The next-generation Opel Insignia Grand Sport and Grand Tourer made their public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, giving global media a first look at the future of the Holden Commodore and a taste of the exciting new GM global product in the pipeline.
Destined to go on sale in Australia early in 2018, the next-generation vehicle is giant step change for GM globally and the medium/large car segment as a whole, promising sleek, premium design, state-of-the-art technology features and exhilarating performance. Inspired by the 2013 Opel Monza concept, the next-generation Insignia utilizes a clean sheet design created at Opel’s Russelsheim headquarters under the guidance of renowned Opel/Vauxhall Vice President - Design, Mark Adams.
GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo, said the European team worked closely with the GM Australia team to give the vehicle the flowing, sleek profile and athletic stance expected of a Commodore, while the sculpted headlight design and prominent grille clearly speak to the ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ Opel design philosophy.
“We’re excited to finally be able to show what is a truly global vehicle to media and customers over the course of the Geneva motor show and we’re more than confident everybody will love it,” said Ferlazzo. “We’ve been in discussions with Mark’s Opel team for a long time and have made sure the Commodore DNA is strong in the car with an athletic stance, muscular flowing lines and a strong road presence all hinting at the exceptional drive experience and high-tech features.
“Commodore influence is also strong for the interior ensuring the vehicle boasts luxury design and materials combined with impressive occupant space and luggage capacity, enough for the whole family space.”
Available in sedan and sportwagon bodystyles, the next-generation Commodore also promises a host of state-of-the-art technology features including heads-up display, auto emergency braking with adaptive cruise control and a next-generation LED matrix lighting system offering double the amount of light cells as the all-new Astra hatch.
The design and technology offering is taken to another level with driver comfort features including massage seats, heated front and rear seats, sportwagon power lift-gate and sportwagon’s rear one-touch folding seats. The next-generation Commodore is Holden’s latest announcement in its new product offensive and with unrivalled design, drivability and technology, will be a worthy flagship vehicle to the transforming Holden brand.
NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE KEY HIGHLIGHTS:
Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Speed Limit Cruise Control
- Lane Departure Warning
- Lane Keep Assist
- Forward Collision Alert
- Side Blind-Zone Alert
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Next-generation comfort and convenience technologies:
- Massage Seats
- Rear one-touch folding seats
- Heated Front and Rear seats
- Ventilated Front seats
- Express up/down all windows
- Wagon power lift-gate
- Active Noise Cancellation
Making its global premiere at the 2017 North American International AutoShow in Detroit, the QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI's vision for a next-generation midsize premium crossover.DETROIT – Making its global premiere at the 2017 North American International AutoShow in Detroit, the QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI's vision for a next-generation midsize premium crossover.
Demonstrating how the design of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration, its conceptual forebear, could be adapted for a future production model, the QX50 Concept confidently articulates INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language. A 'cabin-forward' silhouette combines with muscular lines and flowing surfaces to telegraph its purpose as a dynamic and practical crossover.
The organic forms of the 'driver-centric, passenger-minded' cabin were designed in harmony with the exterior shape. Blending progressive design with modern craftsmanship, the QX50 Concept's interior reflects INFINITI's desire to challenge conventional approaches to premium interior design.
INFINITI's latest concept is the next step toward the company's future autonomous drive support technologies. Central to the strategy for the development of all future INFINITI autonomous drive support systems, they ensure the driver retains ultimate control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI's focus on driver engagement.
Furthermore, the QX50 Concept illustrates a potential application for INFINITI's advanced Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine, offering drivers a powertrain that adapts to offer both power and efficiency.
An evolution of INFINITI's 2016 QX Sport Inspiration mid-size crossover
- The QX50 Concept shows how INFINITI could develop its future presence in the world's fastest-growing vehicle segment
- INFINITI seeks to explore a more emotional execution of crossover design than existing models in the class
"With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of INFINITI QX models. The new QX50 Concept evolves this concept further and shows how INFINITI could develop its future presence in what is the fastest-growing vehicle segment globally." Said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI.
With the QX50 Concept, INFINITI seeks to explore a more emotional execution of crossover design, bringing a degree of elegance and artistry to a segment typified by an uninspiring, clinical aesthetic. Marrying human artistry with utility, the QX50 Concept fulfills the expectation of practicality with a spacious cabin and cargo area.
Furthermore, with a design adapted for the greatest possible packaging efficiency, the QX50 Concept previews how INFINITI could adapt future vehicle designs to accommodate a compact powertrain, such as the company's VC-Turbo engine.
The QX50 Concept marks the next stage in INFINITI's continued renewal of its product range. INFINITI designs concepts with production intent, such as true-to-concept production versions of the Q30, QX30 and Q60 concepts. The creation of each of these has previewed the design and layout of the brand's next-generation models. The QX50 Concept previews the evolving signature INFINITI design elements, demonstrating how they could be adapted for a mid-sized premium crossover.
With its ground breaking proportions, the 2003 INFINITI FX45 set the template for future crossovers to follow throughout the last decade. The world's first mid-size multi-purpose sports vehicle, the INFINITI FX is still considered a crossover design icon today. Last year's QX Sport Inspiration sought to rekindle that excitement – and in an increasingly crowded and popular market segment, the new QX50 Concept now illustrates how these design themes could be translated into a production reality.
Exterior: an artistic execution of functional crossover design
- QX50 Concept represents the latest interpretation of INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language
- Its design combines taut and muscular lines with heavily profiled surfaces
- QX50 Concept demonstrates how the design of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration could be adapted for future production models
Influenced by the design of the INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50 Concept expresses its crossover purpose through proportional clarity, clearly telegraphing its power and dynamic capabilities. The QX50 Concept eschews many of the familiar, 'me too' design forms and themes shared by established models in the mid-size premium crossover segment. The result is a highly original yet practical new crossover form, demonstrating how the design of INFINITI's earlier concept could be adapted for future production models.
The QX50 Concept is the latest embodiment of INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language and is both aesthetic and functional. The exterior of the concept combines taut and muscular lines with flowing, heavily profiled surfaces. A sharp, straight character line runs from the clamshell hood and along the length of its shoulders, giving the QX50 Concept a commanding presence and extending the vehicle's visual length. A wide, muscular stance accentuates its versatile capability.
INFINITI's signature design elements are evident on the QX50 Concept, each subtly evolved for their new application. At the front, INFINITI's double-arch grille conveys an immediate sense of power and purpose and provides a focal point for every line on the concept's body.
A taller, wider and more practical vehicle than the QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50 Concept's grille adds a greater sense of presence to the front of the car. At the rear of the vehicle, the leading edge of the crescent-cut D-pillar is higher than on any current INFINITI production car, further extending the visual length of the roofline.
The interplay of the exterior lines and surfaces is accentuated by a newly-created Forged Bronze paint finish, with three times the amount of metal flake compared with standard production paint finishes.
In profile, the hood is shaped like the rise of a snake's head, with a pair of sharp creases extending upwards from the base of the A-pillar, then plunging down the hood, leading into the edges of the expansive 'double-arch' grille.
These lines disguise the hood's relatively short length, suggesting how the appearance of a production car could be adapted for a more compact engine, such as INFINITI's VC-Turbo, applying power to the road through an intelligent all-wheel drive powertrain.
Functionality is a necessity in the mid-sized crossover segment and is central to the QX50 Concept's design. More practical than its QX Sport Inspiration progenitor, the QX50 Concept has a 'cabin-forward' silhouette and a slightly more vertical rear hatch, both reference points for a versatile and accommodating interior. The new shape of the crescentcut D-pillar provides clearer over-the-shoulder visibility for the driver and a better view out for rear passengers.
Interior: Challenging conventional thinking on premium cabin design
- Concept cabin demonstrates new direction of thinking with premium materials and craftsmanship
- Authentic materials and artistic design execution is at the heart of the concept's carefully curated cabin
- Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the cabin places similar importance on both form and function
Blending progressive design with elevated levels of modern craftsmanship, the cabin of the QX50 Concept demonstrates INFINITI's desire to challenge and reinterpret conventional thinking on premium crossover interior design and material usage.
In the place of high-gloss woods and soft-touch plastics, the interior of the QX50 Concept features a more modern application of wood, leather and stitching. Each material is treated and applied in a way to establish new trends in the design of premium crossover interiors.
