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Friday, 18 September 2015

Frankfurt Motorshow: Highlights of Day 2

Alfa Romeo

A big highlight of this motor show is the public unveiling of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in the halo guise of the Quadrifoglio (QV) and there are many reasons for this. Firstly, finally, finally, finally, finally the replacement for the Alfa 159 is here after being originally promised for 2011 but you still need to wait a bit longer to see it on a driveway. Secondly, it is an important car for the brand that only had a range of two Fiat-based models for many years only recently adding the 4C in limited numbers. The normal Giulia will be expected to be mass market and bring back some profitability. Also, there was a growing concern within the Alfisti that there was only a white and a red one so it is refreshing to see a blue one.

Aston Martin

Aston martin has chosen Frankfurt to officially announce the replacement of the DB9. The Aston Martin DB9’s replacement will be called the DB11. “Big surprise, eh? ” said company boss Andy Palmer after he made the announcement.

Yes, the surprise was diminished because of the car he was standing beside as he spoke, the DB10 that’s been designed exclusively and especially for James Bond in his new outing, Spectre.

The DB11 launches next year. It’s the first of a flood of sports cars and a crossover, the DBX. “By the end of the decade we will have replaced each car in our range. And added up to three more,” Palmer says.


Renault updates the Megane as it shows off yet another interesting enough car to bear that name and continue the pedigree of its quirkiness.


The 2016 7 series was unveiled to the public on day 2 of the press event as it was postponed. BMW produces a very compelling argument to the luxury sedan market as it perseveres in its attempt to wean the luxury car buyers from their addiction to the default go to car, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.


In my opinion the Peugeot 308 is brilliant mid-size family hatchback up there with the ubiquitous VW Golf. It is nicely styled if conservative, well thought out ergonomically and with some of the most interesting engine options available anywhere. So the unveiling of the 270Bhp Peugeot 308 GTI hot hatch is a very welcome icing on the cake to perpetuate the legendary status of Peugeot’s GTIs.


The 308 Racing cup was also unveiled and it is a 308Bhp monster with an aerodynamic package including significant weight reduction to take on the race circuits.

Not to break with tradition, a concept car called Fractal made an appearance too.


The highlight of Mazda for me was not what they unveiled in the CX-3/5-like Koeru concept but what they did not bring. A CX-7/9 seven-seater designed with the principles of their KODO-soul of motion, would have wrapped up their brilliant current range nicely.


Mini has again stirred up controversy as it seems to do lately with the unveiling of the New 2016 Mini Clubman. Firstly, the new Mini Clubman will be bigger than the current Countryman which is fondly called the Maxi Mini. That means that the new countryman will be even bigger oh dear! The good thing is that practicality seems to be at the top of the agenda with this one as it has lost the unpopular half-door on one side and has 4 full doors now but the character-full twin-barn doors on the back remain. The new size puts it in the usually drab family hatch category.

The IAA 2015 is now open to the public from the 17th to 27th of September 2015 and there are hundreds of cars on exhibit and even more automotive interests. Many stakeholders in the industry will be present from materials manufacturers to providers of components like wheel bearings and switches to tyre manufacturers to automotive electronics vendors to government transportation agencies .

Cred: Autocar, Autofocus, AutoBlog, Top Gear

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Frankfurt Motor show: Highlights of Day 1 (IAA 2015)

The IAA is a 3-letter acronym in German for Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung and it  is also known as the International Motor show but because the passenger  vehicle show is held in Frankfurt am Main  it is the most popularly  called the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is the biggest motor show in the world and the 2015 edition is upon us, the exhibition will be open to the public from the 17th to the 27th of September 2015 with the press  provided a pre-show access on the 15th and 16th of September.  This is a compilation of the highlights from day 1 of the show on what manufacturers are up to and what to expect in the next few years.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

President Buhari to Continue Auto policy

…Mandates FG Ministries, Others to Acquire Locally- Assembled Vehicles.

