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The New Peugeot RCZ Offers Good Looks and Practicality

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The New Peugeot RCZ Offers Good Looks and Practicality

The new Peugeot RCZ sports coupe offers a perfect blend of stunning good looks, superb road holding qualities, great performance and environmental-friendliness. Due for launch in Ireland in late summer, the RCZ has already won the hearts of motorists around the world: the RCZ was voted Most Beautiful Car of the Year at the 25th International Automobile Festival by over 100,000 internet users in 62 countries. The RCZ is the first Peugeot model not to use the traditional numbering system with a central or double zero. It is also the first model in the range to sport the new-look Lion badge, unveiled in January 2010.

The RCZ has a number of key style features: a striking double bubble roof, aluminium roof arches, a large front windscreen and dark-tinted rear windscreen.

Designed for pure driving enjoyment, the RCZ benefits from fine-tuned aerodynamics, light-weight durable materials and modern engine technology that blend together to offer a high-performance car with low CO2 emissions.

The vehicle stands 1.36 m high and boasts superb aerodynamics. An active rear boot spoiler can be deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure an ideal balance between road holding and fuel consumption.

The passenger compartment of the RCZ instantly immerses the driver in an elitist ambience echoing the world of motor sport. The driver enjoys an ergonomic driving position with easy to reach controls and wrap-around seats with integral head restraints. The use of high quality materials throughout the interior combines with the elegant design to enhance the overall premium feeling of the interior.

The RCZ offers two rear occasional seats, fully sculpted and perfectly usable, thanks to the extra headroom allowed by the double bubble roof.

The boot has a capacity of 384 litres (321 dm3) added to which are storage spaces under the boot floor. The capacity can be increased further by folding the rear seat backs down.

At launch in Ireland, two engines will find their place under the large aluminium bonnet: a 1.6 petrol engine 200bhp (159 g/CO2 & Category D Road Tax €447) and a 2.0 HDi diesel engine 163bhp (139 g/CO2 & Category B Road Tax €156). Both are high-performance engines with high torque and power outputs, low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and both meet the latest Euro 5 emission standards. The reduction of the environmental impact of the vehicle was one of the project’s key priorities.

The RCZ benefits from the highly efficient suspension found on other Peugeot vehicles (McPherson type front suspension and rear torsion beam), which has been specially revised for the RCZ. The ride height and centre of gravity have been lowered and the front and rear tracks widened. The shock absorber calibration has also been revised to ensure the best possible levels of road holding. On versions fitted with the petrol 200 bhp THP engine, the front suspension benefits from a special lower anti-roll bar to make the car even more responsive and agile.

All versions of the RCZ in Ireland will come with Hill Assist coupled with ESP which includes an intelligent traction control system that automatically adapts the traction of front wheels according to grip levels. Dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) are standard and can be disconnected (ESP off) to fully exploit the car’s capabilities.

Safety levels are further boosted by the optimised structural design and the active bonnet which ‘pops-up’ thanks to a pyrotechnic triggering system. This system has been designed to limit the degree of injury a pedestrian is likely to suffer in the event of a collision.

The RCZ can be personalised with a range of options to include a carbon roof, roof arches in different colours and alloy wheels in different finishes (matt black, polished black, dark grey, diamanté).

RCZ will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria in a production centre that specialises in exclusive vehicles built in small volumes. Prices and final specifications will be announced at launch in Ireland.




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New Holland’s CR combines The winning choice for capacity and grain quality

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
  • New Holland is the inventor of rotary threshing and separation in a self propelled combine and the pioneer of Twin Rotor® technology, since 1975.
  • The  CR9000 Twin Rotor® technology today delivers an industry leading performance and grain quality testified by:
    • the Guinness World Record
    • the biggest single order of CR combines from a leading Brazilian seed producer.
  • Third production location opened in Sorocaba, Brazil, following Grand Island, US, and Zedelgem, Belgium.
  • A CR9090 fan page on Facebook.

New Holland Agriculture revolutionised the way farmers harvested in 1975 with the introduction of the groundbreaking Twin Rotor® technology for combines. This concept is now universally recognised as having changed the face of harvesting and thirty five years on, and a world harvesting record later, the brand decided to celebrate over three decades of continuous technological evolution at its plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, in the USA.

Pioneering Twin Rotor® technology

The TR70 was the very first combine to use groundbreaking rotary technology in the threshing and separation process. This revolutionary concept uses two longitudinally mounted rotors which give a high level of grain-on-grain threshing thus handling grain more gently than other systems.  The rotors spread the crop over two concave surfaces to create an enormous active working area and utilize centrifugal force for more efficient separation to increase harvesting speed and capacity. Furthermore, the gentle threshing and separation process, courtesy of the unique rasp bars and separation elements, resulted in excellent grain and straw quality and reduced crop damage and losses. Since its introduction, these concepts have been continually developed and refined to offer today’s CR9000 range customers the current segmented, staggered and spirally mounted rasp bars – the ultimate harvesting experience.

Three decades on and more than 35,000 combines later, the CR’s advanced solution is the natural choice for farmers in more than 30 countries across the world. “Today, New Holland’s flagship CR range is enjoying phenomenal global success and is attracting a growing international customer base,” said Hedley Cooper, Director Product Marketing Combines. “It has become the first choice for the world’s farmers thanks to its industry-leading output and unsurpassed harvesting quality.”

World’s highest capacity and exceptional grain quality

New Holland’s flagship CR9090 Twin Rotor model is the world’s highest capacity combine, offering owners an unrivalled productivity and efficiency advantage.  The 35 foot Varifeed™ header, the market-leading 591 hp/435 kW- turbo compound engine, the largest cleaning area and the biggest grain tank on the market all combine to make the CR9090 the perfect choice for harvesting professionals. The CR9090 confirmed its sought after title in 2008, as it stormed its way into the Guinness Book of World Records, harvesting an impressive 551.6 tonnes of wheat in a mere eight hours, a record which still stands today.

The CR9090 also offers unparalleled grain quality. For small grain growers, the Grain Cam™, which won an Agritechnica Gold Medal in 2007, uses a camera that recognises the concentration of chaff and broken grain in the sample. Providing operators with a constant stream of on-the-go information, this information can be used to alter the combine’s setting to guarantee an optimum grain sample.   For growers of crops for human consumption or for seed, such as rice, soybeans and corn, the extremely low levels of broken grain obtained by the CR’s gentle threshing system significantly increases the value of their harvested crop.

Whether for small or large grain the CR9000 series is the winning choice to achieve an unrivalled grain quality as testified by J&H Sementes, one of Brazil’s large scale seed producers, who has recently purchased 20 CR9060 combines. The CR9060’s technological prowess, encapsulated by the Twin Rotor technology, was the reason behind this significant investment. “The harvester provides superior threshing quality. We researched the marketplace and found that no other machine attains such threshing condition,” explained John Kudiess, co-owner of J&H Sementes. This impressive fleet will contribute to a significant 50% increase in production over the previous year.

Third production location opened in Sorocaba, Brazil

New Holland’s very first Twin Rotor combines were produced in Lexington, Nebraska, USA in 1975 before production moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 1986. In 2005, New Holland’s Centre of Harvesting Excellence in Zedelgem also started to manufacture these machines.

