Acura NSX Prototype Excites Racing Fans and Sports Car Enthusiasts Alike Lapping Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Prior to Honda Indy 200 Race

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A prototype Acura NSX lapped the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio today, just prior to the running of the Honda Indy 200, exciting fans in the state where the NSX is being developed and will be produced, and showcasing the steady progress being made toward the planned 2015 launch of Acura’s next-generation, mid-engine supercar.

The Acura NSX prototype lapped the 2.4-mile winding road course, driven by a member of the Ohio-based engineering development team. The NSX prototype sported custom graphics that speak to Acura’s intention to go racing with the new NSX.

“With leadership from our R&D and manufacturing teams here in Ohio, we are developing a next generation sports car that will be equally at home on the street and on the race track, so it is natural for us to showcase the prototype vehicle here at Mid-Ohio,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “It is exciting for us to see the prototype running on the track, reflecting the great progress we’re making toward the 2015 global launch of the NSX, as we engineer a new sports-car experience for customers around the world.”

Targeting next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance, Acura announced in 2012 that the Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.

Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® is an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V-6 engine and its all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT) driving the rear wheels, and two independent motors driving the front wheels. The system enables instant delivery of negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering to achieve a new level of driving performance unparalleled by current AWD systems.

Global development of the NSX is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in Raymond, Ohio. The next-generation Acura sports car will be produced in nearby Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center, now under construction.

Award-Winning Honda Accord Lineup Gets Even Stronger for 2014

TORRANCE, Calif., – Honda today announced the 2014 Accord Coupe will go on-sale tomorrow followed by the Accord Sedan on August 22. Featuring the award-winning Honda Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, the Accord lineup includes a direct injected 4-cylinder engine and a powerful and fuel-efficient V-6. A sporty CVT (4-cylinder models only) and a 6-speed manual transmission are also available. A new 2-motor Accord Hybrid, built1 with the rest of the Accord lineup in a Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, will debut later this fall.

Launched in fall 2012, Accord was the most popular midsize passenger car in America for the first six months of 2013, based on sales to individual (non-fleet) car buyers, according to new vehicle registration data from R.L. Polk.

The all-new 2013 Accord has earned a host of awards for setting new benchmarks for fuel efficiency, fun-to-drive performance, customer-friendly connectivity, advanced safety features and overall value.

Starting at $21,955, the 2014 Honda Accord Sedan goes on sale August 22, 2013, and the Coupe, with prices starting at $23,625, launches tomorrow. The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, with prices starting at $39,780, debuted in early 2013. Pricing for the 2014 Accord Hybrid Sedan will be announced closer to its October on-sale date.

The 2013 Accord has received numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 27th Car and Driver “10 Best” title for the model, as well as an Automobile Magazine All-Star award, a Best Family Car award from Parenting magazine and Edmunds.com, and Best New Sedan Under $25,000 status from KBB.com. The Accord also topped the competition in a six-way midsize sedan comparison test by Cars.com, USA Today and Motorweek, and was found to have the highest resale value in its class by KBB.com. The Accord’s Earth Dreams Technology 4-cylinder and V-6 engines were also chosen as among the 10 Best Engines of 2013 by Ward’s.

Sophisticated and Athletic
Using the highest amount of high-strength steel in the history of the model, the Accord Sedan and Coupe bodies combine sophisticated and athletic styling with high-efficiency safety protection and remarkable aerodynamic streamlining. Extensive use of under-covers improve the aerodynamics for increased fuel efficiency, while other advances include available LED headlights, DRLs and brake lights, and mirror-mounted turn signals.

Earth Dreams™ Technology
Innovative Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrains include Honda’s next-generation 2.4-liter, direct-injected 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission or 6-speed manual transmission. The 2014 Accord Sedan and Coupe are also available with a powerful and efficient V-6 mated to 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual (Coupe only) transmission. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan and new Accord Hybrid Sedan both use an all-new two-motor hybrid system paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel efficiency is the best ever for Accord in the EPA Midsize class, with 4-cylinder models earning a 36 mpg highway EPA rating2 and V-6 models garnering a 34 mpg highway EPA rating2.

