Automotive Purchasing Weekly 22 February 2016 - page 1

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Maserati Levante
22 February 2016 | Vehicle Launch/Concepts
Maserati’s first SUV receives its eagerly-awaited world unveiling at the upcoming
Geneva International Motor Show next week.
Maserati reveals the exterior form of
the Levante, the first SUV in the brand’s
more than one hundred year history: the
new model completes the existing range
of saloon and sports cars, extending the
offering together with the Quattroporte,
Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio
models.
The design of the Levante features
clear associations with the Maserati brand
and its distinctive Italian character: the
aggressive front introduces new, tapered
headlights separated into two elements,
with the upper headlight unit connected
to the radiator grille. Maserati’s design
signature is clearly visible on the sides:
the three iconic air vents on the front
wings, the trapezoidal C-pillar with the
‘Saetta’ logo and the large, frameless
door windows. The rear is dominated
by the very tapered back window and
streamlined shape, both typical of a high-
performance sports car.
At a technical level, the Levante’s
chassis is designed to combine the
outstanding on-road performance typical
of every Maserati with unrivalled handling
even on very low-grip surfaces and an
excellent off-road performance and
ride. The new SUV boasts a high level
of content as standard, with all versions
featuring : sophisticated electronic
suspension with controlled damping and
air springs, which can be set on several
levels, ‘Q4’ intelligent all-wheel drive
and eight-speed automatic transmission
specially calibrated for the brand’s new
SUV.
When it comes to power units, the
Levante is equipped with both petrol
and diesel engines that are all Euro6-
compliant.
The Maserati Levante is built at the
Mirafiori plant in Turin; the first cars have
already come off the assembly line with
the launch planned for this spring in
Europe, to be followed by the rest of the
world later this year.
ThenewRenaultMeganeEstate to
makeglobal debut inGeneva
22 February 2016 | Vehicle Launch/
Concepts
Global debut for the new Megane Estate –
in the form of the Megane Estate GT – at
the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.
The new Megane Estate GT bears Renault
Sport’s hallmark DNA, both in its design and
in the driving feeling it delivers thanks to
its 4CONTROL system – a world first in the
C-segment estate market.
The 2016 Geneva International Motor
Show will see Renault reveal its new Megane
Estate in the form of the range’s Estate GT
version. Based on the new Megane, this
all-new estate is both elegant and sporty. It
boasts an intuitive, modular interior with a
choice of boot arrangements, as well as the
segment’s longest maximum load length.
The design of the vehicle blends
dynamism and style, enhanced by a chrome
trim around the side windows and C-pillar.
The roof line is enhanced by matte-finish
anodised aluminium roof bars (Dark Metal
Colour on GT version). The car’s low stance
and wide track increase the feeling of
solidity on the road. The Megane features
a distinctive C-shaped lighting signature at
the front.
The new GT bears Renault Sport DNA:
the front bumper underlines the model’s
sporting credentials, while the honeycomb
mesh of the radiator grilles is specific to the
car and the wide lower air inlet is flanked
by two air-scoops. At the rear, the GT is
fitted with a chromed exhaust tail pipe and
a sculpted diffuser to reinforce its dynamic
look.
Meanwhile, the GT is the first C-segment
estate to benefit from 4CONTROL
technology. Specifically tailored to the
new Estate, 4CONTROL endows the car
with precise, dynamic handling on twisty
roads and generates genuine driving
pleasure. Thanks to 4CONTROL, the GT is
exceptionally agile in built-up areas.
Vauxhall GTConcept showcases
visionary tech-led interior
18 February 2016 | Vehicle Launch/Concepts
Vauxhall has revealed the GT Concept’s
interior, showcasing a host of innovative
technology to improve driver experience,
ahead of the futuristic sportcar’s debut at
the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Leading its innovation is a system called
Human Machine Interface (HMI), which
means the sports car is operated purely
by voice control and a central touchpad,
making it button-less.
The self-learning system recognises the
driver’s habits and adapts to his or her needs.
This results in a dialogue during which the
car responds in spoken form and can, for
example, chose the right music, route or
temperature according to the situation. HMI
could even recognise whether passengers
want to listen to hip-hop or chill-out music.
In order to always offer the most
appropriate support, the software learns
from every command, every touch of the
steering wheel and every setting over days,
months and years.
If the driver would rather not use voice
commands, he or she just needs to reach
for the round touchpad on the centre
console. The two classically inspired round
instruments are actually projection surfaces
that can be backlit in different colours
and display a variety of information three-
dimensionally, a further development of the
system shown in the 2013 Vauxhall Monza
Concept.
If the GT Concept is being used for
business, while permanently connected to
the office, the right instrument facilitates
navigation with an intuitive graphic without
numerical values; when under time pressure,
it displays consumption. If the driver would
rather corner at speed, HMI optimises
the accelerator, transmission and engine
control accordingly and the right instrument
even displays the g-force values of the
longitudinal acceleration.
HMI also keeps a close eye on the GT
Concept’s surroundings, improving overall
safety. It can issue spoken warnings, for
example: “Be careful. Don’t overlook the
motorcycle behind us!” And instead of side
door mirrors, the GT Concept relies on
cameras mounted behind the front wheel
arches to showwhat is happening behind and
next to the car. The images are transmitted
to round monitors to the left and right of the
driver. In addition, the large central screen
displays all desired information.
GT Concept’s two sports seats are
ergonomically designed for ultimate
passenger comfort and the low beltline of the
doors create an easy arm position, while the
steering wheel and pedals can be adjusted
electrically down to the last millimetre.
The instrument panel of the GT Concept
is made from brushed aluminum, the
round camera monitors are embedded in
outer aluminum air jets with the polished
GT emblem and the shining red seatbelt
retractors reflect the design of the red front
tyres. Finally, the steering wheel features a
retro spoke design.
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