Archive for May, 2008

RR4 Sketches Revealed

May 28, 2008


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, makers of the world’s most exclusive and luxury vehicles, revealed the first design sketches of its next new model known as RR4. The upcoming new model is a car scheduled to be launched in 2010 and will stay along with the Phantom model line-up. RR4 will appear smaller than Phantom and it will be power-driven by a new engine which is rare for the Rolls-Royce brand.

The design of the RR4 was signed off in 2007 and engineering expansion is on its full swing today. The Goodwood manufacturing facilities are being fully rearranged to contain the RR4, with comprehensive paint, wood and leather shops and also a second assembly line. The company will jump into a two shift system by 2009 as it prepares for full production of the latest model.

“Effortless performance and standard-setting levels of comfort and efficiency, executed with the utmost care and attention, remain fundamentals of Rolls-Royce design. The RR4 has a more informal presence than the Phantom models with a greater emphasis on driving. In design terms this is expressed through its slightly smaller dimensions and more organic form, yet with powerful, purposeful proportions. It is a true and uncompromising Rolls-Royce in every sense,” says Chief designer, Ian Cameron.

“RR4 will mark a milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The business continues to go from strength to strength and the introduction of this new model will expand the appeal of the brand. We look forward to this next chapter with anticipation and confidence,” added Chairman, Ian Robertson.

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2008 Best New Road Trip Vehicles

May 21, 2008


Going for a road trip? You may consider a great vehicle to go along with your driving escapade with absolute fun and convenience. Kelley Blue Book has the best recommendation for every new car shoppers who are looking for the best new road trip vehicles.

Editors and specialists from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com announced their selection for this year’s Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Best New Road Trip Vehicles. According to reports, Memorial Day weekend guides the start of the summer driving season, and record gas prices will play a significant role in trip-planning this year. Americans are still likely to hit the road in droves for summer road trips even with gas prices reaching $4 per gallon.

The kbb.com editors assessed all concrete and insubstantial attributes that would improve any long drive, such as fun-driving experience, passenger convenience, cargo space and of course, fuel economy in choosing this year’s Best New Road Trip Vehicles.

“The concept of ‘the perfect road trip’ means different things to different people so our 2008 Top 10 Best New Road Trip Vehicles list includes vehicles that can accommodate as many as eight with the requisite level of style, comfort and convenience. While the current high fuel prices did influence our list, we also included a couple of cost-no-object choices,” says Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.

Here are the 2008 Best New Road Trip Vehicles selected by Kbb.com.

Audi S5
Bugatti Veyron
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Dodge Grand Caravan
Ford Flex
Infiniti EX35
MINI Cooper Clubman
Toyota Prius
Volkswagen Eos

Ford Honors Three Metaldyne Plants

May 12, 2008

Ford has been a recipient of various awards and recognition for over the years. Now it’s time for them to return the favor. Yesterday, three Metaldyne powder metal facilities in three different countries were recently acknowledged by Ford for exceptional supplier delivery performance, according to Metaldyne Corporation.

According to the Auto Channel, Metaldyne Sintered Components Espana received recognition from Ford of Europe for five years of 100 percent supplier delivery performance to the automaker’s production plants.

…”hard to reach and requires professionalism and a lot of effort such as the correct use of the Ford systems, direct and effective reaction to problems and good communication.” The automaker thanked the plant for “having met our requirements in such an extraordinary way,” stated in a letter to the plant in Valencia, Spain.

Metaldyne facilities in Ridgway, Pa., and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, were honored by Ford’s Engine and Fuel Tank plant for superior quality as well. Both achieved zero defects for 2007. The plants were also recognized in a letter from the company. The names of both plants will be displayed in Dearborn, Mich., at Ford’s Engine and Fuel Tank plant’s main lobby and quality control office.

“Metaldyne continually strives to meet and exceed our customer requirements. We are pleased Ford has recognized the Valencia, Ridgway and Ramos Arizpe plants for its hard work and diligence. It takes tremendous teamwork and attention to detail to attain these flawless results. All of the employees should be very proud,” says Tom Chambers, president and COO.

Four Straight For BMW

May 8, 2008

Over the past decades, the German auto manufacturer has become one of the world’s most admired brands. They were recognized as the architect of quality and modern cars that some of us have been dreaming to own and drive. That’s why it’s inevitable that BMW is an achiever, a real winner in every aspect that is.

Yesterday, BMW has proven the industry once again how great they are. The German carmaker has been named the absolute winner of the International Engine of the Year (IEotY) awards for four consecutive years. TheAutoChannel.com reported that a international set of judges awarded the top honor to the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine. It powers the 1 Series, 3 Series and X6 in the 135i, 335i and X6 xDrive35i models in that order. Both BMW and MINI went home with five category wins between them to govern the awards this year.

BMW’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine thrashes an imposing list of powerplants from close competitors to claim the entire award. The BMW 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine also notched ‘Best engine 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre’. The 5.0-litre V10 powerplant, which is the previous International Engine of the Year recipient, won its category of ‘Best engine above 4.0-litres’.

“To win the International Engine of the Year is an immense achievement and underscores the technical expertise and dedication of BMW’s engineers and designers. But to win it four years in a row in such a convincing fashion is unprecedented. BMW Group’s winning engines were, in many of the categories, competing against our own products for top position,” says Klaus Kibsgaard, Managing Director of BMW (UK) Ltd.