Auto manufacturers focuses on Internet services

BMW offers unlimited Internet access

BMW offers its customers a choice for a package of Internet connection regardless of the model purchased. The only requirement is to be equipped with multimedia Connected Drive system.

While many manufacturers have praised the introduction of Internet in the car, BMW is the first manufacturer that promises unlimited Internet access throughout the life of the model equipped with this function.

The brand even remember, on this occasion, that it’s the one who first introduced the on-board computer in 1980. The first radar back in 1990 and GPS navigation in 1994.

In 2010, BMW’s system is based on multimedia Connected Drive which already includes a multitude of other services, such as navigation, communication with other devices such telephone or computer, the interaction between the safety devices (night vision, head covered high, parking assistance, emergency call), and adds the ability to surf the Internet from the front seats when the vehicle is stationary.

It is even possible to surf from the vehicle rear seat, but only with the option Multimedia Station on the 5 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series GT. The option costs only 90 EUR and its validity is equal to the lifetime of the car. No subscription to pay later.

General Motors wants to update your Facebook status by voice command

General Motors is testing a software that will allow drivers to update their status on Facebook while driving, through a voice command.

GM will also test a program that reads drivers’ SMS and allow them to respond by choosing one of the preset messages with a button on the steering wheel.

The company hasn’t said when these programs will be available, but spokesman Jocely Allen said they should be evaluated very carefully to ensure it does not distract drivers attention from the road.

Paris Motor Show 2010: Premiers

Paris Motor Show is fast approaching and the car manufacturers put on the starting line the most exciting new models or concepts. This year, Paris Motor Show will take place from 2-17 octombre and manufacturers’ stands will be arranged in Porte de Versailles. Given that they play at home, French car manufacturers will come with the most spectacular premiers.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin stand will be full of news. The British builder most likely will come to Paris with its DB9 model. The British supercar received a very delicate facelift, not long ago.

Audi

In Audi’s stand, the audience at the Paris Motor Show will be able to admire the new A7. This Coupe sedan will become the first rival for Mercedes CLS.

BMW

BMW will come to Paris together with its new X3 generation. After six years since its launch, the Bavarian compact SUV has a new design, much more attractive. Also, in their stand is likely to get acquainted with the long-awaited Megacity concept.

Bugatti

The Bugatti will come to Paris Motor Show with their new Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The new version of the Veyron was able to enter the Guinness Book, reaching speeds of 431 km/h. This car is equipped with a 1,200 horsepower engine and 1500 Nm.

Chevrolet

Like they did at Geneva Motor Show, this year, Chevrolet will also present the Aveo RS concept at Paris Motor Show.

Citroen

Citroen’s stand will certainly be one of the most admired. French will present to the public its new generation of C4, but only the version with five doors. Also, the French manufacturer will make us aware of their DS4.

Ford

Ford officials will bring with them the new Mondeo facelift. The retouched version of the Mondeo offers customers a range of technological elements that were missing on the present model.

Land Rover

In the Land Rover stand, the audience at the Porte de Versailles will be able to admire the new Range Rover Evoque. The new British model is the smallest, lightest and most environmental Land Rover car created so far, and will be launched on the market with the anniversary of 40 years of the company.

Lotus

Lotus will be among the stars of the Parisian Motor Show, their stand will host the Esprit supercar concept. Besides that it is possible to see a GT roadster and two concepts.

Mercedes

Mercedes will present in Paris the new CL facelift and also the new CLS. The new CL-Class comes with a front look more aggressive and with a new propellant. Twin-turbo V8 unit produces 429 hp and develops a torque of 699 Nm.

Mini

The British manufacturer’s stand will host the new Mini facelift. The first information and pictures were presented in June, but its changes are minor, both externally and internally.

Opel

The tenth generation of the Opel Astra has received a release for a family, and the Paris Motor Show is the perfect place to display it. For the first time, Astra’s station wagon version drop its Caravan denominations for the name Sports Tourer.

Peugeot

Another car manufacturer who will play at home is Peugeot. French will showcase the new 508, mid-size sedan that will replace the old 407. French brand fans will get a surprise and officials are wishing to present the long awaited Peugeot 308 GTI.