Well-Appointed Interior
The Accord interior provides a level of luxury and craftsmanship never before seen in the Accord. Available in Black, Gray and Ivory colors schemes, in cloth or leather, the Accord interior combines welcoming comfort with an impressive range of available technologies. New for 2014 is a more premium cloth seat fabric on the Accord LX. A new smarter auto-dimming rear-view mirror no longer requires an on/off switch. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, 8-inch (diagonal) “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® phone interface, Pandora® internet radio interface and an SMS text messaging feature.

Other innovative technologies include the cloud-based HondaLink™ connected car system, which lets drivers put away their smartphones and still stay connected to the people, music and social media they love. Also available is the Honda LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. The Accord also has a standard rearview camera and an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror.

Responsive Chassis
A highly rigid unit-body, refined suspension technology and advanced electronics define the Accord chassis as the most capable in model history. The Accord is quiet and responsive on city streets, smooth and composed on the highway, and faithful to the driver’s wishes on winding roads.

Features include a MacPherson strut front suspension (with Amplitude Reactive Dampers on Hybrid models), a hybrid steel-and-aluminum front subframe (all-aluminum on Hybrid models) and electric power steering (EPS). Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) on both 4-cylinder and V-6 models counteract noise for a more serene cabin.

Comprehensive Safety and Driver Assistive Technology
The Accord Sedan and Coupe offer the greatest range of active and passive safety and driver assistive features in Honda history. Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is standard on all Accord models, and available new technologies include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The Accord’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) II body structure, standard on all models, helps improve frontal crash safety performance. This allows the Accord to be one of few midsize offerings to excel in the rigorous Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small-overlap frontal barrier crash test, earning it the IIHS’ coveted TOP SAFETY PICK+ crash safety rating. The Accord also obtained a top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).3

Accord Model Range
The 2014 Accord Sedan is available in eight model choices, including six gasoline-engine versions (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring), the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, and the new Accord Hybrid Sedan. The 2014 Accord Coupe is available in four model choices (LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6).

Manufacturing
Celebrating 31 years of Accord production in the United States, the 2014 models reflect the expanding capabilities of Honda in North America. The Accord Sedan and Coupe, and the Accord Hybrid are produced in Marysville, Ohio by Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

New 2014 Toyota Tundra Offers Full-Size Pickup Truck Owners Value Pricing

TORRANCE, Calif., August 8, 2013 – – The redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup (FSPU) truck will offer value-driven prices when it goes on sale this month.

The new Tundra is competitively priced for 2014, offered in a new five-grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4×2 and 4×4. Each grade is well-equipped with a vast array of key standard features for simplified ordering.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) on all SR5 grades equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine will be unchanged from equivalent volume-leading 2013 models and add $650 worth of additional standard equipment. All Limited CrewMax 4×4 models have reduced MSRP’s of $2,000 from equivalent 2013 models (4×2 models reduced by $1,990).

All Platinum and 1794 Edition premium grade MSRP’s are reduced by $850 from equivalent 2013 models. Both the Platinum and 1794 Edition share the same MSRP, allowing consumers to simply choose the premium grade they prefer.

The base MSRP for the 2014 Tundra will range from $25,920 for the SR grade 4×2 Regular Cab, 4.0-liter V6 to $47,320 for the Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax 4×4 grades equipped with a 5.7-liter V8. Based on comparisons between the new grade strategy for 2014 models and 2013 models with comparable equipment levels, the MSRP’s reflect an overall average decrease of $263, or 0.7 percent.

An Array of Standard Convenience Features
Tundra features a number of key standard features, and is the only truck in the full-size pickup segment to include a standard back-up camera (viewed from the audio display screen), and standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming on all grades.

