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Volkswagen didn't keep it real: Aileen Ionescu-Somers on the VW scandal

Volkswagen didn't keep it real: Aileen Ionescu-Somers on the VW scandal The broadsheets and social media are currently rife with commentary about the dramatic fall from grace of one of the world's largest and most trustworthy automotive brands; Volkswagen. The fallout is massive. This means billions in losses for the company. The CEO has resigned and it remains to be seen what the legal and long-term consequences are for the decision-makers involved in this debacle and even for the brand, no matter how resilient it might be.


Sustainable leadership means engaging honestly with your stakeholders: VW failed the test

IMD Professor Reacts: Francisco Szekely on the Volkswagen scandal Volkswagen fitted 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars with code that tricked regulators into under-recording noxious emissions. The turbodiesel engine cars had been marketed as "clean diesel" automobiles. This action – which has negatively affected all European auto companies which produce cars with diesel engines and plummeted VW's share price by 20% – also causes problems for regulators, consumers and the environment.


Yamaha Celebrates Special Edition Abarth 695 biposto

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team were last week given three special customised Abarth 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition cars in a special ceremony at the Abarth headquarters in Turin. Abarth Head Operations Paolo Gagliardo made the presentation of the cars to Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, in the presence of Alfredo Altavilla, EMEA COO and CEO of Abarth. The three Abarth‘s are all uniquely customised with silver details for the Team car, red details for Jorge Lorenzo and yellow details for current MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi.


McLaren P1 GTR design concept

Twenty years ago, the then soon-to-be-launched McLaren F1 GTR began testing ahead of an assault on the 1995 GT season. The track derivative, as the road-going version had done, rewrote the rule book and the claimed victories and titles across the globe in the years that followed, securing a place in motorsport folklore. Two decades on, and the covers have been pulled off the dramatic and purposeful McLaren P1™ GTR design concept during a private event at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California.


Rolls-Royce unveils Ghost series2 to the world at 2014 Geneva motor show

Today at the 2014 Geneva Salon, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled Ghost Series II to the world. Ghost Series II delivers the latest industry-leading technology from Rolls-Royce clad in a subtle re-design. It exudes the timeless yet cool, modern luxury that the car’s customers – the Captains of Industry, entrepreneurs and successful business men and women who are the wealth and job creators in our economies – demand. The launch of Ghost Series II consolidates Ghost’s position as the most popular car in the €200,000+ class, and as a cornerstone of Rolls-Royce’s continuing success.


Kia shocks the Motor City with rear-drive GT4 Stinger Concept

Hearkening back to the glory days of purebred, affordable sports cars, Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the brand’s most aggressive concept car ever when wraps came off the GT4 Stinger at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).  Kia’s eye-catching design language moves in a bold new direction with the introduction of the GT4 Stinger. The concept pushes the boundaries of performance with a rear-drive 2+2 sports car that places man and machine in harmony on the road or track.


McLaren Group and Jenson Button launch GREAT 12C to highlight British innovation

The McLaren Group has today unveiled its latest GREAT campaign liveried car, which has been designed to support and inspire British innovation.   The high-tech McLaren 12C is emblazoned with the GREAT campaign’s graphics and the message ‘Innovation is GREAT’. As well as demonstrating McLaren’s ongoing support for the campaign, it is intended to highlight the UK’s world-leading and highly innovative technology sector.   The car was launched at the McLaren Technology Centre with the support of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, Jenson Button.


Suzuki power for new entry-level Caterham Seven

Caterham Cars' soon-to-be-released, all-new entry-level Seven will be powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation - the smallest and most efficient engine ever installed in a Seven. The new vehicle uses 21st-Century engineering to pay homage to early incarnations of the iconic Seven by utilising a super-compact and lightweight turbocharged engine to 'add lightness' like no other Seven in recent times. The ultra-efficient, downsized engine matched with an equally compact Suzuki five-speed gearbox, has been adapted by Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) - Caterham Group's engineering division - to complement a re-engineered chassis, which also harks back to the spirit of former Sevens with major revisions to the suspension layout.


