Ferrari Brings LaFerrari to Australia for the Australian Motoring Festival

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This mouthwatering hybrid supercar costs $3,000,000 and is limited to 499 cars. Ferrari think Australia should give it the once over this weekend in Melbourne.

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The HY-KERS hybrid system puts out a stunning 789 hoursepower and includes a 6.3 litre V12 which powers the Ferrari to 100kph in a smidge under 3 seconds. The V12 revs to 9,350, but then for 3 million bucks I’d expect to rub my feet and serve Gins and Tonic ay will.

Have a look at it, it is gorgeous.

What do you think?

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BMW in the next installment of Mission Impoosible “Rogue Na-tion”

 

BMW and BMW Motorrad cooperate with Paramount Pictures on the upcoming release, “Mission Impossible – Rogue Na-tion gaycarboys (3)

High-speed, high-tech, high excitement – BMW and BMW Motorrad cooperate with Paramount Pictures on the upcoming release, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Na-tion”

Note: International press release. This is a 1:1 copy of the original issued by BMW Group headquarters in Germany. No adaptations have been made to cater for the Australian market.

BMW provides vehicles, technology and production support to Tom Cruise-film releasing July 31 worldwide.

Munich/Los Angeles. BMW confirmed today its role as exclusive worldwide automotive partner of the next installment of Paramount Pictures’ legendary action film fran-chise, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, BMW and BMW Motorrad cooperate with Paramount Pictures on the upcoming release, “Mission Impossible – Rogue Na-tion gaycarboys (1)in theaters from July 31. This is the second time BMW has “accepted the mission” to lend its superior technological support to the film’s production crew, enabling it to deliver breathtaking automotive stunt scenes shot around the globe. BMW previously partnered with Paramount on the 2011 successful re-lease of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”.

The film’s official trailer, released worldwide yesterday, offers fans a first glimpse of the high-adrenaline action that only Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Mission Force (IMF) team can deliver – including spectacular driving scenes where the new BMW M3 is put through its paces. Its renowned high-performance capabilities made the fifth generation M3 sports car the perfect choice to perform precision driving sequences, the likes of which have never been seen before.

The M division’s philosophy and dynamic design leaves no doubt about the M3’s mo-torsport genes while the BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR, which is also seen in the film trailer released yesterday, represents the ultimate performance on two wheels.

BMW ConnectedDrive, which offers uniquely intelligent connectivity between driver, car and environment, BMW and BMW Motorrad cooperate with Paramount Pictures on the upcoming release, “Mission Impossible – Rogue Na-tion gaycarboys (2)was always on hand for the IMF team as they travelled around the globe. This highly innovative system also offers enhanced safety and driving comfort in real life, with features such as camera and driving assistance systems playing an important role.

“We are delighted to again be a part of one of the most exciting action film franchises in movie history,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management for BMW AG, re-sponsible for Sales and Marketing BMW. “Dynamic performance and BMW Connected-Drive make our BMW models the perfect cars for Ethan Hunt and his team, who use the vehicles’ ground-breaking functions and cutting-edge technology to make sure the good guys come out on top. The BMW M3 combines motorsport DNA with everyday practicality in an emotionally powerful concept quite unlike any other car.”

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” reunites Tom Cruise with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot produc-tion. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.

Citroen Australia confirms 2016 of their funky youth oriented Cactus launch

The Citroen C4 Cactus will launch in Q1, 2016 gaycarboys

 

  • Citroen Australia confirms local introduction of C4 Cactus
  • Vehicle scheduled for Q1, 2016 launch

Citroen Australia has confirmed that it will launch its funky, C4 Cactus small SUV in early 2016.

The highly awarded Citroen C4 Cactus will bring with it a bold design and innovative features including Airbump technology, magic wash and a roof mounted airbag.

Unique Airbump® technology provides style with substance to absorb minor impacts, this flexible skin protects the vehicle from minor scrapes and bumps.

