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Toyota Korea ‘New Sienna’ Photo Session
On March 19, 2018, Toyota Motor Korea hosted a photo session of its minivan 'New Sienna' at the Toyota Gangnam Showroom in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. New Sienna, the latest model of Sienna launched in Korea in November 2011 at first, is a model with upgraded exterior design and safety equipment to the convenience and utility of the existing Sienna model. ▲ New Sienna’s photo session of Toyota Korea was held. The exterior of 'New Sienna' has a large trapezoidal radiator grille under the design concept of 'Bold & Modern' and a lower bumper spoiler of the front end realizing a three-dimensional appearance and a low-centered wide stance. So, it emphasizes ‘Keen Look,’ which is Toyota’s family look, and a more modern appearance. The combination of 301-horsepower V6 3.5-liter engine and the 8-speed automatic transmission of 'New Sienna' achieved powerful and fuel-efficient performance in all driving situations. In particular, since the 4-wheel drive model is equipped with an active torque control system, a stable handling with excellent downward force is achieved through proper allocation of torque to both front and rear wheel. It is also equipped with run-flat tires, which can travel safely at a certain distance even during tire puncture. In addition, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which consists of four safety precautions to reduce the risk of accidents, including Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) was newly applied, and safety performance was further improved by adding a Hill Start Assist Control (HAC). In addition, the best-in-class 8 SRS airbags with the seat cushion airbag of a passenger seat, Blind Spot Monitor system (BSM), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert system (RCTA) are provided as standard features. Through an application of a new multimedia system, intuitive screen control, USB video file playback, and a mirror cast will be provided. In addition, there are four USB charging ports, allowing multiple users to charge multimedia devices at the same time. ▲ The body looks longer and lower, resulting in a more stable image. ▲ The back of the vehicle has enhanced the stability of driving with various devices along with a sophisticated image. ▲ 301 horsepower V6 3.5L engine is mounted on the vehicle. ▲ The interior enhances user convenience and gives a luxurious feel by applying a satin chrome. ▲ A two-row ottoman seat is applied with a leg supporter. ▲ As a three-row seat is divided into 6:4, various stacking space can be created, and the seat can be easily folded and unfolded with one button.
Lamborghini Day 2018 in Korea unveiling the Urus and Aventador SVJ
Lamborghini Day Seoul took place this Friday at Yeong Bin Gwan in Seoul attended by Federico Foschini, Chief Commercial Officer of Automobili Lamborghini as well as media, customers and VIPs. The event unveils the Urus and debut of Aventador SVJ for the first time in Korea. The Lamborghini Day will be an annual event held by Automobili Lamborghini to share Lamborghini’s amplified visions and values with the media and customers as well in Korea. Lamborghini Urus and Aventador SVJ are expected to enter the Korean market within the first half of 2019. The Lamborghini Urus, the world’s first Super Sports Utility Vehicle (Super SUV), is powerful and luxurious, offering dynamism of a super sports car that can be enjoyed by both the driver and passengers. The Urus provides easy driving in the city, maximum comfort during long journeys, thrilling super sports car dynamics on the road and track, and versatile off-road abilities in a range of environments. The new Aventador SVJ, where SV historically stands for ‘superveloce’ — meaning ‘superfast’ —takes the ‘jota’ suffix, denoting its track and performance superiority. The Aventador SVJ has already claimed its position as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record holder, completing the 20.6 km lap in just 6:44.97 minutes. Its production is limited to 900 units. “We define ourselves as informal luxury, future shapers and designers of experiences. We want to inspire the lifestyle of our customers with best-in-class products and memorable events, where they can experience the intimate and exclusive Lamborghini world,” said Federico Foschini, Chief Commercial Officer at Automobili Lamborghini. “We recognize the growth of the super car segment in Korea. We wish to increase our presence in Korea by offering best-in-class services and products, enhancing customer experience and expanding infrastructure,” said Matteo Ortenzi, Chief Executive Officer at Automobili Lamborghini Asia Pacific. - The Lamborghini Urus: The world’s first Super SUV with Lamborghini DNA packed in every element The Lamborghini Urus creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability. The Urus can either be specified to be as sporty or as elegant, as the owner wishes, or be used as a daily luxury drive. The Urus sports a new front-mounted, 4.0-liter petrol V8 twin-turbo aluminum engine. The choice of a turbo engine, the first in a Lamborghini, delivers 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, fitting the Urus perfectly within the Lamborghini family as a high-performance car. It performs maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l, the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp. The Super SUV accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and is the fastest SUV available in the world with a top speed of 305 km/h. Braking is no less impressive — the Urus decelerates from 100 km/h to 0 in 33.7 m. The Urus comes with an automatic eight-speed gearbox and its four-wheel drive system delivers safe, highly-responsive driving dynamics on every road and surface, in all weather. The Urus provides easy driving in the city, maximum comfort during long journeys, thrilling super sports car dynamics on the road and track, and versatile off-road abilities in a range of environments. The Urus is the new benchmark for a Super SUV and a true Lamborghini: it delivers best-in-class lightweight technologies and weight-to-power ratio, with innovation in design and engineering to ensure the best possible driving dynamics as well as overall efficiency. It is undoubtedly a Lamborghini, with all the design features of the Lamborghini super sports car heritage. The Urus comes in outstanding proportions, adopting the two-thirds body, one-third window ratio of Lamborghini super sports cars, and provides excellent balance. The Urus is a Lamborghini with luxurious space for up to five occupants. Its short overhangs communicate its strength, muscularity, dynamically assertive character and commanding road position. - The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ: The pinnacle of Lamborghini V12 super sports cars The Aventador SVJ is an innovative car and represents the absolute pinnacle of Lamborghini’s super sports car product range. With exceptionally fast speed, super-athletic performance and aerodynamic superiority, the Aventador SVJ takes another step into the future, shaping the potential for super sports car development. With its optimized power plant making it the most powerful series production V12-engined car produced to date by Lamborghini, the SVJ features an increase in power to 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 rpm. The SVJ outputs 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, while a dry weight of just 1,525 kg gives the SVJ a weight-to-power ratio of 1.98 kg/hp. The SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. A top speed of more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 30 meters. The Aventador SVJ is, however, more than a super sports car achieving the top numbers. The development philosophy of the Aventador SVJ and its very essence in terms of design, aerodynamic technologies and efficiency, weight-to-power as well as performance, is to create a demanding driver’s perfect car. The enhanced powertrain features a new titanium intake valve with a new-shape intake runner and length, with a modified intake cylinder head duct for higher flow coefficient. The new, lightweight exhaust system reduces backpressure as well as producing the most emotive sound. The optimized seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) gearbox has been calibrated for the car’s increased performance in terms of both power and torque. Every feature of the Aventador SVJ resonates its aerodynamic prowess: the SVJ is significantly enhanced in appearance compared to the Aventador S and its downforce is improved by 40% on both axles compared to the previous Aventador SV. From the front the car is wider and highlights the inclusion of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics technologies. Lamborghini’s patented ALA system was first seen on the Huracán Performante and has been developed to an enhanced level for the Aventador SVJ, now ALA 2.0, including new optimized air inlets and aero channel designs. The Aventador SVJ is a driver-focused car, developed to maximize the union between driver and car in the most extreme road and track conditions and ensure the most rewarding experience.
