Archive for November, 2010

Land Rover donates the one millionth Range Rover to Help for Heroes

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Land Rover donates the one millionth Range Rover to Help for Heroes

-          The one millionth Range Rover has been built at the company’s Solihull Plant

-          Land Rover employees, enthusiasts and owners celebrate landmark build

-          One millionth model to be auctioned for Help for Heroes

-          Jeremy Clarkson, Patron of Help for Hero’s, receives car on behalf of the charity

London, November 4 – Land Rover is celebrating the production of its one millionth Range Rover by donating the vehicle to Help for Heroes.

The landmark one millionth vehicle, a Range Rover Autobiography in ultimate black, has been built at the Solihull manufacturing plant, where three generations of the Range Rover have been built since June 1970.

Land Rover employees joined Alan Volkaerts, Solihull Manufacturing Director and Land Rover’s Managing Director Phil Popham to celebrate the milestone event in Range Rover’s fortieth year. The one millionth Range Rover was driven by Phil Popham to London to deliver the car to Help for Heroes. He was followed from Solihull to London by a convoy of heritage Range Rovers, driven by their enthusiastic owners.

The handover took place on the Top Gear Live set at Earls Court in London where Jeremy Clarkson – who is a Help for Heroes patron – took delivery of the one millionth Range Rover on behalf of the charity.

“Land Rover is very proud to support the Help for Heroes charity by donating the one millionth Range Rover. The vehicle will be auctioned later this year and should raise valuable funds for the practical and direct provision of aid for wounded service people and their families,” said Phil Popham, MD Jaguar Land Rover.

“Everyone involved in Land Rover – from the management, to the employees at Solihull, to the original Range Rover team – will be happy we’re able to mark this landmark occasion in such a way after the forty years of producing this iconic vehicle.”

“We’re delighted that Land Rover has chosen to give Help for Heroes their millionth Range Rover,” said Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-founder of Help for Heroes. “This is a real milestone in their history and so a very special donation, made even more special by knowing the money raised from the car will be able to provide much needed funds to help our wounded heroes on their road to recovery

One of the most significant vehicles in the history of motoring, the Range Rover was the world’s first vehicle as good on-road as off-road.  It remains Land Rover’s flagship model, peerlessly blending comfort, luxury, design, technology and versatility in one highly-accomplished package.

There have been three generations of Range Rover. The original, now known as the Classic, went on sale in 1970 and continued in production, with numerous upgrades and a multiplicity of variants, for just over 25 years.

The second-generation vehicle, known as the P38a, went on sale in 1994 and was replaced in 2001 by the current model. Further enhancements over the last decade have ensured the Range Rover retains its position as on the world’s most complete luxury vehicles.

During 2005, the Range Rover Sport was introduced, adding a sport tourer SUV to the Range Rover line-up, which instantly became a sales success, selling over 300,000 vehicles over the past six years. Next year a third model with join the Range Rover line-up, the all-new Range Rover Evoque.

1 MILLIONTH RR

One Million

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All New MAZDA 5

Monday, November 29th, 2010

All-new Mazda5 -  Even more Family Friendly

  • All new Mazda5 on sale January 2011, priced from €24,995*
  • Introduction of a 1.6-litre (115ps) Diesel Engine with 6-speed gearbox. Tax Band B
  • Karakuri  seat functionality for up to seven people with Sliding Rear Doors
  • Interior comfort enhanced

The all-new Mazda5 will hit Dealer showrooms for January 2011 sales. Priced from €24,995* and equipped with a new low-emissions diesel engine, Mazda’s 7-seat  offering looks set to be at the top of shopping list for those looking for a versatile family car.

The previous generation 5 was a success worldwide with over 500,000 units finding homes, as Mazda were the first company to introduce rear sliding doors (perfect for those tight car park spaces) onto a car in the compact Multi Activity Vehicle (MAV) segment.

Rear sliding doors and the 7-seat configuration which made this car so popular continue with the new model. Second and third row seats can be easily folded into a variety of seating configurations with Mazda’s clever Karakuri seating system, including a flat 1,485 litre space for transporting bulky items.  Users will also enjoy the 45 storage compartments and power sliding doors on the Sport model.

Long journeys are less of a chore as the interior comfort levels have been enhanced with larger and wider seats. The Mazda5 has a new dashboard, steering wheel and centre console providing a more premium look and feel.

The introduction of a 1.6-litre (115ps) diesel engine will greatly appeal to Irish buyers as the 13% improvement in C0₂ emissions drops the Mazda5 into Road Tax Band B (€156). Combined fuel economy of 5.2L/100kms (54mpg) marks a 15% improvement from the previous model’s 2.0-litre diesel engine, whilst the six-speed gearbox makes for more refined motorway cruising.

The new Mazda family face has been introduced into the front of the car, whilst the ‘Nagare’-flow  design language not only provides a stronger and more sporty look, it also improves aerodynamics and engine cooling.

Being a family car, safety was a priority during the Mazda5’s development. Side door impact beams now use a double-hat shape that adds greater strength. Pedestrian safety measures are improved by enhancements to the bonnet and front bumper.

Safety features such as ABS Anti-Lock Braking System, EBD electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control system,  DSC Dynamic Stability Control, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), front, side, and curtain airbags (for all 3 rows) are all standard.

Mazda is offering a wider specification range with four models to choose from. The range topping Mazda5 Sport model equipment highlights include:  leather seats, 17” alloys, power sliding doors and heated seats.

The company expects the Executive SE model to be a large seller, with an impressive list of standard equipment including: Bluetooth, climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control and 16” alloys.

For the month of November, Mazda Dealers are holding the Mazda Motorshow showcasing the all-new Mada5 in conjunction with the 2011 Mazda range.

Retail Price List:

Retail  Price

CO2 Emissions

Annual Road Tax

All New Mazda5
MAZDA5 1.6D 5DR Comfort (115ps)

€24,995

138

€156

MAZDA5 1.6D 5DR Executive (115ps)

€25,995

138

€156

MAZDA5 1.6D 5DR Executive SE (115ps)

€26,995

138

€156

MAZDA5 1.6D 5DR Sport (115ps)

€29,995

138

€156

*Price excludes Dealer related charges.

