Maserati Levante, a new premium crossover. It was only about ten months since Maserati began producing Levante, but already the brand’s debut Crossover has suffered two withdrawals in the United States alone.
Almost more than a month ago, Levante including joint Ghibli and Quattroporte in brand-wide recall nearly 7,500 vehicles over problems with their reversing camera. Now another luxury crossover just 1,515 examples were withdrawn due to transmission errors.
According to a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the software engine in 2017 Levante S “may cause the transmission to shift to neutral, or the engine to shut down, when the vehicle speed is approximately two miles per hour.”
This problem is different from the previous FCA recall 1.1 million examples of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee over the bed unexpectedly associated with electronic shifter unintuitive.
This latest problem, however, is thought to increase the risk of accidents, so Maserati call them in: 1,515 samples from them, to be exact. That may not seem like much, until you realize that account for every last sample of companies have been sold in the US so far.
Model S is the higher end of the two versions of the Maserati Levante offered in North America. It is distinguished from the base model, especially with a more powerful version of the brand Trident 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 – producing 424 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque instead of 345 hp and 369 lb-ft in the standard specification.
Luckily this, like many other modern problems, is expected to be repaired by a simple software update. The campaign is already running, but if you’re one of those 1,515 owners and do not take you on to reflash, best supervise the transmission position indicator and ready to take corrective action.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed that it will produce Chrysler Portal or something very similar after 2018.
Unveiled at CES 2017 and displayed at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, Portal is an all-electric concept car. According to the FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, will act as the fifth generation car brand.
Both Marchionne also FCA head of passenger cars for North America, Tim Kuniskis, would say whether the portal will hit the market like, but it seems like a likely scenario. What’s more likely, is that the Chrysler Pacifica would complement the electric minivan drawing on the Portal for the design and powertrain.
Speaking with The Detroit News in an ongoing Detroit Auto Show, Kuniskis said, “We haven’t been shy to say that we see the Portal as what we view as the future of family transportation. People ask me, is it a minivan? Is it a crossover? Is it a UV (utility vehicle)? We just say it’s the fifth generation of cars.”
In addition to the powertrain, Chrysler Portal supports Level Three autonomous driving courtesy of navigation sensors and radar. Importantly, the hardware found on Portal can be updated to support a greater degree of autonomy.
It was only a matter of time before this will come to the surface. In fact we were a little surprised it took this long. We refer to the vehicle you see here: the modification Ferrari 488 GTB by Liberty Walk, which recently debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon.
An entity known among fans of treatment “stanced” Liberty Walk is a Japanese aftermarket tuner that has made a name for himself by dropping a suspension on high-end exotic supercars and fitting an extra-wide body kit.
The latest project is based on a mid-engined, twin-turbocharged, eight-cylinder supercar Maranello – forced-induction successor to the 458 Italia, F430 and 360 Modena, a few examples of the Liberty Walk called upon to apply a signature style. Just because it has so many Prancing Horse’s rivals, such as Lamborghini Huracan and McLaren 650S.
It is not for the faint of heart, or for those who have an appreciation of exotic cars comes from their love clean shapes, elegant. But then it was not the Liberty Walk after.
Without many changes, Jaguar introduced the updated F-Type, the visual differences with the pre-facelift F-type to be negligible and identify the new bumpers, new LED front lights, like the new tail, which now is LED technology.
“Great sports car design is about proportion and purity. The most challenging element of the process for designers is to focus on and maintain an exciting silhouette that promises performance. For the 2018 model year F-TYPE, we looked at how we could fine-tune key details to deliver even more clarity of purpose in the overall design – for the driver, the passenger and onlookers.” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
Inside there are new, lighter seats by 8 pounds, the new information and entertainment system Touch Pro, chrome and aluminum decorations and new leather upholstery, the British automaker to introduce the R-Dynamic package to F-Type with the V6 engine, which combined with wheels 19 “or 20”, as with black details on the bumpers and bonnet.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Exterior
The F-TYPE’s grille shape and graphic are unchanged, remaining – as ever – key elements in the sports car’s design DNA. However, for the 2018 model year, designers paid particular attention to the bumpers, introducing bolder surfaces and simpler forms with discreet signature features subtly enhancing the front end form, providing greater differentiation across the model range, from the F-TYPE up to the F-TYPE SVR.
