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Discovery of the oldest surviving German-made Porsche 356

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What is today the oldest surviving German-made Porsche 356 was missing for decades. A mysterious call led two collectors to rescue it on a movie mission, to later restore it. The music becomes dramatic, the shots move faster and faster, and the action builds at a dizzying pace to a seemingly hopeless situation... and someone comes to the rescue at the last minute. It's very typical of action movies. But what happens in reality? This is a story of real life. And some of the events were so dramatic that they might as well be made into movies. The 71-year-old protagonist is named after Porsche 356 and is one of the automotive treasures of the 20th century. He was about to be lost forever, although he was finally saved.

Bugatti Chiron L’Ébé – 24-Karat Decor Parts Adorn the Chiron for the First Time

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Gold is one of the most precious materials in the world. It’s therefore the perfect fit for Bugatti. The 24-karat metal is rarely used in the crafting of automobiles, however, because the finest 99.9 percent gold is soft, extremely valuable, and tricky to work with. Bugatti rose to this challenge and has applied a 24-karat gold finish, for the first time, to elements of the Chiron L’Ébé. It is also the first time that the famous Bugatti emblem has ever sparkled in high-quality gold on the horseshoe grille. Just three handmade hyper sports cars will bear a Macaron in this unique design inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1920s.

Audi RS 3 Sedan – RS Torque Splitter animation

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With the third generation of the Audi RS 3 Sportback and the second generation of the RS 3 Sedan, Audi is relaunching the sporty top-of-the-line pair in the compact segment. The award-winning five-cylinder engine now has more torque, making it even more powerful. In combination with the RS torque splitter installed for the first time in an Audi, the A3 series’ emotional flagship model offers performance and lateral dynamics on a whole new level. The market launch will take place at the end of October – at prices starting at 60,000 euros for the RS 3 Sportback and 62,000 euros for the RS 3 Sedan.

The new Piaggio MP3 Details

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The year was 2006 when Piaggio introduced a vehicle on the market that would forever change the face of urban and metropolitan mobility: Piaggio MP3 was the first and inimitable three-wheeled scooter in the world, with the exclusive patented suspension system that connects them combine the safety of a car with the simplicity and practicality of a scooter and the fun of a dynamic motorcycle ride on a twisty road. Piaggio MP3 created a new market segment where it has remained the undisputed leader, thanks to constant technological development. It is a sixteen year long success story measured by the over 230,000 vehicles sold thus far, but which is even more overwhelming when we consider its popularity with a global and transverse public, from car drivers looking for a more practical and increasingly safer alternative - Piaggio MP3 can be driven with just a car driver's license - to advanced motorcycle riders who are capable of exploiting the advantages and technical features of a unique vehicle.

Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Estate in high-tech silver Driving Video

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With technology derived directly from Formula 1, the latest generation of the Mercedes‑AMG C 43 4MATIC sets new standards for innovative drive solutions both as a Saloon and as an Estate. Following its premiere in the Mercedes-AMG SL 43, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the world's first series-production unit to feature an electric exhaust gas turbocharger, is now also being used in the C-Class. The new form of turbocharging guarantees particularly spontaneous response across the entire rev range and thus offers an even more dynamic driving experience. The turbocharger is operated via the 48‑volt electrical system, which also feeds the belt-driven starter-generator (RSG). In the Mercedes‑AMG C 43 4MATIC the unit produces 300 kW (408 hp) and, in certain driving situations, is able to call upon a brief additional boost of 10 kW (14 hp) from the RSG. The standard rear-axle steering, the AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque distribution, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch and the AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with Adaptive Damping System also contribute to the dynamic driving experience. In keeping with this, brand-specific features in the equipment and appointments as well as in the exterior and interior design emphasise the performance-oriented character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC.