Deliberately articulating a sense of advanced human artistry, the QX50 Concept's cabin espouses a handmade feel and is the result of two Japanese approaches to craftsmanship – 'mitate' (pronounced "mee-ta-teh") and 'shitate' ("shee-ta-teh").
'Mitate' relates to the practice of curating and bringing together the best possible selection of materials. 'Shitate' is the desire to tailor the chosen combination of materials, bringing out the best. With fine attention to detail and finish, such an approach creates an appearance and ambience throughout the cabin greater than the sum of its parts.
The combination of materials and the way in which they have been applied has allowed INFINITI designers to demonstrate some of the highest levels of craftsmanship ever seen in a crossover in this segment.
The QX50 Concept is wrapped in a variety of different leathers – genuine, semi-aniline, and synthetic nubuck – for a rich variety of textures and visual depth. The eyes naturally follow each different surface as it flows around the cabin. The QX50 Concept's cabin hints at a widening range of interior finishes for INFINITI customers to choose from, including a carefully selected three-tone colour scheme.
Adopting different leathers for the interior allows INFINITI to imagine how this three-tone cabin could look. Rich, brown leather lines the upper layer of the cabin, contrasted with white leather for the lower dashboard, door trim and seats. Between the two runs a line of navy blue synthetic nubuck, which also finishes the front centre console. A line of close twin stitching runs along the top of the dashboard and doors, and around the seats.
INFINITI has applied for a patent for a new 'dot quilting' method for the leather that lines the doors and seats. Inspired by classic buttoned leather sofas, dot quilting is sewn into place at individual points. The physical characteristics of the leather produce a more informal interpretation of the diamond lozenge shape that gives classic Chesterfield lounge chairs their distinctive appearance.
Where many expect premium vehicle interiors use high-gloss wood surfaces to create the perception of quality, the QX50 Concept is trimmed in real, open-pore ash. The wood is treated to retain its natural, and sometimes irregular, characteristics in texture and appearance. Running a hand over it, the grain of the ash is still present, providing an authentic, modern appearance and enhanced tactility.
The natural, flowing shapes of the cabin harmonize with those of the QX50 Concept's exterior, contrasting with the technical, linear – even austere – designs of other vehicles in the segment. A blend of positive and negative surfaces adds a level of visual depth to the cabin, with a complex interplay of light and shade. The organic lines of the cabin follow a similar form to the interior of the QX Sport Inspiration, referencing how they could be progressed from the original concept to a production car.
Both 'driver-centric' and 'passenger-minded,' the layout of the QX50 Concept's cabin is divided into distinct zones for the driver and passengers. Consistent with its conceptual predecessor, the dashboard is focused on the driver, using its form and appearance to engender a true sense of confidence at the wheel.
The horizontal forms of the dashboard wrap around the driver and passenger, with twisting, uninterrupted character lines flowing from the centre console, along the dashboard and out to the rear of the cabin. The seats feature an ergonomic hexagon motif, for a wide and welcoming appearance, and maximum back and shoulder support for occupants.
The QX50 Concept places form on the same level as function, with utility at the heart of its remit.
In moving the base of the A-pillar further forward than on the QX Sport Inspiration, and shortening the hood to accommodate a more compact engine, the QX50 Concept's cabinforward design creates a longer, more spacious passenger compartment. The upright stance of the rear hatch – more vertical than its forebear – is designed to give the QX50 Concept exceptional cargo space. The Concept's cargo bay is, for instance, long enough to store a stroller, suggesting how such a vehicle could suit a young family.
The QX50 Concept's Graphic User Interface shows how new technologies could be incorporated into future INFINITI vehicle cabins.
The centre of the dashboard features a wide touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface). As well as displaying navigation and infotainment features, the QX50 Concept's touchscreen could display to occupants the current status of other technologies in the vehicle. The dashboard could display to all occupants the status of the vehicle's various driver assist technologies, as well as how the VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine adapts as it shifts seamlessly between offering greater fuel efficiency and performance.
INFINITI engineers continue to develop autonomous driving support technologies
- INFINITI's future autonomous drive support technologies will allow the driver to retain ultimate control over their vehicle
- Future package of technologies will take a proactive approach to driver assistance and delegate elements of driving to the car
The INFINITI QX50 Concept's driver assist system is part of the company's development of autonomous driving support technologies.
The development strategy for all future INFINITI autonomous drive support systems is that they should ensure the driver retains control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI's focus on driver engagement.
In the future, INFINITI autonomous drive support technologies will continue to make driving less stressful – such as navigating stop-start traffic on the highway or keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehicles.
Since its inception in 1989, INFINITI has brought pioneering driver-assistive technologies to the customer. The company has been responsible for a series of world-first technologies, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering® and Active Lane Control.
The QX50 Concept's INFINITI driver assistance technologies preview the first productionready incarnation of this package.
With a proactive approach to safety, the QX50 Concept assists the driver in identifying and responding to other road users and potential hazards. Future technologies will draw on inputs from a network of laser scanners, radar and cameras to read the road ahead and monitor the vehicle's surroundings, allowing the car to react accordingly.
This framework of sensors will be developed in future production models with a series of new functionalities.
VC-Turbo – the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine
- QX50 Concept suggests a potential application for INFINITI's VC-Turbo engine
- Packaging benefits for a mid-size crossover, powered by a compact engine with high specific power and efficiency
- INFINITI engineers target a 27-per cent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to V6 petrol engines
The INFINITI QX50 Concept demonstrates a potential production application for INFINITI's advanced new VC-Turbo engine. INFINITI has yet to confirm which of its future vehicles could benefit from its variable compression ratio engine, though a mid-sized crossover could be one of the ideal applications for the 2.0-litre VC-Turbo power unit revealed by the company in 2016.
The QX50 Concept's packaging efficiency and spacious cabin are due in part to a compact, space-efficient engine bay design. With its proportionately shorter hood, the QX50 Concept suggests how the 2.0-litre petrol engine could power a front-biased intelligent all-wheel drive system.
INFINITI's production-ready 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine represents a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains, particularly in the mid-sized premium crossover segment. The VCTurbo engine is able to adapt its compression ratio according to driving conditions to deliver optimal levels of performance and efficiency.
It challenges the notion that hybrid technology and diesel are the only powertrains capable of offering high efficiency and torque. For its application in the QX50 Concept, the human-machine interface (HMI) demonstrates to the driver and passengers how the VC-Turbo is adapting according to driving conditions. The HMI displays the engine's current status as it intelligently chooses appropriate levels of performance and high efficiency.
With a downsized capacity and high power and torque, the 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine boasts an impressive specific power output – higher than many competing four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, and close to the performance of some V6 petrol powertrains. In time for the engine's production debut in 2018, INFINITI engineers are targeting a 27-per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over V6 petrol engines of similar power output.
Honda will showcase a large presence at the 2016 SEMA show, headlined by the North American debut of the radical new Civic Type R Prototype, straight from its global introduction in Paris. The Civic R Prototype offers a glimpse into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will top off the 10th generation Civic lineup when it launches next year.
Joining the Type R will be a posse of custom-built, accessorised and tuned Civic variants. This “Civicpalooza” will highlight the custom options available for the new Civic – from an all-new 2017 Civic hatchback with Honda Genuine Accessories to the 600-horsepower Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car, fresh from its strong performance at the 2016 GRC season finale in Los Angeles.
Honda’s SEMA footprint also will include the innovative, all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck outfitted with Honda Genuine Accessories, along with three Honda Ridgeline project vehicles built in partnership with some of the most creative automotive tuning houses in the U.S.
Further demonstrating the broad range of performance products and racing activities that only Honda can boast, Honda Powersports and Honda Performance Development (HPD) – the racing arm of Honda – will showcase a number of products and tuner projects, including the Indianapolis 500 Winning Alexander Rossi Indycar, the 2017 Honda Grom, and a number of Honda Powersports SEMA projects, including expertly tuned versions of the CRF250R, CB500F, CB500S, CBR1000RR SP, CBR600RR Race Bike and more.
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2017 Honda Civic Type R Prototype
The radical Honda Civic Type R Prototype builds on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic hatchback and is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fibre splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
Honda's iconic red "H" badge, which adorns all Type R models, sits prominently on the front grille at the nose of the car. There is a new intake on the bonnet, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. Smoked lenses for the LED headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights reflect the Type R Prototype's more aggressive character. Carbon fibre side skirts run the length of the side sills, between 20-inch piano black alloy wheels with red accents and 245-section high-performance tyres. A beefy carbon fibre diffuser runs below the wider rear fascia, which frames three fully-functional tailpipes flanked by a pair of directional strakes.