Mazda5

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‘MEAN GREEN’ – THE WORLD’S FASTEST HYBRID TRUCK FROM VOLVO

Monday, November 29th, 2010

‘MEAN GREEN’ – THE WORLD’S FASTEST HYBRID TRUCK

‘Mean Green’ is a unique hybrid truck built by an enthusiastic team at Volvo Trucks. They plan to use it next spring to beat the world speed record for the standing kilometre and behind the wheel is Swedish truck racing ace, Boije Ovebrink.

“The absolute elite among Volvo’s hybrid technology experts are the driving force behind the project. They are true enthusiasts, every last one of them. I’d go so far as to say that ‘Mean Green’ is the world’s fastest hybrid truck,” says Ovebrink.

To understand how he can make this claim with such confidence, we need to rewind to November 2007. Ovebrink had just beaten his own standing kilometre record from 2001 for trucks with a maximum displacement of 16 litres. He achieved this by reaching an average speed of 158.829 km/h with his red Volvo NH16 – a.k.a. ‘The Wild Viking’. After winning he met Staffan Jufors, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks, who asked him, “Do you plan to sit down and twiddle your thumbs now, enjoying the fame that comes with being world champion or do you have any new ideas?” Ovebrink replied: “I’d like to build the world’s fastest hybrid truck.”

“The idea met with approval, but at the time I had no idea about the fantastic technology Volvo had in the pipeline,” he recalls.

Planning for the hybrid got under way, but suddenly, however, a Czech truck racing team claimed they had beaten Ovebrink’s record. Order had to be restored, so that spring, Volvo engineer Olof Johansson got down to some serious work. He started building a truck that could retake the record, but that could also be reconfigured for the planned racing hybrid driveline. That truck is now called ‘Mean Green’. But the team decided not to install the hybrid driveline straight away.

“I started building the truck from two half frames that had been earmarked for the scrap yard and the American VN cab came from a crash-tested chassis whose cab was totally intact,” he explains.

Weight reduction was absolutely crucial to setting new records. For example, the front axle was milled by experts from Volvo’s engine factory in Skövde, Sweden and reduced from 100 kgs to 57 kgs. Then the gear set for first gear was removed from the gearbox, shaving another seven kgs off.

“I slit open the wiring harnesses and removed unnecessary wiring. That slashed almost six kilos,” says Johansson.

Ovebrink was also ordered to lose weight, as he recalls, “They made me promise to lose 20 kilos and, so fa,r I’m half-way to my target.”

Designer Jonas Sandström at Volvo put in many hours with his CAD program to come up with the optimal aerodynamic shape.

“It’s important that the wind breaks away from the bodywork in the right way. Our truck differs from a Formula 1 car, for instance, in that the aerodynamic properties allow the truck to slice through the air rather than be pressed down onto the road surface,” he explains.

Just a few days before the assault on the record, it was announced that FIA, the international motorsport organisation, had disallowed the Czech team’s result. Still, there was no need to cancel the planned attempt on the record. Ovebrink and the Volvo team were aiming to further improve on the 2007 record – and on June 9th 2010 they did just that. The new world record for the standing kilometre was set at a two-way average speed of 166.7 km/h. Top speed was in the region of 260 km/h.

Once this was achieved, focus reverted to what the entire project had been about from the very outset.

“Olof immediately went on the offensive. The very same day the new record was set; he pulled out his toolbox and started modifying the truck to build what we see today – a thoroughbred hybrid.”

The truck already had a standard Volvo 16-litre 700 hp engine with equipment including twin turbos from Volvo Penta. It was a powerplant delivering a massive 1900 horsepower. The truck retained that unit. However, the lightened Powertronic auto-shifter was replaced with a modified version of Volvo’s automated I-Shift gearbox so that the transmission could interact with the component that makes ‘Mean Green’ a hybrid – its electric motor.

“This gives an additional 200 horsepower and 1100 Newton metres of torque. The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine ‘lag’. It’s like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds, the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with explosive force – by which time the truck is already doing 60 km/h and I can engage ninth gear,” explains Ovebrink.

So, when is ‘Mean Green’ going to make its bid for the standing kilometre record ? “This November we’ll test race it at Volvo’s Hällered proving ground to see what it’s capable of. Then, as soon as the winter snows disappear early next spring, we’ll set our record.” says Ovebrink, confidently.

Mean green

Mean green cab

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SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY ARE STANDARD WITH JCB TELESCOPICS

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Global telehandler market leader JCB is launching the patented JCB Adaptive Load Control - a Longitudinal Load Moment Control (LLMC) system fully complying to industry standard EN15000 on all its Loadall, Teletruk and Telemaster models (variable reach trucks) sold in Europe and countries requiring CE marking, from October 1, 2010.

Load Moment Control
Adaptive Load Control is designed to ensure JCB telescopic reach machines comply with the new European regulation EN 15000. This legislation has been introduced to reduce the likelihood of forward overturning of a variable reach truck performing stationary loading or placing operations on consolidated, stable and level ground, by the use of an automated LLMC.

Adaptive Load Control is fitted to a number of machine types and size within the JCB range, and consequently does vary in application by model.

Loadalls with side mounted engines and the Telemaster range are fitted with a patented proportional cut out for the hydraulic functions to reduce the impact of inertia when the load is stopped and to keep cycle speed as high as possible.

Other models have a two stage hydraulic cut out version fitted which first reduces the hydraulic function speed and then stops the load movement completely when the LLMI reaches its limit. In both cases the operator always has the ability to retract or raise the load to return to a safe operating condition.

Dependent upon the machine type, JCB Adaptive Load Control uses a combination of proportional or two-stage hydraulic cut-outs for the boom function, along with a number of other sensors monitored by an onboard control unit which then adjusts the hydraulic flow to control the boom out and boom down functions accordingly.

By using a proportional ‘soft stop’ system on the higher lift machines, Adaptive Load Control overcomes the problem caused by a sudden stop creating additional inertia from a combination of weight and high reach, that can increase the risk of machine forward overturn. The proportional flow reduction used for the high reach machines also maximises speed of operation so that the operator’s ability to use the machine’s full operating envelope is not compromised. – The lift performance indicated on the lift chart can be achieved while complying with EN15000 using the Adaptive Load Control system.

Complete Handler Versatility
The JCB models affected by this legislation are, however, often used as loaders for bulk re-handling.
As EN15000 is designed to protect operators of stationary variable reach machines while lifting loads, and cannot be activated or deactivated by the operator, Adaptive Load Control is automatically deactivated when the machine is on the move or has the boom fully retracted and re-activated when it stops travelling and has the boom extended.   This ensures that the versatility of JCB machines, is not compromised when being used for tasks other than handling loads with forks in static lifts.

