lunes, marzo 31, 2008
Dine in luxury while your car is being converted
When it comes to tuning your car, things can't be done quick enough for most people. So at AC Schnitzer in Aachen, almost all vehicle conversions can be completed within a day. And the best thing of all: the waiting time passes comfortably and entertainingly in the AC Schnitzer world and the in-house gourmet restaurant "kohlibri".
While the car rolls into the workshop in the morning, the customers can start the day in the cafeteria with freshly brewed coffee and buttery croissants. Then there's the whole experience of the AC Schnitzer world to discover. Here there is not just a vast array of exciting new and used cars to look at, but also themed shops for BMW and Mini and countless boutiques – for example Bang & Olufsen and Harley Davidson. And shopping makes you hungry, so AC Schnitzer recommends a visit to its own penthouse restaurant "kohlibri", where Restaurant Director Norbert Mahlberg presents everything you could want for lunch. While the panorama glass lift takes guests up, technicians are still working flat out on the vehicle.
The bodystyling accessories have already been painted in body colour the day before, and are now fitted. First check by the technician: Everything is perfect! This comment is equally true for the guests in "kohlibri", who can enjoy a view right to the horizons of this corner of three countries through the wide panoramic window. In fine weather lunch can be taken on the sun terrace, from where the view across the roofs of Aachen extends as far as Belgium and Holland. But there is also much to admire in the sophisticated refinement of the restaurant, such as the fancy ceiling lights, the beautiful floor and the creative design of the bar.
While the customer enjoys an entrée of delicate chestnut soup, a few floors down work is already in progress on the interior conversion: his BMW is getting pedal covers, steering wheel and gear knob, and the i-Drive controller from the AC Schnitzer range. A first glance at the result is tempting, but there's still the main course to be enjoyed in the "kohlibri": prawn ravioli, prepared by the renowned chef Bernd Geiger. A light coconut mousse finally succeeds in overcoming any curiosity about the car. But finally even the sports suspension has been installed. While our guest sits over his espresso, the information arrives that the vehicle is ready.
Even the AC Schnitzer wheels and performance upgrade have now been fitted. So there is nothing now to stand in the way of a quick tour, and perhaps the customer will come back for Sunday brunch at "kohlibri"!
(Info. Ac Schnitzer)
domingo, marzo 30, 2008
Aunque aún no se tiene una fecha exacta de su arribo a México, BMW nos sorprenderá a lo largo del año con tres nuevos modelos muy apetecibles, Serie 1 Coupe, X6 (Sport Activity Coupe) y por primera ocasión el M3 en su variante Berlina incorporando la novedosa caja de cambios DKG Drivelogic de 7 marchas, para embrujar los sentidos de los amantes de la conducción deportividad extrema, con inteligencia.
A continuación un aperitivo de lo que serán.
BMW Serie 1 Coupe (Motor 3.0 L, 300CV)
Info. BMW Serie 1 Coupe
BMW X6 (Sport Activity Coupe - Motor 4.4L, 407CV, V8 TT)
Info. BMW X6
BMW M3 Berlina (Motor V8 420CV - 0 a 100 en 4.9 seg )
Info. BMW M3 Berlina
Video BMW M3 Berlina
MicroSite BMW X6
sábado, marzo 29, 2008
miércoles, marzo 26, 2008
FORD MOTOR COMPANY ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO SELL JAGUAR LAND ROVER TO TATA MOTORS
DEARBORN, Mich., March 26, 2008 – Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Jaguar Land Rover operations to Tata Motors.
The transaction is the culmination of Ford’s decision last August to explore strategic options for the Jaguar Land Rover business, as the company accelerates its focus on its core Ford brand and “One Ford” global transformation.
The sale is expected to close by the end of the next quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
The total amount to be paid in cash by Tata Motors for Jaguar Land Rover upon closing will be approximately US $2.3 billion. At closing, Ford will then contribute up to approximately US $600 million to the Jaguar Land Rover pension plans.
"Jaguar and Land Rover are terrific brands," said Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. "We are confident that they are leaving our fold with the products, plan and team to continue to thrive under Tata’s stewardship. Now, it is time for Ford to concentrate on integrating the Ford brand globally, as we implement our plan to create a strong Ford Motor Company that delivers profitable growth for all."
"This is a good agreement. It provides the Jaguar Land Rover management team and employees with the assurances needed to maintain their focus on delivering the best results for the business," said Lewis Booth, executive vice president, Ford Motor Company, who has responsibility for Ford of Europe, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover. "I am confident that, under its new owner, Jaguar Land Rover will continue to build upon the significant improvements and product successes it has achieved in recent years."
As part of the transaction, Ford will continue to supply Jaguar Land Rover for differing periods with powertrains, stampings and other vehicle components, in addition to a variety of technologies, such as environmental and platform technologies. Ford also has committed to provide engineering support, including research and development, plus information technology, accounting and other services.
In addition, Ford Motor Credit Company will provide financing for Jaguar and Land Rover dealers and customers during a transitional period, which can vary by market, of up to 12 months.
The parties believe these arrangements will support Jaguar Land Rover’s current product plans, while providing Jaguar Land Rover freedom to develop its own stand-alone capabilities in the future that will best serve its premium manufacturer requirements.
