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APRIL 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

 
APRIL 2014 U.S. AUTO SALES BY THE NUMBERS

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Automaker Apr-14 Apr-13 Pct. chng. 4 month 4 month Pct. chng.
2014 2013
BMW division 25,202 23,225 9% 97,579 88,127 11%
Mini 4,390 5,786 –24% 13,047 19,841 –34%
Rolls-Royce 75 71 6% 300 284 6%
BMW Group 29,667 29,082 2% 110,926 108,252 3%
Chrysler Division 21,967 27,836 –21% 94,450 107,520 –12%
Dodge 53,463 53,413 0% 198,687 212,164 –6%
Dodge/Ram 92,633 85,537 8% 338,850 323,642 5%
Fiat 4,298 3,899 10% 15,723 13,511 16%
Jeep 59,754 39,426 52% 205,593 140,377 47%
Ram 39,170 32,124 22% 140,163 111,478 26%
Chrysler Group† 178,652 156,698 14% 654,616 585,050 12%
Maybach –% 6 –100
Mercedes-Benz 28,281 25,491 11% 105,519 98,515 7%
Smart USA 1,048 667 57% 3,285 2,860 15%
Daimler AG 29,329 26,158 12% 108,804 101,381 7%
Ford division 203,552 204,369 0% 762,209 785,286 –3%
Lincoln 6,803 7,615 –11% 28,406 23,514 21%
Ford Motor Co. 210,355 211,984 –1% 790,615 808,800 –2%
Buick 19,214 17,157 12% 72,112 64,777 11%
Cadillac 13,900 13,230 5% 53,488 55,942 –4%
Chevrolet 181,648 172,460 5% 634,331 642,164 –1%
GMC 39,314 34,799 13% 143,782 139,726 3%
General Motors 254,076 237,646 7% 903,713 902,609 0%
Acura 14,122 13,899 2% 52,070 48,852 7%
Honda Division 118,334 117,100 1% 405,740 419,798 –3%
Honda (American) 132,456 130,999 1% 457,810 468,650 –2%
Hyundai division 66,107 63,315 4% 226,120 227,645 –1%
Kia 53,676 47,556 13% 186,682 174,488 7%
Hyundai Group 119,783 110,871 8% 412,802 402,133 3%
Jaguar 1,035 1,141 –9% 5,750 4,726 22%
Land Rover 4,533 3,543 28% 17,612 15,962 10%
Jaguar Land Rover 5,568 4,684 19% 23,362 20,688 13%
Maserati 964 204 373% 3,332 753 343%
Mazda 22,434 19,894 13% 100,492 98,176 2%
Mitsubishi 6,542 4,461 47% 26,382 20,457 29%
Infiniti 9,170 7,844 17% 40,391 35,220 15%
Nissan Division 94,764 80,003 19% 418,509 370,908 13%
Nissan 103,934 87,847 18% 458,900 406,128 13%
Subaru 40,083 32,943 22% 152,471 125,470 22%
Suzuki* –% 5,946 –100%
Tesla* 2,050 2,020 2% 8,066 8,010 1%
Lexus 23,165 18,091 28% 88,250 74,831 18%
Scion 5,386 5,697 –6% 19,843 22,074 –10%
Toyota Division 171,109 152,372 12% 612,564 608,699 1%
Toyota/Scion 176,495 158,069 12% 632,407 630,773 0%
Toyota 199,660 176,160 13% 720,657 705,604 2%
Audi 15,653 13,157 19% 50,881 47,343 8%
Bentley 209 207 1% 859 781 10%
Lamborghini* 59 57 4% 236 228 4%
Porsche 4,072 4,032 1% 14,207 13,681 4%
VW division 30,831 33,644 –8% 118,154 131,822 –10%
Volkswagen 50,824 51,097 –1% 184,337 193,855 –5%
Volvo Cars NA 4,635 4,464 4% 18,333 19,571 –6%
Other** 291 284 3% 1,164 1,136 3%
TOTAL 1,391,303 1,287,496 8% 5,136,782 4,982,669 3%

Numbers in this table are calculated by Automotive News based on actual monthly sales reported by the manufacturers and may differ from numbers reported elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News Data Center
Note: *Estimate
†Fiat S.p.A. purchased the remaining 41.46% stake in Chrysler Group from the UAW’s VEBA Trust on Jan. 20, 2014.
**Includes estimates for Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Lotus

 

 

APRIL U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales gain of 8% to propel momentum

SAAR has now topped 16 million threshold 4 of last 9 months

U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 8 percent to nearly 1.4 million in April, with strong retail sales and pent-up demand adding momentum to the industry’s spring thaw.

Among major automakers, Nissan Motor Co., Chrysler Group and Toyota Motor Corp. set the pace with solid double-digit gains aided by redesigned crossovers and light trucks.

The annualized sales rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, increased to 16.1 million from 15.2 million a year earlier, but still fell just short of projections. In March, the SAAR was 16.4 million — the best showing since November 2013 and among the highest rates since early 2007.

“Sales momentum from March rolled into April pushing the industry to its best back-to-back monthly sales pace since fall of 2007,” Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, said in a statement.

The SAAR has now topped the 16 million mark four out of the last nine months, and analysts say the industry remains on track to generate U.S. sales of 16 million or more for all of 2014.

Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, said low interest rates, the introduction of new or redesigned models and improving housing and labor markets continue to bode well for U.S. light-vehicle sales.

“The broader economy is very strong,” Szakaly said.

Automakers said retail sales remained strong in April, offsetting sluggish fleet deliveries, which remained weak as major rental agencies dialed back on purchases.

Incentives pave way

Automakers also hiked new-vehicle incentives in April to extend the momentum from March, when sales rose 6 percent, analysts say.

TrueCar.com estimates April incentives averaged $2,751, an increase of 9 percent over April 2013 and 1 percent above March 2014.

“The pricing/incentive environment appears more competitive when you take into account juiced residuals, extended maturities, dealer stair-steps and pulse loans,” Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said in a report Friday after April sales were released. “April was kind of disappointing and if we don’t see the SAAR hit a mid to high 16 million unit rate by May or June you can pretty much write off the year in terms of volume surprise.”

Jonas said a decelerating or stalling SAAR “at a time when automakers are seemingly adding more and more capacity doesn’t bode well for industry profitability.”

And if Japanese automakers continue to focus on share at the expense of pricing, Jonas warned “the value of SAAR will decline significantly even in a rising SAAR environment.”

Barclays analyst Brian Johnson on Friday trimmed his forecast for 2014 light-vehicle sales to 16.1 million from 16.2 million units.