Tim Burnhope, JCB Group Managing Director for Product Development and Commercial Operations, said:  “Adaptive Load Control allows JCB to maintain its market leading position over other manufacturers, as our telescopic machines will continue to operate up to their maximum productivity capabilities while still fully complying with this latest legislation.

“With Adaptive Load Control, JCB has yet again developed an innovative solution that not only meets legislation, but that does so without impacting on lift performance or productivity when the machine is operating as a loader.

“The system increases operator comfort, as boom movement does not stop suddenly, while the loading function is maintained automatically once the machine is moving or the boom is retracted.”

JCB Loadall 540-170

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Gator gets a major makeover

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Gator gets a major makeover

Power steering, improved braking and suspension and increased load capacity are among 13 new features on John Deere’s latest XUV Gator utility vehicle, which is now the fastest and most powerful diesel model in the range.

John Deere manufactures the widest range of utility vehicles in the industry, and the newly styled XUV 855D 4×4 Gator has been designed for even greater performance and productivity, especially in challenging off-road conditions. There are three new versions for 2011, replacing the existing 850D model.

These include the basic 855D in the company’s traditional green and yellow livery, and two models equipped with power steering in a choice of green and yellow or olive and black liveries. All retain the XUV’s true four-wheel drive traction system, activated by a dash-mounted electronic switch. This on-demand system incorporates lockable front and rear differentials to maintain excellent traction on all types of terrain.

The new Gator’s liquid cooled, three-cylinder diesel engine is rated at a full 25hp. This is the most powerful engine in its class, with the highest top speed at 32mph (52kph), working through the usual dual range constantly variable transmission. In addition, the 855D features a slightly wider footprint for extra stability, and now comes with a fully enclosed clutch and driveline to allow the vehicle to travel through water up to 56cm (22in) deep.

Maximum ride quality on and off road is provided by all-new seating, a responsive power steering system, stronger brakes and a redesigned double A-arm front and rear suspension system, as used in the motor racing industry. A new muffler system has also reduced noise levels, and there is a wider choice of all terrain and extreme terrain tyres for all driving conditions.

All three models come with a standard 53cm (21in) bucket seat, featuring a higher back and better side bolstering for added comfort. It also has a convenient drain hole for keeping the seat dry, and is fitted with a three-point seat belt. Options include a 51cm (20in) bench seat for off-road use only, and an 84cm (33in) ‘sport’ bucket seat.

With the new power steering system, the faster you travel, the more responsive the steering becomes, controlled by a torque sensor and an on-board computer. In addition, the Gator’s new brake components double the braking force and reduce stopping distances, while improving the pedal feel. All models also have a new, more powerful parking brake.

Further improvements in steering and overall handling are delivered by the new suspension system, which provides 60 per cent more travel on the front wheels, at 203mm (8in), and 29 per cent more on the rear wheels, at 229mm (9in). The rear suspension is also adjustable, so that the ride can be tuned to suit personal preference and to handle any terrain, and ground clearance is 267mm (11in).

Load capacity of the new deluxe cargo box has been increased from 360 to a best in class 460 litres, while total payload remains at 635kg and towing capacity has increased by 90kg to 680kg. The cargo box features a truck-style tailgate latch for easy operation with one hand, and over 20 integrated tie-down points for securing loads. The side panels and tailgate are removable to provide a handy flat-bed layout if required, and are made of a durable, weather resistant polymer material, while the standard liner for the floor and the load guard are made of steel.

Integrated tail lights are optionally available for road homologated models, and a range of optional cargo box accessories includes tool carriers and dividers. Further options include a front mounted load rack, a bull bar and side extensions. As on previous models, the standard four post ROPS frame can be optionally upgraded to a deluxe full glass cab if required.

Price of the new John Deere XUV 855D 4×4 Gator utility vehicle for 2011 is expected to start at £11,250 for the base machine (€13,080 in Ireland), and the power steering option will add in the region of £400 (€465), excluding VAT. The new models will be available from John Deere dealers in the UK and Ireland this December.

XUV 855D Gator

New John Deere XUV 855D Gator

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TECHNOLOGY COMES FULL CIRCLE – HISTORY OF THE VOLVO TRUCK GEARBOX

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

TECHNOLOGY COMES FULL CIRCLE – HISTORY OF THE VOLVO TRUCK GEARBOX

The advanced gearbox of today has reverted to what it was back in 1928 – three-speed and non-synchromesh – at least, that is the way it is for Volvo Trucks. The development span between that first gearbox and the very latest – the I-Shift – encompasses a huge amount of work and many landmark accomplishments.

1928 saw the very first Volvo truck leave the factory. It was a very popular vehicle – in fact far more popular than its passenger car ancestor the ÖV4, whose driveline components were carried over into the truck in their entirety. This first truck, known simply as the Volvo Truck Series 1, produced 28 horsepower and had a three-speed non-synchromesh gearbox.

It was not until 1931 that Volvo built its first trucks without using driveline components from the company’s passenger cars. The gearbox in the new truck series was a robust four-speed unit specially designed for heavy vehicles. The new trucks also had sturdy rear axles with a reduction gear.

In these non-synchromesh gearboxes, it was necessary to press the clutch twice to change gears. This heavy double-declutching and shifting of gears solely by manual force put considerable physical strain on the driver. That is why it was hailed as an important leap ahead when synchromesh gearboxes appeared on the market in the 1950s.

“They marked an immense improvement in the driver’s working conditions: from a job requiring special training for gear changing to became more like driving a passenger car,” says Åke Zander, technical director at Volvo Powertrain and the person responsible for drivelines and hybrids.

During the 1950s, Volvo also started experimenting with automatic transmissions. However, it would take another 40 years for automated transmission to finally make its breakthrough. Before that, auxiliary gears such as range-change and splitter transmissions made their entry into the truck cab.

However, auxiliary gears were really only a natural part of the development process and did not mark a major leap ahead. At least that is the view of Mart Mägi, a former professor of automotive technology at the Chalmers University of Technology of Gothenburg in Sweden.

“From a technological development perspective, the inclusion of additional mechanical gears behind and in front of the base gearbox was only a minor step in overall progress. The first truly revolutionary concept was the gearbox itself, which entered into use just over a century ago. The next significant technological advance was synchromesh, followed by automation,” explains Mägi.