The smaller diameter central tailpipe is highlighted in bright metallic red. Model-exclusive vortex generators at the rear edges of the roof point backward toward a visually striking rear wing.
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback/Honda Factory Performance (HFP) Concept
The 2017 Civic hatchback joins the 2016 Civic sedan and coupe as the third body style in the 10th generation Civic lineup. Combining Euro-inspired styling and five-door hatchback versatility with world-class driving dynamics and Honda direct-injected turbo engine technology, the Civic hatchback is designed for buyers seeking an even more expressive, sporty and versatile Civic.
The 2017 Civic hatchback is outfitted with a Honda Factory Performance accessory concept package featuring custom HFP accessories including deck lid spoiler, brake rotors, carpet floor mats and emblems. In addition, the vehicle sports red underbody spoilers, black wheel lock and wheel lugs and 19-inch HFP alloy wheels.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car
Fresh on the heels of the 2016 Global Rallycross season finale, the 2016 GRC Civic Coupe Competitive Race car arrives on the SEMA floor, literally covered with track dust and dirt. Developed from a production-model 2016 Civic coupe chassis by renowned builders and racers Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) with technical assistance from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the Civic Red Bull GRC car is built to withstand the rigorous demands of racing in a series that emphasises repeated aggressive acceleration and varied terrain. The car will boast more than 600 horsepower, turn in a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds and is designed to handle the 70-foot table-top jumps featured on each racetrack.
2017 Honda Civic Coupe Racing Concept
The same designers and engineers responsible for the development of the 10th generation Civic coupe have built the 2016 Coupe Racing Concept car. Built with an FIA specification safety cage, the 2016 Coupe Racing Concept is able to compete in domestic and international endurance sports car events and will make its first official race debut at the USAF 25 Hour of Thunderhill on December 3-4, 2016.
2016 SEGA Sonic Civic Sedan
The SEGA Sonic Civic embodies the spirit of the Sonic the Hedgehog classic video game, whose main character Sonic, and Sonic’s world, is featured throughout the modified vehicle. Fox Marketing Cars, based in York, Pennsylvania, led the design and customisation that includes: custom wheels and tyres representing Sonic’s famous red shoes and gold rings; a custom exterior including a one-of-a-kind vinyl Sonic the Hedgehog design and bespoke paint scheme; a Sonic Black Grille and BASF R-M Candy Sonic Blue painted exterior with custom Sonic Yellow throughout including a Sonic Yellow Honda logo.
Custom interior features include Sonic the Hedgehog front and rear seats with Katzkin Blue Leather and custom Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary embroidered logos. A custom trunk design with Rockford Fosgate audio-visual system featuring two 500-watt T1S2 10-inch subwoofers, two 500-watt TM400 400-watt amplifiers and a floor-mounted flip-up/down 32-inch television for video game fans to play Sonic the Hedgehog complete the build.
2017 Honda Performance Development Civic Body-In-White/Performance Race Parts
The 2017 Civic ‘Body-In-White’ was designed to allow amateur and pro race teams the ability to build new race cars without having to tear apart a production car, making it easier to go racing with the latest touring car chassis tech at an affordable price. Honda Performance Development (HPD) will also be supplying a full line of performance parts needed to turn it into a competitive race car including engine, transmission, suspension, brake components and more.
With Civic racers competing in the Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge events and numerous Club Racing programs, HPD’s Racing Line program not only offers the Body-In-White and accompanying performance parts, but includes direct engineering support from the HPD engineers that develop and evaluate these products. More information can be found at: http://hpd.honda.com/racing-line.
The aLL STaR Performance / Tjin Edition Honda Civic Coupe was designed to be the ultimate street cruiser and incorporates elements from various automotive genres to showcase the personalisation potential of the restyled Civic.
The exterior features an Apollo Top One Auto Part front lip spoiler, matched with a pair of HFP side skirts and rear valances, all sprayed in a custom Axalta Sunrise yellow paint finish, applied by LR Autobody. For rollers and stoppers, a set of forged Rotiform OZT wheels are wrapped in the all-new Falken FK450 tyres, while a custom BC Racing BR Series coilover kit and Baer 6P brake upgrade finish the suspension and braking. The interior features one-of-a-kind Katzkin perforated suede and leather combination complimenting the Civic’s exterior.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe / MAD Industries
The MAD Industries Civic showcases the versatility and fun factor behind the all-new Civic coupe, with its aggressive stance and turbocharged power. Painted in BASF R-M Waterborn System in Aegean Blue and Jet Black, complete with Carbon 2 Carbon handcrafted Carbon fibre ground effects, single exhaust and Spec R wing, the MAD Industries Coupe catches the eye from every angle. The bold cockpit artfully blends the Aegean Blue and black exterior accents detailed by MAD Industries luxurious-but-sporty appointed custom interior, along with Roadwire leather seat covers with perforated suede inserts, contrasted by blue stitching in the seat, door panels and steering wheel.
The Eibach Pro Kit Performance Springs are on a set of stunning 19-inch Rotiform QLB Forged wheels wrapped with Toyo Proxes T1R High Performance tyres.
2016 Honda Civic Sedan Meguiars Build – Civic X Concept
On display at the Meguiar’s booth, the recrafted Civic X Concept is meant to showcase the 10th generation Civic sedan platform as a solid foundation for customisation and personalisation. Upgrades bring a sense of classic Honda tuning tradition but are recrafted with a modern day edge. The goal was to give a nod to the clean aesthetic and design language of the builds at the height of the Honda movement from the mid to late 1990s, yet invoke a feeling of luxury and sport that feels progressive and current. The car has a sportier aesthetic due to the use of a carbon fibre bonnet and numerous Honda accessory enhancements. The exterior package is complemented with black accents in gloss and matt black textures.
Performance fun is boosted by a number of upgrades from Greddy Performance Products while styling and handling is further enhanced with SSR wheels and Pirelli ultra-high performance tyres. A more aggressive stance and firmer handling is delivered by a full coilover upgrade. The interior receives a major overhaul with a two-tone red and black alcantara combination and features contrast stitching, while sound is amplified thanks to a custom system featuring additional subwoofers and amplifiers. The complete package embodies a reminiscent build execution of years past, but is executed in a classic and timeless style to appeal to the desire of today’s more luxury conscious customers.
Honda Ridgelines featured at SEMA 2016
2017 Honda Ridgeline + Honda Genuine Accessories
The all-new Ridgeline builds on the unique and still industry-exclusive features that debuted in the award-winning first-generation Ridgeline in 2005. With superior on-road manners and a spacious, flexible interior, the 2017 Ridgeline adds the Truck Bed Audio System to the already industry-first In-Bed Trunk® and Dual-Action Tailgate. Ridgeline joins Honda's expanded line-up of innovative light-truck models, including the HR-V crossover, the CR-V and Pilot SUVs, and the Odyssey minivan.
The 2017 Ridgeline features a number of Honda Genuine Accessories including a bed extender, body side moulding, cross bars and fender flares, as well as a hard tonneau cover, roof rails, running boards, a sport grille and 18-inch Diamond Cut alloy wheels. The Ridgeline also features prototype accessories, including a custom light bar by Cibie and LED fog lights by Valeo.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition / MAD Industries Sport Truck with MAD Industries CB500F
The MAD Industries Honda Ridgeline Black Edition has been paired with the Honda Powersports MAD Edition CB500F Naked Sport Bike for the weekend warrior who needs plenty of room for hauling gear. Both are painted in BASF R-M Waterborn System in Crystal Black Pearl and Candy Red, with exterior features including a lowered stance accentuated by a set of 22x9.5 Niche Alpine wheels, custom painted in Gloss Black with Candy Red details, and wrapped in Toyo Proxes ST II Sport Truck all-season tyres. The cockpit features Jet Black and Candy Red details along with a FOCAL Premium Flax Audio System designed by the Source AV Design Group.