“Although the industry remains healthy, with financing still available and with the economy supportive, we believe underlying demand has normalized and we lack the deep well of pent-up demand necessary to achieve SAAR upside to 17 million units,” Johnson said.

Light trucks lead way

Overall, light trucks led the industry’s U.S. sales gains last month, rising 13 percent, while car demand edged up 3 percent. Among segments posting the biggest gains were subcompact cars, SUVs, premium crossovers and compact luxury cars.

Deliveries were helped last month by pent-up demand after severe winter weather in January and February forced some consumers to delay purchases.

“Retail demand was steady in April, and truck sales and transaction prices were especially strong,” Kurt McNeil, General Motors’ head of sales operations, said in a statement. “As we expected, the economy continues to strengthen.

U.S. light-vehicle sales have now advanced 3 percent to 5.14 million this year.

Sales rose 18 percent at Nissan Motor, 14 percent at Chrysler Group and 13 percent at Toyota.

GM battled through its recall crisis for a second straight month to record a 7 percent gain. Hyundai also advanced, while Ford Motor Co. fell 1 percent in posting its third monthly decline of the year.

Nissan Motor set an April U.S. record with 103,934 units sold, with car deliveries jumping 24 percent and light truck demand rising 11 percent. Sales rose 19 percent at the Nissan brand and 17 percent at Infiniti.

Luxury, trucks lift Toyota

Toyota said sales rose 12 percent at the Toyota division and 28 percent at Lexus. Truck volumes were especially strong last month, the company said.

Jeff Bracken, general manager of Lexus, said the brand has been helped this year by a luxury market that has expanded faster than overall light-vehicle sales.

Toyota officials on Thursday said railroad delays continued to slow shipments from plants to dealers last month. They estimated that 190,000 units across the industry were built but waiting to be shipped, a level they said was about twice as high as normal.

Subaru, one of the industry’s hottest brands, extended its streak of double-digit sales gains to 16 consecutive months with a 22 percent rise in April deliveries.

Behind another surge at Jeep, Chrysler Group extended its streak of U.S. volume gains to 49 months.

U.S. deliveries advanced 52 percent at Jeep, 22 percent at Ram, and 10 percent at Fiat. Volume slipped 21 percent at the Chrysler brand, while sales were flat at Dodge.

Jeep’s U.S. sales, propelled by the redesigned Cherokee, set a monthly record of 59,754 units and have now advanced 30 percent or more for six consecutive months.

‘Heating up’

Overall, Chrysler’s light-truck deliveries advanced 34 percent last month while car volume slumped 26 percent.

“The spring selling season is heating up,” Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales for Chrysler Group, said in a statement.

GM, which has been dogged by a recall crisis for about two months, said its 7 percent gain reflected an 8 percent jump in retail volume and a 5 percent increase in fleet shipments.

Deliveries rose 13 percent at GMC, 12 percent at Buick, and 5 percent at Cadillac and Chevrolet. It was Cadillac’s first increase of the year.

Sales of Chevrolet’s Silverado pickup rose 9 percent and GMC Sierra demand climbed 21 percent, while GM’s full-sized SUV shipments advanced 22 percent.

At Ford Motor., sales slipped 1 percent on a 9 percent decline in car volume and 1 percent drop in deliveries of utility vehicles. Ford said retail sales slipped 1 percent and shipments to daily rental fleets skidded 24 percent.

GM’s results exceeded analysts’ projections, while Ford’s sales fell short of estimates.

Hyundai Motor America said it set an April record with sales of 66,107, up 4 percent, on strong deliveries of the Santa Fe and Sonata.

VW skids

The Volkswagen brand’s woes continued with April volume off 8 percent. VW’s U.S. deliveries are off 10 percent year-to-date, and have now skidded 13 consecutive months.

At the BMW Group, April U.S. deliveries rose 9 percent at BMW and 6 percent at Rolls Royce, but skidded 24 percent at Mini.

Audi, helped by the launch of the redesigned A3, posted a 19 percent increase in U.S. sales last month.

Jaguar Land Rover’s U.S. sales rose 19 percent in April; with Jaguar volume off 9 percent and Land Rover deliveries advancing 28 percent. Aided by the new F-Type coupe, Jaguar’s U.S. sales had advanced by nearly 30 percent or more each month beginning with May 2013.

SOURCE: AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

2015 PEUGEOT 2008 DKR with Video

2015 PEUGEOT 2008 DKR with Video

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Peugeot have unveiled their 2015 Rally Dakar challenger, the spectacular Peugeot 2008 DKR.  The Peugeot team, which won the competition four times between 1987 and 1990, with the 205 Turbo and 405 Turbo 16V, will count with legendary WRC driver Carlos Sainz, and also with Cyril Despres, the Frenchman that won five times the Dakar by bike. The team is a partnership between Peugeot, Red Bull and Total. via watch the video

 

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New Trend in Parking – Garages Charging more for SUV’s over cars

New Trend in Parking – Garages Charging more for SUV’s over cars

New Trend in Parking Garages - Charging more for SUV’s over cars

 

Cities around the world have taken major steps to reduce congestion. We’ve talked at length about London’s use of congestion charging, while the German city of Hamburg is working to ban cars outright. Now, admittedly, neither of these solutions would work in the US, because ‘Murica. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some attempts to regulate bigger vehicles out of US cities. Remarkably, though, this move doesn’t appear to come from regulators. Rather, it’s the folks that provide the parking.

Market Watch reports on instances in New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. where parking garages are charging vans, SUVs and other oversize vehicles more for parking. Two garage companies in Manhattan, responsible for about 400 parking garages, are charging $10 to $15 more per day for larger vehicles. Beantown, meanwhile, has garages demanding an extra $40 per day for large vehicles.

“This is an industry where if one company starts offering it at a different price, others will follow,” Margot Tohn, CEO of Park It Guides, told MW.

Ostensibly, the extra charge is due the extra size of an SUV or van. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any critics to this big city move, though.

“It’s another way to nickel and dime customers and make a few extra bucks,” William Maloney, founder of travel site Feezing.com, told MW. “Most SUVs fit in pretty much the same parking space.”

News Source: Market Watch via Autoweek

Iconic MARTINI Brand Returns to Formula One Racing

Iconic MARTINI Brand Returns to Formula One Racing

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As a car culture, we throw the word “iconic” too much, but if there’s anything it has ever applied to – when it comes to racing liveries especially – surely it’s the legendary stripes of Martini Racing. The Italian vermouth brand has sponsored everything from Porsche endurance racers to Lancia rally cars. It’s followed Ford into the WRC and Alfa Romeo into DTM. It’s even sponsored offshore racing powerboats. But when it comes to Formula One, it’s come and gone over the years.

