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine. The 1.6-litre engine produces 140 PS at 5000rpm, and with a maximum torque of 205Nm from 2000 to 4000rpm. As with all Proton models, its driving dynamics is enhanced with LOTUS Ride and Handling, giving the Suprima S an incomparable driving experience.

According to En Hisham, the Proton Suprima S offers features never before seen in a Proton model, with safety topping off the list of priorities for PROTON. “The Proton Suprima S, which has been awarded with a 5-Star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) truly represents the benchmark we have set for the standards and quality that PROTON aims to deliver to its customers.”

Other vital safety aids include Hill-Hold Assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with brake assist, Traction control, ABS brakes with EBD, Active Headrests, seat belt pre-tensioners, auto door locks, front and rear proximity sensors and reversing camera. The Proton Suprima S also comes with full leather seats, Push Start Button, paddle shifts, and auto cruise, amongst many other features.

“The global automotive landscape is now more competitive than ever. However, despite the challenges we face from our competitors, we remain confident that the brand will keep growing, and our products will continue to be well received here, as the Suprima S joins a strong stable of Proton models in Thailand.”

“As we grow from strength to strength here in Thailand, we look forward to serving our Thai customers with a variety of products that offer high levels of passenger safety, driving enjoyment and satisfaction – and most importantly, car that are safe, of high quality and value-for-money,” said En Hisham.

The Suprima S is now officially open for booking in Thailand for THB805,000 (on-the-road). Five colours are available: Atlantic Blue, Fire Red, Genetic Silver, Solid White, Tranquility Black.

Honda unveils All New 4th Generation Honda City in India

Honda Cars India Ltd unveiled the all-new 4th Generation Honda City at a World Premiere event in India. The world’s first preview of the car also marked the introduction of 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine in the all-new City, which scheduled to be launched in January 2014, the pre-launch bookings of the model have begun in India.

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The all-new Honda City has been developed at Honda R&D centre located in Tochigi, Japan following extensive market surveys in India, ASEAN countries and other markets for people’s driving needs and lifestyles. The development of all-new Honda City adopts Honda’s new ‘global operation reform’ of concurrent development and implementation of locally optimized design drawings to realize the best vehicle specifications with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions for our customers. 

India, being a key strategic market for Honda in the Asia and Oceania region, has been specifically chosen to lead the global production for the All New Honda City with the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine, which is already gaining popularity in the country. This makes India the first country to manufacture and sell the All New City, which will eventually be sold in 60 markets to help expand Honda’s footprint in some of the fastest growing auto markets in the world. 

The packaging of the All New City delivers cleverly generated interior space that exceeds its class by further evolving Honda’s “man maximum machine minimum” concept which aims at maximizing the space available for people and minimizing the space required for mechanical components. While maintaining compact dimensions and realizing longer wheelbase, efficient use of space has been made for both driver and occupants to create a spacious interior cabin with widest front seat space and rear seat space beyond its class. The All New City measures 4440 mm in length (same as its predecessor), 1695 mm in width (same as outgoing model), 1495 mm in height (10 mm more than the outgoing model) and 2600 mm as the wheelbase (extended by an additional 50 mm over outgoing model).

Speaking at the occasion of its global unveiling, Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Company and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia & Oceania Region said, “Honda City is currently sold in 55 countries across the world. City is the leading brand of Honda in Asia and Oceania region and with the 4th generation Honda City, we aim to raise its popularity further and make it a significant future model in Honda’s global portfolio which will be available in many more countries.”

The All New City adopts the best of Honda’s powertrains to achieve best fuel efficiency performance. The Diesel variant of the City will be powered by the 1.5L 4 cylinder DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine. This engine has been developed exclusively for India considering Indian driving conditions and is based on the Honda’s latest ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ realizing both excellent driving performance and offering matchless fuel economy. The Petrol variant of the City will be powered by an improved 1.5L 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine designed to offer the best balance of engine performance and fuel economy.