Kia’s All New Rio: Spacious, Capacious, Outrageous

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Yes yes yes oh YES: quality cabin, pricing, attractive styling

Oh dear me no: 4 speed auto, lack of power/torque

We would like to take a moment to remember those involved in the very sad incident in the Melbourne CBD, 20/1/17. Those who witnessed, and those who survived, as well as those who passed shall remain in our thoughts. Domestic violence and mental disease can never be underestimated, and certainly never ignored. If you see something, say something.

Kia is making big claims about its shiny new bread-n-butter Rio City Car.

Kia is a fairly quiet achiever that has steadily increased market share year by year by bringing sensible products to market at the right time. Last year Kia sold 42,668 cars giving them 3.6% of the Aussie market. More importantly Kia moves into the strategically important “top-10” for the first time and sits proudly in 10th place.

Building on this, Kia expects 48,000 sales this year with the new Rio accounting for 7,000 sales. That makes Rio a bread-and-butter item on their South Pacific menu.

The Figures:

S manual: $16,990

S auto: $19,090

Si auto: $21,490

SLi auto: $22,990

Engine/Trans:

1.4-litre MPI, Petrol, 74kW/133Nm, 4-sp auto in the Si and SLi, either the 4sp auto or a 6-sp manual for the S model.

The DOHC 16-valve D-CVVT engine produces peak power at 6000rpm and maximum torque at 4000rpm. All models drive through the front wheels

How About the looks?

Our launch drive took us out of stately Melbourne into the verdant Dandenongs. As luck would have it, a stop at a set of light gave us a chance to see the rumps of the old and new Rios side by side, and the new one gets the thumbs up. The rear has a squarer look with more space inside and a smart new set of tail lights

The look is an evolution of the previous mod. The tiger nose grille is elongated incorporating a smart set of auto headlights.

Interior:

Kia continues its efforts to give their cabins a bit of spit and polish. The fabric feels nice to the touch, and 2017 Kia Riomost would be fooled by the simulated leather on the top model. As with all brands, I prefer fabric under my bottom, especially in hot weather.

The seating is supportive without being too firm.

An excellent layout makes instruments easy to read, and switch gear easy to use. I particularly like the steering wheels controls. The top model gets auto A/C but I’m perfectly happy with a manual system. In fact, most of the time I use fully auto climate control in manual mode to get the fan speed I like.

All models have a 7” tablet-style touch screen with only the bottom model missing out on the SatNav/SUNA 2017 Kia Riotraffic info system.

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is standard across the range.

The only thing I disliked was the facia on the dashboard. It is in an odd metallic-silvered plastic and looks nasty. A simple textured matte black would have looked better.

A sneaky look at websites in other countries show what Kia is capable of offering. Take a look at the updated Soul, then put you finger to the corner of your mouth and say, “hmmmm”.

Drivetrain:

Although a 1.0L turbo, 1.6L and a 6 speed auto or C VT combination can be offered in other markets, Australia gets the 1.4L mated to a 4 speed auto. Kia says it is because of the plant where our models are made, but the offering almost ruins what is otherwise a great car. 4 gears simply will not do in the twilight of the second decade of the 21st century.

I loathe CVTs and would not miss that if it never showed its face here, but 6 speeds for an automatic is the bare minimum for industry standard. Kia also has a 7speed DSG.

Kia have gone for economy over performance, and no one can blame them for that. I’ll be watching this space with interest. I predict some fancy footwork to get a better spec for the top 2 models toot sweet. S.H. will no doubt be scrambling as we speak.

The Drive:

The steering is extremely light at low speeds. Once you’re used to it, it is a real pleasure. At higher speeds, it has a slightly vague feel. It does the job once you become accustomed to it. Local tuning has improved the feel so Kia says. Korea and the USA are keen on extremely light steering and need to be reined in by our local management.

Overtaking has to be planned. There is a strange dead spot between 2nd and 3rd gears, then another between 3rd and 4th making hills a challenge if you haven’t gotten a decent run-up. This is where Kia’s 1.0L 2017 Kia Rio88kw engine and 6 speed auto would have been much appreciated. Kia says other engines and transmissions are being evaluated, but any reports of their impending arrival have been greatly exaggerated. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Our local tuning is done by Graeme Gambold who also his wand over the suspension, so it rides beautifully. City cars often sacrifice ride for convenience. Rio feels soft and compliant over most surfaces with only the most challenging of ruts and potholes intruding into the cabin. Kia has put a lot of time and money into sound deadening which has paid off. Road noise is kept to a minimum with only the afore mentioned bumps, and the awful bitumen-chip road surfaces making much of an impression.