Today, the Sorocaba plant near São Paolo in Brazil has joined these established locations. New Holland continually strives to provide its customers with tailor made solutions to improve their efficiency and productivity and it also believes in being close to the famers who use the brand’s products. This third facility will produce the CR9060, the model favoured by the local market, and the very first model to roll off the production line was on display at its official unveiling at Brazil’s Agrishow on the 26th April in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo.

The growing interest in New Holland’s harvesting machines in Latin America was the driver behind the localisation of production in Brazil, as Francesco Pallaro, Commercial Vice President of New Holland Agriculture for Latin America, explains, “We brought the most modern Twin Rotor combines to Brazil. Now that we are producing it locally, we can be even more competitive and offer the best harvester in the market delivering an unsurpassable grain quality to soybean producers in Brazil.”

CR9090 fan page on Facebook:

The CR9090’s success with customers is repeated in the virtual world and New Holland has launched a brand new fan page on the social networking site Facebook. Fans of the world-record breaking Twin Rotor® combine can share their own experiences and thoughts on the harvesting giant, and even upload their own images and videos of the machine in action.  To find out more about the CR combines, visit


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New BMW 5 Series passes first crash test using brake intervention.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Munich. Up until now, verification of vehicle safety has been obtained by means of crash tests in which structural integrity and restraint systems were tested in a non-braked situation. However, thanks to modern electronics such as those also featured in the new BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series, protective systems that warn the driver in advance of an accident and prepare the driver and the vehicle for impact in the event of an unavoidable collision, are becoming more and more widely accepted.

Future testing procedures will have to make allowances for the effect of preventive protection systems. In a recent world premiere, the BMW 530d successfully passed a crash test involving brake intervention at the facility of the Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein (DEKRA) in Neumünster near Hamburg.

Every motorist is familiar with the situation: The end of a tailback suddenly appears behind a motorway bend. If a motorist is inattentive or visibility is impaired, a rear-end collision is imminent. after all, this is the cause of around 40 percent of all motorway accidents involving injured persons.

In order to defuse this kind of hazardous situation, some premium segment vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series are already equipped with anticipatory assistance systems that help reduce the risk of such accidents. BMW’s successful upper mid-range model, which was just recently brought to market, features – combined with Active Cruise Control – an optional rear-end collision warning system incorporating a braking function that activates an alarm scenario in two stages.

In the event of a potential collision with the vehicle in front, the driver is first given a preliminary warning by means of an illuminated red vehicle symbol on the instrument panel and on the Head-up Display. At the same time, the braking system is prefilled and the minimum triggering level of the hydraulic brake assistant lowered. This ensures that in an emergency brake pressure is built up faster when the driver applies the brakes, therefore significantly reducing the stopping distance.

If the danger of collision is acutely imminent, the second stage of the collision warning commences. In situations demanding particularly rapid intervention by the driver, the system activates an acoustic signal in addition to the visual warning. Should the driver still not react to the request to apply the brakes, a time-limited delay procedure is activated: The car brakes for 1.2 seconds with reduced deceleration, whereby speed is already reduced before the driver can apply the pre-tensioned brakes.

Based on the information supplied by the radar sensor of the Active Cruise Control system (ACC Stop &Go) featured in the new BMW 5 Series, the system detects when a collision can no longer be avoided by the driver’s reaction. In this case, an automatically activated emergency brake application function ensures that collision speed is, nevertheless, significantly reduced.

Based on a conventional EuroNCAP test with the car approaching an offset obstacle at 64 km/h, a so-called offset crash, the vehicle used in the DEKRA test incorporating advanced brake intervention likewise initially accelerated to 64 km/h. However, immediately before impact the BMW 530d braked hard – as stipulated by the system – and collided with the offset block at a reduced speed of just 40 km/h.

Due to full brake application immediately prior to impact and the car’s pitching movement resulting from this, the vehicle changes its position, particularly when the front bumper hits the block. The vehicle collides with the obstacle in a slightly “lower” position than in the case of a crash occurring without prior application of the brakes.

Concerning the deceleration, occupants also assume a position further forward. More important, however: In the event of a crash incorporating prior brake application, the severity of impact is reduced considerably, thereby significantly lessening the strain on all occupants.

Previous testing facilities have not permitted verification of the effect of anticipatory occupant protection systems in crash tests. The demonstrative test implemented by BMW in collaboration with DEKRA is the first step in testing future pre-crash scenarios, as in the years ahead innovations in active safety will be found in an increasing number of vehicles, with BMW playing a leading role.

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2010


-          4 doors, 4 separate seats, 4 meters long and ALL4 four-wheel drive

-          Largest MINI model ever offers both space and soft off-road ability

-          Entry model attractively priced from 23,800 RRP (€24,400 OTR[1])

MINI Ireland today announced the pricing and engine variants for its eagerly anticipated new MINI Countryman.

With prices starting from €23,800 RRP (€24,400 OTR*) for the entry-level MINI One Countryman, and with a very high standard specification, MINI enters the crossover market with MINI genuine piquancy.

The Countryman will be launched to the Irish market in September this year. It will not only be MINIs largest model, and the first MINI with four doors, but it will also offer MINI’s four-wheel-drive system ALL4 for the first time. The MINI Countryman range will be the fourth member of the MINI family following Hatch, Convertible and Clubman.

“We expect the Countryman to appeal to everyone who loves the MINI brand, but want extra space in their car” said Nicola Bissett, Brand Manager MINI Ireland. “Countryman takes the MINI story to an entire new level. With the extensive amount of extra space and ALL4, MINI breaks new ground in the brand’s 51 year heritage.”

Power and go

At launch the Countryman range will include three petrol and two diesel models, as well as two ALL4 all wheel drive models – the Cooper D ALL4 and Cooper S ALL4.  The petrol engines are the new 1.6 litre power plants already announced for the Hatch, Convertible and Clubman models.  The diesel units are shared with the rest of the MINI range.

The petrol engines all feature Variable Valve Timing (VVT) similar to the BMW Valvetronic system that produces more torque low down and aids overall efficiency.  The Cooper S model also features a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection that gives blistering performance with modest fuel economy and low CO² emissions.  All engines meet EU5 emissions standards.  The key performance data are listed below.

hp@ rpm Nm@rpm 0-100 km/h Top speed


l/100km** CO² g/km RRP OTR


One 98 @4,750 153@3,000 12.7 175


137 €23,800 €24,400
Cooper 122@6,000 160@4,250 10.5 190


142 €26,120 €26,720
Cooper S 184@5,500 240@1,600* 7.6 215


146 €31,220 €31,820
One D 90@4,000 215@1,750 13.2 170


116 €24,930 €25,530
Cooper D 112@4,000 270@1,750 10.9 180


116 €26,530 €27,130

*The MINI Cooper S Countryman delivers 260 Nm of torque for short periods courtesy of Overboost.


“The Countryman models still pack in the driving thrills that put a grin on your face the way all MINIs do” said John Ives, Managing Director MINI Ireland.  “But the Countryman also brings new levels of space and versatility to the range that will attract not only existing MINI owners but also new customers.  We expect that the extra space will mean that around 80 per cent of Countryman sales will come from customers completely new to the MINI brand.”

ALL4 two with one to follow

Two models in the new Countryman range will offer four wheel drive, for the very first time in MINI’s 51 year history.  The MINI Cooper D and Cooper S ALL4 models will be available as models from day one.  A MINI Cooper ALL4 version will follow in 2012.