Consisting of a multitude of air capsules under a flexible skin TPU (Thermo Plastic Urethane), the soft treatment absorbs small bumps and provides better resistance to scratches.

They require no special maintenance, and directly involved in the reduction of operating costs of the vehicle.

Airbump technology will also be joined by an innovative ‘Magic Wash’ system whereby windscreen-washer jets are fitted in the tips of the wipers to provide a bead of liquid rather than a spray.
The system results in no loss of visibility during washing, while removing overspray and reducing consumption of washer fluid by half.

Maintaining the vehicles design focus, a new, innovative roof mounted airbag maximises storage space, allowing for an 8.5L stowage box in the dash, while also contributing to a cleaner dash design.
Since its launch last year, the C4 Cactus has taken out numerous awards including;

  • 2014 Best Crossover in UK’s Next Greencar Awards
  • 2014 Hatch of the Year – BBC Top Gear
  • 2014 Most Beautiful Interior Design – 30th Annual International Automobile Festival
  • 2014 Small hatch of the Year – UK Car of The Year
  • 2015 Production Car of the Year – Car Design News

General manager for Citroen Australia, John Startari said the introduction of the C4 Cactus continues Citroens focus on design and innovation.

“Citroen is renowned historically for its ground breaking designs and pioneering features, and the C4 Cactus follow in the footsteps of the Grand C4 Picasso and C4 Picasso with a bold family face and innovative on-board technology,” said Startari.

“We are very excited about the launch of C4 Cactus in fact, we are already holding a number of pre-orders for the vehicle well ahead of its local introduction,” said Startari.

New Audi R18 e-tron quattro now even more efficient

 

R18 e-tron quattro

 

  • Aerodynamics, hybrid drive and many other details improved
  • Efficient TDI engine consumes even less fuel than before
  • Technologies from Le Mans winning cars now in production at Audi

Ingolstadt, March 21, 2015 – Audi is starting the 2015 season with a thoroughly revised R18 e-tron quattro. In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the season’s pinnacle event, Audi is going to compete with a hybrid sports car in the 4-megajoule class.
Double the amount of hybrid energy, fundamentally revised aerodynamics, the next step in lightweight design and a lot of detailed work characterise the fifth generation of the Audi R18.

“The possibilities of the revolutionary regulations that have been in effect for LMP sports cars since 2014 are far from having been fully used. The rules harbour so much potential that there is room for future developments,” says Jörg Zander, Audi Sport’s new Head of Engineering.

“We expect that the technological progress resulting from the fierce competitive pressure exerted by four automobile manufacturers that are now involved will significantly improve lap times this season – while concurrently reducing fuel consumption.”
Visually, the new R18 e-tron quattro differs clearly from its predecessor, even though its basic structure is closely akin to the previous model. The fresh look results from a new way of conducting airflow around and through the front end, in the area of the sidepods and at the rear of the LMP1 prototype. Large air inlets in the front wheel arches reduce aerodynamic drag of the body and have led to an all-new design of the headlights. The lighting units feature Matrix LED technology combined with Audi Laserlight – two innovations that improve active safety in road traffic and that Audi customers can now order for their production models as well.
While Audi has adopted the monocoque – the central safety cell of the race car – from the previous model, the hood with the front wing and wheel arches features a new design. As this body element incorporates the crash structure, Audi performed a new crash test for the 2015 season. Modified airflow through the sidepods with new radiator configurations for cooling the engine and the hybrid system further optimises aerodynamic drag. The engine cover, which encloses the unit even more tightly and notably tapers off behind the cockpit, contributes to this as well.
This year, Audi is again preparing two different body styles (high-downforce and low-downforce) for the various tracks on the FIA WEC calendar. In combination with an optimised chassis and in close cooperation with tyre partner Michelin, Audi has further improved the performance potential of its sports prototype this way.
Hybrid pioneer Audi is taking the next step in the area of energy recovery. The company is the only manufacturer to date to have won the Le Mans 24 Hours with hybrid sports cars. Since 2012, the R18 e-tron quattro has been unbeaten in the French endurance classic. For this year, the engineers have doubled the amount of energy from 2 to 4 megajoules per race lap at Le Mans. During braking, energy is recovered which the system subsequently feeds back to the front axle on acceleration.

