Now I’ve heard it all: Get ready for the Mercedes-Benz pickup

 

Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup

  • Market for midsize pickups primed for first model from a premium Manufacturer
  • Mercedes-Benz to enter the high-volume midsize segment beforethe end of decade
  • Main markets: Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe

Stuttgart – Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product rang into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer.

The midsize pickup segment is currently undergoing a transformation worldwide. More and more pickups are being used for private purposes, and commercial as well as private users are increasingly asking for vehicles that have car-like specificiations. Mercedes-Benz is the first premium manufacturer to respond to this market shift by developing its own pickup.

A similar example was the successful introduction introduction of the M-Class around 20 years ago. As the first sport utility vehicle (SUV) from a premium manufacturer, the M-Class completely redefined the segment.

Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of about one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division said  “The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,we will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value.”

Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, adds: “As part of our ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ strategy, the pickup is the ideal vehicle for the international expansion of our product range with a newly developed model.”

The new Mercedes-Benz pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment.

Mercedes-Benz Vans: Center of competence for commercially and privately used vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz Vans division is responsible for the new vehicle. With its many years of experience in developing, manufacturing, and marketing vehicles that are used commercially as well as privately,

Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideally suited to enter the midsize pickup segment and launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup on the market for the first time in the company’s history.

Current models such as theV-Class and the Vito demonstrate that Mercedes-Benz Vans has the high level of expertise to successfully serve customers from a wide variety of private and commercial sectors.

“We are very excited that we will be able to perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car. We have been working on this project for a number of years and Australia and New Zealand have been an integral part of the program from the very beginning. We will be conducting product testing in Australia over the next couple of years. ,” says Diane Tarr, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz V

Naff or Fab? Holden Sandman Reborn: Let the Good Times Roll … Again

As an EX-Sandman owner I’m not at all sure about this idea but here it is:

Press release:

 

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  • Iconic Holden Sandman reborn to be launched 4 April in Torquay, VIC,  in line with the Bells Beach Ripcurl Pro surf competition
  • To celebrate the launch, Holden interactive surf live site at Elephant Walk Reserve, Torquay will feature a live screen beaming out classic surf reels, music, car display and beach side games
  • Sandman available in Ute and Sportwagon – on sale in June

Eating up the road and shredding the surf, the Holden Sandman has become an Aussie icon in the 40 years since the original legend made its debut in 1974. Now it’s back, with a modern twist and nose for performance. 

The 2015 Sandman Special Edition is derived from the award winning VF Commodore SV6 and the sporty SS-V, and is available as a ute and or sleek Sportwagon.  Whilst the Sandman is much more advanced than its predecessor it still retains the instantly recognisable surf livery and the groovy, orange shagpile floor rug as an additional accessory.

Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley, said the opportunity to revive the legendary Sandman was too exciting to resist.

“The Holden Sandman has been synonymous with the great Australian surf safari for decades and perfectly reflects our country’s laid back, yet adventurous attitude to life.  When the opportunity came to revive Sandman, we jumped at it,” Mr Keley said.

“The reborn Sandman is a statement and reflection of the Australian way of life. Most importantly, it’s about having fun.”

Originally launched in a time when cassette players were all the rage and Alvin Stardust topped the charts, the Sandman personifies Australian culture with its unique styling and adventurous attitude.

Popular with surfers, lovers and bohemians alike, Sandman stays true to its roots with its first public display taking place on the sands of Torquay, giving beach goers and car lovers the chance to get up close and reminisce about days gone by … and days to come.

The Holden Sandman surf live site will take place on Saturday 4 April from 11am – 4pm at the beautiful Elephant Walk Reserve, Torquay Esplanade, and will feature a live screen beaming out classic surf reels, chilled out tunes, sausage sizzle and beach side games.  The Sandman live site is an interactive display that allows people to take a picture with the cars and upload to their social media accounts #entersandman
Holden’s Director of Communications, Sean Poppitt said the interactive live site is the perfect platform for a car that is sure to evoke old memories and create new ones.

“The interactive live site at Torquay is the perfect opportunity for people to come and see Sandman whilst enjoying the surfing, food and great atmosphere.  The Sandman is the reincarnation of an icon, born from the most iconic car company in Australia,” said Mr Poppitt.

“Holden knows Australia and Australians better than any other company and the Sandman is a perfect reflection of the Aussie culture and attitude. I’m sure it will spark great memories for a lot of Australians and help create new memories for others. Let the good times roll again,”

Sandman History

Sandman was originally launched on the HQ Holden in 1974 as a panel van and ute in a bid to increase Holden’s presence and appeal in the expanding recreational market.  What ensued was a car that captured the imagination of a generation, and continued to be offered on the HJ Holden (1974-76), HX Holden (1976-77) and HZ Holden (1977).

After over twenty years in the darkness, Sandman was finally revived as a concept car at the Sydney International Motor Show, 2000.  Based on VU Commodore, this Sandman was a Holden built, Mambo designed project that won wide acclaim.

The Sandman will go on sale in June, however people are advised to contact dealers early to avoid disappointment.

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The 2015 Holden Sandman Special Edition, a $2,950 premium on SSV and SV6 models, includes:

SV6 and SSV Sportwagon

  • 20” gloss black wheels
  • Black fender vents
  • Black grille package
  • Black roof racks
  • Sandman decals
  • Sandman dashboard stitching
  • Sandman sunshades
  • Sandman floor mats
  • Unique Sandman build plate

SV6 and SSV Ute

  • 20” gloss black wheels
  • Black fender vents
  • Black grille package
  • Black sports bar
  • Sandman decals
  • Sandman dashboard stitching
  • Sandman rear sunshade
  • Sandman foot mats

Optional Accessories

  • Orange rear shag pile cargo rug (Sportwagon)
  • Orange sheep skin seat inserts

Colours Available

  • Heron White
  • Nitrate Silver
  • Phantom Black

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

 

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  • 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

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  • 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