“The development of automatic transmissions for trucks progressed very slowly. However, once they arrived they were little short of epoch-making,” says Mägi.

Volvo Trucks’ first automatic transmission – the Powertronic – arrived in 1992. Nine years later, Volvo took another decisive technological leap ahead with the introduction of the first generation of the I-Shift automated transmission. Today this transmission is the jewel in Volvo Trucks’ crown and has won widespread customer recognition as an industry leader in this field.

Åke Zander relates that it was only with the advent of the I-Shift that customers finally started appreciating automated transmissions.

“Volvo has always had a strong selling point with its gearboxes, but when the I-Shift arrived in 2001, it received a particularly warm welcome. The I-Shift brought increased functionality, reliability, driveability and fuel efficiency – something that was entirely new on the market,” he explains.

The I-Shift is a splitter and range-change gearbox with three non-synchromesh gears in the main gearbox. With its splitter and range ratios, the transmission has a total of twelve forward gears, which are engaged and synchronised entirely electronically. The I-Shift communicates with the engine. For instance, it activates engine braking (the VEB – Volvo Engine Brake) as necessary, slowing down the engine and optimising each gear change in a way that no driver with a manual gearbox can replicate.

The latest generation of the I-Shift was introduced in 2009 with the launch of Euro-5. Using a variety of software updates, it is optimised for various operating conditions, from highway to construction site. Today, more than 70 per cent of all new Volvo FH and FM trucks sold are fitted with the I-Shift.

With this gearbox, the wheel comes full circle and Volvo has completed the journey from a three-speed non-synchromesh gearbox to the I-Shift, in which the mechanical heart of the unit is also a non-synchromesh three-speed gearbox.

However, Mägi prefers to look ahead beyond the I-Shift, when he says, “In the future, the entire conventional gearbox may become obsolete – for instance in series hybrids, if or when we get a properly functioning hybrid system in trucks too. The next big step ahead is hybridisation and that is already on its way.”

Electric power transmission does not require any gears at all in the way they are used in today’s gearboxes. Computers take over control of power delivery from the engine to the driven wheels via intermediate electric motors and battery packs.

Zander agrees that hybrids are set to be the next major development step, but predicts that the gearbox is still going to be around for some time yet.

“It will be needed together with an electric motor. Most of Volvo Trucks’ products are too heavy for electric power alone – the electric motor and batteries would be too big and expensive. And it is always customer benefit that determines when and if a technological paradigm shift is viable. Volvo Trucks’ hybrid trucks today are equipped with the I-Shift,” he says.

First 3-speed gearbox

L495 gearbox

SR2000 gearbox

Synchro gearbox fork

I-Shift

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2011 SUBARU OUTBACK – THE ORIGINAL ‘CROSSOVER’ – RAISES THE BAR

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

2011 SUBARU OUTBACK – THE ORIGINAL ‘CROSSOVER’ –
RAISES THE BAR

  • All-new, fourth-generation Outback is more capable, more rewarding and more refined, both on- and off-road
  • Increased cabin space and longer wheelbase improves comfort and liberates more room for occupants and luggage
  • High-quality materials for the interior, and high levels of standard equipment
  • Now available in Turbo charged Boxer Diesel, retailing at €41,995

The fourth generation of Subaru’s ground-breaking Outback crossover vehicle arrives in showrooms in December and, thanks to a raft of changes, it’s better than ever.

Launched in Europe in 1996, the Outback pioneered the ‘Crossover’ concept, combining the comfort, interior space and superior on-road handling of a family estate, with the off-road capability and ground clearance of a sports utility vehicle.  This special blend of abilities has now been further refined.

The new Outback is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces.  It is also more capable and more engaging to drive on-and off-road, and offers increased space and comfort for all occupants.

While it retains the bold, assured stance of its forebears, the New Outback boasts a distinctive new ‘face’.  There’s a prominent grille which features Subaru’s now-trademark ‘wing’ motif.  This bold detailing, coupled with a pair of ultra-modern, three-dimensional headlamps, gives the go-anywhere vehicle a refined yet purposeful look.

In profile, the Outback’s premium feel continues thanks to muscular, flared wheel arches, standard-fit 17-inch alloys, and a chrome-framed glass-house.  Its roofline sweeps towards the rear, where it meets new body-coloured D-pillars.

On the inside, you’ll find a sophisticated interior design that perfectly complements the new Outback’s subtly muscular exterior lines.  Subaru’s design team focused heavily on producing a feeling of spaciousness and quality and, thanks to several improvements such as increased seat adjustability, softer cushioning and reductions in NVH levels, the Outback’s cabin is an even more luxurious and cosseting place in which to travel.

The 1,998cc diesel, which has a six-speed manual gearbox, produces a maximum of 150ps and a top torque figure of 350Nm.

Boasting completely re-engineered suspension and a new all-steel unitary structure, the Outback’s handling and stability have been greatly improved. The presence of the Japanese firm’s highly acclaimed AWD system will also reassure buyers that it is sure-footed in all weather conditions.

STYLING AND DESIGN

More muscular styling outside, greater sophistication inside

Clearly inheriting the dynamic ‘crossover’ styling of its predecessors, but with a bolder and more distinctive silhouette, the new, fourth-generation Outback projects greater presence, both on- and off-road.  The increased length, width, height and wheelbase of the vehicle provided the Subaru design team with an opportunity to give the New Outback a more muscular and expressive design.

The upright front grille, which shares the Subaru family ‘wing’ motif, is placed more prominently and in a higher position, imparting a more robust, taller look to the vehicle.  The distinct, three-dimensional shape of the more angular headlamps, with separate, circular fog lamps positioned at both ends of the ample bumper, conveys an increased sense of stability.

The sides of the vehicle are now a more prominent feature of the overall design, thanks to pronounced and muscular new wheel arches that hint at the New Outback’s go-anywhere, All-Wheel Drive underpinnings.  The edge of the glass-house is framed by chrome-plated mouldings to reinforce a premium-quality feel.

The roofline tapers subtly to the rear, where it meets new, body-coloured D-pillars (in previous-generation Outback the D-pillars were clothed in a black-panel to visually extend the glass-house).  This new design feature emphasises the evolution of the exterior design and augments a cohesive sense of solidity.

With the all New Outback, 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard.