Not everyone needs four wheel drive all the time.  MINI has a typically smart, and fuel efficient answer for this conundrum:  the Countryman ALL4 is a front wheel drive car in most normal circumstances, but when wheel slip on the front wheels is detected or if the car is being driven enthusiastically an electro-magnetic clutch, located on the rear axle, engages drive to the rear wheels to improve traction.  To enable this imperceptible change to the driven wheels a propeller shaft from the front axle is driven constantly and is ready to direct drive forces from the front axle to the rear in lightening time.  The amount of power fed to the rear wheels is infinitely variable between one per cent and 100, depending upon the driving conditions.

“Countryman ALL4 is a soft off-roader for use in everyday situations like parking in a field for a sporting event or driving on the beach” explained Ives.

The ALL4 models costs a modest €2,150 for the Cooper D and €3,410 for the Cooper S above the standard front wheel drive Countryman models and the penalty in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is smaller than one might expect.

Body purposeful

The Countryman has a familiar MINI appearance, albeit distinctly different to any that have gone before.  It is 398 mm longer than a MINI Hatch (at 4097mm), 316 mm wider (at 1,789 mm) and 170 mm higher (at 1577mm). Countryman offers 190 litres more luggage capacity than a MINI Hatch with the seats up (a total of 350 litres) and 1,170 litres with the rear seats folded flat.  For the first time ever a MINI has four wide-opening doors, passenger capacity for five adults and a flexible, activity-orientated interior packed with innovations.  All Irish models will be built as five seat cars, although customers can specify the four seat option at no extra cost.

Featuring that typical ‘wheel at each corner’ stance with short overhangs, the Countryman not only has larger dimensions than its cousins but also a higher ride height.  This provides the commanding driving position preferred by many drivers with the higher ground clearance for soft off-road driving.  Its ground clearance is 10mm higher than any other MINI model.

Many design characteristics are familiar such as the high window line surrounding the glasshouse while others are new interpretations of iconic features.  For example, the roofline with roof rails, the reinterpretation of the hexagonal radiator grille and the prominent headlight units integrated into the bonnet.

The front of the Countryman is more upright projecting a confident ‘face’ that also offers improved pedestrian safety.  The wheel arches are more flared highlighting the robust nature of the Countryman as a true crossover, its soft off-road ability and the design of the wide-opening tailgate offers easy access to the large boot space.

Interior features

The MINI Countryman is all about comfort, practicality and innovative style inside.  From the four wide-opening doors to the high-opening rear hatch, it is easy and comfortable to get into and out of, and a dream to load.  The additional boot space of 350 litres is more than double that of the Hatch and 90 litres more than Clubman offers. With the rear seats folded flat the interior provides no less than 1,170 litres of load space.

The multi-function rear seats are arranged in a 60:40 Base and 40:20:40 Backrest providing absolute flexibility with all three seats capable of folding flat in any combination. With one rear seat passenger, two seats can be folded flat or with two, one can be flattened.  Flexibility is not compromised but celebrated in the new Countryman.

The interior is dominated by iconic MINI design characteristics such as grippy and comfortable sports seats, the trademark central speedometer and neat, funky switch packs.  New elements of MINI design language are introduced with the oval interior door elliptical trims that continue from front to rear door and back and the MINI Central Rail system.  The MINI Centre Rail runs from front to rear instead of a conventional centre console and opens up new, individual options for integrating all kinds of storage boxes, cupholders, power chargers, music players, mobile phones and other accessories.

High standard specification

The MINI Countryman range offers a sparkling array of standard equipment including:

  • Roof rails that facilitate various attachments like roof boxes or roof racks
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm system
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated door mirrors and washer jets
  • Rear park distance control
  • MINI Central Rail system
  • Multi-function rear seats – the five seat fitment being standard in Ireland although the four seat option will be at no cost
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electric power steering with Servotronic speed-related assistance
  • Six airbags
  • ISOFIX child safety seat mountings
  • Tyre puncture warning system
  • Standard Central Bass Hi Fi system with six speakers
  • DAB digital radio with Radio Boost.
  • Bluetooth telephone preparation
  • USB connection
  • Passenger Airbag deactivation
  • Preparation for a bicycle rack

All MINI Countryman models come with standard preparation for a bike rack.  The multi-function rack itself is a bespoke item that not only secures bikes or surfboards being carried but also allows the rear hatch to be opened without removing the rack and its contents.

The Countryman is equipped with 16 inch wheels on One and Cooper (alloy wheels on the Cooper), with 17 inch alloys on Cooper S.  Options of 18 and 19 inch wheels in various styles are available.

The Countryman range is available in 11 exterior colours and 8 interior trims.

The market for Countryman

The demand for crossover vehicles has grown substantially recently: drivers want the best of both worlds with normal saloon-like driving responses as well as the added versatility of soft off-road ability and the interior flexibility to cope with all the hobbies, shopping trips and activities that are a huge part of the typical busy modern family life.

As a result, MINI Countryman arrives in a growing segment that presents an opportunity to attract buyers from a wide range of competitive cars.  Not only will they find the flexibility their lifestyle demands but they will also discover the world of MINI, a world where practicality and versatility does not bring limitations on the fun that can be derived from driving.

MINI Countryman will go on sale in Ireland on September 18, 2010 with prices starting at a very affordable 23,800 RRP (€24,400 OTR)

[1] On-The-Road Price (OTR) includes delivery, number plates and a 3 years MINI Emergency Service


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New Mazda6 on Sale in Ireland

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

• Available in four specification grades: Executive, Executive SE, Sport and Z‐sport
• Sportier exterior design with higher quality, premium interior
• Ride comfort, ride handling and NVH have been greatly improved.
• Prices from €26,485*
• 2.2L Diesel Engine available in 129ps and 180ps power outputs
• 2.2L Diesel 129ps lower CO2 emissions now falls into Road Tax Band B (€156)
• 2.2L Diesel standard power version has a new, smaller turbo chargers that reduce turbine inertia to
enhance response and optimise torque to produce 95 kW/129 PS of maximum output (+3 kW) at
3,500 rpm, and maximum torque of 340 Nm (+30 Nm) between 1,800 – 2,600 while using only 5.2
litres of fuel (approx. 7 percent less) and 138 g/km CO2 emissions per 100 km (combined).
Since the launch of the Mazda6 in the Irish market in January 2008, the Mazda6 has established itself as a
credible and alternate choice for customers who want a large family car with more style and driver’s appeal
against what more mainstream rivals can offer.

“The striking looks and dynamic handling coupled with Mazda’s famed reputation for reliability and build
quality have placed Mazda6 as one of the top sellers in the segment”, explains David McGonigle, Managing
Director, Mazda Motor Ireland. “The new design offers an even more sophisticated appearance.”
“We feel the improvements made to the new Mazda6 including the enhanced diesel engine with lower C02
emissions, improved fuel economy, superior performance and enhanced comfort and ride quality lift this car
to best in class.”

Exterior and Interior Design for more Refinement
Customers continue to have a choice of three body styles, 4‐door saloon, 5‐door hatchback and estate. The
Mazda6 has the new, sportier family face. Front and rear headlamps with new fog lamps bezels now portray
a more flowing design. Amongst the 8 exterior body colours, there is a choice of two new colours: Clear
Water Blue and Graphite Mica.