New Cayenne now available as a plug-in hybrid
Porsche is expanding its range of hybrids even further: the new Cayenne E-Hybrid combines the best driving dynamics in its class with maximum efficiency. A three-litre V6 engine (250 kW/340 hp) combines with an electric engine (100 kW/136 hp) to generate system power of 340 kW (462 hp). The maximum torque of 700 Nm is already available just above idling speed; the boost strategy matches that of the 918 Spyder supercar. The Cayenne’s plug-in hybrid drive enables acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 5.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 253 kilometres per hour. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive up to a distance of 441) kilometres and speed of 135 kilometres per hour on electricity alone. The average consumption in the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), depending on the set of tyres used, is 3.4 – 3.2 l/100 km of fuel and 20.9 – 20.6 kWh/100 km of electricity. Alongside the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of comfort and assistance systems for the entire Cayenne series with additional options such as the new head-up display, massage seats and 22-inch light metal wheels. 462 horsepower system power with 918 Spyder boost concept The next stage in Porsche’s journey towards e-mobility is the Cayenne E-Hybrid. While the performance of the combustion engine moderately improves on its prede-cessor by five kW (Seven hp) to 250 kW (340 hp), the performance of the electric engine is now over 43 per cent higher at 100 kW (136 hp). Both combine for a total system power of 340 kW (462 hp). The boost strategy derived from the 918 Spyder supercar is a new addition. It ensures that the electric engine can be used in all the standard Sport Chrono Package’s driving modes for an additional performance boost. This means the maximum system torque becomes available as you press the accelerator pedal. Depending on the driving situation and performance requirements, drivers can continue to draw on the boost torque across the entire range of speeds. This leads to a more agile and superior driving experience. The extent of the boost support and battery charging during the journey depend on the driving mode. In the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes, virtually all of the battery's energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required for a new boost. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency. Charging with the Porsche Connect app and Porsche Charging Service Battery capacity has improved significantly in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, along with the distance on electricity and the boost reserves: in comparison to the previous model, capacity increased from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh. This is an increase of around 30 per cent. The fluid-cooled battery, stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, con-sists of eight cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each. Within 7.8 hours, the high-voltage battery is charged fully via a 230 volt connection with ten amps. if the optional 7.2 kilowatt on-board charger and a 230 volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6 kilowatt charger, the battery is ‘filled up’ again after only 2.3 hours. The charging process can be managed and monitored via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and remotely using the Porsche Connect app. The independent climate control, i.e. heating and air conditioning when the ignition is switched off, is available as standard and can also be individually controlled via smartphone. Porsche Connect can also be used to find and filter charging stations and set them as a navigation destination. The new Porsche Charging Service allows cross-provider access to public charging stations – without requiring additional registration with the relevant provider. This is billed directly via the Porsche ID account. New hybrid module and rapid switching Tiptronic S Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s drive train. The hybrid module consists of a highly-integrated combination of electric engine and separating clutch. In contrast to the previous electro-hydraulic system with the spindle actuator, the separating clutch is operated electromechanically, which ensures even faster reaction times. The transmission acquires the new Tiptronic S, newly developed for the entire Cayenne range with eight speeds. The automatic gearbox not only offers even more comfortable and smoother starting but also significantly speeds up switching. Interruption of tractive force during switching processes has also been reduced further. Active hang-on all-wheel drive and 3.5 ton trailer load With Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the Cayenne E-Hybrid has an active hang-on all-wheel drive with an electronically regulated, map-controlled multiplate clutch. With its broad range of torque distribution, the system offers clear benefits in terms of driving dynamics, agility, traction control and offroad capabilities. Thanks to the brand new chassis, Cayenne E-Hybrid offers the same sports car driving dynam-ics as all models of the new Cayenne generation. Porsche Active Suspension Man-agement (PASM) is available as standard. Optional features include the electric Por-sche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system and a trailer connection for loads up to 3.5 tonnes. New options: head-up display and 22-inch light metal wheels With the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding its range of assis-tance systems and optional features for the entire series with a variety of innovations. For the first time, head-up display is available in a Porsche. It projects all the relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of vision in a full-colour display. Other new features now available in the Cayenne are the smart digital copilot Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, massage seats, a heated windscreen, independent heating with remote operation and 22-inch light metal wheels. Market launch and pricing The new Cayenne E-Hybrid is available now in Germany at prices ranging from €89,822 including VAT and country-specific features. It will be launched onto the European market in late May 2018.
Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo: the electric athlete for an active lifestyle
With the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche will be unveiling the concept study of an electrically driven Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV) at the Geneva Motor Show. This car has many talents and is aimed at people who like to spend their free time travelling, playing sport and pursuing other outdoor activities. Thanks to all-wheel drive, every ski slope is easy to reach, while the flexible interior creates space for all kinds of sports equipment and modern load-carrying systems facilitate the transport of surfboards or a Porsche e-bike. The strengths of the four-door four-seater include an emotional design with striking off-road elements as well as an innovative display and operating concept with touchscreen and eye-tracking control. Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the concept vehicle has all-wheel drive and an 800-volt architecture, prepared for connection to the fast charging network. It can also be charged by induction, at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system. The road-ready Mission E Cross Turismo builds on the Mission E study Porsche demonstrated at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) and uses elements that are close to series production. The design: unmistakable Porsche DNA A low-cut bonnet between heavily curved wings: the front of the Mission E Cross Turismo reveals its relationship to the sports car icon Porsche 911 at first glance. Vertical air inlets in the front, known as air curtains, are a distinctive design feature. Another stylistic highlight are the matrix LED headlights. The brand’s typical four-point daytime running lights have evolved into narrow, three-dimensional glass elements. Embedded in four sweeping wings, these also contain an innovative four-point indicator light. At the same time, the vehicle has high-performance full beams with Porsche X-Sight technology. The off-road design elements include robust wheel arch protection and door sills, a striking front spoiler and lower rear and increased ground clearance. The silhouette is defined by a sporty roofline that slopes off to the rear, which Porsche designers refer to as a ‘flyline’. This is reminiscent of the rear of the Panamera Sport Turismo. Equally distinctive for the brand is the dynamic shape of the side windows. The broad wings and three-dimensional side panels with air outlets behind the front wheels reinforce the sporty crossover character of the concept car, which is 1.99 metres wide. Other distinctive features include the eye-catching side door sills with their off-road appearance and 20-inch wheels with 275/40 R 20 tyres. Even from behind, the study can immediately be recognised as a Porsche with its exclusively light grey metallic paintwork. In addition to its sporty design and air-channelling roof spoiler, the continuous light strip is a typical feature. The luminescent white Porsche logo is composed of glass letters embedded in a three-dimensional cover with a circuit board design. During charging, the ‘E’ in the Porsche logo pulsates, and the circuit board is brought to life by pulses of light. This makes the flow of energy impressively visual for the customer. A large panoramic glass roof extending from the windscreen to the boot lid ensures a generous sense of space. Variability: equipped for all mobility needs The Mission E Cross Turismo presents a picture as to what a Turismo model with features of a crossover utility vehicle could look in series production – a car that is equally suitable for travelling, everyday life and adventure, filling the role of a versatile companion both in the city and in the countryside. The crossover model is aimed at people who like to spend their free time playing sport or pursuing other outdoor activities. Passengers stand to benefit from the flexible nature of the four-seater, which measures 1.42 metres in height. For example, the backrest of each individual seat in the rear has a load-through facility. This can be used for skis and other long equipment. The backrests themselves can be folded down. Additionally, the boot features a rail system with adjustable and removable straps. These can be used to secure items quickly and safely. To give the passengers of the Mission E Cross Turismo various mobility options