More space inside new, high-quality cabin

A sophisticated interior design harmonises with the New Outback’s subtly muscular and purposeful exterior lines, and endows the much more spacious cabin with a true sense of quality.

The design team’s key mantra was “Active and Quality Feeling”, and while exploiting the enhanced cabin space available within the new bodyshell, it concentrated on detailed attention to ensure easy-to-use functionality for the driver and passengers, and maximum comfort for extended journeys.  Double-seals on all doors and windows enhance refinement by reducing the intrusion of wind noise.

The all-new, larger front seats offer excellent comfort and support, with 10-way power adjustment on the driver’s seat (including lumbar support), and four-way power adjustment on the passenger seat.  The front seats feature 20% softer cushions and 10% softer backrests.

The driver’s seat benefits from more adjustability, with a 10 mm increase in fore/aft slide range, 20 mm more height movement, a 2 degree increase in cushion tilt and 20 mm lumbar adjustment.  Rear-seats passengers are also offered enhanced comfort, with the 60/40 split backrest reclinable over a 20 degree range.

Facing the driver, a new instrument cluster features four dials outlined in aluminium rings, and the new three-spoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped, with integrated audio and cruise controls, and a wider range of adjustment – 40 mm for both reach and rake.

The New Outback comes with leather upholstery as standard.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Luxuriously equipped, with superior levels of comfort

The stylish, more spacious and high quality interior of the New Outback is comprehensively equipped to ensure maximum comfort and convenience for driver and passengers.

Self-levelling suspension, acknowledges the Outback’s long-standing popularity as a load-lugging workhorse or tow car.  However hard the car might be working, inside the temperature can be carefully regulated by dual-zone, fully automatic air-conditioning incorporating an anti-dust filter and heating ducts to the rear passenger footwells.

A premium audio system, with a radio / CD player, six speakers (including two tweeters) and steering wheel-mounted remote controls, is standard.  For the New Outback, radio reception has been significantly improved by the fitting of two high-performance antennae within the rear window glass.

The audio systems are MP3-compatible and a Bluetooth* hands-free system is fitted. Voice activation from the hands-free microphone allows users to make phone calls and operate the audio appliances.

Facing the New Outback driver, the new instrument panel integrates clarity, functionality and a visual richness in keeping with the premium character of the new model.  Four dials are ringed in aluminium and feature an additional liquid crystal display panel in the centre.  The dials and the display are illuminated constantly, even in daytime, to improve visibility.  The dials appear white with the ignition off and turn light blue with the ignition on.

When the ignition is switched on, the gauge needles sweep to the maximum position and then quickly return to zero – heightening the excitement and anticipation of the journey to come.  A glow indicator and diesel particulate filter warning light are added part of the package.

The new Multi-Information Display (MID) is positioned on the centre stack’s upper surface so that it can be viewed from all seats.  The MID shows ambient temperature, fuel consumption information (instantaneous fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency and driving range to empty), passenger seatbelt warning lights and a digital clock.

Major controls in the New Outback are laid out to minimise both the intrusion into the driver’s line of sight and the time when the driver’s hands must be off the steering wheel.  Minor controls and switches are positioned to optimise ease-of-use.

The New Outback’s comprehensive list of standard equipment also extends to automatic operation of headlamps and windscreen wipers, cruise control, front and rear electric windows (with auto up/down function on the driver’s door), a glass ‘tilt-n-slide’ sunroof, and heated leather seats with memory function.

*Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth

PRACTICALITY AND STORAGE

Additional usable space for passengers and luggage

The cabin of the New Outback is longer, wider and taller than that of its predecessor, allowing improvements to be made in comfort and practicality.  The interior also demonstrates lessons learned in Subaru’s latest ‘packaging innovation’ research programme.

Larger seats are fitted to make best-use of the increased space around each occupant.  The space between the front seats has increased by 30 mm and the space between the front and rear seats is increased by 62 mm.  The rear seat backrest is split 60/40% and folds flat to offer the best people/cargo carrying versatility.  With the rear seats upright, cargo capacity is increased by 67 litres to 526 litres, compared to the previous model.

Larger rear doors result in improved access to the rear seats, and detailed attention to the window shapes and pillar layouts ensures a greater feeling of space and light for the rear seat occupants in the New Outback.

While the width and height of the luggage bay were increased, the depth of the lip between the rear bumper and cargo was reduced slightly to ensure it is easier for users to load and unload heavy items when lifting them into the interior.  The tailgate, which is 33 mm wider and 45 mm taller than before for easier access, features an electromagnetic switch for easy opening with a light touch, aided by twin supporting gas struts.

The new front seats have concave backrests to provide extra knee space for rear seat occupants.  The rear seat features a folding centre armrest with twin cup holders, and the backrests can be reclined for greater comfort during long journeys.  A remote one-touch mechanism conveniently located in the cargo bay side panel enables the backrests to be folded flat in one simple operation from the rear tailgate when loading long items.

Inside the New Outback designers also paid attention to create generously sized, easy-to-use storage space for smaller items – with capacity increased by 39 litres over the previous model.

The glovebox will accept 31 CDs, while the new double-decker centre console, which can accommodate 22 CDs, incorporates a 12V power supply and AUX audio input socket.

Two cup-holders are provided alongside the centre console, while a 500 ml plastic bottle can be stored in all door pockets.  A 50 mm thick box of tissues can also be accommodated in the front door pockets.  A central overhead console is provided for storage of sunglasses and small items.

ENGINES

2.0-litre diesel for economy and refinement

This 1,998 cc diesel is based on the Subaru ‘Boxer Diesel’ introduced in March 2008 – the world’s first horizontally-opposed diesel engine for volume-produced passenger cars.  It produces a maximum output of 150 ps and maximum torque of 350 Nm between 1,800 and 2,400 rpm.

For the 2011 New Outback, this unique engine benefits from several technical refinements and enhanced environmentally-friendly features.  The shape of the piston crowns has been changed for a wider, shallower design.  This, in conjunction with improvements made to gas flow within the combustion chamber, have improved combustion efficiency and reduced the production of particulate matter.  A ‘lift sensor’ has been added to the variable nozzle turbocharger for more precise control of the vanes.

The glow plugs have been changed from a metallic type to a ceramic type, raising the maximum operating temperature and providing better start-up at cold temperatures.

Control of the fuel injection has been optimised and the intake manifold has been redesigned in resin for improved airflow for improved torque characteristics and fuel efficiency.  An added benefit of the new resin construction is the 1.5kg weight reduction over the previous aluminium version.