Renault

Renault’s stand will be at high agitation because the French will present DeZir concept, an electric prototype that has a fascinating design and a 150 horsepower propeller with a range of 160 kilometers. Also, the French will come accompanied by the electric version of Fluence.

Smart

The Smart will be present at the Paris Motor Show with a restyled version of its Fortwo. The actual Smart Fortwo will leave the current car market until 2013, when it will be replaced by the new generation developed in collaboration with Renault and this facelift aims freshening this generation.

Suzuki

Suzuki from Japan will be accompanied at the Porte de Versailles, by the new generation of urban model Swift. The third generation of the Swift comes with a design slightly retouched with new, somewhat larger sized engines.

Volvo

If Geneva was introduced to the Volvo S60, Paris will see the V60. The wagon version of its S60 received the title of Sports Wagon to emphasize the sport allure.

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Porsche sues Nissan due to an advertisement in England

The aggressive advertising style, promoted especially by German brands in the United States are not operating under the same parameters in Europe. Once Nissan has kicked off an aggressive campaign against German manufacturers in Britain, Porsche rises and threatens the Japanese before the court because the banner ad for the Nissan in London and at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood include Porsche logo without their consent.

Nissan campaign is based on a “list” of victories that Nissan had at Nurburgring with BMW, Audi and Porsche. The list of the defeated models is not displayed, but their number is noted on the door of their sports model, 370Z and GT-R. Curiously, Porsche didn’t attacked the “list” created by informal duels, but the use without rights on those banners, gathered in the campaign named “How to beat the Germans.”

“The problem is that they used Porsche logo without rights. The logo is owned by Porsche and we are not give the right to use to any company without our permission”, say Porsche officials, who confirms that they have no problem with the campaign’s subject. “I have examined in detail what Nissan communicate, but we don’t have a problem with it,” says Andrea Baker, Director of Porsche UK PR office.

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Morgan EvaGT to be revealed on August 15

Morgan niche manufacturer will use the 2010 edition of Pebble Beach Elegance contest, to expose a new model in front of its fans, most likely a coupe with four seats, baptized EvaGT.

The model will be based on the Supersports Aero aluminum chassis, modified to be similar to the GT3’s. The coupe will be fairly easy, with a mass of only 1,250 kg, due to the aluminum side panels, which were also hand-finished.

Under the hood will be a BMW engine with six-cylinder, 3.0 liter, capable of transmitting a total of 306 wheel horsepower and a torque of 400 Nm. EvaGT will have a manual or automatic gear box, with seven reports, which sends power to the rear axle. The ride will be provided by an independent suspension on each axle.

These resources will boost the sporty-looking retro from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, up to a maximum speed of 273 km/h. Even so, EvaGT will consume only 5.8 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 200 g/km.

Mini Countryman promote itself in the new video of Timbaland

The piece, called “Getaway”, is part of a strategy to promote the model Mini Countryman. BMW continues its marketing strategy: “Urban meets Country”, designed to promote as original as possible the Mini Countryman.

The latest stage of this campaign spent yesterday in London, where the famous producer Timbaland and the country music singer, Michelle Branch, launched a video premiere promoting the Countryman model.

Approximately 500 guests attended the official onset, including many international celebrities, who responded to the BMW’s call. The song was named “Getaway” and practically marks the debut of Mini Countryman in a video, long before the sales starting date.

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BMW Gran Coupe from paper to reality

The key of this concept design is the front of the car, which has a silhouette that looks like a shark nose, lights having LED technology, slightly conical shape of the roof and glazed doors without frame.

“The Gran Coupe concept combines the exclusivity of a Gran Turismo with fascination and performance of a sports model”, said the BMW officials when the concept was presented.

The concept wants to be a serious rival for the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7.

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BMW’s factory in South Carolina had the fastest startup in automotive history

The Factory’s facility has seen several models roll off its assembly line such as 2-year run of the 3-series, Z3, and the Z4.

Recent reports say that daily, an average of 600 vehicles of X5 and X6 roll off its line.

Up next is finishing its $750 million expansion, Spartanburg will soon be home to the second-generation X3, which debuts this fall at the Paris auto show.

This is the fastest factory startup in automotive history due to fact that BMW broke ground in 1992, and just 23 months later produced its first vehicle at the plant.