The Yarra Valley presents some jaw-dropping scenery and clever old Kia 2017 Kia Riopresented Rio in the best possible atmosphere. Leaving Melbourne behind, we climbed into the ranges to tackle almost every road condition a city car could ever be asked to tackle. The tighter turns felt competent and the chassis felt tight. There was even a picnic lunch in the back to be enjoyed in a picturesque spot where bushfires had once ravaged. Whilst the picnic blanket was not gingham, the basket was wicker. Couples spread through the park with the cars shining with pride nearby. Somehow, it made weekend drives seem not only possible, but enjoyable. This is how a young couple would use their wheels right?

On leaving Healesville, we took a brisk route back to Melbourne airport though yet more postcard perfect vignettes.

Conclusion:

Any misgivings about the engine/transmission are offset in part by the ample 7 year warranty/roadside assist. Kia proved Rio can be competent in town all day, and equally capable for the odd weekend sojourn.

The mid-range is well spec’d and the top model gets a sunroof. They cost a few thousand so I’d rather save money and do without it.

Hill start assist is a simple thing but makes life so much easier. It costs almost nothing since it is a simple programme in the ABS, but means so much to anyone not completely at ease with manual transmissions.

I’ve love DAB radio, and the touch screen is such a vast improvement over the old model. Apple and Android integration is genius and appeals to us all, especially the millennials.

There have been big steps made in active and passive safety meaning entry level is not a compromise for the sake of price. As yet there is no Autonomous Emergency Braking, but there is no doubt that will come.

Last year was Kia’s best ever, and with even more new models coming, this year also looks bright.

Good luck to them. Rio is a great offering, and although there is room for further improvement, it remains an excellent proposition.

Kia is trying hard to get onto buyer’s lists and Rio, along with the Cerato, give those with an economical bent, cause to think.

Even cars made to a budget should be as good as they possibly can be. What a buyer never wants to hear is, “but”. A buyer in the 21st century as choice, Australians particularly so and if things aren’t tickety boo, they’ll simply move on

Would I buy one? Yes. I’d also consider Spark, Fiesta and Polo.

Best of the Best: Holden Reveals Three New Limited Edition Commodores

 

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  • Motorsport Edition, Director and Magnum Limited Edition Commodores make public debut alongside new 2017 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Supercars
  • Highly desirable and truly collectable: just 1200 Motorsports, 360 Directors and 240 Magnums to be built, all individually numbered with unique option codes
  • Limited Edition models feature outstanding performance upgrades including adaptive suspension and track-focused brake package
  • Customers encouraged to visit the Limited Editions webpage or contact their local Holden dealer to avoid disappointment

Holden has today honoured its local legacy whilst celebrating its future in Australian motorsport, unveiling three very special new Limited Edition Commodores alongside the inaugural reveal of the new 2017 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Supercars.

The three new Limited Edition Commodores, created as a result of a secret skunkworks type project, add sophisticated, track-focused driving technology to the already impressive 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine, to produce the most capable Commodores ever.

Limited-Edition-Commodores-alongside-the-inaugural-reveal-of-the-new-2017-Red-Bull-Holden-Racing-Team-Supercars (3)Named in honour of an illustrious history in Australian motoring and in celebration of the people that have contributed so much to Commodore’s success over the years, the SS-V Redline based Motorsport Edition and Calais V based Director take performance and luxury to a higher plane, while the SS-V Redline ute based Magnum explores the unique ability of ‘Australia’s own sports car’.

Holden’s Limited Editions Lead Development Engineer, Daniel Pinnuck, said the three Limited Editions used additional technology to squeeze even greater performance from Commodore and position one of Australia’s favourite vehicles as the most capable in General Motors globally.

“Motorsport Edition, Director and Magnum have developed from a Holden team passion project into road-going homages to our people and our rich heritage. They blend performance and technology to create the most capable Commodores we’ve ever built,” said Mr. Pinnuck.

“We had a great base with the 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine but the addition of a Holden developed driver mode control system, featuring Magnetic Ride ControlTM*, adaptive suspension, for the sedans and the introduction of our track-focused FE3 suspension for the ute, have given these cars even more to offer.