New Citroën C4 X and ë-C4 X Preview

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Citroën introduces the New 100% Electric ë-C4 X and C4 X, featuring a unique and elegant design approach for customers looking for an attractive alternative to affordable compact SUVs and compact offerings on the market. Following in the footsteps of the elegant new Citroën C5 X, the design of the New ë-C4 X and C4 X dares to challenge the traditional definitions of compact car bodies to offer users something unique: a mix of designs that It combines the sleek bodywork of a fastback with the modern attitude of an SUV and the timeless refinement and roominess of a 4-door. The New 100% electric ë-C4 X and C4 X also benefit from the new generation of Citroën's MyCitroën Drive Plus infotainment system, which offers a complete package of connectivity and connected services.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 - Dessert driving

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Chevy Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 clinched Best In The Desert class championships with respective wins at the Cal City Desert Challenge. It was the second consecutive championship for the Silverado ZR2 and the fourth straight championship for the Colorado ZR2, with both fielded by Chad Hall Racing. The Colorado ZR2 race vehicle also helped test and validate 15 factory race components that are available to Colorado owners through Chevrolet dealers. They include Multimatic long-travel DSSV dampers and long-travel leaf springs, jounce shocks, a steel driveshaft, a tie rod sleeve system, ball-spline half-shafts and other parts designed to optimize off-road driving performance and durability.

The new PEUGEOT e-EXPERT Hydrogen

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The demand to drastically reduce vehicle emissions is being pushed ever further. PEUGEOT is one of the first manufacturers to offer an electric version with a hydrogen fuel cell in series production in the compact commercial vehicle segment from 2022, in addition to the combustion and battery-electric models. The new PEUGEOT e-Expert Hydrogen is thus the latest symbol of the brand's "Extended power of choice" strategy. This gives customers the opportunity to choose from a wide range of engines the one that best suits their individual needs. The hydrogen fuel cell electric version is proof of the rapid evolution of the PEUGEOT Expert range. After its launch in 2020, the battery-powered PEUGEOT e-Expert was voted “International Van of the Year”2 in early 2021. It is the sixth PEUGEOT model to receive this prestigious award since 1992.

Hyundai Motor Unveils Design of All-Electric IONIQ 6, Electrified Streamliner with Mindful Interior Design

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Hyundai Motor Company today revealed the streamlined and timeless design of the highly anticipated IONIQ 6, the second model in its IONIQ dedicated all-electric-vehicle lineup brand. IONIQ 6, which Hyundai describes as an Electrified Streamliner, is aerodynamically sculpted and makes innovative use of sustainable materials to reflect today’s EV customers’ values. Inspired by Hyundai’s Prophecy EV Concept, IONIQ 6 is characterized by clean, simple lines and a pure aerodynamic form that Hyundai designers describe as Emotional Efficiency. IONIQ 6’s electrified streamliner typology and mindful cocoon-like interior embody a silhouette for the new era of electric mobility, while the overall design theme of Ethical Uniqueness reflects Hyundai’s customer-centric commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

Volkswagen Golf R “20 Years“ - Interior Design

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Golf R, Volkswagen is launching the Golf R “20 Years” as an exclusive special-edition model. The production period limited to approximately one year makes the special-edition model a collector’s item as soon as it rolls off the production line. Like all premium performance models of the Volkswagen R with their increased power, the Golf R has its roots on the race track and stands for the transfer of innovative technologies to series production. Fan communities around the world are enthralled by the expressive design and enhanced performance. The new Golf R “20 Years” is now available to order with prices starting from 59,995 euros in Germany.

2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Overland Design Preview

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The iconic fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – is known for its legendary 4x4 capability, superior on-road refinement, premium styling and craftsmanship inside and out and, now for 2022, an expanded lineup that includes an all-new two-row version, a 4xe plug-in hybrid and three-row Grand Cherokee L model. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted last year to meet the growing needs of Jeep customers who asked for more space and functionality. Designed to maximize overall passenger comfort, the Grand Cherokee L delivers uncompromised third-row capacity and increased cargo volume with seating for up to seven passengers. The vehicle’s expanded wheelbase creates generous interior room and gives passengers expansive, class-leading legroom in the second row.

New Citroën C4 X and ë-C4 X Electric Reveal

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Citroën introduces the New 100% Electric ë-C4 X and C4 X, featuring a unique and elegant design approach for customers looking for an attractive alternative to affordable compact SUVs and compact offerings on the market. Following in the footsteps of the elegant new Citroën C5 X, the design of the New ë-C4 X and C4 X dares to challenge the traditional definitions of compact car bodies to offer users something unique: a mix of designs that It combines the sleek bodywork of a fastback with the modern attitude of an SUV and the timeless refinement and roominess of a 4-door. The New 100% electric ë-C4 X and C4 X also benefit from the new generation of Citroën's MyCitroën Drive Plus infotainment system, which offers a complete package of connectivity and connected services.