Contrary to the fears expressed at certain quarters
across Nigeria, after the recent general election,
the federal government has affirmed its
commitment to the continuity of the Nigerian
Automotive policy.
According to Motoring World, Director General of National Automotive Design and
Development Council (NADDC), Engr. Aminu Jalal made
the disclosure in his office in Abuja while receiving a
group of Chinese investors from the world’s largest
manufacturer of high capacity buses, Zhengzhou
Yutong Buses Company Limited, led by a director of
the company, Mr. Michael.
According to Engr. Jalal, President Muhammadu Buhari
had repeatedly emphasized Federal Government’s
determination to diversify the economy through
promotion, support and protection of local industrial
production in all areas that the country had sufficient
capacity, including the automotive industrial sub-sector
with its potential for mass employment.
On patronage, the NADDC boss stated that Federal
Government is committed to the patronage of Made-in-
Nigeria automobiles, adding that all Federal Ministries,
Departments and Agencies were mandated to source
their vehicle procurements from local assembly plants
except where the specification of the required vehicle
was not among the range of models being produced by
the various brand names in the country.
“We have the assurance of government’s patronage at
the Federal level and we are still talking to state
governments to appreciate the benefits of buying from
our local producers – the products of our local plants
are of very high quality and standards, they have
readily available service parts, they have after-sales
service and they are cheaper because of the tariff
differentials with the imported FBUs.” He assured.
Engr. Jalal explained that while the tariff for FBU
imports outside NAIDP is 35% duty plus 35% levy for
cars and 35% duty for commercial vehicles, import
tariff for investors within NAIDP range from 0% to 10%
for CKD and SKD assembly operations while
concessionary FBU imports within NAIDP would be at
35% duty for cars and 20% duty for commercial
“Financially, you will find that it does not make
economic sense to import FBUs into Nigeria. The direct
effect of the tariff differential makes the locally
produced brands relatively cheaper than the imported
FBUs of the same brand. Now that we have succeeded
to a large extent in bringing back assembly operations
into Nigeria, we are now focusing attention on local
contents development and quality control.” Engr. Jalal
He added that efforts were now geared towards
attracting international Original Equipments
Manufacturers (OEMs) to partner with our indigenous
entrepreneurs in setting up manufacturing facilities
where locally available materials would be used to
make good quality vehicle components and parts that
can be incorporated into assembly operations.
The Director General emphasized that the Council was
collaborating actively with the Standards Organization
of Nigeria (SON) to ensure that all the local assembly
plants and components manufacturers complied with
stipulated quality controls and safety standards with a
view to ensuring that Nigerian-made ppautomobiles were
not in any way inferior to similar products from
reputable plants elsewhere in the world.
The Yutong team was in NADDC Headquarters @@@to seek
clarifications and make necessary business enquiries
especially in respect to government’s position on the
continuity of the auto policy, tariff protection,
applicable incentives, products patronage, quality
assurance and standards. This is preparatory to its
proposed setting up of vehicle assembly operations for
the building of high capacity buses in Nigeria.
Presently, imported Yutong buses are in Nigeria for
mass transit services especially in Abuja by the Federal
Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Trade
Union Congress (TUC).
The main products of Yutong are high capacity
coaches, city buses, intercity buses, school buses and
special vehicles. The company is reputed to have
successively produced business purpose vehicles,
recreational vehicles, blood collection vehicles, physical
examination vehicles, ambulances, engineering
vehicles, airport buses, aluminium city buses, learner-
driven vehicles, products display vehicles, mobile
library vehicles, sightseeing buses and other products
featuring high technical content, sophisticated product
structure and reliable quality to meet the diverse needs
of customers and provide customers with best

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Lewis Hamilton Addresses Kendall Jenner Dating Rumors