Kia reveals imaginative designs with Concept CUV and Superman-Inspired Optima

Blurring the line between Kia’s gorgeous GT concept and a luxury CUV, Kia Motors America (KMA) today slipped the silk off the beautiful Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.  Amid the popping strobes of cameras, the Cross GT stunned onlookers with its elegant yet powerful stance, confirming once again Kia’s now-well-established reputation for world-class design.  The Cross GT seamlessly melds high technology with nature, creating a harmonious partnership between driver and vehicle that also respects our global environment.


Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT set for Geneva reveal

The new Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT – the brand’s most performance-focused production cars ever – will enjoy their world premieres at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show on 5 March.    Designed in Europe under the direction of President and Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, the two debutants feature bold athletic styling, LED daytime running lights, dual-exhaust pipes, 18-inch alloy wheels and eye-catching red brake calipers.    The new turbocharged 1.


A roadster with character and sporting flair: The new BMW Z4

The interplay of classical proportions and state-of-the-art technology  defines the unmistakable character of the BMW Z4 – and now an updated version of the Roadster is ready for action, armed with a raft of additional powertrain and equipment innovations. The new BMW Z4 represents a  time-honoured and yet alluringly contemporary interpretation of the traditional roadster concept. New exterior features, detailed interior refinements, the new Design Pure Traction equipment package, the new entry-level sDrive18i model and the latest additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features all provide fresh impetus and lend the BMW Roadster even greater appeal and individuality.


High performance Kia pro_cee’d GT and cee’d GT models set for mid-2013 launch

Kia’s first high performance models, the three-door Kia pro_cee’d GT and the five-door Kia cee’d GT, will go on sale in mid-2013.    The two new GT models will be powered by a new version of Kia’s 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine, equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and strengthened internal components. Power and torque outputs are dramatically increased.  Maximum power is 204 ps, up 51% over the non-turbo engine, with torque up 61% to 265 Nm.


Kia receives iF design awards for its three-door pro_cee'd and innovative Optima iPad app

The second-generation Kia pro_cee’d has become Kia’s latest model to be recognized for its exceptional design, earning a prestigious iF product design award.   The three-door pro_cee’d, which will go on sale in the second half of 2013, was a winner in the ‘Transportation Design’ category of the awards, which saw more than 3,000 products entered from 48 countries.  A jury of over 30 industry professionals judged the entries on design quality, workmanship, innovation, functionality and safety.


New look for upgraded Kia Cadenza in 2013

Kia’s popular Cadenza large luxury sedan will receive a significant upgrade and a new look for 2013.  Based closely on the 2009 model’s styling by Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, and his global design teams, the new-look Cadenza features fresh elements that incorporate Kia’s evolving design DNA.   Echoing some of the visual innovations of Kia’s flagship Quoris sedan (‘K9’ in Korea), the 2013 Cadenza (‘K7’ in Korea) will have a more distinctive appearance with new hood, trunk lid, light clusters (front and rear) and new bumpers, plus side air vents in the front wings and a new interpretation of the brand’s ‘tiger nose’ grille.


SLS AMG GT3 45° anniversary: world premiere at Sao Paolo

World premiere for the new SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" at the 2012 São Paolo International Motor Show:  the exclusively appointed special series is aimed at car collectors with a particular penchant for motor racing. The customer sport racing car is being built by hand in a limited edition of no more than five vehicles in Affalterbach. Record DTM champion and AMG brand ambassador Bernd Schneider is involved hands-on in the production process, installing the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine in the SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" together with an AMG engine fitter.


Quoris promises high performance, luxury driving pleasure

 Kia’s all- luxury flagship sedan, the Quoris, which goes on sale outside Korea later this year, promises high performance and a new level of luxury driving pleasure.  Kia’s first modern rear-wheel drive car is a true landmark vehicle for the company.   “As our first modern rear-wheel drive large sedan, the Kia Quoris offers unprecedented sporty driving dynamics and premium ride comfort thanks to the optimum harmony of a powerful V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission featuring shift-by-wire technology, a near-perfect front/rear weight distribution and an electronically controlled air suspension system with a self-leveling function,” comments Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s Director of Overseas Marketing Group.