2022 Audi R8 Coupe Design Preview

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Faster and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. With its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, the R8 embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings.

The new Piaggio MP3 Driving Video

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The year was 2006 when Piaggio introduced a vehicle on the market that would forever change the face of urban and metropolitan mobility: Piaggio MP3 was the first and inimitable three-wheeled scooter in the world, with the exclusive patented suspension system that connects them combine the safety of a car with the simplicity and practicality of a scooter and the fun of a dynamic motorcycle ride on a twisty road. Piaggio MP3 created a new market segment where it has remained the undisputed leader, thanks to constant technological development. It is a sixteen year long success story measured by the over 230,000 vehicles sold thus far, but which is even more overwhelming when we consider its popularity with a global and transverse public, from car drivers looking for a more practical and increasingly safer alternative - Piaggio MP3 can be driven with just a car driver's license - to advanced motorcycle riders who are capable of exploiting the advantages and technical features of a unique vehicle.

Global quest for Porsche Penske Motorsport with the new 963

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The Porsche Penske Motorsport team sends the new Porsche 963 to hunt for overall victories in the world's greatest endurance races. From 2023, two of the hybrid LMDh-spec prototypes will be fielded in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 - Rock climbing

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Chevy Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 clinched Best In The Desert class championships with respective wins at the Cal City Desert Challenge. It was the second consecutive championship for the Silverado ZR2 and the fourth straight championship for the Colorado ZR2, with both fielded by Chad Hall Racing. The Colorado ZR2 race vehicle also helped test and validate 15 factory race components that are available to Colorado owners through Chevrolet dealers. They include Multimatic long-travel DSSV dampers and long-travel leaf springs, jounce shocks, a steel driveshaft, a tie rod sleeve system, ball-spline half-shafts and other parts designed to optimize off-road driving performance and durability.

A lap of the Jarama Circuit with Jordi Gené

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The CUPRA e-Racer, champion of the PURE ETCR (predecessor of the FIA ​​ETCR) last year and the first electric racing car in the world, demands the maximum from the drivers. It weighs around 1,575 kilograms and its four electric motors allow it to develop a total power of 500 kW (680 hp), making it one of the most powerful racing cars in the world. With a maximum torque of 960 Nm, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 270 km/h. Due to these characteristics, its handling is totally different from that of any other competition vehicle, to the point of being "brutal and incomparable", according to the CUPRA driver Jordi Gené. Jordi, who has been part of the development of the e-Racer since its inception, showed during the ETCR weekend at Jarama that experience on this circuit is key to obtaining the best results. The Spaniard got the pole position of the “Pool FAST”, the group in which he competed, achieving a best time of 1: 37.123.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Preview

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Chevy Silverado ZR2 and Colorado ZR2 clinched Best In The Desert class championships with respective wins at the Cal City Desert Challenge. It was the second consecutive championship for the Silverado ZR2 and the fourth straight championship for the Colorado ZR2, with both fielded by Chad Hall Racing. The Colorado ZR2 race vehicle also helped test and validate 15 factory race components that are available to Colorado owners through Chevrolet dealers. They include Multimatic long-travel DSSV dampers and long-travel leaf springs, jounce shocks, a steel driveshaft, a tie rod sleeve system, ball-spline half-shafts and other parts designed to optimize off-road driving performance and durability.

Espada 400 GT - the legendary V12 Lamborghini

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In 2022 Lamborghini is celebrating the V12: the legendary 12-cylinder engine that has powered its most iconic cars for almost 60 years. They include the Espada 400 GT, which was the first four-seat vehicle by Lamborghini and was its biggest selling model for years. Encapsulating an exceptional approach to technical innovation, thanks to the front-mounted 4-liter Lamborghini V12 engine it was always an extremely fast grand tourer despite the step up in size. The “pure” V12 combustion engine in its final form will go out of production before the end of 2022, when the last Aventador Ultimae is made. From next year, the heir to the Aventador will be fitted with a new plug-in hybrid version of the V12 engine.