Are they or aren’t they? Lewis Hamilton is finally
setting the record straight on whether or not he’s
actually dating Kendall Jenner.
Speaking with E! News, the British race car driver
insists that he’s only on friendly terms with the young
model. Despite being seen with Jenner on several
occasions, Hamilton, who was previously linked to
singer Nicole Scherzinger, says they’re strictly pals.
“Me and Kendall have been friends for a while, so
we’re just friends,” he explains.
Though there’s nothing romantic going on between
them, Hamilton, 30, can’t help but to say nice things
about the 19-year-old.
“She’s doing incredible, she’s very focused, very level-
headed, and she’s just—for such a young woman, she’s
very grown up,” he gushes.
Previously, Hamilton and Jenner sparked romance
rumors when the two were hung out at the Monaco
Grand Prix in May. At the time, Jenner was seen
wearing Hamilton’s gold chain necklace as the two
partied together with friends on a yacht.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Mercedes Beats Audi to Take Second Place in Luxury-Car Sales

Mercedes-Benz outsold Audi in the eight months through August to become the world’s second-biggest luxury-car maker, as both Audi and BMW struggled to match its sales growth in China.

Mercedes delivered 1.19 million vehicles in the period, 10,880 cars more than the 1.18 million at Volkswagen AG’s Audi. The Daimler AG brand last outsold Audi on an annual basis in 2010. Mercedes profited from soaring sales of its mid-range C-Class sedan and its sport-utility vehicles and also from China, where it was the only one of the top three luxury-car makers to see sales grow in August.

“We expect Mercedes to overtake Audi this year and stay ahead for the next two,” said Marc-Rene Tonn, a Hamburg-based analyst with Warburg Research. “In China, Mercedes is benefiting from having two key models do well, the long version of the C-Class and the GLA. The positive effect of those two is set to last for the time being.”

China’s stock market rout and cooling economic growth combined to leave customers wary of buying new cars. Passenger vehicle sales in the world’s biggest auto market dropped to a 17-month low in July before gaining 0.6 percent in August due to discounts and incentives such as subsidized insurance. Audi has said it sees “light at the end of the tunnel” in the market and that new models will help it grow there again.

“We are preparing to step up the pace with our broad model and technology drive,” Luca de Meo, sales chief for Ingolstadt, Germany-based Audi, said in a statement on Thursday.
BMW Sales

Sales at luxury leader BMW AG rose 5.5 percent to 1.21 million at its namesake brand.

BMW delivered 135,735 cars during August, a rise of 7.6 percent, after selling more of the 1-Series compact and the X4 and X6 SUVs. Audi’s sales climbed 2.7 percent to 128,650 vehicles, compared with an 18 percent leap for Mercedes to 139,802 cars.

Mercedes deliveries in China, including Hong Kong, rose 53 percent to 32,763 cars, compared with a 4.1 percent drop to 45,196 vehicles for Audi. BMW sales in mainland China declined 0.9 percent to 34,168 cars.

Both Audi and Stuttgart, Germany-based Mercedes are seeking to unseat BMW by the end of the decade from the global sales top spot the Munich-based company has held since 2005.

Russian 5-year-old boys dig out of nursery to buy luxury car

A pair of 5-year-old boys in Russia dug a tunnel under their pre-school as part of a plot to buy a luxury car.

According to, the duoover several days used toy spades to form a passage under the kindergarten fence in the Ural Mountains city of Magnitogorsk, The Moscow Times reported citing the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

Seizing their chance to escape during their afternoon break, the boys crawled under the fence. They then reportedly embarked on a 2km journey to a Jaguar car dealership.

When the woman at the showroom asked the boys why they were there, they told her they wanted to buy a car but didn’t have enough money.

The staff member then escorted the intrepid pair to the nearest police station.

The teacher on duty when the pair escaped has since been fired, according to the newspaper.

The regional interior ministry for Chelyabinsk confirmed the boys' escape to AFP.

“We don't have any details yet, we can only confirm the fact itself,” a spokesman told the agency.