World premiere for all-new Kia pro_cee’d at Paris Motor Show

Kia Motors will reveal the third member of its second-generation cee’d family, the all-new pro_cee’d three-door hatchback, at the Paris Motor Show on 27 September.   The sophisticated new pro_cee’d features all the improvements made to the cee’d five-door and cee’d Sportswagon, while dramatically progressing the enhanced sporty appearance that made its predecessor so popular.   “This car embodies emotion and energy through and through,” explains Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer.


McLaren 12C Can-Am Edition racing concept makes debut at Pebble Beach

McLaren GT, the new race car manufacturing arm of the McLaren Group, is presenting a dramatic track-focused concept at the Pebble Beach Concours, the 12C Can-Am Edition. The one-off design study is finished in historic McLaren Orange and satin black.   The 12C Can-Am Edition is finished in striking shade of McLaren Orange, in tribute to cars of Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme which were extremely successful throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The bold hue is in dramatic contrast to the roof, door and bumper sections, finished in satin black, while carbon fibre also features on the side radiator vanes, wing mirrors and engine cover.


Kia Cerato (Forte) sedan becomes longer, lower and wider

The all-new version of Kia’s global best-selling model, the Cerato compact sedan (also known as Forte in some countries), is scheduled to go on sale during the first quarter of 2013 at Kia dealerships in many overseas markets.   Longer, lower and wider than the current car, with an extended wheelbase, the next generation Cerato will be manufactured with an all-new bodyshell structure.   Featuring futuristic and dynamic styling, the all-new Cerato features a sleeker profile, LED front and rear lamps and a chrome-finished beltline.


New 2013 Kia Cerato

Kia Motors will introduce the next generation Cerato compact sedan later this year in its home market of Korea under a new name – ‘K3’ (domestic market only).  Also known as Forte in some countries, the Cerato was Kia’s global best-seller in 2011 with more than 445,000 units delivered.    While creating the latest model Kia’s designers and engineers focused on giving the all-new Cerato futuristic and dynamic styling, with a more spacious cabin.    After going on sale in Korea, the all-new Cerato sedan will appear at Kia dealerships in many overseas markets during the first quarter of 2013, to be followed by five-door hatchback and two-door coupe variants.


Kia ‘Quoris’ flagship sedan promises premium driving convenience and innovative safety technologies

Kia’s striking, rear-wheel drive, all-new flagship sedan will be called ‘Quoris’ when it goes on sale in overseas markets from the fourth quarter of 2012. The new luxury model (known as ‘K9’ in the domestic market) went on sale in Korea in early May, and features a host of high-tech comfort and safety features, many of them never seen before on a Kia.   “Derived from the English words ‘core’ and ‘quality’, the name of our new flagship sedan hints at the attributes at the very heart of the vehicle,” commented Thomas Oh, Kia’s Executive Vice President & COO of the International Business Division.


Kia reveals all-new ‘K9’ flagship sedan for Korean market

Kia today revealed the first official photographs of its all-new flagship sedan to be launched during the first half of this year in the Korean market.  Referred to by its codename ‘KH’ until now, the company also confirmed that the Korean market name will be ‘K9’ – while the name for export markets, as well as overseas launch timings, will be revealed later this year.  K9 is Kia’s first rear-wheel drive sedan.  It boasts Kia’s ‘best of the best’ design, driving performance and high technology capabilities and is regarded as one of 2012’s most eagerly anticipated all-new models in both Korean and overseas markets.


The New Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin today reveals the first images of the new V12 Zagato (road car) scheduled for production later this year.  The V12 Zagato is the pinnacle of the Vantage range. It is also the latest expression of a successful creative collaboration that has given rise to a series of striking GT cars over the last half-century, the original and most iconic of which being the DB4GT Zagato. Not only does this masterpiece rank amongst the most desirable, collectable and valuable cars in history, its 50th anniversary provided the inspiration for the V12 Zagato.


Kia dreams big with Track’ster concept car unveil at 2012 Chicago Auto Show

What happens when a dream becomes reality?  In the case of the Kia Track’ster concept unveiled at today’s Chicago Auto Show, car enthusiasts begin to salivate.  Amid the driving rhythm of heavy-metal music, smoke and blinding lights, Kia Motors America (KMA) took the wraps off a performance-oriented three-door Soul coupe concept that hints at what could possibly be the future of Kia’s wildly successful Soul.   “The idea was to make the Track’ster tough looking, like a bulldog,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer for KMA.