Martini Racing started out sponsoring the unsuccessful Italian squad Tecno in 1972, then switched to the World-Champion Brabham racing team run by Bernie Ecclestone. It sponsored Lotus in 1979, then disappeared from the scene for decades until its logo showed up on the Ferrari 248 F1 in 2006, only to vanish again into the history books. But now it’s back.

As promised, Martini has penned a new deal with the Williams F1 team to see its stripes adorn the Mercedes-powered FW36 which Felipe Massa and Finnish newcomer Valtteri Bottas will be driving in the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. The rechristened Williams Martini Racing has just revealed its car in full race livery – complete with those red, navy and light blue stripes draped over white bodywork – ahead of the Australian Grand Prix that will open the season in Melbourne next weekend.

 

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Press Release

WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING PUTS THE STRIPES BACK ON THE GRID
Iconic MARTINI® Brand Returns to Formula One™ Racing as Title Partner of the Legendary Williams™ Team

LONDON, March 6, 2014- MARTINI®, the world’s leading vermouth and best-selling Italian sparkling wine, in partnership with Williams, today announced a multi-year agreement that unites two of the most iconic brands in Formula One™ racing, creating WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING. The announcement was made during an event held here, as part of the 2014 team launch.

“We are thrilled to welcome MARTINI to the Williams family and officially launch WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING,” said Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, Williams. “Williams and MARTINI share a rich history in the world of motorsport, and the values of our two brands and our shared passion for racing make this partnership a natural fit. It will be great to see the distinctive stripes of MARTINI Racing™ return to Formula One™ once again in unison with Williams.”

“The decision to partner with Williams was a natural one for us as it provides an unparalleled opportunity for the MARTINI brand to connect with consumers through one of their lifestyle passions, Formula One™ racing,” said Andy Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer of Bacardi and President of Bacardi Global Brands, who oversees marketing for MARTINI other premium brands in the Bacardi portfolio. “MARTINI will give consumers a taste of life in the fast lane, bringing a renewed sense of Italian style and glamour to the track and beyond. WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING provides a powerful, integrated marketing platform and delivers dynamic opportunities that will strengthen the MARTINI brand.”

Hyundai Intrado Concept Future Mobility as it prepares for growth

Hyundai Intrado Concept Future Mobility as it prepares for growth

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Futuristic powertrain doesn’t mean that the new Hyundai Intrado concept isn’t a preview of a crossover we’ll be seeing on the road in the near future. After all, the hydrogen CUV unveiled today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is from Hyundai, which is just about to launch the hydrogen-powered Tuscon fuel cell in the US later this spring. The accompanying press release even says the concept is “relevant to consumers.” If that’s not a hint, we don’t know what is.

Intrado apparently means the underside of an airplane wing, and the CUV that bears the inscription tries to lift off with a sleek, lightweight and aerodynamic body that Hyundai says, is “far more than a styling exercise” and the focus “inside and out is on meeting the needs of consumers with busy lifestyles.” That means the interior is as uncluttered as the shiny outside, with lots of carbon fiber accents. Thanks to a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell stack and a 36 kW li-ion battery, the Intrado has a range of around 375 miles.

As if we needed another hint that the Intrado is previewing a production vehicle, we’ll leave you with a statement from Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman at Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Namyang R&D Centre, who said the Intrado is, “a vision of how eco-friendly cars will deliver delight to our customers.

 

News Source:  Autoblog.com

 

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Press Release

 

Hyundai Motor reveals capabilities and shows vision for future mobility as it prepares for growth

– Daring Intrado concept is light, efficient and relevant to consumers
– Highly-equipped All-New Genesis sedan shows capabilities of Hyundai
– Qualitative enhancements and product introductions to fuel future growth

Offenbach, 4 March 2014

At the 2014 Salon International de l’Auto in Geneva, Switzerland, Hyundai Motor unveiled Intrado, a daring and provocative concept car that envisages how cars can engage and enrich lives. The show also marked the European debut of All-New Genesis, an executive sedan that clearly demonstrates the advanced capabilities of Hyundai. At the same time, the company announced it has sold six million cars in Europe, a landmark that was passed as Hyundai prepares for further growth during the second half of the decade.

Intrado
Intrado, unveiled at the Hyundai press conference at Geneva, shows the company’s optimistic vision of a future where mobility is more enjoyable and more relevant. Far more than a styling exercise, Intrado demonstrates Hyundai’s belief that advanced vehicle technologies and intelligent design can combine to engage more effectively with driver and passengers. The car’s use of lightweight materials, radical construction methods and advanced powertrain raises efficiency, while the design focus inside and out is on meeting the needs of consumers with busy lifestyles.

Intrado takes its name from the underside of an aircraft’s wing – the area that creates lift. The car’s advanced materials and technologies also draw inspiration from aircraft, such as the removal of all unnecessary weight, logical solutions to complex challenges, inspired by a purity of purpose, and a highly efficient powertrain.

The distinctive exterior shape of Intrado is dictated by the need to be aerodynamically efficient; it is free of unnecessary adornments and features minimal detailing. The body panels are made of advanced super-lightweight steel from Hyundai Motor’s steel plant. Its interior is defined by a focus on usability and adaptability, and draws attention to its advanced materials and radical construction. The seals of opening panels shut directly against the central carbon frame, showcasing the carbon fibre whenever doors, hood or trunk are opened. Components that are usually concealed are highlighted, including the ‘see-through’ air vents and exposed frame onto which the seats clip directly.

The super-lightweight structure of Intrado demonstrates Hyundai’s desire to produce lighter, stronger cars that are even better to drive and simpler to repair. The central carbon frame structure is constructed using new manufacturing and joining techniques that together have the potential to change the way cars are made. The strength and rigidity of this central structure also allow body panels to be constructed from any material, giving designers greater flexibility and aiding repairability. Lightweight steel impact structures further enhance crash performance and repair times.

Woong-chul Yang, Vice Chairman at Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) Namyang R&D Centre, commented: “Intrado reflects our innovative efforts in the area of advanced materials, while demonstrating the close collaboration between designers at Hyundai Design Centre Europe and engineers at HMC Namyang R&D Centre. The result is Intrado – a vision of how eco-friendly cars will deliver delight to our customers.”

Intrado is powered by a next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain that utilises a Li-ion 36 kW battery. Refuelled in just a few minutes, Intrado has a range of more than 600 kilometres and emits only water. In addition to increased range, Intrado promises more responsive and agile driving dynamics, thanks to the reduced weight and greater efficiency of its powertrain.

Intrado is the first Hyundai to have been developed under the direction of Peter Schreyer, who became President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group in January 2013. He commented: “Effortless and sensual, Intrado reflects the open-mindedness and constant renewal of the Hyundai brand. It also shows that Hyundai wants its customers to rediscover the joy and freedom that should be associated with personal mobility. That’s why this car has such purity of purpose – it’s logical, lovable and liveable.”