Inside, Mazda has sought to give a more premium look and feel to the cabin. New chrome detailing with piano black panelling add to the sense of refinement. Extensive sounds absorbing material, optimized A pillars and extremely tight door fitting panels ensure low wind noise. Noise from the updated 2.2
diesel engine during cold start has been reduced.

Retuned engines deliver more performance with lower C02
The MZR‐CD 2.2 turbo diesel engine has new, smaller turbo chargers that reduce turbine inertia to enhance
response and optimise torque at low to middle engine speeds. Irish customers have a choice of two power
outputs: 129ps and 180ps; both are Euro V compliant.

The 129ps diesel engine is available in three specification options: Executive, Executive SE and Sport.
Improvements to the engine offer a superb balance between performance and economy. Power has been
increased to 129ps (+3%), while the increased torque of 340Nm (+10%) ensures effortless long distance
performance with safer overtaking .Whilst using only 5.2L/100kms (54MPG), fuel economy has improved by
7% and CO2 emissions have been reduced to 138g/km, dropping the Mazda6 into Tax Band B: €156.
“We expect the2.2 diesel Mazda6 Executive SE to really appeal to Irish Customers”, continues David. “From
only €27,485*, standard specification includes, 16” alloy wheels, dual‐zone climate control, cruise control and
a 6‐speaker premium audio system.”

Mazda also expect to sell more Mazda6 Sport models than previously, for only €1500 above the price of the
Executive SE model, customers will enjoy many exciting additional features ‐ 18” alloys, Hill Hold Assist, Lane
Change Assist, front & rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, folding heated mirrors and sports
appearance pack.

The range topping 180ps engine found in the Z‐Sport model produces 400Nm of torque while using 5% less
fuel: 5.4L/100km (52 MPG). Sitting in Road Tax Band C, the Z‐sport offers performance combined with an
impressive level of standard specification including 18” Alloys, leather trim, Bose® premium audio system,
Rear vehicle monitoring system and Hill Hold Assist.

Chassis and Suspension
New suspension components for the new Mazda6 are introduced to provide better overall handling stability,
greater steering response and less vibration. The multi‐link rear suspension has more rigid hub mountings
with realigned cross member bushes for better overall handling stability.
Optimized dampers characteristics have been introduced to front and rear suspension to better adjust to
different road surface conditions, while bump stoppers and trailing bushes offer more ride comfort.

Front stabilizer bushings offer more feedback through the steering wheel during corner turn‐in,
while delivering better straight‐line stability.

The Mazda6 has the maximum Euro NCAP rating of 5‐stars which the new Mazda6 has inherited. New safety
features include Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) which warns cars behind of sudden braking manoeuvres by
automatically flashing the hazard lights rapidly.
Standard safety equipment on all models include: Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS, EBD,
Emergency Stop Signal with front, side and curtain airbags.

*Price excludes Dealer related charges.

Mazda6 5HB

Mazda6 for the industry news

Land Rover’s most complete luxury vehicle just got better: the new 2010 Range Rover

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
  • All-new efficient and powerful LR-V8 petrol engine – lightweight construction using recycled materials
  • LR-V8 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine
    • 510PS (29% increase) and 625Nm (12% increase)
    • Fuel consumption reduced by 7.3% to 19mpg (14.9 l/100 km) on the EU cycle and CO2 emissions of 348g/km – a reduction of 7.4%
  • Acclaimed LR-TDV8 diesel engine retained
  • Subtle exterior design changes enhance the classic Range Rover style with contemporary details
  • Upgraded interior, featuring the world’s first automotive application of dual view touch screen infotainment screen technology:
    • The  touch screen display allows driver and front seat passenger to view two different images simultaneously
    • Physical instrument cluster replaced by fully configurable 12” Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with ‘virtual’ dials and information displays
  • State-of-the-art Adaptive Dynamics technology to further improve the Range Rover’s peerless ride quality
  • New brakes for both engine derivatives
  • Updated Terrain Response™ and Stability Control System for enhanced all-terrain performance
  • Active safety aids including Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and surround camera system
  • Land Rover e-Terrain Technologies boost economy and lower emissions on 2010 Range Rover

Powerful new engines, revolutionary interior technologies and enhanced driving dynamics reinforce the position of the 2010 Range Rover as Land Rover’s most complete luxury 4×4.  Land Rover’s flagship has been comprehensively updated to deliver more refined and efficient performance, along with the ultimate in interior comfort and craftsmanship.

“The 2010 Range Rover is a considerable step forward for what is already regarded as the one of the world’s most complete luxury vehicles.  New engines provide formidable power, efficiency and customary Range Rover refinement, and new technologies, such as the dual view screen, deliver a world first.  Like its legendary predecessors, the 2010 Range Rover is setting the pace once more,” says Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director.

Pride of place on the 2010 Range Rover goes to the brand new 510PS supercharged LR-V8 petrol engine.  The engine was developed in-house by the Jaguar Land Rover powertrain team, with the requirements of the Range Rover in mind from day one.

The LR-V8 engine has been developed to deliver more power and refinement, but without a corresponding increase in consumption and emissions.  The result is a lightweight direct fuel injection engine with class-leading efficiency, which provides significantly more usable low end torque and superior dynamic responses without compromising power at higher RPM.

The LR-V8  improves fuel consumption by 7.3% on the EU cycle and CO2 emissions by 7.4 percent, despite substantial increases in both power (+29 %) and torque (+ 12%), compared with its 4.2 litre Supercharged predecessor.  The engine is compliant with stringent EU5 emissions regulations.

The popular diesel derivative continues to be powered by the acclaimed 272PS 3.6-litre TDV8 and also benefits from upgrades to the design and under-the-skin enhancements.

These improvements include subtle exterior revisions, featuring changes to the headlights, grille and bumper which enhance the classic Range Rover style with more contemporary detailing.  The interior benefits from more luxurious materials and finishes which add further refinements to the premium interior ambiance.

More significantly, the 2010 Range Rover uses some revolutionary new interior technologies which enhance the experience for driver and passengers alike.

The vehicle is the first to feature ‘dual view’ infotainment touch screen technology which allows the driver and passenger to view different images simultaneously.  This means that the passenger can enjoy a DVD movie while the driver follows navigation instructions, all on the same screen.

Another dramatic innovation is found in the instrument cluster.  Here, traditional physical instruments are replaced by a fully configurable 12” TFT screen which presents all essential driver information via cleverly designed ‘virtual’ dials and graphical displays.

“The new display technology used by the 2010 Range Rover is a major advance.  It gives us tremendous flexibility in presenting information, so that the driver gets precisely the data they require, in all driving conditions.  Meanwhile, the passenger can be relaxing with a movie!” explains Nick Rogers, Chief Engineer, New Vehicle Architecture.

The vehicle incorporates state-of-the-art Adaptive Dynamics technology to further improve the Range Rover’s peerless ride quality.  All-terrain performance is also enhanced by updates to the Terrain Response™ and Stability Control systems.

To complete the package, the 2010 Range Rover benefits from a series of enhanced active safety aids including Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Automatic High Beam Assist (AHBA) and a surround camera system.