The Jaguar also offers application ReRun which combined with GoPro camera produces high quality video to the vehicle data.
“The ReRun app combines several unique features from our Developer Toolkits to help F-TYPE drivers to create premium quality, easy-to-share videos of their driving experiences. Thanks to the close collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Apps team and our Developer Program team, ReRun offers outstanding functionality and is intuitive to use. We’re looking forward to the launch and seeing the first customer videos online.” said Adam Silver, Senior Director of Accessories and Developer Solutions, GoPro.
Interior – 2018 Jaguar F-Type
The 2018 model year F-TYPE’s interior, it said like the exterior, evolves into a purer, more concentrated expression of the car’s original elegance and sportiness. Jaguar’s interior designers focused on refining a handful of key elements to create a greater sense of harmony in the finishes, enhance the sense of balance between luxury and performance and to introduce new material options that give the car an even more exotic feel.
One of the most significant upgrades are the new lightweight slimline seats which combine an ergonomically-optimised form with outstanding comfort. The seat’s flowing contours and sculpted surfaces also contribute to the F-TYPE interior’s heightened sense of anticipation and poise.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Specification and Performance
Mechanically now, the Jaguar version adds the F-Type Sport 400. This is placed between the F-Type S and F-Type R, has a black rims 20 “, the braking system with large brakes, gray decoration, special signals, improved framework and under the bonnet lies a 3.0-liter V6 engine performance 400 hp with 460 Nm of torque.
The 0-100 km / h does it in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 275 km / h. Other variants retain their horsepowers by merely F-Type attribute 340 hp, the F-Type S 380 horses, the F-Type R 550 horsepower and the F-Type SVR 575 horsepower. Manual transmission is offered only in the rear-wheel drive F-Type, with four-wheel drive can be combined only with the 8 speed automatic transmission. The versions with V8 engine is now only four-wheel drive. Sales of the renewed F-Pace will start in the first quarter.
After a teaser photo uploaded to the Skoda’s Facebook page, sparked rumors of a stronger version of the renewed Octavia RS, but eventually the news proved coal, since the Skoda just presented the renewed Octavia and Octavia RS in special event organized in Vienna.
2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Exterior
The updated version of the Octavia, acquires new lights, which are available with LED technology, new grille, new bumpers, new LED rear light clusters, as new design wheels from 16 “to 18”.
The version Octavia Scout is fitted with new bumpers, redesigned wheels black plastic protectors in various parts of the body, aluminum roof rails and 33mm increased distance from soil. The space of the luggage reaches 610 liters, which after folding the rear seat goes up to 1,740 liters.
2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Interior
Inside we find the most advanced Columbus infotainment system with touch screen 9.2 “supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate, fewer physical buttons, inductive charger, the Octavia can be equipped with devices such as smart protection pedestrians, Front Assist, parking assistant, blind spot detection, Rear Traffic Alert and assistant trailer. In additional equipment meet removable flashlight in the trunk of the Octavia Combi, heated steering wheel, wrench settings for each driver and folding tables on the backs of the front seats.
Mechanically, the new Octavia is available with five petrol engines and four diesel with a capacity of 1000-2000 mL performance from 84-184 hp. The engines are combined with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI can be combined with all-wheel drive. The system Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is available in versions Comfort, Normal and Sport, and there is a CNG version wearing the 1.400 cc engine generates 110 hp.
The Octavia RS is offered in sedan and wagon versions and have new wheels dimensions from 17 “to 19” gloss black diffuser and LED lights plate lamp.
2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Specification and Performance
Movement gets the 2.0 TSI engine strengthened by 10 horses and delivers 230 horses with 350 Nm torque. The 0-100 km / h does it in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km / h. The engine is combined with either 6’s mechanical, or 6’s automatic DSG gearbox.