A single exhaust silencer has been used to optimise engine output and noise levels, while also saving weight.  The addition of a vibration absorbing structure in the middle of main exhaust pipe also reduces noise levels.

The Subaru Boxer Diesel is fitted with a closed-type diesel particulate filter (DPF) that features a honeycomb shaped filter made of silicon carbide.  The DPF, which is positioned low down with the turbocharger to maintain the car’s low centre of gravity, improves engine combustion efficiency and reduces particulate matter in the exhaust, further enhancing environmental friendliness.

And finally, the exhaust gas recirculator (EGR) cooler has been enlarged to improve the system’s efficiency by 12% – lowering NOx emissions to ensure that the New Outback complies with Euro 5 exhaust gas regulations.

TRANSMISSION

Smooth-shifting six-speed manual

Standard transmission for 2.0-litre diesel model is a new manual six-speed unit.  This compact transmission is the same length as the previous five-speed unit and weighs just five kg more.

Improvements featured in the new transmission include a cable-type linkage and a carbon synchronizer for the first and second ratios, constantly-engaged synchromesh for reverse gear, to improve the shift feel, and optimised lubrication paths for reduced friction losses.  The broader ratio coverage provided by the six-speed unit delivers better fuel economy, plus improved drivability and quietness at higher speeds.

Full-time ‘Symmetrical’ AWD – the Subaru hallmark

The New Outback incorporates the latest version of Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system, giving the new model all the traction advantages for which the brand is famous.

This is an evolution of Subaru’s original full-time AWD system, which has a well-proven ability to provide real driving pleasure, superior driving performance and long-term reliability.

The four-wheel drive is delivered by a ‘Centre differential AWD with viscous LSD’ system.  This combines a bevel-gear-type centre differential with the basic 50/50% front/rear, torque distribution and a viscous coupling limited slip differential.  When a front wheel or rear wheel slips, the viscous coupling raises the torque distribution to other wheels to ensure optimum traction.

For maximum driving safety the New Outback is equipped with Subaru’s VDC system.  This is an electronic stability control (ESC) programme that closely monitors vehicle behaviour and automatically corrects excessive understeer and oversteer by braking individual wheels and/or reducing engine power, ensuring that the vehicle follows the course intended by the driver for maximum safety.

RUNNING GEAR

New suspension, sub-frames and power steering

Following the strong tradition of the ‘Subaru Dynamic Chassis Control Concept’, engineers devised and developed the chassis and running gear for the New Outback to feature many new and updated components.  Their aim was to create a new Subaru that was exceptionally comfortable and safe to drive for long periods, and over many years of ownership, while also guaranteeing good drivability, high performance and genuine motoring pleasure.

To reduce noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH), and to enhance ride comfort, the engine mounting structure has been entirely renewed, for the first time since the Subaru 1000 model of 1966.  An all-new ‘Cradle Mount System’ was adopted where the engine and transmission are mounted on a sub-frame – rather than directly to the bodyshell.  This system brings numerous benefits.

The sub-frame is attached to the bodyshell using rubber bushes, tuned to dampen different frequencies of vibrations generated by the engine, transmission and suspension.  For example, the main cushion rubber uses a liquid-filled type of bush, and the engine is supported on the subframe at four widely-spread points.

In addition, the front suspension and the power steering are mounted on the sub-frame, so that potential vibrations from the road surface are not easily transferred to the bodyshell or the car’s occupants – improving ride comfort and refinement.

When combined with the AWD drivetrain, the New Outback’s 200 mm ground clearance enables the vehicle to tackle rougher ground with ease.

New front and rear suspensions

For the New Outback, Subaru has adopted a revised MacPherson strut front suspension, with the lower arm mounted on the sub-frame for greater stability.  Steering response is enhanced, and quietness is increased by reducing vibrations.  The thickness of the stabiliser (anti-roll) bar is increased, improving roll stiffness without requiring a change to the main spring rates.  Road-holding during cornering is enhanced (thanks in part to a wider track), while smooth ride comfort is retained with extended wheel travel and optimised geometry.

At the rear, new ‘short height’ compact double-wishbone suspension is used to minimise intrusion into the cabin or cargo space.  For maximum refinement, all the suspension links and the rear differential are installed on a new sub-frame.  Large bushes are used between the sub-frame and the bodyshell to minimise transfer of NVH.

To achieve an ideal ride/handling balance, new low-friction type front dampers are fitted.  At the rear, the Outback is fitted with specially tuned dampers with a self-leveller function to ensure consistent ride, regardless of payload.

Electric power steering for improved fuel economy

In order to improve both steering feel and fuel economy, a new rack-and-pinion steering system with electric power assistance has been adopted.  The system is mounted on the front cradle frame at four points, which increases the rigidity of the steering system, and enhances its initial response to driver inputs.  Compared to the outgoing Outback, a quicker ratio is used for more immediate steering response.

New electronic parking brake and hill-hold function

The all-disc braking system, with ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) as standard, has a linear feel with retardation corresponding closely to applied brake pedal pressure.  A redesigned master cylinder gives a 30% faster response to driver inputs on the brake pedal.

Brake Assist is also standard, developing maximum stopping power automatically when the system detects emergency application of the brakes.

For the New Outback, an innovative electronic parking brake is used.  Controlled by a dashboard mounted switch, the new system does away with the traditional hand brake, freeing up cabin space and allowing a cleaner, less cluttered centre console design.  If the doors are closed and the driver’s seatbelt is fastened then the parking brake will automatically release when the driver operates the accelerator pedal.

The new braking system also introduces a ‘Hill-Hold’ function.  When the vehicle is stopped on a slope of 5% or more this feature will hold the vehicle on the brakes for one second after the driver removes their foot from the clutch – long enough to move it to the accelerator without rolling back; a feature that is particularly useful when towing.

Wheels and tyres

The standard wheel and tyre combination on the New Outback is a 17-inch alloy wheel with 225/60 R17 tyre.

STRUCTURE AND SAFETY

‘Circular links’ enhance strength and occupant protection

As well as ‘new-look’ styling, larger dimensions and new suspension, the New Outback has a completely reviewed and re-engineered bodyshell.  The all-steel unitary structure is revised to enhance ride, handling and refinement, while also delivering the highest level of crash safety performance.  The New Outback’s sister model, the New Legacy – with which it shares a chassis and body – was recently awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, confirming that Subaru’s structural and safety engineers have achieved their targets for this new model.