“The Range Rover remains the consummate luxury 4×4.  Its combination of unrivalled all-terrain performance with the ultimate in comfort and refinement, remains a clear industry benchmark,” says Phil Popham, Land Rover managing director.

e-TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES boost economy and lower CO2 emissions

Under the banner of e_TERRAIN TECHNOLOGIES, Land Rover is implementing a range of measures to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, without compromising Range Rover’s refinement or renowned all-terrain capabilities.

The new Range Rover is packed with features aimed at improving fuel economy and lowering CO2 emissions. The new LR-V8 supercharged petrol engine was designed from the outset to deliver class-leading fuel economy and improved low-end torque.

The LR-V8’s new high pressure, spray guided direct injection system optimises combustion while the new variable camshaft timing system and camshaft profile switching all join forces to ensure the engine is optimised for fuel efficiency throughout the range.

The supercharged engine is also fitted with a sixth generation, twin-vortex supercharger whose high-helix rotor design improves its thermodynamic efficiency by 16 percent. Faster warm-up thanks to the new cooling system also improves fuel economy as do the low friction design features.

The new engine has also been optimised for low-end torque as well as economy, making it possible to activate the lock-up clutch of the ZF HP-28 automatic transmission at lower speed. This reduces ‘slip’ in the hydraulic torque converter improving both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The higher torque at lower rpm also enables longer gearing for more economical cruising.

A new front bumper incorporating front wheel deflectors reduce drag and an Intelligent Power Management System includes smart regenerative charging, so whenever possible the alternator charges the battery when it is most economical to do so, such as when the vehicle is coasting rather than accelerating.


LR-V8 engine technology

Engine calibration optimized

Reduced torque-converter slip

Higher torque, allowing longer gearing

Faster engine warm-up helps improve fuel efficiency

Reduced internal engine friction

Intelligent Power System Management (IPSM) including smart regenerative charging

Improved aerodynamics

All-new LR-V8 engine delivers outstanding performance and efficiency

  • All-new LR-V8 510PS Supercharged engine has 29 percent more power and 12 percent more torque than previous 4.2-litre supercharged engine
  • Fuel consumption reduced on the EU cycle by 7.3% and CO2 emissions cut by 7.4% percent
  • Conforms to stringent EU 5 emissions regulations
  • Multi-hole central spray-guided direct injection is highly efficient – industry first.
  • High efficiency, 6th generation twin-vortex supercharger
  • Torque-actuated variable camshaft timing on all four cams in V8 engine – industry first
  • Camshaft profile switching and variable length inlet manifold optimises power and torque
  • Reverse cooling improves engine efficiency and speeds cabin warm-up
  • Class-leading, low-friction design features
  • Lightweight construction uses recycled materials
  • 15,000 mile service intervals

“The LR-V8 returns class leading levels of power and torque combined with reduced fuel consumption and emissions – the supercharged 5.0-litre engine is one of the most fuel efficient in its class.  As well as stunning top-end performance, it also delivers the low-end flexibility essential for real-world driving.”

Malcolm Sandford, Chief Engineer, Engines

The 2010 Range Rover gets an all-new 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged petrol engine.  The engine was developed in conjunction with Jaguar – the first time an engine has been designed from the outset with the requirements of both brands in mind.  Shared primary objectives included the highest possible torque and fast response from low revs.

Although the basic architecture of the LR-V8 supercharged is the same for each brand, some changes were needed for the Land Rover engines to satisfy demanding all-terrain requirements.  For example, the engines feature a deeper sump to accommodate the extreme tilting angles experienced when driving the Range Rover off road, and to accommodate the front differential which attaches to it.  In addition, belt drives are waterproofed, as are the alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump and starter motor.

The supremely powerful supercharged LR-V8 delivers 510PS and 625Nm of torque.  One of the most advanced petrol engines ever built, the engine is packed with innovative features to ensure that it is also one of the most frugal in its class.

The LR-V8 was developed with an emphasis on delivering a smooth, refined and responsive driver experience, with excellent power characteristics.  Compared to the current 4.2-litre V8 the supercharged engine increases power and torque outputs by 29 percent and 12 percent respectively.

Despite this extra power, CO2 emissions are just 348g/km, 7.4 percent lower than the 4.2-litre; fuel consumption is reduced by a similar amount.  Yet when it comes to regulated emissions the engine is incredibly clean, meeting the EU 5 regulations not due to come into force until 2011.

Direct injection – increased power and torque, lower emissions

One of the key features of the new LR-V8 is an industry first, centrally-mounted, multi-hole, spray-guided fuel injection system, delivering fuel at a pressure of up to 150bar directly to the cylinder. The positioning of the injectors ensures fuel is precisely delivered to the centre of the combustion chamber, maximising air-fuel mixing, and improving combustion control.

Fuel is delivered by twin, high pressure fuel pumps driven via an auxiliary shaft in the all new engine block. Delivery of fuel direct to the cylinder has substantially contributed to improved low speed, dynamic response which is particularly useful off-road while adding to driving pleasure on-road. The charge cooling effects of the direct injection fuel system have allowed the compression ratio of the naturally aspirated engine to be raised to 11.5:1, further improving the engine economy.

During the engine warm-up phase, the combustion system employs multiple injection mode strategies to deliver 50 percent more heat for fast catalyst warm-up and reduced emissions.

6th generation supercharger – quieter and more efficient.

A sixth generation, twin vortex system (TVS) supercharger is fitted to the 510PS engine. A compact Roots-type unit, it feeds air through twin intercoolers which in turn are water-cooled by their own discrete cooling circuit.  The high helix rotor design both improves the supercharger thermodynamic efficiency by 16 percent and improves noise quality to the point where the unit is virtually inaudible.  The intercoolers reduce the temperature of the pressurised intake-air and so optimise power.

The air intake has been radically redesigned compared to the previous V8. The intake air path is a direct feed to the supercharger inlet from the centrally mounted front throttle body. Air is delivered through twin air boxes which reduce flow loss and further increase efficiency. Mechanically, the new supercharger and its intercoolers are efficiently packaged in the V of the engine to deliver a low overall engine height.

New variable camshaft timing system boosts engine torque, saves energy

A new type of variable camshaft timing system (VCT) on the V8 engine introduces another industry first. The four VCT units are activated by the positive and negative torques generated by opening and closing the intake and exhaust valves, instead of by oil pressure. This has allowed the engine oil pump to be reduced in size, saving energy and reducing fuel consumption.

VCT units work independently on all four camshafts with 62 degrees of authority on the inlet cams and 50 degrees of authority on the exhaust cams. Timing is optimised by the engine control unit for torque, power and economy at every point in the engine’s speed range.

The response rate of the new VCT units is 25 percent quicker than before with actuation rates in excess of 250 degrees per second. This delivers a more immediate engine response to the driver’s demand.

Warm up quickly with reverse flow cooling

The search for greater efficiency has in some areas led to a complete rethink of fundamental engine design concepts. An example is the innovative reverse flow cooling system which delivers thermodynamic and friction improvements. The new design means coolant is pumped through the cylinder heads before flowing through the block and returning to the radiator. Since the cylinder heads remain cooler, the knock threshold is pushed back allowing greater optimisation of ignition timing for improved efficiency.

