Ford will re-open the application window to customers in selected markets, including the UK, for one month, beginning November 8, delivering approximately 1,350 Ford GTs for customers worldwide.
"The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with demand outstripping supply more than six-to-one," said Hermann Salenbauch, director, Ford Performance. "By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we're able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers in addition to the 80 Ford GT owners in Europe who've taken delivery of their bespoke car to-date."
Production of the Ford GT began in December 2016, following the announcement of a limited run of 1,000 vehicles across four years. Successful European applicants from the extended production volume will be eligible for Ford GT vehicles produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, the Ford GT's carbon fibre architecture and active aerodynamics help to achieve a top speed of 216 mph.
Ford also recently announced a new Ford GT Heritage Edition model that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 with a limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery, including a Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme.
Production of the new SUV will take place at BMW Plant Spartanburg (USA) while the market launch is expected to happen in March 2019.
The X7 will be the largest BMW X model with 5,151 millimetres length, 2,000 millimetres wide and 1,805 millimetres tall, and has a wheelbase of 3,105 millimetres. Its design language spans an extremely prominent front end, large windows, high ground clearance, a long roofline and a two-section split tailgate. Exclusive detailing includes extensive chrome elements. LED headlights are standard, BMW Laserlight optional.
The new BMW offers generous interior space across three rows of seats with seven seats as standard. Middle row can be specified with two individual comfort seats as an option. The space in the third row is uncompromised, complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports. All seats are electrically adjustable. Boot capacity can be expanded from 326 litres to a maximum 2,120 litres.
The line-up of engines available at launch comprises a 340 kW/462 hp petrol V-8 in the BMW X7 xDrive50i (not available in Europe), a six-cylinder in-line petrol unit with an output of 250 kW/340 hp for the BMW X7 xDrive40i and a pair of six-cylinder in-line diesels with outputs of 195 kW/265 hp in the BMW X7 xDrive30d and 294 kW/400 hp in the BMW X7 M50d. All of the power units in the line-up meet the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard.
All the engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while the task of transferring their power onto either asphalt or loose terrain falls to the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, complete with optimised efficiency and rear-biased set-up.
Air springs at both axles and Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers are standard. Integral Active Steering and Executive Drive Pro with active roll stabilisation are optional. M Sport differential standard is provided on the BMW X7 M50d and optional for the BMW X7 xDrive50i and BMW X7 xDrive40i. Optional Off-Road package enables selection of xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow driving modes at the touch of a button.
The new BMW X7's commitment to progressive luxury is further underlined by the comprehensive array of driver assistance systems on hand to enhance comfort and safety. As well as the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, customers can also opt for the Driving Assistant Professional package comprising the Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, the Lane Change Assistant, the Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection, the evasion aid, Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning, and the Emergency Stop Assistant (not available in Europe). The standard Parking Assistant's range of functions includes the Reversing Assistant.
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional fitted as standard in the BMW X7 comprises a fully digital instrument cluster and a Control Display, each of which have a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant included in the operating system from March 2019 or available to import by Remote Software Upgrade, presents the latest advances in the field of digital connectivity. Once activated with the spoken prompt "Hey BMW", the digital companion helps the driver to utilise the car's functions. And the system will continue to acquire new capabilities all the time thanks to updates transmitted seamlessly via Remote Software Upgrade.
In the meantime, China will be the only market in which Škoda offers a total of four SUV models with Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq and Kodiaq GT.
As the design sketches show, all lines are clearly and precisely designed, the coupé-like side line gives the new Škoda Kodiaq GT a sporty and dynamic profile. The coupé-version of large SUV that differentiates it from the Kodiaq is its rear section.
Behind the front doors, the roofline gently slopes down, merging into an angled tailgate. As the first SUV coupé in the Czech car maker's model portfolio, the Kodiaq GT will serve as the new flagship model in China, and be a key driver of the brand's image.
The SUV offensive is a key pillar of Strategy 2025, along with electromobility and digitalisation. In China, where the new Škoda Kodiaq GT in addition to Škoda Kamiq will actually be the second exclusive Škoda SUV on the market, this segment offers a particular potential for growth.
Even today, Chinese market is the world's biggest market for Škoda. Every fourth Škoda vehicle is currently delivered to China. According to a five-year plan, laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Czech Republic, more than €2 billion ($2.32 billion) will be invested in the expansion of the SUV portfolio and the development of alternative-drive Škoda vehicles.
A four-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine generates peak output of 453 horsepower from 6,000 to 6,500 RPM and peak torque of 457 lb.-ft. from 1,800 to 4,500 RPM. As compared to the previous Panamera GTS with a naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V-8, the current engine offers an increase of 13 horsepower and an additional 73 lb.-ft. of torque.
The engine, which sends power to all four wheels through an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission via the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system, allows both the Porsche Panamera GTS and Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo models to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds. The former reaches a top track speed of 181mph, or 179mph for the latter.
As is typical with any Porsche "GTS" model, the standard equipment list and chassis setup are oriented with enthusiastic driving in mind. The chassis now sits 0.39 inches lower than other Panamera models. The Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management (PASM) dampers, which are included as part of the standard Air Suspension, are recalibrated for these models. Large brakes (390 millimetres in diameter at the front, 365 millimetres in diameter at the rear) provide exceptional stopping power.
The GTS models offer all the same innovations as the second-generation Panamera range. These include the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit, optional assist systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control, and optional rear axle steering. The GTS also offers a highlight that is new to the entire Panamera range, the head-up display. The display can be configured by the driver and projects relevant information directly into their direct line of sight in colour.
The new Panamera GTS is available in both sedan and Sport Turismo body styles. With a large lift gate, low loading edge, increased cargo capacity, and 4+1 seating configuration, the new GTS variant is the perfect combination of everyday practicality and outstanding performance.
The new Panamera GTS models are available to order now. In the United States, the Panamera GTS carries a starting MSRP of $128,300; the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo is available with a starting MSRP of $134,500 and are expected to arrive in US dealerships in the second half of 2019.
The name is derived from the Latin word 'scala' which means 'stairs' and is a step forward for the Czech car manufacturer in the compact hatch segment.
Bernhard Maier, chairman of the board of Škoda Auto, emphasises: "With the new Škoda Scala we are proposing a new chapter in the compact class of Škoda. It is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class. Thus we are confident that Scala has the best chance to redefine the A-segment for Škoda."
With Scala, Škoda presents its new emotional exterior and interior design language for the first time in series production form. With the new model the Czech brand also makes a big leap forward in technology and offers innovative features so far found only in the higher class segment.
With the new model, Škoda is also taking several steps forward in development, aptly embodying the 'smart understatement' value for which the brand is renowned for.
In addition, the new Škoda Scala features another, new and unmistakable feature: the compact segment car is the first European production series model for the brand to adorn the Škoda lettering, engraved in single letters across the centre of the tailgate and replaces the Škoda logo.