The electrical system now delivers an output of more than 200 kW, which is a significant increase compared to last year. Therefore, Audi has increased the capacity of the energy storage system as well. The encapsulated flywheel energy storage system that sits in the cockpit alongside the driver can store up to 700 kilojoules of energy that it subsequently returns to the electrical machine – which is about 17 percent more than in 2014.
Despite these performance increases, Audi has achieved the minimum weight of only 870 kilograms – notably in what is currently the world’s most complex racing category. The improved hybrid output, however, results in a restriction for the internal combustion engine. According to the sporting regulations the fuel-energy amount has to be further reduced if the engineers opt for higher hybrid output. As a result, the R18 e-tron quattro has to make do with 2.5 percent less diesel fuel per lap than in 2014.
Not least for this reason, Audi has further developed the four-litre V6 TDI engine by performing a lot of detailed work to achieve the optimized consumption levels. The most efficient power-plant in the field now delivers 410 kW. Due to its optimised consumption, the developers have managed to more than compensate for the loss in output resulting from the reduced amount of fuel. As another new rule this year, only five engines per race car may be used during the entire season. The power-plant now delivering even greater fuel efficiency continues a major trend. In 2006, Audi’s TDI engine debuted at Le Mans, followed by eight victories until 2014. While lap times continually improved, fuel consumption decreased by 38 percent during this period.
As a result, the youngest generation of the R18 emphasises the purpose which motorsport serves at Audi in many fields. Ever since the first Audi quattro was fielded in 1980, the brand has consistently been using circuit racing and rallying for the development of forward-thinking technologies that are subsequently used in production – from quattro four-wheel drive to TFSI gasoline direct injection, to the further development of TDI engines, through to innovations such as Matrix LED light and Audi Laserlight. At the Geneva Motor Show in March, Audi unveiled two other innovations with a reference to motorsport. For the first time, the brand showcased a hybrid model – the Q7 – that combines the e-tron quattro principle with a TDI engine. And the new R8 is the first model featuring the Audi Space Frame as a multi-material construction. In addition to aluminium, the frame includes a component made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), a material that has long become a staple in racing.

All-New Jaguar XF to be revealed in a Dramatic High-Wire Drive ahead of New York Auto Show Debut

All-new Jaguar XF to be revealed on 24 March 2015 GAYCARBOYS (1)

 

 

  • All-new Jaguar XF to be revealed on 24 March 2015
  • Dramatic high-wire journey streamed globally on jaguar.com/newxf at 19:00 GMT (8:00am AEDT 25th March 2015)
  • New XF to offer unrivalled levels of refinement, luxury, comfort and technology
  • All-new aluminium architecture enables class-leading weight 80kgs lighter than the competition
  • Full technical details to be announced at New York Auto Show on 01 April
  • YouTube video teaser – New XF Reveal

18 March 2015: The all new Jaguar XF will make an extraordinary journey across London on 24 March, one week ahead of its public motor show debut in New York.

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Jaguar have teamed up with expert British stuntman Jim Dowdell, veteran of dramatic action stunts in movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, to perform a world first high-wire water crossing in the all-new Jaguar XF.

The dramatic drive, across two 34mm-diameter wires suspended high above water, will highlight the lightweight and agile credentials of the new XF and will be streamed globally on jaguar.com/newxf at 19:00 GMT on 24 March (8:00am AEDT 25th March 2015).

XF was first launched in 2007 and is Jaguar’s biggest selling and most awarded car. The next generation XF is completely new from the ground up and will be the second Jaguar model to use the brand’s advanced aluminium-intensive architecture. The all-new XF will set new business segment benchmarks for weight and efficiency, resulting in class leading fuel economy figures of over 70mpg.