beyond the car, the Porsche e-bike supports its rider with a powerful electric drive when the pedals are turned. It is a mobility offer that does means Porsche customers do not have to go without the design, technology and performance of a Porsche when they are on two wheels in their free time. The interior: visible lightweight structures The interior reinterprets classic Porsche elements, bringing them into the digital age. Take the dashboard, for example, which emphasises the vehicle’s width and is composed of a wing-shaped upper and lower part. The instrument panel is clearly organised horizontally with an extra-wide display for the driver and front passenger. The freestanding instrument cluster is angled towards the driver and includes three circular display graphics with digital content on TFT screens. The centre console between the front seats rises towards the dash panel. In combination with the ambient lighting, the indirect lighting of the centre console creates a unique atmosphere. The interior design features also include visible lightweight structures, which can be found on the instrument panel and other places as well as the sporty seats, reminiscent of those found in racing cars, with illuminated Porsche lettering. The door lining has innovative three-dimensional elements with a textured surface. Anodised edges in Nordic Blue on features such as the air vents and window lift modules create a contrast to the exclusive bicolour concept of the interior with aniline leather in black and light grey. The drive: sporty e-performance thanks to output of over 600 hp Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the Mission E Cross Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Furthermore, the level of continuous power is unmatched by any other electric vehicle: multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without loss of performance. Power is guaranteed on any surface thanks to on-demand all-wheel drive with Porsche Torque Vectoring, which automatically distributes torque to individual wheels. The chassis: adaptive air suspension for comfort and agility The all-wheel steering contributes to the exemplary agility and stability of the vehicle. Adaptive air suspension increases the ground clearance by up to 50 millimetres. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is also on board, providing active roll stabilisation and preventing side tilt of the vehicle when cornering and reducing lateral rocking of the vehicle on uneven surfaces. The display and operating concept: a unique user experience The innovative display and operating concept is a design highlight of the Mission E Cross Turismo. Intuitive operation and information that is optimally positioned in the field of vision, such as the head-up display, do not distract the driver. Thanks to new connectivity solutions, the vehicle can also be perfectly integrated into a digital lifestyle. The result is a unique user experience. Here are the most important displays and operating options: Driver display with eye-tracking control: The instrument cluster comprises three virtual round instruments that are divided into areas for Porsche Connect, performance, drive, energy and Sport Chrono. Using a camera in the rear-view mirror, the eye-tracking system detects which instrument the driver is looking at. The displays he or she can see are then brought to the foreground, while others are made smaller when the driver looks away. Operations are carried out using smart touch controls on the steering wheel. Passenger display: This screen extends across the full width of the passenger side. Using eye-tracking and touch screen technology, the passenger can operate various apps to control features such as media, navigation and air conditioning as well as contact lists. Centre console touch panel with detailed information menus. Small touch screens: These are placed both in the multifunctional window lift modules (for seat adjustment and comfort functions) as well as in the slatted air vents on the right and left of the dashboard. For example, swiping from left to right can increase the fan speed. The ‘smart cabin’ approach simplifies operation. Vehicle settings, interior climate and ambient lighting are automatically adapted in line with the preferences of the occupants and the driving situation. Even outside the vehicle, the driver can access a wide range of information and make settings: all customisation options can be planned ahead using a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch – from air conditioning to on-board navigation. DestinationsApp: a personal travel companion Porsche Connect already offers more than 20 digital services and apps. In the Mission E Cross Turismo, software called DestinationsApp shows what added value the digital platform could offer in the near future, making it possible to organise a weekend trip and in a few convenient steps on the smartphone. The app inspires users with travel destinations, facilitates quick and easy bookings and takes care of route planning, food and sports equipment. DestinationsApp even allows you to adapt the body of the Mission E Cross Turismo to your chosen route and to select appropriate music, air conditioning settings and ambient lighting. Charging: fast and straightforward The 800-volt architecture of the vehicle ensures that the lithium-ion battery can be charged for a range of around 250 miles (400 kilometres – according to the NEDC) in just over 15 minutes. Charging of the concept vehicle is flexible and can take place on the road or at home. The vehicle is prepared for connection to the fast charging network, which is being created on arterial roads as part of the IONITY joint venture. Additionally, the battery of the Mission E Cross Turismo can be replenished using induction, a charging station or a Porsche home energy storage system. The latter is compatible with solar power generated by domestic photovoltaic systems.
World premiere of the Mission E Cross Turismo
Spark for the future: with the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche will be unveiling the concept study of an electrically driven cross utility vehicle (CUV) at the Geneva Motor Show. The strengths of the four-door Cross Turismo include an emotional design with striking off-road elements as well as an innovative display and operating concept with touchscreen and eye-tracking control. Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the concept vehicle has all-wheel drive and an 800-volt architecture, prepared for connection to the fast charging network. It can also be charged by induction, at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system. Additionally, the debut of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS heralds the arrival of one of the most radical high-performance sports cars today. It produces 383 kW (520 hp) from a four-litre capacity. Mission E Cross Turismo – the electric athlete from Porsche Two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the Mission E Cross Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Furthermore, the level of continuous power is unmatched by any other electric vehicle: multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without loss of performance. ‘The Mission E Cross Turismo is an expression of how we envision the all-electric future. It combines sportiness and everyday practicality in unique style. Our vehicle will be fast to drive, but also quick to recharge and able to replicate its performance time after time,’ says Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. The Mission E Cross Turismo, which is already fit for the road, builds on the concept of the Mission E study presented by Porsche at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA). The series-produced car based on this model will celebrate its premiere next year. Close to motor racing: the new 911 GT3 RS with a 520 hp naturally aspirated engine With the 911 GT3 RS, Porsche will also be presenting it's most powerful road-going track sports car with a naturally aspirated engine. The power of 383 kW (520 hp) is generated by a six-cylinder boxer engine with a four-litre capacity and a revving range of up to 9,000 rpm. Just like the heart of the new GT model, the chassis comes directly from the world of motor sport upgraded with rear-axle steering, all geared towards uncompromising precision. The 911 GT3 RS can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h (194 mph). Swiss market: customers continue to prefer sporty models in 2017 The Swiss distribution company of Porsche, based in Rotkreuz, supplied 3,621 vehicles last year. In particular, models with the highest performance engines in individual series were in demand, including the decidedly sporty 911 Carrera 4 GTS as a coupé and convertible as well as the 911 GT3. The most popular Porsche car in Switzerland is the Macan GTS. In the gran turismo segment, Porsche scored highly for its performance-oriented hybrid technology.
New GT3 RS celebrates its world premiere
Porsche revs into its anniversary year with the premiere of the most powerful road-approved high-performance sports car featuring a naturally aspirated engine. At the 88th International Geneva Motor Show (March 6-18, 2018), the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer unveils the new 911 GT3 RS on Tuesday, 6 March, at 9:20 a.m. (CET). It produces 383 kW (520 hp) from a four-litre capacity. The press conference will be held at the Porsche stand in Hall 1. Live coverage in German and English is provided in the Porsche Newsroom: newsroom.porsche.com/geneva2018. The sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen celebrates its 70th anniversary with a raft of activities. The first sports car to bear the Porsche name was registered on June 8, 1948 – the 356 “No.1” Roadster. It was on this day that the Porsche brand was born. In Germany, the celebrations begin with the “70 years of the Porsche sports car” exhibition in Berlin from March 20 through May 31 at the Volkswagen Group Forum “DRIVE”. The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will hold its own anniversary celebrations with a comprehensive special exhibition from June 9. On the same day, Porsche invites sports car fans to its “Sports Car Together Day” at all of the company’s locations around the world. On June 16–17, the sports car manufacturer welcomes employees and enthusiasts to a public celebration in and around the Porsche Museum. The anniversary will also be celebrated at the “Festival of Speed” at Goodwood in the UK (July 12–15) as well as at the “Rennsport Reunion” in California from September 27–30. The jubilee festivities will conclude with the “Porsche Sound Night” on 13 October.