In addition, the 22 kW oil to water heat exchanger, packaged at the core of the engine, transfers heat from the coolant to the lubricating oil during warm up, bringing the oil up to operating temperature 14 percent faster than the previous cooling system. This ‘upside down’ approach substantially improves fuel consumption in the crucial engine warm-up period and helps warm the cabin more quickly.

Strong and compact

The new LR-V8 engine is built around a stiff, all new, aluminium block with cast-in iron liners and cross-bolted main bearing caps, to reduce noise, vibration and harshness. For the first time at Land Rover, the blocks are high pressure die-cast rather than sand-cast, providing a superior finish and dimensional greater accuracy. The engine also has aluminium heads, with four-valves per cylinder and strong, spheroidal-graphite cast-iron crankshaft and steel connecting rods. The cylinder heads and block are manufactured using recycled aluminium alloy for the first time, thus reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing the new engine.

The new direct injection petrol engine is more compact than its predecessor. Overall engine length has been reduced by relocation of the oil pump within the engine architecture.

Reduced internal friction combats CO2

Internal friction, a major contributor to increased fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, has been targeted by careful design of the engine’s components. As a result, the Range Rover’s new LR-V8 achieves another best in class for crank train friction.

All engine bearings were the subject of an extensive optimisation, reducing friction without compromising reliability. Diamond-Like Carbon Coating (DLC) has been used to reduce friction on the fuel pump tappets and a solid film lubricant has been used to coat the piston skirts.

Land Rover has developed a unique, intelligent oil-pump pressure relief valve (PRV) which senses oil pressure deep in the engine’s oil galleries to more accurately control oil pump delivery. As a result, oil pump frictional losses are reduced during the warm-up period.

The engine has also been designed around a 5W-20 semi-synthetic oil. The new oil has a lower viscosity, primarily at low temperatures, reducing parasitic losses in the engines and contributing to an extension in service intervals from 10,000 miles to 15,000 miles or 12 months. The new LR-V8 engine is also fitted with an electronic dipstick for added peace of mind.

Responsive new transmission

The 2010 Range Rover’s new petrol engine is mated to the revised and super-smooth ZF HP28 6-speed automatic transmission.  Its characteristics have been optimised by Land Rover engineers to provide class-leading response, with rapid and refined shifts. The dramatic enhancement of both power and torque low down the rev range on the new engines have made it possible to actuate the transmission’s lock-up clutch much earlier in each gear, reducing slip through the hydraulic torque converter, so helping with the improvements in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The transmission features an intelligent sport mode, which can sense and adapt transmission characteristics to particular driving styles.

The diesel alternative

For customers who prefer diesel power, the acclaimed 272PS 3.6-litre TDV8 engine continues to be available on the 2010 Range Rover.  It is paired with the smooth and responsive ZF HP26 6-speed automatic.

Enhanced vehicle dynamics – both on and off road

The 2010 Range Rover benefits from a comprehensive programme of refinements to its vehicle dynamics.  The enhancements include features that will improve ride and handling during on-road driving, plus a series of measures that give greater capabilities when driving off-road or when towing.

Unique adaptive dynamics system improves ride and control

The 2010 Range Rover has an advanced new Adaptive Dynamics system which further improves the Range Rover’s peerless ride quality with greater refinement and superior body control.

It is the world’s first production system to employ model-based predictive technology that continually optimises damper settings for the widest possible range of conditions.  Conventional dampers are replaced by precision DampTronic Valve Technology™ damper units, which incorporate continually adjustable damper valves.

The predictive technology enables damper settings on each wheel to be continuously refined between ‘soft’, comfort oriented settings and ‘hard’, firm body control settings; damper pressure on each wheel is monitored 500 times per second.  The system optimises the vehicle’s body and ride control, instantly responding to both the demands of the prevailing driving style and of the terrain encountered, in both on and off-road situations.

Braking system gets more power and feel

The Range Rover is equipped with a new braking system which has been comprehensively updated to provide enhanced stopping power and improved driver feel.

The brakes for the diesel model are modelled on the 4-piston opposed caliper performance system from the outgoing Supercharged model.  The updated system employs 360mm ventilated front discs with new twin piston sliding calipers made from cast-iron for enhanced pedal feel.

The rear features 350mm ventilated discs with lightweight aluminium single piston sliding calipers.

The braking system for the Supercharged model has been developed in conjunction with performance brake specialists Brembo™.  This system employs 380mm ventilated front discs with unique lightweight aluminium six-piston opposed action monoblock calipers.  365mm ventilated discs with single piston sliding calipers are fitted at the rear.

Greater control and safety around bends

A refinement to the stability control system helps automatically slow the vehicle if taking a bend too fast, thus enhancing driver control.

Enhanced Understeer Control interfaces with the brake modulator and Powertrain control module .  If the speed is too great for engine torque reduction to control the vehicle, automatic braking intervenes to reduce the vehicle speed, with braking pressure applied according to the severity of the situation. At decelerations in excess of 0.7g the brake lights are automatically applied to warn following traffic.

This feature is complemented by the new Roll Stability Control system, which is designed to intervene in the unlikely case of an extreme situation in which the possible onset of a rollover is detected.  In such situations, the system is designed to take over and perform very rapid, wheel specific braking, to help reduce speed and marginally widen the cornering radius.

Improved performance and stability off-road

The award winning Terrain Response™ system is subject to a whole series of improvements for 2010, including enhanced capabilities when tackling challenging terrain like sand or large rocks.

For soft sand – one of the most power-hungry surfaces – ’sand launch control’ has now been introduced, which makes for noticeably easier drive-away.  New, speed-dependent wheel-slip targets for the traction control system permit only very limited initial wheel-slip, helping to prevent the wheels digging down into the sand.

Revisions to the rock crawl program improve brake and traction control response times, helping to reduce the vehicle’s tendency to roll when traversing boulders and giving a more composed drive through rocky terrain.

Land Rover’s much-acclaimed Hill Descent Control system is enhanced on the latest Range Rover with the addition of Gradient Release Control.  This inhibits the initial rate of acceleration when descending very steep inclines, to increase control and reduce the potentially alarming lurch which can occur when braking is released at extreme angles.

More stable towing

For safer and more stable towing, the 2010 Range Rover incorporates Trailer Stability Assist.  This system detects trailer oscillations by monitoring key vehicle behaviours, such as uninvited steering movements and slight vehicle swing in response to trailer behaviour.  In these circumstances, the system can initiate engine torque reduction and braking interventions to help bring the towing back under control.

Classic Range Rover style with contemporary details

“We have introduced a number of more contemporary design elements on the 2010 Range Rover, but have been careful not to disturb the vehicle’s classic proportions and unique silhouette.  The refined detailing and cleaner surfaces of the 2010 model retain the timeless and noble qualities which are traditional hallmarks of Range Rover design.”

Design Director, Gerry McGovern

The 2010 Range Rover features subtle revisions to the exterior styling, introducing some attractive new design elements which enhance the classic Range Rover style with more contemporary detailing.

New headlights feature the Range Rover’s trademark inter-locking circle design, but are more clearly visible, day or night, with LED lamp technology. Bi-Xenon dip and high beam lamps provide the superb illumination required for the increased performance of the 2010 Range Rover.  The headlights are marginally shallower, and ‘bookend’ a deeper, more upright mesh grille which follows the distinctive style introduced on the current supercharged model.  A black and silver Land Rover badge replaces the traditional green and silver design.