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “I believe the all-new XF will be the best looking car in its class. Elegant, handsome and with proportions that imbue a great sense of integrity – the all-new XF will be true to the strong tradition of sporting Jaguar saloons while being completely of its time.”

The sophisticated all-new XF will offer exceptional levels of technology, refinement, luxury and comfort

BMW: 51 percent of its electricity worldwide is being supplied from renewable sources

press release

Munich, Germany: At its Annual Account Press Conference 2015 today, the BMW Group announced that, for the first time in the history of the Group, 51 percent of its electricity worldwide is being supplied from renewable sources. This is a significant milestone for the company, its aim being to gradually increase the share of renewable energy to 100 percent over the coming years.

The BMW Group has a step-by-step plan to transition the company to 100 percent electrical energy supply from renewable sources. The first step is to increasingly improve the efficiency of energy consumption at facilities worldwide. In a second step, systems that generate electricity from renewable sources will be installed at individual locations. A third step will see the BMW Group purchasing electricity from renewable sources from energy companies worldwide.

Ursula Mathar, Head of Sustainability and Environmental Protection at the BMW Group: “We have a clear objective and a concrete plan for the transition to renewable energy. However, economic viability is essential for implementation. Only under the right framework conditions can we put our plans into action step by step in individual markets worldwide.”

Some 51 percent of the electricity supplied to the BMW Group worldwide is already being drawn from renewable energy sources. In Leipzig, Germany, the BMW Group is using wind power. In mid-2013, four wind turbines started operation on the premises of the plant, with 100 percent of the power produced going into the production of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. At the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA, a methane gas system provides around 50 percent of the energy required for production. At the Rosslyn plant in South Africa, the foundation stone for a combined heat and power unit fired by biogas was laid at the end of 2014.

The gas used is sourced from the waste products created on cattle and chicken farms. Commissioning of this system will already enable the company to cover over 25 percent of the energy required by the production plant this year.

The BMW Group takes an integrated approach to sustainability along the entire value chain. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, Group-wide environmental protection, sustainability in the supply chain, employee focus and corporate social responsibility are integral parts of the strategy. The company publishes key performance indicators and objectives in its annual Sustainable Value Report. The current Sustainable Value Report 2014 will be published on the same date as the Annual Report for the first time – 18 March 2015. You can find detailed information on the BMW Group’s Sustainability Strategy as well as on key performance indicators and objectives at: www.bmwgroup.com/svr.

Peugeot launches facelifted 3008 and 508 models with more stuff for less money

2015 3008 and 508 update models

Both models get a simplified lineup. We drove both and will deliver our usual classy review. Meanwhile here is the press release straight from those horse’s mouth.

I very much like the 508 as I have since launch. Expect the full story soon:

3008 is now classified as an SUV not a Hatch and is as follows:

The model line-up will now feature one, well-specified Active variant with option packs boosting the already strong list of standard features.

The revised line-up will be available with the choice of two drivetrains, a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol developing 115kW and 240Nm, or a powerful yet efficient 2.0-litre turbo diesel developing 120kW and 340Nm.

All models will now feature satellite navigation and reverse camera as standard – enhancing 3008’s suite of standard driver aids including:

  • Cruise control with speed limiter.
  • Rear parking sensors.
  • Automatic headlamps.
  • Rain sensing wipers.
  • Electric park brake.

Complementing the significant array of driver aides is a number of new, standard features including:

  • LED daytime running lamps.
  • Dual rear underfloor stowage spaces.
  • Arkamys digital sound processing (for greater sound quality)

Boosting the high level of standard features is an optional ‘Premium Pack’ that includes:

  • Full leather seats with seat heating.
  • Colour Head-Up Display.
  • Rear window sunblinds.
  • Cielo Panoramic glass roof.