A clear focus on motorsport: the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The Porsche motorsport department is presenting Weissach’s latest treat at the Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 RS with motorsport chassis and 383-kW (520-hp), four-litre, high-speed naturally aspirated engine. The new high-performance sports car is based on the 911 GT3, which has been refined still further to combine the performance-enhanced engine with a running-gear setup that features re-calibrated rear axle steering designed for maximum dynamics and precision. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h. Following the launch of the 911 GT3 and the 911 GT2 RS, this latest release will see Porsche present its third GT road-approved sports car within a year. Aerodynamics have determined the design of the wide, weight-optimised body with its classic rigid rear wing. The racing look continues into the interior with full bucket seats made of carbon to provide secure lateral support in response to high-level driv-ing dynamics. Lightweight door panels with storage nets and opening loops, reduced sound absorption and the new lightweight rear lid further emphasise the consistency of the material choices. The four-litre, six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from Porsche in the new 911 GT3 RS pushes the sports car to new limits: The flat engine delivers 15 kW (20 hp) more than the engine in the previous model and the 911 GT3. Together with a speed range reaching up to 9,000 rpm, it was the ideal choice as a thoroughbred sports engine. Combined with the specially calibrated seven-speed PDK, the high-performance engine guarantees an outstanding driving performance. Technology straight from motorsport ensures that the chassis offers exceptional driv-ing dynamics. Ball joints on all arms provide even greater precision than conventional elastokinematic bearings. 20-inch lightweight wheels with newly developed 265/35 sports tyres on the front axle enhance agility and steering behaviour, while 21 inch wheels with 325/30 tyres at the rear axle improve traction. As with all current GT sports cars, the Clubsport package is also available for the 911 GT3 RS at no extra cost. The package includes a roll-over bar, a manual fire extin-guisher, preparation for a battery disconnect switch and a six-point belt for a sporty driving experience. For particularly ambitious drivers, the Porsche motorsport department has created an optional Weissach package for a further weight reduction. The package features additional carbon components for the chassis, interior and exterior, as well as optional magnesium wheels. In its lightest configuration, this package reduces the weight of the 911 GT3 RS down to 1,430 kilogrammes. The new 911 GT3 RS is available to order now. It will be launched in Germany from mid-April 2018. Prices for the new high-performance sports car start at 195,137 euro, including VAT and country-specific equipment.
Ferrari's 70th Anniversary Celebration Event
Ferrari held an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Ferrari brand on September 18 at the Yeong Bin Gwan of Shilla Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul. This World Tour event, which is being held in more than 60 countries, are designed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and to introduce Ferrari's history and the core values of the brand that has been established and continued for 70 years. Since the launch of Ferrari's first road car, 'Ferrari 125 S' in March 1947, Ferrari has been a distinctive iconic brand for the last 70 years. And, starting from March 12, the global event commemorating the 70th anniversary of Ferrari began had been held 70 times around the world, and on September 9 and 10, the main event was held in Maranello. At the same time, FMK also celebrated its 10th anniversary with the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, and the "Ferrari Customer Jeju Island Rally" will be held for two days to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari in Korea. Furthermore, LaFerrari Aperta, the exclusive limited edition model for Ferrari's 70th anniversary, was unveiled for the first time in Korea. The final auction price of the model, which was produced in only 210 cars, was won at an auction at Maranello as part of the Ferrari 70th anniversary event at 11.2 billion won. In addition, among the models produced as Ferrari 70th Anniversary special 'Tailor Made' project, Tailor Made F12 Berlinetta, which was inspired by SA Aperta, was presented. ▲ Dieter Knechtel, CEO of Ferrari Far East and Middle East ▲ Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a 'Road Tour' organized with 70 events. ▲ There will be a special rally in Korea to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. ▲ Tailor Made F12 Berlinetta inspired by SA Aperta Dieter Knechtel, CEO of Ferrari Far East and Middle East, stated that the Ferrari began on March 12, 1947, when the Ferrari 125 S first came out of the factory, and for the past 70 years, Ferrari has been a distinctive iconic brand. In addition, the main features that symbolize Ferrari, such as the 12-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, have been derived from this first model. Having a Ferrari means more than just having the car's ownership, but means possessing a part of dreams and history, emotions that no one can feel, and the output of craftsmanship and ability. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Ferrari selected 70 motifs representing Ferrari by carefully reviewing the most symbolic style over Ferrari's history through the 70th anniversary special Tailor Made project. It is introduced that these motifs were introduced to five models, including F12 Berlinetta, California T, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, and GTC4 Russo, and they were produced and sold in limited quantities of a total of 350 vehicles. Starting from March 12, the global event commemorating the 70th anniversary of Ferrari began had been held 70 times around the world, and on September 9 and 10, the main event was held in Maranello. The auction of the 210th 'LaFerrari Aperta' held at the event was won at 11.2 billion won, and it was reported that total selling price was donated to "Save the Children". This year, when Ferrari celebrated its 70th anniversary, FMK celebrated its 10th anniversary in Korea. FMK is introduced that it has been working as a leading brand in the domestic supercar market and spreading the culture and racing DNA of Ferrari through the renewal of it sole service center, the first official certificated used-car business in supercar industry, and challenging race. Moreover, in Korea, the 'Ferrari Customer Jeju Island Rally' will be held for two days to commemorate and celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. The participation fee for this event will be donated to Holt International Children's Services entirely. ▲ 'LaFerrari Aperta', which is the open-top version of LaFerrari, a Ferrari's 70th anniversary model, was presented. ▲ With an amazing last auction price, it boasts its scarcity of only 210 in the world. ▲ For the equivalent performance to LaFerrari, there were modifications in some parts, such as the doors. ▲ In the car, new seats compared to LaFerrari were applied. LaFerrari Aperta, the exclusive limited edition model specially designed for the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, is an open-top version of the Ferrari's top-of-the-line ultra-high performance supercar model, LaFerrari, with a maximum output of 963 horsepower and maximum speed of 350km/h powered by the hybrid engine technology of LaFerrari, which combines Ferrari's state-of-the-art electric motor with its unique V12 engine. A total of 210 cars were sold globally, and the last car was reported to have been won for 11.2 billion won at an auction in Maranello as part of the Ferrari 70th anniversary celebration. LaFerrari Aperta is the special limited edition for customers who pursue the pleasure of open airing while maintaining the driving performance of Ferrari's top model, La Ferrari. A soft top is standard, but you can opt for a carbon fiber hardtop as an option. The Ferrari styling center made the car similar to the original LaFerrari in terms of the technical elements and atmosphere of the car. Also, while maintaining the style that divides cockpit and frame with only an elegant line flowing through the frame, the character line was modified slightly. Here, flying bridges made of carbon fiber played a big role. The powertrain is the same hybrid as LaFerrari Coupe, and with a combination of a V12 6,262cc engine spewing 800 horsepower and a 120 kW electric motor, the output reaches 963 horsepower. The software that controls this powertrain has optimized the data accumulated through LaFerrari so that Maranello's engineers can further refine to enhance the overall efficiency. The dynamic control system, coupled with the active aerodynamic system, is equally applied to the coupe. Despite its an open-top model, the maximum speed is more than 350 km/h, and in a standstill, acceleration of 100km/h is covered within 3 seconds, acceleration of 200km/h is within 7.1 seconds. All of the capabilities are focused on the chassis to reinforce the underbody, and the angle of the butterfly door has been slightly modified to match the frame of the open-top structure. On the side of the wheel arch and side geometry, the aerodynamic vents, as well as the frame, were replaced with carbon fiber to maintain the rigidity of the butterfly style door. With these changes, the car's weight has increased slightly, but with clear objectives and direction, LaFerrari Aperta has the same level of torsional rigidity as LaFerrari. When driving with opening loops through the modification of aerodynamic device, the drag coefficient is not much different to Coupe.