A new bumper completes the smoother, more sculpted front end, reflecting the clean surface integration which is now characteristic of Range Rover design.  The fog lamps are relocated from the bumper skin to the lower front air-intake.

The side of the vehicle features new ‘three-stripe’ LED indicators and redesigned three-section fender vents.  The same design theme is adopted by the rear LED light clusters, which incorporate ‘three-stripe’ directional indicators.

Interior showcases luxurious materials and revolutionary technologies

Superbly crafted new materials and some revolutionary display technologies help to improve a cabin this is already widely regarded as one of the automotive world’s finest.

To further enhance the premium interior ambience, the 2010 Range Rover introduces new luxury grade European leather trim for the headlining, pillar and door casings.  Facia buttons now feature a satin chrome-plated finish, which are beautifully highlighted by the Range Rover’s upgraded waterfall interior lighting.  High quality black satin and natural wood finishes complete the sumptuous feel of the interior architecture.

‘Virtual’ dials and graphic displays replace traditional instruments

One of the major innovations in the 2010 Range Rover is found in the instrument cluster.  Here, traditional physical instruments are replaced by a fully configurable 12” TFT screen which presents all essential driver information via cleverly designed ‘virtual’ dials and graphical displays.

The system’s message centre (the area between rev counter and speedometer) can be customised by the driver to display personal prioritised information, from system warnings, outside temperature and vehicle information to less critical data such as audio and telephone displays.

The message centre also relays off-road information, such as steering angle, wheel articulation, suspension settings and Terrain Response™ settings.

Fingertip control of settings and menus on the TFT screen is provided by an updated steering wheel which incorporates a five-way controller.

World first ‘dual view’ screen technology

The 2010 Range Rover is the first to feature ‘dual view’ infotainment touch screen technology. The display allows the driver and passenger to view completely different images simultaneously.  This means that the passenger can enjoy a DVD movie while the driver follows navigation instructions, all on the same screen.

The system uses patented Parallax Barrier technology to alternately hide and reveal columns of pixels to the left and right hand views of the screen.  The display comes with a specially designed agar coating to help prevent sunlight bleaching.

The screen retains all of the touch-screen functionality of the previous  display, but the graphics and menus have been redesigned for easier and more intuitive operation, allowing the number of ‘hard’ buttons around the screen to be reduced by a third.  As before, functions such as satellite navigation, DVD video, and audio systems can be controlled via the display.

An updated voice control system with enhanced voice recognition software complements the touch screen, and can be used to control a range of entertainment and comfort features such as the audio system and climate control.

Advanced vehicle technologies enhance convenience and safety

“The technologies built into the 2010 Range Rover are designed to improve convenience and safety, reducing the stress of driving in modern motoring conditions, on all terrains.  With technology sharing the workload, the result is a more relaxed, alert driver.”

Paul Walker, Chief Programme Engineer, Range Rover

The 2010 Range Rover incorporates a comprehensive selection of advanced vehicle technologies which enhance convenience and improve active safety for the driver.

Adaptive Cruise Control

The 2010 Range Rover features Land Rover’s pioneering scanning radar Adaptive Cruise Control system (ACC) for the first time.  The system employs a 76GHz scanning radar to locate vehicles moving in the same direction, and is designed to maintain optimal vehicle speed by using acceleration, deceleration and braking to keep a specified distance from the traffic ahead.

ACC comes with four driver-selectable settings, designed to suit individual driving style and traffic / road conditions.  The driver can select a ‘headway’ of between 1 to 2.2 seconds, with a default setting of 1.8 seconds; this equates to a 50 meter distance from the vehicle ahead when travelling at 100km/h (62mph).  The system is designed to operate at speeds of up to 180km/h (112mph).

Vehicles fitted with the ACC system also benefit from a new Advanced Emergency Brake Assist system, which is able to sense the driver’s responses to a potential emergency situation.

Working in conjunction with the Forward Alert System’s radar, Advanced Emergency Brake Assist primes the vehicle’s braking system, and even initiates braking in extreme circumstances if a collision is judged possible.  Valuable improvements in braking distances have been recorded in the testing of this system.

Updated infotainment systems

A new hard-drive navigation system provides faster route calculation, larger area map coverage and improved reliability. The navigation system adopts an easy-to-use navigation structure which now also features ‘towards guidance’.  This supplements the junction map and icon-based information with details of the actual road signage viewed by the driver along the route.

The new Portable Audio Interface allows connectivity to an array of personal audio storage devices, USB sticks and MP3 players, enabling the various devices’ functions to be accessed and controlled via the facia-mounted touch-screen system.  One of the connectivity ports is a dedicated Apple iPodTM point made exclusively by Land Rover, for continued functionality in extreme driving conditions, by helping to prevent the device coming loose from the socket.

Enhanced safety and visibility

The 2010 Range Rover has a blind spot monitoring system which uses side-mounted radar sensors to detect vehicles and other solid objects in the vehicle’s blind spot area.  If an object is detected, a bright amber warning icon is illuminated in the driver’s door mirror.

A new surround camera system supports easier parking, towing and off road manoeuvring.  It features five digital cameras which relay a near 360-degree view to the touch-screen display. The cameras function immediately the vehicle is started, and can be used at speeds up to 11mph, with options for selecting and zooming in to assist with close quarter parking and with towing.

The Patented ‘reverse tow assist’ function (selected from the touch screen menu) helps perform accurate towing manoeuvres.  The wide field of views on the side cameras give a clear view of the reversing trailer and the images are electronically manipulated to provide an undistorted view.  Guide lines overlaid on the rear camera image illustrate both the vehicle and trailer’s trajectory and these move in line with steering inputs, making it easier for the driver to predict where the trailer will move to, before performing the reversing manoeuvre.

Specific characteristics such as type of trailer, number of axles and width guides can be fed into the system to enhance the system outputs.

The Range Rover’s front headlights incorporate high beam assist technology.  This can automatically switch on high beam headlights where external light levels are below the system’s threshold.  Importantly, the system is also designed to detect preceding and approaching traffic, and in a split second will automatically switch back to low beam to avoid dazzling others.

All-new electrical architecture

The performance of many of the 2010 Range Rover’s advanced technologies is enhanced by a completely new electrical architecture which supports more efficient integration between the various systems.  Information is shared between electronic components via a high speed Controller Area Network (CAN), with a fibre optic Media Orientated System Transport (MOST) network controlling the modules of the infotainment system, enhancing reliability and saving weight.

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New Holland unveils the Rustler 120

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
  • New 4WD utility vehicle for both road and off-road use
  • Two seater with automatic 4WD and auto differential locks
  • Spacious rear load platform with 476 kg capacity
  • Fully suspended driver’s seat for extra comfort
  • Wide choice of customer options

New Holland has launched its 4WD utility vehicle to the UK market, signalling a new era in Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) performance and versatility.

The press launch of the Rustler 120 comes ahead of the new machine’s UK public debut on 9-10 June at Cereals, the leading technical event for the UK arable industry.

The unveiling will be welcome news for those in the agricultural, groundcare, forestry and utility sectors who require a rugged, reliable all terrain vehicle.

Built tough with an ability to work across a number of applications, the two seat machines with automatic 4WD and auto differential locks are designed with versatility in mind. The ultimate in performance and endurance is also guaranteed by the Rustler’s three-cylinder, 20 hp diesel engine and lightweight, corrosion-resistant, aircraft-grade aluminium chassis.