The CB500F, the smaller sibling of Honda’s flagship CB1000R naked sport bike, boasts excellent manoeuvrability, a comfortable riding position and a versatile engine with great performance across the rev range. PSR Custom CNC Billet Accessories are featured from front to rear, including Driven Carbon Fibre Meteor Bars and a Yoshimura R-77 Muffler in carbon fibre and stainless steel.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition / TJIN Edition + TRX250
Debuting at this year’s SEMA Show in the Falken Tires Booth (#61003) is the Tjin Edition X Pennzoil Honda Ridgeline, which has been paired with the race-ready Honda TRX250X ATV. The Ridgeline’s off-road capabilities are enhanced by custom 20-inch three-piece Rotiform wheels, 20-inch Falken tires, Baer big brakes and a custom Traxda suspension. The exterior features a custom Axalta paint job, MagnaFlow exhaust, custom front bumper and light bars by the crew at Unique Fabrication. The interior has been completely transformed with a custom Katzkin interior and Scosche sound system.
The Pennzoil x Tjin Edition Honda TRX250X was designed and built by Collin and Kylie Tjin to go hand and hand with the Pennzoil x Tjin Edition Honda Ridgeline, which will be showcased in the Falken Tire booth at the SEMA Show. The Pennzoil x Tjin Edition Honda TRX250X is miniature replica of the Ridgeline and features a custom Axalta paint job, Fox suspension, powder coated gold wheels by Rotiform, custom CT seat, Scosche boom bottles, MagnaFlow exhaust, Pennzoil products and custom logos by Daley Visual.
2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E / Fox Marketing with 2016 Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon 4x4 Automatic DCT EPS Deluxe
On display at the Toyo Tires booth, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E customized by Fox Marketing focuses on the outdoor sportsman and features Honda Factory Accessories, including side step, wind visors and fender flares that allow the Ridgeline to spread its wings. An Avery Diamond White Pearl wrap is featured over a BASF R-M Black paint job, with red accents. The 18-inch KMC Wheels are wrapped in 265/65 R18 Toyo A/T II tyres, with a 1.5-inch levelling kit providing added stability for off-road adventures. The bed of the truck features a 2017 Honda Rubicon 500 with added Nitrous Express 50-shot system, and 15-inch KMC wheels with 235/50 R15 Toyo t1r tyres for the performance enthusiast.
The FourTrax® Foreman® Rubicon™ 4x4 is an aggressively styled ATV with a legendary 475cc fuel-injected engine and Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). Excellent ride comfort, high payload and towing capacity, high ground clearance and suspension travel, plus the option of Electric Power Steering (EPS) all add up to big fun with impressive capability. Honda's Automatic DCT with Drive/Low, which delivers smooth, seamless power with an added benefit of the ability to switch between full automatic mode and actively selecting gears via Honda's Electric Shift Program. Both transmission choices are gear-driven, with no belts to slip when wet or to burn up or break.
Honda Performance Development at SEMA 2016
Alexander Rossi’s Indianapolis 500 Champion IndyCar
In May 2016, Honda-powered race car driver, Indy rookie Alexander Rossi, stretched his final tank of fuel for 36 laps to the checkers – four more laps than any other competitor – to win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The IndyCar features a twin turbocharged, fuel-injected, aluminium-alloy V6 with a dual overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder valve train, direct fuel injection, two Borg-Warner turbochargers, ‘Drive-by-Wire’ throttle technology and a series-spec McLaren Electronics Engine Control Unit (ECU).
Honda Performance Development Inc., Honda’s North American racing company, entered the Indy Racing League's IndyCar® Series in 2003 and was the sole engine supplier from 2006 through 2011. For those six seasons, Honda powered the entire 33-car starting field at the Indy 500 without a single driver dropping out with an engine-related problem—a testament to the durability found in Honda's products. After the return of other manufacturers in 2012, Honda continued its unparalleled achievement in durability and innovation, powering teams to Indy 500 wins in 2012, 2014 and now in 2016.
Honda Powersports at SEMA 2016
Factory Connection GEICO Honda CRF250R
This CRF250R GEICO Honda is the bike Malcolm Stewart rode to the 2016 East Championship. The championship is Honda’s seventh SX Lites East championship in 11 years. Managed by past Supercross and Motocross champion Mike LaRocco, the Factory Connection racing squad is the home of multiple Honda champions and features a team deep with talent, including 2014 AMA SX Lites East champion, Justin Bogle.
2017 Honda Grom
The 2017 Honda Grom features new, aggressive bodywork, bold new colors and new LED headlight design. With a new two-tier seat, a more defined tail section and a new low-mount muffler design, the Grom still features a 125cc engine, with a fun factor that continues to be off the charts. The Grom is a blast to ride, offering all the excitement and freedom of a motorcycle, yet is user friendly and approachable so it eliminates nearly the entire intimidation factor.
2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP
The all-new Honda CBR1000RR SP has been completely redesigned and given some serious performance upgrades. This limited-edition machine is fully street legal, but it’s really at home on a track day. Compact, slim and light, it’s also the first CBR Honda has offered with throttle-by-wire technology and that makes a whole realm of engine performance choices available.
2017 CBR600RR Race Bike
This bike was piloted by five-time national champion, Benny Solis, who competed in the 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport class, finishing 5th in the Championship and taking a podium at Utah Motorsports Campus. This modified race bike was consistently competitive against factory teams.
Honda CB500S ‘Scrambler Concept’
The Honda twin-cylinder sport bikes revolutionised the world of motorcycling when they first appeared, and this latest generation – Honda’s 500 twins – are the best ever. Starting with a 2016 Honda CB500F, MAD Industries and Lossa Engineering created this CB500S to replicate the very popular ‘Scrambler’ style of motorbikes on a modern sport bike frame. This CB500S’s frame has been modified with fabrication work featuring handmade panels, seat base and exhaust system, combining current modern parts that are available, which tie in with the hand-made items. The front end was upgraded to an inverted 41mm Showa Big Piston Fork and radial-mounted calipers from the CBR600RR.
The wheels are custom built by Ridewright Wheels with 40-spoke cross laced wheels, custom finished to match the bike’s Black and Gold theme and wrapped in Continental Trail Attack 2 tyres.
1Aftermarket project vehicles. All modification information listed was provided by the vehicle builders and has not been confirmed by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The modifications to these vehicles may void the manufacturer's warranty, may not be legal for street driving in all 50 states and have not been specifically suggested, recommended or approved by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept car offers a preview of what future mobility could look like. It offers excellent range, swift refuelling and sporty road performance, combining a highly efficient fuel cell with a powerful battery that can provide a temporary boost of 100 kW. The car can be fully refuelled with hydrogen in around four minutes, and is then ready to drive for up to 600 kilometres. The technology study also provides a glimpse of things to come in the fields of piloted driving and piloted parking technology. Audi will go into production with this technology in 2017, with the next generation of the A8 luxury sedan.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept is another milestone along the path towards future mobility. Whether with purely battery-powered drive, plug-in hybrid, combustion engine or fuel cell – Audi has a command of all alternative drive technologies and offers tailor made solutions for its customers worldwide. The Audi h-tron quattro concept is closely related to the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept. This latter concept car of a purely electric-drive SUV was first showcased by the brand with the four rings at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Both are based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo). This concept is especially flexible. For example, both cars use a virtually identical floor assembly despite their different technology.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept presents the fifth generation of fuel cell technology from Audi and Volkswagen. Lighter materials reduce the weight and improve performance, responsiveness, service life and efficiency. With an efficiency rating in excess of 60 percent, the fuel cell now surpasses any combustion engine. The ‘stack’ comprising 330 individual cells is housed in the forward structure. The three hydrogen tanks are located beneath the passenger compartment or luggage compartment but do not impinge on the interior. At a pressure of 700 bar, they store enough hydrogen for a range of up to 600 kilometres.
Every tank is made up of several layers – the inner tank from gas-tight polyamide is wrapped in carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) and fibre glass reinforced polymer (FGRP). Like a car with combustion engine, refuelling takes about four minutes.
Powerful booster: battery supplies up to 100 kW of power
Ideally complementing the fuel cell that develops up to 110 kW, there is a compact lithium-ion battery designed for optimum power output. The battery, weighing less than 60 kilograms, is located beneath the passenger compartment to optimise the centre of gravity. It supplies up to 100 kW of power, ample for a temporary, forceful burst when accelerating. When the car is braked it stores the recovered energy. With 550 Nm of system torque, the Audi h-tron quattro accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than seven seconds; its top speed is governed at 200 km/h.