Newly developed, the bodyshell is both lighter and stiffer, featuring ring-shaped reinforcement frames – ‘circular links’ – joining the A, B, C and D-pillars with cross members at roof and floor level.  This creates a series of ‘circular links’ which strongly protects the cabin occupants.  Ultra-high-strength steel plate (980 Mpa level) is used at key portions of the bodyshell to achieve strength without adding significantly to overall weight.

By fully exploiting the structural characteristics of the newly adopted sub-frame mounting system, the front body structure is redesigned to improve the rigidity of the front suspension installation and to enhance impact resistance as well as steering response.  These improvements, and reinforcement of the engine bay bulkhead and toe board areas, were accomplished while also saving 6 kg from the front body panels.

The rear floor structure has also been optimised to accommodate the new sub-frame and to reduce weight while increasing rigidity, further improving rear suspension characteristics and vehicle drivability.

Delivering superior crash safety protection

Using the advanced ring-shaped reinforcements throughout the New Outback bodyshell enhances collision safety and resistance to impacts from all directions.  In addition, the newly adopted sub-frame mounting system contributes to an enlarged front-end crush zone, further improving occupant protection.

During a front-end collision, the new front sub-frame deforms in a controlled manner and pushes the power unit to the rear and downwards.  As a result, the rearward movement of such a large mass dissipates impact energy and assists the efficient absorption of collision energy by the main body structure.

To enhance side-impact protection, ultra-high-strength steel plate (980 Mpa level) is used for the B-pillar and side sill structures to improve the local cabin area rigidity.  In addition, two door impact beams are placed within each front and rear door.  By optimally positioning the beams in relation to the door’s internal structure, a sufficient crush space is ensured to minimise intrusion.  Furthermore, a ‘door catcher’ is fitted to prevent the bottom of the rear door from deforming into the cabin – particularly in rear impacts.

Despite the relatively short rear overhang, the New Outback’s structure is optimised so that rear impact energy is efficiently absorbed by controlled and gradual crushing of the rear sub-frames.

‘Passive’ safety advances that also benefit pedestrians

While a robust structure can form the foundation for a truly safe car, Subaru has also ensured that the New Outback is comprehensively kitted out with a full range of both ‘passive’ and ‘active’ safety equipment – as the best way to prevent occupant injury is to overcome the hazards of daily motoring and avoid any accident in the first place.

The new front seats have significantly-stiffer frames and inner-structures to provide protection against whiplash injuries without having to fit ‘active’ head restraints.  New-design, energy-absorbing head restraints offer greater protection by reducing head impact forces.

Front, side and curtain airbags are fitted as standard.  The side and curtain airbags are enlarged for enhanced performance, and the airbag impact sensors have been upgraded to improve responses.

To protect the driver’s knee and lower leg, the steering column’s structure has been redesigned with an impact-absorption space, and a knee protector is fitted.  All the foot pedals and the driver’s footrest have a collapsible function (above a pre-set g-force) to reduce the likelihood of foot injuries.

The issue of pedestrian protection has also been addressed.  New, impact-absorbing materials and an optimised structure around the front bumper have made it possible for the New Outback to clear the next-generation European pedestrian protection standards, which are the most stringent in the world.

Although steel is used for the hood (to maximise protection of the car’s occupants), the impact-absorbing space beneath the hood and above the low boxer engine is enlarged, and the structure is improved around the body cowl to reduce possible injury to a pedestrian.

EQUIPMENT

Standard Equipment on 2011 New Outback Diesel

Exterior

Body-coloured bumpers

Body-coloured door mirrors housings

Body-coloured door handles

Electric folding, heated door mirrors with LED repeaters

HID head lamps with power washers and automatic self-leveling

Front fog lights

UV protected front, side and rear glass

Intermittent rear wash/wipe

Roof spoiler

17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 tyres

Powered glass tilt-and-slide sunroof with interior sunshade

Interior

Welcome lights front and rear

Leather upholstery and trim

10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment

Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls

Leather-wrapped steering and gear selector

Adjustable lumbar support

Driver’s seatback storage pocket

Heated front seats

Driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors

Front map reading lights and cascade lighting

Electric windows front and rear

Adjustable dashboard illumination

Multi Information Display

Multi-function centre console with 12v power outlet

Front and rear cup-holders

60/40 spilt rear seat with centre armrest

Retractable luggage cover

Comfort and Convenience

Automatic dusk-sensing head lamps

Automatic rain-sensing wipers

Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning

Cruise control

Bluetooth connectivity

Eco driving ‘change-up’ indicator

Gear-in-use indicator

Six-CD tuner with RDS and six speakers

Speed-adjusting automatic volume control

AUX input socket in centre console

Audible headlights on reminder

Remote fuel flap release

Front passenger seatback storage pocket

Safety

Front, front side and curtain air bags

Vehicle Dynamics Control stability system

Self levelling rear suspension

Traction Control

ABS, EBD and EBA braking systems

AWD full-time Symmetrical All-Wheel drive system

Electronic push/pull handbrake

Hill start assist linked to VDC system

Security

Remote central locking with deadlocks

High security integrated audio system

Rolling code ECU immobiliser

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

New Subaru Outback

Engines

2.0-litre / 150 PS Diesel

Name                          Boxer Diesel

Type                            DOHC, horizontally opposed ‘flat four’, with VGT

Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,998 cc

Bore & Stroke             86.0 x 86.0 mm

Compression ratio       16.0:1

Max power                  150 PS (110 kW) @ 3,600 rpm

Max torque                  350 Nm (258.2 lbf.ft) @ 1,800-2.400 rpm

Valves                         16 (4-per-cylinder)

Fuel system                CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection

Turbo system              Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)

Construction                Aluminium cylinder block and heads

Emissions class          Euro Stage 5

Transmission

2.0D

Manual                        6-sp

Gear Ratios

2.0D MT

1                                  3.454

2                                  1.750

3                                  1.062

4                                  0.785

5                                  0.634

6                                  0.557

Reverse                      3.636

Final Drive 1                4.444

Drivetrain

2.0D                            AWD with centre differential coupled to viscous LSD

Suspension and Damping

Front                            Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil                                springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Rear                            Fully independent by subframe-mounted Double Wishbones, coil                                        springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with self-levelling system.