In Octavia RS diesel, the 2.0 TDI produces 184 horsepower with 380 Nm of torque, with 0-100 km / hour need 7.9 seconds, with top speed reaches 232 km / h. The 2.0 TDI engine is mated with a 6 speed transmission or DSG 6 speed for power sent to the front axle, the all wheel drive version to be offered only with the DSG.
The suspension of the renewed Octavia RS is 15 mm lower than that of simply Octavia, the rear track has increased by 30 mm. The brake calipers are painted in red and inside we find sports seats and the new Columbus infotainment system with touch screen 8 “or 9.2”.
Chevrolet spokesman in statements made on the sidelines of the Detroit Motor Show, made it known that the new Corvette ZR1 will be presented to the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase IMSA event, in August. The most notable absence at this year’s Detroit auto show is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The beastly capper to the C7 generation initially was scheduled to premiere in the Motor City, but that plan changed late last year.
The issue will be placed on top of the range of Corvette, above the Z06 and Grand Sport is expected to produces close to 700 horsepowers, the engine can be combined with either a 7-speed automatic gearbox, or with the new 10-speed automatic . It is also available as an open version, the model stand out from the new, much more aggressive and aerodynamic bodykit, with enormous dimensions rear spoiler stand out from afar. The price is expected to exceed the $ 100,000 barrier.
A high-ranking Corvette engineer assured us that there are no delays in the development programs for the current C7 (which includes the ZR1) and the future C8 (the much anticipated mid-engined car).
2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Images Gallery Spy Shot
Mercedes-Benz has just introduced a special edition of premium car, S-Class Coupe. Available to order starting January 9 as 4Matic S400, S500, and S500 4Matic, Evening Edition has a distinctive radiator grille with a single louver in high-gloss black, and the same finish for the mirror caps and side inserts in the side sill panels.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Night Edition Exterior
In addition, the Coupe bespoke fitted with AMG front and rear aprons as standard and 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels painted black, badge ‘Evening Edition’ on the front wing, illuminated door sills with Mercedes-Benz letters and optional selenite Magno gray paint.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Night Edition Interior
Inside, customers can get leather seats, Nappa leather or leather AMG Nappa leather in black / black or optional gray crystal / black, saddle brown / black or Bengal red / black, high-gloss black poplar wood trim and AMG sports steering wheel Nappa leather with ‘Evening Edition’ engraved.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Night Edition Engine
S400 4Matic Coupe uses a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 367 HP and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, while the Coupe S500 and S500 4Matic Coupe benefits from a 4.7-liter V8, which is rated at 455 HP and 700 Nm (516 lb- ft) of torque.
Mercedes-Benz will bring all three variants for the European market from April, while US shipments will begin in August, with prices to be announced closer to that date.
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Night Edition Specification and Performance
2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Night Edition Gallery
The Nissan started production of the new generation of Micra, at its plant in Flins, France, with the production of Micra to return to Europe after a break of seven years. Deliveries of the model will begin in European key markets in mid February, while the rest will follow in March.
The start of production marks the beginning of a new chapter in the success story that stretches back more than three decades. First launched in Europe in 1983, the Micra is one of the most known names world model with global sales of more than seven million cars. The all-new version – the fifth generation – to see it return to the heart of the European B-segment hatchback.
The new Micra was presented to the public last September on the sidelines of the Paris exhibition and stands of the largest size, which translates into more interior. Now has a wider range of downsized engines with new platform and a complete package of technological innovative safety features.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, commented: “The start of production for the all-new Micra is a moment to be celebrated, embodying the spirit of co-operation which exists throughout the Renault-Nissan Alliance.”
He added: “We have taken the European compact car segment to a new level by focusing on what customers really want today and expect tomorrow. The all-new Nissan Micra is an exceptional car, characterised by its expressive design, uplifting interior and confident drive.”