The power from the fuel cell and the high-voltage battery drives two electric motors – one located on the front axle and with an output of 90 kW, the other on the rear axle and developing 140 kW. This concept makes the technology study an electrified quattro. An intelligent management system controls the interplay between them as appropriate for the situation, placing maximum emphasis on efficiency. A heat pump for the interior air conditioning and a large solar roof that generates up to 320 watts, equivalent to adding up to 1,000 kilometres to the range annually, also boost efficiency.
Zero global emissions with renewably produced hydrogen from the Audi e-gas facility in Werlte, Germany
According to the New European Driving Cycle its fuel consumption is around one kilogram of hydrogen per 100 kilometres. The Audi h-tron quattro concept achieves not merely zero local emissions, but zero global emissions if the hydrogen it runs on has been produced with green power. The brand with the four rings realises this at the Audi e-gas facility in North Germany. Since 2013, the world’s first power-to-gas plant has been using electricity generated by wind power to break water down into oxygen and hydrogen by electrolysis. In a further process, this gas is currently reacted with CO2 to produce Audi e-gas, or synthetic methane, for the Audi A3 g-tron and the A4 g-tron with CNG drive.
Many customers are already using the e-gas fuel card to buy Audi e-gas via the existing natural gas network at conventional CNG filling stations, enabling them to drive almost CO2-neutrally. But in future it will be possible to tap this hydrogen source so that fuel cell cars can run on this climate-friendly fuel.
Nerve centre for piloted driving: the zFAS
Through the concept car h-tron quattro concept, Audi demonstrates just how emotion-packed piloted driving can be. It comes equipped with all the technologies that the brand has developed for piloted driving – radar sensors, a new kind of video camera, ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner.
The driver assistance systems are now usually managed by spatially separate control units. In future, Audi will be implementing this function in a central domain architecture: all available sensor information is processed by a central driver assistance system (zFAS). It computes a complete model of the car’s surroundings in real time and makes this information available to the assistance systems and the piloted driving systems. They can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h. Audi has been performing pioneering work in this domain for many years and in 2017 will be taking this technology into production for the first time ever with the next generation of its Audi A8 full-size sedan.\
Elegant and streamlined: the exterior
The exterior design of the five-door technology study blends aesthetic appeal with aerodynamics. The Audi h-tron quattro concept is 4.88 metres long and 1.93 metres wide but just 1.54 metres high. Its silhouette with the extremely flat greenhouse that tapers strongly toward the rear lends it the dynamic character of a coupé. The flowing shoulder line forms distinctive blister contours above the wheels in an expression of the electrified quattro drive. Wide wheel panels and angular side sills underscore the robust character of the car.
The Cd value of 0.27 makes a major contribution to maximising range and efficiency. Aerodynamic elements down the flanks, on the underbody and at the rear improve the way air flows around the car at higher speeds. Cameras take the place of exterior mirrors, further enhancing aerodynamics and efficiency. The headlights of the technology study are divided into two sections. The upper section generates the light using the new, extremely high-resolution Matrix laser technology. The lower section, which corresponds to the slats in the Singleframe grille, forms the lighting signature.
In addition to the white daytime running lights signature, flat OLED (organic light emitting diode) elements radiate a homogeneous blue light to the sides and upwards. Beneath the lights there are two large air intake slots. The sills incorporate a light strip in Matrix LED technology which again emits white light when the driver approaches the technology study with the remote control key. When the car is driving in piloted mode, this is signalled by blue horizontal lines lit up down its sides. Mirroring the front configuration, the rear lights likewise consist of two elements. Each of the upper zones features nine red OLED units that handle the tail light function, with three more below.
Fusion of architecture and operating concept: the interior
The package of the Audi h-tron quattro concept enables a spacious, comfortable interior for four persons and 500 litres of luggage. Intelligent software provides assistance when loading up: two small sensors scan the items of luggage and display the optimum loading order on a monitor mounted on the rear cutout.
The interior of the Audi h-tron quattro concept has a light and open feel to it; its architecture merges harmoniously with the operating and display concept. The three large displays in front of the driver are designed using OLED technology – their wafer-thin films can take on virtually any shape. There are also two touch displays in addition to the central Audi virtual cockpit curved OLED. The driver controls the lights and the systems for piloted driving with the left one. The large display on the right is for managing media and navigation, and also displays the drive system’s operating statuses. The steering wheel serves as a further control level. Its spokes are equipped with contoured touch surfaces.
The selector lever for the driving mode is mounted on the console of the centre tunnel. In front of it, there are two further OLED displays – for the drive status, the air conditioning and for freely programmable information functions. The front one offers gesture controls. The curved displays in the front section of the doors serve as digital exterior mirrors. The two rear passengers sit on comfortable individual seats. They can share data with the driver via the Audi tablets, which again have OLED displays. The tablets are designed as a mobile Rear Seat Entertainment system.
Mopar has unveiled a huge 10-car line-up of vehicles transformed using both production and concept parts and accessories at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Fiat, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram customised vehicles were spread out over the vast 1425-square-metre Mopar SEMA display. In addition, hundreds of Mopar products — from engines to wheels to lift kits and much more — are on display at America’s premier automotive specialty products trade show.
“The lineup of Mopar-modified vehicles premiering at SEMA represents real-world examples of our brand’s continued commitment to helping owners create customized dream rides that suit their specific lifestyles and passions,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “It doesn’t matter if you drive an SUV, commercial vehicle, compact crossover, sedan or a muscle car. Mopar has the products to help make each vehicle your own.”
Some of the Mopar modified vehicles at the show include:
Fiat 500X Chicane
The Fiat 500X makes its SEMA Show debut in 2015, and Mopar is using a pair of the compact crossovers — including the Fiat 500X Chicane — to showcase how Mopar can take the vehicle’s iconic Italian style, functionality and performance and personalise it to fit a variety of lifestyles. The Fiat 500X Chicane is a street-tuner vehicle, designed to buzz through urban areas with a concept Mopar fascia, body cladding and concept oversized 20-inch two-tone Satin Black and Gloss Black wheels. The pop of the gloss Competition Blue exterior is accented with a concept Chicane bodyside stripe and concept Gloss Black paint on the roof.
Mopar pulled from its more than 100 genuine accessories designed especially for the Fiat 500X to customize the Chicane’s cockpit. Upgrades include a bright pedal kit, concept satin black door sill guards emblazoned with the 500X logo, a 500X logo-embossed premium carpet mat, a cargo management kit and a telescopic bar organiser, all from the Mopar portfolio. Bringing the exterior into the interior, the Katzkin leather seats are bordered in blue, and blue also colours the instrument panel and surrounds the FIAT badge at the centre of the steering wheel. Areas of the chrome bezel trim have been blacked out.
The 500X Chicane is designed to hug city streets with a concept lowering kit. A concept cat-back exhaust provides additional power, and concept exhaust tips add to the appearance.
Fiat 500X Mobe
The Fiat 500X Mobe, named after a kite-surfing trick, is customised with off-the-shelf Mopar products to haul toys to the beach in search of surf and sand. The Ivory Pearl exterior is accented with Matte Bronze paint on the hood, roof, mirror caps and lower grille surround. The lower sides of the all-wheel-drive 500X Mobe are embellished with “X” stripe graphics from Mopar, coloured in concept Mopar Blue. The same blue touches a single pocket of the production 18-inch wheels, painted in two-tone Matte Bronze and Satin Black.
A Mopar roof rack, featuring special Mopar logo graphics, works in concert with side rails to create a perfect transport for a kiteboard or other recreational equipment. Moving to the interior, a blue kite surfer decal keeps with the vehicle’s theme and ties in with the accent blue seat inserts embroidered with the “X” logo. The 500X logo adorns the Mopar door sill guards modified with Matte Bronze paint, with the FIAT logo on the black molded cargo tray (perfect for storing gear), premium front all-weather mats and emergency first aid kit. An additional spot to store gear is provided through a head restraint-mounted coat hanger.
Chrysler 300 Super S
Style and sophistication can meld harmoniously with performance and attitude. For proof, take the Chrysler 300 Super S. The bold persona of the customized Chrysler 300 Super S begins with a concept, aggressive front fascia. More than 300 unique “Easter eggs” are hidden on the Matte Black grille, where miniature Mopar “M” letters, painted Dark Hyper Black low gloss, dot the entire grille.