“We’ve also developed engine and transmission cooling packages to meet ‘GM level 3’ track performance, meaning Commodore now joins the likes of Corvette, Camaro and Cadillac CTS as among the most track-capable General Motors vehicles”, among the most track-capable General Motors vehicles”.

HIGH-VALUE SPORTS ENHANCEMENTS
Leveraging the wealth of knowledge and content used in the global Zeta vehicle program, including on Camaro and Chevrolet SS, Holden engineers have employed 3.25kg lighter ‘floating disc’ front and rear Limited-Edition-Commodores-alongside-the-inaugural-reveal-of-the-new-2017-Red-Bull-Holden-Racing-Team-Supercars (1)cross-drilled rotors, an engine and transmission cooling package and 20-inch split wheels and tyres, ensuring the three Limited Editions are as unique under the skin as on the surface.

Sedan models, Motorsport Edition and Director, come with a driver mode control system including the first Holden badged Magnetic Ride ControlTM, system which, using three distinct settings (Tour, Sport and Performance), gives drivers the options to switch between different suspension tunes depending on the scenario.

The Magnetic Ride ControlTM*, system employs a suspension position sensors on each corner of the vehicle to read road conditions and adjust dampers up to 100 times a second to ultimately give drivers greater ride comfort and superior handling.

Motorsport Edition takes track performance to another level with the use of a high-rate subframe bush to improve driver confidence under maximum lateral and braking events.

Also with a focus on performance, Magnum now packs the same FE3 rear suspension tune seen on the SS-V Redline sedan, further moving the sports ute into track territory rather than workhorse.

THE VEHICLES

Motorsport Edition – Limited to 1200 vehicles

Celebrating Commodore’s on-track success over the years, including over 460 Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercars victories, Motorsport Edition comes with a range of styling enhancements. Red DRL surrounds, red mirror scalps* and unique red lined 20-inch forged alloy wheels complement unique Motorsport Edition decals supporting the special content under the skin.

Key Features:

  • Driver mode control featuring Magnetic Ride ControlTM*, suspension, developed specifically for the Motorsport vehicles, offers three distinct settings: Tour, Sport and Performance
  • High rate rear sub-frame bush for improved confidence under maximum lateral and braking events
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors, front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
  • Engine and transmission cooling packages
  • New performance front seats (heated)
  • Embroidered instrument panel
  • 20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
  • Unique Motorsport Edition badging and decals
  • Unique lip spoiler (optional wing)
  • Phantom black roof
  • Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (KOM)
  • Commemorative presentation case
  • 1:18 Motorsport Edition Biante model

* mirror scalps red or black depending on body colour

Director – Limited to 360 vehicles
Available in very limited numbers, Director represents the ultimate blend of performance and luxury. Based on the Calais V sedan, Director adds a black roof, paddle shifters and hood vents and stands as a tribute to the original Director and the man that created it, the late Peter Brock.

Key Features:

  • Driver mode control featuring Magnetic Ride ControlTM* suspension, developed specifically for the Motorsport vehicles, offers three distinct settings: Tour, Sport and Performance
  • Paddle shifters
  • Hood vents
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors, front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
  • Engine and transmission cooling packages
  • New performance front seats (heated)
  • Embroidered instrument panel
  • 20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
  • Unique Director badging and black highlights
  • Alloy pedals
  • Unique lip spoiler
  • Phantom black roof
  • Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (DIR)
  • Commemorative presentation case

Magnum – Limited to 240 vehicles
Inspired by the original Magnum developed by Holden Dealer Team in 1983, the new Magnum Limited Edition is the quickest and best equipped Holden ute ever created. Celebrating the final year of ute production in Australia, Magnum includes heated performance front seats, hard tonneau cover and unique decals for ultimate road presence.

Key Features:

  • Sedan-tune FE3 rear suspension – biased towards improved ride and handling
  • Cross-drilled brake rotors front and rear – with charcoal Brembo calipers
  • Engine and transmission cooling packages
  • Hard tonneau cover
  • New performance front seats
  • Embroidered instrument panel
  • 20” Split forged alloy wheels/high performance tyres
  • Unique Magnum badging and decals
  • Unique Magnum rear window graphic
  • Individual vehicle numbering and unique build option code (UTE)
  • Commemorative presentation case

With production numbers limited and the truly collectable nature of the three Limited Edition vehicles, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer or visit the Holden Limited Editions webpage and register their interest to avoid disappointment.