Style N Power: 2017 Mercedes- AMG C63 Coupe Revealed

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe and C63 S Coupe aren’t just about style (though they’ve got plenty of that): They pack a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 good for up to 503 hp.

We like looking at the recently unveiled
Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe , and we love driving the Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan. The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe brings both together in one svelte, powerful package, and we couldn’t be happier.

Save for the doors, roof and trunk lid, all sheetmetal has been switched up compared to the non-AMG C-class. Coupled with the characteristically aggressive AMG fascias, the car boasts a subtly different look all around. In
addition to a longer hood, the coupe is 2.51 inches wider up front and 2.59 inches wider in back. Flared wheel arches hide meatier tires,
255 mm fronts and 285 mm rears.

The C63 coupe’s drivetrain mirrors that of the C63 sedan: a wet-sump version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 tucked under the hood of the AMG GT S , mated to a seven-speed multiclutch automatic transmission. In the C63, it’s good for 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. In the C63 S, it achieves 503 hp and
516 lb-ft. The former car gets a mechanical limited-slip differential, while the diff on the latter car is electronic.

Curb weights are down compared to the four-door, however: 3,770 pounds and 3,803 pounds for the C63 and C63 S, respectively (at least in European specification, U.S.-bound cars might pick up a few pounds). And 0-60
times are down a hair, too: 3.9 seconds for the C63, 3.8 seconds for the C63 S.

But the C63 hasn’t been about brute force, not exclusively, at least -- though we do love the muscular straight-line acceleration it has historically offered. The standard AMG Ride Control allows you switch up the suspension
between comfort and sport modes, and the AMG Dynamic Select system offers four adjustable transmission modes (plus a race mode on the C63 S).

According to Autoweek, The C63 coupe will get its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September and will make its way to U.S. dealers starting next summer.

Bentley Unveils its first SUV; The 2016 Bentley Bentayga

Official specs and images of the Bentley Bentayga have finally been released. It’s an SUV that Bentley calls “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive SUV in the world.”

Its power and torque stats certainly back the first part of that claim up…

Say hi to the latest member of the Rolls Royce Family

British luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has revealed its new Drophead Coupe, the Dawn. This ultra-luxurious 2+2 luxury cabriolet is strikingly similar to the Wraith, but the brand insists that the Dawn has a completely new design.

Details on the new Aston Martin DB11

Early 2016 will see the launch of the Aston Martin
DB11, the first of several new models from the
British marque.
If you’re wondering why the car to follow the DB9 is
a DB11 and not a DB10, blame 007. Or rather
Spectre, his arch enemies. The DB10 is the car they
drive in the upcoming Bond movie and is one of a
limited run of 10 made… all for the film.

Styling cues
As Autocar’s rendering shows, the DB11 will take its
cues from a couple of Aston’s recent concepts – the
DBX crossover we saw at Geneva earlier this year –
and the CC100 concept that was built in 2013 to
commemorate the brand’s centenary.

New engines and a manual transmission
There are no specifics yet, but given the their
technical partnership with AMG signed in 2013, it’s
very likely the DB11 will get a revised version of the
Mercedes-AMG GT’s 4.0-litre V8 turbo. Other
engines will probably include a heavily revised
version of Aston Martin’s V12 fitted with twin
Whereas the current DB9 is only available with a six-
speed auto, the new car will be offered with a six-
speed manual, as well as a ZF-sourced eight-speed
automatic gearbox.

New platform
Much like the current VH platform, the new chassis
will be a bonded and riveted structure. And like its
predecessor, will also be versatile enough to form
the underpinnings of other future models – including the planned DBX crossover.

The chassis will feature an all-new lightweight
suspension with double wishbones at the front and
rear and, reports Autocar , it is likely that the AMG
partnership has had an influence here with some
parts taken from the German brand.
The DB11 will have a slightly longer wheelbase than
the DB9, allowing for more interior space.
We can't wait!!