The lowered body (thanks to a Mopar coilover lowering kit) is planted on concept Mopar 22-inch wheels at the front and rear. Like the Mopar “M” grille lettering, production Mopar center caps are painted to match the Dark Hyper Black low gloss wheels, which are set off stunningly against the Matte Cerulean exterior finish. At the back, a concept rear valence and a deck-lid spoiler from the Mopar brand portfolio drive the tires to the pavement. Unique 300 Super S and Mopar Design badges round out the exterior appointments.
The aggressiveness of the exterior is paired with premium styling inside. Concept Katzkin light grey leather seats are trimmed in blue stitching, as are the armrests, with blue flourishes also featured on the side panels and instrument panel. The production 300’s rotary shifter has been swapped out for a concept polystable T-handle shifter and the steering wheel replaced with a sportier, flat-bottom version. Production Mopar door sill guards carry the Chrysler logo, and premium carpet floor mats and a cargo mat feature metal badging.
Beneath the 300 Super S hood lurks a powerful beast. The 5.7-litre HEMI engine is beefed up with Mopar Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Upgrade Kits, which exactly mimic the modifications and performance boosts delivered by Mopar Scat Pack Performance kits available for the 5.7-litre HEMI engine-equipped Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles. Additional Mopar production parts include front and rear performance strut tower braces, which provide extra stiffness for cornering and handling, as well as a Mopar Big Brake Kit.
Chrysler 200 S Mopar
The Chrysler brand’s mid-size sedan receives an “attitude adjustment” with a mix of production and concept Mopar parts and accessories used to create the Chrysler 200 S Mopar. A more muscular look is achieved on the Ceramic Grey Metallic exterior of the 200 S Mopar with the addition of a production Mopar body kit, including a front chin splitter, side sills and rear valance. A concept, dual-vented Mopar performance hood elevates performance and appearance. Large, production Mopar 19-inch wheels are painted a unique Satin Black finish, set off distinctly against the Ceramic Grey Metallic skin. Other exterior features include concept exhaust tips and the Mopar Design badge.
Inside, the concept Katzkin leather seats with perforated inserts are outlined in Mopar Blue piping, with blue also coloring the instrument panel and portions of the door panel. Mopar premium carpet mats and a Mopar pedal kit further dress up the interior. The V6 Pentastar engine of the Chrysler 200 S Mopar is kicked up by adding a cat-back exhaust and cold-air intake. A Mopar production suspension lowering kit helps the 200 S Mopar ride nearer to the ground and improve handling and drivability. A Mopar Big Brake Kit provides additional stopping power.
Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept
It’s V8 muscle with all-wheel drive. Yes, you read that right. The Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept is a one-of-a-kind, year-round muscle car that lets you have your cake and eat it too, combining wickedly fast power and performance with the confidence of increased traction. Mopar stepped outside its usual colour palette in designing the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept, choosing Header Orange highlights to line the grille and taillight surround of the Destroyer Grey body. Header Orange continues as a distinct contrast point for the Destroyer Grey body colour stripe that runs through the Matte Black paint blanketing the upper portion of the vehicle, from tip to rear. Mirror caps are also painted with Header Orange accent stripes.
The Challenger GT AWD Concept enhances its signature muscle car proportions, bulging out with Mopar’s concept wide body kit and its massive wheel flares housing concept Mopar five-spoke wheels: 20-inch x 10-inch on the front and 20-inch x 11-inch on the rear. Mopar center caps are painted to match the body and wheels. The body kit compliments Challenger’s heritage-inspired styling, adding an aggressive profile with a front chin splitter and rear spoiler, which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Additional Mopar modifications dress up the rear, including quad Mopar exhaust tips painted in a powder-coated Satin Black, a Mopar fuel filler door painted Satin Black with a unique Mopar graphic and a concept Mopar Design decklid badge.
The interior takes cues from the exterior, with Header Orange stitching embellishing the rich Katzkin leather seats, center console, shifter boot and side panels. The Katzkin seats are also upgraded with medium taupe suede inserts. Additional control is gained for navigating tight corners with a flat-bottom steering wheel. Mopar door sill guards with the Challenger logo and a trunk mat round out the interior. The vehicle’s 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine uses an AWD package to power all four wheels, paired with an eight-speed transmission. The 5.7-litre engine is upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit.
The Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit maximizes gains achieved by the Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 kits by adding new Mopar Performance CNC-ported cylinder heads, Mopar hi-flow manifolds and hi-flow catalysts, a gasket set, exhaust manifolds, exhaust adapter, mounting brackets, hardware and two Scat Pack 3 badges. The Scat Pack 3 kit — as with Scat Pack 1 and 2 — boosts performance while maintaining the factory warranty. A concept Mopar suspension kit drops the Challenger GT AWD Concept closer to the road, lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity for race-inspired handling, with an assist from production Mopar performance front and rear strut tower braces.
Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3
For the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3, Mopar injected up to 75 additional horsepower (56kW) with the Mopar Scat Pack 3 Kit and then for good measure bolted on a selection of production and concept Mopar products to create a completely original, performance-driven version of the four-door muscle car. The Silver Bullet exterior colour is masked by full-length Matte Black paint covering the top of the vehicle. Body colour comes through the Matte Black via centre stripes bordered by Mopar Blue tracer accents. The styling, inspired by the second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, is modified with a concept Mopar body kit, including a front chin splitter, side sills, rear spoiler and unique rear valance, providing an aggressive look while augmenting aerodynamic characteristics.
In keeping with the Charger Deep Stage 3’s name, it rolls on concept Mopar Dark Bronze 22-inch Classic III wheels, with colour matched Mopar centre caps. A concept Mopar decal flanks both front fenders, with Scat Pack 3 badges and a Mopar Design decklid badge displayed. Heading inside, concept Katzkin leather seats boast such selections as a special R/T embroidery with a blue surround and the R/T logo centred in black to pick up on exterior cues, perforated Katzkin fog suede seat inserts and Mopar blue stitching on the armrests, steering wheel and seat inserts. Pulled from the Mopar catalogue are door sill guards emblazoned with the Charger logo, premium carpet floor mats and a cargo mat carry metal Dodge badging.
Powered by the 5.7-litre HEMI engine, the Charger Deep Stage 3 is punched up in three phases by the trio of Mopar Scat Pack Performance kits. Mopar Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 upgrades, featuring a Mopar cold-air intake, Mopar cat-back exhaust, Mopar low-restriction oil filter, new Mopar Performance camshaft, a set of Mopar Performance valve springs, tie bars, upgraded pushrods and all the gaskets, are finished off with an up to 75 horsepower boost (56kW) and 44 lb.-ft. (60Nm) of torque improvement of the Scat Pack 3 kit.
A Mopar coilover lowering kit enhances handling while providing a menacing appearance by bringing the Charger Deep Stage 3 closer to the street. Mopar Performance front and rear strut tower braces keep the tires in contact with the road. Reining in the car’s horsepower is a job the Mopar Big Brake Kit is equipped to handle.
Dodge Dart GLH Concept
The Dodge Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell) owns a special spot in the Dodge brand’s 100-plus year pantheon, and the brand’s American compact car pays homage to that beloved 1980s-era ride with the Dodge Dart GLH Concept. The athletic, stylish exterior of the Dodge Dart GLH Concept is coloured Pitch Black and looks ready to pounce with an in-your-face, production front fascia with concept grille details and a Mopar Performance aluminium hood. A production front chin splitter, side sill accents and rear fascia diffuser form a Mopar body kit that creates a speedy, nimble appearance.
Red accents on the lower body provide an outline reminiscent of the original Omni GLH. The Dart GLH Concept rides on lightweight Mopar 18-inch wheels, painted anodized black, with matching Mopar centre caps. Stopping power is upgraded with a Dart high-performance brake kit by Mopar. Exhaust tips add an aggressive growl, and a Mopar Design badge adorns the decklid.
Inside, the all-black Katzkin leather seats are modified with concept red mesh seat inserts and red stitch accent touches on the bolsters and armrest. Red on the door pulls and instrument panel tracer are production offerings. The enhanced interior adds extra performance with a Dodge sport steering wheel, Mopar pedal kit, Mopar shift knob, Mopar premium carpet mats and Mopar door sill guards featuring the Dart logo.