PRICING – RRP
Motorsport Edition – manual                                                 $61,790
Motorsport Edition – automatic                                             $63,990
Director – automatic                                                              $63,990
Magnum – manual                                                                 $59,290
Magnum – automatic                                                             $61,490

*Magnetic Ride Control is a trademark of BWI group

NEW FORD MUSTANG OFFERS SLEEKER DESIGN, MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

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  • Sleeker design: New Mustang features a more athletic look, with new front and rear-end design that deliver a leaner and meaner look and refined aerodynamics
  • More advanced technology: New Mustang technologies include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that you can customize your way, MyMode with memory function that remembers your driving preferences for the next time you drive, and new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection for increased confidence behind the wheel
  • Improved Performance: Powerful engine upgrades, plus an all-new available 10-speed automatic transmission give Mustang even more performance, while available MagneRide suspension offers optimum handling; optional active valve exhaust affords complete auditory control – let the engine roar, or not

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2017 – Today, Ford partnered with its ambassador of Service, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to introduce the new Mustang – the world’s best-selling sports coupe and the company’s most advanced Mustang ever.

A host of improvements including new technology and design changes give owners ways to customize Mustang to their preferences, even better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide suspension technology. Customers have more ways than ever to personalize Mustang to make it their own, with three new paint colors, 12 distinct wheel choices and a customizable digital instrument cluster.

“The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.”

2018 Ford Mustang V8 GTFord tapped Johnson to reveal the new Mustang to the world by giving one of the first models available to a deserving member of the military. A video of the debut was launched on Johnson’s social channels, including Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, where Mustang holds the title for the most-popular car with more than 8.4 million ‘likes.’

Technology for greater personalization
Mustang makes available Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. This all-new customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate views. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode. All-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences.

The new Mustang is so customizable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is optional on Mustang GT, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range.

For the first time, Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford driver-assist technology. Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System.

Ford SYNC® Connect with FordPass™ is available on Mustang for the first time. When using the FordPass® app for smartphones, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their car for ultimate convenience.

Ultimate performance
Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling.

MagneRide damper technology is a new option with the Mustang Performance Package to optimize ride and handling in all situations.

The proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance advantages versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6. Using Ford’s transient overboost technology uniquely calibrated for Mustang, torque is increased for wide-open throttle acceleration. 

2018 Ford Mustang Fact SheetFord’s legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked. It is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before. This power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency.

The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.

A new 10-speed automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. 

Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses. The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control.  

Energy in the design
Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more athletic, with a lower, remodeled hood and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents. For the first time the entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and available fog lamps.

The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. Dual-tip exhaust is standard for EcoBoost® Mustang, while V8-powered Mustang GT gets a standard quad-tip exhaust.

With a dozen available alloy wheel designs and fresh exterior color choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury – enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after.

Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit. The center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum. Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and there’s a new key fob design. A heated steering wheel is optional.

Ford’s most advanced Mustang ever goes on sale in North America this fall.

48 Years of Range Rover: Peerless Design And Engineering Innovation Through Every Generation

 

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Animation celebrates Range Rover’s enduring design and innovation over almost five decades

· Trip through the generations begins with 1969 Velar prototype and concludes with 2017 Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

· Range Rover has introduced numerous first-to-market technologies, including electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension

· Range Rover is the original luxury SUV, epitomising the best of British design

Whitley, UK, 18 January 2017Two minutes is not long, but it’s enough time for Land Rover to celebrate a motoring icon. The Range Rover has pioneered design, refinement and engineering innovation since 1970 and Land Rover has showcased the evolution of its luxury SUV through four generations with a unique animation lasting only 120 seconds.

The specially commissioned visual has been created to mark key dates in the history of the legendary SUV, as production of the original two-door model ended 23 years ago this month (January) and SVAutobiography Dynamic goes on sale around the world.

The detailed animation shows how today’s Range Rover retains many of the design hallmarks established by the 1970 Classic and culminates with the latest derivative, SVAutobiography Dynamic.

Range Rover has evolved into the world’s most elegant and sophisticated SUV, achieving more than one million sales (1.7 million to date) along the way. Trademark features including its ‘floating’ roof, distinctive clamshell bonnet, continuous belt line and practical split tailgate all pay homage to the groundbreaking original.