The result of close collaboration between Hyundai Motor’s design and engineering teams in Europe and Namyang, Korea, Intrado was styled at Hyundai Motor European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany – as indicated by its codename, HED-9 (Hyundai Europe Design-9). Hyundai also worked with two preeminent carbon fibre producers. The parts supplied for Intrado by Lotte Chemical include the central beam, and the company’s unique carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been applied on the concept’s interior fabrics and exterior panels. Hyosung supplied its high-performance TANSOME® carbon fibre, considered to be among the world’s best in terms of strength and flexibility, for Intrado’s frame.

Partnership with HIEN LE
Hyundai Motor has furthered strengthened its pioneering approach to design with an exclusive collaboration with European fashion house, HIEN LE. The futuristic designer’s latest outfits have been created to mirror key design themes of the Intrado concept car Intrado and made their premiere alongside the car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

HIEN LE has drawn inspiration from Intrado’s innovative yet functional interior, combining both of these characteristics to create a number of accessories that feature clean shapes and refined details. Intrado and HIEN LE together foresee a future where design enables a clean-sheet approach to the ultimate form and function of a car, only including what is of value and so fitting into the lifestyles of the ‘millennial generation’.

Mark Hall, Vice President of Marketing, Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “Hyundai’s collaboration with HIEN LE further reflects the brand’s progressive attitude to design. Our focus with this partnership is design and innovation. The perception of the Hyundai brand in Europe has shifted significantly since we transformed the face of our cars, a process we began in 2008. Since then, we have almost doubled our market share and design is now stated as the number one reason for customers choosing our cars.”

All-New Genesis
Hyundai’s All-New Genesis made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The executive sedan clearly shows Hyundai’s ability to introduce new levels of luxury and technology, and will be made available in limited numbers in Europe. Exceptional levels of standard equipment are matched to a calming interior and soothing ride, offering European customers an exclusive purchase proposition that focuses on refined performance and occupant well-being.

Available in a single, high-specification form, All-New Genesis is powered by a potent V6 engine that delivers plentiful power and torque across a broad range of engine speeds, and works in harmony with a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission for refined performance. Driving pleasure and security is ensured by the new, in-house-developed HTRAC all-wheel drive system, sophisticated multi-link front and rear suspension and near-equal weight distribution.

The generous accommodation provided includes levels of comfort and refinement never before seen in a Hyundai vehicle in Europe, and cossets occupants in opulent comfort. The interior uses fine materials to present a serene ambience, supported by advanced architecture that delivers superior refinement under all conditions. Intelligent design and thoughtful attention to detail have resulted in features such as the automatic trunk opening system, which can be activated even when both feet are on the ground.

Extensive levels of standard comfort features are immediately and simply accessed, thanks to excellent ergonomics and easily comprehended design. The comfort-orientated suspension leaves occupants feeling fresh after even the longest of journeys.

Occupants of All-New Genesis are protected and cared-for by a full portfolio of safety features that are both intelligent and unobtrusive. These include Smart Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking and the world’s first C02 cabin sensor to avoid driver drowsiness.

Showcasing the latest evolution of Hyundai’s design philosophy, fluidic sculpture, the sleek, clean styling of All-New Genesis hints at its technical capabilities and conveys its assured road manners.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “All-new Genesis offers a unique luxury ownership experience that demonstrates the true breadth of our engineering and technological capabilities. There are a number of world and Hyundai-first technologies applied to this car, making it a true showcase of what we can achieve, and continuing Hyundai’s legacy of delivering value beyond expectations across a broadening number and variety of high-quality cars.”

The Motor Show line-up
Also on the Hyundai stage at Geneva are: the world’s first assembly-line produced hydrogen fuel cell car, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell; the Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC rally car; and several of the brand’s i-range models, including added-value Go! Brasil special editions.

Preparing for growth
Hyundai also announced that the company has sold six million cars to European customers since sales in the region began in 1977. The company has progressively increased sales momentum in the region in line with growing demand for its expanding European line-up of vehicles. It took the company 19 years to sell its first million cars in Europe. Since then it has taken less time to reach each subsequent milestone, with the last one million cars sold in just over two years.

Hyundai intends to grow its European market share to 5 per cent by 2020, an ambition that will be supported by enhancements being made to the quality of its operations and a new wave of product launches entitled ‘Product Momentum 2017’.
Mark Hall, Vice President of Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “Product Momentum 2017 began with the introduction of New Generation i10 in late 2013 and will see more than 20 new models or derivatives in Europe within three years. Our latest wave of new car launches will make even more desirable and thoughtfully-conceived Hyundai vehicles available in even more segments. Our forecast is that this will fuel Hyundai’s growth to seven million sales within 36 months.”

More than €3 billion of investment into commercial, R&D, testing, manufacturing and motor sport facilities has seen Hyundai become a truly European brand. Underlining the success of its regional investment, 95% of all cars Hyundai sells in Europe are designed and developed at the company’s European Design and R&D Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany and 90% are built in the region at the company’s two production plants – in the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Hyundai has also looked at enhancements to build a better known and understood brand. Long-term partnerships with iconic organisations including Tate and FIFA and UEFA are helping Hyundai to connect with a wider range of potential customers.

The current Hyundai European model line-up includes New Generation i10, New i20, ix20, New Generation i30 and New ix35, all of which are built in Europe, as well as i40 and New Generation Santa Fe.

ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER DESIGN–GOING INTO PRODUCTION NEXT YEAR

 

ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER DESIGN–GOING INTO PRODUCTION NEXT YEAR

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Alfa Romeo has made all manner of vehicles over the years: hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, coupes… there’s even been talk of a crossover. But it could be argued that the quintessential Alfa Romeo is a roadster. While the future of the program with Mazda remains in doubt, Alfa has arrived in Geneva this year with a Spider version of the nimble little 4C.

As anticipated, the 4C Spider chops the roof off the coupe and replaces it with rollover bars, spoilers and windshield frame all made of carbon-fiber and a lightweight canvas top. As a result, the 4C Spider is said to weight just 132 pounds more than the existing fixed-roof version. The low-density Sheet Moulding Compound bodywork has been rebuilt around the rear deck to replace the back, and carbon fiber is visible throughout the open cockpit.

The 1.75-liter turbo 4-cylinder and 6-speed dual-clutch transmission carry over unchanged, as do the performance stats: 0-62 in 4.5 seconds and a top speed “in excess of 155 mph.” The 40/60 front/rear weight distribution is also quoted as unchanged from the coupe, maintaining the 4C’s handling balance. The 4C Spider also gets more conventional (read: attractive) headlights, and a central exhaust system made by Akrapovic (of motorbike fame) from aluminum and titanium.