Ram Rebel X
The Ram 1500 Rebel makes a statement by itself. Mopar helps proclaim its all-terrain credentials even louder with the Ram Rebel X, a full-size pickup outfitted with a catalogue of production parts and accessories. The unique dark Copper exterior extends to the functional sport performance hood, accented with a Matte Black graphic trimmed with a Mopar Blue tracer. Mopar wheel flares extend over the 35-inch Toyo tires, which wrap around 17-inch cast-aluminum beadlock wheels that equip the 1500 Rebel for rumbles over off-road terrain. Painted functional beadlock rings with fasteners are also featured on the beadlock wheels, with Mopar center caps providing another highlight to the rims.
The front features the distinctive Rebel grille with the RAM logo painted in Satin Black and a concept two-piece skid plate. The bed is stylishly secured with a soft tri-fold tonneau cover, and a Mopar dual exhaust bed step helps reach tools or equipment stored in the rear. Black tubular side steps provide a lift into the interior, which features prototype Katzkin leather seats embroidered with the Rebel X name outlined in silver in a black field, with a blue field for the “X.” Copper stitching accents the armrest and steering wheel. Additional features inside include all-weather slush mats, a pedal kit and door sills.
The Ram Rebel X, powered by a 5.7-litre HEMI engine, is also tuned up to tame the streets and beyond. A Mopar 5.7-litre cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust and exhaust tips, fed by an active Ram Air duct, enhance the performance capabilities, with a concept air ride suspension smoothing out the ride.
Ram ProMaster City DiveMaster
Mopar has a full portfolio to draw from in bestowing the Ram brand’s purpose-built van with a unique, active personality, offering up a scuba-themed approach to the Ram ProMaster City DiveMaster. No one will mistake this ProMaster City for an ordinary commercial van. A flowing, gradient color palette “aquatically” illustrates the exterior, stepping from white to Ocean Blue to mirror a scuba diver’s deep sea perspective. Matte black paint covers the hood, a slice of the front end and the side windows, which also sport a distinctive “Mopar Ram Deep Dive Scuba Shop” decal.
The mirror caps are creatively customized with the iconic red and white “diver down” flag, and a scuba diver silhouette draws eyes to the hood. The ProMaster City DiveMaster rides on 17-inch concept wheels. Functional Mopar accessories include side rails, a locking fuel cap and wheel locks. The interior boasts Mopar blue seat inserts and blue stitching on the Katzkin leather first- and second-row seats, with Mopar logo embroidery. In the cargo area, custom racks and shelving help organize scuba gear, with a unique spray-on floor liner offering protection. The rear doors also double as scuba gear storage space and a TV screen mounting area. Mopar LED lights brighten up the cargo space to locate equipment or prepare for nighttime dives. All-weather floor mats are also added.
Ram ProMaster DragMaster
Switching from scuba to the strip, the Ram ProMaster DragMaster is equipped for double duty, serving as a tow vehicle for a drag racing machine, as well as a pit vehicle with the space needed to store tools and performance parts. The white exterior is embellished with the Mopar Performance logo on the sliding cargo door, with the blue Mopar logo emblazoned on the rear doors and “MOPAR” text in white displayed on the windshield. A Mopar blue stripe on the side echoes that of the tow vehicle — the all-new, supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
The DragMaster sits on concept painted 16-inch wheels and is outfitted with additional production Mopar accessories, including a locking fuel filler cap and a hitch receiver with trailer tow wiring harness. Other exterior Mopar mods include a side step, fog lights and wheel locks. Custom shelves and racks provide a mobile pit stall to store the tools and performance parts required to go fast on the quarter-mile. Mopar LED cargo lights provide illumination for late-night race fixes or prep, and additional production Mopar accessories include all-weather mats, cargo area floor covering and D-pillar and B-pillar handles. A raised headliner provides extra headroom for racers or crew working in the cargo area.
The Mopar stand will also display modified Jeep brand vehicles such as the Jeep Chief, Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder, Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail and the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk. All of these concepts debuted at the 2015 Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
The Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) is regarded worldwide as the leading trade show for customisation and sports tuning. The new products presented at SEMA to trade experts influence the entire scene and set trends. At this year's SEMA show from November 3rd to 6th 2015, BMW presents a selection of distinctively sports- oriented BMW M Performance Parts to the trade fair audience. Located on the lower level of South Hall (Stand 40247), trade fair visitors will see a BMW M Performance modified BMW M4 Coupé as well as the first BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW M2 Coupé.
What is more, the new "M Performance" inscription in dynamic technical design is to be seen on selected parts. The inscription reflects the increased dynamic flair of BMW M Performance as well as underscoring the essential functional orientation of all BMW M Performance Parts. Evidence of this is also to be seen in the new, extremely sporty parts and components with which BMW has fitted the demonstration vehicle. The new inscription will initially appear on the BMW M Performance Parts for the models BMW M2 Coupé and BMW M4 Coupé, but in future it will be used for the entire BMW M Performance product portfolio.
The BMW M4 Coupé is regarded as the ultimate driving machine and the benchmark for sporty driving dynamics in its class. This status is also reflected in its appearance, which is defined by motor racing style. It is now possible to enhance this look even further by means of the new BMW M Performance aerodynamic components. The front inserts in high-end carbon fibre (CFRP) and the BMW M Performance front trim grille in high-gloss black give the face of the BMW M4 Coupé an even more striking expression.
The lateral BMW M Performance side sill attachments made of polyurethane (PUR) with the new “M Performance” inscription emphasise the dynamic elegance of the BMW M4 Coupé. BMW M Performance exterior mirror caps in carbon fibre finish, the lateral BMW M Performance side gills in high-gloss black in the M gill elements and BMW M Performance motor racing stripes applied to the body perfectly supplement the dynamic side view.
Meanwhile at the rear of the car, a BMW M Performance carbon fibre diffuser with three strikingly shaped bars derived from motorsports and a newly designed BMW M Performance through-flow rear spoiler likewise made of carbon fibre further highlight the powerful rear section of the BMW M4 Coupé. The new “M Performance” inscription on the lateral end plates of the rear spoiler as well as the motorsports stripes on the spoiler connecting sections constitute a further distinctive visual highlight.
These attachment parts, some elaborately crafted by hand, not only give the BMW M4 Coupé a distinctive and high-end appearance, they also provide a perfect match for the car's highly expressive design. What is more, all BMW M Performance aerodynamic components are harmonised with the car's airflow response, so they ensure optimised aerodynamic performance as well as supporting an ambitious driving style. The adjustable BMW M Performance coilover suspension likewise enhances sporty driving pleasure. The lowered suspension intensifies the distinctively sporty look of the BMW M4 Coupé as well as conveying a more dynamic ride feel.
The lightweight construction exhaust system comprises a stainless steel exhaust duct with a rear silencer made entirely of titanium and bearing the “M Performance” inscription when viewed from the rear. Eye-catching BMW M Performance tailpipe trim elements made of carbon fibre with M logo add another visual highlight. There are two settings available to adjust the sound characteristics of the BMW M Performance silencer system, each of which is linked to the performance characteristics of the engine activated at the press of a button. Even the standard mode is impressive with its striking, sports-style sound that is still well-suited to everyday use.
Meanwhile the powerful in-line 6-cylinder with M TwinPower Turbo Technology remains the same, offering an output of 317 kW/431 hp (combined fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 194 g/km)* and combining enthralling driving dynamics with impressive efficiency in a way that is unrivalled by any other engine in its output class. Fitted with an M twin-clutch transmission, the BMW M4 Coupé exhibition car at SEMA accelerates in just 4.1 seconds from standing to 100 km/h. The top speed is electronically cut off at 250 km/h.
On the inside, one eye-catching feature is the BMW M Performance steering wheel Pro with a rim in Alcantara Anthracite. The steering wheel trim element is in clear-finish carbon fibre and also bears the "M Performance" inscription. At the 12-o'clock position the steering wheel rim features a blue centre-position marking derived from motorsports.
A BMW M Performance gear selection lever for the M twin-clutch transmission (M DKG) protrudes from the BMW M Performance centre console trim, perfectly fitting the driver's hand. The light and yet highly resilient composite material carbon fibre was also used for the door handles and the handbrake handle with Alcantara gaiter. Meanwhile the driver's feet control a pedal system fitted with BMW M Performance pedal covers that are made of stainless steel. The trade show vehicle also features LED door projectors. From January 2016 the first of the new BMW M Performance Parts will be available for the BMW M4 Coupé. The entire range of parts will be available from the BMW dealer network by June 2016.