BMW says that over 70 percent of its output is exported to 120 markets worldwide. Just last year, the plant announced another milestone; it had produced over 1.5 million vehicles since opening its doors.

In 2009 the manufacturer invested a total of $4 billion into its South Carolina operations with 5000 of directly workers and over 23,000 jobs created through its operations.

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Bob Lutz planned to leave General Motors

Bob Lutz, GM’s vice president, will retire from the company on May 1. Lutz will end a career of 47 years in automotive industry, during which he worked at GM, BMW, Chrysler and Ford.

This is not the first withdrawal of Bob Lutz from General Motors, Lutz giving up the American corporation also in February 2009, but returned shortly after the company got out of insolvency.

Bob Lutz is 78 years old and is responsible for the reinvention of GM products. He is considered to be as the “father” of Chevrolet Volt.

Lately, Bob Lutz was in charge of marketing and communication of the American company. Lutz is one of the most colorful characters of the global auto industry, known for his commentaries on global warming and other similar problems.

A few weeks ago, Bob Lutz said that the salaries of GM’s U.S. directors are very low, and according to rumors this might be an important factor in his departure from GM.

Moreover, some other sources say that Bob Lutz wants to retire or move to another corporation in the automotive world.

Until now, neither Bob Lutz, nor those from General Motors have made any official statement on the departure of the vice-president.

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General Motors and Ford desperate to save themselves from bankruptcy on the back of those from Toyota

The U.S. government is behind the campaigns that GM and Ford have recently launched, in which owners of Toyota models are tempted with significant bonuses if they change their car, according to Japanese media

The Americans exaggerate in general opinion, the U.S. television broadcasting repeatedly the testimony of a woman from Tennessee who went through a traumatic experience in 2006, when the Lexus copy she was driving accelerated suddenly and the woman was close to a fatal accident.

Toyota made a gesture that has tarnished its image, Toyota recalling in service, vehicles for inspection at the accelerator, this time involving additional costs.

The remedial procedure developed by Toyota engineers includes the installation of a steel plate in the throttle assembly, designed to create a space that reduces friction within the mechanism.

Given the imminent bankruptcy of GM and Ford in the general acceptance they would not have the necessary resources to recall in service, vehicle owners to prove or improve something as the Toyota staff did.

From other sources, all this advertising was made due to boundless despair for those from GM and Ford, speculating the idea, as that they have use unfair competition by distorting the truth in order to make negative advertising to those from Toyota, in this way, hoping for a rescue from bankruptcy.

The specialists say that many accidents occur due to human factor and that bugs can be found at all automakers, none of them not being directly responsible.

Some say that GM was not able to save any loan from which they benefited from U.S. government, provides the advantage that, according to Japanese media, the American legislature portrays the people from Toyota as “thugs and bastards”

According to statistics, in the U.S., Lexus and Toyota permanently win against Mercedes and BMW, and Toyota was also No. 1 in reliability.

Japan’s conservative governor, Shintaro Ishihara, believes that “If these problems would have arisen at Ford or GM, the whole story would have been different. The United States shown artfulness “.

BMW will launch the new tri-turbo diesel engine of 354 HP in 2011

BMW will launch at 2011 Frankfurt Showroom the new diesel engine tri-turbo of 354 horse power and over 700 Nm, following to equip X5 and X6 model.

BMW develops now a new diesel motor, which will break all patterns in what concerns power and consumption. The Bavarians want a tri-turbo unit, able to compete with V8 engines of other German manufacturers.

It seems that the development process is working well and the premium manufacturer intents to launch a tri-turbo diesel in fall 2011 at Frankfurt Showroom.

For now, it is known that the engine will have a 3.0 liters unit and six cylinders in line. With a such power luggage, BMW will be able to compete with V8 engines from Audi and Mercedes.

The tri-turbo engine will be connected to a automatic box with eight reports, developed by BMW with ZF specialists, which can be found o current German range and on the new 5 GT Series. There will also be the Efficient Dynamics technology and Start & Stop.

The first models which will receive under their hoods the new unit with six cylinders will be BMW X5 and X6, these versions following to be called “xDrive 45d”. Gradually, the turbo diesel will be find also in Series 7 and Series 5 range.

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