Though billed as a Design Preview, the 4C Spider is set to go into production early next year.

News Source: AutoBlog.com via Alfa Romeo

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Press Release:

ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER DESIGN PREVIEW DEBUTS AT 2014 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

– Alfa Romeo 4C Spider “avant-prémiere” previews new soft-top scheduled to enter production in 2015
– True to the philosophy of the Alfa Romeo 4C, the Spider Design Preview remains an ultra-lightweight, high-performance driving machine
– Extensive use of carbon fibre and SMC*, as well as a lightweight canvas hood, ensures the Spider retains the Alfa Romeo 4C focus and purity
– Stunning evolutionary design sees the addition of new headlamps, new wheels and an advanced new central exhaust system by Akropovic®

The stunning Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview makes its world début at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, previewing a new model scheduled to go into production in early 2015. Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview takes full advantage of the ultra-rigid construction and distinctive design of the coupé to produce a Spider in the truest sense of the Alfa Romeo tradition – a car that brings the driving experience into even sharper focus by allowing the sounds and sensations of performance to fill the cabin and stir the driver’s soul still further.

Structural reinforcement required by safety regulations for open-top vehicles means that the Spider inevitably weighs slightly more than the Alfa Romeo 4C coupé, but thanks to the use of carbon fibre for the rollover bars, spoilers and windscreen frame, as well as the adoption of a lightweight canvas soft top and the replacement of the glass rear screen with a continuation of the SMC* bodywork, the 4C’s structural rigidity, mechanical purity and low weight philosophy are not compromised. As a result, the additional weight of the open-top transformation has been limited to approximately 60kg.

The purposeful stance and stunning form of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has been evolved to ensure the highest levels of aerodynamic efficiency and downforce, resulting in impressive high-speed stability, while at the same time minimising the open-top air turbulence in the passenger compartment.

Apart from allowing the driver to connect even more closely with their surroundings, bestowing the Spider treatment on the Alfa Romeo 4C also allows the world to get a better view of what is a truly special and unique interior. Carbon fibre dominates the cabin, but not as a decorative afterthought – the monocoque of the 4C Spider Design Preview is constructed entirely from this distinctive material and is clearly visible in the centre console, door sills and rear bulkhead, for example.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview also debuts a new dual-stage central exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic®, a company which produces competition exhaust systems for numerous motorcycle classes including Moto GP, Superbike, Supersport, Motocross and Enduro. A key feature of the new exhaust is an electrically-operated valve system which can improve performance and enhance the exhaust note at the push of a wirelessly-linked button.

Powered by Alfa Romeo’s new four-cylinder, all-aluminium, 1750 Turbo Petrol engine, which drives the rear wheels via a six-speed, dual dry-clutch Alfa TCT transmission, the 4C Spider’s performance is all but identical to that of the hardtop Alfa Romeo 4C: 0 to 62mph takes just 4.5 seconds and top speed is in excess of 155mph. In addition, the outstanding deceleration and lateral acceleration performance, and the balanced 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, remain unaffected by the evolution from coupé to Spider.

Complementing its show-stopping presence, new carbon fibre clamshell headlights have been fitted to the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview, as have new alloy wheels which have been milled from solid aluminium blocks and shod with bespoke Pirelli tyres. Finished in three-layer gloss white, which helps emphasise the car’s beautifully sculpted shape and masterfully resolved surfaces, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview is undoubtedly the highlight of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

2015 Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept

2015 Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept

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PRESS RELEASE

The Audi TT quattro sport concept show car
Four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine with 420 hp
Impressive 210 hp per liter of displacement
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “An extreme driving machine for the motorsports enthusiasts among our customers”

Audi to present a truly special show car at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi TT quattro sport concept embodies the dynamic potential of the new Audi TT in its purest form. Its two-liter TFSI supplies 309 kW (420 hp), which the car puts on the road via the quattro all-wheel drive.

“With our Audi TT quattro sport concept show car, we wanted to demonstrate what the new TT’s technology can do if you take it a step further,” explains Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development. “This car is designed for racing – an extreme driving machine for the motorsports enthusiasts among our customers.”

Powertrain

The engine in the Audi TT quattro sport concept makes a powerful statement. The 2.0 TFSI has a power output of 309 kW (420 hp) at 6,700 rpm – a new benchmark in the two-liter category. Its specific output is 155 kW (210 hp) per liter of displacement – that’s more than even 2001’s victorious Le Mans R18 racing car, which was the first time Audi combined turbocharging with FSI direct gasoline injection. The four-cylinder engine has 450 Nm of torque (331.90 lb-ft) available in the engine speed range from 2,400 to 6,300 rpm. with over 300 Nm (221.27 lb-ft) already available at only 1,900 revs.

At a curb weight of 1,344 kilograms ([2,963.01 lb] without driver), the Audi TT quattro sport concept is an athlete in peak condition. Each hp supplied by the two-liter TFSI, which itself weighs under 150 kilograms (330.69 lb), needs to shift less than 3.2 kilograms (7.05 lb). The four-cylinder engine catapults the show car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.7 seconds.

Head of Powertrain Development Dr. Stefan Knirsch: “This high-performance power unit is an impressive demonstration of the power reserves available in our EA888 engine range. This power unit has received numerous awards all over the world and it already lives up to its claim in many Audi sporty models. In the TT quattro sport concept, it demonstrates its full power potential. The thirty-five years of experience we’ve gained in the field of turbocharging are manifested in this engine’s unique combination of maximum performance, dynamism, and fuel efficiency.”

The high-performance engine is once again based on the successful EA888 technologies such as the Audi valvelift system (AVS) variable valve timing, dual camshaft adjustment, and dual injection system (FSI plus MPI). A wide range of modifications are featured, including special aluminum pistons with integrated cooling channels and an ultra-high-strength forged steel crankshaft.

The cylinder head is a systematic further development tailored to the higher loads and increased gas throughput. To accommodate the higher output, the EA888’s familiar, highly compact thin-wall cylinder crankcase is here made of a high-strength cast alloy. The also newly developed exhaust-gas turbocharger features optimized mixed-flow technology and produces up to 1.8 bar of charge pressure.

When driving, the four-cylinder unit’s pronouncedly sporty character is breathtaking. The turbocharged direct-injection engine responds immediately to the throttle and revs eagerly right up to the fuel cut-off at 7,200 rpm.

The 2.0 TFSI transfers its torque to a compact, three-shaft S tronic. The dual-clutch transmission shifts gears in split-seconds, adding its share to the show car’s impressive acceleration.