World premiere of the Porsche 963 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The racing vehicle that was unveiled on Friday 24 June at Goodwood in England flies the typical Porsche motor racing colours: white, red and black. In the cockpits of the 500 kW (680 PS) racers, experienced and championship winning prototype drivers are paired with seasoned specialists from Porsche's works driver squad.

2022 Audi R8 Coupe Driving video

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Faster and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. With its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, the R8 embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings.

World premiere Volkswagen ID. AERO concept

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Dynamic, powerful and with pure aerodynamics: with today’s world premiere of the ID. AERO concept car in China, Volkswagen is providing a foretaste of the brand’s first global fully-electric sedan. The future model will be positioned in the premium mid-size sedan segment. Its progressive, stylish and aerodynamic design allows the vehicle to impress with generous space in the interior. The production version for China is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2023. Volkswagen is also planning to start production of a European series version in Emden in 2023. The concept vehicle is almost five metres long and was designed based on aerodynamic principles. The roof slopes elegantly to the rear in coupé style and contributes to achieving an excellent drag coefficient of 0.23. Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) additionally permits short overhangs, a long wheelbase and an exceptionally spacious vehicle interior. The ID. AERO is equipped with a powerful lithium-ion battery with a net energy content of 77 kWh. Thanks to the interaction of the efficient drive system and the excellent aerodynamic properties, the ID. AERO achieves ranges of up to 620 kilometres (WLTP), making it suitable for long distances.

Alfa Romeo Tonale Media Drive Interior Design

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The Tonale’s power makes its debut on the road in Tempio Voltiano, the celebrated location of Alessandro Volta’s inventions in the beautiful setting of Lake Como. A symbolic location to highlight the brand’s “metamorphosis”, it was here more than 200 years ago that the Italian scientist created his most famous invention: the battery, the first generator of dynamic electricity. A scientific landmark in modern history, this instrument allows our technological civilization to function. A precursor to the concept of sustainability, Alessandro Volta obsessively studied nature in order to replicate it for the benefit of humanity. This innovative approach, which is fully embraced by Alfa Romeo, demonstrates how, with its “mechanical creations”, sustainable technological development must imitate nature and take inspiration from it in order to adapt and live in harmony with it. Therefore, the Italian brand’s latest chapter couldn’t help but begin in Tempio Voltiano. With Tonale, Alfa Romeo has radically evolved and launched itself into a new, technological, sustainable and electrified era. The Tonale’s road capabilities are clear. The technology and connectivity on board make it the most technological Alfa Romeo to date. It combines quality and attention-to-detail with dynamic features to reinvent sportiness in the 21st century.

Lamborghini Espada 400 GT - Taking the V12 engine to 4 liters

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The technical cornerstone of the Espada was the 60° V12 engine that was first produced in 1963 with a displacement of 3.5 liters, which had already been increased to 4 liters (3929 cc) in 1964. It is a remarkable example of engine development technologies, and it was capable of delivering 325 hp at 7200 rpm when it was first fitted in the Espada. This increased to 350 hp at 7500 rpm in the Espada Series II, which was presented in 1970. Fed by six Weber 40 DCOE side-draft carburetors, the V12 had a compression ratio of 9.5:1 (which increased to 10.7:1 from the Series II onwards) and two chain-driven overhead camshafts per bank. It weighed just 232 kg thanks to substantial use of aluminum to make not only the cylinder head but also the crankcase and the pistons. It was front-mounted in a position that was slightly further forward compared to the previous Lamborghini 350/400 GT engines, in order to make the interior roomier. Thanks to the large opening below the aluminum hood, it was easily accessible. The chassis was based on that of the 400 GT but it was lengthened so that the wheelbase reached 2650 mm and it was also widened, with the wheel track increasing to 149 cm. It had four-wheel independent suspension, with double wishbones and coil springs. In November 1968, an Espada “Lancomat” with hydropneumatic suspension went on display at the Turin Motor Show. The system was made available on demand, but in the end it was chosen by very few owners.