The 3008’s unique appeal lies in its considerable practicality and flexibility.

Combining the space of an MPV, the practicality and high seating position of an SUV, and the convenience and driving dynamics of a hatchback, it also features a unique three stage rear floor allowing for storage of multiple items in separate areas – with access via a split tailgate.

Peugeot Australia General Manager John Startari said that the revised 3008 line-up came in response to consumer demand for greater safety and convenience.

“The revised 3008 responds to customer demand for safety and convenience in the form of reverse camera and satellite navigation,” said Startari.

“Previously, the 3008 was unavailable with reverse camera and we have worked closely with Peugeot to ensure that this potentially life-saving feature was available at the redesign.

“In addition to its new-look and enhanced safety, prices across the range have been lowered, making the Peugeot 3008 even better value for money,” said Startari.
3008 FEATURES AND PRICING

3008 Active models will be available with two drivetrains a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol developing 115kW and 240Nm, or a powerful and efficient 2.0-litre turbo-diesel developing 120kW and 340Nm.
Active petrol models will carry an RRP of $35,490, while diesel models carry an RRP of $38,990.

Both models feature significant specification as standard, including:

  • 7-inch multi-function colour display screen.
  • Trip Computer Function.
  • USB & Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Arkamys digital sound processing.
  • Satellite navigation.
  • Tramontane cloth trim (black).
  • 17” alloy wheels with full-size steel spare.
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning with row 2 vents and flow control.
  • Reverse camera with parking sensors.
  • Automatic headlights & rain-sensing windscreen wipers.
  • Front & rear fog lights.
  • LED daytime running lights.
  • Cruise control with speed limiter.
  • Electronic handbrake with Hill Start Assist.
  • Leather steering wheel with steering column-mounted audio controls.
  • Cooled centre console compartment.
  • Rear seat underfloor storage.
  • Split-folding tailgate (200kg capacity) and 3-level boot floor.
  • Two ISOFIX mounting points in 2nd row & middle seat top-tether.

Optional equipment extends to

  • Metallic or Pearlescent Paint – $990/$1050
  • Premium Pack – $3500
    • Includes: full leather seats with front seat heating function, rear side sunblinds, Cielo panoramic roof with electric sunblind & colour Heads Up Display.

And 508:

  • Re-styled 508 range gets smart new design language
  • Enhanced safety with new standard-fitment reverse camera
  • New on-board tech including touch screen and 8GB jukebox
  • New, more powerful Euro 6-compliant 1.6L turbo petrol drivetrain

Peugeot has launched its updated 508 sedan and touring range in Australia, with major changes in exterior and interior styling, a new drivetrain option and increased standard specification.

Joining the 508 sedan range is Peugeot’s latest Euro 6 emissions-compliant 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol drivetrain. With stop-start technology it is one of the most frugal vehicles in its class*.

The drivetrain increases power, yet reduces emissions and fuel use, while offering improved acceleration.

The most notable styling addition is a bold new front grille, with center-mounted Peugeot lion, new LED lighting package and revised rear lights and bumpers.

On board technology is increased with a new touch-screen infotainment system, satellite navigation and reversing camera that is now offered as standard.

All new 508 models gain paddle shifters, electric boot release (for sedans), rear center armrest with two cup holders and rear map lights.

Active grades also receive part cloth/leather interior as standard.

Touring variants gain an additional 12 volt outlet in the rear cargo area and a retractable cargo net that drops from the roof, joining to the rear seat.

*Class as defined by VFACTS

NEW-LOOK AND NEW LINE-UP FOR 508
Peugeot has added significant specification to the new-look 508 range, while simplifying the model line-up.

The Active petrol model launches the refreshed range, featuring an all-new, more powerful and efficient 1.6L turbo petrol drivetrain, with stop-start technology.

The newly re-powered 508 Active gains $4000 worth of additional standard specification equipment and carries a recommended retail price of $37,990 – just $1000 more than the model it supersedes.

