Aston Martin has released the following press release:Following encouraging customer reaction, V12 Zagato road car to go into production in 2012Strictly limited run of up to 150 examples, prices from £330,000 GBP (exc. local taxes)Hand assembled at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon7 July 2011, Gaydon: Aston Martin confirms production of a strictly limited number of the new V12 Zagato following its successful unveilings. After winning the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class at the prestigious Villa D’ Este Concours and then going on to prove its durability with the successful completion of the gruelling 39th ADAC Nürburgring 24 Hour race, Aston Martin confirms that there is overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers to confirm production of the V12 Zagato.Based on the acclaimed V12 Vantage and sporting a beautifully handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited numbers for discerning customers. Orders are now being taken on a strictly first come first served basis and production is expected to commence during summer 2012 at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Renault has just released the first details of its latest concept car named Frendzy. An all-electric hatchback will be premiered at the forthcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15, 2011). The official information on the new car is coming soon, in the meantime find out the basic specifications, pictures and teaser video below.Stay tuned for further news! Engine & performance: Type: electric motor (lithium ion batteries)Capacity: 60 hpTorque: 226 NmTop speed: 130 km/ hTires: 205/45 R19Dimensions: Length: 4091 mmWidth: 1872 mmHeight: 1743 mmWheelbase: 2691 mmWeight: 1420 kg 2011-07 Renault Frendzy Concept .
Joss which is intended to be the first Australian supercar was first shown at Melbourne Motor Show in 2004. Demonstrated as a prototype the sportscoupe from down under was then built around composite aluminium and honeycomb steel space frame and was equipped with a mid-mounted 6.8-litre V8 engine developing 500hp at 5750 rpm and 650Nm of torque at 2800 rpm. Proposed weight of the vehicle was just 940 kg thus enabling the car to accelerate from zero to hundred in 3.7 seconds.
Bugatti has released the following press release:World debut of an exceptional partnership between the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM) and Bugatti.World’s first vehicle using porcelain elements for exterior and interior design. Berlin/Molsheim, June 30, 2011 – With the partnership between Bugatti and the Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM) the renowned manufacturer emphasizes the ability in creating pieces of automotive art. The “L’Or Blanc” celebrates its world premiere with an exclusive unveiling ceremony on June 30, 2011 at the KPM workshops in Berlin. This unique version of a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is the world’s first motor car to wear the finest porcelain on its body, as well as in its cabin.
Lexus has issued the following press release:Lexus Reveals Unique Full Hybrid LS 600h L LandauletTo be used on the occasion of the wedding of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of MonacoLexus’ full hybrid technology will allow the converted LS 600h L to operate in zero-emission mode for most of the newlyweds' tour of the Principality on July 2ndFeatures one-piece transparent roof manufactured using advanced technologies from aerospace industry A unique Lexus full hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet* featuring a one-piece, transparent polycarbonate roof will serve as the official Royal Wedding car on the occasion of the marriage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Ms. Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd July 2011.Equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive, Prince Albert’s LS 600h L offers all the performance and comfort expected from a Lexus flagship, and generates significantly lower CO2, NOx and particulate emissions than any comparable car.'Lexus is very proud to present this exceptional full hybrid vehicle to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince of Monaco', said Andy Pfeiffenberger, Vice President of Lexus Europe.
Toyota has released the following press release:Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show the "GRMN (GAZOO Racing1 tuned by MN2) SPORTS HYBRID Concept II", a convertible mid-ship gasoline-electric hybrid concept, at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race to be held near Nürburg, Germany, from June 23 through 26.The GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II is an updated version of a gasoline-electric sports concept shown at Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 and has been developed to embody the enjoyment of automobiles. The vehicle features advanced styling and an improved sports-hybrid AWD system with the main power unit (gasoline engine, rear-wheel drive motors and transmission) located in the middle of the body and a front-wheel drive motor in front—all positioned to improve maneuverability, enhance driving enjoyment and provide enhanced stability. Meanwhile, top-down driving in electric-vehicle mode gives a fresh and exhilarating driving experience.TMC launched the world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric vehicle in 1997, and has long conducted active research on applying hybrid technologies to racing and sports cars.
Mini has released the following press release:A recipe for unbridled driving fun: The MINI Coupé.MINI is expanding its product family with the launch of a model geared squarely to maximising driving fun. The MINI Coupé indulges the keen driver with a level of agility unmatched in the small car segment, along with a unique body and interior concept and the brand’s customary commitment to premium levels of design, quality, equipment and individualisation. The first two-seater in its current line-up sees MINI not only breathe new life into its successful racing history but also provide a shot in the arm for the super-compact sports car class. The selection of engines, chassis set-up, weight distribution and aerodynamic properties of the MINI Coupé are all focused on delivering optimum performance.
Chevrolet has released the following press release:Chevrolet reveals second show truck of its next generation midsize pickup in Buenos AiresColorado Rally Concept conveys robustness, strength and capabilityColorado Rally gives another glimpse of the next generation global Chevrolet midsize pickup truck Buenos Aires (Argentina) – At the Buenos Aires International Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Colorado Rally, a second show truck version of its next generation global midsize pickup. The debut of the adventure themed vehicle follows the reveal of the first Colorado show truck at the Bangkok motor show in April of this year. "Both trucks give a glimpse of the next generation Chevrolet global midsize pickup, which is of huge importance to consumers in many countries around the world. For example, in Brazil, costumers made Chevrolet's midsize truck the vehicle segment leader for 16 consecutive years," said Brad Merkel, GM Global Vehicle Line Executive.Chevrolet's unmatched heritage in durable and dependable pickup trucks is exemplified in the Colorado Rally's sturdy and robust appearance.
The development of the first-ever Polish supercar - the Veno - was announced in 2008 when renderings of the automobile highly resembling the Lamborghini Reventon were released. The proposed hypercar was to be powered by an Audi V8 engine, however later the option list was updated with Corvette C6 LS3, LS9 and LS7 power units. The latter should have been tuned by a well-known American tuning company Lingenfelter up to 1100 hp! Since then, the development of the Veno continued resulting both in the renaming - now know as Arrinera - and a heavyly redesigned exterior appearance. However, apparently this is not all since the car now features a supercharged V8 developing 640 hp of power and 819 Nm of torque. The lightweight steel tubular chassis construction is made using both carbonfibre and aluminum.
One of only ten Bugatti Grand Raid roadsters built and one of just two examples bodied by Carrosserie Worblaufen in Switzerland. Specially commissioned by flamboyant Swiss collector, Mr. Jules Aellen, 57260 was completed just in time for Aellen and his wife to show the car at the second Concours d’Elegance at Montreux on Lake Geneva in Spring 1935, where it won the Grand Prix d’Honneur. Following Aellen’s ownership the roadster remained in Switzerland – in and around Geneva – well into the 1950s. From there it went to France before an American collector finally acquired the car in 2000 and commissioned its complete restoration over an 18-month period.