The permanent quattro all-wheel drive delivers the power to the road. For optimum weight distribution, the hydraulically actuated, electronically controlled multi-disk clutch is located on the rear axle. The quattro drive actively controls distribution of the drive torque between the axles in milliseconds, thus adding to the car’s dynamic handling.

Chassis

With its cutting-edge chassis – McPherson wheel suspension with aluminum components at the front and a four-link layout at the rear – the Audi TT quattro sport concept offers sharp, precise race car handling. The stiff setup brings the body closer to the road when compared with the series-production TT. 54 percent of the weight rests on the front axle, 46 percent on the rear. ESC electronic stabilization control, which can be partially or fully deactivated, complements the suspension’s sporty character.

When cornering, wheel-selective torque control kicks in. If necessary, drive torque is transferred from the wheels on the inside of the bend to those on the outside. Thanks to the distribution of torque, the car turns very slightly into the corner, helping the driver. This allows for precise and neutral cornering and the TT greatly increases its dynamism and stability.

Body

A significant part in the Audi TT quattro sport concept’s lightweight design is played by the body, which is based on the MQB modular transverse matrix. Its hybrid concept represents the latest evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) and further lowers the car’s center of gravity compared with the second-generation series-production TT.

The front end is made of steel. The passenger compartment floor comprises high-strength, hot-shaped steel components which, thanks to their extremely high strength, feature very low wall thicknesses and thus weigh accordingly little. The compartment’s structure, the entire exterior skin, and the doors and lids are made of the classic Audi semi-finished aluminum products cast node, extruded profile, and sheet metal.

Exterior design

The flat Matrix LED headlights and the broad Singleframe grill dominate the study’s front end. The grill’s striking frame displays the quattro logo and holds the dark diamond-pattern grill.

Through their pronounced edges, the substantial air intakes – which also feature diamond-pattern grills – appear almost like inserted airboxes. They thus illustrate a key element in the new Audi TT’s design language: elements like the greenhouse and wheel arches create the impression of being individual bodies, thus producing the typical tension. The show car rests on 20-inch wheels with a central locking mechanism and semi-slick tires.

A splitter made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) stretches toward the front to round off the front end at the bottom and increase the downforce on the front axle.

The silhouette of the Audi TT quattro sport concept – which features a paint finish entirely in Crystal White – is athletic and dynamic from every angle. Typical for a TT, the wheel arches form the classic semicircles. They extend 30 millimeters (1.18 in) further than on the series-production car on every side, giving the car’s stance on the road a decidedly confident air. They are connected by powerfully accentuated sill trims. Their lower segments are made of CFRP. Together with the splitter and the rear diffuser, which stretch all the way to the wheel arches, they form an aerodynamically effective contour.

On the rear, the wide CFRP diffuser that extends beyond the vehicle silhouette underlines the show car’s racing character. Delineated by vertical edges, the diffuser surrounds two large, fully circular tailpipes that are located further outward than on the series-production car; large air outlets are positioned on the sides beneath the taillights. A large, fixed wing increases the downforce on the rear of the Audi TT quattro sport concept.

Interior styling

The show car interior has been reduced to the essentials, doing away with numerous components that are dispensable on the race circuit.

The door panels have been stripped of armrests and speakers – the interior is characterized by Alcantara. A dominant diagonal strip of Alcantara acts as a door pull handle, the door openers feature a filigree design. Low-set racing buckets serve as seats, featuring black four-point seat belts with white accentuating stripes. The luggage compartment offers space for two racing helmets.

The same as in the series-production TT, the controls are designed purely for the driver. The Audi TT quattro sport concept’s pilot has his hands on a compact steering wheel with a pronounced rim that flattens out at the bottom. The steering wheel’s spokes house the red start/stop button alongside the keys and rotary buttons for operating the Audi virtual cockpit. Depending on what the driver sets, the fully digital instrument cluster’s 12.3-inch display shows different views.

Koenigsegg Agera One:1 Worlds first Megacar

 

Koenigsegg’s latest creation, something totally awesome, that’s what. The “One:1” designation refers to a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio – one horsepower per kilogram. And the magic number? One-thousand, three-hundred and forty-one. Hold on to your butts, indeed.

That insane power number comes courtesy of a twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter V8 that, in addition to the 1,341 hp, puts out an equally pavement-warping 1,011 pound-feet of torque. Koenigsegg hasn’t released a 0-60 time, but we imagine it’s something like six milliseconds, and we’re told the car can theoretically top out at near 273 miles per hour. You know, no big deal.

The One:1 can pull around 2Gs of cornering force on road-legal tires, and with active aero bits like a rear wing and independent, left and right front flaps, Koenigsegg says 1,345 pounds of downforce are available at 160 mph, to keep everything copacetic. Insanely copacetic, of course.

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Press Release

Koenigsegg 2014 Geneva Auto Salon Press Release

Celebrating 20 Years By introducing – The Agera One:1 – Worlds first Megacar

– Worlds first 1:1 (One:1) power to curb weight ratio homologated production car (kg/hp)
– World’s first Megacar – 1 Megawatt of power homologated production car
– 2 G cornering capability on road legal production cup tires
– 610 kg down force at 260 km/h (160 mph) utilizing advanced active under and over body aerodynamics
– Chassis with active ride height and shock absorbing including variable stiffness spring ratios
– Fully active aero with independent left and right front flaps under front splitter and hydraulically actuated top mounted dual plane rear wing
– 3G and GPS controlled Predictive Active Chassis and Aero Track Mode
– 20% lighter carbon chassis and body due to implementation of M46J & M55J high modulus fibers
– 3D-VGT – Koenigsegg patented 3D printed variable turbo housing – gives improved response and bottom end torque
– 3G connection for telemetry, performance, lap times and software upgrades, including owners iPhone app
– New Koenigsegg developed Carbon fiber ventilated memory foam racing seats
– 3D printed titanium exhaust end piece saves 400 grams compared to Aluminium counterpart
– Active noise canceling seat option
– Top Speed – has not been a priority, as the One:1 is a track focused car – however, the One:1 is anticipated to be, the world’s fastest homologated production car, with a simulated top speed of > 440 km/h, due to high power and high rpm capability in combination with strong tires and active aero
– Many more exiting and new features will be present at the show
– Program fully pre-sold prior to introduction
– Welcome to stand 1259 in hall 1 to join our 20 Years Celebration with the introduction of the One:1!

Koenigsegg Celebrating 20 Years

The journey of Koenigsegg, since inception, is truly incredible. It all started on August 12th 1994 when a young man, age 22, set out to realize his childhood dream. A young man fuelled by passion, ingenuity and mind-bending will.