All Tundra models have a standard windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power window and door locks, and heated, power, outside mirrors. A Tow Hitch is also standard equipment on models equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine.

All SR and SR5 grade models come standard with air conditioning, while all Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition models come with standard dual zone air conditioning with individual temperature settings for driver and front passenger. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and HomeLink® universal transceiver is standard on Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition grades.

The Limited grade adds leather-trimmed seats, a 10-way power driver seat, chrome door handles and outer mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels, a deck rail system, and Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite.

The Platinum and 1794 Edition come standard with a 12-way power driver’s seat with memory and a six-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation, power moonroof, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, front and rear parking sonar, and Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite.

The 2014 Tundra is the only full-size pickup with available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (available on Limited CrewMax, Platinum and 1794 Edition only).

All Tundra models feature the standard Toyota Star Safety System™ that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.

Additional standard safety features on all grades include manual headlamp leveling, trailer sway control, tire press monitoring system, and LED Daytime Running Lights on Platinum and 1794 Edition only.

All 2014 Tundra models will come standard with the updated next-generation Entune™ Audio systems, which feature several enhancements including a new Entune® App Suite with an array of popular apps including new additions such as Yelp and Facebook Places.

Chiseled New, Unique Exterior Designs; Distinct Look for Each Grade
Tundra is newly designed, inside and out, representing a major change since the 2007 model year. Each Tundra grade embodies a specific theme through distinct designs that go beyond badging.

The new front design integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled image. Designers increased the size of the front fascia and tightened up the surfaces and character lines to visually punctuate Tundra’s pulling power and wide stance. The grille has a taller, bolder look, visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a three-piece design, allowing for lower replacement costs. In addition, the fenders and wheel wells have been squared-off for a wide and sturdy stance.

A new exterior design helps carry the chiseled character lines all the way down the profile, leading to a rugged new bed and tail gate, with an integrated spoiler and “TUNDRA” embossed into the sheet metal, creating a one-piece forged look. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper changes from one piece to three, for lower replacement costs.

Tundra offers a palette of nine exterior colors including three new colors: Attitude Black Metallic; Sunset Bronze Mica; and Blue Ribbon Metallic. Popular carryover colors include Radiant Red, Super White, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black, and Barcelona Red.

A New Premium,Spacious Interior; Each Grade With a Unique Identity
Tundra features new contemporary interior styling focusing on differentiation between grades, while improving the availability of features most important to truck buyers. The new interior variations are thematic and cater to a specific customer with a specific budget. Ergonomic improvements include easier driver access to controls as the reach to the audio and HVAC controls was reduced by 2.6 inches. Overall passenger comfort was improved with a new front and rear (CrewMax) seat design and improved front seat ventilation. In addition, front seats have additional travel, and rear seats can now be folded up for additional cargo carrying capability while maintaining a comfortable seating back angle and lowering load height by more than 11 inches.

The interior has a rugged, interlocked construction with new instrument panel. The instrument panel features individual gauges grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design with a center-mounted multi-information (LCD) display screen. The console design holds multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics plus additional padded surfaces and accent stitching in premium grades. Both Double Cab and CrewMax are available with a bench or bucket seats for the front row.

The interior of the SR5 features a “professional gear” theme, with unique driver and passenger zones, metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric. Most importantly, the new design uses premium surface treatments such as high granulated paint on the center cluster and unique seat stitching to enhance interior quality and durability.

The Limited grade has an “active premium” image with leather seating surfaces matching soft-touch door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims.

The Limited will be available with Black, Sand Beige and Graphite leather-trimmed interiors and will have standard dual zone auto HVAC controls.

The Platinum grade has been redesigned for the next generation of personal use truckers. It features perforated, diamond pleated premium leather seats, door and instrument panel inserts, and chrome seat and console accent badging for an upscale, yet urban feel. In addition, Platinum uses premium leather never before used on a Toyota truck.