The first ever BMW M3 Touring Exterior Design

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BMW M GmbH is adding a new body variant to its line-up of high-performance models in the premium midsize class. The first-ever BMW M3 Touring combines authentic motor sport feeling with a very distinct character and a broader spread of practical qualities. Its powertrain technology is focused wholly on delivering beguiling performance and brings together the 375 kW/510 hp version of the six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The latest addition to the range is therefore available exclusively in BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive form. The variable-use interior of the first BMW M3 Touring gives it a distinctive character profile, providing fresh scope for experiencing M-typical performance in everyday use. The new BMW iDrive including BMW Curved Display brings cutting-edge control/operation and connectivity tech to the cabin.

2023 Kia Seltos Design preview

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The 2023 Seltos is a carryover model with minor feature enhancements in the areas of noise reduction and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) – newly added Blindspot Collision Avoidance-Rear (BCA-R) and Rear-Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance (RCCA) to the S FWD and S AWD trim levels. This model continues to represent Kia in the Entry CUV segment with an emotional design, superior size and space, the latest safety features, advanced infotainment, and available all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability and turbo-charged performance.

Polestar - The end of the beginning

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Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car brand, begins trading on the Nasdaq in New York as of 24 June. Polestar will trade under the ticker PSNY. The US listing marks another significant milestone for the brand that launched in 2017 and has already become a global electric car company. A unique combination of start-up agility with access to established automotive OEM manufacturing expertise and capacity, Polestar has launched two award winning cars and has more than 55,000 of them on the road, globally. “This is a hugely proud moment for the entire team at Polestar,” says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “We will now open a new chapter in our story that can be summarised in one word – growth. By 2025 we aim to be selling 290,000 cars per year, 10 times as many as we sold in 2021. We already have a real and successful business; this listing gives us the funds and platform to help deliver our ambitious future plans and drive industry-leading sustainability goals forward.” The Nasdaq trading debut follows a strong start to 2022. Polestar recently announced record sales for the year to date, and robust global customer orders for Polestar 2, its all electric fastback, of over 32,000, an increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021. Polestar also increased its presence to 25 markets, up from 19 at the end of 2021, supported with nearly 130 retail locations.

Stellantis Spotlight June 24, 2022

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"Stellantis Spotlight" is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Stellantis. The top stories for the week ending June 24, 2022, include Dodge brand revving up for Speed Week, the Chrysler brand and Jay Leno presenting a wheelchair-friendly Pacifica on the Kelly Clarkson Show to a family in need and the Tony Stewart Racing team making it to quarterfinals in Thunder Valley.

Alfa Romeo Tonale Media Drive in Green Driving Video

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The Tonale’s power makes its debut on the road in Tempio Voltiano, the celebrated location of Alessandro Volta’s inventions in the beautiful setting of Lake Como. A symbolic location to highlight the brand’s “metamorphosis”, it was here more than 200 years ago that the Italian scientist created his most famous invention: the battery, the first generator of dynamic electricity. A scientific landmark in modern history, this instrument allows our technological civilization to function. A precursor to the concept of sustainability, Alessandro Volta obsessively studied nature in order to replicate it for the benefit of humanity. This innovative approach, which is fully embraced by Alfa Romeo, demonstrates how, with its “mechanical creations”, sustainable technological development must imitate nature and take inspiration from it in order to adapt and live in harmony with it. Therefore, the Italian brand’s latest chapter couldn’t help but begin in Tempio Voltiano. With Tonale, Alfa Romeo has radically evolved and launched itself into a new, technological, sustainable and electrified era. The Tonale’s road capabilities are clear. The technology and connectivity on board make it the most technological Alfa Romeo to date. It combines quality and attention-to-detail with dynamic features to reinvent sportiness in the 21st century.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" - The Andy Warhol story

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The “Cars” series by pop art pioneer Andy Warhol (1928 to 1987) is world famous. It shows selected vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands in a striking, colorful rendering typical of the North American artist. The first of his motifs at the beginning of the picture series in 1986: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198). In the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the artwork depicting the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and the sports car will be on display in close proximity from 21 to 26 June 2022. The original screen print comes from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection. The vehicle is provided by BRABUS GmbH, Bottrop, combined with the proof that this is the sports car that served Warhol as a “model” for the “Cars” series. The joint presentation is an absolute premiere. This is because the world-famous, iconic work of art and the vehicle itself have never been shown together before. The exhibition in the Atrium of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is open to the public free of charge.