Ferrari 812 Superfast Korea Premier Media Events
Ferrari presented its "812 Superfast", which shows the fastest and most powerful performance in Ferrari history, to Korea at its special event held in Yangjae-dong, Seoul on June 8 through the Korea Premier Event. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Ferrari brand, the 812 SuperFast contains a meaning of starting a new era with the newly developed V12 6.5L engine by continuing the tradition of the Ferrari V12. Designed at the Ferrari Design Center, 812 Superfast is the result of a reinterpretation of Ferrari's traditional V12 front engine model, capturing both its own exterior design and a pleasant interior and ride. In terms of aerodynamic design, the aerodynamic coefficient of 812 Superfast is significantly improved compared to that of F12 Berlinetta, and has the same downforce value as F12tdf, with an improved aerodynamic coefficient. The interior is designed in three dimensions, creating a sporty, avant-garde ambience, and pure racing line of aspirations and unabashed elegance. Ferrari 812 Superfast has the fastest and most powerful engine in Ferrari history, and 6.5L naturally-aspirated V12 engine delivers up to 800 horsepower at 8,500rpm and 123 horsepower per liter. The maximum torque reaches 73.3kg.m at 7,000rpm and 80% of torque is expressed at 3,500rpm so that both the driving performance and the acceleration at low rotation are improved. In addition, 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari equipped with electronic power steering that has a function of assisting driving through the steering wheel. ▲ 812 Superfast, opening a new era, continuing the tradition of V12, and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Ferrari brand ▲ The interior is focused on the driver but does not alienate the passenger 812 Superfast has a special meaning to open up a new era of Ferrari V12 engine, while continuing the tradition of Ferrari V12 engine that is connected to F12 berlinetta and F12tdf. It is designed in the transaxle structure with putting the engine at the front and the transmission at the back to maximize the power it has, and to distribute the car's weight efficiently. Thus, the harmony of the advanced driving equipment and the unique design of Ferrari Styling Center created the perfect aerodynamic design package. 812 Superfast was born from a reinterpretation of Ferrari's traditional V12 front engine, and did not miss either Ferrari's unique exterior design, comfortable interior or comfort. The overall silhouette is a 'high tail-two box' style with a fastback style from the roof to the trunk, visually reminding of 365GTB4 due to securing a downforce by lowering the rear spoiler. The full-LED headlamps, blending with the air intake design of the bonnet, the aggressive look of wheel arch, and the design of the tail to look shorter, emphasizes the robust appeal of the front of the car body. The three-dimensional design of the sides is designed to make high pressure air that comes from the wheel arch through the air hole at the backside of the front wheel flow through the car door after sucking it up. The rear diffuser has been modified into a pair of upright and downward dual plane wings to increase the area, and a variable splitter at the bottom is equipped to allow air to escape between the splitter and the diffuser. The rear design inherits Ferrari's traditional design, so four round tail lamps positioned horizontally make the rear look wider and lower and more stable. The interior is completely redesigned to have a sporty sensibility and the surface is delicately layered to create a sense of space in which important design elements float in the air and emit a desire of a pure racing pedigree and unabashed elegance. The horizontal dashboard surrounds two air vents located at the center in a stylish and sophisticated look like La Ferrari's cockpit. The air vent at the center makes dashboard look brighter and cheerful by creating a space using metallic materials. All the components facing the driver such as the steering wheel, various controls, satellite pods, and the use of interior materials contradictory to the interactions of the space make up the best cockpit. Horizontally positioned dashboard lines make the driver's space clearer as well as having a delicate design element that does not alienate passengers. Meanwhile, the new seat is designed sportier and more ergonomically. It presents a new Human Machine Interface (HMI) that includes steering wheel, dashboard, advanced infotainment, and air conditioning unit. ▲ Front and side are designed to handle the flow of air in various forms ▲ The designs of the side and rear consider both design and aerodynamic elements The aerodynamic coefficient of 812 Superfast was significantly improved compared to F12 berlinetta. The mobile Aero solution has a low resistance value regardless of active mobile aerodynamics by mechanical or passive mobile aerodynamics by air pressure, and its aerodynamic coefficient is improved although it has the same downforce values with F12tdf. On both sides of the front bumper, an air intake 'turning vane' that cools the engine and brakes is equipped, and it reduces the width of the side airflow and decreases the general resistance. The front downforce is generated from a pair of diffusers located in front of the front wheels, increasing the amount of air drawn by the vehicle's undercover. In order to offset the airflow, the diffuser has a variable air system, and when the system is activated, the diffuser will stop operating. "Mobile surface", combined with the diffuser lamp, is activated by the pressure of the air, and the air come from under the outside of the bumper flows to the mobile surface. As the vehicle speed increases, when the pressure in the mobile surface increases above a certain level, the device is opened to reduce resistance and increase the front down force. The capacity of the front diffuser for generation of downforce is due to the air flow along the sides from the front wheel arch. Side vents capture the strong airflow from the front diffuser, prevent the increase of the pressure inside the wheel arch and increase resistance to create downforce. On top of that, the air intake at the side of the headlamp maximizes this performance. At the rear of the car body, the trunk edge was designed to be 30mm higher than the F12 berlinetta and to the same position as the F12tdf for generation of downforce. In addition, through the air flow by-pass between the front of the spoiler and the quarter-glass, it becomes possible to reduce the resistance associated with the spoiler-generated downforce. The rear wheel arch is also designed for efficient generation of downforce, and the natural lift that is created along the curved surface of the upper side of the wheel arch is minimized through the aerodynamic pathways inside the body and rear wheel arches. The airflow enters the intake behind the rear quarterlight along the car's belt line and minimizes the lift effect of the wheel arch by being connected to the duct leading to the front of the rear spoiler. In addition, the three pairs of dams that generate vortex are applied to the front of the undercover and generate 30% more downforce compared to F12 berlinetta. The rear diffuser has been redesigned to enhance air emissions. At the trailing edge of the diffuser, the wings are deeply located inside the bumper, and the airflow generated from the lower part of the car body and the upper surface rubs against the extended splitter across the diffuser. At that time, it raises the downforce generated from the upper part up to 12%. In the rear diffuser, three active flaps move at an angle of 14 degrees, greatly reducing the overall resistance. ▲ The new 6.5L naturally-aspirated V12 engine allows 812 Superfast to achieve 0-200km/h in 7.9 seconds. ▲ It also showed some performance that symbolizes powerful performance. The fastest and most powerful V12 Berlinetta model in Ferrari history, 812 Superfast equipped a completely new V12 engine with a maximum output of 800 horsepower, which 60 horsepower higher than F12 Berlinetta. The engine is the most powerful engine in Ferrari history, for the engine for the road model. The 6.5L naturally-aspirated V12 engine has a maximum output of 800 horsepower at 8,500rpm and a maximum torque of 73.3 kg.m at 7,000rpm, and 80% of which is expressed at the 3,500rpm level so that not only acceleration performance at low RPM but also driving ability could be much more improved. It is announced that 0-100 km/h is 2.9 seconds, 0-200km/h is 7.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is 340 km/h. By combining 350bar's gasoline direct injection system and a variable air intake with a concept of naturally-aspirated F1 engine, it became possible to increase exhaust emissions, improve torque at lower RPMs, and satisfy emission standards. Also, through the calibration of 'Manettino' setting, which is a power transmission that is smoothly continued at all engine speeds, made it easier for drivers to take advantage of the performance. In aspect of exhaust sound, the 6-into-1 manifold is designed to amplify the sound from the engine compartment and the exhaust pipe and to balance the sound. The 812 Superfast is equipped with F1 dual clutch transmission developed to be capable of up to maximum engine speed of 8,900 rpm, and the applied gear ratio is reduced by an average of 6%, securing higher engine speed and improving acceleration at higher gears. In addition, the reaction time has been reduced to emphasize sportiness and the gear shifting strategy has been supplemented so that you can feel the power and speed when RPM and acceleration increase. The shift time is reduced by 30% for both high and low gear shifts, and the reduced gear ratio allows the driver to feel the speed of the throttle response more immediately. Meanwhile, 812 Superfast is the first Ferrari model to be equipped with electronic power steering (EPS), and the rear wheel steering system ‘Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0’ is integrated through SSC 5.0 version for better handling and reaction speed. Moreover, FPP (Ferrari Peak Performance) controls the movement of the vehicle when cornering and informs how close to the limit of the grip. FPO (Ferrari Power Oversteer) provides information of the vehicle through steering wheel torque when oversteering occurs and assists adjustment of the steering wheel to maintain balance of the vehicle. Tires have been specially developed for Ferrari by Michelin and Pirelli, and their size is the same size as the tires introduced in F12tdf. Brembo Extreme Design had been fitted to La Ferrari. It is combined with high-performance ABS of 9.1 premium ESP and improved by 5.8% of braking performance at 100 km/h compared to F12 Berlinetta.