The parties do not anticipate any significant changes to Jaguar Land Rover employees’ terms of employment on completion.
Speaking about today’s agreement, Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Motors, commented: "We are very pleased at the prospect of Jaguar and Land Rover being a significant part of our automotive business. We have enormous respect for the two brands and will endeavor to preserve and build on their heritage and competitiveness, keeping their identities intact. We aim to support their growth, while holding true to our principles of allowing the management and employees to bring their experience and expertise to bear on the growth of the business."
Jaguar Land Rover’s employees, trade unions and the UK Government have been kept informed of developments as the sale process progressed and have indicated their support for the agreement.
Speaking on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover, Geoff Polites, chief executive officer, said: "Jaguar Land Rover’s management team is very pleased that Ford and Tata Motors have come to an agreement today. Our team has been consulted extensively on the deal content and feels confident that it provides for the business needs of both our brands going forward.
"We have also had the opportunity to meet senior executives from Tata Motors and the Tata group," Polites continued. "They have expressed confidence in the team that has delivered significant improvements in Jaguar Land Rover’s business performance. We feel confident that we can forge a strong working relationship with our new parent company, and we look forward to a bright and successful future for Jaguar Land Rover."Tata Motors
(Info. Ford Motor Company)
El siguiente es el primer comercial de la Ford Aerostar en México, recordar es vivir.
martes, marzo 25, 2008
The Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG now demonstrates even more emphatically its exceptional status as the performance SUV with the largest displacement and highest output. The new AMG front apron is an eye-catching feature with its highgloss, chromed underguard. The lower cooling air inlet appears even larger thanks to the central black grille. New-look headlamps flank the equally new AMG-specific radiator grille: painted in high-gloss black, its three radiator louvres feature chrome highlights. Round fog lamps set well to the outside with chrome surrounds and the flared wheel arches in the body colour make the flagship M-Class appear even wider and more muscular.
Even more unmistakable, even more powerful: this philosophy is also continued at the rear. The high-gloss, chromed underguard is the undoubted highlight on the equally new AMG rear apron with integrated reflectors. Further visual highlights include the two chromed twin tailpipes on the AMG sports exhaust system. The dark-tinted tail lights are replaced with LED tail lights with their clear-glass look if the optional bi-xenon headlamps are specified. New-look exterior mirrors as well as the standard-fit aluminium-look roof rails add the finishing touches to the styling modifications.
Viewed from the side, the new 20-inch 5-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels make a bold statement. Painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, the 10-inch tyres are shod with 295/40 R 20 tyres front and rear. An even more impressive wheel/tyre combination is available as an option: Page 2 titanium-grey-painted, high-sheen 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with the new twin-spoke styling are shod with 295/35 R 21 tyres. The new AMG ergonomic steering wheel stands out in the practical, high-quality interior of ML 63 AMG: perforated leather adorns the specially shaped grip area, while the bottom two spokes are finished with a silver-coloured insert. New AMG aluminium shift paddles allow the driver to shift gear manually. A nappa leathertrimmed dashboard is also available as an option.
The new telematics generation NTG 2.5 also features in the M-Class. The Audio 20 fitted as standard in the ML 63 AMG combines ease of use and logical menu structure with consummate entertainment. A hands-free system with Bluetooth technology comes as standard and a new Media Interface in the glove compartment is available as an option, which enables mobile audio devices such as the iPod to be fully integrated and then controlled via the audio system's user interface. Mercedes-Benz also offers the optional enhanced LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system with its hallmark outstanding functionality in conjunction with the new telematics generation.
AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine and permanent, asymmetrical all-wheel drive With a maximum output of 375 kW/510 hp at 6800 rpm the ML 63 AMG remains the most powerful off-roader on the market two-and-a-half years after its launch. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine develops maximum torque of 630 Nm at 5200 rpm from a displacement of 6208 cc. In essence, this superior engine delivers topnotch performance. The ML 63 AMG accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). Power transfer is via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with three drive modes.
The permanent all-wheel drive is decidedly sporty: the power is split asymmetrically 40:60 between the front and rear wheels to provide optimum agility. The AMG sports suspension based on AIRMATIC guarantees dynamic performance combined with the hallmark Mercedes long-distance comfort. The air suspension features AMG-specific damper struts and the specially configured Page 3 adaptive damping system ADS including automatic level control all-round. Both the dampers and springs instantly respond as the current driving situation changes, but their settings may also be adjusted manually in three stages at the touch of a button.
The generously dimensioned AMG high-performance braking system, which features internally ventilated and perforated brake discs all-round, guarantees the shortest possible braking distances and optimum resistance to fading. AMG sports seats with nappa leather upholstery and Alcantara inserts The standard specification of the ML 63 AMG includes electrically adjustable AMG sports seats with nappa leather upholstery, Alcantara inserts in the shoulders areas, multicontour function and heating. The AMG instrument cluster comes with a specially designed AMG main menu with gear indicator, recommended upshifts, as well as engine oil temperature and battery voltage display. The integrated RACETIMER enables the driver to record lap times on a racing circuit.