2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro Design Preview

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As Kia’s longest running nameplate which pioneered its segment, the Sportage undergoes its most significant change to date as the fifth generation is unveiled. Developed as part of Kia’s new global brand transformation, “Movement that Inspires,” the all-new 2023 Sportage subcompact SUV delivers more of everything for today’s savvy, adventurous and eco-conscious consumers. Exuding the brand’s new “Opposites United” design philosophy, the new Sportage is a welcome addition in a sea of bland-looking subcompact SUVs that crowd today’s market. Significantly larger, more capable and powerful, and targeted to be more fuel efficient, the fifth-generation model debuts a number of Sportage firsts including an available dual panoramic curved digital display and an exciting new variant that will literally take consumers to new heights. Most Sportage trims will now be assembled in the U.S., alongside the award-winning Telluride, Sorento, and K5 at Kia’s manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. The Sportage delivers something for everyone, with a diverse lineup and trim levels that include the LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line, while the all-new Sportage X-Pro and X-Pro Prestige trims allow drivers to venture further into nature with off-road ready features including all-terrain tires, among other elements. With several enticing variants to come, the 2023 Sportage will help build Kia’s reputation in electrification, while also strengthening the brand’s commitment to building rugged and capable SUVs. Following in the footsteps of the Sorento, the Sportage will also be available in a hybrid version. Details on that and other powertrains will be revealed at a later date, while gasoline variants are anticipated to go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2022.

2022 Honda Civic e:HEV Design in Blue

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First introduced in 1972, Honda has always defined the Civic as a ‘car for people of the world’. Now, building on 50 years of heritage and with over 27.5 million units sold across 170 countries, the 11th generation Civic represents a modern evolution of the model’s distinctive shape, and echoes the noiseless, elegant design that we have seen in recent Honda models introduced to Europe. Honda engineers followed a development ethos of ‘Exhilarating Civic’, focussing on how exterior and interior packaging can work together to create a more comfortable and refreshing in-car experience that will enhance owners’ everyday lives. By applying a unique human-centred approach to dynamics, design and usability, Honda has created a cabin with greater comfort, visibility and spaciousness than ever before. Following Honda’s ‘Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum’ (M/M) development approach – which is based on the principle that the purpose of technology and design is to serve the needs of the driver and passengers – has resulted in an exhilarating driving experience. The Civic inspires confidence through tactile touchpoints, engaging handling and dynamics, and a powerful yet efficient drivetrain suitable for all driving requirements. Honda’s proven e:HEV powertrain technology comes as standard, completing the brand’s mission to electrify all its mainstream European models by the end of 2022. The hybrid powertrain uses a lithium-ion battery to power two compact electric motors that work together with a 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine. It offers stunning all-round performance through impressive energy density, thermal efficiency, and torque. Thanks to a tailored application for the new Civic, the e:HEV system is smoother with a more responsive power delivery and a greater sense of linear acceleration, as well as offering exceptionally high fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

Hispano Suiza Carmen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Hispano Suiza made its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, one of the largest automotive events in the world. The iconic Spanish brand attended the event in the South of England, thanks to its partnership agreement with Michelin. Hispano Suiza participates in the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the Carmen, the 750kW electric hypercar which heralded the return of the brand to the automotive world in 2019, equipped for the occasion with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

The first ever BMW M3 Touring Interior Design

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BMW M GmbH is adding a new body variant to its line-up of high-performance models in the premium midsize class. The first-ever BMW M3 Touring combines authentic motor sport feeling with a very distinct character and a broader spread of practical qualities. Its powertrain technology is focused wholly on delivering beguiling performance and brings together the 375 kW/510 hp version of the six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The latest addition to the range is therefore available exclusively in BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive form. The variable-use interior of the first BMW M3 Touring gives it a distinctive character profile, providing fresh scope for experiencing M-typical performance in everyday use. The new BMW iDrive including BMW Curved Display brings cutting-edge control/operation and connectivity tech to the cabin.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" - The Andy Warhol story - Original meets original

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The “Cars” series by pop art pioneer Andy Warhol (1928 to 1987) is world famous. It shows selected vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands in a striking, colorful rendering typical of the North American artist. The first of his motifs at the beginning of the picture series in 1986: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198). In the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the artwork depicting the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and the sports car will be on display in close proximity from 21 to 26 June 2022. The original screen print comes from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection. The vehicle is provided by BRABUS GmbH, Bottrop, combined with the proof that this is the sports car that served Warhol as a “model” for the “Cars” series. The joint presentation is an absolute premiere. This is because the world-famous, iconic work of art and the vehicle itself have never been shown together before. The exhibition in the Atrium of the Mercedes-Benz Museum is open to the public free of charge.