Honda Korea Accord Hybrid New Car Presentation
Honda Korea (CEO Jung Woo-yeong) announced a new car presentation at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on January 18 and declared its full-scale sales of ‘Accord Hybrid,’ which has overwhelming fuel economy and driving ability. Accord Hybrid is the most complete and advanced hybrid sedan available today that satisfies best-in-class fuel economy, power and the lowest carbon footprint in its class. It is featured by outstanding marketability and economic benefits; it will be able to receive KRW 1 million in support for the government's hybrid vehicle purchasing subsidy, various tax benefits of up to KRW 2.7 million, and hybrid battery warranty period of '10 years / unlimited km'. Jung Woo-yeong, CEO of Honda Korea, said, "Accord, which has been loved by 21.12 million customers in 160 countries over the past 40 years, has been fully renewed with a hybrid power train. We hope that much more customers will experience Honda's overwhelming satisfaction through the Accord Hybrid, which has been brought to the top of its class without compromising on fuel economy and even environment-friendly performance.” ▲ Honda headquarters and major branches in Korea declared formal sale of Accord Hybrid. ▲ Representative of COO of Sekiguchi Takashi 4-wheeled automobile division, Noriaki Abe from Asian Honda Motor Company visited to shine the place. ▲ Photo-time with the models was followed by the commemorative photograph of the key people. Based on the concept of 'True Hybrid Expert', Accord Hybrid applied i-MMD (intelligent multi-mode drive) hybrid powertrain, composed of a lithium-ion battery and e-CVT, which is equipped with a 2.0 liter hybrid exclusive engine shining in the US automobile magazine WARDS AUTO's '2017 Best 10 Engine' and two electric motors. It achieved 19.5km/ℓ (combined 19.3km/ℓ, high speed 18.9km/ℓ), the best urban fuel consumption in the class. It is equipped with a 'sports drive mode' for 215 horsepower (ps), which is the best system output in its class, so dynamic driving is possible. Including 'sports drive mode,' it provides three modes of operation: 'EV drive mode' and 'hybrid drive mode' depending on the driving environment. By applying an amplitude-sensitive damper and enhancing the NVH performance, the running texture and safety are greatly improved. Accord Hybrid achieved eco-friendly performance of 83g/km and realized the lowest carbon dioxide emission in its class. It is possible to receive subsidies of 1 million won from the government by meeting the subsidy standard for purchasing hybrid cars, and also enjoy tax benefits of up to 2.7 million won including individual consumption tax, education tax and acquisition tax. In addition, with acquisition of class 2 low-emission vehicle certification, it is possible to receive various benefits such as a 50% discount on public parking lot in Seoul metropolitan area and a congestion fee exemtion for Seoul Namsan Tunnel (limited to vehicles registered Seoul electronic tag). ▲ Park Gang-soo, General Manager of Product Planning Team of Honda Korea, introduced the vehicle. ▲ After the presentation, a Q & A session was held with the key people. Accord Hybrid has completed a more luxurious and sporty design by applying the Hybrid exclusive styling package inside and outside to the future-oriented and sporty design of the existing Accord. The LED headlamps and rear combination lamps feature a blue extension lens. Also, a piano black and chrome combination front grille, a refined aluminum bonnet line, a 17-inch alloy wheel, a side seal garnish and a trunk spoiler are added. Many of the safety and convenience features that have been applied to the existing Accord 3.5 V6 models have also been applied. Driver's memory seat, 4-way power front passenger seat, and ECM room mirror are basically applied. Safety features such as 'LaneWatch' function to support safe lane change through confirmation of blind spot when the right turn signal is engaged, and front and rear parking sensors have been added. Based on Android OS-based display audio (DA), Apple CarPlay and ATLAN 3D navigation were applied, and various convenience specifications such as smart phone wireless charging device and remote starter are maintained. On top of that, the company offers substantial hybrid battery warranty of '10 years/unlimited km' based on its overwhelming technology and durability, thus enhancing customer satisfaction. There are five colors, including silver, white, metal, black as well as cobalt blue only for hybrid. The price was set at 43.2 million won (including VAT). For more information on Accord Hybrids, please contact your nearest Honda dealer. ▲ At the event, cobalt blue color was the mainstay, with white and silver models for photography. ▲ View of Accord Hybrid Driver's Seat ▲ View of Accord Hybrid Gasoline Engine Part ▲ Blue extension lens are applied to LED headlamps and rear combination lamps ▲ 17-inch wheels optimized for hybrid capabilities were selected. ▲ With the advent of the Honda Accord Hybrid, a new wind in domestic hybrid market is emerging.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars ‘Rolls-Royce Studio’ Opening Announcement Press Conference
On September 29, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars had press conference that introduces ‘Rolls-Royce Studio’ for the first time in Asia at BMW Driving Center, in Yeongjong-do, Incheon. Rolls-Royce Studio, which will be built in BMW Driving Center with an area of 200 m² (60.5 pyeong), is the second global studio after Goodwood headquarters’ ‘Atelier’ in England. Built in BMW Driving Center near Incheon International Airport with an area of 200 m² (60.5 pyeong), Rolls-Royce Motor Cars studio is divided into two spaces. In ‘Car Gallery,’ located at the entrance of the studio, Rolls-Royce’s latest models are displayed alternately. In ‘Atelier’ lounge, which is operated by reservation system, the world of Rolls-Royce’s proud Bespoke can be seen, and it is possible to order the car at the site after watching the materials applied to options. Also, at the brand studio, a special space for test-drive for Rolls-Royce customers is prepared. Customers can test drive various Rolls-Royce models on the test-drive course, which used Closed-Course of BMW Driving Center and surrounding roads, and expert instructors from the company’s driving academy help professional test-drive. Therefore, it is characterized by experiencing Rolls-Royce in undisturbed relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. ▲ Rolls-Royce Studio, located in BMW Driving Center, Yeongjong-do. ▲ Besides BMW and Mini, Rolls-Royce shows the attraction of the driving center. ▲ Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars ▲ The space seems casual lounge style, but it is basically extremely luxurious. At this event, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, visited Korea to introduced newly opened Rolls-Royce Studio. He explained that Rolls-Royce Studio, which is the second global studio opening on November 1 after Goodwood headquarters’ ‘Atelier’ in England, speaks for Rolls-Royce’s interest and importance in Korea. Also, he added that the location has high accessibility when looking at Asian markets such as China and Japan. ‘Rolls-Royce Studio,’ the permanent studio for providing environment where customers can easily meet Rolls-Royce, is the first time in Asia. Providing test-drive with Closed-Course has a meaning of the first try in the world. However, it is pointed out that, as the features of all the Rolls-Royce Studios, they provide specialized ‘Atelier’ with a similar feeling to the lounge rather than the normal dealer shop. Moreover, being unique brand experience space, the studio is the best environment for order, actual driving education experience, and etc. In ‘Car Gallery,’ located at the entrance of the studio, Rolls-Royce’s latest models are displayed alternately, and in ‘Atelier’ lounge, which is operated by reservation system, the world of Rolls-Royce’s proud Bespoke can be seen. Through Rolls-Royce Studio, customers can test drive various Rolls-Royce models on 2.6km test-drive course, which used Closed-Course of BMW Driving Center and surrounding roads, and expert instructors from the company’s driving academy help professional test-drive. ‘Atelier’ lounge reflected the lifestyle of Rolls-Royce, and it is organized to be able to remind of Rolls-Royce’s hometown. The finest materials applied to Bespoke option are displayed everywhere in the studio, and visitors can see the best quality wood, leather, a wide range of colors and options that can be actually applied to the vehicle. Moreover, customers who visit the studio can order Bespoke car at the site after experiencing the exhibits. ▲ It is possible to check various material options that can be selected for custom commission. ▲ If there is no problem in safety, the pattern of the car ceiling will follow the customer’s preference. ▲ There is a big difference between selecting through catalog and choosing after actually seeing. ▲ With touching and selecting, it is possible to find the cases of other customers.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible Pre-release Photo Session