The Range Rover story begins with the 26 pre-production models, which wore Velar badges in an effort to hide its identity – velare means to ‘veil’ or ‘cover’ in Italian – made up of letters from the ‘Land Rover’ badge that usually adorn the front and rear of a vehicle. Next comes the timeless Range Rover Classic two-door as the images showcase successive generations, finishing with the most powerful derivative, the 405kW SVAutobiography Dynamic built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Range Rover has, over time, achieved iconic design status through a progressive evolution of its unique DNA, culminating in a vehicle of peerless distinction. From its sense of evolution and sophisticated sensibilities inherent in its interior design to its understated yet powerful exterior proportions, Range Rover stands alone. There’s simply nothing else like it.”

When it was first launched in 1970, Range Rover was one of the first vehicles to deliver permanent all-wheel drive while many others were still selectable. In 1971 the original model was cited as ‘an exemplary work of industrial design’ when it became the first vehicle to be displayed at the world famous Louvre museum in Paris and it has been at the forefront of design and engineering innovation ever since.

The four-door variant was introduced in 1981, quickly followed by the first application of an automatic transmission in Range Rover in 1982. In 1989 the luxury SUV was the first 4×4 to be fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and in 1992 it became the first SUV in the world fitted with electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension.

The engineering firsts continued in 2012, when Range Rover was the world’s first all-aluminium SUV. More recently, in 2014, the luxury SUV was the first vehicle to employ Land Rover’s advanced semi-autonomous All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) technology, effectively an off-road cruise control for autonomous control of speed on all terrains.

The last model included in the animation, the SVAutobiography Dynamic, shares its V8 engine with the acclaimed Range Rover Sport SVR and is specially calibrated to produce 680Nm of torque and 0-100km/h in only 5.4 seconds. Interior enhancements including diamond quilted leather upholstery with contrast stitching deliver elevated refinement and desirability.

Since its launch 48 years ago Land Rover’s flagship has achieved more than 1,700,000 sales across the globe and earned a reputation as the ultimate luxury all-terrain vehicle. The legendary SUV’s unrivalled breadth of capability and elegance make it a favourite of royalty, business leaders, politicians and celebrities the world over.

Range Rover is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, and exported to more than 170 global markets.

The evolution of the Range Rover is visualised with the following models:

  • 1969   Range Rover Prototype (Velar)
  • 1970   Range Rover Classic (two-door)
  • 1973   Range Rover Classic (Suffix C)
  • 1981   Range Rover Classic (four-door)
  • 1994   Second-generation Range Rover (P38a)
  • 2001   Third-generation Range Rover
  • 2012   Fourth-generation Range Rover
  • 2014   Fourth-generation Range Rover Long Wheelbase
  • 2015   Range Rover SVAutobiography
  • 2016   Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

· Range Rover timeline
1970             Original two-door Range Rover (the Classic) goes on sale
1972             Range Rover crosses Darien Gap on the 18,000-mile British Army Trans-America expedition. It took 99 days to cover 250 miles of dense jungle
1977             Range Rover wins 4×4 class in the 30,000km (18,750-mile) London-Sydney Marathon – the longest ever speed-based car rally
1979             A Range Rover wins the inaugural Paris-Dakar rally (and again in 1981)
1981             First production four-door Range Rover appears along with the first factory limited edition – the ‘In Vogue’
1982             Automatic transmission introduced on Range Rover
1985             Diesel-powered ‘Bullet’ Range Rover breaks 27 speed records
1987             Range Rover launched in North America
1989             Range Rover is world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with anti-lock brakes
1992             Range Rover is world’s first 4×4 to be fitted with electronic traction control and automatic electronic air suspension
1994             Second-generation Range Rover introduced
2001             Third-generation Range Rover introduced
2002             500,000th Range Rover produced at the Solihull plant
2012             Fourth-generation Range Rover introduced – the first all-aluminium SUV
2015             Exclusive Range Rover SVAutobiography launched in New York

· All Terrain Progress Control
ATPC allows customers to set and maintain a desired speed from 1mph to 19mph (1.8km/h to 30km/h) without using the pedals. By continuously monitoring and adjusting the vehicle settings to optimise traction, the clever set-up helps customers negotiate challenging terrain by maintaining composure, allowing the driver to concentrate solely on steering.