Christian von Koenigsegg had just made up his mind to live his dream and start his own car company. The odds were stacked against him. It was a now or never moment.

His idea was to create a sports car that he felt did not currently exist and one which he believed would be desired – two essential necessities for success, Christian felt.

The concept: A lightweight mid-engined car, with a detachable, stowable hardtop. A wrap-around screen for good visibility and aerodynamics. Short overhangs with two large intercooler intakes on the side of the car, behind the mass centre to aid high speed stability.

A car that looked and felt good with the top up, as well as in roadster guise, transformed in minutes with the hard top neatly tucked away inside the car. A car with a timeless efficient appearance that age like good wine.

This was a mid-engine car concept that did not exist at the time. The CC8S was born. Every Koenigsegg created since includes this simple but effective DNA and stay true to Christian’s original vision.

It has been an amazing ride. From boyhood dream to a shining, all-conquering and powerful reality. It’s awe-inspiring stuff that dreams are made of.

Five production models with as many Guinness production car records later – it is a fact, Koenigsegg has exploded on to the scene and is here to stay.

When Christian is asked what his greatest achievement is – he says without hesitation: -Living the dream!

Just imagine what the next 20 years will hold.

Time for the One:1

BMW M4 Racer on Deutsche Motor Sport (DTM)

We may not get to enjoy the fruits of it all, but we’re in the midst of a golden age in touring car racing around the world. In Northern Europe, rival local series have amalgamated into the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. In the UK, the British Touring Car Championship is enjoying the largest and most diverse grid in its long history. In Australia, the V8 Supercars series has grown from a Holden vs. Ford battle to include challengers from Mercedes, Nissan and Volvo. And in Germany, the DTM championship has managed to lure BMW back onto the grid to open up the battle between Mercedes and Audi. All good things, in short.

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Since returning to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in 2012, BMW has won the drivers’ title once and the constructors’ title twice, proving the Bavarian manufacturer to be not only a suitable challenger to the two-horse race between its star- and ring-emblazoned rivals, but the dominant force in German tin-top racing. Now BMW is set to enter its third season since returning to the DTM, and this is the car with which it intends to do so.

Replacing the M3 DTM that has impressively won half of the DTM races it has contested over the past two years, BMW’s latest racing car is made in the mold of the new M4 coupe. Only it’s even meaner. While the production version has switched to a turbo six, the DTM version still uses a V8: a 4.0-liter unit with four-valve cylinder heads, mandatory air restrictors and a Bosch ECU to channel 480 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque to the rear set of Hankook racing slicks through a six-speed sequential gearbox. The lightweight chassis is rounded out with competition-level aerodynamics and all the mandatory safety equipment.

Look for the new M4 DTM to debut at the first test session of the season in Budapest at the end of the month before a team of eight drivers field it in the season opener at Hockenheim on May 4, led by BMW’s returning champions Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk. Former F1 driver Timo Glock will also be among them, facing off against fellow grand prix defectors Paul di Resta and (just announced) Vitaly Petrov who will be driving for Mercedes this season.

 

 

 

The new challenger makes its debut: Preparations for the start of the BMW M4 DTM’s first season enter the finishing straight.

Munich (DE), 1st March 2014. The submission of the necessary papers for the aerodynamic homologation of the 2014-spec DTM cars to the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (DMSB) also marks the end of a busy, and yet exciting, period for BMW Motorsport. Development work on the BMW M4 DTM, which will compete in the forthcoming DTM season, has been in full swing in recent weeks and months. As of today, it is no longer possible to make modifications to fundamental areas of the car, heralding a new phase of preparations for the start of the season in Hockenheim (DE) on 4th May. The forthcoming tests will primarily focus on optimising detailed aspects of the total package and understanding how to exhaust the full potential of the BMW M4 DTM.

The new car will make public appearances out on the track at the official ITR tests in Budapest (HU, 31st March – 3rd April) and then at the final test in Hockenheim (DE, 14th – 17th April). Like last year, the official presentation of all eight BMW M4 DTMs on 25th April in Munich’s BMW Welt will provide BMW Motorsport fans with a mouth-watering taste of what they can look forward to in the new season.

“Even before the BMW M3 DTM completed its final race last season, our development team was already hard at work on the 2014 car,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Preparing a new car for the DTM is a big challenge. In few other series is aerodynamics so important. Even the slightest detail can make the difference between success and failure. And this attention to detail shown by our engineers is apparent at first glance – from the elongated bonnet with its steeply sloping front and aerodynamically optimised wing mirrors, to the contoured roofline that is a characteristic feature of the BMW M4.”

Marquardt added: “For me, the BMW M4 DTM is an absolute highlight. Like its production counterpart, it looks fantastic and it also made a positive first impression at our tests. Unlike when we were developing the BMW M3 DTM for our return to the DTM in 2012, this time around we were able to call upon the wealth of experience gained over the last two seasons. Despite this, we still have a long road ahead of us – the opposition have continued to develop their cars in the meantime. It is important to continue gradually improving the new car and ensure we can get the very best out of it, in order to be able to compete on a par with our strong and experienced rivals right from the outset with the BMW M4 DTM. I am confident we will achieve this. Every DTM fan can already look forward to the first showdown in Hockenheim on 4th May: only then will we know exactly how competitive the BMW M4 DTM really is.”

Presenting the BMW M4 DTM for the 2014 season:

Development.
BMW Motorsport engineers started to look ahead to 2014 and began working on the development of the new BMW M4 DTM well before the start of the 2013 DTM season. The first model made its first appearance in the wind tunnel at the BMW Group’s Aero Lab on 22nd April – 13 days before the opening race of the 2013 season in Hockenheim (DE). In the summer of 2013, while continuing with aerodynamic testing, the experts in Munich (DE) turned their attention to designing new suspension parts. The new components made their first on-track outing in December 2013 – but still within the BMW M3 DTM at that point. The final parts for the chassis of the BMW M4 DTM were in production by the turn of the year, allowing the BMW teams to assemble the first models of the new car in January and February. Three hundred days after the first test in the wind tunnel, the BMW M4 DTM took to the track for its track debut in Monteblanco (ES) on 11th February 2014.

The production version of the BMW M4 Coupé provided BMW Motorsport with a perfect basis for developing the DTM racing car. Hardly surprising, given the fact that the primary goal of the BMW M GmbH engineers working on the BMW M4 Coupé was to create a robust car suitable for use on the racetrack. Among those to make valuable contributions towards achieving this goal were DTM drivers Bruno Spengler (CA) and Timo Glock (DE), who took part in tuning tests at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). “I am proud to have played my part in the fine-tuning,” said Spengler. “The chassis of the BMW M4 Coupé is very sporty. The feedback from the front axle is extremely direct, and the grip on the rear axle is phenomenal. This car is the ideal basis for our car in the DTM.”