The 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme and includes exclusive brown premium leather-trimmed seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents. Matching soft-touch materials also accent the shift console, the front and rear door trim, and the instrument panel.

Three Engine Options Remain Among Segment’s Most Capable
Tundra continues to offer three proven powertrains that are among the best in its segment. The Tundra workhorse, and still one of the most capable and advanced engines in the full-size pickup segment, is the 5.7-liter, DOHC i-Force V8. Tundra’s most popular engine with owners, it generates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The 5.7-liter is offered in both gasoline and “Flex Fuel” variants.

A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab SR models and produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 278 foot-pounds of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. The 4.6-liter, DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3,400rpm.

Several enhancements have been implemented on the 2014 Tundra to improve performance. Shock-absorber valving has been re-tuned to improve ride quality over harsh surfaces.

The Tundra SR and SR5 grades will ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition will have all-new 20-inch alloy wheels specific to each grade.

Toyota believes it is important for truck owners to be able to tow with confidence. This is why Tundra has been compliant with the SAE J2807 towing standard since 2011 and remains the industry’s only full-size truck to adopt the standard.

The prices for the 2014 Tundra take effect tomorrow, August 9 when the redesigned Tundra begins arriving at Toyota dealers.

Tundra MSRP’s do not include the Delivery, Processing and Handling (DPH) fee of $995. The DPH for Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

2014MY Tundra Pricing

ModelGradeCabEngineTransMSRP

8204SRRegular4.0L V64x2$25,9208228SRRegular5.7L V84x2$28,4658327SRRegular5.7L V8 FFV4x4$31,5158328SRRegular5.7L V84x4$31,5158215SRDouble4.0L V64x2$26,8108239SRDouble4.6L V84x2$27,8558339SRDouble4.6L V84x4$30,9058242SRDouble5.7L V84x2$29,3558245SRDouble5.7L V84x2$29,6858332SRDouble5.7L V8 FFV4x4$32,4058335SRDouble5.7L V8 FFV4x4$32,7358342SRDouble5.7L V84x4$32,4058345SRDouble5.7L V84x4$32,7358240SR5Double4.6L V84x2$29,4658340SR5Double4.6L V84x4$32,5158241SR5Double5.7L V84x2$30,9658246SR5Double5.7L V84x2$31,2958331SR5Double5.7L V8 FFV4x4$34,0158336SR5Double5.7L V8 FFV4x4$34,3458341SR5Double5.7L V84x4$34,0158346SR5Double5.7L V84x4$34,3458259SR5CrewMax4.6L V84x2$31,8258359SR5CrewMax4.6L V84x4$34,8758261SR5CrewMax5.7L V84x2$33,3258361SR5CrewMax5.7L V84x4$36,3758363SR5CrewMax5.7L V8 FFV4x4$36,3758252LimitedDouble5.7L V84x2$36,9408352LimitedDouble5.7L V84x4$39,9908354LimitedDouble5.7L V8 FFV4x4$39,9908272LimitedCrewMax5.7L V84x2$38,8458372LimitedCrewMax5.7L V84x4$41,8958374LimitedCrewMax5.7L V8 FFV4x4$41,8958275PlatinumCrewMax5.7L V84x2$44,2708375PlatinumCrewMax5.7L V84x4$47,3208377PlatinumCrewMax5.7L V8 FFV4x4$47,32082761794 EditionCrewMax5.7L V84x2$44,27083761794 EditionCrewMax5.7L V84x4$47,32083781794 EditionCrewMax5.7L V8 FFV4x4$47,320

 

Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra: Versatile marvel of fuel economy

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Audi has unveiled the brand’s most fuel-efficient production model. With 81 kW (110 hp) of power output, the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra consumes just 3.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (73.50 US mpg). This equates to an astounding 85 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer (136.79 g/mile). This versatile marvel of fuel economy is now for sale. Customers can take delivery of the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra starting in September. The base price in Germany will be 25,200 euros.