As standard, all Active models gain:

  • New, more efficient, more powerful 1.6L turbo petrol engine with stop-start
  • 7-inch touchscreen for vehicle controls
  • Reverse camera
  • 8GB jukebox
  • Paddle-shift
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • Rear sunblind
  • Electric boot release
  • Rear center armrest with cup holders
  • Rear map reading lights

Allure models, now equipped exclusively with the 120kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel drivetrain, gain more than $2500 worth of specification including:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • 7-inch touchscreen for vehicle controls
  • Reverse camera
  • 8GB jukebox
  • Paddle shift
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • Rear map reading lights
  • Rear center armrest with cup holders
  • Electric boot release (sedan only)

Allure Touring (and GT Touring) variants add a further $700 in standard specification over the sedan:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • 12V outlet in the cargo area
  • Retractable cargo net (seat to roof)

508 GT sedan and touring models mirror the additional specification gains across the range, adding:

  • All-LED headlamps
  • Leather sports seats with contrasting red stitching
  • Massage function for the driver’s seat

Carrying an RRP of $58,490 for the sedan and $61,490 for the touring both 508 GTs are powered exclusively by a 150kW, 450Nm 2.2litre turbo-diesel drivetrain.

508 PRICE LIST

MODEL

RRP

508 Active petrol 6-speed auto

$37,990

508 Allure diesel 6-speed auto

$45,990

508 Allure Touring diesel 6-speed auto

$48,990

508 GT diesel 6-speed auto

$58,490

508 GT Touring 6-speed auto

$61,490

NEW-LOOK EXTERIOR – 508

All 508 models receive a fresh face, with new frontal styling including new front guards, bonnet, headlamps, grille and bumper treatment.

An increase in overall vehicle length front and rear has resulted in a better visual balance of the vehicle. The sedan is now 38mm longer, 16mm of which is in the front overhang (the same for Touring), and 22mm longer in the rear overhang.

The new grille is an essential element of the Peugeot 508’s styling. Standing further upright and with the inclusion of Peugeot’s famous lion rampant at its center, it is pays tribute to illustrious models from the French marque’s 124 year history building automobiles.

It also allows the new Peugeot 508 to introduce a corporate style to its leading edge that is more self-assured and which will be deployed on the marque’s future models.

The bonnet has been redesigned to make it more horizontal, giving the 508 a more contemporary look.

Front bumpers now feature integrated daytime running lamps lower, which also double as the indications and over score the standard LED fog lamps.

At the rear, the sedan features a newly designed bumper and lighting package.

Chrome highlights draw vision downward, adding to the visual muscle of the vehicle.

Boot volumes remain unchanged at 497 litres for the sedan and 612 litres for the Touring.

A NEW LIGHTING SIGNATURE

Top-of-the-range 508 Allure and GT variants are characterised by new lighting.

Headlamps, daytime running lamps, direction indicators and fog lamps are all created completely from hi-tech LEDs.

In total, there are no less than 44 LEDs making up the look of the new Peugeot 508.

The headlamps are made up of three modules of four LEDs each, to which three additional LEDs are added for the cornering lighting function.

This technology allows the lighting to be fine-tuned and also accentuates the vehicle’s feline look.

The small size and very structured lenses enhance the distinctive and technological aspects.

Each car’s visual signature is created by the daytime running lamps built into the bumper as standard.

The indicators comprise four LEDs following the form of the daytime running lamps.

The standard front LED foglamps are installed in the ends of the front bumper in a chrome insert.

For Active models the new Peugeot 508 introduces halogen headlamps with excellent photometric performance.

The other lamps, including daytime running lamps, direction indicators and side lamps, are identical to the top-of-the-range versions.

Rear lamps on sedans have also been redesigned to make them more horizontal than before, whether viewed from the side or from directly behind.

Each contains 36 LEDs arranged in three claws and their opalescent red layout provides a lighting signature that is strongly identifiable and technological.