Volvo S60L coming to China: Might be launched in India as well

The recently concluded Beijing Auto show, held at the China International Exhibition Center, a spanking new venue situated in Jinganzhuang, drew a host of automobile manufacturers from the world over, from the frail “once upon giants” from Detroit to the more happening “vision for the future” car manufacturers like Volvo.

The catch word was the “L” cars. The L word here simply mean lengthened. The Chinese car market is growing by leaps and bounds and a tremendous demand from consumers for the lengthened version of cars is now being catered to by Volvo. Volvo has decided to manufacture its S60L in the Chengdu province in China and if reports are to be believed then Volvo could end up manufacturing nearly 200,000 units annually, besides other models like Volvo XC60.

Volvo S60L coming to China: Might be launched in India as well

By introducing these two models, Volvo is poised to meet the appetite of the Chinese consumers in the “L” and SUV segments. Presently Volvo imports these models from the Netherlands and manufacturing them in China would mean reducing the on-road cost.

According to sources, the “L” models would find its way into the Indian market soon as these cars are ideal for Indian road conditions.

Presently Chinese consumers have no choice but to buy the Citroen Elysee which was permitted to lengthen the vehicle by 10cms. This was done to increase leg room for rear passengers. Audi and BMW have followed suit to also introduce the “L” version of their respective models. While Audi has come up with its A6L model, Mercedes Benz raised the bar with E class “L” model.

If one were to go buy the sheer population of China coupled with a controlled open economy, the demand could quickly outweigh the supply. Automobile manufacturers from all around the world are sure to quickly to cash in on the rapidly emerging demand for “L” category vehicles in China.

More details surface about the Lamborghini Urus production

After several teasers and renderings, Lamborghini finally unveiled its much anticipated SUV, the Urus at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show last month. The Urus marked the Italian automaker’s debut in the SUV segment and received tremendous response from media and automotive experts. Now, as the company’s R&D Director, Maurizio Reggiani speaks to Automotive News, details of the production variant start to take surface.

In a statement made to Automotive News, Reggiani said “We envisage a start of production no sooner than early 2017.” It is a long way to 2017, and for now we have only few details on the spectacular maching.

Lamborghini Urus

Reggiani further revealed that the Urus will be platformed on Volkswagen’s uni-body PL73 platform. The next-generation Audi Q7 will be the first model to roll out from this platform, while upcoming Bentley EXP 9F SUV, third-generation Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg SUV will follow next. He went on to elaborate that the Urus SUV will set standards, not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of body weight. Targeting a curb-weight of just 1,996 kg, the crossover will make extensive use of carbon fiber for the interiors, while employing aluminum-magnesium for structures including hood, tailgate and doors.

Apart from the heavy diet on the outside, Reggiani suggested that the Urus will opt for a smaller capacity power plant to keep the weight low. It will dump the bigger V10 for a more efficient twin-turbo V8. There is no official word, but Automotive News suggests that the power plant could be borrowed from Audi. The 4.2-liter V8 found in Audi and Bentley churns out as much as 600 bhp.

When sent into production, Lamborghini targets annual 3,000 units of SUV alone, which is more than its total sales volume currently. The Italian carmaker’s Sant’ Agata Bolognese plant will be employed for final assembly of the product. The Lamborghini SUV’s major markets include China, the Middle East, Russia and the U.S.

BMW 3 Series LWB: Beijing Auto Show

BMW has revealed its all-new 3 Series LWB (Long Wheelbase) sedan at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. The all new 3 Series LWB will be offered only for the Chinese market and has its extended wheelbase by 110mm unlike the standard model for substantially increasing rear legroom. It will be offered in BMW 320Li, BMW 335Li or BMW 328Li trim levels and will be designed and engineered in new Shenyang production facility of China. According to BMW, the all-new sedan fulfills the Chinese automobile customers’ needs. In first 2 months, the automaker has marketed 80,000 vehicles in China that’s 37% higher unlike in 2011 and has also recorded 425,000 international sales in the 1st quarter.

BMW 3 Series LWB: Beijing Auto Show

Mr. Ian Robertson stated that sales performance of China is a part of the company’s balanced worldwide success. The original 3 months of this year have been their best start to any year internationally. They intended to continue this growth and claim the title of being one of the leading premium vehicle automaker in the world. The company is also planning to open a design studio in Shanghai in May this year for tapping into rapidly increasing Chinese market. This studio will be including Connected Lab Drive that will have a team of experts examining Connected Drive functions, which include safety and infotainment equipment.

Ferrari Enzo’s Successor (F70) Hybrid Powertrain Revealed

Ferrari, an Italian based automobile manufacturer has brought the scheme to the hybrid powerplant of Enzo successor to Beijing Auto Show and this is introduction of V12 petrol burner with two electric generators. Mr. Amedeso Felisa, Executive President at Ferrari stated that the Enzo’s successor has been nicknamed F70, which will be equipped with state of the art technology, becoming the Ferrari‘s first ever hybrid production car. He also said that Ferrari F70 will be using a hybrid powerplant that will be constructed out of two electric generators and a V12 naturally aspirated petrol burner, teamed up with dual clutch gearbox.