Boasting a top speed of 200 km/h (124.27 mph) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in a mere 10.5 seconds, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra is thoroughly sporty. Every bit as impressive: it truly excels at long-distance drives. Its 50-liter (13.21 US gallons) fuel tank facilitates trips in excess of 1,500 kilometers (932.06 miles).

The five-door A3 1.6 TDI ultra is every bit as spacious and comfortable as the rest of Audi’s model line of premium compact cars. It also features air conditioning, Audi radio and power windows as standard equipment. Moreover, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra is available as a three-door compact or a five-door Sportback.

Low fuel consumption and extraordinary sustainability paved the way for the technological DNA of today’s A3 model line. Thanks to Audi’s unrelenting commitment to lightweight excellence regarding the multi-material body and all vehicular systems, the A3 1.6 TDI ultra weighs a mere 1,205 kilograms (2,656.57 lb). Aerodynamics were enhanced not only by the S line side sills, but also by lowering the A3 ultra’s body by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). 205/55 R16 tires with optimized rolling resistance as well as a longer final drive ratio further improve the efficiency of the A3 1.6 TDI ultra.

This latest A3 is not only the most efficient Audi; it is also the brand’s first model to bear the ultra epithet. The ultra designation expresses the brand’s all-encompassing commitment to systematic sustainability concerning production and products.

In coming months, Audi will unveil ultra versions in other model lines featuring TDI and TFSI engines. Like the Audi A3 1.6 TDI ultra, they too will distinguish themselves thanks to a considerable focus on technology reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This will lower running costs while benefiting the environment. Along with Audi’s e-tron plug-in hybrid models and g-tron models powered by natural gas, ultra vehicles will constitute a third category in the brand’s portfolio of cars offering sustainable, everyday mobility.

HYUNDAI PREPS HYDROGEN ENERGY GENERATION AND FUELING STATION IN CHINO, CALIF. FOR FIRST-EVER PUBLIC OPENING

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Hyundai Tucson

CHINO, Calif., August 5, 2013 – The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Hydrogen Frontier, Inc. a $3 million grant to build a new 100 percent renewable hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles at Hyundai’s hydrogen energy generation and fueling station in Chino, Calif.

The project will include:
• 100 percent of the energy consumed in generation and operation of the station and 100 percent of the fuel dispensed will come from a renewable source, a new path of innovation and sustainability in California
◦ Energy used to create hydrogen will be purchased from a renewable energy provider
◦ With this upgrade, the station will be able to produce at least 100 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to
dispense approximately 6,000 to 9,000 vehicle fill-ups with hydrogen annually
• Capability to produce hydrogen from the electrolysis of water on site
• System pressures of 350 Bar and 700 Bar will allow fueling of all fuel cell vehicles (FCV) including fast refueling
The station, situated at a testing facility for Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., will be located at the site of an existing hydrogen station originally constructed in 2005 to support Hyundai’s fuel cell vehicle fleet. On top of the $3 million rebuilding project funded by the California Energy Commission grant, an additional $1.7 million funded by partners Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Powertech and ITM Power will go toward modernizing the facility to meet the latest industry standards for hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing.

The required completion date for the renovations is October 2014, at which point the fueling station will open to the public for the first time. The facility will increase the existing hydrogen fueling network in California and will be the first publicly accessible hydrogen fueling station in San Bernardino County. http://cafcp.org/stationmap#st-map
“Hyundai has been supporting governments, energy companies and other organizations globally to develop an easily accessible and affordable hydrogen infrastructure,” said Dr. Sung Hwan Cho, president, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. “With world-class partners like Hydrogen Frontier and the support of the California government, we are expanding the hydrogen fueling infrastructure and taking one more step toward mass production of a fuel cell electric vehicle.”