The New BMW 4 Series

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Endowed with an aesthetic appeal and dynamic flair all of its own, the BMW 4 Series has stood out with its supremely assured and stylish air ever since its launch. A total of nearly 400,000 sales worldwide (up to the end of 2016) is testimony to the tremendous allure of the BMW 4 Series, whose story began in 2013 with the arrival of the BMW 4 Series Coupe. The following year, it was joined by the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe to create a complete model family. The cars are manufactured in Munich (BMW 4 Series Coupe), Regensburg (BMW 4 Series Convertible) and Dingolfing (BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe).

The new BMW 4 Series models write the next chapter in this success story with even sharper styling and revised suspension.

Accentuating the sporty character.

Restyled LED headlights take the place of the outgoing cars’ xenon units. And all models in the range are equipped with LED front foglamps as standard. The LED rear lights fitted on the BMW 4 Series for the first time give extra impact to the car’s powerful looks. Modified air intakes, line-specific applications and the new rear apron add further striking touches.

Moving inside, the new electroplated detailing, chrome applications and centre console in high-gloss black reinforce the exclusive, high-quality feel.

2017-new-BMW-M4-CoupeAnother visual highlight is the double stitching on the instrument panel, while three new upholstery colours together with three new interior trim strips provide even greater choice when it comes to personalising the interior’s design.

The two new exterior paint finishes Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange are available exclusively for the new BMW 4 Series models, and there is also one new model-specific wheel design each for the Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport equipment lines. An abundance of additional equipment options offers ample scope for tailoring the car to individual tastes.

Revised suspension.

The new BMW 4 Series Coupe and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe now come with a stiffer suspension set-up delivering even sportier handling without any loss of ride comfort. Both the lateral and longitudinal dynamics have been improved, regardless of the load on board. This applies not only to the standard suspension, but also to the M Sport suspension and the Adaptive suspension. All new BMW 4 Series models now boast even more assured straight-line stability and more communicative steering. Highperformance tyres are available as a factory-fitted option for all models from the BMW 430d and BMW 430i upwards.

31 model and powertrain variants.

All of the petrol engines and the four-cylinder diesel units fitted in the new BMW 4 Series stem from the latest BMW EfficientDynamics family of engines and are equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. There are three petrol engines (BMW 420i, BMW 430i and BMW 440i) and three diesel options (BMW 420d, BMW 430d, BMW 435d xDrive) available for all of the new BMW 4 Series models.

The power output of the petrol-engined BMW 4 Series model variants ranges from 135 kW / 184 hp in the BMW 420i up to 240 kW / 326 hp in the BMW 440i (fuel consumption combined: 7.9 – 5.5 l/100 km [35.8 – 51.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 185 – 127 g/km). When it comes to the diesel line-up, meanwhile, the power spectrum extends from 140 kW / 190 hp in the BMW 420d up to the 230 kW / 313 hp of the BMW 435d xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 5.9 – 4.0 l/100 km [47.9 – 70.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 155 – 106 g/km).

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is available in a further diesel variant – the BMW 418d with an output of 110 kW / 150 hp (fuel consumption combined: 4.5 – 4.1 l/100 km [62.8 – 68.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 118 – 107 g/km).

A total of twelve model variants are available with the option of BMW xDrive, while the BMW 435d xDrive comes with the intelligent all-wheel-drive system as standard – in Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe guise.

New navigation and instrumentation displays.

The optional Navigation system Professional for the new BMW 4 Series now features an interface with large tile-style control pads that is even easier to use. The control pads can be arranged as desired and display a constantly updated version of the linked menu content, making operation even more intuitive for users.

The BMW 4 Series can be optionally fitted with the Multifunctional Instrument Display, giving the driver the choice of different visualisation options for all displays depending on the driving experience mode selected.

Sharper design for the BMW M4, too. The BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M4 Convertible now come as standard with the adaptive full-LED headlights. And the newly designed full-LED rear lights again freshen up appearances and inject technical appeal. Besides this, a number of styling touches have been added to give the cabin of the sportiest BMW 4 Series variants an even more sophisticated air. And the two M4 models likewise feature the updated version of the Navigation system Professional and other ConnectedDrive features.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: “Leitfaden über Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen” (Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/en/offers/publications/guideline-for-fuel-consumption.html. LeitfadenCO2 (GuidelineCO2) (PDF ‒ 2.7 MB).

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.