Rupert Boobbyer, New Holland European Groundcare Product Marketing Manager, says the launch of the Rustler 120 represents a dynamic new offering from the groundcare and agricultural machinery manufacturer.

“It’s the vehicle of choice for multi-tasking across an array of applications, and as such is one of the most versatile units we offer.

“Be it on the farm feeding livestock, repairing fences or inspecting crops, or used as a task master on the building site, golf course or park, the Rustler combines rugged performance with an ultra-smooth ride for go-anywhere, do-anything confidence.”

The spacious rear load platform can carry up to 476 kg, and can be tipped by the optional powered tipper, making it the perfect choice as a load carrier or transporter in industrial, construction or forestry sites. In addition to the load capability on the rear deck the Rustler 120 can be specified with a rear hitch coupling, capable of towing up to 797kg.

The driveline is a highly efficient belt Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), fully covered to protect it from the elements, Boobbyer says.

“It has one ratio in each direction so there is no fiddly gear changing to achieve the maximum 40 kph on the road.”

New Holland offers the Rustler 120 in two models: one for on-road and the other for off-road use, allowing operators to optimise working life – whatever the task. On top of this, the Rustler 120 also offers an attractive option in leisure activities such as shooting, fishing and golf, with the availability of camouflage paint.

The on-road Rustler, which comes equipped with road-legal lights and fully-suspended seats for a comfortable drive, also features front and rear towing hitches and the hydraulic-powered lift deck.

The off-road Rustler can be tailored to suit individual requirements. Customers can choose between either turf or agricultural tyres and manual or hydraulic-powered lifting deck, among other possible customisations.

Rack and pinion steering is standard across both models, and independent coil suspension on each corner ensures wheels stay on the ground for maximum traction as well as a superb ride.

The standard 524 CCA battery and 60 amp/hr alternator provide the power to light the way at night with the ability to plug in a hand-held lamp for night time use. All models feature full roll-over protection, and an optional cab may be added.


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Case IH focuses on productivity

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
  • Advanced Farming Systems demonstration and presentation.
  • Puma 165 and above now come Auto-Guidance ready
  • Axial-Flow combines expand market share

Improving productivity will be the central theme at Case IH Cereals stand this year. As well as the latest tractor, baler and combine models, the company will also be promoting its Advanced Farming System software and hardware, which aims to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Advanced Farming Systems

Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) is a modular precision farming system that uses the latest GPS and performance monitoring technology to improve productivity and lower costs. Many models in 2010 Case IH product range are AFS-ready from the factory allowing customers to access this technology easily and cost effectively when they are ready.  All 165hp and above Puma tractors now come auto-guidance ready as the standard specification when fitted with electronic remote valves. This makes the fitting of guidance systems even easier and more cost effective.

The AFS display area will present   three guidance options;

The Case IH Manual Guidance System provides both a practical and clear light-bar, plus a multi-view LCD screen, indicating the path to follow. Using the DGPS (Digital Global Positioning System), the system memorises the path of an initial track and guides the operator to drive in a parallel pattern for the following tracks.

The Case IH Assisted Guidance system extends the capability of the manual system and uses the output from the DGPS processor to control an electric friction wheel to turn the steering wheel. The system dramatically reduces operator fatigue and distraction, not only avoiding overlap and skips but also adding to the quality of the job. The Case IH Assisted Guidance System can be easily installed on any tractor with power steering, whether new or old.

The sophisticated autopilot Accu-Guide systems are integrated into the tractor or combine. Available from the factory in either ‘system ready’ state or fully fitted, Accu-Guide offers sub-inch repeatable auto-guidance accuracy, yield and moisture mapping  through to applications using GPS-controlled documentation and field-specific control of implements and machinery.

Case IH uses a single-interface to ensure a familiar operation from machine to machine. The newest generation of AFS monitors will be on display, including the new AFS Pro 300 which has been designed to integrate into Case IH tractors’ operating system at the most fundamental level. This monitor allows data to be transferred to a USB memory stick, has touch-screen control and new instrument displays including diesel consumption for the area covered as well as many management and reporting functions. A rear-view video camera can also be connected.

A new internet-based service portal for Case IH AFS allows users to find a range of online services and add-on functions for AFS applications, including support and training options, special mapping programs and Google Maps support for extended representation of AFS documentation.

Axial-Flow combines

Case IH’s continued growth in the combine harvester market is thanks to the impressive Axial-Flow 88 Series and 20 Series families of rotary combines. The latest 20 Series machines at Cereals will display the new grain tank configuration, which mirrors that of the mid-range 88 Series with tank capacities of 11,100 litres for the 7120 and 12,300 litres for the 8120 and 9120.

Charles Blessley, Case IH Marketing Manager, puts the market growth down to the quality of the machines, the high work rate and gentle handling of the grain and straw. “Case IH has pioneered rotary combine technology for more than three decades and that knowledge and experience really shows through in this latest generation of machines.

“Customers can see that Case IH offers the complete package for cereal producers from the highly capable Puma, Puma CVX and Magnum tractors, the reliable RBX and LBX balers, to the high-capacity Axial-Flow combines. When customers then integrate the Advanced Farming Systems technology into these machines, they create a world-class farming operation that can boost productivity, revenues and profit,” said Mr Blessley.

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Volvo Construction Award

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Readers of Diesel Progress magazine voted Volvo Construction Equipment the best in two categories at the Excellence in Equipment Engineering Awards at Bauma.

Volvo wins double award at Bauma

Volvo Construction Equipment was recognised for ‘outstanding achievements in equipment design’ in two areas at the Excellence in Equipment Engineering Awards, run by Diesel Progress magazine.

Based on readers’ votes, Volvo won ‘Best hydraulic excavators’ for its Volvo EW160 in the Medium & Heavy Construction Equipment category, and ‘Best motor grader’ for its Volvo 930 in the Roadbuilding Equipment category.

More than 9,200 votes were cast for the awards and the winners were selected from a final list of three machines, in 13 categories. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the international construction show Bauma, in April, hosted by awards sponsor ZF, the powertrain systems supplier.

Scott Hall, executive vice president of Volvo Construction Equipment, proudly collected Volvo’s two awards on behalf of the company.“It’s always nice to win awards,” he said, “But especially when the decisions are determined by such a knowledgeable audience as the readers of Diesel Progress magazine.”

Mike Brezonick, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of Diesel Progress magazine, said the awards celebrate the efforts of the engineers which aren’t often recognized. “Our awards salute the countless hours and efforts that have gone into the design of today’s mobile equipment. We want to celebrate the singular achievement in the engineering and design of engine-powered machinery.”

This was the second Excellence in Equipment Engineering awards sponsored by ZF. The first was held at ConExpo in 2008.

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Globally, during April deliveries of Volvo Trucks were 51% higher than in the corresponding month last year

Europe increased by 26%, while Asia, including the Middle East, increased by 200%. As a consequence, Volvo Trucks is gradually increasing production rates to respond to the improved demand in these regions.

Deliveries in South America increased by 105% in April compared with the same month last year, primarily driven by a strong demand for trucks in Brazil.

Demand in North America is gradually improving from a low level. In April deliveries increased by 37% compared to the corresponding month last year.

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