Production of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell began at the company’s Ulsan manufacturing plant in Korea in January 2013, making Hyundai the first automaker to begin commercial production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle. The first complete car rolled off the assembly line on February 26, 2013. Hyundai is investigating potential demand for the Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle in the U.S. market, particularly in California, where most of the hydrogen refueling infrastructure development has taken place.

“Hydrogen Frontier Inc. is excited to work with this innovative group of companies for this unique opportunity,” said Daniel Poppe, vice president, Hydrogen Frontier Inc. “This was our first hydrogen station in 2005 that we were asked to contribute to. Now, less than 10 years later, we get to do a complete comprehensive update of that same site.”
Hyundai has researched hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles in the United States since 2000. It is a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and has conducted fleet testing of three generations of SUV-based hydrogen vehicles across the United States.

Hydrogen fuel cells use hydrogen to create electricity which powers the electric-drive vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles have no tailpipe greenhouse emissions and their extended range between fill-ups and the speed at which they refuel are comparable to that of conventional vehicles. The development of fueling stations, such as the Chino facility, is crucial to the success of fuel cells in the marketplace. In California today, there are eight public stations, and 17 more are in development. The goal is to have 68 stations in place to support the larger rollout of the vehicles in the next few years.

Suzuki iV-4: Compact SUV concept model to be unveiled at the 65th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show

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The world premiere of the iV-4 – a concept model heralding a compact SUV from Suzuki – will take place at the 65th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, which will be held from 10 to 22 September.

Suzuki’s introduction of the compact SUV concept iV-4 is an indication of the direction which will be taken with the future model to be added to the company’s renowned SUV line-up.

Developed with a theme – “Grab your field” –, the concept model embodies the basic ruggedness of an SUV. The iV-4 is Suzuki’s new concept for a personal compact SUV. While inheriting certain design features of the Suzuki SUVs, such as the clam shell shaped hood and the front grille divided into five, its overall styling conveys a sense of modernity and innovativeness.

Detailed information will be disclosed at the Suzuki press conference, scheduled for

2:15pm, on 10 September 2013, in Hall 9.0, Stand B08

Other Suzuki models on display will be the Alto, Splash, Swift, Swift Sport, SX4, New SX4, Jimny, Grand Vitara and Kizashi.

Last Chance to See Ferrari F10 F1 car and Eric Clapton’s SP12 EC

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2013 Ferrari Enzo F70

Goodwood 14 July – Today will be the final chance for spectators at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to take in two unique sights featuring Ferrari: a demonstration of the Scuderia Ferrari team’s 2010 Formula 1 car by Ferrari test driver Marc Gené and Eric Clapton’s one-off SP12 EC.

The Scuderia Ferrari F10 Formula 1 car being demonstrated throughout the weekend by Gené is special as it is a multiple grand prix winner. Chassis no.285, previously driven by Fernando Alonso took victories at Germany, Italy, Korea and Singapore during the 2010 season.

Sunday will be the last day Ferrari fans can get a detailed look at the 12th vehicle produced by Ferrari’s ‘Special-Projects’ division, the SP12 EC. If the SP12EC appears to resemble another memorable Ferrari, namely the 512BB, it is no coincidence. The famous musician wished to pay tribute to the V12 flat-engined Ferrari, of which he has owned three examples.

Beautiful weather has helped this year’s festival sellout, and appropriately Ferrari have brought an Ice White Pearl ‘Tailor-Made’ 458 Spider which has been taking full advantage of the perfect conditions as part of the Michelin Supercar Run. Joining the 458 Spider are a F12berlinetta, which is making its Goodwood debut this year and a FF featuring a special ‘Grigio FF’ exterior and a beautiful navy blue semi-aniline leather interior.

A complete timetable for the Formula 1 demonstrations and the Michelin Supercar Run on Sunday are below:

Sunday 14th
– 1st F1 @ 10:55
– 1st Michelin Supercar Run @ 12:25
– 2nd F1 @ 15:10
– 2nd Michelin Supercar Run @ 18:15