New Bentley Flying Spur S will debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Bentley is completing its new driver-focused S range with the launch of the new Flying Spur S, bringing extra dimensions of increased dynamic ability, dramatic visual presence and heightened aural drama to further enhance Bentley’s pinnacle four-door sedan. This is the first time that Bentley’s historic ‘S’ badge has been applied to a Hybrid product and is another step towards Beyond100, Bentley’s vision of the future and sustainable pathway forwards. The Bentley Flying Spur has long been feted for its ability to engage the driver without compromising passenger comfort. As with the recently launched Continental GT S and GT S Convertible, the new Flying Spur S models focus on the pleasure of driving – but with the added choice between 4.0-litre V8 or V6 Hybrid powertrains. Bentley customers now have a clear choice, with the comfort-oriented Flying Spur Azure emphasising ‘Wellbeing behind the Wheel’, or the new Flying Spur S models expanding the visual, tactile and aural enhancements to the driving experience.

Hispano Suiza Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Hispano Suiza made its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, one of the largest automotive events in the world. The iconic Spanish brand attended the event in the South of England, thanks to its partnership agreement with Michelin. Hispano Suiza participates in the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the Carmen, the 750kW electric hypercar which heralded the return of the brand to the automotive world in 2019, equipped for the occasion with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

Alfa Romeo Tonale Media Drive Design

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The Tonale’s power makes its debut on the road in Tempio Voltiano, the celebrated location of Alessandro Volta’s inventions in the beautiful setting of Lake Como. A symbolic location to highlight the brand’s “metamorphosis”, it was here more than 200 years ago that the Italian scientist created his most famous invention: the battery, the first generator of dynamic electricity. A scientific landmark in modern history, this instrument allows our technological civilization to function. A precursor to the concept of sustainability, Alessandro Volta obsessively studied nature in order to replicate it for the benefit of humanity. This innovative approach, which is fully embraced by Alfa Romeo, demonstrates how, with its “mechanical creations”, sustainable technological development must imitate nature and take inspiration from it in order to adapt and live in harmony with it. Therefore, the Italian brand’s latest chapter couldn’t help but begin in Tempio Voltiano. With Tonale, Alfa Romeo has radically evolved and launched itself into a new, technological, sustainable and electrified era. The Tonale’s road capabilities are clear. The technology and connectivity on board make it the most technological Alfa Romeo to date. It combines quality and attention-to-detail with dynamic features to reinvent sportiness in the 21st century.

Polestar 5 prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Polestar is showing a development prototype of the Polestar 5 in public for the first time at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed (23-26 June). Polestar 5 is a high-performance electric 4-door GT with proper sports car credentials, and the production evolution of the Precept concept car first shown in 2020.

The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800−4 arrives in Japan

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Warehouse Terrada in Tokyo was the setting for the unveiling of the Countach LPI 800-4 in Japan on the occasion of the first deliveries to customers. To mark the link with this model’s past history, a 1989 Countach 25th Anniversary was on display alongside the LPI 800-4. The event was exclusive to 90 members of the local press, who had the opportunity to interview Francesco Scardaoni, Region Director for Asia Pacific, Davide Sfrecola, Head of Lamborghini Japan, and Mitjia Borkert, Head of Design at Automobili Lamborghini. The Countach LPI 800-4 was then brought to the streets of Tokyo and photographed in front of some of the capital city’s most famous districts and buildings. The Countach LPI 800-4 is a futuristic limited-edition car produced in 112 units that pays tribute to the original Countach, a non-conformist icon of revolutionary design and technology that celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The LPI 800-4 is a tribute to Lamborghini’s glorious heritage, but not in retrospect. Rather, it represents the idea of what could have been the evolution of the iconic Countach of the Seventies and Eighties into an exclusive and contemporary super sports car model.