Not long after the world premiere of the new BMW M2 Coupé, BMW now presents BMW M Performance Parts at SEMA 2015 which were developed especially for this compact high-performance athlete. These include black gloss trim grilles with M specific twin trim bars for the front kidney grille elements, featuring trim ring surrounds which are likewise finished in black gloss. Black gloss trim bars are also available for the side M gill elements as well as BMW M Performance exterior mirror caps in carbon fibre. A BMW M Performance rear spoiler in carbon fibre finish, the newly developed BMW M Performance suspension and the sports exhaust with flap system for the new BMW M2 Coupé with tailpipe trim elements in carbon fibre are exhibited at SEMA for the first time. Exhibits that demonstrate individualisation of the interior are a BMW M Performance steering wheel with Alcantara cover and an open-pore carbon fibre trim element, a BMW M Performance gear selection lever complete with trim element for the M twin-clutch transmission, likewise in open-pore carbon fibre, a BMW M Performance centre console combining carbon fibre and Alcantara and pedal covers in stainless steel. Further details of BMW M Performance Parts for the new BMW M2 Coupé will be available in the course of spring 2016.
*Figures for vehicle with M DKG. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on the ECE test cycle, dependent on tyre format.
Nissan unveiled the new Lannia at Auto Shanghai 2015. Two years ago in Shanghai, Nissan introduced the Friend-Me Concept, followed by the Lannia Concept in 2014 at the Beijing Motor Show, and Lannia is the tangible expression of the company’s commitment to China. Building on Nissan’s longstanding success in the sedan market, it’s the first product developed and designed for young Chinese generations, especially those in their 20s and 30s, seen as the nation’s trendsetters. “Edging forward is not enough. The market in China is moving very fast, especially with the post-1980s generation,” said Titus Liu, Creative Design Manager at Nissan Design China. “They do not want to stick with the status quo, so we are dedicated to finding the next great breakthrough. This is important for us.” Design and development was led by Nissan Design China, backed by the Nissan Global Design Centre. Lannia’s styling speaks to rising Chinese who want to set themselves apart as both edgy and sophisticated, resulting in a stylish new look for a sedan that goes against conventions.
The new model also boasts Nissan’s latest iconic design signatures, such as the V-motion grille, kick-up C-pillar, floating roof and boomerang-shaped headlights. “Younger drivers have grown up with modern technology, such as smartphones and tablets. For them, connecting and interacting with a car feels natural,” said John Zhang, Chief Product Specialist for the Lannia. Lannia features integrated infotainment technologies designed exclusively in China, including an advanced audio system with smart-phone connectivity and a seven-inch multimedia display screen. It adds many of Nissan’s advanced safety features for enhanced driver control and security.
Taking centre stage at the Nissan booth during Auto Shanghai 2015, Lannia will sit alongside a number of exciting models at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, from April 20 to 29.
At the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2015 in Las Vegas (6 – 9 January 2015) BMW i will unveil a further innovative product from its 360° ELECTRIC portfolio: BMW i Home Charging Services. This smart solution for home charging of electric and plug-in hybrid BMW models is based on the smart home-enabled BMW i Wallbox Pro system already presented by BMW in spring 2014.
How the smart charging service works
Using BMW i Home Charging Services, the vehicle is charged with home-generated solar power whenever this is available. At other times, or if the household does not have a solar generating system, the vehicle is automatically charged at the cheapest off-peak rates. This makes it possible to take advantage of flexible electricity pricing that varies depending on the time of day. In the USA, this can result in savings of up to 800 dollars a year. With this fully automated charging service, customers get a simple-to-operate system that integrates vehicle charging with the household electrical system and online-based data systems.
“With Home Charging Services, BMW is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer such a broad-based EV smart charging product,” says BMW Project Manager Julian Lienich. “Our aim is to make mobility as cheap as possible for users and to allow them to maximise their use of green power – but without having to organise everything themselves.”
In Las Vegas, BMW will stage a live demonstration of BMW i Home Charging Services, which was jointly developed by BMW and Beegy, a provider for distributed energy-management, based on the Beegy Software Platform. In this demonstration, a solar carport supplies solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox, which uses it to charge the vehicle. The system also uses real-time solar power data and home energy data supplied by Solarwatt and Kiwigrid. A screen at CES displays real-time weather data, together with solar power forecasts, showing visitors how BMW uses such forecasts to optimally manage charging times. Even if the sun is not shining, real-time electricity pricing data from Genability can be used to ensure that the vehicle is charged when electricity rates are at their cheapest. The Home Charging Services demonstration in Las Vegas also gives BMW the opportunity to present a concept product: a stationary energy storage system built from repurposed batteries previously used in BMW i electric vehicles. Energy fed to this home storage system – for example home-generated solar energy – can subsequently be used to charge an electric vehicle or to meet household power needs. The ability to use solar energy regardless of time of day helps households to achieve higher levels of energy self-sufficiency and to minimise the impact of rising energy prices.
Optimised costs, optimised energy use and simple operation
To sum up: BMW i Smart Charging Services aim to optimise charging costs and – if customers have a home solar generating system – to make best possible use of home-generated solar power. The fact that the system is integrated with home energy management systems also makes it possible to achieve the best possible balance between household electricity consumption and power used for charging the electric vehicle, thereby helping customers to achieve further cost savings and to make even more efficient use of solar energy. A solar carport with a roof area of 25 square metres or more can produce enough power for 32,000 kilometres of electric driving a year (global average). Smart use of this power will in future provide BMW i customers with a fully self-sufficient charging solution for their vehicle.
This is the world’s first EV smart charging solution of its type, and it will be available to customers by 2016.
At the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2015 in Las Vegas (6 – 9 January 2015) BMW i will unveil a further innovative product from its 360° ELECTRIC portfolio: BMW i Home Charging Services. This smart solution for home charging of electric and plug-in hybrid BMW models is based on the smart home-enabled BMW i Wallbox Pro system already presented by BMW in spring 2014.How the smart charging service works.
Using BMW i Home Charging Services, the vehicle is charged with home-generated solar power whenever this is available. At other times, or if the household does not have a solar generating system, the vehicle is automatically charged at the cheapest off-peak rates. This makes it possible to take advantage of flexible electricity pricing that varies depending on the time of day. In the USA, this can result in savings of up to 800 dollars a year. With this fully automated charging service, customers get a simple-to-operate system that integrates vehicle charging with the household electrical system and online-based data systems.“With Home Charging Services, BMW is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer such a broad-based EV smart charging product,” says BMW Project Manager Julian Lienich. “Our aim is to make mobility as cheap as possible for users and to allow them to maximise their use of green power – but without having to organise everything themselves.”In Las Vegas, BMW will stage a live demonstration of BMW i Home Charging Services, which was jointly developed by BMW and Beegy, a provider for distributed energy-management, based on the Beegy Software Platform. In this demonstration, a solar carport supplies solar power straight to the BMW i Wallbox, which uses it to charge the vehicle. The system also uses real-time solar power data and home energy data supplied by Solarwatt and Kiwigrid. A screen at CES displays real-time weather data, together with solar power forecasts, showing visitors how BMW uses such forecasts to optimally manage charging times. Even if the sun is not shining, real-time electricity pricing data from Genability can be used to ensure that the vehicle is charged when electricity rates are at their cheapest. The Home Charging Services demonstration in Las Vegas also gives BMW the opportunity to present a concept product: a stationary energy storage system built from repurposed batteries previously used in BMW i electric vehicles. Energy fed to this home storage system – for example home-generated solar energy – can subsequently be used to charge an electric vehicle or to meet household power needs. The ability to use solar energy regardless of time of day helps households to achieve higher levels of energy self-sufficiency and to minimise the impact of rising energy prices.Optimised costs, optimised energy use and simple operation.
To sum up: BMW i Smart Charging Services aim to optimise charging costs and – if customers have a home solar generating system – to make best possible use of home-generated solar power. The fact that the system is integrated with home energy management systems also makes it possible to achieve the best possible balance between household electricity consumption and power used for charging the electric vehicle, thereby helping customers to achieve further cost savings and to make even more efficient use of solar energy. A solar carport with a roof area of 25 square metres or more can produce enough power for 32,000 kilometres of electric driving a year (global average). Smart use of this power will in future provide BMW i customers with a fully self-sufficient charging solution for their vehicle.This is the world’s first EV smart charging solution of its type, and it will be available to customers by 2016.