Aston Martin Cygnet

The Aston Martin Cygnet Concept is a bold step towards a new form of transportation; the luxury commuter car, a form of personal transportation that sees the company's core values engage with a new environment.  The Cygnet Concept enhances the marque, pointing to a future of ongoing innovation, design and technology; allowing Aston Martin customers a greater degree of freedom without compromising the levels of design, quality and innovation that embody the brand. An Aston Martin delivers the pleasure and exhilaration of driving combined with an appreciation of craftsmanship, design and technology.


Chevrolet Camaro SS to pace 2010 Indianapolis 500

Officials from Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 pace car at the Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum today. “We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the years, and are proud to once again have the privilege of pacing the Indianapolis 500 in a Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, General Manager, Chevrolet. The 2010 Chevy Camaro Indianapolis 500 pace car is a 21st century sports car that looks to the future with a nod to both the car’s and the race’s heritage.


Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be presented to the world at the forthcoming Geneva Car Show. Sales of the new model will start in spring and be gradually extended to all the major markets. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is expected to give new impetus to the brand in one of Europe's most important segments. In the Centenary year, the name is a tribute to an automobile myth and Alfa Romeo. The Giulietta is a car that, in the fifties, caught the imagination of generations of car enthusiasts, making the dream of owning an Alfa Romeo and enjoying the high level of comfort and technical excellence accessible for the first time.


Hummer introduces biofuel capability

HUMMER announced today updates to the 2010 HUMMER H3 and H3T midsize all-terrain vehicles including the addition of three new exterior colors and an available E85 Flex Fuel capable 5.3L V8 engine as part of its commitment to offer a biofuel powertrain in all body styles by 2010. Both H3-based vehicles will begin arriving in dealerships before the end of 2009 in North America. "In 2007, HUMMER committed to offer a biofuel powertrain in every vehicle by 2010 and follows through on that promise with the addition of a new 300-horsepower, E85 Flex Fuel capable 5.


The Bmw M3 GTS

BMW M GmbH now offers a truly outstanding performer based on the BMW M3 Coupé also ideal for Clubsport events – exactly the right car for the truly discerning customer demanding the very utmost in terms of power and performance. The BMW M3 GTS is largely hand-built by the most skilled craftsmen at BMW M GmbH as a perfectly harmonised package of outstanding modifications, with production exclusively to the customer’s personal order. Focused on motorsport, the modifications comprise both the drivetrain, the suspension and the body of the car, as well as its interior.


New Volkswagen Polo expands as three-door model ordering begins

Shortly before the first new Polo models are delivered to customers, the three-door version has become available to order.  This not only provides more choice but also increases the possibility of Polo ownership to a wider audience as the entry-level price is now reduced to £9,435 (OTR RRP).  The same five-door Polo costs £10,035.  If an order is placed now for a three-door Polo, it will be scheduled to arrive in January. Engine and trim level availability is the same for three-door and five-door models.


Mitsubishi Motors Lineup at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show

Mitsubishi will be showing a total of 16 cars at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show in October. Among cars on display at the Mitsubishi Motor stand include two concept cars developed to a "The EV*1: Its dawn and future" theme: the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV and the i-MiEV CARGO, the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle for which the company is currently accepting pre-orders for the start of sales to individual customers in April 2010; and 10 current production vehicles that qualify for eco-car tax incentives in Japan.


Fiat Punto Evo

Unveiled in a world premiere at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Fiat Punto Evo is officially launched today. It aims to build on the success of its predecessor, the Grande Punto, and become a benchmark for innovation, safety and style thanks to several new features. The name “Evo” highlights a level of evolution in car design that is capable of satisfying customers who are increasingly demanding in terms of technology, driveability and respect for the environment. The technological excellence of the Punto Evo is in evidence primarily through the broad range of Euro 5 engines, including the second-generation 1.