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ready for competitive debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo

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  • Hyundai Motorsport is set for fourth season in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with brand new car to meet the sport’s revised technical regulations
  • Team aims to build upon successful 2016 season, in which it claimed second-place in both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships
  • Hayden Paddon, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will line up in cars 4, 5 and 6 respectively, all running under the Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team banner

16 January 2017 – Hyundai Motorsport is ready to begin its fourth year of competition in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo later this week.
The opening event of the 13-round 2017 season will see the debut of the team’s latest rally challenger, the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, which has been built to meet revised technical regulations introduced for this year’s competition.
Launched at a static media event in Monza last month, Hyundai Motorsport’s new car had already amassed over 6,000km in development tests. With regulation modifications aimed at enhancing the overall spectacle of the WRC even further, the 2017-specification cars look more aggressive than their predecessors. Changes have focussed on improving aerodynamic and mechanical grip, increasing engine power up to 280kW, reducing car weight, as well as the re-introduction of the active centre differential.
Hyundai Motorsport will field a three-car line-up in all rounds of the WRC this season, starting at Monte-Carlo, running under the unified Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team name. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard, Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul and Dani Sordo/Marc Martí will compete in cars 4, 5 and 6 respectively. The two highest-placed crews from each team will score points for the Manufacturers’ Championship in each event.
Following its most competitive WRC season to date in 2016, including two victories, Hyundai Motorsport is hoping to demonstrate its ability to fight for the WRC title in 2017. It promises to be an enthralling battle with Citroën, Ford and Toyota also looking to make their own mark on the Championship.

Ready for Round One
Monte-Carlo will offer the first competitive test for the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC with a significantly modified route compared to last year. Many of Monte’s iconic locations, such as the Col de Turini, remain on the itinerary so it will lose none of its excitement or challenge.
With preparations for Monte Carlo beginning last November, the team carried out its most recent pre-event testing last week in the French Alps, with all three crews getting valuable time behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “This year’s Monte-Carlo rally promises to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable. Revised regulations, new cars and renewed manufacturer programmes make the 2017 World Rally Championship one of the most highly anticipated ever. We are delighted to be part of it, and can’t wait to see our Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC out on the stages for the first time. We’ve brought together all of the experiences from our first three seasons in WRC and hope that we will be able to fight at the front with our new car. We’ve accumulated 6,000km of development testing at different locations within Europe since April last year, as well as recent tests specifically for Monte. But there’s no substitute for the real thing! We have important stability with our three crews, all of whom are looking to build on our most successful season. Monte will be a stern first test against tough opposition, but we are confident and will give it everything we’ve got.”
Crew Notes: Paddon/Kennard (#4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Paddon and co-driver John Kennard made their Monte debut in 2016 so they will be looking to put that experience to good use in their second participation this weekend. The Kiwi rally winner wants to feature more frequently at the front in 2017.
Paddon commented: “I am feeling in good shape and raring to go for the season ahead. I am cautiously optimistic about the potential of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC but we never really know where we stand until we’re out on the stages. Monte-Carlo is a baptism of fire for everyone, particularly with the new regulations, so it promises to be an exciting rally. However, it is also the most challenging event of the year so the focus for us is to finish and get more miles in the new car for the rest of the season.”
Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Neuville claimed a podium at Monte-Carlo twelve months ago, which heralded the start of a successful season for the Belgian. Alongside co-driver Gilsoul, he will want to continue his unbroken run of podium finishes that dates back to Rallye Deutschland last August.
Neuville said: “I am looking forward to starting the new season. My experiences in Monte Carlo have been mixed in the past, but I finished on the podium last season. Undoubtedly it’s a great event and a spectacular one for the fans. There is a lot of strategy to it, which makes it interesting as it means that everyone on the team is involved. With the increased power of the new car too, we are confident that we can challenge here!”