Steering

Type                            Electric power-assisted rack & pinion

Wheel                          375 mm leather wrapped

Gearing                       3.1 turns lock-to-lock

Turning circle              11.0 metres

Brakes                        2.0D

Power                          229

Front                            294×24

Rear                            286×10

ABS                             4-Channel anti-lock system with EBD

BAS                             Boosts braking power to maximum during emergency stops

Wheels and Tyres

Standard                     Alloy 17 in x 7.0J        225/60 R17 tyres

Spare                          Tyre mobility kit

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior

Overall length              4775                Overall width*                         1820 / 2052

Overall height              1605**             Wheelbase                  2745

Front track                  1540                Rear track                   1540

Front overhang             960                Rear overhang            1070

Ground clearance         200

Approach angle           18.6 deg          Departure angle          23.0 deg

*excluding / including door mirrors

**including roof rails

Interior

Front                Rear

Headroom                   1024                  951

Legroom                      1091                  960

Shoulder room            1430                1426

Hip room                     1384                1370

Capacities (all models)

Fuel tank                     65 litres

Luggage (VDA)           526 litres          behind 2nd row seats

1677 litres        behind 1st row seats

Weights (kg)

2.0D MT

Curb weight                 1573

Gross weight               2085

Towing (max) kg*         750

kg**      1700

*unbraked trailer / ** braked trailer

Performance

2.0D MT

Top speed / Kph          201

0-to-100 Kph / sec      9.6

Fuel Economy (mpg)

2.0D MT

Combined cycle          6.1 Lit/100Km

CO2 g/km                   167

Generous Warranty
All models marketed by Subaru Ireland come with the reassurance of a three year or 160,000 kilometres warranty, plus twelve year anti-corrosion cover and three year paintwork warranty.

This is in addition to three year’s membership of Subaru Assist – a comprehensive home and roadside repair and recovery package throughout Ireland and Europe administered by Mapfre Asistencia.

2010 Subaru Outback

2010 Subaru Outback-rear shot

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BMW Group starts “BMW on Demand” pilot project

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

BMW Group starts “BMW on Demand” pilot project

All current BMW models can be hired at BMW Welt in Munich

Munich. More and more customers want to use cars flexibly. The BMW Group is therefore bringing a new mobility service into being with which vehicles in the premium segment can be rented on an hourly basis. From now on, with “BMW on Demand”, customers will be able to hire vehicles with the highest quality features from the current BMW model range by the hour at BMW Welt Munich. The pilot project will initially run over a period of twelve months, and will be extended to other locations in Munich in a second phase.

The right BMW for every occasion

Many customers would like to use various models at different times instead of being tied to one vehicle. For example, they’d like a 5 Series BMW Saloon for an important meeting, but would prefer a Z4 for a trip into the countryside at the weekend. With ‘BMW on Demand’, the BMW Group is therefore launching a project which will allow car drivers to make a fresh decision each time about the BMW they want to drive.

The desired BMW model can be booked in the colour and with the equipment the driver prefers. Staff are available at a separate “BMW on Demand” counter in BMW Welt to provide individual advice.

Booking online, via the hotline and at BMW Welt itself

The vehicles can be booked directly at the “BMW on Demand” counter in BMW Welt, via the BMW Welt website at www.bmw-welt.de/bmw-on-demand or by calling the hotline on +49 89 3184-3430. The hourly hire fees vary depending on the model and the time of day. A 1 Series BMW, for example, costs €16 an hour, or a 5 Series BMW €23 an hour. At the daytime rate, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., a maximum of four hours will be charged, or a maximum of two hours at the nighttime rate between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.. All the necessary insurance premiums, plus cleaning and servicing, are included. The hire charge as well as the fuel used is paid by credit card, and vehicles are collected from and returned to BMW Welt centrally.

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THE NEW BMW 316d ES EDITION

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

THE NEW BMW 316d ES EDITION

  • High specification
  • Unrivalled ‘value’ package in the executive market
  • Great corporate offer as low on BIK

Dublin. Renowned for its superb performance, refined build and striking looks, the BMW 3 Series has been the benchmark in the executive class for decades. The new BMW 316d ES Edition now also means better value than ever before.

BMW has announced that from end October onwards there will be a BMW 316d ES Edition Model available to Irish customers, which features high levels of additional equipment at a significantly reduced price. The BMW 316d Edition model is available from €34,535 RRP (€35,385 OTR). The Edition package includes Dakota leather upholstery, Bluetooth telephone preparation, Rear Park Distance control and a Sport leather steering wheel, usually valued at €3,774.

Michael Nugent, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW Ireland says: “The 316d ES Edition offers one of the most comprehensive packages you will find in the executive market. It will appeal to current BMW customers, but also to anyone who is after a good deal or value for money.”

He adds: “The BMW 316d ES Edition has particular appeal as a corporate fleet vehicle thanks to its competitive pricing, low fuel usage, strong residual values and low BIK payments.”

Thanks to the EfficientDynamics measures, such as Auto StartStop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Lightweight Engineering, the 316d ES is one of the most economical cars in its class. With a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km, and emitting 118g CO2/km, it falls into tax band A and only costs €104 per year.

Nonetheless the 316d ES features all those characteristics you would expect from the Ultimate Driving Machine: Strong acceleration, responsive steering, exceptional road holding capability and near perfect 50/50 weight balance.

The BMW 316d ES Edition is now available in approved BMW Dealerships.

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BMW 316d ES

BMW 316d ES

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World’s largest ferry employs MAN common-rail technology

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

New high-end ferry for Mediterranean routes to boast MAN engines and propellers

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. of Korea, one of the world’s largest and most innovative shipyards, has ordered four commonrail 12V48/60CR propulsion engines from MAN Diesel & Turbo SE. The prime movers will power a new high-end ferry for Tunisian ship owner Compagnie Tunisienne de Navigation (COTUNAV).

The ferry will have a capacity of 3,200 passengers and 1,060 vehicles, and a top speed of 27.5 knots. At 210 x 30 m, the vessel will be the world’s largest ferry and contain a shopping centre, restaurants, swimming pool and multiple entertainment facilities. Delivery is due in the first half of 2012. The new construction will reinforce COTUNAV’s existing main routes between Tunisia, Italy and France.

The common-rail engines have an output of 14,400 kW each and represent the cutting edge of MAN Diesel & Turbo technology. The engines have already amassed many references, especially within the cruise-ship segment.

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