Production.
The last BMW M car to roll off the assembly line at the main BMW Plant in Munich did so back in 1991. After that, production shifted to BMW Plant Regensburg (DE). Almost 23 years later, the assembly process returned to the main factory – and just a few metres away BMW Motorsport engineers were hard at work tinkering with the racing version of the new car. However, the BMW Plants in Regensburg and Dingolfing (DE) were also involved in the development of the BMW M4 DTM. Among other things, the kilometre-long test tracks at the modern production facilities were used for aerodynamic tests. Throughout the development phase, the 2014 DTM car was to be seen at what is otherwise the venue for the exhaustive quality control checks performed on all BMW M cars.

Design.
The BMW M4 Coupé and the BMW M4 DTM lie low and flat on the tarmac. Even when stationary, the design’s powerful contours underline the performance of the two brothers. Characteristic design elements, such as the modern take on the twin headlight arrangement and distinctive twin-bar kidney grille, ensure that the car clearly stands out as a BMW M vehicle. The power dome on the bonnet is equally striking. The side of the car extends the dynamic impression created by the front end. The proportions typical of the BMW M4 Coupé, such as the long bonnet, long wheel base, set-back greenhouse and a short front overhang, formed the basis for the low and aerodynamic silhouette of the BMW M4 DTM.

Aerodynamics.
Aerodynamics plays a vital role in the DTM. For this reason, the BMW Motorsport engineers devoted a lot of time to issues such as aerodynamic drag and air flow. As on the production model, the air curtains at the front of the BMW M4 DTM are designed to reduce air drag. Narrowing air ducts accelerate the airstream flowing through the front skirt, guide it systematically past the wheels, and reduce turbulence around the wheel arches. Another new feature on the BMW M4 DTM is a plate along the side channel, which lends the racing car an even more striking outline. The eye-catching contoured roofline decreases the front surface area of the BMW M4 DTM and further reduces aerodynamic drag. The flatter rear window optimises the way the airflow approaches the rear wing. The striking wing mirrors, with their twin-stalk mounts, are already a striking feature of the production model, and the mirrors on the BMW M4 DTM have also been aerodynamically optimised for the racetrack to ensure they aid efficient airflow towards the rear of the car.

Lightweight construction.
The BMW M4 Coupé itself is a prime example of intelligent, lightweight construction. The high-performance sports car weighs just 1,497 kilograms when empty – that is a whole 80 kilograms less than its predecessor. This reduction of weight has a positive effect on the driving dynamics and consumption. This has been made possible by the extensive use of lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre reinforced plastic and aluminium. The use of carbon is also widespread in motor racing. Virtually the entire body of the BMW M4 DTM is made of this ultra-light and durable material. The weight reduction and consequent lowering of the centre of gravity are key to the car’s performance on the racetrack. The basic weight of the BMW M4 DTM, with driver, is 1,110 kilograms.

Safety.
Like the BMW M4 Coupé, the racing version also meets the highest safety standards. Over 50 of the 5,000 plus parts that make up the BMW M4 DTM are standard components, which are used in all DTM cars. One of these is the carbon fibre monocoque, which sets the benchmark in terms of safety in motorsport. With an integrated tank, steel roll cage and additional crash elements, it offers the driver effective protection in case of a crash. Parts like the gearbox, clutch, dampers and rear wing are identical in all DTM cars. This also keeps a lid on development costs.

Engine.
The BMW P66 engine in the BMW M4 DTM generates approx. 480 bhp with the air restrictor specified in the technical regulations. It is made up of 800 different components, consisting of 3,900 individual parts. When designing the DTM drivetrain, BMW Motorsport took full advantage of the technological know-how within the BMW Group. The high-tech foundry connected to BMW Plant Landshut (DE) accounts for the large cast parts, such as the cylinder head and crankcase – just as it does in the production of the six-cylinder in-line engine for the BMW M4 Coupé. The cast parts are coated and given the necessary heat treatment within the appropriate departments in Munich. The BMW V8 for the DTM is both a sprinter and a marathon runner. It allows the BMW M4 DTM to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/ in about three seconds. Only ten engines are permitted for all eight BMWs over the course of the entire season. Therefore, reliability is a prerequisite to success.

The engine’s power is transferred via a sequential six-speed sport gearbox, which is operated pneumatically using shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The gearbox is one of the standard components, which are used by all the DTM manufacturers. It has 11 final drive ratios, which allow the engineers and drivers to react to the respective circuit and engine characteristics when setting the car up.

Steering wheel.
Additional status displays and a customised layout of the controls make the steering wheel in the new BMW M4 DTM even more comfortable for the drivers to use. The individual buttons can be allocated as the driver desires. As with the racing car, the gears on the BMW M4 Coupé can also be changed using shift paddles on the steering wheel, depending upon the configuration.

Lights.
Drivers of both the BMW M4 DTM and the BMW M4 Coupé can rely on the performance of modern LED headlamps. Light emitting diodes do more than simply save energy. Thanks to the significantly shorter reaction time compared to conventional filament lamps, the driver behind is given more notice when a driver in front of him is braking. And every fraction of a second counts on the racetrack. The light generated by LEDs is also very similar to sunlight, making it particularly easy on the eye.

Technical data for the BMW M4 DTM.

Chassis: carbon-fibre monocoque with integrated tank and steel roll cage; carbon-fibre crash elements on sides; carbon fibre crash elements on front and rear
Length/width/height: 4,775 mm/1,950 mm/approx. 1,200 mm
Tank capacity: 120 litres
Engine: 90° V8 aspirated engine, four valves per cylinder, 2 x 28.0 mm air restrictors (in accordance with regulations)
Capacity: 4,000 ccm
Output: approx. 480 bhp (with air restrictors, in accordance with regulations)
Max. torque: approx. 500 Nm
Engine management system: Bosch MS 5.1 engine control unit, central display
Transmission: Sequential 6-speed sports gearbox, operated via pneumatic shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel; 4-plate ZF Sachs carbon-fibre clutch; adjustable multi-disc limited-slip differential
Front axle/rear axle: Double wishbone axle with pushrods and adjustable shock absorbers with six settings; H&R coil springs
Brakes: Hydraulic dual-circuit braking system; monoblock, light-alloy brake callipers; inner-ventilated brake discs at front and rear; brake-force distribution can be adjusted by driver; electromagnetic starting valve
Wheels: Forged aluminium rims; 18″ x 12″ front, 18″ x 13″ rear
Tyres: Hankook; front: 300-680-18, rear: 320-710-18