On August 24, Jaguar Land Rover Korea held pre-release photo session of luxury SUV convertible ‘Range Rover Evoque Convertible’ at The Shilla Hotel, in Jung-gu, Seoul. Range Rover Evoque Convertible, scheduled to go on sale in September, is the first convertible during 68-year of Land Rover. It provides dynamic driving every season irrespective of weather or geographical features. When Evoque’s folding roof is closed, it maintains agile line and succeeds Evoque’s sophisticated design as it is finely produced with high-tech fabric. Z-folding convertible roof system helps free driving regardless of the weather by realizing perfect durability as well as design, soundproof, and insulation. It is activated within maximum 48km/h speed, and complete automatic opening and closing are possible in 18 sec and 21 sec respectively. Moreover, when the roof is opened, it presents outstanding openness with larger size than other convertibles. Range Rover Evoque Convertible is released into two detail models; HSE Dynamic and SE Dynamic, which equipped high-performance and high-efficiency 2.0 Ingenium diesel engine. The selling prices are 80.2 million won for SE Dynamic and 90.4 million won for HSE Dynamic including VAT, and delivery to customer will be started from the middle of September. Meanwhile, the full-size wireframe sculptures that Land Rover design team accurately designed the shape of Evoque’s body is displayed. ▲ Range Rover Evoque Convertible also contains a meaning of Ranger Rover’s first convertible. ▲ There is actually no difference in size among 5-door, Coupe, and Convertible. ▲ The appearance from the back is little changed from Evoque’s design base to Coupe’s. ▲ Automatic roof maintains Evoque’s unique line. ▲ Since SUV is the original form, still some space for trunk is left even if there is a folding roof. Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the first convertible during 68-year of Land Rover, and aims for ‘luxury compact SUV convertible.’ With satisfying sensible design made by combination of daring, refined Evoque’s exterior and folding roof, advanced technology, and outstanding driving performance, Evoque presents dynamical driving every season regardless of weather and geographical features. The folding roof, which is finely manufactured with high-tech fabric, maintains an agile line when it is closed, and it succeeds Evoque’s sophisticated design. It is produced with the longest and largest size, so it presents outstanding openness when its opened. Z-folding convertible roof system helps free driving regardless of the weather by realizing perfect durability as well as design, soundproof, and insulation. It is activated within maximum 48km/h speed, and complete automatic opening and closing are possible in 18 sec and 21 sec respectively. The loading space that is prepared separately from enough internal space added practicality. Regardless of opening or closing of the roof, 251L of the separated trunk loading space is prepared with a generous amount of space that large objects such as travelling bag can be easily carried. Also, internal space presents comfortable and cozy ride to the passengers as four-seater seat that four adults can easily ride in is prepared. ▲ It is based on the familiar 2L Ingenium diesel engine, nine-speed transmission, and 4WD. ▲ One of Evoque’s advantages might be openness. ▲ It seems that the composition of the internal space followed Evoque’s layout. ▲ The introduced wireframe sculpture well shows the ‘line’ of Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Range Rover Evoque Convertible is released into two detail models; HSE Dynamic and SE Dynamic, which equipped high-performance and high-efficiency 2.0 Ingenium diesel engine. 2L Ingenium diesel engine creates performance of maximum output 180PS and maximum torque 43.9kg.m, and it is a four-wheel drive composition that is combined with nine-speed automatic transmission. It is introduced that the integrated fuel efficiency is 12.4km/l and the 0-100km acceleration time is 10.3 sec. Automatic terrain response system optimizes the car’s set up depending on the road condition, so safe driving becomes possible both on-road and off-road at all the geographical features. Moreover, torque vectoring technology increases control to the maximum at sharp corners so that the confident driving becomes possible. Premium infotainment system ‘InControl Touch Pro’ provides improved reactivity and multi-tasking function through 10.2-inch touchscreen. In HSE Dynamic, color laser head-up display system and surround camera system are basically equipped. The selling prices are 80.2 million won for SE Dynamic and 90.4 million won for HSE Dynamic including VAT, and the delivery to customer will be started from the middle of September. Meanwhile, the full-size wireframe sculptures that Land Rover design team accurately designed the shape of Evoque’s body is displayed. The accurate outlines are delicately expressed, so it allowed to look Evoque’s unique and sensible design as a different aspect.
CITROËN ‘C4 Cactus’ Domestic Launching Event
On August 23, Hanbul Motors Corp. held a launching event showing Citroën’s new urban SUV ‘C4 Cactus’ to the domestic market at Interwide Studio in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Citroën C4 Cactus is a small SUV model that has unique attraction with practicality, economic feasibility, and differentiated characteristic. Airbump of C4 Cactus is a point containing identity, and it provides not only unique styling but also body protection effect. C4 Cactus has the world’s first roof airbag technology, and this could result in large storage space of dashboard. Moreover, it has various attractions such as sofa seat which provides comfort and relaxation, simple button-type gearing system ‘Easy Push’, outstanding fuel efficiency, and etc. After the launch, with sales record of more than 150,000, it made various reward results. By combination of ETG 6 transmission and BlueHDi engine of PSA group satisfying Euro 6, C4 Cactus shows outstanding fuel-efficiency of total 17.5km/ℓ with maximum 99 horsepower and 25.9kg•m torque. It has the size of 4.16m for the full length, 1.73m for the full width, and 1.53m for the height, and it features more enough space than its weight class through turning conception of the interior composition with an active lightening by using aluminum, ultra-high strength steel, lighter engine with the latest technology. ▲ Unique characteristic of Citroën C4 Cactus stands out. ▲ Unique airbump makes it possible to hand over vertiginous situation. ▲ There are various ideas for maximizing the interior space in the interior design. ▲ One of its advantages is the second-row legroom that is more spacious than the expectation of its weight class. ▲ It provides a serious ability at loading capacity, the standard of practicality. Citroën’s C4 Cactus is counted as a model that well reflected brand philosophy of Citroën and well displayed unique ideas and emotions. Voluminous and flowing streamlined body line, the airbump which surrounds the body, slim LED daytime running light, and cheerful body color clearly show unique design identity. Airbump is made of smooth thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), and it has scratch proof in daily lives, external shock absorption, and external styling at the same time. In aspect of interior, with introducing passenger seat’s roof airbag technology that moved the airbag originally positioned at the globe box to the roof, it shows the idea of providing 8.5L large storage box ‘Top Box’ by using the spare space at the dashboard as the storage space. In addition, front and back seats are the single sofa seats, and 4-layer UV protection is applied to the panoramic glass roof. Apart from it, leather strapped-shape door handle inspired by high-quality travelling trunk adds sophistication to the simple interior. Although it is small size SUV, utilization of the interior space is high with various ideas. The full length of C4 Cactus is 4160mm, but it is introduced that it secured more than 10cm of additional spare space compared to cars with the same weight class by application of 2,595mm wheelbase and roof airbag. Moreover, when a bench folding-typed two row seat is folded, 358L trunk can be expanded up to maximum 1,170L, so it could provide enough load space for daily life. ▲ Highly economical PSA group’s BlueHDi engine in 1.6L class. ▲ ‘Easy Push’ system, appeared as maximization plan of space efficiency. ▲ Role allocation of dashboard and infotainment display is also a new look. ▲ The rear window, opened by tilting rather than up and down, lets us think again about its origin. ▲ When looking for ‘the best characteristic’ beyond convenience and economical, C4 Cactus would be a good choice. C4 Cactus shows its power of maximum output 99 horsepower and maximum torque 25.9kg•m with fuel efficiency of 17.5km/ℓ(urban 16.1km/ℓ, highway 19.5km/ℓ) through combination of PSA group’s 1.6L class BlueHDi engine satisfying Euro 6 and ETG 6 transmission. Also, by lightning through lighter engine with high strength steel and the latest technology, exercise performance and economics are raised. Apart from this, selective catalytic reduction system (SCR) system that optimized packaging and stop&start system are selected and maximized environment friendly and economics. Easy push system is a system consisted of D(drive), N(neutral), and R(reverse) button rather the the original gear lever. As it is positioned under the center fascia, it takes smaller space than the original gear box and it is simple and easy to use. Besides, for a driver’s safe and convenient drive, 7-inch touchscreen where various functions are integrated is equipped, so the passenger can easily control multimedia and other car set-ups. Moreover, the dashboard with a digital screen that clearly and simply shows the car’s major driving information is applied. Magic wash is a convenient function that Citroën’s originality is stood out. Washer nozzle is equipped at the wiper blade rather than the bonnet section, so it improves a driver’s visibility on the road and it is outstanding at cost savings effect by using smaller amount of washer liquid compared to the original model. Besides, various expressions of the appearance is possible with the airbump, which is exchangeable with ten unique body color options. In Korea, it is available in three trim levels, Live, Feel, and Shine, and the selling prices are 24.9, 26.9, 28.9 million won respectively.