Crew Notes: Sordo/Martí (#6 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
Monte-Carlo delivered a solid top-six result for our Spanish crew in 2016, including second place in the Power Stage. Having fought for second in the Championship last year, they will want to show their podium potential at this year’s season-opener.
Sordo said: “It has been good to be back behind the wheel of our Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in pre-event testing last week. I cannot wait for the new season to start properly. There have been a lot of changes with the regulations so it will definitely be exciting to see how everything unfolds in this first round of 2017. I am personally happy with the approach we have taken with our new car. I know the team has worked incredibly hard so now we want to get onto the stages and do our best for a good start to the new season.”
Monte-Carlo 2017 at a Glance
Rallye Monte-Carlo is the WRC’s oldest event and was first run over 100 years ago, in 1911. The 85th edition of Rallye Monte-Carlo will see the drivers covering 382.65km over 17 stages with changes to around 85% of the event’s route compared to 2016.
Renowned for its unpredictable and temperamental weather conditions, crews are often required to anticipate swift changes between snow, ice and dry asphalt, sometimes even within the same stage.
Immediately following the rally’s ceremonial start in Casino Square, teams will be forced to tackle two special stages in the darkness of the French Alps before they can settle into their overnight stop at Gap just after midnight.
There will be little respite for the drivers come Friday, the leg which will see the largest amount of distance covered across the weekend – 160.40km.  Saturday’s action will see two loops of two stages south-west of Gap, ahead of a repeat of the Bayons-Bréziers stage that they will have already run on the Thursday night.  The rally will conclude on Sunday with two passes of the Luceran – Col St. Roch (5.50km) stage, the second of which serves as the final live televised Power Stage.  In between these two will be a run of the classic La Bollène Vésubie – Peira Cava stage (21.36km) and its famous summit finish attracting huge audien

BMW Connected App: Next-level connectivity

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The BMW Group has a proud tradition of innovation, whether in the field of engineering, alternative propulsion or in-car technologies.

A new addition to the expansive BMW ConnectedDrive portfolio, the BMW Connected App takes personal mobility to the next level, and is available as a free download from the Apple App store.

Seamless and secure

BMW Connected is a personal mobility assistant designed to ensure customers arrive at their destination comfortably and in good time, thanks to a seamless integration between vehicle and smartphone or other connected device. This level of connectivity is made possible by a secure system known as the ‘Open Mobility Cloud’.

BMW Connected App Next level connectivity (1)Any data used must first pass through highly secure servers based in BMW’s Munich headquarters. As a result, no data is shared directly to the smart device from the vehicle, or vice versa.

BMW Connected links purely to the vehicle’s infotainment system and therefore has no connection to the vehicle’s engine and safety systems.

Flexible and adaptable

Available to vehicles equipped with iDrive 4 onwards, BMW Connected adapts to daily routines. Users need never be late again, with integrated ‘time to leave’ notifications that adapt to current traffic and road conditions.

BMW Connected can also sync with your calendar and transfer appointment information from approved third-party suppliers, such as Google Maps, Apple Maps and Yelp, adding further peace of mind before any trip.

Once a destination has been set, the App offers a simple ‘Start Trip’ function that transfers the information to the vehicle’s navigation system, adding further convenience.

The App can also support you on either side of your journey. ‘First Mile Navigation’ is perfect for use when BMW Connected App Next level connectivity (3)returning to the vehicle in a large car park, such as an airport or shopping centre, while ‘Last Mile Navigation’ can provide walking directions to a final point when the car is parked a distance away from the destination.

BMW Connected App – key highlights

The BMW Connected App provides owners with a one-stop app shop, replacing the previous BMW Connected Classic app as well as BMW Remote and BMW i Remote Apps.

As a result, BMW Connected offers the following integrated services directly to your Apple iOS smartphone or device, including the Apple Watch:

Journey Management

  • Store and manage destinations
  • Learn and predict trips
  • Search and send destinations to in-car navigation
  • Time to leave notifications based on live traffic data
  • Destination management, including expected trip duration
  • Ability to share arrival time and destination via SMS
  • Fuel station and car park locator

Remote Services

  • Remotely lock and unlock car doors from the smart device
  • Flash headlights
  • Find vehicle
  • Engage the vehicle’s ventilation systems to pre-condition the cabin
  • Display current fuel level, and remaining range (iDrive 5 with Professional Navigation)

For BMW i and iPerformance customers, the BMW Connected App allows remote setting of the vehicle’s charging profile. Charging can also be scheduled based on departure time, and the preferred charging time can be set to reflect off-peak electricity timing, for example. A search function allows for easy discovery of nearby charging stations.

Access popular third-party apps

BMW Connected offers access to a wide range of third-party apps to further enhance the Connected experience.

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Audiobooks
  • Deezer Music
  • Glympse
  • Stitcher Radio for Podcasts
  • Life360

Personalised servicing checks delivered to your smartphone

For vehicles equipped with Navigation System Professional and iDrive 5 as a minimum, BMW Connected can advise and recommend when servicing or maintenance is required.

The BMW Connected App monitors the vehicle’s current mileage and can also offer information on tyre pressures, engine oil levels, brake fluid levels and brake wear.

Data details

Please note that any data used by BMW Connected is drawn from the user’s smartphone SIM card.