The new Nissan Micra is quite simply a revolution. This is a radical development of the model it replaces, and a trio of highly successful Superminis which dates back to the debut of Micra in Europe 34 years ago.
The new Micra is longer, wider and lower than before. Has been conceived, designed and engineered with customer requirements in Europe ‘at the top of the agenda.
Key to the appeal is athletic and expressive exterior design of the car, moving Micra plate name in a bold new direction. Contemporary look and feel of premium continues inside, with a high-quality cabin that offers a two-tone soft-touch materials as standard across the range.
The new Nissan Micra is also a technology leader, with a host of new features not only for the Micra but new to the segment. It includes Smart Lane Intervention, a security system that gently corrects Micra back to the right way should it be required.
Also unique is the Personal BOSE audio system, featuring speakers are built into the entire head driver for exceptional 360 ° sound experience. The new Micra is available with a variety of personalization options, modify the exterior and interior with premium components in a variety of stylish colors and contemporary.
It is also a fantastic car to drive, with dynamic performance that is a perfect balance between agility, excitement and a feeling of security that comes with confident handling and predictable. Three engines are available – two petrols and diesel.
Midsize car that offers a driving experience mainly engaged mostly found in premium brands, but when the all-new Opel Insignia Grand Sport hits the market in early 2017, the enthusiastic driver will need to adjust their orientation.
Opel is only one month after the presentation of the new Insignia Grand Sport, introduced the four-wheel drive version. The four-wheel drive Insignia instead has a classic different rear axle, Opel posts the Twinster, a dual clutch system, combined with torque vectoring and is smart enough to send the torque or in one or both rear wheels, depending on the circumstances.
“The new generation Opel Insignia sets new benchmarks for midsize automobiles” says William F. Bertagni, Vice President Vehicle Engineering Europe. “Torque vectoring represents the state-of-the-art in transmitting power to the road. The new Insignia with torque vectoring all-wheel drive matches the best in the industry when it comes to ‘fun-to-drive’.”
All-wheel drive and torque vectoring is the best way to put a high power to the road – be it wet, dry, icy or covered in snow. But the additional weight and complexity of a conventional torque vectoring system prevents them meet Opel’s high standards of performance and efficiency.
The AWD system is combined with the new 8 speed automatic transmission, with rear multi-link suspension, with FlexRide have three operating modes (Standard, Tour and Sport). It can send a large amount of torque to the rear axle, with Opel to withhold the percentage, by regulating Twinster be done electronically through sensors.
Torque Vectoring also contributes to security by controlling the torque distribution in accordance with changes in throttle position, steering angle and the road surface, so that the amount of yaw damping. This use of intelligent distribution of torque – also known as “yaw damping” – results in a neutral vehicle behavior, making the car more stable and controllable for the driver.
If for some reason the 750 horsepower of the Lamborghini Aventador SV seem few, the Mcchip-DKR has a way to add a few more in the atmospheric V12 engine of the absolute “bull”.
Thus, by reprogramming the brain and the replacement of catalysts, the tuners managed to pull out of the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated engine 792 horsepower and 731 Nm torque. That is an increase of 42 hp and 41 Nm of torque, with the cost of conversion to amounts to € 11,990. upgrade it certainly does not come cheap, but the price of used Aventador SVs hovering above $ 500,000, its just pocket change for owners.
Lamborghini Aventador SV by Mcchip-DKR Performance
The tuner, Mcchip-DKR not announced the new performance numbers, but logic says it will be slightly better, when the factory for the 0-100 km / h of the Aventador SV takes only 2.8 seconds.
Mcchip-DKR does not offer a visual upgrade for the Italian supercar, but there is a wide market to choose from and, depending on the budget or personal taste, like a tuning company Novitec, Wheelsandmore, and Mansory has their own opinion about what the Aventador SV will look like. And if the carbon fiber is what you seek, then Vitesse AuDessus will be happy to apply the $ 40,000 + upgrade them.
Lamborghini Aventador SV by Mcchip-DKR Images Gallery