Cadillac CT6 Media Showcase
On July 18, at Grand InterContinental Hotel, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Cadillac held the media showcase before the beginning of flagship sedan CT6 sale on August. As flagship sedan CT6 of Cadillac aims at ‘the first class’ sedan, the performance, class, convenience and safety specifications are applied for large luxury sedans. With about 100kg lighter and sturdy body than the competitive cars based on Omega architecture, Cadillac CT6 improved high performance and efficiency by eight-speed automatic transmission and 3.6L gasoline direct injection engine with maximum output 340-horsepower. At the same time, it is based on electronic four-wheel drive system, and it provides high driving performance by applying the components of ‘Active Chassis System‘ with Magnetic Ride Control and Active Rear Steering. Adding to Cadillac’s distinctive dynamic body line, Cadillac CT6 shows its luxury existence with long, low proportion of car body, and the interior is decorated daringly but delicately by using various high quality materials. Moreover, as ‘the first class,’ many convenience specifications are applied; quad-zone independent control air conditioning system and Bose Panaray sound system composed of specially tuned 34 speakers. Besides, as well as 360 degrees surround vision system and night vision system, advanced safety specifications are applied. ▲ GM related officials attended the event which introduces Cadillac’s new flagship. James Kim, President of GM Korea, introduced that, as the growth of luxury car is expected even during the last ten years of market growth of imported car, Cadillac will continuously strengthen that part of portfolio, and CT6 is a flagship model representing brand and technology. In addition, the number of dealer is greatly increased in Cadillac brand, three more showrooms will be opened at the second-half of the year and it aims for two times the growth of the last year through active marketing and promotion. Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac CMO, emphasized that the current global automobile market is changing faster than the growth rate with the growth of luxury car segment. Also, he pointed out that the urgent problem of all the automobile companies should be reinforcing brand value and identity by leading the evolution. He stressed that Cadillac is the brand representing America’s daringness and optimism in 113-year history, and it has been leading various innovations. And, CT6 has an important meaning in both sales volume and brand. Cadillac CT6 is developed to aim for the first class sedan, so its suited performance, dignity, convenience and safety specifications are applied. In addition, from ‘modern luxury,’ Cadillac is required not only comforts and luxury but also performance, so it is introduced that CT6 has the size and luxury of large sedans and dynamic of medium sized sedan. Meanwhile, as CT6 is the first model among ten new cars that Cadillac will show until 2020, it is the start of growth target to two times until 2020, and it is announced that Cadillac aims at three times growth in Korea until 2020. ▲ CT6 reinterpreted the identity of Cadillac at modern line. ▲ Competitive cars on the same level segment are Benz S-class, BMW 7 series, and etc. Next, Jang Jae-jun, President of Cadillac division in GM Korea, progressed introduction about Cadillac CT6. Adding to the dynamic body line, the appearance of Cadillac CT6 expressed the existence of flagship sedan with long, low proportion. Grill and signature light with vertical type are displayed in new designs, and the signature light provides outstanding illuminance and lighting effect by applying LED multi-function headlamp with indirect lighting system. At the same time, the interior is finished with delicate details by applying daring and high quality materials. BOSE Panaray Sound System tuned for CT6 deliveries the best quality sound to all the passengers through 34 speakers. At the front seat backrest, a flip-type 10-inch dual monitor is equipped so that the passengers at the back seat can independently enjoy watching movie and listening to music. Cadillac CUE system supports Apple CarPlay, and newly applied touchpad allows a passenger to access to various entertainments, communications, and connectivity through Cadillac CUE. In convenience specifications, 20-direction power front seat is applied to the platinum specification, and power seat direction control, reclining, seat cushion tilting, massage, heating and cooling functions are applied to the rear seat. Air conditioning system is quad-zone independent controllable, so it can set up the interior temperatures that each passenger prefers by dividing the interior into four parts. Also, through air ionization system, it is possible to maintain the interior air clean by preventing dust and odor from flowing into the interior. ▲ The new model 3.6L V6 gasoline direct injection engine was counted as Ward’s Auto top 10 engine. ▲ The interior is luxury as a flagship, and considered the dynamic aspect. Cadillac CT6 is based on Omega architecture, which is developed for large sedan models, so it could complete more than 100kg lighter and sturdy body frame than competitive cars by using aluminum at the wide range of area, total 64% of the body. Moreover, based on the all-in-one single frame Body Frame Integral (BFI) process, thirteen high-tension aluminum castings and total eleven composite materials are applied. In the main connections, new patent technologies such as aluminum spot welding and aluminum laser welding are used. CT6’s new type 3.6L V6 gasoline direct injection engine was counted as Ward’s Auto’s ‘2016 top 10 best engines,’ and it delivers powerful performance of maximum output 340-horsepower and maximum torque 39.4kg·m through advanced electronic four-wheel drive system. The eight-speed hydramatic automatic transmission is applied as a transmission, it raised efficiency with auto stop-and-start function, and active fuel management system that only activates four cylinders among six cylinders during certain driving condition. The component of active chassis system, magnetic ride control detects the road condition for every 1/1000 second, controls damping force of each wheel, and provides the optimal driving performance. Active rear steering steers the direction of the back wheel to the same or opposite direction of the front wheel, and of course, reduces turning radius about 1m in low speed driving to increase agility at cornering, so it allows a stable turning during driving. ▲ Like a flagship model, the back seats also have fancy functions. CT6 combined high-tech optical system and IT technology, and strengthened safety and convenience. During night or bad weather driving, a night vision system distinguishes and senses a pedestrian or obstacles on the road by using thermal infrared camera. In addition, a rear camera mirror increases 300% of driver’s rear visibility, and displays the complete rear view that has no obstacles inside the car such as backseats through a full color display. Besides, as well as 360 degrees surround vision system, many high-tech specifications, such as land departure warning, front collision alert, front pedestrian warning system, are applied. Also, they provide the optimal warning depending on the situation as sensed dangers interwork with large full color cluster, CUE infotainment system, head up display and electric haptic seat. On top of that, CT6 has not only automatic parking function but also front and rear automatic braking system, which detects the objects at the front and rear of the car during forward or reverse. Adaptive cruise control uses forward radar technology of CT6 to maintain a certain distance according to the front car’s speed. In case of front collision alert system, the front camera and radar technology are applied so that they warn the driver when the risk of accident is imminent. Apart from them, safety specifications such as lane keep assist, which uses monitor system that detects lane boundary, and front pedestrian braking are applied. The price of Cadillac CT6, which will go on sale on August, is 78.8 million won for premium model and 95.8 million won for platinum model (including VAT). Until July 23, display of CT6 and pre-registration will be progressed at the entrance of COEX Megabox, Samseong-dong, Seoul. Meanwhile, it is introduced that high-quality cosmetic sets and an engine oil changing coupon for ten years will be presented. ▲ CT6 is a model standing on quite symbolic position in Cadillac’s future global strategy.