Ferrari Enzo's Successor (F70) Hybrid Powertrain Revealed

One of the electric generators will be positioned between the transmission and engine, being teamed up with one of electric generator situated at the front and one of clutches. The Italian automaker claims that it is the first electric generator will be used a motor that’s capturing kinetic energy and sends it to lithium ion battery; on the other hand, the 2nd will be accountable to charge auxiliary systems. The hybrid powerplant is HY-KERS’ evolution unveiled in 2010 at Geneva Auto Show on 599 GTB and will be found on mid engines supercar in the coming years. The all-new Ferrari F70 is likely to weigh around 1134 or 2500 pounds and will be churning out earth-shattering 920 horsepower.

Ferrari Shows New Hybrid V12 Engine Concept

Ferrari reveals its greenest powerplant at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, an indicator of what to expect on Enzo substitute. The automaker has revealed its easily and newest most fuel efficient powerplant, which combines a conventional V12 engine with electric generator through a dual clutch transmission. It is an evolution of HY-KERS generator of 2012. The former powerplant was conceptualized for front engined architecture; however this new engine has been adapted to mid rear engine layout. It borrows greatly from Formula One program of Ferrari, particularly in KERS’ design system for optimizing brake distribution, torque management and traction control.

Ferrari Shows New Hybrid V12 Engine Concept
The Regenerative Braking System enables the electric generator for juicing up batteries, which deliver power to the 2nd electric generator situated ahead of the powerplant. This generator exclusively powers auxiliary systems such as air conditioning and power steering. Fascinatingly, the lightweight components use means the KERS system and fused transmission weighs just like the transmission on a traditional vehicle. Also distinctive is how this V12 powerplant fires manifold per stroke in the interest of best combustion efficiency. The automaker claims that the fusion of electric generators and more efficient V12 engine reduces emissions by 40% unlike the traditional V12 powerplant.

Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses Revealed at Beijing Auto Show

Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses has been revealed at 2012 Beijing Auto Show, an ultraluxury limousine designed and engineered to appeal to the subconscious and conscious of the most exclusive automobile customers of the world. The renowned BMW-owned British automobile manufacturing company claims that this lavish concept summarizes the richness of experience, which comes standard with all Rolls Royce models and takes it a new level of sensory indulgence. Visually, it gains new forged alloys and is finished in pearlescent Carrara White paint. Stepping inside reverse opening coach doors unveils Walnut Burr veneers supplemented by oak-cross diagonal brown banding.

Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses Revealed at Beijing Auto Show

Aurally, the stereo system of Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses is improved with exciter speakers and updated rear amplifier embedded within leather headliner. Aromatically, it greets passengers with natural scents from woody spice from veneers and soft grain leather, whereas texture of these materials with deep pile lambswool occupant rugs are further delights. Rolls Royce always encourages occupants for enjoying vintage champagne or chilled drinks served from the coolbox in stylish glass flutes. Mr. Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer at Rolls Royce stated that its 6th sense is hard to define, however obvious in its presence. He also said that it can be compared to aura; a sense which the striking hand made cockpit exemplifies something of the soul and heart of each proud crafts person involved in its creation.

Joining the Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses at Beijing Auto Show is the Rolls Royce Phantom Series II EWB (Extended Wheelbase), the flagship vehicle in the company’s international lineup. It completes the Series II family, which was introduced at Geneva Auto Show in March with the Phantom Coupe, Drophead Coupe and Saloon variants. Motivation for this Extended Wheelbase model comes from a V12 6.75 liter engine, which is good for pulsating impressive 338kW of power with earth-shaking 720 newton meters of torque. The engine is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old 6-speed unit.

Rolls Royce Ghost Six Senses Revealed at Beijing Auto Show

Other Series II updates found in standard wheelbase models at Geneva include 8.8-inch satellite navigation screen with 3D maps, fresh exterior styling with a new LED headlamps and redesigned grille, smartphone incorporation with a generous hard drive for media storage and improved camera system with rear path and top view prediction. All Rolls Royce Phantom models take 60 people and over 450 hours to assemble.

2013 Fiat Viaggio Revealed: 2012 Beijing Auto Show

Fiat unveiled its all-new C-segment saloon Viaggio at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show today that’s based on Dodge Dart, which is in turn based on Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The automaker translates to voyage in English and the vehicle that’s lovechild of Chrysler-Fiat relationship and will soon be marketed in China. It features a 2708mm wheelbase, is 4679mm tall and 1850mm wide. It is much larger unlike the Honda City that measures 4440mm tall, 1695mm wide and gets a 2550mm wheelbase. To be propelled by a Tjet 1.4 liter in both 150 and 120-horsepower outputs, the all-new Viaggio might be available with more powerplants in other nations.