New Volvo C30 R-Design with sport chassis of top class

The Volvo C30 R-Design is the nearest thing to a dedicated sports car in the Volvo model range. The new chassis is considerably sharper, with stiffer, more distinct properties. And the exclusive extra equipment gives the C30 R-Design just the right attitude. The biggest changes in the new Volvo C30 R-Design, which make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September, are actually hidden beneath the skin. Despite the car's extrovert body kit and design cues. Because it is the chassis and the steering that have been the main focus of attention.


New diesel engine is perfect Chevrolet Cruze companion

In the short time it has been on sale, the Chevrolet Cruze has already picked up an enviable reputation for delivering class leading value for money, as well as excellent driving dynamics and low running costs. And now it looks set to build on those strengths further, with the arrival in showrooms of a new powertrain that makes owning a diesel-engined Cruze more affordable and accessible than ever. The new 125PS VCDi powerplant complements the range-topping 150PS unit, and starts from only £13,745 on-the-road.


Nissan 370 Roadster to make public UK debut at Goodwood

Classic cars, period dress and a historic British location set the scene for Nissan to unveil its new 370Z Roadster alongside some of its most iconic predecessors. At this weekend’s Goodwood Revival, the public will get its first change to get up close and personal with Nissan’s latest high performance, high value model. While it doesn’t go on sale in the UK until March next year, the tide of enthusiasm for the Roadster is growing as the 370Z coupe roars onto Britain’s roads.


In esclusiva per l’Italia la Nuova Mini RAY G a benzina e GPL

Da oggi in tutte le concessionarie MINI è possibile ordinare la nuova MINI RAY G dotata di impianto di alimentazione supplementare a GPL. La MINI RAY G è un prodotto esclusivo per il mercato italiano, appositamente richiesto da BMW Group Italia. MINI RAY G viene proposta al medesimo prezzo di MINI RAY: 14.400 Euro grazie agli incentivi statali, allo sconto offerto dalle concessionarie aderenti all’iniziativa fino al 31 dicembre 2009 e all’incentivo in caso di rottamazione.


New Opel Astra: Sculpted and engineered for the compact class

Designed for sporty good-looks, engineered with innovative technology and equipped with a full clean powertrain line-up, the all-new Opel Astra, debuting as a five-door hatchback, is set to re-energize Europe’s compact car segment. Grounded in the compact class tradition Opel initiated in 1936 with the first Kadett, the Astra has consistently made the top three list of Europe’s best-selling compacts – a segment which accounts for 27 percent of the total car market. Astra sales make up a third of all Opel/Vauxhall purchases, for an average volume of nearly 500,000 units per year.


Opel at IAA: A world debut and a revolutionary concept

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Opel premieres the new generation Astra, allows a peek at the revolutionary electric Ampera and flexes its ecological muscles with fuel efficient new powertrain entries. “We have a lot of good reasons to be confident here at the motor show in Frankfurt, our home territory. We can launch a new chapter of Opel history with the premiere of the tenth generation compact class car, the Astra hatchback,” says Carl-Peter Forster, Head of the Supervisory Board at Opel.


Mini at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

MINI is celebrating a great birthday – and the party goes on. The 50th anniversary of the brand clearly leaves a powerful stamp on MINI’s appearance at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. At the MINI stand in the new Hall 11, the anniversary of the brand is the focal point in terms of both architecture and the presentation itself, MINI bridging the gap from the past into the present and from here on to the future of the brand. Visitors to the world’s No 1 car show this year will experience a journey through time beginning with the first appearance of the classic Mini back in 1959 and still far from coming to an end with the outstanding success of the current MINI model range.


In 2009 Fiat Automobiles is proving to be the most ecological brand in Europe

One of the 25 best-selling automobile brands in Europe and after two years of holding the leadership position, Fiat Automobiles has proven to be the brand having the lowest average CO2 emissions on cars sold during the first half of 2009: 129.1 g/km (the figure was 133.7 g/km just six months ago). Fiat has also set a new record: it is the only full-liner brand that already today has achieved the European average goal of 130 g/km established for 2015. The record of 129.1 g/km set by Fiat was corroborated by JATO, a world leader in automotive advisory and research services, founded in 1984 and now operating in over 40 countries.


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