2013 Fiat Viaggio Revealed: 2012 Beijing Auto Show
The big news is the introduction of the company’s newest DCT (Dual Dry Clutch Transmission) that will make the 2013 Fiat Viaggio technically one of the most sophisticated vehicles in its class. The interior of 2013 Fiat Viaggio gets a completely new design with soft touch materials, a dual tone trim and a driver centric dash. It is also equipped with 8.4 inch touchscreen radio navigation system. It has been designed in Torino by Fiat Group Style Centre and has a trademark Italian, clean surfaced exterior design, which combines strong proportions with curvaceous and fluid forms.

2013 Fiat Viaggio Revealed: 2012 Beijing Auto Show

The first vehicles will be designed and engineered from July and will be marketed in the 3rd quarter of 2012. Its size makes it fit for India launch and would also give the automaker a much required brand boost, something which it desperately needs at this point in time.

2013 Fiat Viaggio

Honda Showcases Two New Concepts

The Japanese automaker, Honda has unveiled two new concept vehicles at the Beijing Auto Show. The Honda Concept S trails a new international small car, while the Concept C previews a new budget sedan for the market of China. Concept C stands for cool challenge gets angular styling inspired by dragon. The operations of automaker in China fully led the product planning for the vehicle, whereas the styling was a two-way between the Japanese and Chinese design houses of Honda. The Concept C’s production version is likely to be introduced in 2013 mainly for Chinese market.

Honda Concept C & Concept S unveiled in Beijing
The Concept S‘s production version will be marketed in international emerging markets. It is primarily targeted at China, nevertheless its Beijing introduction. S stands for surprise, stylish and smart and is propelled by an unspecified hybrid powerplant. The automaker also confirmed the introduction of Acura RX and ILX vehicles in Chinese market later in 2012. The last significant introduction on the company’s stand at Beijing Auto Show is all-new Climo sedan, a result of a partnership between Honda and Dongfeng. It is motivated by i-VTEC 1.8 liter engine and is 4545mm long.

Honda Concept C & Concept S unveiled in Beijing

Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition Rumored to Come With Equally Ultimate Price Tag

Jaguar, the British automobile manufacturing company has introduced its prestigious XJ Ultimate at Beijing Auto Show. It will be the most luxurious vehicle in the company’s lineup. However, the automaker is still to confirm the engine details for this vehicle. In the meantime, Jaguar has announced that it will be marketed by the end of 2012. The Jaguar Ultimate’s lower front air intakes are chrome finished and redesigned; whereas the Maroa forged alloy 20 inch wheels are distinctive to XJ and get a two-tone color scheme. Another visual differentiator is a discreet metal Ultimate badge beneath its nameplate.

Jaguar XJ Ultimate Edition Rumored to Come With Equally Ultimate Price Tag

The interior of Jaguar XJ Ultimate features a table, which rises up from center console at a touch of a button for providing a working area. Its role is complemented by 2 3rd generation iPads’ provision with wireless keyboards, which are housed in the rear of front seats in leather trimmed bespoke docks. Inside, you will also find champagne chiller situated between two back seats. On the other hand, two specifically commissioned champagne flutes exist in purpose made cabinet beneath center table. The full back seat package with wireless headphones and dual headrest displays complete the experience in blend with all-new Meridian 20-speaker surround sound audio system.

Ford Announces Executive Live Chat For 2012 Beijing Auto Show

Ford Motor Company, a well-known multinational American automobile manufacturing company will be having few special visitors for answering the company’s related queries live from this year’s Beijing Motor Show, which will be commencing on 23rd April. You can submit the queries through commenting at the following URL:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/ford-asia-pacific-and-africa/2012-beijing-auto-show-executive-live-chat-announcement/10150746830513805

The replies will be given by-

Mr. Rodney Philips, APA SYNC Engineering Manager (23rd April, 04:00pm – 04:30pm, Beijing time) Rodney SYNC Engineering Manager for Ford APA (Asia Pacific and Africa) situated in Nanjing, China. At present, Rodney supervises the delivery and application of SYNC technology in all Asia Pacific and Africa markets, including Human Machine Interface localization, system testing and overall project coordination.

Mr. Martin Smith, Executive Design Director at Ford of Europe (23rd April, 10:40am – 11:00am, Beijing time) He is an Executive Design Director at Ford of Europe and is responsible for design at Ford APA.

Ford Announces Executive Live Chat For 2012 Beijing Auto Show

Mr. Ashwani Kumar Galhotra, Vice President, Product Development, APA at Ford Motor Company (23rd April, 04:55pm – 05:20pm, Beijing time) In his twenty-three years at the company, he has held positions in product strategy and product development. He was a Chief Engineer for Mazda Tribute, Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape in early 2000’s; and Vehicle Programs Director for 5 vehicle lines in mid 2000’s.

Mr. Edward Pleet, Connected Services Director at Ford, Europe and APA (23rd April, 04:00pm – 04:30pm, Beijing time) Since he joined Ford more than a decade ago, Pleet has held several positions including product and business development. At present, he manages Connected Services of Ford for all of Asia Pacific and Africa and Europe, including all aspects of connected services life cycle from product concept via product deployment and engineering development.

The live chat will be carried out